Amazon Cancels Lord of the Rings Massive Multiplayer Online Game

In 2019, Amazon’s gaming division announced that it was developing a Lord of the Rings game in partnership with China-based Leyou Technologies, but after Leyou was bought by gaming behemoth Tencent in December 2020, it appears that plans fell through. Tags: Photo: Getty Images

Amazon Game Studios has taken its previously announced plans for a Lord of the Rings massive multiplayer online game and has thrown them straight into the fires of Mount Doom. According to Bloomberg, the “resulting contract negotiations led to a dispute between Amazon and Tencent that eventually caused the game’s cancellation,” with a spokesperson for Amazon confirming: “We have been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time.” News of the Lord of the Rings game’s cancellation came one day after the reports that Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series will cost $465 million. Now we’ll never get to play a Tom Bombadil Dance Dance Revolution mini-game.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Jeopardy! to Continue Its Jock Streak With Guest Host Joe Buck

Buck has been the World Series announcer on Fox since 1996 and has been the voice of the NFL for the network since 2002. winners play football. 2021 Tournament of Champions

Jeopardy! Related

Fan Favorite Buzzy Cohen Returns to Host Jeopardy! at some point this summer. Jeopardy! Why it’s quiz shows, of course. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently wrapped up his two-week stint as host, and on Saturday, April 17, the New York Post reported that sports announcer Joe Buck will host Jeopardy! Now that jocks have made television’s long-running bastion of geekdom their own, we propose a swap: Make Jeopardy! is a competitive sport, and if you don’t believe us, just look at their lineup of interim hosts following the death of Alex Trebek. Contestant Thoroughly Zings Aaron Rodgers Over Field-Goal Flop

Tags: Photo: FilmMagic

What’s our favorite sport you ask?

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Paris Hilton Says 2004 Sex Tape ‘Will Hurt Me for the Rest of My Life’

Salomon subsequently sued Hilton for defamation, with Hilton then countersuing Salomon for the release of the tape. You love someone, you trust someone and to have your trust betrayed like that and for the whole world to be watching and laughing … It was even more hurtful to me to have these people think that I did this on purpose — that killed me.” She added, “It still gives me post-traumatic stress disorder to talk about it.” Following the leak of the tape in 2004, Hilton publicly stated that she did not approve of the tape’s release. I would be in tears every single day, I didn’t want to leave my house, I felt like my life was over.”

Hilton went on to explain, “It was a private experience between two people. The way that I was spoken about on nightly talk shows and the media, to see things with my family was just heartbreaking. They settled out of court in 2005. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hilton said the tape, which was released without Hilton’s consent and caused a media sensation, was “humiliating” and is “something that will hurt me for the rest of my life.” She continued: “It’s always there in the back of my mind. When it happened, people were so mean about it to me. Related

Paris Hilton Describes Her Utah Boarding-School Experience As ‘Living in Hell’

Paris Hilton Got Engaged and Announced It on Her Birthday

Tags: Photo: ABC via Getty Images

Paris Hilton has shared that the leak of her 2004 sex tape by ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon left her with long-term trauma and PTSD.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Black Rob, ‘Whoa!’ Rapper, Is Dead at 51

I need some rest.” That same day, Curry shared a GoFundMe to help Ross “find a home, pay for medical help & stability during these trying times. Curry posted (and later deleted) a heartbreaking video of himself crying and saying, “I don’t know where to begin this, but I thank everybody for the donations. Black Rob is best known for his 2000 single “Whoa!,” which reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts. On April 11, Self shared that Black Rob, who was born Robert Ross, was out of the hospital, and that his “kidneys are failing again.” He also posted a video of Ross seated upright, explaining that he’s suffered four strokes in the past five years and is suffering immense pain, saying, “I don’t know what the people are going to do, what the people are going to say. Photo: GC Images

Black Rob, the Harlem-based rapper who helped define the sound of turn-of-the-millennium rap, has died at the age of 51, according to his fellow former Bad Boy collaborator and friend Mark Curry. Rob passed away about an hour ago.” On April 10, Love & Hip Hop’s DJ Self Instagrammed a video of Black Rob in a hospital bed, apparently in severe pain, sharing “big love to X” a day after the passing of DMX. Black Rob joined Diddy’s Bad Boy label in the mid-1990s, and released his platinum-selling debut album, Life Story, in 1999. In Vulture’s 100 Songs That Define New York Rap omnibus, writer Shamira Ibrahim praised the track for Black Rob’s stream-of-consciousness storytelling, writing about how it “still gets played out of car speakers during Harlem and Bronx summers.”

Related

The 100 Songs That Define New York Rap, Ranked

Tags: Curry explained on Instagram that Ross had been undergoing dialysis. We’ve lost a lot [of] legends and we can’t afford to lose anymore.” The page listed 1,000 donors at the time of writing.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Tessa Violet’s New Music Video Is Pure Twilightcore

Tessa Violet is a former YouTuber who went by the name Meekakitty, so it’s fitting with the extremely online nature of Twilight revivalism that she’d nail the 2008 movie’s famous foggy bluescale and totally capture Alice Cullen’s unique pitching pose. Everyone deserves to live their vampire baseball pop star fantasy. Released today, Violet’s music video is full of fannish details, from the font, to the Emmet stand-in’s sideways hat, to one of the lovelytheband members wearing Victoria’s fluffy white coat. Real Twihards know from the thumbnail alone that in the music video for “Games,” Tessa Violet & lovelytheband pay homage to the most important piece of Expressionist filmmaking of the 21st century: the baseball scene from Twilight, of course. Best of all is an appearance by Peter Facinelli, who played Carlisle in the films, definitely live and in-person. Related

We Read the New Twilight Book So You Don’t Have To

The Vampire Baseball Game in Twilight Is the Funniest Film Scene Ever

The Rise and Fall of the Vampire Romance Craze 

Tags:

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Amanda Seyfried Is Just Like Us, Wants ‘8 Mamma Mias’

Do you know how much fun that is?” but that what matters is “you gotta have the story.” To this excuse, Colbert took off his glasses in exasperation. “No one’s ever put it that bluntly before and I really respect your honesty. You have to have the story? franchise. Are you reading this, Ol? Really it should just be a party that’s filmed.” She also told him, “you can be there.” Maybe as a fourth possible-dad? Amanda Seyfried may be nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Mank, and the Oscars are only a week away, but Stephen Colbert asked her about what we really wanted to know on last night’s episode of Late Show, and it had very little to do with her performance as live-action Betty Boop Marion Davies. Have you seen the Mamma Mia! If it were up to me, there would be eight Mamma Mias. It’s money money money on the table. I am calling bullshit.” Seyfried thanked Colbert for his candor. “I’m sorry. movies? Producer Hints at Another Sequel: ‘There’s Meant to Be a Trilogy’

Tags: We’re waiting for the next song. “Definitely third Mamma Mia!. Definitely no third child,” Seyfried answered, clarifying Colbert’s question, which was whether or not she’ll “take a chance on three.” Seyfried explained, “Listen. What we’re really dying to know about Seyfried’s career is whether or not she wants to make a third movie in the Mamma Mia! Related

Mamma Mia!

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Scott Rudin Will ‘Step Back’ From Broadway Amid Abusive-Behavior Allegations

Rudin gave his first public statement about the allegations on Saturday, telling the Washington Post, “’I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior caused to individuals, directly and indirectly,’” continuing, “After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately. My roles will be filled by others from the Broadway community and in a number of cases, from the roster of participants already in place on those shows.’” Rudin did not specify what he defines as “active participation,” or who in the Broadway community will fill these positions. Karen Olivo Leaves Moulin Rouge!, Citing Industry Silence on Scott Rudin

Tags: Rudin elaborated, “‘I do not want any controversy associated with me to interrupt Broadway’s well-deserved return, or specifically, the return of the 1,500 people working on these shows.’”

Sources

Washington Post

Related

Will Abusive Behavior Allegations Tank Scott Rudin’s Career? Scott Rudin
Photo: 2017 Getty Images

Following an April 7 story in The Hollywood Reporter in which multiple former employees of producer Scott Rudin accused him of “acts of intimidation” and “troubling interactions” in the workplace, Rudin has announced that he will be stepping back from an active role in his current Broadway ventures. Rudin’s three active productions prior to the Broadway shutdown were To Kill a Mockingbird, West Side Story, and The Book of Mormon.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Jeffree Star Hospitalized and in ‘Excruciating Pain’ After ‘Severe’ Car Crash

Thank you to every single person checking on us.”

Related

Terms of Service: Your Guide to the Lingo of TeaTube

The Receipt-Keeper of YouTube

Welcome to the Circus

Tags: My doctor said it will take a few months but I should make a full recovery.” The vlogger also posted a photo of himself in a neck brace with Lucas at his bedside. “This morning was one of the scariest moments of our entire lives,” he tweeted Friday evening. “My best friend Daniel has internal injures, and because he has survived colon cancer three times, he’s having complications with his organs and they’re monitoring him 24/7,” wrote Star in a follow-up tweet. A longtime YouTube star, makeup mogul, and seemingly the one famous person immune to cancellation (despite accusations of racist behavior and allegations of assault), Star purchased a home in Wyoming last year, a decision that at least in part fueled rumors that he was dating Kanye West following news of the musician’s divorce from Kim Kardashian. Photo: Getty Images

Following reports of his involvement in a car crash in Wyoming Friday morning, YouTube celebrity Jeffree Star took to Twitter to confirm that he is unfortunately in “excruciating pain,” having fractured vertebrae after his vehicle allegedly “flipped three times after hitting black ice” in a “severe car accident.” According to People, both Star and friend Daniel Lucas were hospitalized following the incident. “I’m so grateful to be here still. I’m in excruciating pain because part of my back is broken and I have vertebrae fractures on my spine. “We’ll know more soon. Star himself debunked the rumor, apparently fabricated from whole cloth by a TikToker, on his channel.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Budget Would Make Smaug Blush at About $465 Million

“What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in season one alone,” New Zealand’s Minister for Economic Development and Tourism Stuart Nash told Morning Report on Friday. Honestly, if this is the kind of money they’ve got floating around Middle Earth, just forge everyone their own rings and let these poor little Hobbits go home already. The rebate, valued at approximately $114 million, or $160 million New Zealand dollars, is around 25 percent, up from the usual rebate of 20 percent due to the size of the LOTR production. In fact, Lord of the Rings already has a second season in the works. Related

In Soviet Russia, This 1991 Lord of the Rings Adaptation Watches You

The Fantasy Shows Are at It Again

Ian McKellen Invites You to Read His Lord of the Rings Filming Journal

If One Rules, Two Must Be Even Better: Amazon Orders Lord of the Rings Season 2

Tags: In exchange for dropping all that cash, Amazon will be eligible for money back from New Zealand’s Screen Production Grant. New Zealand outlet Stuff first reported the government’s deal with Amazon, which also involves the company “partnering with local firms to invest in research and development” in the country, as well the show’s plan to potentially shoot five seasons and a spinoff series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streamer’s upcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy series will reportedly cost approximately $465 million dollars, or around $650 million in New Zealand dollars, for just the first season of the show. “This is fantastic, it really is … this will be the largest television series ever made.” The show, which features a massive cast including Robert Aramayo, Morfydd Clark, and tens of other performers and is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit, will supposedly premiere later this year. Photo: New Line Cinema

Sauron’s eye is about to pop out of his … well, not head, but he’s definitely wide-eyed and blinking at the truly fantastical cost of Amazon Prime’s Lord of the Rings television season.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Oscars to Bring You ‘Husavik’ in Húsavík, Best Song Noms in Pre-Show

Just kidding. Celeste and Daniel Pemberton, Diane Warren and Laura Pausini, H.E.R, and Leslie Odom Jr. Photo: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

Hope the seagulls have been working with their scream coach, because at least one of this year’s Best Original Song nominees will be needing them for back-up vocals, alongside the mountains and the whales. After Dark apparently “showcases Oscars winners as they have their statuettes personalized” and “recaps the evening’s must-see moments.” But … but that’s our job! And if that wasn’t enough pomp and circumstance for you, this year’s Oscars will also be followed by a special, titled Oscars: After Dark, hosted by Zola’s Colman Domingo and The Prom’s Andrew Rannells, who will provide some postgame analysis of the festivities. Related

The Oscars Will Have No Host and ‘Feel Like a Film,’ Whatever That Means

This Could Be a Groundbreaking Year for Grandmas at the Oscars

Why the Oscars Should Revert to Two Best Original Score Categories

This Is Going to Be the Most Ridiculous Best Original Song Year Ever

Tags: The Academy announced on Friday that all of this year’s nominated songs will be performed in their entirety during Oscars: Into the Spotlight, the special directly preceding the 93rd Academy Awards, with Molly Sandén singing “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga all the way from Húsavík, Iceland, itself. Come Oscar Sunday, that’s all of our jobs. PT, with the Oscars to follow at 8 p.m. will perform the other four nominated songs at Los Angeles’s Dolby Family Terrace of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, including “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7, “Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead, “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah, and “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…

Hosted by Hamilton’s Ariana DeBose and Bad Trip’s Lil Rel Howery, Oscars: Into the Spotlight will reportedly “highlight the nominees’ journey to Hollywood’s biggest night, give fans around the world the ultimate insiders’ sneak peek to the party, and, for the first time, bring Oscar music to the festivities.” The 90-minute special kicks off Sunday, April 25, at 6:30 ET/3:30 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, all on ABC.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Julia Young Was the Most Popular Girl at Sleepaway Camp

She also shared an absolutely nuclear take on the sexual prowess of young men from a certain city in Westchester County: “It’s, like, somewhere between first and second base to get fingered by someone from White Plains, right?”

You can find Julia Young on Twitter and Instagram at @okjulia. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vulture (@vulture)

Thanks to the coronavirus, comedians are now trapped at home like the rest of us, so we decided that, while we’re all self-isolating, we’d do something a little different from our usual “Follow Friday” column. So welcome to our new version of the column, now titled “Follow (From a Safe Distance) Friday.”

This week, I sat down with the radiant Julia Young (Desus & Mero, Wild ’n Out, sporting her incredibly fashionable leopard-print orthopedic slippers around town) for an e-chat about how she’s holding up during season two of the pandemic. Instead of interviewing up-and-coming comedians we love on Twitter, we’re going live on Instagram every week to check in with some of our favorite people in comedy to get a firsthand look at how they’re handling the pandemic. She looked back on the time she first realized she was funny, did a freestyle about the various beverages I had within arm’s reach for our interview (kombucha, tea, and Spindrift Pineapple, in case you were wondering), and discussed the complicated, nuanced dichotomy between being a huge nerd at school and the most popular girl at sleepaway camp. More From This Series

Niles Abston’s Flawless Beard Took Time and Patience

Basil and Ely Kreimendahl Offered Me Free Maple Syrup

If You Haven’t Heard, Julia Shiplett Was Bitten by a Dog

See All

Tags:

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

John Corbett Swears on Chanel That Aidan Is in HBO Max’s Sex and the City Reboot

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Every Outfit on Sex & the City (@everyoutfitonsatc)

Related

It Sure Sounds Like the Sex and the City Reboot Isn’t Killing Off Samantha

The Sex and the City Reboot Won’t Have Samantha But It Will Have COVID

A Complete Timeline of the Decades-long Sex and the City Feud

Wonder No More, Carrie: The Sex and the City Reboot Is Actually Happening

Tags: We basically just know Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones won’t be joining the classic foursome and the series takes place in New York, which, hello, we could have told you. On Thursday, John Corbett confirmed to Page Six that he will be returning as Carrie Bradshaw’s furniture-maker ex-fiance in HBO Max’s And Just Like That… Actually, it would be incongruous if Carrie didn’t make a huge relationship mistake in And Just Like That… If they try to bring back Berger, though, we’re back out. “I’m going to do the show,” the Rebel actor said, calling his return “very exciting,” though HBO declined to comment on the news. Given the reports suggesting Chris Noth won’t return for the reboot (news the actor himself later hinted on social media might not be entirely true), we obviously don’t know the status of Carrie and Big’s marriage. When asked how many episodes he will appear in, Corbett told Page Six, “I think I might be in quite a few,” adding “I like all those people; they’ve been very nice to me.” Quite a few! Corbett’s interview deals in facts or fiction but the response is amazing to read…x” What is the truth, Sarah?! Photo: HBO

A wise man once said flaws are the best part, but HBO Max is clearly shooting for a perfect reboot of Sex and the City, and we have to admit, bringing Aidan Shaw back feels like a pretty impeccable move. However, if anyone is willing to try and get water out of the same well thrice, it’s Carrie and Aidan. Keep in mind, we don’t know a ton of official information about the plot of the reboot. Update, Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m.: Sarah Jessica Parker has weighed in (sort of) on Corbett’s involvement in the reboot, commenting on an “Every Outfit on Sex and the City” Instagram post, “I’m not saying one way or another whether our beloved Mr.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Ryan Coogler Says Black Panther 2 Production Will Stay in Georgia

Instead, Coogler writes, “What I will be doing is using my voice to emphasize the effects of SB202, its shameful roots in Jim Crow, and doing all I can to support organizations fighting voter suppression here in the state.” He then outlines the ramifications of SB202, including new ID requirements and restrictions on polling locations. Ryan Coogler. Coogler ends by voicing his support for H.R. The Black Panther director goes on to explain that, after speaking with voting-rights activists in Georgia, he came to understand that “many of the people employed by my film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202,” and because of this, he won’t be participating in a boycott of the state. I do believe it is absolutely necessary for corporations to show their goodwill. They have to publicly denounce these bills, they have to support and invest in voting rights expansion, and they need to support the federal voting rights standards.”

Related

Will Smith Movie Emancipation Will Not Shoot in Georgia Over Voting Restrictions

Tags: Photo: Alberto E. 1, the For the People Act, and calls for donations to voting-rights organization Fair Fight Action. “As an African-American, and as a citizen, I oppose all attempts, explicit and otherwise, to shrink the electorate and reduce access to the ballot,” Coogler wrote. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Ryan Coogler has spoken out against Senate Bill 202, the widely condemned new Georgia voting legislation, in a guest column for Deadline, though production on the Black Panther sequel will remain in the state. Coogler’s column follows the news that the upcoming Will Smith–led Apple TV+ movie Emancipation will not shoot in Georgia because of SB202, with Smith and director Antoine Fuqua saying in a joint statement, “We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access.” The controversy has also led to the MLB moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta. Voting-rights activist and Georgia politician Stacey Abrams, however, told the Associated Press last week, “I do not believe that a boycott at this moment is beneficial to the victims of these bills.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Tags:

Younger’s Molly Bernard Had a ‘Noble Duty’ to Fill Diana’s Shoes This Season

I was like, This is insane! Photo: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Oh hello, Baby Diva. We’ll have to see what happens. Lauren’s story is one of independence, whereas Kelsey and Liza’s depends on Empirical. Her passion for work translates. Start-ups become corporations every other day. It was presented as the least interesting part about her. If they’re involved, anything can happen. What was your initial reaction?I was so sad that Miriam couldn’t be with us due to COVID this season. Then she loses her job, but from the crisis creates her own firm. She’s a radical at heart who can’t be tamed. She would always joke that she would do neck training before shooting a season, and I soon realized that wasn’t actually a joke. [Laughs] There were a few moments this season where I did my best Miriam incantation: And now I’m Miriam as Diana, and nothing can stop me. Sometimes, let’s be real, I’m not sure she often knows what she’s doing in the office. But why bother dwelling on the past? It’s time to ham it up. I wanted to convey to the audience and to my performance that Lauren worships Diana, is taking her temporary position very seriously, and … well, I think there’s room for Lauren to turn into Diana and not know that she’s doing it. We had a rehearsal for it about a week before we filmed the scene, and the story of that is I’d been on the couch for seven months in sweatpants and then found myself 35 feet in the air in a harness. And she was like, Molly, I’ve gotta tell you, the best part about filming Hocus Pocus was the flying scenes. I’ll truly never forget that. This is probably the most meaningful story I have, even if it’s not fan mail: I’m a pretty shy and anxious person, so I’m always surprised when people fan-girl over me. (Miriam Shor, who portrays Diana Trout, will barely appear throughout the 12 episodes due to “scheduling and COVID related matters.” Take a freshwater moment of silence with us, please.) Seeing Lauren ascend and embrace the corporate ladder with her signature panache is an amusing shift for her character, who, if you recall, was last seen with her vagina stuck to an ice sculpture while coordinating Diana’s wedding. It’s so sweet that her Diana worship goes to an all-out next level. I hope a spinoff happens and think that would be so fun. With Younger premiering the first four episodes of its final season this week, we get to see a new Empirical empress strutting around the hallways with a penchant for statement brooches and power suits: It’s none other than Lauren (Molly Bernard), head of publicity, who’s serving lewks as this season’s de facto Diana. Because you looked fierce.The raw truth is that I’m terrified of heights. I was like, What! I tend to forget that I’m on television sometimes. But by the last scene, I just went for it. But with that, and this is reflected in a lot of the messages I receive, I feel so blessed that I was able to play a small part in representing the queer community over the past seven years. I gotta say, I didn’t do any neck training myself, and I regretted it. I love that Lauren started her own firm. I did an episode of Lip Sync Battle a couple years ago with Nico [Tortorella] and there was a fan in the audience who, during one of our commercial breaks, I happened to see her and lock eyes with her friends. Do you have a dream spinoff scenario?Move to Los Angeles and paint the town red! I feel lucky that I got to do that and Younger was ahead of the game with that type of representation. I loved the little wink of a line Lauren has about the situation: “I may be Diana’s stand-in, but I’m not her clone.” How did you want to create that happy medium?I took it very seriously. There’s so much focus on people’s sexuality. It seems like you would be the natural person to join her.I really don’t know. How would you describe her growth over the past seven seasons? Or as she puts it, “the symbol of the power that Diana has invested in me.”

Ahead of Younger’s premiere, Vulture chatted with Bernard (whose new film, Milkwater, is out May 21) about the best advice she received about emulating Diana, what her ideal spinoff would look like, and what’s it’s like to perform a quickie striptease 35 feet in the air. Fear aside. It was crazy for me to see someone emotional about meeting me. Filming all of those pitch meetings, between takes I’d be like, “Why is Lauren in this meeting?”

How difficult was it to perform your aerial striptease in the premiere? I’ve been so pleased that Younger has done a great job at normalizing Lauren’s queerness and the fact that she’s pansexual. She’s always been a little corporate because, early in the show, she worked for our fictional version of Viktor & Rolf. I’m curious if you’ve heard any updates about the potential Younger spinoff with Hilary Duff? One day I texted her and was like, Miriam, I’m on set and trying to nail this particular moment. The implication is: You’ve taken this way too far, girlie. They hurt my neck so bad. I love how the writers created for Lauren this sense of noble duty and making sure that she’s taking good care of Diana’s office. Leaving them alone in that regard is very empowering. It’s sweet but also very funny. There’s endless possibilities with Lauren and Kelsey. [Laughs] I’m going to hold an iPad and be professional. How would Diana say, “This is terrible coffee”? That’s just what you gotta do. I’m your mini-me now. A few years ago, you spoke with us and said that you previously sent Sutton Foster fan mail as a kid, way before becoming part of the Younger family. That’s not a dig. What if Diana wasn’t kidding and it really is terrible! Eye acting is so underrated.Miriam is always doing subtle eye acting, and I do not do subtle eye acting. When we finally filmed it, I admitted to Kathy [Najimy] that I was so afraid to do it. I genuinely think she’s gone corporate in the most Lauren way possible. It was a privilege to emulate. It’s funny sometimes, though. Don’t even get me started. I have fans?! Do you think she’s actually good at her job?I do think she does a great job, I swear. To come somewhat full circle, what’s the best piece of fan mail you’ve received as part of the show?I always try to respond to fan messages even if the DMs get a little too hard to manage at times. I was blessed with Miriam’s friendship and her guidance and her humor. This new career of conference calls and 401ks seems to be treating Lauren pretty damn well, especially if it’s funding all of her new neckwear. Did all of those chunky necklaces give you any neck pain?Oh my goodness, yes. Diana stuff aside, it was fun to see the return of Lauren throwing herself extravagant birthday parties and celebrating her fabulous self. It’s so crazy, right? There was one necklace I wore that, when I took it off, I was like, How the hell does Miriam do this? She was like, You’re my idol, you’re so incredible, I can’t believe you’re talking to me right now. That’s a successful way of portraying a queer person — just leaving their queerness alone and letting them thrive as people. You’re going to love it, and you’re not going to want to get down at the end of the day. We had this sweet little back-and-forth. Part of her journey in going corporate is that’s what millennials are doing now. Let’s fucking go. [Laughs] Full Baby Diva. We did three or four takes of me flying, and I was so afraid. I think my favorite Lauren moment this season is when she signs her office selfie “Baby Diva.”A glamorous selfie of Lauren outside of Diana’s office! Did Miriam impart any wisdom to you about the art and essence of embodying her character?We texted a few times throughout the season. This girl couldn’t speak and was weeping. It’s so good. I have to admit I was surprised that she went corporate.I think it’s been a really fascinating journey for her. How about that move to Berlin and go to Berghain every month? One of my favorite little moments this season is when Liza approaches Lauren in the office getting a coffee, and Liza sees that she’s wearing a giant necklace and just goes, No no no no no no no. Related

The 15 Best Episodes of Younger

Younger Goes Full Rom-Com in Its Farewell Season

Diana Trout’s 6 Greatest Necklaces, As Chosen by Younger’s Costume Designer

Tags: Technically, she still has it, but she’s more in the office at this point. They gestured me over. You’re playing Lauren, honey; she wouldn’t be afraid of this, and she’d be eating up every second. She was their hot young publicist, and she marched to the beat of her own drum. I had to get over the emotional loss, and then I had to go on another emotional journey, which was entering the Empirical office wearing fabulous suits. There was another necklace that when I took it off in Hilary [Duff]’s dressing room I was like, This fucking thing is so heavy I’m going to die. It’s a show about ageism, so one thing that impacted Lauren a few seasons ago was when she realizes that she’s “old.” She’s at a party, and this other character says something to her along the lines of “Oh, you’re such a millennial — we don’t take selfies,” and Lauren realizes that there’s a younger and cooler generation behind her and she doesn’t totally speak their language. And she responded, It’s the eyes, honey! [Laughs] It’s a soft, seductive, bossy eye for her. So Younger finally begins filming after pandemic delays, and you not only find out that Miriam is gone this season, but you’ll essentially be emulating her character. And was she correct?Kind of.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Tooning Out the News Won Late Night This Week

I think she’s technically the host now, so congrats to Eliana Kwartler. And Andy Cohen let Kenan Thompson steer WWHL, where Thompson made sure Nicole Byer talked about her crazy wallpaper. James Corden Reenacts The Crown 

In another extremely loosey-goosey monologue on April 13 from The Late Late Show, James Corden cast his whole crew as members of the royal family. Whether it’s the remove of animation or the freedom that primarily living on streaming provides, Tooning Out the News says the harshest truth in the bluntest way every week. During one of John Oliver’s regular appearances on Late Night With Seth Meyers on April 12, the two hosts joked about how Broadway Video head Lorne Michaels 100 percent doesn’t watch the show. The segment made many of the same points every late-night show made this week: The percentage of J&J patients with blood clots is way less than for hormonal birth control, not getting a vaccine is still more dangerous, etc. 2. You cannot make those jokes about Carl’s Jr., they’ve just made a big integration with the show.” Noted anti-capitalist Reggie Watts was cackling as Corden said (as Princess Crabbe), “I know you think you’re making a show, you’re not. In another writer spotlight moment this week, Conan writer Skyler Higley pitched himself on April 12 as the new Duke of Hastings on Bridgerton. Why? Just a nice little moment of actually calling America a “militarized racist police state.” That’s something that maybe only cartoon hosts can get away with. 5. 4. He brought a slide whistle, which are always funny. Like a word that starts with a K, slide whistles add comedy wherever they are found. Photo: YouTube

Blame it on all the hosts getting vaxxed, or possibly Aries season, but everybody was dropping some harsh truths on late night this week. “Do you wanna know how Hollywood has ruined me, and my everyday life experience?” asked Desus. More From This Series

David Alan Grier’s Left Nut Won Late Night This Week

James Corden’s Insincere Charity Work Won Late Night This Week

Karen Chee’s Grandfather Won Late Night This Week

See All

Tags: “I’m watching these people cheat and I was like, Wow, that’s convenient none of them are wearing any clothing that has logos that can’t be shown on camera.” Desus, are you telling us that Cheaters may have some elements of pre-planning? 1. Showtime may be able to do more segments and pull bigger guests than Vice ever did, but the Bodega Boys can still make comedy out of nothing. This time, it was a clip of Cheaters, where host Peter Gunz got attacked by a fella that (in Desus and Mero’s words) looks like Inspector Gadget. Slide Whistle! Tooning Out the News Calls It Like It Sees It

This was a tiny moment in a tiny clip of Tooning Out the News, but I can’t stop thinking about it. And despite having no British accent or previous TV credits, he’s got my vote. Let’s see who said it loudest. It was such a power move, and Colbert did not go off script to address it. Tooning Out the News. I guess he positioned himself as Prince Charles, because he then went into an extended bit with executive producer Rob Crabbe as Diana, begging James/Charles to be nicer to sponsors: “James, no. But what really made this segment stand out was that Kwartler called Stephen Colbert “Steve” over and over and over. If Cheaters is fake, then what even is real? There was a real spirit of saying the quiet part loud this week on late night. Desus & Mero Deconstruct Cheaters

On April 11, Desus and Mero went back to their roots and just went off on a viral-video clip. Higley said he would go on Bridgerton to “make everyone horny with humor,” and a slide whistle — when well slid — can do just that. Steve Colbert Gets Power Played

On April 14, Late Show writer Eliana Kwartler did a talking-head segment on the show to discuss the Johnson & Johnson side effects. Stephen Colbert copped to having never said Trump’s name on the show now that he’s out of office, even making a game out of it. 3. You’re just selling junk food.” What will we do when shows get audiences again, and hosts are no longer doing bits just for their bandleaders?

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

That Falcon and The Winter Soldier Reveal Is More Than Just a Fun Cameo

172 and 173. Of course, superhero comics being what they are, a run-of-the-mill secret spy is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s nothing to prevent Marvel from choosing to present those earlier Skrulls as a mere subset of the overall Skrull population; while we know that the Kree were hunting them to extermination in Captain Marvel, we don’t know the broader context of the MCU’s version of the Kree-Skrull war. While the switch-up may have spoiled what is likely meant to be a surprise reveal in the film, it’s a good bet that we’ll see some of her more classic double-agent iteration there as well. Secret Invasion will itself be adapted into a Disney+ series in December of this year. 168, the series in which she first appeared
Photo: Marvel

Despite being the second holder of the title, however, Contessa de Fontaine has actually been around longer than Viper, having first appeared in Strange Tales No. Rights issues at the time meant they couldn’t call her “Madame Hydra,” but the story as a whole is loosely adapted from the 1982 Wolverine miniseries, which was later followed up by Uncanny X-Men Nos. It was the kind of dramatic trick that comics are known for; here was a character that had been around for 42 years at that point suddenly revealed to have been a villain the entire time! In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, though, the years of deception have been sidestepped; the character is immediately introduced as a villain, stepping in to support John Walker, the new Captain America, after his very public execution of a Flag-Smasher. She spent much of her history romantically entangled with Nick Fury as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and was generally written as a heroine and love interest until Secret Warriors revealed that she’d been a Russian double agent the entire time! Photo: Marvel

I mentioned when I wrote about Vision that part of the fun and fascination of these adaptations is the ways in which comic elements are remixed and reused, and that’s especially true here — unlike their comic-book counterparts, the Skrulls of the MCU aren’t a species of conquerors but refugees fleeing the Kree Empire, as depicted in 2019’s Captain Marvel and alluded to in one of the final scenes of WandaVision. Contessa de Fontaine on the cover of Strange Tales No. Reports are that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was originally set to debut the role in the Black Widow movie, but since that was delayed, the Contessa’s first onscreen appearance is here in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. 159 in August 1967. Either of these scenarios is certainly possible, and if the latter’s the case, then it would make quite a lot of sense to plant some seeds ahead of time in the guise of the Contessa, and having direct access to the new Captain America would definitely be a valuable resource for an infiltrating army of aliens. That alone changes a large portion of the context of Secret Invasion, and it makes the upcoming adaptation a big mystery. 3. 110 to 2009’s Secret Warriors No. The Skrull impostor of Contessa de Fontaine just prior to her reveal, from 2007’s The Mighty Avengers. The mantle of Madame Hydra has belonged to a few women over the course of Marvel Comics’ publication; the first and longest reigning is a character named Ophelia Sarkissian, also known as Viper, who held the title from her appearance in 1969’s Captain America No. It remains to be seen what sort of place John Walker is in as a character by the end of Falcon, but if he’s still around, things in the MCU could get very complicated by December. Debuting the character of the Contessa at this stage, so close to that show, seems significant, but is the expectation that she’ll play the same role? It’s hard to say. The other big fact of Contessa de Fontaine’s history is that during the 2000s, prior to her villainous reveal, the Contessa was impersonated by Skrulls as part of a long-term plan to invade Earth. We’ve seen an incarnation of that character on film before, in the 2013 film The Wolverine. Tags: You can call her Val, but don’t call her Val, just keep it in your head. In fact, the Contessa impostor was one of the early reveals during the Secret Invasion event, the first Skrull Nick Fury found out about, and the one that tipped him off to the invasion itself. Photo: Disney+

The reveal of Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine was a satisfying, intriguing twist in this week’s episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, not just because of the decision to cast the great Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a long-standing Hydra-related character, but also because of which version of that character the show decided to use. Are the Kree purely the aggressors, or is it a case of two species with a penchant for colonization duking it out for dominance?

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Big Shot Shoots and Mostly Scores

You’re just a bully.” Le, who played Dayniece in season one of Insecure, gives a really grounded, authentic performance in the series. Photo: Courtesy of Disney+

Marvyn Korn is a man with few options. “They were wrong. In addition to high-profile documentaries such as The Last Dance, Tiger, Cheer, and Last Chance U, scripted shows about competitive sports have been having a moment too, thanks to The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, also on Disney+; the hockey-centric Beartown, on HBO Max; the cheerleading thriller Dare Me, sadly cancelled after one season; All-American, a CW show that many discovered on Netflix during the pandemic; and, of course, Ted Lasso, the buzzy, award-winning Apple TV+ series about an incurable American optimist coaching British soccer. One of the show’s great assets is its cast of young women, who look like actual teenagers who might show up on an actual high-school basketball court. The show is less concerned with the big games than it is the work that gets put in privately, both on and off the court, when no one’s watching and there’s all the time in the world on the clock. Actually, no, his agent says. Girls’ high-school basketball. It’s not exactly an ideal time for a show about an angry white man who believes he’s owed redemption, but John Stamos effectively taps into Coach Korn’s vulnerabilities in Big Shot. Korn slowly begins to develop more of a bond with another player, Destiny (Tiana Le), though things start on a rocky note there as well. Tags: Kelley, Dean Lorey, and Brad Garrett, Big Shot takes its time with everyday moments, from the frustrating drills Marvyn runs during two-a-day practices to the battles with teachers who expect players to make schoolwork a top priority at all times. This is insult on top of multiple injuries, in Marvyn’s mind. Will he be forced to coach for a Division II or Division III college team? But as an engaging family drama, and one that illustrates the obstacles girls face when they try to achieve in sports, Big Shot is mostly a winner. Korn can be a bit of a bully. Big Shot stands out in this field for a significant reason: Its competitors are exclusively young women. Big Shot surrounds Marvyn with women beyond his players who hold him to higher standards, including Principal Sherilyn Thomas (an enjoyably impatient Yvette Nicole Brown), his assistant coach Holly (Jessalyn Gilsig), and his daughter, Emma (Sophia Mitri Schloss), who comes to live with Marvyn in episode three after her mother, Marvyn’s ex-wife, gets a work opportunity overseas. Yes, the premise of Big Shot is familiar, but it’s more satisfying and dramatically fulfilling than you might expect. While television has given us a few series about female sports — the aforementioned Dare Me was one, and 2016’s Pitch, about the first woman to play Major League Baseball, another — it’s still a rarity. Considering all the conversations recently generated during the NCAA tournament about the lack of respect shown for women’s basketball, Big Shots is both overdue and arriving at just the right time. And, as should perhaps be expected of a Disney series, some moments can get a tad hokey. The only job he could find for Coach Chair Chucker is as the leader of a basketball team at the Westbrook School for Girls in La Jolla, Calif. Stamos leans into all those qualities while punching just enough holes in Korn’s hard shell to allow his compassion to peek out. But of course, once Marvyn, played by John Stamos, gets to know the members of the Westbrook Sirens, he realizes, as anyone who has ever watched a sports movie or TV show could guess, that he has as much to learn from them as they do from him. One wishes that Holly, for example, were more of a fleshed-out character; in the initial episodes, at least, her personality is basically “reacting to what Marvyn says and does.” The actual basketball scenes themselves don’t always have the urgency one would hope for in a show like this. “They all said that you were a psycho,” she tells him. Having been fired as head coach of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team — he threw a chair during a game that hit a referee — he meets with his agent (Adam Arkin) in the opening moments of the new Disney+ series Big Shot to find out what his next gig might be. Co-created by David E. He’s aggressive, blunt, arrogant, and rubs almost everyone the wrong way out of the gate. Big Shot is one of many sports shows that have garnered attention during the past year. At the first practice, the coach points to Destiny and tells her she needs to lose five pounds. Destiny is right. This is not exactly an ideal time to build a show around an angry white man who believes he’s owed redemption, but Stamos finds a way to effectively bring out the character’s vulnerabilities so that we can at least empathize with him, even when he makes choices that are not ideal. Louise Gruzinsky (Nell Verlaque) stands out, not only for being the best player on the team but also for immediately clashing with Coach Korn, in part because she is under so much pressure to succeed from her father, whose deep pockets helped bring Korn onboard. (Critics were given three of the ten episodes for review.)

The show certainly has some flaws. High-school basketball. When she confronts him later, she’s in tears but shows no weakness. He’s basically the anti–Ted Lasso.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Mythic Quest: Everlight Recap: Believe in the Light

Email

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google
Privacy Policy and
Terms of Service apply. (I have been rewatching Community.)

• References Poppy doesn’t get in this special: Rudy, Brené Brown, and Kerri Strug, though at least Poppy wasn’t alone in not being familiar with Brown’s work. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! “You did it,” Poppy says, looking at Ian with admiration as the dust settles. Tags: To break the curse, the king held a tournament to find out which warrior was most qualified to wield the Blade of Light. I thought this was a fantasy thing.”

• Carol from HR takes a break from strict professionalism to chug sangria as the “Mistress of the Marsh.”

• Did anybody else think of the climactic LARP battle in Role Models while watching this? Murray Abraham as C.W. • “Die, lesbian!” Jo shrieks as she prepares to eliminate Dana. But just when victory seems most assured, Brad hits Dana with a blunted arrow from across the room. Longbottom, who video-calls in to serve as master of ceremonies. Playing “the Executioner,” Jo quickly emerges as the “maniac” everyone expected her to be: She swings her hefty battle-ax and mace into her opponents with the relish of a real bloodthirst. Rachel also disapproves of Jo’s misogynistic “Die, bitch!” revision, so Jo settles on just “Die!”

• “I can’t believe Brad won!” “I can. Mythic Quest
Everlight

Season 1

Episode 11

Editor’s Rating

4 stars

****

Photo: Apple TV+

If last May’s Mythic Quest special dramatized the ways the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our workplaces and lives, the new special, Everlight, depicts our slow return to normalcy. David will be sending links. This year, unfortunately, his pick for underdog winner is Dana — a problem, considering she’s playing a cleric. • Seeing Danny Pudi as Brad, I can’t help but wonder how Abed Nadir would react to all this. She plays too rough, even with David, who furiously quits after receiving more friendly fire. “Seriously, guys, like this whole year has been pretty much shit.”

The centerpiece of the episode is a tournament modeled on the one from the game. Ian keeps forgetting he’s not the only authority figure in the room, saying “I” instead of “we” in his speeches to the office. The special begins with an animated sequence showing us the in-game basis for the holiday: From soothing narration by Anthony Hopkins(!), we learn that a prosperous kingdom was once infiltrated by a mysterious, soul-sucking darkness. “His ego is a lot stronger than his immune system,” Poppy explains. Because this entire year has been one giant dumpster fire.” “The shittest year of shittest years!” Preach, Poppy. In the end, only one puny young man had the spark of hope needed to pull the sword from its tree and dispel the darkness. • Brad dissing David’s “Ulbrecht the Pure” costume: “So you’re a virgin. Both invest their inherently artificial battles with real stakes, and both play with the comedy of how seriously the participants take the game. Throughout the episode, they have been figuring out what exactly “co–creative directors” looks like. Instead, we get to see our beloved characters experience the catharsis many of us are gradually beginning to feel as our own friends and loved ones get vaccinated: the simple joy of being in the same room as the people we love. Jo’s reign of terror comes to an end, and Dana uses a hidden-dagger trick on Brad to become the likely winner. This return to normal is marked with Everlight, a fictional New Year’s–esque holiday that takes place in the game and is celebrated with costumes and copious drinking in the recently reopened studio office. “For too long have we been languishing in the dark,” Ian announces to the office, which is decked out with trees, twinkling lights, and a pervasive blue fog that calls to mind the twilights in many a fantasy movie. Luckily, Ian and Poppy manage to convince Brad to take David’s place — on the condition that, if he wins, this dorky holiday tradition will be no more — and their original gambit seems to work as intended. Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. The only way to fight back, of course, is with teamwork: Poppy distracts Brad with a “fireball” (the orange tennis ball we saw her throwing at Ian earlier), and Ian brandishes the Blade of Light, defeating Brad once and for all. Even Poppy struggles with it: “Wow, it is really easy to do that. “We did it,” he movingly corrects her. There’s little of the former’s focus on the mental toll of isolation. “Yeah, we’re dipping into some hate-crime territory over there,” Brad adds. “And so the darkness was lifted,” says Hopkins’s narration as the episode comes to a close with Brad walking off while everyone else celebrates. God, I miss people. (That’s how David managed to win last year.) It’s a way to inspire the crew, to show that even weaklings can save the day. A new day dawns, indeed. “I guess sometimes evil wins,” Brad says with a chuckle. He explains to Poppy that, every year, he chooses who will win based on who would make the best underdog, then he makes sure it happens. The montage mostly sets aside jokes for the time being in favor of luxuriating in the joy of friendship and partying. It just feels better to say ‘I.’”

Remembering how powerful they can be when they work together, Ian and Poppy decide the only way to defeat Brad is to step into the game themselves. As in season one and the first special, Ian and Poppy’s partnership is the heart of the show. In a dim forest lit only by eerie moonlight and torches, Brad turns into some sort of horned black demon. I think he would be pleased by Ian’s idea to reverse-engineer a battle based on which winner would make for the best narrative. • The majority of the early battles take place during a lovely montage set to “We Drink Light,” by Packwood, which plays again over the ending credits. Needless to say, there are parallels to real life. Dana pairs with her fellow tester and love interest Rachel, while Jo gets saddled with David. • This episode is low on F. Sitting on a throne and presiding over the festivities with Ian like a royal, Poppy comes up with a solution: The battles will be fought in teams of two. But Ian for once doesn’t assign himself the hero’s role. “The king and queen rejoiced and made merry, for though they knew that the darkness will always return, on this day, this very special day, there was light.” It’s the perfect ending to a feel-good episode that makes you long for a day, hopefully not too long from now, when we can all be together indoors — grieving our losses from a year of darkness but embracing the light and celebrating the lives we still have. Jo’s reluctant then cheerful reaction to “dying” especially reminded me of the good-natured way the Role Models LARPers accept loss. “Jesus, Jo,” Rachel says, pausing her fight with Brad. Brad fires his first arrow, and it transforms before our eyes into a real arrow, shifting the scene from a cheap LARP skirmish into what looks like a real scene from the third act of a fantasy movie. Half-Eaten Food in the Trash

• The opening sequence reminded me a bit of the “Tale of the Three Brothers” animation from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Helen Marden’s Bitter, Lucky Light

“I felt lucky,” she says, “but extremely sad.” Despite her privilege, it’s not as though she wasn’t in the viral crosshairs: She’s almost 80, and her husband of over 50 years, Brice Marden, has been stalked by cancer. Helen tells me that when their friend Jann Wenner heard that, he introduced them to his money manager to try to turn things around. This show is her second with Gagosian, which her husband joined in 2016 after many years with Matthew Marks. She vividly — lividly — recalls reading Michael Kimmelman’s dismissive take on her in the Times when both she and her husband were in the 1995 Whitney Biennial, curated by Klaus Kertess; in her memory, it was “Helen is no Brice Marden.” (In fact, Kimmelman wrote, “As for including Ms. They spent most of the pandemic there with their daughters and grandchildren nearby. Of Helen’s current work, Gagosian’s release explains that “using resin to bind neon-bright acrylics and raw powdered pigments with natural substances and found objects, she invests the aesthetics and techniques of expressive abstraction with renewed variety and purpose.” Which is to say, the paintings aren’t trying to be aloof or obscure their particular femininity (even the shells: See Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus). In 1971, they visited Hydra and soon started summering there. Demands it. The intense Mediterranean light seemed to invigorate Brice’s painting, and before long, his career took off. Helen is careful with him, and, to hear her tell it, he with her. (She tells me she is careful to write only positive things on Instagram — she has learned where her sharp tongue can get her.) During the pandemic, the Mardens spent a month on Nevis and rented a house in Provincetown (where most of the shells on Helen’s paintings came from; the least tropical of her works in the show was explicitly, she tells me, inspired by their front-porch tidal view). She has been occupied as much as anything by running Golden Rock, the boutique resort the couple owns on Nevis (Brice has a studio there, too). For college, she got as far as Penn State, where she studied art; afterward, she went off to Europe and, because she had been reading Paul Bowles, Morocco. “I didn’t have enough confidence, I guess.” They had two children, and she continued to travel. She grew up Helen Harrington in Pennsylvania but knew from age 12 that her destiny lay elsewhere. “I was really lucky.” It’s a word she uses often. Then, in the early-1980s, with the encouragement of artist friends like Elizabeth Murray and Kiki Smith, she picked up the brushes again. “Larry looked at my painting and decided to.” She pauses, considering. “We knew one another from when Brice was working for [Robert] Rauschenberg.”

Yes, she has somehow been friends with everybody. Photo: Artwork © Helen Marden. “Cy and I were friends,” she says. Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

There is a hard-candy determination in the work and, one suspects, in her. They married the next year. I was in my studio with this amazing light thinking about all the horror.”

This particular studio was once Brice’s — he has more than one — but it’s not so easy for him to get around these days, so she commandeered it, although she’s careful to call it “their studio” and not hers. Marden, a friend of Mr. At Max’s, “I met all these people,” she says. A number of her friends died of COVID, including one of her closest, the architect Edward Tuttle, whom she remembers meeting on the Greek island of Hydra back in the 1970s as if it were yesterday. It seems very much like a very good life, cozy and affectionate, with attractive food, interesting old furniture, and quirky headgear. Helen Marden spent the pandemic year painting and with family, her life slowed down but not in every way a bad way. “He had an Enter the Dragon T-shirt on and, I think, pearls,” she says. There was a reason for her hesitancy: Being Brice’s wife didn’t exactly make things easy. She made the paintings in this show upstate. They flock to the Mardens’ many homes: the eclectic Greenwich Village townhouse, the place on Nevis in the Caribbean, the one in Marrakech, the mini family compound upstate in Tivoli, the place they’ve had for decades on Hydra. Helen realized their connection was something almost mystical when she returned from a trip to the Cornish coast in 1967 to find he had painted a diptych called For Helen based on her dimensions (5 ¾ feet by 17 ¾ inches) that was the same warm pinkish-gray color as the mudflats she had described over the phone to him. Helen was always formidable. Helen is a fierce and imperious globe-trotting grande dame who has known several generations of pretty much all the accomplished and interesting people worth knowing. “I just felt I couldn’t do it,” she says. Photo: Robert McKeever. In fact, Helen didn’t paint at all for many years, although painting was all she had ever wanted to do. In January, Helen posted a Camus quote on her IG: “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” She could have used it as an epigraph for this show. The Marden family business is the haute-bohemian hustle, and while Brice is the canonical artist, Helen is the captain of the ship. One of said people was a dashing young abstract painter named Brice Marden (who had previously been married to Joan Baez’s sister Pauline). Helen, though, withdrew from painting. Tags: Back in New York in 1966, she got a job as a waitress at Max’s Kansas City, the now legendary high-wire hangout of artists, writers, and musicians, where, she tells me, she once decked a pushy customer. He rarely gives her negative feedback on her work, for example. We’re sitting together, masked up and vaxxed up, at Gagosian’s first-floor gallery on Madison (the floors polished black, her hair Warhol white), surrounded by the lacquered tropicality of her paintings, eddies of plume-y pink, yellow, blue, and gleaming white, many shining with seashells, for an exhibition she has called “Bitter Light a Year.”

Helen Marden and Brice Marden. But most of the past year was spent in Tivoli, where they also own an inn, which, like Golden Rock, is more passion project than moneymaker. Photo: © Helen Marden. “I guess that sounds not very good for women …” At the first show, Zac Posen bought one, and so did her friend Anne Bass — at least that’s her memory — but the buyer who made her happiest was Nicola Del Roscio, the late Cy Twombly’s partner of many years. Golden Rock is also the name of her active, affectionate Instagram account, where you can get updates on the entire extended clan, the family’s pet pigs, and various picturesque locales. It has been a difficult road for her to return to painting, after all, in his considerable shadow. “Larry [Gagosian] came up to see Brice’s paintings, and Brice said, ‘Larry, she’s been painting, and you should give her a show,’” she says. Kertess, her vigorous but clumsy abstractions don’t do her or him any favors — forget that her husband, Brice Marden, is one of the show’s pillars.”) In 2006, Brice had a retrospective at MoMA, and his paintings have become ever more celebrated and valuable (although, as Helen points out, sky-high auction prices enrich only the owners of the paintings, not the man who made them). Meanwhile, Helen continued to make work but until recently hadn’t shown it much. Courtesy Gagosian. Although, she insists to me, she’s mellowing, getting nicer. Photo: Robert McKeever. Or, as she tells me, “I want these paintings to project joy.”

“Bitter Light a Year” is on view from April 6 to May 8 at Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue. Courtesy Gagosian. The city is threatening to supplant gentrified Berlin as the art-expat global catchment; in September, her father had a show at Gagosian’s gallery there). “It was a strange sensation for me there. Actually, the two, since they gave the one at the top of the hill (at some point, it was just too many stairs) to their daughters: Melia, the chef, known for the Smile, and Mirabelle, who co-owned for a time the gallery Rivington Arms, where both Dan Colen and the late Dash Snow showed (and whose Instagram currently wonders, Should I move to Athens? She stands up for herself — she came of age in a more blithely, brutally sexist era and taught herself, she tells me, never to be a victim — and gets what she wants. “He was like 27, and I knew I was going to love him” — Helen is confident in her first impressions, as she seems at first to be in most things. “The light is beautiful in my studio,” she says.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Helen McCrory, Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter Actor, Has Died at 52

Tributes to McCrory poured in on social media following the announcement of her death. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”

pic.twitter.com/gSx8ib9PY9— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) April 16, 2021

In addition to her roles on Peaky Blinders and in the Harry Potter films, McCrory also played Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie Blair, in both The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2010). She is survived by Lewis and their two children, Manon and Gulliver. “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family,” Lewis wrote. pic.twitter.com/wXexuxFNyG— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) April 16, 2021

McCrory married Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers) in 2007. She also had a prolific stage career, appearing in over 25 productions since 1990, including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Medea, for which she won a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award in 2015. Related

Helen McCrory’s 10 Favorite Books

Tags: Fearlessly. The official Harry Potter franchise account, Wizarding World, wrote, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy with such depth and brilliance in the Harry Potter film series. She was a wonderful actor and a very dear friend; Harry Potter fans will miss her very much. “She died as she lived. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She was a wonderful actor and a very dear friend; Harry Potter fans will miss her very much.”

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy with such depth and brilliance in the Harry Potter film series. Photo: Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images for BFC

British actor Helen McCrory, best known for playing Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise, has died from cancer at the age of 52, her husband, Damian Lewis, announced on Friday.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Simon & Schuster Won’t Distribute Book by Cop Involved in Breonna Taylor Killing

This is not the first time Simon & Schuster has decided to pull a book. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

After a social-media outcry, Simon & Schuster announced on April 15 that it will no longer distribute a book by Jonathan Mattingly, a cop involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor. No word yet on that two-book deal it has with Vice President Mike Pence. Many authors and readers felt that this sentiment was inconsistent with the decision to distribute a title by someone who reportedly wrote in an email that he and other officers “did the legal, moral, and ethical thing” on the night Taylor died. Mattingly, who retained his job and was not charged for his role in the fatal raid, has sued Taylor’s boyfriend for allegedly shooting him in the leg and causing him “mental anguish.”

The publishing giant did not comment on whether it would cut ties with Post Hill Press, whose past authors include far-right activist Laura Loomer and scandal-saddled Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz. “Like much of the American public, earlier today Simon & Schuster learned of plans by distribution client Post Hill Press to publish a book by Jonathan Mattingly,” a company statement said. In 2017, the Big Five publisher called off former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulous’s Dangerous after “standing by him through weeks of criticism.” This year, Simon & Schuster canceled plans to release Senator Josh Hawley’s The Tyranny of Big Tech after he was accused of inciting the Capitol insurrection. “We have subsequently decided not to be involved in the distribution of this book.” The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy is being published by Post Hill Press, a Simon & Schuster client whose self-described focus includes “current events, Christian, and conservative political books.” Last March, Simon & Schuster posted a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, writing that it stands against racism and violence. Related

Simon & Schuster Cancels Senator Josh Hawley’s Book After Capitol Riot

Tags: Children play near a mural of Breonna Taylor on September 17, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Hank Azaria Elects Richard Kind the Mayor of Hollywood

We also learned something we already knew in our hearts: “You know everybody,” Azaria said to Kind at one point. “We’re interesting people!” he exclaimed, later imploring the audience to “please, call your friends.” If nothing else can make you happy, please take comfort in the fact that Richard Kind is always Richard Kind. There is also a glimpse at Azaria’s cat, Kind’s incredibly impressive beard, and the story of how they met each other for the first time at a poker game hosted by Matthew Perry. Does anything make you happy? More From This Series

Please Enjoy This Mini, Sun-Kissed Bones Reunion

Jessica Kirson and Rachel Feinstein Got Rid of the Hecklers

Peaches and Bridget Everett Brought Boobs and Butt to Our Instagram

See All

Tags: This episode involved two legendary character actors: Richard Kind and Hank Azaria, seeing each other for the first time in a year and a half on Instagram Live, after they figured out how it works. The two talked Brockmire, both the show and the podcast. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vulture (@vulture)

If this episode of Two Friends: A Nice Time Hanging Out With People Who Know Each Other Well doesn’t absolutely delight you, I don’t know what to tell you. Then they spent a good amount of time obsessing over their live viewer count, with Kind expressing outrage whenever the number dipped. “Richard really is the mayor of Hollywood, everyone — Richard Kind, and I would say John Krasinski.” Azaria also ran through a truly staggering number of impressions throughout the conversation, as Kind offered, “I’m not good with voices, I do me.” And that, in a nutshell, is why we love them both.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Sebastian Stan Makes Monday a Movie Worth Waking Up For

(It’s no great spoiler to say that Monday doesn’t come until the end of the movie.) Their initial lust for each other never quite abates. They wake up on a beach the next morning in each other’s arms, totally naked, to the sounds of curious cops and outraged beachgoers. Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s romantic drama Monday (which opens today in select theaters and on demand) is built around a series of Fridays, glimpses into Mickey and Chloe’s life as it develops and devolves over the months following the adorably sleazy circumstance of their initial union. If it seems like Chloe is doing most of the discarding, that’s probably because she’s the one who has a life and responsibilities and maybe even hopes and dreams to discard. They are now seen as a unit, and their world is reorganizing itself around this fact, making it increasingly impossible to break free. Her name is Chloe, and she’s played by the Irish actress Denise Gough, whose big, hungry eyes make a dramatic contrast to his. He burns bridges with abandon, and his uptight ex won’t let him see their son until he gets his life together. Before the day is through, he’s at the airport begging her to stay. She discards the more responsible life she could have had in the U.S. But as we watch these two likable wrecks try to carve out a place for themselves in the world, we can’t help but see something of ourselves in them. This is not a meet-cute exactly — the participants were way too drunk and horny for that — but it does serve the purpose of a meet-cute, which is to deeply invest us in what these two strangers will do next. Monday can falter at the big moments (yes, someone does get annoyingly drunk at someone else’s wedding, and yes, they do take the mic from the wedding band and make embarrassing declarations), but it finds itself in the smaller, more intimate moments, which are filled with acute observations about attraction and relationships that make it clear the filmmaking comes from a place of brutal honesty. If Monday succeeds as a compelling drama — and, for all the clichés of its story, it does mostly succeed — it’s because Papadimitropoulos and his actors capture the intoxication of new love, as well as the slow-burn agony of the psychological combat that often ensues, with all the small skirmishes and victories and defeats that slowly pick away at a relationship. In truth, most of us probably haven’t lived a life remotely as messed up (or, alas, sexed up) as Chloe and Mickey’s. Just to make sure that we understand that this is a symbol, he douses the massive sofa with gasoline and burns it during an impromptu street rave, as a crowd of zonked-out partyers dance around it. As they move her stuff into his apartment (or rather — red-flag alert — the apartment he lives in rent-free, thanks to a generous pal), she has to discard her expensive sofa, the one significant purchase of her time in Greece. She discards her outwardly respectable friends, who are offended by Mickey’s judgmental layabout bohemian pals. As Chloe herself begins to have second thoughts about hitching her fate to this man, she discovers that sometimes a relationship takes on a life of its own. She’s an immigration lawyer, about to head back to the U.S. Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough in Monday. This is a relationship built on desire, and Papadimitropoulos and his game leads are generous with the sex, which is exciting and physical and never feels particularly prurient. He’s a disc jockey who enjoys a life with no responsibilities, save for the son he never gets to see. His name is Mickey, and he’s played by the eerily versatile and chameleonic Sebastian Stan, whose sleepily confident face is the key to his hangdog charm. after a year and a half of living in Greece. Related

You Get One Guess As to What The Man Who Sold His Skin Is About

Slalom Is a Portrait of Abuse That Denies Easy Answers

The First Cinematic Masterpiece of 2021 Is Here

Tags: A love that emerges from such uncontrolled attraction is, understandably, of the throw-everything-away kind. Photo: IFC Films

Two beautiful people meet on a crowded dance floor in Greece. Or rather, they start making out immediately — no questions asked. As another friend astutely observes that Mickey, who once had a promising music career, is only happy when he’s failing, and he sucks Chloe into his vortex of beautiful loserdom.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Brothers Osborne Release ‘Younger Me,’ Inspired by T.J.’s Coming Out

Osborne of Country Duo Brothers Osborne Comes Out As Gay

Tags: In a tweet announcing the song, he said it’s addressed to his younger self in light of his coming out. Related

T.J. wrote. The duo will also perform at the show. sings in the anthemic chorus. Osborne made country-music history earlier this year by coming out as gay at the top of his career and becoming the only openly gay musician signed to a major country label. “I’ve always wished I could speak to my younger self, give him a hug and show him who he’d become and what he’d achieve,” T.J. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMA

T.J. Now, he’s reflecting on coming out on Brothers Osborne’s heartwarming new song “Younger Me.” “These trips around the sun / I needed every one / To get where I’m standing now,” T.J. “Once I came out, that feeling was so overwhelmingly strong that this song was born and the time to share it is now.” The song comes ahead of the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, where Brothers Osborne are nominated for Duo of the Year and Album of the Year for their rowdy third album Skeletons.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Barb & Star Made a Deal With Bob Iger

Sources

Deadline

Related

Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar Arrives Preordained for Cult Status

Tags: The film is described as a “fairy tale musical comedy” (is there a singing part for Jamie Dornan?) that will “follow Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine as they struggle to uphold their family’s legacy” from their early childhood through Cinderella’s marriage and onward. Photo: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Given their love of giant Floridian resorts, it was only a matter of time before Barb & Star took their double act to the Walt Disney corporation. The film’s in early development, and according to Deadline, it’s not clear whether Wiig and Mumolo will also play the stepsisters — but really, how could they not? But who will play Cinderella? According to Deadline, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the writers and stars of the recent comedy gem Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar and, before that, Bridesmaids, are now writing a live-action Disney comedy about Cinderella’s stepsisters. Finally, a Disney-villain-backstory movie that sounds way more fun than Maleficent or whatever teenage-emo-phase thing is going on in Cruella.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Colton Underwood Addresses Cassie Randolph Allegations: ‘I Made Mistakes’

Photo: Paula Lobo/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Former Bachelor and future Netflix star Colton Underwood, who came out as gay this week, discussed the allegations made against him by his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph, including the claim that he “stalked and harassed” her, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I made mistakes in the end of that relationship,” Underwood told Roberts. In unreleased footage of his GMA interview with Robin Roberts that aired on ABC News’ Nightline on Wednesday night, Underwood said, “I don’t know if I ever will get the chance to sit down and talk with her. I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I made a lot of bad choices.” Underwood and Randolph broke up last summer following two years of dating. I would like to. And I messed up. So for that, I’m extremely, extremely sorry.” Randolph has not spoken out since Underwood’s interview. Related

Bachelor Star Colton Underwood Comes Out As Gay

Colton Underwood Is Filming a Netflix Show About His Fresh Start

The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Announce Breakup

Tags: Randolph then filed a restraining order against Underwood last September, alleging that he, among other things, put a tracking device on her car and sent her threatening text messages following their breakup. The restraining order was later dropped in November of last year, after the two reached “a private agreement,” according to People. “And I ruined the good memories we had by my actions and what I did to hold on to being straight, because I didn’t want to look myself in the mirror.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Matt Berry Ushers in Cool-Middle-Aged Man Summer With a New Single

“Summer Sky” is the first full track to be released off of Berry’s upcoming album, The Blue Elephant. The video gives life to the song’s psychedelic sound, continuing to provide us with Elephant Man imagery as well as that picture of Matt Berry that he clearly agrees he looks really good in. More From This Series

Guess Who We Think Should Write the Definitive COVID Anthem? Beards! Well, well, well, if it isn’t Mr. It’s crunchy guitar solos! Honestly, turning a hot picture of yourself into a whole music video is almost as heroic as releasing a song like this less than a week before New York City celebrates its first April 20th with legal weed. Drinking a reasonable amount on a Saturday afternoon because you need to get up early tomorrow to get some work done in the yard! Cheers. Matthew Charles Berry, certified Vulture fave against his very will, back with another hot track just after we demanded a COVID anthem from him. Wow, maybe he IS listening to our prayers. This latest tune seems to be an anthem — though not for the end of COVID specifically. Vinyl record collections! Only Matt Berry Can Play Boris Johnson on The Crown

Let Matt Berry Be the Judge of That

See All

Tags: Telling people stories of all the drugs you used to do! Scotch in glasses! Instead, it seems to channel what we may now dub “cool-middle-aged man summer.” What is cool-middle-aged-man summer, you might ask?

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

Younger Recap: The Motion of the Ocean

They are screwed. Kelsey and Quinn share a moment: Kelsey laments the fact that she backed out of her deal with Quinn to go back to Empirical. I believe her exact words are “I never, ever want children” and “I run from babies.” So, uh, that’s not great for Josh. They have a brainstorming session at Maggie and Liza’s, and Maggie notices that Kai’s list of surfing terms — like rail bang — sound an awful lot like sex positions. Liza returns to the office the next morning, and the woman is glowing. I haven’t decided yet. He’ll present it to the Chicago investors. Charles is a little taken aback by how explicit it is, but Liza suggests it could be a Valentine’s Day release. Younger
Risky Business

Season 7

Episode 4

Editor’s Rating

4 stars

****

«Previous
Next

Photo: Nicole Rivelli/TV LAND

Liza and Kelsey have a (new) problem: Those silent Chicago investors aren’t so silent anymore. Back in NYC, Quinn’s being a weirdo. And then Charles walks into the room, interested to learn what Liza got out of her time in Montauk, and Liza and Kelsey have a hilarious, ridiculous back-and-forth in which they try to cover by telling him Kai’s journals are full of “exclusive content” that’s “ballsy” and he really “bares a lot.” They’ll have a real pitch for him tomorrow. It sounds like this is going to be an important part of Kelsey’s season-seven arc, and I am ready for her to make some big moves. He talks about his nomadic surfing lifestyle and informs her that he has loads of journals from all of his surfing adventures. Liza’s back at her desk assuming she has solved all of her problems for one day, but then Quinn walks in. Charles takes it. He also gets very surf-philosophical (is surfilosophical a thing?), talking about how the reason he loves to surf is exactly that it isn’t important; it’s just a thing he loves. It’s a disaster. How considerate! Because when the girls open the journals, all they find are pages and pages of doodles. She, of course, is constantly in her head. Everyone is fully clothed as Liza and Kai have a nice wine chat and she tries to figure out what exactly his book could be about. seems loud — nope, I mean nice”), but her time spent with her super-needy client has completely turned her off to kids. She is partly convinced that, based on their conversations, they may be able to simply publish these and really give readers a way to get into Kai’s mind and understand his story. Oh, isn’t she the sweetest; she just wants to make sure Liza and Charles are really done before she starts dating him. Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Doodles of boobs. Those could be useful, but he won’t let her see them just yet. When he offers a dinner meeting at the Rainbow Room to Quinn, Kelsey, and Lauren, he’s pretty much booed out of the room (the look he shoots Lauren after she shits all over his idea is perfect). They’re the ones who got rid of Millennial, and now they need to approve any spending over $250,000. She declines and leaves for her hotel. • Lauren on Kelsey: “You are so much weirder than me, and no one knows that.”

VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! Tags: No one can truly become the next Trout, okay? He’s living in the present, and Liza should too. • Speaking of Diana, could you imagine her trying to sell this Kama Surf-tra book? She has one person on her side, though: Charles. It does not take long for Kelsey and Lauren to get Liza to admit that she had lots and lots of sex with Kai. Oceanscapes in which the clouds are shaped like penises and the sun is beaming down “rays of dicks.” At one point, Lauren says she found a drawing of “a surfboard with, like, a bubble butt.” But no, that’s a dick too. Oh, friends, this twist SENDS ME. She’s trying to make nice with the “Empirigals,” but it isn’t working. This is going to be the worst, isn’t it? When Charles and Quinn meet with Kelsey and Lauren to go over the manuscript, they are not-so-begrudgingly onboard too. The book is all about not being afraid to take risks, even if you might fail, and that’s an important, accessible lesson. Charles needs to find a way to get her there, now. At the moment, however, she’s more excited about the fact that he gave her a box full of his journals. Charles is so smiley. Footnotes

• Yup, Josh is officially hooking up with that music manager, K.T., and not only is she very loud in bed (Lauren: “K.T. Hey, speaking of: Charles drops Quinn off at her party, and she leaves him with a quick kiss. It’s not yoga. He waves at Liza as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. (What a sight that would be!) He makes sure to get a little dig in as he walks out of the room about Liza having a good time in Montauk. She regrets it every day. Things are kicked up a notch when Charles gets a call from Quinn’s assistant, who tells him Quinn is supposed to be heading to her supersecret, very expensive surprise birthday party at the Rainbow Room. We were robbed! Kelsey is inspired, sort of. He loves her new book, and the two have a flirty interaction about how he’s the publisher and can do whatever he wants. And Liza is headed to Montauk to find out just how nice. The next day, after the two surf together (Liza gets up on her board; she’s a natural, apparently) she explains that she just got out of a relationship with someone and doesn’t think she should “just jump back into bed with somebody.”

But she could jump into the shower with him. What about a sex manual mixed with little aphorisms and life lessons? It’s shades of Jade Winslow all over again, isn’t it? I’m laughing about it but also so, so sad. For a moment, it seems like she may go back. Also, she totally knows about the party, but it will be torture so she begs for, like, one hour of fun. Liza doesn’t take the bait at first, simply telling her that they are over and Charles can do as he pleases. It’s sex. She is running the marketing department these days, after all. “Or Arbor Day, with that big ol’ piece of wood,” Lauren chimes in. He offers her the option in such a casual manner, mainly as a way to ease her stress. It’s the best idea they’ve got, so Maggie draws them some pictures and the next day Liza pitches The Kama Surf-tra, by Kai Manning. This is an issue because Kelsey and Liza spent $400,000 on the Kai Manning “book,” and now Charles needs to head to Chicago to defend that choice but no one has yet to figure out what this book is actually going to be. • Lauren tries to channel Diana — excuse me, Diva — to get out of this Quinn–Dave & Buster’s situation but fails. But she can’t help herself: As Quinn is leaving, Liza adds, “I just never thought you’d be someone’s rebound.” That friendliness Quinn was putting on disappears and she turns around to remind Liza who typically gets the boot when an employee and the boss’s girlfriend don’t get along. Email

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google
Privacy Policy and
Terms of Service apply. It was the safe choice, and she should have taken the risk. Or a psycho. Plus, she gets to keep flirting with Charles, so happy birthday to her, I guess. And dicks. Quinn has a better idea: She’s taking them all to Dave & Buster’s. Upon getting out of her car outside Kai’s beach house, she finds Kai coming in from surfing, getting out of his wet suit, and getting completely naked right there on the beach. Kelsey and Liza assure him they’ll have something ready ahead of his meeting, but even they are worried. And not in the good way. And people having sex. He knows a way for her to get out of her head and be more in her body. Well, at least Kai seems much nicer to work with than Jade. Liza needs to find something to lean on. Oh, okay, so this is going to be fun.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Spies From Russia

Email

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google
Privacy Policy and
Terms of Service apply. A gas can discovered inside the car — kept there because the gas gauge was broken — led authorities to believe Fuller may have died by suicide. We’re here to make it a bit smaller and a bit more manageable. When the film — a psychological horror movie written by father-and-daughter team Matthew and Trinity Spickard, released in 2020 — was being cast, filmmakers believed they had found the perfect actor, Wynn Reed, to play the leading role of Valerie Faust, unaware that Reed, whose real name was Aisling Tucker Moore-Reed, would later plead guilty to charges of manslaughter in the shooting death of her uncle. And we’ll never know just how much of a sonic force he could have been. From Wondery, the network that’s brought us such fascinating true-crime podcasts as Dr. and Putin. That same day, he had failed to show up in court, and at the time of his DUI arrest, he was heading to Joyce Yost’s house. What were her true goals? There is much irony throughout this story, including the fact that Reed’s character in From the Dark actually shoots a gun, an action that gave the filmmakers pause during filming and, of course, shocked them after learning about the charges against her. What is clear is that Fuller, a Texas native who had just months earlier scored a top-ten hit with his band’s cover of “I Fought the Law,” was a rising star whose ascent was cut tragically short. At the time of her disappearance, she was scheduled to testify in ten days against Douglas Anderson Lovell, who had been arrested for her rape, threatened to kill her, and was later sentenced to death for her murder. Photo-Illustration: by Vulture

The true-crime-podcast universe is ever expanding. In the second episode of Killer Role, Dateline’s Morrison probes Reed’s interviews with police, in which she details her uncle’s abusive actions against her family in their home in rural Oregon, and the moments in which things got “hazy” for her on the night of the murder. In 2018, it seemed a juicy tale out of a James Bond film, but with the FBI swooping in instead of 007. And who exactly was the woman behind the flashy headlines? —Chanel Dubofsky

Criminal, “I Fought the Law”

It’s one of the music industry’s enduring mysteries: On the afternoon of July 18, 1966, 23-year-old rocker Bobby Fuller was found dead inside his mother’s Oldsmobile, parked in front of the Hollywood apartment building where he lived. Oh, you like podcasts? —Amy Wilkinson

Cold, “Nightmare on Top of a Nightmare”

Season one of Cold delved into the case of Susan Powell, a Utah woman who disappeared in 2009. Death, Over My Dead Body, and The Apology Line, comes a six-part series that explores these queries and more. —Chanel Dubofsky

1.5x Speed: A Weekly Newsletter of Podcast Recommendations and Reviews
Listening notes for the top shows, from Vulture’s critic Nick Quah. Sign up for Vulture’s new recommendation newsletter 1.5x Speed here. There are a lot of great shows, and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the noteworthy and the exceptional. (While her car was found abandoned, Yost’s body has never been recovered.)

In episode three, investigative journalist and host of Cold, Dave Crawley, assesses Lowell’s plan to hire someone to kill Yost, as well as the many times Lowell’s violence could have been stopped by police, including the lack of communication between counties that enabled Lowell, out of jail on bond while awaiting trial for rape, to get out of jail in another county after being held on a DUI charge. –Kristy Puchko

Killer Role, “It Just Went Off”

Keith Morrison’s latest podcast project, Killer Role, begins with the birth of an independent film called From the Dark and proceeds to tell the truly wild story of life imitating art. With an open mind and a tenacious curiosity, documentarian Celia Aniskovich investigates, interviewing Butina’s friends, lovers, alleged marks, and the notorious femme fatale herself. Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. To kick things off, this episode offers anecdotes about gun advocacy, steamy hotel nights, and a joyful day at Disney World. Spy Affair, “I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”

You might remember Maria Butina as the red-headed Russian spy accused of seducing Republican politicians to improve relations between the U.S. More From This Series

This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Hunting the Butcher

This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: From Maine to the O.C. The 10 True-Crime Podcasts That Changed Everything

See All

Tags: In its second season, it examines the 1985 disappearance of another Utah woman, Joyce Yost, who vanished from her South Ogden home in August, two months after she gave police an account of her kidnapping and rape by a man she’d never met. Without a definitive explanation for the death (many believe it may have been murder), speculation has run wild — with everyone from the Mafia to Charles Manson name-checked. Although, confusingly, the medical examiner apparently checked both the suicide and accident boxes on the report, adding question marks next to each. Yet questions linger, like who was she working for? Now the case on Butina is closed. Each week, our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists will pick their favorites.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Secret Warriors

Remember where members of the Avengers were being held in Captain America: Civil War? Sam decides to call in favors earned by the generosity of their parents, and Bucky even shows up to help (and flirt with Sarah). Here’s where it gets interesting: In an issue of Secret Warriors in 2009, Val secretly joined Hydra, and was revealed to have been a Russian sleeper agent her entire time in S.H.I.E.L.D. He always is. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Truth

Season 1

Episode 5

Editor’s Rating

3 stars

***

«Previous
Next

Photo: Marvel Studios

A talky penultimate episode of Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier sets the stage for a showdown in the series finale between Karli Morgenthau and the Flag Smashers and two potential Captain Americas: Sam Wilson and John Walker. Cut to D.C., where Walker is being chastised in front of a council, told he will no longer act in any capacity as a hero for his people. • Does Sharon’s call to Batroc and then his meeting with Karli mean that Carter is the Power Broker? She finds Walker and his wife in the hall, encouraging the former hero’s dark side with lines like, “You did the right thing.” She’s going to be the Steve Bannon for John Walker, bringing him back into the spotlight from behind the scenes. Easter Eggs Assemble

• The big question out there for most viewers is probably who the hell JLD is playing. As Sam lies to Lemar’s parents about the circumstances around his death and Sharon calls Batroc for a job, Sam and Bucky play with Cap’s shield and discuss its legacy. What you told me to be and trained me to do!” Again, the idea that the government makes this kind of murderous hero is certainly interesting, but kind of only given lip service here, although Wyatt Russell is quite good. Much has been speculated about who has been pulling the strings in that role, a notable one from the comic books, and it would be a bit surprising for that to be kind of blandly revealed to be Sharon Carter, but crazier things have happened. The old Bucky would have shot Zemo. His priorities are still misplaced, and always will be. An interesting thing to note: Ayo tells the White Wolf not to come to Wakanda, which feels like it could be a plot point in the future of the MCU. Email

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google
Privacy Policy and
Terms of Service apply. Of course, it helps to have a super metallic arm around to get the job done. However, the writers are clearly defining the themes of the season and setting up how this show is going to impact the MCU, which appears to be getting richer in its dissection of what it truly means to be a hero. She’s the Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (or Val), a character who first appeared way back in 1967 in an issue of Strange Tales. Related

That Falcon and The Winter Soldier Reveal Is More Than Just a Fun Cameo

Tags: After some exposition about Bucky going to take care of Zemo and Karli being on the run, Sam takes the shield as he leaves (and the wings stay with Torres, by the way). VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! It feels like that is the Contessa who has been introduced to the MCU. It doesn’t seem like anyone guessed Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, right? Is he finally Captain America? Sam’s questions are a bit obvious and “leading for TV,” but it’s a strong scene that gets a very crucial line in: “They will never let a Black man be Captain America,” followed by something even more nuanced: “No self-respecting Black man would ever want to be.” What does it mean to be a hero for a country with a history of such abuse toward your people? An authority figure killing an unarmed person in public has added weight given the events of the last year, even if this show often feels a bit surface-level in the handling of its most complex themes — at least it’s trying to deepen a genre that’s too often “good guys vs. “Truth” starts with a showdown. America and then later the same thing happened when Cap dated Sharon Carter! Let’s start with the show’s representation of flawed heroism, a theme that works its way through the entire episode. That would follow the source trajectory. Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. She’s trouble. This is an interesting scene on rewatch in that it almost implies that Bucky has matured in the way that Sam later encourages him to, valuing making amends over enacting vengeance. She became a recurring player in the world of Captain America and started her life as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., even becoming Nick Fury’s lover (who else can’t wait for that reunion down the MCU timeline?). It looks as though John is playing for keeps once more, like it would be fine with him if he had more blood on his shield, including that of the closest ally of the man who used to hold it. And then there’s the first post-credits scene of the season! This is heroism in small communities — people getting together to keep a family business from going under. She now has more firepower; he wants to kill the Falcon. Caught in the middle of all of this are Sam Wilson and James “Bucky” Barnes, two men trying to determine what the word “hero” means to them. Stan has been the more interesting performer this season, but Mackie certainly sells the action scenes well. The new one hands him over to Ayo and the Dora Milaje to live out his days in Wakandan custody. Somewhere on the fringe is Karli Morgenthau, a woman who considers herself a hero to her people. Get this: She drove a wall between Cap and Fury by flirting with Mr. He’s stripped of his title and authority, and Walker loses his temper A Few Good Men style: “I only ever did what you asked of me! He pulls off Sam’s wing and holds the shield in his “murder position” again, but Sam and Bucky work as a team to get the shield away, something Walker never really did with Hoskins. There had been rumors of a major actor appearing in episode five, starting the rumor mill buzzing about who it could be and who they might be playing. After it seems clear that Bucky is cool with Sam being the one to carry it, a Rocky-esque training montage follows for Wilson, who learns how to use it like a boomerang. While Karli learns her base was raided, Bucky finds Zemo at the Sokovia memorial statue, and he scares him for a minute by pulling the trigger on an unloaded gun. • Ayo says that Zemo will live out the rest of his days on “The Raft.” Remember what that is? First, there’s John Walker, a man who has been called a hero by his country for most of his life and watches all of that torn away thanks to his own vicious pride. Walker is running, flashing back to the murder he just committed in public. Uh oh. It’s about to go down. bad guys.” It’s interesting in this first scene how Cap 2.0 is flashing back not to his crime but his “motive,” the death of his BFF. Both Sam and Bucky hold the shield in this scene, although Bucky drops it to Sam in the end. If the arc of this series is to make Sam Wilson into Captain America, that’s a point with which future writers will have to wrestle. After all, especially in the MCU, teamwork makes the dream work. On the other end of the spectrum is Isaiah Bradley, a hero who the government disowned and abused, a man who was left behind by a country he served and history books that wrote him out. Sam tries to cool down Walker with “heat of the battle” talk, but it erupts in some strong fight choreography between the three men. Cameo time! Cut to New York, the scene of an upcoming council meeting to vote on the Patch Act, and where Karli and Batroc are meeting in the park with plans to destroy them. It’s kind of a lame one, a reminder that John Walker isn’t done, as he’s seen building his own shield. Yeah, that place. The conversation sends Sam home to his sister to help fix up the boat to sell it. Who will emerge a hero and who will be the show’s true villain? While the thematic explorations of history and heroism in “Truth” are admirable, the pace sags a bit in the season’s longest episode (so much boat work), and some of the episode’s more serious dialogue feels overly scripted. And maybe Torres is the new Falcon? Sam goes to talk to Isaiah Bradley, giving Carl Lumbly a few excellent speeches about Red Tails, tetanus, and a long legacy of abuses against Black people and dismissal of Black heroes in this country. It’s a special prison built for people with abilities, where prisoners have no contact with the outside world.

No Comments

Categories: Entertainment News