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June 30, 2008

MightyGodKing's Badass Movie Quiz

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The old standby: the movie quote quiz. Full points for guessing movie title, actor, and character, so a possible three points per flick, up till question #34, which is a trick question and therefore worth one point. NO FAIR USING GOOGLE. If I find out you cheated and used Google (I am not sure how I would do this, but I have ways and means), Ima cut you.

Of course it’s relatively easy to cheat off other people’s answers as well, but it’s not like there are valuable prizes at stake here.

As a special bonus to make it easier for you: no actor has more than one quote on the list. (One director is represented twice.)

1.) “I’ll join this conversation on the proviso that we stop bitching about people talking about wigs, dresses, bust sizes, penises, drugs, night clubs, and bloody Abba.”

2.) “I ran out of gas. I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! It wasn’t my fault, I swear to God!”

3.) “The last tour I did was ten years ago. It was Aerosmith, but they’ve gone and cleaned up their act. It’s all wheatgrass juice and fuckin’ pumpkin seeds. I hope you guys are still crazy, or I’m outta here.”

4.) “It’s like a plumber. If you do it okay, nobody notices. If you fuck up, it gets full of shit.”

5.) “I just arrived in this stupid suburb. I have no friends, no money, no car, no license. And even if I did have a license all I can do is drive out to some stupid mall. Maybe if I’m lucky play some fucking video games, smoke a joint and get stupid. You see, there’s nothing to do anymore. Everything decent’s been done. All the great themes have been used up. Turned into theme parks. So I don’t really find it exactly cheerful to be living in the middle of a totally, like, exhausted decade where there’s nothing to look forward to and no one to look up to.”

30 more questions on his site. Leave your answers on his page, or in the comments below.

Joss Whedon recording musical commentary for his new musical

Joss Whedon; Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Roush Dispatch | TVGuide.com

Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog premieres on Tuesday, July 15th.

The ultimate goal: a DVD, at which time perhaps enough profit can be made “to pay the people who were doing us favors,” says Whedon. In a chat following my nearly private screening (attended only by Whedon, a few of his New York-based agents and me), Whedon confided, “We’re already working on some of the DVD extras, which are going to be the finest in all the land. We’re actually going to do, in addition to the commentary, what we refer to as ‘commentary with an exclamation point’! A musical commentary that is a completely original musical, that is all commentary songs, and we’re writing that now.” As I gasped at that audacious notion, he continued: “We’re just piling it on. We’re like, we’re going to make more fun of the idea of extras than anything else.”

. . .

[Some mild spoilers follow.] In the title role, and starring with adorable panache: How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris, whose musical-theater chops Whedon discovered when attending the 2004 Broadway revival of his idol Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. First seen perfecting his cackling laugh in hopes of being taken seriously by the Evil League of Evil, and reading snarky e-mails from his skeptical online following, Harris plays a wannabe mad scientist—“The world’s a mess, and I just need to rule it”—who’s perfecting a “freeze ray” with which he can stop time and, according to one lyric, “stop the pain.”

Because, you see, Dr. Horrible—real name “Billy”—does have a heart, and it belongs to winsome do-gooder and Laundromat buddy Penny (Felicia Day, one of the “potential” slayers in Buffy’s final season). Some of Harris’s best work, when he isn’t singing arias of evil and comically mugging, is in his bashful, stammering pining for Penny—who naturally falls for Dr. Horrible’s arch-nemesis Captain Hammer, a buffoonish cad of a narcissistic superhero (“I don’t go to the gym. I’m just naturally like this”) played with hilariously villainous cartoon relish by Firefly vet Nathan Fillion.

Everyone in this tortured triangle gets big numbers, from lyrical ballads to soaring (and usually very funny) anthems. Quite a lot of music, written by Whedon with his brother Jed, is crammed into this mini-movie, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to hear it again and again.