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  1. I see it's time again for the media to beg people to watch Riverdale even though the show had a golden opportunity for new fans last season and instead chased away most of the ones they already had. Hype is just hype in the end.

  2. Even with the Republicans frothing at the mouth with insanity and mania, SNL and Lorne Michaels still manage to do the "both sides are bad" game and portray Democrats as weak and worthless. It's a real feat. 

    1. Khan

      Khan

      Take it from one who was bullied throughout his junior high and high school years: the Republicans are the "cool kids" who get away with murder, literally and figuratively, and the Democrats (and everyone else) are the geeks who keep getting shoved into their lockers while the rest of the school looks the other way.

       

      That's why I believe @marceline when she says she fears it's all going to end in violence.  Because, people who are bullied and oppressed can take only so much before they inevitably fight back.

  3. RIP Scott Wilson. Losing Hershel all over again hurts. What a wonderful actor he was. 

    1. Juliajms

      Juliajms

      I'll miss him.

    2. Vee

      Vee

      Oh God.

       

      Please watch his incredible work in, among many other films, William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III, and of course In Cold Blood.

       

  4. RIP Marty Balin. The Jefferson Starship Behind the Music was an unforgettable viewing experience.

    1. Khan

      Khan

      I was so sad to hear the news.  May he RIP.

    2. ChitHappens

      ChitHappens

      Oh wow!  The songs he lead were my fav.  RIP :(

       

    3. DRW50

      DRW50

      My favorite - 

       

  5. I'm happier about Cher getting her own emoji on Twitter than I am about her having an ABBA covers album.

  6. I only played a few of their games, but sad to hear Telltale is shutting down. Their style of gaming is needed in such an OTT, desperate world, even if they lost it along the way. 

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    2. Vee

      Vee

      Wow - they're allegedly not even completing TWD's final season (which fans have paid for in full).

    3. DRW50

      DRW50

      That's awful. I hope people get their money back. Given that their employees won't get packages, maybe that won't happen either.

    4. Costello

      Costello

      I just saw an old colleague of mine who worked there got laid off.

  7. A beautifully made Google Doodle for Mister Rogers. It makes you cry. (I wish they'd included Lady Elaine Fairchild though). 

     

    1. SFK

      SFK

      I woke up ungodly early yesterday and watched an episode heavily featuring Lady Elaine. I'm always so tickled by her character and wonder where Mr. Rogers drew inspiration. I don't want to put my own stuff upon it, but with all love, I'm like, "Who was the cranky old d#%! who inspired her??" 😂

  8. Of course people are angry that Batman is showing his penis in a comic book that is marketed for adults, even though they had no problem with Batman becoming a jackboot fascist who practically bathes in blood.

    1. Khan

      Khan

      ....Batman has a penis?

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    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      I know. I think this applies to Europe mainly (I'm not sure about the UK if they are leaving the EU) but I do wonder if it will start here too. I guess I really need to download the classic soap stuff that is on Youtube while it's still there, what I haven't. The thought of things like this possibly stopping someone from putting up some very rare soap episode from long ago would break my heart.

    3. I Am A Swede

      I Am A Swede

      Yes, I've heard about it, even though it's been handled surprisingly low-key by the media here considering the implications this could have. I guess our recent election and the fall-out from that has helped keep this off the frontpages.

    4. ~bl~

      ~bl~

      That's insane, but it has been a concern of mine that eventually they would do something in law that would stifle anything that didn't come from an official site. Of course, how this will hurt social media is another thing. So no one could retweet even official content that would be weird. 

  9. I feel like John Mulaney AND Bill Hader winning are some kind of cosmic message to me for choosing to have a boycott this year over Twin Peaks. If so then I’m glad I could help.

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    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      I have never gotten past part of the first season (I'll try someday - before we are all dead, hopefully) but I just loved him on Brothers & Sisters. 

    3. Vee

      Vee

      The first season is a bit faster paced than the others - the second gets a little nutty with the action but it's good, and fully hits a groove after, and the character work only builds every season. It is very very slow and methodical but meticulously researched for the period and the Cold War - the depth of information in the old AV Club recap comments sections was amazing - and for someone who grew up in DC in that era it was surreal. It is an essential show.

       

      My mother, after years of my recommending it (she worked in govt in that era downtown), tuned in... for the finale. "Just to see if I want to watch it on Amazon."

    4. Vee

      Vee

      Hmm: 

       

  10. So Henry Cavill is out as Superman. It's time for DC to admit they have no idea what to do with Superman (in the movies or in their trash comics) and haven't for many years, and just move on. 

    1. Vee

      Vee

      Superman in the comics actually isn't doing that bad atm (despite having Brian Michael Bendis on the title)- the pre-reboot Superman is back with his wife and son and is an enjoyable character again. The rest of the comic line remains a very very mixed bag, but better than a couple years ago.

       

      The movies/Warner Bros OTOH have always sneered at Superman, and tried to remold him and every other property they have into Batman-lite, the only property that doesn't scare them to death in the modern era. They embarrassed themselves trying to outdo Marvel despite having a much more recognizable character stable. Today Superman and Batman make less money than a Guardians of the Galaxy or Black Panther movie, or even Ant-Man and probably Captain Marvel next. Who'd have thought we'd ever see the day?

    2. Taoboi
  11. A part of me can't help seeing the Moonves stuff as Irna's revenge. 

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    2. Khan

      Khan

      I look at it as karma for when he said Trump might be bad for the country, but he was "good for CBS."  Well, you know what also isn't good for CBS, Les?  You.

    3. DRW50

      DRW50

      I read the full statement from him yesterday, as it kept going around social media. Disgusting and craven. At least now we only have one pig who bragged about loving Trump for cash (Zucker) left. 

    4. soapfan770

      soapfan770

      Ugh, don't get me started on Zucker, who I have loathed since his NBC days. Moonves and Zucker can go rot in the same hell hole with wherever Goutman and Brian Frons are. 

  12. RIP Bill Daily. So many memories of Bob Newhart Show reruns on TV Land and Nick at Nite. A tough week.

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    2. SFK

      SFK

      I also enjoyed him in a charming little syndicated sitcom called Starting From Scratch that aired on Saturday afternoons. Connie Stevens played his ex.

       

      I was talking to an older actor friend in D.C. You all may recall how Bill Daily would often place his hands on his chest and sort of pat himself down. Well among some D.C. actors, that move is aptly known as doing a "Bill Daily".  Actors would playfully challenge themselves and others to working a "Bill Daily" into a performance.

    3. DRW50

      DRW50

      That's a great story. 

    4. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      I never noticed he did that, but now that you say it, I can definitely see it happening tons of times. It fit the character of Howard well. @dragonflies We still have Peter Bonerz.

  13. Dawn Wells is seeking financial help for her ailments:

     

    https://www.gofundme.com/help-dawn-wells

  14. RIP Jacqueline Pearce. I know she grew sick of people knowing her as Servalan, but she was one of the most compelling, complex villains ever in science fiction. 

  15. The Onion film reviews are the only thing I read/watch from them now and I thought they were done. Glad to see there are four new ones in the last month. 

  16. RIP John McCain.

  17. I'm not sure what it says that the most focus I've seen about that guy Netflix cast for their teen romance movie turning out to have a long history of racist, anti-BLM, etc. tweets is people who are upset that he has now ruined their favorite new romcom.

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    3. Juliajms

      Juliajms

      I haven't seen the movie (but I will just to show support) and yet I see their point.  There aren't many movies like this with a young Asian lead and then to find out one of the actors is tweeting this hateful garbage. I'm sure that's disappointing to people who saw this movie as uplifting and inclusive.

    4. DRW50

      DRW50

      I'm sure it is but unfortunately more of what I saw about the film focused on how hot or not how the men were. 

  18. A very blunt interview with Kathleen Turner. http://www.vulture.com/2018/08/kathleen-turner-in-conversation.html 

    1. Vee

      Vee

      This trended a few weeks ago. It's a great Q&A.

    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      Oh I didn't know. Sorry. 

    3. Vee

      Vee

      It's always nice to see again.

  19. RIP Barbara Harris. Thank you so much for Nashville. I will never forget it...or you.

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    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      How did I just remember Barbara Harris was the mother in Peggy Sue Got Married? She was one of the most emotional parts of the movie.

    3. Soaplovers

      Soaplovers

      I remember her from Alfred Hitchcock's final movie Family Plot as the kooky fake psychic that turns out not to be so fake after all.  

    4. YRfan23

      YRfan23

      aww man :( I loved her in the original "Freaky Friday"  (I''m sure they will remake that movie every 10 years btw) 

      RIP 

  20. Just saw that my very favorite Nanny episode is on my DVR...the one where Mr. Sheffield confesses to having a sex dream about "that chap from Wings." 

  21. There have been rumors about Aretha Franklin's health for the last year or two, and now rumors of her being 'graveily ill.' I hope this isn't true, as it's strange and sad to imagine the world without her, but my best to her and her family.

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    2. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Honestly, I've been hearing this talk about her health for at least two years. 

       

      @BetterForgotten I don't make excuses for poor behavior but I don't personally know what things she might have been subjected to as an artist and as a woman and a woman of color in the music industry.

      I have friends who have (at various times) worked in the music industry and they have said it is a dirty, dirty business.  We've seen what some singers, particularly women have been subjected to.  I don't know whether Franklin's attitude/behavior has been as a result of, in response to or to counteract what she may have experienced during her years in the industry.

    3. BetterForgotten

      BetterForgotten

      @DramatistDreamer I'm sure the music business hasn't been kind to her or many other women over the years. However, Aretha often seems petty and petulant. Like that whole issue a few years back she had with Beyonce calling Tina Turner 'The Queen.'

       

      Tina handled that whole thing with class, and made Aretha look like a damn fool. 

    4. ReddFoxx

      ReddFoxx

      Hopefully she will pull through. As to her behavior. I remember how she pulled her arm away from Patti LaBelle when Patti tried to reach out to her at an event at the White House. I think she just doesn't like competition because most of her issues seem to be with other black women in the industry (Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross). She really seemed to resent Natalie Cole for breaking her streak of winning the R&B Female Vocal Grammy Award.

  22. I just saw Jimmy Fallon's teenage girl sketch for the first time and I swear it must be one of the levels of hell!

  23. The Titans trailer is HILARIOUS. Oh it's so edgy...it's SO DARK!!!! 

    1. Vee

      Vee

      It's ridiculous. Why is Gar Logan in a tracksuit? Why does Starfire look like a cheap Times Square hooker? Why does Raven look like a Hot Topic customer in 2004?

    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      Starfire looks like she got kicked out of a Rick James video. I think what gets me most is their saying that they want to do a show like the Wolfman/Perez comics. Those comics could get dark but they also had humor and fun. They were never tryhard emo woe. 

  24. Everything with the James Gunn situation is just horrific on all sides, full of so many disgusting, opportunistic hypocrites. 

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    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      I agree, but that's Hollywood for you. The thing for me is that so many who are just calling these jokes would have never felt that way if it wasn't a director they liked or if he wasn't as liberal as they are. We live in a culture now where saying it's free speech and so forth is only supported if the artist is personally liked or if they share their political views. I've seen people saying things like he shouldn't have been fired because of that sick man who directed Powder for Disney 25 years ago, and I just think...is that the best argument to make at this point?

    3. Vee

      Vee

      I think the fact that it was long ago and that he apologized is more than enough. Beyond that, yeah, I think people may as well bring up Disney's double standard with people like Roseanne, Victor Salva, Johnny Depp, etc. to highlight the disparity in reaction. Only when the right acts did Disney move swiftly.

       

      Is it a crucible point for some of the left, sure. I would love to believe they will take a lesson from this as you say. But that doesn't mean I think he should lose his job to teach the left nuance. This is a right wing pressure campaign.

    4. DRW50

      DRW50

      I don't think it helped that one of the men he mentioned in one of his posts ended up being arrested for having images of children (I know Gunn had nothing to do with that). I do think it's unfair if Disney knew of this and still cut him loose, and yes, does show that they cave to right wing campaigns. I just wish that more people were focused on his being sorry and becoming a more positive forced and less on the whataboutism or if a conservative does it then so can he. 

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