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Best of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Streaming: Easter Egg Hunt Edition

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This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can celebrate Easter and watch a perennial like The Ten Commandments or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available on streaming over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or other sites. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, your very own cinematic Easter egg hunt. Can you find them all?Predator 2 (Rent on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, XBox) Inspired by Dark Horse's comic crossover event, director Stephen Hopkins' hid a Xenomorph skull aboard the Predator ship, a decision emblematic of the film's overall (and enjoyable) goofiness. Little did he realize the Easter Egg would steer the futures of both the Predator and Alien franchises. Drag Me to Hell (Rent on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, XBox, Target »


- Matt Patches

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10 Pop-Culture Questions Answered by Vulture This Week

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Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we were shocked by the latest episode of Game of Thrones, watched the premiere of Mad Men, and shook our heads as James Franco continued to be, well, James Franco. Naturally, spoilers follow. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.Q: What did you think of the latest episode of Game of Thrones? A: Our recapper Nina Shen Rastogi thought King Joffrey's death, more than any other, felt "right, proper, and satisfying." Joffrey's death inspired a great deal of Schadenfreude in other recaps, and in your comments. We also talked to 15 GoT actors about how they would have killed the boy-king. You can relive the entire scene in these GIFs, you sick weirdo. Shooting the episode, the producers really »


- E. Alex Jung

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The ‘Girl Walk’ Dancer Has Some Questions for Pharrell

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In 2011, Anne Marsen filmed a joyous 71-minute film called "Girl Walk // All Day," in which she danced all around New York to a Girl Talk mixtape. (It was fun; you should watch it.) In 2013, Pharrell filmed a joyous 24-hour-long video for his hit single "Happy," in which he danced all around everywhere while singing about rooms without roofs. If the concepts sound similar, it is because they are, and Marsen put together a side-by-side video to demonstrate how closely some of the "Happy" shots resemble "Girl Walk" shots. In a statement to Spin, Pharrell's camp said that neither he nor his creative team had seen "Girl Walk" before making "Happy." Marsen, for her part, told the magazine that "it's a great thing that dance is getting recognition as a long-form kind of thing." But: "At the same time, we feel like we're not getting the recognition for »


- Amanda Dobbins

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Laura Prepon Will Be on Orange Is the New Black’s Third Season, If There Is One

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After it was reported that Laura Prepon would only be on Orange Is the New Black for a few episodes this coming season, BuzzFeed is reporting that she will appear full time on season three — if there is one, that is. (This hasn't been confirmed by Netflix yet.) Here's the explanation: "After Season 1 filmed, Prepon, who had only a one-season contract, decided she did not want to commit to being a series regular, and opted not to come back. After the show became Netflix’s biggest hit, and the tidal wave of viewer sorrow nearly drowned Prepon, Netflix, and the show’s creator, Jenji Kohan, the plan was rejiggered for Prepon to return for four Season 2 episodes (instead of a mere one), and to leave things open for heavier involvement in the presumed third season." Sounds great! Just give us that third season, Netflix. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Ebiri on A Haunted House 2: A Movie-Length Nervous Breakdown

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A Haunted House 2 is not a movie. It is a nervous breakdown. Directed by Michael Tiddes but largely the handiwork of star, producer, and co-writer Marlon Wayans, the film is being billed as yet another Wayans-ized spoof of the horror movie genre, à la the first Haunted House movie and the wildly successful Scary Movie series. (Keenen Ivory Wayans and his brothers were responsible for the first two Scary Movie films; they have since left that franchise, which may explain why a new one was needed.) And there are some familiar digs at recent horror flicks: This time, the creepy doll and the closet from The Conjuring, the family-murdering demon from Sinister, and the dybbuk box from The Possession all make appearances. But this new film is mostly an excuse for star Marlon Wayans to have extended freak-outs in response to the horrors visited upon him — shrieking, screaming, »


- Bilge Ebiri

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James Franco May Be Batman, a Robot, or a Clone

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How on earth does James Franco find the time to be, well, James Franco? By the time the rest of us have crawled out of bed and made a pot of coffee, he’s written a book, gotten the adaptation of said book into a film festival, made a cameo in a fun project, caused a scandal, and appeared onstage in his Broadway debut (during which he'll shoot another movie). For those of us observing from the sidelines — and even to some of his fellow collaborators — it can seem like a daunting schedule, as Vulture discovered when we asked the cast and crew of his aforementioned Broadway debut, Of Mice and Men, to figure out exactly how he does it.Franco’s friend and co-star Jim Parrack assured us that there is no “secret secret” for how Franco operates, other than “curiosity and passion” and lack of sleep. “It’s just, »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Michelle Obama Will Appear on Nashville

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Michelle Obama will appear on the May 7 episode of Nashville, in which Rayna (Connie Britton) organizes a charity confer, ABC announced today. Oh, Flotus, Nashville? We'll assume the First Lady is too busy to keep up with the show, because if she'd seen even a single episode this season, she'd know that it has really lost its luster; there's nothing inherently wrong with country-music kabuki, but there's no excuse for terrible pacing and unrecognizable human behavior. At least iCarly knew how to see a story through to its natural conclusion. »


- Margaret Lyons

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Ask a Career Coach: 4 Things Don Draper Should Do to Fix His Life

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Don Draper needs a job. He needs a lot of things, actually: a wife he views as an equal, some true friends, a recreational hobby (tennis, maybe? furniture restoration?), and certainly an AA group. But these needs are as old as Mad Men; we've known about the women and the booze as long as we've known Don Draper. What's new this season is that the legendary ad man — the dickish creative genius, the "Why I'm quitting tobacco" guy — is now mostly without a job, sitting sadly on his couch, ghostwriting for lesser men. The last of his purpose has drained out of him. It is not a good look.Since Don has historically been terrible at solving his own problems, Vulture went in search of professional career advice for our sad friend. Denise Spatafora, a business strategist who has worked with the creative heads of Ogilvy & Mather, Chiat »

- Amanda Dobbins

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See Every Food Porn Shot From NBC's Hannibal

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If Dr. Hannibal Lecter ever wrote a cookbook, it would be titled, How to Cook Everyone. (Or, maybe, To Serve Man — copyright Rod Serling.) Dr. Lecter is the classiest cannibal around, with the hands of Jacques Pepin and the face of an intense Danish actor. Throughout the show, he prepares lavish meals from the body parts of his various victims: Cassie Boyle’s lungs, some random guy running away in the woods, serial killer James Gray. Like the grisly murder tableaus that are so lovely you can’t look away from them, the dishes on Hannibal are so food porn-y you don’t know whether to grab a fork or to throw up. His guests gush over his elegant plates, ignorant to the fact that they're about to eat people. Click through to see every dish he’s made on the show so far.   »

- E. Alex Jung

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Edelstein on Heaven Is for Real: A Gentle Movie That Wants Us to Believe the Best of Death

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In 2003, Colton Burpo, the 5-year-old son of Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo, had emergency surgery for a burst appendix, and though he didn’t technically “die” or have a “near-death experience,” he left his body for approximately three (Earth) minutes and visited heaven — where he met Jesus (still bearing the marks of his crucifixion), Mary, the Holy Spirit, angels in white choir robes with wings, the grandfather who perished long before he was born, and the sister who died in his mother’s womb but was now growing normally, beautifully. Because heaven time is longer than Earth time, Colton was able to observe many things that conformed to descriptions in Scripture, of which he — being 5 — could obviously have had no prior knowledge.Pastor Burpo’s account of his son’s journey became a huge best seller and is now an exceedingly gentle movie called Heaven Is for Real, directed by Randall »


- David Edelstein

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Max Greenfield to Star in Michael Showalter Movie

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Talking to the Wrap, Greenfield revealed he will be starring in a new film written and directed by Michael Showalter. Greenfield — who first worked with Showalter on They Came Together, the David Wain rom-com parody Showalter co-wrote — described Hello My Name Is Doris as a dramedy about an older woman who is “forced to kind of find a new life in the city” after the death of her mother, and the younger guy (Greenfield) whom she thinks is the answer. This will be Showalter’s second feature, after 2005’s The Baxter, in which Showalter has remarked that he wishes he could’ve had a different actor star, instead of himself. Watch out, Paul Rudd, it appears these guys might’ve found their new handsome surrogate.     »


- Jesse David Fox

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Orphan Black Is Back and You Should Watch It

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Orphan Black's second season debuts on Saturday — which means there's still time to catch up! And you should; the show is terrific. It's original and confident, beautifully acted and perfectly paced. There's the sinister international-conspiracy stuff, decent action sequences, and the fun kind of violence, but maybe more important, the show also has a sense of humor. It's not all sad ladies and anonymous, cloudy Canadian backdrops! The show contains multitudes.Without going into too much of the show's minutia, Orphan is about a woman who discovers she's a clone; the action follows Sarah and some of her clone mates as they try to figure out how this could have happened and who’s responsible. Not enough can be said in praise of Tatiana Maslany's performance as all the clones, including a type-a soccer mom, a funky scientist, a barely reformed grifter, and a crazy-eyed assassin. As we »


- Margaret Lyons

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‘I Only Do Outraged’: Vincent Kartheiser on Pete Campbell, Mad Men’s Final Season, and Internet Haters

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Mad Men’s sixth season was a disastrous one for Pete Campbell, Sterling Cooper & Partners’ charmingly smarmy advertising-accounts executive—which made it a great one for Vincent Kartheiser, who plays him. In the span of 13 episodes, Pete got thrown out of the house by his wife, Trudy, for cheating; ran into his father-in-law at a brothel, costing Sc&P the $9 million Vicks Chemical account; got banished to the firm’s nascent Los Angeles office; and tangled with a sociopathic co-worker, Bob Benson, who stole the Chevy account from him and may have played a role in the murder of Pete’s mother. Pete has never been easy to like, but Kartheiser’s exasperated reactions to every setback have launched a thousand gifs and transformed a once-loathsome character into an oddly endearing one. All of which seems to have only inflamed Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s sadistic tendencies: “When you »


- Jada Yuan

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Dave Holmes Flashes Back to the Insane, Riveting Battle of the Network Stars

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We are coming up on another Coachella weekend and, even though I’m not going, my ringing ears need a break. So for this week’s installment of Somewhere in Time, we’re going to take a little day trip in my Delorean Gif in the opposite direction. If you were alive in the 1970s and 1980s, and if you were raised by a television set as I was, you have fond memories of the biannual TV extravaganza event Battle of the Network Stars, in which your favorite personalities from ABC, CBS, and NBC would show off their athleticism (by which I mean their thighs and chests). It was an all-out war for bragging rights (and actual money — each player for the winning team would win $20,000 for themselves and not for charity), and I don’t think there’s anything I miss more. So guess what: On Monday nights, Espn »


- Dave Holmes

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Edelstein: Fading Gigolo Is So Crazy That It’s … Fun

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When John Turturro writes and directs, the wiry actor becomes a florid romantic, a cheerleader for abbondanza and passione. (The latter is the title of his wonderful documentary about the music of Naples.) His new film, Fading Gigolo, is a hymn to the healing sensuous touch. He has cast himself as a diffident, gentle Manhattan florist named Fioravante who’s tapped by his friend Murray (Woody Allen), the owner of a failed used bookstore, to work as a high-priced prostitute. You read that correctly: Woody Allen is John Turturro’s pimp. And it turns out that Fioravante — not, by his own admission, conventionally handsome and certainly not young — is catnip for the ladies, some (Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara) wowzas in their own right. He treats them like the fragile flowers they are — and they bloom. But Fioravante’s professional gunslinger detachment is tested when Murray hooks him up with an »


- David Edelstein

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‘You & I’ Video: One Direction Meets The Craft

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Is One Direction totally ripping off The Craft in their new video for "You & I"? Either Manon is stepping in and all of a sudden giving the boys the power of glamour (that's the one where you can change your appearance), or a music video director needed some way to avoid the whole they-can't-dance thing. Compare and discuss below.The Boys: The Craft: »


- Lindsey Weber

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Scandal Had Its Most-Watched Finale Yet Last Night

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Scandal wrapped its third season Thursday with massive ratings: 10.5 million viewers watched the Misadventures of the Family Pope, giving the Shonda Rhimes-created show its biggest finale audience ever, and flirting with an all-time viewership high for the series. Among viewers under 50, Scandal jumped 13 percent vs. last week to a 3.4 rating, giving it a bigger young adult audience than the combined adults 18-49 viewership last night of NBC’s Community season/series finale (1.0), Parks and Rec (0.9) and the Parenthood finale (1.3). Overall, ABC says season three of Scandal surged about 40 percent in both viewers and the adult 18-49 demo vs. season two, easily making it network TV’s fastest-growing returning show. Scandal also boosted Jimmy Kimmel Live, which had its best-ever ratings at 11:35 thanks to an episode themed around the night’s Shondanigans. »


- Josef Adalian

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Take the Johnny Depp Movie-Hair Quiz

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In the sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which opens this weekend, Johnny Depp spends the majority of his time onscreen inside a computer. (It's a long story, but basically he is inside a computer.) Though we get to see a digitized version of him, it's not the same thing. When you see a Johnny Depp movie, you're partly paying to see what his face and hair look like. From 1990's Cry-Baby through last year's The Lone Ranger, something is always going on with his head. So we wanted to test how familiar you are with the comings and goings of Johnny Depp's follicles. In Vulture's Johnny Depp Movie-Hair Quiz, you'll be shown fifteen haircuts and you have to pick which movie it's from. Luckily, right or wrong, you'll get to see that handsome mug of his. Good luck! »


- Jesse David Fox

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Scandal’s Season 3 Finale: Crescendo, Crescendo, Crescendo

18 April 2014 8:50 AM, PDT

A bomb and a dead child; a callous sex scene and some A+ screaming; vile machinations and a vengeance streak powerful enough to make an Old Testament God acknowledge that game recognize game. Scandal's season finale certainly went whole hog — or should I say whole piggy-piggy? — but the episode summed up everything that was off about season three: all crescendo, no climax. Tension's only tension when there's an eventual release. Otherwise that's not tension we're building; it's just unhappiness. I used to think of Scandal as a very tense show. Now I wonder if maybe it's more of a miserable one.A few episodes ago, Scandal killed off James, if not quite a central character certainly a very important one. For some shows, that would be the big thing of the season. Not so here; James's death was one among many, one murder among several murders, one dead husband after another. »

- Margaret Lyons

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American Idol Recap: Good-bye, Stranger

18 April 2014 8:37 AM, PDT

All day, I’ve been thinking about this old Bloom County strip from the early ’80s. I felt a lot like Opus today. In my last couple of recaps, I’ve kind of turned ape on this show, and I started to think I might have been a little too harsh. And then I remembered that this week’s performance show included long shots of Dexter sleeping and Cj vacuuming, and I realized I haven’t been harsh enough. So I’m exactly like Opus in that Bloom County strip, just without the last panel.I honestly don’t know what went wrong here. These kids definitely have talent, but they aren’t growing. I assume they have a desire to succeed, but they don’t seem to want to be here. They lack charisma, and nobody’s trying to coax it out of them. There was such promise a couple of months ago, »

- Dave Holmes

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