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Sep 19, 2020

R.I.P. Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake
Lee Kerslake has died. As the long-time drummer for British rock band Uriah Heep—and for Ozzy Osbourne's solo efforts for two-eventually contentious albums—Kerslake spent more than 40 years of his life as a touring musician, playing on dozens of albums, and (to pick one achievement out of many) contributing the…

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Sep 19, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II strips Harvey Weinstein of CBE honor
In what we can only assume will turn out to be the most dispiriting thing to happen to him during his 23-year-prison sentence to date, former Hollywood mega-producer and current convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein will no longer be able to insist his fellow inmates refer to him by his proper title, Harvey Weinstein, …

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Sep 19, 2020

Filthy Rich is a confused, soapy mess
Aaron Spelling and other creators from the halcyon days of TV nighttime soap operas understood that they needed to lead up to all the drama gradually. Krystal and Alexis Carrington weren't going to get into a catfight in Dynasty episode one, after all, and Sydney and Jane had to build up to their wedding dress scuffle…

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Sep 19, 2020

Who deserves to win an Emmy this year?
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are Sunday, with Watchmen and Succession leading all shows with 11 and 10 nominations, respectively. In anticipation of the ceremony, we're asking:

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Sep 18, 2020

DC Universe to pivot from video, so that's new
Did Warner Media's DC Universe streaming service ever really have a chance? It's hard to say: despite a couple of well-regarded original series, including Harley Quinn and Doom Patrol—plus all that sweet "Fuck Batman" heat—the service certainly had to know the writing was on the wall the second Warner shored up its…

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Sep 18, 2020

We're all screaming "hope" and "fuck" into the void right now
Ruth Bader Ginsburg—legal scholar, hero to many, occasional meme, Supreme Court Justice—died today, at the age of 87, after suffering from a long battle with pancreatic cancer, and an equal-length and exhausting bout of carrying the hopes of the entire American political left on her well-conditioned but aging back.…

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Sep 18, 2020

Notorious RBG: Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg through her biggest pop culture moments
Supreme Court justices are rightfully well-known figures in the United States, but it's arguable that none have ever permeated American pop culture as much as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.


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Sep 18, 2020

Visitors prompt reflection and revelations on RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue
The season is almost over, but RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue still has a lot of plates spinning. The Asia-Naomi-Derrick drama is far from over, Derrick's relationship with her mom remains unresolved, and Yvie still hasn't made that doctor's appointment. COVID-19 looms on the horizon and with so little time left,…

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Sep 18, 2020

Roku and Peacock are finally making nice
Today, in everything old is new again news: The battle between the people who make (or at least own) the TV shows, and the people who actually stick the TV shows in our houses, has just stepped back from one its periodic trips to the brink. Rather than a fight between studios and cable companies, though—an old fight…

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Sep 18, 2020

It's the quiet ones you need to watch out for, and The Eyes Of My Mother was no exception
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin both have new movies coming out, so we're looking back on other projects released by their production company, Borderline Films.

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Sep 18, 2020

Joe Rogan apologizes for peddling false claim about antifa starting wildfires: "I fucked up"
Every now and then I recall the bliss of watching NewsRadio as a pre-teen, laughing through Doritos and oblivious to the fact that I'd one day have to reckon with Phil Hartman's horrible death, Dave Foley's depressing marital struggles, and Joe Rogan being a chaotic neutral force in the most high-stakes presidential…

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Sep 18, 2020

In The Boys' sharply satirical "We Gotta Go Now," shifting alliances threaten the stability of the Seven
This post discusses major plot points of The Boys episode "We Gotta Go Now."


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Sep 18, 2020

The best genre TV shows on Amazon Prime
Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club. That's why we're scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own archives to…

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Sep 18, 2020

Hear ye, Mr. Autumn Men, ye high priests of the harvest season: The Reading Sweater is here
If you, dear reader, are anything like us, you've spent a significant portion of the last seven months carefully sorting your clothes into two piles. (Hopefully you then folded then and put them away; these are trying times, you don't need that chaos in your life.) In one pile sit all the things you wear daily: your…

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Sep 18, 2020

The best films of Toronto 2020
Toronto ends this year not with a check out, a wave through a taxi window, and a short flight home, but with the closing of a laptop. It was, as expected, a strange year at the festival of festivals, covered from apartments that had to dual-function as movie theaters. (At least we could be assured the best seat in the…

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Sep 18, 2020

Cinema group UniFrance condemns the "violent reaction" to Cuties
French cinema collective UniFrance has taken a stand against the rather swift backlash against French director Maïmouna Doucouré and her coming-of-age drama, Cuties. On Friday, the group threw its support behind the filmmaker and the project in response to a flood of vocal detractors—many of which proudly admit that…

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Sep 18, 2020

The George Lucas Talk Show is livestreaming all 22 episodes of Studio 60 this Sunday
When last we checked in on Connor Ratliff and Griffin Newman's The George Lucas Talk Show, the comedians were gearing up to consume more than 30 hours of Star Wars content across a single livestream (if you've got a spare day, you can watch it here). Having survived that endeavor, the pair—as their alter egos of "R…

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Sep 18, 2020

Watch Baby Yoda vibe to the Schitt's Creek and Curb themes in this Emmys music medley
Happy Emmys weekend! On Sunday, in what we can only assume will be a deeply strange ceremony, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will hand out their most high-profile awards of the year (though they've been doling out the Creative Arts Emmys all week; congrats to Emmy-winner Quibi, a phrase that will nestle…

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Sep 18, 2020

Super Mario 64's Weird 'Gay Bowser' Line Isn't In Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Super Mario 3D All-Stars landed on Switch today, but with that occasion comes some bad news: Mario no longer says, "So long, gay Bowser!" during the Super Mario 64 boss fights. A travesty, for sure, but there's a good reason the iconic voice line is missing.

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Sep 18, 2020

Ratched's Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis on bologna and backstory
In Ryan Murphy's new Netflix series, Sarah Paulson plays Nurse Mildred Ratched, a dour figure audiences first met via Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. In that book and the subsequent film adaptation, Ratched was older and more vindictive, but also a bit one note. Audiences didn't get to know where…

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Sep 18, 2020

Good news, puddin': HBO Max renews Harley Quinn for a 3rd season
Season two of Harley Quinn may have ended on an exceptionally high note, but that doesn't mean that we weren't ready, willing, and more than able to sit in on a few more adventures from Gotham's newest chaotic couple. So yes, we absolutely let out a high-pitched sigh of relief when HBO Max announced on Friday that it…

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Sep 18, 2020

Billy Corgan is teasing the Smashing Pumpkins' new album with a 5-part animated series
So, the Smashing Pumpkins have announced a new record. Like its first single, the 20-track double album is called CYR, it features founding members Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha, and it comes out on November 27. Having said that, we can now tell you that it comes with a five-part animated series called In Ashes that…

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Sep 18, 2020

Hide your grandma: It's time for Nick Lutsko's Spirit Halloween theme song
Halloween is still more than a month out, but that's never stopped the purveyors of fake blood, plastic skeletons, and ill-advised sexy costumes at stores like Spirit Halloween from getting a jump on the holiday well in advance. This year, to help usher in the beginning of the novelty shopping season well ahead of…

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Sep 18, 2020

Someone has already put Darude's "Sandstorm" over the Dune trailer
The only problem with David Lynch's 1984 film adaptation of Dune is that it was made at a time before Finnish DJ Darude had given the world "Sandstorm." Before the track's 1995 release, Lynch simply didn't have the tools necessary to properly fulfill his vision of the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic. This is not a…

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Sep 18, 2020

Jen and Brad were cute, but Shia LaBeouf's Spicoli was the star of the charity Fast Times reading
The celebs have been at it time and again throughout the pandemic, but, if they simply must continue to foist themselves upon the suffering masses, we'd prefer it be like last night's Fast Times At Ridgemont High read-through. Organized by Dane Cook, of all people, the high-wattage cast assembled to help raise funds…

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Sep 18, 2020

5 new releases we love: Janelle Monáe's musical manifesto, Semisonic's return, and more
There's a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to purchase featured artists' music…

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Sep 18, 2020

Let's talk about the major movies at this year's Toronto International Film Festival
Greetings from the Toronto International Film Festival, a.k.a. our living rooms. Because of COVID, this year's edition of the fest has been mostly online. Our film critics, A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife, have been covering it from home over the past week, writing about the best and biggest titles at this unusual, virtual…

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Sep 18, 2020

Raised By Wolves explores whether people (or androids) can change
What is our core self? Is it something we possess when we are born? Or something that is shaped by time and experience? In "Faces," Raised By Wolves delves more deeply into these haunting questions, examining what the choices we make say about our character and how much control we actually have over the type of person…

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Sep 18, 2020

Are TV movie stars at a disadvantage when nominated for Emmys against limited series actors?
The hosts of The A.V. Club's new podcast Push The Envelope have previously discussed the merits and complications of separating Primetime Emmy Awards categories by genre. But there is one subsection of TV where the Television Academy basically says anything goes: the limited series and movie categories.

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Sep 18, 2020

Sailor Moon's impact on modern American animation remains undeniable
Twenty-five years after its U.S. television premiere, the impact of Sailor Moon on Japanese and Western animation remains undeniable. With its distinct visual vocabulary, story structure, and defined character archetypes, the series not only served as the blueprint for the many Japanese magical girl anime series that…

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Sep 18, 2020

Sarah Paulson and Stephen Colbert get goofy talking Ratched, getting looped with Cate Blanchett
For someone who's become the go-to actor for outsized, mesmerizingly intense TV villainy, Sarah Paulson is one big goof. "No!!," she boomed into her computer camera in mock dudgeon when Late Show host Stephen Colbert asked if Paulson was Emmy-nominated for her role as fictional conservative woman (who hates the…

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Sep 18, 2020

Spelunky 2 has the courage not to mess with perfection
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

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Sep 18, 2020

There's no outgrowing Toy Story
You shouldn't be able to make great art by committee. A great work of art is supposed to be made by one person digging deep and offering up a shred of a soul, or maybe by two people butting heads and pushing each other and finally breaking through to some universal truth. It's not supposed to come from a corporate…

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Sep 18, 2020

We're super into Pen15, but Sarah Paulson is simply Ratched
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19. All times are Eastern.


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Sep 17, 2020

Drew Barrymore's talk show is so weird, it's almost hypnotic
So, far there have been two major takeaways from The Drew Barrymore Show, the syndicated talk show launched this week by the Golden Globe winner (and certified member of Hollywood royalty): Drew Barrymore definitely has a lot of cool, famous friends, and Drew Barrymore sometimes acts in ways that are tremendously …

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Sep 17, 2020

That's "Emmy Award winner Quibi" to you, punk
Dark news from Hollywood tonight, as the Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences has now declared that, henceforth, and until the end of its days (i.e., whenever the money finally runs out), we will now have to refer to the "quick bites," phone-only streaming service Quibi by its proper title: Emmy Award winner Quibi.…

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Sep 17, 2020

Harry Styles wants to be, possibly star in, My Policeman
Harry Styles and Lily James are reportedly in talks to star in a new film together, with Deadline noting that the two are currently negotiating for leading roles in an adaptation of Bethan Roberts' 2012 novel My Policeman. Styles would presumably star as the titular constable, Tom, who—despite being gay—marries the…

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Sep 17, 2020

Here's what's coming to Disney in October
It's that time once again, folks: The moment when we all get to make like Werner Herzog, and our wishes to see the baby are finally answered. Disney has just confirmed its upcoming slate of October programming for its Disney streaming service, and we'd be hard-pressed to pick out anything people are more excited for…

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Sep 17, 2020

Road tripping with Werner Herzog as TIFF meanders to the finish line
Whether a critic likes it or not, Twitter reactions are the new first-look reviews at film festivals. As soon as the credits stop rolling and the lights go up, you'll see writers in the audience firing up their phones, competing to see who can most effectively set the tone for all future discussions of a film in 280…

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Sep 17, 2020

Production on The Batman resumes in the U.K. following Robert Pattinson's COVID recovery
Two weeks ago, we reported that production on Matt Reeves' The Batman was shut down only a few days after the end of its coronavirus hiatus because an unnamed crew member had tested positive for COVID-19. Later that day, reports came out that the positive test came from none other than star Robert Pattinson, who is…

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Sep 17, 2020

Widows director Steve McQueen kicks off the New York Film Festival with dance and romance
Every film festival has an identity, even if that identity is "We don't have an identity!" The New York Film Festival, which runs for about three weeks every autumn—usually from late September to early October—prides itself on being curatorial. Though its lineup usually boasts a couple of exclusive, high-profile…

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Sep 17, 2020

"Yeah, that's a brain," confirms everyone who looked at the brain this guy found on a beach
A man in Racine, Wisconsin, found a brain wrapped in tin foil while strolling along a beach this week. We know this because the man, a construction worker named Jimmy Senda, received confirmation from multiple nearby sources that the large organ encased in aluminum foil was, in fact, a brain.


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Sep 17, 2020

Boss Baby sequel to force us to contemplate what an Adult Boss Baby might look like
If there's an animated film that seemed less likely to spawn a franchise than Dreamworks' The Boss Baby—a movie in which Alec Baldwin is a magic baby who acts like a businessman because he drinks special milk, in direct competition with Steve Buscemi, who is playing a former boss baby who wants to make immortal…

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Sep 17, 2020

Tatiana Maslany is Disney 's She-Hulk
Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany is going to be turning into the most famous green lawyer in all of comic books, as Deadline is reporting that she's going to star in Disney 's She-Hulk series as Jennifer "She-Hulk" Walters. The series is coming from Emmy-winning Rick And Morty writer Jessica Gao, with accomplished TV…

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Sep 17, 2020

Netflix's latest horror sensation doesn't believe in itself
The Babysitter: Killer Queen was the top live-action narrative film on Netflix this past weekend. The horror-comedy sequel is also, as many others have pointed out, deeply stupid. Among its crimes are references substituted for jokes, a beat-for-beat reenactment of its predecessor's plot, and a gross-out gag involving…



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Sep 17, 2020

Richard Jenkins reflects on a life flipping patties in the Last Shift trailer
After a buzzy premiere at Sundance, Andrew Cohn's The Last Shift is ready for public consumption. Richard Jenkins stars as a 38-year veteran of a fast food chain in the dramedy, which follows his aging Stanley as he trains his third shift replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie).

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Sep 17, 2020

HBO Max renews Ridley Scott's Raised By Wolves for a second season
It looks like we're not going to find out just how capable androids are at raising future post-Earth human children in just one year: As announced today in a press release, Ridley Scott's Raised By Wolves and its stylish android bodysuits will be coming back for another season on HBO Max. The aforementioned press…

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Sep 17, 2020

Two brothers embark on an arduous funeral march in the elemental Two Gates Of Sleep
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin both have new movies coming out, so we're looking back on other projects released by their production company, Borderline Films.


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Sep 17, 2020

Cheer's Jerry Harris arrested and charged for production of child pornography
Per The Chicago Tribune, Cheer's Jerry Harris was arrested and officially charged on Thursday in Chicago's federal court with producing child pornography. This comes three days after the FBI began investigating the breakout Netflix star over complaints of sexual misconduct against minors. Harris, 21, was also sued in…

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Sep 17, 2020

Here's what's coming to (and going from) Hulu in October
Next month is October, which some have called the spookiest month of the year, and Hulu is getting into the spirit of the season with a handful of spooky and spooky-adjacent new offerings in its streaming library. Starting next month, subscribers will be able to check out the first season of anthology series …

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Sep 17, 2020

Black-ish hopes to illustrate the importance of this election with an animated special
There is no shortage of available art to remind us that this upcoming presidential election is a rather crucial one. Not ones to be left out of any cultural conversation, ABC's Emmy-nominated tentpole Black-ish will be airing an hour-long special that will address the election just ahead of its seventh season. What's…

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Sep 17, 2020

James Gunn continues to ace his role as the unofficial MCU/DCEU peace ambassador
Pop culture really doesn't deserve James Gunn. First, the writer and director breathed new life into the MCU with Guardians of the Galaxy, paving the way for weirder fare like Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok. Then, after being scorned by Disney over some bad-faith trolling, he agreed to cross over to the other side to …

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Sep 17, 2020

Watch Undertale's quirky score get reimagined by a Japanese orchestra for its 5th anniversary
There's plenty to love about Undertale, the 2015 ultra-indie RPG that evoked the 16-bit classics of yore while asking players to kill as little as possible. And while it's easy to get swept up in the strange gameplay and quirky humor, it's creator Toby Fox's melodic (and pixelated) score you're likely to cherish long…

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Sep 17, 2020

Barack Obama to release part one of his epic memoir collection on November 17
This morning, Barack Obama announced on Twitter that he'll release a new memoir called A Promised Land on November 17, explaining in the tweet that he's "proud of this one" (that's good) and that in it he tries "to provide an honest accounting" of his presidency as well as "the forces we grapple with as a nation and…

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Sep 17, 2020

Mastodon launches cooking show by making a pizza out of a vinyl record
Mastodon has always kept busy with non-musical projects. Over the years, the band has worked with coffee companies, whittled artisanal wooden dicks, sold coloring books, transformed themselves into hard-rocking movie theater concession stand food for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and tried in vain to fight off armies of…

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Sep 17, 2020

Marvel's Avengers Pt. 2: Earth's mightiest heroes battle Earth's crappiest matchmaking
Lightning crackling from the Uru metal of his hammer, Thor, Odinson, god of thunder, prepares himself for battle. Striding onto the Avengers' personal Quinjet, he prepares to hurl himself into the fray, striking down all who would forget that he—Wielder of Mjolnir! Strongest Avenger of them all!—is always ready to…

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Sep 17, 2020

Man, fuck these Chewbacca shoes
Chewbacca, beloved Star Wars Sasquatch, has been murdered and his pelt refashioned into shoes. It gives us no joy to report this. As everyone knows, the best way to appreciate Chewbacca is when he's alive, bleating words of encouragement to his friends and wasting storm troopers with that big laser crossbow he uses so…

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Sep 17, 2020

R.E.M., Alicia Keys, and Ty Dolla $ign deconstruct their hits in Netflix's Song Exploder trailer
Hrishikesh Hirway's Song Exploder debuted in 2014 with an episode that found the Postal Service's Dntel deconstructing "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" layer by layer. The concept—an artist methodically unpacks their most popular songs—proved fruitful enough that the show continued to blossom, welcoming the likes…

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Sep 17, 2020

Chuck E. Cheese wants to destroy 7 billion prize tickets, watch the world burn
Just to get everyone up to speed on the trials and tribulations of one Charles Entertainment Cheese, let's do a quick recap: For the past year, Chuck E. Cheese's parent company, CEC Entertainment, has been sliding deeper and deeper into debt. In 2019, Chuck E. Cheese kicked its animatronic house band to the curb,…

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Sep 17, 2020

Dragon's Dogma is a fun, if forgettable, video game adaptation from Netflix
Adapting a video game into some other medium is often a tough sell, for reasons that are generally obvious. Video games are basically about giving you some control over what happens in a story (even if the story is "Pac-Man runs away from ghosts"), and that's always going to be lost when you turn one into a movie, or…

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Sep 17, 2020

Father is the most compelling character in Raised By Wolves
We're in the second half of the season and what started as a really compelling new world now seems increasingly reliant on old motifs. Some of this I think is intended to be deliberate. Raised By Wolves is deeply interested in exploring how troubling it is that a whole new world, even one populated by androids, would…

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Sep 17, 2020

Triumph secretly runs a focus group of Trump supporters on The Late Show
Triumph The Insult Comic Dog (aka Robert Smigel's voice and arm) has been plying his trade of insult comedy and puppet-y political ambushes over at The Late Show for a while now. The correspondent's irreverent, deeply disrespectful verbal assaults on the deeply deserving traditionally follow a set pattern: Triumph…

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Sep 17, 2020

You're invited to The Great Pottery Throw Down, plus an exclusive clip from Raised By Wolves
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Thursday, September 17. All times are Eastern.


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Sep 17, 2020

Which actors will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys?
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 20, but instead of gathering at the Microsoft Theater or a similar venue, nominees will have to pick a Zoom background and film their reaction shots from the comfort of their own homes. Which, when you think about it, means they'll be watching the…

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Sep 16, 2020

Stumptown canceled, despite already getting renewed
The COVID TV lockdowns have struck again this evening, as ABC announced that it's canceling Cobie Smulders' detective drama Stumptown—despite the fact that the show had already been renewed for a second season. Per Variety, the news comes just as we dive fully into the strange, fitful, semi-abortive Fall 2020 TV…

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Sep 16, 2020

Archer finally returns, with exactly half of a great premiere
Four years ago, Archer ended its 7th season (that's the one where they were Hollywood detectives, if you're having trouble keeping track) with its most dramatic cliffhanger ever: Sterling Archer shot, apparently dead, face down in a Los Angeles pool. The show followed that drastic move with an even drastic-er one,…

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Sep 16, 2020

Mark Wahlberg, of all stars, marches for tolerance in the maudlin TIFF premiere Good Joe Bell
It's comforting that not everything is different this year at TIFF. The lineup may be smaller and the screenings may be online, but the programmers have preserved at least one essential hallmark of the festival experience: well-intentioned but drippy social-issue dramas based on true stories and starring earnest movie…

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Sep 16, 2020

Chloë Grace Moretz goes to war and a revenge thriller goes to the extreme at Midnight Madness
Although the Toronto International Film Festival isn't strictly a genre fest, when it comes to horror, sci-fi, and all the other films that huddle under that cinematic umbrella, its laurels are still highly coveted. The shine of TIFF's overall prestige rubs off on Midnight Madness, which every year debuts an…

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Sep 16, 2020

SNL adds Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, and Andrew Dismukes to its roster of featured players
It's that time once again, folks: The hour has come 'round for Saturday Night Live to announce the new crop of performers it'll let be in sketches any time the show's various famous friends aren't around to gobble up all the meatiest parts. Today, the NBC series announced that actress Lauren Holt, stand-up Punkie…

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Sep 16, 2020

All the trailers from today's PlayStation 5 showcase in one handy place
Today was the big kickoff date for Sony's PlayStation 5 showcase event, the company's latest push to try to convince consumers that it's worth shelling out $500 (or $400, if you're going for a discless version) in the middle of a pandemic-fueled economic slowdown in order to get access to its brand new, very shiny,…

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Sep 16, 2020

Sony announces Playstation 5 price, November release date
We got our first look at Sony's weird n' wavy Playstation 5 over the summer, but were still left to ponder just how big a hole this thing is going to leave in our pockets. Today, our wallets whimpered with the news that we'll be somewhere between $399.99 and $499.99 poorer come November 12.

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Sep 16, 2020

Hulu's M.O.D.O.K. showrunners jump to comics in this Head Games exclusive
For decades, M.O.D.O.K. has been one of the biggest jokes in superhero comics, a supervillain whose ridiculous design makes it very hard to take him seriously. But M.O.D.O.K.'s giant head is floating into the spotlight in a big way, taking a central role in the new Marvel's Avengers video game and headlining the…

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Sep 16, 2020

Emmys producers tease 135 live feeds and an alpaca: It's "a logistical nightmare"
When Jimmy Kimmel signed on to host and executive produce the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, he never imagined having to put the show together during a global pandemic. But after coming to peace with what has become our new normal these past few months, Kimmel and his fellow executive producers Ian Stewart and Reginald…

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Sep 16, 2020

New "historical" American Girl doll is from the '80s, has an American Girl doll
If there's one thing 2020 has been good for—a fairly big assumption, that—it's the frequency with which it reminds us of the tenuous nature of life. The world turns and turns and keeps turning, sunrise, sunset, quickly go the days, to everything there is a season, nothing gold can stay, we are dinosaurs and the…

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Sep 16, 2020

Jim Carrey is SNL's Joe Biden and we're already exhausted
Another election means another sweaty round of Saturday Night Live trying to wring laughs from our beyond-parody president—who, lest we forget, hosted SNL in 2015 (four years after he dug his heels into the racist Birther movement)—while forgetting to satirize his opponent in any meaningful way. Today, in an interview…

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Sep 16, 2020

Here's your first look at the 4 new horror movies Blumhouse is premiering on Amazon in October
COVID's been slowly sucking the chill from Halloween 2020, delaying titles like Candyman and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It until next year. The silver lining is that streamers like Shudder are working overtime to deliver the scares this year; Blumhouse, too, has a special treat in store for October. As part…

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Sep 16, 2020

Elizabeth Olsen made her big debut as frazzled cult survivor Martha Marcy May Marlene
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin both have new movies coming out, so we're looking back on other projects released by their production company, Borderline Films.

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Sep 16, 2020

Tom Petty's Wildflowers will finally get the double-disc treatment 3 years after his death
Late rocker Tom Petty had very different intentions for the Rick Rubin co-produced Wildflowers, his second solo album. The 1994 15-track LP, which peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 8, was originally submitted to Warner Bros. as a double album with 25 songs. It was a collection of beloved tracked that would ultimately…

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Sep 16, 2020

Tom Petty's Wildflowers will finally get the double-disc treatment in a box set reissue
Late rocker Tom Petty had very different intentions for the Rick Rubin co-produced Wildflowers, his second solo album. The 1994 15-track LP, which peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 8, was originally submitted to Warner Bros. as a double album with 25 songs. It was a collection of beloved tracked that would ultimately…

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Sep 16, 2020

Anthony Mackie takes a time-bending, mind-altering journey in the trailer for Synchronic
Filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have made a name for themselves with films that defy genre conventions and labels and explore heady concepts about time, transformation, and obsession. Their latest film, Synchronic, is led by the starry duo of Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan, which will hopefully attract…

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Sep 16, 2020

Chris Rock addresses that clip of Jimmy Fallon impersonating him in blackface
Chris Rock is finally gearing up for the premiere of Fargo's fourth season after the Bad Germ delayed it by nearly six months. In anticipation, the comedian, actor, and Saw superfan offered up a gripping chat with the New York Times in which he discusses the show, police brutality, and the current state of U.S. racial…

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Sep 16, 2020

Noah Hawley compares his dormant Star Trek to Fargo, says there's no Kirk or Picard
The fourth season of Fargo is finally set to premiere on FX on September 27, four months after its originally intended May premiere. But it's not the only Noah Hawley project to be put on hold in 2020, as detailed in Variety's new profile on the creator and showrunner of the acclaimed FX anthology series.

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Sep 16, 2020

Reasonable Discussions: September 16
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Sep 16, 2020

Two "amateur investigative journalists" made a 6-part podcast about Jeremy Renner's shitty app
Jeremy Renner puts out so much ridiculous stuff that his now-defunct app—a social media platform for Rennerheads to connect with one another—has become little more than a footnote in his career. Caroline Goldfarb and Sarah Ramos haven't forgotten it, though. Far from it. The two are so fascinated by the late app that …



AV Club Films
Sep 16, 2020

Live Nation is turning over 100 concert venues into polling sites for the election
Not to be outdone by Chris Evans, Live Nation has announced a handful of new initiatives to encourage access to voting in the upcoming election—which, if you haven't heard, is super fucking consequential and will determine whether America has a future (like, any future at all). It's kind of a biggie. Following in the…

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Sep 16, 2020

We were robbed this cartoon about a demon-slaying Rick Moranis
Last week, Rick Moranis briefly came out of retirement to help fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds advertise a phone company. It was a welcome surprise to see the comedy icon reappear, even if it was for less than a minute and in the service of selling stuff. We've now learned just how close we were to him returning…

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Sep 16, 2020

Alejandro Jodorowsky is mixed on Dune trailer: "Industrial cinema is incompatible with auteur cinema"
Frank Herbert's Dune franchise ultimately overwhelmed the first filmmaker to try and bring it to the screen. In Jodorowsky's Dune, the visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky unpacked how his sumptuous vision for the story—set designs by H.R. Giger, art by Mœbius, a Salvador Dalí cameo—was simply never meant to be. Another…

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Sep 16, 2020

Frederick Wiseman and a portrait of Martin Luther King lead TIFF's documentary slate
When people insist that a movie must be seen in a theater, what they're usually talking about are its visual pleasures, which do tend to be enhanced by the scale and clarity of the big screen. (That was, presumably, the crux of Christopher Nolan's crusade to get Tenet into multiplexes during a damn pandemic.) But…

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Sep 16, 2020

The irresponsibility of Jurassic World is alive and well at Camp Cretaceous
The Jurassic Park film series has spanned 27 years and five movies, with a sixth in production—but until now, it hasn't spawned an animated TV spin-off. This feels like an uncharacteristic act of restraint for a property that has been winking at its own merchandising blitz since midway through the first 1993 film.…

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Sep 16, 2020

Chris Messina still has a lot of anarchy left in him
The actor: Former Mindy Project paramour-turned-Birds Of Prey baddie Chris Messina has seen his fair share of "affable boyfriend" roles. And while he has undoubtedly managed to claim more than a few hearts with his performances in Julie & Julia, Away We Go, and Celeste & Jesse Forever, the New York actor does not mind…

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Sep 16, 2020

Janelle Monáe tells Stephen Colbert about friend Chadwick Boseman, finding revolution in a song
It might be inconceivable to anyone who's ever seen her perform, but Janelle Monáe told Stephen Colbert that 2020 and its attendant, grinding horrors have sapped even her seemingly irrepressible energy and drive. "Honestly, I really haven't been inspired musically," claimed the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter,…

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Sep 16, 2020

Archer returns (sans coma) as David Tennant and Michael Sheen get Staged
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Wednesday, September 16. All times are Eastern. 


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Sep 16, 2020

This week in Savage Love: Premies
I'm a straight man who's been dating a woman for not quite four months. In the beginning things were light. But things started to get heavy quickly. Two weeks in, she revealed her very serious abandonment issues and then began asking me whether I really loved her and demanding reassurance that I wasn't going anywhere…

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Sep 16, 2020

What shows will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will still take place on Sunday, September 20, and we can once again count on Jimmy Kimmel to host. The rest feels more up in the air than usual, as the ceremony will be attended virtually by nominees and presenters. Here are A.V. Club TV editor Danette Chavez's predictions of the…

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Sep 15, 2020

Original Lady A files countersuit against country group formerly called Lady Antebellum
It's been two months since we last checked in on the fight between blues singer Anita "Lady A" White and country music band Lady Antebellum (who decided to change their name to Lady A back in June even though there was already a woman performing under that name). The two sides met to discuss how to proceed back in…

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Sep 15, 2020

Madonna really is directing her own biopic, but she's not going to star in it
Move your lazy butts over, Elton John and Freddie Mercury, because unlike what you guys did with Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, Madonna is actually going to direct her own biopic. Of course, Elton John doesn't have as much directing experience as Madonna, and Freddie Mercury has been dead for some time, but still.…

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Sep 15, 2020

Fox announces satirical puppet-filled election special produced by Robert Smigel
In 2016, Robert Smigel took Triumph The Insult Comic Dog on the election trail, offering a unique satirical perspective on the world of politics in the lead up to (and immediate aftermath of) the miserable fucking shitshow that was the last presidential election. This year, Smigel is doing it again, but in a move that…

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Sep 15, 2020

Tom Cruise Still Does His Own Stunts
58-year-old actor Tom Cruise is at it again. In every one of his movies he always has to find a way to one-up himself in the stunts department. Ahead of the new Mission Impossible 7 movie, the big stunt has been shown off. How did he increase the Tom Cruise level of this new movie? He's not hanging off a building, or…

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Sep 15, 2020

Disney might delay Black Widow and drop Pixar's Soul on Disney
Here's some possible good news for Warner Bros. and it's dumb/annoyingly smart "everyone's going to see Tenet in a theater whether they like it or not" strategy: It might have even less box office competition than we thought. Warner Bros.' plan, as we've noted every day this week, is to keep Tenet in theaters for as…

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Sep 15, 2020

HBO Max orders comedy about an aristocrat-turned-pirate from Taika Waititi and David Jenkins
Taika Waititi is seemingly determined to make his mark on every streaming platform, from his directing and acting turns on Disney 's The Mandalorian to his current deal with Netflix to make two Roald Dahl-inspired shows. The Thor: Ragnarok director can now add HBO Max to his growing list, thanks to a new period comedy…

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