Lady Gaga’s halftime set is most-watched in Super Bowl history

Roughly 5.1 million tweets regarding Gaga’s act were shared leading up to, during, and in the first 10 minutes   after the telecast. Show Full Article 17, Gaga’s 13-minute Super Bowl gig   has been viewed just under 25 million times on the NFL’s YouTube channel, with the 30-year-old pop icon’s upload of the same performance   netting a further 3.2 million plays. Facebook activity pertaining to the event pulled in more than 49 million video views and over 5 million reactions, comments, and shares. Super Bowl LI halftime show has become the   most-watched musical event and the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance of all time via   broadcast and digital channels. 1 album in the   U.S., moving around   70,000 album-equivalent units in its 16th week in release. After including “Million Reasons” as part of her halftime show set, the Joanne single tied the Billboard Hot 100 record for the chart’s highest-ever re-entry upon   rocketing to No. The National Football League announced Friday that Lady Gaga’s Feb 5. “Through her incredible music, choreography and unifying message, Lady Gaga created a unique performance that will be   remembered for years to come.”
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Through Feb. As the production played out on live television,   around 2.2 million real-time tweets using the #PepsiHalftime show hashtag were posted. 25: 2008’s The Fame (No. The song marks Gaga’s first top 10 hit since Artpop‘s lead single “Applause” hit the same peak almost three years ago. 66 to No. Mother Monster just scored one of the biggest touchdowns of her career. Watch Gaga’s full Super Bowl LI halftime show performance above. 2 on the Billboard 200 almost three months after it became her fourth consecutive No. 4 this week. 25), and 2013’s Artpop (No. 174). The superstar notched three more albums on the chart dated Feb. “We were thrilled to collaborate with Lady Gaga —   one of the most talented and versatile performers in the world,” said Mark Quenzel, NFL Network’s SVP   of programming and production, in a statement. Her latest studio album, Joanne, shot from No. Sales for Gaga’s discography   also   rose drastically following the Super Bowl performance. Approximately 118 million viewers tuned in to watch Fox’s live broadcast — which included renditions of   past and current hits, including “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” and “Million Reasons” — on Super Bowl Sunday, while an estimated 150 million unique views have since   accumulated across   NFL’s digital platforms, including, NFL Mobile, Twitter, YouTube, and Giphy. 6), 2011’s Born This Way (No.

New ‘time-traveling’ photo of Daniel Radcliffe discovered

Strangely, there is a similarly eclectic group of photos of people from the past who happen to look eerily similar to Radcliffe, all of which have lovingly been compiled by   The Graham Norton Show. On Friday, host Graham Norton unveiled the latest Radcliffe historical lookalike. “I look like a lot of old women in the past,” Radcliffe said. This one was from 1922 but, like several of the others, featured a woman. Show Full Article Ever since he wrapped up work on the   Harry Potter   movies, Daniel Radcliffe has taken on an eclectic array of roles, from the farting corpse   of   Swiss Army Man   to the undercover white supremacist of   Imperium. “It’s very rarely men … These are all my past lives, and I was a slightly depressed lady in a lot of them.”
Norton concluded by opening up his task to the audience and public: “If you think you’ve spotted Daniel Radcliffe in a former life, do get in touch.”
Watch the video above.

‘The Purge 4’ gets summer 2018 release date

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions   will be celebrating   America’s 242nd birthday with another night of   mayhem. We see how it got to this point of someone trying to end it —   this presidential figure. Set in a dystopian near-future where all crime is legalized for an annual 12-hour period, the   previous films —   2013’s The Purge, 2014’s The Purge: Anarchy, and 2016’s The Purge: Election Year — have combined to gross nearly $320 million at the worldwide box office, on   modest budgets of $10 million or less. The companies announced today that the untitled fourth installment of the politically themed   horror franchise The Purge will hit theaters July 4, 2018. “To say, all right, we’ve done this trilogy. Show Full Article Franchise creator   James DeMonaco will once again write the script, but this time he will hand the reins to a new director, yet to be named. “That seems the natural next chapter in this,” he said. How did this country get to a place where we were now accepting this kind of atrocity, this terrible thing, each year?”
Just in case the next   Purge is looking to reflect or comment on real-world politics, it’s scheduled to arrive a few months before the   2018 midterm elections. Now let’s go back and see how the f‑‑‑ all this came about. Plot details have yet to be revealed for the fourth Purge movie, though DeMonaco told CinemaBlend in September that the filmmakers might   go the prequel route.

Tilda Swinton betting favorite to replace Peter Capaldi in ‘Doctor Who’

The company is offering odds of 4-1 on Love Actually actor Kris Marshall becoming the next pilot of the TARDIS and 5-1 on British national treasure Olivia Colman replacing Capaldi — while Colman’s Fleabag costar Phoebe Waller-Bridge is considered a less likely Time Lord candidate with odds of 12-1. The mighty Tilda Swinton has played a vampire (Only Lovers Left Alive), a Bowie-esque pop star (A Bigger Splash), a superpowered sorcerer (Doctor Strange), and twin gossip columnists (Hail, Caesar!), to name but a few of her recent roles. But will she soon be adding “two-hearted time-traveling alien” to her resume? Ladbrokes is also inviting punters to bet on Maxine Peake (8-1), Ben Whishaw (10-1), Richard Ayoade (10-1), and Andrew Buchan (10-1). British bookmakers Ladbrokes have made Swinton the 7-2 favorite to replace Peter Capaldi as the star of the BBC’s long-running science fiction show   Doctor Who after he leaves the series at the end of the year. Doctor Who   returns later this year. Show Full Article

‘Game of Thrones’: Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams going to SXSW

Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams will attend this year’s South by Southwest Festival for a Game of Thrones-themed panel. The GoT SXSW panel is on Sunday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. Now EW has learned that   Turner (Sansa Stark) and Williams (Arya Stark) are joining their panel for a conversation with the two Emmy-winning writer-producers. Two Game of Thrones stars are heading to Austin, Texas next month.  

Show Full Article Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were previously announced as featured speakers at the conference. local time. This is Benioff, Weiss, and Turner’s first time at the conference — though Williams was at the event in 2014 (perhaps she can show them the best BBQ spots). So far, there are no official photos or trailers for the seven new episodes which will represent the hit drama’s penultimate season, but perhaps that will change when this group takes the stage. Thrones has nearly finished shooting its seventh season, which is set to debut sometime in July.

‘Logan’: Here’s what the critics are saying

It’s much more comfortable with the former than the latter.”
Read more Logan reviews below. The actor, who reportedly conceived the basic thrust of the story, takes the ever-conflicted Logan/Wolverine to full-blooded depths, and the result is a far more cohesive and gripping film than his previous collaboration with Mangold, 2013’s The Wolverine.”
Owen Gleiberman (Variety)
“No X-Men movie will ever be great (the material is too derivative), but Jackman, though he’s the Superman of the bunch, has gone deeper into the alienation than any other mutant in the series. It’s not a game-changer for the X-Men franchise or the superhero genre as a whole. Since Laura’s mutant physical gifts are so identical to Logan’s, there’s a melancholy to their relationship. The X-Men series has always been about pushing forward the message that it’s okay to be different, and to embrace the very things that make you stand apart. And it does capture a level of realism I haven’t really seen before in this genre.”
Sheri Linden (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Even as the film’s energy drains in the later going, much like Logan’s healing powers, and long after the fight scenes have lapsed into overkill, Jackman makes his superhero the real deal. As EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote in his B- review, “James Mangold’s Logan, the third and latest stand-alone Wolverine movie, is a strange contradiction: It’s both the most violent film in the series and the most sentimental one. There isn’t a lot of hope in the movie. The loner has to learn to put someone else first. She’s the daughter he never slowed down enough to allow himself to have. They’re saving this one special—and very, very violent child (although there will turn out to be others like her). When it’s not showering you in blood, it’s trying to make you spill tears. The end of Logan is genuinely touching, as Jackman   lets you feel the character’s strength and pain, and — finally — his release.”
Kevin Jagernauth (Playlist)
“Unburdened by any obligations to a connected universe, Mangold and Jackman finally create a Wolverine movie that follows its narrative threads right to its organic ends. It’s also easily   the best Wolverine   movie of the three, and an impressive sendoff for Jackman’s version of the character.”
Matt Goldberg (Collider)
“Logan is a unique film. Show Full Article If nothing else, Logan does try to be the most “realistic” superhero movie. It could really only be done with Jackman signing off and with Mangold being given the authority to really cut loose and present a clear, uncompromised vision. Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)
“Logan is essentially a road movie, but it’s a dark one (and a very long one). Getting much of the credit for the power of Logan is its star, as the film is deemed a “fitting send-off” and Jackman’s   “best performance to date.”
Most critics are quick to point out that director James Mangold’s film greatly benefits from being   unchained from its R rating and being allowed to step away from the continued ongoing mythology of the X-Men series. The stakes aren’t grandiose, no one’s saving the world. Mangold shoots the film in a grungy, south-of-the-border Peckinpah palette. It reminds me more of a movie like First Blood than it does, say, Ant-Man. If Logan has a fault, it’s that it lays on the dourness maybe too much – but, then again, that’s kind of the point. The reviews are in for Logan, Hugh Jackman’s last go-round as Wolverine, and the film is being well-received, with many hailing it the best film in the Wolverine franchise — for some, of the entire   X-Men   series. More than ever, Jackman’s Logan seems like he’s at an existential dead-end, and he’s never exactly been a barrel of laughs to begin with. It’s both as manipulative and hokey as that sounds, but occasionally it works well enough that you might find yourself getting choked up against your better judgment.”
Mike Ryan (UPROXX)
“You’ll probably see a lot of internet posts where people rank their favorite superhero movies and they’ll now try to fit Logan into that list somewhere – most likely pretty high. There have been some R-rated superhero movies over the years, but   Logan might be the first that doesn’t simply use an adult rating to drown the viewer in ‘adult content’;   it’s a mature consideration of the ideas underpinning its comic-book motifs. Perhaps it’s just the novelty, but that explicit violence and salty language (Professor X turns out to be quite the potty-mouth as well) adds a bit of much-needed fizz to the Wolverine sub-franchise.”
Logan hits theaters on March 3. The result is a movie that does have a few faults (like most X-Men movies, it’s a little too long), but overall Logan provides a fond farewell to Jackman and the character he defined for a generation.”
Alonso Duralde (The Wrap)
“It’s a journey we’ve been on before, but Mangold makes it an entertaining (if slightly overlong) one. It’s taken forever, but the filmmakers are finally taking that advice themselves, and it has resulted in Logan, a Wolverine movie that bravely beats with a bloody heart.”
Matt Singer (ScreenCrush)
“Logan’s momentum definitely flags towards the end, but there are some nice touches in the finale as well (including a final   shot that is absolutely perfect). But for the life of me, I have trouble even calling this a superhero movie.

‘Legally Blonde’ writer to pen ‘Goonies’-esque comic series

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Boom! “We’re telling the treasure hunting story through a unique female lens… Girls need their version of The Goonies—and with Misfit City, we’re giving that to them.”
Lustgarten shares Smith’s sentiments: “Everyone wishes their town harbored a deep dark secret, and for the girls of Cannon Cove it does. You can get a look at the first issue’s covers, below:
Boom! However, when she and her pals come across an old treasure map drawn by Black Mary, an infamous pirate, they find themselves in the midst of a   real adventure. Studios

Show Full Article Get ready to take a trip to   Misfit City. A new comic series is on the way from writers Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, the latter of whom also wrote   Legally Blonde and   10 Things I Hate About You, and artist   Naomi Franquiz. Misfit City   will follow Wilder, a young girl who lives in Cannon Cove, a town where a cult kids’ adventure movie was once shot in the ’80s. “Much like our heroines, I grew up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, yearning to have a life-changing experience,” said Smith in a statement. Plus, all faces of the cutest dog ever, Pippin!”  
Misfit City is set to be released May 2017. We wanted to evoke the feel of every great 1980s kids classic adventure movie with a riot grrl twist.”
Adds Franquiz, “I mostly look forward to drawing a diverse and body-positive cast of characters that I hope young readers can really see themselves in.

Gabrielle Union to host ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards

23. Show Full Article Who better to host the event than Union, an advocate for diversity in Hollywood? The awards will be held at the Beverly Wilshire Feb. “We stand up and we use our voices for things other than self promotion. This article originally appeared on
Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union will take the stage to host Essence‘s 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood event. We don’t stand by and let racism and sexism and homophobia run rapid on our watch. Real fearless and fierce women complement other women and we recognize and embrace that their shine in no way diminishes our   light   and that it actually makes our   light   shine brighter.”
This year’s event will honor the next generation of Hollywood stars: Yara Shahidi, Aja Naomi King, Issa Rae, and Janelle Monaé. Union accepted the Fierce and Fearless Award at the 2013’s ceremony, urging the audience to speak out about the racism and sexism they see in the industry.

Does ‘Bates Motel’ have to end with Norman Bates’ death?

But will Bates stay true to Hitchcock? He’s very, very isolated and lonely. The reality of it — the arch version of it is he’s crazy and he misses his mother, but when you imagine day-to-day life and what that means, it definitely lends itself to a certain humor that the show balances really well. The goal was always to really merge what Psycho is and was and what Bates Motel is, because they’re very different things thematically. The end of Bates Motel is nigh. It’s also about telling a more contemporary story about a woman in Marion Crane’s position. He’s doing a good job of covering. RELATED: Bates Motel: Get your exclusive first look at Rihanna
Were you up in Vancouver when she filmed her role? We worked really hard on it and we’re incredibly proud of it. Fans definitely have expectations when it comes to Marion Crane. It’s too painful of an admission to look at. Is there a shower scene? ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you say of where the new season picks up? Obviously Max, Vera, Freddie, they all balance the humor really well. What was that atmosphere like on set when she came on, was everybody pretty excited? If you’re not doing Psycho, how will the show intersect with Psycho beyond the introduction of Marion Crane in this final season? It’s gonna be a roller coaster ride. Considering what goes on in Norman’s mind in Psycho, does this Norman really recognize that Norma is dead? We’d always known we wanted to converge Psycho with Bates Motel, to some extent, in the storytelling of the last season, so it had been in our head, Marion Crane and who Marion Crane was. Psycho is very much something you’re looking at from the outside, and the brilliant director is telling you where to look, when to look and you never see what goes on inside that house. There are things that happen, we have a roster of characters that are gonna meet various fates. Bates Motel is kind of the photographic opposite, which is it takes you inside every room and takes you inside the house. So that was actually a really cool part of breaking the stories and the writing this year was finding that. She’s a hardworking, professional, incredibly sweet person. It’s one of my favorite films, but it is a woman written in the ’50s by a guy. That is what we will find out. No one gets away clean from a dysfunctional family. He still has the survival instinct of, “I’m gonna make this work,” which is great. You’re still having the hot sex with him and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling, he’s stalling. For the most part, no. Dylan is trying to live a normal and not dysfunctional life, but it’s very hard to walk away. Are there other moments that we should be looking out for? RELATED: Will Rihanna end up in the infamous shower? The whole season is threaded through those episodes. It’s a good one. Or does the tale of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) have one last twist — like seeing his death over his incarceration? Show Full Article We know a dead one, but…
The show is about Norman living with his mother. How does Norman take to Marion? That was always the goal and the fun of it. Norman is in an incredibly intense and interesting place that we’ve built him to when that sequence of episodes starts. He obviously is going to get pulled back in. Then, as we developed the story, it needed to be a larger part and we were like, “Rihanna’s not going to be able to have time to do that.” We reached out to her anyway and got on the phone with her and she was actually incredibly excited about it and wanted to do it and that’s how it started. It’s definitely darker, and because it is so tragic, the dark humor comes out more this season. It’s a real interesting character and Vera is amazing as always. You will have to watch and find out! It was our very much goal to try to show you the inside of what was going on in her head, give her more complexity. We’re gonna go out big. No, it isn’t so much about timelines, it’s about seeing things that were off-screen in Psycho. Norman is in a further stage of where we left him at the end of last season, where he’s living in multiple realities and functioning —   at the moment —   but on a deep level that he’s not even conscious of. We’ve seen her perform before, but what she brought that was so beautiful was just a real presence, a reality, a depth, and a humanity to the character. He’s definitely a more complex, darker, more fragile version of himself than we saw two years ago. [Laughs] I needed a security badge to get on my own set. Psycho visits us, let me put it that way. Carlton had the idea of reaching out to her to do a cameo to play Marion Crane. In the interview, she said Bates Motel was one of her favorite shows. Are her motivations the same? It’s a good ride. She’s very real to Norman. It’s the collision of the Bates Motel storytelling and then Marion Crane showing up into that. What was she like on set? These two different versions of the same story collide in a really explosive way. KERRY EHRIN: It’s about 18 months after Norma’s death and it picks up with everybody trying to live their life, but obviously Dylan still doesn’t know that Norma has died. But still functioning. He’s very different. But he’s trying. Mostly, the cast and ourselves were very excited to actually work with her, to work with her as an actress and get inside the world of the show and her character. It felt like something very special was happening. EW turned to showrunner Kerry Ehrin to get the scoop on what’s in store. I don’t think it has to end with anyone’s death. What surprised you most about what Rihanna brought to the role? Had you personally been a fan of her music? No, it’s multiple episodes. Psycho is a brilliant film, let me preface by saying that. Yeah, it was pretty jacked up. As I said, we’re talking threads of the story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different. Also because on some level, he’s crazy and it’s an absurd situation, it just lends itself to dark comedy. Tune in. The story of that, the internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. You can imagine the toll that would take on you physically and emotionally. He’s deeper down the rabbit hole, he’s more fragile, he’s like a little kid that’s been left alone to take care of himself for two years, and is doing his best to conjure up this world that will keep him afloat. Security was definitely jacked up and everyone was just really excited. We are not doing Psycho. We’re definitely doing our own thing. Mother is such a fun character because she has the humanity of Norma, but she can seamlessly slide into complete practicality and violence. He’s doing a good job. We don’t know. We’re definitely doing our own ending of Bates Motel. I wouldn’t say we were surprised. Tell me about your version of Marion Crane. Are you playing with timelines? We never really got to see that in Psycho, you just see the outside of it. It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy and for whatever reason he keeps kind of stalling. The storytelling, from beginning to end, is threaded through those episodes. Everyone loved her. Oh yeah, I love her. He’s running the motel. With Norma gone, is there no one who can stop him? Heading into its fifth and final season, the A&E drama has taken a giant leap toward the source material, closing last season with the death of Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga). Will the infamous shower scene come to life on the show? Pair that with the introduction of Marion Crane (Rihanna), the character famously brought to life by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller, and Bates Motel is on runaway train toward its Psycho destiny. She was wonderful to work with. Bates Motel returns Monday at 10 p.m. Does Bates Motel have to end with Norman’s death? The movie ended with him locked up, so when you sat down to plan your ending, were you actively trying to subvert expectations? Can you talk about how Norma lives on through her son this year, and what role Vera is going to play? It will resonate through the entire season. It was trying to tell a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who wasn’t perfect, who wasn’t always perfectly sweet, who’s in that situation, but we were rooting for her to get what she wants. He’s on a very interesting journey because last season he was so guarded, so closed up, finally let his guard down, and then got completely sucker punched by Norma’s death, so he’s in a super intense dark place. All I can tell you is that we pulled Psycho into Bates Motel, not vice versa. It was great. Are you staying true to Psycho lore or are you trying to subvert expectations and do something different? An article came out, an interview, I think it was in Vanity Fair, with Rihanna, who Carlton [Cuse] and I are both huge fans of. That’s what that movie is, it’s that surprise of finding out. We knew Marion Crane was going to be a part of the storytelling for quite a while. It felt like an event. Anything else fans should know before we go into this final season? Don’t miss it. He’s in a very fragile and lonely place and Marion Crane is just a charismatic woman and she’s also super present when she’s with him and she’s very attractive — all of those things are exactly what he needs right at this moment. It would seem utterly irrelevant to just stick to the Psycho lore. It pulls you back in. He blames Norman for the death. That’s always the best part of everything, is that dream world you get into with the talent. She’s a very real character and she’s very present, and that was always a delightful challenge to write a fictional character —   fictional in the sense that it’s fictional within the fiction —   to write a fictional character that people would feel was real and would start believing in and caring about, because you want to be on the ride with Norman. ET on A&E. And Vera is just amazing in everything. It was always the idea to have a bit of the story of Psycho story present, but to see it from different angles. We go through Psycho. A&E Network
How did Rihanna’s casting as Marion Crane come together? Yeah, she was absolutely lovely. RELATED: Hear more of the latest TV news from this week

How do you think Norma’s death changes the tone of Bates Motel in season 5? How different is Norman this year? It was not easy to structure and work out. A&E Network
You said this role expanded; is she around for one episode or multiple episodes? There’s some great episodes in the last season. Romero is dealing with the fallout of the legal problems he got into at the end of the last season and dealing, of course, with the death of the woman he loved.

‘Power Rangers’ trailer: ‘Are we more like Iron Man or Spider-Man?’

Directed by Dean Israelite, the film is a   reimagining of the titular teenagers with attitude, who battle world-dominating   Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) with transformative   power coins   and giant fighter   robots called zords. The   Power Rangers   might not exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they sure know about it. “Five little Rangers, how cute,” she taunts before the team charges their zords into battle. Based on just their battle suits, the answer to that might be Iron Man. The new trailer features   more footage of Rita summoning Goldar, once her henchman in the 1990s   TV series but now a gargantuan monster. Watch the new trailer above. “Are we more like Iron Man or Spider-Man?” RJ Cyler’s Billy asks in the new   Power Rangers trailer, which was released on Friday. Power Rangers opens in theaters on March 24. RELATED: Super Stars! Show Full Article See Celebs Dressed Like Superheroes
Dacre Montgomery plays Red Ranger Jason, Naomie Scott plays Pink Ranger Kimberly, Becky G plays Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin plays Black Ranger Zack, and Cyler’s Billy is the Blue Ranger.

Angela Lansbury officially joins ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Legendary actress Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns, playing a character named the Balloon Lady who wreaks helium havoc in the park during one of Mary Poppins’ outing with the Banks children. The movie will be released on Dec. The casting breakdown for “magical nanny types” isn’t messing around. 25, 2018. The news of Lansbury’s casting first broke unofficially in December when Dick Van Dyke (who will appear in the film)   let slip that the acting icon   was among the ensemble members in the forthcoming live-action sequel, which stars Emily Blunt as the practically perfect Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda as a fanciful lamplighter named Jack, and Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw as grown-up Jane and Michael Banks. Travers’ book series about the mezzo-soprano caregiver, who returns to assist her now-grown former wards as they face crises in their adult lives. Mary Poppins Returns picks up two decades after the events of the 1964 film and culls from the rest of P.L. Travers’ series (where she was known as the Balloon Woman). Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall, produced by Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca, and features a script by David Magee and new music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Show Full Article The character was introduced in   Mary Poppins Comes Back, the second book in P.L. The cast also includes Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as banker William Wilkins, as well as Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson.

10 new children’s books for Black History Month

By Patricia C. Among the athletes featured are Simone Manuel, the first African-American woman to medal in an individual swimming event; Michelle Carter, the first American woman to win gold in shot put; and Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast of all time. Among the 16 trailblazers Bolden profiles in this informative and inspiring compilation are opera singer Sissieretta Jones, magician and ventriloquist Richard Potter, race car driver Charlie Wiggins, Civil War spy Mary Bowser, and mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose work was highlighted in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Lewis, shows how the young boy who would become the famed Civil Rights leader learned to speak for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. Show Full Article congressman, before he marched in Selma, Alabama, before he chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, before he was a Freedom Rider, he was a boy growing up on his family’s farm in Pike County, Alabama. McKissack provides enlightening historical context, and Caldecott Honor-winning artist Brian Pinkney’s evocative illustrations seem to dance off the page. In addition to an introduction about the Harlem Renaissance and brief biographies of each poet, Grimes has included gorgeous, full-color artwork by contemporary African-American illustrators. And she puts hands, feet, and voices to play with her new collection of African-American playtime traditions, including classic hand-clap and jump-rope games, songs inspired by the Underground Railroad, timeless folktales, and more. The book tackles some mature themes; younger readers can learn about the Loving family’s bravery in Scholastic’s picture book The Case for Loving, written by Selina Alko and beautifully illustrated by Alko and her husband Sean Qualls, released last year. B. 10, 2017; Random House Children’s Books
“Our earliest toys are our hands, feet, and voices,” writes Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia C. Preaching to the Chickens
By Jabari Asim, illustrated by E. With bold, colorful illustrations inspired by Basquiat’s work, Steptoe tells a story about hope, tenacity, and coloring outside the lines — while gently touching on themes of trauma, mental illness, and healing. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
By Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland
Ages 8 to 12; January 2017; Chronicle Books
The film Loving has cast a spotlight on the landmark civil rights case that led to the 1967 Supreme Court decision legalizing mixed-race marriage. Steamboat School
By Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Ron Husband
Ages 5 to 8; June 7, 2016; Disney / Hyperion
“Mama says that sometimes courage is just an ordinary boy like me doing a small thing, as small as picking up a pencil.” So begins this tale inspired by the life of Reverend John Berry Meachum, who was born into slavery, purchased his own freedom, and ran a school for enslaved and free children in his church’s basement. The book describes in kid-friendly terms how Angelou overcame her traumatic childhood and defied injustice to become a dancer, singer, actress, director, Civil Rights activist, teacher, writer, and ultimately one of the most beloved and inspirational voices in America. Loving vs. He dreamed of becoming a preacher, and he practiced his sermons before a congregation of chickens. 11, 2016; Penguin Young Readers
Before John Lewis was a U.S. Virginia is written in dramatic verse, alternating between Richard and Mildred’s perspectives, and includes photography from the era and dreamy illustrations. From an anthology of classic playtime traditions, to a poetic recounting of the landmark Loving v. Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Nikki Grimes has expertly woven the voices of Harlem Renaissance poets, like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and Gwendolyn Bennett, with original poetry inspired by their work. Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out! 25, 2016; Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Javaka Steptoe introduces kids to a young Jean-Michel Basquiat, the neo-expressionist artist whose success heralded an era of diversity in the fine arts world. McKissack in her introduction to Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout. Black History Month is underway, offering an ideal opportunity to teach young children about the ways in which African-Americans have shaped America’s cultural, artistic, athletic, and political landscapes. Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams)
By Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Leire Salaberria
Ages 5 to 8; Aug. The Golden Girls of Rio
By Nikkolas Smith
Ages 4 to 8; Nov. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
By Nikki Grimes
Ages 10 to 14; Jan. Accompanied by crosshatch-style illustrations by Ron Husband, Disney’s first African-American animator, Steamboat School follows a fictional child whose courage leads him to Meachum’s “Floating Freedom School.”

When Martin Luther King Jr. McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
All ages; Jan. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
By Javaka Steptoe
Ages 4 to 8; Oct. The school was forced to close after Missouri enacted a law against educating black people, but Meachum continued teaching children in a steamboat on the Mississippi River, which was considered federal territory and outside the boundaries of the law. 15, 2016; Sky Pony Press
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Golden Girls celebrates the historic achievements of Team USA during last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with uplifting prose and vibrant illustrations. This 260-page volume introduces kids to Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, an African-American woman, who fell in love, had children, married outside the bounds of Virginia law, and fought against the discrimination they faced. The carefully designed book also includes timelines, photography, posters and advertisements, and sidebars with historical context. Virginia civil rights case, to beautifully illustrated looks at the childhoods of Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, and John Lewis, here are some of the best newly released kids’ books to add to your shelf this Black History Month. 1, 2016; Picture Window Books / Capstone
With a focus on Martin Luther King Jr.’s early years, this biography serves as a good reminder that every hero begins as a child. 3, 2017; Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Every page of One Last Word seems to offer a new treasure. 9, 2016; Frances Lincoln Children’s Books / Quarto
This little biography of Maya Angelou may feature adorable illustrations, but it packs an emotional punch. B. 3, 2017; Abrams Books for Young Readers
Tonya Bolden shines a light on some lesser-known black pioneers, who have often been overlooked by history. Charming, colorful illustrations depict young Martin rollerskating with other children in his Atlanta neighborhood, playing basketball at the local fire station with kids of all races, riding the bus and attending church with his mother, quoting scripture for his father at the dinner table, and learning the lessons that would set him on the path to become a minister and one of the most prominent and influential leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis
Ages 5 to 8; Oct. Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls
By Tonya Bolden
Ages 10 to 14; Jan. Loving vs. Jabari Asim’s gentle story, accompanied by serene watercolor illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. Wore Roller Skates
By Mark Weakland, illustrated by Patrick Ballesteros
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‘Silicon Valley’ season 4 trailer: Richard quits?

Richard (Thomas Middleditch) has a   big   announcement   that he needs   to drop on the Pied Piper crew: He’s quitting. Miller? RELATED: Girls and 19 Other HBO Original Series Gems
Want to revisit the big moments of the Silicon season 3 finale with T.J. But also? This Friday? But maybe? Maybe a new internet? Go here. That sounds crazy. HBO dropped the tech comedy’s first trailer for this new batch of episodes. Watch Richard and Jared (Zach Woods) celebrate a new beginning in the trailer   for season 4, which gets underway April 23. But he is taking the name Pied Piper — which we last saw being repositioned   as a video chat company   — and is going to try to build something else.  
HBO also   released an image   from the new season, which   may have been taken   before Richard’s announcement. Probably so crazy, it just might work. Last Friday, we learned   the   airdate for the season 4 premiere of Silicon Valley. Maybe not. HBO

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NSFW teaser trailer for horror movie ‘The Void’ is freaky as hell

Show Full Article The Void is written and directed by   Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski and stars Poole,   Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Kenneth Walsh, Evan Stern, Daniel Fathers, and Grace Munro. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil. Watch the film’s trailer, above. One of the best-reviewed films to hit the horror festival circuit over the past year, The Void stars Aaron Poole as a police officer named Carter who discovers   a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road and rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. In short, I know what I’m going to be doing on April 7 — which is when Screen Media Films is releasing the film in theaters and on VOD. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane.

Joseph Illidge: How Dwayne McDuffie was ‘a catalyst’ for diversity in comics

The publisher of this world, its origin partially born from the work of Dwayne McDuffie and his partners. Milestone Comics, as a publishing house (working in conjunction with DC Comics), was the starting point for the careers of many a writer, artist, and editor. A new breed of heroes. An impetus of science. I wanted that book, for reasons both clear and elusive to me at the time, and I couldn’t afford it, but I took note of the company behind the book. I knew at that moment, even with the absence of an immediate income, I wanted to be on the side where history was being made instead of the side of the observer. I had no interest in working for any organization without getting paid. Milestone. Was Milestone influential in the manifestation of some of these varied fictional worlds? Traveling to the stars, in order to save the human race from extinction. Gifted with super powers, four people chose to use abilities gained through the impetus of science to be a catalyst for the human race’s capacity to push the boundaries of science and imagination. Presented in honor of the acclaimed comic and television writer (Justice League, Ben 10), the ceremony, according to its official criteria, works on “broadening the range of characters portrayed in comics, adding to the variety of creators contributing to the medium, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women, minorities and LGBTs in comic books and pop culture.”
One of the judges for this year’s ceremony is longtime comics veteran Joe Illidge. The first example of a wide-scale universe of costumed heroes in which the cultural demographics closely mirrored those of the real world, Milestone helped activate the desire for world-building for many other people and companies, small and large. Possibly. We’re headed forward to the horizon, pushing boundaries and testing the limits of our imagination as we go. It was February of 1993, and I was unemployed. It was the evidence of empowerment, when I was feeling powerless. -Joseph Phillip Illidge

Show Full Article Not a guest star, a side note, a sacrificial lamb, or a “lesser than.” An active participant within the story and a facilitator of story creation. Check that out below, along with covers for the upcoming Catalyst Prime series   Incidentals   (above, by Larry Stroman, Rob Stull, and Snakebite Cortez),   Noble   (by Roger Robinson and Juan Fernandez), and   Summit   (by Jan Duursema and Kelly Fitzpatrick). Milestone
The moment of change was 24 years ago for me. Creators from various walks of life, people whose lives were touched by Dwayne’s work in various media, were compelled to make decisions, statements, stories…all of which would come from the same underlying unspoken sentiment:
“We will not go back to the way things were.”
This year, the various fictional worlds of heroes in comic books will be joined by a new one. Lion Forge
Lion Forge
Catalyst. Dwayne McDuffie died in 2009 and in the wake of his passing, the comic book industry was left with a gaping hole…but it was also galvanized. People inspired and empowered by McDuffie’s work helped shape the new world. Was Dwayne’s love of The Fantastic Four influential in the origin he shaped for the comic book universe he co-created? The original quartet. In the origin of the superhero world of Milestone, known as “The Dakotaverse” as it was named after the main fictional city of Dakota, a large group of gangbangers was exposed to a toxic gas that was meant to weaken them so they could all be apprehended by the police. See you there. We will never go back to the way things were. Not the vague idea of working on comic books in some way, shape, or form. The ideas of impetus and catalyst would define Dwayne’s presence in entertainment industries for many years during and after Milestone’s creation. People who worked at Milestone and people who did not. The ones who flew into space and accidentally gained powers from being bombarded with cosmic rays. Matt Wayne, an editor at Milestone Media, Inc., was in the room with both of us during the interview. Dwayne spent most of the time watching me, and while he was considerably taller and more massive than me physically, he was truly a giant during that interview because the silence coming from his side of the room spoke volumes about his presence as a person. The gas had a secret ingredient that allowed people to gain powers based on their perception of reality. This weekend at Long Beach Comic Expo, the comic book industry will celebrate diversity with the third annual Dwayne McDuffie Awards. He was an intern at the company, and they were about to launch a line of multicultural superhero comic books. As an intern, he was working for free, and without a reward of money. The aftermath of their act will lead to the emergence of superpowered people on Earth. Illidge is currently an editor at comic publisher Lion Forge, where he is assembling a new shared universe of superheroes called Catalyst Prime with a team of top-level talent. Impact and aftermath. This world is named Catalyst Prime. For the following years, along with the instruction and lessons from his partners at Milestone, Dwayne took me under his wing. Maybe. People who created the books, and people who read them. DO NOT HOP ON COP!” was under the title and over the image of battle. Catalyst Prime: The Event hits stores May 6   as part of   Free Comic Book Day. The line “STOP! On the cover was a Black man and a Black teenage girl, two superheroes fighting a large group of S.W.A.T. Emergence of a catalyst. Matt did most of the talking. Go to the various comic book conventions throughout the United States. He showed me the meaning of story,   and the importance of being a participant in the story. A friend of mine told me about Milestone weeks earlier. That was the day my career in the comic book industry was born. Dwayne’s favorite comic book characters were The Fantastic Four. Both creator and fan were equally and profoundly impacted by the company’s presence, publishing slate, and mission statement. Cause and effect. One in which a group of people from different cultural backgrounds attempt to do what most people would consider impossible. The impetus of science. A mastermind in that world created the gas to facilitate the development of superpowered people. Set to launch this May with a one-shot special before branching off into seven new titles, Catalyst Prime carries on the legacy of the   Milestone imprint, which McDuffie co-founded in the early ’90s and created a wealth of imaginative new black superhero characters including Icon and Static (who then went on to star in a popular WB cartoon helmed by McDuffie). The comic book that stood out among all the others was a comic book called Icon. Not just the most-hyped conventions, but the dozens of others in cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago, and the realization of new, vast worlds full of diverse characters with extraordinary abilities is evident in hundreds of comic books by dozens of creators. A real career in the field. Impetus. The award for diversity in McDuffie’s name is a testament to his example and generosity. Meeting Dwayne McDuffie on the day of the interview was the next event. officers, all dressed in advanced body armor with helmets and guns. It was the second issue, which meant I missed seeing the first. But that “Icon” comic book spoke to me. In an exclusive essay for EW, Illidge shares his first encounter with McDuffie’s work, and how it has gone on to influence his current work with Lion Forge and Catalyst Prime. We have lost a friend, but we have gained so much from his presence, efforts, and stories. Despite the fact that I had totally blown the interview to hell, a friend spoke up for me, and Dwayne and his partners decided to give a young know-it-all a chance to make a contribution. I walked into a small store on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, New York and looked at the spinner rack full of comic books.

‘La La Land’ coffee shop added to Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Hollywood

The film is up for 14 Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards. to 3:00 p.m. Show Full Article PT. "Here's to the ones who dream."
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La La Land   has received a lot of attention since its first danced its way into theaters,   with record-breaking ticket sales, critical praise, award wins, and even more nominations. Standard tickets run for $62 a piece. Studio Tour is open Monday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. See it for yourself at #wbtourhollywood. The coffee shop from Damien Chazelle’s love letter to movie   musicals has been   reconstructed   for the Warner Bros. 18 to March 6, guests of the tour can step onto the   Café Sur Le Lot set,   the spot where Stone’s character, Mia, made ends meet as a barista,   where she shared scenes with   Ryan Gosling’s jazz-loving Mia, and   where she   later returned as a rising Hollywood starlet. From Feb. Photo: Dale Robinette. Studio Tour in Hollywood, California. Now La La Land fans can really put themselves in Emma Stone’s shoes. The coffee shop set joins such exhibits on the tour   as the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the   DC superhero universe. The Warner Bros.

See the cover for Hervé Tullet’s next picture book, ‘Say Zoop!’

Show Full Article While his previous offerings   focused on color and motion, with Say Zoop! Tullet   invites young readers to explore and practice all the wild and wonderful sounds they can make, from shouts and whispers to singing — and the pages “respond” in turn. Hervé Tullet, the best-selling author of kid-favorite picture books   Press Here,   Mix It Up,   and   Let’s Play,   is publishing a new book for   children to request endlessly at bedtime. EW is excited to reveal   Say Zoop!’s   cover, below, in advance of its August 1, 2017 publication.

‘Logan’: EW review

Grant) who’s breeding a new generation of pre-teen mutants in a lab as future killing machines. One of them, a feral-looking little girl moppet with adamantium claws not unlike Logan’s makes her way to our heroes, who have to protect her from Rice’s henchman (Boyd Holbrook, very good at being very bad) and get her to a mutant amnesty rendez-vous near the Canadian border. The two of them (along with Stephen Merchant’s beanpole albino, Caliban) are the last of a dying breed. The stakes aren’t grandiose, no one’s saving the world. When it’s not showering you in blood, it’s trying to make you spill tears. At least, until someone wrongs him and his shirt comes off and he reveals what is undeniably the film’s best special effect: Jackman’s impossibly pumped-up physique. James Mangold’s Logan, the third and latest stand-alone Wolverine movie, is a strange contradiction: It’s both the most violent film in the series and the most sentimental one. Logan looks after him while keeping him hidden in the Mexican desert. At 48, he’s so ripped and inflated, he looks like a party-favor balloon animal. There isn’t a lot of hope in the movie. And the ones who are still alive and kicking are in bad shape, like Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier, who’s frail and going mad with some sort of degenerative brain disease. She’s the daughter he never slowed down enough to allow himself to have. Here, we get a peek into the future…and it’s not a pretty picture. Logan is essentially a road movie, but it’s a dark one (and a very long one). Since Laura’s mutant physical gifts are so identical to Logan’s, there’s a melancholy to their relationship. B-

Show Full Article It’s a formula that anyone who’s seen Sigourney Weaver and Newt in Aliens or Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong in Terminator 2 knows well— it’s a high-octane action flick with a protect-the-cub emotional subtext. Rice (Richard E. There aren’t many of them left. It’s both as manipulative and hokey as that sounds, but occasionally it works well enough that you might find yourself getting choked up against your better judgment. They’re saving this one special—and very, very violent child (although there will turn out to be others like her). It’s much more comfortable with the former than the latter. The film opens in 2029, when Logan is hiding in plain sight as a grizzled, down-and-out limo driver. The last time we saw Logan in a significant role was 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, we got a backwards glance at our razor-clawed antihero’s time-traveling exploits during the ’70s. We see him punching the clock ferrying drunk girls to bachelorette parties and other menial assignments well below his super-powered skill set. All of this is a complicated way of getting to a very familiar set-up: It’s a makeshift family-on-the-lam movie, with Xavier as the sickly, slightly daffy grandfather; Logan as the reluctant hero son; and Dafne Keen’s Laura as the endangered child they both need to protect in order to give their lives meaning and atone for past sins. The loner has to learn to put someone else first. More than ever, Jackman’s Logan seems like he’s at an existential dead-end, and he’s never exactly been a barrel of laughs to begin with. Or so they think, until they learn of an evil scientist Dr. He tugs on a pint bottle of booze and looks like the 2017 Mel Gibson, which is to say, exhausted. It turns out that the future is a dark time for mutants like Logan. Mangold shoots the film in a grungy, south-of-the-border Peckinpah palette.

Watch six late-night TV shows turn Trump news conference into one big joke

Alrighty then.” For more extensive examinations of the Trump presidency from late-night shows, stay tuned for the next four years. Late-night talk shows had a field day with President Trump’s news conference. So thoroughly   covered, in fact, that it might take you just as long to watch all of the jokes as it would to sit through the conference itself. Let her go. Over on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Kimmel seemed slightly dumbstruck by the events of the day, describing the president’s attitude this way: “like if your dad found a pack of cigarettes under your mattress.” Kimmel then aired a super-cut of some of the most cringe-worthy moments, including the president’s asking April Ryan, a black journalist with   American Urban Radio Networks, if she could set up a meeting between him   and the Congressional Black Caucus. On “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon went full Trump and performed his own version of Trump’s tangle with the media, settling at one point for breaking out a “Magic Trump 8 Ball” and reciting Trump catchphrases for an interminably long time. She’s gone .’ ” Finally, Stephen Colbert and “The Late Show” spent a good 11 minutes examining the conference, at one point   failing to find the words for what he saw. Colbert then looked to how news networks themselves reacted to Trump’s words, with Jake Tapper at CNN saying, “It was unhinged,” and a Fox News correspondent who appeared shellshocked at what she’d witnessed stating, “Wow. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) If you, like so many Americans, were unable to spare the 77 minutes necessary to watch President Trump’s Thursday news conference , late-night television has you covered. For his part, James Corden on “The Late Late Show” was gobsmacked that the president mentioned Hillary Clinton   11 times, “Even lovesick teenage boys are like, ‘Move on, man. Latest updates Leading the charge against Trump’s accusations of “fake news” was “Late Night With Seth Meyers,”   which   opened with Meyers’ shredding the original script for the evening’s episode as he said, “Bye, dead jokes!” Trevor Noah had a similar sentiment on “The Daily Show,” explaining his team   had a perfectly nice show planned out before Trump called his last-minute conference.

‘Lion’ writer breaks down Nicole Kidman’s most emotional scene

He’s learning his stuff about what his mother’s intentions were. 26, EW is taking a closer look at some of the screenplays honored in the original and adapted categories. Do it that way,” and I’d say, “You’re right. It’s really clear that there are moments of emotional intensity and importance where it’s completely ok to use that supposedly, slightly Screenwriting 101 no-no. Here, Davies explains how the scene developed and what amazing real-life detail didn’t make it in. For whatever insane, archaic reasons, that was the law. We had a lot of baggage.” I said to Garth that the vision of the brown child anecdote, we didn’t need it. I don’t know if it would have changed how I wrote that speech. The cutaways to Dev are incredible because his character at that moment is going through profoundly shocking changes in his own understanding of the meaning of his life. I said to Garth, “For me, the meat and bones of the scenes is that he says, “I bet you’re sorry you had us. It blew my mind, that story. John and Sue didn’t accept that, so they waited 16 years for the Australian law to change. It affects what happens to Saroo next. At the time John and Sue got married, Australian law said that you could not adopt if you could not prove infertility. That was my aim and hope in a scene that’s very quiet. Saroo ended up being the boy they adopted. In Kidman’s most emotional scene, she explains to Saroo, who withdraws from daily life as he becomes consumed by his search, that he doesn’t understand her original intentions for adopting him and his brother, Mantosh. I didn’t know the full story   until afterwards. I think it would have changed it a little bit. We could be leaner and cleaner and get in and out of the scene with more compression. I probably would have put something in the speech about being 17-years-old. Show Full Article Those emotional pulses are jumping like sparks backwards and forwards between the two characters. At the moment it changed, when she was in her early 30s, they immediately began the adoption process. It’s extremely closely held and restrained. We had many instances where we would argue back and forth. I submit to your directorial will.” In this case, he said, “This is non-negotiable, so make sure you write that scene well about the nervous breakdown and the alcoholic father and the vision.” Once I had written it, I stopped having doubts, and once I saw what Nicole did in the film, it completely blew my mind, the power with which she delivers that part of the speech. We weren’t blank pages. The nominated writers will break down select pages that were essential to the stories they were telling. Two women — Saroo’s birth mother, Kamla (Priyanka Bose), and adoptive mother, Sue (Nicole Kidman) — form the “emotional pillars” of the Oscars-nominated film. In the lead-up to this year’s Academy Awards on Feb. I had a little bit of reservation, in the early days of writing the script, when we were discussing this scene or mapping it out as a bullet point basically. I often get my knuckles rapped by producers and directors because of a tendency to overwrite and over control and be the annoying kind of screenwriter who puts too much stuff in a script that’s a little borderline directorial, but if I had been chided for those things, they probably wouldn’t be in the final scripts that you’re reading. Lion may be the story of a young man, Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel), and his quest to find his birth family in India after being separated from them as a child, but writer Luke Davies and director Garth Davis found its   heart elsewhere. I was there in Hobart [Australia] 18 months earlier with a tape recorder, like, “Oh my God, why didn’t that story come up?”

In this scene, it’s so critical to follow the emotional pulse at this juncture of the film. I just tried to elegantly create those pulses and sparks without the scene feeling overwritten. It’s not a big fireworks scenes. He would say, “You’re right. Nicole’s not just amazing in that scene.