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Oct. 20, 2017

Quentin Tarantino doesn’t deserve praise for his Weinstein confession. But his honesty is necessary.

Whether the director's confession and apology were sincere, selfish or both, it’s an important step in changing how these scandals play out.

We asked experts to grade Marvel Comics’ diversity efforts over the last three years

This comes on the heels of the company's 'Legacy' launch, which reverts several iconic characters to their tried-and-true roots.

Nothing short of God herself will stop me from seeing ‘I, Tonya’

Reviews from the festival circuit have been skewing positive so far — but even if they weren’t, it wouldn’t matter to me in the least.

Now is actually the perfect time for Louis CK’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’

The comedian and auteur's new film deals with questions of consent and sexual power dynamics in show business — and that's exactly the kind of story we could use right now.

RZA’s story about the Azealia Banks-Russell Crowe fight hasn’t changed. Maybe the rest of us have.

Contrary to "new" reports, RZA admitted more than a year ago that Russell Crowe spat at Azealia Banks. So why do we care now?
Oct. 10, 2017

Dan Savage talks queer history, gay body dysmorphia and his continued crusade for sexual education

The "Savage Love" columnist reflects on 26 years of advice-giving and the hurdles facing LGBTQ youth.

Sept. 11, 2017

On ‘Insecure,’ black is beautiful. Here's how its creators navigate lighting designed around white skin.

Todd Haynes’ new film ‘Wonderstruck’ is a spiritual sequel to ‘Velvet Goldmine’

Despite obvious differences in tone and subject matter, the two films are unquestionably linked as stories about outsiders.

Claire from ‘Outlander’ deserves a better sex life

The men in Starz's time-traveling romantic-drama are allowed to pursue pleasure and extramarital relations — so why can't Claire Randall?

St. Vincent’s ‘Masseduction’ is about how great sex won’t solve your problems

With her newest album, Annie Clark has made a true rarity: a record that captures sex’s joyful essence without making it seem like a cure-all.
Oct. 6, 2017

The performances that made me an actress: Rachel Bloom on ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’

The 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' star also recalls how 'Steel Magnolias' taught her about the concept of death.

Eminem’s Trump trashing went viral — but he’s not the only pop star tearing into the president

Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, The National, Marc Anthony and Lupe Fiasco have also recently lobbed insults at the commander-in-chief.

The Hype List: What to check out this week, including Jessie Ware, ‘Lore’, ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’

Welcome to our weekly recommendations column, in which we highlight all of the pop culture you need to know about.

Meet Worriers, an openhearted punk band that counters hate with ‘Survival Pop’

"I think [hopeful-sounding music is] the only way any of us are going to get through certain things that are happening right now," singer-guitarist Lauren Denitzio said.

Eminem’s Trump freestyle is for white people

But if it takes someone who has reaped the rewards of whiteness as successfully as Donald Trump has to denounce him, then so be it.
Oct. 11, 2017

Want an antidote to toxic reality TV? Watch ‘Terrace House.’

This Netflix co-production offers a different vision for reality TV — one that isn't as wrapped up in pettiness and pointless confessionals.

Eminem just released a 4-minute rap slamming Donald Trump

Shady's back, back again, with a rap criticizing Donald Trump.

Why I made a funny video about HIV

Comedian Michael Henry's new short "This video is about HIV" is about, you guessed it, HIV.

The ‘Queer Ghost Hunters’ webseries aims to end the erasure of gay ghosts

Where are all the gay ghosts?

How the “Cosplay Is Not Consent” movement changed New York Comic Con

The 200,000 attendees were greeted by a massive sign with tall letters spelling out "COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT." Here's what the movement is all about.