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November 10, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) You can't blame the gods for wanting to intervene in human affairs; the perfectly sculpted deities do nothing but sit around in the sky and watch the violent action on the ground. Zeus (Luke Evans), however, insists that law dictates the powerful folks upstairs must stay out of it unless the titans are unleashed, which assumedly happens right after the titans are remembered. Meanwhile, mortal men battle seemingly as a result of having absolutely nothing else to do. We can only wonder how much less fighting there would be if these warriors could just find some other...
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May 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Soundboard
Kanye West debuted a new song "God Level" via a commercial that aired Saturday during the UEFA Champions League final.  The commercial - and new song - kicked off Adidas' "The Dream: All In Or Nothing" Wolrd Cup ad campaign. Now that Kanye West is #TeamAdidas (He signed a sponsorship deal with the brand after leaving Nike at the end of 2013.), we've been wondering when we were going to see his first collab with the brand. Turns out, it's a new song produced by West and Hudson Mohawke (TNGHT)
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April 24, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The penultimate episode of "Vikings" Season 2 airs Thursday, and it's packed with fighting, infighting and treachery. In "The Choice," debuting at 9 p.m. April 24 on History, the dispute between Ragnar Lothbrok and King Horik grows when they disagree on whether to negotiate with or fight against King Ecbert's army. Ragnar once again sits back and let's events unfold, observing just how much King Horik can screw things up. Ragnar also shows his pride for his son in the episode, dubbing him Bjorn Ironside for his prowess in battle.
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May 15, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) There's no denying the community flavor of “Mad Men” co-star John Slattery's directorial debut. Adapted from Pete Dexter's novel (Slattery also co-wrote the script), “God's Pocket” takes place in the titular Philadelphia neighborhood, whose label isn't used as a compliment. The town's got a chip on its shoulder and dirt under its fingernails. What happens there, however, is all over the place. Mickey (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final roles)
SPORTS
November 24, 2011 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
This is the one weekend of the year I like to pause and give thanks for what we have in our lives, but that's not happening this year. It's not happening because the football gods have dealt me another blow. The second in my lifetime, in fact. Mid-1980s. The Bears were phenomenal. One hitch. You know it. The QB. Couldn't get it straight. McMahon, Tomczak, Fuller, Flutie, Harbaugh, Landry, Payton. (Yes, him! Look it up! 1984.) And now this. Again. Playoff team, everything seems to be clicking, defense and special teams kicking butt and Jay Cutler hurt … the thumb.
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October 22, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Jesus may have turned water into wine, but the N.Y. Jets' Tim Tebow has managed to perform another kind of modern-day miracle by turning his faith into fame and fortune. How else do you explain the fact that one of the most talked about players in all of sports is a gimmick backup quarterback who moonlights as the guy who protects the left side of the punter? Never before has an NFL playbook combined with what some view as life's ultimate playbook to create an almost untamable marketing monster out of a guy who is, at best, mediocre at the quarterback position he was...
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May 15, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) There's no denying the community flavor of “Mad Men” co-star John Slattery's directorial debut. Adapted from Pete Dexter's novel (Slattery also co-wrote the script), “God's Pocket” takes place in the titular Philadelphia neighborhood, whose label isn't used as a compliment. The town's got a chip on its shoulder and dirt under its fingernails. What happens there, however, is all over the place. Mickey (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final roles)
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October 16, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
You can look at Eminem's new rap song, “Rap God,” in one of two ways. It's either “This is the sound of a man who hasn't been considered dope in a long time reminding people that hey, I'm not bad at this rap thing,” or “Wow, Eminem kinda fell off.” As far as the song itself, Eminem is a Ph.D candidate in rap studies, effortlessly switching the flow from slow and enunciated to homages of '80s one-hit wonders J.J. Fad and Chicago's...
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August 26, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
When Andy Eninger co-founded GayCo through The Second City Training Center in 1996, DOMA had just been passed into law and such a thing as an LGBT sketch comedy group was almost unheard of. Now, 17 years and more than 25 comedy revues later, GayCo debuts its latest show, "#GodHatesHashtags," which explores LGBT life - and such topics as the inanity of social media profiles, the rise of twerking and the corporatization of gay rights groups -...
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May 10, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
 *** (out of four) In the disturbing and often very funny rant “God Bless America,” writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait turns his eye on a dimwitted society in which cast members of the reality show “Tuff Gurlz” hurl used tampons at each other. A horrible singer on “America's Superstarz” becomes an Internet sensation. People beat a homeless man and post it on YouTube. A commercial advertises a pig fart ringtone. And on and on. It's enough to drive a guy crazy.
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April 24, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The penultimate episode of "Vikings" Season 2 airs Thursday, and it's packed with fighting, infighting and treachery. In "The Choice," debuting at 9 p.m. April 24 on History, the dispute between Ragnar Lothbrok and King Horik grows when they disagree on whether to negotiate with or fight against King Ecbert's army. Ragnar once again sits back and let's events unfold, observing just how much King Horik can screw things up. Ragnar also shows his pride for his son in the episode, dubbing him Bjorn Ironside for his prowess in battle.
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December 3, 2013 | By Corey Beasley and For RedEye
Condoms: they are not perfect. A condom's job is basically to be there without seeming like it's there. It's the most important thing in your sexual life, in a way, and you never want to actually have to acknowledge it exists in the moment. Condoms are the character actors of the sex world, doing great work, never getting the love and credit they deserve. Condoms are John C. Reilly. But guess what! Bill Gates, Rich Person, has decided to donate lots of money toward making condoms better, because even the best ones kinda suck.
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October 16, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
You can look at Eminem's new rap song, “Rap God,” in one of two ways. It's either “This is the sound of a man who hasn't been considered dope in a long time reminding people that hey, I'm not bad at this rap thing,” or “Wow, Eminem kinda fell off.” As far as the song itself, Eminem is a Ph.D candidate in rap studies, effortlessly switching the flow from slow and enunciated to homages of '80s one-hit wonders J.J. Fad and Chicago's...
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
When Andy Eninger co-founded GayCo through The Second City Training Center in 1996, DOMA had just been passed into law and such a thing as an LGBT sketch comedy group was almost unheard of. Now, 17 years and more than 25 comedy revues later, GayCo debuts its latest show, "#GodHatesHashtags," which explores LGBT life - and such topics as the inanity of social media profiles, the rise of twerking and the corporatization of gay rights groups -...
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July 18, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) When Quentin Tarantino delivers a violent cartoon like (the highly entertaining) “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” no one bats an eye. “Sure, chop off as many limbs as you want,” viewers think. “We're all just kidding around.” Yet when a filmmaker depicts the ugliness of brutal violence, people reject it. Starring Ryan Gosling in another collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” 2011's best movie), “Only God Forgives” was widely loathed at the Cannes Film Festival.
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February 4, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye Sound Board
*** (out of 4) My Morning Jacket have always offered something of a mystical experience. Maybe it's the specter of the South that floats over the Kentucky band's music. Maybe it's just singer Jim James' voice, which is best described as celestial. Either way, to suggest (as some have) that it's a radical departure for James to head down a more spiritual road on his solo debut, “Regions of Light and Sounds of God,” would not be wholly accurate. Reportedly inspired by an old book about an artist's battle with demons, the...
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July 31, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) As anyone can see, Rick Ross is a man with a prodigious appetite and a frame to match. The former corrections officer has become one of the most successful rappers alive, as well as one of the most notable owners of a celebrity label imprint, the lavishly titled Maybach Music Group. He opens his verses with a signature grunt and raps in a rumbling bark. He had two in-flight seizures in one day this fall. These things we know.   However, according to the content of his albums, including the new “God Forgives, I Don't," Rick Ross is harder to pin down.
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October 15, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
** (out of four) For whatever reason, the American hip-hop community has never really taken to K'naan, the Somali Canadian rapper whose first two albums delivered frequently riveting descriptions of growing up in Mogadishu and moving to Toronto. Not that this turned out to be a problem -- his song "Waving Flag" was chosen by Coca-Cola as its 2010 World Cup anthem and became a massive international hit. Even Mitt Romney, who has probably never willingly listened to a rap song in his life, picked it up to use for his campaign.
SPORTS
October 22, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Jesus may have turned water into wine, but the N.Y. Jets' Tim Tebow has managed to perform another kind of modern-day miracle by turning his faith into fame and fortune. How else do you explain the fact that one of the most talked about players in all of sports is a gimmick backup quarterback who moonlights as the guy who protects the left side of the punter? Never before has an NFL playbook combined with what some view as life's ultimate playbook to create an almost untamable marketing monster out of a guy who is, at best, mediocre at the quarterback position he was drafted to play.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
** (out of four) For whatever reason, the American hip-hop community has never really taken to K'naan, the Somali Canadian rapper whose first two albums delivered frequently riveting descriptions of growing up in Mogadishu and moving to Toronto. Not that this turned out to be a problem -- his song "Waving Flag" was chosen by Coca-Cola as its 2010 World Cup anthem and became a massive international hit. Even Mitt Romney, who has probably never willingly listened to a rap song in his life, picked it up to use for his campaign.
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