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Feb 09, 2019

One Day at a Time Recap: Weeding Out the Problem

As someone who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, I had to suffer through every permutation of the "Very Special Episode" trope, from Punky Brewster chanting "Just Say No" to Jessie Spano caterwauling "I'm So Excited." So after watching "Nip It in the Bud," I just hope that young ... More »

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Feb 09, 2019

Dolly Parton Says Watching Her Tribute Concert Was ‘Like Watching Porn'

Dolly Parton isn't shy about dirty jokes. Just ask Jimmy Fallon. But our gal is who she is, from 9 to 5 and every hour in between. Take Friday night for example. Ahead of the Grammy Awards on Sunday, the 73-year-old country superstar was honored as the MusiCares Person of ... More »

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Feb 09, 2019

The Wicked Movie Is (Probably) Hitting Theaters in 2021

On Friday, Universal's feature adaptation of the Broadway blockbuster Wicked got a new release date: December 22, 2021. Back in 2016, we learned the movie-musical was hitting theaters this December, but according to Deadline, Tom Hooper's Cats movie took over that date and Wicked changed its production schedule. The film adaptation of ... More »

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Feb 09, 2019

PEN15 Recap: Let's Just Not Care

This outing of PEN15 centers on one of the toughest lessons of young adulthood: You rarely get the approval you want, and you rarely want the approval you get. To make matters worse, you're not experienced enough at that age to adequately pretend that need doesn't exist. The show manages to ... More »

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Feb 09, 2019

One Day at a Time Recap: Oh, Brother

"The problem in the world today is we love our boys and we raise our girls. We raise them to be strong and sometimes we take care not to hurt men. And I think we pay for that a little bit." —Michelle ObamaThis quote, from a talk the former First ... More »

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Feb 09, 2019

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Recap: On the Nose

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has had a few strong outings here and there in its final season, but with this episode marking the two-thirds point, I have to confess that I'm just not enjoying the show as much as I used to, especially the non-musical parts. "I Have to Get Out" really ... More »

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Feb 09, 2019

Kanye Sued Over Sample of Little Girl's Viral Prayer on The Life of Pablo's ‘Ultralight Beam'

This seems like a wrong that could really easily be made right, according to the parents of viral video star Natalie Green. TMZ reported Friday that Andrew and Shirley Green are suing Kanye West for using audio of their daughter on this The Life of Pablo track "Ultralight Beam," which ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

In Bad Surprise News, Les Moonves Has Quietly Started a New Company Called Moon Rise Unlimited

After being fired from his position atop CBS last December, following myriad accusations of sexual misconduct that span decades, Les Moonves is getting back to work. According to the New York Times, the disgraced executive hung a new shingle in Los Angeles called Moon Rise Unlimited. It was registered on ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Actors Who Help Develop Hit Broadway Shows Will Share In Profits, Says New Union Agreement

After a strike lasting 33 days, Actors' Equity has made a deal with producers trade association the Broadway League to give a fraction of successful Broadway shows' profits to its performers and stage managers. The move is intended to acknowledge the vital role founding cast members play in the development ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Recap: Life's Not Fair

So, Manila's out of here and the girls are gagged. Gagged, and kind of living. Gagged, kind of living, and altogether keeping the atmosphere light. While Trinity is a little nonplussed, to say the least, even she is able to smile and crack jokes with the rest of the girls ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

HBO's Confederate Delay Allegedly Not Due to Controversy, But Rather Extreme Busyness

While it might seem like the controversy around HBO's upcoming alternate history drama Confederate would be the natural explanation for why the show hasn't seen much movement in the past two years, HBO chief Casey Bloys told TVLine on Friday that it's actually a scheduling issue related to the series's ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Big Little Lies Has ‘No Plan' For a Third Season, Says Nicole Kidman

When the second season of Big Little Lies premieres on HBO in June, it'll kick off right where the first season left off: with "The Monterey Five," as the ladies are now known, keeping their deadly secret while contending with Celeste's mother-in-law Mary Louise, played by Meryl Streep.At a TV ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Chad Michael Murray Would Like to Invite You to His Cult… He Means, His Farm on Riverdale

Chad Michael Murray is at the door, and he has a lot of really interesting ideas he'd like to share with you. According to Variety, the Star… star will be joining Archie and the gang in season three as the heretofore unseen Edgar Evernever, leader of the show's cult-like collective ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

You're Damn Right An Aquaman Spin-off About The Trench Creatures Is Being Developed

It's morning again in America, because Aquaman fans are getting the spin-off they deserve. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is working on a movie all about the Trench, the place where more civilized aqua-people are sent to be sacrificed in the briny deep (not to be confused with ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Casey Affleck's New Movie Set In ‘A Society Without Women', So Do With That What You Will

Casey Affleck's next film is set to premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. It's called Light of My Life, and it centers on a father and daughter holing up together while the end of the world unfolds. With the exception of the daughter, Light also takes place in a ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Somehow, Moms Still Think That Wild-Eyed Ginger Doll Is Cute In New Child's Play Trailer

Two things are surprising about the trailer for the Child's Play revival. First of all, how is anyone looking at that damn Chucky doll in the year 2019 and thinking "I should definitely bring this cursed object into my home"? And second, Aubrey Plaza has apparently entered the phase of ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Sean Penn Wants to Give Bradley Cooper an Oscar with ‘Balls'

While Bradley Cooper is off feeling like a failure for not getting a Best Director nomination out of A Star Is Born, Sean Penn, we now know, is outraged on his behalf. In a new "editorial" posted by Deadline, Penn lights into all those who would diminish the merits of ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

PEN15 Recap: She Bop

On the rare occasions when female masturbation is presented in the media at all, it's usually shown the same way every time. You can picture it without me even describing it: a soft-focus shot of an outstretched neck, everything below it covered by a comforter. Above it, a contorted face ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

MacGruber May Return in the Form of a TV Series

Since MacGruber entered our hearts in 2010 and became an instant cult classic, it's been a long waiting game for updates about a possible sequel. Back in 2016, Jorma Taccone and Will Forte confirmed that they had begun writing the script for the film, but since then things have been ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

HBO's The Case Against Adnan Syed to Premiere in March

Was Adnan Syed wrongfully imprisoned? The question at the heart of the 1999 Baltimore murder case that Serial made famous — both triggering a true-crime podcast boom and helping earn the convicted killer a new trial in the process — is set to be placed under a public microscope yet ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Halsey Is Really Popular, But It's Surprising That She's Pulling Double Duty on Saturday Night Live

Over the course of its 40 seasons, Saturday Night Live has seen 37 musicians handle hosting and musical-guest duties, whether it be in separate episodes or both in one night. This Saturday, Halsey becomes the 38th, taking on both duties for the night and joining the widely varied musician-as-host ranks ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

One Day at a Time Recap: Heels Over Head

After the one-two punch of "The Funeral" and "Outside," One Day at a Time's third episode of the new season settles down to do some housekeeping. Namely, catch viewers up on two of the biggest unresolved threads from the second-season finale, "Not Yet": The state of Lydia's health and Penelope's ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Meet the Wigs of Big Little Lies Season Two

Good news to everyone who was struggling to get through the winter without the help of the televisual Chardonnay that is Big Little Lies. HBO announced today that season two of the Monterey-set drama will return in June, and thanks to some new photos from the series, we can also ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Lizzo's Flute, Sasha Flute, Is the Most Legendary Flute of All Time

A flute had never achieved any semblance of celebrity until last Wednesday, when a flute named Sasha Flute launched her very own Instagram page and promptly racked up 40,000 followers. During an AMA, she revealed the secret to her success: "My body is dipped in silver I came out the ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Danai Gurira Is Leaving The Walking Dead and Probably Taking Team Michonne With Her

The writing has been on the wall for a while now, but The Hollywood Reporter is making it official: According to sources, Danai Gurira will depart The Walking Dead in season ten. Neither AMC nor reps for the actress provided comment, but based on THR's report, "Gurira will return in ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

McNally Jackson Is Staying Put — and Massively Expanding

In October, bookshop owner Sarah McNally announced that she was leaving her longtime location on Prince Street. In the last four months, everything has changed. Not only is McNally Jackson's flagship staying put, but the little company is opening two more stores as soon as this fall — including one ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt For Attending Anti-LGBTQ Church

Last night on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Chris Pratt opened up about his spiritual side — but Ellen Page wasn't having it. Last week, Page went on Colbert and vehemently denounced Mike Pence's conservative stance on gay marriage. This week, Page continued her streak of no-bullshit, this time ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Thank U, Next Is a Phoenix Moment for Ariana Grande

There is a magic number of times people can see your name before they start to resent it a little. It's nobody's fault. Round-the-clock access to everyone's thoughts and feelings means there's always someone somewhere growing sick of your shit. It can be healthy — sometimes we need a kick ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Aziz Ansari's Comeback Show Was a Lot to Process

"I think the country is divided into three groups," declared Aziz Ansari on Thursday night. It was one of the first tour stops on his "Road to Nowhere" stand-up tour — his official return to the public eye after the contentious sexual-misconduct allegation and ensuing media backlash that put his ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

One Day at a Time Is Still Old School in Its Third Season

In its first two seasons, Netflix's One Day at a Time announced itself as a traditional, multi-camera sitcom. It was filmed in front of a live audience, whose laughter put punctuation marks at the end of every quip. Each time the legendary Rita Moreno (who plays Lydia, the abuela of ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Katherine Heigl's Idea for a 27 Dresses Sequel Involves an Equivalent Number of Babies

Let the Heigl Cinematic Universe expand: At Entertainment Weekly's 27 Dresses cast reunion, Katherine Heigl revealed that she'd swap her Suits suits for — you guessed it — even more dresses. And not only would she be interested in a sequel, but she has an idea that she's been pitching ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

The Book Publishing Scandals of Early February: Holy Hell

If you woke up Monday morning and daintily keyed-in your favorite book sites in search of some smart and quippy reviews or essays, holy hell, were you in for a ride. Sure, last week there was a hullabaloo over a delayed or canceled YA novel, and Jay Asher, the Thirteen ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Rita Moreno Will Be Watching the West Side Story Movie Rehearsals, So Don't Mess Up

Rita Moreno won the O in her EGOT from playing Anita in the film version of West Side Story, and she's not about to let anybody mess up the movie's legacy with the remake. Moreno has a small part and is an executive producer in Spielberg's new version of the ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

In Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson Seems Done With the Dadsploitation Genre

So, is Liam Neeson done with the dadsploitation genre, with the Takens and Commuters of the world? All signs point to yes. He had already seemed tired of these types of movies, and now, thanks to some troubling comments about an earlier incident in his life — in which he ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Jamie Dornan, Jemima and Lola Kirke Can't Save Untogether

Any movie that starts off with Jamie Dornan shirtless in bed asking Jemima Kirke if he can finish on her face is, it's safe to say, seeking to provoke. But that's about as racy or intimate as Untogether gets, opting instead to deliver a hodgepodge of relationship movie clichés occasionally ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

What Men Want Is a Tonally and Logically Confused Gender Swap

What Men Want should be a horror movie. The premise of a woman — particularly a woman working in the macho world of a sports agency, as What Men Want's heroine does — given the gift to see inside the minds of men should, on paper at least, be a ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Here Are the High-Stakes Battles of the 2019 Grammys

There are 84 Grammy categories. Eighty-four! That's a lotta golden gramophones — and even though the majority of the awards are handed out before the official telecast of Music's Biggest Night, they still mean something to the people who win them. Most categories are, as ever, dotted with industry curiosities ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

19 Things The Matrix Predicted About Life in 2019

In an era when the president's lawyer can go on TV and splutter, "Truth isn't truth!" as if it's something everyone should know, The Matrix is omnipresent. It's not that the film was prescient. It didn't anticipate our world. But it anticipated — and probably created — a new way ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Kevin Spacey Demands Sex-Abuse Case Dismissal Due to Accuser's Anonymity

Kevin Spacey was recently charged in a Massachusetts court for indecent assault and battery, to which he pleaded not guilty, but he's also trying to fight a separate case from an incident in California. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spacey's lawyers filed a court brief Thursday attempting to dismiss a ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

PEN15 Recap: Smoking in the Girls' Room

One of the biggest flaws in media about teenage girls (and let's be real, about women in general) is that it assumes they're all one of two ways: young-acting or old-acting, prudish or slutty, mild or wild. What makes PEN15 so refreshing is that Maya and Anna are both, and ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

One Day at a Time Recap: Pay Attention, Boys

One of the many reasons I was looking forward to the return of One Day at a Time was to see how it would approach the subject of sexual harassment in 2019. It's a topical show by nature, featuring multiple outspoken feminist characters, so I (correctly) assumed season three would ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

How the Lonely Island Changed the Internet, Comedy, and Especially Internet Comedy

This article originally ran in 2016; we've republished it in honor of the tenth anniversary of The Lonely Island's Incredibad.Over their 15-year career, the comedy trio the Lonely Island has won an Emmy and a Peabody, earned three Grammy nominations, and released two top-ten albums and two platinum singles, and ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Conan O'Brien's New Show Gives Him the Freedom to Be Fun Again

"It's nicer without the desk," Conan O'Brien told Jeff Goldblum Monday night. "I used to really feel like I was doing people's taxes for them." When Goldblum countered that the desk was a late-night tradition, O'Brien interrupted him to say, "But I did that for 25 years."That's what's so great ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

British Actor Albert Finney Dead at 82

Iconic British actor Albert Finney has died at 82. He had been suffering from kidney cancer, and died of a chest infection at the Royal Marsden hospital, according to The Guardian. Finney was nominated for five Oscars over the course of his career, for Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

How Much Do the BAFTAs Love British Actors? A Vulture Investigation

Around early February, a certain phrase starts popping up in awards discussions: "They're British, so they'll win the BAFTA." After the various critics' circle, Golden Globe, and guild awards have all handed out their picks, the British Academy Film Awards are the last major stop on the Oscars race, and ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

How to Watch This Year's Grammy Awards

The annual Grammy Awards have once again descended upon us. This year, the Alicia Keys-hosted ceremony will move from New York City's Madison Square Garden back to its preferred Los Angeles stomping grounds at the Staples Center, with a pretty great list of nominees and performers slated to show up. ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Michael Connelly, the New York Times, and More

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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Feb 08, 2019

31 Going on 13

Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine have been in the Claire's accessories store at the Galleria mall in Glendale, California, for approximately five minutes, and they already sound like teenagers."Are you going to get your ears pierced?" Konkle, 31, asks Erskine, also 31."You should get your ears pierced.""Maybe I will."Of course, ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

The Prodigy Is a Cruelly Well-Made Bad-Seed Horror Movie

Nicholas McCarthy, the director of the new bad-seed movie, The Prodigy, works in a low key that still somehow scrapes your nerves, so when the nasty stuff arrives, you realize (too late!) that you've been softened up for the kill. The film is cruelly well-made.Not that there's much heft to ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

The Big Bang Theory Recap: Baby Steps

This is a relief: Leonard has decided not to go through with being the biological daddy of his wife's ex-husband's baby. I mean, right … doesn't that all sound a little too soap opera-y to be a thing you'd want to be true about The Big Bang Theory in its final ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

15 Irrefutable Reasons Why We Might Be Living in a Simulation

Are we, like Neo, living in a Matrix-like computer simulation of reality created by more advanced, possibly post-human beings? Almost certainly, at least according to the following evidence — ranging from the plausible, to the semi-plausible, to the maybe-not-so-plausible — under discussion at the endlessly delightful Are We Living in ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

On the Set of One Day at a Time, Gloria Estefan Is Everyone's Hero

For two seasons, we've heard Gloria Estefan's deep, raspy tone on One Day at a Time's salsa theme song, a blessing of the highest Cuban-American order for Norman Lear's reboot of his '70s hit show. But on this summer day in Los Angeles, it's not Estefan belting "This is it!" ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

How to Get Away With Murder Recap: The Informant

Are you ready for the All Scheming All Plotting Annelise Keating Variety Hour? Because we've got a wild episode where Gabriel is charged with DOMESTIC TERRORISM, and that's just a blip on the radar. Think about that: In the earlier seasons of this show, anyone being charged with domestic terrorism ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

How The Matrix's Red Pill Became the Internet's Delusional Drug of Choice

It's hard to say what, exactly, would happen, if you transported the second-century Christian Gnostic sect leader Valentinus to the 21st century. He would likely be confused by contemporary Christianity, and frightened of cars. You'd have to teach him English, and explain to him modern inventions like computers, and The ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Russian Doll Has No Easy Answers

Nadia Vulvokov has come unstuck in time.The heroine of Netflix's Russian Doll — played by Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne — seems to be trapped in a vicious time loop that keeps killing her mere hours after her 36th birthday. Death by fall, by car accident, by hypothermia, ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Grey's Anatomy Recap: A Wedding Under the Stars

Holy hell, a lot goes on in Seattle between Christmas and Valentine's Day. How do people survive all the couples reuniting and the making out on rooftops and the secret identities being revealed and the treehouses being built and the patients breaking your heart into one thousand tiny pieces because ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

An Oscar Win for "Shallow" or "All the Stars" Would Be Significant. Here's Why.

Assuming things go the way most Oscar observers are expecting, "Shallow," the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper off-the-deep-end duet from A Star is Born, will win this year's Academy Award for Best Original song. If and when that happens, it will mark only the fourth time in this young century that a ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

PEN15 Series-Premiere Recap: Ugliest Girl in School

If you did time in middle school in an era that wasn't the late '90s or early 2000s, I have no idea how PEN15 will come off to you. All I can say is that as someone who's almost the exact same age as creator-stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

The Beatific Imperfection of Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, 20 Years Later

Throughout the 1990s Keanu Reeves created a form of action stardom that no other actor has quite achieved before or since — one predicated less on testing the limits of his body than on highlighting its beauty. And 1999's The Matrix marked the entrancing culmination of all he had been ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

One Day at a Time Season Premiere Recap: Familia Para Siempre

Thank you, Netflix, for heeding the arguments of One Day at a Time fans and bringing it back for a necessary third season. I say "necessary" not because season two ended on a cliffhanger (it didn't, but, boy, it was touch and go there for a while), but because we ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Michelle Williams Finally Came on Busy Tonight And Spilled the Dirt

Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams are best friends. Everyone knows this. The two met on Dawson's Creek, and have seen each other through babies, deaths, Oscars, and Venom. Philipps is frequently Williams' date to awards ceremonies, fancy schmancy premieres, and whatnot. As a result, the two have hobbed with some ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Conan O'Brien and Nick Kroll Teach the Children About S-E-X

Who better to educate the youth of America on all matters sexual than two comedians? Since Big Mouth is all about adolescent horniness/mistakes/horny mistakes, Conan brought Nick Kroll to a high school sex ed class in Burbank. They showed kids how to put on a condom, Conan made a dubious ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Ariana Grande Drops Second Album in Six Months

What a busy gal! At last, our long national nightmare is over: Ariana Grande doesn't have to tease the release of her new album anymore because it's here, honey! Grande dropped thank u, next with its quirky punctuation and pink trap house aesthetic at midnight, as is her wont. Friday ... More »

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Feb 08, 2019

Watch Matt Smith Brood and Strut in the New Mapplethorpe Trailer

Everyone who's been wondering if Matt Smith can pull off a Queens accent, wonder no more! Mapplethorpe premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is finally entering theaters select. The film follows controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe from birth to death. Mapplethorpe entered the New York City demimonde with ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

The Other Two Recap: The Dreams Begin to Chafe

At its core, this week's episode is about one thing, and that's dry hand jobs — mostly metaphorical, but occasionally literal. Paramour plotlines for each of the Dreams siblings bring Brooke and Cary ever closer to their eventual goals, but with a side of soul-crushing desperation; like the act that ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

As Far As We Know, Justin Theroux Doesn't Actually Have a Motorcycle Toilet

In Thursday's episode of The Other Two, young viral-music-video sensation ChaseDreams (Case Walker), mom Pat (Molly Shannon), and big sister-slash-assistant Brooke (Heléne Yorke) officially move into one of New York City's hippest bachelor pads: Justin Theroux's apartment.Chase's manager Streeter (Ken Marino) claims to represent the out-of-town actor "for music," which ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Lorne Michaels Is Developing a Movie About the Guy That Shot Osama Bin Laden

Universal Pictures and Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video has bought the feature rights to The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior. According to Deadline, the film will be written by Billions' Michael Russell Gunn and based on the memoir of ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Is Wendy's a Fake Geek Girl?

Corporate brand Twitters are becoming more informal and humanlike every day, in new and terrifying ways. Who can forget when Sunny D's corporate account made a parasuicidal threat, and Moon Pie's corporate account replied to check up on them? Well, now Wendy's is finding out that being a real woman ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Star Trek: Discovery Recap: Witness Me, Bloodbags!

It happened. Time will tell, of course, but I'm pretty certain that this week's episode has finally shown us Discovery's DNA, what this show is going to be, both in the pantheon of Treks and as its own series. That the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031 is a science vessel has been ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Get Ready for the Nic Cage-iest Movie to Ever Star Nicolas Cage

When Nicolas Cage says a film is "the wildest movie I've ever made," it's time to time to buckle the fuck up. Cage is set to start shooting Prisoners of the Ghostland this spring, a film being touted as an "East meets West vortex of beauty and violence." The Hollywood ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Kate Winslet Can Hold Her Breath for Seven and a Half Minutes, Says James Cameron

Somewhere, Leonardo DiCaprio may be feeling slightly vindicated.Two decades after his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet allowed his character to sink to a watery grave, the actress recently endured a series of lung-challenging dunkings herself, at the hands of their former director James Cameron, while filming two forthcoming sequels to Cameron's ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Ariana Grande Says Grammys Producer Is ‘Lying' About Her Cancelled Performance

You would think that the Grammys would know better than to get on the wrong side of someone who wrote a whole album about how she'll be fine without you. The Associated Press published an interview today with Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich in which he claimed that talks with Grande ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Panda Bear Wants You to Pay Attention

When Panda Bear's record label sent out promos for Buoys, his sixth solo album, they politely asked that it be played "on the highest-quality audio system you have at your disposal," rather than the computer speakers or those dangly earbuds that now serve as conduits to our music-listening habits, lest ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

All Your Questions About 21 Savage's Arrest, Answered

When Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage (real name She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was arrested on Sunday morning in Atlanta, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) alleged that the 26-year-old had been living in the country illegally for most of his teenage and adult life. The arrest, which quickly drew ire from many ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Woody Allen Suing Amazon for $68 Million for Contract Breach

Woody Allen wants to take Amazon to court. The company shelved the director's last movie, A Rainy Day in New York, and ended a film production deal with Allen when accusations of sexual assault by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, entered the news cycle again. Today, Allen filed a breach of ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

To Dust Makes Good, Cringeworthy Comedy About a Decomposing Corpse

The mournful comedy To Dust has a sicko premise, but scrupulously sicko. Unable to live with his grief following the death of his wife from cancer, a Hasidic cantor, Shmuel (Géza Röhrig), fixates on what's happening to her body — literally. He wants to know how she's "dismantling in the ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Best-Selling Scammer Dan Mallory to Continue Scamming

Fake cancer, fake death, and a fake résumé can't stop best-selling writer Dan Mallory (fake name, A.J. Finn) from living to see another book published. As the saying goes, scammers gonna scam.Today, the author's U.K. publisher confirmed to The Guardian that their plans have not changed in light of the ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

39 Easter Eggs and Cool Details to Look for on Your Russian Doll Rewatch

In episode six of Russian Doll, Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) tells Alan (Charlie Barnett) that the first video game she developed is based on Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon, but with Nadia's hairdo. "They call that an Easter egg," Nadia says.If you're into Easter eggs, you'll find that Russian Doll lives ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

The Matrix Was the One Time the Wachowskis' Ambition Intersected With the Mainstream

It's rare to see unqualified declarations of being done with show business, but the news from Lana and Lilly Wachowski's realtor in October that they were selling their production office and had no more projects in development was as close as you get. "The Wachowskis Are Closing Chicago Production Office ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Patti Harrison Is Making It Worse

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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Feb 07, 2019

Abducted in Plain Sight Director Explains Why the Brobergs Were in ‘Absolute Denial'

If you haven't heard about it yet, Abducted in Plain Sight is a documentary that started streaming on Netflix last month and is impossible to watch without unleashing primal screams. It tells the story of Jan Broberg, a girl who was kidnapped not once, but twice, in the 1970s by ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

Ken Jeong Would Like to Be Your Valentine Next Week

If you haven't made any Valentine's Day plans this year, consider spending some time with comedian and The Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong. Last month, Netflix announced that Jeong's new comedy special, You Complete Me, Ho, will make its way to the streaming network on Valentine's Day next Thursday. Taped ... More »

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Feb 07, 2019

How ‘Shallow' Could Make History at the Grammys

How many more chances will Bradley Cooper have to pee himself on the Grammys stage? More than you think! If you've yet to see A Star Is Born, somehow muted the internet the last few months, and are now thinking, Bradley Cooper? Pee?? Grammys????? Oh my!, let's recap: The turning ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

How Broad City Encouraged Women to Be Their Grossest, Truest Selves

Can you picture Rachel Green wearing blood-stained jeans on Friends so she can sneak weed through airport security in her vagina? What about Carrie Bradshaw devising a plot to sneak literal shit out of a toilet because her friend's crush is there and the water's stopped running?Of course you can't. ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

KK Apple's I'm Peach Is an Excellent, Glorious Long Con

I did a quick Google search for "Princess Peach" before diving in to write this week's column. Not because I'm unfamiliar with the Mushroom Kingdom scion, her embattled relationship with Bowser, or her high-profile romance with everyone's favorite video-game plumber. No, no. I Googled because after watching KK Apple's I'm ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Grammar Guru Benjamin Dreyer Talks Twitter Style, Denounces ‘Onboarding'

Random House copy chief and managing editor Benjamin Dreyer is a fixture in the publishing industry and on Twitter for his authoritative yet approachable take on style and grammar. Now he is a Random House author himself, an officially sanctioned language guru in the genre (but not the prescriptive mold) ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Everything Wrong With Trump's America Was in Steven Seagal's Only Novel

It's strange to talk about Steven Seagal in 2019. In 1988, when he broke into Hollywood swordfighting bad guys in driveways? Sure. In 1991, when he was arguably the worst host in the history of Saturday Night Live? Okay. In 2006, when he released the appalling blues guitar album Mojo ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

John Oliver Really Just Wants Last Week Tonight to Be The Muppet Show

Since its debut in 2014, HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has routinely pushed the boundaries of what a topical comedy show can be. Its deep-dive segments, which now often nudge the show beyond its designated half-hour slot, are famous for tackling the obscure, convoluted, and underreported. Like its ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Reckoning With The Matrix's Gun Problem

It's always specious to seek the cause of real-life murder in a killer's pop-culture fascinations. At the same time, it's disingenuous to insist that the rise of mass shootings in America has nothing to do with the prevalence of badass kill squads on our screens. First-person shooter games and gun-fetishizing ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Your Guide to H.E.R., the 2019 Grammys' Biggest Surprise Nominee

Though the Grammys are not typically known for making exciting, forward-thinking choices in nominations, one name stood among the bunch this year as a step in the right direction: H.E.R. A relative unknown to anyone who doesn't spend hours lost down SoundCloud rabbit holes, the intentionally elusive R&B singer stunned ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Please Enjoy This Clip of Ina Garten and Seth Meyers Getting Very Drunk

If you're a fan of Seth Meyers, Ina Garten, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, then boy do we have the clip for you. From Late Night With Seth Meyers, here is the latest installment of Meyers's occasional day-drinking segment, this time joined by the Barefoot Contessa herself. The two ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Thank You, Bradley Cooper, for Growing Out Your Jackson Maine Beard

For months now, I have repeatedly issued a few humble requests to actor/Lady Bird stan/A Star Is Born director Bradley Cooper, mostly via Vulture dot com, and my own personal Twitter: What happened to the scene for the "Vows" dialogue track? Why didn't the final cut get a scene of ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Shine in Soapy-Yet-Substantial Everybody Knows

This review originally ran during the Cannes Film Festival.Everybody Knows opens with a whirlwind introduction to a sprawling Spanish family, introducing sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews so breathlessly you may feel the urge to make a diagram. At the wedding they've gathered for, videographers fly a drone camera high over ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

What We Can Learn About Gender From The Matrix

Trans women have claimed The Matrix as an allegory for gender transition since at least 2012, when Lana Wachowski publicly came out as a trans woman while doing press for the film Cloud Atlas. (Her sister Lilly followed suit in 2016.) The symbolism is easy to find: Thomas Anderson's double ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 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 »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

High Fashion Is Just The Matrix Cosplay Now

It all started the way most fashion trends do today: with a memo from Kanye West. Sometime in early 2017, the rapper turned designer sent his wife, Kim Kardashian, "a whole email [saying], like, ‘You cannot wear big glasses anymore. It's all about tiny little sunglasses,' " she recalled on ... More »

Vulture
Feb 07, 2019

Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, and Richard Roundtree Join Forces in Shaft

An all-new Shaft reboot is upon us, complete with the addition of a new, third Shaft: John ‘JJ' Shaft III is the MIT-educated cybersecurity expert played by Creed II's Jessie Usher who reunites with his estranged father, Samuel L. Jackson's John Shaft II. And in case that's not enough Shaft ... More »

Vulture
Feb 06, 2019

Jill Abramson Accused of Plagiarism In Merchants of Truth

Merchants of Truth, the book from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, is under scrutiny for plagiarism just a day after its initial release. According to Variety, Abramson appeared on Fox News shortly after the news came to light to deny the allegations. "All I can tell you ... More »

Vulture
Feb 06, 2019

Jimmy Fallon Can Also Barely Tell the Hemsworths Apart

Jimmy Fallon wants us to know that even when you meet a lot of celebrities, it can be hard to tell them apart - just like us! And when you have a whole family of superfluously handsome Hemsworths to deal with, things get even harder. Here we see The Tonight ... More »

Vulture
Feb 06, 2019

Deadly Class Recap: Don't You Forget About Me

Deadly Class is an '80s-set drama about a bunch of high school misfits. How did it take them until episode four to do a Breakfast Club homage?Of course, riffing on The Breakfast Club is a TV trope in itself — a mantle taken up previously by shows like Dawson's Creek ... More »

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