Pay the Lady What She is Worth




If AMC doesn't pay Lauren Cohan what she is worth, then to hell with that network:

Lauren Cohan is mulling walking away from The Walking Dead.

The actress, who has starred as Maggie since season two of the AMC zombie drama, has booked a lead role in ABC drama pilot Whiskey Cavalier.

Cohan has emerged as one of the most in-demand actresses this pilot season. Sources tell THR that she has been actively looking for her next role as she battles AMC over her season nine salary. With Walking Dead already renewed for a ninth season, Cohan does not have a deal in place to return to the show. Sources say the actress and her agents are not happy with the offers that have been on the table from AMC. Although Cohan is not seeking salary parity with male leads Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, her camp and AMC have been engaged in a months-long negotiation that remains far apart. Insiders suggest that she is actively looking for her next job and not trying to use the pilot casting process to force AMC's hand as the actress's camp remains frustrated by AMC's lowball offers. Other sources note AMC has made "aggressive offers" to re-sign Cohan for season nine.

AMC seems like the chintziest of networks. They are incapable of taking care of talent. I can't believe they are not paying female leads on the show the same as what they are paying males because it is, for all intents and purposes, one of the best ensemble dramas around. And I say this even after the audience collapsed two years ago.

Why are we even having this discussion? Of course you should pay women the same as men, especially when they demonstrate that they are more than equal to the task of storytelling. In the case of the Walking Dead, which is more of an ensemble show, I think that is definitely the case. 

I understand that there can be exceptions, but there can also be times when women should be paid more. It's hard to argue that Anna Gunn should have been paid the same as Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, but it's not outside the realm of possibility that she should have been brought to a level very close to him in terms of compensation. He was the overall lead of the show and she had less screen time. I always thought Stana Katic should have been paid more than Nathan Fillion and given top billing for Castle. She was clearly the better of the two characters and had more depth.

Where Did He Get the Helicopter?




Christian Desgroux put on the uniform of an Army Lieutenant General and landed a helicopter on the grounds of a company in North Carolina in order to impress a woman:

A Raleigh man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for pretending to be a United States Army Lieutenant General and transporting someone in a helicopter, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the release, Christian Gerald Desgroux, 57, pretended to be a lieutenant general in the Army while transporting a person to a classified briefing. Desgroux also pretended that he had the authority to land the helicopter at SAS headquarters in Cary.

Good grief. Journalism 101:

Where. Did. He. Get. a. Helicopter?

What kind of helicopter was it? Was it stolen? Who allowed this man to take a helicopter if it wasn't stolen? Does he possess a helicopter pilot's license or training? Who owns the helicopter that he used?

If anyone can just take a helicopter and fly it around, then I think we have a bigger problem than some poor lovelorn man's flirtation with Stolen Valor.

A Year Off




We all need a year off now and then:

In the midst of promoting her latest film, Jennifer Lawrence says she’s taking a break from acting to work on political engagement with the young folks. 

The Red Sparrow star tells Entertainment Tonight she’s going on Hollywood hiatus for a year, during which time she’ll be “working with this organization as a part of Represent.Us ... trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level.” Lawrence explains her newfound gig isn’t about promoting “partisan [politics]. “It’s just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy,” the Mother! lead says.

 

Wakanda




If you plan on seeing the movie Black Panther this weekend, try to remember that one of the central arguments made by the Trump regime is that people from Africa shouldn't come to this country because they might bring their "shithole" countries with them.

How is it that no one has asked Trump if he thinks Wakanda is a real country? I still haven't figured that out yet.

Chris Cillizza is a Disgrace




Did Chris Cillizza write that headline? Why did he even bother to write this post? He used eight letter 'y's' in his post. Or someone did it for him under his byline. Who comes up with this stuff?

Here, he admits he is a hack:

It's easy to make fun of Trump for not telling the truth about something so easily checkable as the ratings for his State of the union speech. It's basically why Twitter was invented. And I am as guilty as anyone of being glib about his little white lies.

Never admit you are ridiculous. Never ask people a question they already know the answer to.

Here's another one tip.

Avoid complete and utter fucking hacks like Cillizza. What a disgrace to the very idea of putting ideas on the Internet for people to read.