Online editor of Dealerscope, CustomRetailer and other CTPG sites. Columnist and gadget reviewer for Tell Magazine.

Dish Internet TV offering seen arriving as soon as late summer

Dish Network already makes cloud-based DVRing easy through its Hopper product. Now, the company is reportedly taking the next stop with an Internet TV service. The idea has been in the news before, but now a possible release date is on the horizon. According to a Bloomberg News report Tuesday, Dish has been telling its more »

Fin: ‘Game of Thrones’ coffin-side controversy, “Goonies 2″ skepticism, and no one ever really dies

That highly disturbing coffin-side, incestuous rape scene on Game of Thrones Sunday has really gotten people talking- and for people who don’t watch the show, the prospect of a coffin-side, incestuous rape scene is probably a good reason to not ever start (AV Club)   Even more shocking- George R.R. Martin still uses LiveJournal (GRRM)  Game more »

Finally, “Foxcatcher”: Trailer arrives for delayed fact-based thriller

“Foxcatcher,” the examination of the 1996 murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz by wrestling coach and heir John du Pont, was scheduled for release last fall for Oscar season, but was delayed well into 2014. The film is now set to debut in competition at Cannes next month, and the trailer finally surfaced this week. more »

HBO Go and your parents: An alternate view

Most of the time, when the phrases “HBO Go” and “parents” appear in the same sentence, it’s some reference to non-cable-subscribing college-aged or young adult children borrowing their parents’ HBO Go logins to watch Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. This is such an established phenomenon that it supposedly contributed to a pair of more »

Jobs biopic shuffle: Fincher and Bale out, Boyle and DiCaprio in?

Various reports last week stated that David Fincher, who had been linked to the Aaron Sorkin-written adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, was out of the project, and that his preferred leading man, Christian Bale, wouldn’t be taking part either. Now, we have a new director and star linked to the Jobs film: Danny more »

Billy Eichner details SNL sperm bank sketch past

Billy Eichner is everywhere all of a sudden. His hilarious TV series, BIlly on the Street, started off as a late-night basic cable oddity on a channel no one had heard of; now, in the third season, it’s featuring A-list guest stars just about every week. Eichner is also guest-starring on this season of Parks more »

Most connected TV owners prefer video apps; Netflix is number one

In a survey that raises the question of “why not 100,” NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence arm found that 75 percent of connected TV owners consider video apps at least “extremely” or “very important.” NPD’s Connected TV User Experience Report, released by the research firm on Monday, found that among owners of connected TVs, Netflix is the more »

“Jersey Boys” and the two Tommy DeVitos

Last week saw the debut of the first trailer for “Jersey Boys,” the Clint Eastwood-directed movie adaptation of the mega-successful Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It looked good- top-notch music, a good look, and actors who, while not household names, are veterans of the stage show. But one thing in the more »

‘Silicon Valley’ is funded, err, renewed; ‘Veep’ to return for fourth season

HBO’s Silicon Valley, created by Beavis & Butt-head and “Office Space” mastermind Mike Judge, seemed promising when it was first announced- a deep, satirical look at a major force in American life that’s been under-examined so far by popular culture. Then the show debuted- and it was very, very good. Now, HBO has picked up more »

In defense of “Field of Dreams,” at 25

The year 1989 really gave us some memorable movies, and it seems like every week we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of them. We already marked a quarter century of “Say Anything…” and “Heathers,” and I can’t wait for the thinkpieces this June which will mark 25 years of “Do The Right Thing,” and more »

Now on Chromecast: Baseball!

Google’s Chromecast streaming product launched last year with a channel selection that was dwarfed by those of such competitors as Apple TV and Roku. But the product has slowly added more and more channels, and now it’s got one more big one: Google announced over the weekend on its official Chrome blog that’s more »

Mara Wilson: Child actress-turned-awesome Tweeter

A few weeks ago, I started seeing a name in my Twitter stream over and over again- Mara Wilson, and the handle @MaraWritesStuff. The same sounded sort of familiar, but I couldn’t put together exactly who this writer was. But then I realized- it’s Mara Wilson, the child actress of the 1990s, best known for more »