September 19, 2014

The Right Reasons Podcast: ‘Dating Naked’ Wedding, Sexual Healers, and Colby Cheese

David Jacoby and Juliet Litman discuss the ‘Dating Naked’ wedding, sexual healers, and Colby cheese.

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‘Supergirl’ Is Happening at CBS

Also in the Afternoon Links: ‘Fargo’ showrunner and writer Noah Hawley is adapting his novel into a film, Angelina’s directing a poaching tale called ‘Africa,’ and a big ‘HIMYM’ mystery has been put to rest.

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‘Big Eyes’ Trailer: Burton’s Big Biopic

When’s the last time you remembering seeing a straight Tim Burton movie, one without magic or headless horsemen, without superheroes or macabre animation or spaceships or a general Seuss-on-acid vibe? Twenty years ago, probably: ‘Ed Wood’ was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, a duo that went on to pen ‘Man on the Moon,’ ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt,’ and now Burton’s new one, ‘Big Eyes.’

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Men on Fire 101: The Revenge Thrillers That Shaped ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ and ‘The Equalizer’

Look at the leaves changing colors, smell the crisp autumn air: It’s revenge season. This week, Liam Neeson’s latest example of his very particular set of skills hits theaters with ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones.’ Next week, Denzel Washington has ‘The Equalizer.’

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Lecrae: Christian Rappers, Christian Rap, and the No. 1 Album in the Country

Christianity isn’t universal. Feeling odd, misunderstood, and weird very much is. That’s the true foundation of this album, and that’s why it deserves its place in the mainstream.

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‘You’re the Worst’ Finishes Its Great First Season As One of the Best Comedies on TV

The brilliance of ‘You’re the Worst’ is that to these richly drawn, deeply fucked-up human beings, love is a terrifying side effect of actually living.

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Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: In Defense of ‘Utopia’

I can’t lie, the first week without ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ was tough. No Khaki Chris Harrison, no vandy handys, no AshLeeeeeeeeee, no talking raccoons, none of the delicious delusion that made this summer so special. All good, though — ‘Below Deck’ is still overachieving, ‘The Singles Project’ still features Bizarro J.A. Adande, and we have ‘Utopia.’ Oh, ‘Utopia,’ let’s just start there.

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Puff the White Walrus: ‘Tusk’-Branded Weed and Kevin Smith’s Career

Kevin Smith, me, a magical evening, and ‘Tusk’ tie-in weed.

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The Andy Greenwald Podcast: ‘You’re the Worst’ Creator Stephen Falk

Stephen Falk, creator of FX’s ‘You’re the Worst,’ talks to Andy Greenwald about his show’s hilarious and surprisingly emotional first season.

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September 18, 2014

Darrell Hammond Will Succeed Don Pardo as the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live’

Also in the Afternoon Links: a sweet trailer for Jason Reitman’s new one, a new Zach Braff show, and Channing Tatum as a math genius.

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Perfect Casting Alert: Aubrey Plaza Will Voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime

One of our greatest Do I Look Like I Care? actresses shall give voice to the Internet’s surliest cat.

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Q&A: Haley Joel Osment on the Deranged ‘Tusk,’ the Still Super-Top-Secret ‘Entourage’ Movie, and Being Mistaken for Jodie Foster in Dubai

Among the many, many jarring images in Kevin Smith’s new man-becomes-walrus horror opus ‘Tusk,’ there is at least one that shouldn’t haunt your nightmares: Haley Joel Osment all grown up and podcasting. Like the majority of the planet — except maybe fans of IFC’s ‘Spoils of Babylon’ — you likely have an indelible mental image of Osment as a hauntingly adorable preteen telling Bruce Willis “I see dead people.” But outside the Netflix queue, time marches on.

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Girls in Hoodies Podcast: ‘MasterChef,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Utopia,’ and Mailbag Questions

Molly and Emily talk ‘MasterChef,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ and ‘Utopia,’ and take listener mailbag questions about dark rides and heat waves.

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Staring Into the Eternal Bliss of Lauren Conrad’s Wedding Exclusive

Lauren Conrad’s wedding is the fullest possible expression of Lauren Conrad. This is her ‘Godfather’ trilogy, her ‘Decalogue.’ If there is any negative feeling, it is the knowledge that most people can only bring about one true masterpiece in their lifetime; for Lauren, this may have been it.

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Would It Shock You Now? A Look Back at the Attention-Grabbing Moments of TV Pilots Since 2001

There’s an arms race going on in the world of television. Show creators know they have to deliver some memorable shocks if they want network execs and viewers to pay attention, particularly if they’re going to blow them away with the first episode.

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The Week in Gossip: Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, a Canadian Tragedy

Plus updates on George Clooney’s wedding, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’s baby, and more from this week’s tabloid roundup.

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Pitching the Exciting Future of the ‘Liam Neeson Kills Everyone’ Movie

On the eve of ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ let’s make sure Hollywood has enough ideas to keep LNKE films coming.

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Q&A: ‘The Honorable Woman’ Creator Hugo Blick on Maggie Gyllenhaal, the Middle East As a Stage, and Longform Televison

You can call what Blick makes a miniseries or longform television. Call it whatever you want, just do whatever you have to do to watch it.

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Utopia/Dystopia: Unpacking Fox’s Startlingly Racist, Sexist, Retrograde Flop of a Reality Series

Unpacking Fox’s startlingly racist, sexist, retrograde flop of a reality series.

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