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Niles Is to Frasier as Tuan Is to The Americans

Each week on Slate's Americans podcast, June Thomas sits down with the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans as they reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's fifth season. This week, Thomas talks to co-showrunners...Show More Summary

Jon Stewart’s HBO Animation Project is Cancelled

The series of animated shorts Jon Stewart has been developing for HBO has been cancelled, The New York Times reports. The project was first announced in 2015, when Stewart signed a four-year contract with HBO after leaving The Daily Show. Show More Summary

Tom Cruise Says Top Gun 2 Will Finally Go into Production Next Year

Tom Cruise told the hosts of U.K. TV show Sunrise on Tuesday that he was making a sequel to his 1986 fighter jet/beach volleyball extravaganza Top Gun, and expected filming to start “probably in the next year,” Deadline reports. Here’s...Show More Summary

The FCC Will Not Take Action Against Stephen Colbert

The FCC has confirmed it will not take action against Stephen Colbert. The late-night comic found himself in hot water earlier this month when, after quipping on the Late Show that “the only thing [President Trump’s] mouth is good for...Show More Summary

Jane the Virgin Lost Her Virginity and the Love of Her Life in a Messy But Vital Season 3

Network television tends to encourage stasis, but Jane the Virgin has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to evolve, change course, even completely and permanently upend its world. Its third season, which concluded Monday night, was...Show More Summary

Remembering Roger Moore, the Man Who Saved James Bond

Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond for a dozen years in the 1970s and ’80s and proved that the series could thrive without Sean Connery, died Tuesday at the age of 89. Born in London, Moore became famous thanks largely to his small-screen work. Show More Summary

Performers React to the Manchester Attack: “Every Musician Feels Sick and Responsible Tonight”

Celebrities are sending their condolences after a deadly explosion at Manchester Arena following a concert by pop star Ariana Grande. The probable terror attack, which disproportionately affected Grande’s mostly young and female fanbase,...Show More Summary

Roger Moore, Generation X’s James Bond, Dies at 89

Roger Moore has died at age 89, after what a statement from his family called “a short but brief battle with cancer.” To say that Moore was best remembered for playing James Bond, which he did in seven films from 1973 to 1985, is like saying Mark Hamill is best remembered as Luke Skywalker. Show More Summary

Facebook Warned Moderators About 13 Reasons Why “Copycat Behavior,” According to Leaked Documents

On Sunday, the Guardian published memos about Facebook's internal moderation guidelines that reveal how the social network’s moderators are instructed to handle reports of everything from fake news to sexual harassment to terrorism.Show More Summary

This Genius Loaf Cake Is Everything That’s Good About Scones (And Nothing Bad)

This post originally appeared in Genius Recipes on Food52. This charming loaf may look like a pound cake, and act like a pound cake—and travel well and make sweet gifts like a pound cake. But it's quite a different little number, and...Show More Summary

The Legacy of Stepin Fetchit Remains an Obstacle for Today’s Black Comedians

This article originally appeared in Vulture. A block away from Hollywood Boulevard, at 1751 Vine Street, sits a peculiar star on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, a reminder of a period of history that many in the film industry might prefer to forget. Show More Summary

In Troubled Times, Take a Break From Peak TV and Turn to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

On May 15, the streaming platform Twitch began airing all 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, commercial-free, and it will continue doing so until the end of the month. While this slow, square children’s series might not have...Show More Summary

Willem Dafoe Will Play Vincent van Gogh in Upcoming Biopic From Julian Schnabel

Willem Dafoe is set to star as artist Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s upcoming biopic chronicling the later years of the famous Dutch painter. At Eternity’s Gate will focus specifically on Van Gogh’s time spent in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise,...Show More Summary

Guillermo Del Toro, James Mangold and More Reveal the Images That Inspire Them

On Sunday night, Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) posed a question to his directing peers on Twitter: What images inspire you? Tagging such distinguished names as Guillermo Del Toro and Rian Johnson,...Show More Summary

Outside D.C., Veep Finds a Worthy New Target: Lean In Feminism

For Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), feminist progress ranks somewhere between pardoning a turkey and opening her own water bottle in terms of priorities. On the way to her accidental presidency, which ended up lasting less than a...Show More Summary

John Oliver on Trump’s Week of Scandals: Like Watergate, but Stupid

John Oliver would like to welcome you to another week of the Trump administration by reminding you just what the last one was like. The past seven days have been so crazy, Oliver explained on Sunday night, that his show Last Week Tonight...Show More Summary

Katy Perry’s SNL Performance Was Upstaged by Backpack Kid, Our Newest Viral Phenomenon

Katy Perry’s “Swish, Swish” is a fine song, but on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, it was brought to incredible life by a most unlikely source: Russell Horning, a 15-year-old boy from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Better known across...Show More Summary

Despite Boos at Cannes, Okja Shows Why We Need Netflix Making Movies

This article originally appeared in Vulture. Perhaps my sympathy is misplaced when it’s extended to a multi-billion-dollar, industry-dominating superpower, but as Netflix’s new movie Okja began to unspool at the Cannes Film FestivalShow More Summary

The Most Radical Thing About Master of None’s Islam Episode Is That It Isn’t About Religion

It’s been so long since I’ve seen my own religion depicted outside the context of Islamophobia and terror that even I was surprised by Master of None’s Season 2 episode “Religion.” Whether we’re trying to kill Iron Man, or running from...Show More Summary

The Debate Around Alex Tizon’s Essay Is Missing Some Key Context About the Filipino Culture of Servitude

A day before its cover story went live, The Atlantic tweeted, “Coming tomorrow: Lola’s story by Alex Tizon.” The black and white image of an old woman, a graceful and elegant Filipina, was on the cover, along with the following text: “Lola was 18 when my grandfather gave her to my mother as a gift. Show More Summary

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