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Here Is a Trailer for the Drumline Sequel

Yes, there's going to be a Drumline sequel, this fall on VH1. Nick Cannon returns as Devon, and now we have a new Drumline-r, a girl named Dani, who's gonna drum her way to the top — possibly to a soundtrack of Kanye West, or so the trailer hints. It has not been confirmed whether the JC Chasez song "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" will also be getting the sequel treatment, but hope is strong. 

  • Posted 10/21/14 at 4:30 PM
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8 Great Netflix Double-Features

When you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix, we’ve got you covered. Every month, we share our recommendations of what’s new to stream. But it’s fun as well to pair selections from the service's library for those nights when you’re in the mood for two movies, and you want them to go well together. These unorthodox — but wholly compatible — double-features are guaranteed to keep you in a steady mood from the first half of the night to the second.

Trading Places and Coming to America »

  • Posted 10/21/14 at 2:45 PM
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The New Hoverboards Are Nothing Like the Ones in Back to the Future

A company in California will have you believe that it has built a working hoverboard, just like the ones in Back to the Future II. After more than a dozen tries, Arx Pax says its 18th prototype, the Hendo Hoverboard, is the real deal — and it can be yours for a mere $10,000. There is, as the board's breathless media coverage admits, only one catch: Since it's powered by a magnetic field, the board can only hover over surfaces made of non-ferrous metals. That seems like an enormous catch to us! Here is a brief list of places in the real world you can take the Hendo:

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30 Things You Didn’t Know About the 5 Exorcist Movies

This piece was originally published October 31, 2013. We are republishing it as part of our Horror Week festivities.

The Exorcist is a classic. Not a horror classic, just a straight-up classic. And as a result, everyone knows the same pieces of trivia about its production (director William Friedkin would sometimes shoot off blanks on set to keep everyone on edge, he violently slapped one priest-actor in order to get a more emotionally raw performance, Regan’s vomit was made of pea soup and oatmeal) and reception. But there are so many more wonderful anecdotes about that film and its four sequels (or rather, two sequels and two prequels) to be had. We combed several director commentaries, making-of documentaries, and read several autobiographies to find the following tidbits. So read on. The power of Christ something something …

1. No one involved in any of the movies wanted to make a horror flick. »

The Poster for Chris Rock’s Comedy Top Five Is Very Vulture-y

Back at the Toronto Film Festival, where Chris Rock’s new comedy Top Five premiered to rave reviews and the biggest sale of the fest, Vulture’s Jada Yuan wrote up a helpful explainer detailing the top five things you need to know about Top Five. She did such a good job, in fact, that Paramount has repurposed Jada’s article for a new Top Five poster that just hit theaters, and you can check out the studio’s selections below (surrounded by several brand-new images from the movie's most outrageous scenes). Rock wrote and directed the comedy, in which he stars as a comedian taking inventory of his career during one long, soul-searching interview with a comely New York Times journalist (Rosario Dawson), and the studio has high hopes that Top Five could be a breakout hit this December, when audiences choked on stuffy Oscar bait may be seeking the sort of raucous, R-rated comic alternative that nobody does better than Chris Rock.

  • Posted 10/21/14 at 1:10 PM
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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Teaser: Gale Gets Real

As November 11 draws close, we're getting more and more teasers from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I. This one has a few things you might not have seen before, like Gale reacting to Katniss's reaction to seeing Peeta on TV. Guess what? He's not thrilled. The love triangle persists. 

Garage Doors and Tanning Beds: 9 Actors Remember Their Famous Horror-Movie Deaths

As part of Vulture's Horror Week, we spoke to actors who each had memorable movie deaths. Two of the stars from Carrie, Ray Liotta, Rose McGowan, the Final Destination tanning-bed girls, and several others looked back on their gory demises.

Betty Buckley
Carrie 
Buckley plays Carrie's gym teacher, Miss Collins, who is killed during the film's climactic, blood-soaked prom-night massacre. 

We all gathered to watch each other’s death scenes, and we’d go out and party afterwards to celebrate that a character had been bumped off. But in the days before that, the whole prom construction took quite a while. This contraption they built for Ms. Collins’s death scene was a basketball backboard that was on a pendulum. There was a foot of balsam wood that would take the hit against the body. They planned it so that we shot four takes with the pendulum falling and then stopping it right before it hit me. That was very scary. So what you’re seeing on film is not acting at all. I’m absolutely terrified because they had not tested out the machine. So they didn’t know [if] they calculated the balsam properly in terms of the amount and, you know, [if they] could stop it on a dime right before it hit me. Thankfully, it worked. We were all absolutely terrified.

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  • Posted 10/21/14 at 12:13 AM
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Darren Aronofsky to Receive Humane Society Award for Using CGI Instead of Real Animals

The Wrap reports that Darren Aronofsky will receive the Humane Society’s first-ever filmmaker award, for his “compassionate decision” to use CGI instead of real animals on the set of Noah. “When I started working on Noah, an early question was how to express the vastness and complexity of the animal kingdom on the big screen,” said Aronofsky in a statement. “It was quickly apparent that working with live animals would be dangerous for them. It was also morally ambiguous considering we were making a film about the first naturalist, Noah, who saved and cared for all the varied species on the planet.” Kudos to Aronofsky for doing Noah proud and respecting all of God's creatures, even the giant rock monsters. Especially the giant rock monsters.

The Edward Snowden Documentary Citizenfour Puts You Right in the Room As History Is Made

If you didn’t know better, you’d think that Laura Poitras’s "Meet Edward Snowden" documentary Citizenfour was an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. Hold on, it is an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. It opens with a blurry tunnel; winking monitors scrolling metadata plucked from Americans’ emails; images of huge, futuristic, otherworldy government surveillance centers; encrypted communications — flurries of characters — that resolve into edgy cyberdialogues between the National Security Agency whistleblower and the filmmaker; and, finally, exacting exchanges between Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald high up in a blankly modern Hong Kong hotel, which might or might not be bugged. The music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is like malignantly buzzing wires that eat into your cerebral cortex.

The narrative is relatively straightforward. »

Key and Peele Are Finally Making a Movie

Deadline reports Key and Peele are finally making a movie. No, it's not the Judd Apatow–produced one we told you about or their Police Academy reboot; it's called Keanu. Key and Peele play friends who pretend to be drug dealers to get back a stolen cat (the cat is named Keanu). Jordan Peele wrote the script with Community writer Alex Rubens, and Key & Peele director Peter Atencio is in talks to direct. The film is scheduled to shoot by April. No word on a projected release date. Also, no word if the villain will be played by Jaleel White Urkel.

9 Long Movie Tracking Shots

Through long takes and immersive tracking shots, films and TV shows like Goodfellas, Boogie Nights, and True Detective have given viewers the impression that they're watching drama as it unfolds in real time. Birdman continues in this tradition, immersing viewers in the tortured headspace of Michael Keaton's emotionally disturbed, has-been actor through one seemingly uncut two-hour shot. It’s the latest triumph for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who pulled off last year’s 12-minute opening shot in Gravity and several memorable long takes in Children of Men. But Birdman’s Alejandro González Iñárritu isn’t the first filmmaker to attempt a feature-length tracking shot/long take, nor is he the first director to include several invisible cuts that divide his film's action into multiple smaller takes. Here are nine other very long movie shots.

Brian De Palma's longest tracking shot immerses viewers in manic fight-night energy. »

  • Posted 10/20/14 at 1:15 PM
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Here’s Our First Look at Disney’s Polynesian Princess Movie, Moana

Before today, observers knew only two things about Disney's upcoming Moana. One, that it would be about the adventures of a Polynesian princess sailing the Pacific; and two, that it wasn't coming out until 2018. Turns out only one of those things was correct! While sharing the first official image of Moana, who's only the fifth Disney princess not to be a white girl, the studio also announced the film was coming in 2016, much earlier than expected. You have two years to bone up on your navigational knowledge. (It's okay if you just play The Wind Waker.)

Ryan Phillippe on His Own Movies: ‘5 of Them Are Good’

The L.A. Times profiled Ryan Phillippe, with the actor's directorial debut Catch Hell out in theaters and VOD. Why did he write and direct a movie for himself? Self-awareness. “I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years,” he told the reporter. “And in my opinion, five of them are good." He doesn't name which five. Is he including Crash? Does Cruel Intentions lose or gain points because of Reese Witherspoon? He's probably including Gosford Park, because he got to work with Robert Altman, and MacGruber, because he got to put celery in his butt. But that's only four. Which is the fifth?

Lynda Carter on What She Wants From the New Wonder Woman

Everyone is amped about the fact that a stand-alone Wonder Woman movie will finally hit theaters. Vulture caught up with original WW Lynda Carter at Thursday night’s God's Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Heart Awards at 50 Varick Street, where Carter shared her true feelings about the character that made her a star.

She’s complicated," Carter said. »

  • Posted 10/20/14 at 10:45 AM
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Pippin Will Sing Again, This Time Over the End Credits of the Final Hobbit Movie

Remember how much you liked it when Pippin sang in Return of the King? That can't even compare to how much Peter Jackson liked it. First the director used ROTK's "Edge of Night" in the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and now he's brought back actor Billy Boyd to sing a new song, "The Last Goodbye," over the end credits of the final Hobbit movie. Boyd apparently wrote the song alongside Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, which means the road to Billy Boyd, EGOT winner, begins today.

A My Little Pony Movie Is Really Happening

Variety reports Hasbro Studios is moving forward with a My Little Pony movie. The film, which will be written by Joe Ballarini, is scheduled for a 2017 release. As toys, My Little Ponies were first introduced in 1983. Since, they've gone through many incarnations on TV and direct-to-video movies; most recently, they can be seen in the very popular My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic series. Though 2013's My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and 2014's Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks had very limited theatrical runs, this upcoming feature would be the franchise's first wide release. So if you see a bearded man crying while wearing a colorful wig with a horn sticking out of it, you'll know.

Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in The New Yorker

Noted typewriter enthusiast (and actor) Tom Hanks has a short story, "Alan Bean Plus Four," in The New Yorker this week. It's got selfies, a guy named MDash who "shortened his long tribal name to rap-star length," and references to Apollo 13, apps, and selfies: "We took hundreds of selfies with the Earth in the window and, plinking a Ping-Pong ball off the center seat, played a tableless table-tennis tournament ..." All in all, it's short, sweet, and pretty much perfect. (They've even included a recording of Hanks reading his piece aloud.) The only thing that could make this better would be an accompanying photo of Hanks click-clacking away at his typewriter. Maybe it's finally time for Larry Crowne 2?

Seth Rogen Sings ‘Poison’ With Bell Biv DeVoe; Fulfills Lifelong Dream

"One day I'm going to sing with those guys," an 8-year-old Seth Rogen whispered to himself 24 years ago in his quiet suburban Canadian house after seeing the video for Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" on Much Music. This weekend, that dream came to fruition at the third annual Hilarity for Charity event he hosted with his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen. After performances from the likes of Sarah Silverman, Weird Al, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (covering No Doubt’s "I’m Just a Girl"), Bell Biv DeVoe came onstage to do what they do. They event raised over $900,000 for Alzheimer's research. Great! As BBD sings in the song's first verse, "Let's cure it 'cause we're running out of time."

Brad Pitt’s Fury Beats Gone Girl Over a Weak Box-Office Weekend

In a tepid weekend for the box office, Brad Pitt's World War II epic, Fury, claimed the top spot with $23.5 million, beating back Gone Girl, which brought in $17.8 million for a domestic total of $107 million. Other new releases also had lackluster performances, with the animated The Book of Life bringing in $17 million for third and the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me barely coming in fifth with $10.2 million. Steve Carell's family comedy, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, stuck around in fourth with $12 million. 

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Dear White People Is One of the Best Feature-Filmmaking Debuts in Recent Years

Justin Simien’s Dear White People positions itself as a skewering of racial attitudes among students and faculty at a prestigious university, but, at heart, it’s a touching, even earnest story about acceptance — or, rather, our longing for said acceptance. That the film’s satire isn’t contradicted by its sincerity is certainly a testament to the talents of this young director and his impeccable cast. But it also maybe says something about our own racial moment. The film is called Dear White People, but it might as well be called Dear Everybody. It’s hilarious, and just about everyone will wince with recognition at some point in the film.

It opens with news of a "race war" ... »