Look at that face. Is that the face of a 41-year-old? No. Chris Hardwick is clearly 17. But take a look at his IMDB page and you'll see that he's been hosting shows since 1993. 20 years ago. So that means he must be aging backwards. Regardless of how his face is aging, you've probably seen it all over the place throughout the years. Let's journey together through a retrospective of Chris Hardwick's career.
Hardwick broke onto the scene and shot into young girls' hearts as co-host of MTV's wildly popular dating show Singled Out in 1995. His dynamic with Jenny McCarthy as the nerdy funny guy and the hot chick who can throw down was a winning combination, so much so that he caught the attention of Aussie model and The Real World: London cast member Jacinda Barrett, whom he was engaged to but never married.
Since Singled Out, he's accumulated a laundry list of steady hosting gigs and acting roles. In 1998, he starred on UPN's comedy Guys Like Us, and appeared in Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses in 2003 and Halloween II in 2009. From 2007 to 2011, he voiced Otis the Cow for Nickelodeon's Back at the Barnyard, and is currently the voice of Craig on Sanjay and Craig. And those are just a few of his acting gigs.
Perhaps the most prolific host, talking-head personality, and cameo-maker of the last 20 years, Hardwick has appeared on everything from MTV Spring Break to Hollywood Squares to Boy Meets World. Some regular gigs he's had where he just shows up and is himself include The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Concurrent with Chelsea Lately and Jimmy Fallon, he hosts Talking Dead and Talking Bad, companion shows to the two AMC giants, Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Where does he have the time to do all this?
Besides his many TV appearances and acting roles, he is the co-president of Legendary Films' digital division, which incorporated his former media network, Nerdist. And as if that weren't enough, starting this fall, Hardwick will host a half-hour comedic panel show called @Midnight four nights a week literally at midnight. All of this raises the question: when does Hardwick sleep? And how does he age so well without getting any shut-eye? Could he be a living, breathing key to the fountain of youth? Maybe, maybe not, but he certainly is a hard-working and entertaining guy.
In baseball, they say “It’s not over ‘til it’s over.” But for those hoping to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013, it’s over.
Apparently, Cooperstown isn’t willing to fit another inductee into the shrine this year. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced today that no one was voted into the club in 2013 after the players on the ballot all failed to attract the 75 percent portion of votes required to receive the honor.
Victims of what the Hall of Fame is calling a shutout include former San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds, former Mets catcher Mike Piazza, and former New York Yankees pitcher (and seven-time Cy Young Award winner) Roger Clemens. The only players to come close to nabbing the vote were Craig Biggio from the Houston Astros and Jack Morris, former pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, with 68 and 67 percent, respectively.
While many fans are surely staring wide-eyed and saying “Goll-eee, gee-wiz” right about now, Clemens tweeted that he wasn’t shocked he didn’t make the cut. “After what has been written and said over the last few years, I’m not overly surprised. Thanks to all the teams I’ve worked with and to fans and friends for all the fantastic letters, voice mails and texts of support over the last few years. To those who did take the time to look at the facts … we very much appreciate it,” said Clemens via a photo posted on Twitter.
Votes for new Hall of Famers are cast by the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, comprised of 569 voters in 2013 (increased by over a 100 since last year) and in order to qualify for induction into the Hall of Fame, players needed to pick up 427 votes. Unfortunately for all involved, this game doesn’t have the option of extra innings.
It makes sense that folks like Bonds and Clemens, both of whom were embroiled in steroids scandals in the late 2000s, would be left out of the honorable Hall. But in fact, it’s not even as shocking as it should be that the voters came up with nothing... again. This is the eighth year with no inductee since 1996.
”The standards for earning election to the Hall of Fame have been very high ever since the rules were created in 1936. We realize the challenges voters are faced with in this era. The Hall of Fame has always entrusted the exclusive voting privilege to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We remain pleased with their role in evaluating candidates based on the criteria we provide,” says Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson in a press release.
Tyler Kepner, a 15-year veteran of the BWAA, says in an article for The New York Times that the issue might be the oversaturation of the voting pool among BWAA members, and calls for diversification of the voters in order to level the playing field.
Still, with or without the honor of earning a spot in the Hall of Fame, at least folks like Bonds and Clemens will see their legacies live on in their own ways... in the pages of celebrity gossip history.
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Once again, James Cameron is king of the world. Barely six weeks into its theatrical run, Cameron’s sci-fi opus, Avatar, has officially been crowned the world’s all-time highest-grossing film. According to Paul Dergarabedian, President of Box Office at Hollywood.com, the 3-D epic claimed the top honor sometime yesterday afternoon, when it surpassed the $1.843 billion global gross of another Cameron blockbuster, 1997’s Titanic. Avatar still has some work to do before it can claim stateside honors, however, as its domestic gross still lags about $46 million behind Titanic’s record $600 million tally. Avatar now sits at $1.859 billion.
Avatar’s stunning achievement comes with the usual set of caveats, of course. Higher ticket prices, especially for 3-D and IMAX showings, provided a significant boost to the film’s bottom line, and economic hair-splitters will be quick to note that Avatar’s inflation-adjusted numbers still rank well behind those of Gone With the Wind, whose domestic gross alone approaches $1.5 billion in today’s dollars — the movie industry equivalent of Cy Young’s untouchable record of 511 wins. To surpass that remarkable number, Avatar will have to maintain its current box office pace for roughly six more months.
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Like Madagascar the story starts at the New York Zoo. Samson (Kiefer Sutherland) the lion is once again the star of the show but unlike Madagascar’s Alex Samson claims he came from the wild. He regales the other odd assortment of zoo denizens--including a talkative giraffe (Janeane Garofalo) a lisping anaconda (Richard Kind) a snarky Koala (Eddie Izzard) and a take-charge squirrel (Jim Belushi)--with tales of danger and excitement abroad. Of course Samson can’t tell the real truth that he was actually born in captivity and is making it all up because everyone including his rebellious teenage son Ryan (Greg Cipes) would think less of him. But when Ryan runs away thinking he can’t live up to his dad’s reputation and is mistakenly shipped off to the wild Samson has keep up the charade as the gang embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue him. The lion does come clean at some point in case you were wondering. Another vocal roster of big names another dollar. This time around we’ve got Sutherland Garofalo Belushi all doing the animal thing. There’s also William Shatner as a villainous wildebeest headed for the loony bin after deciding he’s tired of being the prey and turns predator. He’s even got his herd of wildebeest dancing a Busby Berkeley number around a volcano á la Lion King. Sigh. Luckily there is one saving grace--sort of: Izzard as the wisecracking Koala bear Nigel who gets mistaken for a god by the wildebeest and milks it for all its worth which isn’t a whole lot. Still if anyone has seen the British comedian’s hilarious HBO special Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill you can just imagine him strutting around as a Koala dressed in women’s clothing and doing his shtick. The Mouse House once again proves it doesn’t have an inventive bone in its body--or even the gumption to realize that had something with potential. Apparently the pitch from writers Mark Gibson and Philip Halprin had been mulling around Disney for about nine years before it got made giving the likes of Nemo and Madagascar a head start (I’d be peeved if I were those writers). But even if The Wild did come first it still wouldn’t be able to measure up mostly because the story is insipid. Wildebeest turning into predators? What’s THAT all about? The CGI-animation is spot on of course but we are definitely taking all of that for granted these days. No now what we want is a good compelling story. If not that then at least we should have a couple of really funny characters--like commando penguins or a fish with short-term memory--to help things move along. The Wild doesn’t have either so while children may be left mildly entertained for an hour and a half parents will be left twiddling their thumbs waiting for it to be over.