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In the September 7 newsletter:
A eulogy for Michael K. Williams, a look at the make-or-break players for each NFL team, and a visit from Peyton Manning to The Bill Simmons Podcast.

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Michael K. Williams Was an Iconic Actor Born for an Iconic Role

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The Wire star, who was found dead on Monday at age 54, will be best remembered as Omar Little, but he contained multitudes beyond the character.

[Rob Harvilla eulogizes the late Michael K. Williams.]

The Five Biggest Takeaways From Shang-Chi

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is more than a standard superhero story. The triumphant Marvel movie re-creates and reintroduces characters, sets the stage for a sequel, and opens a path toward a more inclusive future for the MCU.

[SPOILER ALERT! Join Daniel Chin as he looks at the major takeaways from the newest Marvel film.]

The X Factors for All 32 NFL Teams

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Which players have the ability to make—or break—their team’s season? 

[Ben Solak on the most important players for all 32 NFL teams.]

Peyton Manning on Winning Two Super Bowls and Cohosting Monday Night Football | The Bill Simmons Podcast

Bill Simmons is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning to discuss his time in the NFL, today's rookie QBs, his new MNF alternate broadcast with his brother Eli on ESPN, and more.

Bill Clinton Portrayals in Pop Culture, Ranked

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With Ryan Murphy’s latest American Crime Story installment set to feature Clinton and the scandal around him, it’s time to set the record straight about who has best portrayed the 42nd president in TV and film

[Michael Baumann ranks the on-screen portrayals of no. 42.]

The Hollow Prestige of Certified Lover Boy

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Drake can still operate on a level that few other artists can, but on his new album, it feels like he’s stuck in place.

[Charles Holmes reviews Drake's latest album.]
“Life is just getting too weird too fast.”
—Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood
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