Miley Cyrus Is Wising Up. Sorta: Links You Need to See

Happy Friday! This Easter weekend has really brought us some true miracles, like Jaime Lannister regrowing his hand and Miley Cyrus growing a dash of common sense. But just a dash. Let’s not get crazy. … Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lykke Li, Lana Del Rey

As much as I secretly love the Pharrell-Johnny Marr-Hans Zimmer salute to Celine Dion, otherwise known as their Amazing Spider-Man 2 song, there’s better stuff for your ears this week. Some options: … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: RIP [Redacted]

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Scandal and Community end their seasons, and Game of Thrones introduces a major twist just as it’s getting started.  … Read More

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Tracy Morgan’s New Special Reminds Us of What He’s Best At: Stand-up Comedy

Every now and then, a stand-up comedian who finds fortune and glory on television or in the movies returns to the form that made him or her famous. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, for example, don’t really need to get back on the stage, but they do it any chance they can get. While Seinfeld is, well, still Seinfeld, forever doing his clean “What’s the deal with…” routine, Rock’s stand-up tours are a chance to witness a comedian who is literally one of the best ever do what he does best. Rock is so good when he gets the microphone in his hand, you can forgive him for all the fluffy movies he makes with his less-talented former SNL cast buddies. … Read More

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WGN America’s ‘Salem’ Manages to Make Witch Trials Boring

WGN America is mostly known for airing baseball games and syndicated sitcom reruns. It’s a network that you only half pay attention to, putting on old 30 Rock episodes or edited versions of movies like Fast Five in the background while making dinner. It’s not a network that you would expect to run a gruesome, sexually charged supernatural drama about witches, but, well, here we are. On Sunday night — unfortunately opposite Mad Men and Silicon Valley/Veep — WGN American will premiere its first original scripted series, the period drama SalemSalem, as you may gather from the title, is loosely based on the Salem witch trials. It’s obvious from the pilot that WGN America took notes from networks like FX and AMC, but Salem is hardly a worthy contender.  … Read More

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Why Is Prince Getting Back Into Bed With Warner Brothers?

Hell must be freezing over, and the sun will probably rise in the west tomorrow, because this morning brought news of the single most unlikely thing in the world (or the music industry, at least): Prince has re-signed with Warner Bros. I say “re-signed” because, remember, Warner is the same company that so infuriated His Purpleness in the 1990s that he took to scrawling “SLAVE” on his face when he appeared in public, and pioneered the legally adventurous move of changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol in an attempt to extricate himself from his record contract. This fact seems to have been largely overlooked by everyone reporting the news of his new deal this morning. Clearly, Prince’s ways are inscrutable at best, but seriously, what’s going on here? … Read More

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25 Essential Graphic Novels

Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent examples out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here! The world of the graphic novel is one that spans a wide range of authors, artists, styles, and subject matter, and this primer covers all the… Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Tom and Lorenzo’s Brilliant ‘Mad Men’ Blogging, Leslie Jamison on Female Pain

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the Internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This time, superior Mad Men blogging and interviews, Leslie Jamison on female pain, the search for Tom Lehrer, and more. … Read More

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“My Girls Rock Chanel and Smoke Mad Marijuana”: A Girl-Stoner 4/20 Playlist

Friends, the holiday weekend is upon us. By that I mean Easter, sure, but also 4/20 — a silly, unnecessary occasion that tends to attract and evoke the very stupidest, most cliché elements of stoner culture. But hey, it’s also a great excuse to make a playlist. In this case, inspired by both The Cut’s excellent lady-tokers-on-film supercut and the appallingly poor representation of women on these types of lists, it’s a collection of stoner anthems and weed shout-outs by female artists (and female-fronted bands). Because in these post-Broad City times, none of us should ever have to hear Bob Dylan bleat “Everybody must get stoned” again. … Read More

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Why Do Cinematographers Make Such Lousy Directors?

Wally Pfister has been in it for a minute. He started out in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, first as a camera operator and then cinematographer for straight-to-VHS erotic thrillers and horror films with titles like Animal Instincts II, Secret Games 3, and Amityville: A New Generation. But in 2000, he hooked up with director Christopher Nolan for Momento, and he’s shot every Nolan film since (along with Moneyball, The Italian Job, and a few others). Now he moves into the director’s chair, orchestrating a high-caliber cast in the big-budget sci-fi thriller Transcendence (out today). But even if you view it without this thumbnail bio in the back of your head, you might guess the pedigree, because it’s a terrible movie that looks amazing. … Read More

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