| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Media and entertainment industry attorney Donald Engel died Wednesday in Redwood City, Calif. following a long battle with leukemia. He was 84 years old.
Engel's famous clients include Olivia Newton John and Donna Summer, for whom he won major victories,...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:05 AM
"Southern peaches," Ryan Seacrest said appreciatively of his hometown talent as "American Idol" scoured Atlanta for starry-eyed singers. Certainly Thursday's show, the season's first hour-long episode, brought us a few sweet voices -- not to mention...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 10:12 AM
The penultimate night of "The Voice" Season 6 blind auditions started off, as shows at this stage of the competition so often do, with each coach predicting his or her team will carry off the win. How the talent will ultimately fare remains to be seen,...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 3:45 PM
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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS have long cherished living in aggrieved opposition to critics who they have felt failed to respect Kiss' heavy metal oeuvre, and the band's...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Initial speculation has begun on who will be playing the now-annual concert at Wrigley Field. Live Nation has revealed that we're going to find out Thursday, but we can widely speculate now, right? RIGHT!?!!
A good thing to remember: Wrigley concerts...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"SAUCE FOR the goose is sauce for the gander," goes the Olde English proverb. This is the basis of "What's good for the goose is good for the gander," which means that women can do what men do. Just start taking it for granted.
THIS proverb seemed in...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:55 AM
I've never liked doing year-end best-of lists for a number of reasons. I don't feel qualified, for one. As a part-time critic I don't see or even sample every show. I also find that I enjoy shows that definitely aren't "the best" technically, but are so...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 11:53 AM
NBC can't shake its Maya Rudolph infatuation.
The peacock network has ordered a pilot for a new prime-time variety series that will feature the "Saturday Night Live" graduate as its topliner, the network confirmed.
It's a project Rudolph had been...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 8:45 AM
Dreams are far from unwinding on "American Horror Story: Coven."
An ongoing thread in the third installment of the series has been the unbridled infatuation swamp-dweller Misty Day (Lily Rabe) has for rock heroine Stevie Nicks, whom Day firmly...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 7:29 AM
Cable networks kick off the Fall TV season in early September with a variety of reality series, scripted dramas and comedies. Later in the month, the broadcast networks join the fray with their new and returning series. And if you oly watch TV on your...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 3:41 PM
We here at Pop & Hiss are big fans of the L.A. sister trio Haim, whose easy-breezy folk-soul album "Days Are Gone" comes out next week.
And we're even bigger fans of the Miley Cyrus power ballad "Wrecking Ball," which we saw the former Disney Channel...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"WHAT'S the best book you've read so far this year?" asked The New York Times of James McBride. (He is the author of 'The Color of Water' and "The Good Lord Bird.")
His answer had more people talking than I've heard in lit circles in ages. His answer...