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Best Coast picks its favorite 5 pieces of pop culture about L.A.

In the midst of touring the country, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno took time off to talk to us about their favorite 5 pieces of pop culture set in L.A., from The Hills to Adventures in Hollywood.

Mary Shelley's Haifaa Al-Mansour isn't sweating the title of "first female Saudi film director"

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Al-Mansour’s follow up is Mary Shelley, the story of the…

Elle Fanning is really into magic

Disclaimer: This video was filmed in September 2017 before the rape allegations against David Blane came to light.

“Hyperspace” shows how science can inform science fiction

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. Today, Kory explains not only how science can inform science fiction, but how science fiction can influence scientific discovery, starting…

Baron Davis drafts an all-Hollywood starting five

Hollywood loves basketball—they love to make movies about it, sit courtside and watch it, and occasionally suit up and actually play it. Often, that love goes both ways, as two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis can attest. Davis had a lengthy career on the court, and made the leap to filmmaking off the court in 2008 when…

From Fargo to Napoleon Dynamite: Haifaa Al-Mansour picks the 5 films that influenced her the most

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Now al-Mansour’s following up her debut with Mary Shelley, the…

Elle Fanning and the cast of Mary Shelley didn’t know much about the author before reading the script

Haifaa al-Mansour’s new film Mary Shelley tells the story of the world-famous novelist when she was know as Mary Godwin. Starring Elle Fanning as the eponymous author, the film begins when Godwin is just 18, and follows the events in her life that inspired her to write Frankenstein, including her relationship with…

Joe Pera walks us through every episode of the upcoming Joe Pera Talks With You

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, which premieres this Sunday, is created by Pera, and co-produced with Late Night With Seth Meyers…

Director Haifaa al-Mansour spent most of her childhood watching American films with her dad

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Now she’s following up her debut with a pair of English-language…

Colony’s Tory Kittles and Alex Neustaedter pick their favorite works of science fiction

USA’s dystopian sci-fi series Colony is officially in its third season, and the Bowmans and their allies are in a world of trouble beyond the walls of the Los Angeles bloc. In honor of the new season, we spoke with Tory Kittles and Alex Neustaedter to find out their favorite alien stories from pop culture. The list…

Emily Mortimer on singing with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and telling fart jokes with Elaine Stritch

While promoting the Taken-esque, vigilante action-thriller Harry Brown back in 2010, Emily Mortimer joined us for a Random Roles where she talked to us about Lars And The Real Girl, Transsiberian, and 30 Rock.

Simpsons editor Taylor Allen teaches us how an episode comes together

Another season of the The Simpsons  has come and gone, breaking another handful of records along the way. At this point in its history, after almost 30 years on the air, the show has become a well-oiled machine, churning out 20-25 episodes a year without hiccup (usually). So how does it all come together? Animatic…

We had former All-Star Baron Davis rate all the jerseys he sported during his NBA career

Former professional basketball player Baron Davis had a lengthy, noteworthy career on the court. He was a two-time NBA All-Star, led the league in steals on two separate occasions, played for six different NBA franchises, and on this day 11 years ago, he entered Andrei Kirilenko’s nightmares and never left. During our…

Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti reflects on his lengthy competitive-eating career

Ex-competitive eater and former wing-eating champion of the world Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti knows how to put food away, as evidenced by his list of eating-related world records. After putting him through the wringer with a couple of food-related challenges, we sat down with Bertoletti to talk about his lengthy…

Dave Hill talks puppies and curling in our new game, “Gram Slam”

Dave Hill is a comedian, musician, occasional guest star on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, host of WFMU’s The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, and Dick Cavett’s best friend. He also maintains a pretty great Instagram account, filled with selfies, tour hijinks, and pictures of his adorable dog, Luci. In our new game, “Gram Slam,”…

Barry’s Anthony Carrigan talks NoHo Hank, and always being cast as a villain

Anthony Carrigan’s career has taken off in the past couple years thanks to a handful of stand-out, villainous TV roles. He went up against Jim Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department as the sadistic serial killer Victor Zsasz on Gotham, faced off against Team Flash as The Mist on The Flash, and, most recently,…

Colony’s Peter Jacobson talks about his love for Close Encounters and Arrival

USA’s dystopian sci-fi series Colony is officially in its third season, and the Bowmans and their allies are in a world of trouble beyond the walls of the Los Angeles bloc. In honor of the new season, we spoke with Peter Jacobson to find out his favorite alien stories from pop culture.

Why watch movies on film?

Today, most movies are projected digitally. But there’s more to seeing a film projected the old-fashioned way, from a 35mm or 70mm print, than a nostalgic return to the days when movies flickered on theater screens. To learn more, The A.V. Club paid a visit to the projection booth of Chicago’s storied Music Box…

Please don’t try this at home: Pat Bertoletti shows us how to drink a gallon of milk in 30 seconds

Ex-competitve eater Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti has already shown us how to tear through a plate of chicken wings. Now, in his ongoing quest to make his parents proud, Bertoletti teaches us how to drink a gallon of chocolate milk in 30 seconds. The result is equal parts impressive and nauseating.

Gus Van Sant on why he didn’t cast a quadriplegic lead in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Based on the memoir of the same name, Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Earlier this year, disability advocacy group Ruderman Family…

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