Interview: Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban talks making deals and beating the shit out of people

In 2009, when ABC premiered Shark Tank—a show featuring five very rich investors hearing pitches from hopeful entrepreneurs—it was interesting but it lacked a certain panache. It lacked a star. Which isn’t surprising, because when’s the last time you heard a Koch brother or a member of the Walton family say something of interest or something with entertainment value? Or […]

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Game Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is intense, audacious, and very sorry

Before the game starts, before the title screen, even before the corporate logo splashes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain apologizes. This morning, it apologized for server maintenance. It was sorry for a bug almost nobody would have noticed. It regretted that the iPhone companion app wasn’t working for some people. It announced that it was giving all players […]

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Newswire: Edhochuli makes the most of a “Useless Muse” on new track

Pittsburgh’s Edhochuli is beholden to nothing. In the course of a single song it’s not uncommon for the band to jump from hardcore rushes to prog-rock interludes and stoner-metal grooves while making it all feel cohesive. It’s new EP, Dream Warriors, is set to be released on October 30 via A-F Records, the label owned by long-running Pittsburgh punk act […]

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TV Club: Like a precog’s vision, Minority Report flashes by without much substance

It’s hardly fair to compare a television pilot with a big-budget, Tom Cruise-starring science-fiction film, let alone one directed by Steven Spielberg. But there’s no avoiding the comparison, and so far Minority Report—a sequel to the 2002 blockbuster—doesn’t shy away from its flashier predecessor. More’s the pity: A little extra distance might have taken some of the sting out of […]

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TV Review: Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens is like a rocky, horror-filled Glee

Ryan Murphy announced Fox’s Scream Queens in a manner befitting his brand: He declared the camptastic anthology series the genesis of a heretofore unseen genre called “comedy horror.” Ornery internet haters—also known as reasonable people with a cursory knowledge of horror—cried foul and lambasted Murphy in the name of comedy horror trailblazers such as Sam Raimi and Joe Dante. In […]

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A.V. Undercover: The Weather Station covers Joy Division

The Weather Station revolves around singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman, whose albums under the name evoke the gentlest, most powerful folk of years gone by, from Joni Mitchell to Smog. Here, she and her band amp things up considerably, tackling Joy Division’s oft-covered “Transmission” and bringing some new, banjo-assisted dimensions to it. The Weather Station’s latest album is the excellent Loyalty, which […]

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TV Club: A complacent episode of Raw repeats much of Sunday’s Night Of Champions

After last night’s solid if somewhat uneventful Night Of Champions, there’s an air of complacency hanging over tonight’s episode of Raw. The weeks leading up to Sunday’s PPV promised change and shifts in power. There was mystery to who would partner up with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose against the Wyatt Family, if Charlotte would manage to pull out the […]

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