Finally, something on Kickstarter that I can really get behind.
Daniel Nadolny, a self-described expert on actor Daniel Stern and who sort of knows about The Spin Doctors, has until February 7th to make his wildest dreams come true. Those wild dreams are to have Daniel Stern play the lead singer of the Spin Doctors (since they pretty much look like twins) in a biopic that will, according to the Kickstarter, cost a cool $5 million. So far, Nadolny has raised $1,806, which means he has a few more weeks to reach his mark. I’d say he’s pretty much well on his way. I’ll let Nadolny’s words try to convince you as to why this is, potentially, a great investment for you:
I want to film a movie that stars actor Daniel Stern as the main singer guy from the pop band “The Spin Doctors.” Just a typical music biopic about the band’s early days, rise to fame, and eventual flameout, but with respected actor Daniel Stern as singer Chris Barron. Biopics have not yet appeared for either.
My goal at the outset is to prepare a screenplay centering around Daniel Stern portraying the singer of The Spin Doctors. Then, I would contact Daniel Stern, the Spin Doctors themselves, and then introduce them. I would arrange for them a reading of my screenplay. I would then recruit a director and production team to undertake the completion of the film, and finally promote the finished product, heretofore known as “Spin It To Win It”. The entire process would be funded with monies gathered from this Kickstarter project.
I believe the artistic and cultural implications for this project, if completed, would be immeasurable.
Nadolny does understand that there might be some challenges to this project as well, though maybe not the challenges that you would think when making a movie about a lesser known 90′s band with a somewhat familiar looking 90′s actor:
The challenges to my project are obvious. Creating a screenplay that captures the bold and innovative history of the band (featuring Daniel Stern as the singer) will be laborious. As a musician and fan of the films Home Alone, City Slickers, and Celtic Pride, I am uniquely qualified to lend credence to the story of The Spin Doctors while maintaining the artistic respect due to an actor of Daniel Stern’s caliber.
If you want to help make Nadolny’s dreams become a reality or if, after reading this, you’ve realized that a movie starring Daniel Stern about the Spin Doctors suddenly became a dream of yours, then you can donate to his project here.
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Last night during the 12-12-12- Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Madison Square Garden, Adam Sandler took the stage and sang a parodied version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to the thousands of people who gathered to show support for the televised relief effort.
Other artists who also performed include:
Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, The Who (lead singer Roger Daltrey dropped a big ol’ F-Bomb), and Paul McCartney, who fronted a reunited Nirvana with a new song “Cut Me Some Slack.”
Also starring Kanye West, who, for some odd reason, decided that a benefit show would be the perfect time to debut his brand new leather skirt.
I try not to make it a habit to be self-promoting or to use my great influence over the interwebs (or lack thereof) to promote my friends, but this one I just couldn’t resist (even more so because they didn’t ask me to).
My friends Jennifer and Bradley have an adorable son named Anakin (embrace them, fellow nerds!). Anakin has an infected molar with two abscess on top of his gums and it looks as if the infection might spread if they don’t perform surgery to remove it. Most of you know that surgery of any kind gets expensive, especially when there’s anesthesia involved. This surgery will require him to be put under, so Jennifer and Bradley are looking for some help at covering the expense.
In a day and age when healthcare isn’t readily available to a lot of people who can’t afford it, I’m asking our readers to possibly contribute to the Indiegogo that they’ve set up. For some of the larger donations, they’re offering up some pretty amazing (and I’m sure meaningful) things in return, like Star Wars action figures, a Batman bundle and a Star Wars bundle. Even if you just donate a small amount, you can still get a hand drawn card from Anakin himself or a Jedi Mind High Five.
If you can help, thank you! Get better soon, little buddy!
All of us at one point or another have had grandiose dreams about leaving behind our mundane lives to go do something great and make a difference in the world. You could be one of those people, but just in cause you’re not cut out for it (I’d say that’s about 99% of us), then just follow the frog.
You can help save the rainforests by buying products that have the little green frog seal of approval from The Rainforest Alliance. For a list of all the certified products, check here. Or just look for the seal before you buy and donate if you feel so inclined.
Not ending up in a Nicaraguan hospital? Count me in.
Nick Offerman gives a sneak peek of a little strip tease that he is preparing for Night of Too Many Stars, should enough money get raised before the special airs on October 21st at 8pm.
Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs is held by Comedy Central, Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions and the New York Center for Autism and will be a variety show. This will be the fourth biennial event that NOTMS has held.
Get ready to laugh and to feel good doing it. And hopefully you’ll get to see some nips too.
It’s nice to see that someone can use their Internet fame for the good of others. I would, admittedly, most likely use Internet fame to get free donuts. But Laina, aka Overly Attached Girlfriend, has decided to try and raise money for different charities by pledging to do different fan-suggested stunts when certain amounts of money are reached.
Right now, Laina is working with Surf Camp, a group that takes two-day field trips for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Her goal is to raise $50,000. If you’d like to donate, you can do that here.
I know it’s a long video and not all that funny or well done, but the cause is really awesome. So if you’re feeling generous today and don’t feel like watching the video, click on the links instead and it should explain everything.
You may remember Minnesota Vikings’ punter Chris Kluwe from his wonderfully colorful letter to state delegate Emmett C. Burns. Kluwe is a self-confessed gaming nerd who is knowledgeable about the internet and has spoken up in favor of marriage equality often, even calling out fellow NFL players on his blog about their flawed logic when it comes to same sex marriage.
Well, if you loved the letter and love Kluwe (I’ve started to watch Vikings games for this man and anyone who knows my intense hatred of football knows that this is a big deal), then you’re going to love these t-shirts that Kluwe is selling. The best part? All the proceeds go to charity.
And just for you ladies, let’s just look at this picture again, shall we?