Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment, and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we delved into such pop cultural issues as: what was the worst movie of 2012, how should the Manti Te’o story be turned into a screen property, and why is James Franco so interested in gay culture. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.
Q: Who were all the TV stars that helped catch Osama bin Laden?
A: Coach Taylor, Tony Soprano, Michael from Lost … they were all in Zero Dark Thirty. And yes, we know that we missed Henry Francis from Mad Men, ok. Sorry!
Q: How did Quentin Tarantino make those ridiculous, geyser-like spurts of blood happen in Django Unchained?
A: He got one of the experts to make some giant squibs. Like, the biggest squibs.
Q: Will The Carrie Diaries one day be considered a forgotten classic?
A: Our TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz does not believe so, but Margaret Lyons is reminded of these nine WB and UPN shows that were so much better than you remember.
Q: What was the worst movie of 2012?
A: This Means War, at least according to our comprehensive survey of the nation’s film critics. Take a look at the nine other worst movies of last year and a rundown of each critic’s individual worst movies list.
Q: Is the show Girls really just run by a bunch of creative young women?
A: No! There’s one incredibly creative older woman who keeps all the trains on time. Showrunner Jenni Konner is the grown-up behind Girls.
Q: Why is James Franco, who is premiering his film Interior. Leather Bar. at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, so interested in gay culture?
A: It’s complicated.
Q: What is the deal with Justin Timberlake’s “suit and tie shit”?
A: It’s a long history. We walk you through it here.
Q: Is the crazytown Manti Te’o story going to be a movie or TV miniseries at some point?
A: It’s 2013 and this is America, so yes. We spitballed five ways it might appear on the big or small screen.