Booze News: Happy Dipsomania Week!

>> Monday, July 15, 2013



Attention, fellow inebriates!

Joe Dante and his merry movie gurus at Trailers From Hell have proclaimed this 1/52 interval of the calendar year to be "Dipsomania Week," and as thus, their website will be featuring audio commentaries to accompany the original advertisements for three of the greatest booze movies of all time.

First up, and available now, is the trailer for Barfly (1987), featuring running commentary by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson.  That will be followed on Wednesday by producer/director Dan Ireland’s take on The Days of Wine and Roses (1962)And on Friday, Joe Dante will cap off the fest by providing his thoughts on the promo for Harvey (1950).

If you are unfamiliar with Trailers From Hell, click on the link and go to the site immediately.  You are in for a real treat.  The site is a treasure trove of cinematic trivia and a great way to discover catalog titles of which you were not previously aware.  Adding booze to the mix is just icing on the cake. 

However, be warned, the day after I discovered Trailers From Hell, I was pretty much useless due to sleep deprivation.  I just couldn't pull myself away from the site.

Thanks TFH gurus for giving soused cinema enthusiasts another reason to celebrate (not that we need much of an incentive to lift a glass)! 

Cheers,
garv

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Booze News: DRUNK HISTORY is back!

>> Saturday, July 6, 2013



Greetings, fellow inebriates,

Like the phoenix of Greek myth and X-Men fame, Drunk History never dies.  It merely disappears for long intervals.

The brainchild of Derek Walters and Jeremy Konner, Drunk History began as a popular series of short films on the Funny or Die website, in which soused storytellers passionately recounted historical anecdotes while actors and comedians re-enacted the tales.  After a prolonged absence, Drunk History reappeared briefly as a segment on HBO's short-lived Funny or Die Presents.  Now the concept returns yet again--this time as an eight-episode, weekly series on Comedy Central, beginning July 9th at 10pm Eastern (a rerun throughout the week).

Each episode of the new show will feature multiple history lessons centered around a particular U.S. city.  For example, episode 1 is Washington, D.C. themed, and features dubious accounts of the Watergate investigation (with Fred Willard as Deep Throat), the rivalry between John Wilkes Booth (Adam Scott) and Edwin Booth (Will Forte), and the epic encounter between Richard Nixon (Bob Odenkirk) and Elvis Presley (Jack Black).  If you can't wait until July 9th, the first episode is available now in its entirety on Comedy Central's site.  Here's the link--> Drunk History Episode 1

The return of Drunk History is most welcome.  I greatly look forward to future episodes, which promise the participation of Kristen Wiig, Connie Britton, Winona Ryder, Aubrey Plaza, Bradley Whitford, Owen and Luke Wilson, and many others.

Summer TV just got interesting.  Set your DVRs and chill your cocktails. 

Cheers,
garv

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