In honor of her 34th birthday, ET released some vintage footage of the future Mrs. Kardashian-West celebrating her eighth grade graduation. Turns out that even as a bob-sporting 14-year-old, she’s still the same self-absorbed Kim we know and love (she even has Kris and Kourtney in tow).
Deadline reports that Steve Carell is in talks to star in the long-gestating film adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s 1978 science fiction novel I.Q. 83, with Charlie Kaufman rewriting the script. The book chronicles the outbreak of an airborne virus that causes I.Q. level to gradually decrease in the afflicted. While the novel was written as serious sci-fi, the film is being envisioned as a satire in the vein of Dr. Strangelove. So, ideally we're looking at an Eternal Sunshine-esque Kaufman head trip with Brick Tamland as protagonist? Great.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar winner Jonathan Demme — who directed Silence of the Lambs as well as concert films such as Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense and Neil Young's Heart of Gold — will film the final two shows of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience world tour, which are taking place January 1st and 2nd in Las Vegas, presumably to make a chilling psychological thriller that will haunt the dreams of generations to come. You still wake up sometimes, don't you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the J.T. fans?
There ain’t no party like an S Club 7 reunion party: According to the BBC, the beloved ‘90s brit pop band will reunite for the BBC’s Children in Need benefit show on November 14th, marking the first time that all seven members have performed together in over a decade (even though it feels like yesterday in our hearts). "This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time," the band said in a statement to the BBC. We can’t wait to see Bradley sing and Rachel do her thing. But has Jo still got the flow? Find out November 14th!
While the sexual assault allegations against Bryan Singer dominated headlines this year, he's ending 2014 on a happier note: The X-Men: Days of Future Past director is expecting his first child with his best friend of 25 years, Queer as Folk actress Michelle Clunie. "Mother and father are both very excited about the upcoming birth and look forward to co-parenting the child together. The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two," Singer's representative said in a statement.
Old favorites "Shake It Off," "Out of the Woods," and "Welcome to New York" are all there, as is the long-rumored "Bad Blood." "Track 3" has been renamed "Style," which is a great title for eight seconds of white noise. We refuse to believe "All You Had to Do Was Stay" and "I Wish You Would" are not already Taylor Swift songs.
Where do you go after you star in The Room? If you're Greg Sestero, you parlay the experience into a years-long gig as the custodian of the film's legend. If you're anyone else in the cast, though, you're out of luck — Tommy Wiseau only has room for one Boswell. That's why six of the film's former cast members, including Juliette Danielle (Lisa) and Phillip Haldiman (Denny), have come together to create a new project based on their post-Room lives, and now they want you to donate to it. The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? won't be a reality show; instead, creator Robyn Paris (Michelle) describes the idea as a Christopher Guest–style mockumentary. A web series about struggling actors in Los Angeles? Ha, what a story, Mark!
Doesn't it seem like Mark Wahlberg should have already made a gambling movie? He's made a smuggling movie, for Pete's sake. But no! The Gambler is the first gambling movie of Wahlberg's 20-year career as a film actor. How is that possible? Anyway, the film is a remake of a 1974 James Caan film. Wahlberg plays an English professor who, as you might expect, has a little bit of a gambling problem.
James Blunt is as sick of his gentle cooing as you are. In an interview with Hello!, the singer apologized for the way "You're Beautiful" filled radio airwaves in the last decade. "[The song] was force-fed down people's throats ... and it became annoying," he told the tabloid. "And then people started to associate [me] with the same word." Blunt also complained that his label painted him as "an insanely serious person," all because of "a couple of over-emotional miserable songs." Well, they don't call him James Subtle.
Showtime is still moving forward with the Shalom Auslander–created dark comedy Happyish, the network announced today. Initially, the show starred Philip Seymour Hoffman as a middle-aged guy grappling with misery in the wake of professional frustration. After Hoffman's death in February, the future of the show was unclear, but Showtime has cast Steve Coogan in the main role. Coogan's version of the pilot will shoot in December, though it's not clear yet if the supporting cast from the previous version — including Kathryn Hahn as Hoffman's character's wife and Rhys Ifans as his boss — will be back.
If the first season of Transparent, Amazon Prime’s trailblazing-in-all-ways dramedy, was your first foray into the online behemoth’s members-only streaming service, congratulations! One show down, about 1,300 to go! To help you navigate Prime’s overabundance of programming, we’ve whittled down all the possibilities, giving you our picks for the best shows from all genres. And because shows are often displayed on Prime’s browsing interfaces organized (or really, disorganized) by season, we’ve also suggested which individual season of a show is the best for newbies to dive into first (or for old-time fans to cue up, should you fancy a binge down memory lane). Check it out, and feel free to tell us what we missed in the comments.
When we saw Ian Roach's re-creation of the cast of Friends in The Sims 4, our imaginations ran wild. Friends ended in 2004, but it left us with so many questions: Which Friend can survive the longest without food? Or a bathroom? If you locked them along together in their apartment, how long would it take Joey and Chandler to fall in love? We had Roach run a few simulations and now you'll never have to wonder again.
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email email@example.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned.
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Hollywood, fresh out of ideas since the Great Idea Drought of 1980, has been forced to systematically turn to online outlets for fresh content. Tumblrs become movies, Harry Styles fan fiction becomes a best-selling novel, and now? A single Quora thread may become a television show.
When Canadian iTunes users saw that a new Taylor Swift song, "Track 3," was available for download, they might have assumed the song was a reworking of Blur's "Song 2," a piece of music that, like all the other inspirations for Taylor's 1989, comes from the '90s. The real song was even weirder: just 8 seconds of static, without a single reference to kissing in the rain. As all pop superstars eventually must, Taylor Swift was entering her Metal Machine Music phase — and fans loved it. The track hit No. 1 on the Canadian iTunes charts before being pulled. Listen to Taylor's stunning avant-garde mastery below, via Business Insider.
Love & Basketball came out 14 years ago, and it’s never really disappeared. Just this past September, rumors swirled about a sequel after a (fake) movie poster hit the internet, compelling the film’s male lead, Omar Epps, and writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood to officially debunk the story on Twitter. That same month Roxane Gay hosted a Love & Basketball screening and discussion with its auteur. In an October interview with Lena Dunham, the two writers geeked out over the movie, and in November, Prince-Bythewood will release Beyond the Lights, her first film since 2008’s The Secret Life of Bees, which is sure to inspire more fond reminiscing about her breakthrough.
No artist in today's music industry has done as good a job at cultivating her own personal legend as Taylor Swift. (That's one reason she's the reigning queen of pop.) Listening to a Swift album — or reading a thousand Swift reviews and essays — is like unpacking an entire history: ex-boyfriends, best friends, lucky numbers, and private jokes. Here are the phrases, jokes, and people you should be familiar with before the release of 1989.