It’s Impeachment Twosday!
I regret to inform you that the pelicans are still trying to eat the capybaras:
news from the capy vs pelican warfront things aren’t looking good pic.twitter.com/W4VrAq9znZ
— Long Long Man (@bogcore) February 7, 2021
Ok we need a frank discussion of Pelican on Capybara violence pic.twitter.com/2nIx2z2y25
— Red (@nuts_rice) January 27, 2021
How this began:
no, you can't eat a whole ass capybara pic.twitter.com/Ca2v76aMUx
— Ad Infinitum (@Ad_Inifinitum) January 7, 2021
Framing Britney Spears, a new documentary produced by The New York Times and currently available on Hulu, explores the pop star’s life, career, and the conservatorship run by her father that prevents her from having control over her own financial life and the fortune she’s created, and it has become quite the topic of conversation.
But it has also turned a harsh light on Britney’s meteoric rise to megastardom as a teenager and how abusive the media was to this young woman, especially and particularly about her sexuality. She was hounded about her virginity and attacked for being “too sexy” by even the likes of Diane Sawyer. Then her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake used slut-shaming her to further his own huge solo career. Then she marries a dingdong and has two children and the media ruthlessly attack her mothering and the paparazzi hound her day and night. It all pushes her to her 2008 breakdown and the eventual lack of ownership over her own life, some 13 years later.
And honestly, it feels like EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE GHOULS OWES BRITNEY AN APOLOGY.
In fact, the only person who doesn’t owe Britney an apology? Craig Ferguson. He was right:
Never forget when Craig Ferguson refused to make fun of Britney Spears. pic.twitter.com/r8AuiNPW0L
— Britney Fan 🌹 (@BritneyHiatus) February 9, 2021
— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) February 7, 2021
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) February 7, 2021
Finally watched the “Framing of Britney Spears” on Hulu. It’s an understatement to call it heartbreaking. #FreeBritney
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) February 8, 2021
🌞 Good morning!🌞 have a great day! And: #FreeBritney
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 8, 2021
This Marilyn Manson/Evan Rachel Wood abuse story just keeps on going:
Even before Wood’s revelation last week, a California senator asked the FBI to investigate the singer after multiple rape allegations were levied against him.
More women came forward accusing him of abusive behavior, but his ex-wife Dita Von Teese posted that the accounts do not match her experience with him, assuring people she left him because of infidelity and drug abuse:
Manson’s ex-girlfriend Rose McGowan also says he was not abusive towards her, but that it has no bearing on how he was with others. She, like Von Teese, supports the survivors:
The Cult of Hollywood, fame & the music industry must be stopped from protecting predators and selling their sickness to the world. Their sickness has a farther reach than a nuclear bomb. When those at the top help monsters for profit they hurt us all. pic.twitter.com/udhxygWhSy
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) February 1, 2021
Trent Reznor also released a statement saying that he has been estranged from Manson for more than 25 years now. He was Manson’s mentor and producer on his first three albums and in his book, The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, Manson claimed that he and Reznor assaulted a woman together. Reznor, for his part, has consistently denied the story.
Wood then revealed in her Instagram stories this weekend that she had to file a police report against Manson and his current wife after she threatened to release underage photos taken of Wood at one of Manson’s concerts. Wood also alleged that Manson attacked her for being Jewish and would draw swastikas on her furniture when he was angry with her, and frequently used the N-word.
More damming evidence from Evan Rachel Wood of @marilynmanson’s abuse and his obsession with fascism and anti-Semitism.
Notice the Nazi tattoos no one has ever pointed out? pic.twitter.com/4BJfn4x1JV
— NAZIS IN METAL: A Comprehensive List (@NAZISinMETAL) February 6, 2021
The New Yorker writer Amanda Petrusich wrote about this story in a piece called “The Marilyn Manson Reckoning,” that I think gets at something fundamental about Manson and artists like him who present themselves as dangerous iconoclasts offering a safe space for young people who feel misunderstood.
T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle has suspended filming in the wake of allegations against the stars, Tip “T.I.” Harris and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris. They’ve been accused of drugging, trafficking, and coercing a number of women.
Two more cheerleaders from Cheer have been arrested on charges of sex with minors. Ugh. I wouldn’t be surprised if this story reveals more rot in the competitive cheerleading world in general.
Andy Mills, a New York Times podcast producer, has resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.
Jamie Tarses, the first woman to ever be the president of entertainment at a major network, was held to completely insane standards and set to fail by a misogynistic system, as shown in this 1997 New York Times piece about her (which repeatedly referred to her a “girl.”) Just look at this bullshit:
The fact that Tarses is a woman, the first woman ever to be an entertainment chief at one of the big three networks, did not concern ABC, although, not surprisingly, her being a woman has turned out to be a complicating factor. ‘’It colors everything,’’ says one agent who insisted on anonymity because he knows Tarses well. ‘’This may sound sexist, but women are emotional and Jamie is particularly emotional. You think of her as a girl, and it changes how you do business with her. We’ll have a meeting and I can tell if she’s hurt by something, like I’ve wounded her personally. That doesn’t happen with Les Moonves at CBS’’ — that network’s entertainment chief — ‘’or Warren Littlefield at NBC. It’s just business with them. With Jamie, it’s more like dating.’’
And it’s this kind of macho nonsense that women are still fighting against in the business. Here is Olivia Wilde explaining her “No Assholes” policy as a director:
“Someone, who’s a very established actor and director in this industry, gave me really terrible advice that was helpful, because I just knew I had to do the opposite,” Wilde said. “They said, ‘Listen, the way to get respect on a set, you have to have three arguments a day. Three big arguments that reinstate your power, remind everyone who’s in charge, be the predator.’ That is the opposite of my process. And I want none of that.”
Wilde continued, “I think that it is an unfortunate part of the kind of the paradigm, that has been created over the last 100 years, the idea that great art has to come from a place of discomfort and anxiety. That the pressure cooker has to get to a point where it can be something intense and valuable in that way. I do think it may be a uniquely female instinct to say, ‘Look, we can be nurturing. And we can multitask.’ It doesn’t mean that anyone needs to be uncomfortable. And it doesn’t mean that I have to constantly remind you of my position, because I don’t think anyone on a set has ever forgotten who’s in charge. It’s in fact, an incredibly hierarchical system.”
“After a few minutes of small talk, the director/producer told me to stand up and twirl for him,” Chopra Jonas writes. “I did. He stared at me long and hard, assessing me, and then suggested that I get a boob job, fix my jaw, and add a little more cushioning to my butt. If I wanted to be an actress, he said, I’d need to have my proportions ‘fixed,’ and he knew a great doctor in [Los Angeles] he could send me to. My then-manager voiced his agreement with the assessment.”
Vice Media Group, which was co-founded by a piece of shit White supremacist and Proud Boys leader, Gavin McInnes before his ass was kicked out of the business, is now majority women and in 2020, most of their hires were Black, indigenous, or people of color. GOOD FOR THEM. FUCK YOU, GAVIN.
All Other TV News
Best drama series:
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Perry Mason (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)
Best comedy series:
Better Things (FX)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
I can endorse this.
AARP has created a “TV for Grownups” award, and I feel personally attacked.
The first nominees for TV series are:
Perry Mason (HBO)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
The Crown (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
In limited series/movies, the nominees are:
Mrs. America (FX)
Small Axe (Amazon)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
As for the acting categories:
The Television/Streaming nominees for Best Actress are Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America), Regina King (Watchmen), Laura Linney (Ozark), and Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek).
In the Best Actor category, Jason Bateman (Ozark), Ted Danson (The Good Place), Hugh Grant (The Undoing), Ethan Hawke (The Good Lord Bird), and Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much is True).
I can’t argue with these, but I do want to know what the calendar for nominees is, seeing as Watchmen aired entirely in 2019.
Superman & Lois — which will originally air on The CW — will be re-run on TBS and TNT. And TBS’s Go Big Show will be rerun on The CW. WarnerMedia making that synergy work for them.
It took a day, but here it is: The Simpsons intro recreated using ONLY stock footage. pic.twitter.com/f7gxh16LVC
— Matthew Highton (@MattHighton) February 3, 2021
Brookings found that 13 of the largest retail and grocery companies in the United States earned $17.7 billion more in the first three quarters of 2020 than they did a year earlier, but most stopped offering extra compensation to their associates in the early summer. At the same time, some opted to buy back shares and gave big sums to executives. The United Food and Commercial Workers union said that at least 28,700 grocery workers around the country had been infected with or exposed to the coronavirus and at least 134 of the workers have died from the virus.
- Deliciousness has been renewed at MTV for a second season.
- An animated series from Dan Harmon set in ancient Greece has been greenlit by Fox.
- The Spook Who Sat by the Door has been ordered to pilot at FX. Lee Daniels will executive produce.
- The Wheel, an adaptation of a U.K. game show, has been ordered at NBC.
- The Summer I Turned Pretty, a novel by Jenny Han, the same author of To All the Boys I Loved Before, is being adapted at Amazon.
- Lost and Found, a comedy film starring Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi has been picked up at Amazon.
- 100 Foot Wave, a documentary series, is coming to HBO Max.
- A Town Called Malice, a gangster series, is being developed at Sky.
- Frances Conroy is joining American Horror Story this season.
- Mark Rylance and Michael Chiklis are joining the cast of Don’t Look Up on Netflix.
- Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins have been added to the cast of the untitled Jean Smart comedy on HBO Max.
- Melissa De Sousa is joining the cast of Black Lightning on The CW.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Bridge will premiere on HBO Max on February 11.
- Own the Room will debut on Disney+ on March 12.
- Beartown will premiere on HBO Max on February 22.
- The Masked Singer will return on Fox on March 5, followed by the premiere of Game of Talents.
- Top Chef: Portland will debut on Bravo on April 1. Trailer at the link!
- Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage will premiere on History Channel on February 10.
- Fox Business Tonight, a new series hosted by Larry Kudlow will debut in the former spot of Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business News on February 16.
- Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day will premiere on Bounce on February 14.
- Discovery+ have released some of their true crime premiere dates.
- Power Rangers Dino Fury will premiere on Nickelodeon on February 20.
Billy Brown, Star of Alaskan Bush People
Mary Wilson, Supremes co-founder
I just woke up to this news , my condolences to you Mary's family ,I am reminded that each day is a gift ,I have so many wonderful memories of our time together "The Supremes " will live on ,in our hearts 💕
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 9, 2021
Jean-Claude Carriere, Oscar-winning screenwriter
Giuseppe Rotunno, Italian cinematographer who collaborated with Federico Fellini
Black Art: In the Absence of Light: This film explores a number of contemporary Black artists and their contributions to the art world. 8 p.m., HBO
This is Us: This Is Us is finally back after a pandemic-related break and it seems Kevin is on a road trip. 8 p.m., NBC
Queen Sugar: Season five premiere. 7 p.m., OWN
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, LaKeith Stanfield, Joy Oladokun
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Casey Affleck, Anthony Atamanuik
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: ohn Oliver, Ingrid Andress
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Elle Fanning, Sabrina Carpenter
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Wanda Sykes, Lucas Hedges, Waxahatchee
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: Vanessa Bayer, Fortune Feimster
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Jagmeet Singh
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