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Watch: Darren Aronofsky Filmed a Monkey and Dog Wrestling and Posted it to Youtube

Darren Aronofsky claims to have only ever posted one video on Youtube: it was, Vulture reports, footage of a… Read More

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‘The Imitation Game’ and the Intellectual Charisma of Benedict Cumberbatch

There’s a pivotal scene in the new film The Imitation Game that tells us much about star Benedict Cumberbatch’s appeal. The setup: in the thick of WWII, a brilliant mathematician named Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) heads up a team of codebreakers tasked with cracking the Nazi Enigma code. To do so, Turing has been granted £100,000 to build an elaborate machine for the job — in essence, the first computer. And like most computers, it doesn’t really work. With the Allies losing ground and a bitter commander breathing down their necks, Turing and his team finally have a breakthrough. The scene is masterfully energetic, but there’s more to it than that; it’s borderline erotic. … Read More

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Watch: Patti Smith and David Lynch Discuss Pussy Riot, Aging, Artistry and Severed Ears

The Fondation Cartier in Paris organized a discussion between late-sextaguenarian icons David Lynch and Patti Smith. Together, in a room that looked… Read More

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That Lana Del Rey/Eli Roth Rape Scene, Discussed

Editor’s note: This is a conversation between our staffers on the disturbing Eli Roth/Marilyn Manson/Lana Del Rey video that surfaced this morning, which Manson’s representatives claim he had no part in. As can be expected, it contains graphic content. … Read More

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Why Mike Nichols Was So Much More Than ‘The Graduate’

If you Google Mike Nichols today, the headlines for the top entries in the news wedge are unsurprisingly similar. “Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83,” goes the New York Times. “‘Graduate’ Director Mike Nichols Dead at 83,” reports CBS News. The Hollywood Reporter: “Mike Nichols, Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83.” And AP (via Huffington Post) writes, “Mike Nichols, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83.” It is, I suppose, a testament to the influence and importance of that 47-year-old movie that it’s pegged as his primary achievement; scroll past the lede and you’ll probably read about Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and perhaps that he was married to Diane Sawyer. But a look at the entirety of Nichols’ five-plus decades in show business reveals much more than that; he was an innovative and brilliant artist whose influence was and is still felt across popular culture. … Read More

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Can Millennial American Actors Compete With ‘Thor’s’ Chris Hemsworth, People’s Sexiest Man Alive?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when People Magazine declares just who is the Sexiest Man Alive. This year’s choice is Chris Hemsworth, also known to anyone who loves Marvel properties and superheroes as the impossibly huge Thor, headlining his own movies and also smashing through The Avengers series. Noted gossip Elaine Lui of LaineyGossip has been running the odds all week, and her money had been on the man who fronted the breakout Marvel surprise of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt. … Read More

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Why So Many Women Are Accusing Bill Cosby Now, and Why They Didn’t Do It Earlier

The story of the rape allegations against Bill Cosby continues to expand and swell on a tide of considerable public support (finally!) for the alleged victims’ stories, and the sheer number of accusers. In the past two days, several more woman have stepped forward and publicly added their names to the list of accusers, which is now at 15. This new list includes, most notably, model Janice Dickinson, who also spoke of her residual trauma after the attack. … Read More

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Alec Baldwin Returns to the Public Eye by Giving People Relationship Advice in Cabs in New Web Series ‘Love Ride’

You’ll recall that, after a series of media scandals over Alec Baldwin’s tendency to start yelling epithets at people… Read More

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