Spike Lee stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss his upcoming film Chi-Raq. The film, a modern adaptation of Aristophones' Lysistrata, depicts women from Chicago denying men in their city sex to stop gang violence. Lee, confident his film will be shown on every college campus in America, shared with Colbert that he thinks there will be sex strikes on campuses following Christmas. Lee said that much like the protests at the University of Missouri, "a sex strike could really work on college campuses where there’s an abundance of sexual harassment and date rapes." Keeping in mind that by definition, rape doesn't need permission, that's some bold soothsaying.
Girl Meets World has no end in sight: The Wrap reports that the Disney Channel has renewed the terrific Boy Meets World sequel for a third season. The show, which stars teen-feminist hero in the making Rowan Blanchard, will make the transition from junior high to high school (just like her mom and dad did in the original series, awww) when the show returns next spring. Girl Meets World wraps up its second season — and that awkward love triangle between Riley, her BFF Maya, and Lucas — in January. Watch out, Degrassi: There's another long-running teen drama encroaching on your turf.
Last month, in conversation with Bret Easton Ellis for T magazine, Quentin Tarantino discussed Ava DuVernay, saying, "She did a really good job on Selma but Selma deserved an Emmy." Tarantino later clarified that he'd never actually seen Selma, and that his comments weren't meant to be a slight but rather a comparison to a TV movie of a different era. Nearly two months later, DuVernay has deemed his quote worthy of a response. She tells THR, "I was surprised by how surprised everyone was. When you look at his work and his persona, there's nothing surprising about what he said. But it didn't bother me like so many assumed it would." That is expert shade. Let's examine.
Supergirl viewers will finally get a glimpse of the Man of Steel next year — with the caveat that he'll be much more Superboy than Superman. According to TVLine, CBS is currently searching for a young actor to play Kal-El in a series of flashbacks on the show, with the requirement that he have "future leading man looks," which is a phrase that can sound almost nefarious if you think about it too long. In case you're counting, there hasn't exactly been a Superman drought, as this future-hot tween will be the fourth different actor to play Superman over the past ten years, so hopefully he won't have to quench that much thirst.
Sesame Street is undergoing some serious renovations as it moves to HBO in the new year. The children's show will premiere with a new 30-minute format, an updated set, a new cast member, Nina (a bilingual Latina played by Suki Lopez), new opening and closing songs (!), and a new segment for Cookie Monster, called "Smart Cookies." In the segment, Cookie Monster and "a team of crime-fighting cookie friends are on call day and night to thwart the continued efforts of The Crumb," and in doing so will learn valuable lessons in self-restraint and using your brain. The show will play host to a number of human celebrity guests, including Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Alan Cumming, Nick Jonas, Ne-Yo, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Gina Rodriguez. Sesame Street will debut two new episodes at 9 a.m. on January 16. The same content will be available on PBS in the fall.
Joel Hodgson's Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival has found its new villain, along with the voices behind Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, according to a hefty update from the show's Kickstarter page. The MST creator semi-confirmed three casting rumors behind the roles (semi- because he has to wait until the end of fundraising to officially set anything) one week after announcing Jonah Ray could be the new host. Comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn are set to voice Crow and Servo, respectively, and Felicia Day will take a turn as Kinga Forrester (the next Mad, and Dr. Clayton Forrester's daughter). At time of publication, MST's nearly half-finished campaign had raised more than $2.6 million, which translates to at least three episodes for the time being. Watch Hodgson's latest update video here:
DC's Legends of Tomorrow doesn't debut until 2016, but in the new trailer for the series, you can see heroes and villains alike teaming up to save the future from evil conqueror Vandal Savage. The team, which consists of the Atom, White Canary, Heatwave, Captain Cold, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Martin Stein, assembles to take on Savage before he can take over the world in 2166.
Legends of Tomorrow premieres January 21 on the CW.
Will Smith Wanted to Make Django Unchained the ‘Greatest Love Story That African-Americans Had Ever Seen’By Ira Madison III
During THR's recent actor roundtable, Will Smith was asked why he passed on the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Smith stated that while he thought the story was perfect, he was turned off by the violent nature of the film. Smith thought the story of "a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave" should be "the greatest love story that African-Americans had ever seen." Describing his interactions with Tarantino, Smith said:
We always knew Denise Hemphill had blue blood. Although she’s currently playing a security guard–turned–sorority house mom on Scream Queens, Niecy Nash will now guest-star on Fox’s other hit comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Yesterday Nash tweeted a photo of herself on set with the caption, "So excited to work with the cast of @Brooklyn99FOX This show is HILARIOUS #HappyActress #Blessed." EW reports she will play the sister of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), and that the episode is scheduled to air in January.
Tyra Banks is exiting her own daytime talk show FABLife after just two months. "This is a very difficult decision, but necessary," she tells The Hollywood Reporter, saying she'll instead be focusing on her beauty company. Banks will remain as an executive producer until December, but the lifestyle show (which debuted in September) reportedly won't replace her with another host. Other co-hosts include Chrissy Teigen, fashion editor Joe Zee, interior designer Lauren Makk, and DIY YouTuber Leah Ashley. FABLife had been billed as Banks's big return to daytime television since her Emmy-winning The Tyra Banks Show ended in 2010, but that hype will have to be short-lived. Banks, of course, is also approaching the potential end of America's Next Top Model, which may or may not see its final smize after its current cycle.
I honestly did not see The Theory of Everything, but I have to assume Stephen Hawking had a ton of pelvis-thrusting rock numbers that showcased his operatic voice and high-octane sexuality? I don't know who Stephen Hawking is. If so, that explains why GK Films has hired The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten to pen a screenplay about the late, great Queen front man, potentially titled Bohemian Rhapsody. While Sacha Baron Cohen pulled out of the film back in 2013 over disputes with surviving Queen members, Deadline reports that Spectre actor Ben Whishaw has been mentioned to play Mercury. If he's not available, might Stephen Hawking be available? Again, I have no idea who he is or what he does. I'm just throwing that out there.
Not every beloved comedic actor gets handpicked to become a gigantic action star. Some of them must Chris Pratt themselves. National treasure and Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller is taking an important step toward Next Pratt status by starring in DreamWorks's Ex-Criminals, an action-comedy he co-wrote with cousin M. Miller Davis. The movie will feature Miller as one half of "a dysfunctional bank robbing couple," and follow "what happens when the duo break up on the eve of their biggest heist to date," which means there will also be a romance. A comedian positioning himself as an acting star and a romantic lead? Look, at the end of the day, some of us are born Chris Pratt. Others have Chris Pratt thrust upon us. That sounded ... look, you pervs know what I mean.
AP English teachers and normal Kurt Vonnegut fans can continue to get pumped: Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley has signed onto and pushed the Cat's Cradle TV project that FX and IM Global are producing further into development, according to reports. Hawley will write and EP for the adaptation, which will be based on Vonnegut's satirical novel of the same name. Brad Yonover and Elkins Entertainment's Sandi Love will also co-EP, THR notes. Still no word on a hard timeline or onscreen personnel info for the project — but hey, ice-nine, Bokononism, and San Lorenzo weren't all built in a day, so this is a good start.
Your Indie-Nerd Dreams Have Come True: Bill Hader Will Star in David Foster Wallace–Inspired Empress of SerenityBy Emma Barrie
Bill Hader is set to star in Jesse Andrews's Empress of Serenity, a dramedy inspired by David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. Don't quit nerding out just yet — this film has everything: John Malkovich will produce, along with Stephen Chbosky (You may have read his novel Perks of Being a Wallflower, or seen the movie, or both. Three times.), and it will be shot somewhere in the Pacific Ocean — the most indie body of water there is. Empress of Serenity follows a man (Hader) who embarks on a cruise to bond with his father. Infinite jest ensues.
Alexandra Daddario Joins Cast of Baywatch Movie; Has Begun Professional Training for Slow-Motion RunningBy Emma Barrie
Get ready for muscles, boobs, and sharks! According to the Rock’s Instagram, he’s damn good at lip-syncing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” while driving. But more importantly (and more relevant to this post, some might argue), he also reports that Alexandra Daddario is joining the cast of Seth Gordon’s new Baywatch movie, alongside Dwayne himself and fellow Baywatch-y style smooth-bodied (I'm guessing) hunk Zac Efron. The Rock previously worked with Daddario in the movie San Andreas, where she played his daughter, so hopefully he won’t feel too icky seeing her boobs move around in slow-mo. And vice versa.
Brothers-in-law and mockumentary collaborators Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck have cooked up another delightful scheme together: THR reports the duo is developing an adaptation of Robert Olmstead's Western novel Far Bright Star, which tells the story of a failed hunt for Pancho Villa* in 1916. Affleck will direct the film — his first since I'm Still Here — while Phoenix will star as a soldier wandering the desert after the mission goes awry. (Consider it a Gerry prequel.) We'd like to say there won't be any rapping this time, but with these two, who knows for sure?
Kurt Sutter Cancels The Bastard Executioner: ‘I Don’t Want to Write Something That Nobody's F*cking Watching’By E. Alex Jung
Kurt Sutter has given his show The Bastard Executioner the ax after one season. Sutter publicly announced the show's demise by taking out full-page ads in trade publications like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. He wrote, "The audience has spoken and unfortunately the word is, 'meh.'" "It's fantastic to get a good review [or] an award, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters, really, is numbers," Sutter told THR. "I'm not the guy sitting in my ivory tower spitting shit out and not caring if anyone is watching … I don't want to write something that nobody's fucking watching."
Emma Stone will star in Columbia TriStar's film adaptation of Love May Fail, according to Deadline and Variety. The novel is one of the more recent releases of Silver Linings Playbook author, Matthew Quick. As the book does, the film will revolve around an underappreciated housewife (Stone) who escapes her cheating husband, returns to her childhood home in South Jersey, re-seeks human decency, and attempts to save herself, as well as the legacy of a former, scandal-plagued teacher of hers. If that dynamic kind of gives you flashbacks to Irrational Man, fear not — elevators should play a much lesser role in this project, which has been scripted by Mike White and is now in need of a director.
HBO announced today that it has inked an exclusive overall deal with Nic Pizzolatto through 2018, and that a number of new projects are under consideration, including "future incarnations" of True Detective. “I am thrilled to continue our relationship with Nic," said Michael Lombardo, the president of HBO Programming in a statement. "I look forward to seeing where his unique creative vision will take us next.” Last year, brooding creator Pizzolatto said that he couldn't imagine doing more than three seasons of the anthology series — and that was before the lackluster second season.Variety reports that after the second season, HBO has been looking into ways to change how the show is run, including giving him a staff of writers, having a new showrunner step in, or just letting him do it by himself again. After all, despite the critical response, the second season of True Detective was still a strong ratings draw for the network, averaging 11 million viewers, versus 12 million viewers the first season. Rust's ramblings just seem like some wild fever dream now though, don't they?
Taking a break from filming the Looking movie, which will wrap up the canceled HBO series, Jonathan Groff spoke about his career at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco and divulged a few secrets from the set. Broadway World reports that Groff shared, "there's a lot of sex. I don't want to say who it was with, but I just shot the most intense sex scene I've ever done." So expect scenes more intense than Groff's sex against a tree in the middle of the forest with Russell Tovey and anilingus with Raúl Castillo.
Groff also shared that he's proud of how the series represents sex between gay men on television. He said, "One of the cool things about Looking is that after the first season, a lot of people — shockingly, liberal, open artists in New York and L.A. — said they didn't know that gay people could have sex while facing each other. The show illuminated intimacy in [gay] sex without being porny or salacious." So there'll be a lot of Groffsauce in the film, but, you know, tastefully done.
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