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Vivian Maier: Still Missing

After discovering a trove of unknown photographs at an auction, John Maloof set about exposing the nanny-cum-artist who took them. But does ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tell the whole story?

Somewhere around the midpoint of the fascinating but ultimately troubling documentary Finding Vivian Maier, one of the people being interviewed says of Maier’s story,  “I find the mystery of it more interesting than the work itself.” 

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Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

By the time we hear this comment, we have seen and heard more than enough to make the statement sound almost innocuous. Maier was an unknown photographer whose pictures and negatives began turning up in Chicago storage lockers in 2007. Inside trunks and boxes and suitcases filled with clothes, curios, and old newspapers were photo albums, loose prints by the thousands, and hundreds of rolls of undeveloped film. 

Supper Time

Dinner with Your Favorite TV Sidekicks

Adult Swim’s Brett Gelman invites you to have supper with him and seasoned actors. This will, inevitably devolve into the comedian freaking out and crying on the floor.

Brett Gelman is doing well.

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Adult Swim

He has appeared all over network and cable television, with recurring roles shows like Eagleheart, Go On, and The Inbetweeners and guest spots on Bored to Death, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Californication. He’s acted alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in films such as The Other Guys, Jesse Eisenberg in 30 Minutes or Less, and Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. He is also an accomplished author and frequent Vice.com contributor.

Child’s Play

How LEGO Conquered Hollywood

‘Beyond the Brick,’ which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival, is more than just the story of a toy we’ve all come to love. At its core, it’s a documentary about survival.

There are few things that Hollywood likes more than a good comeback story, which probably explains how—brick by brick—LEGO has become the hottest thing around. What’s more remarkable? Its resurgence comes a whopping 65 years after the ubiquitous brick made its big debut.

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Just how big is LEGO right now? The LEGO Movie, almost five months into the year, remains the number one film of 2014, with its $252 million (and counting) domestic gross. Lady Gaga commissioned LEGO artist (real job!) Nathan Sawaya for brick sculptures that featured heavily in her most recent music video. To commemorate its upcoming 550th episode, The Simpsons universe is being turned to brick. And, just a decade after it found itself on the brink of irrelevancy and financial collapse, LEGO is the second most-successful toy company in the world—not bad for a toy company built entirely on one kind of toy.

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When Models Try to Act

Yikes

Zombie Beavers Invade America

First-time filmmaker Jordan Rubin walks us through the making of the wackiest movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. Warning: There will be blood.

There’s a scene midway through Zombeavers that, for better or worse, captures its essence. Sam, a douchey prick played by Hutch Dano (real name), is about to have sex with his girlfriend’s BFF on top of the bathroom sink. The two have stripped down to their skivvies and are about to go there when, all of a sudden, a killer zombie beaver bursts through the bathroom floor and bites the guy’s dick off. Now, it doesn’t stop there. The lil’ rascal gnashes away at the two-timer’s groin area, yanking off all matter of entrails and viscera.

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Welcome to the world of Zombeavers.

He’s 450 years old, but Shakespeare lives on, most splashily on the big screen—where his most famous words have been given life by stars like Emma Thompson, Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellen. We select our favorite big-screen Shakespeare moments.

“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest. And he sure was right—for the work of the playwright, who was born 450 years ago today, is still performed not only on stage, but also—to even bigger audiences—on film. To celebrate Big Will’s 450th, here is a list of standout big-screen Shakespeare performances.

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Kenneth Branagh portrayed Henry V in the 1989 film adaptation, which he directed as well. The New York Times said his performance was “tight-lipped and steely but also immensely intelligent,” and has “psychological heft and intelligent weight.” The most memorable scene is the St. Crispin’s Day speech, in which Branagh gives a moving delivery of the speech that ultimately inspires his troops to carry on:

Dirty Laundry

Inside Oprah’s Bizarre Love Triangle

Winfrey’s stepmom gives an unfiltered Daily Mail interview about the former queen of daytime’s unusual relationship with her boyfriend—and even stranger one with her best friend.

“If it’s not more than friendship, they’re giving every appearance that it is.”

Say what!? That’s Barbara Winfrey, stepmother to Oprah, giving her sassy and unfiltered opinion on her most famous woman in the world’s famously conspicuous relationship with her best friend, Gayle King. It’s part of an interview Barbara Winfrey gave to The Daily Mail, an article that reads like the 11 p.m. tipsy rant of a woman who’s had one too many glasses of white wine. Oh yes, the loose-lipped Winfrey throws all caution to the wind—and “caution,” here, is “insinuation that Oprah and Gayle are lesbian lovers.”

Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey

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Viral Vid: Burj Khalifa BASE Jump

It's not exactly a fall from space but still—WOW!

Felix Baumgartner's fall from the edge of space is probably the greatest jump of all time—but this is a close second.

Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen, members of the French BASE jumping team Soul Flyers, set a new world record after taking a dive off the top of the world's tallest building: Dubai's Burj Khalifa. Reffet and Fugen emitted colored smoke as they made their descent, helmet-mounted GoPros and camera-mounted helicopters covering the feat from every possible angle.

It's like a mini Michael Bay action flick—without the excessive explosions of course.

DRESS REHEARSAL

Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Debut

Stephen Colbert tested out the new digs and his role as David Letterman's successor.

Giddy as a Girl Scout whose cookies went viral, David Letterman welcomed his successor, Stephen Colbert, to the CBS Late Show last night. Letterman is vacating the show “sometime next year,” ending a spectacular and hilarious 30-year run in late-night television.

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“Stephen Colbert is here, ladies and gentlemen,” Letterman said during his monologue. “He just dropped by to sign the lease.”  Actually, he continued, all Colbert needs to do now before taking over is “pass the physical.”

Before Twitter and Buzzfeed, there was Homestar Runner. As the aging homepage wallpaper peeled away revealing the html beneath, the gang finally returned to the Internet.

If the Internet had a god, a creator, a primogenitor, it would be a 3D animated dancing baby riding a one-eyed, winged toaster reciting Monty Python sketches. As that primordial stew receded and the eldritch horror of the old gods faded away, Matt and Mike Chapman, along with their website HomestarRunner.com, emerged as the Internet’s Cain and Abel.

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Debuting at a time when Napster was still the king of piracy, HomestarRunner.com was a Flash animation site that realized much of the web’s multimedia potential. The site updated frequently with new cartoons, soundboards full of character’s catchphrases, and obscure homages. Typical cartoons didn’t let viewers passively sit through a show, forcing them to search around the mise-en-scèn for interactive elements to advance the story. Like in the first Halloween short, “The House That Gave Sucky Treats,” where every knock on the door revealed a new guest to whom one could give a selection of off-brand candies, each triggering a unique response. Like a Buzzfeed quiz to determine which Hogwarts House one really belongs, at least part of the fun came from replaying the toon and selecting different options.

Spin Me Right Round

Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

Making a record in this day and age takes a lot of time and effort, but Jack White managed to do it in under four hours.

It’s been six years since the first Record Store Day regaled audiophiles with limited edition EPs, special collaborations, and in-store exclusives, and already the vinyl holiday has a world record under its belt. The record holder? Jack White and Third Man Records. The record? World’s fastest record release.

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Jack White pictured at a solo concert at Roskilde Festival’s Orange Stage 2012. (Gonzales Photo/Christian Hjorth)

Clocking in at just under four hours, White and co. recorded “Lazaretto” and the Elvis Presley cover “Power of My Love,” trucked the master vinyl to Nashville’s United Record Pressing (URP), and released the 7-inch to the masses, all in the span of a late morning to early afternoon on April 19.

Comedian Billy Eichner surprises New Yorkers with Amy Poehler in a Pitbull mask.

Comedian Billy Eichner loves surprising unsuspecting New Yorkers on his Fuse show, ‘Billy on the Street.’ In a clip from an upcoming episode, he gets his ‘Parks and Recreation’ co-star Amy Poehler to don a mask of rapper Pitbull to play the specifically-themed game, ‘It’s Not Pitbull—It’s Amy Poehler!’

Watch as amicable Manhattanites’ expressions go from confusion and fear to sincere joy when they discover that they're being accosted not by another loony city dweller but by the funniest woman on TV.

Kate Upton Beats a Serial Cheater

In a given year, 4 percent of married people have extramarital affairs. Find out more stats about infidelity tied to the new comedy ‘The Other Woman,’ with Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.

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