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California Wild Fires: How You Can Help

As you read these words, Northern California is suffering from one of the worst wild fires in the state’s history. So what can you do–yes you in the townhouse in Manhattan, the mountain lodge in Breckenridge, the flat in London–to help? And will it really make a difference? Related: I’m a firm believer that a small contribution is far better …

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The Village Voice is Officially Out of Print

It’s surprising but not jarring The Village Voice is ending its six-decade print run. After all, paper publications are the checkered taxi cabs of New York City, subsumed into extinction by the steady tick of technology. Journalism is dead, remember? Or at the very least, journalism as it once stood has been reincarnated into a new, digital animal with four legs made …

Solar Eclipse 2017: An Insider’s Perspective

Unlike some of my friends, I didn’t spent my night/day at a camping site in Madras, Oregon, strings of lights scalloped across airy tents, a smush of Milky Way in the clear sky above. I also didn’t wake up at 5 a.m., don a “Total Eclipse of the Heart” tee and hike a mountain in Washington to view an astronomical …

How I Met Your Father (Might Be) Making its Way to Your TV

WHAT. Today Deadline reported a newly hatched How I Met Your Father is alive and very possibly, potentially happening, with FX’s You’re The Worst writer, Alison Bennett, putting words to the prospective sitcom. Bennett’s credits include writer-producer on Comedy Central’s Idiotsitter and Hulu’s The Awesomes.

‘The Munsters’ Reboot From Jill Kargman & Seth Meyers is ON

Herman Munster is the man of my dreams and always has been since for as far back as I can remember. I recall little me, in cotton, strawberry-patterned pyjamas, watching The Munsters before bed, dipping my carob cookie into my goat’s milk, (my family was super healthy) and thinking Herman was just the coolest guy on 1313 Mockingbird Lane. You could imagine …

David Letterman Hosted by Netflix in New Series

Like two mega-stars crashing in the nebulous unknown, two media giants are about to collide and the result could be catastrophically awesome. Today it was announced David Letterman, the longest-serving host in U.S. late-night TV, will bring his charismatic persona camera-side for a new series on Netflix, the world’s leading internet television network, (in case you needed reminding).

Vans U.S. Open Day 3: The Tale of a Near-Perfect Ride And More

High-performance surfing marked day 3 of the Vans U.S. Open as competitors reveled in a four-to-five-foot swell that filled the south side of Huntington Beach Pier. Events on tap for Monday included Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men’s Qualifying Series 10,000 and Women’s Championship Tour Trial. Jérémy Florès of France, winner of the 2010 Billabong Pipeline Masters and Championship …

Amazon Releases ‘Comrade Detective’ Trailer This Morning Because The Company Wasn’t In The News Enough Today

Yesterday, word got out that Academy Awards Best Actor winner Mahershala Ali is set to star in True Detective Season 3. Today, we discovered that Jeff Bezos will not, as expected, be crowned richest man on the planet Earth following Amazon’s weak Q2 earnings report. And now, there’s even more happening in the strangely specific world of Amazon and fictional …

J.R.R. Tolkien is About to Become a Silver Screen Star

Just when you thought the film industry couldn’t possibly eek anything more out of J.R.R. Tolkien or his epic tales, Finnish director Dome Karukoski will breathe new life into the famed, fantastical scribe by way of a big-screen biopic detailing Tolkien’s formative years as an orphaned youth.

The Simpsons’ Matt Groening Masterminds New Netflix Series

Described as an “epic fantasy,” Disenchantment, the new animated series by The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, is set to hit Netflix in two, 10-episode batches next year. As with Groening’s other cartoon triumphs, this one is aimed at adults and will feature his characteristic off-kilter humor, a mix of optimistic petulance and satire-infused social commentary.