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

Author of SHOVEL READY and NEAR ENEMY: t.co/0O2RldygFe Currently: @NYMag & @Vulture Formerly: @NYTMag

Emily Blunt, the Rock, & the Modern Action Hero -- Vulture

vulture.com — Emily Blunt is a five-foot-seven English actress best known, perhaps, for her expert comic turn as the harried assistant to a barely veiled and tyrannical version of Anna Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada. Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson is a six-foot-five former professional wrestler who boasts the unlikely combination of matinee-idol looks, a handy way with one-liners, and the physique of a contender for Mr. Universe.

David Letterman's first episode of Late Night was great, bizarre, and showed he was late night's hardest act to follow.

slate.com — This article originally appeared in Vulture. If something as groundbreaking and culturally influential as Late Night With David Letterman were to premiere today, would we recognize it right away? My initial hunch was no-I mean, who among us hasn't been guilty of a laughably grievous and humiliating misjudgment based solely on a show's premiere episode?-until I actually went...

Letterman’s First Late Night Episode Was Great -- Vulture

vulture.com — If something as groundbreaking and culturally influential as Late Night With David Letterman were to premiere today, would we recognize it right away? My initial hunch was no - I mean, who among us hasn't been guilty of a laughably grievous and humiliating misjudgment based solely on a show's premiere episode?

A CSI Postmortem: What Was Great About the Gore

vulture.com — How do you memorialize something that is essentially immortal? There will be a time, presumably, when humans no longer watch episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation or any of its three spinoffs ( CSI: Miami; CSI: NY; and CSI: Cyber, which is still on the air) or read CSI-branded novels or comic books or play CSI board and video games or visit traveling museum exhibits like "CSI: TheExperience" or suffer, while on jury duty, from the so-called CSI Effect.

How Amazon Became the Moneyball Network

vulture.com — Pitching a new TV show to networks and studios, explains Ben Watkins, a showrunner for Burn Notice, is a bit like applying to college, where you sit down and think, What are your reaches? What are your safety schools? What are your fallbacks? "It's the same with TV outlets," he says.

Is the end of avocados nigh?

slate.com — This article originally appeared in Grub Street Do you love avocados? I mean, really love them? Because as much as you might think you love avocados-and maybe you are one of the people in this world who run pro-avocado Tumblrs; who have avocado tattoos; who write articles like "11 Avocado Struggles Only Avocado Lovers...

Have You Eaten Your Last Avocado?

When Binge-Watching Turns to Purge-Watching -- Vulture

vulture.com — There's a concept in poker known as being "pot committed": basically, reaching a point at which you have so much money invested in a pot that you feel like you have to stay in a hand to the end.

The Summer of Tentpole Amnesia -- Vulture

vulture.com — 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

vulture.com — 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.
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May 29, 2015

On Emily Blunt, The Rock, and the Post-Furiosa Action Hero (with cameos by Ripley and Neil Patrick Harris): vulture.com/2015/05/emily-…

May 29, 2015

Great review double-header from @aoscott this week: ALOHA spot on, and his opening graf to SAN ANDREAS is perfect: nytimes.com/2015/05/29/mov…

May 29, 2015

Just realized a SAN ANDREAS/ALOHA mash-up would make one pretty good film. "You sold out so many times, no one's buy—WHOA LOOK AT THAT WAVE"

May 29, 2015

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