What to Surf
From a ''Little Nicky'' site to a shrine to Steve Allen, we look at what's hot on the web
The online treatment for Adam Sandler’s latest mind-numbing money sucker — something about the devil’s sons set loose in the Big Apple — has a clever Ouija board design but woefully lacks good humor. Playing Devils’s Hangman, with Nicky costar Harvey Keitel as the victim, may be great revenge for anyone who sat through Bad Lieutenant, and the extensive crew bios are a nice touch, but the bulk of offerings read like the studio-produced fluff they are. If it’s true that God is in the details, then Beelzebub is most definitely playing webmaster. C
— Nicholas Fonseca
Nominate that special someone for resident status in Hades with ”the world’s first Internet-based damnation system.”
Steve Allen Online!
Toward the end of his life, TV pioneer Steve Allen began lamenting the moral decline of popular entertainment. Luckily, the first Tonight Show host — who died Oct. 30 at 78 — left a strong legacy of edgy but classy humor. (It’s safe to say Jay Leno’s Dancing Itos never would have appeared on Allen’s Tonight.) This official site dubs him ”television’s renaissance man,” and an astounding raft of credits proves it. The hyperlinked text helpfully guides fans to the Steve Allen Store, where scores of merchandise (videos, CDs, books) is available online. There’s even a section devoted to longtime wife and fellow entertainer Jayne Meadows. That Steverino… whatta guy! A-
— Nicholas Fonseca
A list of artists who’ve performed some of Allen’s 7,900-plus songs: Judy Garland, Dinah Shore… Pia Zadora?!
Freebase Internet Magazine
This U.K.-based site is easy on the eyes, but perhaps too easy on the mind. Freebase sports news, interviews, and reviews, but all on an extremely small scale. The review section is the site’s strongest, featuring well-crafted critiques of the latest singles and albums, along with live shows, DVDs, and videos. The focus is on British music and smaller- label bands, a refreshing concept that proves a struggle here in practice. Well-intentioned, but too thin. C+
— Caryn Ganz
Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead
Horror stars Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff rest in peace, but Fay Wray walks among the living. The 93-year-old queen of scream and erstwhile love of King Kong is one of hundreds of celebs whose vital signs are posted at this site, a straightforward and surprisingly unmorbid search engine of the still-surviving and the six-feet-under. B
— Laura Schiff