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Karen Valby

Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly and EW.com

Karen Valby is a Senior Writer for EW.

Recent articles by Karen Valby

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News and Notes The Cure for Pop Culture Exhaustion
by Karen Valby | Apr 10, 2014

Burned out by the incessant opinions, snark, and sniping? Drop out of the conversation and binge on something in a vacuum.

TV Review Fargo
by Karen Valby | Apr 01, 2014

''In the grisly pilot episode, squirrelly insurance agent Lester (Martin Freeman) jokingly enlists smooth and grim hitman Lorne (Billy Bob Thornton) to kill his former high school bully. Lester's vague act of complicity in a bad man's death kicks off more murders and the almost comedic unraveling of his own life.''

Book Review The Lie
by Karen Valby | Mar 26, 2014

The great British novelist is back with a piercing look at the long and lingering tentacles of war,…

TV Review Silicon Valley
by Karen Valby | Mar 26, 2014

''The heart of the show is watching Richard and his friends struggle to make sense of themselves and their purpose. They're good, weird guys you want to hang out with.''

TV Review Vikings
by Karen Valby | Mar 19, 2014

''There are many pleasures, some admittedly base, to be taken from Vikings. The blood-and-spear fest, which stars former Calvin Klein beefcake Travis Fimmel as Ragnar, a charismatic warrior who through canny leadership of his clan of Norse fighters has risen to earl, is a visual feast of sweaty men with the physiques of CrossFit coaches.''

TV Article TV's Tiresome Assault on Women
by Karen Valby | Feb 28, 2014

Too often, whenever a female character needs a juicy arc or humanizing touch, writers fall back on the easy, awful crime of rape; Karen Valby says it's way past time for TV to find a new plot device

TV Review Broad City
by Karen Valby | Feb 19, 2014

''Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's Broad City, are my new, kind of embarrassing best friends.''

Legacy A Silver-Screen Sweetheart Who Truly Sparkled
by Karen Valby | Feb 14, 2014

The child star defined an era — then carved out a rich life away from Hollywood's glare

News and Notes What if McConaughey were a McWoman?
by Karen Valby | Feb 13, 2014

His reinvention has been thrilling to watch. If only more actresses could find enough roles for rebirths of their own.

TV Review Mixology
by Karen Valby | Feb 12, 2014

''The tagline for the new bar comedy Mixology is ''10 strangers, one night, and all the ridiculous things we do to find love.'' Let's hear from some of those folks about their varying brands of ridiculousness.''

TV Review House Of Cards
by Karen Valby | Feb 05, 2014

''In the first of several bold moves in the premiere, the viewer is dropped, literally, right back into the Underwoods' determined path.''

Features Costume Queen
by Karen Valby | Jan 24, 2014

A look back at Irene Sharaff, who used her artist's eye to design costumes on Broadway and in Hollywood; she won five Oscars, including one for her work on 1963's ''Cleopatra''

Features Oscars 2014: Best Actress Nominations
by Sara Vilkomerson, Karen Valby, Nicole Sperling | Jan 24, 2014

From Judi Dench to Sandra Bullock, the actresses discuss their roles and upcoming projects

News Article Making Friends on the Red Carpet
by Karen Valby | Jan 24, 2014

Even if you never make it to the podium, one benefit of the seasonal glut of film awards is getting acquainted with your famous peers

Book Review All Joy And No Fun
by Karen Valby | Jan 22, 2014

''Parents are able to feel guilt all the time,'' New York magazine's Jennifer Senior commiserates in her smart study of modern parenthood.

Movie Article Buddy Comedies
by Josh Rottenberg, Adam Markovitz, Karen Valby | Jan 10, 2014

''22 Jump Street,'' ''Dumb & Dumber To,'' and more

Movie Article Musicals
by Karen Valby, Jeff Labrecque | Jan 10, 2014

Check out the musicals that have been adapted into 2014 feature films

Movie Article '80s Remakes
by Josh Rottenberg, Karen Valby | Jan 10, 2014

2014 sees remakes of '80s classics, like ''RoboCop,'' ''About Last Night,'' and more