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April 24 2015 11:14 AM

Game of Thrones Finally Got Its Own “Too Many Cooks” Video

Nearly six months after “Too Many Cooks” sang its way into our hearts (and nightmares), the most logical parody of the parody video is here—a Game of Thrones version.

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April 24 2015 9:53 AM

Louie’s “Cop Story” Episode Says a Lot About Police Brutality Without Saying Anything at All

Louis C.K. addressed the thorny issue of police brutality in last night’s Louie. In “Cop Story,” Louie runs into Lenny (Michael Rapaport), an NYPD cop who once dated his sister and thinks he’s better buddies with Louie than he actually is. Lenny badgers Louie into joining him at a Knicks game, though in typical Louie fashion, the night quickly spirals downward into angsty melodrama. Unable to get into the Knicks game, the two have drinks at a bar, and later, Lenny discovers that he’s lost his gun sometime over the course of the evening. He has a terrifying breakdown, destroying much of Louie’s apartment in the process. Louie eventually finds the gun after retracing their steps, and the episode ends with Lenny bursting in tears, barreling him down to the ground in an awkward embrace.

Ok, so “Cop Story” doesn’t really address Ferguson, Eric Garner, the growing distrust between law enforcement and civilians, or even dirty cops. There are no whiffs of “Black Lives Matter,” no one is shot, and the only person accosted by a police officer is the pathetically wan Louie—he’s frequently subjected to Lenny’s abrasive, socially awkward manner of interactions, which include “playful” shoving and hitting. And yet it’s impossible to view this episode without hearing the echo of the past few months’ news headlines in the back of your head, something that C.K. is surely aware of. Without saying anything at all about the current public image of police, he says a lot.

 

April 24 2015 8:30 AM

The Best Part of Game of Thrones? The Parent-Child Relationships.

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

Poor Shireen Baratheon. She's covered in greyscale, stuck in a depressing ice fortress with no other kids to play with, and worst of all, right when she seems to be making friends with Sam and Gilly (the Damian and Janis Ian of the Wall), along comes her mom to ruin all the fun, spouting old-fashioned ideas about Wildlings and making Shireen look super-lame. It could have been Friday night at your local mall—just an overprotective mom who isn't too sure about those black-clad teens her daughter's been hanging out with—if not for all the talk about war, murder, and greyscale. And that's the way most parent-child interactions go on Game of Thrones: at once achingly familiar and terrifyingly unreal.

April 24 2015 8:02 AM

The Best Movies to Watch on Netflix Before They Expire in May

Every month, Netflix adds dozens of new titles to its growing collection of streaming movies and TV series. At the same time, it rotates out some of its older titles. Below we’ve chosen the best movies to watch before they’re removed from Netflix streaming in May. (All movies expire May 1 except where otherwise noted.

April 23 2015 6:53 PM

Johnny Depp Looks Legitimately Terrifying as Whitey Bulger in the Black Mass Trailer

Nowadays, when most people think about Johnny Depp, their minds probably go immediately to wigs, colorful makeup, and very idiosyncratic performances. His last movie, Mortdecai, was a box office bomb earlier this year, continuing a recent downward spiral. It’s safe to say that he’s past-due for a McConaissance of his own, a series of roles that will return him to the glory of his earlier years when he was a critical darling and a regular Oscar contender.

Maybe Black Mass will be the movie that turns it all around? The first trailer for the crime drama, in which Depp plays notorious Boston gangster and convicted murderer Whitey Bulger, suggests that the actor’s at least got the look down. The rapidly receding hairline, the steely blue eyes—for the first time in a long time, Depp seems to be employing elaborate hair and makeup for realism rather than fantasy, while still maintaining that unsettling manner he’s used in roles like Edward Scissorhands. The voice isn’t quite as on-point—Bulger, being from Boston, has a pretty heavy Bah-ston accent, and Depp seems to pull back a bit in this regard, but that might be better than going full Good Will Hunting.

April 23 2015 3:43 PM

ClickHole Just Might Persuade You to Go Vegetarian

 

ClickHole’s videos have been rather weird lately. Instead of directly parodyingBuzzFeed’s inexorably viral videos, the Onion spinoff has taken banal premises in absurdist, even Dada-esque directions. See, for instance, ”Woman Tell You What They’re REALLY Looking for in a Man” (spoiler: it’s all the attributes of Thomas the Tank Engine), or the darkly existential “Watch These Parents Explain Loud Sex to Their Children for the First Time.”

 

 

Which is why I was so surprised by yesterday’s unironic offering, ”Why Vegetarian,” in which four fresh-faced, charismatic young people earnestly explain why they don’t eat meat. 

 

April 23 2015 3:25 PM

Native American Actors Walk Off Adam Sandler Movie Set, Citing Disrespectful Jokes 

Adam Sandler movies have been hit-or-miss lately, but one of his latest productions, The Ridiculous 6, is off to a particularly inauspicious start. According to Indian Country Today, about a dozen Native American actors, as well as the movie’s Native American cultural adviser, walked off the set Wednesday because of the movie’s stereotypical representation of Apache culture, and the script’s offensive jokes at the expense of Native American women and elders.

April 23 2015 12:59 PM

Have You Eaten Your Last Avocado?

This article originally appeared in Grub Street

Do you love avocados? I mean, really love them? Because as much as you might think you love avocados—and maybe you are one of the people in this world who run pro-avocado Tumblrs; who have avocado tattoos; who write articles like “11 Avocado Struggles Only Avocado Lovers Will Truly Understand” with sentences like “It’s not an ingredient. It’s a lifestyle”—you probably don’t love avocados as much as the people of Fallbrook, California. An inland town of roughly 30,000 that’s a half-hour drive north of San Diego, Fallbrook is unofficially known as “the Avocado Capital of the World.” More than 80 percent of the avocados grown in the U.S. come from California, and a third of the avocados grown in California come from within 20 miles of Fallbrook. Every April, the town plays host to the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, a one-day event that draws between 70,000 and 100,000 visitors. The festival features a guacamole contest, with amateur and professional divisions, and an “Art of the Avocado” show, featuring avocado-themed objets d’art, with separate categories for 2-D art (i.e., paintings) and 3-D art (i.e., papier-mâché avocados). For the children, there’s the Avo 500, in which avocados, outfitted with tiny wheels, are raced down an inclined track. There’s the Little Miss and Little Mister Avocado Festival competition, in which kids are dressed up, pageant style, and the Best Decorated Avocado Contest, in which avocados are dressed up, pageant style. If there’s anything fun or entertaining or exciting to be done with an avocado in public, Fallbrook has thought of it and done it.

April 23 2015 12:22 PM

Updated: Heidi Klum and Pedro Pascal Star in Video Set to Sia’s “Fire Meet Gasoline”

Update, April 23, 2015: This post has been updated to clarify that although Sia shared this video on her Vevo channel, it is not the official music video for “Fire Meet Gasoline.” It was filmed for Heidi Klum's lingerie line.

You won’t see pint-sized dancer Maddie Ziegler sashaying through a dilapidated home in a leotard, or throwing herself around a cage with Shia LaBeouf, or making bizarre faces in this new video set to Sia’s “Fire Meet Gasoline,” which she shared on her Vevo channel Thursday morning. Instead, supermodel Heidi Klum and Pedro Pascal (who you might know better as Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones) get hot and heavy in this video filmed to promote Klum's lingerie line. The two canoodle amid some classic scenery, including a sunburst-filled meadow and a charming old house—which they promptly set on fire. In keeping with the Sia music video tradition, the video is both evocative and a little strange—and yes, the trademark blunt blonde wig does make an appearance. 

April 23 2015 11:34 AM

Here’s All You Need to Know Before You See Avengers: Age of Ultron

With Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters next week, it’s clear that the Marvel on-screen universe is growing at an alarming rate. So when you buy your ticket for Ultron, what background info do you need? Vulture’s Abraham Riesman has provided us with an invaluable explainer, culling the most important info from 10 previous movies so that you can be fully up to date when the Marvel logo fades in. You’re just seven minutes away from being an expert.

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