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Possible Proof of Kanye West–Paul McCartney Collaboration Leaks

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Two days ago, a rumor got out that Kanye West and Paul McCartney were working on music together, with one song called “Piss on My Grave.” Today, an Instragram video has gotten out that seemingly confirms this. Though very, very, very brief, you can hear Kanye chanting “Piss on My Grave” over a real Yeezus-y beat. You can’t see or hear Paul McCartney, but, based on his previous collaborations, you can assume he’s probably just off putting on a ton of shaving cream. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Take Vulture’s Saved by the Bell Superfan Quiz

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Where were you 25 years ago today? Watching NBC? Witnessing history as Saved by the Bell debuted with its new name, new cast, and a slight resemblance to a Disney Channel show called Good Morning, Miss Bliss? Or maybe you weren’t even born yet. Either way, today is an anniversary worth celebrating, as TV’s best-ever sitcom for kids is finally old enough to rent a car. And there’s no better way to celebrate than taking this 50-question superfan quiz. »


- Adam K. Raymond

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Halt and Catch Fire’s Renewal Is a Prime Example of the New Network Patience

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AMC today announced it was ordering a second season of its PC-era origin-story drama Halt and Catch Fire, a decision that, for anyone who’d been tracking the show’s ratings, likely prompted a two-word response: Wait, what? As we noted a few weeks ago, the Nielsen numbers for Halt were relatively tiny for a top-ten cable network such as AMC. Even counting folks who time-shifted the show via DVR, Halt averaged a mere 1.3 million viewers over its first ten episodes, and a modest 0.5 rating among adults under 50. That’s far short of the audience levels for last summer’s quickly canceled Low Winter Sun (1.8 million) or this spring’s Turn (2 million), and not even in the same area code as AMC’s megahit The Walking Dead (around 14 million). What’s more, same-day viewership of Halt plunged during its run: After debuting with 1.2 million viewers, fewer than 600,000 caught this »


- Josef Adalian

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Video Is Not Pandering to the Male Gaze

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This morning, the internet took a needed break from arguing about Taylor Swift and moved on to chatting about Nicki Minaj’s predictably bonkers “Anaconda” video — which is to say, Minaj’s cunningly calculated plan for viral world domination is going exactly as planned. Ever since Minaj unveiled the single’s controversial cover art last month, she’s been doing everything in her power to help “Anaconda” become an unavoidable meme: She’s gleefully retweeted all the most popular Photoshop jobs (Marge Simpson in a thong! HannahConda!) and effectively stirred the pot when the conversation revealed a racial double standard. “Anaconda” isn’t one of her best singles, but you get the sense she’d be just as happy to see it top Billboard’s Trending 140 if not the Hot 100. Before she unveiled the long-awaited clip last night, she Instagrammed her pride at the fact that #AnacondaVideoAtMidnight was trending. (Triumphing over #TimeForATacoBell, »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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Very Famous People to Lend Their Voices to New Jungle Book Movie

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Yesterday, the news came out that Benedict Cumberbatch will be providing the voice of Shere Khan in the Andy Serkis–directed adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Today, the rest of the cast was announced and, boy, are two of these people famous. The Hollywood Reporter reports Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett will provide the voice of animals. No, Bale is not going to voice a bat, sillies. He’ll be Bagheera, a panther and the human protagonist Mowgli’s guide through all the jungle bookery. Cate Blanchett will voice Kaa, the python who in the Disney cartoon constantly tries and fails to eat Mowgli. Rohan Chand, who co-starred in Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, will voice Mowgli. Serkis will play Baloo. The cast will also include Naomie HarrisTom HollanderEddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan. It doesn’t look like anyone will play orangutan Louie, which is »


- Jesse David Fox

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The Metropolitan Opera Has Solved Its Labor Crisis, But There Are Still Rumblings in Valhalla

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The Met’s labor crisis is over; the spiritual crisis goes on. There’s a lot to be thankful for in the way contract negotiations unfolded. All through a treacherous summer, rehearsals never stopped. Costumes kept being fitted, lighting adjusted, blocking practiced, and props assembled. Stagehands continued the colossal task of figuring out how to jump between centuries and continents in a matter of hours. As a result of all this coordinated effort, chandeliers will rise and necklines will drop on opening night, just as they do every year. James Levine will conduct the National Anthem, and, as always, a few retired sopranos in the audience will holler through the 3,800-person choir — their annual opportunity to be heard at the Met.But while the company and its unions have agreed on a complicated package of cuts and perks that satisfies all sides — or, at any rate, dissatisfies them equitably — and »


- Justin Davidson

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Broad City Season One, Episode One Recap: Pubes on Parade

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Any show that starts with a Post-It-note-festooned dildo is aces in my book. Hi, I’m Danielle. I dropped out of my Ph.D. program to watch TV for a living (a sentence that never stops making my family very proud) and I recap a lot of shows for Vulture. If you Google me, I’m not the Olympic gold medalist — I’m the other one. Like most of you, I’ve already watched this entire season of Broad City, but we’re going to retroactively recap it in honor of Comedy Central recently making every single episode available for free.If this show is about best friends taking on the world with a twist, and the twist is that they are borderline depraved and do deeply disturbing things in their quest to live their best lives. Abbi is the ego to Ilana’s id; Abbi masturbates on a schedule, »


- Danielle Henderson

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Seth Meyers on Late Night, Hosting the Emmys, and Getting Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Write Jokes for Him

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Six months ago this Sunday, Seth Meyers started as the host of Late Night. Taking over for Jimmy Fallon, he purposefully sacrificed Fallon's viral bombast for a more minor comedy show. Instead of large-scale parodies and games, Meyers shares a story from his life, queues Fred Armisen up to just riff on something stupid for two minutes, and actually works at getting good interviews out of his guests. The result feels like a late-night show that could have worked as well 40 years ago as it does today. Vulture sat down with Meyers, who is also hosting the Emmys next Monday, to talk about his first half-year as a late night host, award shows, and Saturday Night Live.I was listening to your Nerdist podcast from a couple years back and you said your biggest fear was that whatever you did after Saturday Night Live would feel boring in comparison. So, »


- Jesse David Fox

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Emmys: Who Should Win in the Miniseries and Movie Races?

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The 66th Emmy Awards are next Monday and all this week Vulture has been breaking down the major categories. Forget trying to predict who will win, and let’s focus on the question that matters: Who should to win? Here are our picks in the comedy and drama races. Below: miniseries and movies.Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart Martin Freeman, Sherlock Colin Hanks, Fargo Jim Mantello, The Normal Heart Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart There's a reason The Normal Heart has four contenders in the men's supporting race alone: It's an actor's showcase. But one transformation was truly remarkable: Director Ryan Murphy shut down production so Matt Bomer could drop 40 pounds to play Felix, a closeted New York Times journalist who falls in love with activist Ned Weeks and later becomes infected with AIDS. Even without the »


- Margaret Lyons,Denise Martin

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I’m Still Obsessed With Lost. Is That Okay? 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. When September 22, 2014, hits, how should I feel? Because I've been obsessing over the same TV show (Lost) for ten years, and I don't know if that's good or bad. — LizzyYes, Lizzy, September 22 marks 10 years since Lost debuted. Obsessing over a TV show isn't on its own good or bad; if it's bringing you joy and a sense of belonging, then it's good! And if it's making you miserable and alienating you from things you once enjoyed, then it's bad. You're obviously not alone in your ongoing obsession, either »


- Margaret Lyons

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Margaret Atwood on MaddAddam, the HBO Adaptation, and Genetic Engineering

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With last year’s publication of MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood capped off a trilogy of speculative-fiction novels that is currently being adapted for HBO by Darren Aronosfsky. The paperback just came out and a new collection of her short stories arrives in September, giving Vulture no choice but to call up the Canadian author to discuss how she envisions the adaptation of the postapocalyptic world she created with 2003’s Oryx and Crake and continued into The Year of the Flood (2009) and MaddAddam. One of the many questions we had for her was: How will the nude, innocent, hybrid human race known as the Crakers — who have certain body parts genetically engineered to turn blue and who engage in group sex when they are in heat — translate to television? While Atwood didn’t have all the answers to our questions (yet), she was game to chat about the early stages of the HBO show, »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Premiere: The War on Drugs’ Gorgeous New Music Video for ‘Under the Pressure’

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Like much of the War on Drugs' music off their wonderful album Lost in the Dream, which came out earlier this year, "Under the Pressure" suggests a certain small-town expanse. To put it another way, it's music for the open road, when after hours of driving, towns and trees and sunshine and stars and brake lights blur together. The stunning, Houmam-directed video, below, captures exactly that. Also, you get to see the band playing their instruments, so you don't forget you're watching a music video, even as you are fully engulfed in the colors. »

- Jesse David Fox

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The Best Drake Faces in the ‘Anaconda’ Video

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Thanks to last night's "Anaconda" video, we finally know what it looks like when Nicki Minaj makes a fruit salad. We also got more of the Otp inevitability that is Nicki and Drake, who makes a wonderful guest appearance at the end of the video as "Man Who Is Twerked Upon." Basically: He got a lap dance. During said lap dance, he goes through more complex emotions than any one man has ever experienced in such a short span of time. It's a miracle, really. Here are Drake's best faces. (And if you make it to the bottom, there's a Gif as your reward!) Pain Comfort Disbelief Contemplation Poise Confidence "Is that a foot?" "Can I live?" "Is this real?" "Maybe if I just ... " Disobedience Regret Shame The full range of Drake faces: »


- Lindsey Weber

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Scandal’s Joe Morton on Winning an Emmy and the Joys of Live-Tweeting His Own Show

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Season three of Scandal belonged to Joe Morton. And all of Papa Pope's yelling, spying, and devious deeds were rewarded this weekend when he took home his first Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor. We talked to him about tough parenting, playing flawed characters, and the weird way he plans to get his Emmy back to New York.Congratulations on your Emmy win! You’ve been working in television for a while; I know that you were prepared for Robert Morse to win, but how are you reacting to all this? My first reaction was a deep sigh of relief mixed with a bit of surprise. Everybody wants to win, but you can come up with a million reasons why you won’t. Robert Morse is a legend, and he submitted a musical number, which is what he’s legendary for, and Mad Men is going off the air, and he’s been nominated several times, »


- Danielle Henderson

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Pretty Little Liars Recap: This Is Where I Leave You

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If only we could all have a sister in our lives like Melissa Hastings: someone who will think that we are capable of murder ( … welp) but love us so much that, to protect us, she will bury the presumed-to-be-dead body of the girl she thinks we bashed in the head with a shovel ( … um) only to later find out she buried this girl alive. All in the name of sisterly protection! That’s what family is all about.1. A, who could also be Alison, or could be not-Alison, we will never know (last week: A: not ranked; Ali: 4)“We’re all in this together,” A writes, accidentally revealing that A is a big High School Musical fan. This nerdy attempt at an ominous warning is quickly forgotten, though, when A steps up with my personal favorite of her/his/its missives: “Act Normal, Bitches.” 2. Hanna (last week: 6)This is high-level »


- Jessica Goldstein

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The One I Love Is a Fairly Conventional Dark Comedy in the Guise of Mind-Bending Sci-Fi

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Note: The first paragraph of this review discusses a twist revealed early on in the movie. In the funny-strange sci-fi psychodrama The One I Love, Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss play a foundering couple, Ethan and Sophie, whose attempt to recover the happiness in their marriage takes them—on the advice of a therapist played by Ted Danson—to an isolated country estate where they meet … themselves. Or, rather, each of them meets someone who looks exactly like the other but is warmer and more attentive. Is it a dream? A shared psychosis? A portal to another dimension? (The couple ruminate on all these possibilities themselves.) The more urgent question is: What do you do when your mate is clearly falling for the person you were rather than the person you are?The premise, which touches on themes as old as Ovid, could have taken the film in a number of directions, »


- David Edelstein

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Nicki Minaj Debuts Twerk-Filled ‘Anaconda’ Video

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Here, finally, is Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video in all its twerktastic glory. As the teasers suggested, the main set pieces involve Nicki twerking in a jungle and twerking during exercise class, and there's also a scene in which she makes a fruit salad. Drake is in it, too, briefly, but mainly just as an object to be twerked upon. Such is Nicki's world. »


- Anna Silman

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The Foo Fighters Reenacted the Prom Scene From Carrie

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Watching people dump buckets of ice water on their heads — heck, even watching celebrities dump buckets of ice water on their heads — can get pretty old after a while. Unless those celebrities happen to be Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, who used their Als-ice-bucket-challenge nomination to stage an elaborate reenactment of the climactic prom scene from Carrie. Okay, so they swapped out the bucket of pig's blood for a bucket of ice water, but otherwise they really committed. Those were definitely real tears from Dave Grohl. A-plus effort all around. »


- Anna Silman

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Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling to Star in Off-Broadway Play

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Emmy nominees Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling are heading to the stage together. The prestige TV dream-team will star in Ivan Turgenev's 19th-century comedy of manners A Month in the Country, starring Schilling as a bored Russian wife named Natalya who falls in love with her son's tutor, much to the annoyance of her unrequited admirer Rakitin (Dinklage). Dinklage's wife, Erica Schmidt, is directing the play, which will run for a month in early 2015 at the East Village's Classic Stage Company. And then it's straight back to TV, right, guys? Promise? »


- Anna Silman

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See the Pilot for ABC’s My Fair Lady–Inspired Sitcom

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The first episode of ABC's millennial comedy Selfie premieres September 30, and now you can stream the first episode online. Selfie is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady, which stars Doctor Who's Karen Gillan as "Eliza Dooley" a narcissistic social-media addict who hires a marketing guru, played by Harold and Kumar's John Cho, to rehabilitate her image after she accidentally stars in an unflattering viral video. Watch the pilot (or just pretend to watch the pilot while you check your Instagram) on Hulu. »


- Anna Silman

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