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The Fug Girls Live-Blog the 2013 Oscar Red Carpet

24 February 2013 3:03 PM, PST

The journey to the Oscars can seem like an endless road — starting with the Globes, winding through the SAGs, crossing the pond for the BAFTAs, and then twiddling our thumbs through about six other acronyms — but at last, we have arrived: The Academy Awards are tonight, finally satisfying all our lingering awards-season questions. Forget whether Jennifer Lawrence beats Jessica Chastain for the statue; which one will dominate on the red carpet?  Just how good can Anne Hathaway look while she delivers what will probably be yet another really bad speech? And fresh off her surprise BAFTA triumph, will Emmanuelle Riva finally show up at one of these things — and if she does, will she look Helen Mirren dishy or Meryl Streep frumpy? Join us and find the answers, as we live-blog the red-carpet arrivals. It starts right now. (See all the fashions on Vulture's comprehensive, constantly updated red carpet gallery, »


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Identity Thief Regains Box Office Lead

24 February 2013 2:36 PM, PST

Believe it or not, some movies do open on Oscar weekend. Snitch, starring The Rock, actually did alright with a $12.8 million haul, placing it in second place at the box office. The Weinstein Company's otherworldly thriller Dark Skies did less well, with a debut $8.4 million. Bruce Willis's A Good Day to Die Hard, which was last week's big release, failed to break $10 million for the weekend, placing it fifth. Finally, $14 million put Identity Thief back in first place — and well on its way to earning $100 million domestically. »


- Andre Tartar

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Twilight Sweeps the Razzies

24 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST

Tonight, we'll hear all about the year's best movies and actors, so let's take some time to consider the year's worst stuff, courtesy of the Razzie Awards. Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 was the clear (sort of) winner, taking home no fewer than seven spray-painted raspberry statuettes, including for Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (Taylor Lautner), and Worst Actress (Kristen Stewart). Adam Sandler had two for That's My Boy, including Worst Actor. Worst Supporting Actress, meanwhile, went to Rihanna for her big-screen debut in Battlefield. Congratulations all! »


- Andre Tartar

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Elton John Has Finished a New Album

24 February 2013 1:30 PM, PST

Elton John has completed work on his latest offering, The Diving Board, a thirteen-track collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. "It's my most adult album," said John, who told reporters that he tried to incorporate "everything I love about American music: gospel, soul, country." According to Rolling Stone, highlights include "a melancholy ballad about dead soldiers" ("Oceans Away"); "a cabaret tale of sliding into decadence" ("My Quicksand"); and the title track, which apparently "feels like it could stop the world spinning for five minutes." John also described Diving Board as "the most piano-oriented album of my career," which is saying a lot. »


- Andre Tartar

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Quvenzhané Wallis Will Star in Annie

24 February 2013 11:59 AM, PST

The Will Smith–directed, Jay Z–scored Annie remake has been without an actress to play its titular character ever since Willow Smith gave up the role so she could enjoy being a 12-year-old girl. Luckily for everyone, Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis is only nine years old, and is therefore not yet worried about spending her youth on set. On Sunday, Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment announced that the littlest Oscar nominee will replace Smith, as had been rumored. We can't say that we're not excited. »


- Andre Tartar

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Your Sunday Long Reads: David Lynch Meditates, Gérard Depardieu Avoids Taxes

24 February 2013 10:15 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: "David Lynch Is Back … as a Guru of Transcendental Meditation" by Claire Hoffman (New York Times Magazine): The story of the director's search for enlightenment and his plan for creating world peace.  "L’Étranger" by Lauren Collins (The New Yorker): The saga of France's most famous tax exile, Gérard Depardieu."Freakshow" by Natasha Vargas-Cooper (Out): A look inside weirdo-loving production company World of Wonder. "Inventing Marilyn" by Caitlin Flanagan (The Atlantic): A meditation on the things we read about Marilyn Monroe and the things she read herself. "Gchatting with George Saunders" by Katherine Bernard (Paris Review Daily): Self-explanatory. For more in-depth weekend readings, visit our friends at Longreads. »


- Andre Tartar,Caroline Bankoff

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Silver Linings Playbook Swept the Independent Spirit Awards

24 February 2013 7:42 AM, PST

On Saturday afternoon, Andy Samberg hosted the award season's penultimate show: the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which took place in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Silver Linings Playbook was the ceremony's big winner. The film beat Moonrise Kingdom for Best Feature; David O. Russell won Best Director and Best Screenplay; and Jennifer Lawrence took home Best Female Lead. "The last time I held one of these in my hands was 19 years ago for Best First Feature," Russell said from the podium. "My son was one year old, and he grew up to be a man who taught me about a lot of things. He gave me this movie, so I want to thank him." (Like Bradley Cooper's character Pat, Russell's son has bipolar disorder.) The Sessions also did well, John Hawkes taking home Best Male Lead and Helen Hunt winning Best Supporting Female. Best Cinematography went »


- Andre Tartar

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Watch the Oscars With Vulture!

23 February 2013 6:22 PM, PST

Are you ready for the Oscars? Whether you're flying solo or watching with a big group, Vulture has plenty of coverage planned Sunday that you won't want to miss, beginning with a Fug Girls live-blog of the red carpet starting at 6 p.m., followed by their comprehensive rundown of the high-fashion hits and misses. Then, when the actual ceremony begins at 8:30, New York magazine film critic David Edelstein will live-blog it for us on Vulture while our other writers tweet their take on the proceedings via our Twitter account. "That's enough!" you say. "The human body cannot withstand this much fantastic coverage!" Oh, can't it?As you see, our home page has been transformed into a full-throttle Oscar experience, highlighting our interviews with the nominees and our other in-depth coverage of the horse race. And as soon as the show begins, if you've already filled out your Oscar ballot »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Ex-Canadian Ambassador Thinks Argo Doesn’t Give Canadians Enough Credit

23 February 2013 3:00 PM, PST

Ken Taylor, the former Canadian ambassador to Iran who protected a group of Americans who fled their embassy in 1979, thinks that Argo downplayed the role he and his countrymen played in the crisis. Taylor, who is played by Victor Garber (left) in Oscar-nominated film, told Toronto's Cp 24 that Argo "makes it seem like the Canadians were just along for the ride. The Canadians were brave. Period." In Taylor's opinion, Ben Affleck hogged all the glory for his own character, CIA agent Tony Mendez, who apparently was in Iran for less than two days. He added that Jimmy Carter, who oversaw the Iranian hostage crisis, agrees with him: "I think Jimmy Carter has it about right, it was about 90 per cent Canada, 10 per cent the CIA," Taylor said in reference to comments the former president made to CNN earlier this week.Affleck responded in a statement saying, "I admire Ken »


- Andre Tartar

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Ken Jeong to Play ‘Erratic’ CIA Agent

23 February 2013 11:37 AM, PST

While Jeong says that Community will remain his primary focus, he's hedging his bets with a role in the new ABC comedy pilot Spy, where he'll play lead actor Rob Corddry's CIA colleague. Based on The Hollywood Reporter's description, the character sort of sounds like Señor Chang's secret service doppelgänger: "A mischievous man" who is "erratic, incorrigible and inappropriate with his fellow agents" and "[losing] his marbles." It seems like a good fit, since "erratic" and "inappropriate" are clearly what Jeong does best. »


- Andre Tartar

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Family of 9/11 Victim Demands Apology From Zero Dark Thirty Filmmakers

23 February 2013 10:34 AM, PST

Zero Dark Thirty's Oscar race will soon be over, but the various controversies surrounding the movie will continue. The family of Betty Ong, a flight attendant who died on 9/11, is unhappy about the filmmakers' use of a recording of a phone call she made from the highjacked American Airlines Flight 11. The family had previously complained about the inclusion of her voice, which can be heard over the movie's opening sequence, in a February 15 letter to screenwriter and producer Mark Boal in which they asked that a donation be made to a charitable foundation set up in Ong's name. They also asked that Sony Pictures Entertainment add a film credit for Ong, along with "a statement on both its Web site and on home entertainment versions of the film making clear that the Ong family does not endorse torture, which is depicted in the film." Now, Ong's brother, »


- Caroline Bankoff

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Oscar Frontrunners Campaigned in D.C., Too

23 February 2013 8:40 AM, PST

As Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner reminded us on Friday, Oscar campaigning is still big business in Hollywood — regardless of whether or not it works. But several of this year's more serious contenders — Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Silver Linings Playbook — also chose to lobby heavily in our nation's capital. Here's a round-up of their D.C.-centric exploits, including one Bill Clinton endorsement, a screening with President Obama, and the Zdt congressional hearing:ArgoAlready considered the hands-down favorite for Best Picture, Ben Affleck and co-producer George Clooney have still been charming their way through Hollywood over the past couple months. But they've also played up the Iran crisis movie's politics-adjacent storyline by premiering the film in Washington, D.C. and including a cameo by former President Jimmy Carter in the closing credits. Lincoln The film's greatest publicity coup came when President Obama  screened Lincoln at the White House with star »


- Andre Tartar

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Ten Pop Culture Questions Answered by Vulture This Week

23 February 2013 8:30 AM, PST

Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment, and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we demanded to know why PBS won’t give us Downton Abbey earlier, tried to make sense of a flailing Community, and defended Beyoncé’s HBO doc Life is But a Dream (because, dammit, someone needed to!) You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.Q. Which James Bond films would look best in 3D?A. It would be kind of rad to see Roger Moore dressed as a clown in Octopussy in 3D. Here’s a list of the things in all 22 Bond movies that we’d look forward to having pop out at us. Q. What happened to our beloved Community?A. Our TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz has some thoughts. To begin with, “It’s missing that unharmonious Harmon-ian spark of madness. »


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Why Hasn’t Anyone Written a Breakup Song About Taylor Swift?

22 February 2013 1:15 PM, PST

"If I'm gonna write songs about my exes they can write songs about me," Swift tells InStyle UK in the umpteenth interview about her tendency to shame ex-boyfriends in song. "That's how it works." Which brings us to the question: How has some wannabe pop star not already dated Taylor Swift and then written a revenge breakup song? Doesn't that seem like Career Strategy 101? Or is Taylor Swift just that much savvier than your average male musician? Discuss. »


- Amanda Dobbins

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Photographic Proof That Bradley Cooper Is Hollywood’s Happiest Hugger

22 February 2013 12:15 PM, PST

Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, won Best Actor from the National Board of Review, and been named Sexiest Man Alive by People, but the award he's most proud of is Best Hugger. Just like his acting, his hugs are a perfect balance of naturalism and charm. He gets that sometimes you hug and sometimes you're hugged. This Sunday, win or lose, rain or shine, expect to see some A-list hugging from this guy! But let's stop talking about it and see some award-winning hugs already. »


- Jesse David Fox

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This Week in Jennifer Lawrence Quotes: Drinking, Décolletage, and Paparazzi

22 February 2013 11:15 AM, PST

Jennifer Lawrence's Oscar-season promo blitz will draw to a close this Sunday, so come get your last fill of sparky J. Law quotes while you still can! This week, the Silver Linings Playbook star returned to L.A. to promote the film one last time, while interviews she did in London and at this month's Oscar luncheon continued to trickle out. And while you can always count on the 22-year-old actress to speak her mind, it's clear that all the attention — especially from the pernicious paparazzi — is beginning to wear on her a little. Jen, if you need to get some rest after the Oscars ... well, you won't be able to, because David O. Russell has signed you to star in every film he has coming out until 2016, but we would totally understand the impulse. (Power naps are key.) In any case, slap on some Spanx and »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Poetic Justice’ Video

22 February 2013 10:30 AM, PST

"All characters in this visual are entirely fictional. The events that occur are purely symbolic and should not be taken literal," reads the title card for Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice" video. So: No one actually died, and Drake does not actually use an old-school cordless phone Irl. Don't read into things. (One more note: Kendrick tried his best to get Janet Jackson as a co-star — the song samples her "Any Time, Any Place" — but no dice. The video is still pretty, though.) »


- Amanda Dobbins

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What to Expect From Seth MacFarlane As Oscar Host, Based on His Own Words

22 February 2013 10:15 AM, PST

Sure, Seth MacFarlane has hosted things before — SNL, a couple of Comedy Central roasts, the WGA awards — but nothing like the Oscars. As a result, he's a bit of a wild card. There was his not particularly heartening turn announcing the nominees, but that's really the only physical indication we have of what the show will be like. So we'll have to just take him on his sound-bitten word. Over the last few months, MacFarlane has opened up about the balance of tone he's trying to achieve, who his influences are, how roasty the show will be, and more. Here is what to expect on Sunday, straight from the horse's mouth. (Just to be clear, the horse is Seth MacFarlane — War Horse was last year.)The BalanceRolling Stone: "It's about finding that balance between doing what I do but acknowledging that this is the Academy Awards, not the roast of »


- Jesse David Fox

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Happy Fifteenth Anniversary, Buffy’s ‘Passion’ Episode

22 February 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Recall February 24, 1998. The Nagano Winter Olympics had just ended, Titanic was the No. 1 movie, Destiny's Child's "No, No, No" was climbing the charts. It's also the day the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Passion" aired. Remember? That's the one where Angel, in his evil, soulless form Angelus, kills Ms. Calendar. At the time, it came as a complete shock; even now, it's still enough to get those tear ducts going.Fifteen years after it first aired, "Passion" does still stand out as a cataclysmic episode, but more important for the development of the show, it stands out as a distillation of what Btvs did exactly right: Yeah, Buffy and her pals are dealing with incredible forces of evil, but what they're really doing is dealing with being teenagers. Oh, Angel murders someone, but telling Joyce about the night he and Buffy "made love" is almost as egregious; certainly »


- Margaret Lyons

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Here’s the Full List of Oscar Presenters and Performers

22 February 2013 9:30 AM, PST

The Oscar producers have very slowly been releasing the names of the presenters. It was a smart move to keep the show's name out there; otherwise, we'd all forget the thing was happening. Today they gave up the final two presenters: Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman. Both are sensible choices, icons, and multiple Oscar winners — though there's no word yet on who'll present with Stewie and who'll present with that talking dog that sounds like Seth MacFarlane. Read the full list of performers below and start considering your bathroom breaks.Performers:Celebration of Movie Musicals: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls); Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago); and from Les MisérablesHugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter.AdeleShirley BasseyNorah JonesBarbra Streisand Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth   Presenters:Ben Affleck Jennifer Aniston Halle Berry Sandra Bullock Jessica Chastain Michael Douglas Robert Downey Jr. Jean Dujardin Chris Evans »


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