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  1. the year of the nepo baby
    An All But Definitive Guide to the Hollywood Nepo-VerseActors, singers, directors who just happen to be the children of actors, singers, directors.
  2. profile
    The Spectacular Life of Octavia E. ButlerThe story of the girl who grew up in Pasadena, took the bus, loved her mom and grandmother, and wrote herself into the world.
  3. 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.
  4. first person
    The Voice of New York Is DrillIt’s the most captivating sound the city has heard in decades — and also the most misunderstood. Here, 19 NY drill artists set the record straight.
  5. in conversation
    Larry Wilmore Knows No BoundsHe’s kept the golden age of Black TV comedy alive for three decades. He’ll make any network eat its words.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. profile
    Hot Joel SummerJoel Kim Booster’s deliciously bawdy debut film, Fire Island, maps Pride and Prejudice’s class tensions onto the vacation hideaway for gay men.
  10. community theater
    ‘We Should Hate It, But It Works’An oral history of the inexplicably star-studded, hallucinogenic ending of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
  11. feature
    The Undoing of Joss WhedonThe Buffy creator, once an icon of Hollywood feminism, is now an outcast accused of misogyny. How did he get here?
  12. close reads
    Hanya’s BoysThe novelist tends to torture her gay male characters — but only so she can swoop in to save them.
  13. in conversation
    Peter Bogdanovich on His Masterpieces, Womanizing, and Deaths He Didn’t MournA candid conversation with the late director who’s often held up as a cautionary tale of Hollywood arrogance.
  14. profile
    Simon Rex Doesn’t Want to Be That Guy AnymoreThe former MTV VJ partied his way through the early aughts, lost his career for a decade, and now, improbably, is being lauded by the Hollywood elite.
  15. fall preview 2021
    The Roys Summer in ItalyOn location with the cast of Succession, the most interestingly terrible billionaires on TV.
  16. first person
    Rachel Lindsay Has No Roses Left to BurnI thought I could change The Bachelor franchise from within. Until I realized I was their token.
  17. celebrity
    The End of Kimye’s Wild RideShe thought he was an artistic genius. He wanted to “dip her ass in gold.” And now it’s over.
  18. the industry
    Scott Rudin, As Told by His AssistantsA portrait of a toxic workplace.
  19. profile
    Confessions of a 32-Year-Old Drama QueenNo one is keeping up with Trisha Paytas, YouTube’s most frighteningly entertaining star.
  20. the art of ending things
    The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies HistoryGood finales offer catharsis. The best deny us closure altogether.
  21. movies
    Chloé Zhao’s AmericaThe creator of quiet indie dramas is now the most-sought-after director in Hollywood.
  22. books
    The Implosion of American DirtHow one of publishing’s most hyped books became its biggest horror story — and still ended up a best seller.
  23. nancy meyers week
    A Chaotic Taxonomy of the Nancy Meyers Cinematic UniverseOver four-plus decades, the filmmaker has created a very specific visual language. Here is the key.
  24. in conversation
    Francis Ford Coppola Is Still Going for BrokeHis recut of The Godfather: Part III is one of his most personal projects yet, but it’s far from his last.
  25. the quarries
    The First (And Dear God, It Better Be the Last) QuarriesIn which we award the most original, absurd, scrappy, and ingenious works that shaped our year in quarantine.
  26. vulture lists
    The 100 Most Influential Sequences in Animation HistoryFrom Bugs Bunny to Spike Spiegel to Miles Morales, retracing 128 years of an art form that continues to draw us all in.
  27. where it started at
    The 100 Songs That Define New York Rap, RankedIt’s not a sound, it’s an attitude.
  28. fall preview
    You Don’t Know HerThirty years into an epic career, Mariah Carey is still trying to explain herself.
  29. in conversation
    Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her MindAfter decades onscreen, nothing surprises the Westworld actress, though what she’s ready to share will surprise you.
  30. profile
    Michaela the DestroyerHow a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making the year’s most sublimely unsettling show.
  31. profiles
    Padma Lakshmi, Scars and AllThe Top Chef host gives a very personal food tour of New York City.
  32. first person
    Our Brother KaizenHe would be called a murderer and a domestic terrorist. But to us, he was family. Our struggles with systemic racism growing up were the same.
  33. show guides
    Mad Men Is a Show That’s Built to LastYour complete guide to watching (or rewatching) the Matthew Weiner series.
  34. dance the sh*t out of it
    An Oral History of Center StageHow 24 pairs of leather pants, a tearaway tutu, and red pointe shoes made for a generation’s greatest dance movie.
  35. in conversation
    Hayley Williams on What Went Wrong With Paramore and Her New Solo Life“If we didn’t have all that stupid fucking drama for all those years, would people even know who we are anymore?”
  36. first person
    I Don’t Know How to Tell This StoryCecily Strong on grieving a loved one while quarantined.
  37. a long talk
    Allow Fiona Apple to Reintroduce Herself“Nowadays, I try to remember who I was before all this started.”
  38. socially distanced tv
    If I Wrote a Coronavirus EpisodeTina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic.
  39. anonymous in hollywood
    I Was a Hollywood Assistant and I Got Yelled at on the ToiletAnd also everywhere else.
  40. profile
    My Dark Vanessa Is Not a Love StoryAt 16, Kate Elizabeth Russell saw her book about a student’s affair with a teacher as a romance. She sees it differently now.
  41. vulture lists
    The 100 Greatest Emo Songs of All TimeA sweeping look at rock’s most misunderstood genre.
  42. what were the 2010s?
    We Recapped the Whole DecadeA three-part attempt to figure out what made the ’10s the ’10s.
  43. 25 days of cats
    An Oral History of Cats, As Told by Its Original Cats“It became this joke. But it was the most spectacular thing of its time.”
  44. what were the 2010s?
    Every Movie of the 2010s, RankedOur critics pored over 5,279 of the decade’s films. Here’s the best, worst, and mehst.
  45. reality tv
    Jersey Shore: An Oral History“It was like zebras in the Serengeti. We wanted to see this in action. Where does that happen? The Jersey Shore.”
  46. reunions
    Community Reunited: ‘I Think I’m on the Greatest Television Show Ever Made’The cast and creators reflect on living through the end of must-see TV.
  47. the politics of fiction
    Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story?Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.
  48. profile
    Bong Joon-ho’s Dystopia Is Already HereThe Korean director’s ferocious new film, Parasite, is a parable of our money-hungry world. It’s also the most fun you’ll have in theaters this fall.
  49. a long talk
    Fiona Apple Is Still Calling B.S.These days, the singer spends most of her time at home, working on a new album. But that doesn’t mean she’s not paying attention.
  50. fall preview 2019
    The Hustle Behind HustlersHow do you get a film about rich white men getting scammed made in an industry run by rich white men? First step: Get J.Lo to sign on.
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