NFL Films Founder And Groundbreaking Filmmaker Ed Sabol Dies

Ed Sabol

Ed Sabol, right, with aspiring filmmaker and future RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left, at the 1968 NFL championship game.

Scottsdale, AZ—Ed Sabol, who founded NFL Films with his son, Steve, died at his home Monday. He was 98.

Sabol was a former overcoat salesman (like Jerry’s dad on “Seinfeld”) who enjoyed filming Steve’s high school football practices. By adding the voice of John Facenda, a few more cameras and exciting music, he forever changed the face of sports films.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Over the course of his career, he won 52 Emmy Awards.

His most famous titles include “Pro Football’s Longest Day,” “They Call it Pro Football” and “RECOiL

He also started the sports blooper genre.

Sabol also served as a rifleman in Europe during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey and their daughter, Blair. Steve died in 2012 at the age of 69 from brain cancer. Continue reading

Actor And Comedian Taylor Negron Dies At 57

Taylor Negron

Taylor Negron, center, met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left, on the set of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” DiMaio was so impressed with his take on the role of “Pizza Man” DiMaio had Negro reprise his role in a deleted scene of RECOiL.

Actor, writer and comedian Taylor Negron died Saturday surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Negron made scene-stealing appearances in movies like “Better off Dead,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “RECOiL” and “The Last Boy Scout.”

On television, Negron appeared in such programs as “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Seinfeld,” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

He had comedy essays published in the anthologies “Dirty Laundry” and “Love West Hollywood, Reflections of Los Angeles.” He also wrote the critically-acclaimed plays “Gangster Planet” and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron – A Fusion of Story and Song.”

Funnyman And “Seinfeld” Robbery Victim John Pinette Dies At 50

John Pinette

John Pinette, right, as seen in a deleted scene from RECOiL where he played the role of a mobster, Little John, who was in debt to crime lord Vincent Parker.

Pittsburgh—Comedian John Pinette, known for his self-deprecating humor and jabs at his own weight, was found dead in a hotel room Saturday afternoon. He was 50.

Pinette’s character was the victim of a carjacking in the series finale of “Seinfeld,” leading the main characters of the classic sitcom to get arrested and go to jail for violating the Good Samaritan Law.

Pinette also appeared on shows like “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “ALF,” “Vinnie and Bobby,” and had numerous comedy specials.

On the big screen, Pinette appeared in such films as “Duets,” “The Punisher,” “RECOiL” and “Junior.”

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TDQ Investigates: Are The Days Of “The Big Bang Theory’s” High Quality Episodes Numbered?

We here at TDQ love “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s one of the few shows on television that have characters nearly as smart as we are. And who doesn’t love Kaley Cuoco? She is so hot, she could pass for Canadian.

But we are afraid that the recent renewal of the already-seven-year-old show for three more seasons will cause it to do what most shows its age have done long before: Jump the shark.

It’s the rare TV show that can last its entire run without doing so, especially a show that airs for more than five years or so. “Seinfeld,” “LOST” and “Magnum PI” are, in our educated opinions, about the only long-running TV stalwarts that have avoided doing it.

“Friends” jumped the shark. “The X Files” jumped the shark. “That ’70s Show” jumped the shark. Sheldon, Leonard, et al have yet to do so, though, to be honest, I personally think the addition of Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler as a regular has weakened the show. I think it’s very possible that in 30 years, we may look back and say the show suffered after it “Added the Blossom.”
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TDQ Top Ten List: Top Ten Films That Were Totally Not Worth The Hype

admitnoneWe made the mistake recently of watching “The Deer Hunter” after years and years of hearing how great a movie it was. De Niro, Streep, Oscar for Christopher Walken, it had to be great, right? Wrong. Thus, we were inspired to come up with this list, the Top Ten movies that were not nearly as good as the critics would make you believe. Save yourselves the time and take the advice of this list, not another list compiled by an overpaid film critic. You’re welcome.

1)  “The (aforementioned) Deer Hunter”- The wedding and reception portions of this film took longer than my wedding and a good chunk of my honeymoon. Performances were decent, but get to the point, already.

2) “Django Unchained”- We love Tarantino, and that Austrian guy was really good, but this is another example of a movie being at least a half hour too long.

3) “The Big Lebowski”- Not a fan of dream sequences in most films, and dream sequences in bowling alleys are even worse. Unfunny, unentertaining and a waste of Jeff Bridges’ talent altogether.

4) “Blade Runner”- Sorry Harrison Ford fans, but he set the bar so high with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” that it was a total shame that he made this overhyped mess. By far his worst science fiction flick, and maybe his worst movie not co-starring Anne Heche.

5) “Argo”- Don’t feel bad for Ben Affleck boys and girls. He still got his Oscar when this 2 1/2 hour remake of The Beastie Boys “Sabotage” video won Best Picture.
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