As Tom Cruise makes the publicity rounds for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, there’s no trace of his couch-jumping public implosion. But can those of us who knew him as the greatest star on earth ever shake the catastrophe of the last 10 years?
Comedy duo Smosh prides themselves on producing videos like the ones they made in high school. But they’ve also created a digital empire that ensures their future in the industry, even as they approach their thirties. The secret of their success is simple — but shouldn’t be ignored.
Amy Schumer has made her name depicting the fear and loathing of the postfeminist dystopia. Trainwreck is her most ambitious critique yet. Warning: Spoilers if you’ve never seen a rom-com.
“Lenny” wants to provide contemporary feminism for the inbox.
Loretta Young made her name in Classic Hollywood as a great beauty — and for the cover-up of one of the industry’s greatest scandals: concealing a child, born out of wedlock, with Clark Gable, one of the era’s biggest stars. It wasn’t until recently that even Young learned the right words for what she’d been hiding for decades.
The sequel to Magic Mike is almost wholly devoid of plot. But it understands the narrative structure of female desire in the way few films do.
Mark Wahlberg has been churning out mid-budget genre films for 20 years — which is why it’s surprising that his success is predicated on his old-fashioned attitude toward what it means to be a movie star.
In Touch comes from a long line of publications that split their time between titillating half-truths and rigorous investigative journalism. But is the magazine the last gasp of the American tabloid tradition — or its future?
“Fashion tech” companies like Stitch Fix are using algorithms and personal stylists to sell women the priceless commodity of confidence — but who’s left out?
It’s tempting to think of Trunk Club as a well-marketed service for rich, busy dudes — a way to make clueless, frumpy men into well-dressed lazy ones. But is the masculinity that Trunk Club sells worth aspiring to?
Entourage has always celebrated the pleasures of bro-ing out without consequences. So what makes the film feel so toxic?
Granny hair, granny panties, grannies all over popular media — what does the visibility of older women and the fashions associated with them suggest about our current cultural moment?
Rebel Wilson isn’t the first Hollywood star to fabricate details of her past. But the reason she did so speaks volumes of the industry’s logic concerning what sort of bodies should appear on-screen.
We all know that the women who surround us contain multitudes. Kendrick powerfully suggests that celebrities can as well.
Mad Men’s Betty Draper has spent every day recovering from the quiet trauma of her deeply unfulfilling life. Here’s why we should celebrate her. Spoilers below.
What lessons have we internalized by watching our boomer moms figure out careers, love, and motherhood?
The Netflix series, created by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, brought audiences a nuanced (and hilarious) black gay man, but its Asian-American and Native American characters are far from perfect, as are the jokes about them.
The confusing timeline raises the question: How else did the narrative shift for our benefit?
Comics work their whole careers to land their own successful, acclaimed, eponymous Comedy Central sketch show. But after three seasons, and with his show at its creative and commercial peak, Nick Kroll is leaving it all behind for destinations unknown — because he can.
Beneath the BDSM trappings of Fifty Shades lies the fantasy that wealth will set us free. Warning: Spoilers!