The Laughs, Pathos, and Overwhelming Talent of Jan Hooks

One year after her death, a look back at the “Saturday Night Live” star’s life and career, and her decision to shun Hollywood.

Source: Grantland
Published: Oct 22, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4,917 words)

The End of the Hoop Dream

Fueled by desperation and long-shot hopes, an agent takes a group of end-of-the-line players to the extreme fringe of international basketball.

Source: Grantland
Published: Aug 6, 2015
Length: 30 minutes (7,571 words)

Overnight Success

With The Overnight and Creep—two feature films, released within 24 hours of each other via contrasting distribution methods—indie director Patrick Brice made his feature directorial debut twice in the same day. Kevin Lincoln looks at what Brice’s career says about about the film industry’s future-now.

Source: Grantland
Published: Jun 18, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,753 words)

Steve Prefontaine’s Last Run

Forty years after his death, a look at the brief life and lasting legacy of track icon Steve Prefontaine.

Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Grantland
Published: May 28, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,610 words)

Porntopia

A trip to the Adult Video News Awards with Grantland‘s Molly Lambert.

Source: Grantland
Published: Mar 10, 2015
Length: 43 minutes (10,900 words)

Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of ‘Boogie Nights’

How Paul Thomas Anderson created his Lawrence of Arabia for the San Fernando Valley porn scene.

Source: Grantland
Published: Dec 10, 2014
Length: 65 minutes (16,325 words)

The Glue

Inside the creative genius of one of Saturday Night Live‘s most important cast members, the late Phil Hartman.

Source: Grantland
Published: Aug 28, 2014
Length: 16 minutes (4,225 words)

Contracts, Clashing Egos, Cocaine: What Doomed Chevy Chase’s Early ‘SNL’ Career

Why did Chevy Chase leave Saturday Night Live after just one season? An excerpt from Hill and Weingrad’s 1986 book, Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live.

Source: Grantland
Published: Aug 24, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5,722 words)

Let’s Be Real

Wesley Morris examines the depiction of race and police officers in movies, and juxtaposes it against the shooting in Ferguson.

Source: Grantland
Published: Aug 15, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3,846 words)

No Country for Old Pervs

Lambert looks at the sex scandals involving photographer Terry Richardson and American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, and asks: how did they stick around for so long anyway?

I remember thinking in 1999 that we were finally on the brink of the future. I saw how wrong I was about that repeatedly. After 9/11, the culture became demonstrably more conservative. Gender essentialism returned, and the ’90s were suddenly considered a failed experiment, like the ’60s, in pushing the boundaries for sex roles too far.

Source: Grantland
Published: Jun 28, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2,845 words)