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Not Editing Ken Tucker

Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy might have been a great book about what's right and wrong with TV, if only Ken Tucker had bothered to write more than one draft of it. Read More »

A Prairie Home Movie?

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune comes word that director Robert Altman is about to begin work on a film loosely based on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio show: Keillor said Altman is thinking of the story “as a fictional documentary, but I think it’s just a big joke — with Miss Streep and Lily Tomlin as a fading ... Read More »

Make it stop!

Here’s the news we were all waiting for: actress Lindsay Lohan, famous mostly for being eighteen years old and female, has signed a long-term recording contract with Tommy Mottola’s Casablanca Records. (There’s a Mariah Carey joke in here somewhere, but I’m too depressed to make it right now.) What to expect from Ms. Lohan’s music? Well, it’s too early to ... Read More »

Sister act: Wendy and Bonnie’s Genesis (1969)

It’s hard to remember a time when “teen pop” wasn’t brain-dead. The genre has always been filled with ham-fisted emotional statements and triple-sanded pop hooks. And even though these are especially dire times for teen-oriented music, it’s not like the Bay City Rollers or Frankie Avalon ever succeeded in making big statements to their generation–or even anything worth humming many ... Read More »