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Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams To Star In Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Biopic

Adam McKay’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Big Short isn’t fucking with the formula – it’s another dive into recent history, with several familiar faces (who were just announced in Variety.) As was reported last November, McKay will write and direct an as-yet-untitled biopic of Dick Cheney, which will presumably cover not only his term as Vice-President for George […]

“It’s Wild West, Motherfuckers!”: Ten Years Later, ‘Death Proof’ Remains Quentin Tarantino’s Most Powerful Revenge Flick

For better or worse, Quentin Tarantino is our master of the revenge flick. He’s made movies about black slaves turning on their masters and Jewish Americans avenging the torture and extermination of their European brethren. If  Jackie Brown and Django Unchained were based on Blaxploitation films like Foxy Brown (1974) and Mandingo (1975), then Death Proof […]

Gus Fring Returns With a Creepily Un-creepy Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training Video

AMC has, for good reason, been playing up the return of Giancarlo Esposito’s Gustavo Fring, who had his face blown half-off in Breaking Bad, but who, due to the lovely time warp of Better Call Saul’s prequel-dom, is alive and full-faced once again. At the end of Saul‘s second season, a mysterious note appeared on Mike’s windshield, and […]

Staff Picks: ‘Louis CK: 2017,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ and More

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. Louis C.K.: 2017 Spoiler […]

Watch the Very Italian (and Then Also Very New York) Trailer for ‘Master of None’s’ Second Season

Netflix has shared the trailer for the second season of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Master of None, which depicts Ansari’s character, Dev’s life following his decision to go to Italy to become master of at least one: pasta. In the Season 1 finale, Dev left Brooklyn (and his relationships in it) behind, at least for a while, to devote […]

Atrocity in Syria, Trumpcare 2.0: This Week in Politics and Resistance

This Week in Politics and Resistance is a new feature on Flavorwire. It’s a consolidation of the work we started with our Daily Engagement column, which have been running (as the name suggests) daily since the election. This new feature is aimed at keeping people abreast of what’s going down in politics throughout the week […]

Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner Ad Is Just the Latest Example of the Brand’s Decades-Long Strategy of Co-option

Yesterday, Pepsi released an ad in which supermodel Kendall Jenner ditches a photo shoot and joins a ragtag (and very attractive) group of young protesters marching in the streets carrying peace signs. The reaction to the spot — which culminates with Jenner stepping up to a riot police officer and handing him a can of Pepsi, thus saving […]

‘Archer’ Executive Producer Matt Thompson on the New Season’s Film-Noir Influences, Rebooting Yet Again, and Why ‘Archer: Trump’ is Never Going to Happen

In its fifth season, Archer rebooted itself as Archer: Vice, dismantling the spy agency where its hapless-yet-somehow-brilliant characters worked and saddling them with a mountain of cocaine that they then tried to sell. The next season, the gang was back at the old office, and in Season 7, they moved to L.A. and opened a […]

Shia LaBeouf’s New Movie Made Like Eight Bucks in U.K. Cinemas Last Weekend

The reporting of box office grosses on independent films is a tricky bit of business these days. Since studios (and, to some extent, moviegoers) have decided that giant, mega-budgeted, preferably superhero-centered extravaganzas are the only movies that are worth the trouble and expense of actually going to theaters, indies generate most of their revenue via […]

Sorry, No, ‘The Boss Baby’ Isn’t About Trump

Congratulations, America, your number one movie in all the land is The Boss Baby, a cartoon comedy about – you may need to sit down to fully comprehend this – a baby in a suit who acts like a corporate boss. It made a rather staggering $50 million over its opening weekend (more than twice […]

Guns, Gators, Nails, and Niecy Nash: The First Trailer for Dark Comedy Series ‘Claws’ Has it All

Niecy Nash’s dark comedy series, Claws, now has its first full trailer. In the show, the Scream Queens/Soul Man/Getting On actress plays Desna, the proprietor of the shady Nail Artisan of Manatee County in Florida, where, according to TNT’s description, “there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures.” You can watch the trailer and […]

The Untold History of Politics and Root Vegetables

Politicians have often played a role in the origin stories of vegetables. Among Charlemagne’s achievements was ordering the planting of the underrepresented Kohlrabi, also known as the German turnip; Frederick the Great of Prussia helped spread the gospel of the potato in Europe. Show More Summary

Listen: “Proud,” by Alex G, Who is Now Calling Himself “(Sandy) Alex G” for Some Reason

Apparently Alex Ginnascoli, best known as Alex G, is calling himself “(Sandy) Alex G” now? It seems too late for April Fool’s, so I guess this press release we got from his record company, Domino, this morning is for real: “Going forward, Alex G will be known as (Sandy) Alex G. We are unable to […]

Groundings Founder Gary Austin Dies at 75

There’s a pretty good chance your favorite sketch/improv comic comes from one of three places: Toronto and Chicago’s Second City, New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade, or Los Angeles’s The Groundlings. Gary Austin was the founder and longtime artistic director of the third troupe; he died Saturday at 75. An Oklahoma native who grew up in […]

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Paterson’

One of last year’s biggest hits lands on disc and on demand this week, and yet (twist!) it’s actually pretty good. As a counterpoint to that big-budget space action epic, we have a tiny indie about a bus-driving poet. In between, we offer a Hong Kong action flick, a sci-fi thinker, and an exceptional movies […]

‘Girls’ and the Sly Interplay Between Fiction and Reality

In the first episode of the current, and final, season of Girls, Hannah (Lena Dunham) goes to Montauk to report on a surf camp and winds up falling for the instructor, Paul-Louis, played by Riz Ahmed. It’s a typical Hannah move to spin a professional assignment into a personal journey — there goes clueless, selfish Hannah, […]

Watch Aubrey Plaza’s Frightening Performance in the Trailer for ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey caught the Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen-starring Ingrid Goes West at Sundance, and revealed that “a protagonist marching into a wedding and macing the bride is a helluva way to start your movie, and that scene gets a big laugh right at the top of Matt Spicer’s” indie. “But it also establishes […]

Here’s Another Weekly Trump Imitation to Rely on and Perhaps Quickly Tire of

Alec Baldwin recently announced that he may, following SNL’s season finale in May, retire his Donald Trump impersonation. His reasoning: “I don’t quite know if people want to continue with that. If everything stays the same in this country as it is now, I don’t think people will be in the mood to laugh about it come […]

John Oliver Takes on Our Roundabout, Self-Contradicting Marijuana Laws

Apart from a short segment on “Devin Fucking Nunes,” John Oliver focused most of his attention on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight on the immobilizing discrepancies between state laws and federal laws regarding the use of “cat-nip for people” — a.k.a. marijuana. Oliver notes that many states have to some extent legalized weed in recent years, with the most […]

The Refreshing Clarity of the ‘Big Little Lies’ Finale

Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée promised answers, and last night’s finale delivered. (Spoilers ahead.) We know who was bullying Amabella (Ivy George); we know who Ziggy’s (Iain Armitage) father is; we know who died on trivia night; and we know why. The fact that the answers to those season-long questions aren’t terribly surprising doesn’t […]

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