Lainey has a well-deserved night off, so I’ll be running the links tonight, and you guys, I am just so wrung out today. I want to be brave and tireless like this woman:
But I’m more like this:
Watching elected officials ruin lives of tens of millions of people for nominal tax cuts for rich despite protests is fucking exhausting.— Lynne M. Thomas 🌈 (@lynnemthomas) June 22, 2017
Some days, having a job that requires keeping up with Twitter all day feels like death by a million paper cuts.
Alexis Bledel is coming back as a series regular for season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale, and if you’ve seen season one, well, I suspect her return is going to be very unpleasant for everyone. (Lainey)
It’s been awhile since an actor killed a President (John Wilkes Booth/Abraham Lincoln). Over 150 years, in fact. Johnny Depp thinks it might be a good time to do it again. JOHNNY SHUT UP NO ONE LIKES YOU YOU’RE NOT HELPING GOD! (Page Six)
Following his mistrial, Bill Cosby will hold town halls on how to deal with sexual assault. No, this is not a joke. “A brush against the shoulder, anything at this point, can be considered sexual assault and it’s a good thing to be educated about the laws,” a spokesperson said. When did the world get this evil and shitty? (DListed)
I’m not sure when Celebitchy started talking politics, but I am in agreement with their take on Nancy Pelosi. There’s a lot of reasons to blame Ossoff’s loss in Georgia — like, all the people who fucking voted for Karen Handel — but Nancy Pelosi really seems to be the least of the Democrats’ problems. I’m not opposed to a new minority leader or a fresh perspective, but goddamnit, why does this party always turn on each other? (Celebitchy)
That said, I’m going to turn on the Dems here by saying that Chris Murphy, Kamala Harris, and Angus King are some of the few Dems right now that aren’t pissing me the hell off, because they’re actually going directly after the GOP with some real anger instead of smugness, self-righteousness, or self-preservation.
No tweaks by amendment can fix this monstrosity. If you vote for this evil, intellectually bankrupt bill, it will ruin millions of lives.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 22, 2017
And if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and read Obama’s response to the Senate Healthcare bill. (Facebook)
Meanwhile, it is official: Ron Howard has been tapped to replace Lord & Miller on the Han Solo film, and apparently, the falling out between Kathleen Kennedy and Lord & Miller was because the directing duo thought they were making a wry, space comedy, and Kathleen Kennedy wanted them to make a space fantasy with a light comedic touch. Apparently, it veered too far into comedy. Ron Howard will clearly fix that problem. I kid! Ron Howard is great. He’s very professional, and I guess professional is what they want on these films, which is why they probably should have hired Ron Howard to begin with. (LG and EW)
Elsewhere, Josh Trank — yeah, the director responsible for that Fantastic Four monstrosity — is back, and he’s got Tom Hardy and an Al Capone pic, Fonzo, lined up for next year. See? More evidence of that double standard Kayleigh was talking about, huh? (/Film)
I have no idea who Goldie is, but he may have accidentally unveiled street artist Banksy. - (News.com.au)
Why do we love Jimmy McGill while we thought of Saul Goodman as comedic relief, at best? Here’s a discussion of that, and why a fifth season of Better Call Saul set during the events of Breaking Bad could completely change our perceptions of Saul Goodman. (Uproxx)
Lest you forget, those Victorians knew how to have a good time.
I just want to remind everyone that these Victorian party games existed pic.twitter.com/dHzQM73z0f— Ashley (@hawkbi_pierce) June 20, 2017
On appeal, a federal appeals court agreed that Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced, meaning that — unless Wisconsin decided to retry him (unlikely), he’ll be freed from prison within 90 days. Downside? He still has to go back to that family. (Vulture)
Reader Mrs. Whatsit sent me this the other day, and I did want to put our spin on it, but we just haven’t gotten around to it, but I will say this: My kids have seen a lot of these movies, but I wouldn’t put them on a “Must See Before the Age 11” list. I mean: There’s no Iron Giant. No Moana. No LEGO Movie. No Parent Trap. (BBC)
You might have read about Roxane Gay’s recent experience with an Australian journalist. One of the Cannonballers has actually read Gay’s book, calling it "…a memoir that is unlike any other I’ve read. It feels almost like poetry." In her five-star CBR9 review of Hunger, Lollygagger says, "This is a book you should read. We live in a world where it is so easy to deny the humanity of those who are not like us. Even some of the progressive folks I know, who would never dare mock someone who is a different race, religion, or sexual orientation than themselves, still make shitty comments about fat people. Still used fat as an insult. Still take joy in seeing other people gain weight. And that’s really fucking shitty." (Cannonball Read 9)
At least we have Alyssa Milano. You folks have a great night.