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The 168 Turnaround: Sexy Coffee Death For Harry Potter

A&E NEWS: June 19 – June 25, 2011 POTTERMORE: Last week, Harry Potter fans were aflutter with anticipation for whatever the mysterious Pottermore might be.  And that was just it—no one knew what it was.  This past Thursday, however, British author J. K. Rowling announced that her seven Harry Potter novels will finally be available … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Strong Words From Samuel L. Jackson

A&E NEWS: June 12 – June 18, 2011 JURASSIC REBOOT: I first saw Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park when I was nine-years-old, and it scared the hell out of me, which, in turn, was why I loved the hell out of it.  Granted, it’s two sequels were lesser films (the third significantly so), but I enjoyed … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: We’re Havin’ Us A Book Burnin’!

THIS WEEK: June 5 – June 11, 20011 THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II: If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, then you know that I’m not a big fan of Dutch film writer and director Tom Six, a man whom most of you know as having been the mastermind behind the popular horror film, The … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Watson vs. Dragon Boobies

THIS WEEK: May 29 – June 4, 2011 PERSON OF THE YEAR: Do you pay attention to The Webbys?  You know, the award ceremony that celebrates great Internet achievement?  If you don’t, then maybe you should, especially since they’ve just awarded The Person of the Year Award to Watson, the IBM computer that gained considerable … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: I’m So Punk Rawk, I Make Poop Jokes

THIS WEEK: May 22- May 28, 2011 ULYSSES TWEETS: In the world of literary fiction, there are books you read to enjoy, books you read to challenge yourself, and books you read to suffer through for bragging rights (a la Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick). For many readers, James Joyce’s Ulysses is of the latter category. But … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Profanity, Outrage, and Crazy Prom Girl

THIS WEEK: May 15 – May 21, 2011 BEDTIME BANTER: Rhyming children’s books are a dime a dozen, but as long as they help your child fall asleep, their overabundance is not really an issue.  Then again, sometimes kids will just not fall asleep, which may explain the massive popularity of the tongue-in-cheek children’s bedtime … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Lunatics, Pale Kids, And The Masterful Marsden

THIS WEEK: May 8 – May 14, 2011 TWO AND A HALF MEN: Warner Bros. actually did it—they replaced actor and all around lunatic Charlie Sheen on their popular sitcom Two and A Half Men.  Recently, we’ve heard rumours that such actors as John Stamos and Hugh Grant were under consideration to replace Sheen.  The … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Bearded Bin Joins Cooper In Hell

THIS WEEK: May1 – May 7, 2011 OSAMA BIN LADEN: Immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, I couldn’t help but wonder how long it would take Hollywood to start shooting a film adaptation of that day’s horrors.  Turns out, it took less than five years; in 2006 we saw the TV film … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Terminator, Zombies, and Tyson’s Tattoo

THIS WEEK: Apr 24 – Apr 30, 2011 ZOMBIE HOUSE: In the realm of Geekdom, pretending to prepare for a zombie apocalypse is a favourite pastime.  Blame whomever you want, but it’s a cultural phenomenon that won’t be ignored.  And now we’ve taken another step toward apocalyptic readiness with KWK Promes’ The Safe House.  That’s … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Batman, Spider-Man, and Gaga

THIS WEEK: Apr 17 – Apr 23, 2011 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: More casting news for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, has hit the web.  For a while, we’ve known that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard (both of whom starred in Nolan’s Inception) were involved in the sequel to 2008’s The … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Crows and Idiots…And Opa

THIS WEEK: Apr 10 – Apr 16, 2011 AMERICAN IDIOT: I’ve been a fan of Green Day since their 1994 album, Dookie.  Though many of their older fans make a point of dismissing the pop punk band’s last two studio efforts, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, I can honestly say that I enjoy both … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Attack Of The Killer Planet—Call The Governator!

THIS WEEK: Apr 3 – Apr 9, 2011 DR. SEUSS: For many of us, Theodor Seuss Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) and his dozens of children’s books are a fondly remembered part of our early childhood.  Whether it be The Cat In The Hat or How The Grinch Stole Christmas or any number of … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Hungover and in Tights…with a Dragon Tattoo

THIS WEEK: Mar 27 – Apr 2, 2011 MAN OF STEEL: I’ll just come out and say it—I don’t much care for Superman.  Sure, I saw 2006’s Superman Returns, and, yeah, I did watch Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the mid 90s.  But I haven’t seen any of the Christopher Reeve … Continue reading

168 Turnaround: OMG—Ching Chong!

THIS WEEK: Mar 20 – Mar 26, 2011 OMG: As far as I’m concerned, the Oxford English Dictionary is the English language Bible.  Forget Websters or Dictionary.com—the OED is the only way to go.  Which is why I’m a bit shamefaced to say that the online abbreviation OMG (short for “oh my God”) has now … Continue reading

The 168 Turnaround: Beware The Sharktopus

THIS WEEK: Mar 13 – Mar 19, 2011 MICHAEL GOUGH: Despite having appeared in over 150 films, you probably remember Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler in Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin.  Sadly, Gough died this week at his home in the U.K. (though he had been ill for … Continue reading

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