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Longform You Have to Read: Notorious Celebrity Profiles, From M.I.A. to Chris Evans

In a world where you have more options for satisfying your longform reading needs than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, their status as classics, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking some of the most notorious celebrity profiles from then and now. … Read More

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DVR Alert: Richard Linklater is Tonight’s TCM ‘Guest Programmer’

Heads-up, Boyhood fans, Linklater followers, and just plain movie lovers: Flavorwire favorite Richard Linklater, director of Boyhood,… Read More

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The 30 Harshest Actor-on-Actor Insults in History

In the current ultra-managed, publicist-controlled, sound-byte-driven media atmosphere, you don’t get to hear stars really speaking their minds anymore — at least, not about anything fun, like how they really feel about their fellow stars. But occasionally a little something sneaks through the PR wall, both now and back in Hollywood’s golden age, sometimes as whispers, sometimes as gossip, sometimes long after the fact. And thus, we present another, long-overdue installment of our ongoing series (following authors, filmmakers, and musicians) of really famous people really cutting each other… Read More

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10 Legendary Celebrity Parties

The Miley Cyrus VMA, European Music Awards, feminist, bleached eyebrows, and riding-naked-on-a-wrecking-ball hysteria has overwhelmed the media, and the singer will undoubtedly create new headlines as she celebrates her 21st birthday. Attendees can expect a “sex dungeon” and go-go dancers at tonight’s party, because why the hell not. She’ll also be taking over MTV on Sunday for eight hours of tongue-wagging shenanigans. The celebratory weekend will surely be one in a long line of memorable celebrity shindigs — ten of which we revisited for your amusement, below. … Read More

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Shocker: Ronan Farrow Might be Frank Sinatra’s Son

Imagine spending your life thinking that you have inherited the genes of the world’s most famous neurotic, then you find… Read More

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12 American Hit Movies That Caused International Controversy

Zhang Jieli, an officer in the People’s Liberation Army, took to the pages of the People’s Liberation Army Daily to warn Chinese moviegoers that Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-fighting-robots epic Pacific Rim is, in fact, a big ol’ slab of American propaganda that “exported the U.S.’s rebalancing of its Asia-Pacific strategy.” For decades now, American movies have set off controversies, battles, and outright bans around the world. Here are a few prominent… Read More

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12 Famous Actors and the Films You Forgot They Directed

As you may have heard, Scarlett Johansson is going to make the leap from actress to feature filmmaker, helming an adaptation of Truman Capote’s first, posthumously published novel Summer Crossing. The path from one side of the camera to the other is a well-trod one, so here’s hoping that Ms. Johansson follows in the footsteps of distinguished actors-turned-directors like Charles Laughton, Orson Welles, and Clint Eastwood. But don’t forget, not all actors find the transition so easy; some try it once and never again, the job of director a strange and forgotten footnote on otherwise stellar careers. … Read More

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Old Master-Style Still Lifes of the Ridiculous Food Musicians Request on Tour

We’ve looked at the strange and hilarious demands that musicians made in their tour riders before, and artist Henry Hargreaves brought those contractual requests to life in a new photo series. In the style of Old Master paintings, Hargreaves photographed the nibbles pop stars like to stuff their faces with. “I was inspired to create this series after reviewing a few riders from some of the biggest acts in the world, all of which were ridiculous,” the artist wrote for Vice. “What I found most interesting about them is that they offered a glimpse into their larger-than-life personalities.” It’s true. Sinatra lived on booze, New Kids on the Block eat like 12-year-old boys, Axl Rose’s cuisine also makes you want to punch him in the face, and Prince sips tea. Meanwhile, Billy Idol has danced with himself for so long, he’s resorted to chocolate chip cookies and a tub of butter to soothe his weary feet (and soul). Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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10 Musical Preferences That Might Get You Arrested (Or Killed)

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t quite stifle a rueful sigh at the news earlier this week that a woman in Colorado was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend after he refused to stop blasting Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the stereo. It seems there’ve been several such reports of late, and while there’s nothing funny about domestic assault, the whole thing did get us thinking about songs that have managed to get their fans into hot water. We decided to investigate further, and came up with this selection of music that has landed fans in trouble in various amusing, ridiculous, and/or depressing ways. … Read More

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