New this week
On Monday, we launched Watch This, a new daily feature recommending alternative films for a new theme every week. This week, we picked vampire-film alternatives to Twilight, which included everything from the newly released Vamps to George Romero’s Martin. They’re all great for those who don’t want to spend any more time with Bella and Edward. Next week’s theme: Wrong-man films in honor of Hitchcock.
We also launched Bestcast, a new biweekly feature where podcasters discuss the three most memorable episodes of their podcast. Randy Sklar kicks it off with Sklarbro Country.
- We seriously doubt many A.V. Club readers missed our Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie interview, but just in case, here’s a sample quote: “I bet [Community has] some good masturbators in our group.”
- Erik Adams explains why Saturday Night Live sometimes needs a break from being live.
- Tasha Robinson and Oliver Sava face off over the fifth Sandman collection. Read along with them in Back Issues.
- We collect 18 pieces of entertainment that tackle abortion head-on in this week’s Inventory. Its working title was “That’s abortion-tainment,” but we decided against that.
- Jason Heller also collected 20 songs about pornography. Please don’t ever tell us how this Mixlist was used.
- Noel Murray tunes into an especially personal episode of Roseanne for A Very Special Episode.
- Learn where to start with Jerry Lewis’ misunderstood filmography.
- Steve Albini hates. Specifically, today he hates Cher’s “Believe.” Allow him to explain why.
- Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is finally back after a two-month hiatus. Oliver Sava checks in on its seventh issue and explains why 2012 was the year of Image Comics.
- We crammed our faces full of oddly sweet Pringles and recorded it just for our readers. Find out all about the best way to combine toothpaste with Pringles in Taste Test.
- Nathan Rabin zeroes in on Jay-Z and R. Kelly for a My World Of Flops that documents the hubris of their joint albums.
What are we arguing about this week?
The more than 2,000 comments on our AVQ&A about appalling celebrity behavior seem to take issue with the people we chose, the people we didn’t choose, and people in general.
See: Silver Linings Playbook gets the best grade of the week, even if it’s only a B+.
Listen to: We can’t recommend Green Day’s ¡Dos!, but it is a perfect example of a sophomore slump.
Read: There’s no shortage of great books to pick up this weekend. We recommend Dennis Lehane’s new crime novel, and there’s also a sexy memoir from Bettye LaVette and a solid collection of essays from David Foster Wallace.
Watch: Joe Biden turns up on Parks And Recreation, and we begin season three of Arrested Development.
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