A Warlock Curses Trump While Kidz Sing “Hotline Bling”: Links You Need to See


Would you believe that there’s a dude in Mexico that has basically been crowned as the country’s Grand Warlock? Yes? Oh, well, fine: you’re right. His name is Antonio Vazquez, and, courtesy of Death and Taxes, he has some harsh words for Donald Trump.

“Trump won’t really become the Republican candidate. He’s flaming out on his own,” Vazquez said. He also went further in his tarot-based prediction, claiming that Trump would attempt to run as an independent and fail miserably. Bummer for you, Trump! But, there is hope: as is pointed out in the linked article, the Grand Warlock has failed time and time again. Did he predict, though, that the Kidz Bop series of kids albums would cover Drake’s 2015 hit, “Hotline Bling”?

He should have!

The warlock has made so many predictions over the years, but did he predict that, yet again, Steven Soderbergh would release a comprehensive list of all the things he watched over the year? (He should have: the ‘bergh releases these things every year.) Indiewire has the full list, but let’s just take a minute to appreciate the fact that he watches Dateline pretty often. Is that where his inspiration for Magic Mike came from? (No! His inspiration for that was money!)

Soderbergh’s list has one notable absence: The Walking Dead, AMC’s monster of a hit show and the father/mother to its less monster of a hit, Fear the Walking Dead. Vulture has a nifty interview with the network’s chief Charlie Collier and programming boss Joel Stillerman about the future of the network and whether or not they want to create any more spin-offs. Here’s a hint: no, they don’t. They also don’t like when interviewer Josef Adalian refers to Fear as a spin-off, because it doesn’t share any characters with the main show so technically it is not a spin-off, OK, guys? Get it straight.

I’m sure writer Michael Idov would not have made that mistake, seeing as he has extensive experience in the showbiz world of screenwriting. His story “My Accidental Career As A Russian Screenwriter” in the Times magazine is breezy slice of what life is like within the Russian borders, from someone who lived and breathed Russia for more years than he’d planned.

Michael seems to have survived OK, but we wouldn’t blame him if he needed some therapy to get over whatever kind of trauma he could’ve incurred from his prolonged time in the cruel world of Russian film. We suggest he reads this long piece in The Guardian if he’s planning to enlist the services of an unfamiliar therapist, because it won’t do him any good to start one type of therapy when it might not be the best — or coolest! — type of therapy currently on the market. And that’s a lesson we can all stand to learn: only cool therapy is good therapy.