Here's a roundup of some work being done/appearances being made by House contributors around the web.
First off, have you been reading Odienator's daily February series Black History Mumf, inaugurated in 2008, now in the middle of its third go-round at Big Media Vandalism? You no longer have an excuse. Go here for a breakdown of all the entries, past and present. From his introduction to the 2010 Mumf:
"I am proud to be American, but you know what else? I like being Black too. And even if I didn't, Blackness, like prostitution, advertises itself. All you have to do is look to see it. It's going to be a long time before Bulworth's suggestion comes true, and I guarantee you the end result's going to look more like me than David Duke.
"I hope this is enough to justify having a Black History Mumf this year, and if it isn't, too fucking bad. I'm here and I'll be here the next 28 days, reflecting on life through the movies and TV that gave us images of African-Americans, Negroes, Colored People and Blacks. As I've said the past two years, this is not a scholarly discussion. I am not politically correct. I use profanity. I don't care if I offend you, and I probably will. The N-word will appear here, and I don't mean Negro (whose appearance is a given), but always in the negative context it deserves. And the person I am meanest to in these pieces is Black. No, not Diana Ross. I'm talking about me.
"The Mumf is open to everybody. You don't need to be the owner of a nappy head to appreciate it. In fact, if you have a tender kitchen or crispy, burnt ears from a straightening comb, this stuff is old hat for you. The ultimate goal is and has been to reminisce with those who look like me, and reveal things to those who do not. Granted, this is more Odienator History Mumf than anything else, but being Black automatically makes me part of that experience, so my history is Black History too.
"We've been getting some emails and website comments about the abrupt paucity of PW's recent film coverage.
"Here's the deal: Things aren't going well for movie critics these days. It's a weird profession, in that we're reliant on the studios offering us access to their product in order for us to review it, but they make all the decisions about when and where films are available to critics. Studios are strategically moving their press screening times closer to release dates, attempting to minimize feedback. The reason you've been seeing less in this section lately is that nothing has been screening in time for us to review it for you.
"I can't blame them. Why suffer the possibility of any negative reviews when you can just shut out the critics and crank up the hype?
"This leaves us with a big dilemma: Do we review films like Valentine's Day, The Wolfman or any other movie that opened a week ago and is on its way to Redbox supermarket kiosks already, which we believe are far from what our readers want to see? Or do we simply refrain from wasting the time, space and money?
"We'd hoped to devote this page to a piece on Shutter Island, the new Martin Scorsese picture. Unfortunately the movie wasn't screening "for review" until long after our deadline.
"Please note the terminology "for review," because I'm fully aware the film has been screened all over town for the past couple weeks. I, along with other critics, wasn't invited and wouldn't have been allowed into the theater even if I'd tried to crash."
"Vampires have always been more popular because there's a romantic element," Slantmagazine.com film critic Nick Schager said. "They're striking, dashing, and there are sexual components to the legend."
"The werewolf, on the other hand, is not only plagued by a "cheesiness" factor that happens when the special effects are poor, Schager said, the myth itself is also decidedly less romantic."
Finally, yours truly has two Time Out New York-related gigs to share. The first is Team Film's online feature "The 50 most-deserving Oscar winners of all time." And then there's my first television appearance, on Fox 5's Good Day Street Talk, where I, journalists Mary Elizabeth Williams and Christopher John Farley, and host Julie Chang spoke about Oscar season. The three parts are embedded below. You can also access them here.