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Comedian John Pinette Passes Away at 50

One of comedy’s brightest lights went out last Saturday night in Pittsburgh. John Pinette was found dead in his hotel room the morning after a show of a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot that made its way to his lungs and them became lodged in his pulmonary artery (the vessel carrying oxygenated blood back into the heart for recirculation).

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Review: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Host: Jerry Seinfeld Format:  Talk/Interview Website: (also available on Runtime: 11-18 minutes per episode Official Score: 4 Stars I think Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” might be my favorite web series ever. I haven’t seen that many web series, and I think people who don’t really -love- comedy might be a little bit bored (after all,...

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EA To Pay Student Athletes

The following press release was received only hours ago by staff:    Hausfeld LLP Announces EA to Pay Current and Former Student-Athletes WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hausfeld LLP announces that videogame manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”) has agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars to current and former student-athletes, resolving its liability in a lawsuit...


Sir Ken Adam: The Man Who Designed James Bond

Editor’s Note:  The following article was sent to us by the Media Director of and is reprinted with permission. Check them out HERE. By: Steve Karras/Web2Carz As a production designer, Sir Ken Adam consistently pushed his imagination to the limits, creating movie sets, each different, as thrilling to look at as the action unfolding up on the screen.  His...

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Review: Extraordinary Rendition

Writer’s note: We rate video games movies and albums on a 10-point scale these days. I’ll follow suit here too, with the following provision: every book I review will receive a minimum rating of 2.0—one point for having written a book, which I haven’t, and one point for having gotten that book published, which I also haven’t. After those concessions,...


Football Fury Week 2: Halftime Update (Late Games)

Wow. The Cards went into New England and came out winners. I did not see that coming. At the end of the day, though, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Patty Pete, and company kept Tom Brady off balance just about all game long, and when Tommy Terrific finally found Rob Gronkowski in the end zone, it proved to be too little,...


Football Fury Week 2: Halftime Update (Early Games)

  So far, I’d say the first half of today’s festivities belongs to two young men: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, whose gone 11/17 for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns so far, and Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who’s rushed for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 11 carries. It looks like the beginning of a breakout...


Football Fury Week 2: First Quarter Update (Early Games)

  Rookie Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has just thrown his first career touchdown in Lucas Oil Stadium. What a career he’s going to have. Elsewhere, the Eagles and Ravens are all knotted up an 7, the Saints are not unpredictably leading the Carolina Panthers, and the Arizona Cardinals are out to a fairly surprising 6-0 lead over the once-nearly-perfect...


Football Fury Week 2: It’s (A)Live!

Happy Sunday, Internet. Week 2 is underway, and I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on all the action of the day, as it unfolds. For starters, the Eagles are off to a great start. Even though Michael Vick threw a red zone interception, the Philly D got him the football right back. Even if it’s not always sunny in Philadelphia,...


Football Fury Week 1: Back Again Like A Kardashian

  Well, Internet, pro football is finally back, and I couldn’t be much happier. Last year, I did a full-on season preview in which I not-so-famously-but-nonetheless-correctly predicted Peyton Manning’s fate. The part about his going on IR., I mean Not the part about his being cast out of Indianapolis and going to Denver. I did not see that one coming....

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E3 2012: Ubisoft Media Briefing Impressions: This is Your Brain on Drugs

So the first (and thus far, the only) bit of E3 that I’ve actually gotten to take in has been Ubisoft‘s press conference, which I watched right here on The Vortex Effect. I’m going to begin with that. Internet, Ubisoft had me at “hello”. Because, you know, it was comedienne Aisha Tyler doing the talking. I love that girl to death....

The Current Big Column:  Characters Welcome 0

The Current Big Column: Characters Welcome

Yeah, Internet. That’s right. Welcome back. So a little while ago a facebook friend “shared” an article with me that had been published by Forbes magazine. It seems like it merits mentioning that this particular friend is black. That’s right, Internet. I know a black guy who reads Forbes. A couple, actually. What? Anyway, the article “predicted” the allegedly impending...