10 Small TV Towns with Dark Secrets

Every time we think we’re ready to dismiss M. Night Shyamalan, he reels us back in. The trailer for the filmmaker’s new producing project Wayward Pines debuted this week. If Shyamalan’s The Village and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks made creepy babies, they would probably look something like this TV series. The show is centered on Matt Dillon’s character, “an outsider and Secret Service agent into the depths of the strange little town, as he becomes increasingly aware of its evil underpinnings. He’s aided in his discoveries by a typically rebellious Juliette Lewis.” Since we love a good show about a small town with dark secrets, here are ten other TV towns that have something to hide. … Read More

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Mind-Bending Czech Posters for American Movies

Looking at these Czech movie posters from the Terry Posters website, by way of Dangerous Minds, it’s clear that Americans are doing it wrong. We imagine filmmakers like Terry Gilliam and Alejandro Jodorowsky would approve of these kaleidoscopic designs. The ghoulish artwork for Ghostbusters makes it look like an entirely different film. Iconic film characters, such as a t-shirt-clad James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, have been transformed into psychedelic alter egos. Most of the posters were created in the 1960s and ‘70s (though most of the films were created decades before that), which explains the technicolor palette. Take a trip, the mind-bending kind, below. … Read More

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Cookie Lyon’s Costumes Are For Sale: Links You Need to See

Two major reasons why a TV show succeeds: viewers either want to be the people they watch on the show, or viewers already are the people they watch on the show. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Smile!

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 round, Broad City and Empire end their excellent seasons, and Mindy Project and Scandal welcome some high-profile guest stars. … Read More

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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: All Kendrick Everything

With our intrepid music editor Jillian Mapes braving SXSW this week, it’s fallen to those of us still left at snowy Flavorwire central to keep you updated on the best songs of the last seven days. Happily, it’s been a hell of a good seven days for music, largely thanks to one K. Lamar, who released a flat-out masterpiece over the weekend. As well as Kendrick, though, there’s new Leonard Cohen, along with a bunch of other interesting stuff. Click though to listen. … Read More

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From Online to IRL: Inside PC Music’s Debut Live Show at SXSW

AUSTIN, TX: At last year’s SXSW, word spread around Austin that rising UK producers SOPHIE and A.G. Cook had DJ’ed while a woman basked onstage in a kiddie pool, scrubbing big rubber balls with a sponge. It was a novel story to tell, about seemingly novel artists few had heard of at that point. If they had, it was definitely through the internet; explaining their collective, PC Music, definitely required visual aids and a thoroughly digital context. … Read More

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The Disappearance of the Strident Protest Novel: ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ at 163

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published on this day in 1862, is known for many things. Jane Smiley thinks it’s an early exemplar of the Great American Novel about race, family, and the American soul, the forgotten yin to Huck Finn‘s yang. Many 20th-century appraisers, notably James Baldwin, excoriate it as the originator of deeply racist tropes, most obviously the titular one. Yet Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has refuted Baldwin to call it a masterpiece. … Read More

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The Beautiful Story of Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson’s 4/20 Trip to Amsterdam

AUSTIN, TX: As Snoop Dogg himself admitted this morning, the first thing he thinks about after waking up is smoking weed. So when I heard that he’d be giving the music keynote at SXSW — held at 11 AM in recent years — I wondered what kind of state he’d be in, as he discussed his career and the music industry for an hour. In this regard, the highlight of the conversation was incredibly on-brand: tales of a trip to Amsterdam. With Willie Nelson. On 4/20. To shoot a video for a song called “My Medicine.” … Read More

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Sean Penn’s Bulging, 54-Year-Old American Body Is the Star of ‘The Gunman’

Did you know Sean Penn was ripped? Fear not: there’s a whole movie devoted to helping you realize the extent of his musculature! With no other acting prospects showing up on his IMDb profile (which is not to assume that there aren’t any), it’s hard to tell whether his new film The Gunman is preserving and memorializing an action-hero persona Sean Penn knew he wouldn’t have for long, or represents an attempt to rebrand him as an almost-Arnold for future action prospects. … Read More

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Rihanna’s Throwaway Chris Brown Comment Illuminates a Major Misconception About Domestic Violence

It’s a throwaway moment in a lighthearted interview about a lighthearted movie: Chatting with Time about their animated alien-invasion movie HomeJim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin (how’s that for a random combination of celebrity names that also happens to be a real-life cast?) are asked about their favorite animated films growing up. Steve Martin, being the oldest and also great, picks Peter Pan. And then Rihanna says she “fell in love with the Beast… That’s pretty much my dating record so far” — dropping an apparent reference to her relationship with Chris Brown before laughing it off. … Read More

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