If this were 1994, The McCarthys would be a groundbreaking sitcom. Set in Boston — or Baaaaah-stun — it's about a sports-obsessed Irish-American family. The patriarch, high-school basketball coach Arthur McCarthy (Jack McGee), hires his gay son Ronny (Tyler Ritter) to be his assistant coach after the previous occupant of the job unexpectedly dies. (Well, maybe not unexpectedly; the recently deceased's name was "Fatty" McFadden, and he was quite fat, you see. This is the source of much mirth.) Complications ensue.
Everything's coming up Steves for Danny Boyle's Jobs: Last week the Steve Jobs biopic got its Jobs and now it has its Wozniak, as Seth Rogen has signed on to play the affable Apple co-founder in the film. Rogen is following in the footsteps of Josh Gad, who played Wozniak in 2013's Jobs (that was the Ashton Kutcher one); that year, Gad told Vulture he saw the role as "Steve Jobs's conscience." Jobs will likely pay Rogen in hope and cash.
American Horror Story's costume designer, Lou Eyrich, has worked with its creator, Ryan Murphy, since 1999 — and has been an integral part of creating the show's distinctly creepy feel on all of its seasons, from Asylum to super-fashion-conscious Coven to this season’s Freak Show.
“We’ve developed quite a shorthand," she says. "He'll just say something like, I want it like Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger. And I'll know exactly what he means. In my head, I'll know what he needs.” So when Murphy told her he wanted the mood for American Horror Story: Freak Show to be "old, faded Hollywood glamour," Eyrich knew just how to create the show's dreary, rundown costumes. “The overall inspiration was carnivals and circuses from the late-'40s into the early '50s,” she told the Cut by phone. “We did a ton of research on freaks, and watched tons of movies from the early '50s, like The Greatest Show on Earth — we referenced that a lot, because we loved that Technicolor look.”
Game of Thrones is HBO's biggest hit, and now its stars are getting a raise to match. As The Hollywood Reporter reports, the show's cast has signed a new deal with the network that will make them some of the highest-paid actors on cable. Just like a Lannister, HBO always pays its debts. This deal is exciting news not just for the casts' friends and family (who can safely ask them to pick up a few more tickets to Glastonbury next year), but also for fans, who can peer deep into the flames of the announcement to glean hints about an uncertain future. Here are some predictions; like Melisandre, we will take zero responsibility if they turn out to be wrong.
Taylor Swift’s 1989, released October 27, is tracking to register close to a million copies in first-week sales. That means it’ll likely become the first platinum album of 2014. And like Red and Speak Now before it, the pop-leaning LP will earn the 24-year-old superstar a boatload of money.
In 1950, the New York Philharmonic music director Dmitri Mitropoulos led his orchestra half a dozen blocks south from its home at Carnegie Hall to the Roxy, a 6,000-seat movie theater better known for its ice-skating spectaculars and variety shows than for anything approaching high culture. Mitropoulos, eager to get the orchestra out of its decorous bubble and take art to where the people were, judged the escapade’s success by observing how the audience dealt with its chewing gum. “The first thing I noticed at the Roxy, facing this audience of reg’lar guys, was a sea of jaws working up and down, chewing,” he told a reporter. But once the music started, “their brains were so absorbed by the music that they had forgotten even to chew!” The Philharmonic played there for two weeks, and even the huffiest critics were won over.
Man, remember Arrested Development season four? It feels like it was a million years ago. Well, it appears Mitch Hurwitz is about to give fans a reason to revisit it. In an interview with Pretentious Film Nerds, he talked about how he thinks of the show as a series of challenges. "With the fourth season, a lot of the battles were creative — I mean, internal, I should say, and scheduling, and things like that," he explained, before revealing, “Right now, I’m cutting a version of season four that tells it chronologically.” He didn't add, "I've made a huge mistake," but it was implied.
Netflix Streaming can be overwhelming — so many options, yet so hard to actually find — and we here at Vulture have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming video roundups. Now that Halloween is nigh, it seemed appropriate to weed through every single horror movie currently available to stream on Netflix and point out the good ones, the bad ones, the disturbing ones, and the just plain silly ones. Read on:
Like many acts of political patronage, Taylor Swift's recent ascension to the office of New York City Global Welcome Ambassador was met with populist outcry. And it's true: Taylor's slice of New York life is about as large as a (second semester) NYU freshman's. She lives in Tribeca, hangs out in Soho, and occasionally ventures as deep into the East Village as Second Avenue. (In three months, she'll discover those flashing-light Indian places on First and 6th and decide to have her 19th birthday there.) But while Taylor's limited geographic range has left her incapable of writing a good song about New York, it also means that it's fairly easy to get a reasonable facsimile of her Manhattan life in one whole afternoon. Here's our walking tour of Taylor's New York City. You can do it an hour!
Fifteen years ago, a high-school student named Hae Min Lee was found dead in Baltimore’s woody Leakin Park, her black hair barely visible among the dirt and leaves. Detectives concluded that Lee had been strangled, and soon suspicion shifted to her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was found guilty of the crime after a trial and sentenced to life in a maximum-security prison, where he still sits today. Syed claimed innocence in 1999 and still does now, as do his friends and family, which is how Sarah Koenig got tangled up in all of this. Koenig was working as a reporter on the public-radio show This American Life during the summer of 2013 when Rabia Chaudry, a friend of the Syed family, contacted her with a request to tell his story.
A few years ago, if you wanted to hire a good-looking, up-and-coming movie star who could handle comedy, drama, and action (all while inspiring MASH notes from female fans), you'd likely consider Bradley Cooper or Ryan Reynolds, two actors who'd managed a successful jump from the small screen and were even friends in real life. A lot can change in a few years, though: This year, on Vulture's 100 Most Valuable Stars list, the 39-year-old Cooper finally cracked the top ten even as 38-year-old Reynolds continued his recent career slide into the list's bottom ten slots. How could things be going so right for Cooper when the superficially similar Reynolds is having such a tough time of it? To figure it out, we parsed all their recent choices in a year-by-year breakdown that reveals just why they ended up on such different Most Valuable Star trajectories.
As we saw earlier in the week, Marvel has an exciting and ambitious schedule ahead of it. One such project is Captain America 3: Civil War, which will pit Captain American against Iron Man in a battle over the Superhero Registration Act, which requires heroes to register with the U.S. government and serve as police. At the big announcement event, Marvel showed a clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron that foretold their future beef. In the scene, which you can watch below, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers discuss visions Scarlet Witch showed them all. Also, you can watch a leaked teaser for Avengers: Infinity War from the event, which is mostly old footage until Thanos shows up doing his best Michael Jackson impression.
With the fifth season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee gearing up, Vulture has the official trailer. It might seem like a small deal, but not to Jerry, who told us, "I'm sure I'm not supposed to say this, but my favorite part of making these shows is really the promo that kicks off each season. It's two months of work for a killer 90 seconds. That's my kind of thing. I'm honestly fine if you hate our show, but you will love this clip package." The trailer shows all of this season's guests: Fred Armisen, Colleen Ballinger, Bill Burr, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, and Ali Wentworth. The season premieres on Crackle next Thursday, November 6, with Kevin Hart. May we suggest pairing it with a nice cup of coffee? We do not suggest watching it while driving, because you'll die, laughing.
NBC'S Peter Pan Live! is so close (December 4), we can already taste the viewing-party snacks we're preparing to serve, and we can already feel the impending tweet-storm brewing. It's so close, we already hear the orchestra warming up, see the wind in Allison Williams's — er, Peter Pan's — hair. Or is that just the promo below, which features glimpses of the "magic" behind what will ultimately be the live viewing event of the year. Of the month, at least!
Help me out here, guys. How do you think the writers of Nashville came up with Scarlett’s “awesome” story line this season? Do you think they all sat in a room with a sign on the door that read: “Scarlett’s Awesome Story Line Meeting in Progress. Do Not Disturb.” And do you think they worked through the night, with lots of crumpled up balls of paper that said things like, “adopts a scraggly dog” and “gets really into yoga” and “buys a good hairbrush” until a eureka look passed over one writer’s face and he broke into a huge, self-congratulatory grin and said, “I’ve got it! Scarlett befriends a kindly black homeless man who sings like an angel and has a tragic past!” And they were all, “OMG, nailed it!” “Genius!” “Heh, heh, no wonder they pay you the big bucks, Bob!” And there was much rejoicing and cigar-smoking and high-fiving all around.
I have a sneaking suspicion that thousands of American Horror Story fans are going to run out this morning and go to Jo-Ann Fabric, Michael’s Craft Store, and whatever shoe store is next to them in the mini-mall so that they can buy some lace, hot-glue-gun it to a mask, and then shine their knee-high boots. It’s an instant Elsa Mars costume that is far more flattering than her Life on Mars ensemble we’ve grown accustomed to.
I’ve been cowering in my house since Monday, avoiding cars, bars, and coffee shops — anywhere the radio might be playing Taylor Swift’s freshly minted and fast-moving record 1989. It’s not that I don’t like her music. I just can’t let myself feel that hard, not again. I did some weird stuff after Speak Now; I took the message of Fearless too strongly to heart. I can’t tell you the number of questionable decisions that were made in the aftermath of the feelings-tsunami triggered by 2012’s Red. When you mainline pure, unfiltered Swift straight into your veins for days on end, things happen.