About That Elton John Tribute Show

Is it just me, or has the chameleon-like Lady Gaga, master of so many different looks, now morphed into 1970s impressionist extraordinaire Marilyn Michaels? You'll have to be a certain age to get that reference, but since I am, that was one of the thoughts that...

Poker Stories: Weekend In New England

I spent the weekend in New England, where my brother-in-law Stuart and I played at two poker rooms. First was Foxwoods, in Ledyard, Connecticut. It's still the largest poker room on the east coast, though with a diminished player pool now that casinos in adjoining...

Ten Things I Have Never Done

Since I haven't gotten around to these in nearly six decades on the planet, it's highly unlikely I ever will: Watched "Gone With The Wind." Painted my face as a fan of anything. Downloaded any song from "Hamilton." Thrown a dart into the bullseye (on purpose). Eaten...

Pay Teachers Like Babysitters

In light of the teachers protesting for more education funding in several states, it's time to bring back one of the most popular posts on Harris Online. This appeared as an editorial (author unknown) in a New Hampshire newspaper in 2002. The numbers would be much...

DVR Alert: Some Magical Television

This month, Showtime is airing a documentary about Johnny Thompson, one of the most famous magicians of his time. He performed (with wife Pam) as The Great Tomsoni for many years, and then became a mentor for other magicians who needed help devising illusions,...

As I Tweeted

If there isn't a band somewhere called Migrant Caravan, there oughta be. Maybe doing nothing but Van Morrison covers?

Here’s To You, Mr. Breakaway Gas Hose Inventor

In the late 1990s, Bud Light ran a series of commercials paying tribute to Real Men Of Genius. Conceived by copywriter Bob Winter and art director Mark Gross – and co-created with copywriter Bill Cimino – at DDB Chicago, the hilarious commercials mockingly honored Mr....

As I Tweeted

Which is more ironic about the YouTube shooting: a) there’s no cellphone footage of the actual incident from inside the world’s leading video provider; or b) victims were taken to a hospital named after a competing company’s CEO, Mark...

The Teachers’ Revolution

Meet Ray, a fifth-grade teacher in Oklahoma, who was among the throng of educators who swarmed the state capital Tuesday afternoon demanding sufficient funding for schools... No teacher should ever have to face a classroom where any child hasn't been provided the...

Steven Bochco, TV Legend

Steven Bochco, who died this weekend at 74, had an amazing run of primetime success, creating three of television's greatest hour-long dramas ("Hill Street Blues," "LA Law," and "NYPD Blue") that stayed on the air a combined 25 seasons (1981-2005). I can't think of...

Poker Stories: Calling A Loudmouth’s Bluff

I returned to the Commerce Casino outside Los Angeles for another poker road trip last week. As usual, the place was packed, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, when every table was full -- remarkable considering the place has over 200 of them! In case you...

A New Look

As you can see, I've debuted a new design for this website. It's about time. I have had Harris Online for over 20 years, but I haven't made many changes to its look. In the early days, I did all the HTML coding myself, and the site was mostly text because graphics...

Movie Review: “Flower”

I first spotted Zoey Deutch in "Why Him," the raunchy 2016 comedy in which she played the college-age daughter of Bryan Cranston and Megan Mulally who was dating tech billionaire James Franco. Unfortunately, Deutch wasn't given much to do in that movie. Now she's the...

Wanted: Quirky Female Lead Characters

   I just read a piece in The Hollywood Reporter about how the Time’s Up movement has impacted the hiring and paying of talent during television pilot season. At least one of the casting executives interviewed says that there are a large number of dramas in the...

Movie Review: “The Death Of Stalin”

The death of a world leader is an odd subject for a comedy, particularly when the man in question was a brutal dictator who ran his country with an iron fist. But that's what Armando Iannucci, who also created the HBO series "Veep," gives us with "The Death Of...