‘Bullets Over Broadway’ is over…on Broadway

During the very early stages of his career, Woody Allen had massive success as a playwright. His ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ was a hit, while ‘Play It Again, Sam’ became a benchmark in his creative development. After going into film, his theatrical work suffered. His 1981 play ‘The Floating Light Bulb’ lasted only 62 performances more »

The Five Stages of Comic-Con Grief

Comic Con. Comic Con is exciting and it’s a treasure trove of geeky information and awesome exclusives. But let’s face it, if you’re not there, Comic Con is just plain harsh. But don’t worry, readers. We’re here for you. Knowing is half the battle, and we’re here to walk you through the five stages of Comic Con grief.

Spider-Man sent to the cinematic woodshed, ‘The Sinister Six’ steps in

They say time heals all wounds. That’s apparently the plan over at Sony regarding what to do with its now flailing ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ franchise. After weeks of pundit input, after drop-out Roberto Orci offered up a proposed death knell during an interview, many believed Peter Parker and his web-slinging adventures were more or less DOA. more »

Fin: Harry loves “Lucy,” Kid Rock and ICP’s glass dildo dispute and strippers for Jeter

An essay about Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” which is my second-favorite song from 1977 told from the point of view of a teenage boy trying to convince a teenage girl to have sex with him (#1- Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young.”) (AV Club) I guess I’m not the only one more »

Marvel sets five future release dates for yet-to-be-named film projects

It’s time to let the rampant, uneducated speculation begin. As it heads to Comic-Con (where are least a few people are predicting another mammoth, every character under their banner Hall H appearance), Marvel made waves again recently, announcing five more future film projects. Or perhaps a better way to put it is that the comic more »

Discwatch: Doin’ It Live on Five New Concert Blu-rays

When it comes to rock concerts, there’s nothing like being there, of course—there is no comparison to actually being present at the show, seeing the artists and just feeling the music as it’s being made. That said, we’re currently experiencing a renaissance in terms of recording and filming live concerts for home viewing. The quality more »

Edgar Wright jumps from ‘Ant-Man’ to ‘Baby Driver’

There’s no denying that director Edgar Wright marches to the beat of his own unusual drum kit. Every film he’s made, from the brilliant Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (‘Shaun of the Dead,’ ‘Hot Fuzz,’ ‘The World’s End’) to his sole big screen adaptation (the video game-tinged epic ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’) merges contemporary meta more »

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to star in “Westworld” adaptation

J.J. Abrams’ “Westworld” adaptation for HBO has landed two of its principle stars in the form of Evan Rachel Wood and Anthony Hopkins. Abrams is on board as an executive producer alongside Bad Robot co-founder Bryan Burk veteran Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub. The series is “inspired by” Michael Crichton’s 1973 , and the pilot will be more »

James Garner, of “Rockford Files” fame, has died

The “Maverick” actor, the down-to-earth James Garner died in his home of natural causes at age 86 on July 19. His first job was modeling, but he said he hated it. He was later talked into a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, where he was able to study more »

Fin: Ned Stark ruins Season 7, Ted Cruz vs. True Blood, and the persecution of “The Persecuted”

Sean Bean accidentally dropping a major Game of Thrones spoiler reminds me of the time Kyle MacLachlan hosted Saturday Night Live and blurted out, in the monologue, that the killer of Laura Palmer was actually Shelly the Waitress (Gawker) The new movie about “persecution” of Christians in America- which is called, you guessed it, “The more »

FXX to air a full series marathon of the Simpsons to coincide with app

FXX’s acquisition of cable TV and streaming rights for The Simpsons is apparently enough of a coup that the fledgling(ish) network has decided to commemorate the occassion in the most bombastic (and sorta terrifying) way possible: airing a marathon of the 25 year old series in its entirety over the course of two straight weeks. That’s more »


Listening Party: Is the New Yes CD Really an ‘Explosive Turd’?

For a band that sings mostly about peace and love, Yes sure has generated a lot of controversy—and even some out-and-out hatred. Lots of bands have done the “dump your lead singer and find a new guy who sounds just like him but is much easier to deal with” thing—Journey, Foreigner, Styx, and so on—but more »