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Fyre Festival Was Such A Nightmare Netflix Made A Horror Show About It

Welcome to the I-Land.

Just when you thought the world had finally moved past the nightmare that was Fyre Festival, Netflix goes and makes a horror show about it and it’s like we’re experiencing PTSD all over again.

Earlier this week, Netflix dropped the trailer for The I-Land, an upcoming science fiction thriller miniseries set to premiere on the streaming platform next month.

According to Netflix, the series follows “ten people who wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, and set off on a trek to try and get back home.”

“They soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the island’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves – or die as their worst ones.”

The clip starts off as a blatant parody of Fyre’s now infamous promo video, featuring stunning models, crystal blue water, white sands, and even the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas. Check out Fyre’s video below:

Literally the only thing missing is Billy McFarland and Ja-Rule toasting to “living like movie stars, partying like rock stars, and f*cking like porn stars!”

I’m still cringing over that one. 

Later in the trailer, things take a turn for the worst and The I-Land goes from hot dance party to full-blown horror show. Think The Hunger Games meets Leonardo DiCaprio’s manic character in the 2000 drama The Beach. Scary stuff.

Leo in The Beach. Credit: Giphy

In fact, The I-Land appears to ‘borrow’ concepts from a fair few films and TV shows. Anyone else getting Lost and Lord Of The Flies vibes?

Oh Lost. Credit: Giphy

In all fairness, the whole stranded on a desert island and sent into madness thing is a tried and tested plot. Big shout out to Tom Hanks in Castaway.

Love you, Hanks. Credit: Giphy

The I-Land drops on Netflix on September 12th. Whether it’s a repeat or not, I’m still keen to see what it has to offer. 

Tom Holland's Muddied His Future As Spider-Man With The Tap Of A Finger

Shade, thrown?

Yesterday, Spider-Man fans were left quaking when it was announced that Marvel Studios and Sony had failed to reach a new agreement over the franchise, leaving MCU out of any future Spidey films.

According to Deadline, the studios were unable to reach an agreement over money. Marvel Studios’ parent company Disney were seeking a “50/50 co-financing agreement,” but Sony refused. They suggested a 5% of the first dollar grossing, but Marvel Studios said no. 

My thoughts exactly. Credit: Giphy

When the news broke, fans started a petition to keep Spider-Man with Disney and the MCU which now has over 47K signatures. Even Hawkeye AKA Jeremy Renner got involved, taking to Instagram to say, “Hey @sonypictures we want Spider-Man back to @therealstanlee and @marvel please, thank you.” 

Fans of the film aren’t the only ones mourning the split. Even IRL Spider-Man Tom Holland has made his feelings known. In the ultimate 2019 shade throw, Holland reportedly unfollowed Sony on Instagram.

Holland remained noticeably silent when it was announced that Sony and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige were cutting ties. Is this his way of publicly commenting on the break-up?

While many are speculating that Holland unfollowing Sony might muddy his future relationship with the franchise, Sony is reportedly planning two more Spider-Man films with Holland remaining in the lead role. 

Who, me? Credit: Giphy

However, Jon Watts, who directed Homecoming and Far From Home, has not signed on to a third film and it’s looking like he won’t be returning. Deadline reports that Watts decision to exit the franchise “isn’t helped by the fact that” Marvel Studios head Kevin Fiege won’t be the creative lead going forward. 

Director Jon Watts, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal
Credit: Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images

An even bigger question we were grappling with yesterday is what will MCU’s future look like with no reference to Spider-Man? We will just have to wait and see.

Robert De Niro is Suing His Ex-Employee For Binge-Watching 'Friends' On The Job

I'm watching you.

Is there anything more intimidating than Robert De Niro’s “I’m watching you” in Meet The Parents? Yes – Robert De Niro suing you for embezzling money and binge watching Friends on the job.

Eep. Credit: Giphy

According to Variety, De Niro’s company Canal Productions has filed a $6M USD lawsuit against former employee Chase Robinson, accusing her of embezzling money and spending an “astronomical amount of time” watching Netflix. 

Variety reports that Robinson wasn’t just binge watching any old Netflix show, either. She allegedly watched 55 episodes of Friends in just four days. 

Now that is commitment to your favourite show.

It’s impressive. Credit: Giphy

It gets worse for Robinson. Canal Productions has also alleged that during one of the four days Robinson spent in a black hole of Netflix and chill, she “ordered lunch from Caviar San Francisco and had dinner at Paola’s Restaurant, charging both meals on the company card.” 

Over two years, Robinson allegedly made over $12K USD in unauthorised charges at Paola’s, spent almost $9K USD at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, and $32K USD on Ubers and Taxis. 

Is it just me, or does this sound like an absolutely delightful day?

Whatever you say. Credit: Giphy

Robinson continued her streaming love affair during another four-day period in March, when she allegedly watched “20 episodes of Arrested Development” and “10 episodes of Schitt’s Creek.

“Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment, and on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work,” the lawsuit claims. 

What’s the big deal? Credit: Giphy

In one final flourish of giving zero f*cks, Robinson reportedly called the allegations “ridiculous” and drafted a recommendation letter for herself, which De Niro refused to sign. 

If the allegations are true, it’s clear that Robinson’s work ethic is terrible. Her taste in TV shows on the other hand? Impeccable.

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