IN DEFENSE OF: Steve Martin’s Remake of “The Pink Panther”



Looking over the reviews of Steve Martin‘s remake of The Pink Panther, I’ve noticed that a lot of reviewers ask, "What’s the point?" (here, here, here, here, here, etc.) Setting aside the fact that these critics seem to have rejected the movie on some kind of misguided principle before even seeing it, I’d like to try to answer the question:

Steve Martin is one of the great geniuses in the history of comedy, and like most geniuses, he seeks out challenges. He’s done it his whole career: When he was the biggest comedian in the world, he quit touring and focused on acting. He followed The Jerk with a Depression-era musical (Pennies From Heaven) that confused his fans who expected another zany comedy.

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How You Say: Blog?



Have you heard of this thing called ‘the blog’? it’s like ‘the email’ only longer and with crazy vigilante kids getting rich with the bling bling. Read all about it in this week’s informative New York Magazine.

While You Were Brunching



Here’s a quick look at what’s going on this morning:

  • Netflix fairness algorithm is unfair! (
  • Reports say that when CBS’ Rock Star comes back, Van Halen will be the ones looking for a singer. (Reality Blurred)
  • Baywatch is finally coming to DVD, including a best-of set picked by Pamela Anderson. (Yahoo!)
  • Guns N’ Roses will release Chinese Democracy next month. I never get tired of that joke.  (Launch)
  • Courtney Love wants to publish her journals, her father doesn’t want her to. Here’s a quote from the loving dad: "Courtney is a brilliant artist with a photographic memory and a mass of talent, but she can also be a mean bitch, although I put a lot of that down to her mother." (Entertainment News
  • Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp married former Miss New York Jaclyn Nesheiwat Friday then Sunday reports say he wasn’t let on a plane because he was "antagonistic, boisterous and pissed off." Where’s your God now, Scott? (Glitterati)
  • And oh yeah, the Vice President of the United States shot a man this weekend. (CNN)

Friday Night’s Best Night Ever


We’re snowed in!!! While the full podcast team digs out of the snowdrifts they drunkenly fell into last night, please enjoy the highlights of Friday night’s tv watching, as posted by our guest podcaster.

We’ll have all the rest of the weekend highlights — Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Chapelle on "Actor’s Studio" first thing Monday!

Stay warm!!

SIZZLER: Mena Suvari’s New Beau



American Beauty starlet Mena Suvari has a brand new beau. According to, "For "almost six months" she has been dating Mike "Murda" Carrasco, a 23-year-old professional breakdancer" from Las Vegas. The pair reportedly met at Battle of the Year–the World Cup of Breakdancing. 

It’s great to see Hollywood stars dating non-celebrities. On the other hand, if it were 1985, Carrasco would be one hell of a catch. 




You spent the day working, we spent the day rounding up the day in pop culture:

  • You’ll never guess who Joaquin
    called after his car accident. Hint: She gave him tea and sympathy.
    (Star Magazine)
  • Three-foot-tall woman gives birth; doctor accidentally slaps her! (AP)
  • If you’re expecting Dave Chappelle to come clean to James Lipton, think again. (Yahoo!)
  • ABC’s World News Tonight co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is pregnant with co-co anchor. (AP TV)
  • Rapper Penelope Jones will go on Fox TV’s America Most Wanted to talk about the unsolved slaying of her brother, Tony. Why didn’t Busta do that? (Big News Network)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow loves living in UK and feels Brits are more intelligent than Americans. She should know. (CelebVilla)

Gearing Up For The Olympics


Now, maybe if this was an actual event I’d tune in tonight. Instead, I’ll be watching the 2 hour Arrested Development finale. You should too.

Live Blog: Tyra


Today on Tyra:  Tyra searches for America’s next “Transsexual Top Model!” The outrageous Janice Dickinson, former club kid James St. James and drag icon and recording artist Kevin Aviance judge guests in a “Top Model” style competition to decide who will walk away with a Tyra-directed high-fashion photo shoot, a spread in Instinct magazine, and a modeling contract!

If that’s not worthy of a live blog I don’t know what is. I’ll be posting all throughout the show (5-6pm) on behalf of those TV-challenged office-workers who don’t want to miss this monumental event. Check it out after the jump.

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SIZZLER: Neve Campbell Engaged



E! is reporting that People is reporting that Neve Campbell is engaged the British actor John Light. Meanwhile Jennifer Love Hewitt has a really weird tan.