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Finn Murphy’s Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tale of Life on the Road

“Many young male neurotics find out early that hard labor is salve for an overactive mind,” Finn Murphy writes in his memoir about his career in long-haul truck driving. That may explain why as a young man he dropped out of college and left his comfortable suburban Connecticut life to become a hard-laboring trucker. That […]

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GM Design Pioneer Harley Earl: More Than Just The Father of Tailfins

Henry Ford was believed to have once said about his Model T, “you can get it in any color you want, as long as it’s black.” A hearty joke that became ironic; in the late 1920s, GM gave that punchline a counterpunch. Unlike Ford, GM began offering vehicles in all shapes, colors, sizes and especially […]

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Adam Carolla Goes Racing For Motor Trend and Vero

Adam’s new streaming show, Adam Carolla Goes Racing, is self-defining, and designed with your digital-age attention span in mind. For those of us who cannot get enough of the Ace Man or autoracing — or the Ace Man jonsing on auto racing — both Motor Trend and Vero speed to our rescue. Motor Trend magazine has a […]

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Tom Berenger Hits The Highway in “American Dresser”

We’re always up for a Tom Berenger flick, but for this one we’re especially psyched. In American Dresser, Tom’s riding a Harley Davidson Electra Glide , because what else would you ride cross-country? There seems to be some not-so-nice names for this fine machine, which piss us off:  bagger, grocery getter, and geezer glide (the hot […]

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Chassy Is Motoring To Pluto: Check Out Our Exclusive, FREE Pluto TV Channel

Get into the (free) ride! Chassy Media — the production/distribution company founded by Adam Carolla and Nathan Adams — has launched a channel exclusively for Pluto TV. Pluto TV is a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring Chassy content: documentaries, feature films and TV shows that focus mostly on the culture and history of automobiles, motorcycles, and […]

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Steady Wins The Underdog Race — How Avildsen Used The Steadicam

One of the key scenes in director John G. Avildsen’s Rocky is also a groundbreaking chapter in movie history. Rocky’s (Sylvester Stallone) street jogging/training “Gonna Fly Now” montage — which includes his famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum — utilized the new technology called Steadicam. This innovation showed Hollywood that the […]

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Bill Conti: Music For Underdogs

Most people know it as the “Theme From Rocky,” but the official title of the original Rocky soundtrack title song is called “Gonna Fly Now.” It was scored by Bill Conti, with lyrics (only 30 words long!) by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins. The vocals were performed by DeEtta West and Nelson Pigford, in a […]

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Avildsen’s Underdogs Live On in an Original Karate Kid Reboot

A reason to live: a 21st century update on one of director John G. Avildsen’s most famous underdogs. YouTube Red will present Cobra Kai, a ten-episode sequel to the original 1984 film, The Karate Kid. The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke the news of the straight-to-series sequel, with stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) […]

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Avildsen’s Underdogs: Rocky

Rocky reveals this back story to Adrian on their first date, at a vacant ice-skating rink: “Yeah – My ol’ man, who was never the sharpest, told me – I weren’t born with much brain, so I better use my body.” This small detail starts the underdog engine of the first Rocky flick, directed by […]

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We Mourn The Death of John G. Avildsen, King of the Underdogs

Upon the June 16th death of director John G. Avildsen, 81, The Director’s Guild released this statement: “We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of beloved director John Avildsen. His iconic ‘Rocky,’ which won the DGA Feature Film Award in 1976, has been lionized throughout our culture as the quintessential underdog story – […]

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VW Takes The Wheel With These Classic TV Commercials

As shown in our documentary The Bug, Volkswagen was super serious about its American print and TV marketing (although it never took itself seriously in the ads). In its first year in the States, VW sold exactly two cars (check out the entire VW history timeline here). By the time these ingenious commercials became part […]

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Newman’s Own, Up For Auction: His Daytona Rolex Watch

Just by watching our doc, Winning,  you can get a real sense of Paul Newman’s sense of style and love of competition. That spirit lives on as his beloved Daytona watch goes up for auction later this year. The sale may result in the item being classified as the world’s most expensive Rolex watch. On October […]

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