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by Jessy Krupa

15 Feb 2016

Love hurts, love bleeds, especially on this week’s episode of Supernatural, and really on the show in general. Just about all of the show’s characters have experienced heartbreak and terrible relationships, beginning with the death of John Winchester’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) wife, Mary (Samantha Smith), and continuing on with Dean’s doomed relationship with Lisa (Cindy Sampson). It’s worth noting that only two characters in the series’ ever-expanding universe are currently happily married: hunter Garth (DJ Qualls) and his werewolf wife, Bess (Sara Smyth). So, it was easy to suspect that this Valentine’s Day-themed episode wouldn’t be the sort of thing you see in jewelry commercials.

by Jessy Krupa

14 Feb 2016

When the list of the 58th Annual Grammy nominations was announced two months ago, the biggest surprise was that there were no big surprises. There was some talk about why Adele wasn’t among the honorees (because 25 was released after the Academy’s 2015 cut-off date) and the entertainment press liked pointing out how Paul McCartney came to be nominated for Best Rap Performance, but industry insiders are rather bored by this year’s roster. Still, it’s not easy to predict who will win or lose in the major categories, which are the awards most likely to be shown on the big broadcast. Until tonight, let’s speculate.

by Jessy Krupa

8 Feb 2016

Last year’s Super Bowl, with over 120 million viewers, was the most-watched event in the history of television. In recent years, the big game has expanded into a sort of non-denominational holiday, in which there’s something for nearly everybody. But how did this year’s game, the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, fare? Read on to find out.

CBS’ coverage began at 1 PM CST with “Super Bowl Today”, their name for four hours of interviews, sportscaster analysis, trivia, and occasional on-field musical performances from artists as diverse as Sam Hunt and Seal.

by Jessy Krupa

8 Feb 2016

This past Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, but the popularity of the Super Bowl ad—a memorable, attention-grabbing commercial that advertisers pay massive amounts of money for—is a relatively recent phenomenon.

You could easily say that this year’s offerings were among the worst yet, with too many ad-makers cobbling together the same cliches of past successes (celebrity cameos, major special effects, cute animals, etc.) in ways that felt unoriginal and boring.

Still there were some commercials that probably put a smile on your face, so here is PopMatters countdown of the five best in show.

by Jessy Krupa

5 Feb 2016

Among fans, most talk about this week’s episode of Supernatural has revolved around the rumor/wish that it was set up or a test pilot for a “Wayward Daughters” spin-off series, in which Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and her two live-in wards/adopted daughters became hunters who save people and hunt things together. Considering the CW’s love of female-oriented teen dramas, it wasn’t too far-fetched of a possibility. But while some seeds were sown in that direction tonight, the conclusion mostly deflated that theory.

We open on a familiar teen trope: a young couple (Ty Wood and Angela Palmer) alone in a car on a moonlit night. But before you think you know what’s coming next, Claire (Kathryn Newton) interrupts them by holding a blade to the guy’s throat and accuses him of being a monster. He isn’t, however, and herein lies her problem.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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