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‘The End of the Tour': The David Foster Wallace Rom Com

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One thing you don’t have to say about The End of the Tour, the new David Foster Wallace movie, is that “it’s not really about David Foster Wallace at all.” Of course it isn’t. There are too many buffers between Wallace and this film to count. Nor is the film any good, as A.O. Scott tried to tell you yesterday. Scott claimed that as a film about writers, Tour “is as good as it gets.” It isn’t. You might even say the film is worse than good: it is bad.
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‘The Chris Gethard Show’ Celebrates Underdogs and Regular Dogs

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During the past few years, The Chris Gethard Show has made the jump from the UCB theater to public access TV to a filmed but unaired Comedy Central pilot and, finally, to the cable network Fusion. The show’s current iteration is tighter and somewhat bigger-budget than its earlier incarnations, but it never loses the nervous, celebratory, and punk rock spirit that has been Gethard’s trademark from the beginning.
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Jon Stewart Announces the Guests Leading Up to His ‘Daily Show’ Finale

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Though days will continue to be days, and daily shows will continue to be daily shows, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will cease to be The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and the impending August 6 end-of-days(ly Show With Jon Stewart) seems to have people sitting shiva with their foreseeably Stewart-hollowed TV sets. And, to accompany them, the show’s funeral guest list, so to speak, was announced during last night’s episode.
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‘The Knick’ Will Return October 16; Teaser Hints at San Francisco Bubonic Plague Subplot

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With its putrefying noses, cocaine-injected phalluses and depiction of brutal racism in turn-of-the-century NYC, The Knick‘s first season was one of the toughest watches on television in 2014. With Steven Soderbergh directing every episode, employing hand-held cinematography, anachronistic scoring, and evoking stunning performances, it was also one of the best. Now, the first teaser for the second season — along with its release date — has been shared.
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‘Staten Island Summer’ Is an Inauspicious Start to Colin Jost’s Film Career

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It’s hard to say whether Colin Jost can’t catch a break or if he’s caught way, way too many. On the one hand, he’s the Harvard-educated head writer of the most prestigious comedy talent farm in America, and as co-anchor of its most beloved segment, he sits at the desk that’s launched a dozen A-list careers. On the other, the critical backlash to Jost’s time at Weekend Update thus far is rivaled only by that to his extra-SNL efforts, like this New Yorker piece (sample line: “Well, guess what, I’ll slap you and the horse you rode in on.”). Staten Island Summer, which debuts on Netflix this Friday, is not likely to remedy this situation.
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