2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Jessica Walter is tired of scripts changing at the last minute.
In a roundtable discussion of television actresses convened by the Hollywood Reporter, Walter, a star of “Arrested Development,” described recent experiences on the job at a single-camera sitcom that goes unnamed:
Walter: What bugs me about the business is a lack of respect for actors doing their work. Giving someone five pages of dialogue five minutes before they’re supposed to shoot the scene? It never was like this! In the old days, you’d get a script two weeks ahead. You just have to adjust.
Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory”: Our stuff changes in front of a live audience.
Walter: Yeah, I think on a multicam, having done several [including the recent series "Retired at 35"], it’s that way. But to me, on a single-camera when they do that, and it’s five pages — no audience, you know, but five pages, here you go. I’m not happy with it. Can you tell?
The fourth season of “Arrested Development” was shot under somewhat compromised circumstances due to actors’ busy schedules: actors filmed scenes separately and were later edited together. Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Walter’s husband, told the New York Times that the shooting schedule “approached Newtonian physics, what [showrunner] Mitch [Hurwitz] had to do. The construction of the episodes was such that sometimes you’d be shooting Episode 1, and you’d change your clothes and go into Episode 9 and back to 4. But I love that as an actor.”
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.