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The Dictionary of All Things Emo

There’s no consensus definition for "emo," but there are plenty of things related to the culture we can break down. From Rites of Spring to the Fifth Wave and all points in between, here’s a handy guide that will help you avoid being labeled a poser.

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The Best Emo Songs of Every Year, 1985 to Now

We’re going from the genre’s roots through the Fifth Wave to break down the best and most popular tracks that have defined the evolution of a hard-to-pin-down genre

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“It Spreads Like Wildfire”: The Heroes, Lore, and Language of ‘Elden Ring’

The fantasy epic’s unique multiplayer system has facilitated the creation of community tales, legends, and lingo—giving rise to a distinct subculture that has bled into the real world

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Allyson Felix Is Running Her Last Race—and Getting Ready For a Mission

The most decorated woman in American track and field history is on the verge of retirement. What comes next will be the hard part.

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How Kevin Costner Helped ‘Bull Durham’ Find Studio Backing at the 11th Hour

In an exclusive excerpt from his new book ‘The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham,’ screenwriter and director Ron Shelton describes how close the movie was to never getting made—and how Costner’s attachment pushed it across home plate

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Andrej Stojakovic Is Paving His Own Path to the NBA

The 17-year-old with the familiar last name and silky shooting stroke is out to prove he’s much more than just a famous hooper’s son. "Proving to them that I can make it as Andrej—and not Peja’s son."

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“How Would You Like a Lap Dance?”: The Oral History of ‘Magic Mike’

Ten years ago, Channing Tatum turned his past as a male stripper into movie gold with the help of Steven Soderbergh—and tapped into a thirst in a way Hollywood never had before

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The Golden Age of the Aging Actor

Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ isn’t the exception—he’s the rule. There’s long been anecdotal evidence that top-line actors and actresses are getting older. Now, The Ringer has the data to back it up.

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Will the Real Tim Heidecker Please Stand Up?

Most know him for ‘Tim and Eric’ and his surrealist brand of humor. But this week, he’s back with ‘High School,’ a new album that may change what you think when you hear the name Tim Heidecker.

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The Best Pixar Character Bracket Final: A ‘Toy Story’ Showdown

There could be no other way, could there? Woody vs. Buzz Lightyear, the toys that were promised.

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The Warriors Want More

Even after winning a fourth title in eight years, Golden State is thinking ahead. By investing in a young core, the Warriors hope their own "short Tim Duncan" can lead them on a run of success that rivals the greatest dynasties in NBA history.

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The Best Pixar Character Bracket: The Final Four

The inevitable is near—unless Sulley or Wall-E can avert a classic ‘Toy Story’ finale

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What Happened With ‘The Good Dinosaur’?

Pixar’s three-decade-long run is full of massive hits and Oscar trophies. There’s only one movie that failed to live up to the studio’s stratospheric standards.

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Let Bartees Strange Cook

The hard-to-define, easy-to-love musician is back with ‘Farm to Table,’ a new album that can only be described as "Bartees Strange"

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Pixar’s Bittersweet Symphony

In the 27 years since the release of ‘Toy Story,’ the music behind Pixar has changed substantially—united by its power to elicit raw emotion

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The Warriors’ Game 5 Win Gives Them Control. Can the Celtics Come Back?

Boston needs to win two straight, including Game 7 on the road, to win the Finals. What are the odds that Jayson Tatum and Co. can pull off that feat? Our model breaks it down.

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The Pixar Movie Ranking

The Ringer staff ranks all 25 of the animated studio’s films

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Inside the Brilliant, Heartbreaking First 10 Minutes of ‘Up’

"We figured the best way to make the audience understand—and care—would be to connect his house to a relationship, and unfinished business," says director Pete Docter

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2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Moves to No. 1

Do the Magic have their man? Plus, there’s a slew of new names inside the top 10. Here’s the latest intel and buzz as draft night rapidly approaches.

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When the Lamp Switched On: How Pixar Went From Experimental Studio to Commercial Juggernaut

From the stewardship of George Lucas to Steve Jobs to Mickey Mouse himself, the story of Pixar is marked by breakups, risk-taking, and sheer creative flair

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Gary Payton II Found the Right Space at the Right Time

Six years after Payton went undrafted, the Warriors finally created enough space to let him in

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The Best Pixar Character Bracket

Over the past three decades and 25 movies, Pixar has filled its universe with countless unforgettable characters. Ahead of ‘Lightyear,’ it’s time to celebrate them.

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‘Gone Girl,’ Still Here

Ten years to the month that Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ was first published, the novel still looms over contemporary literature and the broader publishing industry

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Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill,” and the End of Music Charts As We Knew Them

Thanks to ‘Stranger Things,’ one of art pop’s most reclusive figures has almost inadvertently found herself with a top-10 charting hit. Is it a fluke or a sign of the times?

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The Trade That Completed Derrick White—and Maybe the Celtics

It’s been a winding path, but Boston’s biggest Finals X factor has finally found a home. The Celtics’ midseason trade rounded out their roster with the ultimate glue guy.

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Atomic Bombast: ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ and the Apex of the Most Monumental Rap Group of All Time

A quarter-century after its release, Wu-Tang’s nearly two-hour second album remains a testament to maximalism and all of the clan’s idiosyncrasies

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A Hack That Only a Mother Could Love

‘Hacks’ stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, along with the series’ creators, explain how the complex dynamics of parenting played out over the show’s second season

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How Ime Udoka’s Brutal Honesty Turned the Celtics Into Contenders

Boston’s first-year head coach made it a mission to turn lottery picks into accountable grinders. After plenty of pushback and a downright disastrous start, his young stars eventually bought in. Now the results speak for themselves.

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Jordan Poole Is Making a Splash

Even as his career took a detour through the G League, Poole was sure he was going to make it in the NBA. Now, he’s one of the reasons the Warriors are back in the Finals and perhaps the successor to Steph Curry in the next chapter of Golden State’s dynasty.

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Welcome to Tom Cruise’s Flight School for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

If there was to be a sequel to the ’80s classic ‘Top Gun,’ it was going to need to be even better than the original—and way more realistic. Before the movie hits theaters, the cast of ‘Maverick’ explains what it took to become on-screen pilots.

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Porridge Radio and the Redemptive Power of Cringe

Porridge Radio were becoming indie pop darlings at the same time the world was shutting down. Two years and one new album later, they’re finally ready to soak it all up.

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If You Don’t Know Keegan Murray Yet, You Will Soon Enough

How does a future lottery pick fly under the radar for so long? It’s taken a long time for Iowa’s star sophomore to make a name for himself, but he learned patience early on, waiting for the right spurt and spot to lead him to the NBA.