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David Arquette on Wrestling, His Up and Down Career, and Nearly Dying

The 48-year-old actor has always been more attracted to the ring than the cameras—for better and for worse

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The Story Behind the Two Most Controversial Rap Songs of 1999

A young 50 Cent needed a hit—so he wrote a song about mugging famous rappers. Meanwhile, the group Screwball recorded a track about killing Rudy Giuliani. Here’s how two controversial rap upstarts were thwarted in an era that wasn’t ready for the drama.

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The X-Men’s Never-Ending ‘Dark Phoenix Saga’ Saga

There’s a new movie about Jean Grey’s transformation into the Dark Phoenix. But didn’t we already see this movie? The creators behind every iteration of this story talk about the undying power of the X-Men’s most iconic tale, rising from the ashes once more.

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The Inside Story Behind John Singleton’s Creation of ‘Boyz n the Hood’

How a USC film student broke the Hollywood mold to write and direct a coming-of-age classic set in South Central L.A.

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“An Unmitigated Disaster”: An Oral History of the Lockout-Shortened 1999 NBA Season

Part 2: fist fights, the end of MJ, 8-seed Cinderellas, a four-point play heard round the world, and the dawning of a new age in the league

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“It Was All About Money”: An Oral History of the 1998-99 NBA Lockout

Part 1 of the inside story of one of the most bitter and bizarre labor disputes in sports history

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Going to Trounce Anthony Pappas. So Why Is He Running?

The hopeless Republican candidate for the 14th House District of New York has been disavowed by his party, failed to raise any significant campaign contributions, and is singularly focused on one obscure issue. What, exactly, does he hope to accomplish?

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Dead Man Rising: The Making of the Undertaker

The amazing (after)life of WWE’s longest-reigning superstar

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The Biggest Mouth in Wrestling

As Brock Lesnar’s spokesperson, Paul Heyman is one of WWE’s most essential figures and one of wrestling history’s greatest mavericks. But how much longer can the Beast and his boisterous advocate dominate WWE?

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Wasted Talent

After his turns in ‘A Bronx Tale’ and ‘The Sopranos,’ Lillo Brancato had stardom at his fingertips and lost it all in a haze of drugs and a violent crime. Does he deserve a chance at a comeback?