NBC developing sitcom about people who train employees at Chili's

In a piece for GQ in 2016, Daniel Riley explored the cult of hyper-enthusiastic Chili’s employees tasked with training new employees and teaching them the core values of the Chili’s brand. That story, “Inside The Church Of Chili’s,” is now being adapted into an NBC sitcom by Veep executive producer Sean Gray, Condé…

Trump thinks stricter gun laws would have led to more victims in Texas, not less

Falling back on the old conservative talking point that says the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun obtained through a country’s laughably lax gun control regulations is through the actions of a good guy with a gun, obtained through a country’s laughably lax gun control regulations, Donald Trump made it clear today…

USC students launch petition to remove Bryan Singer’s name from the school’s media division

A group of students at the University Of Southern California have organized a new change.org petition, asking the school to remove film director Bryan Singer’s name from its media division. The request comes in the wake of a renewed interest in and awareness of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against…

Marilyn Manson tries to justify pulling out a fake rifle onstage in San Bernardino

Sunday night, in his first concert since a falling prop broke his leg, Marilyn Manson tried out stretch out his old “freak out your parents” muscles by taking out a fake rifle and pointing it at the audience. This comes from Variety, which says the gun had a microphone on it and was “obviously fake,” but the realness…

Father John Misty reminds us all that the real threat is music bloggers

Yesterday, the ACLU came to the defense of a music blog that had called on Taylor Swift to denounce white supremacists, an assertion that inspired a threatening letter from the pop star’s lawyers. Today, a new party entered the fray: yes, it’s our good friend Father John Misty, here to do the Father John Misty thing…

Amid pressure from critics, Disney ends its ban on the L.A. Times 

Amid a growing number of critics’ groups and publications—including The A.V. Club—announcing their own boycotts of Disney films in solidarity, The New York Times reports that Disney has lifted its ban on The L.A. Times. The studio says in a statement, “we’ve had productive discussions with the newly installed…

Difficult People has been ruthlessly calling out Kevin Spacey for years

We’ve already touched on Seth MacFarlane’s long-running penchant for calling out some of Hollywood’s not-so-secret secrets. At an Oscars nomination ceremony in 2013, he alluded to Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior, and a Family Guy joke from 2004 hinted at Kevin Spacey’s supposed taste for (much) younger men…

Baby welcomed to the world by Heath Ledger's Joker, which seems about right, really

In what can only be considered an appropriate introduction to the current state of our actively on-fire planet, a doctor recently delivered a baby dressed as Heath Ledger’s Joker. The man costumed as an internet-popular nihilistic sociopath caught the baby at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, thus…

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Check out Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo and his sister slaying the national anthem

We all know that Gaten Matarazzo’s Dustin on Stranger Things is a hero: He’s a friend to the whole D&D crew as well as mysterious being Dart, a fierce warrior alongside Steve, and even a devoted son to his slightly overbearing mom. But it turns out that Matarazzo has talents that haven’t even appeared on Netflix yet.…

Please enjoy this interviewer embarrassing a breathtakingly smug Richard Spencer

There are few people more imminently hatable in the public sphere in 2017 than Richard Spencer, the self-congratulating white supremacist who sucks so hard and is so punchable that he forced Macklemore to get a new haircut. The above video will provide, to any right-thinking viewer, first a powerful overload of their…

Ozzy Osbourne to follow Black Sabbath farewell tour with a farewell tour of his own

Black Sabbath’s 81-night final tour, which featured founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, wrapped up in February, capping off the iconic metal band’s nearly 50-year history. Now, Ozzy is going on a farewell tour of his own. According to an announcement on the rock god’s website, this is set to…

Perfect Stranger Things finally reunites Larry, Balki, and an evil Demogorgon

In some ways, this was inevitable. We live in a culture that fetishizes the idealized innocence of the ’80s and ’90s, so of course someone was going to mash together TGIF sitcom Perfect Strangers with Stranger Things, a show whose entire raison d’etre is in adopting and subverting pop culture touchstones. What we…

The Simpsons also predicted Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox

The soothsayers in The Simpsons’ writers room may soon add another item to their list of predictions that came to pass: In addition to foreseeing the Trump presidency, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl act, and a Nobel Prize winner, the animated sitcom also called the Disney-21st Century Fox merger that’s been in and out of…