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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best Bad Movies And A Punishing Quiz

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:39am

On this week's show, original PCHH panelist Trey Graham returns to chat about bad movies and to be less humiliated than the rest of us by a quiz about pop culture returns.

An Ancient Route Rolls On: Questions For Peter Frankopan, Author Of 'The Silk Roads'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 6:00am

It's been centuries since camel caravans crisscrossed Eurasia along the Silk Roads. But historian Peter Frankopan's new book puts the fabled roads at the center of a new view of world history.

A Photographer's Family Left Behind In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:00pm

A war photographer's death leaves behind a family of men battling their own demons in the unusually structured film from Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier.

A Widower, A House, And A Plot Hammer That Hits A Little Hard

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:00pm

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man who starts literally destroying his surroundings out of grief in Demolition, from director Jean-Marc Vallee.

Melissa McCarthy Is Very Rich And Very Mean As 'The Boss'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:00pm

McCarthy and Kristen Bell can't quite get the comedic fires going in the story of a super-wealthy woman whose unfortunate assistant winds up embroiled in her evil cookie-making scheme.

How Janice Min Transformed 'The Hollywood Reporter' Into A Glamorous Weekly

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:24pm

And they said print is dead. Janice Min turned around Us Weekly and now The Hollywood Reporter — transforming a trade daily into a glossy magazine relevant to advertisers and the movie community.

Samantha Bee On 'Full Frontal,' Feminism And The Freedom Of Her 40s

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Since leaving The Daily Show, Bee has been busy with two new TBS shows. "I knew that there was something else that I wanted to do," she says. "It's very good for me to be creating my own thing."

A Family Drama Unfolds Through Shifting Viewpoints In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Point-of-view is passed like a baton among the tortured main characters in Joachim Trier's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Louder than Bombs is intimate, touching and "insistently alive."

Look Under Your Seats

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

We've written clues about things found under seats in boring everyday life but Oprah-fied.

Snack Or Wack?

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

Mint-flavored Lays: are they an international food sensation or something we dreamed up? In this game, we name a food item and ask our contestants, "Snack or wack?"

Grooving Mountains

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

Jonathan Coulton reworks "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to be about things that aren't high enough. Just kidding, this game is about real and fictional mountains.


Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

In this game we address women who have very unusual names, and prefer to be addressed as Miss.

Movie Mistakes

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

Some moviegoers demystify movie magic by pointing out plot holes. In this game, we read an actual movie mistake posted on IMDB — that's the Internet Movie DataBase — and you tell us the movie.

Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

Former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones talks about the birds and the bees on his upcoming TBS series The Detour, and helps translate Canadian sayings into American.

OO!! EE!! AA!!

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

In this final round, every answer contains a word that has the same vowel twice in a row. To the clue, "this former Daily Show correspondent hosts her own show on TBS," you'd answer, "Samantha Bee."

AMA Bonus: Jason Jones' Ballsy Piece For 'The Daily Show'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

The actor and comedian from the new series The Detour and former Daily Show correspondent tells us about how he and then Daily Show host Jon Stewart fought to air a particularly ballsy story.

A Fond (No, Really!) Farewell To 'American Idol'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:54am

Built on telephone dialing and the sting of a British tongue, American Idol shuffles off this mortal coil on Thursday night, having provided just enough good moments to survive.

Searching For Home, Living For Art In 'All Tomorrow's Parties'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:00am

Tin House editor Rob Spillman's new memoir chronicles his search for a maybe-nonexistent home across decades and continents. He's a winning writer despite occasional lapses into artsy self-importance.

'Star Wars' Alert: The 'Rogue One' Trailer Is Here

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:18am

The first teaser trailer for this year's Star Wars movie has arrived. The film — set after the end of the prequels, but before the original series — is the first stand-alone movie of the franchise.

'The Red Parts' Offers No Easy Answers

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:00am

Author Maggie Nelson's aunt was murdered decades ago; her new book chronicles the trial that ensues when the old, cold case is reopened. It's an uneasy masterpiece that avoids quick catharsis.




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