Was Lady Gaga’s halftime show political? Or not political enough? Four arguments for the former

They weren’t wrong, but the debate created by Gaga’s performance wasn’t whether it was too political. Latest updates Rather, it was about whether the performance was political at all. Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Unity in diversity There was something vaguely nostalgic about Gaga’s halftime show, which featured a sea   of backup dancers who looked like a bedazzled United Colors of Benetton ad. Others disagreed, seeing the pop star’s glittering spectacle to be a master   class of subversive political messaging. (EPA) Heading into Super Bowl Sunday, plenty of people were predicting that Lady Gaga’s halftime show would spark controversy. Was Gaga’s halftime show political? I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country. Vice President Mike Pence attended the Super Bowl and has an embattled history with the LGBT   community , previously referring to homosexuality as “a choice” and saying that preventing gays from marrying was enforcement of “God’s law” and not discrimination. This land was made for you and me.” Though Gaga may have been unaware of the protest origins of the song, she is surely aware of folk legend Guthrie, who regularly performed with a guitar declaring, “This machine kills fascists.” 3. Or is apolitical impossible in the current cultural atmosphere? Lady Gaga and friends (EPA) 4. The united-in-diversity vibe was particularly   powerful when coupled with Gaga’s past message   of inclusion and surrounded by so many Super Bowl ads with messages of unity. Patriotic medley Before ( seemingly ) diving into NRG Stadium, Gaga began her set with a few stanzas of “God Bless America” before transitioning into Woody   Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and landing on a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance. Gaga herself When Lady Gaga   locked down the halftime gig in late September, she ensured an artist who has given much of her career to advocacy for LGBT issues and anti-bullying initiatives would perform on a stage that reaches more than 100 million people worldwide. So my performance will uphold those philosophies.” Check out the entire performance below. “The only statements that’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career,” Gaga said in a news conference Thursday. “Born This Way” and Vice President Mike Pence “No matter gay, straight, or bi Lesbian, transgendered life I’m on the right track baby I was born to survive” During a   set that crammed in most of her greatest hits, Gaga included “Born This Way,” her radical anthem of self-acceptance and inclusion, a message that was potentially resonant for one audience member in particular. Case in point: Coca-Cola resurfaced a commercial from 2014 embracing multiculturalism, a choice that seemed   especially pointed. What would seem like good old-fashioned patriotism gets more complicated when considering the inclusion of Guthrie’s classic, penned in 1940 and originally titled “God Blessed America for Me.” As noted by the Washington Post , a lost verse of the song included the lines: “There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me. Here’s what the latter saw in Gaga’s show: 1. Although many critics, including Sonia Saraiya at Variety and The Times’ own Mikael Wood , found the production to be apolitical and uninspiring. The sign was painted, said ‘Private Property.’ But on the backside, it didn’t say nothing. 2. “I believe in a passion for inclusion. It’s one of love and compassion and kindness. That alone, some felt, ended up playing   out like a rebuke of the current presidential administration.

‘Saturday Night Live’: A history of f-bombs

The actress accidentally dropped an f-bomb during her opening monologue, saying, “We’ve got a great show, and I totally care that I’m here because it’s the coolest f—ing thing ever.” Stewart quickly realized her mistake and covered her mouth, quipping that she’d never be asked back to SNL, but the damage was done. Of course, with the excitement of real-time comedy comes the risk of on-air gaffes, a lesson Kristen Stewart learned the hard way this weekend. Listen for yourself and see if you can catch the elusive ‘k.’
Kristen Stewart, 2017

We just want to make sure you watch this again and appreciate Kate McKinnon’s response. Steven Tyler, 1990

The Aerosmith frontman kept it cool when he and the rest of the band dropped by the Wayne’s World basement for a sketch with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, but the rocker couldn’t help himself during a performance of “Monkey on My Back,” and didn’t bother censoring the lyrics, “get the f—— monkey off my back.”
Morris Day, 1990

Day dropped by accompanied by his band The Time, and a quick break in their song “Chocolate” proved the perfect time for Day to ask, “Where the f— this chicken come from? Samuel L. The puffed-up cheeks and deer-in-the-headlights look she gives directly after made it even more cringe-worthy, as did the fact that Slate was let go after her first and only season. Jackson loves a good expletive. Of course, Stewart is in pretty good company when it comes to putting NBC’s censors to work. Ewing, and casually remarked, “It’s the first time I’ve ever been shot in my life. Thanks to his bugged-out eyes, you can tell from the video that he realized his mistake right away, but alas, System of a Down has not appeared on SNL since. Stipe performed the expletive-laced last line to “What’s the Frequency Kenneth?” but turned his back to the cameras as he uttered the infamous word. I thought I ordered ribs!”
Michael Stipe, 1994

Does it count if you don’t actually see the word being said? “What the f— was that?” he asked to the delight of the audience. Show Full Article Jackson also   blamed the situation on cast member Kenan Thompson, for not cutting him off fast enough. I went white. Paul Shaffer, 1980
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Usually being first in something is a good thing, but Shaffer’s honor of ‘First to Curse on SNL‘   isn’t exactly something to celebrate. When it was over, Lorne Michaels came up and said, ‘You broke down the last barrier.’”
Charles Rocket, 1981

Though Shaffer managed to keep his job, things didn’t go as smoothly for Rocket following his mix-up. Norm Macdonald, 1997

Macdonald dropped the f-bomb   after tripping on his words while manning the Weekend Update desk. Rocket accidentally said the four-letter word during a Dallas-themed sketch in which he was playing the famous J.R. Beastie Boys, 1994

Beastie Boys SNL: Sure Shot and Heart Attack Man from BeastieBoysMedia on Vimeo. Jackson, 2012

If you’ve seen that movie about the snakes on a plane (you know which one), then you know Samuel L. Jenny Slate, 2009

So much for beginner’s luck. I’d like to know who the f— did it.” Oops. Macdonald knew his bosses would be none too pleased, as he nervously joked afterward, “My farewell performance… Maybe I’ll see you next week, folks.”
System of a Down, 2005

The politically-charged “B.Y.O.B” lyrics include the f-word a lot. Slate let the word slip during a sketch with Kristen Wiig on her very first episode as a cast member. The Beastie Boys have always been known for energetic performances, so it wasn’t all that surprising when their SNL showing of “Sure Shot” accidentally slipped in the f-word. Below, we’ve rounded up   SNL‘s   f-word slip-ups in all their @#$*ing   glory. In fact, she joins a long list of both guests and cast members who   have   uttered the infamous four-letter word live on air. Prince, 1981
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The Purple One managed to avoid censoring his lyrics to “Partyup,” and made quite the statement with the line, “Fightin’ war is such a f—— bore,” which you can watch here. Jon Lovitz, 1989
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You can read the sketch’s script here, but ‘Da War of Da Woilds’ definitely won’t have the same effect on paper as it did live, when Lovitz managed to ditch the ‘funking’ stand-in for the real thing. Saturday Night Live has been on the air since 1975, giving us 42 seasons to witness the magic   of live television, Pope photo-tearing incidents, lip-sync jigs, and all. The details behind this specific expletive, however, are murky, as Jackson claimed after the show that he really only said “fuh.” Riiight. Shaffer recalled the curse heard ’round the world in his memoir, saying “It went really well in the dress rehearsal. Rocket was fired mid-season. However, the show was pretty good at censoring the tune — except for an ad-libbed ‘F— yeah!’ from guitarist Daron Malakian. Although, what did the cast members expect when they wrote this medieval sketch that swapped “flogging” in every other word? So well that I added extra ‘flogging’s until there was finally just a total slip.

Watch Casey Affleck’s candid acceptance speech at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

But, perhaps more surprising, is the remarkably candid, personal, and heartfelt speech from Affleck, who says that over the last year of traveling to different film festivals (“We’ve done them all,” he jokes, “Unless there’s something on the moon,”) and talking about   Manchester by the Sea has finally given   him the answer as to why he became an actor. The award was then presented by Lonergan, who notes, “There are a couple of things you might not be able to tell about Casey and Michelle listening to them this evening. “She’d drive us across town to a church and we’d sit in this room with other kids we didn’t know, and the people who were running it would walk   us through these exercises basically reenacting   what was happening at home. What you also don’t know is how difficult it is for them each to sit here and watch clips of themselves.”
The whole presentation and acceptance speeches from the actors is worth watching, especially if you enjoy listening   to the always charming, master storyteller Lonergan, and Michelle Williams (who tells an adorable story about her daughter and also happens to be wearing the prettiest yellow dress). I think the reason I’ve been an actor is that my mother took me to those meetings. That was the first acting I ever did.”
“It was therapy, but it was also drama. RELATED VIDEO: Oscars 2017 Best Actor nominee Casey Affleck

“I’ve learned a couple of things. Thank god for her. On Sunday,   the Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented the 2017 Cinema Vanguard Award — created in recognition of “actors who have forged their own path taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film” — to Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, who were celebrated for their roles in   Manchester by the Sea. So you’d watch these other kids behaving like their drunk mom or dad, and yelling and throwing things and hitting them   and so forth and then you’d get up and do your thing. “When I was very young my father was a terrible alcoholic, and my mother would take us to these Alateen meetings [support group for young people affected by alcoholics],” he said. “Acting for me has sort of been that ever since, taking the things from your life and putting them to use in some way. Affleck and Williams   were first treated to a career retrospective with clips of their past work, and a Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. You might notice they’re both a little on the quiet side, so you wouldn’t know to look at them that when they go to work they’re capable of this incredible eruption of emotion and specificity and transformation and humor. Later, he adds, “For me it’s necessary and acting has been a lifeline.”
Watch the whole moment   above — Affleck’s speech begins at the 14:41 mark. And thank god I’ve had this great privilege to   spend my life doing that thing,” he says. It was drama and it was therapy,” he continued. The other is that, astonishingly, this simple thing I should have learned years ago, I finally realized why I act,” he says. Both actors are Oscar nominated for their parts in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama, which is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for costar Lucas Hedges, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan, and Best Picture. Show Full Article I was 9 years old. One is that I hate the sound of my own voice.

‘Stranger Things’ kids freak out over their Super Bowl commercial

Fun video of us seeing the S2 teaser!!! #strangerthings
A video posted by 🌍Noah Schnapp🎥 (@noahschnapp) on Feb 5, 2017 at 6:47pm PST

For more exclusive info on Stranger Things, check back to EW.com this week. Link in bio! #season2 #spoileralert? Like 113 million other people, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, and Finn Wolfhard watched Sunday night’s Super Bowl, and they were ecstatic when the first teaser for Stranger Things 2   came on during the third quarter. Schnapp, who plays Upside Down veteran Will Byers, posted an adorable video of the trio reacting to the commercial, showing the group experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions that included cheers, shushes, and finally, a group hug. Show Full Article While Patriots fans lost it over their team’s epic comeback, the Stranger Things kids got equally pumped up about their show’s big Super Bowl commercial. Go check it out! Stranger Things returns to Netflix on Halloween. Watch both the video of the kids and the Super Bowl teaser below.

‘A Walk to Remember’: See photos from Mandy Moore, Shane West’s reunion

The This Is Us actress posted a pic of the trio with the caption, “Welp. You couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Read Moore and West’s full anniversary interview here. These 2 gentlemen are still some of the best around. After 15 years their love is still like the wind: i cant see it but i will always feel it. 25 and spoke to EW about how special the project was to them   and their hopes for an imminent catch-up. “From start to finish, it really was a wonderful experience and that was because of Adam Shankman, the director…It was a lot of fun, everyone bonded on set and off, and it happened to turn out to be a success. Mandy Moore and Shane West got together for a post-Super Bowl night to remember with the director of   A Walk to Remember   on Sunday. “Shane was so wonderful… I felt incredibly lucky right off the bat that I had someone who was as willing to work with me and who was patient and understanding. Love u guys soooo much. @adamshankman @mandymooremm Had to steal the pic, Hun 😘 #awalktoremember #reunion
A photo posted by Shane West (@theshanewest) on Feb 6, 2017 at 8:46am PST

Shankman dropped a quote from the film   in his caption. @adamshankman @mandymooremm,” he wrote. They got their miracle this weekend when the actors and the movie’s director Adam Shankman enjoyed a three-hour dinner together, with all three later posting about the reunion on Instagram. “It was such an overwhelmingly positive, memorable experience,” she said. #awalktoremember #reunion
A photo posted by Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) on Feb 5, 2017 at 10:27pm PST

West also shared the same picture, adding:”Last night after the SuperBowl, I got to see these two wonderful people….. “After 15 years their love is still like the wind: i cant see it but i will always feel it. A photo posted by Adam Shankman (@adamshankman) on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:32am PST

Speaking to EW in late January, Moore expressed how incredible   her time on the movie and working with West had been. Loved catching up with ya, @theshanewest and @adamshankman. Loved catching up with ya, @theshanewest and @adamshankman. “Had to steal the pic, Hun #awalktoremember #reunion.”

Last night after the SuperBowl, I got to see these two wonderful people….. He was just the perfect partner for that.”
West shared similar sentiments. My ❤ is full. “Over 3 hour catch up dinner with @mandymooremm and @theshanewest,” he wrote on Instagram. #awtrreunion #AWalkToRemember #proudpapa. The stars of the 2002 sob-fest   recently celebrated the 15-year anniversary of the romantic flick on Jan. Love u guys soooo much. “It genuinely was a phenomenal experience,” he said. #awtrreunion #AWalkToRemember #proudpapa.”

Over 3 hour catch up dinner with @mandymooremm and @theshanewest. These 2 gentlemen are still some of the best around. Show Full Article #awalktoremember #reunion

Welp. My ❤ is full.

Keanu Reeves wants to make ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

To me, it’s about John Wick fighting for John.”

John Wick: Chapter 2   will be released on Feb. The second film,   John Wick: Chapter 2, is out on Feb. And basically, if John doesn’t do [what the holder of the marker wants], he dies. Big picture, the story is about someone from John’s past calling in what we call a marker. If he kills the person who holds his marker, I die because of the rules of the Continental. Whether or not I get the chance to do another chapter is really up to the audience. Show Full Article 10. “John Wick 2 takes place maybe five days after that. Watch the trailer above. “I love the character and the world. 10. If they enjoy what we did — and hopefully they do, fingers-crossed, I really dig it — but if they do enjoy it, then I’ll have the chance to continue the story of the character and the world.”
Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 2 costars Common, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Peter Stormare, John Leguizamo, Riccardo Scamarcio, Claudia Gerini, and Reeves’ fellow Matrix trilogy cast member Laurence Fishburne, among others. John is on a mission to reclaim his life again. “When we last left John Wick he was going off into the sunset — the moonset — with him and his dog,” says Reeves. Keanu Reeves has told EW that he would be happy to play dog-loving killer John Wick in a third installment in the hitman franchise. “Absolutely,” says the actor.

Chance the Rapper premieres ‘Same Drugs’ video on Facebook

The simple video features Chance at a piano accompanied by a Muppet-like character singing the parts of guest vocalist Eryn Allen Kane; fans who caught Chance’s Magnificent Coloring World Tour last year will recognize the bit. Chance the Rapper debuted his latest music video via Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to “Same Drugs,” he’d only done visuals for “Angels,” “No Problem,” and “How Great.”
Chance had a titanic 2016 where he collaborated with Kanye West, made a Christmas mixtape with Jeremih, and performed everywhere from   Saturday Night Live to the White House’s National Christmas Tree Lighting   — and he shows no signs of slowing down in the new year. Despite his robust media presence following the release of his mixtape,   Coloring Book, last May — Chance pledged to perform each of the project’s 14 songs on national television, and is halfway there — the 23-year-old hip-hop sensation hasn’t released official videos for many of its songs. Show Full Article ET, Chance confusingly   tweeted, “Same Drugs video drops next week.” Moments later, he tweeted, “I changed my mind Same Drugs video drops at 3:30 Chicago time today, thanks Facebook for letting me do that on such short notice.” The video, directed by Paper Towns   and   Robot & Frank   helmer Jake Schreier,   is now streaming on YouTube — watch it above. After premiering the video at around 4 p.m. He recently launched a clothing line honoring former president and fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama and joined the board of the Windy City’s respected DuSable Museum of African American History. He’s set to headline festivals including Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Firefly, and   this Sunday he’ll perform at the Grammys, where he’s also nominated for seven awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.

84 Lumber responds to controversy (and confusion) over its Super Bowl commercial

Latest updates flag she’s been crafting during their journey. During the non-televised portion of the ad, the mother and daughter reach an enormous wall in the desert. The rush to view the rest of the Super Bowl advertisement was so furious that it briefly overwhelmed the company’s website. The journey of the mother and daughter symbolizes grit, dedication   and sacrifice. President Trump has previously said there should be a ‘big beautiful door in the wall so that people can come into this country legally.’   We couldn’t agree more.” 84 Lumber’s commercial was timed to coincide with a national hiring campaign. In a tweet linking to the entire commercial, 84 Lumber described the ad as “a symbolic journey toward becoming legal American citizens.” On its Facebook page Monday morning, 84 Lumber has been actively replying to customers accusing it of supporting illegal immigration with the following message: “We do not condone illegal immigration. The mother and daughter swing the doors open into brilliant sunlight. A Pennsylvania building supply company made a big splash on the Super Bowl Sunday with a commercial Fox deemed “too controversial for TV.” Telling the tale of a mother with her young daughter and their trek across Mexico in hopes of a haven in the United States, the 84 Lumber commercial   aired in part Sunday night. Characteristics that we look for in our people at 84 Lumber. Then the mother sees that the wall has a   door, recently built by a team of workers including one man who drives off in a pickup truck filled with,   you guessed it, lumber. The company directed   viewers to its website to view the conclusion of the story. The mother breaks down into tears, and the daughter pulls out a handmade U.S. Onscreen text reads: “The will to succeed is always welcome here.” Some viewers condemned the company for advocating for illegal immigration. Others viewed the ad as a call for humanity when discussing the subject.

Here’s what critics are saying about ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

A few years after Keanu Reeves re-asserted himself as an action star with 2014’s high-octane revenge thriller   John Wick, he’s back for a second round. Stahelski excels at delivering a strain of violent fight movie in which each element contributes (over and over again, sometimes too repetitively and elsewhere just repetitively enough) to a symphony of mayhem.”
Peter Debruge (Variety)
“The John Wick movies accomplish what Hong Kong action flicks did a quarter-century ago, seducing bloodthirsty (predominately male) audiences into appreciating an exquisitely choreographed modern ballet. Wick is a man of few words but many bullets — it’s a role that fits the taciturn Reeves like a glove.”

Show Full Article Returning screenwriter Derek Kolstad reaffirms the appealing ingenuity of his highly memorable lead character, whose clear motivations for underworld score-settling are both relatable and rootable. As far as most critics are concerned, Reeves (and the returning duo of director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad) stuck the landing with John Wick: Chapter 2, expanding on both the first film’s mythology and its body count. The filmmakers know when to lace in genre-tweaking humor, too, as when Reeves and Common are on different levels of a crowded public concourse, nonchalantly poking guns out of their coats and squeezing off shots at each other that nobody else notices.”
Chris Hewitt (Empire)
“And when the brutality (there are more headshots here than on a casting director’s desk) threatens to overwhelm, Stahelski leavens the tone with traces of sly humor. Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)
“The biggest compliment I can think to pay John Wick: Chapter 2 is that I lost track of the body count within the first 15 minutes. Keanu famously means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian. And striding through it all like a coutured colossus is Reeves. If that sounds like high praise to you, too, then you will absolutely dig Keanu Reeves’ gratuitously crunchy ode to choreographed ultraviolence via the bullet, the bare knuckle, and the everyday No. It’s a little light on actual story and takes awhile to get on its feet, but it successfully expands the mythology and dives headfirst into the criminal underworld which existed on the fringes of the first film. 2 pencil.”
Justin Lowe (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Reeves is back in fine form, confirming how indispensable he is to the franchise with his lithe physicality, no-nonsense demeanor and impressive skillset, as he again performs many of his own driving and martial arts stunts. Sure seems like we have a new franchise on our hands. You might have to turn off your moral compass this time around, at least more so than last time, but the picture does eventually become a glorious ballet of horrifically violent gun battles and fight scenes, all staged for maximum clarity and creativity.”
Eric Kohn (IndieWire)
“Much about John Wick: Chapter 2 looks and sounds like the previous installment,   from John’s moody exchanges with Winston (Ian McShane), head of the hitman network The Continental, to his   cryptic interactions with The Continental’s mysterious concierge (Lance Reddick). As exaggerated action cinema goes, it never quite gets to the level of Kill Bill Volume 2, but by avoiding plot distractions in favor of exuberant style, it’s more consistently   satisfying than The Raid 2. If you doubt that Stahelski sees his own job in these terms, look no further than how he lights each scene: Even neon demon Nicolas Winding Refn must be taking notes at the way Stahelski and his crew place bright-fuchsia fluorescent tubes in a New York subway, poltergeist-blue spotlights beneath the arches of ancient Roman catacombs, and nightclub-worthy accents throughout an elaborate hall of mirrors art exhibit.”
Robert Abele (The Wrap)
“The second hour of Chapter 2   — save a mildly amusing Matrix   reunion with a theatrical Laurence Fishburne as the subterranean leader of a cadre of hobo killers — is primarily an exhilarating gauntlet of martial arts/gun-fu assault, climaxing in a museum showdown inside a Welles-ian hall of mirrors. Here it should stand for “cool beard shoots you in the face”. But these are the musical numbers we’ve been waiting for, mapped out in long, economically filmed takes of ferocious close-quarters fighting and firing that Reeves performs with a soulfully mean élan you could trace back to Lee Marvin’s heyday. Yeah, he’s thinking he’s back. But this movie has a more expansive playing field, veering from one elaborate sequence to the next with a noticeable uptick in confidence. You’ll smile at Laurence Fishburne’s knowing cameo, making this a Matrix reunion. EW’s Chris Nashawaty gave the film a B+, celebrating both the high and low: Reeves’ performance as “a haunted (and largely speechless) ronin living by the 21st-century code of the samurai” and the accompanying “tire-squealing car chases, countless point-blank kills, and scenic bone-crunching brawls in Rome’s ancient catacombs.”
Read more of Nashawaty’s thoughts, as well as a selection of other reviews, below. Once again, Reeves does not disappoint, fully inhabiting Wick by channeling his rage over life’s injustices into an intensely focused performance.”
Scott Mendelson (Forbes)
“Summit and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 2   gives us exactly what it promises and exactly what we want, for (mostly) better or for worse. You’ll laugh at a sequence where Wick and one rival take sly silenced potshots at each other in a crowded public area, like kids playing cops and robbers with their fingers.

Kanye West removes Donald Trump references from Twitter

have condemned West for associating with Trump. 21 birthday note for his wife Kim Kardashian and a Dec. An Oct. Show Full Article Days after   Trump won the presidential election on Nov. West’s meeting with Trump capped   a frantic month for the hip-hop star. 13, explained his reasoning for convening with Trump (“to discuss multicultural issues”), alluded to West’s own, well-documented presidential aspirations (“#2024”), and   displayed the autographed copy of   Time‘s Person of the Year issue Trump had presented West. 8, West declared at a concert on his Saint Pablo Tour that he “would have voted for Trump.” He then canceled the tour’s remainder and was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for exhaustion and sleep deprivation. 16 note promoting longtime collaborator Kid Cudi’s new album originally bookended the Trump messages; both remain on West’s Twitter. Celebrities   including John Legend and T.I. Kanye West has deleted five tweets that reference President Trump from his Twitter. Though the high-powered Twitter user has deleted his tweets en masse before, his latest deletions were limited to his posts about Trump. The messages, sent after West met with then-President-elect Trump at Trump Tower on Dec.

‘This Is Us’: Justin Hartley teases Kevin’s ‘intense and heartbreaking’ meeting with Sophie

It gets a little darker a little bit toward the very end of the season,” he notes. There are hard things that people deal with in life, and we come right to the front door and we tackle them. You still love the person and that’s the way it is.”
While Hartley isn’t revealing   if the exes can heal their past traumas, he hints that the man who knows a good monologue (see: The Manny meltdown, the meaning-of-life painting explanation, the doorstep plea) will issue   another one that he says will rival the others. This is an episode that you’ll see a lot of that.”
This Is Us airs Tuesday   at 9 p.m. “[It] might be my absolute favorite of all of them,” he says. “It gets pretty intense and heartbreaking,” Hartley tells EW. “And sometimes people forget that this moment is not about you, and it also has nothing to do with you, and it doesn’t mean, ‘I don’t love you and want you in my life.’ But certain things are getting opened up in her life that she needs to deal with – but separate from him. “If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve been on both sides of pretty much every story that we tell or you know people that have.”
He cautions that as the finish line of season 1 approaches, it’s far from all warm and fuzzy. To sneak a peek at Jack and Rebecca getting married in the opening scene of the episode, click here. After making a charming, rambling speech, Kevin (Justin Hartley) persuaded the skeptical if weary Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) to at least meet with him to talk further, and in a subsequent text message, she agreed to another conversation. “You’re just going to want everyone to get what they want” — he pauses to laugh — “because they’re such good people. Even though there was wrongdoing, maybe [it was] on both sides. You hear both sides of the story, which is rare. “I like her and Kevin together,” he says. They’re in a really tough spot.”
Sounds like Hartley is rooting for a rekindling this relationship. “We’re still going to make you laugh, and it’s still going to be very much This Is Us, but it does get a little more intense. In tomorrow’s episode, you’ll take a seat at their next meeting. “He’s such a good guy, and he’s always trying to do the right thing by her and trying to cheer her up and make her happy,” Hartley says. That’s another tough spot.”
The same is true of the one Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) find themselves in as their marriage is showing wear in the ’90s. Just to think that a few short months ago, we saw this guy having a meltdown on a sitcom set — kind of a spoiled brat, in a Hollywood freefall, if you will — and then we see him making these declarations and saying things that are like, ‘Wow, how far this guy has come is pretty cool.’”
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Elsewhere in the episode, you’ll see Kevin’s sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz) receive a visit from fiancé Toby (Chris Sullivan) that perhaps doesn’t go as planned. (The episode also will   jump farther into the past as you peek back at their wedding.) “That’s what we do on our show — you see both sides of everything, and that’s what makes it so heartbreaking,” says Hartley. “The show takes a turn toward the end of this season. But then there’s an explanation behind it too. To read a Q&A with   Hartley about the most recent   episode, click here. She almost needs him not to be there. You will see absolutely how impossible it is to turn off the love, even though you’ve been betrayed. But it’s tough. “It’s one of those where it’s not even about the monologue as much as it is about the content of it, and what it is that he’s saying. Show Full Article ET/PT on NBC. On the last episode of This Is Us, in a fit of romantic clarity, Kevin unleashed a bolt from the blue: Instead of trying to   repair things with Olivia or Sloane, he showed up at the doorstep of   his ex-wife from 12 years ago. “It is very much a story that when you’re along for the ride when you’re watching it, you realize what happened — why they’re not together anymore.

Super Bowl ratings second-biggest ever

Last year, ratings fell back to 111.9 million. Looking at Super Bowl numbers across the decades, this season’s slump possibly represents a temporary setback, an adjustment following a multi-year surge — like when the stock market has a correction. After a season marked by worrisome NFL ratings declines, viewers showed up in droves for the big game. If you only count Fox linear viewership, the ratings just about tie last year. Show Full Article Super Bowl LI was seen by 113.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings provided by Fox Sports. That includes the Fox telecast and 1.7 million streaming viewers plus an additional 650,000 from a   Spanish-language simulcast on Fox Deportes. The tally is up slightly from last year, marking a turnaround   after 2016’s dip in the ratings. There’s been a lot of recent debate whether football has peaked. For more EW coverage of the Super Bowl, here are all the commercials in one place, here is Lady Gaga’s halftime show   and here are all the Super Bowl movie trailers. Then 2014 (112.2 million) and 2015 (114.4 million) continued the upward march. But there’s also a real chance that another, more permanent theory is correct — that football viewership peaked a couple years ago and because the same ratings drag that we’ve seen on non-sports programming (due to the proliferation of entertainment options and younger viewers watching less TV) is eroding   viewership of the previously Teflon NFL. Super Bowl ratings climbed every year from 2005’s game (86 million viewers) to 2012 (111.3 million viewers) before dipping in 2013 (108.7 million).

Mads Mikkelsen contacts Dormammu in ‘Doctor Strange’ deleted scene

We tested the movie with and without them. When we removed them, we found that we lost very little, and we gained more power in the major arc of the character. Watch one of those deleted scenes, featuring Mads Mikkelsen playing the rogue sorcerer Kaecilius, above. “I really liked those scenes and I think everyone did a good job on them,” says the filmmaker, whose other credits include the horror movies Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. “[But] they weren’t hard to cut. 14 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD, and VOD Feb. Show Full Article Doctor Strange   arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 28. It wasn’t just about the audience’s reaction, it was really how the movie felt. So, with regard to the latter, which of the sequences did Derrickson have the toughest time cutting? So, it was a pretty easy choice in the end.”
Doctor Strange   arrives on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere   Feb. Pauline Kael used to always talk about the director needing to know where the audience wants to be, and at that point of the movie, the audience didn’t want to be jumping around, they wanted to stay with Strange, who’s on this very interesting, very personal, and very dramatic journey. We didn’t need it. 28 and, in addition to the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Marvel superhero film itself, purchasers will be able to enjoy a blooper reel, a commentary from filmmaker Scott Derrickson, and deleted scenes. The intrusion of those scenes was breaking up the soul of the movie in a way that just wasn’t necessary.

Watch figure skaters perform a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’-inspired routine

Olympians John Zimmerman (2002) and Jeremy Barrett (2010). The duo recently performed a stunning program to The Weeknd’s “Earned It” from the movie’s soundtrack at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships on   Jan. Following the performance, James and Cipres took home the bronze medal, behind winner Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia and second place recipients Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany. James and Cipres will likely compete at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships, which begin March 29. 26. James’ dress even evoked a bondage-like vibe without showing too much skin. The pair is coached by former U.S. Fifty Shades of Grey may seem like a bit of a risqué inspiration for a competitive figure skating routine, but it appeared to work like magic for the French pairs team of   Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres. Show Full Article Watch the full routine above, and perhaps keep an eye out for the pair next year for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Between lifts, throws, and other elements performed with startling precision, the pair managed to emote a sexy modesty fitting for both the venue and the film.

Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl: Leaps, lights, and low-key politics

And yet, Gaga didn’t unfurl a banner or rip off a costume to bear some bold-faced message about the   injustice   du jour. In the weeks leading up to Gaga’s turn as halftime headliner, the conversation surrounding the artist seemed to shift from informed   suspicion to brazen   hope that she would create a buzzy, unscripted, politically-charged Super Bowl moment. As an outspoken opponent of Donald Trump prior to and following the election, Gaga seemed primed for an opportunity to bring her equality-focused POV to a   rare national platform—arguably the rarest, most undiluted exposure a mainstream artist could ever get to an audience of momentarily blurred demographics. But consider another remark she made at a Super Bowl press conference over the weekend: “The only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I’ve been consistently making throughout my career.” Shouldn’t we be so lucky? Gaga divulged last week that she wasn’t planning a political stunt; if her comments didn’t mark a definitive end to speculation, the fault is not on her. When Gaga took the stage — or, not so much took it as descended upon it with the air-raid intensity of Mary Martin shooting a Mad Max cameo — one of the centerpiece songs was her 2011 game-changer, “Born This Way.” She echoed the refrain that helped a million teens heal half a decade ago: “No matter gay, straight or bi/ Lesbian, transgender life/ I’m on the right track, baby/ I was born to survive.” Almost six years old exactly, the anthem’s message is still necessary and, to a certain portion of Super Bowl viewers, no less challenging to long-standing dogmas that have risen back into national question lately. And that’s where Gaga’s set, and the conversation of expectations about her performance, comes in. But what’s more is that Gaga did get political, because she is inherently political. If her Super Bowl performance felt   like classically eccentric and electric   Gaga, her advocacy should have been felt as well. Gaga didn’t have to layer her half-time show with “God Bless America,” a reclamation of the national emblem that’s been co-opted as of late, or “This Land Is Your Land,” construed by some as the ultimate in executive   subversion. For others, a miracle. The song is a protest, ever now as before, and its familiarity shouldn’t dull its empowering luster. In her decade-long career, the singer has covered territory from globally perplexing bauble to nascent thespian to stripped-down soulstress, on a journey marked and mired by hits and misses across the board — discography, feuds, whatever you want to call the meat dress debacle. Her mission as a musician has always been progressively-charged; it’s only the call of an increasingly helpless nation that’s now decided to push   her for more of it. Show Full Article Realistically, no. Something a noticeable portion of commercials this year chose to do: wax   political. Should we be surprised by her   lack of an unscripted departure for the sake of democracy? If Gaga has devoted a measure of her career to standing up for marginalized groups beset by hate, her decision to not turn Super Bowl LI into a headline-making stunt should not erase the work of her previous visible activism (and certainly not in an epoch when other artists in her echelon are cravenly opting to remain silent). She’s set, met, and broken expectations for years — so what exactly was the onus on her ROI heading into Super Bowl LI? An opportunity for insurgency on a mass scale was missed, but the   Super Bowl can not have been for   naught if Gaga’s   message about inclusivity and the superheroics of self-acceptance reached a handful of new audience members who missed it in its first go-round—or who, simply, needed to hear it again. For Gaga, it’s neither, because the very nature of the singer’s entire career has been one major call to progress. For some, that’s a let-down. Are there any expectations left for Lady Gaga?

The Bronx Zoo named two roaches after John Mulaney and Nick Kroll

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Show Full Article John Mulaney and Nick Kroll just got a pair of cockroaches named after them — and that’s a good thing. “We hope you will plan a trip to visit them!” The zoo has said the gesture can be sweet or an act of revenge, but in this case, it’s clearly the former. Like diamonds, cockroaches are forever — or almost   forever,   given how long the resilient bugs tend to live. Woke up to this letter. pic.twitter.com/nx4d7oSGi1
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) February 6, 2017

"On behalf of roaches and many other species, we are eternally grateful." Genuinely moving. Thanks Wildlife Conservation Society and Bronx Zoo! The zoo’s “Name a Roach” campaign gives people the opportunity to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after someone for Valentine’s Day. Mulaney was charmed by the gesture, calling it, “Genuinely moving,” and Kroll retweeted Mulaney’s first tweet in agreement. No matter what happens @nickkroll and I will survive as Roaches. Mulaney shared the news of their new cockroach namesakes on Twitter Monday, and here’s how it happened: The Bronx Zoo named the pair of insects after   Kroll and Mulaney in honor of the success of their Broadway play   Oh, Hello, in which they portray   elderly bachelors Gil Faizon and George St. See the tweets below. exhibit,” the zoo wrote in a note to the comedians. “Your hissing cockroaches live in a hollowed out tree trunk inside the Madagascar! Geegland, respectively. https://t.co/eRSa5zZpST
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) February 6, 2017

If you want to make someone a Hissing Cockroach go to https://t.co/1j9lFIoC14 and #NameARoach or see like a witch doctor.

‘Katrina: American Crime Story’: Annette Bening to play Louisiana governor

Katrina: American Crime   Story will once again be executive-produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Simpson. The next installment in FX’s critically acclaimed franchise   American Crime Story, focusing on the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, has found its leading lady. have also been toying with a fourth installment of ACS centered   on the President Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. Bening is currently earning rave reviews on the big screen in Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women. Show Full Article O.J. Academy-Award nominee Annette Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana during and after Katrina, EW has learned. The series is set to air in 2018 and will be followed by a third installment to focus on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. Murphy and Co. RELATED: Hear more of the latest TV news from this week

The series’ first installment, The People v. Simpson, was a massive critical and ratings hit, garnering 22 Emmy nominations and nine wins.

Hear three songs from Disney’s ‘Freaky Friday’ musical — exclusive

“Where I think this record especially is going to fit on the shelf next to Next to Normal and If/Then is that we try to write characters who sing for understandable reasons,” says Yorkey. Eventually, Ellie and Katherine swap bodies (surely by now you know the very basic crux of this iconic 45-year-old plot, right?) and by track six — titled “Oh, Biology” — Katherine-as-Ellie is feeling the pressure of being a teen once again as her friends lay on pressure and a dissectible frog lies in waiting. I feel like that’s a thing that’s common across all of our shows: characters who are trying to figure out what the hell they’re going to do with their lives. And to have songs on a record that will say Disney on it is…goosebumps.”
First up, the musical’s second song, “Just One Day,” kicks in after the prologue and introduces protagonist Ellie (Hunton); her mother, Katherine (Blickenstaff); and the folks who inhabit their world (primarily Ellie’s brother, Katherine’s fiancé, and her assistant Torrey). These are human artists who are doing something that they believe in, that they are passionate about. The rest of the plot and album we leave to you, when Freaky Friday debuts its original cast recording on Feb. 10). 10. Freaky Friday goes down on the eve of Katherine’s wedding and a hotly anticipated scavenger hunt at Ellie’s school. And it’s the greatest compliment that we creators can have — to watch them interpret our material and make it a living, breathing thing.”
Regarding the pair’s first Disney endeavor, Yorkey adds, “I’m in this business because of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. And that certainly is the case of these two women who have switched bodies.”
“The performers on this album completely capture what it is we wanted to create with this show,” says Kitt. Show Full Article Presently, there are no plans to transfer the show to Broadway, but nevertheless the door is now wide open for licensing for professional, regional, and amateur productions around the country. Fast forward to track number eight, “Busted,” wherein Katherine and Ellie both make startling discoveries about each other — involving tattoos and hidden cigarettes, respectively. Friday Night Lights writer Bridget Carpenter has written the book, and the whole production is directed by Christopher Ashley. To whet your appetite for the adaptation of the classic novel-turned-movie-turned-movie-turned-movie, EW has an exclusive first listen to three tracks from the show’s upcoming album (set for release on Feb. More than anything else that’s why I wanted to write songs. “They sing when they’re at extremes of emotion, when they’re under real pressure and trying to work things out. Disney’s stage musical adaptation of beloved title Freaky Friday made its world premiere last year at Virginia’s Signature Theatre, and it’s presently hitting the West Coast’s La Jolla Playhouse for a winter run. The physical album release is available on March 17. “They have such artistry and such a wide variety of colors that they use to tell the story. The songs showcase Friday’s dual leading ladies, Broadway veterans Emma Hunton and Heidi Blickenstaff, as they rip through the score by Next to Normal   Tony- and Pulitzer-winning pair Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.

Lena Dunham: ‘Soul-crushing pain’ of Trump’s election made me lose weight

Of course, it’s a mistake, but we’re talking about him like he’s a person who is operating in a sane way, we’re talking about him like a person who doesn’t have a personality disorder,” she responded. “Everyone’s been asking like, ‘What have you been doing?’ And I’m like, ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.’”
The actress, who was on hand to promote the upcoming sixth   and final season of Girls, has not been shy about her dislike for the President, and apparently, the feeling is mutual. Most people turn to diets and exercise to lose extra pounds, but Girls star Lena Dunham is sharing a new weight-loss trick you may not want to try at home. We’re going to be fine.’”
This is the second time in a week Dunham has spoken out on   Trump, though on Wednesday, she expressed a desire to avoid insulting his appearance. “He said I was a B-list actor with no mojo,” Dunham told Stern, who followed up by asking if it was a mistake for someone with responsibilities as great as Trump’s to pay such close attention to celebrities. “It doesn’t reclaim our power to talk about him like he’s an object. I was like, ‘The most qualified candidate we’ve ever had is running against a steak salesman. “All he does is talk about women like they’re objects,” she said at TimesTalks: A Final Farewell to the Cast of Girls. Dunham, who famously pledged a move to Canada if   Trump won the election, also clarified those   comments to Stern, saying that, at the time, a Trump win “seemed like an impossible joke” that “would never happen. “Here’s the funny thing. Dunham stopped by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show Monday morning   and revealed that she has none other than Donald Trump to thank for her slim figure. “Donald Trump became president and I stopped being able to eat food,” she told Stern after he complimented her look. It doesn’t reclaim our power to insult his physicality.”

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ tops Amazon’s Best-Seller List

presidential election. Amidst this society, the novel follows the story of Offred, a handmaiden who must conceive and carry children for the infertile wife of a high-ranking government official   — all while she still remembers her life before. 1 spot earlier this year and Sinclair Lewis’   It Can’t Happen Here   made it into Amazon’s Top 10. It has since unseated Milo Yiannopoulos’ controversial book from the top spot. Sales for Atwood’s book may have gotten a boost following a   Super Bowl spot   for the television adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel, which is set to air on Hulu in April. The 1985 book’s ascent follows a recent trend in   speculative dystopian fiction book sales, bolstered by the recent U.S. The Handmaid’s Tale   is set in the Republic of Gilead (formerly the United States), which has turned into an oppressive theocracy where women are controlled with no agency of their own. 26 on Hulu. Looks like George Orwell’s   1984 has some company at the top of Amazon’s best-seller list; Margaret Atwood’s   The Handmaid’s Tale currently sits at number one   as of Monday. Show Full Article Orwell’s classic hit the No. The Handmaid’s Tale will be available for streaming Apr.