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Has Succession Season 4 Started Production? Uh-huh.

“Three tickets to Minions: The Rise of Gru, please.”
Photo: Macall B. A press release from HBO gives a sneak peek of the filming location; based on the baseboards and wall-panel moldings in the background, we’re going to guess this scene could be set in the Metropolitan Museum–adjacent apartment of Logan Roy (Brian Cox). Polay/HBO

It’s summertime in New York City, which means kids are out of school, people are hitting the beach, and the cast of Succession is being fitted for suits and pushed back into the boardroom. Photo: Courtesy of HBO

Those wacky Roys are at it again! The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. Related

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Who Got The Worst Deal In That Succession Finale? A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed. As of today, the show has officially begun production on its fourth season. The production slate shows that Mark Mylod is directing episode one of season four. The press release also gives the logline:

In the ten-episode season four, the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer. Tags:

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The New Elvis Channel Will Have Fans All Shook Up

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At your service. A partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises and Authentic Brands Group, the Elvis Channel is available on free streaming platforms Amazon Freevee, Sling TV, LG Channels, and others. The Elvis Channel is not currently on the Roku Channel, Pluto TV, or Tubi — three major free streamers — but Cinedigm’s chief strategy officer and president, Erick Opeka, told Variety that the ad-supported channel will be “fully distributed” soon, as the media company continues to discuss the channel’s expansion with “everybody.” Here’s hoping that the Elvis Channel will soon be available on Pluto TV (and that Lilo & Stitch will live on the Friends of Elvis programming block). It features a hunk, a hunk of Elvis programming — running longer than Baz Luhrmann’s nearly three-hour epic — from memorable specials and movies like Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii, The ’68 Comeback Special, and Elvis by the Presleys to a number of themed programming blocks inspired by the man himself: Elvis’s Favorites, Friends of Elvis, Elvis-Inspired Reality and Lifestyle Programming, African American Artists That Inspired Elvis, and ’50s Rock n’ Roll Rebel Movies. Elvis Presley. Sadly, none of the programming blocks seems to include Lilo & Stitch, but they do have The Beverly Hillbillies and John Wayne and Bruce Lee movies. Related

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Tags: Cinedigm, known for its free AVOD content, has launched a brand-new channel dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Christian Bale Has His Batsuit on Standby

Semi-OG Batman Bale made a marriage acting pact with Nolan to return to the franchise on one condition. There was Ben Affleck’s enigmatic interpretation in the DC Extended Universe movies (or perhaps I couldn’t see the depth of the character because I simply couldn’t see anything… re-release the Well-Lit Cut!). (An aside: Though Bale hasn’t seen the Reeves bat movie, he thinks Rob is “an absolutely wonderful actor.”) But enough about these new bat boys. Related

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Tags: This year, Robert Pattinson gave the role a little goth je ne sais quoi, making the nearly three-hour Matt Reeves–directed flick watchable on the basis that his Batman was a hot crime-fighting voyeur. Christian Bale, or the guy who played Batman two Batmans ago. “In my mind, it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, ‘You know what, I’ve got another story to tell.’ And if he wished to tell that story with me, I’d be in,” Bale told Screen Rant. And that’s okay with me; I’m currently sensing an over-saturation of bat heroes in the movie market (and am happy with my Battinson), thank you! Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In the decade since we last saw him in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, two Batmans entered the vacuum created by Christian Bale’s dark and brooding version of the righteous trust-fund-baby vigilante. Although this pact seems like serious business, he told the site that there is no fourth Dark Knight in the works at the moment.

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Jack Sparrow Isn’t Coming Back for Pirates

Or would he somehow jump back into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as one petition gathering more than 800,000 signatures seemed to suggest. “That is true,” replied Depp. “If Disney came to you with $300 million dollars and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film?” asked Heard’s defense attorney, Ben Rottenborn, during the trial. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

After the circus that was the Amber Heard v. In terms of roles not based in the Antarctic, Depp has been cast as King Louis XV in the French-language film Jeanne du Barry, with shooting to begin this summer. He’s slowly coming back into cinemas with or without a pirate’s ship. Amber Heard Addresses Johnny Depp Stans and Social Media in New Testimony

Tags: He is returning as Johnny Puffin for Puffins Impossible, an animated web series for Amazon Prime and Apple TV. Johnny Depp trial ended last month, there was speculation about what would be next for both parties — notably Depp. During the trial, Depp said under oath that he would not return to the successful Disney franchise. Still, Depp is reprising another role of his. Sources

E! That last one was true for a few strange hours after an Australian news outlet reported a rumor that Depp was working on a return to Pirates of the Caribbean for close to $300 million. Would he focus on his, um, music? News reported. Would he return to his flailing movie career? News

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A Wellies-Free Review of Glastonbury 2022

Pete Doherty and Carl Barât take to the Other Stage, and I feel 15 and straight again. For some reason, the BBC isn’t showing McCartney’s set until an hour later — I find a livestream on Twitter instead, where people are theorizing that the BBC’s late coverage is due to the postproduction they’ll need to do because McCartney is “old” or something to that effect. I’m miles away, but I still feel starstruck when T-Boz and Chilli show up on screen. I was at home 120 miles away because, well, I forgot to sign up for press accreditation and I’m far too disorganized to make Excel spreadsheets with friends or whatever else it is people do to get tickets — though I did go to absurd lengths to try to re-create the atmosphere from my living room. The band sounds hot-blooded and urgent while Tumor keeps a cool disposition, sounding totally sanguine even when they let out the occasional scream. Eilish truly doesn’t seem to understand why she’s there even while the crowd cries grateful tears for her. King Kendrick in the U.K. “Hello, it’s nice to be with you. Related

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Tags: He seems far above the crowd — we are ants; he is an airplane. I’m here for it. As hotdogs go, it’s pretty mid, though it doesn’t have that festival gristle you usually get (nor was it £12). This year, the BBC’s expansive coverage was in ultrahigh-definition 4K for the first time, and while I did sleep in my own bed — let’s just call it “glamping” — I felt as though I was really there, sans Wellies. The dodgy livestream is on! He dedicates a good section to good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp a Butterfly, and DAMN. I may have tripped a couple of times, but at least I didn’t fall over into a rainy, muddy puddle (I’m pigeon-toed, so this would’ve been guaranteed to happen). Really thankful for that beer now. I love it — not to mention how special it is to see a Zambian artist singing in Bemba. He seems able to warp and contort time like a god as his backup dancers move around in slow motion while Kendrick slows his flow. 6/10. Anyway, back to Cate, who’s dressed in chain mail and is playing the cleanest set you’ve ever seen — mostly material from her latest album, Pompeii. Why did this happen?)

It’s harder to source than I imagined, but I eventually find one from a restaurant with a one-out-of-five hygiene rating. Photo: Joseph Okpako/WireImage

9:30 p.m.Kendrick’s on in 15 minutes, and the anticipation is high. (That’s British for “k-holing.”) I’m not quite there, but I am hastily sinking the Stella Artoises being served to me while Ross plays a perfectly pandering set of classics. Megan is syllable-by-syllable perfection, and she commands the crowd like she’s whipping Seabiscuit to victory. In an appeal for the crowd’s support, he describes Glastonbury Festival as “the greatest concentration of freedom.” Quite the surprise guest. Yes, the dream of the ’70s was alive at Glastonbury — or so I imagined. Photo: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Here in Britain, it feels like the ’70s again. Better yet, I make it in time for “WAP”! 4:45 p.m. The Glasto cats. 1:30 p.m.I walk to a pub a mile and a half away for back-to-back sets from Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg and London’s Dry Cleaning at the Park Stage. 9:50 p.m.Oh! Photo: Emma Madden

6 p.m.A sign for “Goan Fish Curry” at the Pyramid Stage has me, for the first time in my life, craving — you guessed it — Goan fish curry. They give that stage the most action it’ll see all weekend; all violent gyration, there is nothing “abstract” about their performance style. In the Name Of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Chain Reaction” — none of which is totally sung in tune, but I’m charmed by her all the more for it. First things first, though: Glastonbury is fucking massive. (Again, how are ostrich burgers and Goan fish curries the British festival staples? They play a generous mix of old and new — veering between their latest EP, the glam-rock-inspired Asymptotical World (which sounds a lot more accessible than its name suggests), and their 2018 breakout album, Safe in the Hands of Love. 8:30 p.m.Some friends arrive just in time for Burna Boy’s set. I love her for it. Lead vocalist Florence Shaw’s brand of anti-charisma has quickly become a pioneering performance style for a new wave of disaffected, tongue-in-cheek post-punk bands in Britain. The crowd chants “Keeeendrick Laaamaaaar” very Britishly, which goes unacknowledged by the rapper. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to dampen the chef’s spirits as it was bloody lovely. 2 p.m.Okay, fair enough: Wet Leg is really good. “Supercut” is a really wonderful song. This is the set I’ve been looking forward to most. Here’s how I managed it. 9:30 p.m.My friends are really, really excited for Paul McCartney’s set (a bit annoying to me because I’d rather watch Megan Thee Stallion on the Other stage. Another jaunt to the pub for Yves Tumor at the West Holts stage. Last week, Kate Bush topped the charts, while train workers went on strike for fairer wages and temperatures soared to numbers that almost reached 1976’s brutal June heat wave. 4:30 p.m.A two-mile walk to the pub for Diana Ross’s set at the Pyramid Stage. Each year, several lunatics take it upon themselves to marathon the 30-mile perimeter, so if I don’t at least clock in around 20,000 steps today, I’m lying to myself. Basically, it does the job. 7:30 p.m. I take a bite and become one of those people who eats exotic meat and says something like “It’s fine — it just tastes like chicken, actually” (it really does, though). It’s like they have their own subculture, distinct sense of humor, and idiolect that they’ve successfully welcomed the world into. Morale & the Big Steppers. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is beamed onto the big screens before the Libertines’ set. I don’t feel great about myself, but at least this pre-midday brew is staying authentic to the experience. Sunday

3:15 p.m.Another bloody hotdog for lunch while I watch Cate Le Bon. At 80, he is the festival’s oldest ever headliner, and he doesn’t look a day over 64! The band’s internal disconnect never fails to make me laugh. MidnightI spend the next couple of hours enjoying my own silent disco, to-and-froing between Kate Bush and Aqua’s discography, the still-blue TV light as my disco ball. 5:30 p.m.Back to the house for TLC at the West Holt Stage. “It’s nice to be on a stage not sponsored by cryptocurrency.” I resent myself for how much I’d like to see Dry Cleaning play to a Bored Apes crowd. 4:15 p.m. Meanwhile, in Somerset, hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers gathered for Glastonbury Festival, the country’s biggest party in cider-drenched fields, following a COVID-induced three-year hiatus. They run through all the hits including “Unpretty,” which goes down as well as a day-one hotdog, before leaving the megaclassics for the end. She has a beautifully tacky lemon-stained blonde dye job while her band is outfitted in yellow suits; they all look as if they belong in a ’70s children’s TV show. Fine by me. Just over an hour in, he takes a good look at the audience for the first time. This is the best fit of the weekend. Lorde’s much better at melodrama than she is at cerebralism, basically. She quite literally comes out to “I’m Coming Out,” for goodness’ sake. Day one’s hotdog lunch was fine — “a fun treat” — but only three days in, I feel as if I’m in a hotdog-eating contest. This freedom of choice makes me think about the blissful restriction of Glastonbury, the beautiful inconvenience of a crowd. Friday

11 a.m.Opening my first beer of the day, alone, in my home. 3 p.m.With Wet Leg done, I squeeze in a couple more pints as the next band sets up for sound check. 7:30 p.m.Time for a little break and to get some more steps in. Macca’s here! How many weekends can you say that about? The delicious Goan fish-curry order, bad Yelp review be damned. It’s all mulch, no fun. We watch a little of Turnstile’s set as they bring their latest album, Glow On, to life at the John Peel stage. I think of all the other things I could be doing instead: changing the channel, cleaning the kitchen, searching outside for Malcolm. The crowd, half-crying, half-gurning, seems to agree. “On behalf of me and everyone in my team, I thank each and every single one of you.” His crown of thorns begins to drip blood as he screams, “They judge you, they judge Christ, godspeed for women’s rights!’

I feel a part of the crowd. Time for Lorde at the Pyramid Stage. And if I were actually at the festival, I absolutely would have ditched my friends for her, but alas.)

9:45 p.m. Dressed in Miss Havisham–type gowns that I’m trying to get an ID on — a couple of Miista-designed items, I think — the duo inspires full-crowd sing-alongs while they spin with their guitars and sing deliberately glib lyrics like “When I think about what you’ve become / I feel sorry for your mum.” The crowd, most noticeably a pair of men dressed in lobster costumes, go wild for “Chaise Longue,” the band’s breakout hit — which is performed as cleanly as the recorded version. I then queue outside of my own toilet for 15 minutes (an existentially mortifying experience). I watched tens of hours of sets, clocked in around 50,000 steps in my own home, ate four hotdogs over four days, and am now writing this hoarse-throated and beer-bedraggled. Saturday

3:15 p.m.I start the day with another can of beer and a hotdog while singer-rapper Sampa the Great absolutely torches the Park Stage. He’s the perfect person to have around while I’m trying to mirror the Glastonbury atmosphere. As heritage acts such as Diana Ross and Paul McCartney took to the stage, a host of younger artists (Yves Tumor, Lorde, and Olivia Rodrigo, to name a few) donned their best funk cosplay. After reeling through a couple of songs from their sophomore album, Raise the Roof — which are nice enough but don’t quite wake me from my pizza reverie — the duo launch into some classic Led Zeppelin tunes including a kind of lo-fi take on “Rock and Roll,” smiling at one another from across their microphones. Admittedly, I’d just seen her on tour a couple weeks ago, and the minimal set design and setlist itself go un-tweaked. This man is truly transcendent. I feel a part of the cult of Glastonbury. Dry Cleaning is great. You all look lovely,” says Shaw. He comes out wearing a bejeweled crown of thorns, dressed like a holy waiter. I’ve been waiting all weekend for George. So I’ve got my slice, I’ve got my beer, and I’m very much ready to be serenaded to. 10 p.m.He’s now projecting a video of Johnny Depp while he sings his 2012 track “My Valentine.” Time to switch over to Megan. We re-create the mosh pits by repeatedly banging into each other and accidentally clunk heads. Then there’s a nonstop cavalcade of bangers: “Baby Love,” “Stop! The BBC is very much touting Wet Leg as the band to watch this weekend; their single “Wet Dream” is the theme for this year’s coverage, and presenters Jo Whiley and Jack Saunders can’t stop gushing about them. I don’t want to go home, I think, before realizing my surroundings. I’ve been on my own all day, which doesn’t feel very “Glastonbury,” so I open the front door in hopes some neighbors will come in and join me (don’t worry, I live in the quaint south of England, so I’m not expecting a Mother!–type situation). “This one’s for Lisa,” T-Boz says, honoring the group’s late third member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, before launching into a pitch-perfect “Waterfalls,” which leaves me a little misty-eyed. For my sins, I’m not the biggest Lorde fan, so my mind begins to wander. The set turns into a wonderful career retrospective. The crowd whips out their phones for all the Beatles tracks and then fades back to black when Macca plays any of his solo material (which doesn’t go unnoticed by him). My VIP Glasto-at-home setup. He’s a superstar. But there are shades of humility and disbelief that I didn’t see on the tour. 11:10 a.m. 10 p.m.No humans, but a couple of cats have decided to walk in and join me. Photo: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

5:30 p.m.Time for something to eat: an ostrich burger, for some reason a British festival staple and surprisingly easy to acquire here in Brighton. Easing the audience in with 2019’s pioneering astro-fusion track “Gbona,” he then quite literally sets fire to the stage with an array of pyrotechnics while performing a squeaky-clean set list of classics and tracks from his upcoming album. Stouthearted and full of effortless grace, she’s probably one of the only cool people left in the universe. 7 p.m.My friend George arrives. The Solar Power songs don’t get the elated reception that older cuts such as “Ribs,” “Royals,” and “Liability” get. Also: the perfect company for the festival’s youngest-ever headliner, Billie Eilish. He delivers his verses with a calm confidence I’ve not seen from any other act this weekend. It’s a whole weekend centered on music among the masses who care about and love that music, whose spirits are moved by it. One is called Malcolm, which I think is a great name for a cat. Ah, Glasto. “Bloody hell!” is all I can think when I hear Krauss’s voice. Photo: Emma Madden

10:15 p.m.Eilish emerges onto the stage wearing squash-playing attire. While Florence reels off her spoken-word missives, performatively petrified and emotionless, the rest of the band passionately thrashes around like members of a hard-core group. You’d be off your nut for this one, wouldn’t you? The crowd starts to sing along to “What Katie Did” (Kate Moss, the inspiration behind the song, is supposedly in attendance), and I soon get into the vibe, sing-shouting “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun” while I have my first hotdog of the weekend. They cover a lot of ground from their debut album — highlights include “Her Hippo” and “Strong Feelings,” which Shaw performs with a slightly heightened charm. before capping off with material from his latest, the pandemic-produced project Mr. Also I know this is sort of cheating — flicking between stages on my TV — but I don’t care. This is certainly the best set of the weekend so far as Tumor spits and gyrates their crotch into the camera before stage-diving into the crowd and giving the security guards a cuddle on the way back. I’m in bliss. They come out wearing fetish leather gear with “sex” spelled out in studs on the garter belt and “69” written on the back. I walk up and down my stairs 15 times before the first set. 10:15 p.m.A friend texts me that Macca’s just brought out Bruce Springsteen (classic). Members of the audience hold each other while she plays her last two songs, including “bad guy,” which the crowd bounces up and down to like entangled pogo sticks. 3 a.m.I take a shower (once again staying authentic to the experience, albeit the VIP Glasto experience). I feel a part of the religion of Kendrick. Their backup dancers are incredible and stupid hot. 11:30 p.m.–2:30 a.m.Time for another silent disco and early-hours shower. Photo: Emma Madden

11:05 a.m. I then train myself back on Lorde and find myself coming around to her. During set closer “goodbye,” I decide I, too, need someone to hold and go to pick up Malcolm, but he leaves in a huff. 6:15 p.m.Time for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. At times, her Doberman-like growl sort of makes me think of a female DMX. It’s a fullhearted and full-throated performance — a welcome break after a set list of Solar Power songs, an album whose satirization of “wellness” culture felt a bit artless and simply lifted from a Jia Tolentino essay. He’s far and away my most chaotic friend; he can make absolutely any situation feel a bit precarious and disorienting. I’ve been standing all day, but this one feels very much like a “sit down on the hill and eat pizza” type of set, you know? Yves Tumor in their aforementioned leather gear.

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Vic Mensa Pleads Guilty to Possession of ’Shrooms, Sort Of

Mensa was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, a $1,000 fine, a substance-abuse assessment, and 25 hours of community service. On Valentine’s Day, he released a surprise EP titled Vino Valentino, which is a tender four-track playlist for someone who’s battling with the courts. “I have decided to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It is important to note the extensive research being done on the topic of psilocybin [’shrooms] and the many significant movements underway for legalization and decriminalization,” Mensa said in a statement to TMZ. He continued, “My hope is that the silver lining to this matter will be increased focus on the effectiveness of psychedelics to treat mental illness and mood disorders that millions are battling with depression and anxiety with hope that all of our laws will change accordingly.” Mensa was originally arrested at the Dulles International Airport on January 15 after trying to get through customs with ’shrooms. I have been extremely vocal about my mental health, the culture at large, and access to mental-health treatment. Tags: Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Rapper Vic Mensa pleaded guilty to possession of ’shrooms, but he would like to point out that pleading guilty is different from having a guilty conscience. Mensa’s levelheaded response to the whole situation confirms that his last name suits him well.

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What to Watch While Coming Down From Elvis

Army deployment to Germany, and their quality varies widely. King: The Life of Riley (2012) is seemingly the only documentary about his life, and some of the talking heads in the film (Eric Clapton, Bill Cosby) have certainly turned out to be awful. Kris Kristofferson would go on to take the role opposite Barbra Streisand, and the resulting movie suffers a bit from their uneven chemistry. Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. King, whose warnings about Parker fall on deaf ears. It’s impossible to watch A Star Is Born without wondering what Presley would have been like in it and then there’s always the Bradley Cooper–Lady Gaga version to compare it to. For as much as Elvis condemns the music-industry machine, though, it also catalogues and celebrates Presley’s myriad talents, interests, and influences. Pictures

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is a bit of a bait and switch. Despite being named after the King, this nearly three-hour musical is primarily told not from the perspective of the titular character (played by Austin Butler) but that of his manager: the oddly accented, smugly delusional Colonel Tom Parker (a very prosthetics-adorned Tom Hanks). In the musical film, Butler’s Elvis grows up as one of the few white faces in a Black neighborhood, listens to Black singers, and attends a Black church, and his sound is shaped by figures including B.B. Elvis: The Early Years aired on CBS as a special event in May 2005, and although it may sound odd that Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Bend It Like Beckham and Velvet Goldmine) played Presley, he’s actually pretty good! Presley’s adoration for Dean comes up again later in Elvis when he points out the Griffith Observatory, where Rebel Without a Cause’s climactic finale took place, and while all three of Dean’s films are classics, Nicholas Ray’s coming-of-age movie is a sensible starting point. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

There is a certain subset of mid-century American icons who endure, through some mixture of beauty and tragedy, in our collective cultural imagination, and of that group, James Dean was one of Elvis’s own icons. A year after making Halloween, Carpenter took on this ABC production that focused primarily on Elvis’s most popular years and did not delve into his ’70s decline. Gunsmoke Blues (2004)

Back in the ’90s, when asked about Presley during an interview with Bob Costas, blues icon Ray Charles didn’t hold back his frustration while explaining that Presley’s initial popularity came from how he mimicked Black music and Black dance styles for a white audience. Gunsmoke Blues is available to watch on YouTube. But Presley’s actual performance is hair-raisingly good, as is the rest of the special. “I just wanted to take another look at you” indeed. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

Presley is surrounded by people in Elvis, whether it’s his Memphis Mafia crew of associates, assistants, and hangers-on or people complicit in Parker’s manipulation of the artist. Rebel Without a Cause is available to stream on HBO Max. King (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), Little Richard (Alton Mason), Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (Gary Clark Jr.), Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Yola), and Big Mama Thornton (Shonka Dukureh). King: The Life of Riley is available to stream for free on Peacock. It is through Parker’s self-serving narration that we see Elvis Presley’s celebrity explode and then eventually dim as Parker manipulates him into a long-term Las Vegas contract and surrounds him with doctors who keep him medicated and addicted. B.B. A Star Is Born (1976) is available to stream on HBO Max. Simply put, it’s fun, and you won’t get the theme song out of your head for days. If you’re looking to dive deeper into the icon, we’ve got watchlist recommendations for you. Documentaries

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)

The Presley family and estate have been very deliberate with the projects they bless, and before Luhrmann’s Elvis, they threw their support behind 2018’s Elvis Presley: The Searcher. That documentary feels intimate throughout, with personal anecdotes from Priscilla about her late husband and a fair amount of footage from the archives at Graceland, including a clip of Elvis’s beloved mother, Gladys, singing gospel. An interview with Thornton about her song “Hound Dog,” which would later become a breakthrough for Elvis, is both enlightening and infuriating for what it reveals about how Black artists were treated at the time. But as a portrait of King, The Life of Riley makes a case for his clear genius. The documentary Gunsmoke Blues features a number of those musicians on the road, in concert, and speaking about their experiences in the industry, including with Elvis. While Butler’s Elvis and Olivia DeJonge’s Priscilla (14 when she met the adult singer, a detail that Luhrmann’s movie elides) are falling in love in Germany, the singer shares with her his dreams of becoming a serious dramatic actor. Although the miniseries lost out on all six Emmy Awards it was nominated for, Meyers’s Golden Globe for Best Actor was deserved. Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Presley made dozens of films after returning from his U.S. Elvis: The Early Years is available to watch for free on Amazon Freevee. In Luhrmann’s film, Butler’s Elvis — fading and frustrated — hopes that A Star Is Born will be a reinvigoration of his career, but in real life, Parker put an end to negotiations with his high fee demands. Whether Charles was right that Presley was a “punk” rather than “the King” is up for debate, but his point that Presley’s initial styling was grounded in Black traditions is correct, and Luhrmann incorporates it early on into Elvis. Viva Las Vegas is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video. Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video. Director Thom Zimny keeps the documentary tuned in to Presley’s music, what he wanted to express through it, and how it changed and transformed over time, and the result is an immersive viewing experience that shifts attention from the gossip, scandal, and misbehavior that sometimes obfuscate the reality that Elvis was really, really good at this. Elvis isn’t flirting with actress Natalie Wood through their pen-pal relationship, he explains to Priscilla, but instead asking her about Hollywood and sharing how much he idolizes Wood’s Rebel Without a Cause co-star Dean (an understandable reaction to the immensely talented actor, who starred in only three films before his death in a car accident at 24 years old). Russell is unexpectedly effective as the singer (so much so that he’d go on to voice and play Elvis a couple more times in his career), and as a different turn from a performer whose badass persona was shaped by those later Carpenter films, it’s worth a watch. Meyers’s intensity and oddball energy propel the performance forward, and Randy Quaid is believably nefarious as Parker. What Parker and NBC imagined as a treacly Christmas special, Presley and producer Bob Finkel seized as an opportunity to show off what made the singer so magnetic in the first place. Elvis: The Early Years

Limited series have become the purview of cable networks and streaming services these days, but in decades past, the miniseries was a prime-time network-TV favorite. Elvis Presley: The Searcher is available to stream on HBO Max. TV

Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special

By the late 1960s, Presley’s decision to pursue acting — and Parker’s push for him to work as much as possible, with three or so films a year — meant that he had faded somewhat from the country’s musical landscape. The song-and-dance numbers are flashy, and Las Vegas looks slickly appealing, and the film is probably the best example of Presley’s comedic timing and awareness of his own public persona. Elvis (1979) is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Probably the best of the lot is Viva Las Vegas, in which Presley and Ann-Margret (a year after her wonderfully memorable turn in Bye Bye Birdie) play a race-car driver turned waiter and a swimming teacher, respectively, who fall for each other in the City of Sin. Luhrmann devotes a significant chunk of Elvis to the creation and recording of this TV event, and Butler does well mimicking Presley during “I Can Dream,” a song inspired by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Elvis (1979)

Before filmmaker John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell went on to make an array of cult favorites in the horror and sci-fi genres — Escape From New York, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China among them — the two of them first collaborated on a made-for-TV movie about the King. Related

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A Star Is Born (1976 and 2018)

This story, about an up-and-coming ingénue and a fading megastar who cross paths on their respective ways up and down the cliff of American celebrity, has been made four times; the third, 1976 adaptation was originally supposed to star Presley. A Star Is Born (2018) is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video. But he seems most at home in Black neighborhoods and nightclubs, and his most clear-eyed friend is B.B.

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The Least Historically Accurate Music Biopics Ever Made

James Brown really was chased by police across two states. It’s also almost certainly not how it happened. He has a long-lasting marriage to Linda Lee Porter (Alexis Smith), who celebrates each opening night by giving him a cigarette case. That is the case, however, with the Liszt of Ken Russell’s demented Lisztomania, which opens with a sequence in which Liszt (played by the Who’s Roger Daltrey) licks the breasts of his mistress in time to a metronome, flashes forward to a concert that includes roadies wearing jeans and Franz Liszt T-shirts, and just gets stranger from there. He finds great professional success, but only after a period of initial frustration and time abroad, some of it serving in the French Foreign Legion. Adapted from Peter Shaffer’s play of the same name, Milos Forman’s 1984 film Amadeus works brilliantly as a study in contrast between genius and a more mundane sort of workaday talent. Stream on HBO Max

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Degree of accuracy: 62%

Directed (at least nominally) by Bryan Singer, this massively successful Queen biopic employs a lot of narrative shorthand and simplification in telling the story of the band’s rise to fame. The Village Voice’s ”10 Things the CBGB Movie Got Wrong” typifies the scrutiny faced by any based-on-fact movie in the internet age. Astonished by and jealous of Mozart’s talents, Salieri does everything in his power to thwart Mozart’s success — and later commissions a requiem mass he plans to claim as his own. Whether it’s hiding a subject’s sexuality or putting the wrong stickers on a club’s bathroom wall, these days, someone’s going to notice. Yes, famous acts like the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Television, and Talking Heads played there. Most biopics tread it. None of this could be depicted in the 1940s, of course, but Night and Day struggles to find anything dramatic to make up for its absence. Some cross it. But that doesn’t mean there’s much truth to it. “I thought it was a horrible movie. And while it’s impossible to overstate Mozart’s greatness, it is possible to understate Salieri’s contributions by playing him as a creatively constipated hack. That’s to be expected in rock biopics. Stream on Tubi

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CBGB (2013)

Degree of accuracy: 19%

It’s probably easier just to point out what this purported history of Hilly Kristal and his famous club gets right than all it gets wrong. The film depicts him as a colorful, selfish, possibly malevolent character but downplays any suggestion of sexual menace. (Early member Michael Steele, who later joined the Bangles, is conspicuously absent, for instance.)

In promoting the film, both Currie and Jett have been fairly upfront about presenting it as an interpretation of their experience rather than an airtight account. Having previously sold their life rights to another project, J.I. Rent on Amazon and Vudu

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Lisztomania (1975)

Degree of accuracy: 12%

Franz Liszt was many things: composer, performer, lover, patron. There’s a fine line between embellishment and outright fiction, however. So while there’s little accuracy to Amadeus — or previous dramatizations that posited Salieri as an envious rival — the film still gets at a greater truth about creativity and jealousy, showing how beauty can be horrible to those who can’t create it, and that the success of others can feel like a personal insult from God to those who can’t achieve it. The film, starring Al Pacino as Spector and Helen Mirren as defense lawyer Linda Kenney Baden, depicts Spector’s trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and at least seems to be an attempt to get at the facts of the story and make a case for the famed music producer’s innocence. Fuchs refused to participate in or lend her name to the film; Alia Shawkat plays the fictional bassist Robin Roberts instead. Still, don’t believe everything you see. The facts might be straight, up to the questionable finale, but Stoned never finds a story worth telling. He faces physical adversity after a riding accident. Taken on those terms, as a loose interpretation of the Runaways’ story, it works well enough, in part thanks to Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart’s performances as Currie and Jett, respectively. Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes

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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

Degree of accuracy: 67%

Gary Busey won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Texas-born rock-and-roll pioneer Buddy Holly, and deservedly so. Mozart lost a teaching position to Salieri, possibly as part of an ongoing rivalry between Italians and Germans in the court. Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos: Alamy

It’s not always easy to sort fact from fiction in music biopics, particularly when the facts of musicians’ lives are often so bizarre. Watching the film, it’s hard not to share his feelings, as CBGB misses the point in scene after scene. Allison and Joe B. In reality, Queen never broke up, and Mercury didn’t learn of his diagnosis until years after Live Aid, then didn’t share the news with the rest of Queen until sometime after that. Given a front seat to history, all he can do is look annoyed. I imagine it was made up,” Allison said. Heinrich Heine created the term Lisztomania to describe the effects Liszt concerts had on the screaming crowds that turned out to watch him perform, concertgoers who found themselves driven to delirium with enthusiasm. Liszt did have a long, important friendship with Wagner, who married Liszt’s daughter, Cosima. Jones never emerges as a distinctive character. In one especially groan-worthy moment, the young Porter says he doesn’t want to wonder what life would be like if he “hadn’t have been … fenced in.”

It’s what Night and Day leaves out that gives it a difficult relationship with the truth. It’s part of a biopic tradition of bending the truth to serve the story and of compressing and condensing for the sake of narrative convenience. But even armed with this knowledge, it’s tough to make sense of the film. While there’s little reason to recommend the film — which provided fodder for an episode of the great bad-movie podcast “The Flop House” — as a work of art, and it earned scathing reviews as a result, some of its bad press came from those who recognized how far it missed the mark. It makes a certain amount of sense that focus would fall primarily on their characters and offer a simplified take on the band’s origins and history. Below are ten from across the past 75 years that took the truth to the limit — and sometimes further than that. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, for instance, insinuates that Elvis Presley’s sleazy manager, Colonel Tom Parker (not his real name, though he was named an honorary colonel in the Louisiana State militia), arranged to have Elvis drafted into the Army to tame his out-of-control image, a detail that might be poetically true but doesn’t have much connection to fact. Porter’s longtime friend Monty Woolley, and actor and wit, plays himself. Clearly, Russell and everyone else involved had no interest in the literal truth of Liszt’s life, which they used as a jumping-off point for wild fantasies. It’s not ‘based on a true story.’ It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome.” So reads the bizarre disclaimer that opens Phil Spector, David Mamet’s attempt to … well, that’s hard to figure out. It plays like a detective story with occasional interruptions of unmistakable Mamet dialogue. Even by music-biopic standards, it squeezes a lot of ups and downs into a short running time. If anyone ever gets around to making a Van Halen biopic, the sequence depicting the band’s infamous visit to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1978 will likely seem like an invention, but it really happened. Our heroes meet, form a band, hook up with producer Mutt Lange, experience tragedy (an accident in which drummer Rick Allen loses an arm), and (mostly) get their act back together at a pace that sometimes makes the movie feel as if it’s on fast-forward. But, hey, Mamet says it’s a work of fiction before the movie even begins, so he can do what he wants, right? Speaking to Hitfix before its release, Currie both noted that its emphasis on the grim side of being a rock star isn’t entirely accurate and pointed to places where writer/director Floria Sigismondi softened the story, like when she chose to leave out that Currie was raped by her sister’s boyfriend. That everyone knew what they were doing adds an air of disingenuousness to the film. Stephen Woolley’s film eventually buys into that theory after a long stretch of portraying Jones (Leo Gregory) as a self-destructive character with little regard for his own life. The problem’s as much a matter of focus as accuracy. Paddy Considine plays Thorogood as a man quietly seething with rage and class resentment who one day just snaps. I didn’t see anything that was correct. Milne — at the time of the guitarist’s death. In one late scene, he shows up at the hospital and, thanked for some flowers, replies, “Yes, one can only send them to another man when he’s flat on his back.” Porter himself is said to have offered the best criticism of the film when he gave approval to the script with the words, “None of it’s true.” Strictly speaking, much of it is true. “It’s kind of sad for us.”

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Amadeus (1984)

Degree of accuracy: 53%

Sometimes the truth needs a little reshaping for the sake of art, however. Rent on iTunes and YouTube

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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001)

Degree of accuracy: 68%

Made for VH1 during the glorious Behind the Music–dominated stretch when the network transformed into a channel for music nerds, Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story isn’t so much inaccurate as hilariously compressed. All true, but Night and Day leaves out much, sanitizes more, and squeezes what’s left into the form of a Hollywood-friendly biopic that’s as a flavorless as Porter’s songs are memorable, despite the presence of Grant in front of the camera and the reliable Michael Curtiz behind it. Where the real-life Porter suffered tremendous physical pain that may have contributed to his alcoholism, Night and Day’s Porter is seen staying up carousing the night before the latest in a string of surgeries that mostly seem like minor inconveniences. And whether the subject is Cole Porter, Johnny Cash, or Ice Cube, facts will continue to be bent for the sake of drama, but outright wholesale invention might be a thing of the past. Highlights include a cameo by Ringo Starr as the Pope, an extended homage to Charlie Chaplin, and a scene in which Liszt rides around on a giant golden cock. Filling out the former role: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, played by Tom Hulce as an occasionally buffoonish wunderkind of astounding gifts. Rent on Amazon

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The Runaways (2010)

Degree of accuracy: 29%

Where the accuracy of Stoned can be called into question by a suspicious inclusion, it’s a conspicuous exclusion that now makes The Runaways look less than truthful. But it’s in the home stretch that Bohemian Rhapsody leaves reality behind almost entirely. The film offers a parade of famous and semi-famous faces playing everyone from Debbie Harry (Malin Akerman) to Iggy Pop (Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins), and the decision to let them lip-sync to the studio versions of famous songs doesn’t help create a gritty, downtown vibe. Yes, there was a club called CBGB. That’s not that far off from most accounts of the real-life Holly, even if there’s more than a touch of Old Hollywood sanitization to this New Hollywood–era film. Murray Abraham), an Italian composer (and later tutor to Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt) serving in the court of the Hapsburg monarchy, played here as an uptight, sexually frustrated prig. The Porters’ marriage suffers because Cole can’t stop working on one successful project after another. He did not, however, fly down from heaven in a spaceship to do battle with Richard Wagner, who’d assumed the form of Frankenstein’s monster with Hitler’s features and taken to toting a guitar-shaped machine gun and killing Jews. But he also worked with Salieri on a now-lost cantata and, per Mozart’s letters, gave Salieri a ride to the premiere of his Magic Flute, which Salieri enjoyed enthusiastically. He also had a complicated relationship with the Catholic Church, tied to his attempts to marry a previously married Russian countess (albeit one that never involved a Pope Ringo). Yes, Kristal managed the notorious-even-for-this-scene act the Dead Boys. Holly’s band, the Crickets, on the other hand, don’t come off nearly as well. Mauldin became, respectively, “Jesse Charles” and “Ray Bob Simmons.” Allison, the Crickets’ drummer, had particular reason to hate the film, since his analogue was depicted as a racist. As played by Cary Grant, the film’s Porter is the happy-go-lucky scion of a wealthy Indiana family whose law studies at Yale get derailed by a love for song. But anyone who doesn’t know at least a little bit about Liszt going into the movie will be lost, as it expects viewers to understand the life it’s sending up without ever explaining it to the uninitiated. Linda was also several years his senior, and a divorcée, having escaped an abusive marriage. Though by all accounts Cole and Linda Lee Porter had a loving, functional marriage, Cole was gay, and extramarital dalliances were part of their relationship. Some pretend it doesn’t exist at all. (Nor do anachronisms like having a pre-fame Patti Smith (Mickey Sumner) sing “Because the Night,” her biggest hit and a song co-written by Bruce Springsteen.) But CBGB barely seems to notice what makes any of them important, so intent is it on lingering on Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape–with-a-hangover routine as Kristal. The real story isn’t quite as neat as the one in the film, but hey, as Mercury himself sang, the show must go on. He was also, loosely speaking, a rock star. Stream on YouTube and Tubi

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Phil Spector (2013)

Degree of accuracy: 18%

“This is a work of fiction. He also brings much more personality to the film than the script, which portrays Holly as an easily frustrated but otherwise virtually flawless fellow. The band didn’t love it: In 2019, frontman Joe Elliott called it “the biggest pile of shit ever made.”

Stoned (2005)

Degree of accuracy: 70%

If ever a rock star were likely to die by drowning in a swimming pool after ingesting a stunning amount of drugs and alcohol, it was Brian Jones. In scene after scene, Baden delves into inconsistencies in the blood spatter on Spector’s clothes, re-creating Clarkson’s death with (gross) animation and by using a lifelike dummy to prove the wound had to be self-inflicted. The story of an all-female rock band that briefly took the ’70s by storm, the film was adapted from singer Cherie Currie’s memoir, Neon Angel, of her time with the band, and executive-produced by Currie’s former bandmate Joan Jett. It seems more envious than pitiable. The unforgiving TV-movie budget and spotty accent work doesn’t help, either. Even after his accident, Grant’s Porter seems like a fundamentally merry fellow. Since Fowley’s death earlier this year, a different story has started to emerge, via a Huffington Post story in which Jackie Fuchs (who played bass with the Runaways under the name Jackie Fox) claims Fowley raped her while Currie and Jett looked on. Where future biopics like Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan fantasia I’m Not There would use the lives of their subjects as raw material for nontraditional biopics, Russell’s film plays like excess for the sake of excess, losing sight of Liszt and whatever else it wants to say amid all the garishness. Elton John really did perform a concert dressed as Donald Duck. Rent on Amazon and iTunes

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Tags: Her absence now looks more conspicuous than ever. Sometimes truth runs deeper than facts. The band breaks up then overcomes their differences just in time for a triumphant performance at Live Aid, a concert they perform shortly after lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) learns he’s HIV-positive and reveals his diagnosis to his bandmates. He disappears into the role, even singing Holly’s songs himself. It also omits many, many details that make Spector look guilty of murder (as a jury agreed during a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury). The Rolling Stones guitarist parted ways with the band in 1969, when his out-of-control behavior estranged him from the other members. In fact, Mozart and Salieri seem to have been quite cordial. Beyond that, well, you won’t learn a lot about punk or what CBGB meant here. And at least in band-approved biopics like this one, it’s not unusual for movies to elide nagging details like Queen’s willingness to play apartheid-era South Africa when other acts went out of their way to avoid it. Even biopics that are at least somewhat committed to historical accuracy end up cutting corners. The other notable performance comes from Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley, the Runaways’ Svengali, who sees a million-dollar idea in putting together a band made up up of sexually provocative underage girls. In the latter role, Amadeus drops Antonio Salieri (F. One popular choice: Frank Thorogood, a builder living at Jones’s estate — formerly the home of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. (Take a moment to let that sink in.) But where there’s a dead rock star, there’s a conspiracy theory, which has led to a lot of speculation about who really killed Brian Jones. The problem: There’s not a lot of evidence to support that, apart from a dubiously sourced deathbed confession. In the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, an incident of police harassment leads instantaneously to the composition of “Fuck Tha Police.” It’s one of the film’s best sequences. And apart from Considine’s standout performance, there’s little here to set this apart from any other story of ’60s rock-star excess. Night and Day (1946)

Degree of accuracy: 64%

Night and Day is the Cole Porter story, broadly speaking.

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Billie Joe Armstrong ‘Renouncing’ U.S. Citizenship Over Abortion Ruling

“I have just had too much fucking stupid in the world to go back to that miserable fucking excuse for a country.” Armstrong then insisted to fans he was “not kidding.” Vulture reached out to representatives for Green Day to confirm Armstrong’s plans. Related

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Billie Joe Armstrong really doesn’t wanna be an American idiot. Olivia Rodrigo covered Lily Allen’s “Fuck You” at Glastonbury in a pointed message to the Supreme Court, while Phoebe Bridgers and Billie Eilish also spoke out during their Glastonbury sets. Wade

Tags: #GreenDay #RoeVWade #hellamegatour billie joe’s statement on roe vs wade at london hella mega tour last night pic.twitter.com/6cJx4oa6I1— friendly neighborhood clikkie (@armstr0ngtyler) June 25, 2022

Armstrong is one of many musicians using their concerts to speak out about the ruling. “I’m fucking coming here,” he said on the June 24 stop of Green Day’s Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion.

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An Interview With Stranger Things’ Most Oblivious Dad

They think that’s more important than their time. So it was pretty shocking to see Karen consider that. But in season one in particular, I got so many letters. I started doing Cameo for fun, and so many people have responded to Ted. I’m very curious about that. If you start veering toward the parent lanes, you get taken off the story. Dads in particular. It doesn’t seem like there’s room for a Karen-and-Ted story. Besides that potential golf prowess, how do you think Ted would react if he found himself trapped in the Upside Down?I would love a chance to get out there and defend the kids. Ted really loves his family and would do really well in that Upside Down scenario. While the Mind Flayer is killing teens at that very hip Starcourt Mall, Ted is mowing his lawn in the rain and falling asleep on his La-Z-Boy. But as the show has progressed, I’m starting to feel like we’re not going to see that. Vecna wouldn’t stand a chance.A lot of the cast, pretty much from season two, have been encouraging the Duffers to get Ted more active in the show. [Laughs.] I feel like that’s in all of my characters. Were you bummed that Karen came close to cheating on him last season?I was. Does thinking of a backstory for a guy like Ted interest you? Ted is defined by what he doesn’t do as much as by what he does: His La-Z-Boy snoozes, his grunts, his sighs, the strange way he runs …You caught that. You mentioned ’80s dads — when you look at the Spielberg movies, like E.T., or Disney movies through the years, something always happens to the mother. The speculation is that he’s with the CIA — is he part of it? It’s the ’80s, too. They gravitate toward that “What did I doooo?” line. How do you view him?It’s interesting because when we first started out — and I still contend this — I feel like … if you remember Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the vixen, Jessica Rabbit, is like, “I’m not bad; I’m just drawn that way.” Ted is like that. The dude’s a patriot, for God’s sake. He was making pains to try to enjoy the fair in season three, even though all of the rides seemed to not agree with him. The Goonies, for instance — I think that was the Duffers’ inspiration more than anything else. We watched that scene together, and she was like, “No, Dad.” I like to think there was the littlest of knolls on that lawn, just the slightest gradient you can have, and that would’ve been too much for Ted. As the stories veered away from Hawkins and the kids growing up, it’s difficult to also incorporate the adults. What’s remarkable is that in high school, I wore them under a football helmet and on the basketball court, with the old-school band around them, and they’re in better condition than half my glasses now. Do some damage.”
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Over the past four seasons, you kind of get the sense that Ted Wheeler, Mike and Nancy’s dad, is starring in an entirely different show from whatever nonsense is transpiring in the Stranger Things narrative universe. Ted (played by tenured actor Joe Chrest) really hams it up for all his appearances in season four, personifying the type of father who doesn’t have a damn clue what his kids and their friends are up to — despite a lot of the action taking place in his own basement, much to his annoyance. With season four, there are so many stories to tell. I’ve got these sports pictures where I have the Mike Wheeler hairdo: huge bushy hair on a tiny face. Ted was being a really good father to Holly, the youngest child. I’m told, “That’s how I always feel: What the hell did I do?”

How else is Ted like Jessica Rabbit?That quote, “I’m not bad; I’m just drawn that way,” really sums it up. When we see Ted, he’s wiped out from work. Okay, I didn’t know if Ted also had a secret femme-fatale side to him.Well, he does, but it hasn’t come out yet. While Vecna is cracking limbs from his web in the Upside Down, Ted is pissed his son’s friends are eating all his breakfast food. I was bent over. It reminds her how good of a dad Ted is, even if he’s a bit of a dope.I appreciate you catching all of the nuances. Regardless of how small the role is, I answer all of those questions for myself. And always taking care of her while her mom was out “having coffee” with “the girls.”

What’s the story behind Ted’s snazzy glasses?They are my personal glasses! They don’t make ’em like they used to. The glasses don’t look huge on me now, but back then, they made me look like Elton John. With that plotline, I was thinking … Well, some people didn’t have the best dad, but they were much better at being a grandfather when they got a second chance. If you’re napping while Hawkins burns, that’s what you’re doing. I’m curious if, say, he was modeled after the Duffers’ own father.From what I understand, they had a really good father. Strangely, those were my personal eyeglasses in ninth grade. I taped part of my audition from the driving range, but it never materialized. Will it merge with the story? (“You could try sticking together at a different house for a change,” he mumbles in the premiere.) It’s this dad-chotomy that allows Ted to come off as both endearing and useless, but at the end of the day, Chrest told Vulture in a recent interview, he’s a man who will always fight for his family. That’s a good Ted line. I’ve kept a lot of my frames through the years, unless they’ve been smashed playing sports. I’m sure he served in the military. It’s not like they’re even “playable” things, but knowing they’re there for me is helpful. It makes Ted more of a human for me. I think fans were relieved that it didn’t happen. There’s so many stories to tell right now that need to be tied up. He’s been described as everything from useless, apathetic, an inspiration, to a quintessential ’80s dad. [Laughs.]

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Tags: But we haven’t even seen a golf club from Ted. They love writing his lines. Did you want to see it? It’s what’s there on the page for Ted. Even though there wasn’t a lot there for Ted, he’s a loving dad. I’ll be asked for input a lot of times: “What do you think Ted would say here?” That’s always fun. Was he described in the script in a distinct way? No, I didn’t, but I felt that diversion was representative of Ted: When Karen is about to leave for the tryst, she sees him and their daughter cradled next to each other. Ted has a cushy nine-to-five, returns every night to a hot wife and an even hotter home-cooked meal, and is content to be a humble, dozy observer as chaos reigns around him. What his profession is, how he wooed Karen to be his wife — any of that?Oh, yes. We’re defined by our actions. How did you want to embody him physically?Back in the original description, when I was auditioning for the role, it said, “This guy would rather be on the golf course than at his house.” I thought, How cool, I’m going to play a lot of golf! “I think I need to take a driver or fairway wood into the Upside Down. So the show put my current prescription in them to wear. Like a lot of dads I saw while my kids were growing up, they focus on being providers. With season five, I’d like to see, as would a lot of us, more of Ted. [Laughs.] My daughter was all over the running thing. (“We’re patriots in this house!”) While … well, you get the gist, don’t you? Do some damage. It’s funny, when I discuss Stranger Things with friends, it seems the conversation always turns to Ted. It’s a chance for Ted to fight for his country. I was a lot more out of breath than I’d care to admit. It’s funny, because me and the other actors always speculated that Ted was the one having an affair. They’re Ted fans. I think that’s why people have gravitated toward Ted: because I’m playing it like I’m one of the central characters. Karen, who was a lot more involved in the first few seasons, has tapered off. I never approach it like he doesn’t care. Maybe that can be a season-five thing.Well, I think I need to take a driver or fairway wood into the Upside Down. Ted was more an homage to the ’80s movies where the dad isn’t there much for one reason or another. I don’t know if it’s something I’d feel at liberty to talk about, because even though I’ve filled them in for myself, the Duffers or writers could envision something different.

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90 Day Fiancé Recap: Free Bini, Kobe, and Shaeeda

If the producers wanted to diversify the villains and victims they feature on the show, they did a great job. It’s just timing! If they weren’t serious, they wouldn’t have filled out the paperwork. Okay, now we can talk about Bilal! The whole situation is getting weird, and I am convinced Bini is stuck in a Get Out–like nightmare. At this point, I’m convinced Ari and her parents are trying to antagonize Bini back to Ethiopia. The second Emily’s dad realized she spent money she did not have on a ring, he was done with her. Leandro insisting he’s part of Ari’s family when there’s no reason for him to be there is weird! If anyone needs a relationship with their ex, it’s the person who should be co-parenting and reconnecting with their kid! She could’ve just returned the ring! I have known Patrick for only 11 episodes, but even I know that he is a family man! There’s no way they actually think it’s normal for Ari to go wedding-dress shopping with her ex-husband. Tags: Hopefully they’ll come to a mutual agreement to end things. Bini is absolutely right to be suspicious of Ari’s relationship with Leandro! • Leandro is clearly baiting Bini and trying to make him mad! Also, I hate that Thais said all that stuff about Patrick being honest about his money because they’re getting married but she has been keeping a huge secret! Emily’s sister and mom knew she bought her own ring — I think they could’ve given her a heads-up that Kobe was shopping for one without spoiling when the engagement would happen! You could see Bini was sad about Leandro coming to dinner and was afraid to say anything. Thais’s Las Vegas–wedding switcheroo was rude and immature. They seemed so happy having fake sex in that mattress store. Do you just enjoy hurting Kobe’s feelings? I have never felt as bad for anyone in the 90 Day universe as I do for Bini, Kobe, Shaeeda, and Patrick. • Guillermo is so sweet, and I was heartbroken for him this week. I respect him! I’ll start with Ari because she is usually the worst person on the show, a title she holds on to this week when she forces Bini to interact with her ex-husband, Leandro. Everyone could see how hurt Kobe was that Emily didn’t trust him to keep his word, and her attempts to laugh it off made it worse. It would be easy for Mohamed to lie to Yve, give her the romance she wants, then slowly reveal he never intended to give her the life she wanted. After all the arguing these two have been through, Emily had to go and ruin Kobe’s proposal, too! Why ask a pointed question about your tank top showing too much skin if you’re trying to keep the peace? I don’t think we’ve ever seen a cast with so many sweet people who are doing their best! He wasn’t as bad as last week, but only because he didn’t whip out any legal documents. Instead, he is not hiding anything: If their kid isn’t Muslim, he’d rather not have a kid. As harsh as it is, that’s what Yve needs to hear to break her rose-colored glasses. I also don’t like how Ari’s family keeps acting like Bini is a violent liar or capable of harming Leandro. Email

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• Patrick and his brothers, John and Michael, are a real example of nature versus nurture. Otherwise, I’m just glad Shaeeda has a close group of birdies who can offer her advice. But we all know Ari would lose her mind if Bini did anything like that. • Thais really thought she could just smile and be sexy and convince Patrick to go against everything he believes. Kara was being incredibly sweet and supportive. I hope Patrick realizes she’s not ready for marriage if she can’t be honest with her father about it. On top of that, Janice made unnecessary barbs about Bini lying. I just felt bad for Miona because Jibri threw her under the bus. I had the same concern for Kobe, but after this week, I think even Emily’s family is on his side. I thought it was fair that Shaeeda asked for a clause about children in their prenup. It’s tempting to say Mohamed makes the villain list this episode, but honestly? Ari only ever brings Leandro around when she wants to make Bini mad or jealous, and that’s what happens here. That didn’t need to happen, Emily! It’s bad enough that Ari tried to have Leandro lecture Bini about being honest on her behalf, but it was worse when she invited Leandro to Bini’s Ethiopian New Year dinner! 90 Day Fiancé
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I don’t even know how to approach all of the evils that take place in “How to Marry a Stripper.” This is easily one of the season’s best episodes because it shows how different these couples are from those in previous seasons. Instead, he lectures Shaeeda on properly packing her suitcase and handling luggage zippers. He clearly wanted to introduce this custom to his new family, and it was so rude that Janice and Leandro took over the conversation by talking about Argentine food! Thais accidentally told Patrick that her dad doesn’t know they’re getting married, which obviously Patrick has a problem with. They all grew up in different cities and could not be more different! I did love that Jibri’s father looked frozen during the entire dinner argument. The comment about Leandro choosing Ari’s bra was weird too! • I could not even entertain Jibri and Miona’s fake nonsense! If Bilal is going to keep dragging her along without being honest, this is the only way she can force him to address the issue. He loves his brothers; he’s not getting married without a bachelor party. Why?? VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! She didn’t even need to bring it up, and it’s so childish that she thought this was something she had to share. Keep in mind that Bini has an ex-wife he shares a child with in America, and Ari has never encouraged him to reach out to her or Avi’s half-sibling. Normally Bilal would rank next in terms of awfulness, but Thais outdid him this week! These two spent money and time applying for a K-1 visa — of course they need to get married now. She has lied about spending the night with him in the past but calls Bini a liar if he boxes with a woman. • Why did Emily tell Kobe about the other ring? Also, Yve seems like she is at a point where all she wants to do is antagonize Mohamed. I hope this helps them get over their control issues and brings them closer. • Bilal really tried to tell a grown woman how to use a zipper! Vox Media, LLC Terms and Privacy Notice
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Carol Burnett to Guest Star on Better Call Saul

Burnett joins Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, who will be reprising their Breaking Bad roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Surely a sad life! Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Does anyone remember what the curtain situation is in Saul Goodman’s office? That’s right! Until the episode airs, we’re imagining Burnett walking around her home saying things like “I am the one who knocks” and watching Chuck set his house on fire. It’s important to get that straight, because a certain famed curtain wearer will be guest-starring on Better Call Saul’s final season this summer. Sketch-comedy icon Carol Burnett will join as a character named Marion, according to a press release. Burnett has previously expressed interest in the Walter White Cinematic Universe, telling the San Antonio Express-News back in 2018 that she wanted to guest on the show because she thought “Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are genius.” Better Call Saul has mentioned Burnett previously (in season two, episode five: “Rebecca”), in which Chuck referenced Burnett’s famous ear-tugging move while talking to Rebecca. That means that Burnett and Marion both exist in the show’s universe, so maybe Marion’s tragic backstory will include always being mistaken for Carol Burnett? The final six episodes will begin airing on Monday, July 11, and finish on August 15 on AMC and AMC+. Knowing this show, we’re wondering if Marion could beat Miss Hannigan in the category of “Carol Burnett’s Messiest Roles.”

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Welcome Back to John Early and Kate Berlant’s Absurd Duet

It begins with an instantly recognizable pattern that happens between two people — in this case, one person playing off the other’s fears and insecurities in order to take advantage of them. The Critics Newsletter
Sign up to get New York’s week in reviews. There’s none of the outsider bafflement that Berlant and Early’s characters sometimes evince, nor are they playing familiar, ridiculous monsters. And it’s not hard to imagine the pair’s global-celebrity alter egos pointing out that because they are Culture, any self-commentary is also pointed cultural commentary. The best of these, and maybe the best joke of the entire special, is a recurring gag about an absurd digital-payment system called Hot Caramel. The sketch winds toward a grandiose, sweepingly romantic conclusion, but there’s so much tension and discomfort in Berlant’s performance that the end can’t quite relieve it all. From either angle, Early and Berlant get to laugh. It’s fantastic to have them back together. Their reunion is hosted by Meredith Viera (also playing herself), and the opening moments of the special are short clips of families from all over the world frantically tuning in so they don’t miss a moment of this TV-reunion event. How many kids does John have now? It’s a classic heterosexual interaction that they’ve rewritten by swapping the genders. Berlant performs a completely convincing version of how a man might cajole and persuade a woman into sex; Early plays the startled, unhappy, more typically female half of the pursuer-pursued duo. For some reason, Berlant and Early’s harried airport family are also sentient beavers. But the core of it is still pure John Early and Kate Berlant. It’s fun to see them funnel the universal (Meredith Viera, celebrity reunion, Will & Grace) into a trivial personal battle; it’s even funnier to cast their bizarro-world niche as universal. Kate Berlant and John Early in Would It Kill You to Laugh? But for the most part, Would It Kill You is variations on the theme of two people who know each other, and sometimes those two people are versions of Early and Berlant. That sketch is somewhat of an oddball within the broader tone of Would It Kill You to Laugh?, but it’s the exception that proves the rule. It is a backward jab at Early’s and Berlant’s own reputations — as niche weirdos whose sensibility has been co-opted by others — but the joke twists in a different direction when the sketch reveals that in this version of Berlant and Early, they are playing themselves as if they were former stars of Will & Grace. “Of what?” Berlant asks, leaning over his shoulder. Their characters are often massive pills, but they’re not that here, either. What could be more appealing than a pitch-perfect gleeful deadpan? What kinds of performing has Kate been doing? I have gone back and forth about whether that choice is brilliant or ruinous. Would It Kill You to Laugh? She falters. In some sketches, the duo is united against a common enemy: They are the two friends at a book club who did not read the obnoxiously long book; they are the two members of the junior girls’ dance squad who can’t quite nail the choreo. Those sections of the special play up the winking awareness of seeking fame while laughing at its absurdity and myopia. Email

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Unlike the other sketches, it’s not played for absurdist humor or cringey laughs. There are tiny, strange running jokes that appear throughout, like the boring book-club book or Early’s being prone to fainting. The North Star of an Early-Berlant sketch, particularly as written and performed in Would It Kill You?, is the incredible potency of a pairing. Play it lowbrow and it’s just a wildly stupid joke about paying for a meal in the most baffling way possible. In the few instances when the scope gets bigger, the sketch does not always translate with the same intensity. But like all the best things in Would It Kill You, it’s anchored by the way two people interact during some mundane one-on-one scene. It is overwrought, exhausted, and self-mocking, and it’s buoyed by Early and Berlant’s palpable delight. Haha! She gets mad when people say TV is a 10 hour movie. The Meredith Viera celebrity-reunion sketch and a closing sketch in which Berlant and Early play those same alter egos, but now as elderly celebrities, are the most direct bits of self-commentary. (Their show is called He’s Gay, She’s Half-Jewish.) The sketch, which returns throughout the hour and has the pair rising to higher and higher degrees of absurd one-upmanship, plays the joke from both sides. I still don’t know. Berlant and Early’s new hour-long special for Peacock, Would It Kill You to Laugh?, unspools a new series of sketches that toy with the ideas and moods of “How Have You Been?” It is a reflection on Berlant and Early’s comedic relationship, laughing at their history and playing up different flavors of partner dynamics. Vox Media, LLC Terms and Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Once again playing themselves, Berlant and Early are now also playing themselves as celebrities reuniting after a long estrangement. When Berlant and Early play parents traveling at an airport who feel inadequate when they run into another family they know, there’s some of the same push-pull tension as the families try to navigate the awkwardness, but the balance is not quite as tight. Maybe that situation turns toward sex, or maybe it turns toward harm. Kathryn VanArendonk is a critic who writes about TV and comedy. “I’m scared,” Early says, looking into a mirror. Photo: Peacock

In 2019, comedians Kate Berlant and John Early released a sketch on YouTube called “How Have You Been?” The sketch’s premise is that Early and Berlant, playing themselves, happen to run into each other in a home-goods store and play a game of faux-polite competitive catching up. The competition is so inane and so vicious that they manage to convey to each other that they both know this chic home goods store so well that they have their own nicknames for the store employee! Once again, the pair play themselves, but in versions that seem much closer to “reality” — they’re just offstage after a long day of shooting, with the beaver mask from that airport sketch sitting on a side table. In one exchange, Early and Berlant are seated across from each other in the Viera studio set trying to show off how well they’re doing, which escalates until Early forces Berlant’s character to simply name her own children. is framed by the sketch most directly developed from that earlier “How Have You Been?” concept.

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Peter Strickland Wants the Work That Hacks Are Getting

But if I’m working for someone else, I just let go. I had to look it up, and I was like, “Oh my God, this is me!” So I was using those types of sounds in all my films without knowing I was doing it. I’m not judging it. It goes back to a lot of the music I was listening to, like Robert Ashley and Nurse With Wound. You just have to accept that people are going to hate it. Every filmmaker has those grueling conversations. It’s incredibly specific and usually really trancelike and hypnotic. The dilemma I have as a filmmaker is that I have to follow what she does. I get that from certain filmmakers or bands, where I do feel purged. I have stomach stuff, and it felt extremely relatable. In Fabric was the first film I consciously made with an ASMR approach. But we didn’t talk about his dad at all. There is humor in the film, but for me the humor is the band’s bickering. I was like, [throws up hands]. Whereas we were not playing anything as instruments. I kind of liked the idea of serving someone’s vision. We use analog a lot, and it really pays off. In a selfish way, I try to make films that I would enjoy. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. Pardon my lack of modesty, but I’m very happy with the sound. It’s funny, I do relate to that hack line. The cost of living is insane these days. I’m not a doctor. What was that like?Yeah, we started in about 1996. We spoke about it a lot, in terms of how to do it without it falling flat. I do whatever they want. When you have 14 days, you have to pick and choose what you can choreograph. I’d put myself in that category as well then.I’m trying to do hack jobs in film! Do you have it or know someone close to you who has celiac? Not that I’m trying to make some public-information film. On my third film, someone asked me if I was into it, and I didn’t know what it was. Anything to do with wind, you run the risk of the audience laughing. I’d just made a short film in New York with Holly Woodlawn and Nick Zedd called Bubblegum on 16mm, because that’s what you did back then before digital became an option. We were young then. There’s a kind of submission you go through as an audience member that’s very satisfying. More and more people have stomach issues. I don’t want to end up like GG Allin, smearing himself in his own excrement. It’s instilled in you from an early age, sin. Like most of his earlier films — Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy, In Fabric — it’s a buffet of gorgeous sound and set design, each choice meticulous and evocative. I’ve heard it’s really intense. It’s weird. We were documenting cooking. Most of us do other jobs. By day, Stones listens patiently to the artists complain about one another and reveal each other’s secrets; by night, he suffers in attempted silence as he deals with a mysterious and ever-worsening stomach condition that prevents him from eating much of the delicious food on offer, keeps him from sleeping, and, eventually, turns him into the reluctant subject of the collective’s performances. Which of these do you most identify with when you make films?I think all of them, to be honest. It’s like you’re half-asleep. Our entry point into the chaos is the long-suffering Stones (Makis Papadimitriou), the institute’s “dossierge” — or, as he refers to himself, “hack writer” — who faithfully interviews and records all of the collective’s machinations, making the film feel at times like a sort of tongue-in-cheek episode of Behind the Music for a band that has never actually existed. I am, but it depends on the context. I’ve definitely been in Stones’s shoes.I’m sorry you go through that. I find it personally to be a bit of a cul-de-sac. People on Twitter and social media. Within that, something opened up in terms of this idea of a band that obsesses over shock value and comes across this character that they can use. With the film? Sound has always been a significant element in your movies. The nature of this kind of film is that it’s not for everyone. And yeah, she goes too far. Not that I’m name-dropping. I liked the idea of doing a very loose biopic — well, not really a biopic, but it mirrors what we were doing. Well … we did a few things, yeah. The two lines that resonate the most with me are Stones saying, “Something so private, sacrificed for the sake of art.” To expose yourself physically and emotionally to strangers, it’s like, why do we do that? But the taboo of the body, and having to hide things that are quite natural — if somebody can walk away from the film and openly say, “I have stomach issues” without feeling embarrassed, that’s an achievement. It worked because she’s so on fire and he did a great job, but none of us have had that short of a schedule before. What I didn’t realize until literally the last minute was that “flanger” has a double slang meaning for a part of the body. I wouldn’t do those things now. You watch something like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo, and it’s never revealed that it’s chocolate, but you know it’s chocolate. So you were actually in a culinary band called the Sonic Catering Band. Yeah, I can see parts where it just doesn’t quite get there. Any of us can break a taboo. Have you seen it?I would love to see it. Glock. You just plow ahead somehow. Cook a meal, record it, eat the meal; then in the weeks afterward, we’d work on the sound that came from that. I really chase that almost religiously. What do you mean?I grew up as an Orthodox. I don’t think people are hating it, but that they maybe misunderstand the provocation.If you’re dealing with that part of the body, it is tricky. If I had known I might have changed it. That seemed quite perverse to me. We did a whole mixture of things, from traditional rock-band stuff to galleries. It’s practice for me, and it’s money. This actually reminds me of my conversation with David Cronenberg about Crimes of the Future, which is similarly about the internal organs and the body as performance art and this idea of shock and taboo. Is that how you see the reality of making art? Did you hear it? But we stopped. — on herself]. I’d love to just do episode seven of something. I don’t always succeed, but the aim is to do the sort of sound I’d get off on — those moments of reverie and intense volume and texture. I wanted to keep doing things, but I couldn’t afford film. People who are not hacks tend to just be very rich. We toured around Europe, we did a six-hour shift once in this restaurant in Geneva. It feels like these movies are in conversation with each other. We piped it out at the same level as Muzak so it wasn’t intense or intrusive. This reminds of me the moment when Stones is just like, “I’m a hack writer.” It seems like you have a lot of self-doubt, which can be healthy, but I think the film succeeds on many levels. I think the stuff you saw in the film, a lot of that came from other people, such as the Viennese Actionists or even bands like Throbbing Gristle, White House, or Robert Ashley, in terms of using found recordings that are quite shocking or intense. There are several shocking moments in this film, though I didn’t find them gross as much as I found them delightfully weird. Asa Butterfield, Fatma Mohamed, and Ariane Labed in Flux Gourmet. Tags: On the side, I write for other people. The risk of being laughed at is the scariest risk when you make a film. But I am fascinated by it. She was so great to work with. We did that a lot in this film: Taking bits of Fatma’s voice and burying it in the mix, like an imprint. I guess I’m doing it in a small way, but part of me is interested in the hypocrisy around taboos. I guess the film is prodding at that. Being purged, somehow, by the sheer weight of sound. We were not performing when we recorded. The issue is when you’ve made three-plus films, I guess people want you to showrun something or do something “prestige.” The things I have been offered have always been prestige TV, which comes with a whole load of baggage. I like embracing the idea of deceit and being devious. The group, which can’t decide on a name for itself, is headed up by the enigmatic Elle di Elle (Fatma Mohamed), a control-obsessed narcissist who puts sentient shrug Billy (Asa Butterfield) and brooding, resentful Lamina (Ariane Labed) through all sorts of psychic and artistic wringers, sowing endless dysfunction as the trio attempt to refine their work (and stave off Jan’s involvement) for a much-anticipated final performance. I will do what you tell me to do! Obviously there’s vulgarity in the film, with Elle and her smearing [human excrement — or is it? Jan Stevens and Elle have a protracted creative struggle over the use of a flanger in the film, and I wonder what your flanger is, whether patrons have tried to exercise influence over your art.Oh, all the time. So I switched to — I wouldn’t call it music, we were really coming off of what Alan Splet was doing with David Lynch in Eraserhead, using everyday sounds and heightening them and turning them into atmospheres, chopping stuff up. Flux Gourmet director Peter Strickland. But it’s often hidden out of the way or done as a sort of frat-boy comedy. I’m too embarrassed.” I don’t want to get too personal, but are you open about yours or do you feel you can talk about it with me? We had 14 days; sometimes we got something and sometimes we had no time. You do what you have to do. It was so expensive. So I relate to Stones a lot. I don’t want to end up like GG Allin, smearing himself in his own excrement. But I just really wanted to go there. We were not the only ones back then. The question is, how do you do it in a dignified manner? I tried to do most of it through voice-over and just talk about his anxiety and that awful thing of sleeping next to people and having to do courtesy flushes and so on. There is a sadist and a masochist in filmmakers. “Here’s the camera, shoot this, shoot that, done.” But with the sound we had time. Basically we were at the mercy of whatever the people in the restaurant would order. Photo: Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images

Did you do anything as outré and dramatic as Elle and her band?Oh no. It’s there but not there. Photo: IFC Films

Peter Strickland describes his cinematic fixations as follows: “Tragedy, sonic psychosis, bondage, retail nightmares, and stomach problems.” All five feature in the writer-director’s latest movie, Flux Gourmet, which follows a splintering group of “sonic caterers” — they use food to create freaky, avant-garde soundscapes and performance-art pieces — who are participating in a “culinary and alimentary performance” residency run by an increasingly deranged director named Jan Stevens (Gwendoline Christie, fantastic in a series of matching silk-bonnet-and-nightgown combos). Then you have R-ratings for women suffering all kinds of traumas. I think it’s a part of filmmaking that really attracts me: to feel like you know the filmmaker but don’t know the filmmaker. Did you perform? When did you think: I’m going to turn this into a film, and how did you land on this story?I wrote it at the end of 2018. That bit at the end, when he’s truly horrible to Stones as he holds back the diagnosis — that’s what we do to an audience with film. Very all-consuming. They were there on set to help me out with whirring things up, making sure the right buttons were pressed. People were making them about Queen and Elton John; Madonna was about to do something. We used it a lot in the film. I don’t know if it’s to do with food or the way it’s processed these days? So literally, Tim, who was shooting it, would just follow Fatma around. You can’t live off the job you love. (All of which, it should be noted, end with the audience participating in an unexplained backstage orgy.)

Flux Gourmet is classically Strickland: a self-contained world that’s mesmerizing, droll, weird as hell, and completely idiosyncratic. I got a taste of it when I did a concert film with Björk. There’s part of me in [the gleefully malevolent medical professional] Dr. We were treating the tapes we were using the same way you treat food: layering it, mixing it, chopping it, processing it. I never get the jobs. Even beyond the band. When I make my films, I get quite protective and I guess I do get into arguments. I never had an intellectual response to it, and I always wondered, “What’s wrong with me? It opened a door to looking at the stomach in hopefully a sympathetic way. The shooting was difficult. To me it’s not that shocking. It all feels intertwined with Berberian Sound Studio, another movie specifically about creating and mutating sound. But we tried. I liked the idea of doing it with a band that nobody has heard of. I’m a big fan of bands that use very intense volume, like Swans or My Bloody Valentine. And though the film is bone-dry funny, like most Strickland movies, it’s also spooky and quite sweet, an empathetic look at the cost of making good art and the perils of modern human digestion. You half-hear it, submerged in the mix. Those symptoms he has can be indicative of not just celiac but Crohn’s disease, IBS. I needed their gear, basically. But I was very touched when a woman said to me, “Yeah, I have these things and I can’t go out sometimes. It’s a bit undignified at my age. You don’t take your confidence too seriously or your self-doubt too seriously. I’m curious if you set out to create a sort of ASMR experience with your sound.It’s interesting you mention ASMR. The scene with Fatma and the tomato soup, we only had two takes. But that’s always the way. They were slightly different; they were using vegetables as percussion. With In Fabric, the menstrual blood mannequin scene caused a lot of problems, especially in America, which is strange for me for something completely natural. To me, it’s not so interesting. We did that up until the early 2000s, and then I got back into film around then. [Laughs.] Let’s be honest about it. Variety suggested otherwise and said it “may send audiences running for the loo or else reaching for the barf bag, coming about as close to triggering the gag reflex as a film can without actually jamming a finger down your throat.” How do you see those scenes functioning, specifically as they relate to your point about vulgarity and taboos?Obviously, there’s a huge tradition of taboo breaking, especially within avant-garde music and filmmaking. It’s odd; when I was editing Flux, I had an evening off to meet the guy who did some of the prosthetics and we ended up on Brandon Cronenberg’s hotel balcony. The character of Elle is obsessed with taboo and breaking taboos. Matthew Herbert was performing a little bit as well with the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra. Or just record?We performed. It transports you. There a few different ways to be an artist, as represented in this film: You’re delusional and narcissistic and out to provoke, like Elle, or you’re self-doubting and tortured like Stones, or you’re sort of stumbling and detached like Billy, or brooding like Lamina. We tolerate so much violence — I’m not gonna judge people; there are violent films I love — but there’s a double standard for intimate bodily things. It takes over your life. They did some work on the soundtrack as well. I adore this music but can’t be theoretical about it.” I realized it’s a visceral response, a calm response. I can’t remember if I did.I think only we’d notice it. But there is the question of, how do you deal with it without being vulgar? As someone who writes and directs, I go through euphoric moments of confidence to extreme self-doubt. Partly because I actually mistook the flanger myself when I was in the band. What would you do differently if you had more time?Just better camera placement sometimes. For this film, we got back together. Elle’s character is quite different from what I’m doing; she’ll do anything she can to shock an audience. There was space for something a bit more involving, not just as a joke. It’s religious guilt. If somebody dies in my films, nobody cares. Seventeen days was the shortest for my first film. It’s not good, what they’re doing to Stones; they’re kind of piggybacking onto his troubles. But you hand it to an audience, and that’s it. I know you edit your films in Hungary, and I read that it was because people from London can’t be bothered to fly over there and bother you and weigh in on your choices. The flanger is a MacGuffin that explores their egos. Everything I’ve done, the only time I’ve gotten into trouble with my films are when it has to do with sexual arousal. Those little moments in music that are subliminal but that really open a door — there’s a zoviet*france album called Assault and Mirage, and in the second track, you just hear a girl’s voice. For me personally, the taboos worth pursuing are the ones that are to do with the body or with pleasure. I’m not gonna try and usurp your vision. Do you feel like you’re losing out on jobs because people think you can only do things “the Peter Strickland way”?It is a real problem. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a hack or see hack as a dirty word. But I have tried. It’s opened up something inside me that I didn’t think I had before. They have all the gear and we use that gear in the film. But I’m at peace with my sins. We all do it, not just filmmakers. I was trying to get pretty standard British TV work, but it’s always this thing of, “Oh, you’re too weird.” No! I am just fascinated by that conundrum. It is risky. Everyone knows someone. But it would be too easy just to turn Gwendoline Christie’s character into the bad, interfering financier. You can’t control it. I’m half-Greek. When I got to know what a flanger was, suddenly all these moments in music: “Oh my God, that’s why I love it so much.” As far as I know, it’s an instant flanger in David Bowie’s “V-2 Schneider.” He has that sucking sound like an airplane taking off. Or a soap opera. I hadn’t really seen that done; I’m not aware of it being done in films so much. We were quite anxious about that. And then Lamina talking about catharsis and purging, which is this unknowable thing you can’t put into words. [Laughs.] We were just moaning about making films. Initially, I was very much into doing my own thing, but then I really enjoyed it. Which is odd, because it’s such a common thing now.

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David Hyde Pierce Almost Missed His Julia Moment

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The pandemic hasn’t given us many good things, but here’s one: In a roundabout way, it’s the reason David Hyde Pierce co-starred in Julia. He had an affair with a Kennedy?Not one of those Kennedys. She introduced him to this world of French culture and jazz and music. But also, it was part of a whole sequence of working for so many years for the government and being passed over for promotions and not being paid very much and feeling unappreciated. Are you always as meticulous with your research when playing real-life characters? Producers replaced her with Sarah Lancashire and, after Pierce passed, cast Tom Hollander as Paul Child. You can guess what happened next. It was really fantastic, kind of a cubist landscape. Do you like to inhabit the character as much as possible, or is it simply your innate curiosity?I think it’s both. Some historians in recent years have written of homophobic instances with them, which is interesting because Paul at one point was “investigated” by the government for being gay. I’m glad it’s taking a while. And I believe it can be done without me, too — finding new stories to tell, in the same way that Frasier did after Cheers. But by the same token, because it’s so valuable to me, I also wouldn’t do it just do it. But in the last episode, they created the scenario that Julia had been undone by her meeting with Betty Friedan and started questioning things and deciding against doing the show. I had seen her show when I was a kid. I watched The Gilded Age because virtually everyone is a friend; they were able to cast all of Broadway because it was filmed during the pandemic and I had a good time watching that. What else? Have you gotten any early sense of what story lines there might be in season two, or are we still way too early in that process?It’s not too early, but I’m not going to tell you.  Oh, right! What is it? I’m drawn to other stuff now. It’s very, very beautifully written and arced and a lot of amazing characters and guest stars and an amazingly deep bench of theater people come on. It’s more personal for me. I’m not going to do that again.” It’s too valuable to me. It added insult to injury. It was the script and the story of these two people. I bring this up because two years later, you’d host the Emmys with Jenna Elfman, and I think you may be the only person to host both shows.  One of the things I thought was a real gift to me as an actor, but also to Paul as a person, was that the writers found as many ways as they could for Paul to not be in sync with Julia. What I love about this couple is they’re both really tough cookies, so it’s a wonderful marriage of friction. I think they were deeply devoted to each other. That might’ve been the end were it not for COVID — and a few other snags. All the episodes are streaming now, by the way, in case you want to watch it again.Oh, I didn’t know that. I knew that Saturday Night Live parody with Dan Aykroyd. And in the years since, whenever the show is talked about — I don’t have a strong feeling that there’s anything more that I can think of that I need to say about the character. He familiarized himself with Lancashire’s work and came away impressed. So it wasn’t like I thought, Oh, I want to be in the show about Julia Child. The producers of HBO Max’s Julia Child series offered him the role of Child’s husband, Paul, many months before the coronavirus crisis. We were a spring replacement. So that whole turn, that journey and especially that speech — I was very grateful to be able to say those words to Julia. Some of the Marvel things. “I read the script and I loved it, then for various reasons, I ended up not doing it,” Pierce says, chalking it up to bad timing and other commitments. I loved it. It was with Sela Ward from Sisters. Julia finally premiered on HBO Max this spring, garnering strong reviews, a quick renewal, and Emmy buzz, not surprising considering the reaction to the show and the presence of Pierce and Neuwirth, who have more than a dozen nominations and six wins (not to mention several Tonys) between them. Meanwhile, there was no clear timetable for Broadway’s reopening, and Pierce was once again open. From my research, he could be very prickly and stubborn. I need to hear everything you’re willing to tell me about The Powers That Be. Does it matter to you how many people are (or aren’t) talking about it at any point? This year is also the 30th anniversary of a show you were in just before Frasier called The Powers That Be, which was produced by Norman Lear and created by the team that had done Dream On for HBO and would go on to make Friends. And, in the great scheme of things, it’s a television show. That’s one I love that I still haven’t finished it yet. So I think it really upset him, partially because of his personal attitude toward homosexuality at the time. It didn’t hurt that in the months after Pierce initially passed, fellow Frasier star Bebe Neuwirth joined the cast as Julia’s BFF Avis. They canceled the show and didn’t air the last few episodes, and then ultimately they aired on a completely different network that I don’t think exists anymore. So I’m okay with how it’s doing and what its legacy is. But in general, whether it’s a fictional character or a real person, I do a lot of background work because you never know where inspiration will hit, and I want the well from which I draw inspiration to be filled as purely as possible with the world and the attributes and the history of this particular person. Not an extramarital affair …I am 150 percent sure he was faithful. There were so many great story lines for Paul during the first season of Julia. I love those characters, but I don’t miss them. Then she died young and he was bereft. A show like Seinfeld had a very particular edge and kind of anti-sitcom feel about it that was unique for its time, and really still is. They also accused him of being homosexual. And maybe they will find that and I’ll be in it, or maybe they’ll find it and they won’t need me to be in it. I’m wondering what you recall about hosting the CableACEs.My only memory is that, after hosting it, they never had it again. It was meant to be hard-edged. Just getting into Obi-Wan Kenobi because I had worked with Ewan McGregor years ago and adored him as a person and also as an actor, and he’s so exquisite in this show. But I’m not a writer. I’ve always felt bad about that. Last year, we were there May through September, and it was great. In reading other people’s accounts of him, they talk about him as a ladies’ man. They wrote a really wonderful speech for Paul to come around and be what Paul always was in the real Julia’s life: to be there for her and support her, as she did for him. They didn’t bring along the Cheers gang to make a new show. He had lots and lots of women he had affairs with, and two women — Edith Kennedy and Julia — who he was deeply and romantically and physically in love with. I think the show speaks for itself. I watched Call My Agent, but for some reason, I’m not good at sticking with things, even the shows that I love. You co-hosted the 1997 CableACE awards with …[Laughs.] Christine Baranski? Related

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Tags: All of the Paul and Julia Child archives are at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. Was any particular moment or episode a highlight for you? Did you look into that when prepping for the show?I read a lot, and during the McCarthy era, they brought him into Washington and interrogated him in a pretty vigorous way about his contacts, whether he was a communist and who of their friends were communists, because the Childs were in a very left-wing group in Europe. [Laughs.] But we’ll be back filming probably sometime in July. I actually met someone just a few weeks ago who had worked with Julia, and she had given him one of Paul’s paintings. It’s not, I don’t know, “do something else while the TV’s on in the background.” It’s a very smart show. She was a woman who was older than him — she was basically to him what he ended up being to Julia. I had seen Meryl and Stanley’s movie. I love The Mandalorian. If people aren’t talking about it, that’s okay because the people who love it just love it. I’ve never read anything that suggests they had an open marriage. It may be because I love it so much I don’t want it to end. You shoot on location in Boston, right? So my focus was elsewhere. Even though the clothing styles and some of the subject matter may go out of date, the show itself doesn’t seem to. It’s not like people think, Oh, we were wrong to ever watch that show because of this other sequel.  No one ever approached me about it so it wasn’t something I turned down. The Hollywood trades even reported on the HBO pilot’s cast as Pierce happily prepared to do a new musical at the Public Theater in New York. This was before Julia, right? The first came when Joan Cusack, initially attached to star as the show’s titular chef, dropped out not long after news of her casting leaked in September 2019. John Forsythe was playing a governor instead of a president, and Holland Taylor was playing his wife, but they were clearly meant to be the Reagans. That whole time of my life, the writing on those shows, the actors I got to work with — all of that is deeply important to me. It’s always perilous when you bring back such treasured things. I don’t know whether that was an attempt to get information out of him, a threat of something they might disclose, whether there was any reason to think that there was any truth to that. “She had an incredible range and seemed like a person who would be nice to work with, so I said yes,” he says. They had this very modern relationship but were also very much people of their time. Part of the fun of being an actor is this wide range of exploration of lives you couldn’t have lived and things you’ve never done — learning to be a painter, learning to draw, learning to play the violin. In fact, by the time Frasier was ending, I knew I was going to be doing Spamalot, which was the first Broadway musical I’d ever done. We thought it the most absurd thing to do. People can talk about how good or bad AfterMASH was, but it doesn’t sully the memory of M*A*S*H. Are there any current TV shows you’re really into right now? We were supposed to go on in the fall, but it was the election year that ultimately put Bill Clinton in the presidency, and they took us off the air until after the election. That show was how she knew to bring me to their attention. Did you enjoy those gigs back in the day?You know, I actually did. The classic example was AfterMASH and M*A*S*H. And I think if they came up with some way of telling the stories that intrigued me, then I might think, Oh, I could go back and do that. I guess it is good that it got canceled quickly, though, because you might not have been free to play Niles Crane.Well also, our casting director for Frasier showed the creators of the show clips from Powers that Be. Vulture spoke with Pierce about why he was attracted to Julia, his thoughts on the planned Frasier sequel at Paramount+, and why he has absolutely no regrets about that time he dressed up in tights to do an interpretive dance routine at the Emmys. He had a very left-wing point of view, and I don’t know if the network felt they didn’t want him to give a voice to this. Let me change the subject pretty dramatically. Before you signed up for Julia, did you have any particular interest in Julia Child?I’m not a gourmand, in spite of having played one on TV, but I was aware of her. But in terms of the Paramount+ project, your mind is open to the idea?Yeah. They were such an interesting, complicated couple. 2022 actually marks the 25th anniversary of a major milestone in your career, David. I don’t think that’s a fear. I remember working with Jenna Elfman because we ended up doing an interpretive dance. I would love to see it again. So I think it’s equally a mistake to be precious and feel like, Well, it’s holy scripture. I think there’s a law that requires me to ask you about this Frasier reboot that may or may not be happening at Paramount+. In the very first scene of the first episode, Holland’s character calls the maid, played by Elizabeth Berridge, into the lounge and says, “Charlotte, I found this dust ball in the powder room” — and then she slaps her. Last year, we were all under such strict COVID rules, which kept us all safe, but this year, I want to spend my free time looking at the letters, reading the letters between them, looking at Paul’s paintings. It was a really cool show, a political satire, and quite edgy for its time. Frasier is a show where you don’t want to sully the memory of it in any way by doing something bad.You know, I don’t worry about that. And as I’ve just given this whole speech about how important and valuable that whole experience was to me and how many people say how great it is and it got them through the pandemic: It’s also a TV show.  We do. The Emmys survived, but the CableACEs did not survive my hosting. It was a piece I had never seen before. He went many years after Edith died before he found Julia. We thought it was time for the Emmys to stoop that low. And I would never disrespect that in such a way as to say just offhandedly, “Oh, no, thanks. You wonder if that was because it was a Norman Lear show. But Frasier’s a different thing. They popped in from time to time and that was a blast, but there was something else that needed to be said, and it needed to be said in a different way. But it was also not something I was looking to do, so I wasn’t an engine behind it, either. “And then COVID shut it all down.”

Six months of lockdown later, movie and TV productions cautiously started up again, and Julia plotted its return to production. At that point, Hollander “just wasn’t interested in coming back to the States,” Pierce says, noting the pandemic’s likely influence on his decision. But John and Holland, who had been around a little bit longer — especially John — kept saying, “You know, they’re not treating us right.” I think he was talking about the kind of perks a network show tends to get, but also, they had an instinct that the network was not behind it. What if we did something wrong? Or have you ever pitched it? It was my first sitcom and I remember having the best time. Do you and the rest of the Frasier cast feel any sort of possessiveness about the show’s legacy or its place in pop culture? I don’t look at it that way, either. I was after Rob Lowe and the Oscars, and this was a bit of an homage to the idea that they always have people interpretively dance the movies that were being nominated. “They sat down to do their table read, and we got ready to go into technical rehearsals,” Pierce recalls. She was an amazingly cosmopolitan woman, and I think he was completely smitten and adored her. But in terms of my own drive and interest, no. So I am assuming there is a connection somewhere. It was so shocking, which was the point. It’s about how I am going to spend whatever artistic life I have left and where I can make the most significant contribution. That’s why it holds up. So I watch things in small bites, but I’m not really watching sitcoms. And it has proved itself generation after generation after generation. It was hanging in his wife’s living room, and I got to stand in front of the actual thing. Right now, you’re not set to be a regular part of it, but since Frasier ended, has anyone has ever come to you about doing a spinoff with Niles, or Niles and Daphne? It doesn’t seem bound to its era, in my opinion. It’s not pablum.

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Olivia Rodrigo Sang Lily Allen’s ‘F- – – You’ to the Supreme Court

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As American musicians take the stage at Glastonbury this weekend, many have used their stage time and spotlight to criticize the United States Supreme Court for its decision to overturn Roe v. “Fuck that shit,” she continued. Wade

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Tags: Olivia Rodrigo surprised her audience by bringing out the U.K.’s Lily Allen for a special duet of Allen’s “Fuck You” while addressing yesterday’s news. Wade. During her speech before introducing Allen, Rodrigo dedicated the song to “the five members of the Supreme Court who have showed us that at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a shit about freedom.” She also voiced her fears by emphasizing that she’s “devastated and terrified” and that “so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this [decision].” Rodrigo specifically called out Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh by name, exclaiming, “We hate you!” at the end. pic.twitter.com/rv3R6p39Cu— caro (@jelousyliv) June 25, 2022

Other musicians who addressed yesterday’s Supreme Court decision during the festival include Billie Eilish, who said it was a “really, really dark day for women in the U.S.” and couldn’t “bear to think about it any longer in this moment,” and Phoebe Bridgers, who led a chant against the Supreme Court. Related

Celebrities Respond to the Supreme Court’s Overturning of Roe v. All these irrelevant old motherfuckers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies.” Sunday’s lineup includes Charli XCX, Clairo, and Lorde; all three have already spoken out about the decision online. and then proceeding to call out the 5 members of the Supreme Court!! “Fuck America. as it SHOULD BE! olivia rodrigo: “so many women and so many girls are gonna die because of this” no sugarcoating at all! “Who wants to say ‘fuck the Supreme Court’ on three?” Bridgers asked the crowd.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Recap: Holy Trinity

While it doesn’t get her the win, or even come particularly close, she’s showing the judges that after all these years you still can teach an old queen some new tricks. 7. 8. She holds her own in acting challenges next to Jinkx, and apparently can do the same in a design challenge next to the likes of Jaida and Trinity. Baby, that’s a winner right there! Her good nature got her that second star after all, and she’s quick with a strategic observation (like when she announced to the group that Monet was the logical choice to block next). And for the first time in the last few weeks, I have not one quibble with it! After the runway presentations have concluded, Trinity and Jaida are given the honor of top two this week. Will she betray her twinner? She wasn’t able to reproduce her Snatch Game magic from her last All Stars, and she wasn’t top two for the girl-group challenge, either — another notable strength of hers. Whether it’s 200 IQ strategic plays or just luck, Monet has not only found herself in the only alliance of the season, but she’s also in it with the best queen to be allied with. SheaIt’s been a tough few weeks to be a Shea stan, as many of us are. So who’s really winning? The judges made it clear she was in contention for a top spot this week, and she may have just enough time left in the season to pull off a comeback. Just like on season 12, Jaida is gaining momentum at just the right moment. Last week, I was unapologetic in my insistence that Jinkx would quickly come to regret her decision to give Jaida her spare Legendary Legends Star, and this week, I’m proven right. She exploded onto the season with a definitive first-episode victory, but since then she’s been a little stagnant. It’s understandable, though. Her track record so far speaks for itself. There’s still time, Shea! Let the record show that in two straight seasons, Jaida Essence Hall has never not killed a design challenge. Email

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Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! When she’s not screaming just off camera, giggling about some inside joke or another, or racking up FCC violations by doing light BDSM with Yvie Oddly, Jinkx is manically trimming fringe and clutching a hot glue gun like it’s her horcrux. It’s easy to underestimate Jaida: She’s the winner with the least amount of experience in the post–Drag Race world, her pandemic-era win gave her very little time to tour and perfect her performance prowess, and she doesn’t seem to have a competitive bone in her body, at least when compared to the likes of Trinity or The Vivienne. Don’t give up just yet. She started off incredibly strong, claiming a definitive Snatch Game win as well as a top two spot during the ball challenge. Trinity the Tuck did not come to be second fiddle this season, and has found herself in the top three times in the first half of this season. Despite only having one star and one visit to the top two, Raja seems wholly unintimidated by her fellow competitors and utterly uninterested in selling herself to the judging panel. And try as she might this design challenge, it just isn’t Shea’s week. In fact, she’s won three! As we’ve come to expect from her, Trinity puts on a show — nay, a five-act play — as she decides who to block. She has my third favorite look of the evening: a gorgeous homage to Ru’s Despy Awards gown as a Vivienne Westwood-style asymmetrical dress. Unfortunately, despite dominant challenge performances, Viv still finds herself stuck with one star. Math and statistics would indicate “not Raja,” but then again … gays suck at math. JinkxJinkx was … well, on one this week! Jinkx was never going to win this design challenge (she’s also blocked from receiving a star anyways), but she puts her whole narcoleptic ass into it and turns out a garment that’s certainly the most impressive piece she’s designed on this show to date. But don’t mistake Jaida’s overall silliness for a lack of cunning or drive. She may wish she’d gone with someone else however, because next week? RajaI must hand it to her, there’s no one in the competition more at peace than Raja. Vox Media, LLC Terms and Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Trinity spends equal parts of this episode designing and sewing the most impressive gown of the night, smartly ingratiating herself with other powerhouses (like Shea) by helping them finish their garments, and putting on a goddamn show. Credit where credit is due: The final product is quite chic. I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of the ways in which Yvie presents her runways (make a kooky face, end of list), but her skill with a sewing machine this week is undeniable. 4. Not to mention the fact that Jaida is talented, bitch. If there’s one contestant who understands how to use every solitary second of her time on the show to her advantage, it’s definitively Trinity the Tuck/Train/Truck. Yvie OddlyAfter a truly unbelievable last episode, Yvie is back to the middle of the road. After eight episodes, the delirium is sure to set in for even the most iron-willed of queens. A little more than halfway through the season, and it’s seeming more and more likely. But this particular RuPaul look is not just remembered for the dress, it’s also revered for Ru’s spectacular makeup that night. But alas, she makes the safe, strategic choice of Yvie, ensuring that she won’t take even more of a lead than she already has, and halting her upward trajectory. Now get some sleep, Jinkx. And the Vivienne is nothing if not a wizard with a brush. It’s an excellent interpretation, and feels both true to its source material and deeply the Vivienne. But, as we know, that’s just a small piece of what she’s capable of. The rouched sleeves and head scarf she designs out of Ru’s pink leopard fabric are spectacular, but they can’t bring her over the top to compete with Jaida and Trinity. Maybe next week’s acting challenge is a chance for her finally to break through to front-runner status. Perhaps Jinkx can regain her front-runner status, or maybe Viv can sneak up from behind to claim a top-two spot of her own. And after a competitive and decently fun lip sync to “I Want Love” by Jessie J, it’s Trinity who claims the tippity-top spot. The pants come together beautifully, and the ruffles she wears as a scarf maintain the inspiration of the original piece. Tags: The VivienneI continue to be impressed by the Vivienne’s craft. A good old-fashioned acting challenge. Far be it for the judges to give any negative critiques this season, but it feels likely that, had she been able to incorporate some of the dress fabric and detailing into the pink leggings she was wearing, she might have won this week. So not only has Monet ensured she’ll never be blocked by one of the front-runners of the competition and a not-infrequent helping hand, she’s also guaranteed to have a voice in deciding who will be blocked for the next week whenever she and Trinity partake in one of their (conspicuous) side chats in the Werkroom. JaidaSay it loud, say it proud: Jaida “Front-Runner” Essence Hall. Regardless, it’s my belief that Shea is still one of the top contenders this season, and not just because of the runway moments she’s been able to create throughout. Even Shea herself seems a little disheartened, noting that it’s been a slow couple of weeks since her last top two appearance. After a competitive design challenge honoring RuPaul’s own Legendary Legend Looks, the field has shifted and some of these queens are beginning to pull ahead of the pack. 2. Her ability to transform into any character with spot-on mannerisms, incredibly sophisticated makeup, and uncanny vocal impersonation is a force to be reckoned with. Underestimate her at your own peril.3. 6. But the crazy thing is … it kinda works! With the help of her twinner, of course. And Jinkx is anything but iron-willed. And now, after a spell of close calls, she’s added another title to that list, a second design challenge at that! Until then! Monet X ChangeYes, I know Monet only has one star, and yes I know that like Shea, she hasn’t received a top placement since the premiere, but hear me out! 5. And you KNOW I can’t resist a power ranking, so let’s dive in:

1. The fact of the matter is, Jaida doesn’t need help. First on that list? This string of victories is an impressive feat on its own given that she’s competing against the best of the franchise’s best, but add in the fact that Trinity seems to be playing the long, strategic game better than anyone else? TrinityY’all … is Trinity going to win this whole thing? RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
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Tensions are high as we pass the midway point of the competition. Last week, she chuckled along with Ru and Michelle as they talked about her not knowing the words or the choreo, and this week she riffs with Ru about her edible kicking in halfway through making her garment. Take revenge on Shea? Good for her! Not only that, but when she’s done sewing her own garments, she seems to have plenty of time to help out competitors she’s deemed worthy of her favor. To top it all off, she’s not doing too bad! Both looks are completely showstopping, (bewigged) head and (shimmering) shoulders above their peers. For her Legendary Legend Look, Yvie picks the ever-iconic Supermodel of the World–era Ru. Check, check, check! Her twinner Monet. But while this strategy has not been too helpful in getting stars, it’s certainly earned her quite the passionate fanbase online, which is probably the most powerful asset a RuGirl can get.

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Julie Andrews Has a Favorite Minion

Personally, my favorite one is the one who gave the toilet-cleaner unicorn to Agnes. Look, Julie Andrews is 86 and has grandchildren. She called the minions “adorable” before impersonating her favorite one. Those yellow little jelly beans from the most successful animated franchise are irresistible to the Silent Generation and zoomers alike. She then went on to talk about playing Gru’s mother, whom she describes as “one of the worst characters you could possibly imagine,” as she is the “worst role model for a mother.” Andrews smiled and found it a “delight” to play a cartoon villain, even if she has to be mean to her favorite minion. How does she NOT have a favorite minion?! Andrews sat down with Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show to talk about her favorite minion and her role as Gru’s mother in Minions: The Rise of Gru. “There’s one that just says, ‘Hello!’” exclaimed Andrews. Related

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Tags: And also the one that broke loose blocking a highway in Ireland.

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J-Hope Is the First BTS Member to Announce Solo Album After Hiatus

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Tags: Other members have released mixtapes while the group was actively working on BTS projects; Suga released the Agust D (2016) and D-2 (2020) mixtapes and RM released RM (2015) and Mono (2018). J-Hope announced on Saturday morning on Weverse that his first solo album, Jack in the Box, will be out on Friday, July 15. The album, set to be released just two weeks before his headlining Lollapalooza set, would be the first full-length album released by a solo member of BTS. His first single is out next Friday, July 1. We ask for your interest in ‘Jack In The Box’, and we ask for your support for j-hope’s first step as a solo artist.”

J-Hope is the first member of BTS to release their solo project post-hiatus announcement. Photo: Steve Ferdman for Elvis Duran/Getty Images

After announcing their hiatus to regroup, we now have our first BTS member releasing a solo album. Jung Kook was recently featured on “Left and Right” with Tik Tok’s Charlie Puth, showing that while BTS is still taking a break, the boys are still loving music. As implied in the album name, j-hope’s solo album ‘Jack In The Box’ contains j-hope’s aspiration to break the existing frame and show a more mature image. In a statement on BTS’s Weverse site, their label Big Hit Music stated: “BTS has started a new chapter that harmoniously combines team and individual activities, and j-hope’s solo album is released as the first runner.

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The Young and the Restless’s Mishael Morgan Makes History at Daytime Emmys

“Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation … they can strive to be the best.”

Throughout the show, the hosts for the night, Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier, tried to make the most of a depressing news day. John was not present at the show but his co-star Suzanne Rogers accepted the award on his behalf. They subtly mentioned this morning’s Supreme Court decision; Turner exclaimed that the dress she chose was “her choice,” emphasizing the “her.” As the show continued, Jennifer Aniston congratulated her father, John Aniston, with the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Days of Our Lives. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

The Young and the Restless’s Mishael Morgan became the first Black actress to win a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her work playing Amanda Sinclair. Related

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Tags: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do,” she said on stage Friday night. In her acceptance speech, Morgan thanked her loved ones and talked about her career journey.

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Marvel Studios Leaves Other Panels Shaking By Returning to San Diego Comic-Con

3, The Marvels, and Blade. San Diego Comic-Con takes place Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24. Like, people will be camping out for days for a spot to watch their panels big. Marvel could also announce something completely new and break the internet (and the con). Related

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One of the first studios confirmed to be at Comic-Con this year is a big one. They did not participate in the Comic-Con@Home events in 2020 and 2021 and the special edition in-person event in November. Marvel’s upcoming releases during 2022 include I Am Groot, Thor: Love and Thunder, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. According to Deadline, Marvel Studios is making its return to San Diego Comic-Con this summer after three years of not attending. Coming up in 2023, Marvel has Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

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Everything We Know About Ahsoka, Star Wars’ Upcoming Live-Action Series

Or Ezra? .@rosariodawson brought a friend. The Mandalorian series is set five years after the events in Return of the Jedi. pic.twitter.com/xxdGOOvqzx— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) May 28, 2022

When is Ahsoka set in the Star Wars timeline? Who is in the series? Oh, and how could we forget that Chopper the droid will make his live-action debut. Shortly after the news broke in October 2021, Dawson commented on her Instagram with the caption “Skyguy … They know!!! Protagonist-Jedi Ezra saves his planet and friends by flinging himself and Grand Admiral–blue Empire baddie Thrawn into space with the help of some Purrgil space whales. Chopper will make his live-action debut in #Ahsoka! Ewan McGregor pretty nonchalantly confirmed in the VF cover story that his wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, would join Ahsoka. Ahsoka will be released in 2023. the ones in the mural below) and the Empire. Let’s get to your most burning question first, shall we? No exact date has been announced for Filoni’s live-action series, but it will come as soon as next year alongside The Mandalorian season three. In a short teaser shown exclusively for the Mando+ panel crowd, fans saw Ahsoka enter a ship, very similar to the Ghost, as she passes by an obscured character with green head tails that’s most likely Hera — a pilot from Rebels whom fans have been speculating may be played by Winstead. Dawson later told Vanity Fair for its June 2022 Star Wars cover story that she deleted the post after someone from Star Wars HQ emailed her saying, “You might want to take that down.”

But Dawson isn’t the only one who may have let things slip. (I promise it’s more emotional in context.) Since the show’s finale way back in 2018, fans have been waiting for a continuation show with Sabine and Ahsoka on the hunt for Ezra. Now, the pieces are all coming together for Ahsoka. The plot of Ahsoka has largely been kept under wraps … that is, until footage at Star Wars Celebration confirmed fan speculation. Photo: Lucasfilm. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano. Since her inception, the character has been shepherded from many seasons of Clone Wars to Star Wars Rebels and recently into The Mandalorian universe as he and his Ahsoka, now played by Rosario Dawson, make the leap from animation to live action. The #StarWarsCelebration crowd says hello to Chopper! A live-action recreation of the mural at the end of Star Wars Rebels is shown in the Ahsoka footage! During Star Wars Celebration in May 2022, Dawson told fans she had literally just come from the Ahsoka set to be at the Anaheim convention for the Mando+ panel. “Our little boy has been born into this massive Star Wars family.” Though, unfortunately, McGregor didn’t go as far as saying whom she’ll play. Related

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Tags: To keep it short, the finale of the Rebels animated series featured a huge face-off between the Ghost crew (a.k.a. An Ahsoka Tano show has been a long time coming for Star Wars fans. There are also rumors that Hayden Christensen may return as Darth Vader for Ahsoka, according to THR. Aside from Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka, Dave Filoni officially announced Natasha Liu Bordizzo has joined the cast as Sabine Wren, another prominent character from Star Wars Rebels (voiced by Tiya Sircar) at Star Wars Celebration. See you soon, Snips.” (Skyguy and Snips are their character’s nicknames for each other in The Clone Wars.) She quickly deleted the post. Here, everything we know about the upcoming, highly anticipated Star Wars series. The footage ended with Ahsoka in front of the Rebels mural as Bordizzo’s Sabine walks in to join her. Now, what the hell does this mean if you’re unfamiliar with Rebels? Ltd. So it’s probably safe to say that Ahsoka will be released on Disney+ after The Mandalorian season-three premiere in February 2023. pic.twitter.com/vxI6VUqWTv— The Mandalorian (@themandalorian) May 28, 2022

What do we know about the plot of Ahsoka? Originally voiced by Ashley Eckstein, the character was drawn and created by artist Dave Filoni, now Lucasfilm’s executive creative director,for Clone Wars. Stevenson is rumored to be playing a villain, possibly an admiral for the rising First Order, while Sakhno’s role is unknown. “My partner, Mary, is doing that Star Wars series with Rosario and she’s about to start,” he spilled. Ahsoka and Sabine are searching for Ezra Bridger, baby! Reports from The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline have confirmed that Ray Stevenson and Ivanna Sakhno will be in the series. After making her debut as Anakin’s young Padawan in the animated series The Clone Wars, George Lucas’s last Star Wars effort, Ahsoka’s journey has been a high-climbing roller coaster with high highs (becoming one of the franchise’s most beloved and developed characters) and low lows (receiving extremely contentious fan reactions). While Star Wars Rebels takes place about five years before the events of A New Hope, the new Ahsoka series will presumably pick up after her appearance in The Mandalorian season two.

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Money Heist: Korea Recap: Internal Conflict

But fear can take many forms, and Berlin only understands the desperate, selfish kind. Moscow knows this. Not really. They assume that Young-min must be one of the robbers because why else would he point a gun at his fellow hostages? Not enough mainstream stories explore the high cost of inflicting violence on others. Obviously, we can extrapolate out from the complicated relationship that exists in our real world, but this is not set in our real world. It is successful because he knows they have both Rio and Nairobi’s identities, but it could also cost him future access to Woo-jin, who basically tells him goodbye forever. I know Denver and Tokyo have a lot going on, but they really need to keep an eye on Mi-seon. It’s not only visually interesting but links the Professor to the space in a more meaningful way. In the recognition that when we inflict violence, no one is spared. Even when self-preservation is the emotion that fuels actions, how the surrounding mess of humans responds can be unpredictable. Berlin uses the group’s eventual confirmation of his leadership as proof that his strategy is working and that fear is the best motivator. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! When Moscow gets out of jail, the Professor is waiting for him with a job offer, but Moscow won’t do it without his son. It’s what drives him out onto the steps of the Mint and into the crosshairs of the waiting task force. I’m not talking about an emo Batman staring off into the rainy mists of Gotham; I’m talking about the physical and mental consequences that come with causing others pain. • Um, shooting someone in the thigh can be pretty fatal. It’s the kind of basic yet profound question Denver excels at delivering. Young-min has learned how to be a bully, too, and, when he gets scared, he thinks he can use the threat of violence to save himself. It was probably inevitable, given that there are so many factors and he is physically distant from the action. He may not be physically present at the heist, but his fate is tied to this group. The Professor is called Sun-ho — or at least that is the name he has given Woo-jin. He would give up his own life rather than let that happen. • “I’m always on your side.” Rio may not be in love with Tokyo in this version of the story, but he still admires her. It also reminds us that she is telling this story in the past tense, implying that there will be a future for at least some of the team. We learn more about Woo-jin’s domestic situation here: that Woo-jin has a restraining order against her husband and that he isn’t supposed to see their daughter Mina — let alone kidnap her to eat pizza. This show follows the blueprint left by La Casa de Papel, but that show was set in our world and therefore had a different, easier relationship to establishing the setting. Money Heist: Korea
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“How can I kill a person?!” Denver asks Mi-seon, as he tries to figure out a way to get out of following Berlin’s order to kill her. She’s here to win a heist. In most ways, he is “with” them. When Young-min picks up one of the real guns and aims it at the mixed group of hostages and robbers gathered to bring Moscow and Denver back inside the Mint, Woo-jin and Captain Cha attempt to decipher the complexity of the situation in real-time. What will it mean for Young-min, who is a selfish jerk but doesn’t deserve to die? Denver is called Taek-su. • The Professor uses a desperate request from Woo-jin’s mother as an excuse to storm into taskforce HQ. • There’s some effective editing in this episode, seen in subtle moments like a cut of the Professor opening his cafe door to Nairobi opening the office door to the robber’s group meeting. Denver values human life enough to question Berlin’s orders, enough to risk his own life to try to keep Mi-seon alive — it’s a lesson he learned from his parent in a way Berlin never could. Tags: In the past, he has abused the relative power society has arbitrarily granted him and gotten away with it. • “Would you let [Mi-seon] die if she was South Korean?” I wish we knew a bit more about the social tensions between North and South Koreans in this near-future reality. When he tries it here, he is shot in a situation that has been intentionally stripped of much of its social context and hierarchy. A lesser show would probably have the robbers decisively turn on one another, perhaps leading to a shoot-out that culls the group. They’re missing the full, complex human context of the situation and how Berlin has intentionally aggravated existing tensions between North and South Koreans, between boss and employee. • “The belly never lies.” Moscow is honestly so likable. What will it mean for Woo-jin, who gave the order to shoot a hostage? Money Heist: Korea intercuts the mayhem inside the Mint with a much softer, sunset-tinged reunion of Moscow and Denver months earlier. A voiceover from Tokyo plays up this potential consequence. • I could have done without the casually fatphobic “Teletubbies” references. You’ll get used to it.” Yeah, Berlin has probably killed a lot of people. Email

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By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Humanity is messy, and this heist is rife with humanity. • Real name check: Nairobi’s real name is Sim Young-mun, and she is 38. • The Professor risks his relationship with Woo-jin to find out what the task force has on the robbers. It’s why he is so distraught when he thinks Denver has killed Mi-seon. Moscow’s fear, for example, isn’t based on self-preservation; it’s based on love. When Tokyo stages a coup to upset Berlin as leader, it swings from being supported by the majority to not when new information is presented (that Woo-jin knows the identities of Rio and Nairobi) before the group has to put their differences aside to respond to Moscow’s attempt to turn himself in. Not this show, though. Banknotes

• While much of this episode’s flashbacks to Moscow’s pre-heist life involve rooftop fireside heart-to-hearts, the opening is a deftly shot action sequence that sees Denver running across rooftops and shuffling down the crevices between buildings in order to avoid some thugs. He may be dumb, but he, you know, values human life, which I think is infinitely more important than brainpower — not just for a society’s success, but for a person’s success. • “Good job. Later in the episode, we see more of Denver’s street fighter moves as he tries to take down Oslo, who is not easily felled. Will Berlin see the faults in “ruling with fear”? So far, Episode 3 is Money Heist: Korea’s most successful episode because it grounds its violence in the messy emotions that both drive and come from it. While many examples of the heist genre like to pretend competency can predict human complexity, Money Heist: Korea understands the absurdity of that delusion. “Why can’t anyone die? Unless you’re a psychopath, hurting others will hurt you too. It motivates him to take the job: a chance at a better life for his son. It’s a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, especially if you haven’t seen La Casa de Papel, and one that could ruin everything for the Professor and his team.

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Where Are You Sitting This Week?

The mayor’s little spectacle of waste feels strangely akin to the latest offerings by one Aubrey “Drake” Graham. Vox Media, LLC Terms and Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Unfortunately, the rest of the crew on Table 2 is a little depressing. How?! I can’t lie: I’m already annoyed with Table 3. Ugh. It is the symbol of a Black subculture. As for me, I’ll be holding no L’s at this lil function. But I guess bringing out kilos of baby powder or whatever just didn’t hit for me. I’m sitting at Table 1, Sheeran be damned. We see you, Bradley! Email

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Every Friday in New York’s Dinner Party newsletter, senior writer Tirhakah Love plans a seating chart for the week’s main characters and asks us all to consider: Where would you sit? It was one of those moments that, as a bit of a Negro myself, I was like, Oh wow, he really doesn’t fuck with us lmao. Mayor Adams put on another very strange demonstration this week when he publicly crushed city-confiscated motorbikes, which, because we’re cultured, we know are staples among gravity-defying Black people. The literal gasp I let out reading that, like, sistren, the APD alone has a budget of like 230 million American dollars!!! Stacey Abrams is also lacking in slickness when she tweeted this week that police departments across the country are greatly underfunded. Get paid for what you do well, ya know. Jupiter has been eating planets, y’all, and we could be next!

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Savoring Flux Gourmet’s Satire of Celebrity Performance Art

Strickland is, with all admiration, a singular talent and a total fucking weirdo whose films take place in warped realities that operate with their own internal logic. Stones is at the Sonic Catering Institute to document the experiences of its latest guests, a trio whose inability to pick a name for their group is one of many sources of internal tension. While he’s quick to say he’s just a hack, there’s a journalist’s concern running through his struggles to be an invisible presence despite his gut insisting he be noticed. She’s sensitive about appearing to have been selected for the residency based on her vegetarianism, especially when another collective that wasn’t chosen — the Mangrove Snacks — start resentfully prank-calling the institute and bombarding it with attacks that always involve turtles. Sizzling pans and uncovered blenders provide accompaniment for soundboard shrieks, and headphone jacks are placed directly into bowls of soup. Jan Stevens (Gwendoline Christie), the head of the institute, is dismissive about that, sniffing, “They can’t even do transgression very well.”

Celebrity performance artists make for a useful stand-in for directors because of the contradiction they embody. But there’s no place for objectivity in the artistic process or gastrointestinal distress, and Stones’s attempts at it erode as Elle di Elle (Fatma Mohamed), Lamina Propria (Ariane Labed), and Billy Rubin (Asa Butterfield) grow concerned about his health and also interested in his potential to provide material for their work. The emo-haired Billy, who has Oedipal leanings, ends up having a forbidden fling with Jan that involves a lot of nipple-fiddling. The work in Flux Gourmet is equally messy but sillier and more satisfying. If Flux Gourmet is the more vibrant and certainly the funnier of the two features, it’s because of how it undercuts the high-minded ambitions of the characters with the indignities of the flesh. Lamina chafes against Elle’s ego and insistence that her more technically gifted bandmates are replaceable. More Movie Reviews

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By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Elle, the group’s leader and diva, appears nude and covered in red liquid in a statement about animal slaughter. Alison Willmore is a film critic for New York magazine and Vulture. These movies satirize the art world — its language and pretensions, the way it’s in thrall to image and to the structures that support the industry — but they also represent a wistful sort of fantasy in which crowds gather, rapt, to take in the difficult or the grotesque. Photo: IFC Films

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Terms of Service apply. Then, in Strickland’s film, at least, the more devoted of the audience members troop backstage to pay their respects by participating in an apparently standard orgy. Peter Strickland’s fabulously deadpan film takes place during a residency for “culinary collectives” who create obscure soundscapes using food and kitchen equipment. But its most impressive trick is its underlying warmth, its understanding of the vulnerability and fallibility of its supposedly fearless artists and preening industry experts as well as of the downtrodden writer standing just on the outskirts, trying his best not to let anyone see how much discomfort he’s in. In one of those unplanned convergences of ideas and images that happen sometimes at the theater, Flux Gourmet is the second movie this month to take place in a universe in which performance artists are the equivalent of rock stars, admired and lusted after on the basis of their avant-garde productions. And Elle — played by the magnetic Mohamed, who’s appeared in all of Strickland’s films, from 2009’s Katalin Varga to 2018’s haunted dress saga In Fabric, and feels like his chief conveyor of tone — is a self-mythologizing monster who lies about her background, makes constant power plays, and resists any attempt at notes or input. These themes often flow into each other seamlessly in his voice-over as if interconnected, which they essentially are. Flux Gourmet is visually lush with outlandish costuming and a habit of framing its characters so they always look like they’re performing, whether they’re in front of a crowd or not. It’s that logic that makes Flux Gourmet his best work yet — the oddball but immediately graspable consistency of its strangeness, and the way it goes from formative erotic confessions to pretentious jargon and from a group mime exercise involving a supermarket to the pathos of Stones’s spending his nights holed up in the bathroom so his roommates won’t hear him passing gas. With her semi-ironic bouffant and her ability to couch the group’s work in terms of calculated polemics about gender roles and animal rights, she’s the star and knows it. To make art films is to make challenging work in a populist medium, but in the absurdist worlds that Cronenberg and Strickland have dreamed up, the challenging and the off-putting is what’s wildly popular. What’s flatulence, anyway, if not the body’s attempt at its own form of sonic catering? In Crimes of the Future, David Cronenberg conjured up an emptied-out industrial future where Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux perform surgery on one another using Giger-esque medical devices in front of an awestruck audience. Tags: Formerly, she was the only critic at BuzzFeed News, the first TV editor at IndieWire, and the host of Filmspotting: SVU.

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For the Chrisleys, What’s Next?

“What do you know about gardening?” his 24-year-old daughter, Savannah, asked. Todd Chrisley at his home. (They put that house on the market two months after pleading not guilty to the federal charges and downsized to a smaller, 11,053-square-foot home.)

Why did these southern charmers end up in trouble with the Feds? Chrisley Knows Best was also picked up for a tenth season by USA Network. “We’ve seen that play out in the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Erika Jayne case as well, where property’s being identified from her, showing it on the show,” Baker said of what is shown on the reality show. District Judge Eleanor Ross ordered the Chrisleys to be placed under home detention and participate in a location-monitoring program. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Todd Chrisley (@toddchrisley)

“The Chrisleys, with the help of their former business partner, submitted false bank statements, audit reports, and personal financial statements to banks to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent loans,” according to a statement released after the trial by the Department of Justice. for comment. Who are the Chrisleys, and where did their money come from? As they await sentencing on October 6, U.S. “They can make another reality show when they get out, although they may get out in so many years that they’re no longer relevant and nobody may care.”

Vulture reached out to E! After Todd and Julie spent more than $7,000 at an electronics store, $2,000 at a luxury retail store, and thousands of dollars at department and clothing stores, Todd told an IRS officer that he didn’t have money to pay his 2009 tax bill. IRS officials also realized that Todd failed to file timely tax returns or pay income tax from 2013 through 2016. None of that sat well with the IRS. Related

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Tags: A month before their guilty verdict, E! “The government’s press release already quoted them from radio interviews and from others, and from interviews in the government’s press release. Network announced “a trifecta” for the “outrageously charming Southern family,” attaching their names to three shows — E! The problem was it wasn’t just guilty-pleasure viewers tuning in each week to see the Chrisleys’ latest antics. “It ends up being a Catch-22; the government’s likely not gonna tell them they can’t record because the government would like to get its fines and fees,” Emily said. Dorsey, special agent in charge, IRS–Criminal Investigation, said in a statement. After spending all the money, Todd Chrisley filed for bankruptcy and walked away from more than $20 million of the fraudulently obtained loans. “If they’re continuing to do the show and if it appears to the court that they’re flaunting ill-gotten gains in some way, that’s not going to bode well for them,” Staten said. In addition, they have to alert their probation officer of any purchases over $1,000. Todd, Julie, and Savannah all laughed. The TV episode, titled “No Basic B*tch,” was filmed before their conviction was handed down and before their grueling three-week trial in which they were both found guilty of “conspiring to defraud community banks out of more than $30 million of fraudulent loans” and “conspiring to defraud the IRS.” But with their reality show being picked up for another season, legal experts wonder how this searing taste of actual reality will affect the family’s “reality show.” It’s not just the Chrisley Knows Best show that’s on the line. Agents from the IRS and the Department of Justice were also watching. They are going to be ordered to pay because some of the charges they’ve been convicted of carry upwards of, um, a million dollars in fines.”

Flaunting any expensive item could lead to its seizure by the government, Baker said. “Whether it’s advisable to continue to open themselves up on film, they’re going to have to find a way to make money, to pay whatever restitution. “We still hold steadfast to our faith, and we trust God will do what he does best, because God is a miracle worker and that’s what we are holding out for.”

“We are alive and kicking,” Julie said. greenlit a dating series called Love Limo that will be hosted and executive-produced by Todd, and the network picked up a fourth season of Growing Up Chrisley, which focuses on the lives of Savannah and her brother Chase, 26. Todd, who describes himself as an entrepreneur, was touted as self-made multimillionaire real-estate developer along with his “doting wife Julie, headstrong children Chase, Savannah, and Grayson, adorable granddaughter Chloe, and Todd’s mother, Nanny Faye.” They began sharing their lives with viewers when they lived in Atlanta and continued when the family moved to Nashville in 2019 and upgraded at the time to a $3.4 million mansion. She also thanked fans who have apparently been driving up to eight hours to drop off flowers or meals for them on their Nashville doorstep. It took three years before the Chrisleys were brought to court. Slaten said he thinks it is unlikely that the Chrisleys will get handed the maximum 30 years, but he does expect them to be sentenced to some time in prison. The Chrisleys broke their silence on the charges on their podcast, Chrisley Confessions, which aired Wednesday, and shared that they are going through a very tough time in their lives. Here, everything you need to know about how this close-knit family of scammers/charmers ended up in a situation stickier than molasses. The DOJ criminal indictment alleged that despite the fact that Todd and Julie were paid millions of dollars for their appearances on the reality show, they failed to file federal tax returns or submit timely payments to the IRS for four years. Chrisley Knows Best has not yet started production for season ten. And if, if it’s something that they believe that they can use to get increased punishment, you can bet the government’s gonna do it.”

Staten said Chrisley should try not to do anything that would upset the court before their sentencing. So the government’s listening and watching every single thing that they say. The Chrisley-family show first aired in 2014 as a reality take on the 1950s sitcom Father Knows Best. Todd and Julie, along with their accountant, were indicted by a grand jury in 2019. “Money, money, money!” Todd’s 78-year-old mother, Nanny Faye, chanted, snapping her fingers. No one in the family is laughing anymore. After the three-week federal trial, which ended on June 7, they were found guilty of the charges against them and are now facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail plus potentially millions in fines. Legal experts said while there is nothing to prevent them from continuing filming, they should be very careful. Their fate is now in the hands of Judge Ross, who will make the decision on how much, if any, time they will spend in federal prison. The couple are facing 30-year sentences and potentially millions in fines for running an elaborate scheme to defraud the government. Legal analyst Emily D. Reality shows are known for milking legal issues — Teresa Giudice, Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino, Erika Jayne, Jen Shah, to name a few — but will the Chrisleys keep filming despite being convicted? “Nothing,” his wife, Julie, 49, said. On last night’s Chrisley Knows Best, the Chrisley family acted out their usual 1950s television-family shtick by spending the afternoon refiling spice jars in the kitchen. “They’re gonna end up getting a certain amount of time,” Troy said. “Everything that they say on the show can be used against them by the government,” Los Angeles criminal-defense attorney Troy Slaten said. Baker said the Chrisleys are also going to need to keep working to show the judge that they are committed to paying back their fines. “I have no desire to be a gardener, but I do have a new real-estate company opening up in the next three weeks, and one of the biggest developers in Nashville is a member of the Garden Society,” Todd, 53, replied. An attorney for the Chrisleys said that the couple plan on appealing. The agents took notice, according to court papers. The family patriarch, Todd, barreled in with a big announcement: He was joining a gardening club. He further claimed that “in a year, we probably spend over $300,000, sometimes more, just on clothing.”

The family was portrayed as just your regular, down-to-earth millionaires next door. The episode (the premiere episode of the second half of the ninth season of the USA show) was the first new one to air since Todd and Julie’s conviction on federal fraud and tax-evasion charges. “I make millions of dollars a year, but we still have the same issues that parents who are making $40,000 a year have,” Todd said in a 2013 episode of the show, according to court papers.. “The Chrisleys then spent the money on luxury cars, designer clothes, real estate, and travel — and used new fraudulent loans to pay back old ones. “

“These convictions should send a clear message regardless of your fame or notoriety, everyone will be held accountable for paying their fair share of taxes,” James E. Photo: USA Network. “It’s a very sad, heartbreaking time for our family right now,” Todd said.

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The Bear Recap: Who Puts Ketchup on a Hot Dog?

I thought maybe he had died, but then Carmen asked Cicero when he had last talked to him, which I suppose you could ask someone if the mutual acquaintance was dead, but it feels more like they’ve both just shut him out of their lives purposefully. I don’t know if his skills are paying for his bills just yet, considering they’re ordering the bread from a distributor now, but I have no faith they will in the future … or that he’ll get into some amazing pastry program and end up leaving the Beef. He tells Carmen, “Just don’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t necessarily happen” — which could mean “You could try really hard and it could just be too much,” or it could mean “You’ll never actually be able to pay me off because I’m going to set fire to the building and claim the insurance money as my own.” Hard to say, really. • And, really, do we think Uncle Cicero will ever let the boys pay him off? Every day has to be a struggle, and it’s not always clear if anyone cares. I don’t know if this is the first time anyone has ever said something like that to Carmen, but it has to feel good. “Dogs” doesn’t deliver a lot of heated kitchen drama, but it does deliver heart and grit, which The Bear is never really lacking. I don’t know if it’s because I recognize a sort of tight but round-bodied midwestern-ness in him or what, but there isn’t a bone in my body that doesn’t believe he is that man. Circle back and ping me if you want to touch base later. They bond with Uncle Cicero about their hatred of Sugar’s husband, Pete, who Richie and Cicero absolutely think is a narc of some sort. He’s got Chicago down, to be sure — perhaps because he’s been there off and on since 2015 doing NBC’s various Chicago programs — and even though he’s actually from Canada, if you told me he was from Berwyn, I’d believe it. He works hard, and he has the weight of many people’s jobs and careers on his shoulders as well as his own expectations. He’s a bit of a foodie, he says, and he followed Carmen’s New York run via blogs like Eater, and he says he just wants him to know that he is admired and respected for what he did, because he knows that it must have been incredibly hard work, and that both he and Sugar are very proud of him. That being said, there were a few moments this episode when I felt like someone must have gone through whatever she wrote and did what I like to call “Chicago punch-up,” which is when you add random Chicago terms to whatever’s already on the page. • Richie talking about corresponding with his cohorts and associates — I can’t. from Northwestern, so she has spent time in the Chicago area. Tags: We’re talking Uncle Cicero because The Bear’s fourth episode, “Dogs,” takes place largely at his suburban home, where his presumably entitled, asshole son is celebrating some tween birthday. Carmen and Richie are enlisted to cater in an effort to knock $2,000 off their tab, so they go along, with Carmy even mixing up some homemade Ecto Cooler as a fun treat. All it took was some straight talk, a few compliments, and evenhanded fairness. • What’s up with Marcus’s roommate, Chester? Vox Media, LLC Terms and Privacy Notice
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• This episode’s writer, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, has an M.F.A. Tina’s in the weeds on a new mashed-potato recipe, while Marcus is spending a lazy day diving into the wide world of doughnuts. Maybe he’s in the clink, or maybe he’s just off on a bender. I love that he’s getting a chance to dabble in the pastry arts, and judging by the look of his chocolate cake, so does he. He comes in a little hot with those hugs, but I liked that we got to know so much about him in about 45 seconds. This episode proves that correct, with one of his mystery relatives even asking him, “You work in a restaurant, right? (Also, to nitpick, they were on Lake Shore Drive, not the Kennedy or the Dan Ryan, but maybe that stock footage didn’t exist.) The “Rest in Peace, Harold” was sweet when Carmen mentioned the Ecto Cooler, but compounded with everything else, like the “What kind of asshole would eat ketchup on a hot dog?” chatter, it did feel like this episode was laying the Chicago on a little thick. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
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There’s just something about a milky-faced, big-glasses-wearing midwestern uncle that you’ve got to love, even if they’re an asshole loan shark who says you owe them $300,000. Pete may be a fleece-vested jagoff, but his heart’s in the right place. Interested to see if he comes back. Email

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It’s odd how family works — or at least how this family works — because while Carmen and Richie appear to be in legitimate hell in the run-up to, and during the opening of, the party, as things go on, it seems to turn into a relatively pleasant experience. Oliver Platt is absolutely killing it as The Bear’s Uncle Cicero, who used to live in Naperville but now lives in Wilmette. He’s very fun, a designer of all things, and he doesn’t want to smell like spicy giardiniera. (More on that later, of course.)

In the last recap, I suggested that Carmen seems like the type that when surrounded by his family, he’d either be lauded or misunderstood, hanging in there until the second he could slip out the side door. Back at the Original Beef, they seem to be doing constant prep work and no actual service times. Why did they have to talk about highways, for instance, other than to point out that Chicagoans call them by their given names rather than by their numbers? • I like that Sydney seems to finally be getting through to Tina. The show’s opening finds him gazing into the windows of Chicago mainstay Roeser’s while pure doughnut pornography plays, and, frankly, I think we can all agree that, yes, doughnuts rock. Awkward, sure, but good. Richie somehow manages to dump his bottle of Xanax into the Ecto Cooler, dosing both Pete and the kids into a deep, drug-induced slumber that Cicero actually seems fine with, weirdly, and Pete — who is admittedly a huge try-hard — says very nice things to Carmen. Let’s hope this sticks. The show’s season is really plugging along at this point, too, and I’m interested to see where it goes as we round the bend.

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Celebrities Respond to the Supreme Court’s Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Blame extremism or apathy, but this is America: pic.twitter.com/WefAworLlW— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 24, 2022

Jon Favreau

An enraging, tragic catastrophe that will endanger the health and lives of millions.A right-wing Supreme Court and most Republican politicians have embraced the most extreme position on abortion – a position supported by only 15-20% of the public. From giving people the right to carry guns to taking away Womens rights of autonomy over their own bodies. bodily autonomy is a human right.— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) June 24, 2022

Cat Power

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Seth MacFarlane

Not too long ago, this would have been dystopian sci-fi. A woman’s right to choose is a HEALTH decision. Fuck this sham. This blatant hate for women’s rights is so unbelievably concerning and heartbreaking.— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) June 24, 2022

Pearl Jam

No one, not the government, not politicians, not the Supreme Court should prevent access to abortion, birth control, and contraceptives. Fuck these people. So many things to overturn that make sense. WE the people……🙏🏿🙏🏿https://t.co/8gFi0AbNSQ— Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 24, 2022

Taylor Swift

I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that. How u overturning the wrong things? pic.twitter.com/cKBNZdhhNr— Dino Sofos (@dinosofos) June 24, 2022

John Legend

Storm troopers on their way to tell women to shut up and accept government mandated childbirth. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/zo67xyzex5— Pearl Jam 🇺🇦 (@PearlJam) June 24, 2022

Josh Gad

You don’t need 280 characters today. These procedures won't stop just because Roe v. She had an abortion last year. https://t.co/mwK561oxxl— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022

Yvette Nicole Brown

I hope the 53% of white women who just couldn’t stomach voting for @HillaryClinton are happy that they’ve just ensured that their daughters grow up in #Gilead. https://t.co/keCJcuDYAR— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) June 24, 2022

Busy Phillips

It doesn’t end here. This means that individual states now have the ability to ban abortions, particularly the 22 states that already passed trigger laws ensuring such bans take place immediately. Wade. Fuck these people. What a moment. https://t.co/spFusnvwbF— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 24, 2022

Katya Zamolodchikova

Fuck that dusty ass constitution and fuck these ghoulish Supreme Court clowns.— Katya (@katya_zamo) June 24, 2022

Hayley Williams

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Tags: Wade was officially overturned by the Supreme Court this morning. But the legacy of the 2016 election and the indelible mark of the GOP is printed here in black and white. If you’re a single issue voter and your issue is your taxes, fuck you too. @phoebe_bridgers calls out the US Supreme Court on stage at Glastonbury. Here are their reactions:

Viola Davis

And so it goes….Gutted. I am so ashamed of the direction that this country is going. Now more than ever we have to use our voice and power! We weren’t being reactive we saw it coming.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) June 24, 2022

Padma Lakshmi

People will still get abortions. Sickening https://t.co/2zRbqHkVgR— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 24, 2022

Bette Midler

GET READY, GAYS. How much farther this will go once again depends on American voters. This is not the end of this fight for human rights. Wade is overturned.This will only prevent safe, legal abortions from taking place.— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 24, 2022

Danny DeVito

Supreme Court my ass— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) June 24, 2022

Amanda Shires

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Shea Coulee

Roe V Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court is so disgusting. I’m a Christian and know that.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) June 24, 2022

Michelle Obama

My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. The heartbreak this has caused is immeasurable. Just one word: Rage https://t.co/ECu46yV70L— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 24, 2022

Phoebe Bridgers

“All these irrelevant old motherfuckers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies”. pic.twitter.com/9ALSbapHDY— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 24, 2022

Quinta Brunson

Just depressing— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) June 24, 2022

Patricia Arquette

This Supreme Court is an absolute disaster. As grief over the loss of a fundamental right continues to set in across America, celebrities and public figures have begun issuing statements on social media. Photo: Getty Images

Roe v. YOU’RE NEXT.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 24, 2022

Lynda Carter

The Dobbs decision is a tragedy. People should have the FREEDOM to choose. But this is what you chose??— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) June 24, 2022

Elizabeth Banks

This is devastating news for families – Men and women – who believe the government should not decide when and with whom they become parents. This Supreme Court is on you.— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) June 24, 2022

Charli XCX

just because you’re not an American citizen does not mean the overturning of Roe V Wade is none of your business. But someday, hopefully soon, we WILL find our way to a future where reproductive freedom is forever enshrined in federal law.— Lynda Carter ☮️ (@RealLyndaCarter) June 24, 2022

Maggie Rogers

abortion is healthcare. if you support womens rights and human rights you NEED to be vocal about how drastic and appalling the overturning of the constitutional right to an abortion is.— Charli (@charli_xcx) June 24, 2022

Keke Palmer

I’m past disgusted w/ my country and their constant inability to protect one another’s right & keep their word. A PERSONAL health decision.

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Where We Left 7 Major Westworld Characters Heading Into Season 4

Does this mean that the William of season four is a host? He woke up covered in dust, implying that his trip to the Sublime took years in the real world. Well, much like she did with her kind in the park in season two, she released it. The second half of the season saw Maeve hunting the host queen (and even versions of Dolores in other hosts), with the assistance of Hector and Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman). The two become the dynamic duo of the final arc of season three, releasing William from his institution before the Man in Black turned on them and shot Ashley. Serac essentially killed Dolores, leaving her role in season four the biggest question mark (she’s all over the previews so don’t worry about an absence). Maeve Millay (Thandiwe Newton)

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The real Charlotte Hale of season one was a Delos employee who was initially trying to sneak data out of the park, but was killed at the end of season two by a host replica of herself created and controlled by Dolores. So Westworld’s narrative director, Lee Sizemore, could return in another accomplice role. Maeve discovered that she was not in a park but a simulation being run by Serac. Like a lot of characters last season, he spent most of it on the run. Here are seven characters who could play a role in season four of Westworld, and where we left them. The system was basically a human version of the controlled host narratives of Westworld, with a computer that could decipher and predict the entire species after collecting millions of pieces of data. Working for Charlotte? Spotted in the previews, Maeve’s regular enforcer and BFF Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) will return, but it’s unclear who will control her now. The end of the third season raised more questions than it answered, seemingly destroying the very setup of the year’s arc and separating most of its characters across its universe in a way that made the show’s future unpredictable. She was sent by Dolores to find William, but the entire plan blew up (literally) during a board meeting with Serac where Charlotte’s host status was revealed. Later, when human Charlotte’s family was killed, the host Charlotte decided that Dolores had been manipulating her and broke from her own programming. Fans were excited to learn that James Marsden was returning to Westworld after no sight of the charming cowboy in season three. And what will he do now with this knowledge? The move basically destroyed Dolores from within, wiping her memories. Photo: HBO

HBO’s Westworld has come so far since its relatively simple first season that it can be almost impossible to follow its increasingly convoluted plot threads, especially with a two-year hiatus since the last season. Abernathy. The key thing to remember about Charlotte is the last time she was seen in a post-credits scene, she was building hosts again in a Delos building in Dubai. The trailers have given away the return of one beloved familiar face, and it’s safe to say that certain major players will pop up. Finally, will we ever see Sir Anthony Hopkins as Robert Ford again? Whereas she was the host discovering that she was a pawn in a narrative outside of her control, Caleb learned that even human beings can be predictably controlled when he discovered that he was but a piece on a chessboard himself. The Charlotte of season three, and presumably season four, is sometimes referred to as Chalores because the control unit within this host replica is a copy of Ms. Anything is possible on Westworld. What’s her plan now with a host army? When he discovered that the Charlotte that was working at Delos was a host, she basically kidnapped him, sending him off to be reconditioned at an institution. Will we ever see the Dolores of the first three seasons again? Bernard discovered that the key to the Forge that Serac sought in Dolores was actually hidden in his code all along. Finally, she ended the season heading off into a brave new world with a new partner …

Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul)

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In many ways, what Dolores was to season one, Caleb was to season three. Caleb’s memories, including the death of his friend Francis (Kid Cudi), had been manipulated by Rehoboam, and he ended the season as angry as Dolores did when she learned her truth. Long gone are simple questions like if William is a host or a human, and it’s difficult to even place characters in a specific time and place anymore. The Man in Black could be even darker in season four. And that’s exactly how creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan want it. Who will he align with next? He opened season three in a dark place, still haunted by the loss of his daughter and what he used to be. In his final scene, he accessed it so he could view something called the Sublime, a sort of great beyond for the hosts and possibly even humankind. It seemed like Serac was killed at the end of season three, but his actions last year will ripple through the end of the show, and he could even return in some form. Does this mean Teddy himself returns from the Great Beyond? In the third season, she was initially controlled by Dolores into manipulating Delos, where she still worked, pretending to be the original human Charlotte. The season ended with a massive showdown between Serac and Dolores that culminated with Serac getting a hold of Dolores and plugging her into his system to find the virtual key to Delos’ Forge, which is where Westworld’s valuable user data was stored. Tags: His time there made him into a strident enemy of Delos, the hosts, and everything that had ruined his life. What would Dolores do with all of that information? A veteran turned freelance muscle, Caleb encountered an injured Dolores at the beginning of the season and became her closest ally. Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright)

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A host version of Delos founder Arnold Weber, Bernard has always been one of the most fascinating characters on Westworld, and where he ended season three holds the most promise for what could be a crazy season four. What role could he possibly play in the future of Westworld? The creators are being quiet about it. However, Chalores has become her own character, a vicious predator in the boardroom and outside it. Fans are constantly theorizing over if he could make a return at some point before the show ends. Will she even remember her time in Westworld? He made his way to Westworld, trying to find Maeve to stop Dolores, but he stumbled instead on Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), presumed dead but only injured. One, Charlotte destroyed Hector’s control unit in the final showdown, an act of violence that will likely lead to a vengeful Maeve. Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood)

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The face of Westworld spent most of the third season on a mission to destroy an advanced AI system known as Rehoboam, controlled by the almost Bond villain–esque Serac (Vincent Cassel). He learned that he was an “outlier,” a human who can’t be so easily predicted by Serac’s systems and who threatens the very fabric of existence because of that condition. There’s three things to remember about the end of Maeve’s arc. The post-credits scene led him to Dubai, where he finally found Chalores, seemingly thinking that he had the upper hand … until a host version of William emerged from the darkness and appeared to kill him. Caleb is the wild card of season four. He’s last seen bleeding in a hotel bathtub but appears very alive (or possibly a host) in the season-four preview. One of the show’s most beloved characters started the third season in a state of confusion, thrust into a place called Warworld, a WWII version of the parks with her love Hector (Rodrigo Santoro). Other Faces to Remember

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In a world where any human can be turned into a host, there’s really no such thing as death. Or did she? When he was released by William and Ashley, he turned on them, claiming that he wanted to destroy everything he helped build. (Note: If you turn on the subtitles on the trailer for season four, Wood’s character name is Christina.) Is someone else controlling her now? He needed her to find Dolores to find the key to the Forge, and he basically turned her into his soldier, setting up a battle between Maeve and Dolores. What did he discover there? Where will his story go now that he’s writing it? They’ve basically given themselves a wide-open sandbox, which makes it unclear not only what is important to remember from season three but who’s even coming back to play. The last time we saw Teddy, he was headed off into the Sublime, seemingly finding a happiness that hosts like Dolores and Maeve would be denied in the real world. William might have the power to get places that Charlotte can’t, and if the human version of him had a low moral center, imagine what the host version could be like. He basically destroyed Rehoboam, leading to an explosive revolution in the streets, and he fled off into the night with Maeve by his side. Two, she seemed to make peace with Dolores Prime at the end of the season, finding other common enemies. The Hector that Maeve loved is dead, but no one would be surprised to see him in a new form in season four. Or, more likely, is there a new host version of Teddy Flood? The fated connection between Dolores and Teddy anchored the first couple seasons of the show, so expect Marsden to be paired with Wood again, bringing back a romanticism and chemistry that was arguably lacking last season. And what does she still need from …

William (Ed Harris)

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In season three, William a.k.a the Man in Black was a shell of his former self, the powerful antagonist who dominated the park for years. Teddy Flood (James Marsden)

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Did Bernard see Teddy in the Sublime?

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