Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on why we're to blame for tabloid news
I am not a big Olympics guy, it's just never been my thing. There, I said it. I've actually said it many times. I don't hate the Olympics, I'm just not all that interested. But my disinterest does start to border on disdain when some of you track and field or figure skating people start to act lik ... More >>
Proving that it is almost never wise to compare the results of rough sex to Emmett Till's face, Lil Wayne was dropped from his Mountain Dew campaign last week. Emmett Till, for those of you who aren't familiar, was a 14-year-old boy who was beaten to death, shot, and dumped in the river for whistlin ... More >>
When John McClane lost his family, the movieslost much of John McClane
retelling the stories of better movies.
Gangster Squad's cop-turned-screenwriter faces the thin blue line edit.
On-the-go DJ/producer might be electronica's very own superhero.
If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>
Nobody is above the law - not even musicians even though some of them may think they are. However, some of their outrageous behavior has become legendary. Others have spawned rumors, killed their careers and/or made them the butt of many jokes. In fact, this makes me wonder why there is not a cele ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>
Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.
Rocks Off would like to wish a very happy 70th birthday to one of the coolest pop cats out there, Harry Nilsson. Four times out of five, whenever we play the jukebox at Warren's, we put on something from his Greatest Hits - like Martin Scorsese, we usually leave the lime in the coconut and ju ... More >>
A Reagan-era bacchanalia succumbs to soggy nostalgia.
It'll be just like this, only with more felony warrants and broken teethBelieve it or not, writing about so-called "pop culture" has its difficulties. For starters, it's hard to deal with the effusive praise and overwhelming respect heaped upon you by your colleagues, none of whom view entert ... More >>
Mike Myers will probably go down in history as the most uncomfortable white guy next to a black guy in TV history, thanks to Kanye West's unscripted outburst during that infamous Hurricane Katrina telethon. It began with Myers reading his part of the script verbatim. Two-thirds into the PSA, ... More >>
Rodney King might be wondering if Houston can get alongA federal judge has ruled that the video of Houston cops beating a 16-year-old handcuffed suspect will be kept under wraps until trial, and his reasoning gives even more credence to the theory that when it finally comes out, it's going to be ... More >>
One more thing, ma'am....After the murder and decapitation of one of their own, Mexican investigators are calling off the search for David Hartley's body, temporarily at least.So, is it case closed? Is STRATFOR's theory -- that Hartley was gunned down by Zeta thugs who believed he was a scout for ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayKaty Perry Finds Musicianship Depressing: Katy Perry, primarily known for her amazingly sexy body and, oh, probably some other stuff too, was interviewed recently about her time with an independent record label early in her career. "That was the most d ... More >>
Photo by groovehousePull over when you see the red lights, peopleAt a news briefing earlier today, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland appeared sympathetic to those in the community who are upset that the officers involved in the alleged beating of a handcuffed teenaged burglary suspect, whic ... More >>
A cunning American boy becomes a Mexican cartel soldier and East L.A. executioner.
Photo by Pinguino KCharlie Huston, the author of the newly released Sleepless, didn't start out to be a novelist; he had been hoping to become a screenwriter. That was six years and almost a dozen books ago."I was not thinking of a career as a writer until it was upon me," he told Hair Balls via ... More >>
TMZ.comIt already looked bad for Houston physician Dr. Conrad Murray, whom just about everyone with a pulse expects to face criminal charges stemming from his client Michael Jackson's June 25 death and is already the subject of a manslaughter probe by the LAPD. Now things look even wors ... More >>
Mike Tyson's many personalities are on display in James Toback's new documentary.
Go Ahead, Make Her Day
Racial tension, above and below the surface
George Michael, he of the perpetual stubble, 85 million records sold, seven U.S. No. 1 singles and rap sheet including lewd conduct and passing out in his car, hits Houston for the first time in a month of Sundays when he brings his 25Live tour to Toyota Center tonight (doors at 7 p.m.; show at 8). ... More >>
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
The third time's the guilty pleasure for Tucker and Chan's buddy-cop franchise
Tomorrow's Misery Today
True-crime noir goes searching for Hollywood's heart of darkness
Showbiz noir investigates TV Superman's real-life tragedy
Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.
Was this the punch line to a bad racist, homophobic joke or a dry run for a terrorist bombing?
A lawsuit challenges deputies who shoot fleeing drivers
Hollywood Homicide tries to mock cop partner flicks, but the joke's on it
Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1
Eastwood plays a detective with a bad ticker looking for the man who murdered his donor
A frazzled Al Pacino tangles with a psychotic Robin Williams in Insomnia
Denzel the narc finally takes a fine swagger into the darkness of Training Day
Noisy Rush Hour 2 mistakes volume for humor
Does the Citizen Review Committee do the job?
Blue Streak is not quite up to its identity crisis
June 11 - 17, 1998
A chance encounter and a federal feud endanger the sting
The new Bobby Fuller retrospective salutes a questionable legacy
The terrific L.A. Confidential captures our worst suspicions of how the world works
X was the West's great punk hope. But now they're finding more fun in their new worlds.