Fin: In defense of ‘The Fosters’ kiss, Gaye v. Thicke and Grinder: The TV show

Not really understanding this “controversy” about a gay kiss between 13-year-old boys on ‘The Fosters.’ Are people really complaining about having that kind of thing “forced down their throat,” when they’ve already chosen to watch a show with two lesbian parents, in which Rosie O’Donnell has a recurring role?  (The Wrap) I’m excited about the more »

Dwayne Johnson hits Rock Bottom- the move- in “Furious 7″

Dwayne Johnson does not play The Rock- his famous wrestling character- in the “Fast and Furious” movies. Not officially anyway; his character is named Luke Hobbs, and he’s a government agent who alternately is hunting the Vin Diesel-led gang of car thieves/badasses, and working directly with them. However, for a non-wrestler, Luke Hobbs sure looks more »


TSN to drop live tweets; everyone else should too

TSN, the network in Canada that broadcasts hockey games, has announced (per the Canadian Post) that it will no longer run live tweets during games, following a brouhaha in which a tweet accusing a Toronto Maple Leafs player of carrying on an affair with the wife of another aired during the broadcast. The controversy has more »

Fin: “Birth of a Nation” is problematic, “Aliens” for kids and when Spock met Data

Take every movie and every other work of art that’s ever been called “problematic.” Then add all that problematic-ness together, and it still would be less problematic than “Birth of a Nation.” D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film is a watershed in cinematic history, a groundbreaking achievement of filmmaking achievement.. which also happens to be a full-on more »

HBO Now? Streaming service said to cost $15 a month

There’s finally some news about HBO’s standalone streaming service. According to the International Business Times, the service is called HBO Now, it will debut in April- in time for the new Game of Thrones season- and Apple may be a partner. And the price is $15 per month. The other twist is that Apple may more »

NBC making comedy easier for cord-cutters

NBC is planning to offer a new service to consumers who don’t want to pay for cable, do want to watch The Tonight Show, Late Night and Saturday Night Live as they air, and really don’t want to wait for the clips to come online the following day. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that more »

“Fifty Shades”: Merkins? We don’t need no stinkin’ merkins

If you thought, after the first 500 thinkpieces that there was nothing more to learn about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie generally and its sex scenes specifically, boy were you wrong. That Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele sported pubic hair, during the movie’s very brief moments of full-frontal nudity, has been much remarked-upon in notices more »

“True Detective” director’s Netflix deal leads to theater controversy

There was big news for Netflix’s nascent feature-film plans earlier this week when it was announced that the streaming service had reached a deal to air “Beasts of No Nation,” a film about a child solider in Africa that stars Idris Elba and is directed by Cary Fukunaga, who directed every episode of the first more »

AMC, EPIX arrive on Sling TV

Sling TV announced last month that AMC’s and EPIX’s networks were coming to the nascent streaming services. Now, they’re here. According to a Sling announcement, AMC and IFC have been added to the main Best of Live TV package, while EPIX’s channels (including EPIX, EPIX 2, EPIX 3, EPIX Drive-In and Sundance TV) are part more »

Jon Stewart’s successor? Your guess is as good as mine

Jon Stewart announced his impending retirement from The Daily Show about three weeks ago, on Feb. 10. Does anyone find it strange that we have no better of an idea who his successor will be now than we did then? Since the announcement, we’ve learned that the replacement won’t be John Oliver, or Jason Jones, more »

Fin: Goodbye Garfunkel and Oates, in defense of TV, and President Cuban

Sorry to hear that the Garfunkel and Oates” TV series is done after one year. I really enjoyed it and was hoping we’d have more. I guess Broad City is sort of doing the same thing- minus the music- only doing it better. But between this and The Birthday Boys, it seems like IFC is more »

Israel’s Netanyahu invokes ‘Game of Thrones’

In his controversial speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked many things. The biblical story of Purim. The Holocaust. The works of Robert Frost and Elie Wiesel. Oh, and ‘Game of Thrones.’ Say what? Yes, about halfway through the speech, the prime minister was discussing what he calls more »