Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘Divide’ crushes Spotify records

“That was just a s— storm of media and I was like, ‘Obviously if I come out with a record then no one’s gonna care.’”
The singer dropped   “Shape of You,” “Castle on the Hill,” and “How Would You Feel (Paean)” ahead of   the full album release. Sheeran   planned Divide first as   a September 2016 release and then November, but changed his plans because of the presidential election. According to the streaming music service, Divide now holds the title for highest   number of first-day streams for an album with   56,727,861 streams, which is nearly twice the amount of the previous record holder,   The Weeknd’s Starboy (29 million). In addition, “Shape of You,” one of the first two tracks off the album, achieved the highest one-day streams for a song with   10,123,630, besting its own record of   7,940,950 streams   from January when it premiered. “The week the album was coming out was the week the presidential elections,” he explained. Collectively, Sheeran is also Spotify’s   most-streamed artist over the course of a single day — his music repertoire was streamed   68,695,172 times on Friday. Ed Sheeran has done it again: the singer’s latest album, Divide, smashed a number of Spotify streaming records with its Friday release — including one of his own. All 16 tracks   ascended to   the Spotify Global Top 50 chart, thanks in part to international markets. Show Full Article The   songs   also comprised the top spots on Spotify’s Top 50 chart in the U.K.

‘House of Cards’ creator pleads with Twitter to delete Donald Trump’s account

— Donald J. This is Nixon/Watergate. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

15. @Twitter is amazing. For those who would argue that the removal of his account is a violation of free speech, consider this…
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

11. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

7. Terrible! That makes @RealDonaldTrump's tweets a national security threat. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017

Since the president holds “a supreme and unique responsibility unlike any other user,” Willimon wrote that Trump’s tweets have “real and significant impact on the business of governance, world affairs and national security.” He continued, “President Trump has consistently made misleading claims, attacked the judiciary and threatened sovereign states, the press & public. — Donald J. The WH has retaliated against the press by selectively locking them out, called them "the enemy of the people" & ignored hard questions. Today's tantrum is just the latest example of why @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS must be removed from @Twitter. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

Tweeting directly to Twitter’s official feed, Willimon pleaded, “With your worldwide reach & impact on the media, you have a duty to steer clear of accounts facilitating nat’l security threats. His tweets recklessly bypass diplomatic channels without consultation from the State Department, [Intelligence Community] or the Pentagon.”

1. It connects the world. What the President tweets has real and significant impact on the business of governance, world affairs and national security. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

3. It emboldens our enemies to take advantage of his flagrant shortcomings. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

Pointing to Trump’s war on mainstream media, which escalated to   shutting out specific journalists from a White House press briefing, Willimon added, “Trump makes the argument for himself being a liability to the people” with his “behavior on this service.”

10. His tweets recklessly bypass diplomatic channels without consultation from the State Department, IC or the Pentagon. Here's my full argument…
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

2. The President is free to say whatever he wants, and has many of ways of doing so, but no private company owes him an outlet. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

4. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. Show Full Article — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

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— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

According to a national survey released by Quinnipiac University in January, 64 percent of Americans said they want Trump’s Twitter account deleted. That comes with its own responsibility: to do your part in protecting that world. Bad (or sick) guy! Nothing found. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

12. @Twitter is amazing. In fact, with your worldwide reach & impact on the media, you have a duty to steer clear of accounts facilitating nat'l security threats
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

16. Today's outburst is broadcasting to foreign leaders his continuing impulsiveness, recklessness, delusion & ignorance about gov't. Only one person on @Twitter is President of the United States. “Today’s tantrum is just the latest example of why @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS must be removed from @Twitter,” Willimon began a   16-tweet argument. That comes with its own responsibility: to do your part in protecting that world.”

13. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

9. President Trump has consistently made misleading claims, attacked the judiciary and threatened sovereign states, the press & public. Beau Willimon, creator of Netflix’s political series   House of Cards, countered   Donald Trump’s Saturday Twitter rant with one of his own. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

5. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

Willimon then deemed Trump’s tweets to be “a national security threat” for “broadcasting to foreign leaders his continuing impulsiveness, recklessness, delusion & ignorance about gov’t,” as well as emboldening “our enemies to   take advantage of his flagrant shortcomings.”

8. But with his behavior on this service, Trump makes the argument for himself being a liability to the people. Certainly in the unique position of @POTUS the repercussions and intimations his tweets cross these lines. In the past, POTUS used the platform to bash and discredit media outlets, target politicians and the judge who blocked his travel ban, and   slamming Arnold Schwarzenegger and Celebrity   Apprentice, among other things. “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2017

6. Even as a private citizen it is arguable that he has violated Twitter rules regarding violent threats, harassment and hateful conduct. This is McCarthyism! While you cannot prevent the President from saying reckless things elsewhere, @Twitter is not obligated to facilitate that here. Bad (or sick) guy,” the president   tweeted from his personal account. That comes with a supreme and unique responsibility unlike any other user. Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. This is Nixon/Watergate. The writer-producer was referring to   Trump alleging   over the social media platform that Barack Obama had his “‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” before the election. It connects the world.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ director says ‘exclusively gay moment’ was ‘overblown’

“If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me, then we have no business showing it.”
BBC further reports the film may not screen in Russia, given the country’s law that bans what Russian officials deem “gay propaganda” to minors. “You saw the movie, yeah? I like the idea of it coming as this surprise, and I hope people don’t know where it’s coming.”
Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens,   hits theaters on March 17. “Oh God. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Since news broke, the Alabama-based theater Henagar Drive-In canceled its screenings of Beauty and the Beast over LeFou. At the time, he referred to it as “an exclusively gay moment,” but has since downplayed his past remarks   during an interview with ScreenCrush. “He’s confused about what he wants,” Condon explained to Attitude, which revealed   the news as a “world premiere” and “watershed moment” in the original article. Can I just tell you? And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. I feel like the kind of thing has been, I wish it were – I love the way it plays pure when people don’t know and it comes as a nice surprise.”
Wishing “to   not make a big deal of it,” he asked, “Why is it a big deal?”
Spoiler warning for Beauty and the Beast:   The scenes in question involve LeFou subtley flirting with Luke Evans’ Gaston, and the end shows him dancing with another male character. “If we cannot take our 11 year old grand daughter and 8-year-old grandson to see a movie, we have no business watching it,” the new owners wrote in a message on Facebook. Read EW’s full review here. According to Bill Condon, too much has been made over Beauty and the Beast‘s   “exclusively gay moment.”
The director first announced   Josh Gad’s LeFou would come out of the closet in a recent issue of Attitude magazine, giving Disney   its first openly gay character. Show Full Article It’s all been overblown. Gad remarked to USA Today on the film’s premiere, “There was nothing in the script that said ‘LeFou is gay.’” Condon, too, echoed his comments to ScreenCrush: “To me, I have to say my heart sinks a little. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. You know what I mean. “It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. Because it’s just this, it’s part of just what we had fun with,” he said.

‘Ocean’s 8’: Cate Blanchett jokes ‘there’s only eight women working in Hollywood’

So, why are there only eight women in Ocean’s 8? Elsewhere in the interview, Blanchett, who’s making her Broadway debut in The Present, had a unique take on the infamous Oscars flub. So, anyone who’s got a voice and success in the cultural industry is suddenly marginalized or considered their voice isn’t significant or worth being part of the popular parlance — and [the Oscars]   kinda handed it to the administration on Sunday night, that bunch of duffers.”
“Oh, because they get to look like idiots,” Colbert responded, “and he [Trump] gets to point and go, ‘Hollywood sad.’”
“Yeah, ‘sad,’ which is such a profoundly interesting thing to say,” Blanchett said. “But here in this country, the wonderful thing about America is success is rewarded, but now I think in the last, since the inauguration, this notion of the cultural elite has really kind of got going. Watch her in the clip above. “There’s only eight women working in Hollywood,” Cate Blanchett joked of the film’s title on The Late Show Friday. “In   Australia we have a wonderful, wonderful cultural industry, but often success is not rewarded,” she explained. Ocean’s 11 saw   George Clooney and Brad Pitt leading a   male-dominated   caper crew,   and the roster expanded in   Ocean’s 12   and then   13. Show Full Article “I’m glad you’re one of them,” Colbert remarked of Blanchett, who said she “just finished” filming the movie. Blanchett mentioned Ocean’s 8   briefly when asked by Stephen Colbert at the tail end of their conversation, and the host cracked up   over   her comical but blunt answer. The Oscar winner joins Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling,   Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna in the film about a group of master thieves attempting to pull off a grand heist at the Met Gala in New York City.

Bill Maher: To fight Trump, Democrats need ‘our own alpha pervs’

Spitzer, whom Maher says is “a choir boy” compared to Trump; Weiner, “our loudmouthed, kicka– New Yorker who’s up all night on social media”; and “someone even worse, and by worse, I mean better: John Edwards.”
“If Trump is indeed the new normal, if it’s perfectly fine for the American president to be Bill Cosby with a super pac, then Democrats have to go all out, too — and that means Spitzer and that means Weiner,” Maher said. “Because when a   hooker blows a politician,” he added, “it puts a lobbyist out of work.”
Maher argued the “double standard has got to stop, where all the Democrat horn dogs have to go live on a farm, but the Republican hound is allowed up on the furniture in the Oval Office.” Instead of blasting Trump supporters and the Republican Party for this hypocrisy, he called the Democrats to join in the fight. “Trump supporters just make a different calculation,” he said. “They say, ‘No, I don’t like cheating and p—y grabbing, but, hey, this ain’t a friendly fight, this is a battle for the soul of the country.’ And it is, and since it is, Democrats should be able to be allowed to put our alpha pervs back on the board, especially since the Democratic Party has a proud tradition of excellent horny presidents: F.D.R., J.F.K., L.B.J., and, of course, how about a BJ (Bill Clinton)?”
Who are these “alpha pervs”? It’s time for the Democratic Party to bring out their own “alpha pervs,” according to Bill Maher. “And by the way, next time he   runs, no more ‘Anthony Weiner,’ he’s ‘Carlos Danger.’”
Watch Maher in the clip above. “If the new normal is a president who has bragged about sexual assault and walking in on naked teenage beauty pageant contestants, and who has spoken lustfully about his own daughter and once said of a fifth-grader, ‘I’m going to date her in 10 years,’ tell me again why someone like   Eliot Spitzer is so terrible?” he   asked, referring to the Democratic politicians’ prostitution scandal. Show Full Article The host of HBO’s Real Time made a case for backing Democratic politicians like Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner during   a segment on his show Friday night.

Samuel L. Jackson performs dramatic readings of Facebook rants

Samuel L. “I liked the way you attacked it, but I’m still feeling Brad Pitt from True Romance,” he offered. He can now add, “If you don’t have a sash, you don’t get my cash,” to his repertoire of quotable lines. Jackson has performed dramatic readings of famous catchphrases and the children’s classic Go the F— to Sleep, but he put   all of himself into even more modern material: Facebook rants. If they had hands, I bet they’d be drinkin’ milk, too. As a guest on The Tonight Show Friday night, the Kong: Skull Island actor performed dramatic readings of Girl Scout cookie-, Walgreens-, and milk-related rants posted to social media. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. Show Full Article “He’s the kind of dude who would rant about Pop-Tarts ’cause he’s always stoked and always hungry.”
Watch Jackson in the clip below. ET on NBC. Jackson even got to throw in his signature “motherf—–” from Pulp Fiction: “Most animals will drink cow’s milk if you give it to them, they just lack the ability to get it for themselves. So get off your food high horse already, and stop milk shaming me, motherf—–!”

He   also offered host Jimmy Fallon some tips when the host performed a dramatic reading about Pop-Tarts and Toaster Strudel.

Drake teases new music with cryptic Swedish Instagram message

“I’m off like mixtapes, I want to do a playlist,” he said in October. I had a great tour, I had a great summer. That’s   today.)
More Life is the name of a playlist Drake had previously said would drop in December. But for me I just want to get right back to it. Like I said, dropping in December. All original music from me. Be with the people again.”
Drake’s Instagram bio now reads simply, “MORE LIFE.” As some have pointed out, the artist’s description on iTunes mentions   Nineteen85, the Weeknd, Maneesh Bidaye, and Boi-1da are featured on the playlist, as well. You might hear some tunes from the family on there, but I’m just really excited. And most people, I guess, would like go probably take a break. Show Full Article Drake may have a special surprise for fans this weekend: the rapper posted and then quickly deleted a message written in Swedish to Instagram that seems to announce the release of new music. So, stay sharp! According to a screenshot of the note from   Complex, Drake’s post on Friday night featured a scrap of paper with the message, “Om du över sätter det här är det försent.” He’s currently in Sweden on the Boy Meets World Tour, and   the words roughly translate, “If you’re reading/translating this, it’s too late.”
It’s likely a reference to the 2015 mixtape   If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, but the note continued at the bottom with “More Life, March 4, 2017.” (Psst! “I want to give you a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to your life, so this More Life: The Playlist.

Deadpool 2 teaser from Logan screenings released online

As shown in the nearly four-minute NSFW   scene   which Reynolds’ tweeted Saturday morning, Wade Wilson stumbles upon a man getting mugged in an alley just outside a rundown movie theater (which is playing Logan, by the way). The Merc with the Mouth is   officially back! An actor has yet to be formally announced for the role, but Marvelites can start speculating on the Nathan Fillion Firefly posters hanging in the windows behind the phone booth. “No Good Deed.”

Anyone know the number to 911? Fun Easter egg,   or are they trying to say something? “Wow, nice suit,” he says. “Anyone know the number to 911?” Reynolds tweeted of the scene. The guy’s been shot and there’s comic book creator Stan Lee making his next Marvel movie   cameo appearance. By the time he actually suits up, though, it’s too late. After EW reported a Deadpool 2 teaser would screen in front of   showings of Logan   in theaters beginning this weekend, the video, featuring Ryan Reynolds spoofing Superman, is now online. That’s not good.”
Fans may also notice a message written on the phone booth in marker that reads, “Nathan Summers coming soon,” another nod to the X-Men character Cable, who   was first announced for the sequel in a Deadpool post-credits scene. “Zip it, Stan Lee,” Deadpool shouts before he runs upon the bloody scene and we hear, “Oh, Jesus. “Not on my watch,” he proclaims before dashing into a phone booth to change into his super-suit to the heroic theme music to Superman. No Good Deed https://t.co/HyfsFn48Vl
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 4, 2017

Deadpool 2, directed by   David Leitch after original helmer Tim Miller dropped out, will be released on   March 2, 2018. Show Full Article Watch the teaser above.

‘Logan’: Hugh Jackman posts video from last day playing Wolverine

As Hugh Jackman’s final   X-Men movie,   Logan,   hits theaters this weekend, the actor posted video   of himself   on the last day of playing his career-defining role. Makes sense to me. So that’s a wrap! “I was at a dinner party with Jerry Seinfeld,” he told EW in our cover story interview. @logan @20thcenturyfox pic.twitter.com/6tefP7xa8V
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) March 4, 2017

Logan is playing in theaters this weekend, with a bonus Deadpool 2 teaser. “So, this is my second wrap — who knows, maybe there’ll be a third.” He adds   in a tweet on Saturday, “In fact, there were no additional shoots after the reshoots of the rewrap. Makes sense to me.”
Logan marks Jackman’s ninth appearance as Wolverine — including cameos in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse — since the character first extended his adamantium claws in 2000’s X-Men. “He has   a really clear and   very decisive philosophy about creativity and when it’s time to call it quits on something.” He added, “I’ll never forget him saying you need to leave something in the tank, that actually if there is —   you   feel, ‘Okay, I think we might have said everything, but there’s still a little bit left,’ then that’s the time to go.”
Watch video of Jackman leaving the Logan set on his final day below. So that's a wrap! It’s time to say goodbye to Wolverine. “This is the last day of reshoots on Logan,” Jackman   says in the video. In fact, there were no additional shoots after the reshoots of the rewrap. Show Full Article

‘Logan’: Hugh Jackman opens up about the ending (spoilers)

The X-Men universe, as recently as Days of Future Past in   2014, established alternate timelines, and Professor Xavier bounced back swimmingly from vaporization in 2006’s Last Stand. Jackman was open to it, but not without a serious caveat. The idea that, in the end, he must give his life to save someone else… I thought that was really powerful.”
Watch the   full interview with Hugh Jackman   on the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. It was director James Mangold who first proposed the idea that Logan should   die at the end of the new film. Seinfeld’s advice: leave a little in the tank. “I know this doesn’t sound right coming from an Australian, but at some point, you’ve got to leave the party,” he says, laughing. The idea that in the
“As soon as I saw the script, I got it,” Jackman says. To read more on Logan, 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. Spoiler warning: This article goes into detail about the ending of   Logan. When I met my wife, I knew. “I thought, ‘This is a reason to do another movie and a reason to do no more after it,’” Jackman says. But don’t get too excited about that idea. “I’m quite indecisive, but when I get that gut feeling, it’s kind of a relief to me. “Logan is someone who is most scared of intimacy and so wants to be alone and do things for himself. Plus, Jackman has previously said he’d love to bring Wolverine into an Avengers movie, à la Spider-Man. With the kids, I knew. “As soon as I saw the script, I got it,” Jackman says. “But we really needed to earn it.”
They do. After all, Unforgiven, a major inspiration for   Logan, ends with Clint Eastwood’s Bill Munny walking away. “The moment he said it, I was like, ‘This is it,’” Jackman recalls during an interview for the latest EW cover story. Over dinner after finishing work on   The Wolverine in 2013, Hugh Jackman asked Jerry Seinfeld — they’re friends — about the comedian’s decision to walk away from his sitcom and how Seinfeld knew the time was right to   depart. When I was talking to Jerry that day, I was like, ‘Oh, yeah.’”
In that instant, Jackman realized he had one last thing to give Wolverine: an ending. “It’s time to go home.”

Show Full Article Jackman insists he’s done. As serious as Jackman seems about   laying Logan to rest, he does have an escape clause (escape claws?) should he change his mind. “Logan is someone who is most scared of intimacy, and so he wants to be alone and do things for himself. Having already delivered Laura (newcomer   Dafne Keen) to the Canadian border, Logan sacrifices himself in a fight against a merciless clone, also played by Jackman, to secure her safe passage to the north.

Stephen Colbert mocks Jeff Sessions’ awkward press conference

“You can’t just end a   press conference with the one piece of relevant information you have,” he said. Tonight! “In retrospect, I should’ve slowed down and said I did meet with one Russian official a couple times — that would be the ambassador,” Sessions said before abruptly exiting. Colbert wasn’t having it. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/0kwE5TcCkO
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 4, 2017

The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. Take care, bye!’”
See more from Colbert in the clip below. A day after purporting to   flip   through Jeff Sessions’ Russia-filled day planner,   Stephen Colbert   doubled back   to address   the embattled attorney general’s terse press conference in which he   recused himself from any investigation   into possible   Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. On Friday’s episode of The Late Show, Colbert   took Sessions to task   for barely discussing   the thing that   got him into trouble: his failure   to disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. ET on CBS. Show Full Article last year. “That   would be like Darth Vader saying, ‘By the way, Luke, I’m your dad. Revelations about the Trump administration's Russian ties continue to leak out.

Trump claims Schwarzenegger was ‘fired’ from ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

“I loved every second of working with NBC and [executive producer] Mark Burnett. As reported previously by EW, NBC insiders say the network has not made a decision about the fate of The New Celebrity Apprentice, with or without Schwarzenegger. Just days after telling members of Congress that the “time for trivial fights” is over, President Donald Trump blasted Arnold Schwarzenegger via Twitter on Saturday morning for leaving The New Celebrity Apprentice. You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker. “When I ran for president I knew I had to leave the show, that’s when I knew for sure I was doing it,” Trump said after he was introduced at the event by Mark Burnett. “And they hired a big, big movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger to take my place, and we know how that turned out. Trump has frequently slammed Schwarzenegger for the show’s poor ratings, even mocking the Terminator star from the stage of the National Prayer Breakfast last month. https://t.co/SvAjuPdHfa
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 4, 2017

On Friday, Schwarzenegger released a statement to announce he was done with the NBC reality series, which still counts the president as an executive producer. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” Trump wrote. Everyone — from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department — was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn’t have this baggage,” Schwarzenegger said, without referencing Trump by name. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017

Schwarzenegger wasted no time in responding to Trump. But the show’s ratings remained poor through its run this year, grabbing about 4 million viewers on average for new episodes, while The New Celebrity Apprentice finale placed last in its time slot. Sad end to great show
— Donald J. And I want to just pray for Arnold if we can, for those ratings.”
In response, Schwarzenegger poked Trump via social media, asking the president if he wanted to “switch jobs” so the “people can finally sleep comfortably again.”
— Reporting by James Hibberd

Show Full Article Ratings went right down the tubes, it’s been a total disaster, and Mark will never, ever bet against Trump again. Schwarzenegger’s statement was cited by some as a possible preemptive measure to leave the show before being fired himself. “You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker,” the former California governor wrote on Twitter. “Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me.

As ‘When We Rise’ ends, Dustin Lance Black looks for a solution

He’ll   use   the same trick again soon in an upcoming biopic on civil rights leader Bayard Rustin for HBO, as well as a memoir that focuses on his relationship with his late mother.”

And yet, if   the idea of one life-changing hour of television unlocking a breakthrough in family dialogue seems a pipe dream to those who don’t have Black’s history, patience, or optimism, there’s another hope Black has hung on When We Rise: Whatever criticism the series may face in its filmmaking or narrative choices, the show nevertheless offered visibility that cannot be undone. In Texarcana, Texas, about as red as you can get, storytelling is the best tool in the world. He’s protested and he’s cried, but he’s not angry; he’s disappointed. No network executive could predict the relevance of When We Rise, Black’s eight-part limited series on ABC (which concluded its run Friday night). “I’ve been hurt,” says   Black. Not so much if you’re the activist. “Our stories have not been brought to the little and big screen in equal proportion to how we exist in the country and in the world, yes, but beyond that, I think for many reasons we’ve lost our history,” he says, paraphrasing   a Larry Kramer quote, “We are not a people until we have a history.” “We’ve lost so many of our mentors who would have handed down their stories in the great oral tradition — we lost that generation — because of a plague. You change a heart, then you’ve got a shot at changing a mind. “I love my family to death, but I know that most of them likely voted for Donald Trump, and I’ve heard their frustrations over the years and seen how they’ve not been adequately addressed,” he says. “I would give anything in the world for the series to be less necessary and relevant because I’m not a sociopath,” admits   the screenwriter, who currently lives in London with his fiancé, British diver Tom Daley. There’s a world in which it’s easily fathomable that Dustin Lance Black could be   the most furious person in the country today. I can’t say I would have guessed that we would be in this place with Donald Trump in the White House, but I certainly thought we were in trouble if we didn’t start working together better,” he says. If we’re divided, we’ll fall, and I feel that we’ve become so self-interested that we weakened our collective voices.”
That’s the message for LGBT activists; the other message includes the parties across the aisle and the related allegiances that recent political events have called into question. You change laws, you change a country.”
It sounds like a dream, to be sure, and Black is too well-versed in gay history to be cavalier about the slow realities of LGBT legislation. And yet, anger isn’t his operating emotion right now, nor has it been since November’s game-changing election. Given All That’s Going On In America™, beneath an administration that’s begun to infringe on the rights of LGBTQ citizens, it’s imaginable that Black, the 42-year-old screenwriter whose IMDb page could double as the curriculum for a 101 college course on gay history, could be the maddest of them all. Storytelling is what brought his family around to accepting him in his teens: “Stories are what finally got my mother and extended family to come from a place of fear about me being gay to a place of acceptance. There’s a quote — ‘Anger begets anger. Love begets love.’ — and so you’ve got to reach out and try something if we’re going to change things.”
Black’s latest project is an attempt, and one which arrived   at a time when a   fight for civil rights has once again bubbled to the surface of American discourse. I know that when you’re in isolation in areas like the south in a conservative home, you might take those words from your ‘leaders’ and feel shame or feel very alone in your struggle. “But if my mom, who was a conservative Christian military southern Louisiana mom, and I could figure out where the bridges between me and my friends on the coast and her and our family — in what most people would call ‘other America’ — were, then I think the rest of our country ought to be able to as well.”
The tool, Black says, is not a battle of who can out-cite policy or statistics, but whose anecdotes hit home. Much of his professional adult life, including his Oscar win for penning the 2008 Harvey Milk biopic Milk,   has been spent advocating for precisely the kind of human equality that’s presently under federal fire. You change a mind, you can start to change laws. On narrative alone, that would be compelling enough, but When We Rise’s brief but buzzy run was burdened by a heavy atmosphere of prescience and urgency. It’s a torch.”
Black demonstrates certain qualities that don’t come easily — patience and the conviction that great change can always be affected, somehow. So in many ways, I hope this show can serve as a roadmap, to know that they have forefathers and foremothers who faced backlash like this before and pushed back and won. His is an attitude   that lies somewhere between optimistic and academic, with roots deeply embedded in   two key chapters   of his story: An adulthood spent studying social justice history, and a childhood spent growing up in a conservative Mormon military home within   a southern family from Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. “I think the emotional family story is common language between our two Americas, and one we have to start using if we’re going to start to understand each other,” he urges. To the former, Black says the modern gay rights movement had been moving towards certain displacement even before the 2016 election, due to its growth   and the splinters from certain myopic self-interests within the overall LGBT movement. The drama charts the under-shared stories of key figures in the modern gay and lesbian rights movement — Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, and Ken Jones, among others — across four decades in San Francisco. “If you’re a careful student, you saw what was starting to happen culturally a couple of years ago. “I know what it feels like this year. You show up to dinner at my family’s house and you start talking politics, policy, the Constitution, or science, you’re going to get ignored. Though the series reaches the relative present by its conclusion, it’s a time capsule of a harrowing journey of victories and losses in a race with no marked finish line. Shame has kept so many generations from telling the stories of who we are and what our struggles have been, and I do think it’s well past time to rip that shame off and continue to   begin to tell all of our stories. It’s a roadmap for them to do the same. But he believes in the power of a relatable family tale, which is why he focused When We Rise primarily on activists with families rather than strictly political battles. “There have been certain people who have made me angry, but I don’t think that’s most of the world. And there are many.”

Show Full Article I’m looking for solutions here. Timeliness mutated   it from a history lesson to   an important   show with a capital I — which is great, if you’re a network executive. And for some young people, the solutions that run through their heads are dire. But so many of our stories and so many of us have also been lost in shame. But you come to the table with stories, with humor and heart and having something to do with family, and that’s how you’re able to change a heart. Your ‘leaders’ saying that your lives are less worthy of protection. You might get pushed off the table. “We’ve made great gains, but as a student of Harvey Milk, I’m well aware that the coalition of yes makes us stronger, and only with that coalition can we move forward.

‘Modern Family’: Sofia Vergara shares photos from last day of season 8

Show Full Article Hope to see you all for another season!”
In December, Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet opened up to PEOPLE about how proud he is working alongside all of the kids on the comedic series. “Sexy people,” she wrote about Bowen, 47, and Burrell, 49. “Thank you guys for watching and sticking with us through all of our fake family ups and downs! To document the last day of shooting   Modern Family‘s season 8, star Sofia Vergara shared some behind-the-scenes cast photos of her “family” on set. They’re just good people because they were good kids.”
“So I’m proud of them, and I love that they have their lives and do what they want to do,” Stonestreet added. Last day of the 8th season❤❤❤#modernfamily
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And hands-down the most adorable photo of the day, Vergara got a little mommy and me time in with her youngest on-screen son, Pierce Wallace (Joe Pritchett), who threw up a peace sign in the selfie of the duo. “You hear nightmares, and you hear things, but I can tell you… everyone always asks about the kids and what it’s like to work with them. Miss u guys alreadyyyyy!!😍😍#modernfamily season8 #lastshot
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Throughout the past week, Vergara has been documenting the cast’s final days on set for season 8, including playing in a ball pen with Bowen and Wallace and filming a car scene with Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter. “I think they’re all positive good role models for people. 8 years!” she wrote alongside a cast photo. “Last day of the 8th season#modernfamily,” Vergara, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the comedy, captioned a video posted Friday morning of herself and costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett). This has been the most amazing experience of my life! “Last shooting day#modernfamily,” she wrote. Ready to shoot❤#modernfamily
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Hyland, 26, also took to Instagram to express her appreciation and love for the show. Last shooting day🌹#modernfamily
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Vergara also showed some love for the series’ crew through a few Instagram snaps. “We got so lucky with the kids on our show,” he said. “After 8 years of being on a tv show such as #modernfamily I have to say, with the most love in my heart, how proud I am to be a part of something so iconic. Glad to know them.”
Modern Family airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. She followed it up with a photo of on-screen couple Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) and Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy) standing beside glasses of alcohol and making silly faces. ET) on ABC. That’s a wrap! They used to be kids, and Aubrey still is a kid, but Ariel, Rico, Nolan, and Sarah, [they’re]   just good adults now. This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. “Miss u guys alreadyyyyy!!#modernfamily season8 #lastshot,” she captioned a photo of numerous crew members surrounding her on a couch.

‘Tonight Show’ sums up Trump, Oscars with ‘This Week in Words’

And yes, Jimmy Fallon is involved, so Justin Timberlake’s Oscars performance also made the cut. Well, if you’re the Tonight Show, you do it with a musical supercut. #FallonTonight Sneak Peek: Jimmy sums up the news about Jeff Sessions, the Oscars, and Trump's speech with "This Week in Words" pic.twitter.com/oEZ3jVK8Y0
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) March 3, 2017

The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch the video below. Show Full Article How do you sum up a wild week that included the craziest moment in Oscar history and Donald Trump giving his first address to Congress? The   now infamous Best Picture mix-up   at the Oscars kicks things off, before touching on Kellyanne Conway and Couchgate, the president’s Tuesday speech, and the revelations about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ communications with Russia. In a clip from Friday night’s episode, the busy last few days in news and entertainment are condensed down to a minute-long montage.

‘Emerald City’ EP Shaun Cassidy thanks fans after finale

Frank Baum’s fourteen Wizard of Oz books. All 100 scripts were written long before anything was filmed, then re-written as we decided upon actors and locations. Here, Cassidy   wraps things up following the season finale, “No Place Like Home.”
This is a thank you note. If not, know that this has been one of the most fulfilling experiences either of us has enjoyed, and we remain humbled by all of our brilliant creative partners who made this show so exceptional. As our 10-hour epic comes to a close, we offer you a short recap of our journey. Every week, Emerald City   executive producers David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy will bring EW behind the scenes and explain the ins-and-outs of the new NBC dark fantasy series inspired by the Land of Oz   books. We’re big fans of all things Oz, from the 1939 MGM film to The Wiz and Wicked, but those are musicals and NBC thought Baum’s stories might be worth reimagining through the lens of adult drama. As you have seen in our finale, “No Place Like Home” (written by David Schulner and Josh Carlebach), this story has now ended, but a new one lies ahead. Because the books were not originally written as children’s tales but as political allegory, their core themes still resonated for us. One hundred years after the fact, women are still fighting for empowerment; religion, science, and magic (nature!) are often at war; and the pursuit of identity — racial, gender and otherwise —   remains very much at the forefront of our political and cultural conversation. Emerald City was inspired by L. Our extraordinary director, Tarsem Singh, only agreed to sign on if he could shoot the entire series, non-episodically, like a 10-hour feature film. The story of a young woman’s search for self via a way home is a timeless one, as is the reclaiming of head, heart, and soul as represented by the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion. RELATED: The 25 Best TV Characters in the Past 25 Years
Many traditional rules for how network television is made were broken for this show. With gratitude to all of you,
Shaun Cassidy & David Schulner
Executive Producers of Emerald City

Show Full Article Should NBC choose to make another limited series based on Baum’s characters, David and I would welcome the opportunity. Most remarkably, we were able to assemble a brilliant cast from all over the world, led by the amazing Vincent D’Onofrio as our follically-challenged demagogue of a Wizard, and newcomer Adria Arjona as Dorothy. Writing and producing Emerald City, and then sharing the experience of viewing it with so many of you through social media, has been thrilling. All of these iconic characters came to life in our Oz, but how they revealed themselves may have been a surprise. To make the series look unlike anything audiences had ever seen before, we limited our CGI use and instead searched the globe for locations possessed of true magic: Old Roman roads on the coast of Spain, a remote national park in Croatia, 15th-century castles in Hungary, Gaudi’s Parc Güell in Barcelona.

Critical Mass: ‘Logan’ slays, critics leave ‘Table 19’ vacant

Rotten Tomatoes: 8%
Metacritic: 33

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Read the full review here. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Metacritic: 77

Before I Fall
Opens March 3   in theaters nationwide. Its answers are offered up too easy. But   Get Out’s delicate balancing act gets wobbly in the second half of the film when Peele’s conceptually daring premise unspools with a fairly clichéd genre climax. C
Read the full review here. EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:
It’s hard to argue with spiritual movies that are as well-intentioned as The Shack is. They’re saving this one special — and very, very violent child (although there will turn out to be others like her). She’s the daughter he never slowed down enough to allow himself to have. Unless it’s a typo, it’s hard to believe that the usually dependable Duplass brothers had a hand in producing this thing. Just have faith, the movie says, and you too will be at peace. B+
Read the full review here. All that’s missing in the film’s bucolic spiritual way-station is a cornfield. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Metacritic: 75

The Great Wall
Now playing. Don’t worry, though, there’s more than enough corn elsewhere in the movie. Killing is John Wick’s business…and business is good. The loner has to learn to put someone else first. There isn’t a lot of hope in the movie. They’re too spoon-fed and trite. —   unfortunately precedes her in this sloppy, saccharine drama costarring Amanda Seyfried. C­­–
Read the full review here. B+
Read the full review here. Still, Peele is undeniably a born filmmaker with big ambitions and an even bigger set of balls. But rarely has corporate brainwashing been so much fun and gone down with such a delightful aftertaste. Logan
Opens March 3   in theaters nationwide. Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Metacritic: 83

The LEGO Batman Movie
Now playing. Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Metacritic: 48

Get Out
Now playing. But there’s also something about the film that leaves a sour aftertaste. For a film that’s asking hard questions, it takes the easy way out. Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Metacritic: 42

Fifty Shades Darker
Now playing. He’s made a horror movie whose biggest jolts have nothing to do with blood or bodies, but rather with big ideas. B+
Read the full review here. 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. B-
Read the full review here. There are a few moments that are genuinely touching and heartwarming enough to put a lump in even the most reluctant moviegoer’s throat. Zhang   allows for a few small moments of buddy-cop comedy between Damon and Pascal (two dudes with no shortage of lethal weapons between them) and a whisper of implied romance with the sleek, high-ponied Tian. EW’s Devan Coggan   says:
Poor Jamie   Dornan still isn’t given much to work with, except this time, his abs are a little more defined and he’s grown some stubble to show just how heartbroken he’s been without Ana (Dakota Johnson) in his life. Instead,   Before I Fall   is a surprisingly thoughtful story that strives to say something more, even as it leans hard into traditional YA tropes. As Logan prepares to slash its way to the top of the domestic box office, a slew of fellow newcomers storm theaters alongside it, including the YA thriller Before I Fall, faith-based drama The Shack, and the latest theatrical offering from Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine, The Last Word. And there’s a laundry list of interesting character actors who keep dropping by to spice up the bloodbath, like Laurence Fishburne, Common, and Ian McShane, who purrs bespoke menace as the grandmaster of the whole masonic order. B–
Read the full review here. And Chris’ (Daniel Kaluuya) periodic phone calls to his hilariously skeptical black friend at home (LilRel Howery) are like a merry-prankster Greek chorus commenting on the whole get-the-hell-out-of-the-houseness of Chris’ situation. Johnson gets to have a little more fun, actually cracking jokes and acknowledging the humor in some of Christian’s more ridiculous requests. Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Metacritic: N/A

The Last Word
Opens   March 3 in limited release. The Tao Tie, which we are told are some sort of physical manifestation of human greed, snarl and snap and inhale hapless bystanders like stoners ripping into a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, but their reported intelligence never feels like more than hearsay; they can dig a tunnel and follow their queen’s orders in tail-swishing lockstep, but really, they’re just big nasty lizards. The stakes aren’t grandiose, no one’s saving the world. It flirts with being too much of a good thing. It just feels half-baked and phoned in. Mangold shoots the film in a grungy, south-of-the-border Peckinpah palette. If that all sounds too highfalutin by half, well, there’s also a bunch of tire-squealing car chases, countless point-blank kills, and scenic bone-crunching brawls in Rome’s ancient catacombs. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
The first half of the film builds with expertly cranked white-knuckle tension. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 75

John Wick: Chapter 2
Now playing. It’s both as manipulative and hokey as that sounds, but occasionally it works well enough that you might find yourself getting choked up against your better judgment. Directed by   Robot Chicken’s Chris McKay and produced in part by the first film’s dynamic duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller,   LEGO Batman   revs so fast and moves so frenetically that 
 it becomes a little exhausting by the end. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
Renowned director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Hero) has placed Westerners at the center of a fundamentally Chinese narrative before, notably with Christian Bale in 2011’s   The Flowers of War, and he is clearly no stranger to the scope of scale of historical epics. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Metacritic: 59

The Shack
Opens March 3   in theaters nationwide. EW’s Devan Coggan   says:
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. James’ nonsensical dialogue, as Dornan is stuck saying things like, “I don’t know whether to worship at your feet or spank you.” Worst of all,   Darker   commits what might be the most punishable offense: just being boring. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
What we’re left with is a romantic comedy that’s neither cute nor funny. Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Metacritic: 37

The Freedom to Marry
Opens March 3 in limited release. It makes light of the grueling process of grieving for a loved one. B
Read the full review here. But the film’s CGI magic stays flatly on the screen, lit less by the bright flame of a true creative vision than the dull gleam in an international marketing executive’s eye. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Logan   is essentially a road movie, but it’s a dark one (and a very long one). Even the cheesy wedding band’s playlist of ‘80s hits feels cribbed from   The Wedding Singer. But   The Great Wall   struggles mightily to transcend its two-dimensional storyline, a dull roteness not much helped by its zoological villains. And when you’re taking inspiration from Adam Sandler, it’s time to take a cold, hard look in the mirror. Since Laura’s mutant physical gifts are so identical to Logan’s, there’s a melancholy to their relationship. With so many new and holdover titles to choose from, EW wants you to make good choices at the movies, so consult our Critical Mass reviews guide below   before heading to the multiplex this weekend. EW’s Joe McGovern   says:
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. But it’s Reeves, with his natty suits and icy stare, who grabs you by the throat — figuratively and literally. Honestly, you’re better off saying “I don’t.”   C
Read the full review here. Still, they’re both hampered by E.L. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Seventy-five percent of the film’s carpet-­bomb campaign of pop culture meta punchlines will ricochet over the target audience’s head, but parents dragged along for the ride will no doubt be grateful for Arnett’s rat-a-tat send-ups of Adam West and superhero clichés. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
Set against the   star-stacked, history-sweeping account 
 of the gay rights movement offered by ABC’s ambitious new four-part docudrama   When We Rise, filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein’s modest documentary may feel like a niche undertaking, but it still carves out its own worthy place in the struggle. Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Metacritic: 31

Table 19
Opens March 3   in limited release. More than ever, Jackman’s Logan seems like he’s at an existential dead-end, and he’s never exactly been a barrel of laughs to begin with. C+
Read the full review here. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Keanu Reeves is like a haunted (and largely speechless) ronin living by the 21st-century code of the samurai.

‘Vampire Diaries’: Paul Wesley discusses the Steroline wedding

“If we hadn’t gotten married, I thought it’d be a real twist,” he said. “So it was equally surprising to me.”
Let’s just hope the characters enjoyed the moment, because now, thanks to Vicki Donovan returning and ringing the bell, they have much bigger issues to deal with in next week’s finale. “Stefan and Elena were such the pair for so many years, and I never in a million years thought Caroline and Stefan would end up being equally as powerful as a couple,” he said. The Vampire Diaries series finale airs Friday, March 10 at 9 p.m. For Steroline fans, The Vampire Diaries‘ penultimate episode was all about Stefan and Caroline’s big day, even though it might not have happened how they expected. Needless to say, they weren’t able to wait until June for their big day. You know, she wouldn’t do that.”
RELATED: The 20 Best Episodes of   The Vampire Diaries
However, Wesley will admit that he never expected fans to be so passionate about a wedding between Stefan and Caroline. –Reporting by Natalie Abrams

Show Full Article “I had heard about this June wedding for the first time at Comic-Con,” Paul Wesley said at a press screening of the penultimate hour. “Julie’s [Plec] way too nice of a person. ET on The CW. Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the March 3 episode of The Vampire Diaries. “I had no idea what everyone was talking about and I still kind of don’t really know what it’s about… so when they first told me that we were going to have a June wedding, I was like, ‘Oh, cool. However, the fact of the matter is: They did get married. In an attempt to make Katherine show herself, the happy couple threw together a somewhat last-minute wedding. We’re paying homage to the fans,’ But yeah it was kind of amazing.”
For Wesley, he says Stefan and Caroline’s fate as a couple was sealed the moment Stefan proposed in the second episode of the season. And for a brief moment, the residents of Mystic Falls got to enjoy a bit of happiness.

Zedd explains why his ACLU benefit concert is personal

“I’m on a [O-1] visa, which allows me to go to America at any point in time for three years at a time until I renew my visa, and I have global entry, so I can go through [customs] really quickly,” says Zedd, who was born in Russia and raised in Germany. Do you recall your first trip to America? It was a really interesting mix because it was pretty much 72 hours from the beginning till we announced it, and those were 72 insanely stressful hours. After I wanted to try something new, went to different BPMs, people say, “We miss the ‘Clarity’ Zedd.” Now, I’m really into songs. And I’m a big food person, so the option of being able to get food at any time is really huge for me considering in the city I grew up in, 9 p.m. just because I was working all day. How do those happen — is it you reaching out because you want a certain voice on a song, or are those singers coming to you? to work on music and Lady Gaga’s album (ARTPOP) and my own album, and that was my first taste of what it could feel like to be in the same city, but still I would wake up and immediately shower and leave my apartment to go to the studio for at least 12 hours a day for a really long time and then come home literally just to sleep. ZEDD:   Totally! But before the order was blocked by courts, Zedd jumped into action, tweeting to fellow musicians, including Macklemore and former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, to join him for a concert to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. We think it’s a great idea, and we think our artist would be down.” We made a list of all these people who were down, and my managers reached out and [their] managers are like, “Oh yeah, he’s not available” or “She’s not available. You mentioned earlier the ease you find now in collaborating. pic.twitter.com/lHbtN3iWiw
— Zedd (@Zedd) February 9, 2017

Below, Zedd tells EW why he felt so compelled to do something, why he considers America his home, and how the opportunities he’s had to collaborate and make music probably wouldn’t have happened if not for living in the U.S. You tweeted to Macklemore, Sia, Camila Cabello — ultimately, how did you get the artists you got? The more I traveled, the more I realized that America is more comparable to Europe in a sense where every state suddenly is completely different — you go to a store, and suddenly they add a different amount of tax on top of it. And obviously, we want to have a musical flow that kind of makes sense, that takes you through a journey, not just a random back and forth. No matter who you want to collaborate with, they will probably at some point in the next four weeks be in L.A. I do, yeah. I really love it and I’m kind of sad every time I leave. Macklemore and Cabello answered the call, and they’re joined on April 3 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center by Bebe Rexha, Daya, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Machine Gun Kelly, Miguel, Mija, Skrillex, and Tinashe. And then people are like, “We miss the old Zedd, the one with the complextro sound.” And a year later, when I was kind of sick of that and went more melodic with songs like “Clarity” and “Stay the Night” where I wanted to put a little bit more focus on the vocals, people were saying, “We miss the old Zedd,” meaning the one with a few elements and the fat bass sound. now. Which you also tweeted. I think people have been receptive of me trying new things, but those people tend to be new fans. But there’s also many times that I reach out to an artist. But it didn’t feel very comfortable. Randomly, we happened to get an offer to play a show together, for a TV show, and I met her there, realized how great she is, and asked her if she was interested in working together. I need do this. … I’m sure there will be a lot of surprises and artists will work with each other — I mean, there’s probably going to be a lot of surprises on the spot, I would imagine. You weren’t specifically targeted by this ban, but it’s clear this is something that really struck a chord with you. Circuit Court of Appeals. Or do you feel like people have been open to letting you try new things? Also, I flew into L.A., which also doesn’t represent all of America. … It’s like, “Why are you here? When “Stay” came out, you said in a statement that you’ve “been trying to knock down barriers around music genres.” Is that an issue you’ve come up against, that you’ve been put in a box as “an EDM DJ”? Was it what you expected? There are just so many more opportunities to collaborate and meet people. Well, if I had to pick one specific point that has changed in my mind, I would say that the first few years I was in America, I was just touring, so I didn’t have a place to stay or stay in any city more than two or three days. I always said I live in Germany, but I have a place in America. How have your feelings about the country changed from then to now? (in 2011) was a really last-minute thing. The WELCOME! My flight was delayed and I missed 90 percent of my set. We try to plan as far ahead as possible. I will fly in, I will make it happen.”
The concert is basically a month away. And I think it absolutely doesn’t matter   whether you’re Muslim or not — this is really about the fact that people who want to go to another country, even if they’re technically allowed to do that, suddenly aren’t, and just that thought alone, without any factors surrounding that, is terrifying to me. Show Full Article benefit came together really quickly. Now, after living here for a little bit, I fully say I live in L.A., but I also have a place in Germany. I was waiting for my visa and literally got it the night before I had my first show in America. EDM superstar and music producer Zedd found himself in an uncomfortable situation this week. The artists are locked in, and I’m guessing there may be some surprise appearances. There are also a lot of great things. Some agents wrote to us and said, “I just heard about this tweet. “Stay,” the one you did with Alessia Cara, is new and climbing the Billboard. And then when I bought my house I had to spend some more time finding furniture and doing regular things like every normal person does — grocery shopping and all these things — and that’s when I realized how it felt to live in L.A., and that is something that really changed me. PT on Monday, April 3 at L.A.’s Staples Center. “And now, and I don’t know what the reason for that is, I got an ‘X,’ so that means you have to go have an interview when you go in. I was pretty much touring for two years by myself. is something that’s amazing to me because where I grew up, it just was mostly rainy, and there would be sunny days and really nice days, but they were rare, and being in a climate where there’s always sunshine is just, personally, something that I really love. benefit starts at 7 p.m. Of course the drop was important and everything, but I want people to just enjoy the entire song — the verse is just as important as the intro and the drop. It was really eventful because the first time I went to the U.S. Just three days later, he announced the date, venue, and full line-up for WELCOME!, with 100 percent of the proceeds   going to the ACLU. I started with very complex — back then it was called complextro, which is complex electronic music — and I kind of did this for a while, and I was kind of getting sick of it, and I wanted to try something new, and I did the kind of opposite, which was electro but with very little sounds that are really fat, so the less elements you have in the music space the bigger you can get each element. There’s a lot of really talented people [in L.A.] — that’s one of the first things I’ve learned coming from my parents’ basement in a small town in Germany to the big city L.A. What are you working on right now in terms of planning? I wanted to make a song with “Stay” that is not focused on the drop. I’m sure two years from now when I do something else people will say, “We miss the old Zedd,” meaning the one who made “Stay.” [Laughs.] So I think it’s really important as an artist to just focus on your vision, and, of course, fans are important and I wouldn’t be talking to you if my fans weren’t there, but I think it’s really important to be you and just do whatever you as an artist feel is right, no matter what people say or think. So it didn’t feel like I was living in L.A. [Laughs.] Yeah, I did! What are you doing?” — just those little things that are really scary. It wasn’t necessarily the way I had expected just because   I had no idea what America was like — the only impressions I had were movies and certain computer games that simulated parts of a specific city. They’re not in town.” So we get two different [answers] from the same camp. One of the things we’re working on most at the moment is figuring out all production elements because we have to build a stage that is extremely flexible considering there are so many artists — it has to be a 360-degree stage so you can turn and basically have the follow-up artist build their stuff [on the opposite side of who’s performing], and you just twist it and you’re ready to go. Aside from the process of getting here, what was your initial impression of the States? And then I got an apartment specifically in L.A. line up is here!!!!!TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW 10AM! ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your idea for this ACLU concert came out of the president’s executive order. After traveling to China last month for a show, he came back to the United States and faced extra questioning, which he hadn’t previously experienced in his six years of passing through customs. There’s always people who happen to be in town and then we move schedules around to collaborate and meet and write. is the cutoff for anything you want to buy. I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to people who are actually directly affected by this.”
The 27-year-old is referring to the executive order President Trump signed in late January   that banned travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including those who already had travel visas granting entry into the U.S., and suspended the country’s refugee program. This year, for example, my studio dates are pretty solidly locked in almost throughout the end of the year because I have so many specific songs I want to work on. So then I reach out to the person for which the manager said they’re not available, and the artist was like, “This is so important to me. I really have my friends here, I have my house here, my brother moved in with me — I would say the whole center of my life is around L.A. Final #WELCOME! … And then with that comes the running order, which I made sure to make this clear to everybody — this is not like an arms race, this is not about who’s bigger or who’s smaller; this is strictly about what running order will be done quickest so that everybody can play as long as possible. There are so many people in town every day. It’s definitely both. However, I remember the whole immigration process took forever as far as loads of questions and you’re almost always kind of being put on the spot, almost as if you did something wrong — I’m sure there’s a reason why the [immigration officers] do that and ask really strict questions. The WELCOME! I remember we were in the car… I was listening to the first demo of “Stay” and thinking about who the vocalist could be, and then immediately in my mind I was like, Alessia would be a perfect fit, but I’ve never met her, I’ve never really had anything to do with her. And then the week after, I believe, we went to the studio and started recording “Stay.” It’s not something that probably would have happened if I still lived in Germany. A federal judge placed a temporary restraining order   on the travel ban the following week, which was later   upheld by the 9th U.S. Go here to buy tickets. This is probably more personal and doesn’t apply to everybody, but to be fully honest, the weather in L.A. It’s definitely not what I imagined it to be like. … And as somebody who didn’t grow up in America, you suddenly don’t know what’s happening — different states, different laws, different age restrictions. You were born in Russia, grew up in Germany. I really didn’t know what America was like.

Liam Neeson in talks to join Viola Davis in heist thriller ‘Widows’

Neeson most recently appeared in Silence and A Monster Calls, and Davis is coming off her Oscar-winning turn in Fences. Liam Neeson is looking to pull a job for Steve McQueen. Variety first reported the news. The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andre Holland. McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame) will   direct from a script he’s writing with   Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). The Taken and Schindler’s List star is in talks to join the cast of   Widows, McQueen’s heist thriller   based on the 1983 British miniseries of the same name, EW has confirmed. Neeson   would play   the husband   of Viola Davis in the film, which centers on   a crew   of robbers who are killed in a caper gone awry, leaving their widows to finish the job. Show Full Article