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Dec 06, 2022

Thomas Lennon on Reno 911: It's A Wonderful Heist, improv, and more
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Dec 06, 2022

Disney invites Beauty And The Beast fans to be their guest for 30th anniversary special
It's a tale as old as time. Well, at least as old as 30 years, in the case of Disney's animated classic Beauty And The Beast, which celebrated its pearl anniversary last year. Now, Disney is throwing a massive birthday party for the fan-favorite, much-adapted film in the form of a "two-hour animated and live-action…

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Dec 06, 2022

MCU godfather Robert Downey Jr. once again called to weigh in on the cinema debate
Tony Stark may be dead in the ground, but that doesn't mean Robert Downey Jr. can retire from being a Marvel Cinematic Universe spokesperson. The actor takes full credit for kickstarting the MCU and, therefore, an era of cinema in which "IP has taken precedence over principle and personality," as he admits in a new…

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Dec 06, 2022

The A.V. Club's best shows of 2022 No. 4
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Dec 06, 2022

Brendan Fraser talks The Whale with Adam Sandler, denies "comeback" claims, and addresses obesity controversy: "I felt empowered to be their voice"
Don't call it a comeback, because Brendan Fraser never actually considered himself gone. "I'm hearing a lot about this being a comeback for me, but I was never that far away," he told Adam Sandler, in the first released interview from Variety's highly anticipated, much-memed Actors On Actors series.

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Dec 06, 2022

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a #@%! tosses off a trailer or whatever
People say that they don't give an "S" or "F" about "S," bragging about how few fucks they give. But when it comes down to it, we all care about a lot of stuff. Some big things (climate change), and some small things (why do people in movies stub out cigarettes right after lighting them?), can affect the way we live…

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Dec 06, 2022

Daisy Jones & The Six stars (including Elvis' granddaughter) couldn't sing before the musical series
Daisy Jones & The Six, premiering March 3, 2023, on Prime Video, is based on Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling novel about a '70s rock group that experiences similar success (and romantic turmoil) to Fleetwood Mac. Naturally, when the Reese Witherspoon-produced television series went to cast its titular band, it…

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Dec 06, 2022

Empire Of Light review: Olivia Colman shines bright in a nostalgic ode to cinema
The opening montage of Empire Of Light includes a gasp-worthy demonstration of the power of, well, light. Writer-director Sam Mendes is capturing the faded beauty of the Empire Theatre, a cinema on England's southern coast, in 1980. Suddenly its shabby lobby, peeling-paint walls, and stale popcorn behind the…

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Dec 06, 2022

Michelle Yeoh is TIME's 2022 Icon Of The Year, in this universe and all others
If the multiverse is real and there actually are an infinite number of possible realities floating around out there, we are pretty damn lucky to be living in one where Michelle Yeoh not only exists, but has risen to the level of major movie star. The word "iconic" gets tossed around on the internet a lot these days,…

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Dec 06, 2022

Ted Danson, John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more pay tribute to the late Kirstie Alley
As the news of Kirstie Alley's passing settles over the film industry, colleagues and friends from across her decades-long career have begun to share tributes to the late performer. The Cheers star died on Monday at the age of 71 after a battle with colon cancer, her family confirmed.

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Dec 06, 2022

Studios pushed Johnny Depp for Pulp Fiction, but Quentin Tarantino wouldn't have it
There's an alternate universe out there where Johnny Depp plays Pumpkin in Pulp Fiction—but thanks to the better judgement of Quentin Tarantino, it's not a world we have to live in. In a new interview with the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast, Tarantino recalls the casting process for his 1994 classic, and reveals that there…

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Dec 06, 2022

Angela Bassett teases familial cut scene from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
This article contains spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Dec 06, 2022

Meghan Trainor and Seth Rogen to rock their holiday bodies right on Backstreet Boys Christmas special
What we know, now: Meghan Trainor and Seth Rogen are joining the Backstreet Boys holiday Christmas specials. What the greatest minds still have yet to predict: will Seth Rogen be on a Segway?

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Dec 06, 2022

Apple TV Plus' Little America returns with a moving, profound season 2
Little America kicked off in early 2020 when Apple TV had existed for roughly two months and had barely carved a space in the streaming era. Sure, the platform boasted big names in the lousy The Morning Show and cult favorites like For All Mankind and Dickinson, but that was about it. In the almost three years since, …

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Dec 06, 2022

Bob Odenkirk wanted Better Call Saul recast if he couldn't continue after heart attack
Better Call Saul ended its six season run in triumph, widely regarded as one of the best shows of the year (and with one more chance for the Emmy Awards to recognize it as such). But the ending could have looked a lot different if Bob Odenkirk hadn't been there to see it through-something that seemed almost possible…

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Dec 06, 2022

The wildest White Lotus theories heading into the season-two finale
Just like last season, the discourse over The White Lotus is heating up as it heads into the season-two finale. Episode six left us with a lot to talk about, offering further proof of some fan theories while straying away from others. Creator Mike White doesn't always like to go the obvious route, so we expect there…

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Dec 06, 2022

The 30 best Christmas movies of all time
This time of year always brings with it a feel-good movie or three. As families brave the snowy temps and the queues both online and at shopping malls for gifts and stocking stuffers, there's nothing better than taking a break in the warm glow of the silver screen (or your TV). Well, that, and some popcorn. Lots of…

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Dec 06, 2022

On Welcome To Chippendales, Steve screws over his club's marquee name
The calendars have arrived! And, perhaps for the first time since we started following Steve's unlikely rise as Chippendales' mastermind, we see him bluntly express the way he's bought into whiteness as a necessary corollary for American success. For despite Otis (Quentin Plair) being the club's most sought after…

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Dec 06, 2022

I Hate Suzie Too trailer: People really hate Suzie in new three-episode special
Suzie Pickles (Billie Piper) had it hard enough in the first season of the critically acclaimed series I Hate Suzie, in which her nude photos leaked, her affair was exposed, her marriage imploded, and she lost her job. Things are not looking much better in I Hate Suzie Too, the three-part "anti-Christmas Christmas…

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Dec 05, 2022

R.I.P. Kirstie Alley, Cheers and Look Who's Talking star
Kirstie Alley, the star of Cheers, Veronica's Closet, and the Look Who's Talking film series, has died. The actor's family recently confirmed that she had been diagnosed with cancer. She was 71.


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Dec 05, 2022

Warner Bros. Discovery looks to eliminate letters "HBO" from HBO Max
After removing originals from its library, laying off employees, kneecapping its animation department, and canceling Batgirl, Warner Bros. is still looking to get rid of a few things, particularly in the letter department. Per CNBC (via Variety), Warners is considering naming its HBO Max-Discover hybrid app "Max." We…

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Dec 05, 2022

The A.V. Club's best shows of 2022 No. 5: Reservation Dogs
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Dec 05, 2022

Robert Pattinson and Bong Joon-ho tease Mickey 17, skip Mickeys 1 through 16
Following up on his Oscar-kissing movie, Parasite, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is putting Robert Pattinson in an MRI machine. At least, that's what we can glean from the teaser for his new film, Mickey 17, opening March 2024. Based on the novel Mickey7 by Edward Ashton, Mickey 17 follows Robert Pattinson as an…

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Dec 05, 2022

Ticketmaster's woes continue as Swifties mobilize to sue
The Swifties are dressing for revenge. After Ticketmaster royally screwed up the presale for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour, the consequences started rolling in: An investigation by the Department of Justice. A Congressional hearing. And now a lawsuit from angry fans. It's a three-pronged assault!

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Dec 05, 2022

Kate Winslet recalls handling industry fixation on her weight as a young actor
Often, it's the tales as old as time that have the ugliest, stalest ring to them. Case in point: Oscar and Emmy-winner Kate Winslet, who recently opened up about handling industry fixation on her weight as a newer actor. Winslet shot to stardom at the age of 22 after her lead role in James Cameron's Titanic opposite…

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Dec 05, 2022

Borat finally weighs in on Kanye West, Donald Trump, and American antisemitism
The advent of social media has allowed the public to have a voice in conversations that affect us all. Unfortunately, it can also drown out the voices of important cultural leaders at critical moments. Luckily for all of us, Hollywood's moral North Star Borat made an appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors to weigh in…

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Dec 05, 2022

29 best TV shows streaming on Prime Video
Are you really making the most out of your Amazon Prime subscription? Sure, you've got paper towels and cat litter coming in like clockwork. But if you're not regularly combing through the service's streaming catalog, then you're missing out on hundreds of hours of killer TV. Since getting into the original-content…

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Dec 05, 2022

The first trailer for The Boys spinoff Gen V schools a new class of Supes
It's difficult to conjure a more volatile combination than the animalistic adrenaline of superhero abilities and the hormonal insanity of early young adulthood. At the nexus between the two lies Prime Video's Gen V, a new spinoff of Prime's hit black comedy The Boys.

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Dec 05, 2022

The Beacon Hills pack returns in Paramount Plus' Teen Wolf: The Movie trailer
The teen wolves of MTV's hit supernatural series Teen Wolf may be all grown up since the show ended five years ago, but adulthood hasn't changed much for Alpha werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and friends. Even with children and grown-up jobs, the same life-threatening woes of young adulthood have come back to…

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Dec 05, 2022

ABC yanks Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes from GMA3
The salacious and Morning Show-esque scandal over on GMA3 continues. Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, hosts of the Good Morning America offshoot show who last week made headlines for their behind-the-scenes affair, have been temporarily pulled from their hosting duties, per Deadline. Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos have…

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Dec 05, 2022

5 big takeaways of the Harry & Meghan trailer, from a PR perspective
Just days after the first look at Netflix's Harry & Meghan arrived in flying colors (or more appropriately, a subdued black-and-white montage of their romance), the first full trailer for the new documentary has landed. Harry & Meghan promises audiences a raw look at the couple: Their romance, their marriage, and…

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Dec 05, 2022

Doom Patrol review: season 4 may not be all that super-heroic, but it's still entertaining
Isn't it just like the Doom Patrol to make the season when they finally decide to become superheroes the least super-heroic one yet? Sure, the gang never had the greatest grasp of their abilities to begin with, but in part one of season four, they are particularly de-powered. (Part two kicks off sometime next year.)…

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Dec 05, 2022

Wednesday's Jenna Ortega catches heat for filming key scene while sick with COVID
Wednesday might be spooky, but Wednesday Addams coming to set while infected with COVID-19 is truly frightful. While the new series is reportedly doing pretty well for Netflix, fans have taken issue with the fact that star Jenna Ortega was apparently sick with coronavirus during filming of the first season.…

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Dec 05, 2022

Amber Heard formally appeals Johnny Depp trial verdict
Amber Heard has formally appealed the verdict in her ex-husband Johnny Depp's long-running Virginia defamation suit against her. Heard's filing arrives just under a month after Depp—despite his win in court—also appealed the verdict, calling the $2 million awarded to Heard "erroneous."

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Dec 05, 2022

Batgirl directors reflect on "traumatic," "unprecedented" cancellation
Warner Bros. Discovery's cancellation of Batgirl is one of the entertainment industry's biggest stories of the year. Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have expressed their optimism that someday, some way, fans will be able to see the film, starring Leslie Grace in the titular role. As it stands, though, the…

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Dec 05, 2022

Violent Night's "Scrooge," John Leguizamo, decrees that Deer Hunter is a Christmas movie
Some performers burst onto the scene. Others, like John Leguizamo, hone their craft over a number of years in a wide variety of projects, until audiences one day awaken to their vitality and full range of talent. While the New York-bred actor's early filmography isn't without some starring roles (the infamous Super…

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Dec 05, 2022

What's on this week
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Dec 05, 2022

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio review: a remarkable new take on an old tale
What a difference a director makes. In Robert Zemeckis' recent remake of Disney's Pinocchio, it felt like a downright creepy and unnecessary addition to give Geppetto a dead son as motivation for creating a wooden replica in his place. When Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (in select theaters now and on Netflix December…

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Dec 05, 2022

The 30 best TV shows of 2022
Will 2022 be remembered as the year we all could finally agree that there is too much TV? We're … not sure. But despite the overload of series (we're looking at you, Netflix) and how unsustainable the current model feels, we're not complaining. The last 12 months have gifted us some fantastic television, with newbies…

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Dec 04, 2022

On The White Lotus, Aubrey Plaza steals the show
I always knew this season of The White Lotus would belong to Aubrey Plaza. But I was hardly ready for the way in which her Harper would take a chokehold on this HBO anthology series. (Can each new season be chain-linked, with us following Harper next season wherever she's headed provided she survives next week's…

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Dec 04, 2022

R.I.P. Bob McGrath, original Sesame Street cast member
Original Sesame Street cast member Bob McGrath has died. As confirmed in a Facebook post by his family, McGrath died "peacefully at home, surrounded by his family." He was 90.

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Dec 04, 2022

This week's Yellowstone give us a bloody battle
An action-packed, but kinda aimless, installment of Yellowstone this week finds Beth and Summer duking it out in "Watch 'Em Ride Away," the fighting equivalent of that Return Of The King ending. Let's get into it.

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Dec 04, 2022

What's on TV this week—George & Tammy debuts, His Dark Materials and Doom Patrol return
Welcome to What's On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here's what you need to watch from Sunday, December 4, to Thursday, December 8. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What's On drops on Fridays.]


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Dec 04, 2022

SNL returns for its best episode of the season with host Keke Palmer
Following a two-week hiatus, Saturday Night Live returns with Keke Palmer making her hosting debut after giving a stellar performance in the summer blockbuster Nope. After courting controversy with host Dave Chappelle, Palmer felt like a delightfully un-divisive choice and a breath of fresh air for the show. Already a…

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Dec 03, 2022

Daisy Ridley to star in The Christie Affair as Agatha Christie's husband's mistress
Rather than simply appear in films based on the works of Dame Agatha Christie—like 2017's Murder On The Orient Express—Daisy Ridley is apparently gearing up to appear in a story about the life of the Dame herself. This is per Deadline, which reports that Ridley has signed on to star in a TV show built around one of…

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Dec 03, 2022

What do Martin Scorsese, Bong Joon-ho, and other great directors think are the best films of all time?
Earlier this week, the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine released its once-per-decade list of The Best Films Of All Time, a 100-film ranking, curated from the opinions of hundreds of critics, of the greatest movies in movie-making history. In addition to the critics list, though, Sight & Sound also…

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Dec 03, 2022

The Last Of Us trailer: Mushroom zombies, '80s music, and a gun-toting Nick Offerman
Brazil's CCXP22 continues to yield big nerd dividends this weekend, as HBO used the South American Comic-Con to debut the first full trailer today for its TV adaptation of critically acclaimed video game The Last Of Us.

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Dec 03, 2022

Ted Lasso's Brett Goldstein got to interview The Muppets, and it's delightful
An early Christmas present for fans of The Muppets, Brett Goldstein, or just general, all-purpose adorability: A new interview from Entertainment Weekly this week, in which the Ted Lasso star interviews several of the Muppets about "the greatest film of all time," 1992's The Muppet Christmas Carol.

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Dec 03, 2022

Lance Reddick to lend a little extra John Wick street cred to spin-off movie Ballerina
Lance Reddick, a stalwart of the John Wick movies, has signed on to reprise his role as Charon in the franchise's upcoming spin-off film Ballerina, Variety reports.

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Dec 03, 2022

The best holiday movies to watch this season on HBO Max
HBO Max's selection of holiday season films is emblematic of the streaming library's overall offerings: a reliably eclectic mix of family-friendly, genre-subverting, and classics both old-school and modern. If you're craving a trip down memory lane, may we suggest Christmas In Connecticut or The Shop Around The Corner…

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Dec 02, 2022

Apple TV orders a second season of Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Surface
Amnesia thriller Surface is getting a second season at Apple TV , with THR reporting that the mystery show—in which Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Sophie, a woman who survives a suicide attempt but develops severe amnesia in the aftermath—has gotten an order for a second run of episodes.

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Dec 02, 2022

Disney's finally getting ready to de-Song Of The South-ify Splash Mountain
Two years after announcing that it would be fully revamping 30-year-old theme park ride Splash Mountain—removing its connections to the company's controversial, permanently vaulted feature film Song Of The South—Disney has unveiled its plans for the ride's updated version, the Princess And The Frog-themed Tiana's…

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Dec 02, 2022

Keke Palmer to play another funny stripper in Amazon Studios' action comedy Moxie
After delighting a weary nation with her role in Hustlers-the scene where she does that little run in the denim swimsuit!-Keke Palmer will once again be playing a hilarious exotic dancer in the upcoming action comedy Moxie. As reported by Deadline, "The film is about a foul-mouthed stripper who pisses off the FBI in a…

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Dec 02, 2022

Jack Reynor on The Peripheral, Midsommar, and his craziest fan interaction
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Dec 02, 2022

Toni Colette is the Godfather who makes muffins in the first Mafia Mamma trailer
Carrying on a legacy is no easy feat, even for the apples that fall nearest to the tree. So what happens to the apples who never knew the tree at all? In Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's latest action comedy Mafia Mamma, Toni Collette stars as suburban American mom Kirsten, who finds herself at the helm of her…

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Dec 02, 2022

Joy-hating boneheads at HBO cancel Los Espookys
The joy-hating boneheads done done it again, Variety (sort of) reports, with news breaking this afternoon that HBO has decided to cancel Los Espookys. Created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, this weird, wonderful, and extremely funny semi-supernatural comedy will end its run on HBO after just two…

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Dec 02, 2022

Game Of Thrones alum Kate Dickie joins the cast of Loki's second season
The plot is still being kept under wraps, but more details are beginning to emerge about the second season of Loki. Kate Dickie has joined the cast of the multiverse-busting Marvel Cinematic Universe series, as reported by Deadline. The Scottish actor is apparently playing a villain, so start wildly speculating on her…

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Dec 02, 2022

R.I.P. Julia Reichert, Oscar-winning documentarian
Julia Reichert, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory, has died, according to The New York Times. An activist and dedicated chronicler of the American working class, Reichert passed away following a years-long battle with urothelial cancer—she had previously been diagnosed with…

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Dec 02, 2022

Netflix can cancel The Midnight Club, but it can't stop Mike Flanagan from tweeting out all its secrets
Yesterday was, let's say, a tumultuous day for the long-standing relationship between TV horror mastermind Mike Flanagan and his old pals at Netflix. First, news broke that Flanagan and production partner Trevor Macy were jumping ship from the home of The Haunting Of Hill House, Midnight Mass, and more, signing a new…

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Dec 02, 2022

The A.V. Club's weekly film round up
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Dec 02, 2022

Sally Field anoints Burt Reynolds as her worst on-screen kiss
Despite being a 1970's sex symbol, Burt Reynolds may have been decidedly unsexy at something: kissing. At least according to his former Smokey And The Bandits co-star and Oscar winner Sally Field, who dropped all the slobbery details on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.

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Dec 02, 2022

Sharon Stone says speaking out about AIDS in the '90s destroyed her career
Sharon Stone has been in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years, but there was one role that nearly halted her career in its tracks: becoming part of AIDS research fundraising organization amfAR. The actor reflected on her involvement with amfAR during an emotional talk at the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi…

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Dec 02, 2022

TÁR reigns supreme as New York Film Critics Circle crowns its ring of 2022 winners
After a brisk and sunny morning in the greater New York area, a list of winners has been crowned at the 2022 New York Film Critics Circle awards. Voting began early Friday and saw TÁR selected as Best Picture and S. S. Rajamouli as Best Director for his work with RRR. Cate Blanchett and Colin Farrell took home this…

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Dec 02, 2022

Michael Gandolfini joins the MCU's Daredevil: Born Again
Michael Gandolfini (The Many Saints Of Newark) is moving from the mean streets of New Jersey to a whole new world of crime in Hell's Kitchen. The Offer actor has been cast in a major role in Disney 's upcoming MCU series Daredevil: Born Again, starring beside Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio, per Deadline.

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Dec 02, 2022

Reno 911!'s Thomas Lennon was filming a poop scene for Quibi when he learned Quibi was over
Ah, Quibi, we hardly knew ye. The bite-sized streaming platform that attracted such illustrious talent as Sophie Turner, Laura Dern, Queen Latifah, Idris Elba, Don Cheadle, Anna Kendrick, and more shuttered in October 2020, just six months after its launch. It was also one of the many homes of Reno 911!, which aired…

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Dec 02, 2022

Somerville, Massachusetts met news of a royal visit with outrage over reduced access to a local grocery store
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there was a brief moment in time when it seemed like everyone actually really did like the British royal family. Since then, King Charles being himself and the monarchy's continued inability to hide its racism has helped put things back in perspective, helpfully reminding…

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Dec 02, 2022

A Britney Spears musical is coming to Broadway (without any help from Britney Spears)
Britney Spears was obviously right when she said everyone wants a "Piece Of Me." Though the pop star is not involved in the production, her music will now be the soundtrack for a new Broadway show, Once Upon A One More Time. The jukebox musical has announced its debut on the Great White Way, with previews beginning in…

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Dec 02, 2022

Slow Horses' season 2 premiere plays the old hits—and that's just fine
Fire up those emails to HR, because the best toxic workplace on TV is back. Slow Horses galloped out the gates earlier this year to become something of a hit for Apple TV , showing us that spies, they're just like us! And even issuing an authoritative reminder that Mick Jagger is still cool.

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Dec 02, 2022

A $1.5 million Batman '89 Batmobile replica is up for sale ... just in time for the holidays
It's December 2nd. The clock is ticking down on holiday shopping opportunities. Your children look up at you with hopeful faces, wondering which present will make this year memorable. Your loved ones wait to measure, once and for all, whether or not you truly care for them as they look forward to their gift.


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Dec 02, 2022

What to watch on Hulu: 32 best TV shows streaming right now
There's no dearth of options on Hulu, so deciding what to watch can be quite overwhelming. Instead of wasting time trying to figure out which show will keep you on your couch for several hours, check out our roundup of the best of the best on the streamer, including beloved Hulu originals, FX hits, rewatch-worthy…

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Dec 02, 2022

Kanye West's Parler deal is officially dead
Kanye "Ye" West, the star that just can't stop burning out, has officially flamed his way through a partnership with the conservative-leaning social media platform Parler. The rapper, who has spent the past few weeks diving headfirst into overt Nazism and white supremacy, initially partnered with Parler back in…

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Dec 02, 2022

David Harbour landed Madonna film W.E. on pure sex appeal
Stranger Things may have kickstarted David Harbour's cultural moment as it were, but there are those who have been waving the Harbour banner long before he was Hopper. That includes Madonna, who cast him in her 2011 historical romance W.E. because she thought he was hot—according to Harbour himself.

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Dec 02, 2022

Pentiment is a brilliant game about being a terrible medieval murder-solver
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?


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Dec 02, 2022

Emancipation review: Will Smith's grueling slave drama is as shallow as a Louisiana bayou
This is only speculation, but the cast and crew of Emancipation, Antoine Fuqua's Louisiana bayou chase movie disguised as a Civil War slave drama, probably slogged through the mud and muck under the assumption they were making a prestige picture on the order of 2013's Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave. But watching Will…

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Dec 02, 2022

17 possible best director nominees for the 2023 Oscars
There's no Oscar category that's more like comparing apples and oranges than Best Director. Should the Academy reward intimate, emotionally driven character studies—evidence that a director can masterfully guide their stars? Or should they go for impressive, "how'd they do that" spectacle? As this list of could-be and…

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Dec 02, 2022

6 things you have to watch on TV this weekend
Welcome to the weekend edition of What's On. Here are the big things happening on TV from Friday, December 2, to Sunday, December 4. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekly What's On will publish on Sundays.]


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Dec 02, 2022

Firefly Lane review: hair's the thing, season 2 gets badly tangled
If you were hoping for even more American Hustle-level hair absurdity in the second season of Firefly Lane—Netflix's decades-spanning soap starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as longtime BFFs Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey—you're in luck: The wigs are still insane.

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Dec 02, 2022

Firefly Lane review: season 2 goes down too many paths
If you were hoping for even more American Hustle-level hair absurdity in the second season of Firefly Lane—Netflix's decades-spanning soap starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as longtime BFFs Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey—you're in luck: The wigs are still insane.

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Dec 02, 2022

And that's how long it took Kanye to get himself suspended from Elon Musk's Twitter
Congratulations tonight to anyone who had "just about exactly one month" as their (shockingly) long pick in the "How long will it take Kanye West to get himself suspended from Elon Musk's Twitter?" betting pool, as West appears to have finally passed Musk's own personal thresholds for "free speech" at last—presumably…

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Dec 02, 2022

On Mythic Quest, Poppy finally lets the players drive
For a show about video games, there's not much talk about play on Mythic Quest. Sure, we get into how people consume video games, pay for them, and create them. These last two seasons toyed with how and why people spend their creative and intellectual energy turning ones and zeros into knights and dragons. But the…

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Dec 02, 2022

Survival bore game The Callisto Protocol only wishes it was the new Dead Space
My hands shake as I face down the mutant abomination. My breathing goes shallow, as it swings another meaty fist at my oh-so-fragile face. As I scramble for my gun, I'm in an elevated state, hoping to fend off the monstrous horror before it can land a killing blow. One shot … two … another dodge … a swing of my stun…

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Dec 01, 2022

R.I.P. Brad William Henke, from Justified and Orange Is The New Black
Brad William Henke has died. A former NFL player who later transitioned into acting, Henke was best known for his two-season role on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, where he played brutal, antagonistic prison guard Desi Piscatella in the show's fourth and fifth seasons. His other major credits include Lost, …

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Dec 01, 2022

Benevolent studio offers free removal of your Kanye West tattoos
An exciting offer today for anyone who signed up for some good-natured "No one man should have all that power" fun with rapper Kanye West a decade-and-change ago, and who now has to walk around in public with a picture of a guy who says things like "I like Hitler" on their arm: A London-based tattoo removal studio is…

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Dec 01, 2022

Disney taps Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha for an Indian "princess musical"
Gurinder Chadha—the prolific director best known for films like Bhaji On The Beach, Bend It Like Beckham, and 2019's Blinded By The Light—is teaming up with Disney, Deadline reports. Chadha has apparently been tapped by the Mouse Monolith to direct a new musical film, centered on a "dynamic princess' from India's…

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Dec 01, 2022

The Mandalorian returns next spring to fill Star Wars-sized hole in your life
Lest anyone thought that Disney could go five minutes without sticking another Star Wars adventure on Disney , The Mandalorian is making a comeback. Fresh off the conclusion of Andor, Lucasfilm announced that Mando and Baby Yoda will return to Disney on March 1, 2023.

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Dec 01, 2022

Oh look! Kanye West has more dumb things to say
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Dec 01, 2022

An ode to The Rings Of Power's strongest element, Joseph Mawle's Adar
The first season of Amazon's The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power arrived on a great wave of controversy and debate. That's nothing new for J.R.R. Tolkien, who consistently reworked, revised, and added to his legendarium throughout his life. However, the holes in Middle-earth's history that co-creators J.D. Payne…

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Dec 01, 2022

There's a new Sight & Sound "Best Movies Of All Time" poll to piss all your film nerd friends off
For 70 years running, the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine has brought numerous voices in the film world together, once every 10 years, in a noble effort: To make every single movie nerd on the planet very angry by issuing a poll—tabulated from nearly a thousand critics and directors—supposedly listing…

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Dec 01, 2022

The Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny trailer plays the hits with a de-aged Harrison Ford
At the ripe age of 80, the eternally grumpy Harrison Ford, upon premiering the trailer for the fifth Indiana Jones movie in September, that his time wearing fedoras and digging for treasure is over. "I will not fall down for you again," he said. " Fair enough. Ford's physical state was a concern on the set of every…

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Dec 01, 2022

Ben Affleck says Netflix movies are made through an "assembly line process"
After recently announcing that his latest collaboration with Matt Damon would be a production company that promises to put creatives first, Ben Affleck has shared more of his thoughts about the state of cinema. Taking the stage at the New York Times' DealBook Summit (via Variety) to promote Artists Equity, the Gone…

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Dec 01, 2022

The Guardians Of The Galaxy are done running in the first trailer for Volume 3
This is it: The final ride for both the Guardians Of The Galaxy and their papa, director James Gunn, whose time at Disney and Marvel Studios has come to an end now that he's co-running DC Studios at Warner Bros. Discovery. But don't think about the end just yet, because we've just now gotten our first trailer for …

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Dec 01, 2022

Vince Vaughn champions his Dodgeball sequel idea: "The studio likes it"
Dodgeballers, the sequel dream is still alive! Justin Long recently informed us that Vince Vaughn had a great idea for a follow-up to the beloved 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and he was trying to facilitate a pitch with the film's star Ben Stiller. Well, it sounds like Vaughn has made his pitch,…

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Dec 01, 2022

Netflix scare-masters Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy taking their terrifying talents to Prime Video
Netflix is about to get a little less scary, or at least it will remain about as scary as it is now and will not get any scarier after a certain point in the future, since the minds behind its annual run of critically acclaimed horror shows—The Haunting Of Hill House, The Haunting Of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass, The…

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Dec 01, 2022

More boys (and girls) are coming to The Boys with the return of Simon Pegg and new addition Rosemarie Dewitt
The Supernatural-ification of The Boys continues. (But, let's be real: Was this show ever not just Supernatural with some The CW-imposed family-friendly restrictions lifted, in spirit if not in plot? SPN's winky, meta-musical episode, for example, would have fit right in on creator Eric Kripke's latest bloody venture.)

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Dec 01, 2022

Will Smith returns to the red carpet as Emancipation receives mixed reviews
Like it or not, Will Smith is back. The actor has quietly ramped up his press tour game for his new film Emancipation, which premieres under the cloud of the Oscars Slap scandal that occurred earlier this year. Inevitably, he's had to address the assault on Chris Rock that night, acknowledge that it was a "horrific…

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Dec 01, 2022

Thomas Lennon on Cops, Reno 911, and Quibi's quick death
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AV Club Films
Dec 01, 2022

Remembering the stars we've lost in 2022
In 2022, we are mourning the loss of actors, musicians, and directors—many of who were pioneers in their respective fields and made an unforgettable impact on the industry as a whole.


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Dec 01, 2022

Beasts rise in the first trailer for Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts
We regret to inform you that The Transformers is back, but much like with 2018's Bumblebee, it actually seems kind of cool when it's not being handled by a filmmaker with a huge ego who actively dislikes the property. This new movie—set in the ‘90s and titled Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts—is directed by Steven…

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Dec 01, 2022

Zoe Saldaña adds her Marvel opinion, says she felt "artistically stuck" working in franchise
In the meme heard ‘round the world, little green Gamora asks her adoptive father, Thanos, what it cost him to acquire the soul stone. "Everything," he responds (which, spoiler alert, really means he flung her off a big old cliff). For Zoe Saldaña, the woman behind the meme, it seems like appearing in this movie may…

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Dec 01, 2022

Seven new faces (so far) will join The Rings Of Power cast next season
We're less than two months out from the finale of the inaugural season of Amazon Prime's Lord Of The Rings prequel The Rings Of Power, but new forces are already rising ahead of season two. Today, the streamer announced that seven new cast members have been confirmed for the series' second season.

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