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Girls Ep Jenni Konner on 'Horrible' Women and That Wig Scene from How To Get Away With Murder

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On Thursday night, Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner sat down with Slate’s Willa Paskin as part of the New York Television Festival at the Sva Theater. Konner talked about working with Lena Dunham on Girls (they've pretty much mapped out the fifth season), and also revisited some familiar touchstones, like the “rage spiral” she went into earlier this year because of Emily Gould. "I just went insane," said Konner when the Emily Gould articles happened early this summer. "I just like couldn’t get off of Twitter. It was like 'I guess this is where I live now — talking about Emily Gould on Twitter.'"She also talked about the moment when a "journalist" (she put that in air quotes) at the Television Critics Association press tour asked her about the show’s nudity earlier this year: "I don’t think you could even tell in the transcript how fucking mad he sounded. »


- Marcus Jones

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Kate Hudson Does a Solid Impression of Matthew McConaughey

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On Tuesday night, Kate Hudson — one of the many celebrities on hand at a American Cinematheque gala honoring Matthew McConaughey — told a story about getting her scuba license with the actor for 2008's Fool's Gold. Hudson was post-divorce, and McConaughey was just the guy to cheer her up: "He’s like, 'Come onnn, Hudson. Let’s go, baby,'" he said to her from the water in his thick Texas drawl. He was shirtless, of course. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Some Drunk Guy Confused Mindy Kaling for Malala Yousafzai

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Turns out that being super famous and selling out a panel at the New Yorker Festival isn't enough to buffer you from casual racism. After chatting with Emily Nussbaum about anal sex, Mindy Kaling attended the VIP after-party at the Boom Boom Room. There she was accosted by "a tipsy man in his 80s" who "showered her with compliments." Only, he had a case of the all-look-same blues and mistook Kaling for another famous brown woman: youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai. "Congratulations on your Nobel Prize," he said to her. After he was out of earshot, Kaling wondered aloud: "Did he really think I'm Malala, and that if I were, I'd be at the Boom Boom Room?" As is her wont, she took the whole incident in stride, "That's the best thing that's happened all night." We can practically hear the joke writing itself on The »


- E. Alex Jung

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Strut His Stuff to Beyoncé

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The inimitable, adorable Benedict Cumberbatch went on The Graham Norton Show to continue his press tour for The Imitation Game, and did hilarious, adorable things that only Benedict Cumberbatch can do, like sexy-scary dragon voices. Along for the ride in the episode was comedian Miranda Hart, who got up to demonstrate some observations on how people walk, including the Beyoncé strut. This provided a perfect (too perfect?) segue to Cumberbatch doing his best Beyoncé strut to "Crazy in Love." Norton also got Cumberbatch to do his Jar Jar Binks impression, as well as say the word "penguins," which is really tough for him to do (peng-wings). It's adorable. »


- E. Alex Jung

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ABC Has Canceled Manhattan Love Story

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ABC’s Manhattan Love Story is no more: The network has canceled the little-seen romantic comedy, the first freshman casualty of the new fall season. Production on the 8:30 p.m. Tuesday show has halted, and no more episodes will air. A previously scheduled Halloween special will air in place of Mls next week, and then, starting November 4, ABC says it will fill the now-dead show’s slot with a second helping of fellow freshman Selfie. Mls debuted to a modest 4.7 million viewers and then continued to bleed viewers each of the four weeks it aired, attracting just 2.6 million this week. (It also got virtually no bump from time-shifting, a sign viewers either had no interest in it or, just as likely, no idea it even existed.) Finally, critics were also harsh on Mls, with Vulture’s Margaret Lyons urging viewers to “run” from the show. »


- Josef Adalian

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Marina Abramovic Is Still in the Dark

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With a glint in her eye and and an inviting tone in her voice, a woman next to me as we exited Marina Abramovic's latest outing at Sean Kelly Gallery asked, "Was it you who just felt me up? It was so nice." I looked at her, and then at her chest. We locked eyes. For an instant, I wanted to say "Yes, I will yes." Then — remembering that my vibe has never produced these sorts of encounters — I said, "I wish it'd been me, but it wasn't." And just like that, I snapped back from a dreamy life that never was to what I'd been thinking the instant before. Which was that the piece had been mumbo-jumbo, nothing more.I feel about Abramovic's art the way I do about the High Line. It's a high-production distraction for tourists that simultaneously keeps them from over-crowding the already over-crowded real »


- Jerry Saltz

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A Look Back at David Redfern’s Classic Beatles Photographs

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David Redfern — the prolific music photographer who captured snapshots of such monumental artists as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington, and Nina Simone, among others — has died at the age of 78. NME reports that Redfern, who had cancer, died at his home in France. Throughout a career that began in the '60s, Redfern became an industry fixture, shooting musicians at jazz clubs and on TV shows. On the latter, Redfern snapped many of his now-classic pictures of the Beatles from shows like Thank Your Lucky Stars. In remembrance of the photographer, here are 11 of his shots of the Beatles, taken between 1963 and 1967, in the U.K. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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John Hawkes Is Quietly Marvelous in Low Down

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A.J. (Amy-Jo) Albany’s memoir Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood is a tender, spiky, beautifully evocative series of linked vignettes about her cruelly impoverished childhood as the daughter of a brilliant jazz pianist and junkie, Joe Albany, and a mean, self-centered mother (once the lover of Allen Ginsberg before he turned conclusively gay) who left them early and slid into terminal alcoholism. Amy and Topper Lilien have turned the book into a movie directed by Jeff Preiss, best known as the cinematographer of Bruce Weber’s extraordinary documentaries Broken Noses and Let’s Get Lost. Preiss brings a moody, lingering, be-bop touch to material that would be better in places with more zip, but if the film’s not as entertaining as the book, it’s pretty damn good, anyway. It has an immersive mood — a dim, junk-infused gloom from which there’s almost no escape. »


- David Edelstein

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World Clown Association President Speaks Out Against Scary Clowns

24 October 2014 12:39 PM, PDT

The clown community has a bit of a PR problem right now. First there was a freaky-deaky clown harassing people in a small California town. Then American Horror Story: Freak Show returned and brought with it a nightmarish clown. Halloween season is always a metaphorical tiny car surprisingly full of literal scary clowns, and there’s the ongoing problem of the Insane Clown Posse. For Randy Christensen, this issue is no laughing matter. As president-elect of the World Clown Association, Christensen, who performs as Oxford P. Nuts, among other names, is serious about what constitutes real clowning — and scary stuff ain’t it. We spoke with Christensen about the current fraught state of clowning and how people should understand the spate of frightening doppelgängers. What do people need to understand about the problem with scary clowns? Technically, I don’t even refer to horror clowns as clowns. They’re horror characters. »


- David Marchese

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Did Taylor Swift Rip Off Lorde and Lana Del Rey?

24 October 2014 12:18 PM, PDT

Much — too much? — has been made about the late-'80s influence on Taylor Swift's self-proclaimed first pure pop album 1989, but on my first few listens, I detect two more modern shadows looming large: those of current pop-paradigm-shifters Lorde and Lana Del Rey. Taylor's current award-show bestie/recreational-cooking classmate Lorde is a more fitting influence here: I hear her moody, electro-minimalist vibe all over 1989's last two songs, the driving, is-this-seriously-not-on-the-Mockingjay-soundtrack "I Know Places," and the muted breakup song "Clean." Then there's the (first impression: awesome) second track, "Blank Space," which is a good deal peppier than anything on Pure Heroine but has a rhythm that reminds me so much of its lead-off track "Team" that I find myself wanting to add a "... you can watch from your window" at the end of every verse.Elsewhere, though, Taylor does a less convincing impression of pop's other reigning queen of darkness, »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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The Swedish Drama Force Majeure Is a Quiet Avalanche

24 October 2014 12:15 PM, PDT

Note: In order to discuss the Alps-set Swedish drama Force Majeure in any depth, it is necessary to reveal a very early event on which the entire narrative hinges. If you believe — wrongly, I think, but it’s your call — that this constitutes a “spoiler” and are merely looking for a thumb up or down, then here is the pertinent judgment: Thumb up, three stars, B+, 89 ... Actually, 93 until the climax, which is somewhat opaque. The setting is breathtaking, the cast excellent — and attractive! Back to Rotten Tomatoes, then.The chic but potent psychodrama Force Majeure centers on a split-second impulse that opens up an immense rift in an attractive Swedish family’s orderly, prosperous existence. The setting is a posh ski resort in the Alps, to which Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke), his wife, Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli), and their children, Clara and Vincent, have come to hit the »


- David Edelstein

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White Bird in a Blizzard, Starring Shailene Woodley, Is an Evocative, Occasionally Maddening Film

24 October 2014 11:45 AM, PDT

“I was 17 when my mother disappeared,” Kat Connor (Shailene Woodley) tells us in the opening narration of White Bird in a Blizzard. “Just as I was becoming nothing but my body — flesh and blood and raging hormones — she stepped out of hers and left it behind.” It’s a poetic yet somewhat simplistic comparison, and it captures the conflicting impulses in Gregg Araki’s evocative, gorgeous, occasionally maddening film.White Bird is a coming-of-age tale that hops between the disappearance of Kat’s mother Eve (played by the great Eva Green, displaying a nutty blend of fierce allure and tense chill) and Kat’s own sexual awakening. The timeline hopscotches back and forth over a three-year period. We see the dysfunction at home, as the glamorous Eve seems so out of place in her static, sexless suburban marriage to seemingly straitlaced office drone Brock (Christopher Meloni); we see Kat start »


- Bilge Ebiri

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3 Reasons Why TLC Ditched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo So Quickly

24 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT

Well, that was quick: Barely 24 hours after TMZ published a photo of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch Mama June Shannon with a convicted child molester, TLC has decided it's better to no longer redneckognize its spinoff of Toddlers and Tiaras. The network has shelved the upcoming third season of the show (even though the episodes had already been filmed) and says it has no plans to even air reruns of the show. It’s a dramatic development, and a decision TLC executives probably didn’t make lightly. “There’s a whole season that had been shot. You don’t walk away from that unless you’re really concerned,” one reality TV veteran told Vulture Friday. So why did TLC move with such speed and seeming finality? Three reasons immediately come to mind: 1. Honey Boo Boo is still a hit, but it’s not irreplaceable.While the show’s overall »


- Josef Adalian

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Blame France for Leaking Taylor Swift’s New Album

24 October 2014 11:15 AM, PDT

Whether you like it or not, the new Taylor Swift album is out there. Whether you've seen it via a Zippyshare.com link containing a file called "albumsgonnaleakleakleakleakleak.rar" (Seriously, that's what the leaker called it!) or perhaps secondhand through individual Dropboxes — an array of inside-joke-named folders purposefully conspicuous in their track-naming. But to look a little further, it's the track names (and number of tracks) that seem to point toward where this leak might've come from.If you downloaded the original leak, you'll see that song titles are missing and in their place there are a slew of numbered "pistes." Ha, yes, pretty funny, but piste is French for "track," so these songs definitely came France* (or are the product of a very paranoid leaker). Furthermore, when you put the tracks into iTunes, all of the French album information appears: "Album inconnu," mine reads, or, "Unknown album." Another thing to note, »


- Lindsey Weber

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A Horrorphobe Is Forced to Watch His First Scary Movie: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

24 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

This essay originally ran October 30, 2013. We are republishing it as part of Vulture's Horror Week. I am 28 years and 5 months old, and I went exactly that long without ever seeing an entire horror movie. On Monday, my streak ended, after my editor forced me to watch the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre at home, at night, with the sound up and the lights out. This was a terrible idea. Before I get to this nightmarish evening, quick answers to the Faq that inevitably follows me telling people I have never seen a horror movie. You're lying, right? Nope.  Come on, you must have seen Jaws or Silence of the Lambs. No, I haven't. If you've never seen one, how do you know you wouldn’t like them? First, because I've been subjected to enough unavoidable trailers for horror movies, which Hollywood feels the need to play in front of »


- Jesse David Fox

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Watch Shailene Woodley Seduce a Much Older Man

24 October 2014 10:45 AM, PDT

In Gregg Araki’s new film White Bird in a Blizzard, Shailene Woodley plays Kat, a suburban 17-year-old who’s adrift after her mom (a tightly wound Eva Green) goes missing. Kat’s dad (Christopher Meloni) shuts down emotionally, Kat’s boyfriend (Shiloh Fernandez) grows physically distant, Kat’s friends (Gabourey Sidibe and Mark Indelicato) are already looking ahead to college, and as for Kat herself … well, now that she’s on her own with no parental oversight, she’s testing her own boundaries. That mission of self-discovery includes some sexual exploration that may shock audiences who only know Woodley from the PG-13 The Fault in Our Stars, as Kat sets her sights on the much older detective (Thomas Jane) investigating her mother’s case, then heads to his apartment to tentatively seduce him. You can see how that goes in this exclusive clip from the movie, out in theaters today. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Some Snap Judgments on Taylor Swift’s 1989

24 October 2014 10:43 AM, PDT

Taylor Swift is calling 1989 her first official pop album, and like all pop albums do (except for one), it's leaked ahead of its official release. Here's a quick rundown of what you can look forward to. Good news: What you haven't heard just yet is sounding a lot better than what you have."Welcome to New York"In context, this is not actually the worst song of Swift's career. It's just a lightweight intro (and so much more fun if you pretend it's about Ebola). "Blank Space"Think Rosamund Pike at the end of Gone Girl — "Darling, I'm a nightmare, dressed like a daydream." Actually, on second thought, how did they not cross-promo this? "Style"Good news: It's not actually eight seconds of white noise. It's more like Miami Vice, or maybe Drive: "You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye / And I got the red-lip classic thing »


- Nate Jones,Lindsey Weber

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Neil Marshall on Directing Constantine and Figuring Out New Ways to Kill People on Game of Thrones

24 October 2014 10:15 AM, PDT

Violence dominates director Neil Marshall's work, from his 2002 werewolf action film Dog Soldiers to his battle-centric Game of Thrones episode "Watchers on the Wall" from earlier this year, the latter of which earned Marshall an Emmy nomination. Marshall grew up in Northern England, reveling in hyperviolent horror films that were banned during the U.K.'s Video Nasties scare of the mid-1980s. Now 44, he's gone on to helm The Descent, one of the most viscerally disturbing horror films of recent memory, and the pilot episode of Constantine, a dark, supernatural drama based on DC Comics' Hellblazer series. Vulture talked to Marshall about decapitations, ex–Sex Pistol John Lydon, and taboo VHS tapes.Watching the Constantine pilot, I couldn't help but wonder if there was a conscious effort to distinguish the show's style from the look of the [2005] Frances Lawrence/Keanu Reeves film ...We tried to make the »


- Simon Abrams

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Savage Garden, Mase, and Third Eye Blind: Dave Holmes on the Songs of January 1998

24 October 2014 10:10 AM, PDT

She’s on Twitter! Monica Lewinsky is finally on Twitter! So far, she has only tweeted eleven words, five of which were hashtags about gratitude, but I’m keeping my eye on this one. Who knows what she might say? As we follow and wait for more of her wisdom, let’s put on something that reveals our navels and drive my DeLorean Gif back to the week Linda Tripp pitched the shit right at the fan; here are the Billboard Top 40 Singles from the week of January 24, 1998. (I’m already out of things to say about Monica Lewinsky.)  40. "32 Flavors," Alana DavisHere, singer-songwriter Alana Davis takes the “I am what I am” subtext of Ani Difranco’s song and makes that shit text. Still, that second verse — about how you’re screwed if you’re ugly or you’re pretty or you seem to be enjoying yourself in any way »


- Dave Holmes

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Ouija Is Confident, Meat-and-Potatoes Horror

24 October 2014 9:45 AM, PDT

There’s an old story about screenwriter Charles MacArthur asking Charlie Chaplin how he’d show a woman slipping on a banana peel. Chaplin said he’d show her stepping over the banana peel, then disappearing into the manhole on the other side. That story flashed through my mind a couple of times during Ouija, which at times enacts the horror-movie equivalent of Chaplin’s comedy gag. It builds to a jump scare and distracts us with what we think was the big, sudden jump reveal — and then it pounces. When it works, it’s a wonderful, elemental thing. I’m not going to lie: I actually cackled with terror and delight at a couple of moments.The story is absurdly simple. A young woman, Debbie (Shelley Hennig), mysteriously dies after playing with a Ouija board. Her friends, among them her Bff Laine (Olivia Cooke), attempt to commune with her spirit, »


- Bilge Ebiri

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