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Television Legend Norman Lear on Politics, the Timidity of Culture, and Donald Trump

Specifically, if Archie Bunker would've voted for him.<p>Late in <i>Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You</i>, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s wonderful new …

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Can Audible’s New ‘Listening Service’ Capitalize on the Digital Audio Boom?

Is it the second Golden Age of audio? Audible's new service is banking on it.<p>Yesterday, Audible Inc. launched Channels, an advertisement-free …

The 15 Funniest Animated Movie Performances of All Time

This weekend's new animated comedy features an all-star comic cast, so here are a few of our favorite cartoon turns by funny people.<p>Louis C.K. Kevin …

Trendspotting: TV Goes Below the Belt

TV’s growing awareness of what’s in our pants isn’t just about titillation.<p>In April, <i>Game of Thrones</i> actress Emilia Clarke appeared on <i>The Late Late</i> …

‘The Unknown Universe’: From Stuart Clark’s Fascinating Guide to Modern Cosmology

<i>Modern cosmology has a civic duty to provide a guide for those of us who aren’t in control of its instruments or math. The ideal guide would be</i> …

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This month's must-see indies, including 'Disobedience,' 'Beirut,' and 'You Were Never Really Here.'<p>The 30 Harshest Musician-on-Musician Insults in …

Blood Orange’s ‘Freetown Sound’ is Pop as the Modern Day Spiritual

On his 3rd LP, Devonté Hynes sings the song of America's unappreciated<p>“Everybody wanna be a nigga/ Nobody wanna be a nigga” – Paul Mooney<p>The …

How to Make Elvis’s Favorite Fried Chicken at Home

As far as people whose opinions we would trust about fried chicken go, few rate higher than Elvis Presley. He was, after all, the junk-food …

It Happened to Me: I Ignored Justin Timberlake’s Cultural Appropriation Because He Could Sing

I know better now.<p>After Jesse Williams’ motivational Humanitarian Award acceptance speech at the 2016 BET awards, Justin Timberlake, like many of us, …

HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ is Your New Summer Obsession

In the first episode of the HBO limited series <i>The Night Of</i>, 23-year-old Nasir “Nas” Khan (Riz Ahmed) and 22-year-old Andrea Cornish (Sofia …

Alex Gibney’s Stuxnet Documentary ‘Zero Days’ is the Summer’s Scariest Film

The Oscar-winner's latest is a relentless thriller and a terrifying warning.<p>You can keep your <i>Conjuring 2</i>s and <i>Lights Out</i>s and <i>Don’t Breathe</i>s; the …

‘Nite-Funk’ Is the Soundtrack to Your Next Neon Sunset LA Cruise

Dâm Funk + Nite Jewel = Nite Funk!<p>In 2016, there may be no greater ambassador for the art of Funk than Damon Garrett Riddick. A protégé of R&B OG …

‘UnREAL’ Executive Producer Stacy Rukeyser on Ruby’s Romance, Jeremy’s Anger, and Falling for the Princess Fantasy — Again

On last night’s episode of <i>UnREAL</i>, our fine suitor, Darius, bids farewell to Ruby, the “blacktivist” with whom he shared a genuine emotional …

“I See Dead People” Cinema’s Undead Buddies, Ranked

Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s <i>Swiss Army Man</i> opened this weekend, featuring Paul Dano as a guy who gets marooned on a deserted island and Daniel …

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Charming Photos of Marilyn Monroe Performing Yoga

In 1948, Marilyn Monroe posed for photographer Ed Cronenweth in a series of photos for Columbia Pictures. The caption on the back of the images read: …

The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Blood Orange, Aphex Twin, Nite-Funk

We’re still in recovery from our last dose of <i>Game of Thrones</i> for months to come, so forgive us if our picks this week sound a bit medicated. We …

It’s Society’s Fault Drew Barrymore’s Not Seven Years Old Anymore, But Does It Make Her a Different Actress?

<i>Yesterday,</i> Variety critic Owen Glieberman wrote <i>a bizarre piece expressing concern over the impact the perceived changes in Renée Zellweger’s face</i> …

Of Montreal’s “It’s Different for Girls” and the Sometimes Joyous, Sometimes Annoying Embrace of Bloggy Didacticism

Since Kevin Barnes split himself in two in the likewise split-in-two Of Montreal magnum opus, <i>Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer —</i> rendering himself …

The 10 Best Video Games of 2016 (So Far)

For video games, as with movies, fall is both blockbuster and awards season. Game publishers save their heavy-hitters — the biggest, most eye-popping …

10 Patriotic Movies That Aren’t Cheesy

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and it would seem appropriate to celebrate the birthday of the nation with a bit of America-lovin’ cinema. …

How Not to Reckon With “Old” Art

Art is not a zero sum game, requiring the total annihilation of what came before.<p>The headline was like chum for a shark, or in this case easily …

This Week’s Top 5 TV Picks, Independence Day Weekend Marathon Edition

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix …

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in July – Flavorwire

'Equals,' 'The Land,' 'Zero Days,' 'Men Go to Battle,' and more.<p>Garbage smells even worse in the heat, and between <i>Warcraft</i> and the <i>Independence Day</i> …

‘Katdashians: Break the Musical’ Is Uncomfortably Spot On

The production, perhaps unintentionally, shone an even harsher light on the famous family and cultural appropriation.<p>At around 2pm on a Thursday I …

Tech Blabby: Apple, Facebook, and Tech’s Sly Control Over Our Every Experience

<i>Welcome to “Tech Blabby,” a weekly column that filters tech and gaming news through the cultural lens of</i> <i>Flavorwire. Last week, we looked at</i> …

‘The Purge: Election Year’ Provides a Depressingly Familiar Portrait of Race in America

Stop us if you've heard this one before: a bunch of characters of color exist to support and preserve a white savior!<p>After watching <i>The Purge</i> a few …

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ is a Modest Charmer

The opening sequence of Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s <i>The BFG</i> is set in the middle of the night, “the witching hour,” we’re told, …

The Most Glaring Loose Threads After Six Seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’

The most pressing questions that won't be answered for ANOTHER YEAR ARGHHHHH.<p>The sprawling fantasy universe that is home to George R. R. Martin’s <i>A</i> …

Dream Careers for the ‘Veep’ Characters Who, Ahem, Might Need New Things to Do

Spoilers, obviously.<p><b>[This post is steeped in Veep Season 5 finale spoilers]</b><p>Now that all of our favorite characters look to be out of a job, it seems …

10 Must-Read Books for July 2016

It turns out you can read anything you want on the beach.<p>The motliest month of the year, at least in terms of genre and theme, July still proves it’s …