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Erika Alexander On the Legend of Maxine Shaw, Living Single, and Her Buffy Spinoff Comic

Erika Alexander has one of those signature laughs. It’s really more of a cackle. Over the phone, her effusiveness travels, just as her character Maxine Shaw’s did through five seasons of Living Single, the prototypical ’90s sitcom about four black women in Brooklyn. At one point a cultural force—the highest-rated…

Everything's Fine and the Crabs Will Get Huge According to CPAC Climate Panel

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—On the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, in a small, airless ballroom in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, a few dozen people gathered to be reassured that the planet was not facing imminent catastrophe. “There’s so much disinformation out there, so much…

Playwright Paul Zindel's Son Sues Guillermo del Toro for Copyright Infringement

In January The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro was accused of plagiarizing his movie from the Paul Zindel 1969 play Let Me Hear You Whisper. Both stories follow an introverted cleaning lady who falls in love with a sea creature (in Zindel’s play it’s a dolphin) at a government lab. And now David Zindel, son…

The NRA Did Anything But Lay Low at CPAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—“Many in legacy media love mass shootings,” Dana Loesch, spokeswoman of the National Rifle Association (NRA), said during her main-stage speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 22. “You guys love it,” Loesch said. “I’m not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am…

HFPA Is Investigating Brendan Fraser’s Claim That He Was Sexually Assaulted by Its Former President

On Thursday, GQ published a profile entitled “What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?” The piece is long and sad and meandering, and has a frustrating answer to its central question—which is that he never really went anywhere. Fraser has been acting consistently for the better part of three decades, and though his…

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Lisa Marie Presley Claims Former Manager Spent Her Fortune on American Idol Investment 

If you were wondering what a lot of Elvis Presley’s fortune has been up to, the answer, according to a lawsuit TMZ reported about on Thursday, is it disappeared down the maw of American Idol’s heyday. An almost egregiously poetic inheritance, but nonetheless disappointing to his daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who filed…