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Spoiler Alert! The End of Film Endings

The ambiguous ending in a movie doesn’t feel like 'art'. It feels like a copy. And it resembles the tendency of the franchise ending, with intent to leave it open for a sequel.

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In Defense of Celebrities Making Fun of Themselves à la ‘Episodes’

With the latest season of Episodes about to air on Showtime, we're reminded of how affecting the always-entertaining act of self-deprecation can be.

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Lost In Translation, or, Why ‘The Hangover’ Can’t Just Be ‘The Hangover’

Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.

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Stone Me, What a Life: Tony Hancock’s Lasting Impact on Comedy

Tony Hancock played an Every Man with the lovable charm and the infuriating selfishness of a know-nothing know-it-all. Like his character, most of us want what we don't have and the rest of the world, we believe, is responsible for our dissatisfaction.

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In Defense of the UK Version of ‘The Office’ Being Better Than the US Version

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's crowning achievement has aged with grace, in part because of its short run, but mostly because of its originality.

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The Mammy Image: What’s Christie Love Got to Do With It?

Depictions of black women in popular culture have long surpassed the 'mammy' archetype. Let's talk about Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love (1974), for starters.

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The Good, The Bad, and the Stoned: An Interview with the Trailer Park Boys

Comedy phenoms the Trailer Park Boys stay true to their personal ethics despite their unabashed love for weed, booze, and prison. Here, they open up about who's stolen their weed, learning the hard way about glory holes, and the possibility of going into space.

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When “Good” TV Goes Bad: Five (Out of Many) Flaws of ‘The Killing’

Deep into Season 2, the problems with AMC's The Killing are rich and varied in their depth and breadth... here are five.

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In Defense of Billy Corgan’s Foray Into Professional Wrestling

The Smashing Pumpkins leader is developing a reality television series around his Resistance Pro imprint.

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Animated Inspiration: TV Artist Jean Kang

Like Suzi, the character she drew for Womanthology, Jean Kang tells stories in “her own small way to take a stand against stereotype.”

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In Defense of the First 11 Episodes of Season Five of ‘Mad Men’

With Mad Men's season finalé set for Sunday, we look back at how polarizing the show's return to television has been.

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From ‘Little Women’ to ‘Girls’

Hannah of Girls is not your grandmother’s fictional heroine, but she's a worthy, modern-day descendant.

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No Contract for Old Men: 5 ‘Old Folks’ in Pop Culture That Are 5Xs Tougher Than You

It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.

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Sherlock Holmes, Dirk Gently and the Case of the Eccentric Detective

With two TV shows returning Arthur Conan Doyle's creation to our screens, Sherlock Holmes has never seemed more influential. But for the good of detective fiction, it might be time to look elsewhere for our unorthodox investigators...

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20 May 2012 // 11:00 PM

Tea with ‘Sherlock’: Investigating the Investigators

BBC's Sherlock has crossed the pond for the second time to find a lively, if not exactly raging, fanbase waiting. Why is it now that the idea of a reinventing Sherlock Holmes is suddenly so alluring?

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Watch It for the Clothes: The Class and Gender Warfare of ‘Gossip Girl’

The past few seasons of Gossip Girl have sent a consistent message to the series' largely female audience: women who attempt to climb the social ladder won't get a happy ending. Even ladies born wearing Prada diapers can expect their share of misery.

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Stand-Up! America’s Dissenting Tradition Part 2: Transformers George Carlin & Richard Pryor

Whereas Richard Pryor used autobiography for his comedy of social dissent, George Carlin aimed his critical lens outwards, to reflect upon a world of greed and self-delusion.

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Why Isn’t HBO’s ‘Girls’ Called ‘Rich Losers’?

Despite its intentions, Girls simply can't be a reflection of creator Lena Dunham's multicultural, multiracial, downwardly mobile generation -- the characters are too white, too wealthy, and most damningly, too insular and incurious about the world beyond them.

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In Defense of David Simon and the Legacy of ‘The Wire’

In light of David Simon's recent comments on its intent to 'stir actual shit', we revisit how important The Wire should be.

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In Defense of Cutting the Cord on Conventional Cable Television

With websites developing original programming and cable companies raising prices each year, there has never been a better time to turn away from your television and toward your computer.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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