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The Finer Podcast: Chatting with Marlon Wayans About 'A Haunted House 2' and Other Things

The Finer Podcast: Chatting with Marlon Wayans About ‘A Haunted House 2′ and Other Things

This is the second time I have interviewed Marlon Wayans (here was the first time). That means we are good friends now. Coming from the illustrious Wayans Dynasty of comedy, Marlon brings us the second installment of A Haunted House, which continues his knack for skewering popular movies and all...
'Inside Amy Schumer' Gets the Sorkinian Treatment and it is Glorious

‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Gets the Sorkinian Treatment and it is Glorious

If you aren’t watching Inside Amy Schumer you’re going to regret it. You won’t be able to say, “I knew about Amy Schumer before it was cool to like her” when she becomes this big-time comedic actress in the forthcoming Judd Apatow movie Trainwreck — which is written by Schumer...
There's a Whole Lotta Stuff Going on in the New Trailer For 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

There’s a Whole Lotta Stuff Going on in the New Trailer For ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

FLASH FORWARDS! FLASH BACKS! PEOPLE PUNCHING EACH OTHER! SENTINELS! HIPPIE PROFESSOR X! A SCENE WITH QUICKSILVER! WOLVERINE/BEAST BROMANCE! MYSTIQUE BREAKDANCING! MAGNETO DEMOLISHING A STADIUM! TYRION WITH A PORNSTACHE! SENTINELS! CRACKING JOKES! MORE MUTANTS DOING MORE MUTANT THINGS! This new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is overflowing with so...
Someone Made the Perfect 16 Second Mashup of 'Frozen' and 'Breaking Bad'

Someone Made the Perfect 16 Second Mashup of ‘Frozen’ and ‘Breaking Bad’

Everyone knows that a movie, TV show, or any other form of pop culture media hasn’t reached legendary status until it has been folded into the Breaking Bad universe. Today is the day when Frozen has officially reached its maximum level of potential thanks to a conversation between Anna and...
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The 'Gone Girl' Trailer Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable and Awkward

The ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable and Awkward

As soon as the best-selling novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was penetrating pop culture, I knew they were going to make a movie adaptation. This, of course, would save me the trouble of reading the book because…why bother right? Why take the time out of your busy life to read text when you could...
Song of the Week: 'Grown Woman' by Beyonce

Song of the Week: ‘Grown Woman’ by Beyonce

There isn’t a more suitable song for my birthday week than “Grown Woman” by our Lord and savior Beyoncé. For one, this video is sick with retro VHS pizzazz. Secondly, I am definitely at an age where I can confidently say that I am proud, independent black woman. And as Bey says, “I’m a grown...
Trailer of the Week: '22 Jump Street'

Trailer of the Week: ’22 Jump Street’

For those of you who didn’t get enough R-rated goodness in the first red band trailer for 22 Jump Street, they released another one with more F bombs, dirty jokes, and Channing Tatum putting his hands up Jonah Hill‘s trunks. Enjoy: And P.S. Can Ice Cube be the aggressive no bullshit Captain in all police...
My Rambling, Unstructured Thoughts About ‘Under the Skin'

My Rambling, Unstructured Thoughts About ‘Under the Skin’

I had a lot of feelings when I was watching Under the Skin, some of them good, some of them bad. But not once did I comprehend every single thing that was happening on the screen during Jonathan Glazer‘s experimental sci-fi romp — but that is what made it interesting. Would I watch it again?...
My Favorite Memory of the Ultimate Warrior

My Favorite Memory of the Ultimate Warrior

The other day, I was bombarded with an onslaught of pop culture news. First, I saw a very slimmed down Anna Gunn guest starring on The Mindy Project, then I saw Wayne Brady and Mike Tyson reenacting Bobby Brown‘s classic “Every Little Step” music video but all of that joy was immediately deflated by the...
Sisaundra Lewis is this Season's Judith Hill on 'The Voice'

Sisaundra Lewis is this Season’s Judith Hill on ‘The Voice’

Sisaundra Lewis performed a grown woman version of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” last night on The Voice and it pretty much cemented her as the best thing on the show. This season of the reality singing competition has been — in a word — boring. Each season always seems to have at...
Watching Billy Eichner Ask People If They Would Have Sex with Paul Rudd is Wildly Entertaining

Watching Billy Eichner Ask People If They Would Have Sex with Paul Rudd is Wildly Entertaining

If Billy Eichner accosted me on the street with an attack of pop culture trivia, I would be terrified and flattered at the same time…but probably more terrified if anything. I think I would either pee in my pants out of glorious combination of excitement, stress, and nervousness. In one of his most recent Billy...
Song of the Week: 'I Wanna Have Some Fun' by Samantha Fox

Song of the Week: ‘I Wanna Have Some Fun’ by Samantha Fox

It’s been almost four years since I mentioned Samantha Fox. I think another mention of her is long overdue. Her song, “I Wanna Have Some Fun” is one glorious hot piece of ’80s magic. Complete with camel toe, the video should be inducted into some sort of music video hall of fame:
Photo Parade: My Backstage Adventures at 'Mamma Mia!'

Photo Parade: My Backstage Adventures at ‘Mamma Mia!’

Did you know that the Mamma Mia! has been in musical form since 2000? I certainly didn’t. For some reason, I thought it was only five years old. I felt like a moron after learning this information during my special backstage tour of the musical during their San Francisco run (which, by the way, ends...
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is the Best 'Captain America' Movie Since the First One

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is the Best ‘Captain America’ Movie Since the First One

During my golden days of being a comic book nerd, the extent of my knowledge about Captain America did not go beyond the fact that he had a shield, was a soldier, and had a buddy named Bucky. Turns out that information was very helpful when watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But let’s revisit...
The Finer Podcast: Director Gareth Evans and Actor Iko Uwais of 'The Raid 2'

The Finer Podcast: Director Gareth Evans and Actor Iko Uwais of ‘The Raid 2′

Watching The Raid 2 is 150 minutes of bloody fun. Literally. If you enjoyed The Raid, then you will bask in all the violent bone-cracking, blood-splattering glory that is The Raid 2. The movie brings us back to our hero Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover to bring down a crime syndicate and expose...
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Imagined as 'The Greatest American Hero'

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Imagined as ‘The Greatest American Hero’

I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I have a lot to say about it, but before I expand my unexpected love for the man of the stars and stripes, I felt the need to do something extra special for Cappy, Black Widow, Nick Fury and the rest of the gang. I needed to...