Fin: The case against Megyn Kelly, “-gate” vs. ‘”-ghazi” and the worst “American Sniper” piece ever

Asawin Suebsaeng with a brave piece, arguing that the media is wrong for buying the line that just because Megyn Kelly is young, female, and attractive, that she’s somehow less fact-challenged, mean-spirited or race-baiting than every other Fox News host. There is one outlier at Fox, but it’s Shepard Smith, not Kelly. The piece also more »

Beware! ‘The Blob’ is being remade…again

In one of those stories that can only happen in Hollywood, a cheesy horror classic that has already been given the “modern” update treatment once, is again being remade for today’s too-lazy-to-remember demographic, and it’s bringing along the director of ‘Expendables 2′ for the ride. Yes, that famous fright flick about killer Jell-O, ‘The Blob,’ more »

Fin: “American Sniper” threats, a Goofy theory and it’s time to taste what you most fear

Wherever you stand on the merits of “American Sniper,” its subject, or its politics, how about cooling it on the violent threats towards people who disagree with you? It’s like Gamergate all over again, with even more of an Internet Tough Guy factor. (Alternet) A mind-blowing Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan theory- “The primary evidence of this more »

Joel and Ethan Coen are the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Presidents

Maybe this is why their next film, ‘Hail Caesar,’ isn’t opening until 2016. Two of the greatest working filmmakers in movies today, Joel and Ethan Coen, have been appointed by the Cannes Film Festival to preside over the jury once the international bellwether begins on May 13, 2015. The guys are no strangers to the more »

Is ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ making an Awards Season run?

It was supposed to come out in March. Indeed, the 13th was set for the release of Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ starring Chris Hemsworth as the First Mate of the Essex, a whaler sunk by a large white sperm whale back in 1820. The incident, including a long stint shipwrecked and more »

Fin: Valleywag destroys itself, Coast Guard vs. Workaholics and every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end

Don’t think I can read Valleywag anymore. Under previous editor Sam Biddle, the Gawker Silicon Valley vertical was one of the best reads on the entire Internet- the rare media outlet that covered the business world, especially the tech sector, with anything resembling skepticism and non-sycophancy- and with a welcome willingness to take on misogyny more »

Genesis Then and Now: 2 New Blu-rays Tell the Band’s Story

The past year has been good to Genesis—and its fans. The English prog-rock pioneers had pretty much been off the radar since the 2007 reunion tour of the Phil Collins-led lineup, but little has been heard from the band since. In 2010, Genesis became one of the few progressive bands to be inducted into the more »

‘The Suicide Squad’ just got 1/6th less interesting – Tom Hardy is out!

So, just when it looked like DC had gotten its shtick together, when the Not-Marvel movie machine was making all the right maneuvers and coming up with casts to give comic book geeks the glorified heebie-jeebies, comes word that one of its higher profile projects – ‘The Suicide Squad‘ – has lost one of its more »


Notorious Mötley Crüe biography “The Dirt” is getting a movie adaptation

Exciting news for rock biography fans: “The Dirt” will become a major motion picture, bringing to the big screen the high highs and low lows of the members of the glam rock band Mötley Crüe. The project is in the very capable hands of director Jeff Tremaine, who lovingly crafted the Jackass series and later more »

Fin: Critics behaving badly, at least see the movie and Fox is back on Dish

On Vince Mancini’s essay about the poor behavior of his fellow film critics at press screenings. I guess, as in many other ways, I’m lucky to work as a film critic in the city that I do. Bad behavior at screenings tends to come from non-critics, and unlike in other cities I’ve lived in, the more »

Movie Review: “Paddington”

“Paddington” isn’t just a great movie for kids, but it’s a great movie, period. It’s a creative ball of glee topped with a dollop of sweet, golden marmalade. Not only does it have a compelling story, but it doesn’t dumb down the narrative for the many children that will no doubt be filling every other seat more »

Is Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ a YA ‘Drive?’

Ever since he was shown the door by Marvel’s moviemaking micromanagers, fans of Edgar Wright and his cinematic panache have wondered just what he would be doing next. Well, the rumor mill can apparently rest a bit easier today as Collider is announcing that the famed writer/director, best known for his work with Simon Pegg more »