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Hollywood Producer Scott Rudin is Allegedly an Even Bigger Asshole Than Joss Whedon

Hollywood sexual misconduct has been very much in the news since Ronan Farrow’s expose on Harvey Weinstein started the #metoo movement, but there’s also a lot of misconduct of the non-sexual kind going on in Tinseltown. The Hollywood Reporter chronicled a number of allegations against Scott Rudin that aren’t sexual but make him seem like a caricature of an angry boss, like  Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Artillery’ Arthur Hobbs on How I Met Your Mother.

At about 4:15 p.m. — more than 10 hours into a typical Rudin day that began at 6 and never wrapped before 8 — the Oscar-winning producer was enraged that one of his assistants failed to get him a seat on a sold-out flight. In a fit of fury, he allegedly smashed an Apple computer monitor on the assistant’s hand. The screen shattered, leaving the young man bleeding and in need of immediate medical attention. One person in the office at the time described the incident as sounding like a car crash: a cacophonous collision of metal, glass and limb. The wounded assistant headed to the emergency room, and Rudin called his lawyer, according to another staffer there that Halloween afternoon.

He hit a guy with a computer monitor. That would seem far-fetched in River City Ransom.

“He threw a laptop at the window in the conference room and then went into the kitchen and we could hear him beating on the napkin dispenser,” says [Caroline] Rugo. “Then another time he threw a glass bowl at [a colleague]. It’s hard to say if he threw it in the general direction or specifically at [the colleague], but the glass bowl hit the wall and smashed everywhere. The HR person left in an ambulance due to a panic attack. That was the environment.”

That sounds like the behavior of an abusive spouse or a toddler or both.

“I went into the kitchen, and I was like, ‘Hey, Scott, A24 is on the way up. I’m not sure what it’s concerning,’ ” he says. “And he flipped out, like, ‘Nobody told me A24 was on my schedule.’ He threw it at me, and I dodged a big potato. He was like, ‘Well, find out, and get me a new potato.’ “

He threw a potato at an assistant. That’s almost incredible like he’s just throwing whatever he can reach.

“He asked me to clean the kitchen. I told him, ‘That’s really not my job.’ I had to do a bunch of other stuff that was urgent,” the former assistant says. “The kitchen was not urgent. And then he flipped out, and he took his teacup, threw it, and it shattered and left a hole in the wall. I was like, ‘I’m a human. This is a physical act of aggression.’ “

That’s a lot worse.

How has Hollywood treated this alleged behavior, which, much like Harvey Weinstein’s abuses of power, everyone in town has supposedly know about for decades? They gave him an EGOT and over 100 Oscar nominations.

“When they ultimately quit — which they always do at some point — he vindictively goes on IMDb and takes away any credits they may have amassed while working for him,” says one producer who hired a traumatized assistant following a Rudin stint and saw the practice play out.

People don’t just abuse their power to get sex; power is naturally corrupting. Once everyone starts telling you that you can do no wrong, well, you start to believe them.

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Lena Dunham is Under Fire For Not Being Fat Enough

Here’s something I thought I’d never say: Lena Dunham is being criticized on the internet because her clothes are too small.

Specifically, Lena Dunham’s selection of five overpriced, ugly plus-sized pieces of clothing aren’t made in large enough sizes for some women, with the line only going up to a size 26, which according to Lane Bryant means a 54-inch and a 48-inch waist, which is… pretty big. But not big enough for Twitter!

I get it, I’m not exactly thin myself, but if you go into the big and tall shop and everything I’d too small, maybe you should try jogging. Or have a water.

Of course, not everyone was mad at Lena Dunham for not being fat enough. Some people pointed out that Lena Dunham sucks and her clothes are just overpriced crap, which is all incredibly true.

Lena Dunham says there’s only five pieces like it’s a specially selected, curated collection but two of the pieces are a white tank top and a blue skirt? Yeah, good luck find those in stores without Lena Dunham’s help.

Why is she even famous again? HBO bought her show about Bryant Gumbel’s ass or whatever on a half-page treatment. Hey, I’m fat and horny too, where’s my TV show?

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Meghan McCain Was Completely Scandalized By The Idea That People Masturbate

Before she was the toke Republican on The View, Meghan McCain’s personal brand was basically “I may be a Republican but I’m still a slut!” Despite the fact that no one really ever called her a slut, she leaned into it. Adult Swim’s adaptation of Shin-Chan even had a segment where Shin and his friends Georgie and Boo go on a date with some “Meghan McCain Republicans.”

That brand clearly didn’t work for her, and she switched her thing from “I hate poor people but I love dick” to “Do you know who my father is?”

But now McCain, who once co-wrote a book called America, You Sexy Bitch, is scandalized by sex the way people were once scandalized by McCain having boobs on Twitter.

Basically, the cast of the show was commiserating on Regé-Jean Page not returning to Netflix’s Bridgerton for its second season, because he got them all lubed up for their husbands and/or their vibrators. You’d think Whoopi Goldberg owned stock in a vibrator company the way she was pushing them.

This, as reported by Decider, caused Meghan McCain to turn even whiter and pass out on her fainting couch, needing to be revived with smelling salts.

Notably silent in all the Bridgerton talk was McCain, who has never watched the show — and after today’s segment, probably never will. “I was going to tell everyone to please watch Yellowstone,” she said. “None of you guys are watching and it’s a fantastic, Western, sexy cowboy show.

“I really appreciate the fact that your sex life apparently has a lot to do with Bridgerton, and I’m confused. That was not the topic that was pitched this morning, that was not what I agreed to talk about on air,” McCain continued. “Meghan does not want any more topics like this, please.”

In one last protest, McCain told her co-hosts, “My mother watches this show!” But Haines was quick to reply, “She knows, you have a baby!”

In just over ten years McCain has gone from “How dare you slut-shame me for being a sexy, busty young lass?” to the woman who says “Why I never!” in all of the Marx Brothers’ movies. It’s pretty impressive.

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Rape Golem Harvey Weinstein Is Appealing His Rape Conviction Because He Thinks the Media Was Too Hard on Him For All the Rapes

Harvey Weinstein spent decades strutting around as the tiny, deformed dick you had to suck if you wanted to be a movie star. As one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, all he really had to do to stay on top forever was not rape a bunch of women.

Harvey was convicted of multiple rapes last year, and now he’s appealing because he says he didn’t have a fair trial.

ABC 7 in New York reports Weinstein claims media bias and faulty juror selection process, among other complaints, left him unable to receive a fair trial.

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein appealed his rape conviction Monday, arguing he was made a “media villain” and tried in a “highly volatile and prejudicial atmosphere” that failed to safeguard his right to a fair trial by an impartial jury.

“Although the defense raised legitimate questions about whether Juror No. 11 was fit to serve, the trial court failed to discharge its constitutional obligation to conduct a full inquiry to ensure that the juror was capable of rendering a fair and impartial verdict,” the defense wrote.

Look, I think Woody Allen has been unfairly vilified in the press over unsubstantiated allegations. Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape by so many women that they could field a team for every major professional sport simultaneously and still have some women on the bench.

I don’t think Harvey is going to be able to jump the General Lee over a canyon and Duke Boys his way out of this one. I expect all sorts of further appeals, but I don’t expect any of them to be successful.

I just think it’s funny that after decades of basically running Hollywood, Weinstein says the media was out to get him.

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Kate Winslet Knows 4 Actors Hollywood Has Scared to Come Out

Kristen Stewart was basically a pariah a few years ago. She was the gloomy actress who slept with a married director (and cheated on Robert Pattinson) and a lot of  Ovid fans wanted nothing to do with her. One short haircut and an interview where she confirms she likes vaginas as much as the rest of us later, she’s basically Hollywood’s new it girl.

This is very much not a typical Hollywood coming-out story, even today. Contrary to what you might imagine, being LGBT is not a ticket to success in Hollywood and homophobia is still an issue in Tinseltown.

Despite Hollywood’s gay-friendly image to the public, Kate Winslet says that being gay can severely limit your career prospects as an actor.

Page Six reports Winslet says she knows at least four people who are in the closet and afraid that coming out would cost them acting roles. In 2021.

“I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality,” the actress, 45, told the Sunday Times. “It’s painful. Because they fear being found out. And that’s what they say. ‘I don’t want to be found out.’”

Winslet explained that the discrimination often begins as soon as actors and actresses launch their careers.

“I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well-known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles,” she said, calling the notion “f–ked up.”

Gay actors Neil Patrick Harris and Jim Parsons both had a lot of success playing straight characters, but neither came out until after the shows they were on started airing. And still Hollywood is nervous that gay actors can’t “play straight,” even though 20-30-somethings routinely play teenagers.

“It’s bad news. Hollywood has to drop that dated crap of, ‘Can he play straight because, apparently, he’s gay?’” she told the newspaper, noting that the stigma applies to “men more than anything.”

“That should be almost illegal. You would not believe how widespread it is. And it can’t just be distilled to the question about gay actors playing gay parts. Because actors, in some cases, are choosing not to come out for personal reasons. And it’s nobody’s business. Perhaps privacy. Perhaps conditioning and shame.”

Here’s a fun game: name a living, male openly bisexual actor. Did you say Alan Cumming? If you said anyone I’ll bet you said Alan Cumming.

We like to think of Hollywood and brands and big cities as being liberal utopias where the LGBT community is welcomed with open arms because of a deep sense of moral righteousness. It’s actually all a calculated business decision.

There’s an episode of 30 Rock where Jack tells Liz “We’ll trick those race-car-loving wide loads into watching your lefty, homoerotic propaganda hour yet.” That is the purest distillation of how Hollywood and big business writ large think about these issues. It’s all a calculation about how to make the most money.

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Hollywood Stars are Once Again Threatening to Boycott Georgia

Georgia is kind of like the Hollywood of the South, much the same way Vancouver is Hollywood North. If you haven’t looked into it, a shockingly high number of TV shows and movies film or are otherwise produced in Georgia. This is because Georgia offers huge tax breaks to the entertainment industry.

Georgia’s state government has also recently taken to passing bills that are causing Hollywood productions to reconsider filming there.

In 2018, a bill allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT couples was considered and it lead to a number of boycott threats from studios, actors and producers. Disney had similarly threatened to pull production out of the state in 2016 over a similar bill.

In 2021, however, it’s a bill aimed at making voting more difficult that has lead to renewed threats to pull production out of the state.

Georgia’s Governor actually signed the bill into law, and it has some indefensibly stupid provisions in it that are just nakedly meant to make voting more difficult. The most blatant provision makes it illegal to bring food or water to someone waiting in line to vote. There’s absolutely no basis for that other than “we would like to make it more difficult to vote.”

There have also been calls for consumers to boycott Georgia-based companies like Coca-Cola and Delta, as if anyone flies on Delta by choice in the first place.

Not everyone supports a boycott, though. Former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says the boycott will only hurt the people already being disenfranchised by the law.

“[Leaving] us behind won’t save us,” Abrams wrote. “So I ask you to bring your business to Georgia and, if you’re already here, stay and fight. Stay and vote.”

On the balance, Abrams is probably right. Dealing with the onerous new voting restrictions, voting out the people who put them in place and ending them is likely the best strategy. This bill was all about giving cover to Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign and his big lie that he didn’t actually lose in 2020 so he’s not toxic and unelectable even though he lost to Joe Biden by stunning margins when you have to imagine even a halfway competent Republican could have won that election. So even if these boycotts resulted in a huge economic crash the legislature would be unlikely to take action.

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Did ‘The Simpsons’ Predict Sharon Stone’s Unwanted Breast Implants?

The Simpsons has been on television for over 30 years, and for almost half of those years it was good. One of the last good episodes of The Simpsons is season 14’s Large Marge, an episode with the ridiculous premise of Marge getting unwanted breast implants after her chart gets mixed up with Apu’s wife Manjula.

Oddly, this has turned out to be yet another example of The Simpsons predicting real-life events. Kind of.

Sharon Stone had some large, benign tumors removed and afterward she needed some reconstructive surgery, including breast implants.

People reports that Stone wrote in her upcoming memoir that the doctor just decided to give her bigger boobs without discussing it with her.

“When I was unbandaged, I discovered that I had a full cup-size bigger breasts, ones that he said ‘go better with your hip size’ ” Stone said. “He had changed my body without my knowledge or consent.”

That’s actually pretty horrific if you think about it. I don’t understand how her doctor could ever come to the conclusion that this was an okay thing to do.

Sure, it was a funny episode of The Simpsons, but so was the one where Homer tried to jump over Springfield Gorge and fell in, and then rolled out of the ambulance and back down into the gorge. Less funny if it would happen to a real person.

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Piers Morgan Says Press Treats Meghan Markle ‘No Worse’ Than Princess Diana, Who Was Killed Fleeing From Paparazzi

It’s pretty clear that the reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped away from their royal duties is that in the back of mind, Harry kept thinking “I just don’t want them to do to my wife what they did to my mum.”

Them in this case being the press and potentially the royal family’s staff who offered no assistance. Harry definitely blames the press for the death of his mother and he’s not entirely wrong to do so.

Luckily Piers Morgan has an opinion. The last time we heard from Piers he was getting Sharon Osbourne kicked off of The Talk just for being friends with him. It seems entirely reasonable, honestly; the one thing that’s made me question Meghan Markle in this whole debacle is that she used to be friends with Piers herself.

Piers told his side of the story in The Daily Mail and it’s… about what you’d expect from a piece written by Piers Morgan and published in The Daily Mail.

Piers seemed very hurt by his cohosts not siding with him when he said he thought Meghan was lying.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu called me a ‘liar’ and a ‘disgrace’

Opinions on Meghan Markle aside, she’s not wrong.

Meghan’s had no worse media treatment than other Royal brides such as Diana, Fergie, Kate, Camilla or even that other Monarchy-rattling American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

See, this right here is classic Piers Morgan. “Well, it wasn’t any worse for Meghan than it was for Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.” How did that work out, Piers? Happy ending, all smiles? Or was she tragically killed when she was the same age Harry is now in a fiery car crash caused because she was being relentlessly pursued by paparazzi?

In one sentence, Piers managed to sum up the entire root cause of Harry’s issues with how his wife has been treated and then entirely miss the point. Classic Piers.

Are we entirely sure Piers isn’t just a Steve Coogan bit that took on a life of its own? Is Rob Brydon around to help him get out of the scene and back to reality?

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Johnny Depp Loses UK Appeal, British People are Free to Call Him a Wife Beater

This Johnny Depp and Amber Heard story just keeps getting weirder.

Johnny Depp lost his appeal in the UK against The Sun, so in the eyes of the British government, Johnny Depp is a wife beater. Here’s why the appeals judges made that ruling, as reported by the AP.

The justices, James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill, said the earlier court hearing was “full and fair” and the trial judge’s conclusions “have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law.”

They concluded that “the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.”

Now that’s the weird part. I don’t think it’s the right judgment, but what’s bizarre is Amber Heard’s claim that she actually been donating the divorce settlement money she publicly pledged to two charities, she’s just been doing it anonymously. This comes after she previously claimed she was totally going to donate the money but Johnny Depp’s lawsuit he filed well after the fact prevented her from doing so.

Heard claims she pledged to make the payments to charity over the course of ten years. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that if you invested 7 million dollars in an index fund that has an annual yield of 7%, you’d have made nearly 7 million dollars in interest at the end of ten years. Weird, right? I wonder why Amber Heard insisted Depp pay her and not send the money directly to her chosen charities.

Depp and Heard are still set to litigate this issue in an American court, where the results actually count.

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Whatever Reason Could the British Press Writ Large Have for Hating Meghan Markle?

The British press, and the British Public, do not like Meghan Markle. It’s easy to assume that it’s because the British are racist because boy are the British racist. Don’t believe me?

Yeah, look up what year that aired and what kind of ratings it got. When the BBC took it off of iPlayer they said “things have changed since Little Britain aired” but it had barely been ten years.

But I don’t think racism is the reason Meghan doesn’t get a fair shake, I think xenophobia is the reason. Or specifically, the British really just don’t like Americans.

I know what you’re thinking “oh, it’s just because we elected Donald Trump! Now that the bad orange man is gone the world will love us again!” Have you ever seen Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson? He’s essentially just British Donald Trump.

But let’s think back to Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah. I think that the thing most people found the most shocking was that Meghan asked to see a mental health professional because she was having suicidal ideation and the staff at Kensington Palace told her to go f**k herself.

All people in the UK can talk about, however, are Meghan and Harry’s “secret wedding” and Meghan being angry Archie wasn’t given a title. Both the press and the public have latched on to these as “proof” that Meghan is “lying.”

But let’s break these two stories down.

The easiest one is that Meghan and Harry told Oprah that their “real” wedding was just the two of them in their back yard a few days before their public wedding. The two exchanged vows in private. It’s sweet, Lily and Marshall basically did the same thing on How I Met Your Mother.

Of course, much hay has been made of this because it wasn’t a legal marriage ceremony, but they never actually claimed it was. But if you were to ask them when they celebrate their anniversary, I’ll bet it’s that private exchange of vows, even if it wasn’t an official ceremony.

And then there’s Archie’s title. Under the traditional way things are done, Archie is not currently entitled to a title. The grandchildren of the sovereign are princes and princesses, their grandchildren are not.

But the thing is, Archie will be a prince and will be entitled to a title as soon as Charles becomes King. Anne, Edward and Andrew’s grandchildren won’t be, but Archie will, and it’s entirely at the discretion of the Queen to give Archie that title early. It’s not like she can’t, it’s just not how it’s done.

How things are done changes all the time with public sentiment. Elizabeth’s refusal to fly the flag at Buckingham Palace at half-mast after Princess Diana’s death made her seem callous and out of touch; had she not relented, it could have ended the monarchy. The reason she didn’t initially is that it wasn’t how things were done: the flag is only flown when the sovereign is in the palace.

This is what the British press has been discussing at length for weeks to avoid talking about the real story. The Queen, to her credit, seems to be taking what Meghan and Harry said to heart and is even considering hiring a diversity czar to address the issues they raised.

Meanwhile, the people who voted for Boris Johnson will do anything to avoid admitting that maybe the black, American woman was mistreated by the palace staff.

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Like Most Men, Orlando Bloom Wants to Have More Sex With His Fiancée Katy Perry

It seems a little strange to ask a celebrity about their sex life in an interview, but if you knew someone who was having sex with Katy Perry you’d probably ask them as many questions as you possibly could. Under the circumstances, I think that The Guardian’s Rosanna Greenstreet was incredibly restrained in just asking the Lord of the Rings star how often he had sex.

How often do you have sex?
Not enough – we just had a baby, though.

This is one of those Inside the Actor’s Studio lightning-round interviews. I don’t think you get to know someone through those kinds of questions, but Bloom gave some interesting answers.

Obviously, that one is understandable; I’d like to have more sex with Katy Perry as well, but some things just aren’t in the cards. But I think between that and another answer he gave, Orlando might find himself sleeping on the couch.

What was the best kiss of your life?
I had a girlfriend when I was 17 called Debbie: that was a kiss.

Here’s a pro tip, guys: if you want your significant other, don’t say how great a kisser your ex was, especially in a respected, 200-year-old newspaper.

And maybe don’t put her behind your dog on the list of greatest loves of your life. Children, sure, but not pets, even pets who have passed.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My son, Flynn, and my daughter, Daisy Dove, a dog called Mighty and then, of course, my fiancee.

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Thomas Middleditch Was Accused of Groping Women in a Weird, Underground Cult Night Club

Something that’s pretty important to learn as a man is if a woman isn’t into you. At a certain point, when someone isn’t buying what you’re selling, you’re going to start making them uncomfortable. So here’s your first clue that a woman isn’t into you: you’re Thomas Middleditch.

According to The LA Times, Middleditch just doesn’t understand when a woman doesn’t want him to grope her, which is weird because it has to happen literally all the time.

Harding said Middleditch made lewd sexual overtures toward her and her girlfriend. She turned him down, but he kept pursuing her, groping her in front of her friends and several employees, including the club’s operations manager, Kate Morgan.

Morgan said she asked her bosses to kick Middleditch out and ban him, but they didn’t seem to take it seriously.

“I felt like they dismissed it,” she said. “I told Adam that he needed to listen, that this was not OK.”

Now, she has DMs that show Middleditch apologizing and… yeah. Sometimes this sort of thing happens. It’s not like, yeah, everything’s fine, but this seems like a pretty minor incident in the grand scheme of things. He was out of line but he’s not exactly Bill Cosby.

Harding has Instagram direct messages from Middleditch, seen by The Times, saying, “Hannah I had no idea my actions were that weird for you … I know you probably want to just put me on blast as a monster … I don’t expect you to want to be my friend or anything … I am so ashamed I made you uncomfortable.”

The bigger story is that the now-defunct club this happened in, Cloak and Dagger, didn’t take these sorts of incidents seriously. Even assuming Middleditch didn’t realize he was allegedly being a creep, the club owners allegedly responding by not caring and telling the women complaining that they must be mistaken is how you go from something like this to Harvey Weinstein.

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Deshaun Watson Has More Sexual Assault Lawsuits than Post-Season Starts

Things aren’t looking great for Deshaun Watson. For starters, he plays for the Texans and that’s just not where you want to be if you’re looking to win a Super Bowl. He’s also facing nine lawsuits for sexual misconduct.

If the allegations are to be believed, Watson is the second-worst thing to happen to the massage industry in recent memory.

According to ESPN, Watson is accused by one massage therapist of touching her with his penis and by another of forcing her to perform oral sex on him, which she “did not consent” to.

The plaintiff alleges that she felt “intimidated and threatened” and “she was afraid of what someone like Watson could do if she did not submit to his demands.” She says in the lawsuit that Watson made it clear, repeatedly, that he could “help, or hurt, her career.”

The lawyer who filed lawsuits on behalf of those women say he’s going to file a total of nine lawsuits against Watson.

The NFL is investigating these claims independently and the Texans say they’re waiting for the results of that investigation.

“The NFL informed us [Thursday] that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson,” the team said. “We will stay in close contact with the league as they do. We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL’s investigation concludes.”

Watson says that the allegations are false, stating “I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.”

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Armie Hammer Under Police Investigation After Violent Rape Allegations

I honestly thought the initial allegations against Armie Hammer, when they first broke, had to be fake.  It because I thought Jammer was such a great guy, they were just so outlandish, over-the-top and weird that I thought they had to be made up.

He sure showed me.

The more details we learn about Armie Hammer’s private life, the more disturbing and less funny it gets.

Hammer is now under investigation by the LAPD after a woman accused him of raping her. Here’s what the woman, named Effie, said at a press conference Thursday, via Variety.

“I thought that he was going to kill me,” the woman, named Effie, said through tears on Thursday during a press conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred. Effie is accusing Hammer of violent rape and physical abuse, during their on-and-off four-year relationship from 2016 to 2020.

“On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles, during which he repeatedly slapped my head against a wall, bruising my face,” Effie said. “He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.”

Crying uncontrollably at the virtual press conference, Effie says during the alleged rape, Hammer beat her feet “so they would hurt” with every step she took. She says she tried to get away, “but he wouldn’t let me.”

Those are some pretty heavy allegations.

Armie Hammer denies that any of this is true and in fact claims to have text messages proving that she was begging Hammer to be intimate with her while he rebuffed her.

“It was never Mr. Hammer’s intention to embarrass or expose [Effie’s] fetishes or kinky sexual desires, but she has now escalated this matter to another level by hiring a civil lawyer to host a public press conference. With the truth on his side, Mr. Hammer welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight,” the statement continues. “From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory. [Effie’s] attention seeking and ill-advised legal bid will only make it more difficult for real victims of sexual violence to get the justice they deserve.”

Hammer also denied all that stuff about wanting to boil his lovers into a bisque or whatever, too, but they all had similar stories about that and he had tied-up mannequin. Of course, Hammer’s guilt or innocence will ultimately be up to police, prosecutors and juries to determine.

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Out of the Whole ‘Harry Potter’ Cast, Only Voldemort has Publicly Supported J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has some well-documented issues with the trans community. She likes to claim she has no issue with trans women, but when you want to exclude trans women from women’s spaces and treat them like men, well, you have issues with trans women.

And she’s certainly entitled to her opinion. I’m still going to play that Hogwarts open-world video game when it comes out. I mean, I’ll probably wait for it to go on sale, it’s not Ghost of Tsushima or anything, but I’ll get it. Granted, I was in college when Harry Potter started to become a thing so it was more a thing I thought was fine, basically than an obsession I now have to reckon with, but disagreeing with the writer has it soured me on it.

It is funny that the only member of the cast of the movies to publicly come to her defense is the guy who played Voldemort, though.

Here’s what Ralph Fiennes said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her,” the actor told The Telegraph in an interview published Wednesday. “I can understand the heat of an argument, but I find this age of accusation and the need to condemn irrational. I find the level of hatred that people express about views that differ from theirs, and the violence of language towards others, disturbing.”

Honestly, he has a point; I don’t need everyone to agree with all of my views about everything to like them. People are complex, and I don’t expect people to fall into one side or the other perfectly.

But J.K. Rowling has kind of kept picking at the issue. She keeps making little digs and needles that keeps bringing it to everyone’s attention that she sucks. I’m not sure that Ralph Fiennes actually understands that aspect of this issue. She’s entitled to her opinion, but it’s hard to describe some of her behavior as anything other than courting controversy and then trying to make herself the victim when she gets that controversy.

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Melissa McCarthy Was Waylaid by a Huntsman Spider

If you’ve never seen a huntsman spider, they are humongous and will probably make you poop your pants. They’re seriously like the size of a softball or something, and they’re all over Australia. The locals will very helpfully inform you, as you panic and cower in fear “Oh, that’s just a huntsman sipdah, she won’t urt ya.” Then they’ll shoo it away while going “that’s a good cunt, off ya pop.”

I can only assume that Melissa McCarthy had a similar conversation with Chris Hemsworth just before she was bitten by a huntsman spider and laid up in bed by it.

I mean, a huntsman spider’s venom isn’t fatal to a human, but Wikipedia says that it can cause “local swelling and pain, nausea, headache, vomiting, irregular pulse rate and heart palpitations,” which is not a good Saturday night either.

McCarthy is Australia filming a role for Thor: Love and Thunder. Based on photos from set that have been leaked, it looks like she’s playing Hela in another one of Loki’s plays about the events of the previous movie, Thor: Ragnarok.

Luckily McCarthy will make a full recovery if she hasn’t already and maybe the spider can buy her a Victoria Bitter to make up for it. Those spiders are definitely big enough to have a beer.

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Kate Middleton is ‘Mortified’ Meghan Markle Didn’t Just Take All the Blame For Their Issues

Guys, drop everything you’re doing, a princess is sad that another princess didn’t do what she wanted. Kate Middleton is reportedly “mortified” that Meghan Markle brought up an argument the two had that left Meghan in tears during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

If you’re a fan of media about the royal family, like Netflix’s hit show The Crown or Helen Mirren’s film The Queen about the days after the death of Princess Diana, you’ll know they all have the same basic message; that the monarchy is woefully out of touch and adheres to antiquated principles out of a sense of propriety. Most of the dialogue about common people is tinged with a bit “don’t these bloody peasants know that it simply isn’t how things are done?” Sure, the dialogue is fictionalized, the writers weren’t in those rooms, but it’s not as if there’s much evidence to the contrary.

These “leaks” from the palace are all pretty much planned, because addressing it publicly isn’t the proper protocol, and it continues to show how much they royals are missing the point here.

Why wasn’t Kate “mortified” when the story that Meghan made her cry, the opposite of what actually happened, came out in the press? Her objection isn’t about the accuracy of what Meghan says, just that Kate is “very discreet.”

The story was already out there, and the story was “Horrible Bridezilla Meghan Markle made good, sweet British girl Kate Middleton cry for no reason.”

It doesn’t seem to have sunk in that Harry and Meghan feel that they were wronged, both by the royal family and the British press, and that the palace’s response to that seemed to be “well, good, keep taking the blame so people hate you and side with the heir. You’re just the spare, who gives a f**k about you? Stiff upper lip and all that rot.”

Harry and Meghan say “well, maybe not everything was our fault” and suddenly William and Kate go paler than basically every single relative on both their family trees. If the monarchy wants to keep existing, and really, they shouldn’t, they really should modernize how they deal with these things. “Oh talking to the press simply isn’t done” may have been okay when Churchill was Prime Minister, but we have a 24-hour news cycle now and doing nothing is essentially the same as throwing members of your family to the wolves.

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David Dobrik’s Vlog Squad Facing More Sexual Assault Allegations

David Dobrik was one of 2020’s highest-earning YouTubers, making a show that’s basically a way worse version of Curb Your Enthusiasm with a group of friends he calls The Vlog Squad.

2021 has not been a great year for him. A few weeks ago, a former member of the Vlog Squad, Joseth Francois, told Buzzfeed that a prank Dobrik played on him in a video constituted sexual assault.

In June 2017, Dobrik published a video titled “HE THOUGHT HE WAS KISSING HER!! (SUPER CRINGEY)” that’s now been watched almost 10 million times. In it, Dobrik says he’s going to pull a prank on Francois by making him believe he’s making out with another Vlog Squad member, Corinna, who was supposed to be wearing a disguise. In reality, he was making out with another member, Nash, who was the person in disguise.

He said the more he ruminated on it, the worse he felt. He then decided to call a sexual assault hotline and speak with someone about what happened.

“They said it directly to me. They said, ‘I’m sorry you were sexually assaulted.’ And I broke down,” Francois said. “I called my mother and some of my close friends and I said, ‘I can’t believe that happened to me.'”

He also claimed that he was made the butt of racist jokes because he was the only black member of the group.

And while I wouldn’t challenge his experiences or try to diminish his trauma, maybe that doesn’t sound like sexual assault to you or seems like it’s not such a big deal. Well, it’s not the only accusation of sexual assault being leveled at Dobrik’s group.

The Wrap reports that Dominykas Zeglaitis has been accused by an anonymous woman of getting her drunk and assaulting her while she was blacked out.

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Shaquille O’Neal Got His Job as an IcyHot Spokesman by Flambéing His Nuts With It

I have made no secret of my love for Shaquille O’Neal over the years. I’m not even a huge basketball fan, I just think he’s a really entertaining and fun guy. If I’m having a rough day I’ll throw on Kazaam and play some Shaq-Fu and watch my troubles melt away.

Shaq went on Conan O’Brien’s podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend and told the story of how he became IcyHot’s spokesman back in the day when the product started to take off in the 90s. Here’s what he said, via TMZ.

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What Time Is It? Daylight Savings Time Cofounds a Nation

A number of Americans woke up on Sunday, March 14 with two questions on their minds:

1. What is going on with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez?!?

2. What time is it?!?

The answers to both inquiries are a little bit complicated, but The Hollywood Gossip is here to help as best we can.

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First, it appears as if those Alex Rodriguez-Madison LeCroy cheating rumors have led to the end of the baseball player's engagement to the singer.

However, after numerous outlets reported that these two had split, A-Rod and J-Lo told TMZ they were still together and simply trying to work through some issues.

So TBD, we suppose, when it comes to their relationship status.

Second, and likely more relevant to your daily life?

Daylight Savings Time1

Daylight saving time marks the practice of advancing clocks during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time.

The typical implementation of v is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring (aka "spring forward") and to set clocks back by one hour in autumn (aka "fall back')  to return to standard time.

As a result often-confusing maneuver, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring ... and one 25-hour day in the autumn.

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In 2021, Americans were tasked with springing forward -- as explained above -- at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14.

This means that as soon as the clock hit 2 a.m. (in every state except Arizona amd Hawaii, which have gone rogue and do not follow this practice) in all times zones... boom!

The time skipped ahead to 3 a.m.

Wild, right?!?

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Overall, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight.

It was first utilized in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada.

Today, about 40% of countries worldwide use it to make better use of daylight and to conserve energy.

Across the globe, Daylight saving time is now used in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over one billion people every year, although the beginning and end dates vary from one nation to another.

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Will we continue to spring ahead and fall back in the United States, however?

In 2018, Florida Senator Marco Rubio first introduced the Sunshine Protection Act, which would move the entire country to permanent, year-round Daylight saving time.

Rubio has renewed his call multiple times since then, most recently this past Tuesday:

"The call to end the antiquated practice of clock changing is gaining momentum throughout the nation," he Tweeted, citing multiple benefits to permanent DST at the time, including potentially fewer car accidents and easing seasonal depression.

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez Throwback

Only the manipulation of time has distracted the public this weekend from wondering what the heck is going on with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

This effort is supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who echoed Rubio in highlighting the potential benefits of extending DST.

"Studies have found year-round Daylight Saving Time would improve public health, public safety, and mental health -- especially important during this cold and dark COVID winter," Markey has said.

Opponents of permanent daylight saving time, however, note that winter mornings would be darker, with kids more often having to wait for the school bus in the dark.

Here’s the Real Reason Demi Lovato’s Engagement to Max Ehrich Failed

Demi Lovato seemed to really be in love with Max Ehrich, so there were a lot of theories about why they broke up after getting engaged. Some people thought he was just using her to make Selena Gomez jealous, which was funny but never very likely. Also, she kind of went a little crazy after she broke up with him.

But it turns out that the reason her engagement didn’t work out is that she’s super gay. Here’s what she told Glamour:

“When I started getting older, I started realizing how queer I really am,” Lovato says, beaming. “This past year I was engaged to a man, and when it didn’t work, I was like, This is a huge sign. I thought I was going to spend my life with someone. Now that I wasn’t going to, I felt this sense of relief that I could live my truth.”

Like many single 20-somethings, she’s exploring this terrain through casual dating. And in this moment, Lovato says, she feels “too queer” to be with a cis man.

“I hooked up with a girl and was like, ‘I like this a lot more.’ It felt better. It felt right,” she says. “Some of the guys I was hanging out with—when it would come time to be sexual or intimate, I would have this kind of visceral reaction. Like, ‘I just don’t want to put my mouth there.’ It wasn’t even based on the person it was with. I just found myself really appreciating the friendships of those people more than the romance, and I didn’t want the romance from anybody of the opposite sex.”

I mean, good for her. Still very weird for me that queer is the politically correct term now, though.

I’m sure she’ll eventually find the right person for her, and it’ll be easier now that she’s looking for someone she’s actually attracted to.

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The Royal Family Better Watch Out, Queen Elizabeth is Personally Investigating Who Made a Racist Remark to Prince Harry

Imagine if you will, the royal family all sitting at a dinner table in Buckingham Palace, minding their own business when suddenly they hear glass shatter and ‘God Save the Queen’ starts playing. “Bah Gawd,” Prince Edward exclaims, “That’s mummy’s music!” And then the 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth II slides into the room with a steel chair in hand and a deerstalker cap on under her crown. The good crown, the one for special occasions.

I wasn’t actually there, but I assume that’s basically how the Queen’s investigation into Prince Harry’s claim that one of the senior royals asked him if he’d thought about “how dark” the skin of any children he’d have with Meghan Markle would be and “how that would look” went down.

Yeah, how dare Harry sully the bloodline with a beautiful Hollywood actress. Have you seen a picture of the royal family? They look like a crowd shot from The Walking Dead.

But Page Six did report that the Queen was interviewing senior royals about the incident and that, perhaps more shockingly, it doesn’t appear to have been Charles who said it.

“It goes against everything the Prince of Wales believes in,” a source told the Evening Standard, using Charles’ formal title. “He believes diversity is the strength of our society.”

He also believes in homeopathy and the healing power of crystals.

So… who wants to take bets on who said it? Harry was quite insistent that it wasn’t Her Maj or her husband Prince Phillip, and if Charles is out, too, then my money is on Anne, just by process of elimination. It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing Edward would say, he seems the least interested in that sort of thing, and if it was Andrew they would throw his ass under the bus to Jeffrey Epstein’s private island so fast the whole family’s crypt keeper-looking heads would spin.

There have also been suggestions it could have been William, and that this incident is what caused so much strain between the two. It may seem less likely that it was one of the younger royals, but are you really going to go “A racist 38-year-old? Unheard of!”

We do have to remember we’re dealing with old, rich people who have very much dedicated their lives to the idea of propriety and the way things are done. It was in the lifetime of the current Monarch that King Edward VIII abdicated the throne because he wanted to marry a woman who was divorced and that simply wasn’t allowed. While he and his eventual wife were painted in a bad light at the time, I literally cannot think of anything more romantic than a King giving up the monarchy for love. I assure you that for the rest of his life Wallace Simpson did things every night that most wives will only do on their husband’s birthday.

So basically, the Queen has quite the mystery to solve. Okay, so she’s probably just going to ask Harry about it and then ask whoever he names what, exactly, they were thinking, but it is kind of fun to think about her gathering everyone in the foyer like Inspector Poirot and explaining how everyone was responsible for the racism.

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Congressman Wants Britney Spears to Testify on Capital Hill

Britney Spears’ conservatorship is on the minds of a lot of people recently. Is Spears really in such dire condition mentally that she’s unable to decide how to live her life or be trusted with her own money? If she doesn’t want her father Jamie to be her conservator, why is she having so much trouble having him removed?

Republican congressmen Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan would like Britney to talk about her conservatorship to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives.

It might sound crazy or like a stunt, but I think they’re actually trying to do something good here and for the right reasons. Here’s what they said in the letter they wrong to Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nader asking for the hearing, via NBC News.

“The House Committee on the Judiciary is charged with safeguarding the rights affording to Americans by the U.S. Constitution. These rights include having the free will to guide one’s own affairs and the legal autonomy over one’s own finances. When situations suggest the unjust deprivation of those rights by the government, we have an obligation to conduct oversight and explore potential remedies,” the letter states.

“In recent years, there has been growing public concern about the use of conservatorships to effectively deprive individuals of personal freedoms at the behest of others through the manipulation of the courts,” the letter, submitted on Mar. 8, continues.

“The most striking example is perhaps the case of multi-platinum performing artist Britney Spears,” Gaetz and Jordan write.

It’s understandable that some people are stricken with such debilitating problems that they really do need someone to manage their affairs for them. But I really question if Britney Spears or Amanda Bynes are among them, and if the courts would think they need conservators if they had the exact same issues but were poor.

A conservatorship is a serious thing and should only be used as a last resort when it’s absolutely necessary, and there should probably be mandatory evaluations every six months with an eye towards ending the conservatorship to make sure people don’t end up stuck in them when they don’t need to be.

And honestly, good for Representatives Gaetz and Jordan for taking this issue up.

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Papa John Has Spent 20 Months Trying to Not Say the N-Word

I have never found not saying the n-word a particularly difficult thing to do. I don’t say the n-word all the time; I’m not saying it right now.

Not saying the n-word doesn’t come as easy to John Schnatter, also known as the Papa John who didn’t have sex with his daughter. In fact, Schnatter says he’s spent 20 months trying to learn how to not say the n-word.

Schnatter was on OAN, the network for people who don’t see the big deal about saying the n-word and think Fox News is too left-wing, when he said “We’ve had three goals for the last 20 months: To get rid of this N-word in my vocabulary and dictionary and everything else because it’s just not true.”

How often do you have to say the n-word that you have to spend 20 months getting it out of your vocabulary?

Of course, Schnatter was actually trying to say that the board made up the allegation that he said the n-word because they wanted to get rid of him. That seems very unlikely.

Just don’t say the n-word. It’s not that difficult. It’s easier than saying the n-word, because you can just say nothing.

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Meghan Markle Says Royal Family was Very Concerned About How Dark Archie’s Skin Was Going To Be

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s long-awaited interview with Oprah Winfrey aired Sunday night and boy did they drop some bombshells. The Duchess had her say about a number of things, like the story about how she made her sister-in-law Kate cry before her wedding; the truth, according to Meghan, is that Kate is the one who made her cry. She also said that Kate apologized and it was water under the bridge, but it wasn’t pleasant having the media attack her for something that happened to her.

But you’re looking for the real dirt. You want to hear what tea the Duchess of Sussex spilled about her Royal in-laws. Well, according to her, the Royals were very concerned about Archie’s skin tone before he was born.

“All around this same time, we have in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title and also concerns and conversations as how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Markle said. She said these concerns were relayed back to her from Harry, who had conversations with the family. She would not reveal the identity of these family members.

If you find that hard to believe, well, Prince Phillip!s family was full of Nazis and Queen Elizabeth’s uncle, King Edward VIII was a Nazi collaborator. And when I say his family was full of Nazis, I mean his sister named one his nephews after Adolph Hitler and Herman Goering went to the funeral of another one of his sisters.

So yeah, probably not happy there are mixed-race little royals. Now, Archie isn’t a prince because only the grandchildren of the sovereign are given that title, so when Queen Elizabeth dies and Charles becomes King, Archie and his soon-to-be-born sister will become a Prince and Princess.

Harry confirmed the story, but refused to elaborate.

“That conversation, I am never going to share,” Harry said. “At the time, it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”

When Oprah pressed him for details he told her “I’m not comfortable with sharing that.”

“But it was right at the beginning,” he added. “What will the kids look like? That was at the beginning when she wasn’t going to get security, when my family suggested that she might continue acting (because there wasn’t going to be money for her).”

Are we shocked that they didn’t want to hang around the UK after that? And basically everyone who has ever worked with Meghan Markle has come out and said what a lovely person she is, which makes it easier to believe she’s telling the truth here.

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Kanye West Said to be Working on Plan to Come Crawling Back to Kim Kardashian

I know I say this a lot, but Kanye West is so egotistical that it makes him delusional. He literally described himself as “one of the most powerful humans.” He might be the most conceited human, but his power level is definitely not over 9000 otherwise.

Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian recently filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, which we all took as code for “being Kanye West.” But according to Hollywood Life, Kanye has a plan to win his soon-to-be ex-wife over.

Kanye honestly feels that he can get Kim back,” the source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “There is so much strain thanks to so many obstacles with quarantine and both of them wanting to live in different parts of the country, to the kids and to his overall health. He is realistic and knows that co-parenting is the way forward since Kim has had enough, but he feels it can be used as a breather to where distance will make the heart grow fonder and she will realize what she is missing.”

Given the choice of being around Kanye West and being away from Kanye West, I don’t think that being around him would be the winner.

But I do have a plan for how Kanye can win back his wife. All he has to do is call Mr. Peabody and ask him to bring over the Wayback Machine and take him back to when he first thought Candice Owens had some good ideas and punch himself in the dick.

Failing that, Kanye should get used to being one of the world’s most powerful bachelors.

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Was Meghan Markle a Mean Girl When She Was a Working Royal?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not made a lot of friends. I’m not sure what exactly it is that makes people not like them (though I can think of one thing), but they have definitely pissed off a lot of people.

For example, they gave a big exclusive interview to Oprah which is going to air on CBS this Sunday, but Oprah is apparently apoplectic after Harry went on James Corden before the special aired.

Now Buckingham Palace is investigating reports that Meghan Markle was a bully to the staff when she and Prince Harry were still proper members of the royal family.

CNN reports that a palace staff member made a complaint that claimed “the Duchess drove out two personal assistants from her Kensington Palace household and undermined the confidence of a third staff member,” though CNN could not corroborate those claims.

Buckingham Palace said it was “very concerned” about the allegations outlined in the report.
“Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned,” it said in its statement.
“The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”

Meghan very strongly denies the allegations.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes dismissed the Times report as “a calculated smear campaign” ahead of the couple’s interview with Winfrey.
“Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,” the spokesperson said.
“The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma. She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”

Personally, I find it hard to believe. See, Meghan Markle was somewhat famous before she married into the royal family, having starred on the USA law drama Suits and everyone on the show loved her.

If Meghan was the scheming diva the British press wants to make her out to be, we probably would have heard similar stories about her time in that show, but no one has any stories about her like that.

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Is Warner Really Looking for an African-American Superman to Replace Henry Cavill?

Warner is apparently looking to shake up Superman for his next big-screen outing.

Last week marked the return of Superman to our television sets with The CW’s Superman and Lois, a well-received and interesting look at the Man of Steel and the world’s greatest reporter as they raise a family together on Clark’s family farm after the death of his mother Martha.

We’re all excited to see the Snyder Cut but everyone pretty much agrees that the DCEU has been, on the whole, disappointing. Sure, Shazam! was a high point, but it barely tied into the rest of the story, only having some cursory mentions. Wonder Woman and Aquaman were alright, too.

But Superman is special. Superman is the first comic book superhero. He’s the cornerstone of the modern comic book industry. So Warner is bringing in Ta-Nehisi Coates to revamp the big blue Boy Scout for his next big-screen outing.

Coates is no stranger to superheroes having written Black Panther and Captain America at Marvel, and his geek credentials are basically impeccable. I’m not actually a huge fan of Coates; he’s certainly talented, but he’s just not my cup of tea.

The interesting thing here is the rumors that Warner is looking to cast an African-American actor to play Superman and replace Henry Cavill.

Way back in 1985, DC Comics published Crisis on Infinite Earths, a big crossover created with the goal of revamping their continuity which had become a bit of a mess in the nearly 50 years since Action Comics 1 introduced Superman. In the end, DC didn’t change any of their characters all that much, but creators Mark Wolfman and George Perez had proposed a much more racially-diverse Post-Crisis DC Universe. We’d see glimpses of what this would have looked like in some of DC’s multiverse stories set on Earth-D and in Final Crisis where Grant Morrison created an alternate-universe version of Superman based on then-President Barack Obama.

It seems likely that Coates’ Superman film will not be replacing Henry Cavill but will in fact be more like Joker or The Batman and be in its own continuity.

And honestly, a black Superman could be an interesting story. Superman’s upbringing in Smallville is a big part of his character, and he would have grown up in different circumstances if he was black. He’d still be Superman, the icon of what we could be if we were the best person we could be, but it would actually be interesting to see how that looks different when that icon grows up as a black man.

But he won’t be replacing Henry Cavill’s Superman. It’ll be a different story, the way Joker didn’t replace Jared Leto’s character. Unfortunately.

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11 Women Have Lawyered Up to Accuse T.I. And Tiny of Horrific Sex Crimes

Last month we heard some pretty disturbing allegations on social media being made against rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny. At the time, they were nothing more than unverified social media posts, but now 11 of those women are represented by a lawyer named Tyrone A. Blackburn of T.A. Blackburn Law who is asking California and Georgia to open criminal investigations into the allegations.

Here’s what Blackburn said in a statement, via Spin.

“These criminal allegations span over fifteen years of methodical, sadistic abuse against women in various venues throughout the country,” the release continues. “These individual claims paint eerily consistent allegations of women prior to or upon immediately entering T&T’s home, hotel, or tour bus were coerced by Tiny to ingest drugs or unknowingly administered drugs to impair the victims’ ability to consent to subsequent vile sexual acts.”

T.I and Tiny deny the allegations.

“Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming,” the statement from Sadow reads. “These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media. The Harrises implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”

It doesn’t look great for them, there are 30-some accusers, 11 of whom have allegations about the couple themselves, the rest who allege similar behavior from their associates.

We haven’t seen what evidence the women have, though some would say there being 30 women all making similar allegations is evidence in and of itself. This is definitely not something that’s going to quickly and quietly go away for the couple, though.

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Kim and Kanye Reportedly Having Problems With Co-Parenting Already

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are trying to have a drama-free divorce, but considering it involves Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, that doesn’t seem likely.

For example, the former couple are going to “co-parent” their children. Now, this is a great idea in theory; even though you’re not romantic partners, you’re parenting partners and you work things out together.

You may have noticed the problem here. If not, basically the reason that Kim and Kanye are getting divorced is that Kanye is unwilling to compromise on the things he needs to compromise on to make a marriage work. You know, like not running a doomed presidential campaign at the last minute with no planning or political experience whatsoever.

People reports that Kanye and Kim are already having trouble deciding how to raise their kids.

“They have a different vision of the world and how their kids should be raised,” the source says for this week’s issue. “Kim will always support Kanye and his causes and encourage him with their kids, but her future with work, family and life in general are strictly up to her. She makes it happen.”

“Kim will continue with her projects and so will Kanye,” the source adds. “What they want in life and for their kids doesn’t always match.”

Now, the source doesn’t say what the cause of the disagreement is, but I would put money on religion being the issue here. As you know, Kanye has been a Christian for like, 20 minutes and it’s basically all he ever talks about. They do say converts to religions are the most likely to become radicalized.

Kim seems like she’d like to be a part of polite society while Kanye honestly thought he was going to be in Donald Trump’s cabinet. I’m sure that’s going to lead to some conflict.

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