In May, acclaimed film and television director Lynn Shelton suddenly died of a previously unidentified blood disorder, shocking fans and loved ones. Among those was Marc Maron, who had been dating her for a little over a year. Maron has frequently spoken about his heartbreak, and he did so again, two-and-a-half months after her passing, in a recent interview with The New York Times.
“We saw ourselves through each other’s eyes. I was really the best version of me, the way she saw me,” Maron said of the director of the movies Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister, and Laggies, as well as a lot of television. Last week Shelton was posthumously nominated for an Emmy for directing four episodes of Little Fires Everywhere.
The two met, he said, when she came on his beloved podcast, WTF, though they didn’t start seeing each other till later, as the two were in other relationships at the time. So for a while their relationship was professional. She directed some of his stand-up specials and she directed him in episodes of GLOW as well as in her 2019 film Sword of Trust.
“She was my best audience,” Maron said, choking up. “There was some sort of connection that we had — I lost all my self-consciousness, which is no easy trick.”
He also said he fought tooth and nail to get Netflix to hire her to helm the first special she directed, Too Real. “They were concerned that she had never directed a comedy special. I’m like: ‘She’s done seven movies! You think this is rocket science? She’d already made Outside In, and that’s a little masterpiece,” Maron recalled. He then stepped thing up:
I told my manager I won’t do the special if she can’t direct it. And they came back with, they’re also going to put another director who’s directed specials with her, to guide her through the process. And I said to my manager, that’s not a great look. Especially if they pull out some dude. You’re going to have some guy teach her? That’s ridiculous. Just let her direct it herself. And that’s all.
Maron went on to describe in detail about finding out she was sick, taking her to see a doctor and, when her condition worsened, calling the ambulance. She was dead within 18 hours. “I went [to the hospital] that night and spent a few minutes with her body,” he said. “It was the heaviest thing I’ve ever done. It was just devastating. I was blown out, totally traumatized. Totally heartbroken.”
Maron never took a break from his podcast, even after his producer floated that as a possibility. “I said, I have no control over these feelings. They’re monstrous. But they’re real,” he said. They posted his 2015 interview with Shelton, and then he spoke bluntly about what he was going through. He thought it would be good for him and for his audience, some of whom may have been going through pandemic-related grief of their own:
That’s one of the reasons I thought it was good to do it. There’s nothing but grief around. It’s a tough emotion for people to sit in and accept. The one thing the pandemic has given me is time to process and sit with the feelings. I cry every day. The shock and the trauma have dissipated a little bit, so now I deal with the loss. I have her jacket that she always wore, and her hat and boots. I have the shirt that I met her in. I touch these things when I can and try to keep her with me.
At the time of her death, Maron and Shelton were working on a screenplay, which just happened to be about someone who dies of cancer. He said he’s not sure what he will do with it. He said he’s considered finishing it and giving it to another female director, but he’s not sure if that’s the right thing to do.
“I don’t know that it would honor her,” Maron said. “Because this was always the thing that she was going to direct me in. That was the whole idea of it. It would be upsetting.”
But Maron’s been taking it one day at a time. “It’s a terrible experience but it is a fundamental human experience,” he said. “It’s as common as love. It’s devastating, but we are built to carry it, for ourselves and for others.”
(Via The New York Times)
‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert music booker fired after sex misconduct claims
Giovanni Cianci, music producer of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” since 2017, has been let go from the company after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct in a 2010 incident, Variety has learned.
“Gio is no longer employed by the show,” says a source with knowledge of the situation. Variety has reached out to Cianci and the show’s network, CBSViacom, for comment.
His exit follows a social media post from musician Paige Stark, who also spoke with Variety about the matter, alleging that an incident took place while Cianci was working at Lookout Management, where he was employed from 2002 through 2014. He had expressed interest in her band and the two met during the CMJ Music Marathon conference in 2010. She says he made advances toward her when the two were alone in an elevator, attempted to kiss her and when she resisted, pinned her against the wall. Stark said his aggressive behavior did not stop after she left the elevator and he continued to follow her and a bandmate to a bar, where a male friend she had called met them and eventually forcefully convinced Cianci to leave. She said he continued to “harass” her on Facebook and via text for several months.
A friend of Stark’s who spoke to her at the time of the alleged incident, corroborated that the account provided on Instagram was what Stark described shortly after the 2010 incident.
Stark says she kept quiet for nearly a decade because she was “too scared to come forward publicly.” She said in 2017 she emailed Cianci’s former boss at Lookout — and included a screen shot of the email in her Instagram post — but received no reply.
Soon after the Instagram post, lawyers from ViacomCBS reached out to Stark directly for her account, according to a source, emphasizing that the company takes such matters very seriously.
Cianci also worked as a manager at the Creed Company and his own Bassline Management before joining Colbert in 2017. He was featured in Variety‘s “Who’s Who in TV Music Booking” in 2018.
Maddie & Kenzie Ziegler’s Apologies For Their Old Offensive Videos Are An Important Step
More and more celebrities are being taken to task about offensive content they posted online in the past, and Maddie and Kenzie Ziegler are the latest. Over the past week, old videos of the sisters making racist jokes have been circulating on Twitter, and fans called for them to apologize. Now, Maddie and Kenzie Ziegler’s apologies for their old offensive videos acknowledge their past mistakes, and promise to stand against racism moving forward.
The videos of Maddie circulating on Twitter depict her making racist jokes about Asians, including mocking their accents and facial features, when she was 9 years old. Maddie, now 17, acknowledges her past behavior was unacceptable. On Aug. 4, the former Dance Moms star took to Twitter to issue a lengthy apology, promising she’s grown as a person since she made those jokes.
“There are a few videos some of you have seen from when I was about 9 years old where I thought it was funny to mock people and accents,” she began. “I’m honestly ashamed and I’m truly sorry for my actions. The decisions I made then are absolutely not decisions I would make today. What I thought was silly humor when I was younger I know was actually ignorant and racially insensitive. We have all made mistakes in our lives and as we grow up we educate ourselves and learn to be better people.”
Maddie acknowledged being a high-profile celebrity means she needs to do better. “Growing up in the public eye has its challenges and also comes with the responsibility to set a good example which I failed to do in these videos,” she explained. “I hope you will forgive me and also hope you realize I have in fact grown up and would never act this way now.”
Maddie concluded by acknowledging her apology may not be enough for some people, but she’s OK with that. “I know some of you are hurt and may not accept my apology,” she said. “But I want to ask all of you to please be kind to each other on socials. There is no need to attack each other or try to defend me. I don’t want anyone to feel bullied and think we can all learn from my mistakes and spread love during these times when we need it most.”
You can see the apology post in full below.
Meanwhile, her younger sister Kenzie issued an apology of her own after fans discovered an old video in which she made racist jokes about Black people on an application form when she was around 10 years old. On Aug. 3, the younger Ziegler sister broke down in tears during an Instagram livestream, saying she’s sorry and she’s grown to understand the true weight of the words she used back then. She followed her livestream up with an additional text post, taking full responsibility for her actions.
Maddie and Kenzie’s apologies are an important step in acknowledging past racist behavior and being better role models and anti-racism allies for their fans moving forward.
Artist Illustrates The Dogs She Encounters In “The Good Boy Report” (125 Pics)
Kasey Williams describes herself as ‘a wannabe punk who can make a mean curry’. But she’s more than that. Kasey is also a comic artist and professional colorist for animation. Right now, she’s working on Animaniacs at Warner Bros, but she also makes her own art and comics on the side. One of which is The Good Boy Report.
The premise is simple: every Friday, Kasey shares illustrations of the dogs she had spotted that week. And one could say that even the pictures are ‘simple’. However, I think that’s the beauty of the series.
The Good Boy Report doesn’t have intricate world-building or a dramatic plot. Heck, it doesn’t even have colors. What it does have is a collection of charismatic dogs that take up the central role in every weekly edition. Combine that with Kasey’s cute and witty captions and you’ve got yourself a wholesome project that’s absolutely pawsome the way it is.
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