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Opinion: BET’s decision exemplifies end of televised music era

November 25, 2014
Black Entertainment Television announced Nov. 14 that “106 & Park,” its music video countdown show, will air its last on-air episode Dec. 19. The music video countdown program will become digital only. Well, it finally happened. It’s the end of an era. As a former viewer of the show, I do not find it surprising that cable television has lost yet another (and probably final) program dedicated to showcasing the hottest music videos of the week. When I was younger, I used to watch MTV to find out what mainstream America was listening to, which artists were popular and which newcomers were catching buzz. “106 & Park,” which premiered in… Read more

Opinion: AMAs show trajectory for music fame in America unpredictable

November 25, 2014
The 2014 American Music Awards highlighted “the melting pot” that is America. Most every style of music was displayed, and many different nationalities were honored. Latino icon Pitbull was the host again this year, and he did exactly what you would expect him to do. He called himself “Mr. Worldwide” and “Mr. 305”, said “Dali” a handful of times, and did a huge performance with about 30 scantily clad women. That aside, he did a good job with his hosting duties. He was comfortable speaking and he brought attention to the Latino community, something that often doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Taylor Swift opened the show with… Read more

Opinion: Lena Dunham incites healthy debate with taboo confession

November 4, 2014
Two-time Golden Globe recipient/uber-feminist Lena Dunham recently admitted to sexually molesting her younger sister — at least, that’s what people are saying. The claims surfaced after several right-wing writers began picking apart excerpts from the star’s newly published memoir, “Not That Kind of Girl.” In her memoir, Dunham relates several peculiar tales from her youth — those tales include an examination of her sister’s genitalia after discussing female anatomy with her mother and instances of bribing her sister for kisses and affection. Upon first glance, the stories are admittedly shocking. But after I’d read the stories a second time, I found it necessary to question why I had felt so… Read more

TV review: ‘The Affair’ doesn’t cheat on intelligent storytelling

October 28, 2014
Showtime’s new high-concept drama “The Affair” is an intriguing, aesthetically pleasing and structurally innovative show. The two lead performances from British actors Dominic West — known for his role as rugged detective Jimmy McNulty on HBO’s “The Wire” — and Ruth Wilson are mesmerizing, as is most of the show. The show, from noted Israeli producer Hagai Levi, immediately attracted attention for its unusual premise. While soapy shows full of lurid premises and troubled marriages are all over TV, they don’t tell their stories in the way that “The Affair” does. Each episode is split into two halves: one depicting the affair between Wilson and West’s characters, each married, from… Read more

Opinion: ‘Honey Boo Boo’ cancellation a long time coming; Nick Jonas photos a bit shocking

October 27, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Honey Boo Boo goes bye-bye Raise your hands. Throw a party. Eat some cake. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has been canceled and I couldn’t be more excited! TLC pulled the plug on the reality TV smash after reports that Mama June (June Shannon) was dating a convicted sexual offender. Mark McDaniel, who spent 10 years behind bars for sexual abuse, was recently photographed spending time with Mama June and family, according to TMZ. June denies the dating rumors, but to be honest, I don’t really care if… Read more

TV review: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ leaves viewers with a satisfying conclusion

October 27, 2014
Note: This article contains spoilers for the show. If you are a newcomer to the series, refrain from reading. “Boardwalk Empire’s” finale Sunday night capped off an intense final season, which featured many character deaths and a plethora of plotlines, with a compelling dose of closure and visual poetry. Its captivating use of parallels, tight writing and outstanding performances made it one of the show’s finest episodes. “Boardwalk Empire,” as premier TV critic Alan Sepinwall and many others have noted, was always a show that was on the cusp of the TV “golden age.” Its crime drama premise and the involvement of legendary director Martin Scorsese made sure that it… Read more

‘Ellen DeGeneres’ interview shows Shia LaBeouf as a transformer

October 16, 2014
Shia LaBeouf came out from under his paper bag last week to do an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, and I was very curious to see what he had to say. I knew it was either going to be a complete train wreck, or a success story, and I’m happy to report that LaBeouf seems to be on the right track. In case you didn’t know, Mr. LaBeouf basically went bats— crazy this year. In his words, “Man, I went through, like, an existential crisis.” No kidding, Shia. He wore a paper bag on his head reading “I am not famous anymore” to a red carpet event in February and later… Read more

Opinion: Added streaming option can keep HBO afloat

October 16, 2014
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced that the popular cable channel will offer a stand-alone streaming service, according to a Wednesday press release. That makes HBO the latest domino to fall in television’s transition to an on-demand all-the-time binge-watching service. HBO GO, which currently requires a cable subscription for streaming, has prompted many would-be viewers to plead for a streaming-only service to skip the cable middleman. In 2015, they’ll get their wish. This serves as the latest hit to cable companies, which are running out of ways to convince their customers not to switch to being broadband-only households. Cable packages tend to include superfluous channels on top of the… Read more

TV review: Season premiere of ‘Walking Dead’ demonstrates the illogical nature of the living, violence of the undead

October 13, 2014
  Note: This article contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead.” If you are a newcomer to the series or missed Sunday night’s episode, refrain from reading. With October comes change — green leaves to orange; blue skies to gray; fleshy, conscious humans to bloodthirsty zombies. ‘Tis the season — season five, that is. Sunday marked the season premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” revealing the fate of the show’s dearly-beloved, disparate troupe of underdogs: Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs) and the gang — ensnared in the clutches of a seemingly-psychopathic cannibal clan — and Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Carol (Melissa McBride) and baby Judith as they likewise converge on Terminus.… Read more

Opinion: ‘American Horror Story’ said to be ‘too scary'; Michael Phelps in the deep end again with DUI

October 6, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. “American Horror Story” too scary? Pop-culture powerhouse “American Horror Story” is slated to make its return to the small screen at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. America’s favorite televised gore-fest returns with its fourth season, subtitled “Freak Show,” and features many of its beloved cast members from seasons past. While season three of the horror series replaced some of the chilling terror of the first two seasons with a more twisted and campy humor, executive producer Ryan Murphy claims that “Freak Show” will return to the anthology’s terrifyingly taboo… Read more