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Laverne Cox Is the New Host of E!’s Red-Carpet Coverage

“I dreamed of walking red carpets. The Orange Is the New Black star is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress and producer. She recently wrapped production on Netflix’s Inventing Anna, a series about ultra-scammer Anna Delvey. “For many years, I would wake up early on awards show days, get my snacks in place, and watch E!’s coverage all day long,” said Cox. Related

Giuliana Rancic Is Walking Away From the E! Now, not only have I had several fun and amazing personal red-carpet moments, I also get to be a red-carpet guide for E!’s discerning audience and chat with my colleagues and folks I deeply admire for these very special events in their lives. Good for her — but major congratulations to all the celebrities who will get to witness Laverne Cox’s glamour on the red carpet, beginning in awards season 2022. I can’t wait to get started while hopefully serving up fashion fantasies for the ages, honey.”  In addition to chatting with celebrities on the red carpet, Cox will host a series of interview specials highlighting impactful stars. Cox will lead the network’s red capture coverage beginning next awards season. Her predecessor, Giuliana Rancic, announced she was stepping away on Friday, as well as that she had signed a development deal with NBCUniversal, E!’s parent company. Red Carpet

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We’re not ready for all this glamour. “I’m so excited and deeply humbled to be hosting E!’s iconic red-carpet coverage,” she said in a statement. has made Laverne Cox host of its signature red-carpet coverage Live From E!, per a press release.

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Ziwe Requires No Context

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Don’t we all. But most important, a team leader. Michelle Davis Strongly Believes That Tater Tots Are a Breakfast Food

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Two moods felt deeply. The new variety show based on comedian Ziwe’s deliciously uncomfortable live show isn’t just a conversation starter — it’s a reaction pic, a fancam, and a fiery political debate all rolled into sketches, musical performances, some self-aware editing, and her signature “gotcha” interview style. Photo: Showtime

An even more powerful advocate. Episode 1: “55%”

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It takes a team! POV: You’re an iconic guest, and Ziwe looks at you like this. If these moments aren’t already viral, they should be. Because this is the internet, we have decided to capture screenshots from each iconic episode of Ziwe. Photo: Showtime

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A powerful advocate. Check back as we update this after every episode of the weekly show. Even if you’re not one of those viewers who must pause and/or rewind to really appreciate the levels of a joke, these Ziwe moments are hilarious in their own right, no context necessary. Photo: Showtime

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NBC Won’t Broadcast the Golden Globes in 2022

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That’s a no-go for the Golden Globes on NBC. The network has announced it will not broadcast the awards ceremony given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association next year. Both Netflix and Amazon Studios responded by announcing that they would not work with the HFPA until more meaningful change was made, with Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos telling Deadline that the new policies did not tackle “systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards” for HFPA members. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.” Back in March, after it was revealed that the HFPA didn’t have a single Black member for nearly two decades, NBC said it encouraged the Golden Globes to make “necessary changes.”

The broadcast cancellation comes after the HFPA board passed a plan for inclusion and reform on May 6 that was met with a wide wave of criticism. Time’s Up president Tina Tchen called the proposals “window-dressing platitudes,” while GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said the reforms “do not go far enough to ensure the organization as a place where historically marginalized communities — including the LGBTQ community — feel welcomed.” Meanwhile, stars have also been speaking out. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. According to Deadline, Tom Cruise sent his three Golden Globe trophies back to HFPA headquarters today. Earlier this month, Scarlett Johansson slammed the organization for asking sexist questions that bordered on sexual harassment, while her Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo said he was not “proud or happy” to have received Golden Globes. “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBC said in a statement. Related

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Elon Musk’s SNL Wario Was Weaponized Nothingness

Would it be a nightmare? Musk’s appearance on Saturday Night Live was a masterfully orchestrated bit of cultural creation. There was Musk’s announcement that he has Asperger’s, a now-out-of-favor term for an autism-spectrum-disorder diagnosis. Kate McKinnon as Waluigi strokes a similarly laughable mustache. There had been buckets of it beforehand, after all, covering everything from Musk’s unusual place in the history of SNL hosts, to his pet cryptocurrency project, to the various Musk controversies over the past several years. Musk’s SNL capitalized on all that cultural Sturm und Drang by proving SNL’s continued cultural cachet, but the show and Musk’s performance then neutralized all the sharp edges and potential criticisms his appearance had seemed to invite. It could have built to a furious backlash for something Musk said or did; it might have alienated some of Musk’s audience or turned Musk agnostics into anti-stans. Calling out his uneven performance is now in bad taste, as is harping on the grossness of his dogecoin boosterism. The sketch that was the context for that image was pretty lackluster: Wario on trial for murdering Mario, complaining that he was being unfairly stereotyped. His brief appearance in the Mare of Easttown parody sketch worked much like the Wario one: He walks in looking absurd, and the joke is that everyone instantly agrees he’s the bad guy. Maybe he’d barely even participate? The sketch was never able to turn into anything beyond the first idea, playing into the baseline superficial silliness of treating a Super Mario premise like a serious courtroom drama. “I’m-a not-a evil,” Musk-as-Wario says on the stand. There was also an immediate meme image: Musk as the Nintendo character Wario, in a neon-yellow-and-purple outfit padded out with a squishy fat suit, a goofy zigzagging mustache haphazardly glued to his face. The really impressive part was the show itself. Instead, SNL cleared the hurdle by giving itself a bar so low it barely cleared sea level, and the only memorable image left over was Musk, scowling in a Wario suit. Related

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Tags: (The most direct and incredible of these came near the end, as a jokey sketch imagining a death on Musk’s future Mars colony ended with Musk saying, “Well, I did say people were going to die,” and then walking away unbothered.)

The initial goal of Musk’s hosting role on SNL may have been to build more conversation around both Musk and the show, but its real achievement was to take all that conversation and then funnel it into an episode so mild and unremarkable that it felt as though nothing much had even happened. By being there at all, SNL and Musk both got to benefit from a cultural uproar, which is not all that hard to re-create — identify a high-profile cultural third rail and then announce that two weeks from now, you will be gripping it with both hands. His “Weekend Update” professorial figure tries to explain the cryptocurrency dogecoin over and over before finally laughing and agreeing that it’s basically a hustle. Photo: Saturday Night Live/YouTube

Elon Musk’s appearance on Saturday Night Live on May 8 seemed designed to create conversation. Most of the memes afterward were the close-ups of Musk’s Wario face, but it was clearest in the moment when he waddled from the defense table up to the stand and the audience roared at the reveal of his round Wario body. The sketch is a power play: I can do this and it doesn’t matter! But it’s masked as vulnerability. Haha! His partygoer character is awkward, but it’s fine because the whole premise of the sketch is that everyone’s bad at parties now. You can’t laugh at his badness because we’re all doing it already! There’s not that much to say about it, and that is Musk (and SNL’s) chief accomplishment. Musk was a willing host, more willing than it seemed possible he might be. He’s doing something new and special by being there at all, and he’s happy to poke fun at himself. As the judge, Cecily Strong bangs a gavel on a Nintendo question block. For Musk and for SNL, announcing him as host did exactly what it was designed to do: get everyone talking about Musk and SNL. Of course he’s evil! And yet the morning after the live episode aired, there were really only a couple big takeaways. He’s Wario! It preempted criticism, flattening legitimate concerns about Musk into small-scale social-media complaints and advertising for Musk’s business interests while also building in a prewritten shrug if they do not work. There was a continued wave of conversation after Musk started tweeting out grimly unfunny “skit” ideas for the show and a surge of interest in what the episode would be like: Would he be funny? At every moment when he could have come off as awkward or cruel or inhuman, the show humanized Musk instead. Underneath, the concept remained the same: This aloof, inhuman character might actually be a person, and isn’t it a little unfair to dismiss him based solely on the fact that his public persona is cartoonishly evil? Maybe cast members would refuse to appear with him? “I’m-a just misunderstood.” The audience laughs obligingly. He announces his Asperger’s diagnosis in a celebratory embrace of neurodiversity, while at the same time, he creates a bulwark against further criticism. But also, isn’t it funny to think about such a one-note absurdist character having feelings? Why dunk on a guy who is already owning up to the fact that he writes dumb tweets and later climbing into a well-cushioned Wario suit? Would he say something horrible or shocking? It’s the same note Musk uses to begin his monologue. At the same time, isn’t it so endearing that he’s willing to laugh at himself like this — to dress up in such an uncool costume, to open himself up to ridicule for the sake of this silly sketch? Two attempts to twist the idea around just landed in the same place where the sketch started: First, Musk’s girlfriend, Grimes, shows up as aggrieved Princess Peach and then Pete Davidson arrives as New York governor Andrew Cuomo, decrying the trial as anti–Italian American defamation. Isn’t it so nakedly silly to look at this caricature with a ridiculous mustache and imagine him as a human being? I’m still a billionaire CEO bent on changing the course of humanity! Elon Musk as Wario on SNL. He appeared in nearly every sketch, playing everything from a Gen-Z doctor to an awkward partygoer to a lovestruck Scandinavian TV producer, and throughout the show, the sketches were aimed at humanizing him.

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90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? Recap: The Writing on the Wall

Unlike Libby and Andrei, Michael and Angela are interesting enough to justify the franchise’s obsession with them. Julia and Brandon’s relationship has taken a pretty fun turn now that we can see how little they know about each other. She’s giving him a chance to prove himself. Now, however, the issue is that Angela will also have to get breast reduction surgery. Forgiving Is Not Forgetting

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For so many seasons now, the 90 Day franchise has tried to convince us that Andrei and Libby are an interesting couple. We last saw them in the 90 Day Fiancé season 8 finale, and the show picks up right where they left off. Yara is a frantic new mom. They need to get their shit together for round two! Brandon looked so sad when Julia didn’t know his favorite color! Angela has ended things with Michael a million times over minor issues, so of course he’s worried that a new, more self-confident Angela will be even faster to end things when they have problems. I can’t say I was shocked when her visa was denied. Jovi is buying the wrong size diapers, but he is buying the right amount of beer to get him through the night. With Kalini now living with them, she’s absolutely going to force them to have difficult conversations and realize how big their issues are. In the end, it’s her baby and if we want that baby to be as fabulous and outspoken as Yara, let her raise her kid! But at a certain point, their constant arguments over who should apologize and who shouldn’t apologize get tired. I think she’s right to save that money rather than flying all the way to South Africa to support two kids and her husband alone. Tiffany is incredibly lucky to have a mom who will simply tell it like it is: Ronald is just going to be a third child for her to raise and she could do better. Terms & Privacy Notice
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Terms of Service apply. Because here’s the thing: they’re all awful! Especially since Jovi hasn’t gotten a new job and is leaving Yara all alone for two months. No one ever comes out looking good in this family, but now things are starting to feel even more sinister, as though the family is plotting for a Family Chantal-like spin-off based around their dad’s house-flipping business. You can read the 3,000 word 90 Day Fiance manifesto I wrote here! Kalini can tell Asuelu is faking it, so it’s only a matter of time before the real Asuelu breaks through. Tiffany lived in a house with two kids, her mom, and her grandma, and finally has her own space. If she needs money for furniture, Ronald should understand that. •  “You won’t be able to pull on them like you like” Thank you for the nightmares, Angela. Not at all. COVID-19 restrictions also played a part, sure, but hopefully this was a wake-up call for them. Libby is awful! Obviously, the franchise is always looking for new series to bring into the fold, but everything about Charlie’s anger and Libby’s sister storming into a rental property feels so staged. Now that they’re out of the way, let’s get back to my absolute favorite 90 Day couple: Yara and Jovi! Tiffany is clearly at the end of her rope with Ronald and he doesn’t at all understand why she chose to cancel their trip. If you watched the spin-off Love Games, you know about Michael’s disgusting fascination with Angela’s breasts, so this is a difficult loss for him. •  No Natalie and Mike this week! Of course, Tiffany wants to make it work with the father of her child, but she might need to accept that what’s best for her kids is riding solo. • I know we have a lot of fun talking about 90 Day Fiancé in these reviews, but I was invited to the True/False documentary film fest in Columbia, MO this week to talk about the show and how it’s changing the landscape of reality TV! Yes, it was great watching Charlie make a drunk fool of himself at their wedding. Andrei is awful! Yara was a beautiful ice queen when she was introduced, and watching Mylah melt her heart is wonderful, but it’s great that she still knows how to pull out her knives when Jovi’s mom oversteps. 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? At least Tiffany sees the writing on the wall and is making Ronald face actual consequences. Finally, there’s Michael and Angela. Thank goodness! Kalani’s sister clearly thinks that’s a bad idea and it’s impossible for her to put on a fake face. As much as I think these two wild kids love each other, they didn’t seem particularly prepared. Michael’s family has made a good point in saying that if Angela really cared about their relationship, she’d use this weight loss money for a surrogate and baby. Her dad is awful! While Angela is unfairly jealous of Michael and won’t even let him talk to other women, Michael knows their history. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
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• Tiffany’s mom really came in hot with the “Ronald means nothing to me.” We love it. Her siblings are awful! We’ve seen how other couples put together binders and notebooks full of photos and letters to prove their relationship, and Brandon and Julia seem like they thought they could just shrug their way through the interview. I love when there are beacons of truth on 90 Day Fiancé like Yara, people who simply cannot follow social norms and say things like “I’m happy for you!” This is also why I love Kalani’s sister and, now, Tiffany’s mom. This is very different from Kalani, who has a lot of the same issues with Asuelu. Tags:

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A Posthumous DMX Album Is Out This Month, Produced by Swizz Beatz

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A posthumous DMX album, Exodus, will be released May 28 via Def Jam. 5/28 THE LEGACY CONTINUES.. DMX, who was 50, died a week after suffering a heart attack that left him in a coma in April. Per Revolt, his 8-year-old daughter, Sonovah Hillman Jr., will make a special appearance on the album. Most of all, he was generous with his giving and loved his fans beyond measure. It is his first album since 2012’s Undisputed and will feature new material produced by Swizz Beatz. “He lived his life dedicated to his family and music.

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John Mulaney and His Wife, Annamarie Tendler, Are Divorcing

I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery.” The two had been married since 2014. Related

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Tags: According to “Page Six,” Mulaney asked for a divorce from Tendler three months ago. Petunia the French bulldog is now a celebrity child of divorce. Mulaney entered rehab in December 2020 and left to continue his recovery in outpatient treatment in February 2021. “Page Six” first reported, and Vulture confirmed, that comedian and former wife guy John Mulaney and artist Annamarie Tendler are divorcing. The divorce will follow Mulaney’s 60-day stay in a Pennsylvania rehab facility for alcohol and drug abuse. Both parties confirmed the news to “Page Six,” with Tendler adding through a spokesperson, “I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage. Photo: Manny Carabel/Getty Images

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Death, Taxes, and Grey’s Anatomy Will Continue Into 2022

(One of the show’s longest-tenured actors, Jesse Williams, announced his departure just a few days ago.) Grey’s Anatomy’s renewal comes as a huge relief for fans, as the show’s fate was up in the air over the past few months: Pompeo, Grey’s titular star, was at the end of her contract, which lead the showrunner and writers to admit that season 17 could very likely be its last. But it’s not! Meredith Grey for the new season, as did fellow co-stars Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. The long-running ABC medical drama has been renewed for an astounding 18th season, which will keep the show running until at least the spring of 2022. Variety reports that Ellen Pompeo extended her contract for one year to continue playing Dr. Related

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Unlike most of its characters, Grey’s Anatomy isn’t going to turn up at a dream beach in our minds just yet.

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Part-Time Basketball Player J. Cole Drops New Music Documentary

Parker. pic.twitter.com/mfYX3AMqFu— J. Cole will reportedly be playing for the Rwanda Patriots basketball club in the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League. Photo: J. “This is the moment that a lot of your favorite rappers hit a crossroad,” he says in voice-over. “Are you okay with getting comfortable?”

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The Scott Lazer–directed documentary premiered on YouTube Monday at 1 p.m. Cole arriving in the country two days ago. His team will play in the first BAL game against the Nigeria River Hoopers, one of 12 BAL teams. Now, he’s combining his passions, having released a teaser for his doc on Sunday, May 9. Cole Puts Album The Off-Season on the Roster for May 14

Tags: It follows the behind-the-scenes of creating J. That’s interesting. The Off-Season begins this Friday, May 14. Per ESPN, the signing becomes official on Thursday. The rapper was a basketball star in high school and a walk-on in college before his music career blew up. Cole’s up to: new album, nice; new documentary, yeah, him and everyone else; new gig as a pro basketball player in Rwanda? Cole/Twitter

Alright, let’s see what J. On top of releasing his music documentary, Applying Pressure: The Off-Season, today, J.

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Went to Montana Alone for a Week, As Exes Do

“Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s … at best?”

People had more details on the Montana trip, noting that Affleck owns a home in resort destination Big Sky. Affleck himself split with girlfriend Ana de Armas at the top of 2021 and had been spotted hanging out with J.Lo in Los Angeles toward the end of April. “It’s natural between them, and the chemistry is unreal,” the E! Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photos by Getty Images

In the biggest celebrity-relationship news to come out of Montana since Kelly Clarkson’s divorce last summer, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck reportedly spent the past week vacationing alone in the state — and possibly rekindling Bennifer. “They have a strong connection. But in evidence of their good post-split relationship — or that he has spent some time thinking about his ex — Affleck recently heaped compliments onto J.Lo for an InStyle cover. that Affleck had reached out to her, his ex-fiancée, in the wake of her recently ended engagement to Alex Rodriguez. Well, well. However, they called off their September 2003 wedding and eventually split by January 2004. “Where are you keeping the fountain of youth?” Affleck wondered of Lopez to the magazine. E! And a source who spotted the pair in Montana told TMZ that, in the outlet’s words, “they seemed very much like a couple.” We’ll be anxiously awaiting comment from some well-placed A-Rod sources. source continued. “They picked up where they last left off and are enjoying each other’s company right now.”

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Tags: News reported that the two left for Montana after attending the Vax Live–special taping on May 2, with a source confirming it was “just the two of them.” A J.Lo source told E! It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy,” a source told People, which noted that the pair since returned on May 8.

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Leo and His Center Part Star in Killers of the Flower Moon’s First Look

He also seems to be rocking a center part, loving linen suits, and … perhaps trying out some ear prosthetics? Leonardo DiCaprio has shared the first photo from the upcoming drama Killers of the Flower Moon, which is directed by everyone’s honorary Italian grandfather, Martin Scorsese. We can only zoom in so much. Despite Jesse Plemons replacing DiCaprio as the film’s lead FBI-agent character, this image shows the actor staring into the screen abyss alongside his onscreen Osage wife, played by the incomparable Lily Gladstone. All right, we’ll keep up. Killers of the Flower Moon will be premiering on Apple, likely in 2022. Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon/Courtesy of Apple

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Aidy Bryant and Lolly Adefope’s Shrill Friendship Was ‘Love at First Sight’

As the two bond over first times and room-temp pizza, we finally get a glimpse of how Fran and Annie — what Aidy Bryant tells Vulture is “the whole heartbeat of the show” — officially become friends. We’ve done this twice, and we can work through this. I would say that and Annie breaking up with Ryan are two of the things I hear the most about. Since you didn’t know going into season three that it was the end of the series, what did you feel like you wanted to include once you found out? Even, actually, to the very last scene that we ever do in the show together, that is also almost an entirely improvised version of what was written. We shot the pool party over two days, and it was just overwhelmingly emotional to see all these beautiful women comfortably dancing, swimming, and hanging out together. I was just studying her face because she’s barely moving her face at all, but you feel it so deeply. Now that there’s been space between it, do you still feel that impact?Aidy Bryant: I definitely still do. Photo: Courtesy of Hulu

There’s a moment in Shrill’s final season between Fran and Annie (played by Lolly Adefope and Aidy Bryant, respectively), as the series flashes back to their early college days. Photo: Courtesy of Hulu/Allyson Riggs / Hulu

How often did you find yourselves improvising on Shrill? Long portions of one of us holding up an iPhone, so the music was playing. Would you ever put your friendship to the test and trust each other to cut your bangs?Lolly Adefope: I would trust you to cut my hair. I didn’t think I was going to see you straight away. I mean, it’s funny because we’re acting like we’re friends, especially the early days of the show, but I think pretty quickly Lolly and I were like, “Oh, we’re going to be real friends.” It was just so natural. Please tell me everything you remember from that day.Lolly Adefope: My greatest memory of that day is when we do the slow-motion walk. I think for me that was what Shrill was in a lot of ways. The very first episode of Shrill ends on a similar note, too, so it feels like a full-circle moment. When we were making Shrill, in the early, early casting days, they flew Lolly out for a screen test, and that was the first time we met, on the Warner Bros. Lolly Adefope: It was love at first sight. I spoke to Aidy and the writers to draw on some of my own experiences in order to infuse that into moments with Fran and her mom, which obviously are very emotionally charged. Their lead singer, Beth Ditto, is a fat, queer woman, and she was in a little tiny outfit dancing and moving her body so unapologetically, and here was this crowd of people cheering for her and obsessed with her powerful voice. Is that the true mark of a good friendship? By now, we thought, We can do this. Lolly Adefope: Wow. lot. Even though we couldn’t go to the dinners or bars on the weekend like we normally would, it still felt like we got our time in. Photo: Courtesy of Hulu/Hulu

One of Fran’s big moments is “Wedding” in season two, which digs into more of Fran’s story through her and her family. I’d also say the Edinburgh Festival, doing solo shows there in front of loads of people every night, to just do whatever I want and thinking, Yeah, I want to be a comedian. I certainly felt so privileged to be on set and be working, when me and most people had been in our houses for months and months at a time. I do feel like that was where we got to bond together. It was totally thrilling. Aidy Bryant: Yeah, the show ends in a really simple way, which is just two friends who really understand each other on a bench. And while Annie and Fran’s friendship grew, so did Bryant and Adefope’s. We usually shoot it once or twice pretty tightly scripted, but then almost always, especially for scenes with Lolly and I, it was like, okay, let’s loosen it up. I’m ready and willing. That was a scene where it was going okay, and then the director was kind of like, “Why don’t you guys do an improvised take where you don’t say the words that are in the script, but say like the spirit of them.” That entire scene is almost entirely improv from both of us, and that’s what we ended up using in the cut, because it just felt so much more real. It felt really thrilling to hug a friend after all this time. Why did I think I could do that? She makes it real easy to cry when she cries. Fran knows Annie better than she knows herself sometimes, and vice versa. Aidy Bryant: Yeah, they absolutely blasted it so hard for us. Lolly Adefope: I think I got asked the other day if I thought that scene had changed television in any way, or if it had inspired other TV shows to create scenes from that gaze. Photo: Courtesy of Hulu

Moving on to season three, there’s this really hilarious moment when Annie, Fran, Ruthie, and Maureen go party at an empty bar. Aidy Bryant: I’ll also just say this: I love everyone in our cast, and I’ve gotten in such an easy rhythm with everybody, but I feel like for Lolly in particular, especially in these later seasons, it was always such a sigh of relief for me when Lolly came onto set. Lolly Adefope: Yeah, it makes the emotional scenes so much easier to do because I think there’s a lot of trust between us, and I’ve always felt very comfortable in those scenes because I know that Aidy brings out the best in me. [Laughs.] That makes it sound like it died, but you know what I mean. Aidy Bryant: Yeah, it really was. That was another one where we shot over two nights, and we were basically just dancing and singing and yelling together every time that the camera wasn’t rolling. I want to feel that confident and share myself in that way. Aidy Bryant: Romantic. That laid this foundation for most of our scenes where we use the script as a kind of blueprint. I kept thinking like, Oh man, we should like pace ourselves. Lolly Adefope: We would always work out a scene, get it how it is in the script, and then have fun with it. I remember we all did it, and we’re kind of like, Oh my gosh. She’s not just one of the funniest people, funniest writers, and has a writerly brain, but she can also carry those deeply emotional moments. The kinds of conversations that I would have with moms and aunties and that feeling of wanting to go down another path and wanting acceptance, that’s all universal. I kind of knew about Lolly, though. Was it through Shrill or before?Aidy Bryant: It was through Shrill. Aidy Bryant: I feel the same. But really, those days were really intense. Solomon [Georgio] who wrote the episode did a very good job of not making anything seem too on the nose. Was that always how you imagined they met from the beginning?Lolly Adefope: I think there’s moments in season one where we allude to their college friendship. There’s that scene where we’re talking about whether I should get an abortion or not, and we’re at the vintage market. Aidy Bryant: When we wrote and shot this season, we didn’t know it was going to be the final season, so it was more in editing that we were, you know, massaging the footage to get it to this final resting place. Lolly Adefope: We were bonded by the restrictions, but I missed going for dinners and going to the bars afterwards, though it didn’t feel like there was a huge gap missing from the experience. I tried to draw on my own Nigerian heritage as well. There’s one bit, in that college flashback, where Annie has a different best friend in the beginning and is a dweeb. Also, it was like 30 degrees outside and we were all scantily clothed. Eventually we settled on … What was the song? To me and really to all of us who write [on Shrill], the whole heartbeat of the show is Annie and Fran and their friendship, and I think both of their stories then branch off from that. And there’s something so fortifying about that, just knowing that you can process the hard stuff with someone who understands you. Aidy Bryant: We improvise a lot. I feel like weirdly I wouldn’t hesitate to do that. I think we hadn’t really seen that from Fran up until that point, so we wanted to make sure it felt as based in truth as possible. Let’s put it into our own words. There was a huge trust and love and support with the crew as well. We’re going to be exhausted. Did filming during the pandemic feel like summer camp on steroids? In a weird way, it just naturally happened that the show ends with them. If it had been [season] one, though, it would have been a lot harder to form that bond. Lolly Adefope: I was waiting, holding my script notes, and then Aidy came out, and we both gasped. Aidy Bryant: No, I mean, here’s a little new feedback: I came out to say hi to you. Aidy Bryant: It was Britney Spears’s “Gimme More.” The one that’s like, “It’s Britney, bitch!”

Lolly Adefope: I don’t know how they managed to set up huge speakers. Minor spoilers for the final season of Shrill lie ahead. They [have this] next-level connection. It was like, “Oh, this is someone who really views a lot of the world in the same way that I do.” And that feels so refreshing or just easy, and really worth the extra effort, even though we’re like, oceans apart. I haven’t seen much about the first time you guys met. I want to sometimes talk about race and sometimes not talk about race, but mainly just do silly voices and pretend to be like strange people, and having people be like, “That’s fine, we accept that.” I think that’s maybe not so much as completely authentic, but definitely the most satisfied I’ve been with myself, I think, in terms of just doing whatever I want. [Laughs.] There’s like one scene where I can’t remember the character’s name, but Annie’s friend does something with her hand that’s quite cool, and then Annie has to do it as well. “To me, and really to all of us who write [on Shrill], the whole heartbeat of the show is Annie and Fran and their friendship,” says Aidy Bryant. The two talking earnestly is something we’ve seen plenty of times on the Hulu series, but here, it’s new to them. I haven’t noticed it, maybe it takes longer than a few years for it to change the landscape of television, but it still feels significant that before or since, I haven’t really seen anything like it. There’s a scene where I talked to Ryan, laying down the law, and I say how amazing Annie is, how we first met at college and how welcoming she was to me coming from London. Aidy Bryant: [Laughs.] You know what’s weird is that I do feel like with Lolly, we sort of broke new ground, at least for me, and it was something I had never really done until the very first episode of the very first season. Things fall into place for us, and we can improvise together, or follow each other’s lead in a way where it just felt like it took so much less effort.   Lolly Adefope: I’ve had hair from one ear to the other, like swept over to the other side. For me, that really was my pool party moment where I was like, Oh my God. Lolly Adefope: Yeah, I would trust you to pick a tattoo for me. I just always felt very in awe of Lolly in those moments where it’s like, this is such a complex performance and to be so good at both things is so remarkable. It feels like a very realistic ending to me, very grounded and not overly cartoonishly triumphant. People bring it up to me all the time. I don’t know if that stayed in. We should have music playing while we film this to help us do this walk,” and then like the four of us just sat around basically screaming suggestions for what the song would be. Photo: Allyson Riggs/Hulu

To that point, your show really captures the feeling of wanting to be wholly authentic; being fat or being a woman shouldn’t be all that defines you. There’s a really powerful moment between Fran and her mom that really gets me.Lolly Adefope: Yeah, Patrice Johnson is an incredible actress. Aidy Bryant: Oh, I mean, I had those in college that I cut myself, which is like, so violent. What was it like making that episode?Lolly Adefope: In a similar way to the pool party episode, it was a very emotional and real experience. We’re having these days together of being in swimsuits and being on camera together, and it is an intense experience. Love how the college flashback features Aidy in a straight bang. We had a mutual agent, so I had always been a fan. It felt like we were at this wedding and the dancing and party scenes felt very euphoric. And I mean, it killed me, like I cried forever. And instead, it was almost the opposite, where it was like, human Red Bull psychos pushing each other. Then all of us dancing in really long coats while it was raining. I want to have that kind of power. While they were setting up the cameras, we were like, “Should we have music? These girls are going to face more difficulties, and their relationship may evolve and change, but they always have each other. It’s not going to be hard. Lolly Adefope: It was the last time I got to do scenes with Patti [Harrison] and Jo [Firestone] as well. I know Lolly and I were both kind of overwhelmed by that. I really like how it ends on a quiet moment between you two. I don’t know that this is necessarily me in the entertainment industry, but when I was in college in Chicago, I went to see the Gossip perform. It was just like, I know we got it. Bryant and Adefope talked/gushed with us over their on- and offscreen friendship, Fran and Annie’s best moments, and of course, their characters’s heartfelt ending. Related

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Tags: It’s the guiding force of this show. Aidy Bryant: Definitely. That was part of why filming an episode like a girls’ night out was total wish fulfillment. To that end, when was the first time you truly felt comfortable to be authentic, especially in the entertainment industry? I can’t remember what scene it was, but it was one of the first scenes that we shot of the season where something like Annie, Em, and Fran did a three-way group hug. Very glamorous. The two spoke with Vulture over Zoom, and even from behind a computer screen, separated by thousands of miles of ocean, their vibrant energy together and love for each other was anything but subtle. Looking back at past seasons, the Fat Babe Pool Party was a top Shrill moment from the minute it aired. Lolly Adefope: I feel like I had a similar thing with seeing Kanye West at Glastonbury. Aidy Bryant: It’s hard to say. I had really lopsided bangs in college that I’d love to never revisit. It’s very cute to see young Annie and young Fran. It was the most fun ever, and we’re all four friends on top of it. Were there any particularly memorable scenes that you guys just did off the cuff? I think you just came out of the casting room to go somewhere, and I was there and then we gasped. Annie is laughing as she tells Fran about how she just awkwardly had sex for the first time, to which Fran sincerely tells her that she just kissed a girl for the first time. Even though he’s a man, it’s one more situation of a person being completely themselves. For three seasons, their friendship weaved together and apart as they grew into themselves through romantic relationships, work, and family drama. Aidy Bryant: I would trust you to cut mine, too. It was a little creepy. It really blossomed into something much bigger than just that summer-camp kind of friendship. How do you think your characters’ friendship has grown as your personal friendship has evolved making this series?Aidy Bryant: What a nice question. I think it’s like the ribs scene where I’m eating ribs, and then there’s the bit where you’re coming down the stairs, and I had to improvise a song. Aidy Bryant: I was on set when they were filming those, and I was at the monitor with our director Shaka King, who just directed Judas and the Black Messiah, and he was just like, “Lolly is a perfect performer,” and it’s so true. We had hints of this college friendship, but it was so nice to dig deeper into it in that episode. Photo: Courtesy of Hulu

The seventh episode has flashback moments to when your characters first met. Then doing the show, it’s long days of filming, so yes, you’re spending time together, but I also think things like doing emotional scenes, you end up having emotional conversations, or needing to help each other get through the duration of shooting, or you miss loved ones who are back home, so you’re kind of bonded in an almost summer-camp way. I think that sometimes when topics are dealt like that on TV, it can feel a bit like preachy, and we’d steer clear of that. And I don’t think they look bad, but like, the version that I cut myself was really an act of defiance. Shrill, based on Lindy West’s memoir of the same name, may be presented as Annie’s story of finding authenticity in a world full of people who want to define her for themselves, but it’s Fran and Annie’s friendship that actually propels the show forward.

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DJ Khaled’s New Music Video Stars Justin Bieber and a Fake Alligator

Just be pic.twitter.com/uMCqi75Wh7— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) May 9, 2021

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DJ Khaled vs. It’s another one for DJ Khaled. 1 chart placement, Khaled Khaled is the third chart-topping album for the DJ/producer/hype man, following 2016’s Major Key and 2017’s Grateful. 1 after a failed scheme to bundle it with energy-drink purchases, which led the charts to overhaul their rules for merch bundles. This time, Khaled Khaled logged 93,000 equivalent units, largely from streaming, making it the first album this year to debut at No. Tears of JOY and Pain making this album. As for the No. Billboard May Be a Breaking Point in the Merch-Bundle Chart Wars

Tags: This is the sixth in a recent string of Khaled Khaled videos, and it finds Khaled celebrating on the putting green with Bieber and Savage — and a slew of product placements, from Raising Cane’s chicken to Luc Belaire Luxe sparkling wine to Cîroc vodka to the Chime banking app. Another one of his Khaled Khaled music videos, that is, after earning another No. Everyone’s beautiful word really touched my heart. Oh, and an obviously fake alligator that Khaled wrestles in the middle of the video? 1, with a five-figure unit total. I cried many nights. Notably, Khaled’s last album, Father of Asahd, didn’t hit No. “I cried many nights. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his new album. Today’s visual is for “LET IT GO,” featuring a newly dreadlocked Justin Bieber and 21 Savage. Everyone’s beautiful word really touched my heart. Why Should He? I want my fans to see the real. Tears of JOY and Pain making this album. 1 ranking. God is Great!#KHALEDKHALED #1 album in the country 🤲🏽 @billboard I told my team I have them permission to film everything. God is Great!” Khaled tweeted on May 9, alongside a tearful video of him learning the news of his No. Life’s a Beach in DJ Khaled’s ‘We Going Crazy’ Video With H.E.R.

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Teen Vogue Has Found a New Editor-in-Chief

She told the Times she didn’t feel it was her place to comment on the tumultuous departure of her predecessor, Alexi McCammond. Related

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Tags: McCammond had apologized in 2019, describing the tweets as “insensitive” and adding that she would delete them because they no longer reflected her views. Teen Vogue has named Versha Sharma its new editor-in-chief, the New York Times reported. “All I can say is I share the values of the Teen Vogue staff and audience, and I’m very excited to work with them and work together moving forward,” Sharma said, adding that Teen Vogue “does a good job of showing how interconnected everything is, whether it’s fashion or politics or culture.”

You may recall that back in March, McCammond left the Condé Nast publication after the surfacing of past anti-Asian and anti-gay tweets, which included a reference to “swollen, Asian eyes” and the use of the words “gay” and “homo” as insults. Sharma currently leads news and cultural coverage as a managing editor for NowThis. McCammond reportedly apologized to staff a few days later, according to The Daily Beast. After she was announced on March 5 as the publication’s new leader, Teen Vogue staff members and celebrities alike posted statements of concern. On March 18, she tweeted that she decided to step out of the position, apologizing and saying that her past tweets had overshadowed her work and the issues that Teen Vogue spotlights. Photo: Brandon O’Neal/Courtesy of Teen Vogue

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Wendy Williams Meeting Her Wax Figure Is Better Than Twin Peaks

In an absolutely brain-cracking clip, today Wendy Williams met her wax figurine on The Wendy Williams Show, very nearly passing the mirror test. Wendy Wax is on view in the Times Square Madame Tussauds as of this week, in case you want it to eat your soul in person. The silences in between utterances grow deafening. The red-curtain backdrop calls to mind the doppelgänger-haunted Red Room from Twin Peaks. Human hair, ethically sourced.” At the 1:53 mark, Wendy Prime appears to smell Wendy Wax, releasing an “mm” of recognition. So much silence. A representative from Madame Tussauds sits in the mostly empty studio audience, saying, “It’s taken over 20 Madame Tussauds artists 800 hours, and she’s traveled over 3,000 miles across the Atlantic on a cargo ship,” for this moment in television personality-cloning to arrive. There is silence in the studio. The Tussauds representative points to its hair, saying, “Every strand is inserted individually. Wendy Prime looks shocked. Then, with a burst of confetti, a curtain drops, revealing a second, waxen Wendy, sitting next to the real thing. The Wendy cinematic universe has crossed over with reality. We think we see a sentient gleam in Wendy Wax’s glass eye, but we can’t be certain. She approaches her frozen double, speaking to it gently as if it might blink awake and act out the Annihilation dance with her. Related

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Tags: There’s been a breach. Wendy Prime strokes her double’s hand. “You’ve got the rounds of my breasts,” she says.

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John Oliver, Leslie Jones, and More Have a Message for White People

“The information is out there,” Robinson says, while Jones adds, “Once you get the information, you can appreciate all the beauty and hard work it takes to keeping my hair laid and looking good.” (Not to mention, the brilliance of “Don’t Touch My Hair,” by Solange.) Hard to be ignorant when the internet is right there. Related

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Tags: “You figured out sourdough bread last year, I think you can Google the word ‘weave,’” Aduba adds with a smile. This week’s Last Week Tonight discusses hair discrimination, which, let’s be honest, is really just reliable ol’ racism. But instead of having Black people do the labor of explaining centuries of discrimination constantly evidenced by stories of people losing jobs, being removed from school, or having their hair touched unprovoked, John Oliver does it himself, like an ally should. “The point is, Black hair shouldn’t be viewed, corralled, or judged by white people’s comfort because it doesn’t belong to white people, it doesn’t affect white people, and white people really shouldn’t have an opinion on it,” he says, promoting the CROWN Act, which would ensure protection against discrimination. “And our laws should reflect that.” In the meantime, there is a way to learn more about the social stigma and commit to being anti-racist: “Google it.” Uzo Aduba, Leslie Jones, and Craig Robinson make a special appearance to really hammer down the point.

Perrie Edwards Is Having a Little Mix Baby Too

“So happy to be on this wild journey with my soul mate,” Edwards wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her baby bump and another with footballer (well, soccer-er) boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Fellow Little Mix member Perrie Edwards announced she is pregnant with her first child, days after her bandmate Pinnock announced her pregnancy and became the first mom-to-be of the group. “We can’t wait to meet you baby Ox!” she added. And as co-writer MNEK said on Twitter: “As u can all see there’s babies to feed. Of her bandmates’ perfectly timed pregnancies, Thirlwall joked on Twitter, “It’s ‘let’s get pregnant but don’t tell Jade’ for me 🤣.” But the singer commented on Edwards’s baby news that she’s “the luckiest auntie in the world.”

It's "let's get pregnant but don't tell Jade" for me 🤣@iamleighanne @iamperriele— Jade (@iamjadeamelia) May 10, 2021

Jesy Nelson, who left Little Mix in 2020, recently sat for a Cosmopolitan U.K. As for Jade Thirlwall, the 28-year-old celebrated her own milestone on May 9: her one-year anniversary with boyfriend Jordan Stephens of the band Rizzle Kicks. Meanwhile, Little Mix recently released the band’s first song since Nelson’s departure, a remix of 2020 song “Confetti” with Saweetie. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Perrie Edwards 🖤 (@perrieedwards)

Pinnock recently announced her pregnancy with footballer fiancé Andre Gray on May 4. Nelson also said she’s recording new solo music. pic.twitter.com/A0NmZC9Bbt— MNEK (@MNEK) May 10, 2021

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s future child just got a playmate. so, stream Confetti – cos the children are our future. “We’ve dreamed about this moment for so long and we can’t believe the dream is finally coming true,” 29-year-old Pinnock wrote on Instagram, where both her bandmates congratulated her on the news. so, stream Confetti — cos the children are our future.”

as u can all see there’s babies to feed. The 27-year-olds debuted their relationship in February 2017, a year and a half after Edwards broke off her engagement to fellow former X Factor contestant Zayn Malik. cover, opening up to the magazine about her insecurities while in the band and saying she felt “miserable” during her time.

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Sarah Paulson Answers Every Question We Have About Down With Love

After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 9, 2003, Down With Love opened wide a week later across from The Matrix Reloaded, eventually earning only $20 million at the domestic box office. That’s the position Sarah Paulson found herself in with the release of Down With Love, a witty redux of the sex comedies of the 1960s in which she played Zellweger’s fast-talking, smart-aleck best friend, officious Manhattan book editor Vikki Heller. I don’t have any expectation that it should be anything other. Is that something you’ve at all reflected on?No. It was like jumping in a time capsule and feeling really like I was going to the studio for my fitting with Edith Head or something. Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photo: Moviestore/Shutterstock

It’s 2003 and you’ve booked a coveted role in a four-hander movie alongside Renée Zellweger (of Chicago!), Ewan McGregor (of Moulin Rouge!), and David Hyde Pierce (of Frasier!). Oh, my God! That scene also builds to Vikki becoming convinced that David and Ewan’s character are lovers and he has to keep insisting he’s straight. Compared to how I think most of us are used to working, you would get ready sort of together, as if you were backstage at a play in a theater and getting ready for your five-minute-places call. That’s just groovy to me. Then when I’m done, lately anyway, I have gone right to the next thing. You took a big old risk there, didn’t you?”

We obviously have to talk about the costumes, because there were so many. Then I ran into her at the Toronto Film Festival recently when she was there with Judy and I was there with a different movie and I hugged her and we hadn’t seen each other in so long. It’s funny in retrospect because at that point David hadn’t come out publicly, and I don’t think you had publicly dated a woman either. I mean just because … I don’t know, I tend to be that kind of person that when I’m doing something, I’m doing it fully and completely immersed. Oh, that’s right. Down With Love marked Paulson’s first major role in a studio movie, and it’s a wonderful performance, with her and Zellweger trading dialogue at Mach speed and executing dramatic costume reveals in choreographed synchronicity. “At the time I remember thinking, ‘Not everybody wants to see the Matrix,’” Paulson says. That’s kind of a thing I love about rediscovering the movie years later. “Well, a lot more people want to see the Matrix than see this specialty movie that not everybody’s going to get.”

The imagined big break didn’t quite come yet for Paulson, and it was only years later, after another hyped role in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, that she reached the acclaim, and regular Emmy attention, she has today. But I especially love when you and Renée come out with matching yellow-and-houndstooth reversible dresses.I probably had more fittings for Down With Love than anything I’ve ever done. So from what I’ve read, the role you landed in Down With Love, Vikki Heller, was a pretty coveted part.It was a coveted part. Of course you do. I feel so proud to be in something that is just not for everyone. Then you find yourself having a conversation about what you had for breakfast and what you were going to do that weekend. David Hyde Pierce was just about to be finished from his very long run on Frasier. It doesn’t feel quite as crushing. And there was that magical Renée Zellweger smell and it just … smells like heaven. Did you keep any costumes, even a pillbox hat?I think I have my wig in storage somewhere. What kind of smell?Heavenly. I do think of her often in terms of her thoughtfulness and everything. poster on your wall?There’s this thing that happens when you get a job that feels game-changing and you’re working with people whose careers you’ve always admired and you wonder what their world is like. And that was the beginning of our knowing one another, so that will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason. And it just didn’t stick.It was in between Friends and Will and Grace. She took to it quite easily and well, and I was like, “I think I’m going to trip over this thing.” With the houndstooth-and-yellow and me on my face on the stairs! She was a wonderful teacher without meaning to be a teacher. I was able to feed myself, and that’s no small thing. I don’t think it was trying to convert people who didn’t understand what everyone was going for. With those flipped out ends!I think I wore it to audition for some Jackie Onassis miniseries that I didn’t get. In terms of prepping, I watched a lot of movies involving Paula Prentiss and some Doris Day, Rock Hudson movies. Vikki Heller, earring queen. It is impressive for someone like her, coming off of Chicago, being as big as she was, to take that extra effort.There are plenty of wonderful actors I’ve worked with who don’t do that extra thing, and it’s fine. Right. At least it felt [like one], even though ultimately it was about as seismic as your dad burping on the couch. Well, that’s lovely to hear. But it just took a couple decades for that to happen. Of course it didn’t last. It was, in retrospect, a very good experience for me to have that the movie was not a box-office success. I remember being with Renée, and because I had so little experience, there were so many things she would do when we were shooting that I have since done. Anything you spend a lot of time working on and making and putting your heart and soul into, you, of course, have a tremendous amount of hopes and wishes pinned to it. That was obviously a little bit of a needle shift for me. Oh, so you went really out there in auditions!After my very first audition, there was interest in me, but there was concern — get ready for this — that Renée and I looked too much alike because we both had blonde hair. It sort of feels par for the course and means that I’m actually really doing it, because not everything can be for everyone. I actually get under the couch at that one point and the cigarette smoke was coming out from under it. It was like muslin fitting and then another muslin fitting and then it would be recut. And I was like, “Really?” And he was like, “I think so.” Lo and behold, I didn’t work for who knows how long and the movie wasn’t well-received. for two episodes in 2004, and then your appearance on Nip/Tuck in 2004, which was the the very, very beginning of your working with Ryan Murphy. That’s a perspective that does take a lot of time to learn, too. But I had things that were just made for me. Every single member of the crew loved her and she knew all of their names. It was the beginning of many experiences I’ve had where you go, “Well, that didn’t quite go the way I planned.” But I have a different response to it now. I tried desperately to seem nonplussed, but I wasn’t. But I still got to have that memory of Ewan McGregor making that sound in front of my face. I was able to pay my rent with the work I was doing. Being around Ewan McGregor, who was playing music in his dressing room where he’d be singing, I was like, “This is some out-of-body experience.”

Is it true that you all didn’t have trailers on set, but used dressing rooms by the soundstages instead?Like they did back in the day: You pull up into the lot and you park your car and you walk into your on-the-stage dressing room. How could it not be your big break, especially because it has a crackling script by Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake, and spiffy direction from Peyton Reed (recently of Bring It On!). Renée also smells better than anyone in Hollywood. I sort of applaud my younger self, going, “Good for you. So what was your reaction when you got the part?I remember just feeling like, “I’ve made it. But I just remember him being so lovely to me. Remember when I did that and I thought everything was going to change?” I remember when I got Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [which premiered in 2006], thinking that that show was going to be on for a decade, at least. I remember having a mild panic attack under there, like, “How well made is this prop couch?” It’s funny how much this movie I really remember probably because the whole thing is sort of in Technicolor in my mind. But the movie was not destined to be a hit. I mean, it’s a thing, to me. I remember after a screening that they had done, we came out and Ewan looked at me and he went, “Oh man, can’t wait to see what happens for you.” And he made this sound like a rocket ship and he put his hand in the air, like it was going up. But I definitely was at a moment where it felt like there were more possibilities than there had been prior to that. Ewan had just done Moulin Rouge! Recently, his daughter who was literally a 5- or 6-year-old when we made this, Clara, followed me on Instagram, and she wrote me saying that she just can’t believe what it’s like to see each other after all these years, even virtually, and that she and her dad often talk so fondly about that time. The script [for Down With Love] was so fully realized, and I could see exactly who she was. poster on my wall at this time in my life. One of the big funny scenes you have in the movie is with David, in Ewan’s character’s bachelor pad, where he keeps setting off different contraptions and you get caught in the middle of them.David Hyde Pierce is just, when it comes to comedy and physical comedy, a master at it. That’s who the movie was made for. She made me feel like her pal and she looked out for me and that was a really special, rare thing. She would sometimes do a take and then start over again from the top without cutting or without breaking. She smells like absolute heaven on earth. Part of the whole thing with those costumes, as magical as they were, was that Renée and I had dance rehearsal to try to figure out how to do all the choreography. But it did allow Regina King and I to work together and to meet. I don’t think I ever admitted to him that I had that poster. But I had such little experience at that time that it was a real learning opportunity for me to see the way in which the leader of the company was behaving. But that’s a couple of years of me doing really nothing of any great significance … I mean, the significance certainly was not lost on me. It was just about listening and responding, which is what I think all good acting aspires to be. I mean, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning. In honor of that all-important 18th anniversary of Down With Love (and mostly because I have watched it several times in quarantine as comfort food), I called up Paulson to discuss the all-out campaign she went on auditioning for her role, how Renée Zellweger led by example on set, and what she learned from its disappointing reception. It’s just something you really notice, because it does make you feel so much more at ease. I wore a full period costume. Having had hopes about this movie being your big studio break, what was it like when that break didn’t work out?I did have that sort of young person’s notion that I was going to be set from here, that I was in this movie with these people, and it felt very affirming to get a job like that at that time, because I spent many years not working at all. It was also probably not that they loved me, it’s just that there was a half an hour between the two shows where people would just leave the television on and eat their food. I wore a wig! I hadn’t considered that you’d have dance rehearsals because there aren’t musical numbers, except in the credits, but it is so choreographed with all the in-sync stepping and posing.It’s very choreographed, and it’s Renée Zellweger, and I’m supposed to act like it’s not a big deal and that we’re best friends and I’m her publisher. If I told you some of the names of the people that were in the waiting room with me, or who got to the final callback, including the men I screen tested with, before they cast David actually, who didn’t get the part, it was just wild! But it’s interesting when you look back at those things and you go, “Oh, yeah. I remember Jeff Zucker calling me on the phone the morning after the premiere and saying, “Wake up, America loves you.” By week two, I don’t think they did. I also have some original drawings that Daniel Orlandi did of my costumes that I have framed in my office. Daniel Orlandi was the costume designer, who I later worked with on Game Change, which was such a different thing because it was such a hyperreality. What has your experience been with Down With Love as the years have gone by? You’re either going to be into it, or you’re not. Renée had just come off of Chicago. Meanwhile, I’m just going, “I can’t actually believe that I’m doing this movie with these actors.” I had a Moulin Rouge! My hair was a sort of lovely shade of green in between because it had been so blonde. I got a movie!” This studio film with people at the, as I said, absolute high points of their careers at that particular moment in their working lives. It was very heartening and meant a lot to me at the time. I just remember being really intrigued by her process and also how incredibly fun she was and how she never seemed to take any of it seriously. Now it feels like a meta-echo of the Rock Hudson dynamic in those original movies.That’s really true. That’s a real testament to Peyton, as well, and I guess the studio let him do that too, because that doesn’t always happen. I was at that point in my career where I was playing the titular character of a show called Leap of Faith. Down With Love opened the same weekend as The Matrix Reloaded, which sucked all the attention away from Down With Love — at least that’s how the box-office narrative goes.I remember it was my first time ever traveling to New York to promote the movie at the Tribeca Film Festival on the plane with Peyton. But I’m telling you, you put a pillbox hat on and a dress with an attached cape and a cigarette and you’re liable to [adopts a mid-Atlantic drawl] start talking like this, you know?I don’t know where I got the confidence to, in the audition even, come with this sort of persona, this rat-a-tat way of talking. So I haven’t done a lot of reflecting on that time very much at all. You had all of these real superstars coming off, at that point, the biggest hits of their careers and there was a role to be had, which was Vikki Hiller. It lasted a season. So what was it like working with Ewan while having a Moulin Rouge! I can’t describe it. Renée really does that better than anyone, really. I can’t even remember what I did after it, but I don’t think I worked for a minute. Related

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Tags: Of course Renée had just finished Chicago and has great dance skills, and I don’t quite have those. When I started watching movies from that era, it was very clear to me what the sassy sidekick lady would be like. But in my experience, she’s not one of those actors who feels they need to suffer in order to do something well or good. Reading articles from the time, Peyton Reed was very insistent that the movie wasn’t a satire of those ’60s sex comedies but really more of something where you’re still staying within the genre and not just making fun of it. But I still, to this day, don’t really understand how or why I got this part [in Down With Love], except that I just sort of went in balls out, if one can say such a thing. That’s so interesting. Is it something people bring up to you often?It doesn’t happen a lot, but if I’m meeting a person for the first time and that’s the thing they say they love, I instantly know I’m going to like them, because it’s an acquired taste. But when you say it, it’s not lost on me how interesting that is. He said, “Oh, there’s a review that’s out in the Film Comment that’s really strong.” I just remember the premiere and staying at the Ritz-Carlton and doing these press-junket days that I’d never experienced anything like. It created a sense of looseness and spontaneity. Of course, the costumes did a lot for all of that, as they often do. Just looking at the order of your IMDb credits, it was Down With Love in 2003, then a role on The D.A. That shouldn’t be something to report that’s special about someone. Then with a thud, the paper lands the next day, and it’s like, “Nobody cares about this movie.”

But I kind of love the idea that the movie landed with the people that love the movie. Was there anything else about making the movie that stands out in your mind?The whole thing stands out in my mind. I wonder if Renée did. So I did take a temporary hair color dye and slap it on my head for my second audition, which then got me my final audition, where I actually hired someone to put a wig on my head. Leap of Faith was one of the shows NBC tried to fit into its post-Friends time slot, right? It was important to her to do a great job and she was wholly committed. I think she was very interested in my comfort and my feeling safe and good and welcome. I should have kept the clothes. That’s an interesting acting challenge because you have to live in that style of acting and movement and not go too broad.It was a whole thing.

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Tina Turner Won the Rock Hall’s 2021 Fan Vote, But It Doesn’t Guarantee Anything

By that logic, the fifth-place Foo Fighters have just as much power as Turner’s win. Historically, there’s no correlation between Fan Vote selection and subsequent inductions. If anything, we should feel bad for the sixth-place Carole King. We know, sorry! Last year, for instance, only one of the five Fan Vote acts actually got inducted (long-overdue yacht-rock legends the Doobie Brothers), although there’s a stronger precedent for the ballot’s winner: Up until last year’s Dave Matthews snub, every single Fan Vote champion had been inducted the same year they won. Joining Turner on the Fan Vote “ballot” is Fela Kuti, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, and Foo Fighters, who respectively came in second, third, fourth, and fifth place. Related

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Tags: (And it’s a fun list: 2013’s Rush, 2014’s Kiss, 2015’s Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, 2016’s Chicago, 2017’s Journey, 2018’s Bon Jovi, and 2019’s Def Leppard.) The Hall’s 2021 induction class will be announced later this month, so all you can do is wait and rewatch that Schitt’s Creek wedding in the meantime. Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images

She is, as we know, simply the best, but the math confirms it even further: Tina Turner won the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2021 Fan Vote, a feat that sounds a lot more exciting than it actually is. (And because we know you’re curious, Jay-Z came in dead last of the 16 nominees.) Despite Turner’s triumphant Fan Vote win — and as last year’s fervent Dave Matthews Band fans can tell you —this doesn’t guarantee a damn thing when it comes to her induction chances. Turner and the four other acts make up one Fan Vote “ballot” that will be tallied along with the hundreds of other ballots from the Hall’s members, where all five acts are of equal standing on their ballot.

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Giuliana Rancic Is Walking Away From the E! Red Carpet

Hire Minari’s Alan Kim to be your full-time celebrity red-carpet correspondent. Now’s the time, E!. red-carpet coverage. NBCUniversal Cancels E! News

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After 20 years of making conversation with celebrities who were either jittery or disinterested in the hours leading up to awards shows like the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys, Giuliana Rancic is walking away from E! The television personality announced in an Instagram post on Friday that she has “decided to step out of my red carpet heels into a new pair of shoes.” Specifically, whatever sorts of shoes producers wear. (Heels, but slightly more sensible?) Rancic’s Instagram caption continues, “One of my passions is great storytelling and I am thrilled to announce a new development deal with E!’s parent company NBCUniversal where I will be producing and bringing stories to life.” Rancic goes on to thank her production team and her viewers “for watching and supporting me as we went along together on this red carpet ride.” First Ryan Seacrest left, now Rancic. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Giuliana Rancic (@giulianarancic)

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Watch Ziwe’s Cool Animated Theme Song Before the Series Premiere

More than anything, though, this theme song sees Fumudoh channeling her inner Daria, taking joy in animated dress-up just like Daria’s end credits. It’s not the first time Fumudoh’s done a Daria tribute, either. Make Yourself Uncomfortable. It also pays homage to some (to borrow a phrase) iconic television stars who came before her. Related

Who’s Afraid of Ziwe Fumudoh? Welcome to Ziwe’s House. Tags: this theme song was composed by my favorite musical genius @NicholasBritell and animated by @CartunaTV!!!! pic.twitter.com/jEC8H9xgRp— ziwe (@ziwe) May 9, 2021

May is officially Nicholas Britell season. The bold choice of going with an animated opening for a talk show calls to mind the stylized, energetic Rosie O’Donnell opening credits of the ’90s, and the infectious blend of loud, girly fashion and confidence calls to mind The Nanny theme song (all three theme songs are not only animated, but extremely New York-y and camp). Today, the morning of the Showtime series premiere, Fumudoh shared the show’s stylish opening-credits sequence on Twitter, writing, “this theme song was composed by my favorite musical genius @NicholasBritell and animated by @CartunaTV.”

The colorful animated sequence pays tribute to Fumudoh’s Instagram Live series in its opening, before showing her animated avatar jumping out the window and driving to a TV set. The composer behind the lovely scores of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk is composing the scores of Barry Jenkins’s The Underground Railroad series and Disney’s Cruella, both out later this month. Her “Universal Healthcare” music video is essential viewing before tonight’s premiere. And in major news, he has followed up his fan fave Succession theme song with another opening-credits banger, this time for comedian Ziwe Fumudoh’s new late-night show, Ziwe.

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SpaceX Is Such a Wreck That Only Pete Davidson’s Chad Can Save It on SNL

Pete Davidson’s comically chill character Chad has been through it all: He’s been the chosen savior of another realm, he’s reinvented drag, and he died and met Adam Sandler at one point. On last night’s Saturday Night Live, he sacrificed himself to save the SpaceX Mars colony in “the near future.” In the sketch, host Elon Musk asks for a hero to restore the colony’s backup oxygen, and Chad steps up to the challenge with a signature “okay,” but not before fellow astronaut Miley Cyrus reveals she’s pregnant with his child. “No thanks,” Chad says as he hits the airlock. SNL has been heightening the stakes on Chad since 2016, putting him in increasingly cinematic situations. Related

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Elon Musk and Grimes Did Wario/Princess Peach Roleplay on National Television

But Italian Elon Musk did it better. From the jury of Toads to the PowerUp sound effect on Luigi’s pixelated boner, these retro references are nothing new, and don’t stand on their own as jokes. But what matters here is that it’s screen-grabbable, and that host Elon Musk dressed up as the misunderstood villain Wario, and did the “waaahh” voice and everything. We’re not going to pretend like the courtroom sketch from last night’s Saturday Night Live, in which Luigi puts Wario on trial for killing Mario with a Koopa shell, wasn’t the sort of warmed-over geek humor we’ve seen before on the likes of CollegeHumor or Cracked circa 2008. Musk had nothing on his girlfriend Grimes, who showed up to give a Chloe Fineman–esque Princess Peach performance and remind us of how much better things were in the Art Angels era. The studio audience was laughing, but watching at home, a profound silence entered the chat. Related

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There are a few solid jokes here, e.g., Pauline’s self-worth measured against how many appetizers are bought for her, but this is really a subtle character portrait. While Chad remains his Zen self, the writers smartly up the stakes in this beat of the sketch. In this parody of HBO’s Mare of Easttown, Kate McKinnon leads the cast of slightly bedraggled townies trying to solve the murder of one man’s “durdur.” It’s essentially crime-show tropes lined up alongside Philly clichés, delivered in the thickest accents the actors can muster. There’s an ugly O.J. Elon Musk Monologue

Musk’s monologue does its best to cover all the bases, noting his obsessions, his big plans for humanity, and his penchant for tweeting unnerving things. “Update” also packs in two more characters, the first being cryptocurrency expert Lloyd Ostertag (Musk), who tries and tries to explain crypto. McKinnon’s solid, though, as is Melissa Villaseñor as Björk. Colin Jost’s take on Donald Trump’s new blog and his gag about Evangelicals refusing the vaccine are both good; Michel Che’s joke about white people in space, and one about presidential wax figures, are also winning. With the fish-out-of-water quality absent, she’s a cheery and slightly strange imp with an accent. Kate McKinnon does Mary Katherine Gallagher with her mom, Colin Jost warns his mom not to read from the mysterious cue cards provided by Michael Che, and Pete Davidson chides his mom for nearly missing the show after playing Madden with Timothée Chalamet. Some of the dull repetitiveness of these conversations feels dull and repetitive, but there are some carefully observed moments here. This week alone, his SpaceX Starship launched and landed; dogecoin value was up; and, thanks to Lorne and the gang at NBC, Musk seemed like just another average industry titan hosting SNL. The entire, painful ritual has been translated into some combination of AAVE, TikTok comments, and tidbits of everyday slang, e.g., the doctor’s bad news might be a little cringe, and things were sus, no cap, but he has to give them the tea. Here, the stilted nature of Musk’s delivery feeds into what already feels like a mouthful of words in a foreign tongue. Should I give him more details or should I die?”). (One of the original cast, Dan Aykroyd, has talked openly about his diagnosis, and has hosted, too.) The idea that he is “pretty good at running ‘Human’ in emulation mode,” is one that warns us of the awkwardness to follow. Ego Nwodim comes on as Pauline, a “weary mother in her darkest hour,” which happens to be immediately following a family vacation to Disneyland. It’s beautifully shot, though, and some of the reviews (“Highly accurate. There’s a gross-out surprise waiting at the end, but the funny stuff relies on what Chad does best: going with the flow, and taking off his pants from time to time. The writers clearly Googled.”) add a fun bit of outsider perspective. In conversational pairs, Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon, Chris Redd, Ego Nwodim, Heidi Gardner, and Musk try to remember how they know one another, what they’ve been doing with their time, and how to communicate in general. One personal sacrifice is necessary to keep the rest of the Mars crew alive, and the man to make it all happen: the witless, monosyllabic Chad (Pete Davidson). Musk is no comic, as his cameos in TV (Big Bang Theory) and film (Iron Man 2) attest. Did you think I was also gonna be a chill, normal dude?” It gets cheers from his fans in the crowd, but his summation has more to do with his silly weed jokes than it does the things that genuinely harm people, e.g., illegal anti-union sentiments and pandemic misinformation. While some players, like Gardner, lean into the slouch of their characters, others like Yang deliver their lines with a playful dimension that really makes them sing. Nwodim’s exasperation and exhaustion reward a second watch. Regardless of accuracy, the big mess of the sketch is pretty fun. The entire cast is represented here, minus just a couple, so the stage is packed when it’s time to shout, “Live from New York …” It’s a lot sweeter than it is funny, but there are plenty of nice little moments, including Bowen Yang’s mom squirting Purell on the spot she kissed his cheek, and Kenan Thompson and his mom doing reaction shots together. Leron is in his own world, advocating not just underground sneak attacks, but inventing a currency and using rechargeable horses. If you read any of the think pieces leading up to Musk’s hosting gig, or caught on to internal cast disagreements about his arrival, you already know that context is way more important than content here. The best bit returns to the push and pull of a romantic relationship — in this case, with another astronaut played by musical guest Miley Cyrus — and Chad’s squeamishness about the possibility of fatherhood. Simpson thread, too, but then his mom, Maye, shows up to remind us, Hey, he was once a child, too. If SNL just wanted people talking about it, that worked; sussing out the ratings stuff will have to wait. While the sketch is the one that seems set to roast Musk, it’s more about an ingenious dreamer who is misunderstood in his own time. Hell, he even solicited some sketch ideas on Twitter, and floated his own gems like “Woke James Bond.” And despite a tweet about testing out “just how live” SNL really is, ultimately Musk just wanted to seem dangerous and naughty. Post-Quarantine Conversation

This house party highlights the awkward, strange, and boring interactions that anyone might be privy to after a year of pandemic-induced relative isolation. Most lines, including one in which Leron cops to an unhelpful resistance to mask-wearing, don’t have much bite. Without a built-in excuse for Musk’s staccato line readings, the pace feels off, and Musk is definitely not going to deliver an over-the-top cartoon villain. Ooli Show

Iceland’s “number-one social-media star” Ooli (Chloe Fineman) and her sidekick Björn (Mikey Day) welcome celebrities who happen to make their way to Iceland, including Frances McDormand (Kate McKinnon) and Steve Buscemi (Pete Davidson). Feels like, as a whole, it could use a bit larger pool of shows to play on rather than just the HBO limited series of the moment. He doesn’t need the attention. Weekend Update

While there isn’t a sublime stretch during the initial segment of “Update,” there are a lot of good individual jokes. The rhythm never quite clicks. As good as Fineman is, the expansion of Ooli’s world doesn’t add much to her character. The writing heavily relies on tidbits of Nintendo characters and sound effects, and then peppers in some talk of sexts and cocaine. There’s real possibility in the back-and-forth with her lovelorn producer Ragnarok, and Musk looks the part, but the lines fall flat. Chad on Mars

At SpaceX ground control, Elon Musk and his support staff review a dire situation on Mars. Despite Musk’s history of, say, giving questionable epidemiological advice and trolling his own baby with complete confidence, the gig surely convinced a wedge of the American public he’s just a cheeky one percenter in it for the lulz. So, the show wasn’t a disaster. This one feels pretty true to life, down to the interior monologues (“Did I just say, ‘I’ve been going to dinner again’? With his Buscemi, Davidson gets as close as he ever has to doing an impression, but it’s mostly bug-eyed twitching. Cowboy Standoff

When Earl the bartender (Kyle Mooney) is shot by the Pearl River Gang, a rival group of guys (Beck Bennett, Alex Moffat, Kenan Thompson) and their weird pal Leron (Musk) plot revenge. Wario

After Mario dies in a go-kart accident, Wario (Musk) goes on trial. Wario’s lawyer (Mikey Day) has to fend off the attacks of Luigi (Kyle Mooney) and Princess Peach (Grimes) while claiming public perception is based on Italian-American stereotypes. Also, Musk confesses that he’s got Asperger’s — a brave admission, though he isn’t the first host to have it, as he claims. Murder Durder

Following in the footsteps of crime TV and movies about white people who have “very specific accents,” e.g., Boston or New York, here’s one for Pennsylvanians and fans of Wawa. But like Steve Forbes, George Steinbrenner, and Donald Trump before him, Musk got on the 8H stage to tell a couple of self-deprecating jokes for an ego boost and some possible image rehabilitation among those who find his act as bad-boy scion of industry a bit grating. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
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After beloved Bestie flips her Hellcat, her squad (Kate McKinnon, Bowen Yang, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, and Mikey Day) gathers in the hospital waiting room to get news from the doctor (Musk). Mother’s Day Message Cold Open

This unusual cold open is a Mother’s Day tribute: Musical guest Miley Cyrus sings a hopeful song, which is punctuated by jokes from the cast and their moms. After touring his social-media misses, Musk says, “To anyone I’ve offended … I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. And, interestingly, the segment that felt like an ad for dogecoin may have backfired: Dogecoin value took a dive after Musk joked that cryptocurrency was a “hustle” on “Update”; so, as some financial analysts predicted, the show may have determined the fate of Musk’s favored crypto. Jost’s bits about Goop and Universal Studios’ new ride are worthwhile, too. Tags: Musk doesn’t come across like either an egoist or an apologist, though he does want some credit for being a big dreamer. What first feels like a dull ad for dogecoin becomes much more interesting when Ostertag confesses that, yeah, when it comes down to it, dogecoin is “a hustle.” Then Baby Yoda (Kyle Mooney) comes on in the wake of Star Wars Day to talk about his new MMA career. Saturday Night Live
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Before this week’s show started, Elon Musk had already won. As usual, this week’s sketches are presented here ranked from best to worst. There was something fun about this character in its first appearance, but the cute-character-is-really-a-prick gag doesn’t have anything more to offer after several iterations. Next week, sketch-comedy giant Keegan-Michael Key hosts with musical guest (already beloved of sensitive SNL men) Olivia Rodrigo. (Grimes, it should be said, is a pretty decent melodramatic Peach.) Andrew Cuomo’s entrance is meant to clarify everything that has come before, somehow, but it all just ends up feeling muddier.

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Last Night’s Saturday Night Live Belonged to Ego Nwodim’s Sad Disney Mom

Che,” and you have a perfect Mother’s Day character. “That park ain’t right, Michael.”

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Tags: Everyone seemed to have their eyes on it. Pauline recounts how she “stood in line for two hours at Splash Mountain so I could sit my haggard ass in a log flume, only to have that very flume break down,” and have her pants soaked with “foul Disney water.” From directly addressing the ride as “Mr. It even appeared to have a direct effect on stock prices. Splash Mountain” to describing how her ingrate kids want Mickey Mouse to be their mommy, the beauty of Nwodim’s “Weekend Update” character is in the absurd details and the absolute despair with which she shares them. We assume all of this hubbub was because of one thing that made last night’s episode different: Ego Nwodim’s hilarious new character, “Pauline, a weary mother in her darkest hour.” Pegged to the reopening of Disneyland after over a year of pandemic closure, Nwodim plays the sort of parent at the end of their rope that you’re wont to see at the theme park, with operatic exasperation. Last night, all of Twitter was lit aflame with Saturday Night Live talk. Add to that a third-act plot twist where she reveals that Michael Che is the absent father of her son, “Che Jr.

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SNL Understands Your Post-Quarantine Social Anxiety

“Recently I have been going to dinner again,” Kate McKinnon’s partygoer says, before thought-spiraling: “Did I just say I’ve been going to dinner again? Last night’s Saturday Night Live tackled the most pressing issue of our impending summer: awkward post-quarantine conversation with people you sort of know at parties. Related

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Tags: Should I give him more details or should I die?” Even host Elon Musk didn’t fare too badly in the sketch, delivering the line “We’re getting divorced and I’m losing my job” with a chilling nonchalance. The sketch, titled “Every Conversation With People You Haven’t Seen Since Quarantine Started,” highlighted the conversational pitfalls we all might encounter in the coming months, including but not limited to: not knowing who the hell you’re talking to, maybe accidentally flirting with your cousin, and just repeating, “It’s such a crazy time right now” a bunch.

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Everybody and Their Mother Is in This Week’s SNL Cold Open

Even Colin Jost’s mom got a sweet “Weekend Update” bit: Michael Che handed her index cards, which Jost warns her against reading, lest their “whole family get canceled.” The cold open ended with all of the moms and their performing children gathered on the Studio 8H stage — a fleeting moment of genuine joy in an episode largely devoid of it. Saturday Night Live continued its extremely sweet Mother’s Day tradition of bringing out cast members’ moms in last night’s cold open, which featured musical guest Miley Cyrus’s beautiful rendition of her godmother Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.” If they thought a bunch of adorable moms could distract us from the Elon Musk of it all, well, they were sort of right. Related

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Tags: Kate McKinnon and her mom paid tribute to Molly Shannon, Aidy Bryant’s mom promoted Shrill, and Kenan Thompson’s mom gave her best reaction shot.

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Simpson, and his car of choice (“Prius”). Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?” Doesn’t explain his consistent peddling of COVID-19 misinformation, but okay (the Asperger’s claim, by the way, is a heinous act of Dan Aykroyd erasure). Other topics broached by Musk included his appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, O.J. Elon Musk made his Saturday Night Live debut last night, opening the show with what could generously be described as a comedic monologue. To anyone I’ve offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship. Musk, the second-richest person on Earth and the self-proclaimed “first person with Asperger’s to host SNL,” addressed the controversy around his hosting gig up top, explaining, “I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works. Related

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Tags: He wrapped up the monologue by bringing out his mom, Maye, who looked (understandably) terrified to be there, and, of course, plugging dogecoin.

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Scarlett Johansson Speaks Out Against ‘Sexist’ HFPA

Response to the proposed reforms has been largely negative, with Time’s Up president Tina Tchen calling the proposals “window-dressing platitudes” and GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis saying the reforms “do not go far enough to ensure the organization as a place where historically marginalized communities — including the LGBTQ community — feel welcomed.” Ellis continued, “It’s not enough for the HFPA to just say that they are working towards having a certain number of Black members. “As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows,” Johansson said in a statement. Photo: Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson has spoken out against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, joining a chorus of condemnation from actors, advocacy groups, and studios, including Netflix and Amazon, over the organization’s lack of diversity and transparency. It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences.” Johansson continues, “The HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition, and the industry followed suit. Former HFPA President Called Black Lives Matter ‘Racist Hate Movement’ in Email

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Tags: “In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment. It’s time for the HFPA and the Golden Globes to truly reflect the full intersectional diversity of Hollywood.”

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Johansson’s statement follows widespread criticism of the HFPA, including from her Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo, who said on Friday, “Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award.” Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos also announced on Friday that Netflix will not work with the HFPA until it tackles its “systemic diversity and inclusion challenges.” Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke followed suit, stating that Amazon Studios is “awaiting a sincere and significant resolution” before moving forward with the HFPA.

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Joshua Bassett Flaunts His Driver’s License in ‘Feel Something’ Music Video

Bassett and three photogenic friends stargaze, eat cake, stumble around on the grass, snuggle, climb a fire escape, and mess around in a car wash, which all seems like good, wholesome, startlingly attractive fun. But knowing the drama with his ex-girlfriend Olivia Rodrigo, one can only wonder: Is all this happy-fun driving around in a car a response to Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” which publicized the messy emotions of their breakup? In the music video for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett’s new single, “Feel Something,” he sings about the joys of driving around with your friends and getting up to a whole lot of nothing on the streets of Los Angeles, and the video shows exactly that. Related

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Tags: We definitely “Feel Something” about all this, we’re just not sure what. Add to that the knowledge that Bassett co-directed the video with Sabrina Carpenter’s sister, Sarah, and the plot only thickens.

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