ICYMI: Friday, October 3

Yes, ICYMI has made a triumphant return to the Interwebs, and we’re starting things off with a tribute to the lovely Lena Dunham, whose first book was released this week (and which I have obviously already devoured). Lots of excellent other things happened this week, so let’s talk to some coffee about this and get started!

-I’ll start off by linking to a fantastic interview between Roxane Gay and Lena Dunham that Vulture thoughtfully put together so that I can fangirl more effectively.

-Actually, Vulture was on a bit of a roll this week with good features – see their scathing review of Gracepoint, for one, and their insightful piece on the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover, which is basically about how much Family Guy can suck it.

-Let’s also get some very depressing news out of the way. Due to the debilitating brain injury he suffered in a car crash with a Walmart truck this summer, doctors are unsure as to whether Tracy Morgan will ever perform again. Between that and Walmart trying to blame him for not wearing a seatbelt, I have all the feels about this.

-Oh, and speaking of feels! Pixar released a teaser for the hotly anticipated Inside Out, due in theaters next summer, but it’s not so much a trailer as a Best-Of segment of every touching and beautiful Pixar thing has ever done. Up until today, I had never cried over a YouTube clip lasting less than two minutes, but, here we are.

-Let’s change the subject and talk about beautiful people having babies. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis had a baby girl on Tuesday, and her name has not yet been released. It remains to be seen whether they’ll pick a normal people name or a Celebrity Baby Name (i.e., a name that kid can shoulder without embarrassment because she’ll be insanely rich anyway), but we are talking about people named Ashton and Mila, so.

-Ben Affleck also has a lot to celebrate this week, what with Gone Girl being released in theaters today (I’m seeing it in two hours and a review will be up later today), but I would say his best performance this week was definitely his ridiculous interview with Jon Stewart, wherein Affleck takes credit for “virtually every shot in the movie.” I kind of really love that he and Jennifer Garner are doing simultaneous press tours because it just gives me material for my fantasies about dinner parties with the Affleck-Garners.

-On to things that are terrifying: the American Horror Story: Freak Show credits. I kind of don’t even want to talk about it. But I just think that’s a really high number of clowns. Like, way too high of a number.

-Even MORE terrifying news: Twilight will come back from the (un)dead with mini-movies on Facebook. This piece of information is infinitely more horrifying and disturbing than any image in the AHS credits.

-Slightly less terrifying news: the Zombieland 2 sequel is officially in the works, on the heels of its disastrous Amazon pilot. There is no word on whether any of its huge stars will return, so I don’t care yet.

-And here are two “this person is no longer doing this movie” news items for the price of one! Joaquin Phoenix will no longer be playing Dr. Strange, and Leonardo has exited the revolving door that is the Steve Jobs biopic.

That’s all for now, but expect TWO more items today – my Scandal recap and Gone Girl reviews! See you literally later today!


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