Presidential anthology series ‘The Commanders’ in the works at History

history   and examining them through the lens of the sitting president. History is hailing to the chiefs. Rivele (Nixon), Matthew Sand (Deepwater Horizon), Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Path to 9/11), Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys), and Michael Hirst (The Tudors). The cable network announced Tuesday that it is developing   The Commanders, a scripted anthology series   dramatizing pivotal moments in U.S. Marines —   these defining stories forged our nation. Cutler (The War Room), Stephen J. RELATED: Dancing With the Stars: The Men We Love
Jana Bennett, History’s president and general manager, said in a statement, “From the contemporary history of Clinton’s impeachment and its lasting impact on the nation’s political landscape and Reagan’s influence that defined the Republican Party for generations, to Jefferson’s creation of the military might of the U.S. Source material optioned for the series includes   several bestselling biographies, such as Peter Baker’s   The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, Edmund Morris’ Theodore Rex, Brian Kilmeade’s Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, and Rick Perlstein’s   The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. Among the writers and producers involved are   R.J. Eisenhower are also in the works. Projects tackling George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Dwight D. The Commanders   would bring history to life and speak to the crises we face in modern times.”

Show Full Article Annual installments will run between four and 10 hours, with the initial   installments focusing on   Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Brett Dalton returns in new photos

This world, however, has been taken over by Hydra, hence Ward’s return. Show Full Article In a surprise twist, Daisy discovered that her Framework avatar was dating Ward. ABC just released new photos from the episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ET on ABC. Dalton officially exited the series at the end of season 3 when Hive was killed, but he was very optimistic about someday returning if the story line was right. Agent Ward has returned! With Hydra in control, they are our only hope to save everyone.”
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Original cast member Dalton’s character Ward was killed off in season 3, with his body subsequently taken over by big bad villain Hive. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — without them realizing they’re not actually in the real world. Here’s the logline for the hour, which is aptly titled, “What If”: “Hail the New World Order! Daisy and Simmons uncover secrets and lies in a world gone mad. Though Dalton did not yet appear in person — just in a photo — the actor is very much back. Get more scoop here. will return Tuesday, April 4 at 10 p.m. featuring Brett Dalton reprising his role as the late Grant Ward. In the most recent episode, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) went into the Matrix-like Framework in a bid to rescue the rest of Team S.H.I.E.L.D. For those confused about how Ward could return after being killed off twice on the show, the character will only appear in the Framework, a Matrix-like construct that Aida is using to imprison most of Team S.H.I.E.L.D.

Brian Cox is Winston Churchill in first ‘Churchill’ trailer

Playing a famous British prime minister was proven a wise career choice six   years ago for Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar as the controversial Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Check out Cox’s amazing transformation in the trailer above — the 70-year-old actor gained weight and shaved his head for the role — and head here for a first look at the new film. on June 16. Cox, the skilled, nuanced English actor from L.I.E., Zodiac, X2 and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, stars as the man himself in Churchill alongside Miranda Richardson as his wife, Clementine, and Mad Men‘s John Slattery as American general (and future president) Dwight D. Eisenhower in this retelling of the weeks preceding the risky Normandy Invasion, otherwise known as D-Day. Now,   Brian Cox could be due to collect accolades for what looks like a thunderous, theatrical portrayal of Winston Churchill in the first trailer from this WWII drama. theaters on June 2 and in the U.K. Churchill   opens in U.S. Show Full Article

Despite ‘Guardians’ cameo, James Gunn hates ‘Howard the Duck’ film

Because they had the puppet, and it was a duck, and instead of having feathery or white eyelids, he had Caucasian eyelids, and it was creepy.”

Howard the Duck, which was released in 1986, boasted quite the pedigree, with George Lucas serving as an executive producer. That upset me. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. When asked if the film, which starred Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins, gets too bad a rap, Gunn wasn’t hearing it. 2 hits theaters on May 5. “No, that movie sucks,” he declared. Show Full Article Watch it below. In an interview with Yahoo Movies, the filmmaker recalled his disappointment after going to the movie theater as a kid to see the film adaptation of his favorite Marvel character. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has a bone to pick with a movie starring a Marvel character. Don’t worry Iron Man and Captain America, Howard the Duck is his target. “I was young, and I went in so excited about it,” he said, before revealing his immediate displeasure with the big-screen version. “That movie’s terrible!”
Gunn shared his own take on the character in the post-credits scene in Guardians. “I wasn’t hip with the Caucasian eyelids. But it bombed at the box office and earned the not-so-distinguished honor of Worst Picture at the Razzies.

Chicago Cubs World Series win will soon be a movie

Ross and Yaeger will serve as executive producers alongside Radar’s Lisette Bross. The Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series win last year is already being turned into a movie. Believe it!”
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The book   Teammate   hits stores May 9 from Hachette Books. “It was said all during the 2016 season that if you made a movie about the magical run with all its amazing subplots, no one would believe it,” Ross, currently one of the celebrity competitors on Dancing With the Stars,   said in a statement. The book, co-written by Ross and sportswriter Don   Yaeger,   will cover highlights from Ross’ 15-year career in advance of an insider’s look at his final game and record-setting home run. Check out the cover below. The film, which will just be titled   Teammate, is being written by Ram Getz and John Corcoran. Show Full Article Game 7 was full of wild moments, including a home run from Cubs catcher David Ross, making him the oldest player to ever notch a homer in game 7 of the World Series. Ross has a memoir out this spring,   Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, and Radar Pictures is already developing it into a movie, EW has confirmed. Breaking a 108-year title drought for the team, the Cubs finally won the championship in a thrilling seven-game series after coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the Cleveland Indians. “Guess what? Variety   first reported the news.

‘The Magicians’ star and EPs preview the WTF ‘Les Mis’ musical number

Show Full Article “It had a bigger effect dramatically and cinematically than I think it did in the actual movies. “It came as a little bit of a shock and I just ran with it, because what else could I possibly do.”
Given Gamble’s dislike of musicals and the fact it pushed the episode over budget, it’s surprising the number ended up in there — but Gamble was game because it made the episode more personal. He knows this could end up being “the most hated episode of the season,” but in case it isn’t, he’s already started thinking about how the show can step it up a notch in season 3. “At the same time, there’s a slightly generic quality — this is not a diss, it’s a very good song — of just it’s simply about, ‘We’re going to fight the power.’ That’s absolutely what that scene is about.”
Appleman, who was in a production of Les Mis   when he was younger, was surprised by the song choice. That’s something that felt sort of in line with his character up until that moment,” says Appleman, who sings Jean Valjean’s part of the song. “I thought maybe Eliot would strut down the stairs of Castle Whitespire singing a jazz standard or something like that. “I think it’s fun and whimsical and ridiculous and out of nowhere on some level.”
The reason “Lesser Evils” contains a musical number is actually fairly simple: co-creator and executive producer John McNamara, who co-wrote the episode with Elle Lipson, really likes musicals. on Syfy. That’s what sort of tipped me over,” he says, adding it was also relevant to what was going on in the episode. “The fact that John so passionately loves musical theater makes it interesting to me, makes it interesting to the show, because really, almost more than anything else, the litmus test for whether or not something belongs in The Magicians is, ‘Is it personal to us?’ And this, to me, it feels very personal,” says Gamble. This is the first sequence on this scale, though. “This is the king daddy ‘what the f—‘ moment,” Hale Appleman tells EW about the music sequence in Wednesday’s “Lesser Evils,” which finds Eliot (Appleman), Margo (Summer Bishil), and the rest of the court singing “One Day More” from Les Misérables   in preparation for Eliot’s duel against King Idri (Leonard Roberts). It’s a show that’s never afraid of following its whims, no matter where they may lead. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a 100-person musical number gets thrown right into the middle of Wednesday’s episode. “I   have, in the back of my mind, something that will literally bring Syfy and Universal to its knees begging me not to do it,” he jokes. Every moment was scripted and storyboarded, because “you don’t have time to improvise on the day,” says McNamara. “I sort of feel like nothing is better than music to create a mood that takes you up…I think there’s something inherently magical about music.”
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He toyed with many options for the moment, including songs from Hamilton and Funny Girl, “Tonight” from West Side Story, and “This Is The Moment” from Jekyll & Hyde, a song he plays to celebrate every victory on the show and to torture fellow creator and EP Sera Gamble, who doesn’t like musicals; however, he decided against it because “it’s not a good song.” (Editor’s note: McNamara ended the interview by playing the David Hasselhoff version of “This Is The Moment.”) He eventually settled on “One Day More” after remembering when the cast of the Les Mis movie sang it live at the 2013 Academy Awards. “While I was co-writing this script with Elle Lipson — I was doing the part of the script that was preparing for the duel — I just felt like the section right before the duel needed a big lift,” says McNamara, who added the number while writing the first draft and without warning anyone. “I don’t think alone I would’ve been able to produce this episode because there’s just so many specific things related to pulling off a musical number like that, which is much in John’s wheelhouse. The Magicians airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. In season 1, Quentin (Jason Ralph) sang Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” and The Beast (Charles Mesure) sang old Cole Porter tunes throughout an episode earlier in season 2. The Magicians is known for its WTF moments. It was fun for me because it was an education for me.”

To be fair, this isn’t the first musical moment on the show.

Emma Stone, Steve Carell’s ‘Battle of the Sexes’ gets fall release date

Rounding out the cast of   Battle of the Sexes   are   Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Bill Pullman, and Eric Christian Olsen. The match is set. Battle of the Sexes is slated to open against   the Lego ninja movie Ninjago, the firefighter drama Granite Mountain, the horror flick Friend Request, and the period drama Victoria and Abdul. 2 ranked female player against a macho, trash-talking former champ. 22, Fox Searchlight Pictures   announced Tuesday. Directed by husband-and-wife filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris   (Little Miss Sunshine), Battle   is to explore the on- and off-court drama of the match as well as its cultural   impact. Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) wrote the screenplay. Starring Stone as Billie Jean King and Carell as Bobby Riggs, the film centers on   the infamous 1973 showdown   that pitted the No. Emma Stone and Steve Carell’s tennis dramedy   Battle of the Sexes   will hit theaters Sept. RELATED: 25 Sports Movies That Score
Stone is coming off her Oscar-winning turn in La La Land, while Carell will next be heard on the big screen in summer’s Despicable Me 3. Show Full Article

‘Arrow’: Oliver forced to confront his vigilante past

But the hour really takes viewers back to where it all started for Oliver in Russia, uncovering why he became a vigilante in the first place. “That’s actually what this episode is going to be. ET on The CW. Now that Oliver has been kidnapped by Chase, the Emerald Archer will be forced to face his past. “It’s incredibly intense. My hope is the whole season will kind of answer that question if we pull it off.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. During Wednesday’s episode of Arrow, Chase (Josh Segarra) basically tortures Oliver (Stephen Amell) — both for his own demented plans and on behalf of Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig). It’s the big confrontation that we’ve been building up to for the past several episodes, which is the Bratva vs. It’s probably one of the darkest episodes we’ve ever done.”
With Oliver forced to look back on what his legacy has wrought, viewers will finally learn long-held secrets. It’s going to be a story that’s mostly set in Russia, with Dolph Lundgren coming back as Kovar. “The death of his father, obviously via suicide, the death of Shado, the seeming death of Sara, the fact that he had to murder Slade, the death of a young child in Hong Kong — all of these things that he has had to deal with broke something inside of him that didn’t end up getting fixed until he had a do-over with Slade Wilson, who had just murdered his mother, and he took the high road.”

But even if Oliver were to ultimately kill Chase — or in flashback, be able to take Kovar down once and for all — would he really be satisfied? “What was his mindset in the early part of season 1? Essentially, to the same extent, what was his mindset when he really became this person in Russia?”
“The idea is that, quite simply, he could put on the hood, and he could compartmentalize   this horrible person that he has inside of him because of everything that he has had to deal with in the past four-plus years being away,” Amell continues. “We’ve always had this tradition of doing what we call the ‘all-flashback’ or ‘mostly flashback’ episode,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim explains. “If we’ve done our job with season 5 correctly, if we stick the landing on all of this, by the end of the season, our hope is that you will look at Oliver’s killing in a completely different light and look at it in a totally different way,” Guggenheim says. “Part of the biggest thing that we’re explaining in season 5 is what was Oliver’s motivation?” Amell says. “And look at his motivations for killing in a different way, in a more complex, more nuanced way. It’s basically a stage play; it’s essentially just Josh and Stephen in a room together. Kovar, with a couple surprises thrown in — Oliver may or may not get a certain tattoo; he may or may not lose a certain tattoo.”
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Then, in present day, “It’s Adrian Chase trying to get Oliver Queen to confess his sins, really to confess a secret,” Guggenheim says. Show Full Article

‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie’ is a trip into ’90s nostalgia

“Follow the exact same formula that cranked out over 800 episodes of television,” the narrator says…invitingly, as he sets up the familiar premise: alien-monsters are trying to take over the world, “someone gets really big, and the Rangers morph into a Zord to save the day.”
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In this iteration, Angel Grove (or rather, Sydney, Australia, as is   honestly pointed out) is attacked by Ivan Ooze, who resembles Freddy Krueger so much they even utter the exact same line in split screen. Watch the trailer   above to get your awkward ’90s groove on, and   find more honest trailers on PEN. Look for the priceless (and long) “pointless back handsprings” montage at the end, in which virtually every character handsprings across the screen for absolutely no reason, and wonder if they’ll throw a couple (hundred) of those into the big screen reboot. And don’t forget the “Ai ai ai ya’s” or karate-chop “Whooshes” that abound. Before you clamor to the movie theater this weekend to see a reptile-like Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa trying to cream a new crop of superpowered teens in the big scale reboot   Power Rangers   , the folks at Screen Junkies have given the honest trailer   treatment to the 1995 entry in the franchise, Mighty Morphin   Power Rangers: The Movie,   and it will have you scratching your head more than a few times. Show Full Article The Rangers must travel to another planet (Sydney, again) to gain fresh powers, and eventually morph into “a new awful-looking Zord complete with emergency junk-kicking action” (cue the shot of one space robot kneeing another space robot in the robo-groin).

17 famous people Dave Chappelle riffs on in his new Netflix specials

2. Chappelle’s extended riffs on Bill Cosby and O.J. Caitlyn Jenner
“How the f— are transgender people beating black people in the Discrimination Olympics?” Chappelle wonders aloud. 3. Donald Sterling
The former Los Angeles Clippers owner, who found himself in hot water for making racially charged comments, becomes a target in Deep in the Heart of Texas. 12. (This bit also happens to include an A+ impersonation of Katt Williams.)
10. 11. Simpson might end up getting the most headlines, but those aren’t the only notable figures mentioned onstage. Steven Avery of Making a Murderer
Chappelle has clearly been bingeing Netflix during his break from comedy. 8. 13. O.J. Viewers of both sets —   The Age of Spin (filmed in L.A. Here’s a handy guide to all the famous people Chappelle includes in his new specials. Simpson
Tales about the former Buffalo Bills running back are woven throughout Age of Spin. 7. 1. It’s finally here: After 12 years without any significant television output, the incomparable Dave Chappelle has returned with two new stand-up specials on Netflix. Lil Wayne
Certain rap lyrics of his (which also concern female genitalia) enter the spotlight. Michael Sam
Chappelle makes a brief allusion to the first openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL, calling him a “very nice guy, very brave guy.”
16. 6. Dave Chappelle wants to know! Care Bears
Hey, they’re famous! Bill Cosby
A former childhood hero of Chappelle’s, the comedian — whom dozens of women have accused of sexual assault, inspiring Chappelle to call him “the Steph Curry of rape” — becomes a major topic in both specials. Martin Luther King Jr. Manny Pacquiao
The boxer’s lost sneaker deal (and the reasons for it) become fodder for Chappelle. Kevin Hart
How the hell did he become more famous than Dave Chappelle? Gary Shandling
No jokes here — Chappelle simply gives a   shout-out to the late legend at the end of Age of Spin. 17. 14. 15. Paula Deen
Ditto the butter-loving chef who got caught using the N-word. 9. Key & Peele
As Chappelle has done in recent interviews, he ribs the Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key sketch show for (in his opinion) borrowing so heavily from the   Chappelle’s Show   formula without explicitly giving him credit. And they come up in a big spot in Age of Spin. Ray Rice
Chappelle’s preoccupation with disgraced celebrities eventually takes him to the topic of Rice, the former NFL player who assaulted his now-wife   in 2014. Show Full Article 4. But what if MLK had a sneaker deal? 50 Cent
The rapper is inserted into a surreal extended story concerning female genitalia and boxing in the middle of Heart of Texas. 5. Phife Dawg
See above. in 2016) and Deep in the Heart of Texas (Austin, 2015) — will notice the comic has a lot of things on his mind… and a lot of people.

Inside the making of ‘Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods’

“For Book Two it made sense to go into that world a little further and explain where   they came from.”
But that’s not the only evil-doer lurking in the pages of   Whispering Woods. “The main thing is just finding interesting visual shapes to use for the characters that kids can not only recognize but also draw themselves.”
There’s also the matter of picking a thematic color for the book. Friggs, and Chef Bunion and his assistant Sketchy. He’s joined in his travels by his Uncle Rupert, his new friend Petula and her mother Beatrice, his tutor Mr. That’s why we came up with the forest and his trek to find his missing hotel by traveling through a forest full of witches.”
Part of coming up with the story involves crafting all the terrible things that befall incredibly sweet-hearted Warren.”Will actually reins me in sometimes because I want to do worse things to Warren than I think Will and the editor are comfortable with,” laughs del Rio. Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods is available now. “We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we had   two Warrens in Book Two?” explains Staehle. “We really wanted to take the adventure out of the hotel in the second book. a witch hunter), who is traveling in the Warren hotel. “But Will’s art brings a more vintage aspect to it.”
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2. Add the art (plus a secret puzzle)  
As fans may already know,   Warren the 13th books are heavily illustrated. “Warren is sort of my son,” explains Staehle, who actually created the character in art school. “We had a really clear idea who the villain was in the first book,” says Staehle of Calvina’s creation. The latest is Warren the 13th, the star of Tania del Rio and Will Staehle’s latest novel Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods. Find a good villain… or two
Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods sees more evil witches enter the series, namely Queen Calvina, who is determined to rescue her sisters, many of whom have been trapped by Beatrice, a skilled perfumier (a.k.a. Readers will also meet Worrin, an evil version of the beloved protagonist. 3. 1. “That green was because Warren spends more than two-thirds of the book in the forest among the trees,” explains Staehle. It’s always fun to see an evil version of the character that you love.”
As the writer and the artist, respectively, both del Rio and Staehle are involved in the creation of the books’ villains. It’s fun to have a duplicate of his character that is actually his complete opposite. While   All-Seeing Eye was red, Whispering Woods is green — which both Staehle and del Rio both say is   not a reference to   Wicked. And this book, like the previous one, will also include a secret code with clues towards the possible third book in the series. Tania del Rio
With del Rio and Staehle’s latest creation set to bookshelves on March 21, EW asked the duo what writing a   Warren the 13th book involves. “It’s really about keeping it interesting. As the last member of the Warren line, the plucky 12-year-old is the eventual heir   of the hotel he calls home. But even though Warren’s less than stellar life has taken a turn for the better, readers shouldn’t expect things to go so smoothly for the well-meaning lad. Come up with the story
“The first book took place entirely within the confines of the hotel because that was introducing Warren’s world,” explains del Rio. Adds del Rio, “It’s interesting because Warren is so kind and gentle and hardworking. “So I’m very protective of him. “I have to sprint for three-and-a-half months to do all of the artwork before it goes to a printer, so it’s pretty intensive,” says Staehle of his role in the book’s creation. But before Staehle, who does the art for the series, can add in any of the stylized words or accompanying images, del Rio’s entire story must be finished   and   edited. “When I write the narration I do write those a little more old school, but the dialogue stays pretty modern,” says del Rio. Show Full Article I’m inspired by villains in Roald Dahl’s books, like the weird, creepy characters he has in his writing,” del Rio says. So it’s going to get more interesting as the series goes, trying to find special, different ways to hide secret codes throughout the books.”
Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods Book Art
4.Think of the next book  
Del Rio and Staehle were only contracted to do two Warren the 13th   books, but del Rio says both she and Staehle are definitely open to doing more: “Will and I have plenty of ideas for multiple volumes of   Warren if it came down to that.” And we can’t wait to read them. I don’t like to see my hero suffer too much. His latest adventure — which follows 2015’s fun Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye   — sees the titular hero separated from his beloved hotel and forced to make his way back through a forest filled with witches, snakes, talking trees, and of course, riddles. From A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Violet, Sunny, and Klaus, to Harry Potter himself, the literary world is no stranger to young orphans solving puzzles and fighting off the forces of evil in an effort to live a (somewhat) normal life. [But] we definitely put him through his paces.”
The other aspect of the   Warren the 13th books is the tone they strike, which is a blend of an older feel with a more modern sensibility. She says he sometimes designs villains who look a certain way and then they’ll work backward, or she’ll try and create villains he’d be interested in drawing. “We don’t want to mimic exactly how we did the first book,” says Staehle, “because then the people who found the first one would know exactly how the second one works.

‘Blindspot’ to unveil Nas’ Sandstorm source

This episode is very much about Nas’ fabled inside-Sandstorm source, and it brings up a lot of familiar faces back to the show.”
Among those familiar faces is Borden (Ukweli Roach), the former FBI psychiatrist who was recently revealed to be a Sandstorm mole working within the bureau. “It’s the beginning of one of our most exciting episodes this season,” executive producer Martin Gero teases of Wednesday’s hour, which picks up right where we left off with Nas’ life hanging in the balance. Show Full Article After nearly an entire season of Sandstorm always being one step ahead, the FBI may finally get a leg up. “This is a stand-down that people have been waiting for,” Gero says. And once the source is revealed, the waters get even muddier. What she does in that moment, everyone’s dying to find out.”

We’ll find out when Blindspot returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. “She has him in her sights finally after all that he’s done. “Obviously her source has either been compromised, or her source has turned,” Gero says. The last we saw on Blindspot, Nas (Archie Panjabi) was finally contacted by her Sandstorm source, who had long ago gone silent. “A lot of huge payoffs come up.”
Can Nas’ source actually be trusted after this incident? However, when she went to meet with the source at a dead-drop, she was attacked in her car. “That’s what the whole episode is about: Can we trust Nas’ source? After being shot by Borden and subsequently tortured at the hands of Shepherd (Michelle Hurd), Patterson (Ashley Johnson) will finally come face-to-face with her ex.

Beauty and the Beast: Secrets of the enchanting new film revealed

“Because Emma is so interested in sustainability and fair trade, eco fabrics and eco fashion, we applied those criteria to making a costume from head to toe,” Durran tells PEOPLE. How many   people and animals were in that   huge opening number? How did they pull off the waltz scene between Belle (Emma Watson) and the Beast? Carefully! “It was challenging,”   Menken told EW. Consequently, we wrote a brand-new song. Yes, although the finished product is a computer-animated and significantly hairier version. Belle’s red “montage” outfit, aka the one she wears outdoors for her   snowball fight with Beast. And it was a welcome challenge for the actor. It’s a little meta but it could be great [For those who may have forgotten, Gad   played Olaf, the snowman   in Frozen].”
Evans   says his favorite scene that didn’t make the movie is one filmed during the castle battle, in which Gad’s LeFou has a fight with a bathroom appliance. “Anything I’d been doing in the previous two weeks in the scenes, whether it was eating, sleeping, roaring, waltzing, I did it again with my face, with Emma [Watson] sitting on the other side of the cage, and   we would capture the Beast’s face.”
What’s with   Dan Stevens’ hair in that Prince reveal? “The Easter egg I fought for [director] Bill Condon to put in but we never did, there’s a moment in the original where a bunch of snow falls on LeFou and he becomes a snowman and I thought, this could kill. “Every couple of weeks I would go into a special booth and my face would be sprayed with about 10,000 UV dots and I would sit in what I used to call the Tron cage,” Stevens   says. Yes! “Singing was a relatively new thing to me,” Stevens, 34, says of re-training his singing voice. We dyed it in vegetable dyes in our workroom, we had shoes made with eco leather, and we did the whole thing from top to bottom to be as thorough as we could. “It was quite awhile ago. Menken and lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King)   wrote three new ballads for the film. “What I miss, which we shot and is not in the film, is you having a fight with the toilet,” Evans says to Gad. The spectacle stuns, but the live-action Disney reboot leaves us   wondering about a few things: How   did they get all of that magic into one movie? Did they use Dan Stevens’ actual face for the Beast? What was left on the cutting room floor? How many horses played Belle and Maurice (Kevin Kline)’s trusty steed, Philippe? “Nobody guarantees us anything,” says Gad. Watson and Stevens first had to learn the   choreography, and then Stevens had to master it on stilts. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that was a wig,” he adds with a smile. “We’re not even guaranteed that we’re going to be in the movie. “Belle and Maurice’s horse Philippe was played by three different horses, two of which had to be painted on a daily basis,” says a rep for the studio. Those incredible costumes! Three.   The town’s name is an homage to Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the author of the original Beauty and the Beast story. “That [red] costume was made entirely from sustainable fabrics. The British star tells PEOPLE practice makes perfect when it came time to learn how to walk and dance in the steel contraptions. Adds Gad: “Played by Stephen Merchant (from Hello Ladies and the original Office)!”
“Yeah, it didn’t make the final cut,” Evans says with mock sadness. “muscle suit”   and performed the role on stilts — first so that the size and movements of the character were captured on set during filming, and then again for the visual-effects teams so that his face was captured and later computer-animated with the Beast’s hair and fangs. It’s all based on our interview performances. The answer is by hiring and deferring to the animated film’s composer, Alan Menken, who also co-wrote the music for the new film. Because costume designer Jacqueline Durran   used all eco-friendly materials in its design. “I’d sung at school and when I was younger, but in my 20s I [hadn’t] sung as extensively so reengaging my voice, retraining the voice was a big challenge.”

Subscribe now to receive Entertainment Weekly’s The Ultimate Guide to Beauty and The Beast special issue, featuring the casts and creators of the new film and the animated classic, free with your order. Why? What kind of hair was Beast-turned-Prince Dan Stevens sporting in the end? People learned different skills in the work rooms to be able to do it, so the dyers learned to dye with strange vegetable dye. Sometimes it took two weeks to dye something because you’d have to leave it in there for that long to get a rich color. “The hair at the end, was it extensions? It’s a wig. “You’ve just got to get in ’em, start moving around!” Stevens says with a laugh. Here’s an inside look at   the answers to all   those   burning questions   — and more:
How many people, animals and props were involved in making the opening musical number, “Belle?”
According to Disney, there were more than 150 cast members and extras involved, along with   28 wagons and carts, hundreds of live animals (horses, cows, mules, ducks, geese and hens) and countless props and set decorations. Please allow LeFou (Josh Gad) and Gaston (Luke Evans) to explain:
“I mean, Gaston dies. “And what a wig!”

Which costume was the most challenging   to create? Is that a spoiler?”   Gad says with a laugh, when PEOPLE asked him and Evans during a recent sit-down if there are any Easter eggs fans should look out for. “[The] Broadway show   had songs that I would have loved to use for the movie, but the form for a film and the form for a Broadway show are different, so the song we wrote for the Broadway show was not going to work. Adds Evans: “Which so far have been terrible.”

Show Full Article They are: “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” performed by Belle and her father (and sung by Celine Dion over the end credits), “Evermore,” which Beast sings for Belle when he releases her (and is sung by Josh Groban   over the end credits), and “Days in the Sun,” which is sung by   the objects in the castle and Belle when they are going to sleep. This article originally appeared on
Now   that Beauty and the Beast has danced into the record books with huge audience numbers and a record $170 million   opening weekend box office haul, it’s fair to say that the “tale as old as time” has struck a chord with moviegoers. Stevens wore a 40-lb. A lot — including a clever Frozen reference. I think she was very worried that I was going to tread on her toes in steel stilts, which could’ve ruined the movie, but I didn’t, so I’m very proud of that.”
Is that Dan Stevens’ real singing voice? That talented cast! The set itself was also the production’s largest,   measuring 28,787 square feet. Who had to learn to sing? The challenge is just to maintain the balance of what we originally had for the score and what we had for the show, and at the same time allow this film to have its own   character.”
How many new songs are in the film? “Fortunately we had about three months of pre-production for rehearsals, learning the songs, the dances. Bonus fact: The town is named Villeneuve, a fictional French village that was built on the backlot at Shepperton Studios outside London. Initially with the waltz I learned the steps on the ground and graduated to the stilts, which was slightly terrifying for me but probably more for Emma. Those songs! It really was a learning curve for all of us, I’d certainly never done that before.”
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How did the filmmakers decide on which songs to feature from the animated film and Broadway musical? I think it was a wig,” Stevens says, trying hard to remember the   hair accessory he wore two years ago during filming. Three. Both actors joke that they have no idea what might end up on the DVD/Blu-ray because no one tells them anything. A stringy, scraggly one.

Lifetime’s Menendez Brothers, Michael Jackson movies get air dates

Debuting on June 10 at 8 p.m. RELATED:   Lifetime Movies: Top 10 ‘Troubled Teen’ Tales
In addition to the aforementioned premiere dates, the network officially announced plans for Flint, starring Cher; Watcher in the Woods from director Melissa Joan Hart and featuring Anjelica Huston; I Am Elizabeth Smart, an authorized telling of the 2002 abduction of a Utah teenager; Model Moms, a reality series following Yolanda Hadid, the   Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum and mother to models Gigi and Bella; This Time Next Year, a Cat Deeley-hosted, unscripted series documenting the life-changing transitions of ordinary people. ET. Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, which tells the story of the iconic pop star through the eyes of his long-time bodyguards, will premiere on May 29 at 8 p.m. Show Full Article Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Myko Olivier, and Benito Martinez star. Airing July 23 at 8 p.m. Lifetime has announced air dates for its high-profile Michael Jackson and Menendez Brothers films. ET, the   story of a 13-year-old’s sex video going viral costars Sedwick’s husband Kevin Bacon and daughter Sosie Bacon. Director Dianne Houston’s biopic will show the singer’s dedication to his children and the events that transpired leading up to his death. ET is Menendez: Blood Brothers,   a detailed exploration of the murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez at the hands of their sons Lyle and Erik. Also landing on Lifetime’s schedule is Story of a Girl, Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut.

Jamie Lee Curtis announces new selfie-themed picture book

“I hope that Me, Myselfie   &   I   will open a dialogue about the impact of smartphone technology on families, and provide a fun and whimsical take on our obsession with self-documentation, while also showing the value in looking beyond the screen and living in the moment.”

This marks Curtis’ 12th picture book collaboration with illustrator Laura Cornell. “My new book is my response to the ‘selfie’ craze that has taken over the world,” said Curtis in a statement. Me, Myselfie, and I: A Cautionary Tale   will tackle selfie culture as it tells a tale of a mom who gets a smartphone for her birthday and proceeds to become obsessed with documenting every aspect of her and her family’s lives via selfies, only for her daughters to remind her of all the stuff that happens when the camera is off. Me Myselfie, and I   will hit bookstores Fall 2018. Show Full Article Jamie Lee Curtis will be writing a new children’s picture book, Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group,   announced Tuesday. Get ready for a cautionary tale with a little   selfie-reflection.

‘Predator’-themed socks going on sale Wednesday

But, really, we’re all about the socks! PLUS lotsa TEES and SOCKS!. #frightrags #horror #horrortshirts #predator #nostalgia #80s #style #mask #boxset #graphictees
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You can see both the announcement from Fright Rags and the trailer for 1987’s Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring Predator, the first in the currently-being-rebooted-by-Shane Black   franchise, above. Enjoy! Everyone wants Predator-themed socks. NOTE: Predator Mask/TShirt sets will be PRE-ORDER items.. The company is also selling Predator-themed masks and T-shirts. Show Full Article And now we can all get them! On WED 03/22 at 10am (EST) we're releasing our Officially Licensed exclusive PREDATOR Collection. YOU'RE ONE UGLY MOTHERF—ER!… You have until NEXT WED to get to the choppa! Movie merchandise company Fright Rags has announced via Instagram that, starting Wednesday, it will be selling foot-covering attire decorated with images of everyone’s favorite human-hunting alien. Who wants Predator-themed socks? Don’t bother answering that — it’s rhetorical question. Complete with a Limited Edition Mask/TShirt Box Set (650 ONLY) and an "UGLY MOTHERF—ER" Variant Mask/TShirt Box Set (300 ONLY!).

Selena Gomez talks sadness and shoulder pads in ’73 Questions’ video

The series will be available on the streaming service March 31. The fashion mag stopped by her bright and sunny L.A. RELATED VIDEO: Watch Selena Gomez’s emotional acceptance speech at the AMAs

The video follows Gomez’s first-ever Vogue cover. Watch the video above to hear the worst joke Gomez has ever heard and 60-plus other previously unknown tidbits about the star. Plus, she’s a fan of the Stanley Steemer jingle — you know the one. Vogue
Gomez is currently producing an adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel   13 Reasons Why for Netflix. Selena Gomez is the latest celebrity to be grilled by Vogue in their “73 Questions” series. pad to ask the singer quick-fire questions on everything from the last movie that made her cry (Hacksaw Ridge) to   the fashion trend she hopes never   makes a comeback (shoulder pads). More surprisingly, the “It Ain’t Me”   singer shared that she’s at her most creative when she’s sad and loves “depressing things.” On a happier note, she seems very close to her mom, and the biggest surprise she’s ever had is   a romantic dinner on a rooftop. Show Full Article In the April 2017 cover story, Gomez shared details of her   time in rehab and her complicated relationship with social media.

Rachel Weisz bewitches Sam Claflin in ‘My Cousin Rachel’ trailer

The work was previously adapted into the 1952 movie starring   Olivia de Havilland as Rachel and   Richard Burton as Philip. Based on the Daphne du Maurier novel   published in   1951, the film centers on Philip (played by Sam Claflin), a young Englishman who seeks revenge against his cousin, Rachel (Rachel Weisz), believing she killed his guardian. #RachelWeisz & @SamClaflin star in #MyCousinRachel // In theaters June 9
— My Cousin Rachel (@MyCousinRachel) March 21, 2017

My Cousin Rachel opens in theaters on June 9. The new My Cousin Rachel   trailer from Fox Searchlight sells the film as a beguiling gothic tale of revenge, mystery, and   dark obsession, but there’s even more   to it. Show Full Article This latest version, directed and adapted by Roger Michell (Morning Glory), features a cast that includes   Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, and Pierfrancesco Favino. Did Rachel commit murder? Is she attempting to do the same to Philip? Soon revenge turns into an unbreakable fixation, despite the taboo nature of such relations between cousins. See the poster below. But Philip   soon becomes entranced by her charms — and her tea, which seems to have some hallucinatory or poisoning attributes.

Ashley Judd joins EPIX’s ‘Berlin Station’ as a series regular

She will play BB Yates, the new Chief of Station (a.k.a. “The Station Whisperer”), who is known for helping CIA stations in moral or corporate disrepair. “We are thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented Ashley Judd to the cast of Berlin Station,” President and CEO of EPIX Mark Greenberg said in a statement. No premiere date has been set for   Berlin Station‘s second season. “With its illustrious auspices among both cast and producers   and subject matter that is more timely than ever,   Berlin Station brings the kind of high-quality, compelling storytelling for which EPIX is known. Show Full Article We couldn’t be more excited to embark on a new season.”

Judd isn’t the only new addition in season 2. It was announced Tuesday that Ashley Judd will be joining the spy drama as a series regular. Viewers tuning into   Berlin Station‘s second season will spy a new face on the EPIX series. Scream Queens‘   Keke Palmer has also joined the cast as series regular April Lewis. The show’s first season focused on Daniel Miller (Hannibal‘s Richard Armitage), the Berlin Station’s latest arrival, and his quest to uncover the source responsible for a leak in intel.

Werner Herzog’s hostage drama ‘Salt and Fire’ — exclusive clip

Watch the trailer for Salt and Fire below and an exclusive clip from the film, above. Show Full Article Salt and Fire is released on VOD and iTunes April 4 and in theaters, April 7. In Werner Herzog’s new film Salt and Fire (out in cinemas April 7), the leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of gigantic salt flats. Shot in Bolivia, and based on a story by Tom Bissell, the movie stars   Michael Shannon,   Veronica Ferres and   Gael García Bernal.