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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is why you won’t see Season 5 for a little while

'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' unsurprisingly was a time drain.Image: Netflix / Black Mirror With its myriad of decisions and endings, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch certainly looked like a hell of a film (or game?) to put together. So much so that in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Annabel Jones confirmed that Season 5 of the Netflix series would be delayed, with an arrival set for sometime in 2019. SEE ALSO: A game from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is playable now It’s due in part to the “enormous” creative time that the…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ spin on ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ imagines a President Trump-free world

What if Donald Trump had run for president in 2016… and lost? It’s a dream that at least 51.7 percent of the country thinks about frequently, based on Trump’s most recent approval numbers. Not living in the darkest possible timeline sure would be nice. The black & white cold open brings Trump (Alec Baldwin) and his angel friend Clarence (Kenan Thompson) to a holiday party in which various members of the SNL-ified Trump orbit appear to crack a few jokes and then fade into the scenery. It’s a blissful few…

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George H.W. Bush receives a loving tribute from ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Dana Carvey

Former president George H.W. Bush died on Friday, and Saturday Night Live took a moment the next evening to pay tribute. The Weekend Update sketch paused to air a montage of Dana Carvey impersonations of the former president. Carvey’s legendary Bush Sr. impression has no equal, and it became such a fixture of pop culture during the ’90s that Bush Sr. himself once got on camera to spar with the SNL alum. You can see that moment, along with a bunch of other classic Carvey moments, in the montage here.…

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Author of ‘Outlander’ replies to fan concern about actor with domestic violence record

A casting decision in the latest 'Outlander' episode has fans asking questions.Image: starz Sunday’s episode of Outlander featured an actor with a recorded history of domestic violence, prompting a response from the book’s author. As first reported by EW, Will Strongheart appeared as an English-speaking Cherokee named Tawodi in Season 4 episode “Common Ground.” SEE ALSO: Dear white women: Here’s how to step up for women of color In 2010, Strongheart was reportedly charged with two counts of assault causing bodily harm, according to CBC News, something which resurfaced when he…

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‘He-Man: Masters of the Universe’ action figures from Mondo

Image: mondo / danny reams Mondo, the Austin-based boutique art house behind so many amazing limited edition pop culture posters (and an assortment of other collectibles), has a new line of toys incoming. He-Man toys. If that fact alone isn’t enough to get your ’80s fandom radar screaming, here’s an extremely content-appropriate trailer. For anyone who’s missing the joke here, this is riffing on an actual He-Man toy commercial from the 1980s. Those adults are there for a reason though; these toys aren’t necessarily for kids. SEE ALSO: Light-hearted ‘Bumblebee’…

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Les Moonves to leave CBS ‘effective immediately’ after new sexual misconduct allegations arise

Les Moonves will step down from CBS effective immediately.Image: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic Following numerous sexual harassment allegations against Les Moonves, the CBS head will step down from the company “effective immediately.” On Sunday, CBS announced it had reached a settlement with Moonves, a 24-year veteran of the company, and that he and CBS will donate $20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement. SEE ALSO: The Louis C.K. apologists are missing the point The donation will be deducted from severance benefits which may be due to Moonves, and any payments…

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Rebecca Sugar wrote one last ‘Adventure Time’ song, and it’s beautiful

In the immortal words of BMO: Sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light. After 10 seasons, the Adventure Time finale is upon us. And Rebecca Sugar, one of its Emmy-nominated directors, artists, and composers returned from her work as the creator of Steven Universe to sing her final piece for it. “Time Adventure” focuses on the time-stopping, everlasting power of friendship — a perfect send off for the show and its tight-knit family. Sugar performed the song at San Diego Comic-Con (now viewable…

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Seriously, We Really Need to Talk About Nanette

Nanette, the Netflix special from Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, landed on the streaming service well over a month ago. For that reason, it should be the last thing WIRED is doing a piece on. However, in the six weeks since the special first dropped, the conversation around it has only increased—and by now, the special has established itself as a sleeper phenomenon. Dealing openly with the sexism, homophobia, and assaults Gadsby has dealt with in her own life, Nanette quickly became the title most frequently preceded by "Have you seen…"…

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The Good Place‘s Podcasters Are Smart Motherforkers

After two seasons of comedy and philosophy, The Good Place remains a great joy. It’s the best science fiction show on television, with twists and intricate, earned reveals that hint at a watchmakers' dream of a writers' room. The show's third season doesn't start until late September, but in the hiatus, NBC and its creators and performers have something new: a podcast. Not that podcasts about TV shows are new, but this one—hosted by Marc Evan Jackson, who plays the demon bureaucrat Shawn on the show, and guested by its…

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‘Titans’ trailer is here to kick off DC Universe

Our first look at the live-action Titans TV series is here, and it looks like dark times are ahead for our heroes. Based on the DC comics, the show stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. SEE ALSO: Get ready for the DC Universe streaming service Titans will be the first show to premiere exclusively on DC Universe, the new streaming service that’ll bring together all your favorite DC comics(!), films, and shows.   But it won’t…

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Westworlds Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy

Throughout its two seasons, HBO’s Westworld has trotted out no shortage of bad guys, from robot gunslingers to mad inventors to dialog that sputters and clunks. There’s literally a Man in Black. But as the plot unfolds, the catalytic evil of the park has turned out to be something far less futuristic than far-reaching theories would imply. It’s the privacy policy. If you don’t watch Westworld, or if the plot has understandably spun your head beyond comprehension, a very, very quick recap: A company called Delos operates a fantasyland where…

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Canceling Roseanne Wasn’t About ConvictionIt Was About Capital

It happened so fast you almost could have missed it. Over the course of two days earlier this week, Roseanne Barr fired off a series of racist (and anti-Semitic, and otherwise conspiracy-minded) tweets, prompting left-wing outrage and calls to #BoycottABC and extreme right-wing joy. Then, amidst high-profile collaborators like Wanda Sykes announcing they’d be leaving Barr’s well-rated sitcom Roseanne, ABC announced it would be cancelling the show. And there could be no confusion about the cause: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” ABC Entertainment president…

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‘The Expanse’ is officially saved and headed to Amazon

Image: alcon entertainment Another day, another streaming service swooping in to rescue a TV series that couldn’t cut it on cable. For weeks, fans of Syfy’s The Expanse have been held in suspense over the show’s abrupt cancellation and subsequent hints of a pickup, a la Brooklyn Nine-Nine. That suspense is now at an end, thanks to Jeff Bezos. SEE ALSO: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is another testament to the brilliance of Mike Schur The Amazon founder and CEO summed up the situation succinctly during an appearance at the International Space Development…

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Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive

There are many things that Westworld is. It is artful. Its scenes are sculpted with the same beauty and care that went into building the robots' exquisite bodies. It explores with delicacy the adjacent modes of consciousness that accompany sophisticated artificial intelligence. And then there are the things that Westworld is not. Warm, intimate, relatable, human? Nope, not lately. There is, for starters, the total absence of meaningful relationships. Both Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) have doting lovers, sure, but their ardor has the nuance of an…

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Westworld Is Turning Into Lostfor Better or for Worse

I never should have started watching Westworld. Not because I didn’t think it’d be good. An HBO show based on a Michael Crichton idea starring Evan Rachel Wood with all kinds of artificial intelligence? Sign me up! The problem wasn’t that Westworld wouldn’t be enjoyable, it was that it’s the kind of show that invites obsession. The kind that presents Big Questions—that never get answered. I worried, essentially, that it was going to be the next Lost. This feeling started to solidify last week after "Virtù e Fortuna," which in…

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