Green Lantern sure feels like a long time ago.
Ryan Reynolds' return to superhero movies, Deadpool, could break 50 Shades of Grey's record for the biggest Presidents Day opening weekend, according to Variety.
Though it later became a comedy touchstone, the original Zoolander wasn't a huge hit at the time of its release, earning only $45 million domestically. The reason? As you might recall, the movie was released only a few weeks after 9/11, a time when America wasn't quite ready to laugh at the antics of an airheaded supermodel. Besides possibly being the reason Zoolander had to wait 15 years to get a sequel, this terrible timing also meant that, over the course of its life, this seemingly innocuous movie managed to get embroiled in three separate 9/11 controversies. What better time to revisit them than now, as the reportedly terrible sequel arrives in theaters?
Ahead of the 2016 Grammys, Vulture spoke with a handful of nominees about the songs from their latest albums that were toughest to write. Up next are Disclosure, whose Grammy-nominated 2013 debut album sparked a house revival throughout Europe and, more recently, North America. Their sophomore album, Caracal, nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, saw the brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence refine that retro sound with greater attention to their individual crafts — Howard on his lyrics, and Guy on the duo's production. But sometimes splitting the workload turned out to take much longer than expected, as Guy explains proved to be both a headache and a blessing behind "Echoes."
Marvel Comics’ most popular wiseass is about to make a big-screen splash in the Ryan Reynolds–led Deadpool, where audiences will revel in the character’s unique mix of mirth and mayhem. But he’s already had a long and varied history in print, which you can read about in our chronicle of his evolution. If you see the flick and want to dive into the comics sagas that spawned him — or if you want to bone up before you hit the multiplex — here are five great Deadpool collections you can snag in digital form or at a nearby comics shop right now.
On Thursday, HBO released brand-new images from season six of Game of Thrones, and there are plenty of clues buried. Unfortunately, we have to wait until April for the real answers, but until then, this helps.
Produced by Matt Johnston, script by Jennifer Vineyard.
St. Vincent and Tilda Swinton? Say no more! Before Tilda plays a gender-ambiguous ancient one in Doctor Strange, she'll play the woman everyone understandably has the hots for in Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, also starring Ralph Fiennes. And in a perfect bit of fanfic come to life, your other crush, St. Vincent, has covered the Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" for the film's soundtrack. Oh, did we mention Tilda plays a rock star in the movie? Yep, this was meant to be. St. Vincent channels Prince all over this sexy funk scorcher, on which she sings mostly in falsetto. The film's trailer looks like it's set in the midst of a heat wave — now you know what probably caused it.
Legends of Tomorrow is beginning to find solid ground. It feels more cohesive, the character arcs are gaining clarity, and Vandal Savage's villainous behavior is developing in curious ways. It's a young series, of course, and still has some glaring problems. And despite its noticeable improvements, "White Knights" puts a spotlight on those issues, illustrating why the show can be difficult to enjoy as a whole.
Bridget Carpenter was introduced to Stephen King’s transcendent horror and science fiction at a young age by her father. For most of her life, she dreamed of meeting her literary hero, and, after a series of “coincidences” (destiny?), she finally did. Best known for her work on Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, the TV writer-producer and playwright undertook the massive job of adapting King’s 2011 best seller 11.22.63 into a Hulu mini-series — premiering February 15 in weekly installments — and met her favorite author when he visited the set in Toronto. “It will be hard to follow this experience up,” Carpenter told Vulture.
It all started in early 2013, when Carpenter read King’s 849-page 11.22.63, about a divorced high-school teacher, Jake Epping, who travels through a time portal to 1960 to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A year later, she received an unexpected call from Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams’s production company. Abrams, who said at a January press conference that he had wanted to work with Carpenter for some time, called to gauge her interest in adapting 11.22.63 to television. “They didn’t know I was obsessed with Stephen King as a child, that it was a lifelong dream to get to know him, or that I loved this book,” Carpenter said. “It was all just good luck.”
As Carpenter began outlining the eight-episode Hulu mini-series, actor James Franco emailed King because he wanted to buy the rights to the book. When Franco expressed disappointment that Abrams had beat him to the punch on Twitter, Carpenter knew she’d found her leading man. “Things don’t usually happen this way,” she said. Carpenter spoke with Vulture about the process of adapting the lengthy tome, what she changed, and becoming pals with King.
Early '90s publicly televised debates over sexism and racism are so hot right now. HBO just released the trailer for its TV movie Confirmation, which stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill and centers on Hill's testimony during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice-to-be Clarence Thomas (a perfectly smarmy Wendell Pierce), during which Hill claimed that Thomas sexually harassed her during their time as colleagues. Confirmation is directed by Dope's Rick Famuyiwa and features performances from Jennifer Hudson (as Angela Wright, the "other woman" who accused Thomas) and Greg Kinnear (as Joe Biden, who presided over the hearings). The film looks like it'll combine American Crime Story and Scandal, taking on one of the biggest recent scandals in American politics while also putting everyone in great 1990s outfits. Confirmation arrives April 16. Prep the wine and think pieces.
Of his many talents, Martin Scorsese knows how to put a soundtrack together, especially in his modern mob movies. In four of these — Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Casino, and The Departed — some of his most memorable musical choices are plucked from the Rolling Stones' catalogue. It was only fitting that he'd eventually direct their 2008 concert film, Shine a Light, and now, collaborate with front man Mick Jagger on HBO’s new music-business series, Vinyl. Ahead of the show's Sunday-night premiere, we took a look back at Marty’s 43-year love affair with the Stones, and how he used their tracks to elevate certain scene. "My films," the man himself once said, "would be unthinkable without them."
The first TV adaptation of a John le Carré thriller in more than 20 years is going to be The Night Manager, a six-part mini-series produced by AMC, BBC One, and the Ink Factory starring Tom Hiddleston as a sexy British spy. Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, a British soldier recruited to infiltrate an inner circle of international businessmen led by Richard Onslow Roper, played by Hugh Laurie. He'll be tested along the way by Roper's chief of staff, Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander), and Roper's girlfriend, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). And apparently, in order to do good things, he must also do bad things. Very, very bad things.
Straight Outta Compton was a helluva film, but man, did it end on a frustrating cliff-hanger. Dr. Dre just walked out on Suge Knight and Death Row! That's it — the film literally ends with him walking out the door. Did he go for a jog? Was he followed? We may never know what happened to Dr. Dre, except — oh wait, we definitely do, because now we know he's a multimillionaire running Apple Music, on top of producing the most successful music biopic of all time. NBD. But just in case you also needed a scripted version of his current life, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's set to produce and star in Vital Signs, Apple's first scripted-TV series all about Dr. Dre and his emotional state.
And like the depiction of his younger years, it'll leave no sordid detail (except maybe violence against women) untouched: One of the drama's six episodes, filmed this week, reportedly involves "naked extras simulating sex in a mansion" — which coincidentally sounds straight outta a scene from Compton. Music video director Paul Hunter will direct, with Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae reportedly cast alongside Dre. Vital Signs is expected to drop on Apple Music all at once, so in case you missed the flash-forward in Compton's credits, you'll finally learn what became of Andre Young.
Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen's 17th directorial effort, opened to $11 million and second place at the box office last weekend. Most observers labeled the returns a disappointment, identifying the film as the brothers' biggest flop since Intolerable Cruelty. But there are a few problems with this analysis. First of all: With a $120 million worldwide take, Intolerable Cruelty wasn't a flop. Second, at only a $22 million budget, it's very likely that when all is said and done, Hail, Caesar! won't be, either.
For every strangely tone-deaf answer from an acting legend, there's a refreshingly funny one. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Emma Thompson responded to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with typical sense and sensibility. "It's hilarious. It's no change there. It's not as if it's ever been awash with people of color," Thompson said. "Let's face it, the Oscar membership is mainly old, white men. That's the fact of it. Either you wait for them all to die, or kill them off slowly. There's so many options, aren't there?" True! This, we should point out, was the thinking around same-sex-marriage supporters — that you just needed a homophobic older generation to die out. She added a more constructive note afterwards, saying that the Screen Actors Guild was proactively trying to change the demographic makeup of its membership to make it more diverse.
Ah, the Grammys: The year's best in music that ruled the charts and our Spotify playlists. We've got diss tracks, Hamilton (!), and tons of Kendrick up for awards next week — and it's all set to go down when you least expect it: a Monday. Thanks to a double-holiday weekend, this year, the Grammys have bucked the awards-season tradition of rounding up celebs on a Sunday night and instead opted for their first-ever Monday broadcast. The 58th Grammys will air live from the Staples Center — in all time zones now! — on February 15 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST. Here's your guide to music's biggest night.
Because no series is too worn out for a reboot, Fox has ordered an hour-long Lethal Weapon pilot. The pilot stars Damon Wayans Sr. as Roger Murtaugh, the role Danny Glover made famous in the films, while the role of former Texas cop and Navy SEAL Martin Riggs is yet to be cast (is Mel Gibson humble enough to do TV work now?). The series comes from Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, and McG (of Charlie's Angels). There were talks of a Lethal Weapon film reboot in lieu of a Lethal Weapon 5 as recently as 2011, but it seems that, in 2016, TV is king, and TV needs more cop shows. Fox has also ordered a pilot based on The Exorcist and has recently exhumed The X-Files, so, yes, reboot fever is alive and well on the network.
At Thursday night’s American Songbook Gala honoring Lorne Michaels, the Cut had the chance to talk to Maya Rudolph about some of her favorite Saturday Night Live memories. Turns out the seven-season veteran has been a fan since her pre-VCR childhood, when she used to sneak into her parents’ room to watch it live.
Ryan Reynolds, a person with eyes and ears, knows Green Lantern was bad. On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, he said the movie “suffers from that typical Hollywood disease which is that we get a poster, we get a release date, we got an actor, we don’t have a script, but we’re just gonna start shooting anyway.” When asked by host Andy Cohen to rate Green Lantern on a scale from 1 to 10, he went with 3 or 4, but then he thought about it for a few more seconds and gave it a 1 instead. Oof. Don't worry, Ryan Reynolds: Deadpool definitely makes up for it.
Adele will pop up once again on the cover of Vogue next month, but the real treat, as always, comes with her frank responses to questions from interviewers. In this case, Adele takes the time to share her fangirl-like love of other artists. For instance, she's a big fan of Carol and would like to work with a director like Todd Haynes on her next music video, which would be for “When We Were Young.” “I loved Carol,” she told Vogue. “I loved the way it looked, and I loved the awkward silence in it — I’d like to have some awkward silence in the music video.” Adele already has the meticulously applied makeup of a Haynes heroine, so it's really not too much of a stretch.