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The Magicians’ Olivia Taylor Dudley on the fearsome power of the lamprey

The last thing we saw from Alice on Syfy’s The Magicians, she was hightailing it into the darkness after hearing that she pissed of a lamprey. Unfortunately, that threat isn’t going away anytime soon. During a recent set visit, we spoke with Olivia Taylor Dudley, who plays Alice, about the threat the lamprey poses to…

We asked a mortician: What do TV shows and movies get wrong about dead bodies?

Modern film and television is littered with images of dead bodies, but according to mortician Caitlin Doughty, not many shows or films depict the dead accurately. Doughty is the founder of The Order Of The Good Death, a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists who aim to “bring discussions of…

We Talk To Jerry Seinfeld About Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, And Why He Loves MGs And Hates Lexuses

One of my favorite car shows out there right now is also one of the simplest: two people, in an interesting car. It helps that the the two people are funny, and one of them is Jerry Seinfeld. Oh, there’s also coffee, but I don’t know shit about coffee. It’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and it’s coming to Netflix…

What’s the deal with airline food? An in-flight dining critic explains

Airline food: butt of jokes, favorite subject of ’90s stand-up comedy routines, butt of jokes about ’90s stand-up comedy routines. It’s also the passion of Nikos Loukas, the primary voice behind the 4-year-old website Inflightfeed.com and its associated Instagram account, a hypnotic scroll of seat-back trays and tiny…

Hari Kondabolu on loving The Simpsons, but hating Apu (and making a movie about it)

“They haven’t seen the movie!” It’s Monday, November 5, and Hari Kondabolu is already having preemptive criticisms of his new truTV documentary, The Problem With Apu, lobbed at him on Twitter. “I don’t mind discussion, I don’t mind criticism, but watch the goddamn movie, then go after it.” The Problem With Apu, which…

Danny McBride talks the end of Vice Principals, the brilliance of Walton Goggins, and bringing your creative vision to life

Vice Principals, which wrapped up its second and final season tonight, is certainly similar to work Danny McBride has done before. Much like Eastbound & Down, it’s a madcap creative vision that asks us to be both entertained and repulsed by a troubling protagonist. In the case of Vice Principals, there are two of…

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Stern Pinball’s Gary Stern on the evolution of pinball since the 1930s

Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball says that it’s the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet.” The A.V. Club took a trip to the company’s headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and interviewed owner and president Gary Stern about the creation of pinball and how it…

Hanson reflects on the past 25 years of stardom in this AVC Sessions sneak peek

Earlier this year, pop-rock trio Hanson embarked on the Middle Of Everywhere: 25th Anniversary Tour to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of the band. Hanson’s debut album Middle Of Nowhere also turned 20 earlier this year. In a sneak peek from an upcoming AVC Session, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac talk to us…

“You’ve got to walk yourself to the edge”: Patton Oswalt talks despair and defiance

Patton Oswalt made his name as a stand-up comedian mining absurdity from his life—sharply observed and frequently paired with deft pop culture allusions, cutting self-deprecation, and a zeal for obscenity. That has driven eight stand-up albums and specials, but his flair for the absurd has never been more devastating…

Beats, rhymes, and replicants: El-P, Gary Numan, and more on Blade Runner’s musical influence

According to WhoSampled, that endlessly useful resource for determining which artists should probably be sued, bits of Blade Runner have been paid homage to—and straight-up pilfered—more than 80 times in the past 35 years, turning up in works from everyone from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Rutger Hauer’s…