The Best Graffiti in Cinema

Presented by HBO

For a month last summer, New Yorkers were absolutely consumed with all things Banksy. The acclaimed British street artist had come to NYC for a citywide “residency,” and his works popped up all over the city. HBO’s new user-generated documentary, Banksy Does New York (airing tonight at 9pm), recounts those halcyon days of stencils, street art, and secret identities. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to graffiti on film. We’ve rounded up seven more movies to check out, that will ensure you get your street-art fix. … Read More

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50 Writers You Need to See Read Live

Here’s a dirty little secret about books and liking books and the fact that people who are real-life people write books: more often than not, a book reading is deadly boring. A writer will read something that they’ve written and answer some questions, and it’s all very boilerplate. So it’s a pleasant surprise when a writer is dynamite in person, whether they’re reading their work or responding to questions with confidence and something like charisma. In the best live appearances, writers are able to cast a spell over the audience. Here are 50 authors who make that achievement look… Read More

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From ‘Mockingjay’ to Narnia: Fantasy Series Conclusions, Ranked

In preparation for Mockingjay-mania, here’s a look back at seven popular fantasy and trilogy series and an evaluation of their endings, from “perfect” to “meh” to “garbage.” Doubtless, you won’t agree on all of these (or any of them, maybe) but I think we can all come together and acknowledge that it is an incredibly difficult feat of world-building, writing, and pacing to wrap up an entire series in a satisfying way, paying tribute to the moral stakes, the characters, and our desire for a happy ending at the same time. … Read More

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NBC’s ‘State of Affairs’: Katherine Heigl’s Less-Than-Triumphant Return to TV

It’s fair to say that a significant portion of viewers who will tune in to NBC’s State of Affairs tonight won’t be doing so because they are overly intrigued with the plot — a political thriller about a CIA analyst, and a hybrid of Homeland and Scandal with a bit of Madam Secretary thrown in — but rather because they are intrigued by lead actress Katherine Heigl’s return to television. It’s a show for both her fans and her haters, a much-promoted but only vaguely heralded career reboot for Heigl, who hasn’t been on TV since she famously exited Grey’s Anatomy in Season 6. She’s been on a streak of forgettable romantic-comedy films ranging from the truly offensive and awful (The Ugly Truth) to the acceptable-to-secretly-watch-on-TBS (27 Dresses). State of Affairs isn’t exactly a triumphant return, nor does it even prove that she deserves yet another chance on television. … Read More

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‘An Open Secret’ Examines Hollywood Sex Abuse Allegations, Beyond the Tabloid Sensationalism

When 31-year-old Michael Egan III brought a lawsuit against X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer in April of this year, it set off a slew of salacious tabloid stories. Egan alleged that Singer and other powerful Hollywood men, as part of an underground sex ring, drugged and raped the aspiring actor when he was an underage teenager. He described sketchy parties held at the M&C Estate, a mansion owned by now-convincted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector and his partner Chad Shackey. … Read More

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So Bad It’s Good: The Proudly Formulaic, Brazenly Homoerotic ‘Tango & Cash’

Bad movies are not a simple matter. There are nearly as many categories of terrible movies as there are for great ones: there are films that are insultingly stupid (Batman & Robin), unintentionally funny (Birdemic), unintentionally, painfully unfunny (White Chicks), so bad they’re depressing (Transformers), and so on. But the most rewarding terrible movies are those we know as “so bad they’re good” — entertaining in their sheer incompetence, best braved in numbers, where the ham-fisted dramatics and tin-eared dialogue become fodder for years of random quotes and inside jokes. And in this spirit, Flavorwire brings you the latest installment in our monthly So Bad It’s Good feature: the greased-up ‘80s buddy cop epic Tango & Cash. … Read More

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What Is Schizo-Culture? A Classic Conversation with William S. Burroughs

This Sunday, MoMA PS1 joined with publisher Semiotext(e) to present The Return of Schizo-Culture, an afternoon of screenings, music, performances, and readings from the storied 1975 Schizo-Culture conference, which featured an array of cultural, intellectual, and artistic radicals. The conference produced a series of writings that were later collected into a book designed by a group of artists including Kathryn Bigelow and Denise Green. Taken together, the book and the papers from the conference document the chaotic downtown arts and cultural scene of NYC in the 1970s and feature an amazing collection of interviews and essays from artists, writers, and musicians including Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, The Ramones, John Cage, Philip Glass, Jack Smith, and William S. Burroughs. … Read More

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Bill Cosby’s Refusal to Address Rape Allegations Shows Shocking Level of Denial

Bill Cosby has canceled several forthcoming media appearances after over a dozen decades-old rape allegations have resurfaced — and a furor has rightly ensued. But when he does show up to talk about his other work, he’s adamantly refusing to talk about the accusations. … Read More

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Why Sisterhood in Pop Music Is the 1990s Trend We Need to Resurrect

I don’t want to shock anybody here, but the ’90 are back. Or, at the very least, our tendency to over-romanticize the ’90s has led to the return of the certain staples of the decade: plaid, crop tops, and an energetic re-appreciation for Beverly Hills: 90210. But there’s a particular ’90s trend that we’re missing: sisterhood in music. And not in a clichéd, shared-pants sense of the word. … Read More

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A Comprehensive History of Amanda Palmer Pissing Off Everyone

Amanda “Fucking” Palmer has a book out this month. It’s called The Art of Asking, and it sets out madam’s philosophy on life, which pretty much amounts to taking the stuff that people just keep on offering you! Because of course they do! Palmer has an unparalleled ability to inspire rage in people; sometimes it’s justified, sometimes less so. This ability has prompted some thoughtful writing over the years, but hey, before you read that, why not brush up on exactly why she upsets people so much in the first place? Here, then, is a definitive history of Palmer’s foot-in-mouth moments and flights of self-absorption. … Read More

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