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Sundance: At the Women's March, Jessica Williams Was the Leader We Were Looking For

"I am my ancestors' dream," said Jessica Williams, looking out over a huge Park City crowd. "They fought for me to be able to stand up here in the cold-ass snow in front of a bunch of white people wearing Uggs."

The crowd laughed, and shivered. The Daily Show alum Williams was speaking in the aftermath of a crowded women's march down Main Street here at the snow-pelted Sundance Film Festival, where the usual moviegoing and dealmaking has taken a backseat to the inauguration of Donald Trump. As our 45th president rails against celebrities like Meryl Streep and prepares to gut the National Endowment for the Arts — the independent federal agency that gave Robert Redford a loan that he used to start Sundance in the first place— the creative class here is notably anxious about what the future holds. Actress Maria Bello, who spoke before Williams, confessed that her post-election depression had kept her housebound for weeks. "I realized that I stayed in bed for too long, and I have never been that girl," Bello said, raising her voice. "I don't want to be that person now who stays silent."

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  • Posted 1/21/17 at 11:46 PM

Paul Scheer Nails Why Being a New Parent Ruins Your Best Friendships

America's national birth rate is at its lowest ever, and Paul Scheer, while discussing his role in the upcoming TV series Playdates with us at Sundance, drove home what could possibly be one of the best reasons why you should never procreate.

  • Posted 1/21/17 at 10:12 PM

Is This the Most Politically Relevant Film at Sundance?

We talked to the cast and creators of I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore at Vulture's Sundance Spot this year. Of course, we had to ask them how their film relates to the current political climate, and the answer was fascinating.

  • Posted 1/21/17 at 9:48 PM

The Cast of The Little Hours Sets the Bar High for Awkward Crotch Sniffing

We asked the all-star cast of The Little Hours about having to act inappropriately in their film at Vulture's Sundance Spot this year. The answer was priceless.

  • Posted 1/21/17 at 7:53 PM

We Asked Rashida Jones About Her First Concert Which She Described As "Magic"

At Vulture's 2017 Sundance Spot Rashida Jones joined us to discuss her upcoming documentary series Hot Girls Wanted. We asked her towards the end about her favorite concert, and it apparently made a huge impression on her.

Madonna to Women’s March Detractors: ‘F*ck You’

Wearing a black “pussy hat,” Madonna gave the final speech at the Women’s March keynote in D.C., welcoming protesters to the “revolution of love,” while admitting that she desperately thought “a lot” about blowing up the White House. As CNN, MSNBC, and C-Span filmed on, Madonna (with Amy Schumer behind her at one point) delivered multiple instances of the word “fuck” that had the networks speedily cutting away from the expletives. The first emphatically encouraged everyone to wake up. The second and third, she aimed toward women’s-protest detractors.

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Celebs Turn Out for Women's March and Show Support on Social Media

Massive Women's March movements took place across the country on Saturday, including the main event in Washington and the march populated by actors and industry people at the Sundance Film Festival. And while many celebrities, like Scarlett Johansson, America Ferrera, and Ashley Judd participated as leaders, giving speeches to packed crowds, others like Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez, and Jessica Chastain turned out in solidarity, while more still, like Bryce Dallas Howard and Elizabeth Banks, pledged their support on social media. See the different ways famous supporters got the message out below.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases 8 Hamilton Demos So You Can Experience the Boundless Energy of Hamilton With Miranda Playing Every Part

Care to experience Hamilton as a one-man show? Dizzying neck swivels, potentially lethal breathlessness, and partial mustaches galore? Miranda has gone and made that scenario more or less livable for the fate-temptresses among you, releasing eight Hamilton demos on Soundcloud. The tracks are all early versions of songs that either made the show or the Mixtape, and, in a boisterous Burr or a more biting Angelica, you can hear some of the ways the musical evolved over the course of its development. Miranda sings every part in every one of the demos, which is not ultimately that surprising, because somewhere at this very moment the irrepressible multi-hyphenate is buckled down in a darkened room frantically finishing and then wearing more hats.

Scarlett Johansson at Women's March on Washington: 'Don't Let the Feelings of Helplessness Make You Complacent'

Scarlett Johansson appeared at the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, giving a passionate speech about the importance of Planned Parenthood and women's healthcare, as well as making an appeal to President Trump to work on behalf of all of his constituents. Johansson began her speech by saying that though as a public figure, she likes to keep her personal life private, "I feel that in the face of this current political climate, it is vital that we all make it our mission to get really, really personal." The actress proceeded to share the life-saving experiences that she and close friends have had at Planned Parenthood, explaining, "there are real and devastating consequences to limiting access to what should be considered basic healthcare." Johansson then addressed Trump directly, saying,"President Trump, I did not vote for you. That said ... I want to be able to support you, but first I ask that you support me." In the absence of such support, Johansson urges that you "don't let the feelings of helplessness make you complacent" in the fight against him. Johansson's speech was eventually cut short by a sound outage, but watch its beginning above.

Ashley Judd Performs 'I Am a Nasty Woman' Poem at Women's March on Washington

Ashley Judd was one of the many celebrity speakers at the Women's March on Washington Saturday. But instead of delivering a speech of her own, Judd gave voice to the words of a 19-year-old Tennessean woman named Nina Donovan, performing a poem by Donovan called "I am a nasty woman." The piece begins with the declaration, "I am a nasty woman," before going on to list all of the things she is not as nasty as: "Not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust," "I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag," and "I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interests, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny, ignorance, white privilege." "But yeah," the poem turns, "I'm a naaaasty woman. A loud, vulgar, proud woman. I'm not nasty like the combination of Trump and Pence served up to me in my voting booth, I'm nasty like the battles my grandmothers fought to get me into that voting booth." Watch Judd's impassioned delivery of "I am a nasty woman" above.

The First Teasers for FX's Feud: Bette and Joan Cut Straight to the Chase With a Dead Rat Feast

Whether you're into Feud: Bette and Joan for the Old Hollywood glamour or for the timeless beef, FX's first promos hyping the Ryan Murphy anthology series have you covered. In one, Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) drives decadently along, head scarf waving in the wind, until she gets cut off at the studio gate by Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange). But lest you think road rage the sole elixir responsible for coaxing out the famous fight, a second promo plays on a scene from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (the film's making-of being the site of the titular feud) that involves a swanky platter of dead rat. Because, well, you know what they say: Revenge is best served dead rat. Feud: Bette and Joan makes its small screen debut March 5.

Protesters Channel Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher at Women's March

As Women's March protesters gather in boggling numbers in cities across the country, some are taking inspiration from an iconic onscreen rebel, Princess Leia Organa. The general and rebellion leader has been popping up across documentation of the marches, with protesters channeling Carrie Fisher's beloved role in signs, baked goods, and fiercely efficient attitudes. The testaments come as Star Wars' account of a fascist regime and the ensuing rebellion takes on a new significance in the age of President Trump. Slogans on the Leia-themed designs include "a woman's place is in the resistance" and "we are the resistance." See a collection of Women's March protesters with their dogged leader below.

Rachel Platten Calls Out The Piano Guys for Playing 'Fight Song' at Trump Inaugural Ball Without Permission

Among the controversial lineup at Donald Trump's inauguration festivities, The Piano Guys performed at the Freedom Ball and the Liberty Ball on Friday night, playing a mash-up of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" and "Amazing Grace." The choice was regarded as a pointed one, as "Fight Song" is widely considered to have been Hillary Clinton's campaign song. Now, The Piano Guys are denying political intentions to the choice, and Platten is calling out the group for playing the song without her permission. Platten addressed the controversy by tweeting, "While I respect the office of the President and the peaceful transfer of power, I want to make clear that at at no point did the Piano Guys ask for permission, nor did I or anyone on my team know of, approve or endorse their decision to play Fight Song tonight." The Piano Guys responded to Platten by issuing a statement acknowledging that Platten did not endorse the choice. It said, "Our performance tonight had nothing to do with politics. We chose to perform our version of 'Fight Song/Amazing Grace' - it was not endorsed by Rachel Platten. We love Rachel and we love her song."

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Jimmy Kimmel Pledges to Keep Taking Truth to Power By Gleefully Mocking President Trump

Jimmy Kimmel would like you to know that he's not just some merry court jester. Sure, it was fun to mock Donald Trump when he was a presidential candidate or even the President-elect, but now that President Trump is a combination of words that we acknowledge to contain semantic meaning, don't expect Kimmel to go kowtowing to power. No, Kimmel used the evening of Trump's swearing-in ceremony as an opportunity to take an oath of his own, one in which the late night host promises to keep mocking Trump, fancy job title and global hegemony be damned. "I, James Lando Calrissian Kimmel, do solemnly swear to faithfully satirize, criticize, lampoon, and harpoon the president of the United States," he promises. Now, he didn't swear on a bible or anything, but one's gotta have faith that Kimmel will have an opportunity or two to be true to his words.

T.I. Urges the Oppressed to Mount a Stronger Resistance in New Open Letter

After writing open letters to Barack Obama and Donald Trump, T.I. is capping off his series of writings about the state of society with a letter addressed to "US." By "US," T.I. tells Ebony that he is referring to "The Black community, the hip hop community or whoever is against the oppressive communities that have historically tried to bring us down." The rapper uses the letter to urge those who identify as such to fight harder against oppressive forces, chastening "US" for not doing enough to fight the injustice. He writes:

You see, all of US sometimes feel that one of the most difficult things in the world is to talk to US about US in an effort to help US. However, we cannot dismiss the fact that we can’t fix what we do not address. You see we’ve somehow allowed ourselves to think it’s okay to neglect and abandon our responsibility to ourselves and to our community. Everything cannot be blamed on THE SYSTEM.

T.I. does not exempt himself from his indictment, saying, "I understand that I too have been guilty of doing the very things that put us here. Even still, right now the state of our community is more alarming than ever." He condemns "Our obsession with material things and lack of self-worth" and, going forward, insists, "There are no more excuses. It’s not enough to have limited progress and allow our expectations and sense of purpose to evaporate. So, if that means we must sacrifice some nights at the club and give up buying the latest designer handbags and sneakers…well then damn, so be it." The rapper concludes, "Now, I know it’s not easy…but all of US can do something." Read the letter in full here.

  • Posted 1/21/17 at 1:05 AM

Jessica Williams' Wonderful Response When Asked if She Misses The Daily Show

Jessica Williams is the star of The Incredible Jessica James, and a former Daily Show correspondent. We asked her if she missed it at the Vulture Spot at Sundance this year, and her answer was fantastic.

  • Posted 1/21/17 at 12:05 AM

The One Thing Michael Showalter Says Every Romantic Comedy Needs

We caught up with the cast of The Big Sick in our Vulture studio at Sundance this year and Michael Showalter had a simple, but elegant answer to the question of what makes rom coms great.

Stephen Colbert Reviews Trump's Inaugural Speech on Late Show: ‘Like Lincoln Huffing Paint Thinner’

If you were hoping to hear the new president of the United States read America absolute filth in front of the entire world, today was truly your day. If you were hoping Donald Trump wouldn’t spend Inauguration Day breaking down what, to borrow a phrase from Stephen Colbert, a “turd storm” the country has become, you know by now what it feels like to be dissapointed. And to be dissapointed in the midst of a turd storm no less. It's hard to do. Your hopes weren’t exactly sky-high to begin with. On tonight’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert analyzed President Trump’s message of hope, which unfortunately only came after a whole long litany of nope.

Kristen Stewart Makes a Mysterious Splash at Sundance With Her Directorial Debut

When you're one of the most famously scrutinized women in the world, there aren't many places you can go to get away from it all. If you sneak a bite at a restaurant, someone will tweet it. Seclude yourself at a friend's house, and TMZ might make insinuations about the two of you. Even jetting to a far-flung island on the other side of the world could hold hidden perils: Some paparazzi might lurk offshore, ready to snap a picture of you in a two-piece.

But what if, somehow, you could make it to the bottom of the ocean? Sure, breathing might be a problem, but nobody would find you there, and it's awfully quiet. Imagine the solitude!

It's no wonder, then, that Kristen Stewart found herself returning to that impossibly isolated setting. »

Witchblade Is Not Quite a Witch and Not Quite a Blade, But to Answer Your Question, It Might Be a TV Reboot

Fans of the shortlived early 2000s TNT series Witchblade starring Yancy Butler won't be surprised to see the concept up for potential resurrection. Everyone else will have to fall in love with the sentient alien superweapon known as the Witchblade on their own time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Vampire Diaries showrunner Caroline Dries and CSI writer and producer Carol Mendelsohn are currently developing a pilot based on the Marc Silvestri Top Cow Productions comic book series for NBC. The source material has also been used as the basis of an anime, a manga series, and a novel. The drama will follow the adventures of San Francisco detective Sara Pezzini who, while on the search for a serial killer, discovers the power of the Witchblade, an alien artifact that gives its user supernatural crime-fighting abilities. THR points out that Witchblade is NBC’s first foray back into the superhero genre since it canceled Constantine, based on the DC Comics series of the same name, after one season in 2015.

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