Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man
Mel Brooks in his 90s.
Mel Brooks in his 90s.
As the last remaining Blockbusters shut their doors, a portrait of the customers, the staff, and what it was like as they were finally losing each other, after almost 30 years.
She calls claiming to be Amy Pascal, Kathleen Kennedy, or some other powerful woman in entertainment. She knows personal details about her mark as well as the woman she is impersonating.
She offers work, then sends them—photographers, make-up artists, soldiers—around the world to bilk them out of modest amounts of cash.
“I’ve got these boxes of ideas and I’m starting to go through them to see if there’s any gold. “
How a Hollywood icon found himself at a dead end.
“In a landscape in which black people dominate the culture but have few recognized channels to respond to it, the show, which stars two American black men, provides a venue for black authority in the mainstream.”
How the rapper smuggled his radical anticapitalism into his new film Sorry to Bother You.
A profile of the filmmaker.
Studios want to hire kids with genuine depth, but the system in place to protect child actors isn’t equipped if their lives go perilously downhill.
A profile of casting director Nina Gold.
How Christian TV became Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece.
A love letter and the jacked up emotions of reality TV.
On the star who is re-writing the rules for the next generation.
“Tiffany Haddish may, in fact, be too good at being Tiffany Haddish. Too good at seeming like one of your friends who became famous. At times, she treats her new fame like she is on a group text with the world.”
In 2001, a young Japanese woman walked into the North Dakota woods and froze to death. Had she come in search of the $1 million dollars buried nearby in the film Fargo?
How Hollywood peddles propaganda.
How the way we’re taught to look at female-centric TV, books and movies is ruining our ability to see good art.
A profile of director Guillermo del Toro.
Thirty years ago, a series of documentaries introduced the world to an isolated tribe in Papua New Guinea. What happened when the cameras left?
The disappearance of a once ubiquitous movie star.
“A unicorn, a monster, a phoenix, a machine, a heavyweight fighter, an astronaut, a superhero, a thoroughbred, a home-run hitter, a waitress juggling ‘16 entrees, 42 starters, 16 desserts,’ a jazz virtuoso, LeBron James, Magellan, Snuffleupagus. The actress Laurie Metcalf has been compared to all of these things.”
A star explodes.
On Ryan Coogler’s film.
On RuPaul and Drag Race.
How Cops became the most polarizing reality TV show in America.