One of Simon Cowell’s most recent productions is a true-crime series hosted by the ex-police officer best known for taking down Jimmy Savile, Mark Williams-Thomas. They’re hardly the Watson and Holmes of our day, but their true-crime series The Investigator is interesting stuff. Not because of what it covers, necessarily – but because of how it came about…
Whatever Channel 5 had planned when they sketched out plans for a Celebrity Big Brother series with Stormy Daniels, they probably didn’t imagine it would ever lead to them accidentally rehabilitating the career of a prolific workplace sex-pest. Yet that is exactly what came to pass. So the question remains: what the fuck were they thinking?
Just when you think American politics couldn’t get any weirder, someone goes and busts out the Bigfoot erotica. Virginian Republican candidate for Congress, Denver Riggleman, has been uncovered as the artist behind some rather detailed Bigfoot dickpics. It prompts all sorts of questions, but our primary one has so far gone unanswered: What is up with Bigfoot’s dick?
Leslie Grantham – actor, murderer and webcam sexface nightmare – is the latest celebrity star to turn his hand to fiction writing. He has written a multi-book series about a young boy who finds himself involved in the world of wizardry. If that sounds too familiar, don’t worry. He’s given it a rather personal touch…
The premise of the show was simple. It needed nothing in the way of technology, expertise or budget, yet the results would revolutionise television and create a brand new genre of programming. Had it not been for the Writers’ Guild Strike of 1988 though – and the dogged persistence of one man – the show that sparked that revolution might never have made it to air.
When things are running smoothly you may not feel that Hollywood has much of an effect on your life. But when it’s put on hold, terrible things can happen. Thirty years after the 1988 writers’ strike began – and ten years after the 2007 one ended – we unpick the peculiar and profound effect that the Writers Guild of America has inadvertently had on media, pop culture and international politics.
Our lawyer suggested that we provide some editorial context here to make it clear that this is “the unauthorised rushes of a dead criminal”.
So there you go…
Now that they can’t hack phones or dress up as Arab businessmen to get the inside scoop on celebrities, unscrupulous tabloid reporters have fewer options left open to them. So when they’re not nicking their ‘exclusives’ off Twitter, how are they sourcing their big, blockbuster stories these days?
Stormy Daniels appeared on Jimmy Kimmel this week, shortly after President Trump’s State Of The Union address, to field questions about whether or not she shagged him during Shark Week. You’d have thought that the $130,000 non-disclosure agreement she supposedly signed would have made an interview like that a little tricky – but apparently not. How is she doing it? We have some theories.
Once a reliable refuge from the miseries of the modern world, the pop charts are becoming every bit as grim as real life. 2017 in particular has really seen things take a turn for the maudlin – but why is it happening? Why are we so obsessed with sad sounding songs at the moment?