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Josh Boone Will Direct Stephen King's The Stand in a Four-Part Franchise

The Fault in our Stars director Josh Boone confirmed that yes, it's official. Warner Brothers is allowing him to turn what many consider to be Stephen King's greatest work (it's number one on our list!) — or "The Godfather of post-apocalyptic thrillers" — into not just one film, but four. During an appearance on Kevin Smith's podcast, Hollywood Babble-On, Boone explained that after turning in an epic script, the studio asked him if he would want to turn it into a franchise. Um, YES.

"I said 'fuck yes!'" »

Watch Stoner Woody Harrelson Sing 'Kumbaya'

Last week, Woody Harrelson hosted SNL, resulting in what we called "the best and most consistently entertaining episode in years." One of the sketches, "New Marijuana Policy" celebrated New York's kind of confusing new drug policy (the city declared that people carrying up to 25 grams of weed "may be eligible" for a ticket instead of being arrested) in dramatic fashion with pot revelers going out on the streets to celebrate — including a dread-locked Harrelson. In a digital outtake from the set, he leads the crowd in his version of "Kumbaya." Just imagine Bob Marley and Jesus hot-boxing it somewhere in the clouds.

Country Singer Billy Gilman Comes Out in Emotional YouTube Video

Inspired by Ty Herndon's public coming out, fellow country singer Billy Gilman followed suit hours later in an emotional YouTube video. "Being a gay male country artist is not the best thing," Gilman says in the clip. "It's difficult for me to make this video, not because I'm ashamed of being a gay male artist, or a gay artist or a gay person. But it's pretty silly to know that I'm ashamed of doing this knowing that because I'm in a genre and an industry that’s ashamed of me for being me." He adds, "I can honestly say I'm scared to death."

Gilman made his debut with "One Voice" at just 11 years old. »

Watch Beyoncé Chill Out With Her Girls in '7/11'

You may have heard that Beyoncé dropped two singles, "7/11" and "Ring Off," in anticipation of her repackaged — sorry, platinum — album Beyoncé set to go on sale Monday. And last night, Bey released a lo-fi music video fro 7/11. She cavorts in her underwear with her gal pals and parties with red solo cups. It's all very casual if casual were extremely well put-together and edited for extreme precision. Beyoncé!

Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovations During Florida Performance

Last night, Bill Cosby performed to a sold-out crowd at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida, and no member of the audience took up a local radio station's offer to disrupt the show over the sexual assault allegations dogging the comedian, reports the New York Times. Instead, they gave Cosby standing ovations when he came onto and left the stage. In an interview with Florida Today, Cosby said the radio station's offer had created a "frat house mentality." "Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness," said Cosby. "There will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don't listen to what they said and they entice violence. That's not good for anyone."

"People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos." »

Jimmy Fallon's Lip Sync Battle Gets Its Own Show

Jimmy Fallon's greatest celebrity challenge — the lip sync battle — is getting its own standalone TV show. As we've learned from RuPaul's Drag Race, the lip sync tests a performer's charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. Fallon, along with John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant, will executive produce Lip Sync Battle for Spike TV. They'll also perform on the series. We already know Merchant does a mean lip sync, but we'd like to see a throw down between Paul Rudd and Emma Stone, who gave us the most memorable performances on Fallon. Let's revisit, shall we?

Netflix Has Saved NBC’s Ellie Kemper Comedy

It turns out The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt really can’t be broken: After NBC opted not to go forward with the Ellie Kemper–led fish-out-of-water comedy from 30 Rock producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Netflix has swooped in to buy the first season of the series — and order a second season for good measure. In a late Friday press release, NBC basically admitted there was no room at the Peacock for Kimmy: “We have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule,” said Robert Greenblatt, who oversees both the NBC network and sister studio/Kimmy producer Universal Television. Of course, NBC could have found some physical room on its lineup for the show — it’s not like its Tuesday or Thursday comedies are setting the world on fire. But network execs likely figured there was little chance a quirky comedy from the 30 Rock brain trust would stand much of a chance on NBC right now, given the network has zero real comedy hits (and Parks and Rec is headed into its last, probably low-rated season). Enter Netflix, which doesn’t have to worry about ratings and can now associate itself with Fey. As Greenblatt noted, “It’s an instant win-win for everyone.” All 13 episodes of the first season of Kimmy will launch on Netflix in March.

  • Posted 11/21/14 at 6:37 PM
  • Art

24 Hours in the Art World: The Sleepover Edition

Remember the terror and joy of freshman lock-ins? Well, the art world is having its equivalent tonight, courtesy of Creative Time, where 200 pajama-clad party people will descend on Neuehouse for a 24-hour sleepover. Word currently being passed around is proper dress code includes “designer sweats, sloth onesies, health goth, pj's, and even birthday suits.” Also, unlike high school, where sleeping bags and adult chaperones were the evening’s entertainment, the run-of-show reads more like a Burning Man than Bayside High. 

For starters, there will be a re-creation of Salvador Dalí’s infamous dinner parties, following his obscure, limited-edition, 136-recipe book Les Diners de Gala. Then Andrew Kuo and Mike Boner are teaming up as the duo Hex Message, which Kuo says is “close friends making a racket,” probably on par with your high-school punk band. Following this will be Tom Sach’s "Space Program: Mars" Red Beans and Rice, where the NASA-loving sculptor will wheel around a food cart filled with red beans and rice (which — fun fact! — follow Louis Armstrong’s own recipe and are the traditional meal consumed by the NASA launch crew whenever they send a successful mission to space). Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman have also put together a film program that includes a variety of shorts — from early Walter Ruttmann and Hans Richter abstract films to an amateur ethnographic film. Most of these are from film prints from the collection of David Hollander, founder and co-director of Cinemarfa. For those who survive the evening — and staying is not required; one can come and go as one pleases — at 6 a.m., Grey Area is sponsoring a yoga session, and then the cult-y downtown favorite Dimes is catering breakfast. 

Will there be any actual sleeping involved? Creative Time has secured a few dozen “deluxe cots” and pillows and blankets, as well as toiletry kits from Aesop, ensuring that halitosis and under-eye bags don't spoil the fun, unlike the high-school principal. 

For those with sleepover fright, tomorrow at 9 p.m. the events ends with a dance party with sets by Chairlift's Caroline Polachek and artists Matt Jones and Kadar Brock. 

  • Posted 11/21/14 at 6:20 PM
  • Movies

Channing Tatum Is Going to Direct His First Film

Channing Tatum is going to be a director! Or, at least, a co-director. He'll produce and direct a screen adaptation of the YA novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock alongside Reid Carolin, who's produced most of Tatum's recent movies. The book's about a high schooler who plans a murder-suicide; Tatum is set to play a teacher. If this goes well, we hear Tatum will then try his hand at cinematography in Magic Hour Mike.

  • Posted 11/21/14 at 5:50 PM
  • Movies

Movie Review: Happy Valley Shows the Horrific Aftermath of the Sandusky Scandal

An acquaintance told me that he was at a premiere last week of Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary Happy Valley in State College, Pennsylvania, the setting for the story of serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, godlike coach and patriarch Joe Paterno, and the institution that allegedly looked the other way, and that the screening was “intense.” After seeing the film, I think it’s a wonder that the crowd didn’t rush the filmmakers. The really incendiary part is not the first half, which recounts the accusations against assistant coach Sandusky, the firing of Paterno (and the college’s president), the huge rallies in support of the most revered figure in college football, Paterno’s swift death from cancer, and the ultimate conviction of Sandusky on 45 counts. It’s what comes after. It’s the militant mass cries to protect Paterno’s and the college’s name and “move on.” It’s the rage of a mob against the media, national college-football officials, and even — in some quarters — Sandusky’s victims for taking away what amounts to a religious ritual.

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  • Posted 11/21/14 at 5:42 PM
  • Art

Dan Loeb Rolls Sotheby’s and Its CEO

Six months ago, Sotheby’s chief executive Bill Ruprecht welcomed the billionaire investor Dan Loeb — his largest shareholder and vituperative critic — into his York Avenue office for a joint interview with The Wall Street Journal. Loeb had just agreed to quiet his campaign for internal changes at the 270-year-old auction house in return for three seats on the company board. Like a pair of boxers who had just gone the distance, both men sported some bruises. Loeb had publicly called for Ruprecht’s ouster, while Ruprecht — in an email that became public in a related court proceeding — had referred to Loeb as “scum.” But they were determined to make a public show of reconciliation.

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  • Posted 11/21/14 at 5:30 PM
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Adam Pally Leaving The Mindy Project

Adam Pally will be leaving The Mindy Project after this season's 13th episode. According to TVLine, Pally's contract was always set to expire around that time, so there's nothing to really read into it except that The Mindy Project has a lot of comings and goings and also that the only characters who are essential to the show are Mindy, Danny, and Morgan. Fret not for Pally's future — he has a deal with ABC Studios and a permanent place in the "He's my TV boyfriend" hall of fame. May the road rise to meet you, Dr. Prentice.

  • Posted 11/21/14 at 5:23 PM
  • Art

Listen to Cory Arcangel’s Piano Dances

There are other names that come more readily to mind when one thinks of compositions for the piano: Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Debussy. And while the world of classical music tends to remain entrenched in an era long gone, there have been some undeniable additions to the piano canon with the advent of electronic keyboards — from everyone and everywhere like Madonna to Detroit techno — however flimsy a contribution they may be. Leave it to wunderkind artist Cory Arcangel to consider this more closely with a set of new compositions entitled “24 Dances for the Electronic Piano,” which he recently released on SoundCloud and will be performed tomorrow night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with pianist and accomplished composer Chris d’Eon.

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It’s Taken Decades, But the Surreal Animated Film The King and the Mockingbird Is Finally Here

In 1946, the French animator Paul Grimault and poet/screenwriter Jacques Prévert set out to make what they hoped would be the first French animated feature film, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweep.” Prévert was already a legend, having written Le jour se lève and Children of Paradise for director Marcel Carné. Meanwhile, Grimault’s wonderfully iconoclastic fables had won favor both during and after the war. You wouldn’t think two such heavy-duty names would meet much resistance, but within a couple of years, Grimault and Prévert had lost control of the project, and an incomplete, 63-minute version was released without their approval in 1953. That also made its way to U.S. shores in a dubbed version as The Curious Case of Mr. Wonderbird.

A couple of decades later, the duo set out to complete the film. »

  • Posted 11/21/14 at 5:00 PM
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Natalie Dormer Would Like to See More Penises on Game of Thrones

Who wants more male full-frontal nudity on Game of Thrones? Everyone! But specifically, Natalie Dormer. The Daily Beast caught up with Dormer during the Mockingjay press tour to ask her a very leading question: Could GOT use "more dick"? To her immortal credit, Dormer co-signed the notion: "I think Thrones has been better than your average show with the [nudity] equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely." Dormer noted that several of the male cast members of the show have gotten naked, although she somehow forgot that Theon Greyjoy showed his squid 'n' bits in the series' first season. That was the rare nude scene that was both titillating and foreshadowing!

Scandal’s Secret 90210 Parallels

Last night's Scandal had a few surprises and a cliff-hanger to carry us through to January, but more important, it had a major shout-out to Beverly Hills, 90210. Scandal's not the first bonkerstown TV show, thank you very much, and Olivia Pope reciting "I choose me" was a direct flashback to Kelly and Brandon's aborted wedding. So Olivia is Kelly, and the match-ups don't stop there.

Mellie is so Brenda, it's ridiculous. »

SEEN in the Studio: Kalup Linzy

Kalup Linzy is the first in our series of visits to artists’ studios by Sarah Trigg, author and photographer of STUDIO LIFE: Rituals, Collections, Tools and Observations on the Artistic Process. She also happens to be the photo editor of SEEN. Born 1977 in Clermont, Florida, Kalup Linzy is a visual artist working in video and performance.

Hear Meryl Streep Belt ‘Stay With Me’ From Into the Woods

More promos from Into the Woods equals more singing. Good! They're certainly pushing Meryl Streep's turn as the Witch, whose "Stay With Me" is as moving as it is flattering to Streep's vocal range. The singing starts at 1:03; the despair is as good as it gets.

  • Posted 11/21/14 at 4:20 PM
  • Movies

YA Dystopian Films Have Become What They Hate

The Hunger Games continues to wend its way towards a conclusion with this weekend’s awkwardly titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. That a Part 2 arrives next year to wrap up the franchise is enough to render this installment in Katniss Everdeen’s uprising saga somewhat less than wholly consequential. Yet even more problematic for Part 1 is that it’s a thoroughly been-here, done-that type of entertainment. In just over a year, movie theaters have been besieged by six dystopian science-fiction films designed for young adults, all of them adapted from best-selling novels: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Ender’s Game, Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver, and now Mockingjay – Part 1. More depressing still is the fact that while these films can claim a distinct literary lineage, each one, in making the transition to the big screen, has been cut from a matching cloth, hewing to such a rigorous narrative, aesthetic, and casting template that they’ve become the very thing their stories so vehemently decry: conformist instruments of the ruling modern-Hollywood machine.

The stories themselves are fundamentally about generational warfare. »

  • Posted 11/21/14 at 3:30 PM

How the Mean Tweeters Responded to the Celebrities Who Read Their Tweets on Kimmel

The eighth edition of Jimmy Kimmel's always funny "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" premiered last night. This time, however, they blurred out some of the trolls’ Twitter names. This still did not stop bloodthirsty fans from attacking those who dared to come for "Godney." Here is how they responded to the celebrities' responses to their tweets about them.

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