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Aziz Ansari has a new comedy series coming to Netflix and it looks like a great, hilarious look at life in the year 2015. And, perhaps more importantly, Master of None is giving the always funny Parks and Recreation veteran a new platform from which he can brutally honest about the topics that he’s obviously passionate about. Like the state of race and Hollywood and that time he turned down a role in Transformers because of some general racial ickiness associated with the part.

You can read the Aziz Ansari Transformers story (as well as some of his other insightful, sad comments) after the jump.

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Meryl Streep (Adaptation) isn’t a feminist. In her own words, she’s a humanist, a comment which drew some flack, as did a recent photo shoot she did to promote her newest picture, Suffragette. In the photo, Streep wore a shirt with the slogan, “I’d rather be a rebel than slave,” an arguably tone deaf and outdated line from Emmeline Pankhurst, the women’s right activist portrayed by Streep in the film.

These recent missteps shouldn’t detract from everything right the actress has to say, though. Such as her comment about Rotten Tomatoes needing more female critics. Read more after the jump.

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Steve Jobs

Critics love Steve Jobs, but among those who knew the man personally, reactions to the project have been more mixed, to say the least. A new report claims Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs actively lobbied actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale to turn down the project, while Apple design chief Jony Ive has spoken out against the film. Read the Steve Jobs movie Laurene Powell Jobs and Jony Ive objections after the jump. Read More »

Why Did ‘Gambit’ Lose Director Rupert Wyatt?

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Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie suffered a big blow blow this month when Rupert Wyatt abruptly dropped out. At the time the director cited that old standby, scheduling conflicts. However, a new report points to creative differences as the real reason Wyatt left. Basically, he couldn’t get Fox to sign on to his vision. Find out what led to the Gambit Rupert Wyatt exit after the jump.  Read More »

Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Genndy Tartakovsky has made Sony a decent chunk of change with his Hotel Transylvania films. The sequel, which Tartakovsky helmed, just earned over $50 million this past weekend. One would guess that kind of box-office haul would score the animated director a little cart blanche, but, in spite of his financial success, that’s not entirely the case. Learn why after the jump Tartakovsky left Popeye.

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final Fast and Furious trilogy

Just last week, a report detailing some trouble behind the scenes of Furious 8 revealed that Universal Pictures was having trouble locking down a director, and there was even some chatter about producer and franchise star Vin Diesel being difficult to work with on set in the recent sequels, being heavily involved in the writing process, almost to a frustrating level.

However, Diesel himself has taken to Facebook, seemingly in an attempt to clear up some of the gossip about the production of the next sequel in the franchise, to explain what the hold up is in development. In addition, he’s confirmed that Universal is planning Furious 9 and Furious 10 for one final Fast and Furious trilogy that will begin with Furious 8. Read More »

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Will Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman costume nod to the comics? How is Suicide Squad‘s Cara Delevingne showing her love for Superman? Who else is coming to Legends of Tomorrow? What can screenwriter Jason Fuchs say about Wonder Woman? How is Mondo celebrating Batman Day? Does Tom Hiddleston think fans want him back as Loki? What would a Batman ’66 version of Bane look like? How feminist is Agent Carter? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Paul Feig Fires Back at ‘Ghostbusters’ Haters

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A new Ghostbusters movie was bound to inspire some grumbling no matter what, but Paul Feig‘s decision to go with a primarily female cast has attracted some extra ire. For the most part, he’s taken the complaints in stride. However, even a patient man like Feig has his limits, and recently he took to Twitter to fire back at some of the haters who’ve been dogging him for months.

Read the Paul Feig Ghostbusters haters reaction after the jump.  Read More »

2002, JAMES BOND: DIE ANOTHER DAY

Even as our current James Bond suits up for his next adventure, fans have started talking about about who could, or should, replace Daniel Craig. In particular, there’s been much speculation about whether the next Bond could be played by a non-white actor for the first time in franchise history.

For his part, former Bond Pierce Brosnan says he sees “no reason” why we couldn’t have a black Bond. Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor (himself a popular fan pick for the role) suggests Michael Peña should be the next one to pick up 007’s signature Walther PPK. Read the Pierce Brosnan black James Bond comments after the jump.  Read More »

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One Million Moms boycotting The Muppets

You know that grunt-like scream that Miss Piggy makes when she’s really made and frustrated? That’s pretty much what the American Family Association offshoot One Million Moms is doing right now as they boycott ABC’s The Muppets TV show premiering this Tuesday at 8pm Eastern.

The organization touts a mission statement saying that they are trying to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media” and “stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children.” Or more succinctly put, “We want our children to have the best chance possible of living in a moral society.”

So it might come as no surprise that The Muppets TV series, which has been described as having a more adult-skewed tone than previous Muppet stories, has the organization in uproar because the show apparently makes nonchalant jokes about sex and drugs. Find out more about One Million Moms boycotting The Muppets below. Read More »