Murder Inc.: The Supergroup That Never Was

Originally, Murder Inc. was to be the name of a supergroup comprised of Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule. All three were signed to Def Jam (through their own imprints of Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, and Murder Inc.) and had known one another for years. They appeared in each other’s videos, shouted out one another, and performedContinue reading “Murder Inc.: The Supergroup That Never Was”

Documentary Tuesday: “30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox”

  In late 2003, after losing to the New York Yankees in the ALCS again, the Boston Red Sox decided they needed to do something to get over the hump. At the same time, the Texas Rangers were beginning to regret their $252 million deal with superstar shortstop Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod had watched the ALCSContinue reading “Documentary Tuesday: “30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox””

Movie What Ifs

It is often said that so many things need to go right on a movie set that it’s amazing that any films survive long enough to make it to the theater. Also, many scripts and plans take years to develop with various directors and actors becoming attached to productions before dropping out of them andContinue reading “Movie What Ifs”

Documentary Tuesday: “The Death of ‘Superman Lives” [2015]

In the mid-to-late ’90s, Warner Brothers began development of a revival of Superman. Kevin Smith even wrote a script for it before Tim Burton became attached and brought in his own writers. He immediately cast Nicholas Cage as Clark Kent and there are rumors that Jim Carrey was in talks to portray Brainiac. The projectContinue reading “Documentary Tuesday: “The Death of ‘Superman Lives” [2015]”

Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction”

Pulp Fiction is one of those films where it’s hard to imagine anyone portraying the characters other than the actors that were ultimately in the film. However, this list of Tarantino’s dream actors for the cast is great. For me, the most interesting case is Lance, the drug dealer in a robe, who was ultimatelyContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction””

Eric Stoltz: The Original Marty McFly

Eric Stoltz is a really good actor. Depending on your age or tastes, you may known him from Mask or Pulp Fiction or Killing Zoe or, sadly, Glee. However, he originally would’ve been known to all of us as Marty McFly. Alas, the part was given to Michael J. Fox and his career went throughContinue reading “Eric Stoltz: The Original Marty McFly”

Marlon Brando Nearly Ruined My Favorite Film

I’m a huge fan of The Godfather trilogy, so much so that the prevailing negative opinions about the third film led me to write an entire book defending it and other projects and people I think are unfairly criticized. The Godfather Part II is not only my favorite film of all time, but I trulyContinue reading “Marlon Brando Nearly Ruined My Favorite Film”