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  • Can MTV Return to the Glory Days of Music Videos?

    Posted Nov 7th 2010 at 02:30 PM by Jett Wells

    Pop-Ed: When people talk MTV, they make it sound like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale. Jekyll was the 1980s-to-late-1990s MTV, when it was still called "music television" and was about one thing only -- music. The impact it had on musicians' careers was revolutionary, and it made artists like Michael Jackson transform from pop star to legend. Mr. Hyde is what you see today, a network without an ...

  • Zombies on AMC? Why 'The Walking Dead' Feels Right at Home With 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad'

    Posted Nov 1st 2010 at 01:14 PM by Zach Dionne

    AMC spent all of October pumping up 'The Walking Dead' somethin' fierce, simultaneously getting us psyched and making us wonder ... really, a zombie TV show? Is that gonna fly? In a word, yes. In a few hundred more words, here's why....

  • 'Thriller' on the Big Screen? Other Music Videos That Could Inspire Movies

    Posted Nov 1st 2010 at 12:02 AM by Jett Wells

    Truly great music videos are theatrical. They're not just about half-naked girls and nice cars -- the ones with staying power have compelling characters, intelligent story lines, unforgettable art direction and, often, a good dose of intrigue. But can a video, created to promote a recording artist's single, ever be turned into a really good full-length movie? As reported by Deadline Hollywood, ...

  • Democracy 1, Viacom 0 at 'Rally to Restore Sanity'

    Posted Oct 30th 2010 at 09:15 PM by Jett Wells

    Pop-Ed: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' sent a bold statement to the country, but the crowds at the National Mall in Washington D.C. were more insane than any tear-filled Glenn Beck rant. It's hard to tell how many people showed up, but it was enough to fill the entire field and the adjacent streets -- we're talking hundreds of thousands of people from al...

  • Ways to Make a Really Bad Title for a Sequel

    Posted Oct 29th 2010 at 11:25 AM by Jett Wells

    Pop-Ed: Christopher Nolan has announced the name of the sequel to 'The Dark Knight.' Oh, this is so awesome; I can't wait to see the next great Batman movie. Wait, it's just called 'The Dark Knight Rises'? They just added "Rises" to the title? No dark, romantic allegorical title? #@%&! The dripping hype over Nolan's next Batman flick has hit a speed bump by adding one word to the old title,...

  • What's the Difference Between Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan?

    Posted Oct 27th 2010 at 08:00 PM by Rebecca Macatee

    Pop-Ed: There's a problem with the way we accept Charlie Sheen and condemn Lindsay Lohan. The actor was found naked and drunk in his Plaza Hotel room early Tuesday morning. After trashing his lavish room and accusing his call girl of theft, police removed the, "emotionally disturbed" actor before he was taken to the hospital. Sheen was in town with ex-wife Denise Richards and their two daugh...

  • 'Sesame Street' vs. FOX News: The Real Source of Anti-Public Broadcasting Campaign?

    Posted Oct 27th 2010 at 04:30 PM by John Mitchell

    'Sesame Street,' the beloved 41-years-young children's television series, has grabbed its fair share of headlines in the last few months. From its 'True Blood' parody to the controversy surrounding Katy Perry's low-cut costume in a widely-seen (but never aired) skit with Elmo, 'Sesame Street' has rarely felt more contemporary. So it's not exactly surprising that the show presently finds itself ...

  • Rest in Peace, Sony Walkman -- A Eulogy

    Posted Oct 26th 2010 at 01:30 PM by Jason Newman

    Pop-Ed: An old friend died yesterday. We haven't been particularly close recently, but at one time we were inseparable. You were a lifeline that got me through countless bouts of tedium and boredom. Yesterday, Sony announced it was ceasing production of the Walkman in Japan, and while a relatively scant amount will still be sold stateside, the death knell has arrived. I know what you're p...

  • Deaths of Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley Spark Memories of 1970s TV and Families

    Posted Oct 20th 2010 at 03:11 PM by Nick Belardes

    Pop-Ed: If you were a child of the 1970s like I was, you can't forget what your mom and dad aspired to be: Iconic TV parents. Memories first came rushing back when Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver on 'Leave It to Beaver' (1957-1963), died on Oct. 16. And then, on Oct. 19, Tom Bosley, Mr. Cunningham from 'Happy Days' (1974-1984), also passed. It doesn't matter that the two shows...

  • The Irony Behind Kanye West's 'Banned' Album Cover

    Posted Oct 19th 2010 at 07:00 PM by Jett Wells

    Pop-Ed: There are enough story lines behind Kanye West's latest album, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' to fill a three-pound autobiography with Kanye's big grin on the cover. Even when we'd like a little less Kanye, everything is always about ... Kanye. Now with only a month left till the album drops on Nov. 22, the cover art is making more headlines than the leaked tracks. When Kanye broke t...

  • The Second Chances of Eliot Spitzer and Ashley Dupre

    Posted Oct 5th 2010 at 02:20 PM by Rebecca Macatee

    Pop-Ed: I'm all about second chances. We live, we learn, we make mistakes. And if you're in the public eye, these mistakes are magnified and exploited. But former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and his infamous call girl Ashley Dupre didn't just get second chances after getting wrapped up in a national scandal. They were both afforded entirely new opportunities, not because they were in any wa...

  • Presenting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Most Egregious Snubs

    Posted Oct 5th 2010 at 12:45 PM by Jason Newman

    With last week's release of the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, so begins the perennial conversation on who should be in and who's been overlooked since their eligibility date (artists are eligible beginning 25 years after the release of their first single or album). The Nominating Committee, made up of 30 music executives, journalists and musicians, has long been a source of critic...

  • Will 'Yogi Bear' Be Justin Timberlake's 'Norbit'?

    Posted Oct 4th 2010 at 01:00 PM by Jett Wells

    Pop-Ed: Justin Timberlake is quickly finding out that the Academy Awards is much more than a game of talent, but also about branding. With the much-hyped 'The Social Network' topping the box-office on its opening weekend with $23 million, it seems anything touching David Fincher's movie is Oscar gold in almost every category, but now its breakout star is already taking heat. Although many swoon...

  • Emma Stone Is Not the New Lindsay Lohan, She's Better Than That

    Posted Sep 28th 2010 at 04:28 PM by John Mitchell

    Pop-Ed. With the release of the recent hit 'Easy A,' 2010 found its breakout star -- Emma Stone. Intensely likable, quick-witted and seemingly down-to-earth, Stone, with her raspy voice and red hair, exudes a cool relatability that is getting her noticed and, blessedly, putting a young actress in the headlines for her talent and ability to carry a film to box office success rather than her drug...

  • LL Cool J in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? It Officially Could Happen

    Posted Sep 28th 2010 at 02:00 PM by Jett Wells

    Pop-Ed: It's that time of the year again. Music's highest honor, induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is about to be handed out to the greatest artists to ever rock the planet. But upon first look, the nominees for the class of 2011 appear weak, to say the least. Every year can't be like 2006, when Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis and the Sex Pistols were inducted, and you know it's a d...


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