Fin: Sony drops Steve Jobs, Maryland governors on “The Wire,” and get more depressing, Charlie Brown! 

Since Sony’s electronics division spent much of the 2000s competing with Steve Jobs- and losing badly- it never made much sense that the Aaron Sorkin-written Jobs biopic would be released by Sony’s movie studio. Now, that’s not happening either; Sony has become the latest person/entity of many to wash its hands of the film, following more »

Beats Music going native on Apple devices- report

Apple is planning to put Beats Music on its devices as a native application, according to a Financial Times report Wednesday night. Matthew Garrahan of the FT- the same reporter who broke the story of the Apple/Beats acquisition earlier this year reported, along with his colleague Tim Bradshaw, that Apple will begin pushing the Beats more »

Fin: The two mothers of Chris Messina, the rules of Sexiest Man Alive and Happy Valley zombies

Chris Messina is currently on two shows, The Newsroom and The Mindy Project. On the former show, his mother is Jane Fonda, on the latter, it’s Rhea Perlman. I’m wondering how two women so different could have possibly fathered the same son. Although I love that ‘Mindy’ has already established that Dan Hedaya- Nick Tortelli!- more »


Ticket Giveaway: Former KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley Rocks the Keswick on Nov. 26

“ARE YOU READY?” That’s the bellow that’s kicked off every KISS show for decades, and now we’re “shouting it out loud” to announce a ticket giveaway for the concert starring legendary former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley, to be held at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia suburb Glenside, Pa., on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 26 more »

Fin: “Serial” is not problematic, neither is Mailchimp, Sandusky is guilty and introducing the Bastard Executioner

On everyone’s favorite part of the Serial podcast: The Mailchimp ad! I’m four episodes in and still don’t know exactly how Mailchimp works (Quartz) A defense against calling “Serial” “problematic.” Again- the word “problematic” MEANS NOTHING. If you want to call something racist, call it racist, and argue your case on those merits. I agree more »

Billy Corgan no longer rockin’ with Resistance Pro Wrestling

It has been a tough couple of months for Chicago-based independent promotion Resistance Pro Wrestling. AMC passed on a reality show featuring Resistance. Now Smashing Pumpkins frontman and longtime wrestling enthusiast Billy Corgan, who co-founded the promotion in 2011, has announced his departure. His connection with it was the main reason people had heard of more »

Fin: The great “Interstellar” debate: Climate denial, or penis allegory?

What’s “Interstellar” really about? Is it an allegory about “the death of the penis,” and Matthew McConaughey’s “giant space schlong, tearing asunder the atmosphere as it slides into space”? Or is it a stealth brief for the notion that climate change is a hoax? Devin Faraci argues the former, and Mark Steyn the latter, and more »

Bono bike accident kiboshes U2′s “Tonight Show” residency 

Jimmy Fallon is going to have to scramble to find new guests for his next five shows. That’s because U2 has, at the last minute, called off its five-show “residency” on The Tonight Show, due to a cycling accent suffered by frontman Bono over the weekend in New York’s Central Park. According to a note more »

Coming soon: A little Spotify in your Uber

In news that wouldn’t have made any sense five years ago, Uber and Spotify have formed a partnership, allowing Uber riders to pick the music on their rides. Techcrunch and other outlets reported over the weekend that Spotify “will soon make music a central part of its ride-hailing service,” by allowing riders to play the more »

Fin: Go to hell, KSTP, in praise of Uncle F-cka, and misunderstanding “Fortunate Son”

I’m not sure if KSTP’s report/defense of itself for Pointergate Thursday night makes me more ashamed to be a journalist, or to be from Minnesota. They reported a story two weeks ago – that the mayor of Minneapolis was making gang signs- that was false, and thoroughly debunked the day it aired. Rather than retract more »

YouTube debuts Music Key, so you can pay for free music

It’s kind of a welcome little secret for music fans: Pretty much all pop music history can be found on YouTube. Yes, there’s Spotify and Pandora and Beats Music and all of the other subscription music services. But just about every song ever recorded is on the service, which is to say nothing of videos, more »

Fin: Shingy beyond parody, don’t ban “feminist” and you don’t see dead people

The New Yorker’s getting really good at parody, with this dynamite comedy piece about some fictional AOL adviser named “Shingy” who spouts next-level gibberish and gets paid six figures to do it. I haven’t read such a dead-on satire of Silicon Valley speciousness in a long, long time, so bravo to the New Yorker for more »