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Ten Pop Culture Questions Answered by Vulture This Week

Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment, and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we followed celebrity feuds (Swift vs. Fey and Poehler; Baldwin vs. LaBeouf), continued our search to determine the best sitcom of all time, and asked why, exactly, America loves stars like Mila Kunis and Jennifer Lawrence. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.

Q: Aren’t junket interviews always boring?
Nope! Not if you pair Mila Kunis with a “petrified” newbie journalist from England. That makes for interview magic.

Q: How do female stars like Mila Kunis and Jennifer Lawrence become America’s best friend?
There’s a delicate formula that involves both excellence and modesty. Heather Havrilesky writes about it here.

Q: How do female stars like Taylor Swift become America’s worst enemy?
By throwing shade at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Q: How do Amy Poehler and Tina Fey respond to shade?
By taking the high road. (And then hopefully writing a really funny song about it.)

Q: Speaking of celebrity beef: Is the feud between Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf over?
Not even almost. When reporter Jenni Avins asked Baldwin if he agreed with LaBeouf’s tweet that theater acting is for the “brash,” Baldwin offered her a long, Alec Baldwin-y response; it included harsh words for Shia as well as a gardening metaphor. Then Shia tweeted more emails.

Q: Switching gears completely: What does it look like when you pop a back cyst? (What do you mean, “That’s not a pop culture question”?)
Community’s Gillian Jacobs shows Vulture’s Julie Klausner a gross video in their trip down the YouTube Rabbit Hole.

Q: Speaking of Gillian Jacobs: How is Community doing in Vulture’s Sitcom Smackdown?
It just beat out The Larry Sanders Show this week, actually. (Cheer up: Jeffrey Tambor gave us his eight best stories from his time on Larry Sanders.)

Q: Is Sex and the City better than 30 Rock?
Whoa, watch out: That’s the sort of question that will get you killed by Vulture commenters.

Q: Enough with TV talk. Let’s discuss Oz the Great and Powerful. What other version of the Oz story has pop culture given us?
Jennifer Vineyard calls out ten of them here. (If this gets you excited for fairy-tale movies in general, read Kyle Buchanan’s post on the eight you can expect to see in theaters next.)

Q: What is the difference between James Franco as Oz and James Franco as blogger?
Not much! Take our quiz to see if you can tell them apart.

Ten Pop Culture Questions We Answered This Week