Joe Biden ‘confident’ American people can overcome divided nation

During his remarks on Sunday, Biden said the fight against cancer is “the only bipartisan thing left in America.”
“It is my hope that this new administration, once it gets organized — and I’m not being facetious — will be able to focus on being as committed and enthusiastic as we were to the goal of ending cancer as we know it,” Biden said. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Biden’s SXSW address took place right next door to the Game of Thrones panel, which featured showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, spoke at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday, expressing hope for the future of America despite its current climate of extreme partisanship. While Biden has been critical of President Donald Trump, the former VP did not mention the president by name during his hour-long address. “I am optimistic. I’m optimistic about the American people. Mindy Best/Getty Images

Show Full Article Back in 2012, Trump falsely wrote on Twitter, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. I’m confident we can break through it. Biden did, however, note that the current administration’s failure to embrace the concept of global warming “frustrates” him. Weiss as well as actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Jill Biden, posed for a photo with the GoT crew. “And the core of the Republicans in the congress — and the Democrats — are good, decent, honorable people being artificially separated by a new kind of political partisanship. I’m confident it can be done.”
Biden spoke at SXSW about cancer research and the Biden Foundation cancer initiative, which will “continue his work to inject a sense of urgency into our cancer research enterprise and to reimagine how the government, academia, non-profits and the private sector can better organize their resources and systems to collaborate to take on cancer,” according to the Biden Foundation website. Backstage, Biden and his wife, Dr. Given half the chance, they’ve never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, let the country down,” said Biden, who noted he was known as the “White House Optimist” during the last eight years.

Come From Away: EW stage review

But as the “plane people” struggle to find out why they are stuck here — remember, in 2001 cell phones were still uncommon, and service was spotty after the attacks — my mind drifted to the incidents that eventually resulted in their on-board punchiness, and I felt anew the day’s dread. Besides weaving those then-new tensions and prejudices into their story about our better natures, the show’s creators, the Canadian husband-and-wife team of David Hein and Irene Sankoff, have set for themselves a unenviable challenge — to make engaging musical numbers from the following situations: Idling on a tarmac; stocking up on toilet paper, tooth brushes, diapers and tampons at a chain store (“Shoppers,” which again made those seated near me titter in regional recognition); and experiencing the unsettling sensation of wearing strangers’ donated clothing when your own is stuck in the hold of a 737. The Rabbi’s kosher cooking feeds Hindus, Muslims, and the vegetarian couple! It is a 9/11 story in which no one onstage dies nor witnesses a building’s collapse firsthand. — it helps to remember this all actually happened. Rather it is about the goodwill on display in Newfoundland following horrific events that had just unfolded elsewhere. Of course. There is, however, a stomach-dropping moment when the ensemble simulates watching TV footage of the attacks. Eventually the passengers are deplaned, without their luggage, and sent to schools and other public buildings, as Gander and the surrounding towns didn’t have near enough hotel rooms. But if, like me, you’re a New Yorker who has lived in the city 16 years or longer, you might first ask yourself: I am I ready for a feel-good musical about 9/11? Surprisingly, it succeeds, as the passengers get sloshed on mini bottles of booze and sing along to the theme from   Titanic. Friendly locals stock the shelters, suspend hockey games to turn the rink into a giant refrigerator, and eventually open their homes to the strangers for hot showers and hot meals. B+

Show Full Article But when the show threatens to feel pat — our opposites-attract travelers fall in love in the space of five days! If you’re an out-of-town visitor to New York looking for a feel-good night of theater, then Come From Away is surely recommended. The point is struck somewhat heavily at times. (This is truly an ensemble piece, so rather than mention individual performances, it feels right to give a rare shout-out to a dialect coach: Joel Goldes had performers skillfully switching in and out of Newfie speech, which sounds a bit like an Irish brogue by way of Fargo.)
Besides being an economical choice, the double-and-more casting underscores   Come From Away’s people-are-people theme. To be fair,   Come From Away   isn’t about the most ghastly aspects of that day. airspace closed on Sept. Suddenly in this homogeneous island community there are orthodox Jews, observant Muslims; gay, vegetarian Angelinos; a Brit and a Texan (who meet cute); and one cynical New Yorker who finds the hospitality to be suspect. 11, 2001. This new musical tells the true story of how the residents of Gander, a Newfoundland island community of some 9000 people, responded with unparalleled Canadian hospitality to 7,000 stranded international passengers whose planes were diverted when the U.S. The feel-good events, currently being reenacted roughly four miles from the World Trade Center site, are as much a part of our shared 9/11 narrative as those that still give many nightmares. (A modern addendum to Chekhov’s gun rule: If you have a tin whistle in the on-stage band at the start of a show, expect to hear “My Heart Will Go On” before the final curtain.) Did I laugh at their tipsy antics and gentle poke at Quebec’s most famous chanteuse? There are Spanish-speakers and French-speakers and two Swahili-speakers terrified by the sight of volunteers in Salvation Army uniforms. To be sure, the travelers respond appropriately once they grasp what has happened in New York, at the Pentagon, and in a Pennsylvania field. But the bigger hurdle that   Come From Away   would seem to face is one of staging: How to depict a town nearly doubling in population overnight. Here, the creative team and director Christopher Ashley deploy a nimble cast of 12 in multiple roles, as both Islanders and foreigners, indicating the shifts with a quick addition or subtraction of a piece of clothing or an accent. And later a pilot sings achingly of how the “thing I loved more than anything was used as the bomb.” (The character, Beverley, played by Jenn Colella, is modeled on Beverley Bass, American Airlines’ first female caption, whose Paris-to-Dallas route was diverted to Gander.)
But, save for one woman who cannot get in touch with her NYC firefighter son, our travelers are, at worst, disoriented by and inconvenienced by being made to spend their first full day in Canada on grounded planes, a scene played for laughs. In 100 heartwarming minutes, the show sets the best aspects of human nature to infectious Celtic folk and Broadway rock. If you are visiting from Canada, as it appeared much of the audience was the night I attended, this recommendation goes double for you: An early joke about Tim Horton’s sailed over my head, but alighted with precision on the funny bones of those nearby. They are particularly proud of a regional specialty, cod au gratin, which is explained accurately to an appalled Middle Eastern traveler as “fish with cheese.” When he offers to help with the cooking he is turned away from the kitchen, one of several indications of friendliness towards all pierced by wariness towards some. On film, you could enlist thousands of extras of every ethnicity. Hummable tunes aren’t really the point here, but the music is confident and lively, and the direct, if not necessarily poetic, lyrics keep the character-based story moving at a pleasant clip.

Ava DuVernay wraps filming ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ shares film stills

Her role… is literally out of this world,” DuVernay tweeted alongside a photo of Winfrey. Which. 💛 pic.twitter.com/wPXxC2cSDi
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 12, 2017

She also shared a still of Blanchard, noting the 15-year-old actress had   only filmed scenes across a few days, but “made a big impression” nonetheless. An epic adventure. “She’s a real artist with a voice. xo! Levi Miller, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw,   Michael Peña, Bellamy Young, Will McCormack, and Zach Galifianakis have supporting roles, while   up-and-coming actress Storm Reid plays Meg Murry — a girl who travels to space to locate her missing father — in the film. She blew me away everyday with her tremendous talent. Thanks, OW. 💛 pic.twitter.com/B07BHtt2zN
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 12, 2017

Show Full Article She joined us for a few days and made a big impression. Thanks, Levi! That's a wrap on @RWitherspoon! An actor with great power. Whatsit and Mrs. A dream of an actor and a man. Her role as MRS. Who. Thank you @ava for casting me in #WrinkleInTime! A Wrinkle in Time is scheduled to hit theaters April 6, 2018. 💛 pic.twitter.com/BPCsvoOdKJ
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 12, 2017

That's a wrap on @LeviZaneMiller for WRINKLE IN TIME. You'll see. Our leading man. I’m so inspired by you! Thanks, Reese! 💛 pic.twitter.com/dk1KuGyw1F
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 12, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time   was shot in California and New Zealand throughout late 2016 and early 2017,   reportedly with a $103 million price tag. 💛 pic.twitter.com/UJNW99yeRq
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 12, 2017

Principal photography for WRINKLE IN TIME wrapped last night! But more than that, w/ her kindness. #WrinkleInTime ⭐️💫 pic.twitter.com/nffM7vk6fO
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 11, 2017

Finally, DuVernay paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey, who plays Mrs. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker — the first black woman to helm a $100 million studio feature — announced Sunday that principal photography on her   upcoming adaptation of   the   Madeleine L’Engle novel had wrapped. Who,” she tweeted in response to one of DuVernay’s tweets, which indicated the Mindy Project and Ocean’s Eight star was the “first casting idea” she had for the movie. “Gosh, we had fun. Gosh, we had fun. 💫⏰ https://t.co/eKjLzJTBQu
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 12, 2017

That's a picture wrap on Mrs. This child has a spirit like no one else. I loved each and every minute,” DuVernay wrote on the social media site, later sharing a photo of Holland in character as Principal Jenkins while thanking him for his work on the project: “A dream of an actor and a man. Thanks, Rowan. DuVernay is only the fourth female director to have helmed a   live-action movie with a budget of over $100 million, joining the ranks of   Kathryn Bigelow (2002’s   K-19: The Widowmaker), Lana Wachowski (2012’s Cloud Atlas, 2015’s Jupiter Ascending), and Patty Jenkins (this year’s   Wonder Woman). Thanks, Rowan,” DuVernay posted. Production   on Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time   is smoothing out. Frozen‘s Academy Award-winning co-director Jennifer Lee adapted Wrinkle‘s screenplay for the big screen. Thanks, Dre. That's a wrap on @Oprah for WRINKLE! “Thank you @ava for casting me in #WrinkleInTime! Check out more posts from DuVernay below. I loved each and every minute. That's a wrap on @RowanBlanchard! Love, your Mrs. pic.twitter.com/D3z5J6KBIz
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 12, 2017

That's a wrap on our golden boy and incredible discovery @DericMccabe. You are an icon. Thanks, D! 💛 pic.twitter.com/rr00XTiV5c
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 12, 2017

Additionally, stars Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling celebrated the end of filming with a selfie on Saturday morning, while Kaling also showed gratitude for DuVernay’s decision to cast her as Mrs. “Principal photography for WRINKLE IN TIME wrapped last night! Who. WHICH is literally out of this world. My great friend. My great friend. She also tweeted several stills from the Disney fantasy flick, teasing roles played by supporting actors   André Holland (Moonlight) and Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World). She's a real artist with a voice. Thanks, Dre.”

That's a WRINKLE IN TIME wrap on #AndreHolland. Who. And a gentleman already. You are an icon. I'm so inspired by you! Love, your Mrs. An epic adventure.

Game of Thrones producers confirm final season only 6 episodes

“It’s only going to be six episodes for the final season,” Benioff said during a panel at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. Much more to come from the panel, refresh for latest

Show Full Article The actresses also asked their showrunners which actors whose characters   they’ve killed off they would bring back if they could. At the question, several in the audience shouted “Hodor!” But their answers were Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon). The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will indeed only be six episodes long, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said Sunday. Thrones returns to HBO for its seventh season on July 16. HBO has yet to confirm the episode count for season eight, but with season 7 wrapped and the showrunners preparing the final run, they seem certain of the number, and noted they’ve already divvied up who gets to write which episode. The producers also announced the new season would guest star singer Ed Sheeran. The discussion featured producers Benioff and Weiss along with their Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. “We argued over who got to kill Sansa,” Benioff quipped.

Game of Thrones season 7 to guest star Ed Sheeran

Game of Thrones is adding another musical guest star for season 7. More to come…  
 

Show Full Article Ed Sheeran will be on the HBO hit, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss announced at the South by Southwest film festival. The producers said the artist is a favorite of cast members and they have been trying to get him for awhile, and this season they did.

Beyoncé surprises mom’s mentorship group at dance show

“The Alvin Ailey Dancers are the most beautiful and Talented and gracious Human Beings. I was honored to meet them and they were so nice and patient to my girls!!! My very gracious daughter who met the girls and spent some time with them and made their day! The 35-year-old pop star, who announced in early February that she is expecting twins, stopped by a Los Angeles performance by   the Alvin Ailey   dance company on Saturday to support mom   Tina Lawson   and Tina’s Angels, the mentorship group founded by her mother. “Backstage after the Alvin Ailey dancers performance it was magnificent,” Lawson   captioned a group photo backstage. Show Full Article This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. My Angels , and the gorgeous Dancers And Beyonce' after the show❤️
A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Mar 11, 2017 at 7:25pm PST

Back stage after the Ailvin Ailey Show with my beautiful Angels❤️
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“When Beyoncé surprises you back stage!!!” Lawson, 63, captioned a reposted video. A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Mar 11, 2017 at 7:01pm PST

The Alvin Ailey Dancers were spectacular!! With my beautiful Tina's Angels and with a few of the mentors. “With my beautiful Tina’s Angels and with a few of the mentors. ❤️❤️
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Beyoncé hasn’t been shy about flaunting her pregnancy style. I was honored to meet them and they were so nice and patient to my girls!!!”

When Beyoncé surprises you back stage!!!The Alvin Ailey Dancers are the most beautiful and Talented and gracious Human Beings. Beyoncé   just made the day of some young dancers. She and husband   Jay Z took their daughter Blue Ivy   to Beauty and the Beast   world premiere   at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California and the mother-daughter duo were a sight that any Disney Princess would approve of, dressed in coordinating green duds for the event. My very gracious daughter who met the girls and spent some time with them and made their day!”

Backstage after the Alvin Ailey dancers performance it was magnificent.

Pearl Jam invite all five drummers to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony

“Like me or not. Although Ten’s Dave   Krusen and the current lineup’s Matt Cameron remain the only two Pearl Jam drummers being officially   admitted to the hall, Pearl Jam wrote a note this weekend saying that they “feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group.”
“Specifically the drummers,” they continued, “who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years.”
After Pearl Jam were nominated to be inducted this past fall, former drummer Dave Abbruzzese — who was let go from the band in 1994 — wrote a note on Facebook addressing the omission. Show Full Article See the full list of inductees here and read Pearl Jam’s note above. Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Tupac Shakur, and Yes will also be honored in the performer category. “They can’t justify ignoring my contributions,” he said. Pearl Jam have invited all five of their former and current drummers to the band’s induction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April. If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat… They will do the right thing.”
Pearl Jam specifically called out Abbruzzese, along with Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, and Jack Irons in their note, describing them as “each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs.”

Note From Pearl Jam pic.twitter.com/Fl3JbRFKfa
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) March 11, 2017

This year’s induction ceremony takes place April 7 at New York’s Barclays Center.

Box office report: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ clobbers ‘Logan’ with $61 million

Industry forecasts had initially pegged Kong:   Skull Island — directed by   Jordan Vogt-Roberts —   for a bow in the $40-$50 million range in a tight race with Fox’s Logan, though the mightiest primate in cinema history ultimately flexed his   staying power at the head of one of the oldest franchises (one that spans movies, theme park attractions, video games, and toys) in Hollywood history some 84 years after the first Kong   flick dazzled audiences all the way back in 1933. Kong: Skull Island   –   $61 million
2. At No. The thriller continues its slow descent down the North American top 10, having fallen a mere 15 percent from week one to week two, followed by 25 percent this week. The beastly battle   for   this weekend’s box office crown wasn’t even close. Hidden Figures – $2.8 million
8. Despite   glowing reception for Logan, X-Men star Hugh Jackman’s third and final Wolverine spinoff fell roughly 57 percent from its opening number, dipping one slot to No. 3, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out   continues to impress, as the film — yet another low-budgeted success for Universal/Blumhouse — crosses the $111 million domestic mark with a third weekend total of $21.1 million. Helmed   by French filmmaker Julia   Ducournau, Raw   made headlines along the festival circuit — namely at TIFF in September, where several audience members reportedly fainted during one of the film’s particularly graphic scenes. Before I Fall – $3.1 million
7. After just 10 days in theaters, however, the Fox film has made an astonishing $438.3 million worldwide —   besting global grosses of both X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($373.1 million in 2009) and The Wolverine ($414.8 million in 2013). Rounding out the top five are the Lionsgate/Summit release The Shack, which pulls in another $10.1 million for a 10-day total of $32.3 million, and Warner Bros. The LEGO Batman Movie – $7.8 million
6. The debut marks a solid start for the big-budget picture, which reportedly cost around $185 million to produce. Internationally, the film posts   $81.6 million from 20,400 screens in 65 territories, making it the No. 30. Per comScore, check out the March 10-12 weekend box office estimates below. Get Out – $21.1 million
4. Audiences and critics   responded positively to the action film, with polled moviegoers giving it a B+ grade on CinemaScore. MET Opera: La Traviata – $1.8 million
10. Kristen Stewart carried her Cannes drama Personal Shopper   to a healthy start at four sites in New York and Los Angeles, averaging   $23,129 per theater for a $92,516 finish at No. La La Land $1.8 million

Show Full Article Overall box office is up around 0.3 percent from the same frame last year. Logan – $37.9 million
3. John Wick: Chapter 2 – $2.7 million
9. 1. 2 with an estimated weekend gross of $37.9 million. Animation’s The LEGO Batman Movie, which sheds 33 percent for a fifth-weekend finish of $7.8 million. Legendary and Warner Bros.’ revival of the iconic   King Kong film series, Kong: Skull Island,   delivers a whopping $61 million, earning an estimated $11 million more than Peter Jackson’s 2005 series retool, which went on to gross $550 million worldwide across its entire theatrical run. IFC Films
On the limited front, Focus World’s buzzy cannibal   title Raw tallies   an estimated $25,230 from two theaters. 1-grossing film in the world for the three-day period. The Shack – $10.1 million
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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he won’t seek Senate seat

Thank you for your kind messages and all of the support and I hope you’ll join me in my battle against gerrymandering with the same enthusiasm.”

Schwarzenegger’s comments come after   the   former   Celebrity Apprentice   host became embattled in a media war with   his TV predecessor, President Donald Trump,   after a one-season stint at the head of the   long-running reality competition series’ 15th season. Following a successful career in Hollywood, the Austrian-born   Schwarzenegger, 69, previously served as the 38th governor of California between 2003 and 2011. Following Trump’s heckling of Schwarzenegger during February’s   National Prayer Breakfast, the Kindergarten Cop   actor released a statement indicating he would not return to Celebrity Apprentice   due to the show’s “baggage.”   Season   15 advisors Jessica Alba and Tyra Banks have also reportedly nixed the possibility of   representing their respective brands, the Honest Company and Tyra Beauty, on   future broadcasts. Schwarzenegger fired back at Trump shortly thereafter, suggesting he and the president “switch jobs” due to the president’s approval ratings, which hovered around 42 percent at the time. “Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside, by campaigning for independent redistricting commissions. Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be back to   mainstream politics anytime soon. Dissatisfied with the ratings   of the   January premiere, Trump tweeted that the heir to his Apprentice   throne “got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed)” in comparison to his viewership numbers. Despite rumors suggesting otherwise, the ex-California governor and Terminator star confirmed Sunday he will not enter a bid for   a U.S. Despite being a Republican, he staunchly opposed Trump’s presidential aspirations, indicating he wouldn’t vote for the former reality star in the 2016 election. “I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” he wrote on Facebook. Senate seat. “Like many Americans, I’ve been conflicted this election,” Schwarzenegger tweeted in October, noting he would be voting against the GOP for the first time since becoming an American citizen in 1983. “I want to take a moment to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party — it is your duty.”

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‘Baby Driver’ international trailer looks criminally good

trailer for writer-director Edgar Wright’s new music-packed crime-thriller Baby Driver   as the film was premiering at the SXSW Festival. But this weekend also saw the release of the movie’s international trailer, which shares some material with the American clip but also includes a good deal of additional footage, including an initial sequence that finds Ansel Elgort’s tinnitus-stricken getaway driver Baby seemingly ignoring Kevin Spacey’s underworld boss, to the irritation of a criminal played by Jamie Foxx. Show Full Article Watch the film’s international trailer above. Baby Driver costars   Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm and arrives in theaters Aug. 11. On Saturday night, EW debuted the first U.S.

‘The Good Fight:’ How to blow up a vases (like you see in the titles)

We created some test images where I depicted white porcelain objects being smashed against a stylized black background. If you like watching things get blown to smithereens, you’ll love the inspired sequence that sets the stage for the new chapter in Diane’s life. One of the best features of The Good Fight   — besides, of course the return of Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart —   is the opening titles of the CBS All Access drama. I’d imagined that we could create 3D CGI objects that represented Diane’s career as a lawyer and her luxury lifestyle and simulate them breaking in slow motion with visual effects. Robert was immediately attracted to the combination of elegance and violence in the images and felt that it was going in the right direction based on the narrative of the show. In addition to being a visual effects supervisor, I am a cinematographer, and I both directed and photographed the shoot. It was so intense that we could only put the explosives onto the objects right before we started filming or there was a risk that the heat would ignite the fuses prematurely. LAWSON DEMING:   We worked on The Good Wife for a number of years doing visual effects and had a good working relationship with executive producers Robert and Michelle King. We ended up needing to rent a camera that is normally used for scientific research in order to capture the nearly 25,000 frames per second that we ended up shooting at. We asked visual effects supervisor Lawson Deming, owner of Barnstorm VFX, to explain how he created this explosive work of art. We realized immediately that doing CGI objects exploding in super slow motion would not be practical in the time frame we had to deliver the title sequence in, because simulating the destruction of complex objects made out of many pieces and multiple materials (such as a telephone or computer) was incredibly complicated compared to our original simpler idea of solid porcelain. Show Full Article In particular, the combination of sound and picture at the beginning have a bit of a stuffy Masterpiece Theater vibe, which makes it all the more amusing and unexpected when the cymbals crash and things start blowing up. Since this camera was not designed for motion picture use, we needed to do a lot of work in post to beautify the footage. The show begins by tearing down Diane Lockhart’s world and forcing her to rebuild it from scratch, so I hit on the idea of physical destruction of all the trappings of her life. The Good Fight airs Sundays on CBS All Access. In addition to the shooting and editorial, I also put together the look of the title card itself, which is reminiscent of The Good Wife but replaces the more traditional serif font with slim, crisp lettering reflected on the same shiny black surface as the exploding objects. After the shoot was done, I personally did a rough cut of the material, and then Robert and I sat down together for several editorial sessions and experimented before coming up with the final order of the sequence. Robert liked the test but he felt that the explosions were still too fast and were more violent than beautiful. We even had the plastic casing of one of our computers start to melt after sitting for only a couple minutes while we were lighting it. That meant that we were going to have to do a physical shoot with specialized camera and lighting equipment necessary to capture motion at high speed. We brainstormed with Robert and selected a number of items appropriate to the themes of the show, and he narrowed it down and ended up providing me a list in order of priority of the things he wanted to see destroyed. He suggested that if we could make them maybe four times slower than they were, they would have the right aesthetic. The baroque instrumental, which grows and develops over the course of the opening, creates this great additional layer to the piece. We used a high-speed cinema camera that could film at just over 5000 frames per second. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can you explain how you came up with the idea? I styled and lit each item as if we were making a glossy luxury ad for a fashion magazine, but even though the look is dark and seductive, the amount of lighting necessary to film at 25,000 frames per second was insane. RELATED: The 11 Best Episodes of The Good Wife

Were you there when it was shot? Tom Ceglia, our special effects guy, rigged some items with explosives and shattered the glass objects with steel balls fired from an air gun. What was it like? When The Good Fight happened, there was no question that we would be involved in the visual effects, but we were pleasantly surprised when Robert also asked us to do a pitch for the titles. When played back, the footage would appear 200 times slower than reality. Among his suggestions were a full-sized desk and wooden chair. The rest of the objects were completely real, and several duplicates were purchased of everything so that we could do multiple takes. My gaffer, Robert Lam, helped me determine the amount of power we’d need, and to light the four-foot square platform that we placed the small items on, his team ended up pointing nearly 200,000 watts of lighting right at it from just a few feet away. The new idea was exciting and terrifying at the same time. We filmed for two entire days (in addition to our day-long test shoot), painstakingly positioning and lighting objects, blowing them up, and then playing back the footage to see if we needed to change anything for the next take. Our production designer, Lawson Brown, ended up building three copies each of the chair and desk in balsa wood to match actual items seen in Diane’s office in the pilot episode. We took a lot of cues from David Buckley’s great theme music, which he wrote specifically for the titles, and we timed the explosions to the beat of the song. I took a risk and just focused on the one concept that I liked.

Chris Pratt reviews ‘Get Out’: ‘Go see that movie’

“Go. Show Full Article Movie,” he orders. See. If a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score   wasn’t enough to encourage you to go see   Jordan Peele’s stellar   Get Out,   this should do the trick: Chris Pratt just gave the horror-comedy a glowing review via Instagram, where he posted a video of the movie’s credits rolling as he and the rest of his fellow watchers react to what they just saw. “[Peele’s] made a horror movie whose biggest jolts have nothing to do with blood or bodies, but rather with big ideas.”
Get Out   is now in theaters. A post shared by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on Mar 11, 2017 at 1:32pm PST

Get Out   stars   Sicario‘s Daniel Kaluuya as the black boyfriend of Allison Williams’ Rose, who takes him to her white family’s house one weekend where things go terribly, terribly wrong. “Get Out   manages to walk the tightrope between being laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely scary at times,” EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote in his review of the film. Pratt then turns the camera on himself. Watch Pratt’s post-viewing reaction above. That. “Genius! “What did you think?” Pratt asks the rest of the theater. Genius!” one man responds.

Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions is ‘caught in the liar patch’ on ‘SNL’

I’m a danger to the country,” Sessions says. As Franken asks him where he lives, Sessions responds: “The 1950s.”
Watch McKinnon’s ace impression of Sessions above. Though he initially denied it, Sessions later amended congressional testimony to indicate he had met with the Russian ambassador at least twice   last year. Where I live, racism is simply part of the landscape,” Sessions says. Not that he’d be ‘Aladdin’ the country.”
In closing, Sessions offers up a logical excuse for lying about sharing face time   with the Russians. “I was all distracted because I was trying to evade the dastardly accusations of being a racist, which I am not. “That’s an Alabama maybe, or a baby dressed up like Aladdin. Franken then asks Sessions if he’ll tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and the latter complies — sort of. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ credibility might be tarnished after Democratic Senator Al Franken probed   him on former   meetings with Russian officials, but the men are actually   “great friends,” according to Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffatt during last night’s Weekend Update. “You caught old Sessions in the liar patch,” McKinnon’s Sessions   says before Moffatt’s Franken holds out a bible, instructing him to place his hand on it. “Well, you did not specify my biological hand, Senator Franken. Sessions then holds up a prosthetic   limb and places it atop the book. Show Full Article The cornerstone of all friendships is truth, so Franken then asks Sessions to correct the record after the   hearings, which saw the controversial figure   disputing claims that he’d met with the Russians   in 2016. “Alababy,” Sessions responds, McKinnon nailing the real-life politician’s signature southern drawl. After all, McKinnon’s Sessions revealed Moffatt’s Franken once showed him   “Jew stuff” during a white water rafting excursion, which actually turned out to be “lunch at a deli,” according to the latter. This is my oathin’ hand.

‘SNL’: Lorde performs ‘Green Light,’ ‘Liability’ for the first time live

The New Zealand singer started off with “Green Light,” a single EW’s Nolan Feeney previously described as “the most explosive and epic thing Lorde has done” in his A review of the track, which she debuted March 3. “Green Light” and “Liability” are the first tracks off Lorde’s forthcoming   Melodrama,   out June 16. This time, no dance moves were to be found. Her last album was 2013’s critically acclaimed   Pure Heroine,   a debut that included singles “Royals,” “Tennis Court,” and “Team.”
“Writing Pure Heroine was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies,” she wrote in a note posted this past November, “and this record —   well, this one is about what comes next.”
Aside from Pure Heroine, Lorde recorded   The   Hunger Games‘ “Yellow Flicker Beat” in 2014 and contributed vocals to Disclosure’s 2015 hit “Magnets.” Watch her   SNL   performances above. She later sat down to sing “Liability,” a track released this week, with co-producer and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff at the piano. Lorde performed new songs “Green Light” and “Liability” for the first time live when she returned to   Saturday Night Live   as the musical guest this weekend. Show Full Article Instead, she donned a bridal-inspired white outfit — veil included — and crooned the melancholy ballad on the piano bench with her back to Antonoff. That held true during her lively performance, featuring her delightfully wacky dance moves.

‘SNL’: Pete Davidson celebrates sobriety on Weekend Update

Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that’s all we got. “And now that I have, everyone thinks I’m unfunny and boring. Show Full Article But hey! It wasn't easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man. I know I've kinda been missing, on social media and on the show. We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support. Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that's all we got. It’s nice to be back in action.”

Just wanted to let you guys know I'm okay. “It wasn’t easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man. I'll always be here for you guys, I promise. It's nice to be back in action ❤️
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And back in action he was: Davidson gave his first impressions of the Trump administration in his Weekend Update bit, where he noted that “all the Republicans wanted Paul Ryan to come up with something to replace Obamacare” but are unhappy with what the politician ended up choosing. This week, Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson revealed he’s now sober for the first time in eight years, and he celebrated that milestone when he returned to Weekend Update on Saturday’s episode of the NBC series. At least I have dreams now and I’ve started waking up with boners again.”

Watch above. “I know what this is like because for years, people have been asking me to quit drugs and get sober,” Davidson said. We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support. In an Instagram posted March 6, Davidson   acknowledged that he’s “kinda been missing, on social media and on the show.” “I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years,” he explained. I’ll always be here for you guys, I promise. I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years.

‘SNL’: Scarlett Johansson’s dog is a surprise Trump supporter

The sketch sees a team of scientists debuting technology that translates a pet’s thoughts into words with Scarlett Johansson’s character, Helen, using her dog, Max, as the example. Watch the whole sketch — which ends with Helen plopping a pussy hat on Max’s head — above. He’s my man,” he proclaims. At first, he lists off inoffensive things he likes — the bird outside the window, parks, etc. Then he surprises everyone. Show Full Article “I like Trump. Helen says it might be a translation error, but, nope. “He carried the electoral college fair and square,” Max says before going on to defend Trump in a variety of ways. Dog is a Trump’s best friend, apparently: In a sketch from this weekend’s   Saturday Night Live,   one canine is revealed to be a passionate supporter of the current president despite his human parent’s objections. For example, when Helen asks her dog if he cares about a woman’s right to choose, Max retorts: “You didn’t afford me a choice when you cut off my balls.” Turns out the secret life of pets is… very bitter.

Alec Baldwin plays Trump during an alien invasion on ‘SNL’

During the cold open sketch, Baldwin’s Trump was tasked with giving a pep talk to the troops, a la the kind of speech given by Bill Pullman in Independence Day. I never knew there could be so much coal.’”
Told the aliens had “vaporized” the entire state of California, Baldwin as Trump added, “So I won the popular vote?”
Last week, Baldwin told Extra he didn’t expect to play Trump on SNL for much longer. Who here loves Trump? We’re going to have so much coal, you’re going to say, ‘Where did all this coal come from? I know this guy over here loves Trump,” Baldwin as Trump said as the camera cut to the smoldering corpse of a fallen soldier. They’re killing us and they’re laughing at us.”
Asked what he will do to stop the aliens from killing more Americans, the faux president said, “We are going to bring coal back. “We don’t win anymore,” Baldwin’s Trump said, a reference to statements the real Trump has made. “That’s why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation. “The maliciousness of this White House has people very worried,” Baldwin said. “Hello, yes, what a beautiful day. Okay? I don’t [know] how much more people can take it.”
Thus far, Trump has not tweeted about SNL or Baldwin’s latest impersonation. He’s back: Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live on Saturday night to play President Donald Trump during an alien invasion. Show Full Article “The aliens are laughing at us. See the full sketch above.

Scarlett Johansson plays Ivanka Trump in scathing ‘SNL’ ad

Show Full Article But probably should have bounced after the whole Access Hollywood bus thing. Sorry, girl, you’re Billy Zane,” said SNL cast member Cecily Strong in a voiceover narration. Devoted. Last week, Saturday Night Live took aim at Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.; on Saturday night, the show turned its gaze toward Trump’s daughter Ivanka for a scathing sketch about a fake perfume called simply “Complicit.”
“She’s loyal. According to the faux ad, “Complicit” is “the fragrance for the woman who could stop all this — but won’t.”

Watch the full sketch above. Also, I bet when she watches Titanic she thinks she’s Rose. Host Scarlett Johansson played Ivanka in the pre-taped advertisement. Oh well.

Pixar’s ‘Lou’: See the exclusive poster from SXSW

The six-minute short comes from director Dave Mullins (whose extensive Pixar credits would actually take longer to list than the films he didn’t work on) and producer Dana Murray (Inside Out, Up, Brave, Ratatouille, Cars, and more), both veterans of the Emeryville-based Pixar Animation Studios for over a decade   and a half. Show Full Article Disney/Pixar
Cars 3   arrives in theaters — with Lou in tow — on June 16, 2017. Well, mostly. Lou is a curious bauble of a being, a monster made from the hoodies, baseballs, and other such discarded treasures that have turned him into the patron saint of lost items. RELATED: 16 Pixar Classics: We Rank ’em! He’s content to stand guard over a playground of lively kids, returning their misplaced mementos, until a toy-stealing bully named J.J. forces Lou to intervene and make things right on the asphalt. If the world of Cars is decidedly without humans, the world of Lou is full of them. He’s the titular star in Disney/Pixar’s newest short, appropriately titled Lou, and he’ll make his big debut worldwide in front of Cars 3 this June. Meet Lou, a strange little creature who inhabits an elementary school’s Lost and Found box. Fans at Texas’ South by Southwest film and music festival will get to see the short early this weekend, but EW has a sneak peek at the poster that lucky Lou filmgoers will get their hands on.

‘Vampire Diaries’: Julie Plec reveals the one question the show never answered

“I really wish we could’ve done another decade dance in this final season because it felt like it was the right time to bring that back around,” Plec says. “We   came up with a bunch of really bad pitches but really couldn’t figure it out,” she says. But in writing the show’s final season, there was one thing (or two) showrunner Julie Plec   wasn’t able to work into the story. It was actually the one Ian [Somerhalder] directed, 808, there was a decade dance in that at one point, but we couldn’t make it work.”
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She adds: “That’s my little regret because I made promises at the beginning of the season that we’d see a lot of those events again.”

Show Full Article “The only dangling thread that we never answered — and we tried all year — was I could never find a way to learn what Sheriff Forbes wrote in that letter that Caroline burned,” Plec says, referencing the letter that Liz wrote her daughter before she died in season 6. In its final hour, The Vampire Diaries wrapped up   a lot of story lines and even managed to bring back a number of old characters, from Lucy Bennett to Liz Forbes, and the entire Gilbert family. A final decade dance. “Perhaps if the entire finale had been set in peace where all these characters could talk to each other again then it would’ve been different.”

The only other thing Vampire Diaries fans had to live without? “We broke an episode with a decade dance and then that story line got chucked aside for other things. Caroline later burned it when her humanity was turned off, an action she quickly came to regret.