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Aug. 25 2016 11:25 AM

Prince’s Paisley Park Estate Will Be Opened to the Public in October

Prince’s private estate, Paisley Park, will open to the public in October, less than six months after the artist’s death from an overdose on painkillers. The complex, located just outside Minneapolis, will now act as a museum showcasing Prince’s wardrobe, instruments, cars, motorcycles, and other artifacts, according to USA Today, while also offering daily tours of the artist’s studio, soundstages, and concert hall.

“Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime," Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, said in a statement. "Now fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time, as we open the doors to this incredible place.” Nelson affirmed that Prince had always intended for Paisley Park to be turned into a museum, and longtime collaborator Sheila E. has said previously that the singer had already begun to collect memorabilia for that purpose during his life.


The company that oversees Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in Memphis is managing the project. Paisley Park’s opening is planned for Oct. 6, pending approval from the city of Chanhassan, MN. Chanhassan’s mayor has said that he believes “the plans for Paisley Park are in full accordance with Prince’s wishes.”

Aug. 25 2016 10:52 AM

Colbert Put on His Tinfoil Hat to Offer Some Karl Rove-Style Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories abound: Donald Trump claims the election will be rigged in his opponent’s favor, and Karl Rove thinks Hillary Clinton is hiding a secret illness—and has many, many whiteboards to prove it. Well, Stephen Colbert is convinced, and he even has a few conspiracy theories of his own in a new segment, “Stephen Colbert’s Tinfoil Hat.” It is sponsored, naturally, by Reynold’s Wrap: “Keeping government signals out of your brain since 1999.”

What exactly is Hidden Valley ranch dressing trying to hide? Is it really just a coincidence that bowling balls and wall outlets both have three holes? And are all the Jason Bourne movies actually just the same movie? Colbert doesn’t know, but that won’t stop him from speculating.

Aug. 25 2016 8:32 AM

What Stranger Things Is Missing From the ’80s Horror Genre

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

Saying Stranger Things wears its influences on its sleeve is like saying Barb had a lousy time at Steve’s party: It’s true alright, but it understates the case considerably. Entire articles have been written detailing the themes, concepts, creatures, fonts, sound effects, and imagery swiped more or less wholesale from other films—here’s Vulture’s, just for example. And any fan of genre entertainment, particularly (though by no means exclusively) from the ‘80s, can rattle off the creators whose original visions fueled the Duffer Brothers’ own without breaking a sweat. Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and John Carpenter are the most obvious touchstones, but you can also spot Judd Apatow, Shane Black, John Byrne, James Cameron, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Richard Donner, Fred Dekker, Jonathan Glazer, Gary Gygax, Tobe Hooper, John Hughes, Richard Kelly, John Landis, David Lynch, Katsuhiro Otomo, and Robert Zemeckis from a mile away. Any show assembled from building blocks that solid is going to be entertaining, at the very least; factor in universally fine performances from the show’s many child and young-adult actors, the strongest such cast assembled since Game of Thrones, and you’d be tempted to move Stranger Things out of the “hey, that was kinda fun” column straight into “this is a stone classic, gimme season two immediately” territory.

Aug. 25 2016 8:02 AM

Devastating Novel A Little Life to Be Adapted as a Limited Series. Who Should Play Jude?

Before it mysteriously disappeared, a bombshell post went up on the Facebook page for Hanya Yanagihara’s sweeping, shattering novel A Little Life. According to Flavorwire, the post said:

I’m very happy to say that ALL has been optioned by the producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, The Grand Budapest Hotel, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, etc.) and the amazing theater director Joe Mantello (Wicked, The Humans, Blackbird, Assassins, Love! Valour! Compassion!, etc.) as a limited series. Now it just has to be sold to a network or streaming service — and we’ll let you know when or if it is. Thank you, as always, for all of your interest and your love for the boys, and keep your fingers crossed! (Also, who should play Jude?) — HY

Aug. 25 2016 12:24 AM

Samara Enters the Flat-Screen Era in the Trailer for Rings

On its face, you’d think a horror series about a viral video would be the least affected by the technological changes of the last decade. Virtually all of those changes, after all, were driven by our desire to watch viral videos. And yet there hasn’t been an American sequel to The Ring since 2005’s lackluster The Ring Two. Ringu, the original Japanese film, has five sequels and a video game for the Sega Dreamcast and has now entered the land of insane crossovers, but for a Japanese series, that’s practically nothing. There was something about the original film that stayed tied to the analog era: This was a horror movie with not only a plot thread about developing photographs but an entire set piece about videocassette tracking. (Ok, it was a set piece based on a completely made-up version of videocassette tracking, but since its made-up technology seemed to have been inspired by the sprocket holes in the Zapruder filmanalog—we’ll allow it.) But now Paramount is finally going back to the well, with Rings scheduled for a Halloween release. And as the trailer shows, its adjustments to modern technology have been, let’s say, uneasy.

Aug. 24 2016 5:10 PM

Daveed Diggs Goes From Broadway to the Milky Way in the Futuristic New Music Video for “Air ‘Em Out”

Daveed Diggs has traded in his 18th-century breeches for a spacesuit in the futuristic new music video for “Air ‘Em Out.” The video, which features Diggs rapping in what appears to be a spaceship as gravity starts to shift, is the latest from Clipping, the experimental hip-hop group made up of Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes.

Aug. 24 2016 1:01 PM

The Trailer for Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea Hints at an Emotionally Searing Experience

The degree of anticipation surrounding Manchester by the Sea rivals that of almost any other movie set for release this year. Marking the directorial return of Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret), the film received outstanding reviews after its Sundance premiere, with special notice—and, naturally, premature Oscar talk—going the way of stars Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Making good on the movie’s buzz, Amazon ultimately paid a hefty $10 million to secure rights for domestic distribution.

Aug. 24 2016 12:33 PM

Whether You Play Ariana Grande or Village People, These Dancing Pokémon Are Always on Beat

The Pokémemes keep on coming: The latest addition to this great saga is a video going around of Charizard and Dragonite dancing to a choreographed routine. In the tradition of Baby Groot or Oscar Isaac, fans have paired these dancing Pokémon with random songs to prove that no matter what song is playing, the dragon dancers are always on beat.

Aug. 24 2016 11:37 AM

Amid Controversy, the American Film Institute Has Canceled a Screening of Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation

The fallout of the controversy surrounding Nate Parker has begun. The American Film Institute announced Tuesday that it has canceled an upcoming screening of The Birth of a Nation—Parker’s Sundance-winning sensation about slave rebellion leader Nat Turner—as well as a Q&A event with the director that was planned to follow. This would have marked Parker’s first major public appearance since his involvement in a 1999 rape case became widely known.

Aug. 24 2016 10:51 AM

Werner Herzog Loves This Chef’s Homemade Salt So Much He Blurbed About It

Italian blacksmith Angelo Garro is also a well-known chef who spends his time hunting and foraging for ingredients, curing salami, and, most importantly, making his own salt. So good is Garro’s spiced salt, apparently, that German auteur Werner Herzog is among its fans—the filmmaker narrated and co-edited a mini-documentary about the salt for Garro’s Kickstarter campaign. “Angelo is like a medieval man,” Herzog says in his inimitable style.