Set phasers to stun: Hannibal and Pushing Daisies producer Bryan Fuller is coming onboard the new Star Trek TV revival as a co-creator, executive producer, and — most important — showrunner. Fuller, whose entertainment-industry career began writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, will work with the already-announced Alex Kurtzman to co-create the new Trek incarnation, launching early next year on digital streaming network CBS All Access. He’ll then take the bridge as day-to-day producer of the show, ensuring a Star Trek vet is in charge of the latest chapter of the half-century-old franchise — something CBS Studios chief David Stapf says was essential to the revival. “Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer, but a genuine fan of Star Trek,” Stapf said. “Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.”
Tig Notaro's upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person will detail the very bad year when she was hospitalized for an intestinal disease called C. diff, lost her mother to an unexpected accident, went through a breakup, and was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer — all in the matter of four months. A few days after her cancer diagnosis, Notaro did one of the most important stand-up sets in modern comedy, at the Largo, when she opened, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer." That tumultuous year has inspired a wellspring of creative work from Notaro, who joined Vulture for a conversation last year at the Vulture Festival to talk about her tour and HBO special, Boyish Girl Interrupted, her Showtime documentary, Knock Knock It's Tig Notaro, and a short film, "Clown Service." That didn't even include her upcoming Amazon show, One Mississippi. I'm Just a Person is available for preorder now, and will be available for purchase June 14.
While the Academy has said that there is no vaping allowed at this year's Oscars ceremony, that doesn't mean the nominees can't enjoy some hashish at the after-party. The infamous swag bag from Distinctive Assets has lots of stuff for the 25 acting and directing nominees to enjoy. In fact, there is $200,000 worth of stuff, including a vape pen, sex toys, underarm sweat patches, a year's worth of Audi A4 rentals, vampire breast-lifts (we had to Google that), personal-training sessions with a celebrity trainer, a walking tour in Japan, and a trip to Israel, which THR reports is sponsored by the Israeli government. Not to mention, there are bottles of vodka, Chardonnay, chocolates, protein bars, cheesecake, and gummies, which all sound like necessary provisions for the after-after-party. Come to the think of it, the swag bag is probably not actually a bag but, rather, a truck.
Macklemore Finally Performed ‘White Privilege II’ Live, Delighting Comments Sections Around the LandBy Nate Jones
After Macklemore dropped "White Privilege II" last month, two questions swirled above all. The first: What is a good white person actually supposed to do? The second, slightly less important: Is Macklemore ever even going to try to perform this track live? Last night on Late Show With Stephen Colbert, we got our answer, as the Mack returned to perform a slightly abridged version of the song alongside Ryan Lewis, Jamila Woods, Nikkita Oliver, and Danez Smith. Add this to his interview with DeRay Mckesson, and it's clear Colbert is really going for that Most Woke Host in Late Night award.
Ewan McGregor sang David Bowie’s “Heroes” last night at the Roxy's Celebrating David Bowie tribute concert in Hollywood, alongside other performers, like Seal and Gary Oldman. As you might know based on your age and/or love of musical movies, McGregor sang “Heroes” as part of the "Elephant Love Medley" in Moulin Rouge. But don’t worry! You don’t have to publicly identify yourself as a former or current Moulin Rouge fan here. This is a safe space, designated solely for getting misty over the excellence of David Bowie. And that is a fact.
It Has Been a Very Long Time Since a Monologue Joke Bombed As Hard As the One Seth Meyers Tried Last NightBy Halle Kiefer
It’s hard to believe Seth Meyers's audience greeted this one specific monologue joke with a wall of icy silence. (It occurs about three and a half minutes in.) That joke had everything! Death, dying moms, failing to reunite with your birth parents after a decades-long search to find them, sadness ... the list goes on. But let’s not discount the nervous, uncomfortable laughter, though. That is still technically laughter.
New Girl has seen its characters through some pretty significant changes over the past five years, but perhaps none has been more significant than this season’s six-episode, Jess-less arc while Zooey Deschanel is on maternity leave. But, true to its title, there is a New Girl — in the form of guest star Megan Fox, whose first episode airs tonight. Vulture spoke to New Girl creator Liz Meriwether about this new character, unexpected directions, and the show’s one true love story.
Full Frontal Presents ‘A Jeb in Winter,’ a Study of the Cold, Silent Despair That Is Jeb Bush’s New Hampshire CampaignBy Halle Kiefer
Sometimes you just have to know when to throw in the towel. Other times you don’t know when to throw in the towel because you are the towel. A plain, faded beige towel someone would only use when all their other towels are in the washing machine. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee followed Jeb Bush’s sad, straggly New Hampshire campaign, and even his supporters describe him as a “too meek,” “wouldn't be fantastic” glass of "milk.” One would argue milk is much more nutritious than a Big Gulp full of screaming orange soda with a wig floating in it, but still.
Justin Vernon's gearing up for his second Eaux Claires Music Festival — where last year, Bon Iver debuted two new songs — and to get fans pumped for all those sounds of summer sadness, early ticket-buyers have received a cassette compilation of artists expected to perform. Naturally, Bon Iver are on it, and they've shared what Vernon has described as a "very old" (but not so old that it predates their debut album) unreleased track called "Haven, Mass." It's steeped in the band's usual melancholy (obviously, the lyrics reference rain) and, according to Vernon, was recorded around 2009 or 2010. Thanks to someone who owns one of Earth's last cassette players, you can hear a rip of it below.
Some of my greatest memories as a kid involve sitting cross-legged in front of the television obsessively watching The X-Files while my mother braided my hair. The show had a lot that captured my imagination. I quickly developed a crush on Fox Mulder and an appreciation for the show’s weirdness. But it was Dana Scully I truly fell in love with. I wasn’t the only one, and for good reason.
When Scully first appeared in the fall of 1993, she felt like a rarity in the television landscape. She cultivated a form of womanhood where being awkward, terribly dressed and disinterested in fashion, and the smartest person in the room were things to cherish. She wasn’t created as a sex symbol, though she became one. But it’s the other aspects of her character that became foundational. In the face of cancer, alien abductions, madmen, and monsters, Scully may have been afraid, her faith in Catholicism and science tested, but she was always brave. And above all else, her intelligence was her defining trait. She proved to be such a cultural force that she gave rise to “The Scully Effect,” inspiring young women to enter fields of science and medicine.
Alicia Vikander, Bryan Cranston, and 6 More Oscar Nominees on the Trials and Lessons of Awards SeasonBy Stacey Wilson Hunt and Kyle Buchanan
Seventy-two hours after this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced, we convened eight nominees to discuss what was on their minds. And there was a lot! From an upstart ingenue like Alicia Vikander, tapped for Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, to a veteran producer like Steve Golin, who has two films (Spotlight and The Revenant) competing for Best Picture; from a writer like Andrea Berloff, who co-scripted the unexpected blockbuster Straight Outta Compton, to documentary director Liz Garbus, nominated for her defiant and heartbreaking What Happened, Miss Simone?, all the assembled were equally eager to share their insights about the craziness (and necessity) of Oscar campaigning, the omnipresent diversity issue, recent changes to the movie business, and — according to Bryan Cranston — why you have to be ready to win.
Alicia Vikander, actress, The Danish Girl
Andrea Berloff, co-writer, Straight Outta Compton
Bryan Cranston, actor, Trumbo
Diane Warren, songwriter, "'Til It Happens to You," from The Hunting Ground
Liz Garbus, director, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Pete Docter, writer/director, Inside Out
Phyllis Nagy, writer, Carol
Steve Golin, producer, The Revenant and Spotlight
In a bit that made you wish The Colbert Report’s version of Stephen Colbert was still around and running in this year’s Republican primary, Stephen Colbert Ben Carsoned his Late Show entrance like a human golden retriever unable to understand verbal commands. Unlike Ben Carson’s actual botched debate entrance, Colbert had to be dragged onstage like a drunk scarecrow. Also unlike Ben Carson’s entrance, Colbert’s entrance didn’t make you shut your eyes in white-hot mortification, only to open them again and again to find Ben Carson still standing there.
Amazon Renews Mozart in the Jungle for Season 3; Show Will Continue to Be About Neither Mozart Nor JunglesBy Nate Jones
Despite neither telling the life story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart nor taking place in a rain forest, Mozart in the Jungle has been renewed for a third season, Amazon announced today. It's the latest piece of good news for the show, which just won Best Comedy or Musical Series (it's both!) at the Golden Globes last month, as well as a Best Actor trophy for star Gael García Bernal. For the curious, the Amazon Prime series follows Bernal's charming young conductor as he navigates the sexy, silly world of New York City symphony orchestras. Why couldn't it be called Conductor in the City? No one knows. We would watch Conductor in the City in a heartbeat.
Ahead of the 2016 Grammys, Vulture spoke with a handful of artists whose albums are nominated this year about the toughest song they wrote for them. Up next is Miguel. When it came to challenging himself on his third album, Wildheart, which earned the Los Angeles native two Grammy nominations this year (Best Urban Contemporary Album, and Best R&B Song for “Coffee”), Miguel didn’t grapple with the sonic palette of “What’s Normal Anyway,” a psych-lite cut touting a spindly electric guitar navigating through choppy, harmony-swollen waters. Instead, it was about digging deep. “I never feel like I belong,” he sings, grappling with the difficulties of misaligning with the expectations that can come from race, class, and intellect.
Tonight we’ll return to the seemingly never-ending sideshow that is our nation’s presidential campaign, but until then, let us talk Beyoncé and only Beyoncé. The black women of late night convened Monday to hash out the one thing you and everyone else on the planet have been talking about: Who exactly is buying all these Coldplay albums? (Aunts? Middle managers? Vice-principals?) No, they really discussed the political and racial implications of Beyoncé ’s Super Bowl halftime performance of "Formation." The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams analyzed the conservative response, particularly complaints that Beyoncé's statements on race tainted the hallowed American tradition of the Super Bowl. Keke Palmer joined Larry Wilmore and Nightly Show contributors Robin Thede and Franchesca Ramsey to scrutinize Beyoncé’s new, more overtly political artistic leanings. Eventually we as a society will agree that professional football is not worth the unavoidable traumatic brain injuries, and the Super Bowl will consist entirely of fun, heavily choreographed political pop songs. We cannot wait.
Say, which member of the Pulp Fiction cast would be the best at making your child cry during their 11th birthday party? That would be Bruce Willis, who "Page Six" reports was seen rolling a whopping 286 at a Misery after-party at a bowling alley Saturday. And he did it in between "drinking vodka and showing off his dance skills." Yippee-ki-yay! Tell us, Bruce Willis: How did you get so good at bowling? Is it because of your resemblance to a bowling pin? Did Steve Buscemi teach you during the production of Armageddon? Or maybe, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt about to start practicing?
The Tanners have moved back into your life! Look: It's DJ and Kimmy and Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky and some random children! Fuller House stars Candace Cameron Bure as DJ Tanner-Fuller, a recent widow moving back to the Bay Area, when her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and her bestie Kimmy (Andrea Barber) decide to move in to help her out with her three kids. The trio went on Ellen today to debut the official trailer for the show (it starts at 2:25 if you just want to skip to the good part). The 13-episode season of Fuller House drops on Netflix February 26.
This episode opens where last week's left off, with Oatmeal facing a series of Scylla and Charybdis–like challenges that won't stop until the episode is over. On one side of the strait is Charybdis — I mean Olivia, who will destroy his entire life with her patented brand of crazy. She's different. She's confident. She likes reading books in her room and thinking. Oatmeal is unable to see the swirling whirlpool of Olivia, and decides to let her keep her rose throughout this Rose Ceremony. Homer would have written it differently, but he's dead.
Twitter polls be damned, Kanye still hasn't a clue what to call his new album; now he just wants you to guess. Monday night, Yeezy tweeted that he's again changed the album formerly known as So Help Me God/Swish/Waves (why can't it just be all of them?) to T.L.O.P. — a clear ploy to get fans to do his grunt work for him. We see you, Kanye. T.L.O.P. is a decoy, a placeholder, if you will, meant to bide more time until inspiration strikes North at the 11th hour. It's okay, Nori, you can do it! But what the hell, we'll play along. Rather than just telling you what T.L.O.P. stands for, Kanye would like you to guess, rewarding whoever can figure it out (or steal the correct Reddit theory first) with tickets to his Madison Square Garden fashion show/listening party on Thursday and a pair of Yeezys.
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