Did Tom Hanks Sing the Theme Song to Bosom Buddies?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: Tom Hanks sang the theme song to Bosom Buddies.

Bosom Buddies was a sitcom that lasted for two seasons from 1980-1982 that starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari as two friends who pretended to be women so that they could live in a cheap apartment that was in a building only for women.

The theme song for the show (although not for the DVD release or syndication, as I suppose they just didn’t want to pay for the song rights) was Billy Joel’s “My Life,” only not sung by Billy Joel (too expensive). The singer of the song is not credited in the closing credits of the series.

Years ago, a reader wrote in to ask me whether it was true that the mystery singer was, in fact, Tom Hanks. It is normal enough for the star of a show to also do the theme song. On the popular website, TV Tropes, they wrote the following on their Bosom Buddies page, “Tom Hanks sang the theme song and the rest of the cast provided backing vocals,” so this is not just something that an unnamed reader thought (sorry for losing your name, reader, feel free to write in and I’ll add your name in!).

So is it true?
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September 27th, 2016 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #594

Welcome to the five hundred and ninety-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, be disgusted by some gross comments Bob Kane made regarding Batman as a gay icon, find out if Dave Stevens was sued by Marvel over criticizing them and discover a lost John Byrne project!

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What Surprising Film Got the Original Star Wars Into More Theaters Than Expected at First?

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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Fox made any theater that wanted to show the film The Other Side of Midnight agree to also show Star Wars.

As we have noted a few times over the years, like when George Lucas hired Alan Dean Foster to write a cheap sequel to Star Wars or when Lucas talked about how he was fine with killing Darth Vader because he didn’t think he was all that great of a character, in the time between the completion of the original Star Wars film and the release of the movie, there really was no way to know that the movie would be one of the most successful films of all-time.

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The closer the film came to actually being released, it was more and more apparent that the film WOULD be successful, although no one knew just HOW popular it would become. However, that was long after they had to make their initial sales of the film to the theaters of the United States. When they did the initial sales of the movie, Fox did not know if they had a hit or not, so they actually made an unusual deal where they paired Star Wars with another film, a very different type of film called The Other Side of Midnight.
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September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | 1 Comment

Did Pitbull Really Get His Stage Name From His Love for Dogfighting?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: The rapper Pitbull got his stage name from his love of dogfighting.

On the Doug Loves Movies podcast, celebrity guests compete against each other in games based on movie trivia. Each guest competes on behalf of a member of the crowd who brings a sign with their name on it (typically in the form of a movie poster using a movie pun, like if your name was Parker, you could have a Jurassic Park sign with Parker instead of Park. Stuff like that). Each crowd member also writes the name of someone on the back of the poster. In the event that they lose, the host of the show, comedian Doug Benson, will call whoever they write on the back a “$#!thead.” It can be someone that just the crowd member knows or it can be a famous person. Whatever they like. It doesn’t even have to be a person. Anyhow, in a recent episode I was listening to the other day, one of the names was “Pitbull, who got his name from his love for dogfighting.” I had never heard that, and I wondered if it was true.

Pitbull, as you may or may not know, is a famous rapper from Miami who became famous in that city (calling himself “Mr. 305” after Miami’s area code) before becoming world famous (he know calls himself “Mr. Worldwide”).

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So is the origin of his name true?
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September 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Music Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Were Ross and Rachel Originally Not Going to Get Back Together on the Friends Finale?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: Ross and Rachel were originally not going to get together at the end of “Friends.”

Series finales of famous television shows are extremely difficult for show creators to write, since fans have such high expectations for the very last episode of their favorite series. As a result, many famous TV series have had endings that range from artfully bizarre like “St. Elsewhere”, calmly subdued like “Cheers” and, well, blowing the entire town up like “Little House on the Prairie.” There’s almost no “set” way to write a series finale.

By the end of the tenth season of the hit sitcom, “Friends,” however, there was little left undecided for the series.

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Phoebe had already gotten married, Chandler and Monica’s child was not yet born, but obviously no one was expecting a light sitcom to go anywhere dark with a storyline like that (although there was a twist, when it turned out that the woman whose baby Chandler and Monica were adopting actually was having twins!), so the show’s last episode really turned on one question – were Ross and Rachel going to end up together? Every since their famous (or is it infamous?) “break” in Season 3, the show had held off on getting Ross and Rachel back together, coming up with plotline after plotline designed to keep them apart (even some overly outlandish ones that they ended up not actually using). So with the last episode upon the show, what was going to happen with Ross and Rachel? In a shocking spoiler for a show that ended a dozen years ago, Ross and Rachel did end up together, as Rachel got off of a plane bound for Paris after Ross declared his love for her right before she boarded the plane. However, reader Bret S. wrote in to ask if the show originally had a different ending where Ross and Rachel did not end up together (in the alternative, he also wanted to know if they at least filmed an alternate ending where they did not end up together – he had heard the former, but was sure that the latter was at least true).

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So did Ross and Rachel almost not make it in “The Last One”?

Read on to find out!
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September 20th, 2016 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #593

Welcome to the five hundred and ninety-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, learn how close we came to seeing human students enrolled at Xavier’s School for Mutants! Discover what major scene ended up being cut from “Batman: The Long Halloween”! And find out whether Dudley Moore was going to play Mister Mxyzptlk in “Superman III”!

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Did the Federal Government Once Secretly Pay TV Networks For Having Anti-Drug Messages in Shows?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: The federal government once secretly paid TV networks for having anti-drug messages in episodes of their shows.

We are all familiar with TV shows working with the United States government to have special “Anti-drug” episodes. This was particularly the “in” thing to do when Nancy Reagan was the First Lady, as she made a big deal about appearing on popular sitcoms among kids to promote her anti-drug programs. Here she is with Gary Coleman from an anti-drug episode of Diff’rent Strokes…

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And here’s an episode of Punky Brewster that tied in with the First Lady’s “Just Say No” campaign…

That’s all well and good, but what if the government got involved more surreptitiously? That was the case with an anti-drug program that came about towards the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency that unintentional led to a bizarre situation where the government was effectively secretly paying TV networks for having anti-drug messages in their shows. Read on to see how it all went down!
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September 15th, 2016 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Why Can’t Major Avengers Villain Kang Be in an Avengers Movie?

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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Marvel cannot use Kang, one of the biggest Avengers villains, in their Avengers films.

Very few things in the world of pop culture are quite as confusing as the matter of who controls the production rights of various Marvel Comics characters, since Marvel has parceled out the rights to their characters to so many different studios over the years that it can be extremely complicated figuring out who owns what character and when said studio got control of said character. We have already addressed a few of these confusing rights issues in the case of whether Deadpool was part of Fox’s X-Men rights or whether the Incredible Hulk’s movie rights are fully owned by Marvel Studios. Today, though, we delve into one of the most surprising characters whose rights are not controlled by Marvel Studios, and thus off-limits for the Avengers films

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– one of the Avengers’ earliest and greatest foes, Kang!

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Read on to see why Kang is off-limits!
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September 14th, 2016 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | 5 Comments

What is “That” in the Meatloaf Song “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: It is a mystery as to what “that” is in the hit Meatloaf song, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”

This is a bit of a goofier legend than normal, but reader Erica wrote in to say that she was reading AllMusic and saw a review of the song that stated:

The lyrics build suspense by portraying a romance-consumed lover who pledges to do anything in the name of love except ‘that,’ a mysterious thing that he will not specify. This mystery becomes clear in the second part, where the woman he loves prophesizes that once the glow of love wears off that “you’ll see that its time to move on” and “sooner or later you’ll be screwing around,” an accusation that prompts him to give his titular pledge one last time.

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She thought that there was a legend here about how people don’t really know what the song is about. After Erica wrote me about it, I noticed that there were actually a few other notable reviewers over the years who WERE confused about what “that” was in the song. Enough that I began to think that this might actually be worthy of writing about. So what the heck, it may be a bit silly, but I’ll tackle the “legend” of what the “that” in “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” is! Truly the most important legend of all-time!
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September 13th, 2016 | Posted in Music Urban Legends Revealed | 8 Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #592

Welcome to the five hundred and ninety-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, find out if Richard Pryor was originally going to be Brainiac in “Superman III!” Learn the story behind Thanos’ first solo story! And how did comics and “Star Trek” factor into the very first licensed Happy Meal?

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