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The Weeknd Turns Tragedy Into Pop on Beauty Behind the Madness

A hopeless romantic—much more hopeless than romantic—The Weeknd seems eternally obsessed with the thought of things dying, whether it’s love, people, dreams or ideas. Less grim possibilities rarely seem to cross his mind. As a narrator, he’s used to dragging his feet through life while bemoaning the frailty of love.… » 8/27/15 12:30pm Yesterday 12:30pm

Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion: Ebullient Love Songs For the Everygal

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After Carly Rae Jepsen’s enormous 2012 hit “Call Me Maybe,” it seemed like the Canadian pop star would be relegated to one-hit wonder territory. The album it spurred, Kiss, never produced a single as big, plus the ubiquity of “Maybe” is difficult to top and lightning that cheesy doesn’t strike twice. But what Jepsen… » 8/21/15 11:15am 8/21/15 11:15am

Meryl Streep's Ricki and the Flash Will Do Great on the Bar Circuit

After viewing the trailer for Ricki and the Flash, you’ll learn two things: 1. Meryl Streep can sing, and 2. the entire plot of Ricki and the Flash. More than any movie in recent memory, its trailer goes through every major beat in the story—down to the rousing finale. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. » 8/07/15 2:13pm 8/07/15 2:13pm

Ashley Monroe’s The Blade Cuts Both Ways

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Country for people who don’t like country is having a moment. This fact had been both lauded and lamented, but I’d like to ignore it in favor of another: country for people who love country is also having a moment, and Ashley Monroe’s The Blade, out today, is a radiant example of this very welcome trend. Monroe serves… » 7/24/15 12:00pm 7/24/15 12:00pm

Nell Zink's Review of Franzen's Purity Mysteriously Vanishes From n+1

Early Wednesday, n+1, beloved magazine of the internet intelligentsia, published novelist Nell Zink’s mocking and joyful review of Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming novel, Purity. By mid-afternoon, the contents of the article were replaced by this note: “This page is temporarily unavailable. Return to the n+1 homepage or… » 7/15/15 5:00pm 7/15/15 5:00pm

Sarah Hepola's Blackout, For the Girls That Didn't Want to Be Protected

Much is made of the therapeutically self-limiting idea that society is colluding to make young women vulnerable; not enough is made of the odds that a girl will respond to bullshit by coming up tough. Female grit is believed to be rare and loud and somewhat mythological when it’s just as often the opposite, and the… » 7/15/15 2:00pm 7/15/15 2:00pm

Amy: The Agony and the Ecstasy (and the Crack Cocaine) of Amy Winehouse

The question at the center of Asif Kapadia’s new documentary Amy is: Can gossip foster compassion? Throughout the sensitive, 128-minute probe into the life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, we see footage of (and presumably shot by) the paparazzi that plagued her, the performances that defined part of her career,… » 7/03/15 10:00am 7/03/15 10:00am

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 7/02/15 10:50am

Entourage Is So Bad It Put Us in a Terrible Mood

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On Wednesday, June 3, the feature length version of HBO’s Entourage was unleashed on America’s movie theaters like the cinematic equivalent of a venereal disease (hyped, preventable, and the uncomfortable manifestation of an activity—in this case, watching a weekly half hour sitcom about Hollywood dickwads—that you… » 6/10/15 2:30pm 6/10/15 2:30pm

Crave Vesper: A Stealth Vibrator That's Also a Necklace

Let's face it. There are two reasons you'd want to use a vibrator: because you are a gadget-lover who can't imagine anything, including sex, without a little technology involved; or because you just want to have an orgasm, and fast. But with the Crave Vesper, there is a third possibility. » 2/10/15 12:57pm 2/10/15 12:57pm

Dear White People Doesn't Have the Answers, and That's the Point

Two years after Justin Simien wrote the first draft of the script, one year after he created a viral trailer that helped him raise $40,000 through Indiegogo to make the film and almost nine months after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Dear White People has finally hit movie theaters with a considerable… » 10/20/14 4:00pm 10/20/14 4:00pm