Downton Abbey Season 5 has a trailer! OH!!

My favorite silly and overwrought, yet well-produced and entertaining prime-time soap opera has a new trailer. And OH! The drama! FIRE in Downton (it’s DOWNTON, NOT Downtown, folks, please stop making that mistake). Have a look at it below: Oh for the love of Downton. It took me a while to pull the trigger, but more »

The 4 worst parents on the internet

The Age of Information has been said to be the downfall of civilization as we know it, creating mindless zombies who never look up from their phones, have the attention span of autistic gold fish, and frequently lose touch of unaugmented reality. Baby Boomers and a good portion of Gen X often go as far as to more »

Andrew WK brings the party to Android commercial

Admit it: When you first heard Andrew WK’s music, circa 2000, you just knew he’d still be a cultural force nearly 15 years later. And you certainly knew he’d pen an advice column for the Village Voice, would attempt a short-lived career as a diplomat, and would compose parody songs about The McLaughlin Group which more »

Chica the chicken comes to 30 Rock, where the stars are

Sesame Street, over the years, has gotten incredibly good at staying in the pop cultural conversation, often by welcoming celebrities to interact with Elmo and Big Bird and Co. More recently, the Childrens’ Television Workshop has created viral videos, usually kid-related parodies of popular TV shows like Mad Men, Glee and even Sons of Anarchy. more »

The return of The Comeback has a full trailer

Like balm to a chapped lip, apply this soothing new trailer for the long-awaited return of The Comeback and feel relief from boring TV shows this fall. Know that, over time, even greater relief will be experienced, as new, full episodes of The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow begin very soon – November 9th, right after more »

Colbert’s tech bias: Apple yes, Google no 

If I didn’t know any better, I might think Stephen Colbert- the character, the real guy, or possibly both- has a notable tech bias: Pro-Apple, and anti-Google. Colbert famously appeared at an awards show in 2010 holding an iPad- even though the initial edition of the Apple tablet wasn’t yet available at the time. Then, more »


The WXPN 885 Countdown will save your week

Ask me the last time I listened to the radio, and I can pinpoint exactly when it was – this time, last year. Why? Because that’s when Philadelphia’s WXPN radio station hosts its annual 885 Countdown AKA the GREATEST radio event of the year. I can say that with confidence because it’s the only time I listen to the radio anymore.

Lionsgate, Tribeca plan indie streaming service

It often appears that there’s little-to-no rhyme or reason to which movies are available on-demand early, and which wins or not. Sometimes a title shows up on Amazon but not iTunes. On Netflix but not cable. Movies that were there yesterday disappear today. Why? Who knows- it’s usually some combination of studio affiliations, negotiated windows more »

Meet the next streaming contender: Tidal 

The streaming music field is getting quite crowded- and that’s before talk earlier this month of a streaming price war, with Apple/Beats taking on Pandora, Spotify and the rest of the competition. Now, the North American streaming market is about to get another contender: Tidal. Tidal describes itself as “The First High Fidelity Music Streaming more »

Hong Kong Diary: Day 1

From GadgeTell Since waking up this morning, I've had several revelations. First, airport security is a joke and a half and I'm pretty sure you could smuggle a 32 oz bottle of whiskey with a gun inside it onto an international plane. Secondly, my passport photo is from when I was 15 and, frankly, I would not have sex with myself--only partially because that would be illegal. Thirdly, neck pillows should be socially accepted everyday wear. Read the full post on GadgeTell »

Fin: Keep playing “Royals,” Scarlett O’Hara sucks and Banksy has not been arrested 

San Francisco radio stations pulling “Royals” from the air ahead of the World Series is, to use a local term, hella stupid. It looks nothing like a principled stand and everything like a publicity stunt. Yea, pulling a year-old song for one week is totally gonna make a huge difference- although I would be on more »

DVD Review: Blandings Series 2

It’s funny how British literature can produce not only some of the more exciting mysteries out there, but also some of the most laugh-inducing comedies as well. The British sense of humor gets a chance to strut its metaphorical stuff with the release of “Blandings Series 2,” a copy of which our friends out at more »