Friday, December 14


BURBANK - December 12, 2007 - As "Knight Rider" -- NBC's iconic 1980s television classic that became a runaway success, comes roaring back to life on the network with an updated sequel that will air as a two-hour movie event on Sunday, February 17 (9-11 p.m. ET) -- NBC unveiled the new customized KITT Ford Mustang to be featured in the series in a press event held at NBC's Burbank Studios today.

The movie stars Justin Bruening ("Cold Case," "All My Children"), Deanna Russo ("NCIS," "The Young and the Restless"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars," "Grindhouse") and Bruce Davison ("Breach," "Close to Home"). In addition, David Hasselhoff (NBC's "America's Got Talent") -- who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series -- returns as the same character in a special guest-star appearance. Will Arnett (NBC's "30 Rock," "Blades of Glory") will provide the voice of KITT.

Dave Bartis ("Heist," "The O.C.") and Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity") serve as executive producers.

NBC also has an arrangement with Ford Motor Company that provides for a unique content opportunity that makes the Ford Mustang one of the stars of the movie.

The three cars to be employed in the series include the KITT Hero -- a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that is playing the part of the everyday Hero car with 540 horsepower; the KITT Attack -- a super high-speed version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Hero car that transforms into Attack mode with the help of air-ride technology and specialized body parts -- and a KITT Remote, which is a driverless Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR version of the Hero vehicle.

As the original story resumes, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body -- thanks to its creator's work and nanotechnology -- is capable of actually shifting shape and color. Plus, its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal crime-fighting partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car -- and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it.

Sarah Graiman is a 24-year old Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, following in her genius father Charles' (Davison) footsteps. But when men attempt to abduct her, Sarah receives a mysterious call from KITT warning her that he's a creation of Charles, who also invented the first KITT 25 years ago -- and that her father is in serious danger.

Sarah and KITT track down her best friend from childhood, Mike Tracer (Bruening), a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger, whom Sarah hasn't seen since he left home at 18. Having served in Iraq, Mike is now jaded and lost and initially resistant. Eventually he agrees to help Sarah and the two set out to discover who's behind the attempt to procure KITT and find Charles. Along the way, Carrie Rivai (Poitier) plays the agile yet tough FBI agent who has a long-standing friendship with Charles and Sarah. Due to those ties, she is brought into the mix to help in the search.

David Andron is supervising producer and writer. Steve Shill ("Dexter," "The Tudors"), also a co-executive producer, directs the two-hour movie from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.

Thursday, December 13

This will be his photo in the SX program ALL YEAR

The Racer X crew is finishing up the 2008 MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS an FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP program (awesome series name) so we have access to the latest team press photos. This one is clearly the best.

Something to get you in the spirit of giving

Tuesday, December 11

An IM conversation today

Matt Ware: did you see that clubber lang is coming out of retirement to fight mayweather?
Me: no way! is he predicting "pain"
Matt Ware: in a press conference in vegas he said "No, I don't hate Mayweather. I pity the fool, and will destroy any man who tries to take what i got
Matt Ware: this was also in the pc:
ME: k
Matt Ware: interviewer: Wha's your prediction for the fight?
Matt Ware: Clubber Lang: My prediction?
Matt Ware: INterviewer: Yes, your prediction
Matt Ware: Clubber Lang: Pain!
ME: that's what I'm saying
ME: i heard he saw Mayweather's wife and said "hey, hey, why don't you come over here and see what a real man can do"
Matt Ware: Clubber was also quoted saying "I'm gonna torture him I'm gonna crucify him. Real bad
Matt Ware: Clubber called Mayweather a "Paper champion" and went on to say I'll beat you like a dog, a DOG you fool
ME: jesus
ME: the dude sounds fired up. how old is he
Matt Ware: it's his first fight since 82 is whats more amazing
ME: i might post this IM convo on the blog today
Matt Ware: Clubber Lang: [Screaming] I want Mayweather! I want Mayweather! You hear that, Old Man? You tell Mayweather to come here! Nobody can beat me! You tell him what I said! And he's NEXT! I'm gonna kill him! Nobody can stop me! You tell Mayweather that! I'M COMING AFTER HIM! YOU TELL HIM!
Matt Ware: Clubber ended the pc with this: "To all my love slaves out there: Clubber Lang is here. In the flesh, baby. The ultimate male versus... the ultimate meatball. Ha, ha, ha.

Monday, December 10

Now tied for best name ever!

Moto XXX Honda rider Yoshi Fukudome now has competition for the world's best last name. Such competition that he is now only tied for the best name ever!

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Friday, December 7

Battling the King of All Media

How do I deal with this? Two weeks ago Leticia Cline--Racer X model, cast member on the Racer X Motocross Show on by the Howard Stern show during a trip to NY. As was to be expected when you're on Howard, ESPECIALLY if you're trying to make a name for yourself and build your career, Leticia ended up doing some stuff on there that she probably didn't intend to do at first. One was take her clothes off, but that's pretty tame for Howard and for Leticia, since she was already in Playboy (that damned issue cost me $10.99 and I'm still trying to figure out if I can hand the receipt into my accountant as a legit business expense). But she also talked about some pretty wild stuff, like how she enjoys being choked during sex, and then it all crescendoed (literally, really) with a ride on the sybian chair, which really served as the climax of the whole show.

It was all in good fun, and the gang of unmarried 20-something guys at the office loved it. But then reality hit. The crew behind the GNCC TV Shows was seriously considering adding Leticia to the GNCC shows for 2008. They even brought her in for the last round of the season in '07 so she could get a feel for the series (make up your own joke now). We were trying to schedule a meeting up at the Gear headquarters in Pennsylvania where Leticia and I could shoot some stuff on camera together (ha!). Well, the meeting wasn't going to happen now. On second thought, we just knew some parents where going to go all irate about their six-year-old racing a so-called family series with some ______ as the host. I really don't know what the right decision was, and honestly no one does. Just watch all the presidential debates right now and you'll see how issues like this will never be solved. But, we had to take the high road, and ultimately Gear decided not to bring Leticia in for 2008. She wasn't really fired since she hadn't been hired yet, and Howard's idea of "it's motorcycle racing, shouldn't they like that kind of thing?" doesn't really take into account that it's a family sport first. No one from outside of our sport (like Howard) ever realizes that.

So I guess what had to be done was done. Leticia made the right move for her career by going on the show and raising as many, er, as much hell as she could. I think the GNCC TV crew did the right thing by passing on her. It really could have turned into trouble. But Leticia is still cool and I enjoyed working with her (working? is that what you call it, Weege?) and I hope for the best for her career. I honestly was surprised she was even interested in GNCC anyway.

The only thing that doesn't make sense in this whole deal? The CRAZY emails I got today. I mean, we've pissed some people off in the past. From changing classes or rules or penalizing people, or dealing with protests, sometimes things in racing come down to a decision by the promoter, and you can't make everyone happy. But believe it or not, today was the wildest day ever as far as hate mail in the inbox. Ready fro a sample?

I'll keep this short and simple..

I am disgusted with GNCC's hypocrisy in the firing of Leticia Cline
over her appearance on the Howard Stern Show.
From this point on I will not only refuse to support GNCC in any way
shape or form.
I am also going to discuss this with my fellow riders in a complete
boycott of GNCC.

Shame on your organization for firing Leticia Cline for appearing on the Howard Stern show – before her appearance I would never have known what GNCC racing even was.

The young lady did nothing wrong. She has appeared in playboy and that’s fine but being on a radio show that you have to pay to receive is inappropriate.

What a wonderful Christmas present you’ve given her.

What a shame – hope you sleep well.

Due to your treatment of Leticia Cline we will no longer follow your circuit or attend your events - re: put money into your pockets by spending money at your events.

You guys are awful for letting Leticia Cline go. She is the only one to bring any noteriety or publicity to your organization. Who would have heard of you other wise?
She is a very wonderful and beautiful woman.

I hope you guys aren’t the one who dumped her for being on Howard Stern. I had never even heard of you guys and I ride quads here in So Cal. If so, YOU PEOPLE SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just wanted to write you a note telling you that I am a life long fan of Howard Stern and that there was nothing wrong with what the young lady did that you fired for being on Stern. Leticia Cline seemed like a very pleasant young woman that was/ is dedicated to your company. Stern is really not about filth as most people think, he is very intelligent and basically holds a mirror up to facets of life that most don't get to see. Back to Leticia, she did nothing wrong and was very driven to support your company. Just to let you know that I am not from the dreggs of society. I have a masters in Mechanical Eng., I was a Naval Submarine Officer, and I am a Nuclear Plant Operator. You all messed up, and you should fix it.

You all must be a bunch of idiots for firing Leticia Cline. How is going on Howard Stern any different than Playboy?? Jason, if you don't personally agree with this decision, then I am sorry you are stuck working there. If you do agree with this, then $#&^ you. I guess it is to be expected with a bunch of hicks from West Virginia. Have fun ..... (I'll edit the rest because Blogandt is not on Sirius)

Okay, what the hell happened here? How did this affect/effect ANY of these people? Why would they even care? She wasn't even ON THE SHOWS to begin with! It's not like she was feeding her family with this job and we took bread off the table. But for real, why would you get this fired up over someone you don't know doing something that has zero affect/effect on you?

Wait a minute. Wait a minute. It's Howard. This is the King of all Media. This is what he does. He stirs his troops up. They do as he instructs. Maybe I'll even get some prank calls next.

You can't beat that guy.

Monday, December 3

Langston the actor!

I remember it well. Binghamton, NY round of the 2006 AMA/Toyota MX Championships. Saturday night. Supercross: The Movie had just premiered, so the industry flocked to the movie theater in town. This was the rest of our lives. Once this movie hit, the sport would explode and we'd all be rich without even having to knock up Oprah.

We all left chocking, spitting and maybe even throwing up a little bit of butter "flavored" popcorn topping in our mouth. The movie wasn't just bad, it was forgetable. Winner's Take All wasn't good, but it was bad in a cool way that makes me want to watch it and quote it over and over. Supercross The Movie wasn't even good at being bad!

That should have killed all future plans for motocross movies, seeing as how poorly Supercross: The Movie did at the box office. But somehow word of a new movie is circulating. At least it has a title, instead of Supercross: The Movie (gee, where did they come up with that one?) I heard this was to be called Metal Birding (don't even think about making sense of it just go with it) but now apparently it's called Freestyle. I just saw this news clip today.

Now the movie will have the long-lost actress Penelope Ann Miller, who played the mom in Kindergarten Cop. To me, she is most known for being one of Dave Letterman's all-time sweethearts. He always had a thing for the skinny blonde three-named actresses, which peaked when Sarah Jessica Parker came of age. Since then, I've never heard a word about P A M. Now she's back to save our sport!

Also note the young, hot actor tabbed for a role in this new movie: Grant Langston!

Sunday, December 2

Pitt Stopped

Morgantown was supposed to burn last night. All of the stars had aligned for a massive town-wide bon fire. The college football gods had even handed the school the lighter in the form of a wild NCAA football season where all the teams who should have been better than WVU lost games and set the Mountaineers up as potential National Champs. Then the gods handed them a couch to , light up, since the final game of the season pitted them (haha) against their all-time rivals from Pittsburgh. Even when the Mounties suck, the Pitt game is huge--and this one just happened to be the 100th meeting between the schools and if WVU won they would go to the National Championship Game.

It really doesn't get any bigger if you live around here.

The HSCGIED and I took the legendary WVU Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) monorail down to the stadium. The PRT is a Nixon-era albatross formed in the scary days around the fuel crises of the 1970s. It's a monorail that was supposed to serve as a model for cities around they nation, but 30 years later, no one has copied it yet. Sure, the PRT prevented us from driving in traffic and it was actually kind of fun to ride, but people like their cars. And hence, freshman are still seen sitting in traffic in their Honda Civics while the PRT wizzes past overhead at half capacity. The next time you think about how mass transit could solve our traffic, global warming and gas price troubles, think about projects like this that actually happened and never took off.

Anyway it was nuts down at the stadium. Morgantown only has about 30,000 residents but the stadium holds more than twice that, and there was a basketball game in town, so people were jammed everywhere. We tailgated in the cold and everyone lived it up. I have no vested interest in the results of the game since I didn't go to college here and I've never really been a college football fan. But for just about everyone else here, this was huge.

But as the football Gods served WVU a game on a silver platter, someone tripped and knocked the platter right over. The Mountaineers lost a game in which they were heavily, heavily favored and blew their chance to play for the national title. On a big national TV game at home against their all-time rivals who weren't even ranked this year.

I was really glad I didn't attend school here at this point, because this really, really would have hurt.