Movie studios scramble to have big-name stars headline their films, but in many of my favorite movies food is the star. Few things are better than pairing a foodie film with a great meal so we can enjoy ourselves just as much as the folks onscreen are enjoying their own aliments. In this series, we' ... More >>
The new Planet of the Apes franchise returns in 2014, and once again, humans are not the stars of the show.
The films you won't want to miss.
Beyoncé's second Toyota Center show of 2013 last week was a TKO.
Watching the Saturday Night Live Christmas special last week, I was reminded how the show has revered -- and skewered -- the holiday season over the years. From Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song" to Alec Baldwin's "Schweddy Balls," the show's churned out enough holiday-themed material to keep us laughin ... More >>
Our fair city is getting an early holiday present, in the form of a thing called Riff Raff. Riff Raff, aka Jody Highroller, will be gift-wrapping and delivering his syrupy, nonsensical rhymes at Warehouse Live this Sunday. We're excited, because Riff Raff's brand of nonsense is entertaining as hel ... More >>
Statham is an action lover's last hope, like it or not.
How a quiet kid from Copperfield morphed into today's most enigmatic rapper.
It all ends not with a whimper, but a dick joke.
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
Spring Breakers' provocative director on the darkness beneath college partiers' booze, boobs and bad decisions.
A thrilling corruption of the Disney princess set.
Alicia Keys, Miguel Toyota Center, March 18 Alicia Keys just keeps rising. The Harlem-raised soul singer and pianist has reached the peak of her profession, exuding a retro vibe and flashing her classical training while becoming a fashion-forward style trendsetter. Along the way, Keys has gone mult ... More >>
This Oz is neither great nor powerful.
There's an idea floating around in the pools of rap consciousness that most guys within the genre are merely method actors on par with Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Rick Ross might have already secured a few Academy Awards with his confusing portrayal of a flamboyant mafioso kingpin who dwells in mat ... More >>
James Franco has written, directed and starred in a new biopic, The Broken Tower, which was released on Video on Demand and digital download on Tuesday. The man behind the mustache is Hart Crane, a homosexual Jazz Age poet who committed suicide at sea after a turbulent life full of love affairs, den ... More >>
We've had a couple of days to recover from all of those holiday parties, and we're already looking forward to this weekend's offerings. Here are a few of the events on our list. On Friday, we'll be stopping by the "Joseph Cohen: Fatto in Italia" opening at Wade Wilson Art. Cohen, part of the Conc ... More >>
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
Twitter is exploding locally with alleged sightings, or rumors of sightings, or alleged rumors of alleged sightings, about James Franco being on campus today. Franco, of course, was accepted into the university's respected Creative Writing program earlier this year, but put off his classes at least ... More >>
Life happens according to plan.
The making of a monkey activist in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
UHCharlie Sheen, in town to appear in his disastrous live show, took batting practice with the UH baseball team Monday night. "Guess Charlie Sheen has Cougar blood, as well," UH spokesman Richard Bonnin tweeted. Sheen thus edged out James Franco, who has been accepted for the Fall 2012 seme ... More >>
Is the University of Houston's well-respected Creative Writing Program about to get as a student James Franco, the actor known for post-grad studies, 127 Hours and not being the greatest Oscar host? Possibly. Burndownblog takes note of page 13 of the CWP's newsletter listing incoming students. Amo ... More >>
Your Highness, dirty jokes for the D&D crowd.
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday or thereabouts, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. "Don't nobody care about how much your watch cost" Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Z-Ro, Paul ... More >>
Too bad Chalie Sheen's not hostingTonight brings the annual event where Hollywood humbly congratulates itself -- and all the little people -- in the Academy Awards. Whate everyone's hoping for, of course, is at least one trainwreck moment. James Franco and Anne Hathaway host, which will be. ... More >>
â€‹We are only less than three hours out from bringing you live-blogging coverage, right here, of this year's Academy Awards, and we are more than excited to take you through the night for every win, loss, awful dress, awesome dress, foible, and foul-up Hollywood throws our way.
I realize the actual Academy Awards aren't set to be broadcast until Sunday night, when millions of people will watch -- for the first hour, at least -- as co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway lob Nerfball zingers at their fellow actors, make passively tasteless jokes about speech impedime ... More >>
Happy birthday, Janis.News came down last week that Sacha Baron Cohen will be stepping into the rhinestones and glitter as Queen icon Freddie Mercury. It's been a long time coming for Cohen, the Borat and Bruno star who is slowly becoming his generation's Peter Sellers and has been rumored to ... More >>
James Franco puts his mind to it in 127 Hours.
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. handsomebeast.bandcamp.comR ... More >>
Enjoy the great indoors!
When I came up with our inaugural list of movie stoners way back in 2009, I knew I was unfortunately ignoring some key characters. After all, pot smokers have a rich cinematic history, dating back to the 1930s, and it was impossible to get everybody in the same bowl, as it were. If you'll re ... More >>
Tina Fey and Steve Carell go lowbrow and chemistry-free in Date Night.
Ugh! The only interesting thing about the whole damn show was the realization that Goldie Hawn looks like Mickey Rourke. Stop with the work, lady! Seriously. God love Hugh Jackman, but this is not the Tonys. Could that Beyonce "Best of the Musicals" number been any more cheese ball? I have exp ... More >>
Gus Van Sant's recaptures Californian intolerance at exactly the right time
Overstuffed plot, empty action ruin Spidey's run
Annapolis salutes all the classic boxing clichés
Tristan & Isolde's clumsy romance may make you crave Shakespeare
The Great Raid's compelling story never comes to life
Spider-Man swings in this touching, thrilling sequel
Spider-Man does whatever a spider can and much more