Actor-Sheriff Clifton James Dies At 96

Clifton James, left, met RECOiL actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of the 1975 film Bear and the Outlaw. The concept of a police chase encompassing the entire plot of the film was ahead of its time as evidenced by the movies obscurity. Two years later Smokey and the Bandit would become a runaway hit.

Gladstone, OR—Clifton James, best known for playing the character of Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond movies, died Saturday from complications of diabetes. He was 96. 

Besides playing a sheriff alongside Bond in both “The Man with the Golden Gun” as well as the worst James Bond film, “Live and Let Die,” James also played a sheriff in “Superman II,” “Silverstreak,” “RECOiL” and “The Reivers.”

He also played a sheriff on the small screen in TV shows like “The A-Team” and “Dukes of Hazard.” James played non-sheriff roles in “All My Children” and “Gunsmoke.”

He is survived by his six children. 

Don Rickles Dies, You Jerk

Don Rickles

Don Rickles, left, playfully strangles future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of roast of some sort in 1977.

Los Angeles—Famed late night show stalwart, actor and insult comic Don Rickles died at his home Thursday from kidney failure. He was 90.

Best known most recently as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, Rickles also appeared in such films as “Casino,” “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes,” “RECOiL” and “Dennis the Menace Strikes Again.”

He also was on television in “The Don Rickles Show,” “C.P.O. Starkey,” “Murphy Brown” and “Burke’s Law.”

He won an Emmy in 2008 for his work on “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.” 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter Mindy and two grandchildren. 

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist And Serial Killer Pen Pal Jimmy Breslin Dies

Jimmy Breslin, center, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, in the 1960’s on the set of a Piels beer commercial. “Piels—it’s a good drinkin’ beer!”

New York— Journalist and novelist Jimmy Breslin, who made a career writing for newspapers back when people could make a career writing for newspapers, died Sunday. He was 88.

Breslin first made national headlines when he was attacked in 1970 by mobster Jimmy Burke after an investigative piece he wrote disparaged a fellow mobster. In 1977, Breslin began receiving letters from the Son of Sam while working at the New York Post.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1986. He also worked for the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday.

He also appeared on the big screen in such classic films as “Summer of Sam,” “If I Ever See You Again” and “RECOiL.”

He is survived by his second wife, Ronnie Eldridge, and four children. 

Erich Mrak Is Releasing A New Single Today: “With You”

Toronto— With 2017 well underway, Erich Mrak today releases his second single of the year, “With You.” Written by Erich, and produced by Bento (Erich’s in-house producer), it showcases a more pop oriented side of Erich. The song itself centers around the unwillingness to commit, presented through intense verses, bouncy production, and mellow choruses, intertwined with synths.

“With You” is Erich’s second of many releases planned for 2017. “With You” is available for streaming through a private Soundcloud link below, and will be available through all major streaming services, such as Soundcloud, Spotify, and Apple Music, upon release on March 14th, 2017.

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You are now musically informed. Go and do likewise. 

A Parents’ Guide To Current Street Slang

Parent coolness is at an all-time high.

Between 20 to 40 years ago parenting was at an all time low with respect to coolness. But parents these days are cooler than ever. It is expected that parenting will, again, become uncool in the coming years.

These days, if you’re a parent, it can seem downright impossible to keep up with the verbiage slung about by a child, especially a teenager. Not only do they seem to switch from being a fan of Justin Bieber to Lance Bass and then back to Justin Bieber again, but they change lingo almost as quickly. And if you do happen to catch the latest episode of “Riverdale” or “Beverly Hills 90210,” there is a real chance you won’t be able to follow along with who is in love with who or whether sideburns are in or not. 

So, in an effort to keep providing you with helpful info you can actually use, here is an up-to-date (as of this morning) list of teen slang that you can drop a bit of knowledge on your teen son or daughter next time you attempt to have a conversation with them. It’s a primer on the language they use and what in tarnation they actually mean. 

Bust the ill pod– Someone very well-versed in current contemporary music.

Pulling an “Indiana Jones”– Taking a long walk in the jungle, the dessert or any such lengthy trek.

Sending flowers to a vegan– Something that is a waste of time or energy. 

Toothy– Laughing at an inappropriate time. 

Sweatin’ to the oldies– Wearing extremely short shorts. 

Philly Jim– Someone with a thick, distinctive (though non-Bostonian) accent. Other variations include Denver Jim, Milwaukee Jim and Portland Pete.

Dragon Ball lame-Uncool, uninteresting.

Tarek and Christina-To break up, or end a long relationship. “Y’all hear about Leroy and Tina? They made like Tarek and Christina.”

Delta Burke– Overweight.

A Rachel McAdams movie– Having to do with time travel.

Meghan Trainor- Someone who is stuck up, arrogant, full of themselves. Especially someone from Nantucket.

Worse than Columbo– Someone who is annoying or a nuisance.