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Stay Smokin,
Hot-Toddy
Co-Founder / Pittsburgh Underground

Friday, July 21, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets STARTS TODAY!!!

It’s Friday again!!! That means another summer movie to keep you cool (and this one looks pretty damn cool!). Today, Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets sends us on another epic sci-fi journey from one of our favorite directors, Luc Besson. Check out this amazing trailer!


Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets (2017 Trailers 1 and 2 / Europa)

Based on the French comic books written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, we are catapulted into the 28th century where special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne)work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.

Also featured are Rihanna (as Bubble), Ethan Hawke (as Jolly the Pimp), our favorite jazz artist - Herbie Hancock (Defence Minister), and Rutger Hauer (President of the World State Federation).

Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets flies into theaters TODAY!!! Keep cool everyone!

Artsy Fartsy: The Ex-Wives Club 'Alimony Tour' FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!

On Saturday, July 21st, The Ex-Wives Club - Alimony Tour will be performing at The Unplanned Comedy Warehouse (5601 Butler St, 2nd floor, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA. 15201) from at 8PM to 9:30 PM. Local comedy god,  Alex Stypula, will be hosting the lineup that includes: Kevin Tit, Max Wolfson, Yoki Danoff, Andrew Hall, and Pete Musto.

Tickets are $8.00 on-line or $10.00 at the door.

The Ex-Wives Club is an experimental comedy team from Washington, DC that blends formats, styles and perspectives into a dynamic concoction of razor-sharp wit and unique absurdities.

Now, for the first time ever, these five luminaries of stage and (computer) screen have decided to take their one-of-a-kind act on the road. In July 2017, they are traveling up and down the eastern seaboard to bring 90 minutes of electrifying stand up, sketch comedy and audience-interactive games to a few select cities at a time when this great nation of ours could use a good laugh or two.

Originally hailing from all over the United States, Kevin, Max, Yoki, Andrew and Pete all bonded over their love of cartoons, comic books, punk rock, hip hop and just goofing off in general. Rising stars of the DC comedy scene, they have donned stages across the country, and now they want to make a weird journey into their collective subconscious available to you!

With over 25 years of comedy experience between them, this new breed of buffoons and nutjobs has performed on the SeeSo network and at the DC Improv, Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Laughing Skull Lounge, Cozzy’s Comedy Club, the Creek and the Cave, the New Movement Theater, Magooby’s Jokehouse, the Comedy Works, The Fest, Burning Bridges Comedy Festival, and the Charm City Comedy Festival.

Don’t risk missing them now, because the next time you see them might be broadcast to millions of other people around the world, or just getting booked next to you in county lock up!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Annoucement: George A. Romero R.I.P.

George A. Romero
1940-2017

It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to another Pittsburgh legend - George A. Romero, the godfather and creator of the zombie genre has passed away at 77.

Romero passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday while listening to the score of one of his all time favorite films, The Quiet Man. Mr. Romero, who had been battling lung cancer leaves behind his wife, Susan Desrocher Romero and daughter Tina.

Born George Andrew Romero in the Bronx, New York City on Feb. 4, 1940 to a Cuban father and a Lithuania American mother, Romero launched his filmmaking career in the early 1960s, shortly after graduation from the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.


Romero was a pioneer in the zombie-horror movie genre and early established a name for himself with such films as the satirical Night of the Living Dead, which spawned Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. He defined the modern template for bringing the scary, gruesome and dead to life on screen, inspiring a myriad of zombies in Hollywood and the more recent high-rated AMC series, The Walking Dead.

Night of the Living Dead / 1968 Trailer

George's Pittsburgh protégé, Greg Nicotero (director, producer, and makeup artist on The Walking Dead) was quoted,”There are so many things to say about this man, my friend, my mentor and my inspiration. For what he gave us all with passion and fire, his unrelenting spirit will live forever…Never ending love to him and his family.” 

Nicotero worked as an assistant to special effects legend Tom Savini on Romero’s 1985 film Day of the Dead as well as appearing in the film and was makeup effects supervisor on 2005’s Land of the Dead.


George A. Romero and Greg Nicotero

Back in 1968, Romero created the cult classic Night of the Living Dead on a budget of $100,000 that became the template for the zombie genre. The Associated Press described the feature as,  "flesh-hungry ghouls trying to feast on humans holed up in a Pennsylvania house." The film was inducted into the National Registry of Films by the Library of Congress in 1999 and a remake was produced in 1990 by Romero and directed by famed prosthetics Pittsburgh artist Tom Savini.


George A Romero and Tom Savini

Mr. Savini stated on a recent Facebook post,”When I did a special effect on a George Romero set....I would make a chirping cricket noise. If George made the same cricket noise back, i knew he loved it, it worked and we could move on, after laughing our asses off. That's how we communicated...with lots of laughing. When we first met I was auditioning for him and made him laugh. That laugh....that laugh came from the center of the earth. We laughed through almost fifty years and nine movies. I will miss that laugh, and my friend. More than that he was a big teddy bear. You loved hugging him cause he made a noise, a happy loving noise, as he squeezed the breath out of you. I will miss that hug. I will miss everything about him. There is a light in the galaxy that has gone out and can't be replaced. Normally you would say "Ah but we have sweet memories"....in this case those that knew him have a lot more...it's molecular...it's a part of us...he is in us...he made so much of what we are.”

Dawn of the Dead / 1978 Trailer

More sequels followed from Dawn of the Dead in 1978, which has become sort of a time capsule for those of us living near Monroeville Mall back in the 70’s that became an allegory for the ever rampant ‘consumerism’ that would overwhelm our country in the coming years. Dawn of the Dead also spawned a remake in 2004 by director Zack Snyder of Batman v Superman fame, introducing the world to the infamous ‘fast moving zombie’.

Day of the Dead / 1985 Trailer

Day of the Dead followed in 1985 starring Lori Cardille, daughter of famed Pittsburgh horror host, Chilly Billy Cardille, as one of the few remaining survivors living her days out in an army bunker while both studying the zombie outbreak and fighting it out with the military personnel trapped below ground that are sworn to protect her and her fellow scientists.

Land of the Dead / 2005 Trailer

Fast forward twenty years later to 2005 for the next followup to the series as Land of the Dead is released centering on a zombie infested Pittsburgh with Point State Park as it’s only safe haven governed by none other than Dennis Hopper. 


Two years later George Romero would come full circle with the franchise as Diary of the Dead is released in 2007 with a story that takes us back to the very beginning of the zombie outbreak looking through the eyes of a group of Pitt film students as they document their journey to reconnect with family and a safe haven to wait out the disaster.

The last entry to the series in 2009 was a stand alone story within the Night of the Living Dead universe entitled Survival of the Dead that took place on a small island of the coast of North America between two feuding families as they grappled with the implications of the living dead.


Creepshow / 1982 Trailer


George Romeo’s wasn’t just the father of the zombie genre that he is most well known for. He directed other fun stories such as Martin (1978) - the story of a Pittsburgh teen who believes he’s a vampire. The Crazies (1973) about a military virus that turns the fair citizens of Evans City, PA into psychotic killers (Romero also executive produced the remake in 2010). He collaborated with famed horror director Dario Argento on Two Evil Eyes (1990).  He also collaborated with authors Michael Stewart for Monkey Shines (1988) and Stephen King for one of our favorites horror anthologies of all time - Creepshow (1982) and then collaborated again on The Dark Half (1993). 

Time moved on and so did George. He struggled later on in life to get movies made. When asked about those struggles he was quoted “Listen. I did “Land of the Dead,” which was the biggest zombie film I had ever made. I don’t think it needed to be that big. That money went largely to the cast. They were great, but I don’t think that money needed to be spent. Dennis Hopper’s cigar budget cost more than the entire production of Night of the Living Dead. That’s the way it is."

"Now, because of “World War Z” and “The Walking Dead,” I can’t pitch a modest little zombie film, which is meant to be sociopolitical. I used to be able to pitch them on the basis of the zombie action, and I could hide the message inside that. Now, you can’t. The moment you mention the word “zombie,” it’s got to be, “Hey, Brad Pitt paid $400 million to do that.”

Romero had often stated that, “I have a soft spot in my heart for the zombies. They are multi-purpose, you can't really get angry at them, they have no hidden agendas, they are what they are. I sympathize with them. My stories have always been more about the humans and the mistakes that they've make and the zombies are just sort of out there. ... They're the disaster that everyone is facing, but my stories are more about the humans. It's usually the humans that are the worst.”

Our heartfelt condolences to George's family and friends.  We’ll miss you Mr. Romero - you were one of Pittsburgh’s best and brightest, glorious and gory. Thank you for scaring the bejesus out of us for so many decades - your work will live on in our nightmares and beyond this mortal coil. We think you would have liked it that way...





Friday, July 14, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: War for the Planet of the Apes STARTS TODAY!!!


Happy Friday everyone! Today Andy Serkis reprises his role as sentient ape leader Caesar leader who’s not monkeying around anymore as War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters today! Check out the trailer below!


War for the Planet of the Apes (2017 Trailer / 20th Century Fox)

This is the third movie in the rebooted franchise and second one directed by Matt Reeves that takes us even closer to a world  dominated by apes. Caesar and the gang have suffered imaginable losses resulting in their leader struggling with his darker instincts on a quest to avenge his kind. Check out this amazing interview with Andy Serkis himself on Late Night with Stephen Colbert as he explains Caesar’s dilemma, a great look into how motion capture enhances the actors craft, and some Tweet reading from an old friend.


Andy Serkis on Late Night with Stephen Colbert (2017 / CBS)

Along with Serkis stars Woody Harrelson as ‘The Colonel’ and main nemesis for our simian hero. Joining the cast are Steve Zahn (Bad Ape), Karin Konoval (Maurice), Terry Notary (Rocket), Ty Olsson (Red Donkey), Michael Adamthwaite (Luca), Toby Kebbell (Koba), Gabreil Chavarria (Preacher), Judy Greer (Cornelia), Sara Canning (Lake), Devyn Dalton (Cornelius), Aleks Paunovic (Winter), Alessandro Juliani (Spear), Max Lloyd-Jones (Blue Eyes) and Amiah Miller playing Nova  (although playing a much younger version of the mute beauty), who’s character is fondly remembered by apes aficionados from the original 1968 Planet of the Apes film that was originally portrayed by the unforgettable Linda Harrison.


The gang here at good ol’ PU are bananas for Planet of the Apes and can’t wait to see this next installment (and hoping to see a proper ‘Planet of the Apes’ continuation of the story that brings us full circle featuring our lost astronauts from the original story that finally make it back to Earth). War for the Planet of the Apes leaps into theaters today!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Spider-Man Homecoming starts TODAY!!!

It’s finally here true believers! The third reboot starring our favorite webhead! Spider-Man Homecoming starts today at a theater near you.  Check out the trailer!


Spider-Man Homecoming (2017 Trailer / Sony Pictures)

In this latest installment directed by Jon Watts, Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker several months after the events of Captain America: Civil  War. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is also back as mentor to Pete supplying him with a new Spidey suit and some super cool gadgets (most that have appeared in the comics during Spidey’s vast 55 years of heroing).  From his articulated eyes, web wings, spider tracers, and the spider-signal that was teased at the end of Captain America: Civil War), we’re getting closer and closer to the classic Spidey that we all know and love.


The Amazing Spider-Man #2 / Marvel Comics / 1963

Every hero needs his villain and this time it’s Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture (more to the point, a reimagining of the Vulture) played by Pittsburgh’s very own Batman, Michael Keaton. Created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #2, Toomes was an inventor who created numerous gadgets including a special flying suit that also augmented his strength. After discovering that his business partner has embezzled from their company, forcing it to go bankrupt, Toomes becomes a professional criminal as the Vulture.


The Vulture (Movie vs. Comics Comparison)

Also joining the cast is Marisa Tomei as a very youthful Aunt May, along with Jon Favreau and Gwyneth Paltrow reprising their roles as Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts from the Iron Man franchise. Keep your eyes peeled for Chris Evans as well as Captain America will also make an appearance. 

Spider-Man Homecoming swings into your friendly neighborhood theaters today.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Announcements: Adam West R.I.P

Adam West R.I.P.
1928-2017

Adam West, better known to millions of his fans as ‘Batman’ from the 1960’s has left our world after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88 years old.

Mr. West passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family - wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. 
Adam West aka Batman
LIFE Magazine / March 11, 1966

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

Mr. West played a number of film roles in his lengthy career - West played a wealthy Main Line husband who meets an early end in Paul Newman’s The Young Philadelphians (1959), was one of the first two humans on the Red Planet in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and contributed his velvety voice to the animated Redux Riding Hood (1997), which received an Oscar nomination for best short film.

It was a character for a Nestle’s Quik commercial (Captain Quik) that garnered the attention of Batman producer William Dozier that forever associated Mr. West with the role of Batman / Bruce Wayne in 1966.

It was a very different world back when the show ended in 1968 and typecasting was the norm making it very hard throughout the coming years for the good natured West. As true as the hero he played on TV, Mr. West took every job imaginable as his alter ego in order to support his family - shopping center openings, car shows, and state fairs - nothing was beneath him as he took it all in stride.

West returned to voice his iconic character in such cartoons throughout the years as The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes, and SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show.

Lookwell! Pilot Written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel / 1991 / NBC

He later starred in a rejected 1991 NBC pilot episode called Lookwell — written by Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel — in which he portrayed a once-famous TV detective who thinks he can solve crimes in real life. 

Adam West then had a resurgence as animator Seth MacFarlane made it his mission to include him in the long running Family Guy series as ‘Mayor West of Quahog’.  

The Best of Adam West / Family Guy

“I had done a pilot with Seth that he had written for me. It turned out we had the same kind of comic sensibilities and got along well,” he said in a 2012 interview. “When Family Guy came around and Seth became brilliantly successful, he decided to call me and see what I was doing. He asked if I would like to come aboard as the mayor, and I thought it would be neat to do something sort of absurd and fun.”

Adam West Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame / 2012

In 2012, after a long and storied career, Mr. West’s kids fought and finally won his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, captured in wonderful documentary aptly titled: Starring Adam West.

Starring Adam West (2012 Trailer) / Filmbuff / Chromatic Films

When Batman was canceled, “The only thing I thought is that it would be the end of me, and it was for a bit,” West told an audience at Comic-Con in 2014. “But then I realized that what we created in the show … we created this zany, lovable world.

“I look around and I see the adults — I see you grew up with me, and you believe in the adventure. I never believed this would happen, that I would be up here with illustrious people like yourselves. I’m so grateful! I’m the luckiest actor in the world, folks, to have you still hanging around.”

The gang here at Pittsburgh Underground loved Adam West. He was our Batman growing up. He inspired us to build our own ‘Batcave’ and always fight for what was good and just no matter what you were up against -  most importantly, the challenges of the real world. Sometimes it’s not as black and white as fighting the Joker, Penguin, or Catwoman - sometimes it’s continuing on when the powers that be try to stop you because of who they think you are as opposed to who you truly are. 

Adam West will always be our example, our teacher, and our hero. Our condolences to his wife and family. Godspeed Mr. West - we’ll always keep the Batsignal lit for you. 

Batman 1966 Television Series Opening & Closing

Friday, June 2, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Wonder Woman Starts TODAY!!!

She's finally here, the crown jewel of the Justice League. Wonder Woman graces the big screen starting today! Check out the trailer below!

Wonder Woman (2017 Trailer / DC Comics / Warner Bros.)

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the role she was born to play, this is an origin story of  Diana, the princess of the Amazons and a lucky American pilot named Steve Trevor (played Chris Pine) who crash lands on the shores of Paradise Island as the first man she ever meets during the war to end all wars. Knowing the threat could affect her homeland, Diana joins the conflict to discover her true powers and her destiny. 


1st Appearance of Wonder Woman / All Star Comics 1941

Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics back in 1941, created by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston (who was also the inventor of the lie detector) and artist Harry G. Peter. Sculpted from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta and given life by Aphrodite along with the super powered gifts from the Greek Gods, her new origin has been updated to depicted her as the daughter of Zeus, but raised by her mother Hippolyta and her aunts Antiope and Menalippe to be the warrior princess of Themyscira aka Paradise Island.


Wonder Woman  Illustrated by Darwyn Cooke / DC Comics: New Frontier

She's gone through many changes throughout the years from her costume to even her physical stature, but most of her powers have remained the same - super strength, indestructible bracelets, a tiara (that served as a projectile), and her famous Lasso of Truth. One of the shifts from the comics to cinema is that Wonder Woman was actually created during World War II, not WWI where her story will start on the silver screen (you can thank Marvel's Captain America for that change). 

She's been through as many phases in the comics as she has been in media as well. William Dozier of 1960's Batman fame attempted to bring her to the small screen in 1967 with Ellie Wood Walker in the title role. Check out this link to see the one and only pilot episode (and the goofiest version of our fair princess ever made!).

From there, ABC aired the 1974 movie with Cathy Lee Crosby in the title role, although she bared little resemblance her comic book counterpart. Check out this clip below.


Wonder Woman with Cathy Lee Crosby / 1974 ABC TV Movie

The ratings for this TV movie of the week weren't exactly wonderous, but it did spark interest in the character which led to our favorite incarnation of the character played by the beautiful Lynda Carter one year later in 1975. The first year of the show found Diana Prince back in 1941 fighting in WW2 along side Steve Trevor played by Lyle Waggoner, but did an unexpected (and unexplained) time jump to modern day 1976 for the last two years of it's three year run. Check out the famous TV series intros for each season below!


Wonder Woman Starring Lynda Carter / 1975-1777 TV Intros

Twenty four years later, animation master Bruce Timm brought us Justice League: The Animated Series on Cartoon Network in 2001 with a brand new and incredibly faithful version of Wonder Woman (voiced by Susan Eisenberg) as she joined Batman, Superman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl. Check out some her more famous action sequences below:

Wonder Woman in Justice League: The Animated Series /
DC Comics / Cartoon Network 2001-2004

Fast forward sixteen years later and the line "you've come a long way baby" would be far from an understatement when it comes to Princess Diana of Themyscira. Wonder Woman starts in theaters today and we can hardly wait to enjoy her once more!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Comics To Rot Your Brain: Free Comic Book Day THIS SATURDAY!!!


Oh my stars and garters!!!! It’s that time again kids! Free Comic Book Day!!! This marks the 16tth year for this annual Saturday event (and every first Saturday in May) at participating comic book stores across the country to encourage readers of all ages to grab up some free comics and READ!!!

FREE COMICS ARE SEXY!!!

If you haven't been to a comic book store in a while (or sadly, have never experienced the wonders that await) then now’s your chance to experience it all!!! Sci-fi, westerns, super heroes, hot jungle babes, zombies, and MORE!!! It’s all in your local comic book store and this Saturday, select comics are FREE!!! Check out this message from Star Trek: The Next Generations very own nerd extraordinaire Will Wheaton!!!


Will Wheaton Talks Free Comic Book Day 2017 

Pittsburgh Underground recommends heading over to Duncan Comics in the North Hills (for you suburban types) or Phantom of the Attic (for you folks in Oakland) or the newest shop to the scene,  Southside Comics to nab them stacks on the racks!

What’s even better is that after you’re finished, you can go check out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at your local theater for even more comic book inspired goodness!

So zip on down to your local comic book shop for some free comics, costume contests, and MORE!!!

Check out the Free Comic Book Day Website for more info and to find a participating comic book shop near you!

Movies That Have Everything: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 STARTS TODAY!!!


Today's the day! Guardian's of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters with a vengeance! Check out the trailer below!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
(2017 Trailer / Marvel Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios)

Directed and written once more by James Gunn, The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.


The old gang is back for more as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) are joined by Yondu (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell). Keep your eyes peeled for Sylvester Stallone playing Stakar Ogord as well as our very favorite - Howard the Duck (voiced once more by Seth Green).

Not only is Guardians of the Galaxy known for is super-awesome-happy-fun-time action, but also for collecting some of the very best music as you jam your way throughout the universe! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts today at a theater near you - until then, enjoy the tunes...



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - The Mixed Tape

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fundays At 420: Star Wars Day Is TODAY!!!


It's that time again gang! May 4th or as most of us nerds know it to be - Star Wars Day!!!

The tale for this event is as legendary as Star Wars itself when back on May 4th, 1979, the phrase was first used the day that Margaret Thatcher took office as UK prime minister. The Conservative party allegedly placed an ad in the London Evening News which read,"May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations."

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars,  Star Wars: Force for Change has geared up asking for fans to pledge their support for Unicef Kid Power and Starlight Children's Foundation in exchange for a chance at some pretty cool rewards. Check out the video below as Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill speak for the cause:

Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill / A Force For Change / Star Wars Day 2017

Star Wars: Force for Change is a charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm with the goal of is harnessing the strength of Star Wars and its global fandom to empower people to come together to make a positive impact on the world around them to inspire people to be “forces for change” in their everyday lives.

For more info, check out the Official Star Wars: Force for Change Website to donate.

Also, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the passing of Carrie Fisher who will forever be our Princess. Below is a small tribute courtesy of StarWars.com .

A Tribute To Carrie Fisher / StarWars.com

May the 4th Be With You...Always...