April 18, 2014

Prince Made Up With Warner Bros. and Is Getting Control of His Back Catalogue

Also in the Afternoon Links: Future and Kanye made an “I Won” video, somebody collected all the food-porn from ‘Hannibal,’ and a fun behind-the-scenes anecdote about Vincent Kartheiser, a.k.a Pete Campbell.

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Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: Calling on the Masses to Help Save an Important Piece of Art and Culture

The best part about ‘Lindsay’ is that no matter how many times she blows off a shoot, or is a bitch to her assistant, or sits around her house lighting candles and being a lunatic, you end up rooting for her. Can’t wait for Season 2. WAIT, WHAT?

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Songs of the Week: Black and Blue

The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Mastodon, Sturgill Simpson, EMA, and more.

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The ‘Illmatic’ Influence Infographic

Biggie was deified after his tragic death and Hova married Beyoncé, but Nas crushes them both here.

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Video on Demand Report: Catch Up With Power Duo Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in ‘Philomena’

Plus ‘Ride Along,’ ‘The Nut Job,’ ‘The Invisible Woman,’ and more of this week’s on-demand releases.

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A Brief History of Kelis, Musical Omnivore

With her new album, ‘Food,’ Kelis set out to make sonic soul food, and she succeeds on every level.

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‘Orphan Black’ Returns for a New Season, Even Clone-Crazier Than Before

It’s a gambler’s spirit, above all else, that makes ‘Orphan Black’ an absolute must watch, not just for fans of genre but for fans of risk-taking storytelling in general. The show is on an insane hot streak. You don’t want to be the one to break the spell.

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Nano Tech: ‘Transcendence’ and Small Thinking in Modern Sci-Fi

Johnny Depp, for his part, might actually be out of performances. Without a complete physical transformation and without Tim Burton, he seems in contempt of acting. His face doesn’t move. His rich, bizarrely accented baritone operates without inflection here.

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Trailer: As Big As Sinatra

Know what looks nothing like a Clint Eastwood movie? Clint Eastwood’s new movie, ‘Jersey Boys,’ about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

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April 17, 2014

‘Space Jam’ Got the Live Read It Always Deserved

Also in the Afternoon Links: Sneaky ‘Game of Thrones’ recastings, a lawsuit for Drake, and James Franco’s temper tantrum over a bad review.

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Whose World: The Strange, Wistful 20th Anniversary of Nas’s ‘Illmatic’

Nas is still dropping albums, still flipping verses for best-selling albums from sophomore starters as well as his veteran peers. But for the most part, Illmatic’s 20th anniversary is playing out as ’90s nostalgia.

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Overplayed Song of the Week: John Legend, ‘All of Me’

Singing lovingly about a woman’s imperfections, perfect or otherwise, is rendered particularly meaningless when the person you’re singing about was on the cover of the ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit edition.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 Trailer: This Is Not How I Imagined Prison to Be at All

This might just be a flawless trailer, or ‘Orange Is the New Black’ might be super ready to get even better in its sophomore season.

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We Went There: An Intimate Evening With Tracy Morgan and Hannibal Buress at the 92nd Street Y

Last night, Tracy Morgan and Hannibal Buress took the stage at Kaufmann Concert Hall of the 92nd Street Y, a venerable New York cultural institution, for a chat that was in turns and simultaneously rambling, profane, and hilarious.

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The Week in Gossip: Selena Gomez Fires Her Momager, and Tom Cruise and Laura Prepon’s Rumored Romance

Plus: Katy Perry and Diplo’s Coachella romance, Gwyneth Paltrow’s corporate uncoupling, and Aaron Paul’s big head.

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The Andy Greenwald Podcast: Noah Emmerich

‘The Americans’ star Noah Emmerich joins Andy Greenwald to talk about Wednesday night’s fantastic episode, his acting career, and … a cappella?

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The Audacity of Neesons: Liam Neeson Continues to Fight About the Horses

It’s remarkable that Neesons has taken it this far. That he’s found a new way to force our hand and get us to continue to cover his cause, a cause as appealing as making elementary school kids file taxes.

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‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Is Getting Sequelized

Twenty-one years later, with a script from ‘Elf’ screenwriter David Berenbaum, Robin Williams and Chris Columbus are set to return.

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