Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
Houston gets its first shot of Monkee-mania in at least a generation tonight, when surviving members Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith visit the Arena Theatre. Judging by informal talk among friends, around the office and the social-media water-cooler, it's no exaggeration to say this mi ... More >>
It seems Kanye West has got a bit of a movie boner as of late. He's been promoting the hell out of Yeezus, his new album, by projecting videos on buildings across the nation. He started out innocently enough, by attempting to project the music video for his Yeezus track "New Slaves" across underst ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! LONG DISTANCE LOVE FADING Dear Willie D: I'm in a long-distance relationship with a good man ... More >>
A new survey based on Twitter use -- and actually filled with all sorts of math has ranked 373 American metropolitan areas in terms of how happy and sad residents are. The study by the Vermont Complex Systems Center look at more than 10 million geotagged tweets. It looked for "happy" words like rai ... More >>
In my personal opinion, the weekly Health Department Roundups that our own Blake Whitaker writes up are the funniest posts that Eating...Our Words run all week. But even the esteemed Mr. Whitaker has nothing on the original Health Department Hound: Marvin Zindler. In the video above, sent to me by ... More >>
Six ways of looking at Tom Waits, character actor.
People laugh dismissively when I say it, but the more they can incorporate WWE performers and the general WWE "way" of entertainment, the more enjoyable other genres of sports will become. No, I'm not talking about the predetermined outcomes of matches (The NBA has already incorporated that aspect o ... More >>
This week the film and music world lost Ken Russell, the director of the film adaptation of The Who's Tommy, Altered States, Women In Love, and The Music Lovers. He also did some weird, soft-core stuff you would see on late-night cable. Our first taste of Russell was Tommy , which warped our littl ... More >>
Alexander Payne's pessimism is good for business.
We scoured the Internet, like we do for at least nine hours a day, for an excuse to embed Scorsese clips into one, organized blog post. Lucky for us, we found that timeliness was applicable: the 35th anniversary edition of Taxi Driver is out on Blu-Ray! We'll probably stick to our used copy t ... More >>
Had he lived, the original angsty hero, James Dean, would have been 80 years old today. Dean died in a violent September 1955 car crash, ending his film career after only three major roles. It only took three movies for the young man to become a brooding, enigmatic legend. Dean died just as ... More >>
And a partridge in a pear tree...Last week, we gave you our list of celebrities who manage to save their careers after difficult times. This week, we go a different direction. If we have learned anything from TMZ, it's that people love celebrity scandals and the more salacious it is, the more ... More >>
Turning the thriller inward.
Who Dat? www.myspace.com/jerrylynnwilliamsI'd forgotten about Fort Worth rocker and soul man Jerry Lynn Williams until the other day when I was reading Eric Clapton's autobiography. Warner Bros. had returned Clapton's tapes from sessions in Montserrat and, to keep his Warner's deal, Clapton ... More >>
"Prominent" takes on new meaning
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Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
The awful truth about Nancy Meyers
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Wack peruses some doozies in the groupie tell-all canon
Rock's prime offenders face the music
A local art-school duo sticks it to a new art space
A countercultural icon rolls into town for Easy Rider and The Hired Hand
Roll up more than your sleeves with this clothing line
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?
Pacino's accent and antics are confusing, rather than enlightening, in People I Know
This comic book adaptation may be gritty, but Ben Affleck isn't
Daredevil is a grown-up adaptation, but still too two-dimensional
Squeezed by new development on Galveston's west end, fishermen are trying to hang on to an honored Texas tradition: driving on the beach
The big-screen dames of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
Reissues dominated, but an international crop of films yielded a good harvest
Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world
Spider-Man does whatever a spider can and much more
Sean Penn plays retarded for Oscar, and audiences aren't rewarded
Irwin Winkler builds a rickety House out of saccharine
Sleepy Hollow looks great, but it's less filling than Washington Irving
Berg's sour script kills off suspense as well as a stripper
Air Force One nose-dives into an ocean of ennui
In Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton turns his ray gun on everything in sight
Galveston stages the macabre Little Shop of Horrors