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The Game of Thrones Costume Department Is Trolling George R.R. Martin

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There's an apocryphal story in Game of Thrones fandom that goes like this: Around 1997, author George R.R. Martin saw Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin, and, like many other people, hated it. Martin's ire was particularly drawn to George Clooney's infamous bat-nipples, and he began looking for a way to get literary revenge. Whether or not the story is true, this much is fact: Starting with 1998's A Clash of Kings, the author introduced a new phrase to the Westerosi lexicon: "as useless as nipples on a breastplate." So far in the "Song of Ice and Fire" series, Martin has used the expression to describe everything from dragonglass knives to Grand Maester Pycelle. It's clear: Despite how much Grrm loves nipples in other contexts, he really does not like them on breastplates.Which is why it's so funny to see what sort of costumes the show's new Sand Snakes will »


- Nate Jones

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You’ll Be Able to Stream Every Simpsons Episode Ever Starting Tomorrow

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Commence cow-having: Simpsons World, the app/website/legal drug offering access to every episode of The Simpsons, will finally launch Tuesday. It’ll be available via website (SimpsonsWorld.com), the FXNow iOS and Android apps, Xbox, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs. (If you need a guide as to which episodes to watch, we've compiled the 100 best for you right here.) And in addition to letting you watch any episode you want (with commercials, Fyi), FX promises these features at launch, per a release announcing the unveiling:   “Everything Simpsons,” a dynamic newsfeed showcasing the latest Simpsons news, social media updates, “Did You Know” fun facts, featured episode playlists, and clips. “The Simpsons Heartbeat,” which organizes the complete catalogue of episodes by popularity. A premium video player that will provide recommendations to other clips and episodes users would enjoy as well as the ability for users to share content on their social networks. »

- Josef Adalian

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Here’s Our First Look at Disney’s Polynesian Princess Movie, Moana

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Before today, observers knew only two things about Disney's upcoming Moana. One, that it would be about the adventures of a Polynesian princess sailing the Pacific; and two, that it wasn't coming out until 2018. Turns out only one of those things was correct! While sharing the first official image of Moana, who's only the fifth Disney princess not to be a white girl, the studio also announced the film was coming in 2016, much earlier than expected. You have two years to bone up on your navigational knowledge. (It's okay if you just play The Wind Waker.) »

- Nate Jones

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American Horror Story Creators to Do 2015 Horror-Comedy Anthology Titled Scream Queens

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Glee will soon be gone, but Fox won’t be without a Ryan Murphy show next season: The network has green-lit production on Scream Queens, an American Horror Story–like anthology series that will mash up comedy and horror into 15 hour-long episodes. Each season will feature different settings and story lines, along with two female leads. (Not clear: whether the female stars will recur each season.) Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan have already started writing the show, with production slated to begin in the spring for a fall 2015 debut. “We are having a blast writing Scream Queens,” Murphy said. “We hope to create a whole new genre — comedy-horror — and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We’ve already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles.” Murphy and Co. have become the masters of »


- Josef Adalian

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Ryan Phillippe on His Own Movies: ‘5 of Them Are Good’

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The L.A. Times profiled Ryan Phillippe, with the actor's directorial debut Catch Hell out in theaters and VOD. Why did he write and direct a movie for himself? Self-awareness. “I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years,” he told the reporter. “And in my opinion, five of them are good." He doesn't name which five. Is he including Crash? Does Cruel Intentions lose or gain points because of Reese Witherspoon? He's probably including Gosford Park, because he got to work with Robert Altman, and MacGruber, because he got to put celery in his butt. But that's only four. Which is the fifth? »


- Jesse David Fox

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An Expert Explains Why You’re Scared of Creepy Clowns and Other Horror Tropes

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Horror is a genre that constantly reinvents itself, yet certain tropes have remained in place for decades. The demon-possessed doll in The Conjuring and its prequel  Annabelle is part of a pantheon of scary dolls that includes Chucky from Child’s Play (1988), Talky Tina from The Twilight Zone (1963), and Hugo the ventriloquist’s dummy in Dead of Night (1945). The freaky masks worn by killers in The Purge and You’re Next have their origins in classic Universal horror villains like The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and The Invisible Man (1933). Then there’s a long tradition of scary clowns — that's Pennywise from It pictured above. So why is it that these images are just as frightening now as they were to our great-grandparents?Clearly, there’s some deep psychology at work here. Vulture called up Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and fright-film fan Steven Schlozman — who teaches an undergraduate course on the »


- Gwynne Watkins

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The Simpsons’ Stanley Kubrick Tribute Was the Best ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Parody in Years

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Twenty years ago (wow!), The Simpsons aired what is arguably the best Treehouse of Horror episode ever, "Treehouse of Horror V," which featured the show's parody of The Shining. Last night, on this year's installment, the show went back to the Stanley Kubrick well hard. It centered on a Clockwork Orange parody, which means you finally get to hear Moe talk in Nadsat, but along the way, the show nails a bunch of other Kubrick films — Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and even Barry Lyndon ("Even I forget what this is in reference to") — before giving us a yellow version of the director himself. Watch a short clip below. Or if you have Hulu Plus, you can watch the full episode there, Uncle Moneybags. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Lynda Carter on What She Wants From the New Wonder Woman

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Everyone is amped about the fact that a stand-alone Wonder Woman movie will finally hit theaters. Vulture caught up with original Ww Lynda Carter at Thursday night’s God's Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Heart Awards at 50 Varick Street, where Carter shared her true feelings about the character that made her a star."Wonder Woman is about a lot more than just superhero stuff. She’s complicated," Carter said. "Ultimately, she’s about truth, and it’s all heart with her. She’s a strong female force." As for why it’s taken so long for this heroine to get her own film, especially when other superheroes have cycled through multiple sagas (hello, Batman, Spider-Man …), Carter has a theory: "I think females baffle men, and so, that’s made it difficult to get a Wonder Woman movie made. She’s strong, but she’s so much more — not everybody gets that ... Most important, »


- Jamie Sharpe

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Billy Joel Is Working on New Music About the History of Long Island

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Buried deep in The New Yorker's 10,000-word profile of Billy Joel — after all the tales of ex-wives, helicopter rides and drinking (perhaps to excess) — comes this small piece of news: Despite not putting out any new music since 2001 and publicly proclaiming that he never would again, Joel is in fact working on new songs. They're called "The Scrimshaw Pieces," and right now they only exist as a series of "tone poems" inside his head. Here's writer Nick Paumgarten observing him at work: In between pieces, he began to explain that these were variations on a motif and that they were telling the story of the history of Long Island, from its pastoral beginnings to the arrival of the Europeans — "I’m imagining the prow of a ship, and a Puritan hymn" — and then the bustle of the nineteenth century. Farming, fishing, the railroad. "Getting busy on Long Island," »


- Nate Jones

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Pippin Will Sing Again, This Time Over the End Credits of the Final Hobbit Movie

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Remember how much you liked it when Pippin sang in Return of the King? That can't even compare to how much Peter Jackson liked it. First the director used Rotk's "Edge of Night" in the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and now he's brought back actor Billy Boyd to sing a new song, "The Last Goodbye," over the end credits of the final Hobbit movie. Boyd apparently wrote the song alongside Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, which means the road to Billy Boyd, Egot winner, begins today. »


- Nate Jones

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Homeland Recap: The Spy Who Loved Me

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We probably should've seen that coming, right? Homeland wouldn't just introduce an attractive teenage boy and not have him be seduced by Carrie Mathison. The moment Carrie first spotted Aayan on that satellite camera surveying the corpses of his murdered family more or less started a countdown clock to when Carrie would be mouth-attacking him, and this week, that countdown hit zero. At this point, Carrie might not even be capable of sexual intimacy if it's not either self-destructive or necessary for a mission, but her seduction of Aayan is right up there with her stalking of Brody when it comes to over-the-top bad ideas to which Carrie has no qualms resorting. At its best, Homeland engages in what amounts to a game of chicken with audience sympathies. We know we want to see Carrie behave terribly in the name of righteous justice, but it's at the constant risk of »

- Price Peterson

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A My Little Pony Movie Is Really Happening

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Variety reports Hasbro Studios is moving forward with a My Little Pony movie. The film, which will be written by Joe Ballarini (Ice Age: Continental Drift), is scheduled for a 2017 release. As toys, My Little Ponies were first introduced in 1983. Since, they've gone through many incarnations on TV and direct-to-video movies; most recently, they can be seen in the very popular My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic series. Though 2013's My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and 2014's Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks had very limited theatrical runs, this upcoming feature would be the franchise's first wide release. So if you see a bearded man crying while wearing a colorful wig with a horn sticking out of it, you'll know. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Behind-the-Scenes Photos of A Nightmare on Elm Street

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A Nightmare on Elm Street came out 30 years ago, and to commemorate that horror-movie milestone, Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum assembled an oral history of the fright-night classic. We also dug deep into the photo archives and pulled out these rare on-set shots, which include a baby-faced Johnny Depp drenched in blood, director Wes Craven constructing a horrific homicide, and the villainous Freddy Krueger during downtime.   »


- David Marchese

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Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in The New Yorker

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Noted typewriter enthusiast (and actor) Tom Hanks has a short story, "Alan Bean Plus Four," in The New Yorker this week. It's got selfies, a guy named MDash who "shortened his long tribal name to rap-star length," and references to Apollo 13, apps, and selfies: "We took hundreds of selfies with the Earth in the window and, plinking a Ping-Pong ball off the center seat, played a tableless table-tennis tournament ..." All in all, it's short, sweet, and pretty much perfect. (They've even included a recording of Hanks reading his piece aloud.) The only thing that could make this better would be an accompanying photo of Hanks click-clacking away at his typewriter. Maybe it's finally time for Larry Crowne 2? »


- Lindsey Weber

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Freddy Lives: An Oral History of A Nightmare on Elm Street

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With Halloween looming menacingly on the horizon, we're taking this week on Vulture to celebrate horror in all its gory, terrifying forms. First up, an oral history of one of the genre's game-changing classics.“Great horror films don’t win Academy Awards,” says horror auteur Wes Craven. Instead, they make money. Thirty-odd years ago, Craven, who’d eventually go on to direct Scream, had an unusual idea for a movie, inspired by a newspaper story about a boy who suffered from horrible nightmares and then died mysteriously in his sleep.  After all the major studios passed on his script, Craven met New Line Cinema’s Bob Shaye, an erudite film-industry hustler. Their A Nightmare on Elm Street, released in November 1984, would become one of the most important and lucrative franchises in film history: It helped restore the evil monster — in this case, the striped-sweater-wearing, dream-haunting, pizza-faced killer Freddy Krueger — to »


- Craig Marks,Rob Tannenbaum

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Recap: Ms. Pac-Man’s Nipple

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I’ve already come out strongly in favor of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s all-cast-antics episodes, particularly when it comes to reprising one of my favorites, last year’s Halloween team-up to steal Holt’s Medal of Valor. This year, the quarry was his watch, a gift from Kevin Cozner’s dying father (but please don’t call it the “death watch”). And even though I could see two of the twists coming from a mile away — Holt winning this year because Peralta beating him twice would throw off the balance of power between the two, and Fingers the thief stealing the watch once he got a chance because duh — I still enjoyed watching it all go down.I sometimes worry that Peralta, while hilarious, can be kind of a void at Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s emotional center, in part because there isn’t anything he really wants. Having a central character who »

- Allie Pape

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The Vulture Crossword Contest: October 20, 2014

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Every other week, we post a new puzzle for readers to download, print, and solve. After you finish, figure out the hidden theme it contains, and e-mail that answer to vulturecrossword@nymag.com. One correct entry, drawn at random, will win a year's subscription to New York in print, or two years of the iPad edition (winner's choice). Entry deadline is midnight on October 29. Full rules here.Click here for answers to the last puzzle. »


- Matt Gaffney

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Boardwalk Empire Recap: Ruthless People

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Well, we’re almost there, people.The story of Nucky Thompson and all the gangsters he came in contact with is nearly coming to a close. And even though we have one more episode left to go, the penultimate episode, “Friendless Child,” makes sure our central character’s reign as the boss of Atlantic City reaches its finite end. He didn’t give it up without a fight, though. Packing heat and rocking a shoulder holster, we first see Nucky pacing around his club, snarling and practically foaming at the mouth as Luciano continues to wage war on him and his crumbling empire. He launches a counter-attack by sending Mickey and Archie to kidnap Bugsy Siegel, which does not go as smoothly as planned, catching him after he had a nooner with some poor schnook’s wife. (Said poor schnook not only catches Siegel on the stairs as he leaves his place, »

- Craig D. Lindsey

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Seth Rogen Sings ‘Poison’ With Bell Biv DeVoe; Fulfills Lifelong Dream

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"One day I'm going to sing with those guys," an 8-year-old Seth Rogen whispered to himself 24 years ago in his quiet suburban Canadian house after seeing the video for Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" on Much Music. This weekend, that dream came to fruition at the third annual Hilarity for Charity event he hosted with his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen. After performances from the likes of Sarah Silverman, Weird Al, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (covering No Doubt’s "I’m Just a Girl"), Bell Biv DeVoe came onstage to do what they do. They event raised over $900,000 for Alzheimer's research. Great! As Bbd sings in the song's first verse, "Let's cure it 'cause we're running out of time." »


- Jesse David Fox

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Hear a Teaser of Taylor Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’

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More of what's to come from the new Taylor Swift album, 1989, a track called "Welcome to New York," clearly inspired by Swift's own experience moving to New York. (Well, at least, her experience of buying a penthouse apartment in New York.) It certainly captures a bit of that big=city wonderment, doesn't it? I guess someone already found her way out of the woods (and into Times Square). »


- Lindsey Weber

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