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An American Legend.

Watching Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams — smile

Watching Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams — smile

Go Green Ranger Go

Over the weekend, it was reported that Jason David Frank, best known for playing Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise, passed away. He was an idol to a generation of kids (including mine) and he will be missed.

Connect with me at — smile

Hey all, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I keep meaning to make this site my primary online destination, but I end up embracing social media again and again. Every so often, there’s an industry shake up where platforms change, and sometimes grow, but often die. Over the years I’ve posted things to various sites that no longer exist, like Viddy, Tout, GetGlue, and so on, and the content I posted just vanished. That’s the primary reason I stopped joining every new site that came along (you won’t find me on TikTok, Discord, Mastodon, Zoom, etc). We now seem to be at another point where the social media landscape is changing. Instead of chasing another trendy site and trying to make it work for me, I’m going to start posting here more often while also continuing to fill gaps in the past here with content that originally appeared elsewhere. Most of the posts have comment sections, feel free to leave your thoughts, suggestions and feedback. Thanks for stopping by — smile

Happy Monday everyone — smile

Happy Monday everyone — smile

‘Fast X’ is going to bankrupt the studio

How the hell does this movie cost $340 million?!?

The Budget For ‘Fast X’ Has Reportedly Launched Into The Stratosphere Like A NoS-Powered Muscle Car

Why I’m Not On Facebook

I used to be on Facebook. Technically, I still am, but I’m locked out of my account and it’s hidden from public view. I know my account hasn’t been completely purged because I still get emails from them; the ones that tell you so and so posted a new photo or whatever in an attempt to get you to log in, which I am unable to do. I can’t even unsubscribe to those emails because I have to log in to do so.

Little known fact: Facebook did have a character limit for posts.

So what happened? I initially set up a Facebook profile — wow, it’s been like 12 (twelve!) years ago, at least. I don’t know what the onboarding process is like now, but back then, among the information you were required to provide was a username and your “real name,” which was defined as the name you go by in your everyday life and that people generally know you by. For my username, I entered the same one I use everywhere, and for “real name,” I entered smile from The Lower East Side.

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The Story Behind My Logo

This is an image that has been associated with me or characters I’ve played for the bulk of my career. It’s a still from the first film I produced, Death Fish, which was shot in August, 1997. One of writer/director Carlos Sanchez Lopez‘s influences was Sergio Leone, especially the film A Fistful of Dollars:

Still of Clint Eastwood from A Fistful of Dollars

When I was a kid, A Fistful of Dollars was on television a lot because westerns were still popular and Clint Eastwood was at the height of his superstardom in the 1970‘s. Also, it was only about 100 minutes long without commercials, so it fit perfectly into a two hour prime time TV slot. If Clint had a new movie out in theaters, Fistful of Dollars would be on The Million Dollar Movie all week, so I saw it a lot.

– Carlos Sanchez Lopez, writer/director
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The Next Freakin’ Thing

Today finally sees the launch of my first line of Digital Collectibles. It will be a series of non-interactive NFTs providing access to original art, photos, videos and other forms of media created by me. A lot of it wil be previously unreleased material from my archives, but I will also be creating new content as well.

The NFTs will be hosted on the WAX blockchain. I chose the WAX blockchain for its reduced environmental impact. You can get the NFTs at the Atomic Hub Marketplace; my collection is called smileartwork.

Rather than flooding the market, I will be minting the NFTs to meet demand in order to minimize resource use. Each NFT will have a rarity level based on how many are made available. Initial pricing for the NFTs will vary based on subjective quality and rarity. The Rarity Levels are:

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Highlights from House of Glory: Salvation 2022

This video is a slideshow of photo highlights from the pro wrestling event Salvation, presented by House of Glory, an independent pro wrestling organization based in Queens, New York. The program is available to watch via streaming video at

Wrestlers featured include Mantequilla, KC Navarro, Ringleader Midas, Ken Broadway, Charles Mason, James Evander, Lo-Ki, Biff Busick, Natalia Markova, Taya Valkyrie, Arez, Penta El Zero Mierdo, Jay & Mark Briscoe.

House of Glory Salvation Photo Highlights
photos by smile from The Lower East Side
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