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Spider-Man, celebrity run-ins and Hooters for kids.

Hope you guys have enjoyed "Spider-Man Week" here on I-Mockery. Each day we put up a new Spidey-themed piece in preparation for the release of Spider-Man 3. For those of you who've already seen the new movie, what'd you think? I'm sure I'll be checking it out sometime soon and then will share my thoughts on it. After all, if there's one person who can pull off Venom, it's gotta be Sam Raimi.

So the other night I was out for a late walk around downtown Burbank when who do I run into? Jay Leno. He didn't have any camera crews with him, he was just out for a walk around town I guess. The studio where they film the Tonight Show is only about a mile from where we are, so it's not too surprising. Even though I'm not into his humor, it was pretty surreal just seeing him walking around in public without a camera crew or crowds of people asking for autographs.

Two days later, I'm walking in West Hollywood and I see a shiny black Escalade with tinted windows parked on the street, but one of the windows is rolled down. Who's sitting there? Mike Tyson. It's hard to miss a guy like that because a) he's got that crazy facial tattoo and b) he's just plain crazy. He stopped speaking on his phone for a minute and stared at me and I just smiled and kept walking as I could only imagine what was going through his mind. I'd venture to guess that he was wondering about eating my face or whether you spell "car" with a "c" or a "k". Either way, I didn't want to stick around to find out, and I sure as hell wasn't gonna brag to him about how I beat his ass in "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out" back in the day.

Elsewhere, Re and I were in Pasadena for a little while last weekend and couldn't help but burst into laughter as we walked by the local Hooters restaurant. No, we weren't laughing at the pathetic simps who claim they go there because, "the food is really good!"... we were laughing at this:

Hey kids, no need to bring your pacifiers!

Yep, in one window they have a sign announcing their menu for children and in the next window over they've got bikini-clad Hooters girls. Can you imagine that family gathering...

(After a long day at work, Dad arrives back at home)
Kids: "Daddy! Daddy! We're so glad you're home! We missed you!"
Dad: "Haha, oh I love you kids!"
Wife: "Honey! It's so good to see you! I made you some nice meatloaf for dinner!"
Dad: "You know what? I'm in a good mood today! I've got a steady job, I've got a loving wife and I've got two beautiful children! Ok family, hop in the car because... WE'RE GOING TO HOOTERS!"

When I was a kid, we went to Chuck E. Cheese's. Man oh man, how times have changed...

Oh and one last reminder: Don't forget tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!

Alright, on with the Spider-Man 3 discussion! Let's hear your web slingin' thoughts.



Scott (Guest) on 05/04/2007 11:35 am

I only want to see Spiderman for venom... Same way that I only bought Ultimate Spider Man so I could play as venom, same as how I only bought maximum carnage to play as venom... So... If they do something stupid to Venom besides already him not being big enough, I'm going to make my own Venom suit and just run around all day *BLARGH*-ing at people until I'm either locked up or dead. Or Venom. VENOM.


Chris (Guest) on 05/04/2007 11:44 am

That hooters thing reminds me of south park, with the "Raisons" restaurants :P


JohnBoy (Guest) on 05/04/2007 11:44 am

I met Tyson in Vegas a few years back when I was on vacation with my parents. I think it was the day after he kicked the shit outta Fancois Botha. He was really cool and let my brother and I take a picture of with him. The picture is hanging on my fridge, right nex to the picture of me with the "Time to make the donuts" guy.


ninjawolf (Guest) on 05/04/2007 3:00 pm

I probably won't go to see Spider-Man 3 for a two or three weeks and then only on a weekday afternoon or something just because the crowds are going to be so huge.


SunnyD (Guest) on 05/04/2007 3:50 pm

i went to the midnight showing (there were 4 midnight showing and they were all sold out) and i gotta say, part of spider-man's appeal is the whole peter parker/real life drama he has to go through, not just the villains (even though everyone loves venom). i mean, any comic can have cool villains, but its the geek that is peter that we all love. so the thing with the movie is that there were too many villains, the fights were good, not spectacular, but good. and they pretty cut out a ton of the drama. too many little storylines they sorta skimmed through. its worth watching, but the second is still the best.

but i gotta say, venom has the greatest line of all

"but i wanna be bad. it makes me happy"


ElSingario (Guest) on 05/04/2007 4:12 pm

You saw Tyson? You really missed your chance to mock one of the greats. I would've at least shouted "You're not Alexander!"

As for Spider-Man...I was invited to a midnight showing but,

A. I had school in the morning.

B. I didn't like the first two enough to justify waiting outside of a theater for it. They were good, but not that good.

Damn, Free Comic Book Day already? I really hate not living within 300 miles of a comic store.


Scott (Guest) on 05/04/2007 4:18 pm



doctor dumbass (Guest) on 05/05/2007 12:17 am

Well first of all, I wasn't too happy with Spider-man 3. Instead of Harry Wearing that awesome Ggoblin Armor his dad had, he wears some lame-ass new design. and he travels on a hoverboard. A FRICKEN HOVERBOARD! Sandman was ok, Venom was pretty good too. In other words, decent acting, bad script. BTW, Rog, speaking of spiderman, YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS! (it's not spam, I promise)


Black Tooth Grin (Guest) on 05/05/2007 6:51 am

DR Dumbass, the Goblin Armor suit was teh ghey.

They could have made him look cool but instead he looked like an evil power ranger.


elasticwaistbandlady (Guest) on 05/05/2007 10:38 am

I came for the pickle hat, and stayed for the rampant boobie jokes.


Dragon’s Jewel (Guest) on 05/05/2007 7:25 pm

I haven't actually seen Spiderman yet, but my husband saw the midnight showing. His opinion is that it sucks--he's harsher about it because he was expecting it to be so great. He said there were too many things going on and the action scenes were not *boom* powerful like he had hoped. He really liked Sandman tho.
And Free Comic Book Day, woooo! We have the greatest comic book store ever 10 minutes down the road, so we packed up the baby and headed down there. It was *packed* but it was nice to see so many people there and the books that they gave out were really sweet.


Adam (Guest) on 05/05/2007 10:28 pm

It was very good, all the storylines grouped together and I love how they put Eddie Brock in.
(On the way in, there was a guy with a purple t-shirt with a huge venom design [Y'know, the tarantula thing] I think I laughed too hard because he looked back at me...)


Sayscalled (Guest) on 05/05/2007 10:56 pm

I have my own little story of running into Mike Tyson. He hugged me in a South FL shopping mall, autographed a dollar bill for me (only thing I had), and yes, I still have my ears :)

I know it sounds like I'm BSing...but it really happened. The details are just too long for a blog reply.


Matt (Guest) on 05/05/2007 11:10 pm

Anyone else notice that the picture of Spider-Man for the link to the blog on the front page is doing "The Amazon" pose from the old 8-bit Pro-Wrestling game?


Ammy (Guest) on 05/06/2007 12:45 pm

I just saw Spider-Man 3 last evening...and I'm sorry to say that I was extremely disappointed. To say the least, there were too many pointless plotlines going on all at once, and the whole thing fell apart in the second half of the movie.
Although, Venom was really freaking cool.


Maarten (Guest) on 05/06/2007 2:17 pm

Just saw it three days ago.First of all it's to long .A 140 minutes of webslinging drama is not an easy ride.Also there was to much talk to less action.Like riami wanted to make a gone with the wind version of spiderman with al the "fleshing out" of the characters.I like the Eddie Brock from the movie more then i did with the comics.CGI is decent and sometimes superb although a bit blurrish occasionally (see matrix :reloaded). To bad Venom doesn't have that much screen-time...


ElSingario (Guest) on 05/06/2007 7:35 pm

Well, I saw it. And I have to say, it was much better than I expected. Too long? Possibly, but I enjoyed nearly all of it. Too many villains? Is that really a bad thing?

I think Peter should've gotten together with Ursula at the end. MJ spends to whole movie whining about her lack of talent, while Ursula makes cookies. Who would you rather spend the rest of your life with?


Scott (Guest) on 05/07/2007 1:51 am

just saw Spiderman 3 tonight, and oh my god that movie was so bad it hurt my feelings... Not shitting you at all, every major character cries at some point in the movie, and when I say "some point" I mean ALL THE FUCKING TIME... Venom was awesome, but The Sandman looked like a confused ape throughout the whole movie, with most of his lines being either "Penny", "Grunt", or "BLEAARGGHHH!!" Peter Parker goes emo, looks like he should've been listening to MCR and cutting his wrists while writing in his journal. I can sum up the entire movie with this
"How's your pie tasting sir?"
"sooo good."


The Squatch (Guest) on 05/07/2007 7:59 am

The movie was okay,the second half kinda sucked, and Eddie becomes Venom like 20 minutes from the end of the movie. If Venom had more screen time and if they took Harry out of the movie it would have been great. At least the didn't have, as Black Tooth Grin pointed out, the gay power ranger armor.


The Squatch (Guest) on 05/07/2007 8:00 am

I, of all people, hate free comic book day. When you work in a comic book store it blows. Even worse is when you are the only person scheduled to work.


Bradzilla (Guest) on 05/07/2007 10:39 am

Spider-Man 3, what can I say? Disappointed, yes, but not because of the content of the movie, it was really what the movie (all three actually) have been lacking. Spider-Man has always been the story of Peter Parker. All three movies used cooler villians, however, most Spider-Man villians suck and those are the ones I would like to see. I want to see Big Wheel, Kangaroo, The Walrus, Jack O' Lantern. How great would a movie, with one, or maybe two of them be? I know I would see it.

As for the movie itself. Topher Grace is not a very good actor, he can only play one character and that is Eric Forman, who Eddie Brock is not. Horrible casting job there Sam Raimi.


Ivan (Guest) on 05/07/2007 9:43 pm

Holy crap! Were you and Re at the Hooters on Colorado Blvd in Old Town Pasadena? I live really close to there and go on that street on occasion!


Venom (Guest) on 05/07/2007 10:37 pm

OMG I love the whole Emo-Parker part of the movie. It's hilarious! It's amazing just how one simple emo hairstyle can totally change your personality.


lol (Guest) on 05/08/2007 5:46 am

It sorta rocked, venom fucking made me jump a couple times (SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH!!!!(that and a badass face)) sandman sucked, venom dies(theres evidence that he will be coming back tho), harry dies, peter "forgives" sandman.


Blodigar- (Guest) on 05/08/2007 1:21 pm

The basic idea of the Movie is it was great, but some bad transition work in it prevent it from being the greatest Movie.

Also, one of the reasons why Venom has some questionable moments here and there is because Sam Raimi doesn't like that character, so you should've been ready for disappointments you damn nurdy geeks.


the boy (Guest) on 05/08/2007 2:08 pm

"Spider-Man 3" sucked.

The end.


mlvassallo (Guest) on 05/08/2007 2:11 pm

How can Sam Raimi NOT like Venom?

I rarely do this, but I question his taste there.

The movie really was a let-down for me but not for the same reasons everybody else though.

I wish they would have stuck to one of the MANY Spidey/Venom plot lines and not made up their own. That would have been badass instead of ho-hum.


spencerjg (Guest) on 05/08/2007 5:05 pm

the movie was ok,the only complaint i have is that they screwd up venom!!!her are the reasons that i dislike the movie venom, huge muscles(those things were huge in the comics) big long tung drool(because of no tung) white flame-ish eyes huge emblem
6.yellow claws(in the comics he had no claws what soever)
7.the web pattern on him
8.being able to peel back the suit on his face

aside from the mistake know as movie venom,this movie was great


spencerjg (Guest) on 05/08/2007 5:07 pm

i forgot to mention,in the ceremony scene where spider man gets the key to the city,you can her the band is playing the spider man theme


-RoG- (Guest) on 05/09/2007 4:38 pm

doctor dumbass, yeah I've seen that before. That's actually pretty old news... it's been floating around the web for quite a while now. Still funny nonetheless, though I don't think any foreign Spidey movie can top what they did to him in "3 Dev Adam".

Matt, wow, that's totally the same pose as Amazon from "Pro Wrestling" on the NES. Good eye!

elasticwaistbandlady, doesn't everybody?

Ivan, yep that's the one on Colorado Blvd. We're in Burbank, so it's not far from Pasadena at all.

Anyway, I still haven't had a chance to see Spider-Man 3 yet... hopefully I'll have a chance to see it soon. Proto was telling me about Emo-Spidey though and it's not sounding too good.


cj (Guest) on 05/09/2007 6:40 pm

the movie was good, but i was playing MGS # after i saw it and dreamt about Venom as Revolver Ocelot.

P>S made me sad that harry died.. :(


Quandary (Guest) on 05/10/2007 5:25 am

When I was at the Carousel Center in Syracuse, New York with my girlfriend, I was going to take her to a fancy, conjoined steakhouse, but the line was out the door and we were both in desperate need of a glass of water, so she actually suggested that we go to the Hooters adjacent to it. Awkward though it was, I agreed, and so we went to Hooters.

I can say with all honesty that the food there really was rather tasty, because Syracuse apparently had to scrape the bottom of the 'Hooters barrel' to get their waitresses. One of them was probably old enough to be my mother... It was traumatizing.

They weren't advertising their children's menu outside the store (not from the entrance within the mall, at any rate), but at the front of the store, there were a couple of Hooters girls teaching a pair of young girls (five, six years old perhaps) how to jump rope.

Oh, and, uh... Spider-Man 3... Yeah. I don't like the Spider-Man films. I'm a purist, and they fucked with the classic characters far too much.


revorger (Guest) on 05/10/2007 6:23 pm

the movie tolltaly rocked i think the funyist part is when peter used his web to knock the new goblin off his glider i also think the ending for the sand man realy sucked cus it went like this the sand man says i dident mean to kill your uncule and than peter say i for give you and than the sand man just flys off i realy hope the game will kick friking ass


spencerjg (Guest) on 05/10/2007 6:27 pm

learn to spell revorger!!!


revorger (Guest) on 05/10/2007 6:34 pm

to continue where i left off venom was pretty good he needs a difrent voice actor i think the new spider man blak suit realy rocks and i wonder something why hasent peter told his aunt may the part in the french restaurant especially the french waiter who kept saying peter last name pecker and overall id give it a million thums up


revorger (Guest) on 05/10/2007 6:37 pm

oh i fergot to mention i do not see whats so funny about emo peter


Nemu (Guest) on 05/10/2007 6:56 pm

It hurts me that Hooters turns 'kids' into a contraction. Kid's = 'kid is,' unless they have only one menu for one particular kid, in which case it's that kid's menu. Not that anyone goes to Hooters for good grammar, I'm just saying... o_o


spencerjg (Guest) on 05/11/2007 5:46 am



The Squatch (Guest) on 05/11/2007 8:05 am

I've never met Tyson, but one time at an airport I met the Iron Sheik and got his autograph on the back of a bus pass


Lone Wolf (Guest) on 05/11/2007 11:12 am

*Petitions for more Roddy Piper on I-Mockery*


Ivan (Guest) on 05/14/2007 11:58 pm

I would totally cream my pants if I saw you at the Paseo. No joke.

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