Waiting for Guffman: Ranking the Thespians

The wonderfully obnoxious married duo, in their matching track suits, are veterans of Corky’s productions, but we must say, they pale in comparison to some of his new discoveries in Red, White, and Blaine. 6. But he doesn’t seem to fully grasp that he’s stepping aside for Corky St. In honor of 20 years of Waiting for Guffman, we’ve ranked the Red, White, and Blaine thespians from worst to greatest. See our pick for the greatest Blaineian star of them all, below. 2. Clair himself, one of the most visionary artists that Missouri has ever seen. Assisted by the high school music teacher Lloyd Miller (Bob Balaban), Corky leads his unlikely group of stars to musical theater glory — with the promise that Mort Guffman, an important Broadway producer, will come see the show. In casting his opus, he calls upon the denizens of Blaine, each more delusional than the last: local dentist Dr. But he gave all these Blaineians something to aspire to! How dare you talk to me like that, you!’ and smack ‘em.” That’s the spirit! Incredible. Corky St. In his own words: “It’s like in the olden days, the days in France, when men would slap each other with their gloves and say, ‘d’Artagnan! 4. Clair
We would be remiss to rank Corky St. In commemoration of Blaine’s sesquicentennial, the eccentric Corky St. Clair — our hero, the maestro, a consummate artist, a dreamer of dreams, and the Blaine theatre community’s fearless leader — any lower (and struggled with whether second place was even good enough). This week, we’re throwing it back to 1997 and the “tall tale that grows taller with each passing year.” That’s right — 20   years ago this week, Christopher Guests’s mockumentary Waiting for Guffman hit theaters, and audiences everywhere were introduced to the (fictional) town of Blaine, Missouri, Stool Capital of the World and the site of the first real UFO sighting. Clifford Wooley
We don’t see much of Clifford Wooley behind the scenes; in the brief times we do, we see — and we celebrate —   that he wears a hat that says “old fart” on it and that he is very committed to his craft as a taxidermist. Lloyd Miller
Of course, the angst of poor underappreciated Lloyd, the music teacher at Blaine High, is understandable: It’s never easy to have something taken away from you, especially when that something is the artistic directorship of such a hallowed institution as the Blaine community theatre. He ranks high, however, not because he once dreamt of being an actor after getting out of the Coast Guard, but because he is genuinely great in his role as the narrator of Red, White, and Blaine. Sheila Albertson
Though she still needs to learn to “change my instincts, or at least ignore them,” Sheila ranks above her husband because he’s just a little bit more insufferable — and also because of her truly breathtaking hair techniques. Show Full Article Allan Pearl  
The breakout star of Red, White, and Blaine got one taste of the limelight and never looked back. Ron Albertson
Oh, Ron and Sheila. Ron ranks below his wife, if only for the moment that he insisted on introducing her to the fake Guffman as “Mrs. Libby Mae Brown
Blaine’s own ingenue may seem like an unlikely choice for the best of the thesps, but we salute her because she is the only one for whom Red, White, and Blaine marks the beginning and the end (as far as we see, at least) of her theatrical career. You still get to be musical director, after all. Clair (Guest) puts on a production of Red, White, and Blaine, an original musical chronicling the small town’s rich history. Maybe they were left waiting, but isn’t it worth something that, for a brief moment, they had something to wait for? 8. Allan Pearl (Eugene Levy); seasoned community theater amateurs Ron and Sheila Albertson (Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara); Dairy Queen employee Libby Mae Brown (Parker Posey); taxidermist Clifford Wooley (Lewis Arquette); and the handsome, reluctant mechanic Johnny Savage (Matt Keeslar). Dr. Just step down gracefully, Lloyd. While of course he performed more than admirably as Johnny’s last-minute replacement, he occupies a special place in our hearts mostly because nobody can take on a great challenge —   like the DIY production of an under-budgeted Red, White, and Blaine — with quite as much style and verve. Johnny Savage
Corky said it best when Johnny dropped out of Red, White, and Blaine just a few hours before its debut: “I hate you, and I hate your ass face!”
7. 1.5. That thing she does with her bangs? He gave them leave to let their dreams take flight! 3. 1. From the moment he says he wasn’t the class clown growing up “but I sat beside the class clown, and I studied him,” we just can’t help but root for the dentist with a dream. She starts out at the Dairy Queen, listing its many ice cream options, and when we bid farewell to this merry band of actors she’s just smacking another piece of gum at another DQ —   but this time with a tiny bit more inspiration, and a new dream of inventing a “healthy, low-fat, or non-fat, um, healthy Blizzard.” Her moment in the spotlight was brief, but it was beautiful. It speaks to Clifford’s humility — and to Corky’s vision — that one of the   greatest talents in the show is the one who didn’t even audition, and never sought the sesquicentennial spotlight at all. Ron Albertson” after she called herself “Sheila.”
5. Mort Guffman
Okay, so he doesn’t actually show up. She poured her soul into that performance of “Penny for Your Thoughts,” dammit, and she deserves to be recognized for it.

‘Hawaii Five-0’ to stage crossover with ‘MacGyver’

“On Five-0, we’re in season 7,” he said. It’s just a matter of when.”
MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 air Fridays at 8 p.m. “This crossover has almost seemed inevitable since the day MacGyver premiered,” says Peter Lenkov, executive producer on both MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0. It’s official: Hawaii Five-0 will be crossing over with MacGyver. However, as they work on the complicated rescue, a dangerous group using the earthquake chaos as a distraction aim to steal the top-secret weaponry the scientists were working on. ET, respectively, on CBS. When there, Mac and Jack (George Eads) team with Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua from the Five-0 Task Force to rescue a group of government scientists trapped in a building on the verge of collapse. Back at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, Lenkov told EW he was hoping they’d eventually do it, even revealing they planted a seed in the pilot that they’d “take advantage of that could lead to a crossover.”
In November, Lenkov told EW that the two shows were actively trying to work out the logistics. “All the actors have these crazy schedules where not everybody works every day, so the logistics of getting the people we need to get in those scenes is just becoming very difficult, so we’re trying to do it. EW has confirmed that the two CBS dramas will cross over in the March 10 episode of MacGyver, which will feature Hawaii Five-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Taylor Wiley. ET and 9 p.m. The news first leaked when MacGyver star Lucas Till shared a photo on Twitter. Production on the episode, which will be shot in both Oahu and Atlanta, has begun. “We have always envisioned that our H50 ohana and the Phoenix team live in the same universe and it was about time that Mac and Jack had a case in Hawaii.”
The idea for a crossover between the two CBS procedurals has been brewing for quite a while. Per CBS, here’s what’s in store: Mac and the team travel to the big Island of Hawaii to aid in earthquake-relief efforts. Show Full Article

Stars of ‘MasterChef Junior’ sing in adorable Super Bowl ad

Watch the adorable clip above, and make note of the fact that yes, there is dabbing. Click here for more great Super Bowl ads. And if the new lyrics sound like they fit the song just right, that’s because the song’s original writer, Martin Charnin, contributed to the tune. The pint-sized stars of Fox’s MasterChef Junior showed off another set of precocious skills with a kitchen-themed cover of Annie‘s “It’s a Hard Knock Life” in an adorable ad set to air during the Super Bowl. ET on Fox. 9 at 8 p.m. It’s a young chef’s life for them, indeed. The ad also previews a slew of special guest stars that will appear on the upcoming fifth season, including Martha Stewart and Michelle Obama. Show Full Article MasterChef Junior premieres Thursday, Feb. The song includes altered lyrics like, “Gordon is so tough, you see, makes a great chef out of me,” as clips   of notoriously tough judge   Gordon Ramsay roll.

John Lithgow joins cast of ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

Other new cast members include Ruby Rose and Andy Allo. The third film will hit theaters on Dec. Lithgow, who just won a SAG Award for his role as Winston Churchill in The Crown, has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel in an unspecified role. Production is already underway on Pitch Perfect 3, and cast members like Kendrick, Snow, and Wilson have been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from rehearsals. Banks had also initially planned to direct Pitch Perfect 3 after helming the sequel, but she has since given the reins over to Trish Sie. Variety   first reported Lithgow’s involvement. We don’t know much yet about the plot of the third installment, but it will see the return of all the original Barden Bellas, including Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Hana Mae Lee, and Hailee Steinfeld. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins are also both returning as commentators. 22. Show Full Article Here’s some aca-awesome news: John Lithgow has signed on for Pitch Perfect 3.

Arnold Schwarzenegger jokes about smashing Trump’s face into a table

But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”

Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. Please study this quote from Lincoln's inaugural, @realDonaldTrump. — Donald J. Show Full Article The then-president-elect posted   mocking tweets   about Schwarzenegger’s   Celebrity Apprentice ratings. “I called my assistant and said, ‘I think what we really should do is request a meeting and go back to New York. And then we just smash his face into the table. pic.twitter.com/QRoOFTZfQ9
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 6, 2017

I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings. Schwarzenegger said   he volunteered to host Celebrity Apprentice before Trump decided to run for office, and that once Schwarzenegger publicly urged his fellow Republicans to “choose your country over your party” and not vote for Trump, the spat began. Now compare him to my season 1. And then I think we can’t do that either. In the most recent incident, Trump tweeted that Schwarzenegger was a bad governor. Now compare him to my season 1. It inspired me every day I was Governor, and I hope it inspires you. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017

Schwarzenegger responded by tweeting a quote from Abraham Lincoln and wishing Trump luck with his presidency. 6, and read, “Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. “I said, ‘Let’s sit on it for an hour,’” Schwarzenegger said. So much for…. So much for being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. The two have been back and forth with very public insults stemming from Schwarzenegger’s declaration that he would not vote for Trump, and in a new interview with Men’s Journal, Schwarzenegger joked that he’d like to introduce Trump’s face to a table. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017

being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. The president   made more jabs   about the reality show’s ratings during the National Prayer Breakfast, and   Schwarzenegger responded   with an offer to switch jobs. — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 6, 2017

Since the argument, the two have continued to exchange harsh words. Since Arnold Schwarzenegger succeeded Donald Trump as the host of Celebrity Apprentice, there’s been no love lost between the former governor of California and the current president of the United States. I think I have to be above all of that and put him on the spot.’”
The tweets in question came from Trump on Jan.

‘Rings’: EW review

Characters appear and then fade back into the background. The film tries going in a few too many directions at once, and some wires get crossed. Pretty boy Holt (Alex Roe) is off to college, leaving his girlfriend Julia (Matilda Lutz) behind in the suburbs to look after her mom. But it’s a double-edged sword. In this cultural moment, not even Samara is shy about her love for reboots. Rings   embodies a common problem of attempted franchise revivals: indecision about it’s intentions. But unlike The Invitation, this twist is clearly not meant to stop viewers in their tracks with disturbing implications, but rather to serve as a potential jumping-off point for future franchise installments. Storylines that seem important at first (like Julia’s mother’s sickness or Gabriel’s affair with a student) end up going nowhere. This adds some metafictive flavor to Rings’ experiments with late-franchise tricks. In the process, they uncover some nasty secrets and witness some gruesome deaths. It tries to fix that by giving viewers an even deeper look at the mythology of Samara and the videotape, with mixed results. To this film’s credit, it doesn’t waste any time. A blind resident (Vincent D’Onofrio) seems to have a handle on things, but he’s clearly not saying everything he knows. Gabriel welcomes Holt into his elaborate system that allows him and his students to continue watching, analyzing, and passing on the Samara tape without ever getting killed themselves. But in the end, there are enough grotesque corpses and symbolic visions of haunted wells to give fans what they came for. As a threequel, Rings suffers a bit from franchise fatigue. Mere minutes pass before one character first asks another, “Have you heard about the videotape that kills you if you watch it?” Shortly afterward, we get our first gruesome death at the hands of Samara, the undead girl who first haunted American movie screens back in 2002’s The Ring. At school, he meets an “experimental biology” professor named Gabriel (Johnny Galecki), who inherited the Samara videotape from the film’s first victim. More than a decade after The Ring Two, Rings starts over with a fresh cast. In a way, The Ring series itself has always been about the horrors of virality, the ways evil can jump from one person to the next on the basis of peer pressure and selfishness. She’s returned to whisper “seven days” over the phone and crawl out of TV screens to mutilate careless videotape viewers, but we’re used to that shtick by now. C+

Show Full Article Together, Julia and Holt search for Samara’s birthplace and final resting place in the hope that they can finally put her spirit to rest. The final minutes of the movie, for instance, reveal a plot twist that parallels The Invitation in the way it retroactively rewrites the meaning of most of the movie. Those scenes point Julia and Holt in the direction of Samara’s birthplace, which turns out to be a small town with a haunted atmosphere and depleted population. Predictably, this elaborate Rube Goldberg machine for spreading horror comes crashing down, but not before Julia catches a version of the cursed tape with some extra footage.

‘Santa Clarita Diet’: EW review

— but finds a better, more relaxed rhythm as it goes on. Show Full Article Suburban satire? It’s hard to figure out exactly how to classify a show like Santa Clarita Diet   — zombie farce? The first couple episodes spend too much time filling in the outlines of the plot with awkward exposition — the Hammonds’ neighbors on both sides just happen to be a cop and sheriff! And even that her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and teenage daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) roll with these new developments as well as they do; you get the sense they’d react about the same if Sheila suddenly announced she was getting really into Kabbalah, or had decided to try Paleo (which, technically, is sort of true — it’s just the source of all that raw protein that’s problematic). Surely that won’t come into play! And Barrymore has fun with her transformation from sensible mom to YOLO queen of the neighborhood, following her id wherever it leads — whether that means jumping Joel for porn-star morning sex, taking on Abby’s priggish school principal, or disemboweling the shady rival (Nathan Fillion, going full oily-bohunk) unwise enough to snake one of her real estate listings. But even as its tone veers wildly the show sticks with it, toeing an unlikely line between David Lynch and Desperate Housewives…then literally eats that toe, which is pretty fun. Whether that can even be sustained over more than one season is a big zom-com question mark. A lot of that credit goes to Olyphant, whose pot-smoking, endearingly devoted Joel gets some of the script’s best lines. RELATED: Timothy Olyphant compares Santa Clarita Diet to ALF

Diet‘s giddy, bloody hyperreality requires a decent tolerance for gore, and a pretty deep commitment to the randomness of the whole concept. — but surprisingly easy to buy the conceit that an uptight Southern California Realtor named Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) wakes up one day, barfs like Linda Blair after a three-day bender, and develops a sudden, ravenous appetite for human flesh. Meat cute? B+
Santa Clarita Diet   is streaming on Netflix.

Critical Mass: Critics keep their distance from ‘The Space Between Us’

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Metacritic: 96

War on Everyone
Opens Feb. Storylines that seem important at first (like Julia’s mother’s sickness or Gabriel’s affair with a student) end up going nowhere. Still, the   drama should post decent numbers at the weekend box office, though it’ll likely take a backseat to the horror revival Rings, which lands 12 years after the last franchise installment bowed to a $35 million opening back in 2005. EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:
Crass, senseless, and relentlessly talky, War on Everyone mostly seems like a movie at war with itself. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Metacritic: 93

Show Full Article 3 in   limited release. EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:
There have been a handful of lavish, big-studio musicals in recent years. With so many new and holdover titles packing theaters around the country, EW wants you to make good choices at the movies, so consult our Critical Mass reviews guide below before heading to the multiplex this weekend. C
Read the full review here. Oh, brother. The film tries going in a few too many directions at once, and some wires get crossed. Critics are   widening the gap between them and The Space Between Us, a teen romance that has thus far failed to drum up much affection from mainstream film journalists. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
Charged with streamlining   Figures’ knotty real-life histories, director Theodore Melfi (St. But they can’t work their way out of the laughable corner that Chelsom and Loeb have painted them into. 3 in limited release. But for the most part, they’ve been bloated Broadway adaptations full of sound and fury. It’s enough to make you weep. Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
Metacritic: 40

I Am Not Your Negro
Opens Feb. Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Metacritic: 50

La La Land
Now playing. Each segment, duly framed by textbook fashion and music cues (head­scarves and Simon & Garfunkel for the ’60s, Jheri curls and a-ha in the ’80s), unfolds with the soothing blandness of a bedtime story. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
If there’s a flaw with the film (and it’s a minor one), it’s Peck’s impulse to cram it with clips from lily-white Doris Day movies and John Wayne Westerns that are a bit too on the nose. EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:
Director Lasse Hallström, a veteran of sprawling casts and story lines (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules), shoots in sumptuously rich Technicolor, even if narratively it often feels more like he’s working with finger paints. It will make you feel like you’re walking on air too. EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:
Director Tim Sutton’s shoestring indie, loosely inspired by the 2012 Aurora movie-theater shooting, is far too moody and quixotic for a mainstream audience. A winky, post-Deapool satire of buddy-cop action comedies? And   Purpose   itself plays like a family film from another era, its gentle sensibilities a million miles removed from the winky pop culture references and meta layers of most modern all-ages entertainment. What he has instead is a ratatat spray of one-liners, a crude wisp of a plot, and full access to Glenn Campbell’s back catalog. B
Read the full review here. A–
Read the full review here. Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Metacritic: 58

Now playing. 3 in theaters nationwide. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Metacritic: 74

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Now playing. B
Read the full review here. Rotten Tomatoes: 6%
Metacritic: 19

The Comedian
Opens Feb. But it’s also a haunting, thought-provoking piece of work, made infinitely more powerful by all the things it chooses not to show. At one point, Tulsa actually has to spell out that Gardner’s heart is too big for this world. EW’s Clark Collis says:
“The truth is that Resident Evil overlord Paul W.S. Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
Metacritic:   43

Hidden Figures
Now playing. But even his earthbound execution can’t dim the sheer magnetic pull of an extraordinary story. C+
Read the full review here. Somehow, writer-director John Michael McDonagh (Calvary) managed to convince a raft of good actors—including Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Peña, Paul Reiser, and Creed’s Tessa Thompson—that he had a master plan. B
Read the full review here. The emo soundtrack and eye-rolling third-act zero-gravity kissing scene don’t help matters any. The Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro also debuts in limited release this weekend alongside the Robert De Niro vehicle The Comedian, the Alexander Skarsgård/Michael Peña comedy War on Everyone,   and Dark Night, the buzzy Sundance title inspired by the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting. 3 in theaters nationwide. EW’s Joey Nolfi   says:
De Niro’s spirited work—his best leading turn in years—convinces us that a character can be made in front of our very eyes, even if there’s not much for him to work with on the page. But   La La Land   is the anti-whatever those are. EW’s Christian Holub says:
Rings   embodies a common problem of attempted franchise revivals: indecision about it’s intentions. A vaguely hip Naked Gun 4 1/2? B+
Read the full review here. Does it want to be Tarantino kitsch? But in the end, there are enough grotesque corpses and symbolic visions of haunted wells to give fans what they came for. As Peck cuts from archival scenes of police brutality in the South in the ’60s to recent footage from Ferguson, Mo., it’s impossible not to think: The more things change, the more they stay the same. And Robertson has the charmingly feisty moxie of a younger, pre-trainwreck Lindsay Lohan. B+
Read the full review here. The effect is sweet, benignly retro, and just a little bit boring; a comforting Milk Bone for the soul. However, those who have waited five years to see the ensuing inside-the-Beltway bloodbath will be disappointed.”   B-
Read the full review here. And some moviegoers may, no doubt, feel a little tentative about the genre. My advice is to see   La La Land   and surrender to it. The Space Between Us
Opens Feb. Anderson tends to treat each Resident Evil adventure as if it was the last anyway, a spray-everything-at-the-wall approach which helps gift the series its off-the-rails charm. 3 in limited release and on digital platforms. 3 in limited release. Then again, there’s nothing subtle about the sad, tragic legacy of civil rights in this country. EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:
Split’s giddy nonsense ultimately dissolves in a scrum 
 of half-realized ideas, but maybe that’s ­exactly Shyamalan’s goal: tipping his final scene with a perfect tease, to be continued. Rotten Tomatoes: 15%
Metacritic: 33

Opens Feb. C+
Read the full review here. For example, at the end of the franchise’s previous entry, 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution, Milla Jovovich’s heroine Alice combined with the evil Umbrella Corporation to defend the White House from a horde of the undead. Characters appear and then fade back into the background. EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:
Butterfield, who was so good as a child actor in 2011’s Hugo, is very good at selling the film’s stranger-in-a-strange-world bits. Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Metacritic: 62

A Dog’s Purpose
Now playing. No patient world-builder, Anderson is a man given to killing off promising characters in one film only to revive them in unlikely fashion further down the line and setting up future plots at the end of movie only to ignore that track-laying in the subsequent chapter. Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
Metacritic: 50

Dark Night
Opens Feb. Vincent) tends to paint too much in the broad, amiable strokes of a triumph-of-the-week TV movie. It’s more intimate and personal and affecting…more magical. A
Read the full review here.

Edie Falco to star in ‘Law and Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders’

The brothers, who were 18 and 21   at the time of the murders,   were first tried together but had separate juries, both of which deadlocked. Lifetime has also given the green light to a TV movie about the Menendez brothers, with Courtney Love on board to play mother Kitty Menendez. The eight-episode first installment of the anthology series will center on brothers Erik and Lyle Menendez, who   were convicted in 1996 of   murdering their parents and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. They   were found guilty in a retrial. Simpson: American Crime Story. The Nurse Jackie and Sopranos star has been cast as defense attorney Leslie Abramson on Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders, NBC announced Friday. Abramson represented the brothers through both   trials and claimed they had suffered a lifetime of abuse from their parents. Edie Falco is ready to make her case. Edie was at the top of that list. As Wolf said in a statement,   “Our working relationship started when she was among an elite group of actors who made multiple appearances as defense attorneys on Law & Order   in the early ’90s. She did a fabulous job on Law & Order   and, as Leslie Abramson, will knock the role out of the park.”
Written by fellow   Law & Order veteran   Rene Balcer, The Menendez Murders   comes amid a   recent boom in true-crime storytelling, following the Serial podcast, Netflix’s Making a Murderer series, and the FX hit   The People v. O.J. Show Full Article Falco, the first   cast member to be announced for The Menendez Murders, has history   with Law & Order and executive producer Dick Wolf.

‘The Space Between Us’: EW review

And Robertson has the charmingly feisty moxie of a younger, pre-trainwreck Lindsay Lohan. His bones are too fragile and his heart is too enlarged and too weak. But really it’s just an excuse to get him to learn about our strange customs with wide-eyed naivete. Pity the poor YA author struggling to find fresher and more far-out ways to have doomed teenagers fall in love and then be kept apart as if the fate of the world hung in the balance. Oh, brother. Meanwhile, the space child is born, his heroic mother dies in labor, and through a quickly-dispatched montage, he grows up to become a brilliant, socially awkward teen named Gardner Elliot (Ender’s Game‘s Asa Butterfield). Directed by Peter Chelsom (Serendipity) from a screenplay by Allan Loeb (Collateral Beauty), The Space Between Us attempts to take young love to literally new heights before crash-landing into an earthbound hash of schmaltzy clichés and romantic absurdities. C

Show Full Article But then he finds something worth risking his life for when he starts a FaceTime friendship with a tough-but-vulnerable foster teen named Tulsa who lives in Colorado (Tomorrowland‘s Britt Robertson). At one point, Tulsa actually has to spell out that Gardner’s heart is too big for this world. (Where was all that rigorous screening they used in The Right Stuff?) Back at mission control, Gary Oldman spins his manic wheels trying to keep this inconvenient fact under wraps fearing bad publicity. Of course, he escapes and meets up with Tulsa, and the two go on a fish-out-of-water road trip to find his dad with Oldman and Gugino in pursuit. You know, when NASA didn’t have to get involved. It was so much easier back in the days of Romeo and Juliet. With no parents to raise him (the ageless Carla Gugino does her best as his NASA surrogate), all he can do is haze his sassy, C3PO-esque robot bestie and longingly watch Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, whose plot about angels falling to earth, like so many other of the movie’s metaphors, is thoroughly spelled out for the audience this film so obviously underestimates. Set in the near future (you can tell because laptops are see-through), the interstellar romance blasts off with a manned mission to Mars to establish a colony called “East Texas” which quickly develops a major complication when the lead astronaut (Janet Montgomery) turns out to be pregnant. But they can’t work their way out of the laughable corner that Chelsom and Loeb have painted them into. Gardner is a lanky outcast caught between two worlds (our blue marble and his red planet), not entirely belonging to either one. Plus, his existence is classified. With Gugino’s blessing, he travels 200 million miles for what has to be the universe’s longest-distance riff on The Sure Thing. When he arrives on Earth, he’s quarantined while NASA runs tests on him and he gets used to his new heaviness. The emo soundtrack and eye-rolling third-act zero-gravity kissing scene don’t help matters any. But his attraction and his curiosity about Earth and hunger to find his real father is too strong to keep him in space. Gardner spins a white lie that he lives in a Park Avenue penthouse and can’t meet her because he has a rare disease. Because he was born on Mars, where gravity plays by different rules, Gardner is physically unfit to return to Earth. Butterfield, who was so good as a child actor in 2011’s Hugo, is solid at selling the film’s stranger-in-a-strange-world bits.

Kesha shares anti-harassment PSA with Hack Harassment

The 30-second video is the first in a series of PSAs “aimed at raising awareness to the problem of online harassment, its real-life impact, and the responsibility we all share to speak out against it.”
“We are very proud to partner with Kesha to develop and support this important PSA,” said Chris Loo, Director of Hack Harassment, said in a statement. Kesha has teamed up with Hack Harassment to appear   in   a public service announcement as part of the organization’s campaign to   put a stop to online harassment and cyberbullying. Luke, in which she sought to end all of her contracts with him following allegations of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. (Dr. I look forward to working with Hack Harassment and its partners to help raise awareness of this important issue in order to bring about more inclusive and safer online communities.”
See the PSA above. Show Full Article “By sharing her perspective on the widespread consequences of online harassment, Kesha is helping Hack Harassment raise additional awareness around a critically important issue so that we can reduce the severity and impact of harassment and abuse online.”
Kesha   was recently involved in a legal battle with producer Dr. Luke denied these claims in court and on social media.) While speaking about her partnership with Hack Harassment, the pop singer mentioned that online harassment is an issue “near and dear to my heart.”
She continued, “No one, regardless of their identity, background or beliefs, should be subjected to harassment online.

Puppy Bowl XIII: See a pup score a highly controversial TD

Team Fluff will be looking to avenge lopsided losses in the last two contests, and help might be arriving   in the form of Nikita,   who devises a rather creative way to put points on the board. (She even fumbles and then recovers   the flag to heighten the drama.) The unorthodox play will need to be   reviewed in the booth, but   the final verdict is indeed TD. Kick-off is at noon ET;   the special re-airs throughout   the day. In a controversial move, she   swipes referee Dan Schachner’s penalty flag, stuffs it in her mouth, and drags it into the end zone for a touchdown. Check out Nikita’s unusual TD in this first-look clip below, and click here for 10 things to expect in Puppy Bowl XIII. Show Full Article It’s a dog-beat-dog world out there, or at least it will be this Sunday   when Animal Planet unveils its Super Bowl counterprogramming in the form of   Puppy Bowl XIII.

‘Fresh Off the Boat’: Get a first look at the Free Comic Book Day comic

The comic will be published in partnership with BOOM! You maybe familiar with   Fresh Off the Boat‘s Huangs. But get ready to meet… the Legion of Dopeitude! The family will take on the superhero team monicker when they make their comic book debut on Free Comic Book Day this year. The issue will tie in to an actual episode of the television series airing in May, in which Eddie (a.k.a. Studios (Goldie Vance,   Slam!) and we’ve got an exclusive first look for you right here:

Fresh Off the Boat Presents: Legion of Dope-itude Featuring Lazy Boy will be available for free on May 6. Acclaimed comic book creator and MacArthur Genuis Grant winner Gene Luen Yang (Boxers and Saints) will pen the comic, while Jorge Corona (Adventure Time) will be the artist. “Lazy Boy” in the comic) and his younger brother Emery team up and enter a create-your-own-comic-book contest. But when their quest to find the perfect hero fails, they realize that their   family was the inspiration they’d needed all along. Viewers will see their idea come to life as an animated comic book at the end of the episode. Show Full Article

What if they threw a White House Correspondents’ Dinner and nobody came?

Vanity Fair has opted not to sponsor the party in previous years,and when asked about this year’s event, Carter, who has been locked in a war of words   with President Trump for years, cited the sitting president. “We’ve received some queries about the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which will be the first since the new administration took office,” Mason said. Natalie Raabe, director of communications for the New Yorker, confirmed to The Times that it was   canceling its usual   kickoff party held at the W Hotel. (Associated Press / REX / Shutterstock / WWD) The show must go on, but who’s to say if it’ll be any fun? Vanity Fair is also pulling its participation in an exclusive after-party co-sponsored by Bloomberg L.P. The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is still scheduled for April, it’s unclear who will attend given the press’ contentious relationship with President Trump. “We will also reward some of the finest political reporting of the past year while using our scholarship program to highlight and support up-and-coming journalists who are the future of our profession.” The dinner will already face stiff competition as far as entertainment goes, with Samantha Bee announcing Monday that she would be hosting the ” Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner ” the same night, with proceeds going to the   Committee to Protect Journalists. “And the fish,” Carter quipped. There is further the question of whether President Trump will   even attend this year’s dinner, which typically includes a celebrity host roasting the president and his administration. Two high-profile publications have pulled out of planning their typical White House Correspondents’ Dinner-related activities, just a day after it was confirmed the dinner is indeed still happening. “The White House Correspondents’ Association will hold its annual dinner on April 29 at the Washington Hilton.” “This year, as we do every year, we will celebrate the First Amendment and the role an independent press plays in a healthy republic,” Mason continued. The hullabaloo around this year’s dinner coincides with the new president’s contentious and often openly hostile relationship with press outlets, some of which   he has deemed “fake news,” “very dishonest” and “lying, bad people.” White House Correspondents’ Assn. Latest updates “We’ve taken a break from the dinner in the past,” Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter told the New York Times before indicating that he personally would be spending the weekend fishing. President and Reuters White House correspondent   Jeff Mason released a statement Thursday confirming that the dinner   would take place as planned.

‘Supergirl’: Is J’onn falling in love with M’gann?

What can you tell us about those scenes and the status of J’onn and M’gann’s relationship in the episode? Is that a fair assessment? Badass and Bad. Does he think Kara should trust her? I’m sure people who’ve lost loved ones or know what that’s like when they start feeling   for somebody else [know] it’s very difficult to move on from somebody you’ve loved and lost. So with Cyborg Superman, I pretty much read what’s on the page and just go on with it. A photo posted by David Harewood (@davidharewood) on Jan 23, 2017 at 9:47am PST

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. So, he follows her and shape-shifts into different people to kind of make sure he can keep an eye on her, and she’s aware of that. That’s the one character that’s straying quite far from the mythology in the comic books that we should make concrete decisions about. Yeah, that goes on throughout the whole of the show. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Based on the promo, “The Martian Chronicles” looks like it’ll be a bottle episode. That’s very possible. I think that surprises J’onn; I don’t think he ever thought he would care for a White Martian, but I think she’s forcing him to confront the reality. DAVID HAREWOOD:   It is a bottle episode. In season 1, the team fought another White Martian, who said there were millions of White Martians back on Mars waiting to invade Earth. We get some wonderful comedic moments when she keeps finding him as a little old man or something like that. ET on The CW. It’s nice to see him have those heart flutters when he sees her. I think they can be really, really fun episodes for the audience to watch. He comes in and out of the next four or five episodes. We all end up doing our bit to rescue each other, and I think that’s the lesson that we’re left with: If the collective work together strongly, we can overcome anything. Just to clarify: Is there a romantic connection developing between J’onn and M’gann, or are they strictly platonic and familial? Fortunately, we really do have some tremendous acting on the show. We know we’ll see Cyborg Superman again this season. Does Armek’s arrival in “The Martian Chronicles” represent the first wave of an invasion? At the moment, it’s all very much shrouded in mystery, so I can’t quite make any character decisions, because I don’t quite know where he’s from and what he’s about. I think he’s always very much about caution and I think he has faith in her. Who would you should say is the MVP of the episode? Well, I think that’s what makes the show so successful is that the MVP becomes the collective. So, I think if she wants to go ahead and trust her, I think he’s prepared to sanction her. It’s great to play something that is so contained and I hope we do it more because it allows you to really play these long, tense scenes where the outcome isn’t specific, in that it could go anyway. I think it’s a really enjoyable thing to play, and the whole DEO becomes a bit of a playground. I like to think it’s a little bit more than that. Although, M’gann comes through brilliantly at the end and she’s just such a fierce fighter. What can you tell us about his return and where we’re going with the Cadmus storyline? You recently teased on Facebook that you shared some “lovely”   scenes with Sharon Leal in this episode. RELATED: Hear more of the latest TV news from this week

In an upcoming episode, Lena Luthor is accused of breaking her mother out of prison, and despite the evidence,    Kara still tries to clear her name. I think that’s what the thrust of the show is. Now   Supergirl   fans are set to see him do something new: fall for someone. Sometimes that can be a very difficult decision to make and I think J’onn will experience a little bit of that next week. Where does J’onn fall when it comes to Lena? I think these White Martians are specifically looking for M’gann to come back and answer for war crimes. So, there are moments where she knows that he’s following her and trying to protect her and look out for her because he cares for her. EW turned to Harewood to answer that question, tease the intense bottle episode, and talk about the returns of Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) and Cyborg Superman (Harewood). I don’t want to give too much away, but J’onn is trying to protect M’gann. At the moment, he’s just a bad guy, but I would love to know why he’s a bad guy, how he became a bad guy, and what are his abilities as this bad guy; those are the things that I really want to start getting into the nitty-gritty of. She’s really, really vital and I think without her, J’onn would perhaps be in a very difficult situation. He’s up to no good, basically. In “The Martian Chronicles,”   Monday’s aptly titled installment, J’onn (David Harewood)   starts   to confront his burgeoning feelings for M’gann (Sharon Leal) as he and the rest of the team find themselves trapped in the DEO headquarters with Armek (Terrell Tilford), a White Martian intent on capturing M’gann because she betrayed their side during the war. Possibly. He’s obviously very concerned for her, so those are nice moments. We’re not used to seeing J’onn be vulnerable with anybody, but he’s vulnerable with his feelings and it’s surprising to him that he has feelings for M’gann. But, yes, perhaps it’s the first wave and there could be more because they’re pretty formidable. I think J’onn is very astute and I don’t think he’s going to cross [Kara]. How does our favorite Green Martian actually feel about falling for a White Martian? He’s definitely putting himself on the line and you see him [be] vulnerable. I don’t think it’s the most well-delineated character. That’s the one character that strays, really for me, away from the mythology, and that’s sometimes difficult because I have many questions that aren’t necessarily being answered by the script. We get to see areas of the DEO that we haven’t seen before and it just becomes a really exciting episode, almost kind of Blair Witch [Project]-esque where you just never know what’s going to happen next and what’s around another corner. The promo actually teases a lot of exciting stuff that happens: Winn using a makeshift flamethrower, J’onn and M’gann fighting said White Martian. I think her courage, her strength, her personality — I think all of those, perhaps, speak to a feeling he hasn’t allowed himself to feel in a very, very long time. I think he believes in Supergirl and believes she’s on the right path, so I think he’ll allow her to make her own decisions when it comes to Lena Luthor. Show Full Article We’ve seen J’onn J’onzz do everything from read minds to shape-shift into Supergirl. I think that’s very destabilizing for J’onn, but also, it’s nice to see him kind of fall for someone.

Edgar Wright reveals first page of Baby Driver script

“Every scene in this film is driven by music.” So reads the first page of the script for Baby Driver, which writer-director Edgar Wright revealed in an Instagram post on Thursday. The action of the film is   then   choreographed to the beats he hears. What sounds cooler than that? Next month it receives its world premiere at @sxsw in Austin, Texas. “It’s something that’s very much a part of my previous films, and I thought of this idea of how to take that a stage further by having a character who listens to music the entire time. Illustration by Oscar Wright. A photo posted by Edgar Wright (@edgar_wright) on Feb 2, 2017 at 7:09am PST

This time last year I was about to shoot 'Baby Driver' in Atlanta. These quotes are not actually in movie. 11. Plus, the film boasts other star-studded talent, including Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm, as well as the filmmaker behind Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End. It's almost finished and I can't wait for you to see it. “I always wanted to do an action movie that was powered by music,” Wright told EW. A photo posted by Edgar Wright (@edgar_wright) on Feb 2, 2017 at 11:29am PST

He also posted   the illustration of the cover for the script’s shooting draft. A photo posted by Edgar Wright (@edgar_wright) on Feb 1, 2017 at 8:10am PST

Baby Driver, premiering next month at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, also features   Kevin Spacey,   Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, and Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. “This time last year I was about to shoot ‘Baby Driver’ in Atlanta,” Wright   wrote. The film stars Ansel Elgort as the titular getaway driver who constantly listens to music to combat tinnitus. Eliot and Paul Simon that Wright clarifies “are not actually in the movie.”

First page of 'Baby Driver' script. So, you have this young getaway driver who has to soundtrack his entire existence, particularly the bank robberies and fast getaways that come afterwards.”
Baby Driver is scheduled for theaters on Aug. “It’s almost finished and I can’t wait for you to see it.”

The script cover of the shooting draft for 'Baby Driver'. Show Full Article As seen in the image, the script page also features quotes from T.S.

Emma Roberts gets bloody in ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ trailer

Writer-director Osgood Perkins’ directorial debut actually premiered at the Toronto Film Festival way back in 2015 — when it was called February — and follows the release on Netflix of his second movie, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. 16. The Blackcoat’s Daughter will finally be released in theaters March 31 and can be viewed exclusively on DirecTV from Feb. The Blackcoat’s Daughter is one of the most eagerly-awaited, and one of the most long-awaited, horror films of 2017. At this point, I can say that I hated it while I was cutting it, and I was nervous about it when we showed it, but the reception was overwhelmingly positive.”
The   Blackcoat’s Daughter   centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. See the film’s new trailer, above. “It’s run into a few little snags here and there with distribution,” Perkins told EW last year. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. Show Full Article While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story — that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. “Honestly, it’s actually   rather   good.

‘Santa Clarita Diet’ creator calls new zombie comedy ‘a romantic piece’

Then she dies. And I think that’s real, that people can fall in love for life, and that the relationship’s core love is unquestioned. How does she adjust to getting what she wants all the time while staying in a relationship? I’m actually pretty squeamish about that stuff. As a footnote, when I first met with Drew, she loved   the fact that she could play a realtor. So I started with the premise, that yes, they will always be a team   like families are a team. And he is also somebody who is a great actor. “I get tired of watching shows about a family and the big change that happens to them is one of the parents moves in or something like that. Meet undead Sheila. Some of the snappier, tendon things are gummy bear material that can stretch out and snap, and then we do sound work that helps us. As a writer, you just try to do something that you feel is going to be really fun for you to write, and this felt like — and   was   — fun to write.”
Fresco’s also the guy behind   Better Off Ted,   an ABC series that ran from 2009 to 2010 about the employees at an immoral corporation that specializes in ridiculous, over-the-top inventions. Tim, that name came out of Netflix, and I loved Tim. And then how do you navigate a relationship when something giant has dropped in the relationship’s lap? And why did you choose to have them work in real estate? All kinds of things: beet paste put through a hamburger grinder so it looks like hamburger meat. Also, the planned community and the organization of that community, which I think plays well against the complete chaos that happens with our couple, I just like how perfectly groomed the place is. Netflix
What is she actually eating during those scenes? RELATED: Timothy Olyphant compares Santa Clarita Diet to ALF

Drew and Timothy are so good at inhabiting that perky persona. I guess, in a way, this is a romantic piece. She apparently likes going to look at houses, and she watches shows about flipping houses, and so that was just a side note that she really liked that world. So her choices are to deteriorate, turn into a mindless undead person who they have to kill one day, or who will run amok, or kind of stay in her current condition, which I think is what they’re striving to do. [Laughs.] I think we are now in a universe with television where’s there’s so much gore and violence on, and I guess we’re not used to seeing it in comedy as much. This was trying to give them a giant problem, but then to also ground it in a real way and try to see what effect it would have on a relationship. I did, at one point, think, would they stay in the relationship? And their lives are also perfectly groomed until this event happens, and then it goes off the rails, and it just was a fun area to juxtapose with this kind of energy. There’s no right and wrong way to do these things; I personally would rather watch and write that kind of love and then the challenges from the outside coming in and how do we navigate this together as a team rather than, are we a team? He behaved. Generally, that means they eat people. And that middle class has kind of been pushed out of L.A. We knew that we were going to have a character like that come in at the end, and so we aimed it toward Portia, and early in the process, she said she’d be happy to do that. How did you cast them? It gets them out into the world. And we didn’t cross that line, for me. If there’s enough love at the core of a relationship, it can survive anything.”
Read on for more about why Fresco wanted Joel and Sheila to have a refreshingly healthy marriage, how he cast its stars, and what Barrymore’s actually noshing on in those dinner scenes. Is there enough violence in it? We know that. He does play much more of a badass kind of character than I was originally imaging for this. He just sat there waiting for his close-up. I liked seeing them having to do that. Husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) tries to have sex with wife Sheila (Drew Barrymore), who rejects him. She put him all the way into her mouth and then we cut there, but she is not squeamish, which is great because she is called upon to do a lot of intense stuff. [Laughs] At times, I felt like, god, I’m not sure that we’re getting gory enough. Deadwood was probably my favorite show ever, and I love Justified. And then Drew was a good sport. Or was one of them thinking about leaving it? Show Full Article And so there’s no cure for death. Santa Clarita Diet   gets pretty disgusting at some points. Did you ever consider making them have an unhappy relationship or was it important for them to be a solid couple? They have to present as everything’s great and they’re so happy when they’re showing a house or with a client, and I just kind of like that forced energy and joy — which, by the way, none of us, I don’t think, really feel, but we can put on when we need to. That’s solid at its core. And he did great. He did! Oh, and she doesn’t have a heartbeat. Portia de Rossi shows up, which was a fun nod to Better Off Ted   fans. “I think there’s a life-affirming quality to it, because Sheila and Joel’s relationship is strong at the core,” Fresco says. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:   What was the process of coming up with this concept? She was eating fish for some of it, like raw sushi. How graphic would it be for me to be turned off by it? That Veronica character that she plays on Ted, I felt like I wasn’t finished with that character yet when that show ended. I love Portia, and I just had such a great experience with her on Ted. Then she… wakes up, hungry for raw meat and sex. [Laughs]   I can’t answer that. But I had worked for him years ago on   My Name Is Earl, and I saw him do The Grinder, and when you know him personally, he’s much more like this character that he’s playing than like the bad-ass, stoic guys that he has played. She never has an issue with it. They want what they want when they want it and will do anything to just have what they want and don’t care about other people’s needs. Creator Victor Fresco’s past writing on similarly off-kilter family comedies   ALF   and Dinosaurs   prepared him for crafting a surreal series like   Santa Clarita Diet   — which eventually sees Sheila and Joel murdering peopel to feed her growing appetite —   from the ground up. They go off to their jobs as realtors in their cookie-cutter California suburb. “It shows that love conquers all, which is just a nice feeling that I sometimes have when I watch television or go through life. This is going to sound like I’m critical of realtors, but I like the forced friendliness of realtors. So Ben had his big moment. I think that snail was actually chocolate. “Both of those were larger-than-life premises, big swings,” Fresco tells EW. Where did you draw the line with it, if you drew a line at all? She can’t become alive again. It’s such a funny thing to latch onto. VICTOR FRESCO:   It came from two places: One is, how can I do a family show with an interesting approach that we haven’t seen before? I like watching relationships like that. all the way up to there to be able to buy a house. And I think we say that deeper in the run, what they can do is stop the symptoms from progressing so she can continue to be the person she is but without getting worse. Were you afraid of turning anyone off with that? It just struck me when I started to think about the undead that the undead are the ultimate narcissists. Then, of course, we do it on the cut because we don’t want to harm a snail, so when she pops it in her mouth, then it’s a chocolate snail that she’s eating. The other thing that I was interested in was narcissism. She’s so delightful and funny and just wonderful to work with. I wanted it to be in a middle-class, working-class suburb, which is really what Santa Clarita is. So thankfully, Portia was up for doing that type of character again for us. It was written for her. It was a real snail, a working snail, who had a name I can’t remember, like Ben or something. In this case, her id is activated in all kinds of different ways. Well, she’s dead. So I started with this idea that they had this unconditional love for each other, that it’s not going anywhere, they’ve been together forever. He’s one of those actors, like Drew, who can do comedy and drama, so that’s always appealing. I know you probably can’t answer this, but is there a cure? So my own lines are just like, what would I watch? And to me, I guess I’m a romantic. What makes it a little different than just a family living in the suburbs dealing with everyday problems? I grew up in the valley, San Fernando Valley, so that’s familiar ground to me. Both shows present dark humor in a bubbly package, though Fresco argues   Santa Clarita Diet   isn’t   as   dark as its subject matter might make it seem. I don’t watch a lot of horror;   I don’t gravitate toward it. But you still want to feel sympathetic and be on her side as she navigates this, and so Drew is just such a delightful, joyful, positive person who you really do root for. Did you write that character with her in mind? Netflix
Why Santa Clarita? They’re not rich people that live there; it’s teachers and cops and firefighters, and I wanted that kind of environment because I didn’t want them to have wealth, I wanted them to be middle-class. Santa Clarita   Diet   starts off as a fairly run-of-the-mill half-hour comedy. Drew is killing people. Santa Clarita Diet‘s entire first season is now streaming on Netflix. Then Sheila starts uncontrollably throwing up in a house they’re showing. Drew was a great prototype for this   because we wanted somebody who we would root for, and obviously, they’re doing intense stuff.

‘Stranger Things’: Get a first look at the Super Bowl ad

Football shmootball. The second season of Things takes place in 1984 — one year after the events of the first season — and has been shrouded in secrecy aside from a few details. Show Full Article But executive producer Shawn Levy (Arrival) did offer EW this tease: “The demogorgon was destroyed but evil wasn’t.”
Stranger Things 2 will debut this year on Netflix. Now there’s an even bigger reason to tune into the Super Bowl this Sunday on Fox: EW can exclusively reveal that Netflix’s pop culture phenom Stranger Things will air the first teaser for its highly anticipated second season during the massive sports event. EW is also debuting an image from the commercial, featuring Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) dressed as Ghostbusters.

‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘Alias’ events added to ATX Television Festival

Parks and Recreation and   Alias   are heading to the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. Canter for a discussion of her latest show,   Grace & Frankie. Among some of the big names attending panels the festival’s sixth season will be first-timers   Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil,   Sweet/Vicious   creator Kaytin Robinson and showrunner Amanda Lasher, as well as returning panelists Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond). ATX Advisory Board members David Hudgins (Shut Eye), Liz Tigelaar (Casual), Graham Yost (Sneaky Pete), Michael Rauch (Royal Pains), and Vice President of Programming at HBO Kathleen McCaffrey will also be making an appearance. The ATX Television Festival will take place June 8-11 in Austin, Texas. In addition,   Fresh Off the Boat‘s Paul Scheer will host a screening and panel conversation about the independent pilot process. Included in this year’s line-up will be an   Alias Writers Room Reunion   and a community screening of   Parks and Recreation.The latter   — which is open to festival
The latter   — which is open to festival badgeholders and non-badgeholders   — will take place on June 9 and is inspired by none other than Pawnee’s own annual “Harvest Festival.” The event will feature live music, Parks and Recreation-themed   activities, food and drink from Jo’s Coffee and other local vendors. Executive Producer Marta Kaufman will return with fellow producers Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah K.S. Other panels taking place that weekend include the   Designing Women 30th anniversary reunion, the   Northern Exposure reunion, a Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s   Evening Shade series retrospective, Cancelled Too Soon panels for   The Black Donnellys and   The Middleman. Show Full Article Elsewhere during the festival, ATX Advisory Board member Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) will be presenting “The Anti Hero: History of an American Myth,” a panel that will take examine the character archetype and delve into its history from its origins in colonial storytelling to its impact on viewers    and its presence in the “golden age” of television.