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Fall 2009

  1. chat room
    Playwright David Ives: World’s Worst Procrastinator?David Ives talks to us about predestination, avoiding his schoolwork, and other crushworthy playwrights through the ages.
  2. agenda
    VH1 Hits Reality Rock Bottom As Only It CouldOnly on VH1: On this excellently sleazy new show, Loveline’s Dr. Drew struggles to put eight beyond-washed-up celebrities on the straight and narrow.
  3. agenda
    ‘Darkroom’ Is a Handsome Treatise on PhotographyThis final edition has been handsomely reprinted with an English translation—it’s an absolute (albeit pricey) must for any photography lover.
  4. apropos of nothing
    The ‘Wire’ Copyediting Scandal: David Simon Responds!Plus MERRIAM_WEBSTER!
  5. quote machine
    Anything Diddy Can Do, Snoop Dogg Can Do BetterPlus: Michael McKean and Dane Cook!
  6. news reel
    Inside Tom Wolfe’s $7 Million Book Proposal“They, like all people, all people everywhere, have but one last thing on their minds — Back to blood!
  7. overnights
    ‘American Gladiators’: Who Can Defeat the Mighty Toilet-Paper Saleswoman?A masterpiece of betrayed audience expectations right up there with Psycho.
  8. apropos of nothing
    Is David Simon Taking Time Off ‘The Wire’ to Write Angry Letters to the ‘Daily News’?Doesn’t he have better things to do?
  9. chat room
    Andre Royo on Playing Bubbles on ‘The Wire,’ Snitching, and His Emmy Speech“This is our Sopranos; this is our Six Feet Under. And the fans feel slighted.”
  10. chat room
    Jamie Hector on Playing Marlo on ‘The Wire’ — and Keeping Secrets About ‘Heroes’How does a nice guy play a ruthless drug lord? Moving “the way a king might move.”
  11. agenda
    The final season of ‘The Wire’: the greatest event of ’08?Now that the fifth and final season of the greatest show of all time is upon us, we’re very nearly experiencing tachycardia.
  12. art candy
    Artist Koren Shadmi Makes Love, Not War — Well, Maybe a Little WarIsraeli illustrator Koren Shadmi’s macabre take on Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famed shot of an overeager sailor’s post-WWII celebratory smooch, Tasting Victory, is a not-so-subtle glimpse into the artist’s own feelings on the war.
  13. apropos of nothing
    BREAKING! Beyoncé Schools Kanye in Connect Four!She took nine out of ten!
  14. apropos of nothing
    Practically Confirmed: Jay-Z Might Be Launching a Record Label With AppleWe were hesitant to report on Jay-Z’s supposed upcoming venture with Apple — but that was all the way back this morning when the whole thing was just a rumor.
  15. vulture picture palace
    Filmmaker Ray Tintori Reunites Father and Son, Blows Up EarthWe don’t quite know what to make of Ray Tintori’s Jettison Your Loved Ones — a deranged, no-budget sci-fi epic about perpetual motion and families — other than to say that it’s some of the most hypnotic and strange six minutes you’ll ever spend staring at a computer screen.
  16. the list
    Vulture’s Critics’ Poll: What Was the Worst Movie of 2007?The movie that cost its star an Oscar is deemed the Worst of the Year.
  17. quote machine
    DMX’s New Album Is Totally Going on Jesus’s iPodPlus: Janet Jackson!
  18. apropos of nothing
    MC Hammer’s New Website Will Finally Allow People to Embarrass Themselves on the InternetNineties rap superstar MC Hammer has founded his very own Web 2.0 start-up designed to allow users to share videos of themselves dancing on the Internet.
  19. ranters and ravers
    America’s Best Book Critic: Your Mom“No, Mom. I’m not Ivan Brunetti’s girlfriend.”
  20. ‘Gossip Girl’ Takes Us Back to the FutureIt was kind of a refreshing change to get vodka in plastic cups and an impromptu party at the school pool.
  21. the take
    Tom Wolfe Ditches FSG for More Money at Little, BrownHow much money does it take to get a guy to abandon his publishing house of 43 years?
  22. chat room
    Michael K. Williams on Playing Omar on ‘The Wire,’ Discovering Snoop, and How Janet Jackson Changed His LifeVulture sits down with everyone’s favorite stickup artist.
  23. countdown
    Culture Apocalypse 2008: Vulture’s Calendar for the Year AheadOur complete guide to the movies, TV shows, and music that will disappoint us all in the coming year.
  24. right-click
    Tom Petty and Eddie Vedder Get Stoned TogetherPlus music from Zach Condon, Ying Yang Twins, and Beyonce as performed by the triplets of Belleville.
  25. agenda
    Michael Pollan just might solve the omnivore’s dilemma.Pollan takes on the food industry’s idea of “nutrition” (they’re just trying to make money, y’all!), but mercifully clues us in on what foods aren’t made of mutant ingredients.
  26. strike zone
    Letterman Returns With Scribes, Finally Answering the Question: Do Writers Actually Matter?Can Letterman make up his long-standing ratings deficit when he can offer monologues and Top Ten lists while his competitor, presumably, can only offer an hour of Jaywalking?
  27. agenda
    ‘Golden Opportunities Mixtape’ is gloomy, great—and free.Now free on the band’s site is Golden Opportunities Mixtape, a collection of covers and one original track, all recorded at various radio stations, gigs, and “empty hotel stairwells.”
  28. the take
    Vulture Exclusive! Ice Cube’s ‘First Sunday’ Is Not Another Sequel to ‘Friday’The L.A. Times profiles “the next Tyler Perry,” before his movie makes $30 million this time.
  29. agenda
    They Might Be Giants might teach him to count, paint, sing.They Might Be Giants just might cure new-toy boredom with their first Friday Night Family Podcast of the new year.
  30. the industry
    Borat Finally Goes on ‘Trial,’ Thanks to Steven SpielbergPlus industry news on Peter Berg, the Coen brothers, and Tyler Perry … in space!
  31. news reel
    Jenna Fischer Battles Asses, Boobs in ‘Walk Hard’In Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Office’s Jenna Fischer plays Darlene Madison, winsome backup singer and love interest to John C. Reilly’s titular Johnny Cash knockoff. But during the making of the film, Fischer says, it wasn’t Cox she had to worry about — it was his ass.
  32. cover story
    Ya Boy: Rapper in DisguiseBay–area rap stages a comeback, thanks to one man’s awesome mixtape cover.
  33. vulture lists
    10 Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes of 2007There was still superb pirate material to be had — and too little critical coverage of it. That’s where we come in!
  34. trailer mix
    ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ Trailer: There’s Something About Judd ApatowWatching the just-released trailer for next May’s Sarah Marshall, we can’t help but wonder how it’s possible that it doesn’t star Ben Stiller.
  35. cover story
    ‘Nim’s Island’ Is Jodie Foster’s Second Fake Appearance on a ‘New York’ CoverPlus: Spidey makes the cover!
  36. art candy
    Artist Jim Shaw Pulls Off Quite a FeatWhat do buxom beauties, a pastoral settings, and dismembered feet have in common? Jim Shaw, apparently.
  37. vulture picture palace
    Stop-Motion Animation Explained by Doomed Lego GuyWe were shocked recently to discover that a couple of our readers didn’t quite understand just how stop-motion animation worked. So, we unearthed this little gem, which was created last year by Canadian high schooler Joel Plosz for a science-fair project.
  38. quote machine
    At the Nadir of His Career, Jason Bateman Would Have Accepted a Role in Your School PlayPlus quotes from Paul Thomas Anderson, Helen Mirren, and Guillermo Del Toro.
  39. tube junkie
    The Beatles Cover ‘Stairway’ in the Greatest YouTube Video of All TimeWhat might “Stairway to Heaven” have sounded like if it had been recorded for the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night instead of Led Zeppelin’s IV? Like this, we guess.
  40. last night's gig
    Designer Chip Kidd’s Band Gives Live Happy EndingLove was in the air at the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series last night.
  41. pop culture's bravest
    Year in Review: Vulture Salutes the Wangs of 2007We really wish we were classy enough not to point out that wangs were popping up everywhere this year, but, sadly, we are not — there were dicks all over the place!
  42. cover story
    ‘Nim’s Island’ Trailer Includes a Special Guest Appearance By … ‘New York’?We especially love the rooflines.
  43. quote machine
    From Lee King to the King of the Jews: The Best Quotes of 2007“My mind thinks like that all the time, coming up with crazy clever metaphors and rhymery thingies.”
  44. A Very ‘Gossip Girl’ ChristmasOur mind-shatteringly detailed guide to what in this week’s episode of Gossip Girl could pass for real-life New York experience, what seemed kinda fake, and what really put the “Jesus Christ” back in our Christmas.
  45. pop culture's bravest
    Year in Review: Without Ben Silverman There Is No TelevisionA tribute to the savior and destroyer of television.
  46. the industry
    Everything’s Coming Up Patti on BroadwayPlus industry news on Sam Raimi, Jennifer Hudson, and Tom Cruise.
  47. the early-evening news
    Bender Lives! And Brews!Plus: So long, People’s Choice Awards.
  48. quote machine
    Julia Roberts Keeps Her Clothes OnPlus: Why does Slash love leather pants?
  49. kudos
    Will This Week’s Rash of Surprise Pregnancies Cost ‘Juno’ at the Oscars?Unless you’ve somehow heroically managed to avoid PerezHilton.com for the past twelve hours, you probably already know about the just-announced surprise pregnancies of Lily Allen and Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney’s 16-year-old sister.
  50. apropos of nothing
    Jerry Bruckheimer Is Going to Make Video Games“’This could be interesting,’ said Dan Hsu, editor in chief of the magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly.”
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