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  • Posted 1/23/18 at 2:52 PM

Chloë Grace Moretz Says Her True Self Is a 4 Non Blondes–Belting ‘Total Dork’

Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane spent a lot of time together in the middle of nowhere in upstate New York during the production of Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post. So it’s pretty lucky that they happen to share, in their words, “the exact same mind.” They’re not exactly the most predictable BFFs — Moretz has been acting since she was a child, and Lane was plucked off the beach during spring break for her first role in Andrea Arnold’s 2016 film American Honey. But, as Moretz explained when I spoke to them after the Sundance premiere of Cameron Post, “we really inspire each other, and she’s just such a breath of fresh air.”


  • Posted 1/23/18 at 1:37 PM

Why Didn’t Wonder Woman Get Any Oscar Nominations?

It was a good day for blockbusters at the Academy Awards, as populist hits like Get Out, Dunkirk, and Logan all managed significant Oscar nominations. So why was Wonder Woman, a true summer phenomenon that made more money than any of those movies, unable to score a single Oscar nod? In a year where the industry’s treatment of women was the number-one issue at hand, shouldn’t this Patty Jenkins-directed breakthrough have done better?


  • Posted 1/23/18 at 1:32 PM

Dylan Farrow Slams Justin Timberlake for #TimesUp Hypocrisy

On Tuesday, “Supplies” singer Justin Timberlake had a question for Twitter: “Can someone please explain the saying, ‘You just want your cake and to eat it too.’ What else am I about to do with a cake??” Lucky for JT, Dylan Farrow popped in with a perfect answer. “The saying means, for example, you can’t support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time,” she wrote. “You can’t retain your credibility as an activist (i.e. - retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (i.e. - eating the cake).” For context: Timberlake, star of Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, wore a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes while remaining mum on Farrow’s sexual-molestation accusation against Allen. Other Allen collaborators — including Greta Gerwig and Mira Sorvino — have supported Farrow and said they wouldn’t work with Allen in the future.


  • Posted 1/23/18 at 1:14 PM
  • Movies

Laurie Metcalf on Her Lady Bird Oscar Nomination, and Seeing the Movie With Her Oldest Daughter

Laurie Metcalf loves Marion McPherson’s flaws. To many viewers, she’s the real main character of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, an every-mom who’s prickly, passive-aggressive, warm, and worn-out. “She’s not crazy, she’s just — she has a big heart,” Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) tells her ex-boyfriend Danny (Lucas Hedges), defending her mother against anyone else’s expectations. On the morning of her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Metcalf told Vulture how she’s juggling awards season and her new play, and why she’s drawn to her character Marion’s mistakes.


  • Posted 1/23/18 at 12:10 PM

Michael Shannon and Hilary Swank’s What They Had: An Alzheimer’s Story That’s Both Heartbreaking and … Funny

Introducing her exquisite debut feature, What They Had, at Sundance, the writer-director Elizabeth Chomko addressed the movie’s initiating event — a woman with Alzheimer’s reaching the last-but-one stage, number six — only obliquely. Chomko painted a larger picture.


  • Posted 1/23/18 at 10:53 AM

20 Years Later, Spice World Is … Weirdly Relevant

It’s tempting to blame my parents for the fact that I never saw Spice World. When the Spice Girls’ critically lambasted, box-office-smashing, music-video movie arrived in American theaters in January 1998, I was a second-grader, and at my house, the Spice Girls were strictly off-limits for me and for my teenage brother. “It’s not even just the bare boobs that I object to,” I overheard my mom say on the phone once to a friend from church. Then she looked at me, said into the phone, “Oh, didn’t realize I had an audience,” and shooed me out of the laundry room.


  • Posted 1/23/18 at 9:41 AM

The Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Oscar Nominations

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and as always, they gave us plenty to discuss. Yes, films like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, and Get Out snagged the lion’s share of notable nominations, but there were still quite a few surprise faces, and some notable contenders left out in the cold. Here are some of the biggest snubs, surprises, and success stories.


  • Posted 1/23/18 at 8:54 AM

Here Are Your 2018 Oscar Nominations

On Tuesday morning, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards with a live-streamed presentation hosted by two actors famous for playing animated characters: Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish. As might have been expected, The Shape of Water led the field with 13 nominations, but there were plenty of surprises in store: Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig and Get Out’s Jordan Peele both scored directing nods, Three Billboards doubled up in Best Supporting Actor, and Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever nominated in Best Cinematography. The Oscars ceremony will be held on March 4 and hosted, like last year, by Jimmy Kimmel. Hopefully everyone will open the right envelopes this time. Read the full list of nominees below.


Ryan Reynolds to Develop a Clue Movie With Deadpool Writers

Chances are, we’re looking at a whole lot more Mr. Bodies. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Reynolds has signed a three-year-long first-look deal with Fox. His first film to enter development? A live-action adaptation of the murder-mystery board game Clue. Jonathan Lynn previously directed the 1985 comedy version of the Hasbro classic that stars Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn, in addition to more of your favorite character actors. According to THR, Reynolds will be joined by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who will pen the screenplay. While that’s no guarantee the new Clue will be a hard-R, better start counting those bullets now just in case. One plus one plus 2,000 plus one …

  • Posted 1/22/18 at 5:51 PM

Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny Can’t Save the Forgettable Lizzie Borden Biopic Lizzie

Lizzie Borden might have had her reasons for giving her mother 40 whacks and her father 41, but it’s only now, in the austere arthouse treatment of her life premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, that we discover the story’s hitherto-unknown vein of female empowerment and the Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name.


No One Can Tell If This Crocodile Dundee Sequel Is a Real Movie or Not

As you can tell by the trailer at the top of this post, there is allegedly a new Crocodile Dundee movie coming out soon. It starts Danny McBride as a long-lost son of the outdoor icon, who gets in all sorts of adventures with a hunky outdoorsman played by Chris Hemsworth. However, unlike most trailers you see online, there is a good chance that Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home is not actually a real movie, and not just because of the wordy title. Collider has been suspicious about the movie since evidence of it first popped up a few days ago, and as the A.V. Club points out, its alleged co-producer, Screen Australia, has no record of it in the group’s slate of upcoming films. It’s a Danny McBride project, so it’s entirely possible this whole thing is a hoax (or, as some have posited, a teaser for a Super Bowl commercial), but we also live in a world where Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is a real movie that got made. Would a Crocodile Dundee reboot be that much further beyond the pale?

  • Posted 1/22/18 at 4:21 PM
  • Newbies

See Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, and More in New Incredibles 2 Art

Meet Metroville’s newest residents: In the long-awaited Incredibles sequel, the Parr family is joined by some familiar faces. The sequel will see the newly popular Supers coming out of the shadows, and Elastigirl becomes the star of a campaign pushing to abandon the old protocol of assigning normal cover identities to Supers. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible is staying home, managing Jack Jack’s burgeoning powers.


Peter Dinklage Specifically Requested That His I Think We’re Alone Now Character Be a Wine Drinker

Every director has a postapocalyptic vision in them — fiery skies, ravaging bike gangs, zombies running amok. Reed Morano’s is mostly just lonely. The director and cinematographer, fresh off a great 2017 with her acclaimed work on The Handmaid’s Tale, premiered her highly anticipated second feature film I Think We’re Alone Now at Sundance this weekend, a low-key end-times drama starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning — and (almost) no one else. While the film takes place after a cataclysmic event, the nature of the disaster is never explained. Morano and writer Mike Makowsky are more interested in the lives of the few remaining survivors. Dinklage plays Del, a lone survivor after an unexplained event wipes out nearly the entire human population, and Fanning is the runaway who interrupts his quiet, orderly routine. I spoke to Morano and Dinklage after their Park City premiere about their own theories about the end of the world, and why red wine would be the end-times drink of choice.


  • Posted 1/22/18 at 2:09 PM

After SAG and PGA, Do We Know Our Oscar Winners?

The Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow, but do we already know who the biggest winners will be? After a month of major awards shows including the Golden Globes and both the SAG and PGA awards this past weekend, the consensus is looking increasingly clear.


  • Posted 1/22/18 at 2:04 PM

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone Follow-up, Leave No Trace, Is Grim and Captivating

Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s first fictional feature since Winter’s Bone, is a grim, contemplative, finally agonizing portrait of a traumatized vet, Will (Ben Foster), who can’t endure society, and his 13-year-old daughter, Thom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), who lives with him in the eight-square-mile Forest Park in the mountains west of Portland, Oregon. Granik doesn’t give the audience any bearings for a while, so we don’t know what to make of what they’re doing — but it’s plain enough they have an easy, tender relationship, and that they’re careful to hide all evidence of their existence from rangers or police. Hence the movie’s title.


Let’s Talk About That Scene With the Newborn in Mom and Dad

The following post contains spoilers for the movie Mom and Dad.


  • Posted 1/22/18 at 12:47 PM

Chloë Grace Moretz and Desiree Akhavan on Filming Sex Scenes Sensitively

Chloë Grace Moretz and Desiree Akhavan stopped by the Vulture Studio at Sundance, along with some of the rest of the cast of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, including Sasha Lane, Emily Skeggs, John Gallagher Jr., and Forrest Goodluck. In the film, Moretz plays a lesbian teen who’s shipped off to a gay conversion camp; throughout, she has several intimate sex scenes, which she and Akhavan made sure to imbue with meaning rather than gratuitous nudity. As Akhavan put it: “There’s always a story to how you f*ck.” Watch the video above for more details on the process behind the scenes.

Mother!, Fifty Shades Darker Among 2018 Razzie Nominations

Mother! — a movie about climate change and the environment, also the Bible, and maybe even about fracking, Moana, and dating Darren Aronofsky — looked like a serious Oscar contender for approximately seven perfect seconds this summer. Now the Aronofsky epic is in the running for a less prestigious award: the Razzies. Transformers: The Last Knight and (the unfairly maligned) Fifty Shades Darker led the Razzie nominations, but Mother! had a strong showing, scoring noms for Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, and Scarf King™ Aronofsky. The Razzies will be handed out on March 3, the day before the Oscars.


  • Posted 1/22/18 at 1:32 AM

The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince Has the Best SAG Awards Photos, Hands Down

Unlike her co-star Willem Dafoe, Critics’ Choice Award winner Brooklynn Prince was, sadly, not nominated for a SAG Award. However, she managed to come away with an even better prize from Sunday night’s show. While watching the awards, the 7-year-old Florida Project star (or more likely her mom, who operates the actress’s Twitter account) tweeted a photo of Millie Bobby Brown and Dakota Fanning and lamented, “Whyyyyyy am I not in this picture???” The solution? Photoshop Brooklynn next to all her favorite SAG attendees, like Daniel Kaluuya and Nicole Kidman, in the form of a little hovering angel orb, exactly how all of us would want to experience the SAG Awards anyway. “It Me,” declares one of Brooklynn’s photos. In our heart of hearts, it all of us.


Idris Elba Says It’s Time for a Black Bond, a Female Bond or, Best Case Scenario, a Black Female Bond

Remember when Idris Elba talked about wanting to play James Bond, then was constantly asked about playing James Bond until he had to repeatedly say he would probably never play James Bond to get us all to move on from all the James Bond questions? Well, it’s 2018 and a new era has begun! In a recent interview with Variety, Elba revisited the topic of 007 to express his fervent hope that the long-running spy franchise eventually looks beyond the character’s classically white male casting. “It could be a woman. It could be a black woman. It could be a white woman,” the actor explained. “I think that character? Everybody would like to see them do something different with it.” Said Elba with a smile, “Why not?” Of course, you have a little time to get your dream casting picks in order: Daniel Craig still has one more Bond film on his plate.