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Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:58:00 -0400

Gregory was known for his sharp satire, political activism and health advocacy. He went on multiple hunger strikes to protest issues like the Vietnam War and police brutality.

How Late Night TV Addressed Charlottesville And This Week In Politics

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:10:51 -0400

This week gave late night television shows a lot of material to work with — a recap and review of how they did.

Marvel Comics Meet Reality On The Not-So-Mean Streets Of Hell's Kitchen

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

In Netflix's newest Marvel Universe show, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist patrol the dirty streets of a Hell's Kitchen that doesn't exist in today's New York City.

Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:01 -0400

In addition to starring in Hulu's Difficult People, Eichner roams the streets of NYC, asking open-ended questions about celebrities in Billy on the Street. Originally broadcast Dec. 12, 2016.

Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:01 -0400

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, which recently launched its third season. Originally broadcast Aug. 16, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz Returns

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:20:00 -0400

It seemed like time for a breather from summer movies, so we invited our pal Sam Sanders into the studio to play a game that goes all the way back to our very first episode in 2010.

'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:49 -0400

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:01:00 -0400

Over the years, Hollywood filmmakers have used solar eclipses as devices to mark moments of irrevocable transformation for their characters.

Judith Light: The Content And The Context Of A Varied Career

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:01:07 -0400

Judith Light has done soaps, sitcoms, theater, drama — and now, she sits down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about her long career.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Look At Literary Adaptations

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

TV and movie producers are looking to the shelves for inspiration: a number of popular shows and films this year started as books.

In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:20:00 -0400

Netflix's plan was to take relatively minor or underused Marvel titles and heroes, and star them in their own season-long TV series. After that, they'd feature them together in an all-star team-up.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 5: 'We're All On The Same Side'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0400

In "Eastwatch," a long-missing character returns, some very scruffy avengers assemble and Sam finally uncovers a vitally important piece of information, which he completely ignores.

Big Bird, Bowie And Muppets: Museum Of Moving Image Honors Jim Henson

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:25:00 -0400

The New York museum opened a permanent exhibition on the work of the late Jim Henson, including a Big Bird puppet, David Bowie's costume from Labyrinth and Muppets, all gifts of Henson's estate.

Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:06:00 -0400

Two new TV series feature main characters who have autism. While some are applauding the fresh take on the disorder, others worry that the shows send the wrong messages.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recommending The Best Of Stephen King

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:00:16 -0400

We didn't like the new Dark Tower movie, so we opted instead to discuss King's vast and rewarding career. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.