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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Announcement: The 4th Annual Pittsburgh Krampusnacht is TONIGHT!!!


Tonight is the eve of the Feast of Saint Nicholas which can only mean one thing - all you naughty boys and girls better run and hide as the 4th Annual Pittsburgh Krampusnacht claws it’s way into Market Square starting at 6pm tonight!


The Krampus is Coming...

Europe has celebrated Santa's evil doppleganger for centuries with the hairy, horned, half-goat demon has been punishing bad little girls and boys every St. Nick's Eve.  Organized by Pittsburgh’s own Professor EmCee Square of the It’s Alive Show, this year will be no different as the Krampus will make his appearance at Market Square tonight for photos at 7PM with the band Sleigher performing at 7:30, marking the start of the Krampus pub crawl sponsored by Straub Beer.

Also, the holiday market is also in full swing for any of those last minute gifts along with an ongoing karaoke contest is being held with the winner taking home a $1000 prize.

For more info on the event, check out the Facebook event page.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Justice League STARTS TODAY!!!


Here’s a movie that feels like it took a lifetime to finally come to the silver screen! Justice League explodes into theaters today! Check out the trailer below...

Justice League (2017 Trailer / DC Comics / Warner Brothers)

Do we really need to explain the Justice League to you? It’s only been around in some form or another since 1960, created by Gardner Fox and first appearing in ‘The Brave and the Bold #28”, but debuting in their own title in 1962. You probably know them by other names as well - Justice League of America, The JLA,  or even by it’s more popular kid friendly title ‘ The Super Friends’ (as it was titled during it’s Hanna Barbara animated roots between 1973 to 1986). 
1st Appearance of Justice League / Brave and the Bold #28
(1960 DC Comics)

The original roster of team members have changed over the years, but most of the core members remained at one point or another in their very long history: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter. 


Justice League #1 (DC Comics / 1987)

Others have joined in throughout the years as the team changed from time to time - Green Arrow, The Atom, Shazam, Firestorm, Black Canary, Vixen, Fire and Ice, Green Lantern’s Guy Gardner and John Stewart, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, Power Girl, Doctor Fate, Cyborg, Mr. Miracle, and even the Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo was a member. The list goes on and on as the never ending rotating team has always been a showcase of DC Comics characters over the years. 

The Super Friends (1973-1985 / DC Comics / Hanna Barbara)

It’s spawned four different animated series starting with The Super Friends in the 1970’s to the superior Bruce Timm designed Justice League and Justice League Limited in the early 2000’s, and then Justice League Action from 2016 to the present day. 


Justice League The Animated Series (Warner Brothers Animation)

This is the first time we are getting an all out blockbuster cast to portray the heroes we’ve all come to love throughout the years. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon the cast includes Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman / Diana Prince), Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Jason Momoa (Aquaman / Arthur Curry), Ezra Miller (The Flash / Barry Allen), Ray Fisher (Cyborg / Victor Stone), and back from the ‘grave’ Henry Cavill (Superman / Clark Kent). 

Also joining the cast are Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Amber Herd (Mera), Connie Neilsen (Queen Hippolyta), Robin Wright (Antiope), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West), Billy Crudup (Henry Allen), Joe Morton (Dr. Silas Stone), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf). 


Justice League Vol. 2, #1 (DC Comics / 2011)

The plot reads as follows: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League starts today at your local theater and as Chops’s mom would say ‘enjoy your super friends movie’!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tits For Telly: Marvel's The Punisher STARTS TOMORROW!!!

More comic book mayhem starting this weekend as Marvel’s The Punisher hits Netflix TOMORROW!!! Check out the trailer below!


The Punisher (2017 Trailer / Marvel Comics / Netflix)

The Punisher, created by Gerry Conway, John Romita Jr. and Ross Andru, first hit Marvel Comics in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 back in 1974. Inarguably one of the most violent ‘anti-heroes’ in Marvel’s stable of characters, Frank Castle, a former U.S. marine, becomes the titular vigilante after his family is murdered by the mob. From there he holds nothing back employing everything from murder, extortion, kidnaping, coercion, and torture in his one man war against crime. 
First Appearance of The Punisher in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 
(Marvel Comics / 1974)

Spun off from the Netflix MCU series Daredevil, Frank Castle is portrayed by Jon Bernthal (Shane of Walking Dead fame) and is joined by Deborah Ann Woll who resumes her role as Karen Page, a character who played a pivotal role in Frank Castle’s storyline as it unfolded in Daredevil Season 3.

The Punisher paints the town red starting tomorrow for all your binging enjoyment on Netflix!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Thor: Ragnarok STARTS TODAY!!!


Happy Friday everyone! Our old pal from Asgard is flying into theaters again this weekend in Thor: Ragnarok and by Odin’s hammer it looks to be a smashing good time! Check out the trailer below:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017 Trailer / Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures)

In this third movie of the series, The mighty Thor finds himself imprisoned in a gladiatorial contest against his old buddy the Hulk as he fights for survival and a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Directed by Taika Waititi (who is also playing Korg in the flick) all our old friends (and foes) are back including Chris Hemsworth in the title role, Loki (Tom Hiddleston)Heimdall (Idris Elba)Volstagg (Ray Stevenson)Fandral (Zachary Levi)Hogun (Tadanobu Asano)Odin (Anthony Hopins)Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Also joining the cast is West Homestead native Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Karl Urban (Skurge), Rachel House (Topaz), Clancy Brown (voicing Surtur), and Cate Blanchett as Hela, the goddess of death. Keep your eyes peeled at the beginning of the flick to for special appearances by Luke HemsworthSam Neill, and Charlotte Nicdao portraying our favorite heroes 'on stage'.


Journey Into Mystery #101 / The Mighty Thor #150 (Marvel Comics)

Hela, created by the famous duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first appeared during the silver age of comics in Journey into Mystery #102 back in 1964. She’s based on the Norse goddess, Hel who was the child of Loki and the giantess Angrboða who, when she came of age, was appointed the Goddess of Death by Odin, giving her rulership over the dead in the realms of both Hel and Niflheim. She frequently battled Thor who often tried to expand her power into the realm of Valhalla, the realm of the honored dead. For the film version, Hela is the eldest daughter of Odin and sister to both Thor and Loki (although her motives for power reflect that of her comic book counterpart).

A lot of reviews are already pouring in stating that this is one of the most entertaining Marvel movies since Guardians of the Galaxy. Thor: Ragnarok bolts into theaters this weekend!

BONUS!!! Check out this 1987’s style of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer by Nerdist.com!

Thor Ragnarok - 1987 Trailer (presented by Nerdist.com)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tits For Telly: Stranger Things 2 STARTS TODAY on Netflix!!!


Greetings all you ghouls and fools! The wait is finally over and just in time for the Halloween weekend as Stranger Things Season 2 starts TODAY for your binging pleasure on Netflix!!! Check out the trailer below!

Stranger Things 2 (2017 Trailer / Netflix)

Created, written, and directed by the Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross), we revisit our favorite time period - the 1980’s, as more otherworldly mayhem ensues in Hawkins, Indiana as the ‘Upside Down’ isn’t finished with our main heroes Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas Sinclair, (Caleb McLaughlin), and Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) who was missing in the aforementioned ‘Upside Down’ for most of the first season only to return at the end, but now with a mysterious connection to this bizarro universe.

Also returning is Will’s big brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder), Jonathan’s crush Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) and her boyfriend Steve Harrington (Joe Keery). Also returning is Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) who was found dropping off Eggo waffles in the woods in the last episode of season 1 for our telekinetic heroine Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) who has been missing after the events of last year (don’t worry - she’s back too)!

Linnea Berthelsen, Sean Astin, and Paul Riser join Stranger Things 2

Joining is the cast is Goonie legend Sean Astin as a Bobby Newby, a former schoolmate of both Joyce and Hooper and rumored boyfriend of poor Joyce, who after last season, needs a little happy in her life. Chances are that this love triangle between her, Bobby, and Hooper will only complicate her world further as we find out what’s happened to Will this season. Paul Reiser will also be joining the fun, playing Owens, a Department of Energy executive tasked with containing the events of last season. Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen will be playing Roman who's described as "an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab".


Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink join Stranger Things 2

Finally, joining the kids is tomboy Max (portrayed by Sadie Sink) and her big brother Billy (played by Power Rangers star Dacre Montgomery) who’s been described as one of the ‘human villains’ of the show - steals girlfriends away from boyfriends, great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro (a very 80’s villain indeed!).


What About Barb?

The one thing on most minds of most fans is ‘what about Barb”? Barb Holland (portrayed by Shannon Purser), became quite the sensation after her character was killed off by one of the creepy crawlies of the Upside Down. 

Matt Duffer stated that although she won’t be back for season 2,  “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it. Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time,” he explained. “So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”

Stranger Things 2 starts TODAY on Netflix so grab your favorite Halloween candy, turn off the lights, and binge those sweet nightmares!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tits For Telly: It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown TONIGHT ON ABC!!!


Tonight’s the night to grab your blanket, and head out to your nearest pumpkin patch! It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown airs tonight, October 19th at 8:00 PM TONIGHT on ABC !!!

This Charles Schulz classic was produced and animated by the legendary Bill Melendez (who also provided the voices for both Snoopy and Woodstock) and features Linus, Sally, Lucy, Violet, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, Patty, Snoopy, and of course Charlie Brown. The special originally aired in 1966 on CBS, with ABC picking up the rights in 2001. Check out this original trailer!

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
(1966 Promo Trailer)

This timeless Halloween special also marks the first time that the world saw Snoopy dressed in full aviator attire in search of 'The Red Barron'. Snoopy first assumed the guise of the World War I Flying Ace in a Peanuts comic strip from October 1965, donning vintage aviator hat, scarf, and goggles to take on the Red Baron from atop his doghouse.


The concept came to Schulz after a discussion he had with his son, Monte, about the Red Baron. “They both had ideas about who influenced that,” Jill Schulz said of her older brother and father, referencing the fact that they both took credit for inventing flying Snoopy. It was a year later when the beagle’s alter ego made its television debut in “It’s the Great Pumpkin.”

“As we were developing the script, Mr. Schulz lamented almost as an aside, ‘Too bad we can’t have Snoopy fly,'” Mendelson recalled. “Melendez, pretending to be offended, said, ‘Hey, I’m an animator. I can do anything, including a dog flying a doghouse.’ We all laughed and that’s how Bill Melendez and [animator] Bill LittleJohn created that scene.”

Snoopy steering his doghouse through the air is now an iconic image. It appeared in subsequent animations, including The Peanuts Movie, and even became a postage stamp.

This is one of the most beloved holiday specials for those of us who are crazy about Halloween and the Peanuts gang so don't forget to tune into ABC (WTAE Channel 4 in Pittsburgh) at 8:00 PM for It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

BONUS!!! Like to color? WHO DOESN'T!!! Right click and save these to your desktop! You can print them out and color until your fingers bleed!















It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown / Cartoon Jr. Coloring Pages
(Right Click on each to save to your desktop!)

BONUS-BONUS!!! Everybody's talking about the Great Pumpkin! From in depth analysis to spooky spoofs - we got em! Check out these clips!

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 
(Castle of Horror Podcast)

The Time of the Great Pumpkin / Robot Chicken
(Adult Swim / Cartoon Network)

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown / RiffTrax

Friday, October 13, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women STARTS TODAY!!!


All things Wonder Woman continues with the opening of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Check out the trailer below!


Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017 Trailer / Annapurna Pictures)

This tale written and directed by Angela Robinson stars Luke Evans as Professor William Moulton Marston (taking the pen name of Charles Moulton), the psychologist, inventor, and creator of Wonder Woman and the two women that inspired the character - his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their 'extended' relationship with Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote)

In a 1940’s interview conducted by Olive Byrne (under the pseudonym Olive Richard) that was published in Family Circle (titled ‘Don’t Laugh at the Comics), Marston spoke of “the great education potential” in comic books which caught the attention of comics publisher Max Gaines who hired him as an educational consultant for National Periodicals and All-American Publications which would eventually merge to become DC Comics. 


Professor William Moulton Martson aka Charles Marston 
Creator of Wonder Woman

It was idea of Marston’s wife Elizabeth to create a female superhero who would not only conquer evil with her physical strength, but also with love. In a 1943 issue of ‘The American Scholar’, Marston, who was also the inventor of the polygraph test that also inspired Wonder Woman's lasso of truth wrote: 

"Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

It wasn’t until 2017 when the majority of Marston’s personal papers arrived at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study that helped form the backstory of the creation of Wonder Woman that included the tale of his unconventional personal life with both Elizabeth and Olive along with a connection to Margaret Sanger who was one of the most influential feminists of the 20th Century.

Although William Marston died of cancer on May 2, 1947, both Elizabeth and Olive continued to live together until Olive's death in the late 1980's with Elizabeth passing in 1993 at age of 100. William Marston was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women premieres today in theaters near you.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Blade Runner 2049


It only took 35 years, but the future is NOW! Blade Runner 2049 finally graces the silver screen TODAY!!! Check out the amazing trailer below!


Blade Runner 2049 (2017 Trailer / Warner Bros.)

The gang here at good ol’ PU were preteens when we snuck into Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner back in 1982 (our first R rated scifi extravaganza!) with a very young Harrison Ford in the title role of Blade Runner Rick Deckard as he hunted four murderous replicants who return to earth in search of their creator only to barely escape with his the replicant love of his life, Rachael (Sean Young).

Fast forward to 2049 as the story focuses on new Blade Runner, Agent K (Ryan Gosling) who’s discovery of a long buried secret that puts him on a path in search of the infamous Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who’s been missing for 30 years. 

Denis Villeneuve directs this long overdue sequel that also stars Dave Bautista (Sapper Morton), Robin Wright (Lieutenant Joshi), Ana de Armas (Joi), and Jared Leto as the sinister Niander Wallace.

Blade Runner was and still is one of our favorite science fiction movies from one of the best eras in movie history as the 1980’s brought us the invention of the classic summer blockbuster.  Blade Runner was originally released just as Harrison Ford was celebrating his success in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, with Star Wars: Return of the Jedi being released only one year after his stint as the replicant hunter, Rick Deckard. Although Blade Runner was never considered a huge hit in theaters when it was first released in theaters, the advent of videotape made it a success and the cult classic that it is today. 

So far, the word on the street is that Blade Runner 2049 might possibly be even better than the original (we’ll have to see that with our own eyes to believe it)!  We can’t wait to finally have the answers that us original Blade Runner fans have wanted to know for years - most specifically, what happened to Rick and Rachael after their daring escape together into the unknown future. Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters and IMAX today!

BLADE RUNNER BONUS: Check out the BLADE RUNNER 30th AnniversaryTRAILER!


Blade Runner (30th Anniversary Trailer)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Announcement: Pittsburgh Zombiefest 2017 is THIS SATURDAY!!!


Greetings all you ghouls and fools! It’s finally October again and the children of the night are lurking from their graves as this year’s 2017 Zombiefest comes to Mr. Smalls Theatre (400 Lincoln Ave. Millvale, PA 15209 / 412 821 4447) this Saturday, October 7th for The Zombie Ball and Concert for the Living Dead hosted by Professor EmCee Square who will also be filming the triumphant return of the It's Alive Show!



For those of you who love music, this will definitely be your venue as the Professor will be performing tunes from his varied musical affiliations including that of Deathmobile, The Botched, and The Bloody Seaman. Also performing that night will be Submachine, Children of October, The Filthy Lowdown, Strange Monsters, and our local favorite Robot DJ Zombo!


George Romaro and Friends

There will also be a candlelight Memorial for the father of all zombies, the late, great George Romero along with a Night of the Living Dead Marathon which takes place in the Funhouse! Also, vendors will be offering zombie and Halloween merchandise to help celebrate the season!


Night of the Living Dead Marathon!

This year, it’s 18 and over only and there’s a $20.00 cover at the door.  For more info on the event, check out the Official Pittsburgh Zombiefest Website or the Pittsburgh Zombiefest Facebook site for more details.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Kingsman: The Golden Circle STARTS TODAY!!!

Pip pip, cheerio, and all that rot! It’s time for another Friday and that means it’s time for another movie premiere! Kingsman: The Golden Circle starts TODAY!!! Check out the trailer below!


Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017 Trailer / 20th Century Fox, Marv Films)

Based on the comic book series by Dave Gibbons and Matt Millar, the new movie directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by both he and Jane Goldman continues the adventures of one of our favorite British secret agents, Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) as a full year has passed since joining the Kingsman and thwarting the evil plot of Richmond Valentine’s (Samuel L. Jackson) neurological wave broadcast that turned ordinary into raging psychopaths. Now, the Kingsman are under attack as their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage (again). Teaming up with the US spy organization called Statesman, Eggsy and his new ally Tequila (Channing Tatum) take the fight to the villainous Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) to save the world once more.

The Secret Service aka Kingsman: The Secret Service 
by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons

Much of the gang is back along with some new faces including Mark Strong (Merlin), Hanna Alström (Princess Tilde), Sophia Cookson (Roxy), Michael Gambon (Arthur), Halle Berry (Ginger), Jeff Bridges (Champ), Pedro Pascal (Whiskey), and Colin Firth as Eggsy’s mentor Harry Hart aka Galahad who was killed in the first entry into the series (we can’t wait to see how he enters this new adventure)!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle explodes into theaters today!!!