James Brown was, of course, the Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. But all that he worked to grab those titles over decades seemed to come crashing down through much of the '80s and '90s. That's when he derailed into years of drug and domestic abuse, erratic behavior, ... More >>
A comic Dracula still kills.
A few years ago, ESPN anointed the various college football media days as the unofficial start to the season. We get it. Folks are starved for some mutha-effing football so placing an artificial start date on the season and posting previews and interviews is going to get media outlets a hell of a l ... More >>
Comcast says: Yes, we do care! Back in September, Comcast made a deal with the Federal Communications Commission as part of its takeover of NBC and Universal Studios, that it would provide low-cost Internet services and a cheaply priced computer to low-income families -- but that hasn't happe ... More >>
Title: War Horse What Is It Good For? Almost absolutely nothing, unless you're desperate for a terribly clichéd, family-friendly movie about one of the bloodiest wars in human history. Rating Using Random Objects Relevant To The Film: One Big Bertha out of five. Tagline: "Separated by war. Tes ... More >>
Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots debuted at number one its opening weekend and has continued to dominate the box office ever since. Although much worse films have had that honor (lookin' at you, Paul Blart Mall Cop), we must still ask -- really? This makes the fifth film of the Shrek genus and while Boo ... More >>
Bi-wing airplanes...pfft. Try this on for size, Kong.This week, we learned that Houston, essentially the birthplace of the space shuttle program, will not be given one of the four remaining shuttles. Two of the four cities receiving them are both deserving and appropriate: Washington D.C. (fo ... More >>
thehammondorganstory.comToday we celebrate the birthday of one Laurens Hammond, who basically invented everything that Edison and Tesla didn't. For instance, he designed an automatic transmission at age 14 in 1909, but French carmaker Renault rejected it. No matter; he went on to develop the ... More >>
Honestly, do you really care?I write a lot about Hollywood's obsession with remakes because I'm a movie buff, first and foremost, and because as a "writer" it's easy to milk an announcement of the latest atrocity from Platinum Dunes for 750 indignant words regarding the creative demise of Hollywo ... More >>
The 43rd Annual WorldFest -- Houston International Film & Video Festival (damn, that's a long name) can claim to have been the launching pad for several major directors; Steven Spielberg, George Lucas (in the same year), Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, the Coen Brothers, Brian de Pal ... More >>
Fare thee well, Conando.About two weeks before I graduated from college, my best friend got out of the poisonous relationship he'd been in for five years. He was ecstatic at the possibilities before him, and those final moments of school held for him a wonder and freedom he didn't even know h ... More >>
TO: President, Universal Pictures FROM: Script Department RE: Slap Shot Remake We received a copy of Peter Steinfeld's (21) first draft for the planned Slap Shot remake. Before we pass it on to the director currently attached to this project (Dean Parisot, Fun With Dick and Jane), we though ... More >>
TO: President, Universal Pictures FROM: Script Department RE: Slap Shot Remake We received a copy of Peter Steinfeld's (21) first draft for the planned Slap Shot remake. Before we pass it on to the director currently attached to this project (Dean Parisot, Fun With Dick and Jane), we thought ... More >>
George Clooney's ode to screwball comedies of yore is sooooo close. But yet.
The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football
Steve Martin's May-December romance turns unseasonably cold
Negative Space Gallery's new show has bark and bite
Remembering the movies that heated up cinemas this year
Can the county's rehab plans save the Astrodome from demolition?
Between The Rock and a hard place, The Rundown isn't so bad
Guerin's Bistro fights the good fight while anti-French sentiment swirls about Houston and the United States
A Hollywood agent tries to read between the lines of a casting call
Peter Bogdanovich works out his demons on Citizen Hearst
Galveston has beautiful beaches, the Strand and Moody Gardens. North of Broadway it has the projects, crippling poverty and big-city problems. And now the bad guys are back.
The MFA explores the fine arts of marketing and merchandising with its Star Wars exhibit
Along Came a Spider's flimsy plot survives only because of its many cheats
The man who created Josie and the Pussycats can't understand why his girls don't belong to him
The Kronos Quartet presents a Philip Glass score for the 1931 movie classic Dracula
Or: How do you bring a comic book to life without killing a superhero?
Behind current blaxploitation pulp literature is - surprise! - the music biz
Eight years ago Tom Curtis reported that AIDS could have been spread by an experimental polio vaccine grown on monkey kidneys. Scientists sniffed. Journalists scoffed. The story died. Now, a new book says the theory wasn't so stupid after all.
Gods and Monsters traces a gay film director's complex life
A dark comedy takes a compelling look at lonely heartbreak
Like, wow: Half Baked proves to be half-witted
Waterworld is a whirlpool of dazzling action, and muddled ideas