March 26, 2015

Action Bronson Is a Great White Man

The truth about the 300-pound master MC and food obsessive.

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Steve Loves the ’80s: Why It Makes Perfect Sense That Spielberg Is Bringing ‘Ready Player One’ to the Big Screen

The legendary director is adapting the best-selling novel. That feels right, and not just because he’s actually mentioned in the book.

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Crime and Punishment: ‘The Americans’ Soars in Its Brutal Third Season

Last night’s ‘Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?’ was just the latest triumph in a year full of them.

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Can Idris Elba Save ‘Star Trek 3’ From Self-Destructing?

The rumors say Elba might be boldly going where many have gone before.

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The Week in Gossip: Zayn Says Good-bye to One Direction

The signs have been there for a while, but that doesn’t make this any less tragic.

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JEFF the Brotherhood on How to Get Dropped From a Major Label and Still Succeed Without Really Trying

What happens when an indie-rock duo is chewed up and spit out of the major-label music system.

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March 25, 2015

‘Do You Like Prince Movies?’ Podcast: Talking Ethnic Casting and Kendrick Lamar

This week, Alex and Wesley are joined by Grantland’s Dave Schilling to talk about an alleged nonwhite casting boom in the wake of TV’s ‘Empire’ and ‘Black-ish.’ Is this for real? They move on to a conversation about ‘Empire’ itself. Then it’s on to a discussion of Kendrick Lamar’s second album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly,’ thematic coherence in rap records, and what on earth it means not to be able to subject Lamar’s record to pop criticism.

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Kingdom Came: Notes on ‘Empire’ and the State of Black Television Drama

The sensational ‘Empire’ and the landscape of black television.

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The Cracks Begin to Show: With Three Episodes Left, ‘Justified’ Goes for Broke

Making sense of the shocking, fourth-to-last episode of FX’s Elmore Leonard drama.

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