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Sharan Shetty


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Past articles by Sharan:

Tina Fey Returned to SNL as Right Wingin’, Bitter Clingin’ Sarah Palin

In a sketch that was inevitable the moment Sarah Palin made her rambling, rhetorically suspect return to the campaign trail, SNL opened its latest epis ... → Read More

Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson Let Their Film-Geek Flags Fly in This Great Interview

In recent years, some of our most prominent directors have shot on 70 mm, the ultra-wide, high-resolution, and increasingly rare film stock used to make ep → Read More

George Saunders Shares His Secrets of Storytelling in This Striking Short Film

When George Saunders isn’t tucking Stephen Colbert into bed, he moonlights as one of our most masterful writers of fiction. That mastery can be witnessed i → Read More

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Is No Longer the Most-Heard Holiday Song

Since its release in 1994, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has become something of a holiday tradition in itself. If you are alive and out → Read More

The Aliens—and Jeff Goldblum—Are Back in the Trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence

It’s been a long time coming, but the trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence is finally here, and it promises exactly what fans want: more aliens, more G → Read More

SNL’s Star Wars Toys Are For Ages Six and Way, Way Up

We’re less than a week away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and already many adults are acting child-like with glee, giddiness, and nosta → Read More

Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush Returned to SNL to Bash the GOP

In this time of tense and tetchy Republican infighting, many have found themselves, against all odds, craving the folksy warmth and comparative sanity of G → Read More

Prince Just Released a Surprise New Album, Hitnrun Phase Two

Prince has been atypically charitable of late. In September, he released Hitnrun Phase One, a new album full of bright, dance-inflected rock; this past wee → Read More

Watch the Trailer for Making a Murderer, Netflix’s Answer to The Jinx

One of 2015’s best, most surprising shows was The Jinx, the HBO docuseries that unspooled the story—and apparent confession—of alleged serial killer Robert → Read More

Someone Finally Put Donald Trump’s Words Into Darth Vader’s Mouth

Comparing Donald Trump to a supervillain is so easy a joke it’s barely worth making. Still, this being the Internet, it was inevitable that Trump and our o → Read More

The Best Movie Montages of All Time, in One Video Countdown

There are few techniques as purely cinematic as the montage: At its best, the form supplies a rough, potent hit of image, editing, and implication. For a r → Read More

Ant-Man’s Honest Trailer Confirms That Marvel’s Tiniest Superhero Isn’t Half Bad

Making a movie about Ant-Man, whose superpower entails shrinking down to speck-size and fighting evil, was always a funny proposition. We knew it, Marvel k → Read More

Eagles of Death Metal Joined U2 for Their First Performance Since the Paris Attacks

"They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, so we'd like to offer them ours tonight.” So said Bono on Monday, when he and the rest of U2 invited Eagl → Read More

Prince’s Long-Hidden Cover of “Creep” Is Back Online and Incredible

As is well known by now, Prince doesn’t have a particularly high opinion of the Internet. In the past decade, he’s sued YouTube, kept his music off every s → Read More

Carrie Fisher and Her Dog Sure Know How to Give a Star Wars Interview

Take away the ubiquitous tie-ins, the pitch-perfect trailers, and the coy withholding of plot, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens would still have its most p → Read More

Ryan Gosling Will Not Leave This SNL Holiday Party Until He Meets Santa

Ryan Gosling is a man of convictions. He believes in Canada. He believes in feminism. And in one of SNL’s best sketches this past weekend, he believes in S → Read More

Ryan Gosling and Mike Myers Brought Canadian Christmas to SNL

Ryan Gosling, latest host of SNL, opened the show with a lie. Upon taking the stage, the actor waxed nostalgic about being “back home in New York City,” wh → Read More

When Actors Play Actors Acting: A Video Essay on Meta-Performance

Back in January, Sight and Sound ran an insightful piece on Birdman, in which the author, Nick James, praised the film for its focus on “the intimacy of ac → Read More

Thom Yorke Debuted Two Haunting New Songs at a Climate Change Concert in Paris

Thom Yorke has been especially vocal of late on the topic of climate change. He recently discussed the issue with writer George Monbiot for Télérama, did t → Read More

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling’s The Nice Guys Is a Buddy Cop Movie Without the Buddy Cops

Writer-director Shane Black created one of the best buddy cop movies ever with Lethal Weapon, but his latest project takes that film’s premise—two mismatch → Read More