30 Dashing 'Doctor Who' Tattoos

Happy birthday to the Tenth Doctor, Scottish actor David Tennant. “So few shows run beyond a few series and 50... Read More
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Tatiana Maslany’s Omnipresence and Mike Leigh’s Cinematic Omnipotence: Links You Need to See

Some of today’s most interesting stories covered news deeply rooted in history, while other stories were, as usual, unsettlingly current (diet whiskey is now a thing). News of a new Mike Leigh movie is often good news, though it’s also often a reminder of some bleak historical (Vera Drake) moment, or an evocation of a bleak personal (Naked, Another Year) one. Today’s Mike Leigh-related news is no exception, as the director — who most recently made Mr. Turner — is now working on a film about the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, during which troops attacked a crowd of 60,000 protesting for parliamentary reform in 1918. Given the director’s knack for highly personal storytelling created through a writing process founded in improvisation, it’s certain this won’t be your typical, point-by-point historical drama.  … Read More

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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Brandon Flowers, Giorgio Moroder, Girlpool

Nostalgia has ruled the music of the past few years, no doubt, but this week we’ve got a few songs that pay homage to the ’70s and ’80s while managing to sound more than relevant. Brandon Flowers, frontman of New Wave cannibals The Killers, releases his shamelessly glam “Still Want You”; Giorgio Moroder and Sia resuscitate disco on “Déjà Vu”; and Jacco Gardner gets lost in the acid-fried annals of psych. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘GoT’s’ #TBT

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, HBO’s Sunday lineup returns while Netflix enters the superhero game.  … Read More

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Is Steven Millhauser America’s Best Short Story Writer? On ‘Voices in the Night’

The quintessential American writer’s writer, or critic’s writer, or whatever, Steven Millhauser has long excelled at the three major forms of fiction. In 1997 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Martin Dressler, a chimerical 19th century study that discovers Modernist ennui under the turtle shell of the American dream. He has been praised, too, for his novellas, by Jim Shepard and others, who rightly imply that he has more or less mastered the American incarnation of the form —  even if, as Millhauser wryly explains it, the novella isn’t a form but a length. … Read More

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What Most Music Fans Don’t Realize About Record Store Day

Rule #1 among the indie record-label folks I know: don’t talk about Record Store Day at social gatherings. The annual event — this Saturday marks its eighth year — has been known to inspire bouts of industry anxiety starting in January and lasting ‘til nearly May. And the fact that factions of the music industry are questioning a holiday meant to bolster the primary brick-and-mortar institution of music culture is proof that it is damn near impossible for an industry in upheaval to execute solutions that will satisfy everyone. What is in theory a straightforward, hugely positive event to sell records has become, well… it’s complicated and depends on who you ask. So we asked a few people on both sides of the debate. As it turns out, some of the downfalls of Record Store Day are less apparent to music fans than others, which may help to illuminate the recent… Read More

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Rue From ‘The Hunger Games’ Understands Something About Racism That So Many Americans Don’t

Her gorgeous performance as Rue from The Hunger Games attracted a cascade of racist responses on social media, but now teenager Amandla Sternberg is becoming a public voice on the topics of race and culture, thanks to a Tumblr video that has gone viral. In a few short, well-produced moments, Sternberg answered one question that American media consumers and creators fail to understand, and raised another that we’d all do well to seriously consider. And she did it all as history class project, with the help of a friend. … Read More

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Tig Notaro’s New Comedy Special Takes Her on a Dark and Funny Road Trip

If you’re looking for a straightforward stand-up comedy special, you’re not going to find it in Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro (though you can wait a few months to see her star in one for HBO). What you will find, however, is part stand-up, part buddy comedy, and part road trip documentary — and an oddly cathartic one, at that. If anyone needs catharsis, it’s Notaro herself, who, over the course of about four months, suffered from a major intestinal infection, found out her mother had suddenly died, endured a break-up, and then got diagnosed with stage two breast cancer (her now-famous set revealing her diagnosis is available for purchase here). Premiering tonight on Showtime, Knock Knock documents the next part of her life: a short tour that forgoes the normal comedy venues and instead finds Notaro performing in odd, intimate settings — a private lake house, an abandoned church/warehouse, and more. … Read More

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Sony Emails: Benedict Cumberbatch Wanted to Play David Bowie in Stalled Freddie Mercury Biopic

The Freddie Mercury biopic has been stuck in development hell for nearly a decade. Until yesterday, the most recent update Queen fans had to go on was the news that Sacha Baron Cohen had not signed on to write, produce, direct, and star in the film; manager Jim Beach had simply said so at the Artist and Manager Awards on March 26 as what Brian May called a “small joke.” Now that Wikileaks has made last year’s leaked Sony emails publicly available, however, there’s some new information on a certain hopeful costar — and Amy Pascal’s blind adoration for “Under Pressure.” … Read More

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15 Eastern European Cult Classic Films You Should Know About

When the end of a war leaves an Iron Curtain and a totalitarian communist government in its wake, what is a filmmaker to do? The answer, based on what Eastern European film history seems to tells us, is to create satirical comedies that use bizarre scenarios, zany humor, and anything else available to get dissenting messages across without being shut down by film censors (and possibly imprisoned by the government). Here’s a list of 15 movies you may not have heard of — 14 of which survived the fall of the Berlin Wall — that have all achieved cult status in their European country of origin. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 19 Recap: “I’m Just A Bill”

With Scott Foley’s track record on Shonda Rhimes shows, I have to wonder if he’s her new Katherine Heigl. Or is it that there’s just something so satisfying about killing off characters that seem so inherently good, despite being an assassin?

For the second time on one of Rhimes’s show, Foley — who also played Henry, a terminal patient who fell in love with his doctor, on Grey’s Anatomy — was offed by Rowan (via Olivia’s new boy-toy), to what I imagine will be the dismay of fans. It’s hard to hate a good guy, even if he isn’t so good. Jake Ballard’s death was not the right thing to do. And so, “I’m Just A Bill” spent the other subplots holding on tightly to those white hats, so much so that it came at a detriment to the episode. (Though real talk: Susan Ross insisting to critique the implementation strategy of a 1400-page bill before signing it made me feel good about the American legislative system for a second, which pretty much never happens on Scandal.) … Read More

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