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Kacey Musgraves’s New Single Is a Wonderful Sing-Along Ode to Nosy Neighbors

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"Mind your own biscuits / and life will be gravy," Kacey Musgraves sings in "Biscuits," her first official song since Same Trailer, Different Park, the album that won her Album of the Year at the CMAs and Best New Artist at the Grammys back in 2013. Now she's tackling the meddling neighbor in an ode to minding your own goddamn beeswax. Stay outta Kacey's yard.  »


- Lindsey Weber

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Lena Dunham Finally Meets the Man Who Inspired Her Eloise Tattoo

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If you've ever seen Girls, you've probably noticed Lena Dunham's Eloise tattoo on the small of her back. She's long been inspired by the children's story of a young girl living in the Plaza Hotel, and a couple years ago, Dunham got to meet the books' illustrator, Hilary Knight, after a friend of Knight's told him about her tattoo. That meeting — and their later friendship — inspired Dunham to executive-produce a documentary on his life called It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise that premiered at Sundance and will air on HBO March 23. Here's the charming first trailer. »


- Dee Lockett

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Terrence Howard Walks You Through His Weird Oscars Presentation: ‘I Choked!’

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Terrence Howard didn't exactly have the greatest Oscars night. No, he wasn't nominated for anything, but he did have the all-important job of presenting three of the nominees for Best Picture: Whiplash, The Imitation Game, and Selma. And ... it was kind of a train wreck, with Howard flubbing his lines and getting awkwardly emotional. Most on Twitter speculated he was either under the influence of something or just very much in his Lucious Lyon character, but Howard insists that wasn't the case. He offered a recap of what happened Monday night on Jimmy Fallon, explaining that he wanted to "clown" all the other presenters by not reading off a TelePrompTer and freestyling his presentation. But once he got onstage and saw the likes of Oprah and Questlove, he says he simply "choked." The best part is hearing what happened to that mike. »


- Dee Lockett

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House of Cards Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Bad for Business

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Does foreshadowing count as clunky if it seems inelegant in hindsight? I don’t know how to feel about what — looking back on this episode — reads like a forced conversation about the novelist’s friend who committed suicide. In Scorpio, the character based on this friend died of AIDS. Why the change? “Because it’s fiction. Suicide is too selfish.”Upon arriving in Russia, we watch Claire and Frank enter their respective arenas: Claire goes into Michael Corrigan’s prison cell, Frank into Petrov’s office. Surely they anticipated it would be Frank with the harder task of getting Petrov on his side. But it is Claire, it turns out, with the uphill struggle. Who would’ve thought Michael wouldn’t want to be released from prison? Nearly every scene in this episode takes place in a small, enclosed space: Air Force One, a prison cell, Petrov’s office. (Even »


- Jessica Goldstein

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Returns: The 5 Best Moments From the Premiere

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As the swallows return to Capistrano, so must the drag queens return to Logo, with the premiere of season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The series’ appeal only seems to grow with time, even gaining recognition from the Television Critics’ Association as the best reality show of 2014. And what’s not to love? Taking the tried and true America’s Next Top Model format and polishing it to a high-camp sheen makes for television that’s not just fun but downright impressive, proving that Dolly Parton had it right when she said, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” And time and effort and sheer ferocity. So let’s take a look at the five can’t-miss moments from the season premiere.1. She-Mail No MoreThough discontinued towards the tail end of last season, the premiere solidifies that the She-Mail moniker is truly gone for good. An »


- Libby Hill

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8 Books You Need to Read This March

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Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations, and you should read as many of them as possible.The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, March 3)Ishiguro is a deft gut-renovator of genres, bringing fresh life and feeling to hollowed-out conventions. A full decade after his last novel, Never Let Me Go, turned a Twilight Zone plot into a profoundly sad romance, Ishiguro’s belated seventh novel is a dungeons-and-dragons quest set in post-Arthurian Britain — a land at uneasy piece, cursed with an amnesiac fog that might be the breath of a she-dragon. Even for Ishiguro, it’s a bold departure: highly stylized, alternately stiff and swashbuckling. But the love story at its center shimmers with a mythic and melancholy grace. The Sellout, by Paul Beatty (Fsg, March 3)From the lawn jockeys on the cover to the last bawdy joke, Beatty does not treat race delicately. His latest satirical-absurdist novel, »


- Boris Kachka

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Gotham Recap: Jeffrey Combs Is Franken-Woman!

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Leave it to Gotham to chase one of its best episode with one of its worst. At its best, "Everyone Has a Cobblepot" pushes the series' plot along, though usually in the most predictable way. Tonight's investigation-of-the week plot is the exception that proves that rule (more on that shortly). But for the most part, "Everyone Has a Cobblepot" is an untenable tonal stew. Let's start with the best of tonight's subplots, and end with the worst.Jim Gordon's search for evidence that he can use against Commissioner Loeb is mostly decent, thanks in no small part to episode writer Karen Mostyn-Brown and director Bill Eagles. Two scenes where Gordon confronts Loeb are also tense, thanks to actors Ben McKenzie and Peter Scolari. McKenzie is especially exciting to watch; he makes Gordon's default De Niro–esque posturing — hands on hip and eyes rolling every way but up — work. But the »


- Simon Abrams

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Suge Knight Fired His Lawyers and Is Having More Health Troubles

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As the court hearings drag, hip-hop mogul Suge Knight's health continues its decline. So much so that Knight on Monday told the L.A. Superior Court judge presiding over his fatal hit-and-run case from earlier this year that he needs better medical treatment. He says he's experiencing partial blindness (one eye completely, and another slightly) and rapid weight loss, and claims he doesn't understand what's happening with his case. After his latest hearing, Knight headed to the hospital for the third time since his arrest, according to the AP.Knight is still being held without bail on murder and attempted murder charges stemming from a fatal car crash he was involved in at Tam's Burgers in Compton, California, as well as for his less-than-favorable track record. At Monday's brief hearing, a slimmer Knight also inexplicably told the judge that his current attorneys were no longer representing him, according to »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Kelly Clarkson Does Jumpy Duet Covers With Jimmy Fallon

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Because of a weird joke, there's this misconception that people won't perform duets with Kelly Clarkson. Jimmy Fallon put that malarkey out to pasture by performing not one duet, but a medley of rambunctious covers with the singer. There's a little bit of everything here, including Sonny and Cher, Paula Abdul and the Wild Pair, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, and Aaron Neville's mole. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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J.Law, Spielberg Tackling War Photographer’s Memoir, It’s What I Do

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Warner Bros. has bagged the rights to Lynsey Addario's memoir, It's What I Do, about her Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalism, Deadline reports. The deal — which reportedly had Reese Witherspoon, Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman, and the Weinstein Company, among other suitors, knocking at the door — has Steven Spielberg helming and Jennifer Lawrence starring. The latter Oscar-winning badass will play Addario, a combat journalist who, in the face of danger and kidnappings, captured unforgettable imagery from such war-torn areas as Libya, Afghanistan, and the Congo. (If you're already having stress daydreams about the imminent American Sniper–esque trailer for this, you're probably not alone.) »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Kevin Bacon on The Following, Playing an Antihero, and Footloose

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When we left Ryan Harding and the world-weary team on The Following last season, though they were battered and bruised, they seemed to have finally nabbed the bad guy. But of course, evil can’t truly be contained on this show. Kevin Bacon spoke to Vulture about Monday’s two-hour season-three premiere, playing an antihero, and Footloose. So we get to see you dance in the season-three premiere.   I do dance a little! It’s true. When I saw that, I was like, “What exactly do they have in mind? I hope this isn’t turning into the angry warehouse dance.” That would definitely jump the shark. But it would be entertaining. Like when you pulled out that old number for Fallon last year.Yeah, the fan reaction to that was amazing. It got 17 million hits or something like that. Can you believe that it has so much staying power? »


- Sona Charaipotra

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Theater Review: The Mysteries of The Mystery of Love & Sex

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A new play that reads very well on the page risks getting staged above its station. Sad to say, The Mystery of Love & Sex, by Bathsheba Doran, is that kind: engrossing in theory, a botch in practice. Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater and given a top-flight production there, it might, ironically, have benefited more from shabbier treatment, a process that could have revealed its substantial flaws while there was still time and freedom to do something about them. But when you’ve got Tony Shalhoub and Diane Lane engaged to play two of the four leading characters, and Sam Gold directing, plus all the professional polish Lct typically provides, there’s not much to be done but leave the audience to enjoy what it can and wish the rest were better. There’s no mystery why such talents were drawn to the material. Shalhoub and Lane have meaty roles as Howard and Lucinda, »


- Jesse Green

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Kanye Says He Wanted to Be Picasso ‘or Greater’ in Guest Lecture at Oxford University

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It's safe to say we're at peak Kanye saturation. But the beauty of Yeezy season — and Kanye's overall persona — is that it never feels repetitive. Before releasing the studio version of "All Day," earlier today Kanye gave a guest lecture at Oxford University's Museum of Natural History, where he spoke for 30 minutes to 350 students. (He spoke at Harvard in 2013.) Like much of his recent musings, the topics were tangential — ranging from art school, to Nicki Minaj, to The Matrix — but the biggest revelation might be that a video for "All Day" has already been filmed and it was directed by Steve McQueen. Here's the full transcript.“I’ll take one question. I wanted to vibe off an idea, and then I can riff off of that…they said I’ve got 20 minutes or so, I might go longer. Ok, everyone please be completely quiet, because I »


- Dee Lockett

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See the Short Film That Would Become Whiplash

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Long before Whiplash was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, it was a short film made by writer-director Damien Chazelle. Well, more like a scene produced from a script he'd written starring J.K. Simmons and Johnny Simmons (who would be replaced by Miles Teller) to secure funding for a full-length production. So if you were wondering why Whiplash was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay instead of Best Original Screenplay, this short film is why.  »


- Lindsey Weber

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Modern Family Creator Steven Levitan: ‘Please Move Empire!’

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A new family moved into the Modern Family neighborhood on Wednesday night — and that show’s creator is not too happy about it.“Thanks for giving us this award before Empire premiered,” joked Steve Levitan as he accepted his honor from the Family Equality Council for Modern Family’s groundbreaking portrayal of a nontraditional gay family at the Council's annual gala on February 28. His show, which is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, airs on ABC, and it’s been getting pummeled by Empire, the new Fox family drama that recently moved to the same day and time slot as Modern Family. Last Wednesday, Empire scored a whopping 13.9 million viewers and a 15 share, while Modern Family lagged behind it with 9.32 million viewers and a 10. “I’d like to thank Dana Waldman, Gary Newman, and everyone at 20th Century Fox Television for their continued support,” Levitan said diplomatically to that »


- Jenny Peters

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Jared Leto Just Chopped Off His Beautiful Hair for Suicide Squad

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We all know the Joker's hair isn't nearly as long and luscious as Jared Leto's. So when he took on the role for David Ayer's Suicide Squad, his ombréd locks inevitably had to go. Ayer teased the big chop on Twitter earlier today, and now he's finally revealed what Leto as the Joker will look like. (Spoiler: a hell of a lot like Jordan Catalano, with even shorter hair!)Ayer also gave fans a small teaser of what to expect from Leto's Joker. »


- Dee Lockett

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Last Man on Earth Debuts Big, Surprisingly: Good Work, America

19 hours ago

They’re breaking out the margarita pools today at Fox: The premiere of Will Forte’s Last Man on Earth did shockingly well in the ratings Sunday night. Despite debuting opposite AMC’s megahit The Walking Dead, the one-hour bow of the Lord & Miller–produced comedy was last night’s No. 1 broadcast series among adults under 50, notching a preliminary 2.3 demo rating and 5.5 million viewers. It crushed the premiere of ABC’s Oscar-hyped drama Secrets & Lies in the demo (1.5 rating, 6 million viewers), built on its Brooklyn Nine-Nine lead-in (1.8 rating, 3.6 million), and held onto its audience from half-hour to half-hour. Fox insiders for months have privately worried that Last Man might be “too cable” for a broadcast net, but it may turn out that the show’s creative risk-taking ends up helping more than hurting. To be sure, Last Man pales next to Fox’s new big hit Empire, and its »


- Josef Adalian

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Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke’s First Film Together Since Training Day Will Be a Western

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It's been nearly 15 years since Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke played cops with conflicting ideas about how to lay down the law in 2001's Training Day. Variety reports they're now set to reunite for another Antoine Fuqua drama, a Western called Magnificent Seven (not to be confused with Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight), which will serve as a remake of the 1960 original starring Steve McQueen (which was also a remake of 1954's Japanese-language Seven Samurai). The film follows seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws. Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also set to star. »


- Dee Lockett

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How Sarah Paulson Almost Spilled the American Horror Story–Lady Gaga Beans

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At Saturday's Family Equality Council Gala in Beverly Hills, Sarah Paulson let it slip that she almost let something else slip: the big news that Lady Gaga will be starring in next season's American Horror Story. Why? Because it's so cool: "I think nothing in the world could be more exciting. Really ... it's Lady Fucking Gaga! I mean, come on. It's amazing." Now we know that we can trust Paulson with our deepest, darkest secrets — or at least Ryan Murphy can: "I had a bit of an inkling, because the man told me, but I kept it a secret." Well, we can trust her for a few days, at least: "I finally said to him the other day, 'If you don't announce this soon, I'm going to bust. I'm going to say something!' And he was like, 'You can't.' And I was like, 'Well, I'm going to. So »


- Lindsey Weber,Jenny Peters

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Fine, Downton Abbey, I Will Care About Carson and Mrs. Hughes

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Downton Abbey has burned us again and again. "Get attached to this person," the show says. "Well, okay!" we comply. Then people die. "Here, care about this other person," the show suggests. "Well … maybe?" we try. Then that person is so boring, we wish they'd die. "Care about the Anna/Bates rape and murder stories!" insists Downton Abbey. "Sure, we'll care about one rape or murder story, maybe over one season," we say. "No! Every season! Forever! With different murders!""Will Mary marry this suitor?" the show teases us, but we know better by now. "Will Edith have any measure of personal peace?" Oh, show, the next time will be the first time. Don't taunt us with ideas of Daisy's possible advancement: 12 years have transpired since the start of the show, and yet somehow she's still the lowliest of all sad creatures, beleaguered and undereducated, perpetually 16 years old. Will Robert »


- Margaret Lyons

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