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Aespa releases sophomore single amid widespread anticipation

Released on Feb. 5, South Korean girl group Aespa’s second single “Forever” is a sweet, polished rendition of SM Entertainment Songwriter and Producer Yoo Young-jin’s early 2000s original. The soft ballad’s late-winter feel is a distinct change from Aespa’s debut single “Black Mamba,” ...


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Taylor Swift “comes back stronger than a ‘90s trend”

In July 2020, Taylor Swift released her surprise album, “folklore,” which became the saving grace of an otherwise tragic year for many fans. Refreshingly different from her recent pop albums, “folklore” combined indie-folk with Swift’s trademark country narrative to form an enduring and authentic ...


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Wendy Williams’ shameful masterpiece

If you haven’t heard her on the radio or listened to her talk show, you’ve probably seen her picture online, crying, fainting or smirking. Wendy Williams, the radio shock jock turned daytime talk show host turned everlasting meme, reports on celebrities while being one herself. The weight those ...


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John Krasinski ’01 shines as host of Saturday Night Live

The 2021 return of Saturday Night Live featured first-time host John Krasinski ’01 and musical guest Machine Gun Kelly for a refreshing episode on Jan. 30. Krasinski was originally scheduled to host in March 2020 to coincide with the release of his film “A Quiet Place Part II,” but his hosting ...


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Fran Lebowitz loves to hate

It feels like there are more movies about New York City than there are inhabitants. It seems there is no subject (save love) that has been discussed in media as much as Manhattan. Still, Martin Scorsese, a native New Yorker and director of many New York films, can’t seem to get enough. In his new ...


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Reimagining of ‘The Witches’ brings a forgettable charm

Film journalists and movie buffs alike buzzed with anticipation when news arrived announcing that Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” was slated to adapt the 1983 classic story, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.”  No doubt all those excited to watch ...


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‘Babish Culinary Universe’ turned underworld

Python. Rum-soaked ham. The ratatouille from Ratatouille. Prison sauce. Bison. “Pizza Crepe Taco Pancake Chili Bag.” Dessert pasta. Julia Child’s beef bourguignon. Acorn cookies. Broiled Cornish game hen sandwich. And, of course, sourdough. Binging with Babish — recently rebranded to Babish ...


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Oneohtrix Point Never muses in “Magic OPN”

A shattered mirror of sounds materializes in experimental composer and musician Oneohtrix Point Never’s ninth studio-length album, “Magic Oneohtrix Point Never.” The sonic self-portrait coalesces in a series of 17 tracks — vignettes that are collaged into a pillowy collection that oscillates ...


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‘Red Scare’ and the Politics of Trolling

For those who have three backup plans to vote, for those who phonebank every weekend and for those who are tracking Iowan statehouse races, political disengagement is a luxury in which they can’t indulge. For podcasters Dasha Nekrasova and Anna Khachiyan, making a mockery of any genuine commitment ...


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‘Rebecca’ remake falls flat

Though director Ben Wheatley claims to offer a new interpretation of a well-loved classic, his version of “Rebecca” pales in comparison not only to the story’s 1938 source material but also to the famous Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation from 1940. “Rebecca,” based on Daphne du Maurier’s ...


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‘Emily in Paris’ is a buttery bore

French confections, frilly outfits from 2016 Pinterest boards and a naïve millennial American are the centerpiece of the new bingeable Netflix series “Emily in Paris.” The new MTV-produced, Netflix-streamed show was released Oct. 2 and stars Lily Collins as the eponymous Emily: an American entry-level ...


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The short-lived, lighthearted allure of ‘On the Rocks’

The latest drama-comedy ‘On the Rocks’ reunites writer-director Sofia Coppola and actor Bill Murray, as he takes on the role of Felix, a seasoned debauchee and wealthy art dealer. Rashida Jones joins Murray as Felix’s daughter Laura, a writer troubled by the disinterest of her husband Dean (Marlon ...


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