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Joan Rivers’s Daughter Has Filed a Lawsuit Over Her Mother’s Death

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After hiring a law firm in October to look into her mother's death, Melissa Rivers has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against a Manhattan medical clinic and the doctors who administered Joan Rivers's fatal throat procedure. The malpractice suit alleges that instead of tending to Rivers, the doctors at Yorkville Endoscopy tried to execute unauthorized procedures, took selfies, and administered dangerous sedatives in the operating room. In a statement released today, the comedian's daughter said that filing the suit was difficult, but "no family should ever have to go through what my mother, Cooper, and I have been through. ... The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect, and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible."Joan Rivers died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen on September 4 at the age of 81, owing to complications from the outpatient throat surgery. What was supposed to be a routine endoscopy »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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The Bachelor Recap: The Virgin and the Pea

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Once upon a time, a marketing executive for Disney Studios and a producer at ABC woke up next to each other and gazed longingly into each other’s eyes. The producer smiled and leaned in for a kiss, but stopped right before the executive’s lips and whispered one word, one darling, sweet word: "Synergy." Ah, honeyed, starry-eyed, calculated synergy. It’s the thing that makes the world spin and reality TV shows stay in business.But seriously, have you guys heard of this Cinderella movie? It looks pretty good. It’s totally a thing that’s happening that comes up naturally in conversation, because people are so interested in it. Amazingly, the movie tie-in with Cinderella stirred up enough drama and schmaltz to make this episode vaguely watchable. It never reaches the complete meltdown status of last year's Bachelorette/Hundred-Foot Journey synergistic cooking session between Andi and Brian where »

- Ali Barthwell

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Sleepy Hollow Recap: Divide and Conquer

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As many of you probably noticed, tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow kicks off with a “previously on” montage. We haven’t had one of those in a while, which made me instantly wonder how deep into the show’s backstory we’d be delving this week. Was this setting up the return of the Headless Horseman? Orion? Henry?Nope—and, to my mind, a good thing. Turns out, all that backstory was to prepare us for an episode full of The Feels, one that examines how much our characters owe one another and can truly rely on each other. What does it really take to bridge the disconnects that form even among close friends? (Answer: Spiky wallpaper. But we’ll get to that later on.) “Seems you two have been spending a lot less time together lately,” Jenny says to Abbie while they’re out on what is definitely not a double date (right? »


- Rose Maura Lorre

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Blink-182 Claims It's Having Tom DeLonge Problems

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It seems Blink-182's Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus are having trouble with Tom DeLonge, after the band's longtime guitarist purportedly left the group and then came back all on the same day. In an interview with Rolling Stone on Monday evening, Barker and Hoppus attempted to set the record straight and slammed DeLonge for being disingenuous and ungrateful. They also claimed he's been flaking on their legacy-preservation efforts for years. Thus, they declared he's effectively not in the band, though DeLonge insists he is. "I never quit the band," DeLonge emailed to EW. "Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the 'news.' ... The Only truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving." The email was in response to a press release Barker and Hoppus »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Amanda Peet Thought a Game of Thrones TV Show Would Be 'Terrible'

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Amanda Peet's is married to Game of Thrones showrunner/co-creater David Benioff, but here's a fun fact: She initially wasn't into the show and thought the concept sounded like "Dungeons & Dragons, but real with real people." Fortunately, Conan saved the day and turns Peet's diss into a delightful, self-deprecating joke. Another fun fact: Peet is in an HBO show of her own: Togetherness, and when given the chance, people will not ask her about it. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Jane the Virgin Recap: The Quickening

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For a show built completely around plot twists and fraught situations, maybe the most surprising thing that Jane the Virgin could do is reveal that its lead character is painfully averse to conflict, which is exactly what the series did in this week’s episode. While TV has been populated over the years with plenty of characters who are peacemakers at heart, it’s rare that a show will dig into the deep discomfort that drives such behavior.In the past, the show has made no secret about the influence that Jane's somewhat unique upbringing has had on her, and “Chapter 11” explores that history even further. A young Jane secretly attempts to mediate her mother and grandmother's frequent arguments, typing up forged apology letters in hopes of mitigating their anger. Inevitably, her machinations succeed, and their household returns to a state of tentative peace, temporarily avoiding the conflict she so despises. »


- Libby Hill

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Nick Jonas Will Also Be in Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens

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Professional power stance proponent Nick Jonas is taking his talents to Fox's college-set horror-comedy Scream Queens, according to THR. He'll play a recurring role that has virtually no other details available yet. (And maybe that's best, because for the next few weeks we can guess his role: frat-boy sports king, pop-music student who wants to make straightforward music videos, Marquis de Sade-obsessed English major-cum-sociopath, "Bio Student #3," etc.) He joins Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ariana Grande, all of whom are also on board for Ryan Murphy's next 15-episode anthology. The series' first season, slated for fall, will focus on a university campus rattled by a string of murders, so there's lots of room for Jonas to do potentially horrible or heroic things. (Maybe both?) »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Gotham Recap: [Cruddy Guitar Rock Music Intensifies]

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"Welcome Back, Jim Gordon" is a welcome complement to last week's Gotham episode, since it reminds us that there's a whole world of supporting characters whose lives were affected by Carmine Falcone's dismissal of Fish Mooney. It not only gives virtually all of the show's major players something to do—still waiting on the inevitable Harvey Bullock episode, one that will presumably address his alcoholism—it also acknowledges the presence and significance of rarely-seen characters like Commissioner Loeb and "Judge Bam-Bam." These are the people who make the rules in Gotham City, rules that Jim Gordon and social-climbing gangsters like Oswald Cobblepot actively try to break. Violence has consequences in "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon" because virtually everyone learns that the show's status quo is still up in the air, and you can't push a new agenda without being pushed back.As usual, the narrative center of tonight's episode was Gordon's investigation-of-the-week plot. »


- Simon Abrams

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David Tennant to Play Villain in Netflix’s Jessica Jones

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Continuing his tradition of playing characters with extremely idiosyncratic names, David Tennant is going to play the Purple Man, a villain whose main character trait is that he is purple, for Netflix's upcoming superhero series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Besides being purple, Purple Man possesses the power to control others' thoughts, which he most often uses to stop people from giggling at the image of a man whose skin and hair are entirely purple. America's non-racist people — the ones who always say that they don't mind if someone's skin is black, white, green, or purple — have applauded the casting. As has Prince. »


- Nate Jones

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Former Film Executive Says Bill Cosby Drugged and Raped Her in 1969

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In an essay for the Huffington Post, film executive Cindra Ladd is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual abuse. Ladd says the alleged assault took place in 1969, when she was spending time with Cosby in New York City. One day, she says, he invited her to see a movie; he was married and had never hit on her before, so she didn't think anything of it. "I had a terrible headache but didn't want to cancel the evening," she recalls. "He told me he had a miracle cure his doctor had given him that would get rid of the headache ... I asked a couple of times what it was. Each time he reassured me, asking, 'Don't you trust me?'" After that, she says, the rest of the night was a blur. But the next morning, everything was clear: She was naked, in a strange bed, »


- Nate Jones

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If You Want Joss Whedon to Direct More Avengers Movies, Better Start Begging Now

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Late last year, a rumor went around that the Russo Brothers, the team behind the last and next Captain America movies, were being eyed to direct Avengers 3 and 4 (a.k.a. the Infinity War Part 1 and 2). Now that still hasn't been substantiated, but it did get at one lingering question about the franchise: Is Joss Whedon coming back? Well, now it appears that the answer is probably no. "I couldn't imagine doing this again," Whedon told Empire. He explained: "It's enormously hard, and it'd be, by [the time Avengers 3 and 4 were finished], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe — I love these »


- Jesse David Fox

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Bob’s Burgers Recap: Rolling in the Arugula

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The Story Bob's heart is crushed when he gets rejected from the local community garden (because he and the restaurant have a dark-ish past with the woman in charge, Cynthia Bush). Upon visiting the garden, Bob strikes up a deal that entails Cynthia's son Logan (a.k.a. Louise's teenage archnemesis from season three's "Ear-Sy Rider") doing an unpaid internship at the burger joint in exchange for a garden membership. While Bob enjoys his freshly grown beans and arugula (for the good of the restaurant!), Louise and Logan's rivalry intensifies and Linda finds a nemesis of her own. The Highlight ReelBob began the episode moderately peeved because Louise ruined one of his favorite cooking utensils; thus, the seeds for blackmail were planted early on. Gene: You love Niagara ketchup, admit it! You wanna get in a barrel and be a part of it! Bob: No. Louise: Dad, are you still »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Everything That’s Happened Around Adnan Syed’s Case Since ‘Serial’ Premiered: A Timeline

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Part of the strange intimacy of "Serial" comes from the knowledge that the murder-mystery at the podcast's heart took place in the real world. Its players aren't drawing-room inventions; they're real people with real lives. But that also means that once the story stops, they don't. Their lives go on and on. Here on Vulture, we've spent months detailing the new events in the Adnan Syed case that happen outside of the podcast's official narrative. Here they are now, in one easily readable (and constantly updated) timeline.October 3, 2014 "Serial" debuts with a two-episode premiere. Host Sarah Koenig introduces listeners to the story of Adnan Syed, who is currently serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Adnan swears he's innocent; the only evidence linking him to the crime is the testimony of an acquaintance, Jay Wilds, who swore he helped Adnan bury Hae's »


- Nate Jones

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American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Wants Out of His ‘Oppressive’ Contract

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No surprise that if you win American Idol, American Idol pretty much owns you. At least Idol creator Simon Fuller does, as his production company 19 Entertainment will take "as much as a 40 percent cut" from all of your future endorsements. Or so claims a complaint lodged by 11th-season Idol winner Phillip Phillips. The Hollywood Reporter reports the singer filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner asserting that 19 Entertainment has "manipulated" him into taking jobs and performing for free. Phillips wants out of agreements that his lawyer describes as "oppressive" and "fatally conflicted." Not only are they debasing poor Phillips by making him perform for Jet Blue and at other corporate events, he claims 19 Entertainment even "withheld" the title of his second studio album, Behind the Light. Harsh.  »


- Lindsey Weber

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Beauty and the Beast Should Be All Harry Potter People

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Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. That seems lovely, no? She seems extremely capable of playing Belle, since she was great as Hermione, and Hermione and Belle have a lot in common. But there's no need to stop there: We can populate the entire Beauty and the Beast cast with former Harry Potter folk. Beast, as played by Neville Longbottom Neville kind of gets the short shrift in Hp, but he grew up hot and deserved better. Beast it is! Gaston is sort of a Viktor Krum Nothing against Viktor, but no one at Hogwarts seems like they'd be especially good at expectorating. Snape could bring a little something to Lumière Ideally, only Jerry Orbach would ever be Lumière. But that's not how life works, so let's Snape it up. We only ever see his mean streak, really, but »


- Margaret Lyons

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Patton Oswalt on Selma’s Oscar Snub and the Racist Backlash to the New Star Wars Trailer

16 hours ago

When the Oscar nominations were announced two weeks ago, Patton Oswalt mocked the Academy on Twitter for snubbing Selma. So, last week, Vulture spoke with Oswalt before he took the stage to host this year’s Artios Awards in Beverly Hills and had him expound upon his comments. Oswalt proceeded to go off. Here is what he had to say: On Selma's snubbing: “The thing about Selma that bothers me: It's just logic. It goes beyond race. So it’s a best movie nominee, and yet none of the performances, none of the writing, none of the directing, none of the cinematography — none of them did an Oscar-worthy job, but the movie is Oscar-worthy. That doesn’t make sense. It’s a little alarming when you don’t have a year in movies that celebrates what a fantastic year of films it really was. I wish it had gotten more, »


- Diane Gordon

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Remember When Tom Petty Didn’t Mind Being Unintentionally Plagiarized?

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Tom Petty has written many greatest-hits albums full of radio classics. Now, thanks to a legal settlement, he’s earned a co-writing credit on a new one: Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” The Sun reported that, thanks to unintentional similarities between Smith and his co-writers’ (James Napier and William Phillips) ballad about emotional vulnerability and Petty and his co-writer Jeff Lynne’s sorta-ballad about stoic perseverance, “I Won’t Back Down,” the latter duo will start earning a 12.5 percent credit on the royalties for “Stay With Me.”This is both old and new hat for Petty. Back in 2001, some reasonably keen-eared listeners noticed that the Strokes’ “Last Nite” sure sounded a lot like Petty’s “American Girl.” C'est la vie, said Petty. “The Strokes took ‘American Girl’ [for ‘Last Nite’],” Petty told Rolling Stone, “and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. »


- David Marchese

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Fox Considering an X-Men TV Show

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Fox Entertainment chair Gary Newman says he's "cautiously optimistic" about the possibility of an X-Men TV show, according to TV Insider (née TV Guide). While 20th Century Fox owns the film rights, X-Men is still a Marvel property, and Marvel is owned by the Walt Disney company, which also owns ABC, so this is far from a sure thing, but in the meantime, Star Trek 3 screenwriters Patrick McKay and Jd Payne are reportedly writing the show, with 24's Evan Katz and Manny Coto producing, according to THR. Fox is already in the comics-adaptation game with Gotham; plus, there's ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter; the CW's reliable Arrow and The Flash, and the upcoming iZombie; and CBS has Supergirl in development. (Sorry, NBC's Constantine.) Plus, there's a bunch more Marvel shows at Netflix, not to mention The Walking Dead and its spinoffs. Pretty soon, all that's going »


- Margaret Lyons

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Michael Keaton Is Into Your Crush on His Hot Son

17 hours ago

Ever since he got an emotional shout-out in his father's Golden Globes speech, mild-mannered songwriter Sean Douglas has transformed into the internet superhero Michael Keaton's Hot Son. Now Keaton tells E! he's proud of his son's new identity as an online crush object. "He's a good guy," the actor said on the SAGs red carpet. "He's a nice person and he's a handsome dude." Douglas — who, amazingly enough, is the man behind Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" — will be attending the Oscars with his father, where he will likely be rooting for Eddie Redmayne just to spare himself more embarrassment. »


- Nate Jones

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Emma Stone Tripped Naomi Watts, Reacted Delightfully

17 hours ago

Emma Stone's elaborate dress almost broke Naomi Watts's neck at the SAGs last night, and her silly face made the potential tragedy absolutely worth it — for one brief second, she became a human Tex Avery cartoon. Watch Stone go from Oh God, I just killed Naomi Watts to Thank God, I didn't kill Naomi Watts in the Vine below. »


- Nate Jones

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