Ellin Stein
Ellin Stein

Ellin Stein has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, and many other publications. She is the author of That’s Not Funny That’s Sick: The National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream.

Brow Beat
Oct. 15 2018 5:16 PMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in First ManDid Neil Armstrong really leave his daughter’s bracelet on the moon? We break it all down.
Books
March 22 2018 5:54 AMNell Scovell’s New Book Reveals What It’s Like to Be the Only Woman in the Writers’ RoomThe comedian who wrote for everything from The Simpsons to Letterman to Lean In has some advice, a few harsh words, and plenty of jokes.
Brow Beat
Feb. 14 2018 10:00 PMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in The Assassination of Gianni Versace Episode 5, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”How the fashion designer came out, and the real reason Jeff Trail left the Navy.
Brow Beat
Jan. 31 2018 10:00 PMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in The Assassination of Gianni Versace’s Brutal Third EpisodeWere the murders of Lee Miglin and William Reese planned—or random?
Brow Beat
Jan. 24 2018 10:00 PMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in The Assassination of Gianni Versace Episode 2Did Versace really have AIDS? Did Cunanan really smoke crack? And what about the, uh, duct tape? Explained.
Brow Beat
Jan. 12 2018 5:55 AMIn Paddington 2, Hugh Grant Gives the Year’s First Oscar-Worthy PerformanceHis movie-stealing turn has already been nominated for a BAFTA. Why shouldn’t an Oscar nomination be next?
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April 17 2017 7:34 AMThe Creators of the Groundhog Day Musical on How They Freed the Show From Creative Limbo
Brow Beat
May 11 2016 7:54 AM10 Things Americans Should Expect From Eurovision’s First U.S. Broadcast
Brow Beat
Oct. 24 2014 1:29 PMDavid Simon on Cities, the Police, and His Next HBO Show, Coming in 2015
Movies
Sept. 20 2018 7:05 PMLove, Gilda Is a Wonderful Documentary for Those Who Already Love GildaThe new movie offers an affectionate all-access portrait of the late SNL star, if one unlikely to win new converts.
Brow Beat
March 9 2018 7:30 AMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in The Death of StalinHere’s what’s embellished and what’s so absurd it can only be true in Armando Iannucci’s Soviet Union satire.
Brow Beat
Feb. 7 2018 10:00 PMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in The Assassination of Gianni Versace’s Gruesome Fourth EpisodeWhat, precisely, was the nature of this love triangle? And did Andrew Cunanan really say he worked on Titanic? Explained.
Movies
Jan. 26 2018 6:59 PMA Futile and Stupid Gesture Fails to Capture the Spirit of the National LampoonDavid Wain’s Netflix movie about Doug Kenney can’t decide whether it’s a solemn biopic or an Animal House–esque farce.
Brow Beat
Jan. 17 2018 10:00 PMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in The Assassination of Gianni VersaceHere’s what’s true and what’s artistic license in Episode 1 of FX’s follow-up to American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2017 11:44 AMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in American Made
Brow Beat
April 10 2017 7:33 AMThe ’80s Spy Novel That Uncannily Predicted the Rise of Donald Trump
Politics
Feb. 4 2016 9:00 AMGrowing Up With the BernBernie’s big brother talks about their childhood and the Vermont senator’s failed bid to be high school president.