Screen Junkies » Billy Mays http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:32:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Three Years After Billy Mays’ Death: Where Are We As A People? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/three-years-after-billy-mays-death-where-are-we-as-a-people/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/three-years-after-billy-mays-death-where-are-we-as-a-people/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:36:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249428 Have we forgotten his teachings?

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On Monday of this week, we were all reminded that it was the third anniversary of Michael Jackson. Songs were spun, tweets were sent, and heads hung in silence. Which brings us to today, June 28th — the third anniversary of TV pitchman Billy Mays‘ passing. Yes. If you’ll remember, the Infomercial King shuffled off this mortal coil just three days after Jackson. So, where is the fanfare? Where are the rememberance tweets?

Have we as a nation forgotten Billy Mays?

Rather I should ask, have we moved on from Billy? Let’s take a look at how the world has changed without its most charismatic salesman.

The Nation

Today’s headlines are dominated by the news that Obamacare has been passed by the Supreme Court. In a 5-4 victory, the Court upheld the bill which means every American will now have to buy healthcare by 2014, and those with existing conditions will no longer be faced with prejudices.

The Media

Ann Curry gave a tearful farewell on The Today Show this morning. Suspicions have been that Curry was blamed for the show’s sagging ratings, and she was reassigned out of co-anchor chair. This was confirmed by her farewell speech. Ann Curry is a peach and didn’t deserve this treatment. But what do you expect from the network that consistently stiffed Conan O’Brien in favor of Jay Leno? Thank goodness Billy wasn’t around to see this.

Technology

Since Billy May’s passing, our whites have lost their gleam, our putties are a bit less mighty, our hooks less Herculean. But that’s not to say that there haven’t been wonderful advances. We all now carry a personal assistant around with us in our pockets thanks to Apple’s Siri. It means we’ll never have to use our fingers to text again nor have to deal with the complicated mechanics involved with converting ounces to pounds. We’re practically higher beings now.

But that’s not all! The last few years have given blessed the world with several bounties. The Bladeless Fan is now all the rage (though you can’t use it to immitate Darth Vader), we can clone and genetically alter our pets, and the WorldFirst F3 project has created a racing car made from food items. It’s an edible racecar. There’s even an Amtrak train that runs on rendered cattle fat. Take that, Henry Ford!

Entertainment

Clive Owen has been replaced by a guy named Michael Fassbender, and a silent film won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

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But let’s now take a look at the lives Mays touched directly. Surely, their finding ways to honor the man and keep his torch lit.

Anthony Sullivan & Vince Offer

The beef continues.

It’s no secret that Mays was not a fan of Vince Offer after he publicly called him out and challenged him to a “pitch off” on the Adam Carolla Show. The feud started after Mays rose to prominence with products like his Zorbeez and Quick Chop. Then, failed filmmaker Vince Shlomi rebirthed himself as Infomercial pitchman Vince Offer, with products like ShamWow and Slap Chop — both direct rip-offs of Zorbeez and Quick Chop. The hatchet would not be buried before Mays passed away.

Instead, the hatchet was picked up by Billy’s former business partner Anthony Sullivan. Who has now reverse-Offered Offer by releasing a commercial for Sticky Buddy, a product that’s a blatant (and improved) version of Vince’s Schticky.

I have to admit, I’m pro-Sticky Buddy. It’s just a better value and Anthony Sullivan doesn’t punch women in the face. Okay. This Sticky Buddy parody may have helped put me over the top too.

His Son

Billy’s son, Billy Mays III, has found a way to both honor his father and give back to the fans. #WheresBillyMays is a website he founded where he curates interesting and respectful tributes to his dad found across the Internet. Like this awesome one:

If anything, it serves as a daily reminder that Billy Mays might be gone but he is in no way forgotten.

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These People Died in 2009 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/these-people-died-in-2009/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/these-people-died-in-2009/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 People die, and it's very sad, but when you're famous, or even "famous," television networks and award ceremonies put together an in memorium video that reminds everyone that you died, how attractive you were when you were younger, and how you used to work on projects that weren't complete sh*t. Below is a remembrance video that Turner Classic Movies put together that does all those things, and also displays some fantastic Autumn foliage. Are the dead people supposed to be the wind or the leaves? My guess is there's a little bit of them in every one of us. It's comforting to know that Michael Jackson is inside me right now.

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People die, and it’s very sad, but when you’re famous, or even "famous," television networks and award ceremonies put together an in memorium video that reminds everyone that you died, how attractive you were when you were younger, and how you used to work on projects that weren’t complete sh*t. Below is a remembrance video that Turner Classic Movies put together that does all those things, and also displays some fantastic Autumn foliage. Are the dead people supposed to be the wind or the leaves? My guess is there’s a little bit of them in every one of us. It’s comforting to know that Michael Jackson is inside me right now.

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STEVE CARELL RUMORED TO PLAY BILLY MAYS http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/steve-carell-rumored-to-play-billy-mays/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/steve-carell-rumored-to-play-billy-mays/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 This one's kind of out of left field but there are rumors over at Daily Stab that Hollywood is interested in bringing the life of Billy Mays to the big screen. You can and should take this one with a grain of salt. I'm taking it with an entire shaker. Steve Carell is being looked at to play the lead with Owen Wilson in consideration for the role of his best friend, Anthony Sullivan. No word yet on who is playing the Sham Wow Guy but my money's on Danny Glover. That and Nelson Mandela are the roles he was born to play.Take a gander at these news links...Final season of Lost will be longer than originally planned. (THR)The Life and Death of Jeff Goldblum. (TV Squad)Couple's Retreat trailer. (First Showing)Matt Damon's The Informant trailer. (Apple)How To Determine Your Favorite Summer Blockbuster. (Holy Taco) Chris Klein is an ACTOR. (Latino Review)

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This one’s kind of out of left field but there are rumors over at Daily Stab that Hollywood is interested in bringing the life of Billy Mays to the big screen. You can and should take this one with a grain of salt. I’m taking it with an entire shaker. Steve Carell is being looked at to play the lead with Owen Wilson in consideration for the role of his best friend, Anthony Sullivan. No word yet on who is playing the Sham Wow Guy but my money’s on Danny Glover. That and Nelson Mandela are the roles he was born to play.

Take a gander at these news links…

Final season of Lost will be longer than originally planned. (THR)
The Life and Death of Jeff Goldblum. (TV Squad)
Couple’s Retreat trailer. (First Showing)
Matt Damon’s The Informant trailer. (Apple)
How To Determine Your Favorite Summer Blockbuster. (Holy Taco)
Chris Klein is an ACTOR. (Latino Review)

 

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TV PITCHMAN BILLY MAYS HAS PASSED AWAY http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/tv-pitchman-billy-mays-has-passed-away/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/tv-pitchman-billy-mays-has-passed-away/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Television's ultimate pitchman has passed away. Billy Mays, the charismatic and clamorous infomercial host died in his sleep after sustaining a head injury during a rough plane landing this past weekend. The very likeable Mays is currently co-starring with Anthony Sullivan on the Discovery Channel show Pitchmen. This really is such a shame. It's always sad to see someone cut down while their star is on the rise. His contributions to the tapestry of television will be sorely missed. (Variety)And on a side note, can we please put a stop to all of these recent high profile deaths? Keyboard Cat's paws are gonna fall off at this rate.Here are some other morning headlines... GI Joe's newest character poster: Scarlett. (Film School Rejects)Warner Bros announces their Comic Con line-up. (/Film)Picard and Sisco look-a-likes to open Star Trek restaurant. (io9)80's Movie Montages That Make No Damn Sense. (Cracked)Michael Bay to Megan Fox: I made you. (The Playlist)

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Television’s ultimate pitchman has passed away. Billy Mays, the charismatic and clamorous infomercial host died in his sleep after sustaining a head injury during a rough plane landing this past weekend. The very likeable Mays is currently co-starring with Anthony Sullivan on the Discovery Channel show Pitchmen. This really is such a shame. It’s always sad to see someone cut down while their star is on the rise. His contributions to the tapestry of television will be sorely missed. (Variety)

And on a side note, can we please put a stop to all of these recent high profile deaths? Keyboard Cat’s paws are gonna fall off at this rate.

Here are some other morning headlines…

GI Joe‘s newest character poster: Scarlett. (Film School Rejects)
Warner Bros announces their Comic Con line-up. (/Film)
Picard and Sisco look-a-likes to open Star Trek restaurant. (io9)
80′s Movie Montages That Make No Damn Sense. (Cracked)
Michael Bay to Megan Fox: I made you. (The Playlist)

 

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