What’s your favorite movie that’s better than the book it’s based on? 

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…

It’ll be fine: 15 revamps that turned out better than expected

There is nothing more galling to loyal fans, more creatively bankrupt, more wholly unnecessary than the “revamp”—taking a beloved property and giving it a splashy makeover that renders it nigh-unrecognizable, all in the patently desperate hope to appeal to a new audience and extend its lifespan. Except maybe,…

Caroline Dhavernas did a scene with a cockroach crawling up her neck, and you’ll never see it

Actor Caroline Dhavernas began her career in French-Canadian television, with roles that probably played big in Quebec but not many other places. After starring in some notworthy indie dramas like Edge Of Madness, however, she finally gained wider recognition on Bryan Fuller’s charming and addictive Wonderfalls, a…

Celebrate National Wine Day with these TV lushes

Every day is a holiday—at least, according to the people that run those “What national day is it?” calendars. This year alone, we’ve observed such auspicious occasions as National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day and National Hug A Newsperson Day (yes, we’re mad that you forgot about it). But this day, May 25, belongs to the…

Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy to deal with more dead-eyed weirdos in Fifty Shades Darker

Leveraging his well-honed ability to act clearly and calmly while staring into the eyes of people who only barely manifest the distinguishing qualities of a human being, Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy has signed on for the sequel to Fifty Shades Of Grey. The British actor—fresh off his role as a cult leader in Hulu’s The Path,…

The best TV of 2015, part 2

Yesterday, The A.V. Club began its survey of the year’s best television programming, counting down from No. 40 to No. 21. Today, we make our cases for the absolute best TV that 2015 had to offer, including fond farewells to old standbys, confident debuts from new favorites, and the latest efforts from ongoing shows…

Bryan Fuller made a creepy Hannibal-themed PETA ad with Gillian Anderson

Hannibal mastermind and pescatarian Bryan Fuller—a guy who knows a thing or two about the visceral thrills and disgusts offered by the wonderful world of meat—has contributed his talents to a new campaign supporting People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals. Teaming up with his old star Gillian Anderson, Fuller has…

Neil Marshall on ripping off heads and making Game Of Thrones set people on fire

Even if you don’t know him by name, the odds are increasingly good you’ve seen something Neil Marshall has directed. In 2002, the English director wrote and shot his first feature film, the cult werewolf flick Dog Soldiers. For the next decade, he continued to create inspired genre work like The Descent, Doomsday, and…