‘Personal Shopper’ director Olivier Assayas says Kristen Stewart ‘gave life’ to the movie

Then in   the process of writing, I also realized it was a coming of age story. We actually don’t talk very much. For both of us, this film was about finding where the limits were. I feel like I’m appropriating something that’s really a collaboration. I had been scribbling down some ideas and one day a few years ago I just sat down to figure out if this had potential or not. But once we started shooting, then I realized her preparation process. She needed time to appropriate the grieving, the anxiety, and find herself in all the places where this character takes her. And after finishing it, I can tell you I have no idea where the limits are for her. Do you feel weird talking about the film without her? With Kristen, she’ll come to me and say, “I like this moment,” and I’ll say, “Very good, then let’s try to expand it.” We have a very matter-of-fact discussion style. She’s lost like half of herself and has to become whole again. I fully realized that she needed all that extra time. When we’re discussing the film with journalists or doing a joint interview, already I think I’m telling her more things than I ever said during the shoot. This is also a movie about solitude. One thing audiences   should keep in mind is that they   won’t get all the answers. It seems like you really like each other and feel very comfortable together. Show Full Article I’ve seen you two interact. We do, very much so. You’ve dealt with familial grief as a subject matter before, like in the wonderful Summer Hours. And Kristen kept telling me, “Oh, no, I’m doing this Woody Allen movie (Café Society)   in the summer and I really need to prepare for it.” And I was like, “Kristen, you don’t need months to prepare for a Woody Allen film.”
But I accepted it and we postponed the film until she was done with the Woody Allen film, which I loved by the way. For instance, I wrote the screenplay really fast and I wanted to shoot it right away. And in that sense, Kristen was much more the adult in the room than I was. So it became something. Movies have been helping me to think about the world and question the human experience for my whole life. I think she understood my script better than I did. When we worked on Clouds of Sils Maria, I was the one who told Kristen, “It’s okay to be yourself.” To me, she wasn’t a movie star, even though her name was helping to get my film financed. And I realized that there was some bond between us, something that was happening. I think I have been the one filmmaker perhaps who has given her more space and freedom. She’s said that this film was very hard work for her but that she really understood this character. What’s the collaboration like while you’re shooting on set? What should audiences keep in mind while watching Personal Shopper? The thing is that Kristen’s character was lonely from the start. I don’t rehearse. That’s hopefully what I share with an audience. It’s a major dimension in the evolution of modern humanity. It’s funny, though. Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
What is it about your friendship and your collaboration that clicks so well? But where did the idea to add a thriller element come from? I liked it in artistic terms but I think it also deals with the strange ways that our lives have changed. We’re each very intuitive. Was that day before or after you’d first met Kristen Stewart? But it’s much more raw in the process of making the film. People might not know there’s a supernatural element in the film. That’s true but   I think there have always been ghosts in my movies. OLIVIER ASSAYAS: My original idea started with the character. Perhaps   the most fascinating current director-actor partnership in movies belongs to French filmmaker Olivier Assayas and his two-time muse, Kristen Stewart. Maybe the reason I had never fully written Personal Shopper was because I did not have the actress for it. What turns her on is transgression, doing something forbidden. Recently in New York, Assayas, 62, shared his thoughts on the film and working with Stewart (read her interview here), who he calls   “one of the genuinely smartest actresses with the broadest range that’s working right now.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the first idea or image that set you off on writing this film? How long ago did you start writing? The tools of communication have changed our brains and our way of living and how we connect with each other. And then I sat down and began writing this story which was about a young American girl. I think she accepts and understands it but also struggles with it. And my experience in knowing young American girls is mostly Kristen. I mean, we are definitely not of the same generation or the same background, but there is something like siblings about how we function. And afterwards, I hoped we would be able to go further into that. The actress, 26, followed up her award-winning role in Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria   with her nuanced, textured, moving performance as a movie star’s assistant, grief-stricken by the loss of her twin brother, in the director’s new boldly imaginative genre-bender Personal Shopper   (in theaters now). In a way, yes. There’s an iPhone in Personal Shopper which is like a Ouija board. I really wanted to extend that. I don’t explain. It’s amazing. I like the idea of her loneliness being informed and inhabited by the world of modern communication. I imagined this girl who was bored by her dull, frustrating, alienating day job and she finds some protection and consolation in the world of her imagination. In a certain way it was inspired by her, in a sense, because we had worked together on Clouds of Sils Maria and I got to know her. I liked the idea of this ghost world we live in, which relates to the text messaging in the film and also the communication we have with someone who’s not really there and who we don’t know. I like to discuss my work once it’s done because somehow then I end up making sense of it. I think words are a limit to the complexity that we create on set. And it made sense once I realized it was also about someone who was reconstructing herself after a devastating loss. We had been making Clouds of Sils Maria and I realized what a unique actress she was and for some mysterious reason, we had a connection. I’m half joking but half extremely serious. I think movies are more about questions than answers. It’s amazing. And Kristen functions that way too. Putting out too many words while making something kind of spoils the process. I was interested is Kristen as a human being and I loved discovering that she was so instinctive. There are always doors between things known and things unknown. Well, I suppose that the character preexisted before Kristen but I think it’s definitely Kristen who gave life to it. All my films have been collaborations with my actors, but I hope audiences realize how much this film really owes itself to Kristen.

‘Arrow’ star Josh Segarra reveals Prometheus origins and endgame

If you allow fogginess to get in the way of what your end goal is, you won’t achieve it, right? Oh, absolutely. I’m not just here, I’m everywhere else.” That has been fun to play with with Stephen. That’s what Chase is doing. No way. He kills it for me. What drives him is to maybe watch it crumble around him, to play the game, to play the chess match, to put him in checkmate, [Laughs] which is [the title of the episode] this week. I’m trying to take things that I’ve seen and be like, “Hey man, let’s do this.” This week, you watch that permeate with these guys, and see that Chase is coming for Oliver. I wanted to create this man so that I could introduce him to the world. That’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. That’s an important part of me to this character. I think you’re going to see that play out a little bit more. And should we be worried about other people in Oliver’s life? Because you’re hungry. I was. Chase knows that Susan matters, and that’s the move. I remember hearing the name throughout, but I didn’t associate that with my character. Chase has kidnapped Susan (Carly Pope). I’ve had the benefit of having some smart folk take care of me along the way, and it’s been a pretty fun process, introducing this guy to the world; it’s been very cool. [Laughs.] When I first spoke to Marc [Guggenheim] and Wendy [Mericle], they described who I was going to be. Why did this guy end up in the mayor’s office next to this mayor? I feel like you guys would’ve told me this, right?” “Yes, sorry!” Thankfully we got to have, as much as we could, an in-depth conversation about who Prometheus is going to be, who they wanted him to be and what I thought I could bring to the table. I hope you dig it this week, where he looks at him like, “Hey man, I got you, now what?” and then we get to watch Oliver respond. Chase is going to give a lot of clarity to that soon. We already know how Oliver will react to the news, but what’s Chase’s next move? Can you talk a bit about what motivates him, because Chase is basically doing everything he hates Oliver for? That’s my dude right there, because he’s creating this guy with me, and he’s really important to me. What is Chase’s ultimate goal with Oliver? Just to watch his life crumble to pieces? Honestly, I’ve gotten clarity of who he was throughout the journey as well. Were you in the costume at the beginning of the season or just recently? I spoke with Marc or Wendy where I was telling them about how I’m reading up on Vigilante and Chase and they’re like, “Oh, yeah, oh, okay, we have to explain something to you…” “Oh, got it! There’s a fire inside of him that has been fun to explore. There are definitely times where he’s killing in that suit, and I sit off to the side and I watch my man do his thing, I watch him do something I respect a ton. I want to do as much as I can, because everything when he’s in the suit, Chase is exploring something that makes him who he is out of that suit, and that’s important to me to craft this guy. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. But, to that regard, I know there’s history and she trained Chase. Why didn’t Chase try to kill him a long time ago? How long has this plan been in motion? You’re going to have a good time watching how that plays out, the skill set at least. I know what I’ve created in my head is that she has history with this man, and there’s a reason why she says to Oliver, “He calls himself Adrian Chase.” I know those reasons that I had to find for myself as an actor, so I don’t want to muddy the waters. So what motives him? You take the people that matter most, right? That’s an exciting part of this for me, because that’s the little boy in me, that I got to come out here, and I got to train with the bow and arrow, and I got to work on some combat stuff. That’s a cool little secret nugget that I get to keep inside. So that all started permeating very early on before I got out here to Vancouver. Oh yes, I was. I don’t know why I didn’t. Those are all things that he got from Talia. He’s coming for this guy, he’s coming for him, that’s all I can say. Absolutely. That’s where you don’t know when he started, you don’t know when this plan all started, you don’t really know why isn’t he trying to kill him right now? That’s what drives him, he’s going to win. What drives this man? I’ve been in it from the very beginning. I think it’s just to burn the world around him. But this is a much bigger thing. ET on The CW. I’ve been very fortunate, everyone from the editors down to the crew, everyone is taking care of this guy. I’m blessed to do it, because it’s been very cool. I’m a big fan of his and a big fan of the show, so I’m trying to take the things that I enjoy and put them into the show as well. That’s what’s been fun about him is that I’m truly creating him with the writers of the show, and the people are creating him with me. You’re waiting to get to work and you’re waiting to see a post online that says you’re joining the cast and it says Vigilante. But from the very beginning, I made it very clear, and I was very happy that they embraced it with open arms, that I would love to play in the suit. She knows who he is. That’s what’s been fun to play. Then, when I read that, I go, “Interesting, okay, okay, I didn’t know I was going to play this guy. There have been parts of course that I give a lot of love to my [stunt double]. He knows that she matters to Oliver. I wanted to do all of him. Is she just a bargaining chip so Oliver doesn’t kill him? The most recent episode of Arrow revealed that Star City District Attorney Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) is actually the ruthless villain known as Prometheus, also known as the Throwing Star Killer, but not known as Vigilante, despite his comic book origins. JOSH SEGARRA: Clarify beginning. That’s pretty fun.” That’s when I did all my nerdy stuff that I take a lot of pride in and did my reading. But if he were to die I think he’s okay with that, because this is the fire, this is what he’s been planning for years, this is the endgame, this is the goal, and he’s going to win it. All the things he’s trying to bring to light in Oliver, you see those qualities in him. EW turned to Segarra to get the scoop:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know from the beginning that you were actually Prometheus? Is there anything you can tease of Chase’s endgame? So, is it a death wish? Show Full Article What kind of connection does Chase have with Talia (Lexa Doig)? What motivates anybody to do anything? That makes a lot of sense now. To what end? Or was he going in basically with a death wish? Arrow‘s big bad has been hiding under Oliver’s nose this whole season. It’s Chase going, “Hey man, I know that you care about her, so I’m going to take her.” Two, I think that’s also the move that goes, “Hey, I know that you’ve been seeing Susan, and I got her, but I also know everybody else that you’re close with. Chase wants to watch the world around Oliver crumble, he just wants to watch it crumble. I think you nailed it right on the head. She gave him certain skill sets that Oliver possesses. To be honest with you, I don’t really know the answer to what extent their relationship will be on the show. I really can’t remember if they mentioned the name Prometheus or not in that first conversation. Does Chase think he’ll survive all this? It seems she also trained him. He’s playing this game and he has the checkmate in his brain, and he knows how he’s going to get there, and we get to watch if this man gets there. One, yes, it is a bargaining chip. I do know that they have history, because she trained him. Why do you grab a bite to eat? I wouldn’t call it a death wish, but I think this is the most important thing to him.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ honest trailer raises some uncomfortable questions

“Like, are all those plates people? With Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast   arriving in   theaters this week, the film’s   1991 animated predecessor   has just received the Honest Trailers treatment, and it raises   a few   uncomfortable questions about a   “tale as old as   Stockholm syndrome.”
The   video notes, for example, that Belle   rejects Gaston — a “violent, controlling, bad-mannered hairy dude who imprisons her dad” — in favor of the Beast, who just so happens to be a violent, controlling, bad-mannered hairy dude who imprisons her dad. “Did everything that moves use to be a person?” the trailer’s narrator   wonders. … If the Beast earned the curse, why did all his servants get deformed too?”
Fortunately, the movie features plenty of songs that   “manage to distract us from its messed-up story.”   Watch the video   above to see some of those songs get remixed, and   find more honest trailers on PEN. Will they go to trial for murdering all those villagers? What’s up with that? Show Full Article And what happened to all the actual stuff — did it merge with the servants? The plight of   the anthropomorphic housewares that serve the Beast is also troubling.

‘New Girl’ clip: Nick explains his wacky outfit inspiration

The results are… questionable: “I found four authors with strong looks and I combined them,” he explains to a very confused Jess. Don’t look to Nick Miller for fashion inspiration — or maybe   do, if you’re into thoughtful, if unstylish, outfits. Thompson, his bandanna from David Foster Wallace, and his Presidential Medal of Freedom from Toni Morrison. Jess then tries to spruce up his look by rummaging through his closet, where she finds tax returns and beef dangling on clothes hangers. Why? His white suit comes from Tom Wolfe, his yellow-tinted glasses from Hunter S. In an exclusive clip from this week’s   New Girl,   Nick gets all dolled up for a literature conference. ET on Fox. Duh. RELATED: The 25 Best TV Characters in the Past 25 Years
Watch the clip above, and see   New Girl   when it airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Show Full Article “Because I don’t have a file cabinet and because I couldn’t eat all the meat in one night,” he says.

‘The Daily Show’ announces Tuesday ‘snow day’ via an adorable retro tweet

The winter snowstorm hitting the northeast is taking its toll on roads and businesses, even TV show tapings — Trevor Noah and   The Daily   Show   included. Show Full Article pic.twitter.com/rNFCKO6hdW
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 14, 2017

The Daily Show airs weeknights at 11 p.m. After falling face first into the powder, Trevor draws his head back in mock agony to the heavens, while the title card reads, “The Daily Show will return Wednesday, assuming Trevor makes it safely back inside.”

Due to poor weather in New York, there's no new Daily Show tonight. Accompanying him is a parlor-style piano track, along with 1920s silent film-style title cards. The video — which ponders, “Did anyone tell Trevor?” — depicts the late-night host barreling down a snow-packed sidewalk trying desperately to get to the studio. ET on Comedy Central. The nightly news satire is taking a snow day because of it, and   Noah and crew decided to have a little fun with the news about Tuesday’s show cancellation by posting an adorably retro video, which you can see below, on the program’s Twitter feed. Did anyone tell Trevor?

BBC dad laughs off kids’ interruption: ‘A comedy of errors’

“She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party,” said   Kelly. Having forgotten to lock his door, his children   came barreling in his office during the broadcast, and his wife,   Kim Jung-A, ran   in to retrieve them. The world watched   Robert Kelly’s young children interrupt his live Skype interview on BBC News, and now the father is speaking out on his family’s viral moment. Last week, the political science professor was getting ready to discuss the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, but little did he know that his family was about to make the   news. Watch the   WSJ interview above. “It’s a comedy of errors,” Kelly said of the ordeal in an interview with   The Wall Street Journal. According to WSJ, the purpose of the conference is to address the   Korean media’s interest in the viral moment. The new YouTube stars will be holding a press conference Wednesday at South Korea’s Pusan National University, where Kelly teaches political science. Jung-A noted that this sort of situation has “happened all the time for us,” though having it happen during an   interview was   definitely a first. “If you watch the tape,” he said, “I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down.”
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As it turns out, his daughter Marion was simply feeling social when she entered the room. Show Full Article Despite his many conflicting emotions, which Kelly described   as a combination of “surprise and embarrassment and love and affection,”   he   was able to laugh it off, and praised his wife for how she jumped into action.

Is ‘Trial & Error’ the new ‘The Office’?

This week’s topic of conversation for Bingeworthy hosts Jessica Shaw and Touré is NBC’s upcoming   comedy series, Trial & Error. The sitcom tells the story of a New York lawyer, played by Nicholas D’Agosto, who comes to a small town to defend a local man (John Lithgow) accused of killing his wife — it’s basically a comic take on the classic whodunnit. ET. Sherri Shepherd and Jayma Mays   also star. “I was actually laughing out loud watching it. When was the last time that happened to you watching a sitcom?” After listing a few sitcoms that have “sucked,” she expressed her surprise that Trial & Error is so clever   and funny, considering its March premiere date. Enjoy the full clip above and catch this full episode of Bingeworthy, available now   on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) at   PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. NBC might just have another hit single-camera comedy on its hands. “If it was that good, why didn’t it premiere earlier?”
Shaw adds that after the success of The Office, it felt like everyone was trying to do a mockumentary and says very few of them worked. “It’s like The Office in that it’s a mockumentary,” summarizes Touré, “but it’s a procedural, so there’s the trial of John Lithgow for murder… but I love this show!”
“I love it too,” agrees Shaw. “But I love this show:   it feels like it’s the heir to 30 Rock, the heir to Parks and Rec.”
Trial & Error premieres on NBC on   Tuesday, March 14 at 10 p.m. Show Full Article

Kal Penn shares racist audition scripts from his early career

"Can you make his accent a little more AUTHENTIC?" That usually meant they wanted Apu pic.twitter.com/3F5XRORO3n
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

This was a pilot called The Stones. This was one of my first commercials. Kal Penn is well   known   for his   work in the Harold and Kumar films and on such TV series as House and Designated Survivor, but in the late ’90s and early 2000s, he was   an unknown trying to break into Hollywood. While calling out shows including   Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Smart Guy, and The King of Queens, Penn noted that   he had some “wonderful” experiences on projects like   The Steve Harvey Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and 24. Jeez I remember this one! New Designated Survivor this week! The makeup people would use Vaseline to get the sweaty unwashed look going.”

Found a bunch of old scripts from some of my first years trying to be an actor. “Found a bunch of old scripts from some of my first years trying to be an actor,” Penn   wrote   alongside a photo of a document   calling for such characters as Gandhi Lookalike, Snake Charmers, and Fire Eaters. pic.twitter.com/GydOwlUKGW
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Penn also pointed out that   many roles called for him to speak with an accent for comedic effect, and several scripts included jokes about his characters’ names. See the rest of Penn’s   thread   below. pic.twitter.com/z2D8E5rx8J
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Oh wait yes they did pic.twitter.com/xwB3qIoXoF
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Friggin King of Queens man! — Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Stuff like Steve Harvey, Buffy, Angel, 24, really smart, creative people who didn't have to use external things to mask subpar writing
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Also when you cast things like @shorez, largely color & gender blind, it's more interesting & ratings can look like this. pic.twitter.com/0yKjepAHqy
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Sabrina the Teenage Witch! I'm laughing about it now but they were such dicks 😂 pic.twitter.com/kXdHjVsqvT
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

There are too many in this stack to tweet, I'll be here all day. pic.twitter.com/qr1f7vWASK
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Anyway getting off my soapbox & going to work. That said, there were also some wonderful 1st audition & work experiences! Tried to convince them to let me speak without an accent & make it funny on the merits (was told no) 😂 pic.twitter.com/SuUVYT7rip
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Womp womp pic.twitter.com/fyonwmreBa
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Ha! They were awful. I used to love that show until I got to audition for it lol pic.twitter.com/2BYu0nnd57
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

I do not remember this audition except that it was for some shitty MTV show and the big joke was an accent and too much cologne 🙄😂 pic.twitter.com/7HZbhQCkaB
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Whoa I remember this! Thanks for the love over the years 👍🏽😍😜
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

Show Full Article The makeup people would use Vaseline to get the sweaty unwashed look going pic.twitter.com/X7z4EI4drQ
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017

This was for some project called The Marriage Clause I guess. Subsequent tweets highlighted roles   like   Parmesh, a “quirky, Indian lab buddy” whose language “is peppered with Indian cultural references,” and a “25 year old Pakistani computer geek who dresses like Beck and is in a perpetual state of perspiration.”

Referring to   the latter role, Penn wrote, “This was one of my first commercials. Which is awesome! We got INTO it about why he had to have an accent. Man. In this audition for Smart Guy, they didn't even give the character a name! And as the Indian-American actor recalled   Tuesday on Twitter, many of his early auditions featured   blatant racial stereotypes. He also held up House creator David Shore as an example of someone whose casting decisions are “largely color & gender blind” and have contributed to both creative and ratings success.

Is ‘American Crime’ Great TV or Too Bleak to Love?

Created by Academy-Award winner   John Ridley (12 Years a Slave),   ABC’s   anthology series focuses on controversial issues pervading modern society. Go to   PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices. Show Full Article Season 3 looks at slavery and immigration in today’s America. American Crime can be divisive for viewers, and the same holds true for the hosts of Bingeworthy, Jessica Shaw and Touré, when it comes to the new season. “They are not in the public eye, people whose lives are exploited on so many levels, and there aren’t shows about that.”
Touré isn’t feeling it. “It just plodded along, from just, horrible thing happened to her, horrible thing happened to him,” and so on, he said, explaining that the show began as, “‘Let’s talk about the complexity of America.’ But it’s just the pain, and the blood, and the gore of America, with no relenting solution.” He then asked the burning question, “Does anyone ever succeed?”
American Crime   airs Sundays   at 10 p.m. This season is   rooted in   “people who live in the shadows,” which is exactly what Shaw says she loves about it. ET on ABC. To catch the entire   discussion on American Crime, check out the full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN).

Here’s how the breathtaking new ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ was made

Show Full Article The second video, “Story and Characters”, discusses the difficulty in delivering a chronological story in such a nonlinear game, how they went about designing the characters, and how they evolved. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has released to widespread critical acclaim (see our glowing review   here), but it’s also a pretty wild departure from previous games in the series, embracing an open world that is staggering in its breadth. Surprisingly, the game even toyed with the idea of introducing tiny characters and having Link be able to shrink, which was the basis for the 2004 Gameboy Advance game The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. In the final video, “Open-Air Concept,” producer Eiji Aonuma talks about how the hardware limitations of previous consoles limited Zelda games like Wind Waker and Skyward Sword’s ambitions for more open environments. Today, Nintendo released three behind-the-scenes videos offering insight into the game’s development. There are some interesting concepts shown, like Link in a space suit (with a Metroid!) and modern-day biker Link, that never made it past the sketch pad. “As a catchphrase, ‘break the conventions of the Zelda series’ really helped us as creators as we worked on this title,” technical director Takuhiro Dohta says in the first making-of video, “The Beginning.” The game’s designers explain how they used a simple 2D prototype using 8-bit sprite graphics to test out new gameplay systems that were eventually implemented in the game, and some ideas that were not included, such as UFOs that could invade from space and abduct cattle. “This time, though, we were sure we could do it because we were blessed with a great team, and there were a lot of people putting thought into making it happen,” he says. To find out more about everything from the game’s combat, physics system, and dynamic musical score, you can watch all three videos above.

Amazon buys Adam Driver, Rooney Mara, Rihanna music drama ‘Annette’

Variety reports Carax’s new project will use original songs by the art-rock band Sparks, formed by   Ron and Russell Mael in 1971. and Canadian distribution rights for Annette,   which stars Adam Driver (Girls), Rooney Mara (Carol), and Rihanna (Ocean’s Eight) in a tale revolving   around a widower stand-up comedian whose 2-year-old daughter harbors a surprising talent. He previously directed Australian icon Kylie Minogue in his quirky drama   Holy Motors, which launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Principal photography for Annette is scheduled to begin this spring, with   Bruno Pesery and his Paris-based label   Arena Films producing. EW can confirm Amazon Studios has acquired U.S. North American moviegoers will soon be treated to the sweet sounds of Leos Carax’s latest music-driven drama. Rihanna’s planned role in the film does not mark the first for a world-renowned pop star in one of   Carax’s works. She will next reunite with her Lion director Garth Davis for the Mary Magdalene biopic later this year. Show Full Article Switzerland’s Vega, Japan’s Eurospace, and Belgium’s Wrong Men will co-produce. Annette also marks Carax’s English-language debut after rising to prominence as a cult auteur on the international scene with films like Pola X, Boy Meets Girl, The Lovers on the Bridge, and a segment in the 2008 anthology Tokyo! RELATED: The Most Controversial Movie Castings
Driver is currently starring on the last season of HBO’s Girls, while Mara has endured a busy year on the festival circuit thus far; Her David Lowery-directed drama   A Ghost Story   premiered at Sundance in January, followed by Terrence Malick’s Song to Song   —   in which she stars alongside Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Michael Fassbender   — at SXSW last Friday.

Pregnant women offered free tickets to screening of horror movie ‘Prevenge’

The event is hosted by the streaming service Shudder and will be attended by the film’s British writer-director-star Alice Lowe, who was almost eight months pregnant herself when she made the movie. Sounds like a bargain? Show Full Article The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 24 and will also be available to watch nationwide on Shudder from that date. ET on March 20. Sure does! But if you’re pregnant and that sounds like a good time, then you can apply for a free ticket by RSVP-ing to   guillermo@brigademarketing.com. We should warn you, however, that Prevenge is a horror movie about a woman named Ruth (Lowe) who embarks on a killing spree under the instructions of her unborn child. You can see the trailer for Prevenge   above. RELATED: 20 Celebs Who Starred in Horror Movies Before They Made it Big
Prevenge costars   Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, and Jo Hartley. It was announced today that pregnant women can get free tickets for a New York screening of the new film Prevenge, which is taking place at the IFC Center at 8:15 p.m.

‘This Is Us’ star Sterling K. Brown: ‘Jack died the way that he lived’

But I think that his death is in fitting with the type of father and the husband that he always tried to be, even when he fell short of the mark.”
Brown   believes that the finale   — which is predominantly a Jack-Rebecca affair —   will hit the mark. Some things will be incredibly joyous, and some of it will be very, very painful. “Everybody has a way of internalizing their grief sometimes to make it seem as if they could’ve done something to change things. For more This Is Us scoop, follow @dansnierson on Twitter. 7 installment of This Is Us,   proved   a pivotal episode for Randall (Sterling K. In classic   This Is Us   fashion, we give you a nice little roller coaster to send you off to the end of the season.”
To read what Milo Ventimiglia had to say about last week’s episode, click here. He then   drives off, leaving viewers   to wonder/worry how connected   those scenes are — and if tragedy is about to ensue, given our knowledge that Jack dies sometime this era. “I think folks are going to be moved, and surprised, and it’s very, very sad. Show Full Article Brown spoke at length with EW about Randall’s big night, as well as   his goodbye to   William in “Memphis,”   and here, he offers his thoughts on those   fraught   scenes with Kate and Jack, starting with the one for which Randall is indirectly responsible. I would say this is a mind of a 16-year-old who’s now 36, but you can’t help but relate to it from age 16, so however mature you are,   there’s certain ways in which your development has been arrested. “This couple has come to mean so much to so many people and folks root for them. Of course, those were far from the only noteworthy   moments of the episode. In fact, it ended with two huge developments: Kate (Chrissy Metz) confessed to Toby (Chris Sullivan) that Jack’s death was her fault, and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) — bearing in mind   Kate’s words to fix the marriage   — hopped in a car and seemed to drive off   to   her gig two hours away,   having had a few drinks. ET/PT, NBC) at the end of last week’s episode, we will follow Jack on his perilous, inebriated   journey. After all, it was Randall who advised Kate to share her feelings and grief with Toby (Chris Sullivan), which prompts her to tell her fiancé that she’s the reason that Jack is dead. Brown). (Series creator Dan Fogelman indicated earlier this season   that by season’s end, viewers will know more details about Jack’s death, but not everything.)   As you saw in the previews for the finale (9 p.m. For his preview of tonight’s episode, go here. “You track Jack and Rebecca before they met one another, and how they came to be a part of one another’s lives, with where they are when the kids are at age 15 and 16, so it’s two very different places, obviously,” he says. “What Now?,” the Mar. “I think Jack died the way that he lived, by always trying to do the right thing,” says Brown carefully. “When somebody passes away, everyone asks themselves questions like, ‘Man, if I had probably talked to them more…’ or ‘If I had maybe not asked for so much….’” Brown tells EW. So, how much of it really is Kate’s fault versus her just feeling guilty? There is a reason that she believes that, and it’s understandable from my perspective, but I also have a level of grace with her as her brother to recognize that nothing is ever anybody’s fault.”
The episode transitions   from Kate telling Toby that she’s to blame into a buzzed Jack calling teenage Kate (Hannah Zeile) from the pay phone outside   the bar and   telling her that she was right   and that he’s going to work on the   marriage. “The scenes are laid out exactly the way in which [creator] Dan [Fogelman] intended them to be laid out,” Brown says cryptically. After   attending   the unconventional memorial service for   his biological father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), the husband and father of two had   a healing conversation with his mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), over her hiding of William from him   for 36 years and then later   marched into the office late at night and quit his job, walking out in triumph. Is tonight the night? Are there any hints Brown can drop about how powerful that moment will be whenever we do wind up finding out — and about how it might happen? “I watched the episode, and I said to myself, ‘When folks see Milo get into that car, they’re going to take a collective gasp.’ That’s the intention of our showrunner.”

What about Jack’s death, you ask? We will take them with our finale through the highs and lows of what this marriage has to offer.

Clarke prepares for dangerous journey in ‘The 100’ clip

He reluctantly does. When all hope for humanity’s future rests on driving a bunch of combustible barrels over rough terrain, you better believe The 100 crew is up for the task. ET on The CW. “[Clarke] pushes on; she pushes through it.”
And as for what Kane will be doing back at Arkadia, Taylor teases that   the “mood is tense … definitely a lot more tense than it has been so far.”
Be sure to watch the full sneak peek above and tune in to The 100’s new episode Wednesday at 9 p.m. EW spoke with Taylor about what we can expect from this mission: “I can definitely say that they’ll be going through some hostile territory,” she says. And that’s exactly what we’ll see them do in Wednesday’s new episode. Clarke gives him one of her characteristically Clarke speeches and tells him their people need him to stay behind. As seen in the exclusive clip above, Chancellor Kane wants to tag along as well. “It’s not going to be a fun ride.”
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But being fun has never been Clarke’s motivation (unlike Jasper). Once she finds out her mom is getting sick, “it gives her even more ammunition and determination to get to the island,” Taylor says. “We Will Rise” shows Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) preparing to take the hydrazine barrels to Raven and Abby on the island. Show Full Article

Concert for America brings all-star performances to Chicago

ET on Monday, March 20. Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is headed to Chicago. Proceeds from the series will be allocated to human rights organizations such as National Immigration Law Center, NAACP, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Southern Poverty Law, and The Sierra Club Foundation. The latest performance is scheduled to include Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winners such as Chita Rivera, Alice Ripley, Sharon Gless, and Melissa Manchester, as well as Broadway and Saturday Night Live alum   Ana Gasteyer, former Glee star Alex Newell,   Chicago Med actor   Colin Donnell,   and many more. More information can be found   here. Tickets will cost from $18 to $103 and can be purchased   here,   as well as at the theater’s box office. Show Full Article Concert for America will be back in New York in April. The concert will also be available for streaming via ConcertsforAmerica.com   and Facebook Live at 9 p.m. A subsequent concert was also performed at The Town Hall back in February, and the third concert will be performed at Roosevelt University’s The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The monthly series, which is a compilation of comedy, commentary, and of course, songs, comes to audiences   from creators, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley — who are also responsible for the heartfelt   recording, “Broadway For Orlando/What the World Needs Now is Love.” The series   began   on Inauguration Day in Manhattan’s The Town Hall.

‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ director addresses Lisbeth Salander recasting

“If I’d just take Fincher’s (amazing) casting, I wouldn’t be doing half of my job.”

It's said that 50% of the director's work is casting. Following the worldwide success of Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo, Larsson’s novels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest were reportedly under consideration for big screen, American adaptations, though projects never fully materialized. It takes guts to retread over territory initially paved by David Fincher, but director Fede Álvarez is going to try — on his own terms. Upon revealing Álvarez as Fincher’s replacement, Sony also confirmed it would move the series in a new direction without the prior film’s cast (namely Craig and Mara) in tow; EW later confirmed names like Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Alicia Vikander are being considered to take over for Mara, who received her second Academy Award nomination last year for her work in Todd Haynes’ Carol. “I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Álvarez said of directing the film via a press statement. Ahead of its planned Oct. Nonetheless, Sony has retained rights to all future series releases, including another upcoming installment penned by Lagercrantz. “And then I still might do it!”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is based on David Lagercrantz’s novel of the same name, which expanded upon Larsson’s three-book Millennium series following his death in 2004. 5, 2018, release date, The Girl in the Spider’s Web is scheduled to begin shooting this September. Show Full Article We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part — finding our Lisbeth.”
Álvarez recently struck a chord with mainstream audiences as when his horror hit Don’t Breathe grossed an astonishing $89.2 million on a $9.9 million budget last summer. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. https://t.co/IgfkK0BimV
— Fede Alvarez (@fedalvar) March 14, 2017

Fincher’s Oscar-nominated drama — the second big screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s 2005 novel (Noomi Rapace played the lead in Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 Swedish version) — starred Daniel Craig and Mara as Mikael Blomkvist (a journalist in search of a woman missing for 40 years) and Salander (a hacker who helps him), respectively. “As far as I know I’m doing it until someone tells me otherwise,” Mara previously said of returning to the role of Salander in a 2015 interview with E!. If I'd just take Fincher's (amazing) casting, I wouldn't be doing half of my job. “Sony has become family to me and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Álvarez co-wrote the Spider’s Web screenplay with Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight and Monsters: Dark Continent‘s Jay Basu. Following Monday’s announcement that the Don’t Breathe director will helm the long-gestating sequel to Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Uruguayan filmmaker addressed the decision to recast the role of Lisbeth Salander — which Rooney Mara popularized for English-speaking audiences in 2011 (Mara earned an Oscar nomination for her work). “It’s said that 50% of the director’s work is casting,” Álvarez tweeted Tuesday in response to a fan’s question about Mara’s lack of involvement in the 2018 production.

‘Frantz’: EW review

His name is Adrien (Yves Saint Laurent’s Pierre Niney), a reedy Frenchman with a wispy mustache who finds himself in a town that’s less than hospitable to French visitors. A–

Show Full Article But Ozon’s secret is both less shocking than that and more powerful. Adrien claims to have been friends with Frantz before the war pitted their countries against one another. Every one in the film, down to the smallest characters on the fringes, is keeping secrets and spinning lies. She’s a real discovery. Shot in black and white, the movie occasionally blossoms into color at moments that make perfect sense, when monochromatic mourning is replaced by something like hope. It’s what can happen when life feels too overwhelming and unbearable to face. Why is there and what’s his connection to Frantz? But it is the most restrained film he’s made in a while. You’ll want to check it out for a whole host of reasons, but the biggest one is to watch the 22-year-old German actress Paula Beer. And those lies beget more lies and more until the truth is a distant memory. Her luminous eyes and expressive face provide a constantly shifting map of grief, hope, and longing. We prepare ourselves for a shocking, tablecloth-yanking revelation—something like he was Frantz’s lover. He’s got an especially strong talent for showcasing rich performances from his female leads. She now lives with his parents, Hans Hoffmeister (Ernst Stotzner) and Magda (Marie Gruber). Then, one day, another spectral figure appears standing over Frantz’s grave. It feels like the three of them are still sharing their home with a ghost. Anna and Frantz’s parents are initially opposed to Adrien’s presence, but their hunger for any anecdotes or details about their dead son eventually wins out, and Adrien is welcomed into their home—an unlikely guest. Beer’s Anna was engaged to one of them, a sensitive musician named Frantz. But his career provides a dazzling sampler of various movie genres (wrenching melodramas, twisty murder mysteries, and so-called women’s pictures—occasionally all three in the same film). Frantz is set in Germany in 1919, shortly after the country’s defeat in World War I. His latest import, Frantz, is no exception. French director François Ozon is best known on this side of the Atlantic for his kinky 2003 thriller Swimming Pool. But it’s obvious that there’s more to the story. The people of the small town of Quedlinburg are still reeling, mourning the loss of a generation of young men who never returned from the front. He looks like he stumbled out of the pages of a Proust novel. Anna warms the most, and we’re not sure if she’s falling for the handsome stranger or because she wants to hold on to any lifeline connecting her to Frantz. To say any more would risk breaking the   hushed   spell that Ozon’s film casts.

‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ is a masterpiece: EW review

Unfortunately, the Switch (and Wii U) are hardly as graphically powerful as the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, and there are times when the frame rate struggles to keep up with all of the effects happening on screen (which is more noticeable when played on a TV versus the Switch’s portable mode, which runs at a lower resolution), and there’s definitely a shorter draw distance, where objects pop in as you sail above the land. Enemies are stronger than they’ve ever been and can often kill you in one swift strike, so they require a greater degree of strategy. At one point I was battling a Hinox, one of the largest enemies in the game, during a violent thunderstorm. And when I checked my completion level, it was at an astonishingly low 13.39 percent. Good luck trying to climb a mountain in the pouring rain, and don’t even think of venturing into the snow without proper garb to keep you warm. More than 100 mysterious mini-dungeons called Shrines are scattered throughout the world, offering puzzle or combat trials for Link to conquer and rewarding you with a Spirit Orb. After that groundbreaking game, the series experimented with different art styles and themes but always hewed closely to Ocarina’s gameplay formula, which had grown rather rigid in terms of design and structure. Because of how open the game is, no one will have the same experience, but everyone will experience something truly magical. Hyrule is teeming with wildlife, monsters, and villagers for you to interact with, and the world absolutely begs to be explored. As I slowly whittled down his health with bombs and arrows, he grabbed a freaking tree and ripped it from the ground, raising his giant hand to hurl it at me when — zap! But there is much more to unravel outside of the main story. More than any game in recent memory, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Breath of the Wild breaks with the traditional Zelda formula in its approach to dungeons, offering four larger story-based main quests that can be tackled in any order. (Though the destination is actually fantastic, as well.) I put nearly 70 hours into the game, uncovering all of the map and completing more than half of the Shrines before vanquishing Ganon in an epic fight to the finish. It redefines the series while remaining true to the heart of what a Zelda game is, all while pushing the open-world genre to stunning new heights. Minerals can be mined to sell to merchants. Breath of the Wild, out now on Nintendo Switch and Wii U, breathes new life into the series by doing away with many of these core tenets and embracing more modern open-world games, while adding that special layer of Nintendo charm and polish. If you were to play through the main objectives and a smattering of side quests, it would merely be an excellent game. It’s up to you to restore your lost memories, defeat Ganon, and return peace to the kingdom. Each quest culminates in an intense, exhilarating boss fight that tests your ability to use not just weapons but all of the skills at your disposal to properly read the environmental clues and vanquish each enemy. Not only are these Shrines smartly designed and incredibly addictive (they’re always the first thing I search for when entering a new area), but Spirit Orbs are used to gain additional hearts and stamina, which are absolutely essential in Link’s journey, letting him climb just a bit further or take one more hit. These are incredibly well designed, requiring you to physically alter the environment as you puzzle out the solution, leading to super-satisfying “a-ha!” moments when you finally figure it out. Since its debut on the NES, The Legend of Zelda has defined (and then redefined) action-adventure games for more than 30 years. Monster parts can be combined with critters to create elixirs that grant magical buffs. Breath of the Wild isn’t just the best Zelda game ever made, it’s arguably Nintendo’s greatest triumph, and quite simply, the stuff of legend. Hyrule really is the star of the game, as it truly feels like a living, breathing world, complete with an ecosystem that allows for hunting, resource gathering, cooking, and crafting. Animals can be hunted for meat, which can be mixed with herbs or vegetables to create food with special abilities. Each Nintendo console has gotten its own magical installment, and the series has continually evolved and innovated, producing some of the greatest games ever created. You once again play silent protagonist Link, who awakens from a long slumber with no memory, only to find that Hyrule has been overrun by series big bad Ganon ever since Link and Zelda failed to defeat him 100 years ago. Breath of the Wild rediscovers the pure joy of exploration first introduced in the 1986 original. Zelda games have always been a cause for celebration, but Breath of the Wild is truly a revelation, the type of game that comes around once in a decade if you’re lucky. It’s still one of the most beautiful games ever created, with awe-inspiring sights abounding over every mountain you climb, waterfall you swim under, or tower you leap off. The highly stylized world feels like a Studio Ghibli riff on fairytales, with great care taken for every animation. Breath of the Wild is a sprawling open world that is initially daunting in its sheer size and scope, and it does little to hold your hand. How you do so is completely up to you. This is the type of game you want to discuss with friends, compare notes, and regale them with stories of your adventures. Everything you do in the game rewards you with something that will somehow prove useful in the future. Combat is considerably more varied than in previous games, with the game rewarding ingenuity and creativity — leading to memorable moments throughout. There’s a full day-and-night cycle (as well as an ominous blood moon, which revives defeated enemies), and the dynamic weather system has practical effects on the game. And yet a certain sameness had set in ever since Ocarina of Time transitioned the series to 3D in 1998. From arid deserts to frozen forests and everything in between, you’re free to traverse the entirety of the world at your leisure. And if you hear thunder, you had better not be holding a metal sword, or you’re in for a shocking surprise. A+

Show Full Article The game’s graphical style is the most striking and distinctive since Nintendo turned Link into a hyper-expressive cartoon in 2002’s Wind Waker. As in any Zelda game, Link finds new weapons, but this time they’re all breakable, requiring you to constantly switch them up as they’ll inevitably shatter after repeated use. — lightning struck, killing him instantly as I gawked at the cruelty (and utility) of Mother Nature. In her last desperate act, Zelda was able to transport Link to a resurrection chamber, but now she lies trapped in Hyrule castle as the world suffers under Ganon’s calamitous reign. But these hiccups never affected the gameplay, and I’ll take fantastic art direction over pure performance any day. Walk in any direction, and there are countless areas to find and untold mysteries to solve.

Rick Yancey’s next ‘5th Wave’ novel set for Spring 2018

Penguin Young Readers has acquired the next three novels in author Rick Yancey’s bestselling YA alien invasion series,   The 5th Wave,   the publisher announced Tuesday. The   film version of the first novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, was released last year. 1 New York Times best-seller, The 5th Wave series has sold to date over 3.6 million copies, and is   beloved by fans and critics alike. After the initial trilogy’s third installment,   The Last Star, was released last year,   Yancey says he is looking forward to taking the stories around these characters even further. There is no word yet on titles or plots for the next trilogy, but fans can start getting excited for publication of the first book, slated for publication in the spring of next year. Show Full Article “New characters, surprising twists, non-stop action, and the ultimate battle for the planet – all await fans as   The 5th Wave   roars on!”
A No. “The fates of all the characters introduced in the first three books will be resolved,” the author said in a release.

‘SNL’ Weekend Update expands with 30-minute weekly telecast

“We’re thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh ‘Weekend Update’ shows in primetime this August.”

Update is coming to primetime! pic.twitter.com/YG7AB3A1mQ
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) March 14, 2017

AMC recently made a similar move with Talking with Chris Hardwick, a Talking Dead-style pop culture commentary show to air during breaks for The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Show Full Article The   spinoff   news satire show will consist of four episodes to air beginning Thursday, Aug. #SNL Weekend Update premieres August 10 at 9/8c! “Weekend Update” is going primetime. Scarlett Johansson hosted the latest episode of SNL, which will return April 8 with host Louis C.K. 10 in the 9 p.m. Jost and Che previously took “Weekend Update”   on the road   with special installments for the   Republican   and   Democratic National Conventions, while former   anchor Seth Meyers led a previous   primetime attempt with   Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday. As NBC Entertainment Chairman   Robert Greenblatt remarked   in a statement, the goal is to help fill   the gaps between seasons of the late-night sketch comedy show. and music guest The Chainsmokers. —   so we didn’t want them to take the summer off,” he said. primetime time slot on NBC. NBC announced Tuesday that the popular   Saturday Night Live   news desk   segment is expanding with Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update, a weekly half-hour telecast featuring Colin Jost and Michael Che. Just as with   SNL‘s “Weekend Update” segment, Jost and Che will anchor the desk   with   SNL cast members guesting. “SNL is having its best season in a quarter of a century — how many shows can say that?!