The Lorena Bobbitt case encompasses a multitude of issues that are equally relevant today, 26 years later: the tyranny of the 24-hour news cycle; the fear and shame that keep women from reporting abuse; the dangerous allure of instant celebrity; and above it all, our endless, unhealthy appetite for tawdry tabloid scandals — especially when…
We gave it a B+ Don’t come to True West hungry. If you do, be warned that somewhere in midst of Act 2, you’ll have to endure the image (and if you’re close enough, the aroma) of a not-insignificant amount of toast being made. Yes, toast. That smell, and the eventual fate of those crisped…
Warning: The following contains spoilers from the first two episodes of The Blacklist season 6. Read at your own risk! Raymond Reddington (James Spader) has finally been captured — but he’s not going to go down without a fight. At the end of the two-part season 6 premiere of NBC’s The Blacklist, Red tells Liz (Megan Boone)…
We gave it a B Is there anything more ripe for the cinematic Venn diagram of horror, comedy, and camp than the world of high-end contemporary art? (Aside from child beauty pageants, maybe, or current American politics.) In Velvet Buzzsaw, writer-director Dan Gilroy reunites with his Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal for a sort of gleeful…
The line between pulp drama and pure camp isn’t so much blurred as it is blithely stomped all over in Polar, a Saturday-morning-cartoon splatter of sex, violence, and seemingly endless close-ups of bouncy, glistening female body parts. (Though, in the spirit of fairness, director Jonas Åkerlund gives star Mads Mikkelsen his share of equal-opportunity nudity…
When Adrienne Brodeur turned 14 years old, her mother, Malabar told a secret that would forever change their relationship. As Brodeur writes in her highly anticipated memoir Wild Game, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences…
Since Lee Unkrich joined Pixar in 1994, he’s been involved with some of the most celebrated animated films in Hollywood history, notably directing Toy Story 3 and Coco. Now, he says, “The time has come for new adventures.” After 25 years, Unkrich announces he’s leaving Pixar. “I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead,…
Today is facing criticism for its decision to interview Nicholas Sandmann, the teenager at the center of a scandal that evolved during a recent rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Anchor Savannah Guthrie announced via Twitter that she’ll sit down Wednesday with Sandmann, who identified himself as the MAGA hat-wearing junior from Kentucky’s…
There’s room for two more in The Twilight Zone reboot. DeWanda Wise and Jessica Williams have been cast in an episode of the upcoming CBS All Access anthology series. Dominik Bindl/Getty Images; Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Nothing is yet known about the roles Wise (Netflix’s Shes’ Gotta Have It) and Williams (2 Dope Queens) will play, but Lucinda…
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