October 24, 2011
SAY . . . SPA-A-A-A-H It's Borgata Spa Experience week at the luxe Atlantic City gaming complex through Friday, with prices starting at $85 for treatments at Spa Toccare and Immersion at the Water Club, plus free seminars and demos. 609-317-1000 or theborgata.com. HEH-HEH The boys are back. Mike Judge's, um, trailblazing cartoon "Beavis & Butt-head" returns to MTV at 10 p.m. Thursday with new episodes. BUCKS STOPS Should you need a reason (other than the fall foliage)
October 11, 2011 |
For MTV, the situation was more than awkward. In fall 2008, the network was bingeing on manufactured reality shows that celebrated wealth and excess just as the country was staggering into a recession. Banks were failing, people were losing their jobs, and college students were facing uncertain futures. But on MTV, the glamorous clique from The Hills was indulging in West Hollywood shopping trips and getaways to Cabo San Lucas. And on My Super Sweet 16, the parents of a South Carolina beauty queen spent tens of thousands of dollars to give her the perfect birthday party, with a baby-blue Hummer.
October 9, 2009 |
Same time, next year. Remember that 1978 movie about two people who met for sex once a year, every year, unbeknownst to their spouses? Not only was it funny - really, really funny - but it was also moving and wry, because the two people were interesting, and their relationship was textured and complicated. Unlike this sex farce. The First Day of School, opening 1812 Productions' new season at Plays & Players, is based on the same premise: Suburban parents decide to take advantage of the first day of school when they've all taken off from work and their children are out of the house.
October 6, 2009 |
Playwright Billy Aronson's new comedy The First Day of School is receiving simultaneous world premieres by Philadelphia's 1812 Productions and the San Francisco Playhouse. Which is fine. But just as fine, says Bala Cynwyd native Aronson - whose many and various writing credits include the original concept for the musical Rent, a stint with Mike Judge's MTV adolescents Beavis and Butt-head, and a string of short plays - is the fact that he's returning to the place where it all began.
February 4, 2004 |
[Editors note: Michelle Malkin wrote this prescient column about MTV well before the current Super Bowl brouhaha. It was published on Aug. 1, 2001.] 'GROSS. " That was the reaction my high school friends and I had to one of the very first music videos we ever watched on MTV. It was the 1984 debut of Madonna's "Like a Virgin. " We gasped in disbelief as she writhed on the ground and panted shamelessly about being "touched for the very first time. " The most horrifying Madonna-inspired spectacle, though, was not on TV. It was at the mall, where our teen-age peers paraded half-naked in Madonna garb, lip-synched to her crude lyrics and imitated every self-gratifying bump and grind of her trashy videos.
July 25, 2003 |
There's nothing like a horde of giant, tongue-snapping toads on pogo sticks to grab your attention - not to mention a hailstorm of nuts and bolts flying off the screen straight at you. Resurrecting the kitschy '50s film fad of 3-D, the one-man-band known as Robert Rodriguez (He writes! He directs! He produces! He shoots! He caters!) regroups his sleuthing Cortez clan in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, the first Hollywood feature to require the use of those chic red-and-blue-lens spectacles since 1991's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
October 13, 2001 |
They say that irony was among the collateral-damage victims of the terrorist attacks, but it would appear that nobody bothered to tell Tenacious D, a musical-comedy duo that aptly describes itself as "the Smothers Brothers meets Beavis and Butt-head. " The D consists of Jack Black, who stole the show in High Fidelity with his turn as an obnoxious record-store clerk, and Kyle Gass. It is encouraging that in a pop era dominated by airbrushed pubescence, two portly, middle-age dudes can sell out the Electric Factory - as was the case Thursday - armed with nothing more than acoustic guitars, an innate gift for heavy-metal burlesque, and a boundless command of pop-culture effluvia.
September 30, 2000
It's not the end of civilization as we know it - but it's a sign that at least part of the art world is taking its esthetic and humorous cues from the famously sophisticated world of . . . junior high school. We're referring, of course, to the minor midweek dustup over the art exhibit in City Hall that featured a parody of a convenience store, offering such "products" as "hot meat sticks" and "Fag cigarettes" (with the slogan "Grab a butt today"). When City Council President Anna Verna was forced to walk past it on the way to her office, she was offended, and got it moved - to a spot near the mayor's office.
August 10, 1999 |
Chris Prynoski wanted to keep it real. The MTV animator wasn't looking for plots or characters when he dreamed up Downtown, the cable channel's latest prime-time 'toon, which shows its second episode tonight at 10:30. Instead, Prynoski, 27, who has worked on the MTV hits Beavis & Butt-head and Daria, hit the street corners and pocket parks of New York's East Village with a tape recorder, looking for the true voices of teens and twentysomethings. He had pitched MTV execs "a show about a bunch of kids hanging out. " The suits got excited.
February 19, 1999 |
The state of social satire and black comedy in Hollywood is in serious disrepair - for proof, look no further than this week's "Jawbreaker. " (See Page 53.) Hollywood is good at making fun of itself, but seems mystified by anything going on east of Mulholland Drive. As a consequence, its political commentary is uncertain and clumsy ("Bulworth"), its social commentary is ugly and lacking perspective ("Very Bad Things"). The best work, particularly on the subject of jobs and families, is being done by cartoonists - TV shows like "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill," or the newspaper strip "Dilbert.