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Aug 03, 2021

Kate Hudson joins podcaster Octavia Spencer in the trailer for Truth Be Told season 2
Poppy Parnell is back for seconds. As played by Octavia Spencer, the podcasting sleuth from Truth Be Told, Parnell is on the hunt for her old friend's husband's killer, and she's using her podcast to do it in the second season of the AppleTV series. That friend, surprisingly enough, is played by Kate Hudson in what…

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Aug 03, 2021

Chinatown meets climate change in Alexandra Kleeman's Something New Under The Sun
An East Coast novelist's Hollywood dream goes up in flames in Alexandra Kleeman's Something New Under The Sun. Patrick Hamlin heads west expecting to find fame and glamour. Instead, he arrives in a burning, drought-ravaged state where water has been replaced with WAT-R, a privately controlled lab-made alternative. And…

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Aug 03, 2021

HBO and Barack Obama are In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Tuesday, August 3. All times are Eastern. 


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Aug 03, 2021

The recycled docs of the new Behind The Music feel deeply inessential in 2021
"I really hope I've changed a lot since the last time we did this documentary."


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Aug 02, 2021

Katie meets some of the parents in an extremely dramatic Bachelorette "Hometowns"
Heads-up, y'all: I am coming to you live from Long Beach, Indiana, where I am holed up in a beachhouse with my 14-year-old daughter and four of her friends. So I have a few helpers watching The Bachelorette with me this week, the kind that groan in pain whenever there's kissing (and obviously, there was a lot of…

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Aug 02, 2021

Katie meets the some of the parents in an extremely dramatic Bachelorette "Hometowns"
Heads-up, y'all: I am coming to you live from Long Beach, Indiana, where I am holed up in a beachhouse with my 14-year-old daughter and four of her friends. So I have a few helpers watching The Bachelorette with me this week, the kind that groan in pain whenever there's kissing (and obviously, there was a lot of…

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Aug 02, 2021

Aubrey Plaza to star in dark Brooklyn drama pilot for Hulu
According to Variety, Aubrey Plaza has signed on to star in Olga Dies Dreaming, a somewhat dark and serious-sounding drama pilot for Hulu about a Puerto Rican brother and sister living in Brooklyn who "[reckon] with their absent, politically radical mother and their glittering careers among New York City's elite in…

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Aug 02, 2021

Colin and Casey Jost to bring that lovable Jost energy to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
It seems like only yesterday when Donatello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael first came Out Of The Shadows. Well, as the kids say, ready to feel old? The last Ninja Turtles movie came out five whole years ago. Surely, that's too long to go without ooze—let alone the ooze's many secrets (the secret is, the ooze…

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Aug 02, 2021

Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump wrote the music for an upcoming Spider-Man cartoon
According to Billboard, Fall Out Boy member Patrick Stump "created all the music" for an upcoming Disney Junior series called Marvel's Spidey And His Amazing Friends, and while the show itself certainly seems like it's targeting a significantly younger audience than the average Spider-Man thing Stump makes it sound…

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Aug 02, 2021

Watch This: Vic Berger checks in on de-platformed MAGA chuds, so you don't have to
Vic Berger established himself as one of the great documenters of the MAGA era early on in the 2016 election. Over the next four years, the former Super Deluxe video artist made airhorns, silence, and slurping sounds some of the most effective tools for satire around. His work meticulously explored the lives of such…

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Aug 02, 2021

Dan Kois wonders if he's more responsible for killing the Segway than the Segway itself is
These days, Dan Kois is a writer and editor at Slate, after having previously written for Vulture and New York magazine. 20 years ago, though, he was an up-and-coming literary agent who had just landed a writer named Steve Kemper a deal for a book about an invention that was supposed to change the world, force…

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Aug 02, 2021

The Weeknd is working on a new album, releases brief "The Dawn Is Coming" teaser
The Weeknd is up to something. He's already had a busy year, headlining the Super Bowl Halftime show and effectively telling the Grammys to kindly fuck off, and now he's… well, up to something. We're not sure what (though it's obviously related to releasing new music, because he's a musical artist and that's what they…

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Aug 02, 2021

Twitter falls for a fake Cormac McCarthy account, again
Fool Twitter once with a fake Cormac McCarthy account, shame on you; fool Twitter twice with a fake Cormac McCarthy account... well, maybe the social media platform will understand that the famed author is most likely not going to create an account. The Twitter verification system was duped once again by a McCarthy…

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Aug 02, 2021

Amazon's Lord Of The Rings is coming in 2022, looks a hell of a lot like Lord Of The Rings
Money can't buy Jeff Bezos happiness, assuming that denying his employees bathroom breaks doesn't just make him jump for joy, but one thing it can buy him is high-profile TV projects for Amazon Prime Video that simply must be successful because they cost so much goddamn money that they would serve as monuments to the…

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Aug 02, 2021

The "Rumors" are true, Lizzo has a new single coming out
Lizzo, the songstress who made her name by writing bops, playing the flute, and twerking—sometimes all at once—will return with her first single in 2 years. The "Jerome" singer announces her newest single "Rumors," will be released on August 13.

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Aug 02, 2021

The best TV dramas 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 archives to…

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Aug 02, 2021

Which Saturday Night Live cast members are coming back next season?
Live from New York, it's the limbo phase for Saturday Night Live cast members who are still working out deals for the upcoming season. SNL usually renews contracts or adds new players during the late summer, just before a new season premieres in fall. The season 46 finale, hosted by Anya Taylor-Joy, left things up in…

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Aug 02, 2021

Frank Ocean will not be headlining Coachella until 2023
With the return of music festivals, Frank Ocean is up to his old tricks of cancelling and rescheduling festival appearances, starting with Coachella. Come on, you really thought he was just going to show up and perform just like that? We gotta work for it!

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Aug 02, 2021

Governors Ball drops DaBaby from their lineup one day after Lollapalooza cancels his set
Rapper DaBaby's career continues to take hit after hit as New York's Governors Ball drops him from their forthcoming fall festival after his homophobic and sexist comments at last weekend's Rolling Loud Miami festival. This is the second music festival DaBaby has been dropped from in the last 24 hours, preceded by …

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Aug 02, 2021

How do we solve a problem like loneliness? In Seek You, Kristen Radtke looks for an answer
It's a decidedly This American Life sensibility on display in Kristen Radtke's Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness. The writer and illustrator's latest work of graphic nonfiction is curious, compassionate, and, yes, occasionally whimsical. But unlike TAL, which usually divides itself into two or three…

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Aug 02, 2021

The trailer for Money Heist's final season sets up one last score
Every gang of thieves deserves one last job, and despite having the worst title this side of Tower Heist, Money Heist is no exception. The final season of Netflix's beloved caper series will hit the streaming service in two parts: the first five episodes coming on September 3 and the remaining five on December 3. But…

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Aug 02, 2021

Kathy Griffin reveals stage one lung cancer diagnosis, will undergo surgery
In addition to revealing own her lung cancer diagnosis earlier this morning on social media, comedian Kathy Griffin also shared that she is headed for surgery to remove half of her left lung. In an Instagram post, the 60-year-old says, "Yes, I have lung cancer even though I've never smoked! The doctors are very…

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Aug 02, 2021

The new Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer really lives up to its name
Ruben Fleischer's Venom was a surprise hit in 2018—the surprise coming from the fact that it wasn't great, that it was a Spider-Man movie without Spider-Man, and that star Tom Hardy seemingly used the movie as an excuse to try out another weird and mumbly voice—and now a sequel is on the way from director Andy Serkis,…

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Aug 02, 2021

Ted Lasso's Phil Dunster on how serious Jamie Tartt is about his redemption
Ted Lasso's Jamie Tartt might've kicked off season two as participant for a TV dating competition, but by the end of episode two, "Lavendar," he's back in familiar territory as he returns to AFC Richmond. But how different will his approach be while dealing with his teammates this time around? Jamie knows he can't…

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Aug 02, 2021

Stephen King evokes John Wick and pandemic anxiety in the tense, fractured Billy Summers
The final page of Billy Summers—Stephen King's latest effort to master pulp crime fiction just as he tamed horror several decades ago—includes, like many of King's books, a note saying when he wrote it. In most of King's novels, this addendum serves as little more than a cheery footnote, a reminder of the hard work…

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Aug 02, 2021

The White Lotus' Lukas Gage on the cheeky surprise at the end of "Recentering"
This post discusses plot points from The White Lotus' fourth episode, "Recentering."

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Aug 02, 2021

John Oliver sounds the siren over our broken EMT system
Hey, remember all those signs and speeches during the pandemic praising America's essential workers for literally putting their lives in the line every single day to keep the country functioning? That was really nice, especially as COVID (currently incubating new and adaptively murderous strains in the unmasked bodies…

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Aug 02, 2021

How do you make a Bigfoot vs. Wendigo movie and not call it Bigfoot Vs. Wendigo?
The condemned: Dawn Of The Beast (2021)


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Aug 02, 2021

Prime Mates, a podcast about pop-culture monkeys, tackles the mystery of playground slides that erupt from the breasts of a giant gorilla
Hosts Josh Gwynn and Tracy Clayton are back to give their shade-throwing two cents on great (and not-so-great) moments in African American pop-culture history. For the second-season opener, they do an amusing deep dive on how people greet each other, specifically with their hands. Of course, this was brought on by the…

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Aug 02, 2021

HBO's Small Town News sheds light on a free-spirited Nevada news station
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Monday, August 2. All times are Eastern. 


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Aug 02, 2021

This week's Rick And Morty doesn't quite come together
There was an ad for the new season of Squidbillies during tonight's Rick And Morty. It surprised the hell out of me. Squidbillies was one of the first shows I reviewed for the AV Club, back when "everything that airs Sunday night on Adult Swim" was considered a legit coverage point for a single person, and even then,…

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Aug 02, 2021

The White Lotus offers one of the most disturbingly apt depictions of digital media since Succession's "Vaulter"
In the fourth episode of HBO's The White Lotus, Mike White's acidic dramedy set in a luxurious Hawaiian resort, Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) tells her new husband Shane Patton (Jake Lacy) that she's thinking about quitting journalism. The two are on their honeymoon when Rachel ponders the viability of her career as a…

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Aug 01, 2021

Eric Petersen on the Kevin Can F**K Himself finale: "That is the moment… that rocks him"
At the end of Kevin Can F**K Himself's first season, Kevin McRoberts (Eric Petersen) is still alive and thriving, much to the chagrin of his aggravated wife, Allison (Annie Murphy). She's spent the last several weeks plotting to kill him to seek retribution for facing a decade of his emotional manipulation, misogyny,…

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Aug 01, 2021

Kevin Can F**K Himself wraps season 1 with a moving, jarring cliffhanger
Kevin Can F**K Himself's first season ends with Allison reeling from multiple intense confrontations over the course of the hour. The talk with Sam is confusing; with Kevin, it's extremely brief, but cathartic; with Patty, it's emotionally devastating; and finally, the one with Neil finally brings him, another sitcom…

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Aug 01, 2021

The White Lotus finally includes the Hawaiian people in a story set on their land
Can we escape becoming our parents? Halfway through The White Lotus, up to third episode "Mysterious Monkeys," practically every character who discussed their parents did so with resentment. On the adults' side were Tanya, complaining about her mother's myopia and manipulation, and Mark, despondent over the reveal of…

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Aug 01, 2021

Amanda Knox denounces Matt Damon film Stillwater for trying to "exploit" her life
The new Tom McCarthy film Stillwater, starring Matt Damon as a man whose daughter has been imprisoned in Europe for a murder she may or may not have committed, isn't technically based on the story of Amanda Knox, but it is certainly inspired by the story of Amanda Knox. She's the woman who was wrongfully convicted of…

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Aug 01, 2021

Marvel's What If…? creators talk Twilight Zone, pizza rat, and Chadwick Boseman as Star-Lord
The season finale of Disney 's Loki ended with the God Of Mischief witnessing the expansion of the multiverse, with infinite timelines spiraling out of infinite realities. We know the repercussions of that are going to play out in the next Spider-Man and Doctor Strange movies, but we're actually going to see the…

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Aug 01, 2021

Lollapalooza drops DaBaby over homophobic remarks, replaces him with Young Thug
Despite concerns about COVID, Lollapalooza is still rolling on this weekend in Chicago. The annual music festival was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but returned on July 29 to reign over Grant Park with porous safety restrictions and acts like Jack Harlow, Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, and Limp Bizkit (along with …

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Aug 01, 2021

10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg is apparently making a Waterworld TV show
One of the… great(?) things about the all-streaming future is that TV shows and movies that might've been a tough sell in the relatively limited markets of network television and movie theater chains are much easier to justify and present to a potentially even bigger audience. Plus, with so many competing streaming…

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Aug 01, 2021

The grand (season) finale of Kevin Can F**K Himself
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Sunday, August 1. All times are Eastern. 


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Jul 31, 2021

DailyDunkaccino concludes a year-plus of Jack & Jill-based silliness
In what we can only term a staggering accomplishment—as long as you keep your definition of "accomplishment" loose enough to include "a remarkable streak of prolonged, Jack & Jill-based shitposting"—Twitter account @DailyDunkaccino has now apparently dunk'd it's final ‘ccino. For those unfamiliar with the project…

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Jul 31, 2021

Paget Brewster says the Criminal Minds revival is probably "dead"
Unsubs everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief this week, as star Paget Brewster reports that efforts to revive long-running serial killer-catching procedural Criminal Minds have now fallen apart. This is per Variety, which reports that Brewster—star of stage, screen, and that one video we can never stop thinking…

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Jul 31, 2021

Groups denounce Disney's Scarlett Johansson response as a "gendered character attack"
Times Up, ReFrame, and Women In Film have issued a joint statement today, voicing their support for actor Scarlett Johansson, and labeling Disney's attempts to counter her recent lawsuit against the company as "a gendered character attack." Although they make it clear that "We take no position on the business issues"…

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Jul 30, 2021

At Lollapalooza 2021, there's one question hanging over everything
"Is it safe?" That's the number-one question I hear repeatedly as Lollapalooza 2021 begins—a question with no simple answer. Well, that's not entirely true: The simple answer would be, "No," as the hordes of mostly young, maskless attendees swarm the festival's various stages, hooting and hollering, and generally…

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Jul 30, 2021

Yola and Torres should be the soundtrack to your weekend
This weekend, The A.V. Club is highlighting two new releases we think should be on your radar: Yola's new album, Stand For Yourself, and the third full-length from Torres, Thirstier.

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Jul 30, 2021

Joaquin Phoenix wants to help some of the bears who inspired Brother Bear
Actor—and frequent animal rights activist—Joaquin Phoenix issued a lengthy letter tonight, lending his name and support to an effort to have bears currently being kept at Florida's Bearadise Ranch moved to "an accredited sanctuary" where they wouldn't be forced to perform or be available to be rented out. Phoenix, as…

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Jul 30, 2021

Tom Hanks is teaming up with Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson has spent the last 20 or so years building up one of the great rosters of quirky weirdos in recent cinematic history, a touring company of oddballs built up around ground-floor stars like Owen and Luke Wilson and Bill Murray. Now, Anderson has reportedly landed one of the biggest names of all for his next…

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Jul 30, 2021

Gerard Butler hops on the bandwagon, sues for $10 million over Olympus Has Fallen profits
A big week for people who were once in this particular Jay Leno clip and who are now suing Hollywood over the box-office performance of their action thrillers, as THR reports that Gerard Butler has just decided to sue Millennium Media for $10 million over profit-sharing claims in regards to his 2013 flick Olympus Has…

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Jul 30, 2021

U.S. Disney parks will require their employees to be vaccinated
With the risk of the Delta variant looming globally and the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, the Disney parks can't risk employees getting sick and making the hoards of summer tourists ill as , so now The Walt Disney Company is requiring for U.S. employees to be vaccinated in order to return to work.


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Jul 30, 2021

Kevin Feige reportedly "angry and embarrassed" about Disney's handling of ScarJo
There's probably no film producer on the planet with more power and influence than Kevin Feige. As the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige has become one of the industry's sole movie producers—not a writer, not a director, but a producer—with brand name appeal, a potency he's mostly used to…keep…

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Jul 30, 2021

"Jetpack Man" returns to menace the skies of Los Angeles once more
Though we already cracked the case wide open last fall, authorities continue to be confused as to the identity of a mysterious jetpacker who's reappeared over the skies of Los Angeles once again this week. This person, who is obviously evil French supervillain and one-man invasion force Franky Zapata, has been fairly…

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Jul 30, 2021

Bob Odenkirk confirms he had a heart attack
UPDATE: Bob Odenkirk tweeted an update about his condition, writing:

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Jul 30, 2021

How does LeVar Burton stack up in our ranking of Jeopardy! guest hosts?
As we enter the seventh month of Jeopardy! guest hosts, there are some clear winners—and equally clear missteps—among the roster of those picked to briefly fill Alex Trebek's very large shoes. What does seem obvious is that there's simply no knowing who will make a good host until they're up there on that stage,…

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Jul 30, 2021

Jamie Tartt's ready to return to AFC Richmond in this Ted Lasso sneak peek
Right when the world's turning to shit again, we've been blessed with the comforting arrival of Ted Lasso's second season. Apple TV gave us the first episode last week, and this week we'll be seeing the return of a familiar face from the first season: Jamie Tartt.


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Jul 30, 2021

A look inside the high-stakes world of weirdly shaped Cheeto auctions
Despite knowing that people are willing to spend millions of dollars on Pokémon cards and sealed copies of readily available video games, the internet still manages to surprise us in its fervor over stuff as seemingly valueless as unusually shaped Cheetos. Vice has looked deep into this world of high-stakes financial…

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Jul 30, 2021

David Cross says Bob Odenkirk is "doing very well"
Bob Odenkirk was hospitalized earlier this week after he experienced a "heart-related incident" on Tuesday. A representative released a statement, saying he's in stable condition and thanking fans for their well-wishes towards Odenkirk's recovery. And now David Cross confirmed his friend is actually okay.


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Jul 30, 2021

Billie Eilish opens Happier Than Ever by one-upping Nirvana
After weeks of promotion (and some excellent singles), Billie Eilish's sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, was released last night, and the early responses to it have been largely positive. Initial spins of the record quickly demonstrate why: This is a sharp, multilayered collection of pop songs, delivered in Eilish's…

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Jul 30, 2021

Star Wars: The Bad Batch twists the knife ahead of its finale
Star Wars animation has its rhythm: a boisterous premiere, scattershot one-off episodes, and three-episode arcs designed to fry our circuits. The rhythms of The Clone Wars are the rhythms of Rebels and now they are the rhythms of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. All that's left for the latter is to knock out a finale that…

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Jul 30, 2021

Jake Johnson and D'Arcy Carden share hilarious fake stories from the set of Ride The Eagle
Jake Johnson and D'Arcy Carden have never talked in person. Well, they were introduced in passing at an awards show a few years back, but they didn't get to have much of a conversation, and they certainly hadn't collaborated prior to starring in the new indie comedy Ride The Eagle, which was co-written by Johnson…

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Jul 30, 2021

Parisian jewel thief escapes police thanks to crowd of people going wild over Jean-Claude Van Damme
Though he's still out there kicking ass on screen, it's easy to mistakenly believe that Jean-Claude Van Damme is no longer the same, unstoppable cultural force he was decades in the past. A new story corrects this assumption, letting us know that the Muscles From Brussels still possesses enough raw magnetism that…

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Jul 30, 2021

Hot guy Dev Patel still remembers when people said he was the ugliest Skins star
Dev Patel is amongst the fortunate Skins gen. 1 alumni who managed to break into Hollywood after starring in the hit teen series; he shares that spot with Daniel Kaluuya—who had a supporting role on the show as Posh Kenneth. Patel discusses those beginnings in a new interview with The New York Times. He looks back at …

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Jul 30, 2021

It's Allison and Patty vs. the police in exclusive Kevin Can F**K Himself finale clip
In AMC's Kevin Can F**K Himself, Allison McRoberts (Annie Murphy) has spent almost the entirety of season one trying to escape her marriage. For her, the only way to permanently get rid of her husband, Kevin (Eric Petersen), is to kill him after she's endured 10 years worth of toxic emotional abuse and sexism. The…

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Jul 30, 2021

Netflix gives first glimpse of Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season 5
So, move over Olivia Colman, there's a new queen in town. The Crown is heading into its fifth season and introducing another actor to play Queen Elizabeth once more. Netflix shared an "early glimpse" of Imelda Staunton as the Queen of England, with her signature coiffed gray hair and pearls.

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Jul 30, 2021

Jeremy Swift on keeping Ted Lasso's quality control in check for season 2
In the season two premiere of Ted Lasso, Leslie Higgins (Jeremy Swift) decides to bring on sports psychologist Dr. Sharon (Sarah Niles) to help AFC Richmond player Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernandez) battle an unexpected trauma. As Director of Football Operations, Leslie makes the pivotal decision to keep Dr. Sharon on…

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Jul 30, 2021

Sharon Stone says one of her TV role is being threatened because she wants everyone on set vaccinated
Anyone heading back to work in person should be vaccinated at this point, especially since that vaccines have been accessible for most people for a few months now. On the set of many Hollywood productions, celebrities have been using their power for good; they have been insisting that nobody should go back to work…

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Jul 30, 2021

Sharon Stone says one of her TV roles is being threatened because she wants everyone on set vaccinated
Anyone heading back to work in person should be vaccinated at this point, especially since that vaccines have been accessible for most people for a few months now. On the set of many Hollywood productions, celebrities have been using their power for good; they have been insisting that nobody should go back to work…

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Jul 30, 2021

Jack Antonoff makes lovely music on Bleachers' new album, but he's never sounded less sure of himself
Musically, there's a lot to like about Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night, the third album from Bleachers—essentially Jack Antonoff's one-man band (though touring members of the group joined him in the studio this time around). The musician-producer's penchant for '80s-style pop remains undimmed, with synths,…

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Jul 30, 2021

Billie Eilish, The Green Knight, and FBOY Island are the top priorities of the weekend
The words most closely associated with the launch of MTV—which took place 40 years ago this weekend—were spoken by John Lack, one of Music Television's many founders: "Ladies and gentlemen, rock 'n' roll." But that benediction, spoken over guitar crunch and artfully vandalized moon landing photography, doesn't capture…

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Jul 30, 2021

On the late summer thrills of The Suicide Squad, The Green Knight, and Old
Late summer is not, normally speaking, a time to expect exceptional cinema; by the onset of August, blockbuster season is winding down and awards season hasn't yet begun, leaving audiences stranded in a purgatorial middle zone, heavy on Hollywood's less promising releases. But against all odds, in these abnormal…

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Jul 30, 2021

Desus and Mero give Boston fan Matt Damon the business, Paul Rudd-style
It was perhaps inevitable that the Bronx's favorite sons Desus Nice and The Kid Mero would clash with their Thursday Desus & Mero guest, Boston's own Matt Damon. While the Bodega Boys have catapulted to twice-weekly late-night stardom these past few years, their pursuit of "only illustrious guests" never trumps their…

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Jul 30, 2021

If positivity won't win matches, does Ted Lasso need to find a new attitude?
When Ted realizes that Dr. Fieldstone will be remaining with the team on a permanent basis, he grabs the biscuits he was planning to deliver to Rebecca and makes his first move. He has clearly played it all out in his head: biscuits as the opener, a pop culture question (he goes with favorite novel, after choosing…

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Jul 30, 2021

Jean-Claude Van Damme dons many amusing wigs in the otherwise forgettable The Last Mercenary
Jean-Claude Van Damme looks heavy in his new star vehicle The Last Mercenary—less in terms of added pounds than of heightened density, as if he'd sink in water. Hitting the big 6-0 last year may have slowed the heretofore prolific action star down a touch, this being his first feature credit in a few years, and his…

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Jul 30, 2021

Long before Jungle Cruise, Hollywood mastered the adventure romance genre
If you're going to make a movie based on a theme park ride inspired by an old Hollywood classic, you could do a lot worse than The African Queen. The 1951 adventure romp that won Humphrey Bogart his sole Oscar and launched a new phase of Katharine Hepburn's career also inspired Disneyland's original 1955 Jungle Cruise…

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Jul 30, 2021

The Great Ace Attorney finally offers a version of Sherlock Holmes who isn't a massive pain in the ass
Every Friday, several 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 30, 2021

The Pursuit Of Love brings more British period romance to TV
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31. All times are Eastern.


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Jul 30, 2021

Oh deer, Sweet Tooth is coming back for a second season at Netflix
As far as pandemic-themed post-apocalyptic narratives go, Netflix's recent streaming series Sweet Tooth was lighter than most. Sure, large chunks of the human population are dead from something only known as "The Sick," and sure, there are all these odd half-human, half-animal hybrid kids running around. But the…

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Jul 30, 2021

Billie Eilish's sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, is finally here
The calendar has officially just ticked over from New Billie Eilish Album Eve to New Billie Eilish Day, apparently, as Eilish's sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, has just arrived on all the major music streaming services. Given that Eilish's first album, 2019's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? won a boatload…

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Jul 29, 2021

Jessica Walter gets the last, best laugh in this new Archer trailer
Archer comes back next month (specifically, on August 25 on FXX, and a day later on its associated FX On Hulu brand), bringing back everyone's favorite no-longer-in-a-coma super spy for a 12th season of being unsure whether we're all still doing phrasing. FX released a trailer for the show's upcoming season online…

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Jul 29, 2021

A frontrunner emerges as the RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars come in for a photo finish
As a song, "Show Up Queen" is not exactly a bop. But we can't have everything we want, and the seventh episode of this All Stars season checks enough boxes that it's hard to muster any real disappointment. After all, the girl group numbers can't all be "UK, Hun," right? There's not a ding-dang-dong in sight, but "Show…

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Jul 29, 2021

Update: Jared Leto looks utterly bizarre in the first House Of Gucci trailer
It's heavy competition, but few people on Earth seem to hate Jared Leto's face more than Jared Leto. What else can we make of the Suicide Squad star's ongoing efforts to utterly goof up his features, a pursuit of prosthetic face junk that has now extended to the just-released first-look poster for Ridley Scott's new…

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Jul 29, 2021

David Ayer still out here swearing his Suicide Squad was a million times better than what we got
As reviews—almost uniformly positive—for James Gunn's new supervillain splatterfest The Suicide Squad begin to roll in, the film's positive reputation is already beginning to cast some understandable (and unflattering) attention back at its 2016 predecessor. David Ayer's Suicide Squad—if we can even call it that,…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Thanks to your incessant rick-rolling, Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" hit a billion views
Great job, internet! In your attempts to make everyone else's life a living hell, you've made one man's life much, much better.

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Snowpiercer to keep rolling through the station for a fourth season
It was such an ordeal getting TNT's Snowpiercer TV show on the air in the first place, with multiple delays and shifts to other networks and other setbacks, that it's really uplifting to see that Snowpiercer—an adaptation of the Bong Joon Ho movie of the same name—is getting a really solid run. Like, if Snowpiercer …

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Jul 29, 2021

Gossip Girl music supervisor unpacks Princess Nokia's performance in "Fire Walks With Z"
The original CW's Gossip Girl featured plenty of notable musical guest stars, from Lady Gaga performing "Bad Romance" in season three to Florence The Machine's cover of "Cosmic Love" in season four. The new HBO Max extension continues the tradition in episode four, "Fire Walks With Z." In it, Zoya Lott (Whitney…

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Jul 29, 2021

Big whoop, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's final season gets a trailer
The last time we saw the Nine-Nine was April 2020, a time when audience tolerance for comedy copaganda already wained. Following the massive uprising against police violence that began just a month after the show's seventh season finale, the future of the series was unclear. Apparently, the Black Lives Matter protests…

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Jul 29, 2021

Andrew Callaghan went to that QAnon "Patriot Roundup" in Texas, God bless him
Earlier this year, we had ourselves a little fun at the expense of the "For God & Country Patriots Roundup" conference, the cowboy-themed QAnon truther hootenanny hosted at the (taxpayer-funded) Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. By all initial accounts, it did not disappoint... well, like, it definitely disappointed in the…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Mark Hoppus is at least feeling well enough to pick up his bass again
Since late-June, Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has been openly chronicling his battle with cancer online, explaining earlier this month that his specific diagnosis is stage four diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and that the cancer had spread from his blood to other parts of his body. Despite saying "my blood's trying to kill…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Now is your chance to learn more about feta cheese than you ever thought possible
The era of cheese neutrality is over, people. No longer can you expect to get away with simply sitting on the sidelines or hiding behind vague platitudes—the Feta Cheese Debate has begun, and it's time to choose a side. Sorry, but we have no say in the matter; not after this feta breakdown (don't laugh, this is…

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Jul 29, 2021

The trailer for effects legend Phil Tippett's stop-motion epic Mad God is in a class all its own
Throughout his career, Phil Tippett, the Oscar-winning stop-motion animation maestro behind Return Of The Jedi and Jurassic Park, has created some of the most memorable and influential effects in movie history. He designed sequences for Paul Verhoeven on Starship Troopers and RoboCop, Industrial Light and Magic on the…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Blissfully naïve 1977 Star Wars TV spot advertises "forbidden love" between Luke and Leia
Back before Game Of Thrones made horrifying incest plot lines a selling point, audiences hadn't been primed to squint their eyes with nauseous suspicion at genre stories featuring two vaguely similar-looking lead characters in a romantic relationship. Because of this, the people who saw the Star Wars movies as they…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Why Women Kill creator Marc Cherry on a drama-filled season 2
Why Women Kill, the Paramount series created by Desperate Housewives' Marc Cherry, just dropped its second season finale. After a drama-filled season that saw the ascent of murderous Alma (Allison Tolman) at the expense of calculating Rita (Lana Parrilla), the two grand dames of the Elysium Park Garden Club had a…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

In "Fire Walk With Z," Gossip Girl's sisterly civil war finally comes to a head
At first glance, it's a peculiar decision to follow up an episode where Zoya became unrecognizable to Obie with an episode in which... Zoya becomes unrecognizable to Obie. However, while the former did so with a nice little failed attempt at a Pygmalion—an always enjoyable staple of the genre—the latter version of…

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Jul 29, 2021

The monkeys are at war in Thailand once again
Last year, as quarantine began in most parts of the world, we were shown the terrible sight of Lopburi, Thailand's monkeys taking to the streets to engage in a wide scale turf war. In the time since, we naively assumed that a lasting truce had been brokered between the city's rival toughs, their wizened leaders…

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Jul 29, 2021

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over Black Widow's Disney Plus release
It's been nearly eight months since the last big "holy shit" news of the pop culture world, and now Scarlett Johansson has delivered some "holy shit" news of her own: According to The Wall Street Journal, she has filed a lawsuit against Disney, claiming that the studio breached her contract when it decided to release …

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over Black Widow's Disney Plus release (Update: Disney responds)
It's been nearly eight months since the last big "holy shit" news of the pop culture world, and now Scarlett Johansson has delivered some "holy shit" news of her own: According to The Wall Street Journal, she has filed a lawsuit against Disney, claiming that the studio breached her contract when it decided to release …

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Behold: The successor to Rebecca Black has arrived with a song about a red dress
10 years have passed since Rebecca Black introduced herself to the world with "Friday," an instantly viral song about being a kid who's truly pumped that the weekend has arrived. In the time since she first fascinated millions with a compellingly terrible track about partyin' (partyin', yeah!), Black has grown up and, …

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Chicago, let Annette sweep you off your feet early and for free
After a dynamic opening at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Annette—a film that not only marks the English-language debut of Holy Motors director Leos Carax, but the first movie musical to feature original songs by cult pop duo Sparks—is rolling out into the wider world on August 6. And we're giving away passes for…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Disney 's Hawkeye show will premiere in November
For some people, the idea of Hawkeye—the worst Avenger—getting his own TV show is wild. Mark Ruffalo's Hulk is tons of fun, but (whether or not it's because of rights issues) he's always stuck being a supporting character in other stories, and yet here comes Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, heading over to Disney even though…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Both Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall are leaving Doctor Who next year
They didn't announce it at Comic-Con over the weekend, but the BBC just made it official: Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall will be leaving the show next year. Whittaker's departure was at least expected, since most of the actors playing the Doctor have only stuck around for three or so…

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AV Club Films
Jul 29, 2021

Why Women Kill season 2 wraps up with an inevitably tragic finale
At the start of Why Women Kill season two, Alma Philcott was a regular, ordinary housewife, fortunate in the fact that she had an adoring husband, a devoted daughter, and a picturesque garden to bring her happiness. For many people, that would be enough—but how many people are really content with what they have? "The…

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