news.avclub.comAn incredible amount of attention went into each Incredible's hairPixar has been on the forefront of innovation pretty much since the company’s inception. With each new film that they produce, their animators take another step forward in terms of improving and streamlining their workflow to create a more naturalistic finished product. For their latest release, Incredibles 2, they went all in on hair.
news.avclub.comHelpful goose honks at horny people onlineSince the earliest days of bumper stickers, people have been honking to identify as horny. But with the advent of the internet, people began to hide behind the anonymity of their screen names, secure in the fact that no one would ever know just how horny they were. Thankfully, an incredibly helpful goose is here to deliver onomatopoetic warning calls whenever someone gets too horned up in the mentions.
news.avclub.comHere's our first looks at Mulan, Netflix's Sabrina, and Will Ferrell's Sherlock Holmes movieWelcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.
news.avclub.comGood news, historical perverts: A "lost" Marilyn Monroe nude scene has been discoveredWelcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.
news.avclub.comHere's how Justin Timberlake and Pusha T helped create McDonald's "I'm Lovin It" jingleIt’s just five notes—ba-da-ba-ba-baaaa—but you know it. It’s invaded your dreams, hijacked your thoughts, and, in moments of pure distress, perhaps even brought you comfort. Those five notes form the spine of McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” slogan, and, though they may sound simple, they form the basis for a story of celebrity, subversive marketing, and conflicted authorship.
news.avclub.comHulu wants to stay in Castle Rock, despite the fact that it's so spookyOne of the most fun things about Hulu’s Castle Rock is scanning every frame for all the references to other Stephen King stuff, since you never know when you’ll see a newspaper headline about the events of some famous book or a picture of a guy from another thing. We may already be a ways into the show’s first season, but luckily that doesn’t mean that Stephen King fans have to worry about ending their hunt for Easter eggs any time soon.
news.avclub.comPenn Jillette says it would be immoral to share the dirt he has on Donald TrumpThanks to Omarosa Manigault Newman’s post-firing publicity tour, people can’t stop talking about the potential existence of a recording of Donald Trump using a racial epithet on the set of Celebrity Apprentice. The existence of said tape came up during the 2016 election but, after it failed to materialize, the news cycle moved on. Now, however, even magician Penn Jillette can’t get out of an interview about his career without discussing the Trump tape, though he’s a bit mum on the details.
news.avclub.comSuperman died so Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman could live It’s been 25 years since the death of Superman, a cultural event that shocked a nation, swept comic books into the mainstream, and, we’re guessing, inspired that one Our Lady Peace song. The crossover event, which spanned a number of DC publications, is still remembered fondly and, in a bid to make something watchable from the current slate of DC adaptations, will reemerge as an animated film from WB animation this summer. In celebration of it all, SYFY rounded up several of the series’ writers for an oral history of the comic that delves deep into its inspiration, creation, and aftermath.
news.avclub.comLet's all scrutinize the hell out of the new SpockIn the grand pantheon of science fiction characters, few can hold a pointy-eared candle to Spock, the mononymous, green-blooded superstar of the Star Trek world. Played for decades by the legendary Leonard Nimoy—and replicated with reasonably winning charm by Zachary Quinto in the J.J. Abrams reboot films—the character is one of the cornerstones of space and any/all of its various final frontiers. Now, a third actor has been cast into the “fascinating” little fraternity of actors who’ve played everyone’s favorite half-Vulcan, with news today that Star Trek: Discovery—which has long teased a possible appearance from protagonist Michael Burnham’s adopted brother—has tapped Ethan Peck to step into the certain-to-be-scrutinized part.
news.avclub.comA $100,000 Pyramid contestant fucked up real badUntil you’re actually staring at Tim Meadows under the bright lights of a TV studio, trying to think of the right words to say in order to solve some silly puzzle, none of us can truly say how we’d react on a game show. We may think we’d be all cool and collected, dropping all of the right answers and impressing Tim Meadows with our conversation skills, but until you actually get in the shit, there’s no way to know how well you’d handle it. At the very least, though, we can all hope that we’d do better than a man named Evan Kaufman, who is now destined to have the most hilariously embarrassing moment of his life preserved for an eternity in compilations of legendary game show fuck-ups.
news.avclub.comYouTube pulls The Nun ad for being too scary (and also cheap and infuriating)Back in the day, before internet pranks involved ruining someone’s life or tricking them into watching a cheesy music video, we all got our kicks with jump scare videos. It was a simple gag: You tell someone to find the secret object hidden in a “photo,” and after a minute or so of silence, a scary face would appear and make a loud noise. Recently, Warner Bros. decided to revive this classic gag for a YouTube ad promoting the upcoming Conjuring spin-off The Nun. As reported by Polygon (via our friends at Gizmodo), the short ad opens with a black screen and a fake indicator that the volume on your computer is being turned down. Then there’s a loud bang, the demon nun from the movie appears, and there’s a piercing scream. Unsurprisingly, YouTube users really hate it.
news.avclub.comAerosmith's original van was found rotting in the woodsFew things embody the romance of being in an up-and-coming band as well as the ugly, broken van that you can use to drive to gigs, carry gear, and fill with unsold t-shirts. On a recent episode of History’s American Pickers, hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz managed to find a legitimate piece of band van history when they found the actual tour van that Aerosmith used in the ‘70s rotting in the woods of Massachusetts. Boston.com has a photo of the van, which looks like something straight out of the nuclear debris of a Fallout game, and it says that the man who owns the land that the van was found on didn’t really have any idea what it was. On the show, he explained that the van was there when he bought the property and that the previous owner had some connection to Aerosmith, but he didn’t know if it was a valuable hunk of garbage or just a normal hunk of garbage.
news.avclub.comLet's revisit the many projects Jordan Peele has in the worksHaving 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, Variety published a profile of Peele and Monkeypaw highlighting the many productions they have in the works, a bounty so overwhelming that we felt compelled to revisit our effort to try to get them all down here in one place, no matter how arduous a task it might prove to be.
news.avclub.comHere's our first good look at Matthew Weiner's sprawling, star-studded The RomanoffsIf you know anything about The Romanoffs, Matthew Weiner’s follow-up to Mad Men, it’s the preposterously loaded cast. In fact, the show’s only teaser trailer so far just showed an endless sea of names: Aaron Eckhart, Noah Wyle, Isabelle Huppert, Diane Lane, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Marthe Keller, Kathryn Hahn, Ron Livingston, and a whole lot more. (The talent behind the camera is just as exciting: It’s mostly Mad Men vets.) Today, Amazon released a new trailer that provides a solid look at the actual show, which uses that endless roster of talent to tell eight separate, interconnected stories about people who may or may not be the descendants of the Russian royal family. Going by the final lines of the teaser, it looks like there’s a bit of meta self-awareness to the whole thing, too. But, mostly, it looks a lot like a Matthew Weiner production, with droll humor, elegant framings, and emotionally trenchant glimpses into the lives of the wealthy and powerful. The anthology series will premiere with its first two episodes on October 12, with new installments following weekly on Amazon Prime.
news.avclub.comTravis Scott is just giving away free money, apparentlyApparently discontent with letting Ludacris get all that “Rappers giving away money for free” publicity for himself, artists Travis Scott went full “Scrooge after the ghosts are done with him” tonight, throwing a big stack of cash out the virtual window. Scott—who, probably not coincidentally, just released a new album, Astroworld—hopped on Twitter this evening, declaring his intention to break up $100,000 of his personal money and give it out to fans.
news.avclub.comHistorians confirm that “Hit Me Baby One More Time” sounds weird, unromanticBritney Spears’ 1998 breakout hit “...Baby One More Time” is so deeply embedded in the cultural consciousness of its era that it’s almost impossible to remember what its lyrics actually mean. Britney’s loneliness is killing her, yes, and she has a lot of thoughts on babies, but what, exactly, is going on with the song’s deceptively sugary hook about getting hit?
news.avclub.comDisney is complaining about overzealous copyright holders, which is pretty fucking richToday, in “the all-consuming black hole calling the kettle black” news, Disney—a company that will sue you if you take a crap that looks a little too much like Donald Duck—is decrying overzealous copyright protection on the part of another entity. Specifically, the company is arguing that the estate of Michael Jackson is being unreasonable in its efforts to sue Disney over its use of Jackson’s music, as well as footage from numerous concert films and music videos, in an ABC documentary, The Last Days Of Michael Jackson.
news.avclub.comTwitter takes a stand, bans Alex Jones for a whole weekAfter 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 where he and Peter Thiel were drinking whale-blood cocktails and said, “who, me?”
news.avclub.comPlease take 15 minutes for Erykah Badu's extremely good Tiny Desk concertErykah Badu’s last proper full-length was 2010's New Amerykah Part Two; since then, she’s fired off one-off tracks, released an album-length mixtape of exclusively phone-related songs in 2015, and continued to perform regular live shows. Earlier this year, in a sprawling and controversy-starting conversation with Vulture, she mentioned that she was still slowly working on a new record. So it’s nice that she popped in for a 15-minute live performance at NPR’s ongoing Tiny Desk concert series, as it allows a brief transmission from her current artistic wavelength, which is, as ever, utterly singular. She sounds incredible, of course, performing a quick warm-up rendition of “Rimshot,” off her 1997 debut Baduizm, and then going into a sprawling, adventurous version of Mama’s Gun’s “Green Eyes,” accompanied by a seven-piece band. She also says that playing piano for this performance is her son with Andre 3000, Seven—then adds, “I’m just kidding, that’s not Seven.” It’s not! Erykah Badu is the best.