A Long Time Ago In A Movie Theater Far, Far Away….

Thirty-Five years ago, an adventure began.

TV Remote Control Inventor Eugene Polley Dead at 96

Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless TV remote control, has died aged 96.

Loretta Lynn Three Years Older Than She Claims: Kentucky

For years, I’ve used Loretta Lynn as an example of how fast societal mores have changed. It turns out that her marriage at age 13 may be a bit of myth making.

Dish Network Enables Commercial Skipping

Dish Network is offering customers a DVR that will skip commercials. I’m sure their content providers are thrilled.

Washington Times Columnist: “Half-White” President Silent On Death Of Beastie Boy

Another bizarre conservative rant about the President.

The Beastie Boys and the Segregation of American Music

The outpouring from my Twitter stream yesterday on the news of the death of Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, surprised me.

Is The Sex In “Game of Thrones” Gratuitous?

HBO’s Game of Thrones is violent and full of sex. Is it too much?

[FAIR WARNING: SPOILERS]

Army Cancels Ted Nugent Concert

The commander of Fort Knox has canceled a Ted Nugent concert after the rocker’s recent rant about President Obama.

Levon Helm in ‘Final Stages’ of Cancer Battle

Legendary musician Levon Helm is dying.

Ted Nugent Said Something Stupid; I Apologize

Ted Nugent, whose music I really liked when I was in junior high school, said something vile and crazy.

Secret Service Hooker Scandal Animation

Why the Internet is awesome: a Taiwanese animatronic take on the Secret Service hookers scandal.

Simpsons Home Town: Springfield, Oregon

Shockingly, the “Springfield” in the long-running sittcom “The Simpsons” is Springfield, Oregon, near where creator Matt Groening grew up.

Darth Vader and Son – What If Darth Vader Was a Good Father?

Jeffrey Brown has a children’s book titled Darth Vader and Son scheduled for release on April 18.

Lying About the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy

Should you lie to your kids about holiday fantasy characters?

Sky News Admits Hacking Emails–In Public Interest

The Sky News leadership is taking a novel approach to charges that it illegally hacked emails: Claiming a right to break the law when they think it’s in the public’s interest to do so.

Critics Find Real Depiction of 1966 Fake

Sometimes, art imitates life rather than the reverse. And sometimes reality seems stranger than fiction.

Message from Samuel L. Jackson to George Zimmerman

Roger Ebert and I don’t agree on much, from politics to movies. But share a fondness for Samuel L. Jackson and a contempt for George Zimmerman.

Ignorant Rednecks, Shiftless Blacks, and Selective Videos

Dear Bill Maher and Alexandra Pelosi: The plural of anecdote is not data.

Bill Maher, Rush Limbaugh, and the Standards of Discourse

Sure, he routinely uses gender-specific slurs against conservative women. But he’s not a misogynist!

OTB on Colbert

Doug Mataconis’ Thursday posting “Herman Cain Releases Bizarre New Video Involving Apparent Goldfish Murder” got picked up on that night’s edition of The Colbert Report.

The Junior Mints Are Too Damn High!

Movie theater snacks are expensive. This is not cause for a lawsuit.

The Greatest Star Wars Movie?

Was Return Of The Jedi the best of all the Star Wars films? One writer thinks so.

Lead singer of the sixties rock band The Monkees, Davy Jones, sings on stage at the Newcastle Arena March 7 1997. Credit: Reuters/Dan Chung Lead singer of the sixties rock band The Monkees, Davy Jones, sings on stage at the Newcastle Arena March 7 1997. Credit: Reuters/Dan Chung

Davy Jones, Monkees Frontman, Dead at 66

Davy Jones, the face of The Monkees, has died.

Whitney Houston, Chris Christie, And America’s Obsession With Celebrity Worship

An object lesson in celebrity worship from the State of New Jersey.

Cal Thomas, Rachel Maddow, and Civility

Cal Thomas made a tasteless joke at Rachel Maddow’s expense. He describes the lesson in civility he learned.

Wayne’s World 20th Anniversary

Today’s the 20th anniversary of Wayne’s World

Grieving Over Dead Celebrities

We can feel that we “know” athletes, entertainers, politicians, and others that we’ve followed, rooted for, or whatnot over a period of time and feel a genuine sense of loss when they’re gone.

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Whitney Houston, once one of the biggest stars in American popular culture, has died.

Newt or Schrute?

Clint Eastwood Chrysler Super Bowl Ad Becomes Political Football

Was Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler ad a political message, or just a well done commercial?

Is There Anything That Won’t End Up Being Politicized?

This week we learned that even breast cancer can become politicized. Is there anything that can’t at this point?

A Picture Says 1000 Words: Survivor Edition

One wonders why any Republican politician would want to be associated with this image.

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Joke’s On Him

Virtually everything Stephen Colbert is doing was legal before Citizens United.

Bureaucracy Killing DC’s Movie Industry

The DC government’s incompetence knows no bounds.

Stephen Colbert’s Joke Super PAC Tops $1 Million

Stephen Colbert’s super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has raised a little over a million dollars.

Paula Deen Has Diabetes; Will Get Rich From That, Too

Shockingly, Paula Deen, the morbidly obese woman who fries Twinkies on television, has diabetes.