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Good news, Connor4Real fans: The Popstar soundtrack is out on vinyl, at last Good news, Connor4Real fans: The Popstar soundtrack is out on vinyl, at last

The Lonely Island might be some hot garbage in the eyes of our future robot overlords, but it’s still having a pretty great year: Not only did the comedy rap group release a great visual album, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, on Netflix last month, but 2019 has also seen a widespread internet re-appraisal…

Ben Edlund concedes, says there's no saving Amazon's The Tick Ben Edlund concedes, says there's no saving Amazon's The Tick

We’ve reached a weird point in the lifespan of the modern TV ecosystem, where words like “canceled” are no longer automatically synonymous with “So obviously, there won’t be any more of that.” There have now been just enough miraculous saves for shows kicked off their own networks—your Brooklyn Nine-Nines, your Last…

R.I.P. director Franco Zeffirelli R.I.P. director Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli has died. Although his long career contained many distinct and notable phases—including fighting as a member of the Italian anti-Fascist resistance movement in World War II, directing operas in cities ranging from Paris to New York, and serving a 7-year stint in the Italian senate—Zeffirelli was…

Simon Kinberg says Dark Phoenix was never supposed to be "a classic superhero movie" Simon Kinberg says Dark Phoenix was never supposed to be "a classic superhero movie"

It’s likely that no big-budget would-be blockbuster this year is going to draw a more exhaustive series of post-mortem than Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix, the film that ended Fox’s long-running X-Men franchise not with a mutant-powered bang, but with a definitive box-office whimper. Say what you like about Kinberg,…

Why not punch yourself in the gut with this picture of Elmo looking sadly at Mr. Rogers' old sweater? Why not punch yourself in the gut with this picture of Elmo looking sadly at Mr. Rogers' old sweater?

Today in “We’re not crying, you’re crying” news: Here is a picture of Elmo from Sesame Street, gazing lovingly at a sweater worn by late and beloved children’s entertainer/educator Fred Rogers, in a manner that suggests that the little felt goofball has finally learned the true nature and finality of death.

Bradley Cooper in talks to re-grizzle himself for Guillermo del Toro's carnival con man movie Bradley Cooper in talks to re-grizzle himself for Guillermo del Toro's carnival con man movie

Suggesting that Bradley Cooper might have formally found a new niche for himself in the world of playing grizzled, alcohol-reliant public performers, Variety reports today that the Star Is Born actor-director is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. Adapted—as was the 1947 version, starring Tyrone…

Gaten Matarazzo's cool new Netflix prank show is all about screwing with people trying to find work Gaten Matarazzo's cool new Netflix prank show is all about screwing with people trying to find work

TV prank shows are kind of like measles epidemics: They’re sudden, happen seemingly at random, and it’s hard to believe that they’re still popping up in the world in twenty-nine-fucking-teen. And yet, we feel compelled by public duty to note that people everywhere should be on the lookout for Stranger Things star…

These intentionally stupid remakes of beloved indie games are the perfect cure for post-E3 withdrawal These intentionally stupid remakes of beloved indie games are the perfect cure for post-E3 withdrawal

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?

Daredevil's amazing single-shot prison riot can't win a stunts Emmy because it's too damn long Daredevil's amazing single-shot prison riot can't win a stunts Emmy because it's too damn long

Consider this your reminder to be impressive, but not too impressive, as you make your operatically violent way through life. Fans of Netflix’s now-canceled Daredevil were disappointed this week to learn that the series wasn’t on the ballot for an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination this year, despite…

Stephen King had to be talked into letting Doctor Sleep share a universe with Kubrick's The Shining Stephen King had to be talked into letting Doctor Sleep share a universe with Kubrick's The Shining

Of the great and storied Hollywood feuds between adapter and adaptee, few are as infamous as Stephen King’s stance on Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining. King is on the record—many times over, and as recently as just a few years ago—of frankly hating the director’s widely heralded horror opus, going so far as to…

Yes, this certainly is a trailer for a real movie where The Banana Splits murder people

Back in February, we reported on the latest convulsion in pop culture’s ongoing efforts to choke on its own cherished nostalgia: An attempt by Syfy to bring back semi-remembered children’s entertainers The Banana Splits. As murderers.

A.P Bio's last (?) 2 episodes finally see it take the ram by the horns A.P Bio's last (?) 2 episodes finally see it take the ram by the horns

It’s hard to tell a story about not liking something.

Jessica Biel says she's not an anti-vaxxer, she just crush a lot Jessica Biel says she's not an anti-vaxxer, she just crush a lot

It has not been an especially good time Online for actress Jessica Biel of late, as she’s come under fire in the last few days for allegations—first reported by our colleagues over at Jezebel—that she was taking a cue from husband Justin Timberlake and trying to bring sexy back. (Sexy, in this case, being our new…

Chance The Rapper is contributing new music to the Steven Universe movie Chance The Rapper is contributing new music to the Steven Universe movie

Music has always been a central element of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe—unsurprising, given that it’s the brainchild of beloved animation songwriter Rebecca Sugar. In the past, the show has treated fans to songs about personal strength, ice cream kitty cats, and the joys of seeing a giant woman, but it’s…

Netflix taps Coco's Matthew Aldrich to run its new "Narnia cinematic universe" thing Netflix taps Coco's Matthew Aldrich to run its new "Narnia cinematic universe" thing

While Netflix has a number of assets in its ongoing fight for total domination over the pop culture landscape—comedy, films, Keanu—it still, years into its pursuit of original offerings, lacks a truly big-budget killer app to draw the people in. (Or to put it in simpler, more Jeff Bezos terms: It doesn’t have a Game…

Love (and the cloaca) blooms as Archer's crew of idiots get high on some extremely rotten eggs Love (and the cloaca) blooms as Archer's crew of idiots get high on some extremely rotten eggs

Of the 104 currently extant episodes of Archer, you can count the entries not written by series creator, showrunner, producer, actor, etc. Adam Reed on the fingers of a single hand. (Provided it had four of them, at least; as Sterling Archer would point out—especially if he wanted an excuse to eat the hand in…

DC Comics' Lobo to ask "What if a Korn song was a person?" with his own Syfy show DC Comics' Lobo to ask "What if a Korn song was a person?" with his own Syfy show

Swamp Thing might be deader than a mildew-covered corpse in the Louisiana sunshine, but the TV fates of DC Comic’s third-and-fourth-tier comic book superheroes continue to soldier on: Variety reports today that Syfy has just begun development on a series centered on utterly ridiculous ’90s antihero Lobo, an…

R.I.P. Sylvia Miles, from Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely R.I.P. Sylvia Miles, from Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely

The New York Times reports today that Sylvia Miles—Oscar-nominated actress, fearless film performer, and noted fixture of the New York social scene—has died. A prolific actress whose credits include dozens of off-Broadway productions, 50 years of films, 14 minutes of screen time that scored her two separate Academy…

Cuba Gooding Jr. to surrender to police after alleged groping incident Cuba Gooding Jr. to surrender to police after alleged groping incident

NBC News reports today that Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. plans to surrender himself to New York police this week, after being accused of groping a woman at a Manhattan bar. Per USA Today, Gooding Jr. denies that the incident occurred, but intends to offer himself up to a police investigation tomorrow. His…

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