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Chris Barton

Chris Barton writes about TV, music and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the newsroom in 2000 his roles have included time as senior web producer and deputy music editor. He serves as The Times' jazz critic as well as the occasionally cranky voice behind the weekly column Overrated/Underrated. He was born in Boston, studied in the Bay Area and briefly dabbled in stand-up comedy before coming to his senses.
Overrated/Underrated: Andre Holland flies high, and the Oscars continue to implode

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes the rise of H.E.R., Andre Holland of 'High Flying Bird' and why is David Spade coming to late night?

Al Pacino joins the Jordan Peele-produced 'The Hunt' for Amazon

Amazon announced that Al Pacino has joined the cast of "The Hunt," a new series executive produced by Jordan Peele.

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