Judge Doobie: on the set of The High Court with Doug Benson

Comedy Central series subverts the daytime courtroom show by plying everyone with cannabis. What happens when the cameraman is too high to shoot straight?Stage Five at Hollywood Center Studios has all the amenities one would expect from the standard Los Angeles soundstage: high-powered air conditioning, green rooms, and a veritable…
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Cooler than all of us: how the Obamas upheld African American pop culture

Black culture and art flourished with the Obamas in the White House, showing America that blackness can be mainstream without losing any of its vibranceThere is a point in history where every former president ceases to be much more than a collection of cliches. This usually takes places after he…
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Kobe returns and Tebow thrives: 17 bold sports predictions for 2017

On the heels of a sports year that was chock full of surprises, Guardian US contributors make their bold predictions for the months to comeHere are our bold predictions for 2017 Related: Ronda Rousey’s defeat to Amanda Nunes is a cautionary tale for UFC fighters | Josh Gross Continue reading…
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Aliens, sequels and even stranger things: predicting 2017's cultural highlights

The new year promises a long-awaited Blade Runner sequel, the return of Phoenix, an umpteenth Star Trek reboot and an ongoing sense of FOMOThe year 2017 promises an embarrassment of riches in the arts and culture scene that will make 2016 look like the year William Howard Taft broke the…
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Why entertainment may have saved 2016 from oblivion

From a diverse set of blockbusters to the rise of the streaming platforms, there was plenty to enjoy on the cultural landscape this yearAsk a stranger aimlessly wandering the streets of your home town about their thoughts on the year of our Lord 2016 and chances are good that they…
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Here's every single thing that is wrong with Collateral Beauty

Will Smith AKA the beloved box-office slugger has scored one of 2016’s biggest turkeys. We get out the baster and try to figure out what went so wrongSpoiler alert! Major plot points in Collateral Beauty are revealed in this blogWill Smith’s Collateral Beauty bombed badly at the box office this…
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The best TV soundtracks of 2016

From Atlanta to Stranger Things, it’s been the year that small-screen sounds have finally caught up and arguably surpassed their big-screen equivalentCharlie Brooker described the songs that populate Black Mirror’s most humane and heartbreaking episode as that rotten egg of descriptions: “guilty pleasures”. “All the music I said I hated,…
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Your pre-Christmas NBA MVP is … Russell Westbrook

It’s way too soon to choose an MVP, but for the purposes of this column, let’s say it’s not. And Westbrook lifts the trophy ahead of LeBron and James HardenIt’s that most wonderful time of the year, folks. That’s right, it’s the holiday season, which means that people like me…
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Is Lee Daniels' rags-to-riches R&B drama Star better than Empire?

The show shares similarities with the ratings hit but a more intriguing character arc and a hint of darker issues suggests it might be the savvier choiceFox’s mega-hyped midseason drama, Star, opens with the titular aspiring singer – an orphan who’s been bounced around foster homes most of her life…
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This Is Us emerges as safe winner in terrible year for network pilots

NBC’s sentimental family drama surprised with a set of Golden Globe nominations while other freshman shows failed to provoke water cooler chatterWhen the Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday, it was a bit of a shock to hear NBC’s freshman hourlong, This Is Us, announced in the outstanding drama…
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