Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley on whether they’d be interested in a ‘Vampire Diaries’ revival

Show Full Article We’d watch it. “We’re going to continue to be able to watch it and I think that’s a really interesting new thing about this modern digital world.”

Wesley joked, “It’d be funny if we did a reboot [where] we’re all old as s—.”
And you know what? —Reporting by Natalie Abrams
The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. “I think I’m closing the chapter,” Wesley said after a press screening of the penultimate hour. Somerhalder quickly added, “In 10 years I’m going to be living probably on a ranch in Wyoming and you’ll never hear from me again.”
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But in all seriousness, Somerhalder said, “I think it’s good to close this chapter. With only two episodes left, The Vampire Diaries is nearing its end. There’s something beautiful about closure.”
Plus, Somerhalder was quick to bring up the fact that, thanks to Netflix, “television never dies.” Even to this day, Somerhalder claims new fans come up to him in airports to talk about how they’re just discovering the allure   of Damon Salvatore. But considering that we’re currently living in the age of reboots and revivals, is any show ever really dead? There’s no predicting whether TVD could live on in the future, but for stars Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, it sounds like the show’s series finale will serve as their goodbye to Mystic Falls, the Salvatore brothers, and all the many joys of playing vampires. “It’s never going to die,” Somerhalder said of the show.

‘Friends’: Lisa Kudrow dishes on the ‘really fun’ reunion dinner

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— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 28, 2017

While the cast — minus Matthew Perry —   came together last year to honor the show’s director James Burrows, Kudrow’s statement echoes that of many other key Friends players, including co-creator Marta Kauffman, who has bluntly stated, “Reunions generally suck.”
“But what would it be about?” Kudrow asked. We had such a good time. I don’t see it happening… it would be fun.”

Can @LisaKudrow foresee a "Friends" reunion? “If we don’t tell you that one’s coming and it doesn’t happen, you have no reason to be disappointed,” she shared. “It was really fun. We were laughing nonstop.”
Speaking for Friends diehards everywhere, host Savannah Guthrie joked, “But what about us?”
Kudrow, an Emmy winner for her role as the eccentric Phoebe Buffay, then proceeded to dash the hopes of a true Friends reunion. The cast of Friends may never reunite onscreen, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been getting together. Show Full Article It was hilarious. “I’m managing expectations. “We have convened, privately, for dinner, and it was great,” Lisa Kudrow revealed during an interview on TODAY Tuesday. “The thing we liked about that show is that twentysomethings, they were their own family, and now, they all have families, so what are we gonna watch?”

Watch the full interview above.

Here’s a video of 14-year-old Lin-Manuel Miranda lip-synching to Billy Joel

Stars, they’re just like us: They also have embarrassing videos of themselves as teenagers, dramatically and enthusiastically lip-synching to Billy Joel songs. Just a few days after performing live at the Academy Awards with Moana star Auli’i Cravalho, Oscar nominee and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda shared some old videos from his 14th birthday party. No YOU guys party, 14 year old me is busy lip-syncing Billy Joel into a camera pic.twitter.com/cMeDf9X07F
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 1, 2017

My 14th birthday party, with my sister @mamacita1126. They’re definitely award-worthy. One is a spectacular example of Miranda’s teenage speaking voice, and the other is a glorious scene of the future Tony winner emphatically mouthing   along to “The River of Dreams.”
“No YOU guys party, 14 year old me is busy lip-syncing Billy Joel into a camera,” Miranda wrote on Twitter. My voice was in a rough place. pic.twitter.com/06FTxzdYz7
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 1, 2017

Although   he was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars, Miranda lost to   La La Land   songwriters   Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul for “City of Stars.” But hey, if these videos are eligible for next year’s Oscars, maybe he’ll complete that EGOT after all. Show Full Article

Star-Lord finally meets his dad in new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ trailer

Star-Lord’s non-human parentage was teased in the first film, but the identity of his father was never revealed. 2″ will hit theaters May 5. “You are not friends.” Which is true. Watch the full trailer above. Family seems to be among the key themes explored in this latest trailer, which debuted on Tuesday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “All you do is yell at each other,” says Nebula. (In   the comics, Peter’s father is a character named   J’son). Russell plays Ego, who in the comics   is a living planet, created in the ’60s by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Although Baby Groot gets   a bit less screen time this time around, the trailer does give fans a better sense of Nebula, Mantis and   Yondu’s   relationships with the   original Guardians team. That Ego is Star-Lord’s father is a departure from the character’s comic book origin story. 2″ has been released, and in addition to doubling down on Fleetwood Mac, it features the long-awaited scene of Peter Quill meeting his father. The newest trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Enter   Kurt Russell, who   appears in the final moments of the trailer (next to an unidentified, possibly female silhouette),   and introduces himself to the assembled   Guardians   as Peter’s dad. Latest updates The Guardians aren’t friends — they are family. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

Academy apologizes for using wrong In Memoriam photo

Please see our updated "In Memoriam" video tribute (http://osca.rs/TributeVideo17) and online gallery (http:/:osca.rs/InMemoriam2017) on Oscar.com. “Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up…   I am alive and well and an active producer.”
Read the Academy’s full statement on the gaffe above. Chapman previously told Variety   she was “devastated” by the Academy’s mixup. She was 60. “Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. A post shared by The Academy (@theacademy) on Mar 1, 2017 at 11:08am PST

On its website, the Academy also updated broadcast footage to include the correct photo of Patterson in the In Memoriam montage. “We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson,” the post’s caption reads. Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family.”

We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars "In Memoriam" tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson. After   mistakenly running a photo of living producer Jan Chapman during the awards show’s annual In Memoriam segment, the Academy   addressed the incident on Wednesday afternoon via Instagram, sharing a picture of costume designer Janet Patterson, whose name appeared next to Chapman’s photo during the Sunday night telecast. Show Full Article “I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered,” she said to the publication via statement. Having worked closely with acclaimed director Jane Campion in the past, Patterson, who received Oscar nods for her work on films like The Piano, The Portrait of a Lady, Oscar and Lucinda, and Bright Star, died in October. The Academy is apologizing   for yet another Oscars blunder. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family.

Oscars accountants involved in best picture mix-up won’t be back

Boone Isaacs told the AP that   Cullinan   was   distracted from his duties. Within hours of the blunder, PwC released a statement apologizing “to   Moonlight,   La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye   Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error.” The firm followed up Monday, taking “full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols” that caused   the mix-up. He then   showed it to Dunaway, who erroneously announced La La Land as the best picture winner. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. Cullinan   handed presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for Best Picture, shortly after tweeting a photo (since deleted) of best actress winner Emma Stone. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.”
The academy also apologized Wednesday for   mistakenly running a photo of a living producer during the Oscars’   annual In Memoriam segment. According to the Associated Press, which first reported the news, academy President   Cheryl Boone Isaacs said the organization’s 83-year   relationship with the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers remains under review. Beatty was visibly perplexed by what   was   the second best actress envelope naming Stone the winner for La La Land. PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were in charge of the winners’ envelopes at Sunday’s ceremony, each holding a complete set on opposite sides   of the stage. It was only after two minutes — and two and a half acceptance speeches — that the   mistake was corrected   and Moonlight was declared the real   best picture. The academy was mum until Monday night, finally issuing a statement that said,   “We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. The episode   stunned   Oscars attendees   and those   watching the broadcast. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. Show Full Article The two accountants responsible for the   shocking best picture mix-up at the 89th annual Oscars will not work on the   show   again, a spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed to EW.

Why Marvel’s ‘America’ is the superhero people need right now

Is that something you’re leaning into, or are you just focusing on telling America’s story? She is power and I am honored to be connected to her legacy. And what does love look like when you’re a badass, dimension-punching, Latina? How much stronger can my punches be? ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What does America mean to you? The America   series is going to be one big Marvel house party. America will be starting college when the series starts off, but what are some of the other things she’ll be dealing with in this first arc? How could she not be a fan favorite? We are supposed to love each other and care for each other. America Chavez is the badass you want on your team. C’mon, that’s cool as hell. She can dimension hop at her leisure when she needs to go and save lives. Basically, be on the lookout for the glorious faces of some of Marvel’s most famous and most iconic characters. What’s not to love? GABBY RIVERA:   America Chavez represents infinite hope and the power of taking action. How are you navigating that? So we’re dealing with that. Marvel
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Show Full Article She is also taking on the notion of putting herself first. The series will focus on her saving the world, one dimension-puncturing punch at a time, while also attending college and attempting to have a personal life. You might have seen her dressed as Beyoncé   or paying   homage to   Hamilton, but now you can get to know the real   America. America’s Latina, likes girls, and is a dimension-punching mega babe. Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta created the character of America Chavez and first introduced her in their 2011 series,   Vengeance. Also, she has a bit of mystery to her. That’s the type of superhero everyone will always need, you know? But also, everyone needs someone positive and strong to root for. You might even see some X-Men. With   America #1 hitting stands March 1, EW caught up with Rivera to discuss the hero’s upcoming journey. Maybe dreams do come true. She is powerful enough to take on and dismantle any systems or groups of folks trying to thwart her or the people she loves. Star-shaped portals! America will love her people and herself in every freakin’ issue. Either way, it’s worth investigating what it’s like for a young queer Latina to choose herself and invest in what’s going to make her great and more powerful. She’s asking herself: “How powerful can I be? America isn’t policed at higher rates than her counterparts nor is she sexualized by any systems that also seek her labor. Do I even want that in my life?”
Fans were hoping she might make an appearance on Hawkeye. America has obviously struck a chord with fans   and inspired some great variant covers. She’s since gone on to take over the title of Miss America, and become a fan favorite after her appearance on Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers. I know some fans ship the heck out America and Kate. With America, girls of color, people of color, we get to see ourselves living vibrant and free. In a lot of ways, this book is unexpectedly relevant. She knows what justice looks like and she’s in it for the good of the people. America lost her moms when she was a little kid. They sacrificed their lives to save the whole dang Utopian Parallel [a dimension outside of time and the Marvel multiverse]. As for a crossover with Hawkeye, anything is possible. You can read the first few pages, below. America gets to exist in this world and others without racist, heteronormative, xenophobic, and sexist limitations. The Marvel hero is front and center in her long-awaited solo series, America,   written by Gabby Rivera and illustrated by Joe Quinones. Ok, maybe it’s going to be more like a little wine and cheese get together that turns into people chilling on the roof and swapping stories and laughs. What do you think it is about her as a character that makes her such a fan favorite? She’s tough, loyal to the core, and delivers grade-A one-liners. America Chavez chooses her destiny. Marvel’s America #1 is currently available for purchase. Have you had a chance to talk to Kelly Thompson about possibly doing a crossover? She punches into other dimensions using star-shaped portals. Are there any other Marvel characters who might make an appearance? Yes, her identities are important: woman, queer, latina. Many women are expected to put everything else before themselves and some women choose that for themselves. That type of grief doesn’t just go away, you know? America’s story is happening right at a time when people need a superhero like her the most. Love is where the real power lives.

Casey Wilson to star in Tina Fey-produced comedy pilot for NBC

Wilson, who has recently guested on such shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Fresh Off the Boat, and black-ish, will be returning to the   Peacock, where she starred in the 2014-15 comedy Marry Me. The single-camera pilot, which is being written by Luke Del Tredici (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), follows the exploits of two sisters who “perform an actor public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together,” which winds up reuniting their family. The Happy Endings vet has signed on to star opposite Busy Philipps in the NBC comedy pilot The Sackett Sisters, which is being produced by 30 Rock executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Fey and Carlock are producing another   NBC comedy, Great News, which premieres in April. Casey Wilson   has joined   Team Tina. Show Full Article Bradley Whitford plays the father of the sisters.

Kal Penn spoofs Kellyanne Conway’s couch photo on ‘Designated Survivor’ set

Conway was the subject of backlash stemming from Donald Trump’s meeting with   dozens of leaders of   historically black   colleges on Monday. “Kal-E-Anne,” the actor tweeted alongside a photo of   him recreating the image. 🤔 https://t.co/MRJk6Wx8Sa
— Vanessa Carlton (@VanessaCarlton) February 28, 2017

So much going on here. A photo from the moment showed the president’s aide sitting on the white Oval Office couch with her legs up on the cushions, which some deemed a lack of respect for the White House visitors and the furniture. Is it too soon to call Conwaying   the new Tebowing? Didn't anyone teach Kellyanne Conway manners? DO BETTER, @KellyannePolls! Kal Penn joins a new   meme movement spoofing Kellyanne Conway’s Oval Office couch photo from the set of ABC’s Designated Survivor. #KellyanneConway #davechappelle #gop #politics #lol
A post shared by PFPWW (@peopleforprogressworldwide) on Mar 1, 2017 at 7:29am PST

omfg charmander in the oval office#Pokemongogen2@nycsouthpaw pic.twitter.com/bnRnMLkQZu
— darth™ (@darth) February 28, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: What Kellyanne Conway was really doing on her phone!#Resist #Resistance #Indivisible#PEEOTUS #SCROTUS pic.twitter.com/amQB3srbrS
— McSpocky™ 👽 (@mcspocky) February 28, 2017

Conway told   Lou Dobbs Tonight that she “meant no disrespect,” while other Twitter users came to her defense by posting images of Barack Obama propping up   his feet on the oval office desk during his term. When you're squatting on a couch texting always wear shoes. These folks wonder why #fakenews is their mantra. pic.twitter.com/F5NsjA6KCl
— Irish Sean (@One1Libertarian) February 28, 2017

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— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 28, 2017

Ok so Kellyanne Conway doesn't wear shoes when in the Oval Office. https://t.co/xTptMqfITC
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 28, 2017

Elsewhere, Conway’s meme has grown to include Photoshops, thanks in part to a thread on Reddit. I'll take shoes on a couch over this any day. Kal-E-Anne pic.twitter.com/9Q1bLmi0lA
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 1, 2017

Among those posting recreations of the image was comedienne Jen Kirkman, while other celebrities — like Vanessa Carlton, Alyssa Milano, and filmmaker Ava DuVernay — reacted to the image on social media. pic.twitter.com/JLE16uQFsF
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) February 28, 2017

As conservatives defend classless Kellyanne Conway in Oval Office don't forget they blew a gasket when a black man put his feet ON HIS DESK pic.twitter.com/kgOZbc0Rkr
— Jonathan Jewel (@jonathanjewel) February 28, 2017

Twitter erupts over @KellyannePolls feet up on the oval office couch. A post shared by Jen Kirkman (@jenkirkman) on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:49pm PST

CMON! “So much going on here…I just can’t,” the director of A   Wrinkle in Time   wrote. I… I just can't.

Arianne Zucker is leaving ‘Days of Our Lives’

It’s like a magnet. The infamous leaked tape features audio of the future president talking to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about Zucker’s legs and noting that he wanted to “use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her.”   Trump added: “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. “I’m ready to use it for women to step forward and do good things in my life and for other people.”

Show Full Article The actress is leaving the NBC soap opera when her contract ends in late April, EW has confirmed. “I’m ready to use it in a proper way. I’m ready to use it for positivity,” she explained on TODAY. Arianne Zucker’s days on Days of Our Lives are numbered. Ultimately, Zucker wanted to use the scandal to teach her daughter to “hold her head high” in challenging circumstances and as a learning lesson for men. Just kiss. “Two years ago, I was contemplating making the shift,” Zucker, 42, told Soap Opera Digest, which broke the news. I don’t even wait.”
Zucker later addressed the controversy on social media, tweeting out a link to a note on the tape. “In understanding the magnitude of this situation,” she wrote in part, “I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”

"My name is Arianne (R-E-on) ZUCKER (Zooker) and I am a strong, independent, hard working (cont) https://t.co/jOE344FCSf
— Arianne Zucker (@Ari_Zucker) October 9, 2016

“They are offensive comments for women, period,” Zucker said of the tape in an interview on TODAY in October. “I know there are a thousand girls who would take my job in a second, for me, it is my time to go.”
Zucker, who first started playing Nicole on the series in 1998, found herself in the middle of a political firestorm when graphic remarks   Donald Trump made about her while on the studio lot   for a cameo in 2005 went viral during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump address ratings below Obama’s first

All were far below Bill Clinton’s first speech in 1992 (66.9 million). That’s about an 11 percent drop. Obama’s first address in   2009 averaged 52.4 million viewers. Fox News was the most-watched channel for the speech, with 10.8 million viewers. Here’s Colbert’s monologue. Afterward, Stephen Colbert went live for CBS’ The Late Show   (“Any chance there’s a mistake and Moonlight is the president?” he quipped). The telecast drew plenty of scorn from Hollywood celebrities online (here’s a rundown of their reactions). Trump’s “Renewal of the American Spirit” speech was seen by more than 46.8 million viewers across the major broadcast and cable news networks, according to Nielsen (including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, FBN and Univision). That number was above Obama’s final speech as president (31.3 million) last year, and above George W. A couple smaller networks might have additional ratings to report, but they won’t shift the disparity much.  
 

Show Full Article Bush’s first speech in 2001 (39.8 million). Donald Trump may have gotten better-than-expected reviews for his first prime-time address to Congress on Tuesday night, but the ratings suggest Americans were less interested in watching him than Barack Obama’s debut address as president.

Katy Perry teases new song: ‘I won’t apologize, I will not subscribe’

#VIDEO | Snippet of vocals on @katyperry's instagram story 😍 pic.twitter.com/WZws8JrpjD
— Katy Perry Pics (@katyspics) March 1, 2017

Shortly after the release of “Chained to the Rhythm,” Perry   touted her new musical era as one of   “purposeful pop,” hinting that her lyrics and aesthetic might soon dip into the well of social consciousness. I will not, will not subscribe. Nearly three weeks after dropping “Chained to the Rhythm,” the lead single from her upcoming fourth major label album, Perry teased another recording   via Instagram Story,   seemingly translating   her recent, politically charged focus (she proudly championed Hillary Clinton   on the 2016 presidential campaign trail)   into fresh material. Fans captured the post on Tuesday and quickly posted its contents to Twitter. Hear a few seconds of Perry’s mystery release above. Show Full Article The 11-second preview teases Perry’s distorted vocals as she chants, “I won’t, no, I won’t apologize. Don’t ask me, ask me to normalize,” echoing anti-Donald Trump language   used by the president’s critics in the past. Katy Perry   has sounded   a rallying cry (and a possible   preview of   new music).

Mark Frost remembers friend and collaborator Bill Paxton

In the early nineties, Paxton made a movie with Frost’s sister, the actress Linsday Frost, a sci-fi thriller entitled Monolith. … He made every set he was on a better place. “I don’t know if I’ll have a better friend than Bill Paxton,” says Frost, also 62. “I loved him like a brother. 25 from heart surgery complications at the age of 62. “It was his salesmanship of this wonderful place where we live that convinced us to give it the look that we did and finally make the move,” says Frost. He had this wonderful, almost 19th century, idea of what a friend should be. He was a model for what a person in our business should be. They share a Lynch connection, too: among Paxton’s many film credits is 1993’s Boxing Helena, directed by Jennifer Lynch, David’s daughter. He cultivated friendships. “He had a kind of buoyancy and vibrant nature that makes it inconceivable to think he could be gone.”
Frost and Paxton knew each other and moved in the same circles since the seventies, when they were first breaking into Hollywood. He wrote beautiful, handwritten letters. And there was a reason for that. “He brought to everything he did a ferocious commit to rooting out the truth of what we were trying to say — what the scene was trying to say, what the character was trying to say, what the line was trying to say, and as a director, what the shot was trying to say.”
“And as a friend, he was unfailingly loyal,” he continues. “He had studied with — and was really a kind of protégé to — his great friend Jim Cameron.” The Aliens and Titanic director offered assistance to Paxton on Greatest Game, looking at rough cuts and providing advice. His life was dedicated to art, he was a great collector and appreciator of fine art – painting, sculpture – he had grown up in a family that had been patrons of the arts. But Frost says their rapport went next level when Paxton directed Disney’s 2005 adaptation of Frost’s book The Greatest Game Ever Played, a small gem sports pic about golfer Francis Ouimet starring Shia LaBeouf. “He was a sort of godfather to us on that movie.”
Frost attributes Paxton’s screen presence to a deeply felt passion for art and innate character. As Mark Frost prepares the return of Twin Peaks with co-creator David Lynch, the author and filmmaker is grieving the loss of Apollo 13 and Big Love star Bill Paxton, who died Feb. He cared about them. He was a genuinely good person and an absolutely fine human being. He had that in his blood,” says Frost. They had a common, dear friend, Miguel Ferrer, who passed away last month. “He was a   true artist in the best sense of the word. “I have never worked with a director who was more committed to getting every single detail exactly right. This is a terrible loss not just for us and his friends, family, and our community up here in Ojai, but the entire industry. Frost, who also wrote the script and produced the movie, had loved Paxton’s first directorial effort, Frailty, and lobbied Disney to hire him to helm Greatest Game. And he made every picture he was in a better picture. He was brilliant with actors, he was brilliant with crew, and his energy was unflagging,” says Frost. Not just with his performance but with his presence.”
Frost says it was because of Paxton that he and his family moved to Ojai, located 83 miles north of Los Angeles and home to many notable Hollywood names. “He was a gentleman in the best sense of the word. A version of this story appears in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday. He was a force of nature.”
“I know audiences loved him. And I’ll miss him to the end of my days.”

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11 of Emma Watson’s most powerful quotes about feminism

The question is, what’s in it for humans?” she told the magazine. speech. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights,” the actress said in her 2014 U.N. Better sex? “We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you’re ‘difficult’ or a ‘diva,’” Watson told Esquire. “Happier, healthier, more successful children? “But there’s   a willingness now to be like, ‘Fine. Last month, she told Elle that her critics haven’t discouraged her, but only inspired her to fight harder — and more creatively:
“Feminism can be humorous, and we all have a different way of approaching that. Getting asked out by a woman? A marriage that is a true partnership? Watson’s casting is particularly inspired, as she is already a famous bookworm and outspoken activist for gender equality (she did start a feminist book club, after all). as “The Fresh Face of Feminism.” In that interview, she spoke about what it means to preach feminism. March is Women’s History Month, and this year, the third   week on the calendar is extra girl-powered, as Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on the 17th. All we are here to do is give you a choice.”
“We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop. We’ve sacrificed, fought, campaigned, succeeded, been knocked back, and succeeded again. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.”
Last March, she gave an interview in Esquire U.K. where she spoke more about the importance of feminism for men as well as women:
“[Feminism]’s not about us convincing you that gender equality is worth engaging in only because there might be something in it for you, or in it for your sister or your mother. Feminism is not here to dictate to you. I often wonder what mischief I can make to spread the word in a playful way. But that’s never stopped us. Actually getting to be yourself? “I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. It’s not prescriptive, it’s not dogmatic. In a race for justice, we’ve leapt over countless obstacles to win our rights.”
As much as Watson has been lauded for her activism, she has been attacked and threatened as well. Being able to talk to someone if you’re feeling shit? More diverse and interesting perspectives in art, culture, business and politics? Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images
In honor of the beginning of Women’s History Month, here are 11 of her best quotes about feminism. “No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.”
At the heart of HeForShe is the notion that to give   women the same rights, respect, and opportunities afforded to men would   not be detrimental to men;   rather,   the removal of the sexist social expectations that come with gender inequality would be freeing and beneficial to everyone. Call me a ‘diva’, call me a ‘feminazi’, call me ‘difficult’, call me a “First World feminist’, call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens.’ Because it doesn’t just affect me, it affects all the other women who are   in this with me, and it affects all the other men who are in this with me, too.”
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In December 2014, Watson appeared on the cover of Elle U.K. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. You can’t take everything in life seriously, can you?”

Six years after playing Hermione for the last time, Watson is excited to play another intelligent, beloved heroine. “Here’s what I think. Bill Condon’s upcoming live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale stars Emma Watson as Belle, the bright girl from the French countryside who wants much more than her provincial (sometimes positively primeval) life. While Watson might have already indirectly become a young feminist icon by playing the brilliant Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, a few years after she hung up her wand she joined the fight for gender equality in a more deliberate way. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. In July of 2014, Watson was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Seriously. “If I asked a young boy what superhero they looked up to, I feel a lot fewer would say a female one or would ever use an example of a female one, than in reverse, which is a shame. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. World peace? We need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolizes women as much as men.”
“This isn’t just, ‘girls are better than boys, boys are better than girls.’ This is just, ‘everyone deserves a fair chance.’”
While Watson has spoken at length, for years, across platforms, to reach as broad of an audience as she can to spread the word that feminism is not a dirty word and that gender equality benefits everyone, she perhaps summed it up best in brief line she threw out during a Facebook chat on International Women’s Day two years ago:
“If you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Women; that September, she delivered a rousing speech at the U.N. Headquarters launching the HeForShe campaign, the aim of which is to bring more men into the feminist fold, because gender equality benefits everybody. In a recent cover story, she told EW’s Anthony Breznican about the fierce feminist makeover she and director Bill Condon have given Beauty and the Beast’s (already relatively empowered) Belle. A   highly increased number of safe, confident and fulfilled people on the planet, particularly women? Sorry to tell you.”

Show Full Article Getting to crowdsource all the innovation and genius in the world, not just half of it? Women should feel free. There is no typical feminist, there is nothing anywhere that says you have to meet a certain [set of] criteria.”
In September of last year, the actress lent her voice to a short film, Hurdles, narrating over footage of female athletes:
“Women and girls have always faced hurdles. Being able to take proper paternity leave and see your baby? World peace!”
That interview came at a moment when the conversation around Hollywood gender inequality, and specifically the gender pay gap, had exploded — in part because the Sony hack had revealed detailed evidence of exactly how much less the studio’s female employees, and female stars, were making than their male counterparts.

Why YouTube’s new TV service is underwhelming

For example, there’s nothing from Disney, Viacom, or Time Warner   — no CNN or Discovery Channel, no TBS, and no TNT (YouTube is still in discussions with other partners). The result is a hodgepodge of services like Sony’s PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, each of which isn’t quite enough on its own to be an effective substitute for cable. But as a rival to regular television, it has some significant holes, and that says a lot about the TV business right now. In the meantime, these traditional TV players are asking Google and Apple and other would-be cable competitors (Amazon has also reportedly looked at launching a similar streaming service) for huge sums to license some of their content, but also trying to keep some. The short answer is because it can’t — at least, not unless it is willing to lose billions of dollars, and probably not even then. In other words, nothing new. All of these caveats make YouTube’s service look a lot less like a cable-TV killer and a lot more like just a digital version of a not-so-great cable package. Content companies and networks wanted too much money to hand over their shows, and some didn’t want to play ball at all. Why doesn’t YouTube offer the entire universe of cable and broadcast TV content, plus movies and local sports and so on, for $35? YouTube announced its new cable-style streaming TV service, known simply as YouTube TV, to considerable fanfare on Tuesday. Show Full Article And so existing media and entertainment companies are essentially shooting themselves in the foot even as they try to run towards the future — and so is YouTube. This article originally appeared on FORTUNE.com. Plenty of cord-cutters or those who have never signed up for cable are likely to be satisfied. Apple was also reportedly working on a similar cable-TV alternative for years, but it ran into the same problems. In addition to those holes, the YouTube TV service is only available in markets where its existing cable partners have affiliates. https://t.co/r4J5ZxfqNh
— Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) February 28, 2017

So why do those restrictions exist? https://t.co/QI3TBQHLBR
— Web Barr (@WebBarr) February 28, 2017

One of the reasons why the YouTube service has been in the works for so long — it was first mentioned in 2012, as a Google cable-TV killer — is that the tech giant has had a hard time getting cable and broadcast companies to sign on, especially for a price that would make a $35-per-month bundle cost-effective for Google to offer. Companies like Disney and CBS and Viacom know they must participate in streaming somehow, but they continue to want to control it themselves. ESPN is also a part of the bundle. So if you live in or near a number of major U.S. So they are launching their own services (like Comcast’s Watchable), and those that have a stake in Hulu are participating in that company’s streaming video roll-out, which is expected soon. It has 40 or so channels of broadcast and cable TV, including NBC, ABC, the USA Network, and Fox. This is old style cable TV with a YouTube logo on top. For some cord-cutters who don’t watch a lot of regular television — especially sports — YouTube TV might seem like a pretty great deal at $35 a month. In part, that’s because existing TV players see a Google or Apple bundle as the beginning of the end for them and their brands, and for the access to viewers that allows them to charge obscene sums of money for advertising — not to mention their ability to sign multi-billion-dollar deals for the rights to sporting events. But there are some large gaps. As Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research put it in a post, “the US TV market continues to be incredibly resistant to real disruption —   every over the top streaming alternative to traditional pay TV is handicapped in at least one way, and often several.”
In fact, Dawson notes that there’s a significant irony in the fact that services like YouTube TV are supposed to be so disruptive, but “they actually offer even less choice individually in many cases than the pay TV services they’re aiming to replace.”

BREAKING: My cable bill is already just $35 for more than 40 channels. Existing TV players have too much power. On top of all that, you get all of YouTube, including the original content that is part of the recently launched $9.99 per month YouTube Red service, and you get Google Play Music for free. urban centers, you won’t be able to subscribe even if you want to. Plus YouTube gives you an unlimited “cloud DVR,” so you can save shows to watch later.

‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ casts Serinda Swan as Medusa

Marvel’s Inhumans has found its leading lady. “Serinda empowers Medusa’s regal glory and still maintains a relatability that synced perfectly with the character,” Marvel TV head and executive producer Jeph Loeb says. The casting comes on the heels of Hell on Wheels star Mount getting cast as   Black Bolt, while Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Theon will play his brother, Maximus. The actress — whose credits also include Chicago Fire, Breakout Kings, and Supernatural — previously portrayed Zatanna on Smallville. Graceland alum Serinda Swan will play Medusa, the Queen of the Inhumans and wife of Black Bolt (Anson Mount),   EW has learned exclusively. I couldn’t be happier to have her as our Queen of Attilan.”
Swan is no stranger to the world of superheroes. Medusa is Black Bolt’s most trusted advisor, a fiercely resilient warrior who has the ability to move and control her hair the way most people use their hands and fingers. “She is nothing short of wonderful.”
Adds showrunner Scott Buck: “Serinda Swan brings a regal elegance, as well as a sense of great inner strength and fierce determination, to the role of Medusa. Show Full Article Marvel’s Inhumans follows a race of superhumans with diverse and unique powers and explores the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the Royal Family. Inhumans —   which hails from Buck, Loeb, and Jim Chory — will debut its first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theaters for a two-week window in September before its network run.

Taran Killam to host the Lucille Lortel Awards honoring Off-Broadway shows

He previously showed audiences his musical theater chops in New York City Center’s Encores! The awards are named for Lortel, an influential actress, artistic director, and producer. “I’m honored to be hosting this year’s Lucille Lortel Awards,” said Killam in a statement. Calm down, London,” he joked. The   Lucille Lortel Awards celebrate outstanding achievement for Off-Broadway shows. William Ivey Long, Lynn Nottage, and Harold Wolpert will be honored this year. Off-Center   production of Little Shop of Horrors, playing the comic role of sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello. Public tickets are $75 and are now on sale. After making his Broadway debut in Hamilton back in January, Taran Killam is set to host the Lucille Lortel awards, the   Off-Broadway League   announced today. The 32nd   Annual Lucille Lortel Awards take place on Sunday, May 7 at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Show Full Article “I look forward to being a part of celebrating the best of theater in the city that is the best at theater. Killam currently plays the role of King George in Hamilton.

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: Celebrate the 20th anniversary with sweet new merch

Preorder it here. Vampyr   Stationery Set
Channel your inner watcher with this stationery set that includes 192-page blank pocket journal, 20 blank notecards and envelopes (featuring some of Buffy’s most   slaying lines), and 20 Hellmouth sticker seals—all enclosed in a box that looks straight out of Giles’ personal library. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Definitive Visual Handbook
Designed to be an infographic guide to the series, the book—which is scheduled for release in October— will be filled with all kinds of fun facts and details about every aspect of the beloved series, including popular episodes, villains, and the show’s lore. Preorder it here. Preorder it here. Buffy the Vampire Slayer   Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse
Perfect for any fan looking to brush up on their   Buffy   trivia, the encyclopedia will feature a full-color, A-to-Z catalog, as well as information about every character, demon, location, and recurring gag. Pick up the one below here. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Big Bads & Monsters Adult Coloring Book
Relive more of your favorite   Buffy scenes as you color in this upcoming adult coloring book—which you can see an exclusive page of—that features 45 illustrations of some of the show’s biggest bads,   including the Master, Drusilla, Angelus, and Spike. Show Full Article Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus Season 8 Vol 1
“Binge-read” all of   Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 with this Dark Horse Omnibus, out in September. Hot Topic clothing line
Dress to slay, in this upcoming collection that will include a Buffy-inspired trench, as well as a classic Willow sweater. Vampyr Hardcover Ruled Journal
Keep track of your inner slayer with this blank ruled journal that features text from the original   Slayer Handbook. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire
More a witch than a slayer? Buffy: The High School Years – Parental Parasite
This comic collection, which will be out in June, follows teenage Buffy as she balances her mother’s attempts to spend time with her along with her school work and slayer duties… and deals with some   monstrous   sibling rivalry. Sunnydale Hardcover Ruled Journal
Become an honorary student of Sunnydale High, (and keep track of your daily assignments) with this leatherette-enclosed journal that features the official Sunnydale High logo. Preorder it here. Members of the Scooby Gang preparing to celebrate   Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s 20th anniversary, now have something to make the festivities a little   extra special. Cast your mind back to the most magical moments of the show in this Willow-narrated book—complete with illustrations and annotations from the other members of the Scooby Gang! Preorder it here. Preorder it here. Preorder it here. Ripple Junction Tees
Declare your love for the cult classic series, with a wide range of new t-shirt designs and classics previously released. With Sunnydale’s favorite hero set to hit a big milestone, fans can expect a range of official anniversary merchandise, which EW has rounded up below, starting with an exclusive first look at a new adult coloring book! Legendary: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Deck Building Game
Form your own Scooby Gang (with at least 4 other friends) as you build decks and recruit heroes in order to take down the Big Bad, with this Upper Deck game.

Chloë Sevigny remembers ‘Big Love’ costar Bill Paxton

The nature of the business is so sad, you have these intense experiences, and you move on, but he really would write letters and call and text. It was a true ensemble, but he was there more than the rest of us   and   really buoyed everybody. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
Even just working with him for five years on Big Love. In 2006, Paxton debuted perhaps his finest showcase: HBO’s   Big Love, the family drama about a typical American man and his three wives, one of whom was played by Chloë Sevigny. I posted something on my Instagram, and some kid wrote in, “It was amazing how he could always bring this left field presence to mainstream.” It’s really hard to make an impact in those big movies, with a small part. He worked really hard, put a lot of time into it. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What do you remember the most about Bill? He was always one of those people who would maintain contact, and that’s so rare in the business, even when you’ve worked so intensely with someone. One of the last times I saw him here [was] at a charity event at the Kitchen for Kim Gordon. He was at an exhibition, and there was a photograph of her that was on the cover of one of those records, and he bought it for me. Just above and beyond. “Good person” sounds trivial, but he truly was this grounded, rooted family man, who was so loyal to his brother, and his father, and his children. He worked longer and harder than everybody else. A version of this story appears in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday. He was just so committed. CHLOË SEVIGNY: Obviously, him smiling. Had you met him before you started working on Big Love? No, it must have been the first table read. For decades, Paxton was a fixture onscreen in every genre imaginable, stealing scenes in gigantic blockbuster films and delivering standout work in artier fare. Don’t forget to   subscribe for exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. What he got to play on Big Love was a leading man, which he had never really done before, and got to root that show and that family, and make it believable for everybody that was tuning in because of his presence, and how rooted the character was. You could barely see the lines, he had done so much work. But also entertainment. He was just fearless. What was he like on set? He believed in entertainment being transportive and transformative. And whenever he came to New York, he would invite me on these weird adventures. But arty. The letters he would write, they’re so beautiful. Of course I had known him growing up in the ‘80s, with all those iconic films that he was in. He would come in and do a wild character that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to pull off. He came dancing. Especially going on five years on a show, it can drag a little. I’m a huge fan of the singer Nico. It’s interesting to see that in his career, that old-fashioned Texan quality—
Yeah, but he’s also a weird cult film star, do you know what I mean? It was pretty extraordinary. Of course, he had his ups and downs, as we all do, but he still loved the movies, loved the business, loved people, was just a genuinely good Texan boy. Just really understood actors, and of course he was a director, so he also understood storytelling and camera, and always insightful opinions and ideas. The sad passing of actor Bill Paxton   at 61 over the weekend led to an outpouring of grief from collaborators and fans alike. He was already a staple in my mind as this great character actor. That was really refreshing, and inspiring. That was really a gift that he gave to me. Show Full Article He believed in the magic of what we can bring to people. It shows the strength of his character and how exceptional he was. He was one of the less cynical, jaded people I’ve ever met in the business. He would come in with a script marked, every episode. A good ole’ boy in a way. We went to eat at that fancy place Daniel with some of his friends. Everybody could take that leap of faith with him. I think it’s because he was so rooted, such a good person. His generosity… when we started, we were on this big lot in Santa Clarita [California], and he bought me and Ginnifer [Goodwin] and Jeanne [Tripplehorn] beach cruisers with our characters’ name on them. He was really professional, positive, would let other people have their moments. He was really exceptional. He was the real cheerleader — we used to call him the cheerleader of the show — and rally everybody all the time. He was always so positive, and really loved the business, and loved creating. He just went above and beyond. He was so jovial. He helped keep things in perspective, and remember what we were doing was important. Below, the actress remembers   her costar in a conversation with EW. Like, how did he keep up this boyish enthusiasm and charm for so long?

Lorde officially announces new single, ‘Green Light’

This is where we begin.”
Check out her tweets below. It’s complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE.”
Lorde added that the song would be debuting alongside its new music video directed by Grant Singer. Lorde hasn’t released an album since 2013’s   acclaimed Pure Heroine, but in November she released a long Facebook note updating fans on the status of her new music. Considering   the last time we saw Lorde in a music video, she was tying up a cheating boyfriend, throwing him into a pool, and then lighting that pool on fire, it seems fair to have high expectations. She followed up this tease on Wednesday by releasing the official name of her new single: “Green Light.”
“I am so proud of this song,” Lorde tweeted. “It’s very different, and kinda unexpected. New Lorde music is getting closer. it's complex and funny and sad and joyous and it'll make you DANCE
— Lorde (@lorde) March 1, 2017

it's the first chapter of a story i'm gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. On Monday, the pop star (whose real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor) released a short video teaser of her riding in the back of a car, along with the dates “3.2.17 NYC” and “3.3.17 NZ,” teasing she would release new music on those dates. it's very different, and kinda unexpected. this is where we begin
— Lorde (@lorde) March 1, 2017

GREEN LIGHT debuts with a video directed by the inimitable @grant_singer – tomorrow, 8am nz / 2pm nyc
— Lorde (@lorde) March 1, 2017

Show Full Article i am so overjoyed to finally announce that my first single, GREEN LIGHT, is coming out tomorrow at 8am nz / 2pm nyc 💚💚💚
— Lorde (@lorde) March 1, 2017

i am so proud of this song. At the time, she wrote, “Writing Pure Heroine was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record —   well, this one is about what comes next.”
Following up on that, Lorde tweeted Wednesday that “Green Light” is “the first chapter of a story I’m gonna tell you, the story of the last two wild, fluorescent years of my life.