Archive for the 'Entertainment' Category

47 male celebrities 5'7" or under

September 29th, 2006

According to popular mythology, male celebrities (and especially leading men on the big screen) are supposed to be tall, dark, and handsome. But many a successful actor, filmmaker, and singer has risen to great heights in the industry without having his head in the clouds—including some larger-than-life action heroes. Speaking as someone who can see […]

11 Billboard Top 20 Hits with “Magic” in Their Titles

September 20th, 2006

Since the pop song was invented, its’ creators have often relied on a common and limited vocabulary in both lyrics and title (e.g., “love,” “baby,” and “yeah”). This is probably a smart tactic, introducing a new song by using a familiar sentiment; rarely does a song with a very strange name or lyrics gain public […]

32 Weirdly Specific Museums

September 18th, 2006

Taking as a starting point my short list in Museums of Interesting Things at Interesting Thing of the Day, I set out to discover other small museums that specialize in just one specific (and typically rather odd) subject matter. I thought I’d find a few more; it turns out there are dozens. Here’s a mere […]

Eight Potential Subjects for Christopher Guest Films

September 11th, 2006

I have been a huge fan of Christopher Guest from the first time I saw This is Spinal Tap, and that affection has only grown with each movie he participates in. From Waiting for Guffman to A Mighty Wind, Guest keeps me laughing with the oddball worlds he creates in his films. He seems to […]

The Questionnaires of James Lipton, Bernard Pivot, and Marcel Proust

September 6th, 2006

Fans of Inside the Actor’s Studio are familiar with James Lipton’s list of questions, which he poses to each of his guests at the end of an interview. Lipton always gives credit for this list to French talk show host Bernard Pivot, who hosted Apostrophes from 1975–1990 and Bouillon de Culture from 1990–2001; he often […]

Ten Historical Figures Portrayed in Upcoming 2006 Films

August 31st, 2006

Films that featured historical figures did very well at the 2006 Academy Awards; Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote, and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress for her work as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. Additionally, Joaquin Phoenix and David Strathairn were also nominated in the Best Actor […]

14 songs whose lyrics consist mainly or entirely of lists

August 21st, 2006

Alanis Morissette takes the cake with no fewer than three list songs her album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie [Buy from Amazon.com]: Thank U (Thank you India/Thank you terror/Thank you disillusionment…) Are You Still Mad? (Are you still mad i kicked you out of bed?/Are you still mad i gave you ultimatums?/Are you still mad i […]

IKEA products that could be superhero names

August 18th, 2006

This is the second entry in our series of IKEA lists. Another trend I noticed among the IKEA names was that a lot of the one-word names seemed tailor-made for would-be superheroes. There was an attitude of action and identity implicit in these names that seemed perfect for these fledgling caped crusaders. Bandora Old identity: […]

Five Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas

August 17th, 2006

When I go to Las Vegas, I always enjoy taking in a show or two. You can always find magic shows, comedians, and musical acts of all sorts, as well as burlesque and family-oriented production shows and a few hard-to-categorize acts like Blue Man Group. And then there’s Cirque du Soleil, the artsy Montréal-based circus […]

Four movies that involve the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge

August 15th, 2006

Living in San Francisco has its benefits: the weather is temperate, the views are spectacular, and the cultural scene and cuisine are world-class. There are trade-offs: the potential risk of earthquakes, the high cost of living, and if the 1955 Sci-Fi movie, It Came from Beneath the Sea, can be trusted, the threat of giant […]

15 B-52’s songs containing outer space references

August 9th, 2006

When you think of The B-52’s, the songs that first come to mind may be Rock Lobster and Love Shack. But as you review the band’s entire oeuvre, stretching back to 1979, the biggest theme that emerges is songs making some reference to outer space. Vocalist Fred Schneider is not only a major Star Trek […]

Ten magic shows you can see in Las Vegas in 2006

August 4th, 2006

Where else but Las Vegas can you see a different magic show every day of the week (and then some)? In fact, even with the unfortunate disappearance of Siegfried and Roy from the stage, no fewer than ten major magic shows, most of which run year-round, are playing in Las Vegas during 2006. Lance Burton: […]

Six actresses who would have been a better choice to play Lois Lane in Superman Returns than Kate Bosworth

August 3rd, 2006

Don’t get me wrong here: I have nothing at all against Kate Bosworth. But I think—and most movie critics seem to agree with me—that she was the wrong person to play Lois Lane in Superman Returns. It was a good movie, but Bosworth kept it from being great. To be sure, her acting could have […]

IKEA products that could be names from Star Wars

July 28th, 2006

This is the first entry in our series of IKEA lists. As I looked through the IKEA online catalogue, certain combinations of words attracted me—those products that bore not one, but two names suggested surnames and identities that seemed vaguely familiar. Where else had I heard similar combinations of carefully ambiguous, yet strangely descriptive names? […]