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Divorce, Insecure, and Westworld Get Fall Premiere Dates on HBO

Good things come to those who wait, specifically if you wait until October. HBO has announced the premiere dates for three of its new fall shows: Westworld, Divorce, and Insecure. The dark odyssey Westworld will premiere Sunday, October 2, with comedies Divorce and Insecure debuting a week later on Sunday, October 9. A triple threat of Anthony Hopkins, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Issa Rae sounds pretty good, no? Watch all of the trailers below to see for yourself.


The Larry Sanders Show Is Coming to HBO Streaming Outlets in September

The Larry Sanders Show, Garry Shandling’s ground-breaking late-night parody series, will finally be available on HBO outlets starting in September, the network announced at its TCA presentation today. All six seasons of the series will be available on HBO Now, HBO GO, and HBO On Demand starting Friday, September 23. They will also hit HBO Comedy on Monday, September 26. The series, which ran from 1992 to 1998, helped establish the comedy careers of the likes of Judd Apatow; cast members included Jeffrey Tambor, Jeremy Piven, Bob Odenkirk, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. In a bizarre and unfortunate bit of timing, the deal to return the beloved, Emmy-winning series to HBO was brokered on March 23 — ultimately making it one of Shandling’s final acts in the business before his unexpected death the following day.

Avengers: Infinity War Doesn't Want Infinite Films, Is Now Just a Standalone Film

To infinity and beyondor not. Contrarily to what had been previously announced, Disney has confirmed that the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War will only be one film as opposed to two. To be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the two Infinity War films were put on the Marvel schedule back in October 2014, with the first one scheduled for May 2018 and the second (initially titled Avengers: Infinity War Part II) scheduled for May 2019. However, Disney has now renamed the second film as an "Untitled Avengers" project, with the same release date still in place. Production on the now-one-and-only Infinity War is scheduled to begin later this year, with Robert Downey Jr. and negotiating tool extraordinaire Jeremy Renner confirmed to star.

Somebody Alert the Television Academy: A New Alan Ball Family Drama Is Coming to HBO

Alan Ball continues to be right at home at HBO. The Six Feet Under and True Blood creator has received a new series order and two-year overall deal from the network, as first reported by Deadline. The upcoming, untitled Ball series will focus on a "contemporary multi-racial family" consisting of a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam, and Colombia, and their sole biological child. But, "this seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts," and one of the children "begins to see things others cannot." Overall, the series is described as a "tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today." We're sure the finale will be sublime.

The Handmaiden Trailer: It's the Korean Gothic Lesbian Revenge Thriller We Deserve

At Cannes earlier this year, we reported in great detail how The Handmaiden proved to be one the festival's most captivating films. Now, you can see the madness for yourself with the first official trailer. Directed by Park Chan-Wook, the film centers around two women in the 1930s a secluded and wealthy Japanese heiress and her newly-hired young Korean handmaiden — as the latter attempts to defraud the woman out of her large inheritance with the help of a conman. However, things take an unexpected and sinister turn when the two ladies begin to fall in love. Inspired by Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith, the film will be released in U.S. theaters on October 19. Get excited.

A Chandra Levy Miniseries Is Coming to TNT

Talk about impeccable timing. Hot off the successes of other true crime programs such as People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Making a Murderer, TNT announced that it's currently developing a miniseries based on the case of Chandra Levy. The network will be adapting Scott Higham and Sara Horwitz's enthralling book Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery, which detailed the aftermath and media frenzy of the disappearance of the 24-year-old Levy then an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington D.C in 2001. Her remains were found a year later in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park.


  • Posted 7/30/16 at 9:40 AM on The Cut

Margot Robbie, Rogue Tattoo Artist

You know how Crocodile Dundee was like, “That’s not a knife — this is a knife”? Well, that’s Margot Robbie and homemade tattoos. Forget that old stick-and-poke stuff; Margot Robbie has a tattoo gun and she isn’t afraid to use it. But that doesn’t mean she uses it particularly well.


You Can Now Watch Mr. Robot's Disturbing Short Film The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie

In this week's episode of Mr. Robot, we were given an gripping flashback sequence that found young siblings Elliot (Rami Malek) and Darlene (Carly Chaikin) watching a fake 1980s horror movie called The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie. (The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders was unfortunately already taken. Another story for Luis Buñuel, though.) The brief clips of their favorite childhood slasher flick showed some quintessentially campy fun, but now we're privy to some even better information the Mr. Robot team has released the first eight and a half minutes of the film online for free. Written and directed by Adam Penn, one of the show's writers and producers, Bourgeoisie tells the story of two bratty rich kids planning a New Years Eve party, only to be stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant wearing the iconic fsociety mask. Are there more clues? Easter eggs? Origin stories? Look for yourself in the NSFW video available here.

Jimmy Fallon Found a Super Effortless Way to Hold Margot Robbie's Hand For Four Minutes

What exactly is the Jinx Challenge? A game full of shouting, giggling, and luck or if we want to actually get specific, a duo attempting to say something in the same category at the same time and Jimmy Fallon and Margot Robbie played it last night on The Tonight Show. It's pretty a cute game! And for some reason, the partners are required to wear red, conjoined gloves … but why? Think about it. Smooth moves, Fallon.

The Great British Baking Show Recap: Rough Puff

Welcome to the "pâtisserie" episode, a designation I can only assume means fussy, esoteric French things. Will there be croquembouche? Will there be madeleines? One can only hope. Quarter finals, dudes! From here on out, this is like sports but with cake flour and caster sugar. 


Outcast Recap: Sympathy For the Devil

"What Lurks Within" is a deceptively slow episode. Not much seems to happen, but a lot of questions are asked. There's not even an exorcism-of-the-week, which speaks to the episode's main concern: Do our heroes know what they're doing?


The Great British Baking Show Recap: Lady Fingers

Is the "Victorian" episode proof that The Great British Baking Show has stretched beyond the limits of what a baking show should be? Maybe, but it's still great. Let's jump right into things!


  • Posted 7/29/16 at 5:50 PM
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A Quick Refresher on the Jason Bourne Universe Backstory

Back in 2007, when we last saw Jason Bourne, he was giving the CIA an Ultimatum. As the blackest of black-ops agents, Bourne had traversed three movies' worth of twists, turns, and thrills to figure out who turned him from a (fairly) ordinary guy named David Webb into a human killing machine know as Jason Bourne. Or at least, he thought he had it all figured out.

Now, nine years and a brief tangent into the world of Jeremy Renner later, Bourne is back, and his history is as convoluted as ever. Since the mythology of the Bourne universe isn't an oft-discussed subject, we figured a quick guide to the essential details from the original trilogy (plus a bit of Legacy) could be beneficial for anyone planning to take in the shaky-cam spectacle of Jason Bourne this weekend.

Mild spoilers ahead. Or, if you haven't seen any of the earlier Bourne movies, tons of spoilers.


What’s New on Hulu: August 2016

At the beginning of (and during) every month, Hulu adds new movies and TV shows to its library. We figure you might want to know about them. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Hulu and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.


How ’80s Are the Names on Stranger Things?

Netflix's Stranger Things has been receiving rave reviews for its artful reanimation (and occasional subversion) of '80s pop-culture tropes. But one aspect of the show's period detail deserves a closer look: the absolute perfection of its characters' names. Stranger Things' Hawkins, Indiana, counts among its residents a single mother named Joyce, best friends called Barb and Nance, and a teen bully named Troy — names that evoke the early '80s Midwest as solidly as the band Toto on the soundtrack does. In a TV landscape where shows don't always do their naming homework, Stranger Things' thoroughness is appreciated.

Exactly how '80s are these names? To find out, we checked Social Security Administration data to see. With the adult characters, it seems safe to assume that each character is about the same age as the actor playing them, which meant the parental generation would have been born around 1940. For the middle-schoolers, we used an assumed birth date of 1970. And since we don't know which grade each of the high-schoolers are in, we just looked at the popularity of their names in the late '60s. 


Behind the Making of Indignation’s Thrilling, 18-Minute Argument Scene

When the Oscar-nominated producer and screenwriter James Schamus decided to make his directorial debut, he set the bar high by choosing to adapt Indignation (which opens in New York and Los Angeles today), one of the fruits of Philip Roth’s late-life burst of productivity. But as he set about writing the screenplay, he kept writing a behemoth of a scene in the heart of each draft, a confrontation between the protagonist, Marcus, and the dean of his college, Caldwell, in which they had it out over the existence of God (among other, more practical things). This scene took place all in one room, with just those two characters, featuring nothing more than conversation — and put to film, it would take up 20 minutes of screen time.

The problem, of course, is that movies in 2016 don’t have scenes that hinge on 20-minute theological conversations. Some directors can get away with it; their names are Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson. For everyone else, this is the kind of artistic decision that freaks out the folks writing the checks, and if you freak out the folks writing the checks, you don’t have a movie.


Orlando Bloom Follows Up DNC Stardom by Joining Andy Samberg’s Tour de Pharmacy

Orlando Bloom, last seen having a great time at the Democratic National Convention, is joining Andy Samberg and Murray Miller's HBO doping satire Tour de Pharmacy, THR reports. Bloom's role is unknown, though given the film's subject matter — the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Tour de France — it's possible he'll play a professional bicyclist. The film's stacked cast also includes John Cena, Mike Tyson, Nathan Fielder, Phylicia Rashad, and Hamilton's Daveed Diggs, all of whom, judging from Samberg and Miller's 7 Days in Hell, will get to wear some really sweet wigs.

In Praise of the Stand-alone Episode of TV

BoJack Horseman’s third season is getting plenty of well-deserved praise about lots of things — its deep understanding of character, its rich density of visual jokes, its thoughtful depiction of topics ranging from depression to addiction, its fundamental hopefulness. Among these, there’s also been much appreciation for the show’s fourth episode, “Fish Out of Water,” a stand-alone half-hour where BoJack travels underwater to promote his movie and has trouble negotiating the culture. Notably, the episode is almost entirely wordless.


The Music Video for YG’s ‘Word Is Bond’ Comes With Japanese and English Subtitles, Is Amusing

By marrying a lean, fast, and funky production to stripped-down narratives of low-level gang life, Compton rapper YG has made a name for himself in recent years as one of the leading talents on the West Coast. Yet the video for "Word Is Bond," the latest single off the artist's fresh second album Still Brazy, sends him far from home. Filmed in Tokyo after YG performed in the city, the video comprises a montage of shots of YG and featured artist Slim 400 flexing in various locations about the metropolis and national capital.


Drake’s Current Nemesis, Joe Budden, Is More of a Match for Him Than He Looks

Whatever one thinks about the actual quality of Drake's recent album, Views, and whatever angle one takes regarding Drake's character, it's evident that, in terms of sales and fame, the Toronto superstar is stronger than ever. Thanks to new criteria that incorporate streaming numbers into sales, Views has perched atop the Billboard charts for 11 weeks out of the past 12. Already high off of this commercial success, last week the artist commenced his three-month-long Summer Sixteen tour. In and out of the arena, his crowd of fans promises to be more enormous than ever. Any levelheaded individual, viewing such success, would see himself as blessed: Things are looking farther up for Drake than ever. Size has its own kind of quality, and he is nothing now if not large.



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