A lot of you have been asking me what I’ve been up to lately.
I’ve been riding the rails quite a bit, seeing as much of this great country of ours as possible. One one trip in the back of a dusty freight train, I met a fellow traveler who seemed particularly down on his luck.
The two of us bonded over a can of Spam and some kidney beans and started telling each other our life stories. It seems he was once a big time Hollywood screenwriter who was down on his luck after his script for a certain big budget sci-fi film staring a certain long-haired television star doing battle on Mars flopped at the box office. He was left jobless, penniless and homeless.
I told him my story and he seemed rather intrigued. So intrigued, in fact, that he talked me into letting him write my story. He pitched it, Mirimax bought it and it films in Las Vegas later this year. Apparently Brad Pitt is in talks to play me, with Scarlett Johansson signed on as my love interest, Boxcar Bettie.
Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:
Review – Trance
Danny Boyle is an Academy Award-winning director with a slew of memorable films under his belt, including Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later … and 127 Hours. His latest film, Trance, is an unorthodox mystery story revolving around hypnosis, amnesia and a missing priceless work of art. Find out how Trance, which stars James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson, stacks up against Boyle’s previous films in our review.
Review – 42
As the first African American played to be signed by Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson certainly has a life story worthy of being adapted into a big budget Hollywood film. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures attempt to tell that story in 42, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey. Is it a film worthy of Jackie Robinson’s tumultuous and heroic journey into MLB? Find out in our review of the film.
Doctor Who – “The Rings of Akhaten”: Cabbages and Kings
“The Rings of Akhaten” has The Doctor and Clara showing up on a distant planet to watch the Queen of Years serenade an old god. But, of course, things quickly start going awry and the duo find themselves trying to save the Queen and all of her loyal subjects from a monster that feeds on memories. Joel Murphy takes a look at Saturday’s episode, giving his thoughts on how it worked and offering up a few interesting tidbits (including the possible significance of the day Clara’s mother died) in his in-depth recap.
Hobo Radio Puppet Theatre Presents: Jon Hamm’s Rolling Stone cover
In a recent issue of Rolling Stone, Jon Hamm talked about a problem that has plagued him as of late – people talking about (and devoting Tumblrs to) his large package. Puppet Joel and Puppet Lars discuss his problem – and the bizarre cover Rolling Stone chose to use (which isn’t helping things) – in this week’s Hobo Radio Puppet Theatre. The audio for this week’s Hobo Radio Puppet Theatre comes from Hobo Radio 250 – Is that a lead miner in your pants?. You can listen to full episodes by visiting the archives or subscribing on iTunes.
Hobo Radio 251 – We had a day
Joel Murphy and Lars are in a mellow mood this week after spending the day together enjoying a few adult beverages and going to the press screening of Trance. They spend their hour on the air having a relaxing conversations about all things movie-related. They talk about the screening they attended, the tragedy of watching actors you love play abhorrent characters and the late, great Roger Ebert. They also share the details of a special prize giveaway. So if you’d like to find out how to win a copy of the new Vivid porn parody She-hulk XXX, starring former wrestler Chyna, you are going to want to make sure to listen to this show.
Murphy’s Law – Don’t call Saul
Breaking Bad has just a handful of episodes left until it ends forever, which means sadly the finale will be the last time we see Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and the rest of the colorful characters that inhabit that world … everyone except Saul Goodman, that is. Deadline is reporting that the unscrupulous lawyer, played by Bob Odenkirk, may be getting his own hour-long spinoff comedy series. Joel Murphy shares his thoughts on this news in this week’s column.
The Teachers’ Lounge – Third quarter memorable moments
When he’s not writing for HoboTrashcan or drinking himself into a gin-soaked stupor, Ned Bitters spends his days molding the minds of today’s impressionable youth. As a high school teacher, Bitters is there every day in the classroom with America’s teenagers and – surprise, surprise – it’s nothing like the way Michelle Pfeiffer depicted it in Dangerous Minds. Bitters once again checks in this week with some of his favorite moments from inside the classroom this year.
– Hobo Stu
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