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Orphan Black Recap: Terrible Things for People We Love

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It’s all I can do to keep from squealing with equal parts joy and horror: in one 45-minute swoop, Orphan Black has veered right back on track. The mess of the past season and change isn’t completely cleaned up, of course, but so many questions have been answered, so many loose ends dutifully, spectacularly tied, that I am beside myself with relief.Forgive my excessive caps-lock tonight, of all nights, because everything is just so beautiful. Let’s begin. Sarah’s current default state is “hellish fever dream.” Guiding her through these hallucinations is Kira, or at least the subconscious projection of the one person Sarah would follow anywhere. The first sequence seems like a garden-variety nightmare, but it turns out it’s part memory — these hallucinations are the result of Coady pumping Rudy’s blood into Sarah’s body. Later, we find out that the Castors’ genetic »


- Devon Maloney

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De Niro to Nyu Graduates: \"You're F*cked\"

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Most of Robert De Niro's iconic roles are foul-mouthed, often murderous men, and last week De Niro seized an opportunity to channel a bit of that attitude into his keynote speech to this year's graduating class at Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. You can watch it here. "A new door is opening for you — a door to a lifetime of rejection. It's inevitable," he said, telling students that they have to keep working and keep fighting if they want to have a career in the arts. Considering the amount of money Tisch students and their parents drop on their education, the Oscar winner's words may have felt a bit too caustic. But De Niro, with the best intentions and an acerbic sense of humor, told students what they probably needed to hear: There will be times when your best isn't good enough. There can be many reasons for »


- Greg Cwik

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Celebs Cheer for Ireland After Gay Marriage Vote

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Miley Cyrus, of all people, probably said it best: "Fuck yeah Ireland!" After a nationwide vote yesterday, the country became the first in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular mandate. Voters turned out in droves and the referendum passed with overwhelming support. At the very least, it's made Colin Farrell a really happy Irishman: "Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel. How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland." And from J.K. Rowling to Zach Braff, many celebrities took to Twitter to celebrate Ireland's big day: »


- Greg Cwik

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The Olsen Twins Will Not Be in Fuller House

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Fuller House, the much-belated revival of the Millennial-favorited family sitcom Full House, will be slightly less full: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be returning to the Tanner household, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to the endearing childhood role they shared as Michelle, the toddler with the penchant for witty catch phrases, the identical twins become household names. They got the gig when they were just nine months old, and since the show ended they’ve dabbled in fashion and been a constant source of tabloid fodder, while their younger sister, Elizabeth, has become an acclaimed film actress in her own right. Executive producer Robert L. Boyett released a statement regarding the Olsens’ absence: “Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family. It has been exciting to »


- Greg Cwik

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A Bunch of Great Rappers, and One Random Guy Named Joe, Appear on A$AP Rocky's New Album

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A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album “Everyday” will feature a gaggle of great rappers, and one random British guy named Joe Fox. Fox, a British guitarist A$AP met while “literally wandering the streets at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday,” brings a ’60s psychedelic style to the album, appearing on at least five tracks.According to Pitchfork, the album’s more well-known guests, none of whom A$AP met while strolling the rain-slicked London streets (we assume), include Kanye, M.I.A., Lil Wayne, Miguel, Mos Def, and Rod Stewart, who is not a rapper. The album was exec-produced by Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams. At.Long.Last.A$AP: 01 Holy Ghost [ft. Joe Fox] 02 Canal St. [ft. Bones] 03 Fine Whine [ft. M.I.A., Future, and Joe Fox] 04 L$D 05 Excuse Me 06 Jd 07 Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 08 Electric Body [ft. Schoolboy Q] 09 Jukebox Joints [ft. Kanye West and Joe Fox]  10 Max »


- Greg Cwik

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Orange Is the New Black Season Three Will Be Lighter, Focused on Faith and Motherhood

22 May 2015 12:52 PM, PDT

At a panel discussion for Orange Is the New Black at the Directors Guild West in Los Angeles Wednesday night, the cast and creator, Jenji Kohan, were tight-lipped about details on the upcoming season, but Kohan volunteered a couple tidbits: season three will focus on faith and motherhood. Motherhood likely refers to Daya (Dashcha Polenco), as she’s pregnant, and we know she’ll be giving birth behind bars to her and prison guard John Bennett’s baby. As for faith, will new assistant warden Joe Caputo continue to enlist Sister Jane’s help in his struggle to get things under control at Litchfield? Kohan also said the next season will be lighter in tone, noting with a laugh, “we went to Oz” in season two, referencing the darkest of all prison shows, HBO’s gritty, violent drama. Less shivs, more comedy, we’re on board for that. Season three »


- Diane Gordon

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The Rock Got Ordained to Officiate a Wedding (Is It Yours?)

22 May 2015 12:01 PM, PDT

Sometimes press junkets are just the worst, and sometimes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson agrees to officiate your wedding. The Rock teamed up with Screen Junkies to prank one of its correspondents, Nick Mundy, who thinks that he has to work on a bit with the Rock to promote his upcoming film, San Andreas (San Andreas hits theaters May 29). In fact, the Rock is there to both promote his new movie and officiate Mundy's wedding to his fiancée, Dilara Karabas. (He got officially ordained, so this is legit.) His co-workers documented Mundy's reaction as he went from having one of the worst days at work to the best day of his life. Surprise! »


- E. Alex Jung

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The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence Review: No. Nope. Uh-uh.

22 May 2015 11:58 AM, PDT

No. Nope. Uh-uh. In case you were expecting director Tom Six’s sicko human-anus-to-mouth-stitching horror saga to suddenly become better, or at least tolerable, by its third installment, let me just shatter your dreams right now. Human Centipede 3 is the worst of the lot. Is that even possible? Apparently, it is. Maybe it’s because it’s also the most ambitious — ambitious in a way that undermines the earlier films’ peculiarly chilly and disquieting world view, their … wait, integrity can’t possibly be the word I’m looking for, can it? Let me put it this way: I suspect that even those who consider themselves fans of the Human Centipede franchise will feel betrayed by this outing.This time, the setting is a prison, run by a wide-eyed, bellowing cartoon-demon of a warden named Bill Boss (played by Dieter Laser, who played the demented visionary Doctor Heiter in the first »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Finn Jones Shares His Game of Thrones Theories, and What He Wants for Loras Tyrell

22 May 2015 11:54 AM, PDT

Spoilers ahead from the last episode of Game of Thrones. Poor Loras Tyrell — right now, he's a pawn in Cersei's game against the Tyrells, part of a larger plot to isolate Margaery. Loras is just collateral damage for now, but you never know how things will go, as this part of the story line was created for the purposes of the show. Finn Jones, who plays Loras, was particularly excited about going off-book, and as an avid reader, happy to geek out with Vulture about his theories about his and other characters ahead of Sunday night's episode.Let's talk about this Loras story line, which is a departure from the books. Well, actually, everything we know about Loras on the show is a departure from the books, because of the change in perspective. Right! The reason Loras's sexuality is more subtle in the books is because Loras is seen through »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Faith-Healing Drama Aloft Is a Little Humorless, But I Liked It Anyway

22 May 2015 11:43 AM, PDT

In the opening scenes of the brooding Aloft, a young boy carrying a falcon rushes along with his mom (Jennifer Connelly) across a bleak, frozen stretch of road in the Arctic, on their way to see a mysterious faith healer. We don’t know what era we’re in, or who exactly these people are. Director Claudia Llosa doesn’t like to answer a lot of questions about her characters — which can be maddening, especially when they’re doing portentous, symbolic things like walking around with falcons and waiting in line to see Arctic faith healers.The story is certainly strange. Connelly's character Nana is a single, working-class mother desperately seeking a solution for her youngest child Gully (Winta McGrath), who suffers from a brain tumor, while also dealing with her precocious, restless older son Ivan (Zen McGrath). When she drags her kids to that aforementioned faith healer (William Shimell »


- Bilge Ebiri

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This Is What Happens When You Let Kim Gordon and Dan Graham Take Over a Gala

22 May 2015 11:36 AM, PDT

“You know, we sort of let Kim and Dan do whatever they wanted,” said Tim Griffin, the director of the Kitchen, and that explained why the people who come to galas found themselves picking at a raspberry tart as little-known British female punk duo the Raincoats wailed away onstage, because “Kim” was Kim Gordon and “Dan” was Dan Graham. As he stood off to the side of the cavernous old bank on Wall Street that’s now a Cipriani, he looked particularly pleased with this situation, with punks filling in for the usual bland crooners who entertain the tables at these things.This is one of the better galas, I told Griffin. Or, as Kim Gordon put it in her speech, “It’s the most kickass gala. It’s the fuckin’ best gala.” (She was less caustic earlier in the evening. At the bar, I felt a hand on my shoulder, »


- Nate Freeman

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TLC Is Pulling 19 Kids and Counting Episodes Off the Air

22 May 2015 11:27 AM, PDT

In the wake of 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar's revelation that he sexually abused several young girls when he was a teenager, TLC is taking episodes of the show — which had its latest season finale on Tuesday — off the air. The network sparked outrage on social media Thursday night after airing a marathon of the series following Duggar's admission. Mama June, the star of another of TLC's former hit shows embroiled in a similar controversy, has publicly called for the series' cancellation. Given her show's fate, it's safe to put 19 Kids on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo death watch. »


- Dee Lockett

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An Exhibit of Great Photography in Washington, D.C.

22 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

These past few weeks, Seen has bounced between Venice, Detroit, Randalls Island, and downtown, circa 1981, So why not Washington, D.C.? This month, the National Gallery of Art commemorates the 25th anniversary of its photography program with an exhibit called “The Memory of Time.” With a focus on contemporary photography, it explores how photographs have evolved from a recorder of (supposedly) unbiased truths, to a multifaceted medium where image, time, memory, and history are all manipulated. The exhibit opened on May 3 and runs until September 13. »


- Marcus Jones

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Documented Proof Bradley Cooper Made It to the Set of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer

22 May 2015 10:49 AM, PDT

Wet Hot American Summer, the cult movie that everyone watched on DVD, was about the last day of camp, and now, almost 15 years later, it's time to go back to the first. Here's a look at Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp with many of the famouses who will make appearances at Camp Firewood, including one second of the many seconds Bradley Cooper spent on set.  »


- E. Alex Jung

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Amy Schumer’s Making a Mother-Daughter Comedy With Paul Feig (He’s Not Playing Her Mom)

22 May 2015 9:52 AM, PDT

The year of Amy Schumer continues: The buzzing comedian is set to write and star in a mother-daughter comedy for Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Paul Feig is attached to produce, making this her third collaboration with a big-name comedy dude. (Her latest film, Trainwreck, is directed by Judd Apatow, and she has an HBO comedy special directed by Chris Rock out later this year.) The film, co-written by Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele, will be based on a script reportedly about "a mother-daughter duo trapped in a vacation gone wrong." No word yet on if Schumer is playing the mother or the daughter. But at 33, it's a miracle Hollywood doesn't think she's too old to play either. »


- Dee Lockett

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Abracadabra, Now You See Me Is Now a Trilogy

22 May 2015 9:35 AM, PDT

Pay attention, do not take your eyes off this screen: Where once there was just one forthcoming Now You See Me sequel, now, suddenly, through the power of money, there are two! On an earnings call today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed his plans to conjure up a trilogy for the 2013 Jesse Eisenberg vehicle, which grossed over $350 million worldwide without having a superhero, giant robot, or even a colon in its title. It's as if magic were real after all! Feltheimer did not hint at any plans for the title of the final installment, but you have to guess Now You 3 Me is on the table. »


- Nate Jones

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War and Peace, Roots, and More Cable Shows to Watch For

22 May 2015 8:52 AM, PDT

Temporarily forgetting about falling ratings and challenged business models, TV’s five major networks last week unveiled dozens of new shows at the so-called upfronts — a series of presentations designed to kickstart advertising sales for the fall. But while broadcasters generally throw the splashiest events and generate the biggest headlines, their cable rivals also play the upfront game. Networks such as MTV, TNT, Adult Swim, and ABC Family have spent the last few months briefing potential ad buyers on their future programming plans. And unlike broadcasters, cable networks don’t just focus on stuff guaranteed to get on the air: They also offer glimpses at projects in early stages of development (some of which will never get off the ground). Here’s a look at some of the most notable scripted-series announcements from 12 major and medium-size cable networks that held upfront events this spring. (If you don’t see your »


- Josef Adalian

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Jimmy Fallon and the Rock Give 1989’s Worst Commencement Speech

22 May 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

So many whippersnappers are eagerly waiting for their lives to commence this month, but what about those of us who graduated the year Taylor Swift was born? Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson go back to that John Hughes era and drop some wisdom as two students with a combined 16 years of high-school experience. The future is now — or, like, five seconds from now. »


- E. Alex Jung

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When John Ashbery Was New York’s Art Critic

22 May 2015 8:37 AM, PDT

In 1975, John Ashbery, already a celebrated poet (he was to win the Pulitzer Prize the next year for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), began a five-year stint as the art critic for New York Magazine. Ashbery, then 48, had previously been the art editor for the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune and a Paris correspondent for Art News, and back in New York, was close with the Warhol crew, especially Gerard Malanga. Since then he’s remained inspired by art (see: his poem published in 1999, “Girls on the Run,” which is loosely based in the imagined world of outsider artist Henry Darger.) With Memorial Day here (which means more time for reading!), we wanted to revisit and share some of his best pieces of criticism, which were at times biting but always colorful and perspicuous. Here are 12 of his takes on the art scene of »


- Claire Voon

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Mad Men Understood Human Behavior Better Than Any Show on TV

22 May 2015 8:24 AM, PDT

Mad Men closed with its hero, adman Don Draper (Jon Hamm), sitting lotus-style on a hilltop in 1970, experiencing bliss, or something like it. Don had proclaimed ten years earlier that love was a lie invented by guys like him to sell nylons and that we’re all born alone and die alone, and now here he was in California, shorn of his job, his home, his marriage, his apartment, his car, and even his suit, meditating on a hilltop overlooking the ocean. Our final glimpse of Don was a close-up of his face as he smiled somewhat mysteriously, whereupon series creator Matthew Weiner, who wrote and directed the finale, cut to Coca-Cola’s 1971 musical ad, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.” That grin plus the Coke commercial added up to the perfect ending for a drama that was consistently hard-edged yet essentially compassionate, and more perceptive about »


- Matt Zoller Seitz

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