Look at these beutiful, exclusive photos from Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America'

Look at these beutiful, exclusive photos from Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America'

Get ready for another knock-out Greta Gerwig performance

What made Noah Baumbach's film "Frances Ha" effective was the aching and very real emotional weight of friendship. "Growing up" doesn't have to be painful, but "moving on" -- regardless of circumstances -- typically is.

Greta Gerwig gave her role in that film serious dignity and hilarity, eschewing hip 20s-something hip girl archetypes that lack depth and feminine understanding.

"Mistress America," out Aug. 14, reunites Baumbach and Gerwig, with the two co-writing an even funnier and more physical story about friends. Gerwig's character Brooke seemingly keeps her life together with only scotch tape; she drills into dealing with the feeling that she's "over the hill" at only age 30, as prospective stepsister Tracy (Lola Kirke) enters her life.

Check out some of the behind-the-scenes and screen stills from "Mistress America" below.

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Kurt Russell Western 'Bone Tomahawk' gets a world premiere at Fantastic Fest

Kurt Russell Western 'Bone Tomahawk' gets a world premiere at Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is touted as the largest genre film fest, from experience, I can tell you the Austin week-long event still feels like an intimate gathering, for fans who love of horror, sci-fi, experimental, foreign, action, animated and just straight-up gnarly film.

The curtain has rolled back on this year's first wave of programming at the Alamo Drafthouse fest, held Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location.

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Tom Cruise lip-syncs to this 'Top Gun' music moment, is your hero again
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Tom Cruise lip-syncs to this 'Top Gun' music moment, is your hero again

Tom Cruise stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and jumped through the Lip-Sync Battle hoop.

The "Risky Business," "Cocktail," "Top Gun" and -- yes -- "Rock of Ages" star tackled some very familiar tunes, including a face-touchy version of The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face."

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Skip Or Repeat: Ashley Monroe, Public Enemy, Eminem's 'Southpaw' soundtrack

Skip Or Repeat: Ashley Monroe, Public Enemy, Eminem's 'Southpaw' soundtrack

Capsule album reviews of Bea Miller, Jill Scott and more

Welcome back to Skip Or Repeat, capsule album reviews for the week's new crop on April 24.

This time: Bea Miller's pop-rock full-length debut, Public Enemy's no. 13, Jill Scott's womanly "Woman," Ashley Monroe's easy country and Eminem-curated "Southpaw" soundtrack.

If none of those scratch an itch for you, give a listen to one of these other efforts: Lamb of God's heavy "VII: Strum Und Drang," Eleni Mandell's warm "Dark Lights Up," Prince Royce's party record "Double Vision" or Eleventh Day Dream's "Works For Tomorrow" from the smart folks at Thrill Jockey.

What new music are you listening to? What would you recommend this week?

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Ball's in your court, Meek Mill: Drake respondes to ghostwriting with new rhymes

Ball's in your court, Meek Mill: Drake respondes to ghostwriting with new rhymes

Mill responds with 'baby...'

Last week, Meek Mill accused Drake of ghostwriting his raps. This weekend, Drake responded in song.

The two hip-hop stars had collaborated on two tracks previously, and it was "R.I.C.O.", a cut off of Mill's 2015 album "Dreams Worth More Than Money" that sent Mill to Tweet:

Writer Quentin Miller was the alleged ghostwriter for Drizzy's rhyme, and he posted on Tumblr this week with an admiring not about Drake's songcraft and swatting away the accusation. "I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together[.]"

Drake has an OVO Sound Radio show on BBC1, and dropped three fresh tracks on Saturday, with new "Charged Up" leading the charge.

In it, you can see the rapper and writer taking aim at Meek, to watch his back during "war," and even bringing Mill's girlfriend (and Drake's Young Money colleague and collaborator) Nicki Minaj into this relatively easy-moving, even-headed beats mix.

“I did some charity today for the kids/ But I’m used to it cause y’all charity cases/ Six God is watching, I’m just hoping you prepared to face him”

"N*ggas snitching on us without no interrogation / I stay silent ‘cause we at war and I’m very patient"

"Wow, I'm honored you think this is staged / I'm flattered, man / In fact, I'm amazed"

“No woman ever had me star struck / Or was able to tell me to get my bars up”

"Rumor has it I either f*cked her or never could / But 'rumor has it' hasn't done you n*ggas any good."

Meek Mill has heard the track and responded by calling the rap "soft."

Perhaps Mill will have his own response in rhyme this week?

Below are the other two new Drake songs to arrive from the show, "Right Hand" and "You Used To,"  a remix of D.R.A.M.'s Drake-featuring single "Cha Cha."

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Eminem's Caitlyn Jenner verse is just another brick in the wall

Eminem's Caitlyn Jenner verse is just another brick in the wall

A short, recent history of incendiary Slim Shady speech and how he walks it back

Eminem stopped by radio show Sway In the Morning for an interview this past week, on his road to promoting his work and curation of the "Southpaw" soundtrack, and to lay down some freestyle.

“I see the b*tch in you Caitlyn / I keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s d*ck / No disrespect, though / Not at all / No pun intended / That took a lot of balls,” he rapped on-beat.

Eminem is no stranger to shock, as it's part of his original brand. As he's added celebrities to his sites, has earned a particular bit of publicity mileage from lyrics depicting violence against women, the use of LGBT slurs, and calling women "men" and vice versa ("Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office / she’s still a male lady”) in his music.

Taking a dig at one of the best-known trans women in American pop culture, Caitlyn Jenner (who, coincidentally, is premiering her reality TV show this weekend), is very much in his press-time wheelhouse. He's spent effort, on and off, in trying to repair his relations with the LGBTQ community on a visible scale, like the memorable performance with Elton John at the Grammys in 2001.

What has been an increasingly recent trend in Slim Shady's oeuvre of hip-hop bluster: a walk-back on impact.

"The rhyme by the way, it’s all in fun, man,” Eminem told Sway after he finished his verse and was literally asked "What the f*ck?" by his host.  “I just say sh*t to say it. It’s very rarely, very rarely personal. Put it this way, if it was ever personal, somebody would know. It’s all in fun.”

This preemptive explanation comes after many years -- especially in this recent, era of heightened sensitivities -- of Eminem walking back some of his vilest lyrical digs.

Further on in this fresh freestyle, he even makes light of an insult he had lobbed a year ago, with a "thanks."

“Oh, and Azealia Banks / Just wanna tell ya thanks / Now I got trailer skanks sending me ballpark franks in the mail as pranks / And Hot Pockets / Thanks a lot.”

The context of this verse is from when Banks took to Twitter, to tear at Eminem's 2014 track “Shady CXVpher," which contained this much darker lyric: "I may fight for gay rights, especially if they dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice / Play nice? B*tch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in the plain sight of the elevator surveillance." Banks responded on Twitter with a note to del Rey.

Similarly, Em was in hot (dog) water when his single "Rap God" dropped in 2013, with this lyric about talking down his competition: “Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy”... “You f*cks think it’s all a game ’til I walk a flock of flames.”

When confronted about his words in a November 2013 issue of Rolling Stone, Eminem did little to apologize -- especially after years of accusations of anti-gay slurs -- but did try to do some explaining, "wrong or right."

“I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times... when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever... it was more like calling someone a b*tch or a punk or ***hole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career—man, I say so much sh*t that’s tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all."

The "I did it for fun," no-apologies apologia also rolled in in the song "Guts Over Fear" that arrived late in November 2014, very close in time to when the song "Vegas" leaked and revealed a lyric about raping rapper Iggy Azalea.

“It just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I caused / But what am I gonna do when the rage is gone? / And the lights go out in that trailer park… / And I’m frozen cause there’s no more emotion for me to pull from / Just a bunch of playful songs that I made for fun,” he rhymes in "Guts."

The next month, Eminem made a cameo in Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy "The Interview," as himself, declaring on "television" that he was gay (which was the gag).

All of these songs, incendiary lyrics and walk-backs arrive at a time when Eminem is promoting a new effort, whether it was his Shady XV compilation, "Southpaw," his "Marshall Mathers LP II," "Hell: The Sequel" with Royce da 5'9".

The adage goes "It's better to ask forgiveness than permission," but Eminem does both, working the quick succession of taking a shot and then saying "just kidding." As authenticity in rap music continues to be defined in the present era (consider this week's Meek Mill/Drake "ghost-writing" dust-up), Eminem will continue to run into problems by using "I'm only playing" to justify lyrics with anti-gay slurs, transphobia, and violence against women, whether taking aim at a celebrity or not. As he's throwing bricks, he's also adding them to a wall that could alienate him from future audiences who have less tolerance for kididng-not-kidding. For one of the best-selling pop artists in history, is "sorry" due in the future?

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Watch 'Archer's' tribute to George Coe
Credit: FX

Watch 'Archer's' tribute to George Coe

Actor and original "Saturday Night Live" cast member George Coe died this week at the age of 86.

The crew at FX's "Archer" has cobbled together a video tribute to the funny man, by bringing together a bevy of excellent Woodhouse moments (Coe was the voice actor behind the heroin-addicted butler).

Say hi to Burroughs, Coe.

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Let's watch all 45 music videos nominated at the 2015 MTV VMAs, shall we

Let's watch all 45 music videos nominated at the 2015 MTV VMAs, shall we

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, oh my!

Forty-five videos are up for honors at the 2015 MTV VMAs on Aug. 30.

Maybe you've seen a few. Maybe you've seen none. Let's watch them all.

This year's ceremony -- and who does and doesn't attend said ceremony -- already has controversy fueling the broadcast as a must-watch. Nicki Minaj felt her video for "Anaconda" was left out of some categories. Katy Perry is side-eyeing Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." Clips like Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" were timely and hot-button on impact, and could be moreso as voting takes place over the next few weeks. And, as Louis Virtel said, let's stop pretending shows like the VMAs don't matter.

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Piers Morgan proves Nicki Minaj's point for her with a racist rant
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Piers Morgan proves Nicki Minaj's point for her with a racist rant

UPDATE: Piers Morgan responds by name-calling, proves our point for him

Here's a couple items from British television personality and writer Piers Morgan this morning, in the wake of Nicki Minaj's VMAs commentary on Twitter last night.

The Headline:

Here is the Do Not Link link to Piers Morgan's article on the Daily Mail.

A few notes:

1. "Black Twitter" is not a monolithic, singular concept. To deny the black voice its multitudes is bigotry.

2. LOL Piers Morgan thinks he knows what a Black Twitter is, and what it does and does not like.

3. "Warning to Black Twitter" is baiting, and a phrase that is frequently an apt substitute for "I'm not racist but..."

4. The term "stroppy" means difficult or belligerent, a term that is often used at or toward women -- much like the term "shrill." It is then compounded by a long history of "angry black woman" cliches.

4.a. Maybe the copy chief changed the headline to be more troll-y? Those phrases are ripped straight from the body copy. And have a look at these other colorful terms: "brat," "race card," "precious," "raged," "sneered," "flounced."

5. Considering Morgan does not expound on the term "little" in his "essay," one can assume his usage of the term "little" is used diminutively -- literally, to belittle.

6. Minaj's issue with the size of women's bodies isn't strictly about beauty norms but of norms between races as well as among women. Piers may think, then, that the belittling term "little" is actually clever. It is not.

7. "Piece of work" is a term of reduction and -- at times -- dehumanization, a term meant to turn a human person into a singular piece of work, similar to the term "hot mess" or "a handful." A handful of human? A mess of human experience? A piece of humanity?

7.a. "Piece" is also interchangeable with other reductive gendered terms -- "piece of ass," "piece of that," "saucy piece." The dehumanizing effect here is to categorize a woman by her sexuality and sexual availability. A "little piece" rings especially of slut-shaming.

8. As previously established, Taylor Swift mistakenly thought these Tweets were about her. They are not. They are about institutional racism and sexism, "kind." Even Swift herself hit the rewind button. Morgan -- who is quickly, apparently becoming a Black Twitter expert -- would still like to cash in on Taylor Swift SEO gold. It is tacky.

9. Morgan asserts that Minaj's music video for "Anaconda" "wasn't as good" as, say, "Bad Blood." He supports this claim by first asserting that Minaj was fired from her job at a chain restaurant in a primarily African-American New York borough God knows however many years ago. This has nothing to do with whether or not "Anaconda" is good.

10. Morgan further supports "Anaconda's" inferiority to other videos by not at all talking about other videos.

11. Unnecessarily posturing one woman's complaint as being a specific attack on another woman (another dehumanizing term -- catfight!) is sexist and reductive.

11.a. Alotting two women's body types into binary "schools of physical beauty" is sexist and reductive.

11.b. Furthermore publicizing a preference of this A versus B type -- "Or because I prefer skinny women to more voluptuous women (for the record, I don’t…)" -- is also irrelevant.

12. Morgan is upset that Nicki Minaj wouldn't take a photo with his children in her dressing room. Not only is this petty bit of groundbreaking news irrelevant, it also inadvertently turns focus on privilege (in this instance, white male), that to be a "fan"/recognize celebrity is to "own" that celebrity, that the celebrity owes you. There is historical precedent of white males claiming ownership of women's bodies, and specifically black women entertainers' bodies. She said "no" dude, she doesn't owe you or your kids a "yes."

13. Piers Morgan furthermore explains he does not understand how #alllivesmatter is undermining to the #blacklivesmatter social movement. And how this lack of understanding has furthermore enraged "Black Twitter" (not to say at the least, all other Twitter). Again, with the privileging and the whitewashing.

14. Piers Morgan is retweeting and eliciting responses of assent from his fanbase, that he is "saying what we're all thinking." The phrase "Saying what we're all thinking" is -- pun intended -- a pretty telling phrase.

15. There are many things to be said about "difficult," outspoken women and "playing the game" in entertainment, or about Tidal versus Spotify versus Apple and publicity advantage. There are many things to be said about the artistic and entertainment value of "Anaconda," and its female-driven contemporaries. There's a lot to be said about Taylor Swift; piling-on Taylor Swift; and Taylor Swift and the people who hate her. Hell, there are many things we can say about Nicki Minaj's body, her agency over body, and the loss of control over one's body once fame is factored in. Piers Morgan would rather just not. He would rather tout his gun-control bonafides than do the work and engage with these obvious and lingering issues that Minaj and others have brought repeatedly to light.

16. Just as Morgan couldn't be bothered to Minaj's actual qualms with Institution (that of awards shows, sexism and industry, institutional racism and commerce, power in capitalism, people of color in art, feminism versus femininity, beauty norms, cultural appropriation, "girls" in the music industry, etc.) you should not bother with the rest.

17. Why give this behavior additional attention? Not only is it important to engage with popular culture -- to understand why things are popular, and why pop music is a reflection of corporate and individual self -- but it is important to engage with pop culture and pop criticism with respect. Race and gender are ever-present in popular music, but give easy way to racism and sexism, which belittles our A&E. Pop culture deserves better.

UPDATE: Piers Morgan has responded to this critique on Twitter.

I will admit, I was being glib when I "favorited" his Tweet.

And now, to the part where he exercises his grasp on coded, gendered and insulting language.

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Thanks, Internet: Here's Miss Piggy mashed-up with Rihanna's 'BBHMM'

Thanks, Internet: Here's Miss Piggy mashed-up with Rihanna's 'BBHMM'

 

Watch Miss Piggy Sing Rihanna’s ‘BBHMM’

Presenting Miss Piggy, the baddest member of The Muppets, singing Rihanna's #BBHMM.

Posted by Vulture on Monday, July 20, 2015

The internet is stupid. The internet is wondrous.

Here is a mash-up of "The Muppets'" Miss Piggy "singing" Rihanna's "BBHMM," better known as "Bitch Better Have My Money."

Way less violent than Ri-Ri's video, just so you know. Don't act like you forgot.

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