Olivia Colman dethrones Claire Foy as star of The Crown

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Olivia Colman is set to replace Clair Foy as Queen Elizabeth in seasons three and four Netflix’s The Crown. Major monarchy shakeups are pretty rare in real life—and typically involve a revolution—but EW points out that it’s been Netflix’s plan from the beginning to recast the lead…

Preacher will be back for more ungodly madness next year

Season two of AMC’s enthusiastically profane Preacher ended even crazier than it began, with one major character dead, another busting his way out of Hell, and God turning out to be a dude in some anonymous motel room. (Also: Hitler’s on the loose.) Now, the Seth Rogen-produced series has gotten confirmation that…

Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams detail harassment from director James Toback

Over the weekend, The Los Angeles Times published a story on 38 women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations against director James Toback. Now, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are speaking out about the sexual harassment they say they experienced from Toback in a piece for Vanity Fair, with Blair…

Harvey Weinstein is suing The Weinstein Co., but only for its own good

Representatives for Harvey Weinstein announced today that the disgraced movie mogul is now suing the company he helped build—but only for its own good, of course. According to Deadline, Weinstein launched a lawsuit earlier today, asking a judge to order The Weinstein Co. to grant him expedited access to his company…

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Kingkiller Chronicle series is heading to Showtime

The upcoming TV show based on Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle has found a home at Showtime. The show is part of an ambitious slate of projects that will adapt the best-selling books into various media, including movies from Lionsgate and video games. As for the TV version, Hamilton creator…

Apple doesn't want any naughty bits in its original TV shows

If there are three things that make a TV show popular, it’s nudity, violence, and cuss words. Game Of Thrones constantly has all three, Breaking Bad had spurts of the latter two, and The Walking Dead is nothing but violence, but Apple has absolutely no interest in replicating shows like that for its future collection…

Hulu to continue its run of politically charged literary adaptations with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Fresh off the critical success (and multiple Emmy wins) of its recent Margaret Atwood adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu is getting ready to bring another pivotal, politically charged classic of 20th century literature to the screen. Variety reports that the streaming service has put into development a TV version of…

Practical Magic director Griffin Dunne got an exorcism after being cursed by a “witch consultant”

Practical Magic is a perfectly fine late ’90s rom-com, with two charismatic leads (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), strong supporting turns by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest, and the added fun of witchcraft against the backdrop of a lovely seaside town. Yet the movie got lousy reviews—it topped out at 20…

Ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez offers weak statement in response to rape allegations

Earlier this week, Marilyn Manson acted quickly and definitively in response to allegations of sexual assault against his longtime band member Twiggy Ramirez (né Jeordie White). In short: Last Friday, a fellow musician, Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams, came forward to accuse White of sexual assault, describing…

Saudi Arabia takes terrifying step to the future by granting a robot citizenship 

Every advancement in artificial intelligence technology seems like a step closer to one of Hollywood’s many robot-related dystopias. A robot becomes impossibly good at Ms. Pac-Man? That robot will soon be a Terminator. Robots learn how to track humans even when not on the internet? That will be helpful for when the…

How the hell did this racist Kellogg's Corn Pop happen?

In an attempt to make sugary sweet popcorn breakfast cereal appealing to kids, Kellogg’s recently decorated the back of its Corn Pops boxes with a fun search game—one involving anthropomorphic corn-pop “ninjas,” pinwheeling through a shopping mall. While the game gives children something to study intently while…

Here is a blessedly thorough rebuttal to those “Everything Wrong With” videos

In the pantheon of YouTube series that analyze and comment on film, the work of CinemaSins has always appealed to users’ most base instincts. Their long-running, wildly popular “Everything Wrong With…” series is designed to both humorously point out the overlooked flaws in classic films and rejoice in the carnage of a…

Please enjoy this definitive ranking of non-traditional pasta shapes

For too long, pasta has been referred to as a singular whole—some imagined collective food group that is either good or bad based on preparation style, ingredients, and/or sauce. The true noodleheads among us have always known, though, that the success of a pasta dish starts with something far more basic: the shape of…

Now you can binge-watch a Stranger Things after-show when you’re done with the 2nd season 

Time was, when you were done with your Stranger Things binge-watch, you had to go on the internet or—shudder—outside to find someone to help you break down what you just saw. But Netflix is preempting those unwanted social interactions, offering up a new after-show to race through like so many Eggo waffles. Jim Rash…

Ashley Judd discusses Harvey Weinstein on Good Morning America 

Ashley Judd was one of the women who told her story in the original New York Times story that reported on the decades of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and today she sat down with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the allegations further. Judd’s story has become…

Watch James Franco go undercover as The Shining's Jack Torrance at a haunted house

It’s still easy to rag on James Franco for acting like a pretentious grad student a few years ago, but it’s time to acknowledge the dude deserves our respect. Even if you didn’t like his brilliant turn in Spring Breakers, his reverent, nuanced performances in fare like 11.22.63 and The Deuce are proof that he isn’t…

The Weinstein Company’s investor deal has fallen through

Colony Capital, a private equity firm known for snapping up failing Hollywood properties at a bargain price, is withdrawing its investment offer to the embattled Weinstein Company, The New York Times reports. Last week, the firm and the struggling studio, whose name is being scrubbed from movie credits as we type, …

Watch Rick And Morty sacrifice Butter Bot to the gods of capitalism

Look: We all have bills to pay, and so do our favorite TV shows. Despite the many faults of the worst elements of its fanbase, Rick And Morty is a brilliant TV show, and if shilling some deodorant ensures another season or two of tightly written comedy and impressively nerdy sci-fi world-building, so be it. Still, you…