Hulu just pulled a major Beyoncé with one of our favorite guilty TV pleasures, stealthily dropping all episodes of the fourth and final season of UnREAL .
Most of the country desperately is missing President Barack Obama right about now. But he’s just going about his summer, getting ready for a trip to Africa. Indeed, 44 is set to deliver the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture to 200 young African leaders in Johannesburg this week.
Though Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale has sort of accidentally become relevant to where we are now headed socio-politically, until recently it was mostly actually cartoons that were incisively offering prescient visions of our near future. To wit, South Park ‘s prophetic take on urban gentrification, or American Dad ‘s clever deconstruction of the American intelligence services. But after 30 years on the air, the insightful brilliance of The Simpsons is often taken for granted
Trans actors and filmmakers have expressed their support for Scarlett Johansson’s decision to step down from her role in the upcoming film Rub & Tug. Johansson had originally signed on to play trans man Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, who operated a prostitution and massage parlor in Pittsburgh in the ’70s and ’80s. After her casting was announced, trans artists publicly denounced the decision, explaining that trans actors are simply not given the same opportunities to tell their own stories as cis actors.
Anna Wintour has long been the definitive face of American fashion. The editor-in-chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast wields a certain level of influence in the industry that has contributed to some of fashion’s finest moments. Wintour has quite literally contributed that stamp of approval to her new collaboration with Nike.
When the Brit version of The Office started to blow up in the middle oughts, it didn’t take long for the show’s newly famous star Ricky Gervais to be “outed” as a former New Romantic, well, ponce – with photos and videos of his early 80’s duo Seona Dancing surfacing, showing the comedian in full flamboyant makeup. (For the record, they had a couple of great songs, especially “More to Lose” .) Now comes the news that Ben Stiller, prior to a spectacularly successful three-decade acting career that shows no signs of slowing down, was a bit of a punk. Indeed, his provocatively named band Capital Punishment released an album in 1982, unfortunately titled Roadkill (surely, they could have done better than that) – which is now being reissued in remastered form by Captured Tracks .
Anyone who was ready to write off U2 – especially after that dreadful Apple fiasco in 2014 – likely had to admit that their latest, Songs of Experience , is actually a pretty good album. And, well, it went straight to #1, the eighth time they’ve topped the Billboard charts. Of course, if Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry were ever consistently great at something, it was delivering a bit of musical/philosophical joy into our lives when we need it most
The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and their selections leave us to make some very difficult choices as to who should win. But choose we must, and here’s who we think will emerge victorious come this September 17, when the ceremony, hosted by SNL’s Michael Che and Colin Jost, will take place. Best Drama Series This is perhaps the tightest competition of the year, as 2017’s ceremony left Game of Thrones out of the running and paved the way for newcomer Handmaid’s Tale to easily walk away with the trophy.
Since Prez 45 seems to have declared war on Canada, we’ve been seeking cultural détente wherever we can find it. And when it comes to music, Montreal is a always good place to start. To wit, the impossibly cool electro trio Paupière (Julia Daigle, Eliane Préfontaine and Pierre-Luc Begin), who arrived on the scene in 2016 with the exciting debut EP Jeunes instants
If you haven’t been watching Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (now in Season 2), you’re missing out on one of the great shows of of our times.