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  1. song review
    Somehow, Somewhere Drake Is Still One of UsDrake can buy and sell most of us, but he watches games from the sidelines like everyone else.
  2. anniversaries
    Brie Larson’s Fake Band Remains the Best Thing About Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldOn the movie’s tenth anniversary, we recommend the great fictional rock band Clash at Demonhead.
  3. documentaries
    Can the Kids Can Save America?Steven Garza, the Texas teen star of the new documentary Boys State, isn’t so sure.
  4. stage dives
    ‘Within Fifteen Minutes, It Became Unbearable’The bloody Broadway mess that was Dance of the Vampires.
  5. movie review
    Project Power Is a Depressingly Uninspired Off-Brand Superhero StoryJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, and Jamie Foxx star in a would-be Netflix blockbuster with a clever premise and crummy follow through.
  6. stand-up
    Laughing Into the VoidTurns out watching live comedy outdoors hits differently.
  7. role call
    Holland Taylor Answers Every Question We Have About Legally BlondeThe actress on her iconic line, the joy of playing professional women, and why she’s typecast as elegant, hilarious, and a little bitchy.
  8. stage dives
    A Musical About Joseph McCarthy Funded By a Scammer Ex-Con. What Could Go Wrong?Well, there’s a reason you haven’t heard of Senator Joe.
  9. a long talk
    Mike Schur Talks Morality and Ethics in The Good Place — and Everywhere ElseIt feels right that a chat about the show’s Emmy-nominated finale would lead to a philosophical discourse on bad tweets, blackface, and wearing masks.
  10. friday night movie club
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith Is a Straight Shot of Movie Star CharismaThis week’s Friday Night Movie Club is a testament to star power.
  11. superlatives
    Kurt Farquhar, the King of Black-Sitcom Music, on His Best Theme SongsFrom Beyoncé being that good to how Brandy is basically Nostradamus.
  12. album review
    Brandy Remains a True RarityThis year, the singer known as the “vocal Bible” steps out from under the dark clouds that long plagued her career.
  13. grief
    The Agony of Liam Neeson, Action StarAction movies often put their heroes’ families in danger, but Neeson’s efforts over the past decade have taken things to nightmarish levels.
  14. horny summer
    We Asked a Gyno About “WAP”Dr. Lauren Streicher weighs in on “macaroni in a pot,” touching that dangly thing that swings in the back of your throat, and more.
  15. good one podcast
    Sam Jay No Longer Fears DeathThe comedian joins this week’s Good One to talk stand-up and writing for Eddie Murphy at SNL.
  16. stage dives
    Donald Trump’s One-Show Career As a Broadway ProducerIf he’d had a hit in Paris Is Out!, the world might be in a better place now.
  17. movies
    Behind the Fantasy of the 1997 Movie Cop Land“It was about a world in which everyone’s so tribalized and traumatized,” says director James Mangold, “no one has the emotional space to exist.”
  18. tv review
    In Lovecraft Country, Monsters Past and Present ConvergeA present-tense correction of science fiction’s racist past, the new HBO series is what academics would call a “rich text.”
  19. not time travel
    What Is Tenet About, Anyway?A few theories about Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie, which is definitely not about time travel.
  20. stage dives
    The Making of Superman’s Brief Flight on BroadwayAnd how Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa almost got him back off the ground nearly 50 years later.
  21. backstories
    The Story Behind ‘WAP’s Unforgettable ‘There’s Some Whores in This House’ Sample“My daughter sent me a link. She’s so proud that her daddy has such a strong connection with the whores of the world.”
  22. q&a
    Aminé Isn’t Out of Limbo YetThe 26-year-old Portland rap star’s sophomore album explores new adulthood, new fame, and all its many slumps.
  23. song review
    Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ Is Hall of Fame FilthA torrent of horny one-liners that restores the feeling of sneaking and listening to rap songs with X-rated lyrics as a kid.
  24. role call
    Kate Maberly Answers Every Question We Have About 1993’s The Secret GardenThe actress remembers stalking Roger Deakins on set, squaring off with Maggie Smith, and receiving letters (still) from young fans of the dark film.
  25. our streaming future
    Will a Comedy Ever Play at a Movie Theater Again?Three writers wonder: Is 2020 the end of the end of laughing out loud at the cinema?
  26. friday night movie club
    The Movie of This Quarantine Summer Is Jurassic ParkRunning from dinosaurs, stress-eating ice cream, filing into a theme park even though it means putting lives at risk — who can’t relate?
  27. superlatives
    Jason Mraz Picks the Best, Worst, and Most Tender of His 20-Year CareerIncluding why he doesn’t get mad when someone isn’t aware he has more songs than “I’m Yours.”
  28. power
    Comedian Jeff Ross Accused of Sexual Relationship With Underage Girl“He liked that I was innocent.”
  29. a long talk
    Lupe Fiasco vs. Everybody (Even Himself)The divisive rap great on making an EP based off a tweet, not allowing Joe Budden to clown him, Virgil Abloh, and why he basically invented Genius.
  30. good one podcast
    Comedians in Quars Making ComedyNikki Glaser, Jim Gaffigan, and more join Good One to discuss how the pandemic has changed the way they think about their comedy.
  31. movie review
    An American Pickle Is a Two-Man Show, and Both Men Are Seth RogenSeth Rogen stars opposite himself in this HBO Max original movie about a Brooklyn man united with his pickled great-grandfather.
  32. books
    The Best Sex Raven Leilani Has Ever ReadThe author of Luster on the ecstatic, violent joy of Susan Choi’s My Education.
  33. close reads
    The Innate Black Britishness of I May Destroy YouWithin Michaela Coel’s searing drama, Black British culture is everything in that it is treated as nothing. It just is.
  34. visual album review
    Beyoncé’s Black Is King Does Everything It Needs ToThe richness of the Black experience is the point. There’s almost too much excellence to keep track of.
  35. filmmaking
    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and the Power of Point of ViewVeteran documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus breaks down the process behind the HBO miniseries’ delicate balance of true crime and personal trauma.
  36. book review
    Caste Offers a New Word for Injustice in America, Not a New Way of ThinkingIn Isabel Wilkerson’s book, caste replaces racism as the most accurate term to describe the inequities of American society.
  37. vulture picks
    25 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two WeeksThe Edinburgh Fringe Festival online, Katy Perry’s new album, Tesla at the drive-in, and more.
  38. close reads
    When Black People Appear on SeinfeldThe things you notice when you rewatch, rather than cancel, old sitcoms.
  39. black is king
    Black Is King Works Best When Beyoncé Can Be BeyoncéThe Disney+ visual makes it clear that Beyoncé is too big for even the biggest IP.
  40. master class
    What Beyoncé Tells Us Without Saying a WordA close read of nine formative images tell a complicated story about the artist’s politics.
  41. movies
    Amy Seimetz’s Mirror WorldsIn her new absurdist thriller, She Dies Tomorrow, the director-actress dares to think the unthinkable.
  42. vulture lists
    Christopher Nolan Movies, Ranked by Whether I’d Risk My Life to See ThemWould I, like most of the women in Nolan’s movies, die for cinema?
  43. profiles
    Flo Milli SummerThe rising rapper from Mobile, Alabama, spins rhymes that sound like schoolyard taunts.
  44. friday night movie club
    You Can Hate Inception All You WantBut the highest hope anyone has for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is that it will be another Inception.
  45. radio vulture
    We’re Witnessing the Total Breakdown of DiscourseTry to recall another time when a rapper went into surgery for multiple gunshot wounds and it became instant gag fodder.
  46. acting
    The Brutal Pleasure of Watching Charlize Theron Turn to ActionWhat makes her truly great in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, and The Old Guard is her focus on the human capacity for wear and tear.
  47. the last great american dynasty
    A Brief History of Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island FeudIt’s hard not to hear the lyric, “Rebekah gave up on the Rhode Island set forever,” as Swift’s own feelings toward my home state.
  48. emmys 2020
    The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Emmy-Nomination SurprisesThe biggest surprise of this year’s Emmy season is that we’re somehow still doing the Emmys, but these are all a close second.
  49. 2020 emmys
    Watchmen, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Lead This Year’s Emmy NominationsHere are all the nominees.
  50. hunter's line readings
    This One Line From Magnolia Plays on a Loop in My HeadJulianne Moore delivers an excruciating ellipses.
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