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Deep Dives

  1. backstories
    How Hustlers Pulled Off the Meta Cameo of the YearHow the film’s producers (and Jennifer Lopez) convinced a music superstar to show up in Hustlers — and 200 extras to stay quiet while it happened.
  2. fall preview 2019
    The Hustle Behind HustlersHow do you get a film about rich white men getting scammed made in an industry run by rich white men? First step: Get J.Lo to sign on.
  3. deep dives
    Quentin Tarantino’s Music Supervisor on 9 Memorable Song SelectionsFrom Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” to the James Brown–Tupac Shakur mash-up in Django Unchained.
  4. i'm not tony stark
    ‘With a Box of Scraps!’: How an Iconic Marvel Cinematic Insult Came to BeSpider-Man: Far From Home actor Peter Billingsley (of A Christmas Story fame) explains what it was like to get screamed at by a shaved Jeff Bridges.
  5. deep dives
    Tracing the Career Arc of Donald Glover, a Bonafide Quintuple ThreatThe actor, writer, comedian, rapper, and showrunner plays Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King. Here’s what came before that.
  6. deep dives
    They Were the First All-Women Crew to Conquer the Ocean. Then They Came Home.A new documentary tells the grueling story of a female yacht crew that exploded barriers at sea. Here’s what happened when they stepped back on land.
  7. behind the scenes
    The True Story Behind John Early and Kate Berlant’s Freaky Short RachelThe comedians share the bizarre true story behind their new short about a mysterious woman who crashes Early’s party.
  8. remember that time
    An Oral History of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Perfect Men in Black PerformanceTwo words: sugar water.
  9. set visits
    Veep Is Over. Is America Next?A behind-the-scenes look at the series finale.
  10. avengers: endgame
    Nothing Is More Mystifying Than Avengers: Endgame’s Insane Credit SequenceOne woman’s descent into Marvel’s madness.
  11. the file
    Who Is Ariana Grande, Really? A Quick Catch-up.In less than six years, she has become one of the most successful pop artists of all time. Who is she?
  12. deep dives
    How Netflix’s Mötley Crüe Movie Compares to the Band’s Wild Memoir, The DirtThe film version involves Pete Davidson, Machine Gun Kelly, and that time Ozzy Osbourne licked up his own urine.
  13. deep dives
    A Guide to the References and Easter Eggs in Jordan Peele’s UsEven the throwaway minutiae of Us warrants pause, deliberation, and some attempt at analysis.
  14. burning questions
    A Conversation With a Quantum Physicist About The OA: Part IICould we really hop between multiple dimensions using the power of dance? Can trees really talk? Could I live in a mirror?
  15. podcasts
    How Podcasts Learned to SpeakThe once useless-seeming medium that became essential.
  16. deep dives
    What Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Maps Reveal About Its Prequel SeriesIt won’t be about Young Aragorn. But Amazon dropped a trove of clues about its upcoming Lord of the Rings show.
  17. deep dives
    The Fascinating Story Behind Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1968 Epic War and PeaceThe shoot went on for five and a half years, with brutal winters, actors threatening to quit, and the director suffering a heart attack.
  18. deep dives
    To Whom Does Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Owe Its Sound?If the question is whether or not “7 Rings” owes its existence to appropriation, then the answer is yes.
  19. movies
    Nixon, Betty Boop, and Tampons: Revisiting Joe Dante’s Infamous Movie OrgyBefore Gremlins, Dante made The Movie Orgy, a hard-to-find, extremely lengthy, extremely bizarre compilation of found footage. We watched it.
  20. deep dives
    The 10 Best Versions of the Song ‘Sleigh Ride’According to a person who really, really loves the song “Sleigh Ride.”
  21. movies
    The Stories Behind the Songs in Cold WarWriter-director Pawel Pawlikowski goes deep on the folk songs at the heart of his tale of star-crossed lovers.
  22. deep dives
    How Barry Jenkins Brought the Experience of Reading James Baldwin to the ScreenThe Moonlight director on the challenges and rewards of adapting If Beale Street Could Talk.
  23. deep dives
    A Brief History of the X RatingFor a brief but potent period, moviemakers were able to make legitimate movies that were sexy and dangerous. It was good while it lasted.
  24. deep dives
    A Deep Dive Into Ariana Grande’s ‘Breathin’’ VideoThere’s a lot you can learn from a breath.
  25. deep dives
    How Suspiria Created Its Dances of DeathChoreographer Damien Jalet talks about pagan rituals and the influence of Gorgons.
  26. deep dives
    The Story Behind the Original HalloweenHow John Carpenter crafted a film that transcended its meager roots to become a game-changer in the horror genre.
  27. deep dives
    Will Terrence Malick Ever Really Finish The Tree of Life?We break down the differences between the original and the new cut, released today.
  28. horror
    21 Genre Films Recommended by Hollywood’s Nerdiest DirectorsThe members of Roadkill Superstar are here to kick ass, chew bubblegum — and watch a ton of bad movies.
  29. deep dives
    Slender Man Is Still Making People Uneasy — But Now for New ReasonsTracing the long, dark shadow of the Slender Man movie, out this weekend.
  30. movies
    Do Anti-Meat Movies Actually Change Minds?What is the thought process when a person sees a movie like Eating Animals and decides to make a radical life change as a result?
  31. deep dives
    Evan Rachel Wood and Julie Taymor: Across the Universe ‘Scared People’The star and director of Across the Universe reflect on Taymor’s reputation as “difficult,” the film’s bungled marketing, and Wood’s first nude scene.
  32. deep dives
    How Coming to America Flipped the Script on Eddie Murphy’s CareerThe film would influence so much of what Murphy did in the years to follow — and continue to have a hold on contemporary audiences.
  33. deep dives
    How Jurassic Park Changed the Way Movies Looked at DinosaursA brief history of dinosaur movies, from Gertie the Dinosaur to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
  34. Jane Fonda’s Extreme Bravery, Then and NowA look back at Jane Fonda’s most political and prolific decade — and why she’s been called “the most politically outspoken star in Hollywood history.”
  35. deep dives
    The Story Behind Wes Anderson’s 14 Most Memorable Music MomentsWes Anderson’s longtime music supervisor, Randall Poster, walks us through some of the director’s most iconic scenes.
  36. deep dives
    What We Learned From the Gilmore Girls TrailerPlus, Sutton Foster!
  37. deep dives
    Damon Lindelof Was Depressed Writing Leftovers“Did the show make me depressed or was I depressed and made the show depressing?”
  38. deep dives
    Michael Mann: A Director Caught Between the Real and the AbstractAn extensive walk through his career.
  39. deep dives
    Empire Is More Lion in Winter Than King LearThe family’s last name is Lyon, for chrissake!
  40. deep dives
    Interstellar Is About the Death of FilmThe movie can be interpreted many ways. This is one of them.
  41. close reads
    The Last 10 Minutes of Boardwalk Empire’s Finale Were a KnockoutMatt Zoller Seitz goes deep on the show’s final episode.
  42. tv
    Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover: An Anti-ClassicEven by the lowered standards of crossovers, it was weak.
  43. deep dives
    Steven Soderbergh Is Doing Some Next-Level Work on The KnickLet’s take a moment to appreciate what we’re watching.
  44. deep dives
    On That Hunger Games Teaser: Wait, Why Is Peeta Evil Now?Book fans will know. 
  45. deep dives
    Let’s Not Be So Quick to Anoint Fargo the Next Great TV ShowMatt Zoller Seitz asks, “Why didn’t I love it more?”
  46. deep dives
    6 Questions Game of Thrones Has Yet to AnswerWhere is Rickon, for starters.
  47. deep dives
    Conversation About Louie Season 4Our TV critic and our Louie recapper look back on season four.
  48. deep dives
    How Are We Supposed to Feel About Tyrion Now?A character’s dying breath often unsettles reactions you thought were settled.
  49. deep dives
    23 Oddities and Oversights From This Year’s Emmy BallotsWhich Westerosi and Litchfield inmates were left out of contention?
  50. deep dives
    What Tonight’s Louie Gets Right (And Wrong) About Weight and WomenLouis C.K. is smart to point out the hypocrisy and double standards of dating while fat.
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