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  1. the industry
    The Documentary World’s Identity CrisisThe boom — or glut — in streaming documentaries has sparked a reckoning among filmmakers and their subjects.
  2. emergency discussion
    Velma and the Case of the Condescending RebootThree new TV revamps of varying quality offer a lesson in how to wield nostalgia responsibly.
  3. close reads
    The Winners and Losers of Prince Harry’s SpareWinner: Stewie.
  4. profile
    Allison Williams Comes AliveThe star of the already viral M3gan has made a career of subverting her own image.
  5. screen time
    Soon You’ll Be Able to Make Your Own Feature-Length Movie With AISome argue that AI is too derivative. But in Hollywood, shallow riffing on preexisting IP is a lucrative skill.
  6. survey says
    The Best Podcasts of 2022, According to People Who Make PodcastsWe asked over 220 creators, producers, and hosts what they’ve been listening to.
  7. the year of the nepo baby
    How a Nepo Baby Is BornHollywood has always loved the children of famous people. In 2022, the internet reduced them to two little words.
  8. a long talk
    ‘If You Need to Throw Anyone Under the Bus, Let It Be Me’Kelli Giddish joined SVU in 2011 as Olivia Benson’s new partner. She departs a beloved figure in her own right.
  9. remembrance
    Christine McVie’s Perfect VoiceShe was Fleetwood Mac’s most reliable songwriter, but the ache in her voice was just as important as her words.
  10. close read
    The Crown Did Diana DirtySeason five’s diminishment of the “people’s princess” as petulant and reckless feels like nefarious intent hidden behind fictional license.
  11. into it
    Atlanta Wasn’t for EveryoneStephen Glover on testing the boundaries of television as his (and his brother’s) show signs off.
  12. power
    House of SpearsOne year ago, Britney Spears was freed from a notorious conservatorship. What possessed her father to seize near-total control of her life?
  13. exit interview
    ‘I Couldn’t Believe the Things I Was Aspiring to Be’For Selena Gomez, watching herself through the lens of My Mind & Me documentarian Alek Keshishian was shocking, upsetting, and necessary.
  14. performance review
    What Was Brangelina?The couple were always known for their image-making savvy. Now, as their divorce reenters the press cycle, we’re reminded of who’s better at it.
  15. 657 boulevard
    Investigating The Watcher With Its Star ReporterA conversation with Reeves Wiedeman about what the Netflix series got right and wrong about 657 Boulevard.
  16. a long talk
    Ken Jennings Ascends the PodiumThe Jeopardy! co-host (and its greatest champion) settles into his dream job, one year after the show’s legacy was almost tarnished.
  17. highway to hell
    The Live-Music Industry Is BrokenSupply-chain issues, mental health crises, positive COVID tests. As artists continue to struggle, is any of this even worth it?
  18. into it
    The Immense Powers of Kim Kardashian Are in Transition — Not DeclineOne doesn’t become a “cultural fractal icon” by being easily put away.
  19. 1.5x speed
    Podcasting Is Just Radio NowIt’s been ages since the last blockbuster narrative show. What does that mean for the medium as an art form?
  20. royals
    Queen Elizabeth Was the First Monarch We Thought We KnewCrowned at the dawn of the TV age, she was defined by her distance as much as her ubiquity.
  21. a twenty-four
    Every A24 Movie, RankedNeon lights, creepy birds, white people rapping — the studio spawned an aesthetic universe. Here are the good, bad, and vibe-y.
  22. let’s do it again
    The 102 Best Movie Sequels of All TimeWho in the world wanted a Top Gun sequel? Not even Tom Cruise, but that didn’t stop Maverick from getting made and soaring in our ranks.
  23. good one podcast
    Kate McKinnon Wanted to Literally Kiss SNL Good-bye“The most meaningful moments, just looking back, were like … Okay. Long pause for crying, sorry.”
  24. performance study
    The Making of Silent BruceBruce Willis was a fast-talking lead who became a man-of-few-words star. Which made his mental decline that much harder to notice.
  25. anonymous in hollywood
    I’m a VFX Artist, and I’m Tired of Getting ‘Pixel-F–ked’ by MarvelWhat’s it like to work as a visual-effects artist for the MCU? “I’ve had co-workers sit next to me, break down, and start crying.”
  26. movie review
    Nope Is Jordan Peele’s Darkest Horror Comedy to DateIn Jordan Peele’s thrilling new movie, Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer are willing to risk death to get something on camera.
  27. persuasion
    Is Jane Austen Just a Vibe Now?The new Persuasion throws out almost everything essential about its source material but keeps the country walks and the costuming.
  28. now safe for work
    When Brands Got HornyFrom dick pics to anilingus to impregnated mascots, social marketing has entered its carnal era.
  29. the streaming wars
    Netflix to Its Techies: Shut UpTech workers at Netflix thought the company would always value their feedback. How naïve.
  30. profile
    Nathan Fielder Is Out of His Mind (and Inside Yours)The comedian is known for his often hilarious, sometimes mean, always uncomfortable stunts. The Rehearsal is his grandest experiment yet.
  31. putting the atoms together
    ‘No Aliens, No Spaceships, No Invasion of Earth’An oral history of Contact, the sci-fi movie that defied Hollywood norms and made it big anyway.
  32. book review
    Ottessa Moshfegh Is Praying for UsThe author has been hailed as a high priestess of filth. Really, she wants to purify her readers.
  33. exit interview
    Joseph Kosinski’s Vast, Lonely WorldsThe Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director knew just how to pitch a Top Gun sequel to Tom Cruise: “Maverick is still Maverick,” he said. “But he’s alone.”
  34. cannes 2022
    Cronenberg’s Cannes ComebackThe director’s stomach-turning new movie has him back in the festival’s good graces.
  35. close read
    Tom Cruise’s Last StandThirty-six years after the original, Top Gun: Maverick eulogizes the actor’s entire career, and an America that may not exist anymore.
  36. movie review
    There Is Hell, and Then There Is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessFaced with infinite plot possibilities, Marvel couldn’t come up with a less sexist Wanda story line?
  37. buffering
    Netflix’s Bad Habits Have Caught Up With ItA hard look at what happened to the company, and what will happen next.
  38. emergency discussion
    Why Are We Still Watching Law & Order?Halfway through its 21st season, the revived crime procedural is missing something. Could it be a genuine reason to come back in the first place?
  39. it’s coming
    When Sex Was Bad for You (and You Wanted It Anyway)Erotic thrillers are dead, but the conversations they started aren’t even close to climax.
  40. tv review
    Bridgerton Takes It Slow in Season TwoHeavy with sexual tension but light on actual sex, the new season isn’t quite a Whistledowner, but it’s not a ton of fun, either.
  41. profile
    Taylor Tomlinson’s Off-Trend ComedyHer old-school act is a hit onstage and on TikTok. And she’s only getting bigger.