Twitter vs. Stephen A. Smith: Twitter wins

ESPN2′s morning talk show First Take is generally one of the more odious, indefensible things on TV- a “debate” show in which both debaters- Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith are formerly respectable newspaper journalists-turned-obnoxious TV shouters. It’s not rare for the two men to yell at each other vociferously, yet still be wrong. But more »

Fin: The Stewart non-Kickstarter, stealing from Yahoo Answers and “Boyhood”: Not Jewish enough

I’m kind of disappointed that the Jon Stewart/buying CNN Kickstarter is fake. Because remember the Colbert Super PAC? That was real. They really did create a real Super PAC, that really did raise money- over $1 million. And they really did sustain the bit for close to two years. Stewart didn’t even mention the Kickstarter more »

The Five Stages of Comic-Con Grief

Comic Con. Comic Con is exciting and it’s a treasure trove of geeky information and awesome exclusives. But let’s face it, if you’re not there, Comic Con is just plain harsh. But don’t worry, readers. We’re here for you. Knowing is half the battle, and we’re here to walk you through the five stages of Comic Con grief.

The many shades of ’50 Shades’ trailer reactions

The long-awaited trailer for next February’s “50 Shades of Grey” movie adaptation finally arrived Thursday, with a two-minute-25-second preview scored to a slowed-down version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” The trailer, based on E.L. James’ popular “Twilight” fan fiction piece-turned-mega-bestseller, comes seven months before the film’s “Valentine’s Day” release. The setup- young gal (Dakota Johnson), more »

A “Sharknado” tie-in for the Philips Hue

Philips has announced an unlikely product tie-in for its popular Philips Hue connected lighting system- and it’s with the upcoming sequel to “,” last year’s notorious Syfy channel movie about a tornado of sharks. For the upcoming debut of “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” the Syfy Sync second screen app will pair with the Philips more »

Patton Oswalt readies new book, “Silver Screen Fiend”

Patton Oswalt is in the middle of a self-imposed super-long hiatus from social media participation- which he briefly broke Wednesday in order to retweet the news of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s #1 album- but you’ll soon have a chance to read the comedian’s words. As Splitsider pointed out earlier this week, Oswalt’s new book, titled “Silver more »

Dude! The 10 best moments from Jeff Bridges’ Reddit AMA

The dude abides by the Reddit AMA rules! Yesterday, two of my obsessions came together: Reddit AMAs and Jeff Bridges. So, of course instead of doing actual work at my desk, I am perusing Jeff Bridges’ words of AMA wisdom instead. And since I think a lot of it is actually really touching and heartfelt, I’m going to share some tidbits with you. Oh, and of course the funny stuff too.

Fin: Harry loves “Lucy,” Kid Rock and ICP’s glass dildo dispute and strippers for Jeter

An essay about Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” which is my second-favorite song from 1977 told from the point of view of a teenage boy trying to convince a teenage girl to have sex with him (#1- Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young.”) (AV Club) I guess I’m not the only one more »

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 »

“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 »

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 »