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Sep 25, 2020

White House attempts to fix COVID with $300 million Dennis Quaid infusion
Not since Innerspace has America been forced so aggressively to reckon with a plan positing Dennis Quaid as the solution to the nation's medical problems: Politico reports tonight that the The Intruder star and Randy brother is apparently part of a $300 million White House initiative to try to convince us all to stop…

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Sep 25, 2020

Romance fizzles, but friendship finds a way as COVID-19 closes RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue
Much of RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue has centered on the queens' struggles to balance their work with their personal relationships. This has come through strongest with the Asia, Naomi, and Derrick conflict, but it's been a theme all season, from Derrick's nonexistent relationship with her mom to Kameron and…

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Sep 25, 2020

Drew Barrymore and Tom Green's reunion was delightfully odd
Drew Barrymore kicked off her (sometimes bizarre) new talk show with a Charlie's Angels reunion with Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, but where was The Chad? Tom Green's role may have been too small to warrant a spot at the Angels reunion, but he did get his own segment on The Drew Barrymore Show Friday. In what was…

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Sep 25, 2020

All 45 seasons of Saturday Night Live are heading to Peacock
After a few months during which the show's vaunted library of episodes was only available piecemeal, NBC has now announced that all 45 years of Saturday Night Live are coming to its Peacock streaming service. Per Variety, this marks the first time that the show's full library has been available to streamers since the…

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Sep 25, 2020

Jessica Chastain sticks to her guns in the tired assassin thriller Ava
Note: The writer of this review watched Ava from home on a digital screener. 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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Sep 25, 2020

Aldis Hodge to play Hawkman in Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam has just added another member to its nascent take on DC Comics' Justice Society, with Deadline reporting that Aldis Hodge has signed on to play the film's incarnation of Hawkman. Hodge—whose last big roles saw him co-star opposite Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man, and play football…

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Sep 25, 2020

Yara Shahidi is Tinker Bell
Disney announced a critical piece of casting for the next wave in its inevitable tide of live-action movie remakes today, with Deadline reporting that Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi has signed on to play Tinker Bell in the company's upcoming Peter Pan And Wendy. Shahidi has spent the last six years playing the character…

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Sep 25, 2020

Shazam director David F. Sandberg gives you the middle finger for four hours straight
We all have different quarantine projects. Soon, everyone will be baking bread again like we never left March 2020 behind; soon we'll once again run out of jigsaw puzzles and we'll buy all the yoga mats Target has to offer. David F. Sandberg, the director of Shazam and Lights Out, among other films, has spent his time…

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Sep 25, 2020

It's suspense as well as dark comedy that Blue Ruin borrows from the Coen brothers
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: The fourth season of FX's small-screen Fargo starts, so we're singling out "Coenesque" movies, i.e. ones influenced by or imitative of the work of those famous sibling…

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Sep 25, 2020

The Boys reveals Stormfront's and Frenchie's histories in the action-heavy "The Bloody Doors Off"
This post discusses major plot points of The Boys episode "The Bloody Doors Off."


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Sep 25, 2020

Here's what's coming to (and going from) HBO Max in October 2020
Yes, Spooky Season is very much upon us and the streaming sites are stocking up on all the October-appropriate frights. HBO Max is no different and will be onboarding a few well-known scares, such as The Haunting and a couple of Dracula hits. The streamer is also shining the spotlight on some not-so-scary monsters…

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Sep 25, 2020

As a rule, you shouldn't do pushups at a funeral. But Ruth Bader Ginsburg's trainer is allowed
We can all agree that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a badass. The Supreme Court Justice spent her life pioneering a path for women in the American judicial system and fighting for equality for all. But in addition to her professional achievements and tenacity, the Notorious RBG was known for one thing: being the most jacked…

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Sep 25, 2020

Leighton Meester stans got really confused when Adam Brody used her Instagram to talk about voting
Gossip Girl and Single Parents star Leighton Meester has more than six million followers on Instagram, all of whom are hungry for Leighton Meester-related content. Consider their shock, then, when they flocked to her latest Instagram story only to be met by some dude with a beard talking about voting.

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Sep 25, 2020

Sofia Coppola reunites with Bill Murray but leaves youthful rapture behind in the charming On The Rocks
Note: The writer of this review watched On The Rocks from home on a digital screener. 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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Sep 25, 2020

Really, who other than Samuel L. Jackson was going to play Nick Fury in a new Disney series?
We're not ones to promote typecasting. Range is fantastic—preferred, even! And after working in the industry for nearly 50 years, Samuel L. Jackson has more than enough of it to do whatever the hell he wants. So please believe us when we say that our lack of an "oh shit!" response to Variety's report, which says that…

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Sep 25, 2020

The best family movies on Netflix (that you'll enjoy even if you don't have kids)
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…

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Sep 25, 2020

Mafia Definitive Edition Is A Great Remake Of A Clunky Classic
The original Mafia, released all the way back in 2002, has become harder and harder to go back to over the years. It's clunky, doesn't look amazing, and suffers annoying quirks. Mafia Definitive Edition, a complete remake that just came out today, is a useful way to go back and experience what is still a good (if not…

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Sep 25, 2020

It's National Comic Book Day! Here are the Best Comic Books by Black Creators Right Now
It's National Comic Book Day and what better way to celebrate than to get into these groundbreaking comics by Black creators. Not sure where to start? How about a Black-owned comic book store?


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Sep 25, 2020

Twitter bands together to fancast the Muppets into Lord Of The Rings
There are many deeply, deeply shitty things about social media, but when it's good, it's good. And when Gail Simone is involved, it's usually good. This circumstance is no exception.

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Sep 25, 2020

Years After Prince's Death, There's Still So Much More to Learn About His Musical Life
Owing to the lack of any formal rubric, like a standardized test, musical "genius" is hard to qualify. You know it when you hear it. The measure of an act can come down to how obvious they make it: Could anyone with working ears deny the genius of Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, or Stevie Wonder? Floating beneath the…

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Sep 25, 2020

Netflix is reuniting the Father Of The Bride cast for a sorta-sequel
2020's given us reunion after reunion, not to mention new spins on old stories, but Netflix is doing something special for its upcoming Father Of The Bride event. Though filmed remotely, Father Of The Bride: Part 3 (ish) appears to be more of a sequel to Nancy Meyers' 1991 and 1995 films than it is a casual reunion.…

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Sep 25, 2020

The Great British Baking Show bubbles itself off to serve up new, but familiar flavors
2020 has been full of twists and turns, many of them overwhelming and terrible. Viewers are stuck at home and placing a premium on comfort TV, so why let a pandemic get in the way of a beloved reality TV institution? That's right, The Great British Baking Show is back, promising familiar favorites and plenty of gentle…

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Sep 25, 2020

Ratched's Sophie Okonedo on hypnosis, rage, and playing someone with multiple personalities
In the new Netflix series Ratched, Sophie Okonedo is Charlotte, a young woman stricken with dissociative identity disorder, or as it was known at the time, multiple personality disorder. In her mind, when she's not Charlotte, she's killing Nazis, playing symphonic violin, and—spoiler alert—acting as a vengeful doctor.…

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Sep 25, 2020

You, too, can be vengeance with this Robert-Pattinson-as-Batman smokey eye tutorial
Thank you, Syfy's Courtney Enlow, for scratching an itch we didn't even know we had. Thank you for taking the time to teach us how to get a Robert Pattinson-inspired eye makeup look that can take us "from day to knight—The Dark Knight."


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Sep 25, 2020

Only a way-too-big skeleton can save Halloween 2020 from total disaster
Unless we all get really creative, this year's Halloween is probably going to suck. Kids won't be able to go trick-or-treating; adults won't get to have big parties. Instead, we all have to make the most of a bad situation by trying whatever we can to find the fun where it presents itself. Luckily, a giant skeleton…

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Sep 25, 2020

Vin Diesel, actor and breakdancing legend, hopes you "Feel Like I Do" on his first dance track
Vin Diesel is made of muscle and light. He speaks, we listen. He dances, we watch. He sings, we groove. On Friday, the Fast & Furious star revealed the latest turn in his fascinating career—franchise transformer, breakdancing tutor, D&D advocate, Sidney Lumet collaborator—when he released his first dance track. It's…

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Sep 25, 2020

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

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Sep 25, 2020

Baby, you should turn on the Red Army Choir's "Sex Bomb" cover
Let's get this out of the way up front: Nobody, not even the erotic titan Sir Tom Jones OBE himself, can pull off a performance of "Sex Bomb" without looking hilarious in the process. That said, a recently resurfaced version of the song from Russia's Red Army Choir and MVD Ensemble takes Jones' militaristic ode to…

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Sep 25, 2020

Nicole Byer wants to know why Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings movies are "Just. So. Long."
Nicole Byer is not afraid of lengthy runtimes—hell, the Nailed It! host just spent five nights as the host of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards—but getting through the Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings movies has been a bit much for her. "They're good movies, but they're just. So. Long," the comedian tells The A.V. Club. "I…

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Sep 25, 2020

Everyone starts making choices in the penultimate episode of Raised By Wolves
One of the defining features of civilization in the world of Raised By Wolves is the lack of true choice. The Mithraic are trained from childhood to blindly follow a faith that outright enables cruelty and abuse, and the remnants of atheistic civilization are based around survival and resistance more than any true…

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Sep 25, 2020

Our critics review 2 very different family dramas, The Nest and The Devil All The Time
Last week, The A.V. Club marked the serendipitous release of two new films from Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin with a Watch This series on Borderline Films, the New York City-based production company co-founded by Campos and Durkin alongside fellow filmmaker Josh Mond (James White).

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Sep 25, 2020

Two immigration memoirs explore how even the "exceptional" will be alien in the U.S.
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best." This was just one of many fear-mongering lines Donald Trump spouted in June 2015 when he announced his candidacy for president, and it's the type of rhetoric he's continued to use to stoke his base from the Oval Office. His plans for a border wall…

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Sep 25, 2020

Yeah, Chris Rock has no idea what next week's live SNL premiere is going to look like either
Appearing via video chat on Thursday's Tonight Show, Chris Rock couldn't say if he's going to see former Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon around the 30 Rock hallways next week. There's been plenty of SNL news of late, what with the show settling on just which celebrity ringer will be its hopefully-long-term Joe…

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Sep 25, 2020

Netflix's Boys In The Band isn't as claustrophobic as the original, but still packs a punch
Zachary Quinto still hasn't seen the original Boys In The Band. "I hadn't seen it when I got invited to do the play, so I didn't think that was very good time to watch it," Quinto said on Keep It this week of avoiding the 1970 film after being cast in the 2018 Broadway revival of the play on which it was based. "And…

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Sep 25, 2020

Hades makes dying fun as Hell
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

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Sep 25, 2020

Before Wonder Woman soared into theaters, the hacky My Super Ex-Girlfriend plummeted to Earth
On first watch, My Super Ex-Girlfriend seems like it's building to a subtle visual punchline. Each time mild-mannered art curator Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman) transforms into all-powerful New York City superhero G-Girl, she wears a different high-fashion ensemble branded with her signature logo. The potential for…

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Sep 25, 2020

A little good news amongst the garbage: The Great British Baking Show is back
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26. All times are Eastern.


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Sep 24, 2020

HBO Max is making a Rashomon TV show (but without any samurai)
According to Deadline, HBO Max is developing a (loose) TV adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomon from Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray, Mudbound co-writer Virgil Williams, and Amblin Television. In a somewhat odd turn, though, it sounds like this Rashomon won't be an actual adaptation, but rather it will…

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Sep 24, 2020

Amazon announces a spin-off of The Boys about superheroes in college
Amazon's The Boys may be an edgy and satirical take on the superhero genre, but that doesn't mean it's above embracing the time-honored tradition of superhero franchising. The Justice League gave us the Teen Titans, the X-Men gave us the New Mutants, the Avengers gave us the Young Avengers, and now The Boys is giving…

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Sep 24, 2020

Aaron Sorkin finds another zingy, corny courtroom drama in The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Note: The writer of this review watched The Trial Of The Chicago 7 from home on a digital screener. 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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Sep 24, 2020

Steven Soderbergh says Barry Jenkins and André Holland are developing a revival of The Knick
It's been many years since we heard about Steven Soderbergh's turn-of-the-century medical drama The Knick, which ended its run on Cinemax way back in 2015 and briefly resurfaced in 2017 when Soderbergh revealed his weird time-jump plans for a third season that never happened, but some people refused to give up hope…

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Sep 24, 2020

Carl Carlson will have a new voice on this Sunday's episode of The Simpsons
Season 32 of The Simpsons will premiere on Fox this Sunday, the first new episode to air since the show announced that it would no longer have white actors play non-white characters (a decision that has not been totally popular among the show's stars), and Variety says that the new policy is already resulting in a…

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Sep 24, 2020

Sega's Yakuza games are becoming a live-action movie
Thanks to the relative tolerability of the Sonic The Hedgehog movie, Sega is apparently feeling some extra confidence when it comes to video game movies. Unfortunately, it's not using that confidence to do something fun and silly like live-action Altered Beast or Comix Zone movies, but rather it's taking a more…

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Sep 24, 2020

Saturday Night Live's season premiere to feature Chris Rock and Megan Thee Stallion
After all of those months of misery, it still feels a little strange to see things returning to normal—especially when the reason they're returning to normal is mostly due to the fact that the people involved simply decided they should and not because anything in the world (or at least this stupid country) is actually…

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Sep 24, 2020

The trailer for Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts' final season teases its worst monster yet
If you've been following the whirlwind journey that is Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts (and we do mean whirlwind: All three seasons were released in 2020, if you can believe it), then you know that season three is poised to be a rather climactic finale. The tale of Kipo "Burrow Girl" Oak (Karen Fukuhara) and her…

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Sep 24, 2020

Logan Lucky is the Steven Soderbergh version of a Coen brothers caper
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: The fourth season of FX's small-screen Fargo starts, so we're singling out "Coenesque" movies, i.e. ones influenced by or imitative of the work of those famous sibling…

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Sep 24, 2020

Somebody pitch-corrected The Chipmunk Adventure so the chipmunks sound like adult men
Alvin & the Chipmunks have been a thorn in pop culture's side since their 1958 debut: Although the trio has come and gone over the decades, their shrill covers of pop songs remain indelibly carved into our collective memory. Over the years, a number of artists, in an effort to exorcise the voices from their heads,…

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Sep 24, 2020

Riz Ahmed is a punk drummer with a hearing problem in the Sound Of Metal trailer
Riz Ahmed stars in Sound Of Metal, a festival favorite that's soon heading to Amazon Prime, as Ruben, a punk drummer whose identity is undone by the revelation that his hearing is rapidly deteriorating. When he seeks treatment in a sober house for the deaf, Ruben must learn to embrace stillness and solitude after…

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Sep 24, 2020

Magical Girl Friendship Squad is fun, but banks more on dated millennial humor than lore
The ever-popular "typical millennial" narrative that has permeated media over the past decade is a pretty deceptive one. Leaning liberally on this notion of an emotionally fragile, fiscally irresponsible younger generation, many of the widespread presumptions tend to conveniently ignore the fact that the current ages…

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Sep 24, 2020

Evan Rachel Wood on the origins of Kajillionaire's big dance scene
Evan Rachel Wood steals nearly every scene in Miranda July's new film, Kajillionaire. As Old Dolio, she's a 26-year-old with the emotional intelligence of a 12-year-old and an oversized wardrobe to match. She's awkward and possessive, but still yearns for a life of her own—something that hasn't really been possible…

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Sep 24, 2020

Succession's Nicholas Braun is down to hit you with his car, "like, in a sexy way"
One of the weirdest parts of fame in 2020, we imagine, is that fans are no longer content to simply tell you they love your work. Rather, to properly convey one's fandom, one must either tell celebrities they are your parents or that you want them to murder you. Succession's Nicholas Braun, fresh off an Emmy nomination

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Sep 24, 2020

Sir David Attenborough grudgingly joins Instagram to get your goddamned attention about climate change
Sir David Attenborough has joined Instagram. Sir David Attenborough, it should be noted, also doesn't seem too thrilled that he had to join Instagram. In his debut post, the revered documentary narrator and natural historian makes it very clear that he's only joined the social media platform because, after decades…

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Sep 24, 2020

Séance Tea Party teaches us the magic of growing up
In Malaysian graphic novelist Reimena Yee's new book, Séance Tea Party, the fear of growing up is explored in heart-aching detail on the comic page. Lora Xi desperately doesn't want to become a teenager, to the point that instead of spending time with her peers, her best friend is Alexa, a ghost perpetually stuck in…

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Sep 24, 2020

Sufjan Stevens rages and despairs through The Ascension's bloated protest bangers
Sufjan Stevens wants to love America. His early odes to Illinois and Michigan are as meticulously researched as they are intimately felt, the songwriter marveling at the geography, strife, and historical oddities of his childhood haunts. But you'll find no such reverence on The Ascension, a bloated and often beautiful…

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Sep 24, 2020

Nobody wants to fuck Luigi
This month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of arguably the most iconic video game ever, Super Mario Bros., and Nintendo has been pulling out all the stops to celebrate. That, of course, hasn't stopped fans from finding, um, other ways to show their love and appreciation for everyone's favorite…

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Sep 24, 2020

2020's meme renaissance has arrived thanks to the big, dumb "Da Vinki" twins
A two-pronged beam of sunlight has broken through the dark clouds of 2020. Knowing somehow that their presence was needed in a time of so much dread, anger, and sadness, a pair of social media bros put their confused, Chad Kroeger-ish heads together and summoned the perfect meme for this moment.


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Sep 24, 2020

Here are your revealed Masked Singer season 4 contestants
Time is kinda funny these days. It feels like it was only yesterday that we were cowering at Taco's soul-penetrating eyes, steaming at Fox's attempt to humanize Sarah Palin, and crowning performing veteran Kandi Burress the queen of season 3. That could have a lot to do with the fact that last season of The Masked…

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Sep 24, 2020

Israeli thriller Tehran mixes real-world tensions with uneven emotional drama
Right from its opening scene, the international spy series Tehran tries to encapsulate the strained relations between Israel and Iran. It doesn't delve much into the history of this conflict, but manages to set the stage for an engrossing espionage drama. The Israeli drama, acquired by Apple TV to stream in the U.S., …

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Sep 24, 2020

Chess, drugs, and madness collide in the trailer for Netflix's The Queen's Gambit
Genius and madness are more or less interchangeable through the lens of pop culture; if you're really good at something, we often posit, it comes at the price of your sanity and well-being. Such is the case in The Queen's Gambit, a limited series from Netflix about a chess prodigy (Anya Taylor-Joy) who spirals into…

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Sep 24, 2020

An excellent new Raised By Wolves delivers on the show's potential
In an earlier episode this season, Mother expressed sadness that she would never be able to have her own child. In "Mass," she discovers a tumor growing in her abdomen that appears to be some sort of human-android hybrid fetus, born of her sexual experience with her creator. When she finds out what is actually inside…

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Sep 24, 2020

Conan helps Michelle Obama Zoom-bomb her voter registration army
Having taped their shows prior to the current occupant of the White House openly spill his super-villainous plan to "get rid of the ballots," not commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the November election, and essentially declare everything America supposedly stands for null and void at the whims of a…

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Sep 24, 2020

Hold the applause: How Masked Singer and DWTS are faking their audience crowds
We've all been told not to congregate in large groups indoors, so fans tuning into the Masked Singer premiere on Wednesday may have been a little surprised to see crowds cheering on the new crop of performers and chanting for the losing contestant to take off their mask like a red-hat-wearing protesters parading…

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Sep 24, 2020

Celebrity cameos now dominate Saturday Night Live's political sketches, and maybe that's a good thing
Saturday Night Live made headlines recently when the show announced a variety of plans for its upcoming 46th season. Usually a pre-season SNL news dump includes confirmations of cast changes; this year's edition was unusually positive, in that all 17 members of the show's repertory company will be returning, with…

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Sep 24, 2020

Amazon scares up more Etheria and HBO Max has a Haute Dog
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Thursday, September 24. All times are Eastern.


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Sep 23, 2020

Zack Snyder is shooting new Justice League scenes—including with Ray Fisher
WarnerMedia's Justice League is preparing to undergo reshoots…again…some time in the near future, as THR reports that Zack Snyder apparently needs some new footage to fully bring the (*insert mental screaming here*) four-hour "Snyder Cut" of the 2017 film to life. Said filming will apparently take place in October,…

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Sep 23, 2020

D'Arcy Carden lends a "Helping Hand" in a laugh-out-loud funny Archer
Before we get into the narrative meat of tonight's episode of Archer—Archer and Malory's respective abandonment issues, the death of Krieger's beloved van, whatever the hell reclusive super-scientist Hands' Dave And Buster's-esque seduction of Sterling was all about—we should establish something: This is the hardest…

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Sep 23, 2020

Disney 's Turner & Hooch reboot casts a bunch of humans, refuses to show us Hooch
An outrage in Hollywood tonight, as Disney announced more cast members for its upcoming TV reboot of classic dog-cop movie Turner & Hooch, yet refused to give the people what they actually want, i.e., a bunch of pictures of whatever good boy or girl will end up playing giant slobber monster Hooch in the television…

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Sep 23, 2020

Alan Arkin drops out of The Kominsky Method
Sad news for fans of aging thespians arguing about Cheetos today, as Deadline reports that star Alan Arkin has dropped out of the third and final season of Netflix's The Kominsky Method. Somewhat surprisingly, Arkin's departure from the series—which he co-leads with Michael Douglas—apparently had nothing to do with…

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Sep 23, 2020

Fox renews Family Guy and Bob's Burgers for two new seasons apiece
Although the COVID-19 production shutdowns have cut an ugly swathe through many of the TV productions of 2020, the world of animation has been a notable exception. Already operating in quasi-total isolation, TV animation has managed to truck along pretty comfortably with what appear to have only been minor…

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Sep 23, 2020

Halloween just got hunkier with this thread of '80s horror icons in cozy sweaters
We've officially entered that wonderful time of the year when, while technically still September, you can totally get away with going ahead and starting your Halloween festivities early. Perhaps that's why writer Sharon Knolle christened Halloween 2020 with a Twitter compilation of the greatest sweaters in ‘80s horror…

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Sep 23, 2020

Toilets meet The Terminator in deranged local business commercial
Our culture is long overdue to recognize local business commercials for the important art that they are. Who else would give us the kind of visionary advertisements where a GIF of Thanos dances around restaurant menu items? Who else would spend a chunk of its annual profits on a surreal Star Wars riff meant to sell…

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Sep 23, 2020

ViacomCBS and celebrity producers to develop 50 movies with first-time BIPOC and women directors
It can be hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel of this horror show that is 2020. The pandemic, ongoing racial injustices, political firestorms, and actual firestorms have left most of us asking"What can I do?" Well, Hollywood is asking themselves the same question, and today the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth…

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Sep 23, 2020

A wordless Babe and the year's wordiest drama spar for attention at the New York Film Festival
Of all the pleasures that go missing when a film festival goes virtual, true post-movie discussion might be the most, well, missed. Because even if one were to toggle from the end credits running in one tab to a Zoom call waiting in the next, it wouldn't quite replicate the experience of stepping out of a dark…

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Sep 23, 2020

With A Simple Plan, Coen brothers pal Sam Raimi made his own snowy Minnesota crime thriller
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: The fourth season of FX's small-screen Fargo starts, so we're singling out "Coenesque" movies, i.e. ones influenced by or imitative of the work of those famous sibling…

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Sep 23, 2020

A treasury of things horror movies have scared us off forever
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the internet:

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Sep 23, 2020

The A.V. Club unmasks The Masked Singer season 4
The Masked Singer returns for an all-new season and a brand new lineup of singers. Last season, the Night Angel, who was revealed to be Kandi Burruss, won the Golden Mask. Now, 16 new contestants are competing for the same prize.

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Sep 23, 2020

Black Widow's release date (and just about everyone else's) pushed back to 2021
We all saw this coming, so let's cut to the chase, eh?

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Sep 23, 2020

Letterman to sit with Dave Chappelle, Kim Kardashian West on new season of his Netflix talk show
Bearded, semi-retired interview legend David Letterman will return to Netflix next month with a third season of his acclaimed series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. After speaking to the storied likes of Barack Obama, Kanye West, Tina Fey, and Ellen DeGeneres in previous episodes, Letterman will train his gaze…

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Sep 23, 2020

James Gunn, HBO Max team up for The Suicide Squad prequel about John Cena's Peacemaker
Peacemaker, one of the antiheroes rounding out James Gunn's upcoming The Suicide Squad, is described as "a man who believes in peace at any cost—no matter how many people he has to kill to get it." How did he get that way, you wonder? Well, good news: HBO Max plans to explore that very question in a prequel series…

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Sep 23, 2020

The Helstrom family has some demons in trailer for Hulu's new Marvel series
Helstrom is one of the last remnants of Marvel TV in the pre-Disney era, and it definitely looks like one of the more interesting series to come out of the studio's various streaming deals—it must have some quality, or else Hulu would've scrapped it along with Runaways and the planned Howard The Duck series, among…

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Sep 23, 2020

Sharon Stone on camp, eccentricity, and acting opposite a monkey for Ratched
It's a universally acknowledged Hollywood truth that monkeys are notoriously bad scene partners. But as Sharon Stone tells us in the video above, that wasn't the case with Petunia, her little shoulder pal in the new Netflix series Ratched. (Sarah Paulson agrees that this monkey was exceptional, and gives it kisses.)

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Sep 23, 2020

Lulu Wang speaks out against tapping Ron Howard as director of pianist Lang Lang's biopic
It was only mere months ago when Hollywood at large claimed it would be better about letting marginalized voices shape their own stories. To its credit, we at least saw some movement in the world of television when multiple animated shows recast their Black characters with Black voice actors. But in the film industry,…

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Sep 23, 2020

Ryan Gosling to play stuntman in movie directed by actual stuntman David Leitch
There's been a push in recent years for the Academy to add a category for stunts, and while that has yet to happen, it's been nice to see stunt coordinators and performers finally gain more appreciation for their work. John Wick is one of many films (along with Fury Road, and whatever movie you're thinking of, lest…

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Sep 23, 2020

Reasonable Discussions: September 23
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AV Club Films
Sep 23, 2020

Frankie Comics will bring a smile to any cat lover's face
Those who were reading webcomics during the early 2010s might be familiar with Rachel Dukes' cat, Frankie. Dukes' short online strips provided a small window into the joys and tribulations of life lived alongside a cat. For anyone unfamiliar with them, Dukes' comics are charming and warm, leaning into the coziness of…

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Sep 23, 2020

Desus & Mero on Beyoncé's secret identity and Google Reader as a metaphor for life
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero have no problem admitting that they watch their own show or that they laugh at their own jokes. Talking themselves up is how they got their first podcast, Desus V. Mero, on Complex TV back in 2013, and knowing their own worth is what motivated them to leapfrog from basic cable to Showtime…

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Sep 23, 2020

Today in angry people on Twitter: My Octopus Teacher and tentacle porn
So, there's this documentary. Netflix's My Octopus Teacher, directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, centers on Craig Foster, a filmmaker who forges a bond with an octopus in the wild. And before we get into all the sturm und drang of the thing as it exists on Twitter, take a moment to watch the trailer. First of…

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AV Club Films
Sep 23, 2020

Heads up: Parks And Recreation is leaving Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime
We know how valuable streaming content is in these very bad times, especially the high quality, extremely pleasant, life-sustaining streaming content—you know, the good stuff you throw on to fall asleep every night, made even better if you've already seen every season multiple times. The pop culture sleep machine, if…

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Sep 23, 2020

Chris Rock commands the moral gray areas of Fargo season four
It's good to be back in Fargo, which has always served as more of a feel or state of mind than a location in Noah Hawley's TV adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's film of the same name. The wait between seasons three and four has felt nigh-interminable—and that was before production shut down due to concerns stemming…

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Sep 23, 2020

The oracle Mariah Carey, draped in mist, emerges from shrine to speak on Thanksgiving, dog hair
Mariah Carey, not content to act only as the harbinger of Christmas, has tunneled down into the core of the world to bring us strange prophecies related to another holiday. On Monday, the autumn season quickly approaching, Carey emerged from her chambers. Milky-white pupils staring intently into her Twitter feed while…

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Sep 23, 2020

Yep, Bly Manor is definitely haunted in this trailer for Netflix's horror series
Our bruised nation longs for nothing more than to be scared of things that can't actually harm us, which is perhaps why the masses are more eager than ever to embrace spooky season this year. And while we remain supremely bummed that Candyman got bumped to next year, we can at least comfort ourselves with The Haunting…

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Sep 23, 2020

Here's what's coming to (and going from) Netflix in October 2020
Contrary to popular belief, horror movies and scary TV shows are available for consumption 12 out of 12 months of the year. There's nothing saying you can't throw on The Shining whenever the spirit moves you; there is not, as of yet, any rule against starting a Hannibal binge in the middle of June. In fact, Netflix…

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Sep 23, 2020

This new Trial of the Chicago 7 may have to hurt somebody's feelings
A little more than a week after dropping its first trailer for Aaron Sorkin's Trial Of The Chicago 7, Netflix has shared yet another in-depth look at the courtroom drama. It makes sense, what with all the Oscar buzz circulating Sorkin's long-in-the-works exploration of the ‘60s trial that invigorated a disenfranchised…

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Sep 23, 2020

Desus and Mero stole one of Stephen Colbert's writers, but at least they brought ice cream
On hand (via Zoom) from their wonted home broadcasting spots (sneaker closet and in front of the Dominican flag, respectively), Showtime talk show stars Desus and Mero were defiantly not sorry about swiping one of Stephen Colbert's favorite writers. You gotta let these things go!," advised Desus, to which Colbert,…

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Sep 23, 2020

Smart but unfocused, Sega doc Console Wars might have played too many video games as a kid
Blast processing was a lie. It's sad but true: Despite its evocative name—and a million playground arguments about how it allowed the Sega Genesis video game console to do what Ninten-didn't in the early '90s—the vaunted technology was really just a useful bit of computing speak, plucked out of the mouths of…

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Sep 23, 2020

This week in Savage Love: Missed connections
Married guy here. I'm 33, the wife is 31. Our fifth anniversary is next month but we've been together for almost eight years. We've recently both come out to each other as bi. She tried to tell me a long time ago, whereas I came to the realization only recently. We're both interested in new sexual encounters, and this…

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Sep 23, 2020

The underrated sitcom My Boys made relationship games fun
The TBS sitcom My Boys, which aired from 2006 to 2010, was crafted as a kind of flip side to Sex And The City: It also featured a young female protagonist navigating life and love in a major metropolis surrounded by her pals, but was set in a different city and had a different sensibility. Instead of the…

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Sep 23, 2020

We're following some Agents Of Chaos
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Wednesday, September 23. All times are Eastern. 


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Sep 22, 2020

Liv Tyler is leaving 9-1-1: Lone Star due to COVID travel concerns
Here's something that we're surprised we haven't seen more of: Liv Tyler has decided to leave her Fox show 9-1-1: Lone Star, and it's apparently because she's concerned about having to travel from her home in London to where the show films in Los Angeles while the United States continues to grossly mishandle its…

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Sep 22, 2020

HBO Max's West Wing reunion special release date is either genius or a really bad choice
For many reasons, we wish we could just skip to 2021, when election season will be behind us and—hopefully—we'll know who will be sworn in on Inauguration Day. (Though, we'd like to take this moment to remind everyone that we're likely looking at Election Month instead of Election Day and to not let any right-wing…

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