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Microsoft declares Windows XP dead

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After several years of warnings, deadline extensions, and urgent pleas for users to upgrade already, Microsoft has finally washed its hands of Windows XP. Today marks the long-anticipated end of the company’s support for 13-year-old XP, meaning that there will be no further security patches for what

Only David Cronenberg could make gaming look this weird and gross

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3 mentions6 hours ago 6 hours ago
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.Existenz (1999)In Existenz, David Cronenberg treats technology as an extension of

Myst uses emptiness to calm you; its sequel uses emptiness to provoke you

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Special Topics In Gameology is an in-depth look at a specific corner of the gaming world in miniseries form. For this edition of the feature—Empty Spaces—we’re examining games’ most fascinating realms of desolation.Games are the rare artworks that don’t presume an audience. There are players, sure,

The second McConnaissance: 21 actors primed for reinvention and/or revival

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1. Adam SandlerOver the last decade, Adam Sandler’s film career has become as baggy and lazy as his on-screen wardrobe. Sandler typically rolls into his movies looking like he’s headed to a day by the pool—a premise that, with the addition of Kevin James and David Spade, may ...

The Following: “The Reaping”

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2 mentions11 hours ago 11 hours ago
Do you own a dog? Actually, I can do this one even if you don’t own a dog. Have you ever met a dog? If so, then you’ll know that particular look that a dog gets when you surprise it as it’s in the middle of doing something ...

“Only In Dreams” is the only epic Rivers Cuomo and Weezer will ever need

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The album may or may not be obsolete, but the fact remains: Listeners have long obsessed over individual songs. The Single File is The A.V. Club ’s look at the deep cuts, detours, experiments, and anthems that make us reach for replay.When Weezer was finalizing tracks for what would become

Full House Without Michelle’s new video takes sadness even further

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When The A.V. Club first saw “Full House Without Michelle,” the concept was amusing enough. It elicits the same type of laughs as Garfield Minus Garfield, but goes a bit more macabre by framing it with Danny Tanner inventing Michelle as a way of coping with his pregnant wife’s death ...

How (and why) to fight television culture's amnesia

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Late one night a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon an exciting new channel out in the back alleys of my cable package. That’s when I first laid eyes on Peter Gunn, which was exotic even apart from its shadowy look and circus-murder hook. I was bewitched ...

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

Bongzilla, Bongwater, and Bongripper: 10 bands named for marijuana

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1. Green Day Though it was originally just the name of a song, Green Day the band adopted Green Day the name after the group started to gain some steam. Armstrong picked up the phrase—Bay-area slang for a day spent constantly smoking weed—from some of his friends at UC ...

Game Of Thrones cordially invites you to take a damn seat at the kiddie table

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Most of us are accomplished watchers of TV and film, so we intuitively understand some of the concepts lurking in dense film-theory tomes. You won’t need them for Internet Film School, The A.V. Club’s column about film and television. In each installment, we explore a basic element of visu

Dobie Gillis found a winner by making its lead a loser

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For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and ...

Pulitzer Prize winners announced, feature writing declared dead

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This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced, and for the most part the journalism awards went as expected. The big winners are The Washington Post and The Guardian US, both of which were recognized in the Public Service category for their reportage and contextualizing of the Edward ...

Captain Underpants receives more library complaints than Fifty Shades Of Grey

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The American Library Association has released its annual list of the “most challenged” books in schools and public libraries, a compendium of the titles that have most frequently garnered the formal complaints that librarians sit around and read to each other in their off-hours, cackling madly. For

Get your nerd on with this geologic map of Game Of Thrones

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5 mentions3 days ago 3 days ago
The Internet seems to be filled with fake geek boys who watch Game Of Thrones for Daenerys Targaryen’s slinky outfits but who can’t describe the geological specificities of Westeros. Thankfully the site Generation Anthropocene is demonstrating its true nerd cred with a highly detailed map that break

Game Of Thrones’ “Khaleesi” is now a more popular baby name than “Betsy”

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In a trend that, as we reported a few months ago, has also resulted in a bunch of baby “Skylers” crawling around, in 2012 more American parents named their daughters after characters on Game Of Thrones than “Betsy” or “Nadine”—both super boring names that have never appeared on ...

When Zelda traded heroism for the murky morality of dreams

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The moral vacuum of dreams is discomfiting. I’m wandering backcountry Pennsylvania roads, somehow back in college, and I’m outdoors with my indoor cat. I’m distracted, knowing I’ve missed class again. Naturally. When a car hits my cat, I catch the driver on foot and punch him until he ...

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 ...

Star Wars: Episode VII will return to Tatooine (but not that Tatooine)

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Bringing us closer to the day when we report that Star Wars: Episode VII has been confirmed to have shots of outer space, The Hollywood Reporter passes along that the production is currently building an “extensive re-creation of Tatooine” for the upcoming sequel in Morocco. Amazingly, this isn’t ...

Game Of Thrones (newbies): “Two Swords”

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This Game Of Thrones post is written from the point of view of someone who has not read the books the series is based on. As such, spoilers are strictly forbidden. Any spoilers in comments will be deleted on sight. If you see spoilers, please mark them as best you ...

What fictional pop culture figure would you like to go drinking with?

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Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene ...

In 1997, Blink-182 broke away from the pop-punk pack

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In Fear Of A Punk Decade, the punk/hardcore/emo explosion of the ’90s is revisited, remembered, and reassessed, year by year.One night in 1997, I got mobbed by the followers of Blink-182.I wasn’t even there to see Blink-182. The up-and-coming group was playing at a Denver venue called the ...

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 ...

Archie comics to kill off Archie

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Fans of All-American wholesomeness will get a shock this summer, when comics staple Archie will finally end up with neither Betty nor Veronica, but rather the cold embrace of death. Archie Comics’ publisher has announced it will kill off its lead character in the July 16 issue of ...

Noah Baumbach has basically disowned one of his funniest films

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Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: Jim Jarmusch’s new film, Only Lovers Left Alive, is a great “hang-out movie.” Here are five other pictures that keep company with likable types.Highball (1997)Noah Baumb

Watch New Yorkers confirm that, yes, they'd have sex with Paul Rudd for a dollar

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Unsurprisingly, a lot of New Yorkers would have sex with Paul Rudd for one measly dollar—or even for free. At least, that’s what they told Rudd and Billy Eichner in a new segment for Eichner’s show Billy On The Street. Understandably, Rudd looks a little uncomfortable as Eichner ...

Community: “Basic Story”

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The last two steps on Dan Harmon’s famous story circle are that a character returns to a familiar situation, having changed, thanks to the events of the story. It’s a great summation of the way that stories work, but it’s also one of those things that’s difficult to ...

Watch a bunch of people talk shit about Drake to his face

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On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Drake took the rare opportunity to hear people lob insults at Drake—only this time, he openly solicited people to say them to his face. Drake donned glasses and a fake beard and took the streets as part of Kimmel’s regular “Lie Witness ...

Enormous web security bug has frightening implications, cute logo

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In Brian K. Vaughan’s digital comic series The Private Eye, the world of 2076 has dismantled the Internet and obsesses over personal privacy after “the cloud burst” and exposed everyone’s online secrets. A disaster with shades of that fictional “cloudburst” has happened on the non-fictional Internet

Which games don’t need a sequel?

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Welcome back to AVQ&A (Gameological edition), where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led

Bitchface comedian Joe Mande on why he hates Macklemore’s “Same Love”

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In HateSong, we ask our favorite musicians, writers, comedians, actors, and so forth to expound on the one song they hate most in the world.The hater: Just last month, comedian, Parks And Recreation writer, and noted LaCroix aficionado Joe Mande released his first record. Composed of more

Silicon Valley: “Minimum Viable Product”

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Mike Judge’s 1999 film Office Space, while not a success at the time it was initially released, has since grown into a cult classic thanks to its spot-on evisceration of the monotony of cubicle life. It took the frustration of the day-to-day and extended it to cartoonish levels,

Jimmie Walker on Good Times, Guyver fans, and kicking Penny Marshall’s ass

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Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.The actor: Jimmie Walker was quite happy doing stand-up routines in comedy clubs, but when everyone he knew started ge

Here's what the Internet is doing with your old album covers this week

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With Record Store Day approaching on April 19, the resurgent vinyl culture is stronger than ever. And the Internet, once predicted to be the Grim Reaper of records and record stores, is embracing the trend with some new art projects that are a beautiful fusion of old and ...

Here's most of the late-night hosts congratulating Stephen Colbert on his new job

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Yesterday’s naming of Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s successor continued to ripple across the media, spurring comments from the likes of Rush Limbaugh (about how this is tantamount to CBS having “declared war on the heart of America”) and Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro (who called Colbert’s

Fargo is elaborate, gorgeous fan service

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First things first: Fargo, the TV series, will never be as good as Fargo, the Coen brothers film. The former borrows heavily from the latter—the story, the accents, the style, and even the poster advertising it. The series could be good, or even great—it remains to be seen ...
 

 

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