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Is Mainstream Comedy Getting an Overdue Shot of Bicuriosity?

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There’s a memorable/notorious scene in Judd Apatow’s 2005 breakthrough hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin that finds secondary characters David (Paul Rudd) and Cal (Seth Rogen) playing a video game and riffing on the different ways each man knows the other is “gay.” Their explanations range from stereotypical to obvious, and while the scene can be read as homophobic, I’ve always thought it a little smarter (and funnier) than that; it’s a commentary on stereotypes, but also on the sometimes imperceptibly thin line between admitted sexual attractions and the kind of affectionate “bromances” that populate mainstream comedies by Apatow and his contemporaries. But these things go in cycles, and it feels like we’re in the early moments of a new one, in which the sexual fluidity that was so often subtext in these comedies is finally moving into the foreground.
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Watch: A Liberated Kit Harington Delights in Pure Ridiculousness in Trailer for HBO’s Tennis Mockumentary

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For the last four years, Kit Harington has devoted his time to a very grave television show, with a very grave fifth season finale. Luckily, given the actor’s seeming liberation (from what? I didn’t say anything), he’s letting his comedic side — the side that might otherwise conflict with his Jon Snowiness — loose. The trailer for Jake… Read More

Taylor Swift Is Not Your Mom, But She May Be Your “Aunt Becky”: Links You Need to See

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If you’ve been jonesing for worldwide fame and recognition, right now is your chance: Game of Thrones is looking to cast some unknowns for season six. If you fit the bill of “Priestess,” “Pirate,” or “one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros,” drop out of medical school or whatever else you’re doing this instant and go to the casting call. Or, you can just forever keep being an Ordinary Person (OP), only remembered in old family photos or in unflattering, hyperreal sculptures by Duane Hanson like these other OPs. Look, when you’re famous (like Lena Dunham), you can post photos of yourself in your lingerie on Instagram and get almost 100,000 likes. Just like that. So what are you waiting for?
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Chernobyl and Its Radiant Creative Culture Lures New Yorkers

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It started with a Geiger counter. Just as the Girls tour of Greenpoint generated buzz about that secluded, environmental hazard-plagued, northern nook of Brook, the Chernobyl Diaries tour of Chernobyl has already begun generating excitement and lifting the stigma surrounding the abandoned nuclear power plant and its environs. As they may or may not say in real estate, “it was only a matter of time.”
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Quiz: Conservative Thinkpiece or April Fools’ Joke Headline?

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April Fools’ Day on the Internet can be a minefield in these absurdist times. What’s a joke and what’s quotidian clickbait? What’s clever, dry, post-hipster satire and what’s April Fools-specific satire? For example: Are your friends mockingly imitating the people who are actually defending those racist tweets, or they actually applauding the racist tweets? Is a pizzeria really deigning to declare itself off-limits for gay weddings? We confess to being a bit bewildered ourselves, worried as to whether we’re going to click our way onto a virtual whoopee cushion, so we thought we’d offer a guide for navigating these stormy seas.

Look at the below headlines and determine whether each is an April Fools story or an actual conservative headline:
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Spice Girls Reunions and ‘Furious 7’s’ Chances at a Best Picture Oscar: Links You Need to See

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The seventh time might be a charm for the Fast & Furious action film franchise. At least Vin Diesel seems to think so, telling Variety with an intense enthusiasm this week that, “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” Diesel wasn’t joking, but we’re not holding our breath that the Academy will come around — just in case, however, Slate has made a “For Your Consideration” ad. 
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