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‘Animals’ Is More Pun-Heavy Indie Dramedy Than the Next ‘Bojack Horseman’

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A sweet, awkward beta male has trouble meeting girls. A sweet, awkward beta male has anxiety about his best friend outgrowing their relationship. A sweet, awkward beta male experiments with his sexuality. All three sound like standard plot lines of a certain kind of small-scale Sundance dramedy — the kind with tiny box office redeemed by an even tinier budget, a promising future as something to stream during a cozy night in, and a name like Swanberg or Duplass attached to it. And that’s exactly what Animals is, with just a few minor tweaks.
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‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ Directors on Controversy, Branding, and Why Patti Smith Isn’t Involved

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PARK CITY, UTAH: For so many people, who were either too young or too disconnected from the art world to have heard it before, the name “Robert Mapplethorpe” didn’t become a familiar one until after his death, when his final exhibition “The Perfect Moment” became the center of a culture war firefight over obscenity, arts funding, and sexuality. Notoriously bigoted Senator Jesse Helms led the charge, challenging – nay, daring – his colleagues to “look at the pictures.” That directive has been repurposed by the documentary filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Party Monster, Inside Deep Throat) as the title of their documentary profile Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday in advance of its HBO debut this spring.
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HBO’s ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming’ Showcases J. Cole’s Premature Obsession With His Legacy

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J. Cole is a talented rapper. Of all the MCs littering the mainstream pop charts, he’s one of the most concerned with the quality of his lyrics, often weaving long narratives over entire verses, songs, and albums. He’s also a talented producer; he produced much of his latest LP, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and has produced for other artists. He cares intensely about the quality and message of his art. But more than anything else, he cares what you think. He cares about his legacy.
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