Afternoon Links: Fall Break Forever
Spring Breakers was aggressively not for me. But without the experience — the money wasted on a ticket, the creepy-dude feeling I incurred while watching alone, the loneliness of having no one to vent my Franco-hate to — I couldn’t have fully appreciated Fall Breakers, an astonishing parody from a sketch-comedy collective called Lady Products. Sweaters, pumpkin guts, flannels, and women making it rain leaves, with all the Skrillex intact.
Batman vs. Superman micro-updates: The Man of Steel sequel will feature Lex Luthor, an as-yet-unrevealed alien baddie, and a follow-up to the CONTROVERSIAL MoS ENDING. Also, Kevin Smith saw Ben Affleck’s Batman costume and “bear-hugged” Zack Snyder immediately. “You have not seen this costume in a movie, on film before,” Smith said.
Netflix is apparently used 10 times more than Amazon and Hulu combined. Taste that victory as you press play tonight.
Downton Abbey is getting a fifth season.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has another thing in the mix with, um, Cinemax. It’s an exorcism drama called Outcast, based on another Kirkman comic. “I think Kyle Barnes is every bit as compelling as Rick Grimes and demonic possession is way scarier than zombies,” Kirkman says, “so this is going to be fun.”
David Cross will guest star on Community‘s sequel to its Dungeons & Dragons episode!
Mindy Kaling did a long, compelling interview with Lena Dunham. Choice quote: “More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It’s not very interesting to me, but I know it’s interesting to people reading an interview.”
New Mariah alert: “The Art of Letting Go” features the line “go to Mimi on your contacts, press delete,” then builds to a monumental, sky-puncher of a finish.
Angela SLAMSBURY isn’t down for a certain remake: “I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote, because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person,” Lansbury told the AP. “I saw [Octavia Spencer] in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress. So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”
PG-13 movies feature more gun violence than R-rated flicks.
Seth MacFarlane hasn’t made his worst thing yet, because this animated series is still en route: “Bordertown focuses on neighbors Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzalez. Bud is, of course, a Border Patrol agent, married with three kids and feeling threatened by the cultural changes in his country. Ernesto is, of course, a Mexican immigrant and father of four, trying to live the American Dream. Bud and Ernesto’s paths and the paths of their families intersect.”
Ghostbusters III, the sequel that’s been in development hell so long it became an actual ghost, will reportedly film in Cleveland in the spring.
And this is a photo of Bea Arthur in the Marines in 1943.