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A shadow of clowns have been haunting the pop culture landscape of late, with pranksters using social media to render real-time urban myths in Wasco, California, and American Horror Story: Freak Show featuring a dingy, murderous clown locked in a masked sardonic grin of terror. Clowns, whose main function is to amuse and entertain, didn’t always have such horrific baggage, but they have always had a bit of a dark side.
A shadow of clowns have been haunting the pop culture landscape of late, with pranksters using social media to render real-time urban myths in Wasco, California, and American Horror Story: Freak Show featuring a grim clown incarnation nodding to both real life terrors like John Wayne Gacy, and the fiction and mythos of Stephen King’s It and a urban legend about a murderous clown posing as a statue to murder a babysitter. Clowns, whose main function is to amuse and entertain, didn’t always have such horrific baggage, but they have always had a bit of a dark side.

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Foxcatcher is a film about obsession, and its making required an intense obsession of its own. Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote,) has been working on getting this movie complete for eight years, and it all started when a fan gave him a packet of newspaper clippings. In many ways it’s the perfect follow-up to Capote because Bennett Miller became immersed in a contemporary true crime story much like Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood.

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Voyager 1, which is moving away from Earth at a rate of almost a million miles a day, is carrying some precious cargo, at least from a human’s perspective. It’s currently 11 billion miles away from us and is transporting the most important messages we have to give: our sounds, our language, our music. It’s known as The Golden Record, and this mixtape will continue to travel long after we lose the capacity to track it.

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Amazon’s latest challenge to Netflix’s killer original programing is Transparent, staring Jeffrey Tambor as a trangender woman coming out to her family and community. This show, from writer-director Jill Soloway, promises to be an incredibly nuanced family drama, and is a made possible by the exciting new era of bingewatching television.