The first season of Ryan Murphy‘s dramedy series The Politician followed the exploits of the ambitious Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) as he campaigned to become student body president in a Santa Barbara, California high school. It was full of satirical political back-stabbing and double-crossing, not to mention plenty of morally and ethically questionable decisions. The end of the first season paved the way for a college-aged Payton to take it to the next level by becoming a young candidate in the New York State Senate race, and it looks like that race is going to get dirty.
The Politician‘s second season picks up where the first season left off as Payton is in the thick of his campaign against Dede Standish (Judith Light), the Senate Majority Leader who now finds herself at the center of a scandal that leaves her vulnerable to defeat. But she has her loyal Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler), at her side, and they’re not going to let this kid get the better of them. See how the political mudslinging begins in The Politician season 2 trailer below. Read More »
Did you hear Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow has apparently semi-retired from acting? How is Burger King trying to appeal to Bronx residents annoyed by the tourism of the Joker stairs? Is Lockheed seen in the background of the New Mutants trailer? Who could Christian Bale be playing in Thor: Love & Thunder? Was New Mutants ever intended to be R-rated? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
A lot can change in a lifetime, so said the meme-able tagline for The Irishman this year. But it doesn’t even take a full life to observe a radical change in the trajectory of a life, as shown by the many artists who changed the course of their careers during the 2010s. It’s one thing to stage a comeback when you’re down and out in the public eye – after all, who doesn’t love an underdog story? – and another to successfully execute a 180-degree shift when things are going fairly smoothly.
This list pays tribute to those in the industry who pulled off pivots that caught us off-guard but did their job of redefining an already established star image. You might notice a running theme in this list: it’s disproportionately male, white and straight, unfortunately. This indicates that there is still room for the industry to improve in the 2020s and allow more opportunities for women, people of color and LGBTQ+ artists to spread their wings and avoid becoming pigeonholed into a single identity. But given the breadth of artists reshaping a well-known persona in this decade, they have many great playbooks to run.
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Not too long ago, Disney put up their awards consideration pages for the films they hope will land some nominations from the Oscars, Golden Globes and other important Hollywood organizations. When it came to Avengers: Endgame, the usual ambition was there for Best Picture, Best Director, and a slew of technical awards. But there was one surprising exclusion.
Robert Downey Jr. previously confirmed that he opted not to campaign for any acting awards for his farewell performance as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. This was surprising to fans since his final turn as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and superhero felt like a performance that may have been worthy of at least a nomination. It appears Disney agreed and whether or not Downey intends to campaign for an Oscar, they’re going to do it for him. Robert Downey Jr. is included in the addition of consideration for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories that feature several other Avengers: Endgame cast members too. Read More »
Take the attitude of Glee, the rich world of Cruel Intentions, and the wit of Clueless, and you’ve got the new Netflix original comedy series The Politician from executive producer Ryan Murphy.
Pitch Perfect co-star Ben Platt leads the series as a wealthy student who has dreams of being the President of the United States of America. But for now, he has to deal with the cutthroat world of high school politics as he tries to become student body president. As you’ll see in The Politician trailer below, this dark comedy will stab you in the back while shaking hands and kissing babies. Read More »
Remember Gwyneth Paltrow in Spider-Man: Homecoming? If not, don’t feel too bad – she forgot about it, too. The actress has a quick cameo near the end of the movie, but that’s apparently news to her. Paltrow appears on Jon Favreau’s new Netflix series The Chef Show, in which Favreau – who was also in Homecoming – remind the actress of their scene together. The revelation seems to utterly baffle Paltrow. Watch her reaction below.
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Ryan Murphy signed a huge deal with Netflix, and the first results of that deal will soon be upon us. The Politician, which Murphy co-created with Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, follows the political aspirations of a wealthy Santa Barbarian. The ambitious concept for the show will have each season dealing with a different type of political race the main character is dealing with. First up: Student Body President at his high school. The Politician premiere date has been officially announced by Netflix, along with the full cast.
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Idris Elba is best known for his roles in shows like The Wire or Luther, and big screen performances in the likes of Pacific Rim, Thor, Beasts of No Nation and Molly’s Game. But he’s certainly not known for his comedic chops. However, we’re hoping that changes after his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Not only was Idris Elba surprisingly hilarious, but he was extremely comfortable, and the result was an exceptional follow-up to last weekend’s stellar episode with John Mulaney.
So let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Idris Elba hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to go through some major changes after Avengers: Endgame. It looks like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are both saying goodbye, and they’re not alone.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Tony Stark’s love interest Pepper Potts, has announced that she, too, is parting ways with the MCU after Endgame. We probably could’ve guessed this – it was unlikely Pepper would stick around without Tony, since they’ve only ever appeared together – but now it’s official. Gwyneth Paltrow is leaving the MCU.
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Goop, the controversial wellness brand created by Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, is expanding its empire. A new report says that the company is pausing production on its quarterly print magazine in order to focus on developing a docuseries at Netflix that’s heading to the streaming service this fall. Read more about the Goop Netflix deal below, and find out how else Paltrow’s company is working to extend its reach. Read More »