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Deadspin The NFL’s Players Won | Splinter ‘I Didn’t Want to Be One of Those People.

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Deadspin The NFL’s Players Won | Splinter ‘I Didn’t Want to Be One of Those People. I Was. I Am.’ | Jezebel Courtney Love And Frances Bean Cobain Are Still Fighting to Keep Kurt Cobain’s Suicide Photos Private | Earther How To Buy a Car and Not Totally Wreck The Planet | The Root John Kelly Should Stfu About Rep.…

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- Kinja! on Kinja Roundup, shared by Baraka Kaseko to The A.V. Club

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Boo 2! A Madea Halloween doesn’t even deserve its own exclamation point

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The grim reaper needs to fire his agent. Though the humanoid manifestation of death has drawn acclaim for minor yet memorable roles in such fine films as The Seventh Seal and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, he’s now been reduced to slumming it with a cameo in Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, a sequel so wholly anodyne that it…

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- Charles Bramesco

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Betty Draper as a living Edward Hopper painting

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Betty Draper was never the easiest character to like on Mad Men. Lord knows we had our issues with her. January Jones’ performance took a while to crystallize, and the framing of her repression at the hands of Don was difficult to penetrate in the early going. Truly, it was her decision to leave Don at his most…

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- Randall Colburn

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Kids spending more time than ever staring at phones and tablets, reports your phone or tablet

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In an announcement unsurprising to anyone who has, or has seen, children, USA Today reports today on a Common Sense study that shows an alarming increase in device usage among kids. While the amount of time kids spend looking at a screen is about the same—a little over two hours a day—as it was in 2011, now almost…

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- Gwen Ihnat

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The President Show brings in an actual therapist to diagnose Anthony Atamanuik's fake Donald Trump

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For those out there who think that Saturday Night Live’s take on Donald Trump is ploddingly safe and threadbare (like The A.V. Club TV host John Teti’s mom, to name but one), The President Show’s take on the person currently occupying the White House is a bracingly harsh and insightful alternative. Anthony Atamanuik’s…

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- Dennis Perkins

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Arrow points itself in a new direction

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See that headline? The thing about that headline is that it doesn’t include a direction. That’s intentional, and it’s not because a terrible play on words is best left unadorned. That particular phrase is less specific than it might be because this seems like a good direction—and hopefully, it is—but you never know,…

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- Allison Shoemaker

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Former model Natasha Prince accuses David Blaine of rape

19 October 2017 4:32 PM, PDT

As reported by The Daily Beast, a former model named Natasha Prince has accused magician David Blaine of raping her in London in 2004, and Scotland Yard has reportedly asked him to come to the U.K. to be interviewed. Prince is now an art dealer living in Manhattan, and she says she met Blaine while working in London…

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- Sam Barsanti

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Tonight on The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti: Jim Gaffigan

19 October 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti is back this evening with a new episode. This week on the show John interviews stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer Jim Gaffigan at the historic Chicago Theatre. Our series Gateways To Geekery is back, too, and this time A.V. Club food editor Kevin Pang takes John deep into…

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- Yolanda Carney

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HBO making Mark Ruffalo play twins too

19 October 2017 11:49 AM, PDT

HBO is getting a lot of bang for its buck with James Franco’s dual performance on The Deuce, and now the premium-cable network plans to double up on the Mark Ruffalo in a new limited series. Deadline reports the Thor: Ragnarok star will topline an adaptation of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True, an Oprah’s Book…

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- Danette Chavez

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FX can’t get enough of Better Things either, orders 3rd season

19 October 2017 11:15 AM, PDT

While the global tire fire that is existence these days rages on, we’d like to take a moment to remind you of the Better Things in life—namely, that FX has ordered a third season of Pamela Adlon’s superb dramedy. The series is inspired by Adlon’s life as a working single mother and a working actor, but renders…

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- Danette Chavez

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It’s milkshakes and murder on Dial M For Maple as Riverdale continues its descent toward darkness

19 October 2017 9:37 AM, PDT

Riverdale is really delivering on its promise for a darker second season, with yet another episode ending in bloodshed at the hands of The Black Hood. But who is the masked assailant, really, and why do they seemingly have it out for Hot Archie? The A.V. Club tackles these questions and more in the latest episode of …

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- Marah Eakin and Cameron Scheetz

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Better Things leans more on the drama half of dramedy

19 October 2017 7:30 AM, PDT

Every week on The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti, John asks writers to tell him what they like. In this web-only extra, assistant editor Danette Chavez heaps praise on the dramedy Better Things, starring Pamela Adlon in a Louie-esque self-portrayal. It’s a fantastic show, as you’ll hear Danette tell you in this video. …

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- John Teti, Danette Chavez

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Rose Leslie makes Kit Harington wear embarrassing Halloween costume

19 October 2017 6:14 AM, PDT

As much fun as it might be for you to throw on your finest Ikea rugs and talk about how you won’t be knitting by the fire, Kit Harington has been there, muttered that. The Game Of Thrones actor recently told Heat (via Uproxx) that he’s very much over the long shoots and long hair required for the HBO drama.…

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- Danette Chavez

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It turns out that talking about sex isn't Modern Family's forte

18 October 2017 8:20 PM, PDT

A common theme in some of these Modern Family reviews, at least in the last few seasons, is how the show has struggled to deal with the kids growing up. As Alex, Haley, Luke, and Manny have aged, the show hasn’t always found compelling ways to deal with what that means to them and the rest of the family. Sure, there…

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- Kyle Fowle

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A noisy You're The Worst features a divorce party, an erotica convention, and an important phone call

18 October 2017 7:35 PM, PDT

“A Bunch Of Hornballs” might be a noisier episode of You’re The Worst than usual—a $6,000 lavish divorce party and a gaudy erotica convention doesn’t add up to “quiet”—but make no mistake, it tracks the muted moment following a major realization when you have nothing else left to do but take the next logical step.…

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- Vikram Murthi

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An uneven Riverdale hits the trope and reset buttons hard

18 October 2017 6:19 PM, PDT

As absurd and over-the-top—“campy” tends to be the buzzword—as Riverdale is, part of what makes that works so well is that it’s absolutely aware of it. If it weren’t, no one in the entire Blossom clan would even exist. Within this awareness is Riverdale’s own set of rules and logic, things this show can do (rooftop…

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- LaToya Ferguson

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Building a mystery: The Mindhunter team creates the science of serial killers

18 October 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

Twitter is a portal straight into hell, but every so often a li’l angel of insight manages to spread its wings and fly out of its maw. So I offer a sincere thank you to the twitter user who put into words something I might not have been able to put my finger on otherwise: The more like a procedural Mindhunter becomes,…

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- Sean T. Collins

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It is with a heavy heart that we report some dissatisfaction with the movie title Solo

18 October 2017 8:53 AM, PDT

There are slim chances of titling a Star Wars movie in a manner that will please all or even most of its many, many fans, but just calling the Han Solo movie Solo is still pretty gobsmacking. That Han Solo’s last name directly implied his raffish, go-it-alone nature was always the type of thing you didn’t want to look…

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- Clayton Purdom

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Charlyne Yi accuses David Cross of being racist toward her

18 October 2017 8:06 AM, PDT

Earlier this week, actress, musician, and Paper Heart writer Charlyne Yi tweeted about her first meeting with David Cross, who she says was casually racist in a way that left her on “the verge of tears.” Yi, who’s also a poet and comedian, wrote that when she met Cross 10 years ago, he made fun of her clothes and then…

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- Danette Chavez

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This $66 Sound Bar Is Perfect For a Bedroom or Kitchen TV

18 October 2017 7:54 AM, PDT

This inexpensive, compact sound bar probably isn’t ideal for your main home theater; it’s only two channels, and doesn’t have a subwoofer, but it would be a massive upgrade for, say, a kitchen or bedroom where you’re still using your TV’s built-in speakers. It’s also wall-mountable, and will even work as a big, loud…

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- Shep McAllister on Kinja Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to The A.V. Club

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