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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Here’s How Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars Monologue Addressed Harvey Weinstein by Abraham Riesman

“The Academy, as you are no doubt aware, took action last year to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks,” Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel said a few minutes into his monologue, causing jaws t…

SOURCE: Vulture at 08:42PM
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Saga Creators: No Movie On the Way, But We Wouldn’t Say No to a Musical by Abraham Riesman

In an entertainment ecosystem where a comic-book character’s popularity is judged largely by whether it’s made it to a movie or a TV show, the heroes and villains of Saga stand apart for…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00AM
Thursday, December 14, 2017

What Will the Disney–Fox Merger Mean for Superheroes? by Abraham Riesman

The collision of universes is a common trope in superhero fiction. Time and again, comic books have presented stories in which a group of characters from one version of Earth merge into a di…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:46AM
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ross Lynch’s 9-Step Progression From Disney Star to Playing Jeffrey Dahmer by Abraham Riesman

Several Disney Channel stars have gone on to do things that might have scandalized former fans — consider Ryan Gosling freebasing in Half Nelson — but few have embraced the transition li…

SOURCE: Vulture at 08:00AM
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5 Comics to Read Before You See Thor: Ragnarok by Abraham Riesman

By Odin’s beard, the flaxen-haired Odinson hath returned! Thor: Ragnarok is about to hit theaters, thus adding a new installment to 55 years’ worth of sagas about Marvel’s premier thun…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:00AM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Edgar Wright Explains His Best Musical Moments by Abraham Riesman

It’s sort of a shame that Edgar Wright hasn’t done more music videos. The writer-director has memorably blended sizzling scenes with titillating tunes on a variety of filmic occasions, i…

SOURCE: Vulture at 03:54PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017

How Orlando Jones Constructed His Showstopping American Gods Monologue by Abraham Riesman

Spoilers ahead for tonight’s episode of American Gods.Every once in a while, a monologue comes along that seems destined to be recited by theater students and auditioning actors until the …

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kara Croons In Supergirl/Flash Musical Crossover Clip by Abraham Riesman

The Flash and Supergirl share DNA insofar as they’re both part of the same superhero family on the CW, but they also, in a way, share a parent: Glee. Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist — t…

SOURCE: Vulture at 06:10PM
Friday, March 3, 2017

Here’s What Legendary X-Men Writer Chris Claremont Thought About Logan by Abraham Riesman

Mild spoilers for Logan below.The ending of Logan isn’t a cheery one, but at a recent New York screening of the film, at least one audience member walked out of the theater giddy: Chris Cl…

SOURCE: Vulture at 12:54PM
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jean Smart on Legion, Noah Hawley, and Baking Cupcakes for Her Castmates by Abraham Riesman

One of the great rises to fame in recent television history has been that of Jean Smart. The veteran actress has accumulated an impressive number of film, TV, and theater credits in her four…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:30AM
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Legion’s Rachel Keller Talks Experimental Theater, Fargo, and the Unique Weirdness of Noah Hawley by Abraham Riesman

The surreal FX show Legion wants to put viewers inside the head of its main character, tortured mutant David Haller. Doing so takes the form of disorienting visuals and timelines, but the sh…

SOURCE: Vulture at 04:33PM
Monday, December 26, 2016

Children of Men Might Be the Most Relevant Film of 2016 by Abraham Riesman

On Christmas day, 2006, a curious twist on the Nativity debuted in a handful of movie theaters. Directed and co-written by Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men told the stor…

SOURCE: Vulture at 08:00AM
Friday, September 2, 2016

4 Aurora Shooting Survivors Ordered to Pay Theater Chain Nearly $700,000 by Abraham Riesman

A little over four years ago, gunman James Holmes opened fire during a crowded opening-night showing of The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado, Cinemark theater, killing 12 a…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:18AM
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Read Lin-Manuel Miranda's Moving Tonys Poem About His Wife and Tragedy by Abraham Riesman

Lin-Manuel Miranda won the award for Best Score for Hamilton, and in lieu of a traditional speech, delivered a poem about love for his wife and the need for love in the wake of tragedy, no d…

SOURCE: Vulture at 11:21PM

Watch Broadway Stars Suffer Through Their Law & Order Roles At the Tonys by Abraham Riesman

Look, it's hard to put food on the table when you're a struggling actor in New York. Sure, you dream of being a marquee name on the Great White Way, but if you need to pay your rent, you tak…

SOURCE: Vulture at 11:21PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nick Kroll on Kroll Show’s Finale and Possible Spinoffs by Abraham Riesman

Let us all weep into our overstuffed tuna sandwiches and bags of Blisteritos, for Kroll Show has come to an end. We’ve known for a few months that this third season of the Comedy Central s…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:37AM
Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy Explains Spock’s Secret Jewish Origins by Abraham Riesman

Spock may have been half-human and half-Vulcan, but Leonard Nimoy was all Jew. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, and they raised him in the Orthodox tradition — and that meant …

SOURCE: Vulture at 02:28PM
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Watch Six-Time Winner Audra McDonald's Tearful Tonys Acceptance Speech by Abraham Riesman

There were a lot of emotional moments at this year's Tony Awards (which is not exactly surprising, given that it's a bunch of theater kids on stage), but none more powerful than the acceptan…

SOURCE: Vulture at 11:26PM

Watch LL Cool J, T.I., and Hugh Jackman Awkwardly Rap The Music Man at the Tonys by Abraham Riesman

Well, that happened! A few hours into the Tony Awards, host Hugh Jackman started talking about being in a childhood production of The Music Man and did a few lines from the show's rhythmic o…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:43PM

Watch Neil Patrick Harris Give Sting a Lap Dance and Lick Samuel L. Jackson as Hedwig At the Tonys by Abraham Riesman

Neil Patrick Harris may not have been hosting the Tonys this year, but that didn't stop him from stealing the spotlight. He and his fellow Hedwig and the Angry Inch cast members took to the …

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:04PM

Watch Hugh Jackman's Bounce-Filled Tony Awards Opening Number by Abraham Riesman

Oh, Hugh. Tonight's Tony Awards kicked off with a slightly surreal opening number wherein host Hugh Jackman hopped up and down while making the rounds with various nominees and affiliated Br…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:22PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vulture Festival: Bridges of Madison County Composer Jason Robert Brown Sings and Talks About Songwriting by Abraham Riesman

We tried to cover as many mediums as possible in our inaugural Vulture Festival. Thanks to Jason Robert Brown, we were able to make sure musical theater was one of those mediums. The Tony Aw…

SOURCE: Vulture at 02:30PM
Monday, July 8, 2013

Video: Alan Cumming Reads Anything We Give Him -- Vulture by Sarah Frank and Abraham Riesman

In the ranking of sexy accents, the Scottish brogue has to be near the top. And in the ranking of sexy Scottish brogues, Alan Cumming's is definitely in the top five. But just how powerful a…

SOURCE: Vulture at 05:11PM

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