Most recent entries for January 2009

So, this weekend brings us Super Bowl Sunday. While I couldn't care less about the teams playing or the final score, my interest around the Super Bowl is always piqued by wondering what over-the-top ads will make their broadcast debut during the match.

Good news, fans of moody bedroom electronica! Hamilton-reared duo Junior Boys (aka Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus) have posted a new tune on their Domino Records band page. The song, Parallel Lines, is the lead track on their forthcoming album, Begone Dull Care, which is slated for a March 24 release in Canada.

Yesterday, we issued a heartfelt plea, in which we begged Mickey Rourke to reconsider his recent choice to make his Wrestler character a reality. If you'll recall, at last Sunday's SAG Awards, Rourke told an Access Hollywood reporter he was planning to take on Canadian wrestling star Chris Jericho at this April's Wrestlemania 25.

Ah, Gwyneth Paltrow, she of the praying mantis-thin, Calvin Klein shift dress-wearing body, famous parentage, sensitive rock star husband and fruit-monikered offspring. Try as I might, I just can't hate her.

Hear that? It's the faint hoof-beats of one of the apocalyptic horsemen, sheepishly trotting back into his holding pen. He's been put on hold for the moment, thanks to the latest twist in Joaquin Phoenix's career management foibles.

Evidently being a successful Hollywood screenwriter isn't as profitable or prestigious as it used to be. At least, that's what we're surmising based on the revelation that Mike White (the writer/actor and occasional producer best known for his disconcerting indie hit Chuck and Buck) has joined the cast of the latest leg of The Amazing Race.

Gosh darn it, Mickey Rourke -- you really haven't gotten a handle on this comeback thing yet, huh? After years of hard knocks and unfortunate life choices, it looked like you'd finally landed back on top. Your powerful performance in The Wrestler's made you all but a shoo-in for the Best Actor statue at this year's Academy Awards. So why'd'ya gotta go and screw it all up with another crazy stunt?

Just when Mad Men's inter-seasonal hiatus had me feeling like there was no reason to even bother turning on my TV set anymore, along comes Videogum to remind us all that Jon Hamm’s three-episode guest stint on 30 Rock is fast approaching.

"Interdisciplinary" is one of those buzzwords that cultural critics frequently apply to work generated by members of Generation X or the so-called Millennials (the umbrella term that encompasses anyone born after the mid-'80s). It's easy enough to create no-brainer mash-ups between digital media, but there's something much more remarkable about art projects that cross cultures, disciplines and also centuries.

Man, drama follows Britney Spears like toilet paper stuck on the sole of a shoe. Just when things looked like they were settling down in her storied life, the "singer's" (I use that word grudgingly) latest single has inflamed a group of concerned parents due to its strong language and mature subject matter.

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