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 »

21 slightly idiotic ways to get into the Holiday spirit

1) All the Netflix Netflix has a pretty sweet collection of Holiday movies for the young, the old and everyone in between. I’ve personally started with the cartoon collection, kicking off the season with some “Winnie the Pooh”, and I’ll be making my way up the heavy stuff throughout the next month and a half. I need 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 »

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 »

“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” may be Lifetime’s hottest mess yet

Lifetime promised it would be less embarrassing with a new focus on original movies and programming. But after seeing its Brittany Murphy, Saved By the Bell and Aaliyah projects, I’m thinking the network shouldn’t lose Jaclyn Smith’s number just yet. Lifetime’s much debated Aaliyah biopic debuted Nov. 15, and it wasn’t as bad as I’d 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 »

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 »

“Lil Kev” and “The Rock” team up for ‘Central Intelligence’

Film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart couldn’t be more different. The former WWE superstar is 6’5″ and 260 lbs of action man bulk. The noted stand-up and current funnyman du jour is 5’4″. Johnson is often referenced as the franchise saver, having worked his well-toned magic on failing series such as ‘Fast more »

5 things traveling to China made me realize about America

About a month ago I spent a week in Hong Kong, China with some of the brightest minds in technology. I spent the days listening to keynotes about artificial intelligence and the nights wandering the streets in desperate search of spaghetti or a cheeseburger (fat American, here). The people I met came from all over the 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 »

Fin: Eminem the troll, “problematic” is problematic and don’t ban words in 2015

On the topic of his rapping about wanting to punch Lana Del Rey in the face, I offer a hypothesis: Eminem is a troll. He really was always a troll, albeit one who once possessed legitimate musical talent. At this point, though? His schtick isn’t appreciably different from Ann Coulter’s. Saying shocking stuff just to get more »

May the cash be ever in our favor: Hunger Games stage show on the way

The Hunger Games franchise is such an efficient financial model even President Snow should be envious. It has racked up more than $1.5 billion at the box office, a number soon to rise when “Mockingjay, Part 1″ releases Nov. 21.  Now Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment will bring a live stage adaptation of the novels more »