Following Wes Anderson's debut feature, Bottle Rocket, the production design on his films kicked into overdrive. From Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou to The Darjeeling Limited to Fantastic Mr. Fox to Moonrise Kingdom, each film has been more and more crammed with costumes, sets, and props of specific colors, patterns, and designs. Upon the release of his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, we pulled some of his memorable props out of their natural habitats to see if you can guess in which Wes Anderson film they originally appeared. Take our quiz and prove your fandom.
Hate those Jimmy Kimmel prank videos? Well, too bad, because he loves them. And he's going to keep making them as long as you keep falling for them. "I’m not trying to embarrass anybody, or improve the process, or make commentary on the news media, or journalism ... I just do get a kick out of fooling people," he told Re/code in an interview about the videos. And while, yes, he's seeing what Jimmy Fallon is doing on The Tonight Show (sillier, celeb-based videos), he's sticking by his way because it works — especially considering the way the internet is today (we're all on speed!!!): "As long as people want to be the first one to post something, to get people to click through, it will be easy." Ah! Look what we've created. The only caveat? Although it seems that Kimmel does truly get the internet's hoax economy, he also gets how the internet's actual economy works, too: " ... The amount of money we make from selling commercials on television, is 100 times as much from what we make from people watching our YouTube videos." Okay, so leave us alone, please.
House of Cards' oil-and-gas lobbyist Remy Danton no longer works for Frank Underwood, but he sure does pop up at the vice-president's office (and house) a lot. Is he showing up just to do his money-man Raymond Tusk's dirty work — or does he actually just miss being around Frank? We asked Mahershala Ali, who plays the money-hungry Remy, what he makes of his character's relationship to his ex-boss. Plus: Is Remy using his House Whip girlfriend, Jackie Sharp? And, HoC aside: What was it like to work with Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay?
Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-TV shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. As round one continues, Tara Ariano pits RuPaul's Drag Race's fourth season (the Sharon Needles/Chad Michaels/Phi Phi O'Hara showdown) against the seismic and groundbreaking first season of Survivor, which introduced the world to alliances.
I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but next to this new cult we’ve got going, Joe’s suddenly makes a lot more sense. At least his followers are united by a common interest: a psychopathic need to kill. I imagine Joe’s speech to Micah about that, by the way, written sort of like a game of hangman, with all the writers crowded around the computer, each suggesting a new word when it was their turn, excited to find out themselves why Joe does it. Micah’s cult has come together based on a shared need to … slow dance? Back slap, gently? Because they all find a terrible beauty in red being worn over red? Weak.
Last night, The Worst Bachelor in Bachelor history, Juan-Pablo Galavis, performed his first (televised!) noble deed. After he offended True Love finalist Claire by whispering something inappropriate in her ear during their off-camera time, JP ultimately went with the other one: Nikki. And yet, he chose to give her a rose but not propose. Despite spending the show's entire season being various versions of terrible, it was choosing not to propose (becoming the eighth Bachelor in the show's 18-season history to make that decision) that would serve as his only redeeming moment: "I’m not 100 percent sure that I want to propose to you, but at the same time, I’m 100 percent sure that I don’t want to let you go." Personally, I am 100 percent thrilled this season is over. Watch the full exchange below:
A lot of questions went unanswered in Sunday's much-anticipated True Detective finale. As Vulture recapper Kenny Herzog wrote: "As far as answers, to once again parrot Marty — who even Rust begins to acknowledge knows a hell of a lot —'We ain’t gonna get ’em all.'" In general, perceptions of the finale fell neatly into one of two camps: some critics and recappers were disappointed at the failure to resolve key questions, while others saw it as an appropriate conclusion to a show that was, ultimately, much more about the journey of its two heroes than about the monster lurking at the end. Your recap of the recaps:
Here’s some news which may come as a ball-in-groin to fans of America’s Funniest Home Videos: Longtime host Tom Bergeron has decided to call it quits after next season. The snarky yet lovable TV personality, who also hosts ABC's Dancing With the Stars, tells Vulture that he’s simply chosen to move on from the gig he’s held down since 2001. "I'm embracing change this month,” he explain via an emailed statement. Noting that his other ABC show, Dancing With the Stars, is also making “plenty of” format and co-host changes, “I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show's 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last,” Bergeron added. He didn’t volunteer any more details about why he’s decided to exit, but a person familiar with the situation insisted the pending departure is amicable.
The cast of Game of Thrones will be gracing the cover of Vanity Fair this month in a photo spread by Annie Leibovitz. Inside the mag, co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss deny that they have any intention of letting the series drag out (due to its stellar ratings): "It doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that." Just how long? "After seven or eight seasons."
This season went out with a whimper, and the vague scent of alcohol emanating from everyone’s breath.
I’m still trying to figure out why Lisa became the enemy, and the only answer that makes sense is that they need one. Since most of the Housewives have spent their lives performing femininity through this graceful bickering, this is not a group of women who can function collectively when they have nothing and no one to complain about, and it’s far easier to cannibalize your own. Lisa is the fall guy because Brandi is too much of a coward to end their friendship on her own terms, and it’s sort of a bummer that she was able to turn the tide so swiftly.
A.k.a. the undead human played by Tom Cruise in 1994's Interview With a Vampire. Rice's new book is called Prince Lestat and, according to Rice, it "is all about Lestat and all about the vampires … how they are coming to terms with everything that's happened to them, how Lestat is dealing with the demand from all sides." The book will be published in October, just in time for your topical Halloween costume.
Surprise! You're on Candid Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm took to the Rock Center rooftop to photobomb some tourists. Cute bit, but why skimp on the surprised reactions? Show us some real human emotion, not just two dudes sharing a hoagie. (Are hoagies the hot new photobooth accessory?)
The time to take old characters out for one last spin around the block was not last night, when all anybody wanted to know was: Does the Mother die?! This is especially true if those characters include Lily’s dad (Chris Elliott), BoatsBoatsBoats (Laura Bell Bundy), and the Captain (Kyle MacLachlan), all of whom served their purpose on this show a long time ago and didn’t need to be seen again.
It’s more of a commercial for Obamacare than our generation’s Frost/Nixon, but it’s also pretty funny. Joining the likes of such luminaries as Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lawrence, President Obama sat down for a faux-tense chat with comedian Zach Galifianakis on the beloved web show “Between Two Ferns.” Before he got around to plugging the now-functional healthcare.gov — “A lot of young people, they think they’re invincible” — Obama delivered a few one-liners aimed straight at Galifianakis’s oversize head. The man has timing.
Adult Swim has green-lighted a half-hour live-action series called Black Jesus, created by The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder, the network announced. Gerald "Slink" Johnson (Lamar in Grand Theft Auto V) will star as Jesus Christ, a present-day Compton resident spreading messages of love and kindness with the help of his apostles. Fans of the Boondocks TV show might feel like this new series has actually been gestating for a long time: One of the very first lines on the pilot back in 2005 was Huey announcing "Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11." McGruder will serve as executive producer, and the show should premiere later this year.
One day in late January, the novelist, n+1 editor, and now self-taught Marxist political economist Benjamin Kunkel left Buenos Aires and flew to Rio. He’d been living in Argentina more on than off since the recession hit, an enviably high-minded take-the-money-and-run expat in the frothy wake of his novel Indecision, and his travel schedule was like a con man’s, always shifting. In Rio, he met the leftist playwright Wallace Shawn and his girlfriend of 40 years, the short-story goddess Deborah Eisenberg, who were staging a one-night-only performance of Shawn’s The Designated Mourner for the benefit of Glenn Greenwald, the national-security-state crusader and Edward Snowden accomplice, who lives there. Not to benefit; for the benefit of. Greenwald couldn’t feel comfortable coming to New York to see the play, which describes the death of liberal culture at the hands of reactionary forces, so they took the entire Public Theater production to him—“A show of solidarity,” Shawn says. Kunkel calls it “a stunt.” But he says it lovingly, admiringly. “Maybe everything the left does is.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, our generation's Chevy Chase, Jason Sudeikis, is in talks to take on the reporter role Chase made famous in the upcoming film Fletch Won, featuring the character I.M. Fletcher from the Gregory Mcdonald mystery series. Fletch Won will apparently be based on an original story, but Mcdonald did write twelve Fletch books in total, meaning Sudeikis could have his very own James Bond or Indiana Jones if he plays his cards right.
While he almost certainly won't be lured into a slap fight like Bradley Cooper or get spanked like Justin Bieber (though we can dream, can't we?), President Obama is now the latest celebrity to subject himself to Zach Galifianakis's intensity for an episode of Between Two Ferns. Obama is stopping by in order to encourage young people to sign up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline. The episode will drop at Funny or Die Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., and we're betting it will be good. If anyone can stay dead-pan while humoring sweaty, incoherent people, it's definitely the president.
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