Silencing Meryl Streep




Recent attacks on Meryl Streep do not come from activists who actually care about the #MeToo movement or about how women are being treated in the arts and entertainment field. This attack was financed by wealthy conservatives in Hollywood:

Two of the three behind the "She Knew" posters claim they are financed by unnamed wealthy conservatives who pay them $5,000-$20,000 per "mission."

In a booth on the Westside of Los Angeles sit a trio of conservative provocateurs plotting their next "street art" prank on a liberal celebrity destined to be thrust into the limelight for reasons beyond their control. The restaurant has become a watering hole for conservatives who work in Hollywood and don’t usually share their political opinions with their liberal colleagues for fear of retribution.

Friends of Abe, the private group of Hollywood conservatives, used to meet at the same place. The three artists, in fact were often spotted at FOA gatherings, where actors like Tom Selleck, Gary Sinise, Robert Duvall, Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton generously hobnobbed with others in the entertainment industry who lacked their fame and fortune.

One of the street artists usually works independent of the others, but recently they’ve banded together to focus their efforts on Harvey Weinstein and all those who, they claim, allegedly enabled his predatory behavior for decades. Their aim is to call out Hollywood for its “hypocrisy,” they say. Two of them have careers in the industry to protect so they remain anonymous, and their anonymity is fodder for detractors who take to social media to call them out for cowardice and slander.

One justifies his secrecy by noting he’d surely be fired for his very public artwork — which sometimes amounts to attacks on actors, movies and TV shows he is associated with through his full-time job. Another is a freelancer in the industry who used to design interactive media for Steven Spielberg.

This is not a grass roots attack from the left. It's a smear campaign from people who should be exposed. And while I would agree that Streep probably knew something about how Harvey Weinstein treated women, I think it's also true that she might have been insulated from that because of the very nature of what he was doing to people. He had Miramax employees who were working to keep this out of the media. He had millions of dollars at his disposal. And he targeted people who could be smeared or driven from the industry. 

Notice the pattern here? And, yes, this comes to mind almost immediately, doesn't it? 






Credible voices on the left are being marginalized and silenced. Is this designed to make sure that Streep doesn't say anything next Spring when the Oscars rolls around? What's the difference between what they're doing to her and what members of Congress are doing to high-ranking officials at the FBI?

I'm not the only one who thinks this is being put out there to divide people:






 

Streep has been a mainstream film actress of the highest caliber for forty years. Weinstein was just manipulative enough to keep his secrets from her. So, while I think it's possible she knew, I also think it's possible that she didn't know and I don't need a bunch of conservative Hollywood jackasses who are afraid their names might be known to tell me that.

If they're so sure, they should put their names on their attack. 
















Who Was This Guy on Frasier?




It may be a personality defect of mine or completely unfair, but I fucking hate Frasier and I thought he was the worst thing about Cheers every time I saw it. I hated his fucking show and I still can't believe it was on for eleven seasons.

The guy on the end is Dan Butler, who was on the show from 1993 to 2004. I have no memory of him being on Frasier because I never watched Frasier. Isn't that weird?

Anyway, my gripe against Netflix is--quit with this crap. I don't want to see Frasier. How do I block this from showing up in my recommendations and how can I let everyone know how annoyed I am?

Sky




Original photography. This was shot with my phone.
















Samantha Fox Remembers David Cassidy




People hate to be told this, but so-and-so was a huge star at one point.

Well, here's the deal. Samantha Fox was a huge, huge star at one point. Here, she remembers what it was like to deal with perennial loser David Cassidy, who recently died of several different things:

Speaking to the Daily Star, Fox has alleged that Cassidy groped her in a restaurant bathroom in 1985 during a video shoot for his single ‘Romance’.

Fox said that she was washing her hands when Cassidy allegedly “came storming in” and “pushed me up against the wall”.

Former glamour model-turned-pop star Fox added: “His hands were all over me. I shouted: ‘Get off me, David!’ in an attempt to stop him. But instead, he just stuck his tongue into my mouth and shoved a hand under my skirt, while the other kept a firm grip on one of my breasts.”

“I reacted quickly and instinctively by bringing my knee upwards, striking him right in the balls… then I elbowed him in the face.”

Fox also claimed that Cassidy “had an erection” as she posed semi-nude for a photoshoot. “Whenever he pressed himself against me, I could clearly feel his dick,” she said.

In other words, Fox was the Britney Spears of her era, only with talent and the ability to defend herself against horrible, horrible men.

Apropos of nothing, here she is with Freddie Mercury because why not?





















The Secret Life of Pets 2




Last month, when everything related to Louis CK blew up in a storm of outrage and howling, one of the little-known ripples through the entertainment business was the fact that CK had just come off one of the biggest animation hits in history as the lead voice. The original Secret Life of Pets earned over $875 million dollars worldwide and was a lock to become a new franchise.

It stands to reason that the sequel would have been a pretty big hit as well. It was scheduled for release in 2019, but someone else is going to have to do the voice:






If you look at the project's IMDB page, Jenny Slate is the only person signed for the sequel. Who are they going to get to replace CK, and should they go back and remove his voice work from the original film?

How horrible is that to contemplate?

Jar Jar Binks is More Popular Than Trump

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes:


You know what else is more popular than Trump? Herpes, Charlie Manson, and being run over by a golf cart.















What Idiot Hurt Blake Lively?




Panic attack time:

Blake Lively has been injured on the set of new film The Rhythm Section, with production temporarily suspended.

Gossip Girl star Lively appears in the movie alongside Jude Law and Daniel Mays. Directed by The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Reed Morano and produced by Bond filmmakers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the film is expected for release in February 2019.

A spokesperson for the film confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Lively “sustained an injury to her hand while filming an action sequence” and that “filming has been temporarily suspended” as a result.
















Women Do Not Have a Reason to Lie About Sexual Harassment




In this tense exchange between John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman, one thing leaps out at you:

When Oliver quoted from an account Hoffman’s accuser wrote, the actor asked Oliver, incredulous, “Do you believe this stuff you’re reading?” Oliver said he did “because she would have no reason to lie.”

I have to come down on Oliver's side here. 

How does a woman who is not in the public eye make money by accusing a famous person of sexual harassment or sexual assault? They can sue, obviously, but the burden of proof is very high and a settlement is likely only when there's a good chance the famous person will lose in a jury trial (which would be rare enough anyway).

So, why not believe someone when they tell a story like this and stop questioning their motive right off the bat? Why does it have to be about greed? Is there some mythical country where women are making millions by falsely accusing men of sexual harassment? The women who took millions from Fox News had proof that frightened a very expensive cabal of lawyers into shelling out huge settlements precisely because they couldn't get away with calling the women liars because they had evidence that would hold up in court.

If that doesn't exist, why do the women have to be left out in the cold? Why not investigate it and see if it makes sense? Why not use healthy skepticism to reach a conclusion? I think we can give men the benefit of the doubt while believing women at the same time. When you have a preponderance of women bringing in story after story of perverted behavior, does it mean they are piling on or releasing their fear of speaking out?

The default answer for many, many years has been to put the burden on the accuser and give the accused the benefit of the doubt. We are moving to a more equalized situation where yes, you can believe women. We can believe what they are saying. We can reach a conclusion that corrects the historical record.

Oliver does get at the problem. We still don't believe women unless they're holding incontrovertible proof which doesn't always exist, but we should. Period. End of story.
















This Minnesota Boy Hated Garrison Keillor Forever




Garrison Keillor is the most overrated writer in the history of overrated writers. He was a blight upon literature and a stain upon everything that was good about Minnesota.

Minnesota is the scream of Paul Westerberg, the howl of moral outrage from Sinclair Lewis, the brutal honesty of Tim O'Brien, the cultural criticism of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the soul of Bob Dylan and the journalism of David Carr. Against them, Keillor was a twee, wet-nosed pretender full of sexual repression and Reader's Digest anecdotes.

Fuck Garrison Keillor. Right in the earhole. Fuck him forever.

Salt will cover the ground when he is gone. I have already forgotten him. My victory is complete.












Melania Trump's Personal War on Christmas




These are actual Christmas "decorations" in the White House, as selected by Melania Trump.






I get the sense that Melania is not happy. Not happy at all.

She has gone from jolly decorations and old-timey traditions and familiar themes to something straight out of the world of European cinema. It's a jarring hellscape. It reminds me of an Ingmar Bergman film:






And, remember--it's not Christmas in Slovenia without Krampus!






The War on Christmas may have lost General Bill O'Reilly, but Melania Trump is finding a way to horrify everyone with her interior Christmas decor ideas. I can just imagine how she instructed the White House staff to decorate:

"Lots of dead branches, pointing up to heaven, lit with cold, indifferent light, creating a maelstrom of claustrophobia, trapping the soul in every corner of every nook and cranny of this putrid construct of reality."
















Armie Hammer Does Not Owe You an Active Twitter Account




I agree that it is insane, but it is also a symbol of how we expect people to make themselves available and turn themselves inside out for entertainment purposes. Each and every person is entitled to their own version of privacy. You ought to be allowed to choose what you want people to see and to know and to read from you. 

If Armie Hammer doesn't want to be on Twitter, go pound sand.
















Susan Sarandon Cannot Admit She Was Wrong




At some point, the delusions kick in and a person doubles down on their beliefs, no matter how wrong they are about something:

A year after the presidential election that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Susan Sarandon said she is still harangued by the left for not supporting Hillary Clinton, whom she continues to call “very, very dangerous.”

Sarandon told The Guardian that although she hasn’t “exactly” said that Clinton is more dangerous in the long-run than Trump, she does believe that the former Secretary of State would have the country at war if she had won the election.

“I did think she was very, very dangerous,” Sarandon said. “We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother.”

Sarandon will probably keep getting acting jobs, but this notion that she is some sort of "hero" to the left is over and done with. There is a fringe out there, and they will never vote for a Democrat, no matter what. Stop catering to them. They're crazy. They're never going to do the right thing and they're never going to admit they were wrong about something.
















Justice League is a Huge Disappointment




Justice League is a film that I actually saw in a theater. My advice is to wait for it on Blu-Ray so that you only end up wasting a little cash. It is not essential, but it is a good way to waste two hours, so there's that.

Without spoiling the movie, I'll tell you what's wrong with it:

  • Too much Affleck.
  • Not enough Godot.
  • All the Cavill you're ever going to need.
  • No where near enough Momoa.

I liked the Cyborg character, but they didn't develop the relationship he had with his father into something that I could recognize as a story. They did a better job with the Flash, but do you know who had a better Flash? The Quicksilver character played by Evan Peters was far more interesting. 

After watching this, I honestly can't tell you what happened. And, before you think I'm some sort of Marvel movie fan, I'm really not. I'm not a fan of this genre at all. I remember that I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two but I can't remember anything that happened because it was such a blur of things happening. So much has to happen! in these films. Slow it down and tell a story.















Harvey Weinstein Could Face Canadian Justice




Why do I suspect that a whole host of countries are going to try and extradite Harvey Weinstein?

A Toronto actress and model is launching a $4-million lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming he sexually assaulted her twice in 2000 when she was in her 20s and starring in her first small movie role.

“Weinstein is a serial sexual predator who, by the time of the assaults on (Jane) Doe, had well-developed methods for targeting young actresses and luring them into situations that he considered optimal for sexually harassing and assaulting them,” her lawsuit alleges. 

According to her proposed statement of claim, the woman, identified only as Jane Doe,  said the famous movie mogul introduced himself on the Toronto set of his Miramax film when she was on her third and final day of filming and told her she looked like a famous actress.

That actress is among the 60 women who have since accused the movie producer of misconduct, including sexual assault and rape.

The day after meeting Weinstein, the Toronto woman said his assistant, Barbara Schneeweiss, called to tell her the famous producer had been impressed by her talent after watching the film’s “dailies” and wanted to have a breakfast meeting at the Sutton Place Hotel “to discuss her career and  potential opportunities with Miramax.”

I hope she wins, and I hope she collects, but the line to sue Weinstein is pretty long. Maybe it would be a good idea to bring criminal charges and protect the public at large?















Crazy Roger Stone Was Putting on a Show Until This Happened




Twitter decided enough is enough...






The only thing "fake" here is the idea that Stone is not in control of things. He is. This is what he thinks people should see from him. It's all an act, all a show, and none of it is sincere. He's pathetic, of course, but it's that special kind of pathetic that is only found in people who know they could have done something with their lives and chose not to.

Instead, he is a 'bit player' in a game where he feels he should have been dealing all the cards.

No One Cares About Blade Runner 2049




Someone failed to notice that no one really wanted this sequel and that only a handful of old dudes does not a film audience make:

The hero of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian masterpiece, isn’t Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the cop who finds and kills “replicants” (bioengineered androids) for the LAPD in a grim, rain-drenched futurescape. It’s his primary target, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), an escaped combat unit seeking a cure to the four-year lifespan built into his system. Roy is super-strong and terrifying, to be sure, and unafraid to commit murder, but Scott shoots the tow-headed Hauer like an angel, especially in his unforgettable death scene, as he saves Deckard’s life and crouches over him, imparting his strange, alien memories to his would-be assassin before expiring.

In the world of Blade Runner, replicants are an underclass used as slave labor. Deckard’s arc in the film is one of empathy—he’s a bounty hunter who begins to understand the humanity of his quarry, both in his fearsome respect for Roy and his love for Rachael (Sean Young), another replicant who’s unaware of her true nature. The debate about whether Deckard is a replicant himself is the mysterious undercurrent to Scott’s movie, but not its beating heart. Roy’s final monologue is so magical because it’s the moment where Deckard, and viewers, finally realize the enemy is not the unstoppable monster he appeared to be.

All that money, and they made a film no one cares about because the sequel comes well after when there would have been a viable commercials audience for a film that pretty much only some old white guys give a shit about. Can't wait for the sequel to Running Scared to hit theaters.



That Batman Movie Was a Piece of Shit




I think I remember this film. Man, was it a piece of steaming shit:

Two-Face and Riddler looked like they had a blast together during Batman Forever, but off-camera, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey's relationship was anything but amiable. Carrey hasn't been shy in the past about talking about how Jones hated working with him, but now the comedy star has gone into more detail on the encounter where Jones' unpleasantness was on full display. One day during Batman Forever's production, Carrey found out that Jones was eating at the same restaurant as him. He went to greet his co-star, which caused the blood in Jones' face to drain. Carrey continued:

And he got up shaking --- he must have been in mid-'kill me' fantasy or something like that. And he went to hug me and he said, 'I hate you. I really don't like you.' And I said, 'What's the problem?' and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn't smart. And he said, 'I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'

Tommy Lee Jones bluntly summarizing his hatred for Jim Carrey in such an archaic fashion is weird enough, but what's even stranger is that Jones expressed disapproval of Carrey's antics before they were going to shoot the biggest scene they had together in Batman Forever. After Carrey recalled this encounter during his recent appearance on Norm MacDonald Live, the show's eponymous host posited that Jones might have jealous that Carrey was the center of attention on set. After all, Batman Forever was in principal photography months after Carrey became a comedy movie star thanks to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask.

No idea why anyone cares, but there you go.















Dick Gregory 1932-2017




Dick Gregory was one of the greatest civil rights advocates in American history, full stop. His legacy is that of activist and entertainer, but his impact was felt everywhere in popular culture. If you are sad about Bill Cosby, then be grateful for Dick Gregory, who did more than virtually every entertainer of his era to advocate for Civil Rights.

Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs, died Saturday.

He was 84. 

Gregory recently rescheduled an event in Atlanta because he was hospitalized. He died in Washington, his son posted on social media without giving details. 

    "The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love, and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time," Christian Gregory said. "More details will be released over the next few days."

    Gregory satirized segregation and racial injustice in his acts, and was arrested several times in the 1960s for joining civil rights rallies.

    Gregory died a day before Jerry Lewis, and their coincidental demise is a reminder that most celebrities stay the hell away from controversy and charity.  Gregory didn't shy away from the violence of the 1960s--he was a victim of it, numerous times. Never once did he bow out and take the easy route to fame and fortune. He lived his entire life trying to make this country a better place. Lewis spent many, many years raising money for Muscular Dystrophy victims and trying to make this country better.

    We will not see their like ever again.















    Jerry Lewis 1926-2017




    Jerry Lewis was one of the most famous men of the 20th Century, and history has never been kind to his legacy as an entertainer or public figure:

    Love or hate Jerry Lewis, you knew he was in the room.

    Lewis, who died Sunday at age of 91, turned himself into an American entertainment institution, first as a maniacal slapstick comedian and then as the 45-year host of tear-jerking annual TV telethons that raised a staggering $2.6 billion for muscular dystrophy research.

    His death was confirmed in a statement tweeted by a reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal.

    "Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home w/ family by his side,” the statement read.

    Inside the comedy world, Lewis was revered as a genius. The 2011 Lewis documentary "Method to the Madness" featured comedians from Billy Crystal to Eddie Murphy to Chevy Chase praising his singular style of comic lunacy and pathos.

    "I get paid," Lewis once said, "for what most kids get punished for."

    Is there anyone who raised more money for charity? Is there anyone who was up and down so many times? 















    The York Gospels




    This is beyond neat:

    The York Gospels were assembled more than a thousand years ago. Bound in leather, illustrated, and illuminated, the book contains the four gospels of the Bible as well as land records and oaths taken by clergymen who read, rubbed, and kissed its pages over centuries. The Archbishops of York still swear their oaths on this book.

    The York Gospels are also, quite literally, a bunch of old cow and sheep skins. Skin has DNA, and DNA has its own story to tell.

    A group of archaeologists and geneticists in the United Kingdom have now analyzed the remarkably rich DNA reservoir of the York Gospels. They found DNA from humans who swore oaths on its pages and from bacteria likely originating on the hands and mouths of those humans. Best of all though, they found 1,000-year-old DNA from the cows and sheep whose skin became the parchment on which the book is written.

    Remarkably, the authors say they extracted all this DNA without destroying even a tiny piece of parchment. All they needed were the crumbs from rubbing the book with erasers, which conservationists routinely use to clean manuscripts. The authors report their findings in a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed, though they plan to submit it to a scientific journal.















    These People Are Running The United States of America




    If you had to explain to someone why Corey Lewandowski, Omarosa Manigault, Anthony Scaramucci, and Sebastian Gorka were even allowed to serve in the American government, ride on Air Force One, and appear anywhere on behalf of this country as part of their regular day jobs, you just might lose your mind.

















     

     

    Exactly Eight Years Ago Today




    This is your daily reminder that the insanity on display with Trump is nothing we haven't seen already. Eight years ago, well over forty percent of the American people were ready to vote for Sarah Palin to be president.















    Great Move, NBC




    We all know what NBC thought they were going to get with Megyn Kelly. They thought they were going to get big ratings, a huge chunk of her audience at Fox, and the kind of instant credibility that would make smartasses like me think twice about pointing out that they weren't paying her for her, ahem, journalistic abilities.

    Turns out, this hasn't happened:

    NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly fell to its lowest ratings yet on Sunday, bringing in 3.1 million total viewers and matching its low rating of 0.4 among adults ages 18-49. Both figures represent the lowest Kelly’s figures have fallen since her show’s debut in early June.

    Now, can Kelly turn it around? I guess, but who cares? NBC is getting what it deserves. She'd be doing great if she was on MSNBC, which is probably where she'll land, and soon.















    Not Pretty Enough




    This doesn't sound very nice, does it?

    Earlier this week, it was announced that Quentin Tarantino’s next film will center on the Manson Family murders, specifically the killing of Hollywood beauty Sharon Tate.

    Speculations about potential casting choices began swirling online almost immediately, with outlets reporting that Tarantino had met with Margot Robbie for the role of Tate, noting that Jennifer Lawrence was also rumored to be involved with the project. 

    It remains unclear as to whether both Robbie and Lawrence are actually being considered for Tate (or any role, for that matter). If it does come down to those two stars, Tate’s sister Debra has a strong opinion about who she’d choose. 

    “They’re both extremely accomplished actresses but I would have to say, my pick would be Margot. Simply because her physical beauty and the way she even carries herself is similar to that of Sharon,” Debra recently told TMZ. 

    But she didn’t stop there. 

    “I don’t think as much about Jennifer Lawrence,” she continued. “Not that I have anything against her. But she just, I don’t know, she’s not pretty enough to play Sharon. That’s a horrible thing to say, but I have my standards.” 

    She added, “Physical beauty wouldn’t be so important, but Sharon’s six years of her public life were all based on that incredibly beautiful natural perfect look, in soul heart and spirit. Thats what I’m looking to try to capture.” 

    I think this is a very superficial examination of what this part might need. Lawrence and Robbie could do this and it would work. But, really, why would you want to go around saying things like that about someone's appearance? If you really cared about the project, you'd look at the experience and the artistry of the person, not their appearance. 















    Milana Vayntrub is Squirrel Girl




    I have no idea what this means because I thought Anna Kendrick was going to be Squirrel Girl:

    Milana Vayntrub ('This Is Us') and Derek Theler ('Baby Daddy') lead the ensemble cast of the straight-to-series Freeform comedy.

    Three months after being picked up straight to series by Freeform, Marvel's New Warriors has found its cast.

    Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us) has landed the breakout role of Squirrel Girl, while Baby Daddy grad Derek Theler will stay in business with Freeform after landing the role of Mister Immortal in Marvel's first live-action scripted comedy.

    The duo lead the ensemble cast in the 10-episode series about six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates. Joining Vayntrub and Theler are Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii.

    Sounds like something I would go see.















    Eight Years Ago, This Was Enough to Make Wingnuts Freak Out

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    In case you wanted some perspective on what passes for controversy, consider this.

    In 2009, Malia Obama wore a t-shirt with a Peace symbol on it to the G20 summit. Wingnuts freaked out and hurled racial abuse at her. But that was standard practice back then. 

    In 2017, Ivanka Trump took her father's place at the table with world leaders. Wingnuts didn't say boo.

    Yeah, I don't get it either.















    A Bunch of Dicks Who Tell Fart Jokes




    I would say that this is completely the opposite of what he meant:

    Blink 182‘s Mark Hoppus has spoken out about the shifting perception of the band, arguing that after over 20 years together they’ve proven that they’re ‘not just a bunch of idiots telling fart and dick jokes’.

    The singer and bassist was speaking to NME at Rock Werchter 2017 just before the band kicked off their UK tour in support of their acclaimed and chart-topping comeback album ‘California‘ – their seventh album in their 25 years as a band. However, Hoppus argues that much has changed in how the world views them over the years.

    When did that "proof" arrive? I must have missed it. No one should ever go to the media and say "hey, we're not a joke." Having to say that means that, yes, you are a joke.















    Psychedelic Bull




    It's difficult to find psychedelic art in mainstream America. This is a highly stylized bull painted with pastoral colors and the odd bit of pastel thrown in to make everything decidedly overdone. And I have to identify it as a bull because this is found at Turkey Hill Farm. Now, shouldn't this be a cow? That's what I was thinking.















    This is Why I Have No Idea What's Going On




    Why can't this just be a movie about a kid from England who gets to be Spider Man?

    When the untitled Avengers 4 rolls around in May of 2019, it will serve as a giant capstone to everything Marvel Studios have built in Phase Three - but they're wasting no time at all moving into Phase Four. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to arrive in theaters just two months after the team-up movie, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently explained why that's happening:

    The Infinity War movie and untitled Avengers are, yes, just by their nature, very big and are going to have a lot of universe-shattering events happen. How to process that, how to fathom that, how to come back to earth after that... of course you want Peter Parker to lead you through that.

    In promotion of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kevin Feige sat down with Fandango in the last few weeks to chat about the hero's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and executive/producer explained the strategy behind releasing Spider-Man 2 as the immediate follow-up to Avengers 4. It's been previously confirmed that the spidey sequel would pick up mere minutes after the end of the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed comic book movie, but now we know that it's because Marvel plans to help bring fans back to Earth (potentially literally) with a more grounded, small-scale story.

    What's funny about this is that situation almost makes it seem like the franchise jumped the gun a bit with the title of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The title certainly makes a fair amount of sense both because A) the film features a homecoming dance, and B) because it's Spider-Man's "homecoming" to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - but given the set up for the sequel, it would have been a very appropriate for Spider-Man 2 to get that particular subtitle:

    When the untitled Avengers 4 rolls around in May of 2019, it will serve as a giant capstone to everything Marvel Studios have built in Phase Three - but they're wasting no time at all moving into Phase Four. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to arrive in theaters just two months after the team-up movie, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently explained why that's happening: The Infinity War movie and untitled Avengers are, yes, just by their nature, very big and are going to have a lot of universe-shattering events happen. How to process that, how to fathom that, how to come back to earth after that... of course you want Peter Parker to lead you through that. In promotion of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kevin Feige sat down with Fandango in the last few weeks to chat about the hero's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and executive/producer explained the strategy behind releasing Spider-Man 2 as the immediate follow-up to Avengers 4. It's been previously confirmed that the spidey sequel would pick up mere minutes after the end of the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed comic book movie, but now we know that it's because Marvel plans to help bring fans back to Earth (potentially literally) with a more grounded, small-scale story. What's funny about this is that situation almost makes it seem like the franchise jumped the gun a bit with the title of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The title certainly makes a fair amount of sense both because A) the film features a homecoming dance, and B) because it's Spider-Man's "homecoming" to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - but given the set up for the sequel, it would have been a very appropriate for Spider-Man 2 to get that particular subtitle:

    I've read all of that three times. What the hell is going on?

    This is why I watch Bojack Horseman















    Settled




    Well, this is a relief:

    Warner Bros. and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien announced Monday that they amicably resolved an $80 million lawsuit over the alleged digital exploitation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien estate and book publisher HarperCollins filed the lawsuit against Warner Bros. in 2012 alleging that the company had breached contract by marketing online games, slot machines, and other gambling-related merchandise based on Tolkien's books. The estate claimed the 1969 rights agreement entitled the studio to create only “tangible” merchandise associated with the books.

    I was worried that the Tolkien estate was going broke. Hopefully, they ended up with somewhere close to half of the $80 million they were suing for. If you're like me, and I know I am, then you prefer your Tolkien on the printed page and not on the silver screen or some Blu-Ray player.  I mean, the movies were good, and they really exceeded expectations, but aren't you wondering when they'll just reboot the whole thing and cash in again?










    Healthcare, How Does it Work?




    Everything Trump says or does can be boiled down to a single concept:






    If Insane Clown Posse were president right now, we wouldn't be having this discussion because at least those idiots know what they don't know.













    Nutty Lady Says Nutty Things




    Well, kids. That about does it for Louise Mensch. Her "anti-Trump" persona was every bit as interchangeable as her "anti-Hillary" persona and now people are finally starting to realize that she has no credibility whatsoever when it comes to anti-Trump activities, the actions of the Intelligence Community with regards to the various Trump investigations that are going on, and she has no pull with the Marshal of the Supreme Court.

    Today she "doxxed" a user on Twitter and today she continued her bizarre, unhinged ranting. Numerous people on the left and right political spectrum have fallen for a chameleon-like persona that changes with the shifting winds. If you are following her for entertainment purposes, that's on you. If you want serious analysis of what's going on, you're barking up the wrong tree.













    Sarah Palin Files Lawsuit Against Newspaper She Doesn't Read




    I don't think Sarah Palin has much of a case here:

    Sarah Palin has sued The New York Times for defamation.

    The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate filed a lawsuit against the Times on Tuesday alleging that a recent editorial falsely portrayed her as responsible for inciting the 2011 shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. 

    "Today, Sarah Palin took a stand against The New York Times Company by filing a lawsuit which seeks to hold The Times accountable for stating that Governor Palin is part of a 'sickeningly familiar pattern' of politically motivated violence and that she incited the horrific 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords," lawyers for Palin said in a statement. 

    Palin is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit. 

    The Times editorial, published in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise earlier this month, accused Palin of "political incitement" ahead of the 2011 Giffords shooting, the lawsuit says. The editorial wrongly claimed an ad from Palin's political action committee put "Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs," according to the lawsuit. 

    The Times issued a correction a day later, noting that "no such link was established" between Palin's ad and the shooting, and that the ad in question "depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs." 

    Still, the Times said that the error did not "undercut or weaken the argument of the piece."

    Why not sue for a couple of million dollars? Why low-ball the Times at $75K? Can't Sarah do anything right? I mean, it's not like creating graphics with "surveyor's marks" is cheap.

    UPDATE: Someone wrote to tell me that's not actually a picture of Sarah Palin. The hell you say!

    Given that Miss Palin now has a lawyer out there suing people, I am not going to use her actual likeness unless it furthers the plot in a meaningful way.













    Daniel Day-Lewis is the Greatest Actor of All Time




    Daniel Day-Lewis has earned a chance to retire and do other things:

    Daniel Day-Lewis’s upcoming collaborationwith his There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson will be his final role. The actor is retiring, according to Variety. “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” Day-Lewis’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, told Variety. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.” Day-Lewis has won three Academy Awards for Best Actor: for playing Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, for playing the depraved, wolfish oilman Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, and for playing the Irish writer Christy Brown in My Left Foot. His filmography is peppered with other notable collaborations: He’s worked with Martin Scorsese in The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York, and sang and danced in Rob Marshall’s Nine.

    Day-Lewis is currently at work on a period drama set in 1950s London. The Paul Thomas Anderson movie is being filmed under the working title Phantom Thread, and focuses on a highly sought-after dressmaker. (Vulture guesses the movie is about Charles James.) What’s next for Day-Lewis? Maybe he’ll start sculpting with Brad Pitt, or hanging out with Charlie Hunnam, who told us he’s a huge fan. In the words of his Bloodcharacter Daniel Plainview, “I’m finished.”

    I don't think this is marketing hype for a new movie; I think this is the last thing he's interested in doing. Why can't people who are really good at something retire? I was sad when Gene Hackman quit acting, too, but that's just the way it is. To go out on top is rare, but to retire when you're the greatest living actor and probably the best actor of all time, well--who are we to judge?













    Real Nazis Are Mad That Everyone Likes to Kill Nazis




    Cool story, bro:

    Welcome to 2017, when you can track the steady, civilization-sinking-into-the-mud decline of American politics by the number of people angrily shouting, “Hey, what gives?!” about a video game where you take back America from actual, genocidal Nazis. That’s the reaction that’s met the trailer for Bethesda’s latest shooter, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus today, with YouTube comments and 4chan posts filling up with people protesting the game for its “anti-white” politics, which involve such offenses as suggesting that the KKK and Nazis might have gotten along—given their shared mutual interests—and having a black character call the hero “white boy.”

    Because this is the internet—a melting pot of ideas, irony, and creative expression that now seems increasingly like a mistake—the comments on the trailer have now descended into a mix of “Hey, get a look at these comments,” people calling each other snowflakes, and actual vitriol and right-wing memes. A number of people have logged on to suggest, for instance, that the Nazi-controlled America—full of happy, cheering white people and absolutely no minorities—shown in the trailer seems like a pretty nice place to live, while others are angry that Nazi-slaughtering protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz teams up with communists in his efforts to start a new American revolution. Many are decrying the game’s designers for “politicizing” Nazi murder or trying to push a particular political viewpoint, an argument that falls a little flat when applied to a series that once asked players to bust out of a literal Nazi labor camp in a robotic golem powered by Jewish science magic.

    In the age of Trump, creating and marketing a video game that lets you run around in America and kill Nazis is just the marketplace talking to the consumer. In the words of the immortal Jello Biafra, Nazi Punks Fuck Off.













    The Wedding Crasher




    Not only does the president have time to golf, he has time to crash weddings. Someone needs the help this guy find a hobby or something. When people ask you if you're tired of winning, this is what they mean.













    Look at the Famous Celebrity Leaking Information to the Press




    In case you were wondering where all the leaks were coming from, it's Kellyanne!

    If Donald Trump truly wants to stop the leaks coming from inside his White House, he might need to crack down on his counselor.

    Kellyanne Conway has been caught at a glitzy Washington DC party allegedly dishing the dirt on her fellow Team Trump colleagues.

    The 50-year-old was outed on a dedicated Twitter account,@KellyanneLeaks, in real time as she went after Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, legislative affairs director Marc Short, and others during a party on Thursday night.

    'Kellyanne was at an embassy party last night, leaking sensitive Priebus and Trump White House conversations to @washingtonpost reporters,' the first tweet read.

    Aren't we well past the point where maintaining Conway as a source is played out? Everyone in Washington D.C. knows that Conway and Steve Bannon are the ones leaking information to the press. Can't we just put an end to this nonsense?