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  • The Rhinestone Closet

    The Rhinestone Closet | ARTICLE

    "Disgusting is in the eyes of the disgusting," Michael Douglas declares as Liberace, and that's the kind of showbiz philosophy that made Liberace an American legend. In Steven Soderbergh's new HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, the Vegas...

    May 26, 2013 11:00 AM ET
  • Blowout

    Blowout | ALBUM REVIEW

    The So So Glos are punk-rock kids from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn – like if the Ramones really were brothers. Their second album is their gloriously high-speed manifesto, as the Glos declare war on everything boring ("I'm...

    May 8, 2013 10:30 AM ET
  • Closing Time: Saying Goodbye to 'The Office'

    Closing Time: Saying Goodbye to 'The Office' | ARTICLE

    The first thing that shocked everybody about The Office: It didn't suck. (An American network adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acerbic British comedy? Pass.) The final thing that shocked everybody about The Office: It started to suck....

    April 25, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • 'Veep' Returns with Strong Season Two Premiere

    'Veep' Returns with Strong Season Two Premiere | BLOG ENTRY

    "All the ladies in the house say, 'Freee!' All the men in the housesay, 'Duuumb!'" With inspirational campaign-rally slogans like this, no wonder the Vice President is in trouble. Julia Louis Dreyfus manages to get even nastier...

    April 15, 2013 5:50 PM ET
  • 'Game of Thrones': The Greatness Is in the Details

    'Game of Thrones': The Greatness Is in the Details | ARTICLE

    There's a scene early in the new Game of Thrones season unlike anything you've ever seen. It starts out as a casual meeting between two cronies in King's Landing, Tyrion Lannister and the eunuch Varys, the...

    April 12, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • 'Best in Show' – The Votes Are In

    'Best in Show' – The Votes Are In | BLOG ENTRY

    We have a winner – and as it so often goes on TV, the winner is a bunch of lovable misfit losers. Hulu's fourth annual Best in Show competition, in partnership with Rolling Stone, has...

    April 11, 2013 11:07 AM ET
  • Don Draper's Long Journey Into Darkness on 'Mad Men'

    Don Draper's Long Journey Into Darkness on 'Mad Men' | ARTICLE

    There's a trashy Fifties film noir where Robert Mitchum and Ava Gardner play illicit lovers in New Orleans. When they rendezvous in a graveyard at midnight, Mitchum asks, "Are you alone?" Gardner replies, "Isn't everyone?" Great line...

    April 5, 2013 3:45 PM ET
  • Dark Side of the 'Mad Men': The Pink Floyd/Sterling Cooper Connection

    Dark Side of the 'Mad Men': The Pink Floyd/Sterling Cooper Connection | BLOG ENTRY

    Mad Men fever is raging everywhere, with just a few more days before the excellent two-hour season premiere. How do you endure the agonizing suspense, while preparing to jump back into the story? You reappreciate...

    April 4, 2013 11:22 AM ET
  • Kim Deal and the Breeders Splash Back to the Nineties

    Kim Deal and the Breeders Splash Back to the Nineties | ARTICLE

    No band summed up the freewheeling spirit of Nineties rock like the Breeders. They did not wear shoulder pads. They didn't do lipstick. They didn't even seem to wash their hair. They just seemed to roll out...

    April 2, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • 'Community''s 'Critical Film Studies': Celebrating Two Years of the 21st Century’s Greatest TV Episode

    'Community''s 'Critical Film Studies': Celebrating Two Years of the 21st Century’s Greatest TV Episode | BLOG ENTRY

    Happy birthday to "Critical Film Studies," the most brilliant half-hour of TV to arrive in this century. Community's finest moment aired two years ago this week, the highlight of the second season. It kicked off the creative...

    March 29, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Taylor Swift's 'Red' Tour: Her Amps Go Up to 22

    Taylor Swift's 'Red' Tour: Her Amps Go Up to 22 | BLOG ENTRY

    Best fan sign at last night's Taylor Swift show in Newark, New Jersey: "I Newark Were Trouble." Second best: "Don't Listen to Poehler & Fay [sic], You're Great in Every Way!" Bonus points to the two...

    March 28, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • Cerulean Salt

    Cerulean Salt | ALBUM REVIEW

    Alabama guitarist Katie Crutchfield sings bruising punk ballads about hanging out with other miserable young people and waiting for the fun part to begin, while starting to get the horrible suspicion this might be the fun part....

    March 27, 2013 11:42 AM ET
  • The Return of 'Scandal': Really Dirty Politics

    The Return of 'Scandal': Really Dirty Politics | ARTICLE

    Remember the early, innocent days of Scandal? Back when it was merely about D.C. flack Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) having a secret affair with the president? That already seems like a long time ago, before Scandal exploded...

    March 21, 2013 1:00 PM ET
  • Al Pacino as Phil Spector: Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts?

    Al Pacino as Phil Spector: Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts? | ARTICLE

    Admit it: Al Pacino really owed the world a Phil Spector impression. Who else could play the legendary rock & roll crackpot with such relentless levels of hoo-hah bravado? In the HBO movie Phil Spector, Pacino...

    March 21, 2013 11:30 AM ET
  • Comedown Machine

    Comedown Machine | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's not totally clear why the Strokes make albums, is it? They don't seem to enjoy it much, and they aren't exactly bursting with innovative musical ideas that demand to be let loose. Yet the records...

    March 18, 2013 2:00 PM ET
  • Songs for Slim

    Songs for Slim | ALBUM REVIEW

    Welcome back, boys. The Replacements, Minnesota's beloved punk-rock hellions, have reunited with a five-song benefit EP for guitarist Slim Dunlap, recently paralyzed by a stroke. It's the group's first new recording in 23 years; not only...

    March 15, 2013 3:35 PM ET
  • 'Best in Show' Time

    'Best in Show' Time | BLOG ENTRY

    Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends – insanely passionate TV fans arguing over their favorites. And if TV shows are the new rock & roll, this is the ultimate battle of the bands:...

    March 6, 2013 5:10 PM ET
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs Tap Into Big Easy Groove

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs Tap Into Big Easy Groove | ARTICLE

    Even the Yeah Yeah Yeahs can't quite believe they stuck together long enough to make a fourth album. "We've been making music together for 13 years now, which is an incredible rarity," says Nick Zinner, the...

    March 1, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • The Next Day

    The Next Day | ALBUM REVIEW

    David Bowie has sung a song or two about outer space before. But "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" is one of the greatest songs the man has ever written, soaring on guitar and strings and...

    February 28, 2013 3:40 PM ET
  • Oscars 2013 and Seth MacFarlane: Stupid Is as Stupid Does

    Oscars 2013 and Seth MacFarlane: Stupid Is as Stupid Does | BLOG ENTRY

    Now that was stupid, Oscars. Few ideas could have been stupider. Letting Alicia Keys sing would have been clever in comparison. A last-minute move to draft Billy Crystal as emergency host would have looked downright cagey. But...

    February 25, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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