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Every time a show you love gets canceled, it hurts. But the cancellation of David Milch’s Deadwood in May 2006 hurt worse because no one saw it coming, including the main players.
Under the Banner of Heaven Series-Premiere Recap: What We Find Broken
Based on Jon Krakauer’s 2003 book, Under the Banner of Heaven is the true-crime story of a double murder in Utah in 1984, perpetrated by one of Mormonism’s many fundamentalist splinter groups, that’s juxtaposed with the early frontier-justice days of the LDS Church. For your humble recapper, a lapsed Mormon …
Tokyo Vice Recap: On Your Knees
Boy, we’re in the thick of it now, aren’t we, folks? Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the game of sex, drugs, and crime in the city, you find the board beneath your feet is like six levels of 3-D chess deeper than before, and bravado is …
Tokyo Vice Recap: Choose the Right
Damn, welcome to episodes four and five of Tokyo Vice, where everything heats up. We last saw Jake Adelstein in the custody of the yakuza in the final moments of “Read the Air,” seemingly ready to break the next barrier and get closer to what’s really happening. We also left …
Tokyo Vice Series-Premiere Recap: What Really Happens
Thirty seconds into Tokyo Vice — Michael Mann’s dank-ass return to the collective, vice-coated neon-TV dreamscape — and dudes are strappin’ on their bullet … uh, knife-proof vests under dark suits and lacquered hair, to which I say: Hell yeah. The pair of lonely dudes in question are expat reporter …
"It’s an Artist’s Job to ‘Hold the Mirror Up to the Oppressor"
When Succession won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble last month, Brian Cox used his time onstage to speak about one of the many ripple effects of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, explaining how artists and performers in Russia “are told under pain of high treason that they cannot say …
For Heaven’s Sake Makes True Crime Feel Cozy
True crime is supposed to be unsettling: It’s Robert Stack in a suit talking about a missing person who was never found; a photo montage of Gypsy Rose in a wheelchair at Disney World; or eye-witness accounts of Ted Bundy approaching young women with his uninjured arm in a sling. …
207 Unforgettable Comedy Moments From the 2010s
The 2010s were an incredibly active and transitional decade for comedy.
The Trans Heroes of Euphoria and Assassination Nation
In spite of all the fear and danger and harm that surrounds her, Jules is revolutionary because she gets to believe she’s invincible in spite of the world she lives in, and because we get to believe it too.
8 Texting Rules to (Not) Follow
If there’s one thing the smartphone has done, it’s give us more. More ways to communicate, more ways to ignore each other, and more ways to be rude — or if you’re a battery-half-full kind of person, more ways to do the right thing.
23 Comedy Bang! Bang! Guests Reveal Their Favorite Moments From the Podcast
“The first thing I thought was, No one’s going to listen to this,” said Tom Lennon, remembering the first episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! (then Comedy Death-Ray) recording ten years ago, live from a small recording studio at Indie 103.1. At the time, he felt like what he, fellow guest …
17 Comedians Share the Lessons They Learned the Hard Way
You could argue that when it comes to doing comedy — or any art form you can only perfect by doing it live, in front of others, over and over — that all lessons are learned the hard way. After all, there’s only so much that mentors, managers, or friends …
Jussie Smollett Makes Court Appearance to ‘Show Confidence in His Innocence’
Jussie Smollett briefly appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether or not cameras would be allowed in the courtroom for his upcoming disorderly conduct trial in which he’s accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself and reporting it to police as true.
Every Oscar Winner for Animated Short Subject, Ranked
Hailing from more than 20 countries and encompassing almost every style, the 87 winners of the Best Animated Short Subject Oscar double as a microcosm of the history of world animation. What follows is an attempt to rank all 87 winners, from a recent dud to some timeless classics that …
Judge Sets $1 Million Bond for R. Kelly After Underage Sex Abuse Charges
More than a decade after he was acquitted on child pornography charges, a stoic-looking R. Kelly was back in a packed courtroom Saturday where a judge set the R&B star’s total bond at $1 million — $250,000 for each of the four sex abuse cases against him.
Attorney Shares Disturbing Details of R. Kelly Sex Abuse Video
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti told reporters Friday that the video in question is a “break” in the case that Kelly’s victims have been waiting for.
Marianne Power Read All the Self-help Books So You Don’t Have To
The day after New Year’s is dull and gray, and the whole of London looks like a late-stage hangover. It’s a good day to meet with Marianne Power — a day very much like the morning almost exactly five years ago when she found herself poised above the murky, freezing …
FilmStruck’s Alicia Malone Celebrates The Female Gaze
Lovers of the classic- and indie-film streaming service FilmStruck will be familiar with the lively Australian host and critic Alicia Malone. Her passionate and erudite introductions and interviews, onscreen and on the FilmStruck podcast, were central to the recently shuttered service’s mission to demystify art-house cinema.
38 Comedians You Should and Will Know
Vulture has been making this list, in one form or another, since 2013, always with an eye on giving readers their first look at their future comedic obsessions — be it Bo Burnham, Broad City, Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, or Thomas Middleditch. And no matter how worried we are that …
Why Lisa Lampanelli Quit Stand-up to Become a Life Coach
Lisa Lampanelli announced last week that she’s retiring from stand-up and starting a new chapter as a storyteller and life coach. The lovable “Queen of Mean,” a mainstay of insult comedy known for her Friars Club and Comedy Central roasts of celebrities like Chevy Chase, David Hasselhoff, and Larry the …
Conan O’Brien Doesn’t Want to ‘Kill Time’ With His New Half-Hour Show
After 25 years in late night, Conan O’Brien wants to make sure he never has to run out the clock on his career. With a multi-city live tour, a new podcast in the works, another installment of his internationally famed Conan Without Borders specials in the can, and the announcement …
Get to Know Stand-up Nore Davis
At the release party for comedian Nore Davis’s album Too Woke last week, friends and fans gathered to see sets from Phoebe Robinson, Damien Lemon, and Petey Deabreu at a gallery in a converted warehouse in East Williamsburg, sipping on free sparkling apple cider and taking in the album’s original …
Orlando Is the Virginia Woolf Novel We Need Right Now
Woolf points out over and over again that what makes men men is their power, and what makes women women is their lack of it: financially, culturally, and physically.
61 BoJack Horseman Jokes You Probably Missed in Season 5
The beauty of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman lies in its ability to weave the heartbreaking with the whimsical. The show’s dark, rethink-your-whole-life story lines around its anti-hero unfold with a chaser of silly, animal-pun-filled background jokes and visuals — some so subtle that you have to pause every few minutes just …
Catching Up With Stand-up and SNL Writer Sam Jay
For someone who went to bed at 5 a.m. the night before, comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay seems rested and ready to perform three sets. She got a little sleep after getting home from the post-SNL dinner before driving four hours from New York to Rhode Island’s …
Andy Kindler Roasts Chris Hardwick, Louis C.K., Roseanne, and More at Just For Laughs
Andy Kindler delivered his 23rd annual State of the Industry address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival on Friday, bringing his tradition of roasting the biggest names in comedy (as well as himself) back for another round of schadenfreude and inside jokes.