Monday, April 30, 2012

Whatever happened to the Stooges movie?

Stooges Sighting in NoHo!

Happy Monday, everyone!

So - have you seen it yet?

Granted, it's still in theaters, but it sure seems to have come and gone without making much of a splash.

It's holding its own (48% on Rotten Tomatoes) but Oscar nominations don't seem to be in the works, at least for right now.

Too bad, but not really unexpected, eh?

Oh well, at least I can keep seeing the smiling face of Will Sasso, et al, on the window of Floyd's Barbershop as I drive to work, till they start getting graffiti'd and then quietly removed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Horrors, I forgot to blog this week!!

Actually, I didn't forget. I just kept remembering, and then telling myself what a horrible person I was, and then going to to play yet another game of checkers with the soulless computer I like to call "You Idiot!"

And speaking of games - did you know there is an official Stooges version of the classic board and dice game Yahtzee?
And this too!

That's a little less surprising, given how many weird versions of Monopoly are out there. You can even get "Anti-Monopoly":

And do you think the Parker Brothers care? I don't. I bet they love it. They're probably rolling in dough no matter who uses the name "Monopoly", or how, as long as they pay the royalties.

Which (to get back to the Stooges, which is, after all, what this blog is supposed to be about) is probably how the Howard and Fine descendants feel about the Movie - no matter how crappy it is, they get some dough.

And they deserve it too! I would, however, suggest they check to make sure the cash doesn't look like this:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Why I, as a woman, love the Stooges - second try!

OK, sorry about that! I gave my last post the, as it turned out, wildly misleading title "Why I, as a woman, love the Three Stooges", but then went off on a rant about how it's OK to love movies that other people don't, etc.

(I won't recap in detail. You can read it yourself if you really want to.)

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Why do I say, against all the opinions out there to the contrary, that women can and DO love the Three Stooges?

Well, first of all:  I love the Three Stooges! And dammit, I am a woman!

Second: The Stooges are SWEETHEARTS! They're always trying to rescue little old ladies or fix up pretty girls with their true loves. Plus they're good to have around in case of those occasional plumbing mishaps.

Third: In real life LOTS of women loved the Stooges. They were all married (some more than once - Curly, I'm lookin' at you!) and had kids. So it's ALWAYS been wrong to say that NO women ever loved the Stooges!

Bottom line is: if you're a woman who's always felt kind of "off" because you do indeed love the greatest comedy team that ever drew breath - you're not alone!

Join me in my quest to reeducate the whole darn world!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why I, as a woman, like the Three Stooges

OK, so the movie is out and it's doing so-so, which was probably to be expected.

Rotten Tomatoes now shows it at 44% positive, down from 50% last week. 

But you know what? So what?!? One of my all-time favorites, the 1980 version of "Popeye", only scores 57%, and I don't care - I still love it and can sing every song from the Harry Nillson score at the slightest provocation.

He needs me he needs me, he needs me he needs me,
he needs me he needs meeeeeeee!!!

So if you've seen the Stooges movie and you love it, great! Humor is totally subjective anyway. What makes one person laugh may make another person puke their guts out.

Which is EXACTLY what happened when I saw this one, in 1981:

Yukko! Just SEEING that reminds me of the taste of stale movie theater popcorn rising up out of my sensitive tummy, in reaction to the first half-hour's HORRIBLY UNFUNNY jokes! And I'm not the only one who felt that way!

But ... dang ... it got 4 stars on Amazon; it's been issued on DVD; and there's even (gulp!) a sequel!

God help us all ...

Monday, April 16, 2012

A very Stoogely Monday to you!

Hi everybody!

Hope you're enjoying your Monday. I'm really grateful to the Farrelly Brothers for motivating me (indirectly, of course!) to update this blog after an absence of two years. And I'm sure my millions of loyal followers were just destitute during that time (nyuk nyuk!).

This will be a short post because, like Curly after a run-in with Moe, or Larry after a run-in with Curly, or Moe after a run-in with Larry or Curly, or ... (keep going, knucklehead, you get the picha! nyuk nyuk!), anyway, I'm in HORRIBLE HIDEOUS PAIN.

Fortunately, no one got a grip on my hair, or my necktie - just my knee.

Feels like it's been whacked by a sledgehammer - OWWWW!!

But being a dedicated employee of Cinderella Laminated Shims, I'm powering through till my physical therapy appointment tomorrow.

Wonder if I'll get Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine or Dr. Howard?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

First Reviews - kinda meh so far!

Well, the first reviews are starting to trickle in and so far it’s looking kinda iffy for our (new) Guys!

It’s about 50/50 on the “Rotten Tomatoes” website.

However, upon closer examination, I think there’s grounds to disqualify at least one of the negative reviews – specifically, that of the otherwise great and incomparable Roger Ebert.

Now I don't know about you, but when I read this review, the first thing that jumped out at me was:

“Growing up, I missed the whole Three Stooges thing. Either they weren't on the station in my hometown, or we hadn't bought a TV set yet, or they came to town too late for me. I'm pretty sure that at the right age, I would have loved them.”

Hey, wise guy! No one who didn’t – or doesn’t – appreciate the comic genius that IS (er, was) the original Three Stooges should have the authority to sit in judgment on this movie!

Rog, you’re a genius, and all due respect & etc., but frankly, since you blatantly admit you don’t like the Stooges anyway, you should have just recused yourself from this review, like any self-respecting judge!

Anyway, he goes on to say he “didn’t laugh much” (uh oh, Farrelly Bros., not a good sign since this is supposed to be a comedy, I think), and concludes:

“I don't think the Stooges are funny, although perhaps I might once have. Some of the sight gags were clever, but meh. The three leads did an admirable job of impersonation. I think this might be pretty much the movie Stooges fans were looking for. I have no idea what their children will think about it. I guess what I'm wondering is, was it really necessary?”

Awwww, come on, Rog! It’s ALWAYS necessary to remind the public what great talents the Three Stooges were! And if it takes a crappy mid-level modern-day remake to do it, then I’m all for it!

I’ll keep you posted if any better reviews come out – by anyone who actually LIKES the Stooges fawgawdsake …

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

An ode to Will Sasso as Curly, and an apology (of sorts)

Longtime readers of the original Women Who Run With the Stooges page may remember that I had sort of a love/hate relationship with Will Sasso, who’s playing "Curly" in that new Farrelly brothers movie.

The thing is, I got a big crush on him when he was on MadTV because (a) he LOOKED like Curly and (b) I loved me some Curly!

Classic airplane sketch with Will Sasso and "Miss Swan"
(aka Alex Borstein, now the voice of Lois in Family Guy!)

So I set up this auxiliary page called: Hopelessly Devoted to Will Sasso! And a lot of people liked it!

But then – Will changed. And here’s where I’m going to sound like a mean hypocritical bitch, but so be it.
Will Sasso (gasp) LOST WEIGHT!!!

And I might have been able to deal with that - but then he got into this weird pro wrestling thing with some guy named Bret Hart.

And I HATE wrestling.

So I started posting things like this in my "Comments" section:

Oh, and by the way, I no longer care at all, not one itty bitty iota, about Will Sasso, so please stop writing to me and sending me his new web page address, asking me for video clips, etc., or else I will rename the page, "Hopelessly Devoted to KILLING Will Sasso," and then where will my Stooges fans be when I'm languishing in the slammer, and no Martha Stewart in sight to help me make curtains for my barred window?? Think about it!!


Okay, I don't mean to be rude or anything, but please read this carefully before you send me e-mail, okay? I DO NOT HAVE ANY WILL SASSO VIDEOS, CDS, DVDS, TAPES, MP3S, or any other Sasso stuff. I AM NOT IN PERSONAL CONTACT WITH WILL SASSO (despite my best efforts!). Also, I AM NO LONGER HOPELESSLY DEVOTED to Will Sasso, I just keep this site online because a lot of people complained when I deactivated it. So please don't write to me & ask me for Sasso stuff & info - I don't have it and I don't care! (But I don't want to be rude - so let me add, PLEASE! nyuk nyuk!)

Pretty clearcut, eh?

Well - eons passed ("site last updated: November 14, 2004"), and times changed - and hey! So did Will!

Now he’s apparently embraced his inner Curly (yay!) and gained back a little bit of that cute chubbiness (not too much, Will! We want you to stay healthy! Just a little big tummy is fine!).

So whether or not the movie is successful, I’ll tip my pen to Will Sasso and thank him for bringing our beloved Curly back to the big screen, where he belongs – if only for a few short days, before it goes direct to DVD!

Will Sasso IS Curly! (sort of!)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Welcome, Kindle readers!

If you're reading this, chances are you're reading it on your Kindle. I deduce this because (a) I just made it available for Kindle yesterday and (b) I haven't had a whole lot of hits here lately (nyuk nyuk!).

So WELCOME! And thanks for giving my blog a chance. I know it's always a gamble, subscribing to a blog on the Kindle, when you could just as easily get it for free online. (Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have said that!) But hey, you get that great 14-day free trial, so please - gimme a chance! I'll do my best to make it worth your while!

A little background: My name is Christine Lehman, and a looonnnnggg looonnggg time ago - way back in the previous century - there was this thing called the Internet. It was brand new and really cool. One night, while sitting in my un-air-conditioned apartment near downtown Los Angeles, watching "Sex and the City" on my 13-inch portable TV (fun fact: the cable cost more than the rent), wearing a red silk nightgown and drinking Two Buck Chuck, I mused on something I'd heard earlier that evening on Seinfeld: "Women do NOT like the Three Stooges!"

I looked at myself in the mirror. Boobs - check. No penis - check. And yet, I liked the Three Stooges. "Hey!" I sputtered (spilling some of my precious precious wine). "Ain't I a woman?"

Yes indeedy! And thus a website was born: the non-infamous Women Who Run With The Stooges!

It became an instant hit - well, sort of. Nowhere near as much of a hit as the Hamsterdance, or Eric Conveys an Emotion.

But still, I got a respectable 20,000 hits within a couple of years. Which sounds laughable today, but hey, as someone who was kind of unpopular in high school (and junior high, and grade school, and probably in the womb), I was thrilled! I felt like Sally Field ("You like me!")

I even got interviewed! Not once, but twice! Once by a newspaper in Cleveland (I think), and once by a radio station in Florida (I think). I tried to save the data but it's gotten lost in the mists of time.

Still, it happened! Really!

The only thing that didn't happen was that I didn't impress the guy I was currently dating* enough to make him KEEP dating* me. We broke up and I moped around for a while, till I met the guy I'm currently dating* (and married to!).

More on the history of the Stoogeswoman - and some cool stuff about the upcoming movie - next post!

*(and yes, "dating" is a euphemism for something else! Use your filthy imagination!)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Why you - I'll moida you! Nyuk nyuk!

Hey Stooges Women!

Yes, your friendly neighborhood Stooges Woman is BACK!

And with the release of that new movie by, er, what's-their-names? the something brothers? I've decided to take full advantage of the possibility that someone with a Kindle might actually want to READ this stuff, nyuk nyuk!

So stay tuned! I'll be posting Stooges updates, reviews of the movie and all the Stoogely news your little heart desires!

And for those of you who are new to the whole "Stooges Woman" concept, here's a link to the website that started it all: