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End Times Update 4/10/2021: Prince Philip, DMX, and Yahoo! Answers

Northern Ireland, Prince Philip, Jordan Peterson vs. Captain America, Steve Harvey, James Charles, Scott Rudin, and Yahoo! Answers.

Every week one of Popdust's disposable clones — grown in a vault deep beneath the Mojave desert — is exposed to the outside world through a relentless feed of news, pop culture, and social media.

The arduous process accelerates their dissolution back into an amorphous clone slurry. But before they go, they leave behind a document of what they've absorbed and what they've learned — a time capsule preserving a single moment in the slow-motion collapse of civilization. An End Times Update...

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While you were mourning the loss of Gina Linetti and wondering why Rent: Live wasn't live, here's the TV news you may have missed:

Bad Girls

LA's Finest, the series-spinoff of the Bad Boys films, has gotten an official premiere date and teaser trailer. The hour-long drama is the first foray into original programming from cable company Spectrum, and will premiere on May 13, 2019. The series stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba as Syd and Nancy (oh, clever), respectively, LAPD detectives with "complex" histories.

"L.A.'s Finest" - Premiere Date Announcement - May 13 on Spectrum Originals

They Awaken

In other, film-turned-series-spinoff getting the trailer and premiere treatment news: FX released an early look at writer Jemaine Clement and director Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows, which will premiere on March 27, 2019. The series mirrors the mockumentary style of its predecessor, this time offering a glimpse at the lives of three vampire roommates in New York City. Check out the trailer to learn what an "energy vampire" is.

What We Do in the Shadows | Season 1: Official Trailer [HD] | FX

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Winter's Still Coming

HBO released a new slate of stills from the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, and your friends here at Popdust basically predicted everything that will happen.

Hair Got Chopped

Perhaps in response to seeing all of the changes Fox had to make to the already-earnest lyrics from Rent: Live, NBC has decided to forgo its previously-scheduled May musical event, Hair Live! Was it too difficult to find a way to eschew the full-frontal nudity, illicit drug use, and a song called "Sodomy?" According to a statement from NBC released to TVLine, which notes that the network is shifting its focus to "broad-based, family musicals," yes. Yes it was.

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And, Finally, Meet Fun Ted

As Schitt's Creek continues its run as the most endearing series that's also bitingly hilarious, it ups its game with the introduction of Fun Ted, who is released when Alexis convinces Ted to let loose in last night's episode "Housewarming."


Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.

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Amy Pascal hasn’t just got egg on her face – she’s got a whole omelette!

We’ve all sent those emails we wouldn’t want made public—your bosses personal hygiene issues, the fact that your boyfriend couldn’t perform last night, bitching about your mother in law’s cooking—but Sony Pictures boss Pascal just has NO filter!

As Popdust previously reported, earlier this week, Angelina Jolie was branded “a minimally spoiled spoiled brat” in a leaked email exchange between mega-producer Scott Rudin and Pascal—and now details of thousands of other leaked emails are surfacing—proving more embarrassing for Sony by the day.

The mountain of mortifying missives include:

  • A racist exchange between Pascal and Rudin joking about what movies they think President Obama would enjoy:

“Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Pascal writes—Rudin replies, “12 YEARS.”

“Or the butler. Or think like a man?” Pascal continues.

“Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart,” Rudin responds.

(The White House has said that an apology is appropriate – no shit!)

  • An email exchange between Sony exec, Clint Culpepper and Pascal, calling Kevin Hart a “whore” for requesting more money from the studio.

“I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore,” Culpepper writes. “If he doesn’t do his normal routine, his film will not open as well and his brand will appear diminished and he will, in fact, be fucking himself because we have his next 2 immediate films.”

  • Rubin slamming producer and Annapurna founder Megan Ellison, branding her a “28-year-old bipolar lunatic.”

  • A scathing putdown of Pascal from Rudin

“You’ve destroyed your relationships with half the town over how you’ve behaved on this movie. If you don’t think it’s true, wait and see. Let’s see the next filmmaker WME puts in business at Sony or the next piece of star talent. I’ll bet my house I’m right.”

  • An from Pascal’s husband, forwarded to Sony HR department, telling her to fire the studio's Head of Communications, Charles Sipkins, after Pascal wasn’t invited to a prestigious industry event – Sipkins was axed just SIX days later (don’t leave Pascal off your Christmas card list)

  • Details of the $300 million new James Bond film in production – both script and ending

  • Studio plans unite in a campaign to fight ‘Goliath’ (ie: Google)

  • George Clooney boasting about his plan to take on Rupert Murdoch in a film about the UK phone hacking scandal

“I’m the son of a news man...everything will be double sourced….so come on with your lawsuits fuckers..”

Hacker group Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility for the infiltration—some say as a reprisal for Sony’s new comedy The Interviewin which, James Franco and Seth Rogen are tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, says the signs are pointing towards North Korea as a source for the attack—he was quoted Friday saying, “when a nation state says ‘this group did this on behalf of the North Korean people…and we appreciate it’ – that is a clue”.

Not surprisingly, Sony Pictures Entertainment is fighting back—the FBI is investigating the security breach, and the studio is reportedly employing a company to issue a counterattack against websites offering files containing its emails.

Meanwhile, as we sit back and wait for the next embarrassing, juicy revelation—maybe Amy Pascal should be spending the Holidays brushing up her resume.