We leave the movie theater on this week's Voice Film Club podcast in favor of a longform interview with Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who's been at the New York paper for about a year. Before that she wrote for Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and the Boston Phoenix, among ... More >>
Update: Earlier this morning, we posted about comic Jeffrey Ross making an Aurora theater shooting joke at a Comedy Central roast of onetime Denver resident Roseanne Barr; see our earlier coverage below. We noted that Ross hasn't apologized for the gags, and he still hasn't. But he's now admitting ... More >>
As we noted in our collection of James Holmes memes, bad-taste attempts to mine chuckles from the Aurora theater shooting have been proliferating on the fringes of the Internet. But last week, Dane Cook, one of the country's best-known stand-up comedians, waded into this territory, too, via an on-st ... More >>
If you're looking to get your fix of cinematic terror but are facing a frightening shortage of cash, the current Fresh City Life film series at the Central Denver Public Library, "The Kids Are Not Alright," is a real treat. The Tuesday night films, all scary movies featuring evil children, ar ... More >>
Big pic below.Madison McKinley is the Colorado contestant on The Bachelor who's getting the most attention. And no wonder, given McKinley's vampire fangs and recent turn as a blood-donation dominatrix. But she's not the only woman seeking a love match with douchebag Brad Womack this season. ... More >>
Madison McKinley.Last week, we introduced you to Vail's Madison McKinley, aka The Bachelor's vampire girl -- so dubbed because of the fangs she had implanted after joining an NYC vamp club. Part of last night's episode involved a public service announcement for the American Red Cross encourag ... More >>
James Franco.It was just a few short weeks ago that Boulder's Aron Ralston introduced 127 Hours -- the story of his self-amputation -- for the Big Night showcase of the Starz Denver Film Festival. And while James Franco's performance as Ralston caused one man to pass out, the rest of the crow ... More >>
It's a good thing 3OH!3 has inspired the rabid support of the fans (Streets of Gold debuted in the top ten of Billboard 200 and "My First Kiss," the inescapable ditty featuring Kesha, looks to be headed toward platinum status), because thus far, the Boulder ballers are encountering growing di ... More >>
"Being deceased is the greatest!"Final episodes of beloved series are criticism magnets -- and last night's Lost closer, in which the castaways, all of them dead, happily gathered in a church in order to "move on" together, was no exception. Was the resolution a brave and sincere declaration ... More >>
Have you heard "Office Musik" yet? It's Clockwork mashing Lil' Wayne's "Hustler Musik" with the theme from The Office. It's good. So good that we listened to it about fifteen times yesterday. So good that it was Hype Machine's number one track at the same time that Entertainment Weekly wrote it up ... More >>
Hide your daughters/little sisters: Nat Motte and Sean Foreman are preparing to drop their third third full-length on eager hindquarters everywhere. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Foreman says they're tentatively shooting for a June release date. Aaron Thackeray After a 10-day writin ... More >>
Won't Get Fooled Again -- or will we? Before we get to the new developments in the White Stripes beef with the Air Force Reserve, we can't believe that no one else has noticed yet or pointed out the similarities between the music for the Reserve's other "Live the Extreme" PSA we posted yesterday and ... More >>
A kitten cam shot from earlier today.While Channel 31's live online stream is only available during newscasts (and, at least last night, a few minutes before), the station offers another video feature that's 24/7 -- one that can feature fighting, eating, defecating and plenty of ridiculous be ... More >>
Thursday, June 25, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Saturday, March 21, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 303-788-0984.
Director Rod Lurie has had Colorado on his mind in recent years. His 2007 film Resurrecting the Champ, co-starring Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson (with a cameo by John Elway), was partially filmed in Denver and based loosely on an article by J.R. Moehringer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ... More >>
A few weeks ago, we got a sneak peek of the brand new 3OH!3 video in the October 3 edition of Entertainment Weekly. Alas, we finally get to see what the grease paint and loin cloths were all about. Yesterday, the 3OH!3 hooligans premiered their new video, posted after the jump, from the smash single ... More >>
Due to a crippling, worldwide shortage of seventeen-minute solos, Phish has decided to reform Here's a friendly, easy-to-use index to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy doing that weird stoner hippie dance in celebration of the recent news t ... More >>
This just in... 3OH!3 has officially reached ubiquity, as evidenced by its appearance in the October 3 edition of Entertainment Weekly (the one with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the cover re-creating the controversial New Yorker illustration). As if there was any doubt, Boulder's most unlikely ... More >>
3Oh!3 strip down. Our blog inventory is going through the roof. Backbeat Online is full to bursting with content, including a couple of live reviews that slipped past yesterday's Shortcut -- Smaug at PT's Club Inferno and a roundup from the Summit Jazz Weekend. These items are joined by fresh cri ... More >>
Jason Segel uses his balls to great effect in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
In a January "diary" penned for Entertainment Weekly, talk-show host Conan O'Brien lamented the prospect that the Writers Guild of America strike might doom the Academy Awards with a perfectly self-deflating line: "I want no part of a world that refuses to congratulate itself." By that standard, he' ... More >>
Judd Apatow's pretty good year.
This may be Jay-Z’s last year at Def Jam Right now Jay-Z is celebrating a pretty good year as CEO/President of Def Jam. His label garnered 26 Grammy nominations last week, his artists Rihanna and Ne-Yo are blowing up worldwide and his own project, American Gangster, is topping year-end lists. But ... More >>
The folks behind the 30th annual Starz Denver Film Festival didn’t discover Juno, the film at the center of the bash’s November 10 “Big Night” presentation at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The indie previously received major plaudits at festivals in Rome and Hollywood, and the buzz around ... More >>
No wonder all the bees are dying: Seinfeld's movie is embarrassing.
These Lone Star ladies have no plans to just Shut Up & Sing.
Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Hollywood claims the sky is falling. To which we say Puh-lease.
There's a lot of wisdom at Fiona Apple's core.
Like Big Fish for little kids, Robots works hard to please everyone.
An FCC crackdown has radio stations on high alert.
A killer cat steals a wonderful movie.
Jay-Z hosts a listening party for his latest opus, The Black Album.
With its fourth and most compelling album, Cursive walks it like it writes it.
Meteora (Warner Bros.)
Fear and self-loathing at the Minority Report junket.
Grant Morrison's the best writer in comics--and maybe the nuttiest
By aiming for the lowest common denominator, Up in Smoke went over like gangbusters.
Happy trails for the Broncos' mascot.
Gifted singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates says the Spinanes are both singular and plural.