Will Best Actress Be a Battle Between Natalie Portman and Emma Stone?They’re both A-listers showcasing the best performances of their careers. But which actress is the Oscar front-runner?
Why Americans Are So Bloody Awful at British AccentsIf British actors’ American accents are “bang on,” why are Americans’ British accents such rubbish?
Good News, High Maintenance FansThe HBO version of the acclaimed web series doesn’t harsh the show’s mellow.
Does the New York Times Have a False Balance Problem?Its public editor dismisses the criticism as irrational. She should take it a lot more seriously.
The Tyranny of Art History in Contemporary ArtIt’s time to abandon the notion that everything must be a progression of what came before.
Seducing the A-ListThe author of a new book about legendary talent agency CAA on how Hollywood—and movie stardom—has changed over the past four decades.
De La Soul Is AliveThe legendary trio returns with their first album in over a decade, and it’s excellent.
Out of SlimeIn the 1980s, green goo oozed its way into the American consciousness. What became of all that sludge?
Angels in America: The Complete Oral HistoryHow Tony Kushner’s play became the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.
Game of Thrones PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 10.
Why Are Indian Kids So Good at Spelling?Because they have their own minor-league spelling bee circuit.
OK, American Horror Story’s Shameless Buzzmongering Totally Worked as a Setup for Season 6The premiere lived up to the hype.
Terrence Malick’s Voyage(s) of TimeThe director’s latest releases—two radically different versions of the same film—illustrate exactly why he’s become so polarizing.
How Amos ’n’ Andy Paved the Way for Black Stars on TVWriter Trey Ellis on why he, Jesse Williams, and David Alan Grier want to make a movie about the infamous TV show.
The Vagina Music of Walking and TalkingTwenty years ago, Nicole Holofcener’s debut flopped. Now, it feels like a prophecy about the women who rule pop culture.
Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Is WorkingHis quiet gesture was precision engineered to accomplish exactly what it’s accomplished.
Just in Time for Our Impending Nuclear Holocaust … It’s Nena!The “99 Luftballons” singer on Trump, playing the U.S. for the first time, and the Americans who butcher her song at karaoke.
What’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.
When I First Heard Stakes Is HighHow De La Soul’s underappreciated album honored rap history without falling victim to gauzy nostalgia.
“The Possibility of Violence Still Exists”An interview with Anonymous, the co-director of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence.
Why Free State of Jones Isn’t Just Another White Savior MovieMany historians agree that Southern whites need a new kind of Civil War hero. Matthew McConaughey’s Newt Knight isn’t a bad start.
Game of Thrones PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 6.
The Spin DoctorHow one casting director made Dancing With the Stars the leader in celebrity image rehabilitation.