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That Time Lin-Manuel Miranda Played a MAGA Supporter


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This week: 

  • Fitting Oscar for a mask.

  • The best TV episode of the week.

  • The best new food show.

  • Laughing about Jeremy Piven.

  • Another great tweet.

‘One Day at a Time’s Sensational Animated Special

It’s no small feat that One Day at a Time manages to loudly articulate all of the volatile political and cultural talking points that cause the average person to develop anxiety and an upset stomach, yet also be the aspirin and the tonic to calm those ill and uneasy feelings. 

The Pop series, thriving despite one of the most irritating programming decisions Netflix has ever made, returned this week with a special episode. It was a special special episode, breaking

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Long Distance Bike Trips for the Coronavirus Era

Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty
Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty

Descending the tight, winding roads of the San Juan Mountains from Wolf Creek Pass at the Continental Divide, I passed a long-distance cyclist with his panier-laden bike, climbing upward at a snail’s pace. The highest point he could reach was nearly 11,000 feet. I was in awe that he was trying it—imagining the risk of not being seen by vehicles rounding tight corners, or facing heat exhaustion. 

I was also happily in an SUV with air-conditioning and snacks. 

More people are seeing longer bike rides as a way to get away from it all—a type of social distancing. If the focus is less on setting the ultra long-distance record of your lifetime and more on crafting your own meaningful and tailor-made cycling experience—which also takes into consideration where you are at, and what your skillset is—cycling longer distances can be a safer form of

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‘Fame Was Like an Extra-Large Bag of Fritos’

Between the Beastie Boys’ retrospective book (“Beastie Boys Book”), their 2018 “event tour” (featuring readings and Q&A) and “Beastie Boys Story” documentary — which comes out Friday on Apple TV+ — one might wonder what’s left to talk about. But Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “D” Diamond — the third Beastie Boy, Adam “MCA” Yauch,” died of cancer in 2011 — along with film director, longtime video collaborator and friend Spike Jonze, did a round of Zoom interviews Monday to promote the film (which was reviewed here by Variety’s Owen Gleiberman).

The conversation — where 10 interviewers got to ask one question each — was, not surprisingly, highly entertaining and all over the place, so an edited and condensed Q&A follows.

Jonze started things off by saying what made the film special for him. “I like the idea of trying to make something that

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June Diane Raphael on ‘The High Note,’ ‘The Real Housewives’ and What She’s Taking on Right Now (Exclusive)

“My days are all just slowly descending into darkness,” June Diane Raphael laughs over the phone. “I start out super positive, and then it’s just a slow ride down to, like, total despair and depression by 7:00 p.m.”

Right now, she tells me one recent morning in quarantine, she’s OK. She’s setting out to promote her new movie not with the traditional press tour of hotel junkets, late-show sit-downs and red-carpet premieres, but from her home in L.A. — which mostly involves a lot of negotiating with her 5- and 3-year-old. “I mean, the screen time has been insane,” she explains. “And by the way, sometimes I’m like, ‘Who am to deny my kids the opportunity to watch movies and TV?’ This is what’s paying our bills! Why would I turn against this medium?”

Her new one is The High Note, a music-industry comedy starring Tracee Ellis Ross as

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