The news that Donald Trump is dropping — for now, anyway! — his monumentally stupid (even for him) lawsuit against Bill Maher may be good for the humorless blowhard and reality TV star, but it’s disappointing for late-night comedy writers and celeb jurisprudence fans. C’mon, admit it: that would’ve been a fun trial, if for nothing else than Maher’s testimony. At any rate, while we’re waiting to see if Trump holds true on his threat to return to the matter at a later date, here’s a look back at other instances of celebrities — real and C-list — who’ve taken each other to court. … Read More
1. Earlier today Tina Brown announced that after 80 years as a print publication, Newsweek will move to an all-digital format beginning next year. The new incarnation of the magazine, Newsweek Global, will be available to readers through a paid subscription model. [via Media Decoder]
2. There’s not a whole lot to see… Read More
Backlash is a funny thing. It’s always been present in popular culture, but it feels as though it’s become particularly prominent over the past few years, an unavoidable step in any celebrated film, band, book, or television show’s penetration into the cultural landscape: first comes critical acclaim, then financial success, then ubiquity, and then the inevitable backlash from those who object (or who have turned, perhaps because of said popularity and/or ubiquity). Sometimes, the pendulum swings back and the backlash fades — but often, the negative connotation is what sticks, and that’s what becomes the lasting perception.
This week’s 3D rerelease of Titanic got us thinking about backlash, and how often we find ourselves defending movies that were, at least in the beginning, critical and popular hits, but have since fallen out of public favor. Thus, we’ve collected ten movies that the worm turned on — but that we’re standing by, damnit, and we’ll tell you why. Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments. … Read More
1. Radiohead debuted two new songs at the kick-off show for their 2012 world tour in Miami last night. Watch the live footage of the band performing “Identikit” and “Cut A Hole” here.
2. This can’t be good: series creator Alan Ball has confirmed that he’s stepping down from his duties as True… Read More
1. Instead of that Zombieland sequel that everyone has been talking about, word is that Fox and Sony Pictures Television are developing a “potential half-hour comedy” that’s based on the film. We wonder how much this decision has to do with the runaway success of the second-season premiere of The Walking Dead. [via … Read More
We had assumed the main attraction of Cinemax was still late-night softcore, but apparently the HBO sister network has recently gotten into the original programming game. The next addition to its mini-stable of action shows will be executive produced by none other than Alan Ball — the heavy hitter behind both True Blood and Six… Read More
1. An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Japan this morning (the strongest ever recorded in the country), followed by a massive, 33-foot-high tsunami. Google has responded to the crisis by launching a tool that “helps you find a person or provide information on missing persons.” The site also… Read More
Now that Big Love is closing in on its series finale (how are they ever going to wrap it up in just two more episodes?), we’re preparing to turn our attentions back to HBO’s other WTF-filled drama series, True Blood. And considering the way last season ended — remember Bill and Queen Sophie-Anne’s Matrix-like midair showdown? — the writers are going to have a lot of drama to cover in Season 4. Good thing creator Alan Ball and his cast did some talking about what we can expect when the show returns in June, at a PaleyFest panel over the weekend. It’s all spoilers from here on, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. … Read More
1. After Harvey Weinstein personally argued his position at yesterday’s hearing, an MPAA board has unanimously overturned the NC-17 rating on Blue Valentine. The film will be given an R rating instead. [via Deadline]
2. The Winklevoss twins — who already walked away with a $65 million settlement — are suing Mark Zuckerberg… Read More