January 29, 2014 |
Deport Justin Bieber? A petition asking for just that is apparently headed to the White House, having obtained the 100,000 signatures needed within a month. This puppy actually hit the mark within six days. "We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," the petition reads. "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation's youth.
December 27, 2013 |
It was Bob Dylan who transformed Brad Elterman into a teenage paparazzo. That was in 1974, when the folk-rocker was set to headline the Fabulous Forum and Elterman was a Sherman Oaks high school kid who scored a ticket, front row center. He realized: "I better bring a camera. " Nothing would ever be the same. Elterman, now 56, remembers the songs, the crowd, the aroma of smoldering marijuana. He could afford only two rolls of film, but he chose his shots carefully and came home inspired.
November 18, 2013 |
"Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," in which the former directs a film about the latter, premieres Monday on HBO. It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel. The first black female comic to make it in the American pop-cultural mainstream - the first black female stand-up comic, possibly - Jackie "Moms" Mabley will be unknown to many today. She died in 1975, after a career that began before the First World War but was visible only to the white audience from the 1960s, when she began appearing on network variety and talk shows.
November 15, 2013 |
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum. This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet. How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules ?
November 9, 2013 |
León Krauze grew up in a household of Mexico City intellectuals, where soccer, pop music, literature and politics were vigorously debated and it wasn't unusual to see a Nobel Prize winner seated at the family dinner table. As a youth he visited Washington, D.C., and read Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," sparking a lifelong passion for U.S. politics. At 29, he published the first of six books he has written, about George W. Bush's presidency. "When I was just a 17-year-old kid in Mexico City, I remember, my friends went out drinking, and I stayed home and watched the Ross Perot versus Al Gore debate on NAFTA on CNN - and then went out drinking, of course," Krauze said recently.
October 30, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting my temperature under 100. The Skinny: First I thought it was the Chinese food. Then I thought it was the staff meeting. But it turns out I came down with some bug that made me very sick and sent me home early Tuesday. Still, I'm here and cranking for you. Oh man, I sound like that other blogger. How awful. Anyway, today's roundup includes plans at CBS News for a digital offering. Also, a look at how Subway is infiltrating the plots of some of TV's biggest shows.