Showrunners Mike Schur & Damon Lindelof Just Set the Bar for Admitting Complicity & Making Hollywood Better
When we talk about sexual harassment and assault, we often talk about the role of men in the fight against these things. What can men do besides just, you know, not harassing and assaulting women? How can they stand up for women? How can they resist being complicit cogs in the nonstop misogyny machine?Read More
DC Comics and IDW Team Up On Love is Love Comics Anthology to Benefit Survivors of Orlando Pulse Shooting
The June 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was one of the most tragic events of this year, sending an arrow through the heart of the LGBTQIA community. There have been several tributes already, too. Now, two of the biggest publishers in comics are joining forces to create an anthology to benefit the survivors of that horrible event.Read More
On December 10, HBO renewed its critically-acclaimed, but low-rated angst-fest, The Leftovers, for what it announced would be the third and final season. Despite favorable reviews, and an 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, The Leftovers has struggled to find the audience it deserves. This is likely due in part to the fact that it shares its Sunday night time slot with that other end-of-the-world show, AMC's ratings juggernaut, The Walking Dead.Read More
I believe fans should be active, rather than passive consumers of media content. We should engage with it, as well as with creators, as part of us better understanding ourselves and the world, as well as ensuring that mass media doesn't do more harm to those who enjoy it than good. However, sometimes I think fans sometimes go too far in their "need to know," often ruining the effect that storytellers want their stories to have.Read More
Though I will defend the Lost finale TO THE DEATH.
I love Damon Lindelof. I loved Lost (yes, even the ending), I will always love his giving Wolverine a panda spirit guide, and while I stopped watching The Leftovers after the third episode because WTF, I'm going to give it another whirl. That said, Lindelof recently said something about people who stop watching shows that doesn't sit well with me as a writer, a critic, or as a person who reserves the right to like or not like whatever the hell I want.Read More
Tomorrowland Scribes Talk Writing Female Characters; George Clooney Addresses Moderation Vs. Censorship
"What if she doesn't get distracted by romantic entanglements? What if her "romance" is with the future?"
"It'll be nice in 10 or 15 years for this not to be a thing anymore. I think we're now in this post–Hunger Games, post-Twilight, post-Insurgent era where these movies make tons of money, you don't even think twice about it, and they're great characters."Read More
Taking things to a whole other dimension.
You have been waiting for months—no, years—for this. At last, the second (and probably final) teaser trailer for Brad Bird's sci-fi Tomorrowland is on the internet for the world to see. And it looks amazing!Read More
I mean. You know.
For reasons currently passing understanding, Hollywood has chosen to make a movie out of Tomorrowland. You know, that one part of the Magic Kingdom at Disney? Anyways, since that's the most ambiguously ridiculous thing to make a movie of ever, and the film is already in post, be glad we finally have some photos and plot details from the production team.Read More
Celebrities on Twitter get a lot of people constantly spewing hate at them, but for anyone who's in some kind of creative leadership position, it's about a spillion times worse. So it's no wonder that a bunch of showrunners and game developers have quit the social media network at one point or another.Read More
Hey, there are still people out there who liked the LOST finale! I think?
Earlier in the week, we told you that LOST creator Damon Lindelof had been receiving some pretty terrible hate in the wake of the widely-acclaimed Breaking Bad series finale. In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof just wants you to know: he doesn't care what you think about the LOST finale any more. He. Is. Over it.Read More
Not sure if he agrees, or just trolling.
Unless you live in an internet-less cavern (if so, how are you reading this, magical being?), you probably know that Breaking Bad ended last night. People were so pleased with the outcome of AMC's epic show that they celebrated in the best way the internet knows how: by hating on someone else. This time, it was LOST creator Damon Lindelof.Read More
"Oh, yeah, the smoke monster, totally going to be resolved in the first few episodes."
Love it or hate it, LOST was a game-changer in the world of television. Expensive to shoot, filmed in Hawaii, incredibly serialized, and often completely nonsensical, it's amazing that in the current TV landscape, a network looked at the premise for the show and said, "That's a great idea! Let's do it!" Well, as it turns out: that never happened.Read More
Things We Saw Today
If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time
I Want to Believe
"I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress. We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic. What I'm saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future. Also, I need to learn how to spell 'misogynistic.'" - Star Trek Into Darkness writer Damon Lindelof in a string of four tweets sent out roughly a half hour after we posted his lackluster answer as to why actress Alice Eve was made to strip down in the film for no reason. It's nice to see Lindelof comment on the complaints at all, and we hope he really is more mindful of these types of things in the future but we must point out - having half naked actors in a sex scene does not equal the treatment Eve received. Again, it's all about context and Dr. Carol Marcus was put on display with none. What do you think of Lindelof's apology? (via tipster commenter Eric)Read More
Today in things that make us scream incoherently
"Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God's name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there's a very good answer for that. But I'm not telling you what it is. Because... uh... MYSTERY?" - Star Trek Into Darkness writer Damon Lindelof writing probably the most idiotic thing he could write in a letter to MTV. They had asked, "I feel like I have to start with the biggest mystery/conversation that's surrounded the film from the get go. Why is Alice Eve in her underwear at one point?" Because, well, that is an incredibly relavent question to ask. I mentioned it briefly in my non-TMS review but really, I could have gone on for pages about it. Eve's character of Dr. Carol Marcus was touted to have incredible intelligence, though instead of allowing her to use it to effect the plot, she was used as the most blatant eye-candy I've seen in a long time. We see this kind of thing a lot in Hollywood, sure, but the scene in question was akin to an actor holding up and verbally speaking the name of a can of Coca-Cola during a scene about cats or general surgery. And for a writer to respond to serious criticism in such a flippant manner is disappointing to say the least. Not to mention what he said when asked about a rumored shirtless scene for Benedict Cumberbatch's character:Read More
Today at 12:00 PM EDT J.J. Abrams and the cast of Star Trek Into Darkness will have a Google Hangout with astronauts, including Chris Cassidy, one of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station who recently went on a space walk to fix an ammonia leak on the station. You can watch the whole thing right here, and we even have the details on how you can try to get a question in.Read More