Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt makes even the viewer feel the need to shower afterward

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There’s a scene about 30 minutes into The Dirt, the biopic loosely adapted from the Mötley Crüe memoir of the same name, that proves unintentionally illuminating. After an A&R rep from Elektra Records meets the band at infamous L.A. hotspot the Rainbow Room (where he’s startled to discover there’s a woman under the…

The Grace And Frankie team hope the tide is turning for older women in Hollywood

Grace And Frankie is one of Netflix’s most popular, longest running shows, largely thanks to the chemistry between Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. At PaleyFest, we spoke with Tomlin, Fonda, and the rest of the Grace And Frankie team about why there aren’t more shows like it on TV, and why they think things are getting…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally analyzes Jake Peralta’s need for therapy

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Jake Peralta’s need for therapy is something Brooklyn Nine-Nine has acknowledged for years. The why’s have always been clear (especially regarding his parents, in addition to the traumas endured as part of the Nine-Nine), but it’s also always been a matter of when—if at all—Jake will get the help he needs. While Jake…

Broad City rolls down memory lane in its hilarious, poignant penultimate episode

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Broad City always brims with callbacks, a testament to its makers’ improvisation backgrounds, the specificity of its world, and the inside-jokey nature of its central friendship. But in this final season, those callbacks have an extra layer of nostalgia to them, each beat of this final chapter soaked in familiar,…

Michael risks it all with little reason on Star Trek: Discovery 

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Last week, I praised Star Trek: Discovery for how it handled a crew member’s death. While not making up for the show’s frustrating reluctance to develop its secondary characters, “If Memory Serves” at least offered us a chance to care about Airiam before shooting her out of an airlock. Not everyone agreed with me, and…

The Good Fight's new Michael Sheen character is a surprising misfire for the show

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Halfway through “The One Inspired by Roy Cohn,” Cush Jumbo as Luca Quinn delivers a lengthy, gripping, emotionally potent monologue to her small infant son, splayed next to her, unable of course to understand a word she’s saying. She talks through her options, through unnerved confusion about how drawn to motherhood…

Another flashy musical episode—and Heathers' dark comedy—brings the best out of Riverdale

“How very,” indeed! For this season’s big musical episode, “Big Fun,” Riverdale pulls out all the stops with a tribute to Heathers: The Musical. This is the show at its campiest and its most emotionally raw, and Dial M For Maple cannot get enough. Hosts Marah and Cameron kick off the podcast by discussing their…

Lies, damn lies, and romance star in You're The Worst's antepenultimate episode

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There are two lies at play in “Four Goddamn More Days,” a big one and an even bigger one. The first is that Gretchen was fired immediately after the listening party incident and has subsequently been hiding it from Jimmy for two weeks. The second is that Gretchen isn’t at all excited about getting married, or, at the…

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