‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’: James Gunn teases post-credits scenes

The Avengers was the first of Disney’s Marvel films to have two post-credits scenes — one after the mid-credits and one tagged on to the very end. https://t.co/c58nzDeCnp
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 11, 2017

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Pom Klementieff, and Elizabeth Debicki star in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. All I’ll say is, unless you have to rush out because your mother is dying, stay through the entire end credits. Show Full Article So what’s in store? 2. It’s too soon to tell, but   Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok will follow Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. Post-credits scenes are expected for Disney’s massive slate of comic book movies, and writer-director James Gunn seems to   confirm there’s at least one coming in his space opera sequel. Marvelites should already start planning   to stay till   the very end of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. “Stay through the entire end credits”? Since Thor: The Dark World,   multiple stingers have become commonplace. 2 this year. “All I’ll say is, unless you have to rush out because your mother is dying, stay through the entire end credits,” Gunn tweeted in response to a fan inquiry on the matter. 2, set for theaters on May 5.

‘LEAP!’ trailer: Elle Fanning has dancing dreams in new animated movie

of faith in the new trailer for   her latest animated film. Elle Fanning takes a LEAP! Watch the trailer above. In order to enter the Opera Ballet School in Paris, she must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family. as   Félicie, who escapes with her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff) to the city   to become a professional ballerina. Ahead of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday night, The Weinstein Co. But her lack of professional training isn’t her only other problem: Camille Le Haut (Ziegler) voices one of her   deviously competitive classmates looking to take her down. Show Full Article LEAP!, originally titled Ballerina and directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin, opens in theaters on April 21. Fanning joins real-life dancer Maddie Ziegler and singer Carly Rae Jepsen in LEAP! In addition to voicing Odette,   Félicie’s mentor, Jepsen contributes original music to the film’s soundtrack, which also features Sia and Demi Lovato. debuted new footage from the tale of a young orphan heading to Paris to pursue her dancing dreams.

American Gods changed from the book due to Trump

I was riveted. We expanded Bilquis, we expanded Audrey [Betty Gilpin — one of the aforementioned scene stealers who scored of laughs from the preview audience].”
The sprawling and impressive cast includes Gillian Anderson (as Media), Crispin Glover (as Mr. “I’ve never seen any of it before and I thought it was f—ing amazing. “It’s definitely a different show that we set out to make because the political climate in America sh– its pants and we’re not telling massive immigration stories in a climate that vilifies immigrants, so we have a strange new platform to start a different kind of conversation,” Fuller said. “We actually expanded several of the female roles from the book as it tended to get into a sausage party between Shadow and Wednesday, so we knew we needed much more female energy going into it. World), Cloris Leachman (as Zorya), and Kristen Chenoweth (as Easter) —   none of whom are in the first episode. Another change from the novel, Fuller revealed, was expanding the book’s female roles. Show Full Article McShane — who is nothing if not blunt in his opinions of projects he’s worked on — was extremely impressed. the old (such as Bilquis, the Queen of Sheeba, played by Yetide Badaki). I’ve seen nothing like it.”
American Gods premieres April 30. After the screening, executive producer Bryan Fuller (who created the show along with Michael Green working from Neil Gaiman’s novel) revealed their approach to the story changed due to the Trump presidency. “I’d just like to say that’s the first frame I’ve ever seen,” McShane said after the pilot screened. The hour offers more than one scene-stealing character, is gorgeously filmed (by Hannibal veteran David Slade) and includes one jaw-dropper of a sex scene where (mild spoiler alert) a man is consumed by his lover’s vagina. Really. “I love it” and “WTF, I don’t get it” are two likely reactions. First impressions of Starz’s   American Gods, which premiered its first episode at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday: a very adult fantasy mashup that tackles big ideas about religion and immigration with humor, sex and very graphic violence. The first hour follows just-released convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who gets a job offer to become an assistant and strongman for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane, having a blast) and is pulled into a wild, weird world of new gods (such as the worship of technology and media) vs.

Sara Gilbert ‘comes out’ to John Goodman in ‘Roseanne’ spoof on ‘The Talk’

But if we could get everybody together…”
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Gilbert added, “Your only fear is that you don’t want to do a bad   version, right? “He’s one of us, he loves the outdoors and acting. As a showman, he has explored the stages from Los Angeles to New York — we’re talking Broadway here, man. Me and your mom will support you,” Goodman, who was promoting his upcoming movie   Kong: Skull Island, answered. See the full sketch above. John Goodman and Sara Gilbert reprised Dan and Darlene Conner from   Roseanne   during a mini sketch on The Talk, and Darlene has something pretty big to tell her dad. He’s done some weird little movies, too. Because you don’t want to damage what’s been done, but I think, yeah, I think it’d be amazing.”

Also on Friday, Goodman appeared alongside his Big Lebowski costar Jeff Bridges   as he received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. As long as you’re happy. Elsewhere on   the show, when Goodman’s asked if he’d return for   a hypothetical Roseanne reboot, he said,   “Oh, hell yes. “So, there’s something I’ve been wanting to talk to you about for a while now,” she said Friday to Goodman’s Dan Conner as the two lounged on the Roseanne couch while watching a basketball game. Yeah, I talk to her every once in a while. “He’s a good actor, he’s a good man, John Goodman,” Bridges said in offering an alternate version of   the eulogy spoken by   Goodman’s character Walter in the Coen brothers 1998 movie. He is a man of his times, he’s a man of our times, and he has become a legend.”

Show Full Article The Big R (Roseanne Barr)   and I did a pilot about five years ago that didn’t go anywhere, right on this very lot, but we were very happy working together. “You know for a minute there, I thought you were gonna tell me you were gay.”
“Let’s save something for   halftime,” Gilbert, an openly gay co-host of The Talk, joked. And he’s lived, like so many men in prior generations have lived their lives. “God, I don’t know how to say this … I’m a talk show host.”

Drake announces release date for ‘More Life’

And most people, I guess, would like go probably take a break. All original music from me. 🌺
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According to Billboard, Drake, who’s currently on tour, told the crowd gathered in   Hamburg, Germany Friday night, “I know it’s taken me a while, but I’m going to the hotel tonight to finish this More Life s— so I can give it to you as soon as possible.”
“I’m off like mixtapes, I want to do a playlist,” he said of More Life in October. Watch below. No more cryptic teases in Swedish. But for me I just want to get right back to it. The rapper previously posted and then deleted a message in Swedish to social media   with a note about March 4. It seems we finally have an official release date for Drake’s new music, thanks to video posted to Instagram on Saturday. Like I said, dropping in December. You might hear some tunes from the family on there, but I’m just really excited. The video ends with a title card for More Life and the date March 18. The clip takes fans through Drake’s   life on the road as he descends a private jet, skirts the paparazzi, and parties in a club. That date came and went, which was probably why the post was deleted in the first place. Be with the people again.”

Show Full Article I had a great tour, I had a great summer. “I want to give you a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to your life, so this More Life: The Playlist.

‘Song to Song’: EW review

The cameos by famous musicians in the film are tedious (and lingering on Iggy Pop’s leathery chest is a gag that felt old 20 years ago) but Malick does discover one shard of grace in the casting of Patti Smith as herself. Indeed, though the movie is too dull and silly to get worked up over, you’ll find yourself searching in the margins of each shot for something or someone tangible to grasp onto. I never thought I needed it.”
“You get used to drifting, waiting. Set among the music scene in Austin and filmed five years ago by Malick regular Emmanuel Lubezki, the film at least gives its locale a good name, with sumptuous Steadicam shots of the Texas capital aplenty. Still not unhappy about it.”
“Mercy was a word. As the film’s central couple, Mara and Gosling do nothing wrong. Even for those groupies, this new humiliating wreck of a movie—the reclusive director’s worst­ ever—presents a test of will. Yet still, it’s difficult not to laugh at Malick’s goofy fetish for floor-to-ceiling windows and water shimmering in pools, which has by now devolved to the point of banality. More seriously, his strange recent obsession with casting beautiful movie stars to play brooding, boring white people results in a dream ensemble (Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Holly Hunter, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett) utterly wasted in a vacuous non-story about a love quadrangle. I played with the flame of life.”
Say no more. She’s only onscreen for about two minutes, but when she’s there, with that extraordinarily real, unglamorous face and those eyes that have seen so much, you briefly feel in the presence of wisdom. But if only banality, weird movie-star worship, and time-wasting were Malick’s worst offenses. They say follow the light.”
“I took sex, a gift, and played with it. In the final analysis, what’s most disturbing about Song to Song is that this once-great artist appears to have lost any interest whatsoever in the lives of regular people. Retrograde much, Terry? Malick, too, still inspires a passionate minority of hardcore devotees who will defend everything he does, no matter how inept or ludicrous, out of some bizarre sense of base loyalty towards the man who made Days of Heaven   39 years ago. Incoherent, disconnected, self-interrupting, obsessed with pointless minutiae and crammed full of odd, limp stabs at profundity   from a closed-off man in his 70s who apparently has no ability to edit or accept constructive criticism. Don’t believe how bad it is? These are actual snippets of real narration from the film:
“The birds said we’d love each other forever.”
“I don’t like to see the birds in the sky because I miss you.”
“They have a beauty in their   life that makes me ugly.”
“Save me from my bad heart.”
“I want all the pain to be for something.”
“I never knew I had a soul. In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song   is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference. But the actors cannot be blamed for Malick’s folly. That also ties into his lack of depth or finesse on the topic of chemistry or sex. It’s amazing, quite frankly, that Malick didn’t leave her on the cutting room floor. Given the presence of both Blanchett and Mara in the film (mercifully, they don’t share scenes, and this film was shot before Carol), it is particularly creepy that Malick gives Mara’s character a girlfriend, only to eventually send her back into the sinewy arms of her ex-boyfriend (Gosling), where her true love can be restored. The word embarrassed me.”
“I’m a beast. D

Show Full Article Then brace yourself for this. And watching them, you sympathize with their dilemma: jumping at the opportunity to work with Malick, given his legendary status, but forced to read submoronic voiceover dialogue that would make a Hallmark card writer go postal.

‘Song to Song’ reviews: Terrence Malick film is ‘incoherent’ and ‘redundant’

Whatever he’s been exploring over the past few years pays off here. If it does, credit the draw of Ryan Gosling, whose younger fans will be wholly unprepared for what they get (and don’t get) here.”
Erin Whitney (ScreenCrush)
“The power of the movie lies in those snapshots, moments that could be a page ripped out of anyone’s story – the moment when you found out a loved one died, when you first locked eyes with someone, or a perfect romance became tainted with doubt. There isn’t a moment in the film that is granted a simple, mundane exhibition.”
Song to Song opens in limited release March 17. Malick has found a way to translate how a familiar song has the ability to transport you back to a particular time and conjure a specific set of emotions. There’s also plenty of conspicuous fish-eye lenses in the gorgeous and often empty modern apartments (Faye works as an estate agent). Joe McGovern (Entertainment Weekly)
“Indeed, though the movie is too dull and silly to get worked up over, you’ll find yourself searching in the margins of each shot for something or someone tangible to grasp onto. “Incoherent, disconnected, self-interrupting, obsessed with pointless minutiae and crammed full of odd, limp stabs at profundity from a closed-off man in his 70s who apparently has no ability to edit or accept constructive criticism.”
Despite a few scattered Fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, other critics seemed to agree. This is a movie that will frequently snap to images free of context, such as footage of old Soviet cinema cutting to a meal scene outside an Austin food truck. According to EW’s Joe McGovern, that’s a no. Read reviews of the film out of SXSW below. The film splattered   with a 33 percent Rotten score on   the site, as more reviews continue to hit the airwaves. The latest example is Song to Song, an occasionally marvelous but redundant collage of moments from Austin’s music scene. If you’re willing to practice some patience and let Malick’s images wash over you, you might just find something magnificent here.”
Jordan Hoffman (The Guardian)
“There’s nothing in Song to Song to suggest wild interpretations aren’t encouraged. But is it any good? It’s amazing, quite frankly, that Malick didn’t leave her on the cutting room floor.”
Peter Debruge (Variety)
“It pains me to say it, but Malick might want to consider another lengthy hiatus. His cosmic IMAX documentary The Voyage of Time   had a logical reason for throwing plot to the wind, but other recent efforts Knight of Cups   and To the Wonder   reduce the magisterial approach of Tree of Life   to undercooked fragments. Song to Song is far from his strongest film, but it’s his best and most exciting work since The Tree of Life. The cameos by famous musicians in the film are tedious (and lingering on Iggy Pop’s leathery chest is a gag that felt old 20 years ago) but Malick does discover one shard of grace in the casting of Patti Smith as herself. Terrence Malick, the reclusive filmmaker behind The Tree of Life and the   more recent Knight of Cups, made a rare public appearance at the SXSW Film Festival   Saturday, the morning after the festival kick-off premiere of his latest movie   Song to Song, set within the Austin music scene. There’s plenty of intrigue to the dissonance of a hard-rock lifestyle and Malick’s gentle touch, but much of the movie’s potential is overshadowed by the impulses of a director unwilling to get there.”
John DeFore (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Ersatz local color aside, suffice to say that Song to Song is not designed to win back onetime admirers who felt Malick’s To the Wonder and Knight of Cups drowned in their own navels. Song to Song   stars   Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling as a pair of musicians who fall in love, while Michael Fassbender plays the sleazy music executive who threatens their relationship. “In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference,” he wrote among the first round of reviews for the film. Show Full Article Though offering the occasional radiant moment (usually involving scenery), it is of a piece with those films, and is unlikely to fare much better at the box office. She’s only onscreen for about two minutes, but when she’s there, with that extraordinarily real, unglamorous face and those eyes that have seen so much, you briefly feel in the presence of wisdom. Rushed into production mere months after his nearly-self-parodic, Hollywood-set Knight of Cups, Song to Song   finds the maestro in broken-record mode, rehashing more or less the same themes against the backdrop of the Austin music scene — merely the latest borderline-awful Malick movie that risks to undermine the genius and mystery of his best work.”
Eric Kohn (Indiewire)
“There are reasons to delight in the autonomy of Malick’s poetic approach, particularly the way he treasures the lyricism of the natural world over narrative coherence, but that vision can only go so far. The cast also includes   Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Holly Hunter, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop.

‘X-Men’ producer ignites fan frenzy with new cast photo

Forced to go on the run from the government, they team up with an underground network of mutants, led by   Sam   (Redford). X-men are coming for you Dallas. As for   the title, EW has confirmed it’s not the official name for the series as of yet, but it is   the current working title. “Watch out. While this has caused some speculation as to the series’ title and   cast, here’s what EW has learned. Cast reading of "Gifted" #Gifted pic.twitter.com/fQGgfoqZrl
— Lauren Shuler Donner (@ShuDonner) March 11, 2017

Lind also posted photos of the cast in Dallas with X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer, who’s helming and executive producing the pilot. Show Full Article Professor Charles Xavier, played on the big screen by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy, often referred to his students as “gifted” — it’s in   the name of his Institute for Gifted Youngsters. Dallas! Chung will portray the teleporting mutant   Blink, while Dumont plays Polaris, the mistress of magnetism and the daughter of Magneto. Lauren Shuler Donner, a longtime producer of the X-Men movie franchise, tweeted on Friday a photo of a table read for the pilot of Fox’s untitled Marvel series. But it also happens to be the title of the first volume to Joss Whedon’s   Astonishing X-Men comic series, which tells of   a “mutant cure.”

The pilot   centers on   Kate   (Acker) and   Reed Stewart   (Moyer), two ordinary parents who discover their children have abilities. “Cast reading for ‘Gifted,’” she wrote at the time, while the image revealed   The Originals star Joseph Morgan sitting among previously announced actors   Stephen Moyer, Jamie Chung, and Amy Acker. #mutantsquad (missing the our badass muties @jamiejchung & @seanjamesteale )
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Matt Nix (Burn Notice) wrote the pilot, in addition to executive producing   with Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory. We made it! It turns out Morgan was merely filling in for the read-through. Let's kick ass, mutants! According to multiple sources, Morgan has not been cast in the series, which also will feature   Emma Dumont,   Percy Hynes White, Blair Redford, Sean Teale, and   Natalie Alyn Lind. X-men are coming for you Dallas,” she wrote. #Xmen pic.twitter.com/0Q04uYFP8j
— Nat Alyn Lind🌹 (@NatalieAlynLind) March 11, 2017

Watch out.

Stephen Colbert demolishes Trump’s wall plan with building experts

“Because what is a highway if not a wall on its side?” Colbert joked. But Trump also claimed the wall will be “beautiful” — enter the interior designer. Despite our advances in technology since then, Hobson estimates 100 people could die a month trying to build Trump’s wall. Kaner suggested turning it into a rock-climbing wall, though that would defeat the purpose. The host gathered statements from Trump about the wall being “a heck of a lot higher” than the ceiling of the presidential debate space from last year. “Obviously, nobody wants that, we just have to be realistic here,” Colbert said. Assuming it’d take four years to construct the wall, that would mean about 4,800 people could die. That would need   200 million cubic yards of concrete, according to Dobrova, while Hobson says it would cost $400 billion just to pay for that amount of   concrete. Since that ceiling was 80 feet tall, the   panel of experts determined a “heck-of-a” is the equivalent of “1/2 a–load,” which would put the wall at roughly 100 feet. How   much is it actually going to cost to build   the wall Donald Trump promised his supporters? So his   second option would be to put up wallpaper, the cost of which would further balloon the grand total. Then they add another trillion, since they figure it’s better to build a stretch of highway along the wall. Show Full Article Watch the math of Trump’s wall in the video above. That’s not factoring in the money for the workers, excavation, de-watering, portable concrete plants, and the like — all of which gives them a new number of approximately $1 trillion. Colbert brought in architect   Andrew Tesoro, engineer Christine Hobson, masonry contractor Tim Dobrova, and interior designer Robert Kaner to explain the logistics of constructing a 100-foot-tall, 2,000-mile-long   wall along the border of the United States and   Mexico. RELATED: Darth Vader, Voldemort, and 7 Other Pop Culture Comparisons to Donald Trump
Colbert cited 400,000 workers died building the Great Wall of China. Stephen Colbert attempted to find out on The Late Show Friday night.

Terrence Malick makes rare public appearance at SXSW

Set in Austin, Texas, Song to Song stars Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara as a pair of musicians who fall in love, and Fassbender as the shady executive and producer who threatens to tear them both apart. Malick, who remains an elusive figure in the film world, was a surprise attendee during a panel discussion about Song to Song with costar Michael Fassbender and filmmaker Richard Linklater. Show Full Article The film, which arrives in limited release next week, split critics after its debut on Friday, with some slamming Malick for his ethereal excess. “I have trouble working off things that are too preconceived, like storyboards. Prior to this stretch, Malick was known for his lack of activity: Between 1978’s Days of Heaven and 2011’s Tree of Life, the director released just two films, 1998’s The Thin Red Line and 2005’s The New World. “In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference,” Joe McGovern wrote in his D-grade review of Malick’s film for EW. "That's why we used so many songs & locations." #SXSW pic.twitter.com/bRPyLWUW8d
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 11, 2017

Terrence Malick, describing his process of talking to actors during takes#sxsw #songtosong pic.twitter.com/2s4Oo1CZdN
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 11, 2017

During the chat, Malick revealed the original title of Song to Song was Weightless (based on a quote from Virginia Woolf) and discussed his process as a filmmaker. “Incoherent, disconnected, self-interrupting, obsessed with pointless minutiae and crammed full of odd, limp stabs at profundity from a closed-off man in his 70s who has apparently has no ability to edit or accept constructive criticism.”
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Malick has been a borderline prolific filmmaker since 2011, releasing five films in that time frame: Tree of Life, To the Wonder, Knight of Cups, the documentary Voyage of Time, and now Song to Song. One night after Terrence Malick’s Song to Song debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival (and divided audiences in the process), the reclusive director made a rare public appearance to support the project. Malick wanted SONG TO SONG to convey how life feels like a series of moments. When things become too prepared the life comes out of it,” he said. Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Holly Hunter, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop costar.

Frank Ocean drops new single ‘Chanel’

“12 treat a n– like he 12/ How you looking up to me and talking down?/ Can’t you see I am the big man (big man)?”

Show Full Article He made it up to fans by playing “Chanel” 18 times during the second half of the two-hour Blonded episode, according to Rolling Stone. Hear a preview below via Apple Music:

Accompanying the new release, the rapper unveiled a remix of the track that features the same beat but with A$SAP Rocky. Later he muses, “2016 burnt like some discs/ 2017 playing off a Walkman/ This a cult, not a clique on the net.”
Though the wait for new Ocean music has been a slog, the   artist recently collaborated with Calvin Harris on the track “Slide,” which also features Migo. NEW FRANK OCEAN!Hear #Chanel NOW on blonded 002.https://t.co/rAPwDbsSan#blondedRADIO pic.twitter.com/BbLX4vC8iH
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) March 11, 2017

The new track is available on iTunes, Spofity, and Google Play. Frank Ocean surprised fans on Friday when the second episode of Blonded Radio, his Beats 1 radio show, yielded   a brand new single called “Chanel.”
“My guy pretty like a girl/ And he got fight stories to tell/ I see both sides like Chanel/ See on both sides like Chanel,” Ocean   sings in his dizzying, mind mapping first song since releasing Endless and Blonde. “Police think I’m of the underworld,” he sings. Listen below. Ocean posted a photo of the   full lyrics for “Chanel” on his   Tumblr page.

Terrifying ‘Alien: Covenant’ footage screens at SXSW

“It’s not just what you might expect. As an actor and a dreamer, as a [risk taker] of the cinema and loving movies, the most important thing to me was to have fun with this character. Before a special presentation of the 1979 classic at the South by Southwest Film Festival, director Ridley Scott introduced new footage from May’s Alien: Covenant alongside cast members Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, and Danny McBride. Added Fassbender, who also starred in Prometheus, “To get the opportunity to work on this franchise, work with Ridley. Speaking after the clips, Waterston, Fassbender, and McBride all praised Scott, who previously returned to the Alien franchise with 2012’s Prometheus. It was easy to hear Alien fans scream on Friday night in Austin, Texas. “My goals haven’t changed,” Scott said before showing the three clips, which were previously screened late last year for journalists. The scenes were laced with a wicked sense of humor, alternating between intense, terrifying and graphic. To really enjoy it and enjoy the experience of doing it. “There’s a lot of potential in this one,” he said. … As you develop something and make something, all kinds of notions evolve.”

Alien: Covenant is out May 19. “My mantra has always been to scare the living sh– out of you.”
Mission accomplished. Coming back was a follow up to that really. Show Full Article “You kind of have to not think about how awesome it is while you’re shooting or you wouldn’t be able to function,” Waterston said. To have the honor to work with Sir Ridley Scott. In a conversation with EW at the Nat Geo Further Base Camp earlier in the day, Scott revealed he had plans for an additional three Alien films beyond Alien: Covenant and noted the sequel to Covenant is being written now. There are a lot of interesting questions that are pretty fascinating — about creation, who are we, and where do we come from. One extended set piece in particular — which introduces “backburster” and “mouthburster” to the Alien lexicon alongside the famed chestburster — drew audible reactions from the SXSW crowd. To work with these guys. The proof is in the pudding.”
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While Alien: Covenant will not screen in full during SXSW, the cast was all over Austin on Friday.

‘Vampire Diaries’: Julie Plec reveals the show’s original ending

Plec says: “Back in season 2 when Kevin and I were sitting in the mall and we had fallen in love with this series and this story about two brothers who loved the same girl and the love triangle was kicking into high gear, we said to ourselves: When all is said and done, when this show is over, both brothers should die in the name of saving their girl and then be watching her like ghosts — because we had introduced the Other Side — as she went off into the sunset to live her life and maybe marry Matt Donovan or maybe become a doctor, but that those brothers would be side-by-side watching her live. It just was never going to happen.”

So instead, one brother got to be the hero and another got a happy human life, but more importantly, they both found redemption, and ultimately, peace. Show Full Article And so there was no way in hell I was killing both of them and leaving neither of them with the happy ending. It left Bonnie to travel the world, Matt to run for mayor of Mystic Falls, and Caroline and Ric to open a boarding school for their girls and other “gifted” children like them. In that moment, to me, the show ceased to be about a love triangle and became a show about the power of these brothers and their love for each other. For years, die-hard Vampire Diaries fans have wondered how the show would   end, or, more specifically, what ending Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson came up with during season 2. RELATED: The 20 Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
And while Plec has always said that the sentiment remained the same from the ending they first came up with all those years ago, what exactly was that original ending? That was the thing that made us cry all the tears in season 2.”
But as Plec points out, the show lost its love triangle when Nina Dobrev left at the end of season 6. I don’t know if they could have, but had that departure not been a part of it, the long game would’ve been to see if we could bring the love triangle back around before the series ended and really leave a choice. But her departure sealed the romantic contract between Damon and Elena. Sitting in a mall food court, the co-creators of the show found what they thought was a perfect ending, but that’s not what fans watched on Friday, March 10. As for Damon and Elena, they lived a happy human life before, in the show’s final moments, they each found peace when Elena was reunited with her deceased parents and Damon got one final brother hug from Stefan. As Williamson told EW, “The big finale episode that we had always planned did not happen because the show was successful and lasted eight years.”
As a refresher, the series finale that aired featured Stefan sacrificing himself to save everyone, and therefore finding peace. “If Nina had never left, I would’ve loved to have been able to see   if Stefan and Elena could’ve found their way back to each other. Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the March 10 series finale of The Vampire Diaries. “I felt like we had to make a commitment to seeing Damon and Elena through to the end,” Plec says.

Adele meets one of her biggest fans — Elmo

(We're both in Australia!)
— Elmo (@elmo) March 8, 2017

Show Full Article — Elmo (@elmo) March 8, 2017

Miss @Adele, Elmo's been wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet? Wherever you are, Elmo will fly there. Appearing Wednesday on The Project, Elmo reached out to the singer, who is on tour in Australia. Elmo's dreams have come true! Watch out Taylor Swift, Adele is assembling quite the squad. Elmo loves you, Miss @adele! #adelmo pic.twitter.com/0TmkCJxJRE
— Elmo (@elmo) March 10, 2017

Hello Miss @Adele, it's me, Elmo! “Elmo loves you with all of Elmo’s heart,” the puppet said. In Australia on Friday, the Grammy and Oscar winner came face-to-face with another legend — Elmo. “Elmo wants to sing ‘Rolling In The Deep’ with you. No word yet on when their duet will be released. After the Sesame Street resident   campaigned on both Australian TV and Twitter to meet his favorite singer, the magical moment happened, giving the world an adorable picture and the best couple name since Bennifer — Adelmo. Call Elmo, thank you.”

The plan worked as the duo finally united.

CBS moves ‘Training Day’ to Saturday, ‘The Amazing Race’ fills Thursday slot

Thursday slot effective March 30. CBS announced Friday night that the latest edition of the Emmy-winning reality series will take over the 10 p.m. Just two weeks after Bill Paxton’s death, Training Day is being sent to Saturdays, paving the way for The Amazing Race to make its season debut. The network also revealed that once MacGyver concludes its freshman season, Undercover Boss will return, taking over the Friday night timeslot for a run of four new episodes starting April 28 at 8 p.m. That sends the adaptation of   the Denzel Washington film to Saturdays at 9 p.m., where the final seven episodes of its first season will air, beginning April 8. Considering the death of co-lead Paxton and low ratings, it’s likely those could be the last episodes produced of the series, which also stars Justin Cornwell and Julie Benz. Show Full Article

‘Vampire Diaries’ bosses on the series finale, that letter, and who almost died

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Below, EW breaks down some of the finale’s biggest moments with Plec and Kevin Willaimson, who not only created the show together, but wrote the final script as a team. He had to make up for it and he did, and by doing so, he secured Damon’s fate: Now Damon’s going to be the hero forever because he has to do that for his brother. And the way to say thank you is to fill it full of memories because when people look back on the show, I want them to remember it fondly and smile.”

Stefan’s sacrifice
Stefan wasn’t always going to die. “Hello, brother.”  
When Damon reunites with Stefan, he speaks the final words of the series, one last “hello, brother” before they hug and the show ends. But it also introduced a new theme: Peace. And this show has always been about the two of them and their love and their sense of family. He turned his brother into a   vampire and stripped him of his humanity. Getting that scene right was the most important to us   when we were writing, because Kevin and I have said repeatedly how much we loved that relationship and we wanted to experience a proper goodbye between the two, as fans of that coupling.”
At the end of the day, they brought the love triangle back through raising the question, “Who is the better man?” Early in the episode, Katherine claims Stefan is the better man; and after Stefan’s death, he tells Elena that Damon is, finally, the better man. “That’s not to say that their version of peace doesn’t include the other — maybe they’re going to have a barbecue in an hour — but being reunited with those who you’ve lost and mourned the most is my idea of peace. “It was important that even though we were celebrating the return of Elena, that we didn’t forsake the power of the other relationships that had been built over the years,” Plec says. And that’s what Damon ultimately learns and he wakes up every morning just to do better and he’s doing it for his brother and he becomes the better man. In another universe, that would’ve been the ending, but we didn’t have time to tell that story in the last season because we didn’t have Elena. He had to be heroic. The minute we realized redemption had to have an end point is the minute we realized it had to be the last season,” she says. “A finale should be about saying goodbye, but it should also be about saying thank you to the audience who has stuck by you through eight seasons. “I can’t make any promises for many reasons: One, because we don’t have a fifth season of The Originals. “We have her to thank for that. And now Damon’s going to be worthy of Elena.”
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The love triangle
Speaking of Damon and Elena, for Vampire Diaries fans, the Stefan-Elena-Damon love triangle will always be a thing, but with Nina Dobrev’s departure in the season 6 finale, the triangle hadn’t been prominent for the show in a couple of years. And when I read it and I saw ‘however long it takes,’ I just about died. Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. They say my mom found peace but I don’t even know if peace exists.’ That’s when all of this locked in for me,” Plec tells EW. “There were two   pitches on the table: one that gave perfect closure to the season and then another that gave closure to the   whole series,” Plec says, admitting that they had “just as many discussions   over killing Damon as we did over killing Stefan, and let me tell you, for a very long time the pendulum swung the other way.”
Although the writers contemplated Damon being the one to achieve his redemption by saving the day, ultimately, it made more sense for Stefan to step up. She nailed it.”
In the moment that Caroline read the letter, the voiceover declared it “the beginning of another story,” though it’s not one Plec can promise they’ll tell. It’s an ongoing struggle.”
That Klaroline letter
In the show’s final moments, Caroline and Ric’s new boarding school receives an impressive donation from none other than Klaus Mikaelson, and with it, he wrote Caroline a letter that included a phrase that more than likely set Klaroline shippers back on their heels. From there, the writers built a final season around the themes of redemption, family, and love, a season that ended with Stefan sacrificing himself to save everyone, Damon and Elena living a long human life together, Caroline and Ric opening a school for their girls, Bonnie traveling the world, Matt remaining in Mystic Falls, and eventually, Elena and Damon reuniting with their families. “It’s all about who is the better man,” Williamson says. Two, because while I love the world of the boarding school and all that it represents, that would be an entirely new show that I haven’t even begun to think about, but the doors were not left open unintentionally.” Picking her words carefully, Plec says, “They’re open with a hope, not a promise.”
The peace of it all
After a season about hell and the idea of eternal torture, the show introduced the idea of peace. “I really wanted to make sure each friendship and each relationship was honored, including the relationship between Stefan and Elena, which really needed its final powerful moment. “For me personally, I am writing a show about that fear of loss and not knowing that someone’s okay and not knowing if you’ll ever see them again. “It’s   full circle,” Williamson says. How is he going to make up for that? He’s our hero! “He killed Enzo; there’s no coming back from that,” Williamson says. If Nina had wanted to come back for a final season, maybe there would be a choice there, but with her coming back for a final episode, there is no choice.”
Williamson adds:   “It’s no secret I was always a fan of Stefan and Elena ending up together. “If Cade’s hell exists then shouldn’t peace exist for everyone? In its final hour, The Vampire Diaries stayed true to the themes of death, loss, and love that centered it for eight seasons. That’s the meaning I chose to give it.”

Show Full Article “We created this other side that was full of darkness and we really never lived in the opposite of that, which is, what does the light look like,” Williamson says. That’s why one of the greatest challenges that the finale faced was paying homage to that love triangle without trying to act like there was a choice to be made. “And we wanted to show that light in the final moments, and it looks like a family sitting on a front porch being reunited and it looks like two brothers hugging each other. “As a Ripper, how many people did he kill? So watching Anna and her mom reunite in that episode is what launched this whole notion of peace for me.”
And keeping that in the back of her mind, when her team started planning season 8 and realized that they were going on a journey of redemption, Plec says she realized that this season would have to end in peace. Bringing back the phrase from the pilot wasn’t something that Plec and Williamson had necessarily pre-planned, but as soon as they thought of it, they knew it was right. It’s an idea that first came to Plec when they were working on   season 3’s “Ghost World,” which featured an Anna-Pearl reunion worth quite a few tissues. “Having stepped away from the show at the end of season 2, Kevin really lived very deeply in that love triangle and I’ve had the extra six years of it really being skewed most heavily to Damon… When we were writing, Kevin asked, ‘Is there anything that we should do to boost the power of the triangle and the choice?’ And I said, ‘There is no choice, unfortunately.’ When Elena left, a promise was made that Elena and Damon would be reunited. “First of all I have to give a special shout-out to Carina [Mackenzie], who wrote that letter for me,” Plec says. “And being the better man means you wake up every morning and you just do better. That’s what the light looks like.”
As for the technical side of it all and whether the final moments of the series mean that Damon and Elena are dead, Plec says it’s left open to interpretation, although she will say what it means to her personally: “It’s each of them, at the end of a long life together, finding their version of peace,” she says. “Anna has a scene where she says, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. We couldn’t get them back together.”
The idea then became: How do they pay homage to a relationship that was such an important part of their show?

‘Vampire Diaries’: Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, more react to the series finale

I thought how it ended was powerful. Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore): Well, it’s not the ending that Paul and I always thought we would get — just the two bros in some Speedos on the beach drinking some rum. I cried during a lot of moments. Anytime you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and merge, I always get emotional about that. I was just excited. Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan): I think ending this show was probably the hardest thing Julie’s ever had to do in writing. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it. She gets to be with the man that she loves, which is what she always wanted. Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore): I didn’t [know ahead of time about death]. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. And then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental Vampire Diaries-esque things. She gets to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend. And so it’s invariably difficult to satisfy everyone, and that’s what I find so interesting about the endings of TV shows that people go on and on and on discussing. The first five acts, I was kind of like, “Okay yeah, this is interesting,” but it didn’t really hit me until the sixth act. Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce): I am satisfied with the way the show ends — the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, which is what she always wanted. Show Full Article In the show’s series finale, Stefan sacrificed himself in order to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy hell. But this time, saving the day cost him his life. She and Kevin [Williamson] did a great job. I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die. I didn’t get the chance to be at the final read-through unfortunately but maybe that’s for the best because I would’ve been a mess. I cried during Stefan and Caroline’s final moments, because it broke my heart. You obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you. I read the finale script on an airplane. I thought it was really beautifully written. I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end. He’s been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. (Yes, Klaus Mikaelson was a major donor.)
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So while fans figure out their feelings on the finale, EW talked to the cast about their reaction when they first read the show’s farewell:
Candice King (Caroline Forbes): As a viewer of television and a lover of series finales, from just a fan perspective, I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure. These things are hard to write. They totally teased me and said that he wouldn’t die, so they really taunted me for a couple months. As for everyone else: We left Matt contemplating a run for mayor, Bonnie on her way to travel the world, and Caroline and Ric opening a school for their daughters and other “gifted” children like them. You’re never going to satisfy an entire populous of people. The writers themselves want to pay off their own artistic integrity. In doing so, he was able to find peace, and by hour’s end, a human Damon and a human Elena would join him in that peace, with both of them reuniting with their families — Elena hugging her parents on her front porch and Damon getting one last brother hug at the Salvatore mansion. Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman): I got pretty emotional about it. I cried at the end when I read that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago. After eight seasons of love triangles, brother bonding, decade dances, and immortal foes, The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. But I just really loved Stefan’s sacrifice — that was a beautiful way to end it. I kind of knew some tidbits just from talking with Julie [Plec] before, but I just thought it was a beautiful ending to eight years of twists and turns and characters and love interests and heartbreaks and triangles and ships and death and life and all that’s in between. This is the end of our show. Read at your own risk! It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie.

‘Ender’s Game’ author places second in anonymous screenwriting contest

Card is most known as the author behind Ender’s Game, the popular 1985 science fiction novel, that was adapted into a 2013 feature film starring Harrison Ford. WeScreenplay got quite the surprise when it learned the identity of the runner-up of its recent Feature Contest. “We contacted Mr. Show Full Article Upon reaching out to the 26 finalists in the contest to confirm they were qualified to win — meaning that over the last 18 months they hadn’t made over $35,000 from screenwriting — the process revealed Card to be behind the script MESA 1966. “This presented us with a bit of a predicament,” WeScreenplay shared on its   blog. After judging all entries anonymously, the group discovered that placing second was Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card. Card and he clarified that he entered the contest because he considered himself a novice screenwriter and he valued the two sets of notes that he got back from the anonymous judges, however he expressed that he did not want to detract from attention to other talented finalists.”
As a result, they decided to add a sixth winner to the contest, which named   FORGED by Kenlon Clark and William Rubio as the grand prize-winning script.

‘Alien’ franchise could have three more films, director says

Covenant 2 is already being written as I speak right now.”
We asked him to confirm that: Two or three or four more films? Ridley Scott’s promising-looking   Alien: Covenant   won’t be the last of the franchise’s resurrection, the visionary director says. There are a   lot of interesting   questions that are pretty fascinating — about creation, who are we, and where do we come from … As you develop something and make something, all kinds of notions evolve.”
We also asked Scott about James Cameron’s recent comment   suggesting the Alien franchise was getting tired due to how many other films have seemingly knocked off the concept over the years. “I thought about that for awhile, and I said, ‘I can bring this back.’ And here’s the cause and effect: We resurrected it with Prometheus,   which had two really good questions that the others weren’t asking: Who made [the aliens] and why? Prometheus set that up. “You never know,” he said. [Covenant] answers ‘who and why.’ Then it leaves all kinds of questions for the next two, or three, or four. “We’ll see how well it plays. Alien: Covenant   opens   May 19. Watch the latest trailer below. Show Full Article It’s not just what you might expect. further developments are expected and more information will be given later…). “Alien vs. If anything, Scott is   more interested than ever in continuing the saga further. Scott also revealed the Alien: Covenant   running time: roughly two hours and two minutes, putting it about the same length as Alien and Prometheus, while both are considerably shorter than Cameron’s Aliens. “Watch this space,” Scott replied firmly and then repeated the phrase a second time when pressed (a.k.a. Predator really f—ing nailed [the franchise] into the ground,” Scott told EW during a panel discussion at the Nat Geo Further Base Camp at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Friday. There’s a lot of potential in this one.

Jake Tapper deems multiple statements from White House to be ‘fake news’

And you know what? … The White House wants to delegitimize any checks and balances.”
While Tapper might not get a kick out of the phrase, his seven-year-old   does. I hope we stay that way now and in the next administration because that’s where we are supposed to be.”
With his rising profile and visibility, Tapper has found himself in the same position as many members of the Trump administration — being impersonated on SNL. Tapper shared that if he seems to be in a bad mood, his son will jokingly scream, “Fake news.” The journalist added,   “Except, my seven-year-old knows it’s a ridiculous, childish thing.”
As much has been made of Trump’s acrimonious relationship with the press, Tapper says he’s bothered by “journalists who are not rising to the occasion.”
He continued, “The press is in a much more adversarial place than ever. Beck Bennett has taken on the role of the CNN host, most notably playing him across from Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway in a Fatal Attraction spoof.  
Appearing on a SXSW panel moderated by MTV’s Ana Marie Cox, the journalist continued to fight back against Trump’s rhetoric towards CNN, even declaring that   the White House has been the one doling out   “fake news.”
“It’s a difficult environment when the commander-in-chief of the country — I’d say, ‘Leader of the Free World,’ but I think that’s Angela Merkel now — hears anything he doesn’t like and calls it ‘fake news,’” said Tapper, according to Deadline. “When you see how they have gone after Sean Spicer — they got somebody probably 20 years younger than me, in much better shape, with far fewer wrinkles, a handsome guy,” shared Tapper, via The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel like I really dodged a bullet.”

Show Full Article “I call ‘fake news’ three recent things: When Trump said nobody in his campaign spoke to Russia, and they did; when Michael Flynn said he didn’t have contact with the Russians, and he did; and now our attorney general said he didn’t speak to the Russians. CNN’s Jake Tapper is throwing the phrase “fake news” back at President Donald Trump and his administration after their similar frequent claims targeted at the cable news network.