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The Secret History and Uncertain Future of Comics Character John Constantine

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There's never been a comics character like John Constantine, DC Comics' trench-coat-sporting magician and wisecracking righter of wrongs. He's openly, specifically political. He's queer. He's working-class. He's wordy. He's indelibly and un-stereotypically English. Astoundingly, he's remained largely unchanged since he first took to the page in 1985 and throughout 26 years of constant publication — a kind of character consistency that's unheard of even among icons like Superman or Batman. And there's also the matter of how often he appears before his writers. Like, literally shows up out of nowhere on an otherwise ordinary day. Flesh and blood, cigarette and tie. They swear by it.Jamie Delano ran into him during a stroll near the British Museum, back when he was writing the first few arcs on Constantine's solo series, Hellblazer. "The figure caught my eye and cocked his head, flicked the ash from a ciggie, and continued without stopping," Delano »


- Abraham Riesman

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Hear Bette Midler Sing TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’

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It's not exactly a faithful cover (Where's the Left Eye rap interlude, Bette?), but there are some lovely bongos in this version of TLC's "Waterfalls." All kidding aside, Bette knows how to make this cover work without falling into deep, deep camp. TLC fans may giggle, but your mom might just call you to tell you how lovely she thinks this song is: "Who did the original?" And then you can tell her it's about AIDS. What a big day that'll be for you! »

- Lindsey Weber

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Fox Is Making a TV Version of Hitch

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CBS has Rush Hour, NBC has Marley & Me, and now Fox is getting in the remaking-well-regarded-but-hardly-untouchable-comedies game — the network is developing a TV version of Hitch, with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith signed on to produce. (Somewhere, Aziz Ansari is screaming with joy.) The series will reportedly be a single-camera rom-com about "dating and sexual politics," which means it will fit in perfectly with all the shows that will be canceled this time next year.   »


- Nate Jones

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The History of Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham’s Internet-Born Best Friendship

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The internet, for all its faults, can really bring people together. And sometimes those people are Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham! Swift and Dunham met on Twitter, but out of a direct message has blossomed a fully realized, supportive, loving friendship. They are each other's rocks and sources of baked goods as well as career, relationship, and fashion advice. Here are two artists who found success, responsibility, and a clear voice at an incredibly young age, and they seem to be aware of how lucky they are to have found each other. So, Taylor and Lena: This is your friendship's life!May 13, 1986: Lena Dunham is born. December 13, 1989: Taylor Swift is born. October 2006: Taylor Swift releases her self-titled debut. March 2010: Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture premieres at SXSW. She'd later admit to being influenced by Taylor, telling Et, "Long before she was my friend, she was my »


- Jesse David Fox,Sean Fitz-Gerald

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The 13 Scariest Music Videos of All Time

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It's the time of the year again: Time to curl up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, stock up on Halloween candy, and watch as many scary things as you can. Even though your instinct will tell you to Netflix a horror classic or run to the movies theater to see Annabelle or Ouija, let us suggest another option: music videos. Specifically these 13, the scariest music videos ever made. Needless to say, many of these are extremely Nsfw, as well as Nsfn (not safe for nighttime). 13. Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do"Nighttime bike-riding on a seemingly endless road. Silent people in animal masks, including a Donnie Darko–esque bunny, who appear and disappear. Two people (children?) standing at the edge of the woods in Halloween costumes. A creepy childlike musical refrain running through the entire thing. Scary! 12. Michael Jackson, "Thriller"You'd think that by now, the effect of »


- Melody Lau

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James Corden’s Late Late Show to Debut in March

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The new James Corden–hosted version of CBS’s The Late Late Show has a premiere date: The U.K. actor will make his debut as Craig Ferguson’s replacement on March 9, the Eye network just announced. With Ferguson stepping down December 19, Vulture hears CBS will fill most of the three-month gap between his exit and Corden’s debut by having rotating guest-hosts on The Late Late Show. Meanwhile, Corden and CBS have also decided to outsource the job of Late Late Show executive producer to another Brit, hiring Ben Winston, an exec producer of hit music competition show The X Factor, to oversee Corden’s new chatfest. Winston and Corden have worked together before on the Brit Awards and on sketches for charity telethon Red Nose Day. Oh, and Winston directed Corden in the One Direction video for “Best Song Ever.”   »


- Joe Adalian

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The Joan Didion Documentary Kickstarter Raised $80K in 1 Day

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As of today, Joan Didion can cross “crowd-funding” off her bucket list. The laconic 79-year-old essayist — who vivisected the '60s, became half of a Hollywood power couple, and more recently wrote two best-sellers about losing her husband and daughter suddenly — will be the subject of a documentary titled (aptly, if unoriginally) We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. Her nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct it with documentary veteran Susanne Rostock, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 at 10:30, roughly 24 hours later.As teased in a video and text on the site, the doc will alternate old photos of Didion with snippets of her reading selected passages (illustrated with gauzy stock footage), interspersed with newsreel-style coverage of the political upheavals she covered and talking heads like Patti Smith, Liam Neeson, Jann Wenner, Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter, and the camera-shy »


- Boris Kachka

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Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs, Will Allegedly ‘Crush It’

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Aaron Sorkin's long-gestating Steve Jobs biopic has finally found its lead in Christian Bale. Sorkin seems pleased as punch, telling Bloomberg, "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale." (Would we call him Chris?) Never one to undersell a project, Sorkin continued with the praise: "It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it." Based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of Jobs, the film will only be three scenes long, each taking place backstage before a different Apple product launch. There will be speeches. Oh, yes, there will be speeches. »


- Nate Jones

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Herbie Hancock: My Battle With Crack

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Jazz icon Herbie Hancock has had a long, trailblazing career, from his classic work with Miles Davis in the ‘60s through his wildly popular funk and hip-hop excursions in the '70s and '80s, and into his current guise as one of the genre’s preeminent experimenters and popularizers. But despite a habit of musical mold-breaking, the keyboardist has fallen prey to some all-too-common show-business demons. In this excerpt from his memoir, Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Viking), out October 23, Hancock, 74, shares his first experience with the drug, crack, that would take him years to overcome.One night I drove to a friend’s place in Beverly Hills for a birthday party, and as I was parking I saw two women I knew getting into their cars. “Are you leaving?” I asked. “Yeah,” one of them said. “You might not want to go up there.” Before I could ask what she meant, »


- Herbie Hancock

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Twin Peaks Alumni: Where Are They Now?

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When co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost announced they’d be bringing Twin Peaks back in 2016, fans went scrambling to rebrief on the show’s massive ensemble, the characters’ journeys, and the actors’ careers before and after the series’ 1991 conclusion. To make the eventual return to small-town Washington State and its mysterious forests a little easier, we’ve created a digest of information on 30 of Twin Peaks’ most memorable faces. What’s more, Vulture spoke with some of the cast members (including Laura Palmer herself, Sheryl Lee) about where they were when they heard the show was coming back, how the series affected their lives, and together delved into some potential clues about who might be coming back to Twin Peaks.  Mädchen AmickRole: Shelly JohnsonPost-Peaks: Amick has been among the busiest of Peaks’ original cast. She currently stars on Lifetime’s supernatural series Witches of East End and has shown »


- Kenny Herzog

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The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz on the Anal Episode and Adam Pally on Skeleton Sex

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It was the booty call heard 'round the world. On the October 7 episode of The Mindy Project ("I Slipped"), Danny tried to get some action from his girlfriend Mindy’s back section, marking network comedy’s first attempt to talk about anal sex. “Well, I have to correct you there as I believe there was one pioneer before us who bravely tackled anal sex on broadcast TV, and that was an episode of Amen starring Sherman Hemsley,” Ike Barinholtz joked when Vulture sat down with the actor/writer/producer on the show’s L.A. set last Friday. “Actually, I don’t think it has ever been done before, probably with good reason. We’re proud to make history any way we can. In fact, we sent that episode straight to the Smithsonian. It will be running on a perpetual loop for eternity next to Archie Bunker’s chair.”“I »


- Carrie Bell

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Key and Peele Exorcist-ized Make-a-Wish to Horrifying Results

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As we saw with their instant-classic Family Matters sketch, Key and Peele can turn anyone into a frightening horror villain. In their upcoming Halloween episode, which will air next Thursday, K&P might've found their most unexpected monster yet: a Make-a-Wish kid. Jordan Peele plays a dying boy who wants to use his wish to do some sick ssshhhhh, and Keegan-Michael Key plays the doctor who is like, "Wait, what?" The moral is clear: Dying children are hilarious! »


- Jesse David Fox

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Nashville Recap: Baby Boom

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Last night’s Nashville will forever be called the “of course that happened” episode. Of course applesauce kid is Gunnar’s. Of course that homeless dude can sing like an angel. Of course the first time Will goes cruising for sex in the park, he gets jumped. Of course Zoey seizes the opportunity of Juliette’s illness to bulldoze her way into the spotlight. And (spoiler alert if you didn’t watch next week’s preview): Of course Maddie will end up kissing Colton. I mean, of course.I do love the fact that, on Nashville, dunking fries in applesauce (um, ew?) is considered a hereditary trait. (They should have also given Mika a mini-pompadour and sideburns.) Gunnar was immediately suspicious of the little tyke, especially when he found out the kid was 9½ — Gunnar can do math! (Well, probably. With a calculator.) But it wasn’t until Avery told »

- Max Weiss

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: The Hair of Her Chinny-Chin-Chin

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I never quite understood why American Horror Story needs a Halloween episode. Isn’t that sort of like Barbara Walters doing a special about people who refuse to retire or Guy Fieri doing a miniseries about bad dye jobs and quadruple-bypass surgeries? But here we are, due to the season when it airs, with a two-part Halloween special. It’s like one of those Halloween Spirit pop-up stores in your neighborhood that only sells costumes having a special Halloween sale. Can’t we just get It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and like eight of Roseanne’s Halloween episodes and call it a day?Don’t get me wrong, that trick-or-treating scene being done in the daylight was far more creepy than one held at night. There’s something about seeing costumed children during the day that chills me to my very bones. Maybe it’s because it reminds »


- Brian Moylan

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Theater Review: Brooklyn Superhero Supply, in The Fortress of Solitude

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There’s a moment three-quarters of the way through the first act of The Fortress of Solitude, a new musical based on the Jonathan Lethem novel, when all of the show’s developing threads combine and resolve in a marvelous sequence called “Take Me to the Bridge.” By this point we have met the major characters, especially Dylan Ebdus, a white boy living in what is now upscale Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, but was then, in 1975, just ramshackle Gowanus. His mother having abandoned him to find herself in California, Dylan exists in a kind of frozen sadness with his withdrawn father, an unsuccessful painter, and in a kind of terrified awe of his neighbors, most of whom are black and much cooler than he.  One of them, Mingus Rude, becomes his protector and best friend, partly owing to their parallel situations: Mingus, too, has been abandoned by his mother to the »


- Jesse Green

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See 13-Year-Old Kim Kardashian Predict Her Future Stardom

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In honor of her 34th birthday, Et released some vintage footage of the future Mrs. Kardashian-West celebrating her eighth-grade graduation. Turns out that even as a bob-sporting 13-year-old, she’s still the same self-absorbed Kim we know and love (she even has Kris and Kourtney in tow). Some highlights: “Does everyone get a tape of this? Because I hope you do, so you can see me when I’m famous and old [and] you’ll remember me as this beautiful little girl.” “My name's Kim Kardashian. I’m the dopest-on-the-ropest person in this class. I’m dope on a rope, and you should learn my vocabulary.” (Then when someone asks her what dope is: “Dope is Kim.”) After declaring herself “more popular than Lisa,” she has this to share about someone named Chris: “Chris loves me the most out of anyone, and everyone’s just like jealous because he loves me the most. »


- Anna Silman

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Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman Team Up for I.Q. 83

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Deadline reports that Steve Carell is in talks to star in the long-gestating film adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s 1978 science-fiction novel I.Q. 83, with Charlie Kaufman rewriting the script. The book chronicles the outbreak of an airborne virus that causes the I.Q. level to gradually decrease in the afflicted. While the novel was written as serious sci-fi, the film is being envisioned as a satire in the vein of Dr. Strangelove. So ideally we're looking at an Eternal Sunshine–esque Kaufman head trip with Brick Tamland as protagonist? Great. »


- Anna Silman

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Jonathan Demme Is Filming Justin Timberlake’s World Tour

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar winner Jonathan Demme — who directed Silence of the Lambs as well as concert films such as Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense and Neil Young's Heart of Gold — will film the final two shows of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience world tour, which are taking place January 1 and 2 in Las Vegas, presumably to make a chilling psychological thriller that will haunt the dreams of generations to come. You still wake up sometimes, don't you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the J.T. fans? »


- Anna Silman

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S Club 7 Is Reuniting for the First Time in More Than a Decade

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There ain’t no party like an S Club 7 reunion party: According to the BBC, the beloved ‘90s Brit pop band will reunite for the BBC’s Children in Need benefit show on November 14, marking the first time that all seven members have performed together in more than a decade (even though it feels like yesterday in our hearts). "This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time," the band said in a statement to the BBC. We can’t wait to see Bradley sing and Rachel do her thing. But has Jo still got the flow? Find out on November 14! »


- Anna Silman

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Bryan Singer Is Having a Baby With His Best Friend

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While the sexual-assault allegations against Bryan Singer dominated headlines this year, he's ending 2014 on a happier note: The X-Men: Days of Future Past director is expecting his first child with his best friend of 25 years, Queer As Folk actress Michelle Clunie. "Mother and father are both very excited about the upcoming birth and look forward to co-parenting the child together. The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two," Singer's representative said in a statement. »


- Anna Silman

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