Alternate Routes: Tidal's Music Discovery Problems, RSD's Silver Lining in Ork Records Reissues

Alternate Routes is a column from Flavorwire contributor and WFMU DJ Jesse Jarnow, in which he’ll explore music... Read More
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Are Amy Schumer and Jessica Chastain the Next Big Comedy Duo? Links You Need to See

Ah, Amy Schumer: one of the rare celebrities, who, the more ubiquitous she becomes and the further she gets into her “uncontested reign as the queen of comedy,” the more people love her. Such was the Schumer-description in The Dissolve’s announcement of today’s new Schumer-thing (one does, gladly, seem to come out at least once a week these days). Today’s particular Schumer-thing was especially intriguing, albeit not certain: the comedian may be co-starring with Jessica Chastain as her “wild and crude acquaintance Summer” in the “girls-gone-wild” comedy Plus One. Meanwhile, through the example of Amy Schumer’s latest brilliant sketch (about Bill Cosby), The Atlantic traces how comedians (also included: Louis C.K., Key and Peele, Sarah Silverman, John Oliver) went from being fulfillers of escapism to legitimate public intellectuals, consistently leading audiences to confront the uglier aspects of society. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: PornCon 2015

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, Silicon Valley visits a (mostly) PG porn convention and Amy Schumer explains the universe’s bizarre concern for basics.  … Read More

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Understanding the Duggar Scandal Without Schadenfreude: A Reading List

The distressing news about the existence of old molestation accusations against reality TV religious scion Josh Duggar — leading to the limbo that the franchise remains in now — has brought several other unpleasant cultural strains to the fore. There’s been a good deal of liberal schadenfreude in seeing a seemingly unstoppable cultural force (that stands for some pretty reprehensible principles) taken down in this particular way. And on the other side, we have seen a rash of salacious stories about religious extremism that seek to gratify the same sort of gossipy curiosity that made the Duggars famous to begin with. … Read More

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From Tom Hardy to Cate Blanchett: 5 Celebrities’ Perfect Responses to Sexist Interviews

Why do reporters ask vapid gendered questions about diets and clothes and “balancing work and family” of actresses over and over again — while they ask male movie stars about preparing for their roles and other weighty topics? Well, because whether these inane queries get slapped down or answered in earnest, it probably makes for a juicy headline. But it’s also simply lazy. That’s why one of the most heartening changes in the cultural sphere in the past few years is the way so many celebrities, male and female alike (Jeremy Renner being a notable exception), have simply refused to play this game — or, even better, called questioners on their… Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “The Road, Part 2″

­Usually, when Louis C.K. does a multi-part episode on Louie—like the two-part “Daddy’s Girlfriend,” the three-part “Late Show” and “Pamela,” and the six-part “Eleveator”—it’s to tell a sprawling narrative, to do something structured less like episodic television than like cinema. But the two parts of “The Road,” which close Louie’s fifth season, seem to exist less for purposes of narrative than volume; there’s just too much terrible shit to get into one half-hour, because the road is a miserable, miserable place. And yet… … Read More

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Supreme Leader Snoke and Supreme Painter Tennessee Williams: Links You Need to See

It’s imperative to begin this links roundup with some some photos of breathtaking bookstores, because this is the internet, on which people write about things that aren’t at all imperative — like looking at photos of breathtaking bookstores — as if they were. Apart from providing listicle opportunities, bookstores (which happen to be “hanging in there” despite the changing technologies behind the act of reading) also contain books, which contain information, likely spanning the history of the entire world. What they might not contain, however, is the otherworldly news of the just-revealed, very very silly name of Andy Serkis’ character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Said very very silly name in question is: Supreme Leader Snoke… Read More

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Surprise! Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ Isn’t a Catastrophe

Public service announcement: Cameron Crowe’s new film Aloha features a party scene where Emma Stone and Bill Murray dance to Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That,” and if you (like me) are the kind of person who finds the promise of such a scene utterly delightful, let me assure you that it lives up to that promise. It’s a scene of sheer movie-star pleasure that pretty much stops the film for about three minutes; it doesn’t really move the plot (or even, in retrospect, make much narrative sense), but it feels like something Crowe had to put in, for the simple reason that he couldn’t not put it in. Maybe a more disciplined filmmaker would’ve resisted that temptation, but if we’ve learned anything about Cameron Crowe, it’s that he’s not terribly disciplined, which can be both a blessing and a curse. It seems your correspondent likes Aloha more than much of the critical community (to say nothing of the studio releasing it), but your enjoyment will hinge greatly on your level of tolerance for Mr. Crowe’s indulgences. … Read More

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Young Women Declare an End to the Iron Maiden; This Is the “Summer of The Rack!”

Today, the New York Times published the article, “Young Women Say No to Thongs.” But a millennium ago, The Olde Yorkshire Times published the article below, which Flavorwire dug up from its extensive archives of the little-known medieval publication. The similarities were striking: … Read More

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Richard Prince’s Instagram Project Isn’t Just Morally Questionable — It’s Boring Art

At this point, there remains very little to say about an artist who has been as roundly, comprehensively, and rightly criticized as Richard Prince has over the years. Even so, there’s something particularly egregious about the art world’s most notorious magpie’s new project, which, as widely reported, consists of printed screenshots of people’s Instagram photos. The fact that Prince has been selling these images for $90,000 apiece probably says more about the gullible nature of fine art collectors than anything else, but it does add insult to injury for anyone who happens to be the subject of one of the pictures that have been lifted. … Read More

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