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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

Today's Trailer Happy Hour has Doctor Who's Matt Smith as a growling, grunting zombie whisperer
Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where everybody knows your name. (It's "Human being who wants to watch some teasers and promos for upcoming films," right? We thought we recognized you!) Today we've got chatty zombies, sentimental methadone lovers, and some very bad things happening in Texas, so let's dive right in.

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Jul 17, 2018

Personal stakes lift The 100 out of its slump
One prominent issue with the last few episodes of The 100 has been the show's insistence on creating life or death stakes for each and every character. It's a flaw that's familiar to regular viewers, as nearly every season has included a stretch of episodes where the stakes just felt too big, the scope too large to…

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Jul 17, 2018

It's Rumor Time: Is Walmart planning to make its own Netflix competitor?
Today in terrible ideas, a site called The Information (via Variety) is claiming that Walmart is developing its very own subscription-based streaming service like Netflix. The Information's anonymous sources say that Walmart is considering launching this thing at $8 per month, with an additional ad-supported model…

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Jul 17, 2018

The Bold Type bites off exactly as much as it can chew with "Betsy"
The Bold Type knows itself. It knows its audience, its tone, its format, its strength and weaknesses. It knows what it can pull off, and what it can't. It knows how messy it can get without overtaxing itself. In that way, "Betsy" is essentially the baby-bear-porridge of Very Special Episodes. It's doesn't overreach.…

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Jul 17, 2018

Netflix releases some stylish teaser images from its new She-Ra cartoon
Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that's new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

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Jul 17, 2018

Study shows male critics are more likely to bash films from female directors
For many years now, Dr. Martha Lauzen and San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film have been a reliable source for sobering statistics on the industry's treatment of women, both in front of, and behind, the camera. The Center issues annual reports on female representation in…

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Jul 17, 2018

YouTuber DaddyOFive is back, pulling more "pranks" that look a lot like child abuse
Last year, a YouTuber named Mike Martin who posted on a channel called DaddyOFive came under fire when viewers began to point out that the wacky "pranks" he and his wife played on their kids were definitely child abuse. The Martins had amassed nearly 800,000 subscribers with videos about screaming at their kids,…

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Jul 17, 2018

The director of The Queen Of Versailles takes a shallow look at materialism in Generation Wealth
The photographer Lauren Greenfield, whose documentary The Queen Of Versailles profiled a mega-rich Florida family and their unfinished 85,000 square foot house, offers a career survey in Generation Wealth, revisiting her earlier books, photo assignments, and short docs in a purported overview of our global culture of…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

This 200GB MicroSD Card Was Already Cheap For Prime Day, and Just Got Even Cheaper
You might have seen this 200GB microSD card as part of Amazon's SanDisk Prime Day savings, but it bears a special callout now, because it just got a couple bucks cheaper than it was yesterday, which was already an all-time low price. $44 is an absurdly good price for a Switch-compatible memory card with this much…

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Jul 17, 2018

Before winning the top prize at Cannes, Hirokazu Koreeda bungled the case of The Third Murder
The first and second murders in The Third Murder take place some 30 years before the movie begins, and are never shown on screen, even in flashback. No need to wait around for number three, though. Just a few seconds into the very first shot, a middle-aged man named Misumi (Kôji Yakusho), who's walking with another…

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Jul 17, 2018

People won't stop giving Armie Hammer peaches (hopefully unfucked)
2017 Oscar-winner Call Me By Your Name is a touching, rapturous, bittersweet story about love, acceptance, and loneliness. It's also a movie where a guy fucks a peach, an irresistible talking point both for puerile minds, and for those who have adopted that moment of harvested intimacy as a symbol of secret connection…

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Jul 17, 2018

Netflix swears everything is fine, even as its stock drops
Recently, Netflix has adopted an approach to producing original content that involves making as many things as possible and releasing them all at once, resulting in a flood of movies, TV shows, and stand-up specials that can be pretty hard to keep up with—especially when every episode of Friends is just right there.…

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Jul 17, 2018

R.I.P. Anthony Filosa, Nathan For You's retired judge
As reported by Vulture, former California state judge Anthony Filosa—best known as the surprisingly cooperative legal consultant on Comedy Central's Nathan For You—has died. Filosa appeared on Nathan four times, warning host Nathan Fielder about times he had broken the law or was about to break the law, and on one…

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Jul 17, 2018

Papa John's founder now claims extortion, calls his resignation "a mistake"
Much as Papa John's corporate wishes founder and former chairman John Schnatter would just go gently into that good night, he adamantly will not. Yes, this already-batshit story is now even crazier: So last week, the embattled face of the pizza franchise resigned after reports emerged that he used a racial slur in a…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

One Instant Pot Prime Day Deal Overcooked, but Three More Have Taken Its Place
The $59 Instant Pot Duo is still sold out, but the Instant Pot Ultra is on sale in two different sizes for Prime Day. Unfortunately, neither of those sizes is the standard 6 qt., but if you need the apartment-friendly 3 qt. or the family-sized 8 qt., you're in luck.


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Jul 17, 2018

"Fred" Mercury takes the stage in the full-length trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody
The teaser trailer for Bryan Singer and Rami Malek's famously troubled Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was all foot stomping and roaring crowds, but the full-length trailer for the film—released this morning by Fox Searchlight—gives Malek the chance to prove that not only can he look a whole hell of a lot like Freddie…

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Jul 17, 2018

This just-published Anthony Bourdain interview is a scorcher
Writer Maria Bustillos first connected with Anthony Bourdain after she wrote a lengthy piece for Eater diving into his early career as a crime novelist. Bourdain tweeted his appreciation for the article, which inspired Bustillos to ask for an interview with Bourdain for her blockchain-backed, "alt-worldly" website …

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Jul 17, 2018

Prime Day Deals, Ranked
If you're overwhelmed by the sheer deluge of Prime Day deals, here are our 75-ish favorites that you can still buy, ranked scientifically* from best to worst.


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Jul 17, 2018

Celebrate World Emoji Day with some terrifying tweets by the U.S. government
The lights are dimmed, the annual viewing of The Emoji Movie has just ended, and the children are getting ready to lay their spherical, eggy yellow heads down to dream of "Wrapped Present" and "Party Popper." That's right: it's the best day of the year. It's World Emoji Day.

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Jul 17, 2018

Hulu is turning Anne Rice's whole Vampire Chronicles series into a TV show
1994's Interview With The Vampire adaptation captured a very traditional take on vampires, with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise playing aristocratic bloodsuckers with long hair who are kind of sad and sensitive but also violent and dangerous. They were basically the ideal vampires until Blade came along and said they should…

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Jul 17, 2018

Behold OZY Fest, the music festival of your nightmares
This weekend, thousands of people will gather in Central Park in New York City to see what can only be described as the most confusing festival lineup in history. It's called OZY Fest. No, not Ozzfest. That's a different thing that could potentially be fun. OZY Fest, on the other hand, bills itself as "part music…

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Jul 17, 2018

Here's a very detailed analysis of James Bond's bad, incorrect drink order
When it comes to drinking alcohol, there's nothing more annoying than a person who thinks they know everything about their drink of choice, or at least is trying very hard to give off that appearance. Think about the guy who judgmentally insists on drinking only the hoppiest of IPAs or who yells at you for putting ice…

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Jul 17, 2018

Umbrella Academy's dysfunctional heroes return in this Hotel Oblivion exclusive
It's been almost a decade since writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá told a new story about the dysfunctional superhero family of The Umbrella Academy, and after years of teases, the series finally returns in October with The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion. Conveniently timed to coincide with the debut of…

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Jul 17, 2018

Snag An 8 pack of Sugru Moldable Glue For All Your DIY Needs, Only $16 Today
Sugru is right up there with binder clips and the Raspberry Pi in Lifehacker's pantheon of must-have gear, and you can stock up today with eight packs from Amazon for just $16, for Prime members only. Unlike most Sugru deals, this one's available for every combination of colors Amazon sells, at least as of now.

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Jul 17, 2018

The McElroys successfully translate their Adventure Zone exploits to a comic book in Here There Be Gerblins
Some of the most popular podcasts today are about murder or tabletop roleplaying games. While it's not the only show of its type, The Adventure Zone has grown a large and enthusiastic audience, large enough to (hopefully) support a published graphic novel. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (First Second) is…

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Jul 17, 2018

Jean-Claude Van Damme was apparently "coked out of his mind" filming Street Fighter
Films based on video games are, for some reason, incredibly difficult to do well. Super Mario Bros., Assassin's Creed, and whatever was going on in Doom are all perfect examples of how wildly successful properties can be completely mishandled. The Street Fighter movie on the other hand—with its frenetic fight scene…

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Jul 17, 2018

The CW is developing a live-action Batwoman series, too
The CW family of live-action superhero shows may soon have a new sibling, as Variety reports that Batwoman is in development at the network as a series. The character, as you may recall from our report back in May, was already set to make her live-action debut in December as part of the DC superhero show's…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

All of The 4K Movies In This Sale Are Only $15 Each
Today's a really great day to expand your 4K movie collection. You'll pay just $15 each for all the movies in this sale - that's three pages of films with classics like The Matrix, Jumanji, King Kong, The Bourne movies and more. Head over to Amazon to start picking out your favorites, this sale will end at midnight.

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Jul 17, 2018

Everybody shut up and look at Keanu Reeves on a horse
Attention, everybody: Keanu Reeves is on a horse. How do we know he's on a horse? Well, while the actor was hard at work shooting John Wick 3: Parabellum (whose goofy subtitle can totally be explained, if you're curious), photographers caught wind of a distinctive, barnyard smell drifting down the streets of Brooklyn.…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

Spielberg's Jaws adaptation cut the mafia and sex subplots—and made movie history
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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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

Late-night scorecard: "Holy shit, the president's an actual Russian agent" edition
Hey remember how everyone on the internet with an eagle in his or her Twitter avatar made fun of you for suggesting that Donald Trump was acting like a Russian sleeper agent? Yeah, those particular treasonous goalposts were irrevocably moved this weekend, as the—let's still call him "president," for tradition's…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

Amazon's Dirt Cheap 4K Fire TVs Are Even Cheaper For Prime Day
Are Amazon's new co-branded Toshiba Fire TVs the best sets you can buy? No, of course not, especially not with limited HDR support. But they're extremely affordable, have 4K resolution, and include Amazon's excellent Fire TV software and an Alexa voice remote. For some buyers, or for certain rooms in your house,…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

The 25 essential baby books every nursery should have
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 will feature a new subject with a few essential pop culture takes parents should know, saving you from the mountains of kids' dreck…

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Jul 17, 2018

"So a drug trafficker calls into a podcast…": Chris Gethard on this week's shocking episode of Beautiful/Anonymous
In every episode of Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People, Chris Gethard gets on the phone with a complete stranger, and plays a role that's equal parts interviewer, confessor, and confidant. Over the course of 120 episodes, he's heard from the likes of an Australian aerialist turned sexual education teacher, a…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

The Bold Type gets the gang back together, finds a gun
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Tuesday, July 17. All times are Eastern.

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 17, 2018

Live Long, and Save On These Star Trek Box Sets
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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

We may know which heroes will join Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan's Birds Of Prey
Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that's new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Now You Can Get an Oculus Rift Headset And Controllers For $350
Though you'll still need an expensive-ass computer to run it, the Oculus Rift VR system is finally approaching affordability, with the And Controllers For $350', 'B073X8N1YW');window.ga('unique.send', 'event', 'Commerce', 'avclub - Now You Can Get an Oculus Rift Headset And Controllers For $350', 'B073X8N1YW');" data-amazontag="kinjaavclub-20" href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073X8N1YW?tag=kinjaavclub-20&ascsubtag=58a1608cb9b0627ca11403e8be43ea51068955be&rawdata=[t|link[p|1797515104[a|B073X8N1YW[au|5727177402741770316[b|avclub"headset and controller bundle now available for $349. That's the price we've seen since Black Friday, and in fact, it's less than the headset by itself cost not that long ago.


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Jul 16, 2018

Here's what's coming to Amazon Prime in August
We're deep in the hot days of summer, and there's no better way to cool off than by jumping into the ocean and going on a journey in a colorful submersible. Granted, you won't feel a refreshing splash of water if you're in a submersible, but we needed a way to introduce the fact that Yellow Submarine is now streaming…

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Jul 16, 2018

Nickelodeon is bringing back Rugrats for a TV revival and "live-action" movie
The best thing about today's reboot-happy culture is that none of us ever really need to grow up and move on from the things we liked as children, and nothing has ever illustrated that more clearly than Nickelodeon announcing today that it's bringing back Rugrats. In a press release, the network announced that it's…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Showtime denies Sacha Baron Cohen posed as disabled veteran to trick Sarah Palin
A lot of right-wing political figures have been falling over each other to reveal that they got tricked into doing interviews for Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series Who Is America?, as if supporting Trump just makes people really proud to admit how easily they can get conned, but Sarah Palin was one of the first…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Ask The Salty Waitress: How should I respond when people throw measly change in my tip jar?

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Jul 16, 2018

Nathan Fillion explains his love for Nathan Drake, Uncharted's "not-quite hero"
Sony has been talking about developing a movie based on its Uncharted series of blockbuster action games for nearly a decade now. What started as a David O Russell-directed Mark Wahlberg vehicle that sounded nothing like the games morphed into a different adaptation with a script from Joe Carnahan and in its latest…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

The Best Prime Day Deals of 2018 [Updating]
Amazon Prime Day 2018 officially starts at 3PM ET today, but as per usual, Amazon has already started rolling out a few select deals that Prime members can take advantage of right now.


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Jul 16, 2018

Timothée Chalamet might spice up Denis Villeneuve's Dune reboot
According to Deadline, Timothée Chalamet is in "final talks" to star in Denis Villeneuve's new Dune movie. He'll reportedly be playing Paul Atreides, the character Kyle MachLachlan played in David Lynch's 1984 adaptation and the main hero of the story. Like Lynch's version, Villeneuve's Dune will be based on the 1965…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Come Inside My Mind is an inviting, uneven look at the unseen Robin Williams
It's 1978, and Robin Williams is one month into his Mork & Mindy tenure and most of the way through his episode of HBO's On Location. His set has been a ferocious demonstration of the quick wit and willingness to go for a laugh that, in the brief time he's been in Los Angeles, have already caught the eye of George…

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Jul 16, 2018

Your No-Brainer Deal of the Day: Buy a $25 Amazon Gift Card, Get a Bonus $5
If you're a Prime member, you can get yourself a bonus $5 Amazon credit card when you buy a $25 gift card right now for Prime Day, with basically no restrictions. Why wouldn't you do this? Go do this. Just

The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

The first Aquaman teaser poster has us wondering just how big Jason Momoa really is
We're probably going to get the first trailer for director James Wan's Aquaman movie later this week during Comic-Con, so to try and go fishing for a little bit of hype, Wan has shared the first teaser poster for the film on social media. It's a pretty standard one-sheet, with Jason Momoa's eponymous man wearing…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Matthew Rhys heads to Tom Hanks' neighborhood for Mr. Rogers biopic
Matthew Rhys donned many disguises in his time on The Americans, including a really brief stint as a reporter (otherwise known as the greatest threat to democracy, if President "I Heart Russia" is to be believed). Variety reports he'll have a chance to expand on that role as part of the Fred Rogers biopic, You Are My…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Mr. Robot's creator is penning a prequel comic to the series
If you've kept up with the twisty conspiracy series Mr. Robot, then you know these past two seasons gave us some flashbacks to how troubled hacker Elliot first started toying with the idea of his revolution. But now, there's a chance for a much more in-depth look at the birth of fsociety—it just won't be on your…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

This Isn't a Prank: Cards Against Humanity Is On Sale for Prime Day, Along With Other Adult Party Games
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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Here's why the Mission: Impossible films are so great, besides Tom Cruise running
Mission: Impossible—Fallout hits theaters on July 27th, with the promise of even more insane Tom Cruise stunts and maybe some weird stuff with Henry Cavill's beard. To prepare for the release of Fallout, YouTube film essayist Patrick Willems takes a long look at the Mission: Impossible series,…

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Jul 16, 2018

Score Prime Day Savings On Flash Storage of Every Shape and Size
There's no such thing as owning too much flash storage, especially at Prime Day prices. A bunch of SanDisk SD cards, flash drives, and SSDs are included in the sale, including the best price ever on a 400GB (!!) microSD card that could hold a lot of Nintendo Switch games.


The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

It's 3 p.m., let's watch a ridiculous rap video about Scientology
We first came across the above video on veteran Scientology reporter Tony Ortega's website. If its chintzy aesthetic, bargain bin beats, and sheer abundance of white people "raising the roof" has you wondering how it isn't a parody, well, you're not alone. But Ortega points out cameos from "high-profile"…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Cardi B and The Carters run away with the 2018 VMA nominations
The Video Music Awards, your yearly reminder that MTV does in fact continue to play music videos, are scheduled for August 20, when we'll see Cardi B, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Bruno Mars, Drake, Childish Gambino, and more compete for Moonpeople and bragging rights. The complete list of nominations is now out, with The Carters…

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Jul 16, 2018

Here Are All of Your Prime Day Anker Deals
It wouldn't be Prime Day without all-time low prices on some Anker products, and you've got a lot to choose from today across a variety of categories.


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Jul 16, 2018

Weekend Box Office: The Rock misses that big jump after all
Sometimes it feels like Hollywood is just one giant recycling center: In goes the existing intellectual property, out come the sequels, remakes, reboots, and adaptations. So it's a little sad when a movie not based on something people already love flops, if only because it could hurt the chances of execs investing…

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Jul 16, 2018

Felicity Jones becomes the Notorious RBG in first On The Basis Of Sex trailer
Felicity Jones embarks on another hero's journey in On The Basis Of Sex, trading droids for jabots to play U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With an appropriately swelling score, the first trailer for Mimi Leder's film shows Jones as Ginsburg patiently but determinedly making her way through the…

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Jul 16, 2018

Daveed Diggs blends comedy, drama, and a portrait of Oakland in the impressive Blindspotting
If the recent Sorry To Bother You presents a head-trip, music-video vision of trying to get by in Oakland, California, then Blindspotting offers a more grounded tour of the city, addressing some of the same or related problems: racism, gentrification, systemic oppression. Given the proximity of the two movies both at…

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Jul 16, 2018

Legendary critic Michiko Kakutani reviews all the president's lies in The Death Of Truth
If the role of the critic is to "educate the public," as Oscar Wilde once wrote, Michiko Kakutani couldn't have picked a worse time to retire from her post as chief book critic of The New York Times last July. Sure, serving for three decades as arguably the most important gatekeeper in literary publishing warrants a…

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Jul 16, 2018

The remains of 5,300-year-old mummy reveal actual paleo diet
Otzi (a.k.a. Oetzi) is a mummy that has been studied extensively at the Institute For Mummy Studies in Bolzano, Italy, after he was discovered in the Italian alps by a pair of climbers in the 1990s. Thirty years later, researchers now announce that they can reveal Otzi's last meal, due to the remains in his stomach.…

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Jul 16, 2018

Michael Jai White has finally explained his weird death scene in The Dark Knight
In a memorable early scene from The Dark Knight, Gotham gangster Gambol (played by Michael Jai White) is enjoying a nice game of billiards when some enterprising local criminals, intent on collecting a bounty, arrive with the apparently dead body of Heath Ledger's Joker. Of course nothing is ever as it seems with The…

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Jul 16, 2018

John Oliver presents some delightfully twisted graphics that never made it to air
For every joke that makes it to TV, there's probably a dozen that don't. TV series, whether they're sitcoms or talk shows, go through myriad iterations before hitting your eyeballs, and, on occasion, the best stuff hits the cutting room floor. That's why John Oliver of Last Week Tonight regularly shares his team's…

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Jul 16, 2018

Country darling Kacey Musgraves is going on tour
Kacey Musgraves is often hailed as a real country music singer-songwriter, who can craft and belt a song about women in the throes of love and heartbreak like her charming forebears Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Willie Nelson. On her third studio album, Golden Hour, Musgraves proves staying true to her country …

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Jul 16, 2018

Outcast's Patrick Fugit and Madeleine McGraw love to scare the crap out of each other on set
After a two year hiatus, Robert Kirkman's horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S., continuing to uncover the supernatural manifestations plaguing the town of Rome. At its center, Outcast follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a young father whose been plagued by demonic possession for his…

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Jul 16, 2018

Chris Rock as a white man, freaky Fridays: The Swapcast celebrates the body-swap tropes we know and love
Oh, bless this podcast. Cher And Retweet springs from a delightful corner of the podcast world, where two or more people come up with some super-specific thing to discuss—in this case, Cher's Twitter feed—as an excuse to get together and crack each other the hell up. It's the podcast equivalent of a hangout film,…

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The A.V. Club - Film
Jul 16, 2018

Theory: Split takes place in the same universe as The Sixth Sense, too
Not only was Split the first M. Night Shyamalan movie in a number of years that didn't completely suck, but it was also the first to draw a direct link to another film in the director's oeuvre. In the film's post-credits scene, we see Bruce Willis reprise his role as David Dunn from Unbreakable and name check Samuel…

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Jul 16, 2018

Keanu Reeves isn't sure Bill & Ted 3 will happen
Strange things might not be afoot at the Circle-K after all—despite recent reports that a third entry in the Bill & Ted franchise was finally and truly in the works, Ted "Theodore" Logan himself is now harshing our buzz. While promoting his new romantic crime drama, Siberia, Keanu Reeves told Yahoo! Entertainment that …

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Jul 16, 2018

This 4TB External Hard Drive Is Just $96 For Prime Members
Need a bunch of extra storage for your PS4, Xbox One, or PC? This 4TB external drive from WD doesn't require an extra power cord, and it's marked down to just $96 for Prime members right now. It even includes both USB-C and USB-C cables, so you can plug it into just about anything.


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Jul 16, 2018

Surprise! UnREAL's fourth and final season is on Hulu now
Perhaps appropriately for a show that's set behind the scenes at a reality series, it's been a bumpy ride for UnREAL, Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's drama that's not officially about The Bachelor, but is totally about The Bachelor. Shortly after winning a Peabody award in 2016 for its critically acclaimed…

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Jul 16, 2018

Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand mixes the horrors of high school and work
Thriller author Megan Abbott can make anything creepy. In her latest novel, Give Me Your Hand, she describes a hotel's indoor water park as "a hothouse for dying grandparents and abandoned children [with] two water slides and a bumper-boat pool and the sharp echo of kids screaming all night, their throats gurgling, as…

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Jul 16, 2018

Bruce Wayne reports for jury duty in this exclusive preview of Batman #51
(This preview reveals plot points for Batman #50.)

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Jul 16, 2018

The quest for the final Guardians Of The Galaxy easter egg continues
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn gave no shortage of Marvel fans an urgent sense of purpose when he confirmed a heretofore-undiscovered easter egg in the 2014 original. Exploratory theories and videos abound, and though Gunn lauded YouTuber MasterTainment for finding bits of the egg, he still says the dude…

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Jul 16, 2018

McDonald's salads in several states dealing with McParasite
Just when we thought it was safe to eat romaine lettuce on the grocery store shelves again, a new salad culprit is in store. NBC News and other outlets report that a parasitic outbreak has affected McDonald's in possibly 14 states, particularly in the Midwest, with 61 people taken ill. The total number of people…

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Jul 16, 2018

Michelle Wolf already seems sick of the viral-comedy ecosystem
Being a late-night host seems exhausting. Not only do you have to be funny, poignant, and informative, but you have to cram all of your best content into a shareable, 3-5 minute clip so that the majority of America will actually sit down and watch it. On the most recent episode of The Break, Michelle Wolf expressed…

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Jul 16, 2018

Tone-deaf brewery wants to name beers "Flint Michigan Tap Water," "Black Beers Matter"
This weekend, a small Indiana brewery was generating tons of buzz in my social media feed—and not in a good way. The brewery-in-planning is called Lakeville Brew Crew, and a South Bend Tribune profile of the business mentioned some of the names of its forthcoming beers: Flint Michigan Tap Water, Black Beer Matters,…

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Jul 16, 2018

Steve Harrington gets a job at the mall in our first look at Stranger Things season 3


As the quartet of boys at the center of Netflix's hit sci-fi/horror hybrid Stranger Things inch towards high school, their hometown of Hawkins, Indiana has given them the greatest gift you could give to an ‘80s teenager: A mall. We suspect that Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and…

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Jul 16, 2018

Moving out from "The Middle": 60 minutes of eternal adolescence with Jimmy Eat World
A couple of years ago, a strange blip appeared on the music-sales matrix. Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle," an infectious dollop of alt-rock ear candy that hit the radio like a sugar rush a decade and a half prior, was suddenly back in heavy rotation. There it was, sitting pretty at No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs…

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Jul 16, 2018

Amazon's Prime Day Device Deals Started Early, and They're Unprecedented
Prime Day officially kicks off at 3PM ET today, but Amazon went ahead and put their own devices on sale early to kick off the festivities.


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Jul 16, 2018

Ant-Man And The Wasp's mid-credits stinger is the best possible use of Marvel's long-running tactic
Note: This article contains plot points of Ant-Man And The Wasp.

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Jul 16, 2018

Ghosted offers a brief glimpse of a future it's never going to see
Are the members of the Bureau Underground supposed to be a bunch of goddamn morons?

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Jul 16, 2018

A new documentary takes you inside the mind of Robin Williams
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Monday, July 16. All times are Eastern.

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Jul 15, 2018

Families are put to the test on Pose
In the penultimate episode of its first season, Pose pulls out all the stops, harnessing all of the strengths it has developed over the course of its first six episodes—fully realized character development, compelling visual storytelling, and narratives that feel deeply personal while still having larger cultural…

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Jul 15, 2018

Vik and Cole both face their parental issues on The Affair
I see what you're doing this season, The Affair. With our now slightly expanded cast, the show can offer parallel actions and themes across character arcs, with either same or differing motivations. For example, when Cole and Luisa had sex on the kitchen counter right before their business dinner, it was both a…

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Jul 15, 2018

Sharp Objects delves into the thin dark line between obsession and devotion
"Dirt," the second episode of Sharp Objects, is a study in contradictions. Those contradictions revolve around beauty and brutality, grief and cruelty, familial love and twisted obsession. These contradictions exist in a tight, sharp symbiosis; they're like the thin sides of the needle that Camille drives…

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Jul 15, 2018

Preacher gets buried by the past
Serialization can do wonders for TV shows. It can pay off emotional investment in characters, allow writers to tell more complex, nuanced stories, and, when done effectively, can create something incredibly powerful over time. But it can also create problems, and the one we're stuck in now with Preacher is probably…

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Jul 15, 2018

Ask Kate About Beer: What exactly is cream ale?
Welcome to Ask Kate About Beer, in which The Takeout's resident beer expert answers everything you've ever wanted to know about beer but were too drunk to ask. Have a question? Shoot it to beer@thetakeout.com.

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Jul 15, 2018

Man Seeking Woman's Simon Rich wrote a tragic autobiography of Paul Revere's horse
The halls of history are littered with once-important people whose contributions have become forgotten by time, much like how Chewbacca didn't get a medal after the Battle Of Yavin, but The New Yorker has tried to rectify this for one historical figure by publishing an "autobiographical" piece from the perspective of…

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Jul 15, 2018

Jodie Whittaker drops off some pizza in the new Doctor Who teaser
Jodie Whittaker's run as the Thirteenth Doctor will officially begin when Doctor Who returns to the BBC and BBC America later this year, but today we've got a (very) brief teaser for some of the new friends we can look forward to meeting during the new Doctor's adventures. This teaser is extremely light on…

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Jul 15, 2018

Duncan Jones is making a very British comic book movie
Last week, Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones teased that his next project would be a "pretty special" comic book adaptation, and though he didn't offer any other information, Edgar Wright jumped in to say that he knew what Jones was working on and that he was "excited" about it. We would've had a hard time…

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Jul 15, 2018

A lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay has apparently been found
According to The Guardian, a professor at Bangor University named Nathan Abrams says he has found a lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay called Burning Secret, and it sounds pretty darn creepy. Abrams, who The Guardian says is a "leading Kubrick expert," describes it as "the inverse of Lolita," and it centers on a "suave…

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Jul 15, 2018

Bruce Willis officially declares that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie
The Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis won't air until later this month, but the event was actually taped last night and The Hollywood Reporter has details on some of the sick burns that the roasters dropped. Dennis Rodman was there for some reason, and the Hollywood Reporter story says he made a joke about Jim…

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Jul 15, 2018

Having already made vampires hip, Jim Jarmusch is taking on zombies with Bill Murray
Jim Jarmusch's 2014 vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive was a low-stakes romance, a salute to the timeless value of art rather than a horror story about blood-sucking killers, and now Variety is reporting that Jarmusch's next project will be tackling a different classic movie monster. The project is called The Dead…

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Jul 15, 2018

Ghosts are haunting Hollywood
With more than 5.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you're throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or trying to see if an invisible man sleeping in your bed is a common thing, or something that's only happened to you and Ray Parker Jr. We explore some of Wikipedia's oddities in…

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Jul 15, 2018

Here's Your Chance to Save $50 On the Best Noise Canceling Headphones In Existence
Sony's WH1000XM2s put the noise-canceling headphone world on notice when they were released last year, and now, you now they're back on sale on Amazon for $50 off. They're still an investment at $298, but if you spend any significant amount of time in planes, trains, or just a noisy office,

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Jul 15, 2018

Sunday's Best Deals: Calvin Klein Underwear, Noise-Canceling Headphones, Mesh Routers, and More
Pick up deals on Calvin Klein underwear, noise-canceling headphones,

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Jul 15, 2018

Refresh Your Underwear Collection With This Calvin Klein Sale
If it's time to restock your underwear drawers, pick up a couple of things from this Prime-exclusive Calvin Klein sale. Everything is up to 50% and it includes stuff for men and

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Jul 15, 2018

Who Is America? could be funnier, but it's framing politics in ways no other comedy has
Who Is America?, the new Sacha Baron Cohen series that Showtime's touted as "the most dangerous TV show ever," opens with video clips that portray a starry-eyed, sepia-toned vision of America before accelerating into a barrage of recent news footage: President Donald Trump mocking a disabled person; adult film…

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Jul 15, 2018

Tell us about your pop culture weekend: July 13-15
Our weekly thought-starter asks you (and us) a simple question each week: What pop culture did you consume this weekend, and what did you think of it? If you have suggestions for AVQ&A questions, big or small, you can email them to us here.


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Jul 15, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen comes to Showtime to ask many unsuspecting people Who Is America?
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Sunday, July 15. All times are Eastern. 


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