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Vulture Blogger and Contributing Editor, New York Times Magazine — New York Times

Author of SHOVEL READY and NEAR ENEMY: Currently: @NYMag & @Vulture Formerly: @NYTMag

The Summer of Tentpole Amnesia -- Vulture — The standard complaint against sequels is that they have an essentially parasitic relationship with the original. As payment for your love for and loyalty to Big Blockbuster Movie, the producers will coerce you to shell out for Big Blockbuster 2: Blockbustier, then B3g Blockbust3r.

The Unexpected Resurgence of the Comedy Duo — Not all that long ago, way back in the 1990s, when every other stand-up comedian was getting a sitcom deal and every funny group of friends was aiming to be the next Kids in the Hall, the comedy duo looked to be nearly extinct.

Ranking the 14 Taken Knockoffs -- Vulture — When Taken was released in 2008, it looked at first glance like a modestly budgeted, cleverly high concept, essentially throwaway thriller. The most noteworthy thing about it was its surprising star: Liam Neeson, he of the brooding mien, baritone brogue, and impressively varied acting resume.

How Did Serena Go Straight to VOD? -- Vulture — If you produced a movie featuring the two hottest movie stars in the world, with an Oscar-winning director and a script based on a beloved best-selling novel, you might assume you'd end up with a massive hit, right? Or at least a movie that everyone was scrambling to get a piece of?

karen (Woodside, NY)'s review of Shovel Ready — You'll leave a trail of trash on this Earth that will far exceed anything of worth you leave behind. For every ounce of heirloom, you leave a ton of landfill. between this and Schrödinger's Gun: A Tor.Com Original, i seem to be on a roll with this noir/sci-fi genre mashup.

Hey! It's that Guy!: The Guide to Character Actors — So you're watching Full Metal Jacket and there he is that guy! What's his name? You know, that guy who always plays a drill sergeant! Or you're watching Fast Times at Ridgemont High and there's another one that creepy science teacher! That guy always plays a creepy somebody! What's his name?

Is the Con-Artist Movie Genre Dying? -- Vulture — the new film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, is a giddy love letter to a lost art: not the art of the con man (though it is that, too), but the art of the con-man movie.

Michael Keaton lost because the Academy doesn’t love comeback stories. — Who doesn't love a comeback story? Well, the Oscars, apparently. Don't get me wrong - they seem to like a comeback story. They can get behind a comeback, sort of - up to a point. But every great comeback tale seems to falter at the finish line - and maybe none more so than the improbable rebirth of Michael Keaton in Birdman.

Jon Stewart’s Late-Night Legacy -- Vulture — Early on, the narrative seemed so obvious as to barely need explaining. Jon Stewart, who'd improbably elevated a local-news parody on Comedy Central into appointment-watch political satire, would one day claim his reward by ascending to one of broadcast's coveted late-night chairs.

The Fantasy of the Perfect Response — The internet has fallen in love with the Perfect Response. I don't just mean the Perfect Response by President Obama when Republicans, during his State of the Union address, loudly applauded his mention of having "no more campaigns to run" - "I know, because I won both of them," he responded coolly.
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Apr 21, 2015

RT @LudwigK: Son, I want you to have this watch. The firmware is outdated, the OS is slow and it only runs Yelp, but it's been in our family for 3 years.

Apr 21, 2015

I have been wearing the same underwear to work every day for three years WHERE'S MY STORY

Apr 20, 2015

RT @scott_tobias: What does it say in the New Media ethics guidelines under: "When can I violate someone's privacy for lulz?" Oh right, no guidelines exist.

Apr 20, 2015

Rather than steal home, Robinson Cano gets thrown out trotting home by mistake which is like Bizarro Jackie Robinson:…

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