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

Fin: The whack ‘Walking Dead,’ Durst and Prudence and happy anniversary #CancelColbert

Did the Walking Dead finale remind anyone else of one of those Sopranos episodes that was awesome, but disappointed a lot of people because no major characters were “whacked”? Now, as then, as always, rooting for death is a very stupid way to watch TV. Happy first anniversary to the worst Twitter meme ever- Cancel more »

TIDAL change: Jay-Z music service cuts price in half

We already know that Jay-Z is planning a big announcement for 5 p.m. (Eastern) today about his relaunch of the TIDAL music service, and that numerous major stars of the music industry are involved. Now comes word that TIDAL is cutting its price in half. Since its launch in the U.S. late last year, TIDAL more »

Ultraflix gets “Interstellar” in 4K

The upstart streaming service Ultraflix, which streams to users with Ultra HD/4K TVs, pulled of a big content coup this week: It will add Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” Ultraflix said that the title will debut on Ultraflix March 31. It’s a big deal because it’s a recent title- more recent than most of the more »


In defense of Lena Dunham’s “Dog, or Jewish Boyfriend”

For about the fifth time in the last two years, the following sequence has played out: 1) Lena Dunham created something 2) People misinterpreted it wildly and took it as something it obviously isn’t (if they read/watched it at all.) 3) Huge, huge backlash ensued. 4) As a result, we’re talking about Lena Dunham. This more »

For Freddie Mercury biopic, a weekend of false hope

The idea of Sacha Baron Cohen playing the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is one of those ideas that seems too perfect not to happen. It’s still not happening, but for about 24 hours this weekend, some of us got some false hope. The Mercury/Cohen project was in development for more than three years, until more »

Like a complete unknown: Trevor Noah to host ‘The Daily Show’

Well, that was unexpected. After weeks of speculation about possible shortlists- and a seemingly total lack of a real one- a virtually unknown comedian named Trevor Noah is suddenly the next host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. After about seven weeks of virtual radio silence in the search for Jon Stewart’s successor, a flurry more »

TIDAL set for Jay-Z-infused relaunch

The hi-res music service TIDAL, which was acquired earlier this month by rap superstar and mogul Jay-Z, will undergo a “relaunch” Monday, with help from a wide array of music superstars. According to Business Insider, Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation, has announced a “special announcement” for 5 p.m. Monday. Join #JAYZ @S_C_ live on Monday, March more »

Fin: Periscope and Meerkat, Larry and George and Simon and Obama

So far I’m liking Periscope a lot more than Meerkat. I clicked on a live video of Chris Hayes’ story meeting earlier, and someone commented “Ur ratings suck LOL.” But I bet Chris has more Periscope followers than O’Reilly. Meanwhile, Periscope is just asking for “Down Periscope” headlines, every time they have an outage. Jason more »

HBO, Vice to reinvent the evening news

There may be something even more intriguing going on in the evening news this year than the question of whatever happens with Brian Williams. Vice and HBO Thursday announced an extension of their programming deal- and in a twist, the deal will include a daily newscast. According to the New York Times: For Vice, which more »

Spielberg adds “Ready Player One” to his collection of current projects

Another week, another announcement of a film in which Steven Spielberg is attached as director. This time it’s “Ready Player One,” an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel from 2011, and represents a return to sci-fi for the director of “E.T.,” “Close Encounters” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” Deadline reported that Spielberg is attached as the more »

“Force Majeure” getting American remake, with Julia Louis Dreyfus in talks

One of the best foreign films of last year is getting what’s likely an inevitable American remake- and it’s chosen the perfect star. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to “Force Majeure,” last year’s Oscar-nominated French/Swedish comedy/drama, and and is eying Julia Louis-Dreyfus to play the female lead. Ruben Ostlund’s more »

“Flutter” reunites Friday Night Lights’ Landry and his dad

When it comes to horrible plots on great TV shows, it’s hard to beat the Landry murder subplot on season 2 of Friday Night Lights. In case you’re not familiar, the plot consisted of Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons), up to that moment a comic-relief goofball, killing a man who was attempting to rape Tyra (Adrienne more »