Back in early 1995, Jim Carrey was a star on the rise. Fresh off of four years on In Living Color, and with three feature films under his belt (and a fourth on the way), Hollywood loved this rubber-faced comic.
He wasn’t for everyone (and still isn’t), but in 1995, he was pretty darn popular!
And I loved him! What kid didn’t?
Barbara Walters has always been known for this unique way of interviewing celebrities. Armed with her Vaseline camera lens and ability to make celebrities cry, it seemed like she was unflappable.
That was, until the tables were turned and Jim Carrey nearly got her in an interview that aired as part of The Barbara Walters Special on March 27, 1995.
Yes, I looked that date up.
It’s a nice interview – Carrey and Walters discuss his career, his family, his struggles in both life and his rise to fame, we see some of his impressions, he’s candid…and he’s heartfelt. When you get to the end, you’ll see why.
Come for the nostalgia, movie clips, and a good interview that doesn’t show Carrey acting like his goofball persona…and stay for the heartstring tugging.
Click play below, and witness all the feels!
The commercial at the end of the video was not cut off by me for the purpose of this article. My mom really did stop the tape right there.
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FRISCO, TX-North Texas is a mecca for museum patrons and a Valhalla for videogame fans.
In addition to such world-class facilities as the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, the area is home to the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, a rapidly growing city north of Dallas.
Occupying 10,000 square feet of the Frisco Discovery Center, the NVM, which is set to open April 2, contains thousands of videogame consoles, cartridges, discs, handhelds and other artifacts on display, including such rarities as an unreleased Atari Mindlink controller, a vaunted Stadium Events cartridge for the NES, an unreleased Barbie-themed Nintendo Game Boy Pocket system, a 1990 Nintendo World Championships cartridge, and an RDI Halcyon laserdisc-based console.
While these and other scarce, highly valuable items will remain behind lock-and-key, much of the museum, including such coin-op classics as Asteroids, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders, is interactive.
With anticipation and excitement building for the opening of what is one of the coolest places in the country, I interviewed NVM co-founder Joe Santulli.
BRETT WEISS: What is your first videogame memory, and what impression did it make on you? Did you fall in love with the medium right away?
JOE SANTULLI: My best friend Kevin Oleniacz hopped aboard the videogame phenomenon right off the bat. He had the original Odyssey and a couple of the early Pong variants. Kevin and I used to hang out at alternating homes every Sunday. I secretly disliked the alternating week that was at MY home because Kevin had the coolest stuff. We were both hooked, and we had some fierce matches in the early ’70s.
WEISS: What made you go from mere gamer to fanzine publisher [Digital Press], convention coordinator [Classic Gaming Expo], webmaster [digitpress.com], store owner [Digital Press Videogames], and now museum curator? In other words, what is it about videogames that made you devote a significant portion of your life to them?
SANTULLI: I’ve been asked this question before, but I don’t have a proper answer. From the thrill of competition to the spirit of adventure to the challenge of collecting to the wonder of the art, videogaming was and probably always be a necessary companion in my life. Each of those progressions you list just sort of “happened.” One flowed into the other as if it were a natural path. It’s very “zen”!
WEISS: What is your favorite arcade game of all time and why?
SANTULLI: I think anyone from my generation who grew up in the arcades has a long list of favorites. There’s the one you competed with your friends or an arcade rival for the high score on. There’s the one that blew your mind with its originality, graphics, or sound. There’s the one you actually got your girlfriend to play with you. There’s the one you pumped so many quarters into that you didn’t have money to pay for [insert important thing here]. And, of course, you never forget “your first.” Taking all of these things into consideration, I’m going to choose Nintendo’s Punch-Out!! as my favorite of all time. I mastered it to the point where I would stop punching when the score read 999,990 just so I wouldn’t set it back to zero. I loved that there were quality home versions of it. I eventually bought one for my home, the only arcade machine I’ve ever had in my house. Later, I bought another one for my store. I loved the characters, the massive sprites, the clever balance between reflexes and memorization, and I loved the sport of boxing growing up, so this game had it all for me.
WEISS: What is your favorite console game of all time and why?
SANTULLI: That one is a little easier to answer than arcade game. It’s Bethesda’s Skyrim. Until that game came out, it was Atari’s Adventure for the 2600. There are a lot of parallels: the game is focused around the threat of several dragons. There are many locations with things going on in real time in places other than where you are. The games have a start and an end but everything in between is non-linear (at least in the best mode of Adventure, “game 3”). Skyrim wins because it’s really big, really beautiful, and you can play the game however you want: as a good guy or bad guy, through brute force or stealth, using any number of weapons or magic. It’s a great place to lose yourself after a busy day of work!
WEISS: Other than the obvious theme, what is it about the National Videogame Museum that sets it apart from other museums?
SANTULLI: Although tech museums are making great strides at being as interactive as possible, we’ve made each exhibit interactive by default. If you find yourself peering through glass and reading endless text, you’re not in our museum. We left the long, detailed stories up to Wikipedia and instead decided to present our visitors with great stories bundled into rich, colorful, interactive exhibits. You’re going to be able to touch things. Experience the tactile stuff that gamers have experienced for the last 40 years. And you’re going to play. A lot.
WEISS: What is the admission fee to the museum, and what will that get you?
SANTULLI: Twelve dollars gets you an admission ticket and four tokens to “Pixel Dreams,” the museum’s embedded arcade. There are 10,000 square feet of sheer joy here for videogamers. Exhibits are themed and interactive: in “Pre-Historic,” you’ll play on the world’s largest home Pong console while surrounded by walls of ’70s home systems. In “Evolution of The Controller,” you’ll get to try out some of the more unusual controllers throughout history while facing a literal armada of interesting and innovative controllers. There’s an ’80s living room, a signature of ours from the Classic Gaming Expo days. And we’ve brought in North Texas’ most talented artists to bring your favorites to life. There is so much to see and do that we’re wondering if anyone will voluntarily walk out.
WEISS: Talk a little bit about the museum’s arcade? Will it use tokens? Quarters? How many games does it have, and what are they? What is the atmosphere like?
SANTULLI: We wanted to build an ’80s-themed arcade like the ones we grew up with. The ones that the industry grew up with. That’s exactly what we’ve done. “Pixel Dreams” has 40 arcade games, primarily from 1980-1986. The most popular classics are present: Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, Dig Dug, Joust, Missile Command, Frogger, Q*Bert…but also a few rare surprises like Mappy, Zoo Keeper, Road Runner, and Red Baron. The room is bathed in black light and florescent paint, neon signs and lots of trippy artwork. Eighties music plays on a quad stereo system all day and all night. And all of the machines run on custom tokens that bear the museum logo on one side and our mascot “Blip” and the arcade logo on the other.
WEISS: What about the console area?
SANTULLI: There isn’t really a “console area,” though we did dub one of the walls “The Head to Head Hall.” In this hall, 10 game systems will be set up in various formations depending on the day. For tournaments, there may be 10 Street Fighter IV setups. For special events like the week of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary, 10 different Sonic the Hedgehog games. On any other random day of the week, any other random systems, maybe some you’ve never had the opportunity to play for or even knew existed! One wall has a long table of old tech?can you run a Timex Sinclair game? There is a whole room dedicated to handheld gaming with four play stations to try them out.
WEISS: Why is it important to remember the history of videogames?
SANTULLI: It’s a national treasure! Like any other history, we need to remember where it all began and how the story unfolds. We are heading into a digital age where physical media is becoming extinct. You don’t actually have to go to a game store anymore to get your favorite videogames. We want to make sure that the past is captured somewhere. I would like to point out that this museum isn’t only about videogaming past, it also celebrates the present and future of the industry!
The National Videogame Museum
8004 Dallas Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034
Admission: $12; arcade games cost 25 cents per play.
Opening date: April 2
Brett Weiss is the author of the “Classic Home Video Games” series (McFarland Publishers) and of The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 (Schiffer Publishing). For more info, check out his blog: www.brettweisswords.com.
Well, since the Projectionist has been missing for the last few weeks so to speak I was emboldened to invite the talented Author down here to the Retroist Vault for a little Q and A about her work and the Television series itself.
Vic Sage: Hey, Alyse! Welcome to the Retroist Vault. I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come down here and chat with me about your fantastic new book, Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th the Series. Alyse Wax: Thanks! VS: Would you mind telling us what gave you the idea of publishing a book that not only details all 72 episodes of one of my favorite 1980s television series but also offers interviews with the cast and crew of those episodes? AW: I have been obsessed with Friday the 13th: The Series since I was about nine or ten years old. I mean, obsessed. In the early 1990s, at the dawn of the internet, I started the first F13 internet fan club. In the late 1990s I made my own fanzine. Flash forward to my 30s, and I am a journalist who specializes in the horror genre – something that I never even imagined was a “thing!” Being surrounded by dedicated horror fans, I found that I was not the only one who loved the series, and I started toying with an idea to write a book about the show. I figured I was covering 10+ TV shows per week for FEARnet.com, on top of other articles for the site, so I figured, how hard could it be to write a book? LOL. A friend who has been published referred me to Bearmanor Media. A page-long proposal was met with an email a few hours later that said, “Guess what? You just sold a book.” It was almost too easy! VS: I really was blown away by the interviews in your book, it gives some great insight on not just the fun of what it was like on those sets but also the difficulty in bringing such a quality show to television. How easy was it to secure interviews with the likes of Louise Robey, John LeMay, and Executive Producer for the series Frank Mancuso Jr.? AW: Surprisingly easy. A little bit of internet sleuthing led me to their agents, and their agents set me up with them. Both Louise Robey and John LeMay were more than happy to help. In fact, almost everyone I reached out to was more than happy to contribute. The only one that was tough to get was Frank Mancuso Jr. He is very busy and I suspect he thought that this was just some silly fanzine interview or something. Luckily a friend of mine was able to get his agent to contact Frank’s agent and in the end, I got a solid hour on the phone with him. VS: In Curious Goods you have some amazing and heartfelt interviews supplied by The Twilight Zone Companion’s Marc Scott Zicree, in particular for the first season episode “Doctor Jack”. I am a huge fan of the Twilight Zone and I have shared a project or two of Zicree’s on the Retroist before. Are you too a Twilight Zone fan? What is your favorite episode? AW: Of course I am a fan! You are not allowed to be a horror fan without being a fan of The Twilight Zone. It was Zicree’s Twilight Zone Companion that showed me that you could actually write a book about television. “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” was always the episode that stuck with me, more than any other. I liked the “double whammy” of an ending. VS: For myself when I was watching Friday the 13th the Series the character I most identified with was Ryan Dallion, he was a kid at heart and I found myself really looking up to him, and to be fair the rest of the characters who were putting their lives on the line to wrong evils. Sorry for the spoilers for our readers but in the Season 3 two-part episode entitled “The Prophecies” by the end of the second part Ryan is transformed back into a child and though he was alive and would be fine…I found myself almost in mourning for like a week after the episode aired. AW: I remember mourning over a LOT of episodes! VS: In Curious Goods you make a mention of how you were hooked on the series thanks to Louise Robey’s portrayal of Micki Foster, would you mind telling our readers what it was that made her your favorite character? AW: Though I didn’t realize it when I was a kid, Louise was the first redhead I ever saw on television. As a redhead myself, I identified with her immediately. The 1980s didn’t have many redheaded heroines. Of course, it was more than that. I grew up watching 1980s slashers and Married With Children, both of which do not have a great history with strong female role models. Micki was nothing like that. She was intelligent, she was strong, and she managed to save herself more than the boys ever saved themselves. “Bedazzled” and “And Now the News” are the two episodes that best demonstrate Micki’s strength to me. “Wedding Bell Blues” was also hugely influential to me, with the way Micki handled Johnny. She was never whiny, never weak. And she was beautiful. I always wanted to look like Micki. VS: As I mentioned in the review of your book this series was a huge part of my young adulthood. My top three favorite episodes are “The Inheritance”, not just because it’s the first episode and I think strongly sets up the rules of the series but you also had that incredibly horrifying porcelain doll named Veda. AW: She was a bitch, that doll! Apparently, that episode gave Channing Tatum a life-long fear of porcelain dolls. (And it did an excellent job setting up the “rules” of the series, something which the show did a great job sticking to.) VS: My second favorite is probably “And Now the News” where Micki and Ryan have to track down a cursed radio that offers solutions to problems thanks to a broadcast announcement…heck…the radio doesn’t even have to be plugged in to work. Of course being a cursed antique means it needs a horrible death to offer a solution to the owner which in this case is Dr. Carter, a “miracle worker” at the The Maseo Institute for the Criminally Insane. AW: This was also a favorite of mine, although the snake scene at the beginning of this episode was one of the main factors that made me phobic of snakes! This episode also had some of the best anecdotes. VS: Last but not least for myself is “Scarlet Cinema”, being a huge Universal Monsters fan even in my youth I kind of couldn’t be prepped to love this episode where the gang of Curious Goods are after a film camera that after being given three victims will grant the wish of the owner. Which in this case involves a big fan of Universal’s 1941 classic The Wolf Man. AW: This one never really “spoke” to me as a kid, and I don’t know why. It is a great episode. VS: Alyse, I totally understand if this is a case of picking your favorite children but what might your three favorite episodes be? AW: “The Charnal Pit,” the last episode. It was so beautiful to look at, and it was another great example of Micki’s strength. I remember showing this episode to some friends, and they couldn’t understand the “lure” of de Sade – he was older and overweight and bald. But I knew, I understood the allure. I was probably about ten at the time and had no idea who the Marquis de Sade was.
“The Long Road Home.” I hate Johnny with such a passion, something that still flickered up as an adult. But beside that, this was a true horror movie. A young couple stranded in the middle of nowhere, a couple crazy hillbillies trying to do unspeakable things to them. To this day that is still one of my favorite horror movie tropes.
“Wedding Bell Blues.” This was a Micki-focused episode, and I liked that, and I LOVE how she cuts down Johnny at every turn.
I have to give honorable mentions to “And Now the News,” “Repetition,” and “Scarecrow.” When I was a kid, “Doorway to Hell” was one of my favorites, but as an adult, I have no idea what I saw in that episode! VS: Friday the 13th the Series’ plot of tracking down cursed and sometimes just evil artifacts is brilliant and certainly lends itself well to a weekly series, look at the SyFy channels similar premise with Warehouse 13. Do you feel that the series itself could be revived today with a new cast…maybe have Micki and Ryan filling in the role that Jack Marshak (Chris Wiggins) did of the older and wiser character? AW: Absolutely. That may, in part, be because I just want the series back. But in actuality, genre television is SO BIG right now. CW is developing an F13 (based on the movies, not the show) series; there are shows like The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Bates Motel, Teen Wolf, The Originals, Penny Dreadful, Scream, Scream Queens, Supernatural, The Strain, American Horror Story, Grimm… and these are are just the series that are currently in production. There are a half-dozen in development that I can think of off the top of my head. Genre television is hugely popular right now, so bringing back the gang would do very well! VS: I want to thank you again for taking the time to come down here and visiting us today, Alyse. I’m not trying to put you on the spot but as a fan of the series I really want to thank you for Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th the Series. Informative and blessedly informal. AW: Thanks for having me! Trust me, this is a dream of mine: to talk non-stop about F13! VS: Before you leave…I’m sorry…I have to ask. Which object would you most like to possess for good or ill? AW: Umm… probably the pocket watch in “13 o’clock.” I always loved the idea of having an hour to myself, especially in the middle of the night! I don’t think I would have done anything nefarious with that hour. As a kid, I just wanted an hour to watch the crazy late-night monster movies without worrying I would wake up my parents. VS: Before you go, Alyse, I thought you might like to see this vintage interview with Louise Robey from The Late Show back in 1988!
Hey there fiends! Remember a few weeks prior when I turned you on to the latest and greatest glam rock superstars to explode upon the scene in decades; the one and only WICKED? Well, it just so happens I recently had a chance to sit down with the guys; Chad Michael (lead vocals/guitar), Danny Döll (bass guitar/vocals), Scotty V (lead guitar/vocals) and JP Clubs (drums) and discuss all manner of rockin’ n’ rollin’ ruminations!
What led you to take up the mantle of glam rock icons?
Danny Döll: It was kind of one of those things that we were always drawn to. I’m the oldest, so I have always been into that kind of rock n’ roll with showmanship and it kind of wore out on the other guys…and we like sticking out!
So who comprises the calamitous crowds at your amazing live shows?
DD: It’s funny; we all have our own kind of character thing going on, so it’s like we all draw different people…we always have young kids there that are really into it, which is always awesome to see the new generation going, and there’ll be older people who actually lived it; it’s great seeing that kind of range…it’s awesome! It’s funny, there’ll be fans of JP who wouldn’t necessarily be fans of us, and they just love his persona…or vice verse…it’s pretty crazy!
You guys have played some ginormous gigs like Rocklahoma. How has that treated ya?
DD: We’ve done it 2 years, and it just keeps getting bigger! The first year we were down there Guns N’ Roses were there! We just kind of took the stage by storm, and the crowds were huge…it’s like the old days. People are screaming’ and singing along…this year it was even better! We walk around and hand out flyers, but this year people were coming up to us in droves saying “Holy s***, Wicked’s here!” and that was really cool to experience!
Are ya headin’ back next year?
DD: Actually we are probably going to take a twist and change the course. We are thinking of maybe going to the West Coast. We have our new album coming out, and as soon as it hits, we’re going to start booking that; we’re supporting that on our own, so that’ll be awesome!
Have you guys played the West Coast before?
DD: We’ve played from the East Coast to the Mid-West so far, so it’s going to be our first time out there!
Do you dig the larger venues?
DD: Yeah, we’re an arena rock band, I mean we’ll come in and blow through a set anywhere, but we’re really faceted around that big theatrical show like you used to see in the 70’s…you know like Alice Cooper, KISS, you name it! We’ve got the big stage set-up; all the amps, fog machines, lights, drum riser and everything, so it’s a big event; it’s a huge show!
Since this is The Retroist and all, let’s get all warm and cozy with a lil’ nostalgia! What were the first concerts each of you attended?
D.D. My first concert was Van Halen with Sammy Haggar. I still want to see The Scorpions…I would love to see a band like that.
Chad Michael: Danny and I are brothers, and we would always travel to concerts when we were young. I was lucky enough to head out to Jones Beach with him and we saw Cruefest…that was my first concert. We always went to see KISS and all of the 70’s rock bands…that’s my favorite genre.
Scotty V: My first concert was Aerosmith and Motley Crue…obviously that had a little bit of an influence on me [laughs]!
JP: My first was Buckcherry!
Damn, you guys really make a ghoul feel old! But, just thinking about that makes me think back to my misspent youth…a time when like KISS were like…well, almost like super-heroes…and you guys are definitely re-capturing that aesthetic!
D.D.: Yeah, that’s the idea! We love all of that!
JP: We grew up with all of that kind of stuff! That’s what drove us to want to have a “personality” ourselves, but also to want to be a group; like a team of superheroes!
D.D.: Even if you get into a lot of the lyrics, it’s all orientated to that; things about Valhalla and cool s*** like that!
Any plans for a comic series based on WICKED?
D.D.: It’s funny you should say that; we actually do! Right now we have a couple of artists drawing up a comic about us! It’s kind of in that anime style of drawing, and we are really looking forward to that.
Speaking of comic book related things, you guys always have a presence at Scare-A-Con. Any plans on branchin’ out to other conventions?
D.D.: We’re looking to do that in the future…that’s something we really want to ramp up jumping off from Scare-A-Con. We love that kind of stuff, and we have a lot of friends that do cosplay and stuff. We’d really like to be able to put on a show at one of them too. We’ve done Scare-A-Con for a few years, and they have a few after hours party opportunities, but they haven’t gotten us in to play, and that’s the one thing people always ask when they’ve gotten to meet us there; “Man we’d love to see you put on a show”, so hopefully in the near future!
Let’s shift gears a bit and talk about the new album you have coming out!
D.D.: That’s right; LIFE ALIVE! It’s coming out on vinyl and it’s a live album; live recorded. We’ve listened to the test pressing of it, and it’s just unbelievable! We can’t wait for it to come out; it’s coming to be a really big thing for us! We can’t wait for our fans to get it in their hands!
Would you say WICKED is more geared towards being predominately a live band?
D.D.: Absolutely a live band! That’s what we gear everything we do around. Even when we recorded our original demo limited release ORIGINS [which I have had the pleasure of listening to and absolutely love the livin’ crap out of! – DXIII], it was pretty much all live in the studio. We want to show you exactly what we do live; there’s no tricks, no ten back-up singers behind the curtain doing Chad’s lead vocals…it’s all about the rock n’ roll, you know what I mean? Quite honestly, we work hard on our musicianship and we want people to see all of the hard work we put into it!
J.P.: Rock n’ Roll baby!!!rock n’ roll
For more WICKED action, be sure to visit their website and Facebook pages…and tell ’em XIII sent ya!
Hey creeps! As you may be aware, there is nothin’ that sets my lil’ black heart a-flutter more than a good ol’ fright flick…but, there is a close second for my arcane admiration, and that dear fiends is the diabolical decibels of heavy metal, especially deafening ditties from the glory days of the 1980’s!
But, that’s not to say there isn’t any worthy metal to keep the fires burning in these here modern times; no ghouls there are many a band these days that echo the classic sound of their denim clad forefathers, and one such band that really holds the retro-metal flag high is Sweden’s own NIGHT! Here, check out the latest video from the band entitled Out of the Ashes, and tell me it doesn’t slap a ten mile grin across your puss as it get’s your cute lil’ head a-bangin’!
Wasn’t that just tha Bee(lzebub)’s Knees? Ya, you know it was! So, now that you’ve had a taste of NIGHT’s supersonic serenadin’, want to learn a bit more about this blisterin’ band? Well, yer in luck buddy, ‘cuz recently I had the opportunity to ask guitar god Midnight Proppen himself a few quick questions!
First of all, let me say a word of thanks to you on behalf of metal maniacs everywhere for keepin’ the classic metal sound alive! Speakin’ of classics, what bands influenced your sound?
Midnight Proppen: Thank you! Ah, our influences are many, but I would say that our biggest influences are bands like Saxon and Judas Priest, good ol’ heavy metal, so to speak!
You went on tour with one of my fav bands recently; the uber-theatrical (and equally classic rock influenced albeit in a more comic-booky satanic vein) Ghost B.C.. How did the crowd embrace your sound?
MP: The tour was fantastic! Although we went on a little bit too early most nights, the crowd really treated us well! I think that our music lies fairly near Ghost’s in one sense, so the crowd was almost with us from the get-go every night!
So, you crazy cats got a new album percolatin’. What do you have in store for your faithful fanatics?
MP: Well, if you liked the album that’s out now, your gonna love this one! Its really everything that the last album wasn’t; so you are in for a real treat!
Your video for “OUT OF THE ASHES” is freakin’ killer! It features not only comic book visuals, but plenty o’ laughs! What made you guys concoct a cocktail equal parts hard rockin’ and hilarious?
MP: Haha, well I for one think that most music-videos today are somewhat boring, anyone can film themselves doing playback to a song. Our way of doing it for the last few videos takes a little bit more planning and time to do, but I think it shows in the result! And also we love the music videos from the 80s, which had a lot of humor in them, and that goes well with ourselves as well.
So, are you guys comin’ to the good ol’ U.S. of A. any time soon?
MP: No plans as of yet, but you never know what the future holds! We sure would love to come to the US and play some rock!
Any final message for our rockin’ readers?
MP: Be sure to check out our Facebook and our shop to satisfy your NIGHT needs! Other than that, keep the spirit of rock n’ roll alive!
Thanks Midnight! Now, let’s all raise our fists and hail the mighty NIGHT and rock n’ roll!