‘House of Cards’ Lets ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Sleep In Its Car  – 65th Emmy Award Nominations Announced Jul18

‘House of Cards’ Lets ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Sleep In Its Car – 65th Emmy ...

I don’t watch a lot of television because it’s a worm hole of lost time when I should be writing or sleeping or working out or replacing the low battery in my fire alarm (sorry baby, I promise I’ll get to it this weekend). However, I did manage to watch House of Cards when Netflix released it earlier this year – lost a whole weekend – and that’s why I’m pleasantly surprised to see it recognized for the badass political drama it is. From Variety: “House of Cards” had nine nominations overall. Lead acting nominations for the series went to Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and David Fincher was nominated...

Whatever Happened To Predictability? Jesse and the Rippers Are Back! Jul17

Whatever Happened To Predictability? Jesse and the Rippers Are Back!

Furthering his agenda of resurrecting everything he loved growing up, Jimmy Fallon will flick your 90s’ bean this Friday night by featuring a performance by John Stamos’ awesomely terrible television band Jesse and the Rippers. Will Danny play rhythm guitar even though he’s totally not cool enough? Will they change the band name to The Vulture at the last minute to capitalize on a more robust heavy metal market? Will Jesse miss the gig by driving his motorcycle over a building ledge to prove to his old gang he’s still hard? Will Dave Coulier implore Jimmy to cut-it-out with the 90s reunions? Nah, but we might get a...

Movie Trailer Tuesday [FaN Extra] Jul16

Movie Trailer Tuesday [FaN Extra]

Hey guys, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means! No, not $5 margaritas and $1 tacos (I’m so sorry) – it’s time to take a look at four new films to keep on your radar. SALINGER During summer vacation, my father forced me to spend at least an hour reading every day. As if reruns of Diff’rent Stokes were going to watch themselves. Gah dad, I hate you! Since I was subject to whatever we had in the house, I read a lot of dense material I couldn’t yet process. Novels like Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury went right over my sixth grade head but I remember being rather taken by J.D. Salinger’s...

The Anti-Wife: Marriage In The Age Of Feminism Jul09

The Anti-Wife: Marriage In The Age Of Feminism

When I was single, I thought that maybe dating a heterosexual couple would be a good idea (I’m attracted to both sexes). They could do boring things like game night and going to Ikea with each other, then call me when it was time for dinner in nice restaurants and sex afterwards. Everybody would win! I could be my restless, commitment-phobic self and have all the benefits of a real relationship. Unfortunately, my brilliant dating-a-couple idea was never put into action, because I met J. He shared my hatred of Monopoly and Ikea, and seemed unperturbed by my tumultuous life. “I don’t want to be anyone’s wife,” I told J on...

Cheese Ink – Episode 1 Jul01

Cheese Ink – Episode 1

Friend of the blog Marc Hampson debuts the first episode of his new animated web series Cheese Ink. If you’ve ever stayed up all night wrestling with the question of what a tattoo parlor run by mice would be like, relax, you can finally get some sleep.

Kanye West – The D.W. Griffith Of Misogyny? [FaN Extra] Jun20

Kanye West – The D.W. Griffith Of Misogyny? [FaN Extra]

First off, I want to recognize two things: 1. Pointing out the rampant devaluing of women in popular music (and rap specifically) borders on Lloyd Christmas’ moon landing announcement; and 2. Comparing Kanye West to D.W. Griffith is somewhat outlandish but if he gets to declare himself a “new slave” I get to engage in a little hyperbole too. Mr. West’s new record Yeezus is daring in both genre and convention, a technical marvel of studio prowess and song construction. It’s also such an unintentional masterpiece of egotism and cartoonish arrogance that it’s damn near impossible to take seriously. From...

Five Remaining Summer Movies To Look Forward To [FaN Extra] Jun19

Five Remaining Summer Movies To Look Forward To [FaN Extra]

We’re a third of the way through Hollywood’s summer movie slate. So far, there are clear winners like Iron Man 3, retched garbage like The Hangover 3 and some middling-to-decent efforts worthy of a watch like Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel. Given that it’s still only June, I thought it pertinent enough to preview five upcoming offerings that twinge my cinematic prostate to the point of excitement:   1. Elysium Neill Blomkamp’s long awaited follow up to 2009′s District 9, Elysium has the makings of a science fiction classic. Though I enjoyed the first half of District 9, I ended up shrugging...

Stop Asking Me If I’m Having Kids! [FaN Extra] Jun19

Stop Asking Me If I’m Having Kids! [FaN Extra]

My uterus has become the subject of invasive questions and a controversy on a political level. As politicians battle to limit or eliminate reproductive rights in the United States, my patience for frequent inquiries as to my plans for childbearing grows thin. Everyone from friends to my hairdresser seems to be enthralled by the Most Important Question In My Life: When will I have children? Ever since I got married, thereby inducting myself into the Presumed Heterosexuals Who Can Reproduce Without Disapproval Club, the questions have not stopped. At a dinner with friends, soon after my wedding, the same woman asked me twice when we would...

Top 5 Guilty Pleasures On Your Gym Playlist [FaN Extra] Jun05

Top 5 Guilty Pleasures On Your Gym Playlist [FaN Extra]

As the ravages of aging drag my butt ever closer to the ground I’ve learned an appreciation for music that fulfills a need. Being a white male with the figure of a three-day-old hard boiled egg I had no use for dance music of any kind and thus dubbed it all “crap.” Now that I spend so much of my time on a treadmill (humble brag alert unless you’ve seen a picture of me) it turns out that Tom Waits doesn’t keep my thighs pumping (I apologize for the image). No, I need something with a quick tempo, a simple melody and preferably, over-produced harmonies. This isn’t necessarily true for lifting weights, any...

Jamie Lannister vs. Brienne of Tarth with Lightsabers Jun03

Jamie Lannister vs. Brienne of Tarth with Lightsabers

Can’t run a blog called Fierce & Nerdy without posting this:

Prancercise: All The Fun Of Jazzercise With Double The Embarrassment May31

Prancercise: All The Fun Of Jazzercise With Double The Embarrassment

Today is supposed to be my day off but this video has inspired me so much I’m thinking – screw it. It’s time to dust off my old arm weights, spandex and lack of shame. To the park! “It’s better to be punching into space, than in your face!”

The Top 5 Worst M. Night Shyamalan Movies May29

The Top 5 Worst M. Night Shyamalan Movies

Only the staunchest Shyamalanian apologist can deny that the quality of M. Night’s work has dropped into the Marianas Trench. His name used to be a quick selling point. “From Director M. Night Shyamalan” guaranteed instant audience interest. Throw in a popular leading man, say a Mel Gibson or a Bruce Willis, and the studio knew they had a hit.   The Sixth Sense is a quality entertainment through and through. Sure you can nitpick the plot holes in the [Spoiler Alert - but get bent if this still applies to you] “he was dead the whole time” gimmick but it totally works because the characters and story are so...

Christopher Lee’s Birthday Present To The World: More F*cking Metal! May24

Christopher Lee’s Birthday Present To The World: More F*cking Me...

From Rolling Stone. Proving once again that Christopher Lee is more awesome than you’ll ever hope to be, for his 91st birthday (yep, 91st), Sauron collaborated with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner for his second heavy metal album based on the life of Charlemagne.  ...

Gamers Look For Hand Lotion And Tissue As New Xbox Is Revealed [FaN Extra] May21

Gamers Look For Hand Lotion And Tissue As New Xbox Is Revealed [FaN Ex...

The only video game I’ve played in ten years is Madden [Seahawks!] so the new Xbox reveal means very little to me. However, I know I’m in the minority on this one so the LA Times is thankfully picking up the slack: 10:02 a.m.: Microsoft launched its event with a video full of...

New Beyonce Single “Grown Woman” Leaks [FaN Extra] May21

New Beyonce Single “Grown Woman” Leaks [FaN Extra]

The internet has done what the internet does best (outside of porn of course) and snatched (no pun intended) Beyonce’s new single Grown Woman before it was barely legal (pun intended). Check it out at Salon before it disappears. And it will. The single has the usual chicks-be-badass...

New WU-TANG CLAN Single May17

New WU-TANG CLAN Single

New Wu-Tang??? Wanna hear it?  Here it go: The track Execution in Autumn, including verses from Inspectah Deck, RZA, U-God and Raekwon comes from the new album A Better Tomorrow, expected to drop before the end of the year. But that’s not all, the reunion continues.  Wu-Tang Clan will...

Rick James & Neil Young The Original Ebony & Ivory? May14

Rick James & Neil Young The Original Ebony & Ivory?

Not exactly, but before James was caught AWOL by the Navy, they were briefly in a band together called The Mynah Birds. The ironically titled single It’s My Time is one of the great lost Motown treasures from the...

Katy Perry’s “Inspiring” TBN Performance May14

Katy Perry’s “Inspiring” TBN Performance

This video of Katie Perry prior to the lady-smooching, cherry Chapstick fiasco has been around a while but I just discovered it so shut up. Circa 2002, Perry’s performing what I assume is a song entitled Search Me on the self-proclaimed Christian Trinity Broadcasting Network. As someone...

WTF Podcast With Noah Baumbach May14

WTF Podcast With Noah Baumbach

Writer/Director Noah Baumbach sat down with Marc Maron to discuss his new film Frances Ha, as well as forgotten gem Kicking and Screaming and minor masterpiece The Squid and the Whale. For fans of Baumbach’s “adults dealing with prolonged adolescence” like myself, it’s...

Space Oddity Covered Oddly In Space May13

Space Oddity Covered Oddly In Space

Chris Hadfield wins the internet today with his cover of David Bowie’s classic Space Oddity, recorded in orbit aboard the international space station. I was going to do a version of this song wearing an astronaut helmet at an open mic this weekend but no point in that now. Thanks a lot,...

Take A Deep Breath, Warner Bros Releases “Gravity” Teaser May09

Take A Deep Breath, Warner Bros Releases “Gravity” Teaser

By Joshua Mauldin Warner Bros released the official teaser trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and holy Alien Batman it looks schweeeeeet! It’s Cuaron’s first feature since 2006′s modern classic Children Of Men and the...

THE RYAN DIXON LINE: An Ode to Black Friday [Best of FaN]

Conventional wisdom has it that Thanksgiving is the one day where family and friends reunite, reconnect, and relapse over a grocery-store-bought feast of turkey, stuffing and wine. Football is watched. Happy tears are shed. Everlasting memories are made. Balderdash. Come on, admit it, if I...

FaN Extra: Don’t Sit In Front of the TV Tonight [Tuesday Happenings] Nov03

FaN Extra: Don’t Sit In Front of the TV Tonight [Tuesday Happeni...

Hey Darlings, As a few of you know, I’m a proud member of the Chi Chi’s Word Parlor Editorial Board and I think tonight’s performance will be extra fun, since FaN blogger, Micheal Kass from “Single White Nerd” and Friend of FaN, Kyle Wilson will both be reading....