We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
The quickest way to ruin a music festival? Get actors to show up.
Most child stars go through a ton of things being in the spotlight and hitting puberty in front of America. We've all seen it from Britney to Lindsay, their going from Disney to "Daaaamn" way too fast. Although I love it -- and at 24, I grew up with some of them -- I still have a hard time hearing ... More >>
Nothing's so funny in Peace, Love & Misunderstanding.
Brunette in 2012?Every year around this time, we go into New Year's Resolutions Mode, where we vow to lose that beer-belly, read more books, and hook up with at least one Kardashian. But Hair Balls is just regular folk, and no one's really interested in regular folk, which is why we're presen ... More >>
It seems like 2011 was the year of the celebrity death hoax which involved many musicians. We use that term loosely for the sake of this blog. Death is never a joking matter but you can't help but chuckle at the thousands of folk who got punked over fake death reports. Let's run through the most m ... More >>
While Evanescence and their lead singer, Amy Lee, continue to find mainstream success (their most recent album was number one on the charts when it was released in October), they are a band that is maligned in the same way as other polished heavy bands like Creed and Nickelback, though we are ... More >>
Before I had cable, I invested in Netflix's streaming video service. It continues to be the best $7 I spend each month, despite the service's recent, public misadventures. And anyway, Netflix is where the new episodes of Arrested Development will eventually air, and that news more or less made up fo ... More >>
Craig HlavatyCharlie Sheen's tour stop in Houston last night wasn't a wash-out, a bomb, or the expensive meltdown that most in town had hoped for. In fact, he was embraced at every turn by fans of all stripes, with men and women alike fawning over him like he was a surviving Beatle, or at lea ... More >>
All work and no play make Nicki something something...Hip hop artist Nicki Minaj might be getting an opportunity to use the drama skills she acquired when she was studying acting at the performing arts high school she attended in New York. She's already exhibited her acting skills in two of h ... More >>
If you're on the Internet - and it would be tricky for you to be reading this if you weren't - you've undoubtedly become familiar with one Rebecca Black. If not, allow us to acquaint you. This should do it. She's done us one favor: She's eclipsed Charlie Sheen as the nation's object of twist ... More >>
Apu chose an alternate path to citizenshipThere's a scene in The American President -- Aaron Sorkin's pre-West Wing exercise in wishful liberalism -- when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) describes America as "advanced citizenship." It's a nice thought, especially in the fantastical conte ... More >>
The quicker us pick Icarus to be a stinker of a pilot, but anyone that near the sun ain't no shrinking violet. - Richard O'Brien, Ain't That to Die For Lynyrd Skynyrd, "What's Your Name" Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant ... More >>
Lady Gaga: Greg Abbott will get to the bottom of this, even if it means headlinesTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott has gotten a lot of ink with his investigation into Google's search rankings.Abbott usually spends his time on right-wing causes like fighting the Obama health-care plan or battling ... More >>
When it's not LOL-funny, Robert Rodriguez's Machete is downright dull.
Jim BrickerHell City Kings: Not afraid to get salty.This was the first year and no doubt the first of many for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase to converge on Washington Avenue like a sweet-sounding pestilence made up of drums, mikes, a few steel guitars and a tanker truck full of musi ... More >>
Brittanie SheyKaty Perry look-alikeThe Hoff was there, chatting with Katy Perry. Lindsay Lohan was there too, in her sexy orange jumpsuit. Ziggy Stardust danced with members of Run DMC.As predicted, there were multiple Elvii (Costello and Presley) and a whole lot of people dressed like Bret Micha ... More >>
Yao: No sane person would retire from your gigAs NBA stars go, when healthy Yao Ming is a game changer. We all know this to be true. He's as skilled an offensive big man as there is in the league, he draws double teams, and what he lacks in footspeed defensively, he makes up for in effort and s ... More >>
MB Pictures/ Rex FeaturesDave Chapelle teaches us that the art of "keeping it real" may sometimes go awry. According to urbandictionary.com, this occurs when "in the act of keeping it real, the outcome is unexpected and usually has a negative effect on the individual who decided to keep it re ... More >>
Courtesy of OGPR TMZ fails to catch Chamillionaire ridin' dirty. Chamillionaire has recently been getting a lot of media attention from the likes of TMZ and Perez Hilton for the Houston rapper's so-called "business decision" to let his Houston-area house go into foreclosure - or, more accurately, ... More >>
More than just cyberspace, the tweet life inspires people to make friends and adopt causes in person. It has a few problems, too.
Photo by Troy FieldsAmerican karaoke probably makes a native Korean feel the same way I do when I eat Mexican food in a place like Arkansas. Still, I dragged my friend Alex to PJ's Sports Bar (614 W. Gray, 713-520-1748) so I could get an expert's opinion on the dive-bar version of South Korea ... More >>
myspace.com/thekrayolas San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers the Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed "Corrido (Twelve Heads In a Bag)," have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single "1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexica ... More >>
Like it or not, this is the Celebrity Gossip Era, and unless our journalistic tastes swing away from meagerly credentialed blowhards opining about pop culture in favor of scholarly treatises about global trade policy, this state of affairs isn't going to change anytime soon. But if you ask m ... More >>
thedirty.comEven Houston's Todo Moto crew is not safe from The Dirty. Rocks Off may be a little late to the game on this, but holy shit, we love The Dirty's Houston section and have been trolling the site for most of the day. It's a site dedicated to exposing douchery and general shittiness for r ... More >>
Will Lil Young be one of this decade's breakout Latino rap stars? Can Latino hip-hop in Houston continue to thrive as a black-market force, of sorts, whose sales are invisible to the IRS, and evolve into a powerful underground economy without the acknowledgement or praise of mainstream music medi ... More >>
Matthew McConaughey is scary bad in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
One of the only things Rocks Off loves as much as Tom Petty and chicken-fried steak is NBC's brilliant, multiple Emmy-winning 30 Rock, which he thinks is the best TV comedy since The Larry Sanders Show. Now he loves it even more after last night's deliciously twisted episode, "Senor Mach ... More >>
Yada Yada Rap
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
Support the union, go to jail
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
A few more changes would've helped Transformers.
Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)
A new report cuts through the static on the radio industry
The third X-Men is a charm for comics fans
Romance is alive -- and dead -- in Just Like Heaven
Apparently so, according to the Legion of the Lost
Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.
Being Bobby Brown is not all fun and games
Talking smack wreaks high school havoc in Mean Girls
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?