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Doctor Who Recap: Echoes of Death

When you’ve been plotting and writing Doctor Who for as long as Steven Moffat has, you inevitably must stumble across an idea that’s so mad you have no choice but to see it through to its finish. What will the people who so often chant for Moffat’s dismissal from the series – those who claim he has run out of ideas – make of this intimately epic hour that delves deep into the psyche of the show’s central figure? Perhaps they will say that it is nothing more than a rip-off of Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow or any of the myriad films or TV shows that have exploited the time loop gimmick in this manner. If it were done poorly, we may have cause to tear into it, but when it’s done to such aching perfection as this, we must stand back, catch our breath, and applaud. One of the most experimental episodes of Doctor Who ever, “Heaven Sent” is surely also one of the best, and certainly one of the most revealing.


Ash vs. Evil Dead Recap: Shoot First, Think Never

Awaking from his spirit-quest-gone-bad, Ash starts this week tied to a pole. As mind demons are wont to do, Eligos has successfully dominated Kelly’s mind and tricked Pablo and Brujo into believing Ash is the one possessed. Classic mind-demon business, just classic.


Prince Harry Falls Off A Horse While Playing Polo, Still Manages To Look Fantastic

The only thing British royals love more than donning elaborate hats is playing polo, the timeless equestrian team sport, as Prince Harry proved earlier today by participating in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Cape Town, South Africa. But alas, even the high-and-mighty monarchy can sometimes fall victim to, well, actual falling as evidenced by the bachelor prince being thrown head-first not once, but twice, from his trusty steed during the match. Behold one of the still-somehow-graceful falls:

  • Posted 11/28/15 at 4:34 PM
  • Science

David Tennant Explains Einstein's Theory of General Relativity In This Adorable Video

100 years ago, a guy named Albert came up with the most important physics-based theory of the century: the theory of general relativity. Even though physicists love this theory, which has been vital to pretty much every theory since, most of us normal denizens don't really understand the theory. It involves things like "space time" and "warped time," which are real things and not terms invented by Steven Moffat. For those of us who aren't physicists, David Tennant is here to help. In this adorable animated video, the tenth Doctor uses his singular style of annunciation to explain Einstein's theory in simple terms. In Tennant's Scottish accent, "dark matter" almost sounds salacious.

Gods of Egypt Director Apologizes for Depicting the Whitest Egypt; Ava DuVernay Subsequently Tweets About It

Discussing the whitewashing of the decidedly not-white country of Egypt in his new film Gods of Egypt, director Alex Proyas said, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”


Daniel Radcliffe: Excited for That Harry Potter Play, Jealous of Eddie Redmayne, Careful About Where He Masturbates — Just Like Us!

After retiring from playing Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe is really excited to watch the next schmuck who signs up to take on the iconic role in J.K. Rowling's planned sort-of-not-really sequel West End play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In an interview with NME, Radcliffe said that he's happy for the franchise to go one with him, but that he's also excited to see a new take. "Now that I know [Harry’s in it] I actually really want to see it," he said, "It would be a mental thing to try and see it with lots of very excited Harry Potter fans. But I kind of would like to know what happens now." Basically, good luck playing Harry Potter in front of Harry Potter himself.


  • Posted 11/28/15 at 1:24 PM
  • Awww

Adorable Human Liam Hemsworth Reveals That His Adorable Brother Chris Paid off Their Parents' Not-So-Adorable Debt

In an interview with The Independent, Hunger Games star and nice boy you'd be willing to take home to your parents Liam Hemsworth revealed that his brother Chris, 2014's Sexiest Man Alive and also generally pretty good human from what we can tell, cleared their parents financial debts with his acting earnings. Liam, who seems like a sweet like a puppy dog, said that his father "called my brother Chris [note: Chris is buff like a God, but approachable like a teddy bear] back and said: 'I don't know how to feel. Since I left home I have had debts and I thought I’d be paying them off until I died and have this weight hanging over me, and now to have them completely cleared.'" Liam, the youngest Hemsworth sibling, has all the attributes of a Pokémon too cute to evolve and he went on to say that his parents "are so happy now and able to spend more time with us, I would love to be able to do something for my parents like that." To that end, Liam, a doggone sweetie pie who you just know would help you move that old sofa out of your apartment and not even ask you to return the favor, has started to give back by becoming an ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation, noting that "If you want to be a good person who adds to society, you have responsibility. That is something I take very seriously."

Twisted Sister Will Let Donald Trump Use 'We're Not Gonna Take It' as a Rally Closer to Help Him 'Fight the System'

Donald Trump has notoriously had some trouble finding rock bands that will let him use their music at his rallies. Alt-rock icons R.E.M. and Blur's Damon Albarn scorned the GOP frontrunner for using their music (R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe said, "Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign"), but Trump may have found an unlikely ally: Twisted Sister.


Tracy Morgan Spoke To God In His Coma

In June 2014 Tracy Morgan was involved with a devastating highway accident that left him with a broken leg and femur, broken nose, and several broken ribs; he was in a coma for two weeks. Now in an interview with Complex, Morgan reveals that while comatose, he spoke with God:


Selena Gomez Has Realized the Celebrity Interview's Full Potential for Hitting on Zayn Malik

Selena Gomez, a healthy, attractive 23 year-old with a hearty libido and the ability to realize that Zayn Malik looks smoking hot right now has taken it upon herself to make the world know that she's in if he is. In a cover interview with InStyle UK, the undoubtedly media-trained Gomez responded to rumors that the two had dated by saying, "If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding."


Benedict Cumberbatch Made Otter Faces on The Graham Norton Show, Because Tumblr Runs the World Now

Benedict Cumberbatch went on The Graham Norton Show to promote his upcoming Sherlock special and also to perform a few self-deprecating comedy bits, as celebrities are wont to do. You may have noticed that the British actor looks a bit like an otter. You may have seen the Tumblr dedicated to that fact. Well, so has Graham Norton. Dare we say that internet users have made Benedict their Cumberbitch? Yes, yes we do.

New Agent Carter Season Two Teasers: She’s Going to Punch All of L.A. — Take That, Hollywood!

Remember when Agent Carter was in danger? Hayley Atwell and this teaser do, too. But don't worry — she's coming back for more, with promises of a bit of meta-satisfaction and a lot of wild West Coast fisticuffs.

The Man Who Made Patti LaBelle’s Pie Go Viral Also Gave Her Thanksgiving Dinner a Good Review

After making her sweet potato pies fly off the shelves with an all-time great viral review of her pie, Patti LaBelle superfan James Wright got the chance to spend Thanksgiving with Ms. Patti herself.


Watch David Beckham Bend Things, Provide an Astonishingly Literal Understanding of His Celebrity

There is much to love about this soothing video, which is either a new high or new low for silly celebrity videos (we can't decide). First: The fact that after crowning David Beckham 2015's Sexiest Man Alive, People decided to confirm said sexiness by have him do a bit on a decades-old catchphrase that inspired the title of a 2002 movie in which he did not appear. Second: Even though his agent probably negotiated every detail of this clip, Beckham seems just as confused as you are as to why people are handing him household objects and asking him to bend them. Third: He gives a boyishly enthusiastic grin when he manages to bend a golf club — which is not a difficult task — and then tries to pass off his accomplishment with the total Britishism, "waste of a golf club," while you can tell he's thinking, "I did it! On camera! Posh will be so proud."

  • Posted 11/28/15 at 9:23 AM
  • Sia

Listen to Sia’s ‘One Million Bullets,’ a Swooning, Soaring Entry Into a Pop Arms Race

Sia has released the next track from her new album This Is Acting (out January 29), which also includes previously released singles "Alive" and "Bird Set Free." Like the best of Sia, "One Million Bullets" is a soaring, production-heavy ballad, and, more importantly, a promise to take a significant amount of firepower to the chest for you — pointedly more than Bruno Mars, who's only willing to tackle a single grenade.

Matthew Weiner to Direct an Episode of Orange Is the New Black, Offer Inmates a Good Deal on Those Leftover Mad Men Cigarettes

Matthew Weiner, known for his ability to depict women in the metaphorical prison of 1960s misogyny, will move on to depicting women in the literal prison of prison. In his first post–Mad Men project, Weiner will direct a season four episode of Orange Is the New Black, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. This is the first time Weiner has directed a project that he didn't write, though he will surely make his mark known somehow — perhaps a flashback will reveal that an inmate was a secretary at Sterling Cooper, or Piper and Alex will drop acid and spend the episode rehashing their relationship in a dream sequence, or Suzanne will watch a coke commercial and ache with longing for a familial happiness she'll never achieve (and then a sudden jump cut will reveal that she actually wrote that coke ad). Weiner, who is a friend of Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, joins a murderer's row of directors that have worked on the series, including Jodie Foster, Nicole Holofcener, and Allison Anders. He is definitely not giving up any spoilers.

The Knick Recap: Having a Ball

Well, the charity ball for the new Knick is coming right up. But before we treat ourselves to a decadent night out with New York City’s philanthropic elite and the doctors they fund, we must see to some business.


  • Posted 11/27/15 at 4:03 PM

Killing Them Safely and Janis: Little Girl Blue Are Two of the Year’s Best Documentaries

Two really good documentaries, Killing Them Safely and Janis: Little Girl Blue (about the great Janis Joplin), open this weekend in limited release and take their places on the honor roll of really good docs to open in 2015. (A year-end round-up is coming soon.)


What’s Leaving Netflix in December: The Most Urgent Movies to Watch Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Each month, several films and TV shows leave Netflix’s catalogue. We provide a list of titles bidding adieu. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now, which is updated throughout the month. Note that most of these movies cut town on December 1, meaning you'll want to put your Thanksgiving break to good use.

Creed is a Winner at the Box Office, and Also a Valuable Lesson

There are no dead franchises anymore — there are just ones waiting to be revived. Most of the time, we treat this as an aspect of modern Hollywood to be reviled, or at least ridiculed: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has about as much nostalgic appeal as fish in Jello. But there’s another side to this, because two of the best films of 2015 have been new entries in old sagas. First, Mad Max delivered one of the most thrillingly original action movies in recent memory by returning to a trilogy that had been dormant for thirty years. And now, Creed, the seventh entry in the Rocky series, is poised to become a hit over the long Thanksgiving weekend and maybe even break into the Oscar race.  

Rocky’s struggles in the film are far more poignant and authentic than they have any right to be. »


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