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10 Pop Culture Questions Answered by Vulture This Week

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Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we gave you the scoop on The Great Gatsby, looked at the state of the four major networks, and looked backwards at both the style of Robert Downey Jr. and the musical stylings of Baz Luhrmann. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.

Q: Is The Great Gatsby as good of a book as everyone thinks it is?
A: No! At least according to our book critic, Kathryn Schulz, who writes very convincingly about why she does not like the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Q: Fine, fine. But what about the movie?
A: David Edelstein is mixed on the film, but comes out on the pro side. Sort of.

Q: What are the ten best songs to have played on Bob’s Burgers?
A: These are. At least according to the show’s writers, who chose for us.

Q: Speaking of songs, what are your favorite ones from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack?
A: Well, only you can tell us. And you did. But not before Amanda Dobbins, Lindsey Weber, Kyle Buchanan and Gilbert Cruz picked theirs. Nostalgia!

Q: Is Frank Ocean’s smile the best smile?
A: Come on! Of course it is. As these pictures prove.

Q: Did Jennifer Lawrence win the Met Gala with a single move? Is that even possible?
You better believe it’s possible.

Q: Did Robert Downey Jr. always look so smooth?
Noooo, no, no. Margaret Lyons compiled 30 years of red carpet photos, and you should definitely check out his pics from the 80s.

Q: Should Community come back for a fifth season or say goodbye?
A: Well, that appears to be a moot point now, as Josef Adalian reports that it’s almost a certainty the show will return. But before that news came out, Community recapper Josh Gondelman and Margaret Lyons squared off in a debate over the show’s fate.

Q: How did Arrested Development’s chicken dance come about?
A: We got the answer straight from the chicken’s mouth — Will Arnett told our Denise Martin the whole story.

Q: Which networks are doing the best (and the worst) going into this year’s up-fronts, which are kicking into high gear on Monday?
Our Josef Adalian breaks it down for all four major networks and they are great reads —CBS here, Fox here, ABC here, and NBC here.

The Week in Vulture: May 4-May 10