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Iceland's Eurovision entry invites families everywhere into the BDSM pain-sphere Iceland's Eurovision entry invites families everywhere into the BDSM pain-sphere

The “weird Eurovision entry” has been a staple of internet consumption of the annual international song contest for years now, as people around the planet—including non-combatants in the U.S.—wait to see which country fields the most bizarre entry in the yearly competition. Weird Eurovision picks tend to go the…

David Byrne is bringing his American Utopia to Broadway David Byrne is bringing his American Utopia to Broadway

David Byrne is no stranger to the stage; in addition to obviously theatrical productions like Jonathan Demme’s landmark concert film Stop Making Sense, the former Talking Heads frontman has written music for a number of operas and musicals over the years, including Alex Timbers’ celebrated Here Lies Love. Now he’s…

Random dumbass sucker-flying-jump-kicks an unimpressed Arnold Schwarzenegger Random dumbass sucker-flying-jump-kicks an unimpressed Arnold Schwarzenegger

If there’s a downside to having spent the vast majority of your life embodying a certain ideal of human physicality—as Arnold Schwarzenegger pretty demonstrably has, regardless of your feelings on that particular, hyper-muscular image—it’s that there’s always some dumb motherfucker out there who (to paraphrase the…

John Wick expected to defeat The Avengers this weekend, which sounds about right John Wick expected to defeat The Avengers this weekend, which sounds about right

Look, we don’t want to get into a whole thing here about whether Keanu Reeves’ super-assassin John Wick could beat The Avengers in a fight. (We’d much rather save that sort of idle internet speculation for our new spec script, John Wick Vs. Dracula 2: Dracula Is Also A Cyborg Now.) But it’s becoming clearer by the…

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire canceled, a scant decade after you assumed it went off the air Who Wants To Be A Millionaire canceled, a scant decade after you assumed it went off the air

Lo: Just as Regis begat Meredith, who begat Cedric, who begat Terry, who begat the generically handsome man who’s hosted The Bachelor for the last hundred or so years, the prophecy has finally been fulfilled, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has been eliminated from the airwaves at last. (The American version, at…

New Mortal Kombat movie to issue a hearty "Get over here, moviegoers!" in March 2021 New Mortal Kombat movie to issue a hearty "Get over here, moviegoers!" in March 2021

The 1995 Mortal Kombat movie has only two major redeeming qualities: It’s not 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and it brought Oliver Adams’ “Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat)” into our collective lives. Beyond that major contribution to the sports arena DJ canon, the film was a pretty lousy action movie—which didn’t…

The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer to direct Disney's "meta" new Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers movie The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer to direct Disney's "meta" new Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers movie

Willing into existence a reality in which a single IMDB page must attempt to contain both “Jizz In My Pants” and “the new Chip ‘N Dale movie,” THR reports that Lonely Island favorite Akiva Schaffer has just been tapped as the director of Disney’s long-brewing cinematic adaptation of its beloved Rescue Rangers …

Bring on the battle bears in this new teaser for HBO's His Dark Materials show

HBO is about to find itself—as of Sunday—with a serious dearth of high-fantasy big-budget literary adaptations on its slate. Which might explain why the network unleashed a new teaser for its Philip Pullman show His Dark Materials today, re-introducing viewers to Dafnee Keen’s resourceful orphan Lyra and the various…

R-Bats to allegedly face off against Catwoman and Penguin in The Batman R-Bats to allegedly face off against Catwoman and Penguin in The Batman

Information continues to trickle out this week about Matt Reeves’ upcoming film The Batman, which is not only bound and determined to exist despite the Bat-agnosticism of Ben Affleck and large swathes of the movie-going public, but which recently made headlines by casting (or coming close to casting, depending on who…

Hey *bwarp* nerds, there's an official Rick And Morty D&D set on the way Hey *bwarp* nerds, there's an official Rick And Morty D&D set on the way

Good news for anyone who’s ever watched Adult Swim’s endlessly profane, relentlessly inventive Rick And Morty and thought “Gosh I wish I could be a quasi-omnipotent super scientist who ignores the emotional needs of the people around him, drinks constantly, and is generally completely immune to the consequences of his…

Why bother playing games, when you can just read them instead? Why bother playing games, when you can just read them instead?

Every Friday, several 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?

A bunch of writers—including the showrunner—just bailed on the Beverly Hills, 90210 revival A bunch of writers—including the showrunner—just bailed on the Beverly Hills, 90210 revival

Things do not appear to be well at America’s angstiest zip code tonight, with Variety reporting that several “senior” writers—including showrunner Patrick Sean Smith—have ditched Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210 revival. It’s not clear yet why the Greek creator and several of his associates have bailed on BH90210—as it is,…

Colbert thinks Alabama's new viral marketing campaign for The Handmaid's Tale is going a little far Colbert thinks Alabama's new viral marketing campaign for The Handmaid's Tale is going a little far

It’s been a bad week in America—which is to say, it’s been a bad couple of years in America, and this week saw that badness manifest in one of its most obviously upsetting forms—as a number of states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia passed or publicized frighteningly restrictive laws on abortion. You…

Robert Pattinson is now Batman, which we swear is not a Twilight joke Robert Pattinson is now Batman, which we swear is not a Twilight joke

Robert Pattinson has spent the last several years shedding the shadow of (semi-) nocturnal predators, moving away from his career-making role in the Twilight movies—a franchise he reportedly viewed with a not-inconsiderable amount of eye-rolling amusement, if not outright disdain—in favor of more challenging films…

Gerard Butler, Gerard Butler's horrible American accent star in the trailer for Angel Has Fallen

Shit always seems to be falling around Secret Service agent Mike Banning, whether it’s Olympuses, or Londons, or what have you. Now Mike himself—still played by Gerard Butler, still doing an American accent he apparently learned by watching Christian Bale’s gravel-throated Batman movies—is getting ready to take a…

YouTube's Defunctland chronicles the creation and evolution of The Muppet Show YouTube's Defunctland chronicles the creation and evolution of The Muppet Show

Few pop culture success stories have been analyzed as thoroughly as that of Jim Henson and The Muppet Show, tracking a long, frequently unbelievable path from early stage shows, to talk show favorites, to mainstream success. (With a brief stop for “Why in god’s name is this part of Saturday Night Live?” along the…

Matt Groening's Disenchantment is back on September 20 Matt Groening's Disenchantment is back on September 20

Confession time: We struggled occasionally to find the magic in Netflix’s recent Matt Groening fantasy parody Disenchantment, with a strong voice cast straining at times to lift overly familiar material. Still, the show’s first installment ended on a powerful note, doubling down on its serialized elements while still…

Disney announces some new layoffs to go with all those big fancy box office records Disney announces some new layoffs to go with all those big fancy box office records

It’s a damn good time to be Disney right now; the entertainment giant just bought Fox and is well on its way to absorbing Hulu, its live-action films and animated properties continue to thrive, and its Marvel franchise of films has never been more lucrative, with Avengers: Endgame not only serving as the culmination…

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