Who’da thunk it? Think Like a Man, Tim Story’s romantic comedy starring Kevin Hart and a raft of newcomers, outpointed The Lucky One, with Zac Efron, and the one-time money monster, The Hunger Games, at the U.S. box office this weekend.
Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love took the stage at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on April 14. The classic Hole lineup together for the first time in 15 years.
It’s maybe the one thing that could bring together Biz Stone and Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jones and LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman (in the video below). South by Southwest, the annual collision of music, technology and pop culture that’s on through next Sunday. The objective for many: to find the Next Big Thing, or be the Next Big Thing. Mike Snider of USA Today reports on “a mash-up of extreme proportions.”
Does Ahmedinajad know about this? The flashy, gold-plated antics of Iranian-American families in Los Angeles is the foundation for Shahs of Sunset, a new reality series debuting tonight on Bravo. The show offers a fresh look at Iranian culture that’s a long way from mullahs and ayatollahs, but does it trade one stereotype for another? Roshanak Taghavi of The Christian Science Monitor reports. In Television
Magic Johnson and Sean (Diddy) Combs are setting the pace for a spate of new television channels aimed at African American viewers who, according to Nielsen, watch more TV than just about anyone else. With these new outlets of black life set to explode in the next few years, how will they change perceptions of black America? Anthonia Akitunde of The Root gets the lowdown. See Television
It’s been 15 years since the Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace), perhaps the most lyrically, rhythmically gifted rapper in the game, was slain in a hail of gunfire outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. His killer remains at large to this day. Rachel Shapiro of The Hollywood Reporter looks back at a life of genius and potential cut short.
The diminutive British heartthrob, a singer for the made-for-TV rock band that defied expectations, achieved chart-topping success and survived a Beatles-besotted public in the mid 1960’s, succumbed to a heart attack early Wednesday morning near his home in Florida. The Huffington Post reports.
We got an upset, cheesecake, the Muppets and Billy Crystal in blackface. We got the pure emotional joy of Octavia Spencer and the international pride of Iran and Pakistan. We got the lyrical beauty of Cirque du Soleil and the, uh, presence of Sacha Baron Cohen. Oscars 2012 was a mixed bag. Let Melissa Bell at The Washington Post’s Celebritology blog sort it all out. So you don’t have to.
The tousle-haired, bespectacled theater critic beloved on Broadway for decades, died Friday night in Manhattan from complications from a 2010 liver transplant. Kissel was lead theater critic at the New York Daily News for 20 years; former chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and the New York Drama Critics Circle; and a prolific author. A frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, he blogged there as "The Cultural Tourist." Robert Simonson reports in Playbill