Online editor of Dealerscope, CustomRetailer and other CTPG sites. Columnist and gadget reviewer for Tell Magazine.

Top ten films of the first half of 2015

1. “Mad Max: Fury Road” 2. “Ex Machina” 3. “Inside Out” 4. “Dope” 5. “Love and Mercy” 6. “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story“ 7. “Moonwalkers” 8. “The Look of Silence” 9. “’71” 10. “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.” That’s all for now, folks.

Fin: You’re fired, more fake news and a Gay Men’s Chorus question

NBC fired Donald Trump? Good. It’s hard to imagine a more deserved. Though I’ve been calling for NBC to cut ties with that clown since 2012, when Trump ridiculously put his name and brand behind the racist Obama birth certificate conspiracy theory. (Deadline) On the heels of this weekend’s fake New York Times website… I more »

Sequel eyed for “Top Gun,” drones included

A sequel to “Top Gun”? There have been rumors about a return to the Danger Zone almost since the first film came out in 1986. But now there are more legitimate-sounding rumblings: A producer says an interview that the project is in development. Speaking at a press junket for the new Terminator in Berlin, as more »

Is bro comedy dead? “Ted 2″ underwhelms at box office

Is bro comedy dead? “Ted 2″ underwhelms at box office After a ubiquitous ad campaign that lasted for several weeks, “Ted 2″ had a surprising lack of success at the box office. The sequel earned $33 million in its opening weekend, falling behind holdovers “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out,” which took the top two spots. more »

Stewart enemies on The Daily Show? Why not Bush?

With Jon Stewart signing off the Daily Show is just over a month, preparations are being made for the final shows. And apparently, it will include visits from several of Stewart’s longtime nemeses: According to a Page Six item, here’s how it may go down: We hear that producers of “The Daily Show” have been more »

A tale of two ISIS flags- and two dumb news stories

Two of the dumbest news stories of the weekend both involved the flag of ISIS. By now you’ve probably heard about the incident Saturday in which CNN broke into live coverage for a report that an “ISIS flag” had been spotted at a gay pride parade in London. Why would ISIS – an organization known more » is not the New York Times: Today in fake news

Over the weekend, I read that Sarah Palin has called for the impeachment of the Supreme Court, that Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus is divorcing her, that Scott Walker has challenged the Supreme Court to a fistfight and that Pope Francis has removed the Confederate Flag from the Vatican. Wild stories? Sure. But they all come more »

Fin: Twitter’s autocomplete problem, the card says “Moops” and The Final Countdown

As evidenced by mistakes involving both the Supreme Court decision and the NBA Draft, Twitter appears to have an autocomplete problem (Gawker, Business Insider) Where you wondering about all those “Moops” jokes, and how the Supreme Court healthcare decision relates to the Bubble Boy? An explainer from last year (Salon) A “Final Countdown” fan theory more »

It is so ordered: Court decision leads to great tweets, Andrew Sullivan comeback

The U.S. Supreme Court’s final legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide was a great day for America, and also for the Internet. For one thing, it occasioned the return from retirement, if only for one day, of Andrew Sullivan, who was calling for gay marriage as far back as 1989: But some things you know deep more »


How to get fired from Fox News

Employees and contributors for Fox News can get away with a lot of things that those at other news organizations can’t. Bill O’Reilly committed a Brian Williams-level offense and suffered no consequences whatsoever. The network’s history of on-air racial incidents, of course, is legion, but aside from E.D. Hill’s legendary “terrorist first jab” comment, none more »

GWTW is the new guns: ‘Gone With the Wind’ sales rise on bogus ban fears

Let’s look very quickly through this week’s saga of the so-called call to “ban” “Gone With the Wind”: On Wednesday, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick wrote a column arguing that “Gone With the Wind Should Go the Way of the Confederate Flag.” Lumenick argued that GOTW’s racial politics are due for a re-examination, more »

Movie Review: “Escobar: Paradise Lost”

(Note: This review of “Escobar: Paradise Lost” first ran last October during the Philadelphia Film Festival. It’s reproduced now on occasion of the film’s release:)  Well, at least it’s better than “Medellín.” That was, of course, the ill-fated biopic of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar that Vincent Chase starred in about halfway through the run more »