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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Apparently Run The Jewels tracks sync eerily well with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Great art often hides secrets. Da Vinci supposedly buried hidden numbers and messages in the Mona Lisa; Kendrick Lamar made an album-length narrative that works frontwards and backwards. Other supposed accidents appear too finely wrought to be mere coincidence, like the connections between Pink Floyd''s Dark Side Of…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Tavis Smiley says PBS made a 'huge mistake' suspending him
Last week, Tavis Smiley joined the ignominious corps of media men booted from high-profile positions amidst charges of sexual misconduct, a group that also includes Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, and Smiley''s former PBS colleague Charlie Rose. But Smiley isn''t like those other men—or at least that''s what he claimed…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Game Of Thrones' cast and crew will say anything to stave off spoilers
Look, it''s understandable that Game Of Thrones has gone a bit bananas with paranoia: After the massive HBO hack that laid bare the entire behind-the-scenes operation of the series, it''s not surprising that they''ve gone overboard with being guarded.


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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Fox News thinks the 7-month-old Mueller investigation is a 'coup'
We''ve reached the point in the story where the Trump administration seeks to actively discredit the Mueller investigation, which has in recent weeks been picking up speed thanks to more visible actions like charges being filed against Michael Flynn. Over the weekend, the campaign to discredit Mueller ramped up, with a…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

The teaser for the Ocean's 8 trailer asks a very wise question
'Why do you need to do this?' That''s what Cate Blanchett asks Sandra Bullock at the beginning of a newly released 15-second teaser for the upcoming all-female heist movie Ocean''s 8. She''s presumably referring to Debbie Ocean''s (Bullock) career in high-profile larceny, but the same could be said of making trailers for…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Apparently Mark Hamill didn't even spoil The Empire Strikes Back for his castmates
Though nowadays even the most basic aspects of a film can be considered spoilers, there were once only a handful of closely held secrets in film canon considered sacrosanct. One of those being (Spoiler alert!) the fact that Darth Vader is Luke''s father. In a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Mark Hamill…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

The best games you might have missed in 2017
A quick confession: I do not play a ton of indie games. Well, I do, but I don''t play them all the time. Like most people, the siren call of whatever''s big and flashy and compulsively playable comes down the pike and I am overcome with a desire to do naught but eat and sleep and beat that game, or at least until I…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Rian Johnson explains his motivation for the death of [REDACTED] in The Last Jedi
[This should be obvious, but in case the headline didn''t tip you off—and if not, it''s time to do some serious thinking about your reading comprehension—this post contains major spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi.]

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Peter Capaldi picks his 5 favorite punk songs of all time
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. In a past life, Capaldi had short-lived stint as lead-singer and guitarist of obscure punk band, The Dreamboys. Given his expertise, we had Capaldi share his five favorite…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Let us now recall the time Jason Priestley punched Harvey Weinstein in the face
You can continue to be proud of the Beverly Hills, 90210 poster that once adorned your bedroom wall (or maybe still does, we''re not here to judge), as over the weekend, Jason Priestley revealed that he once punched infamous Hollywood predator Harvey Weinstein in the face. Priestley himself told the tale, which is…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

The Last Jedi's best moment is a 'fuck you' to George Lucas and J.J. Abrams
Note: This article reveals major plot points of The Last Jedi.

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Monday's Best Deals: Mini Instant Pot, Smart Car Charger, Delta Shower Head, and More
We kick off this last week before Christmas with deals on the mini Instant Pot, a smart car charger, and an insanely popular Delta shower head.

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

The weekend in TV Club
Steven Universe: B-/B+ | Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: B- | Z Nation (season finale): B-/B+ | The Crown: B+ | She''s Gotta Have It: D+ | Saturday Night Live: D+ |

The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Stuff Your Kindle With Books Under $5
Traveling in the next week or so? Fill up your Kindle with these ebooks, all under $5. Amazon stuffed this sale with romance and nonfiction books, and a few novels. To name a few, the sale includes Amy Poehler''s comedy book, Yes Please, the book that inspired the popular movie, Hidden Figures, novels like …

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Deadspin I Think I Finally Understand The Catch Rule, And It Still Sucks | Jezebel Minnie Driver Cri
Deadspin I Think I Finally Understand The Catch Rule, And It Still Sucks | Jezebel Minnie Driver Criticizes Ex-Boyfriend Matt Damon for ‘Utterly Tone Deaf'' Remark About Sexual Assault | Splinter Fox News Accuses FBI, Mueller of ‘Coup'' to Overthrow Trump | The Root Tavis Smiley Says PBS Made a ‘Huge Mistake'' Over…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Snap Up a Switch Pro Controller For $61, with Prime Shipping
The Switch Pro controller isn''t just one of the best ways to control your Nintendo Switch, it might be one of the best gamepads ever made, period. There have been a few slightly better promo code-based discounts on it recently, but $61 is the best deal Amazon''s offered to date, and it''ll arrive before Christmas if you…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

The 20 worst films of 2017
Bad movies were the least of anyone''s problems in 2017. But at a time when art seems uniquely vital as a way to escape or at least meaningfully grapple with the misery of real life, the follies still stung. It was a year of lousy franchise films that just kept creeping into the multiplex like cockroaches; of lazy…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

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

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Kit Harington tries to spark a revolution in the Gunpowder miniseries
Here''s what''s happening in the world of television for Monday, December 18. All times are Eastern.

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Search Party closes out its 2nd season on a bleak but impressive note
'I don''t like how you guys carry yourselves… and I don''t think you should kill people.'


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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Do you really need to refrigerate your eggs?
In Food Science, Dave McCowan from the University Of Chicago''s Department Of Physics answers our confounding questions about the mysterious world of food.


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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

A poorly calibrated sibling rivalry has Shameless in a bad place
We need to talk about Ian Gallagher.

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

A Christmas Story Live! at least manages not to shoot its eye out
Whenever I sit down to watch one of these now-traditional live musicals, I have a moment where I remember that they''re both more awkward and more endearing than I remember them being. And A Christmas Story Live! is no exception. There are things to love and things to hate about tonight''s three-hour broadcast. But if…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

A Christmas Story Live! manages not to shoot its eye out
Whenever I sit down to watch one of these now-traditional live musicals, I have a moment where I remember they''re both more awkward and more endearing than I remember them being. And A Christmas Story Live! is no exception. There are things to love and things to hate about tonight''s three-hour broadcast. But if…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Won't the real Slim Shady please grow up?
Eminem is not very good at his job anymore, and he''s spent an inordinate amount of time in the last decade trying to convince himself and everybody else that he''s actually better than ever. It''s a big part of his narrative nowadays, and it gets boring fast: The haters are always hating him, and the criticism really…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore is developing a new space drama for Apple
According to Deadline, Ronald D. Moore has signed on to make a big-time space drama for Apple, finally returning him to the big-time space drama genre he revolutionized with the Battlestar Galactica reboot he created and the Star Trek shows he worked on before that (he runs Outlander now, which is significantly more…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

Adventure Time explores family dynamics in four new episodes
Family plays a big part in the holiday season, and while Adventure Time''s final new episodes of the year aren''t connected to the holidays, they''re exploring topics that will likely come up during the festivities of the next couple weeks: sibling rivalry, tension between parents and their children, the ache of past…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 18, 2017

The rape case against Nelly has been dropped
Back in October, R&B star Nelly was reportedly arrested on charges of second-degree rape, with someone accusing him of sexual assault on his tour bus. A lawyer released a statement denouncing the charges, and Nelly himself later reiterated that point and apologized for putting himself in a situation where he 'could be…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Resistance hero Mark Hamill is battling twisted villain Ted Cruz over net neutrality
Having decimated the important consumer-protection systems of net neutrality, FCC Supreme Leader Ajit Pai has deployed an extremely irritating video to seize military control of the galaxy—or at least to try and convince people that it''s totally cool when internet service providers can charge extra for access to…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Our rich friend George Clooney is developing a Watergate miniseries for Netflix
According to Variety, our very generous and wealthy friend George Clooney is developing a limited series for Netflix about the Watergate scandal alongside Matt Charman and Grant Heslov. The streaming service hasn''t officially picked it up, but the plan is for the show to tell the stories of 'certain key figures' in…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

An adaptation of John Darnielle's Wolf In White Van is sort of in the works
John Darnielle is already the beloved frontman for indie darlings The Mountain Goats, but with 2014's Wolf In White Van he also revealed himself to be a damn good novelist. Now, Pitchfork is reporting that an adaptation of that book has been accepted into the Sundance Screenwriters Lab program, an exclusive writer''s…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Here's what's coming to (and going from) Hulu in January
December was a relatively light month for Hulu, with only a couple of Hulu Originals coming to the service along with a bunch of movies you may have already seen, but January is going to be even lighter. The only Hulu Original is the premiere of the third season of cult drama The Path (it''s a drama about a cult, not a…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Read if you dare about the worst Harry Potter fan fiction ever written
With more than 5.5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you''re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or seeing if there''s a good private school in your area with a magical-hat-based admissions department so you can downplay your lousy test scores. We explore some of Wikipedia''s…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Sunday's Best Deals: The Best Noise Canceling Headphones, Casper Mattresses, Anime, and More
The best noise canceling headphones money can buy, 4K and HDR-compatible streaming dongles, and big discounts on Casper mattresses lead off Sunday''s best deals from around the web.

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Add To Your Anime Collection With This One-Day Amazon Sale
It''s nowhere near as expansive as some other anime sales Amazon has run, but today only, they''re offering big discounts on a half dozen Blu-rays, including Wolf Children, Steins Gate, Evangelion 3.33, and more.


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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump returns to SNL, bringing holiday hate with his 'tree of shame'
On last night''s truly disappointing, Kevin Hart-hosted Saturday Night Live, the show kicked off with another White House cold open featuring the show''s 'when he can get around to it' Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin. In the sketch, Trump, with Cecily Strong''s dutiful Melania by his side, welcomes a succession of his…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Kevin Hart drags a dismal Saturday Night Live into the winter break
'Oh, we can do better than that!'


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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Doubles and double-crossings: The creators of Search Party break down the season-2 finale
Search Party kicked off its second season digging a grave and giving new life to the old murder-mystery format. Dory''s (Alia Shawkat) group of friends, once united by bottomless mimosas and the search for Chantal, is now completely fractured. The consequences of Keith''s murder and their cover-up became unavoidable,…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Adventure Time returns to celebrate Finn's birthday with 4 new episodes
Here''s what''s happening in the world of television for Sunday, December 17. All times are Eastern. Seven more shopping days until Christmas!


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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Tell us about your pop-culture weekend: December 15-17
Our weekly thought-starter asks you (and us) a simple question each week: What pop culture did you consume this weekend, and what did you think of it? If you have suggestions for AVQ&A questions, big or small, you can email them to us here.

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

A jumbled, pedantic episode does not bode well for end of She's Gotta Have It
There has been more than a few remarks and concerns in the comments that I''m not a big enough fan of Spike Lee. It''s actually quite the opposite. I''m a huge fan of Spike Lee. His direction has a bold, colorful style that I think would be a good fit for the current Black cultural landscape. He has a colorful and hyper…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

A jumbled, pedantic episode does not bode well for the end of She's Gotta Have It
There have been more than a few remarks and concerns in the comments that I''m not a big enough fan of Spike Lee. It''s actually quite the opposite. I''m a huge fan of Spike Lee. His direction has a bold, colorful style that I think would be a good fit for the current Black cultural landscape. He has a colorful and hyper…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Gene Simmons is being sued for sexual battery
The San Bernadino Sun reports that KISS frontman Gene Simmons is now being sued on charges of sexual battery, in the wake of an incident that allegedly took place last month. The unnamed plaintiff says she met Simmons during an interview promoting his restaurant chain, and that things began going wrong when the…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 17, 2017

Accused rapist Harvey Weinstein extremely offended by all these claims that he had people blacklisted
Having apparently decided, against all odds, that this is the hill he wants to die on, multiply accused alleged sexual harasser and assaulter Harvey Weinstein has doubled down on his assertions that he never tried to have any women blacklisted from his films. After responding yesterday to claims from Peter Jackson and…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 16, 2017

Anita Hill to head up Hollywood's new anti-harassment efforts
The time has finally come for Hollywood—like Sonic Youth before it—to put its trust and faith in Anita Hill. The New York Times reports this week that Hill—who helped put public discussions of sexual harassment on the map with her early-''90s allegations of lewd behavior against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 16, 2017

Hey, let's watch Rory wander around the pool house for a few Gilmore Girls episodes
'New And Improved Lorelai,' season six, episode one, originally aired 9/13/2005 


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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 16, 2017

The Decemberists and Lin-Manuel Miranda team up for a new Hamilton song celebrating Ben Fucking Franklin
Hamilton''s been around for long enough at this point that at least a little bit of the freshness surrounding Lin-Manuel Miranda''s groundbreaking hip-hop historical musical has inevitably rubbed off. Still, Miranda''s not one to rest on his laurels; a year after releasing the well-received Hamilton Mixtape, he announced…

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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 16, 2017

Welcome to The Swift Life, the social networking app that's all Taylor talk, all the time
It''s a hard, ugly world out there, friends. California''s on fire, most of our entertainment heroes are secret monsters, and the American political landscape is lorded over by a leering gremlin with all the goodwill, competence, and skin tone of a slowly rotting carrot. Not everybody had a dismal 2017, though; in…

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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
Dec 16, 2017

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

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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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 that Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi is already rolling in cash, as fans piled into opening night screenings on Thursday to the tune of $45 million.

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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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 returned in the form of Psych: The Movie. But 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. While…

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The A.V. Club - Music
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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The A.V. Club - Music
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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