Hobo Stu’s Weekly Recap

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Hello everyone,

The weather here on the east coast has been miserable all week.

Thankfully, I’ve been wearing my official HoboTrashcan “Hobo Stew” t-shirt, which not only keeps me warm and dry, but also makes me irresistible to the ladies. Any time a beautiful woman has passed me on the street, if she wasn’t too busy shivering and tightly clutching her umbrella to notice me, she has complimented me on my shirt and then asked me out to dinner (her treat).

So I highly suggest you pick up five or six of these shirts for yourself today. Heck, with Christmas right around the corner, you might want to just pick up one for everyone on your list as well. Why fight the crowds at the mall when you can order the most stylish shirt around without leaving your house or even putting on pants?

Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:

Review – Up (Blu-ray)
Leave it to Pixar to take a story about a cranky old man who attacks people with his cane and somehow turn it into a beautiful, heartwarming tale of love, loss and regret. If you haven’t seen it yet, this week we offer an in-depth look at the film and it’s bonus features.

Review – Monsters, Inc. (Blu-ray)
Monsters, Inc. is such a rich and aesthetically-pleasing film that Pixar could have easily released a bare-bones Blu-ray version of the movie and still made a ton of cash. Luckily, they decided to pack it with tons of bonus features instead. This week, we have a complete breakdown of the film and it’s bonus content.

Murphy’s Law – “Maybe some of that fine corn bread your missus make … if she don’t mind”
When reporting on the execution of a death row inmate, the media always makes a point to mention the convict’s last meal. This week, Joel Murphy wonders why we are so fascinated with the condemned’s final meal (and shares a few of the most memorable selections).

Outside of the In-Crowd – When good stars make stupid choices
There are times actors end up in bad movies because the production falls apart around them or because they desperately need a paycheck. But there are other times when an established actor signs on for a horrible movie knowing it has no chance to succeed. This week, Courtney Enlow examines four movies in the latter category.

Positive Cynicism – Maybe Hollywood just hates us
While Hollywood’s decline in quality has been well-documented over the years, this week Aaron R. Davis is starting to wonder if the studios aren’t just making awful films on purpose at this point. He shares seven different stories that will make you want to attack Hollywood with pitchforks and torches.

Hobo Radio 106 – The Martin Short of his generation
Martin Short, considered by some to be a comedic icon, has managed to have a long career in comedy without actually being funny.

But it’s not just Martin Short. Many well-known comedians haven’t let a lack of talent slow them down. Carlos Mencia and George Lopez both have lucrative careers because they appeal to the ever-growing Latino population. Dane Cook has had a great career stealing jokes from Louis CK and spastically telling them to frat boys. Chris Kattan parlayed an unfunny run on Saturday Night Live into several unfunny films.

But which comedian is the Martin Short of Joel and Lars’ generation? Why can’t Lars keep track of the days of the week? Where does Joel head when he wants to go where everybody knows his name (and he’s always glad he came)? The answers to these questions and more are in this week’s podcast.

Finish That Fortune 11
We provide you with the first half of a real fortune from a fortune cookie and it’s up to you to fill in the blank (and you can’t just write “in bed”). Every week, we will pick the funniest response. You won’t actually win a prize, but you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you are better than everyone else. And your name will be printed here on the site, so that others may bask in your glory.

From the Vault – One on One with Diedrich Bader
Christian Bale’s brooding, growling Dark Knight set box office records last summer and Kevin Conroy’s voice work as Batman is beloved by animation fans, but last year a new man donned the cape and cowl – Diedrich Bader.

Bader, known for his work on The Drew Carey Show, Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite, voices Batman in the new Cartoon Network show, Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Based on the popular comic book series, The Brave and The Bold teams Batman up with a variety of other superheroes to battle common foes.

Last year, we talked to Bader about becoming Batman, learning from Scott Bakula and hearing fans shout “two chicks at the same time.” If you missed it then, here’s a second chance to enjoy it:

– Hobo Stu

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