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Zach Galifianakis Is Heading Back to TV With Help From Louis C.K.

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FX announced today that they’ve given a series order to a show co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K., and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live). Entitled Baskets, Galifianakis will play Chip Baskets, a man who dreams of becoming a professional clown, but after a failed attempt at attending a fancy Parisian clowning college, he takes the only clowning job he can find, working at a local rodeo. The ten-episode first season will air in 2016, which gives them plenty of time to figure out how to apply clown makeup to a beard. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Grimes Releases a Super-Nuts Video for the Song She Wrote for Rihanna

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Grimes originally wrote “Go” for Rihanna, but she turned it down. Though we’re sure the Rihanna version would’ve been great, we’re happy with how weird and disjointed this version got to be. Speaking of weird and disjointed, Grimes released a video for the song and it’s very specifically strange. It can only really be described as what a pop R&B music video looks like in Grimes’s brain. It’s like if '90s Hype Williams directed an episode of Game of Thrones, in which Daenerys tries to dance for the first time.  »


- Jesse David Fox

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How Getting Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon

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“Honestly, I’ve done some movies that were really challenging, and I’ve done some movies that aren’t challenging at all,” confesses Reese Witherspoon, who dug in deep for a suite of provocative fall projects. In addition to a starring role in the Lost Boys of Sudan drama The Good Lie, Witherspoon produced David Fincher’s highly anticipated missing-wife thriller Gone Girl and pops up in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. She also took on her meatiest role in years with Wild (out December 5), which is based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed and casts Witherspoon as a soul-searching woman embarking on a thousand-mile hike. “It’s rare to have the kind of opportunities I had making this film,” says Witherspoon, “and I treasured it.”In Wild, you play a character who’s addicted to heroin and sleeping around. We don’t often see you in projects like these. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Enter Our Haiku Contest to Win a Complete DVD Set of The Wonder Years

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If you were the type of Wonder Years fan who'd tape up photos of Kevin, Winnie, Paul, and even that goony big brother in your locker, you'll love this contest. Up for grabs is a special complete DVD set of The Wonder Years, which is packaged in a miniature but still metallic and authentic-feeling locker. Did Kevin even have a locker on the show? It doesn't matter, because you will have a locker. And not just any old locker — a Wonder Years locker. If you win our contest, that is.How do you win this Wonder Years locker? By taking us to haiku school, that's how. So take out your finest haiku pen, throw it away, and then type your best Wonder Years–themed haiku in the comments section below. The poem you submit can be about a particular episode or story line, a single character, or something more esoteric, »


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Prince Tried to Give André 3000 Advice on the Outkast Reunion Tour

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Arguably the biggest live music story going into the summer was that Outkast was reuniting for a large-scale festival tour. Then they played their first show at Coachella, and all that hype was swiftly brought down to reality, with reviews being generally negative, usually pointing out that their performance felt uninspired, like they were just going through the motions. It appears André 3000 agreed with the critics. In a very frank interview with the New York Times, André Benjamin described the evening: “Yeah, I think people could see it at Coachella, the very first show. It was foreign. My head wasn’t there. I kind of fluffed through rehearsals. A few hours before the Coachella show, I get a message that Prince and Paul McCartney are going to be there. My spirit is not right, and idols are standing side-stage, so as the show started, I’m bummed. This is horrible. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Swiftly Shakes to No. 1

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How has it been having “Shake It Off” stuck in your head this past week and a half? If it makes you feel any better, you are not alone. After its first full week out, the song jumped from No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 to No. 1, on the back of strong sales, radio airplay, streaming, and basically everything else. This is Taylor Swift’s second No. 1, after "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Coming in at No. 2 is Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," which was helped by its record-breaking video. Magic!'s "Rude" dropped to No. 5 because of Nicki and Taylor, and because reggae is exclusively for summer breaks.  »


- Jesse David Fox

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Robert Plant on His New Album and Favorite Supermarket

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It’s been 45 years since Robert Plant made his recording debut with Led Zeppelin, though you’d never guess that from his new solo album, Lullabye ... and the Ceaseless Roar, on which his vocal cords still seem to be in mint condition. “I think the more I sing, the better my voice gets,” says Plant, who recorded Lullabye with his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, after road-testing the material — Zeppelin-esque rock, occasionally drawing on Celtic and African influences — for the past couple years.Most of the other artists who have been at this for 40-plus years seem to have run out of gas. What is it that you’re doing right, and why have the other guys lost it?Well that’s a really provocative question, young man, and you must go stand on the naughty step. I don’t think anybody’s lost it. It’s the company you keep. »


- Lane Brown

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Tobias Menzies on Outlander, 18th-Century Twitter, and Getting Edmure Tully Back on Game of Thrones

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When Claire Randall, the protagonist of the Starz hit Outlander, finds herself transported back in time, she’s confronted by a British military officer who eerily resembles her husband, Frank — except in personality. For one thing, the man she left behind in the 20th century is a nice guy; this 18th-century look-alike tries to rape her. The mystery baddie, she quickly determines, is none other than Black Jack Randall, a nefarious ancestor of her husband stationed in Scotland. Claire’s confusion is understandable, as both guys are played by Tobias Menzies; the actor also currently appears opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal on SundanceTV’s The Honorable Woman, but he might be most recognizable as Catelyn Stark’s brother, Edmure Tully, whom we last saw as the groom at the Red Wedding (“the bloodiest wedding in history!” jokes Menzies). Vulture chatted with Menzies about playing a hero and a villain on the same show, »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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57 Books to Read This Fall

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Hopefully, you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at this season's books. September 9/2 The Emerald Light in the Air By Donald Antrim Fsg The collected short stories of the ­MacArthur “genius.” Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty By Vikram Chandra Graywolf Press Novelists and programmers both obsess over ­“elegance” and “style” — so is writing code an aesthetic pursuit? Chandra, a novelist who also codes, says yes. 10:04 By Ben Lerner Faber & Faber The second novel from the author of 2011’s Leaving the Atocha Station. The Bone Clocks By David Mitchell Random House An epic stretching across time and space, with stops in medieval Switzerland, punk-rock England, and wartime Baghdad, all touched »


- Alex Carp

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Watch a Trailer for Transparent, Starring Jeffrey Tambor

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Back in February, Amazon posted the pilot of Transparent, a family dramedy from creator Jill Soloway about, well, a trans parent. Now the show is inching ever closer to its actual debut. Behold, the first full trailer! All ten episodes of the first season will be available to stream starting September 26, so mark your calendar accordingly. That mark should say "reserve time to watch funny and emotional series about identity, gender, sexuality, and sense of self." You can put a smiley-face, too. »


- Margaret Lyons

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Broad City Season 1, Episode 5 Recap: Violently High

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If you’re trying to pick one episode to convert someone to a Broad City fanatic, let it be this one. First and foremost, before the jokes and wondering how I can get two women in their 20s to officially adopt my old ass, can we just take a moment to praise a TV comedy that, when featuring a sex scene, shows women not only enjoying, but on the receiving end of, oral sex? Can we just take a minute, in 2014, to appreciate the one time American television was very cool about something involving women, sex, and pleasure? You watched the Emmys — you know it may never happen again. Take a minute and genuflect.    Abbi and Ilana are not great people. I mean, they are the greatest, but they’re sort of insular, strange, and full of contempt for anyone that gets in their way. They usually keep it pretty »


- Danielle Henderson

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New Pictures of Nikki Finke Emerge, Prove She’s Just a Person Like You and Me

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In June, Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke launched an eponymous website following her drama-filled departure from Deadline.com. Last week, BuzzFeed reported that NikkiFinke.com was on the verge of shuttering following demands from lawyers representing her former employer, Penske Media Corporation, which owns Deadline in addition to Variety. Much schadenfreude was had. As we wrote last November, a new confirmed photo of Finke has not been published since 2008, which is bizarre because she lives in Los Angeles, a city that happens to be full of photographers both professional and amateur. People want to know what Finke looks like these days because she has terrorized Hollywood for years, and when someone yells at you on the phone, you want to have a picture of her in your mind. One must know the face of the enemy. So: A new, childishly named site has arisen with what it purports to be brand-new »

- Gilbert Cruz

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David Chase Kind of Said Tony Soprano Didn’t Die

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Every few months, someone needs to reinvestigate the finale of The Sopranos to keep the internet alive. "What happens if we don't do that?" the people wonder. "I'll die," says the internet. "Don't you want to keep me alive?" And of course we want to keep the internet alive, so we perform The Sopranos finale ritual once again. Let us go back now to that diner, and stare at Aj's horrible skinny-chin-strap beard, and wonder all over again: What does it mean? Is Tony dead or alive? Am I dead or alive? What is love for? Are onion rings God, or is God onion rings? Today, we fulfill this quarter's quota of Sopranos talk with an article from Vox, in which creator David Chase allegedly answers one of those questions.I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead. »


- Margaret Lyons

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See Amy Poehler Mock the Difficulties of Being a Modern Man on The Approval Matrix

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The Approval Matrix, Sundance's new show inspired by the back-page New York feature that you read before anything else in the magazine, airs its fourth episode next Monday. The panel show, hosted by Neal Brennan, tosses together personalities from different corners of the pop-culture universe while also featuring interviews with stars like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, and Amy Poehler. Here, the Parks and Recreation star cries oh-so fake tears over the difficulties of being a modern man. »


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What Do I Watch After Friday Night Lights? Your Pressing TV Questions, Answered

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Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons will answer your questions about what to watch, when to watch it, whom to watch it with, and how to feel about the whole thing. To submit your own questions, you can email staytuned@nymag.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. I loved Friday Night Lights. Loved. Tammi and Coach Taylor taught me about loving relationships, Tim Riggins made me swoon, and while each show had dramatic tension, it never felt like a soap opera. What other shows can I watch that would give me similar viewing pleasure? —JoyWhat wouldn't I give to have a good answer to this question? Unfortunately, there aren't other shows like Friday Night Lights. That's why everyone who loves that show keeps telling other people about it! It's a really good show, and there's nothing else that's »


- Margaret Lyons

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Tyler Perry on Gone Girl’s Ending and Singing With Ben Affleck

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Tyler Perry doesn’t step in front of another director’s camera often, but he’s glad he did so for David Fincher. “He’s brilliant,” says Perry, who stars in the exacting filmmaker’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl as the magnificently named Tanner Bolt, lawyer for Ben Affleck’s character, a man accused of his missing wife’s murder. Perry spoke with Vulture about the process.David Fincher showed Neil Patrick Harris a rough cut of the film around 1:30 a.m. after a Hedwig performance, so it sounded like he was just beginning to share it with all of you. Have you had a chance to see it yet?I have! But David's idea of a "rough cut" is pretty damn incredible. The only thing was there were still a couple of green-screen shots [that needed to be filled in], but I didn't notice anything, to my eye. To me, it looked great. »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Chelsea Lately’s Insanely Star-Studded Good-bye Sing-along

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After seven years on E!, last night was the final episode of Chelsea Lately. It was less a bittersweet affair than a celebration, as Chelsea Handler hasn't been shy about how much she wanted to leave the network. The big climax was an especially star-studded sing-along to a parody of "We Are the World." Sandra BullockJennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, 50 Cent, Vanessa Hugdens, FergieAvril Lavigne, Gerard ButlerKate Beckinsale, Tim Gunn, Justin TherouxMelissa McCarthy, Allison JanneyJoel McHale, and like a zillion other people were there. Now if she can only have all these people show up to every episode of her Netflix show, we predict it will be a raging success. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Pretty Little Liars Summer Finale Recap: Killer Queen

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Emmy loser Rust Cohle says time is a flat circle, and perhaps nothing has illustrated that point more clearly than last night’s Pll. For once, we were given an actual timeline of events, but our plot was still unmoored at best. It was Thanksgiving, no, wait, then it was 36 hours before Thanksgiving, and then it was Thanksgiving again, and at one point Mona referred to having already been accepted early decision to three colleges but still “needing to survive senior year.” So there we have it, readers: We are in fall, on the eve of winter, during the Liars’ senior year. Yet, as with all explanations on this drama, this answer only raises more questions: Didn’t Spencer already apply to Penn several seasons ago, but Cece stole her application and never sent it? Was that also … fall of senior year? And why is everyone outside decorating Emily’s house without coats on? »

- Jessica Goldstein

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The Colbert Report Changes Opening Credits Thanks to Gwen Stefani

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Remember on the Emmys when Gwen Stefani called The Colbert Report "The Colbort Report" and everyone loved it so? Stephen Colbert seemed to take delight in the gaffe as well. This continued into last night's show, where, as you can see below, the opening credits were altered and his name changed to "Colbore." (Besides the credits, the show was pre-taped last week, so he didn't address the gaffe directly.) Colbert, Colbore, Colbert, Colbore: Let's call the whole thing off.  »


- Jesse David Fox

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And Now, Snack-Shopping With Drake and Nicki

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If you actually care about backstory, then this date apparently happened on the set of Usher's "She Came to Give It You," which you can watch below. But really, let's focus: Here is a one-minute video of Drake and Nicki Minaj shopping for snacks. "You want the Nutella dip sticks? What you want? I'm splurging today." Perfect.Here's that Usher video: »


- Amanda Dobbins

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