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  1. OK. As I'm watching, I've begun to remember the controversy surrounding the identity of Eden's rapist. And yeesh. I totally understand why viewers might have been grossed out, and it's adversely affecting my appreciation of the story.
  2. The FX network could be a casualty of the merger. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fx-network-of-atlanta-and-the-americans-could-be-a-victim-of-disney-fox-consolidation/2017/12/15/635fe834-e05b-11e7-9eb6-e3c7ecfb4638_story.html?tid=sm_fb&utm_term=.0043cfa6826c
  3. Watching Eden confront the actors from "General Clinic" who play Lincoln and Laurie (!). They mention the executive producer of GC whose name was Betty Bounty (!). Meanwhile backstage, some PA mentions that the actors really hate each other in real life, a nod to Geary and Francis's friction. Wow.
  4. Celebrity perfume commercials are always goofy, but for some reason they seem more embarrassing than usual. Keira Knightley's the only one that doesn't make me cringe, but Natalie Portman's ("I LOVE YOU/PROVE IT!!") and Julia Roberts's (with that big horse-teeth smile at the end) are bloody awful. The Charlize one is just silly.
  5. I started watching the Eden's attack storyline, and it's as incredible as everyone here attests, mostly due to Marcy Walker but all the actors are fantastic. The videos I'm watching don't seem to show any reactions from Eden's family beyond C.C. and Ted, which feels... odd. I know it's hard to believe for those here who love her, but I'd forgotten how good MW could be. She was so miscast as Tangie and while she was amazing as Liza when Lorraine Broderick was writing in the mid-'90s, I was so tired of her by the time she left AMC. Too bad the playlist I'm watching has a
  6. More Morgan Spurlock fallout. I wonder if he was simply preempting a planned exposé with his confession. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/morgan-spurlock-cut-upcoming-sundance-film-1068453 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/youtube-red-drops-morgan-spurlocks-super-size-me-sequel-1068442
  7. As expected, lots of layoffs coming to Fox. http://deadline.com/2017/12/analyst-says-disney-fox-deal-at-least-5000-jobs-will-be-cut-1202227891/
  8. One that I'll say: Rena Sofer looks better now than she ever has, and she's almost 50. She is RADIANT. I love him, but Ingo needs to lay off the bronzer. He looks leathery.
  9. I was just coming to post this. Devastating. Harvey is just a vile human being.
  10. I think LW is perfect for Carly as currently written. The HBIC. SB and TB wouldn't be credible playing any of this stuff. SB worked as a ballsy town pariah, which is why I loved her Claudia. But I tend to be anti-recast unless the original actor (or the first actor I saw in the role) is incompetent or forgettable. So I'll always have a loyalty to Sarah Brown that I'll never have for Tamara Braun or Laura Wright (whom I loved as Cassie on GL, but very different character).
  11. I think you're right that this isn't one-size-fits-all and that the article is a bit too simplistic. I have heard some very concerning dismissals of many of these women's claims from other gay men placed in these terms. You're right: the dynamics are different between two adult men than between men and women. I would hope that gay men would understand that and not shame these women. (Granted, a lot of people, including other women, are shaming these women. It just speaks to how uncomfortable this discussion is for our society.)
  12. Kelly Cutrone, America's Next Top Model judge and fashion publicist, claims Russell Simmons tried to rape her in 1991. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kelly-cutrone-claims-russell-simmons-tried-rape-her-1991-1068106?facebook_20171214 Morgan Spurlock stepped down from his company. http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/morgan-spurlock-is-leaving-his-own-production-company.html?utm_campaign=vulture&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s1
  13. Speaking of tone-deaf, Matt Damon. Pro tip: you don't need to share your opinion on every little thing. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/matt-damon-opens-harvey-weinstein-sexual-harassment-confidentiality/story?id=51792548
  14. And there are more Dustin Hoffman allegations that are very disturbing. http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/dustin-hoffman-2-1202641525/
  15. Next up, HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/carter-oosterhouse-accused-coerced-oral-sex-by-makeup-artist-1067502?facebook_20171214
  16. Thanks. I'll search for these. Certainly it's more manageable timewise to follow stories than to watch every episode sequentially. I just saw the Santa Barbara channel and was surprised at the high video quality given the amount of bad or dubbed SB content that's been on YouTube over the years.
  17. This is a good article from the gay male perspective. http://www.newnownext.com/gay-men-we-need-to-talk-about-sexual-misconduct/12/2017/?xrs=synd_facebook_nnn I've had many conversations like this in recent weeks:
  18. It's not so much about the "realism" and more about the frantic pacing and the stunts. Like Hollyoaks killing off basically half the cast in a pub fire, which was just the tip of the iceberg for that show in the past decade. There seems to a greater reliance on shock value, at least in my experience. The U.S. shows, at least in recent years, feel comparatively sedate, but I think part of it is they don't have the money to spend on lavish, gruesome stunts.
  19. I only really watched during the Kim Zimmer/Sydney Penny days, but I see there's a trove of the show online starting from the beginning. Any recommendations on where I should begin? Just from 1984 on or should I just start somewhere in '85? I know a lot about the show prior to my short time as a viewer in the early '90s, but I'd love to experience the show at its peak firsthand.
  20. An interesting take on this and why it's a bad thing: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/12/14/16764472/disney-fox-deal-merger What could happen to Hulu, which Disney could position as a real threat to Netflix: http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/hulu-disney-fox-deal-future-tv-streaming-1202640711/ Other media companies could be forced to consolidate and get bigger to compete (like AMC Networks): http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/disney-fox-consolidation-mergers-1202640781/ The Fox broadcast network wasn't part of the sale, and, without the conn
  21. Yeah, the only things that the British soaps have over the American ones are their primetime slots, their higher production values, and their willingness to include LGBT characters. I don't find the writing significantly better than the U.S. shows anymore beyond the ability to do events on a greater scale due to bigger budgets. If anything, they are far more sensationalistic, like Pratt x10. But around the turn of the millennium, they were doing laps around the American soaps creatively. That's when my interest in them first began. The U.K. has a primetime tradition of soaps that's
  22. I also use the mobile site, so that could be the issue. This site can be... temperamental on phones. By the way, Morgan Spurlock has posted a statement in which he admits his own problematic behavior. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/morgan-spurlock-posts-lengthy-sexual-harassment-mea-culpa-i-am-part-problem-1067561?facebook_20171213
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