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  • Posted 5/28/15 at 9:21 PM
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Athens Calling: Maurizio Cattelan on Art and Survival in Crisis-Era Greece

Athens is a paradoxical megalopolis that brings together, amid the concrete and the clay, some kind of European bygone sophistication, a mild Mediterranean softness and the most anarchic third-world chaos. Resting upon a very delicate and precarious balance, it has been, for more than five years now, deep into what we perceive as the “Crisis.” That word itself is now so bandied about that it is practically empty of any substantial meaning: treated like a JPEG image or a hashtag, it is at best a godsend for headlines and more generally a cathartic outlet for the rest of Europe, turning into a flat stereotyped concept more than a conductor of the complex local reality.

From recession to austerity measures and riots, Greece is being swept by a financial tumult that drags along a continual social and humanitarian washout. Usually the art world is perceived as a sort of fallback spot, where the wind is softer and the waves are smooth. As a matter of fact, it is not anymore, the “poor but sexy” myth is slowly and surely crumbling, leaving Greek people with not much more than their offbeat, witty dark humor — probably the last life buoy and an act of moral resistance to the current and long-lasting situation. The gift shop of the new Benaki Museum annex in the Gazi neighborhood of Athens is selling “Fuck crisis, Let’s dance” tote bags. Silver printed on a sailor-striped blue-and-white fabric, the motto is both a self-deprecating fetish and a catalyst of the romanticized preconception someone might have from outside the country.

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  • Posted 5/28/15 at 8:00 PM
  • Theater

Theater Review: Does Jim Parsons, as God, Knock 'Em Dead?

For all its celebration of personal liberty and countercultural fabulousness, Broadway is actually a fairly God-positive place. Producers are not, after all, in the business of alienating potential audiences with gratuitous sacrilege. The nuns in Sister Act are sassy, not schismatic; Tevye’s a hondler, not an apostate. Even The Book of Mormon, for all its nose-thumbing, ends up endorsing the irrational power of faith in the same way it endorses the irrational power of musicals. So it comes as quite a surprise that David Javerbaum’s An Act of God, which promotes itself as a lighthearted new comedy, is actually one of the most vehement takedowns of the deity ever to reach Broadway. Perhaps the tipoff is that it’s playing at Studio 54, where, as the title character recalls, Liza Minnelli once sniffed Mick Jagger off Elizabeth Taylor.

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Gary Busey Forgot That Gary Busey Was on Entourage

When Gary Busey showed up on set at the Entourage movie, he needed a reminder how to be like Gary Busey. Speaking at AOL Build, writer and director Doug Ellin recalls telling Busey, "'Gary, we're just going to do this just like we did it the last time,' and I swear to God he wasn't joking, he goes, 'What do you mean, the last time?' I go, 'The show.' 'I did the show?' And I go, 'Are you fucking with me right now?' And he wasn't. I don't think he remembered it." The first time when he was on the show, though, Ellin remembers that Busey told him, "Doug, I won't give you your words, but what I will give you is the truth."

"Kevin, you and I are going to play a game called Tickle and Pee." »

We Now Know the Name of Andy Serkis’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character — But Nothing Else

Real news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been scarce since the project was announced, and now, six months before the film's release, it's still pretty much nonexistent. But one little nugget buried in a new StarWars.com interview with photographer Annie Leibovitz, who took photos of the cast for Vanity Fair, reveals whom Andy Serkis will be playing in the film. Meet Supreme Leader Snoke, who, like Lupita Nyongo's character in the film, will be created using Serkis's trusty motion-capture technology. Below is a photo of Andy on set with a bunch of those glowing dots all over his face — so you'll just have to imagine what his character will look like in postproduction. Other than his name, the interview doesn't reveal any details about Supreme Leader Snoke. (Though we do know he's the voice-over in the first trailer.) It's all but guaranteed he won't be cuter than BB-8, though.

  • Posted 5/28/15 at 4:18 PM

Richard Prince’s Instagram Thefts Ignite a Debate Over Social-Media Ownership

What to do when an artist appropriates your hard work and flips it for big money at a high-end gallery? When Richard Prince reworked photographer Patrick Cariou’s photographs for his "Canal Zone" series, Cariou sued him. They settled out of court.

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Vulture Festival Q&A Is Sold Out, But You Can Watch It on Periscope

This year's Vulture Festival Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld may have sold out in minutes, but you can still join in on the fun. We'll be broadcasting the event on Twitter's new livestreaming app, Periscope, and it is absolutely free for you to join. All you have to do is download the app to your phone, follow @Vulture, and tune in Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Now you can enjoy a cup of coffee with Jerry Seinfeld from the comfort of your own couch — or car.

The Entourage Cast Explain Why Their Boy Vincent Chase Makes a Better Aquaman Than Jason Momoa

Entourage the movie is finally happening, but fans will remember that Vincent Chase's (Adrian Grenier) first big break came when he starred in James Cameron's Aquaman. The superhero character was one of Entourage’s recurring punch lines, which makes things awkward now in real life, where Aquaman is about to be played by Jason Momoa in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While we were at a screening of the Entourage movie Wednesday night, we decided to ask the cast and creator of the show whom they think would make the better Aquaman: Vincent Chase or Jason Momoa.

"He's more like a whale." »

David Duchovny Can’t Quite Save Aquarius

Welcome to the '60s, man! Back when teens were trying to be all long-haired and rebellious, when music was important, Miranda rights were just being established, and casual, open racism was more widely accepted! Also, Charles Manson was there.

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Hulu Pulls Every Episode of 19 Kids and Counting

By now you've likely heard that Josh Duggar, eldest child of the Duggar clan, admitted to molesting several young girls, possibly including his sisters. Hulu certainly has: On Wednesday, the streaming site pulled all episodes of the Duggar family's hit show 19 Kids and Counting, redirecting users to watch the show on TLC's website instead. That link pulls up a 404 error on TLC's site, though TLC.com is still streaming clips from 19 Kids. Last Friday, TLC also yanked reruns of the show from its lineup. Since news of the scandal broke, at least a dozen advertisers — including General Mills, Payless, and Walgreens — have cut ties with the show. As of Thursday, full episodes are still available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. Those companies have yet to comment.

American Ultra Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg Is a Stone(d) Cold Killer Who Will Save Kristen Stewart

Dude, you ever think what would happen if you were just living your life, and then Connie Britton shows up at work and you can't stop looking at how shiny her hair is, but then she tells you that you're actually a secret spy-assassin like Jason Bourne and you have to go save your girlfriend, Kristen Stewart? That'd be wicked cool.

‘Serial’ Will Have at Least 3 Seasons, With the Second One Coming This Fall

In an email sent to newsletter subscribers this week, the "Serial" team announced that they would follow up the case of Adnan Syed with not one but two new stories. "This means we’re planning on a third season of Serial," the show's producers wrote. "And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three." Season two will premiere sometime in the fall, while its follow-up is expected in spring 2016. That's right: "Serial" now follows the same scheduling format as The Voice. It's the latest chilling similarity between the two series, after Adam Levine's controversial life sentence for killing music.

  • Posted 5/28/15 at 1:27 PM

The Artist to Watch in 2016 Has Been Dead for 20 Years

The sculptures of Gonzalo Fonseca — hand-carved blocks of marble and limestone riddled with secret compartments, moveable pieces, mysterious emblems, and tiny staircases — look like Paleolithic dollhouses designed by M.C. Escher. They don’t quite make sense, but they radiate an internal logic so seductive it’s hard not to feel as though you once encountered them in a dream, wandering through the works like abandoned cities.

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Watch an Exclusive Clip From the Heavily Hyped Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, winning both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award (a rare two-fer also managed by Whiplash and Fruitvale Station). So what was all the fuss about? You can take a look yourself with this exclusive clip from the movie, which comes out June 12 and is based on the book by Jesse Andrews. In it, you'll watch as two of our titular protagonists meet under less-than-ideal circumstances: High-school senior Greg (Thomas Mann) — the "me" in this scenario — is forced by his mother to befriend cancer-stricken "dying girl" Rachel (Olivia Cooke), though neither of these teenagers is that excited about their mandatory hangouts. Eventually, they'll find common ground, though there's nothing common about the way that director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon shoots their interactions: Even in this clip, you'll get a sense of the unusual framing he brings to bear on Me and Earl. Then again, this might not be your first exposure to Gomez-Rejon's visual vigor, as the hot young director has also shot many of American Horror Story's most dazzling episodes.

  • Posted 5/28/15 at 1:14 PM
  • Covers

Shamir, Country Superstar in Another Dimension, Covered Kacey Musgraves

The Shamir Bailey most of us know now is a genre-defying diva reinventing the idea of the pop star, but as a kid, he was a devout country-music enthusiast. His cover of Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" is a personal favorite, and now he's showing off his versatility once again with another country cover. This time, he's taken on country queen Kacey Musgraves's debut single "Merry Go ’Round" for BBC Radio 1. If you're not already head over heels for Shamir, this should put you on the bandwagon. (His cover starts at 8:40, but it's worth listening to the full interview.)

Aunt Becky Joins Increasingly Full Fuller House House

Everywhere you look, an old Full House cast member is joining the show's upcoming Netflix reboot. Today's addition is Lori Loughlin, who told People she's reprising her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis in Fuller House. Loughlin joins her onscreen husband John Stamos in the series — no divorce for Uncle Jesse, apparently — as well as Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, and Dave Coulier. If they keep this up, the Fuller House opening credits will essentially just be "Too Many Cooks."

Here’s the First Glimpse of Trevor Noah in the Daily Show Chair — Now With a Premiere Date!

Trevor Noah will have to wait just over a month before he can jump into Jon Stewart's Daily Show chair — which, according to the show's first teaser, he already has. Comedy Central has announced that Trevor Noah's first "new and sexy" show will air September 28, following Stewart's final show on August 6. Jon Stewart might not be new, but he's definitely still sexy in our book.

  • Posted 5/28/15 at 12:42 PM

These Photographs of Skinny Kids With Punk Haircuts Make the Bleak Polish Countryside Look Glamorous

“It was the early '90s, and if you really wanted to be cool, there was only one way — to declare war on your hairdresser, wear anything stripy and dive into the very depth of the grunge revolution,” writes Tomasz Liboska about his collaborative photo project with Michal Solarski, Cut It Short, which depicts young and skinny boys and girls in the bleak Polish countryside.

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Meet the 8 Characters in Sense8

We don't know much about the Wachowski siblings' Netflix project Sense8, other than that it's cosmopolitan in scope and sci-fi in its sensibility. The show boasts an international cast of characters, including "a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger" who are telepathically connected so that they can think, feel, and know what the other seven knew. Basically, they are like the United Colors of Benetton version of the Borg. Realizing that this is a lot of people to keep track of, Netflix has a nice one-minute primer on each of them: It turns out the Mexican telenovela actor Lito is indeed gay and a hunk!

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Summer 2015 TV Preview: Hannibal, Wet Hot American Summer, and More Shows to Watch For

It wasn’t so long ago that television operated along the same lines as a school schedule, taking a long hiatus during the summer and phoning it in with a mixed bag of reruns (BaywatchStargate SG-1) and yet another season of Big Brother. No longer! With the rise of cable and streaming players like Netflix and Amazon, there’s plenty of original programming year-round that goes well beyond reality-TV fare. Below, the highlights of 2015’s summer lineup, followed by a full schedule that will be continuosly updated through the end of August — from Wet Hot American Summer to, yes, another season of Big Brother.

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A$AP Rocky Says Misogynistic Things About Rita Ora, Swears He’s Not a Misogynist

A$AP Rocky has a new album out. And while it's a more mature sound for the Harlem rapper, he's catching a deserved share of heat for a lyric on the song "Better Things": "I swear that bitch Rita Ora got a big mouth / Next time I see her might curse the bitch out / Kicked the bitch out once 'cause she bitched out / Spit my kids out, jizzed up all up in her mouth and made the bitch bounce." Rocky has generally spoken kindly about his previous exes Iggy Azalea and Chanel Iman — if you ignore his "I used to be boning this chick’s back out" comment about Iggy — so why the dis on Ora? On Annie Mac's BBC 1 Radio show yesterday, Rocky elaborated on the lines: "I'm just saying that when I was in a relationship and I did things with her that I wasn't supposed to do, she had a big mouth." Instead of owning up to the lyric, he tried to walk back his claims: "I just want to clarify, this isn't me saying, 'People, don't go listen to Rita Ora,' or 'She's an ugly person' or nothing, I'm not saying she's a terrible person."

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