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Jan 19, 2019

Andy Samberg's SNL Hiring Came on the Condition He Would Get a Haircut, and Pronto

Before we were embraced with the warm hug of digital shorts, laser cats, and about one thousand other digital shorts on SNL, their maestro, Andy Samberg, was just like any other young comedian with a big dream: To be a cast member gracing the stage of Studio 8H, shooting lasers ... More »

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Jan 19, 2019

16 Years Later, Laura Linney Still Isn't Over Her Love Actually Make Out Scene

Perhaps the main point of contention for repeat viewers of Love Actually comes from Laura Linney and Rodrigo Santoro's storyline, when, after an unbearably long stagnant period as coworkers, they finally get all horned up for each other and initiate a bang session in her apartment — only for Linney's ... More »

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Jan 19, 2019

Hey, Fox & Friends, At Least Try to Pronounce Stephen Colbert's Show Correctly

As much as we'd welcome the technology to time-travel back to 2010 when Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart were our political tsars on Comedy Central, alas, monologuing and goat saving are their careers now, and we really need to accept that. But that still doesn't give Fox & Friends co-host ... More »

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Jan 19, 2019

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Recap: Baby Blues

Heading into its home stretch (sports analogy!) seems to have tightened Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's focus, leading to its best back-to-back pair of episodes in a long while. While last week's outing showcased some particularly inspired comedy, this week's is all about tugging on the heartstrings. The conflicts in "I Can Work ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Wendy Williams to Take Extended Break From Talk Show to Work on ‘Personal and Physical Well-Being'

As of Friday, Wendy Williams will be taking a "necessary, extended break" from The Wendy Williams Show due to medical problems, reportedly stemming in part from complications from Graves' disease. "As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

NBC Orders Comedy Pilot From Your Favorite Future Sitcom Dad, Kenan Thompson

Currently the most underrated cast member on Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson is now up for the only role typically more underappreciated: the father on a sitcom. NBC announced two comedy pilot orders Friday evening, including Saving Kenan, Thompson's previously revealed project. According to the single-cam show's description, "Kenan Thompson ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Recap: 4 Shots of Adrenaline

Due to the way time works, there's no way that you can read this recap and act on my strong suggestion that you, the reader, absolutely must watch this episode of All Stars 4 surrounded by dozens of queers at a bar or other Space Where Television Is Watched. The ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Sean Penn's The First Is Taking A Giant Leap Off Hulu After One Season

Looks like you'll just have to assume the rest of man's colonization of Mars went swimmingly. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The First, the streaming platform's space drama starring Sean Penn, has been canceled. The series from House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon premiered on September 14, 2018. In the ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Soulja Boy Is Pretty Sure He Knows Where Ariana Grande Got Her ‘7 Rings' Swag

Well, this, right here, is someone's swag. But who? In addition to blatantly ripping off that poor Maria von Trapp, Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" is the target of some very direct "oh, I see how it is then" from none other than Soulja Boy himself, after fans pointed out that ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

12 Movies to See Over the Long Weekend

With Oscar nominations fast approaching, it's the perfect time to squeeze in a trip to the theater and judge for yourself which movies actually deserved their nods. Even though January is historically a dump month, there's still time to enjoy the awards-season darlings, catch up on some bigger releases, and ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

SMILF Season Two Is an Intimate Portrait of Womanhood, With an Unavoidable Asterisk

If you've heard about the Showtime series SMILF in recent weeks, it probably hasn't been for good reasons.In December, SMILF creator, star, and showrunner Frankie Shaw was accused of workplace misconduct, including inappropriate handling of sex scenes between two of her co-stars, Samara Weaving and Miguel Gomez. According to The Hollywood ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Deerhunter Front Man Bradford Cox Dissects Some of Deerhunter's Best Songs

It's natural to feel control slipping away when you're talking on the phone with Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox, and that's probably a good thing. Offhand comments can lead to 15 unbroken minutes of response, rotating boasts, poignancy, or wry meta-commentary on the whole endeavor of making music, being in ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

How Mary Oliver's Biographer Finally Met the Legendary Poet

The acclaimed and wildly popular poet Mary Oliver died yesterday. Lindsay Whalen, whose authorized biography of Oliver is forthcoming from Penguin Press, remembers her subject, and the importance to Oliver of meeting fellow writers and poets "on the page."Mary Oliver wrote the poet James Wright for the first time in ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Surviving R. Kelly and the Problem With Modern Fan Culture

"Cancel culture" is fake. The value of the term is its ability to make public outcry seem disingenuous, to reduce what are often reasonable quibbles to histrionics, tokens of an era where people's ability to handle opposing viewpoints is being ground to dust. There's nothing nefarious about wanting to create ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

A Very Simple Guide to True Detective's Multiple Timelines

True Detective's third season is a story of obsession: Arkansas detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) spends decades investigating the crime that changed his life — the murder of a young boy and the disappearance of the boy's sister — as the HBO drama slips between three separate time periods in ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

David Letterman Interviewed Kanye West for His Netflix Talk Show

This week Kanye West taped an interview with David Letterman for an upcoming episode of the latter's Netflix talk show, Vulture has confirmed. Multiple sources say Ye and Dave chatted Monday in Los Angeles, with one person who was in the audience saying a big portion of the conversation revolved ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Unsolved Mysteries Revived by Netflix, Because Your True Crime Thirst Cannot Be Quenched

Can the viewing public's appetite for true crime and spooky cold cases ever be sated? Netflix hopes not, because they're dusting off Unsolved Mysteries and need you to watch. The streamer announced today that the cultural touchstone is being revived by the original creators alongside Stranger Things co-creator Shawn Levy, ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Sharon Van Etten Gets Free

The day before the release of Sharon Van Etten's new video for "Seventeen," the third single off her new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, she darts downstairs in jeans and a sweatshirt to open the front door. "This is my first ‘grown-up' apartment," Van Etten says as we enter the Carroll ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

The Best Show's Tom Scharpling Is Writing a Memoir

Good news for fans of The Best Show: Tom Scharpling has a memoir in the works. The comedian and longtime radio host turned podcast host announced today that the book, titled It Never Ends, will be published by Garrett McGrath at Abrams Press and hit bookstores sometime in spring 2021. ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

The PEN15 Trailer Will Dredge Up All Your Crusty Teenage Hormones

TRL countdowns, a dial-up connection to AOL, crushes on prepubescent boys, and if you're lucky, a telephone in your bedroom — these are just some of the hallmarks for many women who had the lucky honor of starting their teenage years as the new millennium began, and that's the world ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Is a Memorable Feature Directing Debut

I'm overselling it wildly, but The Standoff at Sparrow Creek feels like what might happen if David Fincher shot a variation on Reservoir Dogs written by Rod Serling. Somehow both chasmic and claustrophobic, chatty yet somber, Henry Dunham's film presents a series of mind games that might as well be ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

‘The Whole Thing Should Be Your F*ckin' Nose': Behind A Star Is Born's IRL Ally Billboard

Ally Campana is just a cater waiter moonlighting as a singer-songwriter when country singer Jackson Maine quite literally stumbles upon her in A Star Is Born: He's at a drag bar trying to get a drink when he hears her belt out "La Vie En Rose." So begins their romance: ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Sony Has Cut Ties With R. Kelly

After reports that Sony has all but blacklisted R. Kelly, the label and musician have "agreed to part ways," Billboard reports. Amid the fallout from the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly — which featured allegations of over 25 years of sexual abuse — Sony will no longer work with the ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Salma Hayek Is Scary and Has Magnificent Silver Hair in The Hummingbird Project Trailer

Alexander Skarsgård is bald, Salma Hayek has extremely chic silver hair, and Jesse Eisenberg is tightly wound in this first trailer for The Hummingbird Project. It's one of those high-intensity, high-aggression finance-world dramedies where everyone's kind of a bad guy because we all want to eat the rich anyway. The ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

24-Year-Old Saoirse Ronan Listening to 10-Year-Old Saoirse Ronan Squeal Is So Pure

The last time Saoirse Ronan appeared on a late-night show with one of her Lady Bird co-stars, she and Lucas Hedges both identified as little spoons. This time, she's on The Graham Norton Show with Timothée Chalamet (and Laura Linney!), and Norton plays a clip from her childhood: When she ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

6 New Paperbacks You Should Read This January

Each month, Maris Kreizman offers nonfiction and fiction paperback recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible.Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy an item through our links, Vulture may earn an affiliate commission. ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Danny Lempert Is ‘An Old Gay Man in a Young Man's Body'

Danny Lempert (@danlempert) is an improviser, stand-up, and actor who can be seen performing in New York City on UCB's Lloyd and Maude nights at the monthly show he hosts with Sarah Lazarus (Tight Ship) and all around town. If you're in New York, check him out February 28 at ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

How To Get Away With Murder Recap: Past Sins

As I was firing up this episode, my boyfriend asked "Are they doing that one thing that they flash back to? Are they done with that?" But this episode does something… else. It transports us back in history. The wedding of the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles! The ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Former Epic Records Intern Says R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her When She Was 16

In the wake of Lifetime's bombshell R. Kelly documentary, another accuser is speaking out for the first time, claiming he also sexually abused her when she was a teenager. Tracy Sampson tells Dateline that Kelly allegedly abused her beginning in the summer of 1999 when she was 16 and working ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Let's Talk About the Ending of Glass

Major spoilers for Glass below.We deserve something better than the ending of Glass. We need something better than the ending of Glass.In 2000, back before anyone could've predicted our present superhero boom, divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan released one of the greatest superhero pictures ever made. Unbreakable managed to be ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Wait, Is Maggie Rogers a Pop Star Now?

The CliffsNotes version of 24-year-old Maggie Rogers's rise to stardom goes something like this: In March 2016 in her final year at New York University where she did a double major in Music and English, Rogers attended a Masterclass with Pharrell Williams. She had just written a song — "Alaska" ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Bowen Yang's Lip-Sync Videos Are Next-Level Art

Shows like Lip Sync Battle and Drunk History are certainly respectable when it comes to famous people lip-syncing, but nobody pushes it to high art quite like New York-based comedian and SNL writer Bowen Yang. Yang, along with fellow comedian Matt Rogers, hosts the Las Culturistas podcast and previously served ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

A Ragtag of Oddballs Show Up in the At Home With Amy Sedaris Trailer

Amy Sedaris returns to TruTV next month with a new season of her series At Home With Amy Sedaris, and we've got the first trailer right here. The second season features a ton of new and returning guest stars, including Justin Theroux, Ana Gasteyer, Cole Escola, Susan Sarandon, Fred Armisen, ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

How Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Changed the Animation Game

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, he does whatever a spider can — but with the web-slinger's latest feature outing, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an elite creative team set out to redefine just what a spider could do.The blockbusting animated feature instantly won over audiences (not to mention awards voters, who honored the film ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Late Night Amuses Itself During the Shutdown

As Stephen Colbert said this week, the shutdown has been going on for so long that we're running out of jokes about it. We had that egg and the hamberders and the dueling Fyre Fest docs, but the main story yet again was about something not happening. So how do ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Oscar Nominations: Who's Safe and Who Could Be Snubbed?

The Globes and Critics' Choice Awards have been handed out, and the guilds and the Brits have made their favorites known. Finally, on Tuesday, the Academy itself will weigh in with its own nominations, when we'll finally see if, after four months of predictions, we've actually learned anything this season. ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

The 25 Greatest January Movies of the Last 30 Years

January is often thought of as Hollywood's prime "dump month": that time when studios and distributors release all the films that, in their eyes, aren't quite worth too much effort. These are the movies that most feel have no shot at awards consideration, hence don't need to be released closer ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

How Surviving R. Kelly Landed at Lifetime

The decades-overdue downfall of R. Kelly sounds like a plot ripped straight out of a Lifetime special, but thanks to Surviving R. Kelly, it's the reality presently staring the Pied Piper of R&B in the face. Earlier this month, Lifetime aired the bombshell six-part series — a painstakingly detailed rehashing ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Stephen Colbert is Hawking Mugs to Buy Meals for Furloughed Government Workers

Jose Andres is doing the most on late-night. Earlier this week, he was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon bigging up the cuisine of Puerto Rico, and now he's collaborating with Stephen Colbert to bring food to furloughed workers. Andres has set up a kitchen in DC for workers ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Rachel Brosnahan Thinks Her Awards Belong in the Toilet

It's one shocking admission after another in this exchange between Rachel Brosnahan and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Rachel keeps her Golden Globes and Emmy on her toilet, so people can take discreet selfies! She still plays Pokémon Go! Jimmy Fallon lured strangers to his house with Pokémon Go! ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

The Complete Unpaid TSA Worker Playlist

TSA workers at JFK have been going without pay for three weeks now, and they are over it. Twitter users are reporting that the airport PA playlist is getting raunchy, blasting everything from "Sicko Mode" to "Misery Business," to the scoopidy poop song by Kanye. TSA and Port Authority are ... More »

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Jan 18, 2019

Ariana Grande's ‘7 Rings' Is a Neon-Drenched Ode to Excess

Ariana Grande released her latest breakup anthem, "7 Rings," about financial independence and/or buying your way out of depression. Cribbing a melody from "My Favorite Things," the video featured Ari and her six best bitches (the ones she bought matching Tiffany rings) partying in a house flooded with extreme lighting ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

The Big Bang Theory Recap: No Noble Nobel

Into every 24-episode sitcom season a smattering of middle installments must fall, and this is as middle-of-the-season as it gets.Yes, more super asymmetry.In what initially appears to be good news, Sheldon and Amy learn via an email they read during an episode of the Fun with Flags podcast (more specifically, Dr. Sheldon Cooper ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Why Little Steven Joined the L.A. Teachers' Strike

The second largest teachers' union in America is striking in Los Angeles right now. One of the famous faces on the picket line is Steven Van Zandt a.k.a. Little Steven, he of the Underground Garage. Van Zandt penned an op-ed for Rolling Stone about why the UTLA strike is important ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

The Good Place Recap: The Neighborhood Play

This season's penultimate The Good Place chapter is titled "Chidi Sees the Time-Knife," which is a pretty apt description — of one scene, anyway. About halfway through the episode, while the gang's sitting inside an Inter-dimensional Hole of Pancakes that Judge Gen has refashioned to look like a corporate boardroom, ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Ted Danson Practiced His Good Place Flossing Dance Scene for ‘Weeks'

It was the viral video seen around the world — or rather, by millions of Ted Danson fans who stopped everything to witness their silver fox boogie down. With absolutely zero context provided for viewer clarity, not that it even mattered, last November, a camera caught Ted Danson learning "the ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Thanks to a Redaction Error, We Know How Much Geoffrey Rush's Defamation Suit is Worth

Somebody goofed in the Australian courts today. Geoffrey Rush is suing Nationwide News and journalist Jonathon Moran for defamation of character, over a story in Australia's Daily Telegraph accusing Rush of sexual misconduct on the set of Sydney Theatre Company's King Lear. Thanks to an redaction error apparently made by ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Star Trek: Discovery Season Premiere Recap: Where's My Damned Red Thing?

The first season finale of Star Trek: Discovery ended on the ideal type of cliffhanger: the "hmm, that seems like a terrible idea I'd like to block out for a year and circle back" kind. After a whirlwind of a rookie season, wherein choices both smart and utterly inexplicable — but ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Cardi B's Government Shutdown Video Has Received the Auto-Tune the News Treatment

so excited for our first co-write with , Yeah Bitch / Nah Bitch������ The Gregory Brothers (@gregorybrothers) January 17, 2019 ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Grey's Anatomy Mid-Season Premiere Recap: Next Time Take the Stairs

Hello! Did you miss Grey's Anatomy during its unbearably long hiatus? Great, because the mid-season premiere wastes zero time getting back into the Greys-iest Grey's drama you will ever peep your eyes on. I'm talking, of course, about the fact that a man's legs almost get chopped off by an ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Tracee Ellis Ross & Kumail Nanjiani Will Announce 2019 Oscar Nominations

People say hosting the Oscars is a thankless gig, but at least it's at night. Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross will have to be present and alert at 5AM PST Tuesday to announce the 2019 Academy Award nominations. Nanjiani was nominated for an Oscar last year: Best Original Screenplay ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani Will Solve Clues, Break Hearts, in The Lovebirds

The old saying is really true: the couple that gets embroiled in hijinks together, stays together. Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani will star in Michael Showalter's The Lovebirds, as a couple on the verge of breaking up until they are thrown head-first into a murder mystery. The Hollywood Reporter says ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

You Is a Gigantic Hit For Netflix, According to Netflix

Netflix is suddenly getting chatty about viewing stats for its original films and TV shows. In a letter to shareholders Thursday, the streaming behemoth said its recently acquired-from-Lifetime thriller You will be streamed in an estimated 40 million homes within its first month on the service, while its new critically ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

This Week in Rap: Big K.R.I.T. Gets Emotional, Tree and Vic Spencer Release a Tour De Force, More

Every week, Vulture runs through the best, most interesting, and sometimes most confusing rap releases. In this installment: Jacksonville's Foolio has a breakout moment, Tree and Vic Spencer release a career-defining album, Robb Banks, with the help of Wifisfuneral, has another moment in the sun, and Big K.R.I.T. collects some loose gems ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Jimmy Kimmel to Host a Halftime Tribute to Trump Next Week

We've somehow reached the halfway point of Donald Trump's presidency, so Jimmy Kimmel has decided to celebrate this milestone with a special episode of his late-night show next week. Titled Jimmy Kimmel Live Intermission Accomplished: A Halftime Tribute to Trump, the special is described as an "all-American tribute to our ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Netflix's Bird Box Slammed for Using Real Disaster Footage

Netflix's Bird Box once again finds itself at the center of controversy. Earlier this week, the movie sparked a change in YouTube's guidelines after people started posting videos of themselves doing potentially dangerous things (like driving) blindfolded. Today, the streaming giant came under fire for using real footage in Bird ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Grimes and Azealia Banks Subpoenaed in Elon Musk Tesla Tweet Fiasco, Can't Delete DMs or Texts

The feud that will outlive us all has a new wrinkle: Both Grimes and Azealia Banks have been subpoenaed in the Elon Musk lawsuit over the firestorm he caused when he tweeted a weed joke about taking Tesla private at $420 per share. Banks and Grimes are now ordered to ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Watch Lauren Lapkus and Nick Rutherford Attempt a Threesome in the Unicorn Trailer

If you're a fan of Lauren Lapkus, the Good Neighbor guys, and threesomes, then the upcoming comedy The Unicorn was made just for you. Directed by Robert Schwartzman and co-written by Rutherford, Kirk C. Johnson, and Will Elliott, the film centers on Rutherford and Lapkus as an engaged couple "whose ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Canada Delivers Dark Poutine

The true-crime podcast universe is ever expanding. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week, our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Kiernan Shipka Leads a Very Charming Cast of Teens for Netflix's John Green Adaption Let It Snow

John Green adaptations were kind of like Netflix movies before Netflix movies existed, so it makes sense that one of his works is finally being adapted by the streamer. The studio announced today that Let It Snow, a YA novel Green wrote with Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson, is being ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Greta Van Fleet on Nostalgia, Criticism, Playing SNL, and All Those Grammys They're Nominated For

Last March, a journalist asked Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant to name a group that he currently enjoyed. "There's a band in Detroit called Greta Van Fleet," responded the rock icon, (they're actually native to Frankenmuth, Michigan). "They are Led Zeppelin I." It's a co-sign that shouldn't come as ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

The Riverdale Teens Will Take Time Away From Their Cults and Gangs to Do Heathers: The Musical

After the success (well, minus that murder) of last year's production of Carrie: The Musical, the clearly very theater-nerdy teens of Riverdale High have chosen their next big production. According to EW, this year the Riverdale teens will be performing Heathers: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the Winona Ryder ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

8 Shows About Horny British Youths You Can Stream Right Now

It doesn't matter if you grew up around the cornfields of Indiana or the industrial wastelands of Manchester: Teenage years usually suck from every angle. You're horny most of the time and awkward all of the time, but if you could time-machine back to school with the knowledge you have ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

R. Kelly ‘Wanted to Fight' Dave Chappelle Over ‘Piss on You' Sketch

The 2003 Chappelle's Show sketch about R. Kelly, "Piss on You," recently received a mention in Lifetime's new docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. Chappelle's Show co-creators Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan have both since spoken about the sketch, and the response it received from R. Kelly himself at the time.At the ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Dana Schutz Takes Back Her Painterly Name

In her new work, artist Dana Schutz takes back her painterly name. Her current canvasses are hyperassertive, full of operatic grandeur, self-mocking turbulence, acidified flooded color, disfigured hideousness, and the psychopathology of her figures — all clawing in some Malthusian struggle for existence. Like this work or not, Schutz is ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

How 45 Live Comedy Shows Got Their Names

Comedy shows come in all shapes and sizes, from the simplest of stand-up showcases to the most elaborate of interactive spectacles. Independent shows are often started by comics looking to increase their stage time and become more connected to their local scene. But a successful show takes a lot of ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

An Acceptable Loss Is Just So-so, But Jamie Lee Curtis Is Fascinating

In a December essay in the Washington Post, the journalist James Mann makes a provocative case that Adam McKay's Dick Cheney anti-hagiography Vice misses the point of the ex-vice-president's legacy: It wasn't, writes Mann, a "soulless quest for power" (as portrayed by McKay and the actor Christian Bale) but "the ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

A Monopoly Movie Starring Kevin Hart Is Advancing Toward Go

Kevin Hart may no longer be this year's Oscars host, but he has a new gig lined up instead: starring in a movie based on a board game. According to Deadline, Hart has signed on to star in an upcoming live-action Monopoly movie from Lionsgate and Hasbro, which Ride Along's ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Why Star Trek: Discovery's New Showrunner Made Big Changes in Season Two

To paraphrase the theme song of Star Trek: Enterprise, it's been a long road getting from Discovery season one to Discovery season two.The latest installment of the Trek franchise, which returns for its second season on CBS All Access today, has had quite a bumpy journey to the airwaves. After ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

The John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum Trailer Has Keanu Throwing Guns and Killing on Horseback

The trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum features three dogs in a horse. If we got to John Wick 6, would Keanu just be commanding a whole army of adorable animals? Never say never! For now, though, it's still John and his guns (and Halle Berry) against the ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Documentary Now! Season 3 Trailer: John Mulaney Does Company, Cate Blanchett Does Performance Art

With Bill Hader on Barry, Documentary Now! is changing its format a bit this season, and bringing on many, many great guest stars. IFC has released the trailer for the documentary parody's third season (or as host Helen Mirren calls it, its 52nd) premiering on February 20, offering glimpses at ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

R. Kelly's Chicago Studio to Be Inspected by the City; Meanwhile, His Lawyer Dodges Questions

R. Kelly's Chicago-warehouse recording studio, which was depicted in the bombshell Lifetime doc as a hub for his alleged "sex cult," will undergo an inspection by the city. On Friday, a judge granted the city an emergency motion to enter the studio following an anonymous 311 complaint that people had ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Rachel Bloom Joins Off Book

The comedy podcast universe is ever-expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each one has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week, ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Louis C.K. Jokes About Masturbation and ‘Retarded' Kids at San Jose Show

Since August, Louis C.K.'s return to stand-up has been mostly limited to venues in New York like the Comedy Cellar and Governor's in Long Island. Now he has officially delivered his first West Coast performance thanks to the Improv in San Jose, which booked C.K. for three sold-out shows this ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal Confronts Stephen Colbert for Playing Favorites With Maggie

When Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on The Late Show Wednesday night, he had some business to settle. Stephen Colbert, he claimed, has been two-timing him. "I was trolling around the internet, and I saw some stuff I probably shouldn't have seen," Gyllenhaal began. "Jim, can you show Stephen?" Roll clip! In ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

High Flying Bird Trailer: Steven Soderbergh and André Holland Are Fixing Basketball

Think Jerry Maguire, but without the late-night diatribe on the evils of the industry, and probably without the "You had me at hello" line, tears and all: Steven Soderbergh's Netflix movie High Flying Bird is about a sports agent that's more driven than conflicted.The NBA is in the middle of ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

‘We Are Living in Evil': Discussing Friday Black's Horrific Truths

Friday Black, a collection of violent, absurdist, frequently dystopian, and always deeply moral stories by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, came out more than two months ago, but the shock of it will take much longer to wear off. There's the gore, of course — from the opening story, "The Finkelstein 5," ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Mariah Carey Wages War Against Her Former Alleged Grifter Assistant

Time is a construct, but scamming is forever, baby. Mariah Carey is at bitter odds with a former assistant she's now convinced might just be another grifter in the long line of con artists come before her. Carey is suing Lianna Azarian, a woman she says worked as her executive ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Joel Kim Booster Owns His Stupidity in Very Funny New Stand-up Set

Very funny comedian and co-host of Vulture's own Drag Race podcast Joel Kim Booster appeared on last night's Late Late Show for a five-minute stand-up set, and as is usually the case with Booster's late-night performances, it was a pure delight. Booster covers being single; owning his stupidity; driving in ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Is Hard to Watch, But It Was Almost Impossible to Make

It's not easy to watch Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The interactive episode of Netflix's sci-fi anthology series forces you to make all sorts of terrible decisions in what amounts to psychological torture for its main character, an aspiring computer programmer named Stefan. The more Stefan suffers, the longer you keep playing: ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

Who Are the Thirsty Celebs on The Masked Singer? An Investigation

If you've turned on your TV this winter, there's a high probability that you've heard of The Masked Singer. A Fox remake of the popular South Korean show, King of Mask Singer, it's like if The Voice went on a dystopian party cruise with Yo Gabba Gabba and an episode ... More »

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Jan 17, 2019

The Revolution Will Begin at Newark Airport

We're very close to hitting a full month of the government being shut down, and nowhere is the pain felt more than in the homes of all those going without pay. And, of course, on late night shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where, as Stephen himself pointed ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

How Schitt's Creek Pulled Off The Making of The Crows Have Eyes III

If Schitt's Creek fans thought Catherine O'Hara was deserving of more awards attention before, the season five premiere should settle it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The episode finds O'Hara's Moira Rose traveling to Bosnia to film her "comeback vehicle," The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening. Initially, the ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Schitt's Creek Recap: 50 Shades of Johnny Rose

If it wasn't clear already, over the course of season five's first two episodes, one fact has been made irrefutable: We do not deserve Catherine O'Hara. She is a pure delight and we are but garbage humans in comparison. Honestly, has anyone in the history of the world had as ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Schitt's Creek Season Premiere Recap: Winging It

Only 16 days into 2019 and here we are, already peaking. For how can anything ever top watching TV's Moira Rose, as doctor-turned-mutant crow Clara Beatrice Mandrake, screeching about redemption from a giant nest as she films her comeback vehicle, The Crows Have Eyes 3? Pack it up 2019, this ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Deadly Class Premiere Recap: First Day of School

Marcus Lopez Arguello has problems. Both of his parents were killed in a horrific freak accident. He was sent to an abusive boys' home, finally escaping after a fire that led to a number of fatalities. Now, the year is 1987; he's living on the street, dodging cops, and surviving ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Put Those Matches Away: Marie Kondo Says It's Okay to Not Burn All Your Books

Since debuting her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the titular organizational guru has found her mission to spark joy at the center of what one might call a literary controversy. After it was reported that Kondo herself thinks keeping only 30 books is the ideal number, Twitterers have ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: No-Touch Zone

Early this morning, sometime between my first sip of coffee and walking my dog, I realized I was humming. And then I realized what I was humming: "I Can't Wait to Grow Up," by global international worldwide New Jersey recording superstar Milania Giudice. This is how the world ends, not ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Minnie Driver Still Isn't Over FX Cancelling The Riches

If you've spent the last decade consumed with frustration over the abrupt cancellation of FX's The Riches, the show's star Minnie Driver agrees with you. Take that, exhausted friends and family! Driver responded to a question on Twitter that asked what TV show you would resurrect by lamenting the demise ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Riverdale Mid-Season Premiere Recap: Cabin in the Woods

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Archie's fugitivedom seems to be going well. We find our outlaw enjoying nothing short of an Instagram influencer (or Hatchet enthusiast)-worthy lifestyle in a lakeside cabin with amazing light somewhere in the Canadian wilderness. He wears flannel and Patagonia. Vegas pants happily by ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Cardi B Has Some Very Pointed Opinions About the Government Shutdown

Cardi B has a lot going on. She just released a new music video, her album continues to produce chart-topping songs, she's the mother of a young daughter, she's got a very successful clothing line, and so on. But she's never too busy to ignore the world around her, so ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Glenn Close's Dog, Pip Close, Has His Own Instagram

Glenn Close is many things: a legend of the silver screen, an acclaimed stage actress, owner of one of humanity's most revered jawlines. But she's also a devoted pet owner, and it turns out she's been maintaining an Instagram account for her dog, Pip Close, for years now. The profile ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Mariah Carey Does The 10 Year Challenge While Refusing To Acknowledge Time

I don't get this 10 year challenge, time is not something I acknowledge. ��??? *Picture taken at some point prior to today Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 16, 2019 ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Anne Hathaway Ascends to Grand High Witch for the Witches Remake

In last year's Ocean's 8, Anne Hathaway made a whole meal out of simply touching her neck while looking in a mirror. Now she's going to play an evil, ultrapowerful witch with a whole fake face she can take off. Variety reports that Hathaway has been cast as the iconic ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

January Jones, TV's Best Resentful Mom, to Play Figure-Skating Mom in Netflix's Spinning Out

Spiritually, every character January Jones has ever played has been a former figure skater who is taking out her resentment on her children. Now she is actually playing one. The former Betty Francis née Hofstadt formerly Draper has joined the cast of Netflix's figure-skating drama Spinning Out to play Carol, "a ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Frankie Shaw Responds to Allegations of Misconduct on SMILF Set

In an interview promoting the second season of Showtime's SMILF on The Today Show, the show's creator, Frankie Shaw, responded to the allegations that she had behaved inappropriately on set. "I'm really glad you asked me," Shaw said, when Hoda Kotb brought up the reports, and specifically mentioned that actress ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Chris Evans, Robert Pattinson, and More Perfect Jawlines Join Netflix's New Movie

The devil is in the details, and the devil is also in the number of sharp jawlines and high cheekbones in the cast of Netflix's new movie The Devil All The Time. Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Mia Wasikowska, and Eliza Scanlen will star in the project, ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Star Trek: Discovery Season Two Is More Typical and Less Interesting

The season-two premiere of Star Trek: Discovery puts me in the unexpected position of rooting against changes that the streaming network CBS All Access made because it thought it knew what the audience really wanted. Co-created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman (and worked over by half of Hollywood, if ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Disney Orders Live-Action The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Bell Tolls Ominously]

The world is cruel, the world is wicked, it's remakes alone Disney can trust in this industry. They are its only friend. After meticulously re-creating Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and soon Mulan with a combination of live-action and CGI technology, Disney has set its sights on ... More »

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Jan 16, 2019

Detective Rachel Brosnahan Reports for Duty in This Week's SNL Promo

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan heads to Saturday Night Live this weekend to make her hosting debut, and the show dropped the first promo today. True to the retro world of Brosnahan's TV character, the promo is in black-and-white, and she transforms into a detective tasked with investigating ... More »

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