The daily gossip: The Flash gets rave early reactions after Ezra Miller scandals, Kevin Smith opens up about experiencing a 'complete break from reality,' and more
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'The Flash' gets rave early reactions after Ezra Miller scandals
The reviews are in, and critics say DC's The Flash is so good, it's criminal! The superhero film starring embattled actor Ezra Miller premiered at CinemaCon on Tuesday night, and the early social media reactions are hugely positive. "It is without a doubt among the best superhero films ever made," tweeted Fandango's Erik Davis, while io9's Germain Lussier said it's "incredibly satisfying, heartwarming & fun," and Collider's Steven Weintraub called the movie "fantastic," while acknowledging Miller has "made a lot of mistakes." He can say that again, as the actor was arrested multiple times last year and accused of assault, burglary, grooming, and "cult-like and psychologically manipulative" behavior. Despite all that, the film is still coming out in June with Miller in the lead role, and director Andy Muschietti insists the actor is "committed to getting better," per Entertainment Weekly. At this point, DC and behind-the-scenes drama are as much of a duo as Batman and Robin.
Kevin Smith spent a month at a mental health facility after a 'complete break from reality'
Kevin Smith is getting real with fans about his mental health struggles. The Clerks director revealed to People he spent a month at a mental health facility after experiencing a "complete break from reality" and becoming "very dissociative." In a half-hour video, Smith recalled a traumatic incident when he was six where an older kid forced him to perform a sex act with a girl, which a therapist helped him realize was sexual abuse. He also shared that two traumatic incidents from his childhood where he was publicly shamed for his weight, including by his fourth grade teacher, "deeply" affected him for the rest of his life. Recently, Smith said he began feeling like a "hollow ghost of a human being" and became "convinced that I'd stopped existing," so he sought treatment and "found healing" at the Sierra Tucson treatment center in Arizona. "I fully expect to get trolled for this," he tweeted. "But if it can help some folks, it'll be worth it."
Jimmy Kimmel was John Mulaney's 'sugar daddy'
It wasn't too long ago that Jimmy Kimmel adopted a certain tall child. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Mulaney revealed he stayed in the late-night host's guest house for a while after spending two months in rehab. The comedian explained that Kimmel frequently says his friends are always welcome to stay in his guest house, which most people ignore because they "have homes." But Mulaney said he "must have filed it away," and when he was "between lives," he decided to "call his bluff." So he lived in Kimmel's guest house for "a few weeks, then another few weeks," and Kimmel joked it was "like we'd adopted a son." Mulaney went for a different metaphor, joking that Kimmel was "like my sugar daddy" because he would leave him food and "money for the day." All in all, Mulaney quipped that "if you're thinking of having no home, it's real good over there." His doors are open to all who aren't named Matt Damon.
Nonbinary 'Yellowjackets' star Liv Hewson sits out Emmys because 'there's no space for me'
Is it time for the Emmys to abolish gendered acting categories? Yellowjackets star Liv Hewson, who is nonbinary, has decided to sit out the 2023 Emmys rather than be forced to submit themselves in either the male or female acting category. "It would be inaccurate for me to submit myself as an actress," and "it neither makes sense for me to be lumped in with the boys," Hewson, who plays young Van, told Variety. The decision comes amid an ongoing debate about whether acting categories at awards shows should be gendered, and some, like the Independent Spirit Awards, no longer have separate awards for actor and actress. House of the Dragon star Emma D'Arcy, who also identifies as nonbinary, has reportedly been submitted in the drama actress category. "It's quite straightforward and not that loaded," Hewson told Variety. "I can't submit myself for this because there's no space for me." Hewson added that Showtime has been "incredibly supportive" of the decision.
'Black Mirror' is returning to give us more existential dread in June
Black mirror on the wall, how will technology kill us all? Netflix's sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror is finally returning with its sixth season in June, and the first trailer has dropped. Set to "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire," the footage teases episodes starring Aaron Paul, Annie Murphy, Zazie Beetz, Kate Mara, and Salma Hayek. It isn't totally clear what any of the plots are, but Beetz's story appears to involve dial-up internet, and we see Paul on what seems to be a spaceship, sparking speculation that his episode could be connected to season 4's "USS Callister," where he had a small voice cameo. Murphy is also seen interrupting a wedding dressed in a cheerleader outfit with a penis drawn on her head, so good luck figuring that one out. Tune in to see all of creator Charlie Brooker's latest warnings about the horrors of technology … that Silicon Valley promptly ignores and attempts to make real.