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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

John Malkovich to play Agatha Christie's brilliant little Belgian, Poirot
Joining a long line of elaborately mustachioed actors, including Orson Welles, Albert Finney, and, most recently, Kenneth Branagh (in last year's lavish Murder On The Orient Express), John Malkovich has signed on to play Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot in an upcoming BBC mystery. Specifically, Malkovich will play the…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Harvey Weinstein is now being investigated by the feds
According to The Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including whether or not he ever "lured or induced any women to travel across state lines for the purpose of committing a sex crime." If the investigators determine that…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Elon Musk would like to be your one-man media watchdog
Real-world Disruption Fairy Elon Musk has set his script-flipping magic wand on yet another moribund, insufficiently future-facing industry this week, announcing that he's thinking about starting a "credibility site" to allow people to rate and review various media outlets. Musk says he's thinking about calling his…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

LeBron James and Channing Tatum to team up for an action-comedy
LeBron James and Channing Tatum are the sort of guys who seem really good at a lot of things and at least medium-good at literally everything else, and now they're going to combine their powers to make Public Enemy, a new action-comedy film from New Line and their respective production companies (SpringHill…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

The 10 Best Deals of May 23, 2018
We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Show Dogs is being re-edited to remove scene critics say "grooms" kids for sexual abuse
Show Dogs is a family comedy film in which an NYPD Rottweiler must go undercover at a dog show in order to get into wacky hijinks and set up jokes about dabbing or whatever, but some parents are getting offended by more than just the movie's banality. That's because Show Dogs has a scene in which lead dog Max—voiced…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Splinter Obama Sucks as a Post-President | The Root Tomi Lahren Has Drinks Thrown at Her During Hip-
Splinter Obama Sucks as a Post-President | The Root Tomi Lahren Has Drinks Thrown at Her During Hip-Hop Brunch in Minneapolis | Deadspin A People's History Of Bill Simmons Making Up Corny Things For Boston Fans To Chant | Jezebel 

The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Famously handsome dude Idris Elba to play famously ugly hunchback for Netflix
Stretching his acting talents to their limits, famously handsome person Idris Elba is gearing up to portray one of literature's most well-established uggos. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the British actor has signed on to star in Netflix's upcoming adaptation of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, even though the Victor Hugo…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

200 years after Frankenstein, a tired biopic tries to breathe life into Mary Shelley
Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus, an exceptional piece of moody teenage fiction that the young Mary Shelley (née Godwin) first published anonymously in 1818, gave the world a new myth of creation gone wrong: the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist consumed by obsessions, and the nameless monster he brings…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

It Is Friggin' UNCONSTITUTIONAL for Trump to Block His Haters on Twitter
Great news for those the anti-Trump weirdos who love to hang out in the president's Twitter mentions for some reason that I don't personally understand: A federal district court judge ruled Wednesday that it violates the Constitution when Trump blocks people on Twitter. According to the goddamn Constitution!!!!!


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

The cast of HBO's Watchmen is looking quite interesting
According to Variety, HBO has chosen some surprising names for its Watchmen pilot, specifically Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. We don't know who any of them will be playing, both because HBO is keeping details like that under wraps and because Damon…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

It's 3 p.m., let's watch Kim Kardashian celebrate the grand opening of a toilet
It's 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of YouTube.

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Dalston Monsterzz rises against gentrification on the backs of beasts
Gentrification is a machine made of many moving parts. There are the developers that come to low-income neighborhoods and force out the established residents by building new properties they can no longer afford; the politicians who paint members of a community as undesirable and dehumanize them so the rest of the…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

"I didn't do myself any favors": David Cross talks racism and comedy
The A.V. Club David Cross interview is a tradition stretching back to the publication's founding in the mid-'90s, and we've charted the course of his career from co-creator of a cult-favorite HBO show to prominent stand-up comedian to blockbuster Easter egg. As a comedian, Cross has always found comfort in discomfort,…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Show Dogs is now at the center of a debate about child sexual abuse
Show Dogs is a family comedy film in which an NYPD Rottweiler must go undercover at a dog show in order to get into wacky hijinks and set up jokes about dabbing or whatever, but some parents are getting offended by more than just the movie's banality. That's because Show Dogs has a scene in which lead dog Max—voiced…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

"Hyperspace" shows how science can inform science fiction
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. Today, Kory explains how not only can science can inform science fiction, but science fiction can influence scientific discovery, starting…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

"Hyperspace" shows how science can inform science fiction
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. Today, Kory explains how not only can science can inform science fiction, but science fiction can influence scientific discovery, starting…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

What's the Best Wi-Fi Router (2018 Edition)
It's been awhile since we last asked our readers about their favorite Wi-Fi routers, and a lot has changed since then. One of the former finalists has been discontinued, the other is now sold primarily as a T-Mobile add-on, and most importantly, the market has come to be dominated by mesh networking kits that use…



The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

The terrific, unsung Julianne Nicholson finds no easy answers in Who We Are Now
In movies, as in politics, it's not necessarily advantageous to acknowledge that everyday problems are often insurmountably complicated, with no easy answers. One of the best films released last year, From Nowhere, was seen by almost nobody (not even by critics, excepting those of us who were assigned to review it);…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Jeffrey Tambor will compete for an Emmy after all, thanks to Netflix and Arrested Development
In what's amounting to a cold war between Amazon and Netflix, with the trans community caught in the middle, Deadline reports that Jeffrey Tambor—who was fired from Transparent in February amid charges of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from two trans women who work on the show, and was subsequently …

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

The Supreme Court once ruled on whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable
Today I Learned is a feature where The Takeout writers share something they learned today.

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Steve Martin and Martin Short bring broad comedy and minimal banjo to Netflix
Here's the most important thing to know about Steve Martin and Martin Short's new Netflix comedy special: There are about five minutes of straight banjo. This is a petty yet useful detail for most people who have long loved Martin's comedy while warmly acknowledging his bluegrass—perhaps even turning up to a bluegrass…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Enjoy a video compendium of Tom Hiddleston impersonating Chris Evans
Chris Evans may be an A-list millionaire chiseled from pure, unvarnished marble, but, somehow, he still resonates as the most chill Avenger. Maybe that's ‘cause he shows up charmingly trashed to red carpets, loves his very good dog, and actually uses his fame to help others. Evans exudes a blue-collar quality in…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Here's the first look at Matt Groening's Netflix show Disenchantment
The announcement of Cartoon Network's new ThunderCats reboot has been met with some backlash from people on the internet who are mad that it looks like a modern cartoon and not some wild nonsense from the ‘80s, but at least Matt Groening's new Netflix show Disenchantment won't look like every other cartoon. Well, it…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

M. Night Shyamalan's Signs deserves a second look, despite the "water" thing
M. Night Shyamalan gets a lot of shit. He's been called a one-trick-pony and a one-hit-wonder, and pretty much everything he's done since The Sixth Sense has been ridiculed to death online (though Unbreakable has received a much-deserved reevaluation in recent years). But, in his newest video essay, YouTuber Ryan…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Draw out the latent absurdity of the royal wedding with this bad lip reading
Royal weddings are not normal events. They may look like your average nuptials, juiced up on Old World steroids, at first glance, but think a bit more about them and the inherent absurdity of these events becomes clear. For example, and in summary: the public is invited to watch as strangers take intimate vows, their…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

What if Subway threw a Twitter poll and nobody responded?
Sure, Subway has hit few bumps. Yes, it could hardly have selected a worse choice (unknowingly, but still) for a spokesperson. It announced last month that it's closing hundred of stores in the U.S. So who could blame the brand for wanting to drum up some interest with a Twitter poll or two?


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is going to need a bigger awards shelf: The 11-time Emmy winner will have to clear some space, as Deadline reports that she's this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The prize, which has been given out every year since 1998 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Sarah Silverman speaks out on Al Franken, Louie CK, and Roseanne
Sarah Silverman's been choosing empathy over antagonizing as of late, with her Hulu series I Love You, America finding the foul-mouthed comedian working to find common ground with those across the political divide. She's also been vocal about the #MeToo movement, since several of her close friends in the comedy…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Sarah Silverman speaks out on Al Franken, Louis CK, and Roseanne
Sarah Silverman's been choosing empathy over antagonizing as of late, with her Hulu series I Love You, America finding the foul-mouthed comedian working to find common ground with those across the political divide. She's also been vocal about the #MeToo movement, since several of her close friends in the comedy…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Here's the story behind "I'm Han Solo," one of the worst pieces of Star Wars licensing ever
Even though it was arguably a better match for the visual tone of the film's trailer, it's unlikely we're going to hear the song "I'm Han Solo" pop up anywhere in Solo: A Star Wars Story. That's mainly because it's notoriously terrible. The infamous track—a parody of Jason Derulo's "Ridin' Solo" with ham-fisted Star…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Björk's first TV performance in almost a decade includes flutes, masks, plants
Björk hasn't performed on TV in 8 years and this, as anyone who's seen clips of her shows will tell you, is a real shame. After biding her time for nearly a decade, perhaps spending this period fully considering the ways in which studio lights reflect off glitter paint and plumes of costume feathers, the Icelandic…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Dean Norris is looking for some sex GIFs, if you have any
Quick heads up: Breaking Bad star Dean Norris appears to be looking for some sex GIFs, if you have any. Last night, just 15 minutes before midnight, he hopped onto Twitter and sent out the following missive to his 518,000 followers:


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

An explosive ending throws an otherwise engrossing Handmaid's Tale off balance
It's an odd war that Serena Joy and June wage in "First Blood," an often excellent but ultimately baffling hour of The Handmaid's Tale. It begins when Serena Joy, scared and guilty, literally removes the wall that separates her from the woman carrying "her" baby, giving her a chance to see it on an ultrasound monitor.…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

'Stop This BLATANT CENSORSHIP': The Poor, Confused Souls Sending Their YouTube Complaints to the FCC
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees telecommunications like radio, TV, and the internet in the U.S., doesn't regulate content on online platforms like YouTube. But that hasn't stopped people from sending complaints about the video site to the federal agency—and they're every bit as unhinged as…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Save $15 On Far Cry 5 For PS4 and Xbox One
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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in June
As its plan to release 1,000 original movies and tv series by the end of 2018 reaches the halfway point, Netflix's June offerings are, as they have been for a while now, heavy on the original content. There's some good stuff in there, too: OG true-crime phenomenon The Staircase debuts new episodes on June 8, Michelle…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Can Roseanne be fixed?
The Roseanne revival, once just a segment on daytime TV, became a ratings-devouring reality earlier this year, bringing in 27 million viewers with its two-part premiere in late March. Those are Big Bang Theory numbers, which are increasingly difficult for network shows to hit, let alone one with such a controversial…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Wednesday's Best Deals: OLED TVs, Cheap Kindles, Discounted Dremel, and More
A $15 bonus at Lowe's, discounted OLED TVs, a Dremel 3000, and more lead today's best deals.

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

The Grapevine Actresses Arrested in Atlanta for Taking Too Long in the Bathroom | Deadspin Report: N
The Grapevine Actresses Arrested in Atlanta for Taking Too Long in the Bathroom | Deadspin Report: NFL Owners Came Up With Some Dumbass Ideas To Stop Anthem Protests | Jezebel Help! Nicolas Cage Stole My Look | Splinter 

The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Report: NFL Owners Came Up With Some Dumbass Ideas To Stop Anthem Protests
ESPN reports that NFL owners met yesterday to brainstorm ways to prevent their players from protesting against inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Did this crew of mushy billionaires stuffed into ill-fitting suits come up with some horrendously bad ideas? Of course they did!


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

LG's OLED TVs Are Back Down To The Best Prices We've Ever Seen
Update: This deal is back in stock if you missed it a few weeks ago.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Amazon Has SNES Classics In Stock, If You Still Need One
Update: It's back in stock for $80, sold directly by Amazon!

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Han Severals: 16-plus characters who smuggled inspiration from Han Solo
Han Solo is based on a familiar archetype: Star Wars' lovable scoundrel can trace his roots back to our earliest myths, while there are progenitors of his world-weary cynicism in Humphrey Bogart's movies, his charming roguishness in Douglas Fairbanks', and his reluctantly outlaw heroics throughout the samurai films…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

In this week's Savage Love: Pissy
I like watersports, and I heard about a guy in a rural area who holds piss parties in his backyard. I found a mailing list for those interested in piss play, and it wasn't long before he posted about one of these parties. People on the list talk a big game, but no one else has stepped up to host something, including…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Jon Stewart returns to (the underside of) the late-night desk on The Late Show
Tuesday's Late Show saw host Stephen Colbert introducing the winner of a fundraising raffle, a nice lady named Rachel who, for her help in raising nearly half a million dollars for the organization Next For Autism, got the ultimate prize of staring at Colbert's junk for an hour. Okay, technically the prize was the…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

The sun sets on yet another season of Survivor's Machiavellian island machinations
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Wednesday, May 23. All times are Eastern.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

The Takeout is pleased to announce the 2018 award for Best Chef in the World
Congratulations are in order to the 11 culinary masterminds whom Food Wine has bestowed their Best New Chefs of 2018. From joyful reinventions of Mexican cuisine to the thoughtful embrace of rustic classics, the craftsmanship shown by these chefs is worthy of celebration.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

Make Buncha Crap Green Smoothie and save yourself a buncha green
"This shit is expensive."


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 23, 2018

R.I.P. author Philip Roth
The New York Times reports that Philip Roth, one of the most celebrated, discussed, and occasionally grumbled-at authors of the 20th century, has died. A prolific examiner of sex, American life, and identity, Roth published dozens of novels and novellas over the course of his career, from the Kafka-esque The Breast,…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The 100 always delivers when it puts its characters between a rock and a hard place
The season four finale of The 100 boasted a perfect storytelling gimmick: the doomsday clock. It was an entire episode devoted to a single story, which involved Clarke and the team working against the impending Praimfaya to save their lives. The structure of the episode, which made it clear how much time everyone had…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Liam Neeson might be a Man In Black
It's been a few years—and at least one bizarre, aborted crossover with the 21 Jump Street universe—since the Men In Black last showed up to save humanity from alien invasions/pesky memories of said invasions. F. Gary Gray's attempt to get the franchise back on track—with Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

It might be time for Legion to stop with the educational monologues
This was a terrific episode of Legion: An exciting jailbreak, a mindfuck of a desert journey, and some intriguingly elusive telepathic trickery all came into play. Unfortunately, then it stopped dead in its tracks for a hoary after-school special about the danger of cell phones. It may be time to retire Jon Hamm's…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The Flash season finale delivers a whirlwind conclusion to the Thinker saga
We knew it would come down to this in the end: All you need is love. Exactly how that would manifest itself in the fourth season finale "We Are The Flash" is something I never would have been able to predict, and I'm not certain it made any sense at all. But it was fast-paced, exciting, suspenseful, and full-on comic…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Roseanne tries to get back on track with an act of God
"All I'm trying to say is, you're not an appealing person."

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

This is the way The Middle ends: not with a bang but a whisper
In a recent interview with Variety, Les Charles, one of the co-creators of Cheers, reflected on the 25th anniversary of the final episode of that series and, in doing so, reflected on the inherent problem in ending sitcoms in general, zeroing in on the fact that last episodes don't tend to be typical episodes.

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Today's Jeopardy! had a lovely, covert tribute to Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt
Long-time Jeopardy! fans know that the show's writers like to get creative with their category titles, threading in themes, rhymes, and fun little punchlines for attentive fans to catch. (An example from a recent episode: The actor-focused "Jeff Bridges" in the first round leading into the geographical "Beaux Bridges"…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Tonight's Jeopardy! had a lovely, subtle tribute to Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt
Long-time Jeopardy! fans know that the show's writers like to get creative with their category titles, threading in themes, rhymes, and fun little punchlines for attentive fans to catch. (An example from a recent episode: The actor-focused "Jeff Bridges" in the first round leading into the geographical "Beaux Bridges"…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Jet Li's manager insists that he's fine after viral photo dares to imply that he's aging
Recently, photos have been circulating on Twitter that appear to show Jet Li in poor health, prompting some fans to wonder if he's alright and some websites to post the same kind of breathless news story that always comes out whenever a famous person steps out of the spotlight for a bit and has the unmitigated gall to…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Today's trailer happy hour tries to figure out who killed Biggie, with a little help from Johnny Depp
Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, folks; this is where the trailers lives. Today we've got jungle kids, true crime docs, awkward cowboy romance, and Johnny Depp: Rap Detective, so let's dive right in.

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Rebel Wilson to play a Nazi camp counselor in Taika Waititi's World War II satire
According to Deadline, Rebel Wilson has joined Taika Waititi's World War II satire Jojo Rabbit as Fraulein Rahm, a "brutish instructor" in a Hitler Youth Camp that the main character—a 10-year-old boy struggling with his country's descent into fascism—is recruited into. Deadline's sources say that Wilson's character…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Donald Glover fans are taking over a Trump subreddit, but not the Trump subreddit
Today, the internet has reacted with predictable glee at the news that Donald Glover fans on Reddit have taken over a subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump, flooding the page with Donald Glover memes, Community gifs, and posts about how Glover should run for president. It's the kind of fun prank that Reddit excels at,…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Deadspin So Who Is Barstool's PFT Commenter?
Deadspin So Who Is Barstool's PFT Commenter? | Jezebel Dead Girls and Our ‘Sweet, Quiet' Boys | Splinter It Pains Fox & Friends to Admit That It Got Something Very Wrong About Jemele Hill | The Root 

The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Dear Watchmen fans: Damon Lindelof is sorry (but also please watch his show)
It's been almost a year since HBO cheerfully waded into the world of comic book sacrilege, announcing that it was working with The Leftovers' Damon Lindelof on a TV adaptation of Alan Moore and David Gibbons' Watchmen, still the sacred text for a certain breed of "comic books are art" fanatic. That's enough time for…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington are taking On Cinema At The Cinema to cinemas
For years, fans have been forced to enjoy the bizarre twists and turns (and thoughtful movie reviews) of Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington's On Cinema At The Cinema from the comforting glow of their TV or computer screens, but now the show is hitting the road to give everyone a chance to see On Cinema as it was meant…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The 10 Best Deals of May 22, 2018
We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Netflix drops $125 million to get an action movie from Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds
According to Variety, Netflix has decided to continue bolstering its collection of original movies with a very expensive action film with some reliable action movie people on board. The movie, Six Underground, will be directed by Michael Bay and will star Ryan Reynolds, with the script coming from Deadpool and …

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

It's 3 p.m., let's watch Harry Connick Jr. alter reality to keep his audience on beat
A bit of audience etiquette and extremely elemental music theory: Do not clap on the one and three. If you're in an audience and people start clapping, take a moment to briefly count each beat, and if everyone is clapping on the first and third, do not join them. Their intentions are good, but it's stultifying to the…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Oh good god, listen to these two lynx shrieking at each other
As much as we may think we understand nature—especially after the enriching process of watching hours of Planet Earth on a hungover Sunday morning—it is always capable of surprising us. Take, for instance, a video of two majestic lynx, resplendent, elusive predators that they are, standing on the side of the road and…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The world is still being terrorized by bad bronze representations of famous people
Just when you thought it was safe to go into a public park or a hall of fame, another bizarre approximation of a famous person's face has been cast in bronze. Curse you, copper! Why must your alloys torment us by making our famous people look like unrecognizable monsters? Following what happened to Lucille Ball, Kurt…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The chaotic and surreal Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters defies interpretation
The great joy of reading Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters (Koyama Press) is in not really knowing what's going on. Characters appear, and you can follow them easily, but what exactly they're doing and what its significance is cannot easily be discerned. This is in large part due to how the author, A. Degen, structures his book.…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

UnREAL to hopefully die a merciful death after season 4 on Hulu
UnREAL, a dramatization of the behind-the-scenes machinations of a Bachelor-like reality show, had a stellar, Peabody Award-winning first season—and has been trying to get that mojo back ever since. After a decidedly conflicted season two, and a better, but not much better season three, The Hollywood Reporter announced today

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Two of Anker's Powerful USB-C Power Delivery Chargers Are On Sale This Week
At this point, most of the charging gear you purchase should probably have USB-C Power Delivery built in, and two of Anker's most popular and powerful chargers are on sale this week.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The past comes alive in the vivid cinematic memoir Summer 1993
The autobiographical childhood reminiscence, while naturally appealing to fledgling filmmakers in search of material ("Write what you know," etc.), can be tricky to pull off. Unless your formative years were unusually eventful—spent fashioning a playground from the rubble of buildings bombed in the Blitz, for…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Woman tries the old "razor blade in fast food" scam, gets charged with criminal mischief
As capers go, we gotta say, this one is pretty weak. A 29-year-old woman in Eunice, Louisiana, allegedly had hatched quite a plan, though. KATC.com reports that Correill Bradley "told police she purchased her food from the restaurant and upon biting into the sandwich felt a strange object in her mouth and then pain.…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Wyatt Cenac announces that Problem Areas is getting another season
Today on Twitter, the official page for Wyatt Cenac's HBO series Problem Areas announced that the show will be getting a second season, solving a pressing issue that has been facing everyone who enjoys the Daily Show veteran's new project but was concerned about running out of thoughtful, informational, and funny TV…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

"This Is America" and Atlanta are two parts of a whole
No one should be blown away by the fact that the massively viral music video for "This Is America" and the Emmy Award-winning TV show Atlanta have a lot in common. After all, they share a star, Donald Glover, and a director, Hiro Murai. But, as seen in this new video from YouTuber Thomas Flight, these pieces of media…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Neil Cicierega presents the official nightmares of all 50 states
Neil Cicierega writes songs, makes video games, and routinely epitomizes everything wonderful and baffling about what the youngs think is funny these days. His latest effort is a straight-faced video in which he shares the official nightmare of each state in the U.S.A., and, refreshingly, none of them involve the…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

A Way Out saved its best idea for the last 20 minutes
Games are often left unfinished. Sometimes they're too difficult, too vast, or too repetitive to see all the way through to the closing credits. To The Bitter End is our look at those endings that are worth fighting for—or at least worth reading about.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Michael B. Jordan to prove his anime fandom by co-producing, starring in new series
Sure, carrying on the legacy of the Rocky franchise and playing the charismatic villain in one of the most buzzed-about superhero movies in ages has probably been fun (and also extremely lucrative). But Naruto superfan Michael B. Jordan's career didn't truly take off until yesterday, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Arrested Development feels like its old self again
Five years since Arrested Development made its improbable comeback—thanks to Netflix's then-nascent foray into original content—the verdict on its fourth season, its mere existence miraculous, is a shrug. When Netflix announced Arrested Development as part of its first slate of original content back in 2011—which…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

R. Kelly is being sued for sexual battery and false imprisonment
[Warning: This article contains references to sexual abuse and assault.]

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Paul Schrader, '70s cinema icon, is still out here swinging
Paul Schrader's role in crafting the transformative cinema of the 1970s and perpetuating its influence can't be understated. As a writer, Schrader collaborated with Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Last Temptation of Christ, and his directing credits—Blue Collar, Hardcore, Mishima: A Life In Four…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Here's how John Mulaney got so good at writing jokes
To kick off the third season of Good One, Vulture's comedy podcast, guest John Mulaney gives listeners some much-needed insight into how the hell he became one of the best living stand-up comedians. Anyone who has watched his new special, Kid Gorgeous, will agree that Mulaney is in peak form right now, but his journey…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Block Out the World With These $40 Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
Will these noise-canceling Bluetooth over-ears sound as good as, say, Sony's? I doubt it. But they're significantly (significantly!) cheaper at just $40, and should still be able to turn down the volume on the background noise in your office, or on an airplane.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Tig Notaro does a victory lap in the exultant Happy To Be Here
Tragedy and resilience have marked Tig Notaro's stand-up career as much as her deadpan delivery and delightfully serpentine storytelling. In 2012, her breakout year, Notaro was reeling from the death of her mother, a breakup, and a cancer diagnosis when she took the Largo stage in Los Angeles. She introduced herself…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Watch Emilia Clarke unleash one of the worst Wookiee impressions ever heard
The warm, gargling roar of a Wookiee is one of the most beloved sounds in the Star Wars canon. Who didn't grow up occasionally letting loose a fluttering, bear-like growl, and maybe have that one friend who was oddly good at it for reasons you didn't want to pick into too much? On set, new Chewbacca actor Joonas…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Tuesday's Best Deals: Bosch Tools, Pet Food, Casper Accessories, and More
A Bosch tool set, Nutro pet food,

The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Trevor Noah had a cameo in Black Panther that people are only just noticing
Here's something we've come to realize of late: There's always a cameo. If you're watching a modern big-budget movie, there's a good chance that some A-lister is hiding on the fringes, whether it be Daniel Craig and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Last Jedi, Kevin Smith in The Force Awakens, Matt Damon in

The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The Root LeBron James' Reaction to the Man Wearing the ‘MAGA' Hat Was All of Us | Deadspin I Ask You
The Root LeBron James' Reaction to the Man Wearing the ‘MAGA' Hat Was All of Us | Deadspin I Ask You Once Again: How Are The Cavs Like This? | Jezebel Hey (Hey) You (You), Avril's Dating a Billionaire | Splinter 

The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

A machine has learned to tell jokes, and they're actually pretty good
One day soon the robots will replace us in all things, whether we like it or not. They'll be doctors and engineers and even artists and, though we may still prefer human expressions of creativity in this gleaming future, it won't matter because the robots will probably have us living in rows of vats, sucking out our…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Amazon's Blowing Out Nutro Pet Food and Treats, Today Only
You work hard to put kibble on the table in the bowl on the floor, and today you can get more pet food for your money from Amazon's Gold Box. Today only, a bunch of wet and dry food from Nutro is on sale for some of the best prices ever.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Fill Your Pet's Bowl With This One-Day Nutro Sale From Amazon
You work hard to put kibble on the table in the bowl on the floor, and today you can get more pet food for your money from Amazon's Gold Box. Today only, a bunch of wet and dry food from Nutro is on sale for some of the best prices ever.


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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Wearing and tearing: An hour of classic rockers grappling with punk and new wave
The various mass-extinction events in pop music history are greatly overstated. Hair metal wasn't wiped from the face of the earth the moment "Smells Like Teen Spirit" roared to life; the pre-rock 'n' roll crooners eked out a decent living in casinos and on TV after the teenyboppers turned their attentions to guitars.…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Stephen Colbert asks the "failing" New York Times executive editor about when Trump came calling
On Monday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert asked New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet if noted Times critic and foot-stamping baby-man Donald Trump has ever called him personally to complain about the paper's coverage. "Yes," responded Baquet succinctly, before admonishing the curious Colbert, "But I'm not going to…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

The Middle is leaving for good, but at least Tig Notaro's Happy To Be Here
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Tuesday, May 22. All times are Eastern.

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 22, 2018

Actually, Supergirl's about ethics in superhero secret identities
It's almost hard to remember now, but back in Supergirl's first season we used to spend almost as much time with Kara Danvers as we did with Supergirl. Hell, I used to spend these reviews bemoaning the fact that the DEO half of the show wasn't anywhere near as interesting as the CatCo stuff. Now…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 21, 2018

Charlize Theron to play Megyn Kelly in Jay Roach's Roger Ailes movie
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Charlize Theron has signed on to play former Fox News personality Megyn Kelly in a yet-untitled movie about Roger Ailes—the disgraced network head who left Fox News over sexual harassment allegations and then died because we all hated him so much. The movie will be directed by Jay…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 21, 2018

Witch hunts and benevolent kidnappings enliven a much-improved iZombie
You can tell when iZombie starts to pull a season together because the episodes are so full of plot you barely have time to take a breath. After really struggling to strike a consistent balance between character and plot in the back half of the season, this penultimate episode finally settles in and sets things up for…

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The A.V. Club - Music
May 21, 2018

Grimes gives herself a nerdy new name with help from Elon Musk
The world is still reeling from the revelation that musician Grimes is dating Elon Musk, a member of a new generation of rich people who are so obscenely wealthy that they do stupid shit like make a "cyborg dragon" or a "satirical news site" instead of doing literally anything else (see also: Jeff Bezos, Russ…

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