September 1, 2014

Summer Box Office Report: How Screwed Is Hollywood? (Pretty Screwed)

The top 10 movies of 2014 have taken in considerably less than those of 2013.

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The 1994 Rap Album Matrix: Is This Hip-Hop’s Greatest Year?

A totally useful scoring chart of the rap albums of 1994.

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Taylor Swift Joins ‘The Voice’ in Her Ongoing Mission to Colonize Our Brains for the Next Two Months

Swift is in the middle of a transition to an overall more straightforward pop brand, and if that’s reflected in her role on the show, there aren’t many people more qualified to teach the starry-eyed hopefuls of ‘The Voice’ how to be a capital-P Pop Star.

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August 29, 2014

Video on Demand Report: ‘Draft Day’ Doesn’t Quite Make the Team

Plus ‘Blended,’ ‘Starred Up,’ ‘Life of Crime,’ and more in this week’s On Demand releases.

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Heart of Dankness: Touring Ruins in ‘As Above, So Below’ and ‘The Trip to Italy’

If you enjoy watching folks from the U.K. take journeys of entitlement in other parts of Europe, this is your week.

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The Right Reasons Podcast: ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ Bravo, and Taste-Testing Jerky

Juliet Litman and David Jacoby go deep on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ and then move on to discuss the Bravo shows and taste-test jerky.

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Where Nobody Knows Your Name: ‘The Swapper,’ ‘Hotline Miami’ and Existential Avatars

Two deceptively simple new indie games reveal larger philosophical questions about what it means to control a character.

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Ask a Doctor: Can Claustrophobia-Horror Movies Like ‘As Above, So Below’ Help Your Fear?

“You have to accept the feelings. You have to stay there till that feeling goes away.”

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Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: Meet Elan the Talking Racoon, President of ‘Paradise’

All that matters is that ABC put a bunch of crazies and cameras in Mexico along with bathing suits and a bar tab, and that we were treated to four hours of the resulting footage this week. We witnessed an anxiety attack, a talking raccoon, spontaneous vomiting, witchcraft, and a sneaky handy. And honestly, it didn’t feel like enough.

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Amazon’s Got Five New Pilots, Here’s How Much You Should Care About Them

Three comedies and two dramas, a variety of talents, and a wide range of qualities. Let’s do this.

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