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Saltz: James Franco’s Bad Cindy Sherman Rip-off Is Even Worse for Pace Gallery

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Art critic Roberta Smith (my wife) wrote a damning review of James Franco's 65 silly self-obsessed demi-drag recreations of Cindy Sherman's 1977-80 "Film Stills," now being shown at Pace as “New Film Stills.” The review's last line sums up the situation: "Someone or something, make him stop." Amen.I love Franco's acting. He's incredible in Spring Breakers. (That scene of him jumping up and down on the bed yelling about how much shit he has is fantastic!) He holds the screen in every second of 127 Hours. But in his repeated efforts to be an artist, Franco is only making bad art. Or things that look like art but are still bad. Either way, the crux of the issue was touched on by the super-smart sneaky-brilliant Cindy Sherman herself. When asked by Gallerist what she made of Franco's act she simply said, “I can only be flattered. I don’t »


- Jerry Saltz

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People Still Can’t Pronounce Lupita Nyong’o’s Name

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Someone was bound to do it. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel put together a short supercut of local-news reporters butchering actress Lupita Nyong'o's name after she was named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman. Maybe it's because Kimmel's had his own experience mispronouncing the actress name: Back in January, after introducing her, he asked, "Did I say your name correctly?" She laughs: "That's good enough."Still wondering how? Here's Nyong'o, spelling it out. »


- Lindsey Weber

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13 Choice Quotes From George R.R. Martin’s Rolling Stone Interview

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If there’s one thing that George R.R. Martin wants you to know, it’s that the world is full of moral ambiguity. Any Game of Thrones fan can attest to this: There are no real heroes or villains, just people who do good things and bad things, and usually in combination. In a long interview with Rolling Stone published yesterday, the cap-wearing fantasy novelist talks about killing your darlings, his days writing for network TV, and the limitations of J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s worth reading in its entirety to hear him expound on the following topics:On imagination: “For many years I stared out of our living-room window [in his hometown of Perth Amboy, New Jersey] at the lights of Staten Island. To me, those lights of Staten Island were like Shangri-La, and Singapore, and Shanghai, or whatever.” “Ideas are cheap. I have more ideas now than I could ever write up. To my »


- E. Alex Jung

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Watch ‘Stephen Colbert’ Tell Jon Stewart He’s Leaving His Show

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Considering his endorsement the morning of the day it was announced that Stephen Colbert will be taking over The Late Show, we're sure Stephen Colbert told Jon Stewart that he was leaving The Colbert Report. But "Stephen Colbert," the character, hadn't yet. Last night, he interrupted The Daily Show to break the news to Stewart (who produces Colbert), play a tribute clip to himself, and call himself fat. It was all very moving. Everyone cried. (No one cried.) »


- Jesse David Fox

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The Americans’ Holly Taylor on Paige’s Church Problem, High-Waisted Cords, and Her One Tree Hill Obsession

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Paige just wants to go to church. Why can’t she go to church?! Well, because her parents are undercover Kgb spies, and Mother Russia isn’t down with the big Jc. In last night’s episode of The Americans, poor Paige got read the riot act for donating $600 worth of babysitting savings to charity. Color her confused. (And has there been anything more terrifying than Philip screaming at his teenage daughter? I think not.) Vulture got ahold of Holly Taylor, the 16-year-old actress who plays Paige, to commiserate after a long day of exams (“I had four tests, and it was awesome,” she jokes). Fortunately, our discussion got worked its way around to One Tree Hill, and that perked her right up. What was it like having Matthew Rhys scream at you?It was pretty scary. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are such good actors, so obviously it felt very real, »


- Denise Martin

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The Americans Recap: With Contras and Christ

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In episode nine of the first season of The Americans, Philip and Elizabeth announced to their children that they were separating. In last night’s episode, the ninth of season two, Philip and Elizabeth once again separated. This time, that separation wasn’t related directly to the status of their marriage. They’re still living in the same Falls Church home with their two children: Paige, the generously donating Bible thumper, and Henry, the kid who has apparently replaced his obsession with playing Astrosmash on the neighbors’ Intellivision with good, old-fashioned card tricks. But in terms of where they are emotionally following their attempt to expose the U.S. Contra-training program dubbed Martial Eagle — an operation that gave this week’s hour its name — it’s clear that metaphorically if not legally, Philip and Elizabeth are pretty much divorced right now.The infiltration of the military base that opened yet another propulsive, »

- Jen Chaney

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See Rediscovered 30-Year-Old Andy Warhol Amiga Computer Art

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The Andy Warhol Museum has recovered artwork Andy Warhol made in the mid-1980s on a Commodore Amiga home computer. It all started with a YouTube clip of Andy Warhol at the Amiga launch event, making a portrait of Debbie Harry. Artist Cory Arcangel saw the clip and embarked on trying to find the images. Working with curators from the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Warhol Museum's chief archivist, they found Amiga floppy disks. Fortunately, Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club is known for its "collection of obsolete computer hardware" and was able to easily extract many doodles, photographs, and riffs on classic Warhol images like the banana, Marilyn Monroe, and, as you can see below, the Campbell's soup can. Also, below you can see a self-portrait and a three-eyed Birth of Venus. Even though it's only been a few hours since they've been made public, Jay Z has already »


- Jesse David Fox

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What the HBO-Amazon Deal Means for Netflix and 5 Other Questions Answered

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It’s not TV. It’s not HBO. It’s HBO on Amazon! Yesterday morning, the pay-cable pioneer and the streaming giant announced a multiyear deal to bring many (but not all) of HBO’s older shows to the Amazon Prime Video subscription service. The agreement is obviously good news for Amazon subscribers and any other TV fans considering signing up, since it means access to more high-quality television programs at a relatively affordable annual price. But just how groundbreaking was yesterday’s news? Why did HBO finally agree to stream its shows on a platform it doesn’t own? And is this a death blow to Netflix? Vulture dug a little deeper into the deal and talked to our TV business sources to figure out What It All Means. Read on for the answers.1. How unprecedented is this deal?Very, and not at all. One on level, this agreement »

- Josef Adalian

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Parisian Street Artist Jr Prepares His First Foray Into Ballet

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Earlier this year, the enfant terrible photographer who calls himself Jr made his New York City Ballet debut, wrapping the promenade of the David H. Koch Theater in an enormous photographic mural. The result has been Instagrammed nearly as often as Ellen’s Oscar selfie was, and a relationship with Nycb was born. On April 29, it will bear fruit, as Jr’s first foray into ballet—a collaboration with the video director and musician Woodkid, with an assist from Nycb’s Peter Martins himself—premieres. It’s called Les Bosquets, and, he says, it “is about the French riots of 2005. I was even thinking of taking the dancers to the streets of Paris. I am sure that these two worlds that are completely opposite, the projects of Paris and the ballet world, could actually get together.” They certainly do cross paths in Jr himself, a graffiti brat turned sophisticated photographer, »


- Wendy Goodman

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There’s Going to be a Third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Movie

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Good news for fans of apparel-based cinema: There is going to be another Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. The first two films based on Ann Brashares’s novels came out in 2005 and 2008 and followed the adventures of a gang of best friends played by Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn. While none of the original cast members have yet signed on, a source at The Wrap says they "are in various stages of discussions to return." Meanwhile, Ken Kwapis, who directed the first movie, will be back to direct. The new film will focus on the plot of the fifth and final book, Sisterhood Everlasting, which catches up with the friends ten years after the previous novel as they reunite for a trip "that will change their lives forever." If you read the books, you will remember that this is the one where a lot of »


- Anna Silman

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Meg Ryan Will Narrate How I Met Your Dad

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Some big How I Met Your Dad casting news today, as we learned that Meg Ryan has been tapped to play the unseen narrator in the CBS spin-off. According to Deadline, the role will mirror that of Bob Saget in How I Met Your Mother. Just as Saget played the voice of future Ted, Ryan will supply the voice of future Sally (played in the present by Greta Gerwig) as she tells her kids how she met their father. No word on whether Sally’s eventual husband will be named Harry, whether they will meet via AOL, or whether the role will be career-altering enough to finally make these jokes redundant.  »


- Anna Silman

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William Hurt Is Withdrawing From Midnight Rider

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William Hurt is withdrawing from his starring role in the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, Deadline has confirmed. Director Randall Miller has been looking to re-start production after shooting was halted following the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on February 20. Jones died in a train crash that injured seven others while on set in Georgia. Friends and colleagues of Jones have called for a crew boycott of the film, and there are multiple state and federal investigations looking into possible negligence. Hurt’s exit adds further uncertainty to whether Miller will be able to revive the controversial project.  »


- Anna Silman

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Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o in Talks for Disney’s Jungle Book

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According to THR, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to join Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book movie, directed by king of the Swingers/soon-to-be Jungle VIP Jon Favreau. (Get it?) The live-action/CGI hybrid is shaping up to have a pretty stacked cast: The two starlets will join Idris Elba, who has has already been cast as the voice of Shere Khan, a man-eating tiger. Nyong’o is in negotiations to play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson would voice the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. So, sort of like her recent turn as a seductive, man-eating alien in Under the Skin, only this time she will play a seductive snake who literally eats men. Typecasting! »


- Anna Silman

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Theater Review: A Fascinating, Somewhat Musty Look at Transvestism in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina

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In the dressing rooms of at least seven Broadway shows right now, men are donning wigs and dresses and other gear to appear onstage as women. Chicago, Matilda, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, and, more overtly, Kinky Boots have built their brands on varieties of drag, whether as part of the story or just a casting gimmick. Earlier this season, too, we had male witches in Macbeth and traditional boys-will-be-girls productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. And now, in the furious pre-Tony throes of April, the falsies are really flying. Just yesterday, Neil Patrick Harris opened as the semi-transgender title songstress of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; his falsies are tomatoes. Tomorrow, Alan Cumming opens as the androgynous Emcee in Cabaret, performing as a Kit Kat Girl in its tawdry kickline. And nearly the entire cast of Casa Valentina, opening tonight, relies on Miracle Gel inserts »


- Jesse Green

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Charlize Theron, Andy Samberg Will Host Last Two SNLs of the Season

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NBC announced the lineups for the final two episodes of this season of SNL this afternoon: On May 10, Charlize Theron will host, with musical guest the Black Keys, and on May 17, Andy Samberg will host, with musical guest St. Vincent. This will be the Black Keys' third time on the show and Theron's second time hosting, though her first time was way back in 2000 — when she played a member of girl group Gemini's Twin on an episode that included a Mr. Peepers sketch. Fourteen years is a long time! The following week marks St. Vincent's SNL debut and Samberg's first time hosting, though he'll be the third former cast member to host this season (Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon). Ready yourselves for a digital short, friends. »


- Margaret Lyons

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‘Marilyn Monroe’ Video: Pharrell Keeps Dancing

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To be fair, he also journeys to a pink planet in order to serenade the woman who is living inside the moon. (This moon looks like a nap pod. I support this moon.) And there are a lot of other talented women dancing around him — they do the heavy dancing, actually. But yes, if you're looking for another example of Pharrell wearing hats and deep-knee-walking around different rooms in an approximation of dance, then here is the "Marilyn Monroe" video! »


- Amanda Dobbins

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The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? Coming to TV

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The National Geographic Channel will air a miniseries in July called The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?, because that's a totally legitimate framing device for a talking-head show that's supposed to be more serious than I Love the ’90s. According to Deadline, Rob Lowe will narrate the series, just as he did for the network's The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us. Perhaps no one at the Ngc is familiar with Betteridge's law of headlines, which we'll stretch here to apply to the title of a show: The law states that any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word "no." If the answer were "yes," you wouldn't need the question mark! One could simply write something declarative. Anyway, no, the ’90s were not the "last great decade," because who knows what the future holds? Maybe more great decades, maybe apes on horseback, maybe horses »


- Margaret Lyons

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Watch the Trailer for the Sequel to The Trip, The Trip to Italy

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In Michael Winterbottom's first Trip movie (and BBC TV series, which the movie was edited from), Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon played fictionalized versions of themselves going on a food tour of north England. Though it was highly enjoyable, it partly felt like the three men behind it did it just to get someone else to pay for fancy meals. It was doing Michael Caine impressions for your supper, if you will. This time around, in The Trip to Italy, Coogan and Brydon got to, well, take a trip to Italy to have fake arguments but eat real foods. The series version of it is currently airing in England, with the theatrical release coming Stateside on August 15. So, if you weren't feeling bad enough about your lacking Pacino impression, you'll also get to be jealous of movie characters' summer vacations.  »


- Jesse David Fox

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Supernatural Recap: Mothers and Daughters

23 April 2014 7:25 AM, PDT

Did the planet just backflip off its axis? Are pigs doing cartwheels across the sky? Did Michael Jackson moonwalk out of his grave and buy a ticket to Shrek 5? Because something impossible just happened: Supernatural based a whole episode around female characters. Three-dimensional ones, even! None of them love interests. And with a recurring character to boot. What show was this? I know, I know, by now all complaints about Supernatural's casual misogyny — whether by omitting multi-dimensional females or simply fridging them — are admittedly tired by now. But "Alex Annie Alexis Ann" proved that perhaps the complainers were right all along. This was a heavy, thoughtful, and tremendously well-written episode of television, and it couldn't have been possible without strong female characters. Who knew! Oh, right. We all did.The cold-open began simply enough: A wily teenage girl was dragged into a Sheriff's station and thrown into a »


- Price Peterson

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The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: Baby, You’re a Fire Jerk

23 April 2014 7:05 AM, PDT

When the great spiritual songress of our time, Ms. Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Perry (née Hudson) sings about fireworks, they are figurative, people who are so inspiring that their light and hope explodes in the sky for all to see. When the Real Snail Shells of Clam Bake Fire Pit talk about fireworks, they are literal, the Chinese creation that takes off at least one drunken father’s ring finger every Independence Day. They do not have time for figurative language; they are too busy creating displays of attraction and noises of repulsion to really do anything else. And sometimes they mistake the figurative for the literal. Often it is funny.I’m going to do something really drastic and I’m going to talk about the last fight right up here at the beginning because, well, the events of the episode did not really lead up to this fight necessarily. »


- Brian Moylan

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