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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…

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…

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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…

Etrigan comes to Death Valley in this The Demon: Hell Is Earth #1 exclusive

DC Comics’ celebration of Jack Kirby’s centennial year is winding down, but it still has new projects to offer in these last months. Kirby creations Etrigan and Jason Blood are back in next week’s The Demon: Hell Is Earth, a new miniseries that takes the body-sharing pair to California’s Death Valley to stop a hellish…