Most recent entries for June 2014

The first teaser trailer for the next Hunger Games movie is out and, man, is it eerie. Mockingjay - Part 1 isn't out for months, but the sinister President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is already dispatching a menacing message from the Capitol.
First it was children, but now it's their parents (like rockers Pearl Jam), too. Even adults can't get enough of the Oscar-winning song Let It Go from the Disney animated film Frozen. A myriad of versions have been created and shared online, from parents happily covering the Disney track, a Game of Thrones mash-up to a Lord of the Rings-inspired parody.
Hollywood's Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy might fight bad guys onscreen, but in real life, actors (and dating couple) Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone do battle with lingering paparazzi by turning the spotlight on charities.
The gleam of the silver screen has a way of illuminating pop culture trends that have been quietly percolating, like when a bestselling book becomes a blockbuster movie. Take The Fault in Our Stars, aka the teen romance that stole last weekend's box office from Tom Cruise. The movie's opening weekend triumph suggests that those who flocked to it -- like many of those who read John Green's original novel -- could not have all been teens.
Whether you appreciate his over-the-top satirical take on aspects of South Korean culture, enjoy the ridiculousness of his music videos or can't cover your ears fast enough, Psy is back with another earworm racking up the online views. And this time, rap icon Snoop Dogg is along for the ride.


Jon Favreau's new movie Chef is a bite of cinematic soul food: a touching film about food and fatherhood that also has something to say about the challenge of commerce versus creativity, says Eli Glasner.
It used to just be a noisy snack wrapper or perhaps a fit of coughing, but faced with cellphones ringing mid-performance, tweeting theatregoers and even drunken hecklers, performers are taking a stand against stage interruptions.
Sure he's a rock 'n' roll icon fronting a band that's sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, but Aerosmith's Steven Tyler can also appreciate the simple things in life -- like the musical buskers of Helsinki.
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