The very best fictional concerts

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Ideal fictional law enforcement

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Killing the mood music

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Kick kick kick snare, repeat: 15 songs that borrow the drum intro from “Be My Baby”

1. The Jesus And Mary Chain, “Just Like Honey”/ “Sowing Seeds”
As part of the session-musician collective known as the Wrecking Crew, drummer Hal Blaine left his imprint on pop music—sometimes physically, as is the case of the sheet music and concert venues marked by his customized rubber stamp: “Hal Blaine Strikes…

Hitting “pause” on pop culture

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What book or series of books should be made into a TV show?

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“Those writers make a lot of money”: 12 works of unpublished or unproduced TV fiction

1. Paul Kinsey’s Star Trek script, Mad Men
Breaking Bad’s typically grim, full-throttle mid-fifth-season première allows itself at least one reprieve, during which Heisenberg associate Brandon “Badger” Mayhew details his plot for a spec Star Trek script. Matt Jones isn’t alone among AMC stars who’ve dreamed up…

What upcoming 2013 entertainment are you most anticipating?

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What have been the best TV moments of the year?

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Pop pilgrimages 2.0

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What song do you want played at your funeral?

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Who was your pop-culture mentor?

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Who was your first pop culture crush?

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“How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?”: 14 unnatural movie sequels

1. The Hangover Part II (2011)
“Never say never again” is a mantra by which Hollywood lives—and it’s the guiding principle behind most sequels. But it takes a special kind of cash-grab chutzpah to manufacture a new chapter to a story that’s reached its logical conclusion. When Todd Phillips’ boys-behaving-badly…

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The films you’ve loved longest

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The books you’ve loved longest

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The album you’ve loved longest

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Head up high, feet on the ground: 16 onscreen drug trips that don’t go over the top

1. Louie’s wasted afternoon: Louie, “Dogpound” (2010)
It isn’t easy to visually replicate the singular, internal experience of being high, which is why television and movies usually default to a handful of tropes: psychedelic imagery, weird camera angles and cuts, and often, overblown histrionics and hilariously…

“Don’t worry about the government”: 13 fictional political machines that are too stupid to be sinister

1-3. British parliament, The Thick Of It (2005-2012)
British parliament and U.S. State Department, In The Loop (2009)
Selina Meyer’s vice presidential administration, Veep (2012-present)
Beneath their roiling pace and steady stream of profanity, Armando Iannucci’s trilogy of political satires—the BBC Four series The