Poor Jar Jar Binks.
After hearing about his latest dis from the UK, I tried to think of something redeeming to say about Lucas' worst creation ever, but I just couldn't. I'm afraid the voters at the British DVD rental site Lovefilm.com got it just about right.
It seems poor Jar Jar barely edged out Andie McDowell's Carrie from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" as the most annoying film character of all time in a poll of 5,000 UK movie fans. In my mind, this race may have been closer than expected. Jar Jar is definitely the better actor. I'm fairly sure that if you made it Jar Jar vs. Andie McDowell's entire oeuvre, including gems like "Green Card" and "Greystoke", I think she just might have pulled off the upset.
The list continues thusly: In third is Rowan Atkinson's Bean, followed in fourth place by Jim Carrey's "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" character and in fifth place by Ben Stiller's White Goodman in Dodgeball.
I can only take "Bean" in the smallest of doses, but Rowan Atkinson has my unconditional props for "Black Adder", so I was a little surprised at the animosity. And it may just be my inner fourth-grader talking here, but I thought Jim Carrey was very funny in "Ace Ventura".
Anyways, what do you think? If you care to, share the characters you find most annoying. Take this opportunity to vent your frustrations. I guarantee you'll feel better afterwards.
New "Futurama" ... yippee!
Forgive me if this news is old ... I've been in an all-soccer haze for the last two weeks, and am just now catching up on things. This struck me as the best news I found this morning in the Hollywood Reporter.
For the first time since 2003, it seems that, thanks to Comedy Central, we will be getting new episodes of "Futurama"! ... I'll pause just in case one person is as geeked up about this as me ... OK, continuing.
I just love "Futurama". For me, it blended light sci-fi and great humor as good as Joss Whedon's "Firefly", which ranks with "Freaks and Geeks" as my favorite one-season-only series. I never thought it would get the "Family Guy" treatment and come back from the dead.
We will have to wait a bit, however. Thirteen new episodes, along with the 72 old ones, will begin airing in 2008 on Comedy Central. Actors Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio have agreed to return as voices.
I guess there's hope for great TV after all.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get ready for my first day of work in two weeks. It will be a bit hard to concentrate with the mighty Socceroos scheduled to take out the diving Azzurri at 11 a.m. on ESPN. But I'll soldier through somehow.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Poor Jar Jar Binks.