Blessed art thou who skippeth "Son of God"
"Son of God" isn't based on the much-ballyhooed History Channel miniseries "The Bible." It literally is "The Bible," albeit vigorous edited down from 10 hours to 138 minutes with a few deleted scenes added in for a bonus. To call "Son of God" a new movie is like a date reheating leftovers and saying he cooked dinner for you, then asking for $10 to cover the cost. And it was Chinese takeout to begin with.
WZTI-AM Martini Radio airs on AM and FM dials
In radio land, there are two dials we usually jump around when we search for a set of songs or a talk show to listen to. And the difference between the quality of the signal between AM and FM can vary depending on where you are located. That's one of the reasons why WZTI-AM 1290 Martini Radio will make the move to be heard on both AM and FM.
Matt's picks for who will win - and should win - at the 2014 Oscars
We are just on the outskirts of 24 hours before the Academy Awards finally begin, so I suppose that makes it about time to grab a ballot and actually start making some picks.
An idiot's guide to the 2014 Oscar Best Picture nominees
After a month and a half of buzz, conflicting awards results and Hollywood gamesmanship, yes, the Oscars are finally happening this Sunday night. So as a little refresher for your Oscar parties and betting pools, here's a quick guide to the big nominees, listing off why or why not each movie has a chance.
Olivares ready for more Brewers' Spanish play-by-play
Andy Olivares is entering his seventh season as the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Dead pools a fixture in newsrooms for decades
When I worked in a traditional newsroom, for daily newspapers, television and radio news, we had a dead pool too. It wasn't meant for betting, but it was for taking the time to be organized, gathering the assets needed to cover the passing of someone important or notable in the community.
The game is done, let's break down the Super Bowl
The big game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos is over. However, the next 24 hours will be spent looking at every aspect of the media spectacle that is the Super Bowl.
Panel features range of public radio options in Milwaukee
As part of its Coffee Connections series, the East Town Association kicks off 2014 with a talk on the status of public radio in Milwaukee.
A viewing guide to the 2014 Oscar nominations
To help with your pre-Oscar binge-watching, here's a list of all the nominees listed in alphabetical order and where you can currently find and watch them. Then, come March 2, you'll be able to impress all of your friends with your knowledge about the nominees for Best Sound Mixing. Maybe impress isn't the right word ...
The 2014 Oscar nominations are in
Bright and early this morning, the president of the Academy Cheryl Boone-Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth announced the nominees for the 86th Oscars. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" led the way with 10 nominations each, including Best Picture. Here are the rest of the nominees for us to debate and discuss endlessly for the next month and a half (is it really going to be that long? Oh dear).
WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 launches 4:30 a.m. newscast
WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 officially announced today that starting on Monday, its weekday morning newscasts will start at 4:30 a.m. Now, all commercial TV news operations in Milwaukee will start at 4:30 a.m.
Oriental Theatre reopens after cold closes doors
After locking its doors for a week thanks to a busted boiler, the legendary 86-year-old movie house has finally popped back to life.
Updated: Oriental Theatre closed through the weekend
The Oriental Theatre has temporarily closed this week due to a malfunctioning boiler. According to the theater's answering machine message, the fix will leave them closed through the weekend.
TV producer involved with "Homeland" to speak at UWM
Perspective is the best commodity when telling a story. One person who gets it is Ron Leshem. The Academy Award-nominated writer who produced "Prisoners of War," the Israeli series that Showtime's "Homeland" is based on, will talk about what the Israeli TV industry reveals about its culture in a special presentation at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library.
Milwaukee Film Festival announces dates for 2014 edition
The two-week Milwaukee Film Festival extravaganza will run from Sept. 25 though Oct. 9, sticking with the last week of September/first week of October theme that has been working well over the past several years.
The runners-up: The best of the rest of film in 2013
As previously noted, 2013 was a marvelous year for movies. If you didn't see a great film this year, you just weren't trying. It was so good, in fact, that I felt bad about how many movies I wasn't able to mention in my top ten. So as an extra bonus, here are the next best ten movies from the past year, many of which you can find on Netflix or in theaters right now.
My Netflix resolution
I decided to make a resolution I can actually keep, which is to use and watch Netflix this winter. See y'all in the spring.
Looking back on a year of television addiction
I undoubtedly spend more time watching TV than any other activity in my life. So as the calendar changes to another year, I found myself reflecting on the past year of my TV viewing.
Group behind "Duck Dynasty" petition reacts to A&E reversal
A petition created by Faith Driven Consumer was aimed at reinstating Phil Robertson on "Duck Dynasty" on A&E after the network announced it was suspending the head of the reality show family. More than 260,000 signatures were gathered.
NBC's "The Sing-Off" tour coming to The Pabst Theater
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the entire "Sing-Off Live Tour!" The tour, which comes to The Pabst Theater on Thursday, March 20, will feature the newly crowned best a cappella group in the country, along with other finalists from the show.
"Mythbusters" host Adam Savage blogs about Milwaukee
Adam Savage, host of "Mythbusters" on the Discovery Channel, blogged yesterday about many Milwaukee things.
"Britney Blowout" features candid interview with pop singer
The TV Guide Network (TVGN) will premiere a one-hour television special, "Entertainment Tonight Presents: Britney Blowout," on Monday at 10 p.m.
Driver taps "GMA" co-anchor as awards host
Josh Elliott, a co-anchor on ABC's "Good Morning America," will host the first annual Donald Driver's Driven to Achieve Awards presented by BMO Harris Bank on March 29 at The Pfister Hotel.
Time Warner Cable launches Showtime Anytime mobile feature
Time Warner Cable announced the launch of Showtime Networks' authentication service, Showtime Anytime. Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers who subscribe to Showtime will have free, unlimited on demand access to hundreds of hours of the network's programming.
Jason Newton leaving Channel 12 for hometown post
The Baltimore Sun reports today that WISN-TV anchorman Jason Newton has taken an anchor position at WBAL in his hometown of Baltimore. The station, like Channel 12 here, is owned by Hearst Television Inc.