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Reviews of iPad games including Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD from Gameloft and Risk and Rock Band Reloaded HD from Electronic Arts
I've never been a big fan of awards shows. I find them to be boring, pompous, left-wing love-ins. That is, until I watched Ricky Gervais' stunning and hilarious performance Sunday as host of the Golden Globes. Much like the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Annies and the rest of the alphabet soup of awards shows, the Golden Globes, handed out annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) since 1944, are multihour snoozefests. If you want a cure for insomnia, here's the solution.
One of my prized possessions is a dog-eared Pelican paperback, "Jazz," published in 1952 and written by British music critic Rex Harris. Mr. Harris was a jazz paleo-conservative of the strict-constructionist, originalist school.
Government regulators on Tuesday gave Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, clearance to take over NBC Universal in a deal that is certain to transform the entertainment industry landscape.
"['The O'Reilly Factor'] model is often little more than contrarian theatrics substituted for real analysis and debate, but this is no reason to get sentimental about the [Larry King/Oprah Winfrey] model of soft dialogue. It was toxic in its own right," writes Laura Bennett at the New Republic.
"Yesterday, the Vatican announced that they would beatify John Paul II on May 1. ... John Paul II has also become known as John Paul the Great, which is ... great, but means that his predecessor in the Holy See will now be known, probably, as John Paul the Brief," writes Dan Collins at the blog Piece of Work in Progress.