Today's Five Best Columns
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May 8, 2012 10:43AM ET
John Travolta points out it would have been difficult for him to paw at his masseur and give him graphic lectures on how Hollywood works because he was on the other side of the country, Matthew Fox's ill-fated fast food run, and Johnny Depp stocks up on chairs.
May 8, 2012 8:40AM ET
"So what happens when you combine disparate European countries, with a variety of cultures and languages, one made-up currency, a global financial meltdown, and a social safety net that offers workers 30 weeks paid vacation, full pension at age 26 and cradle-to-grave chocolate?" Jon Stewart asked on yesterday's Daily Show.
May 8, 2012 8:37AM ET
Very sad news this morning: Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83, The New York Times reports.
May 7, 2012 6:15PM ET
Was it worth it for Mad Men to drop a reported $250,000 to play The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" as the end of Sunday's episode? We're guessing it was.
May 7, 2012 6:13PM ET
Today: PBS has another British hit, Lifetime renews a sexy series, and NBC makes some early orders.
May 7, 2012 5:13PM ET
After a day of staring at Twitter, we're sharing our favorite tweets that made no sense
May 7, 2012 4:35PM ET
The Avengers has managed to take in more than $640 million worldwide in the last 12 days and set a new opening weekend record. What is it about superheroes that we can't get enough of?
May 7, 2012 4:32PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
May 7, 2012 4:28PM ET
The Catholic League has taken to mailing "a color photo of a naked woman with her legs spread" to executives at companies that advertise with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to get them to leave the program, and the apparently, they're having some success.
May 7, 2012 4:05PM ET
Amid the heaping vat of Girls-related blog outrage stew, show creator/star/writer Lena Dunham has remained relatively mum regarding her show's much criticized/discussed treatment of race.
May 7, 2012 3:51PM ET
We were skeptical when writer Paige Williams declared this Flavorwire post that collects photos of "gorgeous and innovative" bookshelves "bookshelf porn."
May 7, 2012 3:37PM ET
Brian Stelter at The New York Times reports that the ratings for 60 Minutes have been fantastic this year, partly because of a youth movement in the show's talent. But perhaps it's the show itself that got younger?
May 7, 2012 2:30PM ET
Today in sports: Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper is unbeanable, the Bountygate appeals are in, and the Manning brothers stick with Reebok.
May 7, 2012 2:26PM ET
The behind-the-scenes stories of NBC's glory days are coming to light in Warren Littlefield's new book Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV.
May 7, 2012 2:23PM ET
If you find yourself, in the midst of all the summer movie season noise and effects, in dire need of something quieter, more human, but no less awe-inspiring, perhaps find the time to check out the new documentary First Position.
May 7, 2012 2:16PM ET
The Pentagon has rather hilariously decided that it couldn't cooperate with the filming of this weekend's big blockbuster superhero flick The Avengers because it didn't think the depiction of the military bureaucracy was realistic, according to Wired's Spencer Ackerman.
May 7, 2012 1:22PM ET
Uploading Beastie Boys' never-before-seen live performance on Chappelle's Show to YouTube seemed like such a fitting tribute to the late Adam Yaunch (a.k.a. MCA). That is, until Viacom took down the video for copyright infringement.
May 7, 2012 11:58AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Glenn Beck is reworking a series of technothrillers to appeal to his fans, the founder of Perseus Books has died, and SNL gets around to making fun of Fifty Shades of Grey.
May 7, 2012 11:41AM ET
For television shows, technology presents particular problems. Some are doing it well...others, less so.
May 7, 2012 11:05AM ET
As HBO's wonderfully intricate Game of Thrones gets further and further into the dense and expansive world that George R.R. Martin has created, it's inevitably going to become harder to follow.
May 7, 2012 9:50AM ET
Today: Woody Allen and Lindsay Lohan get chummy, David Brooks departs Bethesda for D.C., and the Vogue editors will all be wearing pink tonight at the Costume Institute gala.
May 7, 2012 9:48AM ET
Women are not simply happy because they're being provided for in this post-Betty Mad Men world. They want more, and more is varied, complicated, individual, and sometimes problematic.
May 7, 2012 9:35AM ET
Why not? Dotcom is blond, has similar interests as a 16-year-old girl, and as of last night, has a song calling out a boy who did him wrong
May 6, 2012 3:27PM ET
The Hulk (and his cohorts) smashed the all-time box office opening weekend by pulling in over $200 million since opening for midnight shows Friday morning.
May 5, 2012 6:48PM ET
I'll Have Another just won the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. The horse came from behind to overtake early favorite Bodemeister down the stretch.
May 5, 2012 10:15AM ET
A legal battle between Dish Network and AMC is likely what's leading to Dish dropping AMC's channels starting this summer, which could put your Mad Men viewing party plans in serious jeopardy.
May 4, 2012 6:06PM ET
Today: Jonah Hill takes another dramatic role, Kellan Lutz heads to the jungle, and Brad Bird wants to work with real people again.
May 4, 2012 5:46PM ET
After we unleashed our wrath about the world's unruly use of exclamation points in emails, we got to thinking: Which other punctuation marks could we do without?
May 4, 2012 5:35PM ET
Fox has found a solution for the potential challenges of marketing the awkwardly named upcoming film Neighborhood Watch -- with its unintentional echo of the Trayvon Martin case -- by just changing the name altogether.
May 4, 2012 3:27PM ET
Adam Yauch will be remembered first and foremost for his genre-altering music career, but the artist better known as MCA did much more than that.