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Relive the Past Three Decades Through These MTV Vma Photos

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The MTV Video Music Awards are back on the West Coast this Sunday following 2013's quick visit to Brooklyn. No matter: The lineup promises performances from Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Azalea. It's a 2013–14 time capsule, which is what the VMAs do best. Just look at past award shows: Each contained at least one moment that could serve as a microcosm for what was "cool” in that particular year. Don’t believe us? We'll prove it. Proceed. »


- Lindsey Weber,Maya Robinson,Jed Egan

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The Endlessly Adorable Chris Pratt Visited a Children’s Hospital Dressed As Star-Lord

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The Month of Chris Pratt goes on (and on and on) as he continues to pile on the cute. Star-Lord visited the Children's' Hospital of Los Angeles, in full costume, to hang with the kids. But not all of them cared about Guardians of the Galaxy, reports E!: "Pratt spent extra time with one patient, Dylan Prunty, who is a longtime Lego fan and recognized the actor's voice from The Lego Movie. They spent about 10 minutes reciting different scenes from the film." »


- Lindsey Weber

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Sandra Bullock Working With George Clooney on Political Dramedy

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Variety reports Sandra Bullock is set to star in the George Clooney–produced Our Brand Is Crisis, an adaptation of the 2005 documentary about the use of American campaign tactics in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. She had been in talks for months, but finally signed on after David Gordon Green committed to direct. Also, she was just happy to be on solid ground again and not almost space-dying for 90 minutes straight. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Harry Potter Director to Take On Spinoff

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In March, word got out that a movie trilogy is going to be made out of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The project appears to be moving along nicely, as Variety reports that David Yates has agreed to take on the first installment. Yates is best known for doing a lovely job directing the last four Harry Potter movies, so this is kind of a no-brainer for the studio and Yates. That, or the producers put an imperius curse on him. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Wait, Why Are the Emmys on a Monday This Year?

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The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte isn’t the only thing arriving early this year: The Emmy Awards ceremony is taking place in the heat of the summer — and on a Monday to boot. If you’re thinking to yourself, That’s odd!, well, your puzzlement is not misplaced. August Emmys are exceedingly rare in the show’s history, and a non-Sunday telecast is even more uncommon. In fact, since the TV Academy made the show an autumn event back in 1977 — statuettes had previously been given out in the spring — the ceremony has always fallen on a Sunday. So what’s behind Emmys' kinda-sorta demotion this year to a seemingly random Monday in August? To paraphrase Emmy-winning TV legend Don Adams's alter ego, “Would you believe … football?”To be more precise, this year’s super-freaky Emmys scheduling is the result of a perfect storm of factors, with football being the »


- Josef Adalian

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Glen Morgan on Intruders, The X-Files, and Why the 22-Episode Season Needs to Die

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When one character meets a conspiracy theorist in Intruders, a new series debuting August 23 on BBC America, he looks at the wall and expresses disappointment: “What? No ‘I Want to Believe’ poster?” This was a wink to the X-Files roots of showrunner Glen Morgan, who adapted the program from the 2007 novel Intruders by British writer Michael Marshall Smith. “Well, for all of us, it’s kind of the elephant in the room,” laughed Morgan, in a recent interview with Vulture. The series slowly unravels a mystery involving a crew of immortal body-snatchers who can hop into the bodies of mere mortals and make their “hosts” seem a little out of sorts to their friends and family members. It’s an intriguing premise, and takes more than a few episodes to make sense, but like any great installment of The X-Files, not knowing exactly what’s going on is half the fun. »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Mark Romanek on Directing Taylor Swift’s New Video ‘Shake It Off’

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Taylor Swift fans were bowled over this week when the singer debuted the music video for her new, previously unannounced single "Shake It Off," but fans of the format were doubly surprised by who directed it: Mark Romanek, the helmer of some of the most iconic music videos ever made, including Johnny Cash's "Hurt," Fiona Apple's "Criminal," and the Nine Inch Nails clip "Closer." These days, Romanek is more focused on feature films (his big-screen work includes One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, and he's currently circling The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining set up at Warner Bros.), but "Shake It Off" is the latest in a music-video resurgence for the director: After eight years away from the medium, he directed last year's Jay Z clip "Picasso Baby" and the music video for U2's big Super Bowl single "Invisible." Clearly, Romanek's busier than ever right now, »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner Is in the Middle of a Very Emotional Moment

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For seven years, Mad Men used to command an entire floor of L.A. Center Studios, but when I went there on Tuesday to interview Matt Weiner, that once-bustling second floor was now a ghostly, quiet place populated by four people: Weiner, his assistant, and two people heading toward the elevator with packed-up boxes and discarded desk chairs. Mementos from Mad Men could still be seen in places — the show's Sterling Cooper sign plate even graces the door to Weiner's office — but now that filming on the AMC advertising drama has wrapped and the final episode's early 2015 air date is set, Mad Men has been ceding its formidable floor space to a new era of television hopefuls. "The Tyra Banks pilot was just here," Weiner said with a grin, ushering me in.The end of Mad Men was weighing heavily on his mind, but Weiner also has a big-screen »


- Kyle Buchanan

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The 17 Most Disgusting Deaths on True Blood

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A few things to remember about True Blood as we head into this Sunday’s season finale. First, the show was a foundational building block in the house of adult-oriented, trash-as-prestige drama that now includes far more respectable titles like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and Fargo. Second, it boasted a unique blend of knowing camp and rule-breaking storytelling that bad-faith critics regularly mistook for incompetence. Third, it was dirty, escapist, sexually gratuitous, and most of all, disgusting. Seriously, this thing was basically a vampire-themed Itchy & Scratchy cartoon at times. With that in mind, let's take a look back at True Blood's most gnarly deaths. »


- Price Peterson

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How Did Robyn Get to Be So Influential?

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Last night, at Pier 97 on the Hudson River, I saw Robyn play a set that I can only describe as a triumphantly unhurried victory lap. Though she shared the bill with Norwegian electro duo Röyksopp — with whom she just released a solid Ep, Do It Again — it was very clear who the audience was actually there to see. Moments before she came out, someone deep into the crowd raised one of those clawlike appendages that are supposed to help you take better selfies and waved around an iPhone set to a scrolling text program that screamed in an inelegant typeface, “Robin!!!!!!!!!”Robyn’s path to this sort of American adoration has been pretty interesting. She had her first Stateside hits in 1997  — “Do You Know What It Takes” and “Show Me Love,” both off her bubblegum-soul debut Robyn Is Here — right on the cusp of the teen-pop boom that would »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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Emmys: Who Should Win in Late-Night and Reality?

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The 66th Emmy Awards are next Monday and all this week Vulture has been breaking down the major categories. Forget trying to predict who will win, and let’s focus on the question that matters: Who should to win? Here are our picks in the comedy, drama, and miniseries/movie races. Last up: the variety and reality competition. Most of the interesting awards for these shows were already given out at the Creative Arts Emmys, but these two will be in Monday's prime-time ceremony. Outstanding variety series Jimmy Kimmel Live Real Time with Bill Maher Saturday Night Live The Colbert Report The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Let's put aside that Key and Peele is our actual pick for outstanding variety series. (It was at least nominated for writing and in several technical categories. Next year, voters!) The Colbert Report, which finally dethroned The Daily Show last year, »


- Margaret Lyons,Denise Martin

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The First 14 Seasons of The Simpsons, Ranked

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This article originally ran on February 17, 2012. We are re-running it today, as a marathon of every Simpsons episode kicks off on Fxx. After 22 years The Simpsons has been running longer than some of its viewers have been alive. We thought about doing the four zillionth "greatest episodes ever" list, but decided that with a series this long-lived, it's more revealing to study entire seasons; this gives a better sense of what's changed and stayed the same long-term. So that's what we've done here, ranking seasons one  through fourteen of The Simpsons in qualitative order, from least to greatest.  We restricted ourselves to the first half of the show's run because most viewers consider them the essential canon, and because the absence of seasons fifteen through nineteen from DVD makes it harder to argue for or against their quality — with evidence, at least. »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Broad City Season 1, Episode 2 Recap: Nature’s Pocket

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(A reminder: Comedy Central just made all ten episodes of Broad City available for free, so we're celebrating by recapping the first season.) For most of us who have them, the real rite of passage to adulthood is about what you’re willing to put in your vagina. This episode is about marking time, and the very different ways Abbi and Ilana decide to qualify themselves as full-fledged adults. For Abbi, the kickoff is watching Ilana pull a bag of weed out of her front hole (“nature’s pocket”), and deciding on the spot that buying her own weed is paramount for becoming the kind of adult she wants to be.  I’m always slightly fearful when Ilana’s ideas make sense, but the va-hee-na pot pocket is a stroke of genius, though I’m sure most gynecologists would disagree.Ilana’s big adult move is to do her taxes without her parents, »


- Danielle Henderson

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Lauryn Hill Shares Song for Ferguson

20 hours ago

Inspired by the events in Ferguson, last night Lauryn Hill tweeted a "sketch" version of "Black Rage," a song she has been performing live for a few years. A reworking of "My Favorite Things," Hill examines "black rage" from the perspective of its cause, powerfully singing, "Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person / rapings and beating and suffering that worsens / black human packages tied up in strings." Listen and read the full lyrics below. »


- Jesse David Fox

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The Downton Abbey Cast Can’t Wear Modern Underwear Anymore

21 hours ago

After Downton Abbey "Bottlegate" and the cast's cheeky response, things are actually changing on set. The Telegraph reports that even the behind-the-scenes things are mandated strictly period: "'Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is modern underwear as the danger is apparently too great it could be seen if we bend over,' one member of the cast whispers.'" (Whispering, apparently, is canon.) Despite the rumors, Downton creator Lord Fellowes claims that he was "unaware of the ban," but assumes that whoever left their water bottle in the shot will be appropriately punished. (How about they get screamed at by Lord Grantham during dinner? That'll work.) »


- Lindsey Weber

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What’s Going On With Elisabeth Moss in This The One I Love Clip?

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It's awfully hard to tell you the plot of The One I Love without spoiling its essential plot twist, but fortunately, this exclusive scene from the new romantic dramedy takes place even before the central characters have figured it out. Certainly, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) know something is amiss: They've arrived at a country house at the behest of their couples therapist (Ted Danson), and suddenly, their humdrum habits seem to disappear with suspicious ease. They're kinder with each other, as flirty and playful as they were early on in their relationship. And hey, that's what this time away was meant to solve, anyway ... it's just that they have weirdly different recollections of how their first day at the house went, as you'll see in this clip. Can you make sense of what they can't? Put your theories to the test when The One I Love »


- Kyle Buchanan

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10 Tips to Best Enjoy the 552-Episode Simpsons Marathon

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Starting today at 10 a.m. Et, Fxx is going to play every single Simpsons episode back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back. It's an impressive undertaking on the network's part that is also utterly overwhelming for any viewer. We're talking over 550 episodes and a movie. It lasts twelve days! There's no way to watch everything, and you shouldn’t try, but that doesn’t mean you can't enjoy it. Here are ten very helpful tips that will allow you to make the most out of the marathon. (Note: Every time we instruct you to "watch" a particular episode, feel free to replace "watch" with "DVR." We know you have jobs and/or children and/or responsibilities.) Happy watching!1. Start Slowly. Skip Most of Season One.We know you're going into this with a good bit of momentum, but if you are a Simpsons virgin or moderate fan, please start slowly. Frankly, season one is not jam-packed with classics. »

- Jesse David Fox,Josh Kurp

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@DadBoner Is Coming to Comedy Central

20 August 2014 10:09 PM, PDT

Comedy Central has ordered an animated pilot for @DadBoner, based on the popular Twitter feed of fictional Michigan man Karl Weizen and the book it inspired, Power Moves: Livin’ the American Dream, USA Style. The series will be co-written by comedy writers Mike Burns, who writes the Twitter account, and Tim Long. Per Deadline: "On the show, Karl Welzein has developed his own philosophy of life, indulging in dangerously generous helpings of booze, fast food, and American pride. Since his wife kicked him out of the house, Karl has been crashing at his buddy Dave’s and living like a “true bad boy” with “plenty of babes” — in his own mind. Can't wait for the weekend! (That this comes out). »


- Anna Silman

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Jimmy Fallon and Jared Leto Have an Intense Staredown

20 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

In this bit, Jared Leto and Jimmy Fallon (in a Jared Leto wig) engage in an intense staredown on a remote eastern mountaintop while pondering the mysteries of the universe and saying things like: "I am sweet, salty Sour Patch Kid. I am unicorn floating on air. Stroke my horn, feel my power, smell my strength." So yeah, Jared Leto is the only person who could pull off this segment. »


- Anna Silman

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Outcast Trailer: Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen Go Medieval

20 August 2014 8:51 PM, PDT

Here's the trailer for Outcast, a period pic set in China starring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen as ex-Crusades warriors who join forces to save the children of a deposed Chinese emperor from their evil uncle. Convoluted plot? Check. Nicolas Cage with a strange hairdo and an incomprehensible accent yelling things like "I am the White Ghost?" Check. Yep, this is definitely a Nic Cage movie. »


- Anna Silman

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