YouTube personality apologizes for showing video of apparent suicide victim

Lending new weight to the term “ugly American,” popular vlogger Logan Paul recently posted video of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest to his YouTube channel. It was part of a travelogue series he seems to be doing while in Japan, where he’s also played Pokémon Go and pretended to be kicked out of…

A drunken comment may have prompted the Trump/Russia investigation

Today in news that feels very timely for this booze-filled weekend, a New York Times report has revealed that a drunken comment from George Papadopoulos may have played a big role in the early days of the investigation into ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Papadopoulos was a foreign policy…

Showtime cancels Jay Pharoah and Jamie Foxx's White Famous

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has decided to cancel Jay Pharoah-starring comedy show White Famous after one season. The show came from producer Jamie Foxx, and it was loosely based on his life while also apparently existing in the same universe as Californication. Along with Pharoah, it starred Utkarsh…

John Williams is writing a new theme for Solo: A Star Wars Story

A lot of Star Wars characters have a little theme that can be played or referenced when they appear on screen or tragically die, like Darth Vader with “The Imperial March,” Luke Skywalker with “The Force Theme/Binary Sunset,” and Leia with the aptly named “Princess Leia’s Theme,” but other than “Han Solo And The…

Wacky write-in votes from Alabama special election really aren't that funny

Against all odds, Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the U.S. Senate near the beginning of this month, beating Republican candidate and alleged pedophile Roy Moore. Jones’ victory was decisive, but the fact that it wasn’t a full-on trouncing says something pretty depressing about the political climate in this country…

Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner facing new sexual assault allegations

In November, Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner was accused of offering a freelance writer a job in exchange for sex in 2005, an allegation that he denied even though he did acknowledge that he flirted with the accuser before publishing one of his pieces in Men’s Journal. Now, BuzzFeed is reporting that another man,…

Former guests accuse Dr. Phil staff of helping them get drugs and alcohol

Critics have always questioned just how effective the Dr. Phil show’s method of public shaming and exploitation is at actually helping people, but a new report from medical-news site Stat suggests that it’s actually been pretty damn effective at actively hurting people. According to the story, the staff of Dr. Phil …

JAY-Z confesses his sins in the epic, star-studded "Family Feud" video 

JAY-Z sure does know how to commit to a bit. At 4:44 p.m. ET this afternoon—you know, like the title of his latest album?—the hip-hop multi-hyphenate released a lavish, star-studded video, “Family Feud,” directed by Ava DuVernay. Opening with a sepia-tinted, Godfather-esque scene of violent family drama, the video…

R.I.P. Sue Grafton, mystery novelist and author of the "Alphabet Series"

Sue Grafton, the bestselling writer behind the “Alphabet Series” of mystery novels, each named after a letter of the alphabet and featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone, has died. Grafton’s daughter posted the news of her death earlier today on Facebook, saying that Grafton had died “after a two year battle…

The Mom And Dad trailer is here to satisfy your "Nic Cage swinging a sledgehammer" needs

“You put your right foot in, you take your right foot out, you do the hokey pokey and you—FUCK!” For the diehard Nicolas Cage fan, that particular bit of dialogue—accompanied by Cage swinging a sledgehammer and screaming—is all the incentive you need to watch Mom And Dad. For the skeptical, here’s some backstory: Cage…

Read This: Donald Trump’s 2017 diet consisted of well-done steaks with a Diet Coke chaser

As a previous Takeout article pointed out, we glean a lot of cultural information about our presidents by what they eat, whether it’s Ronald Reagan relishing jellybeans or Bill Clinton jogging to McDonald’s. Our current president has also put his stamp on the White House diet, but as this thorough Eater…

Vinny from Jersey Shore knows more about climate change than the president

Vinny, for those of us who never watched Jersey Shore, was the “nice guy” of the Shore House, a political science major with a 3.9 GPA who “followed the others’ lead when it came to the ladies on the shore and also managed to avoid most (not all) of the arguing and fighting,” according to a surprisingly detailed entry …

The Justice League comes under political fire in this exclusive preview

Everyone makes mistakes. But when you’re a superhero, mistakes can have huge consequences. The Justice League is currently dealing with the fallout of a recent mission that flew off the rails when police interference resulted in the death of a nun. And when video of the incident is leaked to the world, the team finds…

We regret to inform you that Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant is shutting down

Sad dispatches from Flavortown today, as Eater reports that Guy Fieri’s Times Square family feedbag, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, will be closing up shop with the new year. News reports remains unclear on what will be done with the restaurant’s remaining supply of donkey sauce, as well as the still-living donkeys who…