4 critics groups disqualify Disney movies from year-end awards in response to LA Times ban

Film critics associations across the country are banding together in support of the Los Angeles Times, which was recently banned by Disney from attending press screenings following some investigative pieces on the media conglomerate’s parks. Yesterday, The A.V. Club joined The Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg in her …

Meek Mill sentenced to at least 2 years in prison for violating probation

As reported by TMZ (via Pitchfork), Meek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation. The rapper was arrested in March on misdemeanor assault charges after allegedly getting into a fight with an airport employee, and he was arrested again on August for reckless endangerment and…

Media visionary petitions Netflix to replace Kevin Spacey with Kevin James 

Netflix has already fired Kevin Spacey from House Of Cards, meaning the show will wrap up its final season without its star—and also, as Netflix surely hopes, without the significant amount of controversy that now follows him. Of course, that’s probably going to necessitate a significant number of rewrites on House Of…

Harvey Weinstein reportedly had an army of spies to keep tabs on his accusers

In a new piece for The New Yorker, Ronan Farrow reports that Harvey Weinstein hired private security groups in 2016 to gather information on women who had accused him of sexual assault and on journalists who were working to expose the allegations against him. Apparently, the groups included Kroll, which The New Yorker …

Sony pulls Kevin Spacey vehicle All The Money In The World from AFI Fest

The growing list of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Kevin Spacey (and his poorly received “apology”) have already started bringing down his acting career, with Netflix firing him from House Of Cards’ final season and abandoning plans for his Gore Vidal biopic, and now Sony Pictures has announced that…

Fox News host thinks getting shot at church is a pretty lucky break, actually

In a display of moral contortion we must begrudgingly admit is rather impressive in its myopia, Fox News—which spent the morning of Paul Manafort’s indictment talking about cartoon cheeseburgers—has managed to put a positive spin on mass murder. And because we are forced to clarify which mass murder we’re talking…

ACLU defends blogger who said Taylor Swift needs to denounce white supremacy 

The ACLU has announced that it’s stepping up to defend Meghan Herning, an editor for PopFront who recently received a threatening letter from Taylor Swift and her attorney over a blog post called “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.” The piece was about how white supremacists…

The A.V. Club will no longer attend Disney press screenings until the L.A. Times can

This afternoon, Alyssa Rosenberg announced in The Washington Post that she will no longer attend advance screenings of any Disney-released films, including those from Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar. Her boycott is an expression of solidarity with The Los Angeles Times, whom Disney recently banned from all advance…

Take a trip to the automated hellscape of YouTube videos aimed at kids

There is something seriously wrong with kids videos on YouTube. Yesterday, a front-page article in The New York Times shined a spotlight on the service’s inability to keep bizarre, disturbing videos aimed at children out of its YouTube Kids app, which is marketed as a more filtered version of the site containing “tons…

Stream Exploded View’s psychedelic new EP Summer Came Early

A live-wire energy and pointed politics made Exploded View’s self-titled debut one of our 2016 Albums Of The Year. Its follow-up, the four-song EP Summer Came Early, feels like both an extension of that record and a step forward, with the four-piece tightening its improvisations while retaining the chaotic tension so…

The Fifty Shades Freed trailer wants to know if you caught that "climax" reference

In the spirit of the eye roll-inducing attempt at a naughty sex joke that occurs two minutes in to the Fifty Shades Freed trailer, a skilled lover knows the importance of sustained momentum in helping their partner reach climax. Fifty Shades Darker, meanwhile, has a plot point that involves the film’s hero,…

Massive oral history of Election Day 2016 reveals what it was like in SNL writer's room

In case anyone had been able to forget for even a single blissful second, it’s almost been exactly one year since Donald Trump became our president. Since then, he’s tried and failed to enact a travel ban; tried and failed to keep transgender people out of the military; picked fights with Kim Jong Un, the Bushes, and …

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Mark Hamill assures Star Wars fans that Luke Skywalker hasn't turned evil

If the last few trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and at least one preview photo are anything to go by, it seems like Luke Skywalker has been through some shit since we last saw him burning his father’s corpse on the forest moon of Endor while the teddy bears had a party—not counting his brief appearance at the…

Return to the psychedelic Spill Zone in this exclusive preview of volume 2

First Second’s Spill Zone is one of the year’s most pleasant graphic novel surprises, introducing an exciting, heartfelt, and visually striking sci-fi concept from writer Scott Westerfeld, artist Alex Puvilland, and colorist Hilary Sycamore. Westerfeld is best known as a novelist, but he’s crafted a story that takes…

Please, Disney: Let Migos be the hyenas in The Lion King

The cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King is already preposterously stacked, from beloved figures like Donald Glover and Beyoncé getting top billing to respected comedians like Eric Andre, John Oliver, and Keegan-Michael Key filling out the roster. It reads like one of those “who should play…

Andi Mack's Asher Angel to play Billy Batson in the Shazam! movie

Most superhero movies have the same actor play the hero whether they’re in their costume or not, since turning Bruce Wayne into Batman or Clark Kent into Superman simply requires putting on a mask or taking off a pair of glasses, but a fun twist of DC’s Shazam is that he’s a completely different person when he’s not a…

You don’t need to make things up to embellish Trump’s idiocy

Donald Trump is touring Japan at the moment, and within record time, his trip has already produced its first viral scandal. A photo of Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a koi pond quickly rocketed around the media yesterday, purportedly capturing Trump as he upended his box of fish food like a bored…