Magic Mike XXL, Through the Eyes of a Terrified Magic Mike Virgin

Magic Mike XXL is poised to be the film of a generation—or at least the 2015 July 4th weekend. Channing Tatum and friends got their thongs dry cleaned and their abs greased up for a second time and we, Jane and Kara, were generous enough to take time out of our day to watch them work. » 7/02/15 10:50am Thursday 10:50am

Karolina Waclawiak on Disappearing Trophy Wives and Courtney Stodden

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Karolina Waclawiak’s new novel, The Invaders, focuses in on an aging trophy wife in a Connecticut beachside community who begins spiraling out of control alongside her drug-addled stepson, Teddy. While Waclawiak’s Cheryl escaped her working class life only to end up in a stifling community of wealth, Teddy, born into… » 6/24/15 6:10pm 6/24/15 6:10pm

Rose McGowan on Directing, Gay Controversy, and How Fame Fucked Her Up

“I have, obviously, shit to say,” said Rose McGowan earlier this week at a suite in New York’s Edition Hotel, where she was promoting her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn. “I’m not saying it’s good stuff, but I’m saying I’ve got stuff to say.” For almost 30 minutes, McGowan and I talked about Hollywood (McGowan… » 6/24/15 3:45pm 6/24/15 3:45pm

Watch The Slits' Viv Albertine Talk Feminism in Early Punk Rock

Viv Albertine, the charismatic guitarist for seminal London punk band The Slits, dropped a memoir last year entitled Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. In it, she detailed her teenhood in London when punk was at its peak and the rise and decline of both that and The Slits. » 6/16/15 7:50pm 6/16/15 7:50pm

Podcast All-Star Lauren Lapkus On Jurassic World and Playing Brats

You might know comedian Lauren Lapkus from Orange Is the New Black, Comedy Bang Bang, or her various other TV appearances or you might not know Lauren Lapkus at all. If it’s the latter, well, hold onto your butts because Lapkus—with supporting roles in Jurassic World and the new TBS sitcom Clipped—is about to be… » 6/12/15 1:50pm 6/12/15 1:50pm

A Conversation With Wednesday Martin, Author of Primates of Park Avenue

On the surface, Primates of Park Avenue is an examination of a lived stereotype: an anthropology-inflected, lightly analytical memoir of coming to belong within an Upper East Side community where blonde, thin, status-obsessed moms hip-check each other with their designer bags, where absent men dole out “wife bonuses”… » 6/02/15 2:50pm 6/02/15 2:50pm

Joni Mitchell Had An Aneurysm In March, Remains In Serious Condition

When Joni Mitchell was hospitalized this March, we were given the devastating news that she was in a coma. Our nerves were calmed when it was reported she wasn’t in a coma at all, but simply had a “minor medical emergency” and was “getting stronger” every day. Today we’ve received a new, less calming update: Billboard… » 5/29/15 5:50pm 5/29/15 5:50pm

A Conversation with Maggie Nelson About The Argonauts, Motherhood, Love

Maggie Nelson writes like no one else on the planet. Her work dives—headlong, yet gracefully—into the ugly, messy, or simply complicated; she treats our bodies’ instincts, whether fear, desire, or violence, with the same erudite analysis more often accorded to art and literature, the offspring of those instincts. She… » 5/18/15 1:45pm 5/18/15 1:45pm

Watch Bill Cosby Incoherently Ramble About Rape Allegations on GMA

In an interview with Linsey Davis this morning on Good Morning America, Bill Cosby responded to questions about the sexual assault allegations that have been made against him over the past few months. Cosby’s responses were far from artful dodges, and frequently bordered on incoherent. “Listen to me carefully. I’m… » 5/15/15 9:30am 5/15/15 9:30am

An Interview With the Mother of a 5-Year-Old Fashion Model

Have you ever seen an ad for children’s clothes and wondered, “How did they find these kids?” Adults have Tyra Banks to discover them (...sort of), but who’s going around telling the children in this country that they’re still in the running towards becoming America’s next top child model? Earlier this month I talked… » 5/08/15 12:10pm 5/08/15 12:10pm

Talking with Unfriended's Shelley Hennig, the New Queen of Horror

If there’s one thing that becomes immediately clear during my brief conversation with Unfriended’s Shelley Hennig, it’s that I’m talking to an actress who’s down to try anything once. Perhaps that’s why she chose to do an ensemble horror movie that’s shot entirely from the perspective of a laptop. Perhaps that’s why… » 4/30/15 12:30pm 4/30/15 12:30pm

Talking to Tig Notaro: 'Safety's the Last Thing That Nurtures Comedy'

Over the past two years, Tig Notaro has gone from well-respected but slightly under the radar comic to one of the most celebrated stand-ups in the country. The comedian’s swell in popularity follows an August 2012 set at Largo in Los Angeles during which she described—with humor and poignancy—the traumatic events… » 4/16/15 3:15pm 4/16/15 3:15pm

Talking to Meghan Daum About Selfishness, Being Childless by Choice

Today, 19 percent of women end their potential childbearing years without having had any children—making childlessness as common as it is irrationally controversial. We had the chance to talk about the topic with Meghan Daum: author, LA Times columnist, editor of the forthcoming essay collection Selfish, Shallow and… » 3/30/15 3:30pm 3/30/15 3:30pm