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Jan 19, 2021

It's demo day: Breaking down our obsession with home renovation TV
When This Old House started airing on PBS in 1979, it unknowingly gave birth to a monster. A pretty monster, with open-concept sight lines and teeth like subway tiles, but a monster all the same. The show, which was first hosted by Bob Vila, drew back the curtain on home construction, design, and financing, giving…

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Jan 19, 2021

Disney raises the curtain on The Muppet Show in February
The Muppet Show? Oh, The Muppet Show! 15 seconds to curtain, The Muppet Show! Or, make that one month: Disney has announced that all of five seasons of Jim Henson's pioneering variety show will join its library February 19—the show's streaming debut, if you don't count all the YouTube rips we've been watching while…

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Jan 19, 2021

On MLK Day, Spike Lee reflects on how Black soldiers (and young Spike) learned of Dr. King's death
Spike Lee braved the—well, everything—to come by The Tonight Show's New York studios in person on Monday to share his memories of Martin Luther King's death for Martin Luther King Day. Lee himself was just 11 and sitting on his family's Brooklyn stoop, when, as he recalled for Jimmy Fallon, he heard the chilling sound…

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Jan 19, 2021

Carey Mulligan on the wild ride and devastating truth of Promising Young Woman
The last time The A.V. Club spoke with Carey Mulligan, she was promoting her role in Paul Dano's 2018 film Wildlife, where she played a housewife in 1960s Montana tentatively exploring the concept of self-determination. The last time this author wrote about Carey Mulligan, it was in a review of The Dig, a film where…

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Jan 19, 2021

The moment has arrived: It's time to head to Everwood
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Tuesday, January 19. All times are Eastern.

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Jan 18, 2021

Katie emerges as the unlikely queen of this Bachelor episode
Whew, this Bachelor episode was a ride, wasn't it? I didn't think I was ever going to get over the increasingly cringeworthy stakes of the out-loud erotica reading (TIL: Chris Harrison wrote a book!), but by the end of the episode, at the end of all the Sarah drama, I barely remembered them. Plus there was a…

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Jan 18, 2021

Sorry, mates: Peaky Blinders to end after season 6
According to Variety, BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders—starring Cillian Murphy as up-and-coming gangster Tommy Shelby in post-WWI England—will be coming to a somewhat surprising end after its upcoming sixth season (it's on Netflix here in the colonies). The show just resumed production after shutting everything down…

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Jan 18, 2021

So… was Matt Damon playing himself in Thor: Ragnarok?
Recently, reports came out that Matt Damon would be appearing in Taika Waititi's Thor: Love And Thunder—reports that have seemingly been confirmed by Damon's arrival in Australia to film a "major movie." We don't know who Damon might be playing in Love And Thunder, but this won't be his first appearance in the Thor …

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Jan 18, 2021

Weekend Box Office: The pandemic's second Liam Neeson thriller takes out Wonder Woman 1984
Our elected officials failed us a lot in 2020, but one of the most tangible ways that they failed us was in willfully ignoring the realities of the threat posed by COVID-19, resulting in what will soon be a full year of restrictions and lockdowns. It's hard to really understand how long it's been, though, so here's a…

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Jan 18, 2021

New Radicals—apparently a favorite of Kamala Harris' husband's—to reunite for Biden inauguration
A lot of Democrats would probably like to go back to the late 1990s to change a few things (namely spending just a liiiiittle more time in Florida making sure people know how to fully punch through their 2000 presidential election ballot). But there seems to be another reason Vice President-elect Kamala Harris'…

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Jan 18, 2021

The cast of One Night In Miami on showcasing the human side of Black icons
There's a real "supergroup" energy to Regina King's directorial feature debut, One Night In Miami, which imagines the conversations that occurred over one evening in 1964 when Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown met up at the historic Hampton House hotel. Each was and is an icon in their own right, and…

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Jan 18, 2021

Locked Down was conceived, sold, and shot in 4 months. Here's how it came together
Locked Down is about a lot of things—a jewel heist, a couple going through a breakup, lost youth—but it's most keenly about the incredible stress and isolation so many of us are going through during the past 11 months or so of COVID-19-related lockdowns.

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Jan 18, 2021

A young girl acquires deadly power in Nnedi Okorafor's latest sci-fi journey
A wanderer with terrible power, Sankofa, the protagonist of Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor's latest novella, Remote Control, has the aura of a mythological figure. She inspires a mix of hope and fear everywhere she goes, and there are numerous conflicting tales about who she is and what she's capable of. But…

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Jan 18, 2021

What are you reading in January?
In our monthly book club, we discuss whatever we happen to be reading and ask everyone in the comments to do the same. What Are You Reading This Month?

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Jan 18, 2021

The Bachelor probably takes his shirt off again
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Monday, January 18. All times are Eastern.


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Jan 18, 2021

For Inauguration Week, here are the best podcasts about the worst administration in history
For the last half decade, we've all had to think way harder about Donald J. Trump than we ever wanted to. He was supposed to be forever relegated to the time-honored position of C-list punching bag, one whose irrelevance was his only virtue. As his victory accelerated our nation's increased political polarization and…

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Jan 17, 2021

Batwoman's season 2 premiere answers the question, "What Happened To Kate Kane?"
When Ruby Rose announced she was leaving Batwoman last May, one of the biggest concerns was whether her character's departure would affect the momentum the show had built by the end of season one. The season-two premiere answers that question right off the bat. With Ryan Wilder on the case, Batwoman can absolutely go…

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Jan 17, 2021

American Gods struggles to recapture some of that season one magic in "Serious Moonlight"

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Jan 17, 2021

Important clarification: Zack Snyder's Justice League is a 4-hour movie, not a 4-hour miniseries
Back in August, during DC's FanDome virtual convention, Zack Snyder revealed that his new HBO Max cut of Justice League—a.k.a. "the Snyder cut," a.k.a. Zack Snyder's Justice League—would actually be a four-hour miniseries consisting of four, one-hour installments and not a single movie. That announcement was made…

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Jan 17, 2021

Coke and Pepsi to hold weird Super Bowl ceasefire
It takes a lot to bring longtime enemies together. In the first World War it was the Christmas season (and the inherent miserable futility of war), in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw it was Idris Elba's cyborg terrorist guy, and this year it'll be the combined threat of the COVID-ravaged economy and the…

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Jan 17, 2021

Russell Crowe admonishes "kids these days" for failing to appreciate 2003's Master And Commander
Peter Weir's Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World is a movie without any Iron Men or wars in the stars (though it does have Paul Bettany, who is friends with Iron Man and was in a Star Wars), but don't let star Russell Crowe hear you calling it a boring movie. That's what happened to Twitter user Ian McNabb…

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Jan 17, 2021

Sunday's Best Deals: Compustar 2-Way Remote Start System, USB C Fast Chargers, Trunk Organizer & Cooler Combos, Office Rolling Chair, Skincare Tools & Products, Infrared Thermometer, and More
Jump to: Tech | Gaming | Home | Lifestyle | Media


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Jan 17, 2021

Music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector has died
As reported by Rolling Stone, music producer Phil Spector has died. Spector had been in prison since 2009 following his conviction for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, with California's Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation confirming his death "of natural causes" yesterday afternoon. He was 80.

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Jan 17, 2021

Ragnar Lothbrok's legacy haunts a striking but empty Vikings right to the finish
"Is that the end?"


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Jan 17, 2021

Rangnar Lothbrok's legacy haunts a striking but empty Vikings right to the finish
"Is that the end?"


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Jan 17, 2021

Same bat time, different Batwoman
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Sunday, January 17. All times are Eastern. 


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Jan 17, 2021

Tell us about your pop culture weekend: January 17
Our weekly thought-starter asks you (and us) a simple question each week: What pop culture did you consume this weekend, and what did you think of it? If you have suggestions for AVQ&A questions, big or small, you can email them to us here.


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Jan 17, 2021

The medieval Feast of the Ass isn't as filthy as it sounds
We explore some of Wikipedia's oddities in our 6,230,819-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

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Jan 16, 2021

Biden team releases 46-track inaugural playlist for us all to be quietly worried to
We're now four days out from what will—barring, and we're not crazy about typing this, but there it is, another armed insurrection in the U.S. capitol—the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. (POTUS, if you're nasty.) And you know what that means, folks: Playlist time!

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Jan 16, 2021

Pleasantly off-brand You're The Worst cast reuniting to feed the hungry
It's been more than a year since You're The Worst went off the air at FXX, taking with it one of the most pleasantly toxic casts of TV comedy characters in recent memory. Now series creator Stephen Falk and stars Aya Cash, Chris Geere, Kether Donahue, Desmin Borges, Todd Robert Anderson, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Allen…

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Jan 16, 2021

Daredevil's Charlie Cox reportedly seen on set of next Spider-Man movie
Having already pretty much conquered the hearts and minds of an entire movie-going planet, Marvel's recent cinematic news has indicated a certain interest in trying to recapture the past, too. Hence recent moves like the announcement that the currently untitled third Tom Holland Spider-Man movie will be dipping back…

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Jan 16, 2021

Large animal punch fight Godzilla Vs. Kong moves up the schedule to March
Great news for people who like to watch a lizard punch an ape today, as Deadline reports that Warner Bros.' upcoming movie where that thing we just said happens, Godzilla Vs. Kong, has been moved up two months on the studio's schedule. And, yes, that still applies to both the film's theatrical release and its…

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Jan 16, 2021

Saturday's Best Deals: Apeman Dash Cam, Digital Air Fryer, Over the Sink Dish Drying Racks, USB-Powered Coffee Cup Warmer, XPG Spectrix DDR4 RAM, and More
Jump to: Tech | Gaming | Home | Lifestyle | Media


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Jan 16, 2021

The failed white supremacist coup fills Amber Ruffin's heart with hilarious, sarcastic song
Or, "songs." With Peacock's The Amber Ruffin Show blessedly back just in time for Donald Trump and Republican accomplices like Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Matt Gaetz (You Know Which Party-FL), the My Pillow guy (Unelected-Sleepytown), and more to foment, lead, and direct a…

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Jan 15, 2021

Beanpole's Kantemir Balagov tapped to direct HBO's The Last Of Us pilot
It's been a good couple of weeks for big studios handing the reins of their genre adaptations to indie favorites: We previously reported on Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead being tapped to helm several episodes of Marvel's upcoming Moon Knight show, and now THR is reporting that Kantemir Balagov—fresh off his…

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Jan 15, 2021

The Pork Chop queens take center stage in RuPaul's Drag Race's third, hopefully final premiere
When Drag Race decided to kick off season 13 with a lip-sync extravaganza, it was exciting and fun, subverting expectations and keeping the queens on their toes. When they decided to follow that up with a spotlight episode centering on the queens who won the opening lip-syncs—and Elliott—the energy dipped somewhat,…

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Jan 15, 2021

John Wick writer Derek Kolstad is making a Dungeons & Dragons show
Real quick, as a mental exercise: What Dungeons And Dragons class would John Wick be? The obvious instinct is fighter, on account of all the killin', but we're not sure that exactly lines up with Baba Yaga's particular brand of acrobatic murder. Rogue's not quite right either; sure, he gets the drop on people…

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Jan 15, 2021

Ethan Hawke's gonna be the bad guy in that Moon Knight show
Marvel continues to throw good talent after good at its upcoming Moon Knight Disney series, with THR reporting that Ethan Hawke has signed on to play the main villain in the Oscar Isaac-starring superhero show. There's no word yet on who, exactly, Hawke will be playing, but given that Moon Knight's personal nemesis…

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Jan 15, 2021

Oh, thank god, the new Mortal Kombat movie is all about "family"
Ah, family: As a pop culture trope, it can justify pretty much anything. Noble sacrifices, gangland purges, ramping a car off another car while both cars are also firing harpoons at a third and fourth car, respectively—all of them can be passed off, narratively, as expressions of our shared love for the people closest…

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Jan 15, 2021

Somebody wrote a 104-page Gatsby adaptation for the Muppets
Not every post on Reddit is worthy of an upvote (or gold, or whatever else it is that people are doing on Reddit nowadays). But when a post is titled, "Two Weeks Ago, a Post on /r/Movies About the Demand for a "Muppet's Great Gatsby" Went Viral. I've Answered That Call. Here is a 104 Page Screenplay and Poster for…

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Jan 15, 2021

This TikTok about the end of Titanic is far more surprising than, well, Titanic
The boat sinks. Sorry. At the end of Titanic, James Cameron's seafaring epic, the boat sinks and our hero and heroine are forever parted. It's a story of love and class and hubris and fucking a guy who looks like a Newsie in the backseat of a random stranger's car, and it ends after a boat hits an iceberg and Leonardo…

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Jan 15, 2021

WandaVision's premiere is a bewitching journey into sitcom history—and Marvel's TV future
The Vision (Paul Bettany) is dead. We all saw him die in Avengers: Infinity War. Sure, half the universe died in that film, but Vision's death was, tragically, permanent. He was killed twice in fact, and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), the woman he loved, was responsible for the first one. But the happy couple seems…

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Jan 15, 2021

Director Matt Shakman on the intersection of WandaVision and Just The Ten Of Us
As a kid, Matt Shakman spent a lot of time on Hollywood backlots, acting on ‘80s and ‘90s sitcoms like The Facts Of Life, Night Court, and Just The Ten Of Us. As the director of the new Disney Plus series WandaVision, he's synthesizing a vintage Hollywood aesthetic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe using the classic…

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Jan 15, 2021

The saga of the Trump/Kushner Secret Service detail that left an "unpleasant mess" in the Obama's bathroom
The Secret Service, famously, will take a bullet for those they protect. And yet, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's Secret Service detail were not allowed to take a dump in their charges' bathroom. The Washington Post, knowing that democracy, like waste flushed into the sewers, dies in darkness, has reported on how…

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Jan 15, 2021

David Fincher finally responds to Paul Thomas Anderson wishing testicular cancer on him
Bringing up Fight Club at a party of college-educated liberals is an easy way to spark some insufferable discourse, especially if acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is in the room. Back in 2000, long before it was trendy to hate Fight Club, the Boogie Nights director spit absolute venom about David Fincher's…

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Jan 15, 2021

Nic Cage lands the role of a lifetime in Willy's Wonderland: Murdering evil animatronic beasts
First, they came for the innocent night security guards in Five Nights At Freddy's, and we said nothing. Next, they attacked a group of simple TV-show fans in The Banana Splits Movie, and we similarly remained silent. But now, we can be silent no more: For the concept of evil sentient animatronic animals has now…

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Jan 15, 2021

John David Washington addresses criticism over age gap between him and Malcom & Marie co-star Zendaya
Early reviews of Sam Levinson's forthcoming drama Malcolm & Marie are already skewing positive, garnering early comparisons to fellow Netflix original film Marriage Story and old Hollywood romances. There's also been a good amount of discourse regarding the glaring age gap between stars John David Washington, who is…

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Jan 15, 2021

The best romantic comedies 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 …

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Jan 15, 2021

Fox News, Tucker Carlson, MAGA dorks form Ariel Pink fan club
After Ariel Pink was dropped from Mexican Summer following his attendance at the Trump rally that turned into the Capitol Hill riot last week, indie pop connoisseur Tucker Carlson decided Pink's setback was "a moment that tells you a lot about where we are and where we're going." To get to the bottom of this, Carlson,…

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Jan 15, 2021

For All Mankind's season 2 trailer comes in peace
After emerging as one of Apple TV 's most promising new series, Ronald D. Moore's For All Mankind is suiting up for its second season premiere next month. Today, the nascent streamer shared a punchy new trailer for the series, which explores what it might have looked like had the USSR beat the U.S. to the Moon.

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Jan 15, 2021

Regina King on the rarely seen Black "bromance" of One Night In Miami
In a recent interview for InStyle, Regina King revealed that she wanted her first directorial feature to be, "a love story with a historical backdrop, like a Titanic," but then she read the script for One Night In Miami and had a change of plans. And though it may not be a love story in a traditional sense, the…

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Jan 15, 2021

Zayn pops up, and a Bee Gee goes country: 5 new releases we love
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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Jan 15, 2021

Kevin James idles in the trailer for Netflix's NASCAR-produced The Crew
From the gang that gave you The Ranch and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 comes The Crew, a NASCAR-produced Netflix comedy about Kevin James' macho racing crew having to deal with (yuck!) a female boss.

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Jan 15, 2021

Green Room's Jeremy Saulnier directed a Nacho Fries thriller for Taco Bell
Taco Bell inspires artists. We don't know why this is, but the fast food restaurant responsible for visionary creations like Doritos-dusted tacos and tacos wrapped in several other tacos has also been the muse for a literary magazine, a kid's birthday photoshoot, the poetic ramblings of an Illuminati-obsessed country…

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Jan 15, 2021

The honeymoon's over in a dreary second season of A Discovery Of Witches
Don't be alarmed, 'shippers of Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) and Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode)—their bond is only strengthened by the events of A Discovery Of Witches season two. The forbidden love between witch and vampire powered the first outing for this fantasy drama, an adaptation of Deborah Harkness' All…

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Jan 15, 2021

Emma Thompson to terrorize children
Little slugs! Witless weeds! Empty-headed hamsters! Roald Dahl's cake-loving, shot put-throwing Miss Trunchbull will rise again in Netflix's upcoming remake of the author's Matilda, and the streamer has announced Emma Thompson will be suiting up as a tyrant headmistress. We hope she's toning up that tossing arm.


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Jan 15, 2021

M. Night Shyamalan explains the deeper meaning of Servant's food porn
You wouldn't expect to tune into a horror series from M. Night Shyamalan and walk away hungry, but that's one of the many surprises of Servant, the Apple TV original with a second season premiering today. Shyamalan serves as the Executive Producer (and occasional director) for the series—created by Tony…

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Jan 15, 2021

Mark McGrath has zero interest in becoming the face of "breakup Cameo"
Almost a year of quarantine has forced a lot of us to get super creative when it comes to connecting with our friends, family, and colleagues. A beer within arm's length can turn a Zoom chat into a virtual happy hour. Loved ones can arrange a drive-by caravan in lieu of a potentially dangerous birthday party. Even…

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Jan 15, 2021

The sons of Ragnar pursue separate sides of their father's legacy in the penultimate Vikings
"This is our story . . ."


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Jan 15, 2021

20 years later, Azure Ray's crushing debut reminds us that we're never alone
It can take years, if not decades, for the saddest songs to reveal themselves as such. The symphonies of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Type O Negative's thundering doom, the cracked and withering voice carrying Johnny Cash's America recordings—biography and context inflame their impact. Their sadness radiates over time. Death,…

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Jan 15, 2021

Anthony Mackie spills on Betty White making his Golden Girls dreams come true
It seems pretty good to be Anthony Mackie these days. Apart from playing a cool robot (okay, android) in Netflix's Outside The Wire, and a sort-of robot-clone guy in the second season of Altered Carbon (also Netflix), Mackie's also about to reprise his role as Sam Wilson in the MCU's ongoing takeover of all streaming…

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Jan 15, 2021

Mr. Mayor has to take out the "Brentwood Trash," whether Andie MacDowell likes it or not
For better or for worse, the inevitable effect of there being a new Tina Fey and Robert Carlock show on the air is that it will always—especially this early into its run—be compared to Fey and Carlock's other shows. Naturally, that means that Mr. Mayor will always be compared to 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. B…

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Jan 15, 2021

Long Shot lost at the box office, but it's poised to be a rom-com incumbent
I remember the precise moment I fully fell in love with Long Shot. Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) has just learned that in order to get the outgoing president's support for her own presidential bid, she'll have to compromise a major element of her progressive environmental platform. She slowly…

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Jan 15, 2021

Political rom-com Long Shot lost at the box office, but it's poised to be an incumbent
I remember the precise moment I fully fell in love with Long Shot. Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) has just learned that in order to get the outgoing president's support for her own presidential bid, she'll have to compromise a major element of her progressive environmental platform. She slowly…

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Jan 15, 2021

Here's hoping that new Indiana Jones game remembers to make Indy a big ol' doofus
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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Jan 15, 2021

WandaVision ushers in Marvel's Disney phase
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Friday, January 15, and Saturday, January 16. All times are Eastern. 

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Jan 15, 2021

R.I.P. New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain
Sylvain Sylvain has died. As the guitarist and co-founder of the New York Dolls, Sylvain charted an unpredictable course between the forces of hard rock, glam, and the earliest dregs of what would one day be punk at the dawn of the '70s New York club scene, marrying fashion, cynicism, and a frequently determined lack …

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Jan 14, 2021

The big, shiny new Harry Potter game has been delayed until 2022
In a move that, presumably, has more to do with the extensive (and expensive) vagaries of game development than any specific desire to add a few more turns of the clock to the local "X Days Since J.K. Rowling Said Some Toxic, Transphobic Shit That Makes Our Game Look Awful" sign, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment…

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Jan 14, 2021

Dustin Diamond diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Earlier this week, we reported on the sudden, largely unexplained hospitalization of Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond, who reportedly entered an undisclosed Florida hospital over the weekend for treatment. Now Entertainment Weekly has reported back in with some grim context for that medical mystery, writing today that Diamond…

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Jan 14, 2021

Disneyland cancels annual pass program, ending preferential treatment for super-fans
In an early glimpse of the socialist horrors that will soon become the norm in Joe Biden's America, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure park are shutting down their annual pass program, which allowed hardcore Disney fans to visit the two parks as often as they…

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Jan 14, 2021

R.I.P. Joanne Rogers, acclaimed musician and wife of Mister Rogers
Joanne Rogers has died. An accomplished concert pianist who also embraced—but never allowed herself to be overshadowed by—her role as the wife and widow of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, Rogers spent years touring the country as a musician while also supporting her husband's legacy as a public figure and…

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Jan 14, 2021

Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez among the actual celebrities attending Joe Biden's inauguration
Four exhaustingly miserable, soul-crushing, and stunningly deadly years ago, Donald Trump somehow spent $107 million on a poorly attended inauguration ceremony that featured such iconic musical acts as Toby Keith, Three Doors Down, and a group called the Piano Guys that we described in 2017 as "some YouTubers who all…

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Jan 14, 2021

Daniel Dae Kim scores first-ever series lead with The Hot Zone
A big congratulations today to actor Daniel Dae Kim, who, after a scant multiple literal decades of being one of the most interesting elements of any number of major TV shows, has finally landed his first leading role on TV. Specifically, the young (i.e., 51) up-and-comer, after paying his dues for a handful of…

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Jan 14, 2021

Jack Kirby's son has a message for any pro-Trump rioters dressing up as Captain America
The Marvel Universe (and comic books in general) have a long history of being co-opted by the worst of fans—something that was on full display at last week's storming of the United States Capitol. Several insurrections were spotted brandishing Captain America iconography, including one dipshit holding up a broom with…

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Jan 14, 2021

Chloé Zhao's buzzy Nomadland to premiere on Hulu and in theaters in February
Chloé Zhao's Nomadland was already the first movie to ever win the top prize at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and that was before it also took home the Best Picture honor from the National Society Of Film Critics and made it onto the list of The A.V. Club's favorite…

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Jan 14, 2021

Clerks 3 opens with My Chemical Romance's "Welcome To The Black Parade," apparently
Kevin Smith is feeling nostalgic. On his plate is a Mallrats sequel, a potential reboot of Clerks: The Animated Series, and, of course, the long-gestating Clerks 3, which he's rewritten after his first stab at the threequel fell apart. Now, as we reported last year, Clerks 3 is, like Jay And Silent Bob Reboot, going…

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Jan 14, 2021

Some Kind Of Heaven finds darkness beneath the sunny surface of a retirement community
Note: The writer of this review watched Some Kind Of Heaven on a digital screener from home. Before making the decision to see it—or any other film—in a movie theater, please consider the health risks involved. Here's an interview on the matter with scientific experts.


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Jan 14, 2021

Tom Holland slips into addiction in the sweeping trailer for the Russo Brothers' Cherry
After getting down and dirty in Netflix's The Devil All The Time, Tom "Spidey" Holland will again flex his dramatic abilities outside of a green screen. Joining him are the Russo Brothers, the architects behind Infinity War and Endgame, who are also dialing down their big-bang aesthetic with Cherry, a sprawling…

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Jan 14, 2021

Read this: An oral history of Wikipedia's rise to public knowledge dominance
Much like the internet itself, it's somewhat hard to envision a modern world without Wikipedia. Originally seen as an extremely unreliable free-for-all of information both cited and spurious, today it exists as one of the go-to digital spaces for encyclopedic knowledge (and procrastination). While far from perfect, it…

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Jan 14, 2021

Chris Evans reportedly in talks for Captain America's return to the MCU
After nearly two long years in the proverbial ice, it sounds like Chris Evans might be getting ready to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Deadline, unnamed sources say that Evans is going to come back as Captain America for at least one "property" but maybe two. The sources say it's "unlikely" that…

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Jan 14, 2021

The Republican Party will survive Trump, if only so it can see this John McCain biopic
Things are looking pretty grim for the Republican Party these days. Their chosen tyrant lost the election, incited a failed coup, and then got impeached (for a second time) because of it, not to mention the fact that Democrats now control the House and the Senate. Thankfully, the GOP has some projects to look forward…

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Jan 14, 2021

Giuliani was only referencing the "documentary" Game Of Thrones when suggesting a trial by combat
Shortly before Trump cultists stormed the U.S. Capitol during a seditious mob attack that left five people dead last week, Rudy Giuliani egged them on only slightly less than Dear Leader Donald. "If we are wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we're right, a lot of them will go to jail. So let's have trial by…

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Jan 14, 2021

Giuliani was only referencing the documentary, Game of Thrones, when suggesting a trial by combat
Shortly before Trump cultists stormed the U.S. Capitol during a seditious mob attack that left five people dead last week, Rudy Giuliani egged them on only slightly less than Dear Leader Donald. "If we are wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we're right, a lot of them will go to jail. So let's have trial by…

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Jan 14, 2021

Disney 's WandaVision unleashes the weird, untapped power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The greatest strength of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—especially post-Avengers, when its basic structure and rules has been been established and widely accepted—is the potential to do new things and tell new kinds of stories. Marvel Studios hasn't historically always taken advantage of that potential, but the best…

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Jan 14, 2021

Kathryn Hahn on being the MCU's new nosy neighbor
In many ways, Kathryn Hahn has been preparing for years to play Wandavision's nosy neighbor. She's played busybodies and know-it-alls, characters with lots of bluster and characters who get it done. And as Agnes, supposed wife of Ralph and pushy neighbor of the Vision family, she pulls from all of those roles, …

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Jan 14, 2021

So, what really happened to Mufasa's body in The Lion King?
The adult-oriented Easter eggs in Disney films range from false to debatable to very, very real. But, regardless of credibility, there's enough of them out there to indicate the House of Mouse's animators are extremely horny. And, if we're to believe the latest Disney conspiracy theory, they're also sadistic as all…

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Jan 14, 2021

A handy guide to Trump's dumbest, least consequential scandals
Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, is almost about to leave office. His legacy will mostly be defined by an embrace and encouragement of everything horrible about America—and the accomplishment of nabbing the country's current impeachment high score title—but, he's also left us with years of deeply…

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Jan 14, 2021

R.I.P. legendary illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy
Siegfried Fischbacher, one half of the world-renowned illusionist act Siegfried & Roy, has died. Fischbacher's rep confirmed for NBC News that the entertainer died in his Las Vegas home on Wednesday evening from pancreatic cancer. His passing arrives eight months after that of his longtime business partner Roy Horn,…

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Jan 14, 2021

Liam Neeson on morality, migrants, and the horror of family separation
Over the past 10 or so years, Liam Neeson has played quite a few reluctant heroes. Grizzled and beat down by life, he doesn't want to do the right thing—or anything, really—but he'll do it if he has to. It's the Neeson way.

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Jan 14, 2021

How to say goodbye to Alex Trebek: "What is a tourtière?"
I've been struggling to find a way to properly memorialize Alex Trebek and have come to the conclusion that it is actually impossible. With most celebrities we merely enjoy their work and the sporadic joy it brings to our lives. Alex Trebek, on the other hand, was far more than just his work—he was part of the fabric…

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Jan 14, 2021

The Stand's New Vegas is where nuance goes to die
Up until this point, Randall Flagg has mostly lurked on the periphery of The Stand's story. We see his bootheel hold open the door that ushers in the apocalypse in the pilot. We see him tease Lloyd like a cat with a mouse in the second episode, promising to make him his right hand man. We know that nightmares of this…

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Jan 14, 2021

Stephen Colbert gives grudging credit to the 10 GOP congresspeople who voted to impeach Trump
Look, the country is still on the mail-order samurai sword's edge of white supremacist insurrection after Donald Trump and most of the Republican Party showed just how into fascism they really are a week ago. But, still, this Wednesday's House vote to impeach Donald Trump is historic stuff. First president impeached…

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Jan 14, 2021

Does the Gotham Awards have any impact on the Oscars race?
The Gotham Independent Film Awards are always among the first ceremonies to kick off the Oscars race. This awards season that kickoff came a few months after it was initially planned (thanks to the coronavirus), but with all the other major awards bodies pushing their ceremonies to spring, the team at the Independent…

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Jan 14, 2021

Ayo Edebiri on conquering imposter syndrome to claim her spotlight in Big Mouth and Dickinson
Ayo Edebiri is having quite the moment right now with her recent debuts in not one, but two gut-busting comedies on two major streaming platforms. For Netflix's envelope-obliterating adult animated series Big Mouth and Apple 's anachronistic reimagining of Emily Dickinson's youth in Dickinson, the Boston native gets…

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Jan 14, 2021

Search Party sets out on its fourth season to find Dory
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Thursday, January 14. All times are Eastern. 


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Jan 14, 2021

Ray Fisher confirms he's been removed from The Flash amid DC Films feud
The battle between Justice League star Ray Fisher and DC Films president Walter Hamada has hit another…What, peak? Nadir? Hypnotic bump of conflict? Take your pick tonight, as Fisher announced that he's formally been removed from a planned appearance as Victor "Cyborg" Stone in Andy Muschietti's long-gestating Flash …

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Jan 13, 2021

Noah Baumbach reportedly adapting Don DeLillo's White Noise with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig
Don DeLillo's White Noise is one of those classic "impossible to film" novels, a plot-light, postmodernism-heavy exploration of death, consumerism, death, quiet suburban misery, and a nice additional helping of extra and subsequent death. In its satirical story of Jack and Babette Gladney, a pioneer of "Hitler…

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Jan 13, 2021

Mayim Bialik, Bill Whitaker join list of Jeopardy! guest hosts
Jeopardy! continues to find itself facing one hell of a brainteaser: Who do you find to step into the sensible shoes of the late Alex Trebek, one of the most beloved game show hosts in the history of the medium? Today, the answer to that question (or question to that answer, possibly) seems to have expanded even more,…

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Jan 13, 2021

Armie Hammer drops out of film Shotgun Wedding amid "bullshit" DMs scandal
Armie Hammer has announced that he's dropped out of filming the soon-to-be-shot Shotgun Wedding with Jennifer Lopez, in the wake of a scandal in which posts purporting to show the actor's Twitter DMs—ranging in subject from failed relationships, to alleged violence against women to, bizarrely, possible…

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Jan 13, 2021

Ramy's May Calamawy joins Disney 's Moon Knight series
Marvel—faced with the tricky proposition of getting its audiences excited for the adventures of Moon Knight, a superhero best known for mental illness and driving a cab—continues to load up its upcoming Disney series about the character with high-profile talent. The producer has already tapped Oscar Isaac to star as…

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