"Birdman" takes lead in Best Picture Battle


This weekend produced two guild stunners that shook up the Oscar race in a big way. We all thought after Best Picture wins from many critics groups and the Golden Globes, “Boyhood” would easily stroll its way to victory. Or so we thought. The Producers and Actors guilds had different plans, Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 3 (Costco is for Lovers)


Alternate Titles: Chris kissed me and all I got was this lousy t-shirt; or, Jillian's little black box; or, Big time players make big time plays, and in this case the big time player is Jade. Dear Friends Who Watched Farmer Chris Kiss Everyone on Television Last Night, I must confess Read more

Fatherhood, Faith, and Film


My son, John (Jack) Joseph Williams III, was born on October 10, 2014. If you visit my social media page or run into me, it's clear how much I love Jack. And most times, you'll find me quickly veering away from my usual favorite topics of discussion (politics, film, Read more

My Problem with Maroon 5’s New Video for “Sugar”


Earlier this week, Maroon 5 released their video for Sugar, a catchy, hook-filled, bubble-gum pop of a song. Just to clarify, no shame here, I think it’s pretty good. Whatever. The video shows Adam Levine and the boys crashing weddings and playing the song at the receptions. They have their Read more

A Lego Movie-less Reaction to the 2015 Oscar Nominations


For a full list of nominees, go here. Alex: No "Lego Movie"? I mean, seriously Academy. No "Lego Movie"? It was the snub of the morning we certainly didn’t see coming. Sure, things like “Nightcrawler’s” Jake Gyllenhaal getting the boot in favor of “American Sniper’s” Bradley Cooper were a surprise. We’re used Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 2 (War on Drugs)


Alternate titles: $500 to the first person who figures out Chris’ taste in women; or, “Chris, this is your life, there are no rules.” –Chris Harrison; or, Chris Soules will kiss you whether you like it or not. Bachelor watchers and watchettes, Before we get started today, let’s have a brief moment Read more

Why Ending the Streak Was the Send-off Undertaker Deserved

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Well, this is a surprise. Here I thought that I would be writing a column the week after WrestleMania XXX glamorizing fellow Wise Guise writer and friend Warner Russell and I enjoying the festivities in New Orleans. We had a memorable few days: I got to meet up with John Cena, and Warner met Hall of Famer Mick Foley. We laughed, cried and nearly fell asleep during the Hall of Fame ceremony. And then we waited in an hour-long line to enter the Superdome for the big show Sunday afternoon. Read more

Film Review – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

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When Marvel Studios unleashed “Captain America: The First Avenger” three years ago, the reaction was generally positive. Granted, it was about as cookie-cutter of an origin story as you could put to film, but the performances from a solid cast made the whole thing come off as a worthwhile production.

Still, speaking for myself, the first installment of the famed World War II hero came off as a chore to sit through. We all knew the film was just a prelude to “The Avengers,” which would roll into theaters the following summer. Marvel knew they had to introduce Cap to audiences before brining him onto the team. Read more

The Top 30 Moments in WrestleMania History – Part Three

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Football has the Super Bowl, film has the Academy Awards and for those of us who grew up fans of the lucrative world of sports entertainment that is WWE, professional wrestling has WrestleMania.

The once-a-year spectacle has played host to some of the greatest moments in the company’s history. Every spring, followers of Vince McMahon’s brainchild are treated to an almost religious experience of high-profile matches and celebrity appearances. Read more

Why We Love Ole Miss

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Some family and friends were surprised when I told them I would speak at my mother’s funeral. They would’ve been more startled had I told them I wrote no remarks before stepping up to the podium that day. I wanted everything to come from the heart and the moment.

As I began my short walk to the stage, I had no clue how I was going to begin. And then, it hit me. “Back when I was at Ole Miss, I wrote for the student newspaper,” I said. “The beginning to one of my favorite columns I wrote was ‘Saturday was the worst day of my life. It was on that day my mother asked me to be her friend on Facebook.’” Read more

Feeny Friday on a Wednesday SPECIAL: Jimmy Fallon & Samuel L. Jackson’s Tribute

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You may have seen the buzz already. But I wouldn’t be the Feeny Fanatic you’ve come to love and depend on if I didn’t share this wonderful treat from the brilliant minds of Jimmy Fallon and Samuel L. Jackson.

While Fallon continues to exceed already-high expectations as the latest host of The Tonight Show, this idea may cement him as my favorite for a long while.

There is not anything I can do to prepare you for the glory of this video. I’ll let Fallon and Jackson’s love of Boy Meets World and Feeny speak for itself.

The Top 30 Moments in WrestleMania History – Part Two

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Football has the Super Bowl, film has the Academy Awards and for those of us who grew up fans of the lucrative world of sports entertainment that is WWE, professional wrestling has WrestleMania.

The once-a-year spectacle has played host to some of the greatest moments in the company’s history. Every spring, followers of Vince McMahon’s brainchild are treated to an almost religious experience of high-profile matches and celebrity appearances. Read more