The House With A Clock In Its Walls loses the book’s gothic tone, but gains ’80s-movie magic

The young-adult books of John Bellairs were, above all else, a way for the late author to indulge in his fondness for gothic mystery. Through nearly all of his 15 YA novels, the author installed regal cemeteries, ornate mansions, ancient tomes, and unnatural mist, all in service of eerie supernatural goings-on. These…

On The Late Show, Hillary Clinton won't say "I told you so" despite being right about everything

Introducing former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, First Lady, author, and person who won the popular vote by three million votes Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert had to wait for his audience’s extended applause to die down. And, sure, losing an election to a buffoonish bigot reality show host and confessed sex…

Arizona political ad somehow has one of the best twist endings we've seen all year

Political advertising is a doggedly straightforward beast: You either remind your constituents why you’re awesome, or you remind them why your opponent sucks. (Sometimes, if you’re feeling really ambitious, you do both.) The twist ending is rarely employed, presumably on the grounds that you don’t want viewers to have…

Comedy Bang! Bang! regular Ego Nwodim joins Saturday Night Live as featured player

We’re a little more than a week out from the 44th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and the show has just released some info on a few new additions to its cast and crew. Per Deadline, the series is adding four new writers— Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang—to its roster, but the only on-camera…

Cary Fukunaga says he has no interest in doing a second season of Maniac

Old love ’em and leave ’em Fukunaga is at it again, apparently, with Variety reporting that newly minted James Bond director Cary Fukunaga has made it clear that he has no interest in returning for a hypothetical second season of Netflix’s new show Maniac. Fukunaga helmed all eight episodes of the just-released…

Kenan Thompson is finally ready to take his shot at primetime TV stardom

Kenan Thompson is a bona fide TV sketch comedy institution: As the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live history—and a member of Nickelodeon’s nostalgic kid-sketch touchstone All That before—Thompson has literally spent more than half of his life on the casts of televised sketch ensembles. Now, though, it…

The gang from Always Sunny probably needs some help, if we’re being honest here

Over the course of the last thirteen years, fans have watched the gang from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia slowly destroy themselves with drugs, alcohol, and outlandish antics. It seems each successive season ups the ante on how much damage Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Dee, and Frank are willing to inflict on their brains…

The Good Cop is charmingly simplistic—and totally forgettable

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There’s nothing innovative or remarkable about The Good Cop, which, for a Netflix series, almost becomes remarkable in and of itself. The series’ mundanity—especially enhanced by sharing a release date with the delightfully strange Maniac—feels out of place on the prolific streaming service, instead playing more like…

Demi Adejuyigbe’s “September” dance is back, with a charitable bonus

Songwriter Allee Willis says there’s no real significance to the date that Maurice White reminisces upon in the first line of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”; “the 21st night of September” just fit the towering funk jam. Little did Willis or White expect that they’d be forever circling a square on the pop-culture…

BoJack Horseman creator confirms: Yep, Mel Gibson and Harvey Weinstein inspired new season

As you may have heard or observed for yourself, the fifth season of BoJack Horseman is unsurprisingly excellent. Unsurprisingly is the right word there, yes? At this point, we’re all aware that the cartoon show about the talking horse is very good, particularly on lots of fraught, emotionally dense issues, yes? That’s…