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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Louis C.K.

Amid new claims of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. took to the SNL stage to close out the show’s 40th season. As expected, there was no acknowledgement of the alleged incident (incidents, really, since these rumors have been popping up since 2012), with C.K. getting some uncomfortable laughs during his provocative monologue about child molesters. The 40th season’s final chapter has been, shocker, somewhat disappointing. Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson tackled cruddy material, while Taraji P. Henson and Dwayne Johnson fared better. But SNL has bounced back from worse, and the show’s growing pains are starting to temper. Say goodbye to 40 with C.K. and musical guest Rihanna, who was perhaps the best part of last night’s episode with a striking multimedia performance. … Read More

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Talking H.R. Giger’s Books, Cats, and Sexual Artworks With the Director of an Intimate Documentary on the Last Years of His Life

The first figure we see in Belinda Sallin’s intimate documentary Dark Star, which reveals the last years in the life of artist H. R. Giger, is his beloved Siamese cat Müggi. Behind the shuttered doors of Giger’s ivy-covered cottage, where sunlight dare not enter, and behind the macabre master’s tight-lipped smile that can’t mask the pains of age, Müggi is Giger’s spirit roaming… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has bestowed upon us the “rancid pile of hot garbage” known as Hot Pursuit, which opened this weekend. The actress appeared on the SNL stage last night in the wake of the critical melee. Witherspoon hasn’t hosted SNL since 2001 — the first episode to air after the September… Read More

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“Pleasure Is the Ultimate Rebellion”: Lydia Lunch on Making Poetry Out of Horror, Uncompromising Self-Love, and Her First Major Retrospective

Lydia Lunch, no wave queen and teenage runaway turned Teenage Jesus, is back in New York City, where it all started for her in the 1970s. Lydia Lunch: So Real It Hurts, her first major retrospective, opens at Howl! Happening May 8 and surveys her photography series The War Is Never Over, the provocative installation You Are Not Safe in Your Own Home, and the many letters, posters, and ephemera from her incredible, nearly 40-year career. Performances and live events accompany the exhibit, which runs through June 5. A contrarian, hysterian, and hedonist, Lunch’s song lyrics, writings, photography, and spoken word performances peel back the skin and peer deep into the chasm of contemporary culture. While she searches for a home for her archives, readies for a new release from her band Retrovirus, preps to teach at a university summer writing program, and sees a vinyl reissue of the powerful Conspiracy of Women on Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People, the iconoclast shared her views on how to be the ultimate confrontationist. … Read More

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A ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Soundtrack Wishlist

Season two of True Detective can’t come soon enough for fans, who have been clamoring to figure out what mythological references and other hidden treasures might await based on a few scant clues about the new narrative. Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Rachel McAdams star in the new season — and based on the mustachioed trailer we just saw, featuring the haunting vocals of Lera Lynn, music will continue to play as big a role in the tone of the series as ever. The clip inspired us to create a soundtrack wishlist for the second season, which is set in “the scorched landscapes of California.” Feel free to share your own picks, below. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Scarlett Johansson

We’re in the final stretch of SNL’s big 40th season with a trio of hosts who are probably feeling the pressure. Scarlett Johansson kicks things off, followed by Reese Witherspoon and Louis C.K. on May 9 and 16, respectively. This isn’t Johansson’s first time on the Studio 8H stage, but it’s been a while — and now she’s a mom with, perhaps, a new perspective. We get a hint of that in her opening monologue, but it’s her Black Widow side that gets the biggest laugh of the night. Marvel at how it all went down last night (sorry), below. … Read More

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The Weirdest Vintage ‘SNL’ Musical Performances

Contemporary Saturday Night Live doesn’t always have its finger on the pulse the way it should. It’s done a few things wrong, like the ongoing race debacle that creators tried to make right with the recent hiring of more diverse cast members. SNL also isn’t nearly as edgy as it used to be, during the days of Eddie Murphy and John Belushi. But Studio 8H has, at least, always featured a wide variety of musical guests — some stranger than others. Dangerous Minds dug up a video of hardcore band Fear playing the SNL stage in 1981. Inspired by Lee Ving and company’s wild performance, we rounded up some other weird vintage musical… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Taraji P. Henson

If you’re a fan of Fox’s hip hop soap opera Empire, then you’re quite familiar with this week’s guest — and probably anticipating a slew of Cookie Lyon spoofs. Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has been doing her thing for ages in films like Baby Boy, Hustle & Flow, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Tonight she takes the SNL stage for the first time — and hopefully not the last. Henson has energy to spare, so dig in below for a look at her Studio 8H debut. … Read More

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2015 Guggenheim Fellows Announced

Today the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 173 Fellowships to “a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson aces everything he does. From college football and professional wrestling, to music videos and blockbuster movies, Johnson’s charismatic personality and competitive drive quickly established him as a cut above the muscled lunkheads in Hollywood. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu once described Johnson as “franchise Viagra” — a nickname that SNL riffed on during the actor’s opening monologue last night. If anyone could use a pick-me-up, it’s Saturday Night Live. See how Johnson’s appearance helped smooth over SNL’s uneven slate, below. … Read More

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