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Friday Wrap-Up: Sgt. Slaughter vs. Bigfoot, NSFW Catwoman, Boxing WTF, and more…

September 23rd, 2011 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Another busy week is winding down, and the combination of this pesky cold/flu/plague thing and that big assignment I keep mentioning has made the last few days feel like one long marathon of coughing, sneezing, and typing. (The lack of “sleep” in that list is intentional, I assure you.)

A few people have asked me what the mysterious assignment is all about, and though I’m not at liberty to say (since it’s for a large corporation that could pay to have me killed), it does involve Halloween. More specifically, it involves Halloween history and horror movies.

So, given how much time I’ve spent on this project, there’s a good chance that if you name any horror movie made in the last 50 years, I can probably rattle off some facts about it. Seriously.

How this knowledge will come in useful once October 31 is in the rearview mirror, I’m not entirely sure — but hey, I’m not getting paid to think beyond Halloween… yet.

Okay, enough of that for now. Here are this week’s links:

– Arriving via io9, this video of Sgt. Slaughter singing about monster trucks is the sort of thing that will melt your brain, but once you hit “play” you won’t be able to stop watching it.

I suddenly feel bad about the fact that I’ve never attended a monster truck rally. The people in the audience seem like they’re having so much fun, and… AAAAHHHHHH!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!?!?!?!?!

– Well, it’s good to know that at least one of the comics I listed in my “10 to Avoid” lived up to the anti-hype. I’m actually sort of amazed that someone at DC thought this panel (and associated storyline) from Catwoman #1 was actually a good idea.

Graeme McMillan at Newsarama really sums it best:

Yes, that is Catwoman having sex with Batman. You know, that thing that those people who really wanted to see used to have to go online and search for? Now it’s right there in the comics themselves! Obviously, a victory for people with specific fetishes and limited imaginations and/or Google skills…

Honestly, when I first saw that panel online, I had to locate the issue myself just to be 100% certain it wasn’t a piece of fan-art.

– I don’t follow boxing in any way, shape, or form, but I was in a store the other day and heard people talking about the end of a recent fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz. What they were saying about it was so wild, I had to find some video online.

Well, it was definitely a crazy way to end a boxing match, that’s for sure. Check it out for yourself:

– On an equally crazy, but significantly cuter note, someone on Facebook (I’m not sure who) posted this video of professional wrestler Kenny Omega facing off with a 9-year-old girl named Haruka.

Yes, you read that correctly.

And I have to admit, this Japanese wrestling match is so weird and sweet, I’m not sure whether to call Child Protective Services or check my sugar levels.

– Changing gears…

I don’t actually use ketchup or mustard that often, but I might make a habit of it if I could shoot them out of a CONDIMENT GUN!

(via LaughingSquid)

– I have Doctor Who comic book writer Tony Lee to thank for passing this very true, very necessary reminder along:

Seriously, people… Don’t do it. Don’t watch The Jersey Shore. Trust me: I’ve met the cast.

– Finally, while I think this “Pepsi Bottle to Brighten Up the Day” video is pretty cool and all, I can’t help wondering how far the money it cost to make it would’ve gone in a village like the one it’s showing.

Also, I tried visiting the website listed at the end of the video about six times, but I keep mis-typing letters. An easier URL could’ve also gone a long way toward helping the cause.

– Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard the news about this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, here’s the text of the official press release from BBC America:

UK COMEDY STARS JOIN MATT SMITH IN THIS YEAR’S DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Emmy nominee Steven Moffat has penned the episode which is now in production

Production has started on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (Skins, The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, commented: “The Doctor at Christmas – nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it’s so his kind of day – everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s the one that was born for this time of year – so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”

The special, set during World War II, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts…

Claire Skinner said: “I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge who is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.”

This marks Matt Smith’s second outing as the Doctor at Christmas time and will follow hot on the heels of the successful 2011 season. The season finale, “The Wedding of River Song,” written by Steven Moffat premieres Saturday, October 1, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.

Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger and Caroline Skinner, also executive producing.

Filming on the Christmas special will continue until mid October 2011.

It’s hard to believe another season of Doctor Who is almost over, eh?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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