April 23, 2014

HBO, BBC Forge Transatlantic Alliance for J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

Also in the Afternoon Links: Pharrell’s new video, on-set photos from ‘Jurassic World,’ and an exclusive development deal between Netflix and ‘Arrested Development’ brain Mitch Hurwitz.

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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Discovering the Underdiscovered

What I’ve come to love about the Tribeca Film Festival: Its guard is overwhelmingly new, if there’s any guard at all.

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The Andy Greenwald Podcast: Comedy Central Programming Head Kent Alterman

Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of original programming, joins Andy to discuss ‘Broad City,’ his unique career path, and his network’s current hot streak.

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Barbie, Peeps, It’s a Small World — Anything Can (and Will) Be a Movie Now!

Hollywood tentpoles about narrative-free childhood staples don’t fire us up the way they used to. So they’re announcing ’em in threes now.

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Everything You Need to Know About Food Network and Cooking Channel’s 35 New Shows

‘Kitchen Casino,’ ‘Game of Cones,’ and more ostensibly food-based programming destined to fill up your lazy Sunday afternoons.

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God’s Not Dead (He’s Playing Now in Movie Theaters)

How are these Christian movies (‘Noah,’ ‘Heaven Is for Real,’ ‘Son of God,’ and ‘God’s Not Dead’) doing well? And why now?

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Do You Like Prince Movies? Podcast: ‘Mad Men,’ Tarantino, and Denzel on Broadway

Alex and Wesley discuss the live reading of Quentin Tarantino’s leaked script, Denzel Washington in ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ and the joys of ‘Mad Men.’ Also: Is Wesley rude?

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The Teen-Rock Wave Is Here: Prepare to Surrender to 5 Seconds of Summer

I have secretly hoped a new band composed of cute dudes playing guitars would rise up and turn rock into a kiddie-pop genre again. Because “cute dudes playing guitars” is always a winning formula, no matter if it’s 2014 or 1964.

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The ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Sex Tape: Only God Can Judge

The new season of ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ premieres May 5. I’ll be watching. Won’t everyone now?

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April 22, 2014

Consider the Slobster: David Foster Wallace Estate Discredits Jason Segel Biopic

Also in the Afternoon Links: A ‘GQ’ cover for Louis C.K., a 1940s buddy cop comedy for Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart, and zero more “Starships” in Nicki Minaj’s near future.

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The Movies of ’94: The Buried History of ‘Bad Girls,’ a Would-be Feminist Western Turned Flop

After a prolonged, troubled pre-production, ‘Bad Girls’ ended up as schlock, which is disappointing because a Western about four prostitutes swearing vengeance has so much potential.

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The Moment Podcast: Brian Koppelman With ‘Entourage’ Creator Doug Ellin

‘Entourage’ creator Doug Ellin and Brian Koppelman explore the value of lifelong friendships and why Long Island still matters to both of them.

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The Doodles of Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett sings songs like curlicues. They start straight before bending up and around, messily and unmanageable, loose swirls gathering up around the edges of a page, spindling beyond the margins.

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Lightning Round: What the Hell Is Michael Bay’s ‘The Last Ship’ About?

Beguiled by teasers for Michael Bay’s ‘The Last Ship’ during the NBA playoffs, we asked the staff, “Uh, what is Michael Bay’s ‘The Last Ship’ about?”

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Eels Q&A and Playlist: ‘The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett’

‘The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett,’ the 11th Eels record since 1996’s ‘Beautiful Freak,’ is one of the most searingly personal documents the man called E has cooked up yet.

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Summer Movie Preview: Same Dudes, More Women!

This year, things appear to be looking up. Seventeen of the 40 major or majorish studio movies scheduled for release between May and Labor Day star a woman or prominently feature women in an ensemble.

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Aaron Sorkin on ‘The Newsroom’: ‘I Apologize and I’d Like to Start Over’

But even if you weren’t on board with it, ‘The Newsroom’ doesn’t really warrant an apology.

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Hollywood Prospectus Podcast: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mad Men,’ and ‘Orphan Black’

Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mad Men,’ and ‘Orphan Black.’

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Now Leonardo DiCaprio Might Play Steve Jobs, and Danny Boyle’s in Talks to Direct

David Fincher is out, but this would mark a reunion for Boyle and DiCaprio, who did 2000′s ‘The Beach’ together.

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