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Use of Deepfake Anthony Bourdain Voice in New Documentary Sparks Outrage—But Is it Immoral?

What autonomy should artists and beloved cultural figures have over their legacy after they pass?

If Anthony Bourdain wanted to be anything, it was to be genuine.

All you have to do is watch a few minutes of the famous chef onscreen to recognize that a desire for authenticity was at the core of his life, a quality reflected in every interaction he had and every painstakingly written voiceover he uttered. Of course, the always wry chef never would have used that word, though in an NPR interview he once described his favorite kind of restaurant as just that, saying, "It's, for lack of a better word - I hate this word, but I'll use it anyway - authentic."

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Before Its Time: "Bring It On" and the Black TikTok Strike

If you've watched "Bring It On," the ongoing TikTok drama should feel familiar.

The Clovers are the blueprint

The late-90s to early 2000s was the heyday of cult-classic, kitschy high school dramas.

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Please Make the Gabrielle Union and John Cho Romcom Happen

Gabrielle Union is stoking Twitter fires asking for a movie starring her and John Cho

Them. That's it. That's the tweet.

Every few months, Twitter users become screenwriters and use the TL to concoct elaborate concepts of films they want to see and actors they want to cast, and every so often these pseudo-storyboard threads go viral.

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James Bond and Pussy Galore, "Goldfinger" (1965)

When I decided to re-watch all of the James Bond movies in chronological order, I wasn't exactly expecting a politically correct, feminist franchise that would pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.

My memory of the early movies consisted of a lot of smarmy one-liners, plenty of women in those kind of pointy bikini tops, bad guys with Russian or German accents, and loads of shots of Sean Connery's legs. As far as Bond's relationship with women, I remembered that he was unquestionably a womanizer and women often just melted into his arms, apparently seduced by the mere sight of him. I was prepared to laugh at these outdated tropes and accept the movies' questionable gender dynamics as a product of a different time. I wasn't expecting to see point blank sexual assault.

WARNING: Discussion of rape and sexual assault.

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Before Its Time: "Videodrome" and Mainstream Media Brainwashing

David Cronenberg's cult classic horror was a box office bomb in 1983, but its warning signs ring truer in 2021.

Videodrome

One of the most impressive feats a film can accomplish is becoming more relevant as the years pass.

The events that swept 2020 were way more terrifying than films like Contagion or Get Out could even begin to depict. But a cult classic horror film, Videodrome, comes startlingly close to today's real-life terror as it challenges our loyalties to mainstream media.

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The 6 Worst "Star Wars" Villains

#RevengeoftheFifth is the day to celebrate all things evil...

Supreme Leader Snoke

Does the Light Side and the Jedi Order not appeal to you?

Luckily May 5th isn't just Cinco de Mayo, but it's also #RevengeoftheFifth, when Sith lovers and Dark Side affiliates alike get to share their love of all things evil.

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