December 19, 2014

‘The Right Reasons’ Podcast: ‘Real World: Skeletons,’ ‘The Challenge,’ and ‘Vanderpump Rules’

Juliet Litman and David Jacoby break down the ‘Real World: Skeletons’ premiere, the ‘The Challenge’ trailer, and the latest from ‘Vanderpump Rules.’

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Christmas, Baby Please Come Home

There is only one Christmas song. And there is only one singer of this song. Her name is Darlene Love.

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The Ultimate ‘Serial’ Think Piece, Written by Someone Who Has Never Listened to ‘Serial’

So, uh, if you download a podcast onto your phone, how do you get it to play?

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We Went There: Aaron Paul, Ellen Page, and Stephen Merchant’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Live Read

Even if you aren’t more than a casual participant in the cult of ‘Star Wars,’ it’s fascinating to see this worship carried out in person.

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The 2014 Year-End TV Power Rankings

This is not a year-end list. This is the Year-End Power Rankings.

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The Oral History of Jay Z’s ‘Annie’ Anthem, ‘Hard Knock Life’

Officially released in October 1998, ‘Hard Knock Life’ was Jay Z’s biggest hit to date, reaching no. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and pushing his third album, ‘Vol 2 … Hard Knock Life,’ to more than 5.4 million copies sold. It was the beginning of one of hip-hop’s most amazing runs.

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Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: A ‘Real World: Skeletons’ Premiere for the Ages

Featuring: one attempted assault with a coat hanger, four hookups, a dozen arguments, an $800 bar tab, and, shockingly, zero coitus.

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December 18, 2014

Leak of the Year: Grown Folks Dancing

“I got an email today. All it said: ‘I trust this in your hands,’ followed by a link. In this age of hacks and leaks, I couldn’t help but be a little on edge by this prompt.”

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Eagle’s Flight: The Genius of Stephen Colbert (and “Stephen Colbert”)

‘The Colbert Report’ goes dark tonight on Comedy Central, after nine years, two presidential runs, a branded ice cream flavor, and at least one space treadmill. TV will never see an accomplishment that equals it.

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‘Rembert Explains’ Podcast: D’Angelo, and Reviewing the Year in Sports With Clinton Yates

Clinton Yates of the ‘Washington Post’ joins Rembert Browne for a review of the year in sports, a discussion of D’Angelo’s new album, and an impromptu eyeglass fashion show.

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‘House Eats 5’: A la Barbecue Celebration!

Joe House is joined by Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Rembert Browne, and a host of Grantlanders in Austin, Texas, to celebrate world-renowned barbecue joint la Barbecue.

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State of the Wunion: A Ruckus-Free Return for the Wu-Tang Clan

The new albums from the Wu and Ghostface reveal different sides of the aging rap legends.

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Gortida Perdita: Manhattan Beach and ‘Inherent Vice’

Inherent virtues: looking at Manhattan Beach through Doc Sportello’s eyes.

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‘B.S. Report’: Chris Rock and Bill’s Dad

Chris Rock comes on to discuss his new film, ‘Top Five’; his relationship with Eddie Murphy; and more. Plus, Bill’s dad joins the show to talk Boston sports.

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The Top 10 Movies of 2014

The 10 Best Movies of 2014, and Then Some

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The Search for Justice and Resolution, on ‘Serial’ and in America

‘Serial’ premiered in October, at a time when a growing sense of injustice for young men of color was already reaching a fever pitch.

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Mother Dearest: How ‘The Babadook’ Inverts the Horror-Movie Mom

The most unsettling moments of ‘The Babadook’ are subversions of what viewers understand Amelia to be, particularly what a mother should be.

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