'We Knew That We Had Burning Material': Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven Discuss the Rape-Themed Elle

Elle, the new French-language movie from Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Robocop, Showgirls), opens on the rape of its protagonist, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert). From there, Michèle cleans herself up and goes about her day—she’s so resolute in her unwillingness for her life to be disrupted any…

Who Do You Think Is More Mad They Did the Same Photo Shoot of Blac Chyna: Paper or Elle?

It’s angel vs. devil in Blac Chyna’s newly released Paper mag and Elle.com photoshoots, and I have a few questions. Namely: which one was booked first and when did each team find out they had chosen to do mirror copies of same photoshoot? Were they mad at her for keeping that a secret? Was the Paper one always going…

Year of the Fanboy Profile: Writers Fawning Over Subjects Because They Don't Have a Choice

Five years ago, I was an editor at Vibe, and I got an assignment to interview Usher. It was my second time profiling him for a cover story, but this setting would be more intimate than the previous one—instead of meeting in a hotel conference room, we’d talk at an outdoor bar at the Sunset Marquis in Hollywood, just…

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