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White House chief strategist Steve Bannon hasn’t done much press in the seven months (god, it hasn’t even been a year) of the Trump presidency, preferring to stand back and admire ..
Nothing about Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is reinventing the wheel. One of the most consistent and enjoyable series of the past decade, Uncharted clearly established its world and a..
A distaff discount 8 Mile for anyone who thought that fictionalized Eminem show should have hustled and flowed a little harder for the audience’s affection, Patti Cake$ stops just ..
The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which bears the tagline “Get triggered” and is essentially a dumber, tackier Midnight Run, was destined to be one of those Neanderthalic, faux-merican Europ..
August has been Friends Month at Hulu, with the streaming service getting a big collection of movies and TV shows that are all about people who have friends or whatever, so it’s ap..
Steven Soderbergh frequently claims he’s retiring from directing movies, but fortunately these protests never seem to last very long. His current return from the cinematic grave is..
The human cast of Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot is continuing to fill out, as just a few weeks after Ian McShane joined the cast as the red guy’s adoptive father Professor Brutenh..
Earlier this week, Tom Cruise suffered an injury on the set of Mission: Impossible 6—because he’s a 55-year-old man who insists that Scientology magic gives him the power to do rid..
Musician, filmmaker, and passionate defender of the word “---” Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, has set her feature-film directorial debut, according to Variety. The project will ..
The preview pics for last week’s episode of Game Of Thrones didn’t give us any hints that Jon Snow would be putting together a Suicide Squad to go beyond The Wall or that Gendry wo..
When watching the trailers that precede any big summer action flick, it can sometimes feel like you’ve just watched the same 2-3 minute clip four times in a row. Either due to lazi..
With ’90s properties and trends getting revived everywhere in pop culture, it was only a matter of time before the 1995 teen comedy classic, Clueless, got back in the game. Clueles..
With 2015’s The Lobster, Greek weirdo auteur Yorgos Lanthimos achieved a surprising level of mainstream success in the States, given his film was about a dystopian alternate realit..
Avengers: Infinity War is noteworthy not just for being the culmination of a story Marvel has been developing throughout the three phases of the MCU (or at least since the first Av..
A new Planet Of The Apes video game based on Fox’s reboot series is in development and scheduled to be released this fall, according to an announcement on IGN. Called Planet Of The..
Power Hour creates one tight 60-minute set from a musician’s discography or a genre, picking both big hits and deeper cuts. Film has been used as a vehicle to increase the populari..
The sad fact about modern weird-for-weird’s-sake micro-indies is that they tend to be even more alike that than the toothlessly quirky Sundance items to which they’re supposed to s..
In the end, it turned out that Daniel Craig really did give a --- after all; after years of dodging, shrugging, and claiming that, if he came back to the part, it would only be “f..
Today, in ideas you’d think Westworld—or at least “Itchy And Scratchy Land”—would have taught people to stay well the --- away from, plans for a theme park with areas modeled afte..
Earlier today, MoviePass—an online subscription plan that allows users to see one 2D, non-IMAX movie per day for free at most major theater chains—announced that it was drastically..
Every few years, some stray artistic impulse prods Adam Sandler to bring out the sad clown lurking underneath his normal angry clown, loud clown, and vacation clown performances, p..
According to Deadline, screenwriters Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles have been hired by 20th Century Fox to develop a female-led remake of the 1988 Corey Haim/Feldman comedy License ..
As reported by Deadline, Ali Wong and Randall Park have signed on to star in an untitled comedy film for Netflix about a pair of childhood friends who reconnect as adults and fall ..
Surprise album drops are so common they’re not even surprises anymore, but pulling off a surprise movie is still pretty impressive. Entertainment Weekly reports that Louis --- has d..
The Witch launched the careers of both its director Robert Eggers and its star Anya Taylor-Joy, and now the two are re-teaming for Eggers’ next project, another remake of F.W. Murn..
Scary Movie 2 star James Woods is known throughout the world not just for his performance as Owlman in the direct-to-DVD Justice League cartoon but also for his stringent far-right..
Much of the visual style of the upcoming thriller Molly’s Game goes by in a whirl in the initial trailer. The camera seems to be in near-constant movement as it tracks illicit poke..
What sort of wound is at the heart of The Wound, South African filmmaker John Trengove’s debut feature? Is it fundamentally metaphorical—an emotional wound, or perhaps a psychic wo..
In Ocean’s 11 and its sequels, Steven Soderbergh made the business of robbery seem like a multifaceted lark: part boys’ club, part performance space, part showcase for the pleasure..
The first real signs of autumn blew through the multiplex this weekend like a bone-chilling breeze, or maybe like an army of blue-eyed zombies marching toward a bunch of characters..
Though this weekend was a harrowing time in several parts of the country, the Teen Choice Awards unfolded undeterred last night, so that at the start of the next Civil War, we’ll a..
Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. Th..
In 2016, Adam West and Burt Ward returned to their roles as Batman and Robin from the ‘60s Batman show for an animated film called Return Of The Caped Crusaders. That movie will so..
Leonardo DiCaprio has been acting for decades, but he has somehow never played the most famous historical figure to share his relatively weird name—other than the turtle, but he’s ..
Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Sunday, August 13. All times are Eastern. Get Shorty (Epix, 8 p.m.): This adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s successful novel (and subse..
[SPOILER ALERT for a nearly 50-year-old movie] As fans of Mike Nichols’ fine 1971 comedy-drama of American male inadequacy Carnal Knowledge know, Jack Nicholson’s lothario co-lead ..
Sony continues to shore up plans for its Spider-Man-free Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, announcing today that it’s set a title and release date for the previously announced Black C..
Keyboard Geniuses is our weekly glance at a few intriguing, witty, or otherwise notable posts from the Gameological discussion threads. Comments have been excerpted and edited here..
When Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, and director Michael Winterbottom decided to make a sequel to their popular buddy-comedy travelogue The Trip, all involved apparently assumed that a ..
Out of all the members of the upcoming Justice League, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg has been the most out-of-focus when it comes to Warner Bros.’ big promotional push. That’s not wholly sur..
Earlier this week, viewers of BBC’s News At Ten got an extra side of skin with their news as one absent-minded employee was spotted watching some inappropriate material on their co..
What with the threat of thermonuclear war, the slow, steady baking of the planet, assaults on human rights, and that --- Emoji Movie, it seems as though we’ve been in a persist..
There are many mysteries surrounding Tommy Wiseau. His nationality, for example, or where he got the $6 million he used to make The Room. (Wiseau told Entertainment Weekly in 2008 ..
There are difficult follow-up records, and then there’s Rainbow. Since the release of Kesha’s second album, 2012’s Warrior, the pop shapeshifter’s music has taken a backseat to her..
Adapting Elmore Leonard for television has been a hit-or-miss proposition; Justified was a bullseye both critically and commercially, Karen Sisco was beloved but short-lived, and M..
In Soundtracks Of Our Lives, The A.V. Club looks at the dying art of the movie companion album, those “various artists” compilations made to complement films on screen but that oft..
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..
Chumbawamba’s ”Tubthumping” has had a surprisingly enduring life since it first emerged in 1997, flooding the airwaves with its “I get knocked down, but I get up again” sing-along ..
In the grubby, squirrelly, one-crazy-night New York crime drama Good Time, Robert Pattinson disappears under a ratty haircut, a mangy beard, and a thick glaze of animal desperation..
The advent of streaming services may have mixed results for the experience of watching movies, but at the very least it may have turned movies like The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature i..
Atypical desperately wants to be the show that gets autism. You can see this right in the promotional poster for the show, which tells us that “normal is overrated,” which is the t..
That Lorne Michaels and NBC would bank on four extended Weekend Update specials this summer makes sense on a lot of levels. For one, Update mothership Saturday Night Live is coming..
As reported by Deadline, Comedy Central has started developing a project called Kill The Orange Face Bear that will star Girls’ Alex Karpovsky as a man whose girlfriend is eaten by..
Earlier this week, presumably after his coddlers took too long to bring him one of his daily briefings of flattering bullshit, Donald Trump did his best impression of a president i..
A nocturama is the part of the zoo where they keep the small animals that only come out at night. The term is obscure, but evocative—so, an apt title for the audacious and disturbi..
Since its release in 2011, it’s been difficult for any fan of pop culture to escape the ubiquitousness of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. The novel touched on nearly every nostalg..
The excellent Thor: Ragnarok trailer from Comic-Con was all bright colors, spaceships, and solid jokes from the Hulk, but a new set of preview images released by Empire suggest tha..
In Acquired Tastes, The A.V. Club explores the food and drinks we can’t live without. The first time I ever encountered potato tacos, I was 17. It was a Sunday—band practice day. D..
The gorgeous 1970 Simon & Garfunkel song “The Only Living Boy In New York” has a petty origin story: It was written by Paul Simon about his bitter loneliness when his singing p..
Hindsight is 20/20. Does it get sharper when the distance between then and now is 20 years? The A.V. Club wasn’t putting together best-of lists in 1997, so it’s impossible to know ..
Once upon a time, a monster hit like The Conjuring, James Wan’s dubiously fact-based but highly effective spin on the haunted-house movie, would have inspired a series of lesser se..
It’s not hard to see why Mortal Kombat turned into one of the biggest pop-culture phenomena of the ’90s. It wasn’t the first game with gratuitous gore, but none of its bloody prede..
Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off, Venom, is preparing to add another up-and-coming name to its roster; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rogue One co-star Riz Ahmed is in talks to app..
At some point during these eight episodes of Wet Hot, I’m going to have to get it through my head that Ten Years Later is not a sequel to the movie. It’s a sequel to the entire fra..
Trusting in the kindness of the universe (and a bunch of movie producers and financiers hoping to cash in on the lingering popularity of a decade-old self-help book), Katie Holmes ..
So far, we’ve seen a few tantalizing glimpses of Luke Skywalker’s new animals friends in Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, but other than the fact that they’re called porgs, that they’re ..
Donald Glover donning Lando Calrissian’s cape for the young Han Solo movie was great news for the Star Wars-verse, but not so much for fans of his ineffable FX series, Atlanta. It ..
As steeped in pop culture as we are, we realize that film financing can come from unlikely sources. (Conversely, Hollywood backers can find their way into surprisingly influential ..
It was just three years ago—on August 9, 2014—that Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed the unarmed Michael Brown, setting off widespread protests in sub..