Tag: Culture

The Outsize Imagination of Orson Welles

There’s something vaguely mournful, if not altogether sentimental, about Mark Cousins’s new documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles, a two-hour love letter to the legendary director. It starts with the plaintive notes of an organ playing the baroque Adagio in G Minor coupled with a spectacular aerial shot of Lower Manhattan. The camera glides contemplatively […]

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Holy Hell, James Gunn Is Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ Again

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney Disney has re-hired James Gunn as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, according to Deadline. The change came after Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn reportedly met with Gunn to discuss his initial firing. Gunn’s subsequent apology and the “handling of the situation […]

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The Wild Story of the Real-Life Mobster Who Starred in ‘The Godfather’

In 1988, a gangster from the Medellin Cartel was harassing a woman at State Street, a Las Vegas club and casino owned by actor Gianni Russo, who played Carlo Rizzi in Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic mafia flick, The Godfather. When Russo intervened the Colombian smashed a bottle of Cristal in his face. Bleeding profusely and […]

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Fans Got Marvel to Bump Danai Gurira’s Credit Up on the ‘Endgame’ Poster

Thursday blessed us with two new Marvel drops—the Avengers: Endgame trailer, and an official poster in form of giving Danai Gurira a top-line name credit. The initial poster, released this morning, was standard Marvel fare: a bunch of superheroes/famous actors looking off into different directions in space or something. But what caught many fans’ eyes […]

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This Is What Discrimination in Hollywood Writers Rooms Actually Looks Like

People of color have had to claw their way into Hollywood’s writers rooms, and what they see along the way and once they’re in is pretty horrible. Stars like Lena Waithe and Jordan Peele have launched initiatives that could give aspiring diverse writers a jump start in Hollywood, and come June, Mindy Kaling and Emma […]

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The ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie Has a Release Date and a Dumb New Title

On Thursday, HBO revealed when we’ll finally see David Chase’s extremely stacked Sopranos prequel film—but it’s, uh, going to be a little while. The movie, which was originally titled The Many Saints of Newark but is now apparently just called Newark for some reason, is set to drop in September 2020, Deadline reports. Details on […]

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A Definitive Ranking of the Most Emo Heroes in the New ‘Avengers’ Trailer

Marvel dropped a brand-new trailer for Avengers: Endgame on Thursday, and it is, unsurprisingly, as debilitatingly sad as the last one. The first half the trailer is just black-and-white flashbacks with a mournful voiceover; if that doesn’t scream “dark night of the soul,” nothing does. The back half centers around our intrepid, mopey heroes trying […]

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The Female Superhero Stories You Should Be Reading Right Now

You may have heard—Marvel finally released its first female led superhero film. This on screen adaptation is long overdo, especially considering the thriving world of female superheroes on the page. Characters like Spider-Gwen and Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan are obvious star newcomers, both serving major roles in Marvel comics. But young adult fiction and comic […]

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Black Actresses Are Calling Out Hollywood for Making Them Do Their Own Hair

When model Olivia Anakwe posted on Instagram on Friday venting that no hair stylists at the shoot she was on knew how to work with her natural hair, it sparked a conversation online that highlights an issue faced by black women in Hollywood. By Monday, black actors, including Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell and Gabrielle Union, gathered […]

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The Branding of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo loved hot pink lipstick, the color of crushed hibiscus blossoms, of flor de Jamaica, of bougainvillea vines crawling over stucco walls. Her chosen shade, at least later in her life, was Revlon’s “Everything’s Rosy,” which she purchased in golden bullet tubes in the 1940s, after Revlon opened a manufacturing plant in Mexico. Kahlo […]

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‘Booksmart’ Looks Like a Hilarious Female ‘Superbad’ Revamp in This New Trailer

It looks like Jonah Hill’s sister, Beanie Feldstein, could be taking up the mantle of high school nerd-gone-wild comedy—and showing you don’t need a bunch of bros making dick jokes or whatever to do it justice. On Monday, we got our first good look at Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s new movie about two straightedge girls—Molly (Feldstein) […]

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The Universe According to Hilma af Klint

In January 1906, Hilma af Klint was offered an unusual commission. For years, the Swedish artist had been meeting with four female friends to pray, meditate, and hold séances, in which they attempted to contact a set of spiritual guides they called the High Masters. The women, who dubbed themselves The Five (De Fem), took […]

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Gayle King Gave Stephen Colbert the Bizarre Background Story to Her R. Kelly Interview

Days after Gayle King’s explosive interview with R. Kelly on CBS This Morning to discuss the multiple allegations of sexual abuse against him—where he threw a temper tantrum in the middle of their conversation, earning him a crying meme fit to replace Michael Jordan’s—King shared the backstory Thursday night on The Late Show with Stephen […]

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We’re Already Obsessed with ‘Killing Eve’ Season Two

The chase is on—Killing Eve‘s season two trailer has finally dropped. Like its killer first season, the show will follow Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) as she tracks down illustrious assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), “if she’s still alive.” The noir infused detective drama topped dozens of 2018 “best show of the year” lists, and if this […]

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