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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’: The Seven Key Questions

Mallory Rubin, Jason Concepcion, Zach Kram, and Isaac Lee react to the latest ‘Harry Potter’ movie

Jimmy Butler, Le’Veon Bell, and the Season of the Holdout

Baseball analyst Bill James says that players are replaceable. This fall, stars across leagues have put that notion to the test. Their varying success has shown how much power individual players have—and provided a clearer template for how unions can work to shape the future of sports.

Smashing Pumpkins Are Reunited, and It Feels So Good. Sort Of.

How Billy Corgan and Co. came together after 17 years for a massive tour and their first new album in two decades—and whether they’ve really healed the wounds that have kept them apart for so long

The Warriors’ Dynasty-Defining Question

Kevin Durant’s upcoming decision is already causing fractures in Golden State’s championship foundation, but what the Warriors do with Draymond Green will be the key to keeping their title window open past 2020

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Draymond Green vs. KD, Embiid for MVP, and the Rise of Podcasts With Malcolm Gladwell and Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan joins Bill to discuss the Warriors’ recent drama and the new-look Sixers before Malcolm Gladwell sits down to talk NBA, his new music podcast with Rick Rubin, and more

The ‘Villains’ Podcast Is Finally Here!

On the premiere day of the highly anticipated series, our host breaks down everything you need to know about his new show

A Very Goop-y Wedding

Amanda and Juliet discuss Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk tying the knot, Leonardo DiCaprio’s 44th birthday, and more

Previewing ‘Narcos: Mexico’ With Executive Producer Eric Newman

Plus, Chris and Andy discuss A24’s multiyear deal with Apple

‘Group Chat’: Relationship Counseling—Warriors Edition

Plus, what does Jimmy Butler’s debut for the Sixers mean for Ben Simmons?

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Box Office Bomb: The Short Life of Popcorn Prediction Markets

Once upon a time, box office futures could have changed Hollywood. And for two short days, they sort of did. But—in the midst of the financial crisis of 2008—lawmakers in Washington, D.C., had other ideas.

Quarterback Sneaks Are Always the Answer

In these divided football times, one thing can bring us all together: Yelling at coaches to let their QB fall forward for a first down

The Post–Jimmy Butler Timberwolves Are Fun As Hell

Though it might not last, Minnesota’s young stars have looked revitalized in their past two games

Andrew Luck’s Second Act Could Be Even Better Than His First

Under first-year coach Frank Reich, the Indianapolis offense is perfectly designed to protect its quarterback and give him the opportunity to succeed. With that new system in place and his health back, Luck could be poised to make the Colts a perennial playoff contender.

Fantastic Hypebeasts: What We’re Most Excited to See in ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Our ‘Harry Potter’ enthusiasts are ready to head back to Hogwarts. Preferably with wardrobe assistance from Young Dumbledore and a cuddly Niffler by our side.

The ‘Villains’ Podcast Is Finally Here!

On the premiere day of the highly anticipated series, our host breaks down everything you need to know about his new show

How Aura Photography Invaded Instagram

The colorful portraits that purport to reveal the energies of their subjects have migrated from hippie bookstores to your Explore tab. Is the trend just another internet fad or does it have any basis in science?

How to Prepare for Your Fantasy Football Playoffs

As the postseason approaches, fantasy strategy changes. Here are the handcuffs and sleepers to target to stay ahead of your league.

Are We Human, or Are We Dancer? The Legacy of ‘Dance Dance Revolution,’ 20 Years Later.

Shame, joy, and dance, all in one special package

A Guide to the ‘Narcos’ Extended Universe

As the series moves into a new era in Mexico, it’s time to celebrate the show in all its ridiculous glory and look back on the idiosyncrasies that define it

Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’

Twenty-five years after the historic performance that became the band’s best-selling final album, we talked to producers, directors, musicians, and fans present for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s greatest performance

Kacey Musgraves Beat the CMAs by Not Joining Them

The "Slow Burn" singer’s big win on country music’s biggest night was a triumph of quiet grace over empty bombast

Fitting Jimmy Butler in Is Going to Be a Process

It took five years and a whole lot of losses for Philly to find its Big Three. But the fourth quarter of Butler’s Sixers debut showed the team still has a long way to go to sort out its new reality.

The Ripple Effects of the Kevin Durant–Draymond Green Confrontation

Well, that escalated quickly. If this incident really is a crack in Golden State’s armor, here is how it could affect the rest of the NBA.

American Curmudgeon: On Jeff Tweedy

The Wilco frontman has just written one of the best and most revealing memoirs in years

A Close Reading of Jimmy Butler’s First Day on the Job in Philadelphia

Comparing what the disgruntled superstar said at his opening press conferences with the Timberwolves and 76ers

WWE ‘Survivor Series’ Preview

Breaking down the chaotic card for a legacy PPV of waning influence

It’s Harder Than Ever for New England to Stay Ahead of the Pack

They’re the same old Patriots but it’s a brand-new NFL. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are masters at adapting to the changing demands of Super Bowl contention. But this era presents a new challenge.

The Five Most Interesting Teams in the NBA in Week 5

The Warriors are clashing, the Sixers and Timberwolves are adjusting to their new post-trade realities, and more intrigue from around the league

How a Song Became As Iconic As Michael Jordan

Aaaand now … an oral history of the greatest starting lineup introduction in sports history

Will Maxine Waters Take Down the Trump Administration or Be Boxed Out by Her Own Party?

The provocative California legislator will have a lot more power in the new House of Representatives. How she chooses to use it will be crucial to her party—and Donald Trump’s.

From ‘Annihilation to ‘My Brilliant Friend’: How to (or How Not to) Adapt a Novel in 2018

HBO’s re-creation of Elena Ferrante’s first Neapolitan novel is doggedly faithful to its source text—but is that the only way to make an adaptation?

Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, and the Rest of the NFL’s Rookie Running Backs, Ranked

With 10 weeks in the books, the hierarchy of freshman rushers doesn’t line up with their draft order

The Man Who’s Trying to Convince Some of America’s Best Soccer Players to Represent Mexico

High-profile young talents Jonathan González and Efrain Álvarez have recently chosen to play for the Mexican national team, despite being eligible for the USMNT. Behind those decisions is an L.A.-based Dutchman employed by Mexico

Everything You Need to Know About the Elder Wand of ‘Harry Potter’ Lore for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

The Deathstick. The Wand of Destiny. The legendary object you know from the original series and have surely spotted in almost every tease for the new film. What is it? Why does it matter for ‘Fantastic Beasts’? And what might it tell us about the Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship?

Mumford & Sons Are Harder to Hate, but Sound Less Like Themselves

The folk revivalists continue their drift toward the middle on their new album, which dips its toes in electro-pop and jazz-odyssey meandering

The Story Behind ‘The Grinch’ and the Weirdest Marketing Campaign of the Year

"Shout-out to ‘The Grinch,’ shout-out Universal, shout-out to my agent," JaVale McGee told reporters on Halloween while wearing a custom-made Grinch costume. Which leads to one question: Why did Illumination choose to promote its latest kids’ movie to a primarily adult audience?

Stan Lee Gave Us Relatable Superheroes

The late Marvel Comics icon had a hand in dozens of iconic characters, each with their own special powers. But the one thing most of these figures shared was a revolutionary sense of normalcy.

The Ever-Expanding Legacy of Lindsay Whalen

The WNBA superstar helped build women’s basketball into what it is today. Now, as she takes over as head coach for Minnesota, Whalen’s legend appears poised to reach new heights.

The NFL’s Biggest Game of the Season Moves From Mexico City to Los Angeles

The highly anticipated matchup between the Rams and Chiefs will change venues after the playing surface at Estadio Azteca was deemed unsuitable. While it’s a bad look for the NFL’s international expansion efforts, it’s a win for common sense.

The Le’Veon Bell FAQ: Why Didn’t the Steelers Star Show Up Tuesday?

As expected, the running back missed the deadline to sign his franchise tender and will sit out the rest of the season. How did the situation get to this point? And what does that mean for his future?

The Starting 11: Are the Steelers, Chargers, and Texans Winning Streaks for Real?

While things are looking up in Pittsburgh, L.A., and Houston, plenty of other franchises around the league are facing head-coaching crises. Plus: The Bears finally look like a legit playoff team, and Melvin Gordon is taking the league by storm.