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10 Pop-Culture Questions Answered by Vulture This Week

Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment and comes to some creative conclusions. This week we put together the best putdowns from the James Franco roast; reviewed Janelle Monáe’s new album, The Electric Lady; and gave Vin Diesel the love and appreciation he truly deserves. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.

Q: What are the best burns from the James Franco roast?
A: You can watch our video of the best lines here, just don’t squint so much from laughing that you can’t see your computer screen.

Q: There are only four episodes of Breaking Bad left! WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
A: Margaret Lyons looked into her Breaking Bad crystal ball and made some predictions for the last four episodes based on their titles (or at least what the super-secretive BB production team says are the titles). Or you can play the “Choose Your Own Ending” game with our Breaking Bad fortune teller.

Q: Can Captain Phillips earn Tom Hanks his first Oscar in thirteen years?
A: Kyle Buchanan worked it out.

Q: What’s streaming on Netflix this month?
A: Men in Black, Carrie, 50 First Dates, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Zoolander, to name a few. Also, plenty of awesome (and awesomely bad) nineties TV shows.

Q: Maybe I’ll catch up on old seasons of Downton Abbey before the new season begins. What can I expect this season?
A: Vulture talked to Emmy-nominated actress Michelle Dockery about losing her leading man and how much longer she’ll stay on the show.

Q: What Rotten Tomato Score did Garden State get?
A: 86 percent. Our “Guess the Rotten Tomato Score” quiz is back, and rom-coms are on the test.

Q: Is the new Janelle Monáe album any good?
A: Jody Rosen said that The Electric Lady has its moments but for the most part is a bit disappointing. Rosen called “Dance Apocalyptic” the album’s “most tantalizing near miss,” and wrote, “It’s the kind of postmodern mash-up I love to love, but the result is less than the sum of those promising parts: It sounds small and studied, like the fussy retro-soul that wafts across the ocean from London every month or so. Wanted: more wondervibes.

Q: What are some Toronto Film Festival movies I can look forward to?
A: We’re excited for Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in August: Osage County and the latest McConaissance in Dallas Buyers Club. You can find out what else we’re looking forward to here.

Q: Should I see the new movie Salinger?
A: Definitely not, wrote David Edelstein.

Q: What about Riddick? Should I see that?
A: Bilge Ebiri wrote of Riddick, “Imagine Alien, only told from the perspective of the alien, and he’s played by a movie star, and at heart he’s an okay dude.” But hey! We think the life work of the “action hero, Rihanna enthusiast, Facebook legend, and all-around fascinating celebrity” is worth a lot. Need some persuading? Allow us.

The Week in Vulture: September 2-6