Two Monkees Down, Two To Go: Peter Tork Has Died

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Peter Tork, right, seen with Monkees collaborator and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio, who is often referred to as “The Fifth Monkee”, was the original Monkees rhythm guitar player before going on to quietly manage the band for a while.

Mansfield, CT-Peter Tork, who played the slow-witted, zany Monkee on TV from 1966 to 1968, died Thursday due to complications from adenoid cystic carcinoma. He was 77.

Born Peter Thorkelson in 1942, Tork joined the Monkees TV show, but was the first to leave the band over creative differences with management in 1968. A proficient musician, would go on to work with numerous other artists and bands before joining a Monkees reunion tour in 1986 with former Monkees mates Peter Dolenz and Davy Jones.

He also appeared on such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “7th Heaven” and “The King of Queens.”

He was in such bigscreen fare as “I Filmed Your Death,” “Wonderwall,” “RECOiL” and the classic Monkees film “Head.”

He is survived by his fourth wife, Pamela, and three children, Hallie, Ivan and Erica.

Erich Mrak Is Releasing New Music TODAY, People!

Editor’s Note: Due to distribution issues, there are different links to “Drive” below:

TORONTO-Continuing his 7 month campaign, Erich Mrak follows up January’s “Navigate” with his latest single, “Drive.” Written by Erich & his in-house producer, Bento, with production done by the latter, “Drive” discusses an early memory of Erich’s from February, 2017, involving an impromptu drive, a birthday party, and Bon Iver’s “33 God.” “Drive” is the 2nd of 6 singles being released each month from January to June, making up an as yet untitled EP. Towards the end of the campaign, a live off-the-floor rendition of each song will be released as well.

Here are the links to “Drive”

Spotify :  open.spotify.com/album/2Ff7qMOhICeQmiIBUsNS8N?si=cQefpG1ESqmt0st7yv8wdQ // spotify:album:2Ff7qMOhICeQmiIBUsNS8N 
Soundcloud : soundcloud.com/erichmrakmusic/drive-erich-mrak-1
I-Tunes : itunes.apple.com/album/id1454461969?ls=1&app=itunes
Apple Music : itunes.apple.com/album/id/1454461969

Online Petition Calling For “Bumblebee” Star Hailee Steinfeld To Be Digitally Inserted Into All Prior “Transformer” Cartoons

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Transformers and Hailee Steinfeld enthusiast Corbin Spencer has been pushing the concept of putting the two together for years as evidenced by some of his early personal concept art.

Wichita Falls, TX- A self-proclaimed “somewhat ‘Transformers’ fan but mega-huge ‘Haiz’ fan” has started an online petition to have actress-singer Hailee Steinfeld, who recently starred in the critically-acclaimed “Transformers” prequel “Bumblebee,” digitally inserted into every episode of the original 1980s “Transformers” cartoon, as well as all other animated “Transformers” media.

Corbin Spencer said he grew up watching the show, based on toys created by Hasbro and which aired from 1984 to 1987. He said he was very disappointed with the first few live-action “Transformers” movies, but his faith has been restored since the franchise cast his favorite actress as the lead in the most recent film. “The character she plays, Charlie Watson, is so much better than every other human character in the cartoons,” he said.

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Corbin Spencer suspects this piece of his art from years ago may have inspired the recent Bumblebee movie.

In fact, he has been a huge fan of Steinfeld for years, and this is not the first petition he has started along similar lines. “I tried to get the same thing done to the original ‘True Grit’ after that came out,” Spencer said. “Put her in the movie over the original actress (Kim Darby), spruce that version up some. But some blowhard from the Estate of John Wayne or somebody put the kibosh on that. Whatever.”

Spencer said he has no clue the cost involved or the technology necessary in putting Steinfeld into 35 year-old cartoons, but he isn’t too concerned. “We’re putting men on the moon now and cloning sheep.” he said. “We have holograms of dead musicians performing live concerts. You’re gonna tell me there isn’t some egghead scientist somewhere can digitally splice this country’s greatest young actress into some cartoons? Get the hell out of here!”

As of this posting, the petition had more than 874,000 signatures. Hasbro has not yet commented publicly about the petition.

Spencer admitted he was only initially intent on putting Steinfeld into the cartoons, but he could conceivably see the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress digitally inserted into the earlier “Transformers” films too. “I mean, let’s be honest, who in their right mind would miss Shia LaBeouf? I sure as hell wouldn’t. Good riddance.”

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Corbin Spencer says he as been taking Photoshop classes at the local community college for the sole purpose of better presenting his vision of creating more Hailee Stenifeld/Transformers content including retroactively.

Annie’s An Orphan Once More: “Daddy Warlocks” Albert Finney Has Died

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Albert Finney, right, gettings his head shaved for his role as Daddy Warbucks by his close personal friend and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left.

London-Actor Albert Finney, best known to those of here at TDQ as Daddy Warbucks in the criminally-underrated 1982 classic “Annie,” died Thursday from a chest infection. He was 82.

He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Winston “Winnie” Churchill in “The Gathering Storm.” He also appeared in such TV programs as “Cold Lazarus,” “My Uncle Silas,” and “A Rather English Marriage.”

Besides rescuing Annie from rotten, alcoholic Miss Hannigan, he also appeared in films like “Erin Brockovich,” “Skyfall,” “RECOiL” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

He was survived by his third wife, Penelope, and one son.

TDQ Investigates: The True Genius Of Perhaps The Greatest Tool Ever Invented: The Scissors

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Just try cutting a ceremonial ribbon with a rock. It would take forever and you would look like an idiot doing it. We are not sure why rock beats scissors. If it was up to us scissors would beat everything.

We here at TDQ think it’s about time we give a shout out to the scissors. They truly do not get the accolades they so richly deserve. We know it, you know it. It is time that is set right.

Just think about how hard a time you would have trying to cut out your ex spouse from your wedding photos without a pair of scissors.

Or how difficult would it be for Saville Row tailors to fit your $1500.00 suit without a good pair of scissors? How would any bank or large office building or Walmart open without a giant pair of novelty scissors to use during the ribbon-cutting ceremony? How unimpressive would the Swiss Army knife actually be without the extra tool of the small set of scissors in there?

It just breaks our hearts how overlooked and taken for granted the scissors are in modern society. Admit it, before you clicked on this article, when was the last time you appreciated the craftsmanship, the pure perfection that a sharp pair of scissors offer you? If we had to go through life using those crappy scissors we had in Kindergarten, nothing would EVER get done. Ever.

Now, admittedly, we weren’t around when they were first developed. It’s possible the fanfare surrounding their unveiling was greater than we would think. Did they do a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce the new product that was scissors?

Try to imagine “The Greatest American Hero” without the symbol on Ralph’s suit. That symbol was inspired by a pair of scissors. It’s true, Google it. Or think about how difficult cutting up an old, expired credit card would be without a pair of scissors handy. We shudder to think about that.

So the next time you go to wrap a present, or cut a coupon out of your daily newspaper, or cut the lamination around your fake ID just so, or trim your nose hairs, just take a minute to appreciate how wonderful our lives truly are thanks to the scissors.

You are now informed, go and do likewise.