Sean Penn may be a cranky, nicotine stained curmudgeon but he is not, and never has been, a wife beater. So he says, anyway, and calling him one could cost you $10 million. That’s the premise behind a lawsuit filed against Empire creator Lee Daniels, who sought to defend his leading man Terence Howard, an admitted wife beater who has been arrested 6 times for assault, by comparing him to Sean Penn and Marlon Brando. Penn’s lawsuit not only accuses Daniels of defamatory behavior, but points out that Daniels is condoning Terence Howard’s behavior by defending it, and implying that Howard’s legal troubles are a result of racism. Penn is not taking this lying down, although Marlon Brando clearly must.
Who knows who will be the next James Bond, but the discussion is getting tiresome for Idris Elba, the British actor who is being touted as the next 007. Elba himself has said that the rumour has started to eat itself, and if there was ever a chance for him to play Bond it’s gone. Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan, the last Bond Before Daniel Craig, says he thinks anything is possible, but he thinks Bond will remain male and white. Male? Was there ever a possibility that James Bond would be female? The role isn’t THAT fluid. Can we all agree that James Bond has to be human? That he can’t be a Welsh terrier, or a coffee table? Meanwhile, Spectre, the next James Bond movie featuring Bond as white male British spy, and not a transgendered Peruvian shoemaker, opens Nov. 6th.
Speaking of things that are not what they are meant to be, The Muppets are back. ABC Television’s reboot of the beloved show is making a few people uncomfortable. The show is now a behind the scenes look of a late night variety show hosted by Miss Piggy, and directed by Kermit, with the rest of the Muppets as writers and musicians. It has kind of a 30 Rock/Larry Sanders feel, which is odd for a family show. The other problem is that Kermit and Piggy have broken up, Kermit is seeing another pig named Denise, and Piggy is having flinguinis with the likes of Josh Groban. Even Fozzie is seeing a human woman. This is all wrong. Call me speciest, but humans should not “date” muppets. One word: lint.