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Adam Levine Sang the Sesame Street Theme as Michael Jackson

Here’s Maroon 5 front-man and Voice judge Adam Levine joining Jimmy Fallon in a game of “musical impressions,” in which each take turns singing a different song in the style of a particular famous artist, including Michael Jackson, Iggy Azalea and Eddie Vedder. While musical impressions have long been Fallon's thing, Levine proved a worthy challenger (although to be fair, he does spend a lot of time listening to people sing).

  • Posted 9/3/14 at 1:40 AM

Brittany Murphy's Father Slams Actress Playing His Daughter in Lifetime Biopic

Lifetime's made-on-a-shoestring Brittany Murphy biopic The Brittany Murphy Story airs September 6th, and it does not look promising. As our own Margaret Lyons wrote: "There are amateur pornos made at a higher quality. There are Chihuahuas wearing better, more believable wigs.” Well, turns out Brittany Murphy’s father Angelo Bertolotti agrees with that assessment, giving a scathing reaction to preview clips in an interview with The Examiner. “I am disgusted and outraged that Lifetime decided to produce such a trashy project, defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter, Brittany Murphy," said Bertolotti.

"Everyone looks ridiculous in their bad wigs and the dialogue is nauseating." »

Shakespeare Meets Biker Gangs in Cymbeline Trailer

Here’s a trailer for the modern-day remake of Shakespeare’s lesser known tragedy Cymbeline, from the director of 2000's Hamlet, Michael Almereyda. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Penn Badgley, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin. The original play tells of an epic battle between the Roman and Celtic nobility, reimagined here as a showdown between some dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang. Think Sons of Anarchy, with way more Dan Humphrey speaking in iambic pentameter.

Vince Vaughn Will Play a Disgraced Elected Official in The Politician

Today in non-True Detective Vince Vaughn casting news, THR reports that the actor has taken the lead role a new comedy called The Politician, from What If director Michael Dowse. Vaughn will play a D.C. politician on the run from the law after becoming embroiled in a prostitution scandal. That said, a lying politician could totally be a True Detective villain, so we'll take this as progress.

Flight of The Concords’ Jemaine Clement Is Making a New HBO Series

Jemaine Clement — best known as one half of the duo behind the cult musical comedy series The Flight of the Conchords — is returning to HBO. In an interview with The Guardian, Clement let slip that the network had commissioned a brand new, four-episode series from him and sometime Conchords director Taika Waititi, with whom he recently released the indie vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows. “It was supposed to be this year but then we decided to put What We Do in the Shadows out ourselves," he said.


Let’s Discuss the Bananas Season 5 of Beverly Hills, 90210

All this week on Vulture, we’re discussing the hugely influential 1994–95 network television season, with the likes of newbies Friends, ER, and My So-Called Life hobnobbing on the fall schedule with returning future classics such as Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The X-Files. We just counted down the season’s 100 best episodes. Up now: Vulture columnist Dave Holmes looks back at the hugely popular and entirely bonkers fifth season of the Fox melodrama Beverly Hills, 90210, which saw the departure of Shannen Doherty’s Brenda Walsh and the arrival of Saved by the Bell’s Tiffani Amber Thiessen as manipulative family friend Valerie Malone. He will discuss the show while simultaneously giving a track-by-track assessment of Beverly Hills, 90210: The College Years, a tie-in soundtrack released September 20, 1994.

Cue the opening guitar chords ... »

The 7 Most Random Places That Justin Bieber Has Gotten Into Trouble

After his ATV arrest last week, it's starting to seem like Justin Bieber is committed to only the most unexpected, creative forms of legal trouble. He gets charged in the most exotic situations: clubbing in Ibiza, drag racing in Miami ... date night at Dave & Buster's. It's all very random. In honor of his most recent scuffle, here are the seven most random places Biebs has allegedly run into trouble this year.

Bribed Canadian Border Control to get his crew into the county. »

Nobody Loves Other Actresses More Than Jessica Chastain

In an industry where A-list actresses are taught to compete with each other for the few three-dimensional parts that Hollywood bothers to create for women, Jessica Chastain rises above that fray: The Zero Dark Thirty star has always been a terrifically vocal advocate and ally of her fellow actresses, and when she sees another woman delivering a powerful performance, she'll begin touting that actress with such a fervor that you might suspect Chastain has found a second career as the woman's publicist. That isn't the case, of course: Chastain is simply a self-described cinephile whose most impassioned cause is remedying the "huge problem in American cinema where stories about women aren’t nurtured and celebrated and brought to the screen as often as stories about men." She does her part in every interview she gives, where she's more likely to discuss the other actresses she admires than she is to talk about herself. Here are just some of the women in Hollywood whom Chastain has celebrated:

Read her awesome quotes about Scarlett Johansson, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lawrence, and more. »

The 100 Best Episodes of the 1994–95 TV Season

Vulture is revisiting the 1994–95 TV season all week long. Joe Adalian makes the case that it was "one of network TV's last truly great seasons, which means there are a lot of good shows to choose from — but rather than rank the shows, we're going one step beyond to round up the 100 best episodes of the year. For these purposes, the "season" roughly falls between August 25, 1994 (when My So-Called Life debuted) and June 1995, but there are a few outliers on either side of that boundary. This list primarily focuses on network shows, as network TV was generally where it was at, but a few cable entries made the cut, too. It could have been entirely filled with episodes of The Simpsons, Homicide: Life on the Street, ER, NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, Friends, and My So-Called Life, but that's boring. Instead, after spending about 200 hours rewatching shows on DVD, streaming video, and dodgy YouTube rips, I factored in notability and variety in addition to just straight-up quality. Someone has to sing the song of Due South 20 years later, right?

First up: Paging Dr. Joel Fleischman. »

2 Big Things Wrong With the Art World As Demonstrated by the September Issue of Artforum

Every September, I conduct a semi-sick ritual upon returning to the high school with money that we call the art world. I manically study the thick September issue of Artforum to see what the new season of shows and openings holds. With my social reflexes shot and anxieties running high, the September Artforum provides an abstract preview for the faithful, the frightened, and the shy.

What did I find this time? »

  • Posted 9/2/14 at 2:15 PM

Watch Lucky’s Waiting for Godot Speech in Yiddish

If you’ve ever seen Waiting for Godot, maybe you’ve been mystified by Lucky’s gibberish tirade halfway through Act One, an eight-minute speech that begins “Given the existence as uttered forth in the public works of Puncher and Wattmann of a personal God quaquaquaqua with white beard quaquaquaqua” and gets weirder from there. And if you’ve spent any time in a synagogue, maybe you’ve also been mystified by the droning chants of a self-dramatizing cantor, speak-singing in a language you don't understand. Now you can be mystified by both together — and perhaps understand each a little better as well — as the New Yiddish Rep revives its world-premiere production of the authorized Yiddish translation of Beckett’s 1953 classic. We've provided a little video sample here.

Watch the video. »

Why 1994-95 Was One of Network TV’s Last Truly Great Seasons

Network TV these days is often used not as a descriptor, but as an epithet: “Oh, that show’s not bad for network TV.” “I can’t believe they gave all those Emmy Awards to network TV shows.” “Who cares about the new fall shows on network TV? When does The Walking Dead come back?” As another television season gets underway this month, broadcast TV finds itself diminished, still enormously profitable, still possessing big hits — and yet struggling to stay culturally relevant in a world where programming choices have become seemingly limitless and platforms of distribution dizzyingly diverse. The Big Four networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox — are hardly dead, and they might not even be dying. They have, however, become shadows of their former selves, gods of the media universe now made flesh. It was not always thus, of course. In fact, it’s not hard to make the case that we’re not far removed from a golden age of network television that rivaled the much-acclaimed run premium cable has been enjoying in recent years.

It was twenty years ago today ... »

Justin Bieber Was Arrested After an ATV Accident

Just a month after being charged with a misdemeanor (for egging a neighbor's house), TMZ is reporting that Justin Bieber was in an ATV accident in Ontario, Canada, last Friday. Following the crash, he allegedly got into a "physical altercation" with the other driver (whom TMZ reports was a paparazzo driving a minivan) and was then taken into custody. Biebs was released, but this incident could very likely be in violation of his two-year probation. And how was your Labor Day weekend?

August’s Best Entertainment Photography

Sing it with me: "Summer's out for schoo-ool." Meaning it's time to look back at what the summer offered us, like entertainment photographs. August just ended, so here we picked the best of the month; included are photos of Kanye West, Mila Kunis, Iggy Azalea, Kristen Wiig, Kirsten Dunst, and more. Enjoy! See you next month.

Hear More of Kanye West’s Sweet Ode to Kim Kardashian, ‘Awesome’

On last night's season finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we got a small — tiny, really — glimpse of the Kimye wedding. (It was no Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event.) Since Kanye likes to keep things secret, most of the episode revolved around Khloe's pre-wedding hangover and the girls' ill-fitting bridesmaids dresses. Still: We got to hear more of Kanye's Kim ode, "Awesome," which was described during a bachelorette party and then played as the future Mrs. Kim Kardashian West headed down the aisle. Here's a sample:

Alejandro González Iñárritu on Why He Wanted Michael Keaton for Birdman

In 1989, Michael Keaton became a star after playing the title role in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. He has continued to act in the two decades since, but none of those roles have been as big as the one under the cowl. When it was time to make Birdman, his dark comedy about a former superhero actor who tries to make a play for respectability by putting on a Broadway play, director Alejandro González Iñárritu knew that Keaton was the one, the guy who could "bring the authority, a kind of a meta-dialogue to the film." Birdman played the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend following its world premiere in Venice. John Horn, host of The Frame — a new daily arts and entertainment show that Southern California Public Radio's KPCC will be launching soon — was there and spoke with Iñárritu about choosing his star.

“I always have considered Michael Keaton to be a phenomenal actor because he navigates drama and comedy. He has been the bad guy, the funny guy, and I needed somebody who can really navigate those two genres, and I think few actors can do that. What he did is extraordinarily difficult.”

You can listen to the full 17-minute interview at The Frame's show page or subscribe over at iTunes here.

(Also, Alejandro, we feel you: "Everybody has a Birdman, no matter how small is your bird or vulture that you have inside.")

2 New Unreleased Adele Songs Just Make Us Miss Adele Even More Than We Already Do

While we wait and wait and desperately wait for news of a new Adele album, here are two lovely, unreleased songs meant for 2010's 21. They were written with Fraser T Smith ("Set Fire to the Rain"), reports Digital Spy UK, and have ended up online four years into our Adele drought to satiate you. At least partially.

Broad City Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: The Trifecta

A lot of people would be tempted to say that New York City is the third cast member, since it features so prominently in this episode; and those people are not only lazy, but completely wrong. The secret about New York City is that it does not give a shit about you. It doesn’t care about your MFA or if you write 89 books about loving or leaving it. New York definitely doesn’t care about BoCoCa, ViVa, FiDi, or any other neighborhoods cobbled together to seem more palatable, because New York doesn’t need to be palatable. New York doesn’t give a shit if, in 20 years, when everyone else is paying $150,000 a year to live in a fifth-floor walk-up, you’ll feel like King Shit of Fuck Mountain at your rent-controlled $3,500-a-month two-bedroom. If we’re going to anthropomorphize New York, it’s definitely not going to play second-tier to your movie, TV show, or podcast — it’s a goddamn Leviathan, it will rise out of the deep like the alien ship at the end of The Abyss, it will freak you out until the bitter end, and, when you’ve moved along, a whole new crop of people will try to lasso ropes around it and call it their own while you’re lulled into compliance by the hypnotic vibration of your lawnmower and ache over how much you miss the rush, the pull, the endless frenzy of bodies barely touching, every single day for the rest of your goddamn life.

Broad City is smart enough to comment on New York without actually saying anything out loud. »

The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort Is Also a DJ Named Ansolo

In this life, you're just going to have to assume that every celebrity is also a DJ. Take Ansel Elgort, one of the lead teens (who is 20 in real life!) from this summer's The Fault in Our Stars. Turns out, Ansel has been going by "Ansolo" (as in "Hansel" or "Han Solo"? Or both?) and is doing a bit more than your garden-variety celebrity DJs. He even played New York's Electric Zoo this weekend:

Gaby Hoffmann on Girls, Growing Up in ’80s New York, and Her Amazon Show Transparent

Gaby Hoffmann’s friends like her a little crazy and very naked. Her director pal Sebastian Silva cast her as a radical free spirit in last year’s Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus, and Lena Dunham turned her into Adam’s disturbed sister Caroline on Girls. In Amazon’s new comedy from Jill Soloway, Transparent, Hoffmann plays Ali, a lost soul whose father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is about to come out as Maura. We talked to the actress about how her new show feels like destiny and why she doesn’t understand the national fixation on her vagina.

"I’m just very comfortable with nudity. For me, it’s normal." »


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