Oh No! Sofia Coppola Dropped Out of the Live Action Little Mermaid

Sofia Coppola, maker of quiet and existential movies about humans who don’t quite feel like they belong, was ready to make a movie quiet and existential movie about a mermaid who didn’t quite feel like she belonged. But now she’s not. Deadline reports “the all-encompassing ‘creative differences’ is being cited.” » 6/02/15 9:30am 11 minutes ago

Vanity Fair Pulled a Beyoncé to Keep Caitlyn Jenner's Cover Under Wraps

If you thought Beyoncé was the only game in town who could pull off a massive, undercover project with many hands involved and keep it secret till the end, allow yourself to be reintroduced to Vanity Fair, which managed to keep Caitlyn Jenner’s cover story from prying eyes for months until early this afternoon. » 6/01/15 10:25pm Yesterday 10:25pm

Musician Arca Banned Because Instagram Can't Handle Anatomical Vaginas

Arca, the experimental Venezuelan producer who’s worked with Kanye West, Björk, and FKA twigs, was permanently banned from Instagram yesterday for the artwork relating to a new single, “Vanity.” The art, created by frequent Arca and twigs collaborator Jesse Kanda, depicts a melting cyborg-looking person with a fairly… » 6/01/15 9:40pm Yesterday 9:40pm

The Most Horrifying Restaurant Stories We've Ever Received

Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. We’re doing something different this week: a collection of the most messed-up story submissions I’ve ever received. As always, these are real e-mails from real readers. » 6/01/15 8:18pm Yesterday 8:18pm

UnREAL, the Television Show About Reality TV We Didn't Know We Needed

When our children’s children undoubtably take a look back at the shows we consumed circa 2015, they’ll see UnREAL, a new television show premiering on Lifetime Monday night—perfectly timed, you’ll see, to air right after The Bachelor finishes—as a show that couldn’t have been made at any other point in television… » 6/01/15 7:10pm Yesterday 7:10pm

Three YA Novelists Discuss Rape Culture in Teen Fiction: A Chat

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Kristin Halbrook and Courtney Summers are two gifted Young Adult novelists whose new books confront the realities of sexual assault. Because their previous books handled topics like abuse and bullying with insight and nuance, I trusted that neither author would be writing rape for shock value, instead exploring the… » 6/01/15 6:30pm Yesterday 6:30pm

High School Outs Teen, Strips Him of Valedictorian Title for Being Gay

If you’ve ever sat through a valedictorian’s speech (in high school or college), you know that while their five minutes is supposed to be spent discussing things like “the future,” the speeches are also generally fairly personal. At Twin Peaks high school in Colorado, however, a teen was barred from speaking at… » 6/01/15 6:10pm Yesterday 6:10pm

Feminist Prof Cleared of Sexual Misconduct for Writing an Essay

Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern University, has been cleared of violating the college’s Title IX provision, a rule intended to protect students from sexual misconduct and discrimination. Two Northwestern graduate students filed Title IX complaints against Kipnis for an essay and tweet she authored. A law… » 6/01/15 4:50pm Yesterday 4:50pm