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Dec 16, 2017

A dramatic 'peer sneer' rocks The Crown into modernity
If your idea of a hero is someone who writes an op-ed about how annoying a female leader''s voice is, then boy does The Crown have an episode for you! I kid. 'Marionettes' isn''t nearly as problematic as that description makes it sound. It is, however, an episode that lacks a bit of thematic depth. It shines a light…

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Dec 16, 2017

Bad Santa's Terry Zwigoff confirms that the Weinstein actress blacklist was real
Earlier this week, we reported on a story from Peter Jackson and his long-time collaborator, Fran Walsh, in which they described the ways Harvey and Bob Weinstein actively discouraged them from casting certain actresses—notably, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, both of whom have accused the elder Weinstein of…

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Dec 16, 2017

Oh, hell yeah: The Pentagon has had a secret UFO project running for the last several years
Someone notify Tom DeLonge: The New York Times has a new report today on a semi-secret UFO project that''s been underway at the Pentagon for most of the last decade, researching possible extraterrestrial threats to the planet Earth. Named the 'Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program,' the $22-million-a-year…

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Dec 16, 2017

Saturday's Best Deals: Last-Minute Gifts, Snow Removal Gear, Cuisinart Cast Iron, and More
Last-minute gifts like chocolate and knives, snow removal gear, under-$60 Amazon Basics luggage, and more lead today''s best deals.

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Dec 16, 2017

A Christmas movie that's not about Christmas, and two cold-weather staples
Three staffers, three unabashed recommendations.

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Dec 16, 2017

Get Lost In the Inky Black Depths of These Discounted LG OLED TVs 
If you love inky blacks and vibrant colors—and who doesn''t?—this 55" 2017 OLED LG TV is down to $1599 today on MassDrop ($100 less than Amazon), or $2200 for 65" (almost $400 less).


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Dec 16, 2017

Z Nation ends season 4 with a gripping race against the clock
God bless Roberta Warren. In a world full of survival-at-all-cost fighters, she''s just trying to do the damn right thing. And when it comes down to it, this whole season has been one long march toward the inevitable—until she takes control herself.

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Dec 16, 2017

Stephen Colbert boxes in Tom Hanks for some personal questions on The Late Show
Sure, when Tom Hanks was on The Late Show on Thursday, it was to plug his Oscar-nominated (we''re just assuming) role as former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee alongside Oscar-nominated (again, safe bet) Meryl Streep in Steven Spielberg''s The Post. But lest America forget that, in addition to being the most beloved…

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Dec 16, 2017

Part Kurosawa, part Wile E. Coyote, The Last Jedi boldly rewires Star Wars' origins
This article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Dec 16, 2017

Jodie Foster brings back Clarice Starling to help Stephen Colbert go after Trump
Stephen Colbert has succeeded where Ridley Scott and a whole pile of money once failed: Luring Jodie Foster back into the Oscar-winning role of FBI agent Clarice Starling. Foster stepped back into Starling''s sensible blazer for a sketch on The Late Show tonight, approaching Colbert''s Lecter in the hopes that he might…

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Dec 16, 2017

Sure, we'll take Oscar Isaac as the new Gomez Addams
Tonight, in news apparently designed to make us collectively shrug and go, 'Yeah, that sounds good,' Variety is reporting that Star Wars star Oscar Issac is in talks to play Gomez Addams in an upcoming Addams Family animated film.

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Dec 16, 2017

Trump's CDC is no longer allowed to use the words 'fetus,' 'transgender,' or 'science-based' in its budget proposals
The Washington Post reports tonight on a new, depressing lurch downward in the overall progress of the Trump administration, as analysts for the Centers For Disease Control report that they''ve been handed an apparently ideologically mandated list of forbidden words that they''re no longer allowed to use as part of an…

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Dec 16, 2017

Z Nation quips its way through a search for the President of the United States
'Those bums in Congress have done it again!' That exact cliche wasn''t uttered in this episode of Z Nation, but it may as well have been. When it comes to obvious comedy targets, politicians are right up there next to lawyers: very large fish in a very small barrel.


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Dec 16, 2017

Alien antics prevent Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. from slowing down
As any science fiction nerd can tell you, there''s just something about setting stories in space that makes them more fun. Bland plots are still bland, true, but then a character looks out a window, and you remember, 'Ooh, outer space—neat!'

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Dec 16, 2017

YouTube Red drops Super Size Me 2 in wake of Morgan Spurlock harassment confession
Morgan Spurlock had a lot of projects in the works when he abruptly self-immolated his career earlier this week, posting a long Twitter essay in which he called himself 'part of the problem' of our current sexual harassment climate, and admitting to numerous incidents of infidelity. Now, all of those…

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Dec 16, 2017

Mario Batali apparently included a cinnamon roll recipe in his latest apology to fans
You know how it is: You''re reading through yet another story about a powerful, respected man deciding to cash in all that power and respect in order to sexually harass (or worse) the women around him, and you start to feel those 3 p.m. hunger pangs start kicking in. Don''t worry, friend: World-famous restaurateur—and …

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Dec 16, 2017

Steven Universe comes back down to Earth in a pair of muted episodes
Grade: B-

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Dec 16, 2017

Pete Davidson got a pretty kick-ass Hillary Clinton tattoo
Politics can be a place of ephemeral loyalties, as candidates and ideologies flow in and out of the public zeitgeist on a daily basis. Sometimes, though, someone somewhere has to put their foot down and make something permanent, for once; someone like Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, and his cool new Hillary…

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Dec 16, 2017

'Harlem Shake' record label trying to take down Ajit Pai's stupid anti-net neutrality video
A few days ago—in what was, somehow, only the third or fourth-most obnoxious thing he''s done this week—FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai released a video onto the internet, mocking critics of his ongoing plan to destroy net neutrality regulations by purporting to show all the things people will still be able to do once…

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Dec 16, 2017

Wait, can you copyright a sandwich? 
Chad Gunderson of Half Brothers Brewing Co. in Grand Forks, North Dakota, just wanted to sell a really cool sandwich.


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Dec 15, 2017

6 unfortunate excisions from the light side of the Star Wars canon
We''re finally on the other side of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In honor of the release, we''re continuing our look into the furthest corners of the Star Wars universe with 6 Things. Last week, we looked at six characters from the dark side of the former Star Wars expanded universe—now renamed Star Wars Legends—who were…

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Dec 15, 2017

Rob Lowe really does love doing Lifetime movies, apparently
Rob Lowe''s modern-day persona is rooted in an aura of never-ending positivity, one that extends past his chipper Chris Traeger smile and into the TV and film project he chooses to associate himself with. Case in point: Lowe''s apparently genuine enjoyment for doing Lifetime TV movies, with Deadline reporting that he''s…

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Dec 15, 2017

Deadspin Today In Fake Sports News: Jacksonville Jaguars Declare Bankruptcy, Because Of Thugs | Jeze
Deadspin Today In Fake Sports News: Jacksonville Jaguars Declare Bankruptcy, Because Of Thugs | Jezebel Tiffany Haddish''s New Memoir Was Co-Written By Brotastic ‘Dick Lit'' Author Tucker Max | The Root Little Black Girls Are Killing Themselves. Does Anyone Care Enough to Figure Out Why? | Splinter Little Marco! | …

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Dec 15, 2017

Love's third season will be its last
Netflix has announced that the upcoming third season of its Judd Apatow-produced dramedy series Love will be its last. This is per Variety, which notes that the series—which stars Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust as two people who almost certainly should not be in a romantic relationship—returns for its last season on…

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Dec 15, 2017

GWAR has always been punk as fuck
At this year''s Riot Fest in Chicago, The A.V. Club asked bands to play a game we call Punk Or Not Punk, in which they rated random things on an arbitrary, dichotomic scale. This round, GWAR joins us to rate tight pants, the moon, and themselves.

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Dec 15, 2017

AIM died today after a long illness
Multiple sources are reporting that AOL''s Instant Messenger service finally died today, after a long battle with complete technological irrelevance. Once the premiere platform for online conversations, away-message-based subtweets, and obsessively checking to see if your crush was online but refusing to answer your…

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Dec 15, 2017

The directors of Good Time are teaming up with Jerrod Carmichael for yet another 48 Hrs.
Good Time, the one-crazy-night crime drama that A24 released earlier this year, was a kind of departure for Josh and Benny Safdie. Yes, it had plenty of what cinephiles might already associate with the proudly underground indies of these filmmaking brothers: invasive, telephoto close-ups; an alternately harsh and…

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Dec 15, 2017

Anti-homeless robot covered in barbecue sauce, given well-deserved ass-kicking
Sooner or later we''ll all be bowing down to robot overlords, so it''s for the best that humanity humiliate and debase our future mechanical masters as much as possible while we still have the chance. That the machines aren''t in charge just yet was made clear when a San Francisco anti-homeless robot was pushed over,…

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Dec 15, 2017

The 10 Best Deals of December 15, 2017
A friendly reminder that we only have 10 days left until Christmas, so your gift-buying days are down to the single digits when you account for shipping time. We see a lot of great deals every day, but these were our 10 favorites from Friday.


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Dec 15, 2017

Jack Black's Polish accent stars in the trailer for Netflix's The Polka King
Over the summer, in its eternal rush to gobble up as many TV shows and movies as it can, Netflix grabbed the rights to The Polka King, a tragicomic true-life caper starring Jack Black as a polka star turned Ponzi-scheme perpetrator. The film, which first debuted at Sundance 2017, now has a Netflix premiere date—…

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Dec 15, 2017

What to watch, play, and read this weekend
'Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi is a middle chapter in most of the right ways. Unburdened by the necessity for introductions or tying up loose ends, it operates in a rollicking present tense, never stopping to catch its breath as it races through two and a half hours of running…

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Dec 15, 2017

Peter Jackson says the Weinsteins told him to blacklist Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd 
Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson broke his silence on his experience working with Harvey Weinstein this week in an interview with New Zealand news magazine Stuff, saying that Weinstein and his brother Bob blacklisted two of the actresses who have since gone public with harassment accusations against Harvey.…

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Dec 15, 2017

Blondie jams with The Archies in this exclusive first look
Music has been a major part of Archie Comics for nearly its entire history, and given music''s importance in youth culture, it makes sense that it would be a constant in the lives of Riverdale''s teen characters. That connection to the music world became even stronger when The Archies'' 'Sugar, Sugar' became a #1 single…

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Dec 15, 2017

Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie would regenerate into Beyoncé if she could
Peter Capaldi''s time as the Doctor will come to an end in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, as he''ll pass the torch to Jodie Whittaker with what''s sure to be an emotional regeneration sequence. We asked some of the cast who they''d pick for their own hypothetical regeneration. Pearl Mackie had the best…

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Dec 15, 2017

The good and the bad of Aaron Sorkin are on full display in his directorial debut, Molly's Game
When highly successful Hollywood screenwriters suddenly decide to direct, they generally do so out of a desire to protect their vision. That can hardly be the case with Aaron Sorkin. Whether his scripts have been interpreted by Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men, The American President), David Fincher (The Social Network), or…

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Dec 15, 2017

How to Petition Congress and State Officials to Save Net Neutrality
The FCC''s vote may be final, but net neutrality is still far from dead. The new order won''t go into effect for weeks, and internet activists are expected to quickly file lawsuits to block the decision. Basically, there''s still time to save the free and open web, and you can help do it.


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Dec 15, 2017

The Last Jedi has already made enough money to fill a Sarlacc pit
Looks like Disney will be able to buy as many solid-gold Porg statues as it wants this Christmas. Deadline reports Star Wars: The Last Jedi is already rolling in cash, as fans piled into opening night screenings on Thursday to the tune of 45 million dollars.

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Dec 15, 2017

Unfortunately named DJ Ajit Pai is having a terrible time right now


Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules in a vote led by FCC chairman Ajit Pai. Naturally, many people took to the internet to call Pai a shithead before Comcast gets around to charging them $5.99 for the privilege of doing so. Of course, as is the wont of angry internet…

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Dec 15, 2017

World's worst pundit has some questions about the Alabama election
Bill Mitchell is one of the most relentlessly ownable pundits in the modern political landscape, a pro-Trump prognosticator that fires off half-baked facts and anecdotal analyses that he will defend to the fucking death against anyone who pops up in his mentions. Charlie Warzel of Buzzfeed once memorably described him…

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Dec 15, 2017

Eminem launches pop-up restaurant named after a food he vomited
Right this instant, Detroiters could be visiting what is surely the only pop-up restaurant that is an ode to a food someone threw up. Eminem, in a poorly named attempt to promote his new album Revival, is this weekend hosting a Mom''s Spaghetti pop-up restaurant and shop at music venue The Shelter—the very venue where…

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Dec 15, 2017

Jon Chad's Bad Mask takes a kid-friendly approach to the comic book box set
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it''s Bad Mask, a comic book box set by Jon Chad (Science Comics, BOOM! Box Mixtape) that shows off the cartoonist''s versatility with an expansive multimedia superhero story.

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Dec 15, 2017

We're giving away Fandango codes so you can see The Last Jedi (or something else) for free
There''s no rule that says that you have to go see Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi with the Fandango gift cards we''re giving away on The A.V. Club this weekend. You could go see Coco, which is still going strong in its fourth week—or at least it was, until The Last Jedi came out—or marvel at James Franco''s Tommy…

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Dec 15, 2017

That fancy necklace from Titanic helped bankrupt an entire company
Remember when you swooned in the theater as the old-lady version of Rose in Titanic said farewell to her true love and tossed her jewel necklace into the ocean? Yeah, we don''t either, but apparently a lot of other people did.

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Dec 15, 2017

Don't worry, motherfucking Deadpool 2 will still be a 'hard R' at Disney
It''s time to take a deep breath and relax, you bitch-ass shitbags, because the merc with a mouth may belong to Disney now, but he''s still going to say whatever the fuck he wants, and you''re going to love the shit out of it.


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Dec 15, 2017

Opening night Last Jedi screening malfunctions, leading to small-scale uprising
Opening-night screenings of highly anticipated movies can be a real mixed bag, as you deal with long lines, possibly terrible seats, the delighted cackles of superfans, and then the movie itself, which may or may not live up to expectations. Fortunately, The Last Jedi is very good, although viewers at a screening in…

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Dec 15, 2017

The Roseanne revival has a premiere date
As foretold by the vague promise last May of a midseason premiere, ABC today revealed that the nine-episode Roseanne revival will officially debut Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET with an hourlong premiere, per Variety. It''ll keep that 8 p.m. time slot the following week, but return to its normal half-hour episodes.

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Dec 15, 2017

The Chew fired Mario Batali's Crocs-wearing ass 
Would only that his preference for footwear that doubles as sweaty Petri dishes was the most objectionable thing about Mario Batali. As it turns out, the Crocs are actually the least stomach-churning thing about the celebrity chef, who took a leave of absence from his Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group Monday…

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Dec 15, 2017

Monoprice's Already-Affordable 5.1 System Is $40 Cheaper Than Usual Today
Sound bars have largely taken over the home theater audio industry, but if you prefer to set things up the old fashioned way, you''d be hard pressed to find a better deal on a 5.1 speaker set than this. Just $140 gets you all of the speakers you need from Monoprice, though you''ll need to find an receiver to control…

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Dec 15, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel is just as pissed about the death of net neutrality as you are
Yesterday, one of the many worst-case scenarios of a Trump presidency came to pass, as the FCC repealed the net neutrality rules that were the last bulwhark against turning the internet and our access to it into a corporate hellscape. The telecommunications corporations previously allowed to run almost completely…

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Dec 15, 2017

The cast of Psych on where they think their characters will be in 10 years
After a couple years away, America''s favorite fake-psychic investigative duo has returned in the form of Psych: The Movie. Not satisfied with just one movie, creator Steve Franks wants to turn Psych into a franchise á la Fast And The Furious with five more movies, taking these characters well into the 2020s—so we…

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Dec 15, 2017

This Hellboy: Krampusnacht exclusive shows the darker side of Adam Hughes
Given his connection to mythology and the supernatural, it''s a surprise that Hellboy doesn''t have more stories showing how he spends the Christmas season. The celebration has pagan roots and an expansive folklore that changes from country to country, providing plenty of material for Mike Mignola to explore with his…

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Dec 15, 2017

Jezebel Former Today PA On Matt Lauer: He Preys On the ‘Most Vulnerable and Least Powerful' Women |
Jezebel Former Today PA On Matt Lauer: He Preys On the ‘Most Vulnerable and Least Powerful'' Women | Deadspin What Disney''s Acquisition Of 21st Century Fox Means For Sports Fans | The Root She''s So Basic: 6 Common Mediocre White-Girl Tropes Found in TV and Movies | Splinter Watch a Trump Judicial Nominee Get Torn to…

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Dec 15, 2017

Friday's Best Deals: Dewalt Multi-Tool, PS4 Star Wars Bundle, VPN Subscription, and More
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Dec 15, 2017

What non-2017 book did you finally read this year?
Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you''d…

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Dec 15, 2017

We regret to inform you that chicken-wing suppliers are now whining about NFL protests
In news far more unsettling than Papa John making an ass of himself on TV simply because it''s harder to pin on one specific chain, Bloomberg reports (via Fortune) that one of America''s biggest poultry producers, Sanderson Farms, is joining the shitty-pizza giant in 'wondering aloud' whether NFL players taking a knee…

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Dec 15, 2017

Snag a PS4 Slim Plus Battlefront II For $249 From Amazon
If you skipped on all of the numerous PS4 deals during Deals Week, Amazon just discounted the PS4 Slim 1TB Star Wars Battlefront II Bundle to $249, down from its usual $300. That game is not without its flaws, to be sure, but $249 is a solid entry price for the PS4 ecosystem, regardless of any included games.


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Dec 15, 2017

Give the Gift of 100 Classic Films For Just $64, Today Only
Yes, they''re on DVD instead of Blu-ray, but 100 classic films for $64 is an incredible deal, no matter the resolution. This box set from Warner Bros. includes all 22 of the studio''s best picture winners, plus 78 other titles spanning from the 1930s all the way up to Inception in 2010. Even if you don''t see yourself…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 15, 2017

Kill Zone 2 is one incredible action scene after another
With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre''s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel''s doing this very minute.


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Dec 15, 2017

Stephen Colbert mourns net neutrality—and that feeling of hope after Roy Moore's defeat
Stephen Colbert led off his Tuesday Late Show monologue by deadpanning the confession, 'If you''ll excuse me, I''m a little shaky tonight. My heart has been hurting all day, due to a condition my doctor calls ‘hope.''' It was his prelude to a monologue filled with bewildered glee that noted Republican disgrace Roy Moore…

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Dec 15, 2017

Top Chef gets cheesy (in a good way) as the gang flexes their creativity
Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we''re not writing at length about them, we''re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.


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Dec 15, 2017

Split your time between Jean-Claude Van Johnson and Steven Universe this weekend
Here''s what''s happening in the world of television for Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16. All times are Eastern.


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Dec 15, 2017

Damn, it feels good to be back in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
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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Dec 15, 2017

Famous nice guy Matt Damon puts all his bad harassment takes in one convenient place for people to check out
Matt Damon is famously one of Hollywood''s Nice Guys, a cheerfully smiling dude happy to pop in for a cameo for a friend or give helpful advice to younger co-stars. This week, for instance, he did the whole internet a solid, by giving an interview that got all of his uncomfortable takes on the current sexual harassment…

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Dec 15, 2017

At least one Black Mirror episode is already coming true in China
One of the big appeals of Netflix''s techno-horror anthology Black Mirror is that it always feels borderline plausible; Charlie Brooker and his team are experts at teasing out the implications of modern technology and finding the right ways to twist them into outright horror. The series can''t always stay all the way…

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Dec 15, 2017

NBC to just keep rebooting The IT Crowd until the damn thing works
Suggesting that someone at NBC is really in love with modem-based humor, the network has announced that it''s now taking a third stab at rebooting—computers!—the now-classic British sitcom The IT Crowd for an American audience. The network''s past efforts to bring the show to America have famously produced uniformly…

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Dec 15, 2017

NYPD launches investigation into Russell Simmons rape accusations
According to CNN, the NYPD has opened an investigation into Russell Simmons after multiple women have come forward with rape claims against the music mogul. In November, a woman named Keri Clausen Khalighi said that Simmons and director Brett Ratner had made 'aggressive sexual advances' toward her when she was 17, and…

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Dec 15, 2017

Here's what's coming to Amazon Prime in January
New Year''s Day is on its way, and with it, the usual efforts to recover from revelry-based ordeals of New Year''s Eve. Really, it''s the perfect day to curl up with a laptop, cruise over to Amazon Prime, and let Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell yell at you for a couple of hours.


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Dec 15, 2017

Morgan Spurlock departs his production company after sexual misconduct confession
Last night, Morgan Spurlock shared a lengthy essay about his own history of sexual misconduct, revealing that a woman accused him of rape in college, that he paid a settlement to a former assistant who he would call 'sex pants,' and that he cheated on everyone he''s been in a relationship with. Now, Deadline is…

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Dec 15, 2017

At least Disney can finally make Patton Oswalt's Star Wars/X-Men/Avengers crossover dreams a reality
We''re still trying to wrap our heads around the far-reaching consequences—some weird, many worrying—of Disney''s decision to buy a big chunk of 21st Century Fox this week, bringing any number of beloved properties under its omnipresent umbrella. Still, even as worries about media monopolization gnaw at our hearts, it''s…

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Dec 15, 2017

Annette Bening explains why she was written out of American Crime Story: Katrina
Way back in February, we reported that Annette Bening was attached to star in FX''s American Crime Story: Katrina as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, but a few months later the production 'stalled' and series mastermind Ryan Murphy decided to delay Katrina in favor of The Assassination Of Gianni Versace. In August,…

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Dec 14, 2017

3 women come forward with even worse allegations against Dustin Hoffman
It''s been over a month since the first sexual harassment allegations against Dustin Hoffman came out, with writer Anna Graham Hunter saying he groped and propositioned her when she was 17, and things have gotten steadily worse since then. Genius producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis also said that Hoffman harassed her when…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

Deadspin The NFL Is Gonna Fuck With Everything This Offseason | Jezebel Details in Child Sex Complai
Deadspin The NFL Is Gonna Fuck With Everything This Offseason | Jezebel Details in Child Sex Complaint Against Rapper 6ix9ine Contradict His Public Comments | Earther What Ancient Rome Can Teach Us About Climate Disasters | Splinter Where a Life-Saving Needle Exchange Operates in the Shadow of the Law | The Root The…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

Don Hertzfeldt reminds Disney it now owns his weird-ass Simpsons intro
Disney''s getting a whole boatload of new content with its upcoming purchase of 21st Century Fox, some of it more suitably 'on-brand' than others. Among the biggest gets for the House of Mouse: The Simpsons, and its entire 28-year catalog of subversive, cynical comedy. Executive producers James L. Brooks and Matt…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

What's the best way to watch the Star Wars movies?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres tonight, and if you''re like us, you''ve been diligently rewatching the entire Skywalker saga in preparation for the eighth installment. But what is the best way to do so? There are three main schools of thought:

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Dec 14, 2017

A new Ms. Marvel takes up the mantle in this exclusive preview
Kamala 'Ms. Marvel' Khan is the most important Marvel creation of the past five years, a young woman of color who shows the heights superhero comics can achieve when they put marginalized perspectives in the spotlight. She has a compelling inner conflict between her civilian and superhero identities, a supporting cast…

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Dec 14, 2017

Paul Ryan may retire, hopefully into the sun
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has spent his entire life dreaming of restructuring the federal government into an efficient machine for killing poor people, and now that Donald Trump''s ineptitude and the Republican Party''s general disregard for democracy have begun to make that dream a reality, he seems to preparing…

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Dec 14, 2017

Catherine Keener signs on for Jim Carrey's sad puppeteer Showtime show
Fresh off of scaring the shit out of us in Get Out, Catherine Keener is set to add another tally mark on her very niche list of sad puppeteer TV shows or films. The former Being John Malkovich star has signed on for Jim Carrey''s new Showtime series Kidding, about a cheerful children''s entertainer whose life suddenly…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

George Clooney gave his best friends $1 million, but he seems to have forgotten us
Everybody already loves George Clooney, because he''s handsome and charming and did a very good job playing Batman (no matter what any jerks say), but it turns out that he''s actually a very generous friend with a penchant for giving fantastic gifts. That''s according to Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford''s husband and a…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland go on a sentimental journey in The Leisure Seeker
Americans are so used to exporting our culture to other countries that it''s always a bit of a novelty to see it reflected back onto us. But for every Paris, Texas there''s a The Leisure Seeker, a generic coming-of-old-age story starring Helen Mirren with a Southern accent and a no-nonsense wig worthy of a Republican…

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Dec 14, 2017

3 suns align with an exclusive reveal of The Dark Crystal deluxe vinyl soundtrack
December 17, 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the theatrical release of Jim Henson and Frank Oz''s The Dark Crystal, which means it''s also approximately the 30th anniversary of the time the Skesis sent this writer running from the room crying after renting the movie at our local mom-and-pop video store. This Friday,…

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Dec 14, 2017

The 5 best Madonna songs according to Scandal's Guillermo Díaz
While he''s best know for his appearances on Chappelle''s Show and his roles on Scandal and Dating Game Killer, Guillermo Díaz is also a huge Madonna fan. In fact, he is such a fan, he has a tattoo of the pop icon on his right arm. We asked Díaz to give us his five favorite Madonna songs, and like a true fan, he named…

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Dec 14, 2017

The 10 Best Deals of December 14, 2017
A friendly reminder that we only have 11 days left until Christmas, so your gift-buying days are down to the single digits when you account for shipping time. We see a lot of great deals every day, but these were our 10 favorites from Thursday.


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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

Watch the asshole who killed net neutrality laugh off all the reasons it's so vital
Look, we all know Ajit Pai—FCC chairperson, former Verizon attorney, amateur film star, and Parks And Recreation superfan—is a total stooge. After all, he just led the FCC in a charge to lift net neutrality regulations that were in place to keep corporations from making their already crappy internet services even…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

A baby may be the world's biggest Jerry Seinfeld fan
When Netflix began parceling out viewing data for 2017, we were fully prepared to learn just how many people binged the 'Rise Of Steve'—sorry, Stranger Things. But the streaming platform wasn''t content to release such standard info, instead tweeting out shocking revelations like the fact that a few dozen people are…

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Dec 14, 2017

Don't Miss This Extremely Rare Discount On Our Readers' Favorite VPN Service
It''s not hard to find good deals on VPN subscriptions, but our readers'' favorite service, Private Internet Access, is notable for hardly ever running sales. This is the holiday shopping season though, so for a limited time, you can sign up for two years of the service for just $60, down from its usual $70. That''s just…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

The Crown gives Princess Margaret the 1950s melodrama she deserves
England doesn''t have a written constitution, but if it did somewhere in there would be this: Matthew Goode must appear in all period pieces. The Crown fulfills that obligation by casting Goode (who you might know from such period pieces as Brideshead Revisited, The Imitation Game, Death Comes To Pemberley, and Downton…

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Dec 14, 2017

The Thing board game is as infectious as the movie
The Mondo empire has grown well beyond limited-edition prints of cool movie-inspired posters and T-shirts. The Austin-based company has moved into soundtrack LPs, statues, enamel pins—just about anything you can shape into a character from a beloved decades-old film. This fall Mondo even released its first board game, …

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

The Writers Guild is not happy about the Disney-Fox deal
Everybody seems fairly wary of Disney buying up a bunch of 21st Century Fox''s assets—specifically its movie and TV studios—since it seems like a big step toward letting the mouse people take over all media, but the Writers Guild Of America West is particularly frustrated with this deal. As reported by Variety, the WGA…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

Read This: Mimi O'Donnell's devastating memoir of her relationship with Philip Seymour Hoffman
It''s been roughly four years since we lost actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the beloved actor who rose to prominence as a player in the oeuvre of filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson before winning an Oscar for his 2005 portrayal of Truman Capote. In a moving new essay for Vogue, his partner, the director and producer Mimi…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

The Last Jedi brings the weird and the cool back to Star Wars
For the final Film Club of 2017, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are discussing what is sure to be the biggest film of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Although it''s the middle chapter of the sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi avoids being a retread of The Empire Strikes Back,…

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Dec 14, 2017

What's missing from our list of the year's best TV shows?
Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you''d…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

The FCC has voted to kill net neutrality 
As expected, the FCC voted today to repeal net neutrality rules. The agency''s five commissioners came down along party lines, with Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel offering scathing dissenting opinions as their three Republican colleagues voted to kill the Obama-era regulations that restricted internet…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

The Only Bottle Opener Ned Stark Would Use Is Just $11 Today
The perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the Game of Thrones fan in your life is this Hand of the King bottle opener. At just $11, down from its usual $20, you won''t have to be Lannister to afford it.

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Dec 14, 2017

Omarosa explains that, actually, no, she didn't get fired
Following her elimination on this week''s episode of The White House Apprentice, it was only natural that Omarosa Manigault Newman would make an appearance today on Good Morning America to provide a behind-the-scenes look at her dramatic series send-off. She used it as an opportunity to set the record straight about…

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Dec 14, 2017

HBO renews Curb Your Enthusiasm for a 10th season
Curb Your Enthusiasm wrapped its ninth season with Larry in a real pickle, a conundrum that HBO wants to see resolved sooner than later. Deadline reports that the premium cabler has renewed Larry David''s cringe comedy for a 10th season.

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Dec 14, 2017

Chicago, hit the ice with I, Tonya for free
Margot Robbie and Allison Janney were both nominated for SAG awards for their performances in I,Tonya, Lars And The Real Girl director Craig Gillespie''s new movie dramatizing the rise and dramatic, sudden fall of Tonya Harding, whose hardscrabble background and athletic style scandalized the figure-skating world even…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

A brief rundown of world leaders humiliating the president this year
Sure, President Donald Trump is hated by celebrities, athletes, rappers, boy scouts, Native Americans, U2, pornographers, Puerto Rico, his staff, the FBI, and most of his constitu

The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner describes reading the series finale
After letting it slip that Game of Thrones'' final season wouldn''t be airing until 2019, actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the series, just gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter about the lead-up to the fantasy series'' final stretch. This time, however, she kept any revealing details close to the…

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The A.V. Club - TV
Dec 14, 2017

Why you're drunk: Wine glasses are 7 times bigger than they used to be
Like many of us, you may be heading out for a civilized evening of enjoyable chatting and wine-drinking, only to find yourself sobbing and drunk-texting an ex during the cab ride home. What the hell happened? Turns out, you can blame your glassware, as today''s wine pours are multiple times larger than they were a few…

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Dec 14, 2017

What's the deal with 'yada yada yada'?
Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club''s series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America''s favorite colloquialisms. Kory uncovers the roots of 'yada yada yada,' a conversational shorthand popularized by Seinfeld—but it can be traced back even before…

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