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May 29, 2024

Raising the stakes: the 25 best vampire TV shows, ranked
Vampires might have experienced an explosion in popularity in the mid-2000s, but they've always been lurking in the darkness. From the vampy (and campy) 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows to modern series like Interview With The Vampire (which is in the midst of its second season), the genre just won't die. And luckily,…

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May 29, 2024

Rings Of Power goes total merry dol, casts Tom Bombadil for season two
Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power has cast Tom Bombadillo. The water-lilly-loving elemental that might be God, the personification of nature, or a reminder to Rings readers to loosen up a bit is headed to the next season of Rings Of Power. Prolific character actor Rory…

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May 29, 2024

What to watch on Apple TV Plus: 33 best shows streaming right now
Apple TV quickly emerged as one of the most popular and reliable streamers with the breakout Emmy-winning hit Ted Lasso. But the platform offers so much more, including comedies like Shrinking and powerhouse dramas such as Silo and Pachinko. Unsure about what to watch? The A.V. Club has assembled this guide to the…

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May 29, 2024

The Bear gets a brand new look with the same old stress in first full trailer
Remember when Carmy's (Jeremy Allen White) dream of opening a restaurant with Syd (Ayo Edebiri) felt so hopeful? When it seemed like together, they would break the cycle of toxic workplaces that plague high-end kitchens everywhere? In hindsight, it's pretty obvious this dysfunctional crew wouldn't be able to pull off…

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May 29, 2024

The new Knives Out gets a little more Scandalous
Yesterday, we declared that it was officially Knives Out casting season (a.k.a., the "cinephile's version of the NBA draft"), and Rian Johnson just continues to deliver. For all of you betting types out there, the next Benoit Blanc mystery—officially titled Wake Up Dead Man—is clearly angling for the top of the…

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May 29, 2024

Ezra review: A kind if cloying dramedy about autism
Ezra isn't your average kid, and Ezraisn't your average movie to throw on when you need a good cry. The Tony Goldwyn-directed film, which follows a neurodivergent 11-year-old who gets caught in the middle over and over as his parents spar over how to raise him, spins off in a number of directions one might not expect…

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May 29, 2024

Read This: An in-depth investigation into Sean "Diddy" Combs' alleged history of abuse
At this point, seeing a headline about Sean "Diddy" Combs' "history of violence" isn't going to prompt a lot of surprise. Actually—Combs' alleged violent behavior was never really a surprise. Even before the recent spate of sexual assault lawsuits, there was a lot of publicly available evidence that incriminated the…

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May 29, 2024

Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman reunite for A Family Affair trailer
2024 may be the year of the yearn on television, but in the world of straight-to-streaming movies, it's specifically the year of legendary actresses yearning for younger entertainment industry hotties against the urging of their daughters. That may sound a little too on-the-nose to be true, but in the grand tradition…

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May 29, 2024

Solo review: Drag queen struggles to claim her time in the spotlight
Drag reveals as much as it conceals. A wig, some heels, a pair of lashes, and a bold lip can be as much a revelation as a refuge. In Sophie Dupuis' glittering character portrait, Solo, a young performer using his drag artistry to build himself up must grapple with what it means to not just cede the stage but to make…

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May 29, 2024

George R.R. Martin thinks screenwriters should stick a little closer to their source material
George R.R. Martin is sure spending a lot of time writing on his blog and not actually finishing Winds Of Winter, huh? His latest dispatch concerns screenwriters adapting original source material, something he knows a bit about. Spoiler alert: he doesn't think they usually do it very well.

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May 29, 2024

Here's the first teaser trailer for Moana 2
Just how far will Moana go? The generic marketing answer for the upcoming Moana 2 is "Further than ever before!" It's unclear just how different this sequel adventure is from the fantastical journey Moana took in the original movie. But a new trailer for the film, which premieres on November 27, teases a brand new…

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May 29, 2024

June 2024 film preview: Sequels, prequels, and Glen Powell try to charm the summer box office
The summer movie season is here, and it's in rough shape. Last month was one disappointment after another for theaters. Well-reviewed action spectacles, like The Fall Guy and Furiosa, fell short as kid-friendly CGI creatures struggled to put butts in seats. It didn't matter if they were new or existing IP because…

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May 29, 2024

In A Violent Nature review: A slasher in touch with its surroundings
Ever since Jason Voorhees skulked across Camp Crystal Lake, the slasher has long been obsessed with the aesthetic constraints of the forest, treating it as the basis for endless nightmarish scenarios. They are insulated hellscapes, places where gore and screams are absorbed. In slashers, death keeps the woods buzzing…

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May 28, 2024

R.I.P. Al Ruddy, Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby
Albert S. Ruddy, the two-time Best Picture-winning producer of The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby, has died. As confirmed to Deadline by a family spokesperson, Ruddy died at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center following a brief illness on May 25. He was 94.

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May 28, 2024

Big Shark review: Sharksploitation makes Room for one more
Cult filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, somehow independently wealthy despite not seeming to actually do much of anything besides selling underwear with his name on it alongside The Room DVDs and shirts, has finally, after two decades, put aside enough scratch to self-fund a follow-up feature. (The less said about his…

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May 28, 2024

Knives Out casting season is officially in full swing
This is a cinephile's version of the NBA draft or the frenetic energy of a trade deadline: a respected director is putting together a big ensemble cast for a highly anticipated new feature. Remember the glee, the anticipatory delight, of watching every actor you'd ever heard of filter into Team Barbie or Team Oppenheim…

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May 28, 2024

Tom Cruise is turning Glen Powell into a movie star, Willy Wonka style
Tom Cruise has long been a controversial figure in Hollywood, but he's always had plenty of cheerleaders, too. (Yes, even ones outside the hallowed halls of Scientology's Celebrity Center.) He can count as one of his most ardent supporters the up-and-coming movie star Glen Powell, who counts Cruise as a friend and one…

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May 28, 2024

What's up with all these musical acts booking venues they can't sell?
Everyone seems to think they can launch their own Eras Tour these days, and the instinct does make sense. We've spent almost two years now reading about venues selling out in seconds despite skyrocketing ticket prices, fans who couldn't attend tuning in via livestream to hear their favorite songs night after night, a f…

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May 28, 2024

Immaculate director Michael Mohan hates how dark the movie is on streamers, too
There's a lot of talk these days about what's broken in our current era in the entertainment industry. What counts as cinema? Where did all the jobs go? How do we get people to go to theaters again? Are artists and technicians being compensated fairly for their labor? These are thorny, existential issues, but some of…

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May 28, 2024

The Shrouds review: David Cronenberg won't look away from lost love
I've experienced a rare thing with regards to David Cronenberg's latest film, The Shrouds, particularly during festival time. As it's a Canadian film, one of several that premiered this year in Cannes, I got to screen it a few days before flying to France. I've thus had a couple weeks to let its bones settle, to be…

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May 28, 2024

Wake up live fan! Knives Out 3 casts its first round of actors
We can have the "there are no movie stars anymore" conversation ad nauseam, but the new generation is really giving the discourse a run for its money. Up-and-comers are getting snatched up by famed filmmakers left and right, with more repeat actor-director pairs emerging what feels like every month. Two of the newest…

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May 28, 2024

What the hell happened with Richard Dreyfuss at that Jaws screening?
Over the weekend, an email from The Cabot theater in Beverly, Massachusetts started circulating on social media. It was an apologetic follow-up to an event titled "An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss Jaws Screening," wherein the theater stressed that "The views expressed by Mr. Dreyfuss do not reflect the values of…

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May 28, 2024

We Are Lady Parts season 2 review: A pitch-perfect return
Nida Manzoor has crafted a flawless TV show in We Are Lady Parts, a British comedy revolving around a Muslim punk rock band, Lady Parts. Season one launched in 2021 and garnered some well-deserved acclaim, proving the series creator/director/writer's ability to execute her singular vision. Those six half-hour episodes…

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May 28, 2024

The Crow's chart-topping soundtrack was just as influential as the movie itself
The soundtrack to The Crow showed up in stores two months before the actual movie played in multiplexes. That should give you an idea of how popular soundtracks were back in the day.

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May 28, 2024

Eric review: Benedict Cumberbatch leads a weirdly absorbing thriller
"Eric is that which we fear" is how Eric sums up its titular life-size puppet. He exists in Vincent Anderson's (Benedict Cumberbatch) imagination, manifesting as his worst anxieties. The fuzzy blue creature's presence is a sign of Vincent's declining mental health, which reaches a breaking point when his young son…

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May 27, 2024

Does anyone want to fund this John Waters-Aubrey Plaza project?
Freaks, sickos, and perverts the world over breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced in October 2022 that John Waters would be adapting his novel Liarmouth into a feature film. For one thing, the film would be his first since 2004's A Dirty Shame. Then, it was later revealed that Aubrey Plaza wanted to star in…

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May 27, 2024

Judi Dench suggests she might be done taking film roles
Judi Dench apparently doesn't have any film roles coming down the pike, reports The Mirror. Asked at the Chelsea Flower Show this weekend if she had anything coming up, Dench replied, "No no, I can't even see." Asked for further comment, specifically whether this meant the Oscar and Tony winner was retiring, her agent…

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May 27, 2024

Furiosa barely ekes out victory over Garfield at the weekend box office
Much has been made of the post-pandemic theatrical experience and the takeover of streaming, but there have been promising signs for the state of cinema. Last summer's Barbenheimer got at least hundreds of thousands of butts in seats, and just this weekend after winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes, director Sean Baker…

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May 27, 2024

June 2024 TV preview: House Of The Dragon, The Bear, The Boys, and 16 other shows to watch
We're just going to spit it out: June is shaping up to be the most promising month of TV in 2024. It brings back our favorite fictional chefs, superheroes, and dragons, of course (not to mention hookups courtesy of the back half of Bridgerton season three). But the month also promises plenty of newbies, including a Sta…

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May 27, 2024

On TV, 2024 is the year of the yearn
I'm a sucker for yearners on TV. If two people are pining like miserable fools, unable to escape each other's magnetism, ideally over a fairly long time, consider me seated for their torturous joyride. No wonder I was sold on Netflix's One Day, despite the expected, unmitigated heartbreak, and Abbott Elementary, which…

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May 27, 2024

Is there any point in trying to make sense of Mad Max's timeline?
During the press tour for Mad Max: Fury Road, filmmaker George Miller was asked repeatedly how the film connected to the previous three installments in the Mad Max franchise. It was a fair question, prompted mainly by the fact that Tom Hardy, an actor in his 30s, was recast in the title role originated by Mel Gibson,…

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May 27, 2024

Author Steven Hyden on his new Bruce Springsteen book and being a "Boss Nerd" even when it wasn't cool
In his new book There Was Nothing You Could Do: "Born In The USA" And The End Of The Heartland, Steven Hyden writes about Bruce Springsteen's monumental 1984 record as a watershed moment—for American culture, for Springsteen, and for the author himself. Hyden, a cultural critic (and a former A.V. Club staff member),…

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May 27, 2024

What will be 2024's song of the summer?
Once, in the days of monoculture and listening to the radio, there was usually an obvious song of the summer; one that completely took over the airwaves and set a mood in spaces both public and private. There's no argument that 2003 was the summer of Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love," or that "Call Me Maybe" ran summer 2012.…

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May 26, 2024

The Sympathizer finale: HBO's miniseries comes to an appropriately wild end
Let's get the superlatives out the way early: Whether or not a lot of people loved, or even watched, The Sympathizer, it should go down as one of HBO's more out-there punts in the Zaslav era. The episodic structure of TV storytelling made a great template for adapting the fractured, unreliable voice of the Captain…

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May 26, 2024

Interview With The Vampire recap: How do vampires hide from Google?
"The question was, ‘How do vampires hide from Google?' Not ‘How did Lestat break his heart?'"

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May 26, 2024

What's on TV this week—We Are Lady Parts returns and Eric premieres
Welcome to What's On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here's what you need to watch from Sunday, May 26 to Thursday, May 30. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What's On drops on Fridays.]

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May 26, 2024

What's on TV this weekend—We Are Lady Parts returns and Eric premieres
Welcome to What's On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here's what you need to watch from Sunday, May 26 to Thursday, May 30. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What's On drops on Fridays.]

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May 25, 2024

R.I.P. Richard M. Sherman, legendary Disney songwriter
Richard M. Sherman has died. As half, with his brother Robert, of legendary songwriting pair The Sherman Brothers, Sherman wrote some of the most iconic scores and songs to ever grace the Disney film library—and theme parks, with the pair's "It's A Small World (After All)" making a strong case for itself as the most…

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May 25, 2024

Here's who won big at Cannes 2024
The Cannes Film Festival has wrapped up for another year, and with it, the usual doling out of fancy trophies with French names that don't literally mean "This one is the first place one, that one is good but not quite as good"—but, c'mon, they totally are. This year's winner of the Big One, the Palme d'Or, for…

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May 25, 2024

Nicki Minaj detained by authorities in Netherlands, says it was "sabotage"
Nicki Minaj was detained in Amsterdam earlier today, per reports from citizen journalist, uh, Nicki Minaj—who pretty exhaustively documented her encounters with Dutch police on social media, while asserting that the country's authorities had been paid to "sabotage" her current European tour "b/c soooooo many ppl are…

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May 25, 2024

Furiosa is fighting Garfield for one of the worst Memorial Day box offices in decades
It's a hard old world out there, so we hope you can take comfort in a mental image that's gotten us through the occasional cold and rainy morning of late: Imperator Furiosa, battle queen of the wastes, duking it out with obese lasagna cat Garfield in a battle for the death. Oh, how the fur will fly; oh, how the…

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May 24, 2024

Judge rules Alec Baldwin is actually (probably) going to trial
Alec Baldwin is still set to go on trial for involuntary manslaughter this July, Variety reports, after a New Mexico judge ruled that Baldwin's latest, and presumably final, efforts to get the case against him dismissed—tied to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Western movie Rust— were for…

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May 24, 2024

Trump campaign launches cease and desist at Jeremy Strong's The Apprentice
Presumably operating from the philosophical position that you can only get so wet, in terms of, uh, ongoing legal action, the Donald Trump campaign has reportedly lobbed a cease and desist order at The Apprentice, Ali Abbasi's cinematic depiction of the relationship between Trump (played by Sebastian Stan) and his…

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May 24, 2024

Friday Night TV Murder Pile: Girls On The Bus and High School are both dead
The TV Reaper has done its dark work again this week, this time swinging its television series-ending scythe hard in the world of streaming. Per THR and Variety, at least two streaming shows are getting the axe this weekend with the usual "it's Friday night, let's murder some TV shows before the long weekend" energy:…

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May 24, 2024

The Bear is open for business (and dysfunctional as ever) in its season 3 trailer
We're still a month out from the release of season 3 of FX and Hulu's critically beloved restaurant drama The Bear. (As in, all of it, because the network and streamer continue to insist on dropping an entire season of the show all at once—in this case, on June 27—even though the show's dedicated audience would almost…

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May 24, 2024

R.I.P. Kabosu, the real Shiba Inu behind the Doge meme
The internet lost a legend today. Kabosu, the real-life Shiba Inu that inspired the seemingly eternal Doge meme, has died. She was 18, which is past the point most dog-to-human-years charts cut off, so her admirers can rest assured that she lived a long and happy life well into senior citizenship.

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May 24, 2024

Google's AI really is that stupid, feeds people answers from The Onion
As denizens of the Internet, we have all often seen a news item so ridiculous it caused us to think, "This seems like an Onion headline." But as real human beings, most of us have the ability to discern between reality and satire. Unfortunately, Google's newly launched "AI Overview" lacks that crucial ability. The…

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May 24, 2024

Jeffrey Wright (re)joins The Last Of Us, some Avengers team up, and more casting news
It was a quieter week in casting as the Cannes market cools down, but there are plenty of A-list projects to get excited about. Jeffrey Wright is back in an HBO drama, a pair of Avengers are teaming up once again, Glen Powell continues his hot streak, and Luca Guadagnino recruits Ayo Edebiri in some of the week's most…

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May 24, 2024

R.I.P. Morgan Spurlock, Super Size Me documentarian
Morgan Spurlock, the documentarian most notable for the Oscar-nominated fast food documentary Super Size Me, has died, according to Deadline. The filmmaker "passed away peacefully in New York surrounded by family and friends" on Thursday due to complications of cancer, which he had been treating privately. He was 53…

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May 24, 2024

And the title of Knives Out 3 is...
Rian Johnson unveiled the title for his next "Benoit Blanc mystery" on Twitter/X today, which means he must have finally won the battle with Netflix to nix the "A Knives Out Mystery" subtitle that "pissed [him] off" so much the last time around. It also means that his playlist of well-named rock songs—or wherever he…

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May 24, 2024

Alfonso Cuarón took on Prisoner Of Azkaban because Guillermo del Toro told him to get over himself
Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the cinematic Wizarding World, but every few years it ignites a Time Turner-esque cycle of its own. New Potterheads (if there are any of those left) continue to discover Y Tu Mamá También and Children Of Men and ask…

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May 24, 2024

Sean "Diddy" Combs hit with seventh sexual assault lawsuit
An eighth lawsuit has been filed against Sean "Diddy" Combs, the seventh to directly accuse the music mogul of sexual assault. (One suit against his son Christian accuses Diddy of aiding and abetting assault.) The most recent suit was filed on Thursday by April Lampros, who says that she met Combs when she was a…

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May 24, 2024

The world of Mad Max keeps ending and its characters keep driving towards salvation
With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

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May 24, 2024

Game Theory: The video game where Jason Voorhees can murder Steven Universe is coming back
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off the weekend by taking a look at the world of gaming, diving in to the ideas that underpin the hobby we love with a bit of Game Theory. We'll sound off in the space above, and invite you to respond down in the comments, telling us what you're playing this weekend, and what…

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May 24, 2024

5 things to watch on TV this weekend
Welcome to the weekend edition of What's On. Here are the big thingshappening on TV from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekly edition of What's On publishes on Sundays.]

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May 24, 2024

Atlas review: Netflix's AI propaganda dulls J.Lo's shine
Almost every strand of DNA within Atlas' genetic makeup is toxic. The haphazard, ham-handed sci-fi film, distributed by a streamer that utilizes computer algorithms to guide its creative process, revolves around a guilt-riddled heroine fighting "evil" artificial intelligence with the help of a "good" artificial…

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May 24, 2024

George Miller in the Thunderdome: Ranking his movies, from Fury Road to Happy Feet
For the uninitiated, it would be easy to look over the filmography of Australian director George Miller and focus on three distinct franchises—Babe, Happy Feet and, of course, Mad Max. After all, Miller has either directed, written or produced multiple films for each of those successful and award-winning titles. But…

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May 23, 2024

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F trailer: Is Eddie Murphy still capable of doing the smartass thing at 63?
There are a number of questions raised by the new trailer for Netflix's Beverly Hills Cop sequel, Axel F, after it was released online earlier today. Some of them, admittedly, are answered pretty quickly. "How long will it take Netflix to deploy the iconic Harold Faltermeyer theme tune?" (14 seconds.) "How are Paul…

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May 23, 2024

Kelly Rowland addresses tense red carpet confrontation with Cannes usher
Kelly Rowland gave a statement to the Associated Press today, addressing a viral video from earlier this week at Cannes. In said video, which began circulating on Tuesday, the former Destiny's Child star exchanged tense words with an usher who was trying to move her off the red carpet for Christophe Honoré's Marcello…

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May 23, 2024

The human race watched 62,000 years of One Piece on Netflix last year
We don't know about you, dear reader, but our understanding of time gets pretty abstract when its comes to the idea of hundreds of millions of hours. (Seems like a lot, but if we were good at math, we wouldn't spend our days thinking and writing about podcast comedy and X-Men '97.) So when Netflix released its new…

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May 23, 2024

Christian Slater is Dexter's new daddy in the Young Dexter show
Because none of us got together and mustered the moral fortitude to say no to it, now we have to live with this: Christian Slater has just been cast in the upcoming prequel series Dexter: Original Sin, which, if it's okay with y'all, we're just going to go ahead and start referring to as Young Dexter for the rest of…

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May 23, 2024

It might have been harder for Chris Hemsworth to conquer Hot Ones than the Fury Road
First of all, congratulations are in order for everyone's favorite spicy wing-based celebrity Saw trap, which will be competing at the primetime Emmys in the Outstanding Talk Show category this year. That means that Sean Evans, the host that just sent Chris Hemsworth into a coughing fit so extreme that he needed to…

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May 23, 2024

Cassie responds to resurfaced Sean "Diddy" Combs video
Last year, singer Cassie (given name Casandra Ventura) filed a lawsuit alleging rape and abuse against Sean "Diddy" Combs. The suit was settled shortly thereafter, but more accusations of assault, abuse, and trafficking have since been leveraged against the music industry mogul. On Friday of last week, those…

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May 23, 2024

Kinds Of Kindness review: Peak Yorgos Lanthimos
There was a subversive thrill to the original title of Yorgos Lanthimos' new anthology movie, the "triptych fable" Kinds Of Kindness. Calling a movie "And" would have broken pretty much every commonsense SEO and marketing rule; the very idea of it felt like a cheeky two-fingers up to studio execs and search engines…

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May 23, 2024

The kids never learn in new Beetlejuice Beetlejuice trailer
In our universe, it's almost impossible to imagine a world in which anyone doesn't know the cardinal rule surrounding dead guys with weird names—much less the daughter of Lydia Deetz herself. Of course, the fictional town of Winter River exists in a universe where Beetlejuice the movie doesn't exist, leading that very…

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May 23, 2024

The Department of Justice is finally bringing Ticketmaster to court
The long-awaited reckoning for Live Nation and Ticketmaster is finally upon us. On Thursday morning, The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the live entertainment company, alleging that the company is a monopoly. Per Deadline, the lawsuit claims that beyond stifling competition and driving up prices for…

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May 23, 2024

Film Trivia Fact Check: The feminist origins of Mad Max: Fury Road
The internet is filled with facts, both true and otherwise. In Film Trivia Fact Check, we'll browse the depths of the web's most user-generated trivia boards and wikis and put them under the microscope. How true are the IMDb Trivia pages? You want the truth? Can you handle the truth? We're about to find out.

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May 23, 2024

Hacks recap: Deb confronts cancel culture in the season's penultimate episode
At this point in comedy history, "Yes, and…" is arguably the most overused aphorism in the book. Just hearing it conjures images of sweaty black boxes where even sweatier comedians blunder their way through the story of a bear who goes on a surfing vacation, and all of his friends are robots, and the robots have…

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May 23, 2024

The Apprentice review: Roy Cohn and Donald Trump's dark alliance becomes high drama
In many ways Roy Cohn is one of the linchpins of the 20th century, a man whose influence on global political and social life resonates to this day. He was the prosecuting attorney that sent convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to death for leaking nuclear information to the Russians. His contribution to the…

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May 23, 2024

Julio Torres invites us into the world of Fantasmas in new trailer
Let this be some consolation to you, Los Espookys fans: your first taste of Fantasmas, HBO's latest Julio Torres comedy, is here. The series premieres on HBO (and will stream on Max) on June 7, and the new trailer is indicative of all the typical preoccupations Torres frequently weaves into his work. "I'm Julio, I'm…

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May 23, 2024

That Nurse Jackie revival still happening, but at Prime Video now
Somehow, Nurse Jackie returned. Despite being left for dead in the series finale of the critically acclaimed Showtime dramedy, Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) has been revived over at Amazon Prime Video. The continuation of the show was initially greenlit by its original network in 2023, but Variety confirmed on Wednesday…

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May 23, 2024

Tyler James Williams on Abbott Elementary's swoon-worthy season finale
It's all happening: Abbott Elementary finally blesses Janine (Quinta Brunson) and Gregory (Tyler James Williams) with a moment that has been years in the making. In its third-season finale, which aired May 22, the ABC comedy allows both of them to act on their feelings—and there's no going back this time (we hope).

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May 23, 2024

Who should return for Survivor 50?
At long last, Survivor is going back to its roots. Last month, Jeff Probst announced that season 50(!)—set to air sometime during the spring of 2026—will feature all returning players for the first time since season 40's epic Winners At War in 2020.

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May 22, 2024

Hugh Jackman was giddy as a schoolboy to say yes to Deadpool & Wolverine
The most fascinating thing about this July's Deadpool & Wolverine—other than wondering whether Ryan Reynolds' Merc With The Mouth will end up literally bludgeoning someone to death with the ruins of old 20th Century Fox X-Men franchise—is just how adorably jazzed Hugh Jackman seems to be about the whole thing. A few…

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May 22, 2024

Really, you're going to try to reboot The Munsters again?
How's the old expression go? Get yourself a partner who looks at you the way Universal looks at trying to get money out of its long-moribund Munsters franchise in the 21st century?

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May 22, 2024

Move over MILFs, Virgin Island is the hot new dating reality show
Even 30 Rock couldn't have come up with a cutaway gag so pure (pun intended) as Hulu's latest dating competition reality series. The show is called Virgin Island, and it's exactly what it sounds like: a group of people who have never had sex before looking for their perfect, also-untouched match. Currently, ITV…

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May 22, 2024

One Chicago brewery found a way to make Malört even worse
Hey, Chicagoans—we say this with all the love in our heart, but... are you okay? Do you need to talk to someone? Do you know that there are better ways to let off steam than by taking shots of bug-infused gasoline? There are so many other options! You don't have to do this to yourselves, Chicago! There's only a month…

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AV Club Films
May 22, 2024

Judge blocks sale of Graceland, at least for now
Well here's a bit of news that sounds more like something from one of Riley Keough's movies than anything that should have happened to her in real life. Earlier the month, the actor and granddaughter of Elvis Presley was forced to sue to block a company from attempting to sell Graceland, in what her lawyers say was a…

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May 22, 2024

An oral history of Roger Corman's unreleased Fantastic Four movie
"It's like a miracle… One million dollars cash to us if we star in a movie," Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, says with a no-nonsense look on his stretchable rubber face.

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AV Club Films
May 22, 2024

They're finally making a Vision show
In news that would've made perfect sense in 2021 after WandaVision racked up a bunch of Emmy nominations and is a bit more of a head-scratcher now that Marvel is on the decline, Disney is officially moving forward with a series about Vision. According to Variety, Star Trek: Picard executive producer Terry Matalas has…

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AV Club Films
May 22, 2024

Glen Powell will do blockbusters, just not Marvel or Jurassic Park
A new profile in The Hollywood Reporter makes clear that Glen Powell has been working hard to become a bonafide Movie Star his entire career. In fact, Ryan Murphy says he kept trying to cast him after Scream Queens but Powell turned him down. ("He could have done any TV series, but he made it clear that he was chasing…

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AV Club Films
May 22, 2024

Ayo Edebiri has reached the Finding Out phase of her career
Ayo Edebiri has moved on from the fucking around on the internet phase of her career. We all knew it was coming—as a certified Famous Person, you can't get away with claiming you were the dialect coach on The Departed, but only for the word "microprocessors" forever—but it's still a sad day for posters everywhere. Tina…

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May 22, 2024

Be cool, Potterheads, Gary Oldman has walked back his comments on Sirius Black performance
Imagine being in the rarified air of the Cannes Film Festival to promote a prestigious new film and having to answer questions about the children's movie you made 20 years ago? Gary Oldman, like many of his co-stars, is stuck in that Harry Potter purgatory;no matter how many awards he wins, critically acclaimed series

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May 22, 2024

Thelma The Unicorn review: If only this film were as ambitious as its protagonist
Every parent knows there are generally two kinds of animated features: the ones that put in the extra work to appeal to an audience of all ages and the ones that don't aspire to entertain anyone but the easy-to-please under-12 set. Thelma The Unicorn is, sadly, the latter. If your interest in this film is based on the…

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AV Club Films
May 22, 2024

TV's 20 best slow-burn romances
Episodic television has delivered some real bangers when it comes to slow-burn romances. From throwbacks like The X-Files and Twin Peaksto more current fare such as Abbott Elementary (which wraps up its third season this week) and Good Omens, TV shows have developed some unforgettable love stories that,…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Sean "Diddy" Combs facing another sexual assault lawsuit
Sean "Diddy" Combs has been sued for sexual assault again. Per Rolling Stone, this latest allegation comes from former model Crystal McKinney, who claims Combs drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2003. This is the sixth sexual allegation publicly made against Combs in six months.

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Godzilla X Kong director Adam Wingard is already leaving the new empire
Monster whisperer Adam Wingard is taking a break from the MonsterVerse. Following the massive box office returns on Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, a title that has made this movie far more confusing to type than it is worth, Warner Bros. Discover will continue presiding over this new empire without Wingard.

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Walker will walk no further at the CW
Shut the door, Walker. Have a seat. The CW wants "to thank the entire cast, crew, writers, directors, and producers of Walker for their hard work and dedication over four incredible seasons," but your services and roundhouse kicks are no longer required. According to an Instagram post by star Jared Padalecki, The CW…

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May 21, 2024

Marvel wants Hunger Games screenwriter to handle pesky X-Men
Celebrating the fifth anniversary of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Deadline reports the Mouse House is finally getting serious about a new X-Men movie. Marvel Studios is reportedly in final talks with Michael Lesslie, writer of 2023's Hunger Games: The Balad Songbirds & Snakes, to…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Marvel wants to Hunger Games screenwriter to handle pesky X-Men
Celebrating the fifth anniversary of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Deadline reports the Mouse House is finally getting serious about a new X-Men movie. Marvel Studios is reportedly in final talks with Michael Lesslie, writer of 2023's Hunger Games: The Balad Songbirds & Snakes, to…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Wicked is defying fans not to buy its merch
Wicked is, among other things, the story of how a corrupt and capitalist society refused to heed the warnings of a whistleblower when she tried to reveal the utter emptiness at its core. So why not sell a bunch of meaningless crap to commemorate her journey in our corrupt and capitalist society! It's not like Elphaba…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Ryan Reynolds hides an edgy disclaimer for his edgy movie in latest Deadpool & Wolverine trailer
Deadpool & Wolverine is going to be really fucking R-rated, you guys.

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

32 best TV shows on Disney Plus right now
Thanks to a growing roster of shows from Marvel (your WandaVisions) and the Star Wars camp (your Andors), along with a cache of beloved series, from Alias to Black-ish, there are plenty of gems on this streamer worth watching beyond classic Disney films. To help figure out where to start, we present the best ones on…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Michaela Coel is no longer working on an I May Destroy You spinoff
In an update that is most likely for the best, the BBC announced this week (via Deadline) that Michaela Coel is no longer developing a new series with links to her semi-autobiographical hit, I May Destroy You. Back in 2021, Piers Wenger, the network's drama director at the time, announced to fans of the series that…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

And now, a four-hour exploration of the failed Star Wars hotel courtesy of Jenny Nicholson
From the moment Disney announced its Star Wars hotel—sorry, its Galactic Starcruiser—it was the subject of ridicule and indignation. The price point was a particular area of consternation; the hotel only offered two-day, two-night stays, and charged about $5,000, if not more, for the experience of staying in a…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

Oh, Canada review: Paul Schrader's fragmented look backwards
It is said that the grand metaphor to describe the United States is a melting pot, where cultures from all over the world that have gathered in a shared space form a gumbo where their flavors merge, the whole supplanting the constituent parts. In Canada we habitually—perhaps with more smugness than the stereotypical…

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May 21, 2024

David Cronenberg thinks we should both fear and welcome AI
AI could truly never make The Fly or Videodrome, but David Cronenberg still envisions a world in which the technology blots out Hollywood entirely. "You can imagine a screenwriter sitting there, writing the movie, and if that person can write it in enough detail, the movie will appear," the legendary horror director…

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AV Club Films
May 21, 2024

The Garfield Movie review: Identity-free adaptation is Garfield minus Garfield
In this increasingly cynical age of recycled intellectual property, it's probably not surprising that we would get a new cinematic adaptation of Garfield, especially given the original comic's perpetual status as meme fodder for every online generation to rediscover. However, what's most surprising about The Garfield…

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May 21, 2024

Abbott Elementary's "love triangle" isn't fooling anybody
Last year, I wrote about how Abbott Elementary had TV's greatest ongoing slow-burn romance, a wholesome and endearing one that filled a Leslie-and-Ben- and Jim-and-Pam-shaped void in our hearts. And apparently, seasons one and two of the show were only a simmering appetizer. In the series' third batch, which ends on…

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May 20, 2024

Be not afraid of The Daily Show playing the hits
Jon Stewart returned to his desk tonight ready to talk about the fifth most important news story of the day: The so-called cancelation of Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. Butker recently gave one of those classy commencement speeches in which he touched on the "deadly sin" of LGBTQ Pride, encouraged female…

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