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Saturday, December 04, 2021


What in the name of Ralph Macchio is The Karate Kid doing onstage as a musical?

I’m speechless. So I’ll let the copy speak for me:

IT’S KARATE, KID! The Musical is an outrageous and unconventional riff on the beloved ’80s film. Under the manicured guiding hand of a mystical maintenance man, Daniel-San Larusso wages war against pill-popping, white trash deviants; well-styled, bloodthirsty karate students; rampaging hormones and many more “unsavory things.”

Featuring 20 ferocious new songs, including “Wax On! Wax Off!,” “A’ My Name is Ali” and “We are the Bitchkicks,” this KID chops through an orgy of drug-fueled excess and sexual perversion to win the gold!

Orgy? Wha? And what about the tagline for this off-off-off-Broadway spectacle:

Honor. Friendship. Fisting.

Fisting? Fisting?? I’m shuddering here.

(Via Grammarporn and Tian)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/04/2021 06:54:16 PM
Category: Comedy, Movies, Pop Culture
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As intended, I went to see Closer this afternoon.

When it was over, I got into my car, hooked up my iPod, and hit Play. What was the first song to cue up, on the random shuffle?

“Closer” by Nine Inch Nails.

Like, wow.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/04/2021 05:55:36 PM
Category: Movies, Pop Culture
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A while back, Rachel* at SohoTampa hinted that she would hit the long-awaited opening of Lotus Ultra Lounge in Ybor City. I never heard how it was, or if she even had gone and checked the place out.

The backup: tbt* offers up its bite-sized review of the joint.

Upscale-urban with a twist of South Beach, although I don’t know how denim fits in to that mix. It sounds good enough to at least check out, but I’m keeping my expectations fairly low (a lot of “upscale” clubs make a go of it in Ybor, only to quickly backslide when the volume doesn’t materialize).

Maybe I’ll go there tonight, as an alternative to the usual Amphitheater. Nothing wrong with Amphitheater, but you need some variety.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/04/2021 02:46:46 PM
Category: Florida Livin'
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Looks like it’s time for me to assume that fact-checking role that bloggers are supposed to play in this new media frontier.

Comedy Central is promoting Last Laugh ‘04, a bloc of standup comic programming to be broadcast Sunday, December 12th. It’s running this television commercial for it.

The promo uses self-sarcastic tags like “Britney-marrying”, “pimp-riding”, and “Swift Boating” to describe the show. Both a voiceover and stylized text display these tags.

Only a few seconds into the promo, the very first tag is announced, and spelled out: “Breast-Bearing”.

Now, this is Comedy Central, and I’m sure the bizarre concept of “bearing” breasts (particularly of the female variety) would be good for a chuckle. However, I think the term they were going for was “breast-baring“.

I wonder if Comedy Central has any job openings for proofers…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/04/2021 11:36:12 AM
Category: Advert./Mktg., TV
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