We are witnessing Hollywood’s long-overdue moral reckoning

In 2006, while accepting the Best Supporting Actor award for Syriana, George Clooney gave a speech that instantly became such shorthand for celebrity smugness that South Park based an entire episode around making fun of it. “We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while, I think. It’s probably a…

Political engagement has to go beyond social media, says On The Media’s Brooke Gladstone

The past 11 months have been marred by massive problems like the threat of thermonuclear war, inadequate response to gun violence, inadequate response to natural disasters, sexual assault revelations, and human rights violations—to name a few. In troubling times like these, people are being encouraged to speak out and…

One of the most moving parts of Stranger Things 2 is hiding in plain sight

One of the most moving parts of the Stranger Things 2 (and that’s saying something, considering the season tugged mightily on the heartstrings) was the tender, yet strained, bond between Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). More than just a surrogate father-daughter relationship, the…

Ellen Page discusses Brett Ratner harassment, remorse about Woody Allen in lengthy Facebook post

By now it’s safe to assume every female actor in Hollywood has experienced harassment—actually, just assume every female everywhere—but it’s always more helpful to hear it from them directly, in dispiriting detail. This afternoon Ellen Page joined the fray with a lengthy Facebook post sharing her experiences working…

Lady Dynamite’s season premiere manages to have its cake and eat it too

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Lady Dynamite’s second-season premiere wants to have its cake and eat it, too. That’s not a complaint; that’s a theme woven through “Wet Raccoon” right from the jump—the actual jump, when Maria jumps in and out of the shower in the opening scene. (I’ll use “Maria” to speak of the fictionalized character and “Bamford”…

Not even Beyoncé can save Eminem’s ridiculous new whine-fest

It requires some serious suspension of disbelief to buy that Eminem is an underdog at this point, considering that his last album is both quadruple platinum and the winner of the Best Rap Album Grammy. But saying, “Everybody hates me” and, more specifically, “Guess who’s back?” has served his career well so far, and…

The Marvel universe's heroes are basically movie stars with superpowers

From Iron Man on, the gajillion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe has toyed with portraying its characters as A-list and B-list celebrities or even actors cast in roles—a Hollywoodian fantasy where superheroes go to lunch, get asked for autographs, mingle at after-parties. (Avengers Tower is supposed to be in Midtown…

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