When I was a kid, the biggest villains in the world, in my mind, were Terry Rakolta and Jack Thompson, with the politicians who enabled them like Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman not very fall behind. If you’re not familiar with the names, they lead censorship campaigns against the Fox sitcom Married… With Children and against violent video games like Night Trap, a b-movie sendup with no actual violence or sex.
These campaigns were ostensibly launched for the protection of children, but it was, to paraphrase Marge Simpson, because these people didn’t like these things and so they believed that no one else should enjoy them either.
Australia is currently seeing what happens when a few powerful people get hyper-fixated on something esoteric and ultimately harmless but decides they’re going to use the power they have to utterly upend society until it conforms to their whims. I am, of course, talking about Stirling Griff, an Australian Senator and member of the Centrists Against Fun and Windmills party, or Centre Alliance.
Stirling Griff found a copy of the manga adaptation of Eromanga Sensei and lost his entire mind and decided it was his goal to get that comic banned from shops, along with massively popular series Sword Art Online and No Game, No Life. The biggest irony to me is all three of these titles are based on prose novels and most of the world, outside of fundamentalist religious theocracies, is way past banning prose novels for obscenity.
Griff’s snit was caused by these comics depicting teenagers having sex with each other because god forbid we admit that happens. His idiotic crusade to have these comics classified as child pornography has led to Australian Customs blocking all shipments of any adult material at all from Japan.
This is where we get to the true root cause of this whole mess: racism. Have you ever noticed it’s always black musicians people are calling obscene? Tipper Gore, former wife of Vice President Al Gore, fought for those explicit lyrics labels on albums because she was scandalized by a Prince track. Griff is not targeting manga because underaged characters are depicted in sexual situations, he is targeting it because it’s from Japan, and I can prove it.
One of the most popular shows in Australia is Riverdale, the prime-time soap adaptation of Archie comics from the CW. One of the first plots in Riverdale involves 15-year-old Archie Andrews having a sexual relationship with Ms. Grundy, his music teacher. Having seen both Riverdale and Sword Art Online, I can safely say there’s much more sexual material and generally racier depictions of the teenaged characters in Riverdale.
You might be thinking “okay, but the KJ Apa isn’t 15, he’s 21, and the other main cast members are even older.” Okay, sure, but Eromanga Sensei’s cast aren’t real people, they’re just drawings. And Australia classifies some pornographic movies featuring adult actors as child pornography because the women have small breasts and as such “appear to be under 18.”
There has not been a peep from any of these grandstanding politicians attacking Japanese comic books about Riverdale because if they did, everyone would realize exactly how foolish they sound talking about the same situations in things like Eromanga Sensei.
For example, Griff has said “Experts also say that explicit anime and manga can be used by pedophiles as tools to groom children.” Not only do I not believe any actual expert said that, but if it were true, couldn’t those pedophiles use Riverdale to groom children just as easily? What is the difference other than manga seems exotic and foreign and that makes it untrustworthy to you?
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Quibi. It’s short for a quick bite and it’s synonymous with a huge piece of s**t everyone but people with more money than brains knew was going to fail within a year. So the announcement that it had indeed shuttered after only six months wasn’t really a surprise. If anything, I’m shocked by the longevity of Quibi, I had August in the office death pool.
There is an upside to the closure of Quibi, and it’s that most of Hollywood took an absolute bath on this failure that everyone but them saw coming. Seriously, Wikipedia’s entry on Quibi says that “in 2018, Quibi raised $1 billion in funding from major Hollywood film studios, TV companies, telecommunications companies, technology companies, banks, and other investors including The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Time Warner, Viacom, eOne, Lionsgate, MGM, Madrone Capital, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Alibaba Group, Liberty Global and ITV.” By the time they folded they had raised almost $2 billion in VC money.
Basically, these Hollywood investors can’t wait to throw money at people whose names they know and Quibi was the brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former head of Disney and was run by Meg Whitman, the former CEO of HP. Those are names all those businesses knew so of course their new product was going to be hugely profitable, right?
The problem with Quibi is that it was like YouTube but with much worse content and it cost more than Disney+. The main draw of YouTube is that it’s free. Sure, it has ads but you can just go there and there’s enough free content that you’ll never be able to watch it all. Now, a lot of YouTube content is low-quality video clickbait, but there’s so much quality, professionally-produced content there that the cream of the crop on YouTube dwarfs the total amount of content on Quibi, which was very much bulked out by news programming.
The reason so many YouTube channels like Good Mythical Morning and Babish Culinary Universe have had as much success as they have is that they’re independently created by people who are able to infuse their actual personalities into the finished product.
Quibi didn’t even try to do that in the way that, say, Condé Nast did. Quibi tried to bring a sort of network/Netflix television to short-form streaming content and it’s just a thing no one asked for and clearly something that no one wanted when it was offered.
But it seems likely that the bigger reason Quibi wanted to get into short-form content is that they could skirt union regulations and underpay the crews on these shows. Basically, once a show gets over 20 minutes long, you have to pay the crew more. If you take a three-act, 24-minute television show and break it into three seven-minute episodes, you can save a ton of money by underpaying the crew.
When I took a free trial and looked at what Quibi was doing, its scripted programming was mostly comprised of multi-part serials with a total length in the neighborhood of 90 minutes. Quibi’s business model was to make feature films for streaming and do it by paying all the cameramen and gaffers and grips and script supervisors and what have you well below the rates their unions negotiated for by having the credits play ten times during every film instead of just at the end.
It’s good for everyone that Quibi failed. They didn’t understand the market and their business model was premised on exploiting workers. But there are going to be a lot of Quibis as the streaming market sorts itself out. Remember Seeso? The streaming service that basically denied Americans a chance to watch Get Krack!n, the absolutely brilliant Australian morning-show parody. That was maybe the first Quibi. But more Quibis are on the horizon. Hulu could even be the next Quibi once it loses its network TV content.
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One of my favorite people in the world is David Icke. He’s just so entirely insane that it’s hard not to find him entertaining. If you’re not familiar with him, David Icke is an idiot soccer player who went to a psychic and was told spirits would speak to him; this ended in him publicly declaring himself the Son of the Godhead and writing books about how the British royal family and all American presidents are invading lizard aliens in fake human costumes like that TV miniseries V. Though I kind of see it in Prince Phillip now.
Demi Lovato might be the Daughter of the Godhead because she’s talking to aliens now.
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The past few days I’ve spent in Joshua Tree with a small group of loved ones and @dr.steven.greer and his CE5 team. Over the past couple months I have dug deep into the science of consciousness and experienced not only peace and serenity like I’ve never known but I also have witnessed the most incredibly profound sightings both in the sky as well as feet away from me. This planet is on a very negative path towards destruction but WE can change that together. If we were to get 1% of the population to meditate and make contact, we would force our governments to acknowledge the truth about extraterrestrial life among us and change our destructive habits destroying our planet. This is just some of the evidence from under the stars in the desert sky that can no longer be ignored and must be shared immediately to make contact yourself you can download the CE5 app and it will teach you the protocols to connect to life form beyond our planet!! (Ps, if it doesn’t happen on the first try – keep trying – it took me several sessions to tap into a deep enough level of meditation to make contact!) Happy communicating
Lovato says she has “dug deep into the science of consciousness and experienced not only peace and serenity as I’ve never known but I also have witnessed the most incredibly profound sightings both in the sky as well as feet away from me. This planet is on a very negative path towards destruction but WE can change that together. If we were to get 1% of the population to meditate and make contact, we would force our governments to acknowledge the truth about extraterrestrial life among us and change our destructive habits destroying our planet.”
This is straight out of David Icke, who, before going crazy, was a Green Party spokesman and was fired as a sportscaster by the BBC for opposing my nemesis Margaret Thatcher.
It takes that particular blend of left-wing politics and belief in the supernatural that Icke and apparently Lovato have to get your really entertaining crazy bullshit; right-wing people who believe in this kind of crazy stuff generally just go to church.
I do believe, however, based mainly on the shape of her head, that Demi Lovato could be an alien herself and is just contacting her people like a less hot E.T.
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I miss the days of the old Netflix.
I mean, I don’t miss the old, old Netflix, where you had to rent individual films, which were then mailed to you, which you then had to return (??) at a store. No, I definitely don’t miss that strange Twilight Zone-esque era in which we all apparently lived.
No, I miss the era where Netflix made original content, not just nonfiction documentaries. Where I could go over to a girl’s place for a date and we pop on some Big Mouth or some BoJack Horseman (okay, maybe not that last one) to watch.
Nowadays, all we get are pages upon pages of murder documentaries. True crime, multi-part miniseries where you spend six hours getting into the psychology of this or that killer. Docuseries that give us four episodes on the planning, one episode on the actual act, and three more episodes on the ramifications.
It’s exhausting. It seems like today Netflix has fully jumped onto the bandwagon of binge-watching documentaries on murders, assaults, and robberies, so that now we’re all subjected to the same stories of terrible men (and sometimes women, but let’s be real, mostly men) doing terrible things.
Where did it start? Well, while clearly these existed prior to this event, I would argue the 2016 docuseries O.J.: Made in America is actually the catalyst. This miniseries, which aired on ESPN as part of their 30 for 30 series of documentaries, took a look at race and celebrity through the lens of O.J. Simpson’s life and career.
It talked about his football career’s origins at the University of Southern California, it talked about the height of his success and prosperity as a football legend…and it, obviously, talked about the second half of his life, from the murder trial to even the 2007 robbery conviction.
The Ezra Edelman-directed docuseries was a cultural event, inescapable in the first half of 2016 due to its ability to meld the story of O.J. in with general racial overtones in Los Angeles. It inflamed, questioned, and criticized the way in which the “Trial of the Century” was painted by the relationship between African-Americans in the city and the police.
Once everyone saw the awards and ratings it pulled in, it was all over.
While nuanced television analysts would tell you that the series saw such success, way more than other ESPN 30 for 30 entries, due to its complex grappling with what O.J.’s rise and fall meant for a historically disenfranchised community, television executives are not nuanced analysts.
They saw that big murder = money money money.
And thus it began. Every famous crime of the past half-century, especially those committed by celebrities, got a documentary miniseries on it, regardless of its relevance to the greater world today.
Lifetime got in on it with Surviving R. Kelly in January 2019, perhaps the first true case of cancel culture. Y’know how for years we all kind of just knew he was a monster and yet that was the end of it, we just all moved on with our days accepting the industry rumors?
Well, less than a month after the documentary finished airing, R. Kelly’s record label had dropped him as an artist, and ten different charges of sexual abuse had been filed against him. Goes to show, sometimes all it really takes is a Dream Hampton documentary.
Netflix went big with just having entire television shows dedicated to certain murders or crimes. The hit show Making a Murderer was entirely dedicated to the story of Steven Avery and his conviction, and later exoneration, of sexual assault and murder – before he was then convicted again of a separate murder.
They also feature smaller, single-episode cases, such as the third episode of the first season of Dark Tourist, entirely focused on the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer case. This pairs nicely with the Oxygen documentary that goes through the entire Dahmer case and its consequences, in case that screwed-up story is more your style.
Then, there’s HBO, who obviously spent all of that sweet sweet dragon money (assuming they still get money from that show despite its trash finale) on the big one. HBO’s 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland went after the white (no pun intended) whale himself, Michael Jackson.
Now, the O.J. Simpson case was theoretically the Trial of the Century, right? But I don’t know that anybody predicted how much of a shockwave the Michael Jackson documentary would send out when it aired in March of last year.
After all, the allegations of Jackson being a creep around little boys (and sometimes girls) go back decades – I believe the first one was in like 1993. And yet, the impact was undeniable.
A decade after his death, a series of interviews with two alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, completely rocked the world. Every journalist desperate for a Friday-night story hopped on it, while the legions of Jackson fans who didn’t dare question their own love for the King of Pop came out in droves to defend him against slander.
HBO didn’t claim that he did it, they simply stood by their creators making content. And that’s exactly the point. These channels, these streaming services, they don’t care about the truth or about the real story.
They just know that we love a good, juicy story, we love overly-edited interviews and multi-hour documentaries on why our heroes were actually terrible people.
In theory, good journalism would be the way to uncover the truth, but you can’t put on a New York Times article while you cuddle with your girlfriend, so instead, we get a smattering of murder mystery documentaries.
It’s genius, really.
And the ironic part of it all is that the original, the one that kicked off this current wave of murder mystery documentaries, was the ESPN O.J. Simpson one. Made in America wasn’t an exploitative cash-grab designated to repeat facts we already know with higher production value.
And yet, all of its peers are. Oh well.
Guess this is what we get when we let Netflix dominate our dates.
When you hear that cast members from Charmed are fighting, you kind of expect it to be Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano at each other’s throats over how Milano threw the #metoo movement under the bus for Joe Biden. But the current Charmed kerfuffle isn’t between the original cast and the reboot cast after Rose McGowan said she didn’t like the reboot.
It started when McGowan and Hollie Marie Combs complained about the show being rebooted without them, and without asking them to be involved, which they thought was essentially trading on the name of the brand they built to sell an inferior product. They joked that their series had been removed from Netflix so people didn’t confuse the new series with the one with the “old people.” People who saw the George Clooney Batman movies or The Amazing Spider-Man films will know exactly what they mean.
Sarah Jeffery of the new cast decided that the only reason someone wouldn’t like the new Charmed reboot would be racism and tweeted about it, accusing the former stars of “putting down women of color.”
2/2 I truly hope they find happiness elsewhere, and not in the form of putting down other WOC. I would be embarrassed to behave this way. Peace and love to y’all. https://t.co/MuyZCZjbCp
— Sarah Jeffery (@sarahjeffery) October 13, 2020
If you thought Rose McGowan was going to stay silent and just take that, you don’t know Rose McGowan. She took on Harvey Weinstein and his army of spies, she’s not afraid of a CW actor.
Here’s how McGowan responded on her Instagram Story, via People:
“Dear Sarah Jeffery, I honestly had no idea who you were til you tweeted,” McGowan wrote in her post. “I have been too busy fighting monsters & fighting for a massive Cultural Reset to notice who’s in the reboot. Absolutely nothing to do with race, that’s quite a stretch you took. I’m beyond glad any WOC has a well paying job. Hell yes to that. I’m sure you are a great actress.”
She continued: “‘My quibble (google it) is about execs & producers & @wb network trading on years of my work & name in such a cynical and obvious way – a money grab to cash in on the Charmed name. I do not care that they remade it, I have far bigger things I’m dealing with. I do not nor will I watch a show I disagree with on principle.”
“This is not ego trashing the reboot, this is a criticism of creators … with little to no imagination making bank off of years of us busting our ass to create a legacy that you are actually profiting off of as well,” McGown wrote. “I care that original fans weren’t listened to. I care that Hollywood won’t stop making remakes that don’t need to be remade. It’s a formula that’s gone on for too long.”
Hollie Marie Combs also responded to the accusation in a much more blunt way, saying “That’s some bullshit.”
That’s some bullshit. And a lot of it. Clearly. People speaking, excuse me typing, derogatory accusations of a person’s character despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary because of a difference in opinions about a tv show is just plain wrong. And also personal gain honey.
— Holly Marie Combs Ryan (@H_Combs) October 13, 2020
I’m on team old people here. Reboots, by definition, are either just retreading the same old stories or have a different enough premise that they could be a new series and are just trading on an established name trying to bring in an existing audience. It’s not to say that they’re bad, but CW’s DC Comics shows have gone out of their way to include actors from previous adaptations, including bringing John Wesley Shipp onto Flash as Jay Garrick, the first Flash and having Batman: The Animated Series Star Kevin Conroy play Batman in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Charmed seems to want to have its cake and eat it to by using the name of the previous series to bring in old fans while also trying to distance itself from the show, which I never thought was very good but had a very engaged cult following. The new cast clearly has no respect for what came before them, at any rate, and I think Ghostbusters proved that calling people who don’t like your crappy reboot bigots isn’t exactly the best marketing strategy.
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“Hi there everybody. Anthony Fantano here, the Internet’s busiest music nerd.”
With those eleven words, Anthony Fantano, the creator and face of YouTube’s TheNeedleDrop channel, has shaped popular music for the past decade.
Fantano, a bald music critic in his early thirties, has been reviewing music as The Needle Drop since 2009, when he launched the YouTube channel alongside an official Twitter account and an accompanying Facebook page.
Boasting over two million subscribers on his channel and a Twitter feed without almost a million followers, Fantano, aged thirty-four, is without a doubt the most popular music critic of the modern era.
A recent profile by The New York Times – yeah, that New York Times – outlined some of the appeal behind Fantano’s meteoric rise. It followed his early origins and his interactions with fans to this day. It also provided a generational context to his success.
Quite simply, if you’re a member of Generation Z, Anthony Fantano, or the Melon as he’s so lovingly called by many of his fans, is the only music critic whose opinion matters. That’s the thesis of the NYT article, it’s the gist of the various Spin Magazine articles written on him, and it’s only evident to anyone who follows the world of music criticism.
Basically, when it comes to album reviews, the only two that are observed are the Melon’s and Pitchfork’s. The latter, however, is a website, and while they upload day-of reviews that are quite anticipated, they’re textual posts, ranging around one thousand or more words, and quite impersonal (case in point, a different listener reviews each album).
Then there’s The Needle Drop. Fantano has managed to maintain a simple, easy-to-digest format for his whole career, featuring him speaking directly into a camera while featuring the current album behind him on the wall.
It’s a small operation, with Fantano simply using funds raised by his meme-heavy Patreon and his TurnTable link to pay for a video editor (Austin) other freelance production assistants. It’s sure as hell not as impressive as the massive teams over at NME or Complex Magazine, especially when Fantano is plugging the nifty metal-plated wallets of his sponsor, the good people over at the Ridge.
There’s more than just the video presentation, though. Fantano also consistently finishes up his reviews, whether the review lasts six minutes or twenty-seven, with a numerical score from zero to ten. He’s given out a few zeros and ones, mostly to albums like Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day and that horrid Green Day album from earlier this year.
However, it’s the high scores – and those albums that should’ve gotten higher scores – that really get his fans, his Melonheads as he calls them, in a buzz. In eleven years, Fantano has only given five ten/tens, mostly in the noise rock and hip hop genres.
There’s Death Grips’ The Money Store (2012), Swans’ To Be Kind (2014), Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), the self-titled KIDS SEE GHOSTS project (2018), and Daughters’ You Won’t Get What You Want (2018).
Yes, five albums in a decade. The man is nothing if not ruthless in his grading.
Some of his more infamous moments, such as the 6/10 score he gave to Kanye West’s magnum opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010 or the measly 4/10 he gave to Bon Iver’s 22, A Million in 2016, have earned him plenty of scorn. The Melon, to his credit, has defended himself by saying that he only speaks for himself, and is fine with other people disagreeing with all of his thoughts.
However, given that he’s approaching three million subscribers and is now being covered by national newspapers, is it worth looking at some of the less-savory elements to Fantano’s celebrity by this point?
Take the “Snow On Tha Bluff” controversy from June. Following a series of tweets from multi-genre artist Noname, rapper J. Cole made a song with the aforementioned title, essentially tone policing her and questioning her credibility to speak on the issue. Noname replied with a short, one-minute, Madlib-produced diss track, telling him that right now was not the time to be throwing shots at other black artists.
Enter: Anthony Fantano, controversy coveter. The Melon himself fired off a series of tweets roasting J. Cole – an artist who he’s consistently mocked for what he perceives as being overrated in the current hip hop era – and responding defensively when pressed on it.
Was he wrong to do so? Who knows. Did J. Cole probably need to focus on police brutality instead of questioning the woke credentials of a fellow artist? Most definitely. But this fits into a pattern of online messy situations on the part of the Melon, who once was the subject of a now-infamous Fader article.
There’s also the redveil saga, in which a recent Twitch livestream featured Fantano reviewing submitted tracks by fans and users alike. When 16-year old redveil’s new EP was mentioned, Fantano began mocking and deriding what he perceived as lousy, lazy production choices, to the chagrin of many of his fans who supported redveil and disliked seeing a young artist attacked.
When pressed, Fantano went on the defensive once more, claiming he’s only ever given his honest opinion, and that an artist’s age does not mean he’s free from criticism. Today redveil has received a massive boost in popularity off that one exchange, so really, no harm no foul.
But if Anthony Fantano is being covered by the New York Times and becoming the voice of gospel to music-lovers under twenty-five everywhere, it’s worth keeping an eye on what kind of voice that will be.
The man loves music, adores it even, that much is not up for debate. From there, whether his personal biases and character traits don’t also poison the discussion around certain artists or make his social media accounts more toxic than helpful is a whole other debate.
Personally, I’m going to keep watching. After all, the man got me into Death Grips and Fleet Foxes, and as long as he stops trying to sell me those damn Ridge wallets, I’ll even forgive the abysmal score he gave Mac Miller’s Swimming.
One thing that always drove me crazy watching Supergirl was the scar on Melissa Benoist’s forehead. I always thought they should have covered it up because Supergirl definitely wouldn’t have a scar like that. Or at least put a similar scar on the actress playing her as a child on Krypton.
Over the years, Benoist has told a number of stories about how she got that scar, but last year she told everyone the truth, that her ex-husband and Glee co-star Blake Jenner gave it to her when he whipped an iPhone at her head.
On Thursday, Jenner (no relation to Kylie or Kendall) admitted what he did, took responsibility, and apologized.
See, he did those things, but he also said Benoist was the real abuser, including claiming she broke his nose, and failed to mention her name once in the entire post.
So who is telling the truth? Well, I don’t know, no one knows but Benoist and Jenner.
Here’s what I do know: this is Stephen Fry.
See the way his nose bends? That’s because it was broken when he was a child. Blake Jenner’s nose looks fine and Melissa Benoist has a scar on her face that is so prominent that I thought her current TV show should have explained how her character got it.
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There’s an action movie coming out where Mel Gibson is a grizzled military contractor brought back for one last job and Walton Goggins is an assassin hired to bring him down, Sounds awesome right? What if I told you that Mel Gibson’s character was Santa Claus? Still awesome?
Fatman is by far the strangest Christmas film I’ve ever heard of and I watch The Hebrew Hammer every single year. The basic plot of “spoiled kid gets coal and hires someone to kill Santa” is actually pretty funny, but why does Gibson come off like a character from a South Park movie parody?
Honestly, from the trailer, I couldn’t actually tell if this was an action film, a comedy, or both. They’re calling it an action-comedy, but a little digging into the writer/director team of Eshom and Ian Nelms tells me this is going to be something even better than that: it’s a straight-forward, good old-fashioned B-movie schlock-fest.
This could end up being the Airplane! of terrible movies; Mel Gibson and Walton Goggins are fantastic actors and getting them to play something this stupid completely straight could honestly make this the best movie of the year. It helps that Birds of Prey was the only other movie to release this year, and that one didn’t make it to “so bad it’s good” and was just stuck at “bad.” Oh, and New Mutants, that was a crazy weekend. Imagine being the person who got COVID and killed their whole family to see New Mutants.
Fatman is set to be available on VOD November 17th, four days after it releases to theaters which, let’s be honest, it was only going to be in theaters for four days without a global pandemic shutting them all down. But so few movies were released this year that Fatman could win an Oscars in one of those categories no one gives a s**t about like sound editing, and I think that’s what we as a society deserve.
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Ah, Tyga. I’m fairly sure most people never would have heard of him if he didn’t start secretly dating Kylie Jenner when she was 14 and I’m 100% sure I never would have. It’s actually kind of a sweet story, and they appear to be secretly dating again almost a decade later.
Tyga isn’t a very successful rapper, and most of his albums sold like s**t. One of them sold fewer than 5,000 copies on its release week, and that was well after his best-selling albums has been released. It makes sense that he’d be looking for a secondary career in case marrying maybe-billionaire Kylie doesn’t work out, and it seems like he’s settled on porn star.
Seriously, you want to see Tyga’s dick? Someone posted it on Twitter (link NSFW).
That is… I mean, it looks bigger than Chris Evans’ dick, but maybe not as girthy, and girth is really what gets the job done.
Is this my life now? Rating celebrity dick pics? I’m not complaining, mind you, but you never know when people are going to decide to get all offended like when we saw Jennifer Lawrence’s butthole. Of course, Evans and Tyga both posted these online themselves, intentionally or not.
It’s not the first time Tyga’s had naked pictures online, there was a previous leak of nude photos he had allegedly sent to porn star Mia Isabella, who he was cheating on Kylie Jenner with.
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Sad news tonight as Chrissy Teigen announced on Instagram that she lost the child she’d been carrying.
Teigen had been in the hospital for days with bleeding during her pregnancy and in the end, it was just too much and she lost the baby.
Teigen and husband John Legend has two children already, Luna and Miles, and she says that they had been calling their unborn son Jack, stating “So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.“
She later tweeted about driving home without the baby.
Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 1, 2020
We just want to offer our condolences to Teigen and Legend, it’s a terrible thing to go through.
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A few years ago, the future of DC Entertainment seemed so bright. At successive San Diego Comic-Con panels, the brass at Warner Bros. announced what so many DC fans had been waiting years for a shared cinematic universe, the DC Extended Universe (or DCEU, which remains a really stupid-sounding name).
They showcased Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, they teased pictures of The Flash and Cyborg and Aquaman, exciting nerds everywhere and finally showing they could maybe compete with the long-established Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And then it all went so, so wrong.
If we ignore Man of Steel (2013), which polarized critics, the first moment of real panic came after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered in March 2016. This movie, still regarded as one of the worst of the decade by most people, was an overstuffed, overly gritty joke of a movie that showed a lot of style with very little substance.
It enjoyed an excellent opening weekend…and then a historic drop from which it never recovered. I mean, the first time that the two most well-known superheroes meet on the big screen, and it didn’t even gross a billion?
Then came Suicide Squad a few months later, which couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a movie about supervillains carrying out suicide missions for the government or a popcorn blockbuster scored to the music library of a teenager. You could actually see all of the forced jokes that were inserted following the lukewarm reception of its predecessor.
Wonder Woman was a breath of fresh air the following June, but come November 2017 it was all over. Warner Bros. dropped Justice League, theoretically its answer to The Avengers, its big-ticket blockbuster event that would even the score. The movie bombed at the box office, not even making what Suicide Squad had made, and the studio completely lost its mind.
A little over a year later, Aquaman did surprisingly well, grossing over a billion and becoming DC’s biggest movie hit ever, but it was too late. The studio had given up on building the shared universe that was envisioned by Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns in the mid-2010s. Case in point, 2019’s Shazam!, which was a wildly fun movie, had basically no connection to the main DC universe of films.
Which brings us to now. Marvel is coming off the high successes of last year’s Avengers: Endgame, the highest-grossing movie of all time, and is preparing to launch Phase Four, which will integrate the solo movie releases with brand-new team films and television shows premiering exclusively for Disney+ subscribers.
Meanwhile, DC has not had a single movie released in 2020 except for the god-awful Birds of Prey released in February (which due to the ongoing pandemic feels like no less than thirty years ago).
The next film planned is Wonder Woman 1984 in June 2021. Any plans for a potential sequel to Justice League – might I remind you, the flagship title of DC Comics – are murky at best, and no one, not even Superman, seems to know if the cast will reunite at any point.
It’s not what any fan expected or wanted, but it’s clear now that Warner Bros. has seen their adventures in building the DCEU as financially risky with little pay-off. The studio wanted Avengers-type money from the get-go but didn’t bother investing the multiple years of world-building necessary beforehand. After all, Iron Man debuted in 2008, yet the first Avengers movie only came out in 2012, following solo movies for Thor and Captain America.
So what should Warner Bros. do going forward? It’s clear that the James Wan-helmed Aquaman series is a hit, as is the Wonder Woman saga under Patty Jenkins. But what of everyone else?
Well, in this fan’s humble opinion, it’s time to stop trying to emulate Marvel and just go all-in on whatever fills seats. I’m talking balls-to-the-wall filmmaking here.
It’s clear that the Marvel strategy of introducing characters in small solo films before bringing them into the big blockbuster team movies isn’t working in the WB Burbank lot. So a strategy change is necessary. Why not one of artistic liberty?
Warner Bros. should stop trying to build a DC Universe to rival its competitor. I mean, Justice League didn’t even break even, while Avengers: Endgame made over two billion at the box office in a single week. Clearly, the game’s over.
Instead, the studio heads over at WB should focus on making singular, small-scope solo films, and pepper them throughout the year. The ones that work get a sequel, the ones that flop don’t.
Aquaman and Shazam! did well, so bring back those directors, give them a slightly bigger budget, and let them work their magic again. Wonder Woman will fill seats no matter what, so throw your money at Patty Jenkins and watch her deliver every time.
I mean, just last year DC had a surprise smash hit, and what was it? Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime, who just three years earlier was a Jared Leto abomination.
That’s right, the highest-grossing rated-R film ever is a one-off character piece that recast its lead character. Clearly, DC does better in the weird movie area, since the movie didn’t even feature Batman.
Speaking of the Dark Knight, clearly, Warner Bros. is starting to see the light, since they’ve more or less jumped into the Robert Pattinson boat. The British actor will be starring in Matt Reeves’s The Batman in late 2021. Gone now are the Batfleck dreams of the 2010s, as Pattinson is supposed to show up in a whole trilogy of planned movies starring the Caped Crusader.
This all makes total sense. DC never experienced such critical and commercial success as they did in the era of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, from 2005-2012. Those movies, starring Christian Bale facing off a smattering of memorable and well-written villains, remain in the upper echelon of comic book movies even today.
If Warner Bros. wants to return to that era of being a serious movie studio in the superhero genre, they should abandon their old pipe dream of making their own Avengers movies. Let every director take a crack at the Joker if they want, let Tom King and Ava DuVernay pen a New Gods film. Hell, if James Franco and Seth Rogen want to play Booster Gold and Blue Beetle in a buddy-cop comedy movie, go for it.
After all, Marvel is limited by its expansive continuity, for better or worse, while DC’s free to go as crazy as they want. The only character who’ll be hurt is Superman, because let’s be honest – nobody wants to see a solo Superman movie.
Lori Loughlin’s daughters could learn a thing or two from their mother; the Full House star just got accepted to her first-choice prison without having to bribe anyone. Yes, Fox reports that Loughlin asked to be sent to FCI Victorville and a judge approved the request.
The judgment, first reported by Us Weekly, confirms that Loughlin has to surrender to a facility designated by the Bureau of Prisons on Nov. 19 before 2 p.m. The magazine reports that Victorville consists of a “low-security prison camp for 300 inmates.”
I have some sympathy for Loughlin I don’t have for Felicity Huffman who was also caught up in the Operation Varsity Blues sting. Huffman freaked out that her daughter had a low SAT score and hired someone to do something she knew was sketchy because she was worried it prevents said daughter from getting into an acting college that doesn’t check SAT scores. Loughlin, meanwhile, was trying to get Olivia Jade into a big girl school and I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Olivia Jade’s YouTube channel but I’m not sure she knows how to read. Loughlin just did what every rich person does to get their idiot kid into college and wrote a check; had she put a different name on that check it would have been perfectly legal.
As a part of her sentence, Loughlin must complete 100 hours of community service as well as pay a $150,000 fine and a $100 assessment. Loughlin has 60 days from her Aug. 21 sentencing date to pay the hefty fine in a lump sum payment.
Additionally, she is prohibited from “incurring new credit charges or opening additional lines of credit without the approval of the Probation Office while any financial obligations remain outstanding.”
I was shocked to find out that people actually care about what she did and want her to be punished for it. I assumed once this blew over she’d be back on the Hallmark Channel the next day, but all the wine moms tuning in to see if the heroic businesswoman coming back to her hometown for Flag Day can save the hunky town blacksmith’s atelier and wondering if they’ll get together are very upset that Loughlin broke a rule.
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Warner is Reportedly Backing a Truck Full of Cash Up To Joaquin Phoenix’s House For More ‘Joker’ Movies
I thought Joker was going to suck when it was announced, but I was happy to be wrong. Not only was it a great movie, but the unfounded hysteria around it was also basically unmatched until Netflix added Cuties to its library. It was a good time watching news outlets breathlessly await a mass shooting caused by Joker that never came, especially when the only movie theater violence to happen around the time occurred during a screening of Frozen 2.
Not only was Joker a great movie, but it was also a big success for Warner, a relative rarity among recent DC films. This thing definitely made the studio more money than Birds of Prey. So obviously Warner wants to make sequels because they didn’t learn the lesson that the entire world should have learned from The Godfather Part III.
In fact, The Mirror reports an insider tells them that the movie sequels are further along in development than we would have hoped.
An insider tells me: “Joaquin initially felt Joker was a standalone movie.
“But he’s changed his tune now. He says he wants to play this character again, despite the controversies that came with the release last year.
“It’s still being negotiated but the scripts are being written and Joaquin is very engaged with it.”
My source says makers Warner Bros were “as shocked as anyone” by the film’s success last year.
They add: “They plan to make two sequels in the next four years, with a long-term commitment to Joaquin and his Joker director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper. It’s all about getting Joaquin to accept the terms – and the biggest payday of his career by far.”
Okay, Warner Brothers, I’m going to give you some free advice: don’t make more Joker movies with Joaquin Phoenix. That’s not how you follow up Joker.
I will tell you the right way to follow up Joker with movies that will make money that people will actually like; you make movies about other villains in the same way. You don’t make Joker 2: Joke Harder, you make Luthor.
Find yourself another actor of Phoenix’s caliber and have him play Lex Luthor, the beloved businessman, and genius scientist, like who Elon Musk thinks he is but actually isn’t, and you show how Superman appearing and becoming the hero Luthor he was pushes him over the edge.
You really still want to make Joker 3: Joker in Space after that? How about you make Professor Zoom instead. There’s can even be a time theme to connect the films, Joker in the past, Luthor in the present day and Professor Zoom in the future, relative to the heroes they menace. The Flash’s biggest fan gains super speed just like Barry Allen and tries to become the new Flash, but when no one cares, he decides he’ll kill Flash before he became a legendary hero instead and take all the glory for himself.
There are a lot of great, tragic origins for DC villains to explore and no more story to be told about this Joker without Batman involved. I get it, we could show how he becomes a crime lord in like a DC Comics Scarface or Godfather II, but it isn’t really as compelling to me as new movies about new villains are.
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It’s no secret that the spice of life happens in the bedroom, or wherever you adventurous souls take it! Sex is the literal FOUNDATION of humanity.
We are wired or coded to want it basically all the time, I mean our species relies on that instinct. Since we obviously can’t just have sex 24/7, no matter how bad we want to, it runs in the background of our minds even while we are distracted by other things like work, school, family, social life, because there are other things to do in a day, just nothing quite as important as the only reason we exist.
So with sex being a fundamental NEED and WANT and URGE despite not being readily available at all times, we have to be as prepared as possible to have the BEST possible sex when we get the opportunity to have sex, you know to either impress our partner to want to have more sex with us more often, or to at least have the MOST ENJOYABLE possible sex in the limited opportunities we have to have sex.
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If there is one thing we have collectively learned from Missy Elliot, it’s that ladies can’t stand a minute man. There’s nothing worse than finally hooking up and getting to that moment together, but the guy can’t keep going and either leaves his partner hanging or has to stop all together to avoid an early eruption.
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You can’t ignore the fact that sexual health depends on your overall health and that in this era of fast food and laziness, maybe one too many beers or a few too many hours playing video games instead of lifting weights, means that you’re probably not running at optimal performance from within. Even with a great diet and exercise, as you get older, you need more of somethings and less of others to keep your hormones and stamina in check.
That is why we always encourage supplements to do exactly what they are meant to by supplementing your life with needed nutrients, amino acids, etc. No matter how healthy you may think you are, your bedroom game will thank you!
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You can’t always start an old lawn mower with every pull, there’s a process, an artistry that needs to be mastered, one where you are in tune with your partner and get them to the place you both need to be.
There’s a buildup, they call it edging and that build up can lead to explosive results. Patience is key to all aspects of life, you can’t rush a good thing, you need to kick back and enjoy the journey, it will make that destination ALL the more amazing.
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A little-known fact is that sex is always better when it’s slippery. Friction isn’t good for you or your partner and can actually be painful and ruin the entire moment. So, it’s always a good idea to use a trustworthy lube that won’t get a sticky and gross halfway through and will keep things moving like a slip n’ slide!
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Hygiene and overall cleanliness when hooking up takes the number one spot because trust me, no girl wants to be smelling your moth ball drawers or arena bathroom smelling ass. There’s nothing wrong with B.O. but ball sweat does not help set the mood when you’re getting intimate.
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Life is about competitive advantage. There is no difference in using supplements, lubes, sprays for sex to make it better, than adding any modern science to any aspect of your life to get those BETTER results, only in this case the BETTER results are actually worth striving for. Good sex is the best sex, do your part slacker and GET YOURS NOW.
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Racism Solved: Oscars Will Require Best Picture Nominees to Employee At Least Three Women or People of Color
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new inclusivity guidelines that films will have to meet if they want to be considered for Best Picture on Tuesday night and boy do they amount to nothing.
Change starts now. We've announced new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture eligibility, beginning with the 96th #Oscars. Read more here: https://t.co/qdxtlZIVKb pic.twitter.com/hR6c2jb5LM
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) September 9, 2020
There’s a lot to unpack on what exactly a film has to do to meet two of the four inclusivity guidelines, so let me kind of break it down.
STANDARD A: ON-SCREEN REPRESENTATION, THEMES AND NARRATIVES
To meet standard A, a film must have one non-white actor in a leading or “major” supporting role OR 30% of the ensemble must be women, people of color, LGBT or disabled OR the film’s main plot must be centered on women, people of color, LGBT people or disabled people.
So you have Scarlett Johansson playing a trans woman in a biopic? Boom, you meet the guidelines. I think every single Marvel movie has met these guidelines just by including Zoe Saldana, Sam Jackson, Don Cheadle or that fat kid from the Spider-Man movies. I actually think Birth of a Nation and all those Nazi propagandist films by Leni Riefenstahl qualify under the last criteria, they are certainly about “underrepresented groups.”
STANDARD B: CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AND PROJECT TEAM
I barely feel the need to explain this one because basically every Hollywood film ever made qualifies for it already.
The criteria are that two of the following must be a woman, a person of color, LGBT person or disabled person and one must be a person of color: Casting Director, Cinematographer, Composer, Costume Designer, Director, Editor, Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Producer, Production Designer, Set Decorator, Sound, VFX Supervisor, Writer OR six people in other technical positions must be people of color OR 30% of the crew, in general, must be women, people of color, LGBT or disabled.
Other than Director most of those roles in films are already filled by women and people of color. Quick, name a white male Costume Designer who isn’t Mark Bridges.
The other two qualifications are just having internships for underrepresented groups or having a marketing executive in the company from one of those groups.
These changes don’t take effect until 2024.
You’re going to hear a lot about this for a few days, with one side saying it’s an important step for minority representation and the other side saying it’s affirmative action; it’s not actually either. I don’t think a single film nominated for Best Picture in the past decade would fail to meet even the first two categories and any that did would for sure meet the second two, so this probably won’t create any additional opportunities for underrepresented people. It’s just typical corporate “look how inclusive we are while we’re actually not doing anything at all” nonsense.
Tyler Perry is quite the businessman. I remember first hearing about him as a popular playwright and assuming he was doing something along the lines of Neil Simon when in actuality he was wearing a dress and saying “hellur,” but he somehow turned that into a billion-dollar industry.
Perry isn’t letting the COVID pandemic slow him down, either, because he filmed all 19 episodes of his latest TV show Bruh in just four days, which is about the same rate Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune record episodes.
Sitcom “Bruh” was the shortest order, 19 episodes, and the shortest shoot, four days. The BET+ comedy, which started filming Sept. 3, finished today.
Since July 9, when the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta opened its doors for the cast of “Sistas,” Perry successfully filmed 82 episodes of his BET series “Sisters” and “The Oval” and BET+’s “Ruthless” and “Bruh.”
Perry filmed new seasons of his series amid the coronavirus pandemic using a quarantine bubble model, sequestering cast and crew on the lot for the duration of a shoot.
Overall, there were 32 shoot days and 51 quarantine days total for the four series, with weeklong breaks between production of “Sistas” and “The Oval” as well as “The Oval and Ruthless.” (Perry and his crew stayed in continuous production after “Ruthless” to shoot “Bruh.”)
Perry’s quarantine bubble model involves check-in testing as cast and crew arrive at the studio, with everyone staying in their rooms until test results come back.
His model worked, and there were no cases of COVID during the entire time except for the people who tested positive when they were first checking in.
I can’t imagine the shows are very good, though, unless Tyler Perry has the most amazing cast and crew ever assembled. I watched part of the first episode and I can assure you he doesn’t. So let me explain a little bit about how television production works,
Your average soap opera usually has a 12-hour shooting day, with rehearsals early in the morning followed by roughly ten hours of shooting to produce a 36-minute episode (the runtime without commercials). This is considered a particularly breakneck pace and is the reason soap operas have a reputation for poor quality, along with a distinct visual language.
Perry’s Bruhs is a multi-cam sitcom, which usually take an entire week to film an episode, and are in production for 26 weeks to film 22 episodes, which includes table reads and several days of rehearsals and 2-3 days of actual shooting per episode.
If we assume Perry had extra-long 14 or 15 hour production days, that’s only three hours to rehearse and film each episode and an absolutely grueling schedule for the cast and crew. It would essentially require every actor to nail every scene in one or two takes after a single run-through of each episode.
Having seen some of those Madea movies, however, I can only conclude Perry isn’t all that concerned with quality. Jeopardy can shoot five episodes in a day because it’s basically a live competition, there are no scripts, no second takes and no rehearsals. Actually, I think there are brief rehearsals so contestants can learn how things like the buzzers work so the show goes smoothly, but it’s not like they have to film it again if someone gets a question wrong.
It’s amazing that Tyler Perry was able to cram all his shows into a three-month time frame for everyone’s safety, but I feel confident that when all is said and done Perry will have made something that wishes it looked as good as a soap opera, and it’s really hard to imagine anything looking cheaper and more rushed than a Tyler Perry sitcom produced under normal circumstances.
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Man, 2020 is just determined to be the worst. Basically, everything bad that could happen has, and just wait until we get to November, I can assure you things are not going to get any better.
As if to illustrate how bad 2020 is, The Rock got COVID.
In his Instagram video, Johnson explains how he, his wife and his children all got COVID from a family friend and he says it was the worst thing that ever happened to him. He does not sound great, does he?
Now, he does say that he has come out the other side: he and his family have recovered and are no longer contagious.
But here’s the thing: we don’t know the long-term effects of COVID yet, but it does seem like there are long-term effects.
I’m going to get into some conjecture, so I’m going to preface this by saying we just don’t know what’s going on here. I’m not a doctor or a virologist, I am, to steal a quote from Jimmy Dore, a jagoff comic.
Michael Ojo died of a heart attack at 27 years old. Ojo played college basketball at Florida State and afternoon not being drafted by the NBA he went to play ball in Europe, eventually signing with Red Star Belgrade. The man was a professional athlete and just collapsed and died of a heart attack while he was working out. Doesn’t that seem kind of strange? Ojo had also recovered from COVID.
Now, does this mean that Ojo died because of damage to his heart caused by COVID? No, we don’t know that was the cause, so saying they’re related is just speculation. But just Monday Scientific American reported that COVID can cause lasting heart problems to people even after they recover.
Now, everyone seems to be affected differently, and let’s just say I hope The Rock doesn’t have any bad side effects here. I love The Rock. He didn’t really take off in the WWF until after I stopped watching it, which was when it was still called the WWF, but I did see his title match with Mick Foley and he’s an entertaining, charismatic guy who seems genuinely nice. Let’s honor that by listening to him and all doing our part to keep everyone safe.
Netflix has had a number of attempts at talk shows and none of them have worked out for the streamer. Despite bringing in established stars like Joel McHale for a Talk Soup clone, Norm MacDonald doing celebrity interviews or Chelsea Handler for basically what she was doing on E!, none of their attempts have worked out. They even brought on Jimmy Carr to do a version of a British panel show and tried a grown-up version of Bill Nye the Science Guy that both only lasted a year.
Netflix’s latest attempt at a late-night show was Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which sounds impressive at six seasons but less so when you realize each season was about a week’s worth of episodes of The Daily Show, the format Patriot Act was clearly inspired by. Now that it too has been canceled, former staffers have taken to social media to air their grievances with the production.
A lot of people have asked me to talk about Patriot Act. I avoided it because each time I relive the experience of being humiliated and gaslit, targeted and ignored, I sink back into days of depression. Tweeting this will probably not help me or anyone who has suffered.
— nur nasreen (@Nuri_ibrahim) August 20, 2020
Writer and producer Nur Nasreen was the first person to speak up, but others followed after her.
It was traumatizing to witness Sheila + Nur, intrepid producers who led some of our top episodes–Amazon, Saudi Arabia, Indian Elections—be silenced, treated unfairly + made to later doubt their own skills in a toxic newsroom.
They were not the only WOC who went through this. https://t.co/yED47UaoXB
— Amy Zhang (@azhang852) August 24, 2020
A running theme here is that women of color in particular were targeted for abusive behavior on the show.
i joke about PA & i take pride in the work i did there because thats how im dealing with having just lost my job. but there was a lot that went on behind the scenes with certain power dynamics that disproportionately affected the women of color on the show.
— zach silberberg (for hire) (@zachsilberberg) August 21, 2020
The other thing they have in common is that they’re incredibly vague.
Without specific allegations, we can’t really say what was going on here or how serious it is. It does not sound good, though.
What I can say here is a point I find myself making over and over again; just because a piece of media espouses a political view does not mean the people making the show adhere to or even subscribe to those beliefs. The world is very politicized right now and everything is a culture war issue; nobody is more aware of that than Hollywood producers and brands. When they take a political stance, they’re doing it because it’s good for their bottom line, not because they believe in it.
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Unlike pretty much every country in the world, the United States has failed to control the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. There are a number of reasons for this, but the primary one is a lack of a coordinated national response, instead relying on a patchwork of individual state-level plans which have had varying degrees of success. That, coupled with an inadequate number of tests is pushing movies out of Hollywood and to places that won’t expose the cast and crew to a deadly pandemic.
CNBC reports that Solstice Studios is moving production of their Ben Affleck-led film that was scheduled to begin filing in April to Canada after no suitable US locations could be found.
Producer Mark Gill said that the problem with Filipino in Hollywood is “a shortage of tests, a delayed time between the test and the lab result and that would put us in immediate violation of our agreement with the unions who represent that cast and crew.”
Another producer from a different studio, Shaun MacGillivray, said that larger studios would be better equipped to absorb the costs of testing, but if there’s one thing we should know about large studios it’s that they’ll do basically anything to save a few bucks. Do you think Marvel films all their movies in Atlanta because actors thrive in a city that’s constantly in the middle of a heatwave with humidity so high you can see it? No, it’s because Georgia gives productions huge tax breaks to film there. Those movies all make a billion dollars, do you think an extra 20% in taxes would crush the budget?
Solstice looked at filming in the UK and Australia, as well. Let me tell you something about Australia; it is the same size as the United States with 7% of the population and it has a functioning government. It’s amazing how many “f**k off, we’re full” bumper stickers you see in a country that has 2000 miles of nothing between major cities, but it is far from full and there is plenty of room for studios to build giant lots and production cities on. If they can’t safely film in the US because of coronavirus, that is going to start looking like a much more attractive option.
Is it likely that Hollywood will outsource all its jobs overseas? Not in the short term, but they’re not going to let productions stay shut down forever. And if you think there’s a lack of attractive, talented people in Australia, well… have you ever seen how hot Australians are? Chris Hemsworth is like a 6 in Sydney. And not fat Endgame Hemsworth, either.
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Netflix recently unveiled the poster for French coming-of-age drama Cuties, known as Mignonnes in French, and boy was the internet not pleased about it, claiming the poster inappropriately sexualized its pre-teen cast, especially compared to the original French poster.
— MuRuka (@IamMuruka) August 20, 2020
Now, personally, I can’t see anything sexualized because all my mental bandwidth is consumed with trying to figure out why they photoshopped Billy Baldwin’s face onto that blonde girl.
I thought it was obvious that was supposed to look like a child beauty pageant or Olympic gymnastics or something like that, but judging by my Twitter feed it seems a lot of people thought Netflix was advertising child pornography. My first clue that this wasn’t going to be anything close to child pornography is that it was screened at Sundance and is on fucking Netflix.
There’s a trailer for the film on YouTube.
It kind of looks like Bend it Like Beckham only with dancing instead of soccer and without the dangling plot threads of a lesbian love story that had been removed at the last minute. Yeah, that scene of Jules’ mother yelling at Jesminder and calling her a lesbian actually makes sense now, doesn’t it?
Now I haven’t seen Cuties because it isn’t out yet and I wasn’t invited to Sundance, but reviews of the film seem to agree that it is about the characters struggling with the sexualization of young girls and falls firmly on the side of “it’s bad.” So the lesson here is that maybe you should watch movies before you start a campaign to have it eradicated from the face of the Earth.
And let’s not forget that if Netflix had it put out this oddly sexual poster that they changed and apologized for, they wouldn’t have gotten all this free press and social media buzz. So I’m sure they learned their lesson.
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Ellen DeGeneres is trying to survive her “Ellen is actually a huge bitch” scandal by desperately claiming to be a powerless figurehead with no actual authority on her television show and that all the stories about her being a horrible monster are actually the fault of other people and she knows nothing about it.
This would all be more believable if she didn’t try to have a waitress fired for having chipped nail polish. Did you know that waitress, like all wait staff in the LA area, is also a stand-up?
Yeah, now we’re getting somewhere.
If you remember a while ago Neil Breen (not the director) talked about what a nightmare she was as a guest on a show he was producing, between moving the location by 400 miles and just giving an interview when she was supposed to be a guest host. And the crew was told they weren’t to talk to or look at Ellen.
Now Ellen has claimed she doesn’t know how that started but it didn’t come from her. That incident with Breen was seven years ago and was one of the things that came up more than once in the Twitter thread that kicked off Ellen’s troubles.
I’m sorry but I just don’t believe Ellen’s people told everyone not to look her in the eye for a decade and she never had any idea. Remember that someone claimed they said hello to her while walking past her on the street and she responded “Who the hell so you think you are?”
I don’t think she’s going to Luke and Beau Duke her way out of trouble this time. Even if her show doesn’t replace her, I don’t think the ratings will hold after all these stories have come out. And I don’t think anyone buys her half-hearted denials.
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The worst thing in the world is a Very Special Episode of a network sitcom. No one wants to see Arnold Jackson getting a few Diff’rent Strokes from the bicycle shop owner or Roseanne’s sister getting smacked around by her boyfriend. These sorts of episodes of sitcoms became very popular in the 80s and 90s, but fell out of favor once sitcoms like Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother that were actually capable of balancing comedy and drama in a realistic, entertaining way came along.
Maybe one of the worst offenders of the Very Special Episode, in retrospect, was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which often dealt with social issues. The episodes themselves weren’t bad and Will Smith and the rest of the cast had the acting chops to pull them off, but they did a lot of them and they could get kind of preachy. Watch pretty much any episode of Black-ish after season 3 or so if you want an idea of what I mean.
Now there’s a Fresh Prince reboot in the works and every episode is going to be a Very Special episode, because for some reason Will Smith got it in his head that it would be a good idea.
Smith got the idea from this fan trailer that imagined the show as a CW-style teen drama like Riverdale.
Yeah, it’s cute, it reminded me of that R-rated Power Rangers fan film.
I don’t think that would be a good idea for an actual series, either, but THR reports Smith was really keen on it.
Bel-Air is described as a dramatic take on the beloved ’90s comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom over six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from West Philly to the tony Los Angeles neighborhood. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air has been in the works for more than a year after the four-minute clip went viral when it was posted in March 2019 and caught Smith’s attention. Cooper, a Fresh Prince superfan, created and directed the trailer that reimagined the series as if it were a drama. He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-EP.
This might not even happen, it’s just being shopped around at the moment, but given all the big names involved it’s hard to imagine it doesn’t at least get an offer from Hulu. I mean, what else do they have going on?
I don’t think it’s going to be very good, but I also didn’t think Riverdale would be very good. Of course, Riverdale isn’t very good, but the actresses are super hot it’s just engrossing enough to keep me watching to see what happens next, which is probably the best we can hope for from Bel-Air.
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In ‘The Lemon Song‘, Robert Plant sang “Squeeze me baby, ’till the juice runs down my leg // The way you squeeze my lemon, I //I’m gonna fall right out of bed.” Cardi B’s new new single ‘WAP’ has done away with that sort of subtle metaphor and just gets straight to the point, talking about wet ass pussy. People who have had sex with a woman that enjoyed it will recognize that this is a reference to the natural lubrication produced by female arousal to facilitate sexual intercourse.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is apparently not one of those people because he was beside himself on his podcast over the indecent lyrics.
Ben Shapiro reads "WAP" lyrics pic.twitter.com/bIVH1Pnwvx
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) August 10, 2020
He really said “wet ass p-word” like a dozen times. It’s especially funny because he’s so tiny that his voice sounds like he just got done doing bumps of helium.
But Shapiro did not stop there, he went on to produce one of the greatest accidental self-owns in the history of Twitter.
As I also discussed on the show, my only real concern is that the women involved — who apparently require a "bucket and a mop" — get the medical care they require. My doctor wife's differential diagnosis: bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, or trichomonis.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 10, 2020
Imagine being Ben’s doctor wife and having to assure him that women’s vaginas only get wet if they have a medical problem.
“Well, I’ve certainly never encountered a wet vagina before!”
“Yes, there must be something wrong with those women, honey. I’m going to go into the bathroom and brush my teeth with my very loud electric toothbrush for the next half hour or so.”
”You sure do love brushing your teeth.”
By the way, the annotated lyrics to ‘WAP’ on Genius are just… *chef’s kiss*.
Bad news for Shapiro and the rest of the Lollypop Guild, but ‘WAP’ is a huge hit, being pretty much the number one song in the world right now. It’s just going to get worse for the little guy and his fans, if the song continues to get the kind of play it has been then women are going to start expecting to have orgasms and god knows no one who listens to Ben Shapiro unironically is capable of pulling that off.
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All of These Clips of Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘Playful’ Meanness Aren’t so Cute Now That We Know She’s a Huge Bitch
You know how when you learn something new about someone, it makes you view their past work in a new light? Like how Michael Jackson sang all those songs about having sex with preteen boys and they just seems so different after finding out his favorite thing to do in the entire world was have sex with preteen boys? Yeah, pretty weird now, isn’t it?
Ellen DeGeneres, it turns out, liked to sort of playfully bully people on her talk show and those clips don’t really seem so charming now.
Take this clip where Ellen’s crew set up hidden cameras in a room they were giving free stuff to audience members in.
Isn’t it hilarious the way the woman making $50 million a year is embarrassing that lady for taking a mug and a shirt? This segment really hits different knowing Ellen tried to get a waitress fired for having chipped nail polish doesn’t it? Sorta goes from your playful friend Ellen busting your balls to a feudal lord putting a peasant in the stocks.
Look at how irritated Taylor Swift is, emphatically saying she doesn’t want to play this game while Ellen insists, begging DeGeneres to let her keep “the last shred of dignity” she has.
Ellen is just so disrespectful here. The idea is she’s like, annoying the First Lady, but what she’s actually doing is ruining a bunch of products and wrecking a store someone is probably getting paid minimum wage to clean. Doesn’t seem as funny when you hear the way Ellen screams at non-famous people for having the audacity to say hello to her, does it?
Hasan, I’m such a big fan and then I mispronounced you’re name and doubled down on it when he says you’ve said it wrong. Seems much worse after hearing about all the racial abuse that took place on set.
And who could forget Dakota Johnson? It takes some real balls to blow off someone’s party and then ask why you weren’t invited on national television.
If you’re have told me that Watchmen was going to lead all shows with 26 Emmy nominations, I’d have said “Yeah, that tracks, Green Book and Crash both won Oscars.” Hollywood insiders love shows and movies like Watchmen that tell them they can be good, non-racist people and lets them feel good about calling the police to complain that they saw a homeless person in front of the Whole Foods.
I’d also just like that mention that taking your prestige television show based on a high-profile IP that was very clearly canceled and submitting it in the less-competitive limited series category because it was canceled is a stroke of genius.
The big news to me, however, is that The Mandalorian was nominated for best drama. Disney +’s Star Wars series is not a prestige TV show, it’s been more commonly compared to 90s shows like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This could be a sign that we’re moving back to the time when the Emmys awarded more mainstream shows: it wasn’t that long ago that Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory were slugging it out at the awards every year.
One good thing is that Rick and Morty’s “The Vat of Acid Episode” episode was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program and I swear to god if they give the award to Netflix’s horny teenagers or sad horse shows there should be a riot. “The Vat of Acid Episode” is maybe the best episode of Rick and Morty ever, but it was for sure the best half-hour of animation on television in the past year.
So let’s get on to the nominations. I’m just going to cover the major categories, you can read the full list of nominees on the Emmy website here. I’ll put the nominee we think will win in bold and the one that we think should win in italics.
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
The Good Place
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
What We Do In the Shadows
Curb your Enthusiasm has only ever won two Emmys, one for directing and one for picture editing. This category does not generally reward comedies for being funny anymore. Schitt’s Creek is funny, but not as funny as Curb, and I think it wins because of all the media attention it got around its final season.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Can’t wait to hear Whitford drone on about how we need to save neoliberalism and how he wishes he could have voted for Obama a third time in his acceptance speech.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Julia Garner, Ozark
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sarah Snook, Succession
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
I’d also expect Watchmen to do well in the minor categories and probably win for Limited Series for the reasons I laid out above. I think Jeremy Irons probably deserves to win that category for his performance as Adrien Veidt, even if the show completely botched the character compared to the comic.
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The name Jeph Loeb might not ring any bells for you, but the former head of Marvel TV has probably been involved with something you’ve seen. For example, he co-wrote the movie Teen Wolf, you know, the film where Marty McFly‘s best friend asks him if he’s a “f*g.” Hard to believe someone could accuse him of having hate in his heart.
That’s just what happened though, as Deadline reports Peter Shinkoda, who played Nobu in the Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil, accused Loeb of racism, specifically cutting plots about the Asian characters in Daredevil, allegedly telling the writers, “Nobody cares about Chinese people and Asian people. There were three previous Marvel movies, a trilogy called Blade that was made where Wesley Snipes killed 200 Asians each movie. Nobody gives a sh*t so don’t write about Nobu and Gao.”
This is not super surprising to me given that the Hollywood conventional wisdom is that Asian-Americans are not a big enough group to program to, which is why there have been two network sitcoms about Asian-American families in the history of American television. You also can’t get Netflix in China, which is the only part of Asia TV execs ever think of.
The other reason I’m not surprised by this is Jeph Loeb sucks and everyone hates him. Just last week Cosmic Book News had a story from a source inside Marvel who has had good information in the past and he had this to say about Loeb:
Jeph Loeb is not extremely well liked in Hollywood. He’s difficult to work with, and not a team player. I don’t know if there was a falling out, but like SO MANY CONTENT EXECS, Feige is a control freak who brings people to the table he wants to work with.
What a shock.
Loeb actually was a good comic book writer once upon a time Who did some really good work with Tim Sale like Batman: The Long Halloween and Spider-Man: Blue.
Just remember this story when you see a sports team putting Black Lives Matter on the field or court or you see the overly-long national anthem celebrations with the military or some TV exec tells you how important diversity is to them. It’s not important to them. They will tell you how very important diversity is to your face because it’s good PR and then go and tell their writers’ room not to write stories for Asian characters because no one cares.
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