Pop Rocks: Ben Affleck Is Entertainer Of The Year? We Can Do Better Than That.
Having captivated moviegoers both in front of and behind the camera with Argo, Ben Affleck earned the number one spot on our annual list of the most talented and original performers who entertained us in 2012.
As someone who once assumed Affleck's artistic potential peaked as Shannon in Mallrats, let me be the first to congratulate him. At the same time, we need to acknowledge there were better, unheralded candidates.
Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, Red Dawn (we'll let that last one slide). Everybody wants to bitch about how Joss Whedon doesn't get enough respect, but what about strapping Australians with pecs that won't quit? Think of their feelings.
Bonus: he dies in ... at least one of these movies.
Florence + the Machine
Adele, Adele, Adele ... shut up for once about Adele. Good voice, sure. Refreshingly candid interview subject, fine. Sorry to say, Florence Welch and company would've done a much better James Bond theme.
Who hated the Olympic opening ceremony? Oh, stop lying. It was awesome: the Clash and Sex Pistols? 007 and the Queen? A tribute to the National Health Service?! And while I have no idea how much say Boyle had in the closing acts, I'm going to go ahead and give old Danny credit for bringing the Spice Girls back.
These guys had been around since 1984. They broke up this year. Very few of you cared, probably because you were distracted by some bullshit like No Doubt reforming.
No Doubt. Gah.
He just wrapped up the third season of Treme, started the Sterling Farms chain of grocery stores in order to provide fresh food to underserved New Orleans neighborhoods post-Katrina, and made an appearance in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, for which I hope he was handsomely compensated.