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15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

On February 4, 1938 Walt Disney’s earliest animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had a nationwide release and became a smashing success. The film about a lonely princess lorded over by her wicked stepmother, also the queen of the land, remains one of the most beloved movies today. “We have to create […]

10 Films About the Immigrant Experience

“I think ultimately it really is trying to find out who we are, and try to understand a little bit about what it was like to live as an immigrant at that time,” Martin Scorsese said in a 2007 interview about the popular theme of the immigrant experience amongst filmmakers. But the immigrant journey is […]

Celebrity Pregnancy, Trump’s Opposition-Worthy Cabinet, White Supremacist Terrorism: Recommended Reading

Here at Flavorwire, we pride ourselves on not only writing excellent content, but also keeping an eye on other great writing from around the web. This may be a predominantly arts/culture-centric website, but given the immediate gravity of U.S. politics, we’ve been focusing this outward-looking post on indispensable political writing, as well the occasional cultural […]

Sampha Shares Trailer for His Film by ‘Lemonade’ Director Kahlil Joseph

Sampha’s debut album, Process, arrived today, but it turns out said album is literally just part of the Process. (Sorry. So sorry.) Known for his collaborations with Solange, Drake, Kanye, and SBTRKT (which led The Ringer to call him “pop’s secret weapon” ), the musician has announced a film of the same name, to be released in March via Apple Music. And if an […]

Daily Engagement: A List of Some Cool Music You Can Buy on Bandcamp Today to Support the ACLU

Daily Engagement is a new, brief, daily feature on Flavorwire. It’s aimed at helping people feel somewhat less helpless and hopeless (or at least in control of their helplessness and hopelessness) in the midst of a political news cycle that’s been doling out daily affronts to human decency. Every day, we’ll post one easy thing […]

Watch A New ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer, Set to Air During the Super Bowl

In the midst of the Super Bowl, a teaser for The Handmaid’s Tale will interrupt the hyper-masculine spectacle for a look into a gendered totalitarian state that used to be America — where rare, fertile women are given to rich officials and their wives for their reproductive potential. Which is to say, in case you were hoping to […]

Not Every Piece of Art is About Trump — Or Is It?

Like many conscious culture consumers, I’ve been dividing up my diet of books, TV and film into two categories: “Think more deeply about the Trump era” on one side (hi, Origins of Totalitarianism, newly-downloaded onto thousands of e-readers), or “Forget about the Trump era” on the other. But in a world that feels like it’s […]

‘South Park’ Creators: We’ll Make Fun of Anything — Except President Trump

They dropped acid and wore ball gowns to the Oscars. They made a movie where puppets engage in piss play. They were so determined to skewer Scientology, they let their biggest-name star quit the show for the pleasure of making fun of his religion. But Trey Parker and Matt Stone couldn’t possibly make fun of Donald Trump. In […]

New York Gets its Own Nazi Punching Film Festival, the “Fash Bash Bash”

In the two weeks since Richard Spencer was famously punched — twice — on camera, the idea of Nazi punching” has become an amusing meme-generating phenomenon. Less amusing is the phenomenon of neo-Nazis feeling galvanized and spoken to by the bigoted offal army that has moved into the White House. (Not to mention the even shittier fact that the only […]

‘The Comedian’ is Toppled By How Much We Know About Comedians

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the comedy business will tell you, usually in jaded terms, about the “comedy boom” of the 1980s. It was an explosion of stand-up, in which seemingly every abandoned strip-mall space in the country was filled by a Chuckle’s or HaHa Hole, and every spare hour of television saw […]

Daily Engagement: New Yorkers, Support the Current Bodega Strike

Daily Engagement is a new, brief, daily feature on Flavorwire. It’s aimed at helping people feel somewhat less helpless and hopeless (or at least in control of their helplessness and hopelessness) in the midst of a political news cycle that’s been doling out daily affronts to human decency. Every day, we’ll post one easy thing […]

The Sweetest Debut: Jane Corry on Working at a Prison — And Getting Inside Tinkerbell’s Head

Welcome to The Sweetest Debut, a regular installment in which we reach out to debut (or near-debut, we’re flexible!) fiction, poetry and nonfiction authors working with presses of all sizes and find out about their pop culture diets, their writing habits, and their fan-fiction fantasies. My Husband’s Wife, Jane Corry’s debut novel, arrived on American […]

Kate Berlant and John Early on Their Friendship, Camp Sensibilities, and the Fallacies of Nationalism

Comedians/frequent collaborators Kate Berlant and John Early’s just-released Vimeo series, 555, is a panorama of characters whose business — and life outside their business — is performance. 555 is, it should be noted, the fake set of digits all films and TV shows have to use in phone numbers — a banal, pop cultural unreality. Here, Berlant and Early embody everyone […]

10 Must-Read Books for February

Can our new President even read above a certain low grade level? And if he can, does he? These aren’t exactly the first probing questions that spring to mind after a disastrous week for humanity, but tell me you haven’t wondered about Donald Trump’s literacy level. Just this morning it was revealed that the former reality TV personality […]

American Politics Today: Donald Trump Uses Prayer Breakfast to Snipe at Arnold Schwarzenegger, Who Uses Twitter to Snipe Back

Today’s installment of Tiny-Fingered Donald’s Big Adventure in the White House started with the National Prayer Breakfast, a solemn and devout occasion that our solemn and devout President used to discuss … the ratings of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s TV show. CNN’s report describes the scene: Trump, who lauded the six-decade long traditional gathering as a “testament […]

Watch a Preview of Grimes’ Tidal-Exclusive “Venus Fly” Video, Featuring Janelle Monáe

A new video for Grimes’ Art Angels album track is being released on Tidal at noon today. In fact, the video — which Grimes directed herself, and features Janelle Monáe, who also sings on the track — is being released exclusively on Tidal, which means if you’re not shelling out $20 a month to fund Beyoncé’s […]

HBO Movie to Tell the Heretofore Unknown Story of the Making of ‘The Godfather’

MOVIE TRIVIA TIME: Did you know that The Godfather did not fall out of the sky as a perfectly formed completed motion picture? Furthermore, did you know that not only did it have to be produced for a major movie studio, but said production was in fact quite contentious and difficult? It’s true! In fact, […]

Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in February

The early months of the year are traditionally the softest — not just for the studios, but for indies as well, since the audiences who usually haunt the art-houses are still catching up with the big end-of-the-year prestige pics and Oscar picks. But we’ve sussed out a handful of smaller February releases that are worth your […]

Samantha Bee on Trump’s Definitely-Not-a-Muslim-Ban, Nope, No Way

On last night’s episode of Full Frontal, Samantha Bee took aim at Trump’s “not-a-Muslim-ban Muslim ban,” focusing on the confusion surrounding the hastily signed executive order on Monday barring all travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily suspending the country’s refugee program. Show More Summary

Zombie Comedy ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Force-Feeds Its Premise

The title enclave of Santa Clarita Diet is a familiar setting for a contemporary comedy about the pitfalls of modern marriage. The first episode introduces us to Sheila and Joel Hammond (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant), a cheerful husband-and-wife real-estate team that lives in sunny Santa Clarita, an affluent, largely white suburb of Los Angeles. But […]

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