An X-Men origins story may soon lose its star. According to a report in The Wrap, Channing Tatum may walk away from the starring role in the superhero film Gambit because of difficulties in the contract negations with 20th Century Fox. As recently as this month’s Comic-Con, Tatum had been discussing his excitement about playing the X-Men’s New Orleans anti-hero, so there may still be some possibility of him reconsidering. Discuss
Comedy writer Robert Alexander Kaseberg filed a lawsuit accusing Conan O'Brien of stealing his jokes. Kaseberg claims O’Brien used jokes taken from the writer’s Twitter feed and his personal blog.
According to Mashable, the complaint filed in a California federal court, “targets TBS; Time Warner Inc.; Conaco, O'Brien's production company; Conan executive producer Jeff Ross; and Conan head writer Mike Sweeney.” The suit alleges that O’Brien used four jokes in his monologues without citation that Kaseberg previously published online. Kaseberg says he dismissed the first two instances as coincidence, but after the third "there [was] no possibility of a coincidence." In a statement, Conaco said: "We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit.”
To be honest, at least on of the jokes in question does appear theft: "A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. and they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight." OK, we’d be pretty upset, too. Discuss
A guy named Jeremy Telford created a 65-foot-long, 35-foot-high balloon animal because, after all, this is a free country. It took him four days to build the world’s most iconic balloon creation: the wiener dog. The massive latex dachshund includes 8,867 balloons and weighs about 180 pounds. And, really, it’s awesome. Discuss
Aziz Ansari is headed back to television. Along with some updates about its new original programming, Netflix announced today that Aziz Ansari’s upcoming sitcom Master of None will drop on Nov. 6. The 10-episode series is somewhat based on Ansari’s real life: The show follows a 30-year-old actor in New York City named Dev, who struggles with chronic indecision. Tom Haverford fans have reason to be hopeful: One of the show’s executive producers is the co-creator of Parks Rec, Michael Schur. Discuss
Following the release of two secretly-recorded videosshowing employees of Planned Parenthood discussing the sales of tissues and organs from abortion babies, a third video from the group The Center Medical Progress has been posted to YouTube. The latest video (below) features an extended interview with a former “procurement technician” who graphically discusses how she unknowingly took a job procuring tissues and organs from aborted babies to be sold. The video then also graphically shows parts of a baby aborted at 11 weeks being displayed for an undercover “buyer,” with prices for different body parts being discussed. Warning, the footage is extremely graphic. Planned Parenthood has released several statements condemning the videos, claiming, “There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood.” Discuss
An architect in the UK has come up with a new design that he believes could help London’s growing homeless population. James Furzer won the Farko International Design Competition for his “Homes for the Homeless” floating urban pods. He’s designed affordable, temporary structures that are affixed to the sides of the buildings above street-level, that can be accessed by ladder. And though they are insulated and include a mattress, the pods are mainly built from plywood around a steel frame. Because of the wide-spread use of anti-homeless design implements like spikes that prevent sleeping in public spaces, Furzer believes that his designs can provide a safe, affordable solution to problems facing urban homeless communities. He explained to The Daily Mail, “The idea would be potentially for a pod like this to be donated to a homeless charity, who could monitor it for a select amount of evening hours." Discuss