Culture Gabfest on Big Little Lies, Silence, and Missing Richard Simmons.

What Happened to Richard Simmons?

What Happened to Richard Simmons?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Feb. 22 2017 11:28 AM

The Culture Gabfest “[Crickets]” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Big Little Lies, Silence, and Missing Richard Simmons.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new HBO miniseries Big Little Lies with Slates TV critic Willa Paskin. Can the murder-mystery melodrama rise above its script? Next, Silence is a Martin Scorsese passion project that stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as missionaries in feudal Japan. One body that stayed silent about the film? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which snubbed both the film and Scorsese with just one Oscar nomination. Finally, the gabbers talk about the new podcast Missing Richard Simmons, which explores Simmons’s disappearance from public life, and asks whether he owes anything to his friends and fans since he left.

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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.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.