Harry Anderson Dead at 65

The star of “Night Court” and “Dave’s World” is gone.

Two-Time Oscar Winning Director Milos Forman Dead At 86

The Director of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Amadeus,’ both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, has died at the age of 86.

The Limits of Comedy

Controversies involving Jimmy Kimmel and “The Simpsons” highlight a perennial question.

‘Black Panther’ Breaks Bogus Box Office Benchmark

The Marvel superhero film passed ‘Titanic’ in US ticket sales. Unless we adjust for inflation. Which we absolutely should.

Bill Cosby Heads Back For A Second Sexual Assault Trial, With Some Major Differences

Bill Cosby heads back to court for a retrial on the sexual assault allegations against him but it’s not going to be the same as the first.

Late Night OTB – Gareth Rhodes

Another early-morning edition of Late Night OTB.

Late Night OTB – End of My Journey

Not an Easter song, exactly, but certainly evocative of some of the holiday’s major themes.

LeBron James Breaks Yet Another Record

Last night, he finished in double digits for his 867th consecutive game. There are 71 players in the Hall of Fame who didn’t play in that many games.

Late Night OTB – Rules of the Bar

Were my lifestyle different, I suppose I could pass off 3:30 on a Saturday morning as “late night” but, alas, it’s just really early.

Late Night OTB – Rhiannon Giddens

An artist discovered via discussion in the comments section.

Late Night OTB – Paul Thorn

More whimsical than most of my selections but we could use that right about now.

Comedian Byron Allen Buys the Weather Channel

The guy from Real People? He’s rich.

Anfernee Simons Bucks One-and-Done, Heads for NBA

A top basketball prospect is skipping the farcical year in college before turning pro.

Pottermore Fires Most of its Staff

The JK Rowling-owned fan site is having trouble competing with fan-owned sites.

Most Dominant Athletes of the Last 20 Years

ESPN the Magazine has broken out the slide rule to rank the top athletes during its first two decades.

BBC Pays John McEnroe 10 Times What it Pays Martina Navratilova

It may be time for transparency on pay structures so employees know what others in comparable positions are making.

Why the UK Government Hasn’t Done More to Punish Russia

Theresa May’s government has not hit Russian oligarchs nearly as hard as they deserve because the UK benefits from turning a blind eye.

Late Night OTB – Slaid Cleaves

He’s been in the music business in some form or the other since 1985. He has been, it’s fair to say, the opposite of an overnight success.

UMBC Whips UVA in First 16-Seed Over 1-Seed in NCAA Tourney History

The near-impossible happened last night, demonstrating why March Madness is the most exciting and most absurd way to pick a champion.

Late Night OTB – Fire on the Mountain

Three completely different songs featuring iconic artists.

Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

Stephen Hawking possessed one of the greatest minds in history, but he will likely be most remembered for not letting a debilitating disease stop him from contributing to our understanding of the universe.

Claire Foy Earned Less Than Her On-Screen Husband for ‘The Crown’

While examples of Hollywood sexism are seemingly endless, this is not one of them.

Late Night OTB – 11 Steps to Go

This is from the band Jack Levitt off their 2007 release “Conversations With A Chupacabra.”

Late Night OTB – Tyler Childers

Tonight’s installment is a rarity: a breakout artist who I’ve discovered more-or-less in real time.

Obama Coming to Netflix

Netflix no longer offers President Frank Underwood. They’re lining up a replacement.

Late Night OTB – Blackberry Smoke

An artist that’s been around for years that I’ve only discovered recently.

Late Night OTB – Wasted Time

The Eagles had an all-time hit with this song in 1978. Alas, this isn’t it.

Where Have All the Saudi Billionaires Gone?

In 2017, there were ten Saudis on Forbes’ billionaires list. This year, there are none.

Late Night OTB – Billy Jean

Two *really* different versions of an iconic song.

Late Night OTB – Even the Losers

Several versions of a classic from the year I became a fan of rock and roll.

Late Night OTB – Soulshine

One of my favorite “new” songs in recent years came out in 1994.

President Trump Attempts Self-Deprecating Humor at Gridiron Club

After skipping such events in his first thirteen months in office, the President tried his hand at stand-up last night to mixed reviews.

Roger Bannister Dead at 88

He did what many had thought humanly impossible in running a sub-4 minute mile in 1954 and followed that with a brilliant career in medicine.

David Ogden Stiers Dead at 75

The actor best known for his run on M*A*S*H died Saturday after a battle with colon cancer.

Late Night OTB – Can’t Keep No Good Boy Down

New-to-me music lurks in the strangest places. This time, sports talk radio.

Late Night OTB – What Hurts the Most

An artist you’ve almost certainly heard but probably never heard of.

Texas Wesleyan Fires Coach for Abject Stupidity

Mike Jeffcoat rejected a prospect, in writing, on account of marijuana being legal in his state, adding, “You can thank your liberal politicians.”

Late Night OTB – Goddamn Lonely Love

I’m relaunching the old Late Night OTB music video series with a live version of a modern classic.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Captain America

The opinion journalist who has lately been writing the Black Panther comics is taking on one of the format’s most iconic characters.

Donald Trump Channels Archie Bunker

“All In The Family” predicted a policy proposal that President Trump and many other conservatives have made in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

George Clinton Not a Fan of ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument

The funk legend advocates a melting pot approach in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone.

Have You Ever Heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?

Mark Levin says we’re “morons” and “illiterate in English” because we’ve quoted the NYT.

Marvel Post-Credit Scenes

Here’s one vote for ending this annoying practice.

Black Panther Movie Review Roundup

Some thoughts on the biggest Marvel blockbuster yet. [Modest spoilers]

Larry Nance Jr. Reprises Dad’s 1984 Dunk

On the one hand, this is cool. On the other, it’s just another sign of how damned old I am. I graduated high school in 1984. 

What Does a Superhero Owe Us?

The new Black Panther movie raises a variant of the central question of the superhero genre. [No significant spoilers]

Has Woody Allen Been Smeared?

Bret Stephens thinks so.

Dodge Super Bowl Ad Featuring Martin Luther King Jr. Causes Controversy

Dodge is facing controversy this morning for using the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in a Super Bowl commercial, but they’re not the only party who may have some questions to answer.

Robert Wagner ‘Person of Interest’ in Natalie Wood’s 1981 Death

The lead story on Yahoo News at the moment, courtesy People magazine (“Robert Wagner Now Considered a ‘Person of Interest’ in Wife Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death”):

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