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Netflix just fired one of its executives for using a racial slur in a meeting  Netflix just fired one of its executives for using a racial slur in a meeting 

Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

Paramount fires Jeffrey Tambor from coveted narcoleptic bear role Paramount fires Jeffrey Tambor from coveted narcoleptic bear role

Netflix stood by Jeffrey Tambor in the wake of his firing from Amazon’s Transparent on sexual misconduct charges, but Paramount—perhaps after seeing the complete media shitshow currently swirling around Tambor and Arrested Development—is taking no such chances. The Wrap reports that the studio has booted Tambor from…

AMC's The Terror takes on a chillingly timely topic for season 2 AMC's The Terror takes on a chillingly timely topic for season 2

The Terror, AMC’s first foray into the anthology-series trend, has been a big success for the network, ending its first season as the No. 2 drama on cable and earning high marks from critics like The A.V. Club’s own Sean T. Collins, who gave all but one episode a stellar “A” rating. (Episode two got an “A-.”) So,…

If there's going to be a Kick-Ass 3, it'll be without Chloë Grace Moretz If there's going to be a Kick-Ass 3, it'll be without Chloë Grace Moretz

Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

This fan remake of The Last Jedi is totally real, definitely happening This fan remake of The Last Jedi is totally real, definitely happening

Last week, an account called “Remake The Last Jedi” appeared on Twitter, soliciting funds for a remake of The Last Jedi without any vaguely defined “poor storytelling” or “pointless diversions” in it. The person or people behind the campaign are “raising money” for the project on their website, by which we mean…

The Catcher Was A Spy somehow squanders Paul Rudd as the 007 of baseball players The Catcher Was A Spy somehow squanders Paul Rudd as the 007 of baseball players

In a way, The Catcher Was A Spy is the perfect star vehicle for Paul Rudd, who built his career on playing (and parodying) the kind of smarmy guy who can convince anyone of anything with a flash of his perfect teeth. That’s also one of the key assets pro baseball player-turned-secret agent Moe Berg (Rudd) brought to…

R.I.P. Koko the Gorilla R.I.P. Koko the Gorilla

Koko, the western lowland gorilla who changed humanity’s understanding of animal communication with her mastery of American Sign Language, has died. In a statement, the research center where Koko lived for most of her life says, “The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko. Her impact has…

Cue the eye rolls: MTV is bringing back Daria Cue the eye rolls: MTV is bringing back Daria

Attention, combat boot-wearing ‘90s teens: The hour of your revival is at hand. As Variety reports, MTV Studios is launching a revival of Daria for the even sicker, sadder world of 2018. The announcement comes with the revival of two other late ‘90s late-night (and weekday afternoon rerun) classics: Æon Flux, whose…

Jimmy Fallon regrets tousling Trump's hair on The Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon regrets tousling Trump's hair on The Tonight Show

As the atrocities of the Trump administration continue to pile up, let’s remember to keep Jimmy Fallon in our thoughts and prayers. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fallon admits that playfully stroking Donald Trump’s hair (and ego) on The Tonight Show in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential…

Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in July Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in July

Following the success of Set It Up—which opened to a chorus of “actually kind of good??”s and “great for watching while eating ice cream in your sweatpants”s from critics last week—Netflix is expanding its slate of original rom-coms, touting releases through September in its monthly newsletter. None of them will debut…

Michael B. Jordan faces his fears (and Drago Jr.) in the Creed 2 trailer

Ryan Coogler may have turned the directing reins over to up-and-comer Steven Caple Jr.—who was reportedly “personally picked” by franchise originator Sylvester Stallone after Stallone himself took, and then gave up, the director’s chair—but Michael B. Jordan is back and as buff as ever in the trailer for Creed 2. The…

Modern Family co-creator takes a stand against Fox News, immediately backtracks Modern Family co-creator takes a stand against Fox News, immediately backtracks

Following the lead of Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane—who followed up his tweet about being “embarrassed” to work for Fox with a $2.5 million donation to NPR and its L.A. affiliate, KPCC, earlier today—a growing chorus of Fox creatives are criticizing the company for its role in such craven lies as “it’s not an…

Killing Eve slays the TCA Awards with 5 nominations  Killing Eve slays the TCA Awards with 5 nominations 

Emmys voting is currently underway, which means that a ripe crop of fantasy Emmys ballots and “who will win/who should win” speculation is on its way. Fueling those predictions will be today’s nominations for the TCA Awards, the annual honors bestowed by members of the Television Critics Association (like our own Erik…

Chicago, de-stress with Damsel early and for free Chicago, de-stress with Damsel early and for free

The Zellner brothers’ upcoming comedy/drama/Western hybrid Damsel is out to re-write two narratives: First, as yet another entry into the ongoing de-Twilighting of Robert Pattinson, and second, as a subversive counter-narrative to the Western cliché of the damsel in distress. That’s about all we’ll elaborate on that…

Heather Locklear hospitalized, reportedly undergoing psych evaluation Heather Locklear hospitalized, reportedly undergoing psych evaluation

In an experience that she shares with many actors (and people from all walks of life) before her, Heather Locklear has had her struggles with addiction and mental illness. As The Los Angeles Times reports, that struggle has grown more serious: On Sunday, Locklear was reportedly taken to a Los Angeles hospital for a…

Weekend Box Office: Incredibles 2 soars with the biggest animated opening of all time  Weekend Box Office: Incredibles 2 soars with the biggest animated opening of all time 

Here’s a headline that may induce some déjà vu: Over the weekend, The Incredibles 2, Pixar’s 14-years-later sequel to Brad Bird’s Oscar-winning superhero family adventure, set a new record for the biggest opening weekend of all time (for an animated film). If it’s hard to tell which records mean something anymore, we…

Desus & Mero ditch Viceland for a weekly Showtime gig Desus & Mero ditch Viceland for a weekly Showtime gig

If you want to watch the No. 1 show in late night, you’re going to have to get premium cable. Podcasting duo turned up-and-coming late-night hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are once again moving up in the world, ending their late-night Viceland series in favor of the fancier sets and more expensive bottles of rum at…

Incredibles 2 adds strobe light warning after shockingly polite Twitter protest Incredibles 2 adds strobe light warning after shockingly polite Twitter protest

Somehow, the story of the Pokémon episode that sent hundreds of Japanese children to the emergency room back in 1997 missed the animation aficionados at Pixar. As was pointed out—and soon addressed by Disney—in a shockingly civil fan campaign on Twitter over the weekend, among the techniques employed by The …

Good news: Beyoncé and JAY-Z's latest is now on Spotify, Apple Music Good news: Beyoncé and JAY-Z's latest is now on Spotify, Apple Music

So, you’ve tried a dozen different variations on beyandjay12345@gmail.com and they’ve all been claimed by your fellow Beyoncé fans also on their third free trial? Well, then, we’ve got good news: Assuming you subscribe to another subscription music service, you don’t have to get Tidal to hear the new Beyoncé and Jay-Z…

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