“While it’s tough to say exactly what Barbie is, it’s easy to say what it isn’t: Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, a biopic about the father of the nuclear bomb, which is premiering on the same day in a largely black-and-white color scheme that almost definitely won’t contribute to a pink-paint shortage. Come July 21, some fans will trek offline to see Robbie grinning in her Corvette; others will be readying themselves to watch Cillian Murphy gaze despondently at an atomic explosion. Early box-office tracking estimates suggest there may be slightly more of the former than the latter.” — Jason P. FrankThe Dawn of Barbenheimer

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  1. at the box office
    4 Lessons From a Box-Office Summer of Hopeful Highs and Panic-Inducing LowsThis summer taught us a lot about the new normal in audience behavior, even beyond the Barbenheimer of it all.
  2. sublime!
    A Barbie Post-Credits Scene Is Coming to PartyFor a limited, one-week Imax engagement across the (Barbie) world.
  3. movies fantasy league
    So You Want to Win the Movies Fantasy League?An exhaustive strategy guide to building your team for the 2023–24 MFL season.
  4. buzz buzz
    The Scarab Chose Blue Beetle at the Box OfficeAnd Barbie loses the top spot for the first time.
  5. vulture lists
    Every Will Ferrell Movie, RankedWhich film best captures the Will Ferrell Experience? We’ve ranked ’em all, including his most recent appearances in Barbie and Strays.
  6. we live in a society (it’s pink)
    Barbie Wins Box-Office Beach-Off Against The Dark KnightSublime! Barbie is now the biggest domestic Warner Bros. release.
  7. easter eggs
    A Short History of Barbie’s Earring Magic Ken and His Not-A-Cock-Ring NecklaceMattel’s most rave-ready Ken doll of the ‘90s makes a cameo in Barbie, though his most famous accessory is nowhere to be found.
  8. one billion dollars
    This Barbie is a BillionaireIt’s Margot and Greta’s Billion Dollar Movie!
  9. hi barbie
    Is No. 87 Kenough?Ryan Gosling’s ode to existential himbos made the Billboard “Hot 100.”
  10. who’s on top
    Billboard Album Charts: NewJeans Beats the Barbie Soundtrack by 500 UnitsThe k-pop group beat the Barbie soundtrack by 500 units.
  11. apologies
    Warner Bros US Apologizes for Barbenheimer MemesAfter their Japan division released a statement calling it “extremely regrettable.”
  12. k: death!
    ‘Pink (Bad Day)’ Is the Barbie Song for the PeopleIt’s finally on Spotify!
  13. chat room
    How Cillian Murphy Found His ‘Resting Physicist’s Face’“My job is to convince the audience that Oppenheimer knows what he’s doing. I really spent most of the time working on his psychology.”
  14. this barbie is emotional
    Get in, Losers, We’re Making TikToks About GirlhoodThe saddest part of Barbie, now in 15 seconds or less.
  15. oscar futures
    Oppenheimer Could Dominate the Oscars. Barbie Could Win Best Picture.Oppenheimer is primed to be a major awards contender. But the films that win the top Oscar these days look more like Barbie.
  16. barbenheimer
    Which Barbie Is Oppenheimer?Barbie can be anything, including a scientist who stole the world’s innocence by developing a harbinger of the apocalypse.
  17. close read
    What Is Greta Gerwig Trying to Tell Us?From Barnard to Barbie, the director has always been interested in female ambition, including her own.
  18. this barbie can’t stop crying
    Release the Barbie Fart-Opera CutRemember what they took from us …
  19. q&a
    The One Thing Missing From Oppenheimer’s ScoreLudwig Göransson strategically avoided an entire instrument family and built one of the most beautifully agitating movie soundtracks.
  20. come on barney let’s go party
    What Else Is In the Mattel Films Toy Box?Polly Pocket, American Girl dolls, Hot Wheels, and … Bass Fishin’?
  21. this barbie is emotional
    Which Barbie Scene Made You Cry the Hardest?Thanks to five crucial scenes, Greta Gerwig’s movie enters the tear-jerker movie canon.
  22. coming soon
    Emily in Paris to Become Polly in PocketLily Collins and Lena Dunham’s Polly Pocket movie is a go.
  23. vulture lists
    12 (Even More) Depressing Things to Read and Watch After OppenheimerThese books, movies, and pieces of pop culture are a guide to the atomic era Oppenheimer unleashed.
  24. vulture lists
    Greta Gerwig’s 10 Favorite BooksGeorge Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and more.
  25. barbenheimer
    Benny Safdie Is Really Proud of How His Eyebrows ‘Shined’ in Oppenheimer“Every once in a while I have a straggler that I’ll just pluck out. But Chris said, ‘Don’t do that. Let’s just let it go crazy.’”
  26. he’s kenough
    Rob Thomas Accepts His KenergyHe correctly assumed Matchbox Twenty would be “the butt of the joke” in Barbie.
  27. moment of (t)ruth
    Who Was the Real Ruth Handler From Barbie?Here’s the (t)ruth about the Mattel co-founder who created the iconic doll.
  28. chat room
    It Sure Feels Good to Have Robert Downey Jr. Onscreen AgainDowney wanted a new experience, and he got it in Oppenheimer, a movie that takes him from chummy to snakelike in a fascinating role.
  29. explainers
    What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in Oppenheimer?Even this most rigorous of biopics must at times employ shortcuts and shorthand.
  30. women!
    Greta Gerwig Explains the Final Line in Barbie“I knew I wanted to end on a mic-drop kind of joke, but I also find it very emotional.”
  31. at the box office
    I Am Become Barbenheimer, Destroyer of Box Office RecordsBarbie and Oppenheimer’s staggering returns seem to signal franchise fatigue — or at least that audiences want alternatives to the same old, same old.
  32. barbenheimer
    How Real Housewives Became Hollywood’s Secret Movie-Marketing WeaponThe film industry looks to Bravoholics to save cinema.
  33. let’s go party
    Who’s Winning the Barbenheimer Box Office?Barbie had the largest domestic opening of any female director, ever.
  34. da movies
    Barbenheimer Weekend: Fires, Chaos, and Memes[demonic voice] “Hi, Ken!”
  35. back to the movies
    How Are Movie Theaters Handling Barbenheimer?Here’s to hoping there are Kenough screens for every Barbie wearing a porkpie hat.
  36. that’s so allan
    Let Us Salute the Unsung Hero of BarbieAllan is a vibe, if having no vibe counts as a vibe. He is the parentheses in the sentence of life.
  37. scene report
    Even a Dog in a Pink Bandanna Did BarbenheimerIt’s cinema’s biggest night!
  38. character guide
    Who’s Who in Oppenheimer: A Guide to 36 Scientists, Soldiers, and RedsOppenheimer is a cavalcade of white men in suits exchanging rapid-fire dialogue about physics and war. Here’s how to tell them apart.
  39. endings
    The ‘Troubling Reverberations’ at the End of Oppenheimer, ExplainedIt’s the most shattering ending of anything Christopher Nolan has made, and maybe even of any studio blockbuster in recent memory.
  40. kenergy
    Did Sam Smith See Ken on Grindr?Meet Bicurious Ken on “Man I Am.”
  41. vulture lists
    Every Ryan Gosling Movie, RankedA closer look at the actor’s tortured men, silent heroes, and wounded lovers.
  42. endings
    Barbie’s Ending Is When It Finally Transcends Corporate IPMothers, daughters, and spiritual connections — Barbie’s final moments are when it truly becomes a Greta Gerwig film.
  43. let’s go party
    Breaking: Barbie Has Entered the Real WorldAnd Sam Smith and Ryan Gosling brought some Ken-ergy to the soundtrack.
  44. solidarity
    Don’t Worry, Your Barbenheimer Plans Don’t Cross Picket LinesThe double strike doesn’t have to affect your double feature.
  45. barbie world
    The Woman Who Rescued Barbie from Development HellMattel executive Robbie Brenner, head of the toy company’s film division, tells us what it took to save the long-gestating adaptation.
  46. this is my hair i don’t wear wigs
    Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan Wage War (Against Wigs)This Barbie is all natural.
  47. vulture lists
    The 11 Biggest Box-Office BombsWhere does Oppenheimer rank?
  48. review roundup
    Can Barbie Have Her Cake and Eat It Too?Critics say the existential comedy is well done, but some wonder how subversive Mattel’s IP-driven movie can be.
  49. vulture lists
    Let’s Revisit the 41 Other Barbie MoviesBefore Greta Gerwig came along, the Mattel doll already had a surprisingly vast cinematic universe.
  50. movie review
    Oppenheimer Is a Tragedy of Operatic GrandeurChristopher Nolan’s movie about the invention of the atomic bomb is almost too big to wrap your head around.
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