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What Do DC Fans and Trump Supporters Have in Common?

Pauline Kael is remembered for a great many things – her brilliant prose, her championship of iconic filmmakers like Robert Altman and Brian De Palma, her continuing influence over the entirety of film criticism – yet it often seems, at least among those who don’t read old movie reviews for fun, that she’s best known […]

Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser Accuses ‘Suicide Squad’ Director of Having “Nibbeld” Their Aesthetic

South African rap group Die Antwoord — who recently reminded people they existed as stars of the critically skewered Chappie — have come out and claimed that a new cinematic mess about carnivalesque antiheroes has ripped them off. Yolandi...Show More Summary

Why ‘The Get Down’ Succeeds Where ‘Vinyl’ Failed

There was exactly one scene in Vinyl that got my blood pumping. At the end of the eighth episode of the now-cancelled HBO drama, Clark, a white record executive played by Jack Quaid, goes to a party in the Bronx accompanied by a Latino colleague, Jorge (Christian Navarro), who works in the mailroom. Jorge leads […]

No Big Surprises Here: Marilyn Manson Eats a Leech in ‘Salem’ Season 3 Teaser

WGN’s Salem recently teased Marilyn Manson’s upcoming role in the series’ third season as Thomas Dinley, a barber/surgeon. Though odd, devilish things are happening in Salem, this type of multitasking doesn’t actually sound that abnormal. Show More Summary

The First ‘Luke Cage’ Trailer May Be a Temporary Cure for Superhero Fatigue

There’s no doubt about the fact that we’ve hit a point of superhero over-saturation — we culture/entertainment bloggers type the words “superhero” so often these days it’s a wonder we don’t just start copy/pasting old posts the ways studios seem to with old narratives. But every so often, a superhero film/series comes along that looks to transcend the […]

Bill Maher on Trans Rights Exemplifies the Flawed Defensiveness of the Mainstream Left

If you’re in the market for proof that leftists can be just as obnoxious as their right-wing counterparts, Bill Maher is always a reliable source of material. Even so, he’s outdone himself this week — in the run-up to the the return of his show Real Time with Bill Maher to HBO, he released a video […]

‘Flight of the Conchords’s’ Bret McKenzie Is Writing a Big Fantasy Film That Isn’t a Remake or a Sequel and Seems to Have Nothing to Do With a Superhero

We’ve seen a lot of Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement (arguably the stylistic Ilana to Bret McKenzie’s subtler Abbi) beyond the duo’s performances and former TV show, but Bret McKenzie has been a bit less of a presence in entertainment news. However, the Tracking Board reports that he’s currently writing a fantasy film for Warner Brothers called Moonland, which […]

The 10 Best Showbiz References in ‘Difficult People’ Season 2, Episode 6

In Difficult People, the Hulu original series created by Julie Klausner — who stars alongside Billy Eichner — Julie and Billy play a couple of jaded New York City comedians who worship at the altar of celebrity. The show’s bread and butter are its biting allusions to the business we call show. We’ve compiled the 10 best showbiz references from […]

Bon Iver to Play Their Not-Yet-Released Follow-Up to 2011’s ‘Bon Iver’ Live on Friday

People will apparently soon know what the anticipated upcoming Bon Iver album sounds like. Or at least those in attendance at the Eaux Claires Festival (founded by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, followed of course by whoever decides to watch low-quality clips online, will soon know. Pitchfork reports that […]

BoJack Horseman Shows How an Abortion Plotline Can Create Tension and Conflict

BoJack Horseman‘s hilariously subversive take on a “very special abortion episode” has been the subject of positive to glowing responses at Jezebel, Slate, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media and The A.V. Club — and, conversely, it’s been panned across...Show More Summary

‘UnREAL’ Season 2 Finale Recap: “Friendly Fire”

About halfway through UnREAL’s Season 2 finale, Quinn tells Madison her plan to shake up the season finale of Everlasting: She’s told both Tiffany and Chantal that Darius is choosing her and will marry her live on TV. When they both show up at the altar in poufy white dresses, all three will be in […]

Watch: Cate Blanchett Stars as an Eroding Stone in Video for Massive Attack’s Hope Sandoval-Sung Track

Massive Attack’s “The Spoils” was released July 26, and was already noteworthy a. because much of Massive Attack’s new work has been compelling, b. because it featured the wonderfully soporific vocals of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, and c. because its icy, distant love story is far more than a mere reunion of ’90s greats. (Though the […]

‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s’ Graceful Time Travel Crushes ‘Cursed Child’

Spoiler alert: this piece is all spoilers. It will also read as nonsense if you aren’t already familiar with words like “Quaffle.”  It’s fair to say — and it’s been said, a lot — that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘s vision of time travel brings it into dangerous territory of inconsistency with the books, as far […]

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘The Little Prince’ ‘A Hologram for the King’

It often seems like feast or famine here on the home media beat – one week, there’s more great new releases than you have room for, and the next week you have a week… well, a week like this, with only one new disc of note. But never fear; it’s the top of the month, […]

Brie Larson to Make Feature Directorial Debut with a “Quirky, Independent” Comedy

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Room and Short Term 12 star Brie Larson will soon make her directorial debut with a “quirky, independent” comedy feature called Unicorn Store. This comes as exciting news, given her recent casting...Show More Summary

Flavorwire’s Big-Ass Fall TV Preview

It’s only the beginning of August, but I’m already overwhelmed by all the new and returning series premiering this fall: From comedy to drama to sci-fi to psychological thrillers, there’s a show — or two or three or four — to suit any sensibility. We’ve compiled 30 of the most intriguing series hitting the airwaves/internet […]

Second Glance: Spike Lee’s Powerful, Underrated Crime Drama ‘Clockers’

Welcome to “Second Glance,” a bi-weekly column that spotlights an older film of note (thanks to an anniversary, a connection to a new release, or new disc or streaming availability) that was not as commercially or critically successful as it should’ve been. This week, in commemoration of Spike Lee’s 30 years of filmmaking (his debut […]

There’s a Title, Teaser, and Debut Date for Woody Allen’s “Regretted” Amazon Series

One of the more enjoyable industry spectator sports of the past year or so has been watching Woody Allen, in seemingly every interview where the subject comes up, express his deep regret at agreeing to do a six-episode television series for Amazon. Now that deep regret has a teaser trailer, a title, and a release […]

Dreams Can Come True: Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg Will Host Dinner Parties in a New VH1 Series

Remember when Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg made mashed potatoes? What about the time the home guru/convicted felon and the popular ’90s rapper/talk-show host made brownies? We’re about to see a whole lot more of America’s strangest BFFs: The two are pairing up for a new VH1 cooking show this fall called Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Parties, Variety […]

‘Transparent’ Season 3 Trailer: Warmth and Dysfunction Abound, of Course

“When one person in a family transitions, everyone transitions” says Judith Light’s character Shelly Pfefferman in the exquisite (but really: Alabama Shakes’ “Sound and Color” sets a lulling tone that turns each character into an oil painting) first trailer for Transparent‘s third season. The line is perfect: this has always seemed the thesis of Jill Soloway’s show, […]

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