Steamed Hams: The Beautiful Lies Of Seymour Skinner

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“My real name is… Armin Tamzarian!”
–Seymour/Armin, “The Principal And The Pauper”

A number of fans point to the 1997 Simpsons episode “The Principal And The Pauper” as the start of the end of the “real” Simpsons—basically, when the long-running animated sitcom “jumped the shark.” In the episode, it is shockingly revealed that Principal Seymour Skinner (one of the key Simpsons supporting characters) was not who he said he was…he was, in fact, an impostor.

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Did Richard Nixon Really Show Jackie Gleason Some Dead Aliens?

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“I have never seen a flying saucer anywhere personally but have read published flying saucer literature. Most of this literature is ridiculous, but amongst the trash there are some undeniable points that can not be refuted even by the United States Government.”
—Jackie Gleason

It’s another of those grand Old Hollywood rumors…that president Richard M. Nixon had once revealed the existence of extraterrestrials to comedian Jackie Gleason from the classic 1950s TV sitcom The Honeymooners.

BUT IS IT TRUE?

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Michael Keaton (And Edward Norton) Agonistes: Another Look At Birdman

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That’s what I’m talking about. Bones rattling! Big, loud, fast! Look at these people, at their eyes… they’re sparkling. They love this shit. They love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit.
–Birdman

About 5 minutes into 2014’s Birdman, you realize that this is all really a narrative about Michael Keaton turning down Batman Forever. About 15 minutes in, you also realize that this is all really a narrative about Edward Norton getting essentially kicked out of the Marvel movie franchise. Keaton and Norton: “heretics” of the modern Age Of The Capes and Masks.

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Who Owns James Dean? (Or: How They’re Going To Digitally Bring Back Dead Actors)

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You have no doubt heard of by now the upcoming Vietnam War movie Finding Jackwhich will (as of this writing) star a CGI-resurrected James Dean.

Dean’s “casting”—and the public furor that followed—brought up an interesting question.

Who “owns” James Dean?

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Rick And Morty Season 4 Episode 1 Recap: “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat”

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“Honestly, you’re doing me a huge favor being shrimps instead of fascists.”
–Shrimp Rick

Recently, Renegade Cut released a video entitled, “The Problem With Rick And Morty,” the basic hypothesis being that the Adult Swim cartoon glorified Rick’s bad behavior. In the process, a requisite link to a legion of angry squirmy largely male Rick and Morty fans was made.

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