Shanah Tovah! On this Rosh Hashanah, here’s Mandy Patinkin leaving a recording of himself reciting Jewish prayers to play for his dog Becky before her meals. If you didn’t already love Mandy Patinkin before this …
On the road again pic.twitter.com/7Xqj7ecdvU— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) September 5, 2021
Also, Becky is a very good girl. May you all have a good and sweet new year!
So, comedian (or “comedian”) Josh Denny, former Food Network host of Ginormous Food, went off on Twitter with pro-forced-birth “jokes” about abortion, which mostly amounted to calling women “whores.” Ha?
Look, I actually don’t have any problem with someone taking a position I don’t agree with on abortion — I know that there are good people on both sides of this issue, people who believe that life begins at conception and that any abortion amounts to murder. I am related to a lot of those people. But when your argument — I’m sorry, “joke” — is that any woman who gets an abortion after six weeks (when most women, including myself with both pregnancies, don’t even know they are pregnant) is a “whore,” you’re not taking a principled position, you are just a misogynist.
Anyway, Food Network wants y’all to know that they don’t have anything to do with him, please stop yelling at them, thanks:
For those asking: Our working relationship with Josh Denny ended years ago and we removed all episodes he hosted at that time. His views do not reflect our company values and we regret giving him a platform.— Food Network (@FoodNetwork) September 3, 2021
This being the most attention this asshole has ever received, he spent the entire long weekend retweeting attacks on himself while whinging about “cancel culture.” OK.
Speaking of our draconian abortion law that turns our citizens into vigilantes, Hollywood is still trying to figure out how to respond. Some are threatening to cancel all shows and productions here:
Every recording artist or entertainer, every athlete, every comedian, should cancel their tour dates in Texas.— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MeganKelleyHall) September 1, 2021
Don’t wait another second.
Don’t bring money & business to a state that has put $10k bounties on women’s heads.#TexasTaliban #RoeVWade
While others, like Alyssa Milano point out that a boycott will hurt those they are trying to help:
Alyssa Milano, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times said, “I don’t know if a Hollywood boycott would do much directly. But a Hollywood-driven boycott of companies which fund the campaigns of [Gov.] Greg Abbott and others like him might hurt more.” She added that a boycott could “hurt the people who are most affected by these new laws” and instead hoped to get “the entertainment industry united and loud in pushing for immediate federal reform and relief [which] will protect women everywhere in America.”
Don't boycott Texas, help those who are living under a corrupt state government. Some links:https://t.co/ailBUNuQJLhttps://t.co/P6afoT8v91https://t.co/wOL6D7Hfrphttps://t.co/GzePjqNf2Xhttps://t.co/uCQiVmJzH4https://t.co/iD4p2IpqYp— Alex Winter (@Winter) September 3, 2021
And Bette Midler had an idea:
I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) September 3, 2021
Meanwhile, one of the repeated refrains about this law is that an Uber driver who drove a woman to a clinic to get an abortion could be sued for the $10,000 bounty. (And just think about the implications of that: what Uber or Lyft driver would ever pick up a woman of childbearing age again?) Anyway, Uber and Lyft have announced that they will protect all of their drivers and pay any legal fees in the event they are sued, and Lyft donated Planned Parenthood $1 million. Good for them.
The sexual harassment lawsuit against ABC News is pitting Robin Roberts against George Stephanopoulos. According to sources, Stephanopoulos learned about the allegations almost four years ago, but continued to work with the alleged assaulter, Michael Corn. On a call with GMA staffers, Roberts said “If this happened to someone on my team, I would have burned the place down,” and is reportedly “incensed” at the network’s response and has told them so. “EVERYTHING IS FINE,” ABC News says when asked. LOL, OK.
Angelina Jolie revealed that Brad Pitt’s choice to continue working with Harvey Weinstein when it was an open secret that he was an abusive asshole — and after she had her own run-in with him, was something that hurt their marriage.
Brad Pitt courting Harvey Weinstein as a producer, knowing Weinstein actually assaulted Angelina Jolie. Drake platforming and generating income for R. Kelly, in the week R. Kelly is actually on trial. Both comprehensive definition and conclusive demonstration of rape culture.— Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) September 5, 2021
That Brad Pitt/Weinstein thing is fucking with me extra bc 2 women you were with were abused by him and you just kept on working with him…and now wanna produce a film exposing him.— Bishop Sycamore Class of ‘04 (@Lamiasdottir) September 5, 2021
i wrote about this right after the Weinstein allegations broke. Pitt’s rep tried to talk me out of writing it but admitted there was no excuse for his actions: https://t.co/zvOmUho8WS https://t.co/x6H7qQW5iR— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) September 4, 2021
Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on FX tonight, and ahead of it, Monica Lewinsky is out here saying that while she doesn’t need an apology from Bill Clinton, he should want to give one. Word.
Viewers are abandoning Chris Cuomo’s show in big numbers. HUH, WHY?
Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Jurnee Smollett, Christy Haubegger, Hilary Rosen, Michelle Kydd, Katie McGrath, and interim board chair and super lawyer Nina Shaw have all stepped down from the board of Time’s Up in the wake of this mess.
Britney Spears’ dad is demanding $2 million to go away, but she and her lawyer are like, “Oh hell no.”
- Tony Woodhead has joined the cast of House of the Dragon on HBO.
- José Díaz-Balart is returning to MSNBC with his own daytime program.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Guilty will premiere on Netflix on October 1.
- Sex Education will return on Netflix on September 17.
- LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales will premiere on Disney+ on October 1.
- Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle will premiere on Netflix on October 8.
- A Cop Movie will premiere on Netflix on November 5.
- Paik’s Spirit will debut on Netflix on October 1.
- More Than Blue: The Series will premiere on Netflix on October 22.
Michael K. Williams, Brilliant actor known for his roles in The Wire, Broadway Empire, and Lovecraft Country. Terrible loss.
If you don’t know, you better ask somebody. His name was Michael K. Williams. He shared with me his secret fears then stepped out into his acting with true courage, acting in the face of fear, not in the absence of it. It took me years to learn what Michael had in abundance. pic.twitter.com/BIkoPPrPzg— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021
Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won't come.— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 6, 2021
Michael K. Williams: One of the kindest, gentlest, most genuine, giving and courageous souls I've ever met. Rest in peace, my brother. #MichaelKWilliams pic.twitter.com/tqjAnGhQDY— Lance Reddick (@lancereddick) September 7, 2021
We send our deepest condolences to the family of Michael K. Williams.— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) September 7, 2021
A true New Yorker and a friend to @TheGarden and @gardenofdreams. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/StenfDkraQ
Michael K. Williams was a god damn genius, a black queer icon who challenged the ideas of black masculinity at a time when it wasn't easy and a truly great dude. A huge loss.— Travon Free (@Travon) September 6, 2021
Somebody tell God, Omar coming.#RIPMichaelKWilliams pic.twitter.com/Ch4iEoCVvS
I feel punched in gut to learn we’ve lost Michael K Williams. Soul anguished. Getting to work with him was one of the greatest privileges I’ve had in my career. My admiration for his talent was boundless, like so many. If he was in a scene he was the best thing about it. Period.— Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) September 6, 2021
Getting to know him, he was everything I’d hoped he might be—funny, serious, deep, sensitive and joyful. He was absolutely beautiful inside and out. He loved to dance. And, that insanely gorgeous smile he had.— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) September 6, 2021
Michael K Williams was a beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all so fortunate to have enjoyed his incredible talent. He burned so very bright.— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) September 6, 2021
Rest in power, MKW.
You will forever be The King. pic.twitter.com/LuFY0tG9NA
This is also where I'll add for those who don't know (although many do) that Michael K Williams was a club kid turned choreographer and dancer before the acting. He did a gang of tours, and choreographed Crystal Waters 100% Pure Love video (he's in the middle) pic.twitter.com/gLrB4ThDMQ— Naima Cochrane’s Burner Acct (@stillnaima) September 6, 2021
Irma Kalish, One of television’s first female producers and writing partner to Norman Lear
Erik Cowie, Zookeeper featured in Tiger King
Impeachment: American Crime Story: Ryan Murphy tackles the Bill Clinton scandal. What could go wrong? Series premiere. 9 p.m., FX
On the Verge: Four women of a certain age deal with their early 40s in this new series from Julie Delpy. Premiere. Netflix
Frontline: America After 9/11: Looking back 20 years later, it’s clear that 9/11 marked the beginning of a new moment in American history — and not a great one. 8 p.m., PBS
Bachelor in Paradise: Tituss Burgess arrives to try to host these fools. 7 p.m., ABC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Trevor Noah, Beanie Feldstein, Gorillaz featuring AJ Tracey
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Regina Hall
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, the War on Drugs
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Patrick Stewart, Vance Joy
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tiffany Haddish, David Chase, Imagine Dragons
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