A brief history of Nintendo’s weird-ass commercials

Most big companies are so scared of their shareholders that their commercials tread a few comfortable lines, whether it’s having annoying people singing bad versions of popular songs or doing some variation of whatever the hell Geico’s been doing for the last gazillion years. The stakes were lower in the ’80s and…

Today is your official last day ever to argue about the ending of Blade Runner

With the highly anticipated sequel hitting theaters this weekend, today is pretty much the last day you can reflect on the themes and philosophical implications of 1982’s Blade Runner before whatever is going to happen in Blade Runner 2049 completely changes what you think. The original Ridley Scott feature is not…

Netflix orders Michael B. Jordan superhero family drama to series

Michael B. Jordan, who’s played characters with such wonderful comic-book names as Johnny Storm, Eric Killmonger, and Adonis Johnson (that last one isn’t a comic-book movie, but still), is bringing his superheroic expertise to Netflix. Jordan has signed on as executive producer and co-star of a new series for the…

Watch Harrison Ford express actual, human joy as an interview goes off the rails

Harrison Ford is a slam-dunk late-night interview, his droll humor and stone-faced inability to give a shit leading to all-time great sit-downs with hosts who can keep up, like David Letterman. Watching him shit on Blade Runner 2049 co-star Ryan Gosling has been a blast, but at some point, the facade must crack,…

Jeopardy! has found its newest superstar, and he is a sassy bearded man

Over the last several years, Jeopardy! has remained relevant by serving as a breeding ground for intellectual personalities. First, there was Ken Jennings, the charismatic brainiac who won 74 games in a row—the show’s longest winning streak—and took home more than $3 million. He’s since published a number of…

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were almost charged with fraud over shady condo deal

Lately it seems that not a week goes by without some revelation about the Trump family’s shadiness, whether it’s meeting with Russian officials about getting dirt on a political opponent or using private email accounts to correspond with White House staff. A new joint report from ProPublica, WNYC, and The New Yorker …

Radiohead, Nina Simone, and Kate Bush among this year's Rock Hall Of Fame nominees

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced the nominees for its 2018 class, and they include several exciting names in the newcomers group, along with some acts that already have a handful of nominations, making them all the more eager to be inducted already. As The New York Times reports, Radiohead, Rage Against…

Las Vegas gunman had booked a hotel near Lollapalooza

Details about the Las Vegas shooting and gunman Stephen Paddock, who took his own life after killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 others, continue to trickle in, with some outlets reporting on the 33 rifles and other firearms the shooter was legally able to purchase over the course of just 11 months. Just as…

Pedro The Lion is getting back together after 11 years apart

Eleven years after amicably splitting, downbeat indie rock band Pedro The Lion is getting back together, with frontman (and prolific solo artist) David Bazan announcing the news today. This incarnation of the band—which always had a rotating roster built around Bazan—will feature returning bassist Jonathan Ford, as…

Run The Jewels to open for Lorde on her 2018 tour

Lorde announced a lengthy tour in support of her new album Melodrama way back in June, but if tracks like “Green Light” and old hits like “Royals” aren’t enough to get you out of the house and over to your local concert venue, the reveal of Lorde’s tour openers might change that. As reported by Stereogrum, Lorde will…

Nicole Kidman to play LAPD detective in Karyn Kusama-directed crime thriller

According to Deadline, Nicole Kidman is set to star in a “modern Los Angeles crime thriller” from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama called Destroyer. Kidman will be playing LAPD detective Erin Bell, who goes on a “moral and existential odyssey” when the leader of a “cult-like gang” that she went undercover with years…

Marvel and Netflix pull The Punisher from NY Comic-Con

As America faces a newly rekindled argument about gun control in the wake of last Sunday’s shootings in Las Vegas, Marvel has announced that it’s pulling an appearance from its most gun-friendly anti-hero, The Punisher, from the upcoming New York Comic-Con. This is per Deadline, which reports that Marvel and Netflix…

Good news, kids: We may have finally found Santa's corpse

Like a bunch of miserable Phoebe Cates-es delivering a heartbroken monologue in Gremlins, Turkish archaeologists may have finally stumbled over the dead body of Santa Claus. Specifically, historical investigators in the town of Demre, Turkey—built in the same area where the historical Saint Nicholas was thought to…

B-movie legends and future cult classics complete the lineup for Chicago's Cinepocalypse festival

Chicago’s newly minted Cinepocalypse film festival announced its final wave of programming this afternoon, building upon an already-solid base of Eric Roberts, Simon Barrett, and Finnish superheroes announced at the end of August. The new lineup fills out the previously announced “Blood.Guts.Bullets.Octane” series…

Fox And Friends is expanding, so Donald Trump will now get even less done 

Barack Obama didn’t even have time to play The Witcher 2 when he was president, but it seems like Donald Trump still catches every episode of Fox And Friends and then lets it inform all of his policy decisions. It would be one thing if he did that and then also accomplished things, but Trump tends to be more…

Former Glee cast member sentenced to up to 7 years on child pornography charges

Mark Salling, the actor who played reformed bully Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Fox’s Glee, has entered a guilty plea to child pornography charges as part of a plea bargain that will see him serve between four and seven years in jail. (Salling was previously facing a possible sentence of as much as 20 years.) Salling will…

Idris Elba to star in semi-autobiographical British comedy series

Idris Elba has lined up a new gig, and it sounds like a bit of departure from what he normally does. According to The Wrap, he’s set to star in a new comedy series for British TV called In The Long Run, and it will be “based loosely on his childhood.” Elba created the show, and the Wrap story explains that it’s set in…

Here's video of Larry David being as happy as Larry David gets about being related to Bernie Sanders

Earlier this year, Larry David—always looking for new ways to insert awkwardness into the universe—spilled a secret he wasn’t supposed to share from the then-upcoming season of PBS’s celebrity genealogy show Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, JR. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star was apparently just too delighted…