Mariel Hemingway's Disturbing Woody Allen Story Highlights the Importance of Bystanders in Rape Culture

There’s a scene towards the end of the 2009 film An Education in which Carey Mulligan’s heroine — who... Read More
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A Daenerys-Centric ‘Game of Thrones’ Adaptation Is Coming to India: Links You Need to See

Stay vital by keeping up with all of the news about the film about a couple trying to stay vital: While We’re Young has dominated the cultural discussion over the last few days. (Naomi Watts attends a hip-hop dance class, Noah Baumbach looks at Ben Stiller looking longingly at Adam Driver as a living, breathing and enviably tall symbol of the person he’ll never be again!). Today has seen the release of several interviews with the director. At The Dissolve, Baumbach discusses the universality of the film’s central theme: … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Goodbye, ‘Kroll Show’

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, Kroll Show bids goodbye to PubLizity, Oh Hello, and the Gigolo House, while Looking goes out on a definitively quieter note. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Rihanna Goes “Blop,” Jamie xx Does Claps

Some weeks it’s all about the indies, and other weeks it’s all about the stars. This week saw the release of the Rihanna’s anticipated followup to “FourFiveSeconds,” titled “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and Jamie xx dropped a Romy Madley-Croft-featuring single from his debut solo album In Colour. We’ve got some Syrian stuff, some chill stuff, and some pure ’90s indie rock stuff for you, too. … Read More

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Other Lena Dunham Pitches ‘The New Yorker’ (and the ADL) Will Definitely Accept

Lena Dunham published a quiz this week in The New Yorker – entitled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” — and it’s causing a stir, as everything she produces tends to do these days. … Read More

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How the WWE Beats TV Sitcoms and Dramas at Their Own Game

Last year, I watched Wrestlemania XXX in a Manhattan bar with a rowdy group of fans who were as embarrassingly passionate about wrestling as I am. The highlight — or lowlight — of the night was the notorious Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match. Quick backstory: Undertaker had previously won an incredible 21 Wrestlemania matches in a row. Each year, someone plans to “beat the streak” but ultimately fails… until Lesnar shockingly won the match, prompting mass disbelief in both the arena and the bar. … Read More

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12 More ’90s TV Shows That We Absolutely Must Revive Immediately

If there was any remaining sliver of a doubt whatsoever that, seriously, you can get anything green-lit for at least a limited television run as long as it was previously on television, NBC has announced the revival we’ve all been waiting for: a 13-episode return of Coach. No, that’s not a typo, nor an Onion story, nor an early April Fool’s prank by Entertainment Weekly’s Twitter feed; Coach, the Craig T. Nelson/Jerry Van Dyke sitcom that you’ve somehow forgotten even existed despite the fact that it ran for nine seasons (from 1989 to 1997), a show that no one remembers fondly and no one wanted back on television except for maybe Craig T. Nelson, is coming back to television, 18 years after it disappeared. … Read More

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“You’re Only as Good as Your Last Haircut”: The Collected Fran Lebowitz on Fashion and Style

The Internet’s favorite item this week, and with good reason, is Kathleen Hale’s Elle interview with professional New Yorker/noted Wolf of Wall Street actress Fran Lebowitz. For those who haven’t read it yet, it starts with Lebowitz refusing to talk on a cell phone and meeting Hale at Burger Heaven instead and only gets better from there. At 64, though, Lebowitz already has a treasure trove of style (and life) wisdom to her name, collected here now that we’ve been reminded we could all use a little more Fran in our… Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 17 Recap: “Put a Ring on It”

Is this the calm before the hurricane? After last week’s kinky Lena Dunham interlude, and with just four episodes left before the Season 4 finale, it seems like a fair question to ask. Though “Put a Ring on It” began on frantic note, with Olivia dragging all the Gladiators plus Abby and Cyrus out of bed in the wee hours of the morning, it turned out to be a relatively low-stakes episode focused on developing Cy’s character. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. … Read More

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Spice Girls Reunions and ‘Furious 7’s’ Chances at a Best Picture Oscar: Links You Need to See

The seventh time might be a charm for the Fast & Furious action film franchise. At least Vin Diesel seems to think so, telling Variety with an intense enthusiasm this week that, “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” Diesel wasn’t joking, but we’re not holding our breath that the Academy will come around — just in case, however, Slate has made a “For Your Consideration” ad.  … Read More

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Torture and Surveillance of the Gods: A Brilliant New Translation of ‘Prometheus Bound’

“Few Gods or monsters in the teeming world of Greek mythology have ignited the Western imagination like Prometheus,” Joel Agee writes in the introduction to his new translation of Prometheus Bound. It’s true. For Nietzsche, Agee points out, the Titan who brought fire from the gods to humans was the model artist. For the Shelleys, Prometheus was either a revolutionary figure (Prometheus Unbound) or a symbol of scientific hubris (Frankenstein). Even Beethoven weirdly positioned Napoleon as a Promethean figure, evidently forgetting that the titan raged against the tyranny of Zeus. … Read More

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