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Clea DuVall’s directorial debut, The Intervention, brings together so many of our favorite actors for a break-up-and-make-up dramedy. The film centers on four dysfunctional couples on a weekend trip: DuVall (who also wrote the film) and Natasha Lyonne (a former BUST cover gal) play a couple who might be moving a little too fast — or a little too slow, depending on which one of them you ask. Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter play an engaged couple who seems picture-perfect, until you realize that they keep rescheduling the wedding and no one wants to talk about why.
In Richard Tanne’s latest film, Southside With You, Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers are tremendously cast as a young Michelle and Barack Obama. Set in Chicago in 1989, this walkabout romance flick spans only the length of one day — the day that this future President and First Lady had their first date.
Ahhhh Texas... my lovely home state. They’re at it again down there with a new campus carry law that went into effect on August 1st. But luckily we have Austin, the progressive oasis in the middle of Texas, to keep us in check. University of Texas students in Austin dipped into their sex toy collections on Wednesday to turn the concept of “open carry” on its head. Thousands of students attended their first day of classes carrying dick shaped objects meant for sexual pleasure. The Cocks Not Glocks event is being called the biggest anti-gun protest in Texas history.
When she was 32 years old, Glasgow native Susan Calman quit her job as a corporate lawyer to become a stand-up comic. In the decade since, she’s appeared on television and radio, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Earlier this year, she published Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate, an honest, earnest, and seriously funny memoir about living with depression. In it, Calman relates to the reader in the same frank, tangential manner you imagine she’d have with a very close friend. Her message is simple.
 via Macy Gray's facebook It’s not often you find a cover that’s better or at least on par with the original, but there are those moments of pure sonic heaven when you realize you haven't fully appreciated a song until you hear it performed by another artist. Well, Macy Gray covered Metallica’s "Nothing Else Matters," and let's just say that I’m trying to keep my cool but I’m fiendin’. Gray brings her signature raspy voice and bluesy style to the cover, managing to turn a song from one of the most quintessential heavy metal bands into a jazzy symphonic melody.
The Hollars is a great little indie that really has it all. You will shed tears, both invoked by emotional feels and laughter. When the movie opens with Ron (Sharlto Copley) peeing in a pitcher because he was sick of waiting for his parents to get out of the bathroom in their house, which he just moved back into, and quickly goes to learning his mother Sally (Margo Martindale) has a brain tumor, this is apparent. Ron's brother John (John Krasinski) lives in New York with his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), who happens to be very pregnant.
Illustration by Tianhua MaoYOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRSTDeep in the heart of an urban BDSM parlor, a young dominatrix has a life-changing experience thanks to a dungeon, a turtle, and a magic wand Walking Through Manhattan's Herald Square, the average civilian would never suspect that above a dollar-a-slice pizzeria is a suite of dimly lit rooms outfitted with bondage wheels, wooden crosses, whips, chains, and medical paraphernalia. It was in this modest BDSM dungeon last summer that I experienced many firsts.
So, it has recently come to my attention that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler action figures exist. How did I not know about these?? The famous duo has each graced the cover of our magazine. Now, thanks to toy company Bif Bang Pow!, they can grace the top of your dresser in their weekend update pantsuits. More importantly, you can pretend that Tina and Amy are your best friends. Which is what I do anyway every day, but these action figures will make it that much more awesome.
Like Sofia Coppola, Ami Canaan Mann has a family connection to the film industry. But Mann didn’t grow up watching her father, director Michael Mann, on set. Her parents divorced in the early '70s, shortly after Ami was born, and Mann grew up with her mother in small town Dayton, Indiana, which had a population of less than 1,000 and no movie theater. Growing up, Mann played viola and had an interest in photography. Wandering through her living room one day, she saw Apocalypse Now on television.
--The Last Laugh By Esther Pearl WatsonThis article originally appeared in the August/September 2016 print edition of BUST Magazine.
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