For a full week, mainstream news has seized upon a single story and effectively beat it to death; the soap-opera saga of an impotent 80 year old who supports a mistress who looks like Mr. Ed in drag. It's trashy, gossipy, and titillating. It holds great popular appeal for the incredibly stupid and c ... More >>
You or I may not be a fan of Justin Bieber, but you know who is? Mike Tyson, that's who. As Iron Mike explained a little while ago, he thinks Bieber is "pretty awesome." Apparently the ex-heavyweight champ got turned into a Belieber through his wife, who hooks Tyson up with most of his music. This ... More >>
Some days just don't go the way you want. There you are, in line at a convenience store, minding your own business, just trying to buy some Skittles and beef jerky, and out of nowhere, some dude sneaks up behind you and bites your damn ear off! You'd be surprised at how often that happens in East Te ... More >>
If you were like most Houstonians, your heart sank on Sunday afternoon when you saw Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub hit the ground in agony after getting hit by the Denver Broncos' Joe Mays. Immediately images of last year flew through our heads and within seconds T.J. Yates was in the game - ... More >>
I don't know that any television product has changed the way we visually consume it more times than professional wrestling. For a majority of its history (which I am counting as the period from "dawn of time" until around 1978 or so), syndicated television was basically a weekly commercial for whate ... More >>
Life is about perspective and so is Houston's downtown. Perhaps some look at it as a commercial district and once wannabe party king who lost its luster with the emergence of its cousin Midtown. Or you can see it as a beautiful skyline -- the best in Texas -- that's lightly peppered with a magnifice ... More >>
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has been everywhere over the last few years, trying to re-invent himself and rehabilitate his image. From his impersonation of Herman Cain on Funny or Die to his hilarious turn in The Hangover, Tyson has been doing a pretty good job of making people laugh. But, a ... More >>
DWTS = this week's Philly-Giants game?Television fascinates me. It seems like a new station pops up onto my channel grid every day to the point where I'm actually a little disappointed I haven't been approached by anyone to televise the Sean Network. I mean, doesn't everyone have their own ne ... More >>
And do they hate Manny Pacquiao?
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Bun B, Paul Wall, One Hunnidt, Mac, O.N.E., Brad ... More >>
Kyle Busch: Qualified to break traffic speeding laws.If you're going to travel at more than 80 miles an hour over the limit, you should probably be a professional speedster and not a celebrity with run-of-the-mill driving know-how. On Tuesday, Kyle Busch, a championship-winning NASCAR driver ... More >>
Speak of the devil... Give an NBA player a mike and he'll give you one of the worst performances of all time. Put the same athlete in the company of a decent rapper and the result might surprise you. If you're still haunted by the bitter taste of our worst rapper-athlete collaborations, here ... More >>
Rex Ryan: Can you smell them from here is the questionTwo more shopping days left. I need money. You need money. So let's get to winning. And by winning let's find a way to weave more Rex Ryan "foot fetish" talk into a handicapping discussion. Can we do this? (Can we touch them? Can we sm ... More >>
Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway - rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it for them. Email sheaserrano (at) gmail (dot) com. The Songs: This week, we've got music fro ... More >>
Trouble just seems to find him"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill at the beginning of Goodfellas, when it was all about greed, excess, and privilege"Today, everything is different. There's no action. I have to wait around like everyone else. C ... More >>
Photos by Marc Brubaker / Click here for a slideshow9:24 p.m.: While waiting at the box office to get our tickets a kid walks up and asks, "Excuse me, how much are tickets?" He looks absolutely crushed when he hears that they're about $50. It's super sad to see. I mean, he just wanted to see ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. We take in a ton of music each week... turns out that's actually a major p ... More >>
The Hangover was the biggest comedy of the year, and it's coming out on DVD. We can only imagine what the Mike Tyson bloopers reel looks like.Assuming there is one, you won't have to imagine what it will look like -- we're hoping for a Christian Bale freak-out, with the crew moving away very quic ... More >>
Please take this thing away from me. Please. When Rocks Off received an email touting Sting's new MySpace charity video for the Prince of Wales' Rainforest Project, we almost chipped a fingernail hurriedly clicking on the link, which promised oodles of celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John, Rich ... More >>
Neighborhood bars like Bill Hicks's old haunt Cecil's Tavern never go out of style.
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to email@example.com.As indicated in that italicized synopsis above, this is usually an area whe ... More >>
The Hangover is almost as funny as Old School.
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Grey Cassette," Trae feat Bun B and Lil Keke Wire To Wire Ummm, we're not going to link to them, but s ... More >>
With a blunt and searching Iron Mike, Tyson delivers asurprisingly powerful blow.
J.J. Abrams's Star Trek: proof that a franchise can live long and prosper.
Mike Tyson's many personalities are on display in James Toback's new documentary.
Mike Tyson's had an...ummm....interesting life. Winning the heavyweight title, getting convicted of rape, biting guy's ears off, making $300 million over his career but going bankrupt, being the basis for The Simpsons' Drederick Tatum.It's a full life.And now it's being examined in a feature-length ... More >>
Hector Macho Camacho faces Perry The Punisher Ballard for the World Boxing Empire title (whatever that is)
The former MADtv comedian takes on Jay-Z, DMX and Mike Tyson for starters
Herzog on his acting career, Mike Tyson, and the hearts of men.
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He can survive a fire and a hurricane, but not the Houston SPCA
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Friday, August 19, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 1-866-4HOUTIX.
Schizo paints a harrowing portrait of the former Soviet state
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James Toback wastes an uninhibited Neve on a cheesy Adrian Lyne rip-off
Beg for Mercy (Interscope)
Lighter fighters keep it real at Reliant
Pound for pound, Jackie Kallen's just tough
Lou Savarese is always Browning Boxing's main event.
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
Director James Toback crosses racial, gender and class lines in the gracefully gritty Black and White
God loves evander Holyfield. Everyone else is betting on Tyson.