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'The French Dispatch' is a love letter to 'The New Yorker' — and to love itself

Wes Anderson's meticulously-constructed tenth feature adopts the format of a New Yorker-like Sunday magazine supplement to tell three very different, but equally idiosyncratic, love stories. → Read More

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When auteurs and film franchises meet

This fall, a number of auteurs are directing major blockbusters: Cary Joji Fukunaga took on the James Bond movie No Time To Die; Chloe Zhao joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Eternals; and Denis Villeneuve hopes to launch a film franchise with Dune. So we thought it would be a good time to revisit our conversation about how auteur directors shape genre films. In this encore episode… → Read More

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'Dune': A sweeping, spectacular spice-opera — half of one, anyway

Denis Villeneuve's take on Frank Herbert's novel of galactic intrigue and revolution manages to be both epic and introspective, though it doles out its story with gravid deliberateness. → Read More

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'Y: The Last Man'? More like the walking dude

The FX on Hulu drama Y: The Last Man is the latest in a long line of post-apocalyptic narratives of TV, but this one comes with a novel twist: A mysterious event wipes out every mammal on Earth with a Y chromosome, except for two: an aimless would-be escape artist named Yorick, and his companion monkey, Ampersand. In a world overrun by militias and fueled by paranoid conspiracy theories, a… → Read More

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Superman's son, Jon Kent, comes out as bisexual in a new comic. It's a big deal — sort of

DC Comics announced that Superman's teenage son will be romantically involved with a male friend in a comic to be published in November. It's a growing trend. → Read More

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What's making us happy: A guide for your weekend watching, listening and reading

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's a new French horror movie, Titane, Netflix's Midnight Mass, and the web series Dimension 20. → Read More

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'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' is a chaotic love story

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is not your standard superhero action flick. With more human-on-goo romance and symbiote-on-symbiote violence, the sequel to 2018's Venom already posted the biggest box-office opening weekend of the pandemic. Tom Hardy returns as reporter Eddie Brock and voices Venom, and he's joined by Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris and Reid Scott in a film that… → Read More

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5 things to know about the MCU's first openly gay super-powered character

A new trailer confirmed that Eternals will feature Phastos, a gay character played by Brian Tyree Henry, who's married with a kid. Never heard of him? You're not alone. → Read More

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What's making us happy: A guide for your weekend watching, listening and reading

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's a profile of Will Smith in GQ, cooking videos from Sohla El-Waylly and The Turnout by Megan Abbott. → Read More

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'The Many Saints Of Newark' Explores The Bada Before The Bing

If you've been waiting for more of Tony Sopranos's universe, you're in luck. The Many Saints Of Newark isn't a sequel but a prequel to the influential HBO series The Sopranos. Co-written by Sopranos creator David Chase, the film examines how the man we knew on television as mafia boss Tony Soprano was made from the kid and then the teenager we see here, portrayed by the late James Gandolfini's… → Read More

What's making us happy: A guide for your weekend watching, listening and reading

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's a profile of Will Smith in GQ, cooking videos from Sohla El-Waylly and The Turnout by Megan Abbott. → Read More

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Looking Back At 'The Sopranos', The Godfather (heh) Of Prestige TV

The Sopranos changed television. The HBO series was centered on mobster Tony Soprano — a deeply flawed male antihero played by James Gandolfini. But the thing that really set The Sopranos apart was the fact that Tony was in therapy, a genius touch that granted viewers special access to his inner conflicts. Today, we're taking your questions about the influential series — and delving into how it… → Read More

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What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's The Great British Baking Show, The L Word and a couple of essays. → Read More

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We Have Notes On 'Dear Evan Hansen'

The stage musical Dear Evan Hansen debuted on Broadway five years ago. It won six Tony Awards, including one for its star, Ben Platt. It's now a movie, and Platt, who's now 27, is back to play Evan, a deeply troubled high school student who tangles himself in a lie. There's still singing, there's still dancing, and there are still a lot of questions to struggle with in this story. Plus, we… → Read More

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Anime Anthology 'Star Wars: Visions' Expands The Galaxy Far, Far Away

The uneven Disney+ series views the Star Wars universe through an anime lens. The result points up the visual potential — and narrative limitations — of the franchise. → Read More

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A Teen Drag Queen Sparkles In 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a coming-out story with some familiar contours, but it doesn't have your typical splashy musical pedigree. Adapted from a successful West End production, the Amazon Prime film follows Jamie, a teenage boy in England, who's determined to become a drag queen. Max Harwood stars as Jamie, and he's met with barriers and supporters along the way, including Sharon… → Read More

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What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's Run the World, the card game Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza and coverage of the Theranos trial. → Read More

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A Guide To The Films We Watched At TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival traditionally helps launch awards season. This year has been a little different, with pandemic restrictions leading to a hybrid remote and in-person festival. After watching a batch of entries from home, we've seen some things you'll want to know about — some of which you might be hearing about for the first time. → Read More

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New Movies And TV Shows To Watch At Home This Fall

Our critics collected the most anticipated TV shows and movies coming to your screens over the next few months, and with our new tool you can search by release date, genre and where you can watch it. → Read More

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What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's The Other Two, LuLaRich and a collection of movies starring Josephine Baker. → Read More