Eliza Dushku speaks out! Deadwood movie photos! Netflix had access to your private messages!

ABW is by Dan Barrett who wants out of 2018.

Eliza Dushku has spoken out about her exit from Bull in a piece the actor wrote for The Boston Globe: ‘I worked at CBS. I didn’t want to be sexually harassed. I was fired’.

It’s a very strong read, but the biggest takeaway is her very simple statement that echoes the headline:

I do not want to hear that I have a “humor deficit” or can’t take a joke. I did not over-react. I took a job and, because I did not want to be harassed, I was fired.


In other, far less gross, CBS news…

The network is considering terminating its agreement with Nielsen, stating that its ratings gathering tools/methodologies are out of date with current viewing patterns.


That Deadwood movie that HBO claims is in production…. There’s now actual photos! This might actually be happening?


Netflix are planning 90 original films in 2019. Of those:

  • 55 will be live-action films.

  • The remaining 35 will be a mix of feature documentaries and animated films.

  • Despite being produced internally, they split the 55 live-action features into two streams: Originals (the bigger, mainstream films that will attract budgets of $20-200 million) and Indies (lower budget films that include targeted movies like their successful romcoms and auteur-driven/art-house movies). There will be approximately 20 Originals, with 10 of the remaining Indies films focused on the art-house orientated features.


Karl Stefanovic has been fired as host from the Australian Today show following a year of tabloid scuttlebutt around his recent divorce and even more recent marriage. He’s such a love rat.

While I’m sure there is a whole lot of market research taking place behind the scenes, I do wonder how much the general audience care.


Kevin Mayer is the head of Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international division. This means he’s the guy heading up Disney+ and Hulu (once the dust settles on Disney acquiring a greater share/all of it). He spoke with The Hollywood Reporter. The two biggest takeaways:

  • Exclusivity of content will be key to Disney+ - “We have to take our content and make it as exclusive as we can to our service”.

  • Disney are very interested in taking Hulu international - “We would like to have an international trilogy of services where it makes sense. We want a sports service like we have here; we want a general entertainment service, which would be Hulu, in different places around the world where we don't have that; and we want to have Disney around the world. An international rollout of Hulu would be something that we'd be very interested in, and we're talking to Hulu about that now.”


Production is about to start on a reunion for the UK Inbetweeners. Moustache wankers.


Like a lot of you right now, I’m teetering on the brink of shutting down my Facebook account. The last straw was yesterday’s NYT report that revealed Facebook had allowed 100+ company partners access to all sorts of data - including FB users private message chats. That’s horrendously gross.

Not comforting was Netflix’s public comment:

Playing it cute really wasn’t the best approach to this one - this is a gross intrusion into users privacy.

With so many revelations about Facebook in recent months coming out, it coincided with me seeing the (actually very good) movie Sorry To Bother You. The movie is about a guy who works in a call center and finds he has a gift for it, propelling him up the corporate hierarchy.

Please note that I’m about to give a massive spoiler for the film, so if you don’t want to know anything, please scroll down to the next story.

What starts as a fairly surreal movie gets crazy as the main character goes to visit his boss and discovers the head of the company is involved in creating a race of hybrid man horses, against the will of those being turned into horses. It is extreme social satire as, after the truth is made public, there’s a relative indifference by the public at large.

Is Facebook our real-world version of corporately created horse people? Something so extreme and repulsive, yet the general public have been subdued into just accepting it as part of everyday life?

Yeah, it sounds silly, but it really is time that we take a step back and look at what we’re really getting from this service and what it is costing us. In my opinion, it is offensively gross.


MSNBC presenter Kasie Hunt is one of the many who have been reconsidering their interest in sticking around on Facebook:


Andrew Davies has adapted Les Misérables for the BBC. Radio Times has a guide to its crazy-good cast.


That’s it for today.