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Donald Trump Files $500 Million Suit Against Univision

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Wealthy American Donald Trump is trying to show everyone he's a man of his word by following through with his threat to sue Univision for $500 million. Trump is seeking $500 million because he claims the broadcaster tried to stifle his freedom of speech, and abandoned its contract when it cut ties with him and Miss USA last week, the New York Times reports. "Nothing that I stated was different from what I have been saying for many years," Trump said in a statement, referring to his bone-headed comments about Mexicans, which have quickly begun to turn his allies against him.He and his team filed their complaint in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday. "We just reviewed Mr. Trump’s complaint for the first time, and it is both factually false and legally ridiculous," Univision rebutted in a statement. "We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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The Highs and Lows of Apple Music (So Far)

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Months of hype morphed into reality today, as Apple Music — the tech giant’s long overdue evolution from selling music to streaming it — finally went live. The buildup to launch has been rocky, with indie artists and Taylor Swift waging an ultimately successful war to get Apple to fairly compensate them for the use of their tunes. But with that messiness over (at least until the next rights battle), the focus turns to the most critical question: Is Apple Music a giant leap forward in the streaming space, or just another Spotify wannabe? The service has only been live for a few hours now, so it’s probably premature to render that verdict. But three Vulture editors — music expert Lauretta Charlton, plus Dee Lockett and Josef Adalian — have been playing around with Apple Music all day, and they’ve already formed some strong opinions. Here are their first impressions: »


- Joe Adalian,Dee Lockett,Lauretta Charlton

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Michael B. Jordan Is Truly a Beast in the Creed Trailer

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The project of Ryan Coogler's dreams is on the way, and here are roughly three minutes of it to show you just how dreamy it is. As fate-slash-Hollywood would have it, Apollo Creed gave birth to something fierce (Michael B. Jordan). That something wants to wreck people in the boxing ring — all while fighting for something bigger than victory. (As far as trailers go, this really is almost too good. It's almost like the old Rocky movies got the same badass update as the Mad Max series. The training montage will even be updated to feature motorcycles and quads ... neat!) You can begin your Jake Gyllenhaal-Jordan debates now, and then catch Creed on November 25. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Apple Lost Its Appeal and Now Owes $450 Million to Ebook Users

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You win some; you lose some. On the day it launched Apple Music (a win, maybe), Apple was on the unfortunate side of a decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed an earlier ruling that Apple conspired with five major publishers to charge an inflated amount for ebooks (a loss, definitely). As Judge Debra Ann Livingston wrote of the 2–1 decision, "We conclude that the district court correctly decided that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices."Consequently Apple is expected to pay $450 million, mostly to ebook consumers, as part of an agreement with private plaintiffs and 33 states that had joined the U.S. Department of Justice's suit. Apple isn't out of options — it could appeal to the 2nd Court again, or the Supreme Court. But as The Wall Street Journal notes, the amount of the penalty is less than 3 percent »

- E. Alex Jung

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8 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.The Arcs, "Outta My Mind" This mod-influenced track is the latest from Dan Auerbach's side project the Arcs, a new collaboration between the Black Keys singer-guitarist and his buddies Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. The band's debut, Yours, Dreamily, is out this September. All 13 songs were recorded at various informal sessions across the country over the course of two weeks, giving songs like "Outta My Mind" a raw, bare-bones appeal. —Lauretta Charlton (LaurettaLand) Bad Bad Hats, “Fight Song” Do you like indie-pop music? This is probably »


- Vulture Editors

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Here’s Video of the Exact Moment Jennifer Garner Fell in Love With Ben Affleck

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This post originally ran in October 2014. We are rerunning it because, as things end, it's good to remember where they started. I remember the moment in April 2005 when I heard that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were getting married. I was in college at the time and I didn’t really follow gossip news, so I didn’t even know they had started dating. But still, there, burned in my brain, is the memory of me seeing the news and thinking, Of course. See, I had seen the episode of Dinner for Five (Jon Favreau's short-lived IFC show where he had actors and directors eat dinner together) that they appeared on together, along with their Daredevil cast members, and I had observed Jennifer Garner fall madly in love with Ben Affleck.  The episode aired in January 2003, which means Ben was still dating Jennifer Lopez (Lopez and Affleck had gotten »


- Jesse David Fox

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What’s New on Netflix: July 2015

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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 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.Alive (1993) The real-life story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes is brought to harrowing life in Frank Marshall's drama, which adds an element of religious mysticism to the team's struggle to survive. Its casting was controversial even at the time — the Uruguayans are played by American actors like Ethan Hawke and Josh Lucas — but Marshall doesn't whitewash the horrors of the team's two-month ordeal, which included starvation, hypothermia, and cannibalism. Don't watch it before a flight! Bulworth (1998) The world »


- Nate Jones

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Vulture’s San Diego Comic-Con Panels Will Be the Highlight of Your Summer

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The annual absurdly massive pop-culture mecca that is Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego next week, and we’re hosting not one, not two, but three events. Tickets to Sdcc are already sold out (see: absurdly massive), but if you’re already going, pop over and say qaStaH nuq? to our own Abraham Riesman, who will be moderating the following panels:How Ultimate Marvel Changed Everything Friday, July 10, 6–7 p.m. Room 7Ab Veteran comics journalists Heidi MacDonald and Graeme McMillan join Riesman to revisit Ultimate Marvel — the (relatively) short-lived line of comics that unexpectedly revitalized Marvel Comics, then became the most direct influence on the Marvel movies. If you want to study up beforehand, read Riesman’s article about the rise and fall of Ultimate Marvel. Vulture's Valiant Writers Roundtable Saturday, July 11, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Room 8 The revival of Valiant is one of the strangest, most inspiring experiments in comics »


- Vulture Editors

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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Gets a New Host — and Maybe a Future

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Welcome to Lake Wobegon, the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve. These words must be running through Chris Thile’s mind right now. The young mandolinist and bandleader from California is set to replace Garrison Keillor, the town crier for the fictional Minnesota hamlet, as the host of "A Prairie Home Companion," the public-radio show that you probably haven’t listened to since you were a kid. It hasn’t changed much since those days, either, and that’s the show's biggest challenge: Can it be improved upon, when by now it’s mostly been forgotten, especially by young listeners who jeer at its heartland humor?Since 1974, "A Prairie Home Companion," a longstanding public-radio staple on family road trips, has stubbornly stuck to its original format — a variety show and champion of the dying art of old-time live radio. In 2006, it was the subject of a »


- Lauretta Charlton

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Game of Thrones Director Alan Taylor: It’s ‘Sensible’ to Have More Female Directors

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“I think calling for more women in every aspect of this industry is a sensible thing,” Alan Taylor, the director of Terminator Genisys told Vulture on the red carpet of his film’s premiere at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The past season of Game of Thrones raised some eyebrows because for the first time, there were no female writers or directors despite trudging on with violent, rape-heavy story lines. (In the past three seasons, there have been three writers and directors: Jane Espenson, Vanessa Taylor, and Michelle MacLaren.) Vulture asked Taylor about the lack of women in the production process, which got him talking about his daughters and why he thinks the mounting gripes about violence against women on Game of Thrones is “nonsense.”I think calling for more women in every aspect of this industry is a sensible thing. It's easy to say that because it's correct, but »


- Valentina I. Valentini

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Vince Staples on His Star-Making Debut Album, Long Beach Loyalty, and Comparisons to Kendrick

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One of 2015's best rap albums lands today, and it comes from a guy who claims to not even care all that much about rap music. For more than five years, Vince Staples, a 21-year-old Long Beach native, has been turning heads with sharp-tongued ruminations about his Ramona Park Legend past, police brutality, and black culture. By embracing his gangbanger upbringing — a "soldier since the stroller," he raps — Staples has landed himself a record deal with Def Jam and a role in Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance hit Dope. His freshly released debut double album, Summertime '06, serves as a letter to the city that raised him — part love, part good-bye. Vulture recently talked to Staples about Summertime, his hilarious cameo in Dope, and what he makes of the shooting in Charleston.How did you get involved with Dope? You play a character who’s almost your polar opposite: A$AP »


- Dee Lockett

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How Well Do You Know Channing Tatum’s Abs?

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Sure, people go see Channing Tatum in movies because he is funny and a solid actor, but that's never the first reason. No, Priority No. 1 is that at some point, for some reason, he'll take his shirt off. Which is why, with Magic Mike Xxl, a movie all about the moment he takes his shirt off, coming out this week, Vulture wanted to test how well you know his work — and by work, we mean his abs. In the quiz below, you will be shown ten shots of Tatum's abs, and you'll have to guess which movie, TV show, or advertisement they appear in. Good luck and you're welcome! »


- Jesse David Fox

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Difficult People Teaser: Don’t Invite Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner to Your Funeral

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The latest show Amy Poehler's executive-produced, Difficult People, will make its debut on Hulu in August. And to give you a sense of what you're in for, its first teaser demonstrates exactly why people think New Yorkers are rude, and why you probably should leave Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner off the guest list for your funeral. Difficult People hits Hulu August 5 with two episodes, while the rest of the eight-episode season will roll out week by week. Curious just how good a team Poehler, Eichner, and Klauser make? Watch their panel/love-fest at Vulture Festival last month. »


- Dee Lockett

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Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray, and Emily Gordon on The Meltdown and Creating the Best Stand-up Show in the Country

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If you want to witness the new comedy boom in person, head to the NerdMelt Showroom at West Hollywood's Meltdown Comics on a Wednesday night, where you will see the best comedy show in the country: The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail. Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, two prominent L.A. comedians and podcasters, co-host the show and produce it with writer/podcaster Emily Gordon, who is also Nanjiani's wife. Comedy Central turned it into a TV show last year that, for my money, is the single best adaptation of live comedy to television ever. In March, I spoke to Nanjiani and Gordon in Los Angeles for my piece on the current comedy boom. (Ray could not make it, so I spoke with him separately. His quotes are incorporated throughout.) With season two of The Meltdown premiering on Comedy Central tonight, here is the edited-down transcript of the conversation.Tell »


- Jesse David Fox

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Why Do So Many TV Rom-Coms Fail?

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Ever wonder what it means to be a high- versus a low-concept show? Margaret and Matt break it down in the latest episode of “The Vulture TV Podcast” and discuss the high-meets-low concept show Catastrophe, everyone’s new favorite TV rom-com. Plus, we explore why romantic story lines can be more difficult to pull off skillfully than, say, a spy plot. “Everybody knows what it’s like to fall in love or break up with somebody,” Matt Zoller Seitz explains. “So you can’t tell the audience, 'Take my word for it.' Because we know.” This episode contains spoilers for the first season of Amazon’s Catastrophe.Tune in to "The Vulture TV Podcast," produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, every Tuesday, on iTunes or SoundCloud. And please send us your burning TV questions! Tweet us @Vulture or email tvquestions@vulture.com. »


- Gazelle Emami,Margaret Lyons,Matt Zoller Seitz

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Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor Get Their Murder-Mystery On in The Secret in Their Eyes Trailer

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In 2010, Juan José Campanella's El Secreto de sus Ojos won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. But because Hollywood can't leave a good thing alone, it's now getting an English-language remake directed by Billy Ray. The thriller stars Julia Roberts, an FBI investigator whose teenage daughter turns up dead in a Dumpster. And when Nicole Kidman, the district attorney, can't build a strong enough case against the primary suspect, Roberts's co-worker and close friend, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, goes on a 13-year manhunt for the guy they let walk. Just when they think they've found him and can reopen the case, Roberts goes all The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to exact "justice" (read: revenge). The Secret in Their Eyes opens October 23. »


- Dee Lockett

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Stephen Colbert Did 20 No-Handed Push-ups Because John Oliver Challenged Him

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The #GiveThem20 campaign is trying to be this year's version of the Ice Bucket Challenge: Celebrities are doing 20 push-ups or sit-ups to show their support for America's soldiers, and then challenging their famous friends to do it, too. Stephen Colbert got tagged by John Oliver a few weeks ago, and on Monday, Colbert found an unusual way of completing the challenge. One hint: It involves a bit of old-fashioned movie magic. »


- Nate Jones

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I Used to Spend $1,000 a Week on Pot Because I Thought Smoking Made My Music Better. I Was Wrong.

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Despite what Vulture's Stoner Week package may suggest, pot doesn't work for everyone. So, as a kind of counterbalance, we spoke to singer-guitarist Cedric Bixler-Zavala. As the front man for the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, Bixler-Zavala had a hand in some very successful, extremely stoner-friendly rock, full of hallucinatory lyrics and dense and intense song structures. (Here's a whiff.) Since leaving the Mars Volta and forming a new band called Zavalaz, the California native's music has gotten even more complex and layered — at the same time as its creator has gone from massive pothead to nonsmoker. Here, Bixler-Zavala explains why he gave up pot. (As told to Corban Goble.)I was a total monster. I was spending $1,000 a week on weed, and everyone I was in the band with at the time smoked as much as I did. There's so much stupid behavior caused by weed, but I »


- Cedric Bixler-Zavala

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NeNe Leakes Is Leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta

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After seven seasons, NeNe Leakes is leaving Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta, the reality star announced on Monday. "My contract is up and I just think this is the right time," Leakes told People. "This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things." For nearly eight years, Leakes has served as the show's controversial back-talking villain, landing her own 2013 spinoff show that documented her wedding and remarriage to former ex-husband Gregg Leakes. Since Rhoa, Leakes has gone on to have recurring appearances on Glee, The New NormalThe Celebrity Apprentice, and more. She's also spent time on Broadway in a production of Cinderella. Up next, Leakes says she has a "new primetime television show with a big legend" in the works. But this also isn't the last you'll see of NeNe on Bravo. The network has confirmed to BuzzFeed that her upcoming spinoff show with longtime frenemy »


- Dee Lockett

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Iggy Azalea on Blaming Britney for Song Flop: ‘I Don’t Have to Suck the Woman’s Asshole 24/7, Do I?’ [Updated]

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From Iggy Azalea's Twitter account, your No. 1 source for all Iggy Azalea news, comes the ongoing story of why, exactly, Iggy's Britney Spears collaboration "Pretty Girls" did not set the world on fire. "It's difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and TV performances, etc. Unfortunately, I'm just featured [on the track]," Iggy told a fan on Twitter over the weekend. "I would have enjoyed performing it a lot. I think it got off to a powerful start, but you need content to compete in 2015." Translation? It's Britney('s fault), bitch. When news outlets interpreted these tweets as a slam on Spears, Iggy spoke out in one tweet that perfectly captured the relationship between the two pop titans with a brilliant ass-eating metaphor:Wow. So true. Update: Britney fired back with a perfectly shade-tastic response of her own: »


- Nate Jones

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