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Watch the First Trailer for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born

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Watch the First Trailer for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born

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Watch the First Trailer for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born

Today, Warner Bros. Pictures premiered the first official trailer for the new remake of A Star Is Born. The film, which marks both the writing and directorial debut of actor Bradley Cooper and the first leading role for pop singer Lady Gaga, is an update of a story that’s made its way to the big screen three times before: first in 1937, starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March; then in 1954, starring Judy Garland and James Mason; and most recently in 1976, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

As I Lay Surrendering Édouard Louis’s History of Violence

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As I Lay Surrendering: Édouard Louis’s History of Violence
As I Lay Surrendering: Édouard Louis’s History of Violence

Much like his earlier The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis’s History of Violence is an autobiographical “novel” in which the events that form the frame of the story are true and other parts have been imaginatively reordered. The narrative is divided into two components: Louis’s first-person experience of being raped and nearly killed on Christmas Eve 2012 in Paris, and the same story as retold by Louis’s sister to his brother-in-law when the character/author returns to his small hometown after the incident. Reda, his hookup-turned-rapist, is a character who makes Louis alternately uneasy, excited, protective, and fearful.

At its best, History of Violence is about the tension between desire and danger, between passion and destruction, and about how individuals heal from trauma without allowing themselves to remain perpetual victims. Against expectations, Louis’s novel is an act of empowerment in a time when too many encourage responses that disempower. Throughout, the author wrestles between liberalized notions of how the world should be and conservative ones of how the world is. Throughout, we see him strip away the liberal tendency to empathize with criminals as victims of social failures.

Patrick Leonard Launches Kickstarter for New Album of Madonna Songs

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Patrick Leonard Launches Kickstarter for New Album of Madonna Songs

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Patrick Leonard Launches Kickstarter for New Album of Madonna Songs

Earlier this year, Slant exclusively revealed that veteran songwriter/producer Patrick Leonard is recording his first album in over 20 years—a collection of reimagined versions of songs he wrote with Madonna in the 1980s and ’90s as well as a brand new song composed by Leonard. Titled Bring the Circus Home, the album will feature many of the original musicians who performed on some of the queen of pop’s iconic hits, including guitarist Bruce Gaitsch and bassist Guy Pratt.

Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Starring Dakota Johnson Gets Teaser Trailer

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Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Starring Dakota Johnson Gets Teaser Trailer

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Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Starring Dakota Johnson Gets Teaser Trailer

Today, Amazon Studios released the first teaser trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s highly anticipated remake of Dario Argento’s iconic horror film Suspiria. Immediately noticeable from the minute-and-a-half clip is the distance that Guadagnino is placing between his film and the baroque-pop stylings of Argento’s original in both look and sound. Suspiria is set in and around a world-renowned dance company that’s gripped by darkness and threatens to destroy a young dancer (Dakota Johnson). The film also stars Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Jessica Harper, who played Johnson’s role in the original.

Steve McQueen’s Widows Starring Viola Davis Gets First Trailer

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Steve McQueen’s Widows Starring Viola Davis Gets First Trailer
Steve McQueen’s Widows Starring Viola Davis Gets First Trailer

Today, 20th Century Fox released the trailer for Widows, Steve McQueen’s first feature-length film since 12 Years a Slave. The film is co-written by McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, and is adapted from the 2002 ABC series Widows written by Lynda La Plante that starred Mercedes Ruehl, Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, and N’Bushe Wright. The film is set in present-day Chicago and concerns four women who take fate into their hands in the wake of their criminal husbands’ deaths, forging a future on their own terms.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap Season 10, Episode 10, “Social Media Kings Into Queens”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 10, “Social Media Kings Into Queens”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 10, Episode 10, “Social Media Kings Into Queens”

We need to talk about Vanjie. Specifically, we need to talk about what Drag Race’s accelerated milking of a meme for every last drop its worth says about this season’s competition as a whole. When Vanessa Vanjie Mateo became the first eliminated queen, she claimed a few extra seconds on stage before asserting her worth in the only way she knew how: by dropping her own name thrice with the wounded delicacy of a Tennessee Williams heroine—“Miss Vanjie…Miss Vanjie…Miss…Vanjie…”—before then retreating backward up the runway while glaring directly at the judge’s table.

The moment was fierce and doleful—a fertile field for camp deification. The space Vanjie cleared around herself in that moment was instantly recognized by RuPaul and the producers; a behind-the-scenes clip showing Michelle Visage bringing Ru to tears by merely invoking Vanjie’s name was included right off the top of the second episode. And from that point on, the ghost of Vanjie never truly left the show. From the workroom to the judges’ critiques to deliberations to Untucked, echoes of “Vanjie” have never been few and far between, like some gay offshoot of the game Marco Polo.

Azealia Banks Pays Homage to Janet Jackson in “Anna Wintour” Music Video

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Azealia Banks Pays Homage to Janet Jackson in “Anna Wintour” Music Video
Azealia Banks Pays Homage to Janet Jackson in “Anna Wintour” Music Video

Yes, those really are Azealia Banks’s nipples. At least according to the New York singer-rapper-lightning-rod’s Twitter. The music video for Banks’s single “Anna Wintour,” from her forthcoming album Fantasea II, is already going viral, but the clip is striking not just because of the artist’s ample bosom.

Directed by Matt Sukkar, “Anna Wintour” was filmed in an empty warehouse using understated faux-natural lighting. Shots of a scantily clad Banks strutting on a metal catwalk, posing in a full-length mirror, and striking a pose in front of a backlit gate pay homage to Janet Jackson’s iconic video for her 1987 single “The Pleasure Principle.”

Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and DJ Khaled Get Lit in “Dinero” Music Video

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Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and DJ Khaled Get Lit in “Dinero” Music Video
Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and DJ Khaled Get Lit in “Dinero” Music Video

Two decades after the late-’90s Latin-pop wave that helped make Jennifer Lopez a household name, the genre has become a fully integrated force in mainstream pop. Lopez’s new bilingual single, “Dinero,” smartly leverages both the singer’s enduring Spanish-language audience and the current Latin-pop craze. Produced by DJ Khaled, the track features J. Lo alternately singing over a tropical rhythm and rapping atop a trap beat—sometimes both—while fellow Bronx upstart Cardi B boasts of their borough-based bona fides.

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Girls of the Sun, Dogman, & The Wild Pear Tree

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Cannes Film Review: Girls of the Sun, Dogman, & The Wild Pear Tree

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Cannes Film Review: Girls of the Sun, Dogman, & The Wild Pear Tree

Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun is a politically righteous and timely film, with a strong lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as Bahar, the leader of an all-female peshmerga fighter battalion bravely fighting ISIS in Kurdistan. But the film also has the dramatic finesse of a sledgehammer: Its most emotionally charged moments buckle under the weight of a ceaseless and manipulative score, and its disorganized and distracting flashback structure tries to contextualize the horrors and humiliations endured by Bahar but does so at the expense of narrative momentum.

Look past the film’s baggy structure and clumsy dialogue and there’s a good deal of tough, spatially coherent action direction on display. As Husson is adept at crafting artfully abstracted images in isolated moments, it’s easy to imagine the more sturdy, brisk, and visually compelling film Girls of the Sun might have been had at least 40 minutes been shaved from its running time.

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Winner Predictions

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Cannes Film Festival 2018: Winner Predictions
Cannes Film Festival 2018: Winner Predictions

Between Cate Blanchett being appointed to head the largely female jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and the much-publicized march of 82 women down the red carpet at the start of the festival (representing the mere 82 women directors in 71 years who’ve competed for the Palme d’Or), many have come to predict that one of the three female filmmakers in competition this year would take the top prize. This article won’t diverge from that prediction, and of the three possibilities, Alice Rohwacher’s Happy As Lazzaro still seems like the safest bet, even with reports coming in that Blanchett teared up at the world premiere of Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum.