Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tomorrow Is The Day

Oh yeah baby. I might have to cut out of work early and go see this.

The trailers look a lot better in hi-res. Check 'em out.

5 Things You Didn't Know About "Seinfeld"

Or maybe you're a diehard fan and you did. Here they are anyway. An abbreviated version of a longer article on

During its nine-year run on NBC, "Seinfeld" justifiably established itself as one of the most successful and popular sitcoms in television history. The so-called “show about nothing” managed to reinvent the genre on a weekly basis. Here are five facts you may not know about the series.

1. Elaine was not in the original cast

When "Seinfeld" premiered in 1989 as "The Seinfeld Chronicles," the structure and pacing of the show were essentially the same, with one notable difference: the absence of Elaine Benes.

Character actress Lee Garlington was originally cast as a sassy waitress named Claire, and was credited as a series regular in the pilot episode. Although Claire filled the same purpose as Elaine -- to challenge Jerry and George on their misguided male ideas -- the character was unceremoniously dropped once "Seinfeld" premiered almost a year later.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an SNL veteran with an extensive background in comedy, won the newly created role of Elaine Benes, beating out Patricia Heaton, Rosie O’Donnell and Megan Mullally.

2. Other actors originally played Newman, Morty Seinfeld and Frank Costanza

Though Jerry Stiller will always be known as Frank Costanza, he wasn’t the first actor to play the character. George’s cranky father was introduced during season four's, “The Handicap Spot,” and portrayed by veteran actor John Randolph. But Randolph was replaced by Stiller after just one episode, and the show reshot all of Frank’s scenes in “The Handicap Spot” with Stiller (the original Randolph footage hasn’t been seen since the original airing).

Jerry’s father, Morty, was first played by actor Philip Bruns in the episode, “The Stakeout,” but was replaced by the late Barney Martin.

Newman -- so memorably played by Wayne Knight -- was introduced in the episode, “The Revenge,” as just a voice, which was provided by series co-creator, Larry David.

3. Jerry, George and Elaine’s siblings were never seen

Throughout the show’s nine-year run, viewers were introduced to several of the four central characters’ relatives, but even the most astute "Seinfeld" fan may not realize that George, Jerry and Elaine all have siblings who were mentioned but never actually seen in the series.

In the “Chinese Restaurant” episode, Jerry mentions a sister; we do not learn her name, and she is never mentioned again. George has a brother who is never shown, but mentioned in two episodes: “The Suicide” and “The Parking Space." Elaine’s sister Gail -- whose son memorably hid Elaine's nipple-baring Christmas card -- is also mentioned but never seen.

4. Festivus was created in 1966 by a Reader's Digest editor

Of all the indelible additions by "Seinfeld" to the pop-culture pantheon, the phony holiday Festivus stands above the rest. In the ninth-season episode, “The Strike,” Frank Costanza boasts about creating Festivus during George’s childhood out of frustration with the various rituals associated with Christmas. Rather than emphasize good will and togetherness, Festivus asks those who partake in its festivities to participate in confrontational exercises, such as the “Feats of Strength” and the “Airing of Grievances.”

But the holiday was actually created in 1966 by Reader’s Digest editor Dan O’Keefe as a way to celebrate his first date with his wife. Festivus came to
"Seinfeld" through O’Keefe’s son Daniel, a writer on the show who decided to include the holiday in the “The Strike."

5. The series began and ended with a conversation about a shirt button

When the end inevitably came for "Seinfeld," fans began to wonder how the series might end. Would Jerry and Elaine finally acknowledge their feelings for each other and get married? Would George find a job he could actually hold onto? Would Kramer stop bursting into Jerry’s apartment unannounced?

The series finale sent the cynical foursome to prison for their lack of compassion toward others. The show concluded with the gang settling not-so-comfortably into their new lives as inmates. Prior to the final scene in which Jerry does a stand-up routine for his fellow prisoners, Jerry and George have a discussion about the placement of a button on George’s shirt, a conversation that is almost a word-for-word reproduction of the scene that opened the series in July 1989.

Vid Of The Day: Kotex Classic

A forgotten gem from SNL and Mr. Boone. Maya Rudolph rocks my world.

"Are You An Asshole?" Quiz Of The Day


21 from a list of 100+ at

If you make fun of a sports team for 10 years and then when they suddenly do well, you jump on the bandwagon and act as if you've always been a fan... you are an asshole!

If you take up two parking spaces for one car... you are an asshole! (unless you have to get your wheelchair out of your car)

If you fart while passing in front of people in the movie theater... you are an asshole!

If you complain about the government, yet don't vote... you are an asshole!

If you complain about the price of gas, yet drive a car that gets eight miles per gallon... you are an asshole!

If you watch 28 hours of television a week and then say that you don't read because you don't have time... you are an asshole!

If you commit a crime, get caught and sent to prison, but think it is unfair... you are an asshole!

If you send chain letters of any kind (this includes those stupid e-mails that you are going to make a ton of money or some sick child will benefit because so-and-so company will track your e-mails even though that is impossible)... you are an asshole!

If you put your makeup on while driving... you are an asshole!

If you blast your horn at the driver in front of you a split second after the light turns green... you are an asshole!

If you stay in the movie theater while your baby screeches his head off... you are an asshole!

If you have a lame homepage that takes forever to download because you have cheesy music and way too many graphics... you are an asshole!

If you think welfare is an occupation... you are an asshole!

If you talk shit about people without knowing the whole story... you're an asshole!

If you complain about your weight problem and still eat at McDonalds... you are an asshole!

If you yell at people on t.v. to do something even though you know they can't hear you... you are an asshole!

If you loudly entertain the whole bus/park/lobby/ beach/neighborhood with your boom box, car stereo or iPod blasting so loud in your ears that we can all still hear it... you are an asshole!

If you call for a pizza, tell the guy to hold, then ask what everybody are an asshole!

If you ask every Asian person you meet, "Do you know karate?"... you are an asshole!

If you hold people up in line at the store to pay for a one dollar pack of gum with a credit card... you are an asshole!

If you make a list of what constitutes an asshole... you are an asshole!

Vid Of The Day: Voices That Care - Where Are They Now?

I've posted the original before, now here's an update. Thanks, Holly, for the laugh.

Click Mr. Bolton, "that no-talent ass clown," for the video



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