Emma Watson clears up ‘La La Land’ casting rumors

After Teller told Esquire about his reaction to being replaced in the film, Chazelle addressed the casting rumors. “And this wasn’t a movie I could just kind of parachute into. I knew I had to do the work, and I had to be where I had to be. So scheduling conflict-wise, it just didn’t work out.”
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In discussing La La Land, Watson was much more diplomatic than Miles Teller, who originally had been pegged to star alongside the actress — a role that ultimately went to Ryan Gosling. But it was part of the up and down of this movie: that we were about to make it, we were about to not make it, about to make it, about to not make it.”
Watch the entire discussion with Watson here. Emma Watson, who is headlining the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, was originally eyed for another musical. “It’s one of these frustrating things where sort of names get attached to projects very early on as a way to kind of build anticipation or excitement for something that’s coming before anything is really actually agreed or set in stone,” said Watson. “And neither of those casting things wound up lasting or working out. Show Full Article During Friday’s SiriusXM Town Hall, the Harry Potter alum sat down for an extended chat on a variety of topics, including the rumors of her possible involvement with Damien Chazelle’s Academy Award-nominated film. Acknowledging that she had been committed to Beauty and the Beast for years, Watson says she felt her performance wouldn’t be best served by splitting time between Bill Condon’s fairy-tale adaptation and Chazelle’s tale about an aspiring actress in love with a jazz pianist. A few weeks after Emma Stone won an Oscar for La La Land, Watson is opening up on why she didn’t end up in the role. Subscribe now to receive Entertainment Weekly’s The Ultimate Guide to Beauty and The Beast special issue, featuring the casts and creators of the new film and the animated classic, free with your order. “I will say is that the casting of this movie during the six years it took to get made went through lots of permutations, and it’s true there was a moment where Emma Watson and Miles Teller were doing it,” he said to Uproxx. “I knew I had horse training, I knew I had dancing, I knew I had three months of singing ahead of me, and I knew I had to be in London to really do that,” said Watson.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ cast shares memories on Twitter ahead of the series finale

Tonight 8pm 7C on The CW. This photo was for a stunt when Sybil gets thrown out of the car. Get ready for a lot of throwback pics…. pic.twitter.com/KzuYM3xtQj
— Claire Holt (@claireholt) March 10, 2017

171 episodes!Congrats @kevwilliamson @julieplec to al #tvd cast and crew-what an epic ride.I'll B watching tonight- w/ tissues! @katgraham
A post shared by Candice King (@craccola) on Mar 10, 2017 at 10:05am PST

Season 7 Caroline didn't know she was pregnant yet while I was pushing 6 months. (Except for me I don't share snacks…)
A post shared by Candice King (@craccola) on Mar 10, 2017 at 3:02pm PST

The end is near… thank you to all the beautiful fans for your support during the 8 years of… https://t.co/QCUwe7klJB
— Kat Graham (@KatGraham) March 10, 2017

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In honor of the final ep of VD airing tonight, here's a throwback pic of me and smoldeypants conspiring on an airplane 8 years ago. #TVDForever https://t.co/vOsPmgXNfi
— Arielle Kebbel (@ArielleKebbel) March 10, 2017

Season One wrap party. @iansomerhalder @kevwilliamson #tvdforever #tvdmemories
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Show Full Article A huge thank you to the wonderful fans. The day has finally come to say goodbye to Mystic Falls, the Salvatore brothers, and eight seasons worth of shocking twists as   The Vampire Diaries airs its series finale. @craccola @nina @kaylaewell @saracanning @kevwilliamson #tvdforever #tvdmemories
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From the pilot. Thank goodness for our incredible wardrobe department! (And if you love that, you should check out the blogs we did with 19 of the show’s biggest players.)

Can't believe today marks the SERIES FINALE of The Vampire Diaries! A post shared by Paul Wesley (@paulvedere) on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:23pm PST

the book is closing. i still can't believe i'm lucky enough to say i have my own little chapter… https://t.co/KZ90eXHDou
— ᴍᴀʟᴇsᴇ ᴊᴏᴡ (@xoMalese) March 10, 2017

Congrats to the cast/crew of #TVD on 8 incredible seasons! Our very first picture together! This show changed my life. My belly started growing so fast that within a week of our fitting I started stretching seams 😝 #tvdforever #iknowmyofficewasmessy
A post shared by Candice King (@craccola) on Mar 10, 2017 at 10:13am PST

I have a bloody good relationship with @emmalalonde1 #tvdforever I think this was for a dream sequence in Season 6
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Behind the scenes of one of our many cast read throughs #tvdforever A LOT of laughs and snacks shared in that conference room. Love you all! And to honor the show that’s been so special to so many, cast members — both main cast and guest stars — took to social media Friday to say thank you and share memories of their time on the show and what it’s all meant to them.

Emma Watson weighs in on the gay subplot in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

There really isn’t. “I think that what’s so fantastic about Josh’s performance is that it’s so subtle. Watch the entire discussion with Watson   here. I don’t want people going into this movie thinking that there’s like a huge narrative there. Watson agrees — and in a recent SiriusXM interview with EW’s Anthony Breznican, she says that she especially loves that subtlety. It’s incredibly subtle, and it’s kind of a play on having the audience go, ‘Is it, or is it not?’ I think it’s fun. One theater in Alabama has vowed not to show the film because of LeFou’s sexuality. Show Full Article What’s the relationship there? And I think it’s incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest. Subscribe now to receive Entertainment Weekly’s The Ultimate Guide to Beauty and The Beast special issue, featuring the casts and creators of the new film and the animated classic, free with your order. Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast may not hit theaters until March 17, but for the last week, discussion has been swirling around the fact that the film features a gay character. It’s always like, does he idolize Gaston? Is he in love with Gaston? I love the ambiguity there.”
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The scenes in the new Beauty and the Beast — mild spoilers ahead — involve LeFou flirting with Gaston (played by Luke Evans) and dancing with another   male character. Now, Emma Watson —   who stars as the beautiful bookworm Belle —   is weighing in about why she loves the filmmakers’ decision. Director Bill Condon broke the news in an interview with Attitude magazine, revealing that Gaston’s sidekick LeFou (played by Josh Gad) would be seen in “an exclusively gay moment.” Since then, he’s said that his remarks have been “overblown” and that LeFou’s subplot is really only a small part of the larger film.

Margaret Atwood connects ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to current politics

In an essay for The New York Times, Atwood   addresses whether she considers it anti-religious or feminist. “It is against the use of religion as a front for tyranny; which is a different thing altogether,” she writes, explaining that she drew   a lot of direct influence from Puritans of 17th-century America and other authoritarians throughout history who have used religion as a cover. Atwood also says the book, which was her first sci-fi work, is not anti-religious. I trust it will not.”
Read Atwood’s full   New York Times essay here. “In the wake of the recent American election, fears and anxieties proliferate,” Atwood writes in her essay. Her 1985 novel, which has been adapted into a series that will   debut April 26 on Hulu, is set in the near-future and tells the story of Offred (played in the series by Elisabeth Moss), a woman pressed into service as a “handmaid” to a member of the ruling elite in a world where fertility is rare, making it her sole job to reproduce. Other post-apocalyptic novels have done the same, including   George Orwell’s   1984. Let us hope it doesn’t come to that. RELATED: 30 Stars Who Spoke Out Against Donald Trump
“If you mean a novel in which women are human beings — with all the variety of character and behavior that implies, and are also interesting and important, and what happens to them is crucial to the theme, structure and plot of the book, then yes. “In this divisive climate, in which hate for many groups seems on the rise and scorn for democratic institutions is being expressed by extremists of all stripes, it is a certainty that someone, somewhere — many, I would guess — are writing down what is happening as they themselves are experiencing it. Will they be found, centuries later, in an old house, behind a wall? Show Full Article Margaret Atwood is speaking out about the political relevance of her book The Handmaid’s Tale   in the era of Donald Trump’s presidency. Or they will remember, and record later, if they can. In that sense, many books are ‘feminist,’” she writes. That book   shot to the top of bestseller lists   earlier this year thanks in part to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway’s use of the phrase “alternative facts” in January on NBC’s   Meet the Press   —   a phrase compared by many to Orwell’s concept of “Newspeak,” a language used by people in his 1949 novel in order to limit the freedom of thought. Will their messages be suppressed and hidden? Atwood’s book has surged in popularity in recent months, climbing back to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, currently still in the top 20 of 2017.

‘Iron Fist’ deserves to flunk out of the TV dojo: EW review

(As usual, the connections to the broader Marvel Universe, with its thunder gods, sci-fi monsters and radioactive spider-men, are conspicuously minimized.) More so than any other Marvel series, the concept is beholden to the mandate of “the produceable premise,” and the producers have limited imagination for fulfilling it. Danny’s blazing balled fist? By episode 6, Iron Fist gets Danny into a suit and has him helping people —   but it’s a three-piece business suit. They’re now soulless suits who manage Rand Industries on behalf of their puppet master pops, Harold Meachum (David Wenham), a ruthless, reclusive mystery man. Anyone wanting Fists of Fury in the City should table the expectation, and modern comics fanboys should abandon all hope of anything resembling the celebrated, stylish run of the comics treatment by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and David Aja that leaned hard into the fantastical. and obliterate anything with Hulk Smash! Iron Fist is pure kung-phooey. You got Daredevil and Jessica Jones down in Hell’s Kitchen, looking out for the poor and for women and everyone who would exploit and prey upon them. Robot (but without any of the personality or true menace imbued by Michael Cristofer’s Phillip Pryce or Martin Wallstrom’s Tyrell Wellick) — with Danny functioning as a redemptive agent, facilitating change from within, not with subversive hacking but with his love-thy-neighbor conscience and atoning activism. Daredevil forged the mold. This is yellow belt drama that deserves to flunk out of the TV dojo. This could be interesting and it should be funny, but the writing and directing don’t know how to make it so. The show validates the complaint by being both slavish and shy about Danny’s purely fantastical K’un-Lun origin story. I’m not going to dump on those values; I just wish they were played bolder and with more imagination. The storytelling formula they’ve been given doesn’t do them any favors, either. In a refreshing change of pace, Danny is no dark knight, though his reverse negative formulation isn’t all that compelling. He has a love interest —   and, presumably, future partner in ass-kicking —   in the form of Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick,   also from   Game of Thrones), a tough and lonely martial arts instructor. But the show’s ambition to produce an illusion of effortlessness results in fight scenes that look like no effort was put into them at all   — as if they shot the dress rehearsal and moved on. Iron Fist is sluggish from the get-go. Like all Marvel-Netflix shows, Iron Fist wants to be an adult-skewing neo-pulp urban crime serial, so it downplays the supernatural aspects as if terrified of them. Danny Rand (Finn Jones from   Game of Thrones) is an orphan who lost his billionaire parents when they all crashed in a suspicious plane accident in the Far East. force. Whatever they do in The Defenders, whoever the heroes battle, I hope the fights are better than ones we get in Iron Fist. Ultimately, I don’t see why Marvel couldn’t have cast Danny with an Asian actor. I think Iron Fist wants to be some subversive scold of capitalism or secularism. The enlightened individual Danny has become contrasted with two childhood friends who initially present as antagonists, but really represent the people he needs to save: brother and sister Joy and Ward Meachum (The Following’s Jessica Stroup and Banshee’s Tom Pelphrey). They’re yoga fu. Now, somewhat above them all but also among them, we have Danny, a billionaire suit with a heart of gold, exercising a liberal social conscience in the board room and on the streets. Eventually, the Meachums come to accept that Danny is Danny and begin to wrestle with the implications, which prods them to confront their own waywardness and set them on track to go from foes to allies. In the Marvel shows, the lag hits around mid-season. Marvel’s Iron Fist isn’t just the wimpiest punch ever thrown by the world’s mightiest superhero factory. Iron Fist has been described over the years as Iron Man with martial arts, but the series   is a wannabe Batman Begins and a few other things, too, stretched way too thin. Jessica Jones perfected it. Found and raised by monks who reside in a wintry Brigadoon known as K’un-Lun, Danny spent his formative years learning a mystic type of martial arts. All of this said, great fight scenes take time to produce, and in Hollywood, time costs money. He’s an elevated man-child, light of spirit and movement, lit with a simpleton’s purity, a hippie-dippy Chauncey Gardener. The alt-New York that the Marvel-Netflix shows is interesting, at least in concept. of Mr. My theory about Marvel’s The Defenders   — the forthcoming team-up show —   is that it’ll be a superhero remake of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. He re-enters Manhattan on bare feet, gawking at skyscrapers; he shows up at Rand Industries naively expecting to be recognized and greeted like the prodigal son. But even that might be generous. Danny, an overtly spiritual character, adheres to some form of generic, modulated Buddhism marked by a disinterest in worldly attachments (like, you know, shoes) and a remove from anger that doesn’t detach him from a want for justice. The biggest problem with Iron Fist might be the property itself. Make him number 100 on your list of TV super-guys. Rand Industries is monolithic big business as super-villain —   the Evil Corp. I’ve often suspected that Marvel-Netflix shows are made on a tight budget, and it could be that Iron Fist is saving all its pennies for the second half of the season, which promises to have more action as conflicts start to boil, bad guys make their moves, and Danny moves into masked crime-fighter mode. But the ones we get are shockingly lame, from the choreography to the performances to the way they are shot. Show Full Article RELATED: Comic-Con 2016: See Portraits of Marvel Studios Stars
All of this hoo-ha is doled out in bits and drabs of flashback. Some have criticized Iron First sight unseen for cultural appropriation, and they’re not wrong. Yet I can’t say the first half of the season does anything to make me care enough to stick around and find out if I’m right. Luke Cage did it well. At first, Joy and Ward take Danny to be a crazy man and treat him as such: Episode   2 traps him in a psych ward, an idyll that immediately sidetracks the narrative when it should be settling into a premise. The media was only given six of the season’s 13 episodes for review, but I was snoozing after two and ready to check out after three. Iron Fist introduces its protagonist with the kind of season-long origin story common to Netflix-Marvel shows, in which an adult with extraordinary abilities and painful backstory works out issues and slowly develops a costumed vigilante identity. D
Iron Fist will be available for streaming Friday, March 17 on Netflix. It assumes its own marvelousness and proceeds tediously from there, offering few satisfactions for any possible audience. His heroism consists of saving the soul of Rand Industries, from trying to make things right with a family devastated by Rand’s toxic pollution, to investigating a plot by Japanese ninja gangsters known as The Hand (introduced in Daredevil), to use the company as a mechanism to sell drugs in Manhattan. The new Netflix binge swings and misses so bad that it spins itself around and slaps itself silly with a weirdly flaccid hand. Iron Fist   — which, like Daredevil, aspires to be one half workplace drama, one half action-adventure show —   spends the first half of the season slooooooowly developing the first half of this hybrid personality. Iron Fist   — devoid of vision, lacking in executional chops —   barely even tries. I think the idea is that Danny is so disciplined in his technique, so mature about his use of violence, he can dispatch opponents with a minimum of moves and with the precise amount of force necessary for the situation. Iron Fist just does it, lazily going through the motions like a bored tai chi artist. Jones nails the earnestness, but that’s all he plays. The series proper begins with Danny —   presumed dead by the rest of the world —   returning to New York to reclaim his life, fortune and place within the massive corporation started by his father and pursue his do-gooder   destiny. You got Luke Cage up in Harlem participating in the redemption and reconstruction of a struggling community. With all due respect to character’s creators, comic book legends Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist, at least in my humble opinion, just isn’t all that interesting, and the show’s creator and exec producer, Scott Buck (Dexter), and his team fail to unlock any hidden potential or enhance the material to convince me otherwise. Along the way, he acquired and honed a magical stroke of channeled chi called the Iron Fist, which causes his balled hand to Flame On! It’s used sparingly. For starters, there aren’t many of them in the first six episodes. (Let me note here that all of these actors are very good, but their characters are skimpy and boring.)
Pacing issues hamper so many Netflix serials. “Swing and a miss” implies effort. The character has always been white in the comics, but who cares?

‘Hap and Leonard’ author Joe R. Lansdale writes poignant tribute to Bill Paxton

But it’s hard to talk about it. “Well, I’m an actor.”
After breakfast, Brent and I went out of the restaurant, realized we had lost Bill. Not a movie star bone in him. Landsdale’s most recent Hap and Leonard novel,   Rusty Puppy,   is out now. We ended up laughing hard about all manner of things, most of them pretty silly, before we rang off. As Paxton told EW in 2015,   he thought The Bottoms   could become “a bona fide classic” once they finally got it off the ground. We thought 2018 was possible. Bill said he was starting to think every slight feeling he had was due to the discovery of the heart problem. I only knew Bill for seven or eight years, possibly a little more, but to know Bill for only an hour made it seem you had known him your whole life. Talking about it makes it real. The two had most recently been working together on an adaptation of   Lansdale’s novel   The Bottoms, which Paxton hoped to direct with a script from   Frailty   screenwriter Brent Hanley. In an IHOP in Nacogdoches, Texas, me and Bill and our mutual friend, Brent Hanley, screenwriter who wrote Frailty, a marvelous film Bill directed and starred in, were having breakfast, and Bill was recognized. Nothing movie star about him. I heard he was still recovering, but having a hard time of it. At a film festival, of course. Day before he died, word was he was seriously struggling, but stable. Lansdale, was affected by both. We exchanged a couple of emails a few days before his surgery, and then he went in. My heart goes out to them. Worth is where he met. Show Full Article The days passed and he was still in the hospital. He was thankful for his career, and for those who loved seeing him on the screen. The waiter said, “You’re a movie star,” to which Bill replied with his usual modesty. He said, “I’m an actor, Joe. Tell me I’m a dog and I start barking.”
He was a little scared about the whole business, and we joked about it to disarm his worries. Now that he’s gone I want to say so much about him, but I find myself tongue-tied; rare for me. Bill seemed as if he had grown up next door. Bill Paxton’s untimely death left behind unfinished projects and broken hearts — and Paxton’s friend, Hap and Leonard author Joe R. He was what they used to call a boon companion. Damn, I miss him. Ft. Worth boy, a Texan. Kind and considerate as he could be. Next day we visited with my cousin’s family. He made everyone comfortable. I began to have a sinking feeling. We talked about it in January when he told me he had to have surgery for a heart condition. From Joe R. Below, Lansdale shares with EW this moving tribute to his friend,   written shortly after his death. Witty, fun, considerate and kind. Lansdale:
Bill Paxton died while I was at a hometown film festival I had hoped to rope him into attending. He was a Ft. I have spent the last few days feeling as if I have been hit with a club. We spent the day tromping around in the river bottoms with my cousin, who was helping us locate possible locations for the film we hoped to make based on my novel The Bottoms. I never knew Bill’s family, but he talked about them and loved them, and no matter what his friends feel, it is nothing compared to what his family must be suffering. We soon discovered he was inside having photographs taken and signing autographs for anyone who asked, and he did it joyfully. Sunday morning I awoke to the devastating news that we had lost him. I can imagine anything. I told him my brother had heart surgery more than once and was fine.

‘House of Cards’ teases Sean Spicer after flag pin gaffe

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— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 10, 2017

i fixed ur flag pin for u sean pic.twitter.com/Y9iCnYNKny
— darth™ (@darth) March 10, 2017

*Sees Sean Spicer wore his flag pin upside down during a press conference*
*Grabs popcorn, runs to Twitter*
— Alex Lasker (@StateOf_ALaska) March 10, 2017

"This is the correct way to wear a flag pin. — Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) March 10, 2017

For once, I agree with Sean Spicer about the state of our nation. Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed. Sean Spicer's American flag lapel pin is upside down. SPICER IS COMPROMISED! https://t.co/ba1kz1yvXF
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 10, 2017

DISTRESS SIGNAL?? After White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wore an upside-down flag pin to a press briefing on Friday afternoon, the Netflix Original series offered a virtual smirk. Reporters pointed out the pin’s positioning, and soon after, the rest of the internet jumped on the House of Cards bandwagon (anyone sense a meme en route?). Show Full Article INITIATE OPERATION SPICER EVAC!!! RELATED: EW’s 25 Best TV Shows in 25 Years
“Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed,” the House of Cards Twitter account posted, in reference to the show’s logo, which also features an upside-down American flag. The House of Cards Twitter account is on a roll. A silent scream for help? Spicer says he's fine. pic.twitter.com/A9UJdA1rzx
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 10, 2017

Sean Spicer's flag pin was just upside down. Read on to see some of the reactions. (via @kylegriffin1) pic.twitter.com/wyAInWvGRL
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 10, 2017

Spicer's USA flag pin is upside down. What does he know that we don't?? Trump's America pic.twitter.com/7opHjtLMV4
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) March 10, 2017

House of Cards returns for its fifth season on Netflix in May. pic.twitter.com/dU2p3bQsuF
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) March 10, 2017

On day 50, I Think Sean Spicer's Flag Pin Says it All…. PERIOD." -Sean Spicer, probably. pic.twitter.com/OOINnjGvBw
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) March 10, 2017

UPSIDE DOWN FLAG PIN! Reporter asks if it is a distress call. pic.twitter.com/7Ujd4sb4eR
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) March 10, 2017

What is Spicer trying to say? House of Cards wasn’t alone in calling out the press secretary’s accessorizing gaffe.

Sean Spicer jokes about Melissa McCarthy ‘SNL’ impression at press briefing

Calling it “a bit silly,” Spicer then made reference to Melissa McCarthy’s unhinged   impersonation of him, saying, “I mean, don’t make me make the podium move.”
The joke was met with strong laughter from the room. During a press briefing Friday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was discussing the newly released jobs report and defending his early morning tweet about the information, which could be a violation of federal rule. At least one member of the White House staff is willing to make light of SNL‘s impression of them. Watch Spicer’s joke below and the aforementioned skit above. Back in February, making her second appearance as Spicer on SNL, McCarthy ended the cold open by terrorizing the assembled reporters with her portable podium. Here's Sean Spicer cracking a joke about his @nbcsnl alter ego @melissamccarthy: "don't make me make that podium move." pic.twitter.com/sJ4n6SqZvZ
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) March 10, 2017

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M.F.A. exclusive: Watch Francesca Eastwood in a scene from the challenging SXSW drama

Campus sexual assault is a subject that has been   addressed more lately (The Hunting Ground documentary, Jon Krakauer’s book   Missoula) than even 10 years ago   — though still not nearly enough. Show Full Article A new feature film directed by Natalia Leite and starring Francesca Eastwood takes on the topic in a vivid style, telling the vigilante-themed story of an art student named Noelle who is victimized by one of her classmates. Check the Austin festival’s site for more details. M.F.A. (Traffic, Capote),   Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms) and Breeda Wool (unREAL). In the clip above, watch Eastwood as Noelle attending a group session along with other young women and becoming increasingly   disillusioned with the   tone of the meeting. makes its world premiere at South By Southwest on Monday. also features Clifton Collins Jr. In addition to Eastwood (the daughter of Clint Eastwood and actress Frances Fisher), M.F.A.

Critical Mass: ‘Kong’ roars, ‘Personal Shopper’ worth buying

B+
Read the full review here. Wildly melodramatic moments of operatic violence are shot with flat-gritty modernism: It’s like someone thought   A Fistful of Dollars   could be   Unforgiven. All that’s missing in the film’s bucolic spiritual way-station is a cornfield. 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. Its answers are offered up too easy. For a film that’s asking hard questions, it takes the easy way out. But rarely has corporate brainwashing been so much fun and gone down with such a delightful aftertaste. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I wish there were a little more meat to chew on. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Metacritic: 77

Raw
Opens March 10 in limited release. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
As for subtlety, there isn’t a whole lot   of that either. Still, Peele is undeniably a born filmmaker with big ambitions and an even bigger set of balls. Meanwhile, Kong does his thing and does it well. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Metacritic: 75

Show Full Article Hiddleston smolders and briefly wields a samurai sword. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Fresh from the international festival circuit,   Raw   is unsettling and repulsive and, believe it or not, occasionally funny. But there’s also something about the film that leaves a sour aftertaste. There are plenty of signs that she does: Ghostly figures appear; glasses shatter; foreboding texts materialize on her iPhone. His conclusions about the power   of doctrine are, ironically, transcendent. And mostly, they succeed. Meanwhile, Reilly and the mighty Kong   are left to save the picture. By the time   Game of Thrones‘   Kit Harington shows up as   the world’s cutest sad cowboy, the pastiche is complete. EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:
It’s hard to argue with spiritual movies that are as well-intentioned as The Shack is. They’re too spoon-fed and trite. Since Laura’s mutant physical gifts are so identical to Logan’s, there’s a melancholy to their relationship. 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. EW’s Darren Franich   says:
Director Martin Koolhoven made a name for himself with 2008’s   Winter in Wartime, an acclaimed war film made in his native Netherlands. The rest are, more or less, just bodies lining up for the body count—although some of the kills are surprisingly clever and not   worth spoiling. 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. B-
Read the full review here. I kept waiting for a single tear to streak down his big hairy cheek. The team starts dropping bombs and wreaking havoc on the island, letting you know that the real monster is man himself. Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Metacritic: 63

Personal Shopper
Opens March 10 in limited release. But her mind is consumed with the recent death of her twin brother; he believed he was a medium, and that she shares the same sensitivities. Larson takes surprisingly few pictures for a photographer, but she does get her Fay Wray moment. Instead, she just pours on more ketchup. B
Read the full review here. Just have faith, the movie says, and you too will be at peace. EW’s Joe McGovern says:
[BBC broadcaster Louis Theroux’s] low-key approach yields honest moments of insight about the complexities of confronting another person’s faith. B
Read the full review here. But it’s Reeves, with his natty suits and icy stare, who grabs you by the throat — figuratively and literally. Don’t worry, though, there’s more than enough corn elsewhere in the movie. The poor misunderstood guy seems destined to keep proving to humankind that he comes in peace. 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. 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. There isn’t a lot of hope in the movie. Mangold shoots the film in a grungy, south-of-the-border Peckinpah palette. By day Maureen rides her scooter through the narrow streets of Paris, picking up sequined Chanel sheaths and Cartier jewels for her employer, a spoiled, little-seen starlet. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 82

My Scientology Movie
Opens March 10 in limited release. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Metacritic: 77

Get Out
Now playing. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
The first half of the film builds with expertly cranked white-knuckle tension. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
Here, Stewart once again plays a young American adrift in Europe, and still toiling in the fame-industrial complex — not as a catchall assistant to a famous actress this time, but in the slightly more elevated post of personal shopper. C­­–
Read the full review here. Stewart, who appears in nearly every scene, is intensely watchable, a coiled spring. Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Metacritic: 83

The Shack
Now playing. But the movie is too fragmented and tonally strange to register as more than one of Maureen’s wispy, haunted apparitions. They’re saving this one special — and very, very violent child (although there will turn out to be others like her). 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. B-
Read the full review here. She’s the daughter he never slowed down enough to allow himself to have. 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. The loner has to learn to put someone else first. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 75

John Wick: Chapter 2
Now playing. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Keanu Reeves is like a haunted (and largely speechless) ronin living by the 21st-century code of the samurai. 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. Clearly   this new film   took him a long time, and it badly wants to be an epic of sinful corrosion on the edge of the American Dream. It makes light of the grueling process of grieving for a loved one. Jackson barks his great vengeance and furious anger. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Logan   is essentially a road movie, but it’s a dark one (and a very long one). And Reilly delivers sorely needed punchlines between exposition about Kong and the island’s backstory. It’s   got audacity and style, and it packs an   undeniably wicked punch. There are a few moments that are genuinely touching and heartwarming enough to put a lump in even the most reluctant moviegoer’s throat. He’s made a horror movie whose biggest jolts have nothing to do with blood or bodies, but rather with big ideas. Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Metacritic: 44

Logan
Now playing. It flirts with being too much of a good thing. But Ducournau, in her feature-film debut, never quite figures out what to do with the provocatively gory metaphor she sets up. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
Metacritic: 32

The LEGO Batman Movie
Now playing. Kong: Skull Island
Opens March 10   in theaters nationwide. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Metacritic: 64

Brimstone
Opens March 10 in limited release. B
Read the full review here. A
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Read the full review here. 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. The stakes aren’t grandiose, no one’s saving the world. C
Read the full review here. Killing is John Wick’s business…and business is good. Themes of incest and sexual assault run through the movie, but   Brimstone   is a bit of a goof, really. Kong: Skull Island   squares off against Logan   for the top spot at the box office this weekend, but, in the days ahead, plenty of critically-acclaimed titles including   Personal Shopper and Raw deserve your attention on the limited front. And for its imagination and open-mindedness, My Scientology Movie is one of the best documentaries of the year. Or, at least, well enough. Kong swats the military helicopters out of the sky like a giant swatting pesky flies.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz on how ‘The Inexplicable Logic of My Life’ explores identity

Explains Sáenz, “A lot of people say that I don’t write plot, I just write people. So just because you’re straight it doesn’t necessarily make you a better parent,” says Sáenz. It’s other things. I really loved them. “I wrote this whole book as a backdrop of what’s happening today, where there’s no sense of frailty or vulnerability in our public discourse. “There’s always going to be someone who’s going to remind you that you’re not Mexican really, because they are from Mexico, And other times I’ll think, ‘I’ll never be an American.’”
But Sáenz says he doesn’t think this is a bad thing. I was lost in this great sadness and I didn’t know I was going to react that way. Sam and Fito, Sal’s best friends, both have contentious relationships with their respective mothers. It isn’t the nation we belong to that makes us good or decent or smart. Those are   old-fashioned   words, perhaps, but I don’t think they should be dated.”
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is available now. For Sáenz, it was to make a point about the discourse of family in the United States. “I knew girls like Sam when I was growing up, who were tough and soft at the same time. “In some ways, Vicente is too good to be true. She just wasn’t interested in mothering. So in a way, Sam is my tribute to them.”

And then there’s Sal himself. This only compounds his questions about his identity as a Mexican-American, since he’s adopted   and not biologically related to the man he calls his father. She’s not a terrible person. It’s not even the family we belong to.”
And family is at the heart of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life as the book delves into parent-child relationships—both the good, and the bad. That’s ridiculous… We think that because we were taught to think that. And yet, it just hit me.”
It was this grief that inspired Sáenz to make the trajectory of the novel about Sal’s grandmother’s death, and the way his family deals with it. But that really isn’t true. “Anyone who lives on the border, because we live on the border we’re always reminded of it,” says Sáenz about Sal’s inner conflict, and the novel’s setting in El Paso, Texas. I thought I was going to take my mother’s death very well. Show Full Article Vicente, Sal’s gay artist father, is dealing with losing his mother, but also possibly letting a former flame back into his life. “We have Vicente, who’s a very decent man and a very good father, and we have Sam’s mother Sylvia, who’s a terrible mother. No sense of humility or forgiveness… And it makes me sad because it isn’t true that it doesn’t exist…   I wanted to infuse the book with this sense that there are still people in the world who are humble, and who know what the word sacrifice means. The story of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life actually begins with Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s other YA novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. “We cannot rely on nationalisms to give us our identity,” he says. The day that book was first published also marks the day his mother died. I’m not nearly as virtuous as that man, but he’s a projection of who I would have liked to be, had I been a father,” explains Sáenz of the inspiration for those characters. That’s all.”
To that effect, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is filled with people, each of whom have their own personal issues they’re confronting, navigating, and attempting to get over. And it’s something his latest book, which sees the teenage Salvador (a.k.a “Sal”) cope with the illness and eventual loss of his beloved grandmother ‘Mima,’ explores. “All of my work comes from something that I’m dealing with that I put in the book,” Sáenz tells EW. “By virtue of the fact that we were born in this country, that makes us virtuous? Complicating matters for the teen is the fact that his dead mother has left him a letter he has yet to open. “This book has a lot of stuff about my life. I just don’t hit you over the head with the plot.

‘Avatar 2’ release date pushed back again

We’re full-tilt boogie right now.” Latest updates So I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life.”It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it,” he added. “It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges Dam. With filming yet to start   but expected to begin sometime this year,   it remains   unclear whether the other proposed films’ release dates will be pushed back as well.”It’s an epic undertaking,” Cameron told the Star. “We haven’t announced a firm release date.”Originally, Cameron expressed plans for a five-film franchise with sequels that would be shot simultaneously and   premiere in 2018, 2020, 2022   and 2023. Now   director James Cameron is saying the film has been delayed again, even past 2018.”Well, 2018 is not happening,” Cameron told the Toronto Star. (20th Century Fox)A sequel to   “Avatar” — the 2009 blockbuster that went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, bringing in $2.8 billion worldwide and winning three Oscars — was originally expected to hit theaters in December 2014. “It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we’re making four.

Here’s what to expect from ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’

(And if you’ve been eyeing Nintendo’s Joy-Con Wheel accessory, the company says that’ll be available on April 28 as well for $15.)
The potential game-changer, though, is everything new in Battle Mode. If you link a bunch of Switch systems together, up to 12 players can race at once. But the upsides are noteworthy. If you opt for local play, the game drops to 30 frames per second, but lets up to four player split the screen. Or you can have two players squaring off locally with the Joy-Cons detached and swiveled sideways. ▶︎ Balloon Battle: In this oldie but goodie, players earn points by popping balloons on the back of their opponents’ karts. ▶︎ Bob-omb Blast: Originally seen in the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! The downside of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a $60 kart-racer due out April 28 for the Nintendo Switch, is that it’s mostly the game Wii U owners already played in 2014. And it does have a few exclusive bells and whistles, which Nintendo just revealed in full. This article originally appeared on Time.com. It’s still arguably the best Mario Kart Nintendo has yet made. Contrast with sales of Mario Kart for the Wii, which reached a whopping 36 million copies. The opposing team must try to escape and can break their own teammates out of prison by pressing a button under the jail cell. It’s also an eminently portable version of the game, though if played on TV, a visual polish lets it run at 1080p and 60 frames per second, versus the Wii U’s native 720p. That includes five new characters (Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr.), bumping the total racer count to 42, new karts inspired by Nintendo’s Splatoon (a shooter, only with ink-squirting guns), the option to clutch two items simultaneously, a smart-steering driving option designed to ease in newcomers, and a revamped Battle Mode that’s playable both local or online. ▶︎ Shine Thief: Steal the coveted Shine Sprite and try to hold onto it for a 20 count in this classic multiplayer Battle mode. It incorporates everything the original version had, including all the downloadable stuff, for an imposing tally of just under 50 racetracks. And only 8 million people played it by way of the Wii U (only 14 million people in total bought Nintendo’s last system). I can’t imagine Mario Kart 8 Deluxe closing on that figure, but I’d wager Nintendo thinks it can reach a broader audience with the Switch, since Mario Kart 8 for Wii U is a quintessential example of a platform holding back a franchise. game, this mode finds players throwing a barrage of Bob-ombs at opponents. Here’s Nintendo’s rundown of its additions and changes:
▶︎ Renegade Roundup: Making its debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, this new mode has one team trying to capture the other and put them into jail before time runs out. ▶︎ Coin Runners: By racing across the Battle course, players try to collect the most coins as possible in this fast and frenetic mode introduced in Mario Kart Wii. Pre-order now: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $60, Amazon

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Kerry Washington on board for ‘The Mothers’ film adaptation

Brit Bennett’s “sad, tender” debut novel The Mothers   from last fall is getting the green light for a big screen adaptation, thanks to an option by Warner Bros. and actress/producer Kerry Washington, who will   produce under the Simpson Street banner. The film also received an Emmy nomination for best movie made for TV. EW’s Leah Greenblatt favorably reviewed the novel last fall, saying, “As much as   The Mothers   is steeped in black culture, it’s also pointedly, poignantly universal in its depiction of young love and friendship and hard choices.”
Author   Bennett, who in her giddiness about the news posted the below Instagram photo with the Scandal star, will also write the script for the film, as well as executive produce. Show Full Article The Mothers   centers on a young black woman in a small town   in Southern California who makes some life-changing decisions when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. The Mothers will be Simpson Street’s first feature project for Warner Bros. 🍿🎬🎥🎞📽🍿
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Simpson Street’s first project, HBO’s Confirmation,   starred Washington and earned her Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominations for her portrayal of Anita Hill. ‎No word yet on casting for the film, or proposed release dates.

First Look: Lola Kirke and Zoe Kravitz star in SXSW premiere ‘Gemini’

John Cho costars as a policeman investigating a crime involving the two women. Check out the fest’s site for more details. Another mark of quality assurance: One of the movie’s   producers is Adele Romanski, fresh from her   Best Picture Oscar triumph for Moonlight. filmmaker then bounced over to Iceland to co-direct (with Martha Stephens) the wonderful buddy comedy Land Ho! Gemini premieres March 12 at SXSW. The new movie is about the relationship between a Hollywood actress (Zoë Kravitz) and her personal assistant (Lola Kirke). And as you can gather from the exclusive image of Kravitz and Kirke (above), rich with red and blue fluorescent light, the film promises a stylistic trip into the dark. Director Aaron Katz’s skillful, disappeared-woman   drama   Cold Weather   made waves at South By Southwest in 2010. —   but now Katz has returned to the mystery-thriller arena with his newest film,   Gemini, premiering this weekend at the festival in Austin, Texas. The Portland, Ore. Show Full Article

How ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ inspired ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

“It’s   not really a comedy,” says the director. Knowing that it was Bruce Banner and Thor on kind of a road trip journey, that lends itself to a tone because those guys are both really funny. Unfortunately, Loki’s rather lax governing leads to the reemergence of an imprisoned Hela (Cate Blanchett), who blasts Thor to Sakaar, a barbaric planet ruled by the charming but nefarious Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). 3. Thor: Ragnarok marks a tonal shift for the Thor franchise with director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) aiming for a more humorous tone — particularly in the relationship between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), both of whom find themselves stranded on planet Sakaar. I thought Thor has got to be the one you want to be with in every scene.”
As previously revealed in our EW cover story, the plot of   Thor: Ragnarok   picks up after the events of   Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Thor left Earth and returned to Asgard after hearing about trouble on his home planet in the form of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who has taken the throne by impersonating their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Thor: Ragnarok is out Nov. But Waititi is adamant that it’s not a
But Waititi wants to make it clear that the third Thor   film is   not a straight-up laugh riot. For more on   Thor: Ragnarok, stay tuned to EW.com this week and pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or   buy it here now   – and don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive photos and interviews. ”
“Big Trouble in Little China was one of those films where Jack Burton is a buffoon but he’s lovable and you’re with him the entire way. He’s legitimately one of the funniest things in this film.”
The tone that the movie is perhaps closest to is the 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. Show Full Article Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tough, hard-drinking warrior hiding out on Sakaar brings the god to the Grandmaster, after which he’s forced into becoming a gladiator (and teams, eventually, with The Hulk). Knowing that it was Bruce Banner and Thor on kind of a road trip journey, that lends itself to a
“It’s   not really a comedy,” says the director. “There are some really great moments we’re going to have in the film. “There are some really great moments we’re going to have in the film. The John Carpenter film about Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) battling sorcerers and demons in San Francisco’s Chinatown was one of the movies that Waititi presented when he pitched Marvel his vision for Ragnarok. I was like you gotta exploit Chris’ comic abilities. He’s so good and underutilized in that department.

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ gets a colorful new poster

(Years ago, his great-great-grandfather ditched the family to pursue stardom.) Miguel’s love of music — and his admiration for the deceased singer Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt) — accidentally lands him in the Land of the Dead, where he has to team up with a trickster skeleton named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) in an attempt to find his way home. 22, 2017. Show Full Article the Day of the Dead). Back in December, Unkrich (who co-directed the film with Adrian Molina) opened up about Coco to EW, discussing why he and Pixar were so careful to maintain the film’s authenticity and its ties to Dia de los Muertos (a.k.a. The beloved animation studio’s next project is Coco, telling the story of a young Mexican boy named Miguel, who rebels against his family’s long-standing ban on music. Pixar is getting musical. “The day John Lasseter gave the thumbs up for this movie, I immediately felt this huge weight drop onto my shoulders,” Unkrich told EW. That included multiple trips to Mexico, hiring an entirely Latino voice cast, and consulting with Mexican storytellers and artists. Coco doesn’t hit theaters until November, but in the meantime, director Lee Unkrich has unveiled a new poster for the film on Twitter   (below), adding that the first trailer is coming next week. “Because I knew that we were doing something different than we had ever made at the studio and that for the first time, we were going to have this enormous responsibility to do right by this culture and not lapse into stereotype or cliché.”
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Coco opens Nov.

‘Love’: Getting to know the spaghetti-loving Claudia O’Doherty, a.k.a. Bertie

We filmed in winter, and the snakes weren’t meant to be in cold temperatures. I have spaghetti fever.”

The last pet I adored: “I fostered a terrier mix last year, and she was lovely. A post shared by Claudia O'Doherty (@dingdongitsclaudiaodoherty) on Dec 10, 2016 at 5:37pm PST

My guiltiest pleasure: “I watch   The Bachelor. Claudia O’Doherty shines in Netflix’s Love, where she plays   Mickey’s perpetually sunny roommate, Bertie. As costar Gillian Jacobs tells EW, “Claudia O’Doherty is one of the most talented people alive.”   With season 2 streaming now, we get to know the Australian actress, who has also written for and appeared on Inside Amy Schumer. It’s really dumb. It’s a very gentle, comforting movie, and there’s a really good joke where Meryl Streep says she prefers a lot of semen. Read on to find out about her deep appreciation for pasta, why   It’s Complicated   is her favorite Meryl Streep movie, and what snake-related trauma she encountered on the   Inside Amy Schumer   set. It smelled like chemicals that would kill you. My favorite Meryl Streep movie: “I really love   It’s Complicated. One of them did defecate on me, which was deeply unsettling. I like to give dogs very silly names and cats very serious names, like Susan.”

I am fostering the saddest dog in America. It’s two hours of nothing happening, and I always wonder about the women in the house, because it seems like all they can do is sit on the couch and drink wine.”
My proudest moment on   Inside Amy Schumer: “I was very shocked and proud to get my sketch about a snake doctor on the show. A version of this story appears in the latest issue of   Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, or   buy it here now – and don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos. I enjoy how boring it is. When she came from the shelter, her name was Bella Swan, after the character from   Twilight. But the snakes didn’t die, so don’t worry… if you were worried.” (Skip to about the 11-minute mark in the episode below to see the sketch.)

Show Full Article I changed it to Peppercorn. But I ended up having to hold like 20 disgusting snakes. I’m really dedicated to spaghetti. It’s a perfect line.”
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My go-to movie munchie: “I find popcorn to be a waste of food, in terms of: If I could be eating spaghetti, I don’t want to eat popcorn.

‘This Is Us’: Chrissy Metz admits she cries on set just as much as viewers

If you’re portraying a role, and you don’t want them to be that way and this is how you’ve pictured the character to be, then I don’t fit the bill. “And that was really disheartening because we’re not our bodies. “He kinda gets a bad rap because he’s so handsome, and it’s like, no, he has this beautiful heart, he’s a great dad in real life, and he’s just a kind man,” Metz said. If you were wondering if the cast of This Is Us is as emotionally tormented   by the show as viewers are, the answer is yes. But I try to keep it together.”
Metz, who plays Kate Pearson on the hit NBC show, also spoke out about her weight and the public’s overwhelmingly positive reaction to her curves and her weight loss struggle, which is reflected in her This Is Us character. Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile, and web devices. RELATED: This Is Us: Before They Were Stars
“So long, it was always like, ‘Oh, I’m not enough, or I’m too much, too heavy,’” she recalled. “I think people think of him as kind of just the hot guy, but there’s so much more depth to that.”

Watch the interview above and catch this full episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). But I do get it. But when women are encouraged and supported because I’m on a platform to kind of just give them the courage to do so, to just be themselves, it’s so exciting.”
And as for the on-screen chemistry between Metz and her costars, the actress insists it exists off-screen as well, and calls her fellow Pearson portrayers “the greatest bunch of human beings.” She also revealed that Justin Hartley, who plays her brother Kevin, is the most like his character off-screen. “The Thanksgiving episode, where [Randall] actually came out and said, ‘I found this letter,’ I, of course, had to run in and say I was contemplating surgery, and I was like, ‘Oh shoot, I’m sobbing in tears and I’m supposed to be just off the plane,’” star Chrissy Metz said during a recent appearance on Entertainment Weekly: The Show. “Everyone’s performances are so moving that it’s a distraction. Show Full Article

Spoiler Room: Scoop on ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ ‘Vampire Diaries,’ more

— Barbara
I cannot provide any details on how or why, but I can reveal that Tom Lipinski will reprise his role as Cade in episode 16. — Alicia
After eight seasons, co-creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson knew they had to answer one question when they sat down to write the series finale: What do they want the show to be about? I’m losing hope! Is it pointless to ask Scandal questions? There’s also the question of what will happen to Ilian in the wake of burning down the ship — and the answer may surprise you. “Moonshadow” also takes you wayyyyy back to the early ’70s, before Jack had met Rebecca, where you will see Jack struggling to get by, doing some automobile repair for a woman named Mrs. — Martha
Yes, a logline for the March 28 episode reveals that the Legion of Doom has rewritten reality, hence Doomsworld. Peabody would like to play Cupid for Jack. — Bradley
Yes, Arkadia has been destroyed, but all hope has not yet been lost. After all, that rocket could provide a way to turn everyone into a Nightblood. “For the Legends, it’s very different,” Brandon Routh says of Doomsworld. “That story is not finished being told,” EP Jon Bokenkamp says. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. Additional reporting by Samantha Highfill and Dan Snierson. That’s a wrap on this week’s Spoiler Room. “She’s completely overwhelmed and emotional over that because now he aesthetically looks exactly like the Robin Hood she was in love with, or is still in love with, and yet he’s not the same person.” However, Robin of Locksley isn’t quite who she thinks he is. — Marcus
We have not seen the last of Elise — and the show may even explore something real between her and Aram. “There is still, obviously, hope for Aram and Samar, but, at the same time, we love Elise. “This show’s always been about family; this show’s always been about huge, emotional loss; it’s always been about death and grief,” Williamson says. She’s probably the least likely person for him to be interested in and he feels incredibly betrayed and, yet, she throws a wonderful wrench in the dynamic between Aram and Samar.”
When The Originals picks up, what’s going on with the city? However, rockets need fuel, and transporting fuel across hostile territory won’t be easy. Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. — Jameson
As you may have noticed in photos from Sunday’s episode, Robin looks very, ahem, familiar. But first, they need to get through the Electoral College! “There are several things that he does that leads her to believe that he isn’t the Robin Hood that she knows, and that he is a different Robin,” Parrilla adds. What the heck is Doomsworld on Legends of Tomorrow? However, that doesn’t mean that the city is in the best hands. In fact, this season is going to explore a little bit of the time before the Mikaelsons returned to the Quarter. And Mrs. Labs, and the world is being run by insane crazy people. What’s Vincent’s perspective on that?”
Is Talia going to appear in present-day Star City on Arrow? Make of that what you will! “Marcel’s got some regrets and some demons and some things that he allowed to happen. “It played out in real life, everybody wanting the Electoral College to do one thing and they did what was expected,” Scott Foley says. — Harry
Yes, and soon! You might recognize her: She’s played by Deborah Mooney, alum of Everwood and Scandal. Anything on the This is Us finale? Anything on The Vampire Diaries finale? What was the point? “We will see her in the present day,” EP Marc Guggenheim teases. “Regina puts him in Robin Hood’s clothes, and that does something to her,” Lana Parrilla teases. Anything Blacklist? Show Full Article So yes, she is Talia al Ghul, but Oliver obviously doesn’t know that.” Here’s hoping seeing her in present day offers an opportunity for him to find out! “The Electoral College plays a part [on the show], but not as big of a part as you would think.”
Seriously, how can anyone survive now on The 100? This week in TV: Be still my Superman-loving heart. She’s fantastic and I think she just brings a different, unexpected sassiness to Aram’s life. “None of us have our abilities and powers. Julie had one answer and I had another answer, and they’re both spoken in the show. In other words, Marcel is not necessarily a perfect king — he never has been. “We were very cognizant not to retcon anything. — ElleDee
Nope, here’s some scoop: It won’t be long before we find out who’s replacing Fitz in the Oval. Be sure to email your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams. “It started on those foundations and from it we built a love story, but what are we truly trying to say about these people and how do we want to put an end to them? It’s all contained within the last act of the finale.”
Do you have more scoop on Robin’s return to Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time? — Darren
The season finale will answer at least one question that you have about the ending of last week’s installment: We learn what happened when Jack hopped in the car after a few drinks and headed to Rebecca’s gig two hours away. Peabody. “What she wants from Oliver in the past is very different from what she wants from him in the present.” And yes, Guggenheim did confirm that Oliver has very purposefully never heard her last name. Any Blindspot scoop? This new reality is basically the perfect world for the Legion, complete with personalized punishments for the Legends. “We’re going to talk about the legacy of Marcel Girourd as the king and how that influenced New Orleans prior to our season 1,” showrunner Michael Narducci says. Ray is a janitor for S.T.A.R. So, yeah, it’s a bit of the worst nightmare.” Trust me when I tell you, he’s not even the character who has it the worst! “Oliver couldn’t have heard it, because if he had, when Ra’s talked about his daughter he’d be like, ‘Yeah, the other daughter, I met her back in Russia,’” the EP says. — Mari
Without the Mikaelsons, things are actually looking up for New Orleans as Marcel works to usher in a new era of peace (and Vincent is there to make sure he does just that).