“Archie” Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

Tom Moore

Archie artist Tom Moore was one of several through the years.

El Paso, TX—Tom Moore, famous for drawing “Archie” comics in the 1950s, has died from lung cancer. He was 86.

Called a “cartoonist’s cartoonist” by his former editor Victor Gorelick, Moore started drawing for Archie in 1953, and left in 1961 to pursue other projects. He would go on to draw for “Mighty Mouse,” “Snuffy Smith” and Underdog,” before returning to the Riverdale gang in the late 1970s to work primarily on comics about Archie’s pal, Jughead.

Like any true fan of the comic book, Moore didn’t like the direction the books took in the last several years, calling the killing of Archie last year in one of the story lines “a cynical way to get the press to pay attention and get free publicity.”

He was survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth; his son Lito; and his daughter Hollly Mathew.

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Tom Moore consulted on RECOiL, The Graphic Novel: The Book Version of the Movie. The two met when RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio spent a year as an Archie minor character.

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Robert Zemeckis: “Dear Lord, I Can’t Wait For 2015 To Be Over With So I Can Stop Reading About What All We Got Right In ‘Back To The Part Future III'”

Los Angeles—Rober Zemeckis said it took nearly every ounce of energy and strength he had to stop himself “from losing my s— and choking out the eight trillionth damn reporter who wanted to talk about what we got right and what we got wrong in ‘Back to the Future Part III'” yesterday during a press conference ostensibly to talk about his upcoming film, “The Walk.”

“I absolutely can not wait until this year is over,” Zemeckis said through clenched teeth to reporters. “It was bad enough when those stupid memes started a couple years ago with the wrong date saying ‘This is the day they predicted in the movie!’ ‘Today’s the day!’ It was abominable.

“But if I have to hear one more jackass reporter ask me about flying cars, or the hydrator pizza, or the fact that we said that there was a baseball team in Miami that lost to the Cubs, and how we sorta got that right since there is a team in Miami, but they’re in the National League so they can’t play the Cubs in the World Series, I swear to God that I’m going to beat the hell out them.”

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We would all love to go to a place where we don't need roads. But here we are, smack dab in the middle of 2015, and the future looks like it's going to be cars that drive themselves...on roads.

Zemeckis said that even though he was proud of the film, and really enjoyed working with the cast and crew, journalists need to remember that he wasn’t making a documentary, and that also, he’s made other movies since then, like “Castaway” and “Contact.”

“Nobody ever wants to talk to me about ‘Forrest Gump’ or ‘The Polar Express’ and all the nuances and believability about that, no,” Zemeckis said. “They only care about tennis shoes that tie themselves or hover boards. Those damn hover boards.

“Ask me a question about ‘Roger Rabbit’ and how hard it was to make that, why don’t ya, you f—— hacks!” Continue reading

Jo Polniaczek’s Dad, Alex Rocco, Dies At 79

Alex Rocco

Alex Rocco, far left, with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, second from right, and some other RECOiL cast members on the set of RECOiL at the peak of suede jacket popularity.

Los Angeles—Alex Rocco, known for playing the mobster Moe Green in “The Godfather” and Jo’s dad on “The Fact of Life,” died Saturday from cancer. He was 79.

Also on the small screen, he made appearances in “The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank,” “The A-Team” and “The Simpson.” He won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Al Floss in “The Famous Teddy Z.”

Besides being shot in the eye in “The Godfather,” Rocco also appeared in such films as “Smokin’ Aces,” The Wedding Planner,” “RECOiL” and “That Thing You Do!”

As interesting as his career was, though, according to Wikipedia, he had mob ties in his native Boston, and may or may not have been the impetus for the Boston Irish Gang War from the early ’60s.

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“I Loved Pretending I Was Olivia Newton-John In ‘Grease’ And Can Do A Great Elvis Upper Lip:” A TDQ Q&A With Recording Artist Katja Glieson

Katja Glieson

Katja Glieson giving that look we, at The Daily Quarterly, know all too well. That “You said you were going to take the trash out but you didn’t,” look. Am I right? Anyone?

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Australian recording artist Katja Glieson. Katja spoke to us about her popularity on Periscope, her new single and playing Elsa in “Princess Rap Battle.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Katja Glieson:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite singer growing up?

Katja Glieson: I have to thank my parents for introducing me to so many genres and legends of music. I enjoyed listening to Fats Domino and Roy Orbison with my dad and Elton John and the Bee Gees with my mum. I loved pretending I was Olivia Newton-John in “Grease” and can do a great Elvis upper lip.

TDQ: What was your favorite album growing up?

KG: I could never choose just one, but one of my favorite albums growing up, was Carlos Santana Supernatural!

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

KG: When I was little, I didn’t really have many friends. A lot of the time, I was teased and taunted for being overweight. I found that music was my way to escape from it all and became my friend. It helped me so much growing up and I really wanted to learn how to share that with others seeking an escape, or something to relate to and a friend.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

KG: The best advice I have ever gotten was if you are bullied, “remember it has nothing to do with you.” A bully must be going through a tremendous amount of pain in order to have to act out on an innocent person. It doesn’t make bullying ok, but understanding why it’s happening can help a victim of bullying realize there is nothing wrong with them and begin to change the situation and heal.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

KG: The worst advice was from someone trying to tell me I should audition for “The Voice.” “Girls like you are just a dime a dozen.”

Not true. “The Voice” is a show that is something some people choose to participate in. I feel like anyone who goes on the show has to choose to do it all on their own and do it for them, nobody else. And nobody is a dime a dozen. We are all individual, unique, talented beings that when we work together, can accomplish great things.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

KG: At the moment, I have been listening to a lot of Cody Simpson, Sia, Major Lazer and Janet Jackson. It is a crazy, fun mix. Their stuff is really inspiring me in the recording studio at the moment.

Katja Glieson as Elsa takes on Snow White in the latest of Whitney Avalon's Princess Rap Battles.  It is both poignant and hilarious but it's also pretty gangster so it's not for the kids.  Unless that's what you're going for.  Who am I to tell you how to parent.  I'm just a caption writer.

Katja Glieson as Elsa takes on Snow White in the latest of Whitney Avalon’s Princess Rap Battles. It is both poignant and hilarious but it’s also pretty gangster so it’s not for the kids. Unless that’s what you’re going for. Who am I to tell you how to parent. I’m just a caption writer.

TDQ: How did you find yourself playing Elsa in the mega-viral video “Princess Rap Battle?”

KG: The Princess Rap Battle was created by the brilliant comedienne Whitney Avalon (who plays Snow White). She had the idea of the awesome project. Whitney knew I was a singer/recording artist and thought I kind of looked like Elsa. She sent me the idea and I was HOOKED! I loved the comparison between women back when Snow White was a role model, to how women are perceived now through Elsa. We had such a fun time and a lot of laughs during the shoot. I am so grateful that I was a part of something that has brought so much joy to so many people.

TDQ: You’re HUGE on Periscope. Can we get you to Periscope yourself answering these questions? But seriously, what do you love most about Periscope?

KG: Sure I can Periscope the questions! Haha I have tried it before though and some people get a little frustrated because they are used to having my attention, and I love chatting with them! So I will start with the questions and we will end up on a crazy tangent about monkeys or something. We have a lovely lil family in Peri land. The closest ones to me are the #SpecialAgents. They are beautiful and supportive people that are a huge part of my journey here as a musician. (You can sign up at http://katjaglieson.com/register). We share so much together and feel like I have gotten to know so many people on there. I appreciate they come with me to rehearsals and live shows and we talk about life, our hopes and dreams.
The best thing about it is that on Periscope there is no Auto-Tune, no Photoshop, no editing. Just us.

TDQ: What’s the biggest difference between recording in studio and performing live on stage?

KG: They are completely and totally different. But both wonderfully amazing. In the studio, it”s more of a process about yourself. You really have to be completely open and focused on how you feel. It”s like writing a journal entry, working through your emotions and experimenting with different vibes. The creative process is like feeding your soul and filling up. Then when you go out and perform it on stage, you can just give to the audience. You have already worked through so many experiences and emotions, you are ready to put all of your focus into connecting with the audience and sharing everything you have done and been through.

And it”s interesting, it comes full circle because when you connect and experience wth others you have more inspiration to get back in the studio and do it all again.

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Katja Glieson is pro-Pony. This, hopefully, satisfies the growing Brony lobby pushing for more pony content.

TDQ: We hear you’re working on your next single (to follow up your current “Look At Us”) and EP. What can you tell us about them both?

KG: I am! Hehe, that little birdy gets around. “Look At Us” has been playing in Europe and is available to purchase over there. So what I will do first is make “Look At Us” available worldwide.

I am now working with some awesome people to make a music video and release my song “No Brainer.” This song is so special to me. Everyone has been through this song. It”s that duality between being so smitten over someone you turn into a person that can barely construct a sentence around them, and in your head the intelligent you is witnessing it telling you how stupid you are being.
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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Dead At 55

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, left, with a couple of developers from HAL Laboratory who worked on the Super Nintendo game Super RECOiL for the RECOiL film written and directed by Brian DiMaio, left.

Kyoto, Japan—Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata, who ran the video game publisher during one of its most successful periods, has died. He was 55.

Iwata died on July 11 from a bile duct tumor, Nintendo announced in a statement.

Iwata began working for game development shop HAL Laboratories after college. HAL Laboratories would grow to become a close collaborator with Nintendo. In 1993, about ten years after starting with HAL Laboratories Iwata would be promoted to president after participating in the development of several Nintendo cornerstones such as the Kirby and Pokemon franchises and Super NES game Super RECOiL based on the film.

Iwata joined Nintendo in 2000 as a director before becoming the company’s president two years later. In 2013, Iwata also took over the CEO role at Nintendo of America.

He also had a hand in such games as “The Legend of Zelda,” “Mario” and the “Animal Crossing” series of games.

Iwata ran Nintendo during the launches of two significant products: the DS handheld in 2004 and the Wii home console in 2006. The portable DS and successor 3DS sold more than 200 million units combined to date, while the Wii became Nintendo’s most popular home video game console, with more than 101 million units sold.

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