How to Get Away With Pop Music Plagiarism

This week, the big topic of conversation among music fans is whether the chorus of Sam Smith’s “Stay With... Read More
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Longform You Have to Read: Tales of Stormy Weather

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at some stormy weather. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: “Run”

Welcome back, Gladiators. Before we check in with Olivia Pope, a confession: I was not looking forward to Scandal‘s return last night. Although nothing in particular had happened in the midseason finale to put me off the show, I was growing weary — weary of the Fitz-Liv-Jake love triangle, weary of Papa Pope’s pontificating, weary of wounded psycho-puppy Huck, weary even of my favorite character, Mellie. Character arcs were spinning into character circles; relationships were gridlocked. Scandal needed nothing more than to rip itself up and start again — and that’s exactly what last night’s winter premiere accomplished. Even better, Shonda Rhimes (who wrote the episode) did it with a riveting 45-minute action movie that put the average big-screen blockbuster to shame. … Read More

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Continuing On, Despite Pandora’s Shameful Top 10 Songs: Links You Need to See

The “general population” can be a baffling bunch. Sometimes, no matter how much you try to conform to and to understand the greater organism that is our world, it sends baffling messages your way, and you find yourself perpetually and irrevocably alienated. For example, Buzzfeed recently asked Pandora to supply them with their top-ten thumbs-upped songs of all (Pandora’s) time. The results were staggeringly off-putting, and may lead you to wonder, while walking down the street, buying a salad — whatever it is you “people” do in public — who among the sea of anonymous assholes is contributing their virtual thumbs to what seems to be becoming a problem of global proportions. Indeed, we’re seeing a relentless waste of thumbs. For Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is the number one thumbs-upped song, and it’s closely followed by Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved” and The Fray’s “How to Save a Life.”  … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Casts Its Jimmy Olsen, ‘Togetherness’ Renewed

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: A whole batch of new pilots to hate, Supergirl casting news, and a Togetherness renewal. … Read More

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Fascinating, Evocative New Images of New York’s Abandoned Spaces

A few months ago, we ran some images from NYC photographer Will Ellis’s blog Abandoned NYC, which has for the last few years documented the corners of the city you never see — abandoned buildings, inaccessible islands, and various other fascinatingly atmospheric locales. Happily, Ellis has landed a book deal for his photos — Abandoned NYC, the book, is out this week and available here. (It’ll also be in stores and available via online retailers.) To celebrate, Ellis was kind enough to share a few previously unseen images with us — click through to check them out. … Read More

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Michelle Tea’s ‘How to Grow Up’ Is an Honest Memoir About the Writing Life

Michelle Tea has always been a fearless and honest writer with manifold talents — from gritty memoirs like The Chelsea Whistle to young adult books like Rose of No Man’s Land, her work has been characterized by its freedom and daring. It’s also characterized by its commitment to showing the reality of women’s lives in many forms, illuminating what the queer community in San Francisco is like for a young, passionate person. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Cast Members’ Cry-Acting, Ranked

Even if you have never seen Parenthood, the great and critically acclaimed family drama on NBC, you are probably still aware of how much it makes viewers cry. It’s all we can talk about! Parenthood is basically a master class in emotional manipulation, setting up storylines each week just to knock viewers down into a sobbing spiral. The characters on the show do plenty of crying themselves, which means the actors have to be skilled in the art of spontaneously producing tears. In celebration (and premature mourning) of tonight’s series finale, here are the top ten best crying actors on Parenthood. … Read More

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Jonathan Chait and Anita Sarkeesian: What It Really Means to Be Silenced

By now, it’s safe to assume that everyone who cares about “political correctness” — pro, anti, or “it’s complicated” — has not only absorbed Jonathan Chait’s New York magazine cover story on the topic, but read plenty of rebuttals to its arguments. Flavorwire’s Judy Berman took a polite chainsaw to Chait’s piece a couple of days back, and I don’t have a lot to add to what she said. But at this point, it’s worth taking a look at how Chait’s reacted to criticism of his essay: with, for the most part, the perception that people are focusing on him and his identity, rather than his arguments. … Read More

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“I’m Not Into French Music”: Lulu Gainsbourg Wrestles With His Father’s Legacy

“Lady Luck” is the title of a song by Rod Stewart. It also the title of songs by Jamie Woon and Deep Purple and Journey. It is a hotel/casino in Missouri. It is a personification of luck that reduces femininity to notions of temptation, mischief, and danger — one usually, as the list of musicians who sing of the phenomenon would suggest, invoked by men. “Lady Luck” now also appears both as the first single from Lulu Gainsbourg’s upcoming album and as that the title of the album, set for release February 2. It’s a bold move for Gainsbourg, the 29-year-old son of iconic French musician Serge Gainsbourg and model Bambou. The “Lady Luck” cliché comes prepackaged with some ineradicable sleaze. The song, however, happens to be pretty awesome — in the particular way that an appletini at a hotel’s rooftop bar is, genuinely, awesome and in the way that it’s maybe just a little self-aware and self-critical. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Sundance 2015 (Documentary Edition)

The Sundance Film Festival draws to a close this weekend, but your film editor is already headed home from the land of snowy mountains, altitude headaches, crowded shuttles, and indie flicks galore. Because I managed to take in so many Sundance titles this year (34 total), we’re splitting our capsule review roundup into two parts; tomorrow we’ll look at the fest’s narrative films of note, while the focus today is on the documentary premieres and competition entrants. These 19 movies covered everything from sexual exploitation to famous faces to the movies themselves, with intelligence and grace; they (OK, most of them) are worth keeping an eye on in the months to come. … Read More

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