1. Miley Cyrus' manager says the VMAs "could not have gone better"
Today, in dispatches from Bizarro world: In an interview with Us Weekly, Miley Cyrus' manager Larry Rudolph said Cyrus' VMAs performance "could not have gone better." "The fans got it," added Rudolph. "The rest eventually will." Because nothing says "hidden depth" like foam fingers, twerking, and giant teddy bears. [Us Weekly]
2. Justin Timberlake says he's down to play the Riddler
Like it or not, Bat-Fans, Ben Affleck is officially the new Batman. But what kind of villains will the superhero be facing in the semi-rebooted series? No official announcement has been made, but Justin Timberlake would like to throw his green bowler hat into the ring to play The Riddler. "The Riddler is my favorite villain," said Timberlake in an interview with Fresh 102.7. "He was proper crazy. So if I'm going to play crazy, I wanna play crazy." One possible problem: How could he ever live up to Jim Carrey's Oscar-winning performance in Batman Forever? [USA Today]
3. The Man of Steel sequel will film in Michigan
When you think massive, thriving American metropolis, what's the first city that comes to mind? If you said Detroit, congratulations — you could probably be a location scout for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. "Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city," said director Zack Snyder, while somehow failing to add, "And they also gave us a tax incentive of $31 million." However, considering that Metropolis was nearly destroyed by Superman and General Zod in the last Man of Steel film, maybe Detroit is an apt choice after all. [The Hollywood Reporter]
4. French bakers say there's a reason Kanye West's damn croissants are taking so long
Though Kanye West's Yeezus was released just a few months ago, the album has largely faded from the public conversation. With one exception: The instantly meme-worthy phrase "Hurry up with my damn croissants," which West raps in the song "I Am A God." And at least one group of people isn't amused: The Association of French Bakers, which wrote to Kanye to explain why his damn croissants were taking so long. "Certainly, you are not a man to be satisfied with pre-made croissants from the baked goods case reheated and tossed out on a small platter," reads the letter, explaining that baking croissants requires "the precision of a Japanese origami master" — a piece of information that will surely stem the notoriously level-headed rapper's complaints. [The Hollywood Reporter]
5. One critic saved Getaway from zero percent positive reviews
For the past 24 hours, it's looked as if Getaway — the new Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez action vehicle hitting theaters this weekend — might make history as the rare wide-release movie to earn zero percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. But on Friday, one brave critic stepped forward to save the film from universally acknowledged awfulness: Norman Wilner, who gave the film a thumbs-up at Now Toronto. "People who like this sort of thing will like this sort of thing," writes Wilner — so if that sounds like a ringing endorsement to you, run, don't walk to your local theater. [The Wrap]
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