The Tangent

Going off on pop culture

Elvira, Mistress of the merchandising

The AV Club is really on a roll these days. If you haven't read their Bronson Pinchot interview yet (the one where he talks about Tom Cruise), do it. It's all-around fascinating.

And now in time for Halloween, they talk to Elvira. The interview is far more interesting than it has any right to be. I had no idea that Cassandra Peterson (that's her real name) had so much to say. I'm pretty anti-autobiography...

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'V': Are we excited?

Grrr ... I just wrote this entry and it disappeared completely, because our blogging program is terrible. (I know ... typical luser whining, but in this case it happens to be true.)

Anyway, "V" is coming to TVs near us next week, and while everyone was excited when the remake was first announced, that seems to have cooled off recently. Though ABC wants to get you pumped.


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Movie review: 'Amelia'

Amelia2 starsDirected by Mira NairStarring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor

Directed by Mira Nair, “Amelia” tracks the life of Amelia Earhart from one headline-making accomplishment to the next. With a smile and a swagger, Hilary Swank plays the celebrity aviator as she enamors the nation with her record-breaking missions across this body of water and that distance of...

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Movie review: 'Antichrist'

2 starsWritten and directed by Lars von TrierStarring Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

“Antichrist” features one genital mutilation (not to be confused with the scene of genital battering), one stone wheel-and-axel bored into a man’s shin, several scissor stabbings, one toddler death, and one talking fox. It’s like David Lynch meets Michael Haneke (“Funny Games”).


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Starbuck on 'The Big Bang Theory'

Well, almost. Katee Sackhoff, who is in real life way girlier than her "Battlestar" character, will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of "The Big Bang Theory" (which I keep typing as "The Big Band Theory" — someone make me that show!). Unlike Summer Glau when she appeared, Sackhoff will not be playing herself. Chicago Trib's Watcher has more details, if...

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IE stages grocery store musical

Here's Improv Everywhere at a grocery store in Astoria. I love that the old man at the end supposes that this is just a regular thing.

According to the behind-the-scenes write up, the group did have the cooperation of the store. You can also check out their LA food court musical here....

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DFW on grammar

This video just popped up on YouTube recently. It's an excerpt from an interview between David Foster Wallace and Brian Garner of LawProse, an organization that aims to improve legal writing....

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'Oh, Hello' new video

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are back with a new video in their series centering on two loser Upper West Side divorcés. Julie White is pretty awesome as the ex-wife in this one. I have to admit that I only know who she is because she's a judge on "Iron Chef," and she's kind of silly in that role. She's kind of silly in this role too, but in a good way.

Oh Hello: Visiting Gil's...

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Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn on "Bronson"

Nicolas Winding Refn might not be a household name, but check back in a few years and he very well could be. Best known for his work on the “Pusher” trilogy of crime films set in Copenhagen, the Danish director’s attached to several high profile projects with some major Hollywood stars in the pipeline.

But before those see theaters, there's “Bronson,” Refn's...

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Alton Brown on 10 years of 'Good Eats'

• Alton Brown will be appearing at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Friday at 7 p.m.

When you know how to cook, it’s tough to be a renaissance man.

Food Network mainstay Alton Brown, the star of “Good Eats” and the host of “Iron Chef America” and “The Next Iron Chef,” would like to branch out from food-related entertainment, but when he...

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