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Here Is Vin Diesel Singing Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

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America's Sweetheart contender Vin Diesel is making the press rounds this week, repeating "I am Groot" for every late-night talk show, and if you're lucky (and happen to have a karaoke machine?), he'll even perform your favorite song. Take Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," which Vin could easily slay with a bit more practice, although this is a very good start. See you on VinBook for the final version, yes? »


- Lindsey Weber

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Where to Stream TV Shows About British Women Getting It Done

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Some people like lawyer shows. Some people like teen dramas. Some like sci-fi series. And some of us have a particular soft spot for a genre I'm going to call British Women Getting It Done. Luckily, many of these shows are available to stream! To qualify for the Bwgid classification, a show must primarily be about a woman or group of women; those women must be British; and they must get something done. There are many shows that did not make this list that still include Bwgid, but said women are not the show's primary focus, and thus these shows do not qualify. Shows with British actresses playing non-British characters did not meet the criteria, nor did shows about non-British characters living in England. I also omitted "classics" like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, because people know what those are about. The number of episodes mentioned is the number »


- Margaret Lyons

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Guillermo del Toro on Movie Makeup Artist Dick Smith, His Friend and Mentor

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This morning news broke of the death of Rick Smith, the famed makeup artist behind The Exorcist, Little Big Man, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Amadeus. We spoke to director Guillermo del Toro, a close friend and colleague of Smith's, and condensed and edited his comments into this as-told-to piece. Without Dick Smith, I would not be making movies. He was my mentor. The first time I came into contact with him was as a child. When The Exorcist came out, I bought his makeup kit (below) in a toy store. It came with gelatin and molds and colors, and I did my own makeup effects at a very young age. It wasn’t until later that I actually wrote to Dick, explaining to him how much I needed to take his makeup-effects course because no one in Mexico was going to help me do effects for my first feature, »


- Gilbert Cruz

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Sharknado 2 Ratings Jump 3.9 Million Shark Fans

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Syfy’s Sharknado sequel scored great (white) ratings on Wednesday, with 3.9 million viewers catching the premiere showing of the implausible comedy-action movie. The audience for Sharknado 2: The Second One (yes, that really was the title) was 183 percent bigger than the original, which drew a gazillion tweets but a relatively modest 1.4 million viewers in its initial telecast last July. Part deux did particularly well among the demographically desirable group of viewers under 50, scoring a 1.3 rating — tripling the meager 0.4 rating for the first movie. That demo rating was higher than the tune-in for last night’s episode of CBS’ Halle Berry drama Extant or Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Not surprising, Sharknado 2 was huge on Twitter: Syfy estimates the movie generated 1 billion impressions on the social-media network (although it didn’t say how it will make any money off of said impressions).While we told you »


- Josef Adalian

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2014 TV Premiere Dates: A Handy Guide to What’s On This August and Beyond

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So much has already happened this year on television — Broad City! True Detective! Orange Is the New Black! Sharknado 2: The Second One! — that it can be hard to fathom that a whole bunch of other amazing stuff is still on the horizon. More old shows return! More ongoing shows resume! More news about events requiring exclamation points to convey properly! It’s a TV bonanza, as you’ll see with this handy calendar Vulture has put together and will continually update that gives you intel on significant upcoming premieres, season finales, and other tube-ular events. As always, television is fickle and these dates could change, but for now, this is what the 2014 TV calendar looks like this August and beyond.Friday, August 1The Killing season-four premiere, 3:01 a.m. Et, NetflixDavid Bowie: Five Years documentary, 9 p.m., Showtime Saturday, August 2 Hell on Wheels season-four premiere, 9 p.m., AMC Sunday, »


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Comics Legend Brian Michael Bendis on Guardians of the Galaxy, Sexism, and Making a Nonwhite Spider-Man

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This interview originally ran on May 1, 2014. We are republishing it now in time for this weekend's Guardians of the Galaxy. With the possible exception of Stan Lee, no writer has thought about Spider-Man more than Brian Michael Bendis. The 46-year-old Marvel Comics scribe has penned hundreds of issues’ worth of stories about the web-slinger since launching the ongoing series Ultimate Spider-Man in October of 2000. That title just hit 200 issues, each of which was written by Bendis. In the meantime, he’s also featured Spidey in his decade-long run as writer of multiple Avengers series, as well as in several Marvel-wide crossover events. As you might infer, Bendis’s influence extends far beyond Spider-Man. He currently writes six monthly series, sits on a creative committee that offers consultation to the filmmakers behind the Marvel cinematic universe, and just got back from a company retreat where he helped the company »


- Abraham Riesman

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The Time Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, Viola Davis, and Shonda Rhimes Just Hung Out and Talked

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It’s not uncommon for networks to drop producer names into marketing: For a few years back in the early aughts, every other CBS promo seemed to contain the words “From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer!” But ABC is taking thing up a notch with the marketing for its new Thursday night lineup, putting superstar showrunner Shonda Rhimes front and center in a new web video touting the three-hour block of Rhimes-produced series (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and newbie How to Get Away with Murder). The promo features three of Rhimes’s leading actors — Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, and Viola Davis — peppering the producer with questions about what’s ahead on their respective shows (“I cannot tell you anything,” Rhimes responds, totally in character) while also collectively gushing about how awesome it will be to have all three shows together on one night. Finally, there’s an attempt by ABC to »


- Josef Adalian

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The Into the Woods Trailer Is Finally Here

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Here's the first trailer for Into the Woods! There isn't a single moment of singing, so don't get your Sondheim hopes up too high, but at least one can get a sense for the visual style of the movie. (Think Once Upon a Time, only dustier.) Disney's being coy about revealing Johnny Depp's Wolf costume, perhaps because in the original Broadway production, the Wolf has a borderline-disturbing jangly dong. That will probably not be in the movie, but who knows. Maybe Rob Marshall will surprise us.And as a bonus, we present to you this Meryl Streep Gif. Use it wisely. »


- Margaret Lyons

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Lorde Is Curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack

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Here's a good idea: Lorde is curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack. (She's also written the soundtrack's first single.) To prove that she's the perfect teen for the job, she wrote about the entire thing on her Tumblr: "... to be at the helm of a project like this is easily the most responsibility i’ve ever had, and to me, that says something kind of amazing about the way the world is changing - a globally successful film franchise is allowing a teenager to run their shit. we are opening doors, we are moving walls. this makes me so insanely happy." She did a dark(er) cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for the Catching Fire soundtrack: »


- Lindsey Weber

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All of the Cameos in Sharknado 2: The Second One

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There were so many overtly stupid things you could call out from last night's Sharknado sequel, Sharnado 2: The Second One. But youv'e got to hand it to the creators for making a somewhat-watchable parody sequel to a film that was a parody in the first place — ooh, levels! One of the ways Sharknado 2 stayed decent was by constantly surprising you with a stream of cameos. From Airplane!'s Robert Hays to Subway's Jared Fogel, Sharknado ran the lowbrow gamut. Here's who we caught (and whether or not they lived):Kelly Osbourne Status: She knew it was coming. Robert Hays from Airplane! ... And Rachel True from The Craft Status: Both dead. Star Trek: The Next Generation child star Wil Wheaton Status: R.I.P. Comedian and famous Twitterer Kelly Oxford Status: Yes. She died. Andy Dick Status: Alive and incompetent. The Naked Cowboy Status: Not in the movie long enough to die, »


- Lindsey Weber

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What’s New on Netflix Streaming: August 2014

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At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these were added halfway through or near the end of July, but we're going to include them in this roundup anyway since you may have missed them. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.The Killing (Season 4)Netflix's decision to pick up the final season of AMC's murder-mystery procedural was a head-scratcher. Season three was a miracle for fans, the product of post-cancellation resurrection. When AMC delivered a true death blow last year, The Killing was underwatched and critically divisive. And yet, here we are, six Netflix-exclusive episodes that put Linden (Mireille Enos »


- Matt Patches

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Warren G Finally Reads President Warren G. Harding’s Sexy, Sexy Love Letters

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A couple weeks ago on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver read a few of the recently released sex notes that President Warren G. Harding wrote to his mistress. If that wasn't hot enough, last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live got Warren G to read them. The video is funny and sexy as hell, and it makes you picture President Warren G. Harding chilling in the sky with Nate Dogg, smoking all of Heaven's best weed. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Here Is the Absolute Stupidest Moment in Sharknado 2: The Second One

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Sharknado 2: The Second One is a masterpiece of stupidity, set in a world so illogical that the most logical thing about it is a nearly unrecognizable Billy Ray Cyrus playing a doctor. But even with all the befuddling D-list celebrity cameos, airborne sharks, and bomb-dispatched ’nados, one moment rises from the chum bucket to claim the award for superlative brainlessness: the scene in which Tara Reid’s April Wexler signs a copy of her book, How to Survive a Sharknado. There probably are a million reasons why it’s the dumbest four seconds in the history of made-for-tv movies, or at least Sharknado 2: The Second One, but after the Gif, let’s get into the six we care about the most. 1. It is unintentionally stupid.The Sharknado franchise, as with most Syfy Original Movies, revels in intentionally imbecilic lines and plot developments, and a good percentage (77 percent?) of »


- John Sellers

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The Best (and Only) Cover of the Arthur Theme Song You’ll Hear All Day

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Chance the Rapper, besides being one of the hottest up-and-coming rappers, is also pretty young and kind of a weirdo. The result of the latter two facts is his newest single, "Wonderful Everyday: Arthur." Yep, it's a cover of the theme song of the Canadian/American cartoon about a young boy-aardvark. (It's mostly Chance singing, so we also suggest you hear his rapping-rapping if you haven't before.) The result is a strange joy. To add in the strangeness and joyfulness, Wyclef Jean and Jessie Ware contribute vocals. Will it singlehandedly result in Hollywood fast-tracking an Arthur movie? Let's say yes.  »


- Jesse David Fox

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James Franco Tried to Get Stephen Colbert to Break Character; It Didn’t Work

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It can be argued that James Franco is never more likable than he is on The Colbert Report. Last night was no exception. The best part came at the end of his interview, when Franco asked Colbert about his upcoming move to The Late Show. However, Colbert the character isn't the one moving. Colbert's response is just another example of why we'll miss Colbert the character so much. »


- Jesse David Fox

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The Very Fun Guardians of the Galaxy Is the Class Clown of the Marvel Universe

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The most touching thing in Guardians of the Galaxy is its very first opening scene, set in 1988. A young boy, inseparable from his Walkman, watches his mother die of cancer and then runs, in tears, out onto a field, where he’s promptly abducted by a spaceship. The scene positions this entire sci-fi spectacle as a wish-fulfillment fantasy, anchoring its derring-do and frivolity in grief. We read and watch stuff like this to get away, it tells us. So come away with us. Of course, this is just another variation on the old Spielbergian motif of the broken child saved by wonder, but it still works. It’s also an artful dodge, because while this very enjoyable film does return briefly to this scene later on, it mostly avoids anything approaching this level of poignancy for the rest of its running time.That young boy, 26 years later, has grown up »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Dick Smith, Makeup Artist on The Godfather and The Exorcist, Dead at 92

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He turned Marlon Brando into the bulldog-jowled Vito Corleone for The Godfather, Dustin Hoffman into a 121-year-old for Little Big Man, and Linda Blair into a profane, cracked-faced, demon-possessed teen in The Exorcist. In 1985, along with Paul LeBlanc, he won a best makeup Oscar for his work on Amadeus, in which he aged F. Murray Abraham's Salieri. Dick Smith was one of the great Hollywood makeup men, and he has died at the age of 92, according to protégé Rick Baker. Below we've embedded a 13-minute video in which Smith talks about his work on The Exorcist, including his construction of the dummy whose head-turning capability resulted in one of the most famous images in American movies, as well a detailed two-part look at his process. »


- Gilbert Cruz

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Jenny Slate to Guest Star on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Jenny Slate, Andy Samberg's former SNL colleague and star of summer indie hit Obvious Child, will appear on the season premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine airing September 28. She'll play Bianca, a "street-smart mob mistress" who could be the clue to solving Jake's undercover case. Lest we forget, the last time Slate had a guest spot on a show co-created by Michael Schur (Parks and Rec) she introduced the world to Mona Lisa Saperstein, so we're pretty excited to see what sort of mayhem she brings with her this time. And, okay, a little nervous. Nervous and excited, we guess? »


- Anna Silman

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Janelle Monae Throws a Sorority Party in the ‘Electric Lady’ Video

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Today, Janelle Monae released the video for her song "Electric Lady," the fourth single off last year's album The Electric Lady. The video features Monae as a sorority girl at one of the swankiest Greek-life parties we've ever seen, complete with towers of cupcakes, a marching band, and some sort of video-conference center featuring celeb pals — including Kimbra, Estelle, and T-Boz — on screens that we assume are provided by Samsung (there is a lot of Samsung product placement in this video). Anyway, it all looks way more fun than playing beer-pong and drinking out of a funnel. »

- Anna Silman

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Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson

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After playing Muhammad Ali's corner man in Ali, Jamie Foxx is putting on some gloves of his own. Variety announced today that Foxx will play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic written by Terence Winter. While HBO made a TV movie about Tyson in 2005 (as well as bringing his one-man show to the screen in 2013), this will be the first attempt to make his life into a feature film. It's not clear what part of his life the movie will focus on — his rise to heavyweight champion? His troubles with the law? The ear-biting incident? The tiger-rearing? His cameo in The Hangover? — but it's safe to say there's plenty of material to work with. »


- Anna Silman

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