What’s On Tonight: All hail the Queen, as Bessie comes to HBO

Top pick Bessie (HBO, 8 p.m., Friday): The ever-luminous Queen Latifah stars in this HBO biopic of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. Surrounded by a great supporting cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Mo’Nique, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Mike Epps, and Oliver Platt, the Queen, no doubt, will get plenty of opportunity to show off her pipes alongside her […]

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11 Questions: Nick Frost on chicken shit and the pro-England thing he shouted out during sex

In 11 Questions, The A.V. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee. Though he’s probably best known for his roles in the Cornetto Trilogy movies—Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End—Nick Frost has been in all sorts of non-Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright-related projects, including Snow White […]

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TV Club: The Vampire Diaries: “I’m Thinking Of You All The While”

Elena Gilbert is important. The show might be called The Vampire Diaries, but from the very beginning it was really about human Elena. She was our entry point into this crazy vampire world; for three seasons, our human tether grounding the supernatural insanity around her; our brave heroine who would rather sacrifice herself than allow her friends to get hurt. […]

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