Chris O'Shea



Apologetic Paula Deen. Image courtesy of Michele Eve Sandberg/Zumapress.com.

Apology Always Accepted

Paula Deen is sorry, y’all. In an interview on “The Today Show,” the 66-year-old celebrity chef sobbed and explained that everyone had her wrong. That includes Lisa Jackson, the fired employee who filed a lawsuit claiming Deen committed acts of violence, racism, and discrimination against her. It includes those who heard Deen say that she […]

Justin Bieber flexes during a video shoot. Image courtesy of YouTube/Justin Bieber.

A Recipe for Success

On March 1, 2013, Justin Drew Bieber tweeted that he had just experienced the “worst birthday.” It was later revealed that the vague message had something to do with a club’s owners throwing Bieber and his pals out because they suspected some were underage. Bieber disputed this, and I dispute that this qualifies as a “worst” […]

What if “The Bachelorette”’s Desiree Hartsock (pictured) had to choose from Charlottesville’s most eligible bachelors? Image courtesy of ABC/Rick Rowell.

Realistically Viewing

I’ve been thinking a lot about weddings and marriage recently. This is mostly because as a husband I’m required to say that I’m pondering my marriage (in a good way, “Hi honey!”) at least once a month, but also because I attended a friend’s wedding at Pippin Hill last weekend. Also, “The Bachelorette” just returned […]

Beyoncé performs on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Image courtesy of Columbia Records.

Diva Fatigue

Throughout her career, Beyoncé has been universally adored. But next month, when the extremely successful singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and lady with fantastic hips brings her tour stateside, I imagine things will be different. It has been almost taboo—up until this point—to say you don’t like Beyoncé. She’s never given us any reason not to. But now […]

Forcible Facebook

Forcible Facebook

The day starts normally. You get into the office and grab a water from the fridge. Before closing the door, you notice that Lisa has (once again) brought Lunchables. You curse her under your breath because you’re envious of the vacuum-sealed deli meat treat (accompanied by Capri Sun). As you walk to your desk, you […]

Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg star in Pain & Gain, the insensitive film adaption of the Sun Gym story. Publicity Photo.

When Art Imitates Pain

Let’s say it’s 2028, and you’ve decided to watch the new film Before The Finish. The plot is based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three and injured hundreds. Despite such a heavy topic, the film features plenty of comic relief, like the person setting the bombs forgetting to replace the detonator’s batteries. […]

NBC passes Jay Leno’s (left) “Tonight Show” seat on to Jimmy Fallon, hoping to build a new following for the late night TV format.

Too Late for The Late Show

Jimmy Fallon isn’t the answer. Fallon, who was just named as Jay Leno’s replacement on “The Tonight Show,” is likeable enough. But he’s not the solution to NBC’s ratings woes—in February sweeps, the network posted its worst rating among the coveted 18 to 49 demographic ever—because it doesn’t matter who occupies the seat on “The Tonight Show.” The […]

Sports power couple Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn embrace the future.

A Tiger In Love

Although Woods and Vonn just admitted that they’re dating, it must have been going on for some time. And if you think Woods wouldn’t be able to hide that from the press, remember, this guy slept with about 473 women (not all at once…I don’t think) and no one knew a thing.

A zombie from AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Power Through The Zombie Apocalypse

My original plan for this week’s column was to discuss our culture’s obsession with zombies. I was going to talk about the popularity of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” I was going to explain that I think people are enthralled with zombies because they offer a rarity: judgement-free scenarios. You kill a zombie because they want to […]

With the decline of the Die Hard movie franchise, Bruce Willis can't seem to die hard enough.

R.I.P. Bruce Willis

Let’s begin with an end. The end of Bruce Willis, that is. I went to see A Good Day to Die Hard,the fifth Die Hard, last week at the Regal Stonefield 14 theater. (Side rant: The Stonefield theater is great; Stonefield’s layout isn’t.