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Sia’s ‘This Is Acting’ Breaks Down the Business of Being Anthemic

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The upcoming album from the most mellifluous wig in music — Sia — is a specimen of pointedly impersonal pop: it mostly comprises songs she wrote entirely for other artists. Seen in light of the music itself, the title of the album, This Is Acting, seems neither to glorify the concept of being a blank slate and molding oneself to write for icons nor make a more sinister statement about self-erasure.
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Who Is Saartjie Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus,” and Why Would Beyoncé Want to Play Her in a Film?

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Yesterday it was reported that Beyoncé, one of the biggest pop stars in the world, has her eyes on a new project. According to the report, she wants to write and direct an adaptation of the story of Saartjie “Sara” Baartman, a South African woman with prominent physical features that led to her being displayed in freak shows in London and Paris, and who for many represented Europe’s view of Africans as sexually savage and racially inferior. 
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The Year in Bad Ideas

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2015 was a year that gave us a lot of excellent books, films, TV shows, albums, and other cultural wonders. It was also a year in which a lot of people evangelized — and in some cases realized — a lot of egregiously dumb ideas. We’ve devoted plenty of space to 2015’s cultural highlights, so here, in the name of balance, is a slog through the year’s cultural sewer. Content warning: transphobia, Twitter fights, Martin Shkreli.
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The Most Scathing Reviews from Musicians’ Acting Debuts

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Musicians in movies are a dicey proposition. But we have faith in Adele, who will be starring in her first movie with Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The filmmaker recently directed the singer’s video for “Hello” to rave reviews. This month also marks the anniversary of Elvis’ film debut in Love Me Tender, which was panned by the critics, but managed to perform at the box office. Singers turned actors in movies are a mixed bag at best, and at worst, like Elvis’ performance, are torn apart by cinema’s critical elite.
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Halloween 2015: Celebrity Edition

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Halloween is a time to let your hair down and adopt another personality for a night — or perhaps reveal a side of yourself you don’t always feel comfortable letting loose. When celebrities join the festivities, the results are usually entertaining. This Halloween proves no different, evidenced by the many Instagram and Twitter pics of stars getting spooky.
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