Benjamin Law and Beverley Wang host your end-of-week blitz on what everyone's watching and listening to right now. Featuring big-name interviews that go deep, and big thoughts on pop culture with your two smart friends — this is the show about how everything in your feed reflects – and affects – the world. Culture moves fast — so Stop Everything! and listen in.
F*ck Yeah! Spankie Jackzon wins Drag Race Down Under
Tie me down kangaroo, it’s Spankie Jackzon on Stop Everything! The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season two calls in from Palmerston North, NZ and shares her Drag Race cover story, favourite shady moment on the show and advice for baby drag queens.
Hot beef and The Bear
The FX hit show The Bear is finally available for Australian audiences and we are gnawing the meat straight off the bones of this unintentionally sexy show about Carmy's existential crisis at The Original Beef of Chicagoland.
We're debriefing on The Emmys: the big wins, the speeches and surprising moments.
Yidinji woman and award-winning comedian Steph Tisdell tells the backstory to her first gig, what she's learned from failing and why she chooses to use comedy for advocacy.
And we're also paying tribute to the late great Uncle Jack Charles, actor, activist, survivor, author and beloved icon of Naarm. The Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta senior Elder died at 79.
Note: Uncle Jack's family have given permission for his name and image to be used.
Don’t Worry Darling, Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine
Drama has followed the cast of Don't Worry Darling all the way to the premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? What's the significance of Florence Pugh enjoying an Aperol spritz? And why is the internet turning on Olivia Wilde? It feels like a movie, a real go-to-the-theatre film movie.
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power have dropped on Amazon Prime. This billion-dollar project is the most expensive TV series ever made, but it's missing the original trilogy's director Peter Jackson. There's a notably more diverse cast among the elves, dwarves and harfoots, but it's prompting 'anti-woke' fans to come out of the woodwork.
Also, meet Tsehay Hawkins and Lachie Gillespie from The Wiggles, who don the yellow and purple skivvies respectively. The musical group has gone through a bit of an evolution, with diverse identities added to the line-up, a #1 triple j hottest 100 hit, and playing to two audiences of kids and the adults who grew up watching them.
Meghan Markle is a podcaster
This week it’s all about celebrity — everything.
Cameos: Shaquille O’Neal at the PM’s presser and Johnny Depp as the Moon man at the VMAS.
Confessionals: Britney Spears’ voice memos on YouTube.
Profiles: The Cut’s Allison P Davis’ long profile of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
And podcasts: Meghan’s new hit Spotify show, Archetypes.
Also meet the cast of Netflix’s reboot of Heartbreak High. Ayesha Madon, Chloë Hayden and James Majoos, play Amerie, Quinni and Darren, the trio of friends at the centre of the drama.
House of the Dragon, Brian Cox on Logan Roy
We’re diving into two of the biggest shows on television: Succession and Game of Thrones.
Actor Brian Cox weighs in on Logan Roy, the profane and brutal patriarch of the ultra-wealthy and dysfunctional Roy family, who he’s portrayed for three seasons on HBO’s Succession. Cox has been nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series at next month’s Emmy awards. What does he think of his on-screen alter ego and his children?
How we ruined Freya’s Hot Walrus summer
We’re not hearing any apologies from the former PM over the revelation that he held five secret ministry portfolios during the final two years of his government. But we are saying sorry to Freya the Walrus, lately of Oslo Fjörd. We got in her space, anthropomorphised her, made her an Internet star, and then — we killed her.
We’re also reflecting on the apology that took 50 years to be made to Native American actor and activist Sacheen Littlefeather, who spoke on stage at the 1973 Academy Awards in Marlon Brando’s place.
Fred Armisen So good Down under
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