Fin: Obama and “The Interview,” Serial non-listeners against Serial and many, many sixth boroughs

I don’t get these people blaming Barack Obama for the “Interview” cancellation. What did you want him to do, force the release to proceed? Any action he could have taken would have exceeded his powers as president- and if he’d done anything, Obama would likely be criticized by all the same people for “overreaching.” (The more »

Shawn Kotzen’s bottom ten movies of 2014 (aka: “The Worst”)

If there’s three things I learned from watching movies in 2014 it’s gotta be this: When in doubt go with an Egyptian theme. Greek demigods are no longer viable options as superheroes. As much as it pains me to write this, there’s just no getting around it — horror movies can very rarely (if ever) more »

VH1 standing behind controversial reality show ‘Sorority Sisters’

Reality shows often focus on the most embarrassing members of a group, whether they’re “real” housewives or bachelorettes. But black Greek organizations aren’t laughing off VH1’s Sorority Sisters. They’ve petitioned the network to end the reality show, and have been successful in getting some advertisers to pull out. Honda, Crayola and Hallmark are among the more »

The best part of Colbert’s goodbye? The last “Word”

If you’re even a little bit of a Stephen Colbert fan, by now you’ve likely seen the close of Thursday night’s series finale of the Colbert Report, in which the host, and a cast of dozens and dozens of major celebrities, sang “We’ll Meet Again.” This was, of course, wonderful, and a perfect sendoff, not more »

Will ‘Fargo’ stream on Hulu? You betcha

Yesterday, Hulu announced that it had reached an exclusive agreement with FX Networks to stream several of the FX and FXX channel’s newer shows on Hulu, including The Americans, You’re the Worst, and the upcoming shows starring Billy Crystal, Denis Leary and Zach Galifianakis. Missing from that list was any mention of Fargo, the mini-series more »

Blu-ray Review: Under the Dome Season Two

It’s time to go back out to our favorite trapped village, Chester’s Mill, as our friends at CBS Home Entertainment sent out a copy of “Under the Dome Season Two” for us to review. This bizarre yet insidious title will keep giving us everything the first season did, complete with a few new twists. “” more »

‘Smash’ making unlikely Broadway debut in June

The people behind ‘Smash’ had a plan. Create a popular TV series about the creation of a new Broadway musical, “Bombshell,” about the life of Marilyn Monroe.  Assemble huge talent behind the scenes, including executive producer Steven Spielberg and songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Write original songs, cast popular actors, and give the more »


NatGeo’s incredible new form of entertainment: Wild Safari Live

There’s firm stratification between the Adventurers of the world and the Normals. The Adventurers are bold, brave, and always have the neatest GoPro videos uploaded onto Facebook on the regular. They make the Normals question our life decisions and seriously consider quitting our jobs, abandoning our families, and traipsing off to Nepal to climb Mount Everest more »


TV review: Ascension is not the show you think it is

Over the last few months, SyFy (formerly The SciFi Channel) has been promoting the return of actual science fiction to its network. One of the first fruits of that return just finished airing this week. Ascension, a miniseries set aboard a starship midway between Earth and Proxima Centauri, wrapped up Wednesday night. All three parts more »

Reggie Watts is the new bandleader for CBS’ Late Late Show

What’s Comedy Bang! Bang!’s loss is the Late Late Show’s gain: Reggie Watts has been named its new bandleader. Of course, nothing says Watts can’t still drop in on CB!B! from time to time as a special guest, just like Andy Richter, Sarah Silverman, and Patton Oswalt do from time to time – be it more »

‘Real Sports’ year-end roundtable could have used a bigger table

Real Sports, HBO’s long-running monthly newsmagazine show on Tuesday ran its annual year-end roundtable show, and it was generally well-done. A look back at some of the year’s more interesting and arresting stories, followed by a series of roundtable discussions. But let’s talk about that roundtable. It had a round table, all right- but it more »

Fin: In defense of “garbage,” the forgotten “Avatar” and recalling Mr. Hankey

Apparently now it’s a no-no to refer to things as “garbage.” I admit it’s become somewhat overused- I try to only use “garbage” 2 or 3 times a year in reference to movies, and only once or twice in regards to people. But come on, there’s nothing wrong with the word itself (The Atlantic) I more »