The A.V. Club 9 April 2018

Wives and punishment: The Terror takes on stock scenes with smart, savage results

“All of us in this room know that John was not your first choice to lead this expedition. Nor your second. Nor even your third. We all know John. He’s as wonderful as he is fallible.” After hearing Lady Jane Franklin say all this while trying to persuade the Royal Navy to mount an expensive and treacherous attempt to…Read more...

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Rachel Bloom guest stars in a murder-free, occasionally musical iZombie

What a difference a murder makes—or, in the case of this episode of iZombie, the lack of one. For the first time this season, there was no murder case for Liv and Clive to solve and the result was an episode with room to breathe and, most importantly, explore Liv’s new quest to become the new Renegade. This isn’t…Read more...

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An upcoming Game Of Thrones battle apparently took 55 days to film

The big battle scenes in Game Of Thrones have had to get increasingly elaborate, going from beachfront sieges at night to midday massacres with a dragon, but it sounds like a battle for the show’s final season will be significantly larger than anything it has done before. According to a report on fan site Watchers On…Read more...

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Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson takes over the Batgirl movie

After original writer/director Joss Whedon dropped out of the Batgirl movie because he couldn’t think of a story to tell about one of DC Comics’ most iconic and beloved characters, reports came out that suggested Warner Bros. was planning to put the project on hold indefinitely—implying that the studio only wanted to…Read more...

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Nicolas Cage would return to superhero movies if he could be the Joker or Dr. Doom

Nicolas Cage already brought us the definitive cinematic incarnation of Marvel’s Ghost Rider (but only because there haven’t been many other attempts) and he’ll finally get a chance to play Superman in Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, but he recently told JoBlo that he thinks his superhero movie days are mostly behind…Read more...

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Do An Unofficial Minor In Game Studies With Humble's New Ebook Bundle

Time for some game theory...books.Read more...

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Garnet tells Steven Universe a story we've heard before about "Your Mother And Mine"

It sure seems like we’re getting closer to a climax, right? Where almost every episode of Steven Universe has had forward momentum, if only for one or two side characters in Beach City or for our understanding of the Gems’ past, “Your Mother And Mine” is contemplative and quiet, more of a calm before the storm than a…Read more...

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Zuckerberg issues another apology ahead of Congressional testimony

On any given day, it seems safe to assume that Mark Zuckerberg is probably very sorry. Maybe he’s sorry for how miserable Facebook makes us in general, maybe he’s sorry for allowing a firm working with the Donald Trump campaign to steal profile data from 50 million—make that 87 million—people, and maybe he’s sorry …Read more...

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HBO joins the hunt for the Golden State Killer with an I'll Be Gone In The Dark docuseries

It’s not much of a spoiler to reveal that I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer, the late Michelle McNamara’s bestselling blend of true-crime investigation and poetic memoir, ends on an uncertain, deeply tragic note. Not only is the Golden State Killer, as McNamara dubbed…Read more...

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Here's everything Tiffany Haddish has in development right now

Tiffany Haddish’s breakout year is looking more and more like it’ll last a whole decade. After a late start to her career, Haddish scored a series regular role in The Carmichael Show and TripTank before landing in the Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key action spoof, Keanu. Last year, she published a memoir and…Read more...

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Casting Shia LaBeouf as a famous asshole is Borg Vs. McEnroe’s only masterstroke

Every once in a while, the real world delivers a barn burner so dramatic that it would get dinged as pure contrivance if a screenwriter invented it. For the game of tennis, that magic moment arrived at Wimbledon in 1980, with the final match of the Men’s Singles championship. On one side of the net was Björn Borg,…Read more...

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The 10 Best Deals of April 9, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...

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Westworld's creators want to give all of season 2's secrets to Reddit ahead of time

The first season of HBO’s Westworld was all about mazes within mazes, with a twisty plot that partly relied on the audience not figuring out solutions too far ahead of the characters on the show. Of course, the internet being what it is, a lot of fans figured out those solutions anyway, with some theories eventually…Read more...

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Lindsey Buckingham has been fired from Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham, guitarist, singer, and one of the principal creative forces behind ‘70s supergroup-turned-21st century hipster favorite Fleetwood Mac, has been fired from the band, according to Rolling Stone. Buckingham’s departure was reportedly hastened by a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour. Although…Read more...

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Jon Hamm is a lush on a mission in Beirut, an entertaining but forgettable spy thriller

Beirut, a businesslike spy thriller set in the early 1980s, finally gives Jon Hamm a film role that makes something of the Mad Men star’s Humphrey Bogart qualities, playing Mason Skiles, an alcoholic, washed-up former diplomat with a perpetual hangover squint who has been enlisted by the CIA for a secret hostage…Read more...

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Jo Firestone, Joe Pera, and Conner O’Malley try to create Hollywood blockbusters from stock photos

Comedian Joe Pera is getting his own live-action television show from Adult Swim titled Joe Pera Talks With You, the spiritual successor to the hilariously laid-back animated showcase Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep. The show is created by and stars Pera, and co-produced with Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Conner O’Malley,…Read more...

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The Thermals go cold, call it quits after 15 years

Taking a cue from the title of their last album, indie rockers The Thermals will soon disappear—earlier today, the punk-pop group announced it would disband after 15 years, seven studio albums, and three labels (including SubPop and Kill Rock Stars).Read more...

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What can you do about Apu? The Simpsons used to know

Last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary The Problem With Apu, in which he grapples with his lifelong love of The Simpsons—a show that was also the bane of his existence, along with so many other people of South Asian descent. In Kondabolu’s balanced, it-can-be-two-things critique, he examines how…Read more...

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Why does Hollywood keep making prequels if everyone hates them? 

Original content is a unicorn in this day and age, and the happiest people are the ones who’ve come to understand that fresh, thrilling stories can be told in the guise of an existing property. Just look at Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal or Noah Hawley’s Fargo—original ideas can blossom in old settings. In other words,…Read more...

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Real Men is one of the most underrated comedies of the '80s (but don't make a big thing out of it)

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Ready Player One still flying the flag for beloved touchstones of the Reagan years, we’re looking back on some unsung gems from the 1980s—the movies from that decade that deserve…Read more...

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All of Amazon's Fire Tablets Are On Sale For Prime Members, Starting at $35

Are Amazon’s Fire Tablets as fast and as capable as the latest iPads? Of course not. But they’re perfectly respectable media consumption devices, and all three sizes are on sale today for Prime members only, to go along with the company’s (better-than-intended) Kindle sale.Read more...

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Topless protestor arrested and opening statements delayed on the first day of Bill Cosby's retrial

Bill Cosby’s retrial on charges of sexual assault began today in suburban Philadelphia, nearly a year after the jury in his first trial failed to reach a verdict last June. As everyone from Variety to The Wall Street Journal points out, this second trial begins in an even more electrified atmosphere than the first,…Read more...

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David Simon's new show will be set during the Spanish Civil War

Proving the matter of a David Simon show about fascism was a question of “when,” not “if,” Variety reports The Wire creator is developing a period drama set during the Spanish Civil War. Simon is co-producing the series—currently envisioned as a six-part miniseries, but could expand beyond that—with Spain’s Mediapro,…Read more...

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