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Is it really a marshmallow world?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 08, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."

STEVE EARLE plays the new City Winery at Pier 57 on the Hudson River.

ALEX G plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

SHANE MacGOWAN's wife shared an update on the frontman's condition after he was admitted to the hospital last Friday.

THE 10 BEST ROCK ALBUMS of 2022, according to NPR.

25 GREAT EPs from 2022, according to Stereogum.

THE GO! TEAM's Ian Parton lists a few of his favorite things.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Juvenile and the late Soulja Slim's elegiac sex-jam "Slow Motion."


WONDER WOMAN 3 is dead in its current incarnation. And maybe Henry Cavill as Superman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman too. And Black Adam.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & VIOLA DAVIS, on female action heroes, motherhood, and more.

CHARLIZE THERON, on the pretenses of stardom.

WINNIE THE POOH is joining the protests against China's "zero-COVID" policy.

BILL COSBY has been served with a new lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault, filed by five women.

TONI COLLETTE and her husband, David Galafassi, have separated after 19 years of marriage.

THE ROYALS: King Charles had an egg thrown at him. Again.


AVATAR 2's early buzz is pretty hot.


"RESTAURANT BEAR" freed in Albania is fat and depressed, rescuer says.

OTTERS, chasing a butterfly.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER's version of peek-a-boo.

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Wednesday, but not Addams. Plus Infamy.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAMONES: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."


NEIL DIAMOND retired from performing five years ago because of Parkinsons, but he sang at the open of his Neil-themed musical.

SPARKLEHORSE: The unreleased "It Will Never Stop" was unearthed by his brother.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2022, according to Stereogum.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2022, according to Pitchfork.

TAYLOR SWIFT FANS are suing Ticketmaster over its concert sales fiasco.

HAMISH KILGOUR, co-founder of influential New Zealand indie-rock band The Clean, was found dead Tuesday in Christchurch after being reported missing on Nov. 27.

JIM STEWART, the white Tennessee farm boy and fiddle player who co-founded the influential Stax Records with his sister in a Black, inner-city Memphis neighborhood and helped build the soulful "Memphis sound," has died at age 92.


KIRSTIE ALLEY's Cheers co-stars pay tribute.

THE HOLIDAY's director Nancy Meyers squashes rumors of a sequel.

THE WHITE LOTUS is snowballing in viewership.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR., on his father, Tarantino's critique of the MCU, and more.

JOHN WICK 4 is the hardest movie Keanu has made, according to him.

BRENDAN FRASER says that speaking out about his sexual assault allegations in public derailed his career.

THE MCU, as designed by Wes Anderson.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora!  BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange. 


CATS & DOGS, living together...

DOGS & CATS, living together...

A CORGI, a smile, and a wink (sort of).

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Kirstie Alley RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.


KENNY LOGGINS brings 80s soundtracks to World Cafe.

TENACIOUS D covers Chris Issak's "Wicked Game."

THE POGUES frontman Shane MacGowan is back in the hospital.

IGGY POP, profiled at NME.

THE TOP 100 SONGS of 2022, according to Pitchfork.

THE BEST INDIE LPs of 2022, according to PopMatters.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Usher's messy soap-opera jam "Confessions Part II."


KIRSTIE ALLEY, a two-time Emmy-winning actor who rose to fame with her role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC comedy series "Cheers," has died after a battle with cancer. She was 71.

GMA3 benched anchors T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach after their affair became public. 

RIAN JOHNSON on Glass Onion, Richard Roundtree, and more.

QUENTIN TARANTINO addressed a recent so-called “wish list” of actors that he wanted for roles in Pulp Fiction, and revealed he pushed back against studio wishes to cast Johnny Depp.

YOU PEOPLE has a trailer online.

PAULINA PORIZKOVA, on her new book, being Instagram's "crying woman," Ric Okasek and the fashion industry.

LOTR: How The Battle Of Helm's Deep Was Filmed.

THE BEST TV SHOWS of 2022, according to The Ringer.


RACCOON ATTACK: A mother fends off an aggressive raccoon that attacked her 5-year-old daughter while waiting for the school bus outside her home in Connecticut. 

A CAT, watching Tom & Jerry.

DOGGOS: Don't stop them now.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

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Not the worst Monday, anyway.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 05, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)."

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has The Auteurs, Andy Bell, Langkamer, and more.

THE HACIENDA: The Club That Shook Britain.

PURE BATHING CULTURE covers The Pretenders' "2000 Miles."

ZOMBIE ROCK, featuring no original members!

CAITLIN ROSE, on her nine-year hiatus.

LAMBCHOP's favorite music of 2022.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Fantasia's 'American Idol' coronation song "I Believe."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Wakanda Forever remains atop the chart with a slightly over-performing 17.6MMViolent Night places with a similarly over-performing 13.3MM. Strange World shows with 4.9MM on a 60 percent drop.  Oof.

MEGXIT: Prince William is poised to challenge Harry and Meghan head on if they smear the Royal Family again in their new series.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN's testicles become a focus of his trial.

ADAM SANDLER read his reviews.

MINDY KALING finds "The Office" inappropriate.

ANDOR: Six Lessons for Lucasfilm.

ROBERT REDFORD has advice for young filmmakers, and you.

THE MUPPETS look back on The Muppet Christmas Carol for its 30th anniversary.

BOB McGRATH, an original cast member of the beloved children’s program “Sesame Street,” has died. He was 90.


WHY DID THE CAPYBARAS cross the road?

A KITTY, getting ready for her closeup.

A SMART LITTLE BIRD who knows colors.


A BABY FLAMINGO, learning to stand on one leg.

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And here... we... go.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 02, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with A CHRISTMAS SHINDIG! The full episode has gone dark, but still-available clips from 1964 include The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial, Bobby Sherman with "Sleigh Ride," Donna Loren returning with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys returning for a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really), "Papa Oom Mow Mow," "Johnny B. Goode," and "We Three Kings."

THE A's play a Tiny Desk Concert.

MO TROPER covers Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos."

CHRISTINE McVIE: The tributes. Including Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

TEGAN & SARA's favorite albums of the year.

ROLLING STONE's Top Albums of 2022.

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of 2022, according to The Quietus.

GORILLA VS BEAR's favorite albums of 2022.

11 RULES for writing a modern Christmas song.



GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 has a trailer online.

TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS has a trailer online.

THE SIGHT & SOUND CRITICS POLL of the greatest films of all time, arriving every ten years since 1952.  And this year? LOL.

JOHN WATERS's Best Films of 2022.

KANYE WEST: Too crazy bigoted for Alex Jones.

COURTNEY COX photobombs tourists sitting on the Friends couch.

EMANCIPATION: Early buzz on Will's Smith's new prestige project is... not great, Bob.

FRANK VALLELONGA JR., famous for his work in the Oscar-winning “Green Book,” has died and his body was dumped in the Bronx.


ARE YOU READY for the holidays?

A GOOD BOY got escorted out of the jiu-jitsu match for protecting the owner.

A GOAT, hitching a ride.

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