Author Archives: Troy Phillips

The Academy Awards were great, except for that one thing that wasn’t

BY TROY PHILLIPS

oscars_2014_-kristen-anderson-lopezrobert-lopez-_650_36Let’s hear it for the Oscars. On the whole, America’s premier awards show bellied up to the bar and provided three plus hours of quality entertainment. Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizzas and took a group selfie that a few people liked, Gravity swept nearly every minor award and Leonardo DiCaprio went home empty handed once again. By most measures, it was a grand old night to honor the stars.

Except for one undeserving winner. “Let it Go” taking Best Original Song is straight up bollocks, as folks across the pond might say. (Not that there are any ties to the United Kingdom in this story, the word just popped into my head and had to be released into print.) Continue reading

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What have the kids from ‘School of Rock’ been up to for the last decade?

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BY TROY PHILLIPS

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme. You better get me to school on time.

It’s been more than 11 years since School of Rock first captivated audiences of all ages with its musically-infused brand of comedy. The former classmates/cast mates got together late last year for a reunion to rehash the old times at Horace Green prep.

And that got me thinking. Now, eleven years removed from their moment in the sun as rock stars, what have Jack Black’s former proteges accomplished?  Continue reading

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Urban Dictionary Words of The Week

urbandictionaryBY TROY PHILLIPS

You’re probably looking for a snappy intro to hook your attention. If so, you’re out of luck.

The mere mention of “Urban Dictionary Words of the Week” should be enough to set any potential reader off in a frenzy of anticipation.

So come on inside and behold the five best selections for this last blistering wednesday of February.
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This ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ EDM mix is worth hearing

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If The Wolf of Wall Street has taught us anything, it’s that any true rhythm comes from beating on one’s chest. Matthew McConaughey’s legendary tutelage of Leonardo DiCaprio won’t soon be forgotten, and from the moment McConaughey laid down his impromptu beat, it seemed destined for bigger things.

If you’re an EDM fan, your wish has been granted. Continue reading

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T-Minus four days until ‘Late Night’ with Seth Meyers

LateNightwithSethMeyers_PBY TROY PHILLIPS

Let’s talk talk shows. You have your young hotshots (Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon), your established mainstays (David Letterman, Craig Ferguson), and an edgy black (or perhaps red) sheep named Conan O’Brien. They’re all valuable parts of the after-hours spectrum, humerous and unique plenty of other buzzy words, but I’m not burning the late night oil for any of these noteworthy front men.

No, I plan to spend my late nights watching Late Night, otherwise known as the reason why Seth Meyers vacated the Weekend Update desk. Meyers’ new chapter as full-time host begins next Monday on NBC as he attempts to fill Fallon’s spacious shoes. Continue reading

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Urban Dictionary Words of the Week

urbandictionaryBY TROY PHILLIPS

Resident master of lexicon Troy Phillips trudges through the muck of Urban Dictionary to find his favorite gems hidden in the shuffle. Continue reading

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‘Draft Day’ tied to real Browns by name only

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BY TROY PHILLIPS

Sonny Weaver Jr., that’s the name of the general manager of the Cleveland Browns in the upcoming film Draft Day. 

It’s not  Michael Lombardi or Ray Farmer, it’s Kevin Costner, playing a fictional GM who is portrayed as the head of a competent front office, which should be your first hint that this film is not based on a true story.

Don’t write “Draft Day” off as a loser, at least not yet. Continue reading

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Confessions of the college selection process: beware campus visits

Chen_CollegeVisitsBY TROY PHILLIPS

Early this week, I completely flipped my college shortlist on its head. After a few conversations with a close friend and a general lack of direction as to where I would take my (limited) talents post high school, I decided to make Bradley University my leading destination, despite the fact that I had never even given it a second thought until a few days previous.

And that got me thinking; I’ve been doing this college search crap for a long time. Let me tell you, it’s a convoluted, over hyped process that I no doubt completed in a disorderly, half-assed fashion, but either way I’ve learned a few things that are worth sharing. This week, I cover the college visitation process, which has a far more positive reputation than it should.

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Your 11 a.m. shot of happy

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BY TROY PHILLIPS

Tuesday mornings suck.

Your energy reserves are depleted from dragging yourself out of bed on Monday, but the sanctity of the weekend is still nowhere in sight. Worry not, friends: Pharrell Williams has the perfect remedy for your early week sadness.

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The Marcus Smart shove from all perspectives

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BY TROY PHILLIPS

First things first; there are no winners in this Marcus Smart debacle.

Texas Tech booster Jeff Orr was wrong for heatedly yelling at a student-athlete in the midst of heated competition; Smart was wrong to respond physically. It left the athletic department at Oklahoma State with a PR headache and no choice but to sideline a future lottery pick and hinder the long-term outlook for one of the best collections of talent in Cowboys hoops history. Mistakes were made, tempers flared, and now everyone involved is worse for the wear.

But that doesn’t mean the involved parties are without rationalizations.

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