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  • Stars flock for a place in ‘Bamelot’

    01/10/2009 2:23:13 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies · 885+ views
    Stars flock for a place in ‘Bamelot’ Sarah Baxter CELEBRITIES and socialites are vying to be on Washington’s “O-List” – the hot-test ticket to social success – in anticipation of Barack Obama’s inauguration. The city has not been this glamorous since the dashing John F Kennedy presided over Camelot. “Number one: Obama is cool,” said Morris Reid of the Creative Coalition, which has a waiting list of 500 for its star-studded inauguration ball. “He is truly the first pop culture president – the first to have a BlackBerry, get his music from his iPod and walk around with aviator Ray-Bans.”...
  • Vanity: Have you seen the new Pepsi logo ?

    01/03/2009 5:00:53 PM PST · by stevecmd · 142 replies · 4,877+ views
    Have you seen the new Pepsi logo? It's also all over the NBC sporta desk tonight where Olberbite & Costas are sitting. Not that I ever drank it but no more Pepsi for me.

    09/25/2008 10:01:32 PM PDT · by andrew roman · 16 replies · 619+ views ^ | 26 September 2008 | Andrew Roman
    Two-and-half years ago, during the Academy Awards presentations, a hip-hop group called Three 6 Mafia tendered their contribution to the ongoing elevation of America’s cultural landscape by helping to make the word “p*mp” (rhymes with limp) a touch more family-friendly. That evening, they performed a song called, “It’s Hard Out Here For a P*mp” – a toe-tapping little number so catchy, so memorable, so culturally relevant that it was outdone only by the group’s all-consonant all-the-time acceptance speech. At the time, when the story was new – and talk show hosts everywhere were going on and on about it –...
  • Robert Wagner mulled killing Warren Beatty due to Natalie Wood

    09/25/2008 11:43:33 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 108 replies · 17,901+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/25/08 | Christian Wiessner
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Robert Wagner says he was so distraught over the break-up of his first marriage to actress Natalie Wood that he pondered suicide and would sit with a gun outside the home of her lover, Warren Beatty, intent on killing him. "Pieces of My Heart," Wagner's autobiography released this week, reveals details of his career and life, including the split with Wood, their decision to remarry a decade later and her drowning death in 1981. "I was pretty young, and I don't think I could have ever gone through with that act, but I was pretty...
  • Belinda Carlisle's son wants to raise $1,000 for Obama prior to Oct. 24th!

    09/18/2008 2:43:59 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 35 replies · 1,358+ views
    YouTube ^ | 9/17/08 | James Duke Mason
    James Duke Mason, son of famous international singer and former Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle is an Obama supporter and wants to raise $1,000 for the campaign prior to Oct. 24th. He says "I recognize that Obama will change America".... he also said that "My Mom and her friends have already given me $315.00".... he wants to be part of the "movement of change in America". James has lived in France since he was a toddler. Belinda moved her family (her husband is Morgan Mason, son of famed film actor James Mason) to the French countryside in 1992.
  • Sarah Palin: the All-American Girl

    09/12/2008 4:57:23 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies · 702+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 9-12-2008 | grey_whiskers
    Sarah Palin has the opportunity to be the most beloved polarizing figure seen in politics for a long time. Move over George Bush, move over (dare I say it?) Ronald Reagan. Let's look briefly at her accomplishments: Hockey Mom. Mother of Five, including a "special needs" child. Married to the same guy for 20-some years. She does not talk "family values": she practices them. This infuriates the Democrats for two reasons. First, she does not have to be stage-managed and packaged to 'sell' her: she just has to be.. Second, she is everything that the liberals have pretended that the...
  • Republicans Lack Heart! (File Cease & Desist for 'Barracuda' Song)

    09/05/2008 4:25:04 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 166 replies · 948+ views
    TMZ ^ | September 5, 2008 | TMZ Staff
    Ann and Nancy Wilson are p*ssed at the Republican Party and have fired off a cease and desist letter to the McCain/Palin campaign. Specifically, the Heart women are upset that the GOP has used their classic "Barracuda" as a theme song for Sarah Palin. TMZ obtained a statement from Heart's rep, who says "The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission." The statement goes on: "We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."
  • Bruce Dickinson Flies Troops Home

    09/04/2008 11:08:20 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 28 replies · 4,478+ views ^ | September 2, 2008
    Searched for this after going to Iron Maiden's website.
  • VIDEO: Sarah (Heath) Palin sports broadcast video from KTUU-TV, circa 1987-88

    08/31/2008 5:28:32 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 49 replies · 1,956+ views
    Sarah Palin was Sarah Heath, a sports reporter for TV station (KTUU Channel 2) in the 1980's. Here is a clip of Sarah Palin (a.k.a. Sarch Heath) doing a report.
  • Why My Sundays Are So Lonely (and why I’d leave my husband for Matt Drudge or Jerry Klein)

    07/27/2008 2:04:46 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 41 replies · 309+ views
    <p>The difference between going through a Sunday as a married woman versus as a single gal is striking. First of all, in my single hood days in D.C., I’d be arriving back at my condo in the wee hours of the morning and would sleep and nurse a hangover for the rest of the day. As a married woman and mom in suburban Maryland, my Sundays are quiet and mainly consist of doing things with my family or around the house. However, during football season my husband and son normally get involved with sports and “NFL Sunday” for the whole day, giving me precious time to myself. During this “precious time”, I read the newspapers, watch news programs on T.V. and other media, and listen to talk radio for the entire afternoon and evening. Until recently.</p>
  • Journalism Loses Another Great

    07/13/2008 8:13:14 AM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 8 replies · 276+ views
    America Talks ^ | 7/13/08 | David Zublick
    The profession of journalism has lost another great. Tony Snow, the affable anchor of Fox News Sunday, host of his own radio talk show and Press Secretary under President Bush, lost his valiant battle with colon cancer on Saturday at the age of 53. Snow left a legacy of true professionalism and fair play in a business that can often be brutal and harsh when covering the political landscape. To a person, he had the respect and admiration of those he encountered; from the high and powerful in Washington, to the press corps he had to deal with as the...
  • 'Cindy Brady' Shows Up Hung Over for Interview

    07/05/2008 3:49:26 PM PDT · by MrBambaLaMamba · 93 replies · 384+ views
    Fox News - ^ | Thursday, 03 Jul 2008, 4:16 PM MDT |
    <p>The youngest member of TV’s favorite fictitious family “The Brady Bunch” nearly blew chunks during a Denver radio appearance Thursday morning.</p>
  • New Beatles Interview Film

    07/01/2008 10:52:23 AM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies · 179+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7-1-2008 | Mike Collett - White
    LONDON (Reuters) - A film enthusiast has discovered a long lost interview with The Beatles from 1964 which has not been broadcast since. Richard Jeffs came across 64 canisters of film stored in a damp garage in South London, and when he started to go through them he stumbled across a piece of pop history. The conversation with Scottish television dates from April 30, 1964, according to the BBC, which played excerpts from the nine-and-a-half minute interview on the radio on Tuesday. It came shortly after the Fab Four's trip to the United States during which they were besieged by...
  • Who is your favorite SONGWRITING DUO?

    06/24/2008 7:19:30 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 124 replies · 304+ views
    The "Musicians Who Turn 50", "Musicians Who Turn 60", "Favorite Drummer" and "Favorite Guitarist" were such hit threads on FR, I've decided to do this one. Who is your favorite SONGWRITING DUO? We all know that Lennon-McCartney were amazing together and possibly the best songwriting duo ever. They might be mentioned several times on this thread. If you choose John & Paul, be specific about which song and lyric(s).
  • Magical Fifty -- Musicians Who Turn 50 This Year!

    06/12/2008 5:21:05 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 54 replies · 2,029+ views
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Vinny Appice, Anita Baker, Jello Biafra, Andrea Bocelli, Simon LeBon, Kate Bush, Belinda Carlisle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shaun Cassidy, Darby Crash, Randy DeBarge, Bruce Dickinson, Thomas Dolby, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Siobhan Fahey, Neil Finn, Bela Fleck, Martin Fry, Lisa Germano, Grandmaster Flash, Jools Holland, Ice-T, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson, Tony James, Joan Jett, Al Jourgensen, Nik Kershaw, Sammy Kershaw, Limahl, Madonna, Bird McIntyre, Mike Mills, Thurston Moore, Alannah Miles, Gary Numan, Michael Penn, Vicki Peterson, Prince, Stacey Q, Will Sergeant, Nikki Sixx, David Sylvian, Toyah, Tanya Tucker, Paul Weller, Jane Wiedlin, Jah Wobble.
  • The meaning of the butterfly

    06/11/2008 11:29:18 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 319+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 8, 2008 | Peter Dizikes
    Why pop culture loves the 'butterfly effect,' and gets it totally wrong SOME SCIENTISTS SEE their work make headlines. But MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz watched his work become a catch phrase. Lorenz, who died in April, created one of the most beguiling and evocative notions ever to leap from the lab into popular culture: the "butterfly effect," the concept that small events can have large, widespread consequences. The name stems from Lorenz's suggestion that a massive storm might have its roots in the faraway flapping of a tiny butterfly's wings. Translated into mass culture, the butterfly effect has become a...
  • The Weekend YouTube Music Video Thread

    05/30/2008 6:19:03 PM PDT · by andyssister · 41 replies · 699+ views
    Today in music history...2007, a leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.2004, Madonna was forced to pay out Ł250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic photographer Guy Burton. Madonna had admitted that the video for her song ‘Hollywood’ was inspired by Burton. 1992, The Black Crowes went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion'1988, Leonard Cohen played the first...
  • Who Is Your Favorite Guitar Player/Guitarist?

    05/28/2008 5:10:29 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 419 replies · 1,772+ views
    Per popular demand, after the very successful "Who Is Your Favorite Drummer?" thread, here we have a new posting to determine who is your favorite guitarist of all time.
  • Who Is Your Favorite Drummer?

    05/27/2008 7:47:59 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 210 replies · 273+ views
  • Michael Moore willing to attend Iran Documentary Film Festival

    05/25/2008 6:58:38 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 13 replies · 172+ views
    Tehran, May 25, IRNA American filmmaker and author, Michael Moore held talks with the representative of Iran's Documentary and Experimental Cinema Development Center at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival in southern France on Sunday. In the meeting, Moore voiced his willingness to take part in the Second Iran International Documentary Film Festival slated for October 14-19. Moore, a vocal critic who denounced Bush and the war in Iraq, further expressed regret for not participating in Iran's first documentary film festival.
  • What Was The Most Important 1980's Historical Event That Changed Your Life?

    05/20/2008 3:27:35 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 174 replies · 2,298+ views
    What 1980's event helped re-shape your life, thoughts, person and/or change your focus and outlook on life? You can answer as many times as you desire.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Rock/Pop Musicians Who Turn 60 This Year!

    05/16/2008 2:14:00 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 104 replies · 1,681+ views
    Musicians Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Nicks, Ted Nugent, Steve Winwood, Robert Plant, Kenny Loggins, Glenn Frey, Alice Cooper, Tony Iommi, Chris Squire, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, John Bonham (R.I.P.) & Rick James (R.I.P.)
  • Totally 80's Hair Attack Sandbox: "The Godd, The Bad & The Ugly!"

    05/18/2008 11:01:10 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 270 replies · 29,132+ views
    And The Winners Are....
  • "The Evening Show" with Austin Hill - 630 WMAL - 8 to 10 p.m.

    05/07/2008 5:32:21 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 13 replies · 89+ views
  • A Creator of Captain America, Fighting On

    04/16/2008 8:42:10 AM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies · 4,286+ views
    NY Times ^ | 04/16/08 | GEORGE GENE GUSTINES
    “Living legend” is how Joe Simon is categorized on the list of special guests appearing at the New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this weekend. Mr. Simon, 94, has a different take on it. “I call it the old-geezer table,” he said during a recent interview at his Midtown Manhattan apartment. Mr. Simon will take part in the “Legends Behind the Comic Books” panel at 3 p.m. on Friday, one of numerous events planned at the convention, a three-day celebration of all things comics. Mr. Simon earned the “legend” title with his partner Jack Kirby...

    01/20/2008 8:50:16 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 355+ views
    The Believer ^ | JANUARY 2008 | GINGER STRAND
    FEMININITY, NIAGARA FALLS, AND THE GENUINE ALLURE OF AN AMERICAN FAKE DISCUSSED: Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Honeymoon Fever, Rose’s Hunky Lover, “Red Hatters Matter,” Mardi Gras by Way of Kmart, “Sarah Jessica Parker,” Deadlock vs. Wedlock, Oscar Wilde, The Esteemed Vice Mother, Troubadour Mike, Canadian Mounties, All-You-Can-Eat Indian Buffets, Jodhpurs, Same-Sex Weddings, Gary In 1952, when Marilyn Monroe arrived at the General Brock Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she was dating Joe DiMaggio and on the brink of becoming a superstar. DiMaggio checked into the Hotel Niagara (on the American side) while, over in Canada, Monroe got to work playing...
  • Get real, 'Juno': You're a phony (POP MUSIC CRITIC HAS FIT OVER "PREGNANCY MOVIE")

    01/13/2008 10:13:05 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 38 replies · 460+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 13, 2008 | JIM DeROGATIS Pop Music Critic
    As someone who actually talks to teens, I hated, hated, hated this movie. In the liner notes to "Juno: Music from the Motion Picture," the soundtrack album released on Tuesday, director Jason Reitman writes about how the movie's star helped choose its music, which was key in setting the pervasive sarcastic-hipster tone. "Two months before we started shooting 'Juno,' Ellen Page was hanging out at my office when I asked her 'What kind of music do you think Juno listens to?' " Reitman recalls. "Without pause, she blurted out 'the Moldy Peaches.' " Within seconds, the actress was downloading songs...
  • Arts study a culture shock

    01/08/2008 11:48:59 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 60+ views
    The Star ^ | Jan 05, 2008 | Peter Goddard
    Forget class versus trash, the elite versus the masses. Divide culture consumers into four new groups, says an international study Oxford University researchers released late last month that will have far-reaching results for arts support everywhere. "Univores," "Omnivores," "Paucivores" and "Inactives" are the new categories we can all find ourselves in. Which one depends on whether we believe Britney is a huge tabloid star or an area in northwestern France where Impressionist painters spent their summers. But no matter what group is discussed, the visual arts do not figure very high on anyone's to-do list. "In our report, we found...
  • Pleasure Now or Never

    01/07/2008 8:32:45 AM PST · by bs9021 · 10 replies · 221+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 7, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Pleasure Now or Never by: Bethany Stotts, January 07, 2008 Chicago, Ill- At a 2007 Modern Language Association (MLA) “Pleasure Now!” panel discussing the dreary emotional malaise permeating many classrooms, professors called for an integration of environmental, spiritual, and pop culture references into the classroom. The panel’s “Pleasure Now!” “manifesto for change” exhorts professors to “reassess the disciplinary habits that our generation has been so vital to articulating.”..... The authors of the manifesto also attribute their pedagogical angst to uniquely capitalist roots. “The corporatization of the university, escalating expectations for productivity, external monitoring of outcomes, scarcity of resources, and...
  • Pop Culture-Best Movie Lines of All Time

    01/04/2008 4:42:13 AM PST · by Fishtalk · 66 replies · 53+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 1/4/08 | Pat Fish
    Time to catch up on Pop Culture and we have a Youtube video with an illustrated display of the real meaning of "American Pie". Also, a fine list of the greatest movie lines, origins of rock group names, some famous last words, wacky label warnings, Pam Anderson gossip and a pic of the world's largest pool.
  • 2007's Winners and Losers

    12/30/2007 12:04:46 PM PST · by rhema · 7 replies · 306+ views
    CNS News ^ | December 28, 2007 | L. Brent Bozell III
    For America’s celebrity-watching media, 2007 was the Year of Spears, about which we should breathe a sigh of relief that Western civilization survived. The year began with increasingly erratic Britney Spears popping in and out of rehab stints. Then she shaved her head in the spring, a move that screamed that the pop star’s moves were more crazy than calculated by publicists. The year ended with the news that Britney’s 16-year-old sister Jamie Lynn Spears, a star of the children’s channel Nickelodeon, was pregnant. Had the youngest Spears sister been cast as a tawdry teenage tramp on “Desperate Housewives,” her...
  • They're singing the songs, but is anybody listening?

    12/30/2007 8:42:46 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 37 replies · 341+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/30/07 | George Varga
    In music, as in politics, timing is everything. In early 2003, just six weeks after performing the national anthem here to kick off Super Bowl XXXVII, the Dixie Chicks became national pariahs after its lead singer, Natalie Maines, told a London concert audience the Texas trio was “ashamed” to be from the same state as President Bush. Result: derision, death threats, charges of sedition and worse. The group's music was virtually banished overnight from country radio and its album sales plunged. In 2006, the same year the Dixie Chicks released an album that won multiple Grammy Awards despite being almost...
  • 2007: Year in Review — Top 10 pop culture trends and moments

    12/27/2007 2:17:55 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 4 replies · 342+ views
    1. Cry Me a River: A new form of voyeuristic entertainment involving people engaged in a deeply personal physical act on camera — crying — is hot stuff, sort of like pornography only with groans of despair rather than pleasure. Call it sobography. First there was the young man who became a YouTube sensation by videotaping himself tearfully pleading for everyone to "leave Britney alone." Then it was Ellen DeGeneres opening a show in October by breaking down and tearing up over the misadventures of finding a new home for her adopted dog, Iggy. 2. Deja Juice: There he is...
  • Megachurch Aims to 'Disturb' Christians (Rick Warren and Hillary AIDS conference)

    11/30/2007 8:52:04 PM PST · by Terriergal · 38 replies · 102+ views
    Megachurch Aims to 'Disturb' Christians Saddleback Church’s AIDS summit kicked off Wednesday with hopes to “disturb” the hearts of those in attendance and mobilize congregations around the world to defeat the global pandemic. Thu, Nov. 29, 2007 Posted: 12:44:21 PM EST Saddleback Church’s AIDS summit kicked off Wednesday with hopes to “disturb” the hearts of those in attendance and mobilize congregations around the world to defeat the global pandemic. The third annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church has attracted about 1,000 people to the southern California megachurch to learn how churches and individuals can help fight the deadly...
  • Dog The Bounty Hunter interview on H&C

    11/06/2007 6:20:29 PM PST · by hercuroc · 160 replies · 335+ views
    Hannity and Colmes
  • Comics for Christ: Evangelicals are speaking in bubbles — and fighting God’s war on pop culture

    10/11/2007 4:28:46 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 213+ views
    The Phoenix ^ | October 10, 2007 | DEIRDRE FULTON
    Panel from The Manga BibleYoung Laurel Templeton spends her summer vacation “kidnapped by five cyborg flies and shrunk down to insect size so [she can] travel back in time with them to save the world from an evil spider.” You know, typical stuff.A manga comic character and the star of the new TimeFlyz series, Laurel may be just an average girl, but she has a centuries-old, ancient-Hebrew-speaking friend with whom she can’t communicate, and a Nobel Prize–winning father who has been kidnapped by a deranged arachnid named Darchon. By the end of Pyramid Peril, the first installment of her story,...
  • Britney Wants Job As a Bartender? Huh?! (HaHaHa...)

    10/08/2007 10:53:47 PM PDT · by Cyropaedia · 34 replies · 1,267+ views
    TMZ ^ | 10/8/07 | TMZ Staff
    A court-ordered-sober Britney Spears applied for a new job on Thursday as a ... wait for it ... bartender!! Sources inside the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. tell TMZ Brit checked in Thursday and at around 10:30 PM went downstairs and started talking with a bartender. We're told Spears told the bartender she wanted to do what she did -- then asked for and obtained an application from the night manager to work in the hotel's "Cameo Bar."
  • The Ten Greatest Pop-Culture Devils of All Time

    09/26/2007 7:09:01 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies · 583+ views
    NY Mag ^ | September 25, 2007 | Dan Kois and Lane Brown
    The List The Ten Greatest Pop-Culture Devils of All Time 9/25/076:01 PM Tonight marks the debut of the CW's Kevin Smith–directed, Vulture-approved comedy Reaper, in which a 21-year-old slacker (Bret Harrison) finds out that his parents sold his soul to the devil (Ray Wise) before he was born. On the show, Wise does admirable work as the Prince of Darkness, but his is just the latest in a long line of top-notch TV and movie Satans. When our Kid Nation coverage inevitably earns both of your Vulture editors a permanent vacation in the fiery pits of hell, who would we...
  • Terrorists: We'll cut off head of 'prostitute' Britney Spears (Madonna also targeted)

    09/12/2007 7:02:04 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies · 1,532+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 |
    Terrorists: We'll cut off head of 'prostitute' Britney Spears Madonna also targeted by jihad leaders who warn of 'spreading satanic culture' Posted: September 11, 2007 9:11 p.m. Eastern Britney Spears and Madonna in their famous 2003 kiss Muslim terrorist leaders threatened to forcibly convert Britney Spears and Madonna to Islam and warned if they resist, their heads would be cut off for "spreading Satanic culture," according to a new book released today. The threats, recorded on audio, come as Madonna is due to arrive in Israel Wednesday to celebrate the Jewish new year with fellow Kabbalah practitioners. "If I meet...
  • Plea to webmaster: Let Us Rate Posts and Comments

    09/06/2007 8:49:54 PM PDT · by fred4prez · 238 replies · 3,144+ views
    I spend a few minutes each day staying in touch with pop culture and news; Digg, Youtube, and Freerepublic are my mainstays. I have discovered, as I'm sure most readers have, that the comments and discussion of an article or post is as, if not more, interesting, funny, and informative as the original article. The problem is wading thru all the mediocre comments (often 100's) for the real gems among the bunch. I would like to suggest a rating system similar to other sites that allow other readers to rate comments which will allow other users to sort the comments...
  • Jet-setting pop stars no problem for Live Earth fans

    07/07/2007 10:13:52 PM PDT · by peggybac · 74 replies · 2,128+ views
    Rock fans on Saturday shrugged off criticism of Live Earth for booking jet-setting pop stars to preach action on climate change, insisting the worldwide concerts would have a positive impact. Acts at the London leg of the 24-hour music marathon, aimed at raising awareness of global warming and pressuring politicians to enact legislation, included Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters. But critics have suggested the performers are in danger of appearing hypocritical as they preach about climate change to crowds while themselves leaving a massive carbon footprint with their flights around the world. Fans in the crowd...
  • American Pop Culture: Degeneracy On Parade

    06/20/2007 5:52:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1,149+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/20/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Rome, here we come. No, I'm not talking about vacationing in Italy but about the descent into degeneracy that seems to be overtaking American popular culture. The kind of sexual decadence that many feel helped destroy the Roman Empire from within seems all too familiar. With television, movies, the Internet and even local stores and markets acting as conveyers of debauchery, it seems there is no escape. Once confined to the margins of society, depravity has now become mainstream. Those who mistakenly thought television shows geared toward families, such as "American Idol" and its dance version "So You Think You...
  • Gimme $50 On AJ To Kill Tony!(Greatest Pop-Culture Masterpiece Of Its Day, Signs Off)

    06/10/2007 2:31:56 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 42 replies · 764+ views
    TMZ ^ | Jun 10th 2007 | TMZ Staff
    If you're looking for another way to make tonight's finale of "The Sopranos" even more suspenseful than it probably will be, perhaps putting a little action on it might help. It's what Tony would want you to do. The folks over at have created a handy "Sopranos" chart to help make your predictions. Think Christopher will appear in a hallucination? Think Paulie Walnuts commits suicide? Well gather up a few friends and put your money where your mouth is. But be sure you pay up if you lose -- you don't want to be swimming with the fishes.

    02/16/2007 2:23:02 PM PST · by Paved Paradise · 40 replies · 592+ views
    2-16-07 | self
    I have great faith in my fellow freepers. Back in the 1960's (1966-68 I think), there was a show on television in the mornings. There were people on a beach - I remember caves and waterfalls, etc. They had to run around and find giant puzzle pieces. The participants were wearing bathing suits. It was some type of game show and there were other games besides the puzzle. I can't remember the name. Someone told me I'm crazy but it was a REAL SHOW. Anybody remember?
  • Seminole Tribe of Fla. buying Hard Rock

    12/07/2006 6:48:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 709+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/07/06 | ROBERT BARR
    The Seminole Tribe of Florida is buying the Hard Rock business, including its massive collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, in a $965 million deal with British casino and hotel company Rank Group PLC, the tribe announced Thursday. The Hard Rock business includes 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four Hard Rock Hotels, two Hard Rock Casino Hotels, two Hard Rock Live! concert venues, and stakes in three unbranded hotels. With it, the tribe acquires what is said to be the world's largest collection of rock memorabilia, some 70,000 pieces including Jimi Hendrix's Flying V guitar, one of Madonna's bustiers, a pair...
  • Truth scarce in information overload (marvelous indictment of the msm & pop culture!)

    11/04/2006 10:28:55 AM PST · by GMMAC · 3 replies · 440+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Saturday, November 4, 2006 | SALIM MANSUR
    Truth scarce in information overload By SALIM MANSUR Toronto Sun Saturday, November 4, 2006 T.S. Eliot was one of the 20th century's most significant and influential poets. Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Mo., and became a naturalized British citizen when he settled in London before the outbreak of the First World War. Eliot, who died in 1965, gave voice to a range of modern themes, from existential despair to the search for meaning in life, when politics and science -- fascism and the A-bomb -- emptied it for many of belief in traditional faiths. GREAT POETRY...
  • In a World of Cacophony, Experience for Sharing (old musical monoculture ...more obsolete than ever)

    11/02/2006 3:54:37 PM PST · by weegee · 8 replies · 273+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: November 2, 2006 | By KELEFA SANNEH
    The rock critic Robert Christgau gave an interview last month to the Web site Mr. Christgau, who was recently dismissed from The Village Voice after 37 years, talked a little bit about recent history. But he also talked about an old obsession of his: the decline of truly popular music. “When I grew up, there was a monoculture,” he said. “Everybody listened to the same music on the radio. I miss monoculture. I think it’s good for people to have a shared experience.” This week especially, the old musical monoculture seems more obsolete than ever. The annual CMJ Music...
  • Breeding Self-Hatred and Self-Destruction

    09/13/2006 9:40:35 PM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 22 replies · 1,054+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | Sept. 11, 2006 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    When I go speak to my class at a seminary at one of the top ten universities in the United States, I find that most of the students seeking ordination, even the smartest and most gracious ones, have a deep-seated hatred for their own culture. They hate white males, Christianity and Western Civilization. Entitled “The Enemies in Their Midst,” The Los Angeles Times had a front page article on Sept. 1 talking about Britain's (and Europe’s) homegrown problem – Muslim militants converts "with British passports and the accompanying resources and western ways, as well as links to lethal [terrorist] networks...
  • Superman tops Supremes

    08/15/2006 6:29:45 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 26 replies · 533+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/15/2006 | Jennifer Harper
    Sleepy, Grumpy, Larry, Moe, Krypton -- that's what seems to stick in the national mind-set these days. Americans are more familiar with the Seven Dwarfs, the Three Stooges and Superman than with current events and world leaders, according to yet another poll that reveals our trite side. In a survey released yesterday, veteran political pollster John Zogby determined that although 77 percent of us can identify two of the Seven Dwarfs, only 24 percent could name two Supreme Court justices. "Not surprisingly, Clarence Thomas, whose nomination was marked by controversy, was the most recognized justice -- identified twice as often...
  • MTV, still clueless after all these years

    08/07/2006 9:45:48 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 82 replies · 2,438+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2006 | Stanley Crouch
    Last week, MTV celebrated its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter of a century after having conceived of the first actually new thing in popular television entertainment since "American Bandstand" and "Soul Train." The music video became a big deal through MTV and not only updated the old "soundies" once shown in movie theaters to feature singers and instrumentalists. It also revolutionized the making of films by acclimating its audience to the extremely fast crosscutting that had been pioneered in television commercials, where the faster the message arrived, the better. In the process, the MTV audience learned to see much more...