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Past articles by Marissa:

What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

The new movie spoofs music biopics, but a few of the wilder details have some basis in reality. → Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Rings of Power’s Silmarils, Mithril, Wolves, and More

The casual fan’s guide to the latest from Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel. → Read More

The New Star Wars Show Is a Total Tease

Andor was supposed to be the chosen one, restoring sexiness to the franchise. Don’t get your hopes up. → Read More

Who Is The Rings of Power’s Sauron? Let’s Rank All the Theories.

From most to least probable. → Read More

There’s a Culture War Over What’s “The Real Star Trek.” It’s Highly Illogical.

Is The Orville really more Star Trek than Star Trek? Does it matter? → Read More

The Casual LOTR Fan’s Guide to Rings of Power’s “Adar”

Who’s … Adar? Can you refresh me on Númenor and Isildur? And since when are orcs vampires? → Read More

The Casual LOTR Fan’s Guide to The Rings of Power

Is Elrond not an elf? Is this show related to the movies? Was that Gandalf? And more. → Read More

The Creator of “Scrappy Doo Found Dead in Miami” Reveals the Story Behind the Meme

And what a certain vigilante serial killer has to do with it. → Read More

The Many Disastrous Ways Netflix’s Persuasion Changes Jane Austen’s Novel to Make It More “Millennial”

Good morrow, fellow kids. → Read More

Bob’s Burgers Is Doing a Reverse Simpsons

The animated sitcom is making the opposite of the mistake that ruined its predecessor. → Read More

Fire Island Is a Surprisingly Faithful Jane Austen Adaptation (Albeit With More Poppers)

Here’s how each character and plot point correspond to Pride & Prejudice. → Read More

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Surprise Reference to a Certain Jedi, Explained

Master, sir, I heard you talking about . I’ve been wondering: Who is ? → Read More

The Casual Star Wars Fan’s Guide to Obi-Wan Kenobi

Since when are there velociraptors in Star Wars? What was that spinny lightsaber? And was that Flea? → Read More

Why Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Reading Dracula Together Right Now

The creator of Dracula Daily reveals the story behind the hit newsletter. → Read More

Grace and Frankie’s Reign of Terror Is Finally Over

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. → Read More

The Surprisingly Controversial Legacy of Fabio

In The Lost City, Channing Tatum inherits the romance cover model’s golden mane, but among the genre’s fans, Fabio is He Who Must Not Be Named. → Read More

The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in March

Dead Poets Society, Adaptation, and Sorry to Bother You are just a few of the great titles coming to streaming this month. → Read More

The Latest Queen Elizabeth Death Rumors Are the Silliest Yet

What is Hollywood Unlocked, and why is its founder so sure the monarch has shed her mortal coil? → Read More

Should You Be Playing Wordle on “Hard Mode”? A Debate.

There’s more than one way to play the viral word game. → Read More

How Faithful Is Death on the Nile to Agatha Christie’s Classic Novel?

It changes the suspects, but does it change the ending? → Read More