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10 Movies for Poets

The cinema of poetry — those films based on poems, inspired by the lives of poets, or films filled with emotional and imaginative visuals — has given us some of the most resonant works of art in movie history. A selection of paintings, sculptures, and installations by legendary musician and occasional poet Genesis Breyer P-Orridge […]

Watch the New Radiohead Short Film for “The Numbers”

Since Radiohead released their ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool, they’ve commissioned indie directors to create a series of vignettes to accompany each track. The latest creation, their ninth and final video in the series, comes from Grant Gee. The filmmaker created a 1998 documentary called Meeting People Is Easy, which followed the band […]

Photographer Takes Pictures of Famous Landmarks Turned Away from Them

Photographer Oliver Curtis’ Volte-face series is an absurdist take on our culture’s obsession with photographing every single moment. Curtis takes pictures of the world’s most photographed historic sites, those buildings and monuments where tourists flock with iPhones in hand, and captures an image purposefully turned away from them. Show More Summary

Miguel Shares New Song Asking “How Many Black Lives Does it Take to Wake a Change?”

In the wake of the killings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling by police in Louisiana — both by multiple gunshot wounds — following the persistence and repetition of murders of so many other black people by the forces that purportedly protect, various artists have come forth with words and new work responding to the country’s […]

Larry Silver’s Striking Black-and-White Photos of Postwar New York City Life

Bronx-born photographer Larry Silver’s black-and-white photos of postwar New York City life reveal a metropolis in transition. We see a different skyline, before the original Pennsylvania Station was demolished and the United Nations Headquarters was a newly erected building. Nearly 50 of those images are now part of an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society […]

Television Legend Norman Lear on Politics, the Timidity of Culture, and Donald Trump

Late in Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s wonderful new documentary profile of the television legend, Amy Poehler beautifully cuts to the quick. Introducing Lear, the mastermind behind All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and many more at a promotional event for his autobiography, Poehler marvels, “Do you […]

Jay Z Pens New Song, “Spiritual,” About Police Brutality

Jay Z has just released a new track about police brutality, “spiritual,” on Tidal, along with a note condemning the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. (Beyoncé also shared a note titled “Freedom” yesterday). “I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America — we should be further along. WE ARE NOT,” says Jay Z. “It’s tough right now. […]

Can Audible’s New ‘Listening Service’ Capitalize on the Digital Audio Boom?

Yesterday, Audible Inc. launched Channels, an advertisement-free listening service presumably meant to bank on the enormous boom in audio-based content. The on-demand service, which features comedy, episodic programs, audio periodicals, and other original productions, will be free for Audible members, and can be purchase by subscription for $4.95. Show More Summary

The 15 Funniest Animated Movie Performances of All Time

Louis C.K. Kevin Hart. Eric Stonestreet. Jenny Slate. Ellie Kemper. Hannibal Burress. Albert Brooks. Lake Bell. Steve Coogan. Dana Carvey. Bobby Moynihan. Yes, one of the year’s most impressive comic ensembles opens today – in The Secret Life of Pets, a PG-rated animated adventure from the people behind Despicable Me. (PSA: It is preceded by […]

George Takei Isn’t Happy with Gay Sulu; Simon Pegg Disagrees

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, is gay. Many speculated that the character’s gayness was a tribute to George Takei, the homosexual actor and activist who first played Sulu in the original Star Trek series. Most fans were delighted. George Takei, it turns out, is […]

Feminists Who Love the Bachelor, Cheap and Bad Drug Tests, 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 rounded up a researched piece on faulty and outdated drug tests that are still used today, an […]

Watch Vaginas Come to Life and Frolic in Peaches’ Video for “Vaginoplasty”

Canadian musician Peaches has persisted to give zero shits about the mainstream for plenty of years, and, oddly enough, that is exactly what has allowed her to become (and remain) so relevant. One of the most brilliant manifestations of Peaches’ signature aesthetic is the new video for “Vaginoplasty,” which is a song from her 2015 […]

Beyoncé Responds to Killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Saying “Stop Killing Us”

Beyoncé has taken a much more activist stance since the release of “Formation” at the end of 2015. That continued with the aesthetic and message of Lemonade, and continues on into her Formation World Tour. Now, she’s edited her website so that the whole thing is devoted to “Freedom,” which is a white-on-black statement in response […]

Chance The Rapper Responds to Philando Castile Killing: “Is There Any Situation Where Police Get Arrested?”

Even though Chance the Rapper’s “Summer Friends” music video premieres later today, his priorities shifted when he heard news that another black man was killed at the hands of white cops. Within 24 hours, the cases of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile emerged, exemplifying the continued and excessive violence against black men by police. Last […]

Watch the New Video from Kathleen Hanna’s The Julie Ruin

It’ll be a shame if Kathleen Hanna is always best known from her work in Bikini Kill or Le Tigre, because she’s doing some really great work with her new project, The Julie Ruin. The band released Run Fast in 2013, and their sophomore effort, Hit Reset, is set for a July 8 release. That’s tomorrow! In anticipation […]

John Cho’s Sulu Is Gay and Has a Husband, Just Like George Takei

Big news, everyone: It’s been revealed that this current iteration of helmsman Hikaru Sulu, who is played by John Chu in the newest Star Trek films, is gay! Yay! The Australian paper the Herald Sun reported that, at a press event, Cho revealed that his character’s husband and child appear in the movie, and it’s no big deal, guys. […]

I Wish I’d Slacked Off Before Going to College

Young people are currently being faced with two sides of the same harsh coin. On one side of the coin are the glittery promises of the ivory tower — college, presented as the next logical step after high school, the single route to prosperity and success, and a beacon of respectability and accomplishment. CNN recently […]

Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, and More Get in Bed to Parody Kanye

A satirical (and much shorter) take on Kanye’s controversial “Famous” video was just released by the BBC. The recreation bounces between Bieber complimenting Cheryl Cole to Nick Jonas struggling to seem comfortable in his squeaky leather jacket — or in general, really. Show More Summary

Steven Soderbergh in Talks to Produce, Possibly Direct Panama Papers Film

Steven Soderbergh, the “one for me, one for them” darling of Hollywood, is said to be in talks to produce (and maybe direct!) a film about the Panama Papers leak. The film will be based on Secrecy World, an upcoming book written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein. The scandal involving the recent leak of the Panama Papers […]

Trendspotting: TV Goes Below the Belt

In April, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden and made an impassioned cry to “free the penis.” The women on the show — especially Clarke, who plays dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen — take off their clothes often enough, she argued; why shouldn’t the men? “I just […]

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