Ed Sheeran teases release date of Taylor Swift’s next album

“I have a feeling about it,” he said. Read Sheeran’s full interview with BBC here. “Seventeen is my lucky number, and everyone I was scared of releasing of albums around me released them all last year — people like Beyoncé and the Weekend and Bruno Mars.”
He went on to tease a potential release date for Taylor Swift’s next album. “Taylor [Swift] isn’t going to be releasing until probably the end of this year — Christmas is the smartest time to release because that’s when everyone buys records,” he said. When speaking about his career, Sheeran asserted   that 2017 would be his high point, mainly because most of his competition released their projects last year. Show Full Article During an interview with BBC, the “Shape of You” singer discussed his upcoming album, Divide, and his plans for the year. Ed Sheeran knows you have questions about Taylor Swift’s plans to release a new album — but   you’ll likely have to listen to “a full year of just all Ed” before you get to hear it. Swift hasn’t released an album since 2014’s 1989, which helped her snag the Album of the Year award at last year’s Grammys.

‘The Americans’ season 5: EW review

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I’ve probably already said too much, but consider this: If there was ever a time to start watching a show about Russian spies undermining American interests, wouldn’t it be now? Well, after watching the first three episodes of the new season, I’m here to tell you that it’s still true. Meanwhile, Philip and Elizabeth get assigned to “befriend” a Russian defector who can hardly finish a paragraph without disparaging Soviet Russia. The answer, as with all things on The Americans, will probably be a complex, messy, unexpected, and engrossing third option. Will all these furrowed brows eventually turn into full-fledged crises of conscience for the spies, turning them into traitors? Back in the States, Beeman suffers a similar crisis about what his country’s values really are. But if for some reason you’re still not convinced of the show’s greatness, I’m just going to list some of the cool stuff that happens this season. In one of this season’s most compelling storylines, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) furtively works in opposition to the agency in order to help a Soviet spy whom he’s come to consider a friend. In the premiere, the couple spend nearly 10 entire minutes of television time simply digging a hole   —   which, okay, might sound boring at first, but just wait until you see what happens when they’re done digging. This is the home stretch for The Americans — the next season will be its last. No fun! My hunch is that she is.)
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More fascinating, though, is watching each character’s confidence in their respective home country chip away slowly but surely. A-
The Americans returns   for season 5 on Tuesday, March 7 at 10 p.m. ET on FX. (Beeman, it should be noted, also finds himself in a new romantic relationship with a woman who may or may not be one of Philip and Elizabeth’s spies. Show Full Article Over time, his complaints wear on the Jennings in different ways, even as they both acknowledge there’s some truth to what he’s saying. Long lines! At this point, you’ve surely already encountered plenty of reviews, year-end best lists, and TV-nerd friends who all swear The Americans   — now entering its fifth season — is one of the finest experiences on television. Judging by the look in his eyes, Philip has a different perspective. Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin), the Soviet spy Beeman seeks to protect, is forced to confront the harsh conditions his countrymen must endure   —   a stark awakening after having spent so much time in the U.S. The current-events factor is hard to deny   —   there’s even a healthy dose of   intelligence community intrigue. Or will things climax in a more straightforward fashion, with Beeman and his FBI facing off directly with the Jennings? “Every country has its problems,” Elizabeth notes defensively. In one episode, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings, the sexy Russian married spies at the center of this espionage drama, pretend to be cowboys, sneak into an insect lab, and kill a man to the tune of Roxy Music’s “More Than This.” Elsewhere, they dress up as pilots, flight attendants, and racquetball players.

‘Ultimate Beastmaster’ vs. ‘Ninja Warrior’: An honest comparison

By midway through the season, the Netflix show feels as repetitive as watching somebody play the first level of a video game over and over again. So Ninja Warrior   clearly wins this category, right? Hopefully having both will inspire each to improve even more in their seasons to come. Oh, Beastmaster also has a brief and wholly dispensable introduction from Sylvester Stallone in its premiere and finale, and I wonder if he scored that executive producer credit in exchange for shooting only one minute of video. Show Full Article Ninja Warrior has nurtured a cast of obstacle course experts over the years, several of whom I suspect would chew up this flashy new course. That said, Beastmaster does make the Ninja course look cheaper and more static — a course that’s been improved by a few degrees each year when NBC should have been pushing the genre further and taking more chances to leave no room for a rival like Beastmaster to impress. Well … maybe not. Competition has a way of doing that. Plus Crews creepily says “into the blood” every time a contestant falls into the Beast’s pool. Winner:   Both
THE PROGRESSION
Ninja Warrior changes its course between each city and in the finale. USA!” like they’re in the stands watching the competition rather than doing the commentary (there are no spectator stands on Beastmaster, so maybe producers ordered them to pull double duty). Netflix rolled out its first reality show last weekend with   Ultimate Beastmaster, a hardcore obstacle course competition series clearly inspired by NBC’s summer hit American Ninja Warrior (which in turn is a spin-off of Japan’s Sasuke). Winner:   Tie
Ultimately there’s room enough on TV for both Ninja Warrior and Beastmaster. Ninja Warrior has a straightforward progressive elimination of a large pool of competitors drawn from regional qualifiers (think   American Idol). Both shows are fun diversions featuring athletic prowess, inspiring you to get to the gym. Winner: Ninja Warrior
THE COMMENTATORS
I’m sure they’re all nice people, and perhaps I’m too hard on them, but as quasi-sports commentators, they’re, well, annoying. athletes. Also, Ninja Warrior lets competitors wear whatever they want, and even run shirtless, so there is that. (Note to producers: When we SEE something happen, you don’t also need to SAY it   happened —   especially every damn time). Having the international cast adds value to Beastmaster, but the competitors on Ninja Warrior seem far more skilled — particularly the U.S. Hopefully Beastmaster season 2 will shake up the course for every episode in interesting ways. Here are five honest comparison thoughts:
THE COURSE
The Beastmaster course is a gorgeous superstructure (trailer below) that’s metaphorically designed like the interior of an animal, with obstacles called things like Spinal Descent and Digestive Tract (icky, but interesting). Winner: Beastmaster
THE FORMAT
The biggest difference between the shows. Which brings us to another aspect: The Ninja Warrior competitors are given more chances to show their personality, so we know and like them better. Thompson is probably the best of the bunch because she’s not overcooking it; there are brief moments on Beastmaster where there is no commentary at all, and they’re   blissful. Ultimate Beastmaster created a stunning course which stays basically the same throughout the season (at one point a dangling chain is switched to a thick rope, and we’re breathlessly told this is a big deal as the rope is harder to grip). One of the things I immediately loved about Beastmaster is its contestant profile clips are blissfully short; Ninja Warrior’s treacly Olympics-style bios have half the competitors racing in honor of a dead family member, or to prove some health ailment “can’t hold me back!” Basically,   Beastmaster   contestants need more personality … and Ninja Warrior   ‘s need less. NBC competitors feel like they’re encouraged to present themselves as campy characters to get camera time (if you recognize the nicknames like Captain NBC and Cowboy Ninja then you know what I mean). Have they succeeded? I prefer the linear simplicity of Ninja Warrior, but I also appreciate the added value of Beastmaster’s international cast where you feel warm fuzzies when competitors from different countries root for each other. In a   way, Beastmaster is like a metaphor for how Netflix has evolved television; the streaming company has taken something traditional channels have done well, then tried to upgrade it into something that’s bigger and better and even more addictive. Also: Props to Beastmaster for actually paying winners a cash prize; Ninja Warrior   athletes do all that work for a big TV network for free. You can’t praise Beastmaster’s course without also honoring Ninja Warrior, however, as it’s very much designed to build upon what NBC has been doing for years. Beastmaster‘s Terry Crews and Charissa Thompson scream “USA! Winner: Neither. Contestants enter through its jaws and proceed through to the end (which would basically mean they’re pooped out, a logical conclusion that’s glossed over). It’s like a real-life video game (as the hosts repeatedly point out). And all in different ways:   Ninja Warrior’s Matt Iseman has that monster-truck title yell, and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila makes painful bombastic dad-jokes. THE COMPETITORS
This is a tough one. Ultimate Beastmaster has six countries offering up two contestants for each episode, and the winner of each hour competes in the finale. The lighting is dramatic, the heights are dizzying, and there are clever uses of moving treadmills, shifting platforms, magnets, and bonus point buzzers.

‘Logan’: Track Hugh Jackman’s history as Wolverine

Logan, which hits theaters Friday, serves as the actor’s last go-around as Wolverine. Considering the complex and downright confusing timeline involved in the X-Men franchise, this week’s Entertainment Weekly: The Show   spells out how Jackman’s iconic character fits in. Watch this full episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Check it out at PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. After 17 years, 9 movies, and who knows how many torn shirts, Hugh Jackman is hanging up his claws. Deeming Jackman’s exit “as kind of a big deal,” EW’s Chancellor Agard explains how the character has served as the linchpin of the series, explaining, “Wolverine is literally our introduction to the X-Men world.”
Jackman’s fitting send-off to his longtime role also graces the cover of this week’s issue of EW. Show Full Article

Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara talk improvising in ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Show Full Article Watch this full episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). “There are times in a scene where we’re feeling on top of it and we might kind of just improvise a moment. Levy and O’Hara, who play husband and wife on the Pop series,   stopped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show to enlighten fans about how much of the series is improvised. “The show is really scripted. And a lot of those times, I’d say most of them, we actually use what is improvised.” Adds O’Hara, “Sometimes on the set you’re just inspired because you didn’t know that person was going to do that that way.”
The show follows the rich Rose family, who suddenly lose all their   money and find that their only remaining asset is a town called Schitt’s Creek. Get the full details in the clip above. Almost 95%,” says Levy. When you’re filming a comedy   series with such comic greats as Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, there’s going to be some improv. That’s certainly the case with Schitt’s Creek. Check it out at PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. The series was created by Levy and his son Daniel Levy.

Iggy Azalea apologizes to fans, confirms new music coming in March

“I have decided to include one of the songs from my upcoming album Digital Distortion on the new Def Jam #DirectDeposit tape,” she tweeted, telling her followers   she’d post a   Spotify link to the track when it drops   this Friday, March 3. The “Fancy” performer’s   last proper single, “Team,” originally intended as the lead single from Digital Distortion, reached No. Thanks for your support <3 IGGY
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

Though she first confirmed the planned LP’s title back in October 2015, the studio set has been delayed multiple times. Clips from other album cuts, including a hip-hop banger with lyrics proclaiming “I got that boom boom all up in your face,” are still available   across her social media accounts. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

I felt it was important I made some creative changes too – I needed my album to reflect where my head's at in 2017. “We live in this world of technology and social media, [and] you might have somebody else tell a narrative or story about you online that isn’t factual, or maybe you might be representing yourself in away that isn’t 100 percent accurate,” Azalea has said of the inspiration for the album, which reportedly features collaborations with Bebe Rexha, Jess Glynne, and production trio The Invisible Men. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

I really appreciate the patience & I'm so excited for all the new music, new visuals, album preorder dates etc. for moving over 500,000 units. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

I hope my fans understand my life has been filled with so many personal changes. “I felt it was important to say; I know its been a long wait for my album – SORRY!” the 26-year-old added. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

You can listen to the song by streaming their playlist tomorrow (March 3) on Spotify. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

I'll be releasing throughout the month of March. I'll post the direct links tomorrow! Iggy Azalea is finally getting back to work. Read on for all of Azalea’s tweets   regarding new material. Thanks for your support <3 IGGY
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

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Show Full Article I have decided to include one of the songs from my upcoming album 'Digital Distortion' on the new Def Jam #DirectDeposit tape. 42 on the   Billboard Hot 100   in early 2016, and was later   certified Gold   in the U.S. “Unfortunately, we don’t have control over our digital narratives at all.”
Azalea has shared preview tracks from Digital Distortion in the past, teasing a hip-hop tune titled “A Zillion” on SoundCloud, though she later removed the song from her official account on the music site. pic.twitter.com/xvQhD6FnpT
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

Also I felt it was important to say; I know its been a long wait for my album – SORRY! “I hope my fans understand my life has been filled with so many personal changes. Originally slated for a July 2016 release, Digital Distortion was pushed back to an indefinite date in 2017 after Azalea   broke off her engagement to basketball star Nick Young last summer. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 2, 2017

I have decided to include one of the songs from my upcoming album 'Digital Distortion' on the new Def Jam #DirectDeposit tape. The Australian rapper confirmed Thursday new music, visuals, and an official release date for her upcoming sophomore major label album, Digital Distortion, will be released   throughout the month of March. I felt it was important I made some creative changes too – I needed my album to reflect where my head’s at in 2017.”

I'll be releasing throughout the month of March.

‘DC Rebirth’: How being a dad changes Superman

But where The New 52 had experimented with radical new directions for its characters (Superman dating Wonder Woman! Last spring, DC Comics started over again. Superman has dealt with monsters and aliens and Kryptonite, but raising a family is a new kind of challenge. That’s really the main difference between that Superman and this Superman. She’s a mother and it doesn’t matter where you are, your family is your family. The creators made sure that Lois was just as important to the book as the actual superheroes in her family. He was younger; it really boiled down to that,” Superman   co-writer Peter J. In 2011, DC tried making Superman younger and angstier as part of its giant New 52 reboot, an interpretation that then carried over to Warner Bros. To figure out how Rebirth came to be such a success, EW spoke to the creative teams behind five of DC’s biggest books (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, and The Flash) about how they freshened up their famous characters while still paying homage to past classics. And how does that translate in the eyes of their son, especially when his life is getting complicated with powers? Even when he isn’t on every page, his presence is felt throughout. He’s a bit older, and he has a son and wife. After all, Superman doesn’t need to be an angry young hero finding his way —   there are plenty of those out there. She enters the fray several times in cool and big ways,” Tomasi says. Superman is the   original superhero, and it feels natural to view him as a father figure. This kind of event has become rather common among the two main superhero comics publishers in recent years: Marvel shook up its storied continuity with the Secret Wars event in 2015, and DC itself just did a huge relaunch in 2011 called The New 52. “All   the things we know Superman stands for — truth, justice, and the American Way —   we really wanted to play that up again,” Gleason says. They’re a very loyal, tight-knit family, and that’s what we wanted to have right at the center.”
Superman Vol. “His son Jon allowed us to view Superman through new eyes,” Tomasi says. “It’s how I looked at Superman growing up. The idea of Superman as your father, people really seemed to connect with that.”

But while Superman is able to help Jonathan master his growing Kryptonian superpowers, Lois is helping take care of the family in other ways, even as the Kents have retreated from the hustle and bustle of Metropolis to a Midwestern farm like the one Clark Kent grew up on. This new-old Superman is accompanied by his loving wife, Lois Lane, and their son Jonathan. But this time, he’s not alone. I like that she adapts to it. The result is a   version   of Superman fans haven’t seen in years. This trio has had a lot of experience working together on different books over the years, so by the time they came together to figure out how to refresh Superman, they were mostly on the same page. No sidekicks for The Flash!) to mixed results, Rebirth aimed to bring its characters back to their core elements while simultaneously looking to the future. Under the Rebirth banner, the company relaunched its main books and reinvented its famous characters. We didn’t want to make it like she’s a fish out of water or she can’t handle it. It’s sort of a real clear line in the sand between the New 52 Superman and the Rebirth Superman.”

Tomasi co-writes the series with his longtime collaborator Patrick Gleason, who also splits art duties with comics veteran Doug Mahnke. With the new family, all those things really get   put to the test when you’ve got a kid looking up to you and a wife working with you as a team to raise the kid. blockbusters Man of Steel   and   Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “Everyone knows Lois Lane, but this setting is so different for her. Tomasi tells EW. That dynamic changes your entire life. Jonathan’s perspective also helps Tomasi, Gleason, and Mahnke underline their depiction of an older, wiser Superman, as good with a piece of fatherly advice as he is with a superpowered punch. Now that the first collections of the Rebirth line are rolling out, casual fans have a chance to see what all the fuss is about. “Especially in this day and age, where it’s hard to do, we really wanted to make him stand for what he knows is right and to have that sense of hope, even if it seems a bit naïve. It’s been a huge success so far, both commercially and critically. 1: Son of Superman   is on sale now. It never quite clicked with audiences, however, and DC has now gone the opposite direction with its new Rebirth   initiative. Can your actions back up your words? “The New 52 Superman was impetuous, a bit more knee-jerk, more of a rush-to-action kind of thing. “Lois is not a character who sits idly by and lets her family go through dangerous situations. It’s a simple thing, but to us, really the most interesting aspect of the story is the family relationship.”

In many ways, Jonathan is the key to the book. Everyone’s familiar with that aspect of Superman, but we really want to put that right front and center. Show Full Article “When you’re younger, you tend to jump in and react on your first instinct without thinking things through. How do you make Superman cool? The New 52 Superman has been killed off, and his older, more mature self has returned to replace him. To read more from this week’s issue, pick up Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now   — and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. This question has plagued DC Comics creators for decades, as they’ve struggled to keep Superman (and his honest representation of classic American values) relevant amidst an ever-darkening cultural landscape.

Survey: Superhero fans want more R-rated films

Eighty-four percent of Fandango respondents said they were “interested in seeing a more violent R-rated X-Men movie.”

Show Full Article Once upon a time, almost all superhero movies were rated PG or PG-13 (hence the tendency of movies like   The Avengers   or   Guardians of the Galaxy   to pit their heroes against armies of nameless drones to minimize the blood and gore). But following the blockbuster success of last year’s   Deadpool   and high expectations for   Logan‘s debut   (and Hugh Jackman’s departure) this weekend, superhero fans are making it clear they’re fine with movie adaptations taking it up a notch. Vulture   said it instantly entered the canon of great superhero movies like   The Dark Knight, while EW’s own Chris Nashawaty gave it a B- and called James Mangold’s film “a strange contradiction.”

Viewers, on the other hand, seem almost united in their desire to see more films like Logan. Critics have been somewhat divided about the R-rated   Logan. To read more on Logan, stay tuned to EW.com and pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now – and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. In a new Fandango survey of over 1,000   Logan   moviegoers, 71 percent said they’d like to see more R-rated superhero films.

Nickelodeon orders Lip Sync Battle Shorties, spin-off of Lip Sync Battle

A host will be announced shortly. Now the franchise grows again: Nickelodeon has ordered a Lip Sync Battle spin-off titled Lip Sync Battle Shorties, the network announced Thursday. Nickelodeon   has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of Lip Sync Battle Shorties   and plans to premiere the series   in the fall. Lip Sync Battle began as a bit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon before turning into a   Spike series. The show’s executive producers include Lip Sync Battle creators John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant. Nickelodeon is not entering into the empire blindly, having aired a Lip Sync Battle Shorties special back in December that   attracted   more than two million viewers, factoring in a week of DVR playback. (The network also points out that clips from the   special tallied 20 million-plus viewers on its   YouTube channel.)   Like the special, the series will showcase kids facing off and lip-syncing pop songs. In other Nick news, the network ordered 26 episodes of   an   animated 2-D series based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, with this one being tentatively titled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Show Full Article

‘Kong: Skull Island’: EW review

John Goodman and Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins, working for a shadowy, X-File-like organization called Monarch, go to Capitol Hill seeking funding for an expedition to the uncharted Skull Island before the Russians do. Every other cross-promotional character has to be thrown into the long-range mix as well. If only so much attention had been lavished on the rest of the story. Jackson. B-

Show Full Article And yet, there’s some welcome elements of faithfulness to the original Kong story as well. Hiddleston and Larson are especially let down by the script, which wants to be jokey in the way that something like Predator was, but can’t pull it off. It’s also on the island where they meet that downed American pilot who’s managed to survive since WWII (a daffy John C. The big fella seems fated to be let down by mankind. Such is the state of big-studio filmmaking in the 21st century, when it’s no longer enough to have just Batman or Captain America in a movie. Like its 1933 predecessor, the new Kong is set on the mysterious, unexplored Skull Island (although it’s been moved on the map a bit since the ‘30s). Hiddleston smolders and briefly wields a samurai sword. The rest are, more or less, lining up for the menagerie of monsters’ body count—some of the kills are surprisingly clever and aren’t worth spoiling. Once they land, they hunt one another in the jungle (it may be the first Tinseltown blockbuster to reference Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune’s Hell in the Pacific) until something appears to make them realize that their mano a mano battle is, in fact, small potatoes. Not only Kong, but the other bloodthirsty denizens like pterodactyl-esque, saw-toothed lizard things, giant yaks, and ants that are mentioned by somehow are never shown. And director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Industrial Light and Magic’s Kong is a CGI showstopper. As for subtlety, there isn’t much of that either. Nearly 30 years later, it’s now 1973. All told, there are about a half dozen too many characters to keep track of once the film gets underway. And mostly, they succeed. Jackson barks his great vengeance and furious anger. And Reilly delivers sorely needed punchlines between exposition about Kong’s reputation as the king of the island. The same lack of care goes into the period-specific song choices that have as much imagination as a Time-Life Songs of the ‘70s set. Vietnam is over, and America is licking its wounds. The posse also includes Hawkins’ former NWA bandmate Jason Mitchell, Toby Kebbell, and Shea Whigham. Meanwhile, Kong does his thing and does it well. Larson takes surprisingly few pictures for a photographer, but she does get her Fay Wray moment. The actress Tian Jing is thrown in as some sort of tag-along scientist with a few lines, one imagines, as a sop to the Chinese marketplace. government’s A-bomb tests there in the ‘50s weren’t tests at all, that the government was trying to kill something…Dun-Dun-Duh!!! At least, looking forward. Reillly, who does a comic riff on Kurtz and is easily the best thing in the film). So it is with high hopes and tempered expectations that one walks into the splashy new Kong: Skull Island—a big, loud, and kinda silly monster mash that feels like a throwback to the late-‘90s Bruckheimer era of gung-ho, budgets-be-damned macho adventure. For a beast as mighty and mythic as King Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World has been treated pretty shabbily by Hollywood ever since his still-awesome-after-all-these-years 1933 coming-out party. A humongous roaring ape with fists the size of Studebakers, this King Kong makes the ones that came before seem puny by comparison. It’s there in the South Pacific that our story begins in 1944, when an American pilot and a Japanese pilot both ditch their fighter planes and parachute to safety into this deadly and deserted Eden. Meanwhile, Reilly and the monsters are left trying to save the picture. Goodman assembles a team for the expedition, which includes a hunky tracker played by Tom Hiddleston, a photojournalist played by Brie Larson, and a team of rip-roarin’ Vietnam vets led by Samuel L. Overhead satellite images show it to be in the shape of—yes—a skull, and it’s as deadly as its ominous shape implies. But we didn’t come to Kong: Skull Island for the characters (well-developed or otherwise), we came for the damn dirty ape. The team starts dropping bombs and wreaking havoc on mother nature, letting you know that the real monster is man himself. When they arrive on Skull Island, the place is like a pre-historic paradise ripped from the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. Produced by the same folks behind 2014’s Godzilla reboot, Kong is no longer a standalone character. For better or worse, he’s been corralled into a bigger, more inclusive kaiju cinematic universe—just a hairy towering cog in a bigger Monster Island hoedown to come down the road. Kong swats their helicopters out of the sky like a giant swatting pesky flies. There was the loopy ‘60s spin-off pitting him against Godzilla, Dino De Laurentiis’ eco-conscious 1976 extravaganza featuring Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, and Rick Baker in a primate suit, and Peter Jackson’s three-hankie, emo retelling in 2005, which painted the simian colossus as a misunderstood gentle giant looking for love in the dreamy eyes of Naomi Watts. Goodman makes the case that the U.S. I kept waiting for a single tear to streak down his big hairy cheek. Everything is super-sized. The poor misunderstood guy seems destined to keep proving to humankind that he comes in peace.

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch returns to real estate market

Show Full Article Michael Jackson’s onetime California ranch is returning to the real estate market for roughly $33 million less than its original asking price. This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. The ranch was known under the late pop star’s ownership as ‘Neverland’ and is located about 40 miles away from Santa Barbara, Calif., the Wall Street Journal reports. The seller is a joint venture between Jackson’s estate and a fund managed by real-estate investment trust Colony Northstar. It was originally listed in 2015 for $100 million but the price has now been lowered to $67 million, according to the Journal. He died in Los Angeles in 2009. Jackson bought the property in 1987 and lived there for over 15 years. The $100 million asking price was “was a difficult number to achieve,” Suzanne Perkins, who worked as the property’s 2015 listing agent, told the Journal. Some of his most famous additions to the ranch, like a train station and a flowery clock reading ‘Neverland’, remain. The revamped property is known these days as “Sycamore Valley Ranch” and stretches to around 2,700 acres.

The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac to front new summer festivals

Per the report, each iteration will   span two days and include multiple other artists. Show Full Article The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are   developing a bi-coastal music festival set to debut this summer. With Classic East and Classic West, the two ’70s rock staples could be seeking to capture the same type of energy as last fall’s Desert Trip festival, which brought Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Who, and Roger Waters to the same Indio, Calif., venue where Coachella is held for a three-day event. Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation, the Oak View Group, and CAA are reportedly involved in the development of the events. According to   Billboard, the events will be   named Classic East and Classic West and take place at New York’s Citi Field and Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium, respectively. Multiple sources confirmed to EW that the festival is happening and that additional details will be available soon.

‘The Last Word’: EW review

Shirley MacLaine’s well-deserved reputation as a salty, snappy grand dame—forged from later-career work like Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, Bernie, etc.—unfortunately precedes her in this sloppy, saccharine drama costarring Amanda Seyfried. MacLaine, at 82, still knows how to throw a sideways glance and deliver a cutting remark with élan, but she’s shoehorned into playing a character that’s not just a tenth as dimensional and complex than Aurora Greenway (from Terms) or Doris Mann (from Postcards). The reporter is exasperated by trying to find anyone who will say something nice—everyone hates her, you see—but the script by Stuart Ross Fink is woefully safe in portraying Harriet as a movie version of mean person. Directed blandly by Marc Pellington (who made his name in music videos and horror flicks like The Mothman Prophesies), The Last Word is sort of an inverse Citizen Kane (in many more ways than one), following a newspaper reporter (Seyfried) who’s hired by an old rich woman named Harriet (MacLaine) to piece together her obituary. “Harriet, you’re a piece of work!” Seyfried exclaims in one scene. Actually, it’s not. Harriet’s also a disposable bore next to MacLaine herself. C

Show Full Article “You’re life is so interesting!” she crows in another. It was because of her integrity and high standards. She was tough on people, of course, but not because of greed or white privilege or neediness or crushing insecurity.

George W. Bush jokes with Ellen about his poncho problems at inauguration

The 43rd President of the United States recently stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he discussed many things, including his strong bond with Michelle Obama. “The poncho was a problem,” joked DeGeneres. Show Full Article Bush had a big problem at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Is that the first time?”
Laughing, Bush responded, “Yeah, it looks like it.”
DeGeneres   then wondered if the issue might run in the family, showing images of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, also dealing with the poncho conundrum at the inauguration. “Had you put one on? Former President George W. It had nothing to do with politics, but rather with how to put on a poncho. Watch the video above. But, the host made sure to ask him the ultimate burning question. “It’s genetics,” quipped Bush, who was then presented with an official presidential poncho, complete with easy instructions.

‘Before I Fall’: EW review

Although Sam is stuck reliving the same day over and over again, it never gets repetitive, as director Ry Russo-Young slowly reveals new layers to Sam’s personality. She’s part of a quartet of queen bees who all look like an aspirational Instagram feed come to life, led by Halston Sage as Sam’s domineering best friend Lindsay. Instead, the film adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s bestselling YA novel takes a far more serious approach, delivering a teen melodrama that’s steeped in clichés but still has an unexpectedly poignant message. In some ways, the premise of Before I Fall sounds a bit like a horror movie plot: Groundhog Day, but set in high school. She tries every possible combination of events, hoping to get her timeline back on track, but no matter what she does—skipping the party, being nice to everyone she meets, slathering on the black eyeliner and going rebel—she’s still stuck on Feb. Lindsay gets a little bit of a backstory that explains why she’s so prickly, and Logan Miller is charming as the classmate who’s been harboring a crush on Sam for years, but for the most part, Sam is surrounded by an entire high school’s worth of stock characters and clichés, from the bro-ish boyfriend to the wild-haired outcast. It isn’t hard to guess that the key to unlocking Sam’s time loop is learning some sort of life lesson, and although romance is definitely a plot point, it’s refreshingly not portrayed as the ultimate answer to all of Sam’s problems. B–

Show Full Article It’s a shame, however, that the other characters aren’t as multifaceted as Sam. She can be cruel, thoughtful, insecure, and self-obsessed all at once. She spends most of her time hanging out with her mean girl friends and daydreaming about how she’s going to lose her virginity to her boyfriend Rob (YouTuber Kian Lawley). Before I Fall is essentially your standard high school drama about learning who you are and being nice to people, but Deutch gives Sam a humanity and a depth that elevate her beyond most teenage protagonists. 12. They’re all fairly self-absorbed, particularly mocking their outcast classmate Juliet (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’s Elena Kampouris), and as self-described “bitches,” Sam, Lindsay, and company walk into school on Feb. Zoey Deutch (a standout in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!) plays Sam, a practically perfect teenage girl who’s gorgeous, popular, and kind of mean. For some of us, the idea of reliving a single day in high school over and over and over again sounds like a particularly vicious form of hell. Except Sam immediately wakes up in her own bed, unharmed and right back where she started on Feb. 12. Her friends and family are completely oblivious, but she soon realizes that something’s off. 12 expecting to be showered in roses from their peers as part of the school’s “Cupid Day.” Later that night, they head to a classmate’s house for a party, only for the night to end in tragedy as Lindsay’s car flips on the way home, killing all four girls. Instead, Before I Fall is a surprisingly thoughtful story that strives to say something more, even as it leans hard into traditional YA tropes.

Ryan Murphy created ‘Feud’ as a response to modern issues facing women in Hollywood

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“I wanted to make the show because I wanted to tell a story about modern issues that are facing women today, and, oddly enough, nothing’s changed. The season   focuses on the relationship between   actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis as they work together to make the now-classic movie,   Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. 105) all this week. You’d think things have progressed. “It is about two women who have reached this point in their lives where they’re just sort of at the height of their powers, and yet the industry has said, ‘There’s no roles available for you anymore,’” show creator Ryan Murphy explained during a SiriusXM town hall discussion with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle. “To be an ambitious female, which I feel we all understand, and all aspire to, you start to see how serious Bette Davis was about the work. Feud: Bette and Joan may be set in 1960s Hollywood, but as viewers will soon discover, the show’s themes are relevant in   the present day. Feud premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. “So really it’s a show about sexism and misogyny, and why aren’t women being paid as much as men, and why in our culture we have ‘It’ girls and not ‘It’ boys and why do women feel there’s only room for there to be one successful woman at a time… All of these things are very interwoven in a very juicy, fun, but ultimately, I feel, a tragedy.”
Executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall said that she found herself relating to Bette Davis, especially with Susan’s performance. ET on FX. Show Full Article You can also listen to the full interview   on EW Radio (SiriusXM ch. Same with Joan Crawford. They have not,” notes Murphy. They may have been movie stars, but they   were workers.”
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See the clip above, and watch Cagle’s full town hall interview with the cast of Feud, streaming now on PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network at PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the app on mobile or connected devices.

Sir Ian McKellen offers advice to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway following Oscars mix-up

Backstage, before you go on … see image for more. “Backstage, before you go on, slyly and gently prise open the envelope and sneak a preview of its contents. Following Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s Oscars flub Sunday night, in which they announced the wrong Best Picture winner thanks to an envelope mix-up, McKellen gave his peers some too-little-too-late advice via Twitter. Sir Ian McKellen is known for playing wise characters (Gandalf, Sherlock Holmes, Cogsworth — you get the idea) and as it turns out, the actor is just as wise   off screen. Show Full Article If anyone asks what you are up to, explain you may need to check the pronunciation of the winner’s name or indeed who the winner actually is!”

Above, watch McKellen’s flawless technique in action at the 2004 Oscars, where he announced   one of the Best Picture nominees, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Dear Faye and Warren:Next time, do what I always do when presenting. pic.twitter.com/PxWHYVn8BR
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) March 2, 2017

“Next time, do what I always do when presenting,” McKellen advised in a note addressed to the duo formerly known as Bonnie and Clyde.

‘Table 19’: EW review

Slight even by the wafer-thin standards of the wedding rom-com genre, writer-director Jeffrey Blitz’s Table 19 offers a couple of mild chuckles, six actors who’ve all been far better elsewhere, and a mercifully brief running time. Together this bag of assorted nuts bond while getting high, causing some harmless chaos at the reception, and learning a few life lessons before the bouquet is tossed. Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori is downright creepy as a horny teen famished for some carnal experience and Nebraska’s June Squibb is the recipient of countless stale naughty-grannie clichés that haven’t been funny since Clara Peller starred in Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?” ads. What we’re left with is a romantic comedy that’s neither cute nor funny. Meanwhile, the ace comedienne Lisa Kudrow is saddled with a bitter, neglected-wife subplot, Craig Robinson gets some good lines but is ill-suited as the clueless hubbie who can’t see his wife’s dissatisfaction, and Stephen Merchant draws the shortest straw as an awkward ex-con who embezzled money from the father of the bride. She’s clumsy, insecure, and all-consumed by her ex—a bold feminist tract this is not. And when you’re taking inspiration from Adam Sandler, it’s time to take a cold, hard look in the mirror. Kendrick is an appealing actress, but her character here immediately sets off cloying whimsy alarm bells. Honestly, you’re better off saying “I don’t.” C

Show Full Article Even the cheesy wedding band’s playlist of ‘80s hits feels cribbed from The Wedding Singer. Unless it’s a typo, it’s hard to believe that the usually-dependable Duplass brothers had a hand in producing this thing. It just feels half-baked and phoned in. Anna Kendrick (and her dimples) stars as the plucky flibbertigibbet friend of the bride who was recently dumped by the best man (Wyatt Russell) and gets exiled to a table of tossed-together losers that includes Stephen Merchant, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, June Squibb, and Tony Revolori. They’re the cliché-festooned movie’s idea of an island of misfit toys.

Lorde’s ‘Green Light’: EW Review

As   Melodrama   approaches, it looks like the   coolest person   in pop is changing the game from top-down instead of from out of nowhere. But listening to it feels like the opposite of waiting by the phone and Instagram-stalking your ex—instead, it’s a celebration, It’s the most explosive and epic thing Lorde has done, a sign that she can be just as captivating when she’s aiming for the rafters as she is   pursuing   something quieter. With lyrics like “Honey I’ll come get my things, but I can’t let go,” it’s clear   she’s haunted by a difficult break-up. On Twitter, Lorde said   it would be “different, and kinda unexpected. The most ambitious stretch comes during its   two pre-choruses: one has   tongue-twisting lyrics, eerie background vocals, and bubbling electronic effects   that seem poised to erupt in some Weeknd-level horror-pop; the other is a near-180 pivot, packing all the tension   and anticipation of the flashiest EDM drop with not much more than a cheery, upbeat piano loop and a kick drum. And then there’s that chorus. Judging by the first single of her upcoming album, Melodrama, the answer is absolutely. So   now that Lorde is an establishment pop star, can she still be as weird and revolutionary as she was back then? She and   her collaborators pull off all of those feelings and sounds without making “Green Light” feel like it was   Frankenstein’d together from a pile of lesser tunes. And it was more than just her sound   that made her rapid rise   feel like a coup — the lyrics of her breakout hit “Royals” critiqued the shallow celebrations and signifiers of many Top 40 hits, simultaneously taking over the format while pushing it to go deeper. Show Full Article and several countries abroad, launching Lorde into the upper echelons of celebrity (she orbited Taylor Swift’s squad, after all) and ushering   in a wave of similar   alt-pop introverts (like Alessia Cara). complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE.” That’s a lot of ground   to cover in   one song, but Lorde was…. “Green Light,” which was co-produced by Lorde, Jack Antonoff, and Frank Dukes (Rihanna, Drake), arrived with some serious hype behind it. When Lorde first took off   four years ago, she was a total outsider: a precocious 16-year-old from New Zealand peddling brooding, minimalist electro-pop that stood out from the arms race of extravagant   pop smashes populating   radio at the time. It also sounds like nothing else on the radio or in your Spotify playlists. It’s for all those reasons and more that the song became a No. actually spot-on. 1 hit both in the U.S.

Amy Acker books leading role in Fox’s Marvel mutant pilot

EW has confirmed that Acker will portray one of the parents,   Kate Stewart, who is grappling with her separation from husband Reed   (True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer) when their   lives take a dark turn. Previously reported   cast members include Blair Redford,   Jamie Chung, and   Natalie Alyn Lind. Also joining the cast are   Emma Dumont (Aquarius) and Percy Hynes White (Night at the Museum 3). Amy Acker   is going on the lam. Nix and Singer are also   executive producing alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory. the magnetic mutant Polaris, and White will portray   a sensitive   boy named Andy. Show Full Article The Hollywood Reporter first reported the casting news. Matt Nix (Burn Notice) penned   the action-adventure project, and X-Men   filmmaker Bryan Singer is on board to direct the pilot. Dumont will play   Lorna Dane, a.k.a. The Person of Interest and Dollhouse actress has landed   a leading role in   Fox’s untitled Marvel pilot   about two ordinary parents   who are forced to take their family underground after   their children develop mutant powers.