You know how everyone is fed up with the state of social media and ready for the next big thing? Well, here is a teaser of the home page for Planet My Town. When we go live, the whole industry will be turned on it's ear.
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This is probably old news for most of you, but I just saw the commercial for it last night and exclaimed; "NO FRICKIN' WAY!!" in a very loud manner. Hopefully, this will fill the gaping hole in my soul left by the cancellation of my much-beloved "King of The Hill"
Other than dropping the ball big time with Cobra Commander's look, I really enjoyed the first Joe flick, and since they've apparently rectified their mistake for the sequel, I'm very much looking forward to this one on June, 29 2012!
Frank Sinatra's Chatsworth, CA estate, known simply as Farralone, is coming to market. It is the first time the celebrity compound has ever been publicly listed for sale. Coldwell Banker Previews International will represent the listing, priced at $12 million. I think when Planet My Town hits, I'll throw the launch party here... and then buy it.
The interior of the guest house where Marilyn Monroe stayed
From Yahoo; "If walls could talk, this house has had more celebrities in it than just about any other house in Los Angeles," says Lynn Teschner, a Coldwell Banker Previews International Realtor and Farralone’s listing agent. Indeed the estate’s ties to glitterati span decades, from Judy Garland and Vincent Minelli’s wedding to Paul McCartney's experience being shooed off the home’s piano.
The estate also boasts a 1,000-sqaure foot, one bedroom guest house with a small pool of its own. Sinatra used to sublet the guesthouse to his friend: a blonde actress by the name of Marilyn Monroe. The swimming pool happens to be the site of the blonde bombshell’s last photo shoot, and more interestingly, the guesthouse served as the alleged meeting spot for the late Monroe and President Jack Kennedy’s notorious reported affair.
Given the tantalizing history of the house, the current owners have updated, restored and decorated the living space to embody that time period. Farralone's grounds encompass 14 acres that include a fledgling vineyard and parking for up to 200 cars. The compound sits behind a gated entry and visitors must drive up a winding private road to the top of a hill, where the mansion sits perched. Surrounding the compound is 3,000 acres of nature preserve. “You would have to be in a helicopter to see the house,” explains Teschner.
Monroe also had her last photo shoot here in the pool just before she died
Farralone's potential allure doesn’t end there. Sure, its history might make it the ultimate trophy home for Ol' Blue Eyes or MM collectors, but the hilltop home is also quite the investment property. Television and movie watchers may find its pools and glass walls familiar as the house has hosted oodles of location shoots for films like Swordfish, Dreamgirls and Ali and TV shows like Mad Men, Californication, and next year’s Savages series from Oliver Stone. Usher’s “Burn” music video was shot in the pool as well. All those property cameos mean money for the owner.
"One of the big draws of this house is if someone wanted to use it as an income producing vehicle that generates several hundred thousand a year in location shoots," says Teschner. She notes that the house has pulled in as much as $2 million annually in previous years from location shoots. If the future buyer chooses to continue renting the estate out to production studios, they would have little to do except plan a vacation around shoot dates: Farralone comes with a property manager who acts as a liaison with the studios, paid for by the studios. The main house also boasts a lower level production studio equipped with conference room, edit bays, private office and a separate entrance, all paid for and maintained by the studios.
"If this property was in Bel Air it would be a $100 million listing," asserts Teschner. She expects that either an architecture-loving celebrity or international trophy home collector will snap it up. Whomever does will likely be someone who enjoys throwing lavish parties since it was, after all, built for that very purpose.
Teschner suspects that Farralone has the potential to sell quickly, likening its appeal to the Walt Disney estate in Los Feliz, CA, which sold after one week on the market earlier this year.
If you look closely, you'll see an enormous painting of Heath Ledger as The Joker. I hope that's included!
From Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man, set to be released on July 3. I cannot confirm that this is a pic of the finished product, but I'm sure it's pretty darn close! Personally, I would like to see something closer to Romita's interpretation, but it's not too bad.
In order to raise money to get my social network off the ground, I am parting with a section of my epic comic collection. First up is my ENTIRE run of Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man issues! My run starts at issue number 4, featuring the 1st Sandman appearance, and stops at issue number 38. There are 25 pieces in all, including plenty of key issues; 1st Green Goblin, 1st Scorpion, 2nd Dr. Octopus and many others! Most have a very low opening bid of $19.99, with a few as low as $14.99 with NO RESERVE! It pains my soul to part with these, but I'm hoping I will have enough money to buy the entire collection before too long! The pics I added are of the actual issues I am selling.
I know, I know - I've been slacking big-time on my posting duties (My son reminds me daily), but I've been super-busy on my other baby; Planet My Town. In fact, I was recently interviewed by the Sun Journal about the site, and the article hit the papers today. I'm really happy with it, and I must say that I'm alot more handsome in black & white ;-) But seriously, I'll get back to posting today.
And the only mystery I can see is how can so much awesomeness cost so little?!? I bought my copy from Amazon for $13.00 and $4.00 shipping, and for that price quite frankly, I didn't expect to be blown away. Luckily, Kirk Demarais didn't let me or my inner child down!
The book is very reminiscent of a Chip Kidd venture (Chip did give a glowing review on the back) with it's excellent photography and brilliant close-ups of comic book art in all their 4-color glory. I also love how the text is set up, with each item broken down into a ; "what we expected", "what we got" and "customer satisfaction" category.
Like Kirk, I too had parents that wouldn't let me spend my hard-earned cash on these "rip-offs", and am grateful that I can now see what I missed, both good and bad! You can order your own copy here!
My buddy Kirk over at Secret Fun Spot posted this article on Trimper's Haunted House in Ocean City, MD, and it got me thinkin'; how cool would it be to travel around the country and visit every dark ride there is?!? I could even do a big, glossy coffee table book on my adventure with tons of pics and the full history of the "Dark Ride". And I'm not talking about the walk-thru rides with actors, but the classics that were part roller coaster and all soil-your-britches full-on TERROR! While the walk thrus' are scary, there's just something about being strapped into a cart and not being able to slow down or stop that really scares the crap out of me! That, and the fact that I don't like to be touched by strangers. Here is a scare by scare journey through Trimper's classic ride;
I can remember being 4 or 5, going to the Fair, and staring up at the massive metal haunted house with garish colors, terrifying art depicting vampires, werewolves and zombies covering every square inch of the exterior and monsters popping out of windows, daring you to come closer. I remember trying sooo hard to summon up the courage to get in line, then chickening out just before they took my ticket, then getting back in line and finally taking my seat in one of the carts. At this point, I was practically jumping out of my skin, but that didn't compare to that horrible feeling you got when those metal doors slam shut behind you, the darkness engulfs you and you realize that you may have just made a horrible mistake. After emerging alive yet terrified, with your adrenaline coursing through your veins, I knew right then and there that I was hooked for life! Eventually, I would love to design my own dark ride and open it to the public and rent it out for parties. How cool would that be?!?
#10.) "Fax Machine Beat-Down" from Office Space. Anyone who's ever served hard time in a cubicle can easily relate. Whenever this movie comes on TV, I don't care what's going on - shit stops.
#9.) The "Witch" scene from Monty Python & The Holy Grail. My wife does not get English comedy at all, but this is one of my all-time favorite flicks!
#8.) "We're goin' STREEEAAKING" from Old School. I love everything about this movie, but the streaking scene really cinches it for me.
#7.) The "Diaper chase scene" from Raising Arizona. "Boy, you got a panty on your head" is still my favorite line of all time!
#6.) "Mr. Chow in the Trunk" from The Hangover. I know, I know - 2 naked men on the same list, so I must be gay. Go ahead, get it out of your system.
#5.) The "Food Poisoning" scene from Bridesmaids. Proof that women can go toe-to-toe with any man when it comes to the art of the gross-out! "Look away, look away!!"
#4.) "WE'VE GOT A BLEEDER!!" from There's Something About Mary". The bar for gross-out comedies was set here.
#3.) "Flounder Kills a Horse" from Animal House. It was damn hard trying to pick a favorite scene from this masterpiece, but the look on the horse's face when the gun goes off is simply priceless!
#2.) "DOODIE!!" scene from Caddyshack. I apologize for the poor quality, but every decent clip couldn't be embedded!
And the funniest moment in movie history is.... wait for it.... the "prank call" scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off!! Rooney's face when Grace tells him "Ferris Bueller's on line 2!" is pure comedy gold, and the rant that follows is beyond measure!