Movie Review: ‘How I Dumped My Ex-Boyfriend’s Body’

By Stacey Longo

 

How I Dumped My Ex-Boyfriend’s Body (2014) is a fun indie movie full of humor, buddy antics, and little people. (Okay, only one little person, but he steals every scene he’s in.) This low-budget flick is worth every minute of your time.

Maxine (Meredith Phillips) calls her BFF Shae (Vanessa Leigh) at an ungodly hour to beg her for help. Shae rushes to her best friend’s house, and finds Maxine sitting on the kitchen floor, distraught. It turns out Maxine has murdered her own boyfriend in the midst of a lover’s quarrel. Oops!

Shae is upset, of course—Maxine hit the guy over the head with a vase Shae gave her years ago, and now it’s broken. Maxine is more concerned with what to do with the body. The duo tries to take care of the problem themselves: they dig a hole in the back yard (until a nosy neighbor asks what they’re doing, to which Shae hastily responds “making porn”). They take the corpse for a ride, only to get pulled over by a bicycle cop (a scene in which Phillips will have you laughing so hard you’ll need to take a potty break). Eventually, they decide to talk to Shae’s cousin Mikey (Ed Gutierrez), a wanna-be gangster who sends them to Tony (Josh Pineo), who of course would be happy to get rid of the body. It’s only after Tony—a mobbed-up little person in a wheelchair, who conveys an impeccable “you don’t want to screw with me” attitude that would make Joe Pesci envious—disposes of the corpse that he then informs them of the price tag: $10,000. Now the ladies and Shae’s bumbling boyfriend, who has now somehow gotten roped into this misadventure to emphasize the strong bonds of friendship between the two girls that no man can break—in other words, “chicks before dicks”—must raise the money, fast. The ladies’ misadventures continue as they try their hands as muggers (and fail spectacularly), then explain in side-splitting detail to cousin Mikey why, exactly, they don’t want Tony to come back and turn them into sex slaves. Eventually, there is a hilarious climax and reveal that I won’t spoil for you. Suffice to say this movie was silly, funny, and a little bit sick.

Phillips and Pineo were the clear standouts in this gem of a B-movie. Phillips was unapologetically inelegant and fantastically funny. Her comedic timing and can’t-help-but-like-her attitude were fabulous. Pineo’s performance was baleful and belligerent—not for one moment did the audience think he couldn’t put some serious hurt on our two leading ladies, dwarf in a wheelchair or no. The rest of the cast played their parts well, and I laughed out loud through several scenes. If you have eighty minutes to kill and you’re looking for a good time, How I Dumped My Ex-Boyfriend’s Body is the perfect answer.

Rhode Island Comic Con Hosts Toy Buying Event

Altered Reality Entertainment, owners of Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, have announced a partnership with Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, Rhode Island based auction house to host a Major Toy Buying Event slated for January 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The daylong event, featuring entertainment for the entire family, will be hosted by TV’s toy hunting phenom Travis Landry. Attendees of this free event will have the opportunity to sell toy collections consisting of Star Wars, Transformers, comic books, G.I. Joe, and Barbie, among many other toys and collectibles. Collectors can also participate in free, no-obligation appraisals of their collections.

Entertainment of this exciting inaugural event will include celebrity appearances by pro-wrestler Rikishi, Ghost Hunters’ own Joe Chin, and Rhode Island’s TAPS team. Singer VChenay will also perform live. Family events of the day include a chicken wings contest and cosplayers.

This major toy buying event runs this Saturday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking and free admission is available to all in attendance.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings is located at 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Altered Reality Entertainment Acquires New Convention, Hartford ComiConn

Just two months after the very successful fourth annual Rhode Island Comic Con, the management of Altered Reality Entertainment have announced that they have joined forces with Connecticut ComiConn to assume ownership and management of the newly formed Hartford ComiConn.

Hartford ComiConn is scheduled for September 24 and 25 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. The two-day event will include all of the same aspects that fans have come to expect and enjoy from each of the shows involved in this merger — celebrity appearances from the big and small screen, industry-leading comic book artists, and the best vendors in the market with toys and collectibles, as well as the ever-popular cosplay competitions and events.

Guest announcements and ticket prices, as well as vendor and artist alley applications will be forthcoming in early 2016.

The XL Center is located at One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06120.

New ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Trailer Debuts Wednesday

A new trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice debuts this Wednesday. All you have to do to watch the new trailer is tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, Dec. 2, at 11:35 p.m./10:35 CT. Here’s an exclusive sneak at YouTube: https://youtu.be/6as8ahAr1Uc.

Black Friday Deals from Books & Boos Press

2015-11-25 20.15.15We at Books & Boos Press wants to give our readers a chance to fill their Kindles and other e-readers with spiders. We are giving away e-book copies of Where Spiders Fear to Spin by Peter N. Dudar from Nov. 27 through 30! Don’t miss this chance to read this novella by Dudar, who is a Bram Stoker Award Finalist.

Where Spiders Fear to Spin tells the tale of former soap opera star Sadie Mills, a woman literally haunted by her past whose final days are filled with horror. Her daughter resents taking care of her, her former lovers are dying off one by one, and her dead husband’s vengeful ghost has returned from the dead to drag her to hell.

To get your free copy, click here.

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Along with giving away Spiders, we have lowered the price on Insanity. You can now get $2 off the e-book or print copy of Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear until Nov. 30.

The collection features eleven stories from six of New England’s finest storytellers. David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Rob Smales, and Ursula Wong each have two short stories in the book; Vlad V. contributed a novella. Multiple Bram Stoker winner Joe McKinney (Crooked HousePlague of the Undead) wrote the foreword.

The book is a themed anthology: each author based their stories on different senses, going beyond the traditional (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) to elements such as a sense of doom, of powerlessness to control the future, and a sense of false hope.

If you want some Insanity, click here.

Pictures from Super Megafest Fall 2015

By Jason Harris

 

The 2015 Fall edition of Super Megafest happened over the weekend and it was a great two days with celebrities, authors, artists, vendors and cosplay. Here are the pictures from the convention.

Actor John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Actor John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Actress Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Actress Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Daisy Duke.

Daisy Duke.

Actor Tom Wopat ().

Actor Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Hellgirl.

Hellgirl.

Actress Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Actress Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Masters of the Universe

Ram-man and Orko.

Actors Leif Tilden and Michelan Sisti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Actors Leif Tilden and Michelan Sisti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Artist Hannibal King.

Artist Hannibal King.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Heat Miser and Snow Miser.

Actress Addy Miller (The Walking Dead).

Actress Addy Miller (The Walking Dead).

The X-men

Wolverine.

Actress/Model Kristanna Loken.

Actress/Model Kristanna Loken.

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Actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron).

Actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron).

Ash.

Ash.

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek).

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek).

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Artist Steve Lavigne.

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Crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator).

Actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator).

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.

Actor Ricky Whittle (The 100).

Actor Ricky Whittle (The 100).

Author Byron Turner.

Author Byron Turner.

Former NBA Player Dennis Rodman.

Former NBA Player Dennis Rodman.

Actor Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).

Actor Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).

Actresses Natalie Skyy (Sons of Anarchy) and Arryn Zech (Red vs. Blue).

Actresses Natalie Skyy (Sons of Anarchy) and Arryn Zech (Red vs. Blue).

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Authors Matt Herring and Stacey Longo at their The Art of Genre Writing panel.

Authors Matt Herring and Stacey Longo at their The Art of Genre Writing panel.

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A alien has burst onto the convention scene.

A alien has burst onto the convention scene.

Playboy model Valerie Cormier.

Playboy model Valerie Cormier.

Wolverine.

Wolverine.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

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The Monkees

Musician/actor Peter Tork.

Author Herring at his Dr. Who 101 panel.

Author Matt Herring at his Dr. Who 101 panel.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney.

Musician/author Bobby Hart.

Musician/author Bobby Hart.

Mortal Kombat.

Mortal Kombat.

Author David R. Witanowski (left) and graphic designer Brian Morey (right).

Author David R. Witanowski (left) and graphic designer Brian Morey (right).

Actor Michael Winslow and myself.

Actor Michael Winslow and myself.

Talking with Ken Reid, The TV Guidance Counselor

By Jason Harris

Courtesy of Ken Reid Tumblr page.

Courtesy of Ken Reid’s Tumblr page.

Ken Reid is a stand-up comedian and a podcaster, TV Guidance Counselor. He will be attending the New England Super Megafest this weekend. He will be performing Friday night at the Cosplay Comedy Kickoff Party. I had the pleasure recently to ask a number of questions about

Q:     In 2003, you decided to try your hand at stand-up. What was the impetuous behind that decision?

A:     I had been in bands from 1996-1999 or so, I am in no way shape or form a musician, but always wanted to perform. Once the band broke up and I had no musicians to ride the coattails of I thought stand up was my only route. I always liked comedy and watched tons of stand up, so i gave it a go.

Q:     How many stand-up engagements do you perform in a year?

A:     I average about 2 a week so 100-150 a year is probably about the normal.

Q:    Do you have any engagements coming up? If yes, where and when?

A:     I’ve taken the rest of 2015 off for the most part for a much needed breather, but I’m still doing the podcast weekly and will be back to frequent shows in 2016. My updated schedule is always at ikenreid.com

Q:    When did the idea for your podcast, TV Guidance Counselor, come about?

A:     Friend and fellow comic Sean Sullivan basically told me that I have all these TV Guides, when people come over my house we often will flip through them and discuss old shows, why not just do that as a podcast? I wanted to do a podcast for a long time but didn’t have a great idea that would be different from the usual two comics just chatting format, until Sean threw that at me. I also do almost no pop culture stuff in my stand up, despite that occupying a huge part of my brain, so it was a great excuse to exercise a lot of that stuff.

Q:     When did you start collecting TV Guides?

A:     As early as I can remember. There are photos of me at age 2 with a TV Guide in my hand.

Q:    What issue made you want to collect TV Guides?

A:    Not sure if it’s a specific issue really . I like having the little digest sized time machine on hand.

Q:    Are you still collecting?

A:    Not new issues, but if I see some old ones I don’t have, I grab them.

Q:    What were some of your favorite shows growing up?

A:    Just the Ten of Us is a lifelong favorite, Newhart, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, The Adventures of Pete and Pete. The Facts of Life. Weirdly I’ve been lucky enough to have people who’ve been on all those shows guest on my podcast.

Q:    What are some of your favorite shows now?

A:    Weirdly I don’t watch too much new stuff. I like The Flash, and I still watch Supernatural. Fringe was the only show I watched weekly as it came out and LOVED in the last few years. I think it is the best sci-fi show of all time.

Q:    Who are some of the people you would like to have on your podcast?

A:     I do have some dream guests. Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Cassanda “Elvira” Peterson, John Larroquette, John Waters.

Q:     You will be at Super Megafest in November and the Pop Culture Expo in December, are these the first conventions you have been a guest at?

A:     Weirdly no. Gary at North East Comic Con has had me do live TV Guidance Counselors at the last few. I always have a good time. Last year, I did the stand up show at Super Megafest, which was also fun.

Q:     What drew you to being a guest at a convention?

A:     They asked, and I’m almost always there anyway, so it’s a win-win.

Q:     Are there any comedians you looked up to growing up?

A:     Dana Gould was my absolute #1 for sure. I was also always a huge Bob Newhart fan.

Q:    Who are some comedians today that you would suggest people go see?

A:    Hmm….I’d still go with Dana Gould.

Q:    Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to become a comedian?

A:    Don’t do it! But if you must be prepared to be terrible for at least two years even if you think you are. Don’t do it with a goal in mind, just do it to enjoy doing it and you’ll be fine.

If you are free this weekend, go to Super Megafest to hear Ken and to meet a lot of celebrities. Find out more information here.

Pictures from RICC 2015 Part 2

By Jason Harris

 

Welcome to the second entry of pictures taken at this year’s Rhode Island Comic Con.

Actor Travis Wester (Euro Trip).

Actor Travis Wester (Euro Trip).

Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy.

Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy.

The Honkytonk Man.

The Honkytonk Man.

Wendy Darling and Matt Murdock.

Wendy Darling and Matt Murdock.

Actor Tom Wright.

Actor Tom Wright (All My Children).

Princess Leia.

Princess Leia.

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

The Stay Puft Marshmellow Man.

The Stay Puft Marshmellow Man.

Lori Petty (Tank Girl).

Lori Petty (Tank Girl).

Inside Out

Disgust, Fear, Anger, Joy, and Sadness with a convention attendee.

Ace Ventura dancing with a fan.

Ace Ventura dancing with a fan.

Actor Dean Cain ().

Actor Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman).

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The Walking Dead panel.

The Walking Dead panel.

The Scarecrow.

The Scarecrow.

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Ant-man.

Ant-man.

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The Baroness.

The Baroness.

Actress Margot Kidder (Superman).

Actress Margot Kidder (Superman).

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R2-Q5

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R2-D2.

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Wrestler Sean Waltman.

Wrestler Sean Waltman.

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Me with Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow).

Me with Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow).

Pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con 2015

By Jason Harris

Actor Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files).

Actor Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files).


Baymax.

Baymax.


Ted "The Millionaire Dollar Man' DiBiase.

Ted “The Millionaire Dollar Man” DiBiase.

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Actress Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hellraiser III).

Actress Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hellraiser III).


Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

Achmed the Dead Terrorist.


Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.


Immortan Joe.

Immortan Joe.


The Faces of Star Trek panel (from Left to right): Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Terry Farrell, and moderator Clare Kramer.

The Faces of Star Trek panel (from Left to right): Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Terry Farrell, and moderator Clare Kramer.


Bill and Ted.

Bill and Ted.


Actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy)

Actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy).


Mario and Tonto and a Rhode Island Comic Con volunteer photo-bombing in the background.

Mario and Tonto with a Rhode Island Comic Con volunteer photo-bombing in the background.


Actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead).

Actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead).


The Walking Dead.

The Wolves.


Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Prison Break).

Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Prison Break).


The Wolf and Red Riding Hood.

The Wolf and Red Riding Hood.


Actress Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie).

Actress Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie).


Spock.

Spock.


Actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy).

Actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy).


Ash.

Ash.


Actor Michael Wright (V).

Actor Michael Wright (V).


The Connecticut Visitors.

The Connecticut Visitors.


Actor Lorenzo Lamas (Sharknado 3, Renegade)

Actor Lorenzo Lamas (Sharknado 3, Renegade)


Short Circuit 2

Johnny 5 and Ben Jahveri.


Actor a.J. Buckley (CSi: NY).

Actor A.J. Buckley (CSI: NY).

Another entry of pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con 2015 will be coming in the next couple of days.

Lou Ferrigno, the Original Incredible Hulk, at Rhode Island Comic Con this Weekend

By Jason Harris

Lou Ferrigno.

Lou Ferrigno. Photo by Jason Harris.

Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk, is in town for the fourth Rhode Island Comic Con, which starts this afternoon and runs until Sunday, November 8. We sat down at the Dunkin Donuts Center to talk about bodybuilding, the Incredible Hulk, and being the personal trainer for Michael Jackson.

Ferrigno discovered weight training 52 years ago at the age of 12, he said.

“When I was a kid, I was really skinny. I was just obsessed with power. I wanted to be powerful. I discovered weight training and I knew it would make me feel good about myself.”

Ferrigno wanted to be a hero like Hercules. He would watch old Hercules movies, then want to be a modern day gladiator or some other heroic character from the movies or comic books.

“I would fantasize about being the Hulk because of the way I was built.”

One day, he received a phone call about auditioning for the role, which at the time was being played by Richard Kiel. Kiel played the character of Jaws in two James Bond movies. The reason behind the switch was because director Kenneth Johnson’s son was on set one day and said Kiel didn’t look like the Hulk in the comic books, Ferrigno said. They contacted hundreds of people, including him, to audition.

“They called me, I went down for the screen test and immediately they hired me. And the next day, I was filming. In 48 hours, I went from bodybuilding to show business.”

Everything he did for the role came naturally to him, Ferrigno said.

“When I did the pilot, I used a lot of the animalistic behavior the way the character should be.”

One of his favorite moments on The Incredible Hulk was meeting Cary Grant, who came to the set with his nephew to get a picture taken with him.

“I was excited because he was one of the top movie stars in the world. That was one of my exciting moments because of the fact I was well respected.”

Ferrigno enjoyed working with Bill Bixby, who he considered “a very talented actor.” He was a fan of Bixby’s television shows The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and The Magician.

“I learned a lot from him. He was an icon. I was excited to learn from him and watch him.”

Ferrigno’s portrayal of the Incredible Hulk ended in 1990 with television movie, The Death of the Incredible Hulk, but he has continued with the character by voicing him in the UPN cartoon and in the current Marvel movies that started with The Incredible Hulk in 2008. The job was given to him after the director heard him say “Hulk crash” and “Hulk smash” at New York Comic Con seven to nine years ago, he said.

In the last few years, Ferrigno has been on Celebrity Apprentice and in an episode of Star Trek Continues.

“It was great because you’re on a show with a bunch of egos, celebrities,” Ferrigno said about Celebrity Apprentice. “I’m glad I raised 100,000 for my charity [the Muscular Dystrophy Association]. It taught me what it’s like to be with other celebrities. It was fun, but the hardest thing was no one wanted to be fired so you’re forced to look at other people’s faults. That was tough.”

Ferrigno did mention that “Donald Trump is a loose cannon.”

“I was very tense because you’re in the boardroom three times a week. You have to be careful how you conduct yourself. So with me, they were afraid of me, because when we were in the boardroom I just spoke my mind.”

Ferrigno has always been a fan of the original Star Trek so he was happy to play slave trader Zaminhon on Star Trek Continues when Vic Mignogna asked him. He wasn’t happy with the makeup, which took five hours to apply, he said.

“I knew I wanted to play [the character] because it was against type. I enjoyed playing that character.”

His upcoming movie Instant Death will be released next April. You will see him do things in the movie that audiences have never seen him do before, he said.

“I would say it’s my best work ever.”

Along with his acting, he continues giving advice about being a person’s own personal trainer at his website here or being a personal trainer to stars like Chuck Norris and Mickey Rourke. He was also Michael Jackson’s personal trainer for 20 years, which came about because he was a good friend of Jackson’s doctor.

“He learned a lot from me and I learned a lot from him,” Ferrigno said about Jackson.

You can meet Ferrigno at Rhode Island Comic Con this weekend. Find out more about the convention here.