What are your favorite and least favorite cultural baits and switches?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Favorite pop-culture goodbyes

A note from AVQ&A curator Tasha Robinson: The day this publishes will be my final day as the National Associate Editor at The A.V. Club, after 15 years of writing and editing here, first as a freelancer, then since 2000 as a full-time staffer. You’ll still see my byline around here—we have several more AVQ&As banked,…

James Cameron declares that he’s permanently, exclusively in the Avatar-and-fish business

Unsatisfied with having Avatar sequels as his only projects for the immediate future, filmmaker, deep-sea explorer, and potential future Fish Emperor James Cameron has apparently taken that plan a step further, telling The New York TimesMedia Decoder blog that the Pandora-set films may be the only narrative features…

Nicolas Cage improves your day by reading the lyrics to “Sexy And I Know It”  

As Kim Jong Il proved, few can resist the siren song of LMFAO, which is perhaps the reason why, in between time travel, appearances on Serbian textbooks, and Fudgesicles, Nicolas Cage can be cajoled into reading the “Sexy And I Know It” lyrics on British radio. When a listener asked Cage to recite the words to the pop…