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The 10 Best Shows to Watch with Twitter

I thought I could tweet #AHSFREAKSHOW without a glass of wine clutched in my hand, but I was wrong. http://t.co/CBXLOU5uZO— refinery29 (@Refinery29) October 30, 2014 Television is great, but, let's face it, in this era where we need to be entranced by multiple glowing screens at once, the boob tube just isn't enough anymore. We need another screen to keep our attention. But you can't read the New York Times or play Candy Crush while trying to watch your stories. What can you do on your phone, laptop, or tablet that will amplify your experience as well as slightly distract see more
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Why Gilmore Girls Matters

On the 1st of October, alongside a host of action blockbusters and documentaries about GMO foods, Netflix quietly added another television series to its library: Gilmore Girls. You've probably heard the name quite a bit lately—usually shouted or squealed, with an accompanying cheer or fist-pump. The show's addition to Netflix occasioned a tidal wave of content online: Episode recaps, 'where are they now?' profiles, all manner of fond remembrances, and personal essays attesting to its significance. see more
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This is What Kevin Smith Looks Like Without His Signature Beard

Since director Kevin Smith first appeared on the scene, about 20 years ago, he's been the proud owner of a beard. But today is the end of an era. see more
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Now Trending on TV: The Bearded Best Friend

Television today is being overrun by bearded dudes, whether they're selling beer and fast food in commercials or throwing middle relief in Major League Baseball games. Because TV sitcoms try to reflect modern life (albeit usually a few beats too late; case in point: Selfie), many of the network's new fall shows have their own token bewhiskered bud. In fact, the "bearded best friend" is on the verge of replacing the "wacky next-door neighbor" and "flamboyantly gay coworker" as TV comedy's new go-to type.  Once upon a time, a TV character's facial hair was meant to be a shorthand for see more
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30 Years Later, How The Terminator Became an Enduring Classic

Sometimes a film's influence looms so large that you can hardly see the thing for what it is anymore. This week, James Cameron's The Terminator celebrates the 30th anniversary of its theatrical debut. For 30 years, it's been a phenomenon: an indie success story, a prescient tech treatise, begetter of a genre, and, of course, the inauspicious beginning of a franchise whose marketability is apparently inexhaustible. And it continues to endure. Next summer, Paramount Pictures will release Terminator: Genisys, the fifth film in a constellation of properties that include a dozen video games, several comic books, action figures, theme park see more
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The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: The Most Brutal Episode Yet

And so, like the Terminus refugees gorging on human flesh, I must eat my words. In my review of last week's downbeat "Strangers," I criticized the writers for unfairly teasing the demise of Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) by suggesting, not inconspicuously, that he'd been discreetly scratched or bitten during his undead encounter that afternoon—only to have him kidnapped and dined upon instead. Well, all credit to the surprise: This week's episode, "Four Walls and Roof," picks up where "Strangers" left off, and it isn't long before Bob lets the smirking Gareth (Andrew J. West) in on his secret: He has see more
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6 Times Keanu Reeves Totally Nailed the One-Liner

Keanu Reeves' new movie John Wick opens this Friday, with the deep-monotone-voiced actor starring as a retired assassin who goes on a rampage. But as his devotees know all too well, what's most exciting about the arrival of any new Reeves film is the possibility that it'll contain a classic Reeves one-liner. He brings the same lovably blank gruffness to nearly every character he plays—from The Matrix's Internet-age messiah, Neo, to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure's mega-mellow Ted—but it's that simplicity that allows Reeves to sell some of his punchiest dialogue. He's like a walking, talking embodiment of the Kuleshov see more
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Why Are There So Many Cops on TV Right Now?

It's been a long time since Hill Street Blues, but it seems like network dramas are still obsessed with cops. Despite representing just a tiny slice of the American population, police officers are the biggest profession on prime-time television. And if you look at law enforcement in general, the total only goes higher. Meanwhile, the most common job in America, retail worker, has only two representations (and one is the owner of a mystical pawn shop on Once Upon a Time). see more
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David Lynch: "Mankind Was Not Made to Suffer. Bliss Is Our Nature."

Mr. Lynch, did you learn Transcendental Meditation because you had an anger problem? No. I noticed I did have an anger. Many people have anger, and I was one of them. People direct anger at certain people they can get away with—I would take it out on my first wife. What happened was, I started meditating and two weeks later she came to me and said, "What's going on?" I said, "What do you mean?" And she said, "Where is that anger?" She didn't see it anymore. A lot of times, when people start meditating, they don't see the change see more
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The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln on Morality, Mythology, and Rick's Epic Beard

Andrew Lincoln has to be the hardest-working actor in show business. He's just wrapped his fifth consecutive season living a second life as Rick Grimes, the increasingly bedraggled antihero of AMC's brutal and bloody zombie drama The Walking Dead—a series so stratospherically popular that it's unlikely to end anytime soon. The show's blistering fifth season kicked off a little over a week ago with "No Sanctuary"—in which Rick finds himself duly bound and beaten, his throat nearly sliced—and, if the grisly final moments of this week's follow-up are any indication, there's a lot more brutality where that came from. We see more
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