Academy tries to make up for Best Original Song gaffe with a Bette Midler performance

Humbled after a few humiliating spins on a roller coaster that began with the announcement, then eventual retraction, of the “Best Popular Film” category back in August of 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is attempting to appease its now thoroughly ruffled membership, as well as the audience for…

The Star Wars: Episode IX wrap party featured a human disco ball and John Boyega singing Vanessa Carlton

Star Wars: Episode IX—We Still Don’t Have A Title Yet officially wrapped shooting this past Friday after nine long months, and that only means one thing: wrap party! And it was truly a wrap party: Episode IX marks the official end of the so-called “Skywalker saga,” completing the narrative arc that began with the…

Jussie Smollett case now formally a clusterfuck as Chicago cops accuse him of staging the attack himself

After the better part of a weekend in which the Chicago Police Department was publicly careful about pushing back against news reports suggesting it was investigating the racist and homophobic attack against Empire actor Jussie Smollett last month as a hoax, the dam has apparently begun to break. CNN reports tonight…

Urban Outfitters now just jamming packs of old VHS tapes together and selling them for 40 bucks

Once again fulfilling its duty as the place to shop for the man who has everything—except some random bullshit you assembled during a $10 day trip to Goodwill—Urban Outfitters unleashed its latest uber-trendy bit of nostalgic home decor this week: Random assortments of old VHS tapes, stuffed into 5-packs and sold for…

This rapping, dancing fentanyl bottle feels like a reject from the world's darkest 30 Rock gag

If you’ve kept an eye on the looming opioid crisis in recent years, it’s more-or-less guaranteed that you’ve heard about fentanyl by now. Last year, the extremely potent medication—which is generally prescribed to help end-stage cancer patients cope with pain—surpassed heroin to be the most lethal opioid on the…

The Late Show gifts us with just 10 minutes of Jeff Goldblum being Jeff Goldblum

Stephen Colbert introduced his first Friday guest with descriptive terms like “icon of American cinema,” “a grandmaster of late-night,” and “a singular character,” because what else are you going to say about Jeff Goldblum, really? Goldblum wasn’t on The Late Show to promote anything—he does have a new-ish album of…

Chastened Oscars producers crumble before the power of Big Cinematography, Makeup, and Hairstyling

The nice thing about the current state of the Academy Awards is that it opens up a whole new set of betting pools for Oscars fanatics; specifically, those hoping to predict exactly when, and how, the Academy will fold in the face of its next, big, inevitable controversy. Congratulations to anybody who had “Friday,…

Blue Velvet and Funny Games are both coming to the Criterion Collection, so that's date night set

Hey, we get it folks: Valentine’s Day is over, the chocolates have all been messily devoured, and now romance is ready to hibernate again until spring decides to show its lazy butt at last. In these late-winter doldrums, it can be hard to come up with a really good Date Night to show your significant other that you…

New Detective Pikachu footage here to remind us that real-life Pokémon are the frickin' worst

Just when we’d thought we’d fully acclimated to the world of the upcoming Detective Pikachu—what with its coffee-asshole yellow rats, fire-breathing murder dragons, and the upsetting, almost-human thing that is Mr. Mime—the Ryan Reynolds vehicle had to unleash a new bit of footage, just to remind us all that a world…

Marvel hires a Rick And Morty alum to write their new Loki show

Marvel and Disney have a lot riding on Loki’s shoulders; as the most immediately exciting—Tom Hiddleston back in the green-and-black, smirking at people on the teevee!—of the slate of limited series MCU shows the two companies have cooked up for Disney+, it’s going to have to do a lot of work to draw mischief-loving…

Here’s the latest list of dildos that want to steal your personal data

Everyone knows that cell phones, smart TVs, and other wirelessly connected devices are most likely recording your data for nefarious reasons. Don’t delude yourself, however, into thinking that digital privacy violations stop at the bedroom door. As reported by Boing Boing, the cyber-security focused “Privacy Not…

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron's Long Shot of a love story gets first trailer

Motownphilly’s back again in the first trailer for Long Shot, a new romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, and, holy shit, Boys II Men. And, yes, as is often the case with Rogen’s onscreen lovers, Theron is just a touch out of his league, but the above trailer doesn’t shy away from that fact. Rogen’s…

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