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The Vampire Diaries Recap: Bring Back the ’90s

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I left you all last week with lots of questions, and after this week’s episode — well, as par for the course, I only have more of them — but at least we did get some answers. We know a bit more about Kai, that Alaric functions better on bourbon than blood, what Sheriff Forbes looked like with a Pamela Anderson haircut … and the mysterious paternity of new girl Sarah was revealed! So let’s get down to our recap, because we’ve got some ground to cover:Right off the bat, minus 100 for no Caroline in this episode. She confessed she had feelings for Stefan and then just disappeared? Whatever, let’s just say she was busy doing what Caroline does when she’s sad: curling her hair and trying on her old Miss Mystic pageant dresses. Opening scene, May 10, 1994. Everyone keeps repeating this date so much, I’m wondering if »


- Rebecca Serle

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Report: TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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According to a report by TMZ, TLC has cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after learning that Boo Boo matriarch Mama June is dating a convicted child molester. TLC told TMZ: "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being." In addition, TMZ is reporting that TLC has "shot an entire new season of episodes but will not air them." There goes Honey Boo Boo.Update: Mama June confirmed the cancellation on Facebook. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on 1,000 Times Good Night and the Intensity of Spanish Game of Thrones Fans

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau may not play the father of the year on Game of Thrones — he can't even publicly acknowledge his children. (The whole twincest thing, you know.) But in 1,000 Times Good Night, his character Marcus is the primary parent struggling to keep his family intact — not an easy job when his war-photographer wife Rebecca (played by Juliette Binoche) keeps putting her life at risk. Coster-Waldau called Vulture from the Thrones set in Spain to chat about what makes a good parent, dispel a little rumor, and tease Jaime Lannister picks up in season five.So, where are you right now?I'm in Seville, Spain. That's what I thought. There was a report that you were trying to get on set to shoot some scenes and had to pay a ticket price because they didn't recognize you. What happened?[Chuckles.] It wasn't quite that. That's the better story. What happened was, I »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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John Wick Is a Violent, Violent, Violent Film, But Oh-So Beautiful

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With any other actor in the role, the relentless revenge flick John Wick could have been just another variation on the Neesonian man-with-special-set-of-skills-kills-everybody genre. But with an actor as ethereal and ageless as Keanu Reeves in the lead, it becomes something else — more abstract and mythic.At this point, Reeves can do stoic and haunted in his sleep. As John Wick begins, he’s (stoically, hauntedly) mourning the recent loss of his wife to a terrible illness. But then a little dog is delivered to his door one day — accompanied by a card bearing the same yellow-daisy design as his late wife’s coffee mug. It turns out she bought the puppy for him to help him grieve after her death. She was right: Having the pitter-patter of an adorable mutt following him around and jumping into his cold, empty bed with him does seem to brighten Wick’s day — marginally. »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Parenthood Recap: Bravermans Drunk, Bravermans in Love

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Take the Braverman wives — please! But seriously, folks: Aren’t wives just the worst? They’re always doing and saying the naggiest things.“Take your heart medication.” “Don’t drive because the doctor told you not to.” “Stop encouraging our son to aspire to have a healthy romantic relationship since no girl will ever like him back. Ever.” “I put a boot on your motorcycle so you can never again ride haphazardly into a ditch and fracture your ribs.” It Never Ends. And if the wife isn’t nagging you about something, she’s acting like a total slut by letting her boyfriend play basketball with the kids. Am I right? For real, Parenthood cry-cap readers: All the badgering that poured forth from Jasmine, Camille, and Kristina (especially Kristina) in this episode was annoying, not only because nagging is annoying, but more important, because so much of their behavior was »

- Jen Chaney

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Gracepoint Recap: Sound and Fury, Signifying … Something?

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Ahem-hem: I wish to tentatively announce that now is the time for Broadchurch fans to tune back in to Gracepoint. We’ve begun to venture off the beaten path in ways that forcefully — maybe even too forcefully — distinguish this series from its predecessor (more on that in a minute). But we’ve also kept some of the original threads in play. Like a stringy younger brother trying to assert himself against a jock older brother, our little Gracepoint is becoming bold, sometimes impetuous. He’s making moves. We’re not always sure what he’s trying to accomplish, and he might be hurting himself along the way, but at least he’s trying to be different.In this episode, almost everything flows from that last moment in the previous installment — Elliott watching the little loading rainbow on his computer as it waits to tell us whose number was in the lining of Danny’s jacket. »

- Kaitlin Fontana

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Scandal Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: Let’s Get Drunk

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Everyone forced into an underground bunker is contractually obligated to talk about what it’s like to have sex with Olivia. Last night, it was Jake’s turn, and he decided that the best moment to bring up “being inside” (fuckin’ Barf) Olivia was when Fitz was roundhouse-punching him in his face.Did you like that? Did you enjoy watching Fitz punch Jake in the mug? Well, I didn’t, not one bit, and it’s not because I think Scott Foley has the dewy eyes of tiny puppy or a jawline I’d like to use to cut delicate curls of artisan cheese. I’m over the Olivia-Fitz-Jake love triangle because I no longer know what Olivia wants. What does Olivia want? That’s really the only question that matters, and the only thing I was thinking of while these two were swinging their dicks around a militarized tomb. »


- Danielle Henderson

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How to Get Away With Murder Recap: Penis Pics and Prejudice

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“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?” That, of course, was the burning question at the end of last week’s How to Get Away With Murder. And this week — after a run-in with Nate in which he reveals that Annalise is, in fact, sleeping next to a killer — the ever-confrontational Ms. Keating interrogates her philandering husband Sam to get some real answers. His version: “I’m sorry I slept with her. I’m sorry I lied about it. But I didn’t kill her.”The Big Reveal: Annalise is still vulnerable, sans wig, in her negligee. And we learn that she, too, was once the mistress. Which brings this Sam-screwing-a-student thing to a whole new level. Once a cheater, always a cheater, right? Oh, Annalise, you’re too smart not to realize that. But when she tries to kick Sam out, he gets violent. And Bitter »


- Sona Charaipotra

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The Joan Didion Documentary Kickstarter Raised $80K in 1 Day [Updated]

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As of today, Joan Didion can cross “crowd-funding” off her bucket list. The laconic 79-year-old essayist — who vivisected the '60s, became half of a Hollywood power couple, and more recently wrote two best-sellers about losing her husband and daughter suddenly — will be the subject of a documentary titled (aptly, if unoriginally) We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. Her nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct it with documentary veteran Susanne Rostock, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 at 10:30, roughly 24 hours later.As teased in a video and text on the site, the doc will alternate old photos of Didion with snippets of her reading selected passages (illustrated with gauzy stock footage), interspersed with newsreel-style coverage of the political upheavals she covered and talking heads like Patti Smith, Liam Neeson, Jann Wenner, Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter, and the camera-shy »


- Boris Kachka

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Yeah, Taylor Swift Is Serious About This Pop-Star Thing

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This is definitely not the Taylor Swift we remember. This is the full-blown pop-star version of our fair-haired country crossover: complete with shimmering hot-pants and with — gasp! — no sign of a guitar. On Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, she performed "Out of the Woods," the Jack Antonoff–penned chant — er, song — and officially set the tone for 1989. Whether or not you're onboard for pop-star Taylor Swift? That's up to you. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Why CBS and HBO May Have Ushered in TV’s Cord-Free Future

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CBS, the storied network that’s been around since before the invention of television, may be moored in history and tradition — but it also has a strong history of blowing up tradition in order to move itself, and the TV industry, forward. That revolutionary ethos was on display once more last week with the announcement that the network, through a subscription service called CBS All Access, was becoming the first American broadcaster to sell its content directly to consumers without a cable- or satellite-company middleman. Whatever the actual impact of the move — which came a day after a similar move by HBO to “unbundle” HBO Go — the symbolism was staggering: The home of Paley and Murrow had embraced an idea that could lead to the end of network TV as we’ve known it.To be sure, the key word here is symbolism. CBS All Access, in its current iteration, »


- Josef Adalian

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Playing Critic With Schoolchildren at MoMA’s ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’

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New York's Jerry Saltz has called the MoMA's "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" a can't-miss event filled with "visual thunder, physical profundity, and oceanic joy." Here, we asked a few aspiring after-school critics what they thought about the exhibition.1. Laney KabakerAge 4½ Which painting is your favorite? That one, because it has stars in it. Because he did it at night. Do you know how? With scissors. Is that what you use when you make art at home? I use paint! And I do stars. ************** 2. Peter and Maggie EllisonBoth 13, visiting from California Maggie: It’s different when you see them for real, because when you get close enough you can see everything, like the pins. But if you’re far away, it just looks like a painting. Peter: These are impressions of stuff. A painting might be more real. Would you like to be an artist someday?  Peter: Maybe. There’s not »


- S. Jhoanna Robledo

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Aaron Paul Bashes Toys ‘R’ Us for Pulling Breaking Bad Toys

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After a series of Breaking Bad action figures were pulled from Toys ‘R' Us shelves following a Florida mother’s complaint, Aaron Paul took to Twitter to express his grievances about their removal, noting that the store still sells questionable items like violent video games and Barbie. Maybe he's more of a Bratz guy?Paul wrote: Bryan Cranston had a slightly more measured response, although he did threaten to burn his "Florida Mom" action figure in protest: Your move, Florida mom. »


- Anna Silman

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Theater Review: The Believable Gut-Punch of Disgraced

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It’s a good thing that the playwright Ayad Akhtar is Muslim, because if any non-Muslim wrote Disgraced — and you could almost imagine someone like Bruce Norris wanting to — the response from both left and right would be furious. As it is, the intense 80-minute drama, which seems to ask whether there is something inherent in Islam that predisposes believers to violence, incites furious responses anyway; at the preview I attended, a member of the audience, echoing one character’s description of the Muslim protagonist, shouted, “He is a fucking animal!” But even the non-shouters looked pretty stunned by the play’s brutal climax. I was, too, despite having seen it before, in a much more intimate staging produced by Lincoln Center Theater at the Claire Tow in 2012. This bigger, more glamorous Broadway version exposes more faults and infelicities, but also strips away one’s liberal pieties more effectively. Perhaps »


- Jesse Green

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There Might Be an Archie Comics TV Show Called Riverdale

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Archie Andrews is dead (sort of) in his long-running comic, but he may yet get one more chance to live, thanks to Fox. The network is developing a TV show called Riverdale that will follow the red-headed teen and his gang of squeaky-clean friends. Actually, take out the "squeaky-clean" part — Deadline says the project will be a "bold, subversive" drama that explores the "the darkness and weirdness" underpinning the Archie universe. That could mean anything from Desperate Housewives to Blue Velvet! The show will be produced by Everwood's Greg Berlanti. This is Berlanti's second attempt at bringing Archie comics to television (the first was Dawson's Creek). »


- Nate Jones

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The 11 Scariest TV Shows Ever (and Where to Stream Them)

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When you think of horror, you think of horror movies, but some of the deepest and most lasting shivers have come from television. Here is a list of ten small-screen classics guaranteed to keep you up at night.1. Ghostwatch (BBC, 1992) Originally broadcast in the U.K. as part of the BBC series Screen One, and based on the legend of the Enfield Poltergeist, this is a faux-live TV broadcast that takes viewers inside a house in Northolt, Greater London, that's believed to be haunted by a spirit known as Pipes (because the parents told their kids that those eerie noises were caused by the plumbing). The audacious final stretch attains an almost Lovecraftian awesomeness. 2. The Kingdom (Dr, 1994) [Available via Netflix] Set in a haunted hospital on the border between Sweden and Denmark, this miniseries from Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac, Antichrist) is one part M*A*S*H-style black comedy, one part »


- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Yes, Constantine Is a Show About a Man Who Fights Demons, But I Didn’t Believe a Second of It

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I didn't believe a second of NBC's Constantine, adapted from DC Comics' Hellblazer series. That might seem a strange complaint given that the story concerns an exorcist/demonologist (Matt Ryan) who travels the world, battling demons who've possessed innocent mortals while trying to right a tragic mistake. It must be a tone thing and a performance thing: The show's got the atmosphere and visuals things nailed down.As directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) and overseen by executive producers Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Dark City, and way too many comics adaptations to list here), the first installment, which airs Friday night at 10 p.m., doesn't lack for production value. Possessed people swing and twirl through the air, hordes of cockroaches skitter, the ground opens up, the sky goes dark with purplish cumulus clouds, and a horned demon lunges from a hellmouth, »


- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Keira Knighley on Laggies, Imitation Game, and Hating High School

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Keira Knightly can’t help it, really, but she doesn’t quite come across like “one of us.” Which is why it’s such a treat to see her in Laggies, Lynn Shelton’s latest comedy about adults failing miserably at adulthood. Brandishing a decent American accent, the willowy Brit plays a woman adrift in her late 20s who takes a weeklong break from her life to live with a high-school girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) she met while buying her alcohol and her divorcée lawyer dad (Sam Rockwell at his funny, sexy best). It may well be Knightley’s most relatable performance since Bend It Like Beckham. Vulture caught up with her at the Toronto Film Festival, where she was also promoting her role as pioneering Wwi math genius and WWII code-breaker Joan Clarke, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing, in the historical thriller The Imitation Game, which has her »


- Jada Yuan

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Listen to Panda Bear’s Excellent New Single, ‘Mr Noah’

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Panda Bear, the chillest dude in Animal Collective (impressive feat!) and the non-cyborg voice heard on Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right,” released a new Ep today. The four-song Mr Noah is available to stream on Spotify right now, and it comes in advance of forthcoming full-length album Panda Bear vs. The Grim Reaper, which will be out on January 13. I will go ahead and declare the album’s initial prognosis “very promising”; when I saw him play a set of almost entirely new material last month, it was the least angry I have seen an audience get in a long time about someone not Playing the Hits. (Though, to be fair, I don’t think the two Venn diagram circles representing “Panda Bear fans” and “people who get visibly angry about things” actually touch.) With its big, God’s-pocket-change beat, the first single “Mr Noah” is definitely more percussive »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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The 6 Ugliest Paintings of Liam Neeson

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In real life and in photographs, Liam Neeson is a very handsome man. And yet, for some reason, when it comes time for Neeson's films to place his comely mug on their posters, they never choose a simple photo. Instead, they almost always go with a bizarre Photoshop painting of Neeson's face that makes him look like a cross between Frankenstein's monster and a potato. Check out some of the worst offenders below. (Some of these are international posters.) A Walk Among the TombstonesThis is the work of a police sketch artist who has only seen one Liam Neeson film (Darkman, 20 years ago). TakenFor this poster, the artist has decided to depict Neeson as Vincent Price. UnknownWelcome to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, which is apparently lit like the inside of a high-school boiler room. Taken 2Once again, an impossible dark shadow appears above Neeson's brow. What is he trying to hide? »


- Nate Jones

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