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Pretty Little Liars Recap: Hold On, We’re Going Home

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Though our fair show is about liars, I must begin this season premiere recap with a truth: I do not totally understand what is happening here. I know, as your power ranker, it is technically my job to comprehend the show. But we have reached an impasse: this show is one hundred percent illogical. I am not entirely sure anything that transpired in Tuesday night’s episode made sense, like even a little sense, like, “oh, I guess if you look at it in this convoluted way, from a weird angle, and don’t ask too many questions, then it kind of makes…” sense. We are in a realm without reason, a city without seasons, of forever teenagers and their (Still) too-old-for-them love interests.Yet I will not let this lack of logic stand in the way of my enjoyment of this program. Just the opposite: I invite you to »

- Jessica Goldstein

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Bill Cosby, Lawyers Want to Block a Subpoena in Past Sex-Assault Case

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In the latest round of How to Get Bill Cosby into a Courtroom?, a subpoena was sent to a Philadelphia lawyer to blow the lid off confidential material from the comedian's Temple University-related lawsuit. The AP reports that Cosby's lawyers moved to block the subpoena Tuesday, arguing that court confidentiality agreements "should not be set aside lightly." The subpoena comes from Tamara Green and Co.'s camp; they claim documents from the Temple suit could help them mount their defamation counterattack. Defense lawyer George M. Gowen has reportedly asked the Temple suit's corresponding Pennsylvania court to wait for a judge to rule on Cosby's bid to quash the defamation case, and to challenge any material that would be unsealed. The motion was filed in Philadelphia federal court and awaits a decision. Cosby has not been criminally charged. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Theater Review: Is There a Victor in Jesse Eisenberg's The Spoils?

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His first line is “Namaste, motherfuckers,” and the fact that he says it as a kind of greeting to his Nepalese roommate and the roommate’s Indian-American girlfriend does not make him seem any less insensitive. In fact, insensitivity is the only brilliance of Ben, at least as played by the terrifying Jesse Eisenberg in his new play, The Spoils: He has raised smartass hipster-speak to the level of a diagnosable disease. Call it ulcerative sarcasm. Ben can hardly utter a word that isn’t insincere or hostile or, on the other hand, narcissistic and maudlin — and he utters about a million words a minute whenever he’s not stoned. Eventually, the nastiness turns in on itself, but until then he’s just another entitled twentysomething filmmaker manqué living off his rich father and thinking that makes him a misunderstood genius. He’s not; his filmmaking cred is as phony as his friendship with Kalyan, »


- Jesse Green

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Pixar Producers Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera on Why Inside Out Makes Us Cry

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Pixar wizard Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera appeared Saturday at the Vulture Festival to screen the studio's latest animated film, Inside Out. After the movie, the pair gave moderator David Edelstein a minute to wipe his eyes before discussing why it took five years to make the film, how co-star Mindy Kaling reacted when they pitched it to her, and their love of making audiences audiences cry. Watch the complete discussion below. »


- Claire Landsbaum

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Ed Sheeran Dragged Jay Z and Beyoncé to Midtown and Covered ‘Empire State of Mind’ for Them

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Ed Sheeran is, like, really famous, you guys. And this is just how famous he is: He told Jimmy Fallon that he hung out with Jay Z and Beyoncé on Sunday night, after they attended his show at Barclays Center. Since they were in our natural habitat, Vulture decided to go to Houndstooth Pub to investigate. It's a midtown establishment that has become Sheeran's go-to spot after Gary Lightbody, better known as the lead vocalist from Snow Patrol, took Sheeran there a couple of years ago, following their performance at Madison Square Garden. (Lightbody is one of the co-owners.) So, naturally, Sheeran was like, "Hey, Jay and Bey, I know this really cool bar in midtown we can go to," and they somehow didn't laugh in his face and were cool about it. (We imagine.)Vulture spoke with a bartender who works at Houndstooth, and he told us that Sheeran »


- E. Alex Jung

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12 Best New Songs of the Week

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Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. We do not discriminate; as long as the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best new tunes.Willis Earl Beal, “Flying So Low” "People had all these ideas about what I was supposed to be," Beal said in a statement with the release of the first single off his upcoming new album, Noctunes. "I had only ever wanted to make lullabies.” If you’ve heard Beal’s voice, this would instantly make sense. It’s warm and rich, like what gravy looks like on television. So, consider this a warning: don’t listen to this, unless you work at one of those places that have hammocks in the office. »


- Vulture Editors

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Clint Eastwood, 2009 Nostalgist, to Make ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Movie

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Does it seem weird that nobody's made a "Miracle on the Hudson" movie yet? What's the matter, does Paul Greengrass not want an Oscar? Fortunately, Clint Eastwood — the cuddly Paul Greengrass — is stepping in: Hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger announced today that Eastwood would be making a film about his life, adapted from Sullenberger's memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. There's no word on casting, though it should be mentioned that this very site recommended J.K. Simmons for the Sully role literally the day after the fateful plane crash. Can't you just hear it? "Sorry, geese, that's not quite my tempo." »


- Nate Jones

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James Franco Made a Poop-centric Version of Shia Labeouf’s ‘Just Do It’ Speech

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Recently, art weirdo Shia Labeouf partook in a series of videos for a bunch of Central Saint Martins students. They're all typically weird, but one of them is particularly mesmerizing. It involves Shia repeatedly shouting at the grads to "Just do it!" (He was talking about their dreams, not Nike.) The clip has since evolved into a meme that James Franco just couldn't help spoofing today, with a feces-inspired take on the motivational speech. For all the parents out there having trouble potty-training their kids: Show them this. »


- Dee Lockett

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The People Behind The Square Are Making a Documentary About the Sony Hacks

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (The Square) are working on a documentary about last winter's Sony hacking scandal. The film — which grew out of an earlier project Noujaim and Amer were planning about hacking — will reportedly put forth an alternate theory for the still-unresolved identity of the hackers. Perhaps they were not from North Korea, as the U.S. government has claimed, but people with an inside knowledge of Sony's systems? The specific allegations are unknown, and will remain so until the film is released or its details get leaked. Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the filmmakers don't believe North Korea was behind the Sony hacks. According to THR, their documentary will explore "alternative theories" behind the hacks, but we have no knowledge of the filmmakers' opinions on the matter. The piece also previously ended with a supposed »


- Nate Jones

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Shonda Rhimes Will Say Yes! to That Book Deal

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In December of 2013, Shonda Rhimes, who considers herself an introvert, took on a yearlong challenge to say "yes" to everything that came her way — party invitations, baby showers, running ABC (we're assuming) — and that experiment is now going to be a book. Simon & Schuster is publishing Rhimes's first book, Year of Yes, for November 2015. The result of that year, Rhimes said in a statement, was "a little insane, a lot terrifying and sometimes wildly embarrassing."  "So this is not a story I ever planned to share with anyone," she said. "However, once Simon & Schuster asked me, I had no choice — what else could I say but yes?” If you really wanted Rhimes to read your screenplay, you missed your window. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Jesse Eisenberg on His New Play The Spoils

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It's a busy summer for Jesse Eisenberg. June 2 marks the opening of The Spoils, the latest play he's written and is starring in, produced by the New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Theater. Eisenberg plays a spoiled, socially maladroit grad-school dropout with a striving, earnest Nepalese roommate whom he both hangs onto like a puppy and treats horribly — racistly, actually. (Thankfully much of the play is a dinner party full of crackling good dialogue among a talented cast of familiar 20- and 30-something urban types: the good-natured banker bro, the hardworking South Asian female doctor, the do-gooder teacher of underprivileged kids.) Plus, he's got two new movies coming out — and a book! Vulture talked with him about all of his new projects.So where did this new play come from?It started by me writing some dialogue between a more horrible version of myself and a more humorous version »


- Tim Murphy

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The Late Late Show’s James Corden on Why Being a Talk-Show Host Has Changed and How His Gig’s Going So Far

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If YouTube hits are the new Nielsen ratings for late-night programs, then The Late Late Show With James Corden is off to a pretty fast start. Barely two months after launching, CBS’s reinvention of its 12:35 a.m. talk show has already spawned 17 clips with over 1 million online views apiece (seven of which boast more than 5 million plays). While some smart guest-bookings have played a part in these viral victories — One Direction and Justin Bieber are guaranteed to draw online eyeballs — Corden’s new show has also generated big buzz with some seemingly simple ideas: Jason Alexander adapting George Constanza’s answering-machine message for Kat Dennings, or Katie Couric pulling a prank on her British-born host. But while Late Late Show is playing the viral-video game well, it hasn’t been completely obsessed with finding Big Moments. Instead, Corden, bandleader Reggie Watts, and exec producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe »


- Josef Adalian

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Iggy Azalea Clarifies Why She Canceled Her Tour

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Last week, Iggy Azalea inexplicably canceled her highly anticipated fall tour. And while no reason was given for the decision at the time, Azalea is now offering up an explanation for fans in Seventeen: "I’ve had a different creative change of heart. I want to start totally anew, and if I stayed on my tour, that would mean I wouldn’t even be able to start working on that until after Christmas. On top of that, mentally, to be honest with you, I just feel I deserve a break. I’ve been going non-stop for the past two years, nearly every single day. I’m not in a bad place. I think sometimes when you say you need a mental break, people are like, 'A mental break?' Be sure you don’t have a breakdown because you’re sad.' No, not necessarily. It’s very emotionally draining »


- Dee Lockett

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More Arrested Development Is Coming to Netflix in 2016

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Two months after Brian Grazer told "The B.S. Report" that Netflix had promised Arrested Development a fifth season, the veteran producer continued his odd promo strategy by going on another podcast to drop news about the return of the Bluths. "Netflix is determined to do more episodes, so we're going to do more episodes," Grazer told "The Adam Carolla Show" on Tuesday. The new season will reportedly start filming in January 2016 and premiere on Netflix sometime in early summer. Glazer hinted that some kind of crazy scheduling was needed to get everyone involved, but that's basically Netflix's M.O. at this point. Hopefully, between now and January, a one-armed man will show up to teach Grazer a lesson about green screens. »


- Nate Jones

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Chet Haze Just Doesn’t Get It About the N-Word

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Tom Hanks’s son Chet Hanks, the aspiring hip-hop artist who goes by Chet Haze, is in trouble. On his new song “Juice,” featuring the rapper Chill, Hanks repeatedly uses the N-word, and after being called out about it, he released a video defending his behavior. Here’s a snippet:Look, I know the majority of y’all are not gonna get this because the history is still so fresh in our country. But hip hop isn’t about race. It’s about the culture you identify with. And can’t no one tell me what I can’t say. Haze’s argument — I am what I say I am — is a common and convenient one, and it’s often made by people who don’t seem to understand that their ability to self-define is a privilege. Hanks, Haze — whatever he wants to be called — is the son of one of »


- Lauretta Charlton

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Lisa Kudrow Discusses the Dark Side of Reality TV, Ageism in Hollywood, and a Friends Reunion

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Lisa Kudrow dropped by the 2015 Vulture Festival on Sunday to talk with TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz about projects past and present. She touched on sexism and ageism in the entertainment world, her role in the 1997 cult classic Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, and how her HBO series The Comeback was partially inspired by the bleakness of reality TV. There was also time to reminisce about Friends and get her thoughts on the prospect of the cast reuniting onscreen. (Don't hold your breath, unless you want never to breathe again.) Watch the interview below: »


- Jack Holmes

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Rose Byrne’s Gigantic Spy Hair Was Supposed to Get Its Own Credit

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Rose Byrne has been doing scene-stealing work in a host of comedies over the past few years, so it's no surprise that she waltzes away with this week's Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy Spy, where she plays a snooty Bulgarian arms dealer. But Byrne doesn't do all the work by herself: She's aided and abetted by a focus-pulling tower of hair that's the butt of some of the film's best jokes."I kept saying Rayna — Rose’s character — should have really big, blown-out hair," director Paul Feig told us at last night's premiere. Feig had found his inspiration from the beauty shops of Budapest (where the film was shooting), but when Byrne emerged from a two-hour hair-and-makeup test one day sporting all of that vertiginous volume, even Feig didn't know what to make of it at first. "She’s got this elaborate Marie Antoinette–meets–Donald Trump kind of hair," he recalled. »


- Renata Sellitti

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Lady Gaga Made Her Dreams Come True by Singing ‘La Vie en Rose’ in a Pink Dress

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Lady Gaga took a brief moment from her life to make her dreams come true Sunday night. "It's up to you to make it happen," she told the audience at the Hollywood Bowl. "So I'd like to dedicate this song to my parents, who are here tonight, and to my sister Natali, because I said my dream was to sing my favorite song in a pink dress made by my sister." She then proceeds to sing the crap out of Edith Piaf's signature song, "La Vie en Rose." (Here's an abbreviated but better look at La Gaga.) You did Mama Piaf proud. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Diana Gabaldon on What We’ll See in Season Two of Outlander

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During a post-Outlander finale Q&A session at a Los Angeles Barnes & Noble Sunday, Diana Gabaldon, the author of the popular series, teased a few details about the upcoming second season and whether we can expect a third.When asked what she was looking forward to seeing translated from book to screen in season two: “I have actually already seen it — the scene in which Claire comes home from visiting her friend Louise and Jamie is horrified by what happened there. They did it very well.” She confirmed that book two will not be split into two seasons. She couldn’t confirm a premiere date for Outlander 2.0 but mentioned that she was hearing April 2016, and also put to rest rumors that the second book might be split into two seasons. “They will handle the whole book in one season. Don’t worry. They did a good job with it. »


- Carrie Bell

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A Timeline of How We Got to the Entourage Movie

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As it turns out, the ghastly ghoulies in the recent Poltergeist remake aren't the most terrifying things to come out of the TV and invade multiplexes this summer. That dubious honor goes to Entourage, the big-screen spinoff of HBO's most successful alpha-male bro-comedy (sorry, How to Make It in America), which arrives in theaters this Friday. It's been four years since Vince, Drama, Turtle, and E (don't forget E!) literally flew off into the premium-cable sunset, so the arrival of Entourage provokes almost as many questions as the final scene of The Sopranos did: Will Turtle become a successful restaurateur? Did Vince actually get married? Will He Make The Movie? Does Ari Gold still treat Lloyd like shit? Will Bobby Flay walk the Entourage red carpet? (Is Bobby still such a weird kisser?) Does Ari's wife actually have a first name? And again, Will Vinny Make The Movie Or Not? »


- Larry Fitzmaurice

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