January 04, 2007
Download Library Rotations
Ready for primetime - check out Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence in the insect horror classic, Phenomena, a.k.a. Creepers.
We pulled a few titles from the video download library as well, to make some room for new content in the pipeline. Mesmerized, Richard Diamond Private Eye, and Dr Jekyl and Mr. Hyde were removed from the library for the time being. They'll be back soon enough. Hope everyone is having a great New Year.
Posted by skooter at 03:32 PM
January 03, 2007
Jennifer Connelly - teenage horror classic
Dario Argento's 1985 Horror classic is a gem. There's insects, flies and maggots galore and a beautiful young girl named Jennifer Corvino, played by 15 year old Jennifer Connelly. She's far away from her American home attending school in Switzerland. While there she befriends an entomologist Prof. John McGregor, played by Donald Pleasence. And of my, she has a special power over insects, as if she is some kind of very special queen in their bug realm. The film suggests they communicate with some type of telepathy. Better still, it gets crazier and crazier - really scary and funny too with some killer music tracks. Almost finished... it's coming soon. Till then, watch some other Argento classics. Or a Creepy Crawlers, or One Step Beyond.
Posted by Willy at 02:28 PM
December 20, 2006
Some Cash for Christmas?
Here's something we all could use right now - a little Cash for Christmas. And so - bring it on. Here he is - the man in black, Johnny Cash starring in The Pride of Jesse Hallam. Also features Brenda Vaccaro and Eli Wallach in major supporting roles. A terrific story - about an illiterate Kentucky coal minor who moves to Ohio so his daughter can get the proper medical care for her scoliosis. Check it out - it's a pretty good movie, especially if you are a fan of Johnny Cash. Count us in.
Posted by Willy at 01:30 PM
December 16, 2006
Groucho Marx - You Bet Your Life
Ready for primetime - check out another episode of You Bet Your Life, starring Groucho Marx as your host. An old school game show - players compete for cold hard cash, in small doses. Lot of fun. And yes... also - more Fu.
Posted by Willy at 12:13 PM
December 08, 2006
Pandora - best playlist ever
Pandora is one of our favorite genomes of internet creation. If you like music, it is priceless, able to tweak one's musical tastes, ultimately making a perfect radio station with no commercials. The way it works is so great is wonderful. Musicians are the techs no doubt.
I sent Doug Hawthorn, a.k.a. Frank Random - a link to pandora a while back. He listened, rated and over time made the most amazing virtuso music mix. It only plays impressive, wild and out there over the top music. Played at the highest level of virtuosity. Here's Doug's playlist. Share it with a friend. If you enjoy all kinds of music, played really well - the Doug/Frank custom mix never fails.
Posted by Willy at 05:12 PM
December 06, 2006
Top 10 Christmas Videos
Here's your top 10 Christmas videos - selected by the LikeTelevision staff, after polishing off a few pints of eggnog and a bowl of figgy pudding (recipe).
1) Dragnet - Big Little Jesus. It's Christmas Eve, and Joe Friday is under major pressure, because he has to solve a case in less than 24 hours. It seems someone has stolen the baby Jesus statue from Father Rojas' Catholic church. Excellent TV viewing, back in the day (1953) when no one cared if you mentioned Jesus' name on a TV show.
2) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - check out Frank Random's preview.
3) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Killer 1944 Fleischer cartoon of the oddball cervine with the halogen proboscis.
4) Beverly Hillbillies - Home for Christmas Granny takes her first plane ride. She thinks it is a bus, going real fast on takeoff. Pre homeland security airplane fun. Flying back then was actually really fun.
5) One Step Beyond Ordeal on Locust Street Sorry no details, don't want to spoil the fun.
6) Caste in Bronze a band with a carillon plays Christmas bells live onstage. This is really cool. Feel pity for the roadies.
7) Jack Frost - just a cool cartoon, perfect if it is freezing cold outside.
8) Short History of Christmas Learn why the date December 25th was selected for the date we celebrate Jesus' birthday.
9) The Shanty where Santa Claus Lives Another charming early Fleischer animation.
10) Christmas at the Clampetts Another hilarious Christmas special at the Clampett's Beverly Hills mansion.
Ok - how could leave out, Larry K, who played the hammer dulcimer live in our studio, Little King, in Christmas up north, or Peeking Penguins, where Tux makes his film debut. The debate was heated folks, but those were the top 10 for this year. Got more Christmas videos too if you like. Merry Christmas! Watch all these online videos free.
Posted by Willy at 12:51 PM
November 21, 2006
Tenacious D Pick of Destiny Trailer
LikeTelevision received an email from Sony allowing us, why - encouraging us, to make a trailer for the new Tenacious D movie, The Pick of Destiny coming soon, like tomorrow - November 22, 2006. Now, rest assured - this was a mass mailing, but still we were stoked having been fans of Tenacious D since way way way back in time, Frank Random played a few choice cuts from their first CD in the control room. i was Hooked. And laughing so hard, totally loving the music and of course the energy of TD.
I forwarded the email info from Sony with the media (Acid Planet) to Frank Random, with links to all kinds of media clips, video snippets, and sounds files. Lots of music pieces too. You were encouraged to sample it, mix it, bake it and have fun. And that is what Random did. For music afficiandos, check out funky beats that emerge from about 20 secs in... a whirling timeless time signature from no man's land. Got it big, or try the small one if you are getting squished. If you enjoyed Frank Random's cut for the trailer, by all means go peruse the new Frank Random Video Library.
If you'd like more laughs and joy - take in episode one of Zim Zum and watch this classic music video from the LTi All-Stars in episode five.
Posted by skooter at 02:52 PM
November 18, 2006
Peter Jackson's Bad Taste
Long before the Lord of the Rings was a blip on the movie landscape, Peter Jackson was working hard making movies near his home in New Zealand. At first, it was a bunch of shorts shot on 8mm film, and then finally, he got himself a handcranked 16mm Bolex and became... tada... a director. And in his film, Bad Taste, he was a director, producer, and actor. In fact, he even played several parts. Bad Taste - made in 1987 is about a bunch of aliens who come to Earth to harvest human meat for a far out fast food chain. Far out... like in another galaxy far out. It was a real treat - not cause the movie was so great, though it was quite good. The real joy came from recalling all those days over 35 years ago, when i made my own 8 mm movies, and how i would have my brother dash across the yard while i would take shots at him with the BB gun. All in the name of film and high art. Ahhh.. those were the days. Check it out - Peter Jackson's Bad Taste.
Posted by skooter at 11:08 AM
November 13, 2006
BLOG IT - URLS gone wild!
Over the weekend, the elves were working hard behind the scenes, writing some code, drinking a few sips of Newcastle brown ale, typing more code, sip sip, until.... the new feauture was completed. What new feature? We call it - BLOG IT, or by our in-house nickname, URLS gone Wild. Go to just about any title page (a movie, tv show, cartoon, etc etc)... and look right below the WATCH IT link, you'll see a new click for your blogging amusement, called BLOG THIS. Click that link, and presto change-o - you will find a bunch of very handy links to add some video to your blog or web page. Not only is it very simple to do, we even broke it down into little digital legos... allowing you to create your own look and feel building blocks to play one of our videos on your blog or web page. Taking it one step farther, we also added a nicely formatted WIKI link, if you want to add a video on our site to a Wikipedia entry.
From now on, the little guy is no longer just a little guy - in fact, in one fell swoop, it is quite easy to be a Mighty Mouse, just BLOG IT & send digital bits all over the planet from the your broadcast central studio. Copy & Paste... and Publish. BING! Hope everyone enjoys the new feature. Please send any comments or questions about this to info -- at -- liketelevision.com with the subject line, BLOG IT. We'll pass it on to the elves responsible for creating this tasty little broadcasting treat. Have fun, and remember our motto - Be Nice!
Posted by Willy at 03:14 PM
November 09, 2006
MPEG4 Classic TV iPod, 3GP files too
More iPod videos were added to the download library - lots more mobile device ready files to be added soon, downloads in MPEG4 and 3GP. The Best of Andy Griffith Show marches on with three more episodes. First up - A Wife For Andy, one of the best episodes with Helen Crump, played by Aneta Corsaut. Barney tries to play Mayberry matchmaker for Andy, but causes trouble as usual. Next - The Big House, with George Kennedy. This episode has the awesome scene where Barney lectures Gomer on how to be safe with guns and bullets. And - Aunt Bee's Medicine Man, you know - the one where Aunt Bee gets drunk with the church ladies. Oh - not drunk, just Tiddly. We just add the MPEG4 iPod files (3GP files too). Want more - these three episodes of Andy also come in a single DVD iso download. Just burn the image file and play it on the television set.
Off to encode a very funky movie from Peter Jackson. We should have more Dr. Fu 4 u soon... But right now I want to watch some ancient pre-Tolkein Jackson. Frank Random is still scratching his head on the trailer... but something is percolating. We'll see.
Posted by Willy at 04:07 PM
November 03, 2006
Mobile Media MPEG-4, 3GP and Doc Fu too
Got more Fu for the weekend, Dr. Fu Manchu that is. In this episode, Fu Manchu gives Hitler a new face by forcing a kidnapped plastic surgeon to operate on Adolf's mug. Need more - well how about an atom bomb plot to bring about global chaos? You'll find that too - in the Master Plan of Dr. Fu Manchu.
Also new - we added a bunch of MPEG-4 files for iPods and also a bunch of 3GP files for mobile users. Now available in the download section - mpeg-4 and 3GP files for these Andy Griffith episodes - Barney's First Car, High Noon in Mayberry, Dogs, Dogs, Dogs, Mountain Wedding and Aunt Bee's Medicine Man. Have fun downloading this weekend.
Posted by Willy at 05:26 PM
October 28, 2006
Remebering Director Gillo Pontecorvo Battle of Algiers
On October 14, 2006 the remarkable director Gillo Pontecorvo died at the age of 46. Perhaps you have never heard of him - but his film The Battle of Algiers is as powerful today as it was in the mid sixties when it was released. We invite you to watch the free movie at LikeTelevision. An amazing film. Very disturbing, insightful and the cinematography is exquisite. Here's the NY Times obit.
Posted by Willy at 11:05 AM
October 27, 2006
Free Video Feed for your blog
Just copy and paste the code to your blog or web page and get an updated This Day in History video each day.
I decided to do a test, and see how easily a person could drop the video feed for This Day in History in a blog. The widget updates itself daily after you drop in a snippet of code into your blog. Copy, Paste. The whole process lasted less than a minute. Sweet.
Posted by Willy at 11:59 AM
October 26, 2006
More Gracie & George
Here's Gracie Allen, an amazing comic genius and her husband George Burns, one of the greatest straight men in Hollywood history. In this fast paced episode, Gracie thinks she had a little accident that dented George's car, so she tries to get Bill Goodwin to secretly take it into the body shop to get it fixed before George finds. Also stars Bea Benaderet as Blanche Morton. She also was Pearl on the Beverly Hillbillies and the voice of Wilma Flintstone for many years.
Also of interest - the Johnny Carson DVDs and video tapes are 40% off this week in honor of Johnny' Birthday on October 23. Check it out at Johnnycarson.com. You can also check out a few funny bits here at LikeTelevision for kicks.
Quietly, we added some nifty html code you could snag to have a video history clip for each new day. It auto updates from woo woo land. Just drop the code in your blog once and forget it. You can learn more here (scroll down a bit).
Posted by skooter at 03:34 PM
October 21, 2006
New Fu For You
As promised - here's a new episode of The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu, titled - The Death Ships of Dr. Fu Manchu. The diabolical genius with an endless bankroll has stolen a super toxic strain of deadly germs from a California lab. He gets the germs on a slow boat for China, where he plans to unleash them on some unsuspecting Asian population, who will be able to trace the germs back to the USA, blame Uncle Sam and start World War III, which will be a biological war with maybe a few Nukes thrown in for good measure. (Kim Jong-il must have liked this episode and perhaps Osama Bin Laden took in this classic tv show as a youth, who knows?). In any event, as we often like to say - everything old is new again. Check out the new episode of Dr. Fu Manchu at your own risk and see terrorism at work, circa 1956. Listening to Glen Gordon do his chinese accent is definitely dangerous to the psyche. Also, check out Frank Random melon laced trailer!
Posted by skooter at 12:51 PM
October 18, 2006
Fu Manchu & the Psycho Guy
Coming soon to LikeTelevision - the most diabolical villain of all recorded history, Dr. Fu Manchu. Sometimes seen as the devil incarnate, Fu Manchu is the king pin of all evil in the world. Back in the 1950s, Dr. Fu was working with all kinds of WMDs, including messing with plague germs hidden in melons to atomic bombs. The first episode isn't ready just yet, but here's the Dr. Fu Manchu trailer to whet your whistle.
But the new download files for How Awful About Allan starring Anthony Perkins is ready for prime time. Perkins, best known for his role as Norman Bates in Psycho, shows that he's still got it, with his role as the blind Allan, who is tormented by his father's accidental death. Also stars Julie Harris as Allan's sister. Here's a trailer. Check out How Awful About Allan as streams or download it and watch it on your TV.
Posted by Willy at 01:39 PM
October 17, 2006
Last Man on Earth - MPEG-2
One of the best movies Vincent Price ever made was The Last Man on Earth. The world's population has been decimated by some terrible germs with a mutated strain of the bacillus found in the plague. Worse, before you are totally dead, the victims attack other people and infect them. The movie is very entertaining and watchable. It isn't bloody as much as bloody frightening.
As part of this year's ScreamFest, we provided a horror classic film, The Last Man on Earth in MPEG-2 (DVD quality), for download. How big is it? Over 3 gig! It won't be here for long... get 'em while their hot.
Posted by skooter at 01:51 PM
October 13, 2006
ScreamFest - Friday the 13th Halloween Videos
We're Back.... LikeTelevision's 7th Annual ScreamFest is ready for your Halloween Spooky fun times. This year we have over 100 hours of free Horror movies, Halloween cartoons and TV Shows and lots lots more. Don't be afraid... be VERY afraid!
Posted by skooter at 04:45 PM
October 11, 2006
New Dracula is up, ScreamFest on Friday the 13th
Just in from Transylvania - Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Well actually - the film is set in London and updated for modern times, circa 1974. But wait, the diabolical Dracula wants to destroy the entire human race with germ warfare, a bona fide WMD. Not for the faint of heart, nor kids for that matter.
Also - coming Friday the 13th, LikeTelevision's Seventh Annual Halloween ScreamFest. This year we offer several hundred hours of vintage horror movies, Shock Theater, more witches, zoned out zombies, and monsters. And Casper cartoons and classic tv shows too. Ghosts, Black Cats, and Pumpkin's too. Here's a video preview.
Posted by skooter at 03:43 PM
October 04, 2006
The Copper with Wally Cox and Ernest Borgnine
Jump back in time to October 1951 and a TV series called Goodyear Television Playhouse. Back in the day, companies would often sponsor entire shows. Some even included some serious product placement, like Carnation and The Burns & Allen Show. This episode of Goodyear Television Playhouse is called The Copper starring Wally Cox, Ernest Borgnine, David White and Pat Carroll. A crazy story about an accident prone police cadet who finds himself on the way to a date with Old Sparky at the pen. For more details - check out the addition - The Copper to the Classic TV library at LikeTelevision. If you enjoy police stories told with a touch of comedy and corny jokes, you will love it. Quite entertaining.
Posted by skooter at 04:08 PM
September 29, 2006
Frank And Skooter Series
Last week we broke ground on the Frank Random Library, not real dirt and shovels mind you, just digital dirt in virtual land. So far it has about 150 items linked to it, with a ton more to add to fully compile the list of the Frank Random content machine. But, one little cranny of this media mountain is the Frank And Skooter series, where Frank Random and Skooter discuss some new additions to the movie library. Think Siskel and Delbert and you'll have a basic script. What is very different, is that everything takes place in a near perfect replica of the room Frank Random works in here. The D-88s, the O2/r, mic preamps, the genelecs, the artwork, chairs, the wood floor, the rug - and on and on and on - looks just like that. The trailers for the "control room" series, (note, skoot and Frank get hair in one of them) are Born to Win and Truman Capote's Glass House. And then - Frank and Skoot headed off to Norma Jean's trailer park, to announce the news of 15 new trailers with the love goddess herself, Marilyn Monroe.
Posted by Willy at 03:50 PM
September 26, 2006
Jean Renoir & Michel Simon
In 1932, Jean Renoir, acclaimed French Film Director, and son a master of the Impressionist genius, Auguste Renoir caused quite a stir with his new film, Boudu Sauve Des Eaux. The English title is Boudu saved from Drowning. The hero was a homeless man, with poor manners and bad taste in hair styles - who was also charming and endearing and flawed. Michel Simon, the French king of slapstick comedy, stars as Boudu. He gives an amazing performance, as intense as the previous Jean Renoir Michel Simon collaboration from 1931, The Chienne, roughly translated, The Bitch. In French, Chien means dog, if you want a speak of a female dog, it is La Chienne. If you want an Andalusian Dog, or Un Chien Angalou (1929), you can watch that. A Boy and His Dog (preview), or Boy Meets Dog. And there's more - a pack of dogs! Oh... for the love of Dogs, Dogs, Dogs.
Would you like to watch your MPEG-1 downloads on your TV? on your new High Definition TV? Well, you can and it's easy to do. LikeTelevision, on your television. Learn more.
Posted by Willy at 09:43 AM
September 19, 2006
Circus of Fear & Pirates
Yes indeed - the elves are working hard stoking the campfire for another great Halloween ScreamFest. The latest lump of meat in the stew is a 1966 filmed called Circus of Fear (a.k.a. Psycho-Circus and Circus of Terror), starring Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski and Leo Genn (trailer). Somebody at the circus stole a lot of loot from a major robbery in London. Murder and mayhem at the big top are not far behind. Knife throwers, elephants, lions and tigers, trapeze artists and clowns.
Finally - in case you missed it, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I kid Ye not, matey. Need some help with pirate talk, learn from the Ninja master, Robert Newton - who played Long John Silver in Treasure Island and Return to Treasure Island. Also some TV shows with Long John Silver. And don't miss the trailer - where you learn to say - he fought like a tiger. (it sounds like, he fart like a tiger).
Posted by Willy at 04:17 PM
September 12, 2006
2 New Video Libraries
Have you ever wanted to checkout the full listing of the best of the free short video clips at LikeTelevision? Well - you can now - in the new Quirky Shorts Library - featuring cool Indy Short films, politically incorrect cartoons, dubious comedy, and a mountain of tasty little tidbits. We call this new video library - Quirky Shorts.
Now ... one more thing, this is huge! Yes, the Frank Random Library. A mondo selection of LikeTelevision produced trailers, promos, music and laughs created by Frank Random (over 120+ and counting), a musical variety show called Zim Zum, vintage films shot on Hi-8, music with the LTi All Stars, and a ton of biting wit to sharp to be missed. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, here it is in all its glory, The Frank Random Library.
Posted by Willy at 04:10 PM
September 06, 2006
Amazing Movie - Forbidden Games
Jeux Interdits or Forbidden Games is a powerful World War II movie about a young orphan girl named Paulette, played by Brigitte Fossey. This young girl gave an amazing performance, in a very trying theme for a movie. And the other child, Michel Dolle played by Georges Poujouly also delivered on screen. The pain and suffering related to war as seen through the eyes of children. A terrific movie - check it out, Forbidden Games.
Speaking of Forgidden Games, on September 6, 1972 - Violence rocked the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany when Black September guerrillas, a Palestinian terrorist group, attacked a compound holding Israeli Olympic team members. Watch the newsreel from this day in history.
Posted by Willy at 12:19 PM
September 01, 2006
Shock - Vincent Price Classic!
Another gem is added to the treasure for Halloween - a 1946 horror classic called Shock, starring Vincent Price as Dr. Richard Cross, the evil shrink who kills his wife, and then gets psychiatric custody of Janet, a young lady who went into shock because she witnessed a murder. Dr. Richard was involved in that too. Lots of twists and turns in an excellent story. The torment in this movie is imagining how difficult it would be to try and tell your story, but everyone thought you were crazy. And let's not forget Dr. Richard's diabolical mistress, Elaine Jordan played by Lynn Bari. You'll like her - NOT! Really fun movie. Check out Shock with Uncle Vinny.
Posted by skooter at 01:59 PM
August 23, 2006
A+ Short Film - The Wager
Frank Random and I decided to add a new section for the LikeTelevision Video Library, comprised of the Best Short Films we could find from Independent Directors. We have a bunch of friends in the industry and look forward to adding more terrific shorts for your viewing pleasure. and sure, we will look at your submission if you like. (We accept DVD, DV Tape, BetaCam Sp or 3/4 in. tape, and MPEG2 as the preferred formats). We do not guarantee that we will post your film in the library, but we will give it a look, and if accepted, we will contact you to request a license to rebroadcast. Good Luck.
To kick off the new wing of the library, LikeTelevision is thrilled to present to you a wonderful short film called The Wager, directed by Aaron Woodley of Toronto, Canada. The Wager has won many awards including Best Short Film at the Austin Film Festival and the Santa Monica Film Festival. Best Cinematography in Toronto and New York. Make sure you find time to take in this trip down bizarro lane and watch The Wager. A staff pick - two thumbs up.
Posted by Willy at 11:14 AM
August 22, 2006
Remembering Hal Smith
Yes - you might recognize Hal Smith as the actor who played Otis Campbell, the town drunk in Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show - but if you think about it for just a minute, you will remember Hal Smith for what he is really known for. Got it? Yep - His VOICE! Hal Smith was one of the most familiar cartoon voices in the history of animation, right up there with another great, Mel Blanc. Hal worked for many years as the "go to" voice for countless Hanna Barbara cartoons. Did you know Hal was also the voice of Goofy for many years, the dorky dog from Walt Disney? He was the voice of Owl in Winnie The Pooh, the voice of Santa in Casper's First Christmas and also on the Flintstones as Santa. For Warner Brothers, he sometimes was the voice of Elmer Fudd. He was Peter Potamus and Yapee. Did you know he was also the voice of Mr. Magoo after Jim Backus. Speaking of Jim Backus, who played Judge Stevens, the guy who was married to Joan on I married Joan... Hal Smith was on that show too, as Charlie. We could go on and on... Hal Smith was a legend. But here's a clip from LikeTelevision's video vault you might have missed - Hal Smith on a very bizarre 1960s game called Tight Squeeze. Really folks - this is MUST SEE LikeTelevision, you are not going to believe this game ever existed. We are certain it caused at least a few dozen marital spats with good folks who used to be good neighbors. hahhaha... watch the clip and you will understand. Who the heck thought up this game? You can also check out Hal Smith as Otis Campbell in one of the best Andy Griffith episodes ever made - Loaded Goat.
Today - we remember Hal Smith because it is his birthday. He was born August 24, 1916 in Petosky, Michigan. He died of a heart attack on January 28, 1994 in Woodland Hills, California.
Posted by skooter at 01:05 PM
August 16, 2006
Johnny Carson Video Vault
We've spent some time tweaking out the section on Johnny Carson. Lots more information, laughs and links to get the DVDs too. A hilarious collection of about three decades of Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. Jane Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, Tiny Tim, Drew Barrymore, Bill Maher, Drew Carey, Roseanne, Loni Anderson, Sam Kinison, Joan Embery, Jim Fowler and many more legends.
Posted by skooter at 05:33 PM
August 11, 2006
Behind the Scenes - Doobious Lampoonery
New media for all our older LikeTelevision Guests, (this stuff is not for children, and carries a disclaimer - so kids, be good) a funky seven pack of comedy we call Doobious Lampoonery. Culled from a really weird movie called American Raspberry, a.k.a. PrimeTime - this collection features some terrific comedy stars and a mountain of character actors. We try and put some names to these familiar faces. The series of funky shorts includes Kinky Friedman, Fred Dryer, Murphy Dunne, best known as Murph from The Blues Brothers, George Furth, David Speilberg, Pamela Guest, Larry Gelman, and Craig Richard Nelson to name just a few. Check it out - there is something there to offend just about everybody. I personally found some parts offensive - but all the same, very interesting (and disturbing) given the passage of time. The irony of something once being funny, and now just plain creepy is fascinating. Check it out - Doobious Lampoonery.
Also - behind the scenes - I just finished updating some new funny clips for the Johnny Carson page. More details on that next week.
Posted by skooter at 03:48 PM
August 09, 2006
August 9th - Jesse and Betty
August 9th marks the day that Jesse Owens kicked Hitler's butt by winning the 100 meter dash, besting the great white hope from Germany. Hitler was expecting his guy to win, and so, he stormed out of the Berlin Stadium in a huff. Would have been fun to be there huh? Well - you can watch the newsreel clip or better still, check out the Leni Riefenstahl film of the 1936 Olympics - titled Olympia. Part One features Jesse Owens, part two features a bunch of other events from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Jump across the planet and travel a few years back in time to 1930 - where two talented Jewish animators named Fleischer, Max and Dave, debut a new cartoon character named Betty Boop. The cartoon was called - Dizzy Dishes, released on August 9, 1930. You watch dozens of Betty Boop cartoons for free at LikeTelevision - but my personal favorite has got to be Minnie the Moocher, with Cab Calloway. Check out the amazing ghost dance sequence, where pics of Cab Calloway dancing were used to make the animation sequence. Amazing!
Posted by Willy at 03:40 PM
July 25, 2006
Shark - Burt Reynolds Classic
Just in time for Discovery Channel's Shark Week (i think it premieres July 30th) - check out this Burt Reynolds classic - Shark, a.k.a Maneater. Directed by the great Sam Fuller, this film was chock full of chomping shark teeth and controversy. The movie is dedicated to the courageous stunt man who work in the film industry. Why? Because a stunt man was killed while making this film, working with a medicated shark, not obviously, given a big enough dose of shark valium. I regret the producers chose to use this tragedy to promote the film, which angered Fuller, for good reason. He asked to have his name removed from the movie, but they didn't comply. Worse - they edited it without Fuller's approval and he just hated it. All that aside - the film is interesting for many reasons. Some believe it was this movie that helped launch Burt Reynolds' career as the super fuzzy chested macho man legend. No doubt, his character, Caine, a down and out American mercenary in Sudan has got a major dose of testosterone. At the beginning of the movie, he is caught hauling explosives in the back of his truck for some revolutionaries looking to take over the Islamic regime in Sudan. (hahaha i bet that sentence gets flagged by the CIA web crawlers - HA!). He escapes but the truck blows up so he needs a new job. And somehow, he lands a job as a scuba diver, searching for treasure in shark infested waters. But I digress - why don't you just watch the movie, Shark online if you like. It is kinda fun. I remember watching it as a kid on UHF TV and for some bizarre reason found it quite entertaining. And - we hope you do too.
Whenever I think of Burt Reynolds, I always think of Deliverance and poor Ned Beatty - and while no one says, Squeal like a pig shark! - this movie is also very creepy. Yep - there really is a pig shark, also called a horned shark or a bullhead shark. Or for you Latin lovers - Heterodontus francisci. Sorry... sorry... i got way off on a tangent. My mind should have jumped to Sharky's Machine, right?
Here's another interesting factiod about Burt Reynolds, he was the first actor to guest host, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. And oh my, his first guest was none other than his ex-wife Judy Carne, best known as a bikini girl on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. They had a very bitter divorce and hadn't spoken in many years so I bet this was one heck of an interview. Quite the ladies man, Burt was also married to Loni Anderson, the busty blond in WKRP Cincinnati. And though he had a very public relationship with Sally Field, the flying nun - she supposedly never accepted any of his marriage proposals.
Posted by skooter at 02:08 PM
July 24, 2006
Israel Video Archive, Beirut, and terror
Sometimes watching old newsreel clips, movies and media from days gone by can offer an interesting perspective on current events. And the listings in today's blog entry should provide some food for thought to those who have inquiring minds... that have not slapped shut from a profound certainty of their way of thinking. Having grown up in the era of terrorist events as major news media fodder, the videos bring back confused memories I had when I was just wee lad, a teenager, a college student, a young father and now.. a doting old man who is going blind from trying to figure out all these fancy smancy relational database application programming languages that change from week to week. So... join me on my journey. I am just eight years - and all the grown-ups are really tense. Some kind of war is breaking out and ending just as quick in June 1967 (The Six Day War). I had no concept what all the fuss was about - I was much more interested in watching Leave it to Beaver, Perry Mason, or Lucy. Ahhh the golden age of situation comedy. A few years later, now 13 years old - I was enjoying the Olympic games in Munich, 1972, when all the enjoyment gets thumped by a bunch of rotten apples with an axe to grind. I remember how Mark Spitz was swimming like a maniac, and leaving a wake when he swam butterfly. As a young kid at the local swim club, I was totally stoked and inspired by his performance. And then, it felt like the life got sucked out of me as the games were tarnished by simple hatred. A few more years pass, and I am ready to head off for college as Jimmy Carter, with a smile as big as Teddy's on Mount Rushmore is confident that he has led the world into a lasting peace. Soon thereafter, some guy named Ayatollah returns to Iran. Soon, we get to learn more about this man, that Time Magazine will make their Man of the Year. (should have been the Man-iac of the Year) Things get even more tense, as Americans, guilty only of being born in the USA are taken as hostages. The country learns that Jimmy is not the best guy for the job that needs to get done - but many years hence, we still will name a nuclear submarine after the gentle peanut farmer. Ooops, I am jumping ahead in time. Anyway - the hostages get released when Ronald Reagan gets elected. Jump to the early eighties, I am a college graduate readt to hit the job market and the economy is in the tank, folks still drive big cars (no... not SUVs, but massive boats all the same) but the pendulum has shifted a bit due to the price of gas. But the USA consumer was quite a slow learner - as the initial OPEC whack arrived in 1972. I learned about a place called Beirut, because of another horrible terrorist attack on a marine barracks there. Fast forward a few years, again back in Beirut... and the go to guy of terrorist negotiations, Terry Waite gets kidnapped. Times passes, and I am now a father of two lovely girls. Lots has changed in the world though many things seem like the same old song. The Soviet threat is no more, the Berlin wall came down and the arms race has subsided because the USA is finally friendly with the Russians. Phew. Meanwhile - the news continues to be peppered with incidents in the Middle East. And finally, in September 11, 2001 - while filming an awesome Marrionette master from France at LikeTelevision's studios, and all hell breaks loose in NYC. It was all too ironic, that the next movie we would add to the video library was The Battle of Algiers. Do I have any answers, suggestions or thoughts of note for today's current events in the Middle East? Nope, other than I am still hopeful that people will learn to forgive and forget, move on and recognize we are all brothers and sisters. That God loves all of us, because we are all his children - you see, I think Mother Teresa had it right.
Posted by Willy at 12:29 PM
July 14, 2006
Rembrandt Clebrates his 400th Birthday
A few years back - I wrote a short blog entry on Rembrandt - that I thought might be worth re-reading, since this Saturday, July 15, 2006 - marks the 400th birthday (born July 15, 1606) of the Dutch Master. It features a bunch of fun links - including a portrait of his wife, Saskia and a funny commercial for a game where you bid on expensive paintings - called the Masterpiece Game. Anyway - check it out, and learn a thing or two about one of the greatest artists the world has ever known.
Posted by skooter at 10:28 AM
July 07, 2006
The Bikini's 60th Bday - video history
On July 5, 1946 - the bikini was born. Yep - the bikini is celebrating its 60th birthday. Oddly enough, unlike us old folks who often get plumper with age, the bikini seems to just get smaller and smaller - on top and certainly on the bottom, where in many cases the bum protector is just a string on crack. Or as the joke goes - it looks like anal floss. When the bikini was first introduced, the designer didn't know what to call the revealing swim suit - so he took the name from the biggest news item happening that week in 1946, a series of atomic bombs the US government was testing at a place called the Bikini Atoll. Oddly enough, by the end of week, people were more concerned about the bikini swim suit than the bomb, and the impact it might have on the moral decay of society. HA! Also - kind of ironic timing for the Korean missle tests on the Bikini birthday bash. Check out this funny video clip on the history of the bikini. oooh la la. Look at all those teeny weeny polka dot bikinis - on your grandma. HA!
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June 30, 2006
Pele - World Cup Video Vault
Tucked away in the history channel on LikeTelevision is some cool video of Pele who dominated the World Cup in the 1950s and 1960s. Pele is back in the news again as Ronaldo from Team Brazil passed Pele's World Cup goal count and tied Germany's Gert Muller for the most goals scored in World Cup play. When I was a kid, Pele was the Michael Jordan of soccer, only much bigger. Well - bigger in a global sense as the USA continues to be asleep at the the wheel in their understanding and appreciation of the top sport on this planet. As a major fan of football (soccer to us yanks) - it is often frustrating as one tries to catch the World Cup fever the rest of the world so happily enjoys. Very few games have been on broadcast tv, though most are on ESPN, it does no good if you are not in a place with cable TV. And - if you go to a bar and try and watch - alas it is just a bar and not a pub. Folks are watching golf, or talking heads on baseball but the passion level is just not there. Many times - I wished I was enjoying the games somewhere other than the USA - because most folks do not even have a clue how wonderful the sport is, or how important it is to the hearts and minds of those watching. How bad you say? When the USA was playing Italy, I was driving in a car searching for the game on the radio. It is on just one AM station - and in Spanish. There was NO broadcast in English. Of course - I listened to the Spanish station as best I could but it was still frustrating.
Oh well, enough whining about it. Check out the video of Pele, one of the best to play the game and a major hero in the history of the World Cup.
Posted by Willy at 07:04 AM
June 29, 2006
Scary Stuff - Flying Axes and Joe Friday
Sorry for the slow blog posting - we've been busting out little data bits off. Here's a quick list of some of the titles we've added over the last week. Dragnet - The Big Seventeen, starrng Jack Webb as Joe Friday. In this episode, Joe is working Juve - that's Police talk for Juvenile Division, not to be confused with Vice or Bunko - can you tell I don't know bunko about Cop speak? Anyway - some high school kids are causing a lot of trouble in town, because they are all hopped up on assorted drugs. Someone has been supplying drugs for free, hoping to hook up with some new customers and build a repeat business in pharmaceuticals. Of course - this business endeavor is not to be confused with large global drug companies that offer doctors incentives to prescribe the higher margins products they carry. hmmmm. Anyway - the latest problem is that one of the young teens has killed his supplier and then ripped off a large cache of heroin. Not just any heroin, this is super pure, high grade heroin. Normally - the stuff the kids were getting was a weak grade, and if the boy starts selling this stuff, Joe rightfully fears that some kids are going to get killed. While not as classic as the "Blue Boy" episode (you know, the one where the kid paints his face blue and goes to a garden party with a hand grenade) this one is a classic. Check it out - The Big Seventeen. Want more Dragnet - got it. Or maybe a few classic police shows - got a ton of that too.
Do you need another funky scary movie? Well we got one... and we had to search way down under for this one, which was produced in Australia. The movie has been called The Forgotten, and also Don't Look in the Basement. It seems the rural Stephens Sanitarium is not a gentle pastoral place for crazy people anymore, now that Dr. Stephens has gone off for deep end. This one has a ton of blood, but I wouldn't really call it scary or anything. Many times - it is kinda funny. But my sense of humor is a wee bit twisted at times. Wanna sneak preview, check out the new Frank Random preview for Don't Look in the Basement.
Got a bunch more to add to this list - but I have to scoot off to a production meeting.
Posted by skooter at 04:33 PM
June 21, 2006
More Funky Tunes in Toons
Another batch of funky cartoons were just added to the video library. Betty Boop is going to give Pudgy a bath and nothing is going to stop her. Pudgy does his best to resist but it is futile when Betty gets singing. A Three Stooges cartoon, Behind the 8 Ball Express with Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe DeRita. Also features Hal Smith as the voice of the villain. Smith is best known as Otis Campbell the down drunk in Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show. Finally - a bizarre one called It's a Greek Life. A centaur, who happens to be a cobbler - has to fixing Mercury's flying sandals. Holy FTD Florests Batman. You see, this horse man wants to fly too, so he tries on the sandals and... well go watch it!
In the background - we are doing all kinds of server updates this week and into next week. You should not experience any issues with our tinkering in the server cabinets. We hope so anyway! HA!
More scary movies will be served up next in the queue, plus a whacko on drugs tries to mess with the cops. Not just any cop - but SGT Joe Friday, LAPD. Bad idea. In case you missed it - check out these psycho bikers. Sheesh!
Posted by Willy at 12:44 PM
June 12, 2006
Drew Barrymore, Rachel Welch & Tiny Tim
The Carson clips have been updated - and this video playlist is like a greatest hits of 60's & 70's TV. It kicks off with Drew Barrymore taking them out and dropping them on Johnny Carson's desk. Her teeth silly, she's like 7 years old and has a retainer that is causing soreness, so she pulls it out and plops it on Johnny's desk. Then watch Tiny Tim's debut national performance on the Tonight Show, and a scene from the wedding to Miss Vikki. And don't miss the lovely and talented Rachel Welch at the peak of her career, looking terrific in a low-cut dress. Plus lots more. Here's Johnny!
And speaking of the talented Barrymore family, by all means, check out Drew's Grandpa John Barrymore in the duel role of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. One of the most amazing screen performances of all-time.
Posted by Willy at 10:53 AM
June 09, 2006
Toad Lovin' Bikers
Earlier this week - we added another gem to the treasure chest but neglected to alert the media. Sorry about that, but just in time for the World Cup - we have for you a bizarre movie from England, Psychomania (watch trailer) featuring frog loving, very mean and nasty bikers. It seems they think that get killed and return to be the baddest bikers of all, since they can only get killed once. And what kind of mayhem you ask - well, my favorite shot is in the grocery store.... where the girl runs over the baby carriage before slamming head first into the meat locker at the end of the aisle. We wondered if this scene was added as a tribute to Sergei Eisenstein's Potemkin, and the Odessa Steps sequence with the baby carriage. HA! And the folk tune at Tom's funeral mass is one of the most insipid works of 1960s era "peace, love and rebellion" genre ever conceived. You will want to smash his guitar. Promise, you will. Check out this exceptional trailer by our own Frank Random. Or check out the movie - Psychomania or as we like to call, The DaVinci Toad.
Posted by skooter at 10:19 AM
June 02, 2006
Coming up - Frogs and DVDs
We're hard at work - encoding more movies, making trailers, and a mountain of beautiful new DVD iso files of our best offerings. And we hear ya - more cars and biker media. Well check this.
The next movie is the hopper is a wild and crazy cult classic - we called The DaVinci Toad. The real name is Psychomania and it tells the story of a disturbed group of bikers, who kill themselves - then resurrect - only to cause more trouble and mayhem. And of course they can't be killed anymore, once you're already dead. Oh - they seem to have this idol worship of frogs too, hence the crack - The DaVinci Toad. Check out this Frank Random gem of a trailer for a taste of what's coming next.
Posted by Willy at 12:31 PM
May 25, 2006
Judy Garland, Lena Horne WOW
Till the Clouds Roll By was made in 1946, as a soaring tribute to one of the greatest songwriters known to man - Jerome Kern. Born in New York January 27, 1885, Jerome Kern died of a brain hemorrhage on November 11, 1945 at the peak of his career. And so - all the greats came out in droves to offer their props to a legend, who wrote so many beautiful songs - including Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Old Man River, The Way you Look Tonight - and on and on and on. The stars are also in the prime of their careers - amazing performances by Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra, to name but a few. The movie is bit confused - as it seems it doesn't know whether it should be a movie about Kern's Broadway musicals - or a biography of Kern's life. But it is impossible to tell the man's story without the Broadway finales and what's not to like? You get to see many smoking powerful performances of some of the best songs in American music. Check out the movie - Till the Clouds Roll By.
Posted by Willy at 08:51 AM
May 16, 2006
New Toons, Tesla and Chance
You asked for more classic toons - so here we go: My favorite of this batch is Susie the Little Blue Coupe, narrated by Sterling Holloway, best known as the voice of Winnie the Pooh. Baby Huey's debut - heck, you can want the overgrown duck hatch from an egg the size of a watermelon in Quack-A-Doodle-Doo. Or if the Owl's are more your bird of prey - check out Teacher's Pest, where a baby owl (a.k.a. Junior) is being preyed upon by a big bad wolf on his way to school. Finally - check out Winter Draws On, with a classic cameo by Buzzy the Crow.
Totally unrelated - we've always been big fans of Nikola Tesla, probably the greatest inventor in the last 100 years that no one really knows much about. While many credit Edison with electricity, it was actually Tesla who brought alternating current into our homes. Anyway - we made a cool colorized pic of Tesla that you might enjoy. By all means - learn more about this awesome man.
Finally - Peter Seller's character, Chauncey Gardner, the star of Being There, is perhaps my favorite character in all of film - so when we heard this quote from the movie, we just had to pass it on.
This is just like television, only you can see much further.
(He says this when he takes his first ride in a car).
Posted by skooter at 04:17 PM
May 12, 2006
Cartoons w/ Political Incorrectness
Oh my - Mr. Skooter is falling behind in the video queue... and even worse, not blogging all the new additions to the library. So... i will try and set the record straight.. or at least tell you about a few of the new additions that you will probably find very entertaining. Today... the topic is cartoons... and this toonfest theme will continue early next week as we just added a monster sized batch of killer toons. Ok, here goes - The Lion is Busy is a classic that every baby boomer will remember, featuring Beaky the Buzzard and Leo the Lion. Next up - the classic, Story of King Midas. This cartoon is actually a stop motion animation back in the day when folks did this kind of work. Oddly enough it almost looks like Nosferatu is one of the characters. Next - Molly Moo-Cow and Robinson Crusoe. This one has most the bizarre elements fashionable in the day...that make it seem kind of weird and disturbing today. And finally - Mutt and Jeff in Slick Sleuths. The boys take on the notorious Phantom. Terrific animation in this one, and funny too.
Posted by skooter at 04:14 PM
May 03, 2006
Random Video Jukebox - Have fun
Wouldn't it be cool if you could go to a page and get a random suggestion from the LikeTelevision library? Spin the wheel - and you'd never know what will pop up. Well wish no more - it's here. The Randomizer is ready for testing. Be a pioneer and have fun with this massive free video jukebox!
We had a lot of fun testing this. It turned out to be a great way to quickly glean through the library and find something cool to watch. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Posted by skooter at 01:54 PM
April 24, 2006
DVD ISO Downloads
One of the easiest ways to create a DVD is to record an image file. An image file, or ISO file has all the information of a fully authored DVD. No transcoding, making menus or anything. Just record an image file, select the ISO (*.iso) image file you downloaded, and record. Too Easy!
We add DVD iso files in and out of the library. If you want a current listing - just type in DVD iso in the search box. My current favorites are Owl Creek Bridge, Laurel & Hardy, and Dr. Caligari. If you want more information on burning a DVD, go here.
Posted by skooter at 02:26 PM
April 20, 2006
Weird Movie, Andy Kaufman
Released in 1976, God Told Me To, also known as Demon - stars Tony Lo Bianco as a NYC police detective trying to solve a bizarre string of heinous crimes, where regular people go whacko and go on a shooting spree. Till they get shot (or stabbed. whatever) and in their dying breath. they whisper, God Told Me To. When the crazy knife toting lady tries to get the phrase out... Gah.. Gah.. Gah.. it made me laugh. Anyway - it is a really creepy and disturbing movie, especially when you learn what the Messiah wanna be named Bernard Phillips is all about. Gross! It has Andy Kaufman in it, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis and a ton of other notables. Not for kids.
So - here's another conspiracy theory for you, the anti-christ is an alien??? Who needs the Da Vinci Code or the Judas papers.
Posted by skooter at 10:26 AM
April 10, 2006
Horror Hotel - Bizarre Classic
Horror Hotel is a pretty creepy film - as are many of the films from Christopher Lee. But this one has an extra layer of cool and that's because Venetia Stevenson stars as a young Nan Barlow. Who is Venetia Stevenson you ask? why she's the great Phil Everly's ex-wife. And whoa - she's also Axl Rose's ex-mother-in-law. That's right - Axl was once married to Venetia Stevenson's daughter. And so... when Nan is the virgin sacrificed in the witches' ceremoeny, one can't help but whistle, Bye Bye Love... or maybe welcome to the jungle! Depends on your taste for music i guess. In any event, Horror Hotel is a pretty cool movie, and is a warm up for what's coming next - which is a totally creepy movie. No more details on that... just coming soon. Till then, watch Horror Hotel and increase your stamina for weirdness, cause the next offering is just plain too weird for words. Andy Kaufman is in it. ' nuff said.
Posted by Willy at 03:39 PM
April 03, 2006
Prehistoric Space Satellites
Technology is cool, but cooler still is vintage technology like vacuum tubes and copper wire. You want that? Whoa, we got it. Next up, a 1965 film from NASA about their varied programs of space exploration, which includes the search for alien life forms. No kidding! The focus of the film is about satellites. Little honeys for the weather guys and the DOD guys too. If you like vintage space gear - check here and here for the X-15, or square one of the space program, which began in earnest with Chuck Yeager at the helm of Glamorous Glennis, the X-1.
So what's up with the dinosaur toy in space? We... this is prehistoric rocket gear for one thing.. plus - Son of Godzilla will be ready for download later today. One of my favorite movies in the huge prehistoric insects, animals and monsters genre. A HA! Yes careful observers know that the dinosaur in the image above is not Godzilla, but is none other than the crafty King Zor. You had to shoot the dinosaur before it shot you with missles. Old toys were fun!
Posted by skooter at 12:15 PM
March 30, 2006
Watch movies on your TV Set
As always - technology marches on - which is very often a wonderful thing - as we get a chance to check out new cool techno gadget hardware. In this case - we have heard from many users who are enjoying LikeTelevision's media library, on their TV sets. Here's how most folks are set up: 1)a computer or laptop is accessing the internet and downloading the mpg files to a folder that is shared with a device called a media player, a piece of hardware that is hooked to the tv and by ethernet cable (or wireless) to the computer. Then a remote control is used to access the mpg files from the tv, click play and watch the content. EZ as pie.
There are many brands of Wired/Wireless Media Player devices - including those from D-Link, Gateway, or Buffalo Technology. So don't be shy, these new media player devices are a great way watch movies downloaded from the net, on your tv screen.
Posted by skooter at 02:30 PM
March 24, 2006
Jane Fonda Classic, oh my!
Jane Fonda is out of control on Johhny Carson. One of TV's wildest interviews, where she recounts a story. Oh My! Did she say that? Bill Maher does a killer standup routine, a marmoset relieves himself, on Johnny's head! In another segment, Ed seems a little tipsy. Enjoy yourself - Here's Johnny!
Posted by Willy at 11:09 AM
March 22, 2006
They Made Me a Criminal
As you may know, John Garfield was one of the casulaties of the communist witch hunts led by Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. Garfield was accused of being communist sympathizer, and refused to name others. As such, he never really got the work in Hollywood that he deserved. When he died in 1952, his funeral was mobbed by fans, the largest turnout since Valentino's funeral in the 1920s. And so, the title, They Made Me A Criminal does carry some irony with it.
Directed by acclaimed choreographer Busby Berkely, the film tells a great story of a street-wise boxer named Johnnie Bradfield who gets framed for murder. But then a stroke of luck, the manger who framed Garfield for murder gets killed in a car wreck... but the cops think that Johnnie was killed in the wreck. So, as long as Bradfield clears out - he should be ok.
Yeah... that was fine, until a snoopy detective named Monty Phelan (Claude Rains) starts nosing around thinking he has really found Johnnie Barfield. Also stars The Dead End Kids, with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall, a.k.a. Slip Mahoney and Sach of The Bowery Boys. Lots of fun - a great story, decent acting, and a terrific ending. Check it out - They Made Me A Criminal.
Posted by skooter at 11:39 AM
March 10, 2006
Coney Island -Back in the Day
Another classic from the funky shorts video library - Coney Island Back in the Day. Watch the carnival barkers pump up their freak show, a rollercoaster ride, and of course, Coney Island hot dogs.
Have a great weekend, got more videos on the way.
Posted by skooter at 03:11 PM
March 09, 2006
Oscars Today and Yesterday
I just finished reading an article by Peggy Noonan - Boy in a Bubble, about Oscar Night, March 5, 2006. (not to be confused with John Travolta in the Boy in the Plastic Bubble). Noonan speaks of America's love of movies, and how good it feels to tell someone,
I saw a great movie, you've got to see it.
So we thought we'd suggest a few great movies here at LikeTelevision
, you really should see. Get clicking! Cyrano de Bergerac
starring Jose Ferrer who wins the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role. Amazing story and Ferrer is brilliant. The Stranger
(1946) starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson
and Loretta Young is terrific Nazi spy thriller. (Oscar nominated for Best Writing in 1947). Check out Frank Random's Trailer
. My Man Godfrey
is a wonderful feel good movie starring Carole Lombard
and William Powell
. The film was nominated for SIX Oscars - Best Actor (Wm. Powell). Best Actress (Carole Lombard), Best Actor, Supporting Role (Mischa Auer), Best Actress Supprting Role (Alice Brady), Best Director (Gregory La Cava), and Best Writing, Screenplay (Eric Hatch, Morrie Ryskind). Another interesting thing to consider - Lombard and Powell were married from 1931-1933. So, Powell gets to fall in love with his ex-wife on the screen. Lombard married Clark Gable in 1939. Check out Frank Random's trailer
for My Man Godfrey
Fritz Lang made some of the best movies ever made. While he is best known for Metropolis
, my personal favorite is M
starring Peter Lorre. But for this list, I am going to suggest - 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
. Lang's last film is a beautiful masterpiece, chock full of amazing cinematography and all the suspense of Hitchcock. If your tastes cater to the more bizarre, check out Scarlet Street
, a dark and twisted tale of a very frustrated artist.
Another movie worth watching - Harper Lee's film adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird
starring Gragory Peck and Robert Duvall. If you have never seen it or haven't seen it in a long time, by all means - watch it. If time is short, check out this Frank Random trailer
You might be too young to remember, but the Oscar night March 27, 1973
was a real turning point. Yes - Coppola got Best Director for The Godfather, but the big news that night was Marlon Brando, who sends Sacheen Littlefeather
to accept the award. She goes on and on about a politically charged Government conspiracy against Native Indians. Anyway, it turns out she's a phony - just an actress from California named Maria Cruz, not an Native American at all. For me, this was the moment when Oscar Night had jumped the shark
Gotta scoot - lots of work to do. We should have more new videos by the weekend.
Posted by Willy at 10:11 AM
March 03, 2006
Lou Costello's 100th Birthday Bash
On Monday March 6, 2006 - Lou Costello would be celebrating his 100th birthday, and as a tribute to a man who made millions laugh, we decided to highlight some terrific content featuring Abbott & Costello. First up - check out a whacky version of Jack and the Beanstalk. Just like the Wizard of Oz, this movie features parts that are in black & white and other parts that are in color. Oddly enough - the "real world" is in B&W and Costello's dream is in living color. Loads of good clean laughs - check out this free video preview created by LikeTelevision's own resident clown - Frank Random.
Another must see Costello movie is called Africa Screams - which is a parody of a whacko documentary of that era called Africa Speaks. Honestly - the movie is much funnier if you have seen the schlocky docu-drama, which has a guy getting attacked by a lion, a plague of locusts, and natives going wild for salt... to name but a few weird moments of way over the top politically incorrect film. The Abbott and Costello film Africa Screams features a killer cast of co-stars including Hiliary Brook, Max Baer (Jethro Bodine's dad... who was a terrific boxer. He was the bad guy in Ron Howard's recent film, Cinderella man - read more about that here). Also stars Buddy Baer, Max's bigger brother, Clyde Beatty - the Gunter Gable William's super lion tamer of his day, and a few well known stooges - Shemp Howard, Moe and Curly's brother plus Joe Besser, a vaudville great and a stooge when the the stooges were not as good as they used to be. Enjoy yourself - and raise your glass today for Lou Costello... one of the greatest funny guys to ever grace the silver screen.
Posted by Willy at 12:20 PM
February 27, 2006
Remebering Don Knotts - classic Barney Fife video
On Friday February 24, 2006 - the great Don Knotts died at the age of 81. He was one of the best comedians of his day, best known for his role as the inept deputy of Mayberry, Barney Fife. Knotts was brilliant in his ability to make his character come alive. Like Stan Laurel, he was able to very very funny and retain a childlike innocence that was always endearing. You couldn't help but just love the guy. For those who worked with the man - they only had nice things to say about him. The world will miss his joyous spirit.
As a tribute to this wonderful man, LikeTelevision has compiled some of our favorite moments which we feel best displayed the nature of what made Barney Fife so loveable. Clip one comes from the classic episode - Dogs, Dogs, Dogs. A slew of canines come to Mayberry, and Barney decides to take the dogs out of the police station - and let them run loose in a big field. But then a thunderstorm starts up in earnest... and little Opie is worried about one of the dogs - which he calls a trembler. The entire epside is must see - but here is the scene that is my favorite... about those selfish giraffes.
Another favorite moment of all time - is when Barney buys his first car - from a lady (Ellen Corby, a.k.a. Grandma Walton) who seems like a nice old lady who just drives her car to church each week. Too bad for Barney - he gets a lemon, and this little old lady is hardened crook who takes Barney to the cleaners. Check out our 2nd clip from the best of Barney.
The final offering in our best of Barney Fife collection comes from an episode called The Big House. Some big time criminals come to town.. and Barney is in top form as he explains the rules of the Mayberry jail, which Barney runs with an iron fist, just like Alcatraz, The Big House... the Rock. Check out clip #3.
Of course it is impossible to for us to not include such classic tv moments as the introduction to Aunt Bee's Medicine Man, where Barney combs his hair and compares himself to Rock Hudson, or Mountain Wedding, where he dresses in drag to fool Ernest T. Bass, or the scene from Loaded Goat when Barney comes face to face with a case of dynamite... but we thought it best to just encourage everyone to check out the entire episodes. Yep - just watch them all - 16 episodes of Don Knotts, 8 hours of uninterupted Barney at his best. Available free as video streams - or better yet, download the episodes for better quality and keep them for your own private collection. You can either subscribe and have access to all of them or purchase your personal favorite, a la carte.
May God bless Barney - and the great Don Knotts rest in peace.
Posted by Willy at 10:55 AM
February 17, 2006
Jean Cocteau's Blood of a Poet
From 1930 - check out Jean Cocteau's Blood of a Poet. This French Foreign film reminds me of Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali's Un Chien Andelou from 1929, only I do not think it's as good as that avant garde classic. Of this genre - Fernand Leger's Ballet Mechanique is by far my favorite. But Cocteau was an interesting artist - and very multi-talented (writer, poet, actor, director, painter and more). He's best known for his play Beauty and the Beast which came out in 1946. Check out his debut film - Blood of a Poet.
Or better still - check out the poet in Roger Corman's a Bucket of Blood. Definitely inspired by Cocteau's film.
Posted by Willy at 01:38 PM
February 08, 2006
Laurel and Hardy - Flying Deuces
Sure - folks know who Laurel & Hardy were, but have you ever watched one of their films? Well, we can rectify that shortcoming right now, go watch Flying Deuces, starring Stan and Ollie in one of their best movies.
The boys are in Paris - when Ollie falls in love with a fetching femme fatale. Trouble is - she's already married. Yes, I know this was not an insurmountable problem for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but back in the day, it was enough. Ollie is just gripped with a severe bout of depression - and there were no magic pills to consume, so he decides to off himself. But wait - why not join the French Foreign Legion? Yeah, that's the ticket. As you might imagine, the boys don't fit in real well. Loads of laughs and a massive dose of good clean fun. Check it out and watch the entire movie free.
Finally - three cheers for Frank Random, who went nuts on this project, carefully fixing countless broken frames and jerky "film in the sprocket" errors. Our cleaned up version of this movie looks terrific. By the we - we made the download a DVD iso file in lieu of the usual mpeg 1 files, so you can easily author a DVD of the movie, assuming you have a DVD recorder and some basic software. (just make a DVD from the image, which is the iso file).
Posted by Willy at 01:02 PM
January 27, 2006
Kansas City Confidential
Would you like to watch one of best movies you've never seen? Well check out Kansas City Confidential, one of the best crime dramas ever made. Made in 1952 - this movie will keep you riveted. It's a great story plain and simple. Learn more on the page and watch the movie free. The film stars Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand and Jack Elam.
Posted by skooter at 03:23 PM
January 05, 2006
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Check out the latest addition to the movie library - The Snows of Kilimanjaro starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, and Ava Gardner. Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name - this film was directed by the great Henry King, who also directed the classic Bible tale - David and Bathsheba, which starred Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward in the title roles. For Peck, Hayward and King - this was their next movie effort. The film features some terrific cinematography of Africa including some big game hunting with a rhinoceros kill in the bush. (The movie was nominated for an Oscar in this category too).
For today's world - this movie is full of politically incorrect situations, phrases, and people. Gregory Peck, perhaps best known for his sympathetic role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, has a few lines directed at the witch doctor where he says Monkey Dust. It is unclear whether this is directed at the shaman or his potion. In many instances you will find yourself saying - did he just say that? So - i guess you know why this film has been buried and not a staple on your cable's movie stations. All in all, an interesting movie. It is well acted though the script is sometimes lacking. If you have never seen this movie or wish to remember the days when the great white hunter stalked the African plains - check it out. And speaking of ye olde classic men in pith helmets films - you should also check out - Africa Speaks and Beyond Bengal. Or the Abbott & Costello spoof on Africa Speaks - Africa Screams.
Posted by Willy at 10:17 AM
December 29, 2005
Silly Putty and Propeller Heads
Silly Putty is back in the news again as it celebrates 50 years of joyful service to planet Earth. In case you missed the latest news - Clay Bavor, Associate Product Manager at Google got orders from his fellow googlers and ended up buying over a quarter TON of the stuff. (Great story It seems someone decided to see what a 500 plus pound mountain of silly putty would look like. Bad idea, because silly putty is a polymer - with covalent bonds within the molecules, but hydrogen bonds between the molecules. As any student of chemistry knows - covalent bonds are not easily broken. When larger amounts of stress are applied quickly - the hydrogen bonds break (or snap like a biscuit, as the captain says in the first silly putty commercial made in 1957) - but it is not easy to do this on a mini mountain of the stuff. When you pull on it slowly (less stress) it flows like taffy. Or as the trademarked expression goes - Silly Putty is "real solid liquid". But just another tidbit in the amazing history of Silly Putty and the ongoing fascination of propellor heads. So I asked myself - why do techno geeks love Silly Putty? Why did the astronauts on Apollo 8 take Silly Putty to the moon? What is the fascination? That's easy - Silly Putty is cool, and geeks like to be cool, though many of us are... cool challenged. We're nerds... but give us an egg of Silly Putty and we're the life of just about any party. Try it yourself - Silly Putty is a babe magnet.
Silly Putty was made by an engineer at the New Haven, CT General Electric plant named James Wright. He was working for the war effort - as industries were asked by Uncle Sam to come up with an alternative to natural rubber. Hopefully - the irony of Silly Putty having its roots in a war effort is not lost on you. For more on the history of Silly Putty - check out Silly Putty History.
Silly Putty is a mix of Boric acid and silicone oil. If you want to make some yourself - most internet recipes use 2 parts Elmer's white glue with 1 part Sta-Flo liquid starch. But - this stuff doesn't bounce or pick up pictures from a newspaper. A more satisfying recipe consists of elmers glue, sodium borate (some recipes use borax) and water. Search google for Silly Putty recipes or how to make silly putty for more options.
Of course - there is only one Silly Putty and it is made by Binney & Smith. They also own another one of the world's most powerful brands - Crayola, which crayons, markers, paint and colored pencils. For any propellor head who uses his noodle - they all come to the same conclusion. It is a lot easier to just buy the real thing than trying to make it yourself. Cheaper too. And it seems, you can buy it in bulk. Just be careful about those covalent bonds or you'll find yourself in a sticky situation.
Posted by Willy at 10:35 AM
December 28, 2005
10 Free mp4 videos for your video iPod
For all those lucky campers who found a video iPod in their Christmas stockings... here's 10 free mp4 videos for your mobile pleasure. And for those who count - yep - that's 11 free video downloads, not 10.
Robot Commando - a techno toy that destroys everything in its path. WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4 (right click, save target as... on a Mac, control click and save target as).
Duck 'n Die - a wacky remix of some 1950s civil defense offerings. Bert the turtle doesn't find shelter in his shell!
WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4 (right click, save target as.. on a Mac, control click and save target as).
Superman - Magnetic Telescope - A mad scientist uses his technology prowess for no good. Superman comes to save the world. WACTH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4 (right click, save target as.. on a Mac, control click and save target as).
Barbie Dream House - who needs Ken when you got a swinging pad like this. WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4
Bing Bang Boing - what a cool toy. All kinds of contraptions to make this bouncing ball an exciting toy.
WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4
Mr. Potato Head - the original tv commercial that uses real potatos. WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4
Electro-Shot Shooting Gallery - before video games, this was the coolest shoot em game on the planet. Rock the clown or bag a lion! WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4
Betty Boop - House Cleaning Blues. Gramps makes all kinds of techno inventions to make cleaning a snap.
WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4
Art, Art, Art - Jimbo's Fine Art hut is having a going out of business sale. WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4
The Future is Now - funky tv promo for internet videos. WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4
Gaylord - before Sony came out with their robot dog - there was this mechanical canine friend, named Gaylord.. ahhh. WATCH IT - DOWNLOAD MP4.
Sorry about the downloads being slow... the server is getting slammed. if you liked this story - digg it!
Posted by skooter at 11:28 AM
December 27, 2005
Mind Snatchers - Reality TV
Just in - an interesting article on brain implants to make you happy as a clam.
It reminded me of this Christopher Walken movie, Mind Snatchers.
Posted by skooter at 03:21 PM
December 19, 2005
Fast and the Furious
ALL THE STREAMS ARE FREE!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from LikeTelevision!
Also, another movie in the library, The Fast and the Furious starring John Ireland and Dorothy Malone. And some of coolest cars you ever laid eyes on. yes... i see the mistake - it's not the Fat and the Furious. I'll fix it tomorrow - you can watch it free or download the movie tonight.
Subscribers to LikeTelevision still recieve a limited commercial playlist. They can also size the streams to double size or full screen - while guests watching the free streaming do not have this option. Subscribers also get to access the download video library with over 700 titles, and the image library, which now has over 20,000 hi rez image files to download.
Obviously - this is a big change - we feature a massive amount of free video content including movies, classic tv shows, historical clips, cartoons, music, and comedy. We hope folks will continue to consider subscription to get the benefit of higher quality downloads, the image library and the user interface without the commercial banner and video ad in the playlist. Next year - we plan to feature many more DVD downloads in the Premium Video Library - in addition to all the mpeg-1 files we currently provide. And yes - it is easy to download the mpeg files - and convert them to a format that's appropriate for your video iPod or your fancy smart cell phone with a video screen. We already feature a mountain of mobile video clips for the ZVue, a slick and inexpensive mobile video player created by our friends at Hand Held Entertainment.
Posted by Willy at 07:18 PM
December 13, 2005
Updates & Coming Soon
Frank Random just created a bunch of new 6 sec pre-roll station ID clips. My favorites are here and here.
The next film coming your way is the original film noire classic from 1954 that started the series - The Fast and the Furious. If you like vintage automobiles - you will love this movie. The cars are really that good and did I say fast! The film will probably premiere at LikeTelevision early next week. It is a really fun movie, check it out. Dorothy Malone is one sultry and saucy lady and quite a talented driver in a slew of sweet speedsters.
And - while I am adding writing this - we're loading up a new DVD iso file for Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It will ready in a snap. If you have a DVD burner and some authoring software - just create a DVD from an image file (the iso file named Santa Claus in the download folder). Have fun, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Watch the preview!
Posted by Willy at 01:51 PM
December 08, 2005
John Lennon Shot - 12/08/1980
Imagine... the opening line of Sgt. Peppers... only it was 25 years ago today, John Lennon was shot outside his upscale apartment at the Dakota in New York city. We offered a blog entry on this last year... and a newsreel clip about this sad day - Dec. 8, 1980. John Lennon will always be remembered for his remarkable songs - usually about such timeless themes as love and peace. Make sure you find some time and spin a few Beatles tunes, hopefully on vinyl... but if all you have is an mp3 or a CD, give it a whirl. John Lennon... working class hero... still rocks!
Posted by Willy at 01:47 PM
December 06, 2005
Day of Wrath - Danish Cool
Sorry to be so slow in proving this blog entry, but phew... it has been crazy around here... busy, busy, busy. My head has been clogged with all kinds of code snippets, in multiple computer languages and quite simply.. new tricks come slowly for this old dog. But i digress...
The latest add to the movie library is a killer 1943 classic from Carl Theodor Dreyer called Day of Wrath. Set in a 1600s Danish village, Absalom, the local priest married a very young girl named Anne after his first wife died. Long ago it seems Anne's mother was declared a witch, but was spared by Absalom because of his young bride. Years pass and another old woman is accused of witchcraft. She begs Absalom for mercy, because she helped Anne's mother and reminds Absalom that he showed her mercy. But Absalom decides to seal her fate with the rest of the church elders - and has her dropped face first onto a massive fire. But this is just a side plot... as everything goes wrong for Absalom for the rest of the movie. His young wife Anne takes a hankering to Martin, Absalom's son from the prior marriage and they head off to explore their forbidden passion. Meanwhile, it seems Anne has some supernatural powers, just like her mom. She uses them for evil purposes and goes deeper into the dark side. Meanwhile, Absalom's mother, who is just a nasty wench - knows something is wrong, terribly wrong. In the end... all hell breaks loose on the Day of Wrath, when the sins come home to roost. What makes this movie so remarkable is how Dreyer actually makes Anne a sympathetic character, even though she has a solid evil streak. And poor Martin... imagine this poor guy's thoughts, as he falls in love with his father's new wife. An amazing movie - in Danish, with English subtitles, Day of Wrath is one of the best movies you have never seen or heard about. Creepy, haunting and scary - all on the psychological plane - there's nothing gory at all... the evil is all stuff that is all to often, commonplace. I bet you will like it to. By the way - if you enjoy scary witch movies - make sure you catch Dario Argento's Suspria, another witch classic. (free preview for Suspiria).
Posted by Willy at 11:02 AM
November 28, 2005
The Elves at Work
We're always doing something behind the scenes - though it would be tough to find if you didn't read the blog. Let's face it - there's a lot of media and content at LikeTelevision. Yikes! Here's some of what's happenening lately - we updated 4 titles with new larger pictures, tweaked the database to reflect the changes and loaded everything to a bunch of servers to make it live. Check out the updated pages with bigger pictures - Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou, Marlene Dietrich in Blue Angel, Billy the Kid versus Dracula with Mrs Olson (Virginia Christine) of Folgers' Coffee fame, and Fernand Leger's Ballet Mechanique.
Also just in time... ummm... for next year's Thanksgiving holiday - five new free video postcards, send a funky hi tech Thanksgiving greeting to a friend, family or loved one. Yes Virginia - these are free videos, you don't have to give us any info either. Basically - the server creates a custom page that expires after 5 days with your message. You just fill in the email of who you want to send the greeting, and the email has a link to the custom page you crated, i.e. you are not clogging email boxes with big video files. Easy enough for Granny to do. Gramps too.
Posted by Willy at 02:03 PM
November 23, 2005
Happy Thanksgiving to all our guests and friends. You might have noticed some of the thanksgiving clips we included in the playlists, which are randomly generated... meaning, you might get one.. or you might get something else. Anyway... here's a few of our favorites... check out Jed talking turkey, or Granny singing Billy Boy, or this classic blast from the past with Popeye. And a few more too here, and here, and here.
In case you missed it - we have a few staff picks for Thanksgiving - Turkey Day, Jerky Turkey, and Lenny Federal who played some chicken pickin tunes on a Thanksgiving Day from years back.
Everyone at LikeTelevision would like to say thanks for all our blessings - and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.
Posted by Willy at 02:11 PM
November 16, 2005
Hot Rod Girl
From 1956 - check out this muscle car classic - Hot Rod Girl, starring Chuck Connors, Lori Nelson, and Frank Gorsham. Lori Nelson is of course, the Hot Rod Girl - if she looks familiar, you probably remember her in Revenge of the Creature, the sequel to Monster from The Black Laggon. Check out her 1955 convertible Ford T-Bird - sweet! Chuck Connors plays Police Detective Ben Merrill, the good cop who is trying to keep the kids from drag racing in the streets. And Frank Gorsham plays Flat Top, one of the juvenile delinquents who gets goaded into a deadly game of chicken. A pretty decent movie - and terrific if you like the old school rides.
Posted by Willy at 12:06 PM
November 11, 2005
Veteran's Day Videos
Here's a reprint of last year's Veteran's Day Video Suggestions.
Say thanks to a Vet today.
What better way to honor our Veterans - than to have Kate Smith sing, God Bless Amercia. Even better, the video provided comes from the radio show where she debuted the song to Amercia.
And yes... lots more to watch. Search for WWII, George Washington, soldier, blood, America, and yes - why not. Peace.
Want a light war related movie, good for the whole family - try At War with the Army, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Posted by skooter at 01:35 PM
November 09, 2005
New Downloads and Skin
In case you missed - Fritz Lang's last film, 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is ready for watching or demand or as mpg downloads. It's a terrific film, totally worth your time.
Hard to miss, we revamped the entire look and feel of the site with a new skin theme. Remember ye olde look - HAHA. Out with the old and on with the new. Have fun, more media is on the way.
Posted by skooter at 03:25 PM
November 04, 2005
Dr Mabuse's Eyes - Opening Soon
We just finished the first encoding pass of the 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse - and WOW - what a treat. Fritz Lang's 1960 classic was one of the best movies I have ever watched. It was his last movie too, and no doubt this movie is right up there with his best. The cinematography is nothing short of ... well - perfect. The story, with all the twists and turns is amazing. You'll be riveted. Honestly, I can't say much more about it, without falling into a spoiler of some kind... there's that many fakes and double fakes. If Fritz Lang made a Hitchcock movie - this would it. Opening soon, 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse. It should be ready by Tuesday. Have a great weekend. Right now we're transcoding the MPEG files into streams - On Monday we'll load everything up, and update the dababase after a little more research.... might be ready late Monday, who knows, but certainly by Tuesday. 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is terrific - I bet you love it too.
By the way, Billy Graham has a birthday on Monday (he'll be 87). Check out the hilarious interview with Woody Allen from 1968.
Posted by skooter at 01:07 PM
October 28, 2005
ScreamFest - Part Three
Okay... want more Halloween videos, we got 'em. If you are just dropping in for the first time - check ScreamFest part one & part deux. And don't miss the free video trailer, are we silly or what?
And now.. more staff suggestions for you - Halloween media treats...a cornucopia of corpses, a Bucket of Blood (free preview), and a slew of silent films too - Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Phantom of the Opera, Nosferatu (free preview), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, (DVD download, free preview) and Hunchback of Notre Dame (free preview) starring Lon Chaney, no relation to Dick Cheney of course.
Which witches do we suggest - our favorite is Dario Argento's Suspiria (free preview), The One Step Beyond episode - Make me Not a Witch, and Seven Doors of Death. For ghosts - so many - just search for ghosts... but please check out this killer Betty Boop cartoon - Minnie the Moocher, with Cab Calloway as a dancing ghost.
Wow... there's a lot more. Vincent Price, a legend of scary films is here in size. Theater of Blood (free preview) is MUST SEE... as is The House on Haunted Hill (free preview) and Last Man on Earth offers killer vampires, infected by a virus. And for some funny low budget drive-in variety campy classics - check out Blood Feast and Drive-In Massacre (free preview). We searched for Halloween, Horror, and Scary and found a bunch more. And make sure you check a few classic clips on Erich Weiss, a.k.a. Harry Houdini - who died on Halloween, October 31, 1926. And oddly enough... this is just the tip of the iceberg... you could find more spooky videos... if you dare. Happy Halloween from all of us at LikeTelevision.
Posted by skooter at 10:20 AM
October 26, 2005
Scream Fest 2005, part deux
OK... as promised, here's a partial list of our staff picks for the Halloween Blowout, Scream Fest 2005. This is just a partial list - we will offer another blog entry with even more. Today's list will offer titles that are available as both streams and downloads.
George Romero's campy classic - Night of the Livng Dead is available as a stream or mpg download. AND woo woo, how about a massive DVD iso download, which is the best option if you have a DVD-R or DVD+r burner as part of your computer's setup. All you have to do is download the iso file (which is an image file)... and then, create a DVD from an image file (the iso you just downloaded). insert a blank DVD, and burn baby burn. Also available as a DVD iso download is the mother of all Horror Films, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. What an awesome film, here's a free preview. Yesterday, we also mentioned the Kwaidan tale, Hoichi the Earless, which is nothing short of Must Have. That is also a DVD iso download. It won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival too - here's a free video preview made by our resident genius, Frank Random. Another terrific movie is White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi, who is best known for his role as Dracula and well, he is also known for his incredible fall from stardom, which led to a bunch of lead roles in a slew of Ed Wood movies. When White Zombie came out in 1931 - it was a monster hit, and came shortly after Lugosi's wild success as Count Dracula. And speaking of the Count, make sure you check out Billy the Kid versus Dracula, starring John Carradine, who just happens to be the dad of all those Carradine boys, David Carradine - best known as grasshopper in Kung Fu, Keith, best known for his roles in Nashville, Pretty Baby and The Duelists. And, let's not forget Robert Carradine, another one of John's son, best known as Lizzie McGuire's dad on the popular TV show, who also starred as Lewis, the head nerd in Revenge of the Nerds. But I digress, back to Halloween movies. How about Roger Corman's - Little Shop of Horrors, starring Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Jack Nicholson, Mel Welles, and Dick Miller. And speaking of Dick Miller, please check out another Roger Corman gem, A Bucket of Blood, just plain killer funny as a wanna be Beatnik artist goes bad, using real people as models for his sculptures... as in in, he kills them and covers them in clay. Here's a free preview.
Yikes - so many more movies, we haven't even scrathed the surface. Come back soon... more suggestions on the way in another blog entry.
Posted by skooter at 11:39 AM
October 25, 2005
Halloween Scream Fest 2005
Yep - it is that time of year again.... Halloween, aka All Hallow's Eve, a time when LikeTelevision showcases a ton of "Bloody Jewels", or spooky, scary, bloody, spooky Halloween related horror type media. Honestly - there's so much to watch, if you began now... there's a good chance you wouldn't be able to watch even half it if you just plopped 24/7 in front of your monitor and gave it your best shot. Odds are, you'd go blind first.
But before we highlight some of our staff picks, indulge us with a bit of history. Halloween began as an ancient holiday for Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. For the Celtics, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. And, on the night before the new year, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. During this festival, the Celtics believed the souls of the dead, like all the ghosts, goblins and witches, returned to hang out with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires. When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added stuff like bobbing for apples, to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of orchards. In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow’s Eve or “holy evening.” Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. On November 2, the Catholic Church celebrates All Souls Day which is in honor and remembrence of those who have died and gone on to the next realm, hopefully - heaven. Also, November 1st (All Saints Day) is a day of Holy Obligation for the Catholic Church - which is Catholic speak for, you gotta go to church and attend mass. That said.... participation is well... shall we say, less than 100%. But enough history... on with staff picks of Best Halloween Videos for the 2005 Scream Fest.
Where to begin... how about One Step Beyond (free preview), a wonderful Sci-Fi show that paved the way for the Twilight Zone. Dozens and dozens of episodes are available for Broadband streaming and downloading. Speaking of The Zone, check out the Ambrose Bierce classic - An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge (free preview), which aired as a Twilight Zone episode and also won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Yes... a DVD iso download is available or a monster fine mpeg-1 file if that's what floats your boat (be careful not to sink your hard drive - HA!). Or, go mobile with your ZVUE (get a ZVUE, free preview), and watch it on the road. Another Cannes winner - Kwaidan is awesome. Kwaidan is Japanese for Weird Tales, and this epic 4 part series is very Hunter S. Thompson, where the Weird Turn Pro. (free preview). My favorite is Hoichi the Earless, and we even offer that as a DVD iso download - cool! And oh my... so much more - The Beverly Hillbillies episode - Trick or Treat, Casper the Friendly Ghost, or Popeye in Fright to the Finish, or I Don't Scare. Heck... this is just a drop in the bucket... coming soon, another blog entry that highlights the best scary movies. Till then... here's more.
Sadly - we saw that Rosa Parks died yesterday. In case you missed it - check out this enhanced colorized picture of her getting finger printed and booked for refusing to leave her seat when some annoying white guy, who was anything but a gentlemen - asked her to move to the back of the bus. Here's a cool newreel of the event from This Day in History. It happened December 1, 1955 (nuts, Rosa Parks missed the 50th anniversary by a mere 40 days and nights). The clip also has some weird ironic overtones of the Katrina fiasco. Speaking of hurricanes, the latest Wilma, reminds us of the great attress Bea Benaderet, who gave Wilma Flintstone her voice until 1964. By all means - check out some Bea Benaderet, as Grace's best friend Blanche (free preview), or as Pearl Bodine on the Beverly Hillbillies.
Posted by skooter at 10:41 AM
October 19, 2005
Best of Dave, Nelson that is
In our never ending quest to find the Best of Dave, like Dave Nelson from Ozzie and Harriet - we thought this episode was a Dave classic for a lot of reasons. Lots of tension - but Dave manages to keep a calm, cool exterior.. that is just, oh so Dave. Broadcast on February 5, 1964 - A Wife in the Office explores some of the good reasons why you don't suggest your wife for the job of secretary at the office where you work. Live and learn.... or watch this and avoid the aggravation. June Blair plays Dave's wife June... in the show and in real life during much of the sixties.
By the way - it is Dave Nelson's birthday on Monday, October 24. He was born in 1936... so just a whisker shy of 70. Time flies.
Posted by skooter at 02:57 PM
October 14, 2005
Vintage Jack Nicholson
Woo Woo - What a treat just in time for the weekend. Make sure you check out Jack Nicholson in his 2nd movie, The Wild Ride, aka Velocity. Jack plays a tough gang leader named Johnny Varron who is also a race car driver when he isn't just hanging out, drinking beers, and chasing after married women. Yikes... Jack is at it again as the classic bad boy. Only this time - he is actually a kid... just 23 years old. Nice greaser crew cut too. And if you like vintage cars and street hot rods - you will be very very pleased to watch it. This is old school cool at its finest. Enjoy the ride... a Wild Ride at that. (We called the promo image above... 4 Easy pieces... because the movie download is in 4 pieces. Not to be confused with the 1970 film - 5 Easy Pieces).
Posted by Willy at 11:50 AM
October 10, 2005
More new video downloads
Behind the scenes - more downloads have been added to the library. As most of you already know, we rotate titles in and out of the library... why? to highlight some great content you should check out that you might just miss in the abyss of media choices. So by all means - for wonderful treat - it's Beat Girl, starring Gillian Hills, David Farrar, Noëlle Adam, Christopher Lee, and Oliver Reed. Also new - a classic moment in the history of television scandal, before Paul Abdul scandal in American Idol, before Dan Rather and memogate - the was the original, the Quiz Show scandal. Yes... this is the classic with Columbia professor, Charles Van Doren. More new downloads are on the way... including an incredible early Jack Nicholson film. Woo Woo, go Jack.
Posted by skooter at 12:03 PM
October 07, 2005
More Vintage Coke
Woo Woo - another six pack of classic coke commercials - well before coke even had classic, that's how classic, ok? Some of my favorites - including a christmas version of I'd Like To Teach the World to Chill, I mean sing. Whatever. Also - we got another TV show ready but will blog about that next week so no details. Now it's time this boy goes back to work.
Posted by Willy at 01:28 PM
October 06, 2005
Carole Lombard - Profane Angel
Happy Birthday Jane Alice Peters, better known as Carole Lombard - born October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA. She was a huge star and a fascinating character. She was very friendly to all.. and liked by all in addition to being a talented actress. But she was also known for her foul, foul mouth - which could spew a rapid fire string of expletive deleted phrases... that were so bawdy it could make a sailor blush. The story is she learned this little trick from her brothers, to provide her with a defense against aggressive boys. She'd let them have a verbal assault... and they would back off. Anyway... this is how she earned her nickname - The Profane Angel.
Carole Lombard made a lot of great movies including Nothing Sacred, Made for Each Other, co-starring Jimmy Stewart - and my personal favorite is My Man Godfrey (watch free preview). which also stars William Powell, who happened to be Lombard's ex-husband. When they were married - the couple was dubbed Fire and Ice. William Powell, known for his calm and suave demeanor was of course, Ice. At the peak of her career, she married Clark Gable in a massive story... like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt... but back in the day.
During World War II - she was very active selling War Bonds, and in fact volunteered her husband, Clark Gable for the job as head of Hollywood's effort to push the bonds. Clark wasn't pleased... so Carole ended up taking the Press Agent in Clark's place to go sell bonds... At the last minute, Lombard changed her mind and skipped the train ride for a TWA DC-3 plane.... that crashed in the side of a mountain. After a huge and futile search (a la JFK jr. crash... a big media event), Carole Lombard died in the crash along with her mother who came along for the tour. Also of note... the plane crashed about a month after Pearl Harbor (on January 16, 1942) - so the nation was already in a state of shock.
Anyway.... check out some movies, news clips and more on Carole Lombard. Another related tidbit of information - Clark Gable was also involved in another scandal - during a movie, he had an affair with Loretta Young, which produced a "secret" love child. All this was confirmed many years later after Gable died, but during his life, it remained pretty much a secret - though it was whispered about, it never had the media scrutiny (or insanity) we have to deal with today.
Posted by Willy at 10:38 AM
October 05, 2005
Larry Fine - Birthday Stooge
Larry Fine was born October 5, 1902 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When he was just a wee lad, he gave stunning violin performances. This would lead to vaudville, where he met Ted Healey and joined up with Moe Howard to form the troup that would become The Three Stooges. Yep - Larry was there from the beginning and had a crucial role to play as part of the Three Stooges. Larry was never the one you loved (that was Curly of course) or the one you loved to snarl at (Moe, he was so mean sometimes). Meanwhile Larry - heck, you felt sorry for the guy. Always getting the claw hammer up the nose from Moe. And his poor forehead must have slapped about 1329 times... really hard too! Anyway - Larry Fine - We Salute you. Here's a new pic. And if you are looking for some vintage Larry at his finest - may I suggest Malice in the Palace, where Larry is cooking lunch and it seems like he just slaughtered a cat and a dog for the meal (he didn't - it just sounds that way). Terrific scene. Also great - Sing a Song of Six Pants when Larry pulls out the hot iron and plants it on the robber's fanny. Check out this preview for a view.
Need a cool refreshing coke? Try this Coke commercial added to the library. Or this one.
Posted by skooter at 09:27 AM
October 04, 2005
Buster Keaton Bday Bash
On October 4, 1895 - Buster Keaton was born in Kansas. He was known as The Great Stone Face - and the Buster nickname was attributed to Harry Houdini, though it is probably just legend. Wanna see a terrific caricature of Buster Keaton? Check this. He's the guy with the tan hat and droopy eyes. The clip is from a classic cartoon called Hollywood Steps Out. Tex Avery does a caricature on virtually every film star of the day.
Back to Buster Keaton - in honor of the great Buster - we will be offering a new download - Balloonatic. We also added a few new images - 1 (100k), 2 (800k). Better still - watch the Buster Keaton videos
Posted by Willy at 11:29 AM
September 29, 2005
Billy the Kid vs Dracula
Back in the late 1880s - out west, back in the days of Billy the Kid - there was an evil vampire who stalked innocent victims. In this movie, William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid, goes straight because he wants to marry young Betty Bentley, played by the beautiful Melinda Plowman. But wait - Dracula also thinks she is beautiful, only he is going to do something about it. The fight is on - Billy the Kid versus Dracula. Bonus - Virginia Christine plays Eva Oster. You might know her as Mrs. Olson, the Folger's Coffee lady.
Posted by Willy at 12:41 PM
September 27, 2005
Don Adams Dies Sept 25
Donald James Yarmy, better known as the actor Don Adams died September 25, 2005 (lung infection). Best known as the actor who played Maxwell Smart on the terrific Mel Brooks & Buck Henry classic, Get Smart. One of my favorite shows - I mean what is not to like about Barbara Feldon, Agent 99?
You might also remember a series of Don Adams' vintage tv commercials for the Aurora Toy Comapany which made Skittle Games. Skittle Pool and Skitter Poker were huge hits. Who could forget Wisconsin Skinny?Skittle tic tac toe was a lot of fun to play, but pretty hard. Skittle Horseshoes had a great ad but the game was a dud. And who could forget the horse racing classic - Aurora Derby.
And Skittle Games all started with skittle bowling. Check out the new skittle bowl champion - Don Yarmy?... Don Adams, a.k.a Maxwell Smart and Inspector Gadget and Tennesee Tuxedo, may God bless you and keep you safe.
Posted by Willy at 01:26 PM
September 23, 2005
Grady Norton - Hurricane Hero
Not that long ago - when a big hurricane threatened, it was common for 400-500 people to perish in the storm. Why? Because no one was prepared, and the storms would just pop in out of the calm blue of the ocean. Yes - it is true, Doppler Radar and all the early warnings are a recent blessing, and much of the credit goes to a humble Miami weatherman named Grady Norton. On January 22, 1955 - there was a cool TV show dedicated to the memory of Grady Norton (colorized NOAA pic, WATCH the show intro). The show was part of a TV series called The Man Behind the Badge, and this episode, called The Case of The Wild Wind featured Milborn Stone as Grady Norton, first director of NOAA. Learn more about Grady Norton - just google him.
WSJ Stromtracker page - AccuWeather - Unisys - NOAA Advisory - NOAA Radio
if you can - say a prayer for those in harm's way, and never underestimate the power of one person's prayer.
Posted by Willy at 11:27 AM
September 22, 2005
Coming Soon - Oct. 2005
For October 2005 - we will do our annual halloween tweak to the LikeTelevision interface... complete with skeletons, and the beautiful colors of the fall season. why? well why not. here's a sneak peak of last year's halloween skin. ...and yes... expect another LikeTelevision video marathon SCREAMFEST - AHHHHHHHHHH!
We have a ton of new media offerings in the house... honestly too many to mention, so here a few highlights for the month of October 2005. For Halloween this year - we have a remarkable new gothic western adventure - Billy the Kid Meets Dracula. whoa! I kid you not. And - Mrs. Olson (Virginia Christine) of Folgers Coffee fame plays a concerned mother, whose daughter was kissed by Dracula. 2 fang marks - you know the drill. And Dracula is none other than Kwai Chang's (David Carradine) dad, John Carradine, who is also grandfather to Robert Carradine. (Lizzy McGuire's dad, & nerd Lewis Skolnick, Revenge of the Nerds). Small dark world, 'eh? Anyway - if you thought Ed Wood's Plan Nine from Outer Space was the world's worst movie - this one is stiff competition. Just ridiculous. 'nuf said.
We will also be adding a few episodes of The Nelson Family - Ozzie, Harriet Ricky, David et al... so pull up a stool at the soda fountain, put on your best button up sweater, and order a chocolate malt brother - cause it is time for some more Oz Fest.
We haven't decided which ones (like I mentioned earlier - we have a lot to choose from) we will feature in October - but we have a few classic 1950s era car crazy type films as possible additions. Some killer stuff... my guess is we will do the one with drag racing... but the motorcycle one is cool too. And some early Jack Nicholson... oh.. decisions, decisions. Not sure which one - but another vintage car type racing movie is on tap for October.
Also coming - another Japanese classic from a new director and if time allows - more Bergman. I also expect to have at least one more movie added for the Halloween bash we call screamfest. Better get to work, huh?
Posted by Willy at 11:48 AM
September 20, 2005
Vintage Coke Six Pack
Here's a six pack of vintage coke commercials to leave you refreshed and feeling young again. Some go back to the 1950s - at the high school dance where Grandma and Grandpa used to shake a leg. Others cover the 1960s and 1970s. Whether the old coke commercials are in color or black and white - take a pause that refreshes and enjoy a cool video sip of the real thing.
Also - in case you missed it, Frank Random just supplied LikeTelevision with a couple of nifty new lead-in bumpers. One is a classic Rickenbacker and the other reminds me of a lava lamp.
Posted by skooter at 03:04 PM
September 16, 2005
Woody Allen, Billy Graham & Murphy Brown
September 21, 1969 - almost 36 years ago today, Woody Allen has a special as part of a tv series called the Kraft Music Hour. It is an incredible show - but whew, way too funky for tv circa 1969 and as such it got buried in time. Imagine - Woody and a young 25 year old actress named Candace Bergen doing terrific comedy bits... yep, Candace Bergen, better known as Murphy Brown. Or my personal favorite part of the show - the Reverend Billy Graham in an interview - Q&A session with Woody Allen and the studio audience. An amazing bit of television history - even more ironic and compelling given the passage of time. You do not want to miss this - just in time for the weekend. Have fun... more terrific media is on the way.
Posted by skooter at 04:21 PM
September 14, 2005
Happy BDay Kemosabe
Today is Clayton Moore's birthday - best known for his role as The Lone Ranger, though he also was terrific as a villian in Radar Men From the Moon and a bunch of Film Noire classics. He was born in Chicago, Illinois - as Jack Moore and spent much of his youth as an aerialist in the circus. In 1938 he moved to Hollywood hoping to be a star only to find small roles as a bit player or a stuntman. His first break came when he won the part of Zorro in 1949. When the Lone Ranger moved from radio to the new medium called television, Clayton Moore won the part for the masked man that nobody knew. His faithful companion Tonto, played by Jay Silverheels always called him Kemosabe... which most folks thought was an Indian phrase. The evidence for Kemosabe being an Indian word is spotty - Apache and Navajo have words that sound kinda like Kemosabe - but they translate as White Shirt in Apache and Soggy Shrub in Navajo. Others suggest the word might be derived from Ojibwe word "giimoozaabi" which roughly translates as Scout. (in the show - they said it meant Faithful Scout). But another theory explains that the word is rooted in the Spanish phrase - "Quien Sabe", which means - Who Knows? ... as in nobody knew who this guy was. But hey... Quien Sabe.... who knows for sure.
Clayton Moore is the only actor who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with his name and his characters name (it reads, Clayton Moore The Lone Ranger).
In the real world - Clayton Moore was very active in working for the common good - and made countless appearances as the Lone Ranger to kids around the country promoting the Lone Ranger's code of moral conduct.
On Dec 28, 1999 - just a few short days before the next millennium... Clayton Moore died of a heart attack. We will remember him fondly - he seemed like a terrific man and like most kids of my era, he was a hero for me growing up.
this is a reprint of last year's tribute to the masked man, but I forgot to mention - the Lone Ranger episode called Legion of Old Timers features a young actor named DeForest Kelley, who is best known for his role as the Doctor, Bones McCoy on Star Trek. He plays a tenderfoot from out East. HA!
Posted by Willy at 10:24 AM
September 13, 2005
Download Rotations - more MPGs
Just added a bunch of new cartoons to the download library - Farm Foolery, Win, Place or Showboat, the Skis the Limit, The Funshine State, Helter Swelter, and a personal favorite - The Stork Market - which goes into great detail about where babies come from. For the time being - we removed the WWII classic movie - A Walk in the Sun starring Dana Andrews and Lloyd Bridges to make room for more new media titles.
Coming up next - an insanely funny Woody Allen special from 1969 - whew... we have been laughing like crazy. A really rare find, none of us had ever seen it before or remembered it... and oh my - it is FUNNY. Hang in there, it will be ready soon.
More behind the scenes stuff happening too - but that will come in another post.
Posted by Willy at 09:41 AM
September 09, 2005
Carnival of Souls - Cult Classic
Woo woo - another new movie is in the library. And ready for the weekend too - yesssss... the classic Carnival of Souls. Mary Henry is the only survivor in a drag racing accident - and is haunted by some weird spirits who want to lure her to the abandoned carnival grounds. Really creepy. Here's a vintage trailer (free). Have a great weekend.
Posted by skooter at 06:11 PM
September 06, 2005
Little Audrey, Mother Goose, and Cakeland
From the animation gurus at Famous Studios - check out a dazzling pair of classic Little Audrey Cartoons! First up, Goofy Goofy Gander starring Mother Goose and a couple of gangsters. Better still - Flowers and Tarts, one of the Audrey's best efforts - watch her bake a gingerbread man who comes alive. He hops out of the oven and runs off to Cakeland to meet his bride to be, Miss Angel Cake. It looks like it will be a terrific wedding - till Devil Food Cake decides to crash the party and run off with the bride. Great stuff! - Need more Little Audrey, check out Seapreme Court, complete with the electric eel electric chair. More? Try Land of Lost Jewels.
Posted by skooter at 04:07 PM
August 29, 2005
Marlene Dietrich - Blue Angel
Here's the latest addition to LikeTelevision's massive online video library - The Blue Angel starring a beautiful 29 year old Marlene Dietrich in the role that helped launch her as a bona fide star. (in her prime, she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood). As is often the case - she stars as a vamp, in this film, Marlene Dietrich plays a girl named Lola Lola, who is a slinky cabaret singer. She puts her voodoo charms on a respected college professor, Immanuel Rath (played by Emil Jannings) - who throws it all away to be her lover. The Blue Angel is a wonderful movie, directed by Josef von Sternberg - who also directed Dietrich's first Hollywood film, Morocco co-starring Gary Cooper.
Posted by Willy at 02:04 PM
August 24, 2005
Brock Peters Dies - 08/23/2005
Acclaimed actor, Brock Peters dies Tuesday, August 23, 2005 in his home (pancreatic cancer). Best known for his role in To Kill a Mockingbird as Tom Robinson (video), the innocent man accused of rape. He would be defended by Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck who won an Oscar for Best Leading Man for his role as the sympathetic attorney (free preview). A few years ago - on June 16, 2003 - it was Brock Peters who read the eulogy for Gregory Peck at his funeral. Learn more about Brock Peters (here and here too).
This morning I made a few new pictures for the image library in honor of Brock Peters (brock1 brock2) - and loaded them in the To Kill A Mockingbird folder. Photoshop PSD files and jpegs. We will miss him - he was a great actor and a great man too.
Posted by Willy at 10:09 AM
August 22, 2005
Remembering Robert Moog
On August 21, 2005 - Robert Moog - who was known as the father of the synthesizer died Sunday at his home in Asheville, NC. He was a brilliant engineer - (earning a Ph.D in engineering physics at Cornell University) and he had a huge effect on music. Better still, by all accounts - he was a wonderful man.
At LikeTelevision - we would like to honor the man by offering some vintage video of Paula Mary playing one of Moog's earliest musical interests - the theremin, invented by Russian Leon Theremin in 1919. Perhaps the only musical instrument of its kind - played without touching it - the theremin was controlled by moving the hands in a magnetic field. No kidding. Check out this timeless video with Art Baker from You Asked For It, featuring Paula Mary - a virtuoso solo theremin performer.
In popular music - the theremin was featured on many tracks - perhaps best known is the solo sequence in the Beach Boys' classic Good Vibrations.
And for spooky Sci-Fi ambient fear inducing sound beds - heck, nothing beats a theremin. Here's a great example (30 second mp3, w/ door creaks - ~450k) from one of the best spooky movies - William Castle's House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price.
Posted by skooter at 01:43 PM
August 19, 2005
Coming Soon - Sept 2005
Here's the highlights of what is coming to LikeTelevision in September 2005. First up - a classic Marlene Dietrich film called Blue Angel, actually it is called Der Blaue Engel, since it is a German film. Yes... subtitles, not dubbed. Marlene Dietrich as cabaret singer Lola Lola is in top form, and just 29 years old. Directed by the great Josef von Sternberg, Blue Angel is a powerful story of a prudish school teacher who becomes caught in a web of sexual desire for Lola. Another great film for your viewing pleasure.
We will also be adding a few more classic films - Carnival of Souls, which is really bizarre, dark and strangely fascinating. Check out the original trailer for a free preview.
We received a lot of positive feedback regarding the Ingmar Bergman film Brink of Life which premiered on the web last month - so we decided to add another gem from the Swedish master director, The Magician. Illusion takes on Reality and gets all twisted like a Krispy Kreme cruller. HA!
Finally - some laughs from the great Woody Allen. We will be premiering a rare 1969 TV special starring Woody, Candice Bergen, Reverend Billy Graham, and more. Woody interviews Dr. Graham and asks... Whats your favorite commandment? HAHAHAHA Lots of fun. Or as the Four Seasons might say... See you in September!
Posted by Willy at 10:37 AM
August 17, 2005
Cubist Film from Fernand
Wow - are you ready for one of the coolest filmest - you probably never saw? Well get ready, cause here it comes - Ballet Mecanique directed by master Cubist painter Fernand Leger created a work of pure genius. Back in the day - editing meant snipping each scene one at a time and if you wanted to have the film keep musical time, everything had to be accurate to perfection. Ballet Mecanique is one of the greatest montage sequences in the history of film. There's no doubt it inspired Sergei Eisenstein when he created the Odessa Step sequence from Battleship Potemkin a year after this short was released. To be honest - anything we might say about this film won't do it justice. It really aches to be viewed.
For the picture above, we pulled some segments from the film and used a digital image of Leger's Card Players for the background. Why? Well... coming next is Uberfall, our final film offering in the Avant Garde trilogy. Another classic... it all starts with an innocent card game, when all hell breaks loose.
Posted by Willy at 01:45 PM
August 12, 2005
Dali & Bunuel - Surreal Cinema
Un Chien Andalou or An Andalusian Dog - call it what you want to, this in one bizarre and diturbing short film. In the opening sequence - BAM - a lady gets her eye sliced open with a straight razor. Then ants are crawling out of a guys hand, a guy pulling on ropes attached to two priests - behind them are two grand pianos with dead donkeys inside. And the priests are the screenwriters - Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel - yikes.
Ready for weekend - make sure you check out one of the greatest avant garde films of cinematic history - Un Chien Andalou.
Posted by Willy at 04:43 PM
August 11, 2005
Fritz Lang Film Festival Online
All of us gnomes at LikeTelevision have been fans of Fritz Lang since we were kids and checked out his films at the local art house theater (the Oriental in Milwaukee where i grew up for instance). Later - we got more exposure in film classes - Metropolis of course, but better still, the incredible Fritz Lang's M, starring Peter Lorre as perhaps the biggest creepie character in all of film history. (check out this free preview). Another terrific film worth watching is called Scarlet Street starring beautiful Joan Bennet and Edward G. Robinson, best known as the gangster character in Little Caesar, (yeah, gonna fill you of lead, see.... further parodied in countless cartoons growing up). Each of these page links offer more detailed descriptions and other trivia tidbits. Enjoy yourself - watch the streams, or better still download the mpeg files and make your own DVD for personal use.
Posted by skooter at 02:16 PM
August 09, 2005
Bang the Drum Slowly
Back in 1956 - some of the best tv shows were live and we have one of the best examples ready for your entertainment. Bang the Drum Slowly - starring Paul Newman, Albert Salmi and George Peppard was an episode of the The U.S. Steel Hour, shot and broadcast on September 26, 1956. You might remember the movie of the same name from 1973 starring Robert DeNiro and Michael Moriarty, which was also terrific. Well - check this out too, it is quite a treat. Paul Newman stars as ace lefty Henry Wiggen, Albert Salmi as terminally ill catcher Bruce Pearson, and George Peppard as the flaky new catcher Piney Woods. It is a wonderful performance - and even more remarkable since it was live. Bang the Drum Slowly is 52 minutes of memorable television history - and Paul Newman is in top form, even though he is just a young kid.
Posted by Willy at 05:18 PM
July 29, 2005
Classic Bergman - Brink of Life
Most film buffs have enjoyed watching at least one Ingmar Bergman masterpiece - usually the Seventh Seal or Wild Strawberries. I mean who could forget the scene where the knight plays death in a game of chess from The Seventh Seal or the scene in Wild Strawberries where the coffin falls off the wagon - AHHHH! Bergman's mastery of filmic montage sequences is nothing short of legendary and for good reason, he's a total genius. But as the old Monty Python saying goes - And now for something completely different, check out Brink of Life. This movie is more about a great story and less about those artsy moments of brilliant cinematography. Brink of Life follows three women in a maternity ward, each in different stages of pregnancy. The film examines the emotions, trials, fears and joys of bearing children. The interplay between the women, each coming from very different circumstances is nothing short of riveting. The viewer gets drawn into each of the women's struggles in a very intimate way. It feels like you are watching a train wreck in slow motion and you can't help but be fascinated to see how it turns out. All the women are heroines in their own way, and Nurse Brita, the compassionate care giver is portrayed as a saint. I really enjoyed this movie - and I bet you will too. It will be especially poignant to any expecting mother - or any parent that would like to reflect on the wonderful experience where their child is growing inside them (or their spouse). The movie is at times emotionally draining, and also uplifting. Watch it and see for yourself why Bergamn is considered such a force in film. Brink of Life is not very well known, but it is a remarkable film and worth your time. For me, it remains one of his best movies.
Posted by skooter at 02:31 PM
July 25, 2005
Coming Soon - August 2005
Get ready - more compelling media is in the pipeline for release in August 2005. First up, Ingmar Bergman’s 1958 documentary style film titled Brink of Life, is a reality style movie of a 24 hour period in the maternity ward of a hospital. We thought it was timely as the country continues to struggle with Roe vs. Wade debate during the hearing of John Roberts the new Supreme Court nominee. (make sure you also check out the radically funny - Judge Jay on the Supreme Court Video Theater).
For those looking for some terrific early TV - we will be offering a 1956 U.S. Steel Hour live drama starring Paul Newman and Albert Salmi in Bang the Drum Slowly. Similar to the football movie Brian's Song (with Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers), this Baseball movie tells the story of a mediocre catcher (Albert Salmi as Bruce Pierson) who is slowly dying, but gets to live out his major league dreams, mostly due to the compassion of ace hurler Henry Wiggins (played by Paul Newman). Great movie - especially for fans of Baseball and Paul Newman. You might remember a powerful remake in 1973 starring Robert DeNiro and Michael Moriarty. In August, we'll bring you the original.
Also look for this timeless avant-garde classic Un Chien Andalou (1928) from Luis Brunel and Salvador Dali. Yes - the this is the short film with the sliced eyeball and the ants crawling out of the hand. We'll also feature a few other lesser known gems from the avant-garde genre.
Finally - we'll provide some killer commercials to take some of the heat off those scorching hot August nights. Think cool and refreshing, the real thing, or perhaps the choice of a new generation. Take a break from the wars with guns and bullets to the world wars of fizzy fizz, bottle caps and caramel colored soda water.
Look out - lots of terrific media is coming for August 2005.
Posted by Willy at 02:07 PM
July 22, 2005
Klansman - O.J. Simpson, A Bronco, & more
Terence Young's The Klansman - a 1974 film about racial tensions, civil rights, and the KKK in a small town in backwoods Alabama. Starring Richard Burton, Lee Marvin, O.J. Simpson, Lola Falana, and Linda Evans. Major star power grapples with disturbing subject matter from a Hollywood perspective. Check it out.
Posted by Willy at 04:22 PM
July 20, 2005
Supreme Court Video Festival
Well last night, President Bush named John Roberts as the nominee for the vacancy in the supreme court left by Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement. If you saw the breaking news - you may have wondered what Mr. Bush was smirking about. It seems that little John Roberts was dancing like John Travolta.
Anyway... for more legal laughs that will leave you in stitches - check out this wild Frank Random satire of Judge Jay, who starred in the first courtroom based reality tv show. Here's a classic - titled Tough on Conservatives. And how about these, Tough on Radicals, Tough on Immigrant Smokers, Tough on Uglies, Tough on Geezers, or Tough on Psychic Grannies.
Need more smoking courtroom drama - try these. Kafka's The Trial starring Tony Perkins and Orson Welles, The Clampetts in Court, Dennis Hopper in Public Defender, Betty Boop in Judge for a Day, Stooges - Disorder in the Court, or Popeye in Assault and Flattery.
Posted by skooter at 01:47 PM
July 18, 2005
Barrymore as Dr. Jekyll
We really enjoyed this 1920 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Starring the great John Barrymore as lead for the duel role - he just nails it. Plus the movie has a lot of funky little touches, like the juggler appearing out of nowhere or the spider ghost scene.
The organ music is pretty wheezy and sneezy (that is NOT a good thing). We suggest a well thought out synchronicity. [a synchronicity - playing a movie with an altered soundtrack. Wizard of Oz, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon for example] For this movie - here's a few suggestions: Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery. Alice Cooper's 1971 album Love It To Death is a lot of fun too.
Posted by skooter at 01:03 PM
July 15, 2005
A-Bomb's 60th Birthday!
On July 16th, 2005 - the atomic bomb celebrates its 60th Birthday - and you're invited! Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame will be bringing the yellow cake uranium, and Frank Random is providing entertainment with a wild re-mix of Duck and Cover. Bert the turtle gets all twisted up in a brutal edit of 1960s era civil defense films - and the end result is a montage of mushroom cloud misty eyed melodrama. Check out the vintage clips and see where WMDs got their start.
On a happier note - July 15 marks the birthday of Rembrandt Van Rijn. Please allow me to recycle a blog entry from last year - and by all means, don't miss the Dutchmaster's cigars and Saskia on the toilet. All kidding aside - Rembrandt was the best, True High Art - not to be confused with this or Watch this.
Posted by skooter at 10:46 AM
July 14, 2005
More new Shorts, Carson Clips
Lots of activity behind the scenes - We just finished adding a bunch of new funky short clips about all kinds of bizarre subject matter. Such as? Well - like video from some Capuchin friars in a weird museum in Rome, a tribe that reveres fat girls in the Archipelago (also check Dodge Benson from episode 3 of Zim Zum), fattening up geese for better pate de fois gras, a drinking and eating PSA, and of course the Blue Women clip we told you about Monday. (I believe the painting ended up at Jimbo's Fine Art Hut). There's more too, but that should keep you busy for now.
Also of interest - we just put up some new Johnny Carson clips - which feature some the greatest moments of the vintage tonight show years with king of lete night comedy, Johnny Carson.
All for now - got to get back to work on finishing up Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Skooter and Frank both gave it 2 big thumbs up. A terrific move - Barrymore performance is pure genius. Yesterday we previewed The Klansman - which stars Richard Burton, Lee Marvin, Linda Evans - and oh my, is that O.J. brandishing a knife while riding in a Chevy Blazer? (not sure... it might have been an early International Scout, not a Blazer). In any event - oh my, the Klansman is a real lulu of a movie. Yikes - more to follow on that gem.
Posted by Willy at 11:40 AM
July 12, 2005
Blue Women - pre Blue Man
Way back in the early 1960s - long before the Blue Man Group ever banged a gong, there was this fetching Blue Women Group. An avant garde Czech painter named Yves Klein created paintings - by getting naked women painted blue to push and prod other naked women, also covered in blue paint, against a white canvas. All this was done while a symphony played Klein's 1949 symphony - which consisted on ONE note. Sheesh - talk about monotone. You want weird? Wow - we got it. Check out the latest updates in our ever growing genre we call Funky Shorts.
Posted by Willy at 05:20 PM
July 06, 2005
New Download - Seven Doors of Death
We have gotten a lot of requests to bring back Seven Doors of Death as a download. And woo woo - unlike those large corporate towers with no humans, we actually listened. :~D ~~~~ here it is, in all its bloody glory... or should we say gory. For my old geezer tastes, this movie is a little messy for me. I prefer Night of the Living Dead, which we offer as a really cool DVD iso download. It is also very timely - as director George Romero is currently offering another thriller being released in theaters now, called Land of the Dead.
Currently Frank is busting his eyeballs open restoring Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore. And speaking of eyeballs - we hope to get that classic Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali film Un Chien Andalou. You know... the short that is beyond surreal, ants crawling out of an open hand, an eyeball getting sliced. We'll keep you posted - gotta get back to work.
Posted by Willy at 02:03 PM
June 29, 2005
Evel Knievel Caesar's Palace Jump
On December 31, 1967 - Evel Knievel made an awesome jump over the fountain outside of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a terrific jump - but he did have a problem with the landing. Yep - here it is, in all its glory - flopping across the pavement like a ragdoll. Check out this wild archive video - Evel Knievel is all decked out in red, white and blue. It seemed like a good one to offer just in time for the July 4th holiday.
Also of note - ABC declined to cover the event for their show - Wild World of Sports - so Knievel got John Derek to film it. To try and save some coin - Derek had his wife Linda Evans work as a camera operator. (he married Bo Derek later, and Ursula Andress before Evans). And yes, it was Linda Evan - aka Crystal from Dynasty who shot the footage of Evel skipping across the Dunes parking lot next to Caesars. Learn more from Wikipedia's entry on Evel Knievel.
Want more - check out the movie, Evel Knievel starring George Hamilton as Evel Knievel. You can also check out Evel Knievel, the toy commercial from Ideal.
Posted by skooter at 03:20 PM
June 27, 2005
Coming Next - Evel Knievel
I loved this made for tv movie when I was a kid, and it was still lots of fun over 3 decades later. Ouch! I'm old... and sure, broken a few bones - but nothing like Evel Knievel, who at last count - broke 38 bones. I saw him on Discovery Channel the other night (or i think it was Discovery Channel, not sure) - and wild and crazy Bobby Knievel looked quite well considering all the punishment he put his body through. He was still on the road - doing shows and appearances, signing autographs, and exhibiting some of his most famous motorcycles. As i think of the current tsumani of bike related shows on the tube, I feel very confident that we had it lot better during my childhood - as far as cool biker dudes. I mean, imagine Paul Teutal Sr (of Orange County Choppers) trying to jump 19 cars - not pretty. Jesse James? puh lease. These guys are candy butts compared to Evel Knievel. Anyway... i just finished doing the first pass on the film, and it will be encoding this evening as I sleep. Should be ready in time for the July 4th holiday - which seems appropriate, don't you think? Gotta get back to work.
Posted by skooter at 04:37 PM
June 21, 2005
Coming Soon - July 2005
WOO WOO. LikeTelevision has some super wild and crazy media coming in July 2005. Are you ready? First up - a really fun movie about the greatest stunt motorcycle performer of all-time, yes sir - Evel Knievel. Yep, this is the classic 1971 movie starring Mr. Suntan himself, George Hamilton. And his wife Linda is played by the legendary actress, Sue Lyon who is best known for her disturbing role as Delores Lolita Haze, in the Stanley Kubrick movie Lolita based the Vladmir Nabokov novel. In Lolita, she was just 16 when James Mason was painting her toenails, just a kid, but by 1971, she is a 25 year old woman. George Hamilton produced this movie and it even features some real Evel Knievel footage, including the spectacular crash at Caesar's Palace. Coming July 2005. Hold on to your choppers.
July will also feature 2 more movies of note. The Klansman starring Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Linda Evans, Lola Falana and O.J. Simpson. WOW how's that for a line-up. It also features a character called Butt Cutt Cates played by Cameron Mitchell. Finally - we will also preview another classic from the silent era - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore, who is Drew Barrymore's Grandfather. In its day, this was a landmark film and it honestly holds up very well even though it is a silent. As always, we suggest you try out your own soundtrack. Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Guns and Roses, Black Eyed Peas - your call.
Posted by Willy at 06:45 PM
June 20, 2005
Next Up -Walk in the Sun
Before Lloyd Bridges became a star on the small screen as Mike Nelson, mondo scuba man in Sea Hunt, which was an insanely popular show from the late 1950s. (why did they always seems to cut his air hose in those dramatic underwater fights? You see, they never stabbed him with the knife, they'd just cut his air hose). But I digress - check out this terrific WWII movie, A Walk in the the Sun, starring Dana Andrews, Lloyd Bridges, Richard Conte, John Ireland and Sterling Holloway. Who is Sterling Holloway you ask? Well, listen to his voice (Dana Andrews is the man on the left, Holloway is the guy on the right)... and then close your eyes... of course, he's the voice on a ton of Disney cartoons, most notably - he's the voice of Winnie the Pooh. And of course, he was the voice of Roquefort the Mouse on The Aristocats.
Anyway - let's just say the film has a ton of star power. It is also a terrific WWII war movie, that tells the story of a platoon on a mission to take a farm in the Italian countryside and blow up a bridge. There's some action - but most of the movie focuses on the dialogue between the soldiers and how they cope with the fear that their fannies could be shot at from German fighters, or tanks or a hiddne machine gun nest. And it is well written, the psychological aspect of the movie is engrossing. It seems very authentic as to what fighting behind enemy lines might be like.
The movie is ready for viewing, the mpg downloads will be ready in an hour. Check it out.
Posted by Willy at 05:39 PM
June 14, 2005
Mr. Chips - Then and Now
Dateline - June 14, 1951 - the world will never be the same after Remington Rand introduced a new fangled device they called UNIVAC, which is bascially the first mondo computer. Unfortunately, it is so expensive that only massive companies or Superpower governments could afford one. But woo woo - here i sit about 50 years later, and I got more power in an old Intel duel Pentium motherboard we use as a coat rack here at LikeTelevision. It is a very cool device too, as we use the ZIF levers and some old SCSI PCI cards to keep our outer attire from falling to the floor.
And now - the marketers of planet Earth are pushing another nifty new gadget, just in time for Father's Day - called a Car Chip, which is used to monitor all kinds of auto functions like water pressure, battery charge, and mileage on an integrated circuit. It fits into the standard OBDII port in your car, which marked the beginning of the end for weekend mechanics. GRRRR - I am still mad as a hornet that the auto manufacturers of the world have emasculated all of us grease monkeys who can no longer work on our cars like we used to back in the day. Heck, you need a UNIVAC just to open the door today, but long ago - when there were Carburetors and ignition timing lights, it was a blast to work on your car. Yes, long ago, there was an exciting and organic world under the hood. Today - you can forget about it - unless you want to put some cosmetic add on like alloy wheels or a hood scoop to your VW Passat or Honda Accord. (ooops - I think I am sounding like the angry old man (Dana Carvey) from Saturday Night Live.
I think i feel better now. Anyway - Father's Day is right around the corner. Unlike Mother's Day, where the nation stops for a day to honor Mother's everywhere, Father's Day is pretty much a whatever holiday, which means that your Father's Day present might be there, or might not. Whatever. And if you do get something - well maybe you will get a tie or a T-Shirt, but more likely it will be something that the whole family (especially the Mrs) can enjoy. Sorry - I do not mean to upset anyone - just telling it like it is.
Posted by Willy at 12:06 PM
June 10, 2005
Behind the Scenes, Press, The Feed(s)
Lots to report... first, as we alluded to earlier, The Phantom of the Opera is ready to stream and download. The original from 1925 has a lot to offer and if worth the view, even though it can seem excruciating slow by today's film standards. Ahhh, but there is no super super super slow motion shots of people getting blown up or punched. And Lon Chaney is terrific. (no relation to Dick Cheney). Check out this funky Frank Random Trailer for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which like Phantom, stars Lon Chaney and Norman Kerry. I also found this page of action figures to be worth the wasted time.
Yep... i learn something every day... in this case, about a power broker at NBC named Dave Tebit, who is sitting next to Sid Caesar in This is Your Life Spoof. You can watch that segement here - and like me, learn a lot about Dave Tebit, who eventually ended up with Johnny Carson's production company. Dave Tebit died on Tuesday at age 91. Read more here.
One more note - LikeTelevision was mentioned in a press release - titled, AOL adds partners for video search engine. You can learn more if you like.
More cool stuff on the way - have a great weekend.
Posted by Willy at 12:45 PM
June 08, 2005
Next up - Phantom of the Opera
We hope to have the next addition ready for the weekend - from 1925, the original Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, and Norman Kerry. Frank Random, our creative guy in the video editing department - did a massive amount of work on this title, restoring broken frames, major audio tweaks, and also shortening the duration of the text plates. If you are a fan of the older silent films - you know how darn long these text plates can be. So long in fact, they leave one wondering if people didn't know how to read that well 80 years ago. Anyway.... about 1000 edits later, the film has been beautifully restored and prepared for our LikeTelevision subscribers. We hope to have the page ready for the weekend. Till then, by all means, check out another Norman Kerry classic - The Hunchback of Notre Dame, also starring Lon Chaney.
Posted by Willy at 03:20 PM
June 03, 2005
Max Baer kicks Opie's Butt
Ron Howard's new film, Cinderella Man about the classic 1935 heavyweight bout between Jimmy Braddock and Max Baer is heavy on Hollywood and light on fairness to Jethro Bodine's dad, Max Baer. Yep - looks like we might have a little fight brewing between Jethro and Opie on the LikeTelevision Classic TV channel and I'm putting my money on Jethro. Yes it's true - Max Baer was a hot dog, a flamboyant showman and in many ways over the top. And Muhammad Ali was kind flashy too, but didn't we love him for it? Well the same was true of Baer in his day. He was fun, and fun to watch. And I have to respect him for deciding to wear a great big Star of David on his boxing shorts when he went up against Adolf Hitler's boy Max Schmeling, also known as the Black Uhlan of the Rhine. They loved funky nickanmes back them. Max Baer was known as Madcap Maxie or The Livermore Larruper, from an early Times article that used the term "larruping thumper", which described his abiltiy to punch really hard. Baer grew up in Livermore, Ca. the son of a butcher and was also known as the Livermore Leveler. Anyway - Max Baer was Jewish and he had the Star of David on his red trunks when he took on Jimmy Braddock. Ron Howard made the Star of David much less prominent, but a vintage photo shows how he wore it as a badge. In the 1930s - this took courage as anti-semitism was much more pronounced, (as it is in the Middle East today). Now I doubt Ron Howard will get castigated like Mel Gibson did for Passion of the Christ, but it sure seems a bit unfair to paint Max Baer as such a thug. He was a colorful guy, with a bunch of human failings but he was not a ruthless killer.
It is still however a great story - as Jimmy Braddock was a big underdog - as big an underdog as Douglas was when he took on Mike Tyson. The colorful journalist Damon Runyon coined the term Cinderella Man for Braddock who was a 10-1 underdog.
Max Baer was a big dude - but not as big as another fighter of the the day named Primo Carnera. Check out this photo with Max Baer(left), Jack Dempsey(center) and holy mackeral, that's a big dude - Primo on the right. Baer beat Primo to win the heavyweight title in 1933. He turned pro in 1929 and won 22 of his first 24 fights, nine with first-round knockouts. He was fierce and even killed an opponent, Frankie Campbell in 1930. Baer was charged with manslaughter but ultimately cleared (hey, they were boxing) though he was barred from fighting in California for a year. Baer quit boxing for several months after Campbell's death, then lost four of his next six fights. He really never liked to box after that and began smoking cigarettes, having nightmares and joking around. In 1932, Baer KO'd Ernie Schaaf in the 10th round. Soon thereafter, Schaaf died following a bout with Primo Carnera. A lot of people speculated that his death was mostly due to the pounding he took from Baer.
In 1933, in the best fight of his career, Baer thumped Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium in front of 60,000 screaming fans. Referee Arthur Donovan stopped the fight in the tenth round. Next up - the world heavyweight title, vs the Italian giant Primo Carnera in 1934. At the Madison Square Garden, Baer knocked Carnera down eleven times in eleven rounds.
If you want to see the REAL Max Baer and his bigger brother Buddy Baer - check out this terrific Abbott and Costello movie - Africa Screams (PLUS - watch some free video bloopers from the movie). It is a spoof on a popular schlockumentary of the era called Africa Speaks, also available on LikeTelevision. Africa Screams is a fun movie and also stars Hillary Brooke, Shemp Howard - Curly and Moe's brother from the Three Stooges, Joe Besser another stooge in later years and famed lion tamer Clyde Beatty, the Gunther Gebel-Williams of the day. (like Sigfried and Roy all rolled up in one man).
Posted by skooter at 03:31 PM
June 02, 2005
The Borrowers, land of the giants!
Ready or not, here comes another fun movie for all our subscribers. Next up - an old TV classic called The Borrowers starring Eddie Albert and Tammy Grimes. Based on the award winning children's book by Mary Norton, the film is the story of the tiny Clock family, who are just a few inches tall. They live secretly underneath the floor in an old English cottage. Sometimes, they sneak out and borrow stuff, like MP3 files at Kazaa. HA! just kidding, my dear friends at the RIAA. Eddie Albert stars as the father, Pod Clock and Tammy Grimes is his wife, Homily. But I think Karen Pearson as the young Arrietty Clock steals the show. Check it out - it is a fun movie, kind of like Hallmark Hall of Fame meets Land of the Giants.
Posted by skooter at 02:14 PM
June 01, 2005
Marilyn, Andy and Helen - June 1st
On June 1, 1926 - Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles to Gladys Baker. The father was undetermined (hmmmmm - don't ask), and her name was soon changed to Norma Jeane Baker. She grows up to known as Marilyn Monroe. On the other side of the country - Andy Griffith was born on the same day, 06/01/26 in Mount Airy, NC. Famous Hollywood pirate Long John Silver was also born on June 1, twenty years earlier in 1906. (his real name is Robert Newton of course.... arrrrggg, i knew that).
LikeTelevision offers a bunch of terrific videos featuring Andy Griffith including some of the best episodes from the his ever popular show. We even offer an Andy Griffith DVD iso file to download with 3 of our favorite episodes - The Big House, Aunt Bee's Medicine Man and A Wife for Andy. Check out all the Andy Griffith Show episodes we offer - as streams and really sweet quality mpeg-1 downloads.
Also of note on June 1, 1968 - Helen Keller died at the age of 86. Check out the cool newsreel on this inspiring American heroine.
And speaking of history - yesterday the world learned the identity of Deepthroat, the inside guy who supplied Woodward and Bernstein with all the information to break the Watergate case. His name was Mark Felt and he was the number 2 guy at the FBI. By all means - check out some of the archive video footage of Watergate here at LikeTelevision.
We saved the best for last - A ton of great videos featuring Marilyn Monroe. Check out a terrific documentary directed by John Huston, who was a personal friend. We also offer her legendary performance at Madison Square Garden for JFK's birthday bash, where she wore a dress that literally had to be sewn on it was so tight. We feature it as a video postcard, free to send to your pals. We also offer a fantastic commercial where she sells gasoline. And let's not forget - Norma's Trailer Park featuring 15 movie trailers from her most acclaimed films. Check out the free preview from LikeTelevision afficiandos - Skooter and Frank. As a bonus - we also added some new pictures in the image library. ooo la la.
Posted by Willy at 12:01 PM
May 31, 2005
Paris Hilton's Carl's Jr $6 burger ad
Today - we reflect on the some tried and true realities of advertising. What business and marketing executives are interested in, is what works. The bottom line rules the day. And in America, sex sells as the saying goes. And so do puppies. And the question today for those with large marketing budgets is - do we go with Paris? or Puppies? or BOTH! As I think about this, I recall a wonderful saying from Marlene Dietrich - who said, In America, sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it's a fact.
Well - so much has been said about the new Carl's jr. hamburger ad - that we felt it should be discussed as part of our ongoing experiment at the LikeTelevision blog. If you haven't seen the ad - here's a free video link to watch it. Phew - that is one very slick product, directed by a young superstar named Chris Applebaum. No doubt Carl's jr. feels good about the investment - because they certainly got a boatload of publicity out of the ad, which was deemed so "hot" that it became a news item, and played during prime time hours nationwide, amid gobs of commentary.
When i was a kid - advertising people used puppies to sell products and i wondered, what if LikeTelevison had a monster ad budget for the Super Bowl. And our commercial could play at halftime. I think we'd have Paris Hilton playing with puppies. Gosh, you know, i bet it would work, assuming we weren't using poodles. Nope, you would have to use a more "everyman's dog"... like a lab or a retriever. And then - of course, something a little more classy, like a chocolate lab. Paris Hilton, and a chocolate lab puppy. Oh, don't worry - folks who know us, know we're very old fashioned. Paris would keep her clothes on. The puppy could be naked - perhaps... and maybe Paris could sprinkle the puppy with a hose. And if we had that kind of budget - we'd probably want Applebaum to direct it and i bet he'd do a great job. Darn - i bet somebody steals the idea. Shhh. Don't blow it for us. Oh well - it won't be the first time this has happened, after all it was Frank Random who coined the phrase - no money down. Poor guy never made a penny from it.
If you want to see an old school commercial that was deemed - oh so naughty - in its day, check out this classic from Noxzema, where the Swedish model urges you, to take it off, take it all off.
Posted by skooter at 11:16 AM
May 24, 2005
Howard Morris Dies, bye Ernest T
On May 21, 2005 - Howard Morris dies quietly in his sleep. Best known for his role as Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show, Howard Morris was constantly working and his roll of creidts is nearly endless. Check out some terrific free video comedy clips from his early days working with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.
And who could forget the Andy Griffith Show episode called Mountain Wedding. Starring Denver Pyle, The Darlings (the Dillards in real life) and Howard Morris as Ernest T. Bass. This is the classic Andy show where Barney Fife (Don Knotts) puts on a bridal gown to fool Ernest T. - who is chasing after Charlene Darling.
And by all means - check out ernestt.com - the official like home page for Howard Morris.
Posted by Willy at 10:27 AM
May 23, 2005
Time Magazine's Top 100 Movies ALL-TIME
Time Magazine's film critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel recently compiled a list of the top 100 movies of all time. And guess what - you can watch and download a bunch of their top picks right here at LikeTelevision. Best of all, we have some of the titles that are hard or impossible to find. How about Olympia - Part one and Part two, Leni Riefenstahl's epic documentary of the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, featuring Adolf Hitler walking out because Jesse Owens, the Black American bests all the German sprinters. HA! Check out Fritz Lang's chilling tale of the techno future - Metropolis. (or watch a bunch of Fritz Lang, my personal favorite is M here's a preview). Also high on the list, is Howard Hawk's His Girl Friday with Cary Grant, Rosiland Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. Need more Cary Grant - no problem. Check out another top 100 - Charade starring Audrey Hepburn., Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy. Also making the list - Edgar G. Ulmer's film noire classic - Detour starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage. A great film you probably missed. And there's a few Japanese classics that also made the list - Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu. (I have no idea how Seven Samurai didn't make the list, as it is in virtually everyone's top 10 all-time (like IMDB & BFI to name a few). There's also a new BFI top 100 poll - which lists The Third Man as the best. Nope - that didn't make the TIme top 100 list, but you can watch it here. here's a cool preview.
Also of interest - the Time critics list a Jean Renoir film, but in our humble opinion, his best film is either La Règle du Jeu, a.k.a. Rules of the Game or La Grande Illusion. You can watch them both - and don't just take our word for it. The BFI 2002 Sight and Sound Critics Poll, - puts Renoir's Rules of the Game at #3, all-time!
And some movies that failed to make the list - Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, Buster Keaton's The General, Kurosawa's Rashomon, Yasujiro Ozu's Floating Weeds, Cyrano de Bergerac and To Kill a Mockingbird (free preview). Sheesh. Hey we could argue about this all day. In lieu of that- check out some of the all-time classics, right here at LikeTelevision.
Posted by Willy at 01:50 PM
May 20, 2005
Coming Attractions - June 2005
Coming Soon to LikeTelevision (arriving in June 2005) - more terrific drama, comedy, horror and yep, all classics. Next up The Borrowers, directed by Walter Miller starring Eddie Albert and Tammy Grimes. Based on the wonderful children's book by Mary Norton (with incredible illustrations by Beth Krush and Joe Krush), it tells the story about the diminutive Clock family, Pod, Homily and Arrietty Clock who quietly live beneath the floor of a small country house. Huh? Sure, they are just few inches high, and they are very very careful not to be seen. To meet their need, they borrow items from the human beans who live in the house. Amazing special effects for it's day, with a delightful "Land of the Giants" type special fx.
Also coming in June 2005, A Walk in the Sun starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte (he was Emilio Barzini in The Godfather), Lloyd Bridges (father of Beau and Jeff Bridges, best known as Mike Nelson in the Sea Hunt TV show) and Huntz Hall (best known as Horrace Debussy "Sach" Jones of the East Side Kids, aka The Bowery Boys). A Walk in the Sun is classic World War II movie about a group of soldiers who are charged with taking out a farmhouse inside Italy. The film follows the platoon of soldiers from their dangerous landing in 1943 to the final assault. Extreme danger is followed by relative quiet, followed by unexpected bursts of action. For its day, very realistic and troubling. Not the usual sugar coating treatment common in its day. Like The Borrowers, it is also based on a great literary work - in this case the Harry Brown novella, A Walk in the Sun. The movie does a wonderful job of being true to the written story.
Also coming in June, The original Phantom of the Opera from 1925 starring early Hollywood legends, Lon Chaney and Mary L. Philbin. (Nope, no relation to Regis Francis Xavier Philbin, a.k.a. Regis Philbin of the TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire). Directed by Rupert Julian, this is based the book by Gaston Leroux, which has been made into over 5 movies, and in the late 1990s, a broadway musical play with songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 2004, this Lloyd Webber musical version was made into a movie, directed by Joel Schumacher. Time to break out your J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for organ.
Posted by Willy at 02:33 PM
May 13, 2005
Next Up, & Behind the scenes
Coming next - The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Leslie Howard as Sir Percy Blakeney the foppish English Dandy, clandestine hero and Merle Oberon as his beautiful French wife. Based on the classic novel by Baroness Orczy (or Baroness Emmuska Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy - what a mouthful) - it tells the story of a courageous man who uses disguises and all kinds of clever stunts to save a bunch of French Aristocrats from the dreaded guillotine. You will love the poem - often recited by Sir Percy in extreme effeminate tones.
We seek him here, we seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell?
That demmed Elusive Pimpernel
A wonderful story, very well written (Robert Sherwood) and well acted. In addition to the two lead roles, Raymond Massey is awesome as the vile Chauvelin and Nigel Bruce (best known as Doctor Watson, I presume) as the Prince of Wales is also wonderful. It will be ready early next week - go read the book and make the experience even richer.
Some other items - behind the scenes include a new batch of Johnny Carson clips - guests include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Maher, Gary Shandling, Harry Belefonte, Robert F. Kennedy, Joan Embry (with the baby lemur that tinkles on Johnny's head), and Jane Fonda - with the classic, pet my pussy disscussion.
Lots more stuff happening behind the scenes, but you will have to wait for details. Till then, have a great weekend.
Posted by skooter at 10:24 AM
May 10, 2005
Chaplin's Classic - The Kid
We hope you found time to watch the original A Star is Born starring Janet Gaynor, who plays the hollywood dreamer - who arrives to Hollywood as Esther Blodgett and becomes mega star - Vicki Lester. Well - our next movie offering is Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, starring Uncle Fester. As a kid, Jackie Coogan was cute, with a full head of hair. While most remember him as Uncle Fester of the Addam's Family with Carolyn Jones and John Astin - believe it or not, he was also famous for being married to this gorgeous pin-up girl, Betty Grable.
Posted by Willy at 10:11 AM
April 29, 2005
A Star is Born - Original!
Another new classic movie - the 1937 original A Star is Born, written and directed by William Wellman. This David O. Selnick production is slick, and the writers that contributed was good as gold. Robert Carson, Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner, Budd Schulberg and William Wellman.
Worth the view - the original A Star is Born.
Posted by skooter at 07:35 PM
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April 22, 2005
New Fritz Lang Film
Fritz Lang was one of the greatest directors in film - and while he is perhaps best known for his German flavored films, especially Metropolis, his science gone bad silent epic and the kiddie killer thriller - M, Scarlet Street is also a must see if you are a film buff or a fan of this legendary director. The movie stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea. Yep - ready for you just in time for the weekend. We hope you enjoy the show.
Posted by skooter at 02:37 PM
April 08, 2005
Richard Pryor - Fighting Machine
Here's a fun movie for everyone, just in time for the weekend. The movie was called either Black Brigade or Carter's army and has an impressive list of black actors who star in the made for tv low budget war movie. Richard Pryor stars as Jonathan, who is a soldier ready to go AWOL for most of the movie. Billy Dee Williams plays a tough guy from the streets of Harlem, and Rosie Grier plays Big Ed (not to be confused with Big Jim). This rag tag group of fighting men is led by Stephen Boyd as Captain Carter - who has one of the most annoying fake cajun accents you have ever heard. (if you recognize the face - he played Messala in Ben Hur, the evil former friend of Judah Ben-Hur who has all the fancy spikes on his chariot). The movie is for the most part pretty entertaining - though at times the dialogue or concept of a scene might be so contrived you just feel like saying - Oh Brother. If you want to check out a better Black Culture film - by all means try this one - Brother From Another Planet.
Posted by Willy at 12:53 PM
March 31, 2005
Anthony Perkins & Julie Harris
Our next movie for streaming and download is called How Awful About Allan, starring Anthony Perkins, Julie Harris, and Joan Hackett (another Aaron Spelling made for TV production - the last one was Boy in the Plastic Bubble) Yep Perkins plays Allan, a disturbed young man who is blinded by a fire that killed his father and scarred his sisters's face for life. (free preview) Make no mistake - by 1970 - Anthony Perkins has got that creepy, quiet psychotic character down to a nuanced art form and his performance is nothing short of terrific. Julie Harris plays his sister Katherine who seems really sweet and kind but... maybe not so nice. Joan Hackett plays Olive, the girlfriend who waited around why Allan was in the asylum getting better... but perhaps not fully recovered. If you were looking for a dysfunctional family psychodrama - you've hit paydirt!
Like most people, my first encounter with Anthony Perkins as an actor came from his ultra creepy performance as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Later on, I learned that the Bates character was modeled after a real serial killer who lived near Plainsville, Wisconsin named Ed Gein. Growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin, we of course knew who Ed Gein was and in middle school, a really disgusting book was sometimes passed around that contained photos of Ed's sickness made manifest. (The book was banned and ordered destroyed a few days after it was sold, but images from the book are still floating around thanks to the internet). It still gives me the chills. Let's just say, Ed was into taxidermy and had some serious issues with women.
Also related... somehow, is a Peter Shaffer play called Equus. Equus was a big Broadway hit in the late 1970s, and starred Tony Perkins - who was replacing... ready for this weirdness, Anthony Hopkins, best known as super creepy whacko Hannibal Lecter. But - both these guys were playing the role of Martin Dysert, the psychiatrist. In another weird twist - the Buffalo Bill character in Silence of the Lambs was modeled after... yep - Ed Gein. In Equus- Perkins plays the shrink - who is helping a teenager with some issues (related to women) - and tries to learn why six horses get blinded by a massive spike.
But once again, i am wondering off the topic - we hope to have How Awful About Allan ready for the weekend. Till then - watch the trailer and prepare your mind.
Posted by Willy at 03:59 PM
March 18, 2005
Travolta, Mr. Brady & Buzz
Coming next week to the monitor near you - it's John Travolta starring as Tod Lubitch in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Created for TV in 1976, this Aaron Spelling production is kind of bizarre, sometimes quite funny, often really annoying and just the type of film our content editors refuse to let die an obscure death. So why you ask - is this film worth including in the LikeTelevision library? Well lots of reasons. Welcome Back Kotter had just come out and Travolta was beginning to make a name for himself as Vinnie Barbarino. He was just learning to polish his dance moves - yikes, watch this! - and next year, in 1977 - he would be starring in Saturday Night Fever. And you might recall the eyebrow raising relationship between the young Travolta and a woman 17 years older than him, not twice his age... but close enough for government work. Her name was Diana Hyland and she stars as Travolta's mom in this movie, which i believe is where the two met. Diana Hyland also starred Dick Van Patton's wife on Eight is Enough, but died tragically at the age of 41 of breast cancer. I remember reading that she died Mr. Travolta's arms.
The film also features the great Robert Reed, best known as Mike Brady, father of the Brady Bunch. His over the top corny and sappy California PC papa performance is nothing short of hilarious. Too many great lines to mention. Another really fun game to play while watching this movie is - spot the movie gaffs when he could be contaminated by germs. You'll be very busy. The fashion style of the 1970s is just too aweful and this film really brings that to light. The fashion police would just have a field day - why is Travolta wearing a reddish brown knit Tam O'Shanter, with one of those funky mesh football shirts and terry cloth gym shorts, that are so tight and small i personally embarassed for Travolta's family 30 years later.
Posted by skooter at 02:19 PM
March 15, 2005
Smother's Brothers, Johnny Carson Tonight Show
In case you missed it - make sure you test drive a fun movie you may not have seen. Brother From Another Planet is ready to rhumba. Here's a preview.
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeee'rrrrre's Johnny! Another rotation of the best moments from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - watch the Smothers Brothers, Groucho, pesky animals and of course - Johnny Carson. Free to watch, free to laugh.
Posted by skooter at 01:07 PM
March 09, 2005
Brother From Another Planet
And on March 9, 2005 - your search for another planet comes up empty. (Search for another planet located 0 videos) However - keep looking, we're working on it. In a few short days, your search will hit gold And you'll find John Sayles' Brother From Another Planet. Wow! What a great movie. A kind and gentle alien with amazing powers crashlands his UFO in Harlem. He has the power to heal and fix things. And our mute alien brother is also be chased by the original Men in Black characters. In this movie - the Men in Black are the bad guys. Watch a new trailer from Frank Random. So come back, and next week, when you search for another planet you won't be disappointed.
We just added another cartoon classic for streaming and downloading, Spooky Swabs starring Popeye, Olive Oyl and a bunch of pirate ghosts.
Posted by Willy at 05:07 PM
March 04, 2005
Betty Boop Sings in Japanese
Whoa - we got a wild and wacky new Betty Boop for the weekend. In this classic short B&W cartoon, Betty sings that she has a language all her own, which is Boop Boop de Doop. Why she is so popular - everyone in the whole world knows it. And to prove, Betty hops in a plane for a solo flight halfway around the world to Japan. And in front of a massive adoring throng of Japanese fans - Betty sings her song in Japanese. AWESOME!! I mean pull up a pillow, share a sip of saki. She's kicking it in a kimono! And yes - this is early Betty - with the cheekiness and her trademark garter. Also wonderful - is her groovy little plane (shown here, colorized) with floppy wings and some art deco gauges.
Posted by skooter at 12:03 PM
March 03, 2005
Luva Parade, Toon Freak Show
Old school - art deco animation? You betcha, got it right here. Check out Welcome Miss Glory a wonderful toon from 1936. Pretty cool, especially the Fritz Lang Metropolis inspired architecture.
Want More mondo madness? Step right up.... LikeTelevision has a killer cartoon from way way back in the day old school animation. yep, 1932 - check out I love a Parade, which features a circus coming to town, in the glory days of the big top travelling show. This cartoon even features a carny sideshow - a thin man, who looks like Mahatma Ghandi, as the India rubber man(a condition known as cutis hyperelastica), along with lions, clowns and other weird creatues. (Afraid of clowns? - watch this).
Back when i was just a wee lad, I remember going to the Wisconsin State Fair (please say that in the most nasal fashion possible, eh)... and well, i am old enough to remember the carnival sideshows, also known as freak shows. By no means am i old enough to have seen their glory days, my era was more during the slow and painful demise of this bizarre arena of entertainment. When i went to take a peep behind the wild airbrushed art that lured you in - it rarely worked out anywhere as wild as my imagination. Yep.. the old head popping out of a hole in a table wearing a cute little spider outfit gag. Remember that one? Sheesh.. i just wasted a dollar.
Posted by Willy at 01:42 PM
February 28, 2005
More Toons 4 Manic Monday
Phew.... lots of hard work was required to get these new cartoons ready for Monday - the end of the month, weekend chores.... etc etc. But woo woo - here we go.
First up - a cool NEW three stooges cartoon called the Lastest Gun in the West, featuring Hal Smith as the voice of the Robot bandit who is robbing banks and has all kinds of technology tricks up his metallic sleeves. In addition - the cartoon has a opening with the new human stooges in a dentist's office, practicing without a license. Can you believe - more Dental Content! See Dr. Barre, W.C. Fields, or Winkie for some favorites - or just search for dentist.
Also new - a cool Popeye cartoon titled - Patriotic Popeye. In this classic, Popeye's nephews are looking for trouble and just want to shoot off some fireworks hidden in the shed for the July 4th holiday. Yes... lots of explosions and roman candles, with an overriding theme of Fourth of July safety. My favorite part is when the nephews do the Duck and Cover routine in the trash can.
And another small sized batch of toons coming next - and then - a killer hilarious cult film.
Posted by Willy at 03:11 PM
February 25, 2005
More Cartoon Madness
We'll have a few more cartoons Monday.... actually - they are all set, all the heavy lifting is done except a few minor tweaks in the database. But - till then, here's one killer toon for the weekend - called BOOM BOOM. The first animated sequences featuring smart bombs and smart bullets (they actually chase people, not sure if they are laser guided or infrared). In any event - a cool cartoon. And another free treat - check out a cool Frank Random Trailer for a cartoon batch from back in the day - featuring Freddie the Freshman - yes sir, poultry in motion.
Posted by Willy at 05:07 PM
February 24, 2005
Betty Boop, Topless w/ Max?
In 1934, Betty Boop was totally wide open, and way out of control... ummm for the standards of that era. And here's a terrific example - of the Janet Jackson nipple ninja star of 1934... in a cartoon called Betty Boop, Rise To Fame. Max Fleischer is featured (as a real human, not a cartoon)... talking to a reporter who wishes to do a feature article on Betty. In this cartoon - Betty paints herself with a quick tan ink.... and ducks behind a screen to put on a hula skirt. For a top - she wears nothing but the lei. Watch closely.... is there a funky frame or two? I won't tell... but it was all too much for the Hayes Office - which told the Fleischer Brothers that Betty had to lose the garter belt and clean up her act.
We also added another classic Betty Boop animation - Baby Be Good, which has a bunch of scenes using a reversed frame animation sequence. Huh? Basically - you can run the cartoon forward... and all this stuff happens. Then.. to undue everything.. you run the film in reverse... so everything, UN happens.
And one more new politically incorrect cartoon - this one is called Crosby, Columbo and Vallee. From the studios of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising - some young Indians get a real kick out of the new music on the radio. Of course, the elders of the Indian tribe just hate it. Are they Indians - or just Hollywood Indians - who of course are not Indians at all. (is that Ricardo Montalban?) So many years have passed - it is hard to say.
Posted by Willy at 12:56 PM
February 17, 2005
UPDATE -Johnny Carson, Cartoon Downloads
Lots of updates to report.... just edited Johnny Carson's page - and put up some terrific classic video moments from The Tonight Show. Check out Jimmy Stewart and Jack Webb in clip one, or some brilliant war related humor in clip 2 with Bob Hope, Dean Martin and George Gobels. Clip Two also features Richard Nixon! Clip Three features Michael Landon, a.k.a. Little Joe - who clears up the rumors of homosexuality on the set of Bonanza.
Also new - several new cartoon downloads - Dick Whittington's Cat, Sport Chumpions, Somewhere in Dreamland, and Yankee Doodle Donkey.
Next? get ready for some more killer cartoons!
Posted by Willy at 12:36 PM
February 16, 2005
Jimmy Carter, Rabbit Incident Attack Submarine
As we searched the LikeTelevision video archive on Jimmy Carter - we came across an intriguing photo that had us all wondering - ***Leporine Conspiracy Theory! You see - we just learned that a new attack submarine will be named after former president Carter - U.S.S. Jimmy Carter - when you google it, check out the images - HA! (as of today - Feb 16, 2006 - it was the first image offered).
Who could ever forget the Leporine Assassination incident from April 20, 1979. Thank goodness Jimmy had some major martial arts moves with his Kendo paddle.
(see Dick Cheney Whittington's Cat)
***For those not well versed in the *.ine type animal stuff.... here's a few to whet your whistle.
feline | cat
canine | dog
equine | horse
bovine | cow
porcine | pig
ovine | sheep
avian | bird
ursine | bear
lupine | wolf
murine | mouse
vulpine | fox
aquiline | eagle
anserine | goose
asinine | ass
cervine | deer
elephantine | elephant
leoline | lion
leporine | rabbit
limacine | slug
pavonine | peacock
phocine | seal
serpentine | serpent (i always think of Alan Arkin as Shelly Korpett, D.D.S from The In-Laws whenever i hear that word - Serpentine!).
Coming up next... some killer cartoons!
Posted by skooter at 03:00 PM
February 10, 2005
Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer & Joanna Pacula
All Right - as promised, Escape from Sobibor is ready to view. Check out this powerful movie and watch it online - or you can download the MPG files and make your own DVD (for personal use only, see terms and conditions for details). There's also a ton of terrific color stills in the image library. I really enjoyed this movie - and we are considering getting more movies directed by Jack Gold.
Ready to go - check it out, Escape From Sobibor, starring Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer, and Joanna Pacula.
Posted by skooter at 02:17 PM
February 08, 2005
Escape From Sobibor
Sobibor was a Nazi death camp in Poland during World War II. Built around March 1942 - the Sobibor camp was created to kill Jews Most were of Polish decent, though some were from the Soviet Union and others were from Western Europe. The film is not just a story of horror and evil darkness. Why? Because on October 14, 1943 - there was the largest escape in the history of the concentration camps. Over 300 condemned men, women and children escaped on that glorious day. Escape from Sobibor tells this story of tragedy and triumph - and the unbeleiveable power of the spirit that refuses to give into despair and holds onto hope in the darkest of circumstances. Here's Frank Random's trailer - may God have mercy on those fools choose to follow the evil tyranny that this film conveys. And may all good and loving people be blessed with the hope that carries one through such darkness.
Escape from Sobibor is a very special film. It is rare when a movie can leave you weeping at one moment, and later, hoping with all your might - that the characters in the movie will make it out of their hellish nightmare. Honestly - i could not help weeping when I watched this. Not just crying - but full blown sobbing. It hurts to view it and to immerse yourself in this heinous reality, even just vicariously watching it as a film. No - there are no gratuitous and shocking photos of ematiated men, women and children. The film hits you in the heart - because you get to know the people and you like the people. You admire their courage and respect their strength in a place that is filled with total despair.
We will have this film ready to view in few more days - till then, read a bit more about the story and the people. Just google Sobibor.
Posted by Willy at 12:17 PM
February 02, 2005
Cody, G.I. Joe, & Hostage Toys
In case you missed it - and i bet you did, yesterday morning there was a report on CNN, an AP wire, and other major news outlets - that an American soldier was taken hostage by the terrorists who were demanding the release of some prisoners, or else they would behead the soldier in 72 hours. The source of this information was an militant Islamic web site - and they even had a picture of the soldier, lifted from the site. Well - in about 72 minutes, the pajama journalists, a.k.a. bloggers... reported that the soldier in question was actually an action figure sold by Dragon Models USA - who went by the name of Cody. Huh, who knew? Now there's a Cody, special OPs sold in the US... and he didn't really look like Cody, the doll hostage... ah... then we learn there's a different model of Cody, that is sold in Kuwait. As Walt Disney used to say... it's a small world after all.
Anyway... my mind started wandering... back to the days of Commando Cody, who wore a strange helmet whenever he fought against the radarmen from the moon... and i thought... could it be? Is that you- Commando Cody?
Of course - this story was pulled faster than you could - oh my God, we're idiots... why are we doing PR for the bad guys? Anyway... seems like a good day to check out Radarmen from the Moon with Commando Cody, or perhaps a few classic G.I. Joe commercials - just so (segue in the Who song...) We Don't Get Fooled Again....AHHHHHHHHHHHH. More background on the story here, here, here, and here. And in case you missed it - George Bush actually captured Bin Laden!
Posted by skooter at 12:14 PM
February 01, 2005
Khomeini Shi'ite cleric - fingered?
On February 1, 1979 - Shi'ite cleric Ayatullah Khomeini returns to Iran and becomes the Holy Terror(ist?) ruler of Iran as the people decide to give the absolute convergence of church and state a try. See this pic of Ayatullah Khomeini voting! Now - i am all for religion and think it very good for the soul - but an all powerful melding of church and state has proven disastrous time and time again. As i was doing some research and looking for an Ayatullah pic - it was ironic that the one i got to first from google images was from 1979 - when Ayatullah Khomeini was named Time Magazine's Man of The Year. And seeing how George W. was named Man of the Year in 2004, and coming of the wonderful Iraqi elections on Jan 30, 2005 - that left us with the indelible image of the ink stained finger - well i just couldn't help myself. If you would like to see a great photo blog of the Iraq elections - by all means, check this out.
And if you would like to get a glimpse of what life was like just 26 years ago in Iran... check out this news clip of Ayatullah's return. Or another here - as students took American's hostage and held them for 444 days. Another interesting thing i noticed - after looking a dozens and dozens of images of Ayatullah K-meister... let me just say... i have never seen such a sour puss in my life. Not only does he not smile - he doesn't even begin to crack a smile. Lighten up dude (i know, he's dead...) BUT - I am pretty sure Allah wants his children to be joyful.
Posted by Willy at 02:04 PM
January 24, 2005
Johnny Carson - We'll Miss You
On January 23, 2005 - the world lost one of the greatest comedians EVER, as Johnny Carson died after a incredible career. In wouldn't surprise me if Johnny made more people laugh than any man ever born. No kidding. For those too young to remember, Johnny Carson was as big in the world of laughs as Elvis was to music. What made Johnny so darn special - was not only his timing and his razor sharp wit - but mostly i think.... it was his huge heart. Yes - he would poke fun and goof on people, but i never saw him do it in a mean way. He didn't get his laughs at the expense of others... which seems to be standard operating procedure in comedy today. It is quite a special gift, making others laugh... and to do it in a way that celebrated life, instead of dumping on people - is a sweet spot in comedy that Johnny owned.
May God bless you Johnny Carson - and I hope all of heaven is giving back to you... all the sweet and gentle laughter you gave to so many. You deserve it.
So please - check out some terrific video moments from The Tonght Show starring Johnny Carson. Yes... you can watch Johnny Carson at the top of his game.... with guests like Drew Barrymore, Raquel Welch, Rosanne Barr, Tiny Tim... Jack Benny.... and so many more. All of us at LikeTelevision welcome all the guests dropping by our site to honor this terrific man. We'll miss you Johnny.
Posted by Willy at 11:11 AM
January 19, 2005
Hercules Burns Bones?
Another LikeTelevision Birthday Bash - Steve Reeves, Burns & Bones. PLUS - Woo woo - another movie has been made available for download - yes - it's Steve Reeves in Hercules Unchained. Never seen it? Well check out Frank Random's FREE Preview. (Wonder if Oliver Stone used this movie as a model for Troy? tee hee hee).
So here's the birthday roundup - DeForest Jackson Kelley, best known for his role as Dr. Bones McCoy on Star Trek was born January 20, 1920 in Atlanta, Georgia. You can watch him in an episode of The Lone Ranger - no kidding! And yes... if you are a member, you can even download the mpeg files. And also born on January 20th - George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum) b. 01/20/1896 in New York City. You can watch a bunch of Burns & Allen - and in case you didn't know, his wife Gracie is about the funniest lady in entertainment history. And finally - Steve Reeves born Jan 21, 1926 in Glasgow, Montana. In addition to Hercules Unchained, makes sure you check out muscle man Reeves in Ed Wood's Crime film noire - Jailbait. And yes... you can watch the original trailer for this movie too - free preview.
I regret we felt compelled to shut down any new posting on the message boards - it seems some purulent strain of pervert has decided to become a nuisance - so we just decided to close down any posting for the time being. There's a lot of cleaning up to do, and to be honest, we'd rather be preparing some of the new movies next up in the queue. Some real winners are on the way... but that's all I am gonna say for now.
Posted by skooter at 12:01 PM
January 14, 2005
Christie Love DVD Download
Woo woo - just in time for the weekend - a new DVD iso download of Get Christie Love starring Teresa Graves as the kung fu fighting policewoman who is just too good for the bad guys. (or would i say, she was too baad for the bad guys. hmm).
The DVD iso file is 1.3 gig. How do I burn a DVD from the DVD iso file I downloaded? Easy. Open the creation software for your DVD burner - and look for the command to record from an image file (or iso). Then select the iso file you just downloaded as the image file (iso). That's it - then burn. In case you missed yesterday's post - there is also a new W.C. Fields DVD iso file ready for download. Need more? Look here.
Posted by skooter at 02:58 PM
January 13, 2005
NEW - W.C. Fields DVD Download
William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W.C. Fields remains one of America's greatest comedians. Best known for his cynical wit and nasal voice - he was one of Hollywood's earliest stars and is remembered for many hilarious quotes. Here's some of my favorites:
After two days in hospital, I took a turn for the nurse.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Then give up. There's no use being a damned fool about it.
I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for.
We just added a new DVD iso download to the library - featuring 3 classic short films by the late, great W.C Fields. The disc includes Fatal Glass of Beer, The Golf Specialist, and The Dentist. The iso files can be found via the DOWNLOAD IT link on The Dentist page. Creatinbg a DVD from an ISO file is very easy to do. Here's an old post with some tips on burning a DVD.
More fun stuff in the pipeline...
Posted by Willy at 03:57 PM
January 07, 2005
Next Up - Argento's Suspiria
Over the holiday break, Frank Random was hard at work on Dario Argento's Suspiria - doing some major clean-up work on the film. the new streams are now up, sized in letterbox, 320 x 128, looks great at double sizeand the mpeg files for downloading will be ready in 2 hours. Check out this slick new Frank Random trailer - from LikeTelevision's remastered version of Argento's Thriller masterpiece - Suspiria.
Posted by Willy at 02:18 PM
January 04, 2005
Hockey Related Weird TV
For those suffering from no hockey games - let us offer an assorted video palette of hockey related comedy. Oh - you didn't know that was a genre? Check out this free video snippet of Dr. Barre, hockey team dentist. And who could forget Thor, team mascot and star of the Vermont Vikings??? (not to be confused with this Thor)- Yes, the Vikings were hockey's greatest team that never was. And the most whacked out of all - yes, Antoine DuFleur - the self designated poet laureate of the NFL (it seems he got checked one time too many).
Behind the scenes - tweaked all kinds of database backend pages to reflect the change to a New Year (2004 changed to 2005 in about 12000 places). It is always a bear - only because it is tedious and confusing. You haven't done it in a year - so it feels rusty. AHHHH! What if i mess up? Which makes me reflect... on Y2K, Y2K... the fear fiasco of y2k is actually part of site maintence... done each year.. but in the case of Y2K, this work to be done was very well marketed. hahaha. More behind the scenes - it was time to take down the holiday related video lead-in spots and replace them with generics. Done. Also rotated most of the interstitial videos to keep things fresh. Blah blah blah.. back to work.
Posted by skooter at 01:23 PM
December 29, 2004
Dolly Parton, Drew, & Roseanne
I just finished updating the Johnny Carson Tonight Show page... and loaded some of the greatest moments of TV history... Bob Hope crooning Thanks for the Memories with Johnny, Tiny Tim not only singing Tip Toe Thru the Tulips, but getting married on the show, Drew Barrymore, a mere tyke - takes of her top set of teeth and lays them on Johnny's desk, Raquel Welch has a classic moment, Roseanne Barr's big stand-up debut on national tv, Albert Brooks goes digital, Jack Benny, Madeline Kahn... and one of the funniest bloopers in early tv history - Ed Ames and the hatchet - once you've seen this clip, you'll never forget it. Live tv was really funny sometimes. Enjoy some great Johnny Carson moments - it's free to all our guests and members alike.
Posted by Willy at 12:39 PM
December 28, 2004
Stalin Infamy -12/28/1934
Seventy years ago today - on December 28, 1934 - Stalin begins his purges. Exploiting the assassination of Sergei Kirov, Stalin goes on a killing spree - leaving most of the old Bolsheviks dead. For more background - search for czar, Potemkin, Russian Revolution or Soviet, or Stalin.
Also added a very cool free preview of Throne of Blood - Akira Kurosawa's epic Samurai movie based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The film is remarkable - great story, beautiful cinematography, and very well acted and executed. The special FX are so ahead of their time, especially the arrow scene - where strings were used to guide arrows to their designated targets.
Posted by Willy at 11:10 AM
December 27, 2004
Typhoon & the Tommy Gun
Over the Christmas weekend, a Tsunami slams into Sri Lanka - killing over 22,000 people. A sad and terrible tragedy. Typhoons are brutal. Remember Nov. 13, 1970?
For the menu page, Superman, Billion Dollar Limited was added with a link to a terrific sample of the animation quality. Watch Lois Lane pack heat as she squeezes the trigger on her Thompson sub machine gun, a.k.a tommy gun. And who could forget, Billy Mumy (Will Robinson from Lost in Space) hawking a snub nosed 38 and a Tommy Burst, which of course was a machine gun.
Posted by skooter at 02:00 PM
December 22, 2004
Yojimbo - Kusosawa's Classic
Yojimbo - one of Kurosawa' best films - just got a major data upgrade. For the past few weeks we've been working on Yojimbo - cleaning up the subtitle text, major audio improvements, and so sweet, 450kps streaming media files of the movie, plus new mpeg 1 files are ready in the download library. (~1.8 GIG). Check out this sample - free preview or this 6 sec promo, or how about this..
Posted by skooter at 03:42 PM
December 20, 2004
Christmas Media at LikeTelevision
For the joyous holiday season - LikeTelevision has a cornecopia of Christmas content for your viewing pleasure. Unlike traditional broadcasters, we are ok with being happy about Christmas... and not feeling compelled to reduce the season to a lukewarm Happy Holidays.... but for those who believe in Jesus as the son of God,... you bet - Have a very Merry Christmas. For those of you who are believers of a non Christian faith, yes... you bet... Peace on Earth, good will towards men. There's only one God, and we encourage you to strengthen your faith. Be a better Muslim, Hindu, Jew or Christian. (Mother Teresa's advice). That said - here's some terrific Christmas media.
One of my favorite Christmas episodes comes from Dragnet - starring Jack Webb. In Big Little Jesus, someone has stolen Jesus from the nativity scene on Christmas Eve - and Joe has 24 hours to solve the case. Here's a free preview. The Beverly Hillbillies has three Christmas episodes - you can watch them as streams or download them. The best?... hmmmm - i think i like Home For Christmas, because the scene where Granny and Jed ride on a plane the first time is just too funny for words. But Clampetts get Culture, and Christmas at the Clampetts are also must see LikeTelevision. Another classic tv series episode- is One Step Beyond's Ordeal on Locust Street. And who could ever forget - Howdy Doody Christmas.
Need some music? Try out Caste in Bronze, which features a band palying a massive carillon live or Larry Kirwin playing a hammer dulcimer live in our studios. Last we heard - Larry went to study at the seminary to become a priest!
And speaking of music... as i was driving in the car the other day, i heard one of my personal favorite Christmas songs - O Holy Night, sung by Celine Dion. As i listened, i wondered why she felt compelled to add a few hundred extra notes to a song that, for me... had a near perfect melody. (you know... like some people do the national anthem.... oh say ca an ana you u u see e e e e? at football games. Sheesh, what about the song. I felt the same way when i heard Clay Akins sing O Holy Night... though he only added about 20 notes to the melody. And yes... i understand that these folks have more talent in their pinky than i have in 3 generations of my family... but talent is just one measure. For me... heart has always trumped talent. I just got this rendition of O Holy Night in my email... and you know what... I LOVE IT. Ok... talent is lacking... but WOW... now that's heart! And yes... i know some of you will laugh.... at the guy, or some of you will think i am mocking him .. or worse making fun of the Christmas season. But you would be woefully wrong on both counts. (or as my dad likes to say.. when you put somebody down, it says more about you than the other person). Honestly... i just loved this fella's outpouring of emotion.... and i think Voltaire may have been right... that God is a comedian playing before an audience that's afraid to laugh. So.. be joyous, lighten up, smile and relish the unique nature of everyone. And check out this free MP3 of a heartfelt rendition of O Holy Night. (RIGHT CLICK and Save Target As).
And who could forget this cult classic - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, which features a young Pia Zadora. (free preview). Want more Santa related media - how about Santa's Surprise, The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives, or just as bizarre - Little King, Christmas Up North. Another great toon from the Fleischer Brothers - Christmas Comes But Once a Year.
For those looking for snowmen, - check out Mainstring Theaters' Snowman, starring a marrionette Frosty type character. And who could forget the toy from Hasbro - Frosty, the sno-cone maker, not to be confused with Kenner's Ice Bird.
You betcha.. let it snow.... Watch this classic animation, Jack Frost, or Hector's Hectic Life, or Snow Foolin.. for Linux fans, check out Peeking Penguins. More? Search for Snow.
Yikes... just listing all the media might take forever... so search for Christmas, and see if you can find time to watch it all.
Posted by Willy at 04:00 PM
December 14, 2004
Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) Rocks!
On December 14, 1902 - Frances Bavier was born in New York City (like Mt Pilot... only bigger). On December 6, 1989 she died in Siler City, North Carolina after suffering a heart attack. For folks of my generation - Aunt Bee was one of the most recognizable faces on TV. While she sometimes seemed a little harsh when she chided young Opie (Ron Howard) - she was always able to be tough... yet you never felt like she didn't love Opie just like a grandma.
In honor of this terrific lady - LikeTelevision put together a special DVD of three Andy Griffith shows - which features my favorite episode of Aunt Bee. No... not the classic "pickle episode" - my favorite by far... is Aunt Bee's Medicine Man, starring special guest John Dehner as the medicine show man. (watch this free video sample). In this episode - Aunt Bee finds solace in the elixir offered by the stranger who comes into Mayberry. But things get very exciting for Aunt Bee... as the elixir is a turbo charged high octane alcohol drink. All hell breaks out in Mayberry - when Aunt Bee invites her church group over to try the new miracle cure... and everybody gets tiddly. Which is 1960s speak for intoxicated, drunk or smashed. Wanna see Aunt Bee go to the slammer? Well check out the special DVD with this episode PLUS two more killer shows - Big House and A Wife For Andy.
For those folks who are grumbling... i want the pickle episode... please watch this classic Heinz pickle commercial, and calm down.
Posted by Willy at 10:36 AM
December 08, 2004
John Lennon -December 8, 1980
Today marks the anniversary of Lohn Lennon's tragic death. On December 8, 1980 Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota in New York City, across the street from Central Park's Strawberry Fields. Check out this news clip from back in the day. I remember how many people were just broken with sorrow over Lennon's death - myself included. At the time, I think i played John's songs for about a week straight... and he had so many great songs.... an unbelievable amount of great beautiful music.... i do not think i ever played the same song twice.
It has been a tough week for me.... on Friday Dec. 3, 2004 - I lost one of my most beloved friends, my Grandma - who died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 102. Her life was nothing short of epic - but I will always remember her as someone who loved everyone she met... and loved them with abandon. It didn't matter who you were.... prince or pauper... made no difference to her. Anyway... a few years ago - Frank Random and i put together this short video for Grandma's 100th birthday party. About 200 people were there.... there were over 10,000 roses for the party - an amazing party. If you are interested - check out this article from the Milwaukee Journal, written about a week before Grandma's 100th birthday.
Anyway... thanks for your patience regarding the new movie addition... which should already be available. Sorry about that. In case you missed the preview... check it out now (free video clip).
Posted by Willy at 10:16 AM
December 03, 2004
1956 Chrysler The Forward Look
For 1956 - Chrysler Corporation offers the Forward Look, a sleek new style - and huge fins. A young blond model who goes Bernoulli with her wedge. A guy with a gun, Ted and Elaine. Watch all four to get the full flavors of the forward look. Push Button transmission - true!
Yes - a new rotation of Johnny Carson clips. This batch of goodies is offers legendary moments. Free too. Charles Grodin, Drew Carey, Don Rickles and some terrific animal laughs.
Posted by Willy at 05:56 PM
December 02, 2004
Walken & Cox, Military Mind Melt
Coming soon - The Mind Snatchers starring Christopher Walken (his 2nd movie) and Ronnie Cox, who makes his film debut. Imagine a movie that grabs from Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, throw in a dash of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and add one part Crazy Doctor, with two parts evil military experiments.... and you'll have a good idea of what this movie is about. Check the latest Frank Random preview - who threw in a pinch of Frank Zappa's Brain Police just to spice up the mix. This movie should be ready to rhumba sometime early next week... this trailer is offered to tease you and get your brain washed. Go on... Push That Button!
Also - we did a bit of tweaking behind the scenes and added some holiday related shorts that are randomly inserted into the Watch It play lists. Wanna see a few? ok... here's one, and here's another. Or how about Jed in some Capri pants... so ahead of his time, what fashion sense. Got to get back to work - we should have the four long form Chrysler commercials for The Forward Look ready for the weekend.
One final note of irony - December 2 - marks the anniversary of the first nuclear reaction - and also the release of Frances, starring Jessica Lange....so December 2 is the kind of day that marks science goes haywire and wacky doctors... Perhaps a good time to revisit the Frank Random re-mix of Duck and Cover. Now that's insane!
Posted by Willy at 02:04 PM
December 01, 2004
Rosa's Busted & Woody's BDay
Dec 1, 1935 - Woody Allen is born in Brooklyn, NY... in case you didn't know he was a New Yorker - HA. Two decades pass... and on his 20th birthday - the news of Rosa Parks getting arrested fills the airwaves. Her offense? Mrs. Parks refused to take a back seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus when asked to re-locate for a white passenger. Here's an color enhanced photo of her arrest and finger printing. All this happened when I was a kid, and when we discussed it at school, it was recent history. Check out this cool newsreel clip, made in the early nineties - with Edwin Newman narrating.
Lots to do.... gotta run. Currently preparing a new movie with Christopher Walken and Ronnie Cox called Mind Snatchers... but before that... we'll be adding 4 new Chrysler long form TV commercials, featuring the forward look of 1956. Back to work.... just felt compelled to give some props to Rosaand Woody.
Posted by Willy at 01:09 PM
November 30, 2004
Happy Birthday Winston Churchill
On November 30, 1874 - Winston Churchill was born in Woodstock, Oxford England. He was the son of an eccentric aristocratic Tory politicain named Lord Randolph Churchill. As a kid - he went to the finest of schools (Harrow, Royal Military College at Sandhurst) but as a student, he was so weak, his dad thought he was retarded. (parents... a whiff of hope for those with kids struggling in school :~). His career of service was filled with failures (Gallipoli in particular) and many triumphs (his service as Prime Minister, especially The Battle of Britain). He was also awarded one of the first Nobel Peace Prizes. Of course, Yasser Arafat would win a Peace Prize too, but I digress.
A search for Winston Churchill in the LikeTelevision video library offers a ton of media - but let me highlight a few for Sir Winston's birthday bash. By all means - one should watch The Battle of Britain, but for those pressed for time - here's a few choice snippets. Clip One - "Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many, to so few". Clip Two - "We shall never surrender". And who could forget this quote.... This was their finest hour.... (just an audio clip, realmedia format). I love the line about perverse science... which for some reason made me wanna watch this video trailer from Frank random, LikeTelevision resident genius.
In case you want more info - here's a link to the New York Times Obituary. Churchill died on January 24, 1965.
Posted by Willy at 11:44 AM
November 23, 2004
Happy Thanksgiving from LikeTelevision
LikeTelevision would like to wish all our guests and subscribers a warm and heartfelt Thanksgiving. For us, last week was a cornecopia... of troubles. As we mentioned earlier, one of our huge mondo video servers decided to go on permanent vacation and to top it off, some knucklehead decided to try and drive through our back garage door, which caused us slew of angst and a nice fat bill to fix it. We were fortunate in that nothing was stolen - due to the extra security measures taken, which i think was mostly due to the fact that the warehouse area was and remains a total mess, thereby making it a total pain to try and take anything. Either that... or someone just rammed their car into the garage door by accident and bolted before anyone was the wiser. In any event - last week was a bit of a bear and we would like to thank everyone for their patience, though i do not think anyone noticed our server problems because we had standby servers at the ready. A special thanks to Brad, Gummy, Pratek and Surresh, for assisitng us in getting out bytes in order.
But enough whining - in truth, we have so much to be thankful for. Wonderful families and friends, a roof over our heads, food to eat and sustain us, warm smiles from strangers and a constant hope for a bright future. As time has passed, soaking up life's joys and sorrows, i have learned that being thankful is great medicine for being happy, even when times get tough or people let us down. Many folks think it is the other way around - if i got this or that... ow whatever... THEN i would be thankful. But it is the other around.... if you find yourself feeling thankful, you will also find yourself feeling happy. (remind yourself of that if the relatives are driving you crazy... ah ahahhaaha).
Anyway - here's some holiday treats to go along with your turkey and dressing - Popeye and Olive say - Happy Thanksgiving, Granny want to kill and cook the turkey, but Elly wants to spare the poor bird, Tex Avery offers a silly look at the first Thanksgiving back in the days of Pilgrims, and finally - check out this Lenny Federal show shot on Thanksgiving day in 2000, where he serves up some chicken pie. Or search for turkey, pilgrim, or dressing. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at LikeTelevision.
Posted by Willy at 11:11 AM
November 15, 2004
Rififi - Get Ready For Trouble
Here comes trouble - next up, a wonderful 1955 film called Rififi, which means trouble to the French. Rififi is one of the best movies ever made in the film noire genre - and tells the story of a bunch of French jewel thieves trying to pull off their next big heist. Director Jules Dassin won Best Director in the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. Need we say more? Coming later this week... here's a free preview to tease you.
Gotta scoot - it seems one of the video servers on our network just died... it should be off the network shortly.... and hopefully it is just a bad power supply or something stupid and easy to fix. All prayers on our behalf are graciously accepted. :~)
Posted by Willy at 03:14 PM
November 12, 2004
Firefox - a Browser you will love
In case you missed the major nerd news - Mozilla (the guys who started this whole internet browser craze)... just released a new browser called Firefox on Tuesday November 9, 2004. The beta has been around awhile - but the official Firefox 1.0 was released Tuesday. I have been playing with it for a few days - and am very, very impressed. Besides being much faster (many pages opened twice as quickly) - there's another real good reason why you might consider using Firefox as your browser of choice. SECURITY! For years hackers have been figuring out all kinds of ways to exploit potential security holes in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. And all this work has created a knowledge base and community of people who work together - to give you a virus, a worm, spyware or a trojan horse. For the most part - these nasty folks work to exploit MSIE because it has such a large installed base of users - so their attempts to make your life miserable are more likely to succeed. One way to thwart this - is to use Firefox. Coupled with the enhanced speed and cool features - makes it worth your while to check it out. The new browser software has already gotten raves from Walter Mossberg, tech writer at WSJ, USAToday, and Forbes, which declared it is better than Microsoft Explorer by leaps and bounds.
Give it a try - porting from Microsoft's browser was a snap - as it imports your email address book, bookmarks, passwords and all the important stuff in one fell swoop. Brain dead easy.
Posted by Willy at 11:38 AM
November 11, 2004
Veteran's Day Videos
What better way to honor our Veterans - than to have Kate Smith sing, God Bless Amercia. Even better, the video provided comes from the radio show where she debuted the song to Amercia.
And yes... lots more to watch. Search for WWII, George Washington, soldier, blood, America, and yes - why not. Peace.
Want a light war related movie, good for the whole family - try At War with the Army, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Posted by Willy at 02:24 PM
November 09, 2004
Download Rotations - MPEG City
Lots of new download rotations to report - recently added to the download library - White Zombie, Knife in the Water, The Outlaw, The Terror and Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage. White Zombie features Bela Lugosi as the head zombie in the original 1931 classic. Roman Polanski's debute film Knife in the water features some semi psycho folks enjoying a tormented sail on a private yacht. Loads of tension on the little sailboat - as a thirty something couple in the midst of falling apart - bring a young hitchhiker along for a sailing trip, who has eyes for the girl.
Moving right along - The Terror stars Boris Karloff and a Jack Nicholson as a young soldier... a Yute as My cousin Vinny used to say. The film also stars Jonathan Haze, who played Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. And yes - that's Dick Miller from a Bucket of Blood.
And there's more too - Howard Hughes mega dollar saga of Billy the Kidd, The Outlaw starring Jane Russell is ready for your downloading pleasure. Features a very young Jane Russell (discovered in this film no less)... and a special bra made by Hughes Aircraft engineers, that used cantilevered structures to enhance... lift and separate... as only the aircraft industry might be expected to fully understand the nuisance of the bernouilli applied lift. OK - perhaps i am embellishing a wee bit....
More on the way.... oh yeah... don't forget - we also added one of Hitchcock's finest films - Sabotage, which offers Sir Alfred tension and some old school terrorists. next up - a classic French Gangsta film from back in the day.
Posted by Willy at 05:33 PM
November 05, 2004
Cool Jodie Foster Movie
Ready for the weekend - another new movie to download - plus a ton of cool images in the library to boot. Mesmerized (Color, 1986) is based on a true story (or so they say... you'll have to ask John Newland from One Step Beyond for further clarity.) Jodie Foster plays Vicotoria - the girl raised as an orphan - till one day - a wealthy guy named Oliver Thompson (John Lithgow) shows up - and asks her to marry him. At the time the girl is maybe 17 or 18 - perhaps even younger.
And you guessed it - Oliver turns out to be a real brute - like this image of Lithgow as a peeping tom. Better still - check out the full description of Mesmerized or download mpegs of the movie and burn a DVD for your personal use. Pretty cool movie - kinda strange.
Posted by Willy at 11:56 AM
November 03, 2004
Cool New Mobile Media Files
How would you like to get a ton of LikeTelevision content ready for a cool mobile media player? The future is now, as we like to say. We just added hundreds and hundreds of new media clips for the ZVUE Player - a slick mobile media player - it plays MP3s, and of course - all the hundreds of new avi files from LikeTelevision's Download Library. If you would like to learn more about the ZVUE, check ZVUE's site.
In addition - we added a new free download section. Another 25+ videos streams for the Shameless Showcase series, and free MPEG-1 downloads, Image Files, and free zvue avi downloads.
Posted by Willy at 04:51 PM
October 28, 2004
ScreamFest - 2004
In case you never clicked on the witch flying in the upper right corner of your browser - here's a link to the special Halloween section of LikeTelevision. Make sure you check out the free promo trailer - rehashed from an insane show in 2000.... followed by tons of video trailers made in house with Frank Random.
Another idea - search for horror - and you get dozens and dozens of choices. And speaking of horror - The painting above of course comes from Edvard Munch's The Scream. The other panel is from a product called Whiz, which is something tasty to eat. Just added to the tv commercial library - an offer to send off for some magic trick secrets when you send in wrappers of Beich Whiz, a sweet treat of peanuts, marshmellows and fudge covered in a dark chocolate shell layer. Yum. Enjoy the ScreamFest - and this tasty snack treat, and don't forget to send your wrappers to Chicago to redeem the magic tricks offer.
Posted by Willy at 01:10 PM
October 27, 2004
Fresh from France -Dauphine
This car was way ahead of its time - fresh from France, the Renault Dauphine. Perky little thing, you'll love how it passes a bunch of cars and parks like a champ.
And tomorrow, October 28th - in 1886 - the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. A mere one hundred and eighteen years ago. If you like, let Ed tell you about it.
If you need more media files related to France - try here, here, here or here .
Posted by Willy at 12:37 PM
October 25, 2004
Corvair - bummer, great car
In 1959 - Ralph Nader writes a story about the dangers on the Corvair in his book, unsafe at any speed. While it was a great car - in truth, not much safer or unsafer for cars in that day and age. Anyway - this infommercial looks like Chevy's response to the criticism.
Posted by skooter at 01:57 PM
October 21, 2004
Spivey's Birthday, new stuff
Another year just creeps up on you.. and BOOM - it's your birthday. And Oct 21 is Brad Spivey's birthday. Spivey is the acclaimed character actor in countless commercials. Check him out here is the Urinal Screen. Also check the interview in Zim Zum, episode six. Also of note - the MIT interactive game post. Spivey is also a world class designer of high end media database applications delivered over IP networks. Yep, Spivey designed LikeTelevision's media library. Happy Birthday Brad Spivey!
Also - here's a few new nuggets just out of the gate... new age, old school & funky - a LikeTelevision commercial. And after that - have at look at the collection of 1960 Ford Automobiles.
Currently working on a Jodie Foster movie... coming soon.
Posted by Willy at 12:41 PM
October 18, 2004
New Content -Drinkin' & Drivin'
In case you are looking for something out of the ordinary... please check out this flamenco dancing, parachute dropping, ice cold Colt 45 malt liquor ad from back in the day. For those of wanting an answer to the burning question - when does beer become a malt liquor. Well... i think the answer is when the alcohol content rises above 3.99% by weight (not volume)... since in California, any beverage over 3.99% alcohol by weight CANNOT be called beer. For comparison... a 3.2 beer (by weight) is about 4% alcohol by volume. But enough of this - i will leave all these fractions and measures to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. But if you want to see a classic Colt 45 from the past - check this one... or this one.
Also of interest - you might remember this song somewhere in the back of your... Come with me Lucille, in my merry oldsmobile - which dates back to 1905... and featured here in a long form commercial from the early 1930s featuring the animation skills of Max and Dave Fleischer, creators of Popeye, Betty Boop, and Superman. As you probably know - Oldsmobile was phased out by GM - a few years ago... so, check out this old 6 minute cartoon commercial in honor to your daddy's big fat car with massive fins... (my dad had a Ninety Eight from the 1970s that really defined the auto term -boat).
Posted by skooter at 11:15 AM
October 12, 2004
New Halloween Look
For whatever reason - we just love halloween, so the nerds at LTi got together and came up with this funky new look for the site. No real reason for the change other than - why not?, it will be up for just a few weeks. If you like it great... if not, fear not it will be gone before you know it.
Each Halloween, we feature a special listing of the best Halloween realted content - be it Zombies, Ghosts, Horror, bloody, Scary, or in some way related to Halloween.... you can find enough content here at LikeTelevision to watch till your eyeballs fall out. Check out the free promo clip for the Halloween ScreamFest.... the clip was made in 2000 - but we recycle it every year cause it is just so darn weird.
You can click here to see a partial listing of the Best Of titles... (or just click on the witch on the top right corner). Also - don't miss the very slick surf music spooky playlist from The Aqualads - Haunted Beach, El Spectre, Night of the Gremmies and more! And in case you want to farther out in left field - by all means, check out Unknown Hinson!
Posted by Willy at 02:04 PM
October 04, 2004
SpaceShipOne, X Prize and Sputnik
SpaceShip One Wins the X Prize, October 4, 2004. As you know - October 4th was already a big day in Space History - in 1957 the Soviets launched Sputnik - the world's first foray into space travel. Check out this special preview - with the newsreel of Sputnik, a commercial for Major Matt Mason, and a cool Chuck Yeager clip from the X-1 days. Our hats off to Burt Ruton and the crew at Scaled Composites for pulling off this remarkable feat - and capturing the X Prize of $10 million dollars. Congratulations to all the folks who made it happen. Thank you for letting me celebrate your triumph by proxy. YES! And why not search for astronaut or spaceship. And who could forget - Venus Bound. Or go back to the very beginning of flight - watch Conquest of the Air.
Posted by Willy at 02:48 PM
September 30, 2004
I Like Ike - 1952 Campaign Ad
After watching this 1952 presidential campaign ad for Dwight D. Eisenhower - I am left wondering what the heck has happened to the political discourse in this country. In just 50 years - we have thrown out basic respect for opinions which differ from our own. Perhaps this is a reflection that there really is a massive difference between the two parties, but I am not so sure of that. In any event - the tone and message of this campaign ad is nothing short of hopeful, and downright optimistic. It was made during a period of angst similar to the times we live in today - filled with the fears of atomic anihilation). I think the people who made this ad had a much better understanding of people and human nature - and what drives folks to choose one party over another when they reach the voting booth. I hope they watch it and learn how we used to encourage people to vote for "our guy". But the thought of the two candidates just sparring in a WWW slamfest does have appeal. HA! Check it out - I Like Ike.
Posted by skooter at 12:23 PM
September 29, 2004
More Classic TV Commercials
Long ago... like in the last century when i was a kid... cigarette companies were allowed to advertise on tv. No really. And for those of us growing up back in the days of ancient history... this Winston TV Commercial was one of the greatest - featuring the catchy song - Winston Tastes Good, like a cigarette should. As kids, this song went thru hundreds of parodies, with slightly altered lyrics. Can you remember any? (please post some in the message board if you like).
There was a time when folks were actually tolerant of people who smoked - and while a tiny minority of people were offended by cigarette smoke... they were clearly a select minority. Of course - today is quite different. If you light up a cigarette in someone's home today... why many people would never invite you to return. If you smoke at work - it is often in a dingy place set aside for "those smokers". OK.... it is a nasty habit... but so are a lot of things people do (nasty habits)... each and every day. For whatever reason - this bad habit was singled out and those who smoked have been treated like pariahs ever since. Why? As always - follow the money... people extorted a TON of money from the tobacco companies. Next target? Looks like fast foods.... but only time will tell. In case you missed it - LikeTelevision was the first web site - that was officially declared a No Smoking web site.... way back in 1999. Check out this silliness - our very unofficial campaign to clear the air. Or... you might want to check out this Google search - Download No Smoking Videos.
But i digress - here's another tv commercial - an all time great commercial - yes... the I Want My Maypo campaign -woo woo. We all loved this one... in its day, it was as big as the Wendy's Where's the Beef series with feisty Clara Peller, the tough Grandma who asked the question -Where's the Beef?
Gotta scoot... working on another great addition - an early Presidential Campaign ad for Dwight D. Eisenhower - yes... the I Like Ike tv commercial. Oh my... what a contrast to today's hate fest. Remember folks - United we stand, Divided We Fall. Do you remember that??? It'll be up real soon. Till then - watch Popeye for President and see what the Spinach Party has to offer.
Posted by Willy at 01:42 PM
September 27, 2004
Brigitte Bardot Turns 70!
Happy Birthday Brigitte Bardot, who was born September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Before Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak - Bardot was Hollywood's first ooh la la sweetie pie. LikeTelevision offers 2 of Bardot's best films - first, her debut at age 22 in Mademoiselle Striptease, where she is forced to join an amateur striptease contest because she sold a very expensive novel by Balzac by accident... long before the day of Beanie Babies and E-Bay - HA! The film was made in 1957 - and while the title sounds naughty, there's no nudity at all, in fact it quite a charming film. By today's standards - maybe PG. Long ago - it was enough to imply sensual beauty, and to be honest, most folks learn this as they grow older. A fun movie - in French with English subtitles, check it out.
The second film at LikeTelevision starring Brigitte Bardot, is titled And God Created Woman - which is dubbed in English is a bit more steamy and features Bardot as a poor girl who is attracted to a good man she loves (one brother), a suave man she is physically attracted to (the other brother), and a rich old man (who she feels nothing for - she just likes his money). The movie is disturbing in many ways - as it examines the many facets of women and what they are attracted to. By disturbing i mean that there is tension between a man and a woman, clearly we are different creatures and these differences serve up fears and concerns that are indeed disturbing. Will love win in the end? Sorry - you'll have to watch the movie. But if you want a sample - check out the free preview from Frank Random. Oooh La La!
Also - check out the history clip about the Cannes Film Festival - which offers a shot of Bardot, who was discovered at the festival.
Posted by skooter at 01:22 PM
September 23, 2004
Duck and Cover - Dr. Strangelove remix
While we all have seen the US Government classic film Duck and Cover, this Frank Random re-mix is really must see LikeTelevision. Culled from a pile of nuclear fear footage ... yanked from a variety of sources, Frank put together this wonderful funky short film we affectionately call - Duck & Die. Just a happy reminder that it is often better to laugh and live in peace than to bite your nails waiting for the next disaster - we hope you have a good laugh and smile. Burt the Turtle meets Stanley Kubrick's 1964 classic - Dr. Strangelove - or how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb... my hats off to Frank Random for finding time to make us all laugh.
Posted by Willy at 01:53 PM
September 22, 2004
More Cool Commercials
Behind the scenes we've been working on a monster project we hope to announce soon. But get ready folks - the subscription deal will be offering a new major benefit, at no extra cost. We're almost finished... one of those projects that proved so dreadfully tedious, had we known going into it... we might have passed. But underestimating the work at hand is sometimes a plus. After all, i am certain we would not have embarked on creating this web site in the first place if we knew it would be such a mountain of elbow grease to pull it off. Oh well... sometimes we just never learn.
And yes.... we do have some new content to throw your way. For all you coffee junkies - check out this really cool commercial featuring the java jingle of all time - yes... it's the Maxwell House Perky song. Back in the day... folks used to often mix a good cup of Joe with a product now deemed offensive to the human race... yes... oh NO... a cigarette. (By the way - i believe Maxwell House, part of Kraft Foods, is owned by Altria Group, the company which used to be known as Philip Morris). So - after you take in the perky Maxwell House song - make sure you check out this funky ad for Lucky Strike, which features a bunch of cigarettes doing a square dance, and a version Turkey in the Straw with some smoking lyrics. And by all means - don't forget - you can watch this ad, but since 1999 - LikeTelevision has been declared a No Smoking web site (with a free video to check out, featuring the late great Bill Hicks).
Posted by Willy at 10:50 AM
September 14, 2004
The Pajama Game - CBS vs. The Bloggers
Given the recent story concerning the Instapundit w/ PJs vs. Big Dog Media and validity of CBS's documents and for shame... calling the fashion police on bloggers because we wear pajamas - i decided to check out the free preview for a wonderful 1957 movie called The Pajama Game starring Doris Day and John Raitt (Bonnie Raitt's Dad). And i wondered - how could this preview have been made BEFORE the incident broke out - because the synchronicities are just eerie. The trailer begins - The Pajama Game is the game we're in... clearly a call to all bloggers to be proud of our heritage as Foppish in Flannel. And then... the CBS response (denial), seems derived from this line - "why can't we stop all this small talk - I've got something better .... for your lips... to do" .... as John Raitt tries to plant a kiss on Doris. Other lines... "all i see are silhouettes" seems to predict the terrific animated gif overlays of todays's Microsoft Word and the CBS PDF files.... oooo, this is too spooky for me. Wonder if this was part of Nostradamus quatrains? So i went to the Nostradamus quatrain generator and asked - is CBS full of crap? The reply...
When the lamp burning with an inextinguishable fire
Estates and offices low are high, those high made very low
It will be seized and plunged into the Vat
With blood, human bodies, water and red hail covering the earth.
Of course if you try the same question - it will give you another... like this one...
The human realm of Angelic offspring
The bird of prey offers itself to the heavens
The twelve red ones will spoil the cover
When they want to have verification from the Normans.
Anyway... check out the Nostradamus Quatrain generator to see how this story might end.
Posted by Willy at 10:09 AM
September 08, 2004
How about a classic Chevy commercial that provides a delightful ditty on the power of subliminal advertising? Sure... coming right up. Dinah Shore and Pat Boone provide a lovely song and dance number of a set consisting of several Chevy Bow Ties. In case you miss the subliminal image... that's the 1959 Chevy Impala.
Before Jiffy Pop Popcorn - there was EZ Pop Popcorn. The cartoon kid offers a cool Beatnik jingle to convince the old man about the new way to make popcorn.
More coming tomorrow. gotta get back to work before heading out to see the dentist.
Posted by Willy at 02:29 PM
September 03, 2004
Nixon, Carson, Baseball & Cracker Jack
Just in time for the weekend - a special after dinner mint of back in the day politics. Johnny Carson talks with Richard M. Nixon! (see clip 2). Followed by Bob Hope, Dean Martin, & George Gobel, discussing his war record and how he protected Oklahoma in WWII. This is free to all viewers - get a sample of what LikeTelevision has to offer - check out clip 2 on the Johnny Carson page. Really funny stuff.. and in a bizarre way - quite timely. (Also watch the whacky Heinz pickle granny go bonkers when she gets a soggy pickle).
Yes... there's more. One of my favorite commercials of all time - featuring the cracker jack guy, whose name is Jack Gilford - who steals some cracker jack from a kid while riding on the bus... and then gets busted. And what would cracker jack be without baseball? So - check out Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, and a very young Don Zimmer shave real close with gillette's new safety razors. Just one track... i mean blade, yet somehow they still get the job done. Amazing how we were able to do so much with so little back then, huh?
Posted by skooter at 01:53 PM
September 02, 2004
2 New Funky Shorts
Yee Haw - a new pair of funky shorts - just what the doctor ordered. First up - a terrific singing commercial with some Ajax Cleanser elves who scrub away in the bathroom while belting out a very cool doo wap kinda jingle. Love those lens flares on the shiny fixtures. Next up - a vintage brewski ad from Carling Black Label. This one also features cartoon characters - a husband and wife team - where the wife does all the chores around the home while her husband relaxes in a hammock and requests a beer from his hard working wife. Great stuff... totally politically incorrect by today's standards - you'll love it.
Posted by skooter at 02:23 PM
September 01, 2004
Another Dozen Funky Commercials
Next up... another 12 pack of funky commercials from days gone by, including some very memorable classics like the Maxwell House perky coffee tune - do do do do doot doot, more close shaves - this time with baseball greats Don Zimmer and Pee Wee Reese (how does Don Zimmer shave with a massive plug of chewing tobacco - he takes it out before swinging the razor of course), 59 chevys, Maypo, The Winston tune, Cracker Jack.... and much much more. Gotta get back to work... but i hope to have some ready later today or tomorrow. Come back to the blog for updates.
Posted by skooter at 10:12 AM
August 31, 2004
Are You Popular - Dating Etiquette
Chaulk up another brick in the wall - Are You Popular - Random's Cut, a bizarre yet lovely addition to the growing video library we call Funky Shorts. If you like weird - you'll love this 6 minute short - Are You Popular - well are you punk! More
Posted by skooter at 02:37 PM
August 19, 2004
Honoring Elmer Bernstein
Yesterday, August 19, 2004 - the world lost one of the greatest names in music, that i regret - not many people even know his name. Elmer Bernstein (no relation to Leonard Bernstein) was one the greatest film composers in Hollywood's history. With about 200 films to his credit - he was not only a great composer, but obviously prolific as well. Perhaps his best known work is the incredible jazz score for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm, starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, and Darren McGavin, about a heroin junkie (Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine) trying to go straight by being a drummer. If you've never seen the film - by all means check it out. Or if time is short, check out Frank Random's terrific FREE preview that will give you a taste of Bernstein's genius.
Bernstein's gifts also took center stage on another classic film - To Kill A Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck and based on Harper Lee's novel. Bernstein was challenged by the film and finally decided to come up with a brilliant score that was based on a very simple musical line, often played by a single note on the piano. His style here was meant to reflect upon the beauty and innocence of a child - and how a child might perceive the hatred of racial prejudice. In a totally different style - another work of musical genius. Watch the movie - or check out another great FREE Preview by LikeTelevision's resident genius, Frank Random.
And Bernstein did it again - with the rousing upbeat Western score for the Magnificent Seven (the Marlboro Man theme back when cigarette makers advertised on television). And in case you didn't know - The Magnificent Seven was based on an earlier work by Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai. And yes - another terrific FREE Preview.
Other credits include: National Lampoon's Animal House, Ghostbusters, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Great Escape, The Great Santini, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and True Grit - to name but a few. Elmer Bernstein was a major talent, a legend and a musical genius.
He was also known for his liberal political views - which got him in trouble during the Communist Witch Hunts in the 1950s. He was hauled before Congress, and asked to name names - which he refused to do. Though he was not blacklisted - he still couldn't find any decent work until he was hired by Cecil B. DeMille to score The Ten Commandments.
Bernstein was born April 4, 1922 and died peacefully in his sleep at his California home on August 19, 2004.
Posted by Willy at 12:11 PM
August 18, 2004
LikeTelevision on Broadcast News
Kudos to LikeTelevision's massive marketing department - for a getting a boatload of marketing air time - for nothing. While it is true - you usually get what you pay for it, in this case we actually got a lot for no cost. In July, LikeTelevision was contacted by a very nice fellow named Mike Goldfein, who has a cool TV News segment for Belo called Tech Files. (you can google it and learn more). Anyway - Belo owns a ton of media assets including a couple dozen broadcast tv stations in many different major markets including Charlotte, New Orleans, St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle etc etc... basically their tv stations reach about 20% of the US market. So - to make a longer story short, we talked briefly with Mr. Goldfein and about a month later we started getting all kinds of additional phone traffic from all across the US. And then we watched the story about LikeTelevision on WNCW, Belo's Charlotte NBC affiliate. WOW, finally - my kids were impressed! And we also got a nice bump in traffic and sign-ups. (which allows us to get more nifty content for our subscribers). Anyway - check it out if you missed the story on television. But hey.. you can still catch it at LikeTelevision.
Posted by Willy at 04:55 PM
August 16, 2004
August 16th -the day Elvis Died
On August 16th, 1977 - Elvis Presley dies in his home in Memphis Tennessee. Like most, i was always a fan of Elvis - so why not do a search of the media library for Elvis related videos. Also - search for other blog entries. Finally - go to google and do an advanced search for elvis (and for the domain selection - Only at liketelevision.com - as the filter) - and you get over 110 pages. And so - even in 2004 - the search for Elvis continues.
Posted by skooter at 12:29 PM
August 13, 2004
The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Just in time for the weekend - one of the best - bizarre sci-fi movies ever made - The Brain That Wouldn't Die. It's 1962 and a mad doctor, scientist & surgeon named Bill Cortner has big plans. This campy classic is even more weird given medical advancements over 40 years. Don't miss the FREE PREVIEW.
Posted by skooter at 04:34 PM
August 11, 2004
Grant Wood American Gothic Musical?
I always loved Grant Wood's classic painting on wood called American Gothic. The wife's look was just too perfect, don't you think? So imagine my surprise - when i saw this Kelloggs tv commercial for a new cereal - called NEW Country Corn Flakes - where the characters from the painting come to life - and start singing a jingle for New Country Corn Flakes. HA! The tune really has the authentic feel of a rustic rendition - complete with a Jew's Harp twanging in the background. Of course over time, this cereal wasn't new anymore - so they lost the new AND the country - to become good old Kelloggs Corn Flakes.
Next up - The Brain that Wouldn't Die - an all time classic. Considered by many experts to be one of the worst films ever made, every bit as bad as Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. Oh - those Wood boys - Grant and Ed are two American Classics, though i doubt many bring them up in the same paragraph. It will be ready to view over the weekend - but till then, make sure you check out Frank Random's preview - featuring the original Bessie Smith version of I ain't got nobody. Watch the preview - she ain't got nobody either.
Posted by Willy at 04:07 PM
August 10, 2004
More Classic Commercials
Holy smokes - we're working like dogs adding more fun stuff. Check out this 4 pack of classic tv commercials - a personal favorite, Noxzema Medicated comfort Shave. Take it off - take it ALL off. Or watch this old Heinz lady say shove it when a restaurant has soggy pickles. Wanna check out Charlotte Rae, before Facts of Life - acting psycho in a shower? And top it off with a brewski and enjoy a cold colt 45.
Do you remember the David Lee Roth song - I ain't got nobody... well, long before Dave was in diapers, Bessie Smith did a killer version of the song. Anyway, Frank Random thought it really worked for a new movie coming up next called The Brain That Wouldn't Die, coming real soon. Watch a preview now. Gotta get back to work.
Posted by Willy at 06:30 PM
August 06, 2004
Coffee, Coke and Krispies
Here's a three pack to keep you going through the weekend. Coffee, Coke or Krispies. First up - coffee - with Virginia Christine, better known as Mrs. Olson easing some backyard BBQ tension between spouses with some Mountain Grown Folgers. Next up - Willie Mays, Arnold Palmer and other great names in sports line up for a classic coke commercial. Finally - how about a Fleischer Studio animated Cereal Classic from 1938. Featuring the debut of Snap, Crackle and Pop for Kelloggs Rice Krispies. Have a great weekend.
Posted by skooter at 04:39 PM
August 05, 2004
Classic Commercials - Alka Seltzer
Oh no - how could we give you just ONE Alka Seltzer commercial... just a plop? i don't think so. So ladies and gents - here's a pair of Alka Seltzer classics, PLOP and Plop. (sorry, neither tv commercial has the classic jingle - Plop Plop Fizz Fizz, oh what a relief it is... but I know you will love them.
First up, the Tummy Poke - where a myriad a mid-sections are marked, a plethora of pot bellies are poked... and even some taught tummies are touched. My favorite shot is the jiggling belly running a jack hammer. This one is a classic.
The next Alka Seltzer commercial is terrific - and a tongue in cheek tribute to another Hall of Fame tv Commercial. (the answer is below... but test yourself and see if you can figure it out for yourself first. The spot features a professional pie eating content... where the players go to the medicine cabinet for some relief. Yes... it looks like cherry pie, but in fact, it is blueberry - or so they tell you. Anyway... as promised - the commercial is offering tribute to another commercial - yep, the Mean Joe Green, the kid and the bottle of Coke. Think about it... it was right in front of your nose... i missed it too, and then it came to me in a flashback. When the ad aired - the Mean Joe Green Coca Cola commercial was getting all kinds of Kudos. I wonder if it was the same agency? Any advice from our users and guests would be appreciated. And in case you were wondering - the fellow who bumps the vet is indeed Curly Joe, the final third stooge of the three stooges. His stage name was Joseph DeRita and his real name was Joseph Wardell. He was born July 12, 1909, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died on July 3, 1993.
Posted by Willy at 12:37 PM
August 03, 2004
Despotism or Democracy?
Despotism - a film made in 1945 to assist the masses to help determine if they were living in a society that was a free democracy or a despotic tyranny. We edited the film for length.. and for irony... to make it more suitable for today's jaded viewers. (and subtitled the film - We Should Have Watched! - HA).
Even with the passage of time - this film is pretty interesting - especially the trends mentioned - which detail whether your society is heading toward democracy and freedom or sinking into tyranny. We hope it gives you pause to consider the arguments, reflect on your won country's political leadership, and hopefully find time for a chuckle. Check it out. Despotism - 1945.
More cool media on the way for later this week. Watch the blog for details.
Posted by Willy at 03:58 PM
July 29, 2004
Pepsodent -Now with I.M.P.
Yes - It's New and Improved! You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent. Now with IMP - no, not Instant Messaging Protocol, it's has the "dots", I.M.P. - now with Irium. Irium was a big deal in the day - Pepsodent was a very popular toothpaste because of the glowing whiteness you got when you brushed with Pepsodent. The ad was originally made for radio for Amos and Andy which was sponsored by Pepsodent.
This is just a teaser of more nifty tv commercials from way back when. There's a lot of stuff to encode and i need to get back to work. Or if there's time to spare, by all means - see Dr. Barre and check out the dental collection here at LikeTelevision.
Posted by Willy at 02:37 PM
July 23, 2004
Live Television Whoops!
Yee Haw - a new batch of hilarious comedy from the king of Late Night Television - Johnny Carson. Check them out - Free for all our guests.
Clip One features a young tike named Drew Barrymore - who takes out her teeth and plops them on Johnny's desk. PLUS - Tiny Tim sings a little tiptoe through the tulips and marries Miss Vicky on the show. Bob Hope closes out clip one with a classic.
WOW - clip TWO is funny, funny stuff - including a personal favorite, Ed Ames throwing the Axe! If you've never seen what transpired on LIVE TV in 1965 - you must check it out. Johhny calls it a "Frontier Briss" (for those who do not know what a briss is - well, it a Jewish celebration of a young (usually young anyway) man's circumcision. The tradition goes back all the way to Moses. Anyway - while doing some research at google, I found this party page for a briss, offering a bright and shiny theme. Sorry... bad joke). Clip Two It starts off with Rosanne's debut on National TV, followed by the classic ED Ames Axe whoops, then Raquel Welch gets a few zingers from Johnny, and it closes with Madeline Kahn who has an odd phobia. The clip also offers an interesting historical insight into how comedy about sexual innuendo can be funny without being disgusting or course. Of course, at the time this aired.... it was shocking, just shocking.
And clip 3 is also terrific. Bette Davis kills me. Followed by Albert Brooks using some prehistoric techo props in a comedy bit. Dolly Parton tells Johnny whether or not "they" are real.
Early next week - i will be out of town for a little rest and relaxation in Milwaukee. If possible, i hope to take in a baseball game between the Brewers and the Cubbies in Miller Park. Hang in there if you need some technical help - i will be back Wednesday morning. Have a great weekend. Got some great stuff coming next week... a few monster tv commercials and a re-tweaked government film - about the differences between a free society and a society run by a dictator. Frank Random did a little retooling to the original, very funny AND odd! - see ya next week for the Premiere.
Posted by Willy at 04:47 PM
July 21, 2004
Barney's Birthday Bash - Fife is 80 today
On July 21, 1924 - Don Knotts, best known as Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. So - we thought we'd provide a short list of our favorite episodes featuring the delightful Barney at his Best. 1) Barney's First Car - featuring special guests Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton) as a scam artist and Allan Melvin (Sam the Butcher, Alice's boyfriend on The Brady Bunch) as a thug. 2) Mountain Wedding - which features Denver Pyle, The Darlings, Ernest T. Bass and Barney dresses in DRAG! 3) Big House - features special guest George Kennedy as a Fed. Barney compares Mayberry's jail to The Rock. Awesome episode! 4) Dogs Dogs, Dogs - a personal favorite which has the classic lecture Barney offers Opie. 5) Loaded Goat - with Otis Campbell, the local sweet drunk, some dynamite and loads of laughs. 6) Aunt Bee's Medicine Man - with John Dehner as the man offering the miracle cure hooch. The opening scene features Barney combing his hair in an effort to look like Rock Hudson. Yikes!
Also of note for Andy Griffith Fans - tonight on TV Land is an Andy Griffith Show Special - featuring folks from the show offering their views of their favorite episodes. Sounds cool.... Here's the list from TV Land's show, airing tonight at 10 PM EST.
"Manhunt": Andy cons an escapee into taking a leaky boat.
"Goodbye Sheriff Taylor": Barney takes over for the absent Andy.
"The Darlings Are Coming": First appearance of the bluegrass hill folk.
"Barney's First Car": Barney buys a lemon.
"Andy on Trial": Barney's bragging gets Andy in trouble.
"Convicts at Large": Barney and Floyd are hostages to escapees from the women's prison.
"Barney and the Choir": Barney's solo is trouble.
"The Pickle Story": Aunt Bee's kerosene cucumber pickles.
"Mr. McBeevee": Opie's friend who walks in the trees.
"Opie the Birdman": Opie must raise birds after he kills the baby bird's mother.
Posted by Willy at 01:02 PM
July 20, 2004
July 20, 1969
July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon - hard to believe it was 35 years ago. Which means - in just 10 years, less than half the people on this planet were alive when it happened. In Amercia - virtually everyone was watching it on tv. Around the world - about a quarter of the planet was watching. It was such an incredible and cool moment. I was just 9 years old & thought it was pretty nifty, but had not fathomed its importance. However the adults were just totally absorbed. They had seen what came before and saw the feat of man walking on the moon as a new age. Thirty five years later - not much has changed, lots more channels on tv, cell phones, microwaves - lots more noise. Oh well - turn off your devices.
For more video on the moon - check Radar Men from The Moon, Felix the Cat Finds Out how the moon shines, the toy Major Matt Mason, Astronaut. And let's not forget Cosmonauts (no relation to Kramer on Seinfeld) and learn about the first Lady of Space, Valentina Tereshkova.
Also of note - July 20 is the birthday of Gracie Allen - born (Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen) on 07/20/1906 in San Francisco- She died 08/27/64. Check out some Gracie - She Rocks! Let's not forget - Diana Rigg, the actress who played Emma Peel on the Avengers with Patrick Macnee, as Steed. Lady Diana Rigg was born July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, UK. And finally - Natalie Wood (Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin) born July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, CA USA. Dies: Nov. 29, 1981 in Santa Catalina Island, CA (from Drowning).
Posted by Willy at 03:46 PM
July 16, 2004
Funky Shorts - got a pair!
More new stuff for the weekend - in a category i like to call - LikeTelevision's Funky Shorts. And this pair of new additions sure meet the criteria. First up, is at your service - a bizarre send up for the drive-in restaurant. Where young girls start swinging and end up dancing on the hood of your shiny new sedan. And old codgers peer up thru the windshield - because these gals are always at your service.
And part of the same series - check out Playmates. No not Playboy Playmates - but joyful a little rustic teenage lad in pleated pants dancing with a bunch of Elly Mae Clampett type gals around the May Pole. All beautifully choregraphed to the tune, Playmate, Come on and Play With Me - And we'll be jolly friendssssss ... for ever more. etc etc. Phew... this one is a humdinger.
After this page gets posted - it's off to the keepers of the database. Later...this afternoon, hey it's Friday... we hope to drink a few beers and add the key phrase - Funky Shorts to some titles in the library that meet the criteria - less than 1/2 hour in length, not part of a tv show series... and above all, weird and in some cases i regret - disturbing. This won't be ready till later today - i hope, but just search for Funky Shorts - and see what comes up. We'll be adding more as time goes by... so give it a shot, and search for Funky Shorts.
Posted by skooter at 03:41 PM
July 15, 2004
The Future is Now
Recently, LikeTelevision heard from a major league media guy named Doug from Chicago - who was working for one of his clients, Intel. His job was to produce a video press release - to announce a cool new chip set that Intel developed to make convergence a reality. The solution uses cool software recently deployed by Microsft as the operating system. Convergence? what's that you ask? Well - it is a little hard to explain - but basically it means the convergence of computers, television and the high speed internet to create a new medium for broadcasting, entertainment, and fun. Over 5 years ago - we created this short interstitial commercial for LikeTelevision that proclaimed - That Someday... is Now. Yes.... we made more too - like this one, we call kindness in the hard drive. Or this one - LikeTelevision - Only Better. And oddly enough - we found ourselves laughing at this old philco ad - that was plug and play(like the Intel/Microsoft motto), and encouraged folks to throw out their rabbit ears (antennaes). Anyway.... Intel got a very cool video press release - and woo woo... LikeTelevision was featured in the press release as a cool application that was here today on the internet. Yes... faster than you can say - five years is a long time - convergence is here. And the future is now. LikeTelevision would like to thank the Anderson's - a very cool family that subscribes to LikeTelevision for their help in creating the video press release for Intel. The video press release was sent to all the major broadcasters of news around the world - we'd be interested to hear from folks who saw it on TV News. So in case you were wondering why we picked LikeTelevision for the name - it's because we always felt that Someday - the computer would be LikeTelevision. Of course lots of people saw this age coming for a long time - in fact, Bill Gates said that phrase - Someday the computer will be LikeTelevision at a dog and pony show sometime last century. And now - the hardware needed to make it plug and play is here. COOL! And in case you were wondering - do i need all this new stuff to watch LTi content on my computer? No... of course not. We've been doing this for over 5 years now. You can watch it on your computer anytime you want, anywhere you want. But - our vision has always been to see our subscribers kicking back on a couch... and accessing our massive media library - just LikeTelevision. Well guess what - the future is now!
Posted by Willy at 04:13 PM
Happy Birthday Rembrandt Van Rijn
Happy Birthday to Rembrandt Van Rijn, born July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands. (dies Oct 4, 1669 in Amsterdam). In the history of art - a few names stand out, Picasso, da Vinci, Michealangelo, and yes - Rembrandt, though few folks know his last name, Van Rijn... fewer still his full name - Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. Phew - that's a mouthful. So what makes Rembrandt so great? A few things stand out - perhaps first and foremost was his gift of understanding light, and the devotion to exploring how light dances in the real world. Scholars call this chiaroscuro - which is Italian for light dark. When an artist masters chiaroscuro, objects have a delightful 3 dimensional quality, as the reflected light and shade give the flat paint on a canvas depth. Leonardo da Vinca and another Italian painter named Caravaggio were the early developers of chiaroscuro - of the 3, i am most impressed by the work of Caravaggio, but not many remember him today. Another reason why Rembrandt remains well known - is that he created a remarkable series of self portraits throughout his life that show a man aging gracefully and honestly depict the wrinkles and character that develop with age. In addition, his etchings of religious scenes were nothing short of stunning.
By 1634, Rembrandt was a very wealthy man - who was paid well to paint portraits of "beautiful people" - that is, folks with the big bucks who could afford to have a Rembrandt. He married Saskia van Uylenburgh, one of his favorite models in 1634. In the days before Supermodels and anorexia, woman such as Saskia who had a curvy and voluptuous shape were seen as very attractive. Today, many folks might advise her to go to the gym or do some brisk walking. Oh well - examine a classic Rembrandt rendering of his wife - Saskia at Her Toilet, from the Dresden Museum and decide for yourself. I think she is beautiful.
On a lighter note - some folks might remember the old Dutch Masters cigar tv commercials - which featured the men in Rembrandt's painting - The Syndics of the Clothmaker's Guild, coming to life and lighting up a stogie. Also - by all means, check out the Masterpiece Game Tv Commercial. Created by Parker Brothers - it was dubbed, the greatest game since Monopoly - and of course, the game featured paintings by today's birthday boy - Rembrandt Van Rijn.
Posted by skooter at 12:46 PM
July 14, 2004
Storm The Bastille!
Just 215 years ago - the French were storming the Bastille, a notorious prison that probably treated prisoners with the same gentleness as Sadaam Hussein did. (please, no Abu Ghraib ironies - since the folks involved in the torment there are being punished and the US Army was the one who relayed the news of the atrocities in the first place, on their web site for journalists - over 4 months before traditional media decided they could use the story to feed the I hate Bush disease (humor might cure it)....though you'd never know that if you read the N.Y. Times or watched mainstream network news). And what makes July 14th so special? Well that's the day France celebrates their Independence Day, with fireworks and parades no less. Also - lots of folks think the French Revolution happened before our the American Revolution - not so, July 4, 1776 happened thirteen years before - and America became the first true democracy on planet Earth. Ok... we really are not a democracy - huh? Nope, we are a Republic, which means that the winner is chosen by the electoral college, not the one who gets the most votes. (darn those lame schools - there's a ton of people who still think Bush stole the election - but in many cases in US history, the guy getting the most votes did not win the election for President. America is a Republic, not a democracy for a good reason. It was done to protect those who lived in less populous states - because we all know that those city slickers would someday want to tax us stupid bumkins in rural areas, and take all the money for the big cities. But i digress... today we celebrate the French Revolution - that began with the storming of the Bastille. While most folks think the good people did this to release the prisoners - the actual reason was to get the guns in the Bastille- and fight the monarchy that was ruling the people like a bunch of thugs. Since many French soldiers fought for America in the 1776 revolution - Independence, Freedom and Liberty became one of our first major exports. Yes - i realize that many people in Europe, the Middle East and even in the USA think the US Army invaded Iraq to loot and pillage - i suggest you take a chill pill and examine the history of our country. Deep in our hearts - most of us in America really believe in freedom, equality, treating people fairly, and in the God given right to allow people to govern themselves.
As I think back to the morning of September 11, 2001 - everyone here at LikeTelevision was busy filming a video for an incredibly talented fellow from France named Bruno Frascone. Bruno has devoted most of his adult life to perfecting his skills as a marionette operator and creator. Years ago he lived in Charlotte, NC and i met him and his charming wife Darlene through a mutual friend, Dr. Barre. (he's not really a hockey team dentist, but he played one at LikeTelevision). Anyway - Bruno went back to France to ply his craft, where he is viewed as a French National treasure. Over a decades passed ... and he was returning to the USA for a tour in San Francisco that included a private party for Robin Williams. (cool!) Dr. Barre asked us if we could help Bruno put together a promtional video for him and we were happy to comply. What a great time we had and the experience was wonderful - full of love, hope and laughing children. A perfect foil to the atrocities that were taking place that morning on 9/11. Unlike most of America - i never watched the planes crash into the towers. I knew it would be a bad thing to inject in my mind. Yes... i know it played over and over and over on the news - but i never watched it, always turning away before the planes hit. Several weeks later - the news networks figured this out for themselves - that replaying this horror over and over like a news byte was terrible thing to do, and in fact playing right into the hands of men seeking to wipe us off the face of the planet. Years from now - i suspect that most people will look back on how the mainstream press covered this war and turn away in disgust. Imagine if they covered D-Day the same way? Or Pearl Harbor? Sometimes i wonder if all the noise involved in living in large US cities or across the world for that matter - whether Paris or Berlin or London... sometimes i wonder if the daily grind of the city somehow erodes common sense. It seems like a fair question.
By the way - if you were wondering about the painting - it is perhaps the best known work of a brilliant Frenchman named Eugene Delacroix, and is titled - Liberty Leading the People. The painting was created in 1830 and can be viewed in the Louvre. Or at google.
Posted by Willy at 02:46 PM
July 12, 2004
Updates - Drew Carey & Mail Order Grannies?
Lots of stuff going on behind the scenes - including some new fun content, download roatations and some cool new features we will be adding shortly. First - check out the Johnny Carson page - we just added some classic clips from the best talk show of all time, and yes - these videos are free for all our visitors. The first clip has a terrific clip with Charles Grodin - who is trying to peddle his new book, which is actually his previously released book, now in paperback. The video offers an ironic twist to all the recent press surrounding Bill Clinton hitting the circuit to sell his book. Clip 2 features Drew Carey - in what i think is his debut comedy routine for a national audience. And clip 3 is killer funny - Johnny squares off against an aggressive primate, then morphs into an aggressive primate with guest Loni Anderson, followed by George Carlin doing his famous - hippy-dippy weatherman routine. In the post 9/11 world - the routine is still funny, but carries with it a creepiness once reserved for the days of the cold war. Like we often say - everything old is new again. This page gets clips rotated in and out - so watch it hile you can.
Speaking of deja vu weirdeness - you'll love this bizarre 1940s comedy sketch, Male Order which features a guy named Ted who places his order to have some girls delivered via parcel post. They arrive in cardboard boxes - and Ted tries each one out before selecting the keeper. It seems he is looking for a dancing partner. Fast forward to today - and a recent spam advert for mail order Russian brides... and i wondered if they would arrive in cardboard boxes too.... hmmmm. Not my cup of russian tea.
And on to download rotations - to make room for new additions - we recently pulled Inagaki's Samurai, part 2 and Ugetsu. And added a bunch more new downloads - including the Male Order. More on the new adds later this week.
As for the new features - we are still building and testing - but we are really excited as the new software bits and pieces add a lot of functionality - with an emphasis on FUN. Got to get back to work... more info on this coming soon.
If you are like us - and getting a little sick of all the political mumbo jumbo in the election year - make sure you check out this wacky creation - which features a twisted version of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land - with Kerry and Bush going head to head in a very funny satire. Your politics shouldn't matter - it picks on both guys with a large blunt instrument. Check it out. Or better still - you can always vote for Popeye.
Posted by skooter at 05:05 PM
July 02, 2004
Happy July 4th - Video Vault
We hope everyone has a happy July 4th holiday - filled with friends, family, and fun. And be safe with the fireworks.. but by all means, set off a bunch of roman candles, bottle rockets and light up some sparklers!
To Celebrate the holiday - we created a July 4th Video page with links to videos related to the July 4th holiday. A cool sci-fi show called One Step Beyond recounts a Night in December with the father of our country - George Washington. Or how about The Andy Griffith Show episode called Andy Discovers America. And lots more stuff to watch in the July 4th video vault.
And to top it off - check out Kate Smith, as she introduces a new song during the 1940s - called God Bless America! Have a terrific July 4th holiday from everyone at LikeTelevision.
Posted by Willy at 02:11 PM
July 01, 2004
Tribute to William Wyler
One of the greatest directors of film history - William Wyler, celebrates his birthday (b. July 1, 1902 d. July 27,1981). He helped launch Betty Davis' career in 1938 with Jezebel. He directed on the best romantic films ever made - Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Wyler won the Best Picture Oscar in 1946 - besting Frank Capra 's It's A Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed for The Best Years of Our Lives, which remains one of the best war movies ever made. William Wyler won Best Director honors with Mrs. Miniver (1942), and of course - Wyler's best known film - Ben-Hur(1959) starring Charlton Heston. The Urban Legend - that the stuntman in the chariot race died during the making of this 1959 film is not true. The source of the legend relates to the original Ben-Hur movie was made in 1926. Yes - in the 1926 film, a stuntman dies - learn more here. Oddly enough - William Wyler was assistant direct on the 1926 version.
In 1944 - the same year he was rendered permanently deaf in his right ear filming a bombing mission - he directed Memphis Belle, one the best WWII documentaries - plus it's in color!. Check out Memphis Belle - and this free preview from Frank Random, made in 1999.
Posted by Willy at 03:31 PM
June 28, 2004
NEW - Cool, Weird and Funky!
Anyone who has been with us a subscriber knows... when it looks like it is getting "quiet" at LikeTelevision (that is, not as many new additions as usual).... something is happening behind the scenes ... something cool.... and weird is brewing in our little heads... and yes... once again - this is the case. Part of what makes LikeTelevision so different (the oddball charm) - is that we just love funky video content. The kind of whacky media that is lost to time, because it is just to bizarre for all the men in gray flannel suits walking about from dusk to dawn looking to make a buck. Well, we are certain that there is no money to be made from this new library of insane content - but for us, it is a treasure. We hope to offer you a few choice samples in the coming weeks that will cement in your minds, once and for all - that we have totally lost our minds. But - the catch 22 applies, unless you become nuts in the upside down nature of our world... if you stay normal - well hey, then YOU are the one who is insane. If you can stay normal... well that's just crazy. Go read Joseph Heller's epic novel on the subject - Catch 22 if you need more background on the theory.
Come back later this week for a taste of the new library additions - that take you back to the days, when weird was cool. We will as always - keep you posted of new additions in the LikeTelevision Blog
Posted by Willy at 01:48 PM
June 22, 2004
Next Up - Killer Thriller
Assuming all goes well - we will be providing another awesome film, you might have missed that is worthy of your time. Diabolique, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot is one of the best murder mystery thrillers ever made, using a tried and proven theme. A wife who is a little batty loves her husband... but the husband has a mistress. Then he gets murdered - but wait, no body (corpus) or Corpus Delicti. Things get really messy as the film slowly unflods the story... and the suspense is almost unbearable. Who did it? What the heck really happened? Is he really dead? Was there a murder or was it a game? The inspector searches for the truth. The sordid affairs in this crazy love triangle are not solved by some simple Pythagorean Theorem... oh no.... this film has all the twists, mind games and tricks of the best films in this murder mystery genre. Clearly inspired by the work of Alfred Hitchcock - Diabolique has the same kind of feel as Rear Window or Vertigo. Starring Simone Signoret as Nicole Horner, she is every bit as lovely as Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren or Grace Kelly and her performance is flawless. The film won Best Foreign Language Film (tied with Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D) in 1955 by the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and also a Special Edgar for Best Foreign Film in 1956.
And in another weird synchronicty - old Frank Random put together another funky trailer to get you excited for the internet premiere of Diabolique. Teaming a favorite Joe Jackson song called Steppin' Out with some scenes from the film - check it out! Also weird synchronicty... this blog post follows the post on Lou Gehrig, a great in baseball history... and the oddball link of synchronicity of course, is Shoeless Joe Jackson... who is remembered as the guy who defiled baseball by taking money to throw the World Series in 1919. (for a time, the White Sox were renamed the Black Sox and Shoeless Joe was banned from Major League Baseball. His guilt remains in question... but i digress. This is getting Diabolical - ha!
Posted by skooter at 11:22 AM
June 16, 2004
The Urinal Screen - the last marketing frontier
The Urinal Screen is one of our favorite comedy shorts - and because we have so much content in the media library... some of these gems get lost in the largess. So let us point you to this honey - The Urinal Screen!
Since the comedy bit originally aired in the summer of 2000 as part of the Zim Zum show, beleive it or not - some noodle heads at MIT created a hybrid device, which was basically a video game, where you controlled the action via pointing the urine stream into a simple device that handled left, right, up down and diagonal too i think. Learn more from a previous blog entry for October 21st - which made a connection between the genius of Brad Spivey and Verner Von Braun. In case you don't know... Brad Spivey is really a code jockey genius... a rocket scientist! and is the guy most responsible for all the back end technology he created as part of our LikeTelevision family of knuckleheads. If you want to know more about his ficticious alter ego - check out the interview between Dodge Benson and Brad Spivey, world famous, go to guy of commercial advertising, watch episode six from Zim Zum to get that story.
Posted by Willy at 04:22 PM
June 09, 2004
No Smoking plus an Opposing View
Back in the days of yore, circa the summer of 2000 - LikeTelevision produced a musical variety show called Zim Zum. Going well beyond - odd ball charm (a comment from a recent piece from Forbes Magazine about LikeTelevision - after winning a Best of the Web Award from Forbes. woo woo - thanks!)... Anyway... going beyond - oddball charm - Zim Zum was just plain VERY very weird. Indeed it was. The first Zim Zum show featured Lite n Lively, the first openly gay rap duo and the clip featured today is from the final episode. We thought it was relevant, since we heard that legislation was pending in California - to BAN smoking from all public beaches. Wow... pretty harsh. Getting busted for a stray butt in a land full of thongs and bikinis seems a bit strange to us gomers here in North Carolina. Anyway... we suggest the politicians involved check out this clip - called No Smoking before rendering a final decision on this pressing matter. You might want to watch it ibehind closed doors, in a smoke filled room, where all the REAL decisions get made.
Posted by skooter at 12:33 PM
June 02, 2004
New Teaser for the Trailer Park
Coming down the home stretch on the media pipeline - a classic early 70s teenage angst, Vietnam era quagmire, counter culture hippy peace love preachy drama - yes... woo woo, with Sally Field as the nice girl from a good home (well.... actually, a dysfunctional home) and David Kung Fu Carradine, as a bad ass biker rebel without a cause hippy... we are doing the final steps to get this movie ready for the library.... but allow us to tweak you now... with one of Frank's teasers. A new trailer ...feel the angst... - and the "let's change the world" philosophy... Frank has nailed it again.... Watch Sally Field yell - FLACK!!!!! Still laughing.... be patient... it will be ready shortly in all its 70s glory - Maybe I'll be home in the Spring .
After that... an excellent film called Diabolique - a murder mystery and psychological crime drama with all the cool twists and turns of Double Indemnity (an awesome film w/ Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray)... Dialobique has been called the best movie Hitchcock never made. If you enjoyed Witness For the Prosecution or Strangers on a Train - you will love this movie. We rate it A+... and it's coming soon!
Posted by skooter at 03:31 PM
May 25, 2004
New Movies, Rotations, What's Next
Lots to update.... yikes! First off, Ozu's classic story about the travelling troubadours from Japan - Floating Weeds is now ready for viewing. See the previous post, or check out the movie page. It is a really cool film.
The LikeTelevision elves have been busy updating behind the scenes - creating a ton of new movie options for the feeling lucky link on the movie page - to reflect all the new movies we recently added to the library. This will make it more obvious to see what new movies are being added to our ever expanding library of entertainment media. And unlike some other sites - we always try to add content that is worth watching, as opposed to just adding content just to make the library big. Really - who cares if we just added a ton of junk?
We have also made a bunch of download rotations - removing downloads for Hercules Unchained, Jungle Book, Ugetsu, The Woman Hunter and a few more to make room for other downloads. Just added to the download library - Cyrano, Floating Weeds, a Jackie Chan movie, and Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's first comedy duo blast - At War with the Army. Also of note - as we expected, The Battle of Algiers - a great documentary film about terrorists which recently topped Andy Griffith in your tops picks wouldn't last very long at the top. Way to go Andy - back at number one.
And here's what's coming - a very early Sally Field movie called - Maybe I'll Be Home in the Spring from the early 70s (yes, Sally Field was Sister Bertrille in the Flying Nun..but in this movie, she has a fall from grace)... oh my!... an authentic That 70s Show. Oh brother, what a silly movie - though of course that is not what it was meant to be. Denise Miller (Sally Field) gets kicked out of the house by her parents, played by Jackie Cooper (from the Little Rascals) and Eleanor Parker (Zosh on Man with the Golden Arm). The she joins a hippie commune, experiments with drugs, and gets herself a rebel boyfriend, played by David Carradine, a.k.a. grasshopper from the popular TV show, Kung Fu. And what a creep he is in this movie - more of a locust than a grasshopper. Anyway - Denise comes home, her parents are still, you know - a drag man.... but then she gets even more confused when she sees her sister begin to follow her wayward path into teenage angst and despair. Heavy man, really heavy. In case you forgot how insipid all this whiny hippie talk was - just watch this movie. A real classic - back in the days when gas prices were soaring, the Vietnam War was on the front pages of every newspaper, and the counter culture was going to bring us a brand new day of peace and love. ha! So if you think life is meant to be endured... why, you'll love this movie. If however, you have found that life is a joy filled gift - check out some of the FUN classics from Andy Griffith, Frank Capra, Bonanza, Johnny Carson, or the Beverly Hillbillies.
Posted by Willy at 04:45 PM
May 24, 2004
Next Up- Ozu's Floating Weeds
Just decided to take a break from re-digitizing the next movie - director Sanjuri Ozu's very very cool film from 1959 - Floating Weeds (Ukigusa), about a travelling theater troupe in South Japan. While many might argue that Tokyo Story is Ozu's masterpiece - my personal vote goes to Floating Weeds. For 1959 - this film is nothing short of amazing in its use of color and the beauty of each frame is as glorious as an Ikebana masterpiece. (Ikebana.... is the Japanese art of flower arrangement in case you were wondering). When you watch this film - you will wonder why the heck you never even heard of this man - who is an absolute genius... go figure... Americans are blessed in many areas, yet so poor in other ways. When you watch the movie, you will long for simpler times, before the cell phone rang all day, before the daily medications for whatever ails you, before the constant pounding of pushy ads and browser pop-ups. Sometimes we think we have it so good... but as this film shows - we sure give up a lot with each advance in technology.
and speaking of technology... i gotta get back to work encoding this wonderful movie... we hope to have it ready for tomorrow... but it won't get done if i don't get back to work. HA! One more techno tidbit... today we celebrate the birth of the helicopter - created May 24, 1940 by Igor Sikorsky. As the world goes round and round... make sure you raise your glass today for Sikorsky's helicopter! Looking for a helicopter laugh... check out Twirly Birds.
Posted by skooter at 02:01 PM
May 18, 2004
New Movie Download - Cyrano de Bergerac
And here it is - Jose Ferrer stars as Cyrano de Bergerac, one of the greatest tragic romances in literary history. Edmond Rostand's play - brought to life by Ferrer's Oscar winning performance. What a great movie. We are currently uploading the mpeg files for download - so please be patient if you are reading this as a fresh post (05-18-04). The MPEG files for this movie will be ready to download shortly. We hope you enjoy the film as much as we did. Great stuff - another winner by producer Stanley Kramer.
Posted by skooter at 12:55 PM
May 12, 2004
Cool Jackie Chan Movie
Check out the latest new movie download at LikeTelevision - Wheels On Meals, starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Biao Yuen, Lola Fomer, and Benny "the Jet" Urquidez. Jackie and Biao play street vendors in Spain who help out a gorgeous damsel in distress named Sylvia, played by Lola Fomer. The film features all the wonderful martial arts kung fu choreography you'd expect from a Jackie Chan movie, great comedy, a little romance and also - a beautiful leading lady. Even cooler - the film is in chinese (mandorin or cantonese.... i have no idea) with English subtitles. If you are a fan of Jackie Chan - i bet you are going love this movie! and - ooops... in the last post, i mentioned Jackie Chan had a jeri curl perm.. and was wrong (but admitting this now makes me right :~). Why anyone can see - that's Sammo Hung in the perm hair, duh?
Also new - just rotated in some new killer Johnny Carson clips (which are free to all our guests), featuring some of the finest moments from The Tonight Show. Guests include boxing's all time greatest - Muhammad Ali in top form, The Smother's Brother's, a hilarious Alpo dog food commercial gone bad (also check out this Ken-L Ration tv commercial with real horse meat!, George Foreman, Groucho Marx & more.
Want more Groucho - just search for Groucho! Have fun.
Posted by skooter at 02:43 PM
May 10, 2004
Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin Classic!
After their success in My Friend Irma, starring Mary Wilson & Diana Lynn - Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were offered a movie deal to showcase their talents as a comedy duo - and here it is, the first Martin & Lewis film, At War With the Army. This is a really fun movie, with a bunch of twists and turns AND the film also introduces a new star - Polly Bergen, who has a sizling duet with Deano crooning in a recording booth. I was always a fan of the countless Martin & Lewis films - and this one might just be my favorite. We hope you enjoy it.
Next up - an early offering from Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, Wheels on Meals (Kwai tsan tseh original title, aka Los Supercamorristas, aka Million Dollar Heiress, aka Weapon X, aka Spartan X) was released in 1984 and features Jackie and Sammo as Kung Fu fighting street vendors. It is a lot of good fun if you are a Jackie Chan or martial arts fan. Of course - we already featured Jackie Chan at LikeTelevision - who played an uncredited extra in Bruce Lee's cult classic - The Chinese Connection (1973), where he played one of Jing Wu's students. Jackie was also an uncredited extra in Bruce Lee's epic - Enter the Dragon. Jump ahead few years... to 1984.... and get ready for Wheels on Meals, where you can see Jackie coming into his own as a great in the martial arts genre. He has an incredible fight scene with Benny Urquidez, who plays a scumball criminal - but my favorite scene has Jackie sporting a Jeri Curl haircut. It must be seen... i don't think the hair style works for him. HA!
And why not jump into the past to get a better perspective on current events while you wait for us to finish putting that film together. We would like to recommend one of the best prison films of all time - Truman Capote's Glass House, starring Alan Alda, Vic Morrow, and Billy Dee Williams. Check it out!
Posted by Willy at 05:01 PM
May 03, 2004
May 3, 1941 - Capra Meet John Doe is Released
On May 3, 1941 - one of the greatest political dramas, Meet John Doe is released theatrically in the United States. While many might prefer Capra's Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life starring Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart, for me, Meet John Doe is my favorite. Starring Barbara Stanwyck (best known as the matriarch of The Big Valley, also starring Gig Young) as an amibitious reporter who loses her moral compass and ends up doing the bidding of the big political honchos who hang out behind the scenes and pull the strings. Meanwhile, Gary Cooper is a down on his luck, average Joe - who is so filled with despair he is ready to take his life. (like Jimmy Stewart in Wonderful Life, right?). Meet John Doe also stars Walter Brennan, best known as Grandpa on The Real McCoys as Cooper's companion.
When the film is viewed today, during a time of remarkable political polarization - one can't help but wonder if today's political machines have gotten very skilled at marketing to our lowest common denominators, and basically... selling hate in a wide variety of fragrances and flavors. Watching this film will make you reconsider your own political dogmas, and hopefully - take a step back from it after realizing you have been fed of spoonful of bad medicine, designed to make you dig your feet in, and become shrill - whether you are a Republican or a Democrat... after all, snake oil, is still snake oil.
Also of interest - the Johnny Carson page (a free sample for guests) currently features a great moment with the late great Jimmy Stewart who shares a poem with Johnny.
Posted by Willy at 11:58 AM
April 27, 2004
Spring Has Sprung - video vault
I just put down a very cool book - Michael Pollen's The Botany of Desire, and it just makes me want to race home and get digging in the garden... because spring has sprung! Each year, after i take down the Christmas tree... i go to my hopelessly messy garage, and break out the grow lights. I look forward to it ... because in a matter of hours, seed planting will begin in earnest. And this year was no different - as i think i started about 1200 or 1300 little babies to plant in the garden or give them away. (you do this for a few years... and there's no space left to plant). Anyway... i still have a few hundred to put in... and i hear them calling.
But before i head out - let me suggest some terrific "Spring is Here" content from the video vault. First off - you'll love this Harman - Isling cartoon called To Spring. With incredible animation and colors just exploding off the celluloid, a bunch of elves secretly work behind the scenes to start a massive machine that makes it spring. The machine is really cool - and any nerdy web monkey will love it just for that. And for all you hippies out there - well, the colors are outstanding! Next up - check out 2 episodes of the Beverly Hillbillies that are "spring classics". In Granny's Spring Tonic - she cooks up her annual batch of hooch - and this year's moonshine is especially lovely. A fine fruity bouquet, with a hint of plum, full-bodied yet not wisp of tannons... blah blah blah... ya but did you like the wine? Well... let me tell you - everybody is very pleased with Granny's home grown "shine". Next up - try out Granny's Garden - where she learns all about the California Agricultural Business. It is really funny - and weird too, because it sure looks like the farmer's of the Golden State paid the producers of the show - to tell them all about the business of growing food. Great stuff! And our final recommendation - is an old Raggedy Ann cartoon - called Suddenly It's Spring. Not a great cartoon by any stretch - but it is weird enough to give it a view.
Gotta run - time to get all those little babies buried in the ground. Now that didn't sound right.... ooops.
Posted by Willy at 03:11 PM
April 22, 2004
More updates - Download Rotations
First of all, thanks to everyone who wrote me emails - wishing my Mom a Happy 70th Birthday! I am always amazed at what great people our subscribers are and your thoughtful comments really made my day. Thanks. I would forward them to my mom... but as i told you in the last post, she doesn't use the internet and has no email address. And yes... she has no idea what her son does for a job - HA! And speaking of mothers... whay not do a search for Mother and see what the relational database comes up with? Wow... Betsy Wetsy is one of the first returns... obviously - very relevent. hahahha.
We also did some rotations in the download library - removing Hercules Unchained and Jungle Book from the MPEG download library to make room for some of the recent additions - and others that will be added over the next few weeks.
Today's calendar of videos related to April 22nd is also of interest - Jack Nicholson celebrates his birthday (born April 22, 1937 in Neptune, NJ). Send somebody a Jack Nicholson goes to the dentist video postcard if you like... it's free. (More synchronicity... my daughter just got her braces off - hooray)! And in another odd twist - Germany is the first to use chemical weapons on April 22, 1915. (what an honor, huh? lest we forget... we Americans were the first to use atomic weapons). Check out the cartoon Microbe Army - a very bizarre cartoon that is somehow related, or a previous blog entry on WMD.
We've added a ton of movies since i last updated the movie menu page - and i need to get cracking on updating the random suggestions element (just refresh, you'll get something different suggestions with the feeling lucky link). Don't worry - it's on the to-do list. For the latest additions - just read the blog.
Posted by Willy at 12:59 PM
April 19, 2004
Updates - new movies and content
Sometimes - it might seem like we are sitting on our well padded posteriors - when in truth we are busting our midwest fannys off.... and today is no exception. A TON of updates - so best to take a break and tell you about them huh?
First a new movie that is a sci-fi classic - from 1959 - LikeTelevision presents - First Spaceship to Venus! We have already written a bit about this one - check the blog entry, and also the page that features this ridiculous film... what a sci-fi treat. LOVED IT!
We also updated Johnny Carson's page - with very funny bits - classic Jimmy Stewart guest appearance where he reads a poem, and Ronald Reagan on Family Feud? Jack Webb does Dragnet satire with Johnny - in the Case of the Clandestine Clappers from Cleveland. Lots more too! Here's Johnny!
Also behind the scenes - Frank updated the images from Ugetsu... sweet! Check out the image library downloads from this terrific Japanese film classic.
And in another case of funky irony - where everything old is new again - Doug noticed that Sonny Chiba is the master swordsman in Quentin Tarantino's classic drama - Kill Bill with David Carridine & Uma Thurman (yummy!) Which coincides nicely with the release of Kill Bill Two, and the release of Kill Bill on DVD. We just purchased a license for a terrific David Carradine film called Maybe I'll Be Home Next Spring. Yeehaw - major 1960's teenage angst film with a delightfully young Sally Field, who even wears one of those floppy hats. Carradine plays a differnt character than the grasshopper dude in Kung Fu we all know and love. He's a TOTAL jerk! Throw in a theme song by Linda Ronstadt and hey.. we couldn't resist. Very rare... yet must see LikeTelevision classic... coming soon. In case you missed the Sonny Chiba connection - we just offered a classic Sonny Chiba film called The Street Fighter just a few days ago. Known for pushing the envelope of blood and guts - Street Fighter is available as an MPEG movie download for all our subscribers.
We also made a few fixes - from that nasty problem of being human... thanks to the gracious help of our customers, who on balance are very patient and kind when we make a flub. ANd guess what - woo woo... we actually do our best to fix it as fast as we can. Are we just a bunch of midwest bumpkins or what? Go figure.
I could list a bunch more tweaks and fixes... but I will be heading out to my homeland - Milwaukee Wisconsin - to celebrate the 70th birthday of my dear sweet mother. Shhhhh. It's a surpirse - but she never ventures out on the web, and has no email address. How cool is that?
Finally - I regret to inform you that the Harvey Keitel / Johnny Rotten film, called Corrupt (or Cop Killer) will not be arriving anytime soon. The print we were offered was less than stellar - well in a word, Corrupt. Oh well.. quality still matters here, go figure.
More updates when i get back from my trip from Milwaukee... All for now.
Posted by Willy at 03:06 PM
April 15, 2004
LikeTelevision's Taxing Video Vault
Ding Ding Ding... April 15th.... taxes are due, or maybe your like Granny who would say...."Jed let me get my gun, it's the revenue man!" LikeTelevision has a bunch of fun content related to our favorite folks - tax men. Yes... even back in ancient times, people always loved the tax collectors. Why one of them even went on to become saint and write a Gospel (St. Matthew)... so let's cut the IRS some slack... while you're cutting them a check.
Anyway, we dug deep into our video vault to find some terrific entertainment related to the Tax Man. First on the list has got to be - Jed pays His Taxes starring Granny in a comedy classic. And speaking of comedy - by all means check out 2 killer episodes of the Burns and Allen Show - The Tax Man and Property Tax Assessor. And lest we forget - it was the Tax Man who ultimately took down notorious gangster Al Capone, a.k.a. Scarface - on October 19, 1931. All right, if you're like me... you like to grumble when you pay your taxes - so make sure you check out this FREE PREVIEW from My Man Godfrey, where Eugene Pallette, of the the greatest grumblers of all time - tells his family that they are spending 50% of his money while the revenue department is taking out just 60% of his income. Yes... it is hard to believe - but indeed that was the tax hit many years ago... in fact it was even much higher at its peak, especially when you added federal, local and property taxes to the pie. I guess that makes me feel a little bit better. Time to sign off... singing one of my my favorite Beatles tunes by the late great George Harrison - Tax Man.... love that guitar lick too!
Posted by skooter at 12:38 PM
April 07, 2004
Wild Martial Arts - Street Fighter
For all you kung fu junkies - we just added a cult classic - The Street Fighter, starring Sonny Chiba. For those who enjoy these types of martial arts films, Sonny Chiba is known as the one guy who could hold a candle to Bruce Lee, not only in the karate department, but also for his skill as an actor. Another reason this film is interesting, is that it created a new threshold for insane levels of violence. The original uncut version actually received an x rating it was so over the top. The film featured at LikeTelevision, is a slightly toned down version, where 4 minutes were cut from the original release. After suffering through the encoding process - I am glad i didn't see the other version. This movie is pretty disgusting and will leave a nasty pit in your stomach, as you wonder - why did i just watch this? Parts of so gross... you almost have to laugh... as blood oozes from everywhere. Thank goodness it all looks a bit fake at times. This film is not for kids - watch it at your own risk.
The good news is - the next movie offering is First Spaceship to Venus from 1959, is good clean fun and a real sci-fi treat. It is also quite campy and funny - i know you'll love all those wild Neru jackets and McDonald's hats the scientists like to wear. But i have to admit - the spaceship they created for the film is top notch - especially for 1959. We expect to have that film ready sometime early next week.
Posted by skooter at 11:43 AM
April 05, 2004
We're Talking Baseball - Video Vault
Hooray! It's that time of year again... time for Baseball season. Perhaps the only thing more American than baseball is jazz - and to be honest, we love them both. So if you are also a fan of our great pastime - check out LikeTelevision's video vault of baseball related clips. We offer some classics - like The Jackie Robinson Story, Max Patkin, the clown prince of baseball, The Lou Gehrig story, and one of my personal favorites - The Clampetts Meet the Dodgers, with special guest star Leo Durocher - who is blown away by Jethro Bodine's pitching skills (and Elly Mae's too). Also of interest is a funny cartoon called Sports Chumpions - which makes fun of sports in general including a poke at baseball. Although not listed in the search - you can also check out the Marilyn Monroe Story, which features a segement on one of Marilyn's husbands - that's right, Joe Dimaggio, also known as Mr. Coffee.
So if you are still young enough - Play Ball. Or if you are like me... and nowhere near a major league park - Play video!
Posted by Willy at 12:36 PM
April 01, 2004
Seven Doors of Death - New Movie Download
Just in... another cult classic horror movie, The Seven Doors of Death - is now available for streaming... and in a few hours (about 1.3 gig)... the mpeg download for this movie will also be ready too, plus a bunch of cool pictures have been added to the image library. The Seven Doors of Death was really a breakout film for how much blood and guts could be captured on celluloid. This movie is really over the top for blood and guts - and also does a good job of hitting the raw nerves that makes our skin crawl. The scene with the big nail through the eyeball is a classic as well as the tarantula spider eating the face off a guy strapped to a table. Many parts of the movie will make you turn away. For its day - this movie is remarkable for the excellent special effects that make it all believeable. How nasty is it? I think it was grosser than the William Friedken's Exorcist starring Linda Blair and some pea soup - by a long shot. It was banned not only in Norway, but in West Germany too.... for being so graphic and violent... and very bloody. The film has no sexual content or any foul language - the censors were just too grossed out by "the horror" as Mr. Kurtz used to say in Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Basically - evil forces are having a field day.
So if you enjoy these kind of films - you will love Seven Doors of Death and quickly understand why this film stands out in the genre of horror films. Indeed - it is a bloody cult classic - and helped pave the way for all those Wes Craven horror films that arrived about a decade later.
Posted by skooter at 12:10 PM
March 30, 2004
Weird New stuff in the Pipeline
We just got in a bunch of new movies for our users... and as usual, our focus remains on the weird and hard to find gems that have gotten lost with the passing of time. Next up, Seven Doors of Death - one of the most powerful and bloody horror films ever made.... in fact, it is banned in West Germany.. so for all our buddies in Berlin, be good - otherwise the movie cops will yank your net connection and throw you in the klink. Directed by Lucio Fulci, the film tells the story of an old hotel that has a doorway to hell... anyone who enters this door... never returns. Very very scary... and yikes... lots of blood and gore. Not for the faint of heart.
Also coming soon... a real monster in Martial Arts classics - The Street Fighter with Sonny Chiba, perhaps the only guy who could compete against Bruce Lee in the martial arts field. I think this is the film that inspired the popular video game, Street Fighter.. but I am just guessing. Yep... this film also offers gratuitous violence to the Nth degree, just like Mel Gibson's Passion of The Christ. How gory you ask? When the film was originally released - it received an X rating, though it has since been bumped to an R rating as our culture of death now seems less impressed by people getting their hearts ripped out of their chests.
The next offering is a Sci-Fi classic - called First Spaceship on Venus. Made in 1959, the original film was made in Eastern Europe and features some of the coolest analog dials, knobs and doohickeys ever put on film. The spaceship is so cool... prehistoric computing machines and all. We just loved this film... and laughed our butts off. It starts off with a mysterious "spool" found somewhere on the planet - that is actually a secret message from Venus. We concocted an interesting way to view the film - as a drinking game... everytime someone says - "SPOOL" ... you take a sip of your beer. It is overkill for the first half hour... and then the viewers need to spout out some comment related to the SPOOL during the later parts of the film. Oh yeah... you really need to say SPOOL.. with a German accent... like SHHHPOOL for the full effect. Any comments with SPOOL work, but it is best to keep it with the storyline like... why can't we decode 'dis SHHPOOOL!
Also in the pipeline... a really wild 1983 film called Corrupt starring Harvey Keitel and John Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. I wish it also had Sid Vicious.. but he couldn't deliver his lines with any coherence. Keitel plays a pyscho cop gone way bad (similar to his BAD LIEUTENANT role in 1992). Also of note - is the incredibly lame sound track by Ennio Morricone, that is gloriously annoying. Believe it not, he also scored a Clint Eastwood classic - Sergio Leone's For A Few Dollars More... and 2 other films in LikeTelevision's library - The Battle of Algiers, and Lovers and Liars with Goldie Hawn and Giancarlo Giannini.
Posted by Willy at 11:23 AM
March 23, 2004
Akira Kurosawa's Birthday Bash!
For most Americans - Kurosawa is a Japanese film director they heard about in a Bare Naked Ladies song. But in the world of film directors - Kurosawa is considered the master of the craft - honored by Steven Speilberg, George Lucas - well pretty much everybody. Why? Because the quality of his cinematography - his uncanny ability to fill the screen with beautiful pictures and tell a compelling heroic story at the same time. Gifted... genius, it was all there.
And here's some video to learn more about this great man, Akira Kurosawa - born today, March 23, 1910. By all means - if you have not seen Seven Samurai (a.k.a. Shichinin no samurai) - what are you waiting for? The film is listed as #6 right now at IMDB's top 250. At the British Film Institute - top 10 movies of all time, voted by directors, Akira Kurosawa has 2 movies in the top 10. Seven Samurai and Rashomon, another must see Kurosawa film. Yes... there's more too - Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, and Drunken Angel.
Make sure you check yesterday's entry - made some really cool updates to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show video clips. Check out Drew Barrymore, as a kid from 1982, Ed Ames throwing the hatchett... must see it to believe it! ... Tiny Tim sings Tip Toe thru the Tulips - and marries Miss Vicky! Hold on... I am just starting... watch a montage with Raquel Welch, Madeline Kahn, and a vintage Roseanne Barr stand-up routine. Bob Hope sings Thanks for the Memories, Dolly Parton, Albert Brooks - lots more too! Free for all our guests.
Posted by Willy at 11:10 AM
March 22, 2004
Drew Barrymore, Raquel Welch, & Tiny Tim!
I just finished updating the Johnny Carson Tonight Show page... and loaded some of the greatest moments of TV history... including Tiny Tim not only singing Tip Toe Thru the Tulips, but getting married to Miss Vicky (Miss Vicki? not sure), Drew Barrymore takes of her top set of teeth and lays them on Johnny's desk, Raquel Welch, Roseanne Barr's big stand-up debut, Albert Brooks, Bob Hope, Jack Benny... and one of the funniest bloopers in early tv history - Ed Ames and the hatchet - once you've seen this clip, you'll never forget it. Live tv was really funny sometimes. Enjoy some great Johnny Carson moments - it's free to all our guests and members alike.
Posted by Willy at 12:12 PM
March 18, 2004
March 18, 1962 - War Ends
On March 18, 1962 - the French end their seven year war with Algeria. Check out this old newsreel clip of the moment in history, or better still - you should watch The Battle of Algiers, a powerful film on the conflict - with disturbing portraits of Islamic terrorists as well as a sadistic French military. Most people have never seen this movie - which is a shame because it was very well done - and certainly relevant to current times.
Posted by skooter at 01:40 PM
March 17, 2004
Amos and Andy and Duke
There was a time in this land when Amos and Andy were very popular. In case you never heard of them - Amos and Andy were two white guys who wore black face (a cream to make you look black skinned) - and preceded to act as black men, in a demeaning, racial stereotype fashion. Parts of it should make you wince. In spite of that - we just added another film, Check and Double Check starring Amos and Andy. There are some funny scenes in Check and Double Check, which was Amos and Andy's first talkie (a motion picture with sound) - PLUS -watch a cool performance by Duke Ellington and His Cotten Club Orchestra.
And in case you fell asleep - today is St Patrick's Day. Which would be a perfect time to see what Irish related videos we offer. Oops.. missed this one - check out Clan Na Gael too. Also of note - the cartoon fresh vegetable mystery is also very disturbing in a racial stereotype kind of way. The toon features a bunch of Irish policemen, who are all potatoes, (from a sack of Paddy's poptatoes no less).... who proceed to hit the sauce, in this case... root beer.
Which of course led me to a search of Paddy - and i found this funky OSB episode, Last Round - where a boxer, Charles Bronson is haunted by an old Irish ghost named Paddy.
Posted by skooter at 02:46 PM
March 16, 2004
New Mpeg Downloads
Time for another download rotation in the library. Just added - a killer episode of Night Court U.S.A. with a man who knows not the meaning of judicial restraint - Judge Jay Jostyn. And now - you can download high quality mpegs of episode one. Richard Diamond, PI episode was removed from the library as part of the rotation.
In case you missed the funny previews Frank made for this show - check out the previews for episode four, episode three, episode five, Kafka's playlist, and episode two... too.
Posted by skooter at 12:21 PM
March 15, 2004
Jolene Live Music Video
Yes.... we did notice, X-Periment only had one guitar - a bass guitar, which isn't what most people mean when they say a guitar. So... take it easy, and relax - because today, we will be featuring Jolene - a band that has 3 guitar players! And they do a great job of blending these 3 guitars into a glorious wall of sound that reminds one of R.E.M. But unlike Michael Stipe, singer songwriter John Crook has something to say that makes perfect sense. I really like this song - and this band. Check it out... Jolene - Live at LikeTelevision with their song - Wave To The Worrying.
Wanna hear more Jolene - it's easy to do... Just type in Jolene in the search box and see what gives.
Posted by Willy at 10:59 AM
March 14, 2004
Hey Man - Scratch this
And for those who like more eclectic music... this next band delivers. X-periment performs New Foundation live at the studio. Hey, you gotta love a band that features a DJ spinning vinyl for scratches, with a large rhythm section. And just blown away by Tony, the saxaphone player. Check it out - X-periment, Live at LikeTelevision.
Posted by Willy at 10:36 AM
March 12, 2004
Cravin' Melon Live Music Video
Back in the late nineties, Cravin' Melon was a very popular band and signed with Mercury Records. National. They sold a ton of CDs... they were B.I.G. And also very talented and really nice people, every one of them, including their manager Dick Hodgin. We had a blast - and got it down to tape, even though the band and everyone here had a previous engagement - at a spring music festival in Charlotte. We were giving away 10,000 CDs and Cravin' Melon was slated to play a concert there. Basically - we were all kinda rushed... the cameras were on for less than 10 minutes before we all had to go... but what a great song, nice performance, and the engineering on the audio is awesome! It sounds great. Check it out... Cravin' Melon - Live @ LikeTelevision. If you want to hear another song from that session - search for melon, you'll find some there in the melon patch.
In case you missed yesterday's featured band Hobex, here's a link to watch that. More?... Blue Dogs too. Coming next - X-periment and another song from Jolene called Wave to the Worrying.
Posted by skooter at 02:13 PM
March 11, 2004
Live @ LikeTelevision -Cool Music
As promised - here's another band performing Live at LikeTelevision. You betcha - as exclusive as it gets, one of a kind.
You'll love today's musical offering - it's Hobex, performing Pink Champagne. And by all means - check out their new album. Looks like the band has grown - lots of horns and further coolness to boot. Learn more at http://www.hobex.com.
Posted by Willy at 02:08 PM
March 10, 2004
Cool Live Music @ LikeTelevision
We got a lot of favorable emails on the last set of live music shows we posted a few weeks ago - so we thought... sure, let's do some more. For the rest of the week - we will be adding one new band each day and today - we'll start with a cool band from South Carolina named The Blue Dogs performing their cool song called - All of my Heros.
Posted by skooter at 02:38 PM
March 08, 2004
New Screaming Servers
For those users who had trouble watching videos between 12:00 pm EST and 1 PM EST... we apologize for the service interuption. We were retiring some older video servers on the network, and there is a chance you might have been bumped if you were on the boxes we were servicing. That's the bad news. The good news is that the new video servers that replaced them - are much smaller, lighter and downright SCREAMERS - which means they are much more powerful and efficient.
Also of interest - the hard drives in the new video servers are stocked with all the titles currently available PLUS there's a mountain of free unused space. We like that a lot.
Posted by Willy at 02:52 PM
March 04, 2004
Fear Itself - March 4th
In another one of those odd twists (a.k.a. synchronicity, or - the inexplicable in the mundane, as Frank calls it), ok ok, on with the story. me & Frank were hanging around and said - let's look at the Fear Itself video, which we hadn't seen in a few years. So we searched for Fear Itself... and got the link to the music rockumentary of Fear Itself and FDR's speech. Okay... here's the weird part - FDR made the speech on March 4, 1933.... 71 years ago today. oooo. Fear not. Watch more Roosevelt.
Anyway... don't be afraid to watch this synchronous video playlist. A Fear Itself medley. And if you need one more - well check out Clan Na Gael's Whole Lotta Mutton Tour 1999 - with Phil N. DeBlank.
Posted by skooter at 01:12 PM
March 02, 2004
Video Postcards -Free Stuff
Video postcards are fun. Send a friend a clip of Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday. Or Jack Webb as Dragnet's Joe Friday doing a major lecture, James Dean on driving safety, Jack Nicholson getting destroyed in a dentist's chair and loving it, or a slew of cool, old Tv commercials - including the Ovaltine guy, Captain Midnight.
And yes... for now, free to use and have fun with. For newbies looking for other free stuff - check this page - with lots of clips, shows and downloads... or this previous blog entry.
Posted by skooter at 02:41 PM
March 01, 2004
Cool music videos - mondo remix
As a special treat for all you music lovers out there... we created some new streams for some of our favorite bands that came in to record live music videos for a tv show we did a few years ago. Well... it was more than a few years ago... it was back when dinosaurs walked the earth... maybe 1998 or 1997... i am not sure. And while the video is just plain - yuck (recorded on consumer camcorders, that were old back then!)... the audio was recorded to multitrack tape in our broadcasting studio. Frank decided to provide a remix - so you could hear how SWEET it sounded when it went down live.
So here goes - three very cool bands - which i regret, are no longer performing. First - Jolene, which was signed by Sire and headed by a great songwriter named John Crooke. Second, a band called Muscadine, also signed by Sire - who were just terrific guys and we had a blast doing the video shoot. And third - a awesome band called Cravin' Melon, who were part of Mercury at the time. At the time this was recorded - they had a huge following throughout the Southeast.
Posted by Willy at 05:01 PM
February 25, 2004
Things you might have missed
Indeed.... it is hard keeping track of all the stuff we have here at LikeTelevision, but in our never ending quest to be.... LikeTelevision, let me throw a few pearls out for your video pleasure. First off, a real classic 50s B sci-fi thriller called Killers from Space, starring Peter Graves of Mission Impossible fame, now seen on History channel's Biography series. Okay... not in the mood for some tesla coil fluff and guys with ping pong ball eyes... let's say you want something more timeless. Well by all means check out Jean Renoir's Rules of The Game, a funny romantic comedy about human nature, love and our desires. Okay... so let's say you don't have enough time for a movie - well then, check out Gerald McBoing Boing's Symphony... a ridiculous cartoon that you just must see.
Posted by skooter at 06:13 PM
February 20, 2004
Rotations, New Server Update
Just finished a big rotations of the interstitial toy commercials... so what used to Twister ... is now Malibu Barbi... and Rock 'em Sock Robots is now Mr. Machine... as an example.
The loading of media files to the new servers... the super mondo QUAD processor server beasts is quite a chore. But time marches on.... another brick in the wall, another 25 gig chunk .... (think Rowdy... & sing along)... loading, loading loading ... keep them doggies movin', though they're disapproving ... Raw Data!
Posted by Willy at 12:56 PM
February 19, 2004
Free Videos & Download Samples
We offer lots of free samples - previews, shows, clips, downloads for people just cruising the site for the first time. Our goal is to help you understand... that there is a mountain of media you can access if you decide to be a member. LikeTelevision membership provides access to:
1) thousands of streams
2) over 500 MPEG downloads - much higher quality files... for download!
3) Access to the image library - w/ over 12,000 image files.
Once you are a member... no extra fees for downloads... hit the buffet!
Posted by Willy at 12:16 PM
February 16, 2004
Ready to Rock - Ugetsu
First things first... my apologies for not having this film ready by Friday. There is no good excuse.... and i could offer an explanation... but it would be lame. Basically... got we pushed behind schedule due to the loading of the new servers.... yeehaw! what a chore that job is.... but i digress.
My guess is that most of you have not seen Ugetsu and that's fine... because you are in for a real treat - this is a wonderful film. As is often the case with Japanese films - the cinematography is nothing short of glorious, and the plot is compelling and as timeless as Shakespeare. By all means - find some time in your busy day, and watch this film. Since it is "on" all the time... that shouldn't be too hard. And better still... get the MPEG files, as they are of much higher quality than the streams.
Posted by Willy at 12:47 PM
February 11, 2004
Ugetsu ... very cool classic
Yipee... Ugetsu is not only to tape... it has been encoded for the download files, and the streams are getting squished as i write this... woo woo. If you folks only knew how much work Frank put into tweaking subtitles.... well darn it, you'd be grateful. If all goes according to plan - Ugetsu will be posted sometime Friday in time for the weekend.
This was a really cool movie- a great story line, about a theme oftened used in Japanese cinema - ambition, money and power at the expense of those you love. Tragic, yet somehow heroic in the triumph of the spirit after the mightly have been humbled. Just search for Ugetsu - it will come up when it's ready to roll.
Posted by Willy at 04:04 PM
February 10, 2004
Bonanza Guest Star Bonanza
Way back in the day, Bonanza was a cool show - because it was broadcast in color, a huge deal at one time when I was just a kid. And of course - each week you'd get some cool guest stars, like you got in The Twilight Zone. Anyway - here's some of my favorite Guest Stars on Bonanza episodes. 1) The Ape w/ Leonard Nimoy. 2) San Francisco w/ Richard Deacon and David White 3) The Avenger w/ Vic Morrow 4) Silent Thunder w/ Stella Stevens 5) Day of Reckoning w/ Ricardo Montalban as an Indian?
Posted by skooter at 01:45 PM
February 06, 2004
Drive-In Media Clips
Back in the last millenium, people sometimes went to Drive-In Theaters, where you could park your car, hook the speaker to the window, and watch a movie in your Ford or Chevy. It was a lot of fun, wonder why it faded away, who knows?
Anyway - what media comes up on a search for Drive-in? Well, a movie so bad it is remarkable - called Drive-In Massacre - check out the free preview. And also, a clip from reknowned toymaker, Kenner - with their offering called Movieland Drive-In. And finally, an news reel clip of the first Drive-In theater that opened June 6th, 1933 in Camden, NJ.
Posted by skooter at 01:16 PM
February 05, 2004
New DVD Download Hoichi
A really cool story - of Hoichi the Earless, a blind biwa playing monk who has visions of samurai battles long ago. At the time it was made, Kwaidan was the most expensive film ever made in Japan (preview). The whole movie - which is several hours long consists of four short tales of the weird. Our favorite was the story about Hoichi - which you can download as a dvd iso file. (NTSC).
Posted by skooter at 12:43 PM
February 03, 2004
Blast from the Way Back Past
Been working like crazy doing some serious restoration work to Ugetsu. Frank took on the thankless task of figuring out a way to improve the readability of english subtitles. The process is insane, but the results look terrific. Meanwhile, we are making a lot of database updates and loading some new monster servers with the LikeTelevision video library. The new servers will allow us to double the size of the entire streaming library and have lots of free space left over.
So anyway.... somewhere deep in the bowels of the video servers, i found a few links from our caveman days from last millennium. The first Shameless Self-Promotion Showcase for a movie called the Monitors (which we no longer offer, sorry bout that). And from even earlier in time - Frank & Skoot's first preview animation, Roger & Lord Higgins.... which eventually evolved into this and this, or this.
Posted by skooter at 01:41 PM
January 30, 2004
Ugetsu -Rashomon Renion?
Currently... Frank is working on a 1953 Kenji Mizoguchi film called Ugetsu monogatari. It has all kinds of troubles with the original subtitle layer - often washed in the lack of contrast, or in some cases jumpy text. Basically - lots of hard work.
As we began to so some background on this film, we found that several of the main characters were also stars in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Rashomon. In Ugetsu, Machiko Kyô plays Lady Wakasa and in Rashomon she stars as Masako, Takehiro's wife. Takehiro is played by Masayuki Mori. Meanwhile back to Ugetsu - Machiko Kyô's love interest is named Genjurô played by Masayuki Mori. It's a small world after all!
Also of note - director Kenji Mizoguchi has some really great films to his credit - especially 47 Ronin which is considered by many to be his best. In 1944 - Kenji Mizoguchi directed a film about Japan's most legendary Samurai - Miyamoto Musashi. Not to be confused with Hiroshi Inagki's Trilogy, which begins with Samurai One Musashi Miyamoto.
Here's a few good tips if you are a fan of Samurai battle scenes. Three scenes come to mind immediately...
1) Seven Samurai, final battle scene
2) Throne of Blood - Arrows of Death Scene in part six
3) Samurai Two - Duel at Ichijoji Temple when Takezo takes on 80 guys!
Posted by Willy at 03:10 PM
January 28, 2004
LTi All-Stars - Tasty House Music
It would be easy to miss out on a cool section offered at LikeTelevision called Zim Zum (watch a promo clip), a musical, comedy variety show we produced in 2000 for our growing base of subscribers with broadband connections. The show was of course, totally underfunded yet filled with a delusional zeal to make a funny and entertaining show all the same. The first episode featured Lite 'n Lively, the first openly gay rap duo.
And who could ever forget Dodge Benson, best known for his Slim Whitmanesque late night infommercials peddling his latest release, Ooops i done done it again. Or for that matter, Brad Spivey - the Assattackin' Guy?
And what about the LTi All-Stars, our talented house band of friends and families of LTi. I am afraid you might have missed that... which is a shame, cause the LTi All-Stars ROCKED! See for yourself.
Posted by skooter at 12:35 PM
January 23, 2004
More New Movie Downloads
Sorry... forgot to post it in the blog - just added some MPG downloads for Francois Truffaut's gangster classic - Shoot the Piano Player with Charles Aznavour. Also - as a special bonus - Frank pulled out 2 short clips from the movie. Clip One is TRUTH... if I say it, it's true, and Clip Two proclaims - Television is so marvelous, and you can watch it in bed, move over!
I hope you find time to check this film out. It's a pretty cool movie, trust me - if I say it, it's true. After all, the people on tv never tell lies.
Posted by Willy at 01:54 PM
January 22, 2004
Weird Spanking Clips at LikeTelevision
In case you missed it - there's a really funny toy commercial called Lazy Dazy - which was a doll you could spank, while the babies head rested on a little pillow. Just wait till your Daddy comes home.... we wonder, what then - the belt? Yikes.
A few more Spanking winners - check out John Wayne spanking Maureen O'Hara in McClintock or Tom Thumb getting spanked by an index finger.
Posted by Willy at 02:21 PM
January 20, 2004
Boby Lapointe's Music Truffaut's Film
Part of what makes Francois Truffaut's classic, Shoot the Piano Player so cool is certainly the music, which comes from the wild man musical genius, Boby Lapointe. My favorite bio of Lapointe tells about how he painted a church lime green on Easter Sunday and shaved a tax collector's dog, an expensive Pekinese Pedigree, clean as the Taco Bell puppy. Lots more to be found in a Boby Lapointe google search of course. One of the coolest songs from the the movie is called Framboise, which means Raspberry. I tried to do a translation via Babelfish after finding the lyrics to Framboise in French... but it came out looking like too much jibberish, which is actually part of Lapointe's style - he was a lover the absurd... but the computer based translation jukebox took it over the cliff. oh well.
Here's the update.... the film has been put to tape, encoded for downloads, re-encoded for streams, images... all set. So.... close, but i gotta run. Should be up by Friday... Frank Random is looking to make a preview, so please bear with us.
Posted by Willy at 05:11 PM
January 19, 2004
Roberto Rossellini's War Epic
We added this terrific film, Open City a while back, but neglected to do a good job letting our users know how good it is. Well.. it is a very good movie. Made at the end of World War II for next to no money, this film is elegant and poignant, well acted and very professional. An amazing feat that Roberto Rossellini pulled off considering the dire times. Married to Ingrid Bergman, Roberto is Isabella Rosellinni's Dad. And speaking of beautiful woman, Anna Magnani is very attractive in wonderful earthy kind of way. Finally, Aldo Fabrizi as Don Pietro Pelligrini delivers a remarkable and memorable performance. A fine vintage film - check it out.
Posted by skooter at 01:16 PM
January 15, 2004
Still Tweaking Truffaut
Sorry... wish we had it ready for this weekend, but we are still tweaking Truffaut's classic - Shoot the Piano Player starring Charles Aznavour. We should have it to tape shortly... and then there's a few days for all the encoding, ....coming soon. We are doing our best.
And after that - a 1953 Samurai classic - Ugetsu monogatari.
Posted by skooter at 02:25 PM
January 13, 2004
Casper -Spooking About Africa
Spooking About Africa is a hoot. Or perhaps I should say, a snoot... or a snout. Casper makes a new friend - a depressed elephant who can't stop sneezing. Everytime he sneezes the earth shakes, making things quite nasty for his jungle friends. Plus feathers and forest fires! must see tv.
Posted by skooter at 01:46 PM
January 12, 2004
Apple DVD Users - Mux Help
We have heard from some Apple users - that they are having trouble loading our MPEG-1 files as source files in DVD authoring software. The problem seems related to the MUX used, and in particular - the audio portion of the file. Anyway - here's a workaround fix from one of our subscribers. We haven't tried the software - make no claims, receive no kickbacks. I wish Apple software developers would just tweak on their end so the problem goes away. The workaround - ... (from Andy)
i did find a solution that you might want to pass
along to other MAC users...
i download an app. called bbDEMUXhttp://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14618
this app. demuxed the file and seperated it into 2 seprate files - an audio and video.
the video works just fine... BUT the audio still didnt work! SOOOO.... i downloaded another app. called MADplayhttp://www.biermann.org/philipp/mad/
this converts the audio into an AIFF.
Hope this helps, we'll keep you posted on what we hear from other MAC users.
Posted by skooter at 12:40 PM
January 09, 2004
Pied Piper Plus Popeye's Pappy's Pooped
The new stuff keeps pumping out.... follow me said the Pied Piper and hear the tale of the Wild Swan. A real life Pied Piper guy introduces an uninspired animation, more weird value than cartoon value.
And here's another Old School Popeye - with Popeye's Dad Pappy called Quiet! Pleez. Pappy has a bad headache and needs some rest. Trouble is, the city is a noisy place... till Popeye eats some spinach and spreads a lot of pillows around.
Posted by Willy at 10:45 AM
January 07, 2004
Gabby -King for a Day
Another gem from the Fleischer Brothers, King for a Day stars the loveable lilliputian, Gabby - who once was the hero in Gulliver's Travels. Need more? Just search for Gabby.
Yesterday I had a chance to watch the first part of the upcoming Truffaut movie, Shoot the Piano Player. Very cool. Feels like Taratino... or vica versa? So I googled it. Good links to helped get you stoked. Still, lots of work to do on our end, so be patient.
Posted by skooter at 10:55 AM
January 05, 2004
Updating and schlogging in the New Year
All right - a New Year, with lots of housekeeping chores to do. All the calendar messages need to be rejiggered to 2004 date, which is an experience like writing 2003 on checks till May. Well... i lie. It is just an edit replace, load in back-up DB, port to many other machines.. and the calendar goes from nothing... to fully loaded for the year. Phew... glad that's done.
We just got in two amazing films - One from Francois Truffaut called Shoot the Piano Player starring Charles Aznavour, France's version of Frank Sinatra... well kinda. Also in - more Akira Kurosawa with a cult classic, Ugetsu.
But first, we'll be providing some new primo cartoons while we work to fully restore the 2 cool film classics. Little King in Christmas Up North, more Casper, and Gabby too!
Posted by Willy at 06:17 PM
January 02, 2004
Dream of Jeannie's Navel?
More new MPEG downloads and rotations. First of all, we took down Bela Lugosi's classic - White Zombie and Frank Sinatra's Suddenly from the MPEG download area. And just added - Check out Barbara Eden, best known as Jeannie the genie in The Woman Hunter. For the first time in broadcast history, we get to see Jeannie's belly button! Also stars Robert Vaughn (from the Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Larry Storch (from F Troup) and Stuart Whitman.
Posted by Willy at 04:16 PM
December 31, 2003
Happy New Year from LikeTelevision!
The staff at LikeTelevision would like to wish our users a very happy and prosperous New Year. Heck.. we wish that for the whole world and everyone in it. We created a few search lists for videos related to the holiday, affectionately known as amateur night. First - try this one - New Year, and since many use the holiday to experiment with the boy's limits on alcohol consumption (please be safe... we love you man!)... we thought you might try a search for drinking. In addition to prosperity - we would like to wish everyone's New Year to be filled with Hope, Joy and Peace .... PLUS a healthy dose of Love.
Posted by skooter at 01:57 PM
December 30, 2003
More Wacky Max and Dave
Another fun addition to the already massive cartoon library at LikeTelevision.... and this animation comes from two of the pioneers - Max and Dave Fleischer... who are responsible for Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor and countless other characters of cartoon history. Oddly enough, this cartoons looks not ahead in time... but backwards. Granite Hotel takes a whimsical look at what a prehistoric hotel might have looked like... adding the current days troubles with a twist from the past. And yes... it is a pretty decent concept and this cartoon delivers. Of course Max and Dave Fleischer have deep roots and history in the world of cartoons, and in fact were two of the leading cavemen back in the day. Enjoy yourselves with one as the 2003 year comes to a close.
Posted by skooter at 01:31 PM
December 22, 2003
More Felix the Cat -in Color!
Just a few days before Christmas - and we have lots to be thankful... like taking it a little easy this week. :~) But that doesn't mean we're going just do nothing! So... here's the latest offering from LikeTelevision - a cool new Felix The Cat cartoon - Bold King Cole. Personally... my favorite Felix the Cat cartoons are the really old B&W classics.... that feature the cool jazz soundtracks, but this toon is pretty cool. I always loved animations with weird machines, that could only work in a cartoon. The one offers a machine to let the air out of wind bags... boy would that be cool if they had on in real life! Check it out and enjoy the show... as our favorite feline offers his help to Old King Cole, who likes to do his share of bragging.
Posted by Willy at 12:06 PM
December 18, 2003
Was Yogi the Bear the First?
Our latest addition to LikeTelevision media library is a great cartoon called Barney's Hungry Cousin and casts some light about where Hanna Barbera got the idea for Yogi The Bear. Back in 1953 - years before before Yogi would start hassling Ranger John Smith, there was Barney Bear in Barney's Hungry Cousin, who oddly enough hangs out at Jellostone National Park (vs. Yogi's digs at Jellystone). There are a ton of similaries... but see for yourself and remember that most good ideas are derivative. Rumor has it that the Hanna Barbera folks were working at the studio where Barney Bear was created... so you make the call.
Posted by skooter at 01:02 PM
December 17, 2003
Wright Brothers Media Archive Footage
On December 17, 1903 - 100 years ago today, two bicycle makers from Ohio came to Kill Devil Hills, NC to test their funky new machine... a gas powered airplane. While most people think these guys were a bunch of bumpkins - in fact they were incredibly hard working geniuses and nobody's fool. Many of their testing techniques for aerodynamics and research of flight remain common practice today. Like what you ask? The Wrights were the first to use wind tunnel technology to test their aircraft, the pitch of their propellors... and I could go on and on and on. These guys knew more about what they did than anybody in their day - and that's why they were the first to fly. These were not daredevils who got lucky. These were brilliant researchers and applied their science from an endless grind of trial and error. So give old Wilbur and Orville Wright some respect. They worked hard and kicked butt. Always nice to see a little hard working guy do well for himself.
Check out these media clips that offer some terrific archive footage of the Wright Brothers and The history of flight. Cool stuff.
Posted by Willy at 12:54 PM
December 15, 2003
Weird and Wacky Winky
Wow - this is one major weird cartoon... reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson, and his line about the Weird turning Pro. Winky The Watchman has got it all... it will make you laugh, give you the creeps, and wonder what the heck the folks who made this were thinking. Also... for more dental humor... check out this blog entry - Dental Comedy Hour.
Posted by Willy at 03:00 PM
December 09, 2003
Dentists are Funny Guys!
LikeTelevision proudly presents - The Dental Comedy Hour. Actually it will take over an hour to check out all these dental realted clips... but oh my, what a line-up. We are putting this together to get you stoked about a new cartoon coming later this week called Winky The Watchman, that is one of the most bizarre catoons we've ever seen. It's make you laugh, and give you the creeps... but first, let us brush up on some dental humor so we are properly in the mood.
A quick search for Dentist brings up some great content - W.C. Fields in The Dentist, Jack Nicholson's debut in Little Shop of Horrors as a masocist who likes getting his molars impacted, Jerry, Dick Van Dyke's neighbor is featured in this classic, and even a cool classic commercial for Colgate toothpaste. But you really need to check out Dr. Barre... read on!
Way back when... we thought it would be cool if sports teams gave out CD-ROMs to fans, sponsored and paid for by advertisers. What a great idea, huh? Well, some friends knew some folks at the Carolina Hurricanes (an NHL team from Raleigh, which is near Mount Pilot, a few hours from Mayberry), so we decided to make some bogus content for a fake team, called the Vermont Vikings to help relate the concept to guys in management. (we forget they are often humorless, but I digress). Anyway, as part of that project - we thought it would be funny to do a comedy sketch on Dr. Barre, the team dentist. If you like whacked subtle humor - you'll love it. Make sure you also check out Antoine Dufleur -NHL Poet Laureate, The Zamboni Guy, and The Penalty Box. Ok.. if you checked it out, and in case you are brain dead... no - we didn't get any business out of this Vermont Vikings idea. The reception to this concept CD was deader than Montpellier on a rainy day.
Which brings us back to Winky The Watchman - a cartoon that seems to have been funded by the American Dental Association (or is it American Dental Denizens... like ADD or something). The baddies (black ghostly creatures, who speak in early Ebonics no less)... attack the white walls (i.e. the teeth). It's a combo cartoon with real world footage and is real gem we dug up deep in the root canal celler. Clearly - we have no no sense whatsoever, or maybe it's just a case of compacted wisdom teeth. Check it out - coming later this week. Just search for dentist.
Posted by skooter at 03:35 PM
December 05, 2003
Granny Rides on a Plane!
Today we are featuring one of the funniest episodes of the Beverly Hillibillies you might have missed. Home For Christmas provides some major laughs as the Hillbillies head home for the holidays. The funniest scene features the Clampetts taking their first ride on an airplane.... which at first they think is just a fancy bus. When the old Boeing 707 starts accelerating down the runway, they start to get a little nervous and want to talk with the bus driver, cause if he goes any faster, this bus is going to go flying off in the air. This episode also features the great Paul Winchell as cranky old Grampa Winch, who is a little like the Grinch that stole Christmas. Great stuff. And very very funny.
Posted by skooter at 10:44 AM
December 04, 2003
Merry Christmas from LikeTelevision
Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season from all the folks at LikeTelevision. There's a lot of fun Christmas related content here, and one way to find it is to search for Christmas. But allow us to point you to some of our favorites. Try this one- a classic Dragnet episode, Big Little Jesus. Joe Friday, played by Jack Webb is called on the case by Father Rojas to find the missing Jesus, who has disappeared from the Nativity scene. (No, the ACLU didn't take it). As you might imagine, Joe isn't pulling any punches on this case, and you'll love the shakedown of an innocent guy who looks a little shabby, and was at the mass just before the statue turned up missing. We also highly recommend a few classic Beverly Hillbilly episodes - Christmas at the Clampetts, Home For Christmas, and Clampetts Get Culture. All of them are great.
If you are looking for some cool live music performances of Christmas classics - check out Cast in Bronze, which features a huge carillon, live on stage. (a carillon is massive bell instrument played by hitting pedals and levers... really cool). Or how about a live Hammer Dulcimer performance from LikeTelevision's studio.
And yes... there's lots more too. Like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, and even a Howdy Doody Christmas. Need more, just search for Christmas.
Posted by Willy at 03:55 PM
November 28, 2003
LikeTelevision's Samurai Library
As you may have heard, a new movie is coming called The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise. Now before you go and check that film out, you might want to get a better appreciation of the Samurai films from the glory days of the 1950s and 1960s. For most, the greatest Samurai film of all time is Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, a 3 1/2 hour epic tale of how a loose band of Ronin (Samurai warriors who are no longer working for a Warlord) defend a village of farmers from marauding bandits. The film is listed at imdb as a top 10 film of all time, and also listed in the latest British Film Institute latest poll as a top 10, by both critics and directors. Watch PREVIEW. Another terrific Kurosawa film you might have missed is called Throne of Blood, a loose rendering of Shakespeare's Macbeth in feudal Japan. I will never forget the final scene where Toshiro Mifune gets attacked by a few thousand arrows whizzing through the air. WOW -what a scene! There's several more Kurosawa films that are Msut see, especially the film Rashomon, which examines a crime through the eyes of the people involved. Another great Kurosawa film is called Yojimbo, or The Bodyguard - which was the inspiration for Clint Eastwood's classic - A Fist Full of Dollars
Another brilliant film, or in this case a series of three films - comes from Hiroshi Inagaki with the Samurai Trilogy about Japan's greatest Samurai warrior - Takeszo, who later became known as Musashi Miyamoto. Check out all 3 films - Samurai One - Musashi Miyamoto, Samurai Two - Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Watch PREVIEW and Samurai Three - Duel at Ganryu Island. Watch PREVIEW.
Another interesting tale about Samurai history can be viewed in part 3 of a movie called Kwaidan called Hoichi The Earless. Watch a PREVIEW of Kwaidan to learn more. And one more clip of interest - check out the Kendo expert in episode seven of You asked For It. Phew... that's a lot of Samurai related films, huh?
Posted by Willy at 10:31 AM
November 18, 2003
Ozzie & Harriet - New Mpegs
The Nelson Family is always a hoot - and offers quite a different perspective on life than what is served up today. Sure - there's sugar candy coated lollipops applied, but hey, who cares - it tastes good. This episode is a classic - No News For Harriet - a funny look at the troubles men have "communicating" with women, ummmm such as - husband Ozzie to wife, Harriet.
In case you missed the big news - we just opened Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai to the download area. Perhaps a top 10 movie of all time, you need to check out this film. A story as good as any Speilberg or George Lucas movie, combined with the cinematography of Orson Welles or John Ford - all rolled in one elegant epic package - 3 & 1/2 hours of movie excellence. Seven Samurai. Highly recommended. Speaking of highly recommended - try Hoichi the Earless. WHOA!
Posted by skooter at 02:23 PM
November 17, 2003
More MPEGS -Son of Godzilla
As promised more fat mpegs are on the way.... hooray... it's Son of Godzilla - a cult classic with some of the best insect type monsters of the 60s. What a silly, fun movie... knock yourselves out. And you might wanto to check out King Zor in the toy library just to get in the mood.
More new mpeg downloads on the way... come back.
Posted by Willy at 01:53 PM
November 14, 2003
Massive Download -Seven Samurai
WOW - Akira Kurosawa's 3 1/2 hour epic film, Seven Samurai is ready for download - over 3 gigs of Kurosawa genius. A group of farmers hire seven samurai to protect them from a band of evil bandits. After careful preparation, a series of smaller skirmishs lead up to the final assault at the finish. This is a great film - absolutely a top 10, all time. (see IMDB - at number 7, Shichinin no samurai, or Seven Samurai). Or how about the British Film Institute. Director's Top 10, ... if you checked that link out, you rpobably noticed another Kurosawa film in the top 10, Rashomon. And yes... we are offer Battleship Potemkin, Rules of the Game.
Seven Samurai is a massive download, over 3 gigs (ouch). The film is broken into 13 chapters for download and also comes with the preview. In a previous entry - we suggested that users get some download software to make the process easier via scheduling and resume broken download features, etc etc. For most systems, you are limited to just 2 downloads at a time, so making a queue list makes sense when you need to get 13 chapters. Yikes.
Posted by Willy at 09:01 AM
November 13, 2003
New Popeye - I'm in the Army
Here's another great Popeye cartoon - I'm in the Army Now. Basically, Olive tells Popeye and Bluto that she justs melts for a man in uniform... so both guys feel compelled to enlist. Trouble is, there's only ONE spot open - so they each try and out do each other with heroic tales. Popeye is very hungry for spinach in this cartoon - he is eating some spinach many times... count 'em.
Posted by Willy at 11:58 AM
November 12, 2003
New Downloads & Rotations
It's time to do some rotation in the video download library... pulling some content down, and adding new mpegs or dvd iso files. Here's what's up... coming down, Brigitte Bardot And God Created Woman, bye bye DVD iso, mpegs are still up. Same with Get Christie Love and a Bucket of Blood... mpegs remain, dvd iso files are history. Also took away 2 cartoon DVD iso files... but the mpegs remain. Finally, we pulled the mpegs from Throne of Blood. Ok... so what's new... coming up, and ready in a day or 2, is one of the greatest films of all time! Yep, coming shortly, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, a movie so good it is rated in most film critics top ten of all time! The mpegs take up over 3 gig of space... so it will take a while to get the whole movie. We have lots more going in the download library... check back in the blog to see when it is available. We expect Seven Samurai to be ready to download by the weekend. Have fun - and come back to see the list of new mpeg downloads. And in case you missed it.... we just added a new DVD iso download last week for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Posted by Willy at 11:23 AM
November 11, 2003
War Toys Back in The Day
Drum roll please... a boogie woogie bugle boy too while you are at it. Here's a wild and crazy collection of war toys for boys. First off - how about 4 G.I. Joe classics, including Mummy's Tomb, Stolen Idol, and The Helicopter. And Big Men need Big Guns - like Tiger Joe, USS Battlewagon, Johnny Reb's Cannon, or Big Shot by Marx. Hunker down now... we got more. Try Robot Commando, Twirlybirds, Battleship, or if pneumatic strategy is what you seek, try Battleboard. Out further, with ancient cultural gender bias and expections... way out there, Pow and Wow. The guys shot cannonballs... while the girls shoot pillows. Yikes!
Posted by skooter at 01:44 PM
November 07, 2003
New DVD Download -Classic Horror
LikeTelevision presents - another killer DVD download, just in time for the weekend. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the "Mother of all Horror Films", created in 1921 by director Werner Krause - this remains one of the creepiest films of all time. The horror is in fact, turned inside out, as you are forced to investigate how and why, you think you understand what the heck is going on... since the movie ever really makes it clear. Check out the cool preview Frank created to get warmed up.... and watch the whole thing on your TV - just download the DVD iso file, burn a DVD of the movie, and you're on your way.
Posted by Willy at 12:37 PM
November 06, 2003
Judge Jay Battles Radicals and Conservatives
Some time ago, before the War on Terror began - Frank created these ridiculously funny previews for a show called "Night Court", which was clearly quite different than the show with Harry Anderson and Markie Post of the same name. Anyway - the show is really worth checking out, just to see how far we have come in the legal realm, from the days of Judge Jay. And while all the previews are terrific, I wanted to use the current election hoopla to highlight a few choice previews from the show, which have actually grown more ironic and sarcastic over time. Check it out and see if you don't agree.
1) Tough on Conservatives
2) Tough on Radicals
3) Tough on Immigrant Smokers
There's a bunch more if you like these previews, plus make sure you that you check out the actual show, Night Court, USA... like a Twilight Zone in small claims court. Weird stuff!!!!
Posted by skooter at 10:43 AM
November 03, 2003
More Popeye - Eugene the Jeep
One of my favorite Popeye cartoons has just been added to the cartoon library at LikeTelevision - yes siree... it's Eugene The Jeep. In case you are a babe in the woods - Eugene the Jeep was some kind of weird alien creature who appeared on Popeye's front porch one day, arriving in a package with the Jeep inside. Lots of folks felt this was Popeye's dog or something... but Eugene was much cooler than that... he was able to appear, re-appear... and bi-locate.... a very cool alien lifeform indeed. This toon was created during WWII (1940)... so we are not sure that the Jeep name was some kind of tribute to the funky new army vehicle introduced during the war.... called a Willy, now better known as a Jeep. We'll let you make the call... do a search on google and read on.
Posted by skooter at 03:31 PM
October 27, 2003
Problem Pappy -Cool Popeye
A wild Popeye classic from 1941 - Problem Pappy features Popeye's pop, Pappy. So what's the problem? Well, Pappy likes to flag pole sit and even sleep on top of the flagpoles. Popeye tries to do a Flying Walenda tightrope act to save him - and then Pappy cuts the rope. Whoa... nice family!
Problem Pappy is coming tomorrow ... with more classic Fleischer Brothers' toons to follow. Check out Poopdeck Pappy to get warmed up.
Posted by Willy at 03:22 PM
October 22, 2003
Kwaidan In a Cup of Tea
Kwaidan's fourth and final weird tale is ready - called in a Cup of Tea, some guys soul trapped in a cup of tea, his face smiles back at you, daring you to drink up. A decent story - terrific cinematography... but, well not our favorite of the 4 stories. That honor goes to Hoichi the Earless - which is nothing short of timeless genius. Amazing! Here's a link to a FREE PREVIEW of Kwaidan's four spooky Halloween tales....oooooo.
Posted by skooter at 11:13 AM
October 21, 2003
Oct 21st - Von Braun & Spivey
Dateline October 21st - In 1959, Verner Von Braun joins NASA and assists in putting a Man on the Moon.
And not to be out done.... a young Brad Spivey in born in K-Town - Kannapolis, NC.... well sometime in the late 60s or early 70s... we're not sure because he formatted his hard drives to Linux, but not before expunging all data related to his 1.0 release. And who is Brad Spivey you ask??? Well - he's the star of countless TV ads, a lover of pizza, and best known for his work developing the Urinal Screen, and promoting Ass Attackin Aerosol Spray. But the story didn't end there... oh no, some guys at MIT actually made an interactive game - giving new meaning to streaming.
Posted by Willy at 02:41 PM
October 20, 2003
Halloween Mondo DVDs
As a Halloween treat - we have prepared a tasty dish of lovely DVD downloads for October 2003. 1) One Step Beyond -vol #1 -The Clown, Echo, and The Visitor. 2) One Step Beyond -vol #2 -Night of April 14th, Darkroom, and Forests of the Night. 3) Night of The Living Dead 4) An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 5) A Bucket of Blood.
And who could ever forget.... the LikeTelevision Debut of Screamfest -2000. WATCH PREVIEW. Another good way to find scary stuff - search for Horror or Halloween.
Posted by skooter at 02:35 PM
October 14, 2003
Whoa -Too Cool Hoichi The Earless
Hoichi the Earless is a blind Biwa master (a Biwa is a funky sounding Japanese stringed instrument) who has all kinds of wild visions. The third story in Masaki Kobayashi's epic horror tale called Kwaidan - is just plain KILLER! At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made in Japan, a winner at Cannes, and one of the most amazing mind blowing feats of cinematography. This is MUST SEE material... check out a sample screenshot of a beautiful moment in the film.
Hoichi's performance on the Biwa is really out there my friends and has to be experienced.... the guy is possessed. And his visions of Samurai battles become way too real for poor Hoichi.
Posted by Willy at 04:31 PM
October 13, 2003
What's a Biwi you ask?
ok... we got a bunch of email.. what's a Biwi? That stringed instrument in the picture above is a Biwi...'k. Or better still, check out Hoichi the Earless explode in a wild Biwi performance in Kobayashi's horror masterpiece called Kwaidan.
Posted by Willy at 05:54 PM
October 09, 2003
Kwaidan -Woman of the Snow
The second tale from Kwaidan, Woman of the Snow is ready to check out. A young man gets stranded in a blizzard with a friend. Late at night, he watches a strange spirit woman emerge from the snow... and breathes on his friend. This breath turns out to be a kiss of death, as his friend immediately freezes to death. For some reason, she spares the young man, but he must never tell anyone what he witnessed. And then the story takes a bizarre turn.
Kwaidan is a fascinating film. A Winner at the Cannes Film Festival, nominated for an Oscar - this is a great movie you have probably never seen. It is worth watching and though the pacing is slow by today's standards - it works for the stories depicted. The most amazing part of the movie is the glorious cinematography and remarkable stage sets. Somebody sure spent some serious money to make director Masaki Kobayashi's vision come alive. The film is terrific and leaves a lasting impression. Part 3 - Hoichi-the -Earless is up next. Just search for Kwaidan for a current listing.
Posted by Willy at 01:06 PM
October 04, 2003
Kwaidan - Black Hair Download
The first part of the Japanese Horror Classic - Kwaidan, The Black Hair is ready for streaming, downloading the mpeg-1 files, or perusing the image library. This story is pretty decent.... but my favorite remains the story of the blind guy, who losea his ears, and has visions of Samurai battles from days gone by. Coming reall soon!
Posted by Willy at 12:27 PM
October 01, 2003
Coming Up -Kwaidan - VERY COOL!
Kwaidan is a really cool Japanese film comprised of four separate stories... and each one of them is fascinating. The cinematography of this film is wonderous... over the top saturation of color... and high budget. It looks like most of the film was shot on a sound stage... which is even more remarkable... in that all the background scenes were painted on. The whole movie has a Wizard of Oz kinda feel... as we are brought into non reality world... and the madness of men's mental wanderings.
Make sure you catch this series... for today's viewers... the pacing might feel a little slow... but give it a chance.. as you will slowly submerge yourself into the fantasy lands the film takes you too. And wait till you hear the great singing of the earless man.... who lost his ears when a troubled Samurai Ghost ripped them off his head... for a friend in the netherworld, who had no ears. Part one will be released on Friday.
Posted by Willy at 10:49 AM
September 26, 2003
Owl Creek DVD -SUPER FAT
Now available - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, as a DVD download. One of the best ever Twilight Zone episodes -this Roger Enrico film won at Cannes, and to this day remains one of the greatest screen adaptations from a short story, in this case by Ambrose Bierce.
This DVD is encoded at Full D-1... so it really looks terrific. And don't forget to play the "synchronicity" game.... play a carefully selected CD, dropping the laser at the title screen. For me... the original Blind Faith album works the best. (Blind Faith's only album by the way).
So when you get bored with the Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon... you'll have something to do.
Posted by skooter at 02:53 PM
September 24, 2003
DVD Downloads for October 2003
Working like crazy putting the finishing touches on the DVD downloads for October 2003. And... oh my... what a line-up! And since it's October... we thought we'd go with a Halloween theme.
Here it is:
1) Night of the Living Dead
2) Owl Creek Bridge
3)One Step Behind -v.2 This DVD offers 3 terrific episodes -Darkroom w/ Cloris Leachman, Night of April 14th w/Patrick Macnee and Forests of the Night w/Alfred Ryder.
4) A Bucket of Blood - Roger Corman's classic Beatnik Horror Satire.
5)Cartoons v.2 - which includes new Tom and Jerry, Sylvester the cat and Foghorn Leghorn, 3 Popeye classics, Three Stooges, Dinky Duck, Gabby, Freddy the Freshman and Betty Boop. 10 cartoons in all.
Posted by Willy at 01:52 PM
September 19, 2003
Tom & Jerry - Scary Stuff!
Check out this bizarre Tom and Jerry cartoon, His Mouse Friday - it is really unbelievable. Headhunters, cannibals, Daniel DeFoe's Robinson Crusoe, racial stereotyping and animation expertise... all rolled into one. You see, long ago... this cartoon was buried in hopes it would never see the light of day. But here it is....YIKES... is that Jerry in blackface? Oh my!
Posted by skooter at 09:29 AM
September 18, 2003
Popeye -Little Swee'Pea
The LikeTelevision Toonfest continues - today we offer a primo Popeye cartoon called Little Swee'Pea. Popeye & Swee'Pea take in the sights and sounds of the zoo... great fun... till Swee'Pea wanders off into the animal cages. Olive isn't very happy either.
Want more of the sailor man? Search forPopeye cartoons here at LikeTelevision.
Posted by Willy at 11:37 AM
September 17, 2003
Toonfest - Three Stooges
The LikeTelevision Toonfest continues - today we offer a 1960s Three Stooges toon that features the actual three stooges (Moe, Larry and Curly Joe... not Curly Howard) introducing the toon.
Posted by Willy at 10:30 AM
September 16, 2003
Dinky Duck - Bizarre Cult Classic
So why is Dinky Duck - Orphan Duck a favorite of cartoon zealots? Well.... I think it is the scene where the Rooster is chiding the hen for having a Dinky Duck baby.... and not a chick that looks like the father, Mr. Rooster. It is very bizarre.... lots of poultry paternal disputes - was there a foxy duck in the hen house? Learn more about this classic.
The LikeTelevision Toonfest continues tomorrow - with a so bad it's good three stooges cartoon... with real stooges!
Posted by skooter at 02:27 PM
September 15, 2003
New Classic Popeye
Here iit is - hot off the digital press... from 1942 - one of the best toons ever made... It's Popeye in Me Musical Nephews. Learn the nephews names - and check out this vintage B&W Popeye toon. Later this week... we got more Fleischer Brothers / Popeye classics - with Swee' Pea.
Also coming later this week - a killer Tom & Jerry toon called My Man Friday. It is way outta control!
Posted by Willy at 12:54 PM
September 12, 2003
Gabby Goes Fishin'
The onslaught of new animation continues - today's feature is: Gabby Goes Fishin'. Of course you know that Gabby is the knucklehead from Lilliput - and was introduced in Gulliver's Travels - which you can view on LikeTelevision's movie channel.
In this cartoon, Gabby claims to know a thing or two about fishing and tries to pass on his expertise (or lack thereof) to a young boy.
Posted by Willy at 01:09 PM
September 11, 2003
Freddy The Freshman
Here it is... one of the greats - Freddy the Freshman has one of the best musical tracks, dancing cows, great performances all around. Check out this preview for the latest toonfest, see what I mean?Learn more.
Posted by skooter at 03:24 PM
September 10, 2003
Popeye in Date To Skate
The LikeTelevision cartoon festival continues.... today's new animation for the library - Popeye and Olive Oyl in Date To Skate. Popeye takes Olive to the skating rink for a date.. but she gets flung out in the street in a crack the whip incident. Awesome! Tomorrow - Freddy the Freshman, which has one of the best musical scores in cartoon history.
Posted by Willy at 02:41 PM
September 09, 2003
Betty Boop in Ker-Choo
The LikeTelevision cartoon festival continues.... today's new animation for the library - is Betty Boop in Ker-Choo. Betty stars as a race car driver... who has a little bit of a cold. Watch her win the judges over! Tomorrow - get ready for Popeye and Olive Oyl at the skating rink in Date to Skate.
Posted by Willy at 02:22 PM
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September 08, 2003
Cartoon Classics Festival
Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing a new killer cartoon -EACH day (M-F). And I mean really great cartoons. So let's kick it off the cartoon festival with a splash. Today's offering features Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester the cat, the dog, and Henery the hawk, who wants to get a chicken for dinner. Crowing Pains, released in 1947 for theaters - remains a classic.
Posted by Willy at 03:00 PM
August 29, 2003
New Addition - Samurai 3
The Final chapter of Hiroshi Inagaki's epic Samurai Trilogy is ready to go! We strongly suggest that you first view Samurai Part One - Miyamoto Musashi and Part Two, Duel at Ichijoji Temple before taking in Part Three - Duel at Ganryi Island. Here's a new preview for Part three - where Musashi will battle with the ambitious and very talented young Samurai Kojiro, who longs to be the number one Samurai in all of Japan... but first, he has to defeat Musashi who is the reining swordsman of the land. Musashi wants no part of the battle - but it can't be avoided. The cinematography is just plain awesome - and the trilogy tells a great story... all in all, one of the best films you probably never seen. Check it out!
Posted by Willy at 12:54 PM
August 28, 2003
DVD iso files & Samurai Warriors
We have been busting butt behind the scenes... preparing a massive new feature for all our Premium Subscribers. (or perhaps I should say ... subscribers with a NTSC formated TV. For those in North America, like the US and Canada and Mexico... the format used on our TVs is called NTSC.... which plays entertainment at a specified frame rate and window size. Users in other countries and regions often used a different format for their TVs called PAL).
anyway... the new feature allows users w/ NTSC tvs... to create and burn a fully authored DVD for their TVs of selected titles. You will need a DVD burner of course and a blank DVD-R, or DVD+R.... and a hardware DVD player hooked to your TV that will play DVDs (most do.... especially if it is a newer model). For our first month's offering - we will be providing five titles. And some are already here! Andy Griffith Show - vol 1 features 3 killer shows from Mayberry's finest - Aunt Bee's Medicine Man (where Aunt Bee gets drunk with some church ladies (tiddly as Barney says) by drinking an elixir from the medicine man, The Big House - w/ special guest George Kennedy. Barney imagines that the Mayberry jail should be like Alcatraz - hilarious, ...and the third is also a gem - A wife For Andy - where Andy meets Helen Crump for the first time. The DVD iso file is about 1.2 gig and all three episode are on the DVD iso file that is located from the download mpeg link on Aunt Bees Medicine Man page.
The 2nd DVD iso file is a trilogy of One Step Beyond episodes - and a huge guest star lineup! The Visitor - starring Warren Beatty and Joan Fontaine, The Echo with Ross Martin, and The Clown with Yvette Mimieux. For all you One Step fans - this is a must have DVD - the titles were all transferred from film, and cleaned up in the video post area... and really look fine - for 40 plus year old footage anyway.The DVD iso file is about 1.2 gig.
The third offering will be Brigitte Bardot's debut film - And God Created Woman. oooo la la. This DVD iso file is a whopper - weighing in at 2.4 gig! So make sure you get yourself some download software - to optimize the transfer, and resume the download if your ISP cuts you off for some unknown reason. (BTW - if you have DSL lite - in the small print, many ISPs throttle your total download data size.... we are not messing with you... your ISP is throttling you. Check with them for details... and upgrade to the full DSL offering if you wish).
The fourth DVD iso file features a cool collection of Bugs Bunny cartoons - including the politically incorrect and offensive classic - All this and Rabbit Stew (racist stereotypes abound - not a pretty picture), Wacky Wabbit (Bugs vs. Elmer Fudd), The Wabbit who Came to Supper (more Bugs vs. Elmer Fudd), Falling Hare (Bugs takes on a Gremlin - very funny), Waikiki Wabbit (Bugs and 2 castaways - a classic!), The Case of the Missing Hare (Bugs vs. a Magician), and Fresh Hare (another killer Bugs vs. Elmer confrontation). This is the smallest data size of the DVD iso files - about 700+ meg.
The fifth DVD - is... Get Christie Love.
Creating your own DVDs is easy. 1) download the DVD iso file. 2) Open My Computer or Explorer... and click on the DVD iso file. This should launch your DVD burning software automatically (most DVD creation software tweaks windows file associations - so an iso type file opens the DVD creator software.... if not, don't fret... just follow the instructions in your DVD creation software for creating a DVD from a Disc image - which is the iso file. 3) insert a blank DVD recordable disc... and burn baby burn. When it's finished - just load it in your Tv's DVD player, and have fun.
To speed up the downloads - we decided to author the DVDs at a modest data rate - of approx 2.4 meg/sec... we thought it best to come up with a way to lower the download time - i.e. slightly smaller data sizes... and still keep the quality as high as that data rate allows. Window encoding size is 352x 480 for all your pointly heads.
We plan to offer more each month... and from time to time, pull the older DVD iso files from previous months. And of course... this new feature is way above and beyond the call of what we promised to provide... but we can do it... so we figured - why not? Enjoy yourselves - we'll make more!
So if you wondered why it was taking so long to see the final chapter of Inagaki's Samurai trilogy - now you know. We're putting the finishing touches on it now... and it should be ready by tomorrow.
Posted by Willy at 12:17 PM
August 13, 2003
More One Step Beyond
The Aerialist - starring Mike Connors
As any chronic user of LikeTelevision knows - we are major fans of One Step Beyond - the sci-fi tv series from the late 50s & early 60s that started the whole genre. Before Rod Serling and Twight Zone... before The Outer Limits took over control of the horizantal of your ancient TV tube with foil on the rabbit ears... there was John Newland and One Step Beyond. Originally - the show was sponsored by Alcoa... the folks who made the tin foil one put on their attennae to improve television reception. For those young puppies who only know of the coax connection... back in the day, it was a great challenge to view a show without screen flicker or ghosting, especially if you lived in a rural area (or an urban area that was often congested with unknown electrical interference). Ahhh... the good old days... back when we all walked five miles to school. HA!
Anyway - this episode of One Step Beyond was called The Aerialist and aired in the first year of the show on April 28, 1959. The story centers around an Italian circus family of trapeze artists and stars Mike Connors, who is best known for his role as super cool TV dectective, Joe Mannix. Here he stars as Mario Patruzzi - the guy who is the catcher in the trapeze act. Well... one night before their act was introduced by the circus barker, Mario has a fight with his Dad about Carlotta, Mario's wife. It seems Dad thinks Carlotta is a good for nothing bimbo and a disgrace to the Patruzzio name. Mario tells his pop... well maybe I won't catch you tonight old man! And that's just what happens. But the weird sci-fi story comes later.... when Mario tries to kill himself in a moment of drunken despair... but he is caught by his Dad... who is acting miles away in a hospital bed paralyzed for life. The phenomonon is called bi-location - or the ability to actually be 2 places at once. If you are interested - there's another One Step episode on bi-location called Dead Ringer, about a pyscho lady who likes to start fires. Both episodes are quite good. We hope you enjoy the latest addition to our library... which is available to stream or download the mpeg-1 files. Also, make sure you check out the image library - as the pictures we provided for this title are pretty cool.
Posted by Willy at 11:07 AM
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August 01, 2003
She one BAD Mamma Jamma!
Perhaps the greatest TV cop movie of the 1970s - Get Christie Love. During the height of the Blaxploitation period - this movie is sure to offend those PC over-sensative types AND feminists. But... it's just a fun movie! I think?? Teresa Graves stars as the hard hitting police woman - a karate kicking femme fatale classic copper, who cops some major attitude while foiling the plans of the drug kingpin, looking to flood the urban streets with a huge shipment of China White, (ummm heroin for you suburban users). This film is a classic - and has more bad fashion statements than any Austin Powers movie. You'll love it! Bonus.. a VW beetle gets in a terrific crack-up... yep, this film has got it all! So go watch it - ready for the weekend as promised - Get Christie Love!
Posted by Willy at 01:34 PM
July 31, 2003
Coming Next - Get Christie Love
Next up... and hopefully ready for the weekend - is Get Christie Love - a 1970s classic atrring Teresa Graves as the karate kicking tough police woman with a gentle heart - Christie Love. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming - WATCH PREVIEW. When the movie is ready - you can find it by searching for Christie Love at LikeTelevision, or go to the movie channel and use the dropdown box. Enjoy yourselves - this movie is a lot of fun.
Posted by Willy at 01:11 PM
June 25, 2003
Preview -To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
We are really close folks... just have the final chore of writing the text details, updating the database, and some blah blah tech stuff... BUT... check out this cool preview from Doug, just to get you stoked. We expect this great movie will be ready real soon. Either tomorrow morning.. or maybe even later today. The movie is all encoded, and loaded on the streaming servers... the download mpg files are also done, and on the server, but the download servers need to be tweaked to make it ready for our users. ok... back to work... just thought you'd enjoy the PREVIEW clip Doug made. BTW.. the link above for To Kill a Mockingbird only goes to a newsreel blurb of when it came out... when the database is updated, it will offer a link to the movie too.... we're on it.. bye!
Posted by Willy at 04:13 PM
June 09, 2003
My Man Godfrey -PLUS -what's coming next
My Man Godfrey - ready to stream or download
As promised - here's My Man Godfrey - the latest addition to LikeTelevison's media library. I love these kind of movies - fun, light, a little flaky - and some hillarious fast paced dialogue, with some biting sarcasm. Great stuff - and nominated for 6 Oscars, this film is a classic!
We also got in our next batch of films - which we are currently working on for the next additions. And I bet you will be pleased. To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, in this remarkable film about racism, legal drama, and a darker side of America's history, where the goal of all men being created equal, doesn't always happen in real life. Want something light? How about Brigitte Bardot's best film, And God created woman - from 1956, set in sunny St Tropez. Bikinis anyone? ooo la la. As promised - we'll continue the Inagaki's epic trilogy of Musashi Myamoto, Japan's legendary Samurai hero... and will be offering part 2 shortly. Also from Japan - a great film called Kaidan, which is actually 4 short stories - a glorious color film - with cinematography that will make your jaw drop. Scary too! oooooH NO! And there's more too - Get ready for.... GET CHRISTY LOVE - starring Teresa Graves as the super svelte, karate choppin', ebony skinned, crime fighting vixen, Christy Love. In the golden era of Blaxploitation films, not only does this film exploit Black Culture - it of course exploits the Feminist self reliant mystique as well. So now that the Masters golf tourney is over, maybe that crazy NOW activist, Martha Burk will picket LikeTelevision's massive studio complex instead of pestering Hootie Johnson from Augusta, Ga. Come on down Martha -Bring it on!
Posted by Willy at 01:49 PM
June 02, 2003
The Battle of Algiers - it's here!
The Battle of Algiers
Check out the newest edition to the LikeTelevision movie library - The Battle of Algiers, one of the best war movies ever made. The documentary takes an unbiased look at the confrontation between the French and Islamic Terrorists for the fight for Algeria's independence. How that for irony??? It is a great film... watch it!
Posted by skooter at 12:40 PM
May 27, 2003
Rules of The Game
Rules of the Game
Check this new movie out - one of the funniest foreign films ever made, Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game is a biting satire on French aristocrats, human relationships, and the fickle nature of love. In case you were wondering, Jean Renoir is related to the impressionist genius, Auguste Renoir - who in my opinion is every bit as talented as Monet or Manet. As they say, the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree... so if you've never seen a Renoir movie, you're in for a treat. Check out Rules of the Game for a great comedy, and if you're in the mood for a slick anti-war classic, check out La Grande Illusion.
But don't take my word for it - the critics at The British Film Institute voted Jean Renoir as a top ten director of all time (voted #4, ahead of Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick). The director's poll lists Rules of the game in their top ten all time as well. This is a great film - enjoy it!
Posted by Willy at 02:54 PM
May 23, 2003
New One Step Beyond - Mask
One Step Beyond -Mask
Here's another episode from one of the best Sci-Fi tv shows ever produced - One Step Beyond. This episode, titled The Mask tells the story of a U.S. soldier who is found wandering in the Egyptian desert after his plane is shot down in World War II. Starring Wesley Lau, best known as Lt. Andy Anderson, nice guy cop from Perry Mason (not to be confused with the cantankerous Lt. Tragg, played by Frank Collins)... as the bewildered soldier, Wollenski.
This is one of the best OSBs from the second season... Mummy's, hieroglyphics, pharoahs, and Wollenski even "talks like an Egyptian".... ready to download or stream, with a plethora of pix ii the image library. Check it out.
One Step Beyond - The Mask
Posted by Willy at 10:38 AM
May 22, 2003
Abbott & Costello Download
Africa Screams starring the great comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello is now available for download. Plus - we also added some funny outtakes from the original that are a hoot. To fully understand this film, you really need to see Africa Speaks, which was released in 1935 as a documentary about Africa. In truth, Africa Speaks is a Schlockumentary, where all kinds of stuff is staged for the camera, and today's skeptical audiences will have no trouble seeing sections that are clearly fake. Plus the racial overtones will make you shudder in disgust. Africa Speaks is a very weird film, and also available for download. The scene with the locusts is especially cool, and you'll wonder why they kept filming as a Masai warrior is attacked by a lion... or maybe this is fake... hmmmm. Anyway - Africa Screams is clearly poking fun at Africa Speaks, which in its day was a blockbuster hit! No kidding. Also of note - Max Baer, father of Jethro Bodine (Max Baer, Jr.) on the Beverly Hillbillies... plays a thug, along with his brother, Buddy Baer. Did you know Jethro's dad was also a former heavyweight champ? In 1934, he defeated Primo Carnera for the title. His career as a boxer was almost sidetracked in 1930, when he killed his rival and subsequently lost 4 of his next 6 fights. Buddy Baer was also a heavyweight contenter - and in 1942, he actually knocked Joe Louis out of the ring in the first round, before the fight in the match.
Posted by Willy at 11:32 AM
May 21, 2003
New One Step Beyond - Riddle
One Step Beyond - The Riddle
Classic Sci-Fi TV fans - REJOICE. Here's another funky episode of One Step Beyond. This one is a classic - The Riddle, from the first season in 1959. Enjoy yourselves... and don't get too scared. And in case you were wondering... yes it is ready to download, MPEG-1s are ready, plus a bunch of cool high rez pix too!
One Step Beyond - The Riddle
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May 19, 2003
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
LikeTelevision just added The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, or Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari, its original title in German. This film is the Mother of all horror films, its influence can be seen everywhere, from Tim Burton to David Lynch to Kurosawa. Check out this incredible film - you'll love the free preview too! Doug, our CCO (Chief Creative Officer) worked for about 2 weeks getting this title ready, doing an amazing job of restoration, and also "shortening" the title screens (about 500 edits!!!) to keep the pacing more in line with our current ability to read. The original version kept the tableaus (the text screens) up there for waaaay too long - I guess folks couldn't read to well, back in the 1920s. Go figure.
The film stars Werner Krauss (no relation) and Conrad Veidt. You can also check out Veidt in the Spy in Black. Now go watch it - and be prepared to have this film creep you out for LONG time.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Posted by Willy at 10:19 AM