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Stream Spoon’s New Record Now and Be Happy With Yourself

As readers of our Songs of the Week column know, we are very excited for Spoon's new record, They Want My Soul, which is their first record in over four years. It's set to come out on August 5, but you can hear it in full right now, by streaming it through iTunes radio. It's very good and very Spoon.

Hear That Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj Song, ‘Bang Bang’

Listen while it still exists: The new Ariana Grande song, "Bang Bang," featuring Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, has leaked a day before its official release. Jessie J belts; Ariana attempts to enunciate; and Nicki raps about doing karaoke. It's no "Lady Marmalade," but it's catchy enough to make a splash.

Stephen Colbert’s Epic Speech About The Hobbit Will Thrill Any Tolkien Fan

The new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies may have gotten you excited to visit Middle-earth for the last time, but when it comes to the fantasy world created for the Lord of the Rings movies, nothing can beat Stephen Colbert's epic speech on the subject, which he delivered at Comic-Con this past weekend. A longtime J.R.R. Tolkien superfan, Colbert had a cameo as the Laketown Spy in the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and he reprised the character on Saturday while moderating the Hobbit panel. (Adorably, Colbert's young son came out onstage dressed as a Laketown spy, too.) But before Colbert introduced Peter Jackson and the film's cast, he delivered an epic, hilarious, emotional speech about his Lord of the Rings fandom and how much Jackson's six movies have meant to him. Give it a read, and we guarantee that your already-overstuffed heart will swell even more for The Hobbit (and for Colbert).

"If I could only go back in time and show this to my 13-year-old self!" »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Trailer Is Here

The below trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ends with Thorin Oakenshield asking, "Will you follow me, one last time?" And in that moment, he sure sounds like Peter Jackson's surrogate, as the director, after around 800 hours of movie, is asking audiences to come out for one last epic. The film opens on December 17. Will you follow Oakenshield and Jackson? Knowing these films, at minimum, there'll probably be one hell of a spread.

Which Movies Scored (and Whiffed) at Comic-Con 2014?

It's time to put your Winter Soldier costume on ice until next year, because Comic-Con 2014 has concluded, and with it, the rush of movie announcements and tantalizing trailers must end. Which movie properties came out ahead this past week, and which big-budget blockbuster hopefuls couldn't quite connect with their captive audiences? Here's our rundown of what worked and what didn't at Comic-Con 2014.

The Avengers and Mad Max came out ahead. »

Karen O’s New Video Is So Beautiful, You’ll Want to Swim in It

Coming off her Oscar nomination for "The Moon Song" from Her, Karen O realized the people have a real appetite for her singing slight, lo-fi, romantic little ditties. With that, this September, she's set to release Crush Songs, a collection of bedroom ballads she wrote and recorded in 2006 and 2007. That is exactly what you get with "Rapt," the song for which she released a video today. O's husband Barney Clay directed the colorful underwater video, with production design by Her's K.K. Barrett. The song and video together are truly dreamlike, assuming the dream is coming during a Quaalude nap.

The Guy Who Played Walt on Lost Is in a Band and They Have a Hit Song

It's true: Malcolm David Kelly, who once played the illusive Walt on Lost and the ill-fated Lil Saint from You Got Served, is now one half of MKTO. Tony Oller ("TO") is the other half, and together they've got a song you might have already heard on the radio. "Classic" is insanely catchy, the type of song deserving of the Song of Summer title. What's it like having the power to infect the world with an earworm? We asked the boys of MKTO:


Karen Gillan on Guardians of the Galaxy, Selfies, and Putting Men in Headlocks

Scottish actress Karen Gillan is best known for playing leggy, headstrong Doctor Who companion Amy Pond. That could all change very soon. On Friday, she debuts in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the bald, blue assassin Nebula, and this fall, she’ll play a modern-day Eliza Doolittle in the ABC rom-com Selfie. The delightful Gillan was promoting the latter at the Television Critics Association summer press tour this month, so Vulture used it as an opportunity to get her thoughts about her supervillain turn and how studying superficial women at SoulCycle factored into her work on Selfie. But, of course, any conversation with a former companion must begin with Doctor Who.

“I laughed hysterically when they got rid of [my hair].” »

Leaked Test Footage for Deadpool Movie Is So Very Good

Talk of a Deadpool movie has been going around since Ryan Reynolds first played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, at some point after visual-effects artist Tim Miller came onboard to direct, the project got put definitively on the back burner. Well, we now have an idea of what exactly we are missing, as Miller's test footage has leaked online. It features Deadpool in all his violent, wisecracking, fourth-wall-breaking glory. Also, he sings along to Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl," as if Fox were the girl Deadpool wanted to holler back.

Guillermo del Toro Dissects What Happened to the Goth Guy on The Strain Last Night

Please be advised: This interview with Guillermo del Toro contains spoilers about a particular scene from “Gone Smooth,” last night’s episode of FX’s The Strain.

The director breaks down a true WTF? moment. »

This Is Hilary Duff’s Comeback Song: ‘Chasing the Sun’

The long-awaited comeback of Hilary Duff has begun — but before you get too excited, you should actually listen to her lead single, "Chasing the Sun." Colbie Caillat co-wrote it, and maybe that's why it sounds like Paris Hilton doing Sheryl Crow karaoke? Let's hope there's more to come. Until then, I'll be clinging to my copy of Metamorphosis.

Update: The versions on YouTube are sped up a bit to avoid getting taken down. This one appears to be the proper speed.

True Blood Recap: Connective Issues

A skeleton without cartilage isn't even a skeleton, it's merely a scattered pile of State's evidence. Serialized television needs a strong, fully functional skeleton from which to hang its tricks and surprises and revelations, or else it'll devolve into a ridiculous blob of jelly bones (hi, Hemlock Grove). But that can mean episodes like "Karma" — ones that merely move pawns into place without offering much in the way of watershed moments — will seem tame by comparison to True Blood's more pyrotechnic-infused installments. Which doesn't make them bad per se, merely necessary. "Karma" was admittedly more of a piece of cartilage in season seven's skeleton than a full-blown femur, but it still managed to be a solid piece of entertainment anyway. You know? Skeleton stuff.

Viva Anna Camp. »

Prison Shanks and Penis Cookies: The Stories Behind 17 Orange Is the New Black Props

If the mushy prisonmeal and vaginas made up to look like Yosemite Sam make you cringe, just think about the Orange Is the New Black crew members whose job it is to make life at Litchfield seem like a reality. “We deal with a lot of embarrassing, sensitive stuff, a lot of squeamish things,” Orange Is the New Black prop master Rachael Weinzimer tells Vulture. “The episode we’re doing for season three right now, which I’m not allowed to tell you about, it’s really made me realize the resistance I’ve built up.” That says a lot coming from someone whose first order of business for the Netflix show was to cook up a tampon McMuffin — that is, a used tampon McMuffin. Here, Weinzimer walks Vulture through the process of making 17 of Orange Is the New Black’s most memorable (and, often, most memorably gross) treasures. To ease you into it, we’ll start with the corgi bobblehead.

“I couldn’t call the bakery and say, ‘I need dozens of penis cookies.’” »

Shawn Mendes Is the Vine Star With a Record Deal That You’ll Be Hearing About

If you don't hang out on Vine, you've likely never hear of Shawn Mendes. So, here's your official Vulture heads-up on the Vine star, whose self-titled EP hit No. 1 only "37 minutes" after its release. It's now sitting pretty at  No. 6, but the rocket to No. 1 (with the help of his 2.9 million Vine followers) probably means you should learn his name, or at least read it once. The Canadian 15-year-old (has your Bieber alarm gone off yet?) is also currently on tour with the equally baffling Austin Mahone, if that gives you any insight into his career trajectory. When he's on the top of the actual charts in a few months, don't say we didn't warn you.

Here's one of the Vines that started it all, a cover of Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me". If you loop it more than two times, you might lose your mind:

The Vulture Crossword Contest: July 28, 2014

Every other week, we post a new puzzle for readers to download, print, and solve. After you finish, figure out the hidden theme it contains, and e-mail that answer to One correct entry, drawn at random, will win a year's subscription to New York in print, or two years of the iPad edition (winner's choice). Entry deadline is midnight on August 6. Full rules here.

Click here for the answers to the last puzzle.

Jenny Lewis on Lisa Frank Stickers, Beyoncé, and Getting in Touch With Her Inner 8-Year-Old

Jenny Lewis has always been a bright voice in a sea of downers. She’s moved on from her child-star beginnings (The Wizard!) to become a force for good in the indie scene with Rilo Kiley, and now with her solo career. Lewis is one of the more theatrical songwriters this side of Dolly Parton, and her sugary delivery of even the most heartbreaking lines (e.g., “Crawl back into bed to dream of a time / When your heart was open wide / And you loved things just because / Like the sick and the dying”) elicit visions of sunbeams and sparkles. Lewis’s latest album, The Voyager, is out this week, and since it features some of her most mature, insightful, and humorous work to date, Vulture had to call her up for a chat.

“As an artist, you’re so excited about your new material, you just wanna get it out there. But you have to wait at least four months — unless you’re Beyoncé, of course. Then you can just drop that shit overnight and crush the universe.” »

Horns Gets a Longer Trailer, Daniel Radcliffe Gets the Power of Persuasion

Along with everything else that debuted at ComicCon, here is a longer trailer for Horns — the movie where Daniel Radcliffe swears he didn't kill his girlfriend ... and then grows a pair of devilish horns. According to this new trailer, the horns apparently come with the power of persuasion, so finding his girlfriend's killer shouldn't be that difficult? Just ask around.

  • Posted 7/28/14 at 9:22 AM

Masters of Sex Recap: Today Was a Fairy Tale

“Two acts of intercourse, mutually satisfying. One masturbatory act. Role-playing throughout. Am I forgetting anything?”

Forgetting isn't the right word, but when Virginia describes the night she and Bill have just spent together, she's leaving an awful lot out, too. The episode — this sad, sweet, and masterfully acted hour — centers around their hotel-room stay and the Yvon Durelle/Archie Moore boxing match they watch. Seriously, I never figured the Best Boxing-Centric TV Episode would be a stacked category, but Mad Men's "The Suitcase" just might have to move over.

Hotel sex as boxing metaphor. »

Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Spat Food at Each Other and It Was Truly Gross

Jon Hamm stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday, less to promote something and more to spit on Jimmy Fallon and be spit on by Jimmy Fallon. The premise was that the two were on an '80s pet cop show called Palisades Park Pet Patrol and played rivals who would eat very moist foods before saying p-heavy sentences at each other. We admire the unbelievable confidence of whoever decided a fake mustache was a good idea for this one.

The Leftovers Recap: Sinister Six-Pack

Well, folks, here we are: Halfway through the season, at episode five out of ten. This episode, like every episode so far, had some gripping moments (thus the three stars). But there’s no longer any avoiding it: Not enough is happening in this series.

Powerful moments and ideas don't necessarily equal powerful TV. »


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