‘The Get Down’ is back with a beautiful representation of the early hip-hop era

Show Full Article The hosts of Bingeworthy are singing the praises   of The Get Down. “I can’t believe that there were kinks in the first half in your mind,”   Touré argued. “I love the music, I love the performances, I love this whole notion of hip-hop and disco swirling together.”
Cohost Jessica Shaw was equally emphatic with her acclaim   for Baz Luhrmann’s 1970s musical drama set in New York City, noting the marked improvement from the first half of the debut season. “I didn’t say it was perfect, but it was a very, very good show.”
Check out the full episode of Bingeworthy,   available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). “I think this is one of the great music shows of all-time,” Touré boldly said of the Netflix series, which returns April 7. Go to   PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

Future’s ‘Mask Off’ is showcasing talented musicians in latest viral trend

Just did the #maskoffchallenge 🤘🏽@TheShadeRoom #classicalbae @1future #future #maskoff pic.twitter.com/fgO2fgva0z
— EZINMA (@iamezinma) April 4, 2017

My freshman sister murked "Mask Off" #MaskOffChallenge 😩🙌🏾 TSU AOB hoe! "Mask Off" @1future #RizOshe #MaskOffChallenge #BlackGirlSymphony #ViolinCover pic.twitter.com/ggBLnTKNKm
— Riz (@ShoMeStringz) March 30, 2017

This sounds so sick #MaskOffChallenge 🤙🏿🤙🏿🤙🏿 pic.twitter.com/VAzPOMvKPr
— TOM 🤷🏾‍♂️ PETTY (@TJ_Bass316) April 3, 2017

this wins. In the videos, artists have used a wide array of instruments, including flutes, violins, and saxophones. See some of the most popular below. Squad up! Providing a showcase for talented musicians, Future’s hit track “Mask Off” has spawned videos of live classical renditions. THIS WINS. With the Mannequin Challenge finally retired, the Mask Off Challenge has become the latest trend. 🔥@1future #maskoffchallenge pic.twitter.com/GoiwR0hQsH
— Brittney (@iRoyaltyDopex3) April 3, 2017

CHECK IT OUT!! #MaskOffChallenge pic.twitter.com/UwR0vGcbnW
— jynmona lisa (@jyndonce) April 4, 2017

Riding the 🌊 started by BonafideTye! pic.twitter.com/MLOfeMavQM
— Henny Williams (@Sleazy_WaltP) March 29, 2017

– Yaaaasss he did that!! The future viral sensation has arrived. The song off the rapper’s recently released self-titled album featured him flowing over a flute sample,   inspiring many to insert their own instrumental abilities. Lets goooooooooo #BlackGirlSymphony. @future #maskoff #maskoffchallenge #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock #flute #ayeeee #lit 😂🤣😂
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FXX cancels ‘Man Seeking Woman’

“I’ve been married for a couple of years now, and although your wedding’s a pretty heavy experience and full of a lot of visceral moments, it’s not the last big thing that happens to a couple. Man Seeking Woman is now seeking condolences. I think there’s a lot of fun to be had. 8, and also included a wedding crasher in the form of   a monster. He finally found true romance   with Lucy (Katie Findlay) — and married her in the season 3 finale, which aired on Mar. There’s other stuff that comes up that, if anything, is even higher stakes… So I’m interested in exploring their lives a little bit more, as well as the lives of some of our other very compelling supporting characters. Launched in early 2015, the series was well-received by critics but did not connect in the ratings, averaging only 367,000 viewers in season 3, which was just over a third of the audience from its lead-in, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mixing   elements of the surreal with hard truths of romantic relationships — episodes featured everything from sex aliens to an ex’s boyfriend being an elderly Adolf Hitler —Man Seeking Woman   featured Jay Baruchel as Josh, a well-meaning twentysomething schlub who palled around with his   less uptight buddy Mike (Eric Andre) and struggled to fall in   love. Club interview,   Rich spoke optimistically of the possibility of more episodes. FXX has decided to   end   Simon Rich’s fantastical comedy after a three-season run, the network confirmed on Tuesday. Last month in an A.V. Rich created the show by basing it on his   short-story collection, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. “It is the end of one story for Josh and Lucy, but it’s also the beginning of a lot of other stories,” he said. And I think a lot more places to explore.”
Lorne Michaels (SNL) and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) were among the show’s executive producers. Show Full Article

Watch Norbert Leo Butz sing ‘Dreamgirls’ from MCC’s Miscast

Case in point: Norbert Leo Butz as Effie White. MCC Theater’s annual Miscast Gala came and MCC Theater’s annual Miscast Gala went, but at least one participant voiced   his dramatic concern about being asked to leave. Theater fans geek out yearly for the   Off Broadway company’s annual gala show which features New York stage all-stars bending age, gender, race, and everything else to perform songs and roles no self-respecting producer would ever allow them to do on a   stage Tuesday through Sunday. (Meanwhile, original Effie Jennifer Holliday was onstage the whole time, and her reactions are a bonus delight.)
EW has an exclusive look at “It’s All Over/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” which is fairly   apt   considering the whole situation   is in fact over and will quite literally never happen again. Block, Kelli O’Hara, Jordan Fisher, and Jenn Colella. The two-time Tony winner (for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can) played the Dreamgirls diva in the evening’s penultimate   performance, drafting fellow singers Brandon Victor Dixon and Brian d’Arcy James as the other Dreams alongside Stephanie J. Other songs from this year’s Miscast, which you’ll likely see imminently on YouTube, include Carmen Cusack’s “You’ll Be Back,” Mandy Gonzalez’s “Waving Through a Window,” and Holliday’s finale,   “I Am What I Am” from La Cage. Show Full Article

‘The Purge’ movie franchise to become TV show

Show Full Article Filmmaker James DeMonaco, who has written and directed all three entries in the franchise (2013’s The Purge, 2014’s The Purge: Anarchy, 2016’s The Purge: Election Year) which take place in an America where citizens are allowed to commit crimes without legal consequences for a twelve-hour period once a year, will oversee the series. Blumhouse announced Tuesday that its hugely successful Purge movie series is to become a TV show. Watch the trailer for The Purge: Election Year, below. The show is produced by Blumhouse Television, which is being re-launched as an independent television studio, with ITV Studios acquiring a 45 percent stake in the operation. It was also announced that Blumhouse Television will be the lead studio on   Secure and Hold: The Last Days Of Roger Ailes, a limited scripted series   in development at Showtime about the Fox News founder. The small screen version of The Purge is to be co-produced with Universal Cable Production and will air on USA and Syfy. Evenson the horror novel Feral, about a disease which turns the world’s male population into animal-like killers. The next   Purge   film,   from Universal Pictures, opens in summer 2018. Ahead of his duties on the Purge television show, DeMonaco has cowritten with B.K. Feral   is published today.

Ivanka Trump: ‘I don’t know what it means to be complicit’

“If being complicit is wanting to … be a force for good and make a positive impact, then I’m complicit,” Ivanka, who was hired last week as an unpaid adviser to her father, told King. Last month, Ivanka was skewered by Saturday Night Live, which mocked her place in President Trump’s inner circle with a fake ad for a perfume called “Complicit.”
“She’s loyal. I don’t know what it means to be complicit. According to the dictionary, “complicit” is defined as “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.”
The full interview with Ivanka will air Wednesday morning on CBS; watch it above. Oh well. But probably should have bounced after the whole Access Hollywood bus thing. But I hope time will prove that I have done a good job — and much more importantly, my father’s administration is the success I know it will be.”

Since Ivanka’s father was elected president last year, many have criticized the 35-year-old and her husband, Jared Kushner, for failing to oppose President Trump in the public domain. So, I hope to make a positive impact. “I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me — if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in — would do any differently than I’m doing. In the wake of Ivanka’s interview with CBS, searches for the word “complicit” spiked on the Merriam-Webster website, the dictionary’s Twitter account reported. Show Full Article Speaking to CBS News’ Gayle King as part of an interview that will air Wednesday on the network, Ivanka Trump batted away accusations that she’s “complicit” in some of Donald Trump’s more controversial policies as president. Devoted. Also, I bet when she watches Titanic she thinks she’s Rose. Sorry, girl, you’re Billy Zane,” said a voice over narrator in the clip, which starred Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka.

Halsey debuts new single ‘Now or Never’

The “Now or Never” video, which you can watch above, was co-directed by Halsey and Sing J Lee and shot in Mexico City. And while   her previous solo singles didn’t crack the upper echelons of the   Hot 100, the “New Americana” singer still managed to sell out   Madison Square Garden while touring in support of her 2015 debut, Badlands. The singer just released her woozy new single “Now or Never,” which is the first taste of her upcoming album   hopeless fountain kingdom, due June 2. For hopeless fountain kingdom, Halsey also worked with Greg Kurstin   (Adele, Ellie Goulding) and Ricky Reed (Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony). 1 single for 12 consecutive weeks. Halsey already had a massive 2016, but she’s planning even bigger things for 2017. She also contributed a song, “Not Afraid Anymore,” to the   Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. “Now or Never” was produced by Cashmere Cat (The Weeknd, Tory Lanez), Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran, Kesha), and Happy Perez (Miguel, Frank Ocean). Show Full Article Last year, Halsey’s collaboration with the Chainsmokers, “Closer,” was   a No.

‘Fargo’ season 3 premiere: EW review

Fittingly, the folly of assumption and presumption are among the key ideas that frame the story. (Emmit also functions as an analog to Jerry’s hard-nosed father-in-law in a scene involving him and Ray. Murder, too. It once belonged to Ray. But there are conspicuous differences, too, and in them might lie much meaning, although I’m wary of drawing too many conclusions: FX is only supplying critics with one episode for review. But maybe she’s the one manipulating and scamming him? McGregor is out-of-the-box phenomenal. Emmit Stussy (Ewan McGregor) is a wealthy businessman – “the parking lot king of Minnesota,” a success story of modern capitalism – a golden boy with wavy hair and a klieg light smile and gaudy taste. Last year’s installment of Noah Hawley’s imaginative communion with the films of Joel and Ethan Coen was a big crime saga with a sprawling cast that functioned as historical allegory about capitalism and spiritual malaise in the dawn of the Reagan era. Sniff.)
Of course, Coen bros fans will see, first and foremost, Fargo in Fargo, fitting for all the twinning and mirroring. Mersh. The prologue captures your imagination for complexity, paradox and the nature of truth. Ray wants to marry Nikki but he needs money to buy a ring. She promises to be every bit as pragmatic and dogged and righteous, but she’s darker, more damaged. Also, there were UFOs. Hawley, who wrote and directed the premiere, crafts a cool, taut, precisely styled hour of darkly comic neo-noir that stands in contrast to the delirious, subjective sensationalism of his other show, Legion. I’m told no connection was intended. He’s a balding, pudgy civil servant – a parole officer – who struggles with cash flow. He asks Emmit for a loan, but Emmit says no for many reasons, not all of them bad. His identical twin, Ray (also McGregor), looks nothing like him, at least not anymore, and man, does that bug him. I found myself taking a side in this disagreement – and then I stopped to wonder why, remembering the parable of the opening scene. The seething, Biblical enmity dates back to childhood and concerns a matter of a rare, valuable stamp. Complications ensue, culminating with an image that ranks among the most gruesome and hilarious things you’ll see on any screen this year. How did he really make his money? Because surely a woman this young and hot would have zero interest in a man this used up and ugly, right? They play competitive bridge as a team. A
Season 3 of Fargo premieres Wednesday, April 19 on FX. Poised to bring justice to this mad, fallen world – maybe – is this season’s designated law-bringer, Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon), chief of police of the ironically named Eden Valley. Like I said: noodling. It now belongs to Emmit. The stamp is an interesting symbol. In Fargo, a pitiless moral universe, like a Road Runner cartoon, mocks wily and wicked materialistic strivers of all sorts, rendering them small, foiling them with coincidence, dropping figurative anvils on their head. Hawley echoes this plot point, too, in a few different ways: with the stamp business; and with a subplot involving an agent of a shady, surely mob-like outfit (David Thewlis in sinister philosophical eccentric mode and rocking terrible teeth), who sandbags Emmit by revealing that the terms and obligations of a recent loan aren’t exactly what Emmit assumed or presumed it was. And shudder. It takes the form of an interrogation, and from the start, based on certain cultural signifiers, you’re tempted to sympathize with the interrogated rather than the interrogator — an innocent is being railroaded by higher powers in a upside-down world. (Because this is Minnesota, and because of that little red Corvette, and because I have a dirty mind, I wondered if Nikki was a Prince wink, one of many.) We’re immediately skeptical about this relationship; we’re not sure what it says about either of them. There’s jadedness in her, and we worry about that, and when Stussy chaos hits close to home, we worry about what form of “justice” she’ll pursue. An agent of unjust authority can still do good. The scene knocks you off balance, but in doing so, it provides orientation for what follows. They take candlelit baths together while counting their meager winnings. It’s a more intimate neo-noir about desperate people doing dumb things for dubious reasons, triggering a cascade of consequences for a widening array of people. He drives a cranky, “Wash Me”-filthy little red Corvette, a vehicle that speaks volumes of his dreams and ideas of manhood. Winstead – on a roll of late with 10 Cloverfield Lane and BrainDead – takes it up yet another notch. The cast is superb. Yep, Ray is her parole officer, and no, this doesn’t flatter him as an ethical being, especially being a lawman. Marge lovingly ventilates Norm’s puffing and corrects him. And let me clear: I think Noah Hawley is one the most exciting storytellers working on television today, and Fargo seems poised to affirm that truth once more. (The premiere got me thinking about another show that interrogated American morals. She’s raising a boy who’s wedded to his phone, she’s a resentful caretaker to a step-dad who’s got some ugliness in him, but more depth than she knows. Emmit thinks he obtained it fair and square. Show Full Article (McNair channels both of them in his performance.) Like Jerry, Emmit and Ray are fixated on fairness, even as they massage or bend the rules to serve their interests. Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard, the sweaty car salesman and aspiring parking lot king who tries to get himself out of a financial jam by hiring a pair of dangerously dim thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap and ransom his wife. Ray has a girlfriend named Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a hot young number who has femme fatale written all over her. He’s Emmit, leveraging the value of someone else’s stamp to build a franchise that is truly his own, yet remains beholden to his influences and inspiration. She mirrors the Stussy brothers in that she, too, is partly defined by a relationship with a significant other, albeit one no longer in the picture: Gloria is newly divorced. Emmit even has an all-about-the-bottom-line right-hand man, played by Coen brothers vet Michael Stuhlbarg, just as Wade had in the movie.)
A theory I’m noodling but not ready to commit to is that the new season of Fargo reflects Hawley’s own relationship to the Coen brothers. In the film, Marge’s homebody artist hubby, Norm, makes a painting that’s chosen to be on a three-cent stamp, and he evidences jealousy that his friend’s painting was chosen for a first class stamp. The strange and gripping opening sequence is set in another time and another frigid place far away, involving characters we may or may not see ever again, that may or may not have anything to do with anything. Coon is commanding in her few moments in the premiere; I expect we’ll be talking more about her in the weeks to come. Still, they have a sweet rapport, and by premiere’s end, you trust it. I’m reluctant to commit to what that meaning might be after just one episode, but once again, Hawley is interested in the cost of capitalist culture on our humanity, and you can see the brothers as two halves of a warring, divided self, making them a comment on our contradictory, relativistic, hypocritical attitudes regarding wealth, brotherly love and other things. I probably shouldn’t. Love is universal. In plot and tone, the premiere strongly evokes the 1996 classic by the Coen brothers that inspires the show’s wintry milieu and chilly themes, more so than previous installments. (I make the comparison not because the two actors have had similar careers – they haven’t – but because I just want awesome things for McGregor, and because my silly brain works like this: Emmit looks like Matthew McConaughey on Oscar night, a gleaming winner; Ray looks like the fugly old Rust Cohle that McConaughey played in True Detective season 1.)
Emmit and Ray are wholly realized individuals, and casting them with the same actor comes off as a meaningful choice, not a stunt. RELATED: 10 Best (and 5 Worst) Movie-Inspired TV Shows
The story proper scoots ahead a few years to 2010, where two brothers driven by the American dream of ‘makin’ it’ are about to enter a defining chapter of a long sibling rivalry. Jerry’s schemes are further complicated when his wife’s wealthy father, Wade, screws him in the parking lot deal. So is self-deception. If he keeps getting material as good as the material Hawley feeds him in the premiere, this will go down as a massive triumph that deserves to trigger a McGregorssance to rival the McConaughassance of 2013. Ray thinks he was swindled. In fact, coming so soon after it, the Fargo premiere is refreshingly simple and plays like an act of creative throat-clearing. I can go on. They do other things together, too. He smacks of phoniness; we’re suspicious of his wealth. Ray feels entitled to Emmit’s generosity. We can’t tell if Emmit is looking out for his brother and himself, or if he’s just an asshole and an enemy of love. But as the scene plays out, the interrogator continues to apply his heat, the interrogated grows nervous and actually starts to thaw (we see rivulet of water leaking from his snow-crusted shoes and stream down a drain), I wasn’t quite sure what or who to trust. His new story dials back the scale, at least to start. The new season of   Fargo   might be the most Fargo that Fargo has ever been. A victim of oppression can still be capable of evil. Anyway, the plot of the season is set in motion when Ray – desperate to get that ring and pissed at his brother — coerces another parolee in his charge, a scraggy stoner named Maurice (Scoot McNairy), to steal that stamp. But I can tell you the premiere, airing April 19, is fantastic. Gloria riffs on Frances McDormand’s Marge. Hawley confidently creates bold, haunting, images: a long shot that watches Ray’s Corvette zoom across the screen, looking tiny against the backdrop of the vast frigid wasteland of Minnesota in the winter; cutaways to surreal close-ups of Maurice howling and growling in his stupid stupor as he executes his doomed mission. Emmit and Ray are reminiscent of William H. The premiere references a character not seen, “Ermentraub.” To my pop-clogged ears, it sounds a lot like “Ehrmantraut,” as Mike Ehrmantraut of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, a disillusioned former cop turned self-loathing mob bag man, a fall made in service of a girl he loves more than anything. In the TV show, the stamp – a two-cent stamp depicting the myth of Sisyphus — is a similar kind of idol, indicting the uncorrected men who horde it, exploit it, chase it; like Gollum and his precious ring, like a foolish king of myth, pushing that boulder up a hill. I am slightly saddened by this.

Shia LaBeouf movie ‘Man Down’ sold just one ticket at U.K. box office

In the U.K., it was simultaneously released on demand and in a single theater. The military thriller Man Down premiered in the United Kingdom this weekend to just £7 total, according to comScore. Man Down premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2015, and although it debuted to less-than-stellar reviews, it still managed to earn about $454,000 in North America after hitting theaters in December. That’s equal to about $8.71 — or a single movie ticket. Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) directed the film, which stars LaBeouf as a Marine who returns from a tour in Afghanistan only to find America in post-apocalyptic disarray. The film currently holds a 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. He then embarks on a quest to find his wife (Kate Mara) and young son (Charlie Shotwell). Show Full Article Shia LaBeouf’s new film is a certified flop. Jai Courtney and Gary Oldman also star.

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals which of his one-liners he hears most often

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“It doesn’t matter where you turn, that line seems to have really caught on,” he said. It’s like [even more exaggerated pronunciation] ‘GET TO DUH CHOP-UH!’ If you would spell it, it would be totally wrong. But, his most prestigious title may be the King of One-Liners. “People always ask me, ‘Why are your lines more memorable than some other actors’ lines?’” he said. During an interview with ScreenCrush, Schwarzenegger said he couldn’t choose a personal favorite, but he admitted that while “I’ll be back” from Terminator was once the most popular among his fans, his Predator line “Get to the choppah” has become the new go-to. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a lot of things in his life: World’s biggest action star, governor of California, Donald Trump’s rival. “The same line could have been said by some other actor, and no one would remember it. It changes all the time.”
Noting that James Cameron believes Terminator worked because Schwarzenegger talked like a machine, the actor thinks his penchant for saying words wrong is to credit for the popularity of his one-liners. People think, ‘That’s funny!’”

For his next film, Aftermath, Schwarzenegger is tackling a more grounded drama, a move he recently discussed with EW. It’s just because I pronounce everything wrong [laughs]. Show Full Article But that doesn’t mean it’s the best. Yet, one has recently emerged as the most frequently used. Considering how many iconic phrases he’s had over his career, it’s no surprise that there are a variety of lines fans choose to say to him. And sometimes it’s ‘Hasta la vista, baby.’ Sometimes ‘I’ll be back.’ But lately ‘Get to the choppah’ has been the most popular. “There’s a whole new life with that no matter where you go.

Ian McKellen could have been the Dumbledore of your dreams, but for one little thing

I genuinely don’t care.”That’s probably best, as now Harris will forever be known to some as the muggle who kept McKellen out of the Potterverse. Fans of the “Lord of the Rings” saga are well aware that there’s just one ring to rule, bring, find and bind them all —   but Ian McKellen recently revealed that there could have been just one wizard to oversee all of pop culture as well.In an interview with BBC’s “HardTalk,” McKellen said that after the death of Richard Harris, who originated the role of Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” movies, he was approached to star in the series to fill, he surmises, Dumbledore’s shoes.The revelation came after McKellen was asked about a quote from the late actor in which Harris had said   fellow thespians Derek Jacobi and McKellen were “technically brilliant, like Omega watches, but underneath they are hollow, because their lives are hollow.””I couldn’t take over the part from an actor who I’d known didn’t approve of me,” McKellen said.”You   mean you could have been Dumbledore?” asked “HardTalk” host Stephen Sackur.After a pause, McKellen said, “Well, sometimes when I see the posters of Mike Gambon, the actor who gloriously plays Dumbledore, I think sometimes it’s me.”In life, Harris was a notoriously prickly actor who once said, “I’m not interested in reputation or immortality. Latest updates I don’t care if I’m not remembered. I don’t care if I’m remembered.

Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ becomes first streaming-only album to go platinum

Pablo also became the first streaming-only album to top   Billboard‘s albums chart. That means that to achieve the one million equivalent units needed to go platinum, West’s   Life of Pablo tracks needed to be streamed many more times. In addition to massive singles like “Ultralight Beam” and “Pt. According to the new metric, 1,500 on-demand audio or video song streams (which would encompass streaming services like Spotify as well as sites like YouTube) equate one old-school album sale. The Life of Pablo   was received well upon its release in   February 2016; in a B+ review, EW’s Ray Rahman called it “an ambitious album that finds the rapper struggling to compact his many identities into one weird, uncomfortable, glorious whole.” West later toured in support of the album, though he eventually canceled   the last stretch of dates after a rough couple of months in which the rapper’s   wife Kim Kardashian West was robbed and held at gunpoint in Paris and West himself received heavy criticism after telling a California crowd “I would have voted for Trump”   and meeting with the then-President-elect. 2” that turned up-and-coming rappers Chance the Rapper and Desiigner into mainstream stars,   The Life of Pablo   was the first of West’s seven solo albums to be streaming-only; there were no physical CDs or vinyl records available, although some bootlegs popped up on Record Store Day last year. Early last year, the RIAA updated its album award methodology to reflect   streaming’s modern prevalence. Show Full Article Kanye West’s 2016 album   The Life of Pablo   was unique in more ways than one. But in classic Kanye fashion, he has now turned this quirk into a landmark achievement —   last week,   The Life of Pablo   became the first streaming-only album to be certified platinum from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Zedd and co. inspire at ACLU concert, Bebe Rexha proclaims ‘F— Donald Trump’

Hatred and fear can never overpower love. I think everybody deserves that freedom to come from any country and follow the America dream.”
After a stirring performance of “Radioactive,” arguably one of the night’s most memorable, Imagine Dragons’ Reynolds took a couple minutes to get personal. is his first attempt to “make the world a better place,” and he promises there’s more to come. After performing some of his hits — “Beautiful Now,” “Stay the Night,” “Clarity,” and “Stay”   — Zedd stepped out from behind the DJ booth and helmed a keyboard for the finale, welcoming   Camila Cabello, clad in a “RESIST” shirt-dress, and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger to the stage for a cover of Michael Jackson’s 1987 classic “Man In the Mirror.”
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Zedd’s WELCOME! Show Full Article This is pretty much the dream I’ve had.”
On stage, artists performed their most popular songs, while ACLU executives took the mic throughout the night to energize the engaged crowd, reminding everyone of the organization’s recent successes in helping stop those immigration bans, their efforts to prevent the passage of so-called Trumpcare, and more. It’s about all of us coming together and creating a future for my little girls, for all of you, for our grandchildren, for our adopted children, for the future, for the people that come into this country seeking a home, for a people seeking refuge from war.”
He continued: “I want to create a world where my little girls see no color, they see no religion, and they don’t give a damn about any of that. In Imagine Dragons’ Grammy-winning 2012 hit “Radioactive,” frontman Dan Reynolds begins the second verse, “I raise my flags, don my clothes / It’s a revolution, I suppose / We’ll paint it red to fit right in.”
The lyrics were fitting Monday night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center where the band — along with artists including Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Daya, Halsey, Incubus, Machine Gun Kelly, Macklemore, Miguel, Mija, Skrillex, and Tinashe — played for thousands of people as part of   WELCOME!, an ACLU fundraiser concert organized by EDM DJ and producer Zedd, who capped off the four-hour show. “It does not say you have to RSVP on the Statue of Liberty,” Bebe Rexha said at the end of her lively set, before ending on a very pointed note. “I feel overwhelmed with so many emotions tonight. They just care about love and what’s in your heart.”
Macklemore worked the crowd,   walking on the hands of concertgoers   near the stage, while also moving people with the message of his 2012 hit “Same Love,” which became synonymous with LGBT rights and the same-sex marriage movement. … This is not about us, this is not about any of the musicians. She also joined Imagine Dragons for their “Demons.”
Rounding out the night, though, was the man responsible for the original idea. Milck’s protest anthem   “Quiet”   played as   the soundtrack for a video montage of images from January’s Women’s March, as well as pro-Muslim and anti-immigration rallies. This is a testament to it this evening.”
While The Chainsmokers weren’t technically part of the event, their presence was felt: Daya sang her Grammy-winning collaboration with the duo, “Don’t Let Me Down,” while Halsey performed a portion of “Closer,”   her hit with the group, as Zedd took the lead on production. My wife bore two girls into the world five days ago,” Reynolds said, getting emotional about his expanding family. “Artists asked to be here, which is just the biggest compliment —   people who want to be a part of something good and fly in and do it for free. “Not to say that I couldn’t coming from Albania, I just think it would have been a longer journey. A few went further, though, seizing the opportunity to make a statement, be it personal or bold. “This is probably the single most complicated and stressful thing we’ve ever done, but it’s worth it,” Zedd told EW before the event, praising the “real heroes” at   the ACLU and behind the scenes who worked “endless nights to make this happen.”
Though he admits he   didn’t know how feasible   it would be to put on this mini “festival” in such a short amount of time, the 27-year-old is proud of the results. Scott Dudelson/WireImage
Before the show, Rexha donned a black shirt adorned with the phrase “Immigrant Daughter.”
“My father came from Albania, and I think that, obviously, if he never came I wouldn’t be doing what I was doing,” the “Me, Myself & I” and “In the Name of Love” singer told EW. “F— Donald Trump,” she said, dropping the mic and throwing her hands — and a couple particular fingers — in the air, hyping the crowd as she exited the stage. “Every artist did anything they could do to be a part of this,” he said. The musician behind the chart-climbing, Alessia Cara-featuring   “Stay”   is an immigrant himself, born Anton Zaslavski in Russia and raised in Germany. “We all have a platform, we all have a voice, we all have people we can reach out to. Oscar winner Jared Leto made an appearance, thanking the show organizer — “I call him Anton because he is my friend,” Leto said — and the crowd for supporting the cause, a sentiment echoed by all of the acts. “I know it sounds corny to say, but it made me reflect, it made me think about the future, it made me think about tonight about the meaning of this. in just two months. He joined the revolution of people fighting President Trump’s immigration ban — it was eventually blocked by courts, as was his subsequent revised executive order — pulling together WELCOME! Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
“We all have a platform in this arena here tonight,” the Grammy-winning performer said.

Beyoncé sends Jay Z an intimate video in honor of their anniversary

Toni! Toné! Show Full Article Mama Knowles posted a teaser of the video on her Instagram   with the handwritten message, “die with you, <3 B”:

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The song carries the weight and intensity of marriage vows, with lyrics like, “I live so I can die with you.” The video was also accompanied by a playlist (which of course are now all the rage), which includes tracks from D’Angelo, Robin Thicke, Lauryn Hill, and leads with the smooth “Anniversary” by Tony! Watch a snippet of Beyoncé’s video gift to her husband above, or stream the clip in its entirety on Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal. While   Beyoncé and   Jay Z   seem to be a fairly private couple, they do surprise on occasion — for example, their   pregnant-with-twins announcement, which broke a   Guinness record. Their love life is on display again, this time in a video montage she shared Tuesday featuring some of the power couple’s key moments, set to the beautiful track “Die with You” (which the singer unveiled two years ago, also   in honor of the power couple’s nuptials), all in celebration of their ninth wedding anniversary. The video   captures moments from their travels and courtship, engagement ring and wedding   tattoos included, along with shots of a very pregnant Beyoncé, both with Blue Ivy and the forthcoming Bey-twins.

‘Switched at Birth’ family comes full circle in exclusive finale pictures

The blended Kennish-Vasquez family is living proof of that. ET on Freeform. [Toby is] married, with a child of his own. RANDY HOLMES/ABC FAMILY
“Family dinners were always a big theme on Switched at Birth,” says Vanessa Marano, who plays Bay Kennish. Be sure to watch the Switched at Birth series finale Tuesday, April 11 at 9 p.m. They’ve come a long way.”

In wrapping the series, Weiss felt it important to return to the show’s roots. Regina [has] two co-parents and a life partner. Eric McCandless/Freeform
The reason this might look familiar? Filming this   look back at the series   has given the cast and crew a chance to see their legacy. “I knew for the series finale that I wanted to revisit the switch, the reason that these two incredibly different families became one,” she says. A lot can happen in five years. And the girls, Daphne and Bay, who were once deeply envious of each other for inhabiting the life they felt they were supposed to have, end the show as sisters, and soulmates.”
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But as much as things change, things also stay the same. It’s what essentially kicked off the series in season 1, episode 2, after the Vasquezes moved into the Kennish’s guesthouse. The mood at that dinner party (pictured below) was quite different. Kathryn considers Regina — once a stranger she was deeply suspicious of — to be her best friend. “The final dinner scene shows how much these characters have grown and changed for the better. “It’s amazing to see how far we have come and what we have accomplished with this show,” says Katie Leclerc, who plays Daphne Vasquez. “I am so proud to be on a show with a fearless voice and clear, hopeful intentions.”
But don’t let all this nostalgia fool you — the series finale will still pack a punch: Doing her own dive into history, Kathryn will unearth a family secret that will change everything. Just consider what Switched at Birth creator Lizzy Weiss says has changed for this family of characters in the past five years: “John and Kathryn are fluent in both sign language and deaf culture. EW has your exclusive first look of the episode, and the dinner, below. That’s why in the series finale (airing Tuesday, April 11), Kathryn will be throwing one more   family dinner. Show Full Article

USA renews ‘Colony’ for season 3

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“Colony continues to fire on all cylinders creatively, with Carlton, Ryan, and our incredible cast and crew striking a deep chord around the themes of humanity, survival, and family,” says Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Colony has been renewed for season 3, USA Network announced Tuesday. “Along with our partners Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for our heroes next season.”
Adds Jeff Wachtel, president and CCO of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment: “When Carlton and Ryan first pitched Colony, they described it as ‘the Nazi occupation of France, with aliens.’ In a world increasingly filled with uncertainty about authoritarian regimes, season 3 will forge an even deeper connection with our audience. It’s a quality show that we know will stand the test of time.”

Colony airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. The alien occupation drama, which stars Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies, has been picked up for a 13-episode third season that is expected to debut in 2018. The news comes as the drama, which hails from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, is set to air its season 2 finale on Thursday night. ET on USA.

‘That’s So Raven’ spin-off ‘Raven’s Home’ a go at Disney Channel

Raven-Symoné will executive produce alongside Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff. Show Full Article Chelsea’s 9-year-old son, Levi, will be played by Jason Maybaum (Superstore). Disney Channel has ordered to series Raven’s Home, its modern spin-off of the 2003-2007 series That’s So Raven, starring Raven-Symoné. The supernatural element of the original That’s So Raven series will continue here, as one of Raven’s children begins to demonstrate signs mirroring Raven’s ability to see brief glimpses into the future. Sky Katz plays Nia’s friend, Tess. Raven’s children — 11-year-old twins Booker and Nia — will be played by Issac Brown (black-ish) and Navia Robinson (Being Mary Jane). The new series will reunite Raven-Symoné and costar Anneliese van der Pol reprising their roles as best friends Raven Baxter and Chelsea Daniels, respectively, both of whom now find themselves divorced single mothers raising their children in one household. Production will begin in April in Los Angeles with an anticipated premiere in 2017.

5 highlights from Louis C.K.’s new Netflix special

And I start getting all these feelings… Anyway,   I’ll never watch the whole movie. It’s interesting because even when life gets bad, people generally choose it over nothing. I stop because it’s a good movie, well-made, so then I get into it. In the story of Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior was all but impervious to harm because his mother dipped him in the magic waters of the River Styx as a baby, but she held him by his heel, where he became infamously vulnerable. In the titular bit of the special, C.K. His thoughts on Christianity. It’s not that complicated. Gone is the black George Carlin-style t-shirt, now replaced by a jacket and tie. found out that Jeff is transgender: “She has a whole blog on Facebook about becoming a woman. I’m pretty sure that the ending of Magic Mike is I’m gay.”

Show Full Article You’re just an a–hole who became a c—.”
5. C.K. ‘Jesus was here, Jesus was here’ —   everybody! And then at the end there’s a picture of her and she says, ‘I didn’t change, I knew what I was all along, I knew I was a girl from 6 years old.’ And I read that, and I thought, ‘Why’d you take my f—ing date then? It’s still   going to be your fault.”
4. Did you ever color an Easter egg? The whole world is just made of people who went, ‘F— it, I’ll keep doing it.’ That’s an interesting thing   about life: Life can get very sad and upsetting, but you really don’t have to do it. Never thought I’d hear Louis C.K. And then I play a little game of chicken with this movie. Jesus plus 2017 years, four months, and three days is when your license expires. But the change of clothing and role hasn’t led to C.K. explores the year “2017” itself —   and finds an answer that proves not all religions have equal power and privilege: “We are counting the days since Jesus, together. Playing chicken with Magic Mike. You dip it, then you hold it differently, and you dip it again. C.K. F— you, Jeff. You piece of sh–. Years after breaking into the mainstream with stand-up sets that hilariously interrogated the many mundanities of modern life (from eating to the point of self-hate   to masturbating on Sept. This transformation makes itself clear several times in C.K.’s new Netflix special,   2017, most notably with his outfit. Louis C.K. A journey with   Jeff. The first joke of   2017, for example, is about abortion. You’re allowed to kill someone if they’re in your   house.” And so concludes the first 10 minutes of the special. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24 hours a day. recounts the adolescent story of the first time a girl agreed to go to a dance with him, only to shortly abandon him for another person, Jeff. Hooray for transgender, but f— you! going soft. I was up all night reading it, I was crying, like, this is incredible! Call 1-800-273-8255.)

2. The bit eventually grows to encompass thoughts on suicide, proper beheading techniques, and why no one   chooses   the color tan, before ending with a full-throated defense of abortion rights, stated in the most C.K. hasn’t mined suicide   for comedy purposes before, but he gets to it here and twists the complex topic until he reaches a life-affirming conclusion: “The whole world is just full of people who didn’t kill themselves today. Why don’t we talk about suicide? Because here’s what the story of Achilles teaches me: If you’re a parent, it’s never enough what you do for these motherf—ers. I think that’s pretty fundamental. Jesus plus two, Jesus plus three, Jesus plus four! This triggered a question from C.K.’s daughter, who appears to share his common-sense insight: “How come his mother didn’t just dip him again? is getting older and wiser. 11, 2001), the comedian/writer/director is starting to settle into an elder statesman role for American pop culture, now working behind the camera as often as in front. moves from the Jeff bit to an exploration of his own sexuality, rooted in the everyday experience of finding   Magic Mike   playing on TV: “Every time I see it on, I stop. Which makes sense if you’re Christian, but what the f— are the rest of us doing? You knew? starts threading between them, exploring abortion alternatively as a moral issue (in which case it’s “killing a baby,” he says) or a health one (he compares it to “taking a sh–“). 1. That’s not a Monday off in October.”
3. And then they start stripping. RELATED: Saturday Night Live‘s 25 All-Time Best Characters
Below, check out five other highlights from   2017, now streaming on Netflix, and gear up for C.K.’s Saturday Night Live hosting gig   this weekend. Instead, the comedian demonstrates throughout   2017   that he is willing to use his bigger platform to explore more controversial topics, knowing that he’s built up enough trust with his audience over the years that they’ll follow him into complex comedy terrain. Still, his signature style of vulgar and honest self-exploration continues to influence comedy from Girls   to   Broad City. Scientists, historians! I know what the end of Magic Mike is. Even the worst version of life, even a sh–ty life, is worth living, apparently, because folks are living the f— out of them.” (If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit the National Institute of Mental Health online at nimh.nih.gov. speak the words “River Styx” on stage, but even in his daughters’ Greek mythology lessons, the comedian found hilarious material about modern parent-child relationships. Smart kid, I was proud of her. literally kicks off the special (which he also directed) by saying, “Here’s what I think: You should not get an abortion unless you need one. How is that not a win for the Christians? C.K. Greek myths as lessons for parents. Years later, C.K. You don’t have to do anything   because you can kill yourself. way possible: “If there’s a dude in your p—y, you’re allowed to kill them. C.K. In which case, you better get one.” The battle lines of this country’s abortion debate were drawn in the sand years ago, but C.K. It’s never enough. But at the same time I thought, ‘Who the f— are you to judge this woman?’ It bothered me.

‘Buffy’ reunion: Michelle Trachtenberg talks fan backlash to Dawn

No. Now, I think it’s 60-40 being supportive of Dawn. It’s fine. There’s a reason why teenagers have a stigma and that is what Joss wrote.”

Show Full Article “I still get comments like, ‘Oh my God! “Most of the haters don’t have the guts to say things in person,” says the actress. But fans were pretty mixed about her arrival and have let Trachtenberg know over the years. She adds, “I rarely get the ‘Oh she ruined the show.’ I do get a lot of ‘Oh she was so whiny!’ Hi, were you a teenager? I think Dawn is so annoying!’ I get it. Oh, you were docile, sitting in the corner, doe-eyed and happy to be there? To read more on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer   reunion, pick up the new issue of   Entertainment Weekly on stands now or available   right here. Maybe even 70-30.”
Catch our exclusive   People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) special,   EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer,   here   or download the free app on your favorite device. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. It used to be a 60-40 ‘I hate Dawn.’ Then, it became 50-50. Dawn, played by Michelle Trachtenberg, showed up on the series as if she had been there all along. In season 5, a big change happened on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the titular character got a sibling.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg adapting Robert Kirkman’s ‘Invincible’ comic

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are making another superhero movie. “For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched The Walking Dead grow into the multi-media monstrosity it has become over the years,” Kirkman said in a statement. Rogen and Goldberg will write, direct, and produce the film, which is based on the story of   Mark Grayson. Last August, Kirkman announced the end of the comic, which had been running continuously since 2003   and become   his   second-longest-running series after The Walking Dead. After working together on   The Green Hornet and bringing a TV adaptation of Preacher to AMC, the pair will adapt   Robert Kirkman’s Invincible comic series, EW can confirm. Mark eventually develops his own abilities and follows in his dad’s footsteps. That team has arrived! “The answer was always that we were waiting for the right team to partner with. The high school student   leads a pretty normal life, except for the fact that his   father is the world’s most powerful superhero. The comic creator   will now   produce the film version with   David Alpert, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst, and James Weaver. Show Full Article The esteemed misters Goldberg and Rogen have proven themselves to be top-notch directors with a keen collective eye for stunning visuals after slumming it by writing hit after juggernaut hit.”
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He added, “I’m very confident this will be another superhero movie, in a long line of superhero movies that continues to prove that it’s a viable, thrilling genre that will keep people coming to the cinema for years to come.”
In a joint statement, Rogen and Goldberg promised, “No matter how much damage it causes our bodies, minds, and our most intimate relationships with those we love, we will not rest until Invincible is as great a movie as it deserves to be.”
The Hollywood Reporter   was the first to report the news.