Television

The Greatest Ray Bradbury Adaptations

This week marked the birthday of visionary science fiction icon Ray Bradbury. He was dubbed the “Poet of the Pulps” in 1953 for his lyrical style, which lent creditability to a genre that often struggled for legitimacy. With over 600 short stories and 27 novels to his credit, Bradbury’s works have always attracted filmmakers and producers looking for descriptive, emotional, and engaging narratives. We’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites, but feel free to share your own picks, below. … Read More

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Pop Culture’s Most Fashionable Vampires

Jim Jarmusch’s sublime meditation on the vampire myth arrives on Blu-ray August 19. Only Lovers Left Alive unites Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as centuries-old lovers, Adam and Eve, who feast on the finest art, literature, music, and, naturally, blood. But Jarmusch’s movie is hardly a traditional tale of the undead. As our own Judy Berman wrote of the film: … Read More

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The 50 Best Album Closing Tracks in History

A few weeks back, we surveyed the art of the album opening track, putting together a pretty exhaustive list of our 50 favorites and generally opining on what makes for an effective introductory song. The flipside to this, quite literally, is the closing track, and so we’ve put together a similarly epic list of songs that demonstrate how to finish an album in style. There are several distinct genres here — the epic flare-out, the unexpected left turn, the reflective ballad — but they all share one characteristic: making you want to hit “play” again immediately.… Read More

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The Grateful Dead Are History’s Most Misunderstood Punk Band

If I have one claim to fame, it’s what I did on the night of July 9, 1995. The only recognition I’d ask for would be a T-shirt that says, “I went to the last Grateful Dead concert, and all I got was high from smoking weed out of a Milwaukee’s Best can and this lousy T-shirt.” The show itself wasn’t much to write home about, or at least that’s what the commenters on Archive.org say about it: selfimportantdeadhead, who gave the show two stars, says, “we all should have stopped buying tickets,” and basically blames Dead fans for Jerry Garcia’s death exactly a month to the day after the show at Soldier’s Field. Reviewer Let’s All Be Cheerful, contrary to the name, says, “[T]he set list is poop and the performance borderline embarrassing. Saying otherwise is akin to applauding for your child when he strikes out five times in Little League.” The same user then points out, “Which is perfectly okay,” because, “sometimes love trumps the truth.” I wouldn’t know, because I was acting like a punk-rock jerk during the entire show. … Read More

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35 Incredible ‘Twin Peaks’ Tattoos

This week saw the release of the complete Twin Peaks series on Blu-ray — just in time for the show’s 25th anniversary in April 2015. Lynch mania has been at an all-time high for the past several years, and rumors continue to swirl about a new movie. But in the meantime, there’s something incredibly dark and dreamy about Lynch’s TV series that continues to draw people in — and ink themselves in the ultimate act of fandom. We searched high and low to find some of the finest Twin Peaks-inspired… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Charlize Theron

Welcome back to SNL, Charlize Theron. It’s only been almost 14 years since we last saw you at Studio 8H. The Monster star is known for her dramatic parts, but her comedic role as a stunted writer in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult was convincing, impressive, and hilarious — despite her nauseating character’s antics. We hope to see similar comedic subtleties in her performance tonight. Next week, Andy Samberg returns to his stomping ground to close out the show’s 39th season. For now let’s indulge in a little Theron gone wild. … Read More

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Want You to Make a Movie: ‘Project Greenlight’ Returns to HBO

Guys, remember Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s

Damon says, “Project Greenlight works — careers have been launched and sustained… Read More

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Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn Right Now

Language is the fabric of the world. In pop culture, invented languages bring fictional worlds to life, teaching us about their culture. Spoofing the ‘90s language program Muzzy, we spotted a Game of Thrones video parody that teaches children how to speak Dothraki (featured after the break). If you want to take things a step further and actually learn the language, there’s a tutorial for that. We found other language lessons online – all videos teaching fictional dialects inspired by pop culture favorites. Start speaking High Valyrian, Klingon, and more, below. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters and Their Muppet Counterparts

Muppets Most Wanted hit theaters over the weekend, taking audiences on a world tour while the Muppets become embroiled in another crazy caper — this time involving a European jewel heist. The dastardly goings-on in the new movie have us jonesing for the backstabbing, betrayal, and bloody battles within the Seven Kingdoms of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the premiere of Season 4 right around the corner, we couldn’t resist a little comparison between the Muppets family and the houses of… Read More

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‘True Detective’ Season 2 Pairings Inspired by Pop Culture Detectives

True Detective has only been around for one season, but tonight’s impending finale is already inspiring Breaking Bad-levels of separation anxiety. Fear not, we’re here to support you during these dark times. We’ve recapped the episodes for you, given you a thorough primer for a re-watch, told you about the photos that helped inspire the look of the series, and showed you where to buy some weird True Detective merch. Creator Nic Pizzolatto has hinted that the second season of the show will feature a new cast, and star Matthew McConaughey has confirmed he will not return for another go-round. With that in mind, and the wildly popular #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag, we were inspired to come up with a few picks for the second season team. Since it also happens to be crime novelist Mickey Spillane’s birthday, the author who created iconic private investigator Mike Hammer, we chose our picks from a pool of pop culture detective types. Feel free to cast your votes for the best season two team, below. … Read More

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