Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck. Yosemite Sam. Marvin the Martian. These animated icons would have been silenced years ago if not for Joe Alaskey, the multi-talented voice actor behind the lion's share of Looney Tunes productions over the past few decades (including but not limited to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and the Steven Spielberg-produced Tiny Toon Adventures). Alaskey's résumé also includes vocal stints for such varied projects as Forrest Gump, Rugrats, Duckman, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but let's be frank — you really only wanna know about his work on D.C. Follies, right? Joe was kind enough to speak with me recently about his experiences on that infamous political puppet show. He also enlightened us on how he became Mr. Looney Tune in the first place, why he was absent from that franchise's mid-nineties tent pole film Space Jam, and his live action work on the early '90s syndicated cult hit Out of This World. READ MORE
Few entities are as daunting as the Scott Baio filmography. Really, what are the requisites, and what do I need to know about them before diving in on an otherwise desolate Friday night in my studio apartment across from the abandoned railroad tracks? Don't worry, Splitsider's got you covered. Here now, what we like to call "The Essential Eight" of Baio's illustrious Hollywood run. You can't call yourself a scholar of cinema until you've sat through them all. READ MORE
William Henry Cosby is American comedy royalty, a man whose standup albums are still coveted amongst aspiring yukmeisters and whose assorted forays into sitcom television helped redefine the genre. Yet every heap of magic the Cos doled out via those mediums is matched by motion picture failure. Indeed, the man who birthed TV institutions Fat Albert and Cliff Huxtable could never really swing it in the movies no matter what other talents he was paired with.
Here now, a run down of six notable Cosby film flubs that, if you haven't already seen them, will leave you desperately reaching for a Jello Pudding Pop. READ MORE
Sitcom fanatics of a certain age no doubt remember Ernest L. Thomas, who spent three seasons in the late '70s playing scrawny teenager Raj on ABC's breakout hit What's Happening!! Surprisingly, Thomas did not have himself cryogenically frozen after What's Happening!! was canceled in 1979, and the actor (who spent his years prior to Happening!! working on Broadway) went on to make memorable appearances in such high profile fare as Malcolm X, In the Heat of the Night, Martin, Everybody Hates Chris, and Funny People. I spoke to Ernest recently about his lengthy and varied career, one that apparently had no specific help from Burt Reynolds and will continue into next year via Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem. READ MORE
Last week's release of the Star Wars saga on Blu-Ray has reignited the debate over creator George Lucas's ongoing revisions to his most treasured series of films. You can almost smell the steam rising from the ears of nerds the world 'round as they chagrin blinking Ewoks and computer generated rocks. Yet you don't have to be a dried up humorless Wampa jockey to feel hate in your heart for Marin County's Billion Dollar Beard. Here are eight reasons to scorn George Lucas that have nothing to do with that galaxy far, far away. READ MORE
Does history boast a film series more venerable or revered than Police Academy, the seven goofball law enforcement comedies that launched Steve Guttenberg's career and provided Michael Winslow with a steady paycheck for over a decade? For the purposes of this article, no, Police Academy is humankind's greatest cinematic achievement. Yet, as widely popular as these films are, we still have much to learn about their history and production. Come forward now and intellectually bathe yourself in ten facts regarding these movies that are generally foreign to the average viewer in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and other parts unknown. READ MORE
William Shatner is more than aware of his ironic cool in this day and age, subjecting himself with a knowing wink to Comedy Central roasts, goofball cameos in the WWE, and spoken word covers of Black Sabbath classics featuring burly guitarist Zakk Wylde. However, there was a time when the Shat played things straighter than his hairpiece, barreling through "serious" fare with the fierce determination of an Eastwood or a Newman (or at least a ham who thought he was an Eastwood or a Newman). Sometimes the material was bad, sometimes Shatner was bad, but we can certainly agree that the following entries on Little Willie's résumé are LOL-worthy despite the gravity or mood they were attempting to project. READ MORE