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Can A 'Whitney' Biopic Beat Watching Whitney Houston?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The high bar that a biopic about Whitney Houston has to clear is essentially this: Is it better than just watching YouTube videos of Whitney Houston singing? Does it somehow tell you more, open her up more, explain her legacy more? Because honestly, all it takes is watching her sing ...

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At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

Thursday, January 15, 2015

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion I had with Stephen Thompson, my Pop Culture Happy Hour co-panelist, about the Oscar nominations. Tomorrow's full PCHH episode more fully covers the film Selma.]

The Oscar nominations are in (you can see the full list here), and ...

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Parks & Recap: Land Feuds & City Council Shenanigans

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In our first edition of Brian Lehrer's Podcast About Parks and Recreation, we recap last night's episode, wherein the show jumped ahead to 2017 and Werner Herzog showed up.

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Small Batch: The Golden Globes

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stephen Thompson and I meant to sit down together Monday to talk about Sunday's Golden Globes, but a few weather and other issues intervened, so we got cracking this morning, now that our delirious Golden Globe Fever has subsided. We touch on the wins for Transparent and Boyhood and give ...

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The 20 Greatest Things About This Amazing 'The Boy Next Door' Trailer

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

While at the movies this weekend, I saw what may be the funniest trailer of the year, albeit not on purpose. It is for the thriller The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez and opening Jan. 23. It called out to me. It wanted to be shown. It loves your ...

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A Few Caveats About The New World Of Television

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday night's Golden Globes honored television that feels different from what we had before in both content and business model. High honors went to, among others, House Of Cards, a Netflix drama starring an established movie actor; Transparent, an Amazon comedy-drama about a transgender woman with adult children; and Jane ...

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What Those George Clooney Jokes Know About Red Carpet Culture

Monday, January 12, 2015

At Sunday night's Golden Globes, Tina Fey said this about the new wife of award recipient George Clooney: "Amal [Alamuddin] is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of ...

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C'mon, 'Glee': Bring It Home

Friday, January 09, 2015

It's wrong, I think, to say that Fox's Glee was only good at the beginning. It's certainly been inconsistent. It's certainly struggled with new cast members once the original group moved on. But against all odds, it's still managed to crank out an occasional really strong episode — one of ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other 2015

Friday, January 09, 2015

Sure, lots of people make predictions at the beginning of every year. And lots of people make resolutions. But how many people are willing to go back, play tape of themselves making those predictions and resolutions, and evaluate their own rightness or, more often, wrongness?

On this week's show, Stephen ...

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'Parenthood' And The Strange Case Of The Missing Family Drama

Thursday, January 08, 2015

NBC's Parenthood, loosely based on the 1989 Steve Martin film, returns Thursday night for its final run of four episodes. Produced by Jason Katims, who's beloved by critics for helming television's version of Friday Night Lights, the show ran for six seasons and leaves a curious question behind: What happened ...

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'Empire': A World Of Unbuttoned Shirts And Dishy Music Stories

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Empire comes to Fox with an interesting pedigree: It was created by Danny Strong (who's written multiple award-winning projects for HBO) and Lee Daniels, who made Precious and The Butler — both films with a sheen of prestige, but both films to which people reacted in complex ways. It stars ...

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Small Batch: 'The Bachelor' Farms Iowa For Fresh Meat

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

From the time we started Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and I have occasionally heard a plaintive cry: "Why do you guys mention The Bachelor?" And it's true: we do. It comes up from time to time as a strange example of perplexing television, but we would never let ...

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From Patton Oswalt, A Movie Memoir That's Best Outside The Theater

Monday, January 05, 2015

The best of comedian and actor Patton Oswalt lies in his ability to truthfully observe what is small but important. That's true in his comedy, but it's true in his writing, too. Here he is in his new memoir Silver Screen Fiend, talking about his desperation to make an impression ...

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Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Friday, January 02, 2015

I don't know when people started to think they could successfully make fun of you for being a person who grew up listening to a lot of Billy Joel — and perhaps still does — but they can all forget it.

Friday night, PBS is running a special concert in ...

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The Madly Uneven 'Downton Abbey' Turns Its Eye From Money To Sex

Friday, January 02, 2015

[This piece assumes you've seen the first four seasons of Downton Abbey. As to the fifth, it avoids specific spoilers, but does talk about themes and threads enough that you might be 20 percent less surprised by a couple of developments. It's the best balance I could strike.]

Let us ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: From Sixth And I, Quizzes And Questions

Friday, January 02, 2015

In early December, we had a live show at the Sixth & I synagogue, the first part of which you've already heard. But sometimes, we like to top off our live events with a little bonus madness, so that's what's on tap this week.

Before we get underway, ...

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'The Apprentice' Is Dead, Please Stop 'The Celebrity Apprentice'

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's hard to remember that The Apprentice was sort of fun once.

NO, DON'T LEAVE.

In January 2004 when it premiered, it was sold as a proving ground for hustlers (in the "those with hustle" sense) and fierce competitors who knew how to make deals, sell stuff and manage others. ...

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In 'The Rosie Effect,' An Unusual Romantic Hero Perseveres

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's not an unfair generalization, I don't think, to say that identification with characters is fundamental to contemporary romantic novels. Most — not all, but most, by the numbers — are written for an audience of women, and they're emotionally centered on the romantic quest of a woman, often accompanied ...

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In 'Huckleberry Finn,' A History In Echoes

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Is there anything left to say about Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn?

That is the question that animates big parts of Andrew Levy's Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain And The Era That Shaped His Masterpiece, a richly researched, copiously annotated, fascinating argument that in all the debates over the book's treatment ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Into The Woods' And How To Make A Franchise

Friday, December 26, 2014

We at PCHH are not together this week for the holidays, as we are scattered hither and yon, literally from coast to coast. But before we scattered thusly, we sat down with our friend (and film critic and musical theater aficionado) Bob Mondello to talk about Disney's new adaptation of ...

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