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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 27, 2020 at 19:00.

We are pleased to report the Nicolas Cage in Grand Isle is the Cage you were hoping for

We are pleased to report the Nicolas Cage in Grand Isle is the Cage you were hoping for
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The condemned: Grand Isle (2019)

The plot: At a certain point around the late 2000s, Nicolas Cage movies stopped being other things and more or less became a genre we’ll call “Nicolas Cage movies.” In short, these are genre exercises we...

Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 23, 2020 at 02:15. 8 comments

Sting totally rejects the idea of a biopic, maybe because of all the tantric sex

Sting totally rejects the idea of a biopic, maybe because of all the tantric sex

While we’ve been enjoying a current renaissance of rock-star biopics, thanks to the successes of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman , there’s one artist whose personal rags-to-riches story you won’t see playing out on the big screen any time soon: Sting. And while there may be a number of reasons for that, let’s just go ahead and assume it’s because vast stretches of the film would simply be...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 17, 2020. 11 comments

HBO Max is fishing up an animated Aquaman miniseries from James Wan

HBO Max is fishing up an animated Aquaman miniseries from James Wan

If you found James Wan’s 2018 Aquaman to be an awfully cartoonish superhero outing, it seems Wan agrees with you: The director of DC’s blockbuster hit is turning the hero into an actual cartoon for HBO Max.

The streaming service announced that it has teamed up with Wan and his Atomic Monster production company to make Aquaman: King Of Atlantis, a three-part animated miniseries. Each...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 14, 2020. 19 comments

The Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels trailer promises dark magics in 1930s L.A.

The Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels trailer promises dark magics in 1930s L.A.

Showtime’s new Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels may be set in the same universe of its previous gothic-horror fantasy Penny Dreadful, but there’s not a lot they seem to share, save for the existence of magic. Instead, creator John Logan has found a new muse in the racial and political tensions generated at a time when rapid technological and industrial change was transforming the landscape of...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 14, 2020. 4 comments

Pearl Jam are finally releasing a new album

Pearl Jam are finally releasing a new album

It’s about damn time. Even for a band that has spent the past two decades taking its sweet time in between releases, it’s been more than six years since the group’s last album, the lackluster Lightning Bolt, dropped. Time for some new songs, gentlemen.

In a press release that went out today, it was announced the new record would be called Gigaton, which is a funny name for a record, though...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 14, 2020. 14 comments

Shameless, at long last, is coming to an end

Shameless, at long last, is coming to an end

It looks like corporate decision-making finally did what booze, drugs, and the economic realities of low-income America couldn’t: take out the Gallaghers. Showtime announced that it has renewed Shameless for an 11th and final season, according to Deadline.

Showtime president Gary Levine announced at the TCA Press Tour that this would be the swan song for the pay-cable network’s long-running...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 11, 2020. 13 comments

R.I.P. Neil Peart, drummer for Rush

R.I.P. Neil Peart, drummer for Rush

Neil Peart, the longtime drummer for rock band Rush, has died. Widely considered to be one of the best and most technically proficient rock drummers of all time, the musician passed away on Tuesday morning in Santa Monica, California, from brain cancer, according to Rolling Stone. A representative for his family confirmed Peart had been struggling with the illness for the past three years. He...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 11, 2020. 15 comments

Underwater proves Kristen Stewart is more than ready to be a bonafide action star

Underwater proves Kristen Stewart is more than ready to be a bonafide action star

In some ways, it’s ironic that Sigourney Weaver’s star-making performance as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in Alien has become synonymous with “badass heroine.” After all, a big part of what makes Weaver so effective in the role is she’s doing the antithesis of action-star posturing. She makes Ripley unsure of her decisions, unsteady in the execution of her plans, and—perhaps most...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 10, 2020. 11 comments

The Birds Of Prey trailer is oh so ready to unleash Harley Quinn and friends

The Birds Of Prey trailer is oh so ready to unleash Harley Quinn and friends

It’s going to be rather difficult to hear “It’s Oh So Quiet” again—or at least for at least the next couple of months, anyway—without thinking of this expertly assembled little advertisement for Margot Robbie’s upcoming Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Liberation Of One Harley Quinn. Say what you will about DC’s choices in other areas; but they can cut together a damn fine trailer.

Much like...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 09, 2020. 8 comments

Here's a glimpse of the cool-looking FX on Hulu shows you won't be able to watch on FX

Here's a glimpse of the cool-looking FX on Hulu shows you won't be able to watch on FX

In what is either an effort to confuse viewers or annoy the living hell out of anyone still feeling loyalty to watching TV in a more traditional manner via cable or satellite dish, FX is ramping up its streaming efforts by creating shows that won’t even air on FX. But they’ll air on FX on Hulu; yes, it’s a bit weird.

A brief new teaser trailer posted by FX Networks is essentially a fluffy bit...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 30, 2019. 22 comments

A film about prostitutes, drugs, and a serial killer shouldn’t be this boring

A film about prostitutes, drugs, and a serial killer shouldn’t be this boring
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The condemned: She’s Just A Shadow (2019)

The plot: There’s a fairly straightforward plot lurking within She’s Just A Shadow. Two, actually: one about a serial killer murdering prostitutes in modern-day Tokyo, and another about the slow...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 23, 2019. 24 comments

Mr. Robot ends with hope, heartache, peace—and one final twist

Mr. Robot ends with hope, heartache, peace—and one final twist
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“One of the commonest and most generally accepted delusions is that every man can be qualified in some particular way—said to be kind, wicked, stupid, energetic, apathetic, and so on. People are not like that. We may say of a man that he is more often kind than cruel, more often wise than stupid, more often energetic...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 20, 2019. 13 comments

Lee Daniels to direct a new superhero movie from Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman

Lee Daniels to direct a new superhero movie from Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman

Because the only thing more guaranteed to continue shambling on in mindless perpetuity than the undead are superhero movies, today comes word of yet another one, albeit outside the usual Marvel/DC purview. The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman has written a new costumed hero comic, and even though it’s not even out yet, Lee Daniels has presumably taken a look at the royalties shelled out to...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 17, 2019. 2 comments

See Jo Firestone and others record this exclusive clip of National Lampoon Radio Hour: The Podcast

See Jo Firestone and others record this exclusive clip of National Lampoon Radio Hour: The Podcast

National Lampoon on the radio has been a longtime comedy staple in America, ever since the legendary humor group began airing sketch bits featuring John Belushi and Gilda Radner back in 1973. But this year, for the first time, new installments of National Lampoon Radio Hour: The Podcast will give audiences a chance to see the formation of these comedy pieces happen in the studio as they’re...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 11, 2019. 21 comments

Help us come up with The A.V. Club's 11 Questions for 2020

Help us come up with The A.V. Club's 11 Questions for 2020

For more than half a decade now we’ve been doing 11 Questions, the A.V. Club feature in which we ask famous people a list of burning questions suggested by our readers, and it’s given us answers to everything from “Do you have a favorite swear word?” to “Who could you take in a fight?” So as we do every year at this time, we turn to you—the smartest and funniest commenter community on the...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 09, 2019. 20 comments

Nearing the end, Mr. Robot delivers its version of a rom-com road trip

Nearing the end, Mr. Robot delivers its version of a rom-com road trip
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“We never know self-realization. We are two abysses—a well staring at the sky.”—Fernando Pessoa, The Book Of Disquiet

If you made a list of standard cinematic tropes in order to predict which ones Mr. Robot would be most likely to do a gloss on, “Person running through the airport to catch their romantic interest before...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 07, 2019. 7 comments

Hulu’s Reprisal is all about style over substance, but it has style to burn

Hulu’s Reprisal is all about style over substance, but it has style to burn
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Say what you will about Reprisal’s mistakes—and there are more than a few of them in Hulu’s latest series—it’s undeniable that everyone involved in this project looks like they’re having the absolute time of their lives. From the opening moments that reveal the origin story of this femme fatale revenge thriller,...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 05, 2019. 18 comments

Oh great, here's Zack Snyder showing the physical existence of Justice League's "Snyder cut"

Oh great, here's Zack Snyder showing the physical existence of Justice League's "Snyder cut"

This is getting ridiculous. We already know the “Snyder cut” of Justice League is something that exists. Kevin Smith has seen it . Jason Momoa has seen it , and assured us it is “ssssiiicccckkkkkk”—presumably not in a slowly-dying-from-malaria sort of way. It exists, and it is almost certainly an assembly cut with little to no completed CGI and a likely metric ton of pre-viz. But as the gods...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 02, 2019. 16 comments

Weekend Box Office: America gives thanks for Frozen II and Knives Out

Weekend Box Office: America gives thanks for Frozen II and Knives Out

As the collective stomach of America gorged itself on a cornucopia of gravy- and butter-slathered foodstuffs for Thanksgiving—followed by relatives quickly making excuses as to why they have to get back home as soon as possible, but they’ll definitely see you for Christmas—the nation’s multiplexes similarly offered a feast of cinematic options to cater to even the most discerning moviegoer....

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 02, 2019. 24 comments

After four seasons, Mr. Robot finally arrives at its fateful confrontation

After four seasons, Mr. Robot finally arrives at its fateful confrontation
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“But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
On prospects drear!
An’ forward tho’ I canna...

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