August 28th, 2021

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Set photos from "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"



Set photos of Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman and new addition Dominique Thorne have hit the internet over the past week.

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How 2021 Bennifer is a Pop Culture Redemption Story




  • With the sometimes horrible gossip cycle which includes Free Britney and the Depp drama, Bennifer 2.0 is fun gossip and needed.

  • In 2003, Bennifer had much publicity appeal, but quickly became oversaturated and the hate came quickly after the Jenny From the Block music video and Dateline interview. “They were young, impossibly good-looking, fabulously wealthy, and clearly hot for each other,” reasoned the Guardian with hindsight this January, “so it seemed like a good time to knock them down a peg.” Affleck felt the heat and they broke up in 2004 after Affleck cheated. Later, Affleck would say that appearing in that “Jenny From the Block” video ruined his career. But for the record, he would note it wasn’t Lopez’s fault.

  • A 2003 Vanity Fair profile of Ben Affleck almost mocked him for being starry eyed over the "canny manipulator" Lopez. That narrative was the one the press embraced: Lopez as a social-climbing man-eater, and Affleck as her oblivious pawn. In the same profile, Affleck criticized the criticism, saying, "I think it has to do with race and class, the fact that I’m white and she’s Puerto Rican. That’s what’s underneath, although nobody says it, because it’s not politically correct."

  • Affleck's words in 2003 seem aware in a more open 2021. The ways the public fetishized Lopez’s body while refusing to respect the labor she performed with it, the way people considered her work and persona trashy while Affleck’s was considered highbrow — it’s all inflected by race, class, and gender. We've also seen this narrative with both interracial couples like Meghan Markle and Racist Harry, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, and Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson.

  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez reunited in the spring of 2021, after marriages, divorces and children; and the general response was shock and delight. Jennifer Lawrence famously shrieked with happiness during a podcast about it. “They lost their love once, and so did we, and now that it’s been miraculously reborn, let’s appreciate this in a way we didn’t the first time!” wrote LaineyGossip. “Look at what JLo is giving us. We should be grateful!”

  • People seem to appreciate the second chance at love. Ben Affleck's make over, which was mocked first time around, is appreciated as him stepping his game up. Fashion bloggers Tom and Lorenzo noted on Twitter, “Ben Affleck got himself in better shape for J Lo again than he did to play Batman.”

  • Unlike 2003, there is more respect for Lopez in general from her business savvy to her work ethic and her Glamorous Diva image has become aspirational ("When people said Jennifer Lopez was a diva in 2003, they meant that she was probably bitchy, probably high-maintenance, and probably slutty. When people say Jennifer Lopez is a diva in 2021, they mean that she’s an icon, a goddess."). Affleck’s Serious Actor persona has been memed to death as pathetic so there's no more pressure.

  • Vox notes that the change was something Lopez anticipated, and Bennifer may work this time because gossip has changed. “I think different time, different thing, who knows what could’ve happened,” she told People in 2016, “but there was a genuine love there.”



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This week’s Ted Lasso episode finally revealed who LDN152 is



On this week’s episode of Ted Lasso, AFC Richmond is finally on a winning streak and makes it to the FA Cup semifinal. As some of you predicted, Ted is struggling despite his happy go lucky appearance and suddenly disappears, asking Dr. Sharon for a session at the end of the episode. BUT! This episode also revealed who Rebecca’s messaging on Bantr. It’s... [Spoiler (click to open)]not Ted, not Trent Crimm, but Sam.

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Netflix renews Manifest for fourth and final season



After NBC cancelled the show a few months ago, Netflix has announced they've picked the show up for a supersized fourth and final season, consisting of twenty episodes, on 828 Day. The cast is set to return after signing new deals.

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Sarah Paulson on the Linda Tripp fat suit controversy


Sarah Paulson gained thirty pounds to play Linda Tripp in the upcoming season of American Crime Story with an additional 4.5 pounds in padding. She has responded to the controversy over the use of a fat suit.

“It’s very hard for me to talk about this without feeling like I’m making excuses,” Paulson says. “There’s a lot of controversy around actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is a legitimate one. I think fat phobia is real. I think to pretend otherwise causes further harm. And it is a very important conversation to be had. But that entire responsibility I don’t think falls on the actor for choosing to do something that is arguably — and I’m talking about from the inside out — the challenge of a lifetime. I do think to imagine that the only thing any actor called upon to play this part would have to offer is their physical self is a real reduction of the offering the actor has to make. I would like to believe that there is something in my being that makes me right to play this part. And that the magic of hair and makeup departments and costumers and cinematographers that has been part of moviemaking, and suspension of belief, since the invention of cinema. Was I supposed to say no [to the part]? This is the question.

“I think the thing I think about the most is that I regret not thinking about it more fully. And that is an important thing for me to think about and reflect on. I also know it’s a privileged place to be sitting and thinking about it and reflecting on it, having already gotten to do it, and having had an opportunity that someone else didn’t have. You can only learn what you learn when you learn it. Should I have known? Abso-f—ing-lutely. But I do now. And I wouldn’t make the same choice going forward.”

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The New Bob Ross Documentary is Out & the Internet is Angry

The new documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed dropped this week on Netflix and boy was it disheartening.



It provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at Bob and his family life, the legal troubles his son, Steve Ross, and friends faced against Annette and Walter Kowalski who own the majority share of Bob's name and legacy as Bob Ross Inc., and details the slimy ways in which the Kowalski's obtained those rights, including but not limited to them trying to prevent Bob's death from going public so they can continue to profit off of his name.

It was produced in part by Melissa McCarthy and her husband who has no business directing her anymore, please I beg you,  Ben Falcone, who gave an interview on the process of making the film to NPR:

On the challenge of making a film while being worried about a lawsuit:
Falcone: That was why so many people didn't want to speak to the filmmakers. Everyone's afraid of getting sued. So, it's definitely challenging. ... Even as we're having this discussion with you now, we've been kind of warned to keep to the basics, try not to get too into it because we will get sued.
Bob Ross Inc. released a statement after the documentary was dropped, claiming they "weren't consulted" despite production reaching out several times and providing them several opportunities to give their side:

#BoycottBobRossInc
Since it dropped on Wednesday, people are taking their anger to Bob Ross Inc.'s social media handles:


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In a time when people have been more desperate for feel-good entertainment than ever before and rely on watching Bob Ross Inc.'s YT channel for comfort, it's extremely disappointing to find all of this out. I've unsubscribed and reported all their handles as fake accounts. These fools can't sue anymore if they have no $$$!
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Christy Carlson Romano Reveals How She ‘Made And Lost Millions’ After Disney Channel Success



Christy Carlson Romano is getting candid about her financial woes.
She is known for her role as Wren Stevens on the hit series, she also starred in the Disney Channel Orginal Movie “Cadet Kelly” and voiced the titular character in “Kim Possible”.

After her success, Romano ended up in major debt.
“I really regret not investing my money wisely. I didn’t get a house. I didn’t take any money and store it away other than the Coogan money (law that protects minors from their parents spending all their money) That money I used towards going to college at 18.”

After leaving school less than two years in, she had all this money she could use at her disposal.
“I was using buying things and money as a weapon. I felt like if I could just buy certain things, I would feel better or if I just lived a certain lifestyle, I would be closer to that joy of feeling accepted and a lot less alone because I felt really dumb for not knowing about my money and I never really made peace with that. Even to this day, there’s nothing I can really do about the fact that money came and went.”

She purchased a new Mercedes G-Wagon and a 1972 Corvette that she had fixed up but never drove.
She made another $1 million at 21 for music and book deals, she spent it within a year.
She hired a psychic who managed to “get a bunch of money” from her.

“You think you have this extravagant life. And then real life hits you in the face.”

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Fans were able to get vaccinated at Kanye’s DONDA event



Attendees would not be required to show proof of vaccinations or negative test results.

Organizers had secured over a thousand doses of the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines for those who wished to receive a shot at the event. They offer 1,500-plus vaccinations for those not yet vaccinated and assist with setting up their second dose at a later date.

How many people took advantage of the on-site vaccinations? 13 out of a reported 38,000 attendees. 

Fans who attended Kanye’s Aug. 4 listening event also had the chance to receive a vaccine. 
About 40,000 showed up for the festivities, but only four got the injection at the venue.


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McDonald's Canada raises hopes of pizza returning. Spoiler alert: It isn't



McDonald's Canada tweeted on Friday that an often-asked-for item was returning on August 31st. The internet went wild naming past foods. They said "I can't confirm or deny" when asked if it was the pizza.

They also acknowledged the pizza as a Heritage Moment, which if you're Canadian, you saw plenty of these commercials in the 1990s/early 2000s.



Their social media manager must have realized they stirred up more trouble than they asked for, and then tweeted it's NOT pizza, and has "More spice, less slice." It must be their seasonally-appropriate pumpkin spice latte, if you ask this OP.



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ONTD, do you pester fast-food brands to bring back old faves?
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Raphael Saadiq Apologizes For Posting Picture With Marilyn Manson



Raphael Saadiq distances himself from Marilyn Manson's sexual assault allegations, but he also takes a moment to address people who have been flooding his Instagram with negative and hurtful comments.
He has shared an Instagram post in which he posted alongside Manson at the DONDA listening event.

"I'm taking this post down today, I wasn't aware of his allegations, so please forgive the post. I wouldn’t want to offend anyone who’s been abused,but I want to say this, most of the people whom I’ve never seen on this page, I’m a very positive brother who only post love and positive music, but you MF don’t ring my bell for positive post, I guess that’s why negative shit is so popular. Y'all sit around and wait for shit like this, my post and views are very low numbers, and I like it like that, but as soon as it something y’all don’t like, Millions of new people hit the page, y’all should try ring my bell for all the positive things, click on a good song or a beautiful positive waterfall or mountains, but y’all go straight crickets for Gods creative nature, who’s really the DEVIL!!! It might be you #Donda forgive all typos."

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‘He’s All That’ Is Now Streaming on Netflix: What Critics Are Saying




Sitting at a 32% rotten score and 31% audience score as of this post on RottenTomatoes.Com.

Rae has a natural ease and charm, at her best when she’s either leaning into the bubbly, comedic, satirical overtones, or performing in a heavily choreographed dance-off (a fun homage to the original). However, she’s a little rough around the edges and not quite a confident presence when tasked to mine emotional poignancy, especially evident in the third act.” —Variety

I suppose young folks who didn't see She's All That will enjoy this... It's cute.” —FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)

Manufactured for the 'Kissing Booth' crowd, this gender-swapped, TikTok-friendly update of the 1999 teen hit sounds awful and it often is, but enough charm pokes through the cracks to sucker anyone who ever fell for a makeover fable.” —ABC News

In the end, "He's All That" is not all that - not even a little bit of that.” —Washington Post

Even when little is asked of her, Rae's acting is not up to the challenge. Buchanan doesn't exactly deliver a star-making performance either, but he's not even given a chance to.” —Entertainment Weekly

He's All That is really no worse than the first film.” —Hollywood Reporter

[Más Critic Reviews]Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan are magnetic leads in this reboot that pays homage to the first film, but fully stands on its own.” —IGN Movies

The casting is largely appalling. While the original was not exactly Shakespeare, or even "Pygmalion," it was at least populated by performers who knew how to deliver lines and observe the other basic fundamentals of screen acting.” —eFilmCritic

He's All That is a hollow Gen Z recreation of She's All That, lacking in charm and seemingly engineered as a vehicle to promote its stars' other work.” —ScreenRant

Cast members seem to operate on the belief that they can best deal with the plot's improbabilities by grimacing their way through and not giving anyone time to react to them.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Save for the cellphones the characters wield like weapons, Mark Waters's reboot lazily rehashes the 1999 film, although without its endearing weirdness.” —The New York Times



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The Cinderella Cast Stops Traffic For A Flash Mob



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ONTD Watch Party: Throwing It Back to the Classics! Tonight's Screening is Romeo + Juliet (Hulu)

OP usually tries to do newer releases for movie nights, but thanks to a suggestion in our watch party last week, we'll be showing a "classic". (I gotta know my audience, so The Hustler with Fine White Man Paul Newman might be too much of a classic, so I went to the 90s.) Unfortunately, we're back to upsetero heteros again.



Synopsis: Mixing Shakespeare's classic prose with contemporary imagery, this is a brilliant new interpretation of the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers.

Starring: Prius Trailblazer Leonardo DiCaprio, lip quivering Claire Danes, underrated character actor Harold Perrineau, Paul Rudd, and some old dudes who look like they on the cover ya parents' AARP

As always, we'll be using the Google Chrome extension Teleparty to watch the film - not Hulu's Watch Party extension. Movie will start around 9:05 PM ET. Bring your snacks and your snark!

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Day 5 FFAO

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Coverage will begin on NBCSN at 1am EDT, which is rude af since the live events run from approx 9am-10pm JST, 1am-2pm BST, 8pm-9am EDT, and 5pm-6am PDT.
The Paralympics are set to have record-breaking coverage for Tokyo 2020 thanks to many international broadcast partners. Televised events and individual live streams can be found through the following stations: NBCSN (USA) streaming links/schedule, CBC (Canada) streaming links/schedule, Channel 4 (UK) streaming links/schedule, and/or on the official Paralympics international streaming website



Live events include: Archery🥇, Athletics (Track and Field) 🥇, Boccia, Equestrian, Football 5-a-side, Goalball, Judo 🥇, Powerlifting 🥇, Rowing 🥇, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming 🥇, Table Tennis 🥇, Triathlon 🥇, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing 🥇, Wheelchair Rugby 🥇, Wheelchair Tennis

A schedule of all events can be found here, and today's page lets you see the events in your local time zone! Here's also a link to a great, detailed guide on different classifications for events.




[Assorted highlights: cycling, table tennis, para triathlon, swimming, athletics]







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i'm camping in the woods so i'll probably miss a lot of today's events but you bet your ass i'm gonna do my best to catch the wheelchair rugby medal matches! it's also the final day of wheelchair fencing, rowing, and judo

Did Billie Eilish steal her breakout single 'Ocean Eyes'?



Indie singer Diamond White accused singer Billie Eilish of allegedly lifting the melody of her 2013 unreleased demo song 'Firefighter' for Billie's 2016 single 'Ocean Eyes' which served as many people's first introduction to her. The songs do sound eerily similar.

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