Five who might have inspired the name.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio surprised a lot of people yesterday when he chose the name he'd be using as leader of the Catholic Church: Pope Francis I. As the "I" indicates, he's the first to ever use Francis, and there have been a hell of a lot of popes before him who could have done so. About ( ... More >>
You or I may not be a fan of Justin Bieber, but you know who is? Mike Tyson, that's who. As Iron Mike explained a little while ago, he thinks Bieber is "pretty awesome." Apparently the ex-heavyweight champ got turned into a Belieber through his wife, who hooks Tyson up with most of his music. This ... More >>
What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss.
Beyonce, native Houstonian, role model, Tumblr-keeper, wife of Jay-Z, friend and favorite of President Obama, supposedly has yet another feather to add to her headdress come February: Super Bowl Halftime headliner. According to MTV.com, the 31-year-old HSPVA alumna will be the featured entertainmen ... More >>
The passion of Randy Travis has been one of the saddest and most compelling musical dramas of the past year. One of Nashville's most beloved and seemingly mild-mannered singers (now a North Texan) has suddenly gone full-on Johnny Paycheck, brawling in church parking lots, popping out to buy smokes w ... More >>
At first, it seemed strange that, on one of the most important nights for Democrats, they would open with a a guy with a sprawling white smile who no one had heard of before. But hey, Dems must have thought, it worked in 2004 -- why not play this hand again? So they did, trotting out Julian Castro ... More >>
Since Friday morning we have been inundated with opinion and speculation about the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Yesterday the suspect James Holmes was brought before a judge, and the nation got its first look at the gunman, with his mop top of dyed orange hair and dazed -- almost care ... More >>
Margaret Thatcher as victimized woman in The Iron Lady.
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
In a speech at last night's private grand opening party for downtown's new Sundance Cinemas, Mayor Annise Parker expressed sentiments echoed by many Houstonians, saying, "When the [Angelika Theater] closed its doors, it was like a light went off downtown." The Mayor felt the Angelika's sudden and ... More >>
You know the drill: the fall movie season starts today, my pretties (my review of Contagion will be up soon...there's a reason it didn't make the preview). Yesterday we covered the first half of 2011's most anticipated upcoming releases, determined through a rigorous scientific analysis consi ... More >>
Eponymous: (of a literary work, film, etc) named after its central character or creator: The Stooges' eponymous debut album. On this day in 1983, a young woman from Michigan who had recently given up on a career as a hard-rock singer released her first album of electronic dance-pop, an album ... More >>
The youthful Eversole, before the feds started pestering him.Jerry Eversole surprised a lot of people when he escaped conviction on bribery charges. A hung jury ended in a mistrial, but prosecutors expect to take another swing at it soon. In the meantime, everyone is poking through the wrec ... More >>
Photos by Jim Bricker Gorillaz Toyota Center October 19, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Gorillaz may have overspent on their first-ever extended tour. True, the entire concept is that the group is officially made up of four cartoon characters, so there kind of ... More >>
Alley brings on the gore.
Thank God Brad Pitt didn't star in thisGreen Zone, by shaky-cam master Paul Greengrass, is the latest movie to try to buck the trend of box-office poison that is the Iraq War.Many have tried, but even the most celebrated of the Iraq War flicks, The Hurt Locker, wasn't a blockbuster. (Maybe ... More >>
Two artists explore pop culture and space imagery at Art Palace.
Photos by Bob MerlisAs we mentioned earlier, today's issue -- our annual look at Astros' Opening Day -- takes what Sarah Palin would no doubt call a "hopey-changey" approach to the 2010 season.Not for us to wallow in despair; instead we asked prominent Houstonians for their favorite Astro memorie ... More >>
This review by Village Voice Media's Ella Taylor came in too late for our print edition, but we don't want you making any fang-film decisions with insufficient knowledge. So here it is:Moping at the MoonToo much angst, not enough saga in the wholesome Twilight 2By Ella TaylorBella: I'm coming.Ed ... More >>
Midway through the Toronto film fest, and things are looking bleak
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Don't let Paul Haggis's heavy hand stop you from seeing his latest
Our picks for the week of May 3
Stuck with Bruce Willis in rush-hour traffic? You could always walk
Banjo & Sullivan -- The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978
Dopesmoker (Tee Pee Records)
Depp saves the day in Once Upon a Time in Mexico
The beautifully done Open Range still has to graze on the western's leftovers
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?
One woman's quest for breasts
Two tiny publishers from Houston land the sequel to Madison County
Redford and Lurie wave the flag but fail to earn their stripes.
A historic Hill Country road brought Texans to the Blanco. Then came John O'Quinn.
In two decades, Wally Swett's sanctuary has become a place of peace for primates - it's the humans that have him going bananas
Filmmakers responsible for the gimmicky Passion of Mind should have slept on the concept a little longer
With a head full of Notorious thoughts, director John Woo leads the charge in the visceral M:I-2
A former Houston Post writer recalls how she pawed her way
to the top in Hollywood
The "Steve McQueen: The King of Cool" film retrospective
Returning to the apocalyptic theme of T2, End of Days doesn't stand a chance in hell
Big complexes threaten end to neighborhood era
Too sweet tears turn Message into mush
Gonzo Western The Quick and the Dead is ludicrously entertaining
Director Boaz Yakin gives a Fresh twist to tales of the drug trade
Congressional attempts to ax TV violence may put the First Amendment under the gun
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