Interview: Dick Van Dyke talks to one of our grandmas about his new book on aging, Keep Moving

Dick Van Dyke turns 90 this year, but he doesn’t believe he has to act his age—or any age. His book on the subject, Keep Moving: And Other Tips And Truths About Aging, chronicles his life, both pre- and post-Hollywood, and how he stays young, by dancing, singing, and keeping an open mind to whatever surprises life throws his way. […]

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What’s On Tonight: Manhattan is back to chew bubblegum and build the atomic bomb, and it’s running dangerously low on bubblegum

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, October 13. All times are Eastern. Top pick Manhattan (WGN, 9 p.m.): Much like the U.S. government was slow to recognize the potential of the atomic bomb in winning the war, so too were we at the A.V. Club slow to recognize that WGN’s first original scripted drama was very […]

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A.V. Undercover: Natalie Prass covers Slayer

Natalie Prass doesn’t seem like the most obvious candidate to cover Slayer’s classic “Raining Blood,” with its lyrics about a “lacerated sky” and “crimson tears.” Then again, Prass’ self-titled debut—which came out earlier this year—does have its share of harrowing emotional moments, though delivered with a robust horn section instead of a crushing guitar. Prass took the song and made […]

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TV Club: Jane The Virgin sticks to its winning formula for the season 2 premiere

Becoming a parent brings a load of new responsibilities, pressures, and anxieties, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva isn’t just any new parent. Instead of having a child with the fiancé she loved and planned to marry, Jane the virgin was accidentally artificially inseminated with the sperm of a rich hotel owner she happened to have a crush on in high school […]

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TV Club: Jordan Peele returns to liven up another breezy, forgettable Life In Pieces

By its fourth episode, “Prison Baby Golf Picking,” Life In Pieces is a known quantity. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the show’s comfortable, low-impact structure is reliably breezy and pleasant, with the outstanding cast infusing their lines with eccentric little character beats throughout. The four episodes per episode structure has been revealed as less a bold exercise in […]

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TV Club: On Fargo’s second season premiere, everyone hears the stories they want to hear

In the July 1979 speech that accompanies Fargo‘s season-opening montage, Jimmy Carter decried a “crisis of confidence” among the American people. “It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will,” Carter said. “We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and the loss […]

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TV Club: On Fargo’s second season premiere, everyone hears the stories they want to hear

In the July 1979 speech that accompanies Fargo‘s season-opening montage, Jimmy Carter decried a “crisis of confidence” among the American people. “It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will,” Carter said. “We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and the loss […]

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Newswire: Playboy will now be nothing but the articles

Like Hugh Hefner’s Viagra prescription, eventually Playboy‘s luck had to run out. With smartphones and laptops and cable TV proving to be a more discreet (and sanitary) alternative to a moldy back issue somebody’s best friend’s neighbor found behind a rotting log down by the sewage treatment plant, the need for print magazines to disseminate pictures of naked women to […]

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