Hot new country track "Take A Knee, My Ass (I Won't Take A Knee)" confusingly protests something or other

Politically inclined country music has come a long—and not necessarily better—way in the years since Loretta Lynn sang about “The Pill” in 1975, with guys like Toby Keith extolling the virtues of boot-up-your-ass diplomacy to hordes of cheering fans (and the occasional inaugural crowd). Say what you like about Keith…

Netflix knows you're streaming on the can

Ah, the bathroom: The one public place where you’re allowed to call “Sanctuary!” and just lock a door, relax, and breathe a (shallow) sigh of relief. And hey, why not take off your jacket, while you’re at it? Kick off your shoes. (Note: Don’t actually do this unless you really trust the bathroom in question.) Maybe…

Ben Affleck's Justice League promo tour keeps turning into The Harvey Weinstein Show

Ben Affleck is dutifully making his way around the talk show circuit at the moment, giving a command performance as someone who’s not totally sick of all this “being Batman” bullshit by now. Affleck’s efforts to promote his new superhero throwdown Justice League keep getting sidetracked in interviews, though, as…

Billy Corgan is dead, long live Billy Corgan

William Patrick Corgan—“Billy” to his friends, former bandmates, and fans—continues to play the name game around the release of his latest album, Ogilala. When he first announced plans for the record, the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and teahouse entrepreneur set aside the childish moniker of “Billy” for his…

Easy is ready to loosen things up even more in the trailer for season 2

Joe Swanberg’s Easy was a somewhat unconventional add to the Netflix streaming lineup. The series deals with the love and sex lives of a variety of residents of Chicago’s North Side Lincoln Square neighborhood, and the improv-friendly director added a considerable level of openness and candor. Many of these residents…

Marti Noxon supports Mad Men writer’s claim against Matthew Weiner

Last week, Emmy-winning writer Kater Gordon came forward with a statement against her Mad Men boss Matthew Weiner in an interview with The Informant. She said that the Mad Men showrunner told her she “owed it to him” to let him see her naked. Gordon said she attempted to brush it off, but a year later Weiner fired…

JAY-Z demands justice for Meek Mill in New York Times op-ed

Rapper Meek Mill’s recent sentencing to two to four years in prison for a parole violation has been deemed disproportionately harsh by many—including the FBI, which is reportedly investigating charges of bias on the part of the Pennsylvania judge who handed down the sentence. Now JAY-Z, who owns the Roc Nation record…

Jimmy Kimmel improves Justice League by adding Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

As Justice League debuts in theaters, comic book fans are gearing up to finally see all their favorite DC heroes team up to fight a big, CGI baddie. But which of these memorable characters will moviegoers be most drawn to? Batman, the self-appointed champion of the 1 percent? The fast-talking, slightly faster-running…

Chance The Rapper brought a few sketch ideas to his SNL hosting gig

Tiffany Haddish set a new standard for Saturday Night Live guest hosts last week, kicking off with a hilarious and fiery monologue, then buoying the show when it was threatened by leaden premises. It’s a tough act to follow, but Chance The Rapper is going to take his best shot tomorrow. In addition to expressing the…

MoviePass introduces even cheaper $89.95/year plan 

In an unexpected turn of events, MoviePass, the subscription service that allows current users to see one 2-D first run movie a day for $9.95 a month, has responded to threats of legal action from AMC Theaters for its “unsustainable” prices by introducing an even cheaper option. Even we here at The A.V. Club declared…

Sir Patrick Stewart remains the actual sexiest man alive

When People magazine named Blake Shelton their 2017 Sexiest Man Alive this week, the public responded with varying degrees of anger, disgust, and, as we did, total indifference. But, while Twitter was busy repeatedly dunking on the average-looking country singer, the true sexiest man alive was waiting in the wings,…

Quentin Tarantino shacks up with Sony for his next movie

After a brief but intense wooing period where major Hollywood studios lined up like contestants on The Bachelor in hopes of catching the director’s attention, Quentin Tarantino has decided to shack up with Sony. Tarantino, as you may recall, recently found himself a free agent after his long-term business partner,…

Dave Chappelle’s ready to ring in the new year with Equanimity

2017 has been a kick in whatever body part you deem the most vulnerable. It’s the equivalent of being slammed against a concrete wall by the psionic powers of a genetically altered tween, something we’ve seen go down on Stranger Things, and now, in the teaser for Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special, Equanimity.

Sylvester Stallone denies sexual assault allegations, calls them "categorically false"

Yesterday, The Daily Mail ran a story saying that it had obtained a copy of a police report filed in 1986 alleging that Sylvester Stallone and his now-deceased bodyguard Michael De Luca had assaulted a 16-year old girl, forcing her to give both men oral sex and threatening to “beat her head in” if she reported what…

Meet the guy who yelled “finish him” on Mortal Kombat, be disillusioned forever

There was a smoky, satanic quality to the voice that urged you to “finish him” after crushing an opponent in Mortal Kombat; it was easy to imagine it echoing from beneath Shao Kahn’s skull mask as he watched you battle from his gilded throne. If that’s an image you’d like to maintain, it might be best to skip the…

Someone is editing all the bullshit out of celebrity sexual assault apologies

Over the past month, as more and more victims of sexual assault and harassment come forward to name their celebrity accusers, we’ve grown oddly accustomed to the pattern of these particular news stories: Someone accuses a celebrity of something terrible, we express shock/disappointment/lack of surprise, the celebrity…