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Carrie Fisher Likes to Shock Herself and Her Readers in 'Shockaholic'

Shockaholic switches on and off with the distant past and more recent present, ultimately drawing conclusions about what it means to be born into celebrity and the seeming inescapability of one’s public persona.

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'Young Adult' Is Jason Reitman's Most Grownup Film Yet

In Young Adult, the question is not whether the tightly wound Mavis will snap, but when and how destructively.

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'The Walking Dead' Season Two Is Where the Show Should Have Begun

The Walking Dead's second season premiere on Sunday night was good, lively and tense like last year's pilot. In many ways, it was where the series ought to have begun.

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'The Night Circus': A Bewitching Premise, but Too Much Sleight of Hand

The Night Circus at its best reads like a lovechild between the illusionists’ rivalry in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige and the teenage contenders cum romantic team in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

Film

'50/50' Is Surprisingly Touching, Funny and Intelligent

50/50's most affecting moments are those that underscore how friends and loved ones confront the responsibilities and pressures of caring for someone who's terminally ill.

Television

'Suburgatory' Doubles Down on Genre Comedy

Unlike Wisteria Lane -- populated by murderers and sociopaths -- the street in Suburgatory is home to a lot of phony people whose love of luxury and creature comforts is the repeated target of lighthearted derision.

Television

'The Secret Circle' Is No 'Buffy' Or 'Supernatural'

The Secret Circle is missing what made other supernatural shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural successful: funny, quirky, and layered characters.

Television

The Twisted Sisters of 'Ringer'

As twin sisters Siobhan and Bridget, Sarah Michelle Gelllar is tackling just about every melodramatic theme ever covered by a TV movie-of-the-week.

Film

Variation on a Theme: An Interview with J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons's most visible credit to date is the scenery-chomping role as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. But in The Music Never Stopped, (now out on DVD) a deeply rewarding film about music therapy, family, and the Summer of Love generation, Simmons shines in his first lead film role as the uptight father of an amnesiac hippie.

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'The Magician King': Harry Potter, Quentin Ain't

Lev Grossman crafts an exciting homage, but a profoundly unlikable protagonist stands in its way.

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'The Music Never Stopped' Is a Sincere Little Drama

A time when squares listened to Annette Funicello, and hippies went braless and thought they could make sense out of the lyrics to "I Am The Walrus".

Internet

The Top 10 'Are Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Episodes

To celebrate the debut of TeenNick's "The 90s Are All That" programming and its record ratings, here are some classic episodes that made you afraid of the dark.

Books

S.E. Hinton Is Writing About Vampires, Too

Borders liquidation sale turns up the S.E. Hinton novel Hawkes Harbor; proof of the maxim that if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Events

Wye Oak: 7 April 2011 - Chicago

This pair is about volume, and we’re not talking about just loudness to your ears, we’re talking about amplitude that ripples your pant legs and beats your heart for you.

Games

A Truly '90s Cultural Artifact: 'Goosebumps: Escape From HorrorLand'

Jeff Goldblum and Isabella Rossellini collaborated with Steven Spielberg on a Goosebumps video game and somehow it never became an Internet meme.

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Dismemberment Plan: 19 February 2011 - Chicago

The Dismemberment Plan reunites for concert tour in support of Emergency & I vinyl reissue.

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