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Steven Universe fans, we've got a special Heart Of The Crystal Gems bundle for you Steven Universe fans, we've got a special Heart Of The Crystal Gems bundle for you

Steven Universe wrapped up its fifth and potentially final season last month—although Steven Universe: The Movie has been announced, a sixth season of the show has not—with the double-length episode “The Reunion.” And this week, Cartoon Network released a DVD edition of the linear event that closed out season five,…

An open letter to Wright Way Rescue, home of the world's best, most extra cat  An open letter to Wright Way Rescue, home of the world's best, most extra cat 

Late on Wednesday night, the Wright Way Rescue in suburban Morton Grove, Illinois—a no-kill animal shelter and worthy cause to which you can donate here—posted an ad trying to help one of their cats, a seven-year-old named Bruno, get adopted. Bruno, as the ad states, is a little bit extra, preferring to drink water…

Punk’s not dead—but a bunch of punks will be—in the slasher throwback The Ranger Punk’s not dead—but a bunch of punks will be—in the slasher throwback The Ranger

Is The Ranger a period piece? It could be. Twenty-first-century technology doesn’t factor into the plot, but walkie-talkies and a big-ass cassette boombox do. Then again, most of the movie takes place in the woods, where smartphones are pretty useless anyway, and the gang of itinerant teenage punks who star in the…

Mitski is alone in the middle of the dance floor on the playful Be The Cowboy Mitski is alone in the middle of the dance floor on the playful Be The Cowboy

Mitski makes music about inexpressible emotions—urgent, intimate dispatches that seem to come from her very soul. At least, that’s how many, including this writer, have characterized her past work. And there’s something romantic about the idea that someone has captured the secret fears and desires that perch on the…

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul R.I.P. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, the iconic R&B singer and songwriter known for decades simply as “the Queen of Soul,” has died. Franklin was admitted into hospice care on August 13, amid reports that she was “seriously ill” with pancreatic cancer. She retired from touring in February 2017, and was forced to cancel a pair of…

The Wife is sick and tired of coddling male genius The Wife is sick and tired of coddling male genius

In the background of all the painful and very necessary conversations about gender, power, and talent that have come out of the #MeToo movement, a figure has hovered. He’s frequently a drunk or a philanderer (or both), usually surrounded by sycophants who hang on his every word, and always intimidating and…

Twitter takes a stand, bans Alex Jones for a whole week Twitter takes a stand, bans Alex Jones for a whole week

After a number of tech companies—including Apple, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest, Linkedin, and, um, YouPorn—banded together to kick psychotic cone of gyro meat Alex Jones off of their platforms early last week, all eyes turned to Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, who looked down from the pod high above Silicon Valley…

Let's revisit the many projects Jordan Peele has in the works Let's revisit the many projects Jordan Peele has in the works

Having acquired a healthy stash of Hollywood capital after the smash success of his Oscar-winning horror satire Get Out—and the enthusiastic critical reception to Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, produced by his company Monkeypaw Productions—Jordan Peele has refused to be even remotely shy about spending it. Earlier today, …

Weekend Box Office: Never underestimate the giant shark Weekend Box Office: Never underestimate the giant shark

In an outcome that’s both surprising (considering the plop with which it landed with critics) and not surprising at all (because it’s Jason Statham and a giant fucking shark), The Meg was the No. 1 movie in America last weekend. By quite a bit, too—the film outperformed expectations with a megalodon-sized $44.5…

Chris Hardwick gets emotional upon Talking Dead return, fails to mention staffers who quit Chris Hardwick gets emotional upon Talking Dead return, fails to mention staffers who quit

A few weeks ago, after surveying the nation’s nerd coffers and somehow finding them to be empty, AMC declared that Chris Hardwick would return to his post as host of The Talking Dead. Last night, he did so, his eyes welling up with tears as gave a little speech at the top of the show, thanking the “Walking Dead …

BlacKkKlansman doesn't let white women off the hook—and it shouldn't BlacKkKlansman doesn't let white women off the hook—and it shouldn't

Note: This article contains plot points of BlacKkKlansman.

Summer Of ’84 is an undercooked reminder of how good Stranger Things really is Summer Of ’84 is an undercooked reminder of how good Stranger Things really is

If Summer Of ’84 had come out before Stranger Things became a phenomenon, would it have been better received? Maybe. At least then it would have been novel. But the fact is that we are currently late in a cycle of films and TV series—a cycle that not only includes Netflix’s hit, but also last year’s Super Dark Times…

Nicki Minaj pushes the release of her new album to—well, now Nicki Minaj pushes the release of her new album to—well, now

Music writers everywhere are clearing their calendars, as Nicki Minaj, as has become customary for many hip-hop and pop artists in the post-iTunes era, surprised the world today by releasing her new album Queen a week early. (Whether it’s truly unexpected if you expect something to happen remains an open question.)

Toto covers Weezer's "Hash Pipe," completing the circle of nostalgia Toto covers Weezer's "Hash Pipe," completing the circle of nostalgia

A dark magick has been unleashed on the music industry, as reckless mortals have conjured the twin demons of Irony and Nostalgia for their own foolish ends, oblivious to the ghastly rupture in the fabric of space and time from whence occult creatures slither, gnashing and howling, in their sombrero-clad wakes. Today,…

See a Mark Borchardt-directed music video 3 years in the making in this Tenement exclusive

It’s been three years since Appleton, Wisconsin punk trio Tenement released its sprawling, grandiose double album Predatory Headlights—and we would know, as we named it one of our best albums of 2015 so far in June of that year. The band has released another studio album, The Self-Titled Album, two movie soundtracks,…

Of course ABC was behind the Oscars' big, dumb new changes Of course ABC was behind the Oscars' big, dumb new changes

Yesterday, the film world united in one big, “wait, what?,” when the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced the creation of a new award for “Best Popular Film,” a.k.a. the Consolation Oscar for Dum-Dum Movies. It was a return to the Oscars’ roots, where in 1929 the Academy gave out awards for…

Halloween and The Predator will both premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Halloween and The Predator will both premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

This year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival was already shaping up to be excellent, and today’s announcement of the fest’s famed Midnight Madness section adds two sequels we’ve been talking about quite a bit on The A.V. Club: The world premieres of David Gordon Green’s Halloween and Shane Black’s …

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