Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jumping the Shark-nado

I have a guest blogger, who insists on remaining anonymous on the condition of possible future posts. 
The 2013 SyFy original movie, "Sharknado," blew up Twitter for a while, which was enough to warrant making a sequel.

I love disaster flicks. 
"Jaws" is one of my favorite movies, and "2012." I would like to think I have pretty high standards.
After a particularly long, stressful week, the weekend was finally here!!
Come Friday, my head is ringing.  I want nothing more than to turn the week off.   The TV remote is my salvation!
 OMG all day on SyFy nothing but ridiculous mutant sea creatures, the climax being "Sharknado 2: The Second One"!!!  It was exactly what the doctor ordered.  Mindless entertainment … for hours … mutant sharks and octopi.
Finally, after struggling through the original "Sharknado," "Sharknado 2" came on.  It’s awful, but totally entertaining.  I thought nothing of work or real life while watching.  It was so ridiculous, cheesy and campy, that it took me away from the stress of real life.  It has awful reviews, and more comments than I can remember on any other movie on how unbelievably stupid it is.  

But I liked it.
I escaped realty for a bit, and had a wonderful time with my husband watching this horrible piece of film.  It was so needed.  The cameos were a blast!  Andy Dick, Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan, Kelly Osbourne, Matt Lauer & Al Roker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Robert Klein, Paris Hilton, Jared Fogel  from Subway, Biz Markie, Judd Hircsh (as a TAXI driver), Robert Hays (as an AIRPLANE pilot),  Rachel True, Wil Wheaton,  The Naked Cowboy from NYC, Pepa from Salt ‘n’ Pepa, “Downtown” Julie Brown  and many more.
 I have decided, with all we deal with day to day, there is nothing wrong with some mindless entertainment.  We all need it.  It makes us laugh and gave us hours of discussion outside of the "how was your day?" monotony.
Waiting for “Sharknado 3.”

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Catching up with former WYSP and WMMR DJ Anita

Once upon a time, radio personalities not only lived in the same metro area that you did (Ahem - Howard Stern, Mario Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Duran, Steve Harvey; the list goes on forever), but they were also given the room to have a personality. In Philly, you don't have to go all the way back to Jerry Blavat to find those DJs. In the '80s you had DJs like Anita Gevinson, who did an advice call-in show during her mid-day on-air shift on the old 94 WYSP. "Ask Anita" was such a hit that the station had a promo spoof song about her set to The Cars' "Just What I Needed."

 "I guess I'll just ask Anita/just ask Anita ..." LOL

 Anita has since retired from the radio business, but was tapped by WMGK (where several of her former colleagues are still on the air) to be a judge for their 2014 Houseband Competition. To my surprise, there I was sitting right next to this person that I listened to on the radio in my teens, and thought was the coolest. Working with event emcee Andre "Mr. Beatles" Gardner was an honor, but this was a bonus.

 The above three photos, courtesy of Andre Gardner took the photo above. Our striking-a-pose judge is long-time Philadelphia concert photographer Tom Collins (not his real name).

Anita's outgoing, bubbly persona has not changed at all in 30 years. She still lives in the area and is working on a screenplay of her 2012 autobiography "You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio ... My Wild Rock 'N' Roll Life" (Oooh, nice Joni Mitchell reference).
The cover features Anita's infamous racy photo, where she appears to be naked underneath a bunch of scattered LP records. Presumably it includes her observations about working with rocker Billy Squier as one of the backup singers on his song "Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You."

 "He was so Spinal Tap," said Anita of an episode when somebody caught an angry earful from Squier after bringing him a Tab instead of a Diet Coke. I didn't know they even still made Tab in the '80s, did you?
She mused that Billy Squier never seemed to be enjoying his success, which rapidly dried up after 1984.
She also raved about how great the Espy Awards were going to be because of Drake, made some hysterical observations about the fans of one of the Houseband Competition bands, confessed that Googling herself is sometimes embarrassingly unpleasant, and made me crack up laughing a lot.
Well hopefully this sort of changes that part about Google searching her name.
Can't wait to see what a movie version of the book will look like, Anita ... and who plays Warren Zevon.