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‘Only Murders in the Building’ one killer show

Few pop culture phenomena have been as pervasive in recent years as true crime podcasts. Even if you don’t listen to them yourself, odds are that you know at least one person who listens obsessively to one or more. “Serial,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Dirty John, “Dr. Death” – the list goes on and on. Hell, the latter two pushed so fully into the zeitgeist that they got TV adaptations.

But while some of these programs have made the leap across media, a new Hulu show has a different idea about how to bring true crime podcasts to the small screen.

“Only Murders in the Building” is a 10-episode series on the streaming service; the first three episodes dropped on Aug. 31, with subsequent episodes landing every Tuesday from September 7 through October 5. The show was created by Steve Martin and Dan Fogelman; it stars Martin alongside Martin Short and Selena Gomez.

The fundamental question is simple – what if true crime enthusiasts were presented with an opportunity to go in-depth on a murder of their own? The result – thanks to great performances, strong writing and a genuine affection for the genre – is a show that is funny, smart and sincere, managing to parody this very specific world while also crafting a great example of that world.

(Note: Eight episodes of the show were made available for critics.)

Published in Style
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 16:52

Celebrity Slam - Nov. 14, 2012

The end of an era

Here at Celebrity Slam, we've seen a whole mess of famous people riding the romantic roller coaster. In a world jam-packed with people who are both pretty and pedantic, it's no surprise that their relationships come and go at a fairly high frequency. Most of the time, it's just business as usual.

However, when a pop culture power couple bites the dust, it warrants our attention.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 20:40

Celebrity Slam - Oct. 24, 2012

No Love lost

You would think that celebrities would learn from their mistakes. All they would have to do is turn on TMZ or check the gossip blogs once in a while to know that certain actions are always going to backfire.

For instance: pulling a gun in an argument.

Alas, increasingly unstable comedian Katt Williams refuses to learn that particular lesson. According to reports, Williams recently became embroiled in a heated exchange with actor Faizon Love outside a Hollywood nightclub. It is unclear what the argument was about, but it went to the next level when Williams allegedly went to his car and grabbed a gun, then proceeded to brandish the weapon in Love's face.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:48

Checking in with Hotel Transylvania'

Animated film has thin plot, but plenty of laughs

As a rule, I don't tend to have particularly high expectations going into a kids' movie (Pixar being the exception, of course). So when I started seeing trailers for the new movie 'Hotel Transylvania,' I was on the fence as to whether I would even bother. I mean, Adam Sandler stars how good could it be?

But then I received a vital piece of information. Game-changing information. You see, it turns out that 'Hotel Transylvania' is the feature film directorial debut of Genndy Tartakovsky, the man behind the subversive brilliance of an assortment of wonderful animated series. This is the guy who unleashed 'The Powerpuff Girls,' 'Dexter's Laboratory' and 'Samurai Jack' on the world.

Published in Movies

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