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TV Land’s The First Wives Club Reboot Has Now Found All of Its First Wives

Things are heating up for TV Land. After ordering a Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone–produced comedy, the network has announced that How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan and Smash's Megan Hilty will be headlining its long-gestating reboot of the 1996 film The First Wives Club (which was based on the 1992 novel by Olivia Goldsmith). As first reported by Deadline, the show will be set in present-day San Francisco and will follow three women who reconnect after a close friend from college dies in a freak accident. Discovering they're all at romantic crossroads, they proceed to band together to tackle divorce, relationships, and life in general. Hannigan will portray Maggie, an English professor at a university in San Francisco, while Hilty will play Kim, a successful actress on the cusp of aging out of Hollywood. The third "wife" has yet to be announced. This should pair wonderfully with Hot in Cleveland reruns.

Update: The third first wife has been found. Deadline reports that Vanessa Lachey has been cast as Sasha, a successful chef. When the show starts, Sasha's got a "hot restaurant and a great girlfriend who she plans to marry." So Nick, you can just stay out of this one.

  • Posted 7/1/16 at 2:52 AM
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Daniel Craig Maybe Almost Bankrupted Skyfall With a Pair of Tough Guy Leather Gloves

Genuine leather is always a pricey good, but Daniel Craig allegedly bought a pair of leather gloves that almost cost the Skyfall production millions of dollars. Take the following with the necessary dose of salt, but journalist and filmmaker Charlie Lyne took to Twitter to share a slap-to-the-forehead that he says he learned from someone who worked on Skyfall. Supposedly, while making the movie, Craig bought a lovely pair of leather gloves and asked director Sam Mendes if he might wear them in a casino-set scene. Trying (and very failing) to pick his battles wisely, Mendes allowed it. At this point, the recesses of your mind might be failing to recollect James Bond wearing leather gloves in a casino scene in Skyfall. That's because, according to Lyne, when editing came 'round, a rather glaring plot hole appeared. In Skyfall, there's a bit where a goon gets Bond's gun but is foiled when he realizes it has a fingerprint scanner — so, assuming Bond wasn't planning on losing his piece, how did he plan to shoot it while wearing gloves? Per Lyne, the producers determined that fixing the mistake via re-shoot would cost millions of dollars. The solution? Digitally paint Daniel Craig-color over Craig's gloved hands and hope no one notices the bloat. And that, my friends, is how the sausage is made. Listen to Lyne's telling below.

Maxwell Drops blackSUMMERS'night, First Album in 7 Years

After lightly teasing us with a single here and a single there, Maxwell has released blackSUMMERS'night. The album, the second in a promised trilogy, comes seven years after we last heard from Maxwell with blacksummers'night. The album is available over on Apple Music, and it's evidence of why sometimes, taking your sweet, sweet time can be just fine. Take a listen, and count on Maxwell's heat to carry you through the many winters spent waiting for BLACKSUMMERS'NIGHT.

Demi Lovato Drops 'Body Say' Because Her Body Told Her To

Demi Lovato's body said, "Let there be listening," and there was listening. Lovato has dropped a new track, "Body Say," just a couple of weeks after writing and recording it because, according to the singer, patience is passé. Lovato tweeted: "I wrote and recorded a couple weeks ago and wanted you guys to hear it right away…whats the point in waiting anymore." Okay then, the time to dawdle in this post is passed! "Body Say" is available to your ears over at Spotify or Apple Music.

The Daily Show Says Goodbye to a Teary Jessica Williams With a Big Ol' Bear Hug

Jessica Williams left The Daily Show on Thursday, and the erstwhile correspondent is such a top-to-bottom delight that she got us a present: One last segment. As her final act of incredulity before leaving to work on her own pilot for Comedy Central, Williams talked to a bunch of numbskull Bernie Sanders supporters who are going to stick it to Hillary by voting Trump. Things then went from standard politics-level upsetting to straight up verklempt, as Trevor Noah and the rest of the correspondents said their goodbyes to a visibly moved Williams. They capped the farewell by amassing Williams in a group bear hug, because how better to bury your head in the sand about a sad goodbye than to bury your head in a bunch of people? Watch the parting of ways above, and Williams' last ride below.

Zac Efron and Adam DeVine Are Two for Sure Real Life Friends Being Torn Apart By Fans Who Just Want to Rumble

Zac Efron should pretty much only ever do musicals. It's a stance Vulture has put forth time and time again, and Efron's appearance on Thursday's Conan was the perfect proof. At first, Efron and Adam DeVine were sticking to the script. DeVine talked about how Efron's largely female fan base is very enthusiastic, and Efron noted that DeVine has some lovely, if ... different fans of his own, so when Efron and DeVine hang out in real life (sure), the juxtaposition between the two demos can lead to some of-different-worlds drama. Here's where Efron's musical theater essence started to glow, from his toes all the way up to his horrifying bleached hair: "It's like West Side Story every time they come together. It's like the Sharks and the Jets." Zac, buddy, we get it! *Hint, hint, wink, wink.* You want to be Tony in West Side Story, and we are there for that. Time to give Spielberg a call.

Thirteen Recap: Sex, Lies, and Videotape

The premiere episode of Thirteen was filled with quiet moments of shock, as each character adjusted to the news that Ivy Moxam had returned after 13 years of captivity. With the mood properly set, the second episode is less focused on creating ambiance and more on moving plot points and conflicts forward.

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Ghost in the Shell Producer Defends Scarlett Johansson Casting, Film's 'International Approach'

Scarlett Johansson's casting as the lead in Ghost in the Shell, a classic Japanese manga and anime property, drew immediate ire from those sick of Hollywood's whitewashing habit. Things only got much, much worse when contested reports surfaced that post-production effects were allegedly done to make Johansson look "more Asian." But no worries! Steven Paul, one of the film's (white) producers told Buzzfeed that, "I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it ... They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed." As for why the white Johansson was cast in the first place in lieu of finding Asian actors, Paul says: "I don’t think it was just a Japanese story. Ghost in the Shell was a very international story, and it wasn’t just focused on Japanese; it was supposed to be an entire world ... That’s why I say the international approach is, I think, the right approach to it." He characterized Ghost in the Shell as an "international world," and, citing a cast that includes Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, and Chin Han, said: "We’re utilizing people from all over the world … There’s Japanese in it. There’s Chinese in it. There’s English in it. There’s Americans in it." Despite changing the source material enough that Johansson's character went from "Major Kusanagi" to just "Major," Paul insists: "There’s a great respect that’s been paid to the manga."

Gay Talese Distances Himself From The Voyeur's Motel, Says 'Its Credibility Is Down the Toilet'

Gay Talese is renouncing the story told in his latest book, The Voyeur's Motel, after evidence surfaced that strongly undermines its primary source. In the book, Talese explores the account of Gerald Foos, a motel owner who allegedly spied on his guests, using an annex he built in the motel, from the late '60s to the early '90s. The book garnered a lot of early buzz, with Steven Spielberg snapping up the film rights and tapping Sam Mendes to direct the adaptation. The only problem: Foos did not own said motel from 1980 to 1988, when some events referenced in The Voyeur's Motel are said to have taken place. When The Washington Post presented Talese with this information, gleamed from property records, Talese promptly begged off some of the book's claims. He told the paper: "I should not have believed a word he said." The Voyeur's Motel is due out July 12, but, in light of the Post's findings, Talese said: "I’m not going to promote this book ... How dare I promote it when its credibility is down the toilet?"

New War Dogs Trailer: It’s Like The Hangover, But With Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, and War Profiteering

Based on a Rolling Stone article (and later book) about two Miami beach bros who managed to lowball their way into a multimillion dollar military contract, War Dogs promises all the criticism of America's Bush-era foreign policy you've come to expect from a Jonah Hill bromance. Miles Teller co-stars as the version of himself in that Esquire profile, while Bradley Cooper is some sort of shady gambler. The Hangover's Todd Phillips directed the film, which premieres August 19 and will remind America that what happens in Iraq can be just as misguided as what happens in Vegas.

Pacific Rim 2 Eyes Scott Eastwood for Big Role

John Boyega is getting a new bud: Scott Eastwood is being eyed to star alongside the Star Wars actor in Pacific Rim 2. According to Deadline, Eastwood is being looked at for a "key role" in the franchise sequel, although the nature of the role is unspecified. The potential casting is interesting for a couple of reasons. For one, Eastwood is Hawaii-raised, and don't ya just love a sequel with some gritty geographic realism? And two, have we mentioned how Pacific Rim 2 is really, actually, finally happening? Because Eastwood's involvement sure is a good excuse to dredge up that well. The follow-up to Guillermo del Toro's robots v. alien sea monsters movie has even nabbed a release date, coming to a theater near you (unless you're in China — Pacific Rim 2 is not coming to China) on February 18, 2018. Eastwood's casting isn't official yet, but once it is, head over to what will surely be del Toro's one-man congrats Twitter.

Apple Is Reportedly In Talks To Buy Tidal

The battle over which music streaming service will emerge victorious continues: Apple is reportedly in talks to buy Jay Z's Tidal, anonymous sources told The Wall Street Journal. While the terms of a deal are not known, and it's possible the talks could fizzle out, Apple is reportedly interested in the streaming service because of its ties to popular musicians (Kanye West and Beyonce have both given a boost to the streaming service by initially releasing their albums exclusively on Tidal; a handful of stars are also co-owners). Will all the streaming services eventually merge into one giant conglomerate supported by A-list celebrities? Are Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Madonna, Jimmy Iovine, and Trent Reznor sitting in a clubhouse somewhere determining the future of digital music over a light lunch? We'll have to wait for this wave of news to hit the shore.

The Original U.S.S. Enterprise Lives Long and Prospers at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Beam me to D.C., Scotty! The fully restored, iconic U.S.S. Enterprise from the original ‘60s Star Trek television series has found a not-so-shabby base to land at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Stretching 135 inches (11.25 feet) long, the model, which was used for exterior shots of the vessel, is considerably tinier than you’d imagine Spock's digs to be, but hey, the future is a mysterious, highly illogical place. The Enterprise was previously hung in the museum’s gift shop for a year, but now, just before the museum’s 40th birthday — and weeks before Star Trek Beyond hits theaters — it’s been sealed in a glass, climate-controlled case. On one side you’ll be able to see the ship as it appeared on camera, while the other side gives you a glimpse into how all the wires and motors work to light the ship. Check it out in the museum’s "Milestones" exhibition ... resistance is futile.  

Adnan Syed of Serial Is Getting a New Trial

Adnan Syed's long battle for a new trial has paid off: According to the Baltimore Sun, a Maryland judge has granted Syed a retrial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a case that was the subject of the first season of the Serial podcast. Syed was convicted of the crime in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison; Sarah Koenig's popular podcast was devoted to examining his claims of innocence in extreme detail. After years of appeals, Syed was granted a hearing for post–conviction relief in February, which centered on the question of why Syed's original attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, never called potential alibi witness Asia McClain, as well as the reliability of the prosecution's cell-phone location data.

In his opinion, retired judge Martin Welch wrote that Gutierrez's "performance fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment when she failed to cross-examine the state's cell tower expert regarding a disclaimer obtained as part of pre-trial discovery." After the decision, Syed's attorney Justin Brown said in a press conference he was "confident" his client would eventually be a free man: "This was the biggest hurdle. It's really hard to get a new trial."

  • Posted 6/30/16 at 4:45 PM

Amy Poehler Has Some Solid Advice for All of You

At Vulture Festival 2016, someone in the crowd asked Amy Poehler for some life advice. Amy, as ever, did not disappoint. 

  • Posted 6/30/16 at 4:40 PM
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Harry Potter’s Tom Felton Joins CW’s The Flash

It's a rare privilege to appear in not one but two franchises that inspire aggressively erotic fanfiction, but Tom Felton is no ordinary actor. The erstwhile Draco Malfoy has signed on as a series regular for the third season of the CW's super-soap The Flash, appearing as a CSI named Julian Dorn. That makes him a co-worker of Barry Allen, alter ego of the Fastest Man Alive (though have you noticed that, each season, the villain has been explicitly acknowledged as being faster?). Unlike much of the show's dramatis personae, the role is not (as far as we can tell) based on an existing DC Comics character. He, like Felton's beautiful and oh-so-punchable face, is one of a kind.

A Dissatisfied User Is Suing Netflix for Raising Its Subscription Fees

Netflix user George Keritsis filed a class-action lawsuit against the streaming giant in a California court Wednesday, alleging that the company broke its promise of a lifetime-guaranteed subscription fee of $7.99 per month, reports THR. "For a period of time, Netflix solicited persons to subscribe to Netflix's streaming service by guaranteeing that Netflix would not increase monthly subscription prices as long as the subscribers maintained the subscription service continuously," states the complaint. "Netflix has broken its contract with these subscribers by unilaterally raising monthly subscription prices." Keritsis says that he signed up for Netflix with assurances from Netflix representatives that the fee wouldn't increase, and that he would continue to be grandfathered in under that original agreement even when Netflix would raise its prices. But then, Keritsis saw his price raise to $8.68 in October of 2012, and more recently — gasp! — to $9.99.

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Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West’s Love Story Is Getting the Movie Treatment

Like an androgynous 16th-century man named Orlando who is transformed into a woman and lives for hundreds of years, some stories are not meant to die. At least that’s the hope with the upcoming Vita and Virginia film, directed by Chanya Button. According to Deadline, the film will bring the love affair and friendship of two ladies of letters, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, to the big screen. As you may remember from when you were studying Woolf's Orlando: A Biography, Virginia and Vita were like the Tara and Willow of the early-20th-century British leisure class — you just want those two sensitive souls to work out, even if both novelists were married to men at the time.

Everything We Know So Far About The Grand Tour, the Top Gear Hosts’ New Amazon Prime Show

The road to get to Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May’s new motoring show has surprisingly not been as long and winding as people might’ve expected. Following Clarkson’s termination from the BBC last year after a “fracas” with a producer, the ex-Top Gear hosts soon decamped to Amazon Prime to begin filming a new and improved show, named The Grand Tour. It’s now been a few months since the trio began filming their exploits, so what exactly can we expect when they make their debut on the streaming service later this year? Buckle up here’s everything we definitively know about the show so far.

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  • Posted 6/30/16 at 3:54 PM
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Lindsay Lohan Is Writing a Book About ‘How to Overcome Obstacles’

Lindsay Lohan, who has found her twin, made it through high school, and somehow survived 2011, is writing a book. She revealed the news to Vanity Fair in an interview, saying:

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