June has ended, but what’s changed? It’s brutally hot outside (at least in my hemisphere) but I don’t feel great about safely retreating to movie theatres. Even Fox News has finally masks are finally good to wear during a pandemic. Activists are still in the streets protesting (and being brutalized) for racial justice and an end to the police. I hope you’re all staying safe out there (or indoors), hydrating regularly, and keeping your doomscrolling under control. I’ll keep marinating in my outrage here but I’ve also managed to round up some news, upcoming shows, and some trailers for y’all below!
Happy (somewhat belated) Pride!
Pearl Mackie, best known for portraying Billie, Doctor Who’s first lesbian companion, has come out as bisexual. Welcome to the fam! [PinkNewsUK]
Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.
He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020
Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League, posted a spicy tweet “retracting” some praise for Joss Whedon’s direction on set, and followed up with the above allegations. While Whedon, no stranger to accusations of unsavory behavior, did not respond to requests for comment, Jon Berg, the former Warner Bros. co-president of production, denied it vehemently. Berg did mention Fisher was “upset that we wanted him to say ‘Booyaa,'” the catchphrase for Cyb org on Teen Titans Go! Not an amazing rebuttal. [Variety]
Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer (TV), Hamilton) and Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon, the MCU) sat down for Variety’s Actors on Actors issue, where Mackie called out Marvel specifically for a lack of diversity behind the camera, saying, “It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.” They talk Black Lives Matter, sci-fi shows, and get really into it; definitely recommend reading it. [Variety]
CW: Sexual assault and harassment
Cas Anvar, known for playing Alex on The Expanse, is facing a number of allegations that run from groping to sexual assault, including targeting teenaged fans. The authors behind the series, as well as several lead actors, have shared statements supporting the on-going investigation taken on by the studio, Alcon. Anvar has put out his own statement, refuting the claims while “welcoming” the investigation. Hope Alcon knows the word ‘recast.’ [DailyDot]
The Gods have bet the hope of humanity all on one boy. This is his tale. Welcome the next Crunchyroll Original: Onyx Equinox! pic.twitter.com/XMZHNnJH3z
— Onyx Equinox (@OnyxEquinoxShow) June 25, 2020
GKids has snagged the North American theatrical rights for for Inu-Oh, an animated musical feature by director Masaaki Yuasa, which focuses on legendary Noh actor Inu-Oh. [IndieWire]
I’m always misplacing my glasses in the writers room, so I finally got a string to wear them around my neck.
Very “old man” I know, but I can get away with it as a co-showrunner (of a new TV series with Rogers and brilliant writer Steph Folsom, based on a stellar BKV comic). pic.twitter.com/nXTPRwfnul
— Christopher Cantwell (@ifyoucantwell) June 30, 2020
The live action Paper Girls adaptation for Amazon is rolling along — and don’t worry, he remembered to credit artist Cliff Chiang in his follow-up tweet.
— Candyman (@CandymanMovie) June 29, 2020
I’m positively vibrating with excitement for Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.
Hamish Steele’s comic DeadEndia is being adapted into a cartoon for Netflix, with Steele as show runner. [Deadline]
Comedy Central picked up two new seasons of Beavis & Butthead because nostalgia is a mighty force. At least Mike Judge will be at the helm. Jodie, the upcoming Daria spin-off (itself a B&B spin-off) will also be premiering on the network. [THR]
— Jem Garrard (@Jemga) June 26, 2020
SyFy’s latest space adventure show, based on Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith’s comic, has been canceled, though they seem to be trying to shop it elsewhere.
The Blacklist, a site for screenwriters that allows screenplays to be voted on and produces an annual list of the year’s top ten unproduced films, has partnered with IllumiNative and Sundance Institute to create The Indigenous List, to highlight work in film and television from Indigenous screenwriters. [Deadline]
Comedian Carl Reiner passed away this week at the age of 98. Creator of the Dick Van Dyke Show, Reiner was beloved by the community of comedic actors for his performances, writing, and kind heart. [NYTimes]
Curious about what cop shows are doing to us as a whole? WhoWhatWhy had Black showrunner/co-creator, writer, and executive producter of S.W.A.T. Aaron Rahsaan Thomas on their podcast to discuss police procedurals. Or read more about copaganda in this piece at [Refinery29]