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AMC Orders ‘Mega City Smiths’ Stop-Motion Animated Comedy with Baby Dolls as Grown Up Detectives



This week, AMC announced an order for six 30-minute episodes of a new show called Mega City Smiths from Steve Conrad (writer of Wonder and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the animation studio behind Robot Chicken and Crossing Swords. The series will be a stop-motion animated project focusing on two detectives trying to solve a high profile missing persons case in the fictional city of Mega City. Oh, and all the characters will be baby dolls made to look like grown ups. What?!

A lot of network and cable channels are investing their time and money in new animated projects since they’re extremely easy to get off the ground in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. People can work from home without much hassle, and there’s little risk of spreading illness when production is spread out and doesn’t require congregation in the same area. The situation may also be resulting in some off-the-wall animated projects getting greenlit that otherwise might fall by the wayside. It seems like AMC just ordered one of those projects

The official press release for AMC’s order of Mega City Smiths says the story “hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Mega City’s most famous magnate.” Throughout the series, we’ll follow two detectives as they take the case and are forced to “fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home.” And again, we can’t stress this enough, they’re baby dolls made to look like adults.

This sounds like exactly the kind of weird animated project Stoopid Buddy Studios would produce, but it feels like a surprising direction for someone like Steve Conrad. On top of writing the aforementioned saccharine screenplays, he’s been working on shows like Patriot on Amazon and Perpetual Grace, LTD on Epix. Neither of those shows are anything like what this new project, but maybe that’s the appeal for him. In a statement, Conrad said:

Mega City Smiths is a series about our basic desire to be loved and cared for by our mothers, fathers, our few real friends and the setting we call home. We’re very pleased to have found partners at AMC whose ambition is the same as ours, which is to try and contribute to our era’s collection of remarkable TV.”

What is this show? Maybe it will have more in common with the kind of movies that Conrad has written than it seems at first glance. I just can’t get past the idea of baby dolls being used for the kind of show that Conrad seems to be describing. And the following statement from Dan McDermott, president of programming for AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, is only more perplexing. He said:

“Brilliant creator. Iconic characters. Human, dramatic, hilarious storytelling. Unique visuals unlike anything seen on television — these are the components of a great AMC series, and they are vitally present here in Steve’s dazzling work. Mega City Smiths will stand out in this crowded environment and engage viewers of all ages.”

A show that will engage viewers of all ages?! It’s a stop-motion animated series with baby dolls as adult detectives. What’s going on here? Is there something I’m missing? Maybe we just need to wait for a glimpse of the series to get a full grasp on what this project will be, because I just can’t wrap my head around it.

In addition to creating the show, Conrad will serve as showrunner. Meanwhile, Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and Chris Waters will executive produce for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, and Jennifer Scher, Jeff Dieter and Tom Glynn will produce. The series, which, once again, uses baby dolls as grown adult characters, is expected to debut on AMC sometime in 2021.

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Jacob Elordi congratulates ex-girlfriend Zendaya on her Emmys win




Jacob Elordi has congratulated his Euphoria co-star and rumoured ex-girlfriend Zendaya on her impressive Emmys win.

The 24-year-old was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the ceremony yesterday.

Jacob Elordi has congratulated his rumoured ex-girlfriend on her Emmys win.
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Elordi shared a photo on his Instagram Story of Zendaya as her character Rue and captioned it, “Congratulations captain @zendaya. Bravo.”

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The pair, who were rumoured to be dating, were last seen together in March this year at a flea market. They kept their relationship very private but were photographed on numerous occasions.

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More recently, Elordi has been linked to Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber, after being photographed having dinner in Malibu and on holiday in Mexico.

“They’ve been inseparable for the last several weeks,” a source told E! News. “They’ve been going out to dinner at night and working out together at the gym during the day.”

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Prior to that, Elordi previously was in a relationship with his Kissing Booth co-star Joey King from 2017 to 2018.

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Zendaya made history for her Emmys win for being the youngest-ever Emmy winner in the category, and the first Black actor to score the gong since How To Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis in 2015. She beat Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Laura Linney (Ozark).

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Ranking Porn Bot Comments On Our Insta Posts By How Worthy They Are Of Hanging In The Louvre




Porn bots. Always the first to comment on our Instagram posts, always full of mystery, and a lot of the time, very creative with their requests. However, who (or what) has the most Louvre-worthy comment of them all?

First of all, you’re probably thinking, what on Earth is a porn bot, what do they want with my money, and why are they apparently waiting for me in my bed??

Well, take a look at any Instagram post from a verified account, and you’ll probably see a bunch of thirsty messages from some very suss accounts. For instance, “Is there a woman who is prettier than me?” is a comment that we see with alarming regularity.

Click through to the account, and you’ll discover that this isn’t actually a real woman, but a bot! Full of porn! Hellbent on getting you to click! Hence, the term porn bot is best used to describe these digital succubi.

I decided to scour through our Insta posts to find all of these porn bots and their comments, so I could rank them from least to most creative. Honestly, some of these gems would make even me click.

14. Miss (Totally Not A  Porn Bot) Heart Eyes

Really not that creative, you’d almost be deceived into thinking she was a normal commenter. Huge points for deception, but none for creativity.

13. Miss Bitcoin Trader U.S.A.

Alright, let’s get this one out of the way early. She’s not technically a porn bot. She’s a Bitcoin bot (which is arguably worse). However, she makes the cut because “joy all over me” simply reeks of horny energy. Also, who is she talking about?

12. Miss Rebecca Returns

Rebecca is back again, but this time she’s diversified her emojis of choice. Points for mixing it up bb, get that bag.

11. Miss Roasted 7027

Shout out to this account for simply roasting Miss Hellena over here. I mean, if you’re gonna ask people to tag someone else prettier than you, it doesn’t really sound like you’re selling yourself well, does it? Come on Hellena, you can do so much better.

10. Is There?

This one sounds more provocative, like, I DARE you to find someone hotter than me. Still not crazy creative, but I admire her drive.

9. Literally Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra Porn Bot

Huge points for using an image of Priyanka Chopra and trying to get away with it. Also, this comment has a few more emojis, and I love how she is going the extra mile to lure in wallets.

8. Miss Barretta

This one is pretty open, and she’s even giving you the choice of what to do in the room with her. Play checkers? Wii Sports? Read a novel? She seems like a nice and normal woman of the lord, looking for companionship. Not at all a porn bot.

7. Miss Riddle Me This

God this comment has made me question everything. It’s like the last riddle you hear before entering a secret labyrinth à la The Neverending Story. Is it true? Who are the many people? Why must you taunt me so?

6. Miss Home Invasion

Call the cops.

5. Miss Thrick

Honestly, love this comment, but points reduced for ‘thrick’. Actually, I kind of love thrick as a word, so she can stay.

4. M I S S  M A S T U R B A T E

The spaces between every letter are an instant turn-off. Punctuation before penetration, as I always say.

3. Miss Hellena 2: Electric Boogaloo

After being absolutely destroyed by one of our human commenters, Miss Hellena went back into the workshop to design this godly comment. She knows what she wants and she is going to take it goddammit.

2. I…

Look I don’t want to dive into this one too much, there’s a lot going on here. I simply love the fed up emoji at the end though, like, “Is this what you want to hear? Damn, click already.”

1. Miss Porn Bot Australia 2o2o

Meiliana Porn Bot

And our winner is Miss Meiliana with her absolute godsend of a comment. The eggplant emojis are an eye-catching touch, and the use of “13cm” makes you wonder if she’s really talking about height. Congratulations, Miss Meiliana, for most creative porn bot comment of 2020.

So why, exactly, are porn bots currently spamming every Instagram page? Two answers for you: porn subscriptions, and pyramid schemes.”

Behind these dubious comments are essentially bot networks spreading spam for a whole array of dubious intentions. Think of it like a classic Bond villain using ‘seductive’ women to lure in men, except these women aren’t actually real, and are sometimes just pictures of Priyanka Chopra.

If you click all the way through, which one brave soul from Vice once did, you end up discovering at the end of the trail is either a request to sign up for a paid porn service or a ludicrous pyramid scheme. Either way, your money is what they’re after, not your “long and thrick” as they so eloquently put it.

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Insta bots also run scam offers to get you that coveted blue checkmark (don’t believe the scam! run!), or sometimes spam you with ‘follow-for-follow-back’ comments. Be warned: they will never follow you back.

Celebrities and media platforms are where you can often find porn bots running wild, it’s kind of like their natural habitat. Comments can range from simple kissy face emojis, to “DON’T look at my STORY if you don’t wanna MASTURBATE!”

Truly, these things are works of pure digital art. My hat is tipped to the randos sitting behind a computer a million miles away who came up with them.

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