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HBO Go's new ads capture the awkwardness of watching HBO with your family

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The folks at HBO possess an astoundingly acute sense of what it’s like to watch their shows with your parents in the room. The ads for the new HBO Go app feature a family who presumably shares one HBO-equipped television, with the all-too-familiar awkwardness that ensues when parents,

Johnny Depp gets digitized in the silly sci-fi polemic Transcendence

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Smartphones, lightning-fast Internet, and nanotechnology connect Transcendence to the here and now. But in plenty of other respects, this humorless science-fiction cautionary tale feels like a relic from an earlier era, pulled out of a dusty old box of zip disks and 56k modems. Forget that the basic

The Hobbit may change the title of its final film

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In news that may shake the very foundation of Tolkien scholarship (but probably not), a report has emerged saying New Line is considering changing the name of the final Hobbit film just months before its release. The rumor comes courtesy of fan site The One Ring, who passes along ...

The All-American Music Map tracks each region's genre tastes, fuels your elitism

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The last time we saw a map showcasing each state’s favorite musicians, it exposed the unsurprising, yet sobering reality that most people just really like Jay Z and Drake. The new “All-American Music Map” is a little more compelling, tracking the country’s preferences for different styles of mu

Celebrities were screamed at and Zac Efron didn't wear a shirt and that was the MTV Movie Awards

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Last night while you were watching Joffrey’s wedding on Game Of Thrones, another ceremony catering to the whims of teenagers played out on MTV—albeit one where the “Biggest #WTF Moment” was Leonardo DiCaprio driving a car poorly.  Still, the MTV Movie Awards certainly didn’t lack for trying whe

Why the Johnny Depp backlash is nonsense

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Johnny Depp has a new movie in theaters. For some, that will simply be occasion to see and evaluate a new film starring the popular entertainer and Oscar nominee Johnny Depp. For others, however, Transcendence will provide another opportunity, after last year’s The Lone Ranger, to ask what ...

Our new video series is coming to San Francisco with Shakey Graves next week, c’mon down

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The A.V. Club—with presenting sponsor Honda—just launched a new video series called Pioneering, in which we visit locations around America that are associated with pioneering musical acts and spend some time with a current musical guest as well.In each of the eight cities we visit, we’re filming a ...

Community: “Basic Sandwich”

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If “Basic Story” edged right up to the prospect of this particular story needing to come to an end, “Basic Sandwich” beats a hasty retreat from that precipice before anybody gets the wrong idea. It’s as bland as that episode was strong, and it brings the season to ...

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Sunday night’s episode of Game Of Thrones took an even darker turn than usual: Jaime Lannister, who has transitioned from one of the story’s villains to one of its heroes, takes the opportunity of his son’s death to rape his sister and lover, Cersei—in the Westerosi equivalent of ...

Unleashing the cartoon anarchy and wacky violence of Looney Tunes

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Welcome to the TV Roundtable, where some of TV Club’s writers tackle episodes that all deal with a central theme. Now through July: TV we loved as kids.Five Looney Tunes cartoons: “Hair-Raising Hare” (1946), “The Scarlet Pumpernickel” (1949), “Rabbit Of Seville” (1950), “Feed The Kitty” (1952),

True Detective + Family Circus = existential awesomeness

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Family Circus is a single-panel comic that has been in existence since 1960, and it makes light of life’s everyday family foibles. True Detective is an eight-episode HBO series about serial murder and the nature of good and evil. A new Tumblr called Time Is A Flat Circus ...

The best Matrix sequel went straight to DVD

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Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: Transcendence has us scanning our memory banks in search of the best technophobic thrillers.The Animatrix (2003)The mere fact that The Animatrix exists is al

Pharrell’s “Happy” video without any music is sad and creepy

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The only people who haven’t heard Pharrell’s “Happy” by now are actively avoiding it. The single has been No. 1 on the Billboard charts for eight weeks straight with no signs of slowing down. The accompanying music video—which features various individuals doing, well, happy stuff, like dancing

Everyone’s a critic on the movie poster satire site Awful Reviews

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Generally, the shorter the quote on a movie poster, the more scathing the review, as “this film attempts to be entertaining, but is a spectacular failure on all fronts” becomes “entertaining…spectacular”. But on the Tumblr/Twitter phenomenon known as Awful Reviews, the opposite is true. Awful

HBO developing Ridley Scott series about ancient aliens in Egypt

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For thousands of years, mankind has wondered what the deal is with ancient Egypt. All those pyramids, crazy hats, and cat gods don’t just come out of nowhere. And since the world’s greatest archeologists can’t seem to come up with any answers, we must once again turn to ...

The original Predator costume was absolutely ridiculous

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When Predator started filming back in 1986, the titular monster had a somewhat different and, according to most involved, significantly more “awful” look. A recent interview from the good folks at the Stan Winston School Of Character Arts goes in depth with Steve Johnson, the creature FX supervisor ...

Nickelodeon’s Rocko taught kids that the modern life ain’t the easy life

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The Internet is choked with nostalgia for the youth-oriented entertainments of the not-too-distant past: Tumblr blogs regurgitating images of half-forgotten toys; YouTube compilations of long-lost TV-show intros; countless blogs playing “Remember when?” with movies and video games whose rose-colored

Dan Wilson on Semisonic, Adele, and the sincerity of Taylor Swift

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In Set List, we talk to veteran musicians about some of their most famous songs, learning about their lives and careers, and maybe hearing a good backstage anecdote or two in the process. The artist: Though Dan Wilson got his start as a member of late ’80s rock band Trip ...

Watch Nick Kroll, Seth Green, Paul Scheer, and more do a live reading of Space Jam

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In February, rumors spread that LeBron James would be following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan and co-starring alongside Looney Tunes characters for a sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Space Jam. Those claims proved dubious when James’ legal team squashed the buzz, but that’s not kept people f

Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom

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Confirming yet again that the halls of academia are no place for interpreting things, a New Jersey professor was suspended over a Game Of Thrones T-shirt whose tagline—the Daenerys Targaryen quote, “I Will Take What Is Mine With Fire & Blood”—was interpreted by his colleague as a threat.

Childish Gambino is mad at his label, wants out of his record contract

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Someone at Glassnote Records has pissed off Donald Glover something fierce. Glover tweeted Sunday that he’s trying to get out of his deal with the label, saying that the company botched the release of his new Childish Gambino music video and blog. Glover contends that the release of ...

Brits, Australians, and the French like Game Of Thrones more than Americans

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If the stats contained within a new infographic are to be believed, people in the U.K, Australia, Spain, France, and a couple of other countries are bigger Game Of Thrones fans than residents of the United States are. Moreover, the most popular—or at least most talked about online—character ...

All the bacon and eggs: 14 characters with a passion for breakfast food

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1. Leslie Knope, Parks And Recreation“We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third,” says Leslie Knope, with her priorities clearly in order. Amy Poehler’s character is the one character in Parks And Recreation who ...

Some major music labels are suing Pandora over old songs

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It’s hard out there for everybody. You do your best and work hard, but sometimes you still don’t get that job you applied for, or that cute guy never calls back, or maybe the constant march of technology makes you and your entire industry increasingly obsolete. One long-suffering ...

Readers weigh in on the Zelda series’ darker moments

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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 for grammar, length, and/or clarity. You can follow the links to see the full threads.A Terrible FateThis wee

Exclusive: Listen to tourmates The Hold Steady and Deer Tick cover each other's songs

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A.V. Undercover alumni The Hold Steady and Deer Tick are kicking off a tour together tonight in Boston, and in celebration of their mutual love, the bands have each recorded a cover of the other’s song—and we’ve got the exclusive streams. Deer Tick did an excellent job with ...

This interactive Game Of Thrones map has everything

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Much has been said about the fact that our culture is experiencing an unprecedented era of nerd domination. Within this newfound hierarchy of nerd popularity, cartographers must rank pretty high; how else can you explain the huge influence of highly-detailed maps of fictionalized places that are slo

HBO signs streaming deal with Amazon Prime, giving you another login to “borrow”

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HBO has completed an exclusive licensing deal that will bring many of the network’s high-profile shows to the Amazon Prime streaming service, Deadline reports. (It’s “exclusive” in the sense that Netflix, etc., will not get the same deal; HBO Go’s offerings are unaffected.) The move marks the first ...

How the ’80s Twilight Zone honored and extended Rod Serling’s legacy

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There’s an episode of Northern Exposure in which the impressionable, young Shelly Tambo (Cynthia Geary) becomes addicted to watching TV after her doting husband Holling (John Cullum) installs a satellite dish. In need of guidance, Shelly turns to Cicely, Alaska’s resident spiritual adviser and high

The first Jurassic World photos have everything you love about Jurassic Park, except dinosaurs

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Production is well underway on Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow’s addition to the terrifying saga in which dinosaurs—unchecked by their local bureaucracy’s lax attitude toward zoning laws—break beyond Jurassic Park to take over the whole world, their ruthless expansion rivaled only by Walgreens. Of c

Fargo: “The Rooster Prince”

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Todd: “There’s more than one right thing,” Gus Grimly tells his adolescent daughter, and she looks at him skeptically. This is exactly the sort of thing you can tell your child with the full weight of adulthood and all its compromises behind it, but it’s also the sort ...

Bad Teacher struggles with just how bad it can be

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CBS’ adaptation of Bad Teacher throws so many talented people at the question of how to turn the Cameron Diaz movie into a TV show that it will inevitably come to a point where it’s at least relatively good, if not excellent. The show’s cast is headed up ...

Archer Vice: “Arrival/Departure”

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Todd: “Arrival/Departure’s” main goal is to put a cap on this wild, wooly season of Archer, to take the whole story of Archer Vice and make some sense of it, while also returning the characters to a place where they will believably be back to their usual spy ...

Community mounted a comeback by caring for its setting

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The tagline “a show set in a community college” runs beneath the title card of Community’s “G.I. Jeff,” and that’s an important distinction. Greendale is a setting within the episode’s animated G.I. Joe fantasy, and it’s what originally brought together the group of people Jeff Winger (Joe

“SpottieOttie what?” A beginner’s guide to Outkast

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Primer is The A.V. Club’s ongoing series of beginners’ guides to pop culture’s most notable subjects: filmmakers, music styles, literary genres, and whatever else interests us—and hopefully you. This installment: Outkast.Outkast 101To a certain set of music fans, a basement in Lakewood Hei