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Oct 18, 2021

In Inscryption—one of the best games of 2021—card battles are serious, scary business
Obscurity—the real stuff, the cryptic, strange magic that can only fester far from the fluorescent light of day—is a wonderful quality to posses. But it's a hell of a thing to try to describe.


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Oct 18, 2021

The admirable and belabored Dopesick tracks the start of the opioid crisis
Over the course of 20 years, from 1999 to 2019, approximately 500,000 people in the U.S. died from an opioid overdose. Journalist Beth Macy tracked the beginnings of the epidemic in her 2018 bestseller, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors And The Drug Company That Addicted America. Macy's book outlines the major players and…

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Oct 18, 2021

Y: The Last Man travels back in time in a blandly conceived episode
Is it foolish to hope that all various narrative tracks of Y: The Last Man would have the same amount of tension, excitement, and overall interest? Because whatever is going on with Yorick, 355, Dr. Mann, and the community of formerly incarcerated women is intriguing. Whatever is going on at the Pentagon with…

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Oct 18, 2021

Voice acting legend Tara Strong on Loki's Miss Minutes, My Little Pony, and Rugrats
The actor: You might not know Tara Strong's face, but you'd definitely recognize her voice. With more than 600 credits on her IMDB page, Strong is one of the more prolific voice actors working in Hollywood today, giving life to everyone from Rugrats' Dil Pickles to Batgirl. As Twilight Sparkle, she helped bring My…

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Oct 18, 2021

Netflix horror-fantasy Locke & Key soars right over the sophomore season slump
Based on a series of graphic novels and overseen by Lost's Carlton Cuse, Netflix's Locke & Key is an ideal horror-ish series for tweens and their parents. With more solid scares than a Disney Channel movie, but falling short of Stranger Things, the series nestles into the Halloween month sweet spot between comforting…

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Oct 18, 2021

Lorenza Izzo and Simu Liu star in HBO Max's Women Is Losers
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Monday, October 18. All times are Eastern.


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Oct 18, 2021

The massive Dune looks to the future and finds a classic Hollywood epic there
In his 1965 sci-fi novel Dune, Frank Herbert presented a strange world thousands of years in the future. Having long ago rid itself of thinking machines, humanity has reverted to feudalism and strict social controls. Rival noble houses rule the known universe on behalf of an emperor. Mental conditioning and mind…

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Oct 17, 2021

Succession's third season premieres with a smidge too much self-awareness
It has been 735 days since we first watched Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) deliver the "But" meant to dethrone daddy Logan (Brian Cox) in Succession season two finale "This Is Not For Tears," and a lot has happened since October 13, 2019. But who cares about the past two years in the real world? It was awful! Instead,…

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Oct 17, 2021

Y: The Last Man has been canceled by FX, may find new life elsewhere
Here at The A.V. Club, we spent more than a decade talking about the possibility of a Y: The Last Man adaptation, first as a movie and then as a TV show, and then finally with the FX On Hulu version that actually got made—even as we remained skeptical that it would actually come out. But it did come out, and our…

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Oct 17, 2021

Halloween Kills lives up to its name and The Last Duel flops at the weekend box office
It continues to be a good October for new release movies at the box office (and not much else), first with Venom: Let There Be Carnage breaking the pandemic record (and alllmost breaking the pre-pandemic record for an October release), then with No Time To Die making a healthy amount of money even as it fell short of…

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Oct 17, 2021

If Michael Caine won't take a break, then Ryan Reynolds will
This weekend, Michael Caine announced that he is retiring from acting, revealing that his most recent film, Best Sellers, will be his final acting role. Then, a few hours and probably a few panicked phone calls later, Michael Caine's representatives announced that, no, he's not retiring, and nobody has any idea what…

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Oct 17, 2021

The IATSE has averted a strike (and a Hollywood shut down), but the fight's not over yet
Over the last few months, the International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees (the IATSE, the union that covers entertainment industry production crews) has been fighting the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (the AMPTP, which is not a trade union but an association that works with the TV…

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AV Club Films
Oct 17, 2021

The IATSE has averted a strike (and a Hollywood shutdown), but the fight's not over yet
Over the last few months, the International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees (the IATSE, the union that covers entertainment industry production crews) has been fighting the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (the AMPTP, which is not a trade union but an association that works with the TV…

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Oct 17, 2021

Rami Malek and Pete Davidson play the Squid Game on SNL
With Squid Game emerging (at least according to Netflix) as the streaming hit of the year, everyone should be braced for all the ham-handed Korean dystopia TV show parodies sure to come. Thankfully, Saturday Night Live got both inventively musical and strange with its take on the series' deceptively cheery and…

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Oct 17, 2021

Rami Malek brings his resting villain face to a consistently funny Saturday Night Live
"We kind of got lost in it. The scene work was pretty damn good."


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Oct 17, 2021

Cue Nicholas Britell's theme: Succession is back on HBO
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Sunday, October 17. All times are Eastern. 


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Oct 16, 2021

Pennyworth is moving to HBO Max for its third season of butler-based action
Great news today for those of us who suffer from the shockingly common condition of Epix Amnesia—i.e., the persistent inability to remember that the Epix network exists, at least for more than a handful of minutes at a time: You will no longer need to watch Epix in order to keep up with Batman prequel series Pennyworth

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Oct 16, 2021

Robert Pattinson's Batman Voice is finally here in the new trailer for The Batman
More than a year after its first trailer arrived—carrying with it a now totally inaccurate "2021" release date—the latest full trailer for Matt Reeves' The Batman is here. Taking hints from both Christopher Nolan's influential Dark Knight trilogy, and Zack Snyder's more recent take on the character, Reeves stakes his…

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Oct 16, 2021

The CW drops our first look at Ava DuVernay's new DC superhero series Naomi
Even among the fairly diverse run of show's that fill The CW's superhero roster—which range from straight vigilante dramas to whatever you want to call the time traveling, joyful nonsense of Legends Of Tomorrow—the upcoming Naomi seems different. Partly, it's just a matter of pedigree: The show is based around a DC…

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Oct 16, 2021

Doom Patrol is coming back for a fourth season of superhero weirdness
DC is dropping news and trailers left and right today, as part of its now-annual effort to kill online news writers via the weapon of its DC FanDome event. Among those big reveals: The fact that HBO Max's Doom Patrol has been renewed for a fourth season of superheroic weirdness.

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Oct 16, 2021

Michael Keaton has some questions in this first look at The Flash movie
Few superhero movies have toiled for longer to see the light of day than the Ezra Miller Flash movie, a film that was once set for release all the way back in March 2018. Originally seen as something of a casualty in the long battles that have been waged between WarnerMedia, Zack Snyder, and the formerly scheduled to…

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Oct 16, 2021

John Cena gets sad, naked, and silly in the first trailer for James Gunn's Peacemaker show
John Cena's long, slow embrace of his talents as a comedy star hit a new milestone this afternoon, as HBO Max released the first trailer for Peacemaker, the TV expansion of Cena's The Suicide Squad vigilante. Produced, written, and partially directed by James Gunn, the series promises to dig deep into a character…

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Oct 16, 2021

Dwayne Johnson kills the hell out of some dudes in the first Black Adam footage
Suggesting that not even Dwayne Johnson, the planet's largest movie star, in multiple senses of the word, has the power to just will a superhero franchise into existence, it's taken a little while for Johnson's Black Adam movie to come to fruition. At last year's DC FanDome event, Johnson made a big show of talking up…

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Oct 16, 2021

Cause celebs: Why so many musicians once named their acts after famous people
Imagine the late Steven Paul Smith never produces music as "Elliott Smith." Instead, he kicks off his career in 1994 under a different pseudonym—a pun inspired by a young actor then conquering Hollywood. Elliott Smith, songwriting legend, releases his first solo music as… Sad Pitt.

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Oct 16, 2021

You showrunner Sera Gamble on the show's shocking season 3 finale
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the third season of the Netflix series You starring Penn Badgley, which just dropped yesterday.


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Oct 16, 2021

What is the scariest experience you've had in a movie theater?
This week's AVQ&A is in honor of Halloween Kills, the second movie in David Gordon Green's Halloween reboot/sequel trilogy, hitting theaters this weekend:

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Oct 15, 2021

To those crying that Superman's bisexuality ruining their childhood, Amber Ruffin says, "Bitch, please"
As a pop culture site, the A.V. Club is dutifully prepared for fan backlash. Especially when a beloved pop cultural character, film, or series introduces something new that's seen as threatening—to certain people. Most notably, those fanboys and right-wing professional media outrage artists who trot out the exact same…

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Oct 15, 2021

UPDATE: Well, now Michael Caine says he's not retiring from acting, after all
Michael Caine is retiring from acting, citing the difficult-to-argue-against fact that he is, in fact, an 88-year-old man, and has probably acted in enough things, damn it. This is per a recent interview that Sir Michael gave to the BBC, in which he discusses his new film Best Seller—also, probably not coincidentally,…

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Oct 15, 2021

Michael Caine says he's retiring from acting
Michael Caine is retiring from acting, citing the difficult-to-argue-against fact that he is, in fact, an 88-year-old man, and has probably acted in enough things, damn it. This is per a recent interview that Sir Michael gave to the BBC, in which he discusses his new film Best Seller—also, probably not coincidentally,…

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Oct 15, 2021

Netflix fires organizer of upcoming trans walkout for allegedly leaking data
Netflix—currently suffering a major PR black eye over the reactions to transphobic material in its Dave Chappelle comedy special The Closer—has opted to just keep punching itself in the face today, with The Verge reporting that one of the organizers of a planned virtual employee walkout at the company has just been…

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Oct 15, 2021

The only intriguing thing about Coldplay's Music Of The Spheres is the emoji song titles
Coldplay's fascination with outer space has shown up repeatedly through the years, going all the way back to its 2000 breakout hit "Yellow," still arguably the British band's most popular song. But while its newly released ninth studio album, Music Of The Spheres, fully embraces the cosmos, the result isn't nearly as…

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Oct 15, 2021

Jennifer Coolidge will check into The White Lotus again for its second season
Mike White's hit series White Lotus is returning for a second season, and though HBO has previously announced that the next installment would feature brand new characters, there's one familiar face already confirmed to stir up more chaos for the show's resort workers.


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Oct 15, 2021

A look at why the loon's call is used as TV and movies' go-to wilderness sound effect
Along with the Wilhelm scream and that part of every movie trailer with a dramatic bass drop, TV and film sound designers love to incorporate the cry of the humble loon into every wilderness scene possible. Because this irritates the hell out of bird fanatics who spend their days obsessing over avian trivia, Vox…

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Oct 15, 2021

Musician throws on vampire cape, plays "Master Of Puppets" in 51 different styles
Metallica recently released a massive cover project that features everyone from IDLES, Rina Sawayama, and Elton John to Kamasi Washington and Phoebe Bridgers performing versions of songs from 1991's self-titled record/"Black Album." Not to be outdone by the breadth of that compilation, Anthony Vincent has decided to…

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Oct 15, 2021

Even after years away, Stromae still crafts a perfect dance track with "Santé"
In 2013, Belgian artist Stromae's critically acclaimed album Racine Carrée zipped around the world. Singles such as "tous les mêmes" and "Papaoutai" blasted through club speakers in France, Germany, the U.S., and elsewhere. Even those unskilled in French could understand what his music was meant for: Dancing.…

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Oct 15, 2021

The only aspect of the Brendan Fraser renaissance that's been left behind is his early aughts website
Brendan Fraser has returned to prominence after too long away, taking on big enough roles in TV shows and movies directed by Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofsky, and Steven Soderbergh that fans of the actor have declared a full-on Brenaissance, the likes of which we haven't seen since Keanu Reeves' mainstream revival a…

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Oct 15, 2021

There's now a sex toy that vibrates whenever Cousin Greg pops up on Succession
Nicholas Braun has become a sex symbol of sorts after starring in Succession as the least bad egg Cousin Greg. There are weekly Deuxmoi Instagram stories about women (allegedly) throwing themselves at Braun nonstop, stopping by Lower East Side bar Ray's for a chance to get the actor's attention. The tweets about the…

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Oct 15, 2021

BLACKSTARKIDS' new album Puppies Forever will charm its way into your heart
It's about time America had its own version of The Go! Team, a group that feels both timeless and extremely of the moment. And while BLACKSTARKIDS may differ in terms of the amount of plunderphonic techniques applied to their music, the sense of pilfering freely from multiple decades of pop and hip-hop is at the…

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Oct 15, 2021

Schitt's Creek's Noah Reid to replace Armie Hammer in Broadway's The Minutes
There's no one better to replace the now-disgraced Armie Hammer for a project than the cherub-faced Noah Reid, who's known for playing the sweetheart of David Rose in Schitt's Creek. Reid is officially Hammer's replacement in Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway production of The Minutes, a political dark comedy written by…

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Oct 15, 2021

HBO's Four Hours At The Capitol grimly documents a nightmare that's yet to end
HBO's documentary Four Hours At The Capitol doesn't present the events of January 6 as one-time explosion of collective madness. The interviews with the insurrectionists who attacked Congress are bracing in their sense of calm. No one raises their voice, and despite having months to reflect on their actions, no one…

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Oct 15, 2021

Tom Holland says Spider-Man: No Way Home might be the "conclusion" of the hero's franchise
Marvel is pulling out all the stops for Spider-Man: No Way Home. The Green Goblin and Doc Ock are returning on screen for the first time since Sam Raimi's 2000s trilogy, and Andrew Garfield is rumored to reprise his role as Spider-Man—though he's done his best to deny it so he won't piss off the Marvel gods. With so…

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Oct 15, 2021

Hannah Gadsby doesn't hold back in telling Netflix chief Ted Sarandos he sucks
After Netflix's co-CEO, Ted Sarandos, name-checked Hannah Gadsby in a memo doubling down on his support for Dave Chappelle's comedy special which featured transphobic comments, Gasby has now let Sarandos know exactly how she feels about it.


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Oct 15, 2021

It's a week of extremes as The Great British Bake Off tackles desserts
It's week four in the tent, and the good news is that we seem have fully moved away from surreal nightmarish intros and into fart jokes. It is also possible that they've just used up the props budget but its still an encouraging bit of progress.

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Oct 15, 2021

Foundation pairs a weak flashback with a strong move forward
There's no reason why this mysterious ghost ship wouldn't allow Gaal to access all of the information she requested. No reason to keep everything a mystery that she must use her amazing math powers to deduce from the information she can access. If it was a matter of security and Raych didn't want just any old space…

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Oct 15, 2021

Revisiting 40 years of Halloween movies
This weekend, Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield and to theaters with Halloween Kills, a follow-up to David Gordon Green's 2018 "legacy sequel" Halloween. To commemorate his latest rampage through the sleepy Midwest town that should probably outlaw trick-or-treating and rubber masks at this point let's be real, Film…

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Oct 15, 2021

How does Halloween Kills compare to the slasher movies before it?
Halloween the holiday is still two weeks away. But the movie franchise named after it is back this very weekend. On a special bonus episode of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss the latest entry in this undying slasher saga, the middle entry in David Gordon Green's reboot trilogy, Halloween Kills. And…

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Oct 15, 2021

Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek make for a charming Marvel Team-Up on Jimmy Kimmel Live
If there's one thing that sets the MCU and DCEU superhero universes apart, it's that a sense of humor about the whole spandex-swaddled enterprise is a plus. Sure, the upcoming Eternals movie is going to have all the epic battle scenes and over-the-top world-saving audiences expect, but it's also going to feature…

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Oct 15, 2021

5 burning questions we have ahead of Succession's third season
It's been two whole years since HBO's award-winning drama Succession ended its second season with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. 2020 felt like it lasted a decade, so if you need a reminder on everything that went down, here's a quick summary: Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) finally revealed to the public that his father,…

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Oct 15, 2021

The Velvet Underground documentary is here to chart the rock band's rise
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Friday, October 15, and Saturday, October 16. All times are Eastern.


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Oct 15, 2021

With Metroid Dread, Nintendo finally gets the action hero it deserves
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

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Oct 14, 2021

Nandor gets physical as What We Do In The Shadows goes back to the '80s
Watching this week's episode of What We Do In The Shadows, I kept thinking about my favorite joke from King Of The Hill. It's from the episode where Luann accidentally joins a cult thinking it's a sorority, and Hank and the guys from the neighborhood pull up in Hank's truck to snap her out of her trance and take her…

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Oct 14, 2021

The excellent Blindspotting has been renewed for a second season on Starz
Excellent news out in the world of cable TV this evening, as Starz announced that it's just given a second season to Blindspotting. The series—spun off of the 2018 film—focuses on Jasmine Cephas Jones as Ashley, a woman who finds herself living with mother-in-law (Helen Hunt) after her long-term partner (Rafael Casal,…

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Oct 14, 2021

Adele sells the "Hello" house in video for her first new single in six years
After months, maybe even years of teasing—depending on how you view that stint hosting Saturday Night Live last year that was presumably initially pitched as being connected to new music—Adele has just released her first new song in six years. "Easy On Me," the lead single from the musical superstar's much-anticipated …

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Oct 14, 2021

Succession's Jesse Armstrong talks running a Trump-era show in 2021
Succession's Logan Roy isn't Donald Trump, for all that he's a tantrum-prone egomaniac loaded down with a thick crop of semi-loyal failsons. (If anybody, he's Rupert Murdoch, complete with a long narrative of open warfare with his overly-privileged kids.) But that hasn't stopped the HBO Emmy winner from being a…

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Oct 14, 2021

Amazon renews Jack Ryan for season 4 even though season 3 hasn't come out yet
It is the fate of all things with Tom Clancy's name on them to just… keep going, on and on and on. This has been true for years in the literary world, with sequels to his books still coming out long after his death, and it's been true for quite some time in the video game world as well (where "Tom Clancy's" has…

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Oct 14, 2021

Bo Burnham's Inside album deemed ineligible for Best Comedy Album Grammy
Musical comedian Bo Burnham's hit comedy special Inside has ruled stand-up this year, as has the subsequent album version, which features tracks such as "All Eyes On Me," "That Funny Feeling," and "Welcome To The Internet." However, the album, Inside (The Songs), will not be considered for Best Comedy Album at next…

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Oct 14, 2021

PR experts weigh in on how the Roys should handle Succession's current batch of crises
[This piece discusses spoilers from Succession.]

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Oct 14, 2021

Aidy Bryant lands overall deal with Universal Television
Aidy Bryant's existing relationship with Universal Television is about to reach the next level. After signing an overall deal with the company, she will now focus on creating projects for the same studio that produces Saturday Night Live, NBCUniversal.

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Oct 14, 2021

Amazon's I Know What You Did Last Summer buries its few thrills in uninventive drama
The newest iteration of I Know What You Did Last Summer is fueled by a compelling idea, but crashes pretty quickly. The YA thriller aims to be kitschy, like the early seasons of Riverdale, but comes off as a rocky mix between that, Pretty Liars Liars (the killer frequently sends taunting texts to the core friend…

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Oct 14, 2021

Hope Davis and Michael Gandolfini fill out cast of Cat Person movie
Kristen Roupenian's viral 2017 New Yorker story "Cat Person" is still set to become a movie, even though the far more interesting (true) story behind the story came out a few months ago, with Deadline reporting that director Susanna Fogel has filled out the rest of her movie's cast. We previously reported that…

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Oct 14, 2021

News anchor ends local skatepark dispatch by shredding into the sunset
Over in Detroit, a new community skatepark has almost finished construction, and a guy named "Mr. Premium" is already giving free skate clinic lessons to local children in the area. Pretty great, right? How nice is that to hear amidst all the other chaos? You deserve a reprieve from all that, so please, do yourself a…

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Oct 14, 2021

Shameless star Emma Kenney addresses Emmy Rossum's departure
Emma Kenney, who played Debbie Gallagher on Shameless for a decade, expressed her feelings about co-star Emmy Rossum leaving the show in 2018. In a recent interview with the Call Her Daddy podcast, Kenney shares how she and Rossum's relationship felt like a true sibling relationship, in both good and bad ways.

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Oct 14, 2021

Paramount Plus' star-studded Mayor Of Kingstown gets even more hardcore in its second trailer
The first trailer for Paramount 's upcoming drama series Mayor Of Kingstown didn't exactly make it seem like the show would be a dry, contemplative drama, with Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye!) and Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor!) playing a pair of brothers who semi-secretly run their wildly corrupt hometown and the prison that…

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Oct 14, 2021

Disney Plus will actually release the first two episodes of Hawkeye on November 24
Disney 's Hawkeye show is about two Hawkeyes (one old and maybe a little boring, the other new and hopefully as cool as she is in the comics), so it's only right that Marvel Studios honor its two superheroes with two episodes of Hawkeye. As announced today, the first two of Hawkeye's six episodes will premiere on…

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Oct 14, 2021

Penguin Classics to publish special collection of Marvel Comics

In a collaboration between Penguin Classics and Marvel Comics, the publisher will release the special edition Penguin Classics Marvel Collection, marking the first time that comics have been published through Penguin Classics.

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Oct 14, 2021

R.I.P. Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet
Gary Paulsen—prolific adventure author best known for the Newbery Medal-winning Hatchet and its sequels—has died, as confirmed in a tweet by Publishers Weekly. A cause of death has not been released, though he did notably live a private life that befitted his work's fascination with the wilderness (USA Today says he…

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Oct 14, 2021

James Gunn and Charlie Kaufman can't make a cannibal Gilligan's Island reboot, for some reason
James Gunn and Charlie Kaufman are both respected filmmakers in their own rights... albeit one for their beloved, subversive, splatterfest genre fare, while the other for their beloved, subversive arthouse darlings. Nary the two have met, but apparently that isn't their fault. In fact, there's a project both have…

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Oct 14, 2021

Go deep inside a Masonic temple with The Armed for a fascinating concert film
It's a truism that most musicians, when agreeing to be filmed in live performance, hope for nothing more than to capture the electric you-are-there frisson generated from a concert. Yet anyone who's listened to a recording or seen footage of a show they attended knows that's an impossible ask—and the best concert films

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Oct 14, 2021

Ben Affleck is a cool '80s uncle in the trailer for George Clooney's The Tender Bar
Ben Affleck's next feature is a sentimental, if not outright sappy, 1970s-1980s set coming-of-age feature helmed by director George Clooney. The Tender Bar stars Affleck, Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Christopher Lloyd, and Lily Rabe as the dysfunctional 1970s family trying to keep things afloat in their Long…

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Oct 14, 2021

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? tries but fails to shed light on a troubled star
Coming fast on the heels of a series of documentaries examining the life of Britney Spears, the new two-part HBO Max docuseries What Happened, Brittany Murphy? touches on some similar themes: a troubled star, a controlling man, and of course, the absolutely unforgiving era of early 2000s gossip blogs.

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Oct 14, 2021

Jimmy Kimmel helps Billie Eilish cross items off of her childhood bucket list
Jimmy Kimmel introduced Billie Eilish as the youngest person ever to win Grammys for both Album and Record Of The Year, accomplishments that your average 19-year-old would likely feel pretty secure about. And, sure, Eilish is killing it professionally, with her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever garnering …

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Oct 14, 2021

The animated Aquaman: King Of Atlantis makes its splashy debut
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Thursday, October 14. All times are Eastern. 


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Oct 14, 2021

The cast and co-creator of Degrassi: The Next Generation revisit the show's most-talked-about moments
Teen television was at its height in the early aughts. From Gossip Girl to The O.C., viewers became enamored with characters who navigated high school and their socialite milieu. But during this same time, another series emerged that stripped away the glossiness of such shows and confronted real-life, often taboo…

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Oct 14, 2021

Rest easy: Kevin James isn't actually a popular PornHub search term
Few online companies are as exuberantly, passionately interested in spreading their data around as PornHub. Through its (surprisingly not NSFW) Insights blog, the streaming platform regularly releases charts and graphs demonstrating all sorts of trends in its users, everything from the search terms that trend on U.S.…

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Oct 13, 2021

Michael Shannon to play Sen. Joe McCarthy in upcoming biopic with Emilia Clarke
It would be reductive, bordering on insulting, to say that Michael Shannon only yells in movies and TV. Shannon is an actor of considerable skill and depth; his recent (and very musical) performance in Nine Perfect Strangers serves as a healthy reminder that there's far more to the Oscar-nominated star's skillset than…

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Oct 13, 2021

DC's Legends Of Tomorrow goes outlaw in a reliably daffy season premiere
To put it plainly, the evolution of DC's Legends Of Tomorrow has been a wild one. What began as a high-energy, Guardians Of The Galaxy-style spin-off of The Flash and Arrow slowly transmogrified into a high-camp goof that stripped itself of its DC Comics regalia and charted a strange new course towards a series that…

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Oct 13, 2021

Impersonator Jamie Costa's Robin Williams video is impressive, if a bit icky
Jamie Costa's searing Robin Williams impression is currently one of the top videos on YouTube, and it's easy to see why. In a scene written by Costa, his producing partner Jake Lewis, and Sam Lewis, "ROBIN Test Footage Scene" makes a startling case for a full-on biopic.

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Oct 13, 2021

Ted Sarandos' Chappelle response prompts plans for trans employee walkout at Netflix
Trans employees at Netflix are planning a company-wide walkout on October 20th, in response to both the release of Dave Chappelle's recent stand-up special The Closer—in which Chappelle makes a number of homophobic and transphobic jokes and statements, including a loud assertion that he's "Team TERF!" and several…

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Oct 13, 2021

David Gordon Green says Halloween Ends will deal with the pandemic and "peculiar politics"
Halloween Kills hasn't even come out yet but director David Gordon Green is already teasing what's to come in his final Halloween film.


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Oct 13, 2021

Christchurch fires "official city wizard," leaving itself dangerously open to dragon attacks
Christchurch, New Zealand has just made a terrible mistake. It has fired its official city wizard, a man named Ian Brackenbury Channell, and now finds itself undefended against attacks by mystical armies of dragons, goblins, and, most dangerous of all, outraged bands of rogue magicians led by Brackenbury Channell…

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Oct 13, 2021

J. Smith-Cameron's role as Gerri on Succession was originally written for a man
It's hard to imagine Succession without J. Smith-Cameron's stoic and sexually tinged presence as Waystar Royco's corporate chief counsel, Gerri Kellman. With the HBO drama's return this Sunday, many are looking forward to the return of the twisted (yet hot) relationship between Gerri and the youngest Roy, Roman…

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Oct 13, 2021

Halloween Kills can't help but shoot (and stab and bludgeon) itself in the foot
John Carpenter's Halloween is masterful in its simplicity. The premise is minimal, the villain elemental, the storytelling economical. Not a single frame is wasted, and as a result, the film retains its power to terrify audiences 43 years in. But Halloween Kills, the second sequel in a rebooted timeline that ignores …

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Oct 13, 2021

Netflix cruelly announces David Fincher-produced video essay series, not a new season of Mindhunter
Yesterday, hot on the heels of Netflix's film-based Twitter account teasing an announcement involving everyone's favorite Mank-maker David Fincher, we brainstormed some ideas about what the announcement could be. Turns out, we were a little too optimistic.

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Oct 13, 2021

Jason Segel is starring in an Apple TV Plus show co-written by Ted Lasso's Brett Goldstein
Jason Segel seems to continuously have something in the works, but it's been a while since he's starred in a sitcom. Thankfully, he's soon returning to form. Apple TV is working on a new comedy series starring Segel, that's being co-written by the actor alongside Ted Lasso's Brett Goldstein and Bill Lawrence.

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Oct 13, 2021

World's ultimate wife guy builds rotating house to give his spouse better window views
Aside from Shah Jahan, we know of no other wife guy quite as devoted to architectural displays of marital love as Vojin Kusic, who has completed work on a rotating house that he built in order to give his spouse better views from the window.

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Oct 13, 2021

Ethan Hawke is one of those creepy magicians in the Black Phone trailer
From the twisted mind of Scott Derrickson, director of Doctor Strange and Sinister, comes The Black Phone. Starring Ethan Hawke as one of those mask-loving, top hat-wearing murderous magicians you're always reading about, The Black Phone brings Derrickson out of Marvel Universe and back into the Blumhouse.

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Oct 13, 2021

Netflix renews You for a fourth season
We're only two days away from seeing how well Joe (Penn Badgley) can handle having a new obsession while still trying to convince us that he's done with his old, murderous ways in the third season of You. But as we wait for what will surely be a bloodbath (both literally and figuratively), Netflix went ahead and…

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Oct 13, 2021

We see, acknowledge, and connect with Larry David in the trailer for Curb Your Enthusiasm's new season
Larry David and his seemingly endless array of irritations are returning for another glorious season of Curb Your Enthusiasm on October 24. But you don't have to wait until then to see how stupid things like prayers and toasts are. They're all right here in the brand new trailer.

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Oct 13, 2021

Take a look at Germany's Waterworld-ready "float-through" McDonald's
After the apocalypse comes, the only things left will be cockroaches, ersatz coral reefs made up of plastic on the bottom of the ocean, and, we have to assume, a series of scorched McDonald's staffed by mutant survivors. One location in Germany is preparing for this inevitability a little ahead of time by offering the…

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Oct 13, 2021

Toni Collette will reluctantly join the mob in Catherine Hardwicke's Mafia Mamma
In Toni Collette's newest leading role, her character will connect with her Italian roots in a way she never saw coming. Action comedy Mafia Mamma tells the tale of a suburban mom who unexpectedly inherits her grandfather's Mafia empire. Collette stars as Kristen, the mom in question, who unknowingly finds herself as…

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Oct 13, 2021

William Shatner can now say he's been to space in real life too
William Shatner didn't just traverse through space on TV—he now gets to say he's done it in real life too, too. Well… sort of.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Shatner, at 90 years old, would be the oldest person to ever go to space, traveling on Jeff Bezos' dick-shaped (and now dildo-fied) rocket Blue…

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Oct 13, 2021

Shadow And Bone's Ben Barnes on his debut EP, boy band past, and the musical he'd like to star in
Ben Barnes is best known for playing an imperiled prince in the Chronicles Of Narnia, a soldier turned underworld leader in Marvel's The Punisher, a louche businesman in Westworld, and the nigh-invincible general at the center of Netflix's gorgeous fantasy drama Shadow And Bone.

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Oct 13, 2021

Here's your exclusive look inside The Last Duel's absolutely brutal final showdown
If you're going to call your movie The Last Duel, then that titular fight had better be pretty damn good. Fortunately for moviegoers eager to see the new Ridley Scott-Ben Affleck-Matt Damon movie, The Last Duel's climatic action is bloody, brutal, and absolutely epic.


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Oct 13, 2021

Emily Dickinson is here to help in the trailer for Dickinson's final season
Civil War comes to Amherst in the trailer for the third and final season of Apple TV 's Dickinson. Across two seasons, fans have watched young Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) try to get some of that poetry out of her head and onto the page. While she's met some success, a full-blown war is something she's having a hard time…

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Oct 13, 2021

Unseen recordings of The Beatles emerge in the trailer for Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back
The Beatles fans rejoice. The trailer for Peter Jackson's docuseries The Beatles: Get Back, offers a first look at hours of never-before-seen footage of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as they prepare for what would be their final live performance in 1969. After being locked in a vault…

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Oct 13, 2021

Mortality and Muppets: A guide to the comedic work of Brett Goldstein
Fans of Apple TV's Ted Lasso have grown to know and love Brett Goldstein's Roy Kent. He's the show's gruff marshmallow core, all stubble and swears on the outside but wise and devoutly protective of the ones he loves, once you crack the surface.


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Oct 13, 2021

Adele's upcoming album 30 has a release date
It's been a while since we've gotten a new album from Adele—six years to be exact. After dealing with countless fans inquiring when the followup to 25 is coming out, Adele has now given them an answer: November 19.


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Oct 13, 2021

Bergman Island pays tribute to a master director without getting lost in his shadow
Mimicking Ingmar Bergman has been a creative rite of passage for a very long time, but it seems to be experiencing a kind of renaissance lately. In this year alone, Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe have given it a go with their five-chapter Master Of None Presents: Moments In Love, while The Affair co-creator Hagai Levi…

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Oct 13, 2021

Coachella reverses its mandatory vaccination policy
Despite vaccinations being a fairly simple, uncomplicated method of preventing harm that has been employed for decades to keep polio, measles, diphtheria, hepatitis, and more dangerously infectious and potentially fatal illnesses from ravaging our public schools (among other places), Coachella has looked at the…

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Oct 13, 2021

Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch star in this very cute trailer for Apple's Harriet The Spy cartoon
Harriet The Spy is an iconic work of children's literature and the Michelle Trachtenberg/Rosie O'Donnell movie is a (slightly less) iconic piece of ‘90s kid VHS culture, and now Apple TV is getting ready to bolster its kid-friendly options with the first-ever animated adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh's 1964 novel.



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