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‘Maggie’s Plan’: Where Academia and Romantic Comedy Meet

Personal Velocity director Rebecca Miller’s new film, Maggie‘s Plan, is set within the world of Columbia-and-New-School-professing “ficto-critical anthropologists,” which if nothing else provides an unconventional setting. Ultimately,...Show More Summary

Susan Sarandon Wants to Direct “Female-Friendly” Porn

Susan Sarandon is about done with acting, she said while at Cannes. Instead? She wants to direct porn. Specifically, she wants to direct female-friendly porn. Sarandon was at the festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thelma & Louise alongside Geena Davis, so it’s appropriate that she took the occasion to announce her new career goals to the […]

Of All the Stars of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ the Bluth Stair Car May Be the Best

Even if you didn’t watch the latest Marvel flick, Captain America: Civil War, you probably know that a good portion of Hollywood’s A-list made an appearance. Aside from the titular star, Chris Evans, there was Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, an Olsen sister, Stan Lee, a guy named Bucky, the name “Pepper […]

Rivka Galchen’s ‘Little Labors’ Rewrites the Literature of Babies

Rivka Galchen’s Little Labors is a tiny book about babies, but it is not itself a baby, nor should its dozens of miniature entries be considered metaphorical babies. More than a proliferation of births, its title refers instead to the “works and days” of the writing life — the life of a writer who has […]

Watch Haim Cover Prince and Perform Two New Very Haim-y Jams

It’s been nearly three years since the sisters Haim released their debut album, Days Are Gone, and since then they’ve mostly been known for quarreling with Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and hanging out with Taylor Swift and her #squad. It’s about time we heard some new tunes from “Falling” band, and thanks to an intrepid citizen […]

‘The Americans’: Tony-Award-Winning Ruthie Ann Miles on Young-Hee, TV’s Favorite Mary Kay Consultant

On last week’s episode of The Americans, we finally discovered why Elizabeth has been posing as “Patty” to befriend a chatty Korean immigrant and Mary Kay consultant named Young-Hee: Elizabeth is trying to get to her husband, Don, who can provide the much-discussed “Level 4” security code in order for KGB biochemical expert William to […]

Watch the New Trailer for ‘Ghostbusters’ Before It’s Disliked to Oblivion

The first trailer for the new, Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig (all women, if you hadn’t noticed), earned the title of “Most-Disliked Trailer on YouTube.” Perhaps...Show More Summary

‘The Nice Guys’ is the Superhero Antidote We All Need

It probably says something about how far we’ve wandered into Superhero Of The Week territory that Shane Black’s The Nice Guys is being positioned, by critics and analysts, as risky summer counter-programming. We’re not exactly in Béla Tarr territory here – this is a studio buddy action/comedy, with movie stars and shoot-outs and explosions and […]

Watch the Baffling and Beguiling Trailer for the Kristen Stewart/Olivier Assayas Collaboration that Had Some Booing at Cannes

If you saw Clouds of Sils Maria, you’re probably well aware of how wonderfully Kristen Stewart can act (because for some reason people keep needing reminding that yes, she is a very good actor, not to mention one who won the Cesar award for Clouds) beyond Hollywood movie formulas alongside European cinematic greats like Juliette Binoche. […]

$1,000 Records, the Battle for ‘TRL,’ and More: Today’s Recommended Reading

Here at Flavorwire, we pride ourselves on not only writing some of the best content on the internet, but keeping an eye on all of the great writing that other folks on the ‘net are doing, too. Today we’ve got an interview with the winner of the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (which, yes, will […]

Kesha’s Billboard Awards Cancellation Suggests the Musician Is Still Very Much at the Mercy of Dr. Luke’s Label

In case you were questioning the extent to which the rulings in the Kesha case — in which a New York judge denied nearly every aspect of Kesha’s requests for a break from her contract with her alleged assaulter’s label, Kemosabe Records — still make her not at all “free” as an artist (regardless of […]

Vincent Gallo Suing Facebook Over Nude Pictures Scandal

This is an odd one, and it’s not going to go the way you think: Vincent Gallo, bad-boy director of Brown Bunny and Buffalo ’66, is caught up in a scandal involving nude pictures of one of his ex-girlfriends, and he’s not even the one to blame. Variety reports that someone has created a very convincing Facebook account impersonating […]

A Closed Primary Might Mean a Loss for Bernie Sanders in a Bernie State

Oregon. It’s rumored to be the microbrewery capital — and, thus, the beer capital — of the world. It has some of the highest yoga studio density per capita in the country. It’s the birthplace of one of the best independent bookstores ever. (Seriously, Powell’s is amazing. I’ve been there.) Its cities are frequently tacked onto lists […]

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘The Witch,’ ‘Creative Control’

This week’s big new release is one of the most successful – and divisive – indie movies of the year, a deeply unsettling horror flick offering much more than easy scares. Also, we recommend a thoughtful techno-drama, a paranoid apocalyptic thriller, a late-‘60s sexploitation oddity, and an iconic campaign documentary. ON NETFLIX They Look Like […]

Watch the Brutal, Beautiful Video for Mykki Blanco’s “High School Never Ends”

Mykki Blanco has been in and out of headlines for a while now, but she’s been making ferocious, important music for at least the past 5 years. Today, she released the Woodkid-featuring “High School Neve Ends,” along with a video that details a prolonged love story that ends in very bloody, violent circumstances. The track […]

Country Songwriting Legend Guy Clark Dead at 74

He was a man who wrote dozens and dozens of country hits, made his own guitars, and ascended all-star status in Nashville’s country music industry. For years, he battled what has been referred to only as “illness,” and he succumbed to that illness today. He was 74. Born 1941 in the small Texas town of […]

‘Looking: The Movie’ Gets a Release Date, Will See Patrick “Facing…Unresolved Relationships”

If you’ve been looking for somewhat boring but also maybe just refreshingly and importantly nonchalant but also maybe just somewhat boring gay television to watch in the absence of Looking (cancelled by HBO after two seasons), you’ll soon be able to look no further than the just-announced Saturday, July 23 release of the Looking movie. Show More Summary

‘Grace and Frankie”s Second Season Is Nearly Undone by the Nature of Binge-Watching

The first season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie managed to transcend its foundational concept — that odd couple Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) had to live together after their husbands (Sol and Robert, played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) came out as gay, got together, and thus ended both marriages — by grounding […]

Samantha Bee Brilliantly Responds to Sports Fanaticism-Fueled Misogynist Backlash Against Women of the Seattle City Council

“How many of you have received demeaning, misogynist abuse or threats from men on the internet?” Samantha Bee asked last night on Full Frontal, in her trademark honeyed-when-delivering-particularly-upsetting-information tone. “I have!” “If you didn’t raise your hands,” she continues, “read the comments when this video goes up on YouTube. Show More Summary

Netflix’s New Talk Show ‘Chelsea’ Is a Beautiful Disaster

Some people have a hard time watching shows that mine awkward situations for comedy, like The Office, Arrested Development, or Curb Your Enthusiasm. Chelsea would be those people’s worst nightmare. At the end of the first episode, host Chelsea Handler and her guest, Drew Barrymore, are chatting and drinking rosé when Handler introduces the rapper […]

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