Barry's second season gets a premiere date in provocative new teaser

Here’s what we know about the second season of Barry: NoHo Hank is back and it premieres this spring. Today, HBO shared a new teaser with the show’s exact return date, one that finds Bill Hader’s reluctant assassin overseeing a ragtag, rifle-bearing army. “Oh, Barry, it’s about to go off,” Hank says, a shit-eating…

Amazon's teasing its Lord Of The Rings series with a map of Middle-earth and the theories are pouring in

When describing his writing process for the sprawling fantasy epic that became the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, author J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “I started with a map and made the story fit.” It appears Amazon is using a similar tack with their forthcoming Lord Of The Rings-based series, the plot of which still remains…

1 of the 3 albums Ryan Adams planned on releasing this year has been "put on hold"

The music industry dropped its jaw—or uttered a weary “sounds about right”—this week when The New York Times outlined allegations of emotional abuse and sexually inappropriate behavior from seven different women against songwriter Ryan Adams. Among those interviewed was actress and musician Mandy Moore, Adams’…

U.S. Copyright Office shades the "Carlton dance" while refusing Alfonso Ribeiro's ownership claim

Alfonso Ribeiro would really rather never do the “Carlton dance” again, but, since the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air actor says he’s asked to boogie every time he leaves the house, he might as well be getting paid. That’s the thinking, at least, behind a lawsuit Ribeiro filed last year. In December, Ribeiro sued 2K and …

Ben Affleck celebrates freedom from Batman by banishing costume to late show ceiling rafters

After so many years of suffering the paychecks and prestige that comes with playing Batman, Ben Affleck has now confirmed he’s finally free from his personal dark knight of the soul. No longer will he need to scowl through Justice League or Suicide Squad movies. No longer will he have to endure having kohl rubbed onto…

NASA tried (and failed) to revive the Mars Opportunity rover with Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You”

Earlier this week, news began to spread that the Mars rover Opportunity had reached the end of its robotic life and people were, understandably, upset. The solar-powered rover was initially sent on a 90-day mission to the red planet but managed to stay remarkably functional for nearly fifteen years until a planet-wide…

Chicago police deny that they're accusing Jussie Smollett of faking the attack against him 

It’s been roughly 12 hours since the last time we wrote about the racist and homophobic attack launched against Empire star Jussie Smollett on the streets of Chicago last month—i.e., just long enough for this entire story to get thoroughly buried in a wave of confusion, misinformation, and increasingly high-volume…

Ariana Grande recorded multiple versions of "Thank U, Next," in case she and Pete Davidson worked it out

Today in 4th-dimensional chess: Songstress Ariana Grande revealed in an interview this week that there were actually multiple version of the title track off her new album, Thank U, Next, recorded in the run-up to its release last year. The reason? The fluctuating state of her relationship with former fiance Pete…

Villeneuve's reckless Dune casting threatens to use up Hollywood's entire supply of blockbuster stars

We have to assume that Dune director Denis Villeneuve has read Frank Herbert’s sprawling science fiction classic on at least more than one occasion. He doesn’t seem to have picked up the novel’s underlying environmental conservation message, though, at least if the casting for his upcoming movie is any indication:…

Paddington to extend his dark dominion to the realm of kids' TV

If there’s one lesson that the last few years of ursine pop culture dominance have made clear, it’s this: Don’t fuck with Paddington Bear. Paul King’s two films about everybody’s favorite bumbling Peruvian ex-pat have made nearly half-a-billion at the box office, while bringing in clamoring, near-unanimous praise from…

The Yesterday trailer has the internet obsessing over a Beatles-less world

Yesterday has a crackerjack premise: What if you, a person who knows how to play the Beatles entire catalog, woke up one day to find that nobody had ever heard of The Beatles? Instant fame and fortune, yeah? That’s most certainly the case in the vibrant trailer for Danny Boyle’s highly anticipated jukebox musical,…

Brad Pitt and Peter Berg are making a documentary about Chris Cornell

Variety reports that Brad Pitt and Peter Berg are in the early stages of making a documentary about Chris Cornell, the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer who, this past Sunday, was honored with a posthumous Grammy Award for his song, “When Bad Does Good.” Cornell’s widow, Vicky, will produce alongside Pitt and…

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