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  • Film

    October 23, 2014

    The Dark Comes From Us

    Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on why we're to blame for tabloid news

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Goodbye, Sochi: Top 10 Memories of the 2014 Winter Olympics

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Where Is Lil Wayne In the Lyrical Hot Water Hall of Fame?

    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 >>

  • Film

    February 14, 2013

    Die Hard, Die Alone

    When John McClane lost his family, the movieslost much of John McClane

  • Film

    January 17, 2013

    Gangster Squad

    retelling the stories of better movies.

  • Film

    January 3, 2013

    L.A.'s Finest

    Gangster Squad's cop-turned-screenwriter faces the thin blue line edit.

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Kaskade's Moment

    On-the-go DJ/producer might be electronica's very own superhero.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Law and Order: Top 10 Best (Or Worst) Musicians' Arrests

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Cocking a Shotgun? Grow a Pair, Houston

    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 >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011

    Hands-On Experience

    Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Five Life Lessons From John Lennon's "Lost Weekend"

    ​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 >>

  • Film

    March 3, 2011

    Porn-ing in America

    A Reagan-era bacchanalia succumbs to soggy nostalgia.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Somebody Make a Charlie Sheen/Lindsay Lohan Reality Show Already

    It'll be just like this, only with more felony warrants and broken teeth​Believe 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Rappers Vs. Uncle Sam: N.W.A., Eminem, Kanye...

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Cop-Beating Video Will Stay Under Seal: Judge Agrees It's Gonna Go Viral Big-Time

    Rodney King might be wondering if Houston can get along​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Falcon Lake: Case Closed? Five Remaining Oddities In A Very Weird Case

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    FAIL: Katy Perry, DMX, Weezer

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Katy 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    HPD Chief McClelland Understands "Frustration" Over Misdemeanor Beating Charges

    Photo by groovehousePull over when you see the red lights, people​At 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 >>

  • News

    June 17, 2010

    The Killer of His Daughter's Mother

    A cunning American boy becomes a Mexican cartel soldier and East L.A. executioner.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Charlie Huston Comes To Town With Tales Of A Sleepless Post-Apocalyptic Los Angeles

    Photo by Pinguino K​Charlie 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Coroner Rules Michael Jackson's Death a Homicide​It 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 >>

  • News

    April 9, 2009

    Boxing, Sex and Madness

    Mike Tyson's many personalities are on display in James Toback's new documentary.

  • Film

    October 30, 2008
  • Film

    September 18, 2008

    Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace

    Racial tension, above and below the surface

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Tonight: George Michael at Toyota Center

    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 >>

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    The Year In Film

    Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more

  • Film

    August 9, 2007

    The Popcorn King

    Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.

  • Film

    August 9, 2007

    Rush Hour 3

    The third time's the guilty pleasure for Tucker and Chan's buddy-cop franchise

  • Home Entertainment

    March 29, 2007


    Tomorrow's Misery Today

  • Film

    September 14, 2006

    The Black Dahlia

    True-crime noir goes searching for Hollywood's heart of darkness

  • Film

    September 7, 2006


    Showbiz noir investigates TV Superman's real-life tragedy

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Scenes from a Picnic

    Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Up in the Air

    Was this the punch line to a bad racist, homophobic joke or a dry run for a terrorist bombing?

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    Collision Course

    A lawsuit challenges deputies who shoot fleeing drivers

  • Film

    June 12, 2003

    Fuddy Buddy

    Hollywood Homicide tries to mock cop partner flicks, but the joke's on it

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2003

    GET and Pre-Existing Conditions

    Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1

  • Film

    August 8, 2002

    Heart to Heart

    Eastwood plays a detective with a bad ticker looking for the man who murdered his donor

  • Film

    May 23, 2002

    Sleepless in Alaska

    A frazzled Al Pacino tangles with a psychotic Robin Williams in Insomnia

  • Film

    October 4, 2001

    Mean and Masterful

    Denzel the narc finally takes a fine swagger into the darkness of Training Day

  • Film

    August 2, 2001

    Tucker-ed Out

    Noisy Rush Hour 2 mistakes volume for humor

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Policing the Police

    Does the Citizen Review Committee do the job?

  • Film

    September 16, 1999

    Crimefighter in Spite of Himself

    Blue Streak is not quite up to its identity crisis

  • News

    June 17, 1999
  • Calendar

    June 11, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 11 - 17, 1998

  • News

    April 9, 1998

    The Hotel Six Joker Turns Wild

    A chance encounter and a federal feud endanger the sting

  • Music

    March 5, 1998


    The new Bobby Fuller retrospective salutes a questionable legacy

  • Film

    September 25, 1997

    Police Brutality

    The terrific L.A. Confidential captures our worst suspicions of how the world works

  • Music

    March 27, 1997

    Looking for Billy Zoom

    X was the West's great punk hope. But now they're finding more fun in their new worlds.

  • News

    December 26, 1996