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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 15, 2017

Stephen Colbert mourns net neutrality—and that feeling of hope after Roy Moore's defeat
Stephen Colbert led off his Tuesday Late Show monologue by deadpanning the confession, 'If you''ll excuse me, I''m a little shaky tonight. My heart has been hurting all day, due to a condition my doctor calls ‘hope.''' It was his prelude to a monologue filled with bewildered glee that noted Republican disgrace Roy Moore…

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Dec 15, 2017

Top Chef gets cheesy (in a good way) as the gang flexes their creativity
Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we''re not writing at length about them, we''re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.


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Dec 15, 2017

Split your time between Jean-Claude Van Johnson and Steven Universe this weekend
Here''s what''s happening in the world of television for Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16. All times are Eastern.


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Dec 15, 2017

Famous nice guy Matt Damon puts all his bad harassment takes in one convenient place for people to check out
Matt Damon is famously one of Hollywood''s Nice Guys, a cheerfully smiling dude happy to pop in for a cameo for a friend or give helpful advice to younger co-stars. This week, for instance, he did the whole internet a solid, by giving an interview that got all of his uncomfortable takes on the current sexual harassment…

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Dec 15, 2017

At least one Black Mirror episode is already coming true in China
One of the big appeals of Netflix''s techno-horror anthology Black Mirror is that it always feels borderline plausible; Charlie Brooker and his team are experts at teasing out the implications of modern technology and finding the right ways to twist them into outright horror. The series can''t always stay all the way…

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Dec 15, 2017

NBC to just keep rebooting The IT Crowd until the damn thing works
Suggesting that someone at NBC is really in love with modem-based humor, the network has announced that it''s now taking a third stab at rebooting—computers!—the now-classic British sitcom The IT Crowd for an American audience. The network''s past efforts to bring the show to America have famously produced uniformly…

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Dec 15, 2017

NYPD launches investigation into Russell Simmons rape accusations
According to CNN, the NYPD has opened an investigation into Russell Simmons after multiple women have come forward with rape claims against the music mogul. In November, a woman named Keri Clausen Khalighi said that Simmons and director Brett Ratner had made 'aggressive sexual advances' toward her when she was 17, and…

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Dec 15, 2017

Here's what's coming to Amazon Prime in January
New Year''s Day is on its way, and with it, the usual efforts to recover from revelry-based ordeals of New Year''s Eve. Really, it''s the perfect day to curl up with a laptop, cruise over to Amazon Prime, and let Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell yell at you for a couple of hours.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 15, 2017

Morgan Spurlock departs his production company after sexual misconduct confession
Last night, Morgan Spurlock shared a lengthy essay about his own history of sexual misconduct, revealing that a woman accused him of rape in college, that he paid a settlement to a former assistant who he would call 'sex pants,' and that he cheated on everyone he''s been in a relationship with. Now, Deadline is…

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Dec 15, 2017

At least Disney can finally make Patton Oswalt's Star Wars/X-Men/Avengers crossover dreams a reality
We''re still trying to wrap our heads around the far-reaching consequences—some weird, many worrying—of Disney''s decision to buy a big chunk of 21st Century Fox this week, bringing any number of beloved properties under its omnipresent umbrella. Still, even as worries about media monopolization gnaw at our hearts, it''s…

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Dec 15, 2017

Annette Bening explains why she was written out of American Crime Story: Katrina
Way back in February, we reported that Annette Bening was attached to star in FX''s American Crime Story: Katrina as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, but a few months later the production 'stalled' and series mastermind Ryan Murphy decided to delay Katrina in favor of The Assassination Of Gianni Versace. In August,…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

3 women come forward with even worse allegations against Dustin Hoffman
It''s been over a month since the first sexual harassment allegations against Dustin Hoffman came out, with writer Anna Graham Hunter saying he groped and propositioned her when she was 17, and things have gotten steadily worse since then. Genius producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis also said that Hoffman harassed her when…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Deadspin The NFL Is Gonna Fuck With Everything This Offseason | Jezebel Details in Child Sex Complai
Deadspin The NFL Is Gonna Fuck With Everything This Offseason | Jezebel Details in Child Sex Complaint Against Rapper 6ix9ine Contradict His Public Comments | Earther What Ancient Rome Can Teach Us About Climate Disasters | Splinter Where a Life-Saving Needle Exchange Operates in the Shadow of the Law | The Root The…

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Dec 14, 2017

Don Hertzfeldt reminds Disney it now owns his weird-ass Simpsons intro
Disney''s getting a whole boatload of new content with its upcoming purchase of 21st Century Fox, some of it more suitably 'on-brand' than others. Among the biggest gets for the House of Mouse: The Simpsons, and its entire 28-year catalog of subversive, cynical comedy. Executive producers James L. Brooks and Matt…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

What's the best way to watch the Star Wars movies?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres tonight, and if you''re like us, you''ve been diligently rewatching the entire Skywalker saga in preparation for the eighth installment. But what is the best way to do so? There are three main schools of thought:

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Dec 14, 2017

A new Ms. Marvel takes up the mantle in this exclusive preview
Kamala 'Ms. Marvel' Khan is the most important Marvel creation of the past five years, a young woman of color who shows the heights superhero comics can achieve when they put marginalized perspectives in the spotlight. She has a compelling inner conflict between her civilian and superhero identities, a supporting cast…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Paul Ryan may retire, hopefully into the sun
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has spent his entire life dreaming of restructuring the federal government into an efficient machine for killing poor people, and now that Donald Trump''s ineptitude and the Republican Party''s general disregard for democracy have begun to make that dream a reality, he seems to preparing…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Catherine Keener signs on for Jim Carrey's sad puppeteer Showtime show
Fresh off of scaring the shit out of us in Get Out, Catherine Keener is set to add another tally mark on her very niche list of sad puppeteer TV shows or films. The former Being John Malkovich star has signed on for Jim Carrey''s new Showtime series Kidding, about a cheerful children''s entertainer whose life suddenly…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

George Clooney gave his best friends $1 million, but he seems to have forgotten us
Everybody already loves George Clooney, because he''s handsome and charming and did a very good job playing Batman (no matter what any jerks say), but it turns out that he''s actually a very generous friend with a penchant for giving fantastic gifts. That''s according to Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford''s husband and a…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland go on a sentimental journey in The Leisure Seeker
Americans are so used to exporting our culture to other countries that it''s always a bit of a novelty to see it reflected back onto us. But for every Paris, Texas there''s a The Leisure Seeker, a generic coming-of-old-age story starring Helen Mirren with a Southern accent and a no-nonsense wig worthy of a Republican…

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Dec 14, 2017

3 suns align with an exclusive reveal of The Dark Crystal deluxe vinyl soundtrack
December 17, 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the theatrical release of Jim Henson and Frank Oz''s The Dark Crystal, which means it''s also approximately the 30th anniversary of the time the Skesis sent this writer running from the room crying after renting the movie at our local mom-and-pop video store. This Friday,…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The 5 best Madonna songs according to Scandal's Guillermo Díaz
While he''s best know for his appearances on Chappelle''s Show and his roles on Scandal and Dating Game Killer, Guillermo Díaz is also a huge Madonna fan. In fact, he is such a fan, he has a tattoo of the pop icon on his right arm. We asked Díaz to give us his five favorite Madonna songs, and like a true fan, he named…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The 10 Best Deals of December 14, 2017
A friendly reminder that we only have 11 days left until Christmas, so your gift-buying days are down to the single digits when you account for shipping time. We see a lot of great deals every day, but these were our 10 favorites from Thursday.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Watch the asshole who killed net neutrality laugh off all the reasons it's so vital
Look, we all know Ajit Pai—FCC chairperson, former Verizon attorney, amateur film star, and Parks And Recreation superfan—is a total stooge. After all, he just led the FCC in a charge to lift net neutrality regulations that were in place to keep corporations from making their already crappy internet services even…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

A baby may be the world's biggest Jerry Seinfeld fan
When Netflix began parceling out viewing data for 2017, we were fully prepared to learn just how many people binged the 'Rise Of Steve'—sorry, Stranger Things. But the streaming platform wasn''t content to release such standard info, instead tweeting out shocking revelations like the fact that a few dozen people are…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Don't Miss This Extremely Rare Discount On Our Readers' Favorite VPN Service
It''s not hard to find good deals on VPN subscriptions, but our readers'' favorite service, Private Internet Access, is notable for hardly ever running sales. This is the holiday shopping season though, so for a limited time, you can sign up for two years of the service for just $60, down from its usual $70. That''s just…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Crown gives Princess Margaret the 1950s melodrama she deserves
England doesn''t have a written constitution, but if it did somewhere in there would be this: Matthew Goode must appear in all period pieces. The Crown fulfills that obligation by casting Goode (who you might know from such period pieces as Brideshead Revisited, The Imitation Game, Death Comes To Pemberley, and Downton…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Thing board game is as infectious as the movie
The Mondo empire has grown well beyond limited-edition prints of cool movie-inspired posters and T-shirts. The Austin-based company has moved into soundtrack LPs, statues, enamel pins—just about anything you can shape into a character from a beloved decades-old film. This fall Mondo even released its first board game, …

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Writers Guild is not happy about the Disney-Fox deal
Everybody seems fairly wary of Disney buying up a bunch of 21st Century Fox''s assets—specifically its movie and TV studios—since it seems like a big step toward letting the mouse people take over all media, but the Writers Guild Of America West is particularly frustrated with this deal. As reported by Variety, the WGA…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Read This: Mimi O'Donnell's devastating memoir of her relationship with Philip Seymour Hoffman
It''s been roughly four years since we lost actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the beloved actor who rose to prominence as a player in the oeuvre of filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson before winning an Oscar for his 2005 portrayal of Truman Capote. In a moving new essay for Vogue, his partner, the director and producer Mimi…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Last Jedi brings the weird and the cool back to Star Wars
For the final Film Club of 2017, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are discussing what is sure to be the biggest film of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Although it''s the middle chapter of the sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi avoids being a retread of The Empire Strikes Back,…

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Dec 14, 2017

What's missing from our list of the year's best TV shows?
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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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The FCC has voted to kill net neutrality 
As expected, the FCC voted today to repeal net neutrality rules. The agency''s five commissioners came down along party lines, with Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel offering scathing dissenting opinions as their three Republican colleagues voted to kill the Obama-era regulations that restricted internet…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Only Bottle Opener Ned Stark Would Use Is Just $11 Today
The perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the Game of Thrones fan in your life is this Hand of the King bottle opener. At just $11, down from its usual $20, you won''t have to be Lannister to afford it.

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Dec 14, 2017

Omarosa explains that, actually, no, she didn't get fired
Following her elimination on this week''s episode of The White House Apprentice, it was only natural that Omarosa Manigault Newman would make an appearance today on Good Morning America to provide a behind-the-scenes look at her dramatic series send-off. She used it as an opportunity to set the record straight about…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

HBO renews Curb Your Enthusiasm for a 10th season
Curb Your Enthusiasm wrapped its ninth season with Larry in a real pickle, a conundrum that HBO wants to see resolved sooner than later. Deadline reports that the premium cabler has renewed Larry David''s cringe comedy for a 10th season.

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Chicago, hit the ice with I, Tonya for free
Margot Robbie and Allison Janney were both nominated for SAG awards for their performances in I,Tonya, Lars And The Real Girl director Craig Gillespie''s new movie dramatizing the rise and dramatic, sudden fall of Tonya Harding, whose hardscrabble background and athletic style scandalized the figure-skating world even…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

A brief rundown of world leaders humiliating the president this year
Sure, President Donald Trump is hated by celebrities, athletes, rappers, boy scouts, Native Americans, U2, pornographers, Puerto Rico, his staff, the FBI, and most of his constitu

The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner describes reading the series finale
After letting it slip that Game of Thrones'' final season wouldn''t be airing until 2019, actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the series, just gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter about the lead-up to the fantasy series'' final stretch. This time, however, she kept any revealing details close to the…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Why you're drunk: Wine glasses are 7 times bigger than they used to be
Like many of us, you may be heading out for a civilized evening of enjoyable chatting and wine-drinking, only to find yourself sobbing and drunk-texting an ex during the cab ride home. What the hell happened? Turns out, you can blame your glassware, as today''s wine pours are multiple times larger than they were a few…

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Dec 14, 2017

What's the deal with 'yada yada yada'?
Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club''s series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America''s favorite colloquialisms. Kory uncovers the roots of 'yada yada yada,' a conversational shorthand popularized by Seinfeld—but it can be traced back even before…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Last Jedi spoiler paranoia is everywhere
If you are hoping to avoid knowing anything heading into The Last Jedi, good luck. Spoilers are a massive bummer, but they''re also so vaguely defined at this point that pretty much any of the marketing or press around a given enterprise will contain someone''s definition of a spoiler. Critics of the world are…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

How Steven Seagal Became A Useful Puppet For Post-Soviet Dictators
On a crisp November morning in Moscow, Steven Seagal found himself within the walls of the Grand Kremlin Palace, seated across from Vladimir Putin, the most powerful man in the Russian Federation. Dressed in a blood-red kimono and black trousers—a throwback to his days as a martial artist—Seagal observed the Russian…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Old West is clinically depressed in the grim Christian Bale oater Hostiles
Hostiles—a twilight-of-the-frontier Western as grim and obvious as its title and tagline ('We are all… Hostiles'), filled with greasy skin and scraggled, dimming landscapes—opens with a Comanche band gruesomely descending on a remote homestead and American soldiers torturing an Apache family in the reddish…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The Puzzle Of A Lifetime
The first time I played Gorogoa, I couldn''t believe what I was seeing.

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Forget The Last Jedi and remember the true Star Wars film of the holidays
While crowds gather in theaters across the world to watch the latest entry to the now-annual Star Wars series, knowing roughly what to expect from the movie they''re about to see, we should remember that there was a time when the tone of these films was a lot less predictable.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Drag Race All Stars moves to Thursdays, gets sickening trailer
The third season of RuPaul''s Drag Race All Stars will once again feature lots of familiar, beat faces, like Morgan Michaels and BenDeLaCreme. What is new, though, is its timeslot. Starting January 25, the latest installment of also-rans getting another chance to snatch the crown will air on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.…

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Dec 14, 2017

Google's most-searched recipes of 2017 show a frantic nation looking for comfort food
Google released its Top 10 list of most-searched items in 2017 this week, and frankly, the overall list was a bit underwhelming, as people demanded more information about Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer, and fidget spinners. Getting more granular, though, when we dive into the most-searched recipes in the U.S., the results…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Pass the sauv blanc to the left: Weed wine is here 
Long day at the office? Californians can soon unwind with marijuana-infused wine. The new THC-infused sauvignon blanc comes from Rebel Coast Winery and will begin shipping to preorder customers and to more than 500 marijuana dispensaries across the state in January. The wine will also be sold in additional states with…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Thursday's Best Deals: Dash Cams, Camping Stove, Star Wars Movies, and More
Anker dash cams, a phone-charging camping stove, Star Wars movies and comics, and more are all part of today''s best deals.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

One relationship is currently keeping Modern Family interesting
After last week''s relatively pleasant, harmless episode, the Modern Family winter finale, 'No Small Feet,' begins with Luke taking pictures of Alex''s feet while she''s sleeping so that he can sell smelly old runners to creepy folks on the internet. It''s the kind of setup that''s immediately cringeworthy, and not…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

If Happy End is indeed his last film, Michael Haneke deserves a better send-off
In today''s second edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are discussing the latest—and possibly final—film from Michael Haneke, Happy End, a family drama set in Northern France during the European refugee crisis. If this is in fact Haneke''s last film, it functions…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Get ready to barrage people with your thoughts much more efficiently on Twitter
Ah, the tweetstorm—the last refuge of the person who has something urgent to say, whether it''s denouncing the serial abuser who''s in the highest government office or just slamming Porgs, that simply cannot be summed in 140 to 280 characters. It is by no means an efficient way of getting something off your chest, what…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Harvey Weinstein denies or 'can't recall' Salma Hayek's allegations
In an op-ed published in The New York Times, Salma Hayek revealed the extent to which Harvey Weinstein, who''s now been accused by about 90 women of sexual harassment or assault, was also 'her monster.' Hayek collaborated with Weinstein on her 2002 film Frida, a partnership she initially considered a once-in-a-lifetime…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Last night in TV Club
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: A | Riverdale: C- | Vikings: B | Happy!: B- | Mr. Robot: A- | Designated Survivor: C+ | She''s Gotta Have It: C

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Jezebel Morgan Spurlock Admits to Past Sexual Misconduct In Social Media Post, Says He's ‘Part Of th
Jezebel Morgan Spurlock Admits to Past Sexual Misconduct In Social Media Post, Says He''s ‘Part Of the Problem'' | Deadspin USMNT Starlet Josh Sargent Inadvertently Offers Scathing Indictment Of MLS | The Root Washington State Bar Manager Brutally Attacked While Defending Black Bartender From Racist Customers | Splinter…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

From Jimmy Stewart to typing cows: Some new and old favorites for your kids' holiday viewing
Our A.V. Club Field Guide To Parenting is designed to guide you toward the best kids'' books, shows, movies, and music, just like we do with The A.V. Club for adults. Every month or so, we feature a new subject with a few essential pop culture takes parents should know, saving you from the mountains of kids'' dreck out…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

It's official: Disney is buying 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion
After weeks of publicly mulling over a merger, Disney confirms it is buying some of 21st Century Fox''s assets, including of course its movie and TV studios, for $52.4 billion in stock.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Find Out Where Video Games Come From With Jason Schreier's Blood, Sweat, and Pixels - Just $2 on Kindle Today
Call us biased, if you want, but Blood, Sweat, and Pixels - Just $2 on Kindle Today', 'B01NAKSWW1');' data-amazontag='kinjaavclub-20' href='https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sweat-Pixels-Triumphant-Turbulent-ebook/dp/B01NAKSWW1?tag=kinjaavclub-20&ascsubtag=050f2ea68c3197c9d857ad85070ff4b1b1148c38&rawdata=[t|link[p|1821286467[a|B01NAKSWW1[au|5727177402741770316[b|avclub'Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Kotaku''s own Jason Schreier is the best new book of 2017. If you enjoy video games and want to learn how they''re dragged kicking and screaming into this world, you''d be crazy not to download it to your Kindle for just $2.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Make Your Friends Hate You and Binge Watch All Seven Star Wars Episodes
Just take today off work, buy all seven episodes (not including Rogue One) digitally on Amazon while they''re only $10, and you can cram it all in before seeing The Last Jedi. Call it 'training' and I''m sure you''ll get away with it.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Did Riverdale just unmask its Black Hood?
Riverdale says goodbye to 2017 with a holiday-themed episode that puts the focus on family bonds, and answers the season''s biggest question—or does it?

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Dec 14, 2017

The best film scenes of 2017
Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

What are you listening to this week? 
I was only passingly familiar with Future until earlier this year, having heard the occasional guest spot or bubbling radio song. I went to school via an excellent primer on this very site, but didn''t really follow up. Then my 7-year-old son somehow discovered the song 'Wicked,' and now it''s pretty much all he wants…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

She's Gotta Have It is too indecisive as it enters its final act 
One of the most infuriating things about She''s Gotta Have It is the show can''t decide if it wants to be an explicitly political and reactionary treatise on Black life in America or a soapy, sexy dramedy. Spike Lee has been able to balance the two. Jungle Fever is the classic example of Lee gradually turning a…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

After Alabama, Late Night's Amber Ruffin has one message for white America: 'You're welcome'
After black voters in Alabama voted for Democrat Doug Jones and against bigot and accused child molester Republican Roy Moore to the tune of 98 per cent, Late Night With Seth Meyers'' writer, performer, future sitcom star, and general force of charm and delight in the world Amber Ruffin took to the stage for an Alabama…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Do you want to spend the holidays with Taylor, Taraji, or Tribute To The Troops?
Here''s what''s happening in the world of television for Thursday, December 14. All times are Eastern.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Designated Survivor goes through the motions
For its mid-season finale, Designated Survivor makes a bold choice: to spin its wheels a bit while it patiently waits for the moment when it can kill somebody off. Unsurprisingly, it''s not a great approach. It''s hard to earn any sort of catharsis when the big emotional moments — Alex''s death and Hannah''s shooting of…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Patreon abandons controversial plan to change its fee structure
Patreon has become an important tool for independent creators over the last few years, giving fans a largely painless way to support the artists that they love. Like anything touching the murky world of finance, though, it has its problems, problems that were exacerbated when the company announced last week that it…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

The FCC's Ajit Pai now openly mocking net neutrality protesters with his dumb new video
We''re getting closer and closer to a crisis point on net neutrality, as current FCC chairman Ajit Pai wages a minor internet culture war to convince people to support his plans for a 'free internet'—i.e., one where Obama-era protections don''t exist to stop service providers from charging different amounts of money to…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

In its third season finale, Mr. Robot rejects the revolution
'Science has promised us truth...it has never promised us either peace or happiness.'—Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Happy! lets up on the gas a little in episode 2, 'What Smiles Are For'
After a slam-bang premiere episode, it''s not surprising that Happy!''s follow-up episode was slightly less high-octane. It still had some great action sequences, good jokes, and some incredibly creative camera work, but it wasn''t as captivating as the premiere. Luckily, the show isn''t pussyfooting around with setting…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Happy! lets up on the gas a little in its 2nd episode
After a slam-bang premiere episode, it''s not surprising that Happy!''s follow-up episode is slightly less high-octane. It still has some great action sequences, good jokes, and some incredibly creative camera work, but it isn''t as captivating as the premiere. Luckily, the show isn''t pussyfooting around with setting the…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Robert Knepper to stay on iZombie, despite multiple past accusations of assault
The CW has announced that it''s concluded its investigation into the behavior of iZombie co-star Robert Knepper—who''s been accused of sexual assault by five different women—and ruled that there''s 'no evidence' that he''s done anything wrong during his time on the series. Correspondingly, the network has announced that…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Warner Bros. settles crazy Conjuring lawsuit in very boring way
Earlier this year, an author named Gerald Brittle filed a fascinating lawsuit against Warner Bros. over the Conjuring movies, claiming that he owned the exclusive rights to the stories of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren because they had agreed to sign over the rights in 1980 when he was writing a book…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

Vikings advances, promisingly, in five separate directions
'Too much knowledge is an agony. Prepare yourself.'


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Dec 14, 2017

Morgan Spurlock says he's 'part of the problem' in sexual misconduct confession
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has shared a lengthy essay on Twitter about the recent trend of sexual harassment accusations, saying he has watched 'hero after hero' come forward with their stories as 'man after man' falls 'at the realization of their past indiscretions,' and he says he''s been wondering when…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

ABC pulls The Great American Baking Show in wake of harassment claims against judge Johnny Iuzzini 
Variety reports that The Great American Baking Show—ABC''s answer to the British culinary hit—is being pulled off the air, after fielding sexual harassment claims against judge Johnny Iuzzini. The claims against the well-known pastry chef came to light late last month, just a few days before the series aired its…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

In Riverdale, there's no such thing as a Christmas miracle
The unfortunate thing about this episode as a midseason finale is that, when it''s over, there''s relief. Relief that the episode is over. Relief that it''s time to take a much-needed break from Riverdale. Relief that we can get away from Riverdale''s warped sense of Christmas spirit.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 14, 2017

3 women accuse Russell Simmons of rape
In November, model Keri Clausen Khalighi came forward with allegations that Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and director Brett Ratner made 'aggressive sexual advances' toward her when she was 17. She later added that Simmons had given her a 'really touching' apology recently, but she was disappointed in his decision…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

PBS suspends Tavis Smiley over sexual misconduct allegations
Another PBS talk show star has come under fire for alleged sexual improprieties, with Variety reporting that Tavis Smiley—host of the long-running late-night talk show of the same name—has been suspended by the company after an investigation into his actions. According to a statement by PBS today, their third-party…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Actual space people will be getting a special screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Very few people can relate to the characters in Star Wars like the astronauts working on the International Space Station can. After all, they''re the closest thing our universe has to the space-faring adventurers of the Rebel Alliance, since they also live among the stars and believe in an invisible Force that…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

T-Mobile is totally coming to disrupt the cable business, young people!
Ayo, fam: Aren''t cable and satellite TV providers totally not lit? They''re the very embodiment of ??, amirite?


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

We asked a mortician: Do you really poop when you die?
Founded in 2011 by mortician Caitlin Doughty, The Order Of The Good Death aims to 'bring discussions of mortality back into the public sphere,' whether that means helping people confront their own death fears, the death of loved ones, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

The 10 Best Deals of December 13, 2017
Christmas is creeping up, which means your gift shopping days are starting to dwindle. We see a lot of great deals every day, but these were our 10 favorites from Wednesday.


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

The Slot White Women Keep Fucking Us Over | Deadspin Tom Thibodeau Is Destruction | Splinter Lyft to
The Slot White Women Keep Fucking Us Over | Deadspin Tom Thibodeau Is Destruction | Splinter Lyft to Drivers: Treat Yourself Because We Won''t | Very Smart Brothas White People Need to Be Better People | Earther Your Favorite Superhero Is Probably Killing the Planet |

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Someone hacked Anderson Cooper's Twitter to send a single, lame insult to the president
Early this morning President Donald J. Trump awoke and posted an extremely predictable tweet, attempting to shift the blame for GOP candidate Roy Moore''s disastrous showing in yesterday''s United States Senate special election to, as you might expect, not Donald Trump:


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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

R.I.P. Pat DiNizio, lead singer of The Smithereens 
Pat DiNizio, singer-songwriter and frontman for ‘80s alternative mainstays The Smithereens, has died. DiNizio''s death appears to have been rather sudden, as only a few days ago he posted on Facebook about how he had been receiving physical therapy after damaging his neck and back in a fall but 'we are doing our very…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Christian Bale's mustache is the best thing about Hostiles
We''re back with another edition of Film Club. Today, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are discussing the period Western Hostiles, a film that reunites Christian Bale and director Scott Cooper—their first collaboration being 2013''s Out Of The Furnace—for an original story about a…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Netflix zaps new life into Sean Bean's The Frankenstein Chronicles
Remember when new takes on Frankenstein were the hottest thing in the entertainment industry? It was after everybody was making Wizard Of Oz stuff, but it ended a few years ago when Fox decided to change the name of a show about a dead cop coming back to life from Frankenstein to The Frankenstein Code and then Second…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Real-life Conjuring guy was possessed by desire for young girl, gross report says
There''s a whole lot of God in the Conjuring franchise, and not just because it''s about a demon-hunting couple that shouts things like, 'In the power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, I condemn you back to hell!' No, Ed and Lorraine Warren—the real-life couple whose experiences inspired the films—were true-believer…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Redbox is launching an on-demand video service
It''s Friday night. You''ve suffered through another endless-feeling week of work. You turn on your screen of choice, flip past Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Shudder, HBO Now, Sling TV, Playstation Vue, and wonder, 'Isn''t there anywhere I can go for streaming content?'

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

'Hell yes,' Rian Johnson wants to see more diversity among Star Wars directors
The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest in film history, which means the opportunity to helm one of its installments is both quite a boon, and a significant show of confidence in the filmmaker''s ability. Unfortunately, those chances have, to date, been offered exclusively to white male directors. This, despite …

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

After beating Roy Moore, Doug Jones walked off to 'Teach Me How To Dougie'
If we''re all being honest, a lot of people didn''t really expect Doug Jones—a Democrat—to beat Republican Roy Moore—an accused pedophile—in Alabama''s special election this week to fill Jeff Sessions'' Senate seat. Someone within Team Jones must have kept the faith, though, because they cued up a pretty solid track to…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Tim Meadows says being in Mean Girls is kind of like being in a Christmas movie
With endlessly quotable lines, and a number of spiritual descendants, Mean Girls has had a significant cultural impact since its release. That''s thanks in large part to the core cast, and the film''s relatability—but it doesn''t hurt when you have cameos from SNL veterans like Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and Tim Meadows.…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Harvey Weinstein made death threats, demanded full-frontal nude scene, Salma Hayek says
The day after Harvey Weinstein''s Hong Kong fixer was exposed in a series of investigative reports by online magazine HK01, actress/producer Salma Hayek published an op-ed in The New York Times telling her Weinstein story, a reminder that these stories go much deeper than the initial headlines. Called 'Harvey Weinstein…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Familiarize Yourself With The Other Star Wars Canon With This Massive ComiXology Sale
I was never a comic book person growing up, though I was and still am a Star Wars person. But there''s no sense in not digesting everything that has the Star Wars name on it for the sake of staying a purist. Some canonical literature is fan fodder, and some is really, really good. Find what you like during this massive Star Wars sale from…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota's lieutenant governor Tina Smith replaces Al Franken in the Senate
Tina Smith, who''s served as Minnesota''s lieutenant governor since 2014, has been named Al Franken''s replacement in the Senate by Governor Mark Dayton.

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

In the season finale of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Midge (sort of) gets it all
The season finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is filled to the brim with plot twists, some of which had me shouting at the screen!

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

Christopher Nolan walks you through the most terrifying scene in Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan''s Dunkirk is one of the year''s best films, a propulsive World War II film that''s been celebrated by both critics and, well, people who were actually there. There''s plenty about it to praise—its score, for example—but on first watch it''s the urgency and intimacy Nolan cultivates that gives the film…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Dec 13, 2017

R.L. Stine was scared of everything as a child
R.L. Stine is best known for scaring millions of children for decades with the nightmarish imagery of his Goosebumps and Fear Street franchises. In our interview with Stine, he talks about being terrified of everything as a child, overcoming that fear, and using it to create Goosebumps.

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