Chris Rock nailed his monologue at the 88th Annual Academy Awards. He fired off zinger after zinger about the whole “#oscarssowhite” movement, and nailed almost everyone. As the night went on, some jokes worked (…and “we’re black” after a commercial break) while some didn’t (the Girl Scout cookies bit was merely a knock-off of Ellen […]

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Will and Jada aren’t going. Spike Lee will be courtside at the Knicks. Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent want Chris Rock to step down as host of this year’s Academy Awards. I get it. I really do. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a […]

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Last year – Oct. 21 to be exact – hordes of fanboys celebrated Back to the Future Day, which was the date in which Marty McFly traveled to save his children in Back to the Future Part II. Well, fittingly, the cinematic year of 2015 was all about going back in time. Some of the […]

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I may have been in the minority, but I thought Neil Patrick Harris did a great job as host of the 87th Annual Oscars. I also thought his predecessors (respectively Ellen DeGeneres and even Seth MacFarlane) did as well. In an Entertainment Weekly story today, this year’s producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin mentioned there […]

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  To quote an Oscar-nominated original song “Everything is Awesome” today. The Oscar nominations were announced and so many well-deserved performances and films were honored by that gold guy who bares a striking resemblance to a thinner and taller Ed Asner. That said, as is the case each year, many, many people and movies were […]

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  Video killed the radio star decades ago. Internet killed everything else. Personally, it utterly destroyed living in the moment. Too often, as I watch my favorite television shows or awards shows I’m either “status messaging” on Zuckerbook or “live tweeting” on Twitter as the action unfolds. It’s a wonderful interactive way of experience a show with […]

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Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe was working as a receptionist in an electrolysis office this time last year. This morning, the Golden Globe nominated star of the acclaimed Precious: Based on the Novel Bush by Sapphire was in Time Square helping to power the 2010 New Year’s Eve Ball. I’ll be damned if the phrase “what a […]

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He’s got a Tony, an Oscar, and even a Pulitzer, but for me, playwright-screenwriter-director John Patrick Shanley’s defining moment will always be letting Abe Vigoda shine as chief of the Waponis in his underrated gem Joe Versus the Volcano. Okay, that statement isn’t entirely true. His script for Moonstruck was classic and is must see […]

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After presenting his third of four Oscars, Will Smith looked into the camera and the audience and said something to the effect of “yes, I’m still here.” That essentially sums up this year’s Oscar telecast, a bloated and overdone spectacle that left us bewildered, unenthusiastic and exhausted to the point where only “Randy The Ram” […]

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