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There are 193 posts tagged: "entertainment"

Standing in the shadows
16 January 2022
Todd in the Shadows is a popular music critic. His chart retrospectives are based on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end lists, but most of the entries are familiar to me, even from my childhood growing up in England. (more…)
Da-do-Ron-Ron
13 January 2022
Reading of the death of Ronnie Spector, I was expecting her ex-husband's criminal conviction to be dragged up. Not that it needed to be included in her obituary; after all, it had nothing to do with her. The couple had divorced three decades prior to Lana Clarkson's murder. (more…)
Bombing under the radar
10 January 2022
Personally, I prefer the second version of the poster, it's cleaner and more stylish, although that film won't be released to theatres for another five days. Nevertheless, it does earn this post an extra tag, because Penélope Cruz isn't Colombian and Lupita Nyong'o isn't British. Lanes are, after all, lanes; anything else is tantamount to pretending…b-b-but they're not white, so lanes don't count…hmmm…(thinking) (more…)
The Hustle: one word review
26 December 2021
Excrutiating. 2/10. (more…)
Sally Ann Howes: no longer banging
22 December 2021
On the death of Sally Ann Howes, star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, her son, the artist Andrew Hart Adler announced her loss on his Instagram account: (more…)
Sky vs. Sony: who hates me most?
22 December 2021
I received a loyalty bonus: a one-month—as opposed to the standard one-week—free trial for Sky Show in Switzerland. Yay! (more…)
'Tis the season to...recycle old fluff pieces
18 December 2021
How could anyone consider Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and not Klaus, in a current shortlist of Chrimbletide animations? (confused) (more…)
RT: all is not what it seems
17 December 2021
There seems to be some confusion, at least among commentators on social media, as to what the Rotten Tomatoes audience score means. Take, for instance, YellowFlash discussing the 99% score for Spider-Man: No Way Home. (more…)
I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
16 December 2021
UK theatres are warning that cancellations to pantomime shows, in the wake of Chongvirus Omicron, threaten their finances. No shit, who'd've thunk it? (thinking) (more…)
Zzz...orro
15 December 2021
Disney is to remake Zorro. Again. This time as a TV series. Again. Verily, there's a torrent of creativity gushing forth from the House of Mouse. (rolleyes) (more…)
'X' for Latina
13 December 2021
For some inexplicable reason, there's a remake of West Side Story, for anyone who considers the 1961 classic to be somehow inadequate. I wasn't aware that this was something that the world had been clamouring for. Neither were cinema audiences, it seems, who stayed away in droves when it debuted last weekend: Steven Spielberg's effort hasn't performed sensationally at the box office. (more…)
Girl boss?
13 December 2021
My daughters went to see House of Gucci today. (more…)
Sue-TS, you sir!
11 December 2021
Just to show that you can't keep a good copyright troll down, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler appealed against an earlier ruling that Taylor Swift had not plagiarised their work in the lyrics to Shake It Off, and that ruling has been overturned. The same judge who earlier dismissed the case, on the basis that the contentious phrases were too banal to be copyrightable, now states that there are significant similarities in word usage and sequence/structure. (more…)
Sound advice
9 December 2021
This is doing the rounds at the moment: (more…)
Santa (st)Inc.
8 December 2021
There's been a fair amount of online anger over Santa Inc., in which a couple of preachy, woke-activist Jews, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, make snide jabs at a holiday figure and tradition that's irrelevant to their religion, and which isn't important to them or their families. Replete with the lazy profanity-as-humour that's so beloved of their fans throughout both households. (more…)
Klaus
6 December 2021
I watched Klaus last night with my eldest daughter. We both loved it. (more…)
I'm a nonentity...get me some publicity!
25 November 2021
British TV host and journalist, Richard Madeley, fell ill on the set of reality TV programme, I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! It certainly did get him out of there, his hospitalisation meant that he'd broken the set's COVID bubble, and it was therefore a one-way trip. (more…)
Bog off!
16 November 2021
In an interview with Mark Savage for the BBC, Sir Rod Stewart admits that he tired of performing Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (more…)
'Boiz will be 'boiz
9 November 2021
This is what I meant by review-bombing and, more particularly, review-boosting. I'm not sure how, or if, Rotten Tomatoes takes artificial voting into account, but IMDb makes it so obvious that it seems pointless. (more…)
Shock news: 'stunning and brave' isn't money
8 November 2021
My earlier cynicism may yet be rooted in reality. (more…)
Eternally rotten
3 November 2021
With just two days to go before its theatrical release, Eternals is now Marvel Studio's most critically derided film to date. It's the first to be certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, beating the previous worst performer—Thor: The Dark World has a rating of 66%—by a considerable margin. Even some reviews that rated it fresh were hardly fulsome in their praise. (more…)
Bond theme songs
3 November 2021
Over the past couple of weeks, I haven't been able to get You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever out of my head. They seem to be stuck on repeat play. And that's not such a bad thing, I quite like them. (more…)
Close, but no cigar
30 October 2021
Years ago, around sixteen to be precise, I mused on the unlikelihood that there was an actor named Connery Bonds. (more…)
Guardians of the future
28 October 2021
At IMDb, they love themselves a little future-gazing. Here we are, in current year 2021, and they're asking what was—past tense—the title of 2023's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in Hindi. I'll submit my answer to the question in two years' time. (more…)
Saving lives: one fat, brown, gay kiss at a time
27 October 2021
According to hyperbolic tosspots at the premiere of Eternals, the representation of fat, non-white, and gay superheroes is affirming and will save lives. (more…)
Eternally yours
26 October 2021
Despite the hype, Marvel Studio's Eternals has received generally mixed-to-underwhelming reviews from the usually compliant Disney shills critics in the mainstream media. The Eternals aren't A-list characters, and the film isn't hotly anticipated. (more…)
A rose is a Rose is a liar
21 October 2021
Only half a year ago, Ruby Rose said that she would be willing to return to Batwoman, as Kate Kane, if the opportunity arose. It didn't. (more…)
The Closer
20 October 2021
Today's the day for which Netflix employees, supported by bargain-basement celebrities who I've never heard of, had threatened a walkout in protest against Dave Chappelle's special, The Closer. I had intended to watch it earlier, but postponed it until today to mark this non-event. (more…)
Funny, not funny
16 October 2021
Outrage has erupted over Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special, The Closer, as he took aim at the alphabet soupers—particularly the T—and the preferred pronoun poseurs. Verily, the dudgeon, it was high; and the salt, it flowed freely and in abundance. You cannot make fun of the trans, it seems. (more…)
"Time just gets away from us"
12 October 2021
Every so often, you come across something that reminds you of the passing of time and old friends…and of your own mortality. Like this comment on the ending of the Coen brothers' True Grit. (more…)
Bondbots
12 October 2021
After several postponements, No Time To Die has finally made it to cinemas, two years later than planned. Early reviews suggest that it's both better, and worse, than some had feared. On the plus side, it's not the hatchet job to the character that early marketing had suggested. Whether this is because the marketing was misguided, or whether the excesses had been walked back by the producers in the intervening period, is anyone's guess. I really don't care. (more…)
B-movie
6 October 2021
In other non-news, Jerry Seinfeld has apologised for a certain uncomfortable subtle sexual aspect in Dreamworks' Bee Movie. This just goes to show how out-of-touch and tone-deaf he is. (more…)
Melting ice
6 October 2021
Disney has come under fire for promoting the upcoming Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild on Disney+, only six months after closing Blue Sky Studios, its subsidiary that created Ice Age and its four sequels. Disney took control of the studio when it acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019. To put this into context, the last instalment to the declining franchise was released half a decade ago, and its better days are even longer gone. (more…)
Catwahmxn
5 October 2021
Zoë Kravitz will play the role of Catwoman in Warner Bros' upcoming The Batman, against Robert Pattinson as the titular character. Asked whether she'd seen all the other Batman films, Kravitz had this to say: (more…)
Lost in translation
5 October 2021
Squid Game is predicted to become Netflix's most watched original series. Filmed and set in South Korea, it's dubbed/subtitled into English. But, all is not what it may seem. (more…)
Persona grating
29 September 2021
Just another of those sticking it here for my amusement posts. (more…)
The type of R. Kelly (part 2)*
28 September 2021
The jury's returned, and R. Kelly's goin' down! (more…)
Representation, arse
20 September 2021
Apropos of nothing in particular, just getting this down, really. (more…)
Funniest line ever...for today
6 September 2021
Okay, so it was first aired in 2015, but I only came across this clip today. So it counts. Just placing it here for my own amusement, really. (more…)
Boobus
1 September 2021
Does one become prudish as one gets older? Or is the world becoming more permissive? If twenty-year-old me had seen this ad for Channel 4's Naked Attraction on a London bus, would I have thought it cool or crass? (more…)
Wise words
27 August 2021
Back in 1973, British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise gave a forthright interview, which has recently come to light. In it, they offered their thoughts on the university comedy of their BBC stablemates, Monty Python. (more…)
Dial 'M' for monotonous
26 August 2021
YouTube's random algorithm has thrown up the promotional video for M's Pop Music at me, several times in the last couple of weeks. I really didn't like that song back in 1979, and the forty-odd intervening years have done nothing to improve my opinion of it. (more…)
Sketchy
19 August 2021
As R&B singer R. Kelly goes on trial in New York, accused of racketeering, sexual abuse, and bribery, this sketch is released from the courtroom: (more…)
Sean Lock: no laughing matter
18 August 2021
On the tragically early death of Sean Lock, I'm reminded of one of my favourite jokes ever. (more…)
Hairy spice
17 August 2021
Crunchyroll announced its expansion from anime distributer to original content creator, with High Guardian Spice, in 2018. Three years later, and the product is almost ready to rollout to an expectant world. Or the part of it that's into anime, anyway. (more…)
Damned if you do...
16 August 2021
Following the same day release of Black Widow to theatres and streaming, Disney will release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings exclusively to theatres for a 45-day period. CEO Bob Chapek cited this as an interesting experiment, which riled the film's lead, Simu Lui. (more…)
L&O:SVU
15 August 2021
I watched Law & Order on UK terrestrial TV, back in the day. It was a reasonable enough way to pass the time, given that would've passed anyway. The police procedural half of the show was entertaining, but although the prosecution half wrapped the story up, I was never that interested in lawyers talking legal bollocks. Lawyers aren't likeable heroes. Even if they're on the side of good, they're at best a necessary evil. (more…)
Schedule of good fortune
12 August 2021
The rats are deserting the sinking ship. (more…)
Karaoke should be illegal
11 August 2021
China is to ban karaoke songs with illegal content, including songs which incite ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination. (more…)
League of extraordinary godbotherers
11 August 2021
Disney's Muppet Babies has managed to piss off the Catholics. Yay! (more…)
Butch Carter and the superfans kids
10 August 2021
It seems that, these days, no successful franchise can escape being bled to death, through a combination of creative despondency and corporate desperation. In that vein, Marvel has announced its What If…? series. And it hasn't gone down too well among the MCU stans. (more…)
Iron Giant is bestester
6 August 2021
Internet dweebs have mocked the BBC, after a tweet by BBC Sport from the Tokyo Olympics confused a Gundam statue with a Transformer. (more…)
Bonus points
30 July 2021
Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of contract, because Black Widow was released on streaming at the same time as at theatres. She claims that the subsequent box office bombing resulted in a loss of additional earnings of $50m. This is over and above the $20m that she's already received. (more…)
Ho-Man
26 July 2021
In my own, admittedly shallow, opinion, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a lame, cheaply-animated '80s cartoon for kids. It was primarily made as a tie-in to shift Mattel's plastic crap. I didn't watch it, since I was no longer a child at the time, and both the cartoon and the plastic crap were too cringe-inducing to be cool. Shitbag, they were too cringe-inducing to even acknowledge their existence. (more…)
Beginning of the end
25 July 2021
The end credits to one of the greatest films of all time, 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, start with IN MEMORY OF ALLEN GREENE. Strangely enough, this inspired a question on Quora as to whether Allen Greene was a real person. WTF? (more…)
Disney: lower your expectations
20 July 2021
In only its second week of release, Black Widow has been toppled from the top spot at the US box office when ticket sales dropped by 67%. Naturally, the National Association of Theatre Owners attributed this stunning second weekend collapse to the film being made available immediately on streaming. (more…)
C-Movie
19 July 2021
As a kid, I used to watch Sidney Toler's Charlie Chan films on TV. I rather enjoyed those '40s B&W potboilers. (more…)
Iron Fist
18 July 2021
I recently happened across Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix. I'd never heard of the character before, but I can only assume that the comic book version must've been way less irritating. Otherwise, he'd never have got his own show. Right? (more…)
Game for a laugh
13 July 2021
A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for a record $1.5m. This is the price range previously occupied only by significant works of art, which can be hung on a wall and admired for the artist's skill. In this case, however, the high price is commanded for physical memorabilia, in the same way as rare trading cards. (more…)
Transition to win
24 June 2021
While sportswomen argue against the integration of transgender women in women's sports, Norm Hiccup shows that a motorcyclist who identifies as a cyclist can successfully transition and compete fairly. No steroids here, ladies. (more…)
Snow what?
24 June 2021
In what could be seen as just another race-bait move, Disney has cast latina actress Rachel Zegler as Snow White in their upcoming live action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Casting for characters of restricted height has yet to be announced, but it's unlikely that Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Ian McShane et al. will be invited to reprise their roles from Snow White and the Huntsman, since that would be taking work from genuinely diminutive actors. (more…)
Whining widow
20 June 2021
Scarlett Johansson has criticised the hyper-sexualisation of Black Widow in her debut film, Iron Man 2. I don't recall whether she criticised it, or the paycheque, at the time. (thinking) (more…)
Carry On Cleo
12 June 2021
Writing for Smithsonian Magazine, following the premiere of Anne Boleyn, Meilan Solly harks back to the past when arguing that the controversy over Jodie Turner-Smith's casting is unnecessary and harmful. In so doing, she trots out one of those tired old falsehoods: (more…)
Moaning Muslim
11 June 2021
British actor Riz Ahmed wants an end to toxic Muslim characters…on screen. (more…)
Inside The CW script writing room
10 June 2021
Following the leaking of the Powerpuff Girls script, comes this call and response: (more…)
Hello, Dolly!
9 June 2021
Beth Roars asks What Happened to Miley Cyrus' Voice? (more…)
Black queen
5 June 2021
It appears that not everyone may be enthusiastic for historical revisionism. Channel 5's Anne Boleyn, a reimagining of historical events leading to the execution of England's first black queen, has not been an undisputed ratings success. (more…)
Misheard lyrics
2 June 2021
I have absolutely no idea how this happened, or why I'm forced to suffer so, but earlier today I was thinking about England Dan and John Ford Coley's I'd Really Love To See You Tonight. I didn't like it back in the '70s when it was released, and my opinion hasn't mellowed much over the intervening years; even as age and fatherhood have turned me into a sentimental old fart. (more…)
You can die, but you can't hide
2 June 2021
Writing for BBC Culture about the Tea Chest Tapes, a collection of lost music tapes belonging to the late British producer Joe Meek, Arwa Haider reflects on Meek's life and work. (more…)
Panderin' in Mandarin
1 June 2021
John Cena has apologised to China for referring to Taiwan as a country, while promoting the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise, F9: The Fast Saga, which led to the film tanking at the Chinese box office. He even grabbed his ankles, and issued his apology in Mandarin Chinese. What a guy. (more…)
Powerpuffs fail the day
26 May 2021
Test screenings of Powerpuff, The CW's live-action reimagining of The Powerpuff Girls, have not been successful. In fact, the pilot was received so poorly that it's been withdrawn, and is to be completely rewritten. (more…)
Low five
26 May 2021
The Predator franchise has taken, for me at least, a similar trajectory to that of Terminator. The first instalment was the best; the second was good enough, but not as good as its predecessor; and thereafter I lost interest. And, like Terminator: Dark Fate, the latest in the Predator series, Disney's catchily-titled Predator 5, looks set to be characterised by identity politics and woke posturing. Compelling stuff! (rolleyes) (more…)
Bad noose
22 May 2021
Construction on an Amazon warehouse in Windsor, Connecticut, has been shut down after seven nooses were found on the site in the last month. (more…)
Food for fight
11 May 2021
Q: What do Charlie Sheen; Hilary Duff; Eva Longoria; Christopher Lloyd; Ed Asner; Jerry Stiller; Christine Baranski; and Cloris Leachman have in common? (more…)
No Globes
11 May 2021
NBC has announced that it will not broadcast the Golden Globes 2022, although it's not as if many people will mourn its absence. I'm quite certain that the decision is solely related to NBC's concerns over the HFPA's lack of ethical standards, diversity, and representation, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the plummeting viewer ratings. Oh no, not at all. (rolleyes) (more…)
The luvvies are getting restless
10 May 2021
Hollywood's luvvies are all a'dither over the HFPA not being diverse enough. There are no black people among its 87 voting members, and the voting members have been accused of a myriad of questionable practices. For its part, the HFPA has outlined a number of changes to make itself more inclusive, but this has not placated the elite's righteously indignant. (more…)
Titless
3 May 2021
Those of us who scoffed at Elliot Page's commitment to joining the patriarchy, are laughing on the other side of our faces now. He's only gone and had a titectomy! Although, in true Page style, it's accompanied by a public announcement, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. I'm assuming that Apple TV+ counts as public. (more…)
Josstice League
29 April 2021
Oh dear, this is unfortunate! (more…)
Well, that was expected!
27 April 2021
With the preliminary viewing figures available, it appears that Oscars 2021 was not a ratings success, pulling in an audience of 9.85 million viewers, the lowest in the show's history. The previous lowest was last year's, which still managed to draw 23.6 million. (more…)
Well, that was unexpected!
26 April 2021
The 93rd Academy Awards have passed almost unnoticed, with a damp squib in place of a ceremony. Breaking with tradition, the final award of the evening was the one for best actor; the most anticipated, that for best picture, already having been given. (more…)
Crocktain America
25 April 2021
As Disney's production output increases to fulfil its streaming needs, its subsidiary divisions are collaborating more and more to satisfy the programming demand. They're achieving this, in part, by introducing already-established characters to other franchises. (more…)
True Bluey
21 April 2021
Bluey is an ABC animated TV series for preschool children, chronicling the adventures of a Blue Heeler puppy with her family and friends. It's endearing and wholesome, or so I'm led to believe; I've never watched it myself. Nevertheless, writing for ABC Everyday, Beverley Wang wonders whether the show could be more representative. (more…)
Product displacement
19 April 2021
Product placement is a reality of advertising in today's entertainment industry. It's become so everyday, that much of it passes us by, at least consciously. Occasionally, something comes along that's so unsubtle as to be almost aggressive; but, by and large, product placement goes unnoticed. That's probably when it's most effective, when it's subliminal; but I'm no marketing psychologist. (more…)
Byron bane
19 April 2021
The residents of Byron Bay—a picturesque Australian coastal town, renowned for its beaches and relaxed lifestyle, and popular with the Hollywood glitterati—are calling for a boycott of a proposed Netflix reality show. They're concerned that Byron Baes, centred on influencers doing what they do best—whatever that is—against the backdrop of New South Wales' coastline will trivialise the reality of life in the the town. (more…)
Bucking the trend
18 April 2021
After all of the brou-ha-ha over privileged Hollywood actors taking roles from minorities—by, erm…acting—and calls for them to get back in their lane, there comes a refreshing change in the shape of Chad. In this new TV comedy series, Nasim Pedrad plays the titular character, a fourteen-year-old Persian boy dealing with family relationships and cultural identity, as he tries to navigate highschool. (more…)
Sorry for nothing
14 April 2021
Hank Azaria, the voice of Apu on The Simpsons has apologised for voicing the character, and his role in structural racism. It's about time, Hank, you bastard! (more…)
Ghostbusted
8 April 2021
That irrepressible bonehead, Jeremy Hambly at TheQuartering, unfavourably compares the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife with the original Ghostbusters (1984). He notes that the ghosts aren't scary, unlike those in the original, which he describes as a horror film: (more…)
Null points
2 April 2021
The Dutch government has given permission for 3,500 fans to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in person this year. I'm surprised that there are that many. Obviously lockdown has had a greater detrimental effect on the Dutch psyche than I'd imagined. (more…)
Justice is served!
17 March 2021
Zac Snyder's version of Justice League is finally upon us, with most critics agreeing that it's an improvement on the 2017 original, at least according to those reviews cited by the BBC. The original was infamously fucked up, sorry, reimagined by Jos Whedon, when he took over the production after Snyder's departure following a family tragedy. I have watched that version, described by one anonymous Warner Bros. executive as a piece of shit. It was…okay, but let down by a muddled plot and an anticlimactic antagonist. (more…)
Creepfake
8 March 2021
Apparently, the future of content creation lies in deepfake, the use of artificial intelligence to generate lifelike talking heads that, for all intents and purposes, cannot be distinguished from the real thing. In the case of at least one software system, the process is as simple as typing in the words for a selected avatar to speak. The whole concept is an ethical and cultural minefield, if not just plain creepy; and, as Donald Trump supposedly said of Jeffrey Epstein, I'm not a fan. (more…)
The speed of film
4 March 2021
How fast is a film? I'm sure that's a question you've never thought of before. And neither had I until today, when I read, courtesy of the BBC, of Demon Slayer, an anime that: (more…)
Let sleeping Cranes lie
25 February 2021
Oh dear. The lack of creativity in TV production is further accentuated when Frasier returns after an almost twenty-year hiatus. Kelsey Grammar confirmed the revival, saying I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr Frasier Crane. (more…)
Powerpuffs (used to) save the day!
22 February 2021
Live-action adaptations of beloved animated franchises. Ugh! (more…)
Marion Ramsey: finally graduated
9 January 2021
Actress Marion Ramsey has died, aged 73. In its summary of her career, the BBC not only notes that she appeared in six of the Police Academy films, as if that was something to extol, but actually headlines the article with it: (more…)
Ribbing
4 January 2021
I can't recall why I was looking, but I was amused by this still from Supergirl (1984) anyway. (more…)
Who cares?
3 December 2020
Many years ago, when I was a mere lad, I used to watch a children's TV scifi show, starring Jon Pertwee and then, later, Tom Baker. Unfortunately, it started going downhill after Baker's departure; or perhaps I'd just outgrown it. The last time that I saw Doctor Who, albeit in passing, Sylvester McCoy was butchering the titular character. It was so bad that I couldn't watch it, and the show was put out of its misery shortly thereafter. (more…)
Time To Die
26 November 2020
There's some dismay on social media over the retirement of James Bond, in favour of a black woman, in the upcoming No Time To Die. And it's not just old white men that are offended by the retconning of a decades-old, beloved franchise character for the sake of progressivism and virtue signalling. (more…)
The moral minority?
19 November 2020
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York is a Christmas classic, beloved since its release in 1987. This year, however, BBC Radio 1 will only play an edited version because its audience may be offended by some of the lyrics. Shit…bag! (more…)
The Sequalizer
2 November 2020
I binge-watched The Equalizer and The Equalizer 2 over the weekend. Denzel Washington was compelling, as always, and both films could definitely be considered quite good. But both also suffered from those WTF moments that suggest that the writers just couldn't be arsed to finish the job properly. (more…)
"Bond, James Bond"
31 October 2020
RIP Sir Sean Connery, the quintessential James Bond. And legend of the silver screen. (more…)
Scooby don't
11 October 2020
Wahey! Velma's gay. (more…)
Bond, Jane Bond
21 September 2020
A little brouhaha over a woke 007 rumbled on the 'net a while ago, as Daniel Craig is expected to pass the baton to a black woman. (more…)
Disney Minus
6 September 2020
Reviews of Disney's live action remake of Mulan have been generally mixed to favourable. I like the story, and I was looking forward to this release. But…hnnng, I can't. (more…)
Today I learned...
13 August 2020
…not to trust anything you see on the silver screen. Again. (more…)
The complexity of superheroism
30 July 2020
Way back in the mists of time, we considered the philosophy and psychology of superheroes and superheroism. (more…)
OdH
26 July 2020
Dame Olivia de Havilland, one of the last survivors of Hollywood's Golden Age,* has died, aged 104. (more…)
Oh well
25 July 2020
Peter Green, legendary blues guitarist and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, has gone to the Great Jam Session. He had the good fortune to leave the band before they became an AOR travesty; although the circumstances were, sadly, anything but fortunate. (more…)
Lady A at war with Lady A
11 July 2020
Following the death of George Floyd, and amid a reappraisal of racially insensitive practices, country trio Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A. Which is unfortunate, since Anita White has performed under that same name for two decades. Now Lady A(ntebellum) are suing Lady A(nita). (more…)
Fringe syndrome
19 August 2019
The results are in, and Tim Vine hasn't won the Dave award for best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe. In fact, he didn't make the top ten shortlist. Was he even there? (more…)
Leaving Neverland
10 March 2019
In the wake of Leaving Neverland, a documentary describing, in depth, Michael Jackson's alleged paedophilia, the BBC's Cherry Wilson asks whether the late performer's legacy is now ruined. Personally, I think that happened while he was still alive. Off The Wall and Thriller are undisputedly classics that defined an era. Bad wasn't so much bad as meh!, and it was the last of his work that I bought. Everything after that was a downward spiral. (more…)
Keeping mum
8 March 2019
The hand-wringing over whitewashing in Hollywood has taken a slightly more surreal turn when Will Smith is accused of not being black enough to play Richard Williams in a biopic. (more…)
Let's hear it for Colonel Marvel!
8 March 2019
In preparation for the upcoming kinematographic release of Captain Marvel, the BBC offers a handy-dandy, need-to-know guide of Marvel Studio's latest screen superhero(ine) for the casual viewer. (more…)
Gateway to the STARs
5 February 2019
IMDb lists the cast of this year's upcoming Hellboy sorted according to its STARmeter: (more…)
Mary, Mary, on the contrary
13 March 2018
According to a new film, Mary Magdalene was not a fallen women redeemed by Christ; that was all made up by Pope Gregory I in 591. Instead, she has now been given a completely new, and likely just as fictitious, back story. (more…)
Playrz play'n, h8rz h8'n
15 February 2018
Taylor Swift has won her judgement in a copyright case over the lyrics to Shake It Off. Sean Hall and Nathan Butler argued that players gonna play and haters gonna hate borrowed from their own Playas Gon' Play. But Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald deemed the phrases too banal to be copyrightable. (more…)
The person who I feel most sorry for
9 October 2017
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of multiple sexual assaults. It's a bit of a mess, really, isn't it? (more…)
QFT
5 June 2017
Having made and lost several fortunes, singer Kenny Rogers has this advice to entrepreneurs: pay your taxes, put 20% away, and then have some fun. And you can't say fairer than that! (more…)
Worst song ever?
12 May 2017
Rob Tannenbaum, writing for GQ, has declared Starship's We Built This City to be the worst song of all time. I'm not sure what objective criteria he used to arrive at this conclusion, but hey ho. (more…)
Hair today, gone tomorrow
10 January 2017
According to Francis Whately's documentary, Bowie: The Last Five Years, Bowie was once asked what he wanted be remembered for. (more…)
Minions
24 December 2015
Basically, one five-minute joke stretched beyond breaking point. The loveable little yellow guys from Despicable Me and its sequel battle a wafer-thin plot and a supervillainess. Cringe-worthy pokes at British stereotypes, of the type that the makers wouldn't dare do to Blacks or Jews. (more…)
Changing fashions
30 November 2015
The Man In The High Castle adapts Philip K. Dick's alternative history novel to the small screen. It imagines a USA following the victory of the Axis powers during the 1939–1945 war; a USA split between German and Japanese rule. (more…)
Hawking to appear at Glastonbury
13 May 2015
Prof. Stephen Hawking is to appear at this year's Glastonbury festival, as the result of a booking error. They thought they were getting Hawkwind. (more…)
Alvin Stardust: done rockin'
23 October 2014
Those of a certain age may remember Bernard Jewry's alter ego, Alvin Stardust—the one that he took on after abandoning Shane Fenton, that is. I'm unsure if this is a good thing or not. He never really appealed to me, being part of the early '70s UK glam rock scene that is such a shit stain on my memory. But, otherwise, he wasn't particularly offensive as such. (more…)
Reg Presley, done rockin'
5 February 2013
Reg Presley, who stepped out of his older brother Elvis' shadow* to establish that other great superstar group The Troggs, has passed on to a better place. Preferably one where everything about crop circles and UFO will become clear. (more…)
Dave Brubeck: 'im took five
6 December 2012
Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist extraordinaire, has turned in his last composition. Cut down in the flower of his youth at only 91. (more…)
Ur So Gay
10 November 2012
All that gay mithering reminded me of this. And it made me smile: (more…)
Civil war in The Civil Wars.
7 November 2012
Grammy award-winning US pop-country duo The Civil Wars are currently on tour in the UK. Except that they're not any longer, because they've cancelled the remainder of the tour due to internal discord. (more…)
Now then, now then! Jimmy Savile done pervin', allegedly*
9 October 2012
It appears that the late Saint Jimmy Savile had a predilection for ladies of a certain age. And in his case, the age may have been lower than that of consent. (more…)
Law Abiding Citizen: ten word review
24 September 2012
Butler, good; Foxx, poor; plot, reasonable; ending, terrible; beer, excellent. (more…)
Avengers Assemble: nine word review
23 September 2012
Fun but gay, or gay but fun? You decide. (more…)
Mancunians are very naughty people
17 September 2012
It appears that Manchester is the UK capital of illegal downloading. And the UK as a whole is second in the world after the United States of Amerika. (more…)
Science fiction becomes science FACT!
14 September 2012
Well, not sci-fi per se, but stretching credulity to breaking point nonetheless. (more…)
Max Bygraves: 'im gonegrave
1 September 2012
Max Bygraves, alleged entertainer beloved by my grandparents' generation, has checked in his Equity card. (more…)
What's in a number?
31 August 2012
On the death of Jerry Nelson, the man behind Sesame Street's Count von Count, it appears that the Count's favourite number is 34,969. Apparently this is a square root thing, which was assumed to mean that 187—the square root of 34,969—is significant; as opposed to 1,222,830,961, of which 34,969 is the square root, and for which I've always had a soft spot…it's the amount of money that I'd like to have in my bank account. (more…)
A funny thing happened on the way to the Fringe
21 August 2012
…Or perhaps not. (more…)
Scott McKenzie: 'im done lovin'
20 August 2012
Scott McKenzie, singer of San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) and nothing else of note,* is now pushing up the daisies. Grab a dandelion and celebrate the first Summer of Love. (more…)
Tony Scott: that's a wrap
20 August 2012
Tony Scott, director and brother of Ridley, jumped off a bridge and was later found dead. (more…)
Marvin Hamlisch: no longer the way he was
7 August 2012
So, farewell, Marvin HamlischFamous for The StingAnd A Chorus LineOnce you were composingBut now you're decomposing (more…)
Colin plays Arnie
6 August 2012
Yes, you read that correctly, picture-peepers. Colin Farrell plays Arnold Schwarzengger in Total Recall. Not the character played by Arnie, but the genuine Arnie-article himself! (more…)
Twitter: is this the end of the road?
2 August 2012
The BBC reports that Helen Skelton has closed her Twitter account, because she cannot cope with negative comments. How many will follow her and abandon the sinking ship? (more…)
Kidney damage
27 June 2012
Nora Ephron, writer of such smash hit drama-documentries as When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless In Seattle, and You've Got Mail—did anyone actually watch that all the way through?—has turned in her quill and last parchment. (more…)
Do as we say, not as we do!
12 March 2012
There is a programme on Henan Legal Channel—one of the Chinese state-run TV channels—entitled Interviews Before Execution, in which Ding Yu interviews prisoners before they're executed. Contrary to being exploitative, the programme makers claim to find cases that will serve as a warning to others. Indeed, the programme calls for human nature to awaken and perceive the value of life. (more…)
Andrea True: less, less, less
28 December 2011
Andrea True, disco diva and one-time porn actress, has gone to the great boogie in the sky. (more…)
The Adjustment Bureau: ten word review
26 December 2011
Fairly decent, confusing, fun. Matt Damon, good. Emily Blunt, woof. (more…)
On golden Ponds
16 December 2011
The interwebz are a-buzz* with the news that the lady with the ginger pubes* is to be written out of Doctor Who. Along with some geezer whose pube status has, as far as I'm aware, not been the subject of conjecture. Let the weeping and wailing begin. (more…)
Billie Jo: 'er speared
15 December 2011
So, country singer Billie Jo Spears has gone to that great caterwaul in the sky—me not a fan of country music. So far, so boring. But then there's this comment on the BBC's news article: (more…)
Eno less than you think
11 November 2011
I have no idea how I got to reading an interview with Warren Cann, but his thoughts on first meeting Brian Eno, circa 1976: (more…)
Essex girls in club fight shocka!
24 October 2011
I understand that in the UK you have a televisual entertainment entiled The Only Way Is Essex. I'm not sure that I want to know any more about this than I do already…chav TV, say no more! (more…)
Bobby Robby: combed over
15 August 2011
Robert Robinson, the king of the comb-over, has found the ultumate cure for baldness. (more…)
Bemused
15 August 2011
Apparently, and I say apparently because I didn't know of this until just now, there is planned a film of The Lone Ranger. This doesn't bemuse me as such, not even that they've got Johnny Depp to play Tonto when there are a raft of perfectly capable Indian native American actors that could play the part. (more…)
This makes me sad
9 August 2011
1 was great, 2 was good, 3 was wearing it a little thin…but Ice Age 4? Still, it'll be in 3D, so at least that's something original. (more…)
Bubba Smith: 'im gorn
4 August 2011
You know, the tall black one from the Police Academy travesty? He was found dead, aged 66, in doesn't-appear-to-be-suspicious circumstances. (more…)
You can take the actor out of TV
8 July 2011
…but you can't take TV out of the actor. (more…)
U2@Glastonbury
24 June 2011
U2 will headline Glastonbury this year, despite the presence of Coldplay. It's uncertain as to whether Bono and his boys will play any numbers from their new megahit, Spiderman: Turn Off The Critics, though. (more…)
Clarence Clemons: done tootlin'
20 June 2011
Bruce Springsteen's tootler is no more. Although I personally found Springsteen's music to be often unremarkable, or remarkably mawkish, Clemons' tootling redeemed at least some of it. (more…)
Is this funny?
14 June 2011
In an otherwise unremarkable report on the British Board of Film Classification's 2010 shenannigans, it appears that UK cinema goers have asked the BBFC to indicate whether films advertised as comedies were actually funny. I think that this would be a welcome addition to the services that they provide. (more…)
Michael Gough, 'im gorn (sad)
18 March 2011
Michael Gough, best known as Alfred to Michael Keane's Batman, has handed in his Equity card. (more…)
Is this addiction?
23 February 2011
A Chinese guy reportedly died after a three-day online gaming session, during which he neither ate nor slept. In the month before his death, he spent almost £1000 on gaming. This was all done at an internet café, rather than his own home, so it makes you question their hygiene standards. After all, he must have positively reeked. (more…)
Phnaar!
20 January 2011
Not having a TV that plays anything other than DVDs—i.e. we don't have broadcast televisual entertainment as you know it—I know nothing of these Inbetweeners chappies. I do know of Comic Relief though. It's the sort of thing that makes me happy not to have broadcast televisual entertainment, but I digress. (more…)
Almost enough to justify an iPad?
9 January 2011
I just love it that somebody thought of a really useful bluetooth gadget! (more…)
The wisdom of IMDb reviews
28 December 2010
Idly reading of those that passed on in 2010, I learned of Simon MacCorkindale's death in October. For some bizarre reason, they included Manimal in his career triumphs. Christ only knows why, I bet the poor sod would've preferred to forget it. (more…)
Teena Marie: done groovin'
27 December 2010
Who? Teena Marie, that's who! White R&B singer on the Motown label, who was noted for not having many hits in the UK, just squeezed onto the those we lost in 2010 compilations. (more…)
Buster Bloodvessel: 'im not gorn (I think)
10 November 2010
Through mindless surfing, I can't remember how it started, I came across this archive, the subtitle of which made me laugh: (more…)
Danno: 'im booked!
29 October 2010
James MacArthur, best known as the recipient of Steve's final instructions to book 'em at the end of Hawaii Five-O, has gone to the great booking office himself. (more…)
Tom Bosley, 'im gone to The Angels
20 October 2010
Tom Bosley, apparently better remembered by the BBC for Happy Days and The Father Dowling Mysteries, but jealously remembered by some of us, from our adolescence, for his proximity to Farrah Fawcett-Majors' breasts in Charlie's Angels, has gone to ogle that chest again. (more…)
Tony Curtis: wigged out
30 September 2010
The star of Spartacus, Houdini, Some Like It Hot, and Monte Carlo or Bust! has hung up his toupée. He was the people's father of Jamie Lee Curtis. Or something. (more…)
George Michael: 'im goin' down
15 September 2010
George Michael has been sentenced to eight weeks for driving under the influence of cannabis. Or, rather, crashing his car under the influence of cannabis. (more…)
Funny?
23 August 2010
So we all know that humour is a personal matter, highlighted by the award to Tim Vine for the funniest joke of this year's Edinburgh Fringe. His winning effort? I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again. (more…)
The importance of the letter 's'
26 July 2010
In an otherwise dull Hollywood legal story, the name of lawyer Michael Plonsker struck me as a matter of if-not-good-it-could-have-been-worse luck. (more…)
Who the fuck is Justin Bieber?
5 July 2010
…and what has he done to provoke such a reaction? I mean: There are now almost half a million votes to send Bieber to the secretive communist nation [North Korea] (more…)
If you're dead, you'd better stay dead!
28 June 2010
Shortly after Mexican narcocorridos singer Sergio Vega confirmed that reports of his murder were premature, person or persons unknown corrected the oversight. Guy should've kept his mouth shut. (more…)
Stuart Cable, 'im gorn
7 June 2010
Stuart who? Drummer with Stereophonics and doin' lots of other stuff, that's who, is dead at 40 of no suspicious circumstances. Is that a euphemism for drugs? (more…)
LOTSW: it goin', finally
2 June 2010
Last of the Summer Wine is being put out to pasture after 37 years, most of that in a spiral of decline. Perhaps it got better over recent years but, from what I remember of the last episodes that I watched, it really was begging to be put out of its misery. (more…)
Quite amusing
23 May 2010
So anyone who has a life won't know what this is about but, short version: Apple tech loses new prototype iPhone in a bar; guy picks it up and sells it to Gizmodo; Gizmodo does a tech review and posts it to t'interwebz; Apple gets pissed and sends in crack squad of attorneys. (more…)
RJD: 'im rock'n'rolled over
19 May 2010
My two favourite Black Sabbath albums are Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules, so I was saddened to read of the death of Ronnie James Dio from stomach cancer. He was only 67, which is no age really. (more…)
Birdemic
8 April 2010
Being touted as possibly the worst film ever, Birdemic: Shock and Terror is the story of bad actors and bad dialogue livened up with bald eagles. This, from an IMDb reviewer, may say more about him than anything, but it made me laugh nonetheless: (more…)
Charlie, 'im gorn to the angels
2 April 2010
John Forsythe, the disembodied voice that told some bints-with-attitude what to do with their spare time away from the coiffure, has gone to a better place. Or Alexis Carrington's boudoir, the old dog. (more…)
The colour grey
15 January 2010
Euronews would be vastly improved if it was fronted by Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Because, as it is, it is boring. (more…)
To Shana a brother, and only 39 years younger
29 December 2009
At 64 years of age, Van Morrison proves to the world that he can't keep it in his trousers there's life in the old dog yet. His manager has just given birth to a baby boy. (more…)
Boy George wants a Big Brother
21 December 2009
London Probation have blocked 48 year-old Boy George O'Dowd's appeal to appear on the last series of Celebrity Big Brother, as he's still under licence from imprisonment and wears an electronic tag. (more…)
No (bad) sex please, we're British
1 December 2009
Jonathan Littell has won the Bad Sex in Fiction prize for 2009, for his novel The Kindly Ones. This work of literary genius contains such rather pedestrian flights of sexual prose as This sex was watching at me, spying on me, like a Gorgon's head and a jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg. (more…)
Smoking addictive shocker!
15 September 2009
Some actress who I've never heard of has lung cancer. She smoked and is mad at the cigarette companies: (more…)
Time Bomb
8 July 2005
I was ill off of work, so ill that I stayed in bed until about 3pm and felt like shit. (more…)
Cringeworthy scenes in films
9 May 2005
I don't know why, but last night I got to thinking about scenes in otherwise (half‑)decent films which really make you cringe. I'm not talking about films which are totally cringeworthy, just those that are otherwise okay. (more…)
The Incredibles
23 March 2005
I assume that most of you who wanted to see this film saw it at the cinema, or picture playhouse, or whatever you hip dudes'n'dudettes call the kinematograph parlour these days. Anyhow, I had the DVD on preorder and it arrived yesterday, so we watched it last night. (more…)
Cat fight! Cat fight! Cat fight!
15 December 2004
Sir Elton John commented that George Michael was: (more…)
Hugh Grant's 'retirement'
12 November 2004
Hugh Grant apparently threw a strop at the opening of the new Bridget Jones film, and said that it would be his last as he hated the whole industry now…I paraphrase somewhat. (more…)
Man On Fire (2004)
8 October 2004
We watched this on DVD last night. A run-of-the-mill Latino kidnapping affair. Better than Proof Of Life, but then what isn't? (more…)
The Matrix Revolutions
13 April 2004
I finally got around to watching this. The DVD's been laying around for the last couple of weeks. (more…)
Bad Boys II
23 March 2004
We just got around to watching BB2. Oh dear. (more…)
Punching the air
1 January 2004
Herself was watching Air Force One on TV last night. Shit, I'd forgotton how bad that film was, but the bits at the end where all the backroom boys show how happy they are by jumping around and punching the air was indeed most risible. (more…)
Buying stuff online while drunk
6 December 2003
A couple of weeks ago I bought The Siege from Play.com, while I was rat-arsed. (more…)
The Matrix Reloaded
24 October 2003
I finally got around to watching this last night. (more…)