"Cult leader" Jason Mantzoukas foments revolt among The Late Show's audience

Having never met Jason Mantzoukas before, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert quickly learned the dangers and delights of having the noted improviser, podcast star, Big Mouth, The League, and The Good Place (“Derek!”) scene-stealer, and star of the new film The Long Dumb Road in your house. (And don’t get us started on …

This week in Savage Love: Bound and gagging

I’ve always wanted to tie girls up, but I can never convince a woman to let me. Lately, I’ve been exploring “bondage singles” sites online, but I’m totally new to this. How do I know which ones I can trust? There are hundreds of profiles, but it’s hard for me to believe I can really just answer an ad, meet a girl in a…

Jeopardy!, buddy: Just because it's the Teen Tournament, that doesn't mean you have to dab

Jeopardy! is running its annual Teen Tournament right now, a.k.a. the yearly chance for America’s glut of trivia-obsessed teens to fight it out for the chance to be named King or Queen of the Nerds. Besides serving as a vital drafting tool for America’s top bullies as they look for new talent to “scout,” the Teen…

Tonight’s episode of This Is Us is quietly perfect

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If I had to pick an episode of This Is Us to live inside of, it would be this one. Like many of the best episodes of This Is US, “Sometimes” doesn’t play into the stereotypical image of the show as a corny, tear-jerking family drama full of big speeches and histrionic moments. Instead, this is an…

The Flash focuses on family drama but finds time for a creepy new foe

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Now that we’re well into the fifth season of The Flash, it’s getting much harder for the creative team to keep the one-off meta-of-the-week stories fresh. The Flash has always had one of the deeper benches in superhero comics as far as colorful villains are concerned, but we’re down to the C-listers now, and most of…

Now Ezra Miller is just walking around with The Killing Curse written on his hands, which seems dangerous

Apparently bound and determined to be the one interesting thing about an otherwise bland-seeming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald star Ezra Miller deployed another amazing red carpet look at one of the film’s premieres today. But we have to point out that there’s one key…

This year's midterm elections were a big win for Stephen Colbert, too

After years of battling with late-night rival Jimmy Fallon for the fabled “demo”—i.e., adult TV viewers beneath the age of 50, whose life-giving attention is succor and solace for advertisers everywhere—Stephen Colbert finally rode that ol’ Blue Wave to victory this week. Vulture reports that, for the first time in…

Capital One Is Overhauling the Venture Card - 75,000 Point Welcome Bonus, and Transferrable Airline Partners

Capital One’s Venture card has always been a bit of a hybrid between cash back and travel rewards cards. While you could earn a lot of points through Hotels.com, and erase travel purchases from your credit card statement by redeeming them, you couldn’t transfer them to any airline programs like you could points from …

Hulu wants in on an adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards

In the ancient, forgotten year of 2016, we reported that occasional book-writer George R.R. Martin had declared that the Wild Cards book series he edits with Melinda M. Snodgrass would be coming to TV at some point in the distant future. Well, that distant future has nearly arrived, because The Hollywood Reporter says…

Robyn fans can come get their Honey on her new North American tour

The Robyn comeback push continues this week: The Swedish techno-popper announced today that she’s embarking on a new North American tour in support of her new album, Honey, which arrived last month. Honey has earned strong reviews (including our own, which dubbed it a “more spacious, sensual, and human expression of…

Netflix dumps Josh Groban and Tony Danza's The Good Cop

It still seems unusual for Netflix to cancel its original shows, since it picks up hundreds of new shows for every Luke Cage or American Vandal that it cancels, but it’s even more unusual for a show to get canceled almost immediately after the premiere of its first season. Unfortunately for fans of Tony Danza and Josh…

Academy president still determined to make "Best Popular Film" Oscar a thing

Despite the best efforts of the internet, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences isn’t giving up on its absurd quest to introduce an Oscar for “outstanding achievement in popular film”—or, as it’s more commonly known, the “best popular film” Oscar. As Variety reports, Academy president John Bailey returned…

Nintendo's Poké Ball Plus Made Me Wish I Was a Kid Again

With Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, trying to decide if you want to get in on the latest Pokémon game is a relatively straightforward affair. You’re either someone who will get a kick out of a reboot of the original Pokémon games featuring all the new visuals, updated mechanics, and multiplayer features that…

Big-eyed robo-teens kick ass in the latest Alita: Battle Angel trailer

Previous trailers for Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel—the Desperado mastermind’s first full directorial outing since 2014's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For—have emphasized the human side of its titular anime robot girl’s troubles, showing her fighting with father figure Christoph Waltz and angsting about her…

Not even the members of Threatin realized that their band was a scam

On Friday, we had the pleasure of reporting on the sad saga of Threatin, a Los Angeles-based rock band that nobody had ever heard of despite the fact that it had tens of thousands of fans on Facebook. Threatin has been on a big UK tour, but even though it supposedly has this big online following, most of the venues it…

Oh god fucking damn it Jimmy Fallon is invading your Alexa now

Say what you like about 2018: The planet’s on fire, and the politics are garbage, but at least science is finding ever new ways for Jimmy Fallon to insert his voice into our homes. Per Mashable, the human beige paint sample/Tonight Show host is teaming up with Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa this week, providing some…

Willem Dafoe plays Van Gogh, a man 25 years his junior, in the reductive biopic At Eternity’s Gate

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For the first time since he turned to filmmaking with 1996’s Basquiat, celebrated painter Julian Schnabel (whose other movies include Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell And The Butterfly) has paid tribute to a fellow artist. Unlike Jean-Michel Basquiat, however, Schnabel’s latest subject isn’t exactly someone…

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