Jack Goes Confidential: ‘BRAVE’ Keeps Pixar’s Winning Streak Alive

Ancient Scotland has been the setting for many past adventures in movies…

And now it becomes Pixar‘s location for that studio’s 13th production.

Thirteenth? Will it be cursed?

No way, unless you count what the witch does to the Queen in this movie.

The story of BRAVE is a simple one with a red-headed and strong willed Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly McDonald) doing her own thing in the kingdom where her archery skills don’t exactly endear her to the male community.

Her mom, the Queen (voiced by Emma Thompson) isn’t thrilled either.

The final straw comes when Merida refuses to go along with an arranged marriage.

To escape her planned-out future, she escapes into the woods where she falls under a wicked witch’s—a funky witch’s spell – voiced by Julie Waters.

Well, hold on to your ticket stubs!

The spell turns mom into a giant black bear—with emotions— but unable to speak and leading to chaos and fury throughout the kingdom.

Will the Queen’s spell be reversed before time runs out? Will the Princess make up with mom and make pop, King Fergus (voiced by Billy Connelly) proud?

What do YOU think?

Hey, it’s Disney, right? Well actually Pixar which Disney bought a few years back.

As to the production itself, it’s dedicated to Steve Jobs who gave a new lease on life to Pixar back in 1986.
And as for the look of the film, Jobs would be proud.

It’s a charming production with emphasis on female empowerment presented with incredible attention to detail and sweeping lifelike settings—not to mention doses of lighthearted fun throughout.

But be forewarned that BRAVE is not rated G!

It’s a PG-rated computer animated feature for good reason with dark, brutal bear fighting and other battle sequences that could be deemed too scary for the very young.

Pixar breaks here with its usual, easygoing tradition by delivering an almost adult fairytale.

And no, it’s not a sequel.

"Legends are legends—they ring with truths" That line in the film pretty well sums things up.

I thereby bequeath 4 out of 5 fingers to Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE.

My 11 year-old gandson Gage’s take on BRAVE:

"The movie is very good but not for kids under the age of six. It had more action and better animation than most Pixar movies of the past. The best part of BRAVE is the bear fighting sequence. Both boys and girls will like the movie and the 3-D effects were great and worth the extra price of a ticket.
I give it 4 out of 5 fingers.

JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings at 6:40 a.m. on KMBZ Fm & Am / Also anytime on Time Warner Cable’s K.C. ON DEMAND, Channel 411 / And throughout Nebraska on NEBRASKA ON DEMAND, Channel 411.

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Donnelly: Vermes Lays it on the Table, Steals Point With Little-Used Players @ Seattle

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes took a big swing with his starting lineup Wednesday night at the Seattle Sounders…

Six of his eleven starters had played sparingly so far this year and one – outside midfielder Michael Thomas – had never logged an MLS minute.  The other five, Lawrence Olum, Peterson Joseph, Michael Harrington, Jacob Peterson and Soony Saad, had a couple of starts this year combined.

But with a packed schedule looming, including five games in the next 14 days and a cross-continental flight for Saturday’s contest in Philly, having the regulars at full strength going forward was crucial.  So Vermes made a gutsy call, threw all his chips down and let them fall where they may. 

When all was said and done, the gruff KC boss came out smelling like a rose.

This game was a high water mark for both the club and the coach. 

It showed the quality of depth that Vermes has been able assemble and develop over the past couple years.  And it marked a milestone for a club that has wanted nothing more than to establish a legitimate and lasting identity in Major League Soccer. 

Wednesday night was the best sign of both thus far. 

“(We) knew coming in here we were going to have to go deep into the roster,” he explained after the game.  “I thought the guys that participated were fantastic, they took advantage of opportunities.  At times we were a little disconnected in our buildup but outside of that the work ethic was great. They closed the game out, and they picked the right moments to go.”

And go they did.  The boys came out trying to impress their coach, flying around with adrenaline fueled pressure that created a couple half chances in the first few minutes.

Their scrambling paid dividends in the 8th minute when a loose ball rebounded around Seattle’s box before Aurelien Collin finally slipped it back to the foot of Jacob Peterson.  The fill-in winger hit the ball first time on the half volley and, taking advantage of a slight skip off a Seattle defender, dipped the ball into the far side netting to put Sporting up 1-0.

“We talked about silencing the crowd,” said Peterson of his early goal.   “It’s a tough place to come and get points. However long they’ve been in the league, I don’t think I’ve gotten a point here.”

From there things just escalated.

Back and forth went the two sides, with the chances coming fast and furious.  After winning a free kick in a dangerous area, Seattle defender Patrick Ianni leveled things up with a side volley that left KC keeper Jimmy Nielsen absolutely frozen in his tracks, and elicited the kind of call from KC play-by-play man Callum William that’s normally reserved for his employer’s tallies. 

Ianni’s strike was clean and pure, and probably the MLS goal of the week. 

Though a little ragged, the rag-tag KC lineup didn’t hang their heads or back off after Seattle scored.  They still looked fresh and hungry, yet had the discipline to continue playing within Vermes’ system.

Surprisingly, KC took the field in the second half just as they had started the game, but after only a couple minutes Graham Zusi replaced Peterson Joseph.  The Haitian played a decent first half displaying some speed and control, but his fitness seemed to catch up with him in round two.  About 10 minutes after Zusi came on, Kei Kamara subbed in for Jacob Peterson. 

It’s kind of nice when you can put in two of your most valuable players as subs in the second half with fresh legs, and with the score tied at 1-1.  And still on the bench sat CJ Sapong, Julio Cesar and Seth Sinovic watching their backups take it to one of the best teams in the west.

Not for long, though. 

In the 84th minute Vermes subbed in CJ Sapong, signaling that Sporting was going for the win rather than being content with just one point on the road, as most teams would be.  And why wouldn’t he go for it after taking such a big risk with the starting lineup and finding his team tied with 10 minutes to go?

Unfortunately, the last 10 minutes didn’t see another KC goal, but instead saw Seattle bounce one off the post, then get a man red carded in added time after retaliating against Roger Espinoza with a scissor take-down from behind.

Clearly, no love was lost between these two sides as things got increasingly chippy as the final seconds ticked away.   

In the end, Vermes’ gamble paid off big time, proving really for the first time that Sporting can now be considered a peer club of the MLS elite.  This is no longer just a shiny new stadium "that you really need to experience" or a cheap way to entertain the kids’ soccer team.

Nope. 

If it never was before, this is now a legitimate pro sports franchise with roots, with a legit youth developmental system, quality coaches, and perhaps most importantly, a deep stable of quality players.

We’re no longer the underdog or underground…unfortunately. That was always kind of fun.  

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Glazer: Jimmie ‘JJ’ Walker’s New Book Has Kansas City Connections

My good pal, Jimmie Walker‘s book: DYN-O-MITE, GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES, OUR TIMES is out Tuesday…

it’s getting nice reviews and lots of media attention, including the Hollywood Reporter, Washington Post and yes, even the Kansas City Star‘s Lisa Gutierrez did a nice piece on the book. However Lisa, who’s covered Stanford’s and me, missed the local angle. 

The book is written by KING OF STING co author, Sal Manna. It’s on the back cover of the book. More importantly, there’s an interesting story about Kansas City, Fox 4 and Stanford’s in the book by this legendary comedy icon.

The book is a bible on the 1970’s and on the men and women who worked with Jimmie and to a large extent made comedy on TV what it is today. Stories about his staff include Jay Leno, David Letterman and even the late Freddie Prince.

Believe it or not, Walker started his career on TV with the Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

 

There’s a story about when Prince was dating Lenny Bruce‘s daughter, Kitty. He took her to her father’s gravesite and had sex with her on her father’s grave. Prince said he could hear Bruce yell out from the grave, "Go man, fuck her!"

Jimmie talks about how he paid Letterman 150 bucks a week as a comedy writer.

And how Letterman had trouble with sex jokes. In fact there is a famous photo in the book of the Walker Team, that includes, Letterman, Jay Leno, Norman Lear, even Bud Freidman.

Fox 4 had Jimmie on as a guest in the 90’s.

Walker was playing Stanford’s in Westport and it was cold and snowy. Jimmie and his young opening act were wearing heavy coats and hoods covering their heads. They went into the wrong door at TV 4 and it put them in a production area that was off limits. A security guard came up behind them and seeing two black men, he grabbed Jimmie and said, "Hey, you guys don’t belong back here, what in the hell are you doing?" 

Walker took off his hood and turned around. When the guard saw it was Jimmie Walker he said, "Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know it was you, Mister Walker."

Later when Jimmie went on air he ambushed the host when asked about racism. Walker said, "You got it right here..right here at Fox 4!"

He then told the story of the guard and what had happened. It all went out live. And the next day Hearne wrote a front page story about it in the Star. The story got picked up in other cities and by Hard Copy. We’ve not been on Fox 4 much since.

Thanks Jim.

The book, which looks like it will be a best seller, came together this way: Jimmy and I are tight, talk often, and email each other almost weekly. He told me a few years back he wanted to write his story. He’d written a proposal, but agents thought it was too light.

I told him about my co-author Sal Manna and what a great job he had done on King of Sting. We all met in Vegas in 2008 and hung out for nearly a week. Boy, do I remember that week.

We stayed at Hooters, never do that again.

Walker lives there and Jimmie talked me into walking instead of driving to the MGM next door. It was 121 degrees and we almost didn’t make it. Sal and Jimmie hit it off right away, so Sal wrote the book, sold it more than a year ago and it’s coming out next week. Stanford and Sons has been in several books lately besides these two, including Saturday Night Live comic Darrell Hammond‘s new book.

Jimmie will be on the TODAY SHOW Tuesday, Letterman Monday and tons more. Walker’s been named one of America’s Top 25 comedy icons of all time by several groups including People Magazine.

Walker never left the biz after Good Times, doing more than 20 other TV Shows including stints as a regular on Scrubs and often on Everyone Hates Chris. He’s done stand up in Vegas and all over the world. He’s hosted  TV awards events and been in several films. His comedy on THE DEAN MARTIN ROASTS play to this day.

And GOOD TIMES was still on Nick at Nite as recently as two years ago, can you believe it? 

Walker’s a living comedy legend. Remember, he was the first young black man to have his own hit comedy TV series. Sanford and Son came first, but Redd Foxx was an older guy. Hey, what a great idea for a comedy club name, Sanford and Son. Except my dad’s name is Stanford….wait a minute…STANFORD AND SONS.

Jimmie Walker will return to Stanford and Sons in February.

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Starbeams: Retro Radio ‘Release’ Week, McCartney Does Bieber & Boulevard’s ‘Love Child’

New albums have been released this week from Neneh Cherry, Richard Marx, Smashing Pumpkins, Fiona Apple, Jimmy Buffett and Lita Ford.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to crank up ZZ99!

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Paul McCartney turned 70 this week.  He is the only 70 year-old I know who can pull off the Justin Bieber hairdo.

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How Merlot Can You Go?

Boulevard Brewing Co just released an expensive bottle of beer, now available at your local liquor store.  It’s a sour beer, called Love Child No. 2, a blend of beers from 41 different barrels, aged up to four years that sells for $20. The target market is people too drunk to realize they’re paying $20 for beer.

Kelly Urich hosts the morning show on The Point 99.7 FM

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Sounds Good: Flaming Lips@LibertyHall, Steve Martin@Midland, Split Lip@Crossroads

Storied Lawrence concert venue Liberty Hall turns 100 this week, and they’re throwing one helluva party to celebrate…

Fittingly, the party couldn’t be one night only, not for its 100th.  Nope, they’re doing it up right, with two nights of the Flaming Lips starting Thursday. How is Wayne Coyne going to squeeze his giant hamster ball inside the intimate venue you ask?  Not sure.  But I do know it’s going to be insane.  Definitely the smallest venue that the Lips have played in some time, I’m sure.

Remember, last summer they played the second stage at Kanrocksas in front of several thousand and killed it.

For Friday’s event, Mass. Street in front of Liberty Hall is getting shut down and turned into a psychedelic street party that I expect to be absolutely packed.  This looks to be one of those events that you simply cannot miss if you’re expecting to keep any of your Larryville cred.

On to the picks…

Thursday, June 21st

The Flaming Lips at Liberty Hall in Lawrence

I think Lawrence could get very, very weird in the next couple days.

Like I said, these guys are known mostly for their awesome live shows, and they’re very fond of Lawrence.  Their drummer lives there.  So when I heard that the Lips would be celebrating Liberty Hall’s big 1-0-0 I knew we were in for something special.  And I also knew tickets would be snatched up quicker than a PBR at Franks’ North Star.  So if you still want in you might have to get creative.

For those that haven’t seen the Lips, if you can still score a ticket, do so right now. 

Their live shows are epic, with visuals galore, huge anthems, and of course the giant hamster ball.  And if you can’t get a ticket, just come down to Mass. Street Friday night for the freakout in the streets.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Midland in KC
 
Yes, it’s THAT Steve Martin.  But seriously, he’s pretty damn legit on the banjo.  Certainly, I likely wouldn’t be talking about the Rangers if not for Steve Martin’s involvement, but the band has been around for quite a while before they ever joined forces with the wild and crazy guy.  And for what it’s worth, Martin doesn’t make the performances all about himself, or about his comedy, or anything like that – usually.

This particular show is a benefit that features a silent auction and some other stuff, and is being billed as “An Evening of Bluegrass and Comedy” on the Midland’s website.  The actual benefit website, though, doesn’t say much about the comedy part.  Check it out here:  http://www.umbbigbash.org/index.htm

Saturday, June 23rd

MO Chainsaw Grassacre featuring Split Lip Rayfield and others at Crossroads KC

Kansas favorites Split Lip headline this bluegrass throw-down that also features Cornmeal, Sons of Fathers, Grass Crack, Truckstop Honeymoon, Goddamn Gallows, and Deadman Flats.  So if you’re in need of a country good time this might just be the show for you.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to go see Split Lip, no matter how many times you’ve caught their rebel speed-grass act.  I saw them a few weeks ago at Wakarusa for probably the 20th time and I must say, they absolutely killed it.  Probably the best show of the festival.

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Glazer: Scribe Gives His Blessing to Texas Ranch Worker Killing

Sometimes killing a person is fine, just fine…

A Texas rancher did just that, killed a man with his bare hands. He beat a 47 year-old worker named Jesus Mora Flores to death. Why? Flores was raping his 5 year old daughter. The father was never arrested for the killing.

A grand jury decided not to indict the rancher for the killing. His name is being withheld due to the nature of the crime – rape, molesting a child. Flores was seen running off to the woods with the little girl, according to Shinner, Texas police. The father also was in the area and saw what was about to happen. When he reached the rape scene, Flores had his pants down around his ankles, the little girl was undressed and Flores was in the process of raping the child.

The father jumped the child molester and beat him about the head and body. He then called 911 and asked for help. "Come on! This guy is going to die on me!" the father yelled. "I don’t know what to do!" 

The police didn’t know where the ranch was, it was in a remote area and it took them a long time to reach the ranch. The rancher/father put the soon to be dead guy in his truck and was about to drive him to the hospital.

Too late, he was dead.

Was he in the right? Was it OK to use deadly force? His own hands. Flores had been stopped. He was not able to fight back after the first several blows. Flores had no weapon and his pants were down. Did the rancher do the right thing killing the man who had been attacking his little girl?

I say, "Damn right, he did."

The best result would have been to beat the hell out of this animal and turn him over to the law.

Maybe the rancher wanted to kill the man, we’ll never know. If it was my little girl, I would have wanted the attacker dead. Five year-old child. Terrible. I think justice was done.

Other agencies outside the area likely wanted him charged with involuntary manslaughter.

A charge that could send him to prison. Not in Shinner, Texas. No sir. He’s a hero and I agree.

This is that rare example of courage, fear, and anger that makes sense.

I think we all have thoughts about what we might do in similar circumstances. You protect your family and loved ones. In fact all human life when the innocent are being attacked.

I also thought about Texas being the state that has sent many young people to prison for decades just for having small amounts of marijuana on them. Well, that was a few years back.

Sometimes good does triumph over evil. Just not often enough.

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Whinery: The War in Syria We Don’t Need to Fight

Isn’t America (and our NATO compatriots) in enough wars?

I think so, but the powers that be have that insane look in their eye again and Syria is appears to be the next target. The West has been emboldened by its faux victory in Libya and is now ready for the next “domino” to fall.

Syria- after Iran- should be the last country the West wants to play “regime change” in and here’s why…

The S-300 Missile System – the great equalizer as far as air defense systems go – was designed by the Russians and if there’s a war it will be operated by them. It’s a particularly nasty air defense system that can track up to a 100 targets at once and engage up to 12 at a time.

Its surface-to-air missiles are devastating with a range of up to 100 miles and they travel at up to six times the speed of sound which is a lot faster than an F-16.

Which means our big, bad aircraft carriers would be sitting ducks against Syrian anti-ship missiles. Namely the P-800 Oniks and the P-15 ship to ship missile systems. These are very nasty indeed, capable of Mach 2 speeds, skimming the water at 10 meters. We won’t even see them coming until they slam into the hull!

And this is only the tip of the iceberg where the Syrian defenses are concerned.

They have 500,000 troops in the army – between reserves and active duty- that are equipped with 5,000 tanks, 1,000 mortars, 7,000 anti-tank weapons launchers, 3,000 infantry vehicles and 1,700 anti-aircraft guns. Their Air Force is 60,000 strong and uses the infamous Mig-29 “Fulcrums”- which can go toe-to-toe with anything we Americans produce. And they have the Mil Mi-24 Attack helicopters equipped with Gatling guns, bombs and missiles.

About 3 months ago, Iran sent 3,000 special forces to Syria in anticipation of these events and the two countries have a mutual defense treaty where if one is attacked the other helps out. So we attack the Syrians we have to fight the Iranians too. And the Russians have, what is rumored to be at least 5,000 special forces and support staff ready to go to war with NATO.

We start a war here and this ain’t gonna be Iraq or Afghanistan, we’ll be going to war with the “Soviets."

And if Drudge is to be believed, China, Russia, Syria and Iran are coordinating war games in anticipation of a NATO attack.

Nuff said?

And bear in mind the Assad Family that run Syria are of an obscure branch of Islam called the “Alawi’s” who comprise only 17% of the population and know they will be exterminated if they lose control of the Country.

So will our Nobel Peace Prize winner- El Presidente Obama- start another war?

He’s tanking in the polls and is getting more and more desperate every day. Does Obama launch ANOTHER war to salvage his re-election?

At the very least, World War 3 ought to be reason enough to call off the election.

Because we are not gonna be able to beat the Syrians without pushing the World to the brink.

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Leftridge: Carlos Beltran; from the “Ah, What Coulda Been” Files

So this past weekend, the Kansas City Royals traveled down I-70 to play the Cardinals. We all know how this goes.

For the Cardinals and their fans, this weekend usually doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot. St. Louis is usually playing much better ball and doing that whole thing where they perennially contend while the Royals, God love ‘em, are throwing out a bunch of washed up rejects and young kids who are apt to be gone once they fall out of affordability.

One of these latter types who we lost to the highest bidder—long since gone from our humble burg, now—was Carlos Beltran.

And now that the current Cardinals outfielder is fast cementing a Hall of Fame candidacy, this is particulary depressing.

After being traded to the Houston Astros in the midst of their 2004 playoff run (for Mark Teahan! And John Buck! And Mike Wood! And wait—an Astros’ playoff run??!! What?), Beltran excelled in postseason play, ultimately setting himself up for a big-ass contract, the likes of which the Royals couldn’t have even started to dream about beginning to imagine thinking about affording (well, you know… unless they’d sunk early-funds into Beltran instead of Mike Sweeney).

In 2005, he signed a seven year deal with the New York Metropolitans worth $119 million. He hit 41 homeruns in 2006, setting the Mets’ single season record, and won his first Gold Glove. In that year’s NLCS, he hit three homeruns, bringing his playoff total to 11 knocks in 22 games. Before being traded to the San Francisco Giants in the middle of the 2011 season—he was due to be a free agent and the Mets were in cost-cutting mode—he’d tallied 3 Gold Gloves, won 2 Silver Slugger Awards and had made 6 All Star appearances. In December of last year, he signed a two year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals for $26 million.

And though his career has undoubtedly been hampered by injuries—his legs are particularly troublesome—he has put up the sort of career figures that everyone in Kansas City always expected him to.

Over the weekend, he recorded the 300th stolen base of his career. Coupled with his 300 homeruns, he is now in an elite fraternity with only eight other players, and the only switch hitter amongst the group. He just turned 35, and, if his recent return to astounding productivity is any indication of future successes, he could easily end his career with 400 homeruns, 350 stolen bases, 2,500 hits, and close to 1,500 RBI. Couple this with his previously referenced defensive hardware, and a very strong case can be made for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. VERY strong.

The frustrating thing as a Royals fan is that WE HAD HIM. He was ours to watch flourish and grow, but unfortunately, we never found the pieces to fit around him. Therefore, he languished and, when it was brutally apparent that there was no intention of him remaining a Royal, he was dealt for a bunch of long-departed promises.

This is nothing new.

As KC sports fans, we’re used to it. Unlike losing Jermaine Dye or Zack Greinke, however, we rarely have to deal with the loss of a future Hall of Famer. We lose good players—sometimes REALLY good players—but rarely do they go on to quietly achieve the sorts of amazing things that Beltran has. The unfortunate part—the one that not only kicks us in the teeth but then shits in our cereal—is that, unless the current regime does something to change the course of history (which TOTALLY sounds like the description of an Arnold Schwarzenegger film), he’ll head into Cooperstown rocking a New York Mets hat.

So hear me out: his current contract ends at the end of the 2013 season. He will turn 37 in April of 2014. Presuming that he’s still in working order—that his knees haven’t blown into a thousand pieces or anything equally as grotesque—we need to sign him to a two year deal worth, oh, I don’t know… he’ll be old then, so… $24 million? He can DH and maybe collect his 400th homerun as a member of the Royals. Maybe he’ll have fun, and maybe this eternal “youth-movement” full of ridiculously talented youngsters will be firing on all cylinders and maybe we’ll be winning. And maybe, just MAYBE, he’ll decide that he started here, he ended here, and when the committee asks his preference (they listen to the players’ wishes, though ultimately, they make the decision themselves) he’ll petition to go in as a Kansas City Royal.

Fools can dream, right?
 

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Starbeams: The Top 5 Ways to Spot a Kansas City Terrorist

Federal officials have arrested a Kansas City businessman for allegedly being part of an al-Qaida terror cell.

Top 5 Ways to Spot a Kansas City Terrorist:

#5. He gripes about having to drive 45 minutes north of town just so he can fly an airplane into a building.

#4. Drives around town all day looking for something worthy of blowing up.

#3. Lives in a cave called Hunt Subtropolis.

#2.  Gets really irritated when other terrorists ask if he has a dog named Toto.

#1.  Answers terrorist hotline with, "Hi, may I help you?"

 

Kelly Urich hosts the morning show on The Point 99.7 FM

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Hearne: Life After Missouri’s Tigers; KU Football Renaissance Explained

There’s been no shortage of hooting and hollaring about KU football and new head coach Charlie Weis...

Last year’s slogan for KU’s football team was "Believe." Which worked just fine for the two meaningless, winning games at home against McNeese State and Northern Illinois. From there however the Jayhawks went 0 and 10 against K-State, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Missouri and every other team they faced.

It was ugly and cost KU coach Turner Gill his job.

Which brings us to sexy new head coach Weiss and the hopes and dreams of the KU football faithful who can scarely remember the good, old days when the head coach was "phat" and abusive to student athletes and delivered winning seasons and bowl games.

So how high are those high hopes lately?

"Pretty modest actually," says promoter, and KU football follower Brett Mosiman. "I think everybody’s excited to have Weis but people realize that the last coach was like Terry Allen. He was a horrible coach and a horrible recruiter. He was a wonderful human being, but a horrible Division One football coach and the cupboard is bare."

Put another way, a four win season for KU this year would be a godsend, Mosiman says.

Here’s why…

"The Big 12 is the most horrible gauntlet to run in all of college football because they play nine conference games – some leagues only play seven," Mosiman says. "But even with a couple of cupecakes to start the season, KU still has to play Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia and Baylor.

"I mean, the two baby teams in the Big 12 are Iowa State and Kansas, so there are no easy games. And when you’re Kansas you’re playing nine very tough games. In the Big 10 they’re playing games against teams that are really bad like Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern and Minnesota. There’s five teams that probably haven’t been to as many bowls as Kansas. I mean, KU could compete against those teams. But nine games against bowl elligible teams is what KU has and that’s a huge deal."

And getting Missouri off the schedule doesn’t make it any easier, Mosiman says.

"No, because we replaced Missouri with TCU and TCU’s been in the Top 10 seven times in the past 10 years," Mosiman says. "And West Virginia, I think most people would say is equal if not better than Missouri. The point being that KU is not only the 10th team in the most solid league, they’re playing nine bowl elligible teams. And on top of that the Big 12 gives us four home games and five road games, so what chance do we have?"

There is hope however, Mosiman says.

"In two or three years we’ll be in a lot better shape, but playing a lot better this year probably means we’ll win two or three games. I’d say the over/under on the season is probably 3 1/2 to 4 games. So in a rosey scenario we might be four and eight maybe. I predict four and eight."

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New Jack City: Hollywood Figures It Out…from Kansas City

If I told you Hollywood’s major studios turn to Kansas City for information and insights about their latest movies you’d probably think I was nuts…

Well they do, and I’m not!

THE BOX OFFICE ANALYST, LLC here performs important services that only a handful of similar companies provide—worldwide. Think of it as an analytical think tank that its movie making clients draw to shepherd their movies through the jigsaw puzzle of film distribution.

Box Office Analyst started in 1982 as ex-Kansas Citian John Shaw‘s Movieline International in Texas and since 2010 has been helmed by Douglas Stone in K.C.

And Stone’s no stranger to the movie biz.

His family booked and marketed a number of Drive-In theaters here and later operated the Mid-America Cinema chain. When AMC became Mid-America’s new owner, Stone joined Stan Durwood‘s operations and for 20 years oversaw the circuit’s analytical projects, eventually rising to the position of Vice President of Strategic Analysis for American Multi Cinema.

As a Box Office Analyst Stone provides movie data to studios, including opinion tracking, consumer interest, the boxoffice potential of films, statistical comparisons to similar past and present releases and ticket sales forecasts.

How close are his predictions?

Stone claims an 85% on-target average.

His predictions come from a myriad of sources which include industry insiders, statistical comparisons and deciphering volumes of data and other materials available today.

Put another way, Stone’s company is a data interpreter.

He’s got Warner Brothers, 20th Century-Fox, Universal, Paramount, Disney, Sony (Columbia-Tri-Star) and Lionsgate among the buyers of his services.

And his client list doesn’t end with the studios.

The nation’s biggest exhibitors, including Regal, AMC, Cinemark and Carmike also make weekly use of Stone’s forecasts and analytical data.

With the motion picture industry being closely followed today by financial and investment entities, Stone counts a number of them also as end users of The Box Office Analyst’s consulting services.

Why? For trend analysis, baby.

Can the general public access Stone’s insights? Not really, but he offers some weekly industry data free of charge via the boxofficeanalyst.com website.

With three updated newsletters a week from Kansas City to his worldwide client base, Doug Stone’s Box Office Analyst, LLP keeps the movies on track right where it counts – in potential ticket sales.

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Glazer: The Real, True Hollywood Story of Why the Government Doesn’t Like Roids

Roger Clemens, NOT GUILTY…

Boy, you don’t hear those words often in federal court. They win nearly 95% of their trials. Which doesn’t mean the defendant is guilty, the Feds just have the power to always win. But not this time.

In fact, the government has now wasted millions of dollars and manpower to stage yet another public witch hunt that the public did not want to go along on.

Remember, Barry Bonds also walked.

Bonds was convicted of one minor charge but did no jail time. Clemens was cleared of everything. The government chose not to indict Lance Armstrong.

Did all three of them do steroids? No doubt.

The problem is, so did thousands of other baseball, basketball, football players just to name a few sports. "Roids" are now a common "vitamin" amongst not just pro and college athletes but Americans in general.

With the Clemens case over, it’s unlikely the government will ever again try a steroid/pro athlete case.

The public has spoken; "We don’t want to hear it."

For many reasons. For one, we love our superstars – even Bonds is loved in his city. Clemens is arguably the best baseball pitcher of all time. He’s won more Cy Young Awards than any other pitcher, including one at age 42 just seven years ago. Amazing. Even with steroids.

And you still have to be better than pretty good to do all that, huh?

Yes, steroids make you play better, especially in muscled up areas like home runs. However, it’s not fair to go after a chosen few when the entire NFL has to use them to not get KILLED out there.

So why slice and dice a few super star baseball players?

Simple, the government wants to slow down the use of steroids among young people.

Yet there is NO proven harm from the drugs when they are used correctly.

You can overdose on almost all legal drugs. The best examples of that being Arnold, Sly and Mickey Rourke – all movie stars who over used. Still they all seem to be in pretty good shape and healthy.. Stallone and Swartzenegger are now 70 and looking pretty good. 

That being said, we live in a dangerous world. Our nation has a high crime rate with the less educated Latino and Black groups.

Rampant steroid use would only grow young potential violent criminals to massive sizes.

It’s as simple as that.

Imagine 10 or 20 million thugs the size of Lebron James. Not a good thing.

So this is the major reason steroids are a no-no with the Feds. They don’t care about your health. Please.

Steroids are the new "fountain of youth." 

This is the only major way to slow down the aging process, look fit and young even into your 70’s. Nothing else can do that. Nothing. Sure it helps to eat right and work out, but again, PLEASE.

Testosterone and HGH are both legal today when doctor approved. So how bad can they be when used properly?

In generations to come these drugs and other steroids will allow people to live to be well over 100, maybe even 120. More importantly, they’ll look damn good even at 80, maybe 90.

Just think 80 will be the new 40. Damn. Sadly we won’t be here to see that.

Clemens and Bonds did pay a price.

Roger likely won’t go into the Hall of Fame for some time, and who knows if and when Bonds will ever be voted in? Plus they suffered great financial losses with lawyer bills and many sleepless nights. Most of all it hurt their families, their pride and their legacies.

Yes, they were all guilty of using steroids, but so were most of your pro heros.

My favorite Roger Clemens story – I’ve told it before but it bears repeating – was when Clemens and Red Sox pitcher Matt Young came into Stanford’s in Westport years ago. It was around 4 PM and they were in town to play the Royals. I walked up to Roger, introduced myself and we spoke for a bit. When I walked away he said, "Hey Craig, aren’t you gonna buy us a drink?" 

I turned and said, "Roger you make more money in a year than all the people in this restaurant put together, you should buy us a drink."  Roger smiled and said, "You’re right. Bartender, buy everyone in this joint a cocktail on me." 

And he did just that. Great guy.

But damn, I wish it had been later at night – we’d have been busier and made a killing!

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Today: Can Alamo Drafthouse Lure Enough Geeks to AMC Mainstreet to Make a Buck?

They’ve got their work cut out for them…

It may sound like no big deal – other than the Nazi-like rules and regs about talking and texting – but when Alamo Drafthouse takes over the AMC Mainstreet later this week (after AMC gets kicked to the curb), there’s gonna need to be a whole lotta remodeling shaking going on.

That is if Alamo intends to sell enough upscale food and booze to its patrons at the downtown movieplex to make a profit.

Don’t believe me? Check out how roomy other Alamo theaters are in these crowd shots.

The Mainstreet has spacious seating, don’t get me wrong. But nearly 80 percent of its seats are downstairs where it’s not designed (and all but impossible) for servers to deliver the gourmet food and booze the Alamo must sell to survive.

Not without wreeking more movie havoc than merely peering into one’s purse to check a text.

Which, by the way, will get you kicked out of the Alamo quicker than you can say "Davy Crockett."

With no refund, no less. Here’s your coonskin cap, what’s your hurry?

There’s no problem serving food and drink in the Mainstreet’s three tiny screening rooms upstairs. Those theaters were designed for dining and drinking during movies, but they only hold 68 people in the "big" room and 23 in the two smaller ones.

It’s the 431 regular movie seats that are the problem.

And if Alamo hopes to make a profit at the Mainstreet – unlike AMC – it will need to fill those downstairs auditoriums which range in size from 283 seats for the largest to 74 seats for each of the two smaller theaters.

The trick is how to reconfigure the downstairs auditoriums without losing half the seats.

Or forcing patrons to slosh their way to and from their seats while balancing pitchers of beer and upscale food.

From the get go movie insiders were skeptical about AMC being able to make money after sinking $25 million into the Mainstreet with so few seats to sell. Even AMC honcho Gerry Lopez put it this way to the Star yesterday before his comments were taken down by the newspaper an hour later:

"…With six screens…there’s not enough oxygen in that fish bowl for all the fish to live."

It won’t make things any easier for the fish if Alamo has to remove rows of seats so the servers can swim past.

And with $25 million already sunk in the tiny movie money pit, how much more will Alamo have to spend to make the Mainstreet right?

Nobody bothered to ask those questions of Alamo, which has declined to discuss the matter thus far.

"For the time being, the Mainstreet will continue to operate business-as-usual on its own while signature Alamo Drafthouse touches are implemented," Alamo’s Web site teases. "Touches like our ad-free custom preshows, ironclad no-talking/no-texting policy, and the elimination of the traditional front row for a better viewing experience."

The $64 million question being, how many more rows may have to bite the dust before Alamo’s "signature touches" free up room for it to do its food and drink thing?

And after looking at the audience shots from other Alamo’s plexes I have another question.

Does Kansas City have enough movie geeks, dweebs and film snobs downtown to make Alamo’s Mainstreet pay off?

Tough one.

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Hearne: AMC Head Lashes Out at Cordish in Star Before Story Vanishes

You know it’s an ugly divorce when the CEO gets nasty and goes public…

For months rumors have flown about a pending nasty split between KC-based movie giant AMC Entertainment and Cordish Company. According to a source heated-beyond-belief emails were exchanged between AMC honcho Gerry Lopez and the operator of the Power & Light District.

Extremely heated.

Which explains why rather than simply divvying things up – AMC’s Mainstreet and Midland by AMC – AMC was effectively kicked to the curb in favor of tiny Texas movie exhibitor Alamo Drafthouse. Embarrased in its home town no less (to the extent that the Chinese-owned firm ever gave a you-know-what about KC since the money lenders – including Bain Capital – took over a handful of years back.

How ugly did it get?

Check out the comments fed to the Star by Lopez that went up then quickly came down this afternoon:

"(Lopez) said today irreconcilable differences between the two companies over the operation of the Mainstreet, formerly the Empire Theater at 14th and Main street led to the divorce," it reads.

"When the operation came under distress, we’re not apt to cut corners and other folks had a different point of view," Lopez seethed. "It’s a stressful working environment with six screens. There’s not enough oxygen in that fish bowl for all the fish to live."

Hello, when you’re hemorrhaging red ink like the Mainstreet, there’s not enough oxygen for even one fish.

Another example of how ugly it got; AMC has until Wednesday to not let the door hit it in the butt before it gets the heck out.

Meaning movie titan AMC’s one-time pride and joy will almost instantly be disrobed, taken over and run by a small, control freak exhibitor out of San Antonio. 

Now here’s the funny part…

The Star posted Lopez testy comments at 3:23 pm. but replaced the story an hour later at 4:24 p.m.

Minus the parts with Lopez fuming and dissing Cordish.

Like I said, this divorce was an ugly one.

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Edelman: There is Life After Jardine’s for Kansas City Jazz

Rest in the Peace, Jardine’s

All that’s left of my favorite KC jazz spot is the occasional story about Beena‘s travails here in KC Confidential. With its liquor license coming due, I’m afraid that may be all she wrote for a club that gave up plenty of smiles in its long hey day (and kept alot of musicians working).

Beena gave us some great shows.

I had my "killing me softly" moment the first time I heard Karrin Allyson on the tiny Jardine’s stage. Billy Stritch, Marilyn Maye‘s musical director, brought the cool for a $5 cover– that would be $35 and a two drink minimum in NYC.  The Sons of Brasil (and  all of Stan Kessler‘s musical amalgamations), Alacartoona, Professor Cartwright‘s KC series, Julia Othmer, Bram‘s jumping septet, Friday nights with Angela and Saturdays for Ida McBeth–it all sounded good,

I, for one, miss the place.

Like the Reno Club, Tootie’s Mayfair, the Inferno, Milton’s and a hundred other nightspots, the doors are closed but the music lives on. Don’t despair; move on.

Speaking of which, here are some places to catch great jazz in Kansas City this week:

Tonight (Monday): Mark Lowrey‘s trio plays the Majestic Steakhouse from 6 to 8; the Phoenix has shimmering vocalist Millie Edwards with the talented Michael Pagan on keyboards 7 to 11.

Tuesday: New Jazz Order Big Band kicks out the jams with some of the town’s best young cats at Harling’s, upstairs where Main Street meets Westport Road, 9 to midnight. On the intimate side, Chaz at the Raphael hosts two of the best guitarists you’re likely to hear in a summer of Starlight and Sandstone concerts– Jerry
Hahn
and Danny Embrey, 6 to 10. Monitque Danielle croons with Rick Bacus and a plate of warm beignets at the aptly-named Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen 6 to 9.

Wednesday: Another "new" music spot– McCormick and Shmick’s on the Plaza– presents the aforementioned Stan Kessler laying down some smooth samba sounds with Beau Bledsoe and Luis Orasano 5 to 8. Mark Lowery shifts to the Cafe Trio (just down the block from the shuttered Jardine’s) 6 to 9. And way out south in Leawood, Lonnie McFadden holds court at the West Chase Grille for dinner while Lynn Zimmer plays for the swing crowd at the Gaslight Grill, 137th and Roe, from 6:30 to 9:30.

Thursday: As we get closer to the weekend, our jazz scene heats up hotter. The Record Bar in Westport welcomes the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Dan Tedesco, 10 to 1am.
Kerry Strayer fronts the New KC 7 at the Take Five Coffee Bar, 151st and Nall, from 7 to 9. Solid jazz organist Everette DeVan takes his groove to Leavenworth for a gig behind vocalist Anne Trinki 6:30 to 9:30. The Hotel Phillips gets into the jazz scene with Millie Edwards on the bandstand 5 to 8. And the Sons of Brasil bring the cool to Zona Rosa outdoors from 7 to 9.

Friday: Still more new nightspots join the weekly calendar. Lisa Engelken warbles at the Blue Room 8:30- 12:30. Saxophonist Dave Chael guests with the Ron Carlson Trio at the Lucky Brewgrille. Speaking of lucky, 7 to 11’s the time and the Drum Room at the President Hotel, 14th and Baltimore, the place where Monique Danielle and Rick Bacus will keep the P&L District hip.

The 1 a.m. jam is still going strong at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, 1823 Highland.

And add Accurso’s at 4980 Main Street to the talent round-up with City Lights veteran Tim Whitmer on the 88s starting at 6.

Saturday: Cascone’s out in OP primes the pasta with saxophonist Jim Mair 6 6:30-9:30. Pieropos in Briarcliff presents Candace Evans handling the vocal and piano chores, while the hat hisself, David Basse, keeps the frogs and snakes and topless statues happy at the Overland Park Arboretum 6:30-10:30 (don’t get lost out there, DB). Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe hosts Ryan Howard from 7 to 11; half a block away, Megan Birdsall sings at West Chase from 6:30-9:30. And try Taste in downtown OP for a taste of Steve Gray, 6:30-10.

In all, I count 23 different music spots. Perhaps we CAN get by without Jardine’s — though I’ll miss it.

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Katie: No Lie, ‘Badass’ Alice Cooper Delivers the Goods @ Midland by AMC

We sent ace photographer Katie Grogan out into the trenches over the weekend to check out the freak show going down at the Midland

Sure, Alice Cooper is old enough to be her granddad, but in order to appreciate the new, you’ve got to understand the classics, right?  And Alice has been reaching out to younger generations for years, playing at Bonnaroo last week and incorporating a Lady Gaga cover into his set, of all things. 

Reviews have been positive across the board, almost every one of them mentioning the fact that Alice can still bring it with gusto. 

Just as KC Confidential‘s Brian McTavish found three years back when he wrote:

 

"The intervening years have not diminished his effectiveness…Time may not have stood still, but it sure as hell got punched in the face for 90 minutes as fans (I’d say mostly in their forties and fifties) pumped their fists, played air guitar and otherwise pulsated to the furious flashback that they had clearly come to experience: Classic Cooper."

Katie was certainly impressed.

"Not gonna lie, this was one of the coolest shows I’ve ever shot," she says. "The set-up and the atmosphere was awesome! Alice doesn’t let being 64 stop him from rocking and having a freaking blast on stage with his band. What a badass."

Here’s what it looked like… 

 

Setlist:

 

The Black Widow
Brutal Planet
I’m Eighteen
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Hey Stoopid
Is It My Body
Halo of Flies
I’ll Bite Your Face Off
Muscle of Love

 

Only Women Bleed
Cold Ethyl
Feed My Frankenstein
Caffeine
Poison
Wicked Young Man
I Love the Dead
School’s Out
Encore: Elected.

 

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Donnelly: Biggest Crowd of Season Witnesses Two World Class Sporting Goals

On a hot humid Saturday, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park was packed – even the standing room- for a game against one of the worst teams in the league…

The club reported it was the highest attended game of the season despite that Toronto entered the contest sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only one win to its credit.  And Toronto coach and Dutch legend Aron Winter, was canned just a week or two ago after failing in his effort to bring total soccer to Canada.

Judging from Toronto’s play Saturday, current coach Paul Mariner may not be long for this world either.

Sporting started the game with a bit of a new look due to the fact that Matt Besler had an emergency appendectomy last week, and Kei Kamara is still out for national team duty with Sierra Leone. (Kei scored two goals for his country on Saturday night).  Filling in for Besler at center back was little-used Lawrence Olum, and Jacob Peterson got his second start for Kei on the wing.  Also, Roger Espinoza returned from his duties with Honduras, so fill-in Peterson Joseph was relegated to the bench.

From the get go KC was pressuring Toronto, pumping the ball into its box and creating a few legit half chances.   For the first 20 minutes Toronto saw very little of the ball and were largely pinned in their own defensive third, struggling to create anything or keep possession.

Then in the 18th minute the inevitable happened. 

KC’s CJ Sapong stuck a one-timer in the back of the net off a low cross from Jacob Peterson to put the boys in blue in front 1-0.  Sapong celebrated his team-leading 5th goal with a back-flip ala Ozzie Smith

Sporting never looked back.

There were a couple scares. For example when in the 30th minute Toronto forward Eric Avila got in behind the KC defense after German international Torsten Frings played a classy ball over the top. Jimmy Nielsen was forced to come off his line and beaten by the shot, but the ball caromed off one post and then the other without going in before Aurelien Collin was able to clear the ball over the end line.

Minutes later KC’s Julio Cesar stomped on the Canadians’ necks with a goal for the ages.

It came off a full volley off a long Graham Zusi corner that the Brazilian rifled into the top of the net. 

"What a finish that was," Zusi said after the game. "That’s one of the goals of the season, for sure—just a perfect volley. It’s a great moment for him. I can’t take credit for any of that one."

After that Toronto might as well have loaded up its flannel and headed for the border because this puppy was over by half with KC dominating possession 70%-30%, and virtually every other statistical category.

KC almost notched its third a mere 10 seconds into the second half when Sapong flicked a header into the path of a streaking Teal Bunbury, but Toronto’s keeper did well with it and came up with a nice diving save.

Teal continued to give Toronto fits using his speed to track down long through balls in the corners and sending in crosses or cutting back to the top of the box.  Although he didn’t get on the board, this was definitely one of the better efforts from Teal this season.  Let’s hope he continues to be aggressive like this going forward.

With the 2-0 win, Sporting put itself in 2nd in the East at 28 points, just two points behind DC who have played three more games than KC.

Sporting has a quick turnaround, heading to Seattle for a Wednesday game before jetting across the country to Philly for a Saturday showdown with the Union.      

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Glazer: Good Riddance, Rodney King Was a Joke

Forty-seven year-old Rodney King died this weekend…

King drowned in his backyard pool – a pool paid for by a lawsuit from his 1991 beating by LAPD. It was a beating we’ll never forget, caught on video and which led to the LA riots that killed 55 people, injured 2,000 and caused millions of dollars in damages.

King became a "black leader" because of the incident but many white people had a problem with that.

Hey, there’s no doubt King was beaten and no doubt it was wrong. There’s also no doubt the police in LA and everywhere else in this country have no right to behave like animals.

But the problem with the entire mess is Rodney King himself.

King had a lengthy criminal record, but so did Malcolm X.  However Malcolm X became an educated, powerful leader and role model for millions. And at the end of his career he spoke to people on non violence. And if nothing else, Malcolm X was a brilliant man, right or wrong.

King on the other hand was not sharp, not a good example, uneducated and a lifelong punk.

He was given the chance to lead and set an example but what did he do with it? He parlayed his beating into more than million bucks and ended up on "Drug Rehab" reality shows. A real genius.

Now the guy’s being mentioned alongside Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and hoody-wearing victim Bobby Trayvon.

Really? Does King deserve to be enshrined in THAT group? Hardly.

In 1991 Rodney King was running from the LAPD while driving over 100 miles an hour. In all likelihood he was leaving the scene of a crime, had dope on him and more. That he ran because he was dirty is almost a given. His excuse: "I thought the cops would kill me because I am black."

I guess several million black men who get pulled over in LA all the time are lucky. They all lived somehow and managed not to get beaten. Oh yeah, King was on parole for armed robbery.

We’ll probably never really know what may have set off the beating. And again, it was wrong, very wrong. Maybe King got out of the car, yelled something at the cops and was scary and aggressive. Maybe the high speed chase and his record made the cops crazy. Still that beating was too much.

In the end, three cops were acquitted in a trial by a jury of all whites. Hey OJ, see how that works? Later the Federal Government had to make an example so they gave the two main "beating cops" 30 months in prison.

King then half ass tried to be a black leader and celebrity.

However he didn’t do either very well. So in the end the pool killed him and TV had him on only as a joke. The stupid, dope addict angle. The guy was not much of a speaker. I know, "Can We All Get Along."  That was his one-and-only best moment.

Do I sound down on Rodney King?

Yes, but only because he proved to be such a bad example – an uneducated black man who managed to make whites feel guilty. That’s the truth, he had no talent.

A better example of a black hero during the LA riots was when white truck driver Reginald Denny was pulled from his cab and nearly beaten to death and a black man, Bobby Green, raced in, pushed him back into his cab, and drove him to the hospital, saving his life.

That’s a hero. That’s a good example of a real man.

I don’t hold it against King that he had a bad record, so did I. It’s what he did after the "beating."

Which was not much.

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Glazer: Scribe Flashes Back to ‘That’s My Boy’ Star’s Kinky Stanford’s Misadventure

It was the best of times and the worst of times…

Stanford and Sons was probably the comedy spot here in the late 1990s and it seemed like every up and coming comedy star was on our stage at some point back then. The late 90’s launched so many multi-millionaire careers it’s hard to name them all.

One of the most notorious events there went down in 1996 with "That’s My Boy" star Adam Sandler.

A comic named Nick Swardson was doing a feature week at the Westport club. We had no idea his best pal and soon to be partner in many films was the hottest comedy star going, Adam Sandler. In fact Adam was playing a one night stand at Sandstone the same week. 

So Adam and his crew showed up at Stanford’s with no advance warning. Sandler and three of his producing/writing buds had come to a Swardson show on a weeknight I happened to be there and Adam introduced himself. He was very nice and we all sat down and talked about his newest film "Happy Gilmore" and his upcoming show at Sandstone. He told me Nick was his pal and they all had come to watch his shows. In fact, Adam even did a brief set on our stage, singing his hit, THE HANUKKAH SONG.

When word got out Adam was hanging nightly at Stanford’s it got pretty crazy.

It was common knowledge that Sandler was dating TV/film star Alicia Silverstone.

Which of course didn’t stop the guy from eyeing our hot little wait staffers. Adam had a thing for two of our cocktail babes, one was Lori King, the other I called Crazy Kari. King was my kinda gal friend and Kari had a crazy hot body. Both were blondes and both around 20 or 21. Remember, in Missouri you only have to be 19 to serve liquor.

So Adam wanted to meet them both.

Seems Kari was the one most willing. She had no boyfriend really and she and I would hang out at times.

Kari had a wicked body – just wicked – and Sandler was in lust.

They did a couple nights together and Hearne Christopher at the Star found out about it and spoke to Kari about her fun times with Sandler.

Oh boy.

"Collectibles? These days most anything will pass. In the case of comic Adam Sandler, a pair of his size 36 Polo boxer shorts fit the bill for Kari Stevens, a part-time data entry clerk for a local tire company and an on-again, off-again waitress at Stanford & Sons," it began.

Stevens told me she had no illusions about seeing Sandler again.

“I’m not depending on it. But I gave him my picture and my phone number,’ she said.’

As for the undies Stevens Sandler gave her as a souvenir, “I asked him if I could have them, and he said no, they were his lucky underwear,” she said.

But on a couple days later, Stevens asked Sandler: “ ‘So where’s my lucky shorts? ‘ And he said, ‘You can have these (instead)… ‘ I roll ‘em down and they fit perfect. ”

 

She was telling everyone about it.

She was so proud of the fact that she’d done Sandler, and then Kari and the pair of signed boxer shorts ended up on the FRONT PAGE OF FYI in Hearne’s section which caught everyone’s eye.

"Hey isn’t he with Silverstone?" people wondered. Well, not anymore.

The story got picked up in LA and Adam and Alicia broke up shortly after that.

To be fair, it likely would have happened anyway, this just spead up the ending some. 

Naturally, I got the complaint calls from Sandler’s people. In the end it was forgotten, but comedy stars and sex seem to go hand in hand.

Adam Sander went on to become one of the most successful comedy stars and movie producers of our generation. Nick Swardson went on to a big career as well with TV shows like Pretend Time and writing movies, including "Benchwarmers" and "Malibu’s Most Wanted."

So Nick is still a Sandler guy and has made millions himself. Kari, well she went out to LA to be a star and became a porn star if there is such a thing. You can catch her in movies like "Wanda Play" or see some of her body of work online if you dig.

Today she’s back in KC, still a handful and still has the memories her time with Sandler.

Oh yeah, along with her signed boxer shorts from her nights with Pauley Shore.

By the way, Sandler gave me tickets to his show at Sandstone. He was not as big a star then so the crowd was maybe 4,000. Today it would be the Sprint Center, but with Adam’s bank account in the hundreds of millions, I guess that’s not likely.

Like I said, those CRAZY times.

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Starbeams: KCI, Why? Rockville’s Horses, Madonna Goes Senile & Royals Wave Brewers

A plan to replace Terminal A at KCI with one giant and modernized terminal has been presented to city officials. Terminals B and C could be turned into office space. Still no word on when they plan to build a terminal near where people live.

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The city of Rockville, Missouri is embracing the prospect of a horse slaughtering plant being located in their town.  One hundred and fifty people packed a city council meeting this week to voice their support for the idea.  You might say they’re sticking together like glue.

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In recent days Madonna has flashed her breast and her butt while performing on stage in Europe.  You know what that means.  It’s time to think about putting her in a home.

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The Royals just swept the Brewers at home.  Fans hardly noticed because we refuse to let the game interrupt ‘the wave.’

Kelly Urich hosts the morning show on The Point 99.7 FM

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