The Rolling Stones are Threatening to Sue Donald Trump for Using Their Songs at Rallies; Maybe Sacha Baron Cohen Will Write Him a New Campaign Song
Ronald Reagan famously used Brice Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ as a campaign song, and I’m pretty sure the only reason The Boss didn’t sue to stop him is he thought it was too funny, seeing as how ‘Born in the USA’ is about how America sucks.
Donald Trump hasn’t even been that lucky and basically any time he plays a song at a campaign the musician who wrote it asks him to never do it again, including the ghost of Tom Petty.
It’s gotten so bad for the President that I’m expecting him to start using royalty-free backing tracks and then have ElectronicaBoss42069 put out a statement saying “I don’t approve of Donald Trump and am looking at ways to prevent him from using ‘Rumba Fart Beats Mix 217’ at future events.”
The latest group seeking to stop Trump from using their music is The Rolling Stones, who are threatening to sue if he doesn’t stop using ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ to close his rallies.
Wait… ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’? That’s the song he walks off stage to? I guess that explains why he hasn’t been able to build that border wall. Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ for his campaigns, a song about how things are going to get better. They didn’t, but at least it wasn’t the “okay guys, temper your expectations” song.
I’d like to mention that when Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman was in his 50s he married an 18-year-old he had been in an intimate relationship with for five years. Do the math on that. Even he thinks being associated with Trump is bad for his image.
But if Trump is really hard up for a new campaign song, maybe Sachs Baron Cohen can write him one. He sang one that seems appropriate enough at a Three Percenter rally this weekend.
Tell me that’s not exactly the sort of thing you hear in your head when you think about what songs you’d expect to hear at a Trump rally. And Cohen got away with that for almost ten minutes because he cut someone a check.
Quibi is such a stupid idea that it’s not surprising it was dreamed up by a Hollywood executive thinking he’s clever. No one wants to watch a movie broken up into 5-10 minute chunks while sitting in a waiting room or whatever; if we want to watch a movie, we’ll sit and watch a movie. If we want to want a five-minute video to fill the time, we’ve got YouTube. Also, PornHub if you’re in a more forward-thinking waiting room.
I guess people didn’t hate Quibi enough because they’re remaking The Princess Bride, presumably just so when people won’t shut up about it they have to add “Oh, I mean the good one with Billy Crystal and Andre the Giant.”
And it’s even worse than you’re thinking. The New York Post reports that it was remade by the actors on their phones at him during quarantine.
Though the project is helmed by “Juno” director Jason Reitman, who has previously staged live readings of the film’s script, the remake was shot entirely at-home by each cast member using their phones. Beginning June 29, Quibi will release chapters of the fan-made movie every day for two weeks.
How do you pitch this? “Hey, you know that movie The Princess Bride that everyone loves? What if we do a remake of it and have it be absolute dogshit?”
”Dogshit you say?” replied a Quibi exec. “I know just the place for it.”
Okay, this isn’t a real remake, it’s more like a dumbass riff on the film with all the production values of Adam F. Goldberg recording himself playing with his parent’s video camera at age 12. But Hollywood needs to stop remaking good movies.
What studios need to do is start remaking bad movies. If I want to watch The Princess Bride, I don’t need a remake, I can just watch The Princess Bride because it’s still good. But what if I want to watch, I don’t know, anything Jim Belushi’s ever been in? I can’t because every tasing le thing he’s ever done is awful. He’s such a bad actor and loathsome person I’m surprised Quibi hasn’t bought the rights to According To Jim to chop it up into 5-minute episodes.
Why not leave the good movies alone and remake the Jim Belushi movies until you get something watchable?
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Marvel Comics, to their credit, has made an effort to incorporate black heroes pretty much since the original architects like Stab Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko, and Jim Steranko were still around. When Captain America was thawed from the ice after 15 years, Stan Lee didn’t bring back his original sidekick Bucky but instead gave him a new partner, Falcon, one of the first black superheroes.
Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he tells Variety that he thinks Marvel Studios hasn’t been doing a good enough job in having that diversity behind the camera.
It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.
We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore. He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?
This is way more common of an issue than you’d think. Very recently, I reported about Wizards of the Coast, makers of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons, being chided for a serious lack of black creators. These are not two isolated incidents and the rest of the creative world is living in perfect racial harmony.
I have news for you, but this is what Hollywood should be fixing instead of taking down episodes of The Golden Girls where Rose and Blanche get facials. Showing an ignorant person doing something racist in a way that illustrates how racism is ignorant isn’t racist. Not being able to find a single black gaffer across some 30 movies is racist. Having more black characters on your wizard baseball cards than black artists illustrating through cards is racist.
Now you’re probably getting ready to say “They should hire the best person, not just hire someone based on their skin color,” and you know what? Anthony Mackie agrees, saying “My big push with Marvel is to hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men.“
We’ve spun a narrative that things like affirmative action subvert what is otherwise a meritocracy, but systemic racism has already subverted said meritocracy. There are no qualified black sound directors in all of Hollywood that Marvel could have hired for any movie other than Black Panther? That’s a coincidence? You make 20,000 wizard baseball cards and four of them are done by black artists and that’s a coincidence? It’s not a coincidence, and you can’t have real representation on-screen unless you have it behind the scenes, too,
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Shane Dawson Apologizes for Racist Jokes and Pedophilia Comments, Gets Called Out by Jada Pinkett Smith
Are you familiar with Shane Dawson?
He started making videos during the very early days of YouTube, and he's one of the only YouTubers who has been able to hold onto that kind of fame for all these years.
If you're not familiar, that's OK, because you're probably familiar with the Smith family -- you know, Will, Jada, Jaden, Willow, that whole crew.
And at the very least, you probably want to keep up with the latest gossip.
Either way, let's get into the absolute chaos that has been happening this weekend, OK?
OK, so if you do keep up with celebrity gossip, you probably know that many famous people have been called out in the past few weeks for making racist comments in the past, right?
Reality shows like Vanderpump Rules and Teen Mom OG have even fired cast members for those kinds of comments.
Shane Dawson made tons of racist comments in his first few years on YouTube -- he did blackface pretty often, he said the N-word on multiple occasions, he did skits where he played very stereotypical black characters.
Lots of people know about this because like we said, it was pretty much his bread and butter back then.
But since so many people have been interested in talking about the racist things famous people have said and done lately, more and more things about Shane have been coming to light.
Several clips have been going around Twitter, like one where he "jokes" that if Trayvon Martin had had a job, then he wouldn't have been murdered because he wouldn't have been out walking.
In another, he sings a song about sex with a bunch of teenagers, and when he comes to a lyric with the N-word in it, a black girl tells him that he can't say it, and he doesn't listen and says it anyway.
Let's see ... there's one clip where he's talking about helping a black woman with a video and he says "she's black, she doesn't know how to use a computer," and he says that she just slaps her keyboard.
There's also a whole story about another black woman who tried to reach out to him and explain to him why the kinds of things he'd been saying and doing were so harmful.
He got defensive, didn't listen, and proceeded to talk on his podcast about some very graphic fantasies he'd been having of torturing and dismembering an unnamed woman who'd "called him out" about his videos.
If you think all of that sounds absolutely horrific, that's because it is ... but there's more.
In addition to all the racist comments, Shane has also had a habit of making a whole, whole lot of pedophilia jokes.
Yeah, for real.
There's a clip from his podcast where he talks about meeting a girl who was about five or six, and he repeatedly called her "sexy."
He also said that he doesn't understand why child pornography is illegal -- that he doesn't see the difference between looking up illicit images of children and looking up images related to a foot fetish.
In another clip from the podcast that's been making the rounds, someone mentioned a four-month-old baby that passed away after being sexually assaulted and he laughed.
There's a video of him and his girlfriend at the time talking about sex with his 12-year-old cousin -- his girlfriend demonstrates how to use a sex toy while Shane asks her about whether or not she's had her period yet.
We could sit here all day and name various examples of Shane Dawson doing and saying really horrific, inexcusable things, but you get the gist, right?
People had been talking about all of this for several days, and on Friday, Shane decided to pull a Jenna Marbles and make a video acknowledging things and taking accountability.
But where Jenna was believable and obviously very troubled by her past actions in the video, he really was not.
He denied some things, even those there's very clear evidence of it, and he dismissed some concerns.
About all the pedophilia jokes, he said that he'd had a painful childhood and humor was his way of dealing with it, which is sad, but it also doesn't necessarily make sense, and it definitely doesn't excuse it.
But one thing we haven't talked about and that we haven't mentioned yet?
A video where he pretended to masturbate while looking at a huge poster of Willow Smith, who was 11 years old at the time.
And Willow's family was absolutely not pleased to learn about this.
Last night, Jada Pinkett Smith tweeted "To Shane Dawson ... I'm done with the excuses."
But Jaden Smith, Willow's big brother, had a bit more to say.
He started by tweeting a series of angry emojis, then he wrote "IM SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS."
While it wasn't clear whether or not that was about Shane, he tweeted this just a little while later:
"SHANE DAWSON I AM DISGUSTED BY YOU. YOU SEXUALIZING AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY SISTER!!!!!! IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM FUNNY AND NOT OKAY IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT."
"This Man Was Also Doing Black Face On The Regular," he added. "As The Youth We Need To Support Creators Who Support Us And Our Morals."
"This Is Not Okay."
And when someone else wrote "I'll knock that white boy out fr," he replied with "It's bad for him right now."
Shane has been quiet since posting his video, but at this point, it's very clear that his apology didn't quite cut it.
And if the Smiths are speaking out against him ... well, he's had a wildly successful career for a YouTuber, but we're not sure it can survive this.
They say that a photo can be worth 1,000 words, right?
If that truly is the case, then Brandi Glanville just said a whole lot about her past and her feud with Denise Richards.
On Saturday, Glanville shared a photo on Twitter of herself sharing a kiss with an unidentified woman... who looks an awful lot like her nemesis Richards.
“Making dinner for my fam/neighbors – #snack on this,” the 47-year old wrote as a caption to the mysterious and possibly revealing snapshot, as you can see below:
What? Is that too small, grainy and out-of-focus for you?
Let's take a look at this larger version, shall we?
In the many replies over the past 24 hours or so, fans started to question the lady's identity, even pulling out photos of Glanville wearing the same top when she and Richards went out together last year.
Case solved, perhaps?!?
Back in January, of course, all H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks broke out after Glanville alleged that she and Richards had been sexually intimate with one another.
Glanville then repeated this accusation on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, at least according to a trailer for upcoming installments.
“Denise and [husband] Aaron [Phypers] have this whole open thing,” she tells the other women on a future episode, adding:
“I f—ked her, woke up the next morning [and] she said, ‘Aaron can never know this. He’ll kill me.’”
Richards, however, has strongly denied any such fling occurred and has reportedly stopped filming the Bravo series out of protest.
Later in the aforementioned trailer, Richards issues a warning to a producer.
“Please do not air this. It’s very bad,” she says. “Bravo has a choice. If they ever want me to be on the show, they need to cut that.”
Reporting on this rumor, meanwhile, has been decidedly mixed.
“Denise has never been intimate with Brandi, ever," one Us Weekly insider claims, while a second insider has alleged that the women “hooked up on more than one occasion.”
With her latest Tweet and photo, Glanville is simply stirring the pot.
With the program on hiatus, she's probably just trying to anger Richards into responding in order to stoke attention and publicity.
But, hey, it's working!
Because even though the women in Brandi's cryptic photo are only pecking, let's be honest: They are DEFINITELY Richards and Glanville.
Does that mean the two totally boned? Nope.
It may have just been an innocent and harmless smooch.
But the result has still been a new round of questions regarding the relationship between Denise and Brandi.
"Denise was stunned to hear that Brandi was saying they hooked up and she has an open marriage,” a source close to the situation previously Hollywood Life.
"All of this has actually sparked the end of Denise and Brandi’s friendship."
Well, yeah. D'uh.
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