Category: Observations

‘This Is It’ spectacular and bittersweet 2

‘This Is It’ spectacular and bittersweet

It’s understandable that Michael Jackson’s This Is It has become a controversial issue among fans. The film showcases Jackson’s indescribable talent and creative vision, cementing his status as the most amazing entertainer of all...

Fame is the new American Dream 1

Fame is the new American Dream

What exactly is the “American Dream”? According to Wikipedia, the concept was first expressed by James Truslow Adams in 1931, saying citizens of every rank feel that they can achieve a “better, richer, and...

Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009 7

Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009

There is no way I can string together a sentence that can fittingly express just how much Michael Jackson meant to me or how deeply devastated I am by his death.

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DVD commentary tracks can be the best special feature

For years now, I have been quite the DVD commentary enthusiast. It all began with the infamous drunken commentary track on the Cannibal: The Musical DVD featuring intoxicatingly funny conversation from very intoxicated stars...

Gerard Way reviews ‘The Pick Up Artist 2’ 2

Gerard Way reviews ‘The Pick Up Artist 2’

Normally, it’s a bad idea when celebrities blog. They typically have nothing to say, can’t seem to figure out the shift key, and use sentences that run on like a marathon athlete. There are,...

Is SNL fueling Palin mania in the media? 2

Is SNL fueling Palin mania in the media?

Is Tina Fey making Sarah Palin too likable?All spotlights seem to be focused squarely on Tina Fey every weekend as America fervently tunes in to see her portray Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. But is this good for the Obama/Biden campaign, or simply adding more fuel to the Palin media mania sweeping the nation?

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The great VMA debacle

Watching the VMAs last night was, in a word, torture. The only saving grace was Russell Brand, who managed to actually be entertaining during the ignominious joke of a ceremony we were all watching. Read Pat Sue Gentry’s write-up about the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards here, or on the Trashwire Blog.

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Rock the Cradle is like heroin

I have a very dangerous addiction to MTV’s Rock the Cradle, the American Idol style show where the children of music stars compete for viewer votes. I would compare this to a drug addiction because, while it’s probably destroying my brain to watch this trash-tastic series, I just can’t stop tuning in. It’s the ultimate guilty pleasure!

Pop culture meets politics: Trashwire returns to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner 13

Pop culture meets politics: Trashwire returns to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

The annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington D.C. can be one of the most bizarre and surreal events of the year. Where else are you going to be able to chat with Henry Kissinger and Heidi Montag in the same room? This year’s event marked the fourth time Trashwire has covered the pre-party scene and, as usual, it didn’t disappoint.

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Hulu, the premium YouTube

These days, there are hundreds of ways to watch videos online and sometimes it can be hard to weed out the crap from the good stuff. Sites like YouTube are polluted with poor quality user-submitted videos or catch-them-while-they-last clips from your favorite TV shows, which are often pulled from the site before you can even copy the embed code to your blog. That’s where Hulu.com comes in.

Trashwire’s Wil Chinchilla to cover SXSW 2008 3

Trashwire’s Wil Chinchilla to cover SXSW 2008

An astounding nine regional movie premieres will be taking place at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, TX. All of these premieres are early screenings of new mainstream movies that will serve as a testing ground for how the films will be marketed and distributed to the rest of America. The only major difference from a regular trip to the movies is that, at these screenings, there is a major opportunity to see the cast of the films and chat with them about each production.

Trashwire writer Wil Chinchilla will be covering SXSW for Trashwire, so keep checking back for more from the fest.

Is Nashville Relevant? 5

Is Nashville Relevant?

Trashwire reader and Nashville resident Will Ables contributed this article about country music and Nashville as a musical influence on other genres.

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The Oscars: Why Do I Care?

Trashwire contributor Erin Florence Dean brings us her thoughts on the Academy Awards.

Whenever anyone mentions the Oscars and their sponsoring organization, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), there are two questions that run through my ever-questioning mind: What is The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and why should I use their opinions to evaluate the quality of a film?