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Rock-afire Explosion

So this might mean more to some of you than it does to others, but it’s pizza-relevant nonetheless…

Back in the ’80s there was a pizza chain called Showbiz Pizza Place. If you’re not familiar with it, you might have heard of a similar place called Chuck E Cheese’s. The basic idea of both restaurants was that they served pizza, had a bunch of arcade games, and provided entertainment for kids via large anthropomorphic animals.

Showbiz, which is now defunct, featured a live music act (if you can call it that) called the Rock-afire Explosion, manned by animatronic animals.

Since the Showbiz chain has gone down, there has been a group of obsessive Rock-afire Explosion fanatics that collect and maintain the musical robots. As is the case with so many quirky hobbies nowadays, there is a documentary about the phenomenon coming out (scheduled to be released in Fall 2008, according to the documentary’s MySpace page).

Here’s the trailer:

Keep your eye out for the film’s full site here.

NYC Food Film Fest (Pizza Night) / Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

NYC Film Food Fest, Pizza Night

I attended the previously mentioned NYC Food Film Fest‘s Pizza Night in the parking lot next to Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn the other night. It was great to be around a bunch of other pizza fanatics directly under the Brooklyn Bridge.

While I was waiting around for the show to start, I had the pleasure of finally meeting the mastermind behind the amazing Slice pizza blog, Adam Kuban, in person. He told me some interesting stuff about his life as a full-time pizza blogger, but that’s a whole other story…

After a couple short speeches from the Food Film Fest crew and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, they screened 3 short films: Pure & Simple, which is a view in to the daily life of hardcore pizzeria Una Pizza Napoletana (I’ve never been, but I definitely intend to check it out soon); Brooklyn Pizza which showed what Adam Kuban described as “pizza porn” — the pizza-making process at 3 different Brooklyn pizzerias (Di Fara, Totonno’s, and Grimaldi’s); and finally In Pignata: Calabrian Fireside Cooking, which wasn’t really about pizza at all, but followed around an aging traditional Italian farmer as she prepped food from her own harvests.

NYC Film Food Fest, Pizza Night

NYC Film Food Fest, Pizza Night

Grimaldi’s sent out a couple rounds of sampling pies for the salivating crowd throughout the night. Much appreciated, but after the event I decided to wait in line to get a proper dose. Nothing has changed about Grimaldi’s pie since I first had it: it’s still one of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten. So good.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Hello NYC / Pizza film screenings

Last night I moved in to the room I will be subletting in Brooklyn for the summer. Needless to say, I’m excited about the pizza potential (and other general food stuff) for the next few months. I’ve decided that I want to eat out as much as possible while I’m here, even if it ends up costing me more.

It seems that I timed my move perfectly: the 2nd annual NYC Food Film Festival is under way, and tomorrow there will be a screening of 3 short pizza-related films in the parking lot next to one of my all-time favorite pizzerias, Grimaldi’s, in Brooklyn.

NYC Food Film Festival

The event is free, with food starting at 7:30pm and the screenings at 8:30. Tomorrow, 17 June. Rain or shine.

Grimaldi’s is at 19 Old Fulton St in Brooklyn, literally underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

For more info, check the Film Festival schedule.

Gotham City Pizzeria

Gotham_CIty_Pizzeria.jpg

Comics2Film reports that Domino’s is running some “viral” promos for the new Batman film. There’s a website for a Gotham City Pizzeria, which mentions a mysterious “Special Promotion: June 16″.

The idea of marketing that attempts to hook people by not giving them any information always seemed cheesy to me for the most part. I guess it works though, because I’m posting this here, aren’t I?

It also looks like they’ve made some special all-black pizza boxes:

Batman pizza box 1

Batman pizza box 2

Batman pizza box 3

Superhero pizza

I went to see the new Iron Man movie last night. It was about what I expected; nothing special, but a good movie to see in the theatres (lots of explosions, etc). Anyway, there was one scene where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) predicts that his business partner Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) is about to break some bad news because he brings a pizza to his home in Malibu all the way from New York.

The pizza box has a big “Ray’s” logo on it, but I wasn’t sitting close enough to see which Ray’s it was from. Given the fact that there are at least 30 places in Manhattan that use “Ray’s” in their name (Famous Original Rays, World Famous Ray’s, etc), I wouldn’t even be surprised if the pizza box was fake and meant to represent New York pizza in general.

If anyone else goes to see Iron Man, let me know if you can read the details on the box.

I’m hoping this is the beginning of a string of pizza related script devices in movie-izations of the Marvel superhero comic books… Peter Parker uses his spider powers to deliver pizza in Spiderman 2, and Famous Joe’s Pizza mentions its cameo on some of their signage.

Famous Joe's Pizza

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