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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a biopic fitting for him
November 4th, 2022 under Roku, Weird Al Yankovic. [ Comments: none ]

Weird Al Yankovic has been teasing a biopic for over a decade, and it is finally streaming on the Roku Channel for free.

Since Weird Al is known for parodying songs, it would make sense that he would parody his own life story. How does he do that in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story? I want to tell you, but it is better you experience it as it happens.

I can tell you it starts out with young Al, whose father disapproves of who he is. So, when he is old enough, he leaves home and lives with a bunch of guys who encourage him and his music.

He rewrites My Sharona to My Bologna and sends a copy of it to Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson), a popular radio DJ. Dr. Demento and his fans love it so much that it becomes an instant hit. Therefore, Weird Al tries to get a record contract from Tony (some weird unknown actor) and Ben Scotti (Will Forte). However, they turn him down.

Eventually, he is accepted as a musician, and he is an instant hit. But then his world comes crashing down when he accidentally does drugs and dates Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood) on purpose.

Much like his real life.

Well, the only thing that is like his real life is his songs are in it, and all of his friends who have cameos in the movie, like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Conan O’Brien, Emo Phillips, Josh Groban, and Jack Black. The latter should star in a film about the person whom he plays in this movie.

I know this review is pretty vague, but the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe needs to be enjoyed with as little spoilers as possible. It is just silly fun! And we always need to make more time for stupid fun. Plus, the price is right!

Oh, and I can’t wait for the eventual sequel.

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Heathers: The Musical is to die for…
September 17th, 2022 under Roku. [ Comments: none ]

Heathers is such a cult favorite of a movie that it was turned into a musical that is playing on Off-West End. Roku Channel enjoyed it so much that they decided to stream the stage version of the show.

This way, we don’t have to travel to London to see it. We can watch it for free from the comfort of our homes whenever we want. And we will want to watch it over and over again.

Just like The Producers, the musical was able to give the film a whole new life. And in ways, maybe make it even better.

It is not only the upbeat rock songs that make it so much fun. It is also the things they were able to add to this production that enhances the original. I would tell you what they did, but that would be a spoiler alert.

What I can tell you is that you will feel like you have front-row seats because they did a fantastic job directing the cameras. Actually, our seats are even ever better than being there. Plus, you are not sitting next to the cougher or the woman who is wearing too much perfume (which is me).

Finally, who doesn’t love Heathers? Now, you can see it in a whole new light. Well, it is a dark story, but that is neither here nor there when you are singing along with Alisa Davidson, who is brilliant as Veronica Sawyer. She and Simon Gordon not only slay their classmates, but they also slay the audience with their performances.

So why not sit back and make a day of it? You can watch Heathers: The Musical for the first of many times and then rewatch the movie it was based on. I can’t think of anything better to do today.

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Heathers is going to make Roku Channel popular!
September 7th, 2022 under Roku. [ Comments: none ]

Back in 1989, we were introduced to Heathers, and the cult film has been a part of pop culture ever since. So much so that it has been turned into a musical that is currently playing on Off-West End.

It is doing so well in London that Roku Channel is bringing it to the States on September 16th. So we are getting a front-row seat to the musical, and we don’t have to pay live theater prices to watch it. That is because Roku Channel is free. But Heathers: The Musical is priceless.

If you have never seen Heathers, or you want to rewatch it, you can stream it on Roku Channel now. I have been watching Crossing Jordan (I loved this series so much) and Doc (loving it) on the steaming service. Who needs to pay for streaming when you can get it for free?

Back to the Heathers: The Musical, Carrie Hope Fletcher is killing it as Veronica. She looks and sounds just like Winona Ryder.

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Who knew Madonna was such a bad influence on Weird Al Yankovic?
August 29th, 2022 under Roku, Weird Al Yankovic. [ Comments: none ]

The first trailer is out for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and the biopic is not what I expected. We knew it was loosely based on the singer’s life. But the Roku film starring Daniel Radcliffe in the title role goes in a direction like Weird Al’s song. Like it sounds the same as the original, but it is a parody of what we know.

In real life, Yankovic is squeaky clean. In the movie, “From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world-renowned songs come true. An instant success and sex symbol, Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him.”

I don’t know what to make of it, but I know I will be watching it on November 4th. Will you be singing along with me?

Oh, and did you catch the real Weird Al’s cameo?

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Heathers: The Musical is going to make a killing on The Roku Channel
August 2nd, 2022 under Roku. [ Comments: none ]

Staged musicals are no longer just for the stage. Thanks to Disney+ streaming Hamilton and Trevor the Musical, Apple TV+ sharing Come From Away with us, and Netflix thinking we wanted to see Diana: The Musical.

Well, The Roku Channel, which got an Emmy nomination for Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, wants to stay and get into the musical business so that they will be debuting Heathers: The Musical on September 16th.

The West End production is based on the 1989 movie that starred Shannen Doherty and Christain Slater.

Let’s just hope they have better luck airing their take on Heathers than the Paramount Channel that never got to air the TV series based on the movie due to school shootings.

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