Fin: Criminal llamas, disasters at “Fifty Shades” and live long and prosper

On a CNN New Day recap this morning about Thursday’s epic llama chase, the two llamas were referred to as “the Bonnie and Clyde” of llamas.” I guess I missed the part where the llamas killed people and robbed banks. I’m trying to understand what the average-joe argument against net neutrality is. I get Comcast more »

Fin: Dez Bryant’s whitey tape, President Nick Nolte and a drug-free Puff

This Dez Bryant videotape rumor is one of the weirdest news stories of all time. We hear there’s a video. No one has seen it or knows what’s on it. For all we know it may not actually exist- remember the Michelle Obama “Whitey Tape?“- but in the meantime every news organization is reporting on more »

Will ‘Wayward Pines’ salvage M. Night Shyamalan’s career?

It’s not easy being “the next Spielberg.” Just ask M. Night Shyamalan. Ever since ‘Time’ tagged him as the up and coming Prince of the Blockbusters, we fans have been waiting for the work to be worthy of the King…and so far…well, can you say ‘The Lady in the Water?’ ‘The Happening?’ ‘Avatar: The Last more »

So…Neill Blomkamp is making the “real” ‘Alien 3′

As a huge fan of David Fincher (I am a complete and unadulterated apologist) , I find no real fault with ” It was the material that let that film down, not the filmmaker. Still, for individuals wholly invested in the world created by Ridley Scott and James Cameron, the sudden descent into the dark more »

Paradise gone too soon: Bruce Sinofsky (1956- 2015)

Bruce Sinofsky never won an Oscar. He was nominated, along with his partner in documentary derring-do, Joe Berlinger, but they never earned their industry’s highest accolade…not that it mattered, really. The 58 year old, who died on February 22 from complications due to diabetes, had achieved something in his two decades of directing that few more »

The US version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ franchise is DOA

It’s called striking while the fire is hot. Believe it or not, a mere six years ago, the late Stieg Larsson’s novel, ‘,’ was a phenomenon. Published posthumously in his native Sweden in 2005, the book finally got an English translation in 2008 and copies flew off airport kiosk shelves faster than you could say more »

Fin: Taylor Swift in Israel, only porn can save the news, and against “derangement syndrome”

Combining two of the world’s most controversial subjects, Taylor Swift is now an Israeli/Palestinian conflict hot potato. There are threats of boycotts of Swift’s plans to play in Tel Aviv later this year. I say let both peoples in, to enjoy “Blank Space” together. Maybe it’ll even lead to the historic Shake It Off Accords more »

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author James wants to try her hand at screenwriting

This will either be the best news fans of the faux-erotic book series ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ have ever heard, or the worst. Apparently, Erika Mitchell wants to write the screenplay for, at least, the next installment in the “international phenomenon”‘s three movie tolerance test. Now, if you don’t recognize this name, then the reports more »

Fin: Coining “Reactress,” RIP, ‘Two and a Half Men’ and Peter, you ignorant slut

This article in Slate by Gabrielle Moss, on “the Rise of the Reactress,” defines the term as “female stars cast in roles that require little more than glumly registering the drama dished out by their male counterparts.” Not only is it unfair and sort of insulting- the primary target of the piece, Sienna Miller, was more »

Fin: Against feelings journalism, defending Allison Williams and KG, tastefully done

Allow me to sign on wholeheartedly to this piece, by Phoebe Maltz Bovy, criticizing the rise of “feelings journalism,” which she describes as “a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind..” more »

That rumored Neill Blomkamp ‘Alien’ film is actually happening

Yes, you read that right. After scorching the whole of social media with its potential awesomeness, burning up Instagram and other Interweb wonders, Sony has confirmed that a deal has been made with director Neill Blomkamp to bring ‘Alien’ back…and without the baggage of Ridley Scott’s current passion for ‘Prometheus‘ in the way. Yes, the more »

The Sweetie Pie from Tenafly: Lesley Gore (1946 – 2015)

When the Beatles and their accompanying “mania” finally hit this side of the pond, she was already a star. Their stranglehold on the top of the charts kept her second best known song, the proto-feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me” from hitting number one (a little tune called “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” kept that more »