Netflix changing user reviews, dumps star ratings

(It’s true; many popular guilty-pleasure favorites like Armageddon are saddled with one-star averages despite having plenty of fans). Soon   one-star ratings will cease to be a thing on Netflix — or five-star ratings, for that matter. After years of allowing customers to rank movies on a scale of 1-to-5 stars, the streaming service announced plans to replace that system with a binary “thumbs up vs. thumbs down” rating. Show Full Article The executive said Netflix tested the new system last year and found that users volunteered   200 percent more ratings when faced with a simple up or down choice than   when having five options — so the system will result in more feedback from viewers. To help compensate for the gradient loss, a Netflix spokesperson tells EW the company is also adding a percentage match score that’s based on compatibility   — instead of a score based on movie’s quality via reviews:   “For example, if you see a title has a 90 percent match, that means that based on your viewing habits and patterns, we think you are highly likely to enjoy that title.”
So it’s a bit like the way some dating sites function — only matching you with entertainment titles rather than eligible suitors. Still, it’s hard not to feel like the new method gives users less information — a four-star average feels rather different than five-star average even though both would receive the same thumbs up. Continues the spokesperson: “Unlike other services, though, this feature is about helping members better personalize their unique experience, not sharing an opinion on the quality of a story.”

The shakeup — which will take effect in April — comes on the heels of comedian Amy Schumer accusing haters of conspiring to flood her latest Netflix special with one-star reviews. Netflix is radically overhauling its user reviews. More on the Schumer issue here. “The alt-right organized trolls attack everything I do,” Schumer said. Yellin also noted that the review system has been less important over the years as the company has found users will often rank respected documentaries with five stars and more frivolous titles with one star despite being far more likely to actually watch the latter. The new Siskel & Ebert-ian   system was revealed by   Netflix executive Tod Yellin at a press briefing at the company’s headquarters in Los Gatos, California on Thursday, Variety reported   and EW confirmed.

‘This is Us’ finale was the highest-rated episode yet

With the numbers just now in for Tuesday’s season ender (thanks to Nielsen’s ratings delays this week), we now know that This is Us delivered 12.8 million viewers and a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49. For more, here’s star   Milo Ventimiglia on the finale and the This is Us creatorDan Fogelman   talking about the finale’s dark ending. That’s up 13 percent from the show’s previous all-time best number. It’s also NBC’s most-watched in-season Tuesday scripted program in nearly nine years. The first season finale of NBC’s This is Us set a major   ratings record. Show Full Article For NBC, the finale marks broadcast TV’s highest-rated drama on any network in five months (aside from Fox’s post-Super Bowl presentation of 24: Legacy). Earlier this year, NBC renewed This Is Us for two more seasons, with each season featuring 18 episodes a piece.

Box office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ could break March opening record

Still, with a targeted publicity approach aimed squarely at horror fans, Belko   could push higher thanks to its buzzy premise (office workers are locked inside a high-rise and instructed to murder each other) and effective trailers. After a lukewarm reception at SXSW, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song   also hits a limited number of theaters this Friday. Its significant drop against Kong   last week suggests it will likely traverse a similar path in the days ahead, ending the three-day frame with a number roughly half the size of last weekend’s $38 million take. 1 debut as it storms theaters nationwide this Friday. The record currently sits with Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which claimed $166 million almost exactly one year ago. RELATED: See 9 Enchanting, Exclusive Beauty and the Beast Photos
Disney’s robust marketing campaign has made director Bill Condon’s interpretation of the popular story virtually unmissable on television and computer screens around the world, and its Fandango presales are currently pacing ahead of similar family-oriented pictures including   Finding Dory ($135.1 million opening) and Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million opening). Elsewhere, Danny Boyle returns to the Trainspotting   universe with a sequel that assembles the first film’s cast (including Ewan McGregor) for a new romp some 21 years later. As the most prominent   horror title on the market (The Belko Experiment is only launching at 1,341 sites), Get Out should enjoy yet another minimal decline between Friday and Sunday. 1 – Beauty and the Beast – $180 million
As Disney has proven in the past, nostalgia can push live-action adaptations   of animated classics to soaring new heights with a new, younger generation of moviegoers. It’s important to note that industry forecasts have pegged the latest Orion Pictures release (in collaboration with BH Tilt)   for an opening weekend in the $3-4 million range — a number the distributor suggests would spell success for the low-budgeted genre flick. While it shed 57 percent of its audience from week one to week two, it has posted stellar numbers overseas, racking up an astonishing $460 million in just under two weeks. 4. No matter how hard cinema’s mightiest primate tumbles, the film is still a global success, having grossed over $160 million thus far, with a bow in the traditionally lucrative Chinese market still on deck for March 24. The only mystery   that remains is whether the film will notch the highest-ever opening weekend for a movie released in March. While it’s only playing at a little over 1,300 theaters, Belko   boasts solid pedigree (director Greg McLean previously helmed 2005’s cult hit Wolf Creek,   while writer James Gunn penned the screenplay for 2014’s smash Guardians of the Galaxy   and 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake), and its marketing push has seemingly been more robust   than previous BH Tilt releases like The Darkness   (also from McLean) and Incarnate. Logan – $19 million  
Hugh Jackman’s third and final Wolverine spin-off saw the franchise actor bow out of the X-Men series on a high note, having notched the fourth best opening weekend in history for a March release. 3. Expect Kong to dip around 50-60 percent through Sunday for a weekend finish in the $28-32 million range. Made on a minuscule budget of $4.5 million, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut has amassed $117.8 million to date and continues to see its weekend number diminish by only small percentages. Show Full Article Beauty and the Beast   — starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans — has a much larger base of pre-established fans to cull monolithic ticket sales from, however, as the 1991 film upon which it’s based became the first animated title to receive an Oscar nomination for best picture, while its songs and overall presence in pop culture have arguably endured better than the legacies of its aforementioned studio brethren. There’s no question that   Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast   remake — undoubtedly one of the year’s most anticipated titles — will claim   a No. Check out EW’s March 17-19 box office predictions below. Casual audiences might still be riding high on the thrills found in   Get Out, but Belko‘s blood-spattered premise should be enough to net a decent number of genre die-hards for a weekend figure above forecasters’ modest projections. RELATED: Trainspotting: Where Are They Now? 2 – Kong: Skull Island – $29 million  
The most prominent casualty of Beauty and the Beast‘s impending box office domination   will likely be Legendary and Warner Bros.’ latest entry in the King Kong franchise, which premiered atop the North American chart last week with a solid $61 million. Though the grosses of big-budget releases are notoriously difficult to predict (especially when they’re   expected to exceed $100 million), industry forecasts suggest Beast   is pacing to pull in a number above   both titles when the $160 million film hits 4,210 theaters Friday. Can Disney overthrow the   DC Comics legends in the days ahead? Tentpole actioners like Kong typically fall in excess of 50 percent from weeek-to-week as it is, let alone with one of the biggest movies of the year opening at the top of its sophomore weekend in theaters. The studio has a winning   track record of successfully translating characters and stories from its beloved cartoon filmography for contemporary audiences, with hits like 2014’s   Maleficent   and   2016’s   The Jungle Book   pulling in huge numbers worldwide ($758.5 million and $966.6 million, respectively) in recent years. Get Out – $13 million
Get Out could end up as the biggest box office success story of the year. Both films should   tally decent per-theater averages from a handful of   locations each. The Belko Experiment – $7.5 million
Yes, it’s a bold prediction, but it’s not beyond reason. 5.

Sesame Workshop responds to Trump’s proposed cuts to national arts funding

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— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) March 16, 2017

Stars also spoke out against the proposed cuts, including Billy Eichner who also touched on Sesame Street, writing “.@IvankaTrump Hello dear – at what point will u be telling ur children that your father killed Snuffleupagus?” Mr. While Sesame Workshop currently receives no direct funding from CPB or PBS, we stand firmly and passionately in support of the vital public investment that allows them to continue this important work.”

Please see our following statement regarding federal funding for public broadcasting. “Research shows that high-quality preschool educational experiences are a key determinant in an individual’s lifelong learning outcomes.”
“PBS makes Sesame Street available to all Americans, and thereby continues to play a major role in helping less privileged kids gain access to preschool education that has proven an enduring value. The nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street released a statement on Twitter on Thursday addressing the importance of preschool education as well as their support of the continued investment in CPB and PBS. “Sesame Street was created to provide early access to education for all children,” the statement reads. — billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 16, 2017

Julie Andrews, Chris Evans, and Jussie Smollett   have also spoken out about Trump and his policies. Following President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the national arts, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Sesame Workshop is speaking out about federal funding for public broadcasting. Show Full Article Snuffleupagus is a character on the children’s program (you can watch his “Snuffle Shuffle” here.)

.@IvankaTrump Hello dear – at what point will u be telling ur children that your father killed Snuffleupagus?

‘Spider-Man’ spin-off ‘Venom’ gets 2018 release date

A Venom spin-off had been announced back in 2013, along with the villain team-up Sinister Six, but the underwhelming performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 halted such plans. In the wake of Warner Bros. Show Full Article In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, Topher Grace donned the black suit as Eddie Brock, a rival photographer of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), who soon becomes Venom. The move comes only a few months before Sony releases its latest Spider-Man reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which swings into theaters on July 7. shifting Aquaman to Dec. 5, 2018, EW has learned. This wouldn’t be the first time the Marvel villain has hit the big screen. 21, 2018, Sony has taken the opportunity to quickly slide Venom into the vacated date of Oct. Aquaman‘s Christmas move has provided a gift for a different comic book character.

The Trump budget would reverse JFK’s idea of the president as arts patron in chief

In this essay from Nov.                             THREE DAYS AFTER Lee Harvey Oswald’s bullet inconsolably blackened the mood of America, Leonard Bernstein tried to lift the nation’s spirits by focusing on a special legacy — one that is getting too little attention in the commentary around Friday’s 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. My favorite photo of the Kennedy era is a picture of Bernstein and Frank Sinatra backstage at an inaugural ball as they waited to go on, each trying to appear cooler than the other and each looking like he had just been given the keys to the country.John Steinbeck, W.H. impervious toward art that it seems like fantasy to recall a moment… But it had its roots in the attention given to the arts by John F. Marian Anderson, who sang at John F. Kennedy.Instead of performing a requiem Mass for a slain Roman Catholic president, Bernstein led the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Second Symphony, known as the “Resurrection.” JFK had, like no president before him, empowered artists, and that was expected to last”American artists have for three years looked to the   White House   with unaccustomed confidence and warmth,” Bernstein said that day. when artists powerfully influenced   how Americans felt about America.Taking advantage of artists to inspire national optimism, the Kennedy White House made art glamorous. Auden and Robert Lowell were on hand. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration, at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after being refused permission to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall. When since has a president dared pose with a leading public intellectual?Read more Latest updates It wasn’t merely the advances in cold science that convinced the public we could go to the moon. This was also a poetic project, and that is how it was persuasively presented, as part of the pulse of America then. 21, 2013, Times music critic Mark Swed   writes about the Kennedy legacy in which one of the roles he saw as a duty of his   presidency was to be the arts patron in chief. The proposed Trump administration budget announced Wednesday would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 as part of his Great Society agenda. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. In return, art became a crucial factor in the new Camelot.But it is hardly surprising that this aspect of the Kennedy administration is being overlooked.Despite an unprecedented explosion of the arts in America over the last half-century, artists have never again been afforded such national prominence.Washington has become so nervous about and impervious toward art that it seems like fantasy to recall a moment in this country when artists powerfully influenced   how Americans felt about America, its identity and future.That, in turn, fueled the support for great deeds. He attended with the French minister for cultural affairs, who was a novelist and art theorist. The great, barrier-breaking, African American contralto Marian Anderson sang at the inauguration. In all, the president — no doubt at the urging of the first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy — invited 50 writers and artists and musicians to the inauguration.I happen to have been among the millions of impressionable American teenagers the Kennedys helped turn on to the arts.A few months before the assassination, I remember seeing JFK on the evening news at the opening of a National Gallery Leonardo da Vinci show. That got me, and many other students at my high school in Pasadena, not only fascinated with Da Vinci but also reading André Malraux. A desire to recapture something of the lost optimism after JFK’s assassination even helped allow Lyndon   Johnson   to put forward his proposal for a Great Society.Art was there from the beginning for the Kennedy administration. “We loved him for the honor in which he held art, in which he held every creative impulse of the human mind, whether it was expressed in words, or notes, or paints, or mathematical symbols.”Washington has become so…

Weird Al Yankovic enters an arcade game in ‘Medium Rarities’ trailer

Watch the video above. On Thursday, Weird Al released the trailer for that set. Weird Al Yankovic has been making pop parodies and polka melodies for a long time now. The entirety of his   30-year career will be represented in his upcoming box collection, Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of Weird Al Yankovic. True to Weird Al’s satirical skills, the video is mostly a parody of   Super Mario Bros. 24. The Medium Rarities video features Weird Al scrolling across the screen in an 8-bit video game while bits of these rarities   play in chronological order. Show Full Article Each song is represented by a unique object: a Yoda head for “Yoda,” a Holy Grail for his   Galavant   cut “Hey, Hey, We’re the Monks,” and so on. In addition to all 14 of Weird Al’s albums, the collection also includes Medium Rarities, a disc of   non-album material. Squeeze Box   is out Nov.

‘Power Rangers’ star Ricardo Medina Jr. pleads guilty to killing roommate with a sword

Authorities say that on Jan. 31, 2015, Medina and Sutter got into an argument which turned physical, and Medina fatally stabbed the 36-year-old with a sword. Medina, who lives in Green Valley, California, entered the plea to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted in court to using a sword in the killing, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Medina told reporters in 2015, “I want to say I am very, very, very sorry for what occurred.… My heart goes out to the Sutter family.”
Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef, with the DA’s Major Crimes Division, said Medina’s sentencing is scheduled on March 30. He faces six years in state prison. He appeared in multiple iterations of the Power Rangers franchise, including   Power Rangers Wild Force   (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai   (2011-12), and has also guest-starred on CSI: Miami and ER. They asked law enforcement to continue investigating. The actor called the police afterward and first responders took Sutter to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Dog bites were instead mistaken for some of the wounds, the attorney claimed. Medina, 38, had faced a murder charge in the death of roommate Josh Sutter before he pleaded to the lesser count. Less than a year later, Medina was re-arrested and charged with murder. This story originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. Sutter’s autopsy showed he suffered 10 wounds, according to KABC, though Medina’s attorney reportedly disputed that and said Sutter was only stabbed once. Show Full Article His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the guilty plea. After his initial arrest the same day as Sutter’s death, he was released when prosecutors determined they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Actor Ricardo Medina Jr., best known for his work on the   Power Rangers TV series, pleaded guilty on Thursday to stabbing his roommate to death with a sword, PEOPLE confirms. He previously denied the murder accusation, and his attorney has said it was self-defense. Medina was later arrested twice for the killing.

‘Prevenge’: A very pregnant serial killer meets her match in NSFW clip

The twist? Why aren’t I using this opportunity? The other twist? The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 24 and will also be available to watch nationwide on the streaming service Shudder   that same day. “I made a low-budget feature [Black Mountain Poets]   over five days with a director called Jamie Adams,” Lowe told EW last year   when Prevenge played at the Toronto Film Festival. We filmed two months later, while I was about seven-and-a-half months pregnant.”
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Watch the film’s trailer below, where you will also find a NSFW clip containing both violence and expletives. So, I said, ‘Look, if I’m a pregnant character who is taking revenge, I think I can write a pitch for that.’ He was like, ‘That’s a brilliant idea but I think you should direct it.’ [Laughs.]   I was like, ‘Oh my god, what am I doing, taking this on?’ Because   I was so heavily pregnant —   I was about six months at this stage —   it meant that I had to write it really,   really quickly and the preproduction had to happen   simultaneously. Show Full Article Lowe was also expecting when she both starred in and directed the film. “Jamie got in contact with me and said, ‘Do you want to do another one,   as a writer?’   I was like, ‘In theory, I would love to, but I’m pregnant, and I just don’t think it’s viable.’   I went away and I thought, What am I   doing? In the new British horror movie Prevenge (out March 24), Sightseers star Alice Lowe plays Ruth, who sets about killing the people she believes responsible for the death of her partner. Ruth is heavily pregnant. I’m worried about work, I’m   worried about money. Prevenge costars   Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, and Jo Hartley.

‘The Twins: Happily Ever After?’ sneak peek: Haley and Emily suffer through dinner with ‘Bachelor’ Ben and Lauren

In the clip from   The Twins: Happily Ever After? A new series that showcases what it means to list “twin” as your profession is coming to Freeform on March 20, and EW has an exclusive sneak peek. The Twins: Happily Ever After? the girls   are equal parts dumbfounded and disgusted by an array of fine cuisine they’re tasting for the first time   at   dinner with Higgins and fiancée, Lauren Bushnell. “We’re trying here, right, girls?” encourages Higgins, who’s just impressed they’re putting something in their mouths before spitting it out again. “That’s a start to life.”
Neither twin can resist the innuendo, with Emily flat out saying exactly what she’d rather put in her mouth (cue appalled looks from fellow diners in the restaurant). ET on Freeform. premieres   Monday, March 20 at 9 p.m. They sample salmon and fear they will contract salmonella from doing so; the choke on foie gras (or “liver” as they call it); they have trouble stomaching beef tartare, and they spit up their   octopus. Show Full Article You can use your imagination or watch the clip above to find out what she said. The double act also made several appearances on The Bachelor spin-off Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? Bachelor Nation favorites — and twins — Haley and Emily Ferguson are set to star in their own spin-off show after stints on both Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor and   Bachelor in Paradise season 3. The new show, however, is less about the sisters dating and finding love than it is about the duo embracing adult life as they finally move out of their mom’s house at age 24.

Beyoncé proteges Chloe x Halle drop ‘The Two of Us’ mixtape

not really a mixtape either.” Currently,   The Two of Us is only available on YouTube, not on iTunes or streaming services. (Other signees include rapper Ingrid and singer-songwriter Sophie Beem.) Beyoncé wasn’t their only co-sign, either: The singers appeared on “This Is For My Girls,” the Diane Warren-penned song former FLOTUS Michelle Obama had commissioned in support of her   #62MillionGirls campaign last year. Chloe x Halle are taking a play from the book of Beyoncé. Show Full Article Hear   The Two of Us   above. The group’s Sugar Symphony EP, which featured their breakout single “Drop,” arrived last April. The sister duo surprise-released a new mixtape, titled The Two of Us, Thursday afternoon — or, at least, they’re calling it a mixtape in a video description on   YouTube, where they’ve uploaded 25 minutes of new music. Chloe, 18, and Halle Bailey, 16, first attracted Beyoncé’s attention by covering her on YouTube before later signing with the superstar’s   Parkwood Entertainment label. On their website, Chloe x Halle are more ambiguous about how to classify the body of work: “This is   not an album….

Syfy orders a third season of ‘The Expanse’

A few weeks ago, the show said a shocking goodbye to a major character. Syfy has renewed the sci-fi drama for a 13-episode third season, the network announced Thursday. The pick-up comes in the midst of the series’ second season, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. “We, along with the fans, are looking forward to continuing the journey with our partners at Alcon Television Group and the series’ brilliant cast and crew.”

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Based on the series of New York Times bestselling novels from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, Expanse is set 200 years in the future, where the solar system has been colonized. The Expanse is getting expanded. “The Expanse   is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said Chris McCumber, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s president of entertainment networks. Go here   to see the reaction from the departed star and rest of the cast. The Syfy drama stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, and Frankie Adams. ET. Show Full Article

Tyra Banks returning to ‘America’s Next Top Model’ as head judge

Banks, now an established makeup mogul, relinquished   her   ANTM   hosting gig to pop star Rita Ora for cycle 23,   previously telling EW   in an exclusive interview that the decision to step away “wasn’t that hard.”
“I was like, you know what, I’m ready to bring someone else in. “It’s something that’s been on the tip of my fingers for so long, so it wasn’t necessarily difficult [to let go]. On Sunday, Banks was announced as America’s Got Talent‘s new emcee, replacing Nick Cannon in the post he held for eight consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2016. I won’t say the name of that person, but I actually brought a different person to the network, met with them, and said, ‘This is the person I want to take the reins of this show,’” Banks said of her desire to quit the program,   an idea she’d admittedly toyed with   since 2007. It made the jump to The CW in 2006, and later premiered its 23rd edition on VH1 in December 2016. With me creating and owning a significant portion of the show, it’s in my best interests to keep it going and to keep it fresh.”

I missed my ANTM baby so Mama's back! VH1 announced Thursday that after sitting the series’ most recent installment out, Banks — who also serves as ANTM‘s   creator and executive producer — will topline cycle 24. It was actually exciting. On March 8, VH1’s updated version of ANTM   crowned its first winner, 20-year-old India Gants, a high fashion stunner whose looks have been heavily compared to those of supermodel Gigi Hadid. We’d like to thank   Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro,” he said in a statement. I wanted the show to continue; I wanted to keep it new. Production is   slated to begin   this summer, and additional panelists will be announced at a later date. America’s Next Top Model fans have something to smize about: Tyra Banks   will soon front the long-running reality show’s judging panel once again. “She infused this new iteration of ANTM with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
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Following   its 2003 debut on UPN,   ANTM   has switched networks twice. Show Full Article The show has evolved into a worldwide franchise, spawning merchandise, spin-offs, and international editions in countries from Australia and Finland to South Korea and Israel. #ANTM #ANTM24
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2017

Executive producer Ken Mok also commented on the move:   “Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize.

#RighttoBearArts: Celebrities slam Trump’s proposed budget cuts

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— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) March 16, 2017

Without the arts in America all we have is… Trump. Blue States: RESIST
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 16, 2017

Show Full Article “The #RighttoBearArts is what makes us great. Some used the #RighttoBearArts hashtag (which has a co-branded T-shirt), and most tweets appeared incredulous at all the various arts and humanities programs that stand to lose funding if Trump’s budget comes to pass. https://t.co/EHEtlZ05r8
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 16, 2017

Ignorant, unskilled, sick, hungry, cruel and violent—what Trump's budget would do for America https://t.co/emMP7KLNYb
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 16, 2017

My budget takes 50 billion AWAY from the military and adds it to the EPA and the NEA & healthcare for the poor
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 16, 2017

Trump is proposing totally cutting funding for everything on below list. Trump can try but he cannot cut us out of the picture. “Trump can try but he cannot cut us out of the picture.”
“It seems insane to have to defend the arts but here we are,”   Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad wrote. Without science & arts who are we
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 16, 2017

.@IvankaTrump Hello dear – at what point will u be telling ur children that your father killed Snuffleupagus? https://t.co/ZG9Uh9rCLQ
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 16, 2017

Trump's budget cuts 3200 EPA workers but adds 1500 ICE agents. “After all the wars are fought what remains are people, art, nature and culture,” Jamie Lee Curtis said. With new reports surfacing of President Donald Trump proposing to cut national arts funding such as the National Endowment for the Arts, celebrities from all ends of the spectrum have come forward via social media to react. — billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 16, 2017

Outrageous! The #RighttoBearArts is what makes us great. America will be getting dirtier and nastier in many ways. Proposed cuts also hurts our public schools in addition to many our important issues. Yet #Trump says he's for the "people". Is this making America great again? Without science & arts who are we?”
A collection of reactions, below:

After all the wars are fought what remains are people, art, nature and culture. In addition to Jussie Smollett, Julie Andrews, and Chris Evans recently sounding off on Trump, Twitter saw a flurry of star-studded reactions to the budget cuts Thursday. — Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) March 16, 2017

It seems insane to have to defend the arts but here we are.

‘Aquaman’ shifts release date back two months to December 2018

announced   Thursday that they’ve postponed the release date of the James Wan-directed feature two months from Oct. 5, 2018 to Dec. Aquaman   was previously competing against Sony’s other big bet: the next chapter in the Lisbeth Salander story, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which will be directed by Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe), but has yet to cast its new protagonist. 21, 2018. Of course, this won’t be the first time fans see   Momoa as the D.C. Now the movie, which costars Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, and Patrick Wilson, will go up against Sony’s animated Spider-Man flick. A Christmas release for Aquaman does indicate the studio’s confidence in the film, a good sign considering other D.C. Show Full Article He made a brief appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will   appear again   in   this fall’s Justice League, set for release on Nov. Warner Bros. releases seem to be in some kind of tumult, including shifting directors on upcoming Flash and Batman projects. Looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer to see Jason Momoa in his standalone   Aquaman movie. 17. Comics hero.

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott join forces with Netflix for ‘War Party’

The Oscar nominated actor is set to star in the Netflix original film   War Party, which will be produced by Scott, EW has confirmed. War Party reteams Hardy with Scott, who serves as executive producer on Taboo, the FX period series in which   Hardy is the star, co-creator, and executive producer. —Additional reporting by Sara Vilkomerson

Show Full Article Deadline   first reported   the news. While the plot details are being kept under wraps, The Hollywood Reporter said the project will be based on real events and centered on a group of Navy SEALs. Meanwhile, Scott is returning to familiar territory with Alien: Covenant, set for release on May 19. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford   filmmaker Andrew Dominik will direct and co-write the script with Harrison Query. Next up for Hardy is   another war drama in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The show, which is a co-production with BBC One,   was recently renewed for a second season. Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott are going to war for Netflix.

It’s National Panda Day, and we’ve got the GIFs to celebrate

Kung Fu Panda

Jack Black has given us a lovable Chinese martial arts master, who also happens to be a gluttonous panda bear, three times now, so, obviously, this list wouldn’t be complete without him. 2. This was back when the idea of “fake news” was still amusing. 1. Panda bears have long been the source of endless fascination, not to mention the cause of a major desire to cuddle. 7. “Panda” by Desiigner

This 2016 hip hop track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, but no one is really sure why it’s called “Panda.” Maybe we should ask the shirtless guy dancing in the panda head. 4. Sexual Harassment Panda on   South Park

In typically   irreverent fashion, the creators of   South Park took on — and made a mockery of — sexual harassment and educational videos all in one with their Sexual Harassment Panda. Tugg Speedman in   Tropic Thunder

Ben Stiller’s panda-killing “badass” Tugg Speedman is a study in snarky satire. Naturally, there’s a special day to honor these fuzzy black and white creatures, and National Panda Day is today! After mistakenly killing a cuddly panda, which he believes is a fierce jungle creature, Tugg totally loses it on the phone to his agent (a slippery Matthew McConaughey), and utters things like, “I am the set!” and “I’m way beyond TeVo.”
6. In honor and reverence, we put together this furry little gallery of the best panda moments in pop culture. Never Say No to Panda

Other than being (perhaps) the best gif on this page, this ad campaign from Arab Dairy (for a feta cheese) became an online sensation, depicting pandas as vindictive and crazy characters who terrorize unsuspecting individuals who decline the offer to eat a product known as Panda Cheese. 5. It is worth noting that this character can be credited with birthing the phrase “sad panda” (according to Urban Dictionary: “For extra sadness, the “a” in sad is drawn out”). After sitting on Kate’s lap, poor Hashtag dances up a storm until he reaches total exhaustion. The ads are compulsively watchable; try upgrading from the above gif to this Youtube vid. Hashtag the Panda on   The Tonight Show

Hashtag the Panda is an overactive, nutso character on   The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, who shined most brightly the night Kate Hudson appeared to talk about her role in   Kung Fu Panda 3. 3. Show Full Article Panda Watch in   Anchorman

Paul Rudd does some of his best “reporting” when faced with a story about an escaped panda in the cult comedy, and he nearly loses his game face in the process.

Cranberries announce new album featuring the songs you love and some you’ve never heard

and Ireland beginning May 17 in Belfast and ending May 28 in Manchester. Something Else will be available April 28   on both digital and CD formats and is currently available for pre-order and streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play (though not in the U.S.), and Spotify. Plenty of older favorites can be found on the album, including “Zombie” and “Ode To My Family.”
Take a listen to the acoustic version of “Linger” below. The Cranberries took full advantage of The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s rehearsal rooms to not only rework nostalgic hits, which O’Riordan says she prefers “with a little bit more experience behind them, with a new lease of life,” but to create new songs as well. The most notable is “Linger,” which   launched them in America   (back when the youngest band member was merely 15) and was rerecorded at the University of Limerick. — includes both acoustic and orchestral renditions   of the Irish band’s   classics. This will mark their first release since their hiatus began five years ago. The Cranberries will also be   kicking off a   tour across the U.K. The Cranberries, a staple in the ’90s alt-rock scene, just announced they’re coming out with a new album to celebrate their 25-year anniversary. Show Full Article “The Glory,” the first new song to make an appearance on the album, was written by O’Riordan in said rehearsal rooms, whereas “Rupture” — a track centering around “depression, about being in that black hole and finding it hard to get out of it” — and “Why” — penned by O’Riordan   “just after my father passed, the hardest time” — were songs that she had kept close to the vest until now. The record, titled   Something Else   —   an homage to the band’s 1993 debut,   Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?

Blink-182 announce expanded ‘California’ edition, debut new track

The track, titled “Parking Lot,” hearkens back to bands like the Violent Femmes and the heart of ’90s angst, the Smiths. Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba replaced DeLonge as Blink’s guitarist. Show Full Article Hear “Parking Lot” above. The cut also features echoes of fellow ’90s/’00s bands like Smash Mouth and Simple Plan — and a clear tribute to Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” with lyrics like “F— this place / Let’s put up a parking lot.”
The Grammy-nominated California is Blink’s seventh studio album and first without founding member Tom DeLonge, who left the band in 2015 to focus on individual projects, including the band Angels & Airwaves and   his ongoing UFO research. RELATED VIDEO: Blink-182 on the ‘beautiful shock’ of nabbing a Grammy nomination

The expanded edition of   California   — which will feature 11 new songs, as well as a new acoustic rendition of “Bored To Death” — is currently available for pre-order   and will be released May 19. In case you haven’t gotten your fill of nostalgia this week, Blink-182’s got you covered: The trio released a new single Thursday and announced they’ll soon be dropping an expanded edition of last year’s   California.