All of Marvel’s Netflix series have been cancelled, with Jessica Jones and The Punisher getting the axe

In the past few months, the Netflix arm of Marvel’s film and TV empire has clearly been winding things down. Whether it’s because of Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, or simply because the pop culture mega-conglomerate is trying to bring all of its properties in-house from now on, Netflix previously announced that Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have all been cancelled. Now the last dominoes have fallen, as Deadline reports that The Punisher and Jessica Jones have been axed. The former leaves just after its second season debuted on the streaming service, while the latter will air its already completed third season before ending its run. There’s no current release date for the final season of Jessica Jones, but it will mark the conclusion of a five-year run on Netflix for the far more adult side of Marvel’s output. Here’s Netflix’s statement to Deadline about the cancellations: “Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come. In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the […]

Police release Jussie Smollett attack suspects without charges

In the latest in a string of bizarre twists, police have released two Nigerian men from custody just hours after arresting them on suspicion that they were involved with the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollet. “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet Friday night. The men — identified by TMZ as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo — are brothers from Nigeria. At least one of them — Olabinjo — previously appeared as an extra on Empire. Police raided the brothers’ home on Thursday, where they found several bottles of bleach. Smollett initially told police that he was attacked by two men outside a Subway restaurant in Chicago during the early morning hours of January 29th. The 36-year-old actor, who is openly gay, described the assailants as white men wearing ski masks, who asked Smollett if he was “that f***ot Empire n*****?” before attacking him with a rope and bleach. As they fled the scene the men yelled, “This is MAGA country!” according to Smollett. Yesterday, police ruled out local media reports that Smollett staged the attack himself. Consequence […]

Madlib and Oh No Share Video for New Song “Big Whips”: Watch

Madlib and his younger brother, the rapper Oh No, have shared a new song called “Big Whips.” It arrives with a music video directed and edited by David James. Watch below (via Complex). “Big Whips” is set to appear on All City Records’ forthcoming Gangster Doodles Vol. 1 compilation—out March 1. Each track on the comp will come with an original drawing by Marlon Sassy aka Gangster Doodles. Along with Madlib and Oh No, the compilation features Quelle Chris, Kaytranada, Father, Chester Watson. Check out the album cover below. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Miranda Lambert dumps salad on woman in heated restaurant altercation

Some celebrities throw punches, others hurl expensive heels. For Miranda Lambert, her weapon of choice is… a fresh salad. The country music star was involved in a heated altercation this past Sunday that ended in Lambert dumping a salad on a woman’s lap. As TMZ reports, the incident took place at Stoney River Steakhouse in Nashville. It all began with an exchange about millennials between Lambert’s friend and older male customer. Their tense convo apparently escalated to the point that Lambert and the older male got into a screaming match with one another. The musician — who was described as being “in a fit” and actually needing to be held back — retaliated by targeting the man’s wife, who was also dining at the restaurant. Lambert reportedly walked over to the couple’s table, picked up the wife’s salad, and proceeded to dump the dish on her lap in front of everyone. That’s one way to get tableside service. Police eventually responded, but when they arrived Lambert and her friend were long gone. An official police report hasn’t been filed. TMZ obtained video footage of the salad-dumping aftermath, which can be seen below. There also photos over on TMZ’s website. [embedded […]

Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Responds to Ariana Grande Tweets: “It Was a Surprise”

Earlier this week, Ariana Grande spoke out publicly about her decision not to attend or perform at the 61st Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles tomorrow, Sunday, February 10. She called out Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who had given an interview about her absence and said that the singer “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.” Ariana tweeted that he was “lying”: “I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend,” she said. Now, Ehrlich has responded to Ariana in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I saw those tweets and what she said. I guess it was a surprise,” he said. “I will say this, and they don’t want me to say it but I’m going to say it: The thing that probably bothered me more than whatever else she said about me is when she said I’m not collaborative.” He also stated that he “usually does not have this happen,” and that he never spoke with Ariana directly, instead corresponding with her management team. “I don’t know […]

Kanye West sued by family of little girl sampled in “Ultralight Beam”

One of the many joys of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo single “Ultralight Beam” is hearing the sample of that little girl praying in the very beginning. Unfortunately for Yeezy, that heavenly voice is now sending him into legal hell. As TMZ reports, Andrew and Shirley Green, the legal guardians of Natalie, the then-four-year-old whose prayer went viral in early 2016, claim that Kanye asked the wrong parents for permission to use the sample. In court documents obtained by TMZ, the Greens, who adopted Natalie in December 2012, claim that Kanye cleared the sample through Natalie’s biological mother Alice Johnson, who has no authorization. What’s more, they state that Johnson never received a written license or payment in the aftermath, and are now currently seeking profits from the single in addition to other unspecified damages. Revisit the track below, followed by the original viral video.. [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Pet Sematary to close SXSW 2019 Film Festival

Sometimes dead is … best saved for last. South by Southwest has finalized their film programming with the announcement of their Midnighters, Festival Favorites, and other flavorful additions. Among the many highlights is Paramount’s Pet Sematary closing out the festival. “Programming the SXSW Midnighters section is always a favorite part of my job, and this year was no exception,” said Jarod Neece, SXSW Senior Film Programmer, in an official statement. “We get to peek into the collective consciousness of the world of genre filmmakers working today. “This year’s selections are a mix of horror, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy with a good dose of feral children, haunted houses, extraterrestrial creatures and the undead to creep out SXSW audiences late into the night,” he continued. Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s reimagining of Stephen King’s 1983 novel will serve as a fitting bookend to the festival, seeing how Jordan Peele’s Us will tip off the festivities a week prior. It’s also something of a sentimental graduation for the two filmmakers as their breakthrough film, Starry Eyes, originally made its world premiere at the festival’s 2014 installment. Other highlights include Lupita Nyong’o’s Little Monsters, Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, highly anticipated documentary I Am […]

Mary Lattimore and Mac McCaughan Announce New Album New Rain Duets

Harpist Mary Lattimore and Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan have announced a collaborative new album. New Rain Duets is out March 22 via Three Lobed Recordings. The project was recorded in 2016, Stereogum reports. They’ve also released the first single, “III.” Listen to it below. In 2018, Lattimore released Hundreds Of Days. She also dropped a collaborative effort with Meg Baird of Espers and Heron Oblivion called Ghost Forests.. Superchunk released What a Time to Be Alive last year. Read Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 interview with Mac McCaughan. Pitchfork RSS Feed

Confirmed: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to perform “Shallow” at Oscars

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will take the stage at next month’s Academy Awards to perform “Shallow”, their duet from A Star is Born. “Shallow” is one of five nominees in the Best Original Song category. Other contenders include Kendrick Lamar and SZA for “All the Stars” (Black Panther); David Rawlings and Gillian Welch for “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs); Diane Warren for “I’ll Fight” (RBG); and Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman for “The Place Where Lost Things Go” (Mary Poppins Returns). Along with Gaga and Cooper, the telecast promises Jennifer Hudson, who will sing “I’ll Fight”, and Rawlings and Welch, who will perform “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings”. Additionally, the Oscars is teasing a performance of “The Place Where Lost Things Go” by a “surprise special guest.” For what it’s worth, Emily Blunt sings the song in the film. As of now, it’s unclear whether Kendrick and SZA will also take the stage, though we certainly hope that will be the case. The 2019 Academy Awards takes place Sunday, February 24th and will air live on ABC. Last month, Gaga and Cooper performed “Shallow” together live for the first […]

Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s Concert Tickets for Life Contest Asks You to Try Going Vegan

Tonight, Beyoncé and JAY-Z announced the Greenprint Project, a new contest that allows fans a chance to win a lifetime of Bey and Jay concert tickets if they commit to a vegan diet plan. Find Beyoncé’s Instagram post detailing the sweepstakes below. Though Bey and Jay recently advocated for veganism in the introduction to Marco Borges’ new cookbook The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World, the contest welcomes all fans willing to implement at least a partially vegan meal plan into their daily life. For instance, contestants may practice “meatless Mondays” or promise to eat “two plant-based meals a day” to qualify for the competition. Beyoncé and JAY-Z released their joint album Everything Is Love last year. Read Pitchfork’s Festival Report “Why Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Was One for the Ages.” Loading Loading Pitchfork RSS Feed