Fin: Bob covers Frank, “Boogie Nights” goes oral and the 2015 TV graveyard

Bob Dylan doing an entire album of Frank Sinatra-associated standards sounds more like a comedy sketch than an actual project. I’m into it, though. In fact, its makes me feel like grabbing a guitar and spending the next hour crooning Sinatra songs in a Dylan voice (Vulture) Four words: “Boogie Nights” oral history. I’m surprised more »


On the Gear VR headset: A virtual reality Coldplay concert

Samsung announced earlier this week that its Samsung Gear VR headset, developed in conjunction with Oculus, was now available. If you heard that, you were probably wondering where the content was going to come from. The answer is now clear: Coldplay. NextVR, which describes itself as “a technology company that captures and delivers live and more »

Fin: The great Eaten Alive controversy, Bar Mitzvahs get sexy and Wieseltier on ‘The Sopranos’

Great lead for The Wrap’s piece about the ‘Eaten Alive’ controversy: PETA is outraged over the Discovery Channel’s Sunday night special “Eaten Alive,” which also outraged viewers when no human being was actually eaten by the end of its 2-hour running time. Judging by that headline, everyone but PETA is upset that a human being more »

U2 plans major tour in 2015

With Bono on the mend from his wacky bike accident (he could have been the next Nico!), and the band U2 fresh off their surprise pop-up concert for World’s AIDS Day minus a lead singer, there may be no better time to buy U2 tickets for their next massive tour. It will give something positive more »

Oxygen unveils cast for spinoff “Preachers of Detroit”

Preachers of L.A. has been a controversial look behind the scenes at some of the country’s biggest megachurches, and the personalities that drive them. Its ratings have been good enough that a spinoff was inevitable. Preachers of Detroit is headed our way Feb. 18. Here are the religious leaders willing to put their life on more »


Lifetime’s Whitney Houston trailer doesn’t look awful

Lifetime earned a few points for steering away from the improbable soap opera revenge tales. Some of the most unbelievable stories, after all are ones that actually happened. But Lifetime’s hasn’t done a great job of telling them, whether it was its unauthorized Saved By The Bell movie or its cringeworthy Aaliyah offering. Now we more »

Fin: A War on Christmas worth fighting, mining the Sony leak and the Year of the Drummer

Pretty surreal moment last night in Philadelphia- and a lot of other cities, too. A planned Ferguson protest, intensified by the news of the Eric Garner non-indictment, bled into the planned Christmas tree lighting ceremony at City Hall. And during the local TV special, the newscasters… acted as though the protest wasn’t actually happening, even more »

Sax man Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones has died

Bobby Keys, saxophone player for the Rolling Stones and many others, has died at 70. The Nashville Scene reports that the musician had been battling cirrhosis and passed away in his Franklin, Tenn. home. Keys became a touring musician at age 15, when he snuck off to join Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly and the more »

HBO rock show from Terence Winter picked up

Just about every headline yesterday or today about HBO picking up the new ’70s-set rock drama states that the show is, by some combination, “from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.” Yes, it’s true that Scorsese and Jagger both have their names on the series as executive producers. But that was also the arrangement with Scorsese more »

Courtney Love to join Lana Del Rey’s endless summer tour

In what can only be called a bad idea that should be stopped, Lana Del Ray has invited Courtney Love to join her for eight dates – what is that, two legs, or one? – on her Endless Summer tour. If that sounds desperate, and you can’t tell for whom, congrats, you’re super cynical. This more »


Fin: Of Wilson’s home address and travel section murder plots, the best colleges for comedy and “Smells Like Chemtrails”

No, the New York Times did not “publish Darren Wilson’s home address.” That is a naked, naked lie. They mentioned the name of the street he used to live on- somewhere he hasn’t lived in over a year- something mentioned in passing in an article about something else. I’ve actually been around the Internet long more »

Fin: Black stormtroopers, the coming Rex Ryan TV era and RIP, “Knightstick” 

There’s a whole damn lot of anti-black racism in the world, and in America, as recent events have made clear. But the supposed outcry against a black actor playing a stormtrooper in the new “Star Wars”? It doesn’t appear to exist, as Sonny Bunch wrote Sunday; I had already noticed that it looked an awful more »