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A Peek Inside Japan’s Tightly Managed Johnny’s Entertainment

If looking into the Japanese music industry is like peering through a frosted glass shower door, attempting to crack Johnny’s Entertainment is like trying to see what’s inside a black hole. We bring a flashlight.

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The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.

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In Defense of ‘30 Rock’ as the Best Show on Television

This week, we say goodbye to one of the best comedies TV has seen in decades. How influential has it been? How perfectly does it portray modern day popular culture?

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In Defense of ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’

One has to wonder why CBS' late late guy isn't being considered among the best after-hours television America can offer.

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Acting Class, Ohana Style: Sherilyn Robertson Teaches More than the Basics

Hawaii Five-O, LOST, The Descendants, Fifty First Dates, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are just a few movies filmed in Hawaii. Sherilyn Robertson of the Film Actor's Studio teaches ohana (family) to help actors cope in an increasingly competitive industry.

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Your Mission, Should You Decide to Accept It, Is to Watch ‘Mission: Impossible: The Complete Series’

As a window into the Cold War-era pop-culture past, Mission: Impossible is as entertaining as anything you're likely to find. If you can manage to suspend your disbelief, it's a worthy entry into the pantheon of espionage thrillers.

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The 10 Best TV Episodes of 2012

First, I chose episodes that were representative of what their series did especially well this year. Second, I chose episodes from what I deem the most successful shows of 2012.

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The Best TV Shows of 2012

Thanks to imports and cable channel choices, the year in TV was very interesting indeed. Where else can classical detectives meet with their updated complements, or sullen 20-somethings smirk at their ancient societal/criminal betters? Oh, and don't forget squid.

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I Shall Be ‘Bref’: France’s New Empire, the Shortcom

The best show on French TV is only three minutes long. And it only aired for one year.

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More Murders Are Committed for Love Than for Hate: ‘Hawkins’

Both Billy Jim Hawkins and Perry Mason are defense lawyers, but the resemblance ends there.

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The Best Guilty Pleasure TV of 2012

Whether its animated nonsense or reality bite, broadcast bits this cheesy and fun demand indulgence -- and we gladly say 'Yes' to such small screen excess.

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In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction

Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?

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Movie Time Travel and the New Nostalgia

The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.

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The Best of Television Performances of 2012

PopMatters highlights some television performers who stood out in 2012, but aren't likely to find themselves among nominees for annual awards.

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25 Dec 2012 // 10:00 PM

“It’s Not Just About Me”: An Interview with Mo McRae

Sons of Anarchy's Mo McRae talks to PopMatters about the show's villains, his love of biographies, and the shenanigans that happen on-set.

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What’s Been So Funny This Year?

Despite a few imperfections, this month's British Comedy Awards highlighted the best of British television comedy.

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Love-Drenched Gunfighters in ‘The Guns of Will Sonnett’

For a couple of rough 'n tough gunfighters, these guys sure do talk about love a lot.

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A Show Divided: ‘Entourage’ as Satire and Misfire

Within Entourage's system of codependent relationships, individuals are treated as brands, women are treated as objects, committed relationships are discouraged, and one’s word means nothing unless a contract is signed and a check clears.

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If He Had a Hammer: Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer

TV's Mike Hammer could never be as violent and cynical as in the books; it wouldn't be allowed by censors.

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Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.

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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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