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An Open Letter to the 49ers, From a Seahawks Fan

Dear San Francisco 49ers,<p>Hey. We need to talk. We’ve had some good times over the years. The passive-aggressive trash talk, the nicknames, Richard …

The Hell With Your Petition and Your Feelings: I Support Raven-Symoné

Most African American people are so over Raven, but I’m not. In fact, I’m just getting started with my interest. That comment will probably have me …

Surviving Black Thursday

Sarah Lotz dabbles in many genres. She has written urban horror, mysteries, short stories, screenplays and pulp-fiction zombie thrillers with several …

Remembering Dorothy Dandridge

“Oh my God!” sobbed Halle Berry. Clutching her Oscar and shaking uncontrollably, the star fought to regain her composure. The first African American …

When Cinderella Kissed Sidney Poitier

The voice-over narration breathlessly wonders, “How many girls in America wish they could literally fly from their hometowns to Hollywood to be cast …

The Other Mrs. Kennedy

I was fascinated to read recently that Rosamund Pike modeled her performance as the mysterious Amy in <i>Gone Girl</i> on the “unknowable” Carolyn Bessette …

Ashley Madison’s Sleaziest Shills

Ashley Madison, the website that advocates screwing other people’s spouses, just got screwed itself in a major hacking scandal that exposed the …

Your Lyin’ Big Eyes: Tim Burton Reveals the Secret of the Keanes

Walter Keane’s paintings of sad, huge-eyed waifs were a 1960s pop culture phenomenon. A former real estate salesman, Keane sold original “Big Eyes” …

Is Hedwig and the Angry Inch Transphobic?

I was deeply worried for Neil Patrick Harris when he started giving interviews to promote the Broadway revival of <i>Hedwig and the Angry Inch,</i> the …

The Robin Williams Monologue: Five Memorable Examples

You know what we’re talking about: The Robin Williams monologue is that moment in a movie when the legendary funnyman tugs at your heartstrings a …

The Killer’s Kiss: The Gay Subtext of In Cold Blood

Inside the September 25, 1965, issue of <i>The New Yorker</i> was the literary event of the decade: the first of four installments of Truman Capote’s …

Yelp Sues South Park (And Other Reasons Not to Believe Everything You Read Online)

For about six hours on Wednesday morning, the internet was abuzz with news that Yelp was hitting <i>South Park</i> creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with a …

Billy Wilder and Charles Jackson’s Lost Weekend

<i>The Lost Weekend</i> dominated the 1945 Academy Awards, winning for best picture, screenplay, director and actor. But through all the night’s speeches …

Grande Dame Guignol: Davis vs. Crawford

“I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for either of those two old broads,” griped Jack Warner, the Warner Bros. studio head, when asked to finance the …

Will Caitlyn Jenner Walk the ESPYS Red Carpet?

Caitlyn Jenner has yet to confirm whether she’ll walk the red carpet at tonight’s ESPY Awards Show, and there are many people who’d be quite happy if …

Tell Mama All

Matt Bomer, who lost the plum role of Christian Grey in the movie version of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey,</i> has landed an even better part—iconic actor …

Joe and Marilyn Never Could Say Good-Bye

In the end, it all came down to Joe. The 1954 marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio lasted only nine months, but when Monroe was found dead in …

“And Then They Were Upon Her”: Shirley Jackson and “The Lottery”

Shirley Jackson’s chilling short story “The Lottery” debuted in the June 26, 1948, issue of <i>The New Yorker.</i> By July, Jackson had been forced to …

Five Must-See Movies About the Berlin Wall

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event remembered as a symbol of German reunification and a success story …

The Dog Was Out

Al Pacino may have been the star of <i>Dog Day Afternoon,</i> the film version of John Wojtowicz’s brazen daylight robbery of a Brooklyn bank, but from the …

Meet the McWhopper: The Burger of Frankenstein

After Burger King proposed a mash-up of its Whopper and the McDonald’s Big Mac into one artery-clogging abomination, I just had to try it. When …

Love/Hate: The Night of the Hunter

Suddenly, the room was silent. The bartender even stopped serving drinks. The patrons at the bar of the crowded Manhattan restaurant sat transfixed, …

Crawford’s Comeback

Joan Crawford was desperate. By 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer seemed to be giving all the best parts to other women—Greer Garson, Judy Garland, Lana …

Time to Dance: Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s “Chandelier”

Unusual for spotlighting a dancing avatar, pop star Sia’s provocative video for her song “Chandelier” won the 2014 MTV Video Music Award for best …

The King and I Leans In

Watching the gorgeous production of <i>The King and I</i> now playing at Lincoln Center Theater, I could barely contain my anticipation for what I call “the …

Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the “Peanut Crunchers”

Ted Hughes, born 85 years ago today, was the British poet laureate for 14 years and is considered one of the great poets of the postwar era. But many …

After the Fall: Saigon and Beyond

<i>Forty years ago, the United States pulled out of the war in Vietnam, and, after the fall of Saigon, on April 30, 1975, the American government</i> …

Rachel Dolezal

At first glance, the Rachel Dolezal story seems like something out of <i>The Onion,</i> the satirical newspaper that once ran the headline “Judge Rules White …

Marty’s Date With Oscar: The Making of an Unlikely Hero

<b>“Marty, put on the blue suit, huh?”<br>“Blue suit, gray suit, I’m just a fat, little man. A fat, ugly man!”<br>“You not ugly.”<br>“I’m ugly! I’m ugly! I’m …

Freeze Frame: James Dean’s Life in Pictures

Let these facts sink in: James Dean starred in only three movies, his Hollywood career lasting just 18 months. He was already dead when <i>Rebel Without</i> …