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Fall TV Ratings: Fox’s Red Band Society Opens Weakly

It’s not a red-letter day for Fox’s Red Band Society: The cancer ward drama, the first big series premiere of the new fall season, drew just 4 million viewers with its first airing and averaged a modest 1.3 rating among Fox’s target demographic of viewers under 50. Red Band came in sharply lower than Fox’s fall 2013 Wednesday lineup: Last year, the season-three premiere of The X Factor delivered 6.8 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among viewers under 50. On a positive note, Red Band pretty much matched its lead-in (Hell’s Kitchen, which averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 1.4 rating).Today’s numbers also don’t measure how well Red Band will do once time-shifted viewers are tallied; the fact that the show skews young suggests it might (underline might) get a notable bump from DVR viewing. Those numbers will be in by early next week.

The news was much better for Mysteries of Laura. »

Terry Gilliam on 13 of the Most Difficult Scenes He Ever Shot

Sometimes it’s a wonder he gets any movies made at all. Over the course of his legendary career, Terry Gilliam (BrazilTime Bandits, 12 Monkeys) has built a reputation as a director who likes to try for the impossible — be they shots, scenes, or entire movies. This is, after all, a man who made a romantic comedy about homeless people, madness, and death (The Fisher King). A man who made a microbudget, absurdist, effects-laden coming-of-age fantasy (Tideland). A man who made a film of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that's just as nutty, if not more so, as the original book.

Sometimes his job is difficult because he sets impossible challenges for himself. »

  • Posted 9/18/14 at 10:30 AM
  • Music

Jack White Has Opinions on the Foo Fighters and RollingStone.com

Here's who Jack White is mad at now: At a concert in Fenway Park Wednesday night, White mocked the Foo Fighters for having "a second guitar player playing the same parts," before joking that his "Kanye-esque rant" was giving fresh #content to RollingStone.com. Also, I guess, to us. Thank you for the #content, Jack White!

Key and Peele Go Big-Budget in This First Clip From Season 4

Key and Peele return for the fourth season of their Comedy Central show on Wednesday, September 24. And in this first clip from the episode, they've gone big-budget — an alien invasion has hit earth, and the only way to tell who's who is to ask racially fraught questions.

Parents Are the Worst in Men, Women & Children’s Full Trailer

The latest trailer for Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is basically "Parents Just Don't Understand" 2.0. Watch as Jennifer Garner hosts parent groups to teach others how to pre-delete their kids' text messages. "It's a bit of an invasion, don't you think?" Dean Norris asks her. "Don't allow guilt to prevent you from doing what's right," she answers. Damn, can someone get these parents some hobbies? How about a book club?

Not Knowing Anything About The Maze Runner Isn’t a Bad Way to See It

Not knowing anything about The Maze Runner — not having read the book or heard much about it — isn’t a bad way to see The Maze Runner. You experience the crazy story in real time, wondering where it’s going every step of the way, the mind uncluttered by issues of adaptation or fidelity or “world-building” or whatever. That’s probably not an option for the film’s intended audience, of course, who have all presumably read the first installment in James Dashner’s popular young adult series and know where it’s all headed. Speaking for myself, I was quite riveted.

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  • Posted 9/18/14 at 9:20 AM
  • Music

U2 Has a Secret Plan to ‘Save the Music Industry’

Not by giving away its album for free. Something else. As the band explains in a new Time International cover story, they're partnering once more with Apple on a new kind of digital music they maintain will make it easier for bands at all levels of fame to get paid for their work. Bono describes it as "an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way." We'll find out more details in a few months, when this project suddenly appears on our computers.

John Darnielle Explains His Cultural Influences

John Darnielle has been putting out music for nearly two decades as the Mountain Goats, but this week he releases an excellent new novel, Wolf in White Van, which was just long-listed for the National Book Award The book traces backwards through the life of Sean Phillips, who — following a near-fatal incident that has left him disfigured — runs a play-by-mail role-playing game. Darnielle, an unabashed fan of heavy metal and horror films, walked us through some of his main influences

1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. »

Darrell Hammond Set as SNL’s New Announcer

This morning NBC will announce that former cast member Darrell Hammond will be taking over for Don Pardo as the announcer for Saturday Night Live, after Pardo passed away a month ago. Hammond had filled in a few times over the years when Pardo had laryngitis, but Lorne Michaels told USA Today that Hammond won't be doing an impression moving forward: "I just knew it wouldn't be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him." He added, "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition." Hammond said, " When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It's been a very improbable life; I didn't expect something like this, but it feels real good." Appearing on the show from 1995–2009, Hammond is SNL's longest-running cast member, and Michaels expects him to be "helpful in ways we haven't yet figured out." Watch Hammond do his best Pardo during the James Van Der Beek episode and Pardo talking about a time Hammond filled in for him below, and then try to guess how Hammond will say, "muuuuusical guests."

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Had a Lip-synch Battle

Tonight, Jimmy Fallon’s popular lip-synch battle segment returned, this time featuring Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. There was nothing to quite rival Emma Stone destroying Ludacris's guest verse on "All I Do Is Win," but still, not bad. Honorable mention goes to Blake Shelton's "tap-dancing." Or foot-synching, we guess?

  • Posted 9/18/14 at 1:04 AM

Kendrick Lamar Releases New Single Art for ‘i’

Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited album follow-up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city is rumored to be dropping on September 23, and now we have a look at the cover art for the new single, reportedly called “i,” which Kendrick shared on Twitter earlier today. Thankfully, he still has a few days left to fix his capitalization.

  • Posted 9/18/14 at 12:35 AM
  • Sequels

Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be in Magic Mike XXL

Tragic news for fans of Matthew McConaughey in assless chaps (so, all of us): According to an interview in The Playlist with Magic Mike XXL director Greg Jacobs, McConaughey will not be reprising his role as Dallas in the forthcoming sequel to 2012's smash hit Magic Mike. Vulture is sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Please accept these GIFs of Danny Castellano stripping as consolation.

Bono and Liam Neeson Are Working on a Movie Together

According to an interview with Liam Neeson in The Independent, he and fellow Irishman Bono — you know, that guy whose album you just deleted from your iPhone — have teamed up for a new film project: “[Bono and I] chat, or with him a lot of the time I just listen. He’s a wonderful man. He’s got an idea for a script which we’ve been working on for the past six years,” said Neeson, explaining that the story is inspired by the phenomenon of the ‘70s Irish show bands that toured the country doing covers of international hits. It's not clear yet whether Neeson would star in the movie, but if he does, we assume he will play a man with a very particular set of skills (musical skills).

Aubrey Plaza Will Be the Voice of Grumpy Cat

Today in casting news plucked straight from the hivemind of the internet: Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime’s live-action Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Per THR, the film is about a rejected pet-store cat and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her, and will also feature "cameos from other famous Internet memes." Hopefully there's a supporting role available for a cat that looks like Ron Swanson?

  • Posted 9/17/14 at 10:00 PM

Theater Review: The Vulnerability Beneath Bridget Everett's Raunchy Rock Bottom

To judge from the grainy videos on YouTube, Bette Midler’s shows at the Continental Baths in 1971 were not especially vulgar. She mostly stuck to double entendres and generic ribaldry. What does seem shocking, even now, is the venue, that orgy palace of men in white towels — and the common cause Midler made with them as fellow outsiders. Bridget Everett delivers something of the same shock in her tornadic and polymorphously perverse cabaret act Rock Bottom, even though the polarities are reversed. The venue — Joe’s Pub — is more salubrious now, but the vulgarity, even accounting for inflation, is far greater. It amounts to the same thing, though: a complicated and often brilliant love offering to the emotionally dispossessed.

"A one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals." »

  • Posted 9/17/14 at 9:10 PM
  • Books

Here Is the Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction

The shortlist will arrive on October 15 and the winners will be announced November 19. We won't pick a favorite but only one of the authors on this list has recorded an impassioned defense of Justin Bieber.

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  • Posted 9/17/14 at 6:00 PM
  • Movies

Ben Affleck’s Creepy Smile Got Him Cast in Gone Girl

In this middle of Playboy's detailed interview with David Fincher comes this amusing anecdote: He was apparently inspired to cast Ben Affleck in Gone Girl because of Affleck's Google Image results.

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‘All About That Bass’ Is Still No. 1

First, on the album side: A Christian rapper named Lecrae had the No. 1 album on the Billboard "200" charts last week — with 88,000 albums sold. If you're thinking that 88,000 albums is an awfully low number of records for the No. 1 spot: Yes, you are correct. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" is still No. 1 on the "Hot 100" chart (with Taylor Swift still right behind), confirming that right now is a very weird time for music. See: U2.

Paranormal Activity 5 Will Be Called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

According to Exhibitor Relations, our next Paranormal Activity movie (the fifth!) will be called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Spooky! It's out next March, and there aren't any creepy dolls involved ... yet.

The Only 15 Netflix Hacks You’ll Ever Need

Netflix has changed the way we rent movies, making a large library of films and television series available at the touch of a button. But are you getting the most out of your Netflix subscription? With this collection of Netflix hacks — from beginner to advanced levels — we'll make sure that you squeeze every bit of binge-watching goodness out of the streaming service.

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