Sad day for all of the crew here at HMS Friday as Stephen J. Cannell a prolific televison writer and producer has passed away at the rather premature age of 69. A man responsible for creating such amazing TV which shaped, influenced and inspired many a Saturday afternoon, his list of impressive credits include: The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, The Commish, The Greatest American Hero, Silk Stalkings, The A-Team, Hunter, Baretta, and the awesome Hardcastle & McCormick.
Apparently Mr Cannell was dyslexic and relied upon other writers known to him as his ‘mop and pail’ crew to tidy up his work before submission. He passed away at his home in Pasadena on Thursday due to complications from melanoma. If you want to know more chart a course for HERE.
Whoever made this has a greater understanding of music compatibility than any of us here at HMS Friday and that wouldn’t be hard since all we ever play on deck is Chas & Dave’s excellent ninth studio album: Chas and Dave’s Knees Up – Jamboree Bag Number 2.
Thunder Busters is a mash-up of the theme to Ghostbusters with AC/DC’s single Thunderstruck by Wax Audio. You can find more examples of their musical mashing skills over at their main website by charting a course HERE.
Thanks to a man called Brodrick White we can now all stop wondering how often spank booths are cleaned in adult sex and book shops. The answer is a resounding hardly ever.
Earlier this week the 35 year-old entered such a naughty place of business in Houston and never left. It’s thought Mr White’s body lay undetected in a private booth for more than a disturbing 12 hours until an employee chanced upon him and phoned the police.
Apparently there was no sign of trauma but an autopsy has yet to be carried out.
Jeez, there really are some undignified ways to exit stage left in this life and this has to be up there in the top five. We don’t need to tell you what the other four are…do we?
Here’s a short video demonstrating just how dangerous the infamous JBad Highway, (Jalalabad), in Afghanistan really is. This video was shot in 2005 by an American soldier and his fellow soldiers travelling from Camp Phonenix, a NATO military installation. A good friend of ours spent almost two years working in construction out there and can testify that the JBad Highway deserves its reputation, his stories of crazy drivers would turn your hair white and he should know as he was hit by one whilst crossing a road, breaking his leg in the process. Cheers for the tip Rod.
A military Humvee which can sprout helicopter rotor blades and wings allowing it to take to the skies if things on the ground are getting too dangerous. No, this isn’t something from the testosterone fuelled mind of Hollywood director Michael Bay it’s a genuine project the US government and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are currently working on. The thinking behind this transformeresque vehicle is to allow troops to avoid roadside bombs, ambushes and impassable objects within seconds and with a $3.05 million development contract in place this futuristic car/plane/helicopter hybrid could become a reality. What’s even more interesting are the specifications for the vehicle which the US government and defence department have laid out: it has to carry four soldiers, have an automated take-off function so drivers will not be required to act as a pilots, get as high as 10,000 feet and travel 250 miles on a single tank of fuel. The transformer Humvee will also be fitted with weapons to provide small arms fire on the ground and in the air. (via Wired)
There are some amazingly creative films coming out of Scandinavia recently. This month alone we had a sneak peak at Finnish film Rare Exports, a very twisted take on the story of Father Christmas and now this trailer for Trolljegeren, aka The Troll Hunter. Apparently it tells the story of a group of documentary film makers trying to track down elusive trolls in Norway which are rumoured to be living in large reserves owned by the government in the north of the country. In true mockumentary, shaky, hand-held style they get more than they bargained for. The Troll Hunter is released in Norway in October but no word when it’s released here in the UK.
Here’s a teaser trailer for a movie called I Am Number Four, directed by DJ Caruso whose previous works have included Disturbia and Eagle Eye and he’s slated to direct the film version of the popular sci-fi survival horror console game Dead Space. Starring ex-teenage Burberry model Alex Pettyfer the film tells the story of refugee John Smith, (scriptwriters pushed the boat out there), who is one of nine gifted children who along with their individual gaurdians have escaped their home planet of Lorien for earth. But here they are hunted and killed by their enemies in numeric order and three have already been exterminated.