Newswire: Haruki Murakami is writing an advice column

Need advice on how to gently yet wistfully accept the transience of time, or how to be surprisingly impassive while being thrust headlong into a surreal new reality? You’re in luck! According to an Agence France-Presse-JIJI report, acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is launching an advice column on a new website called, no shit, “Mr. Murakami’s Place” (Murakami-san no tokoro […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Nurture your skin with Gold Bond Liqui-Shaq

As a professional basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal was known for his inability to make a free throw and inability to make a quality movie, video game, or hip-hop album (and probably some other basketball stuff that he was good at.) His post-basketball career, however, is a rich melange of inadequate basketball commentary, further terrible game development and now, as the […]

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100 Episodes: The Bob Newhart Show turned its star’s signature style into an ensemble classic

For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be canceled. In 100 Episodes, […]

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Newswire: Cloakroom make the most of dissimilar parts on “Asymmetrical”

Indiana’s Cloakroom is made, almost exclusively, from dissimilar parts. The trio pulls influence from the dreary ambience of shoegaze, the downtrodden vocals of David Bazan, and the space-rock riffing of Hum. It’s fitting that Hum frontman Matt Talbot recorded the band’s debut full-length Further Out, as his all-analog approach reflects both Cloakroom’s influences and the band’s otherworldly ambitions. The A.V. […]

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TV Club: Marvel’s Agent Carter: “Now Is Not The End”/“Tunnel And Bridge”

Agent Carter is a gamble for Marvel Studios. It’s the company’s first miniseries, giving the first indication of what people can expect from Marvel’s five upcoming Netflix minis, and it’s the studio’s first project focusing primarily on a woman, gauging viewers’ interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s female heroes. There’s a lot riding on Agent Carter, and the creative team […]

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TV Club: Marry Me: “Test Me”

There have been few times in Marry Me‘s short run where the script belabors a mediocre joke that actually pays off. (“Thank Me’s” human cheese joke immediately comes to mind.) It was a pleasant surprise when after an episode full of Dr. What’s-His-Name jokes that the punchline was worth it. Twice. Once involving a clown doctor, no less. “Test Me” […]

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Survey Says: Chris Gethard, Adam Savage, and Scott Aukerman pick the pop culture they’re most excited for in 2015

At the end of 2014, The A.V. Club asked writers, directors, actors, musicians, comedians, and gadabouts what piece of pop culture they liked the most in 2014, with two pieces coming out of that query. At that same time, we also asked them what entertainment they were most excited for in 2015. The first half of those answers is below, […]

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