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Here’s Why Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell Could Work on True Detective

After True Detective capped off a surging comeback narrative for Matthew McConaughey, HBO seems determined to run the crime serial like a Tarantino-esque career reclamation project, announcing today that the seen-better-days duo of Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell will topline the show's second season. Both actors’ involvement had been rumored for weeks, but Twitter users still reacted to the news with outrage, as is their wont. Some of the most retweeted criticisms are legitimate: Do we really need even more white dudes playing morally conflicted characters on acclaimed cable dramas? But there also seems to be a prevailing sentiment that Vaughn and Farrell aren’t talented enough for this show, and there, I disagree. Both men are good actors when they want to be, and I suspect they will want to be for this, the most scrutinized gig that either of them has landed in quite a while.

Why they're more talented than people seem to think. »

Ashley Rickards on Being Possessed, Awkward. Season 4, and Losing the Side-Braids

Ashley Rickards is far from awkward, but she’s definitely possessed. Not in the same way her character is in the new horror film At the Devil’s Door, but possessed with a drive to succeed. She already shows off her comedic chops on the MTV teen dramedy Awkward., which returns for the second half of its fourth season tonight, but now you can watch her stretching her wings in a new, horrific way (well, besides the minor role she had on the first season of American Horror Story): being possessed by the devil and then, in turn, making it her dastardly goal to possess others in the search for a new human home. The 22-year-old — who will also publish her first book, Get Your Sh!t Together, next spring — spoke with Vulture recently about being possessed by the devil and what’s coming up on Awkward., and she even gave us a concise and helpful zit-concealing tutorial. She really can do it all.

“I’m just a normal person, dealing with breakouts.” »

Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Justin Lin Officially Onboard for True Detective Season 2

HBO confirmed today that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in the second season of True Detective, which will follow three cops and a career criminal (and maybe the dark side of human behavior?). HBO also announced that, as rumored, Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes. Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, "a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him," and Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, "a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner." Will any women be present? Like, other than as dead bodies and sad background prostitutes? That's part of the big mystery!

Under the Dome Recap: Big Jim Goes A-Hammering

Under the Dome has been trying and failing, for 25 episodes, to operate as a fancy restaurant. Tonight it's reopening as an all-you-can-eat buffet, the kind where you will eat everything and LIKE IT (or just don't come back for nine months, till you forget how sick the food made you).

The dome chose you. »

Premiere Week Ratings: Gotham and Scorpion Start Strong

And so it begins: The new broadcast-TV season officially commenced last night, which means that all this week, Vulture will be wearing our green eyeshade, crunching the Nielsen numbers, and reporting to you how all the new and returning broadcast shows did in their debuts. First up (obviously), here comes Monday:

What the Crane happened to Sleepy Hollow? »

28 Simpsons Quotes Every Fan Must Know

Get two Simpsons fans in a room, and they'll have a conversation that is 80 percent quotes from the show. ("Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that.") The combination of 500-plus episodes and consistently hilarious writing has resulted in a cache of quotable lines unlike any that has ever been amassed by one show. Vulture has very scientifically ("Science is like a blabbermouth who ruins a movie by telling you how it ends") determined the most essential, most memorable, most perfectly cromulent quotes, from chimpan-a to chimpan-zee (fine, that one doesn't make sense — d'oh!). If your favorite isn't here (don't blame us, we voted for Kodos), please throw it in the comments. Enjoy while we replenish those sold-out Bort license plates.

Adam Driver Looks Like a Polite Young Man in His Yearbook Photos

There are few joys like celebrity yearbook photos. Today we have Adam Driver's. The photos are thanks to his classmate Brian Doty, who tweeted them in reply to a profile written about Driver. (The Huffington Post has some additional,wonderful photos.) Below, see Driver in his junior-high yearbook (the numbers are off — it should be pretty obvious which one he is) and in a high-school play. Even future Star Wars heroes (villains?) start out dweebs in sweater vests.

If They Can Do It, So Can We: The Joy of Watching Gilmore Girls With My Daughter

It’s hard to be the mother of a daughter, and just as hard to be the daughter of a mother — as every woman on the planet can attest. You want your daughter to be like you but not like you, and when she does (or doesn’t) meet your expectations of what an exactly-like-you-but-somehow-much-different-and-better version might be, it’s enraging. As a daughter, you want to be just like your mother and at the same time nothing like her at all, and you push fiercely against her example even as you struggle to follow it.

All I ever want to do anymore is curl up on the couch with Josephine, who is 10, and Lorelai and Rory. »

The 10 Things to Look for in Your Gilmore Girls Rewatch

In advance of The Gilmore Girls' triumphant arrival on Netflix October 1, and as a part of Vulture's Streaming Week, we'll be revisiting the show all week long. Please join us!

When Gilmore Girls lands on Netflix October 1, here's hoping the floodgates open and bajillions of new fans avail themselves of the joys of Stars Hollow. Some of us, however, are lucky enough to have spent many years basking in the joys of the show — and we too will be making a return pilgrimage. This guide is for you, folks who have seen the show before. (Maybe even a few times, thanks to syndication and some free afternoons?) This is what to look for, enjoy, give the stink-eye to, and revel in when you rewatch GG; it'll make the show feel new all over again.

Kiss better, please. »

  • Posted 9/23/14 at 11:55 AM
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Here’s Your Gotham Drinking Game: Donal Logue Edition

If you watched last night’s Gotham premiere, you know Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) as Jim Gordon’s sketchy, albeit kind of funny, partner. What do we know about him? “There’s some darkness, but Harvey Bullock is a little bit of a comic foil in this world,” Logue said at last week’s East Coast premiere. “If it’s all just too dark and too cool, you have to have someone who’s like, ‘What’s up, brah?’” Sounds kind of ... other-coast-y of him. Whether Harvey is muttering sassy things under his breath or taking a drink or wearing a fedora and sloughing off moral responsibility, his character tics have already been well established. Here's your Gotham drinking game, Harvey Bullock edition. Keep it bookmarked for next week's second episode.

Where is the PBR? »

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Premiere Recap: War Games

How many moments into the second-season premiere did it take before you let our your first audible “Wuh?” Mine came somewhere between Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” and Crane’s rhetorical question, “Is there no end to this birthday madness?” In other words, pretty much right away. And when Abbie and Crane soon started talking about what happened a year ago, I thought, Wait — you’re gonna Mad Men us? Take each new season as license to jump years ahead in the story? Since when has Don Draper ended a season buried alive while Peggy’s in Purgatory?

And then, just when I was feeling really deflated, feeling like the Sleepy Hollow writers had granted themselves a big, old cop-out, then I was all, Ohhhhh. Oh, I see what you did thereAwesome. Let’s get into it!

So let’s get into it! »

3 Simpsons Showrunners Reflect on New Fans and the ‘Classic Era’ Myth

Simpsons episodes are written. Yes, every episode of every show that has ever aired has been written. But with scripts nearly double the length of those of sitcom standards, The Simpsons is different and the show's writing staff aspires to squeeze as many jokes, character moments, and story into 22 minutes as possible. (Just look at the signs, store names, and billboards in any episode to get a sense.) Al Jean was one of the show's original writers. He went on to co-showrun the show during seasons three and four. After taking a diminished role to work on other projects, Jean took over as showrunner again in season 13 and has stayed in that job ever since. David Mirkin came to The Simpsons as an outsider with a great reputation. Yet his two seasons in charge — seasons five and six — still go down as the show's apex. Matt Selman is arguably the greatest Simpsons writer of the latter seasons, and many of the newer episodes on our list of the 100 best were written or co-showrun by him. With the show's 26th season premiering this Sunday on Fox, the three sat down to talk about "Simpsons World," which will allow fans to stream the entire series for the first time, writing episodes that mess with the traditional structure, and the myth of the "classic era."

"I would rather eat my foot than have a crummy Simpsons sequel come out." »

Blacklist Season 2 Premiere Recap: The Cat in the Hat Is Back

When we last left our heroes and antiheroes, Meera was dead, Tom had escaped, and Berlin had landed in the United States and was hunting Red. As season two opens, we see that Liz is in hiding (kinda), Ressler is having emotional problems because of the death of his fiancée and the attack on his team, and there’s a new evil mastermind connected to Berlin who may be after Red.

New characters, beefier story lines: not bad, season two (so far)! »

Gotham Recap: Holy Prequels, Batman!

"There are rules," mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Doman) says to rookie detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) at the end of Gotham's first episode. Falcone's warning gives the show's pilot its flimsy thematic hook: Rules may have been everything in a pre-Batman Gotham City, but they're broken throughout "Pilot." So while Gordon tries to clean up the police department, wannabe thug Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) tries to steal control of the city's theater district away from comically named gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Change is all around us. »

Kevin and Winnie Will Have a Wonder Years Reunion at 92Y

On October 20 at 8:15 p.m., 92Y will reunite Wonder Years childhood sweethearts Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and their BFF Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano, not Marilyn Manson) to chat about things like what it's like to have the world watch your first kiss, where exactly "Springfield" was located, and if Kevin Arnold was really "a dick."  Even if you can't buy tickets and attend in person, 92Y will be live-streaming the entire thing. (And if you're curious as to how the show holds up, read our Nostalgia Fact-Check here.)

The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Premiere Recap: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Welcome to our recap of The Big Bang Theory. Yes, we are just rolling this out now, in season eight. Scoff if you must, cynics, but the delightful, middlebrow charms of Sheldon and Company have finally won us over. Sue us! And then read our recap, because you know you love the show, too — or you would, if you forced yourself to cannonball it all in a single summer like we did.

While the first two episodes of season eight might initially appear to be unconnected, there was a common theme: Sheldon would have needed to dip himself into a vat of sanitizer to deal with all the ickiness that befell his body in these two outings. From having to traipse around a public train station with one bare foot and sans pants to fully protect his “bathing-suit parts” to having Wolowitz perfectly land a spitball from his mouth straight into Sheldon’s gullet, it was a tough way for the fussy Mr. Cooper to start a new year.

Pantsless and barefoot is no way to go through life. »

  • Posted 9/23/14 at 8:30 AM
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Watch Emma Thompson Sing ‘Worst Pies in London’ As Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd

Earlier this year, Emma Thompson made her first stage appearance in a quarter century during a five-night performance of Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center, where she played the murderous meat-pie maker Mrs. Lovett. It was such a hit that she'll be reprising the role on the London stage next year. Until then, however, here's a sneak peek of what it will look like — Live From Lincoln Center will air Sweeney Todd on PBS this Friday, September 26.

‘Maura Is Real to Me’: Jeffrey Tambor on His Role in Transparent

It is mid-August, and Jeffrey Tambor is sitting at the kitchen table, wearing a V-neck undershirt, baggy cargo shorts, and flip-flops that reveal toenails painted a tasteful brownish red.

“It’s my secret way of still touching her,” he says, gazing at them. “I’m afraid to put her down. I want her near.”

Filming ended two weeks ago on the inaugural ten-episode season of Transparent—Amazon Studios’ bid for a critical breakout—but Tambor still can’t let go of his character, Maura Pfefferman, a retired political-science professor making a late-in-life gender transition to female.

It’s no wonder Tambor feels so connected to his character: Just as Maura is beginning her new, true life, Tambor is also settling into his second act—or possibly his third or fourth.

"I wanted to do well for me and for Maura. It is bigger than me." »

Ellen Spoofs Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln Ads

What’s better than having Rust Cohle sell you a Lincoln? Having Rust Cohle sell you a Lincoln as Ellen DeGeneres yammers in the back and eats pot brownies while dancing to DJ Snake, that’s what. See for yourself:

  • Posted 9/22/14 at 6:00 PM
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Madam Secretary Creator Barbara Hall on Being a Female Showrunner and Creating a Reluctant Hero

Last night, CBS debuted Madam Secretary, the new show from Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall in which Téa Leoni plays the secretary of State, to a very good-size audience. In his review, Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz wrote, "Madam Secretary is ... attuned to the ways in which women exercise (and are expected to exercise) great power on those occasions when they manage to acquire it." When John Horn, host of Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show, the Frame, spoke with Hall, she spoke about how her time being a woman in a man's world has influenced Madam Secretary and her other shows. (Listen to Horn and Hall's interview below and subscribe to the Frame at iTunes or Stitcher.)