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David Chase Kind of Said Tony Soprano Didn’t Die

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Every few months, someone needs to reinvestigate the finale of The Sopranos to keep the internet alive. "What happens if we don't do that?" the people wonder. "I'll die," says the internet. "Don't you want to keep me alive?" And of course we want to keep the internet alive, so we perform The Sopranos finale ritual once again. Let us go back now to that diner, and stare at Aj's horrible skinny-chin-strap beard, and wonder all over again: What does it mean? Is Tony dead or alive? Am I dead or alive? What is love for? Are onion rings God, or is God onion rings? Today, we fulfill this quarter's quota of Sopranos talk with an article from Vox, in which creator David Chase allegedly answers one of those questions.I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead. »


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See Amy Poehler Mock the Difficulties of Being a Modern Man on The Approval Matrix

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The Approval Matrix, Sundance's new show inspired by the back-page New York feature that you read before anything else in the magazine, airs its fourth episode next Monday. The panel show, hosted by Neal Brennan, tosses together personalities from different corners of the pop-culture universe while also featuring interviews with stars like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, and Amy Poehler. Here, the Parks and Recreation star cries oh-so fake tears over the difficulties of being a modern man. »


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What Do I Watch After Friday Night Lights? Your Pressing TV Questions, Answered

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Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons will answer your questions about what to watch, when to watch it, whom to watch it with, and how to feel about the whole thing. To submit your own questions, you can email staytuned@nymag.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. I loved Friday Night Lights. Loved. Tammi and Coach Taylor taught me about loving relationships, Tim Riggins made me swoon, and while each show had dramatic tension, it never felt like a soap opera. What other shows can I watch that would give me similar viewing pleasure? —JoyWhat wouldn't I give to have a good answer to this question? Unfortunately, there aren't other shows like Friday Night Lights. That's why everyone who loves that show keeps telling other people about it! It's a really good show, and there's nothing else that's »


- Margaret Lyons

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Tyler Perry on Gone Girl’s Ending and Singing With Ben Affleck

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Tyler Perry doesn’t step in front of another director’s camera often, but he’s glad he did so for David Fincher. “He’s brilliant,” says Perry, who stars in the exacting filmmaker’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl as the magnificently named Tanner Bolt, lawyer for Ben Affleck’s character, a man accused of his missing wife’s murder. Perry spoke with Vulture about the process.David Fincher showed Neil Patrick Harris a rough cut of the film around 1:30 a.m. after a Hedwig performance, so it sounded like he was just beginning to share it with all of you. Have you had a chance to see it yet?I have! But David's idea of a "rough cut" is pretty damn incredible. The only thing was there were still a couple of green-screen shots [that needed to be filled in], but I didn't notice anything, to my eye. To me, it looked great. »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Chelsea Lately’s Insanely Star-Studded Good-bye Sing-along

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After seven years on E!, last night was the final episode of Chelsea Lately. It was less a bittersweet affair than a celebration, as Chelsea Handler hasn't been shy about how much she wanted to leave the network. The big climax was an especially star-studded sing-along to a parody of "We Are the World." Sandra BullockJennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, 50 Cent, Vanessa Hugdens, FergieAvril Lavigne, Gerard ButlerKate Beckinsale, Tim Gunn, Justin TherouxMelissa McCarthy, Allison JanneyJoel McHale, and like a zillion other people were there. Now if she can only have all these people show up to every episode of her Netflix show, we predict it will be a raging success. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Pretty Little Liars Summer Finale Recap: Killer Queen

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Emmy loser Rust Cohle says time is a flat circle, and perhaps nothing has illustrated that point more clearly than last night’s Pll. For once, we were given an actual timeline of events, but our plot was still unmoored at best. It was Thanksgiving, no, wait, then it was 36 hours before Thanksgiving, and then it was Thanksgiving again, and at one point Mona referred to having already been accepted early decision to three colleges but still “needing to survive senior year.” So there we have it, readers: We are in fall, on the eve of winter, during the Liars’ senior year. Yet, as with all explanations on this drama, this answer only raises more questions: Didn’t Spencer already apply to Penn several seasons ago, but Cece stole her application and never sent it? Was that also … fall of senior year? And why is everyone outside decorating Emily’s house without coats on? »

- Jessica Goldstein

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The Colbert Report Changes Opening Credits Thanks to Gwen Stefani

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Remember on the Emmys when Gwen Stefani called The Colbert Report "The Colbort Report" and everyone loved it so? Stephen Colbert seemed to take delight in the gaffe as well. This continued into last night's show, where, as you can see below, the opening credits were altered and his name changed to "Colbore." (Besides the credits, the show was pre-taped last week, so he didn't address the gaffe directly.) Colbert, Colbore, Colbert, Colbore: Let's call the whole thing off.  »


- Jesse David Fox

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And Now, Snack-Shopping With Drake and Nicki

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If you actually care about backstory, then this date apparently happened on the set of Usher's "She Came to Give It You," which you can watch below. But really, let's focus: Here is a one-minute video of Drake and Nicki Minaj shopping for snacks. "You want the Nutella dip sticks? What you want? I'm splurging today." Perfect.Here's that Usher video: »


- Amanda Dobbins

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Malcolm Gladwell Is Writing a TV Medical Drama

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Fox has ordered a put pilot of The Cure, co-written by famed pop science writer Malcolm Gladwell. Per Deadline, The Cure is a medical thriller starring “a young, impulsive African-American neurologist who decides to take the law into her own hands" while fighting against a deadly disease. While Gladwell's last TV script — for the HBO Cold War drama The Missionary — never made it past pilot stage, hopefully they'll give this one the requisite 10,000 hours to hit its stride. »


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New York Times Reporter Penning Robin Williams Biography

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New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff is working on a biography of Robin Williams, Entertainment Weekly reported today. Itzkoff has written about Williams in the Grey Lady a number of times over the years, including this 2009 profile, which caught up with Williams shortly after he had heart surgery. “Robin Williams was a cultural hero of mine, and in the encounters and interactions I was able to share with him, he was always gentle and generous, humane and thoughtful and hilarious,” said Itzkoff in a press release today. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to tell his story.” »


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HBO in Talks for a Shutter Island Series

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Deadline reports that HBO is working on a Shutter Island prequel series called Ashecliffe, with a pilot episode directed by film helmer (and friend of HBO) Martin Scorsese, and a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the original novel as well as the film. The series would take place at the mental hospital featured in the film, and explore the hospital's troubled past and the disturbing tactics used by its founders. So, basically, American Horror Story: Asylum, but with more Rolling Stones songs? Great! »


- Anna Silman

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Miley’s Vma Date Is Wanted by Oregon Police

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As expected, we are quickly learning more about Miley Cyrus's homeless Vma date, Jesse Helt, with the news breaking today that there is a warrant out for his arrest in the state of Oregon. According to the AP, Helt was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and burglary back in 2010, when he was 18, after breaking into the apartment of a man who he believed to have sold him bad marijuana. The arrest warrant was issued after he violated his probation in November 2011. A sheriff from Polk County, Oregon, said that he visited the home of Helt's mother in Salem on Tuesday and is looking for him, while his mother told reporters on Monday that Cyrus had given Helt some money to fly home for a visit soon. Cyrus, for her part, was frustrated by the media's decision to zone in on Helt's legal troubles, tweeting today: »


- Anna Silman

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Meet the Actor Who Played the Bearded Mystery Man in the True Blood Series Finale

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The following interview contains many spoilers about the True Blood series finale. Proceed with caution — or come back after you’ve gotten around to watching the episode. Who was that man sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner next to a pregnant Sookie Stackhouse in the series finale of True Blood? All we know is that he has a beard and seems to be making our favorite telepathic waitresses happy, so we’ve taken to calling him Mr. Faceless Beard Guy and Mr. Sookie Stackhouse. Showrunner Brian Buckner told reporters yesterday that the character was intended to be an everyman whose identity was irrelevant; he also said that, to cast the role, they chose “the man with the best arms from our stunt crew.” It turns out that those anonymous arms belong to actor/stunt performer Timothy Eulich, and Vulture tracked him down for a quick chat about getting the gig and »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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3 Days of Emmy Parties: A Behind-the-Scenes Timeline

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As with every year, we are closing out our Emmys coverage will a behind-the-scenes pre- and post-party timeline. So many flies, so many walls. See you in this space in 2015! Saturday, August 23: Pre-parties hosted by BAFTA, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety and Women in Film 3:15 p.m. Standing on the patio at the Beverly Hills Sls hotel for the BAFTA TV Tea is Chris O'Dowd. He feels way overdressed. “I feel dapper," he says. "And it’s hard to feel dapper amongst Brits, because they’re the most dapper people on Earth." Is he excited to go to Monday night's award ceremony? "I’m not even going to the Emmys this year. I live around the corner; I thought I’d come over. Fuck it, why not?"4:35 p.m. Fargo’s Noah Hawley, who will go on to win an Emmy Monday night, offers some tidbits on season two of the FX drama. »


- Diane Gordon,Denise Martin,Valentina I. Valentini

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Next Big Thing Jack O’Connell on Nude Scenes, Starred Up, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

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If you recognize Jack O'Connell as the rascally Cook from the British series Skins, then congratulations: You got in on the ground floor, because soon enough, everybody's going to be asking who the 24-year-old actor is. The cornerstone of O'Connell's rising Hollywood profile will come this Christmas when he stars in the highly anticipated WWII drama Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, but in the meantime, you can check him out in this week's gritty British prison drama Starred Up, which makes good use of O'Connell's bravado and tightly coiled intensity. (Two traits he shares with Jolie, in addition to their plentiful tattoos.) Last week, the English actor rang up Vulture to talk about how far he's willing to go onscreen.A lot of actors would have been nervous to get as naked as you do in Starred Up — both emotionally and physically.It's potentially scary, but in this film, the »


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Broad City Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: Bug Bomb

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There’s such a strong working-class vibe to this show; it’s not explicit, but it’s a fundamental part of understanding some of the decisions Abbi and Ilana make. If the characters on Girls had to leave their apartments to set off a bug bomb, there would be a two-day bacchanal instead of failed jokes about the Holocaust and a series of Lemony Snicket–style unfortunate events.Wouldn’t this building-wide bug bomb have been the perfect time for Abbi and Jeremy to spend a couple of days together? I know Abbi isn’t that smooth, but if she were just a skosh more confident she probably could have worked the situation into a shared hotel room at the very least. She’s going to spend the weekend at Ilana’s instead who, after a brief trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond (excellent callback), realizes she’s forgotten her »

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39 Classical Music and Dance Performances to See This Fall

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Hopefully you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for, by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at fall classical music and dance performances: September (Classical): 9/4Maya Beiser(Le) Poisson RougeThe fierce cellist plays “uncovers”—total reimaginings of classic-rock songs by the likes of Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and more—arranged by Bang on a Can’s Evan Ziporyn. 9/16New York PhilharmonicSee nyphil.org for details, Avery Fisher HallThe season kicks off with a concert tribute to Italian cinema featuring Renée Fleming and Josh Groban. Also up this fall: The “Art of the Score” series continues with an exploration of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts The Firebird; enthralling violinists Lisa Batiashvili and Hilary Hahn play Brahms and Korngold, respectively; and a series »


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27 Must-See Art Exhibits Opening This Fall

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Hopefully, you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at fall art exhibitions and installations. September 9/1 “Post-Speculation” Through 11/8, P! A two-act show: first, the howdoyousayyamin-african? collective occupies the gallery; then new artists install another show building on the remains of the first. 9/4 Nick Cave Through 10/11, Jack Shainman In “Made by Whites for Whites,” Cave collects racist kitsch and tries to recycle the racism out; in “Rescues,” he places found dog sculptures on lavish furniture. 9/5 Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Pierre Molinier Through 10/12, Invisible-Exports The industrial-music-maker shows photo-heavy eroticism, matched nicely with the mid-century Surrealist’s self-portraits in drag. 9/7 EAF14 Through 3/29, Socrates Sculpture Park The annual Emerging Artist Fellowship show, displayed by the East »


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71 Plays Premiering This Fall

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Hopefully, you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at fall theater. September 9/4 Red Eye of Love Dicapo Opera Theatre Arnold Weinstein’s musical is based on his 1961 play about idealism in Depression New York, with sets by Robert “love” Indiana. The Money Shot Lucille Lortel Theater Neil Labute sets his sights on desperate Hollywood players. This can’t end well. With Callie Thorne and Frederick Weller. Waiting for Godot (Vartn af Godot) Barrow Street Theatre Beckett in Yiddish! The Wayside Motor Inn Signature Theatre A.R. Gurney’s Signature residency begins with this funny, poignant look at the fragility of the American Dream. 9/5 Bastards of Strindberg Lion Theatre Four new short plays inspired by Strindberg’s Miss Julie via »


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39 Albums to Get Excited About This Fall

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Hopefully, you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at fall music. September 9/2 Blonde Redhead, Barragán If early single “No More Honey” is any indication, this downtown trio’s first album in four years continues their move away from their more jagged earlier material toward a fuller, dreamier aesthetic. Nick Carter and Jordan Knight, Nick & Knight The cute one from the Backstreet Boys and the bad boy from New Kids on the Block trade smoldering stares—and sweet, sweet melodies. Counting Crows, Somewhere Under Wonderland Yes, these ’90s holdouts are still pumping out earwormy tunes as catchy as “Mr. Jones.” Jeezy, Seen It All Young no more, Jeezy claims elder statesrapper status and the nickname 10 Chainz on the »


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