July 22, 2014

Will the Whole Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour Be ‘Street Fighter’–Themed?

Also in the Afternoon Links: Edgar Wright has picked his next project, Kendrick has a ton of new songs in the bank, and ‘Jurassic World’ has a poster.

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The Moment Podcast: Brian Koppelman and Jake Kasdan

Filmmaker Jake Kasdan (‘Sex Tape,’ ‘Bad Teacher’) on directing ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ his love of comedy, and connecting to the legacy of his legendary father, Lawrence Kasdan.

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Will the Infinite Worlds of ‘No Man’s Sky’ Revolutionize Gaming?

The ambitious-beyond-all-reckoning ‘No Man’s Sky,’ just might revolutionize gaming. If, that is, the gameplay can at all live up to the company’s vision.

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‘Never Hungover Again’: A Little Bowling Alley Time With Torrance Pop-Punkers Joyce Manor

We spend some quality time with the band in anticipation of today’s release of ‘Never Hungover Again.’

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Freak Show and Tell: That Whole ‘Married at First Sight’ Social Experiment? Not Going So Well

All the best parts from ‘Celebrity Wife Swap,’ ‘Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,’ and ‘Botched.’

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ForceWatch Rumor Patrol: Sorting Through a Bounty of New ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Details

The ‘Star Wars’ universe has been positively abuzz with a bunch of new intel about ‘Episode VII’ from director/writer J.J. Abrams himself, Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, and a brave little toaster droid.

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Where Were They Then? The Surprisingly Deep Bench of Rom-Com Supporting Actors

Our guide to the now-much-more-famous actors who pop up in the 25 biggest rom-coms of all time.

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‘The Strain’ to Lose Its Most Monstrous Creation of All: Corey Stoll’s Wig

After a barrage of mockery, producers of ‘The Strain’ have decided to reveal one of the first season’s big plot twists in advance: Corey Stoll’s bad wig is not long for this world.

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B.S. Report: The Rom-Com Almost-Stars With Wesley Morris and Juliet Litman

Bill Simmons talks with Wesley Morris and Juliet Litman about actors and actresses who should have been great romantic-comedy stars.

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‘Fargo’ Season 2 Will Follow Lou Solverson in 1979

Showrunner and writer Noah Hawley will also pull inspiration from more Coen brothers movies, including ‘Miller’s Crossing’ and ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There.’

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July 21, 2014

‘Fargo’ Is Getting a Second Season, and ‘Louie’ Will Be Back in the Spring

Also in the Afternoon Links: a five-minute ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ clip, even more Weird Al, and a smorgasbord of ‘Simpsons’ news.

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Q&A: Have You Noticed a Really Sad, Creepy Cover Song in a Trailer Recently? Nouela May Have Done It

So you’re going about your day, distracting yourself with a trailer of Melisandre burning non-believers on a beach or a troubled Ben Affleck searching for his missing wife, when you think to yourself, Wait, I know this song playing in the background, but something about it sounds …different, sadder, more conducive to images of rooms catching fire in slow motion. Then you realize that the soulful, grandiose cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” you’re hearing actually kinda makes you want

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‘The Hotwives of Orlando’: A Female Ensemble Comedy for ‘Housewives’ Superfans and Newbies Alike

How do you parody a series that already verges on self-parody? Hulu’s new original scripted series ‘The Hotwives of Orlando’ answers that question: You do it lovingly.

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Never Lose Your Dinosaur, and More Life-Changing Advice From Kanye’s Latest, Greatest Interview

“It’s like, fuck, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?!” Yeezus tells Zach Baron in ‘GQ.’ “That’s amazing!”

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Blockbuster Talk: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Bodes Well for the Next 812,985 ‘Purge’ Movies

This week in Blockbuster Talk: Emily Yoshida and Rembert Browne sharpen their machetes for ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ the bigger, bloodier sequel to last summer’s speculative horror sleeper ‘The Purge.’

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‘The Leftovers’ Despair-o-meter: Ranking the 10 Most Depressing Moments So Far

As a public health service, we present the 10 most depression-inducing moments from the first four episodes of ‘The Leftovers,’ along with the number of Marlboros they’ll force you to smoke to numb the pain.

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In Memoriam: James Garner of ‘Maverick’ and ‘The Rockford Files’

The exact opposite of a mad man, Garner the actor was an assured, assiduously unpretentious performer who worked artful variations on a few essential themes of the rogue: that good looks did not equal genius, but helped a lot if you were a con man; that given a choice, one should take the money and run.

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Know Your Rom-Coms: 6 Tropes of the Genre’s Golden Age

The world that ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ conjured is a place that may operate outside of our reality but firmly within its own. You just have to accept that someone as gorgeous as Jennifer Aniston would have a hard time finding a date. An unwritten doctrine of rom-coms has developed since ‘WHMS…’, crystallizing with each new addition to the canon.

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Box Office by the Numbers: More ‘Apes,’ More Sequels, Less Money

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ stayed on top, and ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ and ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ debuted in the top five. Meanwhile, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ is closing in on the $1 billion mark.

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