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Tiger: Only Thing Missing Was ‘Thank You, Mr. President.’

posted by Douglas Howe

I believe that history will show that Tiger Woods launched his professional political career today, with his well-crafted and publicized press conference. He is no longer the golfer or the celebrity or the superstar. He is the cultural icon who […]

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Oprah’s Show To End; Her Influence…?

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN and other outlets are reporting today that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will be ending after 25 seasons. The last show will be coming up soon: on September 9, 2011. Okay, so it’s not so soon! Mrs. Winfrey has followed […]

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Mr. Kennedy’s Religion: Honored in Death, What About in Life?

posted by Douglas Howe

Well, the Lying in Repose, the Celebration, the Memorial Service and the Funeral are over. And the respect for Sir Ted Kennedy will live on. (You can read more here.) And after it all, what I will remember most about […]

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Jay Leno’s Entertainment: President Obama!

posted by Douglas Howe

The economy is tanking. The bailed-out companies are sending seven figure bonuses to their key managers. The banks are barely making it. The public is nervous. How does a President respond? Does he start a train tour? Does he take […]

President Obama, the Rock Star!

posted by Douglas Howe

President Obama is a rock star! He and his family have shown up at more parties, events, gatherings, celebrations, fundraisers and other pre-Inauguration activities than movie stars on Oscar night. And the cameras have been there. Therefore, this may be […]

The Must-est ‘Must-See-TV’ Ever!

posted by Douglas Howe

From a television–and pop culture– point of view this has been one of the longest, dramatic, and most entertaining Presidential races of all time. And it comes to an end today with the swearing in of Barack H. Obama as […]

Rev. Warren: Pastor, Author, Debate Host, Inauguration Star

posted by Douglas Howe

Several years ago, a pastor’s son planted a church in a tough-to-reach upper middle class suburb in Southern California. For years–even decades–he shunned the spotlight to focus on his ministry. His church grew. It spun off other churches. He coached […]

Election P.S.: Don’t Quit Campaigning!

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the more inspiring storylines to this year’s election cycle was the large number of people who went to the polls. And one of the driving forces behind that was the large amount of non-news channel coverage of the […]

The Real Reason Obama Wins

posted by Douglas Howe

48 years ago, there was a national Presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Those who heard it on the radio believed that Nixon won. Those who saw it on TV hailed Kennedy as the winner. Kennedy then […]

The Three Debate Goofs

posted by Douglas Howe

Man, what a drag! I like writing positive posts and wanted to say something great about last night’s debate. I suppose we could say that it was civil, and perhaps we could say that no fights broke out, and perhaps […]

Penn Jillette: A Welcome Change to the Political Discussion

posted by Douglas Howe

There’s a new kind of entertainment journalism emerging these days. Or, should I say that there’s a new kind of journalistic entertainment these days? I think it’s the former. Penn Jillette–the taller, louder partner of “Penn and Teller”–has written one […]

The Conventions: Life Imitates Art

posted by Douglas Howe

Did you watch the Democratic National Convention on TV Monday night? No. Neither did I. It made me think back to that “West Wing” episode of a few years ago, where the dramatic twist featured all three major television network […]

Must-See TV: McCain and Obama at Saddleback Church

posted by Douglas Howe

Well, if you’re tiring of the Olympics, or can’t afford the gas to drive to a movie theatre, or can’t afford the popcorn after you buy the gas, there’ll be a relevant, interesting, and hopefully inspiring show that you can […]

Bernie Mac: Another ‘Done Too Soon’

posted by Douglas Howe

Add another one, Neil Diamond, to your “Done Too Soon” lyrics: Bernie Mac is gone at 50. Although he rose from a poor upbringing to become a household comedic name, there was always a sense that there was more genius […]

McCain and Obama’s Favorite Superheroes

posted by Douglas Howe

Presumed presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama have revealed their favorite pop culture icons, including superheroes, with McCain favoring Batman and Obama, Spider-Man and Batman, according to Reuters. I find myself asking two glaring questions: 1. Was this a […]

Jib Jab–For You, Too!

posted by Douglas Howe

The spirit of Bob Dylan, Johnny Carson and political cartoonists everywhere is alive and well in the newest (and best) political satire entertainment on the web. The folks at Jib Jab have again risen to the challenge of creating political […]

Top 5 Election Season DVDs

posted by Douglas Howe

If the candidates’ shticks and the talk shows are boring you, why not spice up your election season–and start some smart conversations with those you love–by buying or renting one of my Top Five Election DVDs of All-Time. With respect […]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81_fhnB-qpw There is more good news for females looking to make a career in the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the organization’s Women's Summit a “Rooney Rule” for women, to encourage ...

posted 10:04:43am Feb. 05, 2016 | read full post »

Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Tweety Dies
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmasSF-pz6o[/youtube]Joe Alaskey, best known for voicing iconic Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and Marvin the Martian died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Alaskey ...

posted 8:53:35am Feb. 04, 2016 | read full post »

‘Risen’ is a Detective Story for the Ages
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVkXeGP03oo The upcoming film "Risen"  is the story of Roman military officer Clavius and his personal mission to debunk the disciples’ claims that Christ was resurrected. Joseph Fiennes stars as the ...

posted 10:27:37am Feb. 03, 2016 | read full post »

"Grease: Live" was the Biggest TV Musical Yet
Technical difficulties, a rare thunderstorm, and a death of key cast member’s father didn’t stop the success of “Grease: Live” last night, drawing in rave reviews. Audio glitches interrupted Julianne Hough’s big solo number, ...

posted 2:38:56pm Feb. 01, 2016 | read full post »

The X-Files Returns with Staggering Ratings
The return of The X-Files has been long awaited, but definitely didn’t disappoint. The Fox series premiered Sunday after the NFC championship game, giving the series a huge potential audience. The ratings were impressive, drawing in over ...

posted 3:16:46pm Jan. 26, 2016 | read full post »

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