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Behind the Glistening, Shirtless Scenes of ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Fire Island’ and More: “It Was Definitely a Lot of Oil”

Beyond scoring big at the box office, breaking streaming viewership records or enchanting critics, several of this summer’s hottest projects have one thing in common: oiled-up, skin-baring scenes. Top Gun: Maverick took its own approach to the famous beach volleyball scene of the original, staging an oil-heavy game of beach football with Tom Cruise, Miles […]

Next Big Thing: Matt Rogers Is Giving “The Most”

Matt Rogers is having an incredible summer. In May, Showtime’s comedy series I Love That for You, co-created by Vanessa Bayer, launched its first season. Starring Bayer as an aspiring host for the fictional home shopping network SVN, the show is set within the comically cutthroat SVN offices run by a commanding and terrifying Patricia […]

Joel Kim Booster on Finding His ‘Nanette’ Moment in ‘Psychosexual’ Special and That Alison Bechdel ‘Fire Island’ Tweet

Joel Kim Booster is having a month.  The comedian, writer and actor is fresh off his well-received screenwriting debut Fire Island, a queer spin on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, and rolling right into the release of his first Netflix comedy special, Psychosexual. Topically, the two projects are so complimentary they could be watched as […]

Maya Rudolph, ‘Loot’ Team on Building a Strong Cast: “Everyone in the Show Could Be the Lead of Their Own Show”

Money can’t buy happiness — but stacks of cash with Maya Rudolph’s face printed on them can get you pretty close. Happiness was certainly in the air on Wednesday evening at the West Hollywood premiere for Apple TV+’s upcoming comedy Loot, especially for star and executive producer Rudolph. “It was a joy,” Rudolph told The […]

‘Fire Island’ Director Andrew Ahn Breaks Down the Film’s Spin on That Famous ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Rain Scene

In the Andrew Ahn-directed Fire Island, odes abound to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Not just in the dialogue or characters, who are modern queer spins on the Regency-era ensemble, but in entire scenes that serve as direct callbacks or references to the original book or its various screen adaptations. In one notable sequence, the film […]

‘Fire Island’ Star Zane Phillips on How His Character’s “Thotty” Instagram Profile Came Together

[The following story contains mild spoilers for Fire Island.] If a person’s Instagram can reveal even a bit about who they really are, then the profile of one Fire Island character is practically giving away his twist. In the Andrew Ahn-directed and Joel Kim Booster-written take on Pride & Prejudice, Zane Phillips plays Dex, the […]

‘Fire Island’ and the Bechdel Test: Turning the Debacle Into a Learning Opportunity

In 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel drew a sequence in her strip Dykes to Watch Out For that depicted a pair of women walking by a movie theater. “I have this rule,” one says. “I only go to a movie if it satisfies three basic requirements: One, it has to have at least two women in […]

Joel Kim Booster and ‘Fire Island’ Team on Crafting the Hulu Movie’s Queer Romances, Comedy and Villains

About five minutes into Fire Island, the Joel Kim Booster-written and Andrew Ahn-directed film delivers one of its best needle drops: Kathleen’s cover of Willy Wonka classic “Pure Imagination.” The moment is a clever play, serving as the background soundtrack to the arrival of the film’s core ensemble. Noah (Booster), Howie (Bowen Yang), Luke (Matt […]

Events of the Week: ‘Fire Island,’ ‘Ms. Marvel’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Fire Island, Ms. Marvel, P-Valley and Hustle. Stranger Things FYC screening  On May 27, the Stranger Things cast and creators came together for a special event at Netflix’s FYSEE Space at Raleigh Studios, with […]

Hollywood Flashback: ‘Longtime Companion’ Depicted Tragedy on Fire Island

The rom-com Fire Island, debuting June 3, is set on that coastal community off Long Island, favored by queer New Yorkers as far back as the 1930s. The scenic locale — free of cars and inhabited by a population of white-tailed deer — has served as a film backdrop before, most notably in Ryan Murphy’s […]

Bowen Yang in ‘Fire Island’: Film Review

The 'SNL' regular stars alongside screenwriter Joel Kim Booster in Andrew Ahn’s Jane Austen-inspired romantic comedy set in the cruisy gay getaway spot, also featuring Margaret Cho.