Samuel L. Jackson would like to remind you that there's more to movies than "this Avengers and Marvel shit"

Few celebrities are capable of managing a larger-than-life persona better than Samuel L. Jackson, perhaps American acting’s finest artist in the medium of yelling “Motherfucker” at fools. Although he’s got range to spare, Jackson’s default persona often falls back on a particular flavor of exasperated amusement that…

Kenan is finally prepared to seize his destiny as network TV's next beloved, befuddled sitcom dad

Having spent the vast majority of the last 25 years—give or take a year or two in between the end of All That and the start of his record-setting tenure on Saturday Night Live—on TV, Kenan Thompson is finally prepared to evolve, Pokémon-style, into his final televisual form: The hallowed role of put-upon sitcom dad.

Jon Bernthal says he's "at peace" with the idea of The Punisher potentially getting the axe

Netflix dropped a new season of The Punisher onto its servers this weekend, reintroducing streaming fans to the world of uber-violent veteran vigilante Frank Castle. If recent history is any indication, that suggests the service is already hard at work cooking up an exciting follow-up project for the show’s second…

It's time to finally decide: Is Donnie Darko actually deep, or does it just have a really great soundtrack?

Few films of the last 20 years have generated more, or more divisive, conversation—including on this very site, where it’s kicked off discussions about cult film, ideal soundtracks, and the reasons directors should sometimes leave their past work well and truly alone—than Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko . Simultaneously…

Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are doing the rom-com thing, and we're pretty here for it

Every now and again, a film project floats its way across our desk for which no reasonable response is possible, save one: “Hey, nice!” Such is the fate of The Lovebirds, a new romantic comedy set to star certified A.V. Club favorites Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple on the run. Toss in the fact that it’s…

Red Bull Music Festival's LA lineup sits right at the intersection between music fests and film

Although music and film have been intimately wed for going on a century now—whether in concert films, biopics, or just, you know, songs and soundtracks playing in movies—the worlds of their respective festivals have had a harder time finding common ground together over the years. Even the monolithic SXSW, which…

This painting of every Bob's Burgers character is like a Where's Waldo of lovable, meat-punning weirdos

For nine seasons now, Bob’s Burgers has been the most consistently delightful thing in Fox’s animated line-up, slipping into the smart, funny, and warm family-based sitcom space vacated by The Simpsons as it settles ever more deeply into its dotage. And while the show’s Ocean Avenue can’t quite match Springfield’s…

Bandcamp is opening some sort of brick-and-mortar "record shop," whatever that's supposed to be

Those digital wunderkinds at online music retailer Bandcamp have done it yet again: Combining bricks, mortar, and, presumably, the raw stuff of pure, inspired genius, the site has announced it’ll soon be opening a physical store for music—a sort of recorded music shop, if you will—in California next month. Located in…

Documentary Now! goes heavy on big-name guest stars in its first trailer for season 3

It’s been two-and-a-half years since IFC last launched a new season of Documentary Now!, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Myers’ uber-specific, loving send-up of the frequently goofy world of non-fiction film. Now the show is coming back for its third season—debuting February 20—and the network has released a new…

YouTube bans "dangerous stunts and emotionally distressing pranks," so who knows what we're supposed to watch now

Brutally limiting our library of free online streaming entertainment to Fortnite highlights, makeup tutorials, and video compilations where cats and other animals are adorable best friends, YouTube announced today that it was stepping up its regulation of a wide swathe of content on its servers. Specifically, the…

Here's how those infamous, bonkers photos of Paul Ryan fuckin' shredding it at the gym came to be

Few political photographs of the modern era have sparked more obvious, Marie Kondo-esque joy in viewers of a certain sensibility than the Paul Ryan gym photos. You know the ones: They depict the former House speaker/vice-presidential candidate/sentient mannequin brought to life by Andrew McCarthy’s love gym-ing it up…

Captain Marvel's kitty cat has his own movie poster now, which is either cute or ominous foreshadowing

Ever since the first images for Captain Marvel started popping up online, Marvel’s marketing department has been very careful to put the film’s true star front and center: Carol Danvers’ adorable tabby cat, Goose. Goose (Chewie in the comics) has been there since the beginning, peeking out of the edges of big…

Anne Hathaway to traumatize the hell out of a new generation of kids in Robert Zemeckis' The Witches

Prepared, at last, to ascend from cinematic princess to her throne as the new queen of modern children’s nightmares, Variety reports that Anne Hathaway has signed on for a starring role as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming adaptation of The Witches. Hathaway has been tentatively attached to the project…