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My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.

11 Things You Didn't Know About 'Spinal Tap'

Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy

This month marks the 30th anniversary of "This Is Spinal Tap," that daffy, plotless, but completely lovable movie about a fake metal band that, lo and...

A Chat with Jim Piddock about HBO's Binge-worthy Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

This documentary-style, comedy series was conjured up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock (as it happens, both history buffs) over a lunch spent discussing Guest's dabbling in the world of genealogy.

5 Reasons HBO Needs to Renew Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.08.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

HBO is apparently on the fence about renewing Family Tree, the mockumentary series dreamed up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. It may be that...

HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S.

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's mockumentary series, Family Tree.

Family Tree Mockumentary Series Coming to HBO & BBC

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

You know you've arrived when you've been mocked by Christopher Guest. Guest, who has a gift for putting peculiar subcultures under a microscope, has set his sights on genealogy with Family Tree, a series coming to HBO and BBC2 shortly.

Jamie Lee Curtis Is The Cat's Meow

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 10.30.2012 | Style

Some Halloween costumes never go out of style.

The Show I'd Like To See Carol Burnett and Tim Conway Host

Pat Gallagher | Posted 12.03.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

"Saturday Night Live" is all about sketch comedy. Nobody does sketch comedy better than Carol Burnett and Tim Conway. Nobody.

Can't Take A Hint: A Conversation With Harry Shearer, Plus Anaïs Mitchell, Imelda May and Tracy Newman

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Christopher Guest Series Starring 'Girls' Actor On The Way

Posted 08.16.2012 | TV

Christopher Guest is heading to TV with "Family Tree," a new HBO comedy. "Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd will star. According to Variety, "Family ...

Christopher Guest Shopping TV Comedy?

Vulture | Posted 05.23.2012 | TV

It's been six years since we last had us some Christopher Guest, and that's way too long. Since "For Your Consideration," all the director has produce...

An End to "Found Footage" Films -- Please!

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm declaring a moratorium on the "found footage" mock documentary. And, while we're at it, how about the same thing for movies shot to look like they're hand-held documentaries, even when they're just fiction films?

David Moye

'Spinal Tap Fans' Celebrating Nov. 11 (11/11/11) As 'Nigel Tufnel Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 01.10.2012 | Weird News

The year 1984 gave the world popular movies like "Ghostbusters," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Beverly Hills Cop." It also introduced...

Let Them Talk: Chatting With House's Hugh Laurie, Dar Williams and The Axis of Awesome, Plus Cal Ecker's "Time After Time" Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hugh Laurie has a new album, Let Them Talk, which is New Orleans blues based. Here he discusses how he came up with that idea.

The Irrationality of Love and Art

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when the United States Supreme Court ruled on Jacobellis v. Ohio, Associate Justice Potter Stewart gained fame for his description of obscen...

Which Famous Director Created The Controversial Groupon Ad?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Well, they got the social faux pas they paid for... Groupon, the social network-powered group discount buying site, aired a controversial ad during t...

Jamie Lee Curtis: Halloween Queen Makes the Scene

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gregory Weinkauf

Elegant, astute and ticklishly real, Jamie Lee Curtis recently spent an October day signing her children's books at the grand opening of the new gallery location of Every Picture Tells a Story.

Jamie Lee Curtis' New Children's Book

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

That explains her career choices. She chooses to write children's books. (Her latest, My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story, is in stores.) She opts fo...

Arctic Monkeys' Humbug, This Week's New Album Releases, and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Mike Ragogna

It's refreshing that a young, promising group like Arctic Monkeys and its producers were smart enough to reinvent the brand before it got stale and formulaic, which this project absolutely is not.

Big Brother 11: May the Dork Be With You

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Let's start right off with the flying pink elephant in the Big Brother House: Voldedork's imaginary wife.

Spinal Tap On the Road, But Without The Wigs

nytimes.com | DAVE ITZKOFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The purpose of their costume- and character-free tour, which the trio has called "Unwigged & Unplugged" and which comes to the Beacon Theater in Manha...

Spinal Tap To Reunite For Tour

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The amps won't be turned up to 11 for Spinal Tap's reunion tour. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer _...

Pedigree Pooches Hit NYC To Strut Their Stuff!

Wendy Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Wendy Diamond

Once a year the pace of the city changes. There is an animal energy that's easy to sniff out. I'm talking about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.