Last week, we learned that Showtime has become really close to sealing the deal on an eighth season for Weeds. Mary-Louise Parker’s recent love letter to Nancy Botwin, her character, can be read as either a send-off or a hope for more . . .

Well, here are five reasons why it should be the latter of the two.

1. No satisfying end, yet:

When season 7’s finale was on the way, I made a few predictions as to what would happen, and while several of them did come true, a big one did not. Nancy did not die; she did not go to jail; she did not lose her children. Quite the opposite, actually. She and her family entered a Utopia-esque little cottage in the country, intent on making a better situation for all involved. This is not end-like, not for Weeds. This is not satisfying as the end. The creators of Weeds are too clever to send us away hunky dory-style a la Entourage­. At worst, we can expect is something in the vein of The Sopranos . . . and that’s not what we got with season seven’s finale.

2. New rivalries have come along, obviously:

As with every season finale in Weeds history to-date, season seven’s brought along a new (well old, really) conflict. The man with the rifle pointed straight at Nancy in the end was obviously Peter Scottson’s son. There’s been enough zooming and comparing done around the web-o-sphere to confirm that fact. Peter’s death was early in the show, and I suspect there are a few demons of the past left in Nancy’s future. Oh, and Shane’s a secret cop now. Remember when he bit Peter’s kid in the karate tournament, leading to Nancy’s involvement with Peter? I predict there’ll be a rematch of some sorts between Shane and that kid worth exploring in season eight. I hope Shane bites him again . . . and then writes a curse-laden rap song about it.

3. Andy really needs a win:

Andy got his way, sort of, when he got to take part of the family to Copenhagen for a few years while Nancy was in the pen. It wasn’t enough to satisfy though because he came back to New York the second Nancy was released. As soon as he got there, he went back to being unsatisfied and thought a successful bike shop would fill his little unconquerable void, but that didn’t happen . . . Ultimately, it boils down to him being in love with Nancy, I think. He has been for years, and while that was more seriously explored in seasons five and six, the seventh season gave him pretty much the perfect woman for him to be with, and of course that didn’t work out . . . Andy needs to win out at some point with Nancy. I think he will . . . but that’ll only happen if we have another season or two of the show.

4. More Silas:

Hunter Parrish won’t be Peeta in The Hunger Games, which isn’t worth re-hashing here, so we need to see him somewhere. Right, ladies? I think that suffices for point four.

5. The machines!:

At the end of season seven, we saw what the biggest treat of the new cottage included – a new handy dandy laboratory for Silas, outfitted with fancy equipment and all set up for new business. Silas failed to prove himself a capable partner to Nancy, again, but all hope is not lost. Here’s a shiny new vehicle for success . . . We aren’t really expected to believe it just *poof* will be, right? I’d like to see where that leads the gang, wouldn’t you?

What about you, Weeds fans? What would be your reasons for wanting to see a season eight of the show?

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21