Making steps toward remedying contentious behind-the-scenes diversity issues, Marvel Comics has tapped essayist and novelist Roxane Gay and poet Yona Harvey to write for Black Panther companion series World Of Wakanda, the New York Times reports. The news comes shortly after the company faced criticism for announcing a black female Iron Man written by a white man, Brian Michael Bendis. “Since Marvel’s founding in 1939, it appears that not a single black woman has penned a comic for [the company],” Ira Madison III wrote at MTV News. “That is insane.”
Gay’s story concerns Ayo and Aneka, a romantically involved couple who were formerly part of Black Panther’s all-female bodyguard team, the Dora Milaje. The Bad Feminist author is co-writing the comic with Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is penning the superhero’s ongoing series to great acclaim. Meanwhile, Harvey’s story is about Zenzi, a character familiar to readers ...
In an interview with Q Magazine, Thom Yorke basically said he didn’t think anyone would give a shit about a Radiohead return, which seems like a pretty big slap in the face to the fans left high and dry when the band’s first North American tour in years sold out insanely fast. Those dolphins who love Radiohead are offended, too. Yorke just didn’t think people—or dolphins, for that matter—would really care about A Moon Shaped Pool, the band’s first release after a five-year break, even though the album was hyped before it even dropped.
“We expected the opposite,” Yorke told Q Magazine. “I cherish the band, but I don’t expect anyone else to.” But A Moon Shaped Pool debuted at No. 1 in England and currently holds the No. 4 slot on the Billboard Hot 200 in the US. Sure, half a decade ...
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the hottest thing on Broadway right now, drawing sold-out crowds, and luring in everyone from high school kids scrounging for tickets to the Hollywood elite. But cast member Leslie Odom Jr. told a story on The Tonight Show last night that proves that big-name musical celebrities can be just as annoying to sit by in the theater as the rowdy teens at your local megaplex.
Talking to Jimmy Fallon, the Tony-nominated actor—who plays Aaron Burr in the hip-hop-filled story of America’s first Secretary of Treasury—recounted his own experience watching the show, after scoring tickets to see it during a vacation from his run. Sitting in the V.I.P. section of the audience, Odom was seated near Art Garfunkel, who proceeded to make a nuisance of himself, singing along with the show, talking, and apparently in a state of some intoxication.
Would anybody consider The Smiths a punk rock group?
fyi this is the only item thus far in my always-starred on The Old Reader . com
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! | 1988 | dir. David ZuckerShot reverse shot
The finger thing,
The PTA Disbands.
Billy Corgan straight up looks like a Mike Myers character now.
Billy Corgan built a successful music career on being an angsty rock ‘n’ roll boy, and in recent years he has leveraged that angst into a website about cars or something, a producing gig with TNA Wrestling, and a memoir that may or may not cover the entirety of human history. Despite all that success, though, Corgan is still just a rat in a cage. He has fears and anxieties like any other normal person does, and he recently appeared on a popular radio show to discuss them with a guy who knows all about fears and anxieties (because he constantly invents them): High-profile conspiracy theorist/asshole Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones.
Corgan was on the show to promote a vaguely defined documentary he’s working on about the history of America, explaining that he interviewed a bunch of people across the country who all expressed the surprising idea that ...
Morrissey lookin so grumpy and old at a Rancid show
In keeping with his newly-established tradition of featuring Marvel exclusives, Jimmy Kimmel’s lined up many of Captain America: Civil War players to appear on his talk show this week. Monday night’s episode featured Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan, otherwise known as (most of) Team Cap. The charming foursome showed up with a previously unseen Civil War clip, in which Scott Lang meets Steve Rogers for the first time.
Lang can’t really keep his cool around Captain America or Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), telling them both that they’re “awesome,” but stopping just short of referring to the beginning of a beautiful friendship. This leads Kimmel to wonder how well everyone has gotten to know each other, considering Civil War took five months to shoot. Evans displays the most extensive knowledge of the group (which is kind of fitting), correctly answering questions about Mackie ...
Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. StarWars.com proudly presents the official teaser trailer below, which debuted today on Good Morning America.
The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin, and co-produced by John Swartz and Kiri Hart.
Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!
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When Batman adopted a young ward named Dick Grayson and renamed him Robin back in 1940, it had a number of positive effects on his career. His comic-book sales doubled, his public image was softened considerably, and he finally had someone to talk to while he was solving all those complicated cases. But the change had another long-term effect on the franchise: For the next 76 years (and counting), Batman and Robin would be mistaken as being gay. Glen Weldon, the author of The Caped Crusade: Batman And The Rise Of Nerd Culture, sorts through all of this supposed Bat-subtext in a piece for Slate called “A Brief History Of Dick.” Weldon makes it very clear at the outset that the Dark Knight and his faithful sidekick are heterosexual. Nearly every important artist and writer behind the character, from Bob Kane to Frank Miller, agrees on that. One major exception ...
The long-awaited, oft-discussed Beetlejuice sequel has already been written and green-lit by Warner Bros., presumably following the third and most necessary incantation of the Ghost With The Most’s name. That’s according to Showbiz Spy, which tracked down Tim Burton to ask him to comment on the sequel that Winona Ryder mentioned was definitely in the works back in August. The director gave a promising update on the project:
“The film is a go and has been approved by the Warner Bros. team, we have talked with the cast members we wanted for the film and they are all on board, this includes both Winona and Michael. We have the script in hand everything is in place all we need to do now is get ready to start filming.”
After Ryder confirmed her participation last summer, her Beetlejuice co-star Geena Davis materialized to casually mention that she’d love ...
Spider-Man is swinging into a trailer.
The new trailer for Captain America: Civil War Marvel promised us would drop today has, indeed, dropped. And speaking of dropping in: As Marvel has also been teasing for a while, after a sober discussion of the rights and responsibilities of superhero-dom also touched upon in previous trailers for the film, just when everyone’s getting ready to meet face-to-face in an all-out superhero brawl, in swings Spider-Man to lighten the mood while putting Captain America in web handcuffs. This particular clip also marks the friendly neighborhood debut of Tom Holland as the webslinger, in advance of his appearance in yet another Spider-Man origin story next year.
Throw in Ant-Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, and the rest of the MCU gang—and let’s not forget Cap and Iron Man pummeling the living crap out of each other—Captain America: Civil War looks like it’s going to have plenty ...
I'm torn because Ennio Morricone definitely deserves an Oscar for his body of work, but his score for Hateful Eight was just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Kind of like Leo's win
Two things are fast upon the world—the holiday season and the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As both prepare to overtake the world’s consciousness, the holidays have begun to infiltrate commercials, websites, and entire TV networks while the Star Wars epidemic reaches a fever pitch with celebrities and Facebook profile changes. But why separate the yuletide spirit from the growing excitement of the return of a beloved intellectual property? One YouTube user has found a way to combine them both for everyone’s Star Wars/holiday needs (and no, it has nothing to do with the wretched TV special).
Benjamin Apple has created a yule-log video for Star Wars enthusiasts to enjoy throughout their holiday season by creating a five-hour-long video of Darth Vader’s corpse roasting on a funeral pyre. Now enthusiasts can simply cue up the video and enjoy 300 minutes of a villain ...
This is the funniest thing.
I THOUGHT A PROMOTIONAL POSTER AT MY COLLEGE LOOKED FAMILIAR
AND THERE’S NOT EVEN CREDIT OR ANYTHING TO NEDROID (but there’s the school’s watermark at the bottom! - which I blurred out to keep them anonymous unless the artist wants to know).
(photo taken on my phone, so apologies for the blurry quality)
“How can we promote our arts and crafts fair? I know! Stolen art!”
Attn: musical nerds.
This looks real good
Terra-da-loo, The A.V. Club! Netflix has released the first full trailer for With Bob And David, giving Mr. Show fans their first glimpse at the catchphrases they’ll be spouting until Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, and friends launch another sketch-comedy series a decade from now. As promised, several familiar faces from the original show appear in the trailer, with the addition of famous friends Paget Brewster, Scott Aukerman, and Keegan-Michael Key. Also familiar are the show’s bare-bones sets and goofy wigs, proving that streaming is the new Mondays at midnight on HBO.
It was bound to happen. Already as versatile as everyone’s favorite blue-and-white astromech and with more compartments than a Swiss Army knife, the new Star Wars app is about to get a whole lot better. The latest update includes emojis, bug fixes, emojis, improved soundboards, and emojis. Did we mention emojis? See them all below.
Get the updated Star Wars app now on the App Store. Update coming soon for Android devices.
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THIS IS GREAT NEWS
Although we’re still not entirely certain that Kung Pow: Enter The Fist was actually a movie, its creator has decided to put together a sequel. Steve Oedekerk—who wrote, starred, and directed this so-called “film”—announced last week at Dragonfest that he is moving forward with the sequel that’s sort of been thirteen years in the making.
Much like everyone else, Oedekerk has no idea what a Kung Pow sequel would even be about, which means he might just string together a bunch of Dubsmash clips and call it a day. But the lack of a plotline certainly didn’t deter him from releasing the first one. Anyway, since his other works include Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and The Nutty Professor as well as both entries in the blasphemous Almighty series, Oedekerk might as well revisit the old cow-udder fight sequence.
In today's "Don't Really Give a Shit About This One" news...
The second Anthology film will feature a young Han Solo film, and The LEGO Movie’s Christopher Miller and Phil Lord are at the helm, StarWars.com announced today.
The screenplay, by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, focuses on how Han Solo became “the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina.” The film is set for a May 25, 2018 release.
I’d say to gird yourself for the casting speculation, but we already know how that goes…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news just before LFL did, the Han Solo film is not the one that Josh Trank was working on, though obviously it’s occupying the same slot now. That film was rumored (though never confirmed) to be about Boba Fett.
The new trailer for Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, has arrived, and it’s here to remind you that it’s not just the shorts—the series really is set in 1981. Shot in the style of an old VHS tape that’s been accumulating tape mold in an abandoned file cabinet or maybe behind a tool shed for the past 24 years, the trailer opens with the dulcet tones of H. Jon Benjamin as he touts the many exciting activities campers can experience at Camp Firewood, including archery (watch your head), water sports (not that kind), ”street dance,” and arts and crafts, a.k.a. watching Molly Shannon make tender love to a pottery wheel.
Many of the Wet Hot cast members returning for the prequel, including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Rudd ...
Boy I sure hope they split this up so they can take their time