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by Jonathan Simrin

4 Jun 2010

With Bill Condon attached to direct the pilot and Laura Linney in the leading role, The Big C very well looks like another one of Showtime’s hit series. Linney stars as a teacher recently diagnosed with cancer, who wants to make every moment count. Although that may come off as a cliche, The Big C seems to adopt a lighter tone that works in its favor. Oliver Platt and Gabourey Sidibe co-star as Linney’s husband and student.

by Steve Slagg

3 Jun 2010

Looking for a job? Chicago-based web comedienne Liz Thompson gets some résumé advice in the latest installment of her vlog series “How to Liz”, in which she learns 52 things in 52 weeks with the help of her friends. Most important lesson learned? Work often, sometimes.

Liz gets points for no-frills vlogging. Apparently all you need to build a following are colored markers, a three-second GarageBand theme song, impeccable timing, and some very funny friends. Chicago comedy buffs should keep an eye out: Liz’s friend roster includes some iO and Second City regulars. And her newest fan is Looking for Alaska author and vlogbrother John Green.

Other “How to Liz” highlights include How to Be Fit!, How to Maintain Eye Contact!, and the surprisingly chilling How to Solve a Murder!

by Alistair Dickinson

3 Jun 2010

Pogo, the Australian producer of “Alice” fame, has returned to YouTube with “Gardyn”. While Pogo famously mashed up tunes and clips from various movies (and made music videos out of equally mashed up scenes from those movies), this time he has decided to build a track completely from scratch. Recorded using sounds captured in his own backyard, the song and video prove that Pogo is more than capable of channeling his distinctive style with elements other than singing Disney characters. It also shows that he lives in a pretty awesome house, and that chopped-up scenes of his mother singing in a garden may be just as trippy as any compendium of scenes from Mary Poppins.

by Peta Jinnath Andersen

3 Jun 2010

Over the Memorial Day weekend, author Jennifer Belle hired 40 actresses to read her latest novel in New York hot spots—while laughing uproariously.

Wondering what the fuss is about? Here’s an excerpt from Belle’s latest, The 7 Year Bitch, courtesy of Riverhead Books and Penguin USA.

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As I walked along Waverly Place to meet my friend Joy for dinner, I saw a girl in her twenties leisurely crossing the street,and something about her brought that whole decade of my life back to me. I had never seen this girl before, but I knew her. I knew that what she was doing now was just getting through the years until she had children. She was planning, as she walked, what she was going to do that night to ward off loneliness. She wasn’t thinking of it that way, but that’s what she was doing.

by John Lindstedt

3 Jun 2010

When a celebrity passes, we are often shown the same images in the news cycle over and over: Dennis Hopper on a motorcycle, Michael Jackson moonwalking, that famous Farrah Fawcett poster. Sure, they’re iconic and all, and necessary for those who have absolutely no idea who the departed is, but those of us who are pop culture inclined need not be informed that Gary Coleman once said, “What you talkin’ about, Willis?”

No, there are those who require something more. Give us the deep cuts, the projects that didn’t make the highlight reel in the A&E Biography. And that’s how you end up with The Gary Coleman Show, a terrible animated program for children that is best enjoyed in the form of YouTube excerpts. A Hanna-Barbera production from 1982, the series follows the adventures of an apprentice angel (voiced by Coleman) who is sent to Earth to help others in order to get his wings. It’s just another case of networks exploiting Coleman’s initial popularity before he was tossed aside, but what it lacks in quality, it more than makes up for in kitsch value.

//Mixed media

'Assassin's Creed': The Comic Book

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"How does one establish an entry point into a complex mythos developed through the plots of more than a half dozen very popular video games in only about 20 pages? Not very well.

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