Not only was he a big man, his musical flare was just as huge.
Our blogger Jeremy Freed IDs a couple of interesting “reveals” from the newest project by Jon Ronson—a British journalist who writes about strange people and the strange things they do.
While the trip is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, it’s also extremely poignant, a balance that is unique to British comedy and one that makes a viewing of The Trip well worth your time.
The news of the death of an icon is always sad, and it was particularly so with the passing of musical pioneer, visionary poet (and personal hero of mine) Gil Scott-Heron. Scott-Heron died in a Manhattan hospital May 27th at the age of 62. The cause of death was not immediately clear, but the musician’s [...]
Not feeling all of this Odd Future buzz? Yeah, me neither. This guy, on the other hand, is awesome. Here’s the single from Ghostpoet‘s (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) debut album, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam. Cool name, right? You can find the rest of the album streaming on the BBC’s website, here.
Remember in 2003, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for governor, how a bunch of women came forward saying he’d groped them and otherwise behaved in a matter unbecoming of a public figure (or a decent human being)? Turns out they may not have been Democrat shills after all. Hunh. I was living in California at [...]
Someone who’s spent five decades in show business has had plenty of chances to endear himself to the public in a variety of situations. Especially when he’s as multi-talented as recent guest Dick Van Dyke. Depending on when you were born (and your tastes) you may have caught him in The Dick Van Dyke Show, [...]
If you weren’t one of the 125 million people who tuned into the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend — the annual celebration of song, dance and foppery that maintains the word “Euro” as a disparaging adjective — you’re probably dying to know who won. Perhaps it won’t come as much of a surprise (I, for [...]
Erik Prince, the embattled founder of Blackwater — the American private military contractor accused of various shady dealings in the Iraq war — has a new army. After selling Blackwater (since renamed Xe Services), he’s continued his work as a private military consultant, assembling mercenaries for whomever has the cash. Most recently, according to a [...]
I can always rely upon The Criterion Collection to consistently release great films I’ve never heard of, from things like the bizarre and hilarious series Fishing With John to the dark and disturbing Fat Girl. The latter, which came out on DVD earlier this month, is one of the strangest, most shocking and thought-provoking films [...]