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9 Movie Questions That Might Be Answered at Comic-Con

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Comic-Con! It's like a film festival for $200 million blockbusters — if, instead of actually getting to watch movies, you waited in line for hours just see their trailers. Still, the San Diego–set geek mecca remains a prime press opportunity for Hollywood's sci-fi spectaculars and superhero sequels, and when the Con officially kicks off tomorrow and runs into the weekend, Vulture will be there, bringing you back all the good scoops. What movie-related surprises may be in store? Let's run through nine questions that we expect will be answered before Comic-Con concludes.Will We Meet the Justice League?The Batfleck vehicle Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice won't be out until 2016, and its superhero-stuffed sorta-sequel, Justice League, is even further away; there will be plenty of future Comic-Cons to tout both projects, and Warner Bros may not want to tip its hand this soon. Nevertheless, the Batman-Superman team-up has been shooting »


- Kyle Buchanan

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See the Visually Striking Trailer for Young Ones, With Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning

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Comic-Con starts up this weekend with a full roster of megabudget spectaculars on display, but spare a moment for another sci-fi movie coming out soon that cost a lot less but still looks like a million bucks. Directed by Jake Paltrow (yes, you've heard of his sister), the dystopian Young Ones takes place in a future that's almost totally devoid of water, which makes farming a difficult task for hardened frontiersman Michael Shannon and his two children, played Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Once Fanning's boyfriend Nicholas Hoult sets his sights on stealing Shannon's land, the stage is set for all the characters to clash, and they pursue their agendas in a visually stunning, barren futurescape that's shown off to great effect in this exclusive new trailer. Robots! Electronic spinal cords! Nifty, low-tech face masks! This rather different sci-fi Western arrives in theaters on October 17, so save the date. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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The Feminist Horror Author You Need to Read Immediately

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The best horror writer of the 20th century you've probably never heard of was a British woman who looked like a benign but mildly dotty Hogwarts teacher. But do not miss the occult mischief behind those 1980s mom-glasses; in a fairly standard Angela Carter story, Harry Potter would be mauled to death by a werewolf before a pan-species initiation of Hermione’s pubescent sexual power. She made things weird like that, which is why she was great. Carter, however, was not a horror writer in the same sense as Anne Rice or Stephen King; the bulk of her work is classified as magical realism (a made-up, jerk-off genre that permits English departments to acknowledge the existence of the human imagination), but her most celebrated book is a high gothic collection of short stories called The Bloody Chamber that you should read immediately if the genre holds any appeal for you. »


- Brian McGreevy

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‘Age Has No Expiration Date’ Is the New ‘Blurred Lines,’ Says Pharrell in New Music Video

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Despite the song's persistence, Pharrell is moving steadily away from a "Blurred Lines" past and toward a future that looks more like a Dove commercial. In a good way! The video for "Come Get It Bae" has Pharrell "shooting" a slew of diverse ladies ... And then hanging out a bit with Miley. It's a little confusing, but the idea here is that Pharrell wants to you to know that he loves women in a positive way. He also wants you to learn what bae means. (It means "before anyone else," i.e., it's a term of endearment. Use at will!) »

- Lindsey Weber

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Zoe Saldana Understands Why You Would Mistake Her for Other Black Actresses

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Do you get offended by the idea of someone mistaking one black actress for another black actress just because both are black actresses? Zoe Saldana doesn't. In this week's Hollywood Reporter cover story, the Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Trek/Avatar star is prompted to recall a story in which her mother thought she was in Crash, because she saw Thandie Newton in the film's poster. Then Saldana, an Afro-Latina of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, explains why it's totally understandable: I've gotten Kerry Washington and Jada Pinkett, too, but mainly Thandie. People ask me if I'm offended that I'm confused with every other black actress out there. "Doesn't it bother you that people think you're all the same person?" No. Because one time I entered a restaurant and there were all these beautiful blond girls around a table, probably all from Orange County. It felt like it might have »


- Gilbert Cruz

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You Simply Must Watch Robin Thicke’s Ridiculous Movie Debut

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Summer 2012 found Robin Thicke on the precipice, one year before “Blurred Lines” would make him the hottest R&B crooner on the planet (and two years before the release of his mortifying album Paula would make everyone go, “Whoops, nope, changed our minds”). With his game-changing single still a ways away, Thicke decided to diversify his portfolio by making his feature-film debut in a little indie called Abby in the Summer. And why not? His father, Alan Thicke, was an actor. His wife, long-suffering ingenue Paula Patton, was also an actor. It was practically in his blood! How hard could acting be, really?The answer, perhaps, is implicit in the fact that Abby in the Summer (now retitled Making the Rules) was delayed until this year and released with zero fanfare into the furthest reaches of on-demand, an ignominious fate usually reserved for the likes of direct-to-video movies starring David Faustino. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Orange Is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks on Lies, Laughing, and Taystee-Poussey Shippers

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You’ve watched all of Orange Is the New Black’s second season, yes? Wonderful. Then you may proceed. The rest of you, please note that this post contains many spoilers about the show.For most of Orange Is the New Black’s second season, Taystee was lost to the mind-powers of Vee, the abusive drug-dealer mother figure who’d given Litchfield’s most delightful inmate a family in exchange for a life of crime. To our horror, Taystee broke up with Bff Poussey and began dealing again (including slipping heroine to recovering addict Nicky) before breaking free of Vee’s spell. She seems to be back on the up-and-up now, but we’re still reeling from that rough patch. Vulture talked to Juilliard grad Danielle Brooks, who’s already in the middle of shooting next season, about Taystee’s journey thus far, and why she’s so relieved Taystee and Poussey got back together. »


- Denise Martin

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Dear Hollywood: Stop Using Frank Miller’s Batman Stories As Source Material

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In the mid-1980s, writer/artist Frank Miller crafted two of the most influential Batman stories ever told: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One. It's not hard to see why they've had such a potent legacy. Even today, three decades after they were published, they remain thrilling and insightful. But I swear to God, if one more filmmaker uses them as a source text for a Batman movie, I'm going to smash my face into a concrete wall. Today is a great day to reassess Miller's twin graphic novels' influence on the multibillion-dollar Batman movie industry, because today is Batman Day. Batman Day is, of course, an entirely made-up holiday that DC Entertainment declared to celebrate its ever-lucrative Caped Crusader's 75 years of publication history (as well as move product and build buzz in advance of this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con). Take a look at the initial announcement of »


- Abraham Riesman

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A Comprehensive History of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Relationship

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With divorce rumors swirling around Jay Z and Beyoncé, it looks like the unthinkable might actually happen: Everybody’s favorite powerhouse duo may be headed for splitsville. Then again, it’s always been hard to tell what’s going on with the Carters. From the very start of their relationship, the two have been remarkably cryptic about their private life, managing to keep their most intimate aspects of their life sealed away despite being one of the world’s most talked-about couples. In honor of the epic saga that is Bey and Jay, Vulture takes a look back at the musical icons’ entertaining history together, beginning when she was Destiny’s Child’s front woman and Jay Z still had his hyphen, and charting their many collaborations (e.g., "Bonnie and Clyde," "Drunk in Love"), the birth of Blue, the infamous elevator video, and onward, toward their now-uncertain future.1997–2000: »


- Anna Silman

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Do I Really Have to Watch Twin Peaks? Your Pressing TV Questions, Answered

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Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons will answer your questions about what to watch, when to watch it, whom to watch it with, and how to feel about the whole thing. To submit your own questions, you can email staytuned@nymag.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. People seem to go on and on (and on and on) about how amazing Twin Peaks is and how significant it was and how I can survive without having watched it, etc. I can't seem to find motivation to start watching it, and I never really cared for David Lynch. (Sorry!) Is it really worth it? —SophieI saw a tremendous number of Simpsons episodes before I ever saw the classic films they were satirizing or using for inspiration; years later, there were a lot of a-ha moments. It's not that I »


- Margaret Lyons

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Chris Pratt Proves He Can Do an Impressive French Braid by Doing One Mid-Interview

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Sometimes the worst thing a journalist can do is reference a random thing a celebrity did or said on the internet and make them talk about it. But other times, that's the best thing to do. In this case, it's the latter, as an interview with Entertainment Tonight turned into Chris Pratt French-braiding the hair of an intern because of that one time he boasted on Instagram about French-braiding his wife Anna Faris's hair. In case you didn't believe before that it was Pratt who did the braid, now we know for sure that it was. He is great at braids! Get him a gig on Game of Thrones. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Weird Al Conquers Billboard Charts After Conquering the Internet

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To be fair, he did say it was mandatory. After a 12,000-year career, Weird Al finally has his first No. 1 record with Mandatory Fun. Maybe even more amazing is that with 104,700 copies, this is the most albums he's ever sold in a week. Fun is also the first comedy album to top the charts since 1960's The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. "How did this happen?" you might ask if you were under a rock last week or simply on vacation. Al owned the internet and, apparently, you can buy things on the internet nowadays. Weird has said in press that this will possibly be his last record ever, as his contract is up and he instead will focus on making more timely one-off parodies. The man is going out on top. It is literally the best thing ever to happen to someone with curly hair in the summer. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Dear White People Trailer Nails Everything From Hair Touching to Taylor Swift

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The first trailer for Dear White People was very funny, but it was hard to tell what actually happens in the movie. This full trailer solves that problem. It appears Dear White People skewers modern race-relations from all possible angles while telling the story of four African-American students at an Ivy League college, centered around a college radio show. The film opens on October 17. There will not be a Dear Black People sequel. »


- Jesse David Fox

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It’s Sansa vs. Sansa in the Trailer for Sophie Turner’s New Movie

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As Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, Sophie Turner has to deal with more than her fair share of miscreants and monsters, but in the new movie Another Me, Turner may face her most dangerous foe yet … herself. Isabel Coixet directs this psychological thriller, which casts Turner as Fay, a normal teenage girl who starts to fear she's being followed by someone who shares her face. And as you'll see in this exclusive trailer, Fay's dopplegänger isn't interested in becoming BFFs — instead, she'd rather steal Fay's life entirely. (And you thought Joffrey was bad!) Costarring Rhys Ifans, Gregg Sulkin, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Another Me opens August 22; press play below to preview the intense Sansa-on-Sansa action. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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The Real Housewives of New York City Finale Had One Amazing Moment Involving a Prosthetic Leg

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On last night's Real Housewives of New York City, Aviva Drescher threw her leg. Who is Aviva Drescher? A Housewife of New York City. Why did she throw her leg? "Aviva Drescher threw her leg because she knew it would be great television," wrote sage Vulture recapper Brian Moylan. And that's a good enough answer for me. Hell, just show me the GIFs. (Thank you to RealityTVGIFs.) Here it is:Later, Andy's "response" on the post-show What What Happens Live: And if you'd actually like to see the whole thing go down, here's a video: Yes, sure. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Check Out the Real-Life Better Call Saul Billboard

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The anticipation for the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is officially in phase two: Growing Excitement. We know the show is set in 2002 and that Saul was then going by "Jimmy McGill," though he was still practicing law and helping out the seedy-underbelly types. Now it appears that Jimmy has a real-life billboard, just like Saul did back in the Breaking Bad glory days. This sign was spotted in Albuquerque — and the number really works! Yes, we called Saul, and you can listen to Jimmy's outgoing message below. »


- Margaret Lyons

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Everything We Know About the Production of Game of Thrones Season 5

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Season four of Game of Thrones may have just ended last month, but the next trip to Westeros isn’t that far away — at least for the show’s cast and crew, who are currently prepping for shooting to start this summer and fall. While HBO has yet to make official announcements about new additions to the cast and other major changes, some juicy tidbits have been trickling in from abroad, giving us more of an idea of what we might see come season five. More information is sure to arrive at HBO’s Comic-Con panel this Friday, but for now, here is what we know so far about who’s involved and where season five may be shot. [Warning: The rest of this post contains spoilers concerning the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, as well as plot points from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books relevant to »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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The Real Housewives of New York City Season 6 Finale Recap: Aviva Drescher Threw Her Leg

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Aviva Drescher threw her leg. That’s all there is left to say, ladies and gentlemen. Aviva Drescher threw her leg and we watched it on television. Yes, that is right, a 44-year-old mother of four who went to Vassar and has a master's degree from Nyu hurled her prosthetic leg at another woman in front of television cameras and a gasping room of image consultants, facialists, social-media interns, pet psychics, people who have used the phrase “glam squad” without irony, and reality television stars. Aviva Drescher threw her leg. Aviva Drescher threw her leg. Aviva Drescher threw her leg and there is really nothing left to say.Disgust, like Kristen’s, is probably the appropriate response. To rise up from the table inhaling a breath so sharp that you can feel it going all the way down to your belly button and to shield your mouth, as if to »


- Brian Moylan

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Pretty Little Liars Recap: Drunk in Love

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In this rough, crazy, brutal thing we call life, all joy must be mitigated with sorrow. We can rejoice at the successes of last night’s episode: Hanna and Caleb making out like faux-Saracen never existed; the return of at least one grown-up; Aria learning that, when she wears a name tag, people will know what her name is. But, alas, our joy is short-lived! Ask for plot progression and ye shall receive, but with it will come the revival of Toby’s mom’s “suicide” story. That’s right, kids, we’re back on the Radley rooftop, and it’s a long way down from here.1. Pam Fields, Emily’s mom (last week: not ranked)Pam Fields is the person we talk about when we talk about parenting. This is a woman who arranged Skype interviews with all of Emily’s teachers so she could stay up to date »

- Jessica Goldstein

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Seth Meyers’s ‘Live New Yorker Cartoons’ Will Make You Go ‘Hmm, Yes, I See, Very Amusing’

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Seth Meyers has only been hosting for six months, but it's already quite clear his Late Night is going to be a very different show from Jimmy Fallon's. It is a bit more restrained, a bit more highbrow. Case in point: "Live New Yorker Cartoons." For the second time, Meyers had The New Yorker's editor-in-chief David Remnick on to watch Late Night writers perform live versions of New Yorker cartoons and confront exactly what that looks like. It's grim — as in the Grim Reaper, who of course shows up in one, as they are New Yorker cartoons. »


- Jesse David Fox

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