Every film is a cultural artifact. As singular works of art, movies are their own self-contained contributions to popular culture, but their often essential inclusion of things like music, fashion, and slang within their own narratives puts them into a unique space – art wrapped around art, culture enveloped in culture. It’s why even bad period-set films are so fun to watch, as seeing canny cultural representations is almost always amusing, if not a bit intriguing. Blame it on nostalgia, shared memory, or even a good old-fashioned affection for otherwise forgotten pop culture snippets, but movies that work hard to accurately depict a time period or an era always have an extra it of built-in entertainment.
Have you ever watched the CBS series 'Under the Dome'? No? It's okay, because 'Late Show' host David Letterman has, and he's more than ready, willing, and able to explain the dramatic series to his audience. Letterman is hip to the real plights inside the series -- sometimes, people want to leave, but they can't, because the dome. The
Acid-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers recently stirred up a little bit of trouble when she walked out of an on-air interview after taking issue with the supposedly "negative" host (who was asking Rivers - who makes her bread and butter by making fun of people - about the negativity in her act and her latest book)
Tacking on a “based on a true story” tag has always helped bolster the scare factor of horror films, but its usage has become increasingly more frequent (and less fact-based) in recent years – though that doesn’t mean we’re suddenly in the golden age of reality-based horror films. Just because a film boasts about its real world roots doesn’t mean it’s always true. What’s really scary is how often it’s not.
Actor and rap legend Ice Cube can be pretty intense -- it's part of his charm, really! -- and his signature angry face and enraged voice only add to the laughs in this week's '22 Jump Street.' (Yes, pretty much just like they did with 2012's '21 Jump Street'). Cube is so intense, in fact, that he can make anything (even nice things) sound super-serious, a skill that Jimmy Kimmel put to the test on his show last night.
Imagine a mythical land -- a small town, really -- where there's only room for just one inhabitant to sport some tight, tight pants. How would people challenge each other for tight-pants supremacy? Last night on 'The Tonight Show,' just such a showdown hit the screen, when host Jimmy Fallon deluded himself into thinking his tight pants could somehow prove to be better, badder and tighter than Jennifer Lopez's tight pants.
You may have heard that they are making a new 'Star Wars' film -- actually, they're making a whole mess of new 'Star Wars' films, but you get the drift. Even if you're well aware of the production, you probably don't react to any bit of news about the film in the same way as Conan O'Brien's all-grunting, all-groaning 'Star Wars' Nerdgasm Choir, making their debut on last night's 'Conan.'
This may sound hard to believe, but back when Conan O'Brien arrived in Los Angeles as a starry-eyed (and possibly starving) television writer about three decades ago, gigs weren't just raining from the sky. The future late-night host had to take on some strange bits to make ends meet, including popping up in this NAMM (that's National Association of Music Merchants, in case you're not hip to esoteric professional groups) training video as the "opinionated type of customer."
Maya Rudolph is really good at a lot of things -- stuff she gets to do professionally, which is awesome for both her and us -- but she's also deeply terrible at a wide variety of skills, like giving some 'Tonight Show'-branded 'Unqualified Advice' to fans looking for some practical and financially minded advice.
'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon has been farming out plenty of his gags lately, asking his audience to send in various funny bits as they fit certain themes. Last night, he shared a batch of loyal fan-submitted screengrabs from both the internet and television -- a selection of some strange pictures, mismatched text, and a Captcha so bizarre that its hidden message popped up (tee hee) throughout the rest of the segment.
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