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Mr. T

Sharlto Copley ("Murdock") Had His Own A-Team Gang as a Child (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 15th 2010 5:24AM
Sharlto Copley Was 'A-Team's' Biggest FanThough perfect in his breakout role in 'District 9,' it seems Sharlto Copley was born to play "Howling Mad Murdock" in the new 'The A-Team.'

As the South African explained on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS), the actor established an 'A-Team' gang when he was 11 years old. When a rival A-Team band of kids started up, the two gangs had "war on the field" after school.

"We had a fight, and my gang won," said Copley, who fought the other team's Murdock with a stick. Copley even had a birthday cake that proved his fandom -- and confirmed the political and cultural importance of Mr. T. "That [was] a black iconic character in apartheid-era South Africa. That was the power of Mr. T to cross cultural, racial barriers."

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'The A-Team' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 10th 2010 2:00PM

B.A., Faceman, Murdock and Hannibal live on in movie theaters this week, but what's up with the actors (and actresses ... there were a few) who first made 'The A-Team' one of TV land's most beloved band of renegades? We pity the fools who don't read on and find out ...

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Mr. T pities the frozen steak (and the studio door)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2009 1:52PM
I came across this infomercial over the weekend, and it's one of the funniest things I've seen in quite some time. It's for the Flavor-Wave Turbo Oven (which looks to me like it can be used to cook food and wash your clothes). It features Mr. T! We all know that infomercials aren't very believable: the bad acting from the hosts, the audience clapping and gasping at anything that happens, the cheesy "but wait there's more!" But they're rarely as entertaining as this one. This is like an SNL sketch.

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Brought To You By ... - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 7th 2008 5:24PM
Ball BusterAnd now, a post about busting balls.

Oh, come on, get your mind out of the gutter! I'm talking, of course, about the strategy board game from Mego in the 70s. The game was called Ball Buster, and the object of the game was (and I'm not kidding) "to bust your opponents balls." Take a look at the video of the commercial after the jump. It wouldn't be so funny if the announcer wasn't trying to sound all sleazy and knowing ("and for adults, it's exciting"). The wink by the mom at the end doesn't help either. I can picture the cast of Swingtown playing this.

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The best Super Friends inspired videos - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 16th 2008 3:03PM

The SuperfriendsDo not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.

Ever since they appeared on Saturday morning, The Super Friends have been a veritable gold mine for wacky videos. The following is a short list of some of my favorite short videos starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the gang.

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Mr. T, a tank and Snickers - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 5th 2007 11:01AM

snickersI thought I had seen everything Mr. T has done, but this commercial is completely new to me. You should skip to the bottom of this post and watch it, then come back here for my analyzation. Okay, then.

So, the commercial starts off with a soccer game, and one player overplaying his injury a little too much. We cut to a scene of Mr. T driving a tank toward the soccer field. He smashes two cars along the way: did those cars have people in them? Mr. T does not care. Mr. T has bigger things on his mind: big, nutty chocolaty things.

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I Pity the Fool: Communication

by Kevin Kelly, posted Nov 20th 2006 9:07AM
T Balls!(S01E06) Mr. T finally meets someone that I'd love to see him go three rounds in the ring with -- Chef Ed. This week's show takes T to a flagging Italian restaurant called La Spezia, where the chef doesn't get along with and the staff or Owner Mike. When I say don't get along, I mean that there is real concern that Ed might take a cleaver to someone one day in the kitchen. The main ingredient in his character is a lot of rage. When you pit an immovable T against an unstoppable angry chef, whadda ya get? I ... don't really know the answer, that just sounded impressive to me.

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I Pity the Fool: Respect

by Kevin Kelly, posted Nov 9th 2006 7:31PM
I Pity the Fool(S01E05) I Pity the Fool who don't respek his momma! That's the Reader's Digest version for this episode. It's all formula, suckas. The producers probably a have a big laminated T cheat sheet that they carry around to use on location. It seems like there has to be one situation that T just totally doesn't expect, and another one where there's a bit of drama involving someone besides T, hopefully with an injury. Oh, and liberal amounts of strange logic and T-isms.

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I Pity the Fool: Trust

by Kevin Kelly, posted Nov 3rd 2006 7:11PM
Mr. T(S01E04) Recipe for I Pity the Fool: take one confrontational situation, add a cast of various characters, and then toss in Mr. T. Bake for 30 minutes, sprinkling with plenty of "Fools," and you there you have it. Serve with a side of cheese.

This week T gets a letter from the East Coast Dance Company, where the stage moms are clashing with the teacher, Leann. It's really not a pretty scene. Lots of women yelling at each other, and kids rolling their eyes. You got your work cut out for you, T.

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I Pity The Fool: Leadership

by Kevin Kelly, posted Oct 27th 2006 9:32PM
(S01E03) First name Mr., last name T is back in his red jumpsuit and brings his Ah-T-tude to the airwaves. As usual, he gets a letter from a poor hapless soul.

"Deyah Mistah Tee, my name is Kristin, and I work at Metrostar Realty heeyah in Brookyln, New Yawk. I love real estate, and I love my job, but we got issues."

Boy, do they. Based on the first five minutes the cameras are in this office, you'd want to jump out one of the windows. It looks more like an episode of The Real World than a real estate office. Everyone is at each other's throats. Gene, the owner of the business is never at the office, and when he's gone the office goes nuts. He's a weak leader with a head of curly hair that would make Art Garfunkel jealous.

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I Pity the Fool: Unity

by Kevin Kelly, posted Oct 19th 2006 11:32AM
(S01E02) T is summoned once again to duty, like the genie from Aladdin's lamp. This time he is summoned by the Abato family who want him to deal with the patriarch of their clan, the very flatulent Frank. In true T fashion, he runs (literally) straight to the town of Suffern, New York and gets to work. Can't they afford a car for T? Nice tie-in opportunity for T-Mobile. ZING!

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I Pity the Fool: Motivation (series premiere)

by Kevin Kelly, posted Oct 12th 2006 11:11PM
mr. t(S01E01) Mr. T (or is that Colonel Steve Austin?) dons a bright red running suit, and still gold-chain free since Katrina, teaches the fools the rules in TV Land's new I Pity the Fool "Reali-T" (ouch) show.

Part Old Navy commercial, part Super Nanny and part train wreck, Mr. T invades a different locale each week and dishes out his irascible wisdom to the poor fools that he so pities. If you took "fool," "jibba jabba," "sucka," and the ability to rhyme away from T, he would literally fall apart -- especially without those chains holding him together.

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Why you won't see Mr. T in the A-Team movie

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 11th 2006 8:26PM
mr. tI Pity the Fool, the new reality series in which Mr. T helps out people in need with his no-nonsense wisdom, belief in God, and artful way of putting the words "jibba" and "jabba" together like no other human being can, debuts this evening on TV Land at 10 pm. If you miss it, don't fret, because according to my Tivo the episode will repeat about fifty billion times after that. Also, the premiere episode is still available to watch in full on Yahoo. TV Guide has a Q and A with the iconic tough guy where he talks about getting and subsequently beating cancer, and how he was offered a role in the still up in the air A-Team movie, but not the role of B.A. Baracus. He immediately turned down the non-role. Also, apparently George "Hannibal" Peppard wasn't a fan of Mr. T, and none to happy that Mr. T made more money than he did on the series. Oh, and he still watches The A-Team, at least when he's not listening to the Bible on tape.

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Head down memory lane with the Globetrotters and Mr. T

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 2nd 2006 4:15PM

Mr. TIf you happen to be an insomniac or someone who just wakes up really early, and you really enjoyed the animated series Mister T and The Super Globetrotters, then November is your month, Maynerd. The original Mister T cartoon, which I only vaguely remember and had something to do with T and his gang of gymnasts fighting bad guys, will follow the late seventies Super Globetrotters cartoon, a series in which the basketball wunderkinds would occasional develop super powers to battle the forces of evil. The shows will air on Cartoon Network at 5:00 a.m. starting November 5. I never did watch the Globetrotters, and any memories of Mister T has been replaced by Robert Smigel's "TV Funhouse" version. I guess that's not entirely a bad thing.

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Mr. T sheds gold for Katrina victims, immediately loses 100 pounds

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 14th 2006 3:46PM
Mr. T sheds the goldLawrence Tero (that's Mr. T to you and me) told the critics gathered at the TCA press tour yesterday that he's decided not to wear his signature gold chains anymore. He just felt that, after seeing what the victims of Hurricane Katrina have gone through, his conscience wouldn't let him wear the gold again.

"As a spiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against my God for me to wear all that gold again because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate," he told the critics gathered in Pasedena as he promoted his new TV Land show I Pity the Fool.

How very thoughtful of T. Of course, he's also 54 years old and has gone through numerous health problems over the last decade or so, so he could also just be... let's say the chains might have been wearing the poor guy down. Just take a look at the picture that accompanied this article in most markets, which was shot four years ago. He's carrying a gold-plated frying pan around his neck! How much must that thing weigh? I'm sure his chiropractor had as much to do with this decision as a sense philanthropy. Good for him either way; the eighties have been over for quite a long time.

[via Bloglines]

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