Jussie Smollett case now formally a clusterfuck as Chicago cops accuse him of staging the attack himself

After the better part of a weekend in which the Chicago Police Department was publicly careful about pushing back against news reports suggesting it was investigating the racist and homophobic attack against Empire actor Jussie Smollett last month as a hoax, the dam has apparently begun to break. CNN reports tonight

Urban Outfitters now just jamming packs of old VHS tapes together and selling them for 40 bucks

Once again fulfilling its duty as the place to shop for the man who has everything—except some random bullshit you assembled during a $10 day trip to Goodwill—Urban Outfitters unleashed its latest uber-trendy bit of nostalgic home decor this week: Random assortments of old VHS tapes, stuffed into 5-packs and sold for…

This rapping, dancing fentanyl bottle feels like a reject from the world's darkest 30 Rock gag

If you’ve kept an eye on the looming opioid crisis in recent years, it’s more-or-less guaranteed that you’ve heard about fentanyl by now. Last year, the extremely potent medication—which is generally prescribed to help end-stage cancer patients cope with pain—surpassed heroin to be the most lethal opioid on the…

Chastened Oscars producers crumble before the power of Big Cinematography, Makeup, and Hairstyling

The nice thing about the current state of the Academy Awards is that it opens up a whole new set of betting pools for Oscars fanatics; specifically, those hoping to predict exactly when, and how, the Academy will fold in the face of its next, big, inevitable controversy. Congratulations to anybody who had “Friday,…

Blue Velvet and Funny Games are both coming to the Criterion Collection, so that's date night set

Hey, we get it folks: Valentine’s Day is over, the chocolates have all been messily devoured, and now romance is ready to hibernate again until spring decides to show its lazy butt at last. In these late-winter doldrums, it can be hard to come up with a really good Date Night to show your significant other that you…

New Detective Pikachu footage here to remind us that real-life Pokémon are the frickin' worst

Just when we’d thought we’d fully acclimated to the world of the upcoming Detective Pikachu—what with its coffee-asshole yellow rats, fire-breathing murder dragons, and the upsetting, almost-human thing that is Mr. Mime—the Ryan Reynolds vehicle had to unleash a new bit of footage, just to remind us all that a world…

Chicago police deny that they're accusing Jussie Smollett of faking the attack against him 

It’s been roughly 12 hours since the last time we wrote about the racist and homophobic attack launched against Empire star Jussie Smollett on the streets of Chicago last month—i.e., just long enough for this entire story to get thoroughly buried in a wave of confusion, misinformation, and increasingly high-volume…

Ariana Grande recorded multiple versions of "Thank U, Next," in case she and Pete Davidson worked it out

Today in 4th-dimensional chess: Songstress Ariana Grande revealed in an interview this week that there were actually multiple version of the title track off her new album, Thank U, Next, recorded in the run-up to its release last year. The reason? The fluctuating state of her relationship with former fiance Pete…

Villeneuve's reckless Dune casting threatens to use up Hollywood's entire supply of blockbuster stars

We have to assume that Dune director Denis Villeneuve has read Frank Herbert’s sprawling science fiction classic on at least more than one occasion. He doesn’t seem to have picked up the novel’s underlying environmental conservation message, though, at least if the casting for his upcoming movie is any indication:…

Inside the world of the YouTube kids star who once literally shit on a person for clicks

Every year, the existence of the internet makes reality a more difficult, often more unsettling place to describe. How would we explain the arc of Logan Paul’s suicide forest video to someone born 150 years ago? Or the way Wendy’s has positioned itself as a fast-food burger chain that is also simultaneously your sassy…