May 22, 2015

Cannes Diary, Day 9: Seriously? Vengeance, Depardieu, and Huppert

Cannes Diary, Day 9: Sentimentality set on fire, and grief that goes nowhere.

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From Cannes to Can’t: How Prestige Film ‘Grace of Monaco’ Ended Up on Lifetime

The biopic of Grace Kelly is too hackneyed for theatrical release, but not campy enough for basic cable.

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Songs of the Week: Summer All Around

Songs of the Week: Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus wear clothes. Plus, Marron 5 is the Bee Gees.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Precap: Bastards, Basements, and Beyond

Plus: Specialty merchants, Cersei’s action items, and much, much more to prepare you for this Sunday’s episode.

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‘The Right Reasons’ Podcast: The Return of ‘The Bachelorette,’ and More

David Jacoby and Juliet Litman rejoice because ‘The Bachelorette’ is back. Plus, they discuss ‘Married at First Sight’ and news of the week.

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May 21, 2015

Thoughts on the ‘Wild Wild West’ Video Movie Awards Performance, for Absolutely No Reason

Two children of the Willennium discuss the musical performance that changed their lives forever.

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Hooray for Mollywood: With ‘We Are Your Friends,’ Is EDM Ready for Its Close-up?

DFA’s refusal to sit still is exactly what prevents the slow-moving machine that is the film industry from capturing fleeting monocultural moments such as EDM.

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Thank You and Good Night: The Final ‘Late Show With David Letterman’

David Letterman went out the way he came in: self-deprecating, ironic, and strangely humble for a man who’s accomplished so much.

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Grantland Summer Movie Preview: ‘The Group of Death’

Some of this summer’s most anticipated movies will premiere simultaneously, creating an intense rivalry for box office supremacy! Grantland’s Bill Simmons, Wesley Morris, and Chris Connelly look at which summer movies will be matched up and try to predict which ones will win the weekend. Rivalries include ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ vs. ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ ‘Trainwreck’ vs. ‘Ant-Man,’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ vs. ‘Masterminds.’

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A Friendly Reminder That ‘The Shield’ Had the Best Final Episode Ever

The ‘Mad Men’ finale was great, but revisit the end of FX’s groundbreaking crooked cop drama and you’ll see that it’s a largely forgotten gem of the medium. No series delivered both closure and ambiguity better than ‘The Shield.’

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Where’s Your Sword? The Odd Sensation of Seeing ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors in Other Roles

In ‘Game of Thrones,’ the characters couldn’t be more different from what we presume the actors are like in real life, and they exist in a universe that seems to lie parallel, if not perpendicular, to ours. The actors are transfigured into their roles, and seeing them on the other side of that looking glass can be a shock.

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‘Watch the Thrones’ Podcast: Discussing ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5, Episode 6

Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk to Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion about the most recent episode of ‘Game of Thrones.’

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