Most recent entries for December 2010

This has become something of a ritual, hasn't it? I'm referring to DJ Earworm's mix of the biggest (in some cases, most obnoxious) pop songs of the year. The San Francisco-based producer (civilian identity: Jordan Roseman) has been mashing up the top 25 songs on the Billboard charts since 2007, and it's always an amusing way to wind down the year.

For every It's a Wonderful Life, there are at least five other Christmas-themed movies that are pretty darned dreadful. From the horrors of Jack Frost to the B-level schlock that is Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, we name our picks for worst holiday movies ever, and ask you to tell us which holiday movies made your heart shrink two sizes too small.

Earlier this week, the fine folks over at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight assembled a veritable hall of fame of Canadian rap stars to update a holiday tune that is as funky as it is festive. I'm talking about Christmas Rappin', the infectious hit with the killer baseline that helped propel Harlem, N.Y. rapper Kurtis Blow to major-label stardom back in 1979.

It's been a while since we've heard from those poker-faced pranksters Lonely Island, but this past weekend, the trio premiered a new track called I Just Had Sex. Featuring horndog crooner Akon on guest vocals, the song is an ode to... well, it's obvious, isn't it?

Notoriously unfiltered British comic, author and scene-stealing actor Russell Brand had a banner year in 2010, culminating with role in Julie Taymor's screen adaptation of The Tempest. Further proof of Brand's all-around genius surfaced on the internet yesterday, in some mesmerizing footage obtained from an early rehearsal for Taymor's film.

Today, I'd like to praise the work of This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Gavin Crawford, who offered two astounding feats of mimicry in last night's one-hour Christmas special. His subjects were both Canadian icons: songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Chantal Hebert, the Toronto Star columnist and regular contributor to The National's political affairs panel.
The weather in eastern Canada has been nutso today, to put it mildly. Buckets of snow have blanketed southeastern Ontario, with the Sarnia area getting the worst of it. As this site has been reporting, about 300 motorists were stranded on Highway 402, unable to circumvent the great gobs of the white stuff. The Toronto Star has discovered that one of those marooned travellers is British musician Tricky.
The Christmas holidays are typically filled with fruitcake and bonhomie. They're also filled with entirely too much Christmas music.

Devotees of the sci-fi genre, Dianna Agron and controversial A Million Little Pieces author James Frey are in a collective tizzy this morning, all thanks to the trailer for the buzzed-about film project, I Am Number Four.

The New York Times has produced a dazzling video series to coincide with the Sunday magazine's annual Hollywood issue. Shot in black and white, Fourteen Actors Acting shows the most talked-about thespians of the year each doing a minute or two of emoting, set to the classical strains of Toronto's Owen Pallett.
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