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'Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:55:45 -0400

The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

Cult TV Fans Will Find 'Rocky Horror' And 'Black Mirror' Smart And Provocative

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:51:00 -0400

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Fox's remake of the classic '70s musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix. He says both shows leave viewers fully entertained.

Wanda Sykes' New Comedy Special: 'What Happened Ms. Sykes?'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

When Wanda Sykes appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, she poked fun at President Obama. She tells David Greene, that in her special, What Happened Ms. Sykes?, she takes aim at her wife.

High-Priced 'Pill Fashion' Causing Controversy

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:04:28 -0400

Italian fashion brand Moschino is causing controversy with its pill-themed 2017 collection. Randy Anderson of Eden House Recovery Services is pushing stores not to sell the clothing.

'Haters Back Off!': New TV Show Makes YouTube Star More Than Internet Famous

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

Miranda Sings is an awkward teenager who posts videos that she believes will make her a star. She's the creation of comic Colleen Ballinger, and now, thanks to Netflix, she has her own TV show.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Lupita Nyong'o, 'TV: The Book,' 'Take My Wife'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:20:00 -0400

This week in a special episode, we're featuring three conversations with interesting folks from movies, television, and books (about television).

'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:40:00 -0400

The actress became famous for her role in TV's Empire, but the road to Cookie wasn't easy. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, Henson shares stories of pushing her way to the top.

Lucy Loves Lucy In 'Take My Wife'

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:34:00 -0400

When Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher went to pitch their new show they compared it to I Love Lucy. It's a goofy, sweet show — only this time, with lesbian comedians who are married to each other.

'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:27:00 -0400

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end."

'You Can Do Anything': In 2005 Tape, Trump Brags About Groping, Kissing Women

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:05:00 -0400

In a leaked secret recording, the now-GOP presidential nominee can be heard talking about kissing and grabbing women, because, "When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

'Divorce' Finds The Comedy In Calling It Quits

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:32:00 -0400

Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church are a middle aged couple in a crumbling marriage. Show creator Sharon Horgan says she thought it would make "funny and sad and terrifying viewing."

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fall Movie And TV Preview

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:17:00 -0400

Bob Mondello joins us for a look at the fall films from the Toronto International Film Festival, and we jump into our annual fall television pool.

Issa Rae Turns Basic Into Revolutionary With 'Insecure'

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:04:00 -0400

Rae's new HBO show is the first premium cable scripted series created by and starring a black woman. She plays an ordinary, sometimes-awkward character, not a high-powered lawyer or music executive.

Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! I Finally Got To Be A Gilmore Girl At Luke's Diner

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:24:00 -0400

Like many fans across America, I queued up for hours for a pop-up replica of the show's iconic diner. We were there for free coffee, but the real draw was a taste of the Gilmore Girls way of life.

27 Better Titles For Ben Affleck's Solo Batman Film Than 'The Batman'

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:11:00 -0400

Oh, sure, it's bluntly descriptive. But the title Affleck has announced for his upcoming Batmovie has got no oomph, no zazz, no moxie. We offer some humble, better suggestions.