The Sounds of Success

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So, what’s the most enticing sound you can think of? Birds singing? The engine of a Ferrari 458 Italia? Rain spattering on your window? How about … a buzzing cell phone? According to neuromarketing research expert Martin Lindstrom, we love the soft hum of a silenced cell phone—or, at the very least, we can’t ignore […]

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Elton and Jesus

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Last week, Parade magazine published Internet-exclusive outtakes from an interview with enduring pop icon Elton John. In it, the English singer talked about, well, just about everything: love, drugs, fame, commitment, friendship, HIV and … Jesus. “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” John told interviewer Dotson Rader. “On […]

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Movie Monday: Shutter Island

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As stormy and dark as Shutter Island is, it seemed to be the place to be this past weekend. The ominous, R-rated insane asylum thriller blew a kiss to star-laden Valentine’s Day as it rushed past with hurricane force—netting a whopping $40.2 million and the top of the box office. This was the biggest opening […]

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The Agony of De Camera

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I like the Olympics. I like almost everything about them. I like the snowboard cross. I like bobsledding. I like it when figure skaters hit the perfect quad and when short-track speed skaters careen into walls. I even like the biathalon, for goodness’ sake. Every night for the last week, my family has postponed its […]

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‘The Wolfman’ is One Ruff Film

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Halfway through The Wolfman, I began wondering, “would the werewolf be quite so murderous if someone just gave him some Milk Bones?” I know Milk Bones always cheer my dog up. Really, you’d think someone would’ve tried to formulate a better strategy for dealing with the film’s rampaging werewolves. Perhaps if they’d brought in Cesar […]

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Movie Monday: Valentine’s Day

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Did you do something special with your significant other this weekend? Give them flowers? Chocolates? A new crescent wrench? Or did you celebrate Valentine’s Day like much of America apparently did, and buy your sweetie … some movie tickets? A trio of new films dominated the box office this weekend, bumping poor ol’ Avatar to […]

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Romantic Pic Tips

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All right. You’ve got the flowers. You’ve got the candy. But now you’re searching for a great old movie that you can surprise your sweety with for Valentine’s Day. I say great old movie because, let’s face it, watching some of the new romantic comedies can be like spending the evening stretched out on a […]

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Auto-Tune: Ditch the (Perfect) Pitch

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While watching the recent Grammy Awards telecast, I was reminded of a fascinating technological breakthrough. No, not the iPad, though I’m sure the free product placement during Stephen Colbert’s monologue had Steve Jobs doing cartwheels. Rather, I’m referring to Auto-Tune. If you’ve never heard of Auto-Tune, well, that’s just fine with the music industry. They’d […]

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Bowling Over ‘M*A*S*H’

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I should have been a baseball fan. Why, you ask? Well, I like records. They’re interesting. And baseball has lots o’ records. So does TV. And one of the biggies, a record that’s withstood everything television programmers could hurl at it for 27 years, fell on Sunday night. According to preliminary ratings estimates by Nielsen, […]

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TD for Tim T?

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So I was sitting on my couch yesterday, munching on nachos and sipping a carbonated beverage when I saw Tim Tebow tackle his mother. It was a clean hit—no flags were thrown, no fines were levied. And it was, I must admit, a clever turn for what at first appeared to be a slick-but-standard advertising […]

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