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Past articles by Mike:

Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood...annotated

Let’s get this out of the way first: This is not a complete recounting of every single pop culture reference in Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood. To claim as much would be hubris. No, this is simply the best The A.V. Club could do after two back-to-back viewings of Quentin Tarantino’s latest, the second of which was devoted wholly to noting every movie poster, real-life character, radio ad, and… → Read More

Bryan Ferry announces 2019 world tour celebrating Roxy Music's Avalon

Bryan Ferry has announced the North American leg of his 2019 world tour celebrating Roxy Music’s iconic 1982 album Avalon. Coinciding with the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this March, the tour will feature Ferry performing songs off of that record, as well as his solo work and tunes from the Roxy Music songbook. The 73 year old sophisti-pop crooner just released his… → Read More

Spike Lee and The Killers unite against Trump's border wall in the "Land Of The Free" video

In a collaboration that nobody saw coming, The Killers have released a new single accompanied by a short film directed by Spike Lee. “Land Of The Free” finds the normally apolitical band—lead singer Brandon Flowers declined support either Barack Obama or fellow Mormon Mitt Romney in 2012—taking a hardline stance against Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, drawing parallels between Mexican… → Read More

Exclusive: It's game over when RiffTrax alums take on Ernest Cline and Ready Player One

For the first season of their podcast 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back, RiffTrax head honcho Michael J. Nelson and writer Conor Lastowka decided to lay off of riffing on movies for a bit and focus on the local library by taking on Ernest Cline’s 2011 sci-fi ode to ‘80s pop culture and all things geeky, Ready Player One. → Read More

Podmass gets spooky this week with vampires, bigfoot, and cannibalism

In Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com. → Read More

The women of Feminasty talk courage, and Never Seen Before finally sees The Exorcist

In Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com. → Read More

The grooms of Groomzillas talk wedding cake, catering, and cautionary tales

In Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com. → Read More

Rifftrax exclusive: The gang suits up for a Summer Shorts Beach Party

Tonight, the Rifftrax gang will be presenting their Rifftrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party, broadcasting live from Nashville, Tennessee, the “Beach Party Capital Of The South.” Longtime friends and Rifftrax collaborators Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl will join Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevi → Read More

Long out-of-print horror classic Popcorn comes home in a box this spring

The 1991 meta-cult classic Popcorn is finally making its way to Blu-ray thanks to Synapse Films. The film received a barebones DVD release from Elite Entertainment in 2001 that has been out of print for some time, making this a sought-after title that some purists will still prefer on the original V → Read More

The Phantasm box set will come to us in March

Right on heels of the Blu-ray release of both Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm: Ravager, writer/director Don Coscarelli has announced that a six-disc box set of the sci-fi horror series is due out this spring. The Phantasm Collection will feature all five films, presumably including both the origina → Read More

Tom Holland has faith that his Fright Night III novel will work

Tom Holland is working on another sequel to his 1985 vampire favorite Fright Night, and we all have The Copyright Act of 1976 to thank for it.2 more years and the ‘Fright Night’ copyrights come back to papa. Oh the things I’m going to do :) #CopyrightActOf1976 pic.twitter.com/gVgtH7pV8T— Tom Holland → Read More

The Killers think Panda Express owes them a lifetime supply of orange chicken

While more than a few acts from the “bands that start with The and end with an S” movement of the early 2000’s have fallen by the wayside, The Killers remain relevant in the form of a fortune cookie.I’m thinkin’ orange chicken for life and we’ll let you off the hook for using our stuff. pic.twitter. → Read More

Shout! Factory pumps some quarters into a Starcade reboot

The nostalgia peddlers at Shout! Factory will be bringing back Starcade, the world’s first-ever video game arcade show which ran for three seasons from 1982 to 1983. “Starcade is a classic game show from the ’80s and is pure nostalgic fun. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the original show c → Read More

Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop releases new single, “Never Wanted To Know” · Newswire · The A.V. Club

Former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson has released the second song off of his upcoming Bash & Pop album, “Never Wanted To Know.” The song was recorded on April 21, 2016, the same day that Prince Nelson Rodgers died. Musically, the a garage rocker doesn’t nick much from Prince, although it co → Read More

John Carpenter thinks internet Nazis need to quit misinterpreting They Live

Plenty of films are open to interpretation. Was Deckard a replicant in Blade Runner? Were Patrick Bateman’s grisly murders a figment of his imagination in American Psycho? Who was The Thing at the conclusion of John Carpenter’s The Thing? One thing was always certain, though: Carpenter’s They Live i → Read More

Snoop Dogg wishes his pal Willie Nelson a green Christmas

What do you get for the country music legend that has everything? A Christmas sweater that says “smoke weed every day,” of course. At least, that’s what Snoop Dogg got Willie Nelson for the holiday this year.The sweater—which, in a missed opportunity, does not appear to be made of hemp—is the rare C → Read More

Ben Gibbard will cover Teenage Fanclub for a new vinyl subscription service

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard will be covering Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque for an exclusive vinyl-only release. The album will be part of Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription club. “Bandwagonesque is my favorite record by my favorite band of all time,” explains Gib → Read More

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers to come around here once more on their 40th anniversary tour

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2017 with a tour as well as two retrospective box sets which will feature all of the band’s studio LPs on 180-gram vinyl. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was thinking this might be the last big one,” Petty explains to → Read More

Put some Vicks under your nose for this exclusive clip from The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

From director André Øvredal—who also wrote and directed 2010’s Trollhunter—The Autopsy Of Jane Doe features Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as a father-son coroner team who are tasked with performing an autopsy on an unidentified woman who may have been murdered. As you might expect, nothing is really as → Read More

The Escape From New York remake will reveal “Snake” Plissken’s full name

How many times have you settled in to watch John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and thought to yourself, “this movie is pretty good, but I wish it didn’t have so much escaping from jail”? Well, you’re in luck, because according to The Wrap, Luther creator Neal Cross’ take on the 1981 cult classic → Read More