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Oct 17, 2018

Can You Ever Forgive Me? finally gives Melissa McCarthy the dramatic vehicle she deserves
Yes, Melissa McCarthy was great in Bridesmaids. But ever since, she's been stuck in a uniquely Hollywood purgatory: She's a well-paid movie star who regularly top-lines films that open in the top 10 at the domestic box office. But she's not the highest-paid movie star either, and her films rarely receive accolades.…

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Oct 17, 2018

Reasonable Discussions: October 17
Here's your weekly open thread. Thank you for making our site's community vibrant, intelligent, and fun!


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Oct 17, 2018

Ready your bubblegum: John Carpenter says They Live sequel "might be closer to reality than you think"
Sure, he'd rather play open-world RPGs and toy with his synthesizers than direct another movie, but horror's siren song continues to call for John Carpenter. Though he's indifferent to Dwayne Johnson's proposed Big Trouble In Little China sequel, he's expressed interest of late in revisiting some of his other iconic…

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Oct 17, 2018

Oh god, Kendrick Lamar and "Take On Me" work together too well and we're all doomed
This is the way the world ends. Not with a whimper but with a banging mashup of Kendrick Lamar and ‘80s pop sensation A-Ha. These two artists that once existed on opposing ends of some divine spectrum were thrust together by Twitter user and amateur mashup artist Noah Charlick who admits he knows not what he's done.…

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Oct 17, 2018

Caroll Spinney, the man behind Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, is retiring from Sesame Street
For nearly 50 years, in thousands of episodes (the precise count is unknown), Caroll Spinney has played two of Sesame Street's most iconic characters: The show's 8-foot-tall spirit of childhood innocence and curiosity, Big Bird, and his trashcan-dwelling inverse, Oscar The Grouch. And though it's been some time since…

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Oct 17, 2018

Please enjoy this sprawling ode to Bob Ross cleaning his paintbrush
With the rise of ASMR videos, humanity has learned all sorts of new things about sounds we like to hear. For instance, some people are way into listening to barbers very quietly insult them while others apparently love the noises of women eating honeycombs right next to a microphone. Considering how vast and…

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Oct 17, 2018

Roseanne calls her character's The Conners demise "grim and morbid"
After oodles of controversy and ample speculation, the Roseanne-less Roseanne spin-off The Conners premiered on ABC last night, bringing with it an answer to just how the series would write off its one-time namesake. It was co-star John Goodman who first let it slip that the character would perish, but then Barr…

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Oct 17, 2018

Wednesday's Best Deals: Halloween Costumes, Full Size Chocolate, Affordable iPads, and More
Halloween costumes, full-sized candy bars, and

AV Club Films
Oct 17, 2018

Earther Scientists Discover a Weird Noise Coming From Antarctic Ice Shelf | Jalopnik Boeing 737 Flie
Earther Scientists Discover a Weird Noise Coming From Antarctic Ice Shelf | Jalopnik Boeing 737 Flies Through Brick Wall, Smashes Tower on Takeoff, Keeps On Flying | Kotaku Soulcalibur VI Is A Fresh Reboot Of Its Eternally Retold Tale | Lifehacker 

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Oct 17, 2018

Amazon's Blowing Out Refurbished iPads, For One Day Only
Unless you really need the iPad Pro (and you almost definitely do not), the standard, vanilla 2018 iPad is a terrific tablet for both consuming and creating media. It even works with the Apple Pencil, the first non-Pro iPad to do so.

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Oct 17, 2018

Michael Shannon is refreshingly ordinary in What They Had, a family drama with focus issues
Michael Shannon is so great at playing over-the-top villains that it's easy to forget how great he is at playing normal people, too. Writer-director Elizabeth Chomko's debut feature, What They Had, takes great advantage of Shannon's everyman likability, casting him as a gruff Chicago bar owner…

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Oct 17, 2018

On The Late Show, Lin-Manuel Miranda talks Puerto Rico, his new book, and closing Hamilton's loop
Hamilton creator and one of the last pure, good things left in this world Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by The Late Show on Tuesday. Sure, he's got a new book out, a typically delightful-looking collection of his Twitter aphorisms and original drawings (because of course the noted polymath can draw, too), but he and host…

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Oct 17, 2018

This week in Savage Love: Jacks
I have a secret: For the past three months, I've been attending a local Jacks club (a men-only masturbation event). As someone recovering from sexual abuse, I find the party to be safe, therapeutic, and just sexy fun. I feel like I need this! Unfortunately, I spotted one of my employees at last week's event. Although…

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Oct 17, 2018

This Is Us delivers an outstanding episode about brotherhood and war
In an attempt to fill some cinematic blindspots, I've found myself watching a lot of Vietnam War movies this year. And if you watch enough of those films in a row, the storytelling clichés start to become more apparent: the soldier who's gravely injured just before he's about to be sent home, the…

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Oct 17, 2018

It's Always Sunny is doing a clip show, and it somehow involves this majestic wig
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Wednesday, October 17. All times are Eastern.


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Oct 16, 2018

The Conners mourns Roseanne, but viewers will hardly miss her
"I know Roseanne would want me to be here to look after the family."

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Oct 16, 2018

YouTube is down, so please stand by for the total collapse of human civilization
Look, we don't know about you, but we rely on YouTube for a lot of shit over the course of a day. What was the theme song to that TV show we watched three times in the 1980s? YouTube's got it. Need to watch another human being play through the entirety of Chex Quest? YouTube has your back. Children having annoying…

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Oct 16, 2018

Black Lightning expands its universe, for better or worse
It was inevitable that at some point Black Lightning would expand its scope. The show could only stick to telling the story of the Pearce family for so long. The very nature of the superhero show demands an expansion of the universe; explanations about where powers come from and what they mean within a larger social…

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Oct 16, 2018

The trailer for Adam Sandler's new Netflix special has a dog, guitars, dancing, no actual jokes
It's been decades since Adam Sandler last did stand-up on a regular basis, preferring to deliver his laughs in a format more conducive to filmed (and paid) family vacations. So when Netflix announced that it was extending its relationship with Sandler into a big-budget comedy special this year, there were questions…

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Oct 16, 2018

The Flash has a new Big Bad...and a new sidekick with a familiar story
Kid Flash has left town and the show (at least as a series regular), so why not tell his story all over again? That's what happens in "Block," in which Barry once again finds himself mentoring a headstrong, over-eager young speedster who is also a member of the family. The episode hits some familiar beats along the…

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Oct 16, 2018

Idris Elba joins Taylor Swift in the Cats movie
The surprisingly good cast of Tom Hooper's adaptation of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is about to get even more surprisingly good, because Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is "in final negotiations" to join what will surely be a big, weird musical. The film version of the iconic Broadway show already has Ian…

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Oct 16, 2018

The Conners really did kill off Roseanne's character the way she said they would
[Note: This article contains spoilers for tonight's season premiere of The Conners.]

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Oct 16, 2018

Netflix's summer rom-coms were huge hits
Those genius innovators at Netflix have stumbled onto yet another earth-shattering revelation about the entertainment business: People really like it when attractive, charming people say funny things while falling in love. Netflix announced today that its recent spate of romantic comedies—including To All The Boys…

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Oct 16, 2018

Here's what's coming to Amazon Prime in November
The spookiness of October will soon be making way for the turkeyness of November, and in the spirit of the season, Amazon Prime is ready to stuff you with a whole bunch of original shows. The star of the month—the turkey, if you will—is the first season of Homecoming, the psychological thriller from Mr. Robot creator…

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Oct 16, 2018

NBC is developing a female-led Grimm spin-off
Hey, remember Grimm? The supernatural procedural on NBC about a guy hunting monsters that ran for six seasons because it aired virtually unopposed on Friday nights? Well, it's coming back for a new spin-off, just a year after the original show ended its final season. According to Deadline, the new show will be about a…

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Oct 16, 2018

Tucker Carlson can't go out to eat anymore because people won't stop telling him he sucks
You can now add Fox News host Tucker Carlson's name to the list of conservatives whose outside-the-home dining options now come with a family style (and complementary) serving of "Consequences." Carlson complained on a recent podcast appearance that he can no longer eat in public without people yelling at him all the…

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Oct 16, 2018

The 10 Best Deals of October 16, 2018
We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.


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Oct 16, 2018

Annabelle 3 will connect to The Conjuring, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga returning
Annabelle: The Creation actually turned out surprisingly well for a prequel to a bad movie that was a spin-off of a good movie, and since the popularity of The Nun has ensured that the Conjuring spin-off universe is going to be a thing, it's time to start thinking about the third Annabelle movie. Now, the Conjuring …

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Oct 16, 2018

Mélanie Laurent makes an uneven but urgent crime drama from Nic Pizzolatto's Galveston
In the decade (nearly) since Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has directed two films—three, if you want to count his Manson Family picture, due next summer. Mélanie Laurent, who played the vengeful Shosanna in Basterds, has since directed five features, maintaining a steady acting career all the while. It's an…

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Oct 16, 2018

My Favorite Smart Plug Ever Is So Refreshingly Dumb
You could probably blanket a moderately sized country with all of the Wi-Fi smart plugs out there, but they all work basically the same way: They turn any AC outlet into a switch-controlled outlet, except the switch is your phone (or, more broadly is distressingly speaking, the internet). Quirky's Switch Flip, by…

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Oct 16, 2018

One-man show The Guilty effectively transfers Rear Window to a police call center
Stories confined to a single location had a special place in the career of Alfred Hitchcock, who saw them as opportunities to experiment: with long takes in Rope, 3D in Dial M For Murder, and studios sets in Lifeboat and Rear Window, one of his celebrated and most imitated films. But one wonders what

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Oct 16, 2018

The new Halloween isn't just a pale imitation of the original—it's an inferior H20
It should come as no surprise that Michael Myers goes back to Haddonfield in the new Halloween movie. When the escaped lunatic can, he always makes it home for the holiday. He's a creature of habit, and so, too, is the apparently immortal Halloween series, which returns repeatedly—like a mindless, unstoppable force of…

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Oct 16, 2018

Dumb guy Piers Morgan has managed to piss off lovable guy Chris Evans
At this point, it's well-established that Piers Morgan totally sucks. We could spend a few sentences laying out the reasons why he sucks and the sucky things he's done in his life, but we've had the misfortunate of covering Donald Trump for so long that we don't really feel like wasting time building an argument…

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Oct 16, 2018

Kathleen Hanna launches charity T-shirt line featuring Kim Gordon, Ad-Rock, Chuck D, and more
So much bile spills from our president's mouth in any given week that it's become shockingly easy for his latest offenses to nudge out the old ones. There's one word, however, that's hard to shake: "shitholes." Back in January, Donald Trump reportedly characterized Haiti, El Salvador, and several African countries as…

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Oct 16, 2018

FX to turn Her Body And Other Parties into a "feminist Black Mirror"
According to Deadline, FX has picked up the rights to an anthology series based on Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body And Other Parties. The original book is a short story collection that puts a sci-fi/fantasy spin on various real-life horrors that women face, including a dark (well, darker) spin on the old The Green…

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Oct 16, 2018

The Flash movie lurches forward, though it probably won't hit theaters until 2021
They say slow and steady wins the race, but that hasn't been easy for the DCEU's Flash, Ezra Miller, who expressed disappointment last year over the delays that have kept the character's standalone film at a standstill. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. hired Game Night directors and Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John…

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Oct 16, 2018

Apparently the entire plot of Searching was spoiled on-screen in the middle of Searching
Eagle-eyed viewers beware. You might accidentally spoil the ending of this year's innovative thriller Searching by simply paying too close attention to one of the film's minor details. As pointed out by Slashfilm, a summary of the film's ending appears briefly on screen while John Cho's character checks his email,…

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Oct 16, 2018

Jon Hamm eats bull penis in order to not talk about his own penis
Last night on The Late Late Show, guest Jon Hamm played a game of "Spill Your Guts Or Fill Your Guts" in which Hamm and host James Corden traded turns either eating gross things or answering embarrassing questions. Early rounds saw Corden eat tarantula rather than name his least-favorite guest and Hamm drink a…

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Oct 16, 2018

New York: Come get creeped out with John Darnielle, Molly Ringwald, Michael Shannon, and us
It's October, which means The A.V. Club is swept up in our annual hunt for all things thrilling, chilling, or some combination of the two. In at least one instance, the horrors have found us: On October 24, we'll be in New York sponsoring an evening of "speculative, spooky, sensational stories" curated by AVC favorite…

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Oct 16, 2018

Adidas's new fall collection takes inspiration from...Adam Sandler's Waterboy character
Sandwiched between The Wedding Singer and Big Daddy, 1998's The Waterboy was a fitfully amusing flick that nevertheless served as a harbinger of Adam Sandler's decline in the realm studio comedies. Though still infused the colorful absurdity of his early work, the movie finds Sandler eschewing the man-child antics of …

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Oct 16, 2018

Ey, I'm a Real New Yawka, So Heah's What I Think About Da Phone Bagel Pictchas
Ey, I'm Mista Real New Yawka from Da Big Apple, da biggest city in da whole woild. I tawk like "dis" and rememba da good old days when Ess-A-Bagel had da best bagel in da City and you'd neva eva think about gettin dat inna tube from da wiseguys at Stawbucks.


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Oct 16, 2018

Congratulations: You've earned a 5-minute video of John Mulaney and Nick Kroll being funny together
You're the big winner! Using a complex series of algorithms and convoluted calculations, we here at The A.V. Club have determined that you've worked very hard this week and are, in fact, in need of a break. So, we've procured this new video from Wired that features comedy phenoms John Mulaney and Nick Kroll…

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Oct 16, 2018

Donald Daters, the dating app for horny MAGA chuds, leaked all of its users' data
Pro-Trump dating apps aren't just real, they're deeply necessary. Several have popped up over the years, and they're all terrible. Trump.Dating, for example, made headlines when it was revealed that the face of the service had a child sex conviction. Well, in the wake of that site's failings comes Donald Daters, an…



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Oct 16, 2018

Arby's will debut sous vide duck sandwich—to locations near ducks
Credit where credit is due: Arby's in recent years has turned to sandwiches with "exotic-to-Americans" meats, not because it's popular to the masses, but because they have the meats and couldn't give two shits if you object. Who would roll out a venison sandwich nationwide, much less an elk sandwich? What's next? A…

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Oct 16, 2018

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and the story of indie rock's best new supergroup
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus make records that seemingly flaunt their loneliness to make the listener feel less alone. Devastatingly honest, each singer-songwriter's most recent record—Baker's Turn Out The Lights, Bridgers' Stranger In The Alps, and Dacus' Historian, all out in the past year or…

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Oct 16, 2018

Love's not dead: Elon Musk and Grimes visited a pumpkin patch over the weekend
Autumn is upon us, and with it comes the fuzzy warmth of flannel, the intoxicating tang of hot cider, and the audible pop of logs on a flaming hearth. It's romantic enough to soften even the hardest hearts, as it seems to have done for pop culture's weirdest couple: Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk and indie pop star…

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Oct 16, 2018

Preorder and Save $40 (or More) On The Hero's Edition of Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion
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Oct 16, 2018

Tuesday's Best Deals: Tires, Halloween Candy, Headphone Hook, and More
$100 off a fresh set of tires, Halloween candy galore, and Elevation Lab's new Anchor Pro headphone holder lead off Tuesday's best deals.



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Oct 16, 2018

Jalopnik This Is One of the Most Disgusting Car Interiors You'll Ever See So You've Been Warned | io
Jalopnik This Is One of the Most Disgusting Car Interiors You'll Ever See So You've Been Warned | io9 Our First Look at the Watchmen TV Show Gives Us a Whole New Mystery to Solve | Kotaku Call of Duty: Black Ops 4: The Kotaku Review | Lifehacker 

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Oct 16, 2018

Valiant's Livewire is in the spotlight and on the run in this exclusive preview
Amanda "Livewire" McGee has long been one of Valiant Comics' most compelling characters, a woman who forged a heroic path for herself after discovering that the cause she devoted her life to was less noble than she thought. She was a member of the Unity superhero team, led her own group of superpowered individuals in…

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Oct 16, 2018

Bigger, Stronger, More Organized - Get the Brand New Anchor Pro Headphone Hook For Just $13
Elevation Lab's Anchor has long been one of our favorite headphone storage solutions, and our readers have bought thousands of them. And now, the company is raising the bar with the brand new Anchor Pro, and our readers can get it for $13 at launch with promo code ANCHORPRO.

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Oct 16, 2018

Amazon's Running Some Scary-Good Halloween Candy Deals Today - Just Don't Eat It All Yourself
If you missed out on Amazon's last big candy sale—or if you already ate all of the candy you bought—here's a second chance to buy some treats, no tricks required. Assorted chocolates, fruity candies, and even things like trail mix and gum are included in the sale, but just remember, these prices go back up at the end…

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Oct 16, 2018

This is Halloween: 31 more streaming options to set your October right
As the horror genre becomes ever more mainstream, we here at The A.V. Club imagine that there are more of you than ever looking for something creepy to watch this Halloween season. And with streaming services on a similar upward cultural trajectory, we're guessing that many, if not most, of you won't be watching that…

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Oct 16, 2018

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert taunts Donald Trump for not paying yet another debt
After a week off to rest, recuperate, and drink nothing but absinthe (according to himself), Stephen Colbert returned to The Late Show on Monday to find that, yup, America is still getting dumber. Apart from the simple fact that racist simpleton Donald Trump is still in the White House (like, as president, even),…

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Oct 16, 2018

Arrow confidently enters a new era, though it seems a little Lost
A great deal can happen in seven years. In its seven seasons on The CW, Arrow has seen a lot of villains, storylines, and themes come and go. Almost every major character on the show has either been pretend dead, presumed dead, almost dead, it-was-only-a-dream dead, actually dead and brought back to life, actually…

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Oct 16, 2018

The Conners premieres tonight, otherwise known as Roseanne without Roseanne
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Tuesday, October 16. All times are Eastern.


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Oct 15, 2018

Tom DeLonge's UFO organization seems to be having money problems, unless it's all a big conspiracy
According to a report from Ars Technica, the weird UFO research group/art collective co-founded by former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge known as To The Stars Academy has dug itself a $37.4 million deficit, bringing its longterm viability as a weird UFO research group/art collective into question. The organization is…

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Oct 15, 2018

Jake Gyllenhaal found Jamie Lee Curtis on a mountain and convinced her to return to Halloween
Welcome to Headline Mad Libs, the regular A.V. Club feature where we assemble a random selection of words that definitely have nothing to do with each other. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis, and a mountain? Crazy and hilarious.

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Oct 15, 2018

Gourd to death: Eating through Trader Joe's 2018 pumpkin-spiced orgy
Every month has its own flavor. December tastes like candy canes and hot cocoa. March tastes like Shamrock shakes. July is hot dogs and grill char. Then there's October, when everything is suddenly covered in goddamn pumpkin spice. Who would've thought pumpkin would become such an omnipresent gourd? It's a nearly…

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Oct 15, 2018

Ride Along's Tim Story to direct a live-action Tom And Jerry movie
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Tim Story is in talks to make a live-action Tom And Jerry movie for Warner Bros.—and by "live-action" we assume it means "CG cat and CG mouse." We don't know anything else about this movie, but seeing as how it's based on the old Tom And Jerry cartoons, we can assume it'll…

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Oct 15, 2018

Ask The Salty Waitress: How can I avoid these nosy regulars?

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Oct 15, 2018

Disturbed singer David Draiman just realized that his chin piercings look a little silly
It's the end of an aesthetically questionable era for metal band Disturbed, as singer David Draiman has revealed to German news outlet Deutsche Welle (via Stereogum) that he has removed his weird chin piercings. For decades, the otherwise unassuming Draiman has used his chin piercings (which typically look like weird…

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Oct 15, 2018

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dead at 65
Paul Allen, the man who co-created Microsoft with Bill Gates, one of the largest and most impactful technology companies in history, has passed away. He was 65.


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Oct 15, 2018

Luca Guadagnino to turn Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks into a movie
Bob Dylan's 1975 album Blood On The Tracks is already sort of a story about Dylan's crumbling marriage to his first wife, but it sounds like Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino is going to turn it into an actual story by adapting the album into a movie. That news came up during a long profile on…

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Oct 15, 2018

The 10 Best Deals of October 15, 2018
We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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Oct 15, 2018

Though it takes its time, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina will put a spell on you
Debuting later this month on Netflix, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina already has a built-in audience. Fans of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's work in the world of Archie Comics, both on the page and screen, will definitely want to see what kind of magic the Riverdale creator casts away from the land of network standards and…

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Oct 15, 2018

Our first look at HBO's Watchmen is this weird-ass clip of a cop with a yellow mask
Not counting casting announcements, the only thing we've seen from HBO's "alternative reality" version of Watchmen were some leaked set photos that featured references to the "squid" that destroys New York at the end of the comic and a newspaper headline about the death of Adrian Veidt (the original story's secret…

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Oct 15, 2018

Humanity takes a wrong turn, reboots Wrong Turn franchise
In the latest bit of entertainment news designed to elicit a chorus of "Wow, they'll remake anything," Deadline reports Constantin Films will reboot the Wrong Turn franchise. That's right, franchise—the 2003 film starring Eliza Dushku as someone her Buffy The Vampire Slayer character would have no qualms about…

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Oct 15, 2018

Weekend Box Office: We just wanted to take another look at Venom
With the release of the season's buzziest horror flick, Halloween, still a week away, this weekend at the U.S. box office was once again marked by a battle between two titans whose partisans are engaged in all-out war: Venom and A Star Is Born. And sadly for the little monsters out there, the thiccer beast triumphed ag…

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Oct 15, 2018

Releasing Tomorrow: Arcade1Up's Stunning Arcade Cabinets Are Finally Back In Stock
Arcade1Up's 3/4 sized arcade cabinets look stunning, include multiple games, and are a steal at $300, especially since they were supposed to cost $400, according to the original announcement. They've been mostly out of stock at Walmart for the last few months, but three of the five are available to preorder once…

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Oct 15, 2018

Richard Linklater's back with another great anti-Ted Cruz ad, this time about cheeseburgers
The midterms rapidly approaching, and, though citizens are preparing for their own local elections, the majority of Americans are so grossed out by Texas senator Ted Cruz that they've also taken a vested interest in seeing him run off by rising Democrat Beto O'Rourke. Cruz is currently ahead in the polls, Texas being…

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Oct 15, 2018

Paul Dano steps behind the camera with the bland coming-of-age drama Wildlife
The obvious motif that recurs throughout Wildlife, Paul Dano's directorial debut, is that of fire. Adapted by Dano and his partner, Zoe Kazan, from Richard Ford's 1990 novel of the same name, the film follows a teenager, Joe Brinson (Ed Oxenbould), as he grows up during the 1960s in Great Falls, Montana—prime wildfire…

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Oct 15, 2018

Neil DeGrasse Tyson says his annoying tweets are meant to "enhance your viewing pleasure"
Spare a moment to reconsider poor Neil deGrasse Tyson. The astrophysicist and author obviously loves his work, loves opportunities to share its intricacies with a general audience, and loves to do so via examples from pop culture. Sure, his tweets are deeply—deeply—annoying, but the man can only do what he knows. He's…

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Oct 15, 2018

Amy Winehouse's family is also working on a biopic
After criticizing Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary for being "misleading," and "contain[ing] some basic untruths," Mitch Winehouse, father of the late neo-soul singer, has announced he will co-executive produce a biopic about his daughter. According to The Guardian, the Winehouse family has signed a deal to…

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Oct 15, 2018

Epix's Pennyworth gets its young, hunky, apparently lethal Alfred
The Batman franchise loves its backstories. But, as the films swept us time and again through the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, or the origin stories of villains like Scarecrow and Bane, there remained the simple, reliable presence of Alfred Pennyworth, a nice, crafty Brit who, by virtue of having just gone to…

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Oct 15, 2018

A historic fire illuminates an enduring institution in Susan Orlean's The Library Book
Early in The Library Book, Susan Orlean describes the joy of scanning a library's shelves and discovering the dramatically different subjects that have somehow become neighbors. "On a library bookshelf, thought progresses in a way that is logical but also dumbfounding, mysterious, irresistible," she writes.


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Oct 15, 2018

A cool vandal stuck googly eyes on a statue
Of all the crimes, playful vandalism is by far the best. The joke-loving vandal, creeping through the night to perform their tasks, doesn't want to hurt people or take from others. Instead, they find things in the world that aren't to their liking and, for any number of reasons, mess them up in funny ways. If you're…

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Oct 15, 2018

The Justice League heads toward "Drowned Earth" in this exclusive preview
With James Wan's Aquaman film hitting theaters in two months, DC Comics is boosting the hero's profile on the page with crossovers putting him at the center of stories featuring major properties like Suicide Squad and Justice League. After facing off against the Squad last month, Aquaman is about to be submerged in…

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Oct 15, 2018

'We Were Working 100-Hour Weeks,' Red Dead Redemption 2 Head Writer Says, Then Clarifies
It's long been an open secret in the video game industry that the prestigious developer Rockstar embraces overtime, and a new quote from company co-founder Dan Houser about Red Dead Redemption 2 caused controversy this morning by suggesting that it took 100-hour weeks to make. In a new elaboration to Kotaku, however,…

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Oct 15, 2018

Please enjoy some glorious clips from Law & Order: SVU's episode about incels
This week's episode of Law & Order: SVU continued the show's tradition of ripped-from-the-headlines stories with an episode completely dedicated to the internet's most embarrassing hate group—Incels. The episode, titled "Revenge," finds our elite squad of detectives hunting down a group of "involuntary celibate" men…

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Oct 15, 2018

Halloween Unmasked explores the psychology of Michael Myers and real-life serial killers
This BBC food journalism podcast travels to China as part of a broader series exploring eating disorders outside the context of a Western woman's disease. Although there's not an official record, it's known that areas of China see the same prevalence of eating disorders as the U.S. and Europe. At the country's sole…

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Oct 15, 2018

Peter Dinklage on Tyrion Lannister's fate: "Death can be a great way out"
He may not drink as much wine, but, just like his character Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage seems to know things. In a recent interview with Vulture, Dinklage discussed his new HBO movie My Dinner With Hervé, his complicated relationship with the profession of acting, and, of course, Game Of Thrones. When it came…

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Oct 15, 2018

Bryan Singer pre-emptively denies allegations against him in upcoming Esquire story
Earlier this month, we wrote about the massive payday Hollywood director Bryan Singer would receive for Red Sonja, a "female-empowered" remake of the 1985 action fantasy, and how disconcerting this is in light of the many, many accusations of sexual assault that have been lodge

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Oct 15, 2018

Here's what we know about Star Wars: Episode IX so far
Star Wars: Episode IX won't hit theaters for over a year, but that doesn't mean it's too early to look forward to just what J.J. Abrams and company have in store for us. The A.V. Club has partnered with IMDB to bring you all the latest news and theories about what to expect when that final title crawl comes onscreen…

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Oct 15, 2018

Jonah Hill makes his auspicious if uneven filmmaking debut with a Mid90s nostalgia trip
Nostalgia will radiate off the screen for audience members of a certain age almost immediately in Mid90s, when the camera pans across a bedroom, catching sight of Ninja Turtles sheets and a Hulk Hogan pillow before settling on a kid around 13 years old. Stevie (Sunny Suljic) is in front of a mirror, nursing bruises…

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Oct 15, 2018

Sherlock creators chart a carriage to Transylvania for Dracula series with Netflix and the BBC
Vampires remain wildly popular in culture, be they animated, ultra-hip, or of the non-fanged variety. The OG Dracula, however, has less currency, his "I vant to suck yur blood!" schtick feeling outdated in this age of horror reinvention. Of course, people felt the same about Sherlock Holmes before Mark Gatiss and…

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Oct 15, 2018

America's... slowest... fast-food... drive-thru... is... named
Drive-thru is big business for fast-food restaurants, full stop. This year's Drive-Thru Study from QSR Magazine finds that drive-thru sales make up about 70 percent of the average fast-food chain's business, so it's incredibly important that these chains keep you happy from the moment you shout into the ordering mic…

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Oct 15, 2018

Solange's A Seat At The Table follow-up is nearly finished, will reportedly drop this fall
Solange, the pop artist responsible for 2016's neo-soul masterpiece A Seat At The Table, is the subject of a fascinating, far-ranging new profile in The New York Times. The piece explores her early albums and recent forays into performance art, but it also contains a juicy promise for fans: Her new album is not only…

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Oct 15, 2018

What are you reading in October? 3 new books by Latinx writers
I usually like to welcome the fall by buying a fresh notebook and a pack of pens (guess I haven't left my school days behind), but this year, that little ritual was replaced with reading Patrick Flores-Scott's new novel. American Road Trip is as multifaceted as its protagonist, Mexican-American teen Teodoro (known as…

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Oct 15, 2018

Make Restaurant-Quality Meals With the First Deal On Anova's Nano Sous-Vide Circulator
Anova's older sous-vide cookers go on sale with some regularity, but until today, we hadn't seen a deal on the company's newer, significantly smaller Nano circulator.

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Oct 15, 2018

Lifehacker How to Play Commodore 64 Games Online for Free | Jalopnik Stop Overbuying Your Cars | io9
Lifehacker How to Play Commodore 64 Games Online for Free | Jalopnik Stop Overbuying Your Cars | io9 Chris Evans' Last Day on the Avengers 4 Set Was Apparently Not All That Exciting | Kotaku 

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Oct 15, 2018

Monday's Best Deals: Halloween Costumes, Sonos Play:1, LEGO Apollo, Akira, and More
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Oct 15, 2018

And they said it wouldn't last: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande have broken up
Proving that love cannot survive on Big Dick Energy alone, pop star Ariana Grande and SNL's Pete Davidson have ended their whirlwind relationship.

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Oct 15, 2018

All the TV you should have watched this weekend
Here's everything The A.V. Club reviewed this weekend, from the Charmed reboot to The Walking Dead. Read more recaps on our TV reviews page.


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Oct 15, 2018

Save On the Ultimate Gift Box For Any Akira Fan
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Oct 15, 2018

Be the First Man With LEGO's 1,969 Piece Saturn V Apollo Kit, Now $15 Off
LEGO's 1969 piece Saturn V Apollo kit is usually out of stock at major retailers, but Amazon actually has it on sale for $105 right now, or $15 off its MSRP right now. That's a great price for a kit that size, let alone such a coveted one. The set lets you build and simulate an entire Apollo mission, from launch, to…

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Oct 15, 2018

The Best Places to Buy Halloween Costumes Online That Don't Suck
Thanks to the ever-growing cosplay subculture, costumes aren't just an October affair for some stores. All year-round, you can find everything from cheap, knock-off versions of your favorite characters, to expensive, highly detailed costumes that look like they stepped straight off a movie set. We've rounded up stores…

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Oct 15, 2018

Chris Gethard on his new book, his old TV show, and not taking the "cult" part of "cult hero" literally
It's always a good time to talk to Chris Gethard. Hundreds of people regularly vie for that opportunity, waiting for him to tweet the phone number for Beautiful/Anonymous, a podcast that is built entirely of Gethard taking calls from unidentified strangers. But now seems like a particularly good time to talk to the…

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Oct 15, 2018

John Oliver lays the smackdown on Saudi Arabia's relationship with Trump, John Cena
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver continued his weekly public service of processing seven days' worth of hateful, dispiriting bullshit into a half-hour of expertly modulated, laugh-punctuated comic outrage, as he took a look at the United States' long and morally queasy relationship with the oil-rich…

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Oct 15, 2018

Tina learns the dangers of disruption in an all-business Bob's Burgers
No good deed goes unpunished on Bob's Burgers. Then again, no bad deed goes unpunished either. And come to think of it, the good deeds do ultimately get rewarded, while the bad deeds get rewarded far longer than they really ought to. Eventually everything settles somewhere in the middle, a murky melange of B- grades…

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