Category Archives: Film and Television

Forty Years Later; “Grease” Is Still The Word (1978-2018)

Hey my friends, Happy Weekend to you all. Did you know that today is the fortieth anniversary of the release of the Paramount Pictures film “Grease”? Well it is so let’s don our leather jackets and head on down to the malt shop and remember its magic with the T-Birds and The Pink Ladies.

The Basic Plot: Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

The Cast: (Main and Ensemble)
John Travolta as Danny Zuko
Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson
Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo
Jeff Conaway as Kenickie
Barry Pearl as Doody
Michael Tucci as Sonny LaTierri
Kelly Ward as Putzie
Didi Conn as Frenchy
Jamie Donnelly as Jan
Dinah Manoff as Marty Maraschino
Eve Arden as Principal McGee
Dody Goodman as Secretary Blanche Hodel
Sid Caesar as Coach Vince Calhoun
Eddie Deezen as Eugene Felsnick
Susan Buckner as Patty Simcox
Lorenzo Lamas as Tom Chisum
Dennis C. Stewart as Leo “Craterface” Balmudo
Annette Charles as Charlene “Cha-Cha” DiGregorio
Joan Blondell as Vi, a waitress
Ellen Travolta as Waitress
Frankie Avalon as Teen Angel
Edd Byrnes as Vince Fontaine
Sha-Na-Na as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers
Alice Ghostley as Mrs. Murdock
Darrell Zwerling as Mr. Lynch
Molly Brady (uncredited) as unnamed baby
Dick Patterson as Mr. Rudie
Fannie Flagg as Nurse Wilkins
Michael Biehn (uncredited) as Mike

Piercing Ken Thoughts: So the interesting thing was that I DID NOT see “Grease” in the movie theater when it was released because at that time I was all about the Science Fiction and Monster Movie stuff. Remember that the “Star Wars” franchise was keeping a lot of people’s geek interests alive at the time and musically speaking I had only a year or so by then discovered a band called KISS. Film adaptations of a Broadway hit were not on my list of things to do and besides that, my parents had taken me to the Original Broadway production a few years earlier. I loved it and thus began my interest in seeing shows on the stage when it was possible to do so. Of course back then I was really banking on my parents taking me and now its when the financial means allow since its gotten quite pricey. When I finally did see the film “Grease” I loved it. I had an intimate knowledge of the soundtrack from not only seeing the original on Broadway but from my group of friends at summer camp who had brought the album in and would play it all of the time. ALL of the time…… I do love the soundtrack though so looking back on this memory find it bringing a smile. What about you? Did you happen to enjoy this film way back in the day or did you discover it and appreciate it much later in life? Chime in down below in the comments section as I’d love to hear from you on this one. Below you can find the film on Blu-ray and CD and I’ve even embedded the live presentation that aired a couple of years ago on television. It was very well done and is a recommendation. Now its time to jump into Greased Lightnin’ and head to a convention for the day.

Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_(film)

Opening: “Incredibles 2” in Theaters Everywhere (6/15/2018)

As a card-carrying fan of the superhero genre along with comic books and the films that come out to showcase them to the world, I was a big fan of Disney’s “The Incredibles” from 2004. The popularity of the film makes me a little surprised that it took until 2018 to deliver a sequel but here we are as the film opens today in theaters everywhere. I showcased the trailer over on PiercingMetal.com and if you didn’t see it yet please click HERE. Below you will find the theatrical poster, premise and casting.

The Plot: Incredibles 2 resumes where The Incredibles ends, with the introduction of the villain The Underminer. The Parr family struggles to maintain normal lives while Helen, as Elastigirl, continues to fight crime and campaign for the return of “supers”; while Bob, also known as Mr. Incredible, stays at home caring for their children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, discovering the baby’s secret powers in the process. Also, the Parrs and their ally Frozone find they must battle a new villain, who goes by the name of Screenslaver.
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Disney Presents: “Dumbo” Teaser Trailer (2019)

As we’ve recently shared the teaser trailer for the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns” and the full-on trailer for “Christopher Robin”, I guess I should not have been surprised to find the first teaser for Disney’s “Dumbo” being released just a short time ago. The film is a new take on the classic character from the animated feature that bears the same name and comes to us care of the imagination of the great Tim Burton. Let’s take a look shall we?

The Premise: Holt was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt’s children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, and aerial artist Colette Marchant swoop in to make the little elephant a star.
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Disney Presents: “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”

It’s pretty safe to say that nowadays if a film is a big hit, then a sequel or two is definitely in order and now coming six years after his first appearance on the Big Screen, the mighty Wreck-It Ralph returns in “Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”. The film comes care of Walt Disney Pictures and the Official Trailer was just released. Check it out below along with some premise, casting and the Official Theatrical Poster.

The Premise: Six years after the events of the first film, the story centers on Ralph’s adventures in the Internet data space when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade by Mr. Litwak as he must find a replacement part to fix Sugar Rush. Along the way, Ralph and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, such as trendy algorithms and the Disney Princess lineup.
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Warner Brothers Pictures: “Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” Official Trailer (2/2019)

A few years ago “The Lego Movie” was a mega hit that fans of all ages happily enjoyed. It’s the kind of film that those who saw it felt needed a sequel and I am not only happy to share that one is coming when 2019 hits, but there is also a trailer that surfaced yesterday. Let’s take a look.

The Plot: It’s been five years since the events of Taco Tuesday and the Duplo invaders have made Bricksburg into a post apocalyptic wasteland. Emmet (Chris Pratt) pretends everything is still awesome, unlike everyone else. When a new invader named Sweet Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) comes and kidnaps all his friends including Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Emmet must go into space and rescue them.
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