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#589514 - 08/15/11 04:05 PM Dinner with Nick Fury
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There is some photos and videos from downtown Cleveland, where there is filming going on for the Avengers. About ten minutes from me. It's fun seeing streets you worked on all debris filled...

http://photos.cleveland.com/plain-dealer/2011/08/avengers_movie_set_takes_over_6.html

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/20...f-the-avengers/

And I had my first, second-hand report of an Avengers sighting. One of my wife's friends saw what she thought was Samuel Jackson at Parallax* over the weekend. We got a text message from her saying he was there, and my wife and I were debating going downtown, before the second text saying he had left already.


Edited by Joe Lee (08/15/11 04:40 PM)
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#589515 - 08/15/11 04:16 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Joe Lee]
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If you get the chance to meet Samuel Jackson, you need to ask him if he's had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane.

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#589516 - 08/15/11 04:37 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Lawson]
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Try as I might I couldn't remember a single pulp fiction line, all I could think of was that motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane. My wife could remember that whole bible quote from Pulp Fiction.

I bet he loves that.


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#589518 - 08/15/11 04:50 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Joe Lee]
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Did I ever tell you the true story about the time I met the late Leslie Nielsen?

I was at a reception at the Canadian embassy in Washington -- an unlikely setting for me -- and there was Nielsen. Turns out he's a Canadian. He was standing next to the Stanley Cup.

I love Leslie Nielsen! I love "Police Squad," "The Naked Gun," "Airplane," all that silly wonderful stuff.

So I approached him, worked my way into the circle of people around him, grinned, stuck out my hand and said, "Mr. Nielsen, SURELY you're not Canadian!"

And then ... silence.

He stared at me like I was the biggest asshole in the universe, which I possibly was. A half-dozen other people stared at me. My hand was still thrust forward. Nobody was putting anything in it.

Silence.

Holy fuck, that did not go well.

Possibly he had heard that joke before. blush

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#589524 - 08/15/11 06:47 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Lawson]
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We were joking in the store with a (male, non-gay) customer about how he wanted to have sex with Ben Affleck. A bearded guy in a ball cap standing behind the customer slammed down the magazine he was reading and stormed out of the store. I'm pretty sure that guy was Ben Affleck.

Giovanni Ribisi came into the store and wanted to rent some movies. I gave him the membership form to fill out, and when he gave it back to me all he put on it was his name. I asked him what was the problem, and he was extremely evasive, saying, "I can't give out any personal information..." So I said, "If it makes you feel any better, I don't have a clue who you are."

I didn't work there during the filming of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but I did see the surveillance tape of the boss showing off the selection of dildos to Kevin Spacey (dressed in pink bike shorts and yellow tank top).
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#589531 - 08/15/11 09:24 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Lawson]
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[quote=Lawson]Did I ever tell you the true story about the time I met the late Leslie Nielsen?

I was at a reception at the Canadian embassy in Washington -- an unlikely setting for me -- and there was Nielsen. Turns out he's a Canadian. He was standing next to the Stanley Cup.

I love Leslie Nielsen! I love "Police Squad," "The Naked Gun," "Airplane," all that silly wonderful stuff.

So I approached him, worked my way into the circle of people around him, grinned, stuck out my hand and said, "Mr. Nielsen, SURELY you're not Canadian!"

And then ... silence.

He stared at me like I was the biggest asshole in the universe, which I possibly was. A half-dozen other people stared at me. My hand was still thrust forward. Nobody was putting anything in it.

Silence.

Holy fuck, that did not go well.

Possibly he had heard that joke before. blush [/quote

I got to meet Chris Rock once. Long, looooong story short--the guy was an asshole. I think his problem was that he doesn't like someone who's funnier than him. That someone being me. Of course this was, christ close to 15 years ago?
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#589569 - 08/16/11 08:22 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Budman]
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Originally Posted By: Budman


I got to meet Chris Rock once. Long, looooong story short--the guy was an asshole. I think his problem was that he doesn't like someone who's funnier than him.


He must not like many people.
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#589570 - 08/16/11 10:20 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Jimbo]
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When we lived in Athens, GA for a few years, I met Michael Stipe (of REM) at a birthday party once. I asked him to pass a piece of cake down the table, and he did! Also, the party featured an arty, avant-garde sort of puppet show, and Stipe was on the phone to somebody before it started, telling them "Get your ass down here! You've gotta see this!" Also, he gave the 3-year-old birthday girl a pretty dress as a gift.

Okay, my celebrity meeting story is totally boring. Sorry!

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#589573 - 08/17/11 12:20 AM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Peter Urkowitz]
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I was turning a corner at the Chicago Comicon back when it was called the Chicago Comicon, heading to the Kitchen Sink table I believe, and suddenly someone's sticking their hand in my face and telling me to stand back. Right behind him, the members of Aerosmith are walking by and looking over at me.

This would be '93, because I'd seen them perform a few months earlier on the "Get A Grip" tour and the next issue of "Cherry Poptart" had an interview with Steven Tyler.

The notion of rock stars at a comics convention was so incongruous that I pushed it out of my head until a few hours later, talking to someone who was thrilled that he met his idol, Joe fuckin' Perry.

I also spent a few minutes talking to John Entwistle after he and his band played a bar in my town.

*and if knowing someone who knew someone counts, in WWII my grandfather worked in the same office with COL Jimmy Stewart, the actor*


Edited by ChrisW (08/17/11 01:45 PM)
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#589583 - 08/17/11 10:33 AM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Allen Montgomery]
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Originally Posted By: Allen Montgomery
We were joking in the store with a (male, non-gay) customer about how he wanted to have sex with Ben Affleck. A bearded guy in a ball cap standing behind the customer slammed down the magazine he was reading and stormed out of the store. I'm pretty sure that guy was Ben Affleck.


Har! It's possible. Affleck has a "country estate" in suburban Bryan County outside of Savannah, doesn't he?


Originally Posted By: Allen Montgomery
I didn't work there during the filming of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but I did see the surveillance tape of the boss showing off the selection of dildos to Kevin Spacey (dressed in pink bike shorts and yellow tank top).


Double-Har! It says nothing good about my observation skills that I shopped at Home Run Video for three years -- we rented movies there and it was where I bought my comics every Wednesday because I was too lazy to schlep out to that one comics shop on the southside -- and I didn't have any idea the store had this whole porn/sex toys business going on.

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#589593 - 08/17/11 12:29 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Lawson]
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I'd seen Affleck in the store a few times (with Gwyneth Paltrow) and he typically looked all jock-y then. The stuff he purchased, he'd literally throw on the counter and say, in a jock voice, "I want to buy this," while Gwyneth stood behind him, as if he were a shield, looking embarrassed. The bearded Affleck story was a couple of years later.

I'm not sure which southside store you're talking about whether the one owned by the same guy who owned HRV or the other one. I went to the other one a couple of times, and you'd have either loved it or hated it. Probably a better comic shop than either of ours, but the owner blared AM talk radio all day.

I also sold some comics to Keanu Reeves once, which was very awkward. He was in a really bad wig disguise and I pretended not to recognize him. He had apparently just discovered Alan Moore and was asking questions about Moore's work; he wasn't trying to be low-key at all. He acted like he was just a regular dude shopping for comics, even though the guy I was working with kept finding opportunities to go, "Whoa!"
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#589595 - 08/17/11 12:37 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Allen Montgomery]
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I doubt I ever knew the name of the southside comics shop. This was the mid-1990s. It was in a busy shopping center on one of the major north-south roads, a couple doors down from a nice Caribbean cafe. I used to trick my girlfriend at the time, offering to buy her dinner at the cafe so I could justify dragging her to the comics shop.

Home Run Video had a decent comics selection, although like the drugstore spinner racks of my youth, it didn't always get the same titles every month. You got what you got. To this date, I still don't have a copy of Grant Morrison's JLA No. 3, which was the conclusion of a story arc, damnit.

The best thing about Home Run Video was the coffeehouse, Gallery Espresso, next door. I was quite the hipster those days (in my mind) and some of us nursed our $1 coffees for hours in that dark, gloomy but atmospheric place. When I was by myself, I'd sometimes park it there and read my latest stash of funnybooks.

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#601973 - 03/28/13 08:22 PM Re: Dinner with Nick Fury [Re: Lawson]
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Just discovered this:

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Savannah Comics (aka Home Run Video)

November 29, 2012

We still rent movies, the last video rental store in Savannah. Now porn free and family friendly. Please share this with your friends.


I was guessing the Internet had put a major dent in his business model, and apparently I was right. Actually, I'm surprised he held out until last year.
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