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Jul 12, 2020

Disney apparently has no problem with Wolverine's naked butt
Back in April, Disney users noticed a weird edit to the platform's version of the movie Splash, with Daryl Hannah's hair evidently being digitally extended in order to cover up her butt—a scene that people of a certain age probably remember pretty well and would immediately notice any alterations to, like how nerds…

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Jul 12, 2020

Meet the losers of the Star Trek universe in the first trailer for animated series Lower Decks
Star Trek spaceships are pretty big, but the TV shows and movies generally just focus on the dozen or so crew members who work on the bridge or in the medical bay. CBS All Access' new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks is taking a different approach, putting the primary emphasis on the people who work on, well,…

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Jul 12, 2020

The latest in the search for Naya Rivera: Her family joins effort as police check nearby buildings
As the search for Naya Rivera enters day four, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department continues to share updates. Authorities have been looking for the Glee actress since her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone on the pontoon they had rented at Lake Piru in Southern California on July 8. On the second day of…

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Jul 12, 2020

The Batman is getting an HBO Max tie-in show that is definitely not just Fox's Gotham
Fox's Gotham gradually earned a reputation for being one of the most absurd TV shows on network television, and while that granted it a certain amount of entertainment value (and a begrudgingly loyal following), it did not exactly make good on the initial idea of it being an homage to Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka's very…

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Jul 12, 2020

No, Ben Stiller is not going to edit Trump out of Zoolander
One of the lesser important side effects of hiring a cartoonish business tycoon—one who used to really permeate our pop culture at one point—to run the country is that we remain surrounded by relics of his past life. Before he spent his days targeting Black NASCAR drivers and ignoring the threat of COVID-19 until it…

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Jul 12, 2020

Free from the network TV censors, Peacock might pick up Law & Order's Hate Crimes spin-off
NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service is set to launch on July 15, finally giving the world a chance to stream TV shows and movies over the internet, and NBCUniversal is predictably keen on making sure that it has loads of high-profile content to serve up to fans of A.P. Bio and 30 Rock. To that end, Deadline says NBC…

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Jul 12, 2020

Roger Corman's low-budget studio gave us more than just cult movies
We explore some of Wikipedia's oddities in our 6,119,786-week series, Wiki Wormhole.


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Jul 12, 2020

Tell us about your pop culture weekend: July 10-12
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 12, 2020

Welcome to P-Valley
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Sunday, July 12. All times are Eastern.


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Jul 11, 2020

The Owl House has yet to conjure up a compelling reason to connect with its direction so far
Of the The Owl House's three main characters, only Eda really feels like a complete character whose journey holds the most pathos and intrigue. At this point in the series, we've learned that this powerful, if not well-liked, witch is suffering from a curse from an unknown entity that causes her to transform into an…

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Jul 11, 2020

The Owl House still doesn't have a handle on its central trio
Of The Owl House's three main characters, only Eda really feels like a complete character; her journey holds the most pathos and intrigue. At this point in the series, we've learned that this powerful, if not well-liked, witch is suffering from a curse from an unknown entity that causes her to transform into an…

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Jul 11, 2020

The Empire Strikes Back tops the box office—no, this isn't a headline from 1980
It's been a while since our last Weekend Box Office update, but we had to strike back with this one. Get it? "Strike back"? Okay, if that horrible joke hasn't made you click out of this story already, here's what you came for: The Empire Strikes Back took in an estimated $175,000 across 483 locations on Friday, and is …

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Jul 11, 2020

Disney World releases dystopian footage of masked employees welcoming visitors on reopening day
As the number of coronavirus cases surges in Florida, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened up to droves of guests on Saturday. Some Disney resort employees have protested and petitioned to delay the park reopenings until it is safer to gather in large groups, but others are seen smiling (or…

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Jul 11, 2020

Comic-Con@Home's schedule includes a Constantine reunion, Charlize Theron, Bill & Ted, The Walking Dead
For the first time in 51 years, those who live outside of San Diego don't have to spends thousands of dollars in order to experience one of the biggest annual events in entertainment. Comic-Con as we've always known it may be a no-go this year, but like many of us, the gargantuan fan convention is making an effort to…

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Jul 11, 2020

A sneak peek at 30 Rock's reunion special, just as episodes are being scrubbed from the internet
Navigating television production during the coronavirus pandemic has proven challenging, but a handful of series have figured out how to make it work. Most prominently, the Parks And Recreation cast reunited for a surprisingly impressive special in April—and now its former NBC Thursday night lead-in 30 Rock is…

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Jul 11, 2020

Comic-Con@Home's schedule includes Adventure Time, The Walking Dead, Star Trek and more
For the first time in 51 years, those who live outside of San Diego don't have to spends thousands of dollars in order to experience one of the biggest annual events in entertainment. Comic-Con as we've always known it may be a no-go this year, but like many of us, the gargantuan fan convention is making an effort to…

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Jul 11, 2020

The pop culture that's entertained us the most in 2020 so far
To state the obvious: 2020 has mostly sucked. But pop culture, as always, remains a small respite in our increasingly miserable world. So we're concluding our Best Of The Year So Far coverage with an AVQ&A:

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Jul 11, 2020

Ted Cruz's hypocritical response to the Goya boycott reveals his grandparents are time travelers
Ted Cruz would like to cancel Cancel Culture, despite the fact that Ted Cruz participates in Cancel Culture. (Also, his grandparents are apparently time travelers—but more on that later.) This all started Thursday when Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue gave a speech in the Rose Garden in which he said the U.S. is "truly…

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Jul 11, 2020

The 25 best songs of 2020 so far
With concerts reduced to livestreams, curating an entertaining playlist has become an increasingly important in the months since the world shut down. To help populate your playlists with new content, The A.V. Club has waded through the new music offerings of the first half of 2020 to compile 25 of our favorite…

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Jul 11, 2020

The best albums of 2020 so far
The tidal wave of garbage that is 2020 continues to wash over us, keeping everyone masked and nervous. (And if you're not masked, seriously, get on that, this isn't hectoring, it's trying to save lives.) Luckily, the one thing there might be more of this year than bad news is good music. As always, it's impossible to…

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Jul 10, 2020

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars serves up fashion and frustration at "The Charles Family Backyard Ball"
The final cuts are always the toughest on Drag Race, but the format of this season of All Stars twists the knife. Usually, viewers can fall back on the judges' critiques and ultimately, RuPaul's instincts to make sense of the rankings. With this latest change, however, the safety net is gone. Putting every queen but…

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Jul 10, 2020

Valentina Sampaio becomes the first transgender Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model
Valentina Sampaio has made history as the first transgender model to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The 23-year-old Brazilian's participation in the annual issue was revealed Friday, with the model opening up about the trailblazing opportunity. "I am excited and honored to be part of the iconic Sports…

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Jul 10, 2020

At long last, we know why James Gandolfini and SpongeBob were such good buddies
The tabloids love when celebrities are good friends. They'll feature cute stories about Ben Affleck and Matt Damon hanging out, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler goofing off, or Brad Pitt and George Clooney playing pranks on each other. And yet, despite this, the most wholesome celebrity buddy pairing of all has gone ignored…

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Jul 10, 2020

The best horror movies on Netflix
Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club. That's why we're scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own …

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Jul 10, 2020

Full up on "quick bites," 90% of first-day users reportedly ditch Quibi after free trial ends
Since launching in April, Quibi has struggled to garner the same robust following as some of its more established competitors. The company has also experienced some major PR snags between going after a fan podcast and spending most of its near-$2 billion capital in its first year of activity. Now it faces a new…

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Jul 10, 2020

Luke Wilson, Rossif Sutherland, and Laysla De Oliveira on eating deep fried rabbit ears
In Atom Egoyan's Guest Of Honour, David Thewlis plays a food inspector emotionally torn asunder by some accusations made against his daughter, a high school band teacher. (Laysla De Oliveira) Luke Wilson and Rossif Sutherland are along for the depressing ride, which at some points centers around the consumption of d…

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Jul 10, 2020

The most satisfying answer to Clue's farcical whodunit is "All of them"
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch moving from July to October, we're singling out other ensemble comedies to watch instead.


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Jul 10, 2020

At long last, a music video for Weird Al's Hamilton polka
It's been nearly five years since Hamilton opened on Broadway, and yet somehow, Lin-Manuel Miranda's unlikely juggernaut continues to grow in influence. With the release of a filmed version of the production as performed by the show's original cast, it's now available to anyone and everyone (well, anyone and everyone…

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Jul 10, 2020

Star Trek's Jeffreys Combs, Ranked
Star Trek is filled with fantastic guest actors, but there are perhaps few more prolific, as prominent, or as downright varied as Jeffrey Combs.

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Jul 10, 2020

This exclusive clip from Shudder's The Beach House is not for the squeamish
Eco-horror is having a moment—rightfully so, given the state of the planet. Earlier this year, Color Out Of Space and Sea Fever played on anxieties about contaminated water supplies and sinister creatures lurking at the bottom of the ocean, and this week those fears reach land as The Beach House debuts on Shudder.

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Jul 10, 2020

The original Lady A on the band's lawsuit: "I should not have to bend to their will"
"All I ever wanted was to keep my name in the blues genre doing what I did. I should not have to bend to [the band's] will because they've got money."

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Jul 10, 2020

5 new releases we love: Margo Price rises again, The Beths prove their mettle, and more
There's a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, with some recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to purchase featured artists' music…

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Jul 10, 2020

J.K. Simmons on Palm Springs and why he loves working with Andy Samberg
J.K. Simmons and Andy Samberg first shared the screen in 2009's I Love You, Man as father and son, and Simmons has been a fan ever since, going so far as to call the former SNL star a "bridge between [generations]." Now, they're together once again in Hulu's excellent new time-loop comedy, Palm Springs. Though Simmons…

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Jul 10, 2020

Emmy voters, don't forget the other supernatural comedy with the award-worthy world-building
The Primetime Emmy Awards for production design come with ample qualifications: There are two awards for hour-long narrative programs, divided along lines of period and genre; in the half-hour realm, the breakdown of the nominees proportionately reflects the number of single-camera shows and multi-camera shows…

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Jul 10, 2020

The Hork-Bajir Chronicles Was One of Animorphs' Most Powerful Books
Much as K.A. Applegate's Animorph series tell a story about a group of kids bonding with one another while adventuring worlds and physically transforming into a variety of animals, the books are also an examination of the devastating impacts that ongoing wars, imperialism, and slavery have on societies.

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Jul 10, 2020

Bill Nye uses science to show world of adult children the importance of wearing a mask
Bill Nye is best known for a ‘90s edutainment show in which he explain scientific principles to children using comedy and lively experiments. In 2020, with so many grown-ups acting like idiot kids during a pandemic, Nye has returned to this format in an attempt to convince people to wear face masks.

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Jul 10, 2020

Here's a selection of cakes that do not, in fact, look like cakes
What if we were to tell you that there are cakes out there in the world right this minute that do not look at all like cakes? "Oh, I've watched the Food Network before," you might say, to which we'd respond: "No. We're not talking about cakes that look like nice little forest scenes or cartoon characters. We're…

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Jul 10, 2020

Home Alone made a generation of kids cheer—and probably scarred them for life
Imagine it's 1990 and you're Joe Pesci. You've had a solid career as a character actor for a decade. You have one Oscar nomination for Raging Bull. You've appeared in one big hit, Lethal Weapon 2. And you've just painted your masterpiece. The beginning of 1990 is pretty standard for you — small roles as scumbags in…

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Jul 10, 2020

The best games of 2020 so far
It feels fair to say that few spans of time in recent memory have called for a good distraction more desperately than the first half of 2020. Which makes it lucky that the most distracting of pop culture mediums, video gaming, has somehow managed to have a pretty banner year, despite it all. Insulated from the worst…

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Jul 10, 2020

"Sometimes my trauma shows": Billy Porter tells Billy Eichner about calling out Black homophobia
"I'm 50 years old, I don't do that," is how Emmy-winning Pose star Billy Porter explained his approach to letting social media controversy dampen his signature sunny disposition. Porter was telling guest Jimmy Kimmel Live host Billy Eichner about doing an "addendum" to his widely-shared Instagram video wherein he…

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Jul 10, 2020

Grab your shades and head to Palm Springs
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11. All times are Eastern.


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Jul 10, 2020

This probably goes without saying, but it's incredibly fun to be Iron Man
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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Jul 10, 2020

Police "confident" Naya Rivera drowned and "don't know" if they'll ever find her: Here's everything we know
Authorities have set sobering expectations for how the search for Naya Rivera will end. In a statement released Thursday evening, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department—who have been searching for the former Glee star since she was reported missing Wednesday after spending the day swimming in Southern California's…

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Jul 09, 2020

Lamorne Morris' semi-animated comedy Woke gets a surreal teaser and premiere date
Hulu has released the teaser trailer for Lamorne Morris' Woke, a brand new comedy that will begin streaming in September. Based on a true story from artist and musician Keith Knight, the New Girl alum will star as Keef, a Black cartoonist on the cusp of mainstream success. Not one to shake the political table, Keef is…

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Jul 09, 2020

Old Crow Medicine Show bring the hootenanny to House Shows
Yesterday, beloved roots act Old Crow Medicine Show took over our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube pages to perform a stripped down set as part of our series AVC Sessions: House Shows. During the show—which you can now watch in its entirety above—the group performed new songs, including recent charity single…

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Jul 09, 2020

HBO leads Television Critics Association nominations; Watchmen, Schitt's Creek, and Mandalorian get nods
Critics hate everything, right? Well, apparently sometimes we like to praise things because dozens of shows across almost 20 networks/platforms are among those who received nominations from the Television Critics Association on Thursday. Leading the pack of nominated series are HBO's Watchmen and Netflix's …

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Jul 09, 2020

Ramy gets to continue his spiritual (and sometimes chaotic) journey for a 3rd season
And now for a little good (perhaps great) news: Hulu has just renewed Ramy for a third season. Per a recent release, Hulu has granted Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef's widely beloved dramedy another 10-episode turn. Youssef writes for and stars in the Peabody-winning series while also serving as the show's executive…

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Jul 09, 2020

Cancel Culture Isn't a Culture, It's a Religion
There is no tenet of good writing simpler or more repeated than "show don't tell." So it's surprising in retrospect that so many people who trade in words (and appear to take doing so seriously), people like J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood, and Gloria Steinem, attached their names to a letter published in Harper's on…

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Jul 09, 2020

Naya Rivera missing and presumed dead after 4-year-old son found alone on boat in California lake
Glee star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone on the boat they'd rented. According to multiple reports, the actress rented a pontoon at Lake Piru in Ventura County, Calif., on Wednesday and spent the day swimming with her son. When she was late returning the boat, staff at…

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Jul 09, 2020

Relic is a haunted-house movie about the inside of the human mind
One day, everyone you know and love will die. Much of human endeavor is built around trying to either ignore or defy this immutable truth, but we all carry it with us anyway, sitting heavily on our chests like the snub-nosed incubus in John Henry Fuseli's painting The Nightmare. If we're lucky enough to have parents…

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Jul 09, 2020

Experience the nightmare of scuba-diving near an unseen destroyer ship's sonar echoes
It's a widely accepted fact: the ocean is very big, very unknown, and very goddamn scary. Anyone claiming to disagree is free to try making it through the Lovecraftian nightmare that is scuba diving while an unseen sonar beacon echoes through the vast, uncaring waters.


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Jul 09, 2020

A classic "movie about movies" offers escapism behind the scenes
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch moving from July to October, we're singling out other ensemble comedies to watch instead.

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Jul 09, 2020

Read this: A look into Viggo Mortensen and Buckethead's collaborative albums
Viggo Mortensen is an actor best known for his starring roles in fantasy epic The Lord Of The Rings and gritty dramas like The Road and Eastern Promises. Buckethead is a musician best known for playing guitar really fast and wearing a KFC bucket on his head. Despite these apparent differences in their careers,…

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Jul 09, 2020

Nevermind, we're getting a 6th season of The Crown after all
Back in January, we reported that The Crown would take its final bow after season five. But does anything ever actually end? Reboots are now the standard in film and television, Cher has had multiple farewell tours, even Lucifer recently announced a sixth and final final season after previously alluding that the fifth…

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Jul 09, 2020

Gary Larson just shared his first new Far Side comics in over 25 years on his website
Fans of daily desk calendars everywhere rejoice: Gary Larson has made a surprise return to the much beloved, surreal, cow-heavy Far Side universe. Earlier this week, Larson quietly posted a handful of new, single-frame comics on his website—his first new public work within the series in over two-and-a-half decades—and…

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Jul 09, 2020

Zendaya, John David Washington, and Euphoria's Sam Levinson secretly made a movie in quarantine
While Hollywood has been grappling with the limitations of producing in the middle of a pandemic, some creatives aren't waiting around for the industry-wide green light to head back to work. In fact, one filmmaker in particular managed to produce an entire feature film starring A-list talent without so much as a…

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Jul 09, 2020

Enter the colorful, kooky world of We Are Little Zombies in this exclusive clip
An untimely death—or an entire series of them—isn't usually where a story begins, but in the case of We Are Little Zombies it's both the inciting incident and a meet-cute of sorts for the kids at the heart of this wildly original new film, arriving in theaters and virtual cinemas on July 10.

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Jul 09, 2020

If theaters close forever, we have enough terrible superhero fan films to last us for years
There are more than enough lavishly produced superhero movies out there already. What audiences need isn't another focus tested Marvel blockbuster, the sharp edges of any personality sanded off to appeal to the widest possible market. What we need are tremendously goofy-looking fan films, created by people whose…

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Jul 09, 2020

Palm Springs' Camila Mendes and Meredith Hagner pick their fave Lonely Island sketches
If Palm Springs is a fresh riff on the time-loop story immortalized by Groundhog Day, then that makes Camila Mendes and Meredith Hagner this movie's Ned Ryersons. As Tala, the bride-to-be, and Misty, her bridesmaid, Mendes and Hagner think they're just living out a picturesque California wedding, unaware that guests…

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Jul 09, 2020

Dermot Mulroney on My Best Friend's Wedding, Hanna, and not being Dylan McDermott
The actor: Though he's been (playfully) dogged for years about having a name a little too similar to another actor's, Dermot Mulroney is a one-of-a-kind performer. He cut his teeth on serious dramas like Longtime Companion and Where The Day Takes You, embodied wanderlust in neo-Westerns like Bright Angel, starred in…

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Jul 09, 2020

Naya Rivera's Glee costars call for prayers as search for missing star continues: "Don't Cut This Life Short"
As the search for missing Glee star Naya Rivera began anew at dawn Thursday morning, the actresses' former costars have taken to social media to send their well-wishes and ask fan to continue to think positively. "Please pray for Naya Rivera to be found safe and sound," Demi Lovato, who played Rivera's girlfriend on…

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Jul 09, 2020

The Bachelor is still determined to make that senior citizen spinoff happen, somehow
Although COVID-19 can affect anyone, some groups are at a higher risk to contract and potentially—how do we say this—um, die from the coronavirus. That includes all your grandmas and grandpas, but don't worry because ABC is not going to let them get sick without having a chance to find a G.D. soulmate. Your favorite…

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Jul 09, 2020

How Paper Mario: Origami King's Puzzle Battles Work
Nintendo's next big Switch game is Paper Mario: The Origami King, announced less than two months ago via a humble tweet and arriving on July 17. The Paper Mario series' reputation has been a bit spotty as of late, but Origami King has by and large gotten rid of the more annoying parts of the last couple games, leaving…

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Jul 09, 2020

The best films of 2020 so far
A few weeks ago, the Academy announced that it would be extending the eligibility window for next year's Oscars by a few months. The reasoning behind this decision was clear: With so much uncertainty about when theaters can open again, there's no guarantee that the kind of big prestige projects that normally dominate…

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Jul 09, 2020

Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin talks about joking through the pain of losing her mom to COVID
Twitter is the terrible thing we all just can't stay away from, its incessant blurts of peremptory whim very often laying bare people's worst selves in one irrevocably handy, 280-character nugget. Donald Trump, just to pick one example, routinely uses the microblogging platform to spout criminally inaccurate,…

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Jul 09, 2020

Naya Rivera missing and feared dead after 4-year-old son found alone on boat in California lake
Glee star Naya Rivera is missing and is feared dead after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone on the boat they'd rented. According to multiple reports, the actress rented a pontoon at Lake Piru in Ventura County, Calif., on Wednesday and spent the day swimming with her son. When she was late returning the…

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Jul 09, 2020

It may not be the weekend yet, but it's Close Enough
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Thursday, July 9. All times are Eastern.


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Jul 09, 2020

The Invisible Man's Leigh Whannell might direct Ryan Gosling: Werewolf
Good news, everybody: After two months of mulling the idea, we're happy to report that we're still pretty fucking psyched at the thought of Ryan Gosling playing a werewolf. Especially if, as Variety reports, he might end up doing so under the auspices of director Leigh Whannell. The Upgrade and The Invisible Man …

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Jul 08, 2020

The Sims to become a TBS reality show with a $100,000 prize
We're far enough along in the gestation of eSports as a phenomenon that big cash paydays for teams who excel at games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Fortnite are no longer especially noteworthy—nor, for that matter, is the presence of such high-tension virtual action competitions on broadcast TV. Indeed,…

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Jul 08, 2020

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. pivots from depression to daffiness in the early '80s
I've said it before, but it remains true: Much of this final season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has felt like a victory lap, a chance for the creative team to get loose and have some fun as they coast towards the finish line. And while it hasn't exactly resulted in the most compelling season ever, it's been quite…

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Jul 08, 2020

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is ending later this year
Sad news, fans of Sabrina Spellman fighting or flirting with the devil: the Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina are coming to a close. Variety reports that the supernatural Archie-verse series will wrap up later this year, when Netflix airs the fourth season (part, whatever) of the well-received mixer of teen angst and…

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Jul 08, 2020

Former Lady Antebellum now suing soul singer Lady A over her name
If you're like us, you probably cherish those times in your life in which worrying about the legal, philosophical, and branding troubles of the country music trio formerly known as Lady Antebellum—now known as "Lady A," and also "Those people who won't stop stepping on easily avoided public relations rakes"—was not…

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Jul 08, 2020

Watch Old Crow Medicine Show perform a socially distant "U.N. Medicine Man"
There's a grand tradition in country music: You take what's topical—heartbreak, disease, booze, love, whatever—and you make a song about it. Woody Guthrie sang about the dust bowl and The Depression. Jimmie Rogers sang about Tuberculosis. Tammy Wynette sang about her "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." And now, Old Crow Medicine Show is…

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Jul 08, 2020

Batwoman casts Javicia Leslie as the new series lead
Farewell, Kate Kane; hello Ryan Wilder. Warner Bros. Television, The CW, and producer Greg Berlanti have confirmed the new star of Batwoman: God Friended Me's Javicia Leslie. This is historic: Leslie is the first Black actress to portray Batwoman in a live-action television or film production.

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Jul 08, 2020

Ernest Cline's Ready Player Two is coming in November
While opinions on the quality of Ernest Cline's breakout novel Ready Player One have been contentious since the day the book was published—ranging from "A soulless, shallow Snow Crash pastiche" to "a fun nostalgia exercise that is, admittedly, also a soulless, shallow Snow Crash pastiche"—the book's success has been…

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Jul 08, 2020

Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne kick off a more thoughtful kind of action franchise with The Old Guard
"So are you good guys or bad guys?"

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Jul 08, 2020

Horror fans are psychologically coping with the pandemic better than most, new study shows
You were probably called "weird" or "deranged" or "in dire need of therapy" when you skipped prom for a Texas Chainsaw marathon, but odds are you're faring better these days than the buzzkills that asked why you couldn't just watch nice stories with nice people. Why? Because, per a new scientific study, horror fans…

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Jul 08, 2020

Here's a new/old short story from the late, great Terry Pratchett
It's been over five years since the passing of Terry Pratchett, the celebrated author of the Discworld books, among many other things. Since then, there's not been any sort of outpouring of unfinished material or bits and pieces cut from established works, as Pratchett intended. (A steamroller was involved.) Come…

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Jul 08, 2020

The Chicks speak on their recent name change: "We wanted to change it years ago"
While it may appear as if The Chicks—formerly The Dixie Chicks—hopped on the bandwagon of sudden atonement that we've witnessed from all corners of the entertainment industry lately, it turns out that the trio has been wanting to change their name and shirk the Dixie moniker for a while. In a profile by New York Times…

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Jul 08, 2020

David Thewlis and Atom Egoyan on secrets, lies, and food-borne illness
In Atom Egoyan's new film Guest Of Honour, David Thewlis is a slowly unraveling food inspector in search of clean kitchens and easy answers. He's also a rabbit aficionado, and a doting father. The A.V. Club talked to Egoyan and Thewlis about the film, the food, and the rabbits at the 2019 Toronto International Film…

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AV Club Films
Jul 08, 2020

Being on the clock was never so enjoyable as at the Car Wash
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch moving from July to October, we're singling out other ensemble comedies to watch instead.


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Jul 08, 2020

Star Wars' Rae Sloane: Everything You Need to Know About the Face of a Fallen Empire
When EA's Star Wars: Squadrons was announced, fans (rightfully) got very excited about glimpses of familiar faces among the cast of starfighter pilots: Wedge Antilles, flying for the New Republic! Rebel's Hera Syndulla, now a general! But there's one more familiar face in there that has fans talking, and it's not a…

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Jul 08, 2020

The Wonder Years reboot by Lee Daniels and Fred Savage will center a Black family
A The Wonder Years reboot is officially in the works for ABC, The A.V. Club has confirmed. The new version of the hit show—which ran for six seasons and 115 episodes between 1988 and 1993—will be a half-hour comedy that focuses on "how a black middle class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960's, …

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AV Club Films
Jul 08, 2020

The Wonder Years reboot by Lee Daniels and Fred Savage will center on a Black family
A The Wonder Years reboot is officially in the works for ABC, The A.V. Club has confirmed. The new version of the hit show—which ran for six seasons and 115 episodes between 1988 and 1993—will be a half-hour comedy that focuses on "how a black middle class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960's, …

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AV Club Films
Jul 08, 2020

Bow before the unblinking gaze of these dumb-looking robot cheerleaders
Everyone used to think that the arrival of everyday-use robots would turn our world into something out of a super exciting sci-fi novel. Now, in 2020, the machines are here and doing all sorts of stuff—killing viruses, working in warehouses, fucking with gorillas, and becoming superheroes—but everything else about…

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Jul 08, 2020

Sara Bareilles' melodic Apple TV series Little Voice is still finding itself
While hosting the 2018 Tony Awards, Sara Bareilles self-deprecatingly joked that she makes music you might hear at a Starbucks or in a hotel elevator. Although that sort of "easy listening" descriptor isn't really a fair summation of Bareilles' melodic Grammy- and Tony-nominated discography, it's a more apt metaphor…

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Jul 08, 2020

Savor every moment of this brutal takedown of the music in the Les Mis movie
If you were to write a list under the heading "The most brutal things in or associated with the music of Les Misérables, ranked," number one would be a no-brainer: It's for sure Gavroche getting shot before he can finish his reprise. (There are no spoilers for a book that's over 150 years old which then became one of…

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Jul 08, 2020

Blumhouse bumps Halloween Kills to 2021, tries to soften the blow with a brief teaser
Halloween Kills, the second in Blumhouse's trilogy of new Halloween films, has been delayed an entire year. John Carpenter and director David Gordon Green just announced the news on Twitter, revealing that, due to a "compromised theatrical experience," the sequel has moved from October 16, 2020 to October 15, 2021.…

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Jul 08, 2020

Fear of death is contagious in this spooky trailer for Amy Seimetz's She Dies Tomorrow
Convinced you're going to die every time your chest tightens? Boy, does Amy Seimetz have a movie for you. The prolific artist—she's acted in cult hits like Upstream Color and You're Next in addition to co-creating Starz's The Girlfriend Experience and writing and directing 2012's Sun Don't Shine—returns next month…

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Jul 08, 2020

Relax, Pen15 season 2 finally has a premiere date
One of the most joyous experiences in recent years happens to be a show that revisits one of the most painful experiences of our lifetime. No, not 2020 (although it's really gunning for the crown)—middle school. Pen15 stars co-creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine as 13-year-old versions of themselves opposite a cast…

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Jul 08, 2020

"It's funny watching me get crow's feet": John Early talks Search Party, teases season four
In our pre-season interview, Search Party's John Reynolds called the series' unforgettable pilot episode a "time capsule"—a glimpse at a very specific time and place, particularly for Brooklyn millennials at the end of the Obama era. Nearly four years later, and the world feels completely different, but Dory, Drew,…

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Jul 08, 2020

Oh dear god: Some takeaways from Kanye's latest interview
We must admit something, dear reader: When it comes to the never-ending saga of Kanye West, we are at a crossroads. Honestly, we'd love nothing more than to quietly chuckle to ourselves at the intentional antics of someone who announces a presidential bid in the same fashion that Michael Scott once "declared…

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AV Club Films
Jul 08, 2020

Reasonable Discussions: July 8
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AV Club Films
Jul 08, 2020

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets finds poetry at the bottom of a glass
In the popular imagination, a bar is a space defined by contradictions. It's a social setting that fosters community, but it's a community built upon casual connections, transactional relationships, and a readily available drug. It's a haven for many, a place of refuge from the outside world. Yet, the safety it…

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Jul 08, 2020

The Boys are back for more bonkers brutality in the season 2 trailer
When we last left The Boys, Homelander had a bit of a whoopsie daisy with his mommy in a rather, um, explosive season one finale. The second season of the twisted Amazon series—based on the comics created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson—picks up with the Patrick Bateman of superheroes as he attempts to seize…

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AV Club Films
Jul 08, 2020

Disney forcing us to watch another Peter Pan adaptation by casting Jude Law as hot Captain Hook
There are far too many Peter Pan adaptations. Up until five minutes ago, we were all but certain that there was literally nothing Disney or any other studio could do to make us want to sit through another one of these fucking things. No amount of money, no employ of attractive actors and/or creators could make us give…

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Jul 08, 2020

Novelty salt and pepper shakers divide TikTok, cause existential crises
Cutesy, slogan-emblazoned home goods comprise a category of merchandise we know all too well. You've seen these items while strolling through T.J. Maxx or Target or Sur La Table. They are the very bedrock of Pinterest boards. And now, a vapid little set of salt and pepper shakers have become the source of much strife…

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AV Club Films
Jul 08, 2020

Ja Rule made a colossally stupid barnyard cartoon
Having reached the stage of every past-their-peak celebrity's career in which they say "fuck it" and do anything the public asks of them, rapper, terrible singer, 50 Cent nemesis, and Fyre Fest alum Ja Rule has just unveiled his debut cartoon, a CGI atrocity about a bunch of talking animals called Ja Rule's Banyard.


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Jul 08, 2020

The Single Parents writers juggled almost a dozen main characters while keeping the jokes flying
Network comedy writers get no respect these days. In fact, only two network comedies have been nominated for an Outstanding Writing Emmy since 2013, Last Man On Earth in 2015 and The Good Place in 2019. It makes sense on a certain level: Streaming and premium cable platforms provide an escape from commercial breaks,…

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Jul 08, 2020

The Umbrella Academy's season 2 trailer has cults, John F. Kennedy, and another apocalypse
The world teeters on the edge of apocalypse—so many apocalypses!—in Netflix's adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's The Umbrella Academy, which just dropped a trailer for its upcoming second season.

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