All posts tagged: stage debut

The painful wait for Jonathan Franzen

The painful wait for Jonathan Franzen

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Welcome back to The Daily’s Sunday culture edition, in which one Atlantic writer or editor reveals what’s keeping them entertained. Today’s special guest is Eleanor Barkhorn, a senior editor at The Atlantic who has edited stories about the value of sleepovers and why so many Americans have stopped going to church. Eleanor loves “earnest songs by women” (think: Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman). She also loves reading Shel Silverstein out loud with her kids and watching place-specific movies such as Lady Bird, and she can’t wait to attend Nate Bargatze’s stand-up show next month—as she puts it, “It’s going to be An Event.” First, here are three Sunday reads from The Atlantic: The Culture Survey: Eleanor Barkhorn The entertainment my friends are talking about right now: My friends and I really love the comedian Nate Bargatze. Multiple text threads …

The New “Mean Girls” Forgets That Teenagers Are … Mean

The New “Mean Girls” Forgets That Teenagers Are … Mean

The reboot of the classic teen comedy sands off its edges, to mixed results. Jojo Whilden / Paramount January 12, 2024, 7 AM ET Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by a Hollywood reboot. I’ll go first: The latest ouroboros of intellectual property juicing to get under my skin is the new Mean Girls film, which is adapted from a Broadway musical based on the original 2004 movie. (You wouldn’t know it from watching most of the curiously tuneless trailers, though!) Somewhere inside this extended branding exercise is the familiar tale of Cady Heron (played by Angourie Rice in the new film), a teenage girl thrust into the baffling social hierarchy of a fictional Illinois high school after being homeschooled her entire life. Twenty years after the eminently quotable bildungsroman first hit theaters, and more than six years after Cady made her stage debut, the new teen comedy attempts to extract even more profit from the fish-out-of-water story by infusing it with song, dance, and fresh attempts to woo younger viewers. But …