Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I think it is, but my wife called it “soft-core porn.”
Although the annual show contains no nudity or sexual situations, the idea of attractive young women prancing around in underwear creates the impression that it only appeals to prurient interests.
The show, which is basically a one-hour commercial for the Victoria’s Secret lingerie brand, is packed with pop music and crazy fashions that marry haute couture with Las Vegas showgirl wear. It’s a spectacle of sights and sounds.
This year’s show, which aired tonight on CBS, featured musical performances by Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World and Neon Jungle.
Standout performances included Swift and Fall Out Boy joining up for the latter’s hit single “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” and Ian Axel of A Great Big World singing “Say Something.”
In years past, the show featured some great song mash-ups, but they’ve mostly given way to live performances recently. I did enjoy the use of the (censored) Miley Cyrus tune “F.U.” and the David Guetta track “I Wanna Go Crazy” with Will.i.am this year.
I like the combination of pop music, stage theatrics and over-the-top costumes with wings, feathers and lace. And yes, the pretty ladies are nice to look at too. But it’s not soft-core porn.
Photos: Behati Prinsloo struts past singer Taylor Swift (top); models Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel and Prinsloo at the 2013 “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”
Sunday, December 8, 2013
It’s a mixed media diorama since I could only find a few boring silver Lego fish to use. So I brightened it up with some miscellaneous plastic toy fish.
“Tanked,” now in its fifth season, follows the operations of Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, owned by brothers-in-law Brett Raymer and Wayde King.
Animal Planet’s website for “Tanked.”
Wikipedia entry on “Tanked.”
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Among the new shows I started watching this fall, Fox sci-fi cop series “Almost Human” and ABC comic book-hero drama “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” are keeping my interest, but barely. Both are competently made, but lack the must-see factor of some of the serial dramas I watch.
On “Almost Human,” the pairing of Karl Urban and Michael Ealy as human and android cop partners is the best thing about the show. The actors have great chemistry. I wish the plots were a little darker and deeper though. There needs to be some through line or story arc for the series otherwise it’s just a cop procedural set in the future. Yawn.
And for the love of God, give something more substantial for supporting actors Lili Taylor and Minka Kelly to do. They’re both wasted on this show. They just walk around the office and relay information to the main characters.
As for “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” it’s a favorite of my 10-year-old son, but I could take it or leave it. It needs more danger and better villains.
I tried watching “The Tomorrow People,” but it got old fast. A few episodes in and the show felt redundant and pointless. I didn’t care much for the protagonists either. I was hoping for more of a “Heroes” or “X-Men” vibe, but the characters were vanilla and they all shared similar superpowers. Boring.
I also canned Lifetime’s “Witches of East End.” I enjoyed watching the lovely Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, but the show moved at a glacial pace. It kept hitting the same notes over and over without advancing the story. Viewers need regular payoffs to keep watching. I didn’t feel rewarded.
Among returning shows, I crossed off my watch list CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” now in its fifth season. Too many characters dying and coming back to life. Too many doppelgangers (actress Nina Dobrev had three look-alike roles at one point). Too many of the same angsty conversations. I had had enough.
I’m frankly pretty sick of vampires at this point. I declined to watch new vampire shows “The Originals” on the CW and “Dracula” on NBC for that reason.
My favorite returning shows are “The Walking Dead” on AMC, “Supernatural” on the CW, “Revolution” on NBC and “American Horror Story” on FX.
Shows I like to watch with my kids include NBC’s “The Voice,” Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot,” Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” and Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.”
Midseason replacement shows on my potential watch list include the CW’s “The 100,” NBC’s “Crossbones” and “Believe,” and ABC’s “Killer Women.”
Photos: “Almost Human” promotional art.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
During the Red Scare after World War II, movies addressed fears about the rise of communism in the U.S. (See “The Red Scare: A Filmography” by the All Powers Project.)
When nuclear war was a constant concern after the Cuban missile crisis and before the fall of the Soviet Union, Hollywood depicted the public’s fear of an attack. (See “From Atoms to Apocalypse: Film and the Nuclear Issues” by Mick Broderick at NuclearFiles.org.)
Now, partway through the second term of President Barack Obama, we’re seeing an unprecedented number of movies, TV shows and video games that take place in a post-apocalyptic world.
These forms of entertainment reflect our nation’s psyche after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the Great Recession.
The number of post-apocalyptic dramas has increased significantly under President Obama. Perhaps Americans feel like our country is now great wasteland ruined by U.S. government policies, which have put the nation deeply in debt and stuck with high unemployment.
With the NSA spying scandal, the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare (a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act) and a lame-duck president, Americans have become even more pessimistic about the future of the U.S.
Since Obama took office, five post-apocalyptic TV series have premiered. During the two terms of his predecessor, President George W. Bush, three premiered, including one from the U.K. Four post-apocalyptic TV dramas are currently airing. AMC has “The Walking Dead.” NBC has “Revolution.” TNT has “Falling Skies.” And SyFy has “Defiance.”
Two more post-apocalyptic TV shows are set to air next year. The CW has “The 100,” which takes place 97 years after nuclear Armageddon destroyed civilization on Earth. TNT has “The Last Ship,” which takes place after a global pandemic wipes out 80% of the world’s population.
Plus, there are at least seven more post-apocalyptic shows in development.
AMC is working on a spin-off of “The Walking Dead.” It will feature a new cast of characters dealing with the zombie apocalypse.
AMC also is making a series called “Galyntine,” a post-apocalyptic tale about a society that eschews all forms of technology following a global disaster.
HBO is developing “The Leftovers,” which concerns a small town dealing with the aftermath of a global Rapture-like event.
SyFy is hoping to do a TV series based on the movie “Waterworld,” which takes place after the polar ice caps melt and flood the Earth.
SyFy also has ordered a pilot for a TV series based on the movie “12 Monkeys.” The story “follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.”
Plus, SyFy has ordered a pilot for “Dominion,” a drama based on the 2010 movie “Legion.” The show is described as “as an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years in the future after a war between an army of angels and mankind has transformed the world.”
And “X-Files” creator Chris Carter is developing a post-apocalyptic drama series for Amazon.com called “The After.” I’m not sure television can survive so many end-of-the-world programs.
I’ll update post-apocalyptic movies soon.
Post-apocalyptic TV dramas proliferating. Part of Obama’s legacy? (Aug. 14, 2012)
List of post-apocalyptic TV dramas (Aug. 16, 2012)
Another post-apocalyptic TV drama coming. (Oct. 15, 2012)
Post-apocalyptic TV series are spreading. (July 9, 2013)
Video game industry embraces the apocalypse. (July 12, 2013)
Photos: Promotional art and still from the upcoming CW series “The 100.”
Friday, November 29, 2013
A couple more cases have cropped up of female teachers being fired after the discovery of sexy photos unrelated to their jobs. America needs to just chill out and be more tolerant of such things.
Last month, Cristy Nicole Deweese, 21, was fired from her job as a high school Spanish teacher in Dallas after administrators found out she had posed naked for Playboy while in college.
School administrators deemed her past inappropriate. One parent told the Dallas Morning News that the revelation would be a distraction for her 16- and 17-year-old male students who wouldn’t be able to look at her without picturing her nude.
News flash: Teenage boys would do that with or without photos, especially since she’s a beautiful young woman.
(See additional news coverage by the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and Fox News.)
Also in October, Laraine Cook, a girls’ basketball coach in Pocatello, Idaho, was fired for racy photo posted to her Facebook account. In the photo, Cook is wearing a bikini and her fiance has his hand on her right breast. The school considered the photo immoral.
Meanwhile, her fiance, a football coach at the same high school, got off with a reprimand.
Sounds like a double standard to me.
(See news coverage by the Huffington Post, Business Insider and the New York Daily News.)
Photos: Cristy Nichole Deweese (top) and Laraine Cook and fiance (bottom).
Being a porn actress isn’t a crime, so women shouldn’t be harassed because of it (April 3, 2011)
Public treats porn performers, nude models like criminals (Jan. 17, 2013)
Absurd morality against sexy women who model extends to Europe (Jan. 18, 2013)
America continues to punish sexy women (June 5, 2013)
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The recycled, filtered water in his cat fountain doesn’t suit his refined tastes. He wants his water fresh from the tap.
My cat, a 12-year-old Himalayan, might have some genetic memory of drinking glacier melt water. I don’t know. All I know is that he will pester me in the bathroom until I turn on the tub faucet. (See photos above and below.)
I like to write about cats when this blog hits milestones. This month, Tech-media-tainment reached two milestones. It reached its five-year anniversary and surpassed 1.5 million visitors. Thanks for all your support!
Friday, November 15, 2013
“Ass sphincter says what?” Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) asks.
“What?” a confused Noah Vanderhoff (Brian Doyle-Murray) replies.
“Exactly,” Wayne says.
Lately social media has been busting news anchors and other public figures for unknowingly saying sex slang. But at least one of the recent examples involves pretty obscure slang.
On Oct. 31, the Rev. Joel Osteen, best-selling author and pastor of megachurch Lakewood in Houston, made an embarrassing post on Twitter.
“A true friend walks in when everybody else walks out. A true friend doesn’t rub it in when you make a mistake. They rub it out,” he wrote.
That message sent social media atwitter and Osteen deleted the post. I guess I’m not up on my slang, because it turns out that “rub it out” is slang for masturbation.
And that expression has been used before. See the photo (and Internet meme) below of a sign outside Grace Baptist Church.
In another instance of accidental sex slang, a commentator on a Fox News broadcast said President Obama and his wife enjoy “fisting.” She meant to say “fist bumping.” Whoops. See the YouTube video here.
Or how about the news anchor in Canada who didn’t know the definition of “canoodle”? See that YouTube video here.
Frankly it’s getting pretty hard to keep up on all the slang. I’m always looking up unfamiliar slang words online, especially on Urban Dictionary. So have your giggles, people, and cut these folks some slack.