Guy Branum thinks the new Oscars changes are dumb, too

On August 9, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced a series of changes to the annual Oscars ceremony, namely limiting the telecast to three hours and introducing a new category for “Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film.” The changes, particularly the “Best Popular Film” category, immediately…

Isaiah Thomas on Detroiters? Tim Robinson is trying to land all the Detroit Piston “Bad Boys”

In just two seasons, Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson have managed to recruit a respectable roster of Detroit celebrities on their Comedy Central show, Detroiters, including comedians Keegan Michael-Key, Tim Meadows, and Mary Lynn Rajskub; former professional wrestler Kevin Nash; and former Detroit Piston “Bad Boy”…

We asked the stars of Dog Days: If your co-star were a dog, what breed would they be?

Ken Marino’s newest movie Dog Days tells an interconnected story of the people of Los Angeles and their dogs, as they uncover life lessons and form new relationships—it’s basically Love, Actually with dogs. Ahead of the film’s premiere, we sat down with the cast—Marino, Eva Longoria, Adam Pally, Vanessa Hudgens, Nina…

We asked a couple Nickelodeon stars why now is the perfect time for a Double Dare comeback

If you haven’t heard yet, Double Dare returned to Nickelodeon earlier this summer, the cable network’s second attempt at reviving the family game show. While the basic formula remains the same—two teams compete to win prizes by answering trivia questions and completing the notoriously smelly obstacle course—they’ve…

Air Bud vs. Old Yeller? The creators of HBO’s Animals pit famous animals against each other

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals underway, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the new slate of episodes. While on the lake, we played a game with the pair called “Which Animal Would Win?” where we pit…

BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee’s best and most entertaining film in ages

On this week’s episode of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss the latest from Spike Lee, which tells the bizarre true story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white…

All That’s Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth Denberg love being a part of ’90s nostalgia

Being a part of a show as beloved as Nickelodeon’s All That can have its perks, at least that’s how former cast members Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth Denberg tell it (for one, Mitchell gets free burgers pretty much everywhere he goes, provided he performs the Good Burger greeting for everyone in the restaurant). But it…

Christopher Robin gives Winnie The Pooh and his furry friends the Hook treatment

On this week’s episode of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky take a look at Disney’s new live-action Christopher Robin, inspired by the Winnie The Pooh stories by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard. In a Hook-esque twist, Christopher Robin follows a now grown-up, workaholic Christopher whose inner child…

The creators of HBO’s Animals count down their 5 favorite animated shows of all time

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals just around the corner, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the upcoming slate of episodes. While on the water, we got Matarese and Luciano to list their five favorite…

Marcia Clark returns to the courtroom, and other things we learned about Animals season 3

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals just around the corner, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the upcoming slate of episodes. While on the water, we learned Bob Balaban loves to rap, Jameela Jamil is a…

How is Mission: Impossible still this good?

The summer movie season starts to wind down this weekend with Mission: Impossible—Fallout, the latest entry from one of Hollywood’s most reliably entertaining franchises. In a first for the series, which usually changes helmers with each film, Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie returns to orchestrate…

Who does the Stranger Things gang trust to rescue them from the Upside Down?

There hasn’t been much news about the third season of Stranger Things, besides a Fast Times At Ridgemont High-esque video at the new mall coming to Hawkins, Indiana. The clip suggests we may have to wait until summer of 2019 for the third season, but we can’t wait that long. In the meantime, we stopped by a fan event…

Not even Denzel can save the bland Equalizer 2 from itself

Welcome back to another edition of Film Club. For this week’s second episode , A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky follow up their discussion of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with a look at another lazy sequel. Although Denzel Washington has proven himself to be a credible action star in the past (see his collaborations…

"Here we go again" indeed: Our critics see more jukebox tackiness in the Mamma Mia! sequel

For the first of two Film Club segments today, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss the jukebox musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a combination sequel and prequel to the 2008 box-office hit. Even with a new writer-director (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s Ol Parker), Here We Go Again learns nothing…

Outcast’s Robert Kirkman and Chris Black try to figure out what's scarier, spiders or snakes

After a two-year hiatus, supernatural horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S. (it already aired in the U.K.) Created by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Outcast centers around Kyle Barnes, a young father who’s been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life, and the supernatural…

Blindspotting’s Rafael Casal talks Oakland, Hamilton, and his pal Daveed Diggs

Written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting follows longtime friends Collin and Miles (Diggs and Casal, respectively) through the final three days of Collin’s probation as he tries to put his criminal past behind him, but Miles’ recklessness threatens to land him back in trouble. At the premiere, we…

Robert Kirkman and Chris Black talk season two of Outcast and hating spoilers

After a two-year hiatus, supernatural horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S. (it already aired in the U.K.) this Friday. Created by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Outcast centers around Kyle Barnes, a young father who’s been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life, and the…

Outcast’s Patrick Fugit and Madeleine McGraw love to scare the crap out of each other on set

After a two-year hiatus, Robert Kirkman’s horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S., continuing to uncover the supernatural manifestations plaguing the town of Rome. Outcast follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a young father who’s been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life, as he…