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Kurt Cobain Once Dressed Up As Hitler in a Dress to Defend Courtney Love Against Hate Mail

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Kurt Cobain's sense of humor might've been lost on those who only saw his angst and sorrow, but trust that it was there all along. As proof, his upcoming HBO documentary Montage of Heck has uncovered an old home-video of Cobain with his wife, Courtney Love. In it, Love reads a hateful letter sent to the editor of Sassy magazine from a Nirvana fan apparently disgusted that the magazine would run an interview with "that Courtney hag" alongside the "god of love in human form." Meanwhile, Kurt, wearing what appears to be a wedding dress and Hitler's mustache, mockingly mouths the writer's words. Offensive and weird as all that may sound, it's actually strangely sweet if you think about. He's essentially dissing his own fan to stick up for his wife (who's been a constant target of vitriol, both then and now). Aww! »


- Dee Lockett

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Avengers: Infinity War Will Take 9 Months to Film

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In a new interview with Esquire, Chris Evans runs down just how much of his 30s will be spent playing Captain America: a lot, as it turns out. "You know, you plan around the Marvel responsibilities. You have to," Evans told the mag. "We start [Captain America: Civil War] in a couple weeks, and then that shoots until August or something like that." Then, after a short break, he's got the two Avengers: Infinity War films, which will take the better part of a year to shoot: "We start the Infinity War, I think, some time in the third quarter [of 2016]. That's going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back." After production is done, expect Evans's reintroduction to society to look something like this: »


- Nate Jones

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‘The Vulture TV Podcast’: Silicon Valley’s Tech Analogues

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This week on “The Vulture TV Podcast,” TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz and TV editor Gazelle Emami are joined by two special guests: Vulture senior editor and resident comedy expert Jesse David Fox, and computer programmer and Vulture’s Silicon Valley recapper Odie Henderson. We analyze how closely Silicon Valley hews to tech culture, discuss the excellent new season of Louie, and wonder if people are still excited about the show. This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions: 1:45–2:20: Grey’s Anatomy, "How to Save a Life" 2:20–6:57: Mad Men, "Time & Life" 6:57–9:16: Silicon Valley, "Bad Money" 9:46–30:10: Silicon Valley, "Bad Money" 30:10–43:04: Louie, "Cop Story"Further reading: Odie Henderson's recap of Silicon Valley; Matt Zoller Seitz's Mad Men recap; Danielle Henderson's Louie recap. Tune in to "The Vulture TV Podcast," produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, »


- Vulture Editors

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Bradley Cooper Among 2015 Tony Nominees

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The 2015 Tony nominations are officially in, and this year looks to be one of the more competitive in recent memory. Bradley Cooper has received his first Tony nomination for his work in The Elephant Man, as have Elisabeth Moss and Carey Mulligan for their roles in The Heidi Chronicles and Skylight, respectively. An American in Paris and Fun Home lead this year's nominations, with 12 each. The Tony Awards will air June 7, with Kristin Chenoweth (also a nominee) and Alan Cumming hosting. Here's a full list of the nominees. Best MusicalAn American in ParisFun HomeSomething Rotten!The VisitBest PlayThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeDisgracedHand to GodWolf HallBest Revival, Musical The King and IOn the TownOn the Twentieth CenturyBest Revival, PlayThe Elephant ManSkylightThis Is Our YouthYou Can’t Take It With YouBest Lead Actor, MusicalMichael Cerveris, Fun HomeRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisBrian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!Ken Watanabe, »


- Dee Lockett

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Blur’s The Magic Whip Is a Weird, Lovely Return to Form

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If you’re a Blur fan, you owe a hearty thank-you to the organizers of Toyko Rocks … a festival that in 2013 flubbed up its management so badly that it was canceled at the last minute. Having already mapped out the Asian leg of their reunion tour around that date, former headliners Blur found themselves in Hong Kong with a couple of sweltering days to kill before their next gig. So — why not? — they decided to spend the unexpected downtime in a studio, jamming to stay limber for their upcoming shows. Rumors flew of a new album; the band shot them down at every turn (“Just because you record 15 ideas doesn’t mean that you’ve got an album,” front man Damon Albarn told NME last year). But while the indefatigable Albarn was busy touring the latest of his endless post-Blur projects (in this case, a solo album called Everyday Robots »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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The Wire Creator and Cast Members Urge Baltimore to End Riots

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For five seasons, The Wire called the gritty streets of Baltimore its home. On Monday, those streets were ablaze as protests against the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray turned violent, forcing the governor of Maryland to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard. Last night, The Wire's creator David Simon took to his blog to call for an end to the looting and the riots: "Yes, there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed.  And this moment, as inevitable as it has sometimes seemed, can still, in the end, prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city.  Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard.  All of that is true and all of that is still possible, despite what is now loose in the streets. But now — in this moment — the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the »


- Dee Lockett

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Jane the Virgin Recap: Burning Down the House

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What Jane the Virgin has been missing for awhile now, even without necessarily realizing it, is a good, old-fashioned fight. Thankfully, “Chapter 20” was chock-full of them and brought many a long-standing conflict to a head. As previously established, Jane Villanueva is never so accessible and admirable as when she’s indulging in deeply human, occasionally unhealthy behaviors. In the wake of her breakup with Rafael, Jane is more determined than ever to make it on her own as a single parent, regardless of Rafael’s potential involvement. For Jane, this means taking it upon herself to try to get the baby to flip out of the breech position using a variety of do-it-yourself remedies, and as a result, nearly burning the house down. In the aftermath of her flaming mishap, Jane is shown in a more vulnerable and broken state than we’ve ever seen her before, shouting at Alba »


- Libby Hill

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Robert Downey Jr. Calls Himself an Emotional Chameleon, Is Right

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Jimmy Fallon had to interview Robert Downey Jr. this week, but instead of asking the Avengers actor about his rocky past, Fallon asked him to pretend to smell bacon. Needless to say, there were still a lot of emotions. Fallon's fake interview went decidedly better than this one, and it's a perpetual treat to watch these guys (both SNL alumni) improvise together like a pair of fun friends. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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It Follows’s Maika Monroe Is Independence Day 2’s Female Lead

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With a penchant for the otherworldly, It Follows star Maika Monroe has landed the female lead in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 21-year-old actress joins newbies Charlotte Gainsbourg, Liam Hemsworth, and Jessie Usher, and vets Jeff GoldblumJudd Hirsch, and Bill Pullman. Monroe will reportedly play the president's daughter. Oh, and Hemsworth's love interest. Spicy — as long as she's not being followed. (Yes, we're still having nightmares.) »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Ted 2 Trailer Gives Tom Brady a Golden Penis

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The first trailer for Ted 2 was fun. This one also is kind of fun, but mainly super sexual. For example: What do Thomas Jefferson and Tom Brady have in common? Answer: This movie will poke fun at both of their penises. If that sounds odd to you, keep in mind this is a movie about a teddy bear trying to have a child. (Aww, yay.) Watch history come alive June 26. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Black-ish Creator Will Pen the Script for That Good Times Movie

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Roughly two years ago, there was word of a Good Times movie ... and then development silence. Fans of Kenya Barris will be delighted to hear there's finally an update, and it involves the Black-ish creator penning the script for the '70s sitcom's feature film adaptation. Deadline reports that Sony has popped Barris on the project to take things back to the 1960s and to try to re-create some of the groundbreaking CBS show's magic. Not much else is known, sadly, aside from the fact the dy-no-mite duo of Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing. But hopefully, with Barris onboard, this project will now become a top priority. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Viola Davis Wants to Play Harriet Tubman for an HBO TV Movie

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Viola Davis is setting the groundwork to take a star turn as the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Variety reports. Davis is developing the TV movie for HBO, with Entourage executive producer Doug Ellin, scribe Kirk Ellis, and Amblin TV. The project will reportedly be based on Kate Clifford Larson's Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, which gives a detailed look at how Tubman took the reins as one of the most fearless conductors of the Underground Railroad. The biopic hasn't received a green light yet, but its proponents are jockeying for it to film next year. Fingers crossed — start crossing your fingers, what are you doing? »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Gotham Recap: Fetishes Are Weird!

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Remember last week when I said I was looking forward to seeing how Barbara Kean's story would play out, but also feared it wouldn't turn out as well as it should? Well, here comes "The Anvil and the Hammer" to confirm my suspicions! Tonight's Gotham is a huge misstep when it comes to developing Barbara, one of the show's most underutilized supporting characters. It's a needlessly dumb and exhausting episode, one that is not only unnecessarily illogical, but also trite in its no-stakes cynicism. So the bigger problems with tonight's episode — like when viewers are encouraged to gasp when Oswald Cobblepot makes a predictable double-cross, thereby confirming the show's banal, unearned pessimism — don't feel so important. Instead, bad execution is the real villain tonight.For a while now, I've felt like Gotham has been the kind of show with, how you say, lady problems. The show's male characters, both leading »

- Simon Abrams

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The Amy Schumer Doll Is a Lot Like the Real Amy Schumer, So Pretty Much a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

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Thanks to Mattel, a bunch of famous women — including Ava DuVernay, Kristin Chenoweth, and Emmy Rossum — just got immortalized in plastic with their very own Barbie "shero" dolls. Not to be outdone, Amy Schumer has a doll of her own, and it's pretty much the Cabbage Patch Kid from hell. She comes equipped with birth control, liquor to spike her tea, cranberry juice for her Uti, and other essentials for debauchery most definitely not mom-approved. We're sold! »


- Dee Lockett

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Lifetime Is Making an ‘Unauthorized’ Full House Movie, Too

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How rude: Just as Full House got picked up for a Netflix reboot, Lifetime decided to capitalize on the '90s sitcom's newfound buzz by developing a behind-the-scenes movie about the show. It'll be the network's second "unauthorized" TV biopic after the Saved by the Bell one from last year, which was decidedly not good. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Unauthorized Full House Story will "explore the pressure [the cast] faced to balance idyllic family life on the show with the more complicated reality of their own lives." We can't wait to learn which group of quadruplets they'll get to play the Olsen twins! »


- Nate Jones

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What You Need to Know About That Black-and-White House on Game of Thrones

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"Welcome to the House of Black and White! Hide your eyes!" This is how Game of Thrones executive story editor Bryan Cogman introduces the set at Belfast's Titanic Studios, where the interiors of the show's latest location are shot. Inside, it's a mysterious space, of which Maisie Williams's character Arya gets to see only a corner in the most recent episode (more will be revealed as the season progresses). But what goes on here? Why do people visit it, and tremble at those who work there? Here’s what you need to know about the House of Black and White, and its guild of assassins, the Faceless Men. Spoilers ahead.It’s a temple unlike any other. It includes religious iconography from a number of faiths, worshipped by different people. Arya recognizes a few, but here are some of the ones you see at the beginning of the episode: the Weeping Woman of Lys, »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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In Praise of Sansa Marrying Ramsay on Game of Thrones

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In a series full of unhappy unions, last night's Game of Thrones just introduced the unhappiest of all: As some fans predicted, Sansa Stark is indeed going to marry Ramsay Bolton. The impending marriage is a wholesale plot invention by producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — in the original novels, Ramsay seals the Boltons' hold on Winterfell by marrying Sansa's friend Jeyne Poole, who's posing as Arya Stark, while Sansa is betrothed to a young lord in the Vale. Needless to say, book readers flipped out at the prospect of one of their favorite characters being married off to yet another bloodthirsty maniac. "If Ramsay touches Sansa, I will burn everything to the ground,"tweeted one. Others were more optimistic, like the fan who hoped Sansa eventually "drives a stake through Ramsay's dick." In the wake of this overwhelming dismay, we'll be the first to offer the young couple a »


- Nate Jones

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Which Foreign Actors Do the Best American Accents?

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In The Age of Adaline, 82-year-old Ellen Burstyn plays the daughter of 27-year-old Blake Lively, yet somehow, that’s not the most belief-beggaring parent-child relationship in this romantic drama about a woman who doesn’t age. Instead, I found myself more distracted by Lively’s love interest, Dutch actor Michiel Huisman, whose father in the film is played by Harrison Ford. Huisman is talented, handsome, and adept, but he bears no physical resemblance to Ford, and his shaky American accent — with the occasional Dutch lilt on the wrong syllable — is so different from Ford’s gruff midwestern bark that you almost expect Huisman to deliver a throwaway line about his childhood stint at a European boarding school.Compare that to the nimble accent work done in another of this past weekend’s wide releases, the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. Our leading man there is a shy coder played by rising star Domhnall Gleeson, »


- Kyle Buchanan

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6 Things to Know About Marvel’s Newest Movie Villain, Baron Zemo

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German cutie Daniel Brühl will be playing supervillain Helmut Zemo in next year’s hotly anticipated Marvel offering Captain America: Civil War. Don’t have any clue who that character is? You’re not crazy or ignorant — he’s pretty obscure outside of comics circles. Here are six core facts about this Teutonic terrorist’s schtick (with, of course, the caveat that Marvel might change any and all of it for his cinematic incarnation).He’s part of a Nazi-affiliated dynasty. Zemo usually goes by the moniker “Baron Zemo,” and that title isn’t just for show. Indeed, the Baron Zemo who currently runs around causing trouble in Marvel comics is the second supervillain to go by that title. You see, the Zemos are long-standing German nobility, and Helmut’s father, Heinrich, was a big-deal Nazi during World War II. During that period, Papa Zemo was a sinister inventor who »


- Abraham Riesman

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Bob’s Burgers Recap: Genethoven

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The Story In an effort to draw more customers to the restaurant, Bob enlists his kids to form a promo band. The band is such a (minor) hit that it encourages Gene to start a real band at school with the help of some classmates, including Regular-Size Rudy and Darryl. Their talent is debatable, but their fun is contagious, so they’re invited to play at the most popular sixth-grader’s birthday party. When Darryl finds out Gene only knows one key and three chords, however, the farting maestro is booted, Steve Jobs (or David Lee Roth) style, from the group. While Gene’s worrying about his future as a musician, Bob and Linda are worrying about their careers as restaurant owners, thanks to a gnarly armpit rash that has Mama Belcher sporting some major fur. The Highlight ReelClad in the burger suit, Gene takes his trusty keyboard and "strawesome »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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