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Jian Ghomeshi Drops $55 Million Lawsuit Against CBC

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Canadian media personality Jian Ghomeshi — who is facing a slew of sexual-abuse allegations — has dropped the $55 million lawsuit he and his lawyers filed last month against the CBC, the Toronto Star reports. "The parties have reached a settlement," said CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson. Ghomeshi will have to pay $18,000 in legal costs to the broadcaster, and the rest of his exit will be dealt with internally, as part of a "unionized grievance process." Thompson, via CBC, added that Ghomeshi will be "getting nothing."The former Q host's lawyers filed the suit after the CBC fired him in October. Ghomeshi claimed the CBC had acted "in bad faith," and elaborated on Facebook that his ouster stemmed from "the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursed by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer." The dismissal, according »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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See Jennifer Aniston Go Full Theron in the Trailer for Cake

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Cake is not a Doors-style docudrama about the deadpan rock band — instead, it's a dramedy about a snarky chronic-pain sufferer, starring a de-glammed Jennifer Aniston. They're calling it Aniston's Monster, but judging from this trailer, it's got so much more: Anna Kendrick as a ghost! Sam Worthington as a normal human! Filliam H. Muffman, reunited onscreen! There is at least one alternate timeline where this film wins all the Oscars. »


- Nate Jones

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Kidman, Witherspoon Team for TV Miniseries

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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will co-star in a David E. Kelley miniseries, Deadline reports. Go ahead and wrap your noggin around that one, because wow. Big Little Lies, based on Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name, follows three women whose children are in the same kindergarten class; somehow, the trivia night at their beach-town elementary school ends in a riot in which one parent dies under suspicious circumstances. Kidman and Witherspoon, whose production companies optioned the book over the summer, will star and produce, with Kelley writing the adaptation. There's no network attached yet, but that can't be true for long. Murder and beach towns and Oscar winners? The Emmy campaign is somehow already under way. »


- Margaret Lyons

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Jennifer Lawrence Lived Out Her Real Housewives Fantasy

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"I do love my Real Housewives," Jennifer Lawrence once told Vanity Fair. "New York Housewives — and Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and Atlanta Housewives. I mean, I love them all, but Miami — oh, my God! Miami is really special." And boy, did she mean it. Enough to visit the Lisa Vanderpump–owned restaurant Pump with her BFFs and re-create the opening sequence to Housewives spinoff Vanderpump Rules:Pretty spot-on. Here's the actual Vanderpump Rules intro: And, duh, she met Giggy. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Birdman, Selma Lead Independent Spirit Nominations

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Though the Independent Spirit Awards don't air until the night before the Oscars, they're among the earliest nominations announced every awards season. So early, in fact, that they were announced today! Only films made for less than $20 million were eligible, which means that potential Oscar heavyweights like The Theory of EverythingInherent Vice, and Foxcatcher were unable to compete (though Inherent Vice and Foxcatcher were awarded the Robert Altman Award and the Special Distinction Award, respectively). Strangely, The Imitation Game was reportedly eligible but was shut out anyway. No worries — that just leaves more room for Birdman, Boyhood, and Selma to clean up, as well as well-deserved shout-outs for Obvious Child and Dear White People. André 3000 even got a nod! Best FEATUREBirdmanBoyhoodLove Is StrangeSelmaWhiplash Best DIRECTORAlejandro González Iñárritu, BirdmanRichard Linklater, BoyhoodAva Duvernay, SelmaDavid Zellner, Kumiko, the Treasure HunterDamien Chazelle, Whiplash Best Female LEADRinko Kikuchi, Kumiko, the Treasure HunterJenny Slate, »


- Nate Jones

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11 Best New Songs of the Week

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Every week, members of the Vulture staff will highlight their favorite new songs. They might be loud, quiet, long, short, dance-y, rawkin', hip, square, rap, punk, jazz, some sort of jazz-punk-rap fusion — whatever works for the given person in that given week. Read our picks below and please tell us yours in the comments. (Also, read music critic Lindsay Zoladz's piece about how One Direction and Nick Jonas are changing the rules about how boy bands grow up and her review of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition.)Will Butler, "Take My Side" If I had to guess what sort of music Will Butler would make after working on something like the Her score and spending a decade as the little brother in Arcade Fire, this is exactly what it would be: spastic-y, White Stripes–like rock 'n' roll. —Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox)  Hannah Diamond, "Every Night" Oooh, this one’s perfect for »


- Vulture Editors

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Joni Mitchell Shoots Down Taylor Swift–Starring Biopic and Taylor Swift

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You won't see Taylor Swift's version of "River," it turns out. Although she previously expressed interest in playing singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell in the planned adaptation of Girls Like Us, Mitchell tells The Sunday Times that this will not, in fact, be the case: "I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.'" Mitchell also said of the source material, written by Sheila Weller, "It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books, assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions." Guess "The Lucky One" was just a big waste of time then, wasn't it? »


- Lindsey Weber

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Mark My Words: Pitbull Will Be President Someday

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Picture the scene: On January 20, 2037, Armando Pérez is being sworn in as the 48th president of the United States, with his wife, Amethyst Amelia Pérez, by his side. His three-piece suit is impeccably tailored, and his bald head shines as bright as the day he was born, but in a break with tradition, Pérez does not remove his aviators for the occasion. As Chief Justice Clinton reads the oath of office, the president-elect follows along: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States ... Dalé." The swift political rise of the man once known to the world as Pitbull — chart-topping rapper to charter-school magnate to congressman to senator to president — may come as a surprise to the political reporters »


- Nate Jones

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Swizz Beatz Wants to Change the Art World

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Next week, the rapper and record producer Swizz Beatz will put another part of his life on display, as an art collector and curator at Scope Miami. A selection of emerging artists from his Dean Collection (his real name is Kasseem Dean) will be on display, and he’ll also be throwing the artist Swoon a birthday party at a $40 million renovated Miami Beach mansion. It’s a sample of his dedication to art world. “People have this perception of me that because I come from music, they think I am just some famous person who now wants to do art,” he says. “But I bleed this for real.” He and his wife Alicia Keys own a home in New Jersey that he’s nicknamed Eight Acres of Showtime, with works by Ernie Barnes, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol. He paints there, too, but for now he’s »


- Matthew Giles

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Meet London’s Subway Gallerist

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I paid a visit to gallery situated in a 1960s-era kiosk under London’s Marylebone Flyover, in a subway station run by a vintage Westernwear-wearing cowboy, artist, and gallerist personifying British eccentricity at its best — except for the fact that he hails from Canada. His name is Robert Gordon McHarg III Frsa (Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts, whatever that means). Encounters like this partly account for the difficulty I have reading fiction. For eight years, he’s staged more than 80 exhibits ranging from a rock ephemera library — he’s Clash-obsessed, in particular with Joe Strummer (who died in 2002) — to an upcoming Western-themed vintage clothing pop-up.It boggles the mind how he lives like mole people, bands of homeless that exist year-round under cities in disused train networks, only he’s a party of one, a (very) lone cowboy. In the immediate area outside his transparent pod, the walls »


- Kenny Schachter

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3 of the New Songs on Beyoncé: Platinum Edition Are Great

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Last Friday, when Beyoncé released the brilliantly unpolished video for her new song “7/11,” I was working on putting together my Best Albums of 2014 list. Which is to say that “7/11” — and really, the entire Beyoncé: Platinum Edition, released yesterday — felt like a well-timed taunt, a sly reminder that, for me, at least, no record released this year came close to the game-changing visual album Beyoncé dropped at the tail end of 2013. Beyoncé’s mid-December release date was most likely an attempt to capitalize on the holiday sales bump, but as a bonus, it also confounded music critics who by December 12 thought they had their year-end lists tied up with a neat little bow. Some squeezed it onto their lists last year, but the album was still fresh enough that these rankings didn’t feel definitive. All the better. Beyoncé is meant to hover somewhere above the pageantry of the year-end list. »

- Lindsay Zoladz

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CNBC Actually Has a Great Show, The Profit, and You Should Watch It

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I fell hard for Tabatha's Salon Takeover a few years ago, in which an efficient blonde lady visits filthy, debt-plagued salons and admonishes their owners for being such trash humans. I enjoyed Tabatha Takes Over, which expanded the admonishment beyond salon owners. I prefer the British version of Kitchen Nightmares, but the American one works, too, especially when the American chefs look infuriated, rather than chastised, as Gordon Ramsey aggressively berates them and calls their food dog shit. I like hearing the insane amounts of debt people are in because it makes me feel better about my finances, and I like seeing how dirty people's workplaces are because it makes me feel better about my housekeeping. Plus, I learn a little something about how to stir risotto. But those shows always make me a little sad, too, because the hosts are so mean, and the businesses so derelict — are people »


- Margaret Lyons

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The Jurassic World Trailer’s 5 Callbacks to Jurassic Park

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Thank you, Michael Giacchino, for pulling our heartstrings with your slowed-down version of one of John Williams's memorable cues from Jurassic Park. (It's like this week's version of the sad version of "Crazy in Love" that Beyoncé did for the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.) But it's not the only way in which the Jurassic World trailer references the beloved first movie in this franchise:There's this! (Good to be back on Isla Nublar.) And this version of the Gallimimus run that Dr. Grant took with Tim and Lex. And amber-frozen mosquitoes, how we've missed you. (Dino DNA!) Here's Chris Pratt channeling Muldoon's Costa Rican island fashion. Who doesn't love flares? And here's a shout-out/middle finger to Jaws/Jurassic Park director and Jurassic World executive producer Steven Spielberg. Fuck yo' shark. This, though...this is a new one. »


- Gilbert Cruz

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The First Trailer for Pan, That New Peter Pan Movie Where Hugh Jackman Looks Silly

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Here is the first trailer for Pan. No, it's not a Pixar short about an anthropomorphized pan who grows up an outsider in his pan community but eventually leaves the kitchen to save the house, only to return back to the kitchen a changed pan. It's Peter Pan's origin story. If he only knew that one day the actress from Girls would play him on TV so the internet could have something to tweet about for a night. »

- Jesse David Fox

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How The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 Betrayed Team Gale

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“He's generous. He also really, really loves Katniss, despite her indifference, and he talks about it constantly,” wrote Amanda Dobbins last year in a passionate defense of Team Gale, arguing that if Katniss “never had to go through the most horrible experience of her life,” the choice would've been clear. But that's not the (fake) reality. Katniss has two Hunger Games behind her and has become very attached to her partner in battle, Peeta, so Gale continues to get the shaft. Gale ends up heartbroken in both book and film, but Mockingjay — Part 1 wraps up the fight for Katniss’s affections way before the book. You may have entered the movie theater looking for exciting battles, but I came for a potent love triangle, and I left disappointed.Let’s start by distinguishing the two: Film Gale and Book Gale. Book Gale: tall, dark, handsome. Film Gale: Liam Hemsworth. Both »


- Lindsey Weber

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How Tom Sachs Reinvented the Tea Ceremony

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Seen learned how Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, the owner of Salon 94, was first introduced to the tea ceremony, an ancient Japanese tradition, and how she learned to appreciate it again this year — as a busy New Yorker with too much to do and too little time — through the eyes of Tom Sachs.  I first discovered the tea ceremony where one ought to: in Japan.  It was 1997, and I was visiting David Hammons during his residency in the city of Yamaguchi. Our host, an art dealer, was a lay practitioner, typical among women of her generation and status. I admired her transformation from patron to serene chief in command and noticed her highly formalized movements hidden beneath a kimono. For the next few (endless) hours, she led us through a series of controlled and learned steps, her body enacting a faint and ancient dance. As she served the thick, bitter green-tea, I sat »


- Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn

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Batman, One of the Last Great TV/DVD Holdouts, Finally Arrives. Was It Worth the Wait?

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From VHS to DVD to Blu-ray and (legal) downloads, there have been a few TV shows that never made it to home-video, though the numbers are steadily decreasing. This year, Twin Peaks finally made the leap. Wkrp in Cincinnati finally got most of its music rights cleared, so it recently found itself on DVD. But this month comes the white whale, the 1966–68 pop-culture phenomenon Batman. Delayed due to complex rights issues that pitted DC Comics parent company Warner Bros. against Twentieth Century Fox for decades, the series has now been brought out in all digital formats. (If you've desired a box set whose packaging plays the “na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na … Batman!” theme and includes a Hot Wheels Batmobile, your dreams have been answered.) But after decades of being a punch line and an embarrassment to graphic-novel fans tired of “Wham! Pow!” headlines, is Batman worth a look, especially for the uninitiated?What’s »


- Ivan Cohen

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You Need to See What Paul Rudd’s Hair Was Like in the ’80s

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Here's further proof that Paul Rudd is a time-traveling robot who hasn't aged a day since his teens. Last night, a Redditor named SmoothBread shared the below yearbook photo of Rudd from when he was at the University of Kansas in the '80s. Damn, not only is Rudd cool now, but look at all the nerds around him that he puts to shame with his bountiful mane. They didn't stand a chance against this ageless wizard. »


- Lindsey Weber

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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Biopic Is Back On

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Last week, it felt like all hope was lost for Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, with Sony abandoning the project. It appears Sony's trash is Universal's treasure. Well, it's a modestly budgeted treasure, as producers agreed to pay $30 million for the Danny Boyle–directed biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That might seems like a lot, but actually, it barely covers the mock turtlenecks. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Sleepy Hollow Recap: Join or Die

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Some of you have mentioned in comments over the course of this season that you like the patterned predictability of Sleepy Hollow (start with a joke; look through texts; determine this week’s threat to civilization; defeat it at last moment), and having given it some thought this week, I’m here to say that I do enjoy it as well; there’s fun in the show’s familiarity, although I’ll still maintain that smartly and surprisingly thwarting those tropes now and again would only be a good thing. So we got our usual faux-cryptic opening (“The question is, who am I?”), followed by a larger-than-normal amount of page-rifling research, until we got to this week’s task at hand: Retrieve a sword that can slay Moloch and prevent the apocalypse.This to-do item comes about after Katrina appears in a mirror in Corbin’s library to warn Crane that Moloch lives, »

- Rose Maura Lorre

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