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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ has a terrifying new trailer, so good luck avoiding nightmares tonight

Were you planning on sleeping tonight? You were? Well, too bad, because a new Us trailer is here to ruin your night. Jordan Peele’s latest horror movie stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as parents of a totally adorable family whose vacation takes a very dark turn when some unexpected visitors show up. As Peele explained, the film is all about how we are our own worst enemies. So go ahead. Give in to your dark impulses. Hit “play” again. Even if you know you’re not going to be able…

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Fortnite adds bluetooth controller support on iOS, Android

Image: Epic Games Fortnite is a video game, a meme machine, an occasional subject of controversy, and now… a concert venue. Marshmello set up shop on a virtual stage set up inside the game on Saturday. He was there to perform, and that’s exactly what he did. The proof is all over social media. Fortnite maker Epic Games treated the whole thing like an actual, real world event. Construction work on the stage began earlier in the week, as players discovered when they ventured into the Pleasant Park section of…

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You and your dog should watch this ‘Saturday Night Live’ rap about dogs

Like dogs? Of course you do. You will also love this digital short from the latest Saturday Night Live, which features Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, and host James McAvoy rapping the praises of their main bitches: their dogs. Has the “dogs/bitches” joke been made before? Absolutely. Has it been made while Pete Davidson is wearing tiny sunglasses and an enormous fur coat? No. So we will accept it, and we will enjoy it, and we will go perform this track for our own dogs after watching. Read more:…

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Donald Trump and Roger Stone get big laughs in the latest ‘SNL’ Weekend Update

It was a big week in U.S. politics. Donald Trump’s temper tantrum-fueled partial shutdown of the government came to an end, for one. And Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally and adviser, because the latest figure in the president’s orbit to be indicted. I’m starting to think this Trump guy might have done some crimes at some point. But I digress. Those two nuclear news items — the government re-opening and the fall of Stone — dominated an entire Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live. Inherently funny stuff. Trump…

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Steve Martin is Roger Stone in a hilarious ‘SNL’ cold open roast of Fox News

One thing is increasingly clear anytime Saturday Night Live uses Fox News as a platform for laughs: the Rupert Murdoch network’s pro-Trump, anti-progressive approach is so dogmatic and over the top, it’s virtually impossible to parody. A jokey news package featuring Fake Tucker Carlson and Fake Jeanine Pirro is just as overrun with half-truths and outright lies as the real thing. Then Steve Martin shows up. The frequent SNL guest host (he was never a cast member, as an earlier version of this post erroneously stated) made his Trumpworld debut…

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’ is the comedy ‘Devil Wears Prada’ you didn’t know you needed

Emma Thompson as the host of Tonight with Katherine Newbury in Late Night.Image: Emily Aragones Mindy Kaling loves romcoms. This is clear if you’ve seen her show, or read her books, or watched her interviews, or followed her tweets.  No surprise, then, that the first movie she’s written follows the classic romcom formula, only applied to a passion for work rather than love.  Like so many beloved romcoms, Late Night takes place in a version of New York City that’s slightly better than the one that exists in our reality.…

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Everything coming to (and leaving) Hulu in February 2019

Image: archer / FXX Streamers, rejoice! Hulu’s content library just keeps growing and growing—and next month is no exception. Here’s what the streaming service is adding to its archives in the month of February. If you’re looking for killer action, check out Hulu’s latest additions to its James Bond collection, like Dr. NoandGoldenEye. Want some side splitting comedy? Try Caddyshack and its sequel, Caddyshack II. Classic romance? Mystic Pizza has got you covered. Fresh animation? The latest season of Archer. Just a bunch of really freakin’ cute puppies? The completely…

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Chris Pine and Jimmy Kimmel nerd out over their first ever concerts

What was your first concert? Did one of your parents take you or did you go it alone? Chris Pine’s a keen Metallica fan, but it wasn’t his first concert. Hollywood Chris and star of both Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and I Am the Night, Pine had a delightful nerd-out with Jimmy Kimmel on Friday over music, from their first concerts to Pine’s teenage band in which he rapped Vanilla Ice (and still can). While Kimmel’s first concert was Sammy Davis Jr. in Vegas, Pine’s first concert was Faith No…

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‘Breaking Bad’ star RJ Mitte and bionic actress Angel Giuffria are on a mission to change disability representation in Hollywood

Hold on, I need another few minutes to brood.Image: william gray / netflix Warning: Light spoilers for IO lie ahead. Not every world-ender can be world-ending. IO, the latest post-apocalyptic drama from Netflix, began streaming this weekend—but viewers crossing their fingers for another Bird Box are going to be disappointed.  While the film’s premise and plot are fine enough, IO‘s lacking emotional depth takes what could have been an intimate look at the end of days and instead delivers a cringe-worthy reflection on shallow character creation. SEE ALSO: Netflix’s Fyre…

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Homemade Mortal Kombat trailer remake is just as fatal

'Mortal Kombat 11' is like a reckoning with the franchise's long and storied historyImage: warner bros. interactive entertainment Mortal Kombat tops the very short list of video games that have cemented themselves as permanent staples of pop culture. Whether it’s pro wrestlers, Wreck-It Ralph, Zayn Malik’s Met Gala outfit, or Lil Wayne and Skrillex tracks, its influence far exceeds the confines of a fighting game. You’d think after nearly three decades, it’d get old. But the hype for Mortal Kombat 11 is still just as fatal. SEE ALSO: Bloody ‘Mortal…

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Now is the perfect time to catch up with FXX’s bright, bitter ‘You’re the Worst’

Gretchen (Aya Cash) is poised to be a beautiful, blushing bride in Season 5 of 'You're The Worst.'Image: byron cohen/fxx It may be entering its final season, but there’s never been a better time to catch up on You’re The Worst.  FXX’s caustic comedy about has always stood separate from its exhausted genre. If TV shows about friends muddling through early adulthood gathered at a party, You’re The Worst would be the clique in the corner, throwing back tequila shots and talking shit before starting some real drama. SEE ALSO:…

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This Nintendo Switch/GameCube mod is the pinnacle of gaming

This Nintendo Switch/GameCube mod is so good.Image: littlewolf128 / reddit The GameCube has a timeless design. That iconic, cubic form. That gray front panel that welcomes controllers. The handle on the back for east transport, for some reason. Well, Reddit user Littlewolf128 decided to pay tribute to the 2001 console by modding their Nintendo Switch dock to look like a spice orange GameCube. It looks so good. Gamecube Nintendo Switch Dock I made. from NintendoSwitch SEE ALSO: An engineer designed two Nintendo Switch controller adapters to help make gaming more…

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Fetishizing books is not the same thing as loving reading

Disclosed book on a table. Close-up.Image: Getty Images If you follow a lot of people who watch a lot of Netflix, then you’ve probably spent a lot of 2019 so far watching them argue about books. Specifically, about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo‘s approach to books. “Keep your tidy, spark-joy hands off my book piles, Marie Kondo,” gasped The Washington Post. “Marie Kondo, back off! Why this book hoarder refuses to tidy up,” declared Cnet. On Twitter, some bibliophiles expressed shock and horror, while others reacted to that shock and…

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In 2018 the ticketing industry finally killed the sold out show

Jesse Lawrence If the Redskins and Warriors signaled a shift away from the sellout era in sports, Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour did the same for music. Having wrapped up earlier this month, Reputation finished as the highest grossing US Tour in history, despite a flurry of articles lambasting the artist for not selling out many shows.  Ironically, it turns out that the most important factor in her record-breaking success was exactly that: not selling out. Rather than a lack of demand, these unsold tickets for high-profile events are the result…

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