Hear This: A British punk captured the feelings of a Sopranos mobster

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re talking about songs we’ve discovered via TV shows. John Cooper Clarke, “Evidently Chickentown” (1980) Back before the term “punk poet” became a two-word warning that it was time to leave the coffeehouse, John Cooper Clarke wore it proudly as the wild-haired “Bard Of […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Patton Oswalt pitches his sequels to Unbreakable

Patton Oswalt made waves when, in character, he proposed the craziest multiversal crossover film series on an episode of Parks And Recreation. But while that was a ridiculous logorrhea of nerd touchstones and absurd fanboy wishes, he actually has serious ideas for two (!) sequels to M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. The film has already received a bit more recognition and […]

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Newswire: Jack White paid $300,000 for Elvis’ first recording, which he plans to reissue

Jack White’s newish pompadour is beginning to make more sense. In a new interview with Billboard, the singer revealed that he recently purchased Elvis Presley’s first-ever vinyl recording for a tidy $300,000. He’s not keeping that old, hip-shaking goodness to himself, though: White plans to reissue the single via his own Third Man Records this Record Store Day, April 18. […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Charlie Brown’s baseball managing career reconsidered

A new baseball season looms, and yet one of the great sport’s most faithful chroniclers will be sadly unable to witness it. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, whose eternally-young characters disastrously took the field each spring from 1953 to 2000, has been moldering in the grave these last 15 years. Good grief, indeed. Never again, outside of newspaper reruns and possibly […]

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TV Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt provides a solid template for the Netflix sitcom

Netflix’s new sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt migrated to the streaming service when NBC left the show swaddled on Netflix’s doorstep, unable to nurture another cult-ready comedy as the network shifted its focus to drama development. The move had the ring of a no-confidence vote. Kimmy Schmidt, created by 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, is based on an elaborate […]

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Big Issues: The end of Charles Soule’s Swamp Thing explores the nature of art

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s Swamp Thing #40. Written by Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Inhuman) with art by Jesus Saiz (Birds Of Prey, Manhunter), Javi Pina (Suicide Squad: From The Ashes, Manhunter), and June Chung (Wolverine, Batman/Superman), this issue closes out a monumental run with riveting action, substantial character development, […]

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Newswire: Entourage and In Treatment producers team up for a psychological drama

Emerging from HBO’s top-secret laboratory where old TV shows are smashed into each other to break free the precious idea meat nestled within, the people behind the therapy drama In Treatment and “What if fedoras could be people with too much money?” simulator Entourage have announced a project combining elements of both shows. Marrying introspective psychological drama and rampant, self-involved […]

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Newswire: Glocca Morra proffers its own eulogy with 2 final songs

The lifespan of D.I.Y. punk bands is notoriously short. Bands form, release albums, tour voraciously, and then disappear just as quickly. Philadelphia’s Glocca Morra bucked that trend by slowly bringing things to a halt over the course of two years. The band played shows intermittently during that time, but new music—and a full-fledged tour—always seemed out of the question. The […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Mark the 20th anniversary of Springfield’s Film Fest with a bunch of Criterion covers

“A Star Is Burns,” The Simpsons episode where Springfield throws a film festival and The Critic stops by, first aired 20 years ago yesterday. Yes, it’s been two decades of “agh! my groin,” “don’t cry for me, I’m already dead,” and “boo-urns.” To honor the occasion, Christian Lynch has created Criterion covers for each of the featured films in the […]

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