Television

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Edward Mordrake: Part 1″

This week, it’s Halloween in Jupiter but “Edward Mordrake: Part 1″ doesn’t offer up much in the way of tricks, treats, or even scares, really. Instead, it offers up a bunch of introductions and not much else. … Read More

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Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘Happyish’

Back in July 2013, Showtime announced that Philip Seymour Hoffman would have his first regular TV role in the dark comedy Happyish. The… Read More

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Lena Dunham Emails Zadie Smith About Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, Plus Other Revelations from the ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ Tour

Last night, Lena Dunham brought her 12-city book tour behind Not That Kind of Girl back home with a variety show of quirk, feminism, and friendship for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Unbound series. The 90-minute event moved quickly, starting with cat-driven stand-up from Mike Birbiglia and a three-song set from Jack Antonoff of fun. and Bleachers (familiar to Not That Kind of Girl readers in the role of good-guy boyfriend). Dunham read two pieces from her nonfiction collection — an essay about her younger sister, Grace, and one of the book’s humorous lists of gaffes — to the intimate crowd, which included her mother Laurie Simmons and actor Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation) sitting in the front row. Then the show really began. … Read More

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‘Project Runway: Threads’ and the Unexpected Joy of Children’s Reality Competitions

There isn’t much that you need to know about Lifetime’s newest unscripted program, Project Runway: Threads, in order to decide whether you’re going to watch it. All you really need to know is that it’s a fashion design competition featuring teens and tweens who are ten times better at conceptualizing and creating original fashion designs than you are at simply getting dressed in the morning. Threads, along with Fox’s child cooking competition MasterChef Junior (which is quite possibly the cutest show ever), may just usher in a new sub-genre of reality programming: Talented Kids Doing Awesome Shit While Making Adult Viewers Feel Bad About Their Lack of Skills.  … Read More

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’90s Pop-Culture Witches, Ranked

Every generation gets the witches that they deserve, but the ’90s was a very special time for the witch (teen and otherwise) in pop culture. It was a time when even seamy little b-movies aimed at teens had a bunch of women talking to each other and accessing an ancient source of power. It was pretty cool! Now that the wheels of nostalgia have turned so that the ’90s is fair game, we’re separating the wheat from the chaff in your misty, rose-colored memories of pop culture witches. … Read More

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Miniature-Meth-Tray-Toting ‘Breaking Bad’ Action Figures Pulled From Toys ‘R’ Us Shelves

So it unsettles you to see your children pretending to be meth-dealing, infanticide-accomplice cancer patients? It certainly seems to have… Read More

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Jim Carrey Proves He’s Still Gloriously Rubber-Faced in SNL Promo

Another week, another episode of Saturday Night Live, another promo clip that will probably be funnier than the episode it’s… Read More

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‘Goodfellas’ Actor Frank Sivero Wants $250 Million for Inspiring ‘Simpsons’ Character

This is one of those cases that makes for a great, baffling headline, but is, in actuality, something much… Read More

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Bill Murray Talks Tinder, Is Bill Murray on ‘Kimmel’

Last night Bill Murray, the grandfather of every American twenty-something, made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he continued… Read More

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Examining the Post-‘Will & Grace’ Careers of the Show’s Four Stars

From 1998 to 2006, Will & Grace was one of the most popular sitcoms on television and its four stars — Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes — were inescapable. They were an infectious cast of actors who worked best when together; Will & Grace was not always the strongest sitcom but it was made infinitely better by the chemistry between the leads and the comedic talent they all shared. These four actors catapulted to stardom early in the series’ eight season run and each won Emmy Awards for their roles (Mullally received two), so greatness wasn’t just expected — it was practically guaranteed. But now? Hayes recently started a run on the lifeless CBS sitcom The Millers, Messing is slumming it on a weekly basis with the aggressively terrible The Mysteries of Laura, and McCormack and Mullally have been all over the place during the last few years — was Will & Grace the peak for them? … Read More

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