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What to Expect in Season Two of Transparent

The big takeaway from Amazon Studios’ TCA session for Transparent? Serious consequences are in the offing for the Pfeffermans in the show’s next season, premiering December 4. In the teaser trailer, we saw a wedding (unclear whose), Josh and rabbi Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) in a birth training class, Alex (Gaby Hoffmann) and Syd (Carrie Brownstein) kissing, and Maura learning to say, "Yaaas, Queen!"

What else can we expect come season two?

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See the Very Meta Cover for Matt Zoller Seitz's Mad Men Book

"This isn't a spaceship," says Don Draper of a Kodak slide projector at the end of Mad Men's first season. "It's a time machine." Similarly, the image you see below isn't an advertisement for Matt Zoller Seitz's new book Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion; it's actually the cover of the book itself. A thing like that!

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  • Posted 8/3/15 at 6:13 PM
  • Gossip

Will Smith Says He Won’t Be Divorcing His ‘Queen’ Jada; Love Continues to Exist

Every year, like clockwork, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been hit with a storm of divorce rumors they can't seem to shake. The speculation seemingly intensified after Jada implied the two have an open relationship (though she has since clarified that they share a "grown" relationship). On Monday, the rumor mill went back into overdrive with Radar Online reporting the two had already ironed out a secret divorce deal and that an  announcement would be imminent — only to be shot down by Will Smith himself. In a candid Facebook post, Smith explained, "I promise you all - if I ever decide to divorce my Queen - I SWEAR I'll tell you myself!" Because let's face it: Will and Jada are just too big (and rich) to divorce. (But we imagine Jaden's philosophical musings would reach extreme levels of deep if they ever did.)

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  • Posted 8/3/15 at 5:23 PM

Why Movie Trailers Use Spooky Covers of Classic Songs and Freud’s Theory of the Uncanny

You may have noticed as of late that a lot of movie trailers use eerie, slowed-down versions of pop songs: Fifty Shades of Grey remixed Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love," Mad Max: Fury Road twisted up Cat Stevens's "Wild World," and, most recently, the Suicide Squad trailer uses a funereal cover of the Bee Gees's "I Started a Joke." The effect is like that of a little girl singing a nursery rhyme in a horror movie. “What the cover song does is it gives the audience something to grab onto within the first 10 seconds of hearing it, it gives them something to recognize ... So they’d be like, Oh, I know this song," Marcy Bulkeley, the music director for a movie-trailer production house, told Slate. “These eerily remixed songs have more of an impact on the audience. An audience hears something that they usually equate to feeling happy or upbeat, and hav[ing] it flipped upside-down makes them pause for a moment. While it’s a familiar song, the remix gives them an entirely different feeling.”

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See How Well the Cast of Wet Hot American Summer Has Aged

It’s been almost 15 years since we were first introduced to the counselors of Camp Firewood in Wet Hot American Summer; Netflix’s prequel series takes us back to the future, so to speak. In eight episodes released on Friday, First Day of Camp features nearly every adult cast member from the 2001 movie — plus enough notable guest stars to make a mini Mad Men reunion — all playing their characters, eight weeks younger, while being a decade-and-a-half older in real life.

Some haven’t aged a day since 2001 (Paul Rudd), others have miraculously grown younger (Janeane Garofalo), but everyone can agree that having 40-to-50-year-olds playing teenagers is a great idea. Take a look at how each of the main characters changed from the first day of camp (2015, on the right) to the last (2001, on the left). Spoilers for First Day of Camp ahead.

30-Foot-Tall Inflatable Minion Gets Loose, Rampages Irish Highway

In a curious incident of life imitating ... well, yes, let's go with "art," an Irish roadway found itself menaced by a gigantic Minion balloon this week. Thanks to a strong summer wind, the 30-foot inflatable Minion, erected to promote a local fair, was shaken loose from its moorings and fell across Swords Road outside Dublin on Monday afternoon. There have been no reported injuries from the incident, and Dublin city councilor Paul McAuliffe is fighting an uphill battle to get the public to stop giggling. "I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but if that had landed on a cyclist, for instance, it could have been serious," McAuliffe told The Irish Times. "If you take the Minion part of it out, if this was a large inflatable weather balloon that had not been properly tethered, there would be no [humor] in this story at all." McAuliffe is asking the city's planning department to investigate whether the fair broke any safety regulations, or whether this was just another case of Minions messing up again.

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That New Dungeons & Dragons Movie Is Finally Happening

That new Dungeons & Dragons movie fans have long held out for since the panned 2000 version is finally happening. After a ten-month legal battle over ownership rights to the popular fantasy role-playing game, Warner Bros. announced Monday that it can officially move forward with its planned adaptation. News of the film first broke in 2013, but with the lawsuit no longer a hindrance, the studio has the green light to bring Orphan writer David Leslie Johnson's already-written script, set in the Forgotten Realms, to the big screen. Too bad Community probably already did D&D best.

Failing to Realize The Lego Movie Was the Exception, Not the Rule, Hollywood Begins Developing a Pez Dispenser Movie

Hollywood is learning the wrong lesson from the success of The Lego Movie. In this case, it's not "make a charming action comedy about the joy of creativity," but instead, "Make a film about pieces of plastic that people have heard of" — which, in fairness, is much easier. The most recent news comes via Deadline: Envision Media Arts is developing an animated movie based on Pez dispensers, which the company's CEO promises will feature "a world unique to Pez and a story that will touch the hearts of many." It's the latest instance of the post–Lego Movie rush to adapt every last beloved pop-culture concept to the screen — see also the Settlers of Catan movie and the emoji movie. However, we can take solace in the Transformers-era trend of optioning toys, which gave us things like the Taylor Lautner Stretch Armstrong movie and Ridley Scott's Monopoly. Which is all a way of saying that, sometimes, these horrible-sounding movies don't end up getting made! And that's for the best: If Pez dispensers are going to be featured in a movie, it shouldn't be a cartoon, but a Videodrome-style thriller about the horror of having candy come out of your neck.

  • Posted 8/3/15 at 4:19 PM
  • Biopics

Ronda Rousey to Star in Her Own Biopic: Will It Last Longer Than 34 Seconds?

Ronda Rousey will star in a movie based on her recent New York Times best-selling autobiography My Fight/Your Fight, reports Variety. But if it seems a little unorthodox to have the UFC champion play herself, remember this isn't her first acting gig: She's previously appeared in The Expendables 3, the Entourage movie, and Furious 7 (where she duked it out with Michelle Rodriguez, in full evening-gown attire.) The only question is will the movie last longer than Rowdy Ronda's 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia over the weekend? Or maybe it'll best her record-breaking 14-second KO back in March. So long as it includes more unapologetic advice about how to live your best feminist life (as seen in the clip below), we'll be happy however long it runs.

Wet Hot American Summer’s Christopher Meloni on Humping the Fridge and Returning to ‘Gene’ After 15 Years

You wouldn't have guessed that a lead in the very serious Law & Order: SVU would become one of the breakout comedic stars of the original Wet Hot American Summer, but from the moment he went to fondle his sweaters, we knew that Meloni's Gene was something special. Almost 15 years after the original film was released, Meloni steps back into his role in the new Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which premiered July 31. Vulture caught up with Meloni to discuss his memories of the first film and what it felt like to go back to camp for a second time.

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You’ll Be Able to Binge-Watch the Second Season of Transparent in December

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday, Transparent creator Jill Soloway showed a cut of the trailer and announced the release date for the critically acclaimed dramedy's upcoming second season. The Pfefferman clan returns to Amazon Prime on December 4, meaning the show will mirror all of your own family squabbles right in time for the holiday season.

Pavement Guitarist Scott Kannberg Picks His 10 Favorite Pavement Songs

It has been 16 years since Pavement, the noisy, disaffected indie band from Stockton, California, released their fifth and final studio album Terror Twilight. That puts the band squarely in "special deluxe vinyl reissue" territory, where thirsty completists and vinyl junkies await. On August 11, a series of five Pavement compilations (one for each album in the official discography) will hit the streets, beginning with The Secret History, Vol. 1, a collection of 30 outtakes, B-sides, and rarities that date back to the time around 1992's Slanted and Enchanted. To mark this new chapter, we asked founding guitarist and singer Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg to discuss his favorite Pavement tracks.

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  • Posted 8/3/15 at 2:03 PM
  • Push It

Here’s a Button That Sums Up True Detective Season Two

Last night's episode of True Detective, "Black Maps and Motel Rooms," started to tie things together a bit more, but not all of its moments felt earned. This season has relied heavily on convenience, which can sometimes feel like contrivance — so much bad luck for our poor Paul! There's only one way to sum up this season:

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Show Me a Hero Trailer: Oscar Isaac Learns That Government Is Hard

The full trailer for David Simon and Paul Haggis's six-part HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero is here, and it stars Oscar Isaac as beleaguered Yonkers mayor Nicholas Wasicsko, whose town is split asunder by racial tensions when he tries to bring an affordable housing development into a predominantly white neighborhood. People are not happy! And while the trailer shows that Isaac can definitely pull off a mustache, it still leaves one big question unanswered: In terms of racial enlightenment, is this going to be more like The Wire or Crash?

  • Posted 8/3/15 at 1:54 PM

Nikki Finke Is Now Making Up Her Stories (Sort Of)

For Nikki Finke, fiction was always the enemy. “As a journalist, that was the worst thing you could say about something,” she says. “That’s fiction.”

In the years she spent covering the entertainment industry for the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, and her own Deadline website, Finke became famous — and famously feared — for telling the unvarnished (and highly entertaining) truth about everyone in Hollywood, even her own business partner, Jay Penske. “I am a very old-school journalist,” she says throatily over the phone from her home in Los Angeles. “I believe you make the comfortable uncomfortable, and that’s the whole point of doing it. A friend of mine who is in the business always used to say, Why do you always act surprised when people hate you for something you have written? And I said, But it’s the truth! My feeling was always the truth trumps everything. You know, the point is to try and get at that. As uncomfortable and difficult as it is.”

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Recap: Heart Attack of Love

WHAS:FDOC’s fourth episode, “Auditions,” begins by filling in a backstory of another minor film character, the until-now-unseen astrophysicist Henry Newman. Henry is a brilliant scientist and mathematician, teaching his students complex formulae like the Pythagorean theorem.

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An Open Letter From a Copy Editor to Hollywood Title-Makers

Dear Hollywood,

As Vulture’s resident comma queen, my job is to make sure our writers mind their p’s and q’s and em dashes. While I mostly edit for clarity, accuracy, and house style, lately I’ve been fielding excessive questions regarding movie titles of unwieldy length, and the mechanics that make them manageable. Or, in the case of this weekend’s Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, attempt to do so.

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Deadpool Finally Made a Trailer for a Trailer That Doesn’t Suck

Deadpool will finally unveil its first trailer tomorrow, but in the meantime, enjoy its ultra-meta trailer for a trailer, which features Ryan Reynolds ripping Fox for stupidly underusing his character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Thankfully, the New Spider-Man Movie Won’t Be an Origin Story

We suspected as much when news broke that Spider-Man would show up in Captain America: Civil War, but now it's basically confirmed: When Peter Parker returns to high school, he won't be running into any radioactive spiders. As Spider-Man screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley told Grantland, their upcoming Spidey film probably won't be an origin story. "I think that everybody feels like, you know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died," Goldstein told Andy Greenwald's podcast. "We probably don't need to revisit that." We'll see what happens once Kevin Feige gets his hand on the script, but right now that's welcome news for those of us who were sick of seeing the same superhero origin stories play out over and over, and incredibly disappointing for the legions of middle-aged character actors who were hoping to get to play Marisa Tomei's husband.

The Essence of Each Halt and Catch Fire Character Distilled Into a Single Song

Halt and Catch Fire, a show about technological innovation in the '80s, has been a throwback in the best possible way. A large part of that lies in its music selection, which not only re-creates the era, but allows the characters to inhabit wonderfully specific worlds — from Cameron writing code while listening to Austin-based punk band Big Boys to Gordon singing along to Boz Scaggs in his car. For the first season, AMC released Spotify playlists for each character, designed by music supervisor Thomas Golubić and his team at SuperMusicVision. “For us, it’s really a brainstorming exercise. We do it as a way of getting to know the character,” Golubić said. “It wasn’t necessarily all music that they would be playing, but it is music that really reflects their character.” They chose songs that the characters actually could have listened to, and went from there.

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