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Robert De Niro's Wizard of Lies Has Grabbed Michelle Pfeiffer, as Well as Some Momentum

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Michelle Pfeiffer has signed up to join Robert De Niro for HBO Films's long-awaited Bernie Madoff movie, Wizard of Lies, the network announced Thursday. The project, which saw some initial buzz in 2011, has been moving at a glacial pace, but the addition of Pfeiffer is a welcome sign things are finally picking up. Pfeiffer will play De Niro's onscreen wife, Ruth Madoff, and they'll be joined by Alessandro Nivola, who will take a turn as Madoff's older son, Mark. (That is what you call picture-perfect casting — even before all the makeup!) The story follows Madoff's infamous Ponzi scheme; Barry Levinson will direct, based on Diana Henriques's book of the same name, as well as Laurie Sandell's Truth and Consequences. Sam Baum, Sam Levinson, and John Burnham Schwartz are attached as writers for the script. Other production details, most notably timeline-wise, are unavailable at the moment. Like everyone, De »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Here's Justin Bieber's Very Skateboard-y, Tropical-Sounding 'What Do You Mean'

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The music video for Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean" surfaced earlier than planned Thursday night — and what a treat it is. The song sounds like what would happen if you took Steve Aoki's alarm clock to a tropical beach resort. (In other words, electro-catchy as hell.) And although the accompanying video doesn't really go with the lyrics, it's fun to watch — like the visual artists who do Disclosure's stuff had at a Tony Hawk video game featuring Ryan Sheckler, Chelsea Castro, and the Biebs as the only playable characters. Sorry, no Bam Margera, but how badly have you wanted to see Justin Bieber do a nollie flip? Doesn't matter! He does one here, with 50 percent clothes and 100 percent bad-itude. Enjoy: »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Jon Hamm Might Star in the Sci-Fi Dramedy Marjorie Prime Because He Is Feeling Adventurous Enough to Be a Hologram

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After spending several years in the 1960s playing Don Draper (and not taking home any hardware yet), Jon Hamm is kind of like, Well, I guess I could maybe play a hologram? Sure, why not? Deadline reports that the actor is in talks to costar in an adaptation of the sci-fi dramedy Marjorie Prime, the story of an ailing violinist enduring the rest of her existence in an assisted-living facility with a therapeutic, holographic companion. The holograms from the original play, which was written by Jordan Harrison and was a 2015 Pulitzer finalist, take the form of predeceased loved ones. Hamm would reportedly play (if the movie is to be anything like the source material) the hologram of the titular Marjorie's husband — but probably in his thirties or forties — there to either revisit or rewrite memories with her, so as to prevent her mind from atrophying before death.When »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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The Twists and Turns of Whorl Inside a Loop

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If you fished Whorl Inside a Loop out of a slush pile and read only its précis, you’d probably cringe: A Broadway actress, described as the whitest person at her own Whitey McWhite party, teaches a class called Theatricalizing the Personal Narrative to a group of black men incarcerated for homicide at a maximum-security prison. You’d easily guess what’s next: Whitey McWhite will impart important lessons about taking responsibility through art, shed a tear for her own emotional imprisonment, and make the audience feel good about itself by proxy. But this is totally not how the drama develops in Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott’s new play, based to some extent on their experiences leading a similar group at Woodburn Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Or, rather, these things happen, but they are part of a story so much larger and more complicated that its »


- Jesse Green

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Hannibal’s Dr. Lecter Might Play the Villain in Doctor Strange

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Dr. Lecter will live to eat again! Sort of. Variety reports that Mads Mikkelsen, who played the serial gourmand on NBC's recently departed Hannibal, is in early talks to play the villain in Marvel's Doctor Strange. He'll be joining a decidedly British cast that includes Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and of course, Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Doctor Strange. Clearly, his character is just mad that he doesn't get to be the one with a Ph.D. in this franchise. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Miley Cyrus on Nicki Minaj’s VMAs Tweets: ‘You Made It About You’

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Before Miley Cyrus hosts the VMAs on Sunday, she has a bone to pick with Nicki Minaj. Speaking to the New York Times, Cyrus weighed in on Nicki Minaj's complaint that, in snubbing her "Anaconda" video for Video of the Year, MTV gives preferential treatment to her slim-figured white female peers in its highest category. "If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement," Cyrus says. "You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my Vma.'" On how she thinks Minaj should've expressed her point, Cyrus had this to say: If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: 'This is the reason why »


- Dee Lockett

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Could Walt’s Gun-in-the-Trunk Plan in Breaking Bad’s Finale Work?

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Warning: If you haven't watched the end of Breaking Bad, don't read this. The entire post is concerned exclusively with its final moments. In the final episode of Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad, Walter White allows himself to be captured by skinhead drug dealers in order to save Jesse Pinkman. But Walt has a plan: An M60 machine gun — the kind of heavy-duty monster of a machine gun that gets mounted on armored vehicles — is rigged to a rotating machine in the trunk of his car. It goes off, launching a torrent of bullets into the skinheads' hideout while Walt hits the floor, out of harm's way. The gun tears apart the bad guys while Walt survives. For a while.  The show is widely considered one of the best ever, but the finale did earn some puzzled reactions. Not that Breaking Bad was ever a realistic show, but the machine-gun-in-the-car-trunk »


- Greg Cwik

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IFC Also Delays Documentary Now! Episode Because of Virginia Shooting

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After USA delayed the finale of Mr. Robot by a week because of similarities between the episode and yesterday's shooting in Virginia, where two journalists were killed on-air, IFC is also delaying the next episode of Documentary Now, the mockumentary show starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, because of similarities in their episode "Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon" and the tragedy. The episode is a parody of Vice and "participant journalists" who are killed when they're trying to track down a drug lord in Mexico. "In light of yesterday's tragic events, IFC decided to air 'Kunuk' as tonight's episode of Documentary Now! in place of 'Dronez,'" IFC said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the victims." That being said, the actual episode has been available for weeks on Vice. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Adele’s Next Album Will Reportedly Be Released This November

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There is no album more anticipated than Adele's follow-up to 2011's diamond-certified 21. And, according to Billboard, the wait is nearly over: The magazine reports that she plans to release her third album this November. Their information comes straight from her label, Xl Records, which had previously denied rumors that Adele would put out an album last year. The singer, however, was thought to have teased a new project, tentatively titled 25, on Twitter last May. As expected, details are scarce, but Billboard confirms that Danger Mouse, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, and Tobias Jesso Jr. have each contributed to the album — though it remains to be seen what'll make the finished product. We're personally holding out for an Adele–Stevie Nicks duet. »


- Dee Lockett

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Rock the Kasbah Trailer: Bill Murray Rocks the Something Something

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In Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah, Bill Murray plays a cantankerous, on-the-outs record producer who insists he's still got it. (He doesn't.) It's sort of a play on his 1970s SNL character Jerry Aldini. Murray accidentally becomes a talent scout for Afghanistan's version of American Idol and goes on one of those wacky trips during which he experiences zany antics and eventually an epiphany. The movie also features Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and Bruce Willis. No word yet if the shareef don't like it.Murray also appeared in Darlene Love's new video for "Forbidden Nights." The legendary wall-of-sound singer has a new album, Introducing Darlene Love, coming out in September. It features Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Linda Perry, and Steven Van Zandt. The video also features appearances by Springsteen, Costello, Van Zandt, Joan Jett, David Letterman, and Paul Shaffer. It's a pretty spectacular video. »


- Greg Cwik

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Buffy’s Nicholas Brendon Walked Off the Set of Dr. Phil, But the Episode Was Still ‘Completed’ [Updated]

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Nicholas Brendon has been having a rough go of it. The actor best known as Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer has had multiple run-ins with the law in the past year, and got arrested various times for trashing hotel property and causing a public ruckus. The police reports often stated that Brendon was under the influence of alcohol and pills when the incidents happened. In a very public rehabilitation, Brendon agreed to go on Dr. Phil to talk about his problems. However, as the episode was taping, Brendon walked out. "When I was in that seat, I felt that Dr. Phil went for the jugular, talking about some of my recent mistakes, with no build up," Brendon wrote on Facebook. "I felt that he wanted me to lay the darkest parts of myself on national TV right from the start, and I’m not willing to do that." He »


- E. Alex Jung

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Your Gif Guide to Macklemore’s Bonkers, Broadway-Inspired ‘Downtown’ Video

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Macklemore cemented his return to radio ubiquity this morning with his latest single, "Downtown," featuring hip-hop veterans Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, and Melle Mel, along with Foxy Shazam front man (and Freddie Mercury doppelgänger) Eric Nally. It's as much a sequel to the duo's breakthrough "Thrift Shop" (except Macklemore's traded in his fur coat for a moped) as it is to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' throwback "Uptown Funk." For the "Downtown" video, Mack pulled out all the stops, re-creating West Side Story in his unofficial Broadway debut. There's choreography! And a Ken Griffey Jr. cameo? The whole elaborate production's overflowing with future memes that deserve a double take. Relive all the video's zaniest moments on loop in our Gif recap below. We begin with a strut. Oh, what a strut. They strut all the way to the moped store, where Mack scores a bike for $800. This is »


- Dee Lockett

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John Oliver Loves Pointing Out Americans’ Geography Obliviousness Like He’s Some Genius Michael Jordan of Geography

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Oh, it must be so nice to hide behind an over-the-shoulder graphic, cue card, and British accent and act like you know where Uruguay is. Oi, of course I know, it's right where me fingah points. Sure, sure, sure, sure, sure. Fun fact: Michael Jordan actually majored in geography in college, so he already is the Michael Jordan of geography. We'd like to see John Oliver dunk a basketball. It probably would be hard to do in a suit and dress shoes (slipping). The point is: USA! USA! USA! »


- Jesse David Fox

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Jessica Lange Isn’t Gone From American Horror Story Forever, Don’t Worry

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When Jessica Lange announced that she wouldn't be appearing in American Horror Story: Hotel, fans were distraught. She's been an integral part of the show since its inception, first appearing in a pivotal supporting role in Murder House and then taking the lead with bravado in Asylum. In Freak Show, she basically performed showstoppers exclusively, including her super-uncomfortable versions of David Bowie's "Life on Mars?" and Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters." She's starring in the road-trip comedy Wild Oats this fall, opposite Shirley MacLaine and Demi Moore, and will return to Broadway next year for a revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. But Lange isn't gone from American Horror Story for good. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Ryan Murphy said:  "It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule. Jessica is always about the character. She’ll be back—she’s not gone forever. »


- Greg Cwik

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Mary Gaitskill on Her First Novel in a Decade and Ambivalence Towards Motherhood

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Mary Gaitskill’s first collection of short stories, 1988’s Bad Behavior, cemented a reputation for sexy depravity. November’s The Mare, though, has a premise that’s practically, and deceptively, book-club-ready: A childless, rural couple hosts a Fresh Air Fund girl from Brooklyn, and horseback riding brings them all together. But in classic Gaitskill fashion, alienation, mutual misunderstanding, and pain ensue.  On paper, The Mare feels unexpected for you. Do you think readers will be surprised? I’m not honestly sure how people will see it. When I was writing it, I was a little bit worried that it might be a little too heartwarming, but a friend of mine read it and she said, “This is the most depressing thing I’ve ever read.” How much did you draw on your own­experiences with the Fresh Air Fund and the relationships you’ve formed with young people through that program? »


- Molly Fischer

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Here’s Your First Glimpse of John Boyega With a Lightsaber in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Video

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In a new video posted on the official Star Wars Instagram account, we finally see whom Kylo Ren (who isn't a Sith) is facing off against in that first Force Awakens trailer: John Boyega, wielding a blue lightsaber. Boyega looks angry, as the camera pushes towards him and raises the lightsaber. We also get a new glimpse of the adorable Bb-8 with Daisy Ridley's Rey, as well as Andy Serkis's brooding, "There has been an awakening," which has a new, slightly more reverb-laden mix. Basically, The Force Awakens looks awesome. »


- Greg Cwik

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This America’s Best Dance Crew Performance to ‘Shut Up and Dance’ Will Make You Feel Alive Again

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Whereas So You Think You Can Dance has been a little sleepy and stale, America's Best Dance Crew has been giving us the elixir of reality-television life. This all-stars reboot is nothing short of fantastic, so it's fitting that the final three crews are the most talented, inventive, and unique crews left — Quest, Super Cr3w, and Kinjaz. The crews performed two dances on Wednesday night, and we're picking our favorite from each. They're all so great that it's more a matter of taste than ability, which is a great place for a competition show to be.Quest Crew, "Shut Up and Dance" Is it any surprise that Quest Crew toured with Lmfao? They don't quite have the laser precision of Kinjaz or the technique of Super Cr3w, but they've got a sense of drama. (Like when they did an Ariana Grande performance in drag.) This is a perfect »


- E. Alex Jung

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Macklemore Has Some ‘Downtown’ Funk for You [Updated]

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Macklemore's first single from his upcoming album had him feeling the baby-daddy blues, but his latest, "Downtown," is all about keeping his cool. And by cool, we mean collaborating with rap forefathers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, and Melle Mel, along with Foxy Shazam's Eric Nally on the song's killer hook, in which he has the three East Coast legends paying homage to West Coast G-funk, because why not? There are cowbells, name-spelling, and references to Blackstreet. Think of it as a sequel to "Uptown Funk," in the opposite direction. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and the song's featured artists are expected to perform "Downtown" for the first time at the VMAs this Sunday. Update: Here's Macklemore's joyous video for "Downtown," which also doubles as his Broadway audition. You're welcome. »


- Dee Lockett

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What It’s Like to Be One of Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour Celebrity Guests: Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba Explains

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Belting out karaoke to a room full of strangers can be a daunting challenge — unless you're Uzo Aduba and have just had a more high-pressure performance to carry off, like dueting with Taylor Swift at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Orange Is the New Black star is one of the many women who have joined Swift during her 1989 tour, as she went onstage to sing "White Horse" last week. Vulture ran into Aduba last night at the second annual Delta Open Mic with Serena Williams and asked her about her Taylor experience. "I woke up one morning and I just had a message from her," Aduba said. "She's like, 'Do you want to come sing? Want to sing together? Let's do something.' And I was like, 'All right, cool. Let's do it!' She's good people, and just generous to share her stage and her space. She's »


- Kat Ward

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Stream the Black Keys Front Man’s New Album

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Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach has a new band, the Arcs, and their debut album is streaming now via NPR. The Arcs' debut album is called Yours, Dreamily, and it has a more loosey-goosey psychedelic feel to it than the Keys' blues-rock. Auerbach has said of the album, “I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead — my favorite records that they did. So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record — that’s all!” The Arcs also consist of Truth and Soul Records founder Leon Michels, Black Keys touring bassist Richard Swift, Menahan Street Band member Homer Steinweiss, Amy Winehouse collaborator Nick Movshon, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, and an all-female mariachi band called Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Yours, Dreamily comes out »


- Greg Cwik

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