With the country still reeling from the harrowing impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Wednesday night's "Daily Show" looked at one of the summer's ongoing controversies: Confederate monuments.
Occasionally setting aside the show's usual comedic tone, Trevor Noah enlisted correspondent Roy Wood Jr. to consider whether these statues honor Southern heritage, as their supporters claim, or the nation's history and lingering problem with racism.
After showing a montage of guests on network news shows who reminded viewers that these statues were erected during the Jim Crow era, decades after the Civil War, Wood equated slavery to another tragedy.
The Hollywood recycle, reduce and reuse strategy of content creation has reached a new level of ridiculousness. Deadline reported Wednesday that Warner Bros. is creating an all-girl film adaptation of William Golding's classic novel "Lord of the Flies."
Twitter is not amused.
But instead of the typical "childhood-ruining" complaints levied against gender-swapped reboots, such as last year's "Ghostbusters," the Internet is angry that recasting the story with women fundamentally misses the entire point of the novel.
An all women remake of Lord of the Flies makes no sense because... the plot of that book wouldn't happen with all women.
Leonardo DiCaprio has stepped up with a $1-million donation to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, which has dumped historic levels of rain on the Gulf Coast over the last several days.
United Way Worldwide announced Wednesday that it has started the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund with a seven-figure donation from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
The money — 100% of it, according to the charity — will go to help victims of flooding with mid- and long-term recovery over the coming years. There are 23 United Ways that operate in the path of the storm, which made landfall Aug. 24.
Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland has strengthened her resolve in her court battle with FX and "Feud" showrunner Ryan Murphy.
The 101-year-old, two-time Oscar winner regarded the network's "weak" move on Tuesday to dismiss her latest complaint as a sign of "their continuing disrespect for her and for California law," her attorney Suzelle M. Smith said in a statement to The Times on Wednesday.
With the Gulf Coast still battling the aftereffects of Tropical Storm Harvey, celebrities continue to come forward to help with relief efforts for the humanitarian crisis.
Sandra Bullock, who has a home in Texas, donated $1 million to the American Red Cross' emergency efforts, the organization confirmed to The Times on Wednesday.
"We are so thankful for the overwhelming and generous response from those who want to help those affected by this devastating storm," Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, said in an email.
Corinne Olympios doesn't have any hard feelings toward DeMario Jackson, the fellow "Bachelor in Paradise" cast member who was with her at the center of a scandal that shut down production on the reality TV series in June.
"I don't blame DeMario. I never pointed fingers at DeMario. I never said a bad word about DeMario," the 25-year-old told host Chris Harrison in an early-August taped interview that aired Tuesday night on ABC.
She and Jackson haven't spoken since production was halted after allegations of misconduct were made by a producer, leading to an investigation of what happened during a period when, Olympios now says, she was blacked out.