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✨POP CULTURE NEWS NINETY-SEVEN: ACTOR CONTROVERSY and LILY COLLINS' NEW ROLE✨ Talking the trending stories of the week! #Trends #Trending #StephenAmell #LilyCollins #ZacharyLevi #Suits Click To Tweet

We’re ready to see what splashed across headlines this week and what made us mad or happy or sad. Let’s dive right in and dispense with the opening small talk.



Given its recent streaming “acquired” series Netflix record breaking numbers, there is now whispers that a new Suits revival could be in the offing. But will it? Suits producer Gene Kilen reacts saying that “I’m expecting a call at some point. But I’m not aware of any serious conversations.” What do you think? Should Suits be something that has a re-boot? Or do you think today’s version would “ruin” the first nine seasons?


Former Arrow star Stephen Amell came under fire as the latest lets-hate-on celebrity after comments he made about the strikes. In an appearance, he says “I feel like a lot of people in this room aren’t aware of the strike. “I support my union. […] I stand with them.” He goes on further, explaining “I do not support striking. I don’t. I think that is a reductive negotiating tactic.” He says that he finds this “entire thing incredibly frustrating. And I think that the thinking as it pertains to shows like the show that I’m on that premiered last night [Heels Season 2], I think it’s myopic…”

After the fallout of his comments, he posted an Instagram post captioning it, in part, saying “Understandably, there has been a lot of reaction to the comments I made this weekend about our strike. To ensure there is no misunderstanding about my thoughts and intentions I’m providing what I actually said and clarity/context to ensure my feelings aren’t unintentionally misinterpreted. We all know soundbites can be taken out of context and I have too much respect for my fellow union members to not clarify the record.” The full post, where he addresses each of his statements one by one, is still up on his page.

On the other side of this, Zachary Levi also made comments about the strike. According to one article, back in July, he posted support to say, “[The studio executives] do not care about human life, they don’t care about, really, life in general. They care about profits. … We need to be striking, we should have done this years ago.” Recently, while at a comic con event, he expressed frustration for not being able to talk about past work. So he got creative, saying, “I’m not allowed to talk about — this is so dumb. I’m not allowed to talk about any of my previous work.” He also says he cannot “talk about movies that I may be a superhero in,” or the “TV shows that I may have been a nerd who worked at a Best Buy. I’m not allowed to talk about any animated princess movies that I was fantastic in as the best prince ever. I’m not allowed to talk about those things.”

Are you following all of these strike stories and goings on?


There’s no official date (yet), but if you’re waiting out that Barbie theater window which Warner Brothers Discovery CEO David Zaslav says is important, stating that they “believe in the motion picture window,” you’ll see it streaming on Max. All the statement says it that will happen this “fall,” which presumably could meaning anytime from September through until early December, which is the technical fall window.

Likely hoping to find some of the Greta Gerwig success, Lily Collins (Emily in Paris) will star in a Polly Pocket feature. Did you have any of these? I had one, and am wondering if it’s still tuck in my closet somewhere! Either way, I may see this one once it’s ready! Lena Dunham will direct, so it’ll market as a female directed (much like Greta’s movie) film.

‘Mirror Mirror’ (2012) - Vibrant and Sweet Re-telling of 'Snow White' Lily Collins and Julia Roberts co-star in this colorful re-telling. Text © Rissi JC

Wrapping its second season earlier this year is Amazon’s popular Reacher. Likely comprised of another eight episodes, the show could drop later this year. The plot will follow the eleventh novel, and find Recher out for “revenge” when members of his former Army Special Investigator unit start to turn up dead. Though Ritchson will return, in true fashion of the novels, most of the cast is new and will include Serinda Swan; David O’Donnell; Robert Patrick; Ty Victor Olsson; Al Sapienza; and more!

Though renewed prior to the strike, the third season of The Summer I Turned Pretty, which Amazon hints will follow Jenny Han’s We’ll Always Have Summer, the final novel, won’t begin to film until post-strike. Still, for those who adore the show, you’ll enjoy knowing a third season is in the works.

Also, if you’re still wanting to see the Eras Tour, Taylor Swift announced additional fall 2024 dates in Miami; Indianapolis; Ohio; Louisiana; and Toronto, too.

Which of these stories are you following? Did any pique your interest on this list, or any we didn’t include? Which ones made you laugh-out-loud? Let’s talk in the comments section!


✨POP CULTURE NEWS NINETY-SEVEN: ACTOR CONTROVERSY and LILY COLLINS' NEW ROLE✨ Talking the trending stories of the week! © Rissi JC

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