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July 29 2015 4:49 PM

Cara Delevingne Did an Interview With a Sacramento News Station, and It Was a Hilarious Train Wreck    

Press-junket interviews are usually boring—a chance for actors to hone their sound bites as they’re asked the same questions hundreds of times by a never-ending line of journalists. But sometimes, they go off the rails. Such was the case when 22-year-old model, actress, and Taylor Swift pal Cara Delevingne called into local news show Good Day Sacramento to promote her new teen drama Paper Towns. The interview goes from banal to train wreck in 60 seconds flat—and while Delevingne could have been a little more animated and receptive, Good Day Sacramento’s anchors get credit for turning a lackluster interview into a disaster by asking the stupidest questions imaginable and basically ignoring Delevingne’s answers.

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July 29 2015 1:43 PM

Jon Stewart Comes Clean on His Favorite Daily Show Guests—and What He’s Always Scribbling

With the end of The Daily Show creeping ever closer, Jon Stewart took the opportunity last night to answer questions submitted by fans on Twitter—but not willingly. Correspondents Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper grilled the Daily Show host for answers, using cruel interrogation tactics to hit him where it hurts most: his New Jersey roots. Among other methods to get Stewart to talk, Minhaj and Klepper attacked pizza and Springsteen, two of the state’s most sacred institutions, and both dear to Stewart’s heart.

July 29 2015 12:29 PM

Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie Now Has a Trailer, and It’s Intense

Our first major peek at 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has arrived: The red-band trailer for Michael Bay’s baffling depiction of the Sept. 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya is now online, and it’s … intense. The film will dramatize the events of the attack as recounted by writer Mitchell Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team in 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi.

July 29 2015 11:50 AM

How Many More Superhero Movies Will Be Made Before You Die? Find Out With This Calculator.

For those of us who grew up with Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, it’s a strange feeling to know that the web-slinging icon has already been rebooted once and will shortly be rebooted again. Meanwhile, with Ant-Man earning more than $200 million at the global box office, Marvel and DC’s twin beasts show no signs of slowing down—even as they summon more esoteric heroes, like Deadpool and Doctor Strange, to the stage. Already, more than 25 movies based on DC and Marvel superheroes are set to hit theaters in the next five years.

But what about in the next 25 years? 50 years? Use this calculator to peer into your future.

July 29 2015 8:57 AM

Don’t Grill Mushrooms for Your Vegetarian Friends. Grill Halloumi Instead.

 

Vegetarians dread few things more than summer cookouts. The estival ritual is, for us meatless many, a culinary calamity. While friends chow down on burgers and hot dogs, we are given—if we’re lucky—mushroom caps and zucchini slices, usually tepid, always unevenly cooked. Vegetables get soggy and limp when grilled, not smoky and succulent. But in the name of inclusion, naïve omnivores tend to throw them on the grill next to the meat and hope for the best. The result is a season of disappointment for vegetarians, an endless parade of gross, cold vegetables pathetically placed on buns in a sick charade of meat-eating.

 

 

Omnivores, please take note: There is a solution. Its name is halloumi.

 

July 29 2015 8:02 AM

Tom Cruise Stares at You Intensely: The Supercut

If the eyes are indeed the window to the soul, then Tom Cruise’s soul is on full display. The actor’s intense gaze has long been a keystone of his performances, whether it’s bemused, furious, or sorrowful. This supercut rounds up the many times Cruise has peered into, or just beyond, the camera lens over the years, from early films like Risky Business to his Mission: Impossible ventures. Much like the Mona Lisa's, Cruise’s eyes seem to follow you no matter where you are.

July 28 2015 9:57 PM

Hunter S. Thompson Recalls Being Beat Up by the Hells Angels in This Animated Interview

In 1967, Hunter S. Thompson was a relatively unknown 30-year-old journalist who had just published his first book, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga. To write the book, Thompson spent a year embedded with a chapter of the Angels, and Blank on Blanks latest installment animates a lively discussion the author had with Studs Terkel about the experience.

It was during his time with the Angels, a notoriously insular motorcycle club, that Thompson first honed his “gonzo,” highly subjective style of reporting, which would come to define his career. As he tells Terkel, while he was studying the Angels’ ways he often saw “a very ugly side of myself” rise to the surface, and that hidden, lurking anger became the real subject of the book. It also got him into a fight or two: After offhandedly insulting one of the Angels, Thompson was “stomped,” a tradition in which several club members beat the offender senseless. Needless to say, Thompson’s relationship with the club deteriorated significantly after the book’s publication.

July 28 2015 8:11 PM

Tig Notaro, Louis C.K., and Diablo Cody Are Making an Amazon Comedy Together

Tig Notaro, no stranger to a tough year, is having a very good one. She’s currently the subject of a Netflix documentary and an HBO special, and the Hollywood Reporter announced today that Amazon has picked up a pilot starring the comedian. Here’s the logline:

Tig Notaro has just recovered from an abdominal disease that has left her gaunt, wasted, exhausted and pretty much stripped of everything except her finely honed sense of the absurd. Abruptly summoned home to Pass Christian, Miss., to take her ailing mother off life support, Tig finds herself dealing with her clingy girlfriend, her dysfunctional Gulf Coast family and the loss of the one person who held everything together."
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Given Notaro’s infamous 2012—in which she coped with an intestinal infection, a cancer diagnosis, a cruel breakup, and the loss of her mother—it’s safe to say this show will, at least in part, be autobiographical. Notaro will alchemize all that tragedy into comedy gold with co-writer Diablo Cody (Juno), and Louis C.K. will produce the show, adding even more bona fides to an already stacked project. C.K.’s involvement isn't too surprising: He’s long been a fervent fan of Notaro, and his promotion of her now-legendary 2012 set at the Largo—which she began with “Good evening, hello. I have cancer. How are you?”—helped launch her career resurgence.

July 28 2015 4:15 PM

Seth Rogen, J.G.L., and Anthony Mackie Play Three Very Stoned Wise Men in New Trailer

We may have an antidote to this year’s saccharine holiday heart-warmers in The Night Before, which promises, if nothing else, a ton of debauchery and drug montages. In this raucous trailer, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie play three bros being tragically torn apart by the pressures of adult life: Rogen’s girl has a bun in the oven, and Mackie is “too fucking famous to hang out with us anymore.” As is commanded in all broligious sacred texts, the three unite for a (holiday-themed) swan song. Cocaine snorting, heartfelt “Wrecking Ball” karaoke performances, cameos from Mindy Kaling and Lizzy Caplan, and a really questionable nativity scene activity ensue. The movie hits theaters Nov. 25.

July 28 2015 3:56 PM

Key & Peele Imagines What It’d Be Like if We Obsessed Over Teachers the Way We Do Athletes

By now, the lament for the way in which our culture privileges athletics over education is an old, common sentiment—but Key & Peele has breathed new life into the apt observation in their latest sketch, “TeachersCenter.” A spot-on parody of SportsCenter’s hyperbole-laden talking heads, busy CGI ticker screens, and obsessive play-by-plays, the clip cleverly reimagines athletes as the educators we entrust our children to every day.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a biting critique that says a lot about the economic and symbolic power we give an industry where men are exceptional for throwing a ball. But the best part of “TeachersCenter” might just be the incredible ads dropped in throughout—being a teacher has never looked so sexy and empowering as it does here. 

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