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Friday LinkFrogging - 10/22/10

I, your humble editor, have a confession to make.

When I sat down to compile this week's list of links, I had no cheesecake.  That, dear reader(s) is a first.  I usually have the pick made by Monday with at least an inkling of what I'm going to write about.

This week, nothing.

None of the new movies moved me.  We've used a lot of the current TV stars.  I have a "do not use" list that includes Kardashians and Lohans.

I was listening to Prince's LotusFlow3r CD today and one of the tracks reminded me of "Batdance."  This, of course, got me thinking ofVicki Vale herself, Kim Basinger.

My wife mentioned that Bob Guccione died this week.  Looking for links to Bob is a risky internet search kids.  It did, however, remind me that Helen Mirren was in Caligula.

In the end, I decided to go with Anne Hathaway.

Why?

Well, last week was Stephe's birthday.  Stephe has a thing for Ms. Hathaway and I forgot to use her last week as I planned to.

Simple really.

Maybe I overthink these things.

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 10/15/10

Welcome to the weekend dear reader(s).

I don't know about you, but I could use a drink, or two, or three.

But I digress.

If its a weekend in the fall that means sports.  Lots and lots of sports.

Like football?  You've got NCAA and NFL to choose from.

Baseball?  MLB League Championship play begins this weekend.

MMA?  UFC 120 is on Saturday night.

You know what I forgot about?  High school football.

Okay, that's a brutal segue, I'll admit it.

That's right, the proverbial friday night lights get us to this week's cheesecake.  Say hello to Minka Kelly.

This week Ms. Kelly was named the "sexiest woman alive" by Esquire magazine.  Judging by the photo above, they may be on to something.

Ms. Kelly is perhaps most famous for her role as a cheerleader on Friday Night Lights (see what I did there?) and for being Derek Jeter's main squeeze.  No wonder Jeter doesn't seem to grip quite as hard as A-Rod this time of year.

Ms. Kelly is currently plying her craft as Gaby,the autism counselor, on NBC's Parenthood.

And just in case you forgot who Ms. Kelly took the crown from, let's take a trip to last year in the GonzoGeek Way Back Machine

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 10/8/10

Welcome back kids.

Another week in the books.  With them came the MLB playoffs.  Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter in the first game of the Phillies' series with the Reds.  That's gotta sting.  The Yankees are doing their annual pummeling of the Twins.  And, the Rangers are 9 innings away from eliminating the (Devil) Rays.

Sorry Matt.

Oh yeah, and Randy Moss got traded from the Patriots to the Vikings.  Let's see if this makes Moss a better receiver and/or Brett Favre a better QB.

It's a mad, mad, mad world kids.

Speaking of madness, say hello to this week's cheesecake, Christina Hendricks.

Ms. Hendricks plays Joan, the real power behind the throne, on AMC's critically acclaimed Mad Men.  She also showed up for a couple of episodes of GonzoGeek favorite, Life, to bedevil Adam Arkin.

While I'm a latecomer to the Mad Men party, I have to say the show is growing on me.  There is something watching the ugliness under the 60s version of the American Dream.  My wife and I are playing catch up thanks to Netflix whilst our trusty DVR collects season 4 for us.

As if that wasn't enough geek cred for Ms. Hendricks, she was recently cast as the voice of Superman's main squeeze, Lois Lane, in an upcoming DC animated movie.

And earlier this week, it was revealed, to nobody's real suprise that Ms. Hendricks' appeal hits all the demographics.  Everyone, it seems, digs a curvy redhead.

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 10/1/10

Happy Birthday to us!  

Why?     

Simply put, today is the one year anniversary of the debut of LinkFrogging.  What started out as a fun idea, has grown into one of our most looked at features and a highlight of my week.     

The boys and I are always on the lookout for fun, offbeat stories to bring you.  We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy hunting them down.     

Of course, no discussion of LinkFrogging would be complete without a mention of the cheesecake, our weekly visual aid to help the links go down.     

Earlier this week, our very first cheesecake, Kaley Cuoco, revealed that she had a behind the scenes relationship with co-star Johnny Galecki.  I wonder how John Ritter would have felt about that?     

What does that have to do with anything?  Not much really.  It just goes to prove that, given the right circumstances, you can draw lines between any events.     

On to this week's cheesecake.  Say hello to Lea Michele from Glee.  Ms. Michele plays Rachel Berry, the lead on the America's favorite glee club inspired sing along.     

Glee hit new ratings highs this week with the appearance of guest star, Britney Spears.  Soundtracks have been released.  Tours have been undertaken.  Jane Lynch won an Emmy for her portrayal of evil PE coach, Sue Sylvester.  The show has become a monster hit for Fox, America's home for football and karaoke.     

I've heard the fans of this show refererred to as Gleetards.  That doesn't seem fair.  As we say around here, "everyone is a geek about something."  Yes, I'm looking at you fantasy football guy.  And I'm looking at you Twilight fan.  And I'm looking at you Sex and the City movie goers.      

Fans call themselves Gleeks.  I like this much better.  Its a clever way of commenting on their fandom and keeps with the show's themes.  Of course, they aren't the first Gleeks in pop culture history are they?  Don't remember?  Shame on you.  You'll have to wait until after the links for bonus Gleeky goodness.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 9/24/10

It's confession time from your dear old editor. 

This week I was going to make Hollywood's favorite octogenerian comeback kid, Betty White, our cheesecake.  She was onCommunity last night and that's really all of the hook I needed to justifty the pick.  I even joked that I would try to make all of the links Betty White related.  Given the amount of press Betty's gotten in the last 18 months, I could have done it. 

But I didn't. 

I did a quick scan of the movies opening this week, and, well, Kristen Bell won out. 

Does it help that Betty White is in You Again too? 

Ms. Bell first hit our pop culture radar as the title character on Veronica Mars.  Then she broke out of the CW ghetto and put her good girl image aside to do the horizontal mambo with Russell Brand in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  She played the sole female in the band of geeks in the cult classic Fanboys (in which she donned Princess Leia's iconic metal bikini) and took a turn as Elle, the lightning lass, on NBC's Heroes

According to her IMDB bio, she's also a rabid Detroit Red Wings fan.  Geek girl likes hockey?  Awesome! 

Since then she has been trying to take the Meg Ryan crown, starring in a series of middling romantic comedies and dating Dax Shephard. 

Yeah, we don't get him either. 

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Friday LinkFrogging - 9/17/10

My birthday was last week.

One of my gifts was Chuck Klosterman's "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs."  We enjoy Mr. Klosterman's work here at GonzoGeek.  We've made no bones about it.  He's a kindred spirit.

What makes Mr. Klosterman's work so interesting is his ability to weave the most mundance threads from the pop culture landscape into the big observations about life.  In the essay "This is Emo," he starts with a discussion Generation X females love of Lloyd Dobler, not John Cusack,  into explaining why Coldplay sucks and finally hits on how all this ties into the differences between true and fake love.  Pretty heady stuff to be pulled from an Ione Skye movie.

Still, one of my favorites is entitled "Sulking with Lisa Loeb on the Ice Planet Hoth."  In this one Mr. Klosterman examines the deeper meaning of the original Star Wars trilogy to Generation X.  This leads to discussion of how Reality Bites has similar themes.

What?

Trust me.  Find the essay.  Its worth a read.

All of this leads me to the introduction of this week's cheesecake.  Say hello to Winona Ryder.

In the aforementioned essay, Mr. Klosterman analogizes Ms. Ryder's character in Reality Bites to the original moody Jedi, Luke Skywalker

She pursued a path that was difficult and depressing, and she did so because it showed the slightest potential for transcendence.  Not coincidentally, this is also the Jedi's path.  Adventure?  Excitement?  The Jedi craves not these things.  However, he does crave something greater than the bloodless existence of his father.  Quite simply, Winona Ryder is Luke Skywalker, only with a better haircut and a killer rack.

That's good stuff kids.

Ever since she appeared as a band geek with a thing for Corey Haim in Lucas, Ms. Ryder has been part of our collective geek culture.  She dated Depp and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum.  She was Tim Burton's original muse.  She was Jerry Lee Lewis' wife, Ripley's clone and Spock's mom.  Of course, no discussion of Ms. Ryder's place in the geek girl pantheon would be complete without a mention of her defining role as Veronica, the original gossip girl, in 1989's Heathers.  That movie set the template for all teen angst in media since.

Sure, she got pinched for shoplifting in 2001, but after Mr. Klosterman' examination, I prefer to think that Ms. Ryder was practicing her Jedi mind trick on the Saks sales clerk.

The Force is strong in that one.

On to the links.

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Every now and then I post images from the glacially slow 'Deck of Cards' project.  Here's the two latest: Trump that, Bitches! Who's up for a little Gim-Runny? And why has it been such a slow process? Because of me and how I am. I got to looking at the two cards side by side and realized that the queen was too busy. The design needed to be simpler. So...... And trump it I shall!

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Friday LinkFrogging - 9/10/10

First things first, thanks, once again to Chris for filling in for me so ably on our weekly jaunt around the web.  Well done sir.  Well done!

Can you feel it?  Summer is fading and fall is in the air.

Football, of every kind, is back underway.

The Boys of Summer are heading into the home stretch and looking for the next Mr. October (or is it November now?).

The networks are blasting us with promos for new fall shows.

As we roll toward the holidays and the inevitable Black Friday that is to come, let's sit back and enjoy this week's cheesecake, shall we?

Say hello to Milla Jojovich star of today's new cinematic release, Resident Evil:  Afterlife.

Ms. Jojovich's geek cred is strong.  In addition to the Resident Evil franchise, she has starred in such other geek fare as The Fifth ElementUltravioletZoolander and the seminal 70s high school stoner flick, Dazed and Confused.

VH1 referred to her as "the reigning queen of kick-butt."  Hard to argue.

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 8/27/10

Sometimes things are so obvious you just can't see them. 

I mean I do this week in and week out and I try to be topical and/or timely with my selections, but somehow, and believe me, I don't know how, I've overlooked Charlize Theron

The obvious time to use Ms. Theron was during the World Cup.  It was, after all, held in her home country, South Africa.  Didn't even cross my mind.  I made what I thought was a good choice, and I still stand by it, but in retrospect, this was a no brainer. 

Do you remember the first time you saw this week's cheesecake? 

I do. 

Opening night of 2 Days in the Valley and she was getting freaky with James Spader and in a cat fight with the internet's (then) favorite pinup, Teri Hatcher.  In the post Pulp Fiction landscape, 2 Days wasn't Pulp Fiction, but it had a good cast and was well executed. 

Since then she's gone on to star with Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games, a giant gorilla in Mighty Joe Young and cement her geek cred with a starring role in Aeon Flux.  Oh yeah, she also won an Oscar for uglying up and playing a serial killer in Monster

According to Huffington Post, she's single and ready to mingle. 

You are on notice. 

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 8/20/10

Some things in life are just inevitable.   

Death.   

Taxes.   

Kids returning to school.   

Partisan politics.   

Child stars turning into adult train wrecks.   

And bad Michael Bay movies.   

Why the laundry list?  Good question.   

The answer is simple.   

This week's cheesecake selection was one of those foregone inevitablilities.    

Say hello to Jennifer Aniston.   

Yeah, I know.   

I've had the picture in the file since The Bounty Hunter died stillborn in the theaters.  Nobody makes a middling romantic comedyquite like Ms. Aniston these days.  She's clinging to the fraying ends of her Rachel persona for all she's worth.  She still wants to be there with you.  She is willing to be there in a partial naked, but never really showing anything kind of way.  She wants to be there for you the way Meg Ryan was before she had plastic surgery at the hands of the Joker.  

That's what makes today's release of The Switch so interesting.  Its not necessarily a romantic comedy.  Its kind of dark, like The Good Girl.  Her co-star is Jason Bateman, a long time friend who she hasn't been romantically linked with (at least not as of this writing).  In the grand scheme of things, The Switch is what passes for a daring choice by Ms. Aniston.  The big question is whether or not audiences will buy it.   

I think not.   

Still, its release gave me a chance to post the picture and get that monkey off our backs.   

On to the links.

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