News Round-Up: December 27, 2020

Scarlett sleeps on my head
Me and my sleeping companion, Scarlett

Some news items you might have missed:

Life: In an attempt to escape Brody’s over-the-top puppy energy last night, this (above) was where Scarlett decided she wanted to sleep. #doglife You can check out more photos of the pups first Christmas with us here.

Gr8erDays: The Santa and Rudolph puppets used in the 1964 stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (the only known survivors), were appraised and sold in 2006 for $10,000. Last month, the pair sold at auction for $368,000, and are now on loan to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

KIT212: Check out Kenneth’s weekly round-up of the what’s what in LGBTQ publications like Eric Guilmette covering the latest from Wire Magazine.

Eric Guilmette covers Wire Magazine
Eric Guilmette covers the latest issue of Wire Magazine

Deadline: I was excited for, but somewhat disappointed by, the recently released Wonder Woman 1984. Most of the smart folks I follow on social media felt the same way. And yet, the film did well enough ($85 million worldwide so far) that Wonder Woman 3 has been fast-tracked.

Mediaite: During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir said Sunday he’s encouraged by the timeline of the vaccine rollout and expects that “any American who wants a vaccine can be vaccinated by June.”

LA Blade: After months of developing an Instagram following that revolved around their married life together, husbands Matthew Olshefski & Paul Castle woke up on December 20 to find their account had been pulled down. A short message informed them the account was disabled “for pretending to be someone else.” In a post on his own account, Olshefski wrote:

“On December 20, hundreds of LGBTQ+ creators were targeted by trolls. Instagram is ignoring the bug that allows trolls to get an account taken down and is not responding to requests to have accounts reinstalled. Our couple’s account was disabled for ‘pretending to be someone else’ — this is a tactic used by hate groups to disable and erase the presence of LGBTQ+ creators on Instagram.”

Lyle Waggoner (Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman) Passes Away At 84

Lyle Waggoner on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ (images public domain)

Lyle Waggoner, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a regular on “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Wonder Woman” has passed away at the age of 84 due to cancer.

From Variety:

In a statement released by Waggoner’s family, it was revealed that the “loving husband, father, grandfather, entrepreneur, and actor passed away peacefully at home on March 17th at the age of 84 with his wife at his side. The cause of death was cancer.”

Waggoner may have become best known for his roles on “The Carol Burnett Show,” where he started as the announcer in 1967 but stayed on with the sketch show through 1974. Some of his most notable sketches include being interrogated by a Nazi and his finger puppet and playing a love-lorn man in “As The Stomach Turns,” a slave master in “The Oldest Man,” Olympian Mark Spitz to Burnett’s Charo, and an alien known as the Jolly Green Thing.

But that show was hardly his only claim to fame. His very first role was in “Gunsmoke” the year before he began on “The Carol Burnett Show,” and he also guest-starred on classic 1960s and 1970s series such as “Lost in Space,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “The Barbara Eden Show” and “Maude.”

After Waggoner left “The Carol Burnett Show,” he booked the role of Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr. on the 1975 “Wonder Woman” series, on which he starred for four years.

Additional screen credits include appearances on “Happy Days,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Golden Girls,” “Mork & Mindy,” and many, many more.

Something I didn’t know: he was the first male centerfold in Playgirl in 1973.

And in the 1960s, he tested for the role of “Batman,” but lost out to Adam West.

His last TV appearance was in 2017 for the 50th-anniversary celebration for “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Even as he starred on television, Waggoner created a side gig as the founder of Star Waggons. The company provided customized dressing room trailers to production companies and studios for their stars out on location.

Waggoner is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon; his two sons, and his four grandchildren.

RIP Lyle Waggoner.

‘Wonder Woman’ Box Office Kills With $200+ Million Worldwide Opening

From Forbes.com:

Patty Jenkins is having the biggest opening weekend for a female director in cinema history.

Her superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman shattered the previous record for a female director by lassoing an estimated $100 million domestic and about the same cume in foreign markets.

By Friday, the film had already taken an estimated $86 million in worldwide box office, and predictions for the final weekend cume continue to rise as ticket sales continue to exceed expectations.

Added to the great box office news for Wonder Woman — indeed, no doubt driving that financial performance — is a 94% Certified Fresh critical reception and an A-grade from audiences via Cinemascore. The Rotten Tomatoes score means Wonder Woman is now tied with The Dark Knight and Iron Man as the best-reviewed superhero films in history, and the A Cinemascore is likewise on par with the highest-graded superhero films except The Avengers, which is the only superhero release to score a rare A+ from audiences.

Meme Of The Day

With the opening of the Wonder Woman movie this weekend, I can’t think of anything more apropos.

Get us out from under, Wonder Woman!

I’d love to credit the artist – if anyone knows, please advise.

New Music: Sia “To Be Human” feat. Labrinth

In anticipation of the premiere of the upcoming Wonder Woman flick on June 2nd, check out “To Be Human” by Randy Report favorite, Sia, from the film’s soundtrack.

And, in truth, who better to voice a track from Wonder Woman than Sia?

The film, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, marks the first superhero film ever to be directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins) with a leading female protagonist in the storyline.

No stranger to film soundtracks, Queen Sia has contributed songs to 50 Shades Darker, The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Neon Demon, and San Andreas.

U.K. artist Labrinth guests on the sweeping, anthemic track.

Listen below.

Trailer: “Wonder Woman”

This is preeeeeetty awesome. Excuse me while I geek out a moment…

Check out this gorgeous new trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright, directed by Patty Jenkins.

Synopsis:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

In theaters June 2, 2017.

Trailer: WONDER WOMAN

Talk about timing. If we ever needed Wonder Woman, we need her right now – to save our minds from this soul-leeching campaign season. With 4.7 million views in a day, the world is clearly still in love with “Wonder Woman.”

When men invade her home during ‘the war to end all wars,” Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot) realizes she can’t sit idly by, and so she joins the fight to bring World War I to an end.

This is Gadot’s second appearance as the Amazon princess having guested in the recent Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.


Like the lyrics from the 70s TV series intoned:


Wonder Woman,
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.
All our hopes are pinned upon you.
And the magic that you do.

Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fold,
Change their minds,
and change the world.

In theaters June 2, 2017.


Trailer: “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice”

Oh, yeah. And we get some Wonder Woman to boot.

I’m excited.

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Wonder Woman Officiates Same-Sex Wedding

In the latest issue of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman (#48) released this week, Wonder Woman officiates a same-sex wedding, to the surprise of Superman.

Via Gay Star News:

After averting a war, Wonder Woman ends the day by officiating the wedding of a lesbian she met while volunteering in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent asks in surprise: ‘You officiate weddings? Is no detail too small for Wonder Woman.’

‘I’m licensed in every state and country that would allow me. I don’t do it often,’ she replies.

When Kent says he didn’t know she was a proponent of gay marriage, she gives the perfect response: ‘Clark, my country is all women. To us, it’s not ‘gay’ marriage. It’s just marriage.’

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