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PAC-MAN Turns 35 Today

PAC-MAN, one of the most iconic videogame characters in history, celebrates his 35th birthday. With the character coming to the big screen this summer in Sony Pictures’ Pixels, the studio is joining in to celebrate with a global birthday party of epic proportions. In cities around the world and online, film talent will join with moviegoers and special guests to celebrate with birthday cakes, free play of the PAC-MAN arcade game, and special events localized to each city.

Pixels is set for release in theaters nationwide on July 24, 2015. As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults – and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

Moviegoers around the world can join in PAC-MAN’s birthday fun at Facebook.com/PixelsMovie to watch and share the latest Pixels trailer and to receive updates on the launch of the Pixels Defense mobile game from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. that will feature PAC-MAN and other video game characters from the movie.

In Tokyo – the city of PAC-MAN’s birth – audiences will join in the fun by attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest Human Image of PAC-MAN on May 21, 2015. At the event at Tokyo Tower, actor Shingo Yanagisawa and popular comedian and social media sensation Naomi Watanabe will join hundreds of moviegoers to create the largest PAC-MAN ever created by human beings.

In Chicago, Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of PAC-MAN, and BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. will be at Level 257™, a brand new dining and entertainment facility created by NAMCO USA INC. inspired by PAC-MAN. A special 1980s-style event on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIPs, free game play including a chance to play the fabled 255th and 256th levels of PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN’s official 35th birthday cake, live performances of the 1982 hit song “PAC-MAN Fever” by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia and a personal appearance by PAC-MAN himself! The celebration continues the next day with celebrity discussion panels, photo opportunities, prizes and game play contests including opportunities to play against the legendary gamer Billy Mitchell, the first person to ever achieve a “perfect score” on PAC-MAN.

In partnership with Dave & Buster’s, all 75 locations across North America will celebrate the big man’s birthday by offering a free play on the over-sized, multi-player PAC-MAN BATTLE ROYALE arcade game to all guests with a Power Card. In addition, fans nationwide will have the chance to enter to win thousands of D&B Dollars to celebrate all summer long.

 

Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of PAC-MAN, added, “It is hard to believe that 35 years has passed since we created PAC-MAN. It has been very exciting to see the world accept him as their own. Like any creator, I wanted to make something lasting, but this has surpassed everything I hoped for. I also feel very proud that PAC-MAN is playing an important role in Pixels – the visual effects of the giant PAC-MAN in New York will be extraordinary, and something that you’ve never seen on film before. My birthday wish is that PAC-MAN can continue to make people happy.”


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The Last David Letterman Top-10 Ever

Last night it all came to an end.  From the man who brought us the monkey cam to the alka seltzer suite, the final Top-10 was truly one of the best.

Delivered from an all-star lineup, here is the the Top-10 to end all Top-10’s

No. 10. Alec Baldwin: “Of all the talk shows, yours is the most geographically convenient to my home.”

No. 9. Barbara Walters: “Did you know you wear the same cologne as Muammar Qaddafi?”

No. 8. Steve Martin: Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity…and a mistake.”

No. 7. Jerry Seinfeld: “I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air. You know what, I just thought of something: I’ll be fine.”

No. 6. Jim Carrey: “Honestly Dave, I’ve always found you to be a bit of an over-actor.” (He gesticulated wildly).

No. 5. Chris Rock: “I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy.” (Dave: “You know, I had nothing to do with that.”)

No. 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.” (Seinfeld smirks). (Dave: “I had nothing to do with that either.”)

No. 3. Peyton Manning: “Dave, you are to comedy what I am to comedy.”

No. 2. Tina Fey: “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.”

No. 1. Bill Murray: “Dave, I’ll never have the money I owe you.”

Watch it here.


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Good Night Mr. Letterman

Tonight, David Letterman take the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the final broadcast of the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN.

Before we say goodnight to David Letterman, lets look back on an impressive tally of milestones throughout his more than three decades in broadcasting.

  • As of tonight, May 20, 2015, there will have been 6,028 broadcasts of Letterman’s late night talk shows:
    • Late Night with David Letterman” had 1,810 broadcasts and ran for 595 weeks.
    • The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN has had 4,214 broadcasts, as well as four primetime specials, and has run for 1,135 weeks.
  • The first face to appear on both “Late Night” and the LATE SHOW was that of Calvert DeForest (or, as he was known on “Late Night,” “Larry ‘Bud’ Melman”).
  • Bill Murray was the first guest on the premiere broadcasts of both “Late Night” on Feb. 1, 1982 and the LATE SHOW on CBS on August 30, 1993. As of May 20, 2015, he will have appeared on Letterman’s late night talk shows 44 times.
    • 12 appearances on “Late Night”
    • 32 appearances on the LATE SHOW
  • Over 33 years, Letterman’s talk shows have received 16 Emmy Awards and 112 Emmy Award nominations.
    • “Late Night” won five Emmy Awards and received 35 Emmy nominations.
    • LATE SHOW won nine Emmy Awards and received 72 Emmy nominations.
    • Letterman’s 1980 daytime program, “The David Letterman Show,” earned two Emmy Awards and five Emmy nominations.
  • As of tonight, May 20, 2015, there will have been 19,932 guest appearances in more than 33 years on Letterman’s late night shows:
    • Late Night – 5,850 guest appearances
    • LATE SHOW – 14,082 guest appearances (approximate)
  • Over the years, two of Letterman’s signature segments have been Stupid Pet Tricks and Stupid Human Tricks. The very first Stupid Pet Tricks segment made its debut on Letterman’s morning show, “The David Letterman Show,” on June 26, 1980, and the first Stupid Human Tricks segment premiered on “Late Night” on Oct. 3, 1983.
    • There have been a total of 126 Stupid Pet Tricks segments on Letterman’s late night shows:
      • “Late Night”: 73 segments
      • LATE SHOW: 53 segments
    • There have been a total of 89 Stupid Human Tricks segments:
      • “Late Night”: 30 segments
      • LATE SHOW: 59 segments
  • The “king” of “Late Night” appearances was sportscaster Marv Albert, with 73 to his credit. Other top guests were:
    • Richard Lewis – 48 appearances
    • George Miller, Tom Brokaw – 40 appearances
    • Jay Leno – 39 appearances
    • Teri Garr, Robert Klein – 30 appearances
    • Regis Philbin holds the title of “Most LATE SHOW Appearances,” with a total of 136. Other top LATE SHOW guest appearances (as of May 20, 2015) are:
      • Jack Hanna – 75 appearances
      • Tony Randall – 70 appearances
      • Marv Albert – 52 appearances
      • Tom Brokaw – 49 appearances
  • The very first Top Ten List, “Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas,” was presented on “Late Night” on Sept. 18, 1985. In 33 years, Letterman will have presented 4,605 Top Ten Lists on his late night programs.
    • “Late Night”: 1,009 Top Ten Lists
    • LATE SHOW: 4,605 Top Ten Lists
  • Letterman’s fictional Top Ten Office has made its home in 11 different cities. The state of Nebraska earns the distinction of having the most Top Ten Home Offices than any other state, with a total of three. The Top Ten Home Offices from all 25 years are:
    • Milwaukee, Wisc. (the first “Late Night” home office)
    • Lebanon, Pa.
    • Lincoln, Neb.
    • Oklahoma City, Okla.
    • Omaha, Neb.
    • Scottsdale, Ariz.
    • Tahlequah, Okla.
    • Oneonta, N.Y. (the last “Late Night” home office)
    • Sioux City, Iowa (the first LATE SHOW home office)
    • Grand Rapids, Mich.
      Wahoo, Neb. (the current LATE SHOW home office)
  • The “Late Night” and LATE SHOW theme songs were both written and composed by Paul Shaffer.
  • On “Late Night,” Letterman donned a number of different “suits.” Most memorable was the “Suit of Velcro,” which he first wore on Feb. 28, 1984. While wearing the suit, he ran, jumped on a trampoline and hurled himself at a Velcro wall, to which he stuck. Other “suits” include:
    • Suit of Alka-Seltzer – Wearing protective goggles and an oxygen tank, he was lowered into a 1,000-gallon tank of water, whereupon his suit began to fizz and vaporize.
    • Suit of Magnets – He attached himself to the door of an oversized GE refrigerator.
    • Suit of Marshmallows – An attempt to roast the marshmallows by a propane torch failed, so the studio audience got to snack on Dave.
    • Suit of Chips – Dave was lowered into a glass tank filled with 1,000 gallons of yogurt dip.
    • Suit of Rice Krispies – He “snap, crackled and popped” after being dunked in a large tub of milk.
    • Suit of Suet – Dave donned a suit of suet-and-birdseed packets and entered a pen of farm animals (including goats and chickens) that fed on him.
    • Suit of Sponges – He was dunked in a 1,000-gallon glass tank of water and tipped the scale at 500 pounds.

Goodnight Mr. Letterman.

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Movies Opening This Weekend – May 22, 2015 [videos]

Tomorrowland is a film shaped around one of the most revered lands within Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  Tomorrowland has captured the imagination of millions of us who visit these parks.  It’s given us a glimpse into the future through the eyes of Walt Disney himself.  I have a strong feeling this movie will have plenty for not only the younger audience member, but for some of us a little older who knew a different Tomorrowland then the one we see today.

I hope you enjoy the movie or movies you see this weekend, I know I will.

Tomorrowland
[PG] Action | Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. [watch trailer]

Spy
[R] 120 min – Action | Comedy
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Morena Baccarin, Melissa McCarthy

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. [watch trailer] —

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Only 3 Shows Left for Letterman

As David Letterman steams towards the final show this Wednesday night, we take pause to celebrate with him.

Tonight David welcomes guests Tom Hanks along with Eddie Vedder from the rock band Pearl Jam.

Who knows, will Tom handcuff himself to Letterman like George Clooney did last week?

And if you missed his moment with Oprah, check it out.  [WATCH HERE]

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