Wednesday, April 12 2006
Amatuer online blogs and MySpace pages give currency to a growing 'attention economy', wherein the most successful have garnered the most flattering friends - and advertisers.
Tuesday, April 11 2006
Tired of striving for the A-List and failing? This month's insider look at the industry offers up seven lessons guaranteed to help the overreaching actor maintain his b-level mediocrity.
Monday, April 10 2006
Hey, white folks! Think the current king of racially reactive comedy enjoys your fawning fandom? Not according to this little heartbreaker.
Thursday, April 6 2006
The Beijing music-buying experience is daunting and disorienting, rife with clogged cardboard boxes, cut-outs, and pirated imports. In a highly censored market, the explicitly illegal discs may also be the most necessary.
Tuesday, April 4 2006
It's time to slap another nickel in the naughty jukebox as this month's look at outsider cinema celebrates the music that made the exploitation genre a decidedly different kind of 'aural' experience.
Monday, April 3 2006
Puckett made his team a winner and, by extension, made me one, too.
Sunday, April 2 2006
There is perhaps no better example of misguided melodrama than 1934/1959's Imitation of Life, and according to our cinematic scholar, no more culturally defining or disturbing character than its light-skinned, half-breed heroine.
Thursday, March 30 2006
The Japan Media Arts Festival succeeded in capturing the bedlam of multiplicities, the noise of creative expression, the messy complexity of negotiated meaning that is Art.
Wednesday, March 29 2006
In New York, Henrik Ibsen's centennial is celebrated with a knockout showdown: It's Cate Blanchett vs. the robots, for the soul of Hedda Gabler.
Tuesday, March 28 2006
Bill O'Reilly is not so bad.
Religious programming has produced a lot of laughable content. But none more hilariously horrible than PTL's House Party; a no-talent treat starring the station's indomitable drag drone, Tammy Faye Bakker.
Monday, March 27 2006
Q: How many professional athletes does it take to screw over a lifelong fan? A: Several thousand, evidently. Thanks, pinheads!
Truman Capote crafted a masterpiece in human ambiguity with his classic 'nonfiction' novel. Our leading lady of letters argues that the recent cinematic exploration of the book's creation is an equally unnerving experience.
Sunday, March 26 2006
Ellis spends four days in Austin looking for the finest exports from Tony Blair's Cool Britannia. In lieu of monkeys, magic numbers, and Moz, his search yields Casio-pop, California harmonies, and communal sing-along epics.
Thursday, March 23 2006
Overseas Filipino workers (OFW's) have little choice but to leave their children for years at a time. In Alave's case, her mother's absence culminated in results that were, eventually... delicious.
Wednesday, March 22 2006
In the final installment of his three-part look at the evolution of special effects in movie macabre, our horror historian looks at Fritz Lang, Lon Chaney, and a certain oversized ape's place in the dynamic of dread.
Tuesday, March 21 2006
Conspiracy theories are getting a bum rap.
Monday, March 20 2006
As the public's perception of human sexuality shifted from celebration into sin, the meaning of the Bearded Lady's marked androgyny would change, too: from reverence into scorn, to... something else.
Pink takes on the popular stupid girls, but only a little.
Sunday, March 19 2006
Kanye West's 'Touch the Sky' French leg of the tour stirs up a hiphop history lesson.