Last Week’s Episode: Hollywood Shenanigans

Last Week's Episode

Welcome back to Last Week’s Episode, where we round-up what’s been in the zeitgeist so you don’t have to search for it! This week, we have lots of discussion of Hollywood practices, some movie announcements, and exciting and not so exciting reveals in TV.

Hollywood Accountability

First up: money. Candyman and The Marvels director Nia DaCosta revealed in a recent conversation on the Blank Check podcast that even after booking the aforementioned anticipated blockbusters, she has still not been able to pay off her student loans, which total $100,000. It’s a good reminder that even though they work in a billion-dollar industry, the actual workers—actors, directors, crew, etc.—may not reap all the benefits. [Gizmodo]

In an interview with [The Guardian], Frank Oz—beloved puppeteer and voice of iconic characters like Yoda, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and other Muppets—expressed his dislike for Disney and its takeover of franchises like The Muppets and Sesame Street, revealing that, “I’d love to do the Muppets again but Disney doesn’t want me, and Sesame Street hasn’t asked me for 10 years. They don’t want me because I won’t follow orders and I won’t do the kind of Muppets they believe in.” He also said he doesn’t watch the modern versions of either, because “The soul’s not there. The soul is what makes things grow and be funny. But I miss them and love them.”

After coming under heat for wearing a “fat suit” after photos of her on the set of Impeachment: American Crime Story as Linda Tripp were released in April, Sarah Paulson discussed having some “regret” in a recent interview with the LA Times, acknowledging the reality of fatphobia and alluding to lost opportunities for fat actors, but also deflecting some responsibility for taking the role, citing “the magic of hair and makeup departments.” It’s clear she has been thinking about how she would approach the same type of offer in the future; hopefully directors and casting agents are listening, too. [HuffPost]

Usually when Hollywood comes up in conversation, people aren’t thinking about the tech crews who work behind the scenes to make everything come to life. But members of those crews are speaking out via an Instagram page called IATSE Stories (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), sharing stories of overwork and exhaustion that should not be the norm in any workplace, in an effort to change industry practices that demand 12- to 14-hour shifts. [LA Times]

After stepping down from his role as one of the new Jeopardy! hosts due to allegations of past harassment and discrimination, Mike Richards is now out as executive producer on the show; he will also no longer run Wheel of Fortune. [LA Times]


Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto is in negotiations to direct the New Line remake of Korean zombie film Train to Busan, along with producer James Wan. [Deadline]

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Michelle Yeoh’s long and fruitful global career, the [South China Morning Post] detailed her rise from ballet dancer to martial arts star, before becoming an international household name.

Double hand amputee John W. Lawson has been cast in a role in the prequel for 2019’s Pet Sematary. Paramount revealed that the character of Stanny was rewritten as an amputee after Lawson was cast, which the actor seems thrilled by. Very cool in terms of disability representation. [Variety]


The trailer for Season 3 of Doom Patrol dropped and it looks like a wild ride! There’s Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez), Monsieur Mallah and the Brain, time travel, the Sisterhood of Dada, and the Deadboy Detective Agency, and we can see them all starting September 23.

John Cho talked to [Vulture] about Coyboy Bebop and his experience training for and filming the live-action anime adaptation, which has fans both anticipating and dreading the result.

Bridget Regan (Jane the Virgin, Agent Carter) has been cast as Poison Ivy in the CW’s Batwoman, which seems like perfect casting based on previous roles she’s embodied. [Variety]

Guillermo del Toro’s new Netflix anthology, Cabinet of Curiosities, will feature episodes written and directed by a ton of horror talent, featuring stars from all over. Check out the list here: [Bloody Disgusting]


The director of the upcoming Broadway production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf has been revealed to be Camille A. Brown, who will be the first Black woman to direct and choreograph a Broadway show. Our question at WWAC is, how is this the first in 65 years?? Wild. [Forbes]

Dancing with the Stars will feature its first same-sex couple in 30 seasons when singer Jojo Siwa is paired with Olympic gold-medalist Suni Lee. [Variety]

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Rebecca Y. Lee

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