In a pop star’s life and death, Whitney finds an American tragedy

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The Houstons were as classic an American saga as the Ambersons or the Glass family, and the life and untimely death of their golden child, the global pop diva Whitney Houston, bore the weight of their ambitions and failures. John Houston, Whitney’s imperious father, worked in zoning for the corrupt mayor’s office of…

It's Whitney and Kimmy, together at last, in today's trailer happy hour

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where dreams can come true (provided those dreams are of trailers and promotional videos for TV shows and films). We’re running a little light today—although if you’re hankering for more teasers, you can check out our coverage of CBS’s new fall shows right here—but we do have two…

Today's Trailer Happy Hour has sci-fi guns, big anime monsters, and Gus Van Sant

It may be Sunday afternoon (depending on where you live), but it’s always a good time for Trailer Happy Hour—The A.V. Club feature where we grab a handful of trailers, toss them into a bucket, and then dump the bucket over our heads as an elaborate prank. Today, we’ve got James Franco looking down the wrong end of a…

The best music of 2016 so far: The A.V. Club’s catch-up guide

2016 has been a big year for music, with the likes of Beyoncé, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Chance The Rapper, and Drake all releasing records that vary from pretty good to really, really great. Then there’s the emerging talents that have turned in career-defining works and earned high marks, like Blood…

What’s the best pop culture of the year so far?

This week’s question congratulates all of us for having made it halfway through the year, and asks, What’s the best pop culture, in any form of media, you’ve encountered so far this year?

From Paul Simon to Tegan And Sara, here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in June

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Friends With Better Lives isn’t Friends with breast-pump gags

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The word “friends” hangs heavy over Friends With Better Lives—as in the title of the Must See TV staple in which six young New Yorkers pledged that they’d always be there for one another. The new CBS sitcom was created by former Friends producer Dana Klein; both shows boast pilots directed by TV legend James Burrows;…

Let's all pretend to be sad that Whitney and 1600 Penn have been canceled 

As goes the great karmic balance of the TV universe, every bit of good news must be immediately met with news that we’ll just pretend is bad—because it's the nice thing to do, and because we already started the sentence this way and now must see it through. Two things that won’t be seen through, however, are Whitney…

NBC pulls Community from schedule because it wanted to remind you that it can

In its seemingly endless campaign to get fans of Community to hate it, NBC pulled the show from its original premiére date of Oct. 19 Monday, with just 11 days to go before its initial airing. According to the Twitter feed of Andy Bobrow, a producer on the show, Sony, the studio that produces the series, was readying…