Posts by Sarah D. Bunting

  • 'Laverne & Shirley' vs. 'Family Ties': Vote for the Best TV Theme Songs

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo! TV1 yr ago

    With March Madness in full swing, we decided to do a TV-themed bracket of our own: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best TV theme song of all time. After lots of heated debate, we've selected and ranked 32 of the most memorable TV theme songs ever, pitting them against each other in a winner-takes-all bracket. Over the next few weeks, we're asking you to vote for your favorite theme songs until we get a winner -- and a few songs stuck in your heads.

    It's a showdown between two of the all-time great "narration" theme songs: the upbeat, second-wave-feminism-inspired anthem of "Laverne & Shirley," and the "behold our great, if occasionally hilarious, hippie romance" love story of "Family Ties." It's the '70s versus the '80s; the Big Ragu versus little Alex P. Keaton.

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  • 'The Simpsons' vs. 'Miami Vice': Vote for the Best TV Theme Songs

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo! TV1 yr ago

    With March Madness in full swing, we decided to do a TV-themed bracket of our own: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best TV theme song of all time. After lots of heated debate, we've selected and ranked 32 of the most memorable TV theme songs ever, pitting them against each other in a winner-takes-all bracket. Over the next few weeks, we're asking you to vote for your favorite theme songs until we get a winner -- and a few songs stuck in your heads.

    Much of the fun of the "Simpsons" theme song is in the accompanying visuals -- Bart Simpson's myriad different "I will not" blackboard punishment exercises, Maggie going over the Scantron at the supermarket, and Homer's operatic "AIEEE" face as he's nearly run over in the driveway. At the same time, though, the show's been on so long that just hearing that distinctive choir-of-angels opening bar will prompt a flood of those visuals in the listener's mind.

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  • HBO's 'Phil Spector' Kicks Up Controversy, Protests

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo! TV1 yr ago

    Star Al Pacino's crazy wigs alone make "Phil Spector," the upcoming flick from HBO, look like a must-watch -- but key figures in Spector's life and murder trial strenuously disagree, from Spector's wife Rachelle to friends and family of Lana Clarkson, the woman Spector is convicted of murdering.

    Spector is presently serving a sentence of 19 years to life for his role in Clarkson's death, which took place at Spector's Alhambra, California home in 2003. Written and directed by David Mamet ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), "Phil Spector" centers on Spector's relationship with his attorney, Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren), during the 2009 trial. His third wife, Rachelle, is appalled at the portrayal of her husband. Rachelle t that the film's version of her husband "brought tears to [her] eyes." HBO's Spector, Rachelle said, is "a foul-mouthed megalomaniac" and "a Minotaur, like he draws people into his labyrinth and he locks them in and won't let them out."

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