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You Don’t Have to Give Pixar the Oscar Every Year

You Don’t Have to Give Pixar the Oscar Every Year

AdvertisementAdvertisementIf the advance predictions are correct, this year’s Academy Awards looks to be an uneventful affair. There’s near-unanimous agreement among Oscar pundits about who will win most of the major awards, and among the predicted winners, there’s very little worth getting preemptively worked up about. But there’s one Oscar victory I’m already bracing myself for and fuming about, and that’s the victory of Pixar’s over Cartoon Saloon’s .Soul isn’t a bad movie, exactly. It’s inventive and charming, despite some , and the will likely stand as a watershed moment in the history...

Apr 19
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The One Accent Most Actors Won’t Even Attempt

The One Accent Most Actors Won’t Even Attempt

The moment Kate Winslet’s character in HBO’s Mare of Easttown says the word overdose, dragging out the O’s so the word is closer to five syllables than three, you know exactly where the small-town murder mystery takes place—at least, that is, if you’ve ever heard a Philadelphia accent before. Unless you’ve spent time in the region, there’s a strong possibility you haven’t. The characters in don’t talk like they’re from Philadelphia. Neither do the ones in or . For all the stories that have been set in and around the city, there’s a pronounced lack of authenticity when it comes to speaking...

Apr 16
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The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to WandaVision Episode 5

The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to WandaVision Episode 5

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThis article contains spoilers for the first five episodes of .Let’s start with the biggest question. What was the deal with “Pietro” at the end of the episode?That was Evan Peters reprising his role as the late Pietro Maximoff, Wanda’s brother, but—and here’s the twist—it’s not the Pietro Maximoff we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU’s Pietro, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, died in . Wanda has not only brought him back to life but changed franchises, reconstituting the version of Pietro/Quicksilver from Fox’s X-Men movies. She can do...

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An Ode to the Sheer Soothing Boredom of Philadelphia’s Vote-Counting Livestream

An Ode to the Sheer Soothing Boredom of Philadelphia’s Vote-Counting Livestream

With the exception of , we won’t be getting hard data on the election results until the polls start to close, and even then, a full count will take days, and . But rather than bite your nails all day, you can take some amount of solace in watching the machinery of democracy at work. In Pennsylvania, where in advance of Election Day, the counting has already begun, and you can watch the process live on a stream set up by the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office.Given that Philadelphia is a in a swing state that may well decide the election, Republicans have been seeking to undermine the...

Nov 3
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Rocky Isn’t a Great Philadelphia Movie. Now We Finally Have Some.

Rocky Isn’t a Great Philadelphia Movie. Now We Finally Have Some.

Say “Philadelphia movies” and the same image pops into everyone’s head: Sylvester Stallone atop the Art Museum steps, arms raised in a victory V. As iconic representations go, it’s not a bad one, drawing a steady stream of tourists to reenact their own versions (at least in pre-COVID days), and the figure of a working-class striver making an impossible shot at the championship fits the perpetual second city’s soul. But as any single representation is bound to, Rocky—whether in movie, statue, or Instagrammed form—falls well short of encapsulating the city I’ve lived in the last 25 years, the...

September 18, 2020
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What the Protests Look Like on Twitter Versus Cable News

What the Protests Look Like on Twitter Versus Cable News

It’s become an unfortunate truism that your view of the world depends on where you get your news. The story that has emerged in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing is no different: How Americans, particularly those who aren’t out protesting, view what is unfolding on their streets depends on what they see. Which is why we decided to run a little experiment. What, we wondered, were viewers who have been learning about the protests over the past 10 nights from cable news getting that might be different from what those who have been scrolling through Twitter are seeing?So, on Thursday...

June 5, 2020
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Trump’s Mutiny on the Bounty Tweet, Explained

Trump’s Mutiny on the Bounty Tweet, Explained

Slate is making its coronavirus coverage free for all readers. Subscribe to support our journalism. .So why are we talking about Mutiny on the Bounty all of a sudden?Donald Trump, who is our president, referenced the movie in a this morning, which reads: “Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favorite movies. A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!”Tell the Democrat Governors that “Mutiny On The Bounty” was one of my all time...

April 14, 2020
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