John Malkovich to play Agatha Christie's brilliant little Belgian, Poirot

Joining a long line of elaborately mustachioed actors, including Orson Welles, Albert Finney, and, most recently, Kenneth Branagh (in last year’s lavish Murder On The Orient Express), John Malkovich has signed on to play Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot in an upcoming BBC mystery. Specifically, Malkovich will play the…

Today's trailer happy hour: Ursula K. Le Guin, scheming assistants, and John Malkovich's weird hair

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where we got the trailers, you got the eyes, and together, we make the magic happen. Today, we’ve got Sylvester Stallone breaking out of prison yet again, Mark Wahlberg growling at people, and some assistants trying to get their bosses to touch faces, so let’s dive right in.

John Malkovich might have a blood feud against an animated dinosaur movie

The idea of an actor holding a grudge is about as old as Hollywood itself. But, when people envision said grudge, it’s usually between a pair of actors competing for a role or an actor and a director that can’t see eye-to-eye, not celebrated thespian John Malkovich and an animated children’s movie about talking…

John Malkovich is taking his dumb “unwatchable” movie out on tour

Last year we reported on a collaboration between actor John Malkovich, director Robert Rodriguez, and cognac company Louis XIII, to create a film that wouldn’t be viewed for 100 years. (The idea being, that that’s how long it takes Louis XIII cognac to ripen, or evolve, or whatever the hell it is that cognac does.)…

John Malkovich teams up with Yoko Ono, Ric Ocasek, more for bizarre concept album

John Malkovich is releasing a concept album, which is a decidedly John Malkovich-esque thing to do. Titled Like A Puppet Show, the album features Malkovich reading Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave over a score composed by Eric Alexandrakis. Musicians including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Dolores O’Riordan, Ric Ocasek, and…

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The worst TV of 2014

This year, The A.V. Club’s TV writers nominated more than 90 programs for our year-end best-of list. But if we’ve learned anything from watching that much TV, it’s that there is no protagonist without a villain; no altruistic, kindhearted twin without an evil double; no Simpsons without Family Guy. And it’s in that…

The “trueish” tale of a con artist who masqueraded as a great artist

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: The Scarlett Johansson vehicle Lucy is the latest action-packed import from EuropaCorp. For the next five days, we highlight some of the French studio’s finest offerings—including a few without gunfights and car…

At the very least, Crossbones features one of TV’s weirdest performances

John Malkovich is barely in NBC’s new pirate drama Crossbones—at least not to the degree that one would expect, given his prominence in the series’ advertising. He’s in roughly half of the first episode and around a quarter to a third of the two subsequent episodes—but he’s rarely driving the story forward. Instead,…