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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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Friday LinkFrogging - 8/13/10

Fools' gold out of their mines
The girls are soaking wet
No tounge's drier than mine
I'll come when I get back

“Yah mule, yah!” – Yosemite Sam

Carrot? Stick? CHEESCAKE! It makes every day feel like Friday.

When Bruce first re-handed me the reigns of this august institution, Blake Lively was gonna be our girl. She had ‘geek cred, given her‘Green Lantern’ casting, and had recently caught the full attention of yours truly while sitting on the Comic-Con panel for same. A quick internet search and….nothin’.  Well, not nothin’, but nothing that looked better than the Comic-Con pics themselves.

But then the wonders of the interwebz reminded me that the live-action movie adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ graphic novels opens this week, and who did my roving eye espy?: Ms. Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

MEW plays Ramona Flowers, the potential siren to Michael Cera’s good-guy-trapped-in-a-world-he-only-partially-made title character. But it’s hardly her first turn through GG-friendly territory. Since graduating from Disney’s ‘Sky High,’ she has appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof’ and as Bruce Willis’ daughter in ‘Live Free or Die Hard.’ Like your films more dramatic? Try her turns in ‘Factory Girl’ and Robert Kennedy pic ‘Bobby’ on for size.

And lest the casual geek decide that this whole 'Scott Pilgrim....' thing is just a bunch of greasy kid stuff, it should be pointed out that director/co-writer Edgar Wright's previous credits include 'Shaun Of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz.'

And now, if our new hostess will please pull the curtain…

On to the Links. Walk this way.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 8/6/10

Welcome to August dear reader(s).

Kids getting ready to go back to school.

The NFL is back in training camp.

And, infectious summer pop songs getting stuck in your head.

Its a tradition.  It happens every year.  Some bright poppy song transcends its inate mediocrity to become the anthem for the summer.

Katrina, I'm looking at you.

And, I'm looking at this week's cheesecake.

Say hello to Katy Perry.

Ms. Perry's hit "California Gurls" has been everywhere this summer.  Maybe its the appearance of Snoop Dogg representin' as a blunted out Willy Wonka that put that one over the top.  Maybe it was the whipped cream bra.  Maybe it was naked cloud lounging.  Whatever the reason, this one won't go away.

Or will it?

Turns out the Beach Boys aren't pleased and they were planning to sue Ms. Perry, specifically over her use of the phrase "wish they all could be California Girls."

Shit!  Now they're gonna sue us.

Mike Love, you're an asshole.

The story has been updated, and now the Beach Boys aren't planning to sue, provided they get proper "credit" (and one would assume the royalties that would follow).

Did I mention that Mike Love was an asshole?

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Friday LinkFrogging - 7/30/10

Its hot out there kids. Summer is in full swing and its getting harder and harder to cool off.  

Its also been a hot month for us here at GonzoGeek.  Our traffic went through the roof thanks to folks looking for pictures of Katherine Heigl.  We thank each and every one of you who looked at this picture.  

This week saw the debut of season 2 of Jersey Shore on MTV.  MTV finally worked out the last possible iteration of the The Real Worldidiom and has started moving the entire cast to a different city, presumably to spread the crabs around.  

No, this doesn't mean Snooki is going to be our cheesecake.  I wouldn't do that to you.  Instead, I decided to go with a Jersey Girl who is much gentler on the eyes.  

Say hello to the pride of Cherry Hill, New Jersey...Ali Larter.  

 She first jumped into our collective consciousness wearing a whipped cream bikini in Varsity Blues.  Then she spent a few seasons as America's favorite schizo She-Hulk on Heroes.  Now expecting her first child, she'll be seen next kicking zombie ass in Resident Evil:  Afterlife.  

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 7/23/10

Well kids, if its late July the geeks are convening in sunny Southern California.

That's right, its Comic-Con weekend in San Diego.  And while we at the 'Geek were able to secure press credentials for the mecca of all geekdom, due to timing issues we were unable to get there.

That doesn't mean we haven't enjoyed reading the press releases and marvelling at the missed opportunities (an interview with Pauly Shore?  Christopher Daniels?  Elvira?).

Discussions have been had.  Plans have been tentativised.  Next year kids.  Next year, we at the 'Geek will bring it to you first hand.

Until then we'll just have to do our part with this week's cheesecake.

Say hello to Lynda Carter, better known to a certain generation of American males as Wonder Woman.

Spinning her way into our homes and our collective consciousness in 1975, Ms. Carter came to epitomize the DC Comics Amazonian princess for decades.  Why, I still remember a summer vacation at my grandmother's house during which I read the local paper and it mentioned that Ms. Carter and Farrah Fawcett would appear on a new show called Battle of the Network Stars and they would both be wearing swimsuits.  I asked my dad if we could watch it that night.  He didn't hesitate to say yes.

Gread guy my dad.

Remind me to tell you the Risky Business story sometime.

But I digress.

Despite a recent costume change in the comics, Ms. Carter's iconic portrayal of Wonder Woman makes her our choice for cheesecake this week as we sit at our desks lamenting what might have been.

Next year.

Next year.

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 7/16/10

Boys and girls, the dog days of summer are upon us.  

Its been a rough week in the world of Geek.  

First we lost Harvey Pekar.  The next day it was "The Boss," George Steinbrenner.  Note to all you celebrities out there, the rule of 3's is currently in play.  

The National League won an All-Star Game for the first time since 1996.  

And I discovered that IFC is rerunning Freaks and Geeks on Friday nights.  

That's good news kids.  

The much lauded cult show never really got a fair shake a decade ago when it was on NBC, but it served as the career launching pad for Judd Apatow, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel among others.  

If you haven't seen the show, or want to see it again, tune in tonight for the episode entitled "Tricks and Treats."  Its my personal favorite.  

And speaking of Freaks and Geeks, that brings us to this week's cheesecake.  

Say hello to Linda Cardellini.  

She played the geek trying to become freak, Lindsey Weir, on Freaks and Geeks.  Watching her mathlete try to rebel against suburban Michigan (I'm looking at you Chris) norms formed the core of the series.  She went on to play Nurse Taggert on ER and Velma in theScooby-Doo movies.  

You always knew Velma was a freak didn't you?  

On to the links.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 7/9/10

Just enough.  

I hope Lebron James enjoys Miami. 

I hope Miami enjoys Lebron James. 

But the gratuitous blowjob the national sports media has given and continues to give this story is beyond ridiculous.  I'm looking at you ESPN.  

Professional sports aren't about loyalty anymore.  Let's just forget about that.  They are about money, plain and simple.  Lebron made his.  Good for him.  

And speaking of things I've had enough of...Lindsey Lohan.  

Lindsey, shut the fuck up and do your time like a good little has been.  

I don't want to see your "civil disobedience" etched on your fingernails.  I don't want to hear you tweeted that your sentence is a violation of your eighth amendment rights.  

Most of all, I don't want to see your Svengali father on TV talking about how the system failed you.  Sorry dad, the ones who failed Blowhan are you and her mother.  You were too busy using your child to print cash and you forgot to raise her with basic sense and morals.  It's on you dude.  

So for the second week in a row, I had a reason to use Lindsey Lohan for our cheesecake and I passed.  I refused.  I didn't do it.  I won't put her drug addled face on the left side of this piece, not even for the possibility of some cheap traffic.

Why?

Because she doesn't deserve it.

Instead, say hello to Jane Lynch. 

I can hear you all saying "What?"

Seriously.  I can.

I don't care.

You know why?    I'll tell you why.

Ms. Lynch is one of the most versatile actresses working on Hollywood these days.  From her early work as part of Christopher Guest's improv ensemble, to her turn as the boss in The 40 Year Old Virgin, to her recurring role as Charlie Sheen's psychiatrist onTwo and a Half Men, she always delivers.

That's more than you can say about most of the actresses in Hollywood, Lohan included.

Earlier in the week, Ms. Lynch was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Glee.  She plays Sue Sylvester the cheerleading coach and arch-nemesis of the Glee-ful kids.  I think with a little more Sue Sylvester style tough love and a little less recreational sluttery maybe Lindsey wouldn't be headed for the big house.

I'm just saying.

On to the links!

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Friday LinkFrogging - 7/2/10

Welcome to July dear readers.  

Its time once again for fireworks, family and competitive eating.  

And speaking of eating, how about a slice of cheesecake.  

Say hello to Jessica Simpson and her patriotic bikini won't you?   

Jess became our cheesecake this week by process of elimination.   

 I couldn't stomach the idea of using birthday girl/train wreck, Lindsey Lohan.  Sure Eclipse opens this weekend, but let's be honest, Kristen Stewart looks like a surly 12 year old boy.  Then there was the tangent where I considered Vivica A. Fox.  I ultimately decided against that one as well (but the first person to post a comment as to why I went down that road will win a special prize.  NO DAVID, YOU CAN'T WIN!).  

Then I searched for images of celebrities in patriotic bikinis.  

Jessica here was everywhere.    

 I really wasn't sure about using Jessica, but then I thought about it some more.  What's a better way to celebrate the American Dream than Jessica Simpson?  Like some bizarre Horatio Alger meets Judy Blume character, Jessica was the fourth or fifth most talented "singer" in her class, yet remains in our collective consciousness just for being her malapropping self.  

Keep on living the dream Jess!  

On to the links.

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LinkFrogging...featuring Sarah Shahi

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