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

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!!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Stephen King's IT Starts TODAY!!!

Beep beep Ritchie!!! The wait is over as Stephen King’s IT has creeped it’s way into theaters starting TODAY!!! Check out the terrifying trailer!

Stephen King's IT (2017 Trailer / Warner Bros. Pictures)

Based of the horror novel from 1986, local kids from Derry, Maine are going missing leaving behind their blood soaked remains. A group of seven kids who call themselves ‘The Loser’s Club’ are united by their horrifying encounters with the evil clown known as Pennywise who are determined to stop him for good.

The cast includes Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie Denbrough), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom), Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Nicholas Hamilton (Henry Bowers), Jake Sim (Belch Huggins), Logan Thompson (Victor Criss), Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter), and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Tim Curry vs. Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown / 
IT (1990 Mini-Series) vs. IT (2017 Movie)

Most folks remember the unforgettable 1990 IT mini series starring Tim Curry (who set the bar very high) as Pennywise as he terrorized the children of Derry, Maine. Bill Skarsgård’s interpretation is getting rave reviews and has inspired creepy clown sightings all over the country, including Pennsylvania. 
Balloon Prank from Lititz Borough Courtesy of Payton Reiff and Friends

Recently, police in Lititz borough reported roughly twenty red balloons that had been tied to sewer grates by 17 year old Payton Reiff and her friends (our new heroes!) to scare the bejeezes out of local residents .  You can check out the full KDKA article here.

So start the Halloween season early and join the fun at your local theater for Stephen King’s IT! You’ll float too! YOU’LL FLOAT TOO!! YOU’LL FLOAT TOOOOOO!!!!!

BONUS FEATURE!!! Stephen King Talks about IT!


Stephen King Talks About The New IT Movie 
(Courtesy of GEEKZTOR 2017)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tits For Telly: The Defenders STARTS TODAY!!!


After two years of separate adventures with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, the gang has finally banded together TODAY for The Defenders on Netflix! Check out the trailer!


The Defenders / 2017 Trailer / Marvel Comics / Netflix

Based on the 1971 Marvel comic of the same name (but ever changing roster of heroes), this live action mini series follows Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage aka Power Man (Mike Colter), Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones), and Matt Murdock aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox) as they team up one month after the events of Iron Fist / Season 1 to defeat villainous group known as ‘The Hand’. 

The Hand has been a thorn in both Daredevil and Iron Fist’s side for a while now with Matt Murdock battling them at the end of Daredevil / Season 2 (stealing the body of his dead lady love, Elektra in the process) and caused all kinds of mayhem for Danny Rand in Iron Fist / Season 1. Now the hand is causing big trouble in New York City and the gang needs to band together to end the evil.

Joining the cast are series regulars that we know and love from all four Marvel shows including Elodie Yung (Elektra Natchios). Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jen Hogarth), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Scott Glenn (Stick), and Wai Ching Ho (Madame Gao). Brand new to the cast is Sigourney Weaver as the mysterious Alexandra­ who is only described as the head of an ancient organization. Weaver described the character as "really smart", "very in charge", and more of an adversary than a villain.


Marvel Feature #1 / The Defenders / 1971 - Marvel Comics

The Defenders first appearance was in written by Roy Thomas in 1971 for Marvel Feature #1 with team roster led by Doctor Strange and including Hulk, Namor, and eventually the Silver Surfer. That group ran until 1986 with rotating heroes such as Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat, Gargoyle, Beast, the Son of Satan, and Luke Cage. The Defenders also went through many incarnations throughout the years including the New Defenders, The Secret Defenders, The Fearless Defenders, and even the Last Defenders.

Hopefully this won’t be the last time we see this incarnation of The Defenders and season 1 is only the start! The Defenders begins TODAY on Netflix!

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...