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‘Chicagoland': Why Is the Media So Obsessed With Midwestern Cities in Crisis?

I don’t know exactly when, but at some point after the crash of the financial market in 2008 and about a year ago, I got sick of hearing about Detroit. A city I’ve visited many times, and a place that I’d like to see rebound from decades of sliding downhill, the media would not let up on telling us about this city and what it represented for America: if Detroit failed, we all failed. … Read More

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Piers Morgan Got Canned

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, Wendy Davis dominated the news while the Veep and Mad Men finales dominated Monday’s water-cooler chats. … Read More

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Jon Stewart’s Greatest Crusades Against the Mainstream Media

On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart lodged a pithily accurate critique of CNN’s tactless and misinformed reporting on the dubious arrest of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Amid clips of CNN’s rambling, self-contradicting shambles of reportage, Stewart quipped, “It’s like a news story as imagined by M. Night Shyamalan,”adding that what was “exclusive” about the report is that “it was completely fucking wrong.” Stewart topped off his critique with the following astute insight: “We’re accustomed to 24-hour news networks thriving on conflict. Generally, though, that conflict is between two outside parties — political opponents, pundits — but CNN’s reporters have discovered that they can remove the middle man and spend hours of programming fighting amongst themselves. They have figured out a way to shit in their own mouths. CNN has become the Human Centipede of News.” Stewart’s superb takedown of CNN impelled us to revisit the best of the political satirist’s verbal crusades against the mainstream media.  … Read More

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CNN Picks Up Morgan Spurlock’s Intriguing New Series, ‘Inside Man’

Morgan Spurlock has earned quite a reputation for unconventional investigative documentary making. Since famously gorging himself for a month straight on Double Quarter Pounders with cheese and super-size fries, Spurlock has been busy exploring various other idiosyncrasies of American culture. Already this year the Oscar-nominee has delved into the obsessive, Mountain Dew fueled ranks of nerddom with his recent film Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, and confronted the ambivalent meaning of contemporary masculinity with Mansome, which premiered in April.

CNN announced today that Spurlock will be returning to television this spring to host a new original series called Inside Man. Having created and hosted the acclaimed FX series 30 Days, as well as the Hulu exclusive A Day in the Life and the Yahoo web series Failure Club, it seems Spurlock’s return to television will be a continuation of his masterful ability to explore ordinary lives in new and interesting ways. … Read More

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A Brief Survey of Holograms in Pop Culture

Those of you who missed last night’s Coachella performance may have noticed the buzz around the Internet today regarding Tupac Shakur’s cameo with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Don’t get too excited, he hasn’t been alive and in hiding this whole time — not that we know of, at least. The Tupac that everyone saw last night was actually a very elaborate holographic image projected on stage.

Holograms have always fascinated us as a culture for some reason, probably because they’re so gosh darned cool in theory — but their execution is sometimes hit or miss (as is the case with the Tupac projection — you’re either super weirded out by it or you love it). To celebrate this new creepiness and/or awesomeness, we’re looking back at some of our favorite holograms in pop culture and real life. Let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. After weeks (months? 25 years?!) of speculation, Larry King announced on his show last night that he’ll be stepping down from his talk show in the fall, but continuing to work with CNN on specials. We want to be the first to suggest Lady Gaga for his replacement host. [via Media Decoder]
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What’s Happening at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we worried about 30 Rock’s Grizz. We reveled in Courtney Love’s new Facebook photo. Sure, she may not have custody of Frances Bean anymore, but at least she’s got Michael Douglas! We spent the day practicing our best “kosher face” before we open our Hanukkah gifts tonight, praying that one of them is this distant relative of the Snuggie because we still don’t know the proper way to wear a scarf (it’s difficult, OK?!). We realized CNN is foolish and wrong when it comes to talking about The Simpsons, but not as foolish as Michelle Branch sounds on her Twitter feed. Someone better publish that woman’s album. We booked flights to DC to visit our new favorite store. Peeps for everyone! And then we stared at some Venn diagrams for a while but got distracted by all the… Read More

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Crying Ballerinas, Disposable Pavilions, & Hot Vampire Posters [Morning Links]

Books: Deadwood actor Jim Beaver’s stunning memoir of loss [via Jacket Copy]
Dance/Opera: Being a Merce Cunningham ballerina makes you cry [via TONY]
Design: Zaha Hadid’s pop-up Chicago eco-pavilion [via Inhabitat]
Film: Slumdog filmmakers donate $743,000 to slum kiddies [via The Times]
Music: The Pirate Bay get… Read More

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Human Wrecking Balls and Five Other Signs That the TV Apocalypse Is Now

HEIDI MONTAG got fired from her fake pr job on THE HILLS. [LIVE]

The hologram version of Will.I.Am made CNN viewers nervous, ANDERSON COOPER giggle. [NYM]

TV GUIDE — otherwise known as the magazine where bad assistants are put to pasture per THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA — was sold… Read More

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