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Ranked: Every Saturday Night Live Cast Member Ever, From Worst to Best

A highly scientific survey that will surely lead to no disagreements.

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Five Surprisingly Racist Movies About Civil Rights

The Help isn't the first movie to turn civil rights into a story about nice white people. The Help is a new movie about t…

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Ten Surprisingly Funny Saturday Night Live Hosts

Politicians, singers, and football players who all turned out to be natural comedians. At the beginning of this season of Saturday…

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Five Movies Too Sexy for Distribution

As an edited version of I Love You Phillip Morris finally reaches theaters, we look at five other censored films. Big movies somet…

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Nine Movies that Killed Real-Life Romances

Never send your spouse to make a movie with Elizabeth Taylor or Russell Crowe. Keith Richards' new memoir tells a harrowing st…

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The Ten Worst Saturday Night Live Hosts of All Time

In honor of next week's season premiere, we remember some less honorable moments. Saturday Night Live returns for its thirty-s…

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Harvey Pekar, 1939-2010

Remembering the legendary author of American Splendor. Harvey Pekar, who died this week at seventy, fancied himself a writer, and …

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Dennis Hopper, 1936-2010

Why his wild reputation had nothing to do with the greatness of Blue Velvet.   Friday night, the air conditioning went out. I…

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Ten American Cities and the Movies That Love Them

Chinatown is to Los Angeles as Taxi Driver is to New York. New York: Taxi Driver (1976) Movies about New York tend to pr…

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Ten American Cities and the TV Shows That Love Them

Which shows best captured New York, L.A., Chicago, and more? Most of the best-realized and most memorable towns and cities on TV &…

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Saturday Night Live Movies from Best to Worst

In preparation for MacGruber, we actually watched The Ladies Man. With the new MacGruber, we enter our third decade of movies base…

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Five Reasons Jay Leno Is the Devil

1. He's No Johnny Carson Carson took over The Tonight Show in 1962 and rode it to glory for thirty years, using that time to t…

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Who Would You Rather?: Robert Downey, Jr. vs. Jude Law

We recap the Sherlock Holmes stars’ bumpy careers and dazzling cheekbones. BY PHIL NUGENT We here at Nerve fully subscribe t…

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Terry Gilliam Will Make You a Better Person

At sixty-nine, Terry Gilliam has been writing, directing, and animating longer than some of us have been alive. His latest film, T…

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The Happiest Surprises of the ’00s

Yesterday we offered our choices for the biggest disappointments of the ’00s — all the promising things that just didn&#8217…

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The Biggest Disappointments of the ’00s

Let’s be careful to define our terms here. “Disappointments” aren’t the same thing as “all-time wors…

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Class of ’99: How have the breakout directors of 1999 fared in the last ten years?

In a recent New York Times article on the tenth anniversary of Fight Club, Dennis Lim compared the volatile mixed responses that g…

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The Five Sexiest Apocalypse Movies

We know what you’re thinking. No, “sexy” might not be the first adjective that most people would attach to the e…

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Everything I Know About Love I Learned From… Pedro Almodovar

The Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodovar burst onto the international scene in the late 1980s, with the happily transgressive c…

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Five Reasons Werner Herzog is More Badass Than Chuck Norris

Who is the world’s biggest badass, the Ayatollah of awesome, he who bestrides our universe as a colossus? Just a couple of y…

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