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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Recap: The Chamber of Asses

2 hours ago

Since everyone knows that Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago are on a one-way train to Romance Town, it isn’t surprising that we’ve come to the end of Eva Longoria’s B99 guest stint, especially with fewer than 10 episodes left in the season to get those two crazy cop kids on track. (Goodbye, Eva, and thank you for playing the most reasonable, if dull, character who has ever existed in this show’s universe.) But even I was surprised that Sophia’s exit was so painful for Jake, who clearly likes her, but had admittedly only been dating her for three months (and was frankly something of a player before she came on the scene). Like Terry, I love love, and it’s a pleasure to see this softer side of Jake, who tries so desperately to make things work with her even after his harebrained scheme to befriend »


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Look at Nick Offerman's New Mustache-less Face

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Pawnee's most striking countenance has evolved into a new manimal, as Nick Offerman's upper lip is finally getting some fresh air. MTV said Offerman's mustache-less face looked like that of a garden gnome, and although that is accurate, it is also semi-mean. So let's be pretend-nice for the next five or so minutes and say his transformed mug looks like the Mona Lisa, but with a chin strap, because Nick Offerman — mustache or no mustache — is a national treasure. (Okay, fine, Mona Lisa or an older Mose Schrute, whatever.) The actor was spotted without his notorious whiskers at the Sundance Film Festival, where he's been promoting his new film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.Here's what Offerman 2.0 looks like: Preaching to the choir: One can only hope: Either smizing or longing for a mustache: All good things must come to an end, so with that we »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Emile Hirsch Might Have Assaulted a Film Executive

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A woman who works as an executive at Paramount Pictures alleged that actor Emile Hirsch assaulted her early Sunday morning at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Page Six reported that police responded to a call at Tao nightclub around 3:30 a.m., after the anonymous exec told security there was a problem between her and the 29-year-old actor. "Something happened between the movie exec and Emile, and she said she had been assaulted and asked security to call the police," a witness told Page Six. "Emile didn’t leave the scene, and calmly waited for the police to arrive, and spoke with them until around 5 a.m., after which he went home with his friends. No arrests were made."The exec reportedly opted not to press charges at the scene. The actor is in Utah to support his new movie Ten Thousand Saints, which premieres Friday at the fest. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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SAG Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List

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This year's SAG awards went to the films you'd expect to win, but the TV side of things held a few pleasant surprises. Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba won for best actress in a comedy series, and How to Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis grabbed the trophy for best turn in a drama. That's the first time in SAG awards history that both statues for TV's top female performers went to women of color, and diversity in Hollywood was on Davis's mind during her acceptance speech. She thanked her Htgawm collaborators for "thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me." On the film front, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore added more lead-actor kudos to their hardware collections, while J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette did the same in the supporting ranks. Check out the full list »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Full House Cast Reunites, Sings the Show’s Theme Song

6 hours ago

You know you're having a good birthday when John Stamos and Bob Saget attend your party and sing a song with you. That's what happened to Full House creator Jeff Franklin on Saturday night, when almost all the core Fh cast members reunited and sang the show's theme song (minus the Olsen twins because they are busy, leave them alone). Onstage, Franklin and Co. were also joined by the song's original vocalist Jesse Frederick. Everybody nailed the chorus; the other words proved to be more challenging, but the reunion still made for a wonderful moment.Here's a good angle of Stamos, Saget, Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, Franklin, and Frederick singing most of the words: And here's a lesser view, but with more action. Cherish it with us: Happy belated birthday, Jeff Franklin, and thank you for eons of reruns. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman on Their Sundance Comedy The Overnight, and Prosthetic Penises

7 hours ago

Earlier this Sundance, Vulture Kyle brought you the news of Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman going full frontal side-by-side in their hilarious new Los Angeles swingers movie, The Overnight (which also features Taylor Schilling and Judith Godrèche as their respective wives). There is so much to love about this movie, in which two couples with kids try to spark a new friendship, from paintings of buttholes to spontaneous pit stops at happy endings massage parlors. But the centerpiece of the movie comes [Spoiler] when Schwartzman’s character drops trou to go skinny dipping at a dinner party and reveals a giant horse penis, which sends Scott’s character into a spiral of insecurity about his own micropenis—until his new well-endowed friend gets him to love his body… and do a naked dance that gives new meaning to the phrase swinging dicks. As I waited around to talk to Scott and Schwartzman, »


- Jada Yuan

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Sundance: HBO’s Scientology Exposé Going Clear Is Jaw-Dropping

8 hours ago

The revelations in Alex Gibney’s new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief won’t come as a huge surprise to folks who’ve read Lawrence Wright’s devastating, similarly-titled book-length exposé. But any way you cut it, this is still spectacular stuff. The film, which will air on HBO in March, debuted at Sundance to a jam-packed overflow audience and a rousing standing ovation – not to mention the sight of fest volunteers forming a human chain around Gibney, Wright, and their subjects at the end of their post-screening Q&A, presumably as a safety precaution. (There were no evident Scientology protesters at the screening, though one interview subject did note that he and another interviewee were photographed by the same person at the Salt Lake City airport.) The film starts, much like the book does, with writer-director and longtime Scientology adherent Paul Haggis discussing how he »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Theater Review: Trying to Smarten Up Vampire Romance, With Let the Right One In

9 hours ago

The frequent collaborators John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett seem to be everywhere these days, not just geographically but narratively. Whether the tale they’re telling is psychological (as in the recent Broadway Glass Menagerie) or sociopolitical (Black Watch) or mytho-historical (the Alan Cumming Macbeth) or just groovy (What’s It All About?, the Burt Bacharach revue Hoggett put together) they almost always manage the difficult trick of cutting to the bone while raising the emotional temperature. To do this, they bring a certain amount of magic to their realism, as when Laura in that great Glass Menagerie made her first entrance and final exit through a kind of memory-wormhole in a sofa. But they also bring a certain amount of realism to their magic, and that’s an iffier proposition. At any rate, it’s a problem in their production of Let the Right One In, a vampire romance now at St. »


- Jesse Green

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Looking Recap: A New Leaf

9 hours ago

After what seemed like a step in the wrong direction last week, this episode of Looking felt like a retrenching, playing to the show’s realistic strengths and also adding some welcome new textures to the characters. This is mainly a Patrick-and-Kevin episode, carefully charting the ebb and flow of their secret relationship, acknowledging some of their difficulties, and rekindling the kind of chemistry between Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey that really hasn’t been seen since the Folsom Street Fair episode from season 1. Looking has settled back into its own distinctive groove: taking its time, quietly observing things, letting what happens happen naturally without any tangible manipulation in the writing.As a cake is brought in for a birthday party at their office, Patrick boldly grabs Kevin’s ass as they all sing “Happy Birthday,” a very sexy move, both because it’s a risk and because Patrick doesn’t seem to care. »


- Dan Callahan

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Downton Abbey Recap: Shooting Up, Mouthing Off

9 hours ago

Is it just me, or was Downton Abbey a little more fun this week? I mean, it's just as thematically repetitive as ever, and pretty much everyone (even the Dowager Countess) is still being a dick to Lady Edith, and Sarah Bunting continues to annoyingly give freethinkers a bad name. But this episode embraces its soap opera-ish tendencies more brazenly, and advances a few plots with a bit more urgency. There are heartfelt marriage proposals, rebuffed break-ups, announced divorces, heated arguments during seated dinners that turned all the downstairs staff into whispery gossips … there's even the equivalent of Downton Abbey Fashion Week!Perhaps the simultaneous series endings of Parks and Recreation and Parenthood have put me in an emotionally vulnerable place that prevents me from being overly critical at the moment, but I definitely enjoyed this installment more than last week’s. Women attempting to assert themselves in a patriarchal »


- Jen Chaney

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Togetherness Recap: Fatter At Night

9 hours ago

Sometimes when you’re in a deep enough sleep, you move a certain way, get stuck in a certain position, and wake up to find that you’ve pinned a limb beneath yourself, isolating it. It’s completely numb, and in those sleepy moments you stare at the ceiling and you wait for your blood to recirculate. You wait to feel something again. You wonder how long something has to be numb before you lose it forever. And just when you think that nothing will ever change, prickles run up and down your skin, the numbness replaced with a searing pain, and you wonder why you ever complained about being numb in the first place.This week’s Togetherness took a decidedly different path than previous episodes. Where before we saw only the distance that keeping the characters apart, this week featured every single person making a new and resonant connection. »

- Libby Hill

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Girls Recap: A Very Culturally Specific Statement

9 hours ago

When you view the four women of Girls as heroes or role models or even metaphorical stand-ins for what all millennials are thinking and feeling in our current moment, the whole enterprise starts to crumble. That is not what they are. Not one of these characters is heroic. Too many people try to see them that way, or at least feel that the show wants us to, which leads to a lot of criticism, like, “God, these people are horrible! Am I supposed to care about these horrible people? Young people are monsters! Is watching destructive people destroy supposed to be fun? I’m not having any fun.” But here’s the secret about Girls: it is not really supposed to be enjoyable. Yes, there are jokes, and physical comedy (Hannah hoisting herself over the couch after dropping bombs on everyone in her writing seminar was pure slapstick), but it »

- Rachel Syme

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Why Larry David the Schmuck Was the Best Thing to Happen to Larry David the Mensch

10 hours ago

Larry David regarded a brown leather messenger bag on the floor of a studio above West 42nd Street and announced, to no one in particular: “I never had a purse before in my life. Now all of a sudden I have a purse.” “It’s not really a purse,” his co-star Rita Wilson assured him. “It’s a satchel.” “No,” David insisted, “it’s a purse. There’s stuff in there that’s purse-y.” “It has a long strap,” Wilson countered. “How far do you ever really have to carry it?” Anna Shapiro, the director, asked. “It would be a purse if you ever had to carry it to a car.”Not finished with the subject of personal carriers, David moved on to discussing the backpack on wheels he now takes with him when he travels and his policy of always checking bags on airplanes, so he won’t have »


- Benjamin Wallace

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