The Ridiculous Six is continuing to have a contentious week: After several Native American actors reportedly walked off set, some of the extras are now coming to the film's defense. Bonifacio Gurule told KOAT 7 in Albuquerque that of the more than 100 Native American actors hired, "only a few took issue" with the immature jokes that allegedly ranged from calling characters "Beaver Breath" to saying another should (warning: dick joke coming up) put their peepee in someone's teepee. "It's a comedy, not a documentary," Gurule said. Another actor pointed out that the film pokes fun at many different cultures.
Coming to a Disney Channel near you this summer, Descendants will give fairy tale villains and heroes the Rugrats: All Growed Up treatment nobody knew was possible (or necessary). Jafar has a kid, Cruella has a kid, the Evil Queen has a kid, and Maleficent has a kid — where did all these kids come from? — and they're about to go through puberty at the same school, on the nicer side of town. Basically, it's Disney's version of Suicide Squad. Evidently, there will be a lot of magic and jumping. Also, hair dye, which has to make you wonder if Hilary Duff will make an appearance.
Justin Bieber crashed Chatsworth Charter High School's prom this weekend, and stayed just long enough to do some half-assed dance-moves. Nothing says #memories like the Biebs showing up and dancing with your date, so obviously there's footage of the singer throwing up his ones and kind of twirling around. Actually, it almost looks like he was about to break into this, but then he skedaddles. (Maybe because he was pretending he was at Stagecoach ... and then realized what he was doing.) Anyway, this is what true happiness looks (and sounds) like in 2015.
Amy Winehouse's relatives are already not fans of the upcoming documentary about the late Grammy Award-winning singer. Winehouse's family has issued a statement to People that calls the movie, which will debut at Cannes next month, unbalanced and incorrect. "It is both misleading and contains some basic untruths," the statement says. "The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy's associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut." Winehouse's relatives also reportedly want to distance themselves from Asif Kapadia's project because they believe it ignores how they and medical professionals tried to help Winehouse. Legal action could be on the table.
You might be concerned that Gary and Selina’s blowout fight would forever rupture the beautiful, bizarre co-dependent relationship these two crazy kids have. Worry not, friends: they are moving forward, stronger in the broken places, with Gary complimenting the dress that “really accentuates your figure” and Selina allowing Gary to perform higher acts of servitude, like laying out her clothes.
There was a great, evocative shot in Sunday night’s episode — written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and directed by Mark Mylod — that finds Jon Snow sitting alone in the Castle Black mess hall/meeting room. He’s just demonstrated some masterful HR maneuvering, defusing his rivalry with Alliser Thorne by naming the older man First Ranger (though not before teasing that he might be named Latrine Captain) and cutting down Janos Slynt by putting the bald, angry weasel in charge of crumbling castle Greyguard. Janos (predictably, stupidly, vociferously) refuses, calling Lord Commander Pretty Hair “boy” and telling him to stick his order up his “bastard’s ass.” Dramatic pause. Jon orders him taken to the yard (to which Alliser Thorne is all like, sorry bro) and calls for his sword. As the Night’s Watchmen swirl into action and the music begins to mount, Jon stays behind, just sipping his tea.
The internet — or nearly 9,000 of its users at least — wants to know how Shonda Rhimes can sleep at night. There's a petition, with a lot of all-capped and bolded words, over at Change.org that's trying to (somehow) convince Rhimes and Co. to [SPOILER ALERT] resuscitate McDreamy, aka Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka Patrick Dempsey's Grey's Anatomy character, who was tragically killed off ABC's long-running show last week. "It's like you've killed the President of Grey's Anatomy! The Fans are ready to serve you papers and charge you with the Patriot Act," the petition's author wrote. "TEN YEARS!!! That is a career of watching this show! And you want to just give us a PINK SLIP?!?! AFTER TEN YEARS?! NO MA'AM! We should sue." Other words that appear in all caps and bold include: "CRUELTY," "NEGLIGENCE," "LITERALLY," and "LORDT!" At time of publication, the petition needed roughly 1,300 more supporters to reach its 10,000-signature goal of ... well, making a stink about NEGLIGENCE!
The question of how to make Americans listen to things they may not want to hear, especially from the stage, is smartly answered by the Public Theater’s production of George Brant’s Grounded. On its own merits, this cautionary tale about our increasing reliance on drone warfare might too easily be ignored, as there isn’t much exterior drama to it. Rather, an unnamed Air Force major simply delivers an 80-minute monologue recounting her downward trajectory (as she sees it) from fighter pilot to operator of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) after an unplanned pregnancy grounds her. Transferred from forward operating positions in Iraq to Creech AFB in the Mojave — from one desert to another — she experiences a moral tradeoff that eventually begins to undo her. Yes, she gets to be with her husband and daughter after her 12-hour shift staring at screens each day, but the act of killing becomes so remote as to almost deprive it of meaning. We are meant to understand that the blank check we offer the military in order to protect us is just a more abstract version of the same trade-off.
The Replacements, which currently consists of long-time members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, has been playing a new track called “Whole Foods Blues” at recent shows. The song is now streaming in a pretty decent fan-shot video (isn't technology wonderful?). The slow, bluesy song details a sad trip to the grocery store, where Westerberg gets “A Protein Shake/ To keep [his] girlish figure.”
It looks like Ryan Reynolds is making good on his promise to deliver a bloody, R-rated Deadpool film after the much-maligned, bastardized version of the character appeared in X-Men Origins. On Saturday, Reynolds tweeted a photo of himself smiling and covered in blood. "Officially halfway through production on and I feel fine," he wrote. "The other guys? notsomuch." This is what awesome looks like.
Tidal may not be the Illuminati, but it's proven to be extremely controversial. With not-so-many users, a recent changing of the guard, and some less-than-kind words from the legendary Steve Albini, the celebrity-backed music streaming service has had a turbulent first month. But Jay Z, who is preparing to release an album with Beyoncé on Tidal, is not ready to stop fighting. On Sunday, he took to Twitter (where else?) to defend the project. Read his tweets below:
Last night, the Tribeca Film Festival presented a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas as its closing night event. After the film, actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi joined The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart onstage for a Q&A. (Joe Pesci couldn’t make it, De Niro joked, and instead sent a message: “Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck. Fuck.”) Scorsese and producer Irvin Winkler, still filming their long-anticipated Silence in Taipei, also couldn’t make it, but sent in video messages introducing the film. Here are some of the things we learned from the discussion.
MC Killer Mike, one half of the acclaimed rap duo Run the Jewels, covered the White House Correspondents Dinner for the Huffington Post, giving us what is easily the best analysis of the annual event. Mike has been known to get political (see his song "Reagan"), and Run the Jewels released a video depicting police brutality earlier in the year. But his Correspondents Dinner reports are of a slightly lighter heart. In Killer Mike's words: "The POTUS is funny as fux!" Read his tweets below.
With his final episode fast approaching, David Letterman still has a few tricks left. On Friday night, he handed over the interviewer's desk to Jerry Seinfeld, resigning himself to the interviewee chair. It's like that episode of Louie, but less depressing. Letterman's last Late Night is May 20, with Stephen Colbert taking over in September.
The reign of Furious 7 continues as The Age of Ultron looms. James Wan’s film topped the American box office again this weekend, pulling in $16-$17 million and bringing its domestic total to around $318 million. But that reign may end soon: Joss Whedon’s incalculably-hyped Avengers 2 has been dominating the foreign box office, winning all 26 of the markets in which it opened so far.
A funny thing happened while Daily Intelligencer was interviewing Ty Burrell at ABC and Yahoo's White House Correspondents’ Dinner Cocktail Reception. Burrell, also known as Modern Family's Phil Dunphy, was recalling a previous Correspondents’ Dinner when he was interrupted by a fan who said that he currently works for Mike Huckabee. “I’m kind of late to the party with your show,” the Huckabee staffer said, “but I’ve been catching it on demand. The writing is outstanding. I’m a sucker for good writing, and it’s great.”
The Castor boys are back to their rowdy ways, but not for long. Scarface (Rudy) and Mustache (Seth) kick off this week's episode by surprise-double-teaming another woman that Scarface has picked up and brought back to their hotel room. As a normal person, she's not too jazzed about being tricked into a threesome; fortunately, they let her go, but, as we learn later when she reports the incident (coincidentally to Art's precinct), not before they force her to give them all of her contact information as well as a chunk of her hair? Could be a sex offender M.O. thing, but probably something more … scientific. We also find out that they both – or, presumably, all – have the same tattoo: a two-headed horse, a black-ops insignia, and an artistic reference to the Castor and Pollux Greek myth. (See side notes below.)
Outlander’s Laura Donnelly on Saturday Night’s Attempted-Rape Scene and What It’s Like to Play a Pregnant WomanBy Jennifer Vineyard
Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Outlander.
Laura Donnelly first appeared on Outlander as Jenny in a flashback scene earlier this season, when it appeared Black Jack Randall was dragging her into her home to rape her. So when Jamie is finally reunited with his sister and discovers that she's both had a child and gotten pregnant again since he last saw her, he goes berserk, believing the first child is the product of rape. Not so fast, Jenny tells him, and fills us in on what really happened on that horrible day. Vulture chatted with Donnelly about going to drama school with Sam Heughan (Jamie), breast-feeding in public, and the attempted-rape scene.
The camera careens joyfully across the green panorama of Scotland as though it is Middle-earth before zeroing in on our Frodo and Sam, Jamie and Claire, traveling not toward Mordor but toward Jamie’s estate Lallybroch. They are on horseback, giggling about airplanes and how old Claire is (“When I’m 40, you’ll be 245!”).
Man of Steel left a lot of Superman fans feeling cold. In the film, Henry Cavill's superhero destroys half of a city in an epic fight, which ends with Superman snapping his foe's neck. Directed by Zack Snyder, whose upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been stirring a lot of conversation regarding the current state of dark, brooding superhero movies, Man of Steel looks bleak and drained of its color. Well, fear not: VideoLab has restored that color, showing us how gorgeous Man of Steel looked before it had its life sapped, Dark Crystal–style, in postproduction.