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Here's a First Look at Fox's Fake Prince Harry Dating Show

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Recently we told you about Fox's fake Prince Harry dating show I Wanna Marry Harry, the Joe Millionaire knockoff in which 12 guileless American woman are transported to a British estate to compete for the attentions of a Prince Harry lookalike. Well, Fox released the trailer today, and it is just as ridiculous — and, in some masochistic way, enticing — as the premise would suggest. By the looks of things, some of these women actually do believe that they are dating the real Prince Harry, while some are just happy to be in England (as one aptly puts it: "Prince Harry, Harry Potter, I don't care.") At very least, it is a terrible reflection on this country's limited access to Hello! magazine. »


- Anna Silman

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There's a Marlene Dietrich-Greta Garbo TV Show in the Works

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Hollywood super-producer Megan Ellison is turning her Oscar-nominated instincts to television. Deadline reports that Ellison's production and distribution company Annapurna Pictures, which made American Hustle, Her and Zero Dark Thirty, is working on its first major TV project, focusing on the overlapping lives of Hollywood rivals Greta Garbo and Marlena Dietrich. Ellison will executive produce and Hung and L Word duo Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke will write the script. Set in Hollywood's Golden Age, the show will cover the starlets' relationship with icons like Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck and John Wayne. Bring on the period garb! »


- Anna Silman

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Tatiana Maslany Joins Penn Badgley in Revenge Flick The Paper Store

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Deadline reports that Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany will join Gossip Girl star-turned-indie rocker Penn Badgley in The Paper Store, a revenge story about a former college student who gets paid to forge essays, the client who becomes her lover, and their professor. Relative unknown Nicholas Gray is attached to direct and Richard Kind will co-star, while all the other characters will be presumably be played by Tatiana Maslany. »


- Anna Silman

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John Legend Is Working on a Found Footage Dance Movie

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John Legend and Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam are teaming up for a dance movie called Breaking Through, a "documentary-style dance drama for the YouTube generation." (Finally!) According to Deadline, the project will be the first of its kind to combine dance movies and found footage. So if you enjoyed Step Ups 1 through 5 but found yourself complaining about the overly high production values, boy, do we have the film for you. »


- Anna Silman

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A Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel Is in the Works

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In news that has hit us with the force of a run-by fruiting, The Hollywood Reporter announced this evening that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is finally in the offing. The reboot would see Robin Williams reuniting with director Chris Columbus, with Elf scribe David Berenbaum attached to write. A sequel has been in the works for years, but only became active again early this year with Berenbaum's involvement. THR reports that "Williams and Columbus are attached and hopeful." We're hopeful too! Along with Dumb and Dumber To, this would mark the second beloved early-nineties comedy classic to get the long-awaited reboot treatment. We think we speak for everyone when we say: don't screw this up, poppets. »


- Anna Silman

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Theater Review: The James Franco Project Continues, With Of Mice and Men

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Just three months after its publication in book form in February 1937, Of Mice and Men was staged in San Francisco. This was unusual but not unauthorized: Steinbeck had deliberately written the tale, which he called “a kind of playable novel,” in dialogue that could be enacted “as it stands.” He was right: It stood then and it stands up now, as the new Broadway production starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd as the odd-couple bindlestiffs proves. The story is narrow; unlike Steinbeck’s panoptic portraits of the misery of California laborers in works such as Tortilla Flat and In Dubious Battle, it does not engage, except by implication, the larger sociopolitical forces at play. Of Mice and Men sticks to the scale its title implies. Only two characters are fully realized: the itinerant ranch hands Lennie and George. Lennie is large, and softheaded, and of no more consequence in »


- Jesse Green

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Why an X-Men Clip Will Play After Spider-Man 2’s Credits

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On May 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters and at the end, after all the credits, there will be a clip for X-Men: Days of Future Past. While post-credit scenes are old hat with comic book movies (or old mask, if you will), this is noteworthy because Spider-Man is Sony and X-Men is Fox, and, traditionally, disparate comic book movie universes don't overlap. Why it's happening has to do with (500) Days of Summer? Seriously. No, Fox didn't dump Sony and Sony is giving them ad-space to try to win them back. Years ago, Marc Webb signed a contract to make two movies for Fox. The first was Summer. However, instead of making another Fox movie, Sony stepped in with the first Amazing Spider-Man. Variety reports that Fox agreed to let go of Webb if Sony agreed to promote X-Men for free. Though this reasoning might disappoint nerds hoping for a »


- Jesse David Fox

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John Turturro on Fading Gigolo and All the Women He’s Romanced Onscreen

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In the new film Fading Gigolo, John Turturro (who also wrote and directed) plays an unlikely escort pushed into the world's oldest profession by his cash-strapped friend (Woody Allen) — though when your clients include comely women played by screen beauties Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, and Vanessa Paradis, you don't remain a reluctant gigolo for long. And since there are some similarities between the life of a gigolo and the life of an actor who is paid to occasionally kiss beautiful actresses from time to time, John Turturro rang up Vulture to look back at some of the women he's romanced onscreen, as well as to ponder the nature of the love scene itself.Do you remember with whom you had your first screen kiss?Wow, that's a really good question. I think that's the first time I've ever been asked that! I may have had a quick kiss in The Sicilian, »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Omg Emt! Now a Show

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Omg Emt! is coming to TLC, the network announced today. The four-part series, which debuts Saturday, May 3, depicts "some of the most memorable and unusual emergency calls, told by real-life EMTs who face these stranger-than-fiction scenarios every day," according to the announcement. TLC likes to give new shows a trial run, so if Omg Emt! turns out to be popular, expect a lot more of it very quickly. Not to disparage the important and interesting work that EMTs and other first responders do, but it's hard not to wish for a straight-up reboot of Rescue 911.  »


- Margaret Lyons

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Ratings: Fargo Gets Decent Sampling for FX

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Fargo, FX’s much-lauded miniseries (or “limited series,” per the network’s verbiage), starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, got off to a perfectly fine start in the ratings Tuesday. The first telecast of the roughly 90-minute bow drew 2.7 million viewers and notched a 0.8 rating among viewers under 50, a number that, by itself, is neither impressive nor disastrous. On the one hand, Fargo drew slightly fewer viewers than FX’s last two drama premieres, The Bridge (3 million) and The Americans (3.2 million). But its audience was also larger than several broadcast series on Tuesday. And when you fold in two additional airings of the show from last night, Fargo was actually seen by 4.2 million viewers, not far behind the 5.1 million who watched ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Assuming Fargo gets a big boost from DVR replays, as most FX series these days do, FX execs will be »


- Josef Adalian

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This Week’s Best Game of Thrones Reader Comments: ‘The Lion and the Rose’

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Two episodes into this season of Game of Thrones, and we're already reeling from another death. Even though we know that such events are part of the natural order in Westeros, it doesn't make it any less shocking when it happens. Recapper Nina Shen Rastogi wrote that the death occurred in "the least heroic, most public, and most calculatedly pleasurable way possible." Some of you, of course, disagreed. You took to the comments section to debate the pleasure factor of seeing a villain die, who did it, and whether it left a void in the show.You debated whether poisoning was a death befitting Joffrey ... "You know, I'm going to really miss Joffrey. His surcoat game was Tight." —Commenter Sabbotage "Poisoning was too good for Joffrey.  And whoever the killer was didn't get the satisfaction of being able to stare him in the eye as he burbled and gasped and »


- E. Alex Jung

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Douglas Coupland on Being a Visual Artist, the ‘Torture’ of Interviews, and Unintended Side Effects

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Douglas Coupland built a reputation as an author-futurist nonpareil with his first novel, Generation X: occasionally glib or fuzzy but often prescient, never dull, and certainly never idle. Today the former art student spends more time on visual work, including large public projects all over Canada and his own line of furniture. Currently preparing for his first big solo survey in his native Vancouver — where he lives in wooded mid-century splendor with his architect partner and acres of Pop Art — Coupland also happens to have a novel out. Worst. Person. Ever. follows the bizarre exploits of a nasty cameraman named Raymond Gunt. Sent to Kiribati to film an awful reality show, this evil amalgam of Larry David and Mr. Bean endures misfortunes hilarious, disgusting, and well-deserved. Coupland spoke by phone about that, the “torture” of interviews, and much more with Boris Kachka.Last week you did a Q&A at »


- Boris Kachka

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Alan Thicke on His New Reality Sitcom and Being ‘Considerably More Boring Than Jason Seaver’

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Given that Alan Thicke will forever be associated with the 1985–92 sitcom Growing Pains, his latest TV project feels downright Warholian. He stars in Unusually Thicke, a Canadian-produced “reality sitcom” premiering tonight on the TV Guide Network that sends up annoying reality-programming tropes (e.g., intrusively plucky background music, swooping establishing shots showcasing the family mansion’s beige exterior) but also plays out like a scripted comedy. It is surprisingly astute at skewering the ridiculousness of everyday Hollywood, such as when Alan is outed as a swag-bag hoarder and is convinced by his wife, Tanya, and teenage son, Carter, to unload it via a charity garage sale — which, of course, winds up involving Bob Saget doing stand-up for bargain hunters. (Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeVar Burton, and Minnie Driver also turn up in the premiere, and future episodes will feature John Stamos, David Hasselhoff, and, yes, Robin Thicke.). Vulture spoke with »


- Rose Maura Lorre

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6 Forgotten Teen Films of the Late ’90s and Early ’00s

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For his documentary Beyond Clueless, a thematic walk through teen films during an era that ranged from Clueless (1995) to Mean Girls (2004), director Charlie Lyne had to watch "over 300" films. More teen films were produced in that particular era than before or since, he argues, and an entire generation grew up on them — their nostalgia now fuels revivals and reunions galore. (And those are just the ones you remember.) Along with the Jawbreakers and the She's All Thats, there are a slew of interesting and "forgotten" titles from those years. Here are a few of Lyne's favorites.Black and White (2000) Notorious sleazeball director James Toback has always had a fascination with teenagers (both onscreen and off, if you believe the Gawker articles), but his only true teen movie is Black and White, or at least the parts of Black and White that aren't just a love letter to »


- Charlie Lyne

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Freud Drama in Mom — Uh, Development

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There's a Sigmund Freud drama in the works, but apparently the birth psychoanalysis is not enough to hang a show on: Freud: The Secret Casebook will turn Freud into a criminal profiler, because everything has to be a cop penis. Show! Cop show! The Secret Casebook, which is still in its early stages of development, is "set in the glittering, but volatile world of early 20th century Vienna [where] Freud will use his startling new theories about psychology to help solve crimes," and should the series air, it will "blend episodic murder mysteries with the on-going story of Freud’s tangled and provocative personal life," according to the production company. The series comes from The X-Files' Frank Spotnitz and Star Trek's Nicholas Meyer, so it could be a cool twist on "profiler" show. But sometimes a procedural is just a cop procedural. »


- Margaret Lyons

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The Best of This Week’s Mad Men Season 7 Premiere Recaps

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The first half of the seventh and final season (got it?) of Mad Men aired on Sunday — albeit to disappointing numbers — with an episode that overlapped the story lines of four of its primary characters: Peggy Olson, Joan Holloway, Roger Sterling, and Don Draper. As Matt Zoller Seitz recounted in his recap, the episode is “about the gap between fantasy and reality, and the ache that we feel as we stare into it.” If the premiere is any indication, we are in for some heavy-duty ennui. Here is your recap of the recaps:While many have already proclaimed this a classic episode of “Mad Men,” it’s hard not to feel that the show is making the same fake progress as its characters. Each season is starting to resemble an animated cartoon where the same landscape rolls by over and over again. We’ve seen a lot of these story lines before, »


- E. Alex Jung

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See the Actor Who Plays Joffrey Photo-Bomb a Screenshot of Sunday's Episode

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[Spoiler alert, again, just in case.] Last Sunday, on Game of Thrones, Joffrey was killed! While fans rejoiced, how did Jack Gleeson, the actor who played Joffrey, react? Apparently, by photo-bombing a screening of it. His friend posted the below photo to Instagram, with Gleeson posing in front of his dead face with a "what's up with this guy?" expression. More mugging like this and we'll have to call him Jackie Gleeson.  »


- Jesse David Fox

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America Will Basically Only Buy Frozen Albums

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The soundtrack to Frozen is No. 1 again this week, with 133,000 albums sold (presumably because all the children have already worn out their first copy). Meanwhile, it only took 29,000 albums — of Pharrell's eminently listenable G I R L — to land the second spot on this week's Billboard "200." That's the lowest No. 2 sales figure in the Soundscan era. So ... prepare for an album of "Let It Go" remixes, coming soon to minivans near you. »

- Amanda Dobbins

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Supernatural Recap: Angel Food for Thought

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Like any TV series that produces 22 episodes a year, Supernatural's writers grew real tired of the format pretty early on. Urban legend re-creations and ghost procedurals quickly gave way to experimental, self-reflexive commentary on horror, TV tropes, and Supernatural itself. There's the in-show "Winchester Brothers" book series (with accompanying conventions and stans), the monster movie parody, the ghost-hunters parody, and of course there was "The French Mistake," in which Sam and Dean were transported to a parallel universe known as "Canada" and were referred to as "Jared" and "Jensen." So for an episode of Supernatural to have the audacity to call itself "Meta Fiction," it was going to have to really impress with the meta-commentary in order not to disappoint.Would it be a commentary on meta-commentary? Would it be a Tim & Eric–style, postmodern audio-visual meltdown? Unfortunately, aside from a few tossed-off speeches about story mechanics and character arcs »


- Price Peterson

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Jon Hamm on Those Rumors About Mad Men’s Megan

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Is Megan doomed on Mad Men? Certainly, her marriage to Don seems to be on the rocks, but there are also those persistent rumors that Megan could be murdered, à la Sharon Tate — a theory strengthened by many could-be clues in last Sunday's season premiere. When Vulture caught up with Jon Hamm last night at the Public Theater’s opening night fête for The Library — he was positively beaming when his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, who stars for director Steven Soderbergh in the play, emerged at the after-party — we asked for his take on the Megan-is–Sharon Tate line of thinking. "I don’t give very much credence to it," said Hamm. "Although, certainly it was on people’s minds in the world of the show. It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t know how much validity there is to it. But it’s a great compliment that »


- Jamie Sharpe

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