The week in J.K. Rowling: Her ‘Titanic’ Brexit woes, ‘Cursed Child’ casting and more

I don’t want to!” But taking the cake was her retweet of Comedy Central U.K.’s rehash of that little-known film Titanic, with prominent British politicians spliced in for the ill-fated crew and passengers. 20, tickets are expected to sell out faster than a firebolt flying across a Quidditch pitch. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 29, 2017

Potter-mania will continue at Harry Potter: A History of Magic
In Harry Potter news, Rowling highlighted the most recent iteration of Potter hysteria, the British Library’s upcoming retrospective on all things Potter, which will begin selling tickets to the public on Monday. Rowling. What to expect: https://t.co/qTMmQLgSTr #BLHarryPotter pic.twitter.com/fEANGwxhip
— Pottermore (@pottermore) March 31, 2017

New cast begins rehearsals for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London
This week welcomed a new infusion of cast members to the theatrical opus that is   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which premiered on the West End last summer and is (surprise!) still going strong. While the exhibition doesn’t open until Oct. All author royalties on the new Fantastic Beasts books go to @comicrelief! #RedNoseDay https://t.co/ZRCYpKPim5
— J.K. This is the Week in J.K. Brexit: the Titanic version
Never one to shy away from political issues, Rowling tweeted about Brexit Day various times this week, notably with a   SpongeBob SquarePants GIF   that went something like, “Noooo! pic.twitter.com/e821TQJ6rd
— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) March 30, 2017

Rowling gives back for Red Nose Day
March 24 was Red Nose Day in the U.K., a massive charitable undertaking   which wasn’t only about the Love Actually mini-sequel. Tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic at @britishlibrary go on sale Monday! The play, which has been officially inducted into the Harry Potter canon as the eighth story in the original series, is expected to hit the Broadway stage in 2018. #Brexit: A Titanic Failure pic.twitter.com/ocdgEUCJDA
— Comedy Central UK (@ComedyCentralUK) March 31, 2017

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— J.K. Watch below as a producer of the London show hopes to welcome multiple casts in the future, as the show continues to run. Sonia Friedman & John Tiffany take us inside the first day of rehearsals as new cast members join #CursedChild in London. Rowling still doesn’t do many interviews, but she does have a very active Twitter account. An early handwritten draft of   the   Sorting Hat song will be   one of the many never-before-seen artifacts on display. Here at EW we try to keep up with all of the iconic author’s delightful doings, from Harry Potter tidbits to fun fan interactions. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 24, 2017

Show Full Article Rowling is actively contributing a share of her own considerable returns from the   Fantastic Beasts   franchise to the cause. J.K.

Nicole Kidman explains why she’s diving in for ‘Aquaman’

She is currently enjoying overwhelming acclaim for her role as Celeste Wright in HBO’s buzzed-about miniseries Big Little Lies. Conformity is what I run from.”
…right into the arms of Aquaman. And she has good reason for doing so. “The truth of it is I love auteurs and I love philosophical filmmakers,” she says of her eclectic taste in roles. If there is one thing I have to do in my life, I have to be that. Please. “As soon as he said I could wear mother-of-pearl and be a mermaid warrior, I said I’m done. [Laughs] Because, you’ve got to have some fun.”

Before Kidman tackles that role, she will star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer,   with Colin Farrell and Alicia Silverstone, and Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, which opens at the end of June. Since that not-so-beloved movie, the Australian actress has won an Academy Award for her role in 2003’s The Hours, and been nominated for three more, including a supporting actress nod for last year’s Lion. So it might not the most obvious choice for Kidman to return to the superhero genre, but she’s about to reenter those waters; she confirmed to EW Friday that she will in fact play Aquaman’s mother, Queen Atlanna — who in the Aquaman comics is the Princess of Atlantis who falls in love with a lonely lighthouse keeper and gives birth to the titular hero — in the upcoming DC film from director James Wan (Insidious). He’s a really good friend of mine, and he offered to let me play Queen Atlanna,” she says. To hear Kidman’s full interview, tune into EW Radio on Tuesday on Sirius XM Channel 105. Chase Meridian, in 1995’s Batman Forever. I like the high-wire act of it. Nicole Kidman hasn’t been in a superhero movie since she played Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend, Dr. “The reason why I love [Aquaman] is James Wan is an Australian, and I’ve followed his career since he started. That’s why I’ve gone back to a very subversive film with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. I believe in not towing the line. The series finale of Big Little Lies airs on HBO on Sunday. Show Full Article “That’s why I love that Big Little Lies got made.

‘Downton Abbey’ producer writes impassioned letter about public arts funding

Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS’   Masterpiece series —   Downton Abby,   Upstairs Downstairs, and I Claudius   are among the many credits — posted a letter on the PBS website Friday urging the viewing public to voice their support of arts funding in light of President Trump’s proposed cuts. See Eaton’s full letter here. Show Full Article In the letter, Eaton points out that “federal funding for public broadcasting represents less than 1/100th of one percent of the federal budget…PBS is watched by 82 percent of U.S. households.” Calling the station and its content “one of America’s best investments,” Eaton underscores it as “critical to providing every American with free access to public media — a proven, reliable source of in-depth and informative journalism, award-winning educational children’s programming, and vital programming about history, culture and, yes, high quality and meaningful drama.”
In closing, Eaton urges readers to visit a site where they can sign a petition to protect public broadcasting, and learn all the ways in which it serves the community.

‘All This Panic’: EW review

The ambitious and frank Lena attempts to forge her own path while dealing with her parents’ emotional and financial instability. Thanks to its dreamy, loose structure, All This Panic doesn’t include any real revelations about girlhood or growing up. In their new documentary,   All This Panic, director Jenny Gage and cinematographer Tom Betterton attempt to bottle that feeling of adolescent uncertainty by following multiple Brooklyn girls over three years. Instead, it focuses more on the general feeling of adolescence: running barefoot across a beach, riding in the back of a car with the windows down, anxiously waiting for a high school party to start. Ginger’s wide-eyed younger sister Dusty and her best friend Delia are a few years younger, still trying to navigate high school but speaking frankly and thoughtfully about the pressures they find themselves facing. Ginger is more of a free spirit who decides to skip college to pursue an acting career, only to find herself living at home, unsure of what steps to take next. Together, all seven girls ruminate on sex, family, self-harm, ambition, and all of the many, many issues that come with being a teenage girl. The result is a pensive, gorgeous meditation on what it means to grow up. There’s a reason Hollywood loves a good coming-of-age story. Rounding out the group are two insightful young women you wish had more screen time: the quiet Olivia, who’s beginning to come to terms with her sexuality, and the outspokenly feminist Sage, the only African-American girl featured in the film. Gage and Betterton frequently shoot their young muses in extreme close-up, evoking an intimacy and a gauzy, girlish aesthetic that would make Sofia Coppola drool. B+

Show Full Article Post-high school, she starts spending time with Ivy, a driven young woman who’s decided to devote this point in her life to working hard and playing harder. High school automatically lends itself to drama, and there’s something uniquely relatable—and powerful—about the often rocky path from adolescence to adulthood.   Mostly plotless but emotionally affecting, All This Panic has seven subjects in all, with best friends Lena and Ginger commanding most of the screen time.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ gets the manga treatment

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Show Full Article Originally written as a novel in 1740 by the French writer Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the tale of a beautiful young woman who falls in love with a literally monstrous prince has since been adapted into cartoons, TV shows, plays, and pretty much every genre imaginable. On April 26, Tokyopop and Disney will publish a two-volume manga adaptation of   Beauty and the Beast, written by Mallory Reeves,   that showcases each main character’s perspective. Next month, the story enters a new genre: manga. Not unlike its magically cursed protagonist,   Beauty and the Beast   has taken on several forms since its creation. Belle’s Tale   will show the story from her point of view, as she learns to see true beauty beyond outward appearances, while   The Beast’s Tale   will show him learning to move beyond his curse and love again. Both volumes of   Beauty and the Beast go on sale April 26. In the previews below,   readers can see the Beast’s visceral transformation, as well as Belle’s struggles in her sleepy town.

Chance the Rapper announces arts fund for Chicago Public Schools

The musician started helping the school system after a   fraught meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in early March. “As an artist and an after-school teacher, I know the arts are essential. The Bulls are excited to support @chancetherapper's efforts with a $1M donation! Show Full Article After he made his initial pledge, local students wrote an open letter thanking Chance and naming him “an inspiration” to Chicago’s youth. Chance said he’d raised $2.2 million for the city’s schools. “The fund will bring arts programs and materials to schools that have experienced a decrease in five-year graduation rates, experienced budget cuts, lack of textbooks, and are without music or arts programs.” Chance said the funds will begin being put to use this fall for the 2017-2018 school year. Chance the Rapper extended his charitable streak with Chicago’s public schools on Friday. In an afternoon press conference at the Windy City’s Paul Robeson High School, the 23-year-old musician announced he has created a new after-school arts program, the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund. https://t.co/UCoWfWy5v8
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 31, 2017

Check out footage of Chance’s Friday press conference above. They teach students valuable lessons,” Chance told students and faculty assembled at the school. #SupportCPS #ForTheKids pic.twitter.com/OGjQIhVDRa
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 31, 2017

Earlier this month, Chance announced a $1 million dollar personal donation to Chicago Public Schools — and on Friday, he shared that the Chicago Bulls had matched his effort with a $1 million donation of their own. He also shared news of a $1 million donation by the Chicago Bulls to Chicago Public Schools.

‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’: EW review

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Show Full Article Set at a snowy Catholic boarding school for girls, the movie picks up just as winter break is about to begin. There are million kinds of horror movies. Everyone has gone home for the holidays, except for two students whose parents didn’t pick them up. He’s a bit of a tease. In the end, I was slightly more annoyed than seduced. All three characters will ultimately intersect and the story’s enigmatic Rubik’s Cube will eventually be solved, but the journey is a frustratingly oblique one (although the effectively haunting score, by Perkins’ brother Elvis gooses things nicely). This movie requires patience. He slowly and deliberately builds a mood of impending dread that becomes almost dreamlike and Lynchian. Even more so, when we meet a third young woman (Emma Roberts) who arrives at a bus station on her way to the girls’ school. But Perkins is too coy to hit anyone over the head. At it’s best, it’s seductively creepy; at it’s worst, it’s annoyingly cryptic. The younger one is Kat (Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka), the older is Rose (Sing Street‘s Lucy Boynton). In a way, it’s not that particularly surprising to learn that The Blackcoat’s Daughter is being released by the indie company, A24—a distributor whose recent genre films like The Witch, Under the Skin, Enemy, and the upcoming A Ghost Story are starting to spell out a distinct “house style”: Movies that are smart, unconventional, challenging, and yes, even occasionally exasperating like this one. Osgood Perkins’ directorial debut, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, belongs to a horror category that’s a lot less in-your-face than those ones. Perkins, the son of one of the most iconic figures in horror (Psycho‘s Anthony Perkins), clearly knows how to raise goosebumps and get audiences reaching for their armrests. Like a candy shop, there’s something inside for every sweet tooth. A religious school and young women on the verge of adulthood are pretty thematically-loaded ingredients for any storyteller interested in tweaking taboos and tapping into primal impulses. If only he was as interested in the payoff. The don’t-go-in-the-house tale, the power-of-Christ-compels-you paranormal chiller, the slice-and-dice serial-killer gorefest, the list of subgenres goes on and on. Why does she need to get there? It’s an atmospheric slow-burn that’s heavy on moody insinuation and light on overt gotcha scares.

Critical Mass: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a hollow spectacle, ‘Boss Baby’ is fired

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Read the full review here. Which, come to think of it, is pretty much how anyone should approach this movie if they want to have a good time. Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Metacritic: 49

The Zookeeper’s Wife
Opens March 31   in theaters nationwide. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
The movie is nicely shot and sympathetically acted, but there’s an odd lack of stakes and urgency, considering their mission—the real-life couple did, in fact, save some 300 lives over the course of the war—and scarcely a moment or character that strays from the familiar. They’re saving this one special — and very, very violent child (although there will turn out to be others like her). Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Metacritic: 77

Show Full Article Larson takes surprisingly few pictures for a photographer, but she does get her Fay Wray moment. I wish there was just a little bit more of it in this   Beauty and the Beast. Like so much about Condon’s film, the new songs are perfectly fine, but they’re just not transporting. Consider the cultural devolution from something like   Wicked —   a lacerating female-first deconstruction of an old children’s story — to   Oz, The Great and Powerful, the story of a money-obsessed con man with a heart of gold who gets the good girl by vanquishing all the bad girls. B
Read the full review here. The stakes aren’t grandiose, no one’s saving the world. Ghost in the Shell
Opens March 31 in theaters nationwide. Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Metacritic: 58

The Discovery
Begins streaming March 31 on Netflix. Ghost in the Shell and The Boss Baby are poised to give Beauty and the Beast a run for its money at the domestic box office, but did they also   conjure decent movie reviews from movie critics? Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Metacritic: 65

Power Rangers
Now playing. Mangold shoots the film in a grungy, south-of-the-border Peckinpah palette. Meanwhile, Kong does his thing and does it well. But it feels like they never figured out what to do with it. C

Read the full review here. Kong swats the military helicopters out of the sky like a giant swatting pesky flies. The deep-dive mythologies and intriguing moral quandaries raised by the script aren’t so much explored as exploded in a flurry of high-gloss action sequences and vaguely deep koan-of-the-day dialogue. The team starts dropping bombs and wreaking havoc on the island, letting you know that the real monster is man himself. More than movies or theme parks, Disney has always been in the business of selling magic. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Cranston’s Zordon tells the teens that an evil fallen Power Ranger (think Darth Vader) named Rita Repulsa has been reawakened from way back in the day and is about to destroy their peaceful seaside town of Angel Grove (and the rest of planet Earth) in her search for the coveted all-powerful Zeo Crystal. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Once in the castle, Belle and Beast both quickly (too quickly) change: He goes from cruel captor to fellow booklover; she goes from fiery inmate to besotted Stockholm Syndrome victim in time for their love to save the day. I kept waiting for a single tear to streak down his big hairy cheek. EW’s Darren Franich   says:
But there are worst case scenarios, instances where empty cynicism dissolves into sour snark, where the pretense at self-awareness becomes its own retrograde stupidity. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s musical numbers are peppered throughout along with some new ones by Menken and Tim Rice. Major’s search for her identity; the reason the bad guys are bad and the good guys do good; the future they’re all fighting for: None of it matters much, beyond that we’re told to accept that it does. Or, at least, well enough. Jackson barks his great vengeance and furious anger. C+
Read the full review here. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
As for subtlety, there isn’t a whole lot   of that either. I kept waiting for Jeff Goldblum to show up on their communication screen to say, “Life…uh…finds a way.” Espinosa stages some clever scares and creative kills while the crew make one bone-headed decision after another in their bid to survive (they have a particular knack for opening hatches when they should stay closed). Since Laura’s mutant physical gifts are so identical to Logan’s, there’s a melancholy to their relationship. Eventually the movie gives up the   Ghost, and settles for a gorgeous shell. 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. B–
Read the full review here. Consider the whole quotemarky “It’s just a joke!” tone of online discourse, the rise of smirking insincerity as a political mode   and   an intellectual dialectic. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Logan   is essentially a road movie, but it’s a dark one (and a very long one). Hiddleston smolders and briefly wields a samurai sword. [Charlie] McDowell, who co-wrote the script with Justin Lader, had an intriguing what-if idea. B–
Read the full review here. The crew tries every way it can to kill the thing, but Calvin won’t die. You can tell that she knows exactly what kind of film she’s signed up for and she’s decided to have a ball with it. The Discovery is a puzzle of a movie. Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Metacritic: 55

Logan
Now playing. There isn’t a lot of hope in the movie. But it is a really fun one. The rest are, more or less, just bodies lining up for the body count—although some of the kills are surprisingly clever and not   worth spoiling. B–
Read the full review here. The poor misunderstood guy seems destined to keep proving to humankind that he comes in peace. Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Metacritic: 44

Kong: Skull Island
Now playing. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
If there’s anything Sander’s ravishing set pieces fail to sufficiently color in, it’s the story’s emotional stakes. Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Metacritic: 52

The Boss Baby
Opens March 31   in theaters nationwide. Life   isn’t a great movie (in fact, it’s kind of a mess). B+
Read the full review here. And mostly, they succeed. It’s all gibberish, really — blockbuster Mad Libs where you could easily substitute “Zeo Crystal” with “Infinity Stone” and “Goldar” with “Apocalypse” or “Kraken” or “LEGO Joker.” The only thing that makes this battle-heavy second half orgy of green-screen destruction remotely interesting is Elizabeth Banks’ Repulsa. Somehow it manages to keep pushing enough joy-buzzer buttons to keep the audience on edge until the last scene. If it feels like   Life   succeeds in spite of itself, the important thing is that it succeeds. With so many new   and holdover titles entering theaters this weekend, EW wants you to make good choices at the movies, so consult our Critical Mass reviews guide below before heading to the multiplex this weekend. Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Metacritic: 58

Beauty and the Beast
Now playing. And then there’s   The Boss Baby, merely mediocre yet disturbingly familiar, for we   are all Boss Babies now. She’s the daughter he never slowed down enough to allow himself to have. During her quest, she will summon a humongous gold beastie called Goldar. Then again, watching smart people make dumb choices is one of cinema’s deepest pleasures. EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:
It’s not giving anything away to say that from this point on,   Life   is basically a zero-gravity bodycount flick —   And Then There Were None   in space. B-
Read the full review here. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Metacritic: 62

Life
Now playing. Even at its most engaging (those cubs!),   Zookeeper   can’t help evoking the dozens of films that have told these stories before, and better. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of puzzle you get half way through and decide to move on to something else. And Reilly delivers sorely needed punchlines between exposition about Kong and the island’s backstory. 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. EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:
As Will (Jason Segel) tries to sabotage his mad-scientist father (Robert Redford) and get [Rooney] Mara’s Isla to share her secrets, the movie turns into a plodding, somber thriller minus the thrills. Meanwhile, Reilly and the mighty Kong   are left to save the picture. A cackling sadistic crone with a sweet tooth for gold and insult comedy, Banks’ baddie gives the leaden fight scenes some adrenalin and winking humor. The loner has to learn to put someone else first.

‘Annabelle 2’ conjures chilling trailer teaser and poster

She seeks,” the tagline reads. 11. Since horror fans have   seen the doll appear   in other   Conjuring films, we can safely say its killing streak will have a long shelf-life after this. The story focuses on a dollmaker and his wife, who take in a nun and several girls several years after the death of their own child. released the new poster direct from WonderCon. Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Anne Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Tayler Buck, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto round out the cast. Sandberg, whose   Lights Out film was produced by   The Conjuring   director James Wan, directs the Annabelle sequel. David F. Warner Bros. In addition to the promo for Saturday’s trailer, Warner Bros. Annabelle: Creation, the sequel to the Conjuring spinoff,   gets a hair-raising teaser and poster   ahead of Saturday’s official trailer debut. Annabelle: Creation opens in theaters Aug. Show Full Article The footage sees the creation of the titular doll before it eventually becomes a conduit for demonic forces. Check out Annabelle creeping out of her coffin-like box   below. Soon they become targets of the possessed Annabelle doll. Wan returns as a producer on Annabelle: Creation alongside   Peter Safran. The creepiest doll from   modern horror has returned.   “You hide.

The CW announces summer premiere dates

Whose Line Is It Anyway?,   currently enjoying its second iteration, is set to return on Monday, May 29. On the fiction side,   Hooten & The Lady   premieres on Thursday, July 13. The world’s most famous magicians get their own premiere Monday, July 10, when   the competition series   Penn & Teller: Fool Us   returns with new episodes. On Friday, the network announced premiere dates for four summer shows:   Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Masters of Illusion, Penn & Teller: Fool Us,   and   Hooten & the Lady. As the month of April begins, The CW is already setting its plan for the summer. The improv comedy show still features Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie as its star performers, alongside host Aisha Tyler and a rotating guest panelist. CSI‘s Michael Landes stars with Ophelia Lovibond as an unlikely duo of globe-trotting treasure hunters — him a smooth-talking adventurer, her an aristocratic curator — both interested in the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Masters of Illusion, the Dean Cain-hosted show about real-life magicians, will premiere on Friday, June 30. Show Full Article

Spoiler Room: Scoop on ‘Westworld,’ ‘Grey’s,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ and more

“Being in the fifth season of the show, we can let things burn slowly,” Stephen Amell says. “You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened,” Lisa Joy tells me, to which Jonathan Nolan adds: “We are definitely not picking up right where we left off.”
Do you know anything about the Grey’s Anatomy finale? “That theme, from that point forward, is developed in a very, very real creepy way,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says. “It is an event that affects everyone in the hospital.”
What can be teased about the Black Fairy’s return on Once Upon a Time? Be sure to email your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams. “We don’t entirely know,” Jennifer Morrison tells me. Is there any chance you got some Westworld scoop on season 2 at PaleyFest? Additional reporting by Dan Snierson. Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. She’s definitely someone that we know has existed in pure darkness for a very long time and has been the root of a lot of the darkness without us having known that she was the initiator of things, so we do know that, but we don’t know exactly what it is that she wants, or what she’s capable of, or the lengths of which she’s capable, so we’re all in a race to find her, deal with her and cut off any resources she has to darkness.”
Anything Arrow? — Ellie
The season 8 finale brings the end of the high school road for Manny — and the return of Manny’s father Javier. What is her goal? “It’s an event,” Kelly McCreary tells me. But here’s the twist: Young reveals that Fitz and Mellie are not married in this timeline! Seriously. Look for episode 10 to address that situation head-on. — Aly
Wait for it… I did! “That’s what makes it even scarier. Benjamin Bratt makes his sixth appearance on the show — and his first since season 6 — when he shows up at Jay and Gloria’s on the eve of his son’s graduation. Oliver and Felicity, whatever happened between them in between our fourth and our fifth season, and the reason that they have been where they are right now throughout the course of the season, we get a chance to explain it.”
When does the 100th episode of Scandal air? There were so many gasps of horror and surprise at the table read. There’s always a plan on every one of these shows. “Mellie’s alternate reality is every bit as ambitious and every bit as flawed in just wanting to be loved, just willing to try sacrificing parts of herself for love and success, and realizing that it doesn’t work, just like it doesn’t work in this present reality,” Bellamy Young tells me. “You should be worried about everybody,” McCreary adds. “It’s funny. But I was able to pry a tiny bit of info out of the EPs! Show Full Article But we’re really excited about where we’re at, how these revelations are going to come [out] and how everything gets wrapped up by the end of the year.”
Will Riverdale ever get around to addressing the clear twincest between Cheryl and Jason? If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. I’m told that you should brace yourself for a night of “slight debauchery.” Here’s an exclusive first look at his return:
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This week in TV: This is totally the next Flash villain, right? “I know that a lot of people who have been watching the show have been getting impatient is one word, upset is another, hopeless is the strongest way to put it, but at the same time, it’s our fifth season, we can take our time with things. It was delicious. — Jameson
Just that you should expect some familiar faces in the run-up to the season finale. “I can’t tell you!” Gero says. “We are going to make it a thrilling end regardless, but we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon,” executive producer Jed Whedon says. Whether you enjoy it or not is something different. — Chantel
As Felicity’s dealings with Helix get heated, it looks like answers about the state of Oliver and Felicity’s relationship are poised to come out. “But maybe not in the way you expect.”
I’d love some Modern Family scoop. Every year, around this time of year, I feel like there’s this speculation, no matter what show it is, that we don’t know what we’re doing — maybe we don’t — but there is a plan. — Susan
I’m not saying this has to do with Roman, per se, but when I asked EP Martin Gero whether we’d see more death by season’s end, he responded with a resounding, “Yes.” Alas, he was coy to provide more. — Colin
It is not going to be a quiet affair. That’s a wrap on this week’s Spoiler Room. — Tomas
No word yet, but the powers that be are working toward a season, not series, finale. “We’re backing Shepherd into a corner, and Shepherd is a dangerous wild animal, so when you back a wild animal into a corner, people are going to get hurt.”
Have you scored any scoop on The Flash finale? While I was digging for scoop from the cast at PaleyFest, I uncovered a juicy tidbit about this different timeline. It really is shocking. — RuthAnne
The alternate reality hour will air on April 13 — and trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss it. Last we saw everyone, the hosts had risen up to attack the humans. It was just so much fun.” Should we be worried about the docs of Grey Sloan? renewal? — AshMarie
Well, that’s the tricky thing. — Casey
Yes, actually. But I’m not so sure we’re actually going to see the full slaughter — at least not right away. Once the Black Fairy comes back into the picture, her exact motives are unclear to the residents of Storybrooke. It was difficult. We set stuff up throughout the years that’s going to be paid off. “It’s a great big event that will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Is there anything you can share about Roman from Blindspot for this Luke Mitchell fan? “We have a couple of recurring villains, one major recurring character,” EP Andrew Kreisberg says. Any news on an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Inside Fox’s ‘Prison Break’ revival

I just meant it wasn’t useful for character research. Purcell: Both of the guys have grown up. Miller: I wouldn’t rule it out. That meant we had to go through Lincoln and experience his confusion, and experience the mystery through his eyes when he hears that his brother could still be alive. Scheuring: I know there will be a desire perhaps from fans, perhaps from the network and some of the actors, I’m sure. Miller: I didn’t [rewatch anything]. Miller: It speaks to what’s happening in the world today, it taps into current events and feels relevant. Scheuring: Breaking out of prison is only the start [for Michael], because then you’re still in a war zone, you’re still in a country run by ISIS. Scheuring: The idea is that you’re a stranger in a strange land where around every single corner in that country, you are paranoid. They’re all in totally new places than where we left them. I didn’t make a concerted effort to reset so that the new fans could understand because one of the other things is everybody can catch up online or OnDemand. At the end of the day, shows like Prison Break or X-Files, they do have a legacy. If you just brought him back in a page and said, “Here’s Michael Scofield, our lead again,” and we lensed everything through him, the audience might feel ripped off. Callies: A huge part of wanting to come back was that Paul was the brain behind it. Callies: I re-watched all of season 1 and 2, most of 4. Miller: We move at a break neck speed, which feels right to me. Purcell: [The story is] very, very poignant and timely, and it’s just going to lend itself to a fascinating spectacle when it airs. Purcell: It’s just quicker resolutions to what we’re doing and it just lends itself to heightened entertainment. This is a retelling of the Odyssey with Michael as Odysseus and you have to remember all of the varied villains that Odysseus encountered on that trip back to Ithaca. Scheuring: I wasn’t necessarily trying to be topical. Purcell: The chemistry and the dynamic between us, it hadn’t really changed. But I also more importantly trusted that Michael was still in me somewhere. At this stage, it’s a closed-ended story for me. I rode that bike for four years so I imagined, just like riding a bicycle, it would come back to me. Where we find these characters at the end of these nine episodes is somewhere that feels right and earned and satisfying. Callies: Paul was like, “You know that Homeric epic, The Odyssey? I would love to do season 6. All of the actors would say that it wasn’t much of a stretch for us to get back into character. Miller: I do think it’s possible to watch the reboot not having seen the original and enjoy it for what it is, but the viewing pleasure will certainly be deepened if you’re familiar with the original. Scheuring and the trio of original stars share how they formulated their (escape) plan. Scheuring: I went back and watched it, and really made sure that we were there with the tone and the dynamism of it, and also the heart ultimately. I looked at my notes from old scripts. Part of the mystery of why Michael’s in that prison is who he “got in bed with” that landed him there. My ultimate goal is to make sure to the best of my abilities what we’re doing now hangs together with what came before. His primary goal is getting back to his family, regaining what’s he lost, what he was made to sacrifice. I made the choice not to, partly that was about time and scheduling. It’s just caged animals, who are actually not in cages, but in these huge spaces, vast environments of just chaos and madness and there’s no real protection. Michael was a guiding force in his life, part of his moral conscience, which has been spinning in Michael’s absence. FOX
3. Miller: I will say that I appreciated how the original series ended: it felt right to me that Michael had to atone, Michael had to make things right. Scheuring: It was critical. I went back and read The Odys­sey again and it’s exactly that: Odysseus fell off the map for seven years after the Trojan War and was presumed dead. She’s moved through her grief to the point where she realized that her grief was an extravagance her son couldn’t afford, and so she decided to make him her life’s work   and honors the legacy of his dead father by giving him a good life. It was smart, it was brave, it was direct, it wasn’t coy. Yeah, we’re just going to do that in nine hours of television.” It’s bonkers. The question isn’t whether he’ll escape, but if the Prison Break reboot can recapture the magic of the original. Check out an exclusive sneak peek from Prison Break‘s return:

Prison Break returns Tuesday at 9 p.m. It was like a homecoming and I really relied on Dominic to ground me in the moment. Find a compelling hook:
Scheuring: [The reboot is] ­ultimately a story about somebody coming back to life. The show has a geopolitical awareness to it this season that it didn’t before in terms of it being much more current. Miller: I love that the show is set in foreign locales, that it’s not just the U.S., that we are telling a broader story and at the same time it remains intimate, essentially it’s about family and sacrifice and brotherhood and loyalty, the very things that made us this international hit. He is tortured by some of the things that he’s seen, that he’s participated in, and the question of, “How do I make that right? Hire the original cast:
Paul T. Purcell: This looks like something out of Midnight Express. Miller: It’s essentially a western, bad guys versus good guys, who’s wearing the white hat, who’s wearing the dark hat, you want to make sure the guy wearing the dark hat is fascinating and terrifying and multi-dimensional so that your heroes, Michael and Lincoln, are pitted against the most dangerous foes imaginable. I wasn’t in 3, so who cares? Dominic Purcell: It was exciting. One, I thought he was dead, and if not, what has he been doing for eight years? I feel like the fans suffered for that, because as some point, you run out of narrative and you start making up stuff that’s lesser quality. At the end of the day, this is not a story about “We’ve got to stop ISIS,” it just happens to be that Michael has gotten mixed up with the worst possible antagonist. Miller: It feels right at nine episodes; it feels tight and satisfying. Scheuring: I really quite like this more abbreviated, limited run schedule because we basically had gleaned it to the bone. Purcell: It was just like putting on an old suit. But if we kept him off-screen [in prison] and made him the object of the story rather than subject, and how he came to be alive again was a mystery, then I thought that that would be a creatively genuine way to approach it. Sarah Wayne Callies: Prison Break meant a tremendous amount to me personally, and I have a job [on Colony], so I only wanted to come back if we’re doing something brave. He had a lot of blood on his hands and it did not feel satisfying or 100 percent appropriate to me that he got to ride off into the sunset with his bride and their unborn child after all the mayhem that he instigated. Callies: I don’t know that I’ve ever seen, of any show, a 22-episode season where there isn’t an episode or two in the middle where you’re like “Eh, come on, you just ran out of s— to do, so you filled it in a little bit.” We don’t have those episodes. I think we probably needed another episode or two. Here in Yemen, the jails are a little bit more hardcore. Miller: Michael’s walked a dark road. Scheuring: The initial instinct for the show was Michael Scofield died in season 4, so we have to bring him back. I did all the archival stuff and then realized that Sara’s changed as much as I have. Prison Break is back for, well, another prison break. I feel like there’s more story there. Miller: It does set the bar high because you want to live up to expectations. Callies: I am grateful to be here. Eight years after Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) died — well, supposedly died — the tatted former inmate of Fox River returns in an Odyssey-inspired tale where he desperately plots another prison break, this time from a Yemeni jail, in order to reunite with his brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), former wife Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies), and the son he’s never met. Wentworth Miller: It’s like a high school reunion. I love the show so much. If this is all it is, this is enough. Happy as far as Prison Break would define happy ending [Laughs]. Creator Paul T. Using J.J. The first season of Prison Break, in my opinion, was just classic, beautiful storytelling. That’s one of his endearing qualities is that he’s a badass, but you can tell that he’s a badass with a heart; he’s not a murderer or a bad human being. Welcome old fans and new:
Scheuring: At the early stages, there was this constant network concern that new fans would not understand it. Miller: That first scene we shot I’m behind bars and Dominic is standing on the other side and it was just like old times. Keep that heart rate up:
Purcell: This kind of genre is best told in limited episodes, because the flow is very fast and it doesn’t drag out. Look to the show’s future:
Purcell: We all know how successful Prison Break is and what a worldwide phenomenon it is, and these nine episodes are only going to enhance its reputation and appeal. Callies: When we left Sara, she was a young woman devastated by losing the love of her life, and she was pregnant, and when we meet her again, she’s seasoned. Part of the problem with the original show was that we had to keep flapping our wings   and keep extending. 1. A lot of these individuals I had had no contact with since the show ended, but they remain a significant part of a significant chapter in my life. Didier Baverel /FOX
5. And if there’s more, I will treat it like a joke until [it isn’t]. Everyone is multi-dimensional up to and including the villains, so while I just said they are kind of tasty and malevolent and dangerous, we also spend enough time with them that we see their human side too. Purcell: People are going to be blown away. Didier Baverel/FOX
4. Callies: Season 1 was the best season we had. It’s down and dirty and there’s danger around every corner. Why has he apparently abandoned the woman that he loves and the child that he had with her? Purcell: Lincoln is much more aware of the consequences of his actions, and he’s trying to become a better person, but the nature of Lincoln is that he manages to find trouble. The weight of the world has been on both their shoulders since we last saw them, so it’s turned them into hardened, tragic figures. Show Full Article Purcell: I’d do years of Prison Break. They’re just all these caged animals roaming around in this prison. Miller: If Prison Break was airing today for the first time, it probably would be a limited series on cable. Miller: Ogygia [prison] makes Fox River look like the Four Seasons. That includes giving him a stepfather, and she’s changed hugely, just as I have. He resurfaced again under an assumed name, Outis, in a foreign land called Ogygia. Is there a happy ending this time around? So maybe that parallel to a western — white hat, dark hat — doesn’t quite hold; maybe it’s a sea of grey hats. Filling in those blanks between what happens at the end of season 4 to now is really fun for all the characters because they’re all different. Miller: I think we find Lincoln without a letter. Scheuring: The time that the show’s been off the air has allowed us to ask the question, what has become of these characters in that time? There’s intimacy there and there’s respect there and I think fans will be thrilled to see some of these old faces on screen. Scheuring: The critical thing was that the audience could recognize this show and say, “Prison Break is back!”
Purcell: It has the same spiritual tone as the first season of Prison Break. There’s no real separation of inmates. You can be bold and think that you can do it without the originals, that maybe you can reset with a different lead, but they were integral to the whole thing. Abrams’ approach — he brought Star Wars back, bringing back some of the old players like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and yet complimenting them with some new talent — that was really the model here and so we brought back most of the principles, but then also introduced some new characters. FOX
2. We’ve got universal themes that anyone, anywhere can tap into, so the essential DNA of the show is the same even though the characters and the scope have changed dramatically. Miller: It all came back to me, which is not to say that the character is the same as we last left him. I dug out a few old journals. This was always Paul’s baby, Paul kept saying, “I want to get back to what we tried to do that first season,” and what I take that to mean, and what I see in the script, is trying to do something brave, trying to do something that maybe isn’t being done. Especially Michael who is the enigma of all of them. I had a ton of extras, three cameras, there was a lot there to distract, but when I looked through the bars at this man’s face, we’d been playing brothers for 10 years and that relationship is my through-line. I never thought we would be here. It’s really just the essential aspects of the show without any extraneous fat that maybe would not have been rewarding to the audience. I played the guy for four years and I understand him very well, so it wasn’t difficult at all. I don’t think I could play a facsimile of Sara Tancredi from season 1, but playing Sara Scofield in season 5 is both different and I think honest. Totally kidding. ET on Fox. Callies: The challenge is to try and do them honestly, without contriving them too much, and that’s hard, but I think Paul’s done it in a pretty smart way. Miller: There are Easter eggs in every episode and that’s intentional — we’ve got a very dedicated fan base. He’s just one of these unfortunates that the cards are never quite dealt correctly for him. How I wash my hands clean?” is front and center.

‘Frozen 2’ will change how you think of the first movie

Like all movies, it will evolve.”
And has the story this time been tougher to crack than the story for the original film? If you missed it, read our Frozen deep dive with Del Vecho where he reveals the film’s original ending for the first time. “We’re in the development writing process and are very excited by it. “We’re working hard on it,” Del Vecho says. Do you want to build a seeee-quel? “You understand things better in the first movie after you’ve seen the sequel.”
Frozen 2 has no release date yet, though insiders suspect it might not arrive until after 2019. (Which, as we’ve reported, was rather tricky to figure out). Disney   sure does and is hard at work figuring out the next film in the Frozen franchise. “Now that we’ve been involved in it for awhile, what’s exciting is it feels like it builds on the first movie,” he said. Kristen Bell (Anna) and Idina Menzel (Elsa) are expected to return along with Josh Gad (Olaf), with Jennifer Lee in the director’s seat once again. We recently spoke to the movie’s producer, Peter Del Vecho, and asked him about the top-secret project: How are things coming along? Show Full Article

‘The Discovery’: EW review

But it quickly becomes clear that neither he nor anyone else could have anticipated what his breakthrough would lead to. There’s something familiar about her. He’s a hero and a monster. C+

Show Full Article Now that there’s no fear of death, people are committing suicide in alarming numbers—and the blame (rightly or wrongly) lands at Dr. The film, which premiered at Sundance back in January, simultaneously opens in theaters and debuts on Netflix today. But it feels like they never figured out what to do with it. That’s the big philosophical mystery that drives Charlie McDowell’s downbeat, mildly engaging science fiction Möbius strip, The Discovery. On the empty ferry boat, Will meets a platinum-blond Rooney Mara, who plays a troubled young woman named Isla. Their paths will cross again…and again. Will disapproves of his father’s work. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of puzzle you get half way through and decide to move on to something else. Harper’s feet. An incident that brings the interview to a sudden, violent end is both shocking and drives the story’s theme home with brilliant, blunt force. And Dr. Which makes sense since Redford’s Dr. Robert Redford, playing a charismatic scientist named Thomas Harper, is giving a sit-down TV interview to a reporter about his groundbreaking new discovery about the existence of an afterlife. That death isn’t the end, but the beginning of something else? Suddenly, it’s a year later. Harper’s son, Will (Jason Segel in glum, hangdog mode) is on his way to visit his father, who’s now hiding out on a wintry, fog-shrouded island in New England. The Discovery is a puzzle of a movie. What would happen if there was absolute scientific proof of an afterlife? McDowell, who co-wrote the script with Justin Lader, had an intriguing what-if idea. Sadly, it’s all pretty much downhill from there. Harper overly private and paranoid. People are still killing themselves (or, in the movie’s language, they’re trying to “get there”), which makes Dr. Harper has a habit of flat-lining himself in order to see what lies beyond before having his team (which includes his other son, played Jesse Plemons) shock him back to life. As Will tries to sabotage his mad-scientist father and get Mara’s Isla to share her secrets, the movie turns into a plodding, somber thriller minus the thrills. The film’s strongest moments are without question the opening ones. He and his research team (along with a cult of depressed patients in color-coded jumpsuits) have taken up residence in an old dilapidated mansion.

‘Doctor Who’ to feature first openly gay companion

“That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show… It’s important to say people are gay, people are black. Broadchurch   creator Chris Chibnall will be taking over the show, however, the actor filling the shoes of the Doctor hasn’t yet been announced. It’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with.”
Bill isn’t the first time a queer character has joined the Doctor on his adventures. Show Full Article It’s about time isn’t it?” said her portrayer, Pearl Mackie. “Bill’s gay. ET on BBC America. However, neither of them were full-time companions — they only joined the Doctor for an occasional adventure (or Christmas special). Bill Potts hasn’t even made her first appearance yet, but she’s already making history. Doctor Who   season 10 premieres April 15 at 9 p.m. It was revealed Friday in an interview with the BBC, that the latest   Doctor Who companion is openly gay   — something audiences will discover about her within moments of her introduction. It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st century. Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) was famously “omnisexual,” while River Song, the Doctor’s wife, is bisexual, having had two wives of her own before their union. This marks the last season for both   Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat, with both leaving the series at the end of the season. There are also aliens in the world as well, so watch out for them.”
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The actress, whose casting was announced last year, continued: “[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character.

‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ director explains flawed original ending

They wanted her dead,” says Hogan (who mostly recently wrote 2015’s Aussie romp
“They wanted her dead,” says Hogan (who mostly recently wrote 2015’s Aussie romp   The Dressmaker). Hogan added a quick call with Everett to the scene, threw in the bluntly honest “Who’s chasing you?” line from George, and all of a sudden there was an element of empathy for Julianne. “So we had to come up with something that pleased the studio, but that was acceptable to the audience.”
Enter Rupert Everett as Julianne’s gay, charismatic confidant, George. Then, eight months after the film wrapped, Roberts was back on set (an expensive wig covering her recent pixie cut) to shoot the new ending. But as well as keep the tone light (and the studio happy), the final scene had a more important purpose. Test audiences hated it. “It was implicit in the scene, but she needed George   to point it out to her.”
For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit ew.com/untoldstories. “It would have been such a   downer of an ending if George hadn’t shown up,” says Hogan. “That one scene somehow gave the audience permission to forgive Julianne,” Hogan says. “Whenever   she was being particularly devious I’d have her phone Rupert’s character and he would call her out on it.” Remember that scene near the end when   Julianna confesses her love to Michael and winds up chasing him (as he chases Kimmy) in a bread delivery van? “Every time Julianne talked to him, she’d explain why she was doing these terrible things; he’s her conscience throughout.” So Hogan went back and weaved in new sympathetic scenes with Everett. “They were   very nervous because we were making a Julia Roberts film and they couldn’t have her end up alone and unhappy,” explains Hogan. “I just asked myself, ‘What do I need to hear someone say to her at this point?’” says the director. This time, George arrives at the wedding to dance with her at the reception after the new bride and groom leave. “We expanded his character,” Hogan explains. To read more Untold Stories, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here — and   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Hogan and asked: “How are you going to save this movie?”
The movie always ended with Julianne (Julia Roberts) getting her much-deserved comeuppance and failing to derail the wedding of her best friend, Michael (Dermot Mulroney), and his future bride, Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). “They just couldn’t understand her motives.”
Still, the studio wanted America’s sweetheart, Roberts, happy. “Those   last five minutes really made the whole movie work.”

Show Full Article But in the original script, Julianne met a new guy (John Corbett) in the final scene. The day after the first test screening of My Best Friend’s Wedding, a studio executive turned to director P.J.

Hot Topic to release a ‘Wonder Woman’-inspired fashion collection

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Wonder Woman   sees Gadot as the titular heroine, reprising the role she debuted in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film opens in theaters on June 2. Pictures’   Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot. The movie, directed by   Patty Jenkins, also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and   Connie Nielsen, among others. RELATED: Wonder Woman: 13 Looks Since the 1940s
EW can exclusively reveal never-before-seen concept sketches for the new clothing line, which features jackets in Wonder Woman’s hallmark colors, a star-spangled skirt, a dress inspired by her uniform in the upcoming film, and more. announces its global merchandising program for Wonder Woman, with brands including LEGO, Funko, Hallmark, and more. Hot Topic is releasing a new fashion collection inspired by Wonder Woman and her upcoming stand-alone superhero movie. Hot Topic
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Hot Topic will also sell licensed Wonder Woman   items, including T-shirts, accessories, collectibles, and more. Check them out below. The seven-piece collection, from Her Universe, will be available at select Hot Topic stores and HotTopic.com in mid-May, in time for the June 2 release of Warner Bros. Show Full Article The campaign kicks off Thursday with the debut of Mattel dolls and role-play toys at Walmart stores. Take a peek at some of those toys below. The fashion collection reveal comes as Warner Bros. Great Hera!

Netflix doc ‘Five Came Back’ reveals how WWII weaponized Hollywood

government rounded up atom-splitting physicists for the Manhattan Project to help build a bomb of devastating might, U.S. It’s notable that Capra, Ford, Huston, Stevens, and Wyler had all achieved Hollywood success before the war. It was a blast of light   with the power to change the world and leave human beings awestruck. Without it, the directors of Five Came Back might have never captured the footage they did — and the American military could   have chosen to suppress more   of it. Deeds Goes to Town and Mr. It’s about what comes back with you. RELATED: 23 of the Biggest Spoilers in 25 Years of Film
The new Netflix documentary series Five Came Back (streaming and in select theaters March 31), narrated by Meryl Streep, tells of five cinematic trailblazers — John Ford, Frank Capra, George Stevens, John Huston, and William Wyler — who put aside their careers, their families, and their safety to join the fight against the Third Reich and Imperial Japan. Smith Goes to Washington. George Stevens was the maker of adventures like Gunga Din and featherlight comedies like The Nitwits and Swing Time, which helped moviegoers escape the grim realities of the Great Depression but did not prepare him for the horrors he would experience overseas, especially documenting the Nazi death camps after the war. Coppola zeroes in on Huston, Greengrass on Ford, Kasdan on Stevens, del Toro on Capra, and Spielberg on Wyler, whom he met decades ago when he knocked on the door of his Malibu home, a 21-year-old newbie director seeking guidance. In the early days of World War II, there were only a few people in the United States of America with the skills to control it. military.Netflix
Harris says the appeal of this project was exploring a time that he, and many movie lovers, may have erroneously thought of “as a gap in [the directors’] résumés, rather than as a crucial thing they did.” Netflix is streaming many of their war films along with Five Came Back. He has also made dozens of docs for the DVDs and Blu-rays of Steven Spielberg’s films, so when the director of Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan came aboard as an executive producer, he recommended Bouzereau. “I was kind of amazed at how much of the story of the war I could tell just through their experiences,” Harris says. Telling their tales on screen required an equally formidable team of filmmakers. His primary focus during the war became the Why We Fight series, an attempt to gird soldiers and civilians without stoking them with hatred. “And then they volunteered for a real life-and-death struggle and did good work there, and survived it. But the smart people in Washington really got the fact that movies exerted a powerful hold on the American consciousness.”
Harris, who also wrote the script for the doc, says it wasn’t a natural decision for the military to join forces with show business, but the draw was undeniable. They had the most clout. Five Came Back   — John Ford in the field, shooting WWII propaganda for the U.S. Today, they’re iconic to any movie buff…
The fighting filmmakers
John Ford was the irascible tough guy known then for Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, and How Green Was My Valley. “All of these guys had made it,” Kasdan says. Not just a story about coming home. “Capra’s career didn’t really survive the war, and Wyler came back with a disability. They left the most behind. The weapon was the movies. Show Full Article “But it was not at all a natural decision then. Certainly many viewed Hollywood with great suspicion as a business run by Jews and immigrants. Editing was only a few decades old, synchronized sound was just a few years old, and color motion photography was in its infancy. He partially lost his hearing and saw a member of his camera crew die in a crash while chronicling America’s bombing raids over Germany for 1944’s The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress. “It seems so automatic now that if there’s a war, oh yes, of course it would be filmed,” Harris says. Frank Capra, an Italian immigrant eager to prove his patriotism, had directed heart-warmers like Mr. And it wasn’t a natural decision to say we want to entrust this job to Hollywood filmmakers, as opposed to the makers of newsreels.”
The figures in Five Came Back stood out not just because of their ability to point a camera, but for their talents at manipulating and rousing emotion. Netflix
Spielberg believes   that commentary from contemporary   directors was useful to help viewers understand the mindset of the five, especially the mix of combativeness and camaraderie that every filmmaker needs in order to get the job done. That was a big thing for me,” Harris says. Based on the best-selling 2014 book by Mark Harris (a former EW executive editor), the three-episode documentary explores not only how movies altered   the war but how the sacrifice, tragedy, and atrocities of battle changed the course of moviemaking. He helped found the Navy’s field photo unit, which made everything from anti-venereal-disease training reels to harrowing battle docs like 1942’s The Battle of Midway, for which he captured footage of the Japanese bombardment while sitting atop a prime target — an Navy power generator. “What happens when you decide to put your country before your art?”
His idea was to have each living director focus on a World War II counterpart, analyzing his actions, sometimes critiquing his movies, and other times explaining how the war changed that director’s life and work. “Laurent read the book and was inflamed with almost a calling to tell the story Mark told in this book,” Spielberg says. military leaders also recruited some of Hollywood’s top directors to harness the technology of modern filmmaking. home front and showing soldiers and citizens alike what they were fighting for — and against. “They enlisted to serve in the only way they knew how, and they brought [to the U.S. In the early 1940s, the making of movies was still a new art form. “His enthusiasm was undeniable.”
Bouzereau returned the favor by turning the camera on Spielberg, who provides context and commentary on the legends’ wartime work along with four other contemporary filmmakers: Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan, and Guillermo del Toro. They had the biggest careers and biggest personalities.”
Their exploits in battle — not to mention the clashes with American commanders as they tried to release some of the more controversial footage — are difficult to summarize, barely fitting inside a 511-page book, let alone a three-hour documentary. “What does it mean to survive? Finally there was William Wyler, craftsman of Wuthering Heights and Mrs. “Each of us brought a simpatico to the conscience and style of each of the five directors,” Spielberg says. John Huston pretty clearly had what we would now call PTSD. Zanuck. John Huston, the bombastic young director of The Maltese Falcon and screenwriter of Sergeant York, used his signature bravado to paper over the strain he experienced when first capturing front-line battle in Italy. The five directors made arguably their greatest and most enduring Hollywood movies after the war — even if some of them were initially flops, like Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life   — although the price of that wisdom and experience was steep. Just as the U.S. Germany’s Leni Riefenstahl had already helped Hitler   intimidate the world with her 1935 documentary Triumph of the Will, and American leaders believed the right group of filmmakers could use the power of the projector for good, galvanizing the U.S. “When you put the five of them together, they were in the Pacific at Midway, they were at D-day, they were in North Africa, they were at the liberation of Paris, they were at the Battle of the Bulge, they were in the Aleutians, they were at Dachau. Miniver, who brought a personal stake to the war: He was a German-born Jewish filmmaker with family in Nazi-occupied Europe. In the right hands it could be a boundless force for good, but if wielded by others   with a reckless, craven hunger for power, it also had the capacity to inflict unfathomable pain. government] the same fierce independence from their battles against studio chiefs,” Spielberg says. So now their life story has a different dimension to it.”
Their later work had another dimension too. So it felt like these were the people to follow because they had the most to do. The propaganda potential was limitless. “I’ve done documentaries on all the great filmmakers, and it was interesting to explore another side of Hollywood, almost a dark side,” Bouzereau says. “That kind of ferocity of standing for what you believe in is the whole reason we fought in World War II.”
Five Came Back may touch a deep nerve not just in movie fans but in anyone who pursues a creative dream while also using that skill to effect positive change in the world. The war was not what any of them thought it would be.”
In that way, Five Came Back is not just a war story. “Washington viewed Hollywood, then and now, as a power independent of them. Directors on directors
At the helm of the Netflix doc is Laurent Bouzereau, who has spent his life profiling other cinematic storytellers, as in his feature-length documentaries about Roman Polanski and producer Richard D. “I think power is always interested in power — and suspicious of power,” Harris says. He then recorded the effects of post-traumatic stress on the soldiers who survived the war in 1946’s Let There Be Light, which was deemed too controversial and not released publicly until decades later.

Read an exclusive excerpt from Anne Sibley O’Brien’s North Korea-set ‘In the Shadow of the Sun’

The colorful cartoon characters were gone. Another dead baby. That the photos are on it?”
“Well, someone knows, whoever put them on the phone knows. Chapter 5
Simon came walking around the side of the bus. Mia closed the game and stared at the home screen, one hand clamped over her mouth. are messed up!” Simon sounded stunned. “Dad talked about that guy who they said had a CD with photos of starving children, remember? With her first book hitting shelves later this year (June 27), EW presents an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming novel, as well as the context-setting tour guide that comes with it. She didn’t want anyone near it. Mia glanced down as she tucked the guidebook into her pack, squinting her eyes as if to protect herself from what she’d see. “Turn around so no one can see.” He frowned. Mia sucked in her breath. “But — but can’t we just throw the phone away? And it had Angry Birds on it. “What was that?”
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Show Full Article Dead. The area behind the restrooms was completely out of sight from where the bus was parked. Another photo. the… The knot of men, with Dad in the center, paused as they neared the bus. ?!” His eyes widened and his forehead twisted. Simon slipped around the side of the building and leaned to peer around the corner. The same man, still tied to the post, head slumped forward. Kim stood midway across the parking lot, Mr. Tied to a post. I opened it this morning and there was a wooden box, and it had this phone inside it! Daniel stepped forward. She zipped her finger across the screen. Four soldiers spilled out and sprinted toward Dad and the guides. “We gotta get someplace safer,” Simon said, eyes scanning. “What the — ?” He shook his head. Mia pulled out the phone, feeling as if she was holding a ticking bomb, touched the game icon, and handed the phone to Simon. The black car circled forward and swept out of the parking lot. The two photos formed a terrible Before and After. do the North Koreans know… At the car, they pushed Dad into the backseat, one of the soldiers holding his head down, just like on TV cop shows. It felt as if everything was hurtling around her, like she was a balloon full of air that someone had just untied. “Simon!” Mia grabbed his shoulder. Their father never got angry. It had to be on purpose.” Simon slumped back against the wall as if exhausted. Simon’s eyes were wide, his mouth open. Mia ran to look over his shoulder. Or rather, Mr. Back at the bus, the entire tour group — including Daniel — stood in a cluster, watching. No, a baby. A woman whose legs ended at her knees, leaning over a pile of corncobs, a tiny child tied to to her back. They’ll be looking for us soon.”
Mia pressed her fist to her mouth. “Hold this and pretend we’re looking at it,” she said. He spoke, then nodded at something Dad said. Complicating matters even further for the youngest Andrews is the fact that she was adopted from South Korea, thus bringing up questions about what it means for her identity. She pulled out her guidebook first. A man, blindfolded. Men staggering through the rain, bent under huge loads. Mia grabbed her pack and followed him. Someone called out. “Mia, what the hell —” He sounded furious. A black car careened into the far end of the lot. Mia Andrews’s family vacation cannot get any worse in Anne Sibley O’Brien’s new middle-grade novel,   In the Shadow of the Sun. “If we could hide it so that none of the wrong people would find it, but where the right people could come back for it… I knew I couldn’t use it here, but I tried turning it on and it was already charged. Lee and Miss Cho just behind them. “Somebody put them there. His body tensed. .”
“How did they get in the phone?” Her voice sounded high and scared, like a little girl’s. “If we get caught with these, there’s no way we’re getting out of this country.”
A violent shiver went through Mia’s body. His fingers jabbed at the screen. Whatever we do, we have to do it immediately. Only it’s Mia who’s in possession of banned photographs of North Korean slave labor camps… which she and Simon have to transport hundreds of miles away to China if they have any hope of saving their father. Excerpt of   In the Shadow of the Sun   by Anne Sibley O’Brien
When she looked down, the screen had changed. The doors closed. about the phone? Then his mouth dropped open. “They’re taking him,” Simon said, his voice cracking. “Simon, please!”
Back at the bus, none of the guides was in sight and no one was looking their way. She could barely get the words out. “I don’t know, I don’t know. He got sentenced to hard labor.”
“If we get caught with these images.. “If these are actual photos of actual starvation and torture and executions in actual prison camps — that according to the North Korean government don’t exist — then these images are toxic.”
Mia gulped. O’Brien   — who’s actually illustrated more than 31 picture books, including   I’m New Here   — was raised in South Korea   where she grew up both bilingual   and bicultural. Kim, gesturing fiercely with his hands. Took a breath. A photograph, in black-and-white. It sped toward the group in the center, screeching to a halt, the doors flying open. It was in the gift they gave us yesterday. She turned to him. She wiped the screen, trying to erase the image. .” The knowledge was breaking across Simon’s face, changing his expression. The soldiers took hold of Dad’s arms and began to walk him back toward the black car. The young girl and her older brother Simon are accompanying their aid-worker dad on a tour of North Korea when he’s arrested for being a spy. Mia leaped to her feet, then stopped. Dark stains dotted his chest. She returned the phone to her backpack pocket and left her pack on the bench. “What is it, Squeak?” He looked annoyed. But we have no idea who that might be.” Simon ran one hand through his hair. They couldn’t risk calling to him while the guides were around. She never should have opened the phone. As they crossed the pavement, Mia looked for Dad. “Dad’s upset,” Mia said. I was just playing a game and” — she gulped a breath — “these popped up.” Her voice was ragged, near tears. “I can’t — just come.” He started to protest. Simon handed the guidebook back to her and squatted against the wall, his finger moving across the screen of the phone. But I never heard of there being any photographs from the camps.. Barefoot. Other people. “These… They both flinched, their heads snapping toward the sound. Mia and Simon turned to look at each other. Crossing the parking lot toward the bus, she forced herself not to run. “What… Like bury it right here —”
Simon frowned, concentrating and talking fast. “Behind the restrooms.” He folded the guidebook around the phone and started off. He gestured with the phone. They’d be hidden, at least for a few minutes. “It looks like the kind of things that Dad says happen in the prison camps. He caught her expression, let out a sigh, and followed her. But it just brought up more photos. A man digging with a shovel, his arms and legs nothing but skin-covered bones, his shirt open to reveal a skeletal chest. Dad and Mr. Where had this come from? Mia heard herself whimper. Dad was leaning toward Mr. A naked doll in the mud. Ragged people standing in long lines, their faces hollowed like Holocaust survivors. There he was, over by the bus, talking to Mr. “Over there.” She gestured toward the grove of trees. Some of the tour group members were moving across the parking lot to the bus. The soldiers continued their march, pulling Dad with them. “I need you to see something.” She lowered her voice for only Simon to hear. Kim. This is what came of breaking the rules. A scrawny young boy, pushing a wagon heaped with coal. Kim was talking to him, looking agitated. Preorder   the book   here. “So we have a major problem.”
“Do they… There were more photos.

TV titan Norman Lear opens up to ‘black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris about storied career

They’re gonna shoot you dead in the streets.” I can never forget this speech. The walls of Kenya Barris’ Burbank office are lined with framed script pages from pieces by his favorite screenwriters. BARRIS: When did you know you wanted him? There was a giant wood wheelbarrow. Listen to this: Vietnam vet. RELATED: EW’s 25 Best TV Shows in 25 Years
KENYA BARRIS: At the height of your career, you had The Jeffersons, All in the Family, Good Times, Maude, and One Day at a Time all on TV. And some of that traveled with me, you know. Oh my God! Short. Lear even visited the writer’s room on season 1 of black-ish and pitched a couple of ideas. Everybody was black. Or did you [just] envision these people? I’ll be out there Tuesday.” “You got something for the Mick, just tell him!” I said, “Well, he’s a bigot, he’ll say spics and spades and hebes” — and he said, “Norm, they’re gonna kill you. Why don’t you talk to him!” And I said, “No, no, this is a character I would rather talk to him about and then have him read,” and he said, “No, no, no.” Anyway, before I know it, Mickey [was on the phone] talking about himself in the third person. For more from   Norman Lear and Kenya Barris, pick up Entertainment Weekly‘s Untold Stories issue on stands today, or buy it right here. There was one black guy who was coming up as I was going down, and every time he saw me, he said, “Gator gonna get you, white boy.” That was like a love letter, every time. Blind. Now this odd couple has reunited for an interview in which Barris, 43, gets to ask Lear, 94, everything he’s ever wanted to know about the icon. They dumped manure into it, and I took it down this track and dumped it out, and then it came back on another track. I [was a pilot] in WWII, and we were stationed at Avon Park, Florida. I was bored to tears. Who was your toughest character to cast? BARRIS: So if for some reason the business of it couldn’t happen, can you remember who would have been Archie Bunker? I probably saw a dozen before he came in and sat down. I was the only white guy there. Large dog.”

Show Full Article He wasn’t off the first page before I knew. BARRIS: Yes, shared humanity is a common theme on your shows. LEAR: The minute he uttered the first line. Private eye. I never lost that feeling of shared humanity. You managed to write about seemingly every different kind of person. Among them are Woody Allen, Spike Lee, and, of course, Norman Lear, the man —with his indelible hits, including Good Times, All in the Family, and The Jeffersons —   Barris credits with shaping his approach to the modern network sitcom. “You wanna do something with the Mick? When you started writing professionally, had your life become a life in which you actually knew these kind of people? And you told me a story about how when you would ride the train from Brooklyn into the city, you’d look at the housing tenements, and you’d think about who lived there. LEAR: No, I wasn’t close. We were living in a ballpark while we waited for the B-17 to fly us overseas. The two met years ago, and that encounter quickly blossomed into a friendship. NORMAN LEAR: I didn’t have relationships, but I had the affection for and the appreciation of. “You got the Mick!” “Mickey is gonna be out there, can I see you out there? Here’s how far away I was: Before I came out here and met Carroll, I thought about Mickey Rooney playing the role. BARRIS: What?! LEAR: I called his manager, and he said, “Oh, Mickey happens to be in the office. When I wrote Archie Bunker, I didn’t have Carroll O’Connor in mind. I’m in awe of what an actor can do with a role. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit   ew.com/untoldstories. I had seen 30 to 40 people in the East, and I came out West to read actors. An actor had to walk in and sit down and show me what I had in mind. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. The provocative mind behind All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and many more sits down with his friend and heir apparent, the creator of black-ish, to reveal the surprising aspects of his glorious seven-decade-long run — from working in a manure factory to nearly casting Mickey Rooney as Archie Bunker. I saw an ad to work in a manure factory. LEAR: I’ve been really lucky.