Today marks the release of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It's a Tina Fey-produced comedy starring Ellie Kemper as a thousand-watt heroine in New York City and it's all on Netflix, so there's something for everyone here. The show follows Kimmy (Kemper), who has just been released from a doomsday cult and discovered the world outside of her fire-and-brimstoney upbringing is not nearly as bad as she has been led to believe. She moves to the Big Apple, makes a gaggle of friends and starts rediscovering the world around her. The plot sounds a little dense, but Kimmy's character is more Buddy the Elf than Westboro Baptist refugee, and Kemper is a revelation. After years of playing second fiddle on The Office, she finally gets her long-deserved chance to stretch her wings as a leading lady, and she nails it. She's unfailingly positive in the face of New York's teeming curmudgeons, but she's also a woman of strength, character and kindness. And although Fey never appears onscreen, her fans will certainly recognize her sharp sensibilities. In other words, it's another great show to fill the hole in your heart left by 30 Rock and Parks & Rec. Get on board. Discuss
CBS, a newcomer to the world of superhero shows, is testing the waters with a Supergirl show, and we've got the first image of Glee star Melissa Benoist rocking her costume. By superheroine standards, it's a pretty tame affair. In the past, super women were known for costumes that looked like they were trying to attract teenage boys (which, come to think, they sort of were.) But there's been a recent movement to dress superheroines in a manner more suited to saving the world, and it looks like CBS wisely got that memo. This Supergirl looks super reasonable, other than her trademark super skirt, but at least she's got some super tights underneath. Click here to see the full super image. Discuss
We may not have seen the last of Jesse Pinkman.Variety asked Aaron Paul—who played the lovable young Heisenberg protégé on AMC’s mega-hit Breaking Bad—if he was interested in appearing in the new prequel series Better Call Saul. Paul told the entertainment magazine, “We always have fun having that discussion—Vince [Gilligan], myself, Peter [Gould], the writers. We just have no idea how that would happen. But hopefully one day.” He also admitted, “It’s a little weird” watching the show, “Because it kind of looks like Breaking Bad … I know everyone involved , but I’m not involved in it at all. It’s a little weird. It’s a little sad.” What are you waiting for AMC? It’s time to bring back Pinkman ... Discuss
Friday, March 6, marks the first annual BlackOut Day, a day dedicated to “celebrating the beauty of Blackness” on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms of choice. As one of the founders of the event, Tumblr user expect-the-greatest says,
I got inspired to propose Blackout day after thinking “D***, I’m not seeing enough Black people on my dash”. Of course I see a constant amount of Black celebrities but what about the regular people? Where is their shine? When I proposed it, I thought people would think it was a good idea, but not actually go through with implementing it. Luckily people wanted to get behind the idea, and @recklessthottie created the #Blackout tag.
The idea caught on, and according to Twitter, #BlackOutDay has been mentioned 160,000 times in the last 24 hours. As another creator of BlackOut Day told Buzzfeed, “Originally I thought the idea was, like, just a fun thing, but as I got into it, I sort of realised it also backs up the ideals I talk about: seeing more diversity in our media." Discuss
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that by the year 2018, all elephants will be completely phased out of their famous traveling shows. The surprising move comes after years of protests from animal welfare advocates who objected to harsh living conditions imposed on the animals by the circus. Much of the elephants’ lives were spent chained in train cars, being transported to traveling circus shows around the country. An executive from the company told the AP, “There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers. A lot of people aren't comfortable with us touring with our elephants." Many of the animals’ advocates argued that the elephants are intelligent, social creatures and the methods that the circus uses to train and transport them were cruel and unnatural. The circus’ elephants will soon be given new homes at the company’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida ... Discuss
The Dress exhausted its five minutes of viral fame this week, but it's already become a national talking point, the source of Buzzfeed's most-trafficked post of all time and a terrible tattoo. Now it's become something with a little more gravity: the subject of an ad about domestic violence. Salvation Army whipped the ad together awfully quick, making this a nice case of using something trivial to raise awareness about something important. Click here to see the full ad. Discuss