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Before Its Time: "Josie and the Pussycats" Was Anticapitalist Before It Was Cool

Almost two decades later, the cult teen comedy still holds up surprisingly well.

It seems like every major issue plaguing our country in 2020 can all be traced back to one nefarious source: capitalism.

But back in 2001—when things were still "just kind of bad" instead of "really bad"—one particular teen musical-comedy tried to warn us of the impending evil to come. That movie was Josie and the Pussycats, a story of a young girl band who get a first-hand look at the dark side of the music industry.

Josie and the Pussycats was loosely based on the Archie Comics series and the 1970s cartoon of the same name, following a wide-eyed pop-punk trio and best friends Josie, Valerie, and Melody as they navigate being offered a sudden major label record deal. On the surface, the film appears as another lighthearted "be careful what you wish for" tale, but it carries a much darker deeper meaning upon closer examination.

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Does Tom Hanks Really Need to Be Quarantined Again?

The Cast Away actor has returned to a mandatory two-week quarantine in Australia.

Back in March Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracted COVID-19 and spent weeks quarantining in Australia before they could safely return to the world.

Now, Tom Hanks has returned to Australia to continue filming Elvis, Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic scheduled for release next year. But before Hanks can return to set and resume his role as Elvis's manager—Colonel Tom Parker—he is required by Australia's COVID measures to complete another two-week quarantine in the Gold Coast Hotel in Queensland.

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What's the Deal With These New Oscar Diversity Standards?

Things might look different at the 2021 Oscars.

As is the case with many of the United States' most-viewed award shows, the Academy Awards have never really been known for their inclusivity.

Despite Parasite's record-breaking sweep back in February (marking the first non-English-language film to take home Best Picture), the Oscars have historically favored the white and the male, to put it lightly. Finally, the Academy is actually trying to do something about the rampant homogeneity of their nominees.

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