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Alan covers a mix of movies, music, TV, and general nostalgia. He grew up near Boston and now lives in Los Angeles. He tweets @AlanSiegelLA.

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It’s Showtime!

How the team behind ‘Winning Time’ brought prestige TV and basketball together to retell the glitzy, highly dramatic tale of the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s

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The Oral History of Prince’s ‘Batman’ Soundtrack

Batman is an eccentric hero with a cape, so when it came time to pick an artist to make the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s 1989 film, the choice was obvious

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The Reunion of Baby Billy and Harmon Freeman

The cast of ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ reflect on staging the ultimate moment of redemption in Season 2’s penultimate episode—and how Macaulay Culkin helped

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When ‘The Simpsons’ Bet Big on the Super Bowl

Thirty years ago, when legal sports betting was just a pipe dream, Homer Simpson discovered that his daughter could pick winners. This is the story of "Lisa the Greek."

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Why ‘Jackass’ Is Forever

The fourth movie in Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, and Spike Jonze’s profanely hilarious series is a reminder that there’s far more to it than broken bones and nut shots

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How to Become Sean Payton, by Kevin James

The ‘King of Queens’ actor stars as the (now former) New Orleans Saints head coach in Netflix’s ‘Home Team,’ a film that somehow spins the Bountygate fallout into family-friendly sports-movie material

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Remembering Louie Anderson, Comedy’s Family Man

"Louie Anderson was pure," Zach Galifianakis says of his former costar, who died at the age of 68 last week. He’s not the only one who felt that way.

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Praise Be: ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Has Returned

Danny McBride’s latest HBO series made a strong statement with a first season that combined televangelism-aided excess with familial drama. Now it’s back and delving even deeper.

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Comedy’s Post-cinematic Universe

Hastened by the pandemic, a trend that’s been building for years fully arrived in 2021, as funny movies were almost entirely relegated to streaming platforms

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‘Scream’: The Oral History

Alan Siegel speaks to Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, and others from the cast and crew of the horror classic