Kurt Russell on ‘The Hateful Eight’ and Skateboarding with Charles Bronson
We caught up with the <i>Hateful Eight</i> star to talk about his penchant for Westerns, working with Tarantino, and that time Snake Plissken startled four badass guys in East St. Louis.
The Real Reason Donald Trump Bombed on 'SNL'
Trump is not just the world's most famous New Yorker, he's also one of the great New Yorker villains, every bit a Big Apple Bad Guy as Son of Sam, King Kong, or Boss Tweed. So why was he pretending to be a regular guy?
Legendary Special-Effects Artist Rick Baker on How CGI Killed His Industry
We met the man behind some of the most enduring special-effects imagery of the 20th century, including 'The Exorcist, 'Star Wars,' and the 'Thriller' music video.
The Magic Hour Issue
When Malcolm X Met the Nazis
A look at the strange alliance between the Nation of Islam and the American Nazi Party.
The Uganda Love This Issue
A Ugandan Filmmaker's Quest to Conquer the Planet with Low-Budget Action Movies
Isaac Nabwana's RFP studio has made more than 20 films despite having very little money and inconsistent electricity. Can he make the world care about them?
The Profiles Issue
How the Danish Legal System Gave Away Thomas Altheimer’s Identity
Although the <i>The Sovereign</i> presents Danish artist Thomas Altheimer as a fictional character, he is referred to by his full legal name. The text includes his actual home address, the names of his children, and passages from his blog and private...
Notes on the New Harry Dean Stanton Documentary
On Friday, I drove into Los Angeles to catch a showing of <i>Partly Fiction</i>, a new documentary about Harry Dean Stanton, and was reminded just how much audiences in LA love losing their shit over celebrities and celebrity culture.
Filming the Unfilmable
<i>The Turner Diaries</i> is a white-supremacist screed written by neo-Nazi activist William Pierce back in the 1970s. It partially inspired a half-dozen real-life crime sprees, including the Oklahoma City bombing. Could it ever be adapted into...
Coppola Gets Dickslapped
In the early 80s, following the prolonged public drama of <i>Apocalypse Now</i>, Francis Ford Coppola decided to make a nice little romantic comedy. He sunk over $25 million into the project, declared bankruptcy after its release, and spent the next...
Where Are All the Films About Economic Apocalypse?
So far, the films of the Great Recession have brought us the majestic biceps of <i>Thor</i>, the weaponized pecs of James Bond 6.0, and the beef Prometheus of <i>Captain America</i>. But let me direct your attention to Neal Israel's <i>Americathon</i...
The Worst People
“I kind of wish everyone on Earth hadn't died,” Casey Anthony said, running her fingers through Rick Santorum's hair. “Just so we could all rub it in their stupid faces that we did survive.” Howls of laughter filled the beach. Courtney Love said, “God...
The Recent Unpleasantness
"Welcome to the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm Bob, this is my co-anchor Ralph, and for the next hour, we'll be talking you through the giant balloons as they make their way down Sixth Avenue, towards the flagship Macy's Herald Square."
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