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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

We all know who Mike Tyson is…he’s a boxing champion, an undisputed heavyweight, a crazed lunatic (for biting off Evander Holyfield’s earlobe), and has even done a few minor roles in movies. The latest, of course, was his part in The Hangover, as himself.

Now, Tyson is doing something that seems a little out of his league. He has just signed up to work on a new reality tv show on Animal Planet. I know what you’re thinking…how does Mike Tyson get on Animal Planet? Pigeons, that’s how. The New York Post reported that the champ owns a few hundred birds at various lofts in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

The show, called Taking on Tyson, will focus on Tyson’s love of his pigeons. He claims he has been caring for birds since age 11. He provided shelter and food for many birds around his childhood home in Brownsville. This is the first time he will race the pigeons, and has even called in an expert to train them.

Pigeon racing is a widely occuring sport, in which the birds sometimes race up to 500 miles in one race, putting them at risk for medical and emotional issues. Because of this fact, it is also widely disliked, especially by animal activist groups. PETA and Audubon Magazine have already jumped on the bandwagon to have this sport stopped.

However, Tyson is especially excited about this latest endeavour, which will begin shooting in Brooklyn later next month. If you happen to be in the area, make sure you take special care of the way you treat the pigeons. “I never hurt anybody until somebody hurt one of my birds,” Tyson says.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Remember when MTV first started out? It was a small network that began in the 80s and revolutionized the way music and television were viewed. Literally. It was the first time anyone saw a real music video.

Teenagers secretly snuck into their television rooms while their parents weren’t looking and watched the hippest video versions of their favorite songs, making them feel instantly cooler. Stars like Madonna, Pat Benetar, and the Buggles ruled the screen. Then things started going awry…

When MTV introduced their first reality show, things started to go downhill. The Real World was a look inside a world where seven strangers came together to live. Everything the college aged party animals did was taped with very few things held back. The show was a great success, so the network kept airing more shows like it.

These days, there are more reality shows on the network than there are actual music videos. In fact, it’s a rare thing to witness any occurence of music at all. We can thank the television channel for raunchy shows like Jersey Shore (douchebags pictured above).

As a result, the network has decided to take the ‘music’ out of its logo. In an article from the Los Angeles Times, David Howe, president of the SyFy channel, says the name ‘music television’ is too limiting and outdated. MTV’s head of marketing, Tina Exarhos, believes that people don’t refer to the channel as ‘music television’ anymore and the network should move on.

I spend a lot of time reminiscing about simpler times, and this is certainly one of those cases. Reality shows make America dumber! Not to mention, most people who watch MTV’s reality shows are mostly teenagers. An entire generation, wasting their brain’s potential on this stuff.

Good thing I cancelled my television service.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Actor Paul Reubens, better known as Pee Wee Herman from Pee Wee’s Playhouse among other Pee Wee movies, has returned to the spot light once again.

It has taken Reubens around twenty years to get himself back to a semi popular role in entertainment. After exposing himself in an adult movie theater in 1991, Americans lost almost all their respect for the goofy kid show star.

Between then and now, he has wandered from movie to movie, taking small roles here and there. Reubens has appeared in movies like Blow, Mystery Men, and even Roald Dahl’s book-gone-movie Matilda.

His old show, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, will now be turned into a newer, more updated stage show. The new show is a recapturing of Pee Wee’s original performances with the Los Angeles comedy troupe, The Groundlings. It will run up until February 7, 2010 at Club Nokia.

According to the Associated Press, Reubens is very happy with his comeback. “It’s been interesting coming back into the spotlight … but it’s been feeling very exciting. I’m totally excited. I don’t even know what to say, heh heh heh,” he said.

Here’s a video of Reubens’ thoughts about his comeback. Enjoy the craziness…

I know many people and critics alike still think he’s funny, and I’d have to agree, but let’s see if he can keep it in his pants this time around.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

What’s my latest guilty pleasure? Well, that’d have to be Dexter, the wonderfully grotesque Showtime drama about a forensics expert who doubles as a serial killer while no one is watching.

I can’t lie to you — because it’s winter, I am going into hibernation mode. While I am camped out in my warm winter den (aka my bedroom), I have spent much time watching the show. But I have merely been catching up…I just started watching it three weeks ago.

The show has been grabbing the attention of some Hollywood related people as well. Today, Michael C. Hall, our loveable serial killer, received a Golden Globe for best actor in a tv drama. Also, John Lithgow was awarded a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in the show.

According to the Associated Press, Lithgow said, “”I’ve had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months.”

Indeed, the show is creepy. Some people may find themselves grossed out, but unable to look away, while others may find the show’s concept utterly disgusting and refuse to watch. I’m in the first category….and looking forward to season 5 of the serial killer everyone loves.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I may be a bit late in posting a review about the new Star Trek. It is not all that new, but I have just recently seen it. My review summed up in one sentence? I don’t get it.

Not being a star trek fan (trekkie) and having never seen any of the television shows put me at a great disadvantage. I’m sure many of you in my position feel the same way. The movie feeds off of the show…and if you don’t know anything about that, well then you’re out of luck with this one.

The main idea of the film is that you get to see how Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock first met. You see them as young children, then as the middle aged space warriors everyone knows and loves. (At least I understood that much.)

I pretty much sat on the couch in a daze of confusion for the movie’s drawn out two and a half hours while my counterpart sang a snippet from Adam Sandler’s “Hannukah Song” over and over again…Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock — both jewish! We were thoroughly befuddled.

There was a lot of good action though! The special effects blew up the screen, officially making this a flick for the trekkie action film lover. I’m sure you trekkies had your hands full on this one.

P.S. I miss Shatner.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today I really got to thinking about one of my favorite television shows: Monk. I like it so much that I watch it everywhere I possibly can — on the internet, at friends houses, on dvd. It shows real dedication for someone who doesn’t have cable television.

Here’s a brief synopsis for all of you who don’t know or watch the show…Monk was a cop who lost his wife in a car bomb. After that, he was so shaken up that he couldn’t recover mentally, so he was forced to give up his badge and then continued work with the police as a private investigator. Each episode is a case that Monk, with the help of his assistant (Sharona or Natalie), solves. He almost always cracks the mystery and is rarely wrong.

The comical part of the show is that he has severe OCD, panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and whatever kind of phobias you could imagine. As a result, he says and does ridiculous things more often than not. He loves to clean, can’t go to the bathroom in public places, and is afraid of elevators, dirt, spiders, celestial space, fog, being touched, rabies, sitting down….shall I continue? Click here to read a list of all Monk’s phobias.

It is these personal tics that make the show interesting. Watching Monk try to solve cases, but still fear everything is quite amusing.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. After a whopping eight seasons, the show is finally coming to an end. I haven’t seen the finale yet, but my guess is that Monk will finally find out what happened to his wife, Trudy. I’m thinking he will find out who the murderer is, and then find some way to get past it, ending on a happier note. I can’t imagine ending the show on a sad one.

In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tony Shaloub, who plays Monk, is satisfied with the show’s success and ending. He’s won a Golden Globe from the show and has gained much fame from his character. In some ways, Shaloub thinks that people who watch the show become a bit like Monk. It’s probably true…we all have a little OCD in each of us.

Thank you for all those episodes, Mr. Monk.

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