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Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, and Paul Mescal’s Thighs: Everything We Know About “Gladiator II”

The first looks at Gladiator II are here — starring Paul Mescal, Lee Pace, Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, and more — and we can’t get enough.

Finally, a movie that will unite all genders. It’s like Barbie and Oppenheimer in one: Gladiator II. One of the most anticipated films of the past few years, Gladiator II is a sequel to the 2000 smash hit Gladiator. The original box-office hit was a cultural phenomenon that still resonates in our film landscape today.

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Meet the Internet’s 2024 Award Season Boyfriends

A field guide to internet boyfriends

A field guide to internet boyfriends

Courtesy of Backgrid

What is a white boy of the month? The term originated on the social media app formerly known as Twitter, as most ubiquitous pillars of stan culture do. The Twitter white boy of the month began as a joke poking fun at the cyclical nature of thirst on the internet. Every month, everyone’s feeds erupted with photos and fancams of a new heartthrob — usually a young, white actor or musician with heartthrob hair — only to be replaced weeks later by the latest flavor of the month.

Then came the ranking system. Stan communities pitted their white boys against each other, ranking them according to whether they were hot or not. But soon, as the term entered the mainstream, the internet seemed to come to a consensus: these are all our parasocial boyfriends. We should all just get along.

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2024 Grammy Awards Recap

New Taylor, snubs everywhere, and lots of outfits
Biggest moments at the 2024 Grammys

The 66th annual Grammy Awards were last night at the Crypto.com Arena in the not-so-sunny Los Angeles, California. As storms raged outside the arena, I tuned in for close to five hours of red carpet coverage and the sparkling ceremony to watch music's biggest night and make my own judgments.

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2023 Was The Year of Queer Cinema

Best LGBTQIA+ movies and TV of 2023

Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott

via Searchlight Pictures, All of Us Strangers

What a year for queer cinema! While we can all agree that Hollywood would be nothing and nowhere without the contributions of queer people, only in the past few decades have we seen queer stories in the mainstream. And as we see more complex representation on the big and small screen — narratives that aren’t set in the mid-80s, if you know what I mean — it’s refreshing to celebrate an abundance of queer perspectives.

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Phoebe Bridgers - Savior Complex (Official Video)

Many media worlds have collided at once in the new music video for Phoebe Bridgers' "Savior Complex."

The black-and-white music video stars Paul Mescal, the gorgeous Normal People co-lead who shot to fame earlier this year thanks to his brilliant performance and now-infamous neck chain.

Mescal went from being a relative unknown to achieving a rare kind of superstardom this year; his boyish good looks and complexity made him the subject of many a profile.

As if that weren't enough of a high-profile collaboration, the video was directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of Fleabag and the subject of many a Phoebe Bridge-related joke.


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See Paul Mescal of "Normal People" Alongside Dermot Kennedy in Virtual Live Concert Tonight

Don't miss the one-off event streamed from the National History Museum in London.

via Natural History Museum

With new coronavirus infections still rampant across the world, it's beginning to feel like public gatherings will be confined to the past for the foreseeable future.

One of the industries hardest hit by the global pandemic is undoubtedly the music industry, which relied on ticket sales from live events for much of its revenue. The industry has been scrambling to fill the void left behind by live music, and while some companies like BandCamp have undertaken efforts to help struggling music professionals, one of the most widespread responses to the pandemic has been live-streamed performances.

While many of these are on individual artists' Instagram accounts, some are actually holding ticketed, one-off events. Perhaps unsurprisingly, with little to do but sit at home and watch TV, people are responding positively to these virtual concerts, and as a result the concerts are getting more and more creative. As The Guardian notes, "Some venues are running and have already scheduled ticketed concerts to be streamed online."

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