The 2020 VMAs Tried Like Hell to Avoid the Elephant in the Room

Drama is the beating heart of MTV’s Video Music Awards, a show whose most memorable moments have come out of plopping an unusual cast of characters in the same room with drinks and entertainment and luxuriating in the chaos the mix of big egos and beef produces. The cast delivered, from Nirvana clowning Guns N’ […]

The 25 Best True-Crime Documentaries on Netflix

After the success of HBO’s The Jinx and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, true-crime documentaries became something of an industry on cable and streaming services. It’s gotten even more intense in 2020, as Netflix seems to be dropping another terrifying true story to make you lock your doors every week. From deeper dives into stories you […]

BTS Earns Their First Billboard No. 1 on Jungkook’s Birthday

Yoongi said he wanted a No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, so BTS went and got a No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The boys top this week’s chart with their first all-English-language single, “Dynamite,” after hitting No. 4 in March with “On.” (Which, by the way, just made them the first South […]

Mariah Carey to Save Christmas With a ‘Magical’ Holiday Special

Mariah Carey, Santa’s little belter, is saving this coronavirus Christmas with her very own spectacular, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. The Apple TV+ production will be directed by BAFTA winner Hamish Hamilton and Golden Globe winner Roman Coppola, according to the streamer. Coinciding with the 26th anniversary of her iconic carol “All I Want for Christmas […]

Hollywood Mourns the Death of Black Panther and Da 5 Bloods Star Chadwick Boseman

Between his string of memorable historical biopics and his Marvel cinematic adventures, modern moviegoers knew the late Chadwick Boseman as one of Hollywood’s true stars. On Friday, following the confirmation of the actor’s death at the age of 43 following a four-year-long battle with colon cancer, Boseman was memorialized by his fellow performers and creators, […]

Lots of People Actually Braved the Coronavirus to See Tenet in Theaters

Much like the time-warp bullets issuing backward into the gun of the Protagonist (John David Washington), Tenet seems to exist in some kind of future world, where audiences — well, at least international ones — are still open to seeing big-budget tentpole titles in theaters. Over its opening five days in release, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi […]

No One Can Tell Me the VMAs Weren’t a Simulation

Last night’s 2020 VMAs were a bold step forward in the ever-evolving question of what large-scale TV productions look like in the age of social distancing and pandemic safety. Previous examples — productions like the national political conventions, Freeform’s messy Love in the Time of Corona, the BET Awards, and of course the Smash reunion […]

‘You Ready to Risk It All?’: What It’s Like to See Tenet in a Movie Theater

The scene on Wednesday at the Odeon BFI Imax in Waterloo in central London wasn’t noticeably festive. Christopher Nolan’s new besuited time-twisty blockbuster, Tenet, was set to premiere on a sublime 70-mm Imax screen, but the closest thing to a fanatical theater patron present was a fellow in a Batman T-shirt loudly pining for Dunkirk […]