Syfy’s Entertaining Zombie Thriller ‘Z Nation’ Isn’t a ‘Walking Dead’ Ripoff

AMC’s The Walking Dead is a massive hit for the network — and don’t ever compare post-game show Talking Dead‘s ratings to those of your favorite series unless you want to be incredibly sad — so it would be easy to attribute’s Z Nation‘s existence to Syfy’s desire to recreate Walking Dead‘s success. But Z Nation, despite being a bloody post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, doesn’t share much with Walking Dead. It’s a familiar take on the genre, but it proudly displays Syfy’s touch throughout the pilot, and it’s all the better for it. … Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Ariel Pink, King Tuff

If you’re on the hunt for some new music this week that didn’t just magically make its way into your iTunes library, consider these songs. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Josh Likens Himself to Masturbating Monkey in New ‘Please Like Me’ Clip

Please Like Me, Australian comedian Josh Thomas’ semi-autobiographical comedy series on Pivot, gets a great deal of its yuks from Thomas’ brand of physical self-deprecation. Between using his resemblance to a “60-year-old baby” as first-date material and his aunt’s claim that his “pear shape” may be the result of a hormonal imbalance caused by abnormally small testicles, Thomas began the series understandably lacking confidence. He was a character who, due to both his own and others’ harsh (and humorously exaggerated) critiques of his body and face, clearly wasn’t comfortable in his own, newly un-closeted skin. In that first season, as he grappled with his mother’s manic depression and tried to strike a balance between worshiping his new boyfriend’s physical perfection while disparaging his emotional neediness, Josh slowly had to become more of an adult. … Read More

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Getting Cecily Strong Off the ‘Weekend Update’ Desk Is a Good Thing

The New York Times broke the story last night that Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update will have a new co-anchor for the show’s 40th season: Michael Che, the New York-based comic who worked on the SNL writing staff for a year and will be returning to 30 Rock after a short stint as a Daily Show correspondent. The hire is both a natural fit and a significant step forward for the long-running segment; Che’s worked closely with co-anchor Colin Jost in Jost’s capacity as co-head writer, and he’ll also be the first black cast member to man the Weekend Update desk. … Read More

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Brands Are Only Partly To Blame for Dumbass Twitter #Fails

September 11th is a somber day, a moment of national reflection, quiet mourning, and wondering how far we’ve come (if we’ve gone anywhere at all). And, sadly, with each passing year, 9/11 has prompted its own gross traditions: the “tragedy porn” re-airings of that day’s coverage, the can-you-top-this game of “where I was when I found out” Facebook statuses, and, most of all, the yearly competition to see which clueless “brand” can send out the most inappropriate anniversary tweet. This year, dumbass social media managers came through like champs (thanks for the sentiment, Fleshlight!) — and this in the same week as one of the most spectacular corporate Twitter fails in recent memory. So seriously, what do we have to do to get these twits off our Twitter? … Read More

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The 50 Weirdest Movies Ever Made

A Lynchian renaissance is happening at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where David Lynch studied painting before his surreal entry into filmmaking with 1977’s Eraserhead. The school is the site of Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. It was there that he created several short films to animate his artworks, planting the early seeds for Eraserhead — starring Jack Nance as a young father crippled by the anxiety of fatherhood. A mutant baby, industrial cityscape, and shadowy apartment building leave an indelible mark on the viewer. Criterion is re-releasing the film on Blu-ray September 16. In honor of Lynch and his surreal universe, we’re celebrating 50 other weird works on… Read More

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Did You Hear the One About How Courtney Love Can’t Sing or Play Guitar?

On the ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord 2014, we learned that Courtney Love is not a great singer. “But wait,” you might say, “Courtney Love has been famous for nearly a quarter-century now. We have known since the release of Hole’s debut album, Pretty on the Inside, in 1991, what her voice sounds like.” And yet, when a gentleman named J.M. Ladd — who says he was “hired through the venue to record this show” — uploaded an isolated recording of Love’s vocals and guitar from a 2010 Fashion Week gig, every music and pop culture publication on the Internet posted the clip, accompanied by some pointing, laughing commentary. “Courtney Love’s Isolated Vocal and Guitar Tracks Are Even Worse Than You’d Imagine,” Noisey sneered, in a headline that encapsulates the general response. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Read an Excerpt from Gilbert Hernandez’s ‘Bumperhead’

Gilbert Hernandez, co-creator of Love & Rockets and one of the best American cartoonists — not to mention storytellers — working today, is back with a new book, Bumperhead, a companion to Marble Season. Hernandez’s latest follows a young, slightly bumpy-headed Bobby through childhood, then into his teen years, his experiments with different subcultures, music, drugs, women, and friendships, his grown-up disaffected ponderings, all the way to old age. The book’s storytelling style is frantic, with episodes lasting only a few pages before moving on to something else, no transition — which is somehow exactly fitting. It reads like how memory feels: you get it in snatches, in patterns, in moments of glory or pain. Except Hernandez’s vision is in rather better focus. Bumperhead hits shelves September 16. Check out an exclusive excerpt after the jump. … Read More

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The Phantom Limbs of ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’

The medical name for the phenomenon is “phantom limb.” It holds that when a limb is missing or amputated, a person still feels as though it’s attached — and feels pain and other sensations connected to said limb, in other parts of the body. None of this has anything to do with what’s onscreen in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, but it has everything to do with what’s going on outside the frame. You see, Them is a combination of two other, standalone films, and as lovely as it would be to ignore that fact, the knowledge that the picture was originally something else hangs over it like an albatross. It’s a very good film, but throughout it, its phantom limbs tingle, hinting that it was something much more special before its Frankenstein job. … Read More

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Neil Young Is Dating Daryl Hannah: Links You Need To See

Every day, aging rockstars do great things that help them maintain their status as icons and prolong their eventual, inevitable fading away. Today, one of those people was Neil Young, who is hooking up with Daryl Hannah. Really! It’s sad, sure, that his marriage of 36 years ended and he’s already shacking up with somebody else. But it’s also sort of undeniably great that he’s canoodling with a mermaid. … Read More

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