Paramount is developing a TV series about Japan's thriving rent-a-family industry

A few weeks back, The New Yorker ran a mesmerizing, semi-hallucinatory article from Pulitzer finalist Elif Batuman, taking a deep dive into the world of Japan’s rental family industry. For the unfamiliar, that’s exactly what it sounds like: People in need of a family member, on a one-time or persistent basis, hiring…

Drag Race recruits social media influencers for a middling makeover challenge

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The Drag Race makeover challenge is typically for people who aren’t used to the spotlight, but that changes this season as social media influencers are brought into the workroom. The producers get to take advantage of the extended reach of these online celebrities, but they don’t have especially interesting personal…

Today in trailer happy hour: angry cowboys, Mr. Rogers, and a whole lot of Jake Gyllenhaal

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where you can walk right in, sit right down, and baby, let your TV and movie teasers and promos hang down. Today, we’ve got Jean-Claude Van Damme fighting people in a submarine, Mr. Rogers doing whatever’s pretty much the exact opposite of that, and a double dose of Jake Gyllenhaal,…

Emilia Clarke says "no one had a good time" filming Terminator Genisys

Revealing that the word “Genesis” wasn’t the only thing having a hard time on the set of 2015's Terminator Genisys, star Emilia Clarke opened up this week about her unhappy time on the quickly forgotten sequel. Clarke—who’s presumably having more movie-franchise-star fun promoting the upcoming Solo—said that pretty…

El-P refused to give the NFL a Run The Jewels song, "because fuck them"

Neatly encapsulating a certain branch of public opinion surrounding the NFL—whose knee-hating commissioner, Roger Goodell, issued a statement yesterday ordering all players to either stand during the national anthem, or stay in the locker room until the song is over—at the moment, Run The Jewels’ El-P revealed on…

Justin Roiland is selling a signed Nintendo 3DS that explains an obscure Rick And Morty joke

“Total Rickall” is one of the best, strangest episodes of Rick And Morty, in which a parasite begins infecting the family’s memories and playing with the conventions of TV continuity. In one of the episode’s many flashbacks, Rick unveils a crazed plan to load up on limited-edition Legend Of Zelda Nintendo 3DSes and…

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are down for a Parks And Rec reunion 

Most of the Parks And Recreation cast has nothing but good things to say about their time on the NBC sitcom, which is probably why they all seem ready to head back to Indiana for some more good-natured adventures in local (and occasionally federal) government. Nick Offerman just said back in March that he’d “certainly…