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March linkfest

This month’s book recommendation is I Like to Watch (2019), by the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic Emily Nussbaum. The book collects a decade’s worth of Nussbaum’s reviews and essays for the New Yorker and other publications, including one written especially for the book. Nussbaum is such a good writer that she made me care about shows that hadn’t appealed to me (I’ve watched exactly one episode each, for example, of “The Sopranos,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Lost”). And she made...
Tags: Books, UK, Design, Milan, Television, Medicine, Australia, Women, US, Journalism, Joan Rivers, Harvey Weinstein, Linguistics, New Zealand, Men, Food And Drink


Cool Stuff: ‘The Mandalorian’ Prints from Dave Perillo and Christian Waggoner Have Baby Yoda and Many Mandos

It’s a shame we won’t have any new episodes of The Mandalorian to watch until later this year, especially since the series will bring Ahsoka Tano into the live-action Star Wars universe in the second season. But while we wait for the return of the series on Disney+, artists Dave Perillo and Christian Waggoner have unveiled new The Mandalorian posters going on sale today. Dave Perillo has come through with two prints for the second and third episodes from the first season, “The Child” and “The S...
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Sequels, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Dune, Mando, Disney/Pixar, Dave Perillo, Bottleneck Gallery, Ahsoka Tano, The Mandalorian, Mando Pedro Pascal


In ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere,’ Art Imitates Art Imitating Life

A prismatic new TV series, created by Jason Segel, adapts an alternate-reality game — and his own existential crisis.
Tags: Art, Television, News, Hull, Jason, Jason Segel, Segel, AMC (TV Network, Dispatches From Elsewhere (TV Program, Games of Nonchalance, Jeff (Artist


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Nine

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty NineThere’s never a shortage of anything for Jon and Rob to talk about and for you to sink your teeth into when you listen.  And as usual, the boys set about trying (key word) to understand to understand a world going insane while discussing things rationally…  On this show,  they dissect the football playoffs; the nasty stanch of politics and of Gwyneth Paltrow’s candle (!); the passings of Neil Peart and Buck Henry; the u...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Cnn, Current Events, Rob, Gwyneth Paltrow, Houston Astros, Popdose


Salvador Dalí Strolls onto The Dick Cavett Show with an Anteater, Then Talks About Dreams & Surrealism, the Golden Ratio & More (1970)

There was a time when you could flip on the TV in the evening, tune in to a major network's late-night talk show, and see Salvador Dalí walking an anteater. That time was the early 1970s, the network was ABC, and the talk show's host was Dick Cavett, who dared to converse on camera, and at length, with everyone from Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen to Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal to David Bowie and Janis Joplin, and John Lennon with Yoko Ono. Whether they went smoothly or bumpily, Cavett's...
Tags: Google, Art, Television, Abc, College, John Lennon, America, Earth, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Satchel Paige, Salvador Dalí, Gore Vidal, Woody Allen, Janis Joplin, Dick Cavett


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Eight

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty EightThe start of the new decade equals the first new episode of the year!  And there is no shortage of topics for the boys, as they catch up with each other – and the world – after the holiday season.  Making it even sweeter, it was recorded on Rob’s 55th birthday, so this is, indeed, a celebratory show!   Beginning with the heartfelt tributes to Neil Innes and Don Imus, the boys tackle the ugliness of racial attacks in Ne...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, New York, Television, Film, Australia, Theatre, Sports, Iran, Current Events, Rob, Popdose


Sex Education's Aimee Lou Wood: 'I confronted my own school bully'

She loved her nude scenes in the Netflix hit but the West End’s Uncle Vanya gave her stage fright. The Stockport star remembers being the class clown and tracking down her tormentor Aimee Lou Wood wasn’t sure she wanted to be in Uncle Vanya, even as she made her way to the audition. Having trained at Rada, she knew the lineage of actors who had played the prized part of Sonya, and what an honour it would be to star in a West End Chekhov at the age of 25. “But I just thought it was so the opposit...
Tags: Television, Theatre, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, West End, Anton Chekhov, Sonya, Rada, Uncle Vanya, Vanya, TV Comedy, Connor Swindells, Russia Wood, Aimee Lou Wood


Sheila Atim: ‘I had impostor syndrome until I picked up my MBE

The actor has channelled Bob Dylan and received an honour at just 29. Now she’s finally ready for primetimeSheila Atim would not call it a shrine, exactly, but in her London flat, there is a mantelpiece on which she has placed a few commemorative bits and bobs. There’s an Olivier award here, an MBE there. “My friend did say it looked like a shrine,” she admits, laughing. “But it’s not because I want people to walk into the flat and be blinded by the lights of Sheila’s achievements. These things ...
Tags: London, Television, Theatre, Bbc, Culture, Bob Dylan, Awards and prizes, Stage, Acting, Shakespeare, Sheila, North Country, BBC oNE, ATIM, Sheila Atim


'Everyone's heard the horror stories' – how to shoot an ethical sex scene

From Ruth Wilson in The Affair to Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, women are speaking out about nude scenes. Is it making a difference? Actors and directors talk franklyEmily Berrington was overjoyed when she received the call from her agent. She’d got the part. And it was an exciting one: a role in Close to the Enemy, a BBC miniseries set in the 1940s, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. It was 2015 and Berrington was told in writing that there would be some nudity, which she was OK wit...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Drama, Film, Women, Theatre, Film Industry, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Game Of Thrones, Stephen Poliakoff, Almeida theatre, Ruth Wilson, Emilia Clarke


'Everyone's heard the horror stories' – how to do an ethical sex scene

From Ruth Wilson in The Affair to Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, women are speaking out about nude scenes. Is it making a difference? Actors and directors talk franklyEmily Berrington was overjoyed when she received the call from her agent. She’d got the part. And it was an exciting one: a role in Close to the Enemy, a BBC miniseries set in the 1940s, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. It was 2015 and Berrington was told in writing that there would be some nudity, which she was OK wit...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Drama, Film, Women, Theatre, Film Industry, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Game Of Thrones, Stephen Poliakoff, Almeida theatre, Ruth Wilson, Emilia Clarke


January linkfest

I’ll get to the regularly scheduled links in a bit, but I wanted to lead off with some recommendations from my 2019 media diet (a term I’ve borrowed from Jason Kottke, whose blog always makes for tasty consumption). A couple of magazine articles: “What I Learned in Avalanche School,” by H eidi Julavits for the New York Times Magazine. The story is indeed about avalanche school, but because Julvaits is a brilliant writer, it includes passages like this one: “The pursuit of joy, even if tha...
Tags: Books, New York Post, Science, Design, Television, Writing, Film, China, New York City, Advertising, Sports, Tel Aviv, America, Domains, Amazon Prime, Chinese


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Seven

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty SevenThe final show of 2019 was a completely improvised conversation between Jon and Rob, so we can only tell you to listen in – you will have as much fun as they did during the year-end wrap-up. This is why you join them, time after time.  And that’s a really good thing! Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty Seven The podcast will be on the site as well as for subscription via iTunes and oth...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Popular culture, Popdose, Rob Ross, Jon


Actor Margaret Colin (VEEP, Independence Day) Joins Pretty Much Pop #28 to Take On the Trope of the Alpha Female

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_028_12-12-20.mp3 What's the deal with images of powerful women in media? The trope of the tough-as-nails boss-lady who may or may not have a heart of gold has evolved a lot over the years, but it's difficult to portray such a character unobjectionably, probably due to those all-too-familiar double standards about wanting women in authority (or, say, running for office) to be assertive but not astringent. Margare...
Tags: Google, Television, Podcasts, Film, College, Wikipedia, Theatre, Broadway, Brian, Jackie, Alpha Female, Facebook Twitter, Erica, Margaret, Margaret Colin, Robert Simonson


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Five

  Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty Five To get away from what could be seen as “routine” or “scripted”, Jon and Rob decided to do one of their well-received/well-loved improvised episodes, where everyone gets to just listen in to a conversation between two good friends.  Except these two have that little extra pizzazz…  But to be fair, among the subjects that come up are the disaster of the latest “Charlie’s Angels” cinematic incarnation; the most recent (...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Popdose, Rob Ross, Motley Crue


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Four

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty FourThis is one of those “you have to listen!” episodes – this 134th installment of Radio City…  is an uplifting, smart thoughtful conversation that just FLOWS.  Rob and Jon dissect the ever-disappearing print media and the disingenuousness of certain “news” outlets online; a highly powerful discussion on the difference between “nostalgia” and “perspective”; the embarrassing circus atmosphere of the impeachment inquiry in o...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Popular culture, New York Mets, Popdose, Rob Ross


Brian Blessed: 'All my life, 90% of men have bored the arse off me'

Dressed in pyjamas and wellies, the great actor talks about his astronaut training in Russia, the original Cats – and putting his might behind his daughter Rosalind’s very personal playsOn a shelf in Brian Blessed’s study is a plastic toy, a replica of himself as Prince Vultan in the film Flash Gordon. There is a resemblance but, with this actor, the very idea of a miniature seems wrong.The mountainous original is sitting at his desk, wearing a striking winter morning costume of red fleece, pyja...
Tags: Television, Drama, Film, Russia, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Brian, Brian Blessed, Rosalind, Vultan


The Samsung Sero TV rotates on its axis because people are shooting more vertical videos now

Just to be clear, Instagram or TikTok isn’t launching a streaming service (yet), but they’re definitely leading a phenomenon. Now that smartphone cameras are one of the largest instruments for shooting videos, Instagram and TikTok are a leading force behind people shooting videos in portrait mode. People spend as much, if not more, time watching videos on TikTok as they do on YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon Prime, and Samsung’s begun noticing that. The Sero, which Samsung just debuted at CES 2020,...
Tags: TV, Design, Television, Instagram, Samsung, Ces, Product Design, YouTube Netflix, Sero, Rotating, Samsung Sero TV, CES2020, Sero TV


12 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2020

Greta Gerwig onstage, Jack London on film, Broadway revivals and an opera celebrating the 19th Amendment are just a few of their choices.
Tags: Art, Music, Television, Movies, News, Dancing, Broadway, Greta Gerwig, Maria, Hawke, Greta, Caroline, Ethan, Jack London, Gerwig, Bamford


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Three

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty ThreeThis is one of those conversations where you know the boys are excited and chomping at the bit to get into it!  And there is A LOT to savor here, starting with the clickbait approach of CNN Online; a post-mortem on an Election Day that saw no changes for the better in New York City; inept publicists and the lack of professionalism; the pandering and pushing of unqualified presidential candidates, an upbeat/uptempo “In Our...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, New York City, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Popular culture, Popdose


Watch Laurie Anderson's fantastic "What You Mean We?" (1986) from PBS's Alive from Off Center

Alive From Off Center was PBS's pioneering TV series that featured experimental video and performance pieces by artists like Ann Magnuson, the Brothers Quay, Jonathan Demme, Bill Irwin, and Laure Anderson. For me, the program, which aired between 1985 and 1996, was a wonderful introduction to many avant-garde artists and filmmakers. Above is Laurie Anderson's "What You Mean We?" that first aired on September 6, 1986. Here's a New York Times article about the episode from the time: "TV: Laurie ...
Tags: Art, Video, Television, News, New York Times, Pbs, Performance, Laurie Anderson, Ann Magnuson, Avant Garde, Bill Irwin, Brothers Quay Jonathan Demme, Laure Anderson


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Two

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty Two This particular installment of Radio City…  is a total joy; Rob and Jon are at total ease and move seamlessly from one topic to another.  The boys are relaxed while completely on form.  Amongst the topics discussed are the World Series and the beginning of the baseball off-season; films – including Rob’s take on the recent David Crosby documentary; a deeply personal re-assessment of R.E.M.’s Fables Of The Reconstruction by...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Popular culture, Popdose, Rob Ross


The Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019

Music, movies, television, theater, art and dance: Here’s who broke away from the pack this year.
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, News, Billie, Dancing, Classical Music, Opera, Mira, HARRIS, Russell, Phoebe, Jerome, Shin, Nadon, Lise


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-One

  Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty OneAnother week passes and the boys prepare themselves to help get you through the constant madness (while trying to deal with it themselves in a logical manner).  For this conversation, hear Jon and Rob discuss the World Series (because they love sports!); the newly-minted war of words between Tulsi Gabbard and Hillary Clinton; New York Mayor deBlasio has the audacity to ask for another $37 million dollars from New Yorkers ...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Comedy, New York, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Hillary Clinton, Current Events, Maxwell, Rob


Jonathan Miller, Acclaimed Theater Director and Writer, Dies at 85

Known for his radical restagings of classic works, Mr. Miller was also a doctor who periodically left the stage to practice medicine.
Tags: Art, Television, News, Theater, Opera, Miller, Great Britain, Jonathan Miller, Deaths (Obituaries, Jonathan (1934-


Improv Comedy (Live and Otherwise) Examined on Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #20

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_020_10-31-19.mp3   What role does improv comedy play in popular culture? It shows up in the work of certain film directors (like Christopher Guest, Adam McKay, and Robert Altman) and has surfaced in some of the TV work of Larry David, Robin Williams, et al. But only in the rare case of a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway? is the presence of improvisation obvious. So is this art form doomed to live on the fri...
Tags: Google, Comedy, Television, Film, College, Theatre, Amy Poehler, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Brian, Second City, Thomas Middleditch, Robert Altman, Mark, Tim, Facebook Twitter


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Twenty-Eight

  Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Twenty Eight In trying to catch up with the world zooming past us, Jon and Rob continue their quest to bring you as much relief, honesty and information as time will allow them to – with their trademark style and combined sense of humor.  So for this episode, the boys tear apart the inane writing of CNN’s Chris Cilliza as he shills for Bernie Sanders; the ham-handed manner in which “protesters” climbed aboard the climate-change ban...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Comedy, Television, Theatre, Sports, Cnn, Current Events, Rob, Ken Burns, Satire, Grateful Dead


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Twenty-Seven

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Twenty SevenThese boys are tireless!  And they prove it by bringing you a rare treat – recording after a long week at their day jobs!  But because Jon and Rob want you to hear them fresh and at their best, here they are, serving up some brilliant slabs of insight and good conversation.For this installment, Rob discusses Chris Stamey’s newest album (the review is currently available on MusicTAP) as Jon shares his recent live exper...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Miami, Rob, Satire, Giants, Popular culture


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Twenty-Six

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Twenty Six The boys wanted to turn things in a slightly different direction – instead of being reminded of how the world is out of control, Jon and Rob wanted to do a show based around “stuff that makes us feel good; just a pure conversation between friends to be shared”.  So this episode is pretty much in free-form!  However, there are a few items of note, so they wouldn’t be forgotten:  the questionable “necessity” of a 6-CD boxset ...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Popular culture, Popdose, Rob Ross


Watch ‘Watchmen’ Artist Dave Gibbons Draw a New ‘Watchmen’ Character from the HBO Series

Damon Lindelof‘s hyper-anticipated sequel/remix series Watchmen premieres on HBO this weekend, and it’s already been getting terrific reviews – including our own rave, which says it’s “destined to be one of the year’s most compelling shows.” To celebrate the forthcoming premiere, original Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons broke out his tools and drew his version of one of the new show’s characters: Sister Night, the vigilante played by Regina King. Dave Gibbons Watchmen Drawing Watch Dave ...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Television, Movies, Alan Moore, Sequels, John Higgins, Damon Lindelof, Cool Stuff, Gibbons, Zack Snyder, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Dave-Gibbons, Watchmen, Regina King Dave Gibbons


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Twenty-Five

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Twenty Five There are weeks when Rob and Jon want to deliver a positive message and vibe, but the outside world – particularly when it comes to politics – tends to get in the way.  On this edition of Radio City…, the boys take to task New York City “mayor in absentia”, Bill deBlasio and his Board of Education chief, Richard Carranza, as those two “public servants” take identity politics to a new low:  eliminating gifted programs in N...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, China, New York City, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Rob, Satire, Staten Island



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