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There Might Be an Archie Comics TV Show Called Riverdale

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Archie Andrews is dead (sort of) in his long-running comic, but he may yet get one more chance to live, thanks to Fox. The network is developing a TV show called Riverdale that will follow the red-headed teen and his gang of squeaky-clean friends. Actually, take out the "squeaky-clean" part — Deadline says the project will be a "bold, subversive" drama that explores the "the darkness and weirdness" underpinning the Archie universe. That could mean anything from Desperate Housewives to Blue Velvet! The show will be produced by Everwood's Greg Berlanti. This is Berlanti's second attempt at bringing Archie comics to television (the first was Dawson's Creek). »


- Nate Jones

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The 11 Scariest TV Shows Ever (and Where to Stream Them)

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When you think of horror, you think of horror movies, but some of the deepest and most lasting shivers have come from television. Here is a list of ten small-screen classics guaranteed to keep you up at night.1. Ghostwatch (BBC, 1992) Originally broadcast in the U.K. as part of the BBC series Screen One, and based on the legend of the Enfield Poltergeist, this is a faux-live TV broadcast that takes viewers inside a house in Northolt, Greater London, that's believed to be haunted by a spirit known as Pipes (because the parents told their kids that those eerie noises were caused by the plumbing). The audacious final stretch attains an almost Lovecraftian awesomeness. 2. The Kingdom (Dr, 1994) [Available via Netflix] Set in a haunted hospital on the border between Sweden and Denmark, this miniseries from Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac, Antichrist) is one part M*A*S*H-style black comedy, one part »


- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Yes, Constantine Is a Show About a Man Who Fights Demons, But I Didn’t Believe a Second of It

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I didn't believe a second of NBC's Constantine, adapted from DC Comics' Hellblazer series. That might seem a strange complaint given that the story concerns an exorcist/demonologist (Matt Ryan) who travels the world, battling demons who've possessed innocent mortals while trying to right a tragic mistake. It must be a tone thing and a performance thing: The show's got the atmosphere and visuals things nailed down.As directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) and overseen by executive producers Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Dark City, and way too many comics adaptations to list here), the first installment, which airs Friday night at 10 p.m., doesn't lack for production value. Possessed people swing and twirl through the air, hordes of cockroaches skitter, the ground opens up, the sky goes dark with purplish cumulus clouds, and a horned demon lunges from a hellmouth, »


- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Keira Knighley on Laggies, Imitation Game, and Hating High School

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Keira Knightly can’t help it, really, but she doesn’t quite come across like “one of us.” Which is why it’s such a treat to see her in Laggies, Lynn Shelton’s latest comedy about adults failing miserably at adulthood. Brandishing a decent American accent, the willowy Brit plays a woman adrift in her late 20s who takes a weeklong break from her life to live with a high-school girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) she met while buying her alcohol and her divorcée lawyer dad (Sam Rockwell at his funny, sexy best). It may well be Knightley’s most relatable performance since Bend It Like Beckham. Vulture caught up with her at the Toronto Film Festival, where she was also promoting her role as pioneering Wwi math genius and WWII code-breaker Joan Clarke, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing, in the historical thriller The Imitation Game, which has her »


- Jada Yuan

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Listen to Panda Bear’s Excellent New Single, ‘Mr Noah’

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Panda Bear, the chillest dude in Animal Collective (impressive feat!) and the non-cyborg voice heard on Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right,” released a new Ep today. The four-song Mr Noah is available to stream on Spotify right now, and it comes in advance of forthcoming full-length album Panda Bear vs. The Grim Reaper, which will be out on January 13. I will go ahead and declare the album’s initial prognosis “very promising”; when I saw him play a set of almost entirely new material last month, it was the least angry I have seen an audience get in a long time about someone not Playing the Hits. (Though, to be fair, I don’t think the two Venn diagram circles representing “Panda Bear fans” and “people who get visibly angry about things” actually touch.) With its big, God’s-pocket-change beat, the first single “Mr Noah” is definitely more percussive »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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The 6 Ugliest Paintings of Liam Neeson

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In real life and in photographs, Liam Neeson is a very handsome man. And yet, for some reason, when it comes time for Neeson's films to place his comely mug on their posters, they never choose a simple photo. Instead, they almost always go with a bizarre Photoshop painting of Neeson's face that makes him look like a cross between Frankenstein's monster and a potato. Check out some of the worst offenders below. (Some of these are international posters.) A Walk Among the TombstonesThis is the work of a police sketch artist who has only seen one Liam Neeson film (Darkman, 20 years ago). TakenFor this poster, the artist has decided to depict Neeson as Vincent Price. UnknownWelcome to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, which is apparently lit like the inside of a high-school boiler room. Taken 2Once again, an impossible dark shadow appears above Neeson's brow. What is he trying to hide? »


- Nate Jones

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Why David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive Is a Great Horror Film

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Last year, when David Edelstein and I put together our list of the 25 Greatest Horror Films Since The Shining, we sparked some debate among readers as to whether our choice for No. 1, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, was even a horror film. Some readers thought it absolutely belonged; others appreciated that we’d come up with an unorthodox choice; and many others thought that it in no way deserved to be on there. While there was never any real doubt in our own minds, the question itself is worth exploring because it gets to the heart of what we now consider “horror.”True, Mulholland Drive doesn't fit into any of today’s typical horror subgenres: It's not a slasher movie, it's not a monster flick, and there's no haunted house. The only zombies, ghosts, or vampires in it are of the metaphorical kind. Nor does Lynch’s film stick to »


- Bilge Ebiri

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The 25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining

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This list initially ran on October 29, 2013. We are republishing it as part of Vulture's Horror Week. Read Bilge Ebiri's new essay on why Mulholland Drive is a great horror film. One third of a century ago, Stanley Kubrick released The Shining and changed the face of modern horror. Except that he didn’t, at least not initially. The Shining was a critical dud and, at first, a financial disappointment. (Kubrick even got nominated for a Razzie for Worst Director.) But over the years, the movie has, to understate mightily, gained in stature. And its release seemed to us like a good cutoff point for our journey through the ensuing 33 years of horror cinema. After all, 1980 is an important turning point in the genre: The wild wild west of exploitation cinema (which gave us such titles as I Spit on Your Grave) had been largely tamed, the colorfully gruesome »


- David Edelstein,Bilge Ebiri

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The Secret History and Uncertain Future of Comics Character John Constantine

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There's never been a comics character like John Constantine, DC Comics' trench-coat-sporting magician and wisecracking righter of wrongs. He's openly, specifically political. He's queer. He's working-class. He's wordy. He's indelibly and un-stereotypically English. Astoundingly, he's remained largely unchanged since he first took to the page in 1985 and throughout 26 years of constant publication — a kind of character consistency that's unheard of even among icons like Superman or Batman. And there's also the matter of how often he appears before his writers. Like, literally shows up out of nowhere on an otherwise ordinary day. Flesh and blood, cigarette and tie. They swear by it.Jamie Delano ran into him during a stroll near the British Museum, back when he was writing the first few arcs on Constantine's solo series, Hellblazer. "The figure caught my eye and cocked his head, flicked the ash from a ciggie, and continued without stopping," Delano »


- Abraham Riesman

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Hear Bette Midler Sing TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’

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It's not exactly a faithful cover (Where's the Left Eye rap interlude, Bette?), but there are some lovely bongos in this version of TLC's "Waterfalls." All kidding aside, Bette knows how to make this cover work without falling into deep, deep camp. TLC fans may giggle, but your mom might just call you to tell you how lovely she thinks this song is: "Who did the original?" And then you can tell her it's about AIDS. What a big day that'll be for you! »

- Lindsey Weber

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Fox Is Making a TV Version of Hitch

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CBS has Rush Hour, NBC has Marley & Me, and now Fox is getting in the remaking-well-regarded-but-hardly-untouchable-comedies game — the network is developing a TV version of Hitch, with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith signed on to produce. (Somewhere, Aziz Ansari is screaming with joy.) The series will reportedly be a single-camera rom-com about "dating and sexual politics," which means it will fit in perfectly with all the shows that will be canceled this time next year.   »


- Nate Jones

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The History of Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham’s Internet-Born Best Friendship

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The internet, for all its faults, can really bring people together. And sometimes those people are Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham! Swift and Dunham met on Twitter, but out of a direct message has blossomed a fully realized, supportive, loving friendship. They are each other's rocks and sources of baked goods as well as career, relationship, and fashion advice. Here are two artists who found success, responsibility, and a clear voice at an incredibly young age, and they seem to be aware of how lucky they are to have found each other. So, Taylor and Lena: This is your friendship's life!May 13, 1986: Lena Dunham is born. December 13, 1989: Taylor Swift is born. October 2006: Taylor Swift releases her self-titled debut. March 2010: Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture premieres at SXSW. She'd later admit to being influenced by Taylor, telling Et, "Long before she was my friend, she was my »


- Jesse David Fox,Sean Fitz-Gerald

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The 13 Scariest Music Videos of All Time

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It's the time of the year again: Time to curl up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, stock up on Halloween candy, and watch as many scary things as you can. Even though your instinct will tell you to Netflix a horror classic or run to the movies theater to see Annabelle or Ouija, let us suggest another option: music videos. Specifically these 13, the scariest music videos ever made. Needless to say, many of these are extremely Nsfw, as well as Nsfn (not safe for nighttime). 13. Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do"Nighttime bike-riding on a seemingly endless road. Silent people in animal masks, including a Donnie Darko–esque bunny, who appear and disappear. Two people (children?) standing at the edge of the woods in Halloween costumes. A creepy childlike musical refrain running through the entire thing. Scary! 12. Michael Jackson, "Thriller"You'd think that by now, the effect of »


- Melody Lau

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James Corden’s Late Late Show to Debut in March

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The new James Corden–hosted version of CBS’s The Late Late Show has a premiere date: The U.K. actor will make his debut as Craig Ferguson’s replacement on March 9, the Eye network just announced. With Ferguson stepping down December 19, Vulture hears CBS will fill most of the three-month gap between his exit and Corden’s debut by having rotating guest-hosts on The Late Late Show. Meanwhile, Corden and CBS have also decided to outsource the job of Late Late Show executive producer to another Brit, hiring Ben Winston, an exec producer of hit music competition show The X Factor, to oversee Corden’s new chatfest. Winston and Corden have worked together before on the Brit Awards and on sketches for charity telethon Red Nose Day. Oh, and Winston directed Corden in the One Direction video for “Best Song Ever.”   »


- Joe Adalian

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The Joan Didion Documentary Kickstarter Raised $80K in 1 Day

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As of today, Joan Didion can cross “crowd-funding” off her bucket list. The laconic 79-year-old essayist — who vivisected the '60s, became half of a Hollywood power couple, and more recently wrote two best-sellers about losing her husband and daughter suddenly — will be the subject of a documentary titled (aptly, if unoriginally) We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. Her nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct it with documentary veteran Susanne Rostock, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 at 10:30, roughly 24 hours later.As teased in a video and text on the site, the doc will alternate old photos of Didion with snippets of her reading selected passages (illustrated with gauzy stock footage), interspersed with newsreel-style coverage of the political upheavals she covered and talking heads like Patti Smith, Liam Neeson, Jann Wenner, Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter, and the camera-shy »


- Boris Kachka

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Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs, Will Allegedly ‘Crush It’

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Aaron Sorkin's long-gestating Steve Jobs biopic has finally found its lead in Christian Bale. Sorkin seems pleased as punch, telling Bloomberg, "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale." (Would we call him Chris?) Never one to undersell a project, Sorkin continued with the praise: "It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it." Based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of Jobs, the film will only be three scenes long, each taking place backstage before a different Apple product launch. There will be speeches. Oh, yes, there will be speeches. »


- Nate Jones

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Herbie Hancock: My Battle With Crack

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Jazz icon Herbie Hancock has had a long, trailblazing career, from his classic work with Miles Davis in the ‘60s through his wildly popular funk and hip-hop excursions in the '70s and '80s, and into his current guise as one of the genre’s preeminent experimenters and popularizers. But despite a habit of musical mold-breaking, the keyboardist has fallen prey to some all-too-common show-business demons. In this excerpt from his memoir, Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Viking), out October 23, Hancock, 74, shares his first experience with the drug, crack, that would take him years to overcome.One night I drove to a friend’s place in Beverly Hills for a birthday party, and as I was parking I saw two women I knew getting into their cars. “Are you leaving?” I asked. “Yeah,” one of them said. “You might not want to go up there.” Before I could ask what she meant, »


- Herbie Hancock

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Twin Peaks Alumni: Where Are They Now?

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When co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost announced they’d be bringing Twin Peaks back in 2016, fans went scrambling to rebrief on the show’s massive ensemble, the characters’ journeys, and the actors’ careers before and after the series’ 1991 conclusion. To make the eventual return to small-town Washington State and its mysterious forests a little easier, we’ve created a digest of information on 30 of Twin Peaks’ most memorable faces. What’s more, Vulture spoke with some of the cast members (including Laura Palmer herself, Sheryl Lee) about where they were when they heard the show was coming back, how the series affected their lives, and together delved into some potential clues about who might be coming back to Twin Peaks.  Mädchen AmickRole: Shelly JohnsonPost-Peaks: Amick has been among the busiest of Peaks’ original cast. She currently stars on Lifetime’s supernatural series Witches of East End and has shown »


- Kenny Herzog

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The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz on the Anal Episode and Adam Pally on Skeleton Sex

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It was the booty call heard 'round the world. On the October 7 episode of The Mindy Project ("I Slipped"), Danny tried to get some action from his girlfriend Mindy’s back section, marking network comedy’s first attempt to talk about anal sex. “Well, I have to correct you there as I believe there was one pioneer before us who bravely tackled anal sex on broadcast TV, and that was an episode of Amen starring Sherman Hemsley,” Ike Barinholtz joked when Vulture sat down with the actor/writer/producer on the show’s L.A. set last Friday. “Actually, I don’t think it has ever been done before, probably with good reason. We’re proud to make history any way we can. In fact, we sent that episode straight to the Smithsonian. It will be running on a perpetual loop for eternity next to Archie Bunker’s chair.”“I »


- Carrie Bell

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Key and Peele Exorcist-ized Make-a-Wish to Horrifying Results

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As we saw with their instant-classic Family Matters sketch, Key and Peele can turn anyone into a frightening horror villain. In their upcoming Halloween episode, which will air next Thursday, K&P might've found their most unexpected monster yet: a Make-a-Wish kid. Jordan Peele plays a dying boy who wants to use his wish to do some sick ssshhhhh, and Keegan-Michael Key plays the doctor who is like, "Wait, what?" The moral is clear: Dying children are hilarious! »


- Jesse David Fox

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