Most recent entries for September 2009

According to a report published by the progressive blog Think Progress, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling was dismissed as a potential candidate for the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom during George W. Bush's tenure because her books "encouraged witchcraft." Seriously?

To prepare the public for the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft's marketing team has produced an excruciatingly awkward video campaign that encourages PC users to host their very own Windows 7 parties.

We've come up with 10 classic infomercials that might have inspired this masterpiece of stilted dialogue and forced enthusiasm.

Sand animator Kseniya Simonova won the inaugural Ukraine's Got Talent competition back in April, but a clip of her moving performance -- in which she interpreted the effects of Germany's WWII invasion on the lives of Ukrainians -- recently became a massive viral sensation.

Last night, ragtag Toronto hardcore crew F---ed Up won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize. We caught up with the affable -- and shockingly fresh-faced -- musicians the morning after their big victory.

The 2009 Polaris Music Prize was awarded tonight in Toronto. After several hours of anxious backstage deliberation, the 11-person Grand Jury handed the prize to Toronto punks F---ed Up! Oy! Let the controversy begin!

Last night, Susan Boyle performed her version of the Rolling Stones' hit Wild Horses on the America's Got Talent finale. Wild Horses will be the first single released from Boyle's forthcoming album, I Dreamed A Dream, which looks like it's destined to be the recording industry's answer to The Lost Symbol.

Dan Brown is responsible for The Da Vinci Code, one of the most popular novels of all time, which as of this writing, has sold about 81 million copies worldwide. On Tuesday at midnight, Brown released The Lost Symbol, his long-awaited Da Vinci sequel, to the delight of his legions of fans, as well as the bean-counters in the publishing industry.

Since the narrative of The Lost Symbol unfolds over the course of 12 hours, Sarah Liss decided to read and review it in 12 hours. This is her diary.

Though advance buzz suggested Lady Gaga was planning a wild, controversial stunt for last night's MTV Video Music Awards, the provocative pop diva's performance of Paparazzi paled in comparison to the night's more dramatic events. This morning, Madonna's somber tribute to Michael Jackson and Kanye West's asinine antics top the list of VMA highlights and lowlights.

The digitally remastered versions of the Beatles’ studio albums arrive Sept. 9 with a hurricane of hype.

Greig Dymond offers a guided tour to refresh your memory. Plus: What's your favourite Beatles album?

Thus far, the critical response to the new Sandra Bullock movie All About Steve has been truly venomous, with some going so far as to crown it the worst movie of the year. It all got me thinking about my own early contenders for the worst of ’09, and off the top of my head, I would say the biggest crimes against cinema that have occurred in the past 9 months have all happened in the romantic comedy genre.

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