Allison Shoemaker, The AV Club

Allison Shoemaker

The AV Club

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent:
  • The AV Club
Past:
  • The Takeout
  • Consequence of Sound
  • Screen Rant

Recent articles by Allison:

Between bites, sample the 12 Dates Of Christmas

Also: Kaley Cuoco plays The Flight Attendant, who wakes up in a strange hotel room with a hangover and a dead stranger’s blood on her hand in this thriller/dark comedy on HBO Max. → Read More

McDonald's to world: Sheesh, mortality, amirite?

Brands, please, we're begging you. We accept that you'll drown us in memes, but please, don't make us contemplate the inevitability of death. That's what the arts are for. → Read More

Read this: Meghan Markle on her miscarriage, grief, and the power of "are you okay?"

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about a recent miscarriage, the experience of grief, and how we can best care for each other in this difficult year. → Read More

In Happiest Season, Mackenzie Davis and Kristen Stewart make the yuletide gay

Mackenzie Davis, Kristen Stewart, and Clea DuVall put a queer spin on the sort of comforting, feel-good holiday romances that straight audiences have been enjoying for decades. Plus: Return to Bayside with Peacocks' new Saved By The Bell. → Read More

Alan Ball’s Uncle Frank smothers a great performance with lazy condescension

There are two movies wrestling for control of this road-trip drama from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball. One of them strangles the other—and smothers a great Paul Bettany performance. → Read More

Big Sky follows up on the premiere’s plot twist

The best thing to happen in the Big Sky pilot—other than everything John Carroll Lynch and Valerie Mahaffey were doing, as unsettling as it all was—was its “twist” ending. → Read More

John Barrowman’s Captain Jack to return for Doctor Who’s holiday special

The galaxy's preeminent time-traveling pansexual will be in attendance for "Revolution Of The Daleks." → Read More

Worst Chris to buffest Chris: can u not shred so much bro

Chris Hemsworth shared a photo this weekend in which he appears to be what you might call "mega-jacked." Chris Pratt responded, understandably, by saying (and we paraphrase here) "well, crap." → Read More

Spend time with Belushi or Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square

Even if you’re not quite in the mood for holiday stuff yet, just know that the surreal love-fest of Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square awaits you when you are. → Read More

It’s time for Small Axe and Animaniacs, those are the facts

Also: Lindsey Vonn and her canine companion Lucy host The Pack on Amazon, which is like The Amazing Race, but with dogs. → Read More

Goodnight, sweet Winchesters

The CW is sending off Supernatural in style. Plus: Enjoy The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reunion, the latest Adventure Time special, and our ongoing binge coverage of The Crown. → Read More

One woman's brave attempt to reenact season 4 of The Crown in 2 minutes

When one sees a humorous video on the internet, one must share it. It is a question of duty. Duty to crown, duty to God, duty to country, duty to everyone who wishes Philip whined less in season two. → Read More

Let Laura Dern speak to you calmly of serial killers

Also: Get your tree up early and hang some twinkle lights with Netflix's Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas. → Read More

Get a load of that Big Sky

Also: You can check out Oprah Conversations with the likes of Barack Obama and Dolly Parton over on Apple TV+. → Read More

Bryce Dallas Howard hid an Apollo 13 homage in The Mandalorian

If that fast fall through a planet's atmosphere looked familiar, there's a good reason: It was director Bryce Dallas Howard's way of honoring her dad, director Ron Howard. → Read More

Grab your popcorn: Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens just pissed off the wrong fanbase

If Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro are this mad about Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue, just wait until they learn about Prince and Bowie. → Read More

Watching Chekhov’s The Seagull via The Sims is riveting theater

The Sims 4 is a hell of a sandbox. Playwright Celine Song chose to stage The Seagull in hers, in a two-night production for New York Theater Workshop. → Read More

Time for another audience with The Crown

Gillian Anderson is Margaret Thatcher and newcomer Emma Corrin is Princess Di in season four of The Crown. → Read More

Welcome to the John Waters Memorial Bathroom, please enjoy your stay

How does one honor a hometown hero? In the spirit they'd wish to be honored. So welcome to the John Waters Bathroom at the Baltimore Museum Of Art. When you're here, you're family. → Read More

Kesha’s got a podcast about ghosts

Kesha's going to talk to people about ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. We're going to listen. → Read More