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- the Borat escape star.
- Say no to Halloween.
- An epic story by Shonda Rhimes.
- Miley and aliens.
- Blake Lively’s shoes.
Someone asked me this week how I was going to dress this year for Halloween. In a horror movie twist, they weren’t kidding.
It has come to my attention that even now, even in a pandemic, even with everything going on, people are still planning to celebrate the worst holiday of the year, Halloween.
Normally, the whole company is annoying: the Hocus pocus trivia evenings, straight people arguing Nightmare on Elm Street is the best, the name of Twitter is changing and the people whose personalities all spend too much money on costumes. (Make your personality spend too much money on wine as an adult.)
The only interesting thing about the risk to life of being with other humans right now was supposed to be that we were going to skip that nightmare this year. This is apparently not the case. Real adults are figuring out how they can fix Halloween suspensions safe for COVID, or be cautious and not care about social distancing at all. The threat of an Instagram feed lined with costume selfies is real and terrifying.
I’m not a totally creepy Scrooge. I insist that you dress your children and dogs in adorable costumes and I insist that you send me the pictures. What a fun time of year for the kids! It is heartwarming to hear that communities are trying to find ways to responsibly allow rigging or treatment. It’s almost too much to understand how much children’s lives have been ruined by the pandemic, and they deserve this burst of normalcy and fun. The rest of you are out of your mind.
I haven’t always been like this. There was a year in my 20s my friend and I went to a party dressed up as Dead Danny and Sandy from Fat, with face paint to look like zombies and all. A cute boy asked me if I was a sexy ghost, and it’s a memory I’ll cherish forever and one day I’ll tell my grandchildren.
But as the butt groove in my couch threatens to swallow me whole as the time I’ve been trapped in my one bedroom apartment drags on because the president is a jerk and the people of this countries can’t be bothered to sacrifice the inconvenience to make this pandemic go away, it puts me in a rage to learn that real adults are planning to celebrate Halloween. Buy yourself a life! Boo, bitch!
The Tale of Shonda Rhimes and Disneyland
It’s been three years since Shonda Rhimes signed her groundbreaking deal with Netflix, which paid her the kind of millions where endless zeros start to look like eyes popping out of your head. It meant leaving ABC, where she had created Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and basically saved the network.
Money was one thing, but it turns out the last straw that drove ABC’s exit was an epic display of pettiness from Disney, who owned the network.
As Rhimes revealed in a new Hollywood Reporter interview, she received a Disneyland all-access pass as a perk for her work, directing 719 shows for ABC and making billions at Disney. The work involved in doing this, of course, meant she couldn’t use the pass herself, so she asked for an extra pass for her sister so she could take the family to the park. The executive she called (allegedly) replied, “Don’t you have enough?”
Well, TV’s most valuable showrunner quickly called his agent, said, “Take me to Netflix or you’re fired,” and now there’s a Disney executive sitting somewhere in Hollywood whose soul left his body and headed for the moon after reading this interview. Imagine being the asshole who lost Shonda Rhimes because you didn’t want to let her family ride Splash Mountain for free. Who is this person? Call Harriet the Spy because I need this jerk named and humiliated.
The truth is out there, all of you!
Miley Cyrus revealed this week that she and a friend were once chased by a UFO as they drove through San Bernardino, California. “The best way to describe it is a flying snowplow,” she says. There was a being in the front seat piloting it, and she and the stranger made eye contact. “I think that’s what really rocked me, looking in my eyes at something I couldn’t quite understand.
She also revealed that she had just bought weed wax from a man in a van outside a taco shop prior to this sighting, conceding that perhaps the two incidents could be linked.
But the point is, Miley Cyrus is a bizarre celebrity treasure, and her brilliant cover of Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” as part of MTV Disconnected The show should indeed be the piece of American culture that we send to aliens to make them believe that we are in fact a worthy people.
Blake Lively, an artist
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds voted this week and posted photos to their respective Instagrams to celebrate the civic act. Yeah for them! A quick question: why did Lively choose, for her photo, draw a pair of heels on his feet, with all the technical prowess of me using Microsoft Paint in the college computer lab?
What to watch this week:
Next film Borat Film: Very pleasant! (No, really, it’s really that good.) (Friday on Amazon)
Cancellation: Watching Nicole Kidman play a rich woman whose life is out of control is one of my passions. (Sunday on HBO)
The queen’s gambit: They finally made chess fun! (Friday on Netflix)
Time: One of the best documentaries of the year. (Friday on Amazon)
What to avoid this week:
The witches: Criticizing an Anne Hathaway film is against my religious beliefs, but here we are. (Thursday on HBO Max)
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