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Apr 17, 2021

What two pieces of unrelated pop culture are forever connected in your mind?
This week's AVQ&A is inspired by reader Steve LeGrow's question:

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AV Club Films
Apr 16, 2021

R.I.P. Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter actor Helen McCrory
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Helen McCrory—English actor known for her roles in three Harry Potter films, Peaky Blinders, and The Queen—has died from cancer. McCrory's husband, actor Damian Lewis, shared the news in a statement on Twitter. She was 52.

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Apr 15, 2021

Mads Mikkelsen adds Indiana Jones to the list of franchises he will terrorize
Mads Mikkelsen beat James Bond's testicles with a rope, he's about to do the same to Newt Scamander, and if he never did it to Will Graham on Hannibal then it definitely happened off-camera, and now there's another major franchise hero who's about to meet the painful knotted end of a rope: Indiana Jones. According to Deadline

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Apr 15, 2021

Fountains Of Wayne's Jody Porter and dozens of musicians to host musical celebration of Adam Schlesinger's life
Last April, award-winning film/TV composer, producer, and Fountains Of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger died of COVID-19 complications. Shortly after his death, Rachel Bloom (who worked with Schlesinger on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sarah Silverman, Jeff Rosenstock, Sad13, Charly Bliss, Nada Surf, and other artists…

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Apr 15, 2021

Arcade Fire releases 45-minute song that you can only hear on the Headspace meditation app
Just a few weeks after finally releasing the soundtrack to Spike Jonze's Her, Arcade Fire is back with some new music that is actually new! Unfortunately, there's a catch. Actually, there are a few catches… maybe three or four?

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Apr 15, 2021

Steven Seagal is a rotten potato person who runs like an incontinent toddler with noodles for arms
Steven Seagal is a frequently accused sexual predator and all-around dumpster human. He also runs like a toddler who just pissed his pants in the local grocery story and is frantically searching for an adult to change his pull-up diapers. We've documented much of the former truths, but for anyone doubting the latter…

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Apr 15, 2021

Disney invents useless "real lightsaber" that can't even cut your son's hand off
Likely concerned that its fans are getting too close to figuring out the ancient Jedi techniques required to make a glowing laser sword on their own, Disney has decided to get down to business and finally give the world a company-created, working lightsaber.


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AV Club Films
Apr 15, 2021

Before Game of Thrones Got Big, Intimacy Was Its Greatest Strength
This Sunday marks 10 years since Game of Thrones changed the television landscape as we know it—kickstarting a decade of imitators, influencing the way genre stories were told as prestige drama, and, for most of that decade, expanding itself into a pop-cultural behemoth. Revisiting its first season is like stepping…

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Apr 15, 2021

Confronting A Serial Killer is a disturbing must-watch for true-crime fans
Confronting A Serial Killer is a gut-wrenching addition to the true-crime genre. Over its five episodes, the Starz docuseries offers the stripped-down, gruesome details behind Samuel Little's killings of 93 women (possibly more), and the lapses in the criminal justice system that allowed him to remain free for over…

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Apr 15, 2021

The "action poetry" of Rachel Kushner's The Hard Crowd
There's a minor character that appears in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, one of many artists the novel depicts. But the woman—Giddle, as she's called—is nothing so recognizable as a sculptor or filmmaker. Rather, her art consists of taking a job as a waitress and becoming "a girl working in a diner, glancing out…

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Apr 15, 2021

Delving deep into the sound of Sound Of Metal
Sound is an essential element of any film that chooses to use it, but it's especially important to Sound Of Metal. Starring Riz Ahmed as Ruben, the drummer for a heavy-metal band whose world is turned inside out by sudden and dramatic hearing loss, the film puts you inside the character's head so you experience his…

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AV Club Films
Apr 15, 2021

A Late Show writer looks at the tiny J&J vaccine risk and says, yeah, women will take those odds
"While we're in the tunnel, we still have to keep our foot on the gas," was Stephen Colbert's message to his fellow lockdown-weary Americans on Wednesday. And if that particular "light at the the end of the tunnel" analogy wasn't the most original, at least he didn't pile on the sports metaphors like beleaguered (by…

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AV Club Films
Apr 15, 2021

All aboard the Infinity Train
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Thursday, April 15. All times are Eastern. 


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AV Club Films
Apr 15, 2021

How did we ever get so swept up in Game Of Thrones? Just look to the pilot
Game Of Thrones meant a great deal to me, both personally and professionally. Writing about the show helped me build a career. But I can't get past my hatred over how it ended. That's why I've been adamant about never doing a re-watch—Tyrion certainly doesn't look back fondly on the first half of the Oberyn/Mountain…

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Apr 15, 2021

White House Correspondents' Dinner canceled for second year running
Another bad day for the long tradition of comedians speaking truth to power, and then power smiling back with extremely thin lips in an effort to look like actual human beings: The White House Correspondents' Dinner has been canceled for its second year running. The annual event, in which sitting presidents who are…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

NBC orders up Demi Lovato comedy pilot Hungry
A decade-plus since she got her first big break, toiling hard in the Disney Channel's bankable tween mines, musician Demi Lovato is headed back to TV. Specifically, the Grammy-nominated performer has, per Variety, scored a pilot order for a new comedy at NBC, titled Hungry. Per the logline, the series is about friends…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

Celebrity weeps on stage, promptly sent home on The Masked Singer
Week after week, the Masked Singer judges praise the celebrity contestants for bearing their hearts and souls out on the stage while performing under giant masks that prevent any of their facial emotions from seeing the light of day. In fact, just last week, judge Jenny McCarthy wept while listening to Piglet (who is…

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Apr 14, 2021

Warrior moving from Cinemax to HBO Max for just-renewed third season
After two seasons on Cinemax, Warrior—the historical martial arts crime drama whose most immediate claim to fame is that its concept was originally developed by Bruce Lee—is coming back. Well, sort of: Rather than return to the premium cable network that served as its home for its first two years, Warrior will now be…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

The best romantic comedies on HBO Max
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 …

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Apr 14, 2021

Tyrannical court asserts that farting doesn't count as free speech
Webster's Dictionary defines "speech" as "We don't own a copy of Webster's Dictionary, actually, someone should hook us up." But in practical terms, the blanket term "speech" has come to encompass a wide variety of expressions, with courts ruling that everything from gestures, to actual spoken words, to even something…

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Apr 14, 2021

The Circle season 2 has a Cousin Greg doppelgänger who surprisingly doesn't catfish as him
Welcome to another season of The Circle! We've only seen the first four episodes, but this second season's already starting off with plenty of catfishes. 32-year-old Deleesa is catfishing as husband Trevor, pretending to be a single dad to gain sympathy from players; Lee, the most senior contestant of The Circle, is…

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Apr 14, 2021

Colton Underwood filming Netflix series about his new life as an out gay man
This morning, former Bachelor star Colton Underwood announced on Good Morning America that he's gay. In an interview with Robin Roberts, the 29-year-old shared that, though he feared coming to terms with his sexual orientation, he's now accepted his truth. Hours after the interview aired, Variety confirmed reports…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

Ben Wheatley's eco-thriller In The Earth has one terrific scene and a lot of boring hooey
Note: The writer of this review watched In The Earth on a digital screener from home. Before making the decision to see it—or any other film—in a movie theater, please consider the health risks involved. Here's an interview on the matter with scientific experts.


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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

Ludwig's Never-Ending Twitch Stream Has Ended
On March 14, Ludwig Ahgren started a stream with no set end date. Last night, an entire month later, it finally ended.


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Apr 14, 2021

Kevin Smith seeks proof that at least one person is interested in his new movie by selling it as an NFT
No longer content just to ruin his reputation with increasingly terrible movies, Kevin Smith is broadening his path of devastation, and contributing to the destruction of both the health of modern art and our environment by getting into the NFT game. The writer/director/podcaster has announced that his upcoming evil…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

Forget the moon landing—Apollo 13 proves that botched missions are the ones to dramatize
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Voyagers now in theaters and Stowaway on Netflix next week, we're looking to the stars for five days of space movies.


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Apr 14, 2021

We'll find out if Never Have I Ever's Devi picks Ben or Paxton in July
Netflix's Mindy Kaling-helmed series Never Have I Ever won over fans with its painfully relatable portrayal of Indian-American teenage girl Devi (played by newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who attempts to navigate complicated dynamics with crushes, a fraught relationship with her mom, and grief after the death of her…

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Apr 14, 2021

From Boy Band Thrusting to the Magic Mike 'Dolphin': A Vital, Long Overdue History of Stage Humping
A couple of years ago, I was in the second row of Magic Mike Live watching several ripped, shirtless men doing a modified cow pose on knees and balled fists. They repeatedly snaked their bodies to the ground, pelvises reaching the stage last. Later, a shirtless man thumped his fist against the stage with a coordinated…

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Apr 14, 2021

Brian Austin Green makes a bad first impression in this exclusive clip from The Conners
The Conners is having a busy third season. The ABC comedy, a spin-off of Roseanne after the revival was canceled in 2018, focuses on the working class struggles of the Conner family. Most actors from the original reprise their roles, including John Goodman as patriarch Dan, Sara Gilbert and Lecy Goranson as his…

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Apr 14, 2021

Nazis, time travel, and creepy dolls are only a hint of what haunts The Banishing's house
There's something about Britishness that lends itself well to haunted houses: the top-button austerity, the stiff upper lip, the willingness to live in extremely creepy, crumbling old homes. This has led to classics like 1961's The Innocents, the more recent The Others, and the underrated The Little Stranger. But as…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

Get ready to say goodbye to Shrill with the season 3 trailer
It's a minor injustice but it still stings: Shrill is coming to an end with season three, which makes this trailer a bittersweet experience for those of us (the smart, correct people) who love Aidy Bryant's Hulu series. Loosely based on Lindy West's excellent memoir of the same name, it seemed unlikely that Shrill…

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Apr 14, 2021

New Jersey police dismantle homemade "UFO detector," sealing the grim fate of humankind
The New Jersey State Park Police (NJSPP) reported last Friday that their officers had identified and "disarmed" a UFO detecting device found in Wharton State Forest. The foolish people behind this decision took responsibility for their short-sighted action in a Facebook post that, if we're lucky enough to survive the…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

The FCC received over 1,000 complaints about that "WAP" performance at the Grammys
In the month since Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion absolutely decimated the Grammys stage with their performance of "WAP," you may have felt things were a little too quiet, almost as if two artists and women of color can freely express agency of their own sexuality in public. Don't worry—the Federal Communications…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

Reasonable Discussions: April 14
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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

David Alan Grier reunited with In Living Color pal Jamie Foxx for their new Netflix show
In Jamie Foxx's new Netflix series, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, Foxx plays Brian Dixon, a cosmetics mogul who reconnects with his teenage daughter after his ex—her mom—dies. The daughter, played by Kyla-Drew, is of course struggling with the loss of her mom, but also with being thrust into her father's home, where he…

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Apr 14, 2021

Liz Phair announces Soberish release date, shares new song "Spanish Doors"
We were supposed to get Soberish, Liz Phair's first album since 2010's Funstyle, last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic upended those plans. Phair gave us a peek of what's to come back in 2019 with "Good Side" and she released second single "Hey Lou" (about Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson's longstanding relationship)…

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Apr 14, 2021

The tire-shredding Furious family reunites in new F9 trailer
Fast & Furious 9 is almost here! After over two years and multiple delays, the high-octane and highly anticipated ninth entry in the Fast & Furious franchise is set to return (for real this time) this summer and the film boasts a jam-packed cast. Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang,…

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Apr 14, 2021

Andrew Callaghan and crew return as Channel 5, stare into the dark heart of Miami Beach spring break
At last, Andrew Callaghan, Nic Mosher, and Evan Gilbert-Katz—the guys behind All Gas No Brakes—have returned. After announcing last month that they'd left the show due to a contract dispute, the team has regrouped as Channel 5, a Patreon-funded YouTube channel that looks to continue where All Gas No Brakes left off in…

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Apr 14, 2021

The A.V. Club Twitch is getting nostalgic with SaGa Frontier Remastered
It's been 24 years since the original release of Square's SaGa Frontier, one of the stranger entries in the company's juggernaut run across the PlayStation One era. To celebrate the milestone, Square Enix is gearing up to release a glossy new Remastered version of the game on PS4, Switch, PC, and mobile systems,…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

The Bachelor's Colton Underwood comes out as gay
Turns out Billy Eichner was right: Colton Underwood did end up being the first gay Bachelor. During an appearance on Good Morning America, Underwood told Robin Roberts that he finally accepts he's gay after years of not feeling comfortable with his sexuality.


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Apr 14, 2021

Neutral Milk Hotel made a brilliant record the first time around, too
Neutral Milk Hotel only made two studio albums, but the one that gave the band a cult following was its last. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea became a pop culture phenomenon. You likely know someone who was obsessed with this record—even Parks And Recreation's notoriously apathetic April Ludgate's "thing" was a huge…

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Apr 14, 2021

Taylor Swift's "Hey Stephen" isn't about Stephen Colbert, no matter what her vision board says
The music world is throwing up its collective fist in solidarity with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift on her recent move to emancipate her back catalogue. For those not Squad-adjacent, the music rights to Swift's first five albums were sold out from under her by her former label, seeing the singer decide that now would…

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Apr 14, 2021

The overly broad Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! is no showcase for Jamie Foxx's talents
Before he was an Oscar-winning actor and Grammy Award-winning performer, Jamie Foxx had already leveraged his work as a featured player on the groundbreaking sketch comedy show In Living Color into his own self-titled series. The Jamie Foxx Show, which Foxx created and produced with Bentley Kyle Evans, was a genial if…

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Apr 14, 2021

Supergirl's characters just have a lot of feelings this week
For the first third of its runtime, I was worried that "Phantom Menaces" felt too much like a retread of last week's episode. Between Kara monologuing in a cave in the Phantom Zone, Lena trying to one-up Lex, and the rest of the Super Friends dealing with a loose phantom, it all felt pretty familiar. But about halfway…

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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

Step back into The Circle's social media frenzy
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Wednesday, April 14. All times are Eastern.


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AV Club Films
Apr 14, 2021

This week in Savage Love: Letter rip
I'm a female in my late twenties. I broke up with a toxic ex about a year ago and I've been walking around (my house!) thinking I was over it. I never missed him and rarely thought about him. A brief backstory: In the final months of us living together, we started having more discussions about children and a making…

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Apr 14, 2021

Timothy Simons on The Pole, Dickinson, and how Krampus follows him everywhere
Time has no meaning anymore, which is why "Christmas in July" became "Christmas in March" with Syfy's The Pole, a new animated series from Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman. The "pole" of the title is the North Pole, home to longtime married couple Santa Claus (Bobby Moynihan) and Gretchen Claus (Jillian Bell), their…

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

Chris McKay to direct monster movie about Dracula's buddy Renfield
In the grand tradition of Igor and Victor Frankenstein, two films nobody has ever thought about, The Tomorrow War and The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay has signed on to direct Renfield, a movie about Count Dracula's varyingly loyal bug-eating buddy. This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which doesn't have…

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Apr 13, 2021

This Is Us delivers a brotherly reckoning that's been a long time coming
One thing that makes This Is Us feel like a realistic depiction of family is that old issues can come bubbling to the surface at anytime. Though the show's first season was all about healing the rift in Kevin and Randall's relationship—of getting Kevin to the place where he prioritized helping his brother's mental…

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Apr 13, 2021

Frost meets her match on a lackluster episode of The Flash
When Caitlin and Frost split into two separate bodies a few weeks ago, it felt like the setup to some Odd Couple shenanigans that would be quickly resolved. With "Growing Pains," that separation takes on a darker hue, as Frost is pursued for her past misdeeds by Kristen Kramer, who also seeks to pin a new ice-related…

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Apr 13, 2021

Mark Hamill to star in movie based on famous story from comedian/party animal Bert Kreischer
As reported by Deadline, Mark Hamill is set to co-star alongside shirtless comedian Bert Kreischer in a movie based on Kreischer's signature stand-up routine that is being billed as "The Hangover meets Midnight Run." The stand-up bit revolves around a story in which Kreischer goes to Russia as part of a class trip in…

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

Disney parks will finally allow "cast members" to wear gender non-conforming styles and sport tattoos
Disney parks have always had strange, elaborate costumes for "cast members" who aren't pretending to be a character. If you've been to any Disney park, you likely are familiar with the maid-like uniforms women who work at The Haunted Mansion wear, complete with a white French maid-style cap, an apron, and a long…

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

Fortnite maker Epic is now valued at nearly $30 billion, so it's a good thing bubbles never burst
As reported by Deadline, Epic Games—the video game publisher behind Fortnite and current owner of Rocket League and Fall Guys, among other things—has just raised a new $1 billion in funding, bringing its current evaluation to $28.7 billion. Disney paid $4 billion for Lucasfilm in 2012, so Epic could essentially buy …

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

Facebook somehow believes its new "video speed-dating" service won't end in abject, bigoted failure
Allow us to make a prediction: Facebook Dating will not be a popular platform for finding true love. How do we know this? Because Facebook Dating has been around for three whole goddamn years now, and you thought we were talking about a new romantic project courtesy of your QAnon-brainwashed aunt's favorite social…

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

CG Tig Notaro is the best part of the Army Of The Dead Trailer, though everything else is okay too
The biggest and most Zack Snyder-y Zack Snyder movie ever is now finally out in the world (with his name in the title and everything), which means it's time to move on and see what other loud and varyingly tolerable tricks he has up his sleeve with Army Of The Dead—a return to the genre that birthed his 2004 Dawn Of…

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

Pranksters stole historic Confederate monument and threatened to "turn it into a toilet"
As recently reported by The New York Times and other outlets, last month a "heavy, ornately carved limestone chair" memorial to Confederate President Jefferson Davis was stolen from Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama. The heist was pulled off by anonymous individuals calling themselves White Lies Matter.


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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

One of China's all-time blockbuster bonanzas is hiding in plain sight on Netflix
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: movies in space copy. This week: With Voyagers now in theaters and Stowaway on Netflix next week, we're looking to the stars for five days of space movies.


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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

Let us now listen to the music of the spiders
The humble spider has always been well represented in the musical world, from Ziggy Stardust and No Doubt to The Who, Wilco, and Lil B's amateur arachnology. For too long, though, we've refused to let the little multi-limbed creeps relate their experiences to us more directly. That's now changed, thanks to the work of…

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Apr 13, 2021

Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl's "Eazy Sleazy" is 2021's "Imagine 2.0"
It's been a bit over a year since Gal Gadot cursed us with her star-studded and deeply cringey cover of John Lennon's "Imagine." You'd think that the backlash to that video would've made celebrities think twice about making more corny COVID-19 pandemic-related music, but Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl (they're friends,…

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

The Nevers' Ben Chaplin and Amy Manson on whether The Touched are villains or victims
It might seem like the big, bad villain of The Nevers is Maladie, she of quick knife and sadistic brain, but what if, instead, she's just a product of a rough upbringing, poor health care, and an untimely brush with whatever sparked her powers? Is Maladie a villain, then, or a victim? It's a question we posed to The…

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Apr 13, 2021

Steak-umm, worst of the Online Brands, is picking a fight with Neil deGrasse Tyson, worst of the Online Personalities
It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that the Brands are at it yet again. Steak-umm—the sliced meat company that advertises its frozen cow flesh with Twitter musings on generational malaise and post-ironic observations about the corporate social media strategies it employs—has decided to pick a fight with …

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AV Club Films
Apr 13, 2021

Can Kristen Kish and the hosts of Fast Foodies conquer our crispy, greasy game?
Even the fanciest chefs can appreciate the merits of some good old fashioned fast food from time to time. Just ask the hosts of Tru TV's Fast Foodies, Kristen Kish, Justin Sutherland, and Jeremy Ford. The three Top Chef alums have bonded over their love of everything mass-produced and fried, from Arby's potato cakes…

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Apr 13, 2021

For the 25th anniversary of "Steamed Hams," its creators answer the one question they've never been asked about the segment
It certainly isn't "unpossible" to uncover a new reference or new meaning in a classic episode of The Simpsons, even one as pored over as "22 Short Films About Springfield." But as former Simpsons writers and executive producers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein tell The A.V. Club ahead of that episode's 25th…

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Apr 13, 2021

Michael Cera returning to TV for Amy Schumer series Life & Beth
The artist formerly known as George-Michael Bluth is returning to the small screen for what might be his most prominent TV role since Arrested Development. Hulu has enlisted Michael Cera for the upcoming series Life & Beth, created by and starring Amy Schumer—who also serves as writer, director, and executive…

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Apr 13, 2021

Roblox politics role-player fakes journalist credentials to sneak into White House press corps
Roblox, the online game platform pretty much every kid is glued to right now, is advertised with the tagline, "Powering Imagination." This seems to bear out for at least one user, whose imagination was powered up well enough that they decided to fake press credentials in order to ask questions during recent White…

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Apr 13, 2021

This Earth Day, reflect on The Year Earth Changed with Apple TV Plus and David Attenborough
Earth Day takes on a whole new resonance in 2021, as the world continues to battle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The theme for this year's Earth Day (April 22), is Restore the Earth, and it will be put into action through three days worth of digital events starting on April 20, including focusing on climate change,…

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Apr 13, 2021

Black Is Magic: How Magic: The Gathering Is Transforming One Teacher's Game Club
On the wall in Mike Lawton's classroom rests a cardboard cut-out of a Black man. It's not Martin Luther King Jr. or any other famous Black figure from history—it's a mage—dark skinned and powerful-looking as a spell shoots from his fingertips. It's Teferi, one of Magic: The Gathering's most powerful main characters…

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Apr 13, 2021

Lucy Dacus announces new album, 2021 tour dates, unveils video for first single, "Hot And Heavy"
It's been three years since Lucy Dacus' last full-length, Historian, arrived with a wailing guitar and an entire album's worth of explosive codas. Since then, she's released a handful of singles and an EP with her supergroup boygenius (alongside Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers), but after teasing new music last month…

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Apr 13, 2021

John Stamos boosts the formulaic Disney Plus sports dramedy Big Shot
There's a growing number of fictional sports coaches on TV who reinvent their brusque training methods and personalities when paired with an unlikely team. Whether it's Johnny Lawrence teaching kids karate in Cobra Kai or Sam Sylvia's ragtag women wrestlers in GLOW, these coaches gradually connect with players they…

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Apr 13, 2021

Netflix doesn't care that you don't want to watch Bridgerton without Regé-Jean Page, renews the show for seasons 3 and 4
Netflix isn't too scared about tons of Bridgerton fans saying they're not watching the next season after Regé-Jean Page left the show. The streaming giant has just renewed the show for seasons three and four. Production for season two is underway, which will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton's own love story (based on…

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Apr 13, 2021

Not even The Walking Dead prepared Steven Yeun for a pandemic
For Oscar-nominated actor Steven Yeun, seven long, grueling seasons dodging virus-infected zombie hordes meant a whole lot of nothing when it came to weathering an entire, real-world year of an actual global pandemic. Appearing on Monday's Conan, the Minari actor and beloved, late The Walking Dead survivor (until, you…

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Apr 13, 2021

Big Sky gets bigger with a new mystery and an oversized spring premiere
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Tuesday, April 13. All times are Eastern. 

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Apr 13, 2021

Thomas Vinterberg on acting drunk, Mads Mikkelsen, and his Oscar-nominated Another Round
One month ago, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced the nominations for this year's delayed, pandemic-era Oscars. If there was one true surprise on the list read by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas, it was in the historically competitive Best Director race. There, among expected names like…

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AV Club Films
Apr 12, 2021

Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres around the country will be staying closed for good
The COVID-19 pandemic has been bad for everyone (except politicians who conveniently moved some money around in the early days for no reason and assholes who were already very rich going in), but movie theaters in particular were put in the brutally difficult position of relying on movie studios to put out movies and …

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AV Club Films
Apr 12, 2021

Lucy Liu joins Helen Mirren on the Shazam! sequel's team of villains
And here we thought Helen Mirren was powerful enough to destroy Shazam all on her own! Last month, we reported that Mirren had joined the cast of Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, the sequel to the 2019 Shazam! movie, as the villainous Hespera—who we had heard was "a daughter of Atlas." Now, Warner Bros. has cast a second…

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Apr 12, 2021

Hank Azaria feels the need to "personally apologize" to every Indian person for voicing Apu
The Simpsons was somewhat slow to embrace the trend of animated shows moving away from having white actors voice non-white characters, to the point that the show actively pushed back against the shift initially, but—to his credit—voice actor Hank Azaria was quicker than some of his Simpsons colleagues to recognize the…

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Apr 12, 2021

Phoebe Bridgers raises donations for Daunte Wright's family by handwriting tattoo templates for fans
On Sunday night, Minneapolis police killed Daunte Wright after pulling him over because of his car's expired registration. Officials told The New York Times that the cop who killed the 20-year-old allegedly did so accidentally, as the cop believed she was pulling out a taser instead. Wright's death comes amid the…

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Apr 12, 2021

R.I.P. Sopranos actor Joseph Siravo
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, veteran Broadway actor Joseph Siravo—perhaps better known to TV audiences as Tony Soprano's father on HBO's The Sopranos—has died from colon cancer. Siravo was 66.

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Apr 12, 2021

27 Movies to Stream When You Need a Good Cry
The past year has inundated us with so many horrors—untold lives needlessly lost to a virus allowed to proliferate unchecked, so many others forever damaged by the ongoing pandemic of racism, not to mention the ever-present specters of economic uncertainty and looming climate disaster—I won't fault you if you've…

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Apr 12, 2021

Kong: Skull Island's Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct live-action Gundam movie for Netflix
With Kong: Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts proved that he has a capable hand when it comes to big franchise movies ("big" as in physically large, because King Kong is really big and also the thing we're talking about in this story is big), which is probably one of the reasons why Sony was happy to hand him …

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Apr 12, 2021

A Brief History of DC Comics' Black Supermen
As long as the original Superman has had counterparts like Steel and, more recently, Final Crisis' Calvin Ellis of Earth-23, there have been comics fans who struggled to comprehend—and often pushed back against—the idea of a Black Superman.

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Apr 12, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the 2021 Oscars
It's Moira Rose's favorite season: awards. But obviously, given how COVID-19 is still a thing, awards ceremonies are very different this time around. This year's Oscars will be the first under the pandemic and the Academy Awards decided to forego the painful awkwardness of a Zoom ceremony like the one we sat through…

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Apr 12, 2021

George Clooney did some of his best work in Steven Soderbergh's reviled Solaris
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Voyagers now in theaters and Stowaway on Netflix next week, we're looking to the stars for five days of space movies.


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Apr 12, 2021

What's Your Worst Gaming Habit?
It's Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning question. Then, we ask your take.

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Apr 12, 2021

Alison Pill on Them's villainous Betty: "You can't tell these stories without intersectionality"
Them is filled with horrors supernatural and otherwise, but there's nothing more threatening to the safety of the Emory family than neighbor Betty Wendell. Played with verve and a simmering menace by the reliably great Alison Pill, Betty is the epitome of racism in America, hatred masked with a smile and perfectly…

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Apr 12, 2021

Retail therapy: Indulge in these 5 fashion and design shows
Shopping was one of the few activities that was never fully suspended during the pandemic. But the days of perusing the wares of businesses and vendors on some city block or commercial corridor have been put on hold. (At least, they should be on hold, if we want to avoid another spike.) Sure, you could scroll through…

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Apr 12, 2021

Humanity's technological zenith reached with 3D printer that makes a little sandwich
Humanity is set apart from the rest of the animal kingdom thanks to our remarkable technological achievements. Our species has made the wheel, the printing press, the internet, and spaceships that bring us to the stars. All of those inventions pale in comparison to the creative apex reached by YouTuber Kuroki Yuto,…

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Apr 12, 2021

Comedy Bang! Bang! celebrates 700 episodes with laudable lunacy
A little over a year ago, during the surreal pre-lockdown weeks where everyone was making end-of-the-world jokes and rigorously scrubbing their hands, fan-favorite comedians Jason Mantzoukas and Andy Daly joined host Scott Aukerman for what would become one of the last in-person CB!B! recording sessions. Now, exactly…

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Apr 12, 2021

Gird yourself for battle by revisiting 2000's "Pokémon Combat Rap"
During the first great Pokéwave of the late ‘90s, Martin "Ztorm" Culpepper accepted the grave responsibility of teaching the world's youth how to survive the blood and fur-littered battlefields of the eternal Pokémon wars. Determined to shepherd his pupils to glorious victory, Zstorm created training videos filled not…

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Apr 12, 2021

Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua's Emancipation will no longer film in Georgia following voting restrictions
For reasons that should become quite clear once the details of the project are explained below, Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have moved production of their upcoming film, Emancipation. The project had originally been slated to film in Georgia, but following the recent signing into law of restrictive…

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Apr 12, 2021

Bad Bunny is heading on his Último Tour Del Mundo in 2022
Bad Bunny released two albums last year, YHLQMDLG and El Último Tour Del Mundo, that he sadly couldn't tour for. Some lucky fans in New York City got to see him perform while riding a bus from Yankee Stadium to Harlem Hospital, as a tribute to healthcare workers. But you can't name your album El Último Tour Del Mundo…

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Apr 12, 2021

Get to know The Nevers' Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly
The Nevers is HBO's new steampunk period drama, rife with supernatural turns, possible aliens, and a rather unsavory origin story. At the show's center are The Touched, a mostly female group of outsiders who, by virtue of something that will surely be explained later, have been given various superpowers. Some are more…

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Apr 12, 2021

A Completist's Guide to the WoW Presents Plus App, by 2 Experts Who Watched Every Single Show
If you are a RuPaul's Drag Race fan who misses Seasons 4-8, it's likely you downloaded RuPaul's WoW Presents Plus streaming app to watch Drag Race UK, currently, the best iteration of the series available, though by no means the only option (more on that in another post). But with Drag Race UK having reached its…

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Apr 12, 2021

Netflix announces Elite season 4 premiere date, gives first glimpse at new characters
Fans of the hit Netflix Spanish YA drama Elite have been eagerly waiting for the new season, and now we have a premiere date for season 4: June 18.


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Apr 12, 2021

Frances McDormand blends real life with her character's in this exclusive Nomadland clip
Chloé Zhao's Nomadland is currently gearing up for its big Oscar run, fresh off being celebrated by the Golden Globes, the Venice Film Festival, and pretty much every other major award-granting body for its quiet depiction of life on the American road—and for Frances McDormand's performance as a woman slowly learning…

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Apr 12, 2021

Suck Up the Savings With $90 off Eufy's HomeVac 11S Infinity
Eufy HomeVac 11S Infinity | $210 | Amazon


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Apr 12, 2021

Jeff VanderMeer's latest work of bleak eco-fiction is an apocalyptic page-turner
Hummingbird Salamander, it should be said straightaway, is a pulpy page-turner with as many twists, double-crosses, and mystery-box riddles as one of Dan Brown's gimcrack potboilers. It's not a fair comparison, of course, as Jeff VanderMeer is a terrific writer, while Brown struggles with any sentence above the…

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Apr 12, 2021

Samsung's Bean-Shaped Galaxy Buds Live Earbuds Are $50 off in White
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live | $120 | Amazon


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Apr 12, 2021

What are you reading in April?
In our monthly book club, we discuss whatever we happen to be reading and ask everyone in the comments to do the same. What Are You Reading This Month?

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Apr 12, 2021

John Oliver mocks Republicans' war on safe elder care without ever saying their names
With the ongoing debate over President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, Republican lawmakers have suddenly rediscovered their fiscal conservatism. They're also praying America will forget both their massive free money giveaway to the one percent (meaning themselves and their donors), and that time they abetted a…

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