Last Week’s Episode: Tryptophan Dreams

Last Week's Episode

Happy (American) Thanksgiving, hope all who celebrate are with supportive friends and/or family and are getting a delicious meal and get to control the remote!


Apple has postponed the AFI premiere of The Banker, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie and based on the life of Bernard Garrett, a Black man who hired a white man to be the face of his real estate and banking business in the 1950s and 60s. Sexual abuse allegations have been leveled at coproducer Bernard Garrett Jr., his son. [USA Today]

What is DC Films up to? Variety has a bunch of insider scuttlebutt about its execs here, including who is righting the ship in a post-Justice League world. The studio is idly considering JJ Abrams and Michael B. Jordan for Superman (as director and star, respectively), and if Birds of Prey excels with an R-rated we can expect more adult-oriented spin-offs in the future. [Variety]

When Henry Cavill auditioned for James Bond film Casino Royale but was told he was “looking a little chubby.” Dude sounds chill in this interview but maybe it’s not great to expect every male lead to looking like they’re about to fight a gladiatorial bout every time their shirt comes off, just putting it out there. [The Guardian]

Ben Affleck, straining my credulity, is is set to direct and produce a film about the reign of Belgian King Leopold II over the Congo. The film focuses on three men (including one Black American) who helped start a human rights movement. Affleck is one of the co-founders of the nonprofit Eastern Congo Initiative, the first “US-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.” I’m…dubious due to the lack of Congolese collaborators — does Affleck have the range? I guess we’ll see. [Brussels Times]


Am I extremely pumped for her to tackle Obi-Wan? Yes. Read up about why she thinks it’s suited for the small screen rather than a one-shot film. [io9]

The Walking Dead spin-off about teens finally has a title: The Walking Dead: World Beyond. [Hypable]

Former America’s Got Talent judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough reported a toxic behind-the-scenes atmosphere full of racism and pervasive sexism. Union reported an offensive anti-Asian joke made by guest Jay Leno to producers, and both reported receiving “excessive” notes on their fashion and appearance, including critique that Union’s hair was “too Black.” [Page Six]

Grab Bag

Content warning: domestic abuse

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist took to Instagram this week to record a heartfelt video describing her experience in an abusive relationship, describing how she managed to leave. She explained how her abusive partner’s jealousy affected her career and described physical abuse, including thowing an iPhone at her face that ruptured her iris and broke her nose.  [THR]

There was a #PayUpHollywood townhall this past week, where some results from their organization’s survey (set to be released next week) were revealed. 72 assistants (out of 1,100) have had an object thrown at them while on the job. A stapler was the most common projectile. Other stats include that about 90% of assistants spend more than 30% of their income on housing, and over half of assistants make less than $50k before taxes. [Variety]

Actor Godfrey Gao passed away on Wednesday, collapsing while filming Chinese reality show Chase Me after reportedly working 17 hours straight.The 35-year-old Taiwanese-Canadian played fan favorite Magnus Bane in the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone and had a reputation of being an incredibly kind personality by industry professionals. [The Guardian]

Lauded actor and Twitter troll William Shatner has received the Order of Canada. [Toronto City News]


Kat Overland

Kat Overland

Small press editor Kat Overland is a displaced Texan now living in Washington, DC, where she is perpetually behind on reading her pull list. She's a millennial, Latina, exhausted, and can often be spotted casually cosplaying America Chavez and complaining.