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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Larry David

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This is the only SNL episode that matters as we go deeper into the presidential primaries. Larry David has appeared as a guest on the series, impersonating (without having to try very hard) Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Last night, there was visual proof that they are not actually the same person as Sanders did indeed make a cameo. Sanders also makes a very Larry David introduction when musical guest The 1975 hit the stage (lead singer Matthew Healy could be the love child of Dave Gahan and googly–eyed Robert Smith). See how it all went down last night, below.
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The Best Teenage Bedrooms on Film

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A space of rebellion or individuality, or a hideout to escape the insanity of that scary thing called life, a teenager’s bedroom is a vivid symbol of personal freedom. When it comes to cinema, a character’s bedroom aesthetic can tell us a lot about their inner world. Here are some of our favorite examples of teenage bedrooms in the movies.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Adam Driver

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Adam Driver, still reeling from the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was an affable host on last night’s SNL, despite the subpar material written for him. The first episode of the new year had plenty of rough patches, and its biggest highlight was just an excerpt (the 1979 David Bowie musical performances, which we include in full), but Driver’s laid-back charm soothed the pain. See how it all went down last night, below.
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Fascinating Films About Real-Life Unsolved Mysteries

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With the Making a Murderer controversy creating headlines, the new season of Serial hashing out why Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked off his base in Afghanistan, and last year’s weird news still fresh in our minds (like the bizarre case of the Japanese “ghost boats”), we’re feeling a little bit like Robert Stack with unsolved mysteries on the brain. We turned to cinema to soak up the stories of several real-life cases (from serial killers to cryptozoology) that have defied explanation and remain a mystery.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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The hosts we’ve all been waiting for finally returned to the SNL stage last night. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler debuted their new movie Sisters this weekend, which we’ve been highlighting all week, but the real fans flocked to the telly to see the women resume their rightful place on the “Weekend Update” throne, dish out sassy banter, and bring some bite back to series. See how it all went down last night, below.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Chris Hemsworth

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Last night’s episode of SNL was the embodiment of Chris Hemsworth’s career: playful, safe, pretty vanilla, and good for a few chuckles. While nothing stood out as being extraordinary or absolutely awful, sometimes that’s ok. We’re all just biding our time for the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted episode on December 19 anyway. See how it all went down last night, below.
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An Amazing ‘Twin Peaks’ Tarot Deck

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When most people think of the tarot, the Rider-Waite deck springs to mind. Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith (with input from academic and mystic A. E. Waite), the deck’s iconic line drawings contain magical/occult symbols that were a departure from previous cards with largely Christian iconography. We’ve seen numerous pop-culture adaptations of the mystical cards, but illustrator Benjamin Mackey’s Twin Peaks tarot has to be our favorite.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey hosted last night’s SNL for the first time in 14 years. His gift as a storyteller, something Lincoln Motor Company tried to bank on following the cult success of his role in True Detective, was on display during the show’s opening with an explanation about the origin of his famous catchphrase. Adele joins the episode for a rousing performance of “Hello” and “When We Were Young.” See how the British singer’s post-breakup ballad found its way into last evening’s sketches, below.
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Convincing Posters That Cast Classic Stars in Contemporary Films

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If you worship cinema’s holy trinity of “Davids,” which includes David Lynch, David Fincher, and David Cronenberg, you’ll adore graphic designer Peter Stults’ What If: Movies Reimagined for Another Time and Place poster series. The New York-based artist trades contemporary actors with classic stars (and directors) on the posters for modern films. In this volume of his one-sheet remakes, which we learned about on Booooooom, Stults tackles the filmographies of the three Davids — along with other movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy (with Michael Jackson in the lead role, which suddenly makes complete sense).
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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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