This Is Bad (Or Is It Good?) News If You Hate Ohio State

As an Ohio State fan, this is what I was worried about when the Buckeyes got trucked by Iowa like three weeks ago: there’s still a path to the College Football Final Four…because the Final Four NEEDS Ohio State. And that path was a simple win out and get in because the Pac-12 took another dump all over itself, Notre Dame took a huge dump on itself in Miami, the SEC is getting one team when Bama wins out and the ACC is getting one team when Clemson wins out – still rooting for Miami & the chain to sneak out a win in ACC title game.

The above scenario from RJ Bell is exactly what I was terrified of the night I walked into my in-laws’ house and saw Iowa had dropped a 54 dump all over Urban. This is secretly what the committee, ESPN and Bama fans are hoping for. They want revenge for the 2015 Sugar Bowl when Zeke went 85-yards through the hearts of Bammers.

Bammers wanted that first ever CFB Playoff title. It was theirs. And then it wasn’t.

They still think that was a fluke game. They still think they’re kicking Ohio State’s ass 99 out of 100 times and then want desperately to dance on Urban’s grave. I get the tweets, emails, messages. I know what they’re thinking. They’re thinking this Ohio State team is the perfect team to demoralize. It would make it so much more satisfying than dancing on Miami’s grave or Oklahoma or Wisconsin (zzzzzzzz) or name another team.

And you have executives in Bristol and at Disney HQ on their knees praying Barrett can somehow win out.

You don’t believe me about Ohio State? I’ll refer you back to this from 2016 about Ohio State-Michigan ratings:

The game, which aired on ABC at noon, pulled in an overnight television rating of 10.4, the highest overnight rating for any game this season, and nearly 50% higher than the second-most-watched game of the season.

That 10.4 rating is the highest-ever recorded for a college football game that kicked off at noon on the east coast, according to ESPN. It is also the second-highest rated college football game ever aired on ABC, trailing only the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan game, when the teams were ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

Does this all mean that Ohio State deserves to get in if they win out? I’m an Ohio State fan and I say no. They don’t deserve that 4th spot. That Iowa game proves it.

But, wouldn’t you like to see another Saban-Urban matchup? Don’t you want to dance on the Buckeyes grave?


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Is «Peak TV» a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? Lindeloff and Schur Sound Off!

(Even more from the Damon Lindelof and Mike Schur discussion from this weekend’s Vulture Festival LA.)

Several years ago, FX head honcho John Landgraf famously coined the phrase «peak TV» and noted how there was too much on the air right now. Lindelof and Schur both respect Landgraf: «Landegraf is brilliant» (Lindelof) and «You meet that guy and you think damn this dude is smart.» But they both disagree with him. Lindelof thinks «the more TV there is, the more great TV there will be and the more niche TV there will be.» It’s frustrating for viewers, sure, but we wind up with a much richer landscape. Schur agrees, and his frustration with peak TV isn’t really about there being too much, but:

I get a little frustrated that there’s not a national conversation anymore. You basically have Game of Thrones and for people who watch The Walking Dead, you have The Walking Dead. But other than that, it’s very rare to have, every week, where the whole country is watching something and talking about something. And now, every conversation is the same.

«How about Stranger Things?«

«Yeah, I’ve only seen two episodes!»

«…Oh. ok.»

Schur noted how he hadn’t gotten to Stranger Things Season 2 yet («It’s hanging over me») or any of The Americans, even though he knows it’s excellent (Lindelof: «It is excellent»):

Schur:Every single day I drive around this town and there’s a new billboard for a new thing on Netflix that I’ve never heard of and I hate it, it’s coming at us too fast.

Lindelof: We have a game in the writers room, which is «Is It A Show?»

«Did you hear, if you liked The Handmaid’s Tale, there’s a new Margaret Atwood show?»

«Oh, when’s it gonna be on?»

«It’s on now.»

«That’s not a thing.»

And it is.

Schur told a cute story about Mike O’Malley, showrunner of the recently ended Survivor’s Remorse (which I’ve said for years now was a wonderful gem of a show with a title that made sense but wasn’t marketable, and which sadly nobody watched). He said that when folks would ask O’Malley what he was working on, he’d say «I run a show called Survivor’s Remorse. We’re on Starz. We’re on season 4. You’ve never heard of it.» Because he knew if he didn’t do that, with this Peak TV world, people would ask him when it was going to be out, and he’d have to get into the whole awkward conversation and nobody knows how to react. So he would just cut past all of that.

Anyway, Schur sums up the take away of all of this perfectly: «I’ve said this before, we’re all going to die with thousands of hours of unwatched excellent TV. There’s nothing we can do about it.»

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Shawn Mendes Brought His Good Looks and Stellar Vocals to the AMAs

Shawn Mendes has been winning us over this year with his hit single «There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,» but his American Music Awards performance on Sunday night just sealed the deal. The 19-year-old singer and heartthrob hit the stage with just a guitar and his stellar vocals and had us swooning over every minute of it. Yeah, we’ve officially joined his fan club. Watch his AMAs performance above now!

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Are Back Together — but Is It a Good Idea?

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez recently rekindled their years-long, on-again off-again relationship, and the reconciliation has fans of both singers split: while some people are rooting for the two (the heart wants what it wants, right?), others have qualms about the young lovers giving things yet another try.

It does seem like they’ve put each other through the ringer since first being linked in 2010, but almost everyone can agree that it’s pretty hard to shake your first love. So, what do you think? Are Justin and Selena destined for each other, or is their latest reunion just going to crash and burn again?

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Reminder: Neil Gaiman Is Still Making His ‘Good Omens’ Series And It’ll Involve Flaming Swords

I know it feels like a lifetime ago in the timewarp that is 2017, but in case you’ve forgotten: Neil Gaiman is adapting his beloved novel Good Omens (co-written by legend Terry Pratchett) into an Amazon/BBC miniseries. It’ll star Michael Sheen and David Tennant. It’s a comedy about the apocalypse, and frankly I welcome the opportunity to actually laugh at the end of the world, as opposed to sitting in numb fear like I do now.

Anyway, here’s a picture of the man himself hoisting a flaming sword because fuck it, let’s take our little pleasures where we can. You’re welcome.

Show running privilege: when you get to play with the flaming sword.

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The series should arrive sometime in 2019, so let’s hope he plans on continuing to share these little lifelines over the next year+ to see us through.

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Demi Lovato’s «Too Good at Goodbyes» Cover Is So Flawless It Caught Sam Smith’s Attention

Just in case anyone forgot why Demi Lovato is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, she gave a powerful reminder while recently appearing on BBC Radio 1’s «Live Lounge.» The 24-year-old singer joined the show to promote her latest album, Tell Me You Love Me, and wasted no time in putting her powerhouse vocals on display. Lovato performed her hit single «Sorry Not Sorry» in the studio (above), as well as a stripped-down version of an emotional throwback, «Skyscraper.»

As if those performances weren’t incredible enough, she also performed a flawless cover of Sam Smith’s «Too Good at Goodbyes.» She told the audience that Smith is «such a sweetheart» and that she’s «dying to collaborate with him.» It seems a possible duet between the two superstars might not be too far off, because following her performance, Smith put his stamp of approval on her cover by tweeting, «SAAAAAAANG IT.» Sang it, she did.

«Too Good at Goodbyes»

«Skyscraper»


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Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis Is Back, and More Bloody Good Details About the Reboot

Halloween 2018 just got kicked up a notch.

It was recently announced that Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising the iconic role of Laurie Strode in Halloween, another reboot of the beloved horror franchise due out on Oct. 19, 2018. It’s an exciting reveal for one of the first-ever scream queens because truly nothing is scarier than watching her fend off her psychotic, murderous, William Shatner-mask-wearing younger brother with only a wire hanger in the 1978 original. Then again, doesn’t Laurie get stabbed by her deranged sibling and thrown to her death in the franchise’s eighth movie, Halloween: Resurrection?

According to John Carpenter, who’s on board as an executive producer and creative consultant, the reboot will ignore everything after the original film. «It’s kind of a . . . I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost an alternative reality,» he explained to Stereo Gum. «It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the others were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.»

Regardless of how they handle the storyline, the horror film sees Laurie facing down Michael in one final, bloody confrontation. Curtis is definitely attached as Laurie, and Judy Greer is reportedly in talks to play her daughter, Karen Strode. Jason Blum, of Get Out and Paranormal Activity fame, is also on board as a producer, while David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are in charge of the script (Green is also directing).

In other words? Best. Halloween. EVER.


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Box Office Report: Thor! What Is He Good For?

Praise the pineapple clad prince himself, Taika Waititi has become king of the box office this week as Thor: Ragnarok opened in the top spot with a staggering $ 121m opening weekend. That’s the seventh largest opening for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, overtaking Spider-Man: Homecoming from earlier this year. The film was already doing well internationally, with around $ 55m in its opening week in China — a record for a November release — and audiences were more evenly split along gender lines than the previous two films in the saga. See, Taika gets women! Well, Taika and Chris Hemsworth’s impeccable short-hair-and-biceps combination, but that’s really all thanks to Taika so thank you very much New Zealand. If Thor: Ragnarok holds onto that strong opening, its domestic run could easily top $ 350m. There’s no way this won’t make the top 10 highest grossing films of the year. Watch out, Logan, because you may slip out.

The same can’t be said for A Bad Moms Christmas, although its $ 17m gross from the opening weekend is pretty modest and certainly nothing to sneeze at. Audience responses have been warm and a massive 87% of those viewers were women, according to statistics. The big question will be to see if it can sustain those numbers as we move in closer to the Christmas season (oh dear god how is it November already?) That first film took in over $ 113m domestically, so there are high hopes for a future comedy franchise here.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out with older releases: Jigsaw tumbled hard after Halloween, as did Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween; bless little Geostorm‘s heart for hanging in there at number 5; the domestic gross for Blade Runner 2049 hit $ 85m, which is nothing to mock, although clearly not the numbers they were hoping for. Suburbicon stumbled to number 13 with $ 1.16m, averaging out at $ 567 a theatre. Ouch. It’s also notable that Tom Cruise’s latest, American Made, has been out for 6 weeks now and has yet to make back its $ 50m budget domestically.

LBJ, the latest film from Rob Reiner with Woody Harrelson playing Lyndon Johnson, took in just over $ 1m from 659 theatres. The real indie hero this week was Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird. From four theatres, it delivered a $ 375,612 opening gross, which is an indie record for the year. Amazon Studios’s latest, Last Flag Flying, courtesy of Richard Linklater, had a soft opening of $ 42,000 from the same number of theatres. The studio will be hoping for better results in the coming weeks for Oscar season.

Oh, and Tulip Fever took in $ 242.

Next week sees the release of Daddy’s Home 2, because we were all missing that anti-Semitic misogynistic wife-beater Mel Gibson, weren’t we, as well as Murder on the Orient Express courtesy of Kenneth Branagh’s moustache, and the limited release of Oscar favourite, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.

What films did you watch this weekend? Did Thor: Ragnarok make you change your Chris ranking? Do you look as good in pineapple print as Taika Waititi? Could anyone ever look as good in pineapple print as Taika Waititi? At what period in his life was Jeff Goldblum at his hottest? Do you know him? Is he a friend from work? Answers in the comments.

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Good Lord, Jimmy Kimmel’s Daughter is Adorable

Every year, Jimmy Kimmel has his viewers send in videos of them pranking their children by telling them that they ate all their candy. Kids freak out. There are tears. Hysterics. Punches are thrown. Custody agreements are renegotiated. That compilation will likely arrive soon, but in the meantime, Jimmy Kimmel pulled the trick on his own daughter, who is maybe the cutest, most chill child I have ever seen.

As you can see, Channing Tatum hosted last night’s episode (Jimmy Kimmel is out this week because his son’s second heart surgery was rescheduled). Tatum also pulled the stunt on his four year old daughter, and rather than freak out or scream and yell, his daughter’s response was just pure heartbreak.

These celebrity children are WAY to well adjusted for my taste. They’re giving me a complex.

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Bette Midler Just Outdid Herself With This Freakishly Good Marie Antoinette Costume

We thought there was no way Bette Midler could top her Winifred Sanderson Halloween costume from last year, but it looks like we were dead wrong. On Monday, the actress showed up to her annual NYC Halloween bash, benefiting the New York Restoration Project, dressed up as none other than Marie Antoinette. From the hair to the makeup to the outfit, everything about Bette’s getup was absolute perfection. Heidi Klum better watch out, because it looks like there’s a new queen of Halloween in town.

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