May 4th, 2020

How Fictional Pandemics Reflect the Real Thing (Feat. Lindsay Ellis and Dr. Z) | It's Lit

Although we are currently living through a pandemic that has disrupted our lives and will shape the course of humanity, pandemics have been around since the dawn of civilization, as have stories about fictional pandemics. So now seems like as good a time as any to explore how fictional pandemics have evolved over time, and what they say about their own time.

Hosted by Lindsay Ellis and Princess Weekes, It’s Lit! is a show about our favorite books, genres and why we love to read. It’s Lit has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.


fave book about pandemics?? // how do you think the covid-19 gonna affect the future of pandemic film/books/tv??

Amazon VP Resigns, calls company "Chickenshit" for disparging protesting workers

Jeff, the backstabbing is coming from inside the house!

Tim Bray was senior engineer and VP of Amazon...before quitting after being angry at the corporation firing protesting workers in the time of Covid-19.

Amazon recently put out a policy of workers being able to take unlimited UNPAID time off if they felt if they couldn't afford to pay them paid time off for at least a month.

Remember, the company said that a protesting worker organizing his fellows was not "Smart or articulate enough" to do so.

He didn't like what they were doing, so he went through the proper channels...and THEN popped off. Welcome, comrade!


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Skate Kitchen is now an HBO TV Series called "Betty"

- From the women who brought you Skate Kitchen (a movie that was almost perfect until they introduced men into the plot).
- In the above clip they explain why they chose the name Betty, how they met, why they made the movie and now show, and what you can expect from the season.
- Crystal Moselle, who directed and co-wrote Skate Kitchen, comes back to direct this series.
- 6 episodes airing on Fridays. First episode is out now.

ONTD, have you seen Skate Kitchen or this show?

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It's the first Monday of May, so let's talk about our favorite Met Gala looks

• On March 16, the Met Gala was postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19.

• The original them of the 2020 Gala was About Time: Fashion and Duration. It took inspiration from the 1992 Sally Potter film Orlando. Nicholas Ghesquiere, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, and Emma Stone were supposed to host the event.

• If you're looking for a long read, Vogue has posted an oral history on the event, and it includes numerous interviews with designers, editors, and celebs.

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in addition to all this coverage Vogue is hosting a livestream event tonight that will feature a performance by Florence Welch
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Taika Waititi to Direct New 'Star Wars' Film

Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars movie for theatrical release.

1917 writer Krysty Wilson-Cairnstaika will also write the script with Waititi.

The news was announced on No release date has been set.


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Neil Gaiman leaves Amanda Palmer and their child behind in New Zealand, returns to England

While details are scarce - but sure to come soon! - musician and perpetually problematic Amanda Palmer has written on her Patreon that her husband of nine years, author and aging goth Neil Gaiman, has returned to England while she and their four-year old child Ash are locked down in New Zealand.

Palmer was set to tour New Zealand throughout March of 2020.

Neil Gaiman has asked for privacy out of respect for the four-year child he has left behind.

ONTD, - what messiness do you think has happened 


YG Entertainment Confirms Plans For BLACKPINK’s June Comeback

After reports started circling that BLACKPINK has finished recording a new album and a comeback was imminent, YG has confirmed the news.

“BLACKPINK is scheduled to make a June comeback. Once the exact date has been finalized, we will officially share the news with fans first. Thank you,” said YG in an official statement.

“KILL THIS LOVE” was released in April 2019.

In other news, Lisa’s legs went viral and became a meme with “Did it work?”

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Nicolas Cage to Play ‘Tiger King’s’ Joe Exotic in Scripted Series From ‘American Vandal’ Showrunner

Variety has learned that Nicolas Cage is set to star as Joe Exotic in a scripted series.

The eight episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. The series is being shopped around to potential networks.

The show will be based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.

Cage will also be a producer on the series along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey. Scott Brown and Megan Creydt will executive produce for Texas Monthly.

The show will be about Joe becoming Joe Exotic and how “he lost himself to a character of his own creation.”


Iggy Azalea says she never blamed Britney Spears for “Pretty Girls” flopping

PopCrave tweeted out that today marks 5 years since Pop Princess Britney Spears and has been rapper and noted racist Iggy Azalea teamed up on “Pretty Girls.” A fan commented “Remember how Iggy blamed Britney for this flopping?”

Well I-G-G-Y responded writing, “Selling almost 100k week 1 isn’t a flop in any universe. All I ever said was that her team wouldn’t let her do much extra promo. And now y’all got a whole campaign for free Britney. So...what now?”

Igloo has since deleted her reply.


Star Wars collaborates with Barbie for a second wave of character inspired dolls

* After a successful wave 1 featuring dolls inspired by Princess Leia, kyle ron Kylo Ren Darth Vader & R2D2, Star Wars and Barbie have come together again to announce a second wave.

* Consists of 4 dolls inspired by Rei, C-3PO, a Stormtrooper and Chewbacca

* Like wave 1 dolls will retail for $100 each with Chewbacca being a exclusive that retails for $150

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Sources: 1, 2

What's your favorite Barbie sponsored collaboration doll ONTD?!

Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson’s Film ‘The High Note’ Going Straight to Video-On-Demand

‘The High Note’, a romantic drama starring starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson, will debut on May 29 on video-on-demand.

The film was set for a May 8 theatrical release but due to the coronavirus shut downs, Universal decided to release it on VOD.

The film will be available for $19.99 for a 48 hour rental period. It is set to stream on various platforms such as Amazon, Apple, Comcast, and Fandango.


Liam Payne congratulates Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid on having a baby

Liam Payne sent his congratulations to parents to be Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid on Instagram Live.

“Also this week, didn’t really wanna leave it out, wanted to make sure I said something on my own place before I started getting asked about it relentlessly by everybody,” Liam told his fans over the weekend. “I just wanted to say congratulations to Zayn and Gigi obviously, you know, they’re having a baby.”

Lime is a deadbeat father himself to his son Bear, which he had with his ex-girlfriend and fellow pop singer Cheryl Cole.

Do you think Lime will try giving unsolicited advice to Zayn via interviews on how to be a good father, ONTD?


The woman of "Riverdale" guest star on the "Simpsons"

- The ladies of "Riverdale" will guest star on the May 10th episode of " The Simpsons" as a group of rich mean girls Lisa meets up with.Joey King also guest stars. The episode is titled "The Hateful Eight - year olds.




Ontd: Who are some of your favorite Simpsons guest stars?

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Tom Cruise Plans to Shoot A Film IN SPAAAACE!

With Mr. Grimes, Elon Musk's, SpaceX.

Call him 'Cruisin' among the stars'.

🤣 Apparently, the two are working 'With NASA'

❌ No studios have signed onto it, so no word on how old Tom (57) will be when he finally sees the stars.

❌ It is not part of the Mission Impossible franchise.

🤷🏽‍♀️ Vin Diesel is probably trying to film Fast 10 up there as well. WHO will be FIRST?


Scott Disick Checks Out of Rehab and Plans to Sue Over Alleged Leaked Photo

Earlier today it was reported that Scott Disick checked himself into rehab facility in Colorado for his substance abuse issues.

E! News is reporting that Scott has checked himself out of the facility and is headed back to LA after an alleged photo of him was leaked to the media.

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Earlier, a source reported to E! News that Kourtney had urged Scott to get professional help.

Per the source: “Things have been bad the last couple of weeks and Kourtney won't allow him around the kids unless he gets treatment."


17 (5) Celebrity Couples Who Rocked the Met Gala Red Carpet Before They Split

The Met Gala happens each year on the first Monday in May. Unfortunately, 2020’s event won’t take place tonight, so...

We look back at some of the former couples who attended the highly anticipated event.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attended in 2014. They broke up by June of 2015
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Your favorite Met Gala couple, ONTD?

'Extraction' Sequel in the Works

Extraction 2 is in the works. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Joe Russo has closed a deal to write the sequel.

Joe wrote the script for the first one and produced the film with his brother Anthony, under their AGBO banner. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as a mercenary hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a drug lord.

No word if the film’s director, Sam Hargrave, will be back. Over the weekend, Hemsworth thanked fans and reported that it was on track to becoming Netflix’s biggest movie of all time.

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It is hard to determine the actual numbers as Netflix doesn’t release its ratings data. They count viewership based on two minutes of viewing time.

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Lili Reinhart goes on Twitter rant over a hashtag

-"Riverdale" actress Lili Reinhart went on a Twitter rant after #colesprouseisoverparty trended on twiter.

-In now deleted tweets Reinhart spoke of how vile Twitter was and quote"You need God in your life or some form of help if you participate in cancel culture."

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ONTD Original: Underrated Comedic Performances

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Outside of movies that become financial and critical acclaim, most movies along with the performances do not receive the love they deserve. This list consists of some of my favorite comedic performances that most overlook or forget about. The list also consists of a few performances that were overlooked by performances in the same movie.

Lennie James (Sol), Gobbie Gee (Vinny) & Ade (Tyrone)

Snatch (2000)

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What are some of your favorite underrated performances, ONTD?
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Stephenie Meyer announces the long-anticipated novel “Midnight Sun”

- Stephenie Meyer guested on Good Morning America to announce her new novel “Midnight Sun.”

- First posted on her website 12 years ago (and partially leaked in 2012), Midnight Sun is a novel about the events of the first Twilight novel as seen through Edward Cullen's perspective.

- The novel also draws inspiration from the classic myth of Hades and Persephone.

- The 672-page novel retails for $27.99/34.99 (CAD) and will be released on August 4, 2020.


Are you ready for the Twilight renaissance, ONTD?
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Grimes and Elon Musk's baby is born

Confirmed by Musk in his Twitter.

It was announced by Elon in the weekend that baby was due on Monday. It's Grimes' first child. No information given about the baby's name.

SOURCE: Business Insider // Elon

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Biography Set for August Release

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'Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family' by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durandaim is gettin released on Aug. 11 and can be pre-orderd now

"With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world


"Our mission has been motivated by a desire to tell an accurate version of their journey and finally present the truth of misreported stories that have become gospel simply because of the amount of times they have been repeated."

"It is thanks to our sources that we have been able to share the definitive story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."

it is not clear what the "unique access" and "sources" are, but Meghan and Harry have not endorsed the book or have been interviewed for it

I'll Be Gone In the Dark (2020): Official Teaser | HBO

I’ll Gone in the Dark is a six-part documentary series based on the book of the same name by writer Michelle McNamara (Patton Oswalt's late wife), a true crime journalist who created the popular website, and her investigation into the dark world of a violent predator she dubbed the Golden State Killer. Directed by Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus.

I’ll Gone in the Dark premieres June 28 on HBO.

Paul Holes & Karen Gilgariff both make an appearance in the trailer. Paul Holes is a former cold-case investigator for the Contra Costa County District Attorney. Holes is known for his contributions to solving the Golden State Killer case using advanced methods of identifying the killer with DNA and genealogy technology.

Karen Kilgariff is one half of the podcast My Favorite Murder.

Did you read the book I'll Be Gone In The Dark? Are you looking forward to this docuseries? Do any ONTDers still follow updates to the ongoing investigation and upcoming trial for the GSK? Do any ONTDers still listen to MFM? Are you finding yourself listening to/watching more or less true crime podcasts/television/movies during COVID-19 times?