There is something so dystopian about turning Squid Game into an actual challenge reality show. (Popsugar)

 

Emilia Wickstead’s new fashion campaign is big on stripes, so expect to see stripes on Princess Kate soon. (Go Fug Yourself)

Howard Stern thinks being woke is a compliment. I have been alive long enough to remember when Stern was considered a media firebrand for talking about sex and interviewing porn stars the same way he did mainstream actors. I don’t think he’s always been on the right side of everything, but I do think he has actually grown and matured over the years, you know, like we’re supposed to do as we live more life and have more experiences and come to better understand the world around us. So yeah, in terms of just like, being a person with SOME empathy for his fellow human beings, Howard Stern is woke. (Celebitchy)

Rami Malek and Emma Corrin are apparently an item. (Page Six)

As I said in today’s mailbag on The Squawk—subscribe if you haven’t!—I am bummed that Hit Man was bought by Netflix, because it pretty much means the end of the theatrical potential of that film, which was made for an audience. Oh, sure, Netflix will throw it in a few hundred theaters for a couple weeks, but it won’t get the wide release it deserves (see also: Glass Onion). 

 

Here are a couple pieces illustrating the situation. First, how Hit Man ended up at Netflix, when Richard Linklater was making some very antipathetic comments about Netflix—which previously released his animated film, Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood—during Venice and TIFF. It sounds like, obviously, Netflix offered the most money. $20 million would be a stellar theatrical result for a film like Hit Man these days, and here they are, guaranteed $20 million. It also sounds like once a streamer comes in and starts throwing around money, it scares off the theatrical distributors, who remain shy of smaller/mid-size films anyway. 

And then Alison Willmore perfectly articulates the dread that comes when Netflix buys a movie you love. I was really looking forward to seeing Hit Man again with an audience. Living in Chicago, I will probably get that chance, but I know so many people won’t, and that’s a bummer. This movie is SO fun with a crowd. (Vulture)