Danny Gallagher has written news and feature stories for newspapers and websites such as CNET, Mental Floss and the Dallas Observer and comedy pieces for Cracked, Mandatory and Maxim.
Dallas was more than just the economic epicenter for all of the film’s explosions, gunfire and endless downpours of fake blood that [director Paul] Verhoeven wanted for his movie. Dallas' role in RoboCop was physically bigger even than [actor Peter] Weller’s crime-fighting robot.
Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, the smaller one with the higher vocal range, talks about going back on tour with Jemaine Clement, testing new genres of comedy music and how performing live is like vacation to him.
Id Software and Bethesda Softworks, a sister studio under the same umbrella of Id's current parent company ZeniMax Media, released a new Doom game last month. It's the fourth in the top-selling franchise, ending a 12-year drought when gamers thought they'd never get to go back to Mars and bringing Doom back to its bloody roots, planted firmly in North Texas soil.
Stephen Tobolowsky's strength as an actor is that he finds complexity in all of his characters; he doesn't believe stories can always be reduced to a struggle between good and evil. Take, for instance, the Dallas native's role as "Action" Jack Barker in the current, third season of Silicon Valley, the HBO comedy created by fellow Texan Mike Judge that looks at the ever-morphing tech industry.
HCR 75, a bill introduced in the Texas House last month by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, seeks to encourage the State Preservation Board "to establish a museum of Texas music history as a permanent and integral program within the [Bullock Texas State History Museum]." Two of the people behind the Texas Musicians Museum believe those efforts are misguided and could even undermine the work of private music history museums throughout the state.
This past summer, Stacy Willingham and her fellow tattooed "mommas" got together to shoot some playful pin-up photos for a 2-year calendar to sell at $30 a pop. The calendar was a huge success earned them a hefty check to give to the charity of their choice and national attention. The charity they chose turned down their offer.
The National Videogame Museum that officially opened to the public last Saturday as part of the Frisco Discovery Center doesn't just tell the history of an industry that's become a billion-dollar big boss. It surrounds visitors with interactive exhibits that take them on a tour of an industry and an art form that's still not done growing and innovating.
Quick! Pick two pop culture icons right now, one with a musical background and the other from any non-musical, pop culture category. Now imagine the one from the non-musical column singing the other person's music. Chances are you didn't come up with the odd combination of Elvis Presley and daytime talk show host Jerry Springer.
Almost two years ago, Donna Alexander came up with one of the weirdest business proposals to ever land on the Dallas Chamber of Commerce's desk. She wanted to charge people to stand in a room with a blunt object filled with appliances, furniture and other breakable objects and let them wail on whatever wandered into their fields of vision until it was no longer recognizable.
And since breaking stuff makes the neanderthal that lives in our DNA as giddy as an overly hairy schoolgirl whether we admit it or not, Alexander's Anger Room became one of the city's fastest growing entertainment establishments and a global "weird news" item.
Audiences of the Dallas Comedy House who just go for a show may only see the performance side, but for the faithful, who know it as DCH, are usually in the one of the house troupes, attend classes or even just show up for the weekly "Jam" sessions, it's become an artistic community of support and creativity. Given their steady stream of success, having to find a bigger place for comedy nerds to play was inevitable.
I walked up to 18 adult film stars who attended the sex expo that tried to bring the Biblical apocalypse to Dallas and asked them all, "Would you go out on a date with me?"