Morning Call Sheet: Pee Wee, Star Wars, Aquaman, and a Happy Friday to You All

…AND NOW A WORD FROM LIBERTARIAN COMEDIAN WILL FRANKEN…

“Hello gang at Big Hollywood. This is libertarian San Francisco comedian Will Franken (www.willfranken.com) here. I hope you enjoy this clip. It’s my interpretation of the ideological “handshake” between a multiculturalism-obsessed West and radical Islam. What happens when cultural relativism escapes the confines of the universities and finds its way into our oldest and most cherished institutions? Well, using a little character comedy, a few sound cues and some costume changes, I surmise the possibility of Christianity morally equivocating itself out of existence — leaving a barbaric monster to emerge in the vacuum. After a nearly four-year hiatus, I’ll be reprising this piece Saturday, July 30th here in San Francisco. Keep up the good work, BH!”

Thanks, Will.

Break a leg this weekend.

For a preview, see Will in politically incorrect action right here.

PEE WEE HERMAN RETURNS?

I’m as big of fan of Tim Burton’s 1985 “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” as anyone, but who really wants to see a fifty-something guy connected with a salacious arrest play a man-child character developed over a quarter century ago?

There was something magical and unique about the Pee Wee character, but there was also an innocence that has since been shattered — not only by Reubens personal behavior but the fact that the Pee Wee character himself got laid in his second film.

I believe in second chances and all that, and Reubens is a talented guy who’s more than paid the price for his stupidity. But you can’t put the innocence genie back in the bottle with that character. The whole appeal of Pee Wee was that he was untouched by the outside world and the child-like quality the bubble of his life afforded him.

Unfortunately for all of us, that bubble’s been burst and all of Apatow’s men can’t put it back together again.

‘Star Wars: The Complete Saga’ Blu-ray Release Set for September 12th

All I want to know is if Han shoots first. If he does, if that version is available here, I might just pick this one up.

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TODAY’S QUICK HITS

‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’ CHEAT SHEET: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

TRYING TO CARE. FAILING.

A LOOK AT THE AQUAMAN RELAUNCH

ARE YOU READING A HOLLYWOOD REPUBLICAN?

WHO TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER DURING COMIC-CON

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CLASSIC PICK FOR SATURDAY JULY 23, 2011

TCM:

8:00 PM EST: Cool Hand Luke (1967) — A free-spirited convict refuses to conform to chain-gang life. Dir: Stuart Rosenberg Cast: Paul Newman , George Kennedy , J. D. Cannon. C-126 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

The story of a man who refuses to give in to the collective or to give up his right to be an individual is one of my top ten, favorite films of all time — a film I never get tired of watching and re-watching, and after thirty-years, never will. From the acting to the editing to the cinematography, what we have here is a brilliant piece of filmmaking that works a theme every red-blooded American conservative should embrace whole-heartedly.

At the time of its release, “Cool Hand Luke” was seen as a piece of counter-culture filmmaking, a shot across the bow of The Establishment and The Man. Well, today it still is, only who The Establishment and The Man is is now the joyless Left who want to count our calories, separate our trash and choose our lightbulbs.

In one of the greatest screen performances ever, Paul Newman personifies what it means to be a free individual and therefore what it means to be an American. His crime was a stupid one, a crime against the government. He got drunk and cut the heads off The Man’s parking meters — a symbol of the government’s boiling frog intrusion on our liberties. And for that crime, The Man decided to “re-educate” Luke; to strip away his very essence until he became one of Them.

In return, Luke chose to Live Free or Die and might have found some faith in God along the way.

If I had kids, this would be something I would be as eager to show them as any Disney or Pixar offering.

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