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Dan Reilly

  1. rev up your engine
    How Top Gun’s Famous Volleyball Scene Led Kenny Loggins to the ‘Danger Zone’The story behind the film’s hard-charging anthem, as told by the king of ’80s soundtracks.
  2. appreciations
    Gilbert Gottfried, Remembered by Those Who Knew Him“He was not a negative person in any way, shape, or form. He was a great spirit. He was so unique. That’s the word for Gilbert: unique.
  3. let’s do it again
    The Hardest Sequel I Ever WroteThe writers behind Blade Runner 2049, Batman Returns, the John Wick sequels, and more on their toughest franchise gigs.
  4. coachella 2022
    The Highs, Lows, and Whoas of Coachella 2022From Harry Styles’s Shania Twain cameo to … a metal version of the Simpsons theme?
  5. coachella 2022
    18 Artists to Watch at CoachellaDust your flower crowns off.
  6. eyes on the ball
    The Best Streaming Services for Every Kind of Sports FanWhether you’re looking for soccer, the MLB, or darts.
  7. cord cutters: a live story
    How to Pick a Live-TV Streamer That Can Kill Your Cable BillWhether you want news, sports, DVR options, or just to tweet alongside your fellow Bachelor stans.
  8. snl
    Ring in the Olympics With These 16 Classic SNL SketchesFeaturing John Belushi, Nancy Kerrigan, Jennifer Lopez, and expert commentator Leslie Jones.
  9. vulture lists
    12 Meat Loaf Stories That Proved He Lived One Hell of a LifeWarning: The late Meat Loaf was known to embellish a story or two.
  10. hear to please
    How to Give Spotify, Apple, and Other Music-Streaming Services As GiftsThe perfect present for anyone still clinging to their CDs.
  11. stand-up
    Inside the Extremely Unfunny War Between Comedians and Spotify“For them to then pull down our work, it’s so nasty. It’s so corporate. It’s so ‘F - - - you.’”
  12. tl;dw
    12 Get Back Moments You Need to Know to Act Like You Watched the Whole ThingGet back … your time with this handy cheat sheet.
  13. egot watch
    Okay, Now Who Will Award Jon Batiste for His Musical Talents on Colbert?In the wake of his Grammy-nom sweep, here are some of his best musical moments on the late-night show.
  14. becoming bill
    How Impeachment Transformed Clive Owen Into Bill Clinton“I have a memory of Clive in his full Clinton prosthetics chasing me down a hallway of the West Wing set because he was so excited.”
  15. rip
    20 Times Norm Macdonald Was the Best TV GuestFeaturing classic clips from Letterman, Conan, and more.
  16. fall preview 2021
    79 New Albums We May or May Not Hear This FallAlso, meet your new festival season. Dress accordingly.
  17. vulture lists
    14 Charlie Watts Stories That Prove He Was the Rolling Stones’ RockLike that one time he punched Mick Jagger for calling him “my drummer.”
  18. q&a
    Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen, Together, Hopefully ForeverThe rock powerhouses on their fast friendship, first song as a duo, and future.
  19. chat room
    Titus Welliver on Bosch’s Last Chapter — and Harry Bosch’s Next One“The beauty of the character is that he’s consistent. He stays the same, because he’s a bit of a dinosaur, so he can only evolve so much.”
  20. appreciations
    A Tribute to ‘Good King’ ConanTwelve comedians reflect on O’Brien’s incredibly influential late-night legacy.
  21. filmmaking
    The Hardest Mare of Easttown Scene to FilmSeries director Craig Zobel breaks down why the shocking end to episode five took two sets and three days to get right.
  22. summer 2021
    56 Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear This SummerAnd — gasp! — the return of live music???
  23. superlatives
    Jason Isbell on His Best and Most John Prine–Borrowing Work“Back then I was thinking, Man, I’m about to blow these old fuckers away.”
  24. movie magic
    How to Un-Cast an ActorWhen an Army of the Dead star got called out, director Zack Snyder decided to scrub him from every scene — and swap in Tig Notaro.
  25. the gold rush
    The Hardest Ending I Ever Wrote, As Told by Six ScreenwritersAhead of this weekend’s Oscars, we asked Sofia Coppola (On the Rocks), Darius Marder (Sound of Metal), and more about landing the proverbial plane.
  26. vulture lists
    The Stoner Canon: 101 Trippy Movies, Albums, Books, TV Shows, and MoreThe ultimate guide to experiencing the high.
  27. legends
    A Final Conversation With Anne BeattsA week before her death, the original SNL writer still had too many stories to tell.
  28. backstories
    The Hardest Day on the Set of NobodyTo make a fight scene on a city bus as realistic as possible took true strategizing. Director Ilya Naishuller tells us how he made it happen.
  29. beat for the gods
    How Coming 2 America’s Makeup Team Crafted Eddie Murphy’s Wild ProstheticsBelieve it or not, making Eddie Murphy an old white guy is pretty tough.
  30. the art of ending things
    8 Comedians Break Down Their Favorite Stand-up Closer EverFeaturing jokes by Gary Gulman, Maria Bamford, Dave Chappelle, and more.
  31. stand-up
    COVID Didn’t Kill Live Comedy — It Drove It UndergroundAfter Governor Cuomo classified live comedy as not “essential,” some NYC club owners decided to roll the dice.
  32. how everything works
    How Sound of Metal Reimagined the Silence in Hearing LossSound designer Nicolas Becker looked to stethoscopic mics, fetal memories, and a centuries-old school for the deaf in France.
  33. how everything works
    9 Engineers on the Hardest Song They Ever MixedMusic-industry veterans on the tracks that were tough to crack.
  34. scary stuff
    Unsolved Mysteries’ 10 Creepiest Cases, According to Its Co-CreatorTerry Dunn Meurer guides us through the spontaneous combustions, random murders, and unexplained disappearances that still haunt her.
  35. chenquieh
    Who’s Who in Borat 2: A Guide to Every Notable CameoAll the characters, normies, and public figures in the order they appear in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Subsequent Moviefilm.
  36. q&a
    Run the Jewels Can Tell You the Exact Moment 2020 Went to CrapNow allow Killer Mike and El-P to make it right, performing RTJ4 for the first time on Adult Swim to run the vote.
  37. superlatives
    Thurston Moore on the Obscure Sonic Youth Songs He Loves the MostPlus, playing with Iggy Pop, advice from Alan Vega, and the book he “probably will publish at some point in 2021.”
  38. coronavirus
    New York Comedy Clubs Demand to Reopen With the Same COVID Rules As Restaurants“It makes zero sense.”
  39. underdogs
    Desus and Mero Are Proud to Be the New Susan LucciThey say their 2020 Emmys snub is “very on-brand.”
  40. the vow
    NXIVM Went After ‘the Beautiful People’A clip from this Sunday’s episode of The Vow breaks down how “successful, capable” people were lured into the NXIVM sex cult.
  41. sanity check
    Angel Olsen’s Pandemic Sanity Routine Is Pretty Damn InspiringIncluding her new friendship with an elderly widower, a growing fascination with moss, and her desire to become a private investigator.
  42. nxivm
    What to Know About HBO’s The Vow and the NXIVM Sex CultA guide to the docuseries’ main players and the organization’s inner workings, subsequent trials and convictions, and ongoing work.
  43. true crime
    What to Know About I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and the Golden State KillerA guide to Michelle McNamara’s investigation, the hunt for the Golden State Killer, and how he was finally caught.
  44. chat room
    Bill Burr Almost Had a Heart Attack on The King of Staten Island“I literally thought that I was going to die.”
  45. sexual assault
    The 8 Accusations Against Russell Simmons Detailed in On the RecordThe doc follows his alleged history of rape and harassment.
  46. trash talk
    14 Amazing Tales of Michael Jordan Being a Hypercompetitive WeirdoWe’re not saying these are all definitely true, but watching The Last Dance makes it easy to believe they are.
  47. vulture lists
    14 Outrageous Little Richard StoriesThe late legend lived a life full of sex, drugs, spirituality, generosity, sex, bravado, kindness, and some more sex.
  48. late night
    How to Produce a Late-Night Show During a Global Pandemic in 6 StepsWriters from five programs explain their ever-shifting jobs while stuck in quarantine.
  49. instagram
    Mike Birbiglia Found a Fun Way to Raise Thousands for Comedy Club StaffWith help from John Mulaney, Maria Bamford, Gary Gulman, and more.
  50. high fidelity
    High Fidelity’s Music Supervisors Pick Their 10 Favorite Songs From the ShowFrom deep cuts to David Bowie, creating the Hulu reboot’s soundtrack was the perfect job for music nerds.
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