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Brad Pitt’s New Orleans Mob Movie Tanks

2 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST

Until the next big blockbuster, the box office belongs to Breaking Dawn — Part 2, which brought in $17.1 million this weekend, though Skyfall's nearly caught up with a $16.9 million haul. In third place (with $13.3 million) was Steven Spielberg's Oscar-buzzworthy Lincoln, while Ben Affleck's own Oscar entry Argo broke the $100 million box office barrier. The real news, though, was a disappointing $7 million showing by Killing Them Softly, the Brad Pitt-produced (and starring) film about a gutsy trio that robs a mob-protected card game in New Orleans. As Nikke Finke over at Deadline heard from the studio grapevine, expectations for the movie's first weekend had been hovering in the "double digit millions." »


- Andre Tartar

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Longtime Star Wars Producer Rick McCallum Leaves Lucasfilm

2 December 2012 2:00 PM, PST

Now that George Lucas has passed off the Star Wars franchise to Disney and Kathleen Kennedy, Rick McCallum, who produced the three Star Wars prequels and the special edition re-releases of the originals, is parting ways with Lucasfilm. In a statement, he assured fans that the operation was being left in good hands: "There’s only person in the world who could do this, and that’s Kathleen Kennedy." McCallum plans include a slate of independent films, and Lucas has already expressed the desire to collaborate with him again in the future. »


- Andre Tartar

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Kim Kardashian Is Now Causing Riots in the Middle East

2 December 2012 10:17 AM, PST

Bahrain's riot police had to be called into action yesterday to blanket Islamic protesters in tear gas; the same thing happened in Kuwait on Wednesday. Why the civil unrest? Objectionable person Kim Kardashain was in town to open a few Millions of Milkshakes outlets, while plugging her own signature shake (strawberry and banana, topped with whipped cream, if you're interested.) One protester held a sign that read, "Syria receives martyrs while Bahrain receives whores" and, while we don't approve of that particular kind of name-calling, we can certainly understand why people would be resistant to importing Kardashian-branded anything to their country. »

- Andre Tartar

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Your Sunday Long Reads: Lana Del Rey, Bill Murray, and the Making of Lost

2 December 2012 8:47 AM, PST

It's Sunday afternoon — your last chance to read all that stuff you meant to read last week before Monday brings a new deluge of things you will want to read. Below, some of our recommendations: "The Year in Pop: Lana Del Rey" by Christopher Glazek (Artforum): Why Lana Del Rey's historical mash-ups peg our cultural moment more eloquently than any verse about smartphones. "With Bill Murray, Just Take the Trip" by David Itzkoff (New York Times): The actor talks about playing Fdr and serendipity, and drags a reporter onstage in Chicago. "'I Pretty Much Wanted to Die'" by Alan Sepinwall (Grantland): The origins of Lost, as told by the people who made it. "Bryan Saunders: portrait of the artist on crystal meth" by Jon Ronson (The Guardian): Is Bryan Saunders an outsider artist, a troubled man in need of help, or both? "The Bookstore Strikes »


- Caroline Bankoff,Andre Tartar

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It Looks Like the Nicki Minaj-Hot 97 Feud Is Back On

1 December 2012 2:00 PM, PST

As you might recall, this year's Hot 97 Summer Jam was a bit of a fiasco, with D.J. Peter Rosenberg badmouthing "Starships" and Lil' Wayne stepping in to defend Nicki Minaj's honor. Minaj eventually patched things up with the New York mega-station, but the peace was not built to last: According to Hot 97's program director, Ebro, Minaj recently called him up to say — among other things — "Don't ever play my music again." Apparently, she was upset over Ebro's on-air speculation about the effect Rosenberg's comments had on Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up, which didn't sell well. "I said, 'Rosenberg ruined Nicki Minaj's career,'" Ebro explained on the Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Show. "The things [Rosenberg] said about her being pop and selling out and making that pop music came back to haunt her." Next thing he knows: "I get the phone call, the international number pops »


- Andre Tartar

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Seth MacFarlane’s Voice to Hijack an Upcoming Episode of The Simpsons

1 December 2012 12:00 PM, PST

Seth MacFarlane recently put in some time at the studio of fellow Fox series and animated rival The Simpsons, where he voice-acted the part of Ben, a married man trawling a hook-up site that Marge mistakes for a place for weird cupcake information. The two hit it off, bonding over Upton Rectory — the Downton Abbey of Springfield — while Seth Ben serenades Marge with a rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight." "For Seth, it completes the Saturday Night Live/Oscar host/Simpsons triple crown that exists only in my head," Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly. Speaking of the Oscars: certain film school students will be very excited to hear that MacFarlane is offering them to chance to gracefully carry an Academy Award to a waiting star on Oscar night. (He's hosting, lest you forget.) All contestants have to do is submit a video to the AMPAS's Facebook »


- Andre Tartar

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Christian Slater’s Vote Was Not Counted

1 December 2012 10:35 AM, PST

On November 6, the man we will always think of as the male lead in Heathers showed up to his Miami-Dade polling place and spent four hours in line  just to learn that he wasn't registered to vote, despite having ticked that box when applying for a driver's license. Finally, Slater — who chronicled the entire saga via Twitter — was issued a provisional ballot and triumphantly declared to his 40,000 followers: "I voted!!!!!" Or so he thought! Today, the actor posted a letter from election officials later notifying him — or, rather, Christina D. Slater — that his/her ballot had been voided because his/her signature didn't match his/her voter registration record. Don't they mean autograph? »

- Andre Tartar

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Girls' Jemima Kirke Had a Boy

1 December 2012 9:40 AM, PST

Ten days ago, Lena Dunham tweeted "one of my friends had a baby," and now we know exactly who that friend is: Jemima Kirke (a.k.a Jessa Johansson) named her newborn son (and second child) Memphis, Us Weekly confirmed yesterday afternoon. As we learned from Kirke earlier this year — and repeat here in her uninhibited honor — Memphis will not be circumcised. Mazel tov. »


- Andre Tartar

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Ten Pop Culture Questions Vulture Answered This Week

1 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Every week, your Vulture staff takes a moment to reflect on the Really Big Questions from the past seven days in entertainment, mulling the meaning of what just happened in the world of showbiz while simultaneously contemplating our own mortality. We're not going to kid you, folks: It's all pretty deep. This week, in addition to freaking out about a small mole on our left arm, we debated the logic of letting Jeff Zucker run another TV network and asked, one more time: Why, Lindsay Lohan? Why? In case you missed these great moments of pop culture dissection and debate, here are ten of the entertainment-related questions that haunted us this week, and the answers which put our minds at ease — for now, at least.1. Which Boy Meets World alum will participate in the upcoming sequel, which won't, and what does it all mean? Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel »


- Vulture Editors

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The Killing Is Back From the Dead

30 November 2012 2:38 PM, PST

It appears that The Killing has been un-canceled. Showrunner Veena Sud and executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin are actively working on a third season and are back in the writers' room, according to Variety. AMC initially canned the show back in July, but then Netflix and DirecTV started sniffing around. As of now, there's nothing official in place with another entity, but it looks like that Netflix deal is nigh. Welcome, you've got Bockmail. »


- Margaret Lyons

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Oscar Futures: Is Les Miserables a Game-Changer?

30 November 2012 12:35 PM, PST

Every week between now and January 10, when the nominations are announced, movies and stars will help themselves — or sometimes, hurt themselves — in the Oscar race. Vulture's Oscar Futures will listen for insider gossip, comb the blogs, and out-and-out guess when necessary to track who's up, who's down, and who's currently leading the race for a coveted nomination.Let's check out the chart: »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Gossip Girl Recap Recap: Nobody Puts Monkey in the Corner

30 November 2012 12:30 PM, PST

Chuck’s overturned living quarters foreshadowed exactly what the episode would be: a hot mess with a sad Monkey barking helplessly in complete and utter distress. (In this scenario, Monkey equals us, of course.) The writers decided to gut out the Upper East Side entirely — and while any semblance of “normalcy” has long been gone, we spent this episode gagging at scenes nobody wanted to see. Derena came back full force, frolicking, giggling, and making amends; S waltzed around B’s pop-up with her glittered-out cleavage rhombus on full display; Ivy slavishly clung onto WVdW and then pouted to him like a daughter would, making every viewers’ eyeballs twitch; Bart Bass stripped down to his skivvies; Mr. Waffles got long-conned; both Nate and Chuckles had solo scenes of them chugging their sorrows away; and Chair “ended” all because of the useless “pact” and Lily.Quite a few commenters were titillated »

- Julie Ma

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Homeland’s Rupert Friend on Black Ops and Comparing Butts With Mandy Patinkin

30 November 2012 12:25 PM, PST

Nestled within the usual spy antics and will-they-won’t-they questions on this season’s Homeland was a smaller mystery: Who is this Peter Quinn character, and why does he get so mad all the time? The answer, as revealed on last week’s episode (obligatory spoiler alert), is that he’s a black ops agent of some kind — and he was put on the team to kill Brody when the time comes. Vulture caught up with Rupert Friend, who plays the terse, violent Quinn, to discuss his big secret, anger-management issues, and what Mandy Patinkin sings to him on set.So, you’re a super-shady black-ops agent! That was quite a reveal. Have you known the whole time? Yes, but in a very super-secret, shady way. [Laughs.] When I first arrived — I think because I was the new guy, and possibly to sort of calm my probably quite obvious nerves — the »


- Amanda Dobbins

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Watch the Week’s Best Viral Videos

30 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST

We almost got through a week without Lindsay Lohan getting arrested after allegedly punching someone at 4 a.m. at a nightclub in Manhattan. So Close! Could you imagine what would have happened if Lindsay Lohan quietly just … cooled out after the reviews from Liz & Dick blew over? That would’ve been crazy. Just nuts. But just like Lindsay Lohan can’t go a week without getting busted, we can’t go a week without bringing you the best viral videos on the web. (Also, cocaine. We can’t go a week without some fantastic cocaine.) (Jk, guys.) This week, there was a really awesome optical illusion video. And, also, pervy, cartoon Elmo. And a female Don Knotts. So that’s three illusions. »


- Eliot Glazer

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50 Cent Developing Starz Drama

30 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST

50 Cent will executive produce an hour-long drama for Starz called Power, Variety reports. The show, still in development, is about a nightclub owner who "skirts the line between legitimacy and criminality," because you can't have a cable drama without involving some form of lawlessness. Maybe he can be a moody, intriguing antihero whose family doesn't know the depths of his darkness! We need some more of those guys on TV. »

- Margaret Lyons

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Holiday Shopping: ’Tis the Season to Buy T-Shirts Based on Your Favorite TV Shows

30 November 2012 11:15 AM, PST

With the holidays upon us, there has never been a better time to channel your friends' and relatives' geeky fanaticism for their favorite TV shows into a perfect stocking stuffer: the T-shirt. We've visited every corner of the Internet to create the ultimate list, directing you to the best of the best in TV-themed T-shirts that go beyond the usual obvious catchphrase or show title. These are deep-cut tees, the sort that will have fellow true fans giving the secret true-fan nod of recognition to its wearer on the street. Now the recipients can wear their worship for Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and many more shows on their sleeve — actually, make that two sleeves!30 Rock Amazon, $18.71 TShirt Pusher, $19.50 Bob's Burgers Busted Tees, $20 Breaking Bad Etsy, $22 Etsy, £8.99 Doctor Who Etsy, $26 Threadless, $11.99 Game of Thrones Etsy, £16.50 Etsy, £10.00 General Fandom »


- Eliot Glazer,Max Thorn

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At Least One Member of the Wanted Likes Lindsay

30 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST

The Lindsay Lohan Avenue Arrest Saga is now deeply confusing and somehow involves gypsies, but you will recall that Lindsay was flirting with Max George, of the Wanted, at some point before the incident.  Max, being a cad, has not really commented on the matter beyond a tweet that reads "eventful night!!." But another, kinder member of the band — Jay, the one with a "No Doy" tattoo — took it upon himself to speak up for Lohan at last night's Madison Square Garden concert. You can read the T-shirt for yourself (it says "Free Lindsay"). »


- Amanda Dobbins

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Movie Review: The Collection Makes the Saw Films Seem Like Exercises in Restraint

30 November 2012 10:45 AM, PST

The Collection is in many ways a terrible movie, but at least it doesn’t pussyfoot around. In this film we get to see: an entire club full of ravers shredded to pieces by a set of giant rotating knives; another set of club kids smushed to a fine pulp inside what appears to be a giant meat tenderizer; a meat hook go through a guy’s jaw; another guy impaled on spikes plunging from the ceiling; a woman nailed to a wall by her elbows and feet get her throat slit (because why not); and various bear-trap entanglements galore.Still reading? Okay. The problem here, though, isn’t the gore or the cruelty on display (if you’re troubled by such things you probably weren’t interested in this movie to begin with), but rather the kind of all-of-the-above ethos that governs the enterprise. To wit: Our bad guy »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Mark Duplass Is Certain He Could Out-Cuss Jessica Chastain

30 November 2012 10:30 AM, PST

If you've been keeping up with Vulture's coverage of Zero Dark Thirty, you know that there are several talking points to consider when discussing Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden thriller: Does the movie sort of condone torture? Did the Obama administration give Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal too much inside access? Where can you get Jessica Chastain's aviator sunglasses? And, most important, will you find any better examples of cussing in a movie this year than the three fuck-studded Big Lines dropped by Jessica Chastain in this movie? We ran into Chastain's costar Mark Duplass the other night at the Ifp Gotham Awards, and he was excited that Zero had begun screening — "I haven't seen the full movie yet, but I had some friends at the [first] screening, and they assure me it's as good as I hoped it would be" — but when we asked whether he »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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All This Cat Wants Is to Be a D.J., and Is That So Wrong?

30 November 2012 10:15 AM, PST

In 8 to Go, Warlock the Cat plays Captain Cuddles, a fancy feline whose one desire is to D.J. with Deadmau5 (although he may not realize that Deadmau5 is not actually a ... well, you know). Directed by John Stalberg and presented by Fresh Step (which, by the way, kudos), the movie will be "featured in the Catdance International Film Festival 2013." The Catdance International Film Festival. A thing, ladies and gentlemen. »


- Eliot Glazer

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