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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AUGUST 15, 2010 6:43PM

Crom! Gov. Schwarzenegger is now following me on Twitter.

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The email informing me that Governor Schwarzenegger is now following me on twitter.

Crom! Mitra! What sorcery is this!?! Governor Schwarzenegger is now following me on Twitter. When I first got the email from Twitter informing me of this, I thought it was likely just one… Read full post »

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AUGUST 13, 2010 4:43AM

Rambo: The Greatest Deleted Scene Ever

Stallone Rambo
With his Fu-Manchu mustache, Rambo lives out his earthly pleasures with Miao Yin in the greatest deleted scene ever.

During the weeks running up to today's release of "The Expendables," Lionsgate has flooded the market with Blu-ray editions of its brawny stars' past glories. The centerpiece…

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AUGUST 8, 2010 9:09PM

Where no fans have gone before

Klingons, Humans, Vulcans and Ferengie unite to enter the record books at Star Trek Las Vegas.

On Saturday morning at the "World's Largest Star Trek Convention" in Las Vegas, 543 Trekkers put on their finest Klingon, Vulcan and United Federation of Planets apparel and crammed themselves int…

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JULY 26, 2010 3:22AM

Comic Con Report: Being Stan Lee

Real Stan Lee, Fake Stan Lee
Will the real Stan Lee please stand up? The genuine Stan Lee (left) and his dynamic doppelganger, Fake Stan Lee (right).

In this meta age of ours where Drunk Hulks and Feminist Hulks shun the use of pronouns on their snarky Twitter feeds, it's only fitting… Read full post »

It's been a long day at Comic Con. I'm drinking a beer in my hotel room. It's an Arrogant Bastard Ale. It has a devil holding a beer as part of its logo. After yesterday, this seems appropriate. I should be writing about the clones of Stan Lee or the "Spartacus… Read full post »

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JULY 23, 2010 3:05AM

Comic Con Holy War

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Margie Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church protests the San Diego Comic Con.

If Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church had his way, God would be sending Biblical plagues down upon the San Diego Convention Center right about now and turning hundreds of nerds dressed in Batman…

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JULY 12, 2010 10:48AM

Straight to DVD: Werewolves, now with 50% more hair

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The last time that Lionsgate unleashed a werewolf movie on Redbox patrons, we got the hairless wolf men of the Alan Smithee directed "Neowolf." "If you can't afford a bale of yak hair," I quipped at the time, "you've got no business making a werewolf…

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JUNE 30, 2010 7:01PM

Wonder Woman in Pants -- Again?

Mod Wonder WomanWonder Woman's previous makeover was as well received as the current one

Okay, so they've burned the star spangled bloomers, crammed Wonder Woman into a tight pair of black workout pants, and now the whole comic book world is in a tizzy. Folks, I may be a… Read full post »

  Chris JerichoChris Jericho earns audience ire by giving them a stern talking to (photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment).

On Thursday May 13, pro wrestling bad guy Chris Jericho played a packed nightclub in Glasgow, Scotland with his power metal band Fozzy in support… Read full post »

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JUNE 10, 2010 12:19PM

Waxing on about Karate Kid

Karate Kid Blu-ray

"Hey it's the 80s," Daniel Larusso AKA Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) says as he hands his car keys over to his girlfriend Ali (Elizabeth Shue) in the original 1984 version of "The Karate Kid." And it is the 80s all right. Daniel-san wears a headband throughout the last half… Read full post »

Conspiracy Con

I've been writing a book about conventions. This means I've been going to a lot of cons, tradeshows and many events that involved some degree of cosplay. I've been to a gun show, the International Cannabis & Hemp Expo, WrestleMania, a "Star Trek" con, a comic book con,… Read full post »

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MAY 26, 2010 10:46AM

The Colbert Nation vs. John Cena's CeNation

It was only last January that I wrote about the similarities between the closing of President Obama's first State of the Union address and WWE champion John Cena's previous (by about a month) "Never give up" speech. While there can be little doubt that Obama and his speechwriters are looking to… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2010 11:25AM

Headbanger Life Expectancy

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For the Black Sabbath album "Heaven and Hell" (1980), Ronnie James Dio penned a fast-paced metal anthem titled "Die Young." As guitarist Tony Iommi's monster riffage builds to the tune's climax, Dio hammers home the song's refrain by repeating its title (7x according to… Read full post »

Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio flashing the devil horns, the heavy metal hand symbol that he popularized.

There were a few moments of false hope this morning that reports of Ronnie James Dio's death were just a vicious Internet rumor. A UPI article hit the web around 9:30am PST telling…

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Frank Frazetta's cover to the Lancer paperback edition of "Conan the Usurper."

Frank Frazetta brought Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian to visual life in a way that director John Milius or Arnold Schwarzenegger could never hope to. Frazetta did it with paint and canvas, perhaps a better m… Read full post »

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APRIL 20, 2010 1:27AM

RAW vs. the Volcano

Tonight, John Cena and the rest of the cast of "Monday Night RAW" ran into a volcano. Despite a near demigod status bestowed on Cena by the son of one my readers, the incredible brawn of the World Wrestling Entertainment champ was no match for the…

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APRIL 13, 2010 10:32AM

Jim Kelly: Right Out of a Comic Book Convention

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Karate master Jim Kelly signs an expansive "Enter the Dragon" poster presented to him by a fan at WonderCon in San Francisco on April 2, 2010.

In the section of WonderCon in San Francisco reserved for cult TV and movie actors,… Read full post »

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APRIL 6, 2010 1:54PM

The Tumble on Twitter: Ebert Vs. Breitbart

It's just getting warmed up here, but Roger Ebert and Andrew Breitbart are getting into it over on Twitter over Tim Treadwell, the sad subject of Werner Herzog's 2005 documentary "Grizzly Man." Ebert tweeted some links to some zany Werner Herzog Internet ephemera as well as a review of "Aguirre, theRead full post »

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APRIL 4, 2010 7:43PM

Michael Chiklis: Comic Book God

Michael Chiklis at WonderCon







Michael Chiklis signs copies of his new comic book "Pantheon" at WonderCon in San Francisco on Friday April 2nd. 

Comic books have been steadily losing floor space and prominence at their own conventions to the hyping of Hollywood blockbusters… Read full post »

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MARCH 29, 2010 11:09AM

Antonio Inoki: Wrestling in Antartica for Penguins

The always dapper Japanese wrestling legend and Ali opponent Antonio Inoki and I at San Francisco International Airport on Friday March 26, 2010.

Legendary Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki and his entourage were sitting in the Max's Diner concession at San Francisco International Airport on…

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MARCH 24, 2010 12:42PM

CM Punk: WrestleMania's (more than) Minor Threat

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CM Punk, a straight edge pro wrestler with a messiah complex, revels in the psychodrama (photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment).

CM Punk has that maniacal glint in his eye. He's gotten really good at the maniacal glint thing lately. He's taunting the beloved masked luchadore ReyRead full post »

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MARCH 15, 2010 2:40AM

My Breakfast with Breitbart 2: Media Jiu-Jitsu

 Lloyd Marcus
Lloyd Marcus, the unhyphenated American, sings about a GOP resurgence in 2010 set to the tune of Sinatra's "New York, New York"during the Tea Party Express event at the 2010 California Republican Party Spring Convention.

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MARCH 14, 2010 1:21PM

My Breakfast with Breitbart Part One

 Andrew Breitbart
Andrew Breitbart in front of the Tea Party Express bus at the 2010 California Republican Party Spring Convention.

The California State Republican Convention was held this weekend at the Santa Clara Hyatt right next to the Great America theme park. The park is closed for the winter, so gu… Read full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2010 11:24AM

Obama Channels WWE Wrestler John Cena in SOTU

President Obama sounded strangely familiar as he wrapped up his State of the Union address. It was that mix of mea culpas and defiance. I had heard this somewhere before. Maybe not verbatim, not word for word, but the flow was similar. And… Read full post »

The iPad? Probably the most disgusting name that the unstoppable tech giant has ever dropped on us. It sounds like the name of a virtual maxi. I keep thinking of that famous scene from the movie "Carrie" where cruel high school girls pelt Sissy Spacek with tampons while yelling, "Plug it… Read full post »