October 30, 2014

We Went There: Tunneling Through the Hype of the ‘Interstellar’ Oculus Rift Experience

The Oculus is particularly suited for marketing “experiences” of this nature — simulated immersions into commercial franchises. Soon we’ll all be floating on threadlike clouds of information brought to us by Vitamin Water, or Doritos, or whatever Christopher Nolan movie is currently in theaters.

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The Maester Learns Dothraki, Week 3: An Interview With the Khal of ‘Thrones’ Languages

David J. Peterson, the guy who developed Dothraki, talks about how he shaped Drogo’s mother tongue.

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Girls in Hoodies Podcast: The Final Episode

Special guest callers join Emily and Molly for the final edition of the podcast. The Girls in Hoodies Finale Spectacular. Cry about it.

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Year of Living Dangerously

He’ll never be a movie star. Fortunately, he’s become something better.

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The Curse of ‘Crash’: The Narratives That Doom Oscar Movies

Will ‘The Theory of Everything’ and ‘The Imitation Game’ be this year’s victims?

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October 29, 2014

Your New Favorite Punk Band: Restorations Keeps Hope Alive

Restorations rose from the ashes of the ’00s post-hardcore outfit Jena Berlin, which was ground into dust by a perpetual loop of low-budget tours and under-supported indie albums.

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Do You Like Prince Movies? Podcast: ‘The Knick,’ Run the Jewels, and More

Ebola and Taylor Swift arrive in New York, ‘The Knick’ lets it bleed, and we have a Doctor Strange. Plus: talking about talking about Renee Zellweger’s face!

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A Movie-by-Movie Guide to Marvel’s Phase 3, From Civil War to Infinity Wars

Including: the Guardians sequel, ‘Doctor Strange,’ and the big-screen debuts of Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and the Inhumans.

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Elizabeth Peña, 1959-2014

The actress was the sort of performer whom you wanted to follow even when the films had other plans. They always had other plans, of course.

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Notes on the Death of the American Network Sitcom

When it comes to comedies, none of the big four networks has the slightest idea what it’s doing.

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All Aboard the Paraphernalia Wagon: Revisiting Dr. Seuss’s ‘Grinch Night’ Halloween Special

‘Grinch Night’ is a great gateway drug for young consumers into the more sustained dread of work like ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes,’ but it’s not without its own message.

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The 24 Guiding Lessons for a Perfect Life, According to Mase’s ‘Harlem World’

Seventeen years later, what can we learn from Bad Boy’s second most famous rapper?

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