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Jul 05, 2020

Determined to ruin Harry Potter for us all, J.K. Rowling continues to tweet
J.K. Rowling seems unable to stop commenting on the lives of transgender people. After multiple tweets and a full-on essay spreading dangerous misinformation about trans people over the past few weeks, the Harry Potter author was back on Twitter Sunday morning to defend her thoughts yet again—this time bringing…

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Jul 05, 2020

Man turns Los Angeles into Blade Runner after hypnotic aerial footage of illegal fireworks goes viral
As any Angeleno with a dog can attest, the illegal fireworks displays were going on well past 2 a.m. in Los Angeles on Saturday. There's been a general uptick in the usage of illegal fireworks this year, but no 2020 summer night has compared to July 4. Though at least, if dogs and their owners (or, we guess, parents…

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Jul 05, 2020

Beat the summer heat in the northernmost towns on Earth
This week's entry: List of northernmost Settlements


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Jul 05, 2020

Snowpiercer nears the end of the line
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Sunday, July 5. All times are Eastern.


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Jul 05, 2020

Tell us about your pop culture weekend: July 3-5
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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Jul 04, 2020

Helpless nation forced to watch as Kanye West announces 2020 presidential bid
In what we can only assume was some sort of cruel ploy to drag America's entertainment news writers away from our post-barbecue stupors as punishment for, well, all the shit we've said about him over the years, Kanye West has just announced that he's gifting America the 2020 presidential candidate it truly deserves:…

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Jul 04, 2020

Real fake president Bill Pullman asks us all to wear our "freedom masks" this ID4
As far as fake presidents go, we've gotta say: We prefer Bill Pullman to the one who's currently in the White House. (We would also have accepted Dave, from Dave.) Not only does Pullman—and, by association, fighter jet pilot President Thomas Whitmore—seem like a pretty nice guy, but he also seems to have a much better…

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Jul 04, 2020

Neil Young still decidedly "not OK" with Trump putting his tiny hands all over his songs
Neil Young has never been shy about letting the world know who can, in his opinion, go fuck themselves. In the past, that august list has included everybody from record executives, to any number of former collaborators, to all who dared speak against the power of Pono. But these days, it's mostly just the one guy who…

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Jul 04, 2020

Hannibal Buress released his new comedy special for free on YouTube
If there's one rule for surviving pandemic times, it's that you can never have too much content—even though it sometimes feels, obviously, like there's already way too much fucking content out there. Still, though: A brand new comedy special from Hannibal Buress is a treat, regardless of where the world is on its…

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Jul 04, 2020

Fortnite is trying to teach its players about racism
Although it might not be immediately obvious to people who only know it from memes, the obsessive doodlings of 12-year-olds, and its indelible cultural associations with Weezer, Epic Games' Fortnite has always had ambitions to be far more than just one of the most successful video games ever created. Epic has never…

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Jul 04, 2020

Our season two Twilight Zone coverage ends with a barbed take on a familiar premise
A few weeks from now—on July 10th, in fact—Hulu will debut Palm Springs, an Andy Samberg comedy with a Groundhog Day-like premise. Before the world shut down, Palm Springs was going to have a wide theatrical release and then land on Hulu, which in my opinion is where a film so lovable yet so minor was always going to…

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Jul 04, 2020

Seth Rogen hugs Seth Rogen in trailer for Seth Rogen's pickle-man movie
Forcing us to contemplate—not for the first time—the question of who the entertainment industry's most beloved and dynamic pickled hero might be, HBO Max has now released the first trailer for An American Pickle, the film where Seth Rogen plays a 1920s European immigrant who falls into a pickle vat and emerges 100…

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Jul 03, 2020

R.I.P. Earl Cameron, 102-year-old pioneering Thunderball and Doctor Who actor
Earl Cameron, one of the first Black actors to star in a British feature film, has died. The Bermudian's local paper, The Royal Gazette, reported Friday that the pioneering actor—who shared the screen with Sean Connery in the James Bond movie Thunderball and Sidney Poitier in A Warm December—passed at the age of 102.


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Jul 03, 2020

There's no "Snatch Game Of Love" lost as RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars amps up the drama
Snatch Game may be a beloved Drag Race tradition, but it's always a bit of a crapshoot. Snatch Game Of Love, the All Stars season four twist on the game, pares the game down to only three queens at a time instead of the standard eight to 10, forcing the All Stars to sink or swim rather than languishing in the middle.…

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Jul 03, 2020

The Very First Rocko's Modern Life Game Was Also The Last
Long-running video game franchises (or uh, in this case very short ones) all have to start somewhere, and it's not always pretty. Looking back to that origin point can show us not just how the greats began, but how far they've come since. Today we unearth the very first Rocko's Modern Life video game.


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Jul 03, 2020

Hamilton on Disney can't replace the live theatrical experience, but it's a triumph all the same
Today, the world knows a lot more about the intensity of Jonathan Groff's enunciation than it did yesterday. Over the course of two performances in 2016, nine cameras captured Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's juggernaut musical retelling of the life of America's first Secretary of the Treasury, in intimate detail.…

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Jul 03, 2020

One of the earliest disaster movies destroyed New York and looked at life in the rubble
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: It's all disaster movies, in honor of Independence Day (the holiday and the movie) and also in light of the real-life disaster movie happening outside our windows.


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Jul 03, 2020

5 new releases we love: Sufjan Stevens tackles "America," Khruangbin gets lyrical, 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, with some 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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Jul 03, 2020

The dishes are done, man, in this exclusive look at the Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead house today
It's been almost 30 years since Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead hit theaters, but the movie is still almost as popular as ever. It's not only getting a reboot; fans still covet the clothes from the General Apparel West runway show and tell antsy bosses they're "right on top of that, Rose!" Who can even really…

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Jul 03, 2020

The best TV dramas on Hulu
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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Jul 03, 2020

Good things happen to a terrible person on a fun, timely Twilight Zone
In these uncertain times (as the TV ads say), it's not unusual for popular entertainments to acquire a relevance that might not have been entirely intended when they were conceived. Such is the case—sort of—with "A Small Town." I'm sure some of what this Twilight Zone episode is about was always part of the plan for…

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Jul 03, 2020

Ju-On: Origins has some decent scares, but little else
In the opening 15 minutes of Ju-On: Origins, we see a man in a car with a young girl in the passenger seat, both of them listening to a taped interview show about supposedly supernatural occurrences. The girl gets scared and ejects the tape. Suddenly the camera pulls to a long shot as the man starts violently beating…

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Jul 03, 2020

The Wedding Planner made rom-com stars out of Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey
By 2000, Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey both wanted a change. She'd burst onto the scene with Selena, found critical acclaim in Out Of Sight, and settled into action/sci-fi fare like Anaconda and The Cell. He'd transitioned his memorable debut in Dazed & Confused into dramas like A Time To Kill and

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Jul 03, 2020

A tropical resort backdrop isn't the only thing Sandleresque about Netflix's Desperados
Back in 2014, long before he was redeemed in cinephiles' eyes by the anxiety-inducing frenzy of Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler admitted that he absolutely takes roles based on whether or not there's a free vacation involved. It might not be a great system for the critics who then have to watch and review the results of said…

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Jul 03, 2020

Hamilton arrives, and The Baby-Sitters Club is open for business
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. All times are Eastern.


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Jul 03, 2020

Floor Is Lava is a live-action video game, and that's awesome
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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Jul 03, 2020

The Office's Leslie David Baker is Kickstarting a TV show about "Uncle Stan"
Although he's worked steadily since the years the show went off the air—including supporting roles in The Happytime Murders and the Captain Underpants movie—Leslie David Baker is still probably best known to most TV fans as implacable crossword-doer Stanley Hudson from The Office. Appearing on all nine seasons of the…

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Jul 02, 2020

Katy Keene canceled by cruel, cruel world
Was Katy Keene too sweet for this sinful Earth? That's the question we're asking ourselves tonight, as The CW announces that the Riverdale spin-off—which offered up twice the can-do, you-can-make-it spirit, and way less of the elaborate murders, of the Archie-verse's signature show—is being canceled.


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Jul 02, 2020

Conan's getting out of the house
The COVID-19 lockdowns have taught us so much about the lives of our various late-night talk show hosts. That they have homes, for instance, and don't just return every night to the vat from which various white dudes named "Jimmy" are so regularly decanted. Also, they appear to fill their days having Zoom calls with…

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Jul 02, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hosting a watch party for Hamilton's big Disney debut
Tomorrow is July 3, a day that many people—not just patriots with a poor sense of calendar use—have been waiting for for some time. That's because said auspicious occasion marks the Disney debut of the official filmed theatrical version of Hamilton, a musical that, for so many unable to see it live, has had to live…

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Jul 02, 2020

Brie Larson is a YouTuber now
In what we can only assume is the first step in some sort of nefarious scheme to lure every obnoxiously loud male commenter on the internet into a single location—and then the trap is sprung!—Brie Larson launched a new YouTube channel today. The channel currently features only one video, showing Larson explaining her…

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Jul 02, 2020

Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta takes you inside her studio on the latest House Show
World, meet Netta. The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner has been a big deal in Israel and Europe since her victory on the show and the release of her first big single, "Toy," but with the success of the new Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga—in which she makes a "song along" cameo,…

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Jul 02, 2020

Harry Potter fan sites decide to stop giving J.K. Rowling attention
One of the clearest signs that a famous person has fucked up extremely bad is that when the really passionate fans—the ones who have dedicated significant portion of their lives to promoting and discussing the famous person's work—decide to cut off any and all ties to them. It happened to Joss Whedon in 2017 when the …

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Jul 02, 2020

Ubisoft Announces Plans To Shake Up The Company's All White Male Editorial Group
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced today in an email to employees that the game publisher will be revising the composition of its currently all white male Editorial Department which oversees creative decisions across all of its global studios. He also outlined other measures to try to address a recent wave of…

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Jul 02, 2020

Ubisoft Announces Plans To Shake Up The Company's All White Male Editorial Group [Update]
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced today in an email to employees that the game publisher will be revising the composition of its currently all white male Editorial Department which oversees creative decisions across all of its global studios. He also outlined other measures to try to address a recent wave of…

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Jul 02, 2020

And now here's an exhaustive examination of every job Homer Simpson has ever had
Earlier this week, Wired posted a deep dive on YouTube into every single job Homer Simpson has ever undertaken over the course of the The Simpsons' 31-and-counting seasons. As you could probably guess, there's been a helluva lot of them.


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Jul 02, 2020

Vanilla Ice cancels extremely ill-conceived July 4 concert in Texas
Vanilla Ice was supposed to hold a big Fourth Of July concert this weekend in Lake Travis, Texas, with the venue—Emerald Point Bar & Grill—managing to skirt the state's ban on bars and nightclubs because at least half of its sales are from food (making it a "restaurant"). Because of that, despite the ongoing pandemic,…

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Jul 02, 2020

World's most devoted brother dubs Parasite into English so his sister will watch it
Parasite, as everybody knows by now, is a move that's well worth checking out. The problem for a YouTuber who goes by OggyOgga is that his sister refused to watch it—not because she, like the American president, is a xenophobic

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Jul 02, 2020

The super mutants at Amazon are making a Fallout series with the creators of Westworld
Fallout, a game series in which players navigate an irradiated, retro-futuristic wasteland, is being adapted as a series for Amazon, whose Jeff Bezos is absolutely the kind of dude who would blow up Megaton.

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Jul 02, 2020

If you're ever tempted to trust a man, Lifetime movies can fix that for you
Husbands are but one star in the firmament of people who will betray you in a Lifetime movie, but as far as relationships go, marriage is possibly the most fraught. It's an intimate relationship, making the violation all the more profound when the inevitable deception is revealed. You can sense this vulnerability just…

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Jul 02, 2020

The Great's reign will continue on Hulu
Obviously you can't depose your royal husband and take control of 18th-century Russia in only one season, so Hulu has announced that it's renewing playfully satirical history remix The Great for a second season. The show just premiered back in May, but it was met with good reviews and a presumably positive response…

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Jul 02, 2020

Triumph recalls the filthy joke cut from that interview where he pooped on Ted Cruz
During the 2018 midterms, Triumph, the world's most accomplished "Insult Comic Dog," wandered over from Conan O'Brien's yard to drop the mangled gift of an excellent Ted Cruz roast/interview in The Late Show With Stephen Colbert's lap. What aired is already pretty great. Triumph tells the senator's supporters that …

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Jul 02, 2020

Can the cast of the new Baby-Sitters Club series best our "krusher" of a quiz?
The Baby-Sitters Club isn't just a book series; it's an institution. Read by millions upon millions of kids since it first began publishing in 1986, the series has inspired everything from helpful baby-sitting guides for aspiring Claudias and Kristys to a 1995 movie starring Larisa "Alex Mack" Oleynik, Rachael Leigh…

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Jul 02, 2020

Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter reuniting for scripted James Patterson podcast
Of the many, many things that broke Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, one of the most heartbreaking was the death/murder of Jane, his neighbor/girlfriend played by Krysten Ritter. Oh sure, she was a bad influence and was threatening to bring down Walter White's meth empire, but Jesse loved her and he…

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Jul 02, 2020

MTV is making new episodes of Clone High with original creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller
When Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse counted the existence of a Clone High movie among its many Easter eggs, we embraced it as a wistful ode to what could have been had MTV not axed the cult series in 2003. We were wrong.

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Jul 02, 2020

Modern-day Hanson arrives in the form of beach-loving brothers who play Alice In Chains
For too long, we've awaited the second coming of a band that captured the same fraternal spirit of Hanson, resurrecting the group's long-haired joie de vivre for a new era. Well, it seems our wait is over as Mixed Up Everything, a group of four brothers who seem to like headbanging to the sound of moody grunge hits…

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Jul 02, 2020

I Have Mixed Feelings About The Last Of Us Part 2's Trans Character
Whether or not you like The Last of Us Part 2, there's no denying it's a diverse game. People of different genders, sexualities, and races exist in its world, and there's a perverse equality in the way none of them are exempt from suffering. The game's only trans character, a religious youth named Lev, is notable for…

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Jul 02, 2020

Watch Pamela Adlon and Hannah Gadsby bake sad dog cakes in a remote episode of Nailed It!
Netflix's funny and cathartic Nailed It! has likely been a source of comfort in lockdown, if only to comfort those who keep fucking up their own stabs at baking. Today, the streamer released a special mini-episode of the cooking show that remotely pits Better Things star Pamela Adlon against boundary-pushing comedian…

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Jul 02, 2020

Parler, the "free speech" alternative to Twitter, keeps banning people
Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz encouraged his conservative followers to help "end the Silicon Valley censorship" by joining him on Parler, a "non-biased free speech driven entity" that really "gets what free speech is all about." Parler began banning people almost immediately.

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Jul 02, 2020

Thursday's Best Deals: Sega Genesis Mini, Panasonic AAA Batteries, Wonder Woman Statue, AstorFlex Slip-On Loafers, Letsfit Booty Bands, and More
A Sega Genesis Mini console markdown, a set of eight Panasonic Eneloop AAA batteries, a Joelle Jones Wonder Woman statue Gold Box, a Huckberry sale on AstorFlex slip-on loafers, and a discount on Letsfit booty bands lead Thursday's

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Jul 02, 2020

Werner Herzog explores the strange business of rented relatives in Family Romance, LLC
Werner Herzog is one of few major filmmakers whose work is rather equally split between fiction and nonfiction: Over half a century, he's steadily churned out both documentaries and narrative films, sometimes even making one of each on the same topic. With his latest project, Family Romance, LLC, Herzog comes closer…

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Jul 02, 2020

Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking Of Ending Things gets Netflix premiere date
Ian Reid's I'm Thinking Of Ending Things is one of the more disquieting novels of the last several years, a claustrophobic slice of weird fiction that follows a young woman as she visits her boyfriend's parents' farm during a snowstorm. Synecdoche, New York's Charlie Kaufman is an ideal pairing for the material,…

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Jul 02, 2020

An alien invader toys with a grieving couple's emotions in an overly corny Twilight Zone
If it wasn't for the cast of "A Human Face"—and the director—this Twilight Zone would be kind of a waste. Whatever goodwill the episode builds up in its effective first half is largely squandered by a second half that just keeps restating its primary point over and over, bluntly.

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Jul 02, 2020

How to Host a 'Hamilton' Watch Party
Whether you were willing to wait for it or not, you'll no longer have to after today: On July 3, Lin-Manuel Miranda's revolutionary, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical blockbuster Hamilton is coming to Disney . I can't think of a better way to kick off the Fourth of July weekend than by hosting a virtual Hamilton…

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Jul 02, 2020

Warrior Nun—Netflix's fantasy spin on Buffy—makes demons out of Catholicism
With the quipping flair of Veronica Mars, the sisterhood-as-power vibe of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and plenty of philosophical musings about faith versus doubt, Netflix's Warrior Nun is undoubtedly familiar. The methods that showrunner Simon Barry uses to adapt a series of manga novels have clear links to the works…

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Jul 02, 2020

There's no Tenet this July—but you can watch Tom Hanks at sea and Charlize Theron on Netflix
July was supposed to be the month that new movies began opening in theaters again. But here in the States, at least, we're still a long way from it being remotely safe to set foot inside an auditorium like before. And so the major studios have pushed back the releases of the blockbusters that were originally slated to…

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Jul 02, 2020

"They want you to have a nice parade": BLM activists on Full Frontal explain how protests are working
Self-described "basic cable John Oliver" Samantha Bee did her signature number on Donald Trump on Wednesday's Full Frontal, doing two righteously funny and furious segments on Trump's ongoing war on the free press and its inconveniently persistent discovery of facts about him. (Farcically thin-skinned to legitimate…

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Jul 02, 2020

"They want you to have a nice parade"—BLM activists on Full Frontal explain how protests are working
Self-described "basic cable John Oliver" Samantha Bee did her signature number on Donald Trump on Wednesday's Full Frontal, doing two righteously funny and furious segments on Trump's ongoing war on the free press and its inconveniently persistent discovery of facts about him. (Farcically thin-skinned to legitimate…

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Jul 02, 2020

Face the Warrior Nun, plus an exclusive clip from this week's The Bold Type
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Thursday, July 2. All times are Eastern.


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Jul 02, 2020

Martin Scorsese pens loving introduction to the director's cut of Midsommar
Although he's been occasionally pilloried for his public disinterest in certain big-name Hollywood blockbusters of late—back in the salad days of late 2019, when any of us were even physically capable of giving a shit about such movie-making minutiae—Martin Scorsese has always been a tireless cinephile, and an…

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Jul 01, 2020

Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott launch Red Hot Chili Peppers podcast R U Talkin' RHCP RE: Me?
Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott's pursuit of greatness in the field of good rock 'n' roll uh music continues apace today, with the podcasting duo launching a new series: R U Talkin' RHCP RE: Me?, centered—as if that title didn't make it abundantly clear—on the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The series is a…

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Jul 01, 2020

The past takes a heartbreaking turn on a dark Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Things were already starting to look dark at the end of last week's episode, with half of the team captured and the other half exposed, but this is where things really got ugly. Between Daisy's literal torture and Mack's psychological version of the same—not to mention that gut-punch ending which saw Coulson, Mack,…

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Jul 01, 2020

Jason Momoa is your new Frosty The Snowman, we guess
We can now add "cinematic snowman" to our big list of "Things Jason Momoa and Josh Gad have in common" tonight, as Deadline reports that the Aquaman star has signed on to voice the big, cold man himself in a new live-action Frosty The Snowman movie.

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Jul 01, 2020

Mad Men gets new streaming home, disclaimer before season 3 episode featuring blackface
Having recently vanished from Netflix, Mad Men is now back on streaming—and it's brought another data point in the ongoing question of what Hollywood intends to do regarding its periodic use of blackface in the process. The series is now, per Vulture, set to re-emerge onto AMC's own subscription-based network (and…

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Jul 01, 2020

Netta reaches into her Goody Bag, pulls out the looping banger, "Bassa Sababa"
Welcome back to AVC Sessions: House Shows, our new series where we'll invite some of our favorite artists to perform a show you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. This week, we're welcoming Israeli looping artist and winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Netta Barzila. She's been making waves for a couple…

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Jul 01, 2020

COVID survivor Tom Hanks to people not wearing masks: "Shame on you"
If the last four years of national politics have proven anything, it's that shame is a pretty shitty motivator. Externally applied shame, anyway, which has so far proven unable to convince vast swathes of the American population to give up everything from their racist beliefs, to their assault rifles, to their…

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Jul 01, 2020

Enjoy this beef Stroganoff-centric tribute to Carl Reiner
This week, comedy legend Carl Reiner died at the age of 98. It's a loss that has prompted many, many fond remembrances from friends, colleagues, and fans, which collectively paint a picture of a kind, generous, and very funny man.

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Jul 01, 2020

Zack Snyder wants you to know that Ray Fisher's Cyborg is "the heart" of his Justice League
Ray Fisher was brand new to Hollywood when he made his big-screen debut as Cyborg in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and, had everything gone according to plan, he'd have headlined a Cyborg standalone this year. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. DC franchise has been retooled time and again after films like …

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Jul 01, 2020

The Poseidon Adventure is the best of the 1970s disaster movie craze
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: It's all disaster movies, in honor of Independence Day (the holiday and the movie) and also in light of the real-life disaster movie happening outside our windows.


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Jul 01, 2020

HBO's Lovecraft Country finally gets an August premiere date
HBO has finally announced a premiere date for Lovecraft Country, its series adaptation of Matt Ruff's excellent 2016 horror novel. Ruff's story, adapted by Underground's Misha Green and Get Out and Us director Jordan Peele, will premiere on August 16.

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Jul 01, 2020

Ray Fisher calls Joss Whedon's behavior on Justice League set "gross, abusive, unprofessional"
Ray Fisher, the actor who portrayed the superhero Cyborg in Justice League, has taken to Twitter to call out filmmaker Joss Whedon for the second time this week. On Monday, Fisher tweeted a video clip from a Justice League panel at Comic-Con, during which the actor praised Whedon as a "great guy" and said that Zack…

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Jul 01, 2020

We finally have ourselves a Gambit film, mon cheries, and Eric Roberts is the bad guy
Film studios, directors, and Channing Tatum have promised us a movie about everyone's favorite Cajun X-Man, Gambit, for freakin' years now. Last we checked, the latest attempt at bringing Remy LeBeau to the big screen had gotten itself thrust back into development hell, even after Tatum vowed to just say "Screw it"…

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Jul 01, 2020

Michael Emerson shows off his Evil side in this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip
Pandemic-related lockdowns have given some of us a chance to catch up on shows that got lost in the premiere shuffle earlier this year, including Michelle King and Robert King's Evil. The increasingly supernatural-skewing procedural follows priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) and forensic psychologist…

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Jul 01, 2020

Banned Book Club gives deeply personal context to government censorship and violence
It's hard to imagine a world where Banned Book Club could be more relevant than it is right now. If it's not clear from the title, the graphic novel revolves around a group of young people who meet to read and discuss books banned by their government. It's set in South Korea in the early 1980s, a time that most…

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Jul 01, 2020

Mike Judge and Comedy Central are "reimagining" Beavis and Butt-Head for Gen Z
Once upon a time, Beavis And Butt-Head convinced our nation's pearl-clutching boomers that the next generation was lost, beholden as it was to the vacant chuckles and inane observations of "Buffcoat and Beaver." Now, those corrupted youths having come of age in a broken country, MTV's iconic duo will return to laugh…

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Jul 01, 2020

Reasonable Discussions: July 1
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Jul 01, 2020

Owner of apparent cesspool suing city of Nashville over COVID-19 restrictions
If a satirical lyricist—a Weird Al type, perhaps—were to tackle this news story, it might go a little something like this: "Barwitdadumbname owned by some dummies, suing the city over COVID like a bunch of dummies.... MY NAME IS KIIIIIIIIIIIIIID!" Just some silly fun for your Wednesday.


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Jul 01, 2020

Meet Bimpson, a true abomination of the COVID-19 internet
Months of self-isolation is forcing many of us to find new, unusual hobbies we might never have considered were we not trapped in this seemingly never-ending pandemic purgatory. Some of you probably have gotten, like, super into making sourdough bread. Others may be simply catching up on all those books and TV binges…

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Jul 01, 2020

Big Mouth's Brandon Kyle Goodman reflects on Pride Month, the need for Black, queer voices on TV
In the early days of quarantine, there was the flip assertion that Pride Month was "cancelled this year." And while it's certainly true that Pride parades, concerts, and other traditional events were scrapped in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the notion of "pride" itself has undergone something of a reckoning in…

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Jul 01, 2020

"The nicest man in show business": Random remembrances of Carl Reiner
When Carl Reiner died this week at the age of 98, he left behind a comedic legacy as one of the all-time greats. But that greatness extended well beyond his work. Reiner was truly one of the nicest guys in show business, going above and beyond not just to make people laugh but to make them feel valued. Of the many…

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Jul 01, 2020

What happens when you panic during a firefight in The Last Of Us Part II?
Note: This article contains spoilers for The Last Of Us Part II, up through the beginning of Seattle: Day 2.

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Jul 01, 2020

Wednesday's Best Deals: Tacklife 800A Jump Starter, Anker PowerPort Hub, Carol's Daughter Hair Milk, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer, and More
A brand-new Tacklife 800A jump starter, an Anker PowerPort hub, a sale on Carol's Daughter hair milk, a discount on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, and a

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Jul 01, 2020

Thursday's Best Deals: Tacklife 800A Jump Starter, Anker PowerPort Hub, Carol's Daughter Hair Milk, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer, and More
A brand-new Tacklife 800A jump starter, an Anker PowerPort hub, a sale on Carol's Daughter hair milk, a discount on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, and a

AV Club Films
Jul 01, 2020

John Prine named Illinois' first honorary poet laureate
Nearly three months since his death (and a week since he scored his first number one song on a Billboard chart), folk singer John Prine has been named the first honorary poet laureate of the state of Illinois. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the news on Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Jul 01, 2020

Hasan Minhaj launches TurboTaxSucksAss.com, a real website to make filing taxes less awful
Perhaps the most egregious of all the misleading tax prep websites is TurboTax, which has a documented history of advertising "free" filing products that then hamstring unsuspecting customers into ponying up extra cash for bells and whistles they don't actual need to submit their tax returns.


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Jul 01, 2020

It's humanity versus cephalopods in an eerie but soggy Twilight Zone
"8" is far from the worst episode of this new Twilight Zone season. (So far, that's still "Ovation.") But for me, it may end up being the most disappointing. I'm a fan of the films of this episode's co-directors, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, whose films Spring and The Endless glory in the visual possibilities…

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Jul 01, 2020

Netflix's new Unsolved Mysteries loses the host, but keeps the intrigue
When rebooting a long-running TV show, there are certain rituals that have to be observed. Attempting to precisely re-create the original formula is tricky, and usually comes off as weak besides. But change too much, and suddenly you're being accused of opportunistically slapping a beloved name onto a wholly unrelated…

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Jul 01, 2020

The Chicks, Rufus Wainwright, and 19 more albums we can't wait to hear in July
This is a summer season unlike any other in memory, where going outside is only an option when you're either properly masked up or there's nobody nearby. Gone are the festivals and bustling bars with jukeboxes blaring; in their place is a whole lot of down time. Luckily, you can still hear your favorite artists; along…

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Jul 01, 2020

This week in Savage Love: Kinked gays
I have a question. I'm a gay man in a relationship and we're both really happy since we met a year ago. We're "open" in the sense that he wants the option to be intimate with someone else if a connection happens and in turn he said he would be supportive of me being involved in my kinks. But I haven't done anything…

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Jul 01, 2020

Cue the creepy theme music: Unsolved Mysteries returns
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Wednesday, July 1. All times are Eastern.

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Jun 30, 2020

Seth Rogen to produce new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
Some fictional characters are just timeless, with new creators coming along to create new interpretations of them for new generations of fans. Characters like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. According to Deadline, Nickelodeon and Paramount are developing yet another new Teenage Mutant…

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Jun 30, 2020

Here's what's coming to Quibi in July
Some streaming services try to act all cool and tough by adding dozens or hundreds of new TV shows and movies to their increasingly cluttered content libraries every month, but anything more than a quick bite just wouldn't be appropriate for ol' Quibi. Plus, given the platform's entire premise—that people want to…

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AV Club Films
Jun 30, 2020

Awkwafina, Ari Aster, Niecy Nash, and 800 others are now part of the Motion Picture Academy
Over the last few years, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has actively tried to diversify its ranks, at least partially in hopes of avoiding another #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which means every new batch of members lately has involved some unexpectedly cool and well-deserving picks. In theory, that…

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AV Club Films
Jun 30, 2020

Here's what's coming to Disney in July
Listen, you know what's coming to Disney in July—or at least you know of one specific thing. A thing that left an unimaginably large impact on the world of pop culture. A thing about a man whose name you may know but whose origin story you may not know, who pulled himself up from humble beginnings to become a hero…

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Jun 30, 2020

Watch a trailer for Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, a dive bar documentary with a twist
The state of the world a film drops into can often change the ways in which it resonates. The claustrophobic anxiety and viral threat of Sea Fever, for example, felt timely as all hell when it dropped back in early April. It's likely the same will happen for Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, a documentary about the sloppy…

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Jun 30, 2020

Watch Carl Reiner reflect on comedy, recite Shakespeare in his final interview
Carl Reiner died today at the age of 98, but the comic legend stayed alert and active until the very end. Just yesterday, he spent time on Twitter criticizing Donald Trump and celebrating the wit of playwright Noel Coward. And, in late May, he delivered what turned out to be his final interview. It comes courtesy of…

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Jun 30, 2020

Spokesperson for Christopher Nolan forced to clarify director's controversial chair policy
When there's a lot of heavy shit going on in the world, it's sometimes nice to displace some of the frustration and anger that comes from that and put it toward something much more trivial—something that truly does not matter and really should not matter to pretty much anyone. This, however, is not one of those times.…

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Jun 30, 2020

HBO renews Curb Your Enthusiasm for what's got to be a pandemic-themed 11th season
HBO has famously said it will continue churning out seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm for as long as Larry David is up for it, a promise the Seinfeld co-creator is goofing on upon the announcement that an 11th season of the comedy is now in the works.

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Jun 30, 2020

John Lewis deserved a more complex tribute to his legacy than Good Trouble
John Lewis' numerous contributions to the American civil rights movement have garnered him near-universal acclaim and admiration. An activist leader from an early age, he organized sit-ins in Nashville while attending nonviolent workshops run by elder statesmen like Rev. John Lawson. He was one of the original Freedom…

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Jun 30, 2020

In the shadow of Dr. Strangelove, Sidney Lumet sounded a laugh-free alarm about nuclear war
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: It's all disaster movies, in honor of Independence Day (the holiday and the movie) and also in light of the real-life disaster movie happening outside our windows.


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