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

The “Real Housewives”- wrestling connection: Weaponized prosthetic leg edition

Movie critic Alonzo Duralde once said that Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” franchise is “pro wrestling for women” (Jim Gaffigan has said the same thing.) And the comparison makes a lot of sense: Both are built around frequent confrontations between strong personalities, both have a shifting view of who’s a hero and who’s a villain, and more »

“Mandatory Fun” is #1: “Weird Al” revival leads to first-ever top album

The unlikely takeover of American popular culture by “Weird Al” Yankovic and his series of eight videos in eight ideas appears a success: The Prince of Parody’s album, “Mandatory Fun,” has reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s album chart. It’s the first time in the parodist’s 30-year career that Yankovic has reached the top spot. more »

“Get off my plane,” and the many other deaths of Gary Oldman

In the funniest Conan O’Brien bit of the year that doesn’t involve Triumph the Insult Comic Dog or Tinder, Conan Tuesday night hosted actor Gary Oldman, and showed the actor a supercut of his many on-screen deaths, in everything from “The Fifth Element” to “Harry Potter” to “Hannibal” to, of course, “Air Force One.” Here’s more »

Fin: Ned Stark ruins Season 7, Ted Cruz vs. True Blood, and the persecution of “The Persecuted”

Sean Bean accidentally dropping a major Game of Thrones spoiler reminds me of the time Kyle MacLachlan hosted Saturday Night Live and blurted out, in the monologue, that the killer of Laura Palmer was actually Shelly the Waitress (Gawker) The new movie about “persecution” of Christians in America- which is called, you guessed it, “The more »

Weird Al’s “Mission Statement” wraps up video run

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s historic eight-day run of producing a new music video every day wrapped up Monday with the release of “Mission Statement,” a parody of meaningless tech/corporate  buzzwords. The song isn’t a direct musical parody of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” but is certainly inspired by it: Ironic that in more »

Charlie Kaufman’s “How and Why” kiboshed by FX

One of the more compelling-sounding TV series in the pipeline will not be going forward, at least not on its original network. “How and Why,” a TV series created by “Being John Malkovch” and “Adaptation” screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, has not been picked up by FX, the Hollywood Reporter said Monday.  The series, which was to more »

Jon Stewart on why talking about the Mideast is so damned impossible

I wrote yesterday about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is not only the most intractable conflict in the world, but it’s also probably the hardest one to talk about. Because no matter what you say, you’re going to piss off one side. Or, more likely than not, both sides. Jon Stewart tried it last night on the more »

Best Buy channels “Rushmore” in back to school ad

Did anyone else get a distinct Wes Anderson vibe from Best Buy’s new Back to School commercial, which debuted this week? That might be because- in addition to the visual similarities- the spot uses the same song that opens Anderson’s 1998 film “Rushmore.” Here’s the spot, featuring a student who- like Max Fisher- appears to more »

Celebrities on Israel, return of the Walkman and who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?

If you’re a celebrity, it might be worth it to just go ahead and not say anything publicly about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Because if you do, regardless of what it is you say, you’re going to be called an anti-Semite, an Israel-hater, an Israel-firster, a terrorist sympathizer, a Hamas apologist, a self-hating Jew, or the more »

You betcha: ‘Fargo’ renewed by FX; ‘Louie’ returning too

FX’s TV revival of the Coen Brothers’ “Fargo” was a dicey proposition that turned out surprisingly great. It was like the movie, but not too much like it. It paid the proper amount of tribute, without seeming like a remake or carbon copy. And now, we’re going to see if FX can do it again. more »

Capture the Flag: The Movie? It’s not what you think

A lot of us played Capture the Flag when we were kids. In case you never had the pleasure, it was a super-fun summer camp sport- you’re on a soccer field, with your team’s flag near the goal, and the object was to cross onto the other side of the field, grab the other team’s more »

The Ninja Turtles, pizza and Macaulay Culkin converge in Philadelphia

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie franchise (old and new), former child star Macaulay Culkin, the Velvet Underground and reams of pizza all converged Friday night in Philadelphia’s Eakins Oval, in a multigenerational confluence of fun. The event was part of AwesomeFest, a occasional series of cool, off-beat events in the Philly area. Held in more »