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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:09

Celebrity Slam - Oct. 10, 2012

Hulkamania!

Hulk Hogan is perhaps the most revered figure in the annals of professional wrestling history. He was the main star during the WWF zenith that was the 1980s. Like so many of his fellow wrestlers, he also stuck around long after his physical peak had passed, putting in multiple decades of work in the squared circle. He has become a pop culture icon, a self-perpetuating, reality-show-starring fame machine. So what's the next step?

That's right; Hulk Hogan has a sex tape.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:06

MMA's main man - An interview with Dana White

The UFC president offers some thoughts on the state of his sport

The sport of mixed martial arts had some rough beginnings. Its perception as a niche sport, its constantly shifting rules, its punching-bag status among politicians who didn't truly understand it all of these were obstacles that MMA needed to overcome.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been at the forefront with regards to bringing the sport into the mainstream. From humble beginnings, the UFC has been transformed into a sporting empire rife with sold-out arenas, superstar fighters and huge broadcast deals.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:52

Patriots Progress Report First quarter

There is no denying that the New England Patriots haven't started the season the way they would have liked. The Pats sit at 2-2 after the first four games of 2012; still, while Coach Bill Belichick and company would probably prefer to be sitting north of .500, there are reasons for optimism.

For instance, while New England is indeed 2-2, those two losses were by a grand total of three points. Losing to Arizona was unexpected, but it was only a two point loss a loss to a team that appears to have a defense far more ferocious than anyone thought possible. And losing by a single point to Baltimore a probable playoff team is certainly understandable, if not exactly welcome.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:51

Staying in the loop

Looper' a fresh, fascinating take on time travel

Every once in a while, a film comes along that takes a tired cinematic trope and breathes new life into it. These new and interesting takes on old ideas are relatively rare why have a new take when old takes make plenty of money?

Take the new film 'Looper' for instance. The latest offering from writer/director Rian Johnson takes one of the classic science fiction foundations (time travel) and takes it in a direction that we've never seen onscreen. The result is a smart and challenging film that transcends its speculative origins.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:48

Checking in with Hotel Transylvania'

Animated film has thin plot, but plenty of laughs

As a rule, I don't tend to have particularly high expectations going into a kids' movie (Pixar being the exception, of course). So when I started seeing trailers for the new movie 'Hotel Transylvania,' I was on the fence as to whether I would even bother. I mean, Adam Sandler stars how good could it be?

But then I received a vital piece of information. Game-changing information. You see, it turns out that 'Hotel Transylvania' is the feature film directorial debut of Genndy Tartakovsky, the man behind the subversive brilliance of an assortment of wonderful animated series. This is the guy who unleashed 'The Powerpuff Girls,' 'Dexter's Laboratory' and 'Samurai Jack' on the world.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:22

Celebrity Slam - Oct. 3, 2012

Country-style cheating

Here in the 21st century, we live in a world where keeping secrets has become almost prohibitively difficult. And if you're a celebrity? Forget about it; you can rest assured that almost anywhere you go, there will be at least one person with a camera phone and absolutely no conception of your right to privacy.

Honestly, Jason Aldean you really should have known better.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 15:27

No trouble with Trouble with the Curve'

Relationships take the field in this baseball offering

As a rule, I enjoy most sports movies, but the truth is that with very few exceptions, Hollywood has been most successful with films about boxing and baseball. While boxing's visceral brutality is a large part of why it works on film, baseball's advantage is in its inherent romanticism. America's relationship with its pastime allows the sport to work as a framework to explore our relationships with one another.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 15:05

Passing judgment on Dredd'

Remake far surpasses the original

The recent trend in action movies has been toward a sense of self-awareness. These movies take great pains to let the audience know that they recognize their own basic ludicrousness with the occasional wink and/or nod.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:18

An open letter to Roger Goodell

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

Enough is enough.

I don't pretend to understand all of the particulars in your beef with the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA). I'm sure that there are a lot of details beneath the surface that make your differences a lot more complex than they might seem from the outside. How much of this mess is directly attributable to you is unclear, but you're the one who needs to clean it up. You need to talk to your bosses and change their tunes. You need to tuck your tail between your legs and do whatever it takes to get those guys back on the field.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:10

Celebrity Slam - Sept. 26, 2012

Feelin' like a criminal

Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple is soon to be in need of a good defense after she was recently arrested in Texas for drug possession.

Apple was arrested last week at a West Texas Border Crossing in Sierra Blanca after a drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana onboard her tour bus. A search of the bus turned up four grams each of marijuana and hashish. Apple took ownership of the drugs and wound up spending the night in jail before being released.

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