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Dr. Phil is not a sexy man

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 27th 2008 6:00PM

Dr. PhilEvery year, The Boston Phoenix publishes a list of the 100 Unsexiest Men of the Year, where they judge 100 males involved in everything from sports to politics to the internet. They always include several TV faces (and other body parts), and this year they've included a cartoon character.

No, not Dr. Phil, though he is a bit of a cartoon. The "doctor" is on the list, but the cartoon character I'm talking about is Quagmire, from Family Guy. The Phoenix sends a note to creator Seth MacFarlane that "nothing screams hilarity like jokes about date rape!" Giggity.

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The 100 Unsexiest Men

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2006 4:12PM
Dr. PhilNo, no, no, no, no, no! This isn't my list, it's another list from Ryan Stewart (along with Bill Jensen this time) at The Boston Phoenix.

Among the 100: Gilbert Gottfried, Roger Ebert, Randy Johnson, Dr. Phil, Alan Colmes, Michael Jackson, Jerry Seinfeld, Carrot Top, Edward James Olmos, Andy Dick, and Larry David.

Oh, and for good measure, they also throw in ... Brad Pitt.

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What are your all-time favorite season finales?

by Joel Keller, posted May 8th 2006 8:06PM
Who Shot JR?The Boston Phoenix has a cool article that lists ten classic season finales, which range from the universally familiar ("Who Shot J.R.?") to the arcane (an episode of Twin Peaks).

Whitney Matheson of USAToday.com chimes in, listing some that the Phoenix forgot, all of which which happened to occur in the last few years.

One of my all-time favorite season-enders was the Seinfeld episode "The Opposite", mainly because of two lines:
1. "My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents."
2. "Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle... Costanza?"

What are your favorite season finales? Let me know in the comments.

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Best and worst SNL movie performances

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2006 3:33PM
Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold RamisThe Boston Phoenix has another list (they've been doing this a lot lately), and this one lists what they think are the best and worst movie performances from Saturday Night Live cast members. While it's great to have Bill Murray number one, it's for Ghostbusters?! What about Lost In Translation? Or Stripes? Or Rushmore? How about Groundhog Day? (Same thing with Janeane Garofalo - they pick Wet Hot American Summer?)

Among the best: Eddie Murphy in Bevery Hills Cop, Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer, and Harry Shearer in This Is Spinal Tap. Among the worst: Eddie Murphy in The Adventures Of Pluto Nash, Adam Sandler in The Waterboy, and Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch.

OK, SNL fans, who's missing from this list?

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Kneeling at the altar of Oprah

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2006 3:00PM

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is the Most Powerful Person In The Universe (TM), but many people aren't happy with her power and reach, including Mark Jurkowitz of The Boston Phoenix. In this lengthy article, he talks about the many ways that we may have reason to fear Oprah, from her expensive seminars to the effect she has on news and culture, and her role as "sanctimonious bully" (those are the words of Robert Thompson, head of The Center For The Study Of Television) in her recent takedown of author James Frey.

What do you think? Do you like Oprah? Does this article make any good points?

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