The Problem With Apu wades into a bigger issue: The evolution of comedy

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No one wants to think that the pop culture they love doesn’t love them back, but that’s the situation in which people of color (any marginalized group, really) often find themselves. They’re underrepresented on screen, which makes every appearance significant—and all the more disappointing when their inclusion is…

Charlie Sheen’s latest trailer looks like the “bottle episode” version of 9/11

How do you do a movie about 9/11 when you don’t have the budget, crew, or special effects on hand to actually do that momentous day justice? If you’re Charlie Sheen and National Lampoon’s Cattle Call director Martin Guigui, the answer is simple: Stuff a bunch of actors in an elevator, grab some stock footage and…

Breaking the habit: A dozen-plus unconventional movie nuns

The women who dedicate themselves to the convent give up a lot for their lifetime of service; maybe that’s why their numbers are falling like a meteor plummeting to Earth. On the upside: Married to God. Downside: Vows of chastity, poverty, and worst of all, obedience. That trio of rules doesn’t leave much room for…

Read This: Why do funny black women still need to be trailblazers?

Writer Tomi Obaro puts the recent racist and misogynistic attacks against Leslie Jones in context in a great new long-form piece for BuzzFeed. As she writes, “Black women have always been integral to comedy—from Moms Mabley to Whoopi—and have set the stage for stars like Leslie Jones, Jessica Williams, and Issa Rae.…

Whoopi Goldberg sparks a weed conversation in this exclusive StarTalk clip

StarTalk returns to National Geographic on September 19 for a third season of Neil deGrasse Tyson chatting with various luminaries—both in and outside of the field of science—about everything from Star Trek to science education to medical marijuana. Whoopi Goldberg will actually lead the discussion on that last topic…

Robert Altman affectionately skewered Hollywood with The Player

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Robert Altman’s adaptation of Michael Tolkin’s The Player—a novel that eviscerates ’80s Hollywood—begins with a lengthy joke that only cinema could make. As a studio security chief (Fred Ward) bitterly complains about the era’s ADD aesthetic (“All this cut, cut, cut,” he grumbles, blissfully unaware that Michael Bay…

It’s “Game Over” for Ilana’s professional life on Broad City

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So far this season, the Broad City writers’ room has shown off the impressive ability to weave elements of the past back into the show without ever feeling repetitive. When Broad City references the past and hits its callbacks, it does so in a way that keeps things moving along, adding something new to the world…

This cut of every black actor who’s won an Oscar highlights the Academy’s problems

For 88 years, the Academy Awards have doled out awards to various people for their achievements in film. Yet out of those 88 years, only 66 black people have been nominated for acting awards with only 14 taking home the Oscar. It’s a pretty damning statistic, and it’s part of the systemic issues that have come to the…

Nicki Minaj reveals tiny doppelganger for her self-titled sitcom

Musician and nascent TV producer Nicki Minaj has revealed the cast and title for Nicki, her upcoming sitcom on Freeform (previously the far-less-fluid ABC Family). The series—based on Minaj’s childhood growing up in an immigrant family in Queens, New York—will star Selita Ebanks and Wesley Jonathan as Minaj’s parents,…

God’s book on tape: 14 mortal attempts to portray the Almighty

We all know what God looks like: It’s right there in the Bible: “And the mighty, manly white guy with the long beard and robes came unto Adam,” and so forth. But it took the invention of sound and film recording for mankind to wonder, “What does he sound like?” Here’s what they came up with—all different, all…

The Real Housewives of news analysis: The View’s path to recovery

If every setback is a setup for a comeback, ABC’s talk show The View is positioned to reach its pinnacle of success. Rosie O’Donnell, who returned to the coffee klatsch this year for the first time since her infamous one-season stint in 2007, has announced she’s leaving the show just five months into what was supposed…