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Ariana Grande Drops Epic Music Video for Feminist Anthem “God Is a Woman”

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Ariana Grande Drops Epic Music Video for Feminist Anthem “God Is a Woman”

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Ariana Grande Drops Epic Music Video for Feminist Anthem “God Is a Woman”

Just hours after she released “God Is a Woman,” a sultry, subtly reggae-infused slow jam from her forthcoming album Sweetener, Ariana Grande has dropped an epic music video for the single. The clip finds the singer hula-hooping with the Milky Way, fingering the eye of a hurricane, and deflecting misogynist epithets, a visual embodiment of her declaration that “I can be all the things you told me not to be/When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing/And he sees the universe when I'm in company/It's all in me.”

Interview: Kate Bornstein on Their Broadway Debut in Straight White Men

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Interview: Kate Bornstein on Their Broadway Debut in Straight White Men

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Interview: Kate Bornstein on Their Broadway Debut in Straight White Men

When Kate Bornstein, self-described as a non-binary femme-identified trans person, talks about their remarkable life journey, it’s clear that at 70, the trail-blazing author of the seminal work Gender Outlaw and subject of the documentary Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger is still a formidable force to be reckoned with. Bornstein isn’t content on resting on their laurels as a pioneer in transgender rights and acceptance, acknowledging that positions they once held are always subject to reassessment. As the reader will learn from our interview, Bornstein, who’s debuting on Broadway in the new Second Stage production of Straight White Men, is uniquely positioned to broaden our vision on gender in a rapidly evolving world.

Interview: Ivo van Hove on Adapting Visconti’s The Damned for the Stage

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Interview: Ivo van Hove on Adapting Visconti’s The Damned for the Stage

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Interview: Ivo van Hove on Adapting Visconti’s The Damned for the Stage

There are no half measures with Ivo van Hove. Whether he’s revisiting modern classics like Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and The Crucible, or premiering David Bowie’s musical Lazarus, you can expect riveting—and in some instances controversial—theater fare from the Belgian-born director. So there’s great anticipation for his latest New York production: an epic staging of The Damned at the Park Avenue Armory, which runs from July 17 to 28.

The production, created for the Comédie-Française theater in Paris, premiered two summers ago at the Festival d’Avignon and is adapted from the Oscar-nominated screenplay for the 1969 film by Italian auteur Luchino Visconti. An operatic tale of decadence and greed, The Damned recounts the internecine struggles and disintegration of the powerful von Essenbeck family as they collude with the rising Nazi regime in 1930s Germany.

Hailed as a visionary, and sometimes dismissed as a provocateur, van Hove is currently in great demand in theater capitals across the globe. His upcoming international projects include the world-premiere stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, opening in September at the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, van Hove’s home-theater base; a new adaptation of All About Eve, set to premiere next February in London’s West End; and Électre/Oreste, a combination of two Euripides plays that will be presented next Summer at the ancient Epidaurus theater in Greece. And it’s just been announced that van Hove will helm a new interpretation of the classic American musical West Side Story, slated for Broadway at the end of next year.

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with van Hove and talk about the experience of bringing new life to Visconti’s provocative The Damned.

Watch the Teaser Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz

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Watch the Teaser Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz

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Watch the Teaser Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz

The latest from Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite, takes us to the early 18th century, when England and France are at war. Not exactly the ideal time for levity, but this being a film from the Greek Weird Wave auteur behind Dogtooth and The Lobster, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. The film follows a frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), who sits on the throne of the England and sees her relationship to her friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), tested upon the arrival of Sarah’s cousin, Abigail (Emma Stone).

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap Season 10, Episode 14, “Grand Finale”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 14, “Grand Finale”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 14, “Grand Finale”

When Sasha Velour snatched the crown in last season’s finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race, many felt it came out of left field. Even though we never got to really see her lip-sync for her life at any point in the season, it was a minor upset to see her ascend beyond three lip-sync assassins. In retrospect, the live auditorium atmosphere played as much a role as anything in selecting the winner, because Sasha had the good sense to recognize that, when you’re playing not just to RuPaul, but to the back row, you’d better be packing some impossible-to-miss stunts under that lace-front. So even though it may not have made a ton of sense to crown Sasha from a narrative sense, it played into the overt populism of national politics.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap Season 10, Episode 13, “Queens Reunited”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 13, “Queens Reunited”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 13, “Queens Reunited”

Last year’s RuPaul’s Drag Race reunion was the best episode of the season, a welcome return of the panelist-discussion format that went away after season three. At that point, the show opted to switch to a pre-taped finale in front of a live audience, in order to avoid winner leaks. But which of the queens ultimately wins is of far less dramatic importance to me than watching Ru and her girls tie up some of the loose ends of the show’s interpersonal dynamics. What’s changed since taping the program? How have the queens’ relationships flourished or foundered outside of the hothouse environment of the show’s shooting schedule? What’s their booking rate these days? Miss Vanjie for president? If it hadn’t been for the old reunion format’s return last season, “She looks like Linda Evangelista” Aja wouldn’t have been allowed to point out it’s not really reading someone, per se, when it’s “aggressively complimenting.”

BAMcinemaFest 2018 Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life

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BAMcinemaFest 2018: Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life

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BAMcinemaFest 2018: Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life

From King Kong to Beauty and the Beast, films have often grappled with romances between pretty women and males who, well, let’s say, fail to adhere to cultural standards of attractiveness. The latest is writer-director Aaron Schimberg’s meta Chained for Life, set behind the scenes of a campy horror flick featuring half a cast of what Tod Browning would have called freaks. The film’s leading man is Rosenthal, played by Adam Pearson (previously seen in Under the Skin), an English actor who has neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors to grow around nerves. Rosenthal’s leading lady is Mabel (Jess Weixler), a friendly and earnest actress without any such condition.

Season 10, Episode 12, “American” Season 10, Episode 12, “American”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 12, “American”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 12, “American”

Last week, I came as close as I could to saying Kameron Michaels is the villain of this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, whether she likes it or not. Now, after watching the final challenge episode before RuPaul crowns the winner of the show’s 10th season, I’m convinced she’s not a villain at all, but is instead the embodiment of the show’s new VH1-era manifestation. And that’s what’s at the root of the abuse she’s currently suffering on social media. Once again, the subject of the show’s toxic fanbase has come to a head, with the elimination of fan-sorta-favorite Miz Cracker in the face of Kameron’s lip-sync. Kameron was forced to turn comments off on her Instagram following the airing of last week’s episode. Here I submit the wild theory that it’s not Kameron that the fans are frustrated with, but the show itself.

Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

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Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

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Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

Four years ago—which can seem like a lifetime in the world of video games—Slant Magazine published its list of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time. Today, we have updated our list, the result of much back and forth among the site’s current game contributors. We feel that the differences between the old and new lists say as much about where the site’s game section is today as they do about where the medium of video games has come since our original list was published on June 9, 2014.

For the sake of posterity, we are presenting below the introduction, by Calum Marsh, to our original list, followed by the 100 tittles that made that list.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap Season 10, Episode 11, “Evil Twins”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 11, “Evil Twins”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 11, “Evil Twins”

Star quality. Who has it, and who doesn’t? Long before the trailer dropped for the forthcoming, ludicrously Oscar buzz-attracting remake of A Star Is Born starring Lady Gaga, that question has been hanging over this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. That Ru has a very specific vision of what makes a star a star should come as no surprise to anyone who’s watched any of the show’s half-dozen or so burlesque dramatizations of her own underdog life. Ru’s diagnosis of star quality all but requires a razor’s edge of self-sabotaging doubt, a nefarious but fire-stoking internal voice that both keeps one self-aware but also driven to overcome. Without it, you’re merely talented.