Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios Two months after being forced to temporarily disable her Instagram account due to harassment from Bachelor and Bachelorette viewers, Rachel Lindsay has announced that she’s leaving her popular Bachelor Nation podcast, Bachelor Happy Hour, after 100 episodes. Lindsay, who co-hosted the podcast with fellow Bachelorettes Ali Fedotowsky and Becca Kufrin, said that while she’s “proud” of the work the women did, she realized that her mental well-being was taking a toll. “I’ve been struggling. That’s no secret, and it’s been really, really hard for me lately and a lot of the things that we’ve talked about on this podcast are also about taking care of yourself and finding your peace and protecting, protecting that peace and protecting your mental health,” Lindsay explained on April 27’s episode. “So for me, I just feel like I’ve come to the end of doing the podcast. I’m definitely closing the door, but I’m not like locking it and throwing away the key. It’s just, I have to, for me, walk away.” She added, to her current co-host Kufrin, “I will be supporting you from a distance.” While Variety notes that Lindsay’s departure means she no longer has a standing contract with the Bachelor franchise, she has consciously been exploring non-rose-affiliated creative endeavors over the past year. In addition to co-hosting a Ringer podcast about Black culture, Higher Learning, Lindsay also serves as a correspondent for Extra — the latter of which garnered significant attention in February, when her interview with Chris Harrison prompted the host to temporarily exit the franchise due to his defense of historical racism. The interview’s aftermath of reckoning became so severe for Lindsay, in fact, that the show’s producers had to issue a statement to condemn racist fans for cyberbullying her . She returned to Instagram in early March and accepted Harrison’s apology for his words. … [Read more...] about Rachel Lindsay Departs
Photo: FRQNCY The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters . (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing the business to a cascade of Zoom calls and, to some extent, underground . I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but my sense is that success in such efforts has mostly been modest at best, chiefly functioning as marginal stop-gap measures as opposed to true virtual adaptations. As the United States inches towards relative normalcy — though within a global context that remains tenuous — the live-performance business in the country appears to be gingerly preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel. Bands are announcing dates again. Some venues are starting to hold very small, socially distant performances. Music festivals are poking their heads back up. Still, the full bloom of reopening will take some time. For now, there remains some room for a little more tinkering and experimentation. One such experiment worth tracking is a “music, podcast, and comedy streaming experience” organized by Chapo Trap House ’s Chris Wade and Wolf Parade ’s Dan Boeckner in collaboration with FRQNCY , a new platform that’s hoping to inject more life and innovation into the virtual-performance arena. The virtual festival is called FRQNCY1 , named after the platform, and it’s scheduled to take place on June 5. Headlined by Chapo Trap House and the band Every Time I Die , the lineup runs the gamut, including comedy/podcast acts like We Hate Movies, Throwing Fits, Episode 1 , and Tinder Live with Lane Moore , along with the music acts Zola Jesus, Pom Pom Squad, Downtown Boys , and Stay Inside . As Wade tells me, the thrust of FRQNCY1’s design revolves around having all the acts perform in … [Read more...] about Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?
Goodies, goodies, goodies. Each month, Abraham Riesman offers recommendations of comics media, including book-length graphic novels, comics-format nonfiction, ongoing series, and comics-related items in other forms. With any luck, at least one of them will be a match for you. Gumballs by Erin Nations (Top Shelf) Gumballs , an anthology of his short, unmistakable meditations on shame, aspiration, and self-conception. Told in autobiographical vignettes about the everyday struggle of gender dysphoria and clever fictions about weirdos seeking love and acceptance, the writing is poetic in its bluntness and the inks are as dense as the emotions they capture. Bad Girls by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos (Gallery 13) Bad Girls , writer Alex de Campi and artist Victor Santos present the reader with a viciously stylish chronicle of a very fateful evening in the Caribbean. The revolution may be at the doorstep, but the usual suspects — mobsters, dancers, soldiers, clueless American tourists — are still teeming in the Dionysian nightclub scene, all of them looking out for themselves in a world that’s being flipped upside-down and shaken out for the change in its pockets. De Campi and Santos are near-absurdly good at depicting sexiness in word and form, through pulpy dialogue and perfectly chosen songs, and the way the pencil moves across the page. Shit Is Real by Aisha Franz (Drawn + Quarterly) Shit Is Real tacks in the opposite direction, rendering a Black Mirror– esque world with chalky pencils and deliberately childish figure-work. The result is hypnotically surreal. It provides a backdrop for the achingly relatable tale of Selma, a woman who’s just been booted by her boyfriend and is trying to sort out her life while navigating a complicated friendship, recurring nightmares, and an awkward romance born in a pet shop. Sexual frustration and crippling loneliness abound, yet the book is curiously buoyant and … [Read more...] about The 8 Best Comics to Read in July
As he’s done so often on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert went live after President Biden’s big speech. The President had his first joint address to Congress Wednesday night, and Colbert’s live monologue gave him the edge (and the clips) to break it down for us. Whereas Jimmy Fallon had to do an guestimate impression of what he thought the address might be like, Colbert was able to riff on the speech itself. Biden’s speech set forward ambitious goals for the country, including investing in science and increasing government aid to its citizens. Colbert included a supercut of every time Biden said “jobs,” which was incredibly, tediously, wondrously long. Colbert was also able to talk more specifically about the raid on Rudy Giuliani’s. Colbert unveiled a new title card with a fart sound effect, so you know the news is important. … [Read more...] about Watch Stephen Colbert’s Live Post-Biden Speech Monologue
L-R: Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Jonny Quest. Photo: Cartoon Network When most Americans of the last couple generations think back to when they first saw a Japanese animated television show, chances are it was after school, on an idiosyncratic, little programming block known as Toonami. Beginning on Cartoon Network on Monday, March 17, 1997, for two hours the channel was dedicated to action cartoons — Jonny Quest and Thundercats were on the first lineup, but so was giant-robot classic Voltron, and soon after, Robotech. They were later joined by Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, massive successes in their home countries, whose American dubbed versions had previously languished on Saturday mornings, often in heavily edited versions. On Toonami, they found their audience, and dozens of anime series — Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo! and later, One Piece and Naruto — found theirs as well. This was a time when it could be daunting and expensive (and often technically illegal) to access anime, and it was still a relatively niche interest in America. Toonami not only brought dubbed shows to basic cable, it also contextualized them in a world of hip-hop, DJ culture, comic-book sensibility, and starry-eyed sci-fi earnestness. Toonami was a full-fledged meta show, and as much an exercise in world-building as it was in curation, with multiple robotic hosts throughout the years, and subplots and running jokes in between Gorillaz music videos and Cowboy Bebop episodes. Toonami has gotten flack over the years from everyone from anti-dub anime purists to concerned parents, but it’s persisted as a labor of love. Former CN creative director Sean Akins and producer Jason DeMarco, who were originally brought on to figure out what to do with the channel’s stagnating after-school block, grew up on Voltron and the early space-opera import Star Blazers . DeMarco, now a senior vice president and creative director at Adult Swim, is still at the helm, and still … [Read more...] about How Toonami Became an Anime Gateway for Millennials
March 05, 2021 - 13:47 GMT Eve Crosbie The Chase's Anne Hegerty, also known as The Governess, has addressed claims Bradley Walsh is quitting as host of the popular ITV gameshow The Chase 's Anne Hegerty spoken out against the claims that Bradley Walsh is set to be replaced as host of the popular ITV quiz series. MORE: Everything you need to know about Bradley Walsh's family Taking to social media, Anne, also known as The Governess, shut down the claims that Bradley - or any of the show's stars - have plans to depart anytime soon. "None of us is going anywhere. The Chase Extra is just a little show on the ITV website, not replacing anything," she tweeted. Loading the player... WATCH: The funniest contestant answers from The Chase She later followed it up with another tweet addressing the fact that betting giants had slashed their odds of Bradley leaving the show . "I daresay betting websites do have odds on practically anything happening," she wrote. "But it doesn't mean they're GOING to happen." MORE: Bradley Walsh films rare video inside stunning £2.5million home MORE: Who are The Chasers? All to know about Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace MORE: The Walsh family photo album: see these sweet snaps of Bradley's brood Bradley has hosted the game show, which sees contestants play against a professional quizzer, known as the 'Chaser' since it launched over ten years ago in 2009. The speculation about Bradley's future on the show comes after ITV announced a brand new spin-off show of the popular series, titled The Chase Extra. Is Bradley leaving the popular ITV show? The show, which viewers can watch exclusively on ITV Hub from Monday 8 March, sees each of the formidable Chasers turn quizmaster. Anne, Mark 'The Beast' Labbett, Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha, Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan, Shaun 'The Dark Destroyer' Wallace and new Chaser Darragh … [Read more...] about Is Bradley Walsh leaving The Chase? Star of the show breaks silence over replacement rumours