Houston is a rambling, gambling town and this year Best of Houston celebrates those in the community who are taking a chance. At baseball's major league level, the stadium boom of the 1990s was built on promises of economic stimulation and community pride, with cities investing hundreds of millions ... More >>
What if a Liam Neeson movie was as potent as Liam Neeson?
Last weekend, word got out that an upcoming Ramones biopic would be helmed by one of America's greatest living filmmakers, Martin Scorsese. The movie would be one of several band-related projects slated for 2016, the 40th anniversary of the bruddas' debut album, Ramones. Scorsese isn't that odd a ... More >>
Each week in this space, I plan to give you, the faithful HoustonPress.com news blog reader, six picks against the spread for the upcoming football weekend. I would encourage you to read them even if you don't plan to wager as they serve the dual purpose of conveying football predictions as well as ... More >>
From the time he entered the NBA as a teenager, Kobe Bryant wanted to be Michael Jordan, with every fiber of his being. He made this very clear from a young age, not so much by saying the words "I would like to be Michael Jordan" but by seemingly mimicking every single Michael Jordan bodily move. E ... More >>
It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun due today and is in the midst of releasing e ... More >>
Sometimes things don't go quite the way we planned them. Houston Rockets fans learned this all too well in the past four days. At lunchtime on Friday, it was all right there. A few more simple (albeit expensive) steps left to execute, and the Rockets would have the best starting five in the NBA, an ... More >>
I'm not a big women's basketball guy. That statement is not meant as a slight toward women. I love women! I'm just not a huge fan of their brand of basketball, which is built around a seemingly stronger gravitational pull than the men's game and a false veil of "fundamental superiority" over their ... More >>
There was a time when the avenue to virtually every vocation in sports or in media was a cookie cutter, a very fixed blueprint. If you wanted to become a journalist, you majored in journalism, worked at a small newspaper, worked at a bigger newspaper, before finally hitting it big in a major marke ... More >>
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir By Linda Ronstadt Simon & Schuster, 256 pp., $26 Linda Ronstadt hasn't made a solo record since 2004, graced a concert stage since 2009, and while doing advance interviews for this book announced that she suffers from Parkinson's Disease. More than likely, she won't ... More >>
However much designed to offend, The Book of Mormon delivers human warmth along with its calculated irreverence.
In theaters, on demand or wherever.
It's always kind of fun when worlds collide in the professional sports world, when we get crossover of a sports personality commenting on or participating in some way in another professional sport. It's like Reese's peanut butter cups -- "Hey, you dipped your NBA into my NFL!!"..."No, you spilled yo ... More >>
Assessing all their strengths and weaknesses, we could be looking at a repeat or better.
A new minor league baseball team, a new amusement park, the urban wilderness of Buffalo Bayou, food, concerts and plays — Houston, prepare to get your summer on.
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
The International House of Crappy SculptureJust getting back into the swing of things after a weekend wedding in San Antonio. The wedding actually took place on the Riverwalk, marking the first time I've ever done anything sober on the Riverwalk other than "walking to the place where I'm havi ... More >>
Zach Tate isn't your run-of-the-mill cowboy. While his lyrics and twangy vocals definitely give his music a country feel, the backing tunes are heavily influenced by the Southern strain of classic rock. Although Tate isn't even from the South, his music makes us glad that he finally made his ... More >>
Too much sci-fi, not enough SNL in Paul.
No one runs like Hunter Pence"I wasn't able to agree with the #Astros on my contract so we will be going to arbitration. I still love y'all and can't wait for the season!" -- Hunter Pence on Twitter last night On the same day that the Astros announced they were able to get a three-year deal ... More >>
I come to bury Dobby, not to praise him.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 was number one at the box office for the third straight week. With over $600 million in worldwide grosses, the first half of the final installment of the film franchise looks like it will probably surpass the ... More >>
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Ever wonder which of your favorite bands are named after movies? So have we. So we went out and did a little bit of research. BANDS NAMED AFTER ACTUAL MOVIES My Bloody Valentine: The seminal shoegaze act took their name from a low-budget 1981 horror movie about a guy who really, really hat ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterWeird Al Yankovic Verizon Wireless Theater July 17, 2010 Aftermath is probably not going to write very many, and you're probably going to read even fewer, concert reviews that begin by delineating the finer points of parody and satire. But this is Weird Al Yankovic we'r ... More >>
Anakin Skywalker: Thanks for nothing, kidIn anticipation of LeBron James' decision as to where he will ply his trade for the next few years, shares of MSG stock rose 6 percent yesterday for a period of time before settling back to where they were earlier in the day. The reason for the brief bump ... More >>
"Luke!! I am your bad-luck charm!!"If ever there were a sporting event that was tailor-made for watching in a sports bar with a room full of diehard fans, it's World Cup soccer.It's the one sporting event that takes a pretty easily graspable concept for the casual fan (put ball in goal -- and in ... More >>
I'm not afraid to admit it, I'm a huge fan of The Karate Kid. And I'm not just talking "guilty pleasure" fan.No sir, not only do I actually own all three DVD's in the Karate Kid trilogy, but my Karate Kid III DVD actually has some scenes that skip because of wear and tear. Yeah, you heard me, t ... More >>