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What You Think You Know About the Manson Family Murders May Be Wrong What You Think You Know About the Manson Family Murders May Be Wrong

For those who consider Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter 1974 book about Charles Manson, the murders he ordered, and ensuing trial to be canon, Tom O’Neill’s new book Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixtiest History of the Sixties suggests a rift in the fabric of the universe as we know…

You'll Never Guess What I Saw in Times Square You'll Never Guess What I Saw in Times Square

I didn’t want to tell this story because I knew people wouldn’t believe me. They’d say I was stunting for attention, they’d question my mental health, they’d throw the journalism book at me for lying on the job. But no longer can I suppress the truth, mostly because I told this story in Slack and my boss told me to…

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Is Still (Right) on Top (of That Rose) Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Is Still (Right) on Top (of That Rose)

There is no better occasion than now to revisit director Stephen Herek’s 1991 sleeper Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. It’s summer-ish, contemporary retroism has the movie’s keen sense of style looking relevant, and our species has not yet been wiped from the face of our planet. If you haven’t seen it, you should…

Paula Abdul Keeps Talking About Surviving a Plane Crash for Which No Record Exists

On Tuesday’s episode of RuPaul’s new talk show, RuPaul (which kicked off a three-week trial run Monday on selected Fox affiliates), consummate survivor and savior of this year’s Billboard Music Awards show, Paula Abdul, took to Ru’s pink couch to promote her upcoming Las Vegas residency. In the process, she told a…

Prince's Originals Captures a Genius at Work and an Artist at Play Prince's Originals Captures a Genius at Work and an Artist at Play

Originals, the latest posthumous release of material from Prince’s vault, is practically infotainment. It works as well as a straight album of skeletal ’80s funk and balladry as it does a history lesson. On this collection of demos of songs eventually recorded by other artists (some hits, some deep cuts, almost all…

The Jonas Brothers Reunion Was a Good Idea After All

Y: Jonas Brothers, “I Believe” – I’ve been to the year 2019. Not much has changed, but the Jonas Brothers are back, baby! The Disney Channel alums’ new album is hit-or-miss as a whole, but it’s still enough to make me concede that a reunion may have been a good idea after all. 10 years after Lines, Vines, and Trying…

In The Raft, 10 Human Guinea Pigs Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real... On a Boat In The Raft, 10 Human Guinea Pigs Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real... On a Boat

In the early ’70s, Santiago Genovés was an anthropologist from Spain with the manipulative mastery of a modern-day reality TV producer. In what became his most notorious experiment, in which he collected 10 people to live on a small boat named the Acali as it slowly floated from one end of the Atlantic Ocean to the…

It's Best To Meet Your Bugs Before You Eat Them

After eating bugs in methods both crude and extremely refined, our journey into the dark heart of entomophagy for sustenance and fun reaches its inevitable conclusion. Joined by our new best friends Adam Brody and Jude Tallichet from the Brooklyn Cricket Farm, Rich and I visited the small cricket friends that we would…

This One Skincare Hack from Dolly Parton Will Change Your Life Forever This One Skincare Hack from Dolly Parton Will Change Your Life Forever

You don’t have to spend a fortune to look your best—take it from a millionaire! In a recent Q&A with the New York Times pegged to a 6-acre expansion of her Dolly-themed theme park, Dollywood, Dolly Parton discussed a skincare tip that’s sure to change the face of changing faces forever. Said Dolly:

Why God Oh Why Is There a Punky Brewster Revival On the Way?

What’s that smell coming from the old, broken refrigerator out back? Don’t tell me it’s another young girl almost dying in it! No? It’s worse? It’s an old sitcom about how being a scrappy, self-identified ragamuffin who mismatches your clothing and screams your head off about your nascent eccentricity is... a worthy…

For the Birds Is a Compassionate Documentary About a Former Owner of 200 Fowl For the Birds Is a Compassionate Documentary About a Former Owner of 200 Fowl

First-time feature director Richard Miron said he was on the edge of his seat for much of the time he spent filming For the Birds. When he set out to document the story of Kathy Murphy, whose nearly 200 birds became the cause of animal-rights activists and led to a courtroom showdown, Miron wasn’t quite sure what…

Because Weekends Were Made for Fun, Go See Ma Because Weekends Were Made for Fun, Go See Ma

Ma is a trashy exploitation flick about a delusional sadist and a sensitive character study of a lonely middle-aged black woman, and perhaps the most shocking thing about this thriller is that it is content to be both at the same time. Its overarching sensibilities mostly complement each other and, in the process,…

Chris Brown Called Out for Disrespect After Skipping Meeting With Rape Accuser Chris Brown Called Out for Disrespect After Skipping Meeting With Rape Accuser

I know what you’re thinking: Chris Brown disrespectful??? But that’s no typo in the headline. Brown missed a meeting in France with the woman who accused him of raping her in January, which resulted in one of the woman’s lawyers contending that Brown “has thumbed his nose at and shown disrespect for the French legal…

Dionne Warwick Doubts Beyoncé's 'Icon' Status Dionne Warwick Doubts Beyoncé's 'Icon' Status

Oh lordy, Dionne Warwick has an opinion about kids these days.

Jussie Today: I Reject Your Subpoena Edition Jussie Today: I Reject Your Subpoena Edition

It seems that some parties involved in the Jussie Smollett affair want to stretch this thing out as long as humanly possible. (It’s still happening. It’s still happening. It will always be happening.) And, frankly, I’m here for it. Let’s dig in.

Carly Rae Jepsen's Dedicated Is a Great Pop Album (But Is It Actually Any Good?) Carly Rae Jepsen's Dedicated Is a Great Pop Album (But Is It Actually Any Good?)

On Sunday, I woke up with two alternating songs stuck in my head: “Happy Not Knowing” and “The Sound.” Both come from Carly Rae Jepsen’s fourth album, Dedicated, which dropped Friday and was the topic of an argument I’d been having in my head for much of the weekend. I could recognize the album’s bouquet of charms and…

Carpool Karaoke Finds Celine Dion at Her Celinest

If there is one thing Celine Dion loves, it’s being Celine Dion. If there’s another, it’s shoes. If there’s a third, it’s probably singing, though if I found out she was sick of it—sick of pushing past 10 night after night after night during the climax of “My Heart Will Go On”—I would not hold it against her.…

Welp, Get Ready for That Whitney Houston Touring Hologram Welp, Get Ready for That Whitney Houston Touring Hologram

You loved Whitney Houston, so you’ll pay to watch a “performance” by a spectral rendering of her that weighs about as much as a melismatic run and will be backed by her original band, as well as a bunch of back-up singers including her half-brother Gary Houston (née Garland). Right???

Dionne Warwick and Krayzie Bone Make Beautiful Music Together

It sure is: Halsey, “Nightmare” - Uh, Halsey is the Paul Revere of the impending nu-metal revival. Who knew? Stylistically, “Nightmare” is her take on rap-rock (where rock is defined by, I don’t know, the guitar-less offerings of Twenty One Pilots.) It’s interesting to see a vintage genre defined by machismo and…

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