The natural order has been restored. A few months back Rotten Tomatoes dug up a negative review of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. That knocked it's 100% fresh score down to 99%, which led to scallywags on the Internet to decry that Paddington 2, with it's 100% fresh rating is therefore a greater critical success. This weekend RT added a negative review for Paddington 2, knocking that down to 99%.

Does any of this matter? Heavens no. It still made me happy.


Watching Friends: The Reunion in China wasn't the same

Two interesting stories coming out of China regarding the release of last week's Friends reunion special.

First you have the illegal release of the special by streaming service Bilibili. Competitors iQiyi, Tencent, and Alibaba’s Youku each had the right to stream the special and have come out with a damning criticism of Bilibili (even though Alibaba and Tenicent are investors in Bilibili).

Stricter rules regarding copyright are set to come into effect from June in China.

There is an irony in the three streamers criticising Bilibili for violating copyright - all three have their own foundation in copyright violations. One user commented:

These three firms were full of so-called pirated copies, but now that they’ve eaten their fill and wiped themselves clean, they pretend like they have nothing to do with it.
‘Friends: The Reunion’ China Streamers Clash as Tencent, iQiyi, and Youku Unite Against Bilibili
China’s leading video streamers iQiyi, Tencent and Alibaba’s Youku are all fierce competitors, but they rallied together Friday to present an unusual united front against rival Bilibili for hosting…

The other interesting thing about the release of the Friends reunion special in China? It was censored. Well, censored everywhere except on Bilibili.

Gone from the special: a segment with BTS who have previously “insulted” China, gay fans, some pee references, and a shot of Matt LeBlanc in his underwear.

Won't somebody think of the citizenry!

‘Friends: The Reunion’ Censored in China, Cutting Out Bits From BTS, Lady Gaga, Gay Fans and More
China’s top streaming platforms censored around six minutes of material from HBO Max’s “Friends: The Reunion” special on the day of its debut Thursday, deleting footage of artists like BTS previous…

Maybe the big screen is back?

A good weekend for the longevity of the big screen movie release. Audiences turned up to watch movies at the cinema again. It only took two monster releases to do it.

A Quiet Place Pt 2 brought in $70.4M worldwide (including $48.4M at the US box office). In Australia, despite the Victoria cinema closures due to the COVID outbreak, AQP2 opened at No. 1 grossing $4M including previews (from the weekend prior) at 304 locations - that placed it 29% ahead of the original film.

Meanwhile Cruella did $37.4M globally.

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Shouts To $70M+ Global Debut; ‘Cruella’ Fashions $37.4M WW; ’F9’ Races To $230M Offshore – International Box Office
Refresh for latest…: It was a busy weekend at global turnstiles, with a particularly noisy start for Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II. The John Krasinski-helmed sequel came out shouting with…

RIP Gavin MacLeod

The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Murray, Gavin MacLeod, has passed away aged 90. He's best known for his role's on Mary Tyler Moore and The Love Boat - interestingly, he starred on both shows back-to-back, giving MacLeod a continuous 17-year run as a prime time TV star from 1970 through to the cancellation of The Love Boat in 1986. And even after that, The Love Boat returned for multiple specials.

Actor Gavin MacLeod of ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ dies at age 90
Gavin MacLeod, known for his roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Love Boat,” died Saturday, his nephew Mark See told Variety. He was 90 years old.

Foul pop culture reporting

Not everything needs to be reported on just because your pop culture site needs content. What's the public interest here? Complex, you're a pack of ghouls.


TeeVee Snacks

  • Joe Lara, the star of 90s series Tarzan: The Adventure Continues, died in a private jet crash with his wife and a small group of others on board. Read: Deadline
  • CBC has renewed Canadian drama Murdoch Mysteries for season 15. Read: TV Series Finale
  • What is the future of community TV in Australia? Signals are set to be turned off on June 30, mid-consultation. Read: TV Tonight
  • Miles Teller will replace Arme Hammer in The Offer, a TV series about the making of The Godfather. Source: Dark Horizons
  • RIP Paul Soles, the voice of Spider-Man in the 60s animated series. Read: The Wrap

Trailer Park

Gossip Girl returns to TV, freshly rebooted, July 8.

The A List season 2 returns to Netflix on June 25.

Fact and fiction intertwine as Mia, Dev, Petal, Alex and others attempt to reunite - and re-examine what really happened on Peregrine Island.

Katla debuts on Netflix on June 17.

The catastrophic eruption of subglacial volcano Katla turns a nearby community's world upside down as mysteries begin to emerge from the ice.

Ray debuts June 25 on Netflix.

September Mornings debuts on Amazon Prime Video on June 25.

The five, 30-minute episodes tell the journey of Cassandra, who starts to see things get on track in her life with a place of her own for the first time, a boyfriend who she loves, Ivaldo (Thomás Aquino), a job as a courier in downtown São Paulo, and fulfilling her dream of being a cover artist of Vanusa, a famous Brazilian singer from the 70s. Her life takes an unexpected turn, however, when her ex, Leide (Karine Teles), shows up with Gersinho (Gustavo Coelho) and claims he is Cassandra's son.

What's next? Tomorrow.