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  1. theater review
    Ain’t No Mo’ Takes a Jubilantly Unrespectable Flight to Broadway Jordan E. Cooper’s satire doesn’t button up in a bigger venue.
  2. now streaming
    The 5 Best New Movies and TV Shows to Watch This Weekend Let Matt Rogers and David Harbour usher in your holiday season.
  3. fandom
    No, That Wasn’t Danny DeVito You Just Saw at a Party in Bushwick Just hundreds of semi-bald lookalikes.
  4. vulture lists
    The Most Horrific Twilight Character Backstories, Ranked by Absurdity You only get a glimpse of Stephanie Meyer’s twisted mind in the movies, but the books really let the freak flag fly.
  5. awards szn
    New York Film Critics Circle Gets the TÁR Love STÁRted Along with wins for RRR, Aftersun, and Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.
  6. workaholics
    So You Thought BTS Was Going on Break? LOL A guide to their solo projects and upcoming group activities (so far).
  7. going analog
    Patti Smith’s Worldview Finds a New Format in the Beautiful A Book of Days The punk icon’s visual artistry is on full display in her new photography collection.
  8. vulture 10x10
    The Monopoly Puzzle 15-Across, Six Letters: Setting of Bella and Edward’s first kiss.
  9. rip
    Julia Reichert, Acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker, Dead at 76 Known for the Academy Award–winning doc American Factory.
  10. video games
    The Callisto Protocol Ups the Ick The spiritual successor to the survival-horror classic Dead Space doesn’t let the dread build.
  11. vulture lists
    The 13 Best Christmas Action Movies, Ranked For when you want fiery explosions with a side of holiday cheer.
  12. last night on late night
    Greta Gerwig Thought We Paid Enough Attention to Her to Notice She’s Pregnant Rumors I’m pregnant? Yeah, I’m pregnant with #GG3.
  13. this week in late night
    Kate Berlant’s Broth Grift Won Late Night This Week Plus James Corden yelling (in a good way) and James Austin Johnson’s perfect Bob Dylan impersonation.
  14. the grub street diet
    Andy Baraghani Likes Some Lumps in His Potatoes “This recipe has three kinds of dairy — labneh, cream, and butter — which I don’t think is overkill.”
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