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I swear to God, I’m not going to keep talking about this. I’m bored by it, you’re bored by it, we’re all bored by it. BUT. There’s something weird going on here with the whole story about Will Smith, The Slap, and the Academy’s response.
Now, in that Deadline story in the link, you’ll note that the official statement does not include what actually happened:
“Although Smith was seen talking with Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, and Tyler Perry soon after he slapped and screamed at Rock, it actually was a member of the Academy’s top leadership that sought to have the former Fresh Prince exit, I hear. In a move to avoid another blow-up, the request was not made to Smith directly but through the actor’s reps, it seems.”
Well. That’s a little different than what the Academy said, now isn’t it?
Asked to leave by whom?
— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) March 30, 2022
He “refused to leave” and they just said OK and then let him sit and laugh and win his award and cry? More info please. Why does his preference take precedent over their security measures? This doesn’t make sense to me. You? @sagaftra #Oscars
— Tamela D'Amico (@TamelaDAmico) March 30, 2022
And so, predictably, “sources” (read: Smith’s publicists/managers/handlers) are claiming that he was NOT officially asked to leave, and that in fact, the producer of the show, Will Packer, personally told Smith he wanted him to stay.
On The View this morning, Academy Board member Whoopi Goldberg insists that he was asked to leave, and according to this story, it was Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson who suggested to Smith’s representative that he go. “Smith’s rep approached the actor with the suggestion, and he reportedly told her, according to a well-placed source that night, ‘I want to make this right, I want to stay and apologize.’”
So, in short, it sounds like the Academy wanted him to leave, ABC and the show’s producers wanted him to stay (for obvious reasons), Smith brushed off a pretty weak request to go, and now everyone is calling everyone else a liar.
As for Chris Rock: his tour has sold out, and he says he is “still kinda processing what happened.”
Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero, and Angela Kang marked the last day of filming of The Walking Dead. The final episodes will air later this year.
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Disney+ accidentally replaced Falcon and the Winter Soldier with a censored version of itself, but assures fans that it will fix the issue.
— MCU – The Direct (@MCU_Direct) March 29, 2022
Speaking of Disney+, can you guess who is more popular: Marvel or Star Wars? (Hint: it’s the franchise for whom Disney created a whole expensive hotel experience.)
Sounds like Ezra Miller is going through something. Let’s hope they get the help they need.
The Bruce Willis story is more disturbing than we understood. According to an L.A. Times piece, his recent cognitive decline has been happening for a while and has been affecting his work on sets for a few years now. Willis has filmed 22 VOD movies in the past two years, some of which haven’t been released yet. According to some, his dialogue has had to be reduced significantly, and his lines have to be fed to him via an earpiece. Most action sequences are filmed with body doubles, and often he would only film for two days for a $2 million paycheck. Additionally, he has had mishaps with firearms on the set, presenting a danger to himself and others. It’s all very sad and upsetting.
Meanwhile, the Razzies reversed their decision to issue a “Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in 2021” award, after announcing yesterday that they were going to go ahead with it. They have also revoked a previous award given to Shelley Duvall in The Shining after learning of the abuse the actress suffered on the set.
All my love and respect to my big brother Bruce Willis. I know his wonderful family is surrounding him with support and strength. He will always be that hero on that poster on my wall as kid.
— M. Night Shyamalan ⌛ (@MNightShyamalan) March 31, 2022
Long before any of the Cop Out stuff, I was a big Bruce Willis fan – so this is really heartbreaking to read. He loved to act and sing and the loss of that has to be devastating for him. I feel like an asshole for my petty complaints from 2010. So sorry to BW and his family. https://t.co/npSgvkb5v7
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 30, 2022
Retirement has nothing on this legend. Bruce Willis' work will forever live on in our favorite films & TV shows.🎥📺And for the record, he's right. Die Hard isn't a Christmas movie, “it’s a god damn Bruce Willis movie."
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) March 30, 2022
I first heard of Bruce Willis’ condition last year from a director who worked with him, and I’ve felt bad for him ever since. I hope he and his family are okay. I’m glad he’s getting the help he needs. Thanks for all the iconic performances. pic.twitter.com/aN8gIPYrhb
— Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) March 30, 2022
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- The Good Doctor was renewed for a sixth season on ABC.
- Schmigadoon has been renewed for a second season on Apple TV+.
- Teenage Euthanasia has been renewed for a second season on Adult Swim.
- The Ultimate Surfer has been canceled at ABC after one season.
- Project Artemis, a film directed by Jason Bateman and starring Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, has been bought by Apple TV+.
- Pinned, a scripted wrestling drama, is being developed at NBCUniversal.
- Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Berlant & John Early has been ordered at Peacock.
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- Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley will return in Bridgerton season three on Netflix.
- Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Zukerman, Xavier Clyde, Max Milner, Alexandra Doke, Omid Abtahi, Kathleen Munroe, and John Cameron Mitchell have joined the cast of City on Fire on Apple TV+.
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- May 18: Beyond the Edge
- May 19: Young Sheldon
- May 19: United States of Al
- May 22: NCIS: Los Angeles
- May 22: S.W.A.T.
- May 23: The Neighborhood
- May 23: Bob ♥ Abishola
- May 23: NCIS
- May 23: NCIS: Hawai`i
- May 24: FBI
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- May 25: Survivor
- May 26: Bull
- Evil returns on Paramount+ on June 12.
- Ronny Chieng: Speakeasy will debut on Netflix on April 5.
- Ten Percent will debut on AMC+ and Sundance on April 29.
- The Sea Beast will premiere on Netflix on July 8.
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta returns on Bravo on May 1.
- Crush will premiere on Hulu on April 29.
- Renovation Goldmine will premiere on HGTV on April 30.
- Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett will debut on CNN+ on April 1.
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