Daniel D'Addario

I Spent a Day Watching AtheistTV - and It Was Horrifying

The Christian right has some things figured out. These days, Christian entertainment isn’t just the didactic “700 Club” — it includes spectacles as high-flying as History’s miniseries “The Bible” or as wacky as GSN’s “American Bible Challenge.” If these entertainments, relying as they do on knowledge of the source material, do any converting, that’s a fringe benefit; they exist to further galvanize the faithful in their beliefs.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Is a Trojan Horse for Conservative Causes

“Today” personality Kathie Lee Gifford was recently admonished by NBC higher-ups for promoting her line of wines, the punnily named Gifft, on-air. The idea, in part, is that “Today” is to some degree a news program, one that ought to be held to a higher standard than a regular chatfest.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Hollywood's Greatest Marketing Expert

In the old days, announcements of celebrity divorces and their fallout were handled through familiar channels. “Newlyweds” costars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, for instance, issued a press release over Thanksgiving weekend so as to bury the news; Jennifer Lopez appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair suspiciously soon after announcing her split from singer Marc Anthony (considering how long-lead a cover shoot is, the whole thing seemed like a P.R. blitz); Nicole Kidman went on a summerlong publicity tour after her divorce from Tom Cruise, promoting both her film projects and an idea of herself as a liberated, feisty woman.

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8 Awesome TV Shows That Ended Way Too Soon

This weekend sees the opening of “Veronica Mars,” the crowdsourced movie that follows up on the detective story that began on a UPN series in 2004. And it never, officially, ended; though the show’s third and final series wrapped up the mysteries of “Veronica Mars,” it hadn’t been intended as a series finale, and only became one due to the vicissitudes of the business. It was canceled. The “Veronica Mars” movie is the exact opposite of, say, “Sex and the City 2,” a movie that existed to slightly complicate the thuddingly specific details of that series’s neat-as-a-bow conclusion arrived at over a long run.

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Lindsey Vonn's Nasty Comments About Celebrities' Bodies Show Sports Culture at Its Worst

With the Sochi Olympics unfolding, American ski racer Lindsey Vonn has been sidelined by injury. But she’s found a way to stay in the spotlight.

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The 7 Most Offensive TV Shows Ever

“Dads” has been driving TV critics up a wall since before it first aired for general consumption.

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Downton Abbey’s Right-Wing Worldview

Plenty of “prestige dramas” — the sort of programs that get bedecked with Emmy nominations, air on Sunday nights, and are generally seen as part of an intelligent person’s weekly schedule — are, when thought about carefully, a bit wince-inducing. What’s the deal with all the gratuitously naked women and their brutal treatment on “Game of Thrones”? Just how much are we supposed to find Walter White’s sociopathic (and, to some eyes, “badass”) behavior on “Breaking Bad” compelling and thrilling? Is “Mad Men” glorifying an era of glossy surfaces and unlimited whiskey and cigarettes as it pats us on the head for getting why racism is wrong?

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Roger Ailes' Explosive New Biography: 5 Biggest Shockers

The first excerpt of “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Gabriel Sherman’s biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes, has dropped on the website of New York magazine. The piece depicts a familiar story — Ailes’ travails in his weekend community of Garrison, N.Y., after attempting to mold the local paper in Fox News’ image, reported in the New Yorker in 2011. But fans or detractors of that story will find, here, a much fuller context. Here are the biggest revelations from a story that’s but one aspect of the Ailes saga.

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Did “Breaking Bad” Have a Sitcom Ending?

By now, it seems obvious that the final episode of “Breaking Bad,” which aired last night, enjoyed near-universal (if sometimes measured) acclaim.

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Literary Classic "Invisible Man" Banned in North Carolina

Students in Randolph County, North Carolina, won’t have access to “Invisible Man.”

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Why Meghan McCain Is the Worst

Millennials, the generation that came after Gen-Y and is nebulously responsible for the success of Twitter, debit cards and *NSYNC, are as easy to mock as they are to use as amarketing metric.

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Amazon Is Worse Than Walmart

President Barack Obama will visit an Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn., today to talk  job growth — but the speech comes at a particularly awkward time for the government to embrace the company. Or perhaps there’s no more apt time: a time when we need to ask whether Amazon’s growth will lead to the kind of economy or culture we actually want to have.

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Why Do Stories of Female Sexual Predators Shock Us?

It may be the summer’s best beach read — that is, if you ditch the disconcertingly woolly black velour dust jacket, and make sure your kids aren’t peeking over your shoulder.

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Johnny Depp’s Tonto Misstep: Race and “The Lone Ranger”

Johnny Depp has tossed on a lot of outlandish costumes in his long career. In the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, he plays a buccaneer; in “Dark Shadows,” a vampire; in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” an androgynous confectioner.

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I Killed Osama bin Laden and the Military Screwed Me Over

Esquire has published a profile of the man who shot Osama Bin Laden, though the SEAL is never named in the piece. Author Phil Bronstein notes that he developed a relationship with the shooter, drinking Scotch together, and learning some startling revelations about the day Bin Laden died.

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How Did the Super Bowl Land on the Front Lines of the Culture War? Player's Gay Slur Ignites National Firestorm

With the U.S. military finally accepting gays and lesbians within their ranks, it’s as though the next most macho American institution — football — was  primed for its own evolution. And there are plenty of similarities within the two cultures; asked to compare the former “don’t ask, don’t tell” world with  professional sports, OutSports editor Cyd Zeigler said, “What makes them similar is the shower; athletes not wanting to shower with a gay athlete — which is totally insane. There have been people who’ve been openly gay in the military for years. People have known.”

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Is Jon Stewart Alienating His Fanbase?

Jon Stewart is known among his fans for speaking truth to power — see his dismantling of the CNN show “Crossfire,” for instance, or his criticism of President George W. Bush and the “Mess O’Potamia” in Iraq on “The Daily Show.” However, his recent work may have turned some liberals against him.

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