Culture Gabfest: J.Edgar, Univision, and Private Eye.

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Nov. 16 2011 10:42 AM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas parse J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s new film about the infamous FBI Director. Next, they consider the popularity of the Spanish-language television channel Univision. For their final segment, Gabfesters celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British satirical magazine Private Eye.

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

Dana’s Slate review of J. Edgar.
An interview with J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
A scathing review of J. Edgar, at Salon.
The career of Leonardo DiCaprio, in the New York Times.
The official website of Clint Eastwood’s new film J. Edgar.
Slate’s June Thomas on the cultural importance of Univision.
The A.V. Club on Univision’s success.
President Obama’s interview with Don Francisco on Univison’s Sábado Gigante.
The official website of Univision.
The long-running British television series Coronation St.
Private Eye: The First 50 Years exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens on Private Eye.
The Guardian’s Will Self reviews Private Eye: The First 50 Years.
The official website of Private Eye.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s pick: HBO’s documentary series Kindergarten.
June’s pick: Christine Becker’s aggregation blog News for TV Majors and Alyssa Rosenberg’s blog at Think Progress.
Steve’s pick: “Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House” on the album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out by the band Yo La Tengo and sports commentator Mike Francesa’s coverage of the Penn State child abuse scandal.

Outro: Yo La Tengo’s “Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House.”

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 


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