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The week in entertainment news: The Golden Bachelor gets tarnished, and Scream's salary scare

Catching up with The A.V. Club's top news stories from the week of November 27-December 1

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The Golden Bachelor’s Gerry Turner may not be so nice after all

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The Golden Bachelor
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The secret partner or very recent ex back home is a time-honored Bachelor Nation tradition, perhaps most notably practiced by Hannah Brown’s short-lived fiancé Jed Wyatt, who was later exposed for being in a relationship the entire time he was on the show. The Golden Bachelor was supposed to be an antidote to all that—a 72-year-old widower who calls sex “knocking boots” can’t be that much of a player, right? Read More

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Scream reportedly lost Jenna Ortega over yet another salary dispute

Jenna Ortega in Scream VI
Jenna Ortega in Scream VI
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Things are looking pretty dire for the Scream franchise right now, and it’s not because of Ghostface. After Scream VI murdered the box office with a surprise $43.5 million opening—the best of the entire franchise—this past March, Scream VII was poised to slay the competition once again. Then all of last week’s news broke. Read More

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Hierarchy of power in hotel TVs to change as Mark Cuban preps Shark Tank exit

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Shark Tank is nothing without its beady-eyed, razor-toothed, man-eating aquatic hosts. Since season two, Draymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, “Mr. Wonderful” Kevin O’Leary, and Mark Cuban have been manning the board seats, tearing apart aspiring entrepreneurs, pitching yet another breakthrough in golf course urination technology. Now, that school of five, their bellies filled with chum made of flop sweat and flailing business school dropouts, is set to become four. In what amounts to the greatest shift in power in hotel room television consumption since the advent of impractical jokes, Mark Cuban, one of the Tank’s most powerful and renowned sharks, is leaving Shark Tank. Read More


Max confirms that Looney Tunes is not leaving the platform, but some Adult Swim shows still are

A Bugs Bunny memorial promoting Space Jam: A New Legacy
A Bugs Bunny memorial promoting Space Jam: A New Legacy
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In a revised press release, Max has confirmed that the remaining Looney Tunes cartoons that were not removed earlier this year will not be leaving the platform at the end of December, despite initially reporting the opposite in its monthly “here’s what’s coming to Max” post. The company says that “the show will continue streaming on Max,” and it has removed Looney Tunes from the post. Our original story, which now feels a little excessively frustrated, is below. Read More


Shannen Doherty says cancer has spread to her bones

Shannen Doherty reveals cancer spread to bones
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Shannen Doherty, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, has now revealed that the cancer has spread to her bones. The actor shares news of her condition in a new cover story for People magazine. Despite this unfortunate news, Doherty remains optimistic and hopes to join new clinical trials as they’re developed, she informs the outlet. Read More


Taika Waititi agreed to Thor because he “was poor”

Taika Waititi did Thor because he was poor
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Marvel’s habit of poaching talented young writer-directors for their films has gone from something largely positive (cultivating diverse up-and-coming artists) to something seen as negative (wasting years of the lives of potential new auteurs on paint-by-the-numbers franchise filmmaking). Taika Waititi was an early example of this—Thor: Ragnarok was widely praised, but Thor: Love & Thunder was far less critically acclaimed, and now Waititi is very willing to let the studio move on without him. In fact, he never meant to get involved with Marvel at all. Read More


This Is Spinal Tap sequel sets some major cameos

This Is Spinal Tap sequel sets big guest stars
Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner
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The sequel to Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap was announced last year, and intended for release in 2024 to coincide with the original film’s 40th anniversary. Unfortunately, the actors’ strike delayed the start of the film, so it may not make that deadline. However, “We’re going to start shooting in the end of February and everybody is back,” Reiner said in a new interview on the RHLSTP With Richard Herring podcast. Read More


Guy Fieri’s new Food Network deal is one expensive dish

Guy Fieri renews deal with Food Network
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Guy Fieri first graced television screens on Food Network Star in 2006, and the title of that show may never have been more accurate than when it applied to Fieri as the winner of the second season. Since that time, he’s created lots of shows for the network—Guy Off The Hook, Guy Fieri’s Road Show, Guy’s Family Road Trip, Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, etc.—and become a complete cultural phenomenon in his own right. The Food Network obviously knows a good thing when they see it, which is why it struck a new deal with Fieri valued at over $100 million, per Variety. Read More


Da’Vine Joy Randolph had to learn to smoke for The Holdovers

Da'Vine Joy Randolph had to learn to smoke for "The Holdovers"
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Randolph also reveals what she learned from with Paul Giamatti and Alexander Payne

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Jodie Foster isn’t moved by Marvel movies

Jodie Foster isn't moved by Marvel movies
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Jodie Foster has some thoughts on superhero movies