Legendary Rapper MF Doom Dead at 49

MF Doom, the legendary rapper known for his iconic stage persona and elaborate lyrical style, has died at the age of 49, his wife Jasmine confirmed in a statement. “The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for all the things […]

The Year Hollywood Stopped Playing by Its Own Rules

A funny thing happened this December, or to be more exact, didn’t happen this December in North America’s 8,043 movie theaters. At a time of year typically associated with cinematic overabundance, when multiplexes teem with smaller awards-season fare and four-quadrant event titles, precisely zero new films entered wide theatrical release. Instead, George Clooney’s widely promoted […]

In The Midnight Sky, George Clooney the Director Fails George Clooney the Actor

Press screeners for The Midnight Sky went out with a charming, slightly apologetic introductory video from director-star George Clooney, and part of me wishes that the film, which Netflix released last week, still came with it. Unlike the tragically self-important introduction from the filmmakers of Antebellum earlier this year, this video had Clooney — in […]

All of the Magical Objects in Wonder Woman 1984, Listed From Least to Most Confusing

The DC movie universe heard that you like your superheroes to come with a hefty dose of magic, so Patty Jenkins and the people behind Wonder Woman 1984 put a bunch of be-careful-what-you-wish for fantastical thingamabobs into Diana Prince’s latest adventure. In fact, the entire plot of WW84 seems to revolve around magical rules that […]

Michael B. Jordan Set to Make Directorial Debut With Creed III

The Creed story is safe in Michael B. Jordan’s big, strong hands. The star of the boxing epic and its sequel will direct the upcoming third installment, Creed III. Co-star Tessa Thompson confirmed the reports of his side gig in an interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz. It will be Jordan’s directorial debut, taking the reins […]

Is It a Movie or Is It TV? And Does Anyone Really Care?

The is-it-a-movie-or-is-it-television wars have been raging for years now — for decades, if you want to include early category-defiers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 15-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz, which aired on German television in 1980 and played in U.S. theaters in 1983. But it took Peak TV to turn this argument into what feels like an annual […]

The 10 Best TV Needle Drops of 2020

“Vision” is right there in the name of the damn thing, but as a medium, television is as much dependent on sound as it is on sight. This year, from comedies to dramas, from terrestrial networks to streaming services, a good soundtrack was often as big a part of a show’s critical conversation, and as […]

Fall Movies Fantasy League Week 17: I Wah-Wah-Wah-Wah Wonder

In Vulture’s Fall Movies Fantasy League, contestants stake their pride, and the respect of their peers, on their ability to predict the tumultuous next few months of cinematic releases. Happy Wonder Woman Day, everyone! For months I’ve been tracking the box-office landscape as one would-be blockbuster after another fled to 2021. Only one held firm: […]

L.A. County Health Department Asks Film Industry to ‘Strongly Consider Pausing’

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is asking the film industry to “strongly consider” pausing production for a few weeks due to rising COVID-19 cases. In an email sent to industry contacts December 24, published by FilmLA, the official film office of the city and county, the department recommended winding down operations for […]

Fran Lebowitz vs. the World

The first thing I asked Fran Lebowitz was, Could we meet at her apartment for this interview? Before I’d even finished the sentence, she said no. This was not surprising. Lebowitz has an apartment with enough room for her 12,000 book library, and for which she paid, she will tell you, as she does in […]