So, wait: What’s going on with all these Jokers?

Last week, Hangover director Todd Phillips began revealing his upcoming Joker origin story. It looked… pretty good, actually! Joaquin Phoenix, playing the titular role, morphs ably from a dejected everyman to a deranged everyman with clown paint on his…

Last week, Hangover director Todd Phillips began revealing his upcoming Joker origin story. It looked… pretty good, actually! Joaquin Phoenix, playing the titular role, morphs ably from a dejected everyman to a deranged everyman with clown paint on his face. Zazie Beetz, playing a single mother who serves as the…

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Jim Carrey can’t stop painting semi-nudes of Donald Trump

It was barely two weeks ago that Jim Carrey raised the hackles of conservatives everyone by painting an extremely rude picture of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. So popular was the portrait that the White House press secretary’s dad, Mike Huckabee, got involved, calling Carrey a “pathetic bully, sexist, hater, bigot &…

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It was barely two weeks ago that Jim Carrey raised the hackles of conservatives everyone by painting an extremely rude picture of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. So popular was the portrait that the White House press secretary’s dad, Mike Huckabee, got involved, calling Carrey a “pathetic bully, sexist, hater, bigot &…

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Jim Carrey painted a very rude portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, because that’s what he does now

The most recent phase of Jim Carrey’s career has been marked by 1) cosmic declarations about the nature of self in an ever-shifting universe, and 2) the fact that he is a painter now. He is pretty good at both of these things! What’s interesting is that he’s not just disappearing from public life for this stuff. He…

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The most recent phase of Jim Carrey’s career has been marked by 1) cosmic declarations about the nature of self in an ever-shifting universe, and 2) the fact that he is a painter now. He is pretty good at both of these things! What’s interesting is that he’s not just disappearing from public life for this stuff. He…

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Luigi definitely has a dick, and it’s 3.7 inches flaccid

Artists toil away at their creations, but at a certain point they must let them go out into the world, after which they cannot control how an audience receives and transforms their work. Case in point: The family-friendly video-game magnates at Nintendo, who increasingly must deal with the fact that the people who…

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Artists toil away at their creations, but at a certain point they must let them go out into the world, after which they cannot control how an audience receives and transforms their work. Case in point: The family-friendly video-game magnates at Nintendo, who increasingly must deal with the fact that the people who…

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Run The Jewels’ new music video is a psychedelic odyssey starring Rick and Morty

Today Adult Swim announced their very own festival this October, but they did so in a manner slightly more interesting than watching paint dry, with a full new Run The Jewels music video starring Rick And Morty’s titular duo. Directed by Juan Meza-León, it sets the RTJ3 track “Oh Mama” to a typically fantastical…

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Today Adult Swim announced their very own festival this October, but they did so in a manner slightly more interesting than watching paint dry, with a full new Run The Jewels music video starring Rick And Morty’s titular duo. Directed by Juan Meza-León, it sets the RTJ3 track “Oh Mama” to a typically fantastical…

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Welcome to hell: Shaggy updates “It Wasn’t Me” for the post-Trump era

The internet is full of pandering, anti-Trump “comedy,” videos featuring dime-a-dozen, wig-wearing jokesters firing off squinty-eyed impressions and one-liners about, like, kissing Putin, or something. But for too long, none of those videos have ever featured turn-of-the-millennium, lite-reggae hitmaker Shaggy,…

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The internet is full of pandering, anti-Trump “comedy,” videos featuring dime-a-dozen, wig-wearing jokesters firing off squinty-eyed impressions and one-liners about, like, kissing Putin, or something. But for too long, none of those videos have ever featured turn-of-the-millennium, lite-reggae hitmaker Shaggy,…

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Titan of video-game cinema Uwe Boll is not excited about Ready Player One

Most people’s first interactions with director Uwe Boll came via a trifecta of video-game adaptations released between 2003 and 2005: House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, and BloodRayne. Together, they stablished the Uwe Boll style, which commingled cheaply acquired, violent intellectual properties, typically from…

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Most people’s first interactions with director Uwe Boll came via a trifecta of video-game adaptations released between 2003 and 2005: House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, and BloodRayne. Together, they stablished the Uwe Boll style, which commingled cheaply acquired, violent intellectual properties, typically from…

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Tommy Wiseau’s Joker audition tape is absolutely, unintentionally terrifying

Ever since the release of The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau has engaged in a sort of permanent press tour. There are still mysteries surrounding Wiseau’s origins, but the elusiveness that helped turn The Room into a cult hit has been replaced by a sort of constant deluge of viral Tommy Wiseau content. The movie made…

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Ever since the release of The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau has engaged in a sort of permanent press tour. There are still mysteries surrounding Wiseau’s origins, but the elusiveness that helped turn The Room into a cult hit has been replaced by a sort of constant deluge of viral Tommy Wiseau content. The movie made…

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Things really escalated after those Ready Player One fan-art posters were released

Ready Player One has a lot going for it, namely the involvement of one the greatest science-fiction filmmakers of all time, a masterful practitioner of spectacle who has cannily updated his techniques to fit the project and the times. The heartfelt sci-fi fablist of the ‘80s worked up into awe-inspiring scale in the…

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Ready Player One has a lot going for it, namely the involvement of one the greatest science-fiction filmmakers of all time, a masterful practitioner of spectacle who has cannily updated his techniques to fit the project and the times. The heartfelt sci-fi fablist of the ‘80s worked up into awe-inspiring scale in the…

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Spike Jonze just released one of the best music videos in recent memory

Spike Jonze has directed some of the best music videos of all time— “Sabotage,” “Buddy Holly,” “Praise You,” “Get Back.” There’s a sort of goofy exuberance to all of them that seems to come from a place of permanent, childlike (but never childish) playfulness. He’s continued to direct music videos over the years, even…

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Spike Jonze has directed some of the best music videos of all time— “Sabotage,” “Buddy Holly,” “Praise You,” “Get Back.” There’s a sort of goofy exuberance to all of them that seems to come from a place of permanent, childlike (but never childish) playfulness. He’s continued to direct music videos over the years, even…

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Dril politely requests that you do not respond to his posts

Dril is the last pure thing online, a surreal and frequently scabrous Twitter presence who has proven impervious to both doxxing and ponderous A.V. Club thinkpieces. His sense of humor—both extraordinarily in the know and extraordinarily out of it—defines the inner-most circle of internet culture, and has proven…

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Dril is the last pure thing online, a surreal and frequently scabrous Twitter presence who has proven impervious to both doxxing and ponderous A.V. Club thinkpieces. His sense of humor—both extraordinarily in the know and extraordinarily out of it—defines the inner-most circle of internet culture, and has proven…

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Ajit Pai will not rest until he has killed The Big Lebowski, too

Within the Trump administration’s grand menagerie of oil-blooded lizard people, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stands tall as one of the most truly loathsome figures. On April 23, he will complete the task he was put in place for, killing net neutrality finally. At that point he will rest easy knowing that the dream of the…

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Within the Trump administration’s grand menagerie of oil-blooded lizard people, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stands tall as one of the most truly loathsome figures. On April 23, he will complete the task he was put in place for, killing net neutrality finally. At that point he will rest easy knowing that the dream of the…

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The Lonely Island share an incredibly strange, ambitious song they wrote for the Oscars

Last night’s Oscars were intermittently funny, mostly fine, and, reportedly, not super highly viewed. Maybe next year they should pony up for some larger productions instead of just covering the stage in crystals? The Lonely Island tweeted out today that they “wrote a song for this year’s Oscars that was overly…

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Last night’s Oscars were intermittently funny, mostly fine, and, reportedly, not super highly viewed. Maybe next year they should pony up for some larger productions instead of just covering the stage in crystals? The Lonely Island tweeted out today that they “wrote a song for this year’s Oscars that was overly…

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Lakeith Stanfield is live-tweeting the Oscars and it is glorious

As part of Jimmy Kimmel’s night-long campaign to keep people from talking too damn much while accepting their awards, Lakeith Stanfield was called on to reprise his role from Get Out. Dressed in the same duds as the film, he popped out to scream the film’s title a few times, lingering on stage for a little longer…

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As part of Jimmy Kimmel’s night-long campaign to keep people from talking too damn much while accepting their awards, Lakeith Stanfield was called on to reprise his role from Get Out. Dressed in the same duds as the film, he popped out to scream the film’s title a few times, lingering on stage for a little longer…

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Here are this week’s most important animals from the internet

It’s Friday afternoon. If you work standard working hours and are based in America, you are probably winding things down, biding the hours until you can return to your family or friends or just the blissfully silent subterranean lair in which you hibernate each weekend. If you work on or near a computer, you have…

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It’s Friday afternoon. If you work standard working hours and are based in America, you are probably winding things down, biding the hours until you can return to your family or friends or just the blissfully silent subterranean lair in which you hibernate each weekend. If you work on or near a computer, you have…

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Far-right troll Baked Alaska may just get his ass booted from YouTube

When we last checked in on shamed neo-Nazi hanger-on Baked Alaska, he had been kicked off Twitter and was livestreaming some sort of talk show from what certainly seemed to be his mom’s house in Alaska. This was just the latest in the troll’s long string of humiliations, which include possibly macing himself (see…

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When we last checked in on shamed neo-Nazi hanger-on Baked Alaska, he had been kicked off Twitter and was livestreaming some sort of talk show from what certainly seemed to be his mom’s house in Alaska. This was just the latest in the troll’s long string of humiliations, which include possibly macing himself (see…

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Here’s an argument against literally all of popular culture

We here at The A.V. Club always enjoy a spirited debate, which is why we welcomed and were not at all frightened by an article on Aeon today called, simply, “Against Popular Culture,” a thing that we are decidedly for. Written by University Of York teaching fellow Owen Hulatt, it synopsizes some of the thinking by the…

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We here at The A.V. Club always enjoy a spirited debate, which is why we welcomed and were not at all frightened by an article on Aeon today called, simply, “Against Popular Culture,” a thing that we are decidedly for. Written by University Of York teaching fellow Owen Hulatt, it synopsizes some of the thinking by the…

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There was a real bumper crop of cats on the internet this week

It has been another week of record-high temperatures, shockingly dangerous political rhetoric, and general despair on the internet; it has also been another week of animals. Do these rivers of content flow from the same source? Do they power each other, circle around each other, somehow negate or offset each other?…

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It has been another week of record-high temperatures, shockingly dangerous political rhetoric, and general despair on the internet; it has also been another week of animals. Do these rivers of content flow from the same source? Do they power each other, circle around each other, somehow negate or offset each other?…

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Okay, now the rest of the Parks And Recreation cast is telling the NRA to eat shit

Last night, the NRA tweeted out a thank you to spokeswoman Dana Loesch for “being the voice of over 5 million #NRA members.” This was in response to a town hall on CNN on which Loesch got her ass handed to her by a whole cavalcade of Parkland shooting survivors. The NRA accompanied this thank you note with a GIF from

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Last night, the NRA tweeted out a thank you to spokeswoman Dana Loesch for “being the voice of over 5 million #NRA members.” This was in response to a town hall on CNN on which Loesch got her ass handed to her by a whole cavalcade of Parkland shooting survivors. The NRA accompanied this thank you note with a GIF from

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Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o definitely actually love each other

Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o are the extremely good-looking stars of the extremely good and successful Black Panther. The film and its stars are enjoying a cultural moment like few in recent memory, a rare commingling of political and cultural importance met with near-universal adoration from audiences and…

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Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o are the extremely good-looking stars of the extremely good and successful Black Panther. The film and its stars are enjoying a cultural moment like few in recent memory, a rare commingling of political and cultural importance met with near-universal adoration from audiences and…

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