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Hollyhood wills

Memphis rappers Three 6 Mafia were trailblazers in the genre of crunk, a species of hip-hop characterized by big and ugly club beats and chanted semi-sensical choruses.
Three 6 Mafia’s adventures in acting
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  February 04, 2008

Blown dry

When Lauren Conrad is blow-drying her hair before her camera crews arrive, does she ever consider giving up and allowing her tresses to frizz into a rat’s nest?
The Hills  have hair
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 21, 2007

Reality ingenue

What is it about MTV’s top-rated reality show The Hills , premiering its third season August 13th?
Lauren Conrad on MTV's The Hills
By ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007

Dark passage

As we grind collectively toward the Apocalypse, let us pause for a moment to salute the last-ditch efforts of the Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research.
Insemination, 12-hour tanning, and . . . modka
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 05, 2007

Justify my love

Oh, Justin. Even you know that your undeniable charisma and brilliantly executed choreography somehow balance out your post-boy-band status and lack of indie cred. Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, "Dick in a Box" (YouTube)
He already brought sexy back. Now can Justin Timberlake shed his boy-band image and become a music legend?
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2007

Clean and sober

Slow week in Reality Land. Yes, there was the premiere of Season #2 of The Hills , but what can you say about The Hills ?
The Hills , Shooting Sizemore , and more from The Apprentice: LA and I’m from Rolling Stone
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 23, 2007


The big sneer

On one level, predicting what the future holds for American pop culture is painfully easy. Just cast your eyes across the Atlantic to see what the European purveyors of reality television have on the drawing boards.
Welcome to pseudo reality, where the exotic is everything, characters are reduced to body parts, and viewers flatter themselves
By CHRIS LEHMANN  |  December 28, 2006

Wanna be startin’ something?

In 1899, Charles Duell, the head of the US patent office, sent a letter to President McKinley advising him to close the patent office since “everything that could be invented has been invented.” The new web geniuses: How slackers with one dopey idea ar
A five-step guide to being a new web millionaire
By BILL JENSEN  |  August 23, 2006