Bob Calhoun

Bob Calhoun
Pacifica, California, USA
June 18
Bob Calhoun is a regular contributor to Film Salon and observer of offbeat media. His 2008 punk-wrestling memoir "Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling" (ECW Press) has spent one entire week on the San Francisco Chronicle's Bay Area bestseller list.

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JULY 19, 2011 2:41AM

Whose Captain America is it anyway?

Rally to Restore Sanity Captain America
Captain America salutes reasonableness at the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2010. (Photo: Bob Calhoun)

There was a guy in a Captain America suit staking out his space on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington DC waiting for Jon… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2011 1:47AM

They Need to Sell Comic Books at Movie Theaters

Superman Serial Credits
The producers of the Superman serial in 1948 couldn't let a good marketing opportunity go to waste.

For Superman's live action cinema debut, the first image that flickered onto the screen wasn't a star's name or a movie studio's emblem. It was the cover of a ten…

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Andrew Breitbart the Man with X-Ray Eyes
With eyes as black as pitch, conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart stormed a packed press conference about the state of my MacBook earlier this morning.

Originally posted on Anthony Weiner has my MacBook.

Earlier this morning, Andrew Breitbart of the conservative Breitbart media empire na… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2011 5:24AM

Anthony Weiner has my MacBook

Oakland designer Joshua Kaufman's MacBook was stolen out of his apartment. He had a piece of anti-theft software installed on his MacBook called Hidden, which told him where the laptop was and also snapped pics of the guy who stole it. Kaufman told the Oakland police where it was, but they… Read full post »

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JUNE 6, 2011 12:10AM

Sarah Palin's History Teacher is Popeye the Sailor

Okay, the Sarah Palin/Paul Revere story just won't die. It’s like the Anthony Weiner twitpic saga, but without shots of bulging underwear.  On Sunday, Palin defended her creative interpretation of Revere's ride on Fox News. Meanwhile, her fans/supporters/followers (whatever the hell you ca… Read full post »

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MAY 4, 2011 2:40AM

Barackamania is Running Wild and Politics IS Wrestling

 Trump WrestleMania
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump back when he still possessed an air of dignity.

Does Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, have top secret security clearance?

According to a Monday Huffington Post article, his Sunday postings on Twitter may reveal that the former WWE champion and star of…

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APRIL 20, 2011 4:03AM

Thor, Idris Elba and the Integration of Viking Movies

Idris Elba
UK actor Idris Elba as the Norse God Heimdall in the upcoming Marvel Comics movie "Thor."

As of last Friday, 1,473 people liked the "Boycott Thor (2011) by Marvel Studios" Facebook page. Among those showing their virtual disapproval of director Kenneth Branagh's upcoming comic book moive is E…

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MARCH 10, 2011 4:13AM

The Science Fiction & Horror Stories That Need Adapting

science fiction paperbacks
A whole pile of science fiction, horror and fantasy paperbacks that have gone untouched by Hollywood producers (pulled from the author's shelves and piled on his bed).

Remakes. Reboots. Re-imaginings. Prequels. Prequels to remakes. That's what 2011 is going to remembered for—the year… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 15, 2011 2:33AM

Chris Jericho wrestles for literary gold in Undisputed

Jericho Undisputed
Left: Chris Jericho's latest rock and wrestling memoir, "Undisputed." Right: Jericho launches himself off the top rope during a match with The Rock AKA Duane Johnson. (Images: Grand Central Publishing.)

Pro wrestler/rocker/game show host Chris Jericho ends his first wrestling memoir, "A L… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 2, 2011 3:59AM

Parenthood Recap: My Book Makes its NBC Debut

 NBC Parenthood
My book, "Beer, Blood and Cornmeal," makes its network television debut as a piece of set decoration on the NBC series "Parenthood" in the lower left corner of the screen.

"Parenthood" is about the Braverman family. We know this because they tell us over and over again. They've already…

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Last week, Obama picks General Electric’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt as his chief outside economic adviser. In last night's State of the Union Address,  Obama's big tag line was, "We do big things." GE's big slogan in the 1980s was, "We bring good things to life." Coincidence?

Left: Zach Galifianakis muscles his way into top billing with a winning smile in "Frenemy." Right: "Zombies of Mass Destruction" proves that not all zombies are a hit on cable TV (images: Lionsgate).

While other movie critics are mulling over the merits of "True Grit," "Black Swan" and "The… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 20, 2010 3:04AM

The Duke, the Dude and "True Grit"

 The trailer for the Coen Brothers' new version of "True Grit" at times looks like an accidental shot for shot remake of the original.
 There isn't a clip in any of the trailers for the Coen Brothers' upcoming remake of "True Grit" that doesn't conjure its counterpart from t… Read full post »
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DECEMBER 14, 2010 1:50AM

Six Million Dollar Man on DVD; We Have the Technology

Six Million Dollar Man
Lee Majors running in slow motion but at bionic speeds.

The first episode from the just released "Six Million Dollar Man" complete series box set that I popped into my DVD player not only has William Shatner in it, but it's a crazy Shatner who spouts beat poetry and can control… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2010 4:08AM

Mick Foley: Wrestling with Reasonableness

Mick Foley
"Countdown to Lockdown" and its most reasonable author, Mick Foley (Images courtesy of Grand Central Publishing).

Mick Foley is the last person that you'd expect to be honored at something called the Rally to Restore Sanity. In the world of pro wrestling,… Read full post »

If Carly Fiorina was ever a competent CEO, then she'd know enough about statistics to understand that being over 10 points down with 96% of precincts reporting means she lost the damned election.

By claiming that the race was too close to call even though Boxer's lead was hitting double… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2010 3:45AM

A Quick Election Night Interview with Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom

The last couple of days must have been strange for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. On Monday night, the Giants won their first world series since the team moved here from New York in the 1950s. Baseball fans partied in the streets until after 3am. Tonight Newsom was at the… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 31, 2010 11:01AM

Rally to Restore Sanity: Yoga for Gumby

Rally to Restore Sanity
Gumby joins a spontaneous yoga session two hours before the Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

It's Saturday morning and there's an expanding yoga circle on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Gumby is doing yoga. So are a nun…

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Rally to Restore Sanity

Yesterday I was in front of AT&T Park in San Francisco taking pictures of crazed Giants fans with drawn on beards and tonight I’m at the National Mall on the site of Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. It's not all that different except that everybody was way more…

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OCTOBER 29, 2010 12:42AM

Fear the Beard, Bring the Weird

Tickets to this World Series ain't cheap folks.
I have a 7am flight to Washington DC tomorrow. I’m going to take pictures of the Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity (AKA Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Fear). I have this new lens that I wanted to try…

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 Grand National Rodeo
75 head of cattle were herded through the outskirts of San Francisco on Friday to begin the 2010 Grand National Rodeo.

There's something more than a just little intimidating about the sight of a herd of cattle running straight at you, but I stood there clicking pictures as…

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OCTOBER 13, 2010 2:31AM

The Year in Sanity: Comic-Con Jesus

 Comic-Con Jesus
Comic-Con Jesus dispenses Gospel truth at the San Diego Comic-Con (photo: Bob Calhoun).

You ask me to nominate somebody for the "Year in Sanity" and I'm going to have to say Comic-Con Jesus. Sure, a longhaired guy at a comic book convention dressed like the Son of God woul… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 2:46AM

LeBell Locked: Judo Gene's Top 10 Hollywood Moments

elvis lebell
The King of Rock and Roll throws the Godfather of Grappling in "Blue Hawaii" (1961).

"Judo" Gene LeBell is a two-time national judo champ, a master of submission holds and a one of the greatest Hollywood stuntmen to ever flip a Chevy Malibu. He taught Bruce Lee, Chuck…

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 3:15AM

John Cena and the WWE invade the art house with "Legendary"

John Cena
John Cena as Mike Chetley in WWE Studios new film, "Legendary" (Photo Credit: Van Redin/WWE Studios).

We appear to be living in a brief sliver of time where anything is once again possible for Hollywood 's oiled up muscle men. Despite the seemingly endless ascendancy of geek chic…

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AUGUST 26, 2010 4:06AM

Daniel Bryan and the LeBell Lock

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Vegan grappling sensation Daniel Bryan slaps "The LeBell Lock" on the Miz on this week's "Monday Night RAW."

Even at 70-something years old "Judo" Gene LeBell is still the toughest man alive, but he can't use YouTube worth a damn.

LeBell is a two-time national judo…

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