CBS Has Officially Fired Former NCIS: New Orleans Boss Brad Kern After Investigation

A number of high-profile people in power have been toppled over the past year after allegations of abuse and misconduct, and now one more has lost his job. Former NCIS: New Orleans boss Brad Kern has officially been fired from the hit drama as well as CBS altogether. His firing ends the process of investigation first reported way back in 2017, and here’s how it finally happened.

Following a third investigation into Brad Kern’s behavior on set at NCIS: New Orleans, CBS Television Studios made the decision to fire him from his role as a consulting producer on the show and from his overall deal with CBS TV. Brad Kern’s firing actually went into effect on October 1, although news did not break the next day. The news comes four months after CBS shocked many by renewing Kern’s contract even as another investigation into his behavior on set was being conducted.

At the time, he had been demoted from his role as showrunner to “consulting producer,” and the investigation was to be handled by an outside investigator rather an somebody in-house in human resources at CBS. Sources then alleged that a “toxic” atmosphere at NCIS: NOLA had continued due to Brad Kern despite his demotion, and the outside investigation clearly provided the kind of results that were serious enough for CBS to make the move to fire Kern.

A key difference between the in-house investigation and the outside investigation is that the outside investigation was not limited to the complaints originally filed to CBS HR. Claims of harassment and abuse from his previous projects could be taken into account. Complaints against him from the likes of Beauty and the Beast, Charmed, and more were valid this time around.

News of Brad Kern’s firing comes only about a month after it was officially announced that CBS CEO Les Moonves was leaving the network after allegations of misconduct were levelled at him. THR states that multiple people who had previously worked at NCIS: New Orleans shared their opinion that Les Moonves’ ousting is what opened the door for Brad Kern to be fired from the network. If so, Moonves’ departure continues to impact the CBS slate. 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, also accused of harassment, left CBS shortly after Moonves, and Moonves’ wife Julie Chen decided to leave her long-running gig as co-host of The Talk to focus on her husband and child. (Notably, she does still work at CBS as host of Big Brother.)

We’ll have to wait and see if there are any notable changes behind the scenes at NCIS: NOLA in the wake of Brad Kern’s departure. He was already working on the show in a reduced capacity, although he was reportedly present in the writers room ever since it opened for work on Season 5, and then previous plan was for him to work with editors when production began. His role as “consulting producer” seemed substantial, if not quite as expansive as showrunner.

Disney World Has Added Alcoholic Push Pops, No Really

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World and especially if you’re a huge fan of the most magical place on Earth, you know that there are certain snacks that you simply have to eat on every visit. Examples include the Mickey Ice Cream Bar, a chocolate-shelled vanilla treat that keeps you cool in the hot Florida sun, the massive and juicy turkey leg that’s well worth its high price, and the refreshing cult favorite Dole Whip. These iconic snacks are synonymous with Disney World, and now, a new contender destined for similar greatness has entered the fray. Alcoholic push pops are now available at Disney World. That’s right, push pops, but with alcohol.

The new adult-only treats will be available at the Paddlefish restaurant located in Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World’s shopping and dining district. That means you won’t be enjoying one of these drunken delights while riding It’s a Small World or the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom. According to People, the alcoholic push pops are made by Buzz Pop Cocktails and are 15% ABV, or the equivalent to one cocktail, so enjoy responsibly. The push pops come in flavors including blueberry pomegranate, Moscow mule, mango passionfruit, with white Russian and grasshopper sorbet on the way. The pops are also fat free and less than 100 calories each, just in case you want to tell yourself you’re being healthy while basically eating candy and getting drunk in Disney World.

Unlike some of Disney’s theme parks, there are plenty of options for inebriation in Disney Springs, so this isn’t a groundbreaking introduction of alcohol. If you’re going to Disney Springs, you’re either shopping, eating or drinking, and probably all three. The alcoholic push pops are the perfect transportable snack for the young at heart who still want to reap the mind-altering benefits of their advanced age while they admire art they can’t afford in The Art of Disney store and act like a kid in The LEGO Store.

The Disney parks have been going through something of a transformation when it comes to alcohol in recent years. Walt Disney himself famously didn’t want alcohol served in the parks, and that mandate was maintained for some time, at least in Disneyland proper and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. However, the addition of the Be Our Guest restaurant in 2012 introduced alcohol to the Magic Kingdom, and now it is served in all of that park’s sit-down restaurants. And now even the original Disneyland park will be adding alcohol with the addition of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, because you can’t really have a dry cantina.

Check out our guide to see all of Disney’s upcoming live-action remakes, and for all the latest reasons to visit Walt Disney World, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Seattle Police Hope To End Swatting Tragedies With Database

With swatting incidents still popping up from time to time, the Seattle Police Department has come up with a measure they hope will help prevent additional “pranks” from turning into legitimate tragedies. The measure allows folks to opt-in to a potential swatting database, with the hope being that officers will then proceed to a reported incident with a different mindset.

This news comes to us from Ars Technica (via Gameinformer), which is reporting that the Seattle PD has implemented a measure to help prevent swatting that’s so simple, it’s surprising it has taken this long to go into practice. While their plan certainly won’t stop swatting from taking place (perhaps more severe penalties that stick would serve as a solid deterrent), the hope is that it will help prevent these instances from leading to more dramatic outcomes.

First, for those who are unaware what swatting is, it’s the practice of calling the police department and reporting a crime severe enough to get the SWAT team to respond, such as kidnapping. This primarily takes place in the world of streamers, specifically folks who stream while playing video games. While this isn’t always the case, the plan is usually to report the crime and witness the incident unfold while a person is streaming. The motivation is typically petty grudges from a lost match or an ongoing feud. Hard to believe, but some people think it would be hilarious to watch their rival, mid-stream, have the police bust through their door and restrain them all because they beat them in Call of Duty or Fortnite.

The issue, obviously, is how horrendously irresponsible and illegal this is. In fact, swatting has resulted in things such as damaged property and, as recently as last year, loss of life. A swatting attempt led to the death of Andrew Finch, of Kansas, as he lived at the previous address of the person a group of individuals were trying to swat.

While Seattle’s new measure probably wouldn’t have helped in that situation due to it being the wrong address, the hope is that it will at least cut down on the number of incidents going horribly wrong. In short, individuals who feel they might become the target of a swatting attempt can register their address with the police department. If you’re a streamer living in the area, it might not be a bad idea to contact your local authorities and look into the process. Apparently, all you have to do is submit your details and make it clear that you have “swatting concerns” and, once you have been approved, you’ll be added to their database.

The Seattle PD has made it clear that being in the database will not change their standard procedures, so they will still respond to these addresses even if they are included in the database. The idea is that, if you’re in the database, they will be able to proceed with the mindset that you are a potential victim of swatting.

How One Horror Legend Helped Make Netflix’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Even Creepier

If you have seen the trailer and teaser images leading up to the release of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, then you know audiences are in for a lot of lush and stunning horror visuals. Well, it turns out the comic-based series got a helping hand in creating some of the haunting imagery that punctuates its heroine’s surroundings. The revelation involves a specific set piece and its ornamentations, specifically the art adorning the walls of the Academy of the Unseen Arts, which come form the private collection of works from legendary horror author and filmmaker Clive Barker.

The Academy of the Unseen Arts will was the temporary home to over 150 paintings crafted by Books of Blood author Clive Barker. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s production designer Lisa Soper revealed to io9 that Barker had actually contributed most of the artwork that can be seen in the mystical school, sharing that the man behind Hellraiser and Candyman was enthusiastic to contribute his pieces, going so far as to let her spend a weekend looking through his artwork and picking out what she wanted. Wondering how big the set must be to see all of Barker’s works?

That turns out to be more simple and complex than one would expect. The set actually isn’t all that big, since the schoolrooms are all shaped identically, so Clive Barker’s works will be featured within a single interchangeable set-piece that stands in for whatever room of the Academy characters are supposed to be occupying. Different rooms mean different sets of Barker’s artworks popping up, an added touch will undoubtedly provide a reason worth pausing the show to take a closer look at. Whether it potentially clues viewers into the story’s dark twists or not, one will have to watch carefully to discover.

The spooky imagery being brought in does not mean necessarily mean any of it hints at something specific to the story. Clive Barker’s works will undoubtedly lend an disturbingly penetrating backdrop for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, with the illustrations setting it closer to its horror comic roots. Barker does know a thing or two about supernatural evil, after all. And it’s flourishes such as these that serve a subconscious and pivotal role in enriching the series‘ visual pedigree. Based on early glimpses, the show will be leaning into its genre precursors.

Fans are drawing ever closer to the premiere of the highly-anticipated new series, which will be a drastic change of pace from what viewers saw of the eponymous character in Melissa Joan Hart’s sitcom. They do not have to much longer to wait before they get a complete look at Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the artwork that pervades the Academy of the Unseen Arts. The mysterious Dean of said academy has been glimpsed before in previously released images, hinting at an ominous show set to cast a spell on viewers.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will premiere just in time for Halloween, with the first season available to watch in its entirety starting on October 26 on Netflix. The supernatural drama will be joined by countless other shows making their debut before the end of the year on the streaming giant, including a fellow horror series. And tune into our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else is on the way soon.

Venom Should Make A Lot Of Money Worldwide Opening Weekend

If all goes as predicted, Venom is going to be a box office powerhouse, which should be music to Sony’s ears, as the studio has been pushing for it to be the first installment of Spider-Man-related spinoffs, like Morbius. Critically, on the other hand, Venom is already getting off to a rocky start. Early reactions have ranged from mixed-to-negative, with CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell saying that the movie was plagued by “rough CGI, poor story plotting and a schizophrenic tone.” Nevertheless, as we’ve seen with the Transformers movies, just because a theatrical tale doesn’t earn the best critical reception doesn’t mean it won’t make a lot of money, and Venom appears to be on that track. And, of course, commercially exceeding expectations will likely result in Sony green lighting a Venom sequel, which could see either Venom and Carnage clashing or, fingers crossed, Venom going mano a mano with a certain Web-Slinger.

One Roseanne Character We’ll Probably Never Seen On The Conners

When Roseanne returned to the airwaves after many years back in midseason 2018, original series fans saw many of their favorite characters back on the small screen. The revival managed to nab most of the original cast to reprise their roles, even bringing both Beckys on board for an arc! One character that didn’t appear in the first season of the Roseanne revival was Jackie and Fred’s son, Andy, and fans shouldn’t get their hopes too high for an Andy appearance on The Conners. The spinoff showrunner Bruce Helford weighed in on Andy, saying this:

Andy was born as the son of Jackie and Fred in a Season 6 episode that aired in August 1994. He wasn’t old enough to be much of a player in the Roseanne shenanigans when the original series was still on the air, so his absence in the revival wasn’t altogether distracting. Still, longtime fans were undoubtedly taken aback by the fact that there was no mention of Andy at all. Jerry at least was established as on a boat. According to Bruce Helford’s comments to TVLine, Andy may not have been mentioned because he may not exist!

As many undoubtedly recall, the ninth and then-final season of Roseanne was a bonkers batch of episodes that seemingly featured the Conner family after they won the state lottery, but the finale revealed that the entire final season actually took place in Roseanne’s imagination as a way to cope with her husband’s death. Since Dan was very much alive (and John Goodman was almost in Emmy contention) for the revival, the dream season obviously didn’t happen, and the show could remove Andy from the Conners universe.

That possibility isn’t perfect, as Andy wasn’t born in the dream season. He was born back in Season 6 and was around in episodes well before Roseanne Conner started concocting a story that was better than dealing with her husband’s death. If The Conners wants to use the dream season as an excuse for the omission of Andy, it will have to expect viewers to fudge the timeline. Then again, most viewers probably won’t be too upset about a character who appeared for a few seasons as a very young child back in the 90s.

All of this said, it’s possible that The Conners will reveal that Andy has been off at college this whole time. He’d be 24 or so by this point, so higher education could have kept him out of the Roseanne revival. Now that Roseanne Conner has been killed off for the sake of the spinoff, perhaps there will be more time for characters like Jackie. Bringing her son back into the mix could certainly provide her with some stories. If Johnny Galecki and one more can come back, surely Andy can come back!

Find out how the characters are coping with the death of Roseanne Conner when The Conners premieres in the fall TV lineup on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, ahead of the premiere of The Kids Are Alright.

What The Deadpool 2 PG-13 Re-Release Might Be Called

Captain America doesn’t have to cuss in his movies to sell tickets, but Deadpool does. Or at least, so we thought. In probably this past week’s most unexpected movie news, we heard that one of this year’s biggest movies, Deadpool 2, is heading back to theaters seven months after its initial release. Only this time it will be with a PG-13 cut. The PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 will reportedly be released on December 21st, just in time for Christmas. Now it seems like this re-release of Deadpool 2 will be leaning into the spirit of the season with a new title. Take a look:

Fox has yet to confirm the title reported by Lizo Mzimba on Twitter, but The Deadpool Before Christmas sounds about right. Deadpool 2 received a lewder, cruder, longer cut for its home video release, titled the Deadpool 2 Super Duper [email protected]%!#& Cut. So it makes sense that each new version of this film get a fun moniker. Considering that this Deadpool will be a bit more family friendly and is a holiday release, might as well embrace all of that with a title that references the Christmas classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Given Ryan Reynolds’ initial tweet teasing the re-release, which referenced The Princess Bride, you might have thought that this cut might be called The Princess Merc or Deadpool 2: Prepare to Die or simply Inconceivable!, which would echo many initial thoughts about a PG-13-rated Deadpool movie. But The Deadpool Before Christmas is also great.

Deadpool 2 and The Nightmare Before Christmas actually bear some similarities too, making the title quite appropriate. Like Jack Skellington, Deadpool is a bit of a deranged character that puts on a red suit and makes a terrible mess of things. While Jack Skellington learned the true meaning of Christmas, Wade Wilson found his purpose and learned the importance of family. Presumably the PG-13 cut will simply be omitting some of the raunchier dialogue and gorier violence. But given this title and the film’s release date, it will be interesting to see if The Deadpool Before Christmas adds in some holiday-themed dialogue and the like.

This PG-13 Deadpool is an intriguing experiment. Deadpool and the rest of the Fox X-Men characters will soon be under the Disney umbrella, along with Jack Skellington– where naughty words and R ratings are generally big no-nos. Bob Iger, keenly aware of the financial incentive to keep Deadpool R-rated, has indicated in the past that there may be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for the character to call home. So is this just a test run for the character under the restrictions of PG-13 or just a great way to let more people see this movie and add a few dollar signs to fifth biggest movie of the year domestically? Either way, it is a curious thing and there are certainly worse ways to spend the holidays than with Deadpool Claus.

We’ll keep you updated if The Deadpool Before Christmas becomes official and when we learn more about this re-release. In the meantime, to see all the movies coming to theaters this holiday season, head on over to our release schedule.

Nicolas Cage Thinks He’d Make A Great Lex Luthor

Since reports of Henry Cavill’s potential exit broke, Superman fans have been contemplating the future of the on-screen Man of Steel. Some even looking to the past of one actor who once slipped into the blue and red suit in the late 90s: Nicolas Cage. The actor was once attached to a Tim Burton project called Superman Lives that never came to be. It hasn’t stopped fans from fantasizing about the potential of Cage as the DC superhero, because it would have no doubt been memorable. While Cage did lend his voice to a cartoon-y Superman in this summer’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, he thinks his on-screen Superman days are long gone. The actor is still a huge fan of the comic book character though — his youngest son is even named Kal-El, he was asked what Superman villain he might be interested in, to which he said:

As vivid memories of his villainous role in 1997’s Face/Off hang over our heads, Nicolas Cage as Lex Luthor is an interesting idea to contemplate. The actor has been known to play quite a few eccentric characters throughout his career, so giving him a crack at the iconic billionaire baddie could bring freshness to the role. Some of the strongest comic book genre films have weighed their villains just as heavily as their heroes, so while Cage knows he wouldn’t hit the gym and transform into a superpowered savior anymore, playing Lex could be his ticket in.

Despite Nicolas Cage’s comments to The Guardian, the most recent Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg) isn’t the actor in reports to exit the DCEU. While Eisenberg’s future as the villain is anybody’s guess, he has expressed interest in returning to play the character. Lex first showed up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. But considering the reception of the film and with both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck potentially leaving their characters, Eisenberg may have seen his last days as the baldheaded billionaire already. Smallville’sLex Luthor Michael Rosenbaum also showed his willingness to step back into the role following the news about Cavill, so Cage can step in line with him.

While in recent years, Nicolas Cage has become more of a sweetheart of the internet memes than of the big screen, the actor is making quite the comeback this year. His recent indie-horror flick, Mandy has been highly-praised by critics, bringing him back into the spotlight and interesting the likes of Jason Blum for a potential Blumhouse collaboration. The actor will also enter the Spider-Verse this holiday season as Spider-Man Noir in the animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, coming to theaters on December 14.

New Ant-Man And The Wasp Video Shows Stan Lee Filming Funny, Alternate Takes Of His Cameo

After the shocking events of Avengers: Infinity War, The Russo Brothers’ untitled Avengers 4 movie couldn’t come fast enough. But there was over a year and two blockbusters to wait, starting with Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp. The sequel gave Paul Rudd another chance to lead a movie, while promoting Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne to a bonafide superhero in the process. Like any self-respecting Marvel property, Ant-Man and The Wasp also contained a cameo by legendary comic writer and iconic Stan Lee. It was a great moment that saw Lee’s car shrink before his eyes, but it turns out he tried out a variety of lines on set. Check it out below, as Paul Rudd recounts the experience firsthand.

Who knew Stan Lee was so quick with one liners? It looks like there were a ton of options for the Ant-Man and The Wasp editor to choose from, although the line about the 1960’s was the one that resonated the most with the folks on set, including Paul Rudd himself.

This new video comes to us from Fandango, with Paul Rudd talking about his experience in Ant-Man and The Wasp. While Paul Rudd didn’t personally share the scene with Stan Lee, it looks like he was privy to the filming process. So much so that Lee’s quick line about his experience in the 1960s became a recurring joke on the set of the sequel. There’s just something about the Marvel legend taking oodles of drugs during the summer of love that is too enjoyable to pass up.

Stan Lee’s cameos go all the way back to 2000’s X-Men. They’re moment that Marvel fans look forward to, acknowledging the main who created so many of the brand’s iconic characters. These cameos range in quality from simple to delightful, with Lee often able to stretch his comedic muscles and get a big laugh during each blockbuster.

The comic legend’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently took an interesting turn, during his quick cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In it, Stan Lee was revealed to be a member of The Watchers, and the cameos have all apparently been the same character. Specifically, he mentions playing a delivery man in Captain America: Civil War, potentially opening up more narrative possibilities for Lee in the future.

Marvel fans and cinephiles can look forward to two more Stan Lee cameos, before Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes. First up will be Carol Danver’s unconventional origin story inCaptain Marvel. After that, he’ll presumably appear in Avengers 4, which will hopefully have an official title before too long.

Ant-Man and The Wasp will arrive digitally on October 2nd, and for physical release on October 16th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Saved By The Bell’s Tiffany Thiessen Nearly Played Rachel On Friends

Many Friends followers know that a lot of well-known actresses went out for the role of Rachel Green. Among those that tested, one hailed from a fan-favorite sitcom with its own avid fanbase. That’s right: you can add Saved by the Bell‘s Tiffani Thiessen to those who tested for the iconic role that ended up going to Jennifer Aniston. So, why did Thiessen not get the part? Tiffani Thiessen explained, saying:

“So close and yet so far,” as the adage goes. Thanks to Tiffani Thiessen sharing the casting story on You Up with Nikki Glaser, we know how close it came and why it did not happen. The age difference that played a role in Thiessen losing the role was not a gigantic one, but it was enough. Jennifer Aniston is almost exactly five years older than Thiessen, and while that does not seem like a vast age difference, there is an important context to remember.

Jennifer Aniston was 25 years old, while Tiffani Thiessen would have been 20. Friends deciding to cast an actress in her mid-twenties versus the very early part of them makes sense. Of course, it does lead one to wonder how different things would have been if Tiffani Thiessen had been cast instead of Jennifer Aniston. Would we have had the Rachel haircut that set the hair world ablaze? Would Ross and Rachel’s chemistry had fueled nearly a decade of television’s romantic angst? We will never know.

The thing is the timing would have been perfect for Tiffani Thiessen to have taken on the role. She was fresh off the success of Saved by the Bell. The sitcom aired its final episode in 1993, and like Friends, it aired on NBC. Friends premiered a year after Saved by the Bell went off the air, debuting in 1994.

Plus, Tiffani Thiessen had the experience of playing a young woman involved in a will-they-won’t-they romantic relationship. Before there was Ross and Rachel, there was Zack and Kelly. Just saying. In light of the casting decision, things have turned out well for both Thiessen and Jennifer Aniston. Despite the different roads that have gotten them there, they have both have ended up with something in common: Netflix.

Tiffani Thiessen is currently starring on the Netflix series Alexa & Katie, while Jennifer Aniston will be starring in the upcoming political comedy, First Ladies. So, in a way, things have sort of come full circle for them. Both are such strong actresses; it would be neat if they shared the screen. Maybe in a Netflix show! Who knows what the future could hold? In the meantime, fall television should keep us busy while we find out.