Most recent entries for February 2009

Ron Howard, Playa

Actor and yes, singer Jamie Foxx's new video, Blame It, is the kind of silly celebrity-heavy error in music judgment that comes along once in a lifetime.

Kanye West has so much to say on so many subjects that the VH1 series Storytellers expanded the special an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the hip-hop artist's musings. The show, which airs on Sunday, was taped last week. But you won't get to hear everything the opinionated star has to say.

This morning, a friend pointed me to an entire site devoted to the Beastie Boys’ landmark 1989 hip-hop album, Paul’s Boutique. Though the record’s been gracing turntables for two decades now, the site is never less than cutting edge.

Esquire is conferring Next Big Thing status on British comedian Robin Cooper, comparing him to two of England's finest imports, comic demi-gods Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is entering the world of reality TV. The one-time TV star has created Marriage Ref, a new NBC reality series that will offer marital advice to struggling couples.

The recession era offers few consolations, but here's something: it seems the uber-rich are scrambling to keep body and soul together, too. Some, like Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz, have even engaged the services of elite pawn brokers like Art Capital Group, who allow the cash-strapped moneyed classes to borrow against their fantastic art collections, artefacts, homes, etc.

Welcome Back Richter

After nearly a decade apart, Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien are to be reunited. Richter, who played sidekick on Late Night with Conan O'Brien from 1993 to 2000, will join O'Brien as show announcer/couch buddy when O'Brien takes over NBC's The Tonight Show in June.

In April, Star Wars: The Musical Journey, an over-the-top stage treatment of the film franchise, debuts in London. Fans of the 32-year-old franchise -- who seem to defy the adage that familiarity breeds contempt -- can watch a 90-minute montage of all six movies displayed on a 100-foot LED screen while a full orchestra performs a new arrangement of John Williams' classic score.

Australian offensive

Buffoons from Kazakhstan are so 2006. If recent episodes of HBO's Flight of the Conchords and Judd Apatow's upcoming film, Funny People, are any indicators of the seismic shift taking place in ethnic jokes, then 2009 is the year to get all your best jibes in at the expense of Australians!

Somewhere, in an attic far away, a dusty Slimer figurine is grinning madly. Yes, it's true: Ghostbusters 3 is no longer a distant hope. It's about to become a painful reality — and starring all your old favourites.

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