PBS suspends Tavis Smiley over sexual misconduct allegations

Another PBS talk show star has come under fire for alleged sexual improprieties, with Variety reporting that Tavis Smiley—host of the long-running late-night talk show of the same name—has been suspended by the company after an investigation into his actions. According to a statement by PBS today, their third-party…

Actual space people will be getting a special screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Very few people can relate to the characters in Star Wars like the astronauts working on the International Space Station can. After all, they’re the closest thing our universe has to the space-faring adventurers of the Rebel Alliance, since they also live among the stars and believe in an invisible Force that…

Netflix zaps new life into Sean Bean's The Frankenstein Chronicles

Remember when new takes on Frankenstein were the hottest thing in the entertainment industry? It was after everybody was making Wizard Of Oz stuff, but it ended a few years ago when Fox decided to change the name of a show about a dead cop coming back to life from Frankenstein to The Frankenstein Code and then Second

Real-life Conjuring guy was possessed by desire for young girl, gross report says

There’s a whole lot of God in the Conjuring franchise, and not just because it’s about a demon-hunting couple that shouts things like, “In the power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, I condemn you back to hell!” No, Ed and Lorraine Warren—the real-life couple whose experiences inspired the films—were true-believer…

“Hell yes,” Rian Johnson wants to see more diversity among Star Wars directors

The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest in film history, which means the opportunity to helm one of its installments is both quite a boon, and a significant show of confidence in the filmmaker’s ability. Unfortunately, those chances have, to date, been offered exclusively to white male directors. This, despite

After beating Roy Moore, Doug Jones walked off to "Teach Me How To Dougie"

If we’re all being honest, a lot of people didn’t really expect Doug Jones—a Democrat—to beat Republican Roy Moore—an accused pedophile—in Alabama’s special election this week to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat. Someone within Team Jones must have kept the faith, though, because they cued up a pretty solid track to…

Harvey Weinstein made death threats, demanded full-frontal nude scene, Salma Hayek says

The day after Harvey Weinstein’s Hong Kong fixer was exposed in a series of investigative reports by online magazine HK01, actress/producer Salma Hayek published an op-ed in The New York Times telling her Weinstein story, a reminder that these stories go much deeper than the initial headlines. Called “Harvey Weinstein…

Christopher Nolan walks you through the most terrifying scene in Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is one of the year’s best films, a propulsive World War II film that’s been celebrated by both critics and, well, people who were actually there. There’s plenty about it to praise—its score, for example—but on first watch it’s the urgency and intimacy Nolan cultivates that gives the film…

Die Hard, Titanic, The Goonies, and more added to the National Film Registry

The 2017 edition of the National Film Registry’s annual list of films to be saved first should American culture catch on fire—a joke we make every year, and which feels a little more prescient every time—was released earlier today. And, as usual, it stands astride the worlds of populist entertainment and rarefied…

The hero of Dilbert is now Dilbert's boss

Given that today’s “funnies” aren’t found in the papers so much as they are Twitter threads and listicles, a cartoon like Scott Adams’ workplace satire Dilbert probably isn’t something you’re still following. And, if Miles Wray’s new piece for The Awl is any indication, this is a very good thing. Sure, we knew that…

The White House Apprentice fires another contestant

Following an especially intense episode in which the team failed the “Get A Pedophile Elected Out Of Partisan Spite” challenge, another contestant has been let go from The White House Apprentice—this time, Omarosa Manigault Newman, better known by her fearsome mononym “Omarosa.” Omarosa was hotly tipped to last most…

The Sopranos strip club shut down due to dramatically compelling mob activities

State authorities have shut down Satin Dolls, the real-life New Jersey strip club that stood in for The Sopranos’ fictional Bada Bing, over alleged mob activities, the Associated Press reports. The extent of those mob activities is still being investigated; however, it is presumed they are very compelling, even to…