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Dec 11, 2017

Amazon's One Day Logitech Sale Is Full of Useful Accessories
As part of their 12 Days of Deals, Amazon just kicked off a one-day sale on a variety of Logitech PC peripherals to fit just about any budget.


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Dec 11, 2017

The novel that inspired Die Hard has its structure, but none of its holiday spirit
In Page To Screen, we compare a movie to the book that spawned it. The analysis goes into deep detail about specific plot points—in other words, you’ve been warned.

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Dec 11, 2017

She’s Gotta Have It explores the men’s inner lives but it feels too late
I said in a previous review that Nola Darling is a Hannah Horvath and that framing was crucial to the show. Understanding that Nola is selfish, immature, and maybe not as talented as she might think makes her slightly easier to watch. Unfortunately for She’s Gotta Have It, no one calls Nola on her bullshit or asks her…

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Dec 11, 2017

The Clean Energy Revolution will be televised
Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, December 11. All times are Eastern.


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Dec 11, 2017

The Walking Dead stumbles its way into winter break
I don’t need my heroes to be perfect. But I’d prefer it if they weren’t this dumb. It’s bad enough that Aaron and Enid wander over to Oceanside hoping to make an impression on a truck full of booze and good intentions. (You took all of their guns. I don’t think they’re going to greet you as liberators.) Bad enough…

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Dec 11, 2017

The Simpsons brings back Sideshow Bob for an episode that ticks all the right boxes
“What did I tell you about blood-toasts, Bob?”


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Dec 11, 2017

A Christmas crime is afoot in a very merry Bob's Burgers
Bob’s Burgers handles sentimentality well. It’s easy to root for the Belcher family, so when thing turn out well for them it doesn’t feel unearned. Yet the family and the world they live in are whacky enough that things never get too saccharine. That balance is perfectly struck in the first-ever hour-long episode of …

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Dec 11, 2017

Search Party retraces its steps a bit, but finds a great spotlight for Julian
“You’re trash.”


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Dec 11, 2017

When Frank's the highlight, you know it's a subpar episode of Shameless
Despite my stance on the rise of the “Skip Intro” button on Netflix, I don’t blame anyone who skips the opening credits of Shameless: after eight seasons with no variation, it’s hard to argue with anyone who wants to shave a minute off their viewing experience.

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Dec 11, 2017

Outlander’s season finale climaxes too quickly
There’s a fine line between being a lot of different things at once and simply doing too much. Outlander has long blended genres and woven a narratively complex, centuries-spanning drama. But this season has been an unfocused and overloaded mess. So much has happened and yet nothing at all. The finale tears through…

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Dec 11, 2017

Cards Against Humanity tries its hand at a little amateur wealth redistribution
Cards Against Humanity has become notable for its high-profile political stunts over the last few years, perpetrating everything from mailing its fans a literal piece of shit, all the way up to attempting to legally sabotage Donald Trump’s planned border wall by buying up bits of property along its proposed building…

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Dec 10, 2017

A "well-known actor" told Jessica Chastain to stop speaking out about sexual harassment
It’s a time of raised voices and razed bridges in Hollywood, as women speak out about a persistent culture of sexism that’s led to reduced wages and opportunities for female performers at its most mild, and outright sexual assault and silencing of wounded voices at its worst. Among the many actresses calling for a…

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Dec 10, 2017

Hannibal Buress was apparently arrested because he kept asking a cop to call him an Uber 
The Miami Herald is reporting that comedian Hannibal Buress got into an altercation with police in Miami last night, one that ended with him being forced into a police car and arrested for “disorderly intoxication.” (Or maybe “trespassing”—the cops seem to go back and forth a bit on what they’re actually charging the…

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Dec 10, 2017

We already have a headache from trying to decipher all the references in this new Ready Player One trailer
We’re slowly becoming convinced that Steven Spielberg’s new pop-culture hurricane, Ready Player One, is being secretly bankrolled by the people who put together those “Did You Spot All The Easter Eggs In So-and-So” videos on YouTube; the new trailer for Spielberg’s film arrived today, and it’s even more jammed full of…

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Dec 10, 2017

The Crown offers a timely examination of male entitlement
It’s an interesting time to watch an episode like “A Company Of Men.” As a society, we’re currently grappling in a way we never have before with the entitlement of masculinity and the way it impacts the vast majority of women and many men as well. And “A Company Of Men” is all about examining masculinity, both to…

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Dec 10, 2017

Video shows Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme apparently kicking a photographer in the face
Footage has surfaced online of an incident from last night, which appears to show Josh Homme, frontman for alt-rock outfit Queens Of The Stone Age, kicking a photographer in the face in the middle of a show. According to Variety, the footage was shot at last night’s KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert, and features…

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Dec 10, 2017

All the famous people got to see The Last Jedi last night
Look, we get that, most of the time, being famous is probably a big old pain in the ass. Between the paparazzi, the PR nightmares, and the constant near-certainty that someone, somewhere, is thinking about you naked, fame can be a double-edged sword. But sometimes, even the most dour of celebrities has to admit that…

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Dec 10, 2017

Hannibal Buress was arrested for "disorderly intoxication" in Miami last night
The Miami Herald is reporting that comedian Hannibal Buress got into an altercation with police in Miami last night, one that ended with him being forced into a police car and arrested for “disorderly intoxication.” (Or maybe “trespassing”—the cops seem to go back and forth a bit on what they’re actually charging the…

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Dec 10, 2017

Add a Year To Your PlayStation Plus Membership For $40
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Dec 10, 2017

The rich kids across the lake never had a summer camp like Bohemian Grove
With more than 5.5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or working out whether the billionaire’s gold-plated yacht that your tax hike is going to end up paying for will be seaworthy. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our…

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Dec 10, 2017

Sunday's Best Deals: Amazon Devices, Star Wars Games and Toys, Travelpro Luggage, and More
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Dec 10, 2017

Amazon Just Launched Its Final Wave of Device Deals, and Some Are Better Than Black Friday
We thought Amazon was just about done with discounts on their own gadgets for the year, but a bunch of new deals launched this morning, some of which are actually better than Black Friday.


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Dec 10, 2017

On SNL, Michael Che gets inside his critics' heads by going undercover as "A White Woman Named Gretchen"
Weekend Update co-host Michael Che—both on Saturday Night Live and in his standup—has a knack for walking a comic premise to the edge. On last night’s James Franco-hosted episode, Che stepped out of his reliably funny anchor role and into the sensible sneakers of “A White Woman Named Gretchen.” In the introduction to…

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Dec 10, 2017

Saturday Night Live cruises on four-time host James Franco's undisciplined charisma
“I do a lot of jobs.” “Don’t do that James Franco!”


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Dec 10, 2017

Tell us about your pop culture weekend: December 8-10
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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Dec 10, 2017

Santa goes on a little trip in The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special
Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, December 10. All times are Eastern. Ba-bawk bawk bawk, ba-bawk bawk bawk, ba-bawk bawk bawka bawka bawk bawk bawk.


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Dec 10, 2017

Sophie Turner had to give up partying for X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Being a famous Game Of Thrones actor who gets the call to play a major comic book hero in a long-running movie series may seem like it would be pretty cool, but Sophie Turner says it’s not always as fun as it seems. As part of Entertainment Weekly’s big X-Men: Dark Phoenix cover story, Turner talked about how much…

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Dec 10, 2017

Washington Post reporter apologizes to Donald Trump in horrific Twitter nightmare
Twitter is a pit of misery that many of us would gladly set on fire if it weren’t useful for keeping in touch with friends, following breaking news, or occasionally operating the social media accounts for our pop culture writing jobs, but most people are lucky enough to avoid having to suffer through a true Twitter…

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Dec 09, 2017

Dave Bautista to star in an action-comedy with goofy name
Dave Bautista is a fixture of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies, he had a memorable (if small) role in Blade Runner 2049, and he recently defended Brooklyn from a Civil War in Bushwick, but one of his next projects will involve something even more exciting: a particularly wild and action-packed Uber ride. That comes…

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Dec 09, 2017

Alexander Payne developing Showtime series that sounds a bit like What About Bob?
According to Deadline, Alexander Payne is developing a series for Showtime based on a Dutch show called Holland’s Hoop. Payne’s U.S. version will be called Kilroy County, and it will concern a forensic psychologist who works with “criminally insane” patients at a “high security facility near Chicago.” When his father…

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Dec 09, 2017

Jessica Jones gets a new trailer and a premiere date for season 2


Krysten Ritter’s super-powered investigator Jessica Jones was one of the better parts of Netflix’s big Defenders team-up miniseries earlier this year, but that show wasn’t quite as good as getting another full season of Jessica beating up overt metaphors for various forms of misogyny. Now, Netflix has finally…

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Dec 09, 2017

Charlie Sheen sues the National Enquirer over Corey Haim molestation story
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Sheen is suing the National Enquirer and parent company American Media over a story in which the tabloid accused him of raping a then-13-year-old Corey Haim. Sheen denies the accusation, naturally, but he also believes that the National Enquirer published the story as part…

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Dec 09, 2017

Miles Morales stars in the first teaser for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
It may seem like we just got a new Spider-Man movie, but Sony Pictures has now dropped the first teaser for Into The Spider-Verse, an animated Spidey feature starring Miles Morales—a.k.a. the former Ultimate Spider-Man who is now just also Spider-Man even though the original Spider-Man is still hanging around in the…

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Dec 09, 2017

Daredevil writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich to head Netflix's Witcher adaptation
Earlier this year, Netflix announced that it was developing a TV adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular fantasy series The Witcher, with Tomasz Baginski—a veteran of the Witcher video games—on board to produce and possibly direct at least one episode of the show. Now, the project is very gradually moving forward,…

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Dec 09, 2017

In the devastating and unthinkable season 5 finale, the Gilmore Girls break up
“Blame Booze And Melville,” season five, episode 21, originally aired 5/10/2005 


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Dec 09, 2017

The Gilmore Girls break up in a solid season 5 finale
“Blame Booze And Melville,” season five, episode 21, originally aired 5/10/2005 


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Dec 09, 2017

The games we play: Trivia, a convenient console, and a closer look at a classic
Three staffers, three unabashed recommendations.

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Dec 09, 2017

Saturday's Best Deals: Philips Hue Lights, Contigo Travel Mugs, Cooking Essentials, and More
Today’s deals start off with Philips Hue lights, Contigo travel mugs, kitchen essentials, and many more.

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Dec 09, 2017

This One-Day Dyson Deal Includes Seven Hose Tools For Every Cleaning Situation
Dyson vacuums dominated the nominations in our Kinja Co-Op for best vacuum, but they can be prohibitively expensive. Today though, refurbs of the ', 'B06Y2BBMP6');' data-amazontag='kinjaavclub-20' href='https://www.amazon.com/Dyson-Complete-Upright-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B06Y2BBMP6/ref=gbps_img_s-3_1712_c31ccf2a?smid=A1KWJVS57NX03I&pf_rd_p=d3152026-148f-4b24-a686-6518d33b1712&pf_rd_s=slot-3&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=6ZD71NRD1X4R7JPFVE0B&kinja_price=262&tag=kinjaavclub-20&ascsubtag=e212f00678ab5d362bfa280f9c0caba9e14ec5df&rawdata=[t|link[p|1821149112[a|B06Y2BBMP6[au|5727177402741770316[b|avclub'popular Dyson Ball Animal Complete are down to $262 on Amazon, one of the best prices we’ve seen.


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Dec 09, 2017

6 unfortunate excisions from the dark side of the Star Wars universe
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is looming over the horizon like the Death Star entering Scarif’s orbit. In preparation for the eighth film in the Skywalker saga, we’re peering into the furthest corners of the Star Wars universe with a few 6 Things. First up, we’re looking at six characters from the dark side of the former …

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Dec 09, 2017

Grow Your Own Veggies and Herbs on Your Countertop With This Discounted AeroGarden
You don’t need a yard, or even any gardening skills to grow your own food at home; you just need one of these countertop AeroGardens. These fully-integrated, soil-free indoor gardens can grow herbs, vegetables, and salad greens up to five times faster than regular soil, and other than a very brief $96 deal last week…

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Dec 09, 2017

Today's a Really Great Day to Get Started With Philips Hue
If you like the idea of Philips Hue’s automation features, but don’t particularly care about exotic and colorful lighting concepts, you can pick up the Hue White starter kit for $50 today, about $20 less than usual, and a match for Black Friday. That gets you two soft white bulbs and a Bridge that lets you control…

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Dec 09, 2017

Mark Hamill indulges Stephen Colbert's inner Star Wars geek on The Late Show
One of the most endearing things about the resurgent movie juggernaut that is the Star Wars series is the re-entry into the public eye of the once and present Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill. On Friday’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Hamill showed his willingness—not to say eagerness—to portray Luke again at pretty much…

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Dec 09, 2017

Apple might be gobbling up Shazam next
Shazam—the music identifying app you’re forced to turn to whenever your friends get sick of your “You, know, it’s the one that goes doo-da-doo-da-dooo” attempts to figure out the name of a song—may be the next acquisition to land in Apple’s hands. TechCrunch reports that the iPhone mega-giant has entered a deal with…

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump hangs his failing report card on America's fridge
There are few politicians better at the game of lowered expectations than Donald Trump, a man who could take a shit on the floor of the Oval Office, then nudge some poor intern in the ribs and give a halfway-convincing “Pretty good, huh?” But even Trump may have pushed his penchant for calling a D- “good enough” too…

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Dec 09, 2017

With a clever trip into the past, Z Nation reveals a key piece of the puzzle
If there’s one thing you can count on with humanity, it’s that we’ll always make sure there are plenty of ways to destroy our species. Sure, we may not be so great at implementing minor climate regulations, but when it comes to wiping out all human life, we’re on top of it.

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Dec 09, 2017

The Villanueva women escape their boy problems with a Jane The Virgin road trip
The bench swing on the Villanueva’s porch is the most common setting for big emotional moments on Jane The Virgin because it’s where Jane, Xiomara, and Alba go during times of need. The relationships between these three women are the emotional foundation of this series, and even though the Villanuevas often disagree,…

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Dec 09, 2017

Inhuman effort is spent pushing forward Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s quest for survival
When your job involves continually doing whatever it takes to save the world, it must get very difficult to maintain any sense that your life is your own. When danger beckons, you don’t get to stay home because you had other plans. You give up your time—and what is life, if not your time?

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Dec 09, 2017

Seth Rogen boycotts SiriusXM for supporting Steve Bannon
Earlier this week, SiriusXM announced that it was reuniting with its old buddy Steve Bannon, who departed his spot hosting the company’s Breitbart News Daily a few years ago when he was called up to the major leagues of political evil, courtesy of Donald Trump. Now Bannon is back, ensuring that no important issues in…

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Dec 09, 2017

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend gives us the gift of a sad, sweet mid-season finale
Formulas are wonderful. When executed well, they offer endless variations, in which slight adjustments can create surprises and suspense. Better still, they can eventually be purposely and ingeniously left behind, for comedic or dramatic effect. In some ways, the single most notable thing about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s…

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Dec 09, 2017

Federal appeals court narrowly upholds Brendan Dassey's murder conviction
With one dissenting judge calling the decision “a profound miscarriage of justice,” a federal appeals court in Chicago has reversed an earlier decision to overturn the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Netflix’s true crime documentary hit Making A Murderer. The 4-to-3 decision hinged on…

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Dec 08, 2017

FX is developing a Welcome To Night Vale show
Fans of podcast sensation Welcome To Night Vale will soon be able to get their community announcements, otherworldly threats, and reminders to stay out of the dog park via their TVs, with Deadline reporting that the series is being developed for television over at FX. Creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink will both…

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Dec 08, 2017

An extremely petty breakdown of everything dumb in the Jurassic World 2 trailer
There are two truths that must be acknowledged before we begin this exercise in pointlessly trivial sniping. First, it’s never fair to judge a film solely on the merits of its trailer. Especially these days—especially for would-be blockbusters—when previews exist largely as viral “events” jostling for attention among…

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Dec 08, 2017

Deadspin St.
Deadspin St. Louis Cardinals Release Statement Announcing That Giancarlo Stanton Has Owned Them | Splinter How Did a White Supremacist Get a Job as an Equal Employment Officer? | The Root Top 10 Moments From the Arson Investigation That Became the Greatest Facebook Live Video Ever | Jezebel The Priest Who Murdered…

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Dec 08, 2017

Another woman accuses Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct
Actress Kathryn Rossetter has penned a Hollywood Reporter guest column, in which she says Dustin Hoffman groped her on multiple occasions while they were working on Death Of A Salesman in 1985. That’s the same production during which Anna Graham Hunter says she was sexually harassed by Hoffman when she was only 17…

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Dec 08, 2017

The Morgan Freeman geezer comedy Just Getting Started can't even get it up
“I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap,” declares Kevin Costner’s fading minor-league catcher Crash Davis in a famous scene in Bull Durham, the movie that kicked off…

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Dec 08, 2017

The creator of The Room is really happy there’s a movie about The Room
The Disaster Artist, the film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of The Room, paints its subject, Tommy Wiseau, in an unexpectedly warm light. Given that The Room has been ridiculed for years and heralded as one of the worst films of all time, it’s a welcome surprise for Wiseau. In the video above,…

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Dec 08, 2017

Foxtrot is a striking triptych of war, grief, and fate
The first shot of Foxtrot is through the windshield of a vehicle careening down a desolate country road. It’ll be a while before the full significance of this image is revealed, even to those who suss out the gist of it through context clues. But it’s painfully clear what kind of story Israeli writer-director Samuel…

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Dec 08, 2017

Louis CK is buying back the rights to I Love You, Daddy
Deadline reports that Louis CK has entered into a deal with The Orchard, the Sony-owned distribution company that was handling the release of his now-shelved film I Love You, Daddy, in order to buy back the movie’s theatrical rights for his own use. The Orchard shuttered plans to distribute the film back in November,…

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Dec 08, 2017

The 10 Best Deals Of December 8, 2017
We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.


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Dec 08, 2017

Bryan Singer asks USC to take his name off its film school in light of his latest legal troubles
The University Of Southern California—operating at the request of director Bryan Singer—has announced that it’s removing his name from its film school’s Division of Cinema & Media Studies. Singer—who was recently removed from his Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody over conflicts with Warner Bros.—made the…

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Dec 08, 2017

Alita: Battle Angel’s 1st trailer brings a classic manga to life, creepy eyes and all
It’s been a long time coming, but Hollywood’s live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, the classic sci-fi manga series by Yukito Kishiro, is actually finally happening next summer. Earlier today, 20th Century Fox put out the first trailer for the film, which will be landing with the slightly altered title of …

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Dec 08, 2017

Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan on getting the seal of approval from their real-life I, Tonya counterparts
I, Tonya examines the early life of former Olympian Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) growing up with an abusive mother (played by Allison Janney). The film leads up to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in 1994, where her ex-husband (played by Sebastian Stan) hired a man to break the leg of fellow skater Nancy…

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Dec 08, 2017

Death Stranding’s nightmare Thumb Baby is already getting memed
Yesterday, legendary game director Hideo Kojima dropped the latest extended trailer for his upcoming game, Death Stranding, a clip we described as “eight minutes of pure, inexplicable sci-fi madness.” Nobody really knows what the game is about yet, but we’re guessing it has something to do with what we like to call …

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Dec 08, 2017

Big Little Lies wrapped up perfectly, but HBO wants another season anyway
This year’s female-focused HBO miniseries Big Little Lies was successful, to put it mildly. It was nominated for 16 Emmys and won eight, including Outstanding Limited Series, so it’s not surprising that the premium cable channel would want to return to that particular well. The only problem is that the seven-episode…

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Dec 08, 2017

Gabrielle Union critiques the #MeToo movement: “I think the floodgates have opened for white women”
Gabrielle Union has a long history of speaking out against sexual predators. The Being Mary Jane star has been forthcoming about her own sexual assault in interviews and her new memoir, We’re Going To Need More Wine. Union’s had to be because, as she recently pointed out to the New York Times, media coverage of sexual…

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Dec 08, 2017

This silent GIF is making the internet hear things
The internet has come together, calling a temporary ceasefire over the many differences that keeps it apart, to investigate a mystery that unites us all: a GIF whose looping animation causes many viewers’ minds to fill in a sound where none exists.


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Dec 08, 2017

Tim Meadows on parodying typical “straight man” characters
Some of Tim Meadows’ best comedic performances are parodies of archetypal characters. Ron Duvall in Mean Girls is a jaded high school principal who’s desperately in love with Tina Fey’s character, Sam in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is the world’s most persuasive drug addict, and Caleb in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the …

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Dec 08, 2017

Mary Harron breaks down the art of terror in an exclusive clip from Shudder's The Core
Mary Harron didn’t start her career as a film director until her 40s, after a wild and fascinating early life that included a stint as one of the first writers of Punk magazine and a brief romance with future British Prime Minister Tony Blair when the two were students at Oxford. And she hit the proverbial ground…

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Dec 08, 2017

James Corden dances backup for Taylor Swift, terrorizes a bunch of other pop stars
Because we all used to be with it, but then they changed what “it” was, it’s okay to not be in the know as to the current crop of pop stars. That’s one of the reasons this segment from James Corden’s Late Late Show is so helpful; in it, Corden takes over as the general manager of Inglewood’s The Forum for its…

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Dec 08, 2017

’80s trash culture creates action thrills in this NSFW Night Business exclusive

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Dec 08, 2017

The Crown’s 2nd season kicks off with crises foreign and domestic
If The Crown’s first season had a central theme it was Elizabeth finding her feet as the 20-something Queen of England. The opening prologue of “Misadventure” seems to introduce the new theme for the show’s second season: Marriage. Yes, mawage is what brings us together today. And it looks like it’s going to be a…

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Dec 08, 2017

What to read, play, listen to, and watch this weekend
“Cartoonist Chris Ware has helped push the comic book medium to new heights of mainstream popularity, and his passion for the art form is at the core of Monograph, a huge art book tracing Ware’s personal and creative development from his early years growing up in Omaha through his experimental early adulthood to his…

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Dec 08, 2017

This square dancing conspiracy goes deeper than you think
In perhaps the most quintessentially American story of this century, Wonkette writer Robyn Pennacchia unearthed a conspiracy this week that involves back room legislative deals, anti-Semitic titans of industry, and the most boring dance style known to humankind—square dancing. Apparently, for decades, there has been a…

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Dec 08, 2017

Medieval Times is ready for a female ruler, even if the rest of America isn't
Last year the United States became tantalizingly close to electing its first female president, a defeat that has left many of us collectively licking our wounds ever since. But sometimes, we can find progressivism in surprising places: a medieval role-playing event in the suburbs of Chicago, say. The famous Medieval…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

As a child, Say Anything’s Max Bemis was in love with Charlie Sheen in Major League
At this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago, The A.V. Club asked bands to play a game we call Punk Or Not Punk, in which they rated random things on an arbitrary, dichotomic scale. This round, Say Anything’s Max Bemis joins us to rate PBR and Say Anything (the movie) and tells us about the huge crush he had on Charlie Sheen’s…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

The Ray gives The CW’s new gay hero an animated showcase, but not enough spotlight
[This review reveals major plot points of the Crisis On Earth-X episodes of Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow.]

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Diddy tops the list of 2017's highest-paid musicians, even without an album
Diddy, who was recently reminded that jokes need to somehow be funny— otherwise it just looks like you’re honestly changing your name to Brother Love—is back in the news, and not because he’s got a hologram of Biggie Smalls doing ads for Frosted Flakes, or something.


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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Bryan Singer thinks he and Kevin Spacey could work together again
It remains to be seen how permanent the consequences will be from this year’s avalanche of sexual assault and harassment allegations: Noted bigot Mel Gibson, to give a similar-but-unrelated example, seems to have rebounded just fine after about a decade in Hollywood time-out, And Bryan Singer, whose own reckoning is…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

She’s Gotta Have It loses it with unsuccessful attempts at comedy
The climax of Shemekka’s plastic surgery storyline is so disgusting and revolting that it dominates this episode. It’s a confusing and tonally out of place moment that relies on body horror for shock value. The rest of the episode is what I believe is Spike Lee’s attempts at comedy and it falls flat. It’s a mess from…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Look, we all want to watch Avengers and X-Men fight, but this Disney-Fox merger still sucks
Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way first: Yes, it would be amazing if all of Marvel’s mutants and superheroes could align under one roof. No one would love that more than we would. Unfortunately, Disney isn’t Captain America, and 20th Century Fox isn’t Professor X.


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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Margot Robbie is great, but I, Tonya is still about as sensationalistic as a tabloid
A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss the Goodfellas-biting biopic I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as the disgraced figure skater. Craig Gillespie’s sensationalist take on the Tonya Harding story covers her life, her career, and of course the 1994 attack on Nancy…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Amazon reviewers are roasting this sad MAGA Christmas ornament
The holidays are about remembering what’s really important in our lives. This year, the nation has learned that the most important thing in the world is talking shit to people you disagree with online. So, in the spirit of that newly minted American tradition, Amazon reviewers are absolutely roasting a MAGA Christmas…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

New Doctor Who Christmas special teaser tells us who’s the real Doctor
This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will have twice the Time Lords and departures: Both Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie are exiting the series. But let’s not think of that as we watch the latest teaser for “Twice Upon A Time.”

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Here’s the Simpsons house in 8 different architectural styles
After the White House, The Simpsons’ residence at 742 Evergreen Terrace is probably the most recognizable domicile in America. Though many things have changed in Springfield over the course of the show’s 29 seasons, the look of the Simpsons’ suburban tract home has remained fairly consistent. With its attached two-car…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Geoffrey Rush sues Australian paper over “spurious” assault claims
Geoffrey Rush is suing the Sydney Daily Telegraph for defamation after the paper published a report on allegations of “inappropriate behavior” stemming from his time at the Sydney Theatre Company.

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Here are the albums you should know about this week
In this week’s notable releases, pianist Tom Rogerson debuts with a beautiful Brian Eno collaboration, and Belle & Sebastian’s EP series begins by looking backward.

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Earnest bro urges the L.A. City Council to uphold the sanctity of chugging with the boys
For too long, the name Chad Kroeger has been associated with Canadian butt-rock act Nickelback. It’s time for that to change, as this “activist and house party enthusiast” is now the only Chad Kroeger we need in our lives. “Kroeger,” no doubt a clever alias, took to the floor of the Los Angeles City Council recently…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

The Psych cast on what other TV shows they’d like to see get a movie
Psych: The Movie is the latest on the long list of successful TV show revivals in 2017—a list that includes Twin Peaks, Hey Arnold!, and One Day at a Time. TV revivals are nothing new and we shouldn’t expect them to go away any time soon. So we asked the cast of Psych help us brainstorm ideas for the next great TV…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Patrick Stewart would play Picard again, but only for Tarantino
The news that Quentin Tarantino is developing a Star Trek film was met with a fair amount of skepticism and early script suggestions (“Revenge is a Royale with cheese best served cold,” etc.). But there’s at least one person who’s ready to beam aboard: Patrick Stewart.

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Girls writer admits that woman accusing him of sexual assault never asked for money
A recent spin of the “How Will Lena Dunham Disappoint Us This Time” wheel landed on “defending a man accused of rape,” as Dunham and her Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner defended Murray Miller—a writer for the show accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau—in a statement that basically said, “he’s always…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Girls writer walks back claim that sexual assault accuser demanded money 
A recent spin of the “How Will Lena Dunham Disappoint Us This Time” wheel landed on “defending a man accused of rape,” as Dunham and her Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner defended Murray Miller—a writer for the show accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau—in a statement that basically said, “he’s always…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Here’s what we think Death Stranding is actually about
At the moment, Hideo Kojima’s upcoming project Death Stranding is less a video game and more a series of weird art films that he trots out once a year with the clear intent of prolonging his friendship with Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen for as long as humanly possible. That being said, between the game’s initial E3…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Here's what we think Death Stranding is actually about
At the moment, Hideo Kojima’s upcoming project Death Stranding is less a video game and more a series of weird art films that he trots out once a year with the clear intent of prolonging his friendship with Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen for as long as humanly possible. That being said, between the game’s initial E3…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

This $65 Harmony Remote Includes the $85 Harmony Hub
$65 for a Logitech Harmony remote is a great deal on its face, but the real reason to buy this model is the included Harmony Hub.


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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

The 5 best books about religion, according to Pete Holmes
Pete Holmes’ Crashing is a semi-autobiographical HBO series, offering glimpses into the comic’s life after his first wife cheated on him, his relationship with faith was fractured, and he decided to pursue comedy full-time. Given his vocalness on the topic of faith, we asked him recommend his five favorite books on…

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Fill Up Your Steam Library With a Bunch of Cheap Racing Games
If you’re into racing games, this Humble Bundle’s for you. Pay what you want today for titles from the F1, Grid, and DiRT series, plus more games. As always, you can choose your own price, but some titles are locked behind paywalls, the most expensive of which is $15 this time around.

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Ghost In The Shell (The Good One) Is Just $8 On Blu-ray 
I urge you not to judge Ghost in the Shell based on the Scarlett Johannson film. Instead, add the Ghost In The Shell (The Good One) Is Just $8 On Blu-ray ', 'B00L6AW2MC');' data-amazontag='kinjaavclub-20' href='https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6AW2MC/?kinja_price=8&tag=kinjaavclub-20&ascsubtag=e41da1ee3f9bc98b977f05fe5759bf2b245cf586&rawdata=[t|link[p|1821120143[a|B00L6AW2MC[au|5727177402741770316[b|avclub'25th Anniversary Blu-ray of the original to your collection for just $8, within about $1 of an all-time low.


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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

Friday's Best Deals: Winter Gear, Philips Hue Starter Kit, Pelican Coolers, and More
Winter gear, Philips Hue Starter Kit, Pelican coolers, and more are all part of today’s best deals.

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AV Club Films
Dec 08, 2017

What bad habit did you pick up from popular culture? 
Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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