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There Will Be Adventure Time the Movie

16 hours ago

The Land of Ooo is headed to the big screen. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is developing the beloved Cartoon Network show Adventure Time into a film. The movie will be produced by Roy Lee, one of the executive producers of The Lego Movie, and Chris McKay, the man behind Robot Chicken. The show, currently in its sixth season, loosely follows a 12-year-old boy named Finn and his dog, Jake. Other details haven't been announced yet, but hopefully we will see a bevy of princesses, all of whom the Ice King will be obsessed with. »


- E. Alex Jung

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William Shatner Will Miss Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral

17 hours ago

William Shatner will not be attending the funeral for his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy. In a tweet, he said that because he is scheduled to attend a Red Cross ball in Florida Saturday night, he won't be able to make Nimoy's Sunday memorial in California. This isn't the first time Shatner has missed a big event: He was notably absent at George Takei's wedding to his husband, Brad Altman. That said, he has some very lovely things to say about his old friend. »


- E. Alex Jung

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House of Cards Season 3, Episode 2 Recap: Meet Me Halfway

19 hours ago

Claire is unflappable. This is her most envy-inducing trait: She’s icy cool in the hot seat. She cannot be rattled. Except when she can. We find her at her confirmation hearing, hoping to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is calmly, carefully laying out her qualifications — even though we’ve seen how dirty she had to let her hands get in order to achieve any of those accomplishments — as a champion of sexual assault reform and a leader who built a small nonprofit into “a major global player.” Claire believes she has demonstrated her “effectiveness,” which is not a surprising choice of words for her. Effectiveness is the number-one trait of House of Underwood, the way loyalty matters to Gryffindors and debt-repaying to Lannisters.But Senator Mendoza trips her up; Claire accidentally says the phrase “The U.S. military is irrelevant,” and Mendoza keeps »

- Jessica Goldstein

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Michelle Rodriguez Wants ‘Minorities’ to ‘Stop Stealing’ Superhero Roles From White People

21 hours ago

Michelle Rodriguez quickly shot down rumors that she might star in the Green Lantern, and it seems like it might be out of principle. "That's the dumbest thing I ever heard," she told a TMZ reporter. "I think it's so stupid because of this whole minorities in Hollywood thing. It's so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own. What's up with that?" So we're guessing she's not onboard with getting Idris Elba to play the next James Bond? »


- E. Alex Jung

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Fear Not: The Cops Have Found Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar Gown

21 hours ago

Lupita Nyong'o's ravishing pearl-encrusted Oscar gown (by Calvin Klein), which was reported missing earlier in the week, has been found! The Lapd says it found the dress Friday afternoon at the hotel from which it was taken. TMZ reports that the thief stashed it in a garbage bag underneath a sink after he had a couple of the pearls appraised and learned that they were fake (or "worthless"). Um, no. In a statement to Wwd, Nyong'o said, "It is a timeless and priceless piece of art." Basically, that dress was Everything. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Glee Recap: Friday, I’m in Love

22 hours ago

Last night's Glee suffered from a touch of the Ruby Problem, a syndrome I invented while watching a particularly unfortunate story line unfold in the final season of Parenthood. Like Glee, Parenthood had a short final season with (presumably) a reduced budget. To compensate, Parenthood gave one of its secondary characters a troubled teenage daughter and a beleaguered ex-wife, and then spent an awful lot of the season exploring their story. It's not that Ruby's story was bad or that the performers involved in it weren't talented (on the contrary, Ray Romano and Jeanne Tripplehorn were both incredible). It's just not what Parenthood's viewers had tuned in to its final season hoping or expecting to see.I'd imagine that's how Glee fans felt about last night's newbie-centric episode — although as soon as I typed that sentence, I clicked over to Twitter and found at least three "Yay! Newbie stories! »


- Lauren Hoffman

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Kelly Osbourne Reportedly Quits Fashion Police Over Giuliana Rancic’s Zendaya Jokes

22 hours ago

Kelly Osbourne has quit E!'s Fashion Police, reportedly because of co-host Giuliana Rancic's comments that Disney star Zendaya's dreadlocks smelled like "patchouli oil" and "weed" at the Oscars. The network announced her departure in a boilerplate statement, thanking her for her "many contributions" and saying that Osbourne was leaving "to pursue other opportunities." She hasn't released a statement herself. After Rancic's comments, Zendaya posted a statement on Instagram, writing, "There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair." Rancic posted a video apology for her comments, which Zendaya accepted and Osbourne seemed to have. In the initial dust-up, Kelly Osbourne tweeted that Zendaya was a friend of hers and threatened to quit unless the matter was resolved. Us Weekly reported that there was some backstage rancor, with »


- E. Alex Jung

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Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Play ‘Truth or Truth’ With Jimmy Fallon

23 hours ago

Who better to play games with than Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer? The duo played "Truth or Truth" with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, asking such salacious questions as "Have you ever stolen anything?" and "What's your favorite song to make love to?" There were no dares involved, because obviously you only do those when you want to have sex with Jeremy during a hurricane. »


- E. Alex Jung

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House of Cards Season 3, Episode 1 Recap: Road to Recovery

28 February 2015 6:16 AM, PST

Fade in on a peaceful country lane in Gaffney. All is calm, all is bright. A motorcade cuts through the quiet. President Frank Underwood steps out of the car with flowers in his arms. He’s in town to pay respects to his dearly departed father. And by “pay respects,” I mean literally piss on his dead dad’s tombstone.“Oh, I wouldn’t be here if I had a choice,” he tells us, waiting approximately 30 seconds before breaking that fourth wall. “But I have to do these sorts of things now. Makes me seem more human. And you have to be a little human when you’re the president.” This is what we want from House of Cards. Symbolic acts of destruction foreshadowing real acts of destruction. Ruthlessness and ridiculousness in equal measure. Kevin Spacey talking directly to us. This is what we get from the rest of this »


- Jessica Goldstein

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Secrets and Lies Is As Unoriginal As They Come

27 February 2015 3:44 PM, PST

Good morning, America! It's time for Secrets and Lies. We begin with shots of a man running through the rain, bellowing in existential panic. Cut to a shot of a dead boy in a red slicker lying face up in muddy water, rain spattering his face. A child is dead! A poor innocent child! Suffer the innocent children of prime time. Also women, many of them prostitutes for some reason, found in fields or ditches, strangled or hacked up. But I digress.The boy has a name: Tom. The local homeowner who discovered the dead child is named Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe). He tells the chief police investigator, Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis), that "it's terribly shocking what happened," but in a moment or two we start to think how he found the child is a little bit weird. Normally Ben's daughter babysits the child "two or three days a week, »


- Matt Zoller Seitz

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President Obama Says He ‘Loved’ Spock in Touching Statement on the Death of Leonard Nimoy

27 February 2015 2:57 PM, PST

President Obama has often drawn comparisons to Spock, so it's fitting that his statement on the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, is more personal than usual: "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock. In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless »


- Dee Lockett

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20 Cool Things Leonard Nimoy Did Other Than Star Trek

27 February 2015 1:55 PM, PST

Perhaps Leonard Nimoy will be best-remembered as Spock, Star Trek's kindhearted half-Vulcan. And that would probably be enough. But Nimoy was more than his pointed ears: He wrote poetry, directed films, appeared onstage, and sang Lord of the Rings parodies. The man contained multitudes, to put it mildly. Here is but a small sample:  He directed 1987's Three Men and a Baby.  (Which was the top-grossing film of that year, by the way.) ... And 1988's The Good Mother: He played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the Atlanta Opera House in 1974. There are sadly no recordings or videos currently on the internet. He was the narrator in the 1999 cult video game Seaman. Dreamcast's Seaman was a beloved pet simulator gone wrong. You could birth, raise, and chat with your half-human-half-fish abomination. You could also hear Leonard Nimoy as the narrator, his soothing voice perhaps drowning out your frustrations over your Seaman's disobediance. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Eddie Redmayne As Transgender Pioneer Lili Elbe in His Upcoming The Danish Girl

27 February 2015 1:48 PM, PST

Eddie Redmayne already won one Oscar for starring in a high-profile biopic as Stephen Hawking, so why not do another? Next he'll play Lili Elbe, who's known for being one of the first transgender women to undergo successful sex-reassignment surgery, in 2016's The Danish Girl. Of the film, Redmayne recently told The Daily Mail, "I think it's the most sensitive role I have played." See the first photo of Redmayne as Elbe below. »


- Dee Lockett

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Who Was the Better Tocqueville? Karl Ove Knausgaard, Bernard-Henri Lévy, or Stephen Fry?

27 February 2015 12:50 PM, PST

When the newly revamped New York Times Magazine asked the famously prolix (but personally reticent) Karl Ove Knausgaard, the author of a 3,500-page confessional six-book series called My Struggle, to undertake a road trip through Canada and the U.S., it enlisted him in a noble tradition: the foreign writer grappling with America via that most American of journeys, the road trip. How does his long and divisive report, part one of which will appear in this Sunday’s print issue, compare to those of his predecessors? Below, we compare and contrast.Game Plan Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835: The great French intellectual is commissioned by the king of France to visit and report on the American penitentiary system—which he does. But then he uses it as a platform to go a little off-message—meditating for two volumes on the evolution of democracy. American Vertigo, by Bernard-Henri Lévy, »


- Boris Kachka

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock, One of History’s Greatest TV Characters

27 February 2015 12:25 PM, PST

Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83, had a long, prodigious career as an actor, writer, and director. Despite all his other achievements, he will always be known as Mr. Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of Star Trek's Enterprise, and that's what I want to focus on here, because the pointy-eared Starfleet officer was one of the great characters in TV history. He was killed off and then resuscitated, not just officially (in the second and third Star Trek films, then in J.J. Abrams reboots, where he appears as young Spock's grizzled future self) but symbolically, in the form of new Trek characters who at times seemed like prismatic shards of Spock, and who all grappled with feelings of otherness (Geordi La Forge, Worf, Data, Seven of Nine). From fairly early in the show's run, Nimoy seemed to realize the symbolic power invested in Spock, and perhaps to mistrust or fear it. »


- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Simpsons Showrunner Al Jean Remembers Leonard Nimoy

27 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST

As any Simpsons superfan can tell you, there was no guest-star quite like the late Leonard Nimoy. The Star Trek legend made two extremely memorable appearances on the series, both as himself. The first was 1993's Conan O'Brien–penned "Marge vs. the Monorail," in which he was the guest of honor for the first ride of Springfield's monorail (and spent much of that ride boring the hell out of a fellow passenger who has zero interest in his Trek tales). He returned for 1997's "The Springfield Files," providing further delight by delivering a send-up of introductions to overwrought mystery shows. Longtime Simpsons writer and showrunner Al Jean got in touch with us today and gave us his thoughts and memories about working with Nimoy. Here's what he said, in full:When we were producing the Simpsons monorail episode that Conan had written, we were hoping to get George Takei to come »


- Abraham Riesman

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TV Review: The Last Man on Earth Makes a Lasting Impression

27 February 2015 11:51 AM, PST

Phil Miller (Will Forte) is the last man on Earth. He's heavily bearded, with a gleeful destructive streak and an aversion to personal hygiene. He drove around the country for years, looking for other surviving humans; he found none, and has come to Tucson to get drunk and break things, and maybe kill himself. I mean, why not, right? Let's throw bowling balls at aquariums and roll over beer cans with a steamroller. The opening act of the pilot is both catastrophically tragic and endearingly silly, demonstrating a kind of emotional dexterity that's rare in any story but especially in a half-hour comedy. Ambitious seems like such a cheesy critic word to use here, but I don't know what else to call it.Being the last person alive is a surprise every second of every day; Phil's aware that his existence is a huge, devastating, baffling surprise. But after two years, »


- Margaret Lyons

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The Lazarus Effect Is a Dopey Thriller That Wastes a Good Cast

27 February 2015 11:47 AM, PST

Sort of a Flatliners for the sensitive indie-actor set, The Lazarus Effect is a grimy, dopey, confused thriller that wastes a very likable cast. The film takes place mostly in a Berkeley lab where a group of young medical researchers are developing an experimental new serum designed to prolong the neural activity of coma patients. The idea is “to give health care professionals more time to do their jobs” — because, of course, mad scientists who trample the laws of God always start off with the noblest of aims. From the film’s very first shot — video footage of a dead pig being given high-voltage doses of electricity — we know that these crazy kids are about to start bringing things back to life.In its early scenes, the film makes a halfhearted attempt to seem smart: The scientists’ chatter is filled with impenetrable technobabble about “membrane voltages” and “restitching neural pathways. »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green Make the Western The Salvation Worthwhile

27 February 2015 11:36 AM, PST

I don’t know when the term revisionist Western came into widespread use, but it’s time we retired it. Even when it meant something, it was a bit of an overstatement; most of the great Westerns bucked convention in one way or another. But starting around the 1960s, it seemed like every entry in the genre pointedly tried to rewrite our collective dream of the West. The unmaking-of-a-myth in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, or the heightened violence in The Wild Bunch, or the anti-romance in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, or the ugliness of justice in Unforgiven — they all told us, “It’s not like you thought it was. It’s not what the movies have told you.”But the movies haven’t been telling us much for some time. And now we’ve finally gone through the looking glass with The Salvation, which is about as conventional and »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Leonard Nimoy Explains Spock’s Secret Jewish Origins

27 February 2015 11:28 AM, PST

Spock may have been half-human and half-Vulcan, but Leonard Nimoy was all Jew. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, and they raised him in the Orthodox tradition — and that meant regular visits to his local synagogue in the Boston area. When he was a boy, he had a particularly profound experience during one such visit: At a point in the service when he was supposed to cover his eyes, he peeked out and saw some men performing a prayer that included a hand gesture that is familiar to geeks everywhere as the Vulcan Salute. A few years ago, Nimoy recounted the whole story to the Wexler Oral History project, and it's well worth a watch. We're saying a mourner's kaddish for you, Leonard. »


- Abraham Riesman

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