Newswire: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk may open early in 35mm and IMAX

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There are three things everyone should by now know about Christopher Nolan: he’s red-green colorblind, most of his characters have dead wives, and he’s a digital skeptic. (Also, his older brother once tried to escape from Chicago’s futuristic, wedge-shaped downtown correctional center by tying together a bunch of bed sheets, so make that four things.) Nolan is the kind of director who likes to work with what he can see and touch, hence the lack of reds, overwhelming preference for practical effects, and general avoidance of anything that has to happen in digital space.

Quite a few directors still prefer to shoot celluloid, but Nolan doesn’t even do digital intermediates. His films are the only ones at their budget level to have all the color and contrast be the result of photochemical lab work. And he’s made no secret of the fact that he prefers …

Newswire: The Lonely Island to produce Cuban family sitcom from comedian Chris Garcia

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Things didn’t work out especially well the last time The Lonely Island boys produced a TV show, but that’s not going to stop them from trying again. According to Variety, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer are going to be producing a new comedy series from comedian Chris Garcia through their Party Over Here production company. The project has been picked up by Fox, with Garcia writing the pilot alongside Modern Family’s Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh.

As for the plot of this show, Variety says it will be based on Garcia’s real life and the way his Cuban immigrant parents lied about their home address so he could get into a better school. The character based on Garcia will have to “make the most of his high school experience despite being surrounded by affluent, white surfer kids.” Plus, just to give that straightforward setup …

Newswire: Zach Galifianakis might play The Happy Medium in A Wrinkle In Time

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Ava DuVernay continues to line up big-name adult ringers to complement the relatively unknown teen cast of her upcoming film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Selma director is in talks to add Zach Galifianakis to the ranks of the 2018 Disney film, whose cast already includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine.

The Masterminds star would appear as the Happy Medium, a punnily named minor character from Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved sci-fi novel. The Medium’s home serves as a waypoint on the journey of Meg Murry (Storm Reid) to find her missing father (Pine), in the company of the mysterious witches Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who (Winfrey, Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, respectively). In the novel, the Medium serves both as comic relief and to clue Meg and her companions in to the cosmic scale of the evil they …

Great Job, Internet!: Tony Hawk’s Larry David costume was pretty, pretty, pretty good

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One could be forgiven for thinking this is actually just a photo of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, on sabbatical from the upcoming ninth season to pursue his true dream of shredding, all day and all night.

It is a little known fact that Larry David is actually a pretty, pretty, pretty good skater.

— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) November 1, 2016

And yet, this man grinding the rails and doing sweet kick-flips is not 69-year-old Larry David. It’s iconic pro skater Tony Hawk, wearing what can only be described as an extremely convincing Halloween costume. Take some solace knowing that Hawk didn’t whip this thing up himself the afternoon before a party, like you did that “chef” costume several years ago that was actually just a large white shirt and a spatula. On Instagram, Hawk shouts out a professional hairdresser and makeup artist for …

Newswire: Of course HBO’s The Young Pope will premiere on a Sunday

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The Young Pope, a new 10-episode limited series that’s unfortunately not a Yahoo Serious vehicle, is set to debut on its Stateside home of HBO on January 15, keeping Sunday television holy.

Jude Law stars as Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, the fictional first American Pope who will more than likely replace the sacramental wine with craft beer and the “body of Christ” with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Law’s character is said to be “shrewd and naïve, ironic and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless,” which actually tells you absolutely nothing about the character.

But with Youth and The Great Beauty’s Paolo Sorrentino behind the camera and Diane Keaton and James Cromwell rounding out the cast, The Young Pope is probably going to be pretty good—and, hopefully for high-school religion teachers looking for a good time waster on Mondays, should feature considerably less …

Newswire: Here come the Oasis reunion tour rumors

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It’s been seven years since alleged potato Noel Gallagher walked away from Oasis (and, not coincidentally, his often fractious relationship with his brother Liam). Now it sounds like the members of one of Britpop’s most influential bands might be ready to bury the brotherly hatchet, with NME reporting on rumors that an Oasis reunion might be coming soon.

Apparently, there are claims moving through the music press this week that Oasis has begun organizing opening bands for a planned reunion tour. Most notable among the names being bandied about: Ride, which features former Oasis bassist Andy Bell as one of its founding members. Meanwhile, odds-makers have reportedly stopped taking money on when the band might reform, which seems as strong a point as any in favor of a reunion some time soon.

Mat Whitecross, the director of the recent Oasis documentary, Supersonic, did express a word of caution …

Great Job, Internet!: Ballerina channels the moves of Fresh Prince’s Aunt Viv for Halloween

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Sometimes a great Halloween costume isn’t about how intricate it is, but whether the person wearing it truly captures the spirit of whomever he or she is supposed to be. Take for instance, Erica Lall. A corps member at the American Ballet Theatre, Lall probably didn’t have to dig too hard to find the garments necessary to play The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’s Aunt Viv—specifically, Aunt Viv in the season two episode “The Big Four-Oh.” Nevertheless, Lall totally nailed her performance, which just happened to take place on a Lincoln Center stage in New York.

As you’ll no doubt recall, Viv (the original one, played by Janet Hubert) goes into panic mode upon turning 40, so she decides to take some dance classes. After her first one goes very poorly, she resolves to get better, then absolutely dominates a routine set to C+C Music …

Coming Distractions: Forget snakes on a plane, zombies ride the Train To Busan in this trailer

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The 2006 classic Snakes On A Plane played with everyone’s fears of being attacked by snakes while on a plane, but Yeon Sang-ho’s South Korean zombie film Train To Busan tackles an even more relatable concern that we all share: the fear of being eaten by zombies while on a train. You might even be reading this very story while on a train, and now you definitely can’t help but wonder what you’d do if the person standing way-too-close to you suddenly started chomping at people and eating their brains. The A.V. Club recommends both carrying a brick at all times just in case you need to fight off some undead monsters and checking out this trailer for Train To Busan, which is hitting a limited number of U.S. theaters on November 4.

You can find more information about these screenings at the website …

Newswire: Pusha T wants to legalize marijuana, and not because it’s awesome

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Although his music does have political undertones, and he’s a vocal fan of Hillary Clinton, Pusha T is also about partying and having fun. But that’s not why he’s advocating on behalf of California’s Proposition 64 law, which would legalize recreational marijuana use in the state for people 21 and up. (McDonald’s and thirstiness are also incidental to the cause.)

His argument, as he explains in a new PSA, is similar to that laid out in Ava DuVernay’s excellent Netflix documentary 13th: Legalizing marijuana would permanently end marijuana arrests in California, which would significantly reduce the number of people in jail on drug charges in the state and eliminate recidivism related to the drug. Thus, it would make a measurable impact on the problem of mass incarceration—which disproportionately affects black men, labeling them criminals and excluding them from the political system for life …

Great Job, Internet!: Harambe emoji answers internet’s call for more ways to bring up Harambe

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Emoji are often thought of flippantly, but they’re an increasingly volatile fault line along the tectonic shifts in the way we talk to each other. Consider, for example, last week’s acquisition of the 176 original emoji by MoMA, or the furor that erupted over Apple’s decision to change its handgun emoji into a squirt gun. Similar scrutiny is bound to be applied to Apple’s newest set of emoji, which features a couple more updates to its library of pictograms, including straps on the dancing lady’s shoes, better gender representation across occupations, and a slightly less ass-like peach. There’s also a new face-palm emoji that will inevitably prove popular as people drag each other on Twitter and talk shit about their friends in group chats.

Source: Emojipedia

Most importantly, though, there will be a gorilla emoji—and while that gorilla isn’t necessarily Harambe, aren …

Newswire: Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, and David Schwimmer are making a podcast

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Podcasts aren’t exactly be a brand-new medium, but it does seem like a lot of people are paying attention to the weird world of internet-based, radio-like programming these days. In fact, even famous people are getting into the podcast game, with Gimlet Media announcing that Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, David Schwimmer, David Cross, and Amy Sedaris are all set to appear in a new audio drama podcast called Homecoming.

Billed as a psychological thriller, Homecoming is set in an experimental facility of some kind, with the iTunes description explaining that Keener will play “a caseworker,” Schwimmer will be her “ambitious supervisor,” and Isaac will be “a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life.” The story of Homecoming will be told through “telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.”

A preview episode is available now on iTunes, and its six-part debut season will launch on November 16.

[via Hot Pod]

Newswire: Bono to finally be recognized as a Woman of the Year

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It’s been a year dominated by strong women, whose voices have rung throughout our halls of power, been heard louder than ever in our entertainment, and, of course, echoed madly off the canted walls within the Kafkaesque gauntlet that is our presidential election. Yes, 2016 was a watershed moment for women, who have entered what feels like a climactic stage of an epochal struggle against institutionalized inequality, only to discover a new and toxic wellspring of next-generation sexism led by a bunch of meme-slinging shriveled dicks. So many women, making so many powerful strides. Also, Bono was there. So naturally, Bono has been named as one of Glamour’s Women Of The Year.

The U2 frontman, famed for slipping into other people’s spaces without invitation, has been named the first-ever man on the magazine’s annual list of notable women. It’s a decision that—although reminiscent of …

Newswire: El-P and Killer Mike announce 33-date Run The Jewels tour

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El-P and Killer Mike still don’t have a release date for their upcoming studio album Run The Jewels 3, but they have announced when they’re bringing their collaborative project to your city. Beginning with a show in Philadelphia on January 11, Run The Jewels will embark on a 33-show tour through North America, snaking from one coast to the other before finally ending up back East in New York City on February 25. And they won’t be alone. They’re taking The Gaslamp Killer, Spark Master Tape, and Cuz (from the RTJ 2015 single “Bust No Moves”) along for the trip.

You can hear the first single, “Talk To Me,” off Run The Jewels’ forthcoming album, courtesy of the Adult Swim Singles Program.

Run The Jewels “Run The World” Tour

1/11—Electric Factory—Philadelphia, PA

1/12—Echostage—Washington, DC

1/13—Mr. Smalls Theatre—Pittsburgh …

Great Job, Internet!: You won’t get good info from Ouija boards or Yahoo! Answers

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Hot off of his recent exploration of the inability of Yahoo! Answers users to spell the word “pregnant,” YouTube user J.T. Sexkik has compiled the internet’s similar, feckless attempts at the word “Ouija.” Most of the typos fall into three categories: phonetic (weegi, weegee, weggy); ambitious stabs at accuracy (oija, ooija, oija); and, finally, just “Luigi board” about a dozen times.

Like the Ouija board itself, it’s sort of scary, and kind of amusing, although it lacks the disturbing subtext of the pregnancy misspelling video. And hey, let’s be honest: “Ouija” is a hard word to spell!

The story behind the weird name is pretty fascinating, for what it’s worth. As documented by The Guardian, the board was invented in the late 19th century, and was given its name by a medium named Helen Peters, who said the board told her itself that “Ouija” meant …

Newswire: HBO releases EP featuring Westworld versions of Radiohead, The Cure, and more

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Though it may not be as exciting as some of the show’s more violent delights, the music on HBO’s Westworld is definitely a pretty rad addition to its whole sci-fi/western aesthetic. Not only does it have a fairly hummable theme song, but it has also sporadically featured Westworld-y covers of popular songs like The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” and a player piano version of “Black Hole Sun” that help underline the artificiality of the robot-filled cowboy theme park that the show revolves around. Now, after a month or so of fans thinking to themselves about how cool it would be if HBO were to actually release those songs, the network has decided to actually release those songs as part of a Westworld EP.

The collection features Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi—who also scores Game Of Thrones—performing the show’s theme, as well as the …

Newswire: It’s 2016, and Steven Seagal is in a video game for some reason

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World Of Warships is a free game where people pilot faithfully recreated World War II-era naval ships in giant online battles. Despite the dry subject matter, it’s been no stranger to whimsical holiday-themed special events and anime-inspired makeovers, but none of those departures stack up to the game’s latest and greatest update: the addition of Steven Seagal as a playable character. That’s right, seemingly based solely on the fact that he was once in a movie that takes place on a battleship—where he didn’t even play a ship commander—everyone’s favorite martial-arts instructor turned action hero has found his way into a video game in 2016.

Naturally, it’s not going to be as easy as logging on and transforming your lowly naval officer into a glorious, de-aged cartoon Seagal. Starting today, World Of Warships fans can unlock him master as a commander for …

Income Disposal: Today’s Amazon deals: Shrek, winter coats, and a 55-inch smart TV

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In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to do that if you don’t want to, but if you do, know that we appreciate it.

LG Electronics 55-inch curved smart OLED TV ($999.99, was $1,488)

If you’re looking for a new, gigantic TV, Amazon’s got you covered with its deal of the day. This 55-inch LG TV has great reviews, eight inputs, and weighs a mere 33 pounds. If you’re in the market for an OLED TV, this is definitely a solid contender, especially if you’re looking …

Newswire: America’s Test Kitchen sues founder for stealing its recipe

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It’s been a rough year for amiable, good-natured cooking programs. In September, The Great British Bake Off lost three-fourths of its central ensemble when it was announced the show would be moving out of BBC. Now, the Boston Globe reports that America’s Test Kitchen, the empire behind the cookbook/TV series of the same name and Cook’s Illustrated magazine, is suing Christopher Kimball, its genial, bow-tied founder and one-time on-air personality.

America’s Test Kitchen alleges that in creating his new venture, Milk Street, Kimball “literally and conceptually ripped off America’s Test Kitchen.” Milk Street (originally called Milk Street Kitchen) is a multimedia company encompassing a print magazine, website, cooking school, cookbooks, and more.

According to the lawsuit, Kimball—Saturday afternoons on PBS in human form—spent his last year with the company secretly using its databases and recipes to position Milk Street as a direct …

Newswire: Ed Weeks and Mindy Kaling are making a sitcom about lesbians in Kansas

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The Mindy Project’s star and creator Mindy Kaling is partnering with co-star Ed Weeks for a new single-camera comedy that has landed at ABC. Remember when Rush Limbaugh warned that lesbian farmers were trying to take over America? Well, his warning is 100 percent factual. There is an underground network of lesbian farmers plotting the demise of this country. We meet every third Thursday.

Perhaps Kaling and Weeks were inspired by Limbaugh’s lesbian farmer alarm bell when deciding to make this new untitled comedy, which will center on Laurel and Marisa, a liberal lesbian couple living in Laurel’s conservative hometown in Kansas with their teenage son. Deadline’s description doesn’t suggest any farm takeovers, though; instead, it sounds like Laurel and Marisa are going to have their preconceived notions about Middle America challenged.

The project is being co-written by Weeks and Peep Show producer Hannah Mackay …

The Overlook: Kenji Mizoguchi made masterpieces, but nothing as strange as Miyamoto Musashi

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In The Overlook, A.V. Club film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky examines the misfits, underappreciated gems, and underseen classics of film history.

Miyamoto Musashi, one of a slew of patriotic films about swordsmen produced in wartime Japan, is the closest thing to a B-movie that survives from the work of the great director Kenji Mizoguchi. In it, a brother and sister ask the famous rōnin Miyamoto Musashi (subject of countless films, many of them also titled Miyamoto Musashi) to help defeat their father’s killers, the Samoto brothers, who in turn seek out the master swordsman Kojirō Sasaki. Both Musashi and Sasaki—played by Chôjûrô Kawarasaki and Kan’emon Nakamura, respectively, the stars of Mizoguchi’s two-part wartime masterpiece, The 47 Ronin (1941-42)—are real historical figures, and the consensus is that they really did duel on the beach of a remote island and that Musashi did in fact come armed …

Great Job, Internet!: Internet rallies to design offensive McDonald’s cheeseburgers

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In New Zealand, someone in the McDonald’s marketing department had a fun idea. “What if,” this person cried mid-meeting, “we allowed the people themselves to design cheeseburgers, tapping into the inherent creativity of the internet and conjuring sandwich designs our paltry chefs could never dream of?” Surely a rising tide lifts all boats, the team agreed; surely democratizing the tools of creativity would yield only greater, more delicious sandwiches.

And surely no one in the McDonald’s New Zealand marketing department has used the internet before, which has proven time and again that anonymity plus #brands equals 9/11 jokes. While troll humor has existed since the earliest online communities, the more recent influx of po-faced corporations and government agencies attempting to create viral interactivity has resulted in such Reddit-core comedic triumphs as a boat named Boaty McBoatface, a hatespeech-spewing bot from Microsoft, and a new Mountain Dew flavor …