Meet the Gundam franchise’s Dick Cheney. Or Lyndon B. Johnson. Or Stringer Bell. Really, take your pick.

If an Americanized, live-action adaptation of the anime classic directed by Shinichirō Watanabe is what we’ll get, this could have been worse.

The casting news for Netflix’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Cowboy Bebop has arrived, and it is far better than it could have been. These first four cast members have been known for impressive resumes, charisma, and humor in their careers. Let’s run them down one at a time. We may not love the idea of one of the greatest anime of all time getting a live-action treatment, but we’re willing to keep an open mind—for now.

For once, the Academy got it right.

Sony Pictures Animation

Last night’s host-less Oscar ceremony may not have been perfect, but it did grace us with a set of great takeaways: the long-overdue recognition of Regina King; the long-overdue recognition of Spike Lee; the continued dominance of Mexico’s Three Amigos in Alfonso Cuarón’s wins; a performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” that left everyone’s jaws on the floor; Domee Shi’s speech after winning for Bao, Pixar’s first animated short directed by a woman; and more black people winning than any previous Oscar ever. And one more thing:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a movie about an Afro-Latino teen named…

I hold dual citizenship in Brazil and the United States. Rarely do they both disappoint me this much.

“Halved and Flared” | Eric Vilas-Boas in Adobe Illustrator

“You remember that tooth I called a Hell Tooth last week?” the oral surgeon asks his assistant in the hallway as I waited for them to get the necessary preparations for anesthesia together. “He’s got two of them.”

The doctor was talking about my bottom two wisdom teeth which—in their munificence—had over time dug their roots practically on top of my inferior alveolar nerve. The top two wisdom teeth erupted straight down, no problem, thanks either to 27 years of gravity or genetic luck. Hell Teeth, on the other hand, know exactly how to fuck you.

“The teeth from hell…

Here’s why Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano’s HBO show debated the careers of two comedy titans on the episode “The Trial.”

“The Trial,” Animals | HBO

For Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, early October is bittersweet. On the one hand, the HBO show they co-created, produce, write, and star in—Animals—typically wraps up its season around then each year, as its third season will on Friday, October 5, with “Roachella.” On the other hand, they’ve been eager to see this finale air for months.

“It’s a great, fun, silly concert send-off for this season,” Matarese told The Dot and Line when he and Luciano caught up with us over the phone this week. He also rattled off a dizzying list of performers contributing their talents to the…

Season 5 of BoJack Horseman gives us the show at its most brutal. Why can’t we stop watching?

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