Black Is King Works Best When Beyoncé Can Be Beyoncé

More interesting to me than all hour and 58 minutes of last year’s The Lion King remake was its press tour and how disinterested Beyoncé seemed to be with it. She’d made better movies (Dreamgirls, Obsessed), been on bigger platforms (her concert specials for HBO, Homecoming for Netflix), been a part of telling stories that […]

Lana Del Rey Can’t See Past Herself on ‘Paradise Is Very Fragile’

For years, paradise has been Lana Del Rey’s fascination. It was the focus of her Born to Die follow-up, on which she sang about long car rides, sex, and the ignorant elegance of being American. In the music that followed, her paradises were both tangible and fleeting: sometimes California, sometimes smoking a joint on the […]

Bryan Singer Reportedly Filmed X-Men Stunt While on a Narcotic

Director Bryan Singer has been hit with several sexual-assault accusations throughout his career, all of which he has denied, including recent accusations that stretch back to the 1990s. But as a story from The Hollywood Reporter makes clear, his behavior on the set of the X-Men movies, Singer’s successful franchise work, was also erratic and […]

TIFF Announces 2020 Lineup: Spike Lee, Werner Herzog, and Regina King’s Directorial Debut

The Toronto International Film Festival will be much more “International” than “Toronto” this year because, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, many screenings, including all press and industry screenings, will be entirely virtual. On July 31, TIFF announced its 2020 programming slate, which has been reduced from the usual hundreds of films to 50 new […]

Billie Eilish’s Future Is in Good Hands

Billie Eilish has been keeping a relatively low profile this year after making history as the youngest singer to record the James Bond theme song and the first woman in 61 years of Grammy ceremonies to sweep the big four categories: Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of […]

What Beyoncé Tells Us Without Saying a Word

To watch Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is to take a master class in image construction. In 2011, she severed professional ties with her father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, who’d had a strong hand in controlling her image. In the nine years since, she has evolved dramatically as a star. She’s almost entirely stopped giving interviews […]

God Bless the Go-Go’s and This Documentary About the Go-Go’s

Ask people who grew up in the 1980s what the ’80s sounded like and you’ll get thousands of different answers that vary based on taste, background, age, or even the mood a person happens to be in that day. But ask them to imagine what the happiest, most cloud-free day sounded like in that decade, […]

Amy Seimetz’s Mirror Worlds

Amy Seimetz is laughing. The laughter is always triggered by things one might not normally laugh about, from the ravages of illness to the catastrophes of the pandemic. It ranges from a wry chuckle to a full-on roar, her head thrown back. This happens countless times as we talk about She Dies Tomorrow, the 38-year-old […]

Alanis Morissette and Her Giggling Daughter Perform ‘Ablaze’ on Fallon

Alanis Morissette had some help for her latest TV performance. The singer-songwriter held her daughter Onyx during the remote TV debut of her new song “Ablaze” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 30, and Onyx contributed her own vocals too Fittingly, the song is Morissette’s vow to her three children, as she […]