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People in Russia Are Making Leo Their Own Oscar, Which Is Like When Your Dad Builds the Soccer Trophy Himself

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Sometimes American artists get their due in foreign countries before they find it in our own. France, for instance, recently gave Kristen Stewart a César, its Oscar equivalent. Not to be outdone, Russia — or at least a few people in a small part of Russia — is giving Leonardo DiCaprio something like an Oscar. According to a state news agency, translated by the Washington Post, a group of filmmakers from Yakutia (in eastern Russia) are collecting donations to build a trophy for the star of The Revenant. More than 100 people have contributed to the project. Women who donate their jewelry, which will be melted down for gold and silver, are told that they should only donate half, so that "one half will be with Leonardo DiCaprio and one half with them," as they would be "somehow connected with the actor." The "Yakut Oscar," which will be awarded regardless of whether Leo »


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Liza Weil Will Return for Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Revival; Paris Geller Is Back, Idiots!

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Paris Geller will indeed be back in Stars Hollow for Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival, because she couldn’t escape Rory Gilmore if she tried (and she has tried). While Amy Sherman-Palladino had reportedly developed a plot line for Paris in the revival, Liza Weil’s participation was up in the air, given that she’s currently busy getting away with pearl necklaces on How to Get Away With Murder. But at the aTVfest in Atlanta last night, Weil said that she would indeed return to the show, though she did not specify for how long — this could well be a Bradley Cooper in Wet Hot situation. Confirmed cast members now include: Weil, Yanic Truesdale (Michel), Scott Patterson (Luke), Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Matt Czuchry (Logan), Sean Gunn (Kirk), and Keiko Agena (Lane). According to Kelly Bishop, “It’s unbelievable what Amy has written for Paris. »


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Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Stop by SNL to Talk Fashion, Because the Zoolander 2 Press Tour Will Outlive Us All

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Ben Stiller only appeared on four episodes of SNL back when he was a featured performer, but it seems that Derek Zoolander is more welcome in the building. Stiller and Owen Wilson dropped by Weekend Update last night, ostensibly to talk about politics and fashion, but mostly because this Zoolander 2 press tour has become a real neverending story. The movie comes out at the end of this week, but the press tour will continue for ever and ever, concluding only with a promo clip where Zoolander teaches Falkor to Blue Steel. »


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SNL Proves Larry David and Bernie Sanders Are Truly One and the Same With ‘Bern Your Enthusiasm’

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When SNL announced that Larry David would host, you knew there had to be a few Bernie Sanders sketches and, lo and behold, there were. The better of the two was a digital short with David as Sanders that incorporated all his quirks from Curb Your Enthusiasm. A few spiraling interactions with potential voters, a quest for milk that isn't two percent, a good dose of that ear worm of a theme song, and suddenly you understand why David-as-Bernie is behind at the polls.Later in the night, SNL brought on Senator Sanders himself for a cameo in a sketch about immigrants to the U.S. You might have thought that the show would go for high-minded humor here, perhaps something with an "immigrants are good, Trump is bad" angle. And yes, there was some of that — Sanders gets in a little dig at the one percent — but the punchlines »


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The Revenant's Alejandro González Iñárritu Wins Second Consecutive DGA Award

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The Revenant might have been left out in the cold by a few initial Oscar predictors, but ever since that Globe win, it's been slowly crawling its way back into the race. Alejandro González Iñárritu won his second consecutive Directors Guild of America Award for Feature Film for his work on The Revenant last night, pushing the snowy revenge picture into the heart of the Oscars race, in a mirror of Birdman's slow flight to Oscar certainty. Still, we're far from unanimity, even among the usually predictive guild categories. With Spotlight's win at the SAG Awards, and The Big Short's win at the Producers Guild, this race could go in any direction. Meanwhile, the Directors Guild highlighted work from HBO on television, with awards for Bessie, Game of Thrones, and Veep, while the first ever Best First-Time Feature Film Director award went to Alex Garland of the mind-bending Ex Machina. »


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Hey Girl, Nicholas Sparks Says No One Wanted to Be Noah in The Notebook

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A million memes of Ryan Gosling seducing you with his eloquent feminist speak wouldn't have happened had Gosling not landed the very sexy role of Noah in The Notebook. Surprisingly, Gosling didn't have much competition for the role, though. According to Nicholas Sparks, via an IMDb Asks interview, no one wanted to play Noah: "It was really interesting because a lot of the actors said, ‘Well, what’s Noah’s arc?’" He went on, “It’s a guy who falls in love and then he just kinda does nothing, and then waits for her to show up and then he’s there and he’s still in love and then at the end of the film, well, he’s still in love. Where’s the arc? Ryan Gosling came in and he really brought that story to life.” (At least Sparks is cognizant that his characters aren't characters.) Films based »


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Regression Is a Disappointing Genre Exercise From the Great Alejandro Amenabar

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Hey, remember Alejandro Amenabar? For certain viewers, the Spanish director seemed well on his way to becoming one of the great saviors of genre cinema in the late 1990s and early 2000s — the kind of guy who could take otherwise tired horror and science-fiction concepts and give them new life. His breakthrough 1997 hit Open Your Eyes (remade — inferiorly — by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky), offered a mind-fuck psychological sci-fi thriller that was actually moving and not cheap and manipulative. His Nicole Kidman–starring classic The Others was the rare big-twist horror hit that actually improved upon second viewing. Later, the stylized quadriplegic drama The Sea Inside won an Oscar and firmly established Javier Bardem as one of the finest actors of his generation. His last film was 2009’s Agora, an expensive historical drama that dared to suggest the ancient world’s shift towards Christianity wasn’t necessarily the greatest thing »


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Beyoncé Drops ‘Formation’

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Beyoncé has been weirdly quiet lately; after the ubiquitous presence of "7/11" in 2014, she spent much of 2015 eating pizza and taking acting lessons. Now, on the eve of her appearance in Super Bowl 50, Queen Bey has done her first interview in a long time and dropped a sort-of-surprise single, "Formation." "Bitch, I'm back," the song starts, before Bey and a host of people start dancing seductively in the halls of Louisiana mansions, the street, and an empty swimming pool. "I take what's mine / I'm a star." Yes, yes she is. »

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Iggy Pop Says Post Pop Depression Could Be His Last Album

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Sixty-eight-year-old Iggy Pop, godfather of punk and a pioneer of art rock, recently revealed that he collaborated on an album with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. The record, called Post Pop Depression, could be his last, the often-shirtless icon says in a new interview for Apple Music. "I feel like I’m closing up after this," he said. "That’s what I feel. It’s my gut instinct."He'll still sing "Happy Birthday," though ... maybe. "If you call me and you want to work out a deal to come and sing 'Happy Birthday' at your mother’s, something like that I’ll refer you to someone. But to really make a real album you really have to put everything into it and the energy’s more limited now." He went on, "The kind of artist I am, I »


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The Choice Isn’t a Good Movie, But It Has Puppies

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Every Nicholas Sparks adaptation is a contract. The subgenre comes with certain deliverables: Beautiful star-crossed lovers, sure, but also pleasant, comfortable settings (usually somewhere in the Carolinas), mild class-and/or-cultural conflict, mystical connections (in one, a woman’s son winds up with her beloved’s heart), and of course a tragic twist which then prompts a late-inning transformation of agony into hope. Oh, and aphorisms. Lots and lots of aphorisms. (From The Last Song: “Truth only means something when it's hard to admit.” From Dear John: “The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all.” From this one: “If you see a man sleeping on a cold floor, there’s sure to be a beautiful woman nearby.”) These aren’t just stories, they’re lifestyles to be adopted — ways of being in the world. And The Choice is one »


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Beyoncé Discusses Her Super Bowl Performance in a Rare Interview

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"It's one of those magical performances that you can't recreate," Beyoncé says of her 2013 Super Bowl performance. In an interview with CBS, her first interview in many moons (she graced the cover of Vogue in September, but didn't grant the magazine an interview), the singer-songwriter-actress-artist-feminist icon discusses what she hoped to achieve with the performance, and how she feels about it now, on the eve of her anticipated cameo in this weekend's Super Bowl. Enjoy. »

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What Happens When Bernie Sanders Gets Morphed With David Bowie: Meet ‘Bernie Stardust’

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at a benefit concert for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles last night, where the rockers did a 12-song set of classics, deep tracks, and even a cover of David Bowie's "Cracked Actor." But perhaps the most marvelous spectacle of them all — Anthony Kiedis's unwavering vocals notwithstanding — was the artistry on Chad Smith's drum kit, which proudly displayed Sanders's face morphed with Bowie's Aladdin Sane cover. World, say hello to Bernie Stardust. »


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Anthony Anderson Addresses Oscars Controversy at the NAACP Image Awards

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The Academy hasn't paid much attention to people of color this year, but that doesn't mean there aren't performances to celebrate. At the NAACP Image Awards last night, host Anthony Anderson pointed to all the people who haven't gotten the attention they could have."Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience," Anderson said. "Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like." In his monologue, the Black-ish actor took the time to make fun of Stacey Dash, who recently said that the NAACP awards should be abolished, saying, "She's just an Ann Coulter dipped in butterscotch. That's all she is. Baby, don't let them use you! Come back to the black people." Anderson also poked fun at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the sources of that whole Oscars boycott, who just happened to be in the audience. "They better be »


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The Vampire Diaries Recap: Drowning Together

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Hell hath no fury like two brothers with abandonment issues. Tonight’s episode was helmed by the amazing (and adorable, especially when he cries) Paul Wesley, so without further ado, let’s watch him cry a bit more. Underwater As Damon raced from person to person trying to fix his mistake (giving Matt blood first — good call, because Elena would hate him if he let Matty Blue Blue die), all I could think about were the 9,879,475,769 other times Damon has gotten himself into this situation. “I saw this coming,” he says, chained up for the umpteenth time. If he lives like this for the next 60 years until Elena is free, he is not going to be the man she left behind. As hallucination-Stefan asked last week: Is Damon only good when Elena forces him to be? I am honestly not sure. None of this seems to matter to Stefan, who »


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Tidal Is Donating $1.5 Million to Charities, Including Black Lives Matter

6 February 2016 9:20 AM, PST

On Trayvon Martin's 21st birthday, Tidal will donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and a host of other charities, including Opportunity Agenda, Hands Up United, Sankofa, Community in California, Dream Defenders in Florida, Black Youth Project in Illinois, the Baltimore Justice Fund and Empowerment Development Corporation in Maryland, Million Hoodies and the Gathering for Justice League in New York. The money comes from the first Tidal X: 10/20 charity concert that took place in Brooklyn last year with performances by Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and others, Mic reports. Tidal's grants will be administered through the New World Foundation, which funds several civil rights groups and social movements."The process of acquiring recommendations [for nonprofits] was collaborative and inspired by the message that speaks to racial and social inequities and injustice in our society," Roc Nation's managing director of philanthropy, Dania Diaz, told Mic. "Each year we will support »


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Woody Harrelson Applied for a Pot Dispensary License in Hawaii, in a Fitting Epilogue for Every Character He’s Played

6 February 2016 9:01 AM, PST

At any moment, every Woody Harrelson character could turn to the camera and give a 5-minute monologue about one day opening a small pot business in Hawaii. Now, the actual Harrelson is doing just that, as the actor has applied to open one of Hawaii's first medical-marijuana dispensaries. Harrelson's application, submitted through his company Simple Organic Living, is competing with 65 others for eight licenses that were made available by a 2015 law. The state will review the proposals and award dispensary permits in April. Those accepted may open their businesses in July. May the odds be ever in Woody's favor. »


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John Krasinski on His Successful Sundance Doubleheader

6 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST

A trip to the Sundance Film Festival would be nerve-racking for most filmmakers, but John Krasinski had double the concerns going into this year's edition: In addition to producing Kenneth Lonergan's tragic drama Manchester by the Sea, he also starred and directed in The Hollars, a family dramedy about a man who returns to his hometown to take care of his sick mother (Margo Martindale). Fortunately, Krasinski's time in Park City went about as well as he could have hoped, since Manchester earned rave reviews and sold to Amazon for eye-popping numbers, while The Hollars was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics near the tail end of the festival. Back in Park City, he sat down with Vulture to let us know how it was all going.This isn’t your first time at the Sundance rodeo, but when you’re coming here with two very intimate movies …... Do you get nervous? »


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Yanic Truesdale Is a Lot More Excited to Work With Lauren Graham Again Than Michel Gerard Ever Would Be

6 February 2016 8:20 AM, PST

If you were betting that Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival would go forward without Stars Hollow's favorite ambiguously gay snark machine, you're probably really bad at betting. Yanic Truesdale, who played the French concierge Michel Gerard in Gilmore Girls, shared a photo of himself on set with Lauren Graham for the revival. The news is particularly exciting as Truesdale moved back to Montreal, where he opened a spinning studio called Spin Énergie and appeared in a few French-language shows, after Gilmore Girls ended. Truesdale joins a cast that includes Graham, Alexis Bledel (Rory), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Scott Patterson (Luke), Matt Czurchy (ugh, Logan), and pointedly not Melissa McCarthy. So if the Dragonfly Inn is back in business, who exactly is doing the cooking? »


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Rebel Wilson and Jimmy Fallon Sing About Being Single and Then Play Chubby Bunny, As If to Confirm the First Thing

6 February 2016 6:04 AM, PST

Don't let Hollywood fool you, there's more to the single life than making satirical music videos and chowing down on marshmallows. Not having to get mad at someone for pulling the sheets away from you, for instance. The ability to order large amounts of take out all to yourself. And, of course, the massive increase in physical strength that comes from having to reach for things on the upper shelf yourself. But really, it's mostly about the shameless consumption of marshmallows. (Note: Jimmy Fallon is married, so this feels like a slight betrayal.)Fallon also played "Chubby Zombie" with Jack Huston, who was on the show to promote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Don't be fooled, Chubby Zombie is the same game. »


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Bobby Cannavale Is Worried Martin Scorsese Spends Too Much Time With Him, in Today's Least Relatable Complaint

6 February 2016 5:38 AM, PST

Bobby Cannavale, late of Boardwalk Empire and soon to be on Vinyl, is living every film nerd's fever dream. He's working with Martin Scorsese and, to hear him tell it to Stephen Colbert, Scorsese just wants to chill out and talk. Plus he's finally friends with his idol Al Pacino, who sent Cannavale a diaper cake for his baby. That might sound like a weird, coded mob symbol, but apparently it's just a nice, thoughtful present. »


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