Front Row at Vulture Festival
Vulture and New York Magazine took over Milk Studios this weekend to bring the clamoring masses the first ever Vulture Festival—a series of events featuring the best and brightest talents for a pop culture extravaganza. David Milch, writer and producer of the cult favorite TV show Deadwood, opened the festival and entertained the crowd with stories from the set, where the motto was always, “Don’t come in with any weak shit.”
Adam and Naomi Scott put on “The Greatest Panel in Television History,” where they discussed their new series, The Greatest Event in Television History. The show recreates title sequences from classic ‘80s TV shows, from Magnum P.I. and Too Close for Comfort to Hart to Hart, and features an impressive roster of actors including Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm, who helped start the show. “It actually started because Jon and I were emailing each other YouTube links to ‘80s credit sequences, and actually sent each other the Simon & Simon link at the same time,” Adam said. “Our emails hi-fived each other in cyber space.”
A panel of actors who voice some of television’s favorite characters, including Sterling Archer and Linda from Bob’s Burgers, read classic movie scenes in-character, and offered up their best Travolta impressions. And closing the first night out with a bang, Solange and M.I.A. brought the house down at Webster Hall, living up to her anthem, "Bad girls do it well."
Sunday’s festivities began with a Mother’s Day brunch of sorts, featuring musician Rufus Wainwright being interviewed by Julie Klausner. Wainwright’s signature sass was on full display, and in addition to talking about his mother, his music and performing for the crowd, he also confessed his love of Lana Del Rey, though that wasn’t always the case. “I was really one of the haters initially,” he said. “When I saw her on Saturday Night Live, I thought, ‘Yeah, she’s going down in flames.” But he came around, “After listening to her album and seeing her in concert, I find her really brilliant and fascinating.” Sweet, sweet redemption.
At the Costume Designers Roundtable, the talented minds behind the costumes of Scandal, Saturday Night Live, Girls and The Americans came together to talk shop about what it’s really like to build a character through clothing. One of the most memorable moments was the discussion of Hannah’s mesh tank top from Season 2 of Girls—“For Hannah, switching shirts on the dance floor with that guy was just another bad decision in a series of bad decisions.”
Trivia got out of the bar and onto the stage with cast members from Orange is the New Black, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The New Girl going head to head in the final event. Team #OISTNB was the clear crowd favorite, and even earned “style points” from host Dave Holmes when Taystee, aka Danielle Brooks, gave her answer in song form, finishing off the lyrics to Fergie’s “My Humps.” She even brought some of her prison lingo to the party, telling the opposing team: “I will cut you.” Luckily, it didn’t quite come to that.
Photography by Andrew Boyle and Zlatko Batistich