Netflix’s latest stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney — but its best character is played by neither of them. What keeps TV writers coming back to the white-collar, white-guy antihero, when that ground would seem to be so well-trodden? Yes, many of the best shows of the 21st century — The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, etc., etc., etc. — have fit into that basic storytelling trope. But if you were to describe any of…"Ozark is yet another white guy antihero show. Its secret power is how boring it is."
Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Spicer is out as press secretary; cholera continues to devastate Yemen; a Sicilian mayor is trying to stop an alt-right group from intercepting humanitarian boats that help migrants. Spicey, out Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Sean Spicer…"Vox Sentences: Here today, Sean tomorrow"
The game’s afoot in this “episodes ahead preview.” “Every possible series of events is happening all at once,” Littlefinger tells Sansa Stark in the newly released trailer for the rest of Game of Thrones season seven, which HBO unveiled at a Friday-evening Comic-Con panel after it was leaked online earlier in the day. He could have just as well been talking about the trailer itself, a “weeks ahead preview” that races through the show’s various…"Game of Thrones’ Comic-Con trailer teases the show’s most long-awaited alliance"
Headed to the movie theater? These are the 13 best movies playing in theaters in the US right now. This list is updated each Friday, as necessary, and organized alphabetically. A movie is eligible if it’s in wide release (meaning it’s playing in theaters nationwide) or in limited release in a major market (typically New York and Los Angeles). Films that have screened at festivals are not eligible until they are released in theaters. Not…"The 13 best movies in theaters right now"
Repealing and replacing Obamacare just got harder. The Senate will need 60 votes to overcome Democratic opposition and pass key portions of the GOP health care bill under the chamber’s rules, a blow to both the plan’s policy and its political fortunes unless Senate Republicans are willing to break decades of precedent. The Senate’s so-called “Byrd Rule” is designed to make sure that policies passed under “budget reconciliation” — which allows legislation to advance with…"Senate’s budget rules invalidate key provisions in Republican health care bill"
The show gets everyone together to talk about fighting. Again. AMC unveiled its trailer for season 8 of The Walking Dead at its Friday Comic-Con panel, and while it shows Rick, Daryl, and the rest of our Alexandria heroes united with their groups of allies and determined to fight against Negan and the Saviors, it doesn’t do much to allay fears that the show has become mired in a swamp of inaction with no way…"The Walking Dead season 8 trailer: 5 minutes of buildup to a major plot tease"
They say a lot about Donald Trump’s White House. Sean Spicer’s resignation as White House Press Secretary may have been long in the making. But the reports coming out about what finally pushed him to quit have turned out to be remarkably revealing about the administration, and the president himself. The backstory appears to be that Trump wanted to give someone he likes and enjoys watching on television a prominent-sounding job — even though he…"The leaks about why Sean Spicer resigned are absurd — and revealing"
Access to the Temple Mount is a flashpoint. Was there ever a city of peace so prone to conflict? Jerusalem, the spiritual center of the three monotheistic faiths, was rocked by protests on Friday over new Israeli security restrictions at a holy site sacred to both Jews and Muslims. The violence left at least two Palestinian men dead and more than 200 Palestinians injured in intense clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces in East…"Why people are protesting and dying in Jerusalem over metal detectors"
Not bad for the hit of the summer. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what’s up with “Despacito,” which you’ve undoubtedly heard even from under that rock. The summer’s Spanish-language megahit from Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi and guest Daddy Yankee has been taking over the internet at, ironically, lightning speeds. (“Despacito” means “slowly.”) This week it became the most-streamed video of all time, racking up a staggering 4.6 billion views across…"“Despacito” is breaking records, making memes, and crossing cultural barriers"
This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. Top Republican legislators have spent months now attacking the Congressional Budget Office. House Speaker Paul Ryan derided the agency’s Obamacare numbers as “bogus,” speaking to reporters at an event in Massachusetts Thursday. The CBO directors are fighting back. All…"CBOh no they didn’t"