I'm not a movie snob. I'll go see a wacky comedy or the big new superhero action flick. However, this weekend I encountered something that befuddled my expectations: Fast Five.
I had never previously seen a Fast & The Furious franchise film. I dismissively thought that these movies and the gazillions of dollars they make time and again weren't for me.
This weekend I had a family event, though, and my mom offered me two options of films she wanted to see: Fast Five or Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I looked them up on my phone and went with the one with the higher Rotten Tomatoes score.
And boy was that ever the right choice. Friends, this is a capital-A-action movie. It's not often that you go to the movies and see a stunt/set piece that isn't similar to one you've seen in dozens of other movies, but I thought there were bits in this that genuinely surprised me.
On this morning's Madeleine Brand Show, NPR music critic Ann Powers talked about new albums from Lady Gaga and David Bazan.
Lady Gaga's album went on sale for 99 cents on Amazon yesterday. "Wait, how much?!" you may be saying. Well, so many others agreed that Amazon's servers froze due to the huge demand, leaving many unsatisfied customers temporarily unable to access the latest pop confection from Miss Gaga.
If you'd like a peak into the world of Gaga, you can listen to a few of her new songs below from this past weekend's Saturday Night Live:
Born This Way:
You can also see Gaga in a sketch with Justin Timberlake, "What's That Name?":
And the latest in a series of SNL's popular digital shorts series, as well as the latest in a sub-series of videos featuring Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg as '90s-esque white R&B guys.
Randy "Macho Man" Savage died Friday morning after suffering a heart attack while driving and crashing his car. As KPCC's resident pro wrestling fan, here are some of my thoughts.
The Wrestling Observer's Bryan Alvarez described his impact in an email. "Randy Savage was one of the most famous wrestlers of all time, a cultural icon of the '80s alongside Hulk Hogan who became even more famous as the public face of Slim Jim."
Randy Savage Slim Jim commercial with his famous "Snap into a Slim Jim!" catchphrase:
Savage was arguably the number two star in the company. He was also known for his signature delivery of catchphrases like "Ohhhhh yeeeeaaahhh" and "Dig it!"
For wrestling fans, he was the embodiment of charisma, as well as a talented athlete. While wrestling's staged, the moves do take a physical toll and require a degree of athleticism to perform. His signature move was climbing to the top of the ring's corner turnbuckle and flying down onto his opponent with an elbow drop.
When someone gets elected to Congress, how much power do they actually have? Not much, according to Tea Party-supported Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold.
“I went in with the youthful vigor that I could single-handedly change the world. But you fast come to the realization that you’re 1/435th of one-half of one-third of the government.”
USA Today spoke with freshmen members of the House of Representatives about how they were transitioning from campaign mode to governing; many noted the difficulties they face in Washington.
Farenthold continued, "I don't know how these bureaucrats sleep at night." Farenthold says there's a lot of power to the status quo. "Nobody in the Washington regulatory bureaucracy gets fired for saying no."
Others express more optimism about what they can accomplish. "I'm not a freshman. I'm just new in Congress," says Rep. David McKinley.
Speculation has been running rampant about why President Barack Obama waited to reveal his long-form birth certificate that so-called "birthers" had been demanding for years, days before Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden.
In an email to supporters announcing the merchandise, the campaign also went after Jerome Corsi's new book "Where's the Birth Certificate?" Corsi wrote his book long before Obama released his birth certificate, but the book wasn't released until after the reveal.
It uses Corsi to transition into the merchandise: "There's really no way to make this stuff completely go away. The only thing we can do is laugh at it—and make sure as many other people as possible are in on the joke."