Oscar This: A Best Actor nod for Joe might push Nicolas Cage to keep pushing himself

This year’s Oscar nominations are announced on January 15. In anticipation of the conventional wisdom the Academy will likely uphold, we’re highlighting unlikely candidates—the dark horses we’d love to see compete on Oscar night. The years blend together for Nicolas Cage. I’m speaking not as his biographer—for all I know, his every day is a completely distinct National Treasure-style hunt […]

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Inventory: “Maybe Moe gets a cellphone”: 12 Simpsons characters who actually evolved

1. Moe Szyslak The status quo of The Simpsons is rooted in the Simpsons themselves, a quintet that will never change, no matter how many times their personal backstories and prospective futures do. (And no one will ever mention “That ’90s Show” again, under penalty of torture.) While the show’s protagonists forego the aging-in-real-time routes taken by their live-action counterparts […]

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TV Club: Girls: “Iowa”

Girls‘ fourth season is a pivotal one, and judging from “Iowa,” Lena Dunham is well-aware of that. Sending Hannah to Iowa is no small matter. She’s the show’s center of gravity, and whatever happens to Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna is only important to the extent it impacts their relationships with Hannah. Even when Marnie started sleeping with Ol’ Man Ray, […]

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