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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 10:02 PM

How The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil Mastered Her American Accent

The Good Place’s resident snob Tahani Al-Jamil doesn’t have much acting experience — aside from being Baz Luhrmann’s glitter muse, of course — but she certainly commits to her role in Thursday night’s episode of the NBC sitcom. In “Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent,” Tahani and her three pals must don disguises to sneak into the Bad Place, which leads her to concoct the transatlantic twang and chutzpah of “Rhonda Mumps,” a hot-dog factory torture-worker with a chic bob and penchant for shoving meat into people.

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Nashville Recap: Getting Twiggy With It

Nashville almost went there tonight. First, they show Will flirting with a cute guy at the gym. Then, they cut to a scene of Will taking the guy home, slamming him against the wall, and kissing him.

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The End of the F***ing World Recap: The Virgin Homicides

When The End of the F***ing World was being written, no one could have known how prescient or satisfying an episode like this would turn out to be. Alyssa’s summary of sex from a woman’s point of view — that it can go from feeling like pleasure to punishment in an instant — neatly summarizes what’s so necessary about the national conversation on enthusiastic, ongoing consent. Alyssa and James are a sort of modern, teenage Thelma and Louise, holding onto each other as they travel through a world that proves itself dangerous to them at every turn, avenging each other as best as they can.

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Who Will Play The Good Place’s Eternal Judge?

Throughout its second season, The Good Place has dropped hints about a so-called “Eternal Judge,” a fickle figure of cosmic law who supposedly mediates disagreements between the Good Place and the Bad Place. The Judge had previously been described as both mysterious and hard to pin down, but Thursday night’s episode propelled things into a much higher gear, with the quartet of Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason successfully jumping through a portal to face down this Judge and argue for their own salvation.

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The Good Place Recap: Exit Through The Gift Shop

If you follow football at all, you probably know that the Jacksonville Jaguars are just one AFC championship game away from reaching the Super Bowl … with quarterback Blake Bortles leading the way. If you’re a regular Good Place viewer, you know what that means: Despite all the times that Michael and Eleanor have made fun of both Bortles and the Jags, Jason Mendoza’s dreams may be about to come true. Too bad the dude’s dead.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 9:00 PM

The Hilarity and Horror of Ted Danson on The Good Place

In the season-one finale of The Good Place — Mike Schur’s inventive yet tenderly heartfelt sitcom — is a moment so bracing and clever, it immediately became iconic.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 7:16 PM

Prosecutors Now Want 19 Other Bill Cosby Accusers to Testify in Retrial, Including Janice Dickinson

On Thursday, prosecutors in the Bill Cosby retrial filed a new motion requesting that 19 other accusers be allowed to testify this time around. During the first trial, in which Cosby faced three charges of indecent sexual assault against Andrea Constand, they’d asked for 13 accusers; the judge, however, ruled that only one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, could testify. That trial ended in a hung jury last June. Prosecutors are now asking that Judge Steven T. O’Neill reconsider his original decision so that other accusers can testify on the basis of “prior bad acts,” which the state of Pennsylvania allows if such separate testimonies can demonstrate an identical crime pattern. During deliberations, the jury asked the judge to define “unconscious,” a fact the district attorney’s office used as support in its filing for needing more accusers. “This evidence is relevant to establish that an individual who, over the course of decades, intentionally intoxicated women in a signature fashion and then sexually assaulted them while they were incapacitated, could not have been mistaken about whether or not Ms. Constand was conscious enough to consent to the sexual contact,” they said.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 5:33 PM

Why Did Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu Kill a Bunch of Alternative Comedies?

It’s been a brutal couple of months for fans of quirky, lo-fi streaming comedies. In November, Hulu unexpectedly canceled one of its first breakthrough series, the Julie Klausner–created Difficult People. Netflix last week pulled the plug on Lady Dynamite, killing the almost universally acclaimed Maria Bamford half hour just weeks after its second season premiered. And Wednesday night, Amazon blew up most of what’s left of its comedy roster, handing out pink slips to One Mississippi, I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Shocking as some of these cancellations may be to fans of the shows — including many TV critics — they’re not entirely unexpected.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 5:02 PM

After Launching Jennifer Lawrence and Directing a Best Picture Nominee, Debra Granik Is Finally Back

Few directors at the Sundance Film Festival have had their wildest dreams realized like Debra Granik. In 2010, Granik brought her second feature, Winter’s Bone, to the festival, and the Appalachian drama about a young woman unraveling the mystery of her father’s disappearance became a major critical hit, putting both Granik and her star Jennifer Lawrence on the map. The film grossed triple its budget and went on to earn four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. “It meant a whole host of things to me,” Granik told Vulture this week. “It was an indication to go again, to keep working and keep the faith.”

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Amazon Isn’t Going to Buy Your Cute Little Rom-Com Anymore

Don’t count on Amazon to drop money on your next adorable little indie rom-dram (or, as has been the case, devastatingly sad little indie). The studio is reportedly switching up its movie strategy, following the resignation of former Amazon Studios head Roy Price. (Price left the company in October, amid allegations that he sexually harassed a producer working with the studio.) Reuters reports that Amazon is switching gears, cutting back on indie awards darlings in favor of bigger-budget crowd-pleasers. All this, in service of its primary goal: getting more Amazon Prime shoppers. Per Reuters: “Amazon expects to go after films with budgets in the $50 million range at the expense of indie projects costing around $5 million, one person familiar with the plans said on the condition of anonymity.”

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Nancy Pelosi, a Surprise RuPaul’s Drag Race Fan, Will Serve As a Guest Judge on the Show

Democrats are going to need to stay energized for the midterm elections, and apparently House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi understands this, which is why she’s starting her campaign off the right way — by going on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars as a guest judge. A spokesman for the congresswoman told the Washington Post that Pelosi is a fan of the series, and chose in part to appear as guest judge to show support for LGBT community members who may be feeling alienated by the less-than-inclusive current president of the United States. Pelosi has apparently already taped her appearance, and her rep said, “She had a ‘fabulous’ time,” which, how could she not? Drag Race is doubtless a lot more fun than typical work functions Pelosi attends in which people ceremoniously walk down aisles.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 4:04 PM

Turns Out Tom Hardy Is Not a Terrible Rapper

It’s no secret that Tom Hardy spent a not-insignificant amount of time rapping as a teenager. It is also no secret that his rap career didn’t pan out, as Hardy has instead chosen to spend his time playing handsome men whose faces are often obscured. Now, we can finally hear a loose collection of his tracks with the compilation Falling on Your Arse in 1999. Capably produced by writer-director Edward Tracy (who seems to have spent a lot of time with the Wu-Tang Clan back catalogue), Hardy’s attempt at rapping is … pretty good, actually.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 3:54 PM

How Much Would These Famous TV Families Make Today?

As long as there’s been TV, the family has been one of its favorite go-tos. All week long, Vulture is exploring how it’s been represented on our screens.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 2:15 PM

Succession Trailer: HBO’s New Family-Business Battle Royale

Heavy is the head that wears the crown, sure, but heavier is the head that was supposed to wear the crown … until his dad changed his mind at the last minute. Succession — an HBO drama executive produced by Big Short director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell — follows the drama inside the Roy family, which controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. Eldest son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) was all set to take over the empire when patriarch Logan (Brian Cox) decided to stay at the top a little bit longer. It’s not entirely a Murdoch allegory; as creator Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop) explained during the TCAs, the Roys are also inspired by William Randolph Hearst, Robert Maxwell, and Queen Elizabeth. The show’s ten-episode first season will premiere in June. [Full disclosure: New York’s Frank Rich is an executive producer on Succession.]

Justin Timberlake Would Like You to Know He’s a Generous Lover

I’ll be honest, at first I didn’t understand what Justin Timberlake’s new video for his song “Supplies” was all about, but now I see it’s about making sure women climax first, no matter what.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 2:01 PM

Heathers Trailer: Today’s Popular Kids Are Queer, Body Positive, and Still Mean As Hell

In 2018, you don’t have to fit the mold of the popular white girl to be a Heather, though it appears you still need to use the name Heather. In the new Paramount TV Network reboot, the group of Heathers is queer, multiracial, and body positive, while Veronica and J.D. are the more white-bread types. Still, the reign of terror against the popular kids continues apace, while everyone’s insults are as sharp as ever — and hey, Selma Blair is there for some reason! How very. Heathers premieres March 7.

  • Posted 1/18/18 at 1:44 PM

Tomb Raider Trailer: Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft Is a Survivor, Also a Raider, Also a Bike Courier

Back before she got into the whole archeological adventures business, Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft was just an ordinary, super-fit bike courier in London whose dad (Dominic West) mysteriously disappeared but was kind enough to give her clues. In the upcoming Tomb Raider prequel slash reboot, she sets off into the “Devil’s Sea” to find them. That sounds like a bad idea, but when it’s played over an eerie cover of “Survivor,” it looks pretty badass. Tomb Raider, in which the Oscar-winning actress is not going to give up, she’s not going to stop, she’s going to work harder, premieres March 16.

The 50 Most Definitive Family TV Shows, Ranked

As long as there’s been TV, the family has been one of its favorite go-tos. All week long, Vulture is exploring how it’s been represented on our screens.

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  • Posted 1/18/18 at 12:19 PM

Winter TV Scorecard: Which New Shows Are the Biggest Winners?

The new year is less than two weeks old, but it’s already delivered at least two potential new broadcast TV hits: Ellen DeGeneres’s Game of Games and Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1. Both shows launched to big audiences earlier this month and have held up in their subsequent outings, with DeGeneres’s NBC variety/game show doing particularly well. To be sure, linear ratings don’t matter nearly as much as they used to in TV — but they’re often still predictive of a show’s long-term chances for success. Here’s a look at what the early numbers are telling us about 2018’s crop of new series, broken down by how network execs might be feeling about their long-term prospects.

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Natasha Leggero Tells Her Story of Being Sexually Harassed by James Toback

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