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Should Atheists Watch The Leftovers? Your TV Questions, Answered

Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons will answer your questions about what to watch, when to watch it, whom to watch it with, and how to feel about the whole thing. To submit your own questions, you can email, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned.

How do I convince my staunchly atheist boyfriend to watch The Leftovers? I've tried talking up its pedigree — it's HBO, the initial Peter Berg association, the numerous positive reviews — and trying to explain it's NOT Left Behind, but none of it seems to work. I feel like there are a lot of interesting themes and stories that go beyond the religious idea of the Rapture — it's just interesting television. Please help! (For the record, I'm not terribly religious myself, but the idea of faith is interesting, and he watches things like Breaking Bad, Fargo, and Mad Men). —Shelley

What's as good as Battlestar Galactica? »

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

With about $1 billion of worldwide grosses between two movies, the Night at the Museum franchise has undeniably been a success and undeniably changed how kids complain about museums forever. As a result of this and the whole world of museums to make come to life, we have Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (which may or may not be an allusion to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze). This time, Ben Stiller and his friends are in England, a place famous for liking old stuff. As it is England, Rebel Wilson plays the default person who says "whiff" instead of "with" and Dan Stevens plays Lancelot. The film opens on December 17. If only Santa was in one of these museums.

Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’ Video Is Ultracreepy

In the video for "Ultraviolence," Lana Del Rey is a bride. Specifically: a zombie bride, with hints of child bride ... and Priscilla Presley. Either way, it's ultracreepy — especially when a disembodied hand (Jim? Is that you?) reaches out and caresses her face. Cool wedding.

Can You Guess Famous Clueless Lines From Just a GIF?

Okay, you’re probably thinking, “Is this, like Wheel of Fortune, or what?!” But seriously, the Vulture Quote Quiz is, like, way important. When you’re finished playing Suck and Blow, sit down and see how many lines from the 1995 classic Clueless you can guess from just GIFs. Our game works Hangman-style: You type in letters to fill in the quote that goes with the GIF or still image, but if you get more than three letters wrong, you lose that question. (If you're stuck, click for a hint on the upper-right-hand corner of each picture.) When you're done, share your final score on Twitter, Facebook, or just tell Amber because that girl has a big mouth.

  • Posted 7/30/14 at 12:00 PM
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This May or May Not Be Guardians of the Galaxy’s Completely Insane Post-Credits Scene

Note: As was always going to be the case, it appears the video has been taken down.

Unlike in previous years, Marvel has not been including the post-credits scene in press screenings, creating a lot of speculation and buzz. This morning it appears to have leaked — well, maybe. If this is the actual post-credits sequence, it is 10,000 percent bonkers. Not to give anything away, but it features, legitimately, the least likely character that Marvel owns the rights to. However, considering how silly it is, some believe Marvel intentionally leaked this as a fake out. Either way, seriously: What the, well, duck?

The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion Part 1 Recap: This Is an Adult Program

Finding out a reunion special is going to be three parts is sort of like finding out that it’s going to take three weeks to get rid of a sliver buried in the underside of your foot — you just pull it and pull it, until a plank so long it could serve as a seat at a picnic table is drawn out of the squishy part between the ball and the heel.

Hosted, of course, by Andy "Mr. Potato Head plastic-grin" Cohen. »

Watch the Original Mary Martin Peter Pan and Think Lovely, Wonderful Thoughts

With this Allison Williams news upon us, let us be neither the first nor last to point you toward the original Peter Pan starring Mary Martin. It's a nostalgia fest for those of us who wore out the VHS, but also evidence that a woman could (and did!) play the most wonderful version of Peter Pan there ever was. Williams surely has big shoes to fill. (That is, if her version of Peter Pan wears shoes.)

Why Syfy Wins No Matter How Sharknado 2 Does in the Ratings

A year ago, Syfy’s Sharknado came out of nowhere to become one of the surprise pop-culture success stories of summer 2013. While not many people actually watched the movie when it first aired (and if that applies to you, everything you need to know can be found here), the tsunami of Twitter activity around it (and the subsequent saturation of media coverage of said tweets) caused several of the movie’s five repeat airings to outperform the original telecast substantially in the ratings. All told, Syfy estimates just over 14 million shark-and-or-tornado–curious Americans ended up catching at least a few minutes of the gloriously awful “film.”

Swim or sink, Syfy had nothing to lose by signing on for a sequel. »

‘You’re Not Frank’: See a Tense Teaser From the Outlander Premiere Episode

If you’re the sort of TV viewer who has disregarded everything Starz has done since it stupidly cancelled Party Down, you might want to give the premium-cable network another shot with Outlander. Adapted by Battlestar Galactica honcho Ronald D. Moore from Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of novels, the show (debuting August 9) follows Claire Randall, an Englishwoman inexplicably transported from the 1940s to 18th-century Scotland, where she encounters bearded kilt-wearers, bawdy Gaelic humor, and way more gore than you’d ever expect to see on a program that, in less-creative hands, could easily have been a mawkish bodice-ripper. In this exclusive clip that takes place moments after Claire wakes up in the Highlands in the 1700s, Claire runs into the nefarious British redcoat Captain Jack Randall, who just happens to be a direct ancestor of (and dead ringer for) her 1940s-husband, Frank. Things get tense!

Girls’ Allison Williams Will Play Peter Pan in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!

Just as Mary Martin did long ago, Girls' Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in NBC's Peter Pan Live! (exclamation mark theirs, not ours). Get that girl a flying harness! (exclamation mark ours). She'll go up against Christopher Walken's likely kooky Hook and her casting will guarantee even more internet coverage than greeted The Sound of Music Live! (again, exclamation point theirs). "Dreams do come true!" tweets NBC:

  • Posted 7/30/14 at 9:50 AM
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Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight Poster Is Fully Cool

As was confirmed this weekend at Comic-Con, after much mishegas, Quentin Tarantino's next movie will be The Hateful Eight and will shoot at the beginning of next year. It's so official, it even has a poster, which premieres in the upcoming issue of Empire. The poster tells us the movie is going to be shot in 70-millimeter Super Cinemascope. (Remember all the 70-millimeter fuss around The Master? Also, remember The Master?) The poster also tells us the movie is going to be bloody, what with the blood and the words "Quentin Tarantino" on top.

  • Posted 7/30/14 at 9:25 AM
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Orlando Bloom Took a Swing at Justin Bieber After They Fought About Their Exes

Oooh boy. Here's a weird one! Early this morning at an Ibiza Cipriani filled with celebrities (it's apparently 2010 in Ibiza, because Lohan and Diddy were both there), TMZ reports Orlando Bloom took a swing at Justin Bieber after Biebs said something rude about Bloom's ex-wife, model Miranda Kerr. You see, Biebs and Kerr had "hung out," Biebs appeared to claim, after a 2012 Victoria's Secret fashion show. ("Bieber said something rude to Orlando, like, 'She was good,''" a source tells "Page Six.") Whether or not that had anything to do with it, Bloom and Kerr split soon after, in 2013. Even more ridiculous, Bloom also had a moment with Bieber's main ex: Selena Gomez — as evidenced by 2014's most loaded paparazzi photo. Yikes. Here's a video of part of the scuffle:

Jimmy Fallon Is Mean; Scared the Roots With a Prank 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

If you were on the internet ten years ago, you remember a time when it was rife with those videos where you watch something innocuous (always with headphones on) and then some frightening ghoul-person pops out and screams. These videos, which preyed on the wonder of seeing videos on the web, were terrible and mean and we hope you no longer talk to the person or persons who sent you one. Last night on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon inserted one of these ghouls into the 50 Shades of Grey trailer and made the Roots watch. This resulted in at least three scared Roots. We are not posting this because it's funny; we are posting it to get the word out that we won't stand for it any longer and to say the Roots should sue NBCUniversal for gross misconduct. Jimmy Fallon has become a mad tyrant, torturing his "friends" and calling it comedy. We're not laughing, Jimmy.

Pretty Little Liars Recap: Friends in Low Places

The Liars have done some truly unforgivable things to one another. Yet, somehow, the one grudge everyone is able to hold is the one against Hanna, who made a completely understandable slip — while drunk! — that wouldn’t have even been an issue if Ali hadn’t double-crossed her rescuers and insisted on perpetuating a very complicated and pointless lie about a kidnapping that never happened. Good thing I don’t write the Pretty Little Logic Rankings.

The nurse from Radley: ranking high. »

  • Posted 7/30/14 at 9:00 AM
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Who Are the Guardians of the Galaxy and Why Did Marvel Invent Them in the First Place?

A version of this article originally ran on August 7, 2012.

Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, and Drax the Destroyer. Though it sounds like a Beatles song character and his four sidekicks, the oddly monikered quintet comprise the newest movie franchise in the Marvel Comics universe — Guardians of the Galaxy. As a group of superheroes, it’s an infinitely more bizarre lineup than Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and Captain America. As a superhero team name, it just doesn’t have the same ring as the Avengers. But it’s hitting theaters this weekend all the same.

The motley lineup is composed of decades-old, long-abandoned, lone-wolf characters. »

Life in Pictures: David Hallberg

For the latest edition of “Life in Pictures,” photographer Christopher Anderson followed the 32-year-old American Ballet Theatre dancer on July 19 as he prepared to perform Swan Lake at Lincoln Center with the Bolshoi (where he's also a principal). Click through the gallery ahead to see his pre-performance plank ritual, his favorite diner, and the shoes he sews himself.


  • Posted 7/30/14 at 2:45 AM
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Jim Gaffigan’s Sitcom Is Finally Happening

Looks like Louie C.K. may soon have another portly, red-headed comic to contend with: Entertainment Weekly reports that Jim Gaffigan's semi-autobiographical comedy The Gaffigan Show has been picked up for a ten-episode order by TV Land, after two unsuccessful development attempts over at CBS. The show, based on his 2013 memoir, Dad Is Fat, will premiere on TV Land in 2015, with episodes also airing on Comedy Central the week after they debut. Gaffigan stars as a New York husband and father of five (as he is in real life) attempting to strike a balance between stand-up and family life, with a supporting cast that includes Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) as his wife, Michael Ian Black (Ed) as his wife's confidante, and Adam Goldberg (Fargo) as his best friend. For the sake of our nation's think-piece writers, we just hope it's not as envelope-pushing as Louie. They are exhausted.

Nobody Told Lance Bass About the New ’N Sync Album

A new 'N Sync album was released today: It's called The Essential *NSYNC, and it's a two-disc compilation featuring both unreleased tracks and greatest hits, as well as some delightfully nostalgic cover art. Unfortunately, nobody seems to have informed the band that the album existed until now. As Lance Bass tweeted yesterday: "I love when the record label doesn't even tell you they are releasing a new 'NSYNC album tomorrow #theycare." (More like Lance Sass, right?)

Thankfully, the fans still do seem to care. »

Jack White Displayed Emotion During a Baseball Game Again

It's time for part two of our ongoing feature Jack White Displays Emotion at Major League Baseball Games, and today's emotion is: happy! The Detroit-born rock star threw out the first pitch at a Tigers game today, and he looked like he was having a ball (okay, well, up until the part where he actually threw the ball and then he got sad again, but he clearly just suffers from a particularly aggressive form of bitchy resting face). We can't wait for next week, when footage leaks of White looking confused while trying to eat a stadium hot dog.

The Longest Week Trailer: Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup Fight Over Olivia Wilde

Here's a trailer for The Longest Week, starring Jason Bateman as a wealthy, aimless heir named Conrad Valmont who is forced to move in with his equally wealthy best friend Dylan (Billy Crudup) after his parents cut him off. They do fancy best-friend stuff like play squash and wear bow ties, until Conrad decides to mess it all up by falling in love with Dylan's girlfriend (Olivia Wilde). We know that matters of the heart are painful no matter how many vintage convertibles you own, but it's still pretty hard to feel bad for either of these dudes (as Jenny Slate's character puts it: "How am I supposed to care about a group of overprivileged affluent types who go gallivanting around without any sort of a moral compass?"). Still, we'll give it the benefit of the doubt, mainly because Jenny Slate is in it. She's delightful!


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