Lil Wayne is finally done with Cash Money, so Tha Carter V can actually come out now

After nearly four years of feuding, Lil Wayne has finally been freed from his longtime label Cash Money Records, with The Blast reporting that Universal (which owns Cash Money) has paid out “well over $10 million” to settle a lawsuit that Wayne filed in 2015 against the label and its co-founder Birdman. Lil Wayne…

A dizzying supercut of actors acting like they’re actors acting

Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, Phil Whitehead’s eight-minute video essay “Actors Playing Actors Acting” showcases those special moments in film and television when thespians are called upon to portray other thespians and must, in turn, act as though they are acting. If to act is to present an…

At last, the Birdman/Harvey Birdman crossover the world has been needing

It’s one of the most humiliating, disappointing moments in all of superfandom (which is really saying something). A devotee of a semi-obscure but still beloved TV show or film goes to the trouble of creating a painstakingly accurate costume based on a favorite character, attends a sci-fi or comic convention, waits for…

Veteran Muppeteer Caroll Spinney stars in this spot-on Birdman spoof

Michael Keaton’s stressed-out actor in Birdman isn’t the only performer haunted by a feathery fictional alter ego these days. Sesame Street veteran Caroll Spinney, 81, has been performing as perennial six-year-old (and recent Twitter convert) Big Bird since 1969, after all. Since Spinney’s other big character on the…

Here’s a compilation of top moments from this year’s Best Director nominees

While there is ample ammo for people who decry the Academy Awards for snubbing certain films and filmmakers this year, it’s still hard to argue against those who were included in the Best Director category. While Ava DuVernay and others were unfairly shut out, the five nominees that actually got the nod have proven…

Here are the 2015 Oscar nominations, which don’t include an Animated Feature nod for The Lego Movie

Animation fans, prepare your best “everything is not awesome” tweet. An audible gasp could be heard at this morning’s crack-of-dawn Academy Awards press conference in Los Angeles, when new Star Wars maestro J.J. Abrams and Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón announced that the widely beloved The Lego Movie would not be…

The Producer’s Guild of America has released its 2014 nominations

A worried nation releases one long breath, and fluttering hearts calm themselves as, at long last, the Producer’s Guild Of America—the guild that America really cares about, as opposed to, say, actors, directors, or writers—has released its nominations for 2014 awards. Barring a few surprises, all the usual candidates…

What’s your favorite movie of 2014 that didn’t make our “best of” list?

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…

The best of film 2014: The ballots

We voted, we tallied, we made a list: The A.V. Club’s tribute to the best films of 2014 was democratically assembled, with each of its six contributors submitting a ranked inventory of their favorites. The individual ballots are below, each affixed with six superlatives, including an outlier (a film that made one list…