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    By now, you've probably seen Amy Schumer's GQ cover. You know, the one where she's dressed up in Princess Leia's bikini and sucking on C-3PO's finger? Maybe you found it funny -- and maybe you found Schumer's own redesign of the cover even funnier. But to Disney and Lucasfilm, the magazine shoot is no laughing matter. 


    After a Twitter user expressed disdain over the use of the "Star Wars" characters in Schumer's salacious spread, the official Star Wars Twitter account responded on Thursday. Turns out the franchise's studios weren't fans of the antics, either: 





    Oh snap, some intergalactic shots fired. At least the comedian has Luke Skywalker's blessing:





    And for what it's worth, R2-D2 and C-3Po seemed to enjoy Schumer's company in this NSFW video:




     


    We'd say the force is still with Schumer. 


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    Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of "Clueless" (like, duh.) And as if you haven't already read a billion bits of trivia about the '90s movie that taught us the true meaning of friendship, Alaïa dresses and the word "sporadically," here's a video with even more fun facts all about Cher, Dionne, Tai and the rest of the squad.


    Turns out the movie had a couple little mistakes here and there, so it's kind of like a Monet. (From far away, it's okay, but up close, it's a big old mess. Hehe.) 




     


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    Selena Gomez upped her style game for a night out in Los Angeles. 


    The 22-year-old attended the "Paper Towns" premiere after-party at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, joining celeb friends Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. She was all smiles as she entered the venue, hand in hand with fellow actress and BFF Franca Raisa


    The singer/actress wore a leopard-print jacket, a graphic tee and a pair of tight leather pants. The former Disney star, who celebrates her 23rd birthday July 22, topped off her ensemble with black heeled booties and a swipe of red lipstick. 




    Her dark brown locks were left down and parted in the middle and the rest of her makeup was quite simple.  


    Lookin' good! 


     


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    When you've done the moon walk for real, the last thing you need is dancing lessons. But space legend Buzz Aldrin couldn't resist picking up a few pointers from actor John Travolta. 


    The two showed off their smooth moves at an event held Saturday night at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to celebrate the kickoff of the Apollo astronaut's ShareSpace Foundation, a charity aimed at boosting science literacy in kids by incorporating arts into science education. 


    "I thought I held my own," Aldrin wrote on a Facebook post. "What do you think?"


    Speaking at the event, which was hosted by actor Seth Green, Travolta praised the Apollo astronaut.


    "To be here at the Kennedy Space Center, under a Saturn V rocket with an American hero like Buzz Aldrin, it's just quite a privilege," Travolta said, according to Florida Today.


    He added:



    "To start a nonprofit is probably one of the most selfless things a person can do. There is no personal monetary gain from it, it's a lot of extra work and effort. It's not an easy task. But, yet, here's this legend who's doing just that."



    Monday is the 46th anniversary of the lunar landing in which Neil Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second humans, respectively, to set foot on the moon. 


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    When Amy Schumer isn't making us laugh, she's making us think. And when she's isn't making us think, she's making us jealous of her style prowess. 


    The queen of comedy may be one funny lady, but she takes fashion very seriously. Over the last few weeks, we've gotten to see even more of Schumer on red carpets (thanks to her new flick, "Trainwreck"), and one thing is clear, this woman knows what she is doing when she gets dressed. 


    We've rounded up some of her best outfits and laid out 10 style tips we can all glean from our favorite comedian. 



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    Sam Mendes has revealed "Spectre," the latest James Bond installment, may be his final project for the franchise. 


    Speaking to BBC Radio's Test Match Special, the director explained that the intense process of making a Bond film isn't something he could go through too many times. 


    "I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends," he said. "But I do think this is probably it."


    "I don't think I could go down that road again," he continued. "You do have to put everything else on hold."


    Mendes, who also directed 2012's "Skyfall," revealed both films took a combined total of five years to make


    "It feels almost, even though we've just finished shooting it, like one big experience and it was a fantastic life-changing thing," he said. "It really is more a lifestyle choice than a job."



    "Spectre" was filmed in London, Mexico, Italy and Morocco with a cast and crew of over 1,000 people


    The film features Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Andrew Scott, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, and, of course, Daniel Craig, who will reprise his role as James Bond. 


    "Spectre" will hit theaters Nov. 6.


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    Get ready to be jealous. 


    Mariah Carey shared a photo of her shoe closet on Instagram Sunday, and the room looks bigger than most apartments. In the snapshot, rows of perfectly lined shoes can be seen stacked along white shelves, looking more like a department store than a personal collection. 


    "Always my favorite room in the house... #shoes #shoes #moreshoes ," she wrote. 



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    Anyone who has seen Carey's episode of MTV's "Cribs" knows that "decadence" is pretty much Mimi's middle name. 



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    Fantasia Barrino is a married woman!


    The "American Idol" winner wed fiancé Kendall Taylor in a glamorous seaside affair over the weekend. Barrino shared several photos from the big day on her Instagram, including one of the happy couple embracing.


    "God made him just for me and me just for him," the beaming bride wrote in the caption. "God did not forget about me."



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    The Season 3 "Idol" champ, 31, posted a few snaps that showcased her red, white and black color scheme. 



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    The couple also took some pre-wedding photos to use for the big celebration. Barrino wore a floor-length, ruffled black gown -- a dress she clarified was "not my wedding dress."



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    Barrino has two children from previous relationships, Zion, 13, and Dallas, 3. The couple have been engaged since November, when Barrino flashed a very large diamond ring on Instagram. 


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    Happy birthday, Gisele Bündchen!  


    The supermodel celebrated her 35th birthday on Monday by sharing an adorable snap of her and her twin sister on Instagram. Good genes definitely run in their family.



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    The Brazilian beauty captioned the pic, "Happy birthday super Pati!!! I wish you the most amazing things in this world. Thank you for being always there for me, since the very beginning. I love you so much. #birthday #twinsister #bestfriendintheworld #love."


    There's nothing like sisterly love!


    But Gisele isn't the only celebrity with a twin sister. In fact, there are plenty of stars you probably didn't even know had siblings at all. Lucky for you, we've compiled a whole gallery of them. Have a look through -- the resemblances are uncanny! 



     


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    Like the universe, Taylor Swift's infinite squad of friends is constantly expanding.


    The 25-year-old singer, currently traversing the globe on her "1989" World Tour, invited models Andreja Pejić and Lily Donaldson to join her on stage at Chicago's Soldier Field Sunday night. "Tonight [Pejić and Donaldson] shut down the runway," Swift wrote on Twitter. "Crowd went insane!"



    Pejić, 23, made headlines earlier this year when she became the first openly transgender model profiled in Vogue. She confessed to the magazine in April that she gets "a little stressed with runway," but the Australia-raised beauty looked plenty comfortable rocking out on stage in a flowing white gown and black thigh-high boots. 



    Swift also invited musician Sam Hunt to join her on the Chicago stop, and Serayah and Andy Grammer both made appearances at her Saturday night show.


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    It's hard to imagine "Lord of the Rings" without Sir Ian McKellen's Gandalf, or "X-Men" without his Magneto. McKellan is those characters. But if he had made a different decision back when, the English actor might not have played either role.


    While promoting his new film "Mr. Holmes," McKellen told People magazine that he almost starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible II," which would've changed much of his career as we know it. "I got offered a part in 'Mission: Impossible II' with Tom Cruise, but they wouldn’t let me see the whole script because I might have spilled the beans," the actor told the magazine.


    He eventually turned down the part, since he was limited to reading only his character's scenes -- not enough to properly judge the script. The very next day, however, Bryan Singer offered McKellen the role of Magneto, shortly followed by Peter Jackson offering him Gandalf. "I said yes to both," McKellen told People. 


    Then scheduling conflicts almost prevented McKellen from donning his iconic wizard staff and red mutant suit. When "X-Men" overran schedule, McKellen almost skipped out on Gandalf until Jackson and Singer worked with him to make both roles possible. "Meanwhile," McKellen said, "'Mission Impossible' was put off, put off, put off. And if I had decided to do that, I wouldn’t have been in 'X-Men' and I wouldn't have been in 'Lord of the Rings.'" The actor says it was all just luck, but we think he was born to be a wizard and a mutant. 




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    After an 80-year career in Hollywood, Norman Lloyd is still making films at 100 and is showing no signs of slowing down. The centenarian can be seen on screen today in theaters across the country in Judd Apatow's raucous comedy, "Trainwreck."


    While it's a far cry from his earlier works, including Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Saboteur" -- and working with Apatow is no doubt totally different from doing theater with Orson Welles -- Lloyd's ability and willingness to adapt is doing him a lot of good. 


    "When Judd asked me to be in the picture, I thought, ‘What a grand experiment for me, after 80 years, to work this way!’” Lloyd said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. The veteran actor says that at first, improvising dirty jokes in Apatow's classic manner made him blush. But soon enough, he was making dick jokes as well as anyone. "I realized that we’re in the world of today. This is par for the course."


    Though he's getting acquainted with new Hollywood, Lloyd still gushes and reminisces about Hollywood's golden age. He started his career during the Great Depression as a theater actor, picking up any jobs he could, doing what it took to get by. "If I may say so, we had wonderful stars. I don’t think we have them today," he told The Daily Beast. "Fame, back then, came from great performances." 


    He's arguably one of Hollywood's oldest active actors, with his 101st birthday coming up later this year. (To put it into perspective, he's been around longer than both Kirk Douglas and Zsa Zsa Gabor, who are 98.)


    Lloyd has appeared in film and TV for over eight decades, starring in everything from "Murder, She Wrote" and "St. Elsewhere," to "Dead Poets Society" and "Star Trek." He only makes the odd appearance nowadays -- his last film prior to "Trainwreck" was 2005's "In Her Shoes," and he made a TV appearance in 2010 on an episode of "Modern Family." 


    His longevity secrets are something we can all learn from. "I don't eat shellfish, I drink wine moderately and have one whiskey every evening before dinner," Lloyd told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview to mark his 100th birthday. "I eat meat, poultry and fish in proper proportion, nothing to excess." (He's also an avid tennis player who once was partners with Charlie Chaplin.)


    But he chalks it all up to more than just a healthy lifestyle. "I think the word that I might apply here is 'attitude.' You must be active, you must be positive, even if things don't go the way you want them to. I think if you allow yourself to mope and feel sorry for yourself, it can take years off your life.”


     Well said.


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    Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are divorcing after 4 years of marriage. 


    The country music couple confirmed their split, telling TMZ: 



    "This is not the future we envisioned and it is with heavy heart that we move forward separately.  We are real people, with real lives, with real family, friends and colleagues.  Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter." 



    According to the website, the pair filed for divorce a "while ago, and a judge is expected to officially end their 4-year marriage today. "


    The couple met in 2005 when they sang "You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma" together at the CMT 100 Greatest Duets concert. Married in 2011, Shelton and Lambert have long been plagued by divorce rumors, which they tended to publicly laugh off.  


    In 2013, after taking home four awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lambert addressed rumors their marriage was in trouble, telling reporters,  "Like I always say, my mom said to my dad, 'Divorce is not an option.'" The Huffington Post reached out to Lambert's rep, who was not immediately available for comment.


     


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    Can Harry Potter have your attention, please?


    Daniel Radcliffe was in Northern California over the weekend and decided to showcase his rap skills. The actor and his girlfriend Erin Darke took the stage during karaoke night at Cameron's Pub in Half Moon Bay, according to YouTube, to rap Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady." The verdict: Radcliffe is an amazing rapper and the rest are just imitating. 


    Last year, Radcliffe told Jimmy Fallon that he was a big rap fan and was the first person in his class to learn all the words to "The Real Slim Shady." Who needs magic when you can dominate karaoke?


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    Children of the '90s and early 2000s, prepare yourselves: *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys are teaming up to make a horror movie. A "zombie western," to be exact. 


    Members from the two boy bands, who once dominated the airwaves with their catchy pop tunes, will work on the project with Asylum, the studio that brought us "Sharknado." (How could this go wrong?)


    Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, who will write and star in the drama, told Rolling Stone, "It's a zombie Western futuristic horror movie. My character is still being worked out right now, but I'm a good guy that's going to help save the day." 


     The film, tentatively called "Dead 7," follows a "ragtag band of gunslingers" as they fight off a zombie plague. (Zombies: so hot right now.)


    The cast, so far, includes fellow BSB members A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough, as well as *N Sync's Joey Fatone. Carter is reportedly reaching out to other musicians to fill the cast, including Jordan Knight from the New Kids on the Block.


    But what about Justin Timberlake?


    Well, fans are definitely hoping the singer gets back on the acting horse for the film, but Fatone is "the only *NSYNC-er as of now." We can dream, though. 


    And while you may be thinking this whole project seems like a flop just waiting to happen, just know that Carter is a huge horror and sci-fi fan -- as noted by Asylum's co-founder David Rimawi -- so, he's got it under control, you guys. 


    And if you had any doubts about BSB's acting chops, always remember:




     


    Backstreet's back, everyone. 


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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Citing sprawl development and a need for more Mexican-American elected officials, "Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada said he is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


    Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, told The Associated Press on Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he's seeking the Bernalillo County Commission seat.


    The 52-year-old actor and comedian said he's joining in the race because he feels someone like him can make a difference in the district which includes the historic Hispanic South Valley and an area in Albuquerque's Westside where developers are seeking to build new homes.


    "I think I bring a new face to the Democratic Party," said Quezada, a Democrat who is a member of the Albuquerque school board. "We need to reach out to our young people — the young Chicanos, the young Latinos — and get them involved in this process and let them know this is important."


    At least three others are running for the open seat in 2016.


    The Bernalillo County Commission recently voted to approve a planned community despite activists' fears the development would take water away from nearby communities. Concern of the development brought protests from South Valley farmers at commissioners' meetings.


    The master plan for a nearly 22-square-mile development known as Santolina would rival some of the state's largest cities once completed in 50 years, and it comes during a period of heightened concerns over water following years of severe drought.


    Quezada, who voted against the plan as a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools, said the plan lacked the needed schools at a time when the area is seeing school overcrowding.


    Quezada is getting active in New Mexico Democratic Party politics just as the party is licking its wounds from a historic defeat in 2014 with the re-election of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the GOP takeover of the New Mexico House. Other Democrats have sought Quezada's support and he has lent his voice for commercials.


    But Quezada said the state party needed to go more to reach out to Latino voters, especially since New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic residents in the county.


    Javier Benavidez, executive director of the SouthWest Organizing Project, a group that opposed Santolina, said he was happy that Quezada and others were jumping in the commissioners' race.


    "We are seeing the consequences of irresponsible development," Benavidez said. "We need leaders who are going to commit to responsible growth and not just recruit new Wal-Marts and chain restaurants."


    "Breaking Bad" follows former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.


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    Spoiler alert for "True Detective" Season 2, Episode 5, "Other Lives."


    Flash forward 66 days after the "Vinci massacre," and our gang of true detectives has been forced to reboot their lives. Ray is working for Frank and still battling for custody of his son, Paul is investigating insurance fraud and contending with a vindictive mother who stole his $20,000, Ani was transferred to the sheriff's office and must attend sexual-harassment workshops, and Frank wants to weasel his way back into the Catalyst land deal by recovering the hard drive stolen from Caspare's apartment. But don't worry: They'll work on the case on confidential terms. Meanwhile, Ray pulverizes Dr. Pitlor in order to confirm that Vera, the missing girl from the season premiere, attended Caspare and Chessani's orgies. Finally, Ray learns that Frank lied about the identity of his wife's rapist, leading to a knock on the door that even the increasingly corrupt Frank wasn't anticipating.


    Did this dismal season of "True Detective" manage to refresh itself along with these characters' predicaments? We're still over here discussing the show, if anyone cares. 


     


    Erin: So, Matt, Sunday’s episode took a page out of last season’s book. Like the fifth episode of Season 1, “Other Lives” time-hopped, but forward instead of backward. After last week’s shootout-turned-staring-contest, “True Detective” jumped into the near future with the detectives living, well, other lives. Seeing Ray, Ani and Paul relocated to demoted positions, both within their careers and their personal battles, humanized the characters for the first time to me. The first four episodes felt like a string of detectives ambivalently investigating a murder that the season forced audience interest in. Even though Vinci closed the Caspare case, the three detectives got more done in Sunday’s episode than in the previous four. Ray put his anger management to use on Dr. Pitlor’s perfect face to get answers, Ani broke out the detective’s magnifying glass and circled back to that missing girl -- who was largely forgotten after the first episode -- and Paul wasn’t too impressive this week, but at least he’s discovering Det. Dixon was up to no good. Finally, five episodes in, this case is becoming interesting, but it might be too late. I’m not sure I care anymore. Are you back on board or still losing interest?


    Matt: Hey, Erin. Happy "True Detective" Monday, aka my least favorite life. I'm probably more interested in the backstory of the maudlin lounge singer than I am any actual characters in the show. I suppose last night's was the best episode yet, if only because most of it actually seemed to make sense. Here's the thing: There's a fascinating plot buried in this show about a corrupt city government that records sadistic orgies for blackmail fodder among top-level officials. But having never actually met Caspare, knowing only cartoonish things about Dr. Pitlor and treating the mostly absent Tony Chessani like a "Scarface" wannabe means the whole ordeal has barely registered -- until now, when, like you said, it's a day too late. The puzzle pieces fit together, but I don't feel like jigsawing it anymore. The jig is up, if you will, mostly because it never began. Chessani's Lodge has so much potential, but in the context of an eight-episode story, we still barely know what it is. 


    But okay, I'll bite, because this season clearly wants to revolve around these characters' lost souls, and last night did more to channel how those troubles relate to the Scooby Gang's need for the Mystery Machine. (Frank excepted, that is. Nothing about Frank is interesting. Sorry, Frank.) You have to feel bad for Ray at this point, knowing that Frank set him up and he's been falsely indebted to him for years. That's a weird reaction to have, since there is little to convince us that Ray is a worthy father. But he and Ani are both symbolic of anger directed toward a larger system of corruption that probably did them in as gravely as they did themselves in years earlier. Paul, on the other hand, is the most transparent of them all, which has sometimes made his story the most approachable. But his boozy cliché of a mother, and watching him down his soda while silently panicking about forming a heterosexual family, rendered him flat in "Other Lives." Everyone else talks in phony circles about how they feel, whereas Paul spells it out like an aircraft delivering a message in the sky: Everyone can read it, but then it disappears and doesn't really matter at all.


    Erin: That's the perfect way to summarize Paul's scenes this week, which were some of the worst of the episode, besides Frank saying, "Fuck that gangster shit." I get that Nic Pizzolatto is trying to break the mobster stereotype with Frank's sensitive, abused-as-a-boy edge -- he literally cried after his anti-gangster, anti-adoption speech -- but he remains a soggy mess of what could be a smart character. Frank isn't hard enough on the outside to actually fear him, his moments of violence emerging suddenly and cliched, and is so soft internally that any sense of a real character crumbles to pieces. But let's not waste any more time on him.


    I did, however, enjoy Ani this week. Her sarcastic "I love big dicks" proclamation at group therapy was the best laugh of the episode (and maybe the only genuine laughing-with as opposed to laughing-at of this season). So far, she's the only one really attempting to solve this case, and is clearly the brains of the operation while Ray is the muscle and Paul is the ... handsome face? I suspect that Ani's demons will get the best of her, though, as investigating "Eyes Wide Shut"-esque sex parties may put her in a compromising situation, with what we know of her proclivities for kinky sex. Or maybe that knowledge will get her closer to the truth of whatever the hell is going on, as next week's episode preview seems to hint. This season, as you said, Matt, is all about lost souls, and so far it looks like the answers will only become clear as each detective faces their ugly pasts. Sadly, that's excrutiatingly obvious and overdone. I'm just banking on a good twist, and that Ray will eventually grow his mustache back.



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    Matt: "Fuck that gangster shit" is what I said to Frank right around, oh, Episode 2. Looks like he heard me -- too bad The Pizzster didn't. Likewise, Ani listed plotlines and repeated the words "nobody cares," and that, too, seemed like something I'd said during Episode 2. My, how some things never change. The problem with the supposed lost souls is that the show cherry-picks when they're relevant. Ani's father and sister intersect with the Caspare murder, but the former was absent this week after dropping the Chessani's Lodge bombshell and the latter is still trying to make her CalArts admission happen. When two people may have a direct hand in inching detectives toward solving a mystery, they need to be actual characters. Or at least interesting -- something other than Troubled Sister and Eccentric Father. It's why Ani's inevitable self-redemption arc -- and all of the characters' self-redemption arcs, really -- won't pay off. 


    The show doesn't even justify the detectives' relationships. Ray actually seemed to mean it when he told Ani at the bar that it was "good seeing you," and why? Because they bloodbath they caused a couple of months earlier united them? No one on this show has relationships, and that is still so frustrating. I want to see a Frank/Ray showdown, sure. Let's go. But why is it about a conflict that predates the show? In fact, every conflict seems to predate the show, and not in a layered, in-media-res way. It makes the show feel confusing even when it isn't. But of course Frank and Ray are going to sit across a table and glare at each other next week. What else would they do? Frank has blue balls in his heart. Ugh.


    Erin: That's one of the core problems of this season. We're playing catch-up with the off-screen action, about which the characters themselves are generally ambivalent. While the unknown and unseen are the focal point of any good mystery, "True Detective" continues to play the I-know-something-you-don't-know game a little too strongly. I think most viewers are ready to throw up their hands and give up at this point. The breadcrumbs to this case -- which, by the way, became irrelevant after 15 minutes of Sunday's episode, when Frank casually asked Ray if he thinks "the Mexicans" killed Caspere, right before we're informed that the Caspere hunt is indeed back on -- are so lightly sprinkled that I'm far too hungry for good television to keep going.


    In addition to the weak dialogue and hackneyed character tropes, this season is also entirely gimmick-free -- no innovative camera tricks, limited action sequences, no literary references to gnaw on. I'd usually love that, but still being bored to tears this far in, I've found myself desparately trying to make this season more entertaining. Each week I read through the "True Detective" subreddit in hopes of piecing together clues, as I did last week with a (slight) Yellow King connection. Too bad the fans are more interesting than Ray, Ani and Paul. Maybe Season 3 should be about solving a murder on Reddit threads. 


    Matt: That's just it. We keep trying to pick up the breadcrumbs, but the trail isn't there. I have a proposal. Forgive me now, "True Detective" devotees, but I think we should hit the pause button on these reviews until the finale. I realized while writing this that it's hard not to talk in circles about the show, and I think the urge to review it weekly is a holdover from Season 1 fandom instead of a worthwhile editorial endeavor. How much congested dialogue can a person mock every seven days?


    What do you think, Erin? Should we table our "True Detective" talks? I've always thought disappointing art is better ignored anyway. There is good stuff on TV. Like "UnREAL." Or "Humans." Or "Masters of Sex." Or "Mr. Robot." We should be gabbing about those instead.


    Erin: I couldn't agree with that plan more. We're beginning to seem more repetitive than those aerial freeway shots. I'd much rather stare at you from across a table than continue to desconstruct the same disappointments each week, and no one wants to keep reading that. If something mind-blowing or remotely worthy of a new discussion happens before the finale, we'll reconvene. If not, we'll see y'all again in three weeks!



    


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    Pauline Kael was the type of film critic whose love of cinema seeped onto the page. Equally one of the most influential and most controversial critics of her time, Kael was the writer who broke away from overtly academic criticism to offer her unrestrained impression of a film.


    During her time as a New Yorker film critic from 1968 to 1991, Kael was famously hated by some of the biggest directors in the industry. But you didn't read Kael to agree with her, as few always did; you read Kael to experience a film through her attentive eyes, to grasp the nuances you didn't catch while watching it. "This is a woman who missed nothing," filmmaker Rob Garver told The Huffington Post over email. "Through the force of her personality, she challenged you to look at movies closer, and focus." 



    Garver, who read Kael in his youth, wrote, directed and produced a new documentary about the iconic critic, "What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael." The film, which is currently on Kickstarter to earn funding for completion, tells Kael's story and features interviews with David O. Russell, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader, Robert Towne, Molly Haskell, Alec Baldwin and others reflecting on the film critic's influence.


    In an exclusive clip from the doc, Tarantino looks back on a conversation he had with Terry Gilliam about Kael. "Most directors, especially of the older generation, didn't really care that much for critics," the filmmaker says. But Tarantino and those of his generation, including Wes Anderson and David O. Russell, were the ones who were immersed in her writings. "We grew up with her as our kind of film Kerouac, if you will," he said.


    Check out the clip and head to Kickstarter to help the documentary reach its goal.




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    Reese Witherspoon and her son overloaded our Instagram feed with cuteness today. 


    The actress shared a photo of herself and her younger boy, Tennessee, posing outside while on vacation. The "Hot Pursuit" star captioned the pic, "Sweet lil walks with this sweet lil guy." 



    The pair are seen seen standing in front of a peach-colored wall, sporting complementary shades of blue. Little Tennessee is holding his mom's hand with a huge smile spread across his face. (It's too much!)


    The 39-year-old actress also looks great, sporting a blue and white gingham dress from her Draper James line along with a pair of light-rimmed sunglasses. 


    The mother of three is a serious vacationer. Just last month, she shared a series of snaps of her and daughter Ava exploring the sights of Rome. They even met the legendary designer Valentino Garavani



    Reese: She's not a regular mom. She's a cool mom.


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    The warrior princess might be getting a comeback.


    NBC and NBC Universal are apparently following the trend of the remake and planning a modern reboot of "Xena: Warrior Princess," according to The Hollywood Reporter. While the project is said to be in the very early stages, original executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are allegedly on board. The modern take on "Xena" will also reportedly have a "Hunger Games" flair to it. THR reports that producers are looking for a new Xena that embodies the charisma and wit of Katniss Everdeen. The Huffington Post could not immediately reach NBC for comment.


    The original series, starring Lucy Lawless, was a spinoff of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and ran in syndication from 1995 to 2001. While there's no word whether or not Lawless will be involved in the rumored reboot -- and her rep was not immediately available for comment -- we know the actress is definitely a fan of bringing Xena back.


    Lawless recently told HitFix that she fully supports a "Xena" remake and urges networks to acquire the rights to it. "Don't waste this opportunity," she said. "Reinvigorate that franchise ... They're fools not to bring it back." 


    For more, head to THR.


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