April 11, 2011
Baltimore's mayoral campaign of 2011 is finally starting to heat up (at least a little bit). How do we know? The first negative ad was posted on YouTube today. With Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the way you lie" playing in the background, the video shows a series of articles that (I suppose) are intended to make the viewer think negatively of current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The video shows five articles in all: • 72,000 Baltimore residents to find themselves in new City Council districts Friday.
May 19, 2009
DVD Valkyrie ** (2 stars) Starring Tom Cruise. Directed by Brian Singer. Released by United Artists. $34.98 (Blu-Ray $39.95). Tom Cruise, who once could seemingly do anything in the movies, tries to revive his reputation, resuscitate United Artists and kill-off Adolf Hitler, all in the same movie. Valkyrie details -- that is, excruciatingly details -- a 1944 plot by a handful of enlightened German officers to assassinate the fuhrer. Had it been made 50 years ago, when exciting, star-studded World War II films were al l the rage, Valkyrie would have been filled with colorful performances, multiple climaxes and lots of stirring, bombastic music.
March 28, 2007
The catch-22 of American culture is that, no matter how far you go, you can never totally escape it. It is, as rapper Jay-Z once opined, a gift and a curse. Yesterday in the media room, I was sitting next to a very pleasant, very polite Japanese reporter who spoke almost no English. We exchanged a few grunts and hand motions, but for the most part, we were unable to communicate. And then her cell phone rang. I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I realized she had Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" as her ring tone.
December 6, 2005
It's hard to believe it has been just six years since Marshall Mathers, a blond, unassuming, Detroit-bred rapper with a killer flow, stormed into pop. Known to the world as Eminem, he seems to have been around much longer, upsetting conservative media pundits, homosexual activists, black women and George W. Bush. His whiny tone and razor lyrical dexterity, his weird sense of humor and Dr. Dre's innovative beats have pushed his record sales past 65 million. He owns three Grammys. In less than 10 years, Eminem has become perhaps the most successful artist in hip-hop.
March 10, 2005
Forget about Fantasia, Ruben and Kelly. Josh Groban is the real American Idol. He's a young overnight sensation with staying power. In 2004, sales of his albums ranked behind only Usher and Toby Keith among male artists. Even though the king of "classical crossover" sings formal love songs in foreign languages and looks deeply serious behind his chocolate curls, the 24-year-old is the open-minded music fan next door, as comfortable discussing Ashlee Simpson as he is arias. Why did you move so quickly from theaters to arenas?
November 12, 2004
Eminem isn't as crazy as he would have us believe. Essentially, hip-hop's favorite white guy has been using the same formula since he blew onto the national scene in 1999, making millions by exploiting his dysfunctional past. And on his new CD, Encore, in stores today, the Grammy-winning artist gives us more of the same. Because a stolen copy of the album has made it onto the Internet, with millions downloading the songs, Interscope Records issued Encore four days in advance of its original Nov. 16 release date.