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Sleepy Hollow Recap: Mirror, Mirror

6 hours ago

Conspiracy theories abound, people. I've got wackadoo questions, far-fetched hypotheses, and other cray-cray whatnots whiz-banging around my brain. This stuff is important. This stuff informs our beloved characters' choices … or do the choices actually inform our characters? Either way, attention must be paid.For example: How has Crane been feeding himself since Abbie vanished into the tree of life? He's clearly picked up no culinary know-how in that gap of time, seeing as he attempts to prepare dinner by dropping a frozen brick of lasagna into a frying pan with its microwaveable dish intact. Then he lights the stove and walks away, off to fetch runaway lingerie — side note: what was that all about? Crane still has Abbie's unmentionables lying about? — encounter a strange mirror demon, and suddenly come to hours later, after apparently resting on said mirror (another wuh? moment). I'm sure you were all wondering what I was: »

- Rose Maura Lorre

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Hold on to Your Fedoras: Bruno Mars Will Perform With Beyoncé and Coldplay at Super Bowl 50

8 hours ago

The singer of your favorite viral proposal videos Bruno Mars is returning to the Super Bowl! The singer confirmed his all-but-confirmed appearance alongside Beyoncé and Coldplay on Instagram Friday. Like Queen Bey, this will mark Mars's second performance at America's largest string of commercials. He performed back in 2014 in a slick and highly choreographed performance that drew in 115 million viewers (the second-highest total behind Katy Perry and Left Shark). Last year, though, Billboard reported that Mars had actually been offered the headlining spot, as well as the opportunity to "curate" it. So perhaps his decision was to hand over the reins to Coldplay. Either way, we expect his hat game will be strong. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Jennifer Lopez Will Have to Magically Find More Time in Her Schedule for Shades of Blue Season 2

8 hours ago

On top of tons more Dick Wolf, NBC is sticking to its guns — J.Lo's guns, that is. The network has renewed Jennifer Lopez's surprisingly good cop show Shades of Blue for season two, which means somehow, some way, the superhuman formerly known as Jenny from the Block will have to fit more cop corruption into her already-busy schedule of American Idol, a Las Vegas residency, red-carpet domination, and countless other boss things the world will never know about. And you thought TV would be without its favorite Puerto Rican queen post-Idol, ha! (If they decide to kill her off, this post never happened.) »


- Dee Lockett

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Martin Is Not Happy Kurt Russell Smashed Its Priceless Antique Guitar in Hateful Eight

8 hours ago

When C.F. Martin & Co. lent a priceless, 140-year-old guitar to Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight, it was on the understanding that it would be returned unharmed. Seeing that the film's script involved Kurt Russell smashing the instrument in a fit of rage, the production came up with a skillful workaround: Between shots, they would swap the guitar out with one of six replicas made precisely for that purpose. Except that isn't quite what happened. As the film's sound mixer Mark Ulano recalled this week, "Somehow that didn’t get communicated to Kurt ... Kurt shattered the antique guitar and everyone was pretty freaked out," including Jennifer Jason Leigh, whose authentic look of shock apparently delighted Tarantino. Though those involved with the production swore Martin took the loss in stride, that was apparently because the company didn't quite understand just how the guitar got destroyed. After reading about Ulano's remarks on blogs like anyone else, »


- Nate Jones

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How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female Comedians

9 hours ago

Among club comics of the mid-1970s, Elayne Boosler was the queen bee. A funny lady from Brooklyn, Boosler started at the New York Improv as a waitress and singer, and it wasn’t long before she was onstage telling jokes like the guys of her generation. But as a woman, Boosler had to take more risks than her peers. That meant volunteering to follow hot comics like Richard Pryor or Freddie Prinze, while male comics let audiences cool off before trying out a set. Over time, Boosler developed the persona of a funny, sexy, smart woman. She was unquestionably feminist, though more by dint of being a liberated woman than any particular agenda. “[Men] want you to scream, ‘You’re the best,’" went one of her jokes, "while swearing you’ve never done this with anyone before.” Boosler believed strongly in authenticity, and deplored the self-deprecating shtick of predecessors such »


- Yael Kohen

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Samantha Bee on Diversity: ‘The F*cking Thing You Have to Do Is Just Hire People’

10 hours ago

Diversity in the workplace was on Samantha Bee’s mind when she assembled the creative team for her upcoming TBS late-night show, Full Frontal, premiering Monday night. At her talk at the 92nd Street Y Thursday night with Ana Gasteyer, she explained how she staffed her 50 percent female and 30 percent nonwhite writing room: “In the entertainment industry in particular, there are seminars and … work groups about creating diversity when, really, the fucking thing you have to do is just hire people,” she said, to a round of applause from the audience. “It's not really the most complicated transaction. Find some diverse people and actually give them jobs.”Diversity was one of the first things Bee and Jo Miller, an executive producer on Full Frontal and a former writer on The Daily Show, discussed in the show’s early planning stages. They created a blind application process for writers. Bee explained »


- Madeline Raynor

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The Friday Night Lights 10-Year Reunion Is Happening in Austin Because Texas Forever

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It's been ten years since Friday Night Lights premiered in 2006, bewildering NBC with its full eyes and clear hearts. EW reports that the cast and crew of the beloved show about Dillon, Texas, are reuniting for its tenth anniversary as the premiere event of the Atx Television Festival, held from June 9–12 in Austin, Texas. The reunion will take place on a Panther-themed football field (where else?) and will feature a pep rally, live music, tailgaiting, and photo opportunities. Atx still hasn't announced the full list of participants, so you won't know yet if you'll finally get your shot with Tim Riggins under the bleachers. Or Matt Saracen, if that's more your speed. Texas forever! »

- E. Alex Jung

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Meek Mill Avoids Jail, But Will Spend 90 Days on House Arrest for Violating Probation

10 hours ago

Looks like Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj won't have to worry about conjugal visits: A judge has sentenced the rapper to 90 days of house arrest for violating his probation, avoiding more jail time. Whyy's Bobby Allyn reports that Meek will have to turn himself in by March 1 and wear an ankle monitor for 90 days, during which he is not allowed to work beyond community service — meaning he can't respond to a single thing Drake says about him on Views From the 6 until June. Ouch. Following the 90 days, a judge will then decide whether his house arrest should be extended; he'll also have six years of probation. In the lead-up to the decision, Mill's been seen on his best behavior, donating to Flint and even enrolling in college, while his girlfriend Nicki Minaj testified on his behalf in a bizarre day in court. (Nicki was also »


- Dee Lockett

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Your Boyfriends Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum Are Making a Movie-Musical About Pilots Who Sing and Dance

10 hours ago

Channing Tatum has caught dancing fever ... and he's infected Joseph Gordon-Levitt! THR reports that the pair have signed on to star in an untitled musical project written by 21 Jump Street's Michael Bacall. Little is known about the project, but it's reportedly "an R-rated musical comedy featuring two pilots on a misadventure." Yes, that's right — Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, dancing, in pilot's uniforms. Sploosh. »


- Nate Jones

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American Idol Recap: Final Judgement

11 hours ago

This week's episode is called Final Judgment, which is a fitting and hilarious capper to our endless and heavy Hollywood Week experience. You know the drill by now: The remaining 51 hopefuls must give a performance for a crowd, who probably didn't realize how long a show they signed up to watch. And then, one by one, each contestant walks four miles toward our judges to find out whether they've made the top 24. Along the way, we say good-bye to some people we've never met and firm up our Fantasy Idol teams. We're getting somewhere … almost.I could pad this out, because God knows American Idol does, but I don't want to. Tell you what: Let me just reveal who made it, what I think about them, and then we'll all get out of here and start our Super Bowl weekend. Sound good? Okay, I can't hear you. Stephany »


- Dave Holmes

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Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz on ’N Sync Nostalgia, Rockism, and His Super Bowl Pick

12 hours ago

Early last month, Fall Out Boy caused a frenzy within the (very large) part of the internet that lives and breathes 2000s nostalgia when they resurrected a 16-year-old 'N Sync video. Fob treated the video for "Irresistible," featuring Demi Lovato, as an update to 2000's meme-bait "It's Gonna Be Me," going as far as working with original director Wayne Isham on a spiritual successor that gives voice to all of the other toys not nearly as beloved by tween girls. (Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick even cameo!) It's peak Fall Out Boy, and just the latest entry in the band's decadelong history of doing the unexpected and having a helluva time. Before Fall Out Boy hit the stage Friday night in San Francisco for a livestreamed performance ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, Vulture caught up with Pete Wentz about the band's insane 'N Sync sequel, how his band has managed »


- Dee Lockett

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Kate del Castillo Feels ‘Betrayed’ and ‘Used’ by Sean Penn Because of His El Chapo Article

13 hours ago

Okay, people, time to refresh! Since last time, the Mexican authorities recaptured the infamous drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, better known as El Chapo, in part because he wanted to meet Mexican telenovela star Kate del Castillo, who brought along Sean Penn, who later wrote about the meeting for Rolling Stone. Well, the Mexican government wants to question del Castillo for her ties with El Chapo, but she failed to turn up at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles, where she lives. Uh-oh!Not so fast! Del Castillo's lawyer, Harland Braun, said that his client is willing to talk about El Chapo. But what she really wants to talk about, gentle souls, is betrayal. "She didn't know Penn was going to write for Rolling Stone." Braun said. "After the interview she had no choice about it. Once Penn and Guzmán agreed on the article, what was she going to do? She »


- E. Alex Jung

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Netflix Will Debut David Lynch-Produced Doc My Beautiful Broken Brain March 18, Also Known As The Day You Cry The Hardest In Your Brief, Wonderful Life

14 hours ago

Now when someone describes something as being like a David Lynch movie, they’ll mean “uplifting journey of healing and self-discovery,” not “dark, sexy horror show.” Lynch is an executive producer of My Beautiful Broken Brain, a documentary about Dutch-French filmmaker Lotje Sodderland, who is currently recovering from a traumatic hemorrhagic stroke. Sodderland and Sophie Robinson co-directed the documentary. "I am thrilled to join Lotje and Sophie in sharing My Beautiful Broken Brain with the world. The brain is truly fascinating and much in the way that our brains are able to achieve total coherence -- finding enlightenment and fulfillment, you will surely be moved and inspired by this journey of self-rediscovery,” said the director in a statement. The film premieres on Netflix March 18, so on March 17 please remember to cover your sofa with a tarp so it's not ruined by gallons of your tears. »


- Halle Kiefer

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It’s Time to Start Watching Poldark

14 hours ago

Poldark first aired on PBS in the U.S. last summer to muted applause, but proved a huge hit in the U.K. — the final episode of the period drama attracted 10 million viewers to the BBC. Put in context, that's roughly one in six people in the country checking out a series based on a series of novels by Winston Graham. You normally have to bake a really good cake to make that many British people watch you on TV. What was it about this series that made it such a success? The show arrived on Amazon Prime this week, so here’s your spoiler-free introduction.It's got a great story. Ross Poldark, our hero, returns to his beloved Cornwall in 1783 after fighting in the American war of independence. He comes home to find his father has died, the woman he loves is marrying his cousin, and both his family »


- David Renshaw

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Commits to Its Premise But Falls Short Where It Counts

14 hours ago

The film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the rare case of a movie that’s better than the book — at least I’m guessing it is, since I only lasted 15 pages into the novel before tossing it into the can with the rest of the trash. Seth Grahame-Smith (who went on to pen the terrible screenplays forAbe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and the Tim Burton–helmed Dark Shadows) had a notion that might have inspired a good sketch on the old Sctv series, which made high comic art out of violently yoking together mismatched elements. To Jane Austen’s shapely prose, he appended lines in which the Bennett sisters or Mr. Darcy pause to hack or blow off the heads of marauding flesh-eaters before resuming their uneasy English mating rituals. The best thing about the movie is that you don’t have to invest a lot of time into seeing Austen’s prose manhandled. »


- David Edelstein

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Why Richard Pryor Marks the Beginning of the Modern Comedy Era

14 hours ago

Comedy is generational. It's always changing and adapting. What made your great-grandmother laugh will probably be a bit different from what tickles you. More fans today are listening to Jim Gaffigan than Will Rogers. Does that mean Gaffigan is funnier than Rogers? Not necessarily. Usually, after a couple generations, most comedy loses a good deal of its bite. So, in an ever-changing art form, what passes as modern and edgy can slowly turn old-fashioned. The bar for what constitutes modern keeps moving. The evolution of comedy is evident in Vulture's 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy (disclosure: I helped compile that list), with each comic standing on the shoulders of comics standing on the shoulders of comics, and so on. Similarly, one can see exactly how game-changing technology modernized and transformed comedy: feature-length films (1914), sound films (1927), network radio (1928), network television (1947), the LP record (1948), HBO comedy »


- Wayne Federman

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The 100 Recap: The 13th Clan

14 hours ago

The only thing that I wanted from this week's episode of The 100 was a Lexa-Clarke showdown. And though this episode was far from perfect — it's plagued by confusing plot points, a clunky Abby-related misstep, and a gratuitous death — "Ye Who Enter Here" really delivers by exploring the many layers of Clarke and Lexa's relationship.When the episode first opened with them together, though, I bit my lip in frustration. I wanted the characters to have a little space before their big confrontation. The writers seem to have anticipated this, and quickly let us know, through Lexa, that the meeting is taking place a week after their initial reunion. It's those seven days that cause the majority of this episode's pacing issues, but in the greater context of the Clarke/Lexa relationship, it's the ideal amount of time. The dust has settled. Instead of hand-to-hand combat or an outright screaming »

- Mariya Karimjee

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Rihanna Joins List of Grammy Performers, So Go Ahead and Cancel Your President’s Day Plans. Those Discounted Mattresses Can Wait.

15 hours ago

What if you and your loved one spend too much time cashing in on those sweet, sweet President’s Day discounted mattress deals and don’t make it home in time to see Rihanna perform at the 58th annual Grammy Awards? Every time you lie down on that mattress, your dreams will be haunted by what you’ve done. So just stay home Monday, February 15, and watch her perform along with an increasingly excellent list of musicians and singers. Those previously announced to perform include:AdeleKendrick LamarLady Gaga (performing a tribute to David Bowie)Justin Bieber with Diplo and SkrillexPitfall with Robin Thicke and Travis BarkerChris StapletonBonnie RaittJames BayAndra DayEllie GouldingThe Broadway cast of HamiltonSam HuntTori KellyLittle Big TownCarrie UnderwoodThe WeekndThe Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp) »


- Halle Kiefer

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The Coen Brothers' Star-Packed Hail, Caesar! Feels Overdeliberate

15 hours ago

Once branded as essentially sophomoric, Joel and Ethan Coen have, over the past decade, established their artistic and philosophical seriousness, creating their own, distinctive border world straddling farce and tragedy. But they’re still kind of sophomoric. Nothing turns them on as much as fooling around with what they’ve called “movie fodder” — tired genre archetypes plunked down in radically different contexts and given a fresh, antic spin. Their amalgamations can be feats of genius, like their stoner-gumshoe farrago The Big Lebowski. Or they can pretty much lie there, like much of their new, star-packed comedy, Hail, Caesar!, which is nothing but movie fodder.Set in the 1950s, the film centers on a Hollywood studio called Capitol Pictures and its “fixer,” Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), who functions almost like a head of production. Mannix herds wayward actresses and dipsomaniacal actors, plugs casting holes, and tries to keep the whole multi-ring »


- David Edelstein

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Every Coen Brothers Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

15 hours ago

Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, Hail, Caesar!, finally opened this week, propelled by many of the hallmarks of their filmography: Comically dim characters engaging in a variety of conspiracies and double-crosses against the background of a meticulously re-created and reimagined world (in this case, Hollywood in the 1950s). Funny thing about the Coens: They are two of the most original filmmakers American cinema has given us, and yet they consistently stress the same motifs and themes throughout their works. Every Coen Brothers movie is distinctive in its own right — you’d never mistake one for another — and yet they constantly traffic in the same story elements, characters, and situations. So much so that, way back in 2008, we actually published this handy chart/guide to creating your own Coen Brothers movie. In other words, there’s a through-line that connects Nicolas Cage’s ex-con in Raising Arizona and William H. Macy »


- Bilge Ebiri

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