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The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

Trump apology-monster Kellyanne Conway floats some evil ideas past Anderson Cooper on Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of Donald Trump spokesperson, camera-hog, and shameless truth denier Kellyanne Conway on Saturday Night Live has envisioned Conway’s seemingly bottomless thirst for camera time as that of a creature of evil before. But her work as the glassy-eyed fact foe on last night’s Kumail Nanjiani-hosted

“Oh… I haven’t seen it”: 15 deep-cut Halloween costumes from 2017 pop culture

Halloween draws nigh, and with it the annual parade of ghosts and goblins, trolls and Trumps, pumpkins and David S. Pumpkins, and other, equally obvious guises drawn from the well of contemporary pop culture. But you read The A.V. Club (or, at least, you scroll past it on the way to the comments). Your refined tastes…

It's Director Had To Keep Pennywise Away From The Child Actors Between Takes

Even if you’ve never seen Pennywise the Dancing Clown, you know what it’s supposed to look like. Scary, murderous clowns are a thing in our culture, the visual markers for which we’re all familiar with to varying degrees. Still, though, no two killer clowns are alike, and in a new behind the scenes featurette for this…

It’s a good thing we know nothing about Pennywise The Dancing Clown

There’s a scene in Stephen King’s It—the book—where the Losers’ Club creates a “smoke hole,” a method by which Native Americans were said to have visions. In doing so, two of the characters witness an age-old Derry and the arrival of something overwhelming and indescribable: an evil from Outside Of Everything that…

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Revisit the 1990 It TV movie with this loony, 90-second mashup

Well, the analysts predicted it and the analysts were right: Everybody saw It this weekend. Even better? Andrés Muschietti’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s freaky, meaty novel is not just a commercial success, but also a critical one—our review, for example, praises the film’s “nightmarish imagery” and careful…

It is on track to become one of the most successful horror movies ever

Whatever force—depression, weather, online review aggregators—that’s been taking a bite out of this summer’s box office receipts appears to have been repelled by the power of scary clowns; Deadline reports that Andy Muschietti’s Stephen King adaptation It is on track to have one of the most successful opening weekends…

Listen to It director Andy Muschietti break down a scene from his tense new thriller

As physical media has given way to streaming, the noble DVD commentary track has been one of the unfortunate casualties of the shift in video consumption. Netflix and Amazon are great for when you’re feeling too lazy to get up and grab a disc, after all, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss the sound of directors and…