Last Week’s Episode: Blue’s Clues Says, “Gay and Trans Rights!”

Last Week's Episode

Happy Pride Month, everyone! We’re back with this week’s entertainment news, beginning with this adorable sing-along pride parade featured on Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You!, the reboot of the original 1996 series. The song features Nina West, winner of Miss Congeniality on Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, who has responded with grace in the face of hate from conservative critics. The queer community has reacted with excitement and joy, with many pleasantly surprised at the abundance of queer and trans flags and types of family structures represented.

Bad Industry Actors

As heartwarming as it is to see good queer representation for kids, we must also cover some of the less-savory topics that are in the spotlight. Michelle Latimer, the former director of Canada’s Trickster series who resigned after her Indigenous identity came into question, is now suing the CBC, claiming “defamation and libel.” She and her lawyers are seeking $200,000 in “punitive or exemplary damages.” [Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) National News]

Content Warning: The following paragraph contains discussion of sexual assault, employer abuse, transmisia, and sexism.

Director David O. Russell—known for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and, most-recently, Joy—has announced an all-star cast for his next as-yet-untitled film, but his well-known history of alleged abuse continues to follow him. It doesn’t seem to have deterred A-listers like Margot Robbie, Taylor Swift, Anya Taylor-Joy, Christian Bale, John David Washington, and Rami Malek from accepting the roles, but their fans are beginning to raise moral objections. There are interviews documenting Russell groping his transgender niece and victim-blaming her to the police, terrorizing actors and crew alike on multiple sets throughout his career, assaulting another filmmaker in order to poach an actor for a film, and “rubbing his body against the women and men on the set,” among other allegations. [Daily Dot]

Apparently, writer Nadria Tucker, whose contract was not renewed on The CW’s Superman and Lois after her efforts to push back on some writing choices related to race and gender, has still not been paid for the work she completed in the writer’s room. In a follow-up tweet, she said that the network was “talking about paying [her] 1/3 of [her] episodic fee.”

Film

Danai Gurira has signed onto a new Disney+’s Black Panther prequel series to appear again as Okoye. Details are sparse at this time, but Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will produce. [Complex]

You can watch the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new horror film about some families vacationing on an island that mysteriously speeds up time here.

Marketing for Eli Roth’s Borderlands film, adapted from the video game of the same name, has released a teaser image of Cate Blanchett as Lilith, though it’s hard to tell how different it will be from the game’s animation since it’s essentially just a shadow. [io9]

Anime twitter has discovered that filmmaker Ondřej Hudeček’s Olympics documentary about the Czech Republic’s ice hockey win at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, opens with the Neon Genesis Evangelion theme. You can watch the doc (or just the opening sequence) yourself here.

Thor: Love and Thunder has wrapped filming after a week of speculation from fans about photos that seem to show an intimate relationship between director Taika Waititi, musician and girlfriend Rita Ora, and star Tessa Thompson on the balcony of Waititi’s home. It’s rumored that the higher-ups at Marvel were unhappy about the virality of the photos, but to that, I say: Let them kiss!

There’s a new Céline Dion biopic that premieres in November and it uses Céline Dion’s songs but, strangely, not her name. Instead, the main character and title are called Aline (last name Dieu). Valérie Lemercier, the writer and director, also plays Aline, and from the trailer it seems the story is centered on Dion’s relationship with her much-older manager whom she eventually married and lived with until his death in 2016. It’s a little uncomfortable when you realize they met when she was 12 and he was 38, but Dion has maintained that she pursued him, and after she was an adult. [Pajiba]

Television

So excited for Season 3 of What We Do in the Shadows!!

A sitcom centered around a Filipino American nurse is in development at ABC. The show will be called Josep, and the titular character will be played by stand-up comedian Jo Koy, who is also executive producing. Other executive producers include showrunner Steve Joe, Michael Folamco and Randall Park under their production banner Imminent Collision, Hieu Ho, Joe Meloche, and Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar for Kasdan’s production company The Detective Agency. Episodes will explore the main character’s experiences with dating, fatherhood, and his mother moving in with him, among other topics. [Variety]

Tubi has a whole host of subtitled anime for the first time, free, including Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump and Saint Seiya: Hades, which also has a Spanish language dub. Saint Seiya is part of a deal with Toei Animation which includes One Piece specials, Heart of Gold, Adventure of Nebulandia, and more. [CBR]

Since the main cast for the Netflix’s new Sandman series, based on Neil Gaiman’s beloved comic, was released last week, the author has been inundated by angry cis men who are upset that the casting announcement included a Black woman as Death and a nonbinary Desire. Luckily for the rest of us, Gaiman is having none of it and has been biting back, refuting accusations of “selling out” by pointing out that a specific race and gender has never been central to these characters. [SyFy]

After just one season on Netflix, Mark Millar’s Jupiter’s Legacy has come to an end. But Millar says he’s working on a sort of spinoff, a live-action adaption of Supercrooks that takes place in the same universe but focuses on villains instead of heroes. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Grab Bag

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Rebecca Y. Lee

Rebecca Y. Lee

Lapsed poet, SoCal gal pal, equal opportunity foodie. Tweets @aquariuschicken.
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