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McDonald’s to Finally Address the Whole McFlurry Issue

McDonald’s franchisees will tackle soft-serve machine problems alone – Business Insider

McDonald’s customers have been complaining about the soft-serve machines in restaurants for years. Now, franchisees are taking matters into their own hands.

A new team made up of suppliers and franchisee owners is working on solutions to fix the notoriously broken soft-serve machines. The franchisee-led initiative will focus specifically on shake machine reliability in order to help customers order items that require these machines more often.

All I can do is say simply, finally.


‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Moves to Summer 2021 – Variety:

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” a sequel to the blockbuster comedy, will hit theaters next summer. The movie is now expected to debut on June 11, 2021 — exactly 37 years after the original.

Like nearly every film slated for 2020, Sony has hopscotched the release date for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” multiple times during the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to open in July before it was pushed to March 5, 2021. Given the unpredictability of coronavirus and audiences’ apprehension to go to the movies amid a global health crisis, there’s no telling if the latest summer release date will stick.

As always with these stories about movie release dates, add a big honking …for now to them.

Dinosaur Buttholes. That’s It. That’s the Post.

What did a dinosaur’s butt look like? This fossil tells us.:

For the entirety of my career as a journalist covering paleontology, I’ve been wanting to know: What does a dinosaur’s butthole look like? When I wrote My Beloved Brontosaurus, a book about dinosaur biology, the chapter on reproduction required a lot of time imagining the nature of a Jurassic behind; one had yet to be found preserved. Even dinosaur models and sculptures often demur on the point of the dino butt, leaving the terrible lizards with terrible constipation.

Now I finally have a clearer view, thanks to a fossil of a horned dinosaur called Psittacosaurus, described in a paper online earlier this month. These dinosaurs, which lived over 100 million years ago in what’s now northeastern China, were odd little creatures. While belonging to the same branch of the dinosaur family tree as Triceratops, these Labrador retriever–size dinos walked around on two legs and had beaks like those of parrots, cheeks that were each adorned with a flared horn, and, jutting from the tail, a spray of featherlike bristles. Now we also know that they had buttholes like those of crocodiles.

God damnit the Internet is great.

Leto To Return as Joker in Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE

Jared Leto to Play Joker in Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter:

Zack Snyder’s new Justice League cut is getting some killer laughs.

Jared Leto, who played classic DC villain The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, has joined the reshoots for the “Snyder Cut,” the filmmaker’s definitive version of the 2017 superhero movie he was forced to exit and he never saw through completion, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Two horrible tastes that taste horrible together!

Quibi Now Looking to Close Down Entirely

Quibi Weighs Shutting Down as Problems Mount – WSJ:

Quibi Holdings LLC is considering shutting itself down, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that points to a possible crash landing for a once-highflying entertainment startup that raised $1.75 billion in capital.





Just a reminder from the past…

Is Anyone Watching Quibi?:

People have wondered why Katzenberg and Whitman, in their late and early 60s, respectively, and not very active on social media, would believe they have uniquely penetrating insight into the unacknowledged desires of young people. When I ask Whitman what TV shows she watches, she responds, “I’m not sure I’d classify myself as an entertainment enthusiast.” But any particular shows she likes? “Grant,” she offered. “On the History Channel. It’s about President Grant.”

Katzenberg is on his phone all the time, but he is also among the moguls of his generation who have their emails printed out (and vertically folded, for some reason) by an assistant. In enthusing about what a show could mean for Quibi, Katzenberg would repeatedly invoke the same handful of musty touchstones — America’s Funniest Home Videos, Siskel and Ebert, and Jane Fonda’s exercise tapes. When Gal Gadot came to the offices and delivered an impassioned speech about wanting to elevate the voices of girls and women, Katzenberg wondered aloud whether she might become the new Jane Fonda and do a workout series for Quibi. (“Apparently, her face fell,” says a person briefed on the meeting.)

These were the people who thought they were inventing the future of media.

God grant me a tenth of their confidence. And a tenth of their incomes, too.

But hey, in the meantime, you can finally watch their TV shows on TV. Now. 6 months later. If you stayed a subscriber. Which you probably didn’t.

UpdateTheWrap is reporting the official meeting to close down Quibi is happening tonight.