Game Change: Everything Old is Old Again

by Ethan Alter March 11, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Game Change</i>: Everything Old is Old Again

I finally got around to reading Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's much buzzed-about recounting of the chaotic 2008 Presidential campaign, well after all the hype surrounding the book had died down. And to be honest, I didn't really get what all the fuss was about. Sure Heilemann and Halperin provided some juicy nuggets about what was going on behind-the-scenes on both the Democratic and Republican sides, but as a work of non-fiction, it was awkwardly structured, poorly sourced (the authors famously relied extensively on anonymous and off-the-record contributors) and didn't offer any profound insights into the contentious, turbulent year that the country had just lived through. At its worst, Game Change resembled an US Weekly version of a political book -- lots of gossip, not much substance.

TWoP 10: Ridiculous People Who Should Be on <I>Dancing with the Stars</I>

There are rumors that Lindsay Lohan is going to be on the next season of Dancing With the Stars, and reports denying it, but it definitely seems that the show is looking for stars with a little bit more notoriety after their ratings success with Bristol Palin. Since the program has clearly given up any pretense about being about dancing and is just going for the outrageous, we've compiled a list of washed-up B-listers who are prime for a shot at the tackiest trophy on television.

Change is Coming… to the FCC!

by Odie Henderson October 29, 2008 10:38 am
Change is Coming… to the FCC!

Next week's election may change the way you watch TV and movies. With the new administration comes a new chairperson for the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is the organization that freaks out at two seconds of TV titty, but has no problem with four-hour boner commercials. Variety reports on what each Presidential candidate may do regarding both the FCC and some intellectual property actions at the MPAA. I'll leave you to read that; instead, I have my own predictions on what will happen.

The Great Presidential Chili Cook-Off

by Lauren Gitlin September 5, 2008 4:55 pm
The Great Presidential Chili Cook-Off Who doesn't like their deep fried lard with a side of hope? Hope not just that it's magically calorie free, but that the future of America is bright and full of promise? Well presumably that's exactly what the producers of Paula's Party are banking on; for the September 20 episode of the show, Paula's very special guest will be none other than Michelle Obama! According to the Village Voice, Mrs. Future First Lady (it's happening, or else I'm blowing things up!) will team up with everyone's favorite drunk Southern cook, learn the importance of frying things (seriously!), share anecdotes about the first meal she ever cooked for Barack, and wrassle up a big pot of Yes We Can chili courtesy of Mr. Future President's (what?) own well-guarded recipe.

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