Arts and Entertainment Editor
Johnny Carson RIP
Comedian and long-time host of "The Tonight Show," Johnny Carson died Jan. 23 at his home. One of the best performers television has ever known, Carson kept people laughing for over 30 years and unlike most celebrities, stayed out of the limelight when he retired. The world has one less funny-man.
Radio DJ’s insensitive jerks
DJ’s at Hot 97, a station based in New York, sparked a nationwide controversy with their continuous playback of a song mocking Tsunami victims. The song included racial slurs and a lyric about children being sold into slavery. Just because speech is free doesn’t mean people should go around lessening its value.
Reality show packs a punch
Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship have joined to bring reality-TV junkies "The Ultimate Fighter," in which a number of men live in one house and train for two UFC contracts. It’s like the "Real World," but they punch each other instead of whining to the camera. "The Ultimate Fighter" can be seen Mondays at 10 p.m. on Spike TV.
Court brings back stupid lawsuit
A New York federal appeals court ruled that two teenagers can sue McDonald’s after another court dismissed the case. The teens allege that McDonald’s misled them into thinking that the burgers and fries they ate five times a week were healthy for them. I love how people take responsibility in this country.
This week's rent:
“Conan the Barbarian” (1982), directed by John Milius. Arnold plays Conan as he takes on the forces of Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and his evil snake cult. The sword and sworcery epics are coming back big time, and this is one of the true classics of the genre. Surprisingly good acting from California’s governor and as always, Jones is magnificent. The movie is worth it just for the great lines and scenery.
Grade: A +
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