ICYMI: September 4, 2015

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It, after a who-gives-a-shit how long hiatus, just in time for a huge, BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION. (Doesn’t matter that I’ve been out of college for three solid years. Let that go.) Welcome back and buckle up, cause guess what? All the stuff happened this week. All of it.

-And easily the best thing that happened all week, just so you know, is when some fucking genius added a Seinfeld bassline and canned applause to Kanye’s VMAs speech. Congratulations to that guy, and to whoever has the “Kanye West Wing” Twitter and Tumblr URLs locked down for #Kanye2020.

-Let’s quickly run through some Marvel news because there was a lot of it this week and I’d like to get it out of the way: casting issues may have caused a literal “Civil War” backstage at Marvel; Chris Evans, who last year was running around talking about quitting acting, now wants to play Captain America until the Biblical End of Days; on the other hand, bona-fide dad hottie Mark Ruffalo says The Hulk has been cut from the next Avengers film because I don’t know.

-More news about exciting, huge movies: Tatiana Maslany (of Orphan Black) and Gina Rodriguez (of Jane the Virgin) may be temporarily plucked from their respectively incredible shows to be in a future Star Wars movie. Worth it.

-And, more exciting casting news! Cate Blanchett will be playing Lucille Ball in a biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, so, you know, go ahead and engrave that Oscar now.

-Here’s a roundup of teasers for exciting shows from funny, delightful people: Samantha Bee will arrive to challenge the sausage-fest of late night TV with Full Frontal; Billy Eichner will take some time away from Difficult People to yell at some more people on the street, and this time, he’s invited Chris Pratt and Tina Fey, among others; Neil Patrick Harris will just prank a shitload of people at some point, so that’ll be a goddamned delight; and in case you weren’t excited enough about Empire coming back, here’s two new songs to get you pumped.

-Two different outlets wrote about Scream this week, presumably to honor Wes Craven, who passed away last week of brain cancer at the age of 76 – The AV Club wrote an incisive, detailed piece about Scream‘s 13 minute opening, and The Cut wrote an excellent, thoughtful article on Wes Craven’s not-so-secret feminism. Both are beyond worth reading, so get to it!

-Vulture wrote an insightful article this week too, but this one happens to be a pretty scathing review of Miley Cyrus’ not-surprise album, Dead Petz.

-Sorry to another good-looking former child star, while we’re at it – Zac Efron’s EDM movie We Are Your Friends had the fourth worst opening of ALL TIME last weekend, and I am certain he’s crying into his abs and wiping his tears with his pile of High School Musical money over this, so, you know. Don’t feel too bad.

-Maybe this will cheer Zac up – Nickelodeon MAY be bringing back some of its classic cartoons in some sort of “retooled” form, so they might be terrible and ruin all our memories, but 90s kids will take what they can get and make up drinking games to go with them. We’re nothing if not resourceful.

-Two pieces of Game of Thrones casting news for the price of one: Euron Greyjoy has been cast and will be played by the fascinatingly named Pilou Asbæk, and Freddie Stroma, star of Lifetime’s (excellent) unRealand otherwise known as Cormac McLaggen from the later Harry Potter films, will play Sam Tarly’s cooler, hotter, jockier younger brother. Yeah, that sounds about right.

-And finally, let’s finish this ICYMI out with some news about every mom’s crush, Idris Elba. He and Cary Fukunaga (of the good season of True Detective) have a new movie coming out – which now has a trailer – exclusively for Netflix, and it almost killed them, but looks totally worth it, so, good job! Also, he responded to current Bond author Anthony Horowitz’s casually racist comments about Elba being “too street to play Bond” in the best possible way, because he is the greatest of humans.

We will be BACK in full force starting soon – Emmys coverage! AHS recaps! Other stuff! ICYMIs regularly – we promise! Stay tuned!

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