TV Features

How To Watch the Tokyo Opening Ceremony — And Why You Can't

Because while so much has changed, one thing remains the same: NBC still sucks.

On Friday evening in Tokyo — 6:55 AM EST — the "2020" Olympic games officially kicked off with an opening ceremony taking place almost exactly a year after it was originally scheduled.

The global upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of changes to these games, beyond the obvious delay. For a start, the local feelings about the games have ratcheted up from the usual simmering resentment regarding ballooning costs and the disruption of daily life all the way to full-blown hatred and mortal terror.

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Film Lists

7 New Queer Titles to Stream on HBO for Pride Month 2021

Welcome to June 2021, where we're still in the worst timeline, but with this month with a rainbow logo

from "Veneno"

Happy Pride to everyone who is still going to sit inside and rot while watching TV all month (read: us)!

But what to watch?

HBO has established themselves as always on the cutting edge of television, always pushing the boundaries of representation and chronicling the lives of underrepresented groups — not always, however, but where else would we get our fix of terrible rich white people if not for Succession?

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Culture Feature

TikTok at Your Own Risk: The Case of SailorJ and Stolen Art on TikTok

“Now you can tell the truth and stop playing a part in my being exploited by a whole ass APP worldwide without my permission,” Jahkara Smith wrote.

"If the men find out we can shapeshift, they're going to tell the church."

That's one of Jahkara Smith's most memorable lines from her most well-known YouTube video titled "Contouring 101," which accrued over 4.4 million views before Smith deleted her account in 2020.

"I don't know if you put your contouring on before the rest of your makeup or after the rest of your makeup, but it doesn't matter; because men are stupid," she quips in the video in a mid-Atlantic accent.

Her explosive online popularity defied expectations, The Mary Sue noted, "because three of the worst things you can be online are: a woman, brown, and loud."

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Top Stories

Most Insane Revelations from the WeWork Documentary

Turns out WeWork and its CEO, Adam Neumann, were a mess long before their public implosion

With images like this ... what did we expect?

Hulu's new documentary on the rise and fall of WeWork focuses on its charismatic, egotistical founder and CEO Adam Neumann, who was ultimately the company's downfall.

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TV Reviews

Review: "Genius: Aretha" Struggles but Cynthia Erivo Shines

The Hulu biopic series struggles to find the balance between narrative drama and the truth

Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul

Genius: Aretha is an origin story in two parts. The Hulu series is split between two stories: a young Aretha coming into fame while balancing family and an older Aretha coming into her own sound while moving from gospel to pop music.

The result is an ambitious portrait of a legend which traces her genesis as an artist from her childhood to the peak of her career. While some elements of the series shine, especially Cynthia Erivo — whose acting performance and almost effortless renditions of Aretha songs anchor the show — at other points, it stumbles.

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FILM

The 11 Best Movies to Stream on Hulu This Month

A new crop of movies just hit Hulu this week.

A new month is always good news for movie lovers.

Temperatures outside might be warming up, but don't get ahead of yourself — we're still spending a lot of time indoors. Thankfully, streaming services like Hulu continue to deliver a fresh batch of new content each month to help the socially-distanced time pass.

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