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by John Lindstedt

11 May 2010

In the wake of Lost, ABC has been blatantly scrambling to fill the mystery show void with transparent clones: Flash Forward, Happy Town, and V. Despite aping all the superficial qualities of their predecessor, none of these posers have managed to muster the quality or following of the real McCoy. This video from this weekend’s edition of The Soup sums up the trend in a nutshell.

by Sarah Zupko

10 May 2010

Conan O’Brien stopped by the Google megaplex at part of their @Google series. He takes the stage to the tinny sound of bagpipes before launching into a bit about the silliness of being labeled a “Googler”. Guess he’s on the tech circuit now following his appearance at Twitter and Intel corporate headquarters previously. He says he’s just looking for “free stuff” by way of explaining his recent residency in the Silicon Valley. O’Brien deliciously skewers Google corporate culture too.

by PopMatters Staff

10 May 2010

Legendary singer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne passed away this weekend at 92 after a storied life that greatly enriched American and world culture.

by Jonathan Simrin

7 May 2010

The Killer Inside Me stars Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, a sheriff and murderous sociopath. Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Bill Pulman, and Liam Aiken co-star. Audiences who have seen The Killer Inside Me, based on the novel by Jim Thompson, tend to point to the film’s graphic and horrific nature. Although, you don’t get a huge sense of that from the sleek trailer. The teaser for Winterbottom’s film emphasizes the suggestion or looming threat of violence, with powerful results. The shot of a gloved hand hopelessly outstretched to a foot is haunting in its simple action.

by J.M. Suarez

7 May 2010

Married musicians Josh Ritter and Dawn Landes entertain with a performance of “Southern Pacifica” in their Brooklyn apartment. The song is from Ritter’s new album, So Runs the World Away, just released this week.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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