Katherine Cusumano is a New York-based, Bermuda-bred writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Interview, The Toast, Mental Floss, and xoJane. A pie connoisseur with an uncanny memory for dinosaur species, she hangs out with her betta fish Rex in her spare time.
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'BvS' Major Farris Talks Lois Lane & Female Fandom

Perhaps like her portrayer, a rare female presence in a male-led superhero movie, Christina Wren's Man of Steel character Major Carrie Farris often found herself the only woman in rooms filled with very powerful men. And despite the 2013 film being c…
By Katherine Cusumano

Why 'Race' Comes At A Perfect Time

Shanice Banton would be forgiven for being exhausted; her flight into New York was delayed, she's spending her days doing press for her new movie Race, and the film, about the famed sprinter Jesse Owens, is premiering on Feb. 19. Yet at our interview…
By Katherine Cusumano

'Vinyl' Will Get A Second Season

Less than a week after its first episode, a two-hour pilot, aired on HBO, Vinyl has been renewed for a second season. Deadline reported that the cable channel had already begun planning for Season 2 before Season 1 even hit the airwaves, and given th…
By Katherine Cusumano

You Might Recognize 'Race's Stephan James

Imagine a universe in which John Boyega didn't play Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega had already been tapped to play Jesse Owens in the upcoming biopic Race, which centers on the racially charged 1936 Berlin Olympics, when he was offered …
By Katherine Cusumano

'Risen' Picks Up Where 'Passion' Left Off

If Mel Gibson had his way, The Passion of the Christ would have been released without subtitles translating its screenplay. Filmed in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Latin, the film aimed to "transcend language barriers with filmic storytelling," as Gibson expl…
By Katherine Cusumano

Why You Should Go Watch 'The Lion King' Stat

The Lion King was the first animated Disney movie that wasn't based on an existing myth, legend, or fairy tale. As Mental Floss reported earlier this year, all of Disney's animated movies, like Oliver and Company and The Little Mermaid, had been base…
By Katherine Cusumano

Here's Who Might Win The Best Picture Oscar

Going into the Golden Globes, Carol and Spotlight were widely regarded as the frontrunners for the Best Motion Picture, Drama, category. But then Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant swooped in for a Best Actor, Drama, win for Leonardo DiCaprio and a…
By Katherine Cusumano

Why Ursula Is So Important In 'The Little Mermaid'

Ariel would willingly give up her siren's song in exchange for the chance to walk on land. In The Little Mermaid, the terms of her deal with the villainous Ursula are clear from the outset. Ursula weaves an enchantment that gives Ariel what she's lon…
By Katherine Cusumano

Netflix Has A Surprising Library Of Dirty Movies

The movie's preview on Netflix's homepage might look like your average rom-com, but its description reads like a low-budget porno: "Tired of the emotional hassles of relationships, two girlfriends keep a pair of unemployed construction workers around…
By Katherine Cusumano

'The Life Of Pablo' Might Refer To This Pablo

First, we watched Twitter with hawkish eyes waiting for Kanye West to drop a hint about what T.L.O.P. might stand for. Then, he revealed that it was the abbreviation for The Life of Pablo, the title of his seventh solo album. But really, that didn't …
By Katherine Cusumano

The 'Deadpool' Post-Credits Scene Is So Self-Aware

From Guardians of the Galaxy to Terminator: Genisys, the post-credits scene has become a staple of the franchise-ready science fiction production. But Deadpool, Marvel's latest spin-off film and its most self-referential yet, makes fun of the various…
By Katherine Cusumano

Kanye Definitely References Kim In "High Lights"

After "Only One," Kanye West's collaboration with Paul McCartney, referenced both his late mother and his then-infant daughter, it seemed only a matter of time before West's pen would turn to wife Kim Kardashian. He delivers in full on The Life of Pa…
By Katherine Cusumano

Stan Lee Makes A Subtle Cameo In 'Deadpool'

Stan Lee is something of a mythic figure within comic book spheres. The 93-year-old writer and former Marvel president penned hundreds of comic books and strips for the most beloved characters on the Marvel slate, from The Amazing Spider-Man to Capta…
By Katherine Cusumano

What Kanye West's New Track "Feedback" Means

Kanye West has been teasing The Life of Pablo (in its various incarnations of varying realism, from SWISH to Waves to The Life of Pablo), and with Yeezy Season 3 it's finally here. Early on Thursday, during a rehearsal for the fashion presentation, a…
By Katherine Cusumano

Here's How To Download 'The Life Of Pablo'

Update: As of 1:43 a.m. ET on Feb. 14, The Life of Pablo appears to be streaming on TIDAL. Those wishing to download the album can purchase it from TIDAL for $20. The album is, so far, unavailable on iTunes. On Monday evening, Kanye tweeted that The …
By Katherine Cusumano

Here's Some Huge News For 'Master Of None' Fans

Amid the swirl of Twitter trends around Kanye West's new album art, Aziz Ansari crept in with a win: Ansari announced that Master of None Season 2 would arrive in next year via Twitter Thursday afternoon. The series garnered both critical and popula…
By Katherine Cusumano

Kanye West Releases ‘Life Of Pablo’ Album Cover

Well, it looks like The Life of Pablo is here to stay. Kanye West dropped album art for his upcoming record via Twitter Thursday afternoon, and it's a pretty dizzying affair. Frank Ocean-orange with the record title printed over and over across its l…
By Katherine Cusumano

This Twitter Account Reveals Major Sexism In Film

A gorgeous woman, JANE, 23, is a little tipsy, dancing naked on her big bed, as adorable as she is sexy. "*BONUS PTS FOR BEING THE 1ST LINE," producer Ross Putman adds to a tweet on his new Twitter account, @femscriptintros, which sheds light on the …
By Katherine Cusumano

12 Movie Characters You Had Secret Crushes On

There's a critical point in any young movie-watcher's maturation where finding your taste in movies coincides with the transition from platonic relationships with the characters on screen to... something more. Some of these early crushes are the stuf…
By Katherine Cusumano

Why I'll Always Come Back To 'Spirited Away'

I was afraid of things as a child. I use things advisedly — loose, indistinct, vague — because there was no theme tying these fears together. I was not — still am not — a risk-taker. On the swing set, I was paralyzed by the fear that the swing would …
By Katherine Cusumano