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Here’s Why You Should Read (or Reread) Gone Girl This Week

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David Fincher's Gone Girl comes out October 3, which means right about now plenty of movie fans are asking themselves: Should I read the book before I see the adaptation? The answer usually varies by project — we recommend watching Game of Thrones before reading "A Song of Ice and Fire" — and in this case, our answer is an uncompromising "Yes." You should definitely read (or reread) Gillian Flynn's 2012 thriller in the scant days before the movie comes out and everything gets ruined for you. Here's why. (Note: We've tried to make this post as spoiler-free as possible, but like Nick Dunne's internalized misogyny, some may have slipped through.)Because it's great. As in a Hitchcock classic, the story logic of Gone Girl is so tight that you don't even notice the impossible flights of fancy the books asks you to swallow. Even if you know the twists in store, »


- Nate Jones

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Under the Dome Recap: Big Jim Goes A-Hammering

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Under the Dome has been trying and failing, for 25 episodes, to operate as a fancy restaurant. Tonight it's reopening as an all-you-can-eat buffet, the kind where you will eat everything and Like It (or just don't come back for nine months, till you forget how sick the food made you).[A disclaimer, and a tantalizer for the weirdos, I guess: If you still haven't watched this episode and you're averse to brutal, caveman-style murder and violence against women, skip this episode and consider quitting this show. It goes there — all the way there. If you're going to watch no matter what, and you are queasy/hate this cheap-violence garbage TV is always spewing, just look away any time Big Jim's onscreen.] Okay! We begin right after Big Jim has killed again, which I think was his first time doing so in season two. Melanie remains vanished into an oddly circular hole in the »


- Zach Dionne

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Richard Prince’s Instagram Paintings Are Genius Trolling

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What does the internet do? The internet hates. Obviously, it does lots of other things, too — it jump-starts insurrections, appropriates, lusts, scrambles, loves cats, disrupts. But hating often seems like what the internet does best, especially when it’s got a good troll. And it's done a lot of hating recently in response to Richard Prince's semi-revolutionary, drop-dead simple, often salacious Instagram paintings. For these works, Prince has been called a dirty old man, creepy, twisted, a pervert. All of which may be true — but true in a great way, if that's possible.Thirty-seven of Prince’s New Portraits are now on view in the rear of Larry Gagosian's store — yes, his fabulous ground floor Madison Avenue bookstore. Each is an inkjet image of someone else's Instagram page — often a young girl posing semi-naked or maybe squatting to pee, laying on a gynecologist's table, or taking a provocative selfie »


- Jerry Saltz

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Album Review: Perfume Genius’s Fantastic Too Bright Is More Punk Than Music 10 Times As Loud

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On the surface, "Hood," — the best-known song off of Perfume Genius's 2012 album Put Your Back N 2 It — sounds like it could have been a Top 40 hit in 1963. It's got a cleanly gorgeous melody, elegant pop structure, and lyrics that, on the page, at least, conjure the ghosts of girl groups: "You would never call me baby if you knew me true /Oh, but I waited so long for you." Driven by sparse piano chords and Seattle-based singer Mike Hadreas’s soulful vocals, it sounds like an idea you might have overheard taking shape as you wandered the halls of the Brill Building, an uptick in momentum about halfway through as if the songwriter is suddenly realizing, Hey, I think I'm onto something here. But if you listen a little closer, it’s clear that “Hood” is fueled by a creeping sense of dread, so macabre that even the Shangri-Las probably »

- Lindsay Zoladz

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Premiere Week Ratings: Gotham and Scorpion Start Strong

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And so it begins: The new broadcast-tv season officially commenced last night, which means that all this week, Vulture will be wearing our green eyeshade, crunching the Nielsen numbers, and reporting to you how all the new and returning broadcast shows did in their debuts. First up (obviously), here comes Monday:What ClickedThe night’s two most heavily hyped new dramas, Scorpion and Gotham, both turned in decent performances on a very competitive first night of the season. Powered by blockbuster numbers for The Big Bang Theory (more on that in a minute), CBS’s Scorpion (14 million viewers) stung nearly twice as many sets of eyeballs as Fox’s Gotham (8 million); the race was far closer with adults under 50 (3.3 rating versus 3.1, respectively.) Scorpion obviously benefited from being behind Big Bang, which attracted nearly 18 million viewers (and a 5.4 demo rating) with back-to-back episodes; next week, Mom will air at 8:30, giving the »


- Josef Adalian

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28 Simpsons Quotes Every Fan Must Know

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Get two Simpsons fans in a room, and they'll have a conversation that is 80 percent quotes from the show. ("Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that.") The combination of 500-plus episodes and consistently hilarious writing has resulted in a cache of quotable lines unlike any that has ever been amassed by one show. Vulture has very scientifically ("Science is like a blabbermouth who ruins a movie by telling you how it ends") determined the most essential, most memorable, most perfectly cromulent quotes, from chimpan-a to chimpan-zee (fine, that one doesn't make sense — d'oh!). If your favorite isn't here (don't blame us, we voted for Kodos), please throw it in the comments. Enjoy while we replenish those sold-out Bort license plates. »

- Jesse David Fox,Josh Kurp

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Adam Driver Looks Like a Polite Young Man in His Yearbook Photos

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There are few joys like celebrity yearbook photos. Today we have Adam Driver's. The photos are thanks to his classmate Brian Doty, who tweeted them in reply to a profile written about Driver. (The Huffington Post has some additional,wonderful photos.) Below, see Driver in his junior-high yearbook (the numbers are off — it should be pretty obvious which one he is) and in a high-school play. Even future Star Wars heroes (villains?) start out dweebs in sweater vests. »


- Jesse David Fox

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What Comes After Matthew McConaughey’s Comeback? The Stillback

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If you are a fan of the McConaissance — and, really, how could you not be? — you may have spent this year feeling a little deprived. After a three-year boom period of affecting, oddball, and occasionally award-winning roles — from Bernie and Killer Joe and Mud and Magic Mike  to The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, which aired earlier this year — Matthew McConaughey  will appear in just one role for the rest of 2014, as the star of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.The movie may be great and McConaughey may be great in it, but still: The math is undeniable. One role. In one big movie. Arguably the big movie of the fall. This very fact cements exactly the kind of tippy-top-of-the-a-list status which, if he’d achieved it earlier in his career, would likely have prevented him from taking roles in films like Bernie, Killer Joe, »


- Adam Sternbergh

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If They Can Do It, So Can We: The Joy of Watching Gilmore Girls With My Daughter

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It’s hard to be the mother of a daughter, and just as hard to be the daughter of a mother — as every woman on the planet can attest. You want your daughter to be like you but not like you, and when she does (or doesn’t) meet your expectations of what an exactly-like-you-but-somehow-much-different-and-better version might be, it’s enraging. As a daughter, you want to be just like your mother and at the same time nothing like her at all, and you push fiercely against her example even as you struggle to follow it.What has made watching Gilmore Girls the single most comforting, soothing, bonding activity I’ve undertaken with my daughter over the last year is that this mother-daughter pair, a study in contrasts – foxy, impetuous Lorelai, who accidentally got pregnant at 16, and Rory, her straight-a, straitlaced child — seem to have effortlessly worked out all the »


- Lisa Miller

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The 10 Things to Look for in Your Gilmore Girls Rewatch

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In advance of The Gilmore Girls' triumphant arrival on Netflix October 1, and as a part of Vulture's Streaming Week, we'll be revisiting the show all week long. Please join us! When Gilmore Girls lands on Netflix October 1, here's hoping the floodgates open and bajillions of new fans avail themselves of the joys of Stars Hollow. Some of us, however, are lucky enough to have spent many years basking in the joys of the show — and we too will be making a return pilgrimage. This guide is for you, folks who have seen the show before. (Maybe even a few times, thanks to syndication and some free afternoons?) This is what to look for, enjoy, give the stink-eye to, and revel in when you rewatch Gg; it'll make the show feel new all over again.No one on this show can hug. Particularly Rory. Rory hugs are the bootleg movie »


- Margaret Lyons

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Here’s Your Gotham Drinking Game: Donal Logue Edition

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If you watched last night’s Gotham premiere, you know Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) as Jim Gordon’s sketchy, albeit kind of funny, partner. What do we know about him? “There’s some darkness, but Harvey Bullock is a little bit of a comic foil in this world,” Logue said at last week’s East Coast premiere. “If it’s all just too dark and too cool, you have to have someone who’s like, ‘What’s up, brah?’” Sounds kind of ... other-coast-y of him. Whether Harvey is muttering sassy things under his breath or taking a drink or wearing a fedora and sloughing off moral responsibility, his character tics have already been well established. Here's your Gotham drinking game, Harvey Bullock edition. Keep it bookmarked for next week's second episode.Rules One sip if Harvey ... … grins at Jim or the camera. … takes one sip of his own drink. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Jay Pharoah Swears He and Kanye Are Cool

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Earlier this month, during one of his concert soliloquies, Kanye West announced that he had called Jay Pharoah to discuss the comedian's MTV Movie Awards speech. It was a positive talk, Kanye said, and when we caught up with Pharoah last night at the NYC screening of The Equalizer at the AMC Lincoln Square 13 Imax, he confirmed that story. When asked exactly what went down, Pharoah told us that Kanye said, “I’m not knocking you, and I appreciate what you did. I know what you’re up against, and you know, it’s cool. Like, we’re friends now, it’s cool.” See, Kanye can sort of take a joke. As for whether Pharoah will do the impression in the future, he’s not sure if we’ll see it on SNL, but "I do it in my stand-up.” »


- Jamie Sharpe

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Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Premiere Recap: War Games

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How many moments into the second-season premiere did it take before you let our your first audible “Wuh?” Mine came somewhere between Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” and Crane’s rhetorical question, “Is there no end to this birthday madness?” In other words, pretty much right away. And when Abbie and Crane soon started talking about what happened a year ago, I thought, Wait — you’re gonna Mad Men us? Take each new season as license to jump years ahead in the story? Since when has Don Draper ended a season buried alive while Peggy’s in Purgatory? And then, just when I was feeling really deflated, feeling like the Sleepy Hollow writers had granted themselves a big, old cop-out, then I was all, Ohhhhh. Oh, I see what you did there. Awesome. Let’s get into it!So then, let’s get into it! I loved the episode’s trick opening, »

- Rose Maura Lorre

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3 Simpsons Showrunners Reflect on New Fans and the ‘Classic Era’ Myth

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Simpsons episodes are written. Yes, every episode of every show that has ever aired has been written. But with scripts nearly double the length of those of sitcom standards, The Simpsons is different and the show's writing staff aspires to squeeze as many jokes, character moments, and story into 22 minutes as possible. (Just look at the signs, store names, and billboards in any episode to get a sense.) Al Jean was one of the show's original writers. He went on to co-showrun the show during seasons three and four. After taking a diminished role to work on other projects, Jean took over as showrunner again in season 13 and has stayed in that job ever since. David Mirkin came to The Simpsons as an outsider with a great reputation. Yet his two seasons in charge — seasons five and six — still go down as the show's apex. Matt »


- Jesse David Fox

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Steven Soderbergh Took the Sound and Color Out of Indiana Jones

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Steven Soderbergh has mashed up both versions of Psycho and recut his own Heaven's Gate, so now he's turned Raiders of the Last Ark into a silent film, stripping the film of sound and color and replacing its soundtrack with a spare electronic score. Soderbergh hopes that the film's new form will help viewers pay more attention to the art of staging: "See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot — whether short or long  — held for that exact length of time and placed in that order?" It's not embeddable, so head over to Soderbergh's site if you feel like watching Raiders again. (Who doesn't?) »


- Nate Jones

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The 50 Craziest Moments on Scandal So Far

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The epic, fast-paced Wtf-ness helped propel Scandal to huge audiences over the past three seasons. As we gear up for season four, it helps to remember all of the murders, secret identities, explosions, conspiracies, and craziest moments that paved the way. Do you know how hard it was to whittle this list down to 50 things? 1. The president kills a Supreme Court justice with his bare hands. 2. Olivia and President Fitzgerald Grant are having an affair. 3. Olivia bullies Amanda Tanner to the brink of suicide and then admits she had an affair with the president, too. 4. But then Amanda is kidnapped and murdered. 5. Olivia short-changes the Russian mob by $3 million during negotiations to retrieve a kidnapped baby. 6. Quinn’s reporter boyfriend Gideon gets stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors when he confronts Billy Chambers, the vice-president’s chief of staff, about his relationship »


- Danielle Henderson

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Blacklist Season 2 Premiere Recap: The Cat in the Hat Is Back

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When we last left our heroes and antiheroes, Meera was dead, Tom had escaped, and Berlin had landed in the United States and was hunting Red. As season two opens, we see that Liz is in hiding (kinda), Ressler is having emotional problems because of the death of his fiancée and the attack on his team, and there’s a new evil mastermind connected to Berlin who may be after Red.But we find out that Lord Baltimore isn’t a lord or a man at all, it’s actually a woman. Or two women, to be precise. Turns out that the woman is Nora Mills, and she killed her twin sister Rowan and is now having personality issues. If I’m doing the math correctly, she’s actually three people: Nora, Rowan, and Lord Baltimore. Lord Baltimore is a skip tracer who uses data analytics to find people, hunting »

- Bob Sassone

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Gotham Recap: Holy Prequels, Batman!

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"There are rules," mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Doman) says to rookie detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) at the end of Gotham's first episode. Falcone's warning gives the show's pilot its flimsy thematic hook: Rules may have been everything in a pre-Batman Gotham City, but they're broken throughout "Pilot." So while Gordon tries to clean up the police department, wannabe thug Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) tries to steal control of the city's theater district away from comically named gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith).Change is a constant in Gotham City, and so far, that's the show's biggest problem. It's hard to enjoy a table-setting episode that, as Vulture critic Matt Zoller Seitz pointed out in his review, expectantly winks at viewers for recognizing characters they've already been introduced to several times (example: "Yeah, take it easy, Penguin!"). But it's even harder to care when characters tell you »


- Simon Abrams

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Kevin and Winnie Will Have a Wonder Years Reunion at 92Y

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On October 20 at 8:15 p.m., 92Y will reunite Wonder Years childhood sweethearts Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and their Bff Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano, not Marilyn Manson) to chat about things like what it's like to have the world watch your first kiss, where exactly "Springfield" was located, and if Kevin Arnold was really "a dick."  Even if you can't buy tickets and attend in person, 92Y will be live-streaming the entire thing. (And if you're curious as to how the show holds up, read our Nostalgia Fact-Check here.)The live-stream will be watchable right here on October 20 at 8:15 p.m. »


- Vulture Editors

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The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Premiere Recap: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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Welcome to our recap of The Big Bang Theory. Yes, we are just rolling this out now, in season eight. Scoff if you must, cynics, but the delightful, middlebrow charms of Sheldon and Company have finally won us over. Sue us! And then read our recap, because you know you love the show, too — or you would, if you forced yourself to cannonball it all in a single summer like we did. While the first two episodes of season eight might initially appear to be unconnected, there was a common theme: Sheldon would have needed to dip himself into a vat of sanitizer to deal with all the ickiness that befell his body in these two outings. From having to traipse around a public train station with one bare foot and sans pants to fully protect his “bathing-suit parts” to having Wolowitz perfectly land a spitball from his mouth »


- Kimberly Potts

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