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Anthony Anderson Shares His Feelings About Dave Chappelle Controversy Following Alma Mater Honor Change

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Anthony Anderson Shares His Feelings About Dave Chappelle Controversy Following Alma Mater Honor Change

It’s fair to say that Dave Chappelle has become somewhat of a polarizing figure in Hollywood these days. He’s long been noted for his edgier style of humor but, more recently, the comedian has stirred up controversy for telling jokes that many have perceived as being transphobic. Amid the backlash, Chappelle was set to have a theater named after him at his high school alma mater though, after a testy Q&A at the school, he shut down the idea and suggested a new one. Following this, fellow comedian Anthony Anderson shared his feelings on the name change.

During his formative years, Dave Chappelle attended the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in his native Washington, D.C. During the naming ceremony this week, Chappelle addressed the criticism he’s faced over the jokes featured in his latest Netflix special, The Closer. He then went on to say that the place should be named the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. When TMZ subsequently caught up with Anthony Anderson after the event, the black-ish alum shared positive thoughts and commended the decision: 

I think it’s a classy move not only for Dave but for anyone to go back… It’s a selfless move not have a theater named after himself, but to give it a little bit more meaning for the community and for the people who speak their truth.

Dave Chappelle’s The Closer hit streaming back in October and, shortly after its release, celebrities and LGBTQ+ organizations like GLAAD spoke out in opposition of it. Netflix head honcho Ted Sarandos addressed the situation at the time, saying that he did not believe that the special “crosses that (hate speech) line” and cited that the comic was entitled to his “artistic freedom.” The exec himself became embroidered in further controversy after internal emails explaining why the special would not be removed were leaked to the public. Sarandos later apologized for how things were handled. 

Since then, the Chappelle Show creator has been a significant topic of discussion among comedy aficionados. Some on social media argue that he crossed a line with his jokes, while others believe that he was expressing his freedoms as an artist. During the same interview with TMZ, Anthony Anderson was asked whether he viewed the comic as a pioneer of free speech, and the actor dropped more honest sentiments:

He is. But my champions of free speech go back to Dr. Martin Luther King and people like that. I’m a friend and a fan of Dave Chappelle’s, and I love what he’s doing. And a lot of people may not agree with some of the things that he says, but that’s their opinion.

The former Law and Order star isn’t the only comedy staple to comment on the controversial comic’s current status. Jerrod Carmichael shared some strong thoughts on the entertainer and the state of stand-up. Carmichael, who recently came out as gayl, chastised the A Star is Born alum and some of his contemporaries for trying to “create a boogeyman to sell tickets,” with said boogeyman being cancel culture, in this case. Carmichael also questioned why a comedy vet of his status would want to “die on the hill” on which he’s telling “childish jokes.” 

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It’s becoming harder to deny the strong feelings people have about some of Dave Chappelle’s material. In May, he was attacked on stage during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. After receiving several misdemeanor charges, his attacker, who identifies as bisexual, explained that he found the comic’s LGBTQ+ jokes to be “triggering.” Amid this  and Chappelle’s suggestion for Duke Ellington’s new theater, it’s possible that other stars like Anthony Anderson will weigh in. Exactly what they’ll have to say remains to be seen.

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Chris Pratt’s The Terminal List Has Screened For Critics, And Most Agree It’s Made For A Pretty Specific Kind Of Viewer

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Chris Pratt may be enjoying the box office success of Jurassic World Dominion, but the actor was able to step away from his blockbuster movie career to star in an upcoming Prime Video series. The Terminal LIst features Pratt as former Navy SEAL James Reece, who’s out for revenge after the rest of his platoon was killed in an ambush. If you think it sounds like this series falls in the same vein as Reacher and Jack Ryan, you’re right, and the critics who have screened the series also noted The Terminal List seems to be the latest attempt by Amazon Prime Video to corner the market in a pretty specific genre: Shows For Dads.

How much you enjoy Chris Pratt’s return to the small screen when The Terminal List is released to Amazon Prime subscribers on July 1 may depend on how firmly you fit into that key demographic. The series is based on the 2018 novel by Jack Carr, and along with Pratt, the series features some well-known actors, including Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Let’s take a look at the reviews.

Dave Nemetz of TVLine grades the series a D, saying that while there’s a lot of action, none of it is particularly interesting, and the series seems like little more than “something new for the Amazon algorithm to recommend to your dad” after he’s finished with Prime Video’s other similar offerings. The review says:

The Terminal List‘s plot defies logic, if you stop to think about it for even a minute, but it confidently shoves its way past any such concerns. It’s utterly humorless, too, punctuated by crude bursts of graphic violence. Even those aren’t effective, though: The action is bloody but not exciting, and the story is bewildering but not interesting. In between, we get saccharine family scenes and a paint-by-numbers conspiracy that gets more complicated but not any more compelling.

Valerie Ettenhofer of SlashFilm also doesn’t like the show, but in addition to calling it boring, she says it’s too depressing to be mistaken for the escapism viewers might get from other series featuring revenge and conspiracies. From the review: 

After a solid premiere episode, The Terminal List unfolds in a pattern that soon becomes boring, alternating between Reece’s memories of his life before the SEAL team mission went awry, his current self-imposed quest, and insultingly dumb scenes of other people trying to stop him before eventually deciding he’s in the right. The lackluster writing disappoints, but its weakest link may be its lead. Pratt, who has previously excelled in comedies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation, is obviously miscast here. Every scene that’s meant to be emotionally resonant falls flat, and at each step of Reece’s life-shattering journey, Pratt presents a stone-faced version of the character that seems utterly unchanged.

Most critics made mention of The Terminal List’s similarities to other Prime Video shows in that genre, but Liam Mathews of TV Guide doesn’t necessarily see this as a bad thing. He rates the Chris Pratt series a 7 out of 10, arguing that it isn’t without its faults, but the good will outweigh the bad for the audience it’s trying to reach, just like Bosch, Reacher and Jack Ryan. He says:

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These shows aren’t chasing Emmys, they just want to entertain with a twisty plot, some thrilling action set pieces, and a mildly complex main character. They’re also three of the service’s most popular and successful shows. Prime Video’s latest series, The Terminal List, fits that dad-friendly bill to a T. By the humble standards of the genre, The Terminal List is a smashing success.

Scott Campbell of We Got This Covered rates it a “Fair” 3 out of 5 stars and agrees it’s strange to see Chris Pratt playing against type in such a dark role, but given the subject matter, his signature quips and one-liners would have been out of place. Rather than comedy, The Terminal List brings the action, he says:

The Terminal List is absolutely loaded with brutal hand-to-hand fights, frenetic shootouts, fast-paced car chases, a myriad of deafening explosions, and a ridiculously high body count. Following on from fellow Prime Video exclusives like Jack Ryan and Reacher, don’t be surprised if this ends up being the hottest show of the summer for dads all around the world.

Another critic who enjoys seeing Chris Pratt not rely solely on being a smartass is Alex Maidy of JoBlo, who rates it an “Average” 6 out of 10. He says the series probably would have been better as a feature film or with a smaller number of episodes, because at its current length, the plot never really grabs your interest. In his words:

With Chris Pratt in the lead and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua helming the first episode, The Terminal List has all the makings of the next great action series. The only problem is that it is woefully dull and never musters enough out of some interesting plot elements to justify its existence. As much as I wanted to love this show, The Terminal List is surprisingly bland despite some brutal on-screen violence and a solid performance from Pratt.

So critics had some pretty harsh opinions about the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series, but fans of other similar action shows seem to be the clear target audience. As always, viewers should feel free to form their own opinions, and if you want to see Chris Pratt in a different role, avenging his platoon, you can check out The Terminal List on Friday, July 1. Also be sure to check out these other best shows on Amazon Prime Video.

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Netflix Top Movies And Shows: What’s Trending On June 29, 2022

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Whenever any new Netflix original movies come out and hit Number One on the Netflix Top 10, they tend remain in that spot until another film (either something else or an older favorite) comes along and makes a huge splash as it enters the ranks for the first time. However, on the Netflix Top 10 Movies in the U.S. for Wednesday, June 29, 2022, we have witnessed a film that recently usurped a previous champion come back to reclaim its supremacy. Let’s take a deeper look at what the top-ranking titles on Netflix (opens in new tab) to see what the surprise winner is today, as well what the Top 10 TV Shows look like, in our following daily. breakdown.

Top 10 Movies On Netflix In The U.S. – June 29, 2022

For the second day in a row, the Netflix Top 10 Movies in the U.S. today bears very little difference to how the list appeared the day before – particularly in the bottom eight spots, I should say – with devastating Stephen King movie The Mist not yet parting from Number Three and sitting above Sylvester Stallone’s Backtrace, international romance Love & Gelato, acclaimed sports drama Hustle, and sci-fi thriller Spiderhead. Fellow King adaptation It is once again in eighth and followed by the animated family adventures Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness and Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story – a 2017 doc Sean “Diddy” Combs. However, action-comedy The Man from Toronto was at Number One for days, but has now been overtaken by its successor: Illumination’s hit musical sequel, Sing 2.

  • 1. Sing 2
  • 2. The Man from Toronto
  • 3. The Mist
  • 4. Backtrace
  • 5. Love & Gelato
  • 6. Hustle
  • 7. Spiderhead
  • 8. It
  • 9. Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness
  • 10. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story

Top 10 TV Shows On Netflix In The U.S. – June 29, 2022

The differences between how Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows in the U.S. appear today and how the list appeared yesterday are also minimal, with Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy still in the lead above Stranger Things, and a strange docuseries hosted by William Shatner called The UnXplained. Competitive reality series Snowflake Mountain also remains in fourth above two coming-of-age CW originals (Legacies and All American) and The Lincoln Lawyer’s case is still in session in the bottom spot. However, Shonda Rhimes’ long, long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy his risen a bit in popularity, as has Nickelodeon’s teen comedy Zoey 101, while Money Heist: Korea – Join Economic Area has fallen from seventh to ninth place.

  • 1. The Umbrella Academy
  • 2. Stranger Things
  • 3. The UnXplained
  • 4. Snowflake Mountain
  • 5. Legacies
  • 6. All American
  • 7. Grey’s Anatomy
  • 8. Zoey 101
  • 9. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
  • 10. The Lincoln Lawyer

It is interesting to see a title that debuted at Number One on the Netflix Top 10 Movies fall to second place and crawl back up to first soon after. However, I suppose we will, very likely, see that exact scenario take place on the Top 10 TV Shows when the second volume of Stranger Things Season 4 premieres this Friday. As of now, I have no other predictions for how audiences will use their Netflix subscriptions tomorrow and the days to follow, but we will be sure to let you know what the true results are asap.

View the Netflix Top 10 lists for Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

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Why The Umbrella Academy’s Season 3 Premiere Purposefully Contains A Continuity Error

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Why The Umbrella Academy’s Season 3 Premiere Purposefully Contains A Continuity Error

The Umbrella Academy Season 3 continues its wave of success at the peak of Netflix’s daily Top 10 TV shows, having held the spot since beating out the first part of Stranger Things’ record-breaking fourth season. Which presumably means millions upon millions of Netflix subscribers have watched the third season’s premiere and beyond. And if you were one of the fans who picked up on the lapse in continuity between Season 2’s bonkers finale and its follow-up, you’re not alone, and you’re absolutely correct. Ben Hargreeves somehow went through a magical hairstyle change mid-scene!

Of course, the character didn’t actually flip his bangs up really quick within the sequence itself, as Ben’s tentacles probably aren’t so savvy with clippers and hair gel. (Although if they can light a cigar…) In any case, The Umbrella Academy star Justin H. Min and showrunner Steve Blackman revealed that Ben’s hair switcheroo wasn’t a random editing snafu, but was rather a purposeful continuity error for reasons both practical and emotional. In that Min did not want to rock that look the entire season. Here’s how he amusingly explained it to TVLine:

You know, they talk about the happiest day in your life. The bangs had a great run, but they had to go. They kept falling out. It was going to be a nightmare to film with that, so the hair went up, and we called it a day.

While it’s likely The Umbrella Academy’s hair stylists could have made Ben’s hair work in the super-emo hanging-bangs mode, Justin H. Min might not have needed to act very much to pull off the character’s surly demeanor. Especially if it would have remained a logistical issue as far as problems with the hairpiece went. 

Thankfully, the mild horrors that came with filming the Season 2 finale weren’t replicated for the most current season, which was not only pleasing to Min, but was clearly the best choice in hindsight. I cannot imagine that Ben would have remained such a likable assbag throughout the season had his eyes been partially covered by his bangs the whole time. Would it have led to some amusing moments involving Umbrella members pushing Ben’s hair up and away from his eyes? One can only hope.

The way Steve Blackman puts it, he wasn’t all that into the bangs entering the equation back when the previous finale was filmed. In his words:

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We shot that [original] scene on the very last day of Season 2, and I did not want them to do that to his hair. It’s supposed to be continuous [into Season 3], but… I wanted to change it. So did Justin, so we did a little flip of that.

Nobody wanted to point fingers too directly, so let’s just blame the bangs on the extraterrestrial Reginald Hargreeves, since he never truly has the best interests of his children in mind, regardless of what timeline he’s in.

All three seasons of The Umbrella Academy are currently streaming on Netflix, and be sure to check out our 2022 TV premiere schedule to see what’s worth diving into after all the nude fights and kugelblitzes have gone away for the time being.

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