Saturday, August 28, 2010

HOLY ADAM WEST, BATMAN!

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As promised, here are photos from last night's awesome Batman event that featured pop culture icon Adam West.

I only got the chance to take 4 photos from last night, which is really lame I know. I told everyone on Facebook I'd be taking photos AND videos of the event. My excuse is the event was held inside a movie theater - NO PHOTOS OR VIDEOS ALLOWED.

This was the promo poster for the event, which was a special screening of the 1966 film "Batman: The Movie" based on the popular TV series AND a special in-the-flesh appearance by Adam West himself after the film for a short Q & A with the audience.

You may be wondering: what the heck is Batman holding and why the heck is he holding it like that? Well, just in case you haven't seen the film yet, it's from this scene...

I managed to get a seat about 4 rows from the screen and stage, which was both awesome and not so awesome at the same time. Awesome because I got to see Adam West up close. Not so awesome because as much as I wanted to take photos and videos of the event I was just too worried I might get caught by the ushers walking around.
Major wimpy fail on my part. _/''''\O


If that wasn't bad enough, we were told that we couldn't take any photographs or videos of Adam West once he appears on stage. Now I'm certain a good handful of people didn't listen and just took photos and vids anyway but, again, I was just too close to the stage to steal a shot or two.

You're just gonna have to take my word for it. Adam West was really there, I swear.

^_^ v

I took this photo just a few moments before the movie began. Shhh...don't tell anyone. After the film ended, they set up a chair for Adam West for the Q & A.

The audience asked him all sorts of questions:

How he liked the fact that he will always be known as the original Batman...

("It feels really good!")

Which actress he thought was the sexiest Catwoman...

("Julie Newmar.")

If he prefers performing in front of the camera or voiceover work for Family Guy...

("I don't care. Just pay me. But voiceover work is less stressful - no makeup, no costumes. You just show up and do it.")

When the TV series would arrive to DVD...

("It's in the works.")

What's Burt Ward doing nowadays...

("He's waiting in the car.")

When he last wore the cape and cowl...

("Last night. It was a wild night.")

... and if he would be kind enough to dance the popular BATUSI..

What's the BATUSI, you may ask? This, my friends, is the BATUSI...


Seeing Adam West in the flesh dancing this was so epic. People were going crazy! He also revealed that he's doing voiceover work for Disney for an upcoming Peter-Pan animated film, which is totally awesome.


After about 20 minutes the Q & A was done and Adam West exited his Batman butt backstage. Everyone stood up and headed for the exit. It was the best $25 dollars I've spent in a really really long time.

NANANANANANA....BATMAN!



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Scott Pilgrim VS. The World: Toronto Locations


The film has become my new favourite movie. Not only does it contain plenty of videogame, pop culture, and nerdy/geeky references, the film also prominently shows many familiar Toronto locations.

I decided to spend an afternoon going to several of these featured locales and take photos for the blog. If you've seen the film already I highly recommend you go watch it again. After reading this article and learning a thing or two about the several locations in the movie, you'll love the film even more.

HONEST ED'S

Toronto's landmark discount store. It is named for its proprietor, Ed Mirvish, who opened the store in 1948 and oversaw its operations for almost sixty years, until his death in 2007.

The exterior is covered with huge red and yellow signs advertising the name of the store, lit up like a theatre marquee, using about 23,000 light bulbs. The interior is much more modest, with simple displays of low-priced merchandise, ranging from vacuum cleaners and winter coats to kitchenware, toys and grocery items.

Much of the store's decor consists of posters and photos from old films and stage productions from Mirvish's theatres in Toronto and London, England, as well as of actors and musicians who performed in them (many of these inscribed to Ed Mirvish himself). Every piece of store signage is hand-painted.

The outside facade is covered with humorous puns and slogans such as "Come in and get lost!" and "Only the floors are crooked!"

FUN FACT:
Part of the story in the third volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim comic book series takes place at Honest Ed's





BALDWIN STEPS
The Baldwin Steps are a public outdoor staircase dating from the 1800s. The Steps, which are constructed of stone and concrete, transcend a steep escarpment marking an ancient shoreline. The Steps are named after Robert Baldwin, a former premier of Ontario.


(above)
The small parkette between THE BALDWIN STAIRS and CASA LOMA...

CASA LOMA
Due to its unique architectural character in Toronto, Casa Loma has been a popular location for movies and TV. It has served as a location for movies such as X-Men, Strange Brew, Chicago, The Tuxedo, and The Pacifier. It was also temporarily transformed into "Hogwarts" for the release of the 7th Harry Potter book.


SNEAKY DEE'S

'Sneaks' is a well-known local venue for alternative culture and indie rock, attracting a diverse crowd of writers, artists, serious music fans, and contemporary hipsters. The restaurant's menu has a Tex-Mex theme.

FUN FACT:

The restaurant was also featured in the fourth Scott Pilgrim graphic novel. In "Scott Pilgrim: The Videogame" for the Playstation 3, the restaurant is referenced as "DEE'S TEX-MEX."

INSOMNIA RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE

A Toronto favourite for over eleven years, Insomia restaurant and Lounge consistently delivers great food, music and an extensive martini and cocktail selection.The menu is a mixture of Mediterranean, French and International flavour and has received acclaim form Toronto Life and Eye Magazine.The extensive bar selection features over 50 martinis (Martini Madness happens every Thursday night), varied wine list and over 150 liquor and liqueurs to choose from.




Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Awesome Drawings From BlogTV Viewers!

You've probably already seen these photos on my Facebook page, but I wanted to post them up here on the blog 'coz, you know, why not....

DRAWING #1: CHUBBY CHEEK JOHNNY!

The drawing below was made by California girls Noelle and Emily. They were viewers on my BlogTV broadcast yesterday (Monday, Aug 24). I told them I would post this here on the blog and also use it as my Facebook profile photo. I'm a man of my word.

Thanks a lot girls for this great drawing...and for making my cheeks a little puffier. I've always wanted puffy cheeks. ( ^_^ ) v



DRAWING #2: THUMBS-UP GOATEE JOHNNY!

Remember this drawing/painting made by my BlogTV friend Shelly from South Carolina? She sent this last year, along with those matching "I <3 J-POP" hat and shoes. Well, I got some rather awesome news about the drawing...


My parents visited me here in Toronto last week and one of things I showed them was the painting. My mom asked me how come I never posted it on my apartment wall. I told her it'd be kinda weird seeing my face on my wall everyday.

Then my mom suggested something brilliant....

She said, "Well, why don't we take it back home to Windsor and we'll frame it and post it up in your room?"

I said,"Uh, sure."

And so they did bring it back home and it's now framed and hung in my bedroom wall.

I asked my dad to take a picture of my room with the painting hanging and send it to me. I'm still waiting for it. I'll be posting it here at the blog and on my Facebook page once I get it.

Shelly's gonna have a heart attack when she finds out her little gift is now in my room at my parents house. Haha. I think it's rather neat. It would be a great conversation topic when visitors see it. My parents usually use my room at their house as a guest room when relatives stop over to visit. Hehe.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I was once cute, you know.

Ok, seriously, two months without a blog update. I kinda lost interest on blogging here since I figured no one reads this anyway.

Now what if I post this old photo of me and my brothers. I think I was 7 here. I can't really remember. Maybe I was 8. This should bring back some visitors...I hope.



Being the middle child, it was automatic that I would sit in the middle of every photo with my brothers. I heard in, like, old superstitions that it's bad luck to take photos of GROUPS OF 3S because something bad will happen to the one in the middle.

Have you heard of this superstition?