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Luc Besson’s space romp Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is fun if you can stand the dumb

Whatever one may think of Luc Besson’s futuristic space opera Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, the idea of spending a cool $225 million so that Rihanna can mount a stripper pole and recite some lines from the poet Paul Verlaine’s “A Poor Young Shepherd” to an audience of one (in full high-tech space suit,…

Meme becomes reality as Netflix orders Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna’s con artist movie

Here’s some surprising news for 2017: It turns out that good things actually can happen, but only if everybody involved is really cool and talented. Today’s good thing is that Netflix has actually picked up some kind of con artist movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o, with Selma’s Ava DuVernay directing and …

Here is quantifiable proof that pop lyrics are getting more repetitive

Thanks in large part to the influence of R&B, electronic music, and hip-hop, pop music of the past decade or so has been wildly experimental, artistically rich stuff. Many of the best artists have blurred these genres to the point where they’re unrecognizable, like, say, Rihanna, whose Anti was one of last year’s most…

Get acquainted with Valerian’s city of a thousand planets in the latest trailer

The latest trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets—which The A.V. Club had a chance to see in 3D in New York earlier this week—gives a broad look at of the universe the director built, and outlines the mission for the heroes. Alpha, the titular city, is a “paradise” where species live in…

Rihanna arrives and Bates Motel, at long last, begins its version of Psycho

“Sometimes I see mother when she’s not really there. Sometimes I become her.” These words are a simple statement of fact about the lead character of Bates Motel, but coming from Norman Bates, they’re a revelation. Not since his time in treatment at Pineview last season has Norman been so confronted by the truth of his…

Rihanna takes a shower in this teaser for Bates Motel’s final season

With only one season left, Bates Motel is just going for it in its latest teasers: Norma Bates’ taxidermied corpse, Norman Bates more unhinged than ever, and Rihanna—playing future murder victim Marion Crane—checking in for a very famous shower. And yet, it’s a testament to Vera Farmiga’s wonderfully deranged…

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Luc Besson mixes trippy and sexy in first Valerian trailer

The trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is here and it’s a trippy voyage, scored to The Beatles’ “Because.” It’s got a lot of what you’d expect from a Besson movie. Cara Delevingne’s Laureline is a kickass heroine often clothed in skimpy garments. There are a bunch of flying vehicles à…

Florida A&M’s marching band nails covers of Kanye, Rihanna, and more

Today’s marching bands are not the “Stars And Stripes Forever” bands of yore; they’re covering a staggering variety of contemporary music from various genres, including hip-hop and R&B. Nowhere is that more clear than in Tallahassee, Florida, home to Florida Agricultural And Mechanical University (FAMU) and its…

Anne Hathaway and Rihanna con their way into the all-female Ocean’s Eleven spin-off

Now that the dust has settled over the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, it’s time to turn our attention to the woman-led Ocean’s Eleven spin-off that Warner Bros. has quietly been putting together while we were otherwise distracted by the debate over whether or not ladies can bust ghosts (talk about misdirection). News…