Entertainment


November 8, 2011After two days of jury deliberation, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.  Like everything else regarding the death of Michael Joseph Jackson, there has been speculation over the actual sentence Murray will receive. It could be anywhere from the maximum four years in prison to a year of house arrest—due to overcrowding in California prisons. But while the fans crowded outside the courthouse yesterday cheered…
November 8, 2011 They came, they sang (or rapped), they won our hearts. They broke through barriers, and--in some cases--changed music as we knew it. Then they....disappeared? WTF. They’re now on the list of Made Woman’s Most Wanted, and here’s why: Andre 3000  Andre Benjamin, 3 Stacks, Cupid Valentino, Ice Cold.....whatever you choose to call Andre 3000, one fact remains: he’s one talented brother. Anyone who could have a part…
October 24, 2011You can spot the “Made” Man a mile away. He’s confident. Radiates charm. Flashes a big, warm reassuring smile. Impeccably dressed, from his dapper tie down to his well-tailored suit and handsome loafers. Aside from looking the part, he’s humbly gracious, friendly, endearing. He knows how to carry himself, and he certainly knows how to make a lady feel like a lady. And although we don’t personally know him, after…
October 24, 2011Deb Morgan from Dexter  – Watching Deb blossom from a lowly beat cop to a no-nonsense lieutenant in the Miami Metro Police Department has been a beautiful thing.  She debuted on the show as determined, but completely unsure of herself; letting the bitchy female lieutenant of the department chastise and make fun of her in front of everyone and lacking the confidence to speak her opinions on investigations.…
October 11, 2011It’s hard to put a finger on Leslie Feist. On paper, her music is probably classified somewhere between indie rock and pop. On the pop side, she’s achieved great commercial success--an iPod commercial (among others) and a feature on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack spring to mind. Given such mainstream recognition, you’d think that it’d be hard to maintain artistic integrity, especially after dancing in a blue sequined jumpsuit…
October 10, 2011The Ides of March might have been written, directed, and produced by George Clooney, but it’s clearly Ryan Gosling’s film.  Gosling manages to outshine a cast that includes some of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters (Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, and Paul Giamatti) in this timely must-see political drama about a loss of innocence and shady political campaigns.  This is the former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer’s third film this…
September 26, 2011 I was really looking forward to the debut of ABC’s Pan Am. Female-dominated cast, storyline about the 1960’s era, unique subject matter....seems like they couldn’t miss. But sadly, ten minutes into Pan Am’s premiere, I was bored. Directed by Thomas Schlamme, Pan Am uses fairy tale-like visuals and vivid 60’s styling to lure the eye and perhaps distract the ear. The acting felt stale and off-beat. The writing was cheesy…
September 26, 2011Thanks to Showtime’s hit show, Dexter, I’m hopelessly in love with a fictional serial killer.  There, I said it!  Is there a support group for this somewhere?  Sigh.  OK, moving right along…The show is going on its sixth season, premiering on October 2nd, and follows the life of Dexter Morgan, blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, family man...and serial killer on the side.  And you…
September 16, 2011     Yes, Contagion has a high powered ensemble cast starring Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, and Jude Law, among others, but the plot is not the most original. In fact, the story line is pretty linear: An epidemic of some unknown disease is killing people faster than scientists and doctors can find a cure. Derivative storyline aside, Contagion is a pretty solid film. It introduces the…
September 15, 2011Jay, I love you (click here for evidence) but.... I can't get down with this track. You should honestly be ashamed for cosigning this mess. And J. Cole, why did you feel the need to produce this corny a$$ track with corny a$$ breakdowns and an even cornier flow? From the faux dubstep beat, to Jay's bootleg H.A.M. flow, to J. Cole's incessant trying-too-hard-ness, this song is doomed…
September 15, 2011 Sometimes in life we are blessed with signs or milestones or affirmations that let us know that we are on the right path. The film I saw last night, Miss Representation, was an affirmation for me. It talked about something I knew: that there is extreme sexism and objectification of women in American media which results in our disempowerment. We make less money, have less upward mobility…
September 12, 2011One of my favorite ways to relax and unwind is watching stand-up comedy. I love to laugh – something I’m guessing you and I have in common.  I honestly believe comics have one the most difficult jobs in entertainment.  There is a sort of magic required to keep huge audiences crackin’ up. Think about it: how many of us could tell laugh-out-loud jokes in front of a bunch…
September 12, 2011Dear Reality Show Circus Freaks, I know I know, you’re “getting paid”, you’re “about your paper”, and the rest of us are all jealous and “hating” on you. You know what? You are absolutely right. We are incredibly envious of your “talent”. The God given talent you have to act like an ignorant fool or an over-sexed prostitute (maybe even both) really makes me wonder why I can’t catch…
August 15, 2011 I don’t think I’ve ever carried as much emotional baggage with me to see a film as I did when I finallydecided to see "The Help". Admittedly, I’ve never read Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel about a youngwhite woman named Skeeter who decides to pen a book about the help in her town. The book has beensitting on a shelf in my house for a year because my…
August 15, 2011 HBO’s Entourage is at the end of its rope and, to my surprise, I’m not at my wit's end over the near fadeto black of one of my guiltiest pleasures. Sure, Sunday nights won’t be the same without Vince’s curlsor that loveable asshole Ari Gold’s constant asshole-ness (yes, I made that up), but like most things thathave been around for a while, Entourage has tasted a bit…