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Michael Symon Answers Our Questions On 'Next Iron Chef,' & 'Food Feuds' (Video)

10/1/2010 10:14am EDT
Michael Symon Next Iron Chef
Michael Symon is a successful restaurateur, an Iron Chef, and a beloved icon in his hometown of Cleveland. This year, he expands his horizons even further as a judge on the third season of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef,” and as host of the original series “Food Feuds,” where he seeks to determine the best of the best American regional cuisine. Chef Symon was nice enough to sit down and answer some of my questions about judging the next Iron Chef, what will define his new program, and how he feels about my beloved Chicago cuisine.

Check out his answers in the video below and make sure ...

Uwe Boll Takes Risk With 'Auschwitz'

9/10/2010 10:29am EDT
Auschwitz Uwe Boll
Whatever you think of Uwe Boll (and for most people, it’s not much), you have to admit this: The man has some guts. By the look of the teaser for his upcoming “Auschwitz,” Boll has started making a movie that no one will like, no matter how good it turns out to be.

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Barely a minute long, this trailer is easily the most disturbing cinematic depiction that I’ve ever seen. The panic in the chamber, combined with the indifferent and casual guard (played by Boll himself) made me sick to my stomach.

Boll ha...

In Memory Of '24'

5/25/2010 9:55am EDT
24 Series Finale
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to remember ’24,’ the television program which showed us that torture is sometimes necessary, that evil is rarely absolute, and that government agencies are infiltrated with alarming regularity.

To see the program now, it’s hard to imagine that the whole thing started with a gimmick. The initial marketing campaign for ‘24’ focused mainly on one thing: The show would occur in real time. An hour long episode would actually cover one hour of the characters’ lives. Given the subject matter, the possibilities were endless: Terrorist deadlines and ultim...

The Left Cheers, The Right Explodes, And Miss USA Wins

5/24/2010 10:15am EDT
Rima Fakih
Beauty pageants are irrelevant.

Short of Donald Trump, I don’t think anybody knew the Miss USA pageant was happening last week, and short of the judges and contestants, I don’t think anybody cared that Rima Fakih took home the crown. This was as big a non-story as could be, just an attractive girl winning an obsolete contest and getting a purely symbolic title. How nice for her. Let’s move on.

But Rima Fakih is not just an attractive girl who won an American beauty pageant; Rima Fakih is an attractive Lebanese-American girl who won an American beauty pageant, which somehow means that Miss...

Nike Launches Epic World Cup Ad Campaign

5/21/2010 10:14am EDT
Nike Launches Epic World Cup Ad Campaign
With the World Cup less than a month away, Nike has kicked off (pun extremely intended) its advertising campaign with an absolutely epic commercial titled “Write the Future.” Featuring global soccer stars like Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Landon Donovan, the commercial is a three minute cinematic experience directed by Alejandro Inarritu, the man responsible for “21 Grams” and “Babel.” There are cameos by Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, and even Homer Simpson, making this commercial’s scope go far beyond anything we have ever seen.

Also intriguin...

Justin Bieber Is Threatening Our Youth

5/4/2010 11:00am EDT
Let this be a rallying cry to all the level-headed, music-loving people out there – and let it be a warning to all the responsible and interested parents – we have a crisis on our hands, and its name is Justin Bieber.

He is spreading through this planet like a virus, infecting every nation, suffocating well-executed lyrics and creative musicality and replacing them with shiny hair and eerily unblemished skin. I know what you’re thinking, this kind of thing has come around before, and it’s always been dismissed quickly and efficiently as nothing but a fad. This may be true, but make no m...

Why Isn't Tyler Perry A Bigger Star?

4/13/2010 1:30pm EDT
tyler perry
Tyler Perry is one of the most prolific filmmakers in recent memory, perhaps the most prolific. Not only does he release movies at an alarming rate, but most of them are deep, well-balanced projects that depict the world with a haunting accuracy. More impressive still is the fact that Perry writes and appears in most of his movies, giving him a skill-set that his contemporaries (with the possible exception of Quentin Tarantino) can only dream of.

Why is it, then, that Tyler Perry isn’t mentioned alongside Tarantino, Peter Jackson, or Christopher Nolan when people talk about big-name Hollyw...

Celebrity Cheaters In Rehab: What A Load Of Crap

4/6/2010 10:47am EDT
Tiger Woods & Jesse James
First it was Tiger Woods, now it's Jesse James. Who'll be the next celebrity caught with their pants around their ankles? And how long before they, too, scamper off to rehab? It doesn't really matter because no matter who it is, it'll be a load of crap.

Let's get one thing straight: addiction is real, it exists, and it devastates countless lives on a daily basis. Let's get another thing straight: Tiger Woods did not cheat on his wife 600 times because he was addicted to sex. Jesse James did not cheat on Sandra Bullock with a Nazi stripper because he was addicted to whatever the hell he's c...

The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

3/2/2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...

Best And Worst Winter Olympic Movies

2/12/2010 10:26am EST
Best And Worst Winter Olympic Movies
The Winter Olympics start this week, and though some people see this as an opportunity to celebrate global harmony through sport, others see it as a reason to compile a list of movies. Some of these are masterpieces, and some are abominations, but they all have one thing in common: They are all better than the biathlon. So here they are, from best to worst:

Miracle (2004)

Director: Gavin O'Connor

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick O'Brien Demsey

When a movie is based on true events, it often means that those events have been long-forgotten or ignored. Not so with Miracle, which is a...