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The Sweetest Debut: Angie Thomas on Old School Hip Hop and the Allure of Cookie Lyon

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. Today: Angie Thomas talks about her debut novel The Hate […]

Watch Jonathan Groff and Psychedelic Blood Blobs in Teaser Trailer for David Fincher’s 1970s Serial Killer Series

Mindhunter, the first of any announced David Fincher TV project in a long while to make it through production towards an actual release date (Fincher had previously been developing two TV projects — Utopia and Video Synchronicity — which never saw the light of day), has its first trailer. Show More Summary

Yes, ‘Logan’ Is a “Grown-Up” Superhero Movie. Is That Enough?

Ya gotta give ‘em this: the people who made Logan aren’t trying to pull any fast ones. They make it abundantly clear, from the very first scene, that this new X-Men/ Wolverine spin-off won’t be like the two that preceded it, and they do so by beginning with a scene of relentless brutality and self-conscious […]

Daily Engagement: ‘The Indivisible Guide’ and How to Get Congress to Do Its Goddamn Job

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 […]

Kendrick Lamar Shares Thematic Details of His Next Album

T Magazine did a feature, speaking with “three iconic musicians on artistic creation — and its importance now.” Among interviews with Kendrick Lamar, Tom Waits, and Beck, Lamar happened to reveal some thematic details of an upcoming album. The feature itself sought to address the present immediacy of songwriting, and Lamar said that his next album is […]

Conan O’Brien Attempts “Comedy as Diplomacy” in Mexico City

In past years, Conan O’Brien has taken his TBS show to Cuba and South Korea for his Conan Without Borders special, which he’s always insisted is not meant to be political. This year, that assertion was difficult to make with a straight face, as Conan took his show across the much-disputed southern border to Mexico City. […]

Stephen Colbert and Patrick Stewart Channel Beckett in ‘Waiting for Godot’s Obamacare Replacement’

One of the joys of Stephen Colbert’s show – and Stephen Colbert in general – is that he’s such a theatre nerd. Unlike most of his late-night brethren, who hail from the world of stand-up, Colbert’s background is on the stage, which often peeks out in his sketches and monologue (but casually, not in that […]

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

In the indie house as in the multiplex, the calendar year takes some time to get going. But here we are in the full swing of spring movie season, and this month’s art-house offerings are particularly strong, spanning performance films to dark comedies to ghost stories to comic documentaries, and everything in between. Contemporary Color […]

The Seductively Entertaining ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Tells a Tabloid Version of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s Relationship

In recent years we’ve seen an explosion of popular culture revisiting the near-mythical Golden Age of Hollywood — from the 1930s through the 1960s — and the years that followed, when the monolithic studio system began to erode. Movies like Trumbo, Saving Mr. Banks, The Artist, and Hail, Caesar! and podcasts like You Must Remember This […]

Staff Picks: ‘The Yakuza,’ ‘Greenleaf,’ Arca’s Voice

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Scroll through for our picks below. The Yakuza on Blu-ray […]

‘Spy’ Magazine Co-Founder Kurt Anderson and Alec Baldwin Are Publishing a Satirical Trump Book

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impersonation is, in my opinion (and the opinions really vary, as Flavorwire TV editor Lara Zarum’s very different take on Baldwin’s Trump demonstrates), so facially exaggerated and grotesque as to make it almost perfectly hard to watch, allowing us to cast that image back onto the President himself as we experience him. Show More Summary

Lincoln Center Publishes Statement on the Importance of the National Endowment for the Arts

Yesterday, Lincoln Center — the world’s largest performing arts center, which famously hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Juilliard, and much more — published an open letter defending the National Endowment for the Arts against Donald Trump’s threats to defund […]

Flavorwire Premiere: ‘The Sundae Fantastique Show’ and Its Nazi-Punching Anthem “Sovereign Nation”

If the world needs one thing, it’s more explicitly leftist variety shows. Well, OK, maybe there are a few other things it needs more than that, specifically, but the point is that we aren’t particularly well-furnished with entertainment that provides us with music, comedy and tips on punching Nazis. But! Step forward The Sundae Fantastique Show, a new […]

How the Oscars’ Bus Stunt Exemplified Class Disparity as Spectacle

In 1953, for the first time ever, an Academy Awards host didn’t just address the audience of celebrities in front of him. After first speaking to his own visible crowd, master of ceremonies Bob Hope adjusted his tone, acknowledging a mass abstraction of Normal Viewers nationwide with the question, “Isn’t it exciting to know that a lot of these […]

Watch Tilda Swinton in the Teaser for Bong Joon-Ho’s Next Film, ‘Okja’

Netflix has released a teaser trailer for Okja, Bong Joon-Ho’s upcoming film about the bond between a strange, large beast and a little girl. The trailer features Tilda Swinton with two stylists attending to her crisp blonde bob and makeup, as she looks out towards the camera in a vaguely non-naturalistic daze — and indeed, this film […]

March TV Preview: Don’t Miss These 10 Premieres

Where TV’s concerned, this year, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a Siberian tiger. We open with the Ryan Murphy spectacle Feud: Bette and Joan, and close with a newly announced docu-series based on Mark Harris’s nonfiction book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. In between, there are new […]

Daily Engagement: Sign Up for Town Hall Project’s Emails

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 […]

Prince Charles and Lady Di Will Spar in the Next Season of Ryan Murphy’s ‘Feud’

Days before the first season of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Feud, is set to premiere, FX has revealed the subjects of the show’s second installment: Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Murphy and playwright/TV writer Jon Robin Baitz will write and executive-produce the season. Show More Summary

Flavorwire Video Premiere: Honus Honus, “Will You?” (Feat. Pauly Shore)

Honus Honus is perhaps best known as the frontman for the similarly alliterative Philadelphia-based experimentalists Man Man, but with the release of his debut solo record, Use Your Delusion, in 2016, he’s also a solo artist. The album — founded via PledgeMusic — is a fascinating, dramatic piece of work: less manic than Man Man, perhaps, but no less […]

15 Must-Read Books for March

March is a truly dynamite month for books, including juicy novels, bracing polemics, and volumes that defy category. My bedside table is piled high with all the works listed here; hopefully by the end of the month, I’ll have made some inroads into the stack. All Grown Up, Jami Attenberg The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie author […]

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