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FX Cancels The Bridge

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The Bridge will not be back for a third season, FX announced today. After a good but not-quite-great first season, the show's second installment really took off creatively. But we live in an unjust universe, and thu,s the ratings petered out, and FX decided to pull the plug. Of course no one likes to see a good show die, but on the bright side, at least Demian Bichir, Diane Kruger, and Emily Rios, et al. can now be on other good shows »


- Margaret Lyons

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The New Hoverboards Are Nothing Like the Ones in Back to the Future

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A company in California will have you believe that it has built a working hoverboard, just like the ones in Back to the Future II. After more than a dozen tries, Arx Pax says its 18th prototype, the Hendo Hoverboard, is the real deal — and it can be yours for a mere $10,000. There is, as the board's breathless media coverage admits, only one catch: Since it's powered by a magnetic field, the board can only hover over surfaces made of non-ferrous metals. That seems like an enormous catch to us! Here is a brief list of places in the real world you can take the Hendo: Down to the supermarket, provided your municipal sidewalks are made of aluminum To the skate park, as long as the half-pipe is constructed out of copper Over a local fountain (that's filled with liquid gold) What Arx Pax has done is invent »


- Nate Jones

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30 Things You Didn’t Know About the Five Exorcist Movies

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This piece was originally published October 31, 2013. We are republishing it as part of our Horror Week festivities. The Exorcist is a classic. Not a horror classic, just a straight-up classic. And as a result, everyone knows the same pieces of trivia about its production (director William Friedkin would sometimes shoot off blanks on set to keep everyone on edge, he violently slapped one priest-actor in order to get a more emotionally raw performance, Regan’s vomit was made of pea soup and oatmeal) and reception. But there are so many more wonderful anecdotes about that film and its four sequels (or rather, two sequels and two prequels) to be had. We combed several director commentaries, making-of documentaries, and read several autobiographies to find the following tidbits. So read on. The power of Christ something something …1. No one involved in any of the movies wanted to make a horror flick. »


- Gilbert Cruz

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The Poster for Chris Rock’s Comedy Top Five Is Very Vulture-y

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Back at the Toronto Film Festival, where Chris Rock’s new comedy Top Five premiered to rave reviews and the biggest sale of the fest, Vulture’s Jada Yuan wrote up a helpful explainer detailing the top five things you need to know about Top Five. She did such a good job, in fact, that Paramount has repurposed Jada’s article for a new Top Five poster that just hit theaters, and you can check out the studio’s selections below (surrounded by several brand-new images from the movie's most outrageous scenes). Rock wrote and directed the comedy, in which he stars as a comedian taking inventory of his career during one long, soul-searching interview with a comely New York Times journalist (Rosario Dawson), and the studio has high hopes that Top Five could be a breakout hit this December, when audiences choked on stuffy Oscar bait may be seeking the sort of raucous, »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Watch the Video for Gwen Stefani’s Solo Comeback, ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

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Does it count as a comeback if No Doubt just released an album two years ago? Either way, "Baby Don't Lie" is Stefani's first solo single since 2008, and last night on The Voice, she premiered the music video. Most notably, the Harajuku backup dancers are gone (thank you, thinkpiece writers) and they've been replaced with weird seapunk screensaver monsters. And, because this is 2014, she's already been hit with inevitable plagiarism accusations. Welcome back, Gwen. »

- Nate Jones

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Winnie and Kevin Probably Slept Together and 11 Other Things We Learned at Last Night’s Wonder Years Reunion

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Last night at 92Y, our favorite Robert F. Kennedy Junior-High-Schoolers — Kevin Arnold, Winnie Cooper, and Paul Pfeiffer — waxed nostalgic before 200 fans during their “first public appearance together in front of a live audience,” promoting season one of The Wonder Years on DVD. Only hours had passed since Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, and Josh Saviano appeared on Good Morning America together, so there weren’t many hugs or how’ve-you-beens exchanged backstage. Still, it was fun to watch them watch generation-old clips of their precocious selves selected by the effusive moderator, "Fresh Air" TV critic David Bianculli. Vulture picked up a few factoids at the event. It took six takes to film Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss. During take one, McKellar’s smile got in the way and she rolled her eyes. Director Steve Miner told Savage to give McKellar his coat, but he wound up stroking her hair on »


- Jenna Marotta

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Garage Doors and Tanning Beds: 9 Actors Remember Their Famous Horror-Movie Deaths

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As part of Vulture's Horror Week, we spoke to actors who each had memorable movie deaths. Two of the stars from Carrie, Ray Liotta, Rose McGowan, the Final Destination tanning-bed girls, and several others looked back on their gory demises. Betty Buckley Carrie  Buckley plays Carrie's gym teacher, Miss Collins, who is killed during the film's climactic, blood-soaked prom-night massacre.  We all gathered to watch each other’s death scenes, and we’d go out and party afterwards to celebrate that a character had been bumped off. But in the days before that, the whole prom construction took quite a while. This contraption they built for Ms. Collins’s death scene was a basketball backboard that was on a pendulum. There was a foot of balsam wood that would take the hit against the body. They planned it so that we shot four takes with the pendulum falling and then »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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It’s Just a Normal Tuesday With Drake and ILoveMakonnen

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Your Tuesdays are not like Drake's, although I suspect that he'd much rather be at home watching the newest episode of Parenthood than at the club drinking out of a Styrofoam cup and hanging out with girls in scary masks. But his Bff ILoveMakonnen is in town for the week (Toronto, perhaps?), and he's gonna show him a good time. After all, he's got a DVR.  »

- Lindsey Weber

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11 TV Families You Wanted to Join If You Were Born in the ’80s

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For the better part of the ’80s, the “situation” part of many situation comedies involved a single house, a wacky family, and the various slings and arrows of regular life. Using the small screen to peek inside the homes of families as varied as the Seavers, the Tanners (two sets of them!), and the Winslows became a winning formula, resulting in more than a few '80s kids wishing that they could jump ship and join up with their favorite fictional families. Here are 11 you probably imagined being a part of if you were born in the '80s.1. The Huxtables, The Cosby ShowThe sprawling Huxtable clan lived in Brooklyn way before it was hip, stuffing their immaculate brownstone to the rafters with an assorted cast of characters, blood-related or not. The Huxtables always seemed to be having a great time together (just take a peek at all those dance-happy »

- Kate Erbland

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Which Iconic Horror-Movie Villain Is the Deadliest?

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This sextet of horror slashers has laid waste to more than 300 victims onscreen, with technique and victim tallies varying wildly from one maniac to the next. But which of these iconic evildoers is the best at being the worst? To help answer that question, here’s a user’s guide to seven of the genre’s most storied and imaginative villains, using info gleaned only from their original films (i.e., no remakes or reboots) and ranked in order of body count.   »

- Kenny Herzog

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Opera Review: The Death of Klinghoffer Is Best Performed As a Concert

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Can you measure the vigor of an art form by its ability to stir up loathing? Last night’s Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer suggested that audiences still respond to opera with passionate disagreements — at least when the opera deals with the Palestinian hijacking of a cruise ship and the murder of one of its passengers. Groups who believe it’s anti-Semitic and want it yanked from the stage mustered a few hundred protesters (surely not thousands, as has been reported), who were penned by police on a traffic island. A few dozen more bought tickets so they could bring their indignation indoors. One was arrested; the rest have now actually seen the opera and can criticize it with authority.It was a tense night. Audience members shouted and shushed; a few pushed past others to stomp up the aisles. I was waiting for »


- Justin Davidson

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The Big Bang Theory Recap: Financial Aid

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It’s at this point that I feel the need to say that I genuinely like The Big Bang Theory. There have been many episodes, many moments, certainly, that I’ve loved. For all the haters who dismiss it, sometimes quite angrily, as an overrated, under-funny broad comedy, I could provide a list off the top of my head of what I consider classic sitcom moments from the show. And Jim Parsons’ performance as Sheldon? He’s earned those Emmys. And then there’s season eight, which, with this episode, is 25 percent done, and even the most diehard Bbt fan has to be waiting on a hint of one of those classic moments. As has been stated previously, season eight is a tough place to be. Not that many sitcoms run that long, and most that do aren’t at their peak by that point. Friends season eight was the year with Rachel’s pregnancy, »


- Kimberly Potts

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Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka on Mad Men’s Final Season

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Mad Men was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame last night, adding yet another accolade to the show's long list of awards. Creator Matthew Weiner and actress Kiernan Shipka (who grew up before our very eyes as Sally Draper) were on hand at the Waldorf-Astoria. Vulture caught up with the pair to ask about Mad Men's final days.Was there anything that you were dying to do in your character that you didn't get to do as Sally? Kiernan Shipka: No. I try not to think about what I want my character to do because I know it's going to be something totally different, and I'm always going to be surprised. But not really, I mean, honestly, the writing is so amazing that I don't even wish for anything more.   Matthew Weiner: We're done, and she said that. She's either the best actress ever, or »


- Trupti Rami

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Jessie Ware’s Tough Love Is Big, Bold, and Slightly Cheesy (in a Good Way)

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The video for Jessie Ware’s 2012 single “Wildest Moments” is a master class in stylish simplicity: just a single, unbroken shot of the London-based artist — looking a bit like a marble bust with a nose ring and an immaculate blazer — singing the song as the camera slowly orbits around her, caught in the gravitational pull of her quiet charisma. Especially in the U.S., this single off her excellent debut album Devotion served as most people’s introduction to Ware, and it felt rare to see a pop singer coming out of the gate with such sophisticated, un-showy confidence. (I know another Jessie who could stand to learn a thing or two from her.) Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she’d first honed her talent a few steps behind the spotlight, touring as a backup singer for British artist Jack Peñate and filling out the »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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Matthew McConaughey Understood Every Word Rust Cohle Was Saying

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Were you confused by True Detective's rambling monologues about death, God, and the M-brain theory? Matthew McConaughey wasn't. As the actor told GQ, "I spent many, many, many, many, many, many hours, if not days, writing to Nic Pizzolatto and asking, 'What are you saying here? What does this mean? Why is he saying it now?'" After all that effort, he probably even knows which lines were plagiarized. McConaughey adds that, since the show aired, he's been inundated with offers to play more cops, "but none of them could wear the jockstrap of Rusty Cohle."  »


- Nate Jones

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Lorde’s Mockingjay Soundtrack Is Very Lorde

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Nothing but the Lordiest from Lorde, whose curated Mockingjay soundtrack is as Lorde as it gets: Stromae featuring Pusha T, Q-Tip, and Haim; the Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel; Charli Xcx featuring Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon; and a track from the elusive Grace Jones. Even a Kanye remix of herself, because if you're given permission to curate something, you go to Kanye and ask him to remix you first. Here's the full track list:  Stromae, “Meltdown” (feat. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and Haim) Chvrches, “Dead Air” Tove Lo, “Scream My Name” Charli Xcx, “Kingdom” (feat. Simon Le Bon) [Track 5] Raury, “Lost Souls” Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat” Tinashé, “The Leap” Bat for Lashes, “Plan the Escape” Grace Jones, “Original Beast” Lorde, “Flicker" (Kanye West Rework) Xov, “Animal” The Chemical Brothers, “This Is Not a Game" (feat. Miguel And Lorde) Lorde, “Ladder Song” Track No. 5 remains a mystery, but Stereogum »


- Lindsey Weber

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Vincent Kartheiser on Playing Billy Wilder Onstage and Closing Out Mad Men

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Now that Mad Men has wrapped filming the second half of its final season, Vincent Kartheiser has time for pursuits that allow him to keep his natural hairline. Starting this week, he'll swap Pete Campbell's deliciously Waspy accent for an Austrian one: He's playing Billy Wilder in the new Billy & Ray — about the director's time making the noir classic Double Indemnity with Raymond Chandler — Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theater (Garry Marshall directs). Kartheiser spoke to Vulture about his leotard-wearing, theater-kid past and the end of the road for Pete Campbell. (You can listen to a portion of the interview over at The Frame, Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show.) I was just reading the headlines of past interviews we’ve done with you. They include “You Cannot Make Vincent Kartheiser Buy a Car.”Bought one. Bought two! “Vincent Kartheiser Has Some Unique Methods by Which »


- Rebecca Milzoff

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Sleepy Hollow Recap: The Ladies’ Man

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After last night’s Sleepy Hollow episode, Ichabod Crane needs to go see a stand-up show to get a dose of “Women be shoppin’.” Even though Ichie’s spent more than a year in the present day, apparently, there was one sort of modern-day monster he’d managed to avoid until now: the psycho hose beast.Crane’s cavalcade of women begins with Miss Caroline this week, who shows up with no explanation at the very start of the episode (was anyone else startled by that, just a random character appearing out of nowhere in the very first scene?), but who, we soon learn, is a Colonial-era enthusiast who mistakes Crane for one as well. (Although, to be fair, that is technically what he is, albeit an enthusiast with no off-switch.) She made him some new shirts using cloth woven on a heritage loom, so that solves the ever-present, low-grade »

- Rose Maura Lorre

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Gotham Recap: What’s Altruism?

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If nothing else, "Viper" confirms what even the most hopeful viewer has to begrudgingly admit about Gotham: It's only really good at treading water. Both last week's episode and this week’s are thematically cogent but dramatically inert. Which, again, is at least preferable to the shapeless collection of tangents that was the series premiere. But eventually, the training wheels have to come off Gotham, and the show needs to be judged on its present merits, or lack thereof. This is that point. Face it: We're five episodes in, and the show's most promising episode has been "The Balloonman," an endearingly goofy villain-of-the-week story. Yes, it's nice to finally have an hour where Gordon and his problems aren't the center of attention. But otherwise, this is just more of the same time-marking, Godfather III–esque campaigning and back-biting. The clothesline that supports all of tonight's subplots is set up in »


- Simon Abrams

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Zombies in the Time of Ebola: Why We Need Horror Movies Now More Than Ever

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So many demons are feeding on us. Just in the last few weeks, a potential plague has arrived on our shores. Hooded murderers materialize on our screens, sawing off the heads of bound captives. ­Cameras — some attached to hovering drones — scrutinize our comings, goings, and stayings. Electronic screens hypnotize children into inertia. Sociopathic ­vigilantes set upon African-Americans. Reactionary males portray unmarried females and mothers with careers as a danger to families, threatening, behind internet masks, to rape and disembowel the women who displease them. Seas rise, species die, the Earth is poised to punish humanity for its arrogance. We can’t push this stuff into our unconscious. There isn’t enough room. And it won’t stay buried. We know that soon enough there will be blood — and gore — and all the other things you can find right now in an average horror movie. The question hangs: Why would »

- David Edelstein

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