On August 16th, 2018 at 9:50 am, the world lost an idol. 76 year old Aretha Franklin, legendary soul singer, passed away in her Detroit home after battling pancreatic cancer. Franklin is an absolute legend in the music industry and her impact will never be forgotten. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Franklin's family, loved ones, and the fans who adored her so. Let us take a moment to reflect on the legacy the Queen of Soul has left us with.
Steven Ogg just can’t seem to quit the apocalypse.
The Canadian actor, who had a brilliant stint as Savior henchman Simon on The Walking Dead,has been cast in a key recurring role in the upcoming TNT series Snowpiercer, Screen Rant reports. The series, based on a 2013 movie of the same name, is set in a post-apocalyptic future, seven years after the world has been rendered a frozen wasteland by an event called the Freeze. What’s left of humanity struggles to survive on a train that endlessly circles the planet.
Ogg will play Pike, a career criminal who had escaped from prison and was on the lam when the apocalypse unfolded. He joins previously announced cast members Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Mickey Sumner, and Sasha Frolova.
Since the character's imagining, there have been a total of seven actors who have played the iconic James Bond. With most recent incarnate, Daniel Craig, stating that Bond 25 (2019) would be his final performance as the legendary character, the internet has gone wild with speculations as to who the next actor should be.
The actors in the lead?
Idris Elba and Gillian Anderson.
While nothing has been set in stone, fans have been avidly promoting the actors they believe should become the next 007. Recently, both fan choices had a little fun stirring the pot.
Again, while it is all speculation and wishful thinking at this point, either choice would provide an interesting addition to the Bond Cannon. Elba would be the first African-American portrayal, while Anderson would be the first female portrayal. Being the character and the franchise are frequently criticized as "misogynistic" and "sexist", it would be interesting to see the character from a woman's point of view.
Do you have a preference for the next Bond? Let us know in the comments!
The director of the Child's Play remake Lars Klevberg sent out an Instagram post that featured a picture of the new script and Chucky's knife.
The MGM remake is said to include a high-tech twist on the iconic character. The original film was released in 1988 and has been followed up by six sequels.
Don Mancini, the original producer on the Chucky franchise, is said to be separately creating a TV series based on the films that have actor Brad Dourif returning to once again give voice to the killer doll. While this is exciting news, it means the actor will not be available to play the voice of Chucky in the newest Child's Play remake, leaving fans speculating who will play the voice of Chucky.
With 30 years of production and multiple films, Child's Play is an iconic classic of the film industry, especially within the horror genre.
One factor that has aided in its success is the way that it has changed and adapted over the years, with film quality improving in each new chapter. The film, once considered terrifying, has morphed into something more humorous, even satirical.
The remake of Child's Play by MGM will be the first of the movies that will not be directly written by Mancini.
Remakes in the horror genre have not fared well in the past. Attempts to remake such movies as Poltergeist and Friday the 13th recently ended in disaster. So, it will be interesting to see how Child's Play holds up in the eyes of its adoring fans.
Tabloid magazine Life & Style has a bold headline that declares Friends star Jennifer Aniston and her hubby, Justin Theroux, are in "the nastiest divorce ever." Sources online say that is not the case.
The tabloid magazine bears a cover story claiming Aniston and her hubby Justin Theroux are tangled in a messy legal battle. They go so far as to say, The legal dispute has turned into "all-out war".
Aniston and Theroux did announce that they were separating back in February. Although, they told the media in a joint statement, "Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative.” Well, what a narrative it appears to be.
The story in Life & Style credits undisclosed sources who claim Aniston and Theroux are battling over money. The magazine explains that Theroux is disputing the couples prenuptial agreement, which outlines that Aniston would keep her $200-million and Theroux his $20-million, the money they had entering the union. According to sources cited by the tabloid magazine, Theroux feels that he deserves half of Aniston's cash for everything he put up with. They credit a nameless mutual friend reporting that Justin has put up with an "insecure, jealous and reclusive partner for seven years" and deserves half.
There is no comment from the couple regarding the claims outside of their joint statement at the time of their separation.
The Netflix series Disenchantment releases tomorrow but so far, it seems this show isn't very...enchanting. If this is your first time learning about Disenchantment, head here to take a look.
Reviews of the first seven episodes aren't looking good for Disenchantment. The Vice says skip the 'unfunny' show. Rehashing old jokes about old stereotypes is...well, old. The only thing interesting about Disenchantment, according to Vice, is the setting of Dreamland. Vulture echos the recycled gags with 'jokes that fall flat' but praises the impressive 'cinematic' quality of the animation. CNET described the stories as 'fun' but in the end, 'static'. In comparison to Groening's hit Futurama, CNET says main character Bean is 'as winning as Futurama's Fry'. Not so much for the rest of the cast and story. While 'entertaining enough', Disenchantment can't shake the template of fantasy spoof. The New Yorker describes Enchantment's episodes as 'long and sometimes sluggish', comparing to a daylong play of Dungeons & Dragons.
With Groening behind big hits The Simpsons and Futurama, we have to admit our expectations were high for this new series. There's still time to change our opinions though, as the series has a 20-episode order with only 10 releasing August 17th. We will have to wait until tomorrow, when Disenchantment premiers on Netflix, for the rest of the consensus. For now, here's a look at the trailer.
Fresh off the set of FX’s critically acclaimed Cold War spy drama The Americans, which recently wrapped up after six seasons, Keri Russell is set to make her Broadway debut in a revival production of Lanford Wilson's Burn This, Variety reports. Russell joins previously announced star Adam Driver, with whom she will also appear in the upcoming final installment of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars trilogy.
Burn This, which is set in the 1980s, tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are unexpectedly altered following the sudden death of a dancer. Russell is set to portray Anna, a modern dancer who begins a relationship with Driver’s character, a restaurant manager.
Russell portrayed Elizabeth Jennings -- one-half of a husband-and-wife KGB spy team -- on The Americans throughout its entire run. She recently received her third Emmy nomination for her role.
According to an essay she published in Vogue in February, Dunham had the surgery after a more than decade-long battle with endometriosis, a disease of the female reproductive organs that causes, among other symptoms, debilitating pain. In the Vogue piece, she described not only her struggle to manage the severe pain of her disease but the hoops she was made to jump through to convince doctors that, indeed, she knew what she was doing when she made the choice to have a hysterectomy at 31:
Quote: I am determined to outmaneuver whatever is eating me from the inside. But I can only run so well with cement blocks strapped to my feet. Finally I ask my doctor if my uterus needs to come out. She says, “Let’s wait and see.”
Two days later (which has always been my definition of “wait and see”; I am not a patient girl) I check myself into the hospital and announce I am not leaving until they stop this pain or take my uterus. No, really, take her.
They don’t contemplate this request lightly, doctors. Medical-malpractice suits are real, and women are attached to their uteruses (for me, an almost blind, delusional loyalty, like I’d have to a bad boyfriend). Sometimes it takes a while for the reality of infertility to set in, the rage. The doctor needs evidence he’s operating on someone resolved enough to give consent and never take it back. And so, while I am on what is essentially medical-grade heroin to handle the pain (impossibly addictive drugs are obviously not a long-term solution for me), I write a 1,000-word essay on why, given the circumstances, I’m sure I can handle losing my uterus before I turn 32.
In her Instagram post, Dunham expresses no regrets over her decision:
Quote: My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself. The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our center. My friend Paul named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like fuck even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy. Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.
Here's wishing you many pain-free days ahead, Lena, from one endometriosis warrior (who had a hysterectomy exactly one week before you had yours) to another!
No matter what your brand of comedy is, Kate McKinnon is bound to make you laugh. The spunky thirty-four year old first stepped into the spotlight on Logo's The Big Gay Sketch Show, before becoming a household name from Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters (2016), Office Christmas Party, and this year's The Spy Who Dumped Me. A comedy aficionado in her own right, it is easy to see why she's so likable; she's hilarious, she's eccentric, and she's unabashedly herself. However, there's a certain aspect of Kate McKinnon that is important to recognize; she is an out and proud lesbian.
While it may seem redundant to praise a celebrity's sexuality, it is important to recognize the influence a proud they can have on impressionable audiences. If you check any dedicated fansite or blog, you'll notice there is something special about Kate McKinnon, and it's that young queer women can watch her and relate. Part of her charm is her nuanced way of portraying the human condition, it's done in such a way that audiences can watch her and see themselves.This is especially important for an audience all too frequently overlooked.
While the past few years have been successful in regards to queer representation, it is common for the character's sexuality to their defining trait. In other circumstances, it is the only plot point they are given, the plot ending when they either come to terms with their sexuality, or find someone to be with. While it is important to have representation like that, it is conversely important to have normalized representation where queer audiences see themselves, but it doesn't have to be the only important thing about the character.
If you watch a movie with Kate McKinnon, you can see that nuance. Specifically, in The Spy Who Dumped Me, audiences are blessed with her cheekily named character; Morgan Freeman. While Morgan's sexuality is never explicitly stated, audiences are treated to a scene that any young, queer girl can relate to; fangirling over an attractive woman. In a scene teased before the movie's release, we see Kate McKinnon sitting at a table with Mila Kunis when Gillian Anderson's character, Wendy, comes in. To put it lightly, McKinnon's character is enamored. Every scene involving those two is filled with gushing, word vomit, awkward flattery, and overall adoration.
This goes hand in hand with the press leading up to the movie's release, where it was revealed Kate McKinnon has a very real, long standing crush on Gillian Anderson. Fandoms of these women had been in the know about this fact since it came out years ago, but seeing it unabashedly recognized was a whole new ballgame. The way Kate McKinnon idolized Gillian Anderson was something they could all relate to with their own female crushes, it was unabashedly honest and painfully relateable, all the way from the photo of young McKinnon dressed as Dana Scully to the video of McKinnon pleading for Gillian Anderson's heart.
Which is why the scene where Anderson's character wraps her arm around McKinnon's is so beautiful. McKinnon is gleaming, nervous, and thrilled, just as audiences are who are watching, knowing that this is a real life dream come true. It wasn't romantic, but that wasn't what was important. What mattered was the thousands of girls who finally got to see themselves.
Netflix is bringing us a new miniseries this fall titled Maniac. Labeled as a dark comedy, Maniac highlights the tale of two strangers who enter a pharmaceutical trial, searching for relief from mental illness. The pharmaceutical company claims their new drug, with no side effects, will solve all problems...permanently.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No nation, and True Detective), Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Sonoya Mizuno star in Maniac as main characters Annie Landsberg, Owen Milgrim, and Dr. Fujita. Several other great stars will have recurring roles in the miniseries which include Justin Theroux, Julia Garner, Jemima Kirke, Sally Field, and Stephen Hill. Other names that will have roles in Maniac are Geoffrey Cantor, Josh Pais, Rob Yang, Christian DeMarais, Gabriel Byrne, Billy Magnussen, Selenis Leyva, and Rome Kanda.
The development of the then untitled Maniac series was announced in March 2016. On July 29 of this year, the Television Critics Association's summer press tour announced the series premier date of September 21, 2018. Watch the Maniac trailer below and let us know what you think!
Nearly six decades after it was filmed, cut footage from The Misfits featuring a nude scene by Marilyn Monroe was discovered hidden in a locked cabinet, The Daily Mail reports.
The Misfits was penned by Monroe’s then-husband, Arthur Miller, and was her final completed movie. It is widely felt to be one of Monroe’s finest performances, and one can only wonder how her career would have progressed afterward had she lived. Here’s a short clip:
The nudity was not scripted. Reportedly, it was Monroe’s idea to drop her bed sheet during a love scene with co-star Clark Gable, shocking everyone on the set. While Gable and others involved with the film wanted to keep the scene in, director John Huston refused to include it and demanded another take.
These days, the “alternate scene” would have ended up on the DVD release, but at the time, the standard practice in Hollywood was to destroy cut footage.
However, author Charles Casillo, while working on his upcoming Monroe biography, stumbled across it when interviewing Curtice Taylor, son of The Misfits’ producer Frank Taylor. The younger Taylor told Casillo that his father realized the historical importance of the footage, which marked the first nude scene by an American actress in a feature film, and stashed it away. Since Frank Taylor’s 1999 death, it had been stored in a locked cabinet.
The scene is about 45 seconds long. It features a clothed Gable coming into Monroe’s room as she sleeps (at the time, censorship restrictions prohibited TV and film characters from being seen in bed together). He kisses and caresses her neck, then turns her face around for an on-the-lips kiss. The way the script was written, after Gable left the room, Monroe was to sit up in bed and hold up her bedsheet while putting on her blouse. According to Taylor, this was a sticking point with Monroe – and a thorn in Huston’s side:
[Curtice] Taylor believes that she dropped it partly due to her training as a method actress.
He said: 'Why would a woman sitting up in bed, with nobody in the room, pull the sheet up and then try to put a blouse on at the same time? It makes no sense.
'So she just drops the sheet. I think it's one of the reasons she did this. There are quite a few takes of this scene.
'Whenever she dropped the sheet, which she did a few times, Huston would say "Cut, remember the sheet, Marilyn".'
Mr Taylor was surprised that the footage is an edited sequence, and wonders whether the censors had insisted on its removal.
Monroe did appear in a nude scene later, in Something’s Got to Give, which wasn’t yet completed at the time of her death.
Casillo's book Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon, was released by St. Martin's Press today.
It is unclear if the cut footage from The Misfits will be released. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.
Mark Consuelos, who portrays the role of bad guy Hiram Lodge in the teen drama show Riverdale, has won an teen choice award in the category TV Villian. It has been a well deserved award for this great actor. We use this opportunity to congratulate him for the win.
Six new promo posters for The Purge Tv Series have been released by the USA Network.
Each poster is supposed to create a perspective from a different character in the series. All sport the show's tagline, "Will you hide? or Will you seek?"
Based on the hit movie franchise, the TV series focuses on a 12-hour period in the US when all crime, including murder, is legal. Following seven characters living in a small city as the clock ticks during the Purge period. Each of the characters is faced with different challenges that show how far they will go to survive.
All of the cast and crew that was active in creating the highly successful Purge movies franchise are onboard helping to make this series a memorable one.
The Purge premieres September 4 on USA Network.
Check out the trailer...
You can also view the promotional Purge posters HERE
Transgender actress and Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox displayed raw, unfiltered emotion today in a tweet where she lambasted the “cultural and structural” violence transgendered people face on a daily basis – next to the very real threat of physical violence and even murder, of course.
In the tweet, Cox was open about her past history of suicidal thoughts and how, even as she contemplated ending her life, she feared being victimized after death by “deadnaming,” a term coined by the trans community to describe the practice of identifying a deceased individual by the incorrect name and gender. She stated she planned to leave “a note in my pocket at the time of my death and several other notes in my home which would state my name, preferred gender pronouns and that I should be referred to as a woman in my death.”
Cox also said that she had pulled back on sharing news of trans deaths on her social media feeds because it was re-traumatizing her to “constantly live in this space of death, murder and the injustices that lead to these deaths.”
However, she made an exception in today’s tweet, linking to an investigative report in ProPublica about a series of shootings of trans people in Jacksonville, Florida, where three victims have been slain and one injured over the past six months. All of the victims were black trans women, and in each case, “the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has repeatedly identified the victims as men, refusing to call them by the names they chose to use in their lives.”
This practice, unfortunately, is not confined to Jacksonville, and Cox pointed out that misgendering a trans individual is “an act of violence … cultural and structural violence” against the entire trans community.
Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black, John Wick: Chapter 2, The Meg) has just closed her Twitter account after receiving countless hateful messages following the news that she would be portraying Batwoman in a DC crossover series from The CW.
Even though she has been openly sharing that she is gay, some are concerned that she would not be fit to play the role, even though DC Comics is intentionally writing Batwoman as a lesbian character.
Some others are disputing the fact that she is not Jewish, hence cannot play a Jewish part.
Following those nasty comments, Rose posted a final message on Twitter, just before closing down her account: "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be batwoman' come from -- has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I've ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay' how do y'all flip it like that? I didn't change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.
When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... when we tear each other down it's much more hurtful than from any group. But hey/ love a challenge I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more, My wish was we were all a little kinder and more supportive of each other...Sending everyone my love and gratitude, it's been a rollercoaster of a year, this month especially.
I am looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I'll be on my Bat Phone."
Ruby Rose is not the first celebrity to close her Twitter account following a social media controversy. Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley also closed her account stating that interacting with fans was "bad for her mental health."
Another Star Wars actress closed her social media account recently. Kelly Marie Tran, portraying the character of Rose in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was forced to delete her Instagram account after being harassed on the platform, up to receiving death threats.
Even young teenager Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) was harassed on Twitter by being the source of hateful memes and also closed her account.
While technology can be used to connect billions of people together, it can unfortunately also be used for cyber harassment.
Months ago, critics declared that they were "giving up" on the series Better Call Saul - a prequel to the hit show Breaking Bad.
Much like its predecessor, Better Call Saul got off to a slow start. The writers of this series have a habit of developing characters at an agonizingly slow pace before introducing any real action into the storyline.
However, it looks like the show has finally come to life in its fourth season and things are heating up.
Fans and critics alike say that season 4 gives the show a reason to exist outside of Breaking Bad.
So, if you gave up on this show for fear of dying from boredom, it may be time to come back and take another look.