Slate's Culture Gabfest on Angelina Jolie's Salt, Comic-Con and Mad Men.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Angelina Jolie's Salt, Comic-Con and Mad Men.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Angelina Jolie's Salt, Comic-Con and Mad Men.

Slate's weekly roundtable.
July 28 2010 1:19 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "Angelina Jolie, Model American" Edition

Listen to Slate's culture podcast about Salt, Mad Men and Comic-Con.

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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 97 with Jessica Grose, Stephen Metcalf, Lev Grossman, John Swansburg and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner discuss the new Angelina Jolie blockbuster Salt with Jessica Grose, Comic-Con with Time's Lev Grossman, and Mad Men's Season 4 premiere with culture editor John Swansburg.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Slate's Dana Stevens' review of Salt.
The official Web site for Salt.
David Edelstein's review for New York.
Watch the trailer for Angelina's action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Lev Grossman's take on why he can't stand Comic-Con on the Techland blog.
The official Web site for the soon-to-be-released film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Join the Mad Men TV Club on Slate.
Frank Rich's reference to the season premiere in the New York Times.
Book a room at the Melrose Hotel, formerly the all-female Barbizon Hotel.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

John's pick: Luca Guadagnino's film   I Am Lovestarring Tilda Swinton.
Julia's pick: Bravo's reality show Work of Art, especially judge Jerry Saltz's weekly recaps of the show.
Steve's pick: Phillip Noyce's 1989 thriller   Dead Calm.


Outro: Madder Men's "Mad Men Theme: A Beautiful Mine"

You can e-mail us at  culturefest@slate.com.

by Jesse Baker at 1:12 p.m., Wednesday, July 28, 2010.