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Life After the Hustle: A Former Stripper’s Thoughts on Hustlers

“I’m not saying the movie made me feel comfortable, but it did make me feel recognized.”
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Joker But Were Too Freaked Out to Ask

Is Joker actually an incel? And how similar is it to that leaked script?
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The Hardest, Strangest, Most Unforgettable Jobs In Hollywood

TV and movie craftspeople share their stories (and a great dip recipe).
  1. close reads
    Life After the Hustle: A Former Stripper’s Thoughts on Hustlers“I’m not saying the movie made me feel comfortable, but it did make me feel recognized.”
  2. faq
    The Brad Pitt Space Movie Sees Him Fighting Moon PiratesAd Astra has a space monkey, too.
  3. #metoo
    Kevin Spacey Accuser Dies Ahead of TrialAn anonymous massage therapist died before he was set to appear in court.
  4. faq
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Joker But Were Too Freaked Out to AskIs Joker actually an incel? And how similar is it to that leaked script?
  5. chat room
    Antonio Banderas Reflects on His History with ‘Dirty Movies’The Pain and Glory star recalls marrying Melanie Griffith, kissing Tom Hanks, and making controversial films with Pedro Almodóvar.
  6. remakes
    The ‘Old Town Road’ Director Calmatic Is the New House Party DirectorHe’s gonna take his horse to the New Line classic.
  7. party reports
    We Simply Won’t Stand for Jim Carter’s Downton Abbey Hair Erasure AnymoreJust look at those follicles.
  8. remakes
    Issa Rae Reportedly Ready to Set It OffThe Insecure star is developing a “reimagining” of the 1996 heist drama.
  9. dinosaurs
    Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Short Welcomes You to An America Where Dinos RoamCamping? Fun while it lasted. Vacationing without the fear of a T. Rex eating your kids? We had a great run.
  10. backstories
    The Hardest, Strangest, Most Unforgettable Jobs In HollywoodTV and movie craftspeople share their stories (and a great dip recipe).
  11. oscar futures
    Could Hustlers Scam Its Way Into the Oscars Race?The grifter-strippers movie has been receiving rave reviews, and pulled in over $30 million opening weekend. Will awards voters buy a dance?
  12. just wondering
    Would Brad Pitt Run Me Over With This Dune Buggy If I Asked?What if I asked really nicely?
  13. backstories
    Stalking Janet Jackson, and Other Stories Behind the Hustlers SoundtrackFiona Apple had never licensed “Criminal” — until Lorene Scafaria and Jennifer Lopez came calling.
  14. q&a
    A New Documentary Explores the Secrets and Lies of Roy CohnTrump mentor. Joe McCarthy protégé. AIDS victim. More than three decades after his death, he still haunts American life.
  15. refreshers
    A Quick Downton Abbey Character Recap Before You See the MovieIt has been four years, after all.
  16. box office
    Hustlers Beat the Odds at the Box Office to Become a Rare Non-Franchise HitAfter coming dangerously close to not being made at all, Hustlers proves big for its studio — and Jennifer Lopez.
  17. award season
    World War II Comedy Jojo Rabbit Wins TIFF People’s Choice AwardOscar-buzz alert for an imaginary Hitler!
  18. casting call
    James Gunn Confirms Pretty Much Everyone Is in The Suicide Squad CastExcept for poor ol’ Jared Leto. Better luck next squad, Jared.
  19. movie review
    In Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez Proves the Power of the Movie StarLorene Scafaria’s glittering crime spectacle revolves around Lopez’s magnetic performance.
  20. toronto film festival 2019
    Ford v Ferrari Is an Old-fashioned RouserJames Mangold doesn’t misuse his head-rattling techniques. He brings a lot of new-fashioned virtuosity, too.
  21. toronto film festival 2019
    In the New Biopic Harriet, God Gives Harriet Tubman SuperpowersIt’s a straightforward historical epic about a national hero, except when it’s not.
  22. toronto film festival 2019
    Your Guide to the Tearjerkers of TIFFHere are all the movies that are sure to get your faucets flowing this fall.
  23. toronto film festival 2019
    Natalie Portman Gives an Astronomically Intense Performance in Lucy in the SkyEven when we don’t know what the hell is going on in Noah Hawley’s astronaut epic, Portman is a blast.
  24. backstories
    How Hustlers Pulled Off the Meta Cameo of the YearHow the film’s producers (and Jennifer Lopez) convinced a music superstar to show up in Hustlers — and 200 extras to stay quiet while it happened.
  25. my single is dropping
    Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey Team Up on Charlie’s Angels SongThey’re “Not Your Angel,” but they are some of the biggest acts in pop.
  26. universal monsters
    Paul Feig Is Writing and Directing a New Universal Monster MovieThe Dark Universe is dead, long live the Dark Army.
  27. trailer mix
    Lupita Nyong’o Slays Zombies, Punches Josh Gad in Little Monsters TrailerIt starts streaming on Hulu in October and hits theaters November 15.
  28. casting
    Emma Thompson and Ellen Burstyn to Battle Peter Pan Hang-ups in The Lost GirlsGenerations of Darling women will reconcile their flings in Neverland.
  29. swoons
    Hugh Grant Was ‘Too Stunningly Beautiful’ to Be in the 1994 Little WomenYeah, that checks out.
  30. backstories
    Getting to Know the Helicopter Influencer Behind the Fast & Furious Franchise“There’s only five guys in the world doing what I’m doing,” says Fred North.
  31. toronto film festival 2019
    Why the Hell Doesn’t Natalie Portman Wear a Diaper in Lucy in the Sky?I will not take this lying down!
  32. toronto film festival 2019
    The Goldfinch: When Adaptation Is Way Too ReverentThe movie is too artful to deserve outright rejection, but too arty to keep you from saying, “What did I just see?”
  33. backstories
    The Hardest Props I Ever MadeHollywood’s veteran property masters explain 12 props that made their careers.
  34. the devil and daniel johnston
    What Fresh Hell Is This?In honor of the late Daniel Johnston, we’re revisiting the 2006 documentary that brought his defiant life to screen.
  35. toronto film festival 2019
    Are You Ready for Kevin Garnett, the Actor?He’s great in Uncut Gems.
  36. toronto film festival 2019
    Renée Zellweger Cries Big Judy Garland Tears During TIFF Standing OvationYou simply love to see it.
  37. toronto film festival 2019
    The Annette Bening Stan’s Guide to the Toronto International Film FestivalWe have hit a jackpot. We are eating good: There’s not just one Annette Bening movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, there are two.
  38. toronto film festival 2019
    The Resentment of JokerI’m not arguing that Todd Phillips’s movie will inspire killings, only that it panders to selfish, small-minded feelings of resentment.
  39. backstories
    The Hardest Sound I Ever CreatedWhat does a murder sound like? How about Godzilla’s cry? Foley artists explain just how difficult it is to engineer the sounds of movies.
  40. toronto film festival 2019
    In Defense of The GoldfinchHalfway through the festival, TIFF seems to have picked this year’s catastrophe. So now I feel mildly compelled to defend it.
  41. toronto film festival 2019
    Finally, a Movie With Christian Bale Talking in His Real VoiceHis version of racing legend Ken Miles in Ford v Ferrari is possibly the most British character onscreen at this year’s TIFF.
  42. movie review
    Downton Abbey Cordially Invites You to Fall in Love With It AgainThe movie is basically a bigger, grander episode of the TV show. In a good way.
  43. backstories
    The Hardest Costume I Ever Designed11 costume designers on meeting the excruciating demands of Hollywood.
  44. backstories
    The Hustlers at ScoresA few strippers who stole from (mostly) rich, (usually) disgusting, (in their minds) pathetic men and gave to, well, themselves.
  45. toronto film festival 2019
    Even If You Don’t Love Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, You’ll Love That It ExistsWaititi himself plays Hitler the imaginary friend with manic energy, helping to keep this balloon improbably afloat.
  46. backstories
    90 Branzinos Later: The Story Behind The Amazing Spider-Man’s Awkward DinnerSeven years after its debut, why does the fish loom so large in our memories? The food stylist responsible for it all explains.
  47. backstories
    The Hardest Effect I Ever Pulled Off42 filmmakers, cinematographers, and effects artists on making the impossible happen.
  48. fall preview 2019
    How Roselyn Keo’s Life Inspired the Hustlers MovieFrom stripper pole to tent pole.
  49. the wage gap
    Jon M. Chu Addresses Crazy Rich Asians Writer Leaving Sequel Over Pay Disparity“The door is always open for Adele.”
  50. face/on
    A New Face/Off Is On at ParamountBut if no one shouts “I’m Castor Troy!,” is it even a Face/Off?
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