As always, each week KSR’s Funkhouser collects the best of pop culture. And as always, The Entertation Index collects the best of the week for your consumption.
Bada$$, Joey — Rapper Joey Bada$$, who you of course know from your favorite tunes “Super Predator,” “Greenbax” and “47 Goons,” canceled concerts in Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto after staring into Monday’s solar eclipse and damaging his eyes. It’s not a total loss, however, as the incident inspired Badas$$’s newest track “Eyez on Swole.”
Link: Rapper Who Stared at Eclipse Abruptly Cancels Concerts
Blockbusters, Summer — It’s been no secret that movie execs have been sorely disappointed in this summer’s studio blockbusters; anything NOT a superhero movie has tanked mightily. To celebrate the end of this long three months movie-wise, here’s a ranking of the 43 top-producing summer films.
Link: The Highest-Grossing Summer Blockbusters Since Jaws, Ranked from Worst to Best
Cameron, James — Titanic and T2 director has publicly derided the recent, blockbusting Wonder Woman adaptation by declaring the female-directed film as “male Hollywood doing the same old thing,” and calling it “a step backwards.” Cameron then excused himself from the media, explaining “I have to go, I have four more Avatar movies to make.”
Link: James Cameron Says Wonder Woman Is “A Step Backwards”
Clowns — To celebrate the release of the new Stephen King adaptation It, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse has announced it will hold “Clown Only” screenings of the horror film the day after its premiere. Nope. Just nope. Nope nope nope. Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope
Link: Alamo Drafthouse to Host Clown-Only Screenings of “It”
Crue, Motley — Good news for fifty year-olds who have never held the same job for more than one year; Motley Crue is re-issuing its 1987 classic Girls, Girls, Girls on a variety of formats today for the album’s thirtieth anniversary. The album will always be remembered as a seminal album of the 80’s hair band trend and, of course, has been welcoming Dakotas and Crystals around the nation to the stage for thirty years.
Link: Motley Crue on “Girls, Girls, Girls” at 30 – “It Was Like ‘Caligula'”
It — See: Clowns
Swift, Taylor — 27 year-old Taylor Swift announced this week that the wait is almost over for a new album with the surprise drop of the single “Look What You Made Me Do.” The single suggests that the singer has gotten even more personal with her new album, which features Swift-esque tracks like “I Saw You Talking to Kim,” “Why Didn’t You Answer My Texts, Stephen?”, “Look I Changed My Hair Again,” and “Stop Embarrassing Me, Dad.”
Link: Taylor Swift Drops “Look What You Made Me Do, and It’s Aggressive”
Thomas, Jay — Renowned character actor Jay Thomas, who has appeared in guest roles on shows like Ray Donovan, Murphy Brown and more — not to mention a memorable run as Carla’s ill-fated hockey player husband Eddie LeBec on Cheers — lost a battle to cancer overnight. He was 69. Thomas also appeared like clockwork on David Letterman’s final show before Christmas each year to deliver what Letterman firmly believed was “one of the greatest stories of all time.” See for yourself.