Week of   « Prev | Next »

1-20 of 124 items   « Prev | Next »


Here’s Everything We Know So Far About Better Call Saul

7 hours ago

The Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will be set six years before Saul and Walter White meet, circa 2002. According to official word from AMC, the prequel will pick up when Saul was known as Jimmy McGill, “a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny.” Mike will be there as his “fixer.” Though its been described previously as a comedy, a release says “the series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.” So, pretty much like Breaking Bad. “It’s a leap of faith or stupidity into the unknown,” Vince Gilligan told reporters during AMC’s summer press tour session. Gilligan is serving as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Peter Gould.Even though the show will be set in the past, Gilligan said it doesn’t preclude the previously reported idea that Saul would jump back and forth in time. "You saw from Breaking Bad that we like nonlinear storytelling, »


- Denise Martin

Permalink | Report a problem


The Strain, Guillermo Del Toro’s New Vampire TV Show, Is Perfect Summer Schlock

10 hours ago

During high school and college I used to go to a decrepit mall on the other side of town. Most of the spaces that normally would have held stores had been empty for years, but the pedestrian areas were open and filled with flea market-type stalls where people sold homemade and used goods. People brought dogs and cats into the mall. On weekends you could sometimes buy freshly laid eggs and homemade tamales and churros there. You'd see people having tailgate parties in the parking lot. The only "respectable" business holdout was the movie theater, which showed films for a dollar. My friends and I used to go there on Friday or Saturday nights to catch the midnight shows, which were raucous affairs. Cigarettes and joints were smoked. People talked back to the screen. Beer was openly consumed. It was a rare screening that didn't include the sound of bottles »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

Permalink | Report a problem


How Patricia Arquette Got Her Finest Role in Years With Boyhood

11 hours ago

Patricia Arquette has a bone to pick with people who call her new film Boyhood a coming-of-age tale. "It's not just the kids growing up in this movie," she told Vulture recently. "It's the grown-ups, too." Arquette is right, of course: Director Richard Linklater has been hailed for the unique way he shot Boyhood, filming the movie in small installments over a series of twelve years so we can watch young Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) actually age from tyke to college freshman, but Mason's divorced parents (played by Arquette and Ethan Hawke) mature as well. In the case of Arquette's harried mother Olivia, though, that evolution is anything but steady: She has to weather several ill-advised relationships before she can finally come out the other end older and wiser. Last month, Arquette sat down with Vulture to discuss the movie and her best big-screen role in years.I was »


- Kyle Buchanan

Permalink | Report a problem


The Loveliness of the Long-Distance Artist: On Kawara, 1933–2014

12 hours ago

The great Zen-proto-conceptualist, On Kawara, has died at the age of 81. In a time of art stars, overnight sensations, and flashes in the pan, Kawara's long artistic river has glided silently through the art world. On January 4, 1966, he began making thousands of straightforward alphanumerical paintings of dates that were destroyed if not completed in one day; in 1969, he began a many-decade performance work in which he had people count one million years, one at a time, producing a multi-volume typed document, a tomb of the recitation. This enigmatic geomancer of invisible infinities finally reached the ultimate algorithm.Like the knowledge that a Vermeer painting is out there, Kawara's art — as dry and cerebral as it can seem — reassures in its healing presence on earth. He never publicized the date of his birth, refused to be interviewed, and shunned being photographed. For years, friends knew of »

- Jerry Saltz

Permalink | Report a problem


Best of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Streaming: Coming-of-Age Movies

12 hours ago

This weekend, you should either go see Boyhood or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available to stream (at least until the next screening of Boyhood is available). Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, grow up all over again in Compton, Tokyo, Athens, Georgia, and small-town New Zealand.Boyz n the Hood  (Stream on Netflix)Don't let the recent Taylor Lautner vehicle Abduction fool you: When 24-year-old John Singleton picked up a Best Director nomination in 1992, making him the youngest filmmaker in Oscar history to do so, he earned it. Early on, Boyz n the Hood could be confused for a South Central–set Stand by Me, 10-year-old Tre Styles drifting through a childhood of ball-busting friendships and bullies. Tree and his buddies even find a dead body. But unlike Stand by Me, there's no »


- Matt Patches

Permalink | Report a problem


Happy Anniversary, Orange Is the New Black!

13 hours ago

Surprise! It is the one-year anniversary of the premiere of Orange Is the New Black. (The year goes so fast when you have two seasons to binge-watch.) While the cast and showrunners celebrate with multiple Emmy nominations, you can commemorate the one-year anniversary with a little help from Vulture. Here is a comprehensive reading list of all the many Orange Is the New Black interviews and recaps we have published over the past year. Reading them is almost as fun as a party!Interviews Jenji Kohan’s Week in Pop-Culture Consumption2 p.m.: Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom. “We watched it in the writers’ room. Now we have to work it into the show so no one can sue us for harassment.” A Day Apartment Hunting With Natasha Lyonne“Here’s hard evidence that I’m aging: When I was a little girl, the goal was to move out of Brooklyn, »


- Nikki Erlick

Permalink | Report a problem


Clayne Crawford on Having Relaxed Douche Face and Defending Rectify’s Poor Ted Jr.

13 hours ago

Chances are you know Clayne Crawford as that guy who always plays the jerk-off. The actor, 36, has long been typecast as the villain, most recently in 24 and Justified, and going back to his smirkiest work in teen movies like Swimfan and A Walk to Remember. But in Ray McKinnon’s outstanding small-town drama Rectify, Crawford gets to be heartbreaking as a frustrated tire salesman whose world is turned upside down when his brother-in-law is released from Death Row. Vulture chatted with Crawford about feeling bad for fratty Ted Jr., long days on set, and coming to terms with a chronic case of what he calls relaxed douche face.Things are falling apart for Teddy. His marriage is in trouble. The tire business is in bad shape. I’m sure there are plenty of people who still want to punch him for the way he treats Daniel, but I just feel »


- Denise Martin

Permalink | Report a problem


The Problems, and Power, of The Passenger

13 hours ago

“Angesichts der Wirklichkeit ist alles Erfinden obszön.” “In the face of reality, all fiction is obscene.” That sentence, by the Austrian writer Jürg Amann, came back to me during the Lincoln Center Festival performance of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Holocaust opera The Passenger. The director David Pountney cites the line in a program note, acknowledging the moral challenge of transplanting a chorus of the doomed from Auschwitz to an operatic stage. Based on the novel by the Polish camp survivor Zofia Posmysz, composed in the 1960s, suppressed by the Soviet state, and left unperformed until 2010, The Passenger has been resurrected in the guise of a historical triumph — a tale that must be told, a score that must be heard. But it remains troubling, an earnest, frequently beautiful, and fitfully powerful drama about the relationship between prisoner and guard. Its many splendid moments aestheticize Auschwitz; its weaker ones fall back on »


- Justin Davidson

Permalink | Report a problem


Let’s Talk About the Ending of Snowpiercer

14 hours ago

Have you seen Snowpiercer yet? Do you plan to? You should. Our movie critic David Edelstein called it “a fun dystopian sci-fi epic,” and with its arrival on VOD today and expansion into even more theaters this weekend, it is way too easy for you to watch the Bong Joon-ho film. So get on that! The rest of us will be here discussing the movie, so come back once you’ve made us proud. [Major, major spoilers ahead!]After the Snowpiercer train makes its final crash landing (and Boom goes the Kronole!), what happens to humanity? Does the film end without hope (as it seems to imply), or would the odds still be impossibly stacked against our final two survivors making it on their own for very long, what with that polar bear giving them the big eye? (In case you forgot what that polar bear looked like at the end ...) Director »


- Lindsey Weber

Permalink | Report a problem


The 5 Things You Need to Know About Masters of Sex Before Season 2

14 hours ago

The terrific Masters of Sex returns for its second season on Sunday, but if you haven't seen the first season, don't let that dissuade you from jumping in. The show is very accessible, and you can skip right to season two! (And you kind of have to, since it's not streaming anywhere.) All you need to know are these five things:Michael Sheen plays William "Bill" Masters. He's rigid and fussy and has that classic TV-scientist thing of being overly clinical and emotionally distant. Do you get the irony? He interviews people about sex! Sometimes he even films them! But he himself is so uptight! He and Virginia decided to start having sex with each other and filming it — you know, just for the study, but they also started falling for each other. This is complicated by the fact that Bill is married, pretty happily, to the slightly naïve Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald, »


- Margaret Lyons

Permalink | Report a problem


How Belle Became the Summer Movie Season’s Secret Hit

14 hours ago

As a film director, Amma Asante shrinks from very little — to mount a film of considerable scope, like her hit costume drama Belle, requires a surplus of confidence that the warm and direct Assante exhibits in spades. Still, as she walked up the stairs of Oprah Winfrey’s Montecito mansion last May for a garden party that the media mogul threw to honor Belle, Asante clutched the hands of her actors, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Reid, and began to panic as she drew nearer to her idol. “I remember saying to Sam, ‘I can’t tell you how nervous I am!’” Asanta recalls to Vulture, laughing. “I think it was a bit disconcerting, because I was their director — I'm supposed to always have it together and have all the answers. Suddenly, it was them holding my hand, telling me, ‘It’s going to be okay!’”It’s been more than »


- Kyle Buchanan

Permalink | Report a problem


The 12 Most Rick James–y Moments in Rick James’s New Memoir, Glow

15 hours ago

Earlier this week, Rick James posthumously published his memoir Glow, co-written with David Ritz. The book jumps around a lot, which James himself chalks up to his years of drug abuse, but an engrossing portrait of his life and career emerges in scattershot about his time coming up in a world in which black musicians could finally break through on the pop charts. Vulture flipped through chapters about his sex addiction, his chemical dependencies, and brushes with the law to collect 12 great info-nuggets about the man who brought the world “Superfreak.”1. He enlisted in the Navy but quickly fled from training camp.James joined up in the hopes of avoiding the drug-addled paths of those he grew up with in Buffalo, New York, but as soon as naval officers shaved his Afro, he knew it wasn't for him. He left the country, seeking shelter in Toronto and changing his name »


- Brennan Carley

Permalink | Report a problem


Colin Farrell in Talks for True Detective

15 hours ago

Today in True Detective rumors: It looks like Colin Farrell is in talks to play one of the leads in the show's highly anticipated second season. According to Deadline, Farrell is "deep in negotiations" for the role, though nothing is a done deal yet. (And according to The Wrap, Taylor Kitsch is "among the leading candidates" for another lead role. We'll see!) What we do know for sure about the new season is that it's unrelated to the first, it's set in California, and there are four lead characters. And probably like a whole bunch of weird woo-woo murders. »


- Margaret Lyons

Permalink | Report a problem


This Boyhood–Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Mash-Up Is Totally Perfect

17 hours ago

Some things just hide in plain sight, but when someone points them out, you'll never see them the same way. For example, the thematic overlap between the two major movies opening this weekend, Boyhood and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Both are about the maturation of a male primate. This mash-up trailer, entitled "Apehood," by editor Nelson Carvajal, blends the two stories, and is kind of perfect and kind of very touching.  Miss you, baby Caesar. »


- Jesse David Fox

Permalink | Report a problem


Jason Momoa on His Directorial Debut and What Khal Drogo Would Have Done to the Mountain

17 hours ago

In cast interviews included with the first-season Game of Thrones DVD, Jason Momoa, who played the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo, stands out from his mostly foreign co-stars in part due to the many American colloquialisms he uses to describe the show, such as referring to his hulking character as “a pimp.” Since exiting Thrones, Momoa has portrayed the titular warrior in 2011’s Conan the Barbarian and Philip Kopus on the 2014 SundanceTV series The Red Road. But the gentle surfer-bro of Hawaiian-German-Irish-Native-American descent also found time to fit in his directorial debut, The Road to Paloma, which arrived July 4 on VOD and hits theaters today.In the buddy/road-trip/revenge picture, he plays Robert Wolf, a renegade Native American on the run after killing his mother’s rapist-murderer, who had otherwise gone unpunished. Momoa and his writing partner and co-star Robert Homer Mollohan hope to shine a light on a lamentable »


- Rob Kemp

Permalink | Report a problem


Katy Perry Has Expressed Interest in the Clueless Musical

18 hours ago

The music video for "Fancy," Iggy Azalea’s No. 1 hit and the default Song of Summer, pays homage to Clueless, with a plaid-outfitted Azalea ruling over a Beverly Hills–esque high school. Director Amy Heckerling was alerted to the tribute when the entirety of her social circle sent her the link to the highly produced video. “It looked like they had more money for the video than I had for the movie,” she said at Thursday night’s Marc Jacobs–sponsored after-party for the I Origins premiere. “But I was extremely flattered and I thought she was amazing. And whoever did the costumes, I don’t know how they did that.”Heckerling is currently hard at work on bringing a Clueless to Broadway and has written a book and song lyrics for the musical. Despite being in the “really, really, early, early stages,” the question of whom Heckerling’s ideal Cher would be looms large. »


- Adrienne Gaffney

Permalink | Report a problem


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is an Excellent Post-Apocalyptic Bromance

18 hours ago

The latest Apes picture, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is an excellent interspecies bromance between an ape and a man who’d like to live in peace but are surrounded by warmongering assholes.  The apes — who have begun to pick up English — are basically stand-ins for Injuns, living in the forests of Marin County, hunting and gathering and minding their own beeswax. The few hundred humans — genetically immune survivors of a simian flu that has wiped out most of their kind — have gathered in a San Francisco compound, where they’re now out of the power they need to “rebuild and reclaim the world [they] lost.” The apes, you see, reside where said power is, beside a dam — hence the conflict.One nasty human, played by Gary Oldman (nice casting!), has a thing against apes and is especially keen on wiping them out. One nasty ape, Koba (Toby Kebbel »


- David Edelstein

Permalink | Report a problem


David Duchovny’s Book Sounds Bananas

19 hours ago

David Duchnovy mentioned earlier this month that he'd written a book. "It's a fable, like Animal Farm or Charlotte's Web; an allegorical story using animals for people," he told Rolling Stone. Now there's a full description of Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale, and if you thought it wouldn't be a book about a cow who united Israel and Paletsine, well, think again! From the official description:a rollicking, globe-trotting adventure with a twist: a four-legged heroine you won’t soon forget. Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that — her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer's family gathered around a bright Box God »


- Margaret Lyons

Permalink | Report a problem


The Frantic-Dad Thriller Rage Needs More Help From Nicolas Cage

19 hours ago

We think of Nicolas Cage nowadays as an actor who takes crazy parts in crazy movies, but once upon a time, this guy could act. Occasionally, he still can; this April’s Joe proved that. But gone, it seems, is the range of the man who once did Raising ArizonaLeaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, even Con Air. For all the supercut-friendly looniness of some of his recent parts, all too often the prevailing mood one gets from him is of a skin-deep glower — morose, but soulless. Which is a shame when you see a movie like Rage, which could have greatly benefited from the presence of that other, earlier, more engaged Nicolas Cage.At first glance, Rage seems like it might be another cut-rate attempt to reestablish the actor as a middle-aged action star — to Liam Neesonize him, perhaps. Cage plays Paul Maguire, former gangster, now a respectable family man with a legit construction business. »


- Bilge Ebiri

Permalink | Report a problem


Correction: It’s the Actors Acting Opposite Andy Serkis Who Deserve Oscars

19 hours ago

People love to talk about how Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar for his portrayal of Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Look, we get it. His work is nothing short of remarkable. But what no one talks about are the actors who have to stand next to a human male wearing a helmet and lots of sensors and act like it's definitely an ape. Here is a slideshow of actors professionally not laughing in Serkis's face despite what he's doing and wearing. A million Oscars to each of them! »


- Jesse David Fox

Permalink | Report a problem


1-20 of 124 items   « Prev | Next »



IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners