On "The Interview" and Creative Freedom


The year is 1940. Adolf Hitler is at the zenith of his power. Having conquered multiple European territories and formed multiple international alliances, the German dictator is seen as the most dominant leader in the world. Charlie Chaplin – Hollywood’s most dominant leader – decides to release a film that Read more

Home Alone & Church at Christmas


The Wise Guise has enjoyed presenting high-quality Christmas content since our first year. We've posted old Christmas-themed Facebook notes from yours truly in addition to the infamous 2012 Christmas Movie Smackdown and a Christmas YouTube Hall of Fame. As I write this, I continue my tradition of watching classic TV Read more

SAG, Golden Globe nominations push "Boyhood" out front in Oscar Race


Is “Boyhood” really the frontrunner for Best Picture? Upon release this summer, it certainly felt like a contender. The perfect review scores and strong limited box office seemingly guaranteed that. And yet, the lack of star power in the film made it feel more like a production made for Read more

Sneak Preview: Favorite Films of 2014 So Far


Every year I rank my favorite films of the previous year in January or February. You can find past editions in our archives, including the 2012 edition when I ranked my top 50 movies of the year. Like I said then, and will reiterate now, I need to get Read more

Why WWE was right to fire CM Punk


Fittingly, as we were all giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives yesterday, former WWE superstar CM Punk interrupted the holiday with a long, rambling podcast as close friend Colt Cabana’s guest. It’s filled with the typical, ego-charged rhetoric from Punk we’ve come to expect. He says he’ll Read more

Rugby: My New Favorite Sport


Last week I experienced the thrill and experience that is the sport of Rugby. Well, the thrill and experience that comes from watching the sport of rugby. Last Saturday, I went to the USA Eagles v New Zealand All Blacks game in Chicago. Packed into a sold out stadium, with Read more

R.I.P. Maya Angelou

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maya angelou R.I.P. Maya Angelou

Yesterday, at the age of 86, Maya Angelou passed away. I envy those able to attend the poetry reading in heaven last night, because this fragile world lost one of the great ones.

I don’t remember a time growing up in Memphis in which I didn’t know who Maya Angelou was, reading her poems and excerpts of her work. Like many others, I read obituaries of Dr. Angelou yesterday in addition to lists of her most famous quotes as they were collected and as they were shared individually by friends on social media.

She was a woman who wrote more eloquently than most about the power and importance of love, forgiveness, diversity, perseverance, hard work, and faith. For a list of these quotes, I encourage you to go here.

Condoleezza Rice paid tribute with a simple statement, “”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was one of the most inspirational books ever written in America — and Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten.” Many others joined in.

As for me, I returned to the poem that I will eternally view as synonymous with Maya Angelou. NPR played an audio recording of Dr. Angelou reading it herself to pay tribute to her. I encourage you to spend a few minutes to listen to it.

But I will also provide it here for you to read, appreciate, and enjoy.

Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou. And thank you, for everything.

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

The Bachelorette: (Exotic) Dancing for Charity

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Eric Andi Beach The Bachelorette: (Exotic) Dancing for Charity

And then there were 16…

(16 men(?) with full, thick heads of hair – so long, the only guy showing any signs of hair loss)

Another week in the books, and another episode that felt like a week of my life. I couldn’t believe my eyes every time I looked at the time on my DVR while fast-forwarding through commercials. How were there still 40 minutes left after the group date?

But hey, what’s worse than one episode of The Bachelorette a week?… That’s right, TWO episodes, and that’s what we have on our hands next week. So if you are looking for a chance to get out, now is the time. If you want to wipe your hands clean of this season and be done with it, do it now. Because next week it looks like we’ll be knee-deep in four hours of Bachelorette-ness, and all of your favorite buzzwords and catchphrases are back:

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Announcement: Clayton is Moving to Nashville

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Screen Shot 2014 05 23 at 4.02.02 PM 1024x522 Announcement: Clayton is Moving to Nashville

Good people of Memphis, Nashville and beyond:

It is with a heavy heart that I officially announce that I am taking my talents to Nashville, TN.

There have been some rumblings going around for a while now but I just wanted to clear the air and make an official announcement. So everyone gather ’round because it’s time to tell the story… Read more

Roundtable: What is the Best Disney Song Ever?

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disneyrank Roundtable: What is the Best Disney Song Ever?

Alex Beene: Disney’s latest animated feature is one of their biggest hits ever. “Frozen” has made more than $1 billion worldwide, has merchandise selling out in stores nationwide and has kids lining – and parents paying – up to get in on the fun (the wait to see the “Frozen” princesses at Disney World runs an average of two hours!). Read more

The Bachelorette: Meet the Fellas

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bachelorette cast The Bachelorette: Meet the Fellas

Opening night has come and gone. 25 desperate men made the nerve-racking walk from the limo to greet their hopeful bride-to-be, Andi, and five of those men were sent packing… some more emotional than others, (cough) Josh B (cough).

As far as opening nights go, this one was pretty tame, and tame is a nice way of saying boring. Let’s give it a 6/10 – three points for the awkward limo entrances, and three points for the season previews we saw after the show. After all, the season previews are the most important aspect of the first episode.

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Friday Morning Mailbag: LeBron/Durant, World Cup, Star Wars & More

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jennifer lawrence fallon Friday Morning Mailbag: LeBron/Durant, World Cup, Star Wars & More

It’s Friday morning. There’s a lot going on in the world and the month of June will likely bring a few days where we’ll get the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the end of the NBA Finals. And that’s just in the world of sports… not even including the march of Major League Baseball into the All-Star break. The summer movie season is officially getting under way as well. There’s a lot going on. So my alliterative friends have been writing in and asking all sorts of questions. It’s time to answer some of them.

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