‘Gifted’: EW review

But Marc Webb has emerged from his pair of Andrew Garfield Spider-Man flicks in one piece—alive to tell the tale. The actors are all better than the parts that are written for them, especially Octavia Spencer as Frank’s saintly, overprotective trailer-park neighbor. Spending the better part of five years caught up in the meat-grinder gears of the superhero industrial complex has to do certain things to a director. Frank and Mary deserved better. But then Webb and the film’s screenwriter Tom Flynn decide that instead of making a pint-sized Good Will Hunting, they want to remake Kramer Vs. It turns out Mary is a genius with numbers and complex theoretical math as well. Joan Crawford would have had a field day with the role. Or, if not good exactly, then at least not objectionable. Unfortunately, he should have held out for a better tale to tell. His dilemma is: Should he push Mary to achieve her potential, or let her just be a normal, happy, well-adjusted kid who plays outside instead of sitting in her room with her nose in textbooks? Chris Evans stars as Frank, a soft-spoken Florida boat mechanic who takes care of seven-year-old Mary (Mckenna Grace), the adorably precocious daughter of his sister—a brainiac mathematician who committed suicide. But Frank doesn’t want that life for her. On her first day of first grade, her teacher (Jenny Slate, adding some fizz to an otherwise flat part) discovers that she’s light years ahead of her classmates. Especially a director who started out making a handcrafted, small-scale bauble like 2009’s 500 Days of Summer. Light years ahead of her, too. So far, so good. Gifted, a return to modest-budget Hallmark-shop sentimentality for the filmmaker, is a custody battle melodrama that’s as schmaltzy as all get out. Mary’s principal recommends that she go to a ritzy private school for gifted children. With her clipped, icy British accent, well-tailored clothing, she’s as one-dimensional as domestic movie villains get. Kramer. He saw how it destroyed his sister. Enter Mary’s estranged grandmother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), who sniffs another shot at the potential for mathematics glory that eluded her and her daughter. As for Duncan, if she had a mustache, she’d be twirling it. C

Show Full Article (Grace is a real young talent, but sort of gets lost in the busy plot mechanics of the third act.) In the end, what should be a three-hankie, ugly-cry tearjerker feels unnuanced, overplotted, and mechanical. Evelyn wants to take custody away from Frank, and from there the movie sort of stalls out into a TV-movie courtroom scrum for the kid.

Here’s which ‘Penny Dreadful’ favorites are returning in the comic

“What I learned from working very closely with John [Logan] is that every character is flawed and not necessarily 100% good or evil,” says King. “Catriona was a big fan-favorite. “And obviously, Lucifer is a huge villain in our show and has been from the very beginning. He and I would work very closely together, and although we ended the series by season 3, we talked about ideas of other characters and stories,” says King. And it just tied in perfectly with bringing in the mummy legend and carrying that forward. So the series lent itself to the comic book form.”
King, who served as the executive producer on the Showtime series, was involved with it since its inception, making him the perfect person to continue telling the story. Lyle and Sir Malcolm face off against evil, and Dr. Characters can always return from the dead as we’ve seen over the last three seasons, so you never know.”
There will be a new villain…
For the comic’s big bad, King reached back into the first season of Penny Dreadful. Ethan, who was such a tragic character, grew over the course of three seasons. And I just think he’s a fun character to have, especially in these serious moments.”
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Catriona and Dr. People loved her because she was this badass, but was really smart. Seward will tap into   her abilities to help Ethan gain control of his werewolf side. Frankenstein if he discovered the whole reason behind Lily’s rebirth,” explains King.”It’s a fun thing to tease over the course of this comic book. “Dracula kind of vanished, he’s still out there,” says King. “So I wanted to make sure that we understood what was the motivational factor behind the Mummy and who he was. He is thrilled that the story is still reaching fans”

With the comic hitting stores on April 5, EW spoke to King about what fans of the series can expect in the upcoming issues. Seward and found support with her that Ethan is interested and intrigued to do the same.”
It’s only 4 issues… for now
“It’s now becoming a very popular comic book,” explains King about possibly continuing the series. He’s a character that will never go away and is always around.”
…and   a familiar face
“I’m so happy to have Ferdinand Lyle back. So now without that piece, where do they exist in the world? King will be doing a signing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 13. “They were sort of the first version of the comic book,” King tells EW of the titular publications. Frankenstein. He’s now an abandoned father. “Same with Dr. “Anything and everything is possible in the world of Penny Dreadful. So we get to explore that a little bit and see that ultimately he was a character that was driven by love, and that is still driving him to do what he does over the course of these issues.”
He might not be the only villain. “As a fan, I’ve always wanted to know what would happen if Ethan realized that his love Brona was back and alive. “In the series, we didn’t have time to go into more stories about Dorian or how long he’s been alive and what this curse that allowed him to be immortal was,” says King of what he wants to explore in the comics. I’d love to explore more about what happened to him after both Lily and The Creature left him. Frankenstein, Lily (which the first issue teases). Catriona will be using her skills to help Mr. “She was the fulcrum, but each character is so rich and interesting. The same goes for Sir Malcolm and the others.”
Part of this continuation of the story also allows King to possibly do a few things the show didn’t really have the opportunity to do — like reunite werewolf Ethan and “bride” of Dr. “For a penny, you would buy these really cheap serialized stories so you would keep coming back to and following it. Seward are part of the team
“They were such great characters that we got to meet just relatively briefly,” says King of the red-headed, death-studying thanatologist   and the unconventional therapist, both of whom will be present in the series. “Season 3 brought the characters together for Vanessa. Hopefully, they’ll reunite.”
However much like television, the comic medium also allows for storytelling to dig into the back-stories of each character on an issue by issue basis. If you look at season 1, there are a lot of references to Egyptian mythology,” explains King. They’re all figuring out their own individual journeys. Plus she’s such a feisty character.”
As for the desperate Hound of God pairing up with Vanessa’s former therapist, King notes that they’re the only two Americans in the whole story, and that he thought they’d make an interesting pairing. Show Full Article I also loved the character and wanted to see her more,” King says. To turn Penny Dreadful the TV show into a comic book, writer Chris King turned to penny dreadfuls themselves for inspiration. And how that would affect his relationship with Dr. There’s a motivation behind it. ” So having the opportunity to bring in a new villain, the Mummy was a no-brainer because it was always a character we would talk about. Seward. “The goal is to keep going along and hopefully do as many comic books as the fans will want to read. We didn’t get a lot of him in Season 3,” says King of the flame-haired Egyptologist. So why not explore that in the comic book world?”
And like the series’ other villains, the Mummy (named Belial) won’t be clear-cut evil. “John and I were obsessed with the Mummy. “Ethan is desperate to understand who he is now that he knows he can turn into a werewolf and maybe find a way of fixing or controlling himself, so I thought the best way possible was to bring in Dr. [So] I spoke to him about it, and where we were going, and obviously he gave me his blessing and has been very supportive of it. And telling more of these characters’ stories as well.”
Penny Dreadful #1 is currently available for purchase. “It’s because Vanessa went and saw Dr. “So because he left to go to Egypt it only made sense to start with him there, in Cairo and explore what he’s been up to. It’s a disservice to not continue to tell his story. “After the show ended and we knew we were going to continue telling stories within the comic book, I already had an idea based on what John was thinking. He isn’t this lumbering evil character that would kill without care. It takes place half a year after the show ended
“I wanted to see how the death of Vanessa and what all happened, affected the characters who are a bit fractured again,” says King of the series picking up six months after the show’s finale. “I was the first person that [creator John Logan] mentioned the idea to. Here’s everything you need to know. What’s he doing now?”

Vanessa will be present (somewhat)
“It might not necessarily be the Vanessa Ives that we know and love,” says King about Eva Green’s character making a return to the Penny Dreadful story. That’s the goal of this new comic.”
And while Penny Dreadful may have focused on Vanessa Ives’ story, King feels the remaining characters are more than enough to keep telling their stories. And you never know. The goal for the television series was to do the same thing, where you really got to know these characters and keep watching them experience all sorts of evil situations and try to protect each other and humankind.

‘Brockmire’ sneak peek: Sex, drugs, and baseball

ET/PT), and here’s a peek at the second installment, in which Brockmire finds himself in a precarious position with one of the team’s players, a little   cocaine, and two   women who seem interested in a good time. The series stars Hank Azaria as Jim Brockmire, a famous   baseball announcer who has a meltdown on the air after he learns that his wife is cheating on up and it torches his career. There will be plenty of Brockmire   to go around; the show has already been renewed for a second season. Two episodes debut on IFC tonight (at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Show Full Article This comeback thing may be more challenging than he thought. Tonight, the comedy zone and strike zone become one with the premiere of Brockmire. A decade later,   he attempts   to revive his career   when a minor league owner (Amanda Peet) makes him offer that he probably should have refused.

Adam DeVine to host MTV Movie & TV Awards

The Workaholics star and co-creator recently wrapped his Comedy Central series after seven seasons. MTV will reveal the show’s nominees on Thursday. The inaugural MTV Movie & TV Awards is getting weird. Adam DeVine is set to host the event, which will air live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on May 7. After 25 years of celebrating movies, MTV is now incorporating television into its annual awards show. Watch the first promo above. Show Full Article Last summer, Pitch Perfect actor   DeVine had his biggest film role to date, starring alongside Zac Efron in the raunchy R-rated comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

‘Forrest Gump’ screenwriter joins Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ reboot

Dune   is one of the most popular sci-fi sagas of the last few decades. Villeneuve is no lightweight, either. Originally written in 1969 by Frank Herbert as the first of a six-book series (with additional sequels written after Herbert’s death by his son Brian) follows Paul Atreides, the last scion of a noble family who becomes a messianic figure for the “Fremen” of the desert planet Arrakis and leads them in rebellion against the vile Baron Harkonnen. The book was originally adapted into a movie by David Lynch in 1984 (after several botched attempts, most famously by   Alejandro Jodorowsky), but as with   Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve is clearly unafraid to relaunch sci-fi franchises. You you never what you’re gonna get. He was just nominated for Best Director for   Arrival —   which, along with Villeneuve’s upcoming   Blade Runner 2049, prove that he is accumulating extensive experience with science-fiction films. It’s just like Paul Atreides’ mom once told him, “life is like a box of precious spices. Show Full Article Roth won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on   Forrest Gump, and earned nominations for   The Insider, Munich,   and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Variety   first reported the news of Roth’s involvement. And one day, you might just become the Kwisatz Haderach.”
EW has confirmed that   Forrest Gump   screenwriter Eric Roth has joined director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming reboot of   Dune, though it’s unclear whether that exact quote will appear in the film.

‘Girls’ cast spoofs ‘Golden Girls’

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Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. will show you   what life will hold for them after this sixth and final season of their HBO comedy, and it looks like they’re going to be thanking each for being a friend. ET on ABC. Tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lena Dunham & co. Check out the preview of tonight’s action with a re-imagination of the Golden Girls opening credits, featuring   Dunham still naked after all these years, Zosia Mamet channeling the fist-eating Dorothy, and well… just brace yourself for some slow-moving   closet hijinks. The stars of   Girls have   just found a Golden opportunity to spoof themselves. Show Full Article

Producer claims Alec Baldwin was aware Nikki Reed was underage when filming ‘Mini’s First Time’

He knew before we even cast the movie. Latest updates That’s why there’s no nudity in the movie. I think he’s been method acting Trump too much and he doesn’t know the difference between fake news anymore.”Fellow producers Evan Astrowsky and director Nick Guthe both corroborated Brunetti’s version of events to THR.Brunetti claims that Reed’s age was seen as a plus during casting because it allowed a built-in excuse to not show more nudity. “Of course he totally knew how old she was. Because Reed was just 16 at the time of filming, the Child Labor Board would have needed to approve the nudity, which would not have happened due to the sexual nature of the scenes.Representatives for Baldwin did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment. “It’s a lie,” Brunetti told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. Alec Baldwin’s new memoir claims he had no idea co-star Nikki Reed was underage when filming “Mini’s First Time,” an assertion disputed by the film’s producer. When I found out, just as we finished, that she was seventeen, I flipped out on the producers, who had told me something different,” Baldwin wrote.Producer Dana Brunetti, who produced the indie and went on   to produce “House of Cards” and “50 Shades of Grey,” remembers it differently.Brunetti went on an extended Twitter rant Tuesday afternoon refuting Baldwin’s claims that he didn’t know Reed’s age during filming and that he consequently yelled at the producers after the fact. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)Alec “Boss Baby” Baldwin’s memoir, “Nevertheless,” was released Tuesday with plenty of juicy tidbits about the accomplished actor’s career.But one claim from the book is being vociferously disputed by the producer of one of Baldwin’s previous films.Baldwin asserts in the book that he was unaware that co-star Nikki Reed was underage during the filming of 2006’s “Mini’s First Time.” Reed played   a teenager who ends up sleeping with her stepfather (Baldwin) and convincing him to murder her mother.”I was forty-seven, and it never occurred to me to ask how old Nikki Reed was.

Invader Zim still wants to conquer the world in new teaser

Luckily for fans of the cult classic cartoon, Nickelodeon announced this week that it will be bringing   Invader Zim   back as a 90-minute TV movie. “Don’t you know an invader never stops until their mission is complete? None of those characters’ unique designs are on offer in this teaser, which is only audio, but it’s still a crazy experience for fans to hear Zim’s voice all these years later — and still just as arrogant as ever. RELATED:   See The Voices Behind Your Favorite ‘Rugrats’ Characters
“People of Earth, did you really think you’d seen the last of me?” Zim’s voice crackles. Originally created by Jhonen Vasquez in 2001,   Invader Zim   featured a pip-squeak alien, the laughingstock of his race, trying to redeem himself by conquering Earth. He had some support from his unreliable companion GIR, and stubborn opposition from his human classmates Dib and Gaz. No premiere date has been announced yet for the movie, though, the clip ends by noting it will be “invading soon,ish.”

Show Full Article I’ve been watching you, waiting, and soon your world will be mine!” In response to much robotic canine laughter, he clarifies, “No, GIR, I’m being serious!”

Watch the teaser above. It’s been some more than a decade since the last episode of   Invader Zim   aired on Nickelodeon, leaving its eponymous protagonist’s mission to conquer the Earth unfinished. In the first official clip for the return, above, Zim returns (in voice only) to remind everyone he still very much intends to finish his mission — if he can ever get his companion GIR to stop constantly undermining him, that is.

High schooler asks Emma Stone to prom with ‘La La Land’ recreation

With the help of friends,   Jacob Staudenmaier went for a grand gesture, recreating the opening scene from La La Land to send the invite to the best actress winner.  

Show Full Article Stone is from nearby Scottsdale, so maybe it’s possible and Staudenmaier isn’t just one of   “The Fools Who Dream.”

Watch the video above. Move over all other promposals, you’ve met your match. Crafting his own version of “Another Day of Sun,” the 17-year-old danced and sang his way through his high school parking lot, trying to appeal to Stone with promises of Olive Garden and his “far-fetched” resemblance to Ryan Gosling. A Phoenix high school student has his eyes set on Emma Stone for his prom date and he’s using her own Oscar-nominated film to land her.

Social media reacts to Pepsi pulling Kendall Jenner ad

— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) April 5, 2017

@pepsi Kendall get an apology + a paycheck for willing participation. You know they signed her up for the ad thinking it would be a huge succes
— Santiago Reyna (@SantiagoReyna22) April 5, 2017

Show Full Article Pepsi needs to apologize to the protestors. (Jenner has yet to comment on the ad.)
DeRay Mckesson, a leading voice for the Black Lives Matter movement, tweeted,   “It’s incredible that @pepsi apologized to Kendall. Giving her a big ol check to *voluntarily* join them in their disrespect? We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”
On   social media, however, many people were unswayed by the apology, and   the implication that Jenner was blameless. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. On Tuesday the soda maker yanked   the advertisement from YouTube and apologized to both consumers and Jenner in response   to widespread criticism that the spot came off as a cynical, tone-deaf attempt to   cash in on a movement   of political resistance. https://t.co/60yOA4yTi6
— Yashar (@yashar) April 5, 2017

.@pepsi finally figured out how to 'join the conversation'.By pulling that nightmare of a campaign ad. pic.twitter.com/I21nQl68cY
— Pepsi™ (@pepsi) April 5, 2017

It's incredible that @pepsi apologized to Kendall. Pepsi’s mea culpa for its poorly received protest-themed commercial starring Kendall Jenner has   yet to quell the online backlash. — John Grady (@thejohngrady) April 5, 2017

@pepsi Lol at them apologizing to Kendall. Watch whiteness work. You know Kris was in Pepsi HQ like "y'all told me this was going to end racism" pic.twitter.com/BITkeIBcw4
— Mads 🦋 (@BaddieLambily) April 5, 2017

The fact that Pepsi even thought Kendall Jenner being the face of that ad was a good idea really says a lot about their perspective lol
— Brittany Renner (@brittanyrennerr) April 5, 2017

Pepsi did the right thing by pulling that ad! — Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) April 5, 2017

Pepsi pulling ad + also apologizes to Kendall Jenner – I was under the impression that she's a grown ass woman who was present for filming. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. — Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) April 5, 2017

@pepsi Kendall chose to do it… but you're apologizing to her… pic.twitter.com/sf7gm9KGFa
— Protect Louis (@_blissfularry) April 5, 2017. — deray mckesson (@deray) April 5, 2017

Kendall Jenner was actually the perfect spokesmodel for that Pepsi spot. Positioning without a position is what the Kardashians do. @Pepsi and @KendallJenner filming an American protest commercial in Thailand is like South Africa filming a history commercial in Norway
— Tay Zonday (@TayZonday) April 5, 2017

@pepsi apologizing to Kendall makes this even more comical bruh 😂😂😂 how u gonna apologize to a grown woman for makin her own decisions??done pic.twitter.com/vcjpfEfOkk
— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 5, 2017

"We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position" .This is Kendall right now though 😂 … pic.twitter.com/7ZdWla6zpC
— Cruélla de Ville … (@Tshego_McTWiGGY) April 5, 2017

They apologized to homegirl for what? “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. The rest of us get the classic "we didn't intend to…" charade.Typical.🚮
— Syreeta C | Fashion (@SyreetaCFashion) April 5, 2017

Pepsi can't even get an apology right https://t.co/xMfcy84e5a
— Kyria (@kyria_w) April 5, 2017

@pepsi Why is an apology being given to @KendallJenner tho? She chose to be a part of that ad. Positioning without a position is what the Kardashians do.”
And fitness personality Brittany Renner wrote, “The fact that Pepsi even thought Kendall Jenner being the face of that ad was a good idea really says a lot about their perspective lol.”
Read more reactions to Pepsi’s statement below. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said in a statement. She chose to be a part of that ad. Pepsi needs to apologize to the protestors.”
Film and video director Joseph Kahn opined, “Kendall Jenner was actually the perfect spokesmodel for that Pepsi spot.

‘Archer’ stars reveal how they want the show to end

ET. That’s the question we recently put to the actor who plays deranged scientist and probable Hitler clone Krieger on the animated show, the eighth season of which premieres on FXX tonight at 10 p.m. “I want Krieger to blow up the planet, just like at the end of Return to the Planet of the Apes,” said the actor (who actually meant 1970’s   Beneath the Planet of the Apes), in the course of an interview for Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly channel. How does Lucky Yates want spy comedy Archer to end? “I would like the father of Archer to be revealed,” said the Arrested Development   actress. ET. Finally, the great Jessica Walter had a very interesting suggestion for how the story of her character, spy boss (and mother-of-Sterling-Archer) Malory Archer, should conclude. “I think Pam should walk off into the sunset like Bruce Banner, right?” said the actress. Show Full Article “And the three of them walk off into the sunset — in front of Poovey.”
“And then Krieger hits a big red button!” added Yates. The new season of Archer premieres tonight on FXX at 10 p.m. “Just hitting a big red button in an underground society that are praising a nuclear weapon.”
Meanwhile, actress Amber Nash had a rather less apocalyptic ending in mind for her Archer character, the HR-unfriendly HR officer, Pam Poovey. And, boy, did he have an answer! “And that sunset turns into a mushroom cloud!”
You can hear the full interview with Yates, Nash, and Walter, below.

Barry Manilow feared ‘disappointing’ fans if he came out as gay — but it looks like he made it

It’s not for me.'””I’m glad he stayed,” Manilow said. Manilow had managed to keep the April 2014 wedding so far off the radar it took more than a year for the media to get wind of it.The leak, he said, was both blessing and curse, given that he’d kept his private life so very private until then — even though his sexuality   was an open secret among his most loyal fans. Garry Kief, left, and Barry Manilow in February 2016. But he needn’t have worried about the public reaction. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)Barry Manilow, who for decades has kept his private and public lives separate, is opening up for the first time about his sexuality and his partner of 39 years, manager Garry Kief. Latest updates “When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy,” Manilow said. All that time, the “Looks Like We Made It” pop star was thinking about his fans, he told People, which features him on its newest cover.”I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. “The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’   I’m just so grateful for it.”Incidentally, it was the behavior of his “Fanilows” that had the singer worried Kief would bolt after attending a Manilow concert long ago and experiencing what the star’s world entailed. But in 2015, news leaked that he and Kief   (who’s president of Barry Manilow Productions and Stiletto Entertainment) had gotten married in front of a few dozen   guests in a surprise ceremony at their Palm Springs estate. So I never did anything,”   the 73-year-old said. “I got into the car with him, and [the fans] were rocking the car,”   said the man behind “Mandy.” “He was like, ‘I can’t handle this.

‘Nobodies’ clip: Ben Falcone definitely isn’t jealous of wife Melissa McCarthy

It takes a turn, however, when Ben assumes that the lead character was written for   him, not his superstar wife. Catch the full episode, “The Rat, The Cheese, and The Trap,” this Wednesday at 10 p.m. Plus we’re not even in the same category, so it’s not really a competition. The meeting starts off on good terms, with Ben complimenting the   Mr. Just that you guys thought of   me   to play this role means a lot.”
Both Falcone and McCarthy are series producers on   Nobodies. RELATED: Reel-to-real couples: 15 relationships that blossomed on-screen and off
“I don’t get many offers to act anymore. First Lady   title as a “good hook” even as Larry accidentally spills red wine on the white carpet. In an exclusive clip from this week’s second episode, the screenwriters sit down to pitch the script to Ben, only to make an unexpected discovery. ET/PT on TV Land. Everyone thinks of Melissa as the actor in the family,” Ben says in the clip. They were counting on Melissa McCarthy, but in the face of her resistance, they’re trying to get to her through her husband, Ben Falcone. Watch the clip above. The struggling screenwriters in   TV Land’s   Nobodies   (Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras) have staked their reputations on finding a top-notch celebrity to headline their movie,   Mr. “I’m happy for her successes, I would never begrudge her that. First Lady. Show Full Article

‘Teen Wolf’ star Tyler Posey heads to ‘Jane the Virgin’

Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has booked an arc on Jane the Virgin that will continue into next season, EW has learned. Details on Posey’s role are being kept under wraps other than he’s playing someone from Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) past. Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9 p.m. Jane is about to get a blast from her past. ET on The CW. He will first appear in the season finale — Jane the Virgin has already been renewed for season 4. Posey, who plays true alpha Scott McCall on the MTV drama, also recently made his directorial debut on an episode of Teen Wolf, which will air this summer. Show Full Article

‘Colossal’: EW review

There will be blood, in the most abstract way, but the Oscar-nominated Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial) is less interested in the literal havoc his scaly behemoths wreak on thousands of unsuspecting Koreans than the emotional wreckage of his messed-up humans back in New York. If you’ve seen the trailer you’ll know that the sudden emergence of giant marauding reptiles half a world away in Seoul — as seen, eventually, on Gloria’s casually repossessed TV — is not a coincidence but a crucial and very connected plot point. First, give Colossal credit for the best high-low (or is it low-high?) film concept of the year so far: A monster movie in which the airplane-swatting, city-stomping terror is real, but the true beast is the one hiding at the bottom of a bottle. And hopefully, her   star power will bring more people to a movie whose marketing isn’t exactly made easy by a plot that sounds like a fridge-magnet poetry game gone wrong. Kicked out of her ex’s luxe Manhattan apartment and stripped of girlfriend privileges, she stumbles upstate to her parents’   abandoned bungalow to reassess and lick her wounds,   which mostly involves drunk-sleeping the days away on a faulty inflatable mattress and reconnecting with her old friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), now conveniently the owner of the local dive bar. Saying too much more might be a spoiler, but it’s also misleading: As much as Colossal owes to Asian cinema’s classic kaiju-monster battles, it’s also a shrewd funhouse-mirror subversion of all that. (Which is, you might say, a material issue in its own right.)
  But it’s also a lot of fun to see Hathaway — she of the eternal, unshakeable theater-kid optimism — surrender to the dark side in what might be her best, bleakest role since her raccoon-eyed turn in 2008’s Rachel Getting Married. He, too, enjoys a beer: after his night shift, before breakfast, whenever. Anne Hathaway stars in   Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s genre-jolting tease as Gloria, a feckless party girl whose vodka-soaked chaos finally proves too much for her live-in boyfriend (an earnest executive type played with restrained pique by Legion’s Dan Stevens). (Jason Sudeikis is no peach either). Her Gloria is basically a walking emotional hazmat zone: toxic, peevish, perpetually self-involved. B+

Show Full Article But her mess feels real, unlike the manufactured naughtiness of most big-screen bad girls. Because in its own scrappy low-budget way, it’s worth it: Even if the script’s psychological reach ultimately falls short, Colossal is still a clever, comic, wildly surreal ride — right up until the last sucker-punch frame.

The ‘Sex and the City’ opening credits: A 5-minute oral history

Star:   I wanted a Latin, cocktail-themed vibe, and I loved Doug’s song the second I heard it. Cuomo: For the real song, I had a bass player, drummer, saxophone player, percussionist and pianist. The two continued to work together for all six seasons, on both film spin-offs, and on Star’s current project, Younger, for TV Land. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit ew.com/untoldstories. It captured exactly the feeling that I wanted. And part of learning about life is getting splashed by a bus. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. She has this moment of glory that ended very quickly. Star: The series was always about four women, but the viewer’s way into the show is through Carrie. Sarah Jessica and I were fighting for it, and Darren said, “Okay, but I want other outfits as possibilities.”
Star:   I remember thinking, “Wow, a tutu?” But Pat and Sarah Jessica were very committed to it. [Laughs]
With the music nailed down, Star came up with a new premise: Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker (now on HBO’s Divorce), walks around Manhattan and gets splashed by a bus bearing an ad for her own newspaper column. Courtesy of HBO
Parker:   I   tripped a lot that day! [Laughs]
Cuomo: I heard that it was Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s ringtone. It’s a really tight sequence, but if you look at the amount of footage covered, it’s not a great amount of mileage. I would say it was one of many times where they’d have a wardrobe and I’d look at it and say, “I don’t get it, but go for it!” We did one pass where Carrie’s in a beautiful blue dress, but she doesn’t get splashed. It was important to establish this young, single woman who’s writing a column exploring sex and relationships and, in the process, learning about life. Star: You know, the show really wasn’t that popular the first season — it was kind of slow to catch on. For more on Sex and the City, pick up Entertainment Weekly’s Untold Stories issue on stands now, or buy it right here. In the end, the tutu won. When you’re playing music for someone, you have no idea whether it’s the greatest or worst thing ever. If we had shot it a year later, I would’ve understood exactly how she walks. We recorded the song near the Empire State Building. Field found Carrie’s iconic tutu in a $5 bin on a showroom floor and re-created four versions of it. After Darren heard it once, he said, “You hit a home run.” That almost never happens. It was not a fancy tutu, and we doubled the tank top because it was see-through and Pat didn’t want me wearing a bra. I wore them throughout the first season — we really asked a lot of that shoe. Field:   I told Darren that if the show was a hit, we’d need something completely original — not of that season or a certain time. As a first step, Sex and the City creator Darren Star looked to classic female-fronted series. I went to Virgin Records and found the “Space-Age Bachelor Pad” music section and thought that might work, so I hired a drummer and saxophone player for the demo and had about 10 days to do it. Instead she trips when she sees the ad. If I was cold, I survived. Patricia Field:   It was very difficult for the producers to understand the tutu. And the point of view was strong enough that I didn’t need as much information as I might’ve needed for a scene. Sarah Jessica Parker:   I thought it was a very smart way of doing the pie in the face before anybody else could do it. I hadn’t [yet] been Carrie Bradshaw for a long time. But that was part of figuring it out that day. Before scenes were shot, composer Douglas Cuomo took a crack at what would become the famed main-title Sex and the City theme. The “do-do-do-do,” the tutu, the New York City skyline — this was how we first met Carrie Bradshaw, long before the heroine ever busted out an “I couldn’t help but wonder.” Nearly 20 years later, the collective brains behind the six-season phenomenon think back on creating that indelible main-title sequence. But I just thought the whole thing was right. It nodded to a person but wasn’t reflective of everything we knew her to be. His only note was to make it a little longer, so I made that little climbing part at the end a little longer, which made it more effective. I remember the shoes — they were leopard-print and strappy. It’s so little to ask of me. Star:   I think we got it on the first or second take. It’s very, very infectious. Douglas Cuomo:   I was given a rough storyboard — it was a cartoon where the women went from brunch to shoe shopping and, later, an art museum. playing the theme song in my car and wondering if anyone was going to recognize it. Well, not buckets, but enough for me to have to avoid it. Darren Star:   I was really inspired by the That Girl main title, which told the story of Anne Marie [Marlo Thomas] coming to New York, and I thought about The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Show Full Article The opening was filmed in March 1998 on Fifth Avenue near Manhattan’s Plaza hotel; the pilot premiered in June. Star hired costume designer Patricia Field for the opening sequence. Star:   It was such a brilliant choice because in a way, Carrie’s dancing through her life in New York. Star asked for something sexy and sophisticated, to let the audience know it was okay to laugh. The music had sections because of the scenes in the storyboard, and right before I played it in a meeting with Darren, he said, “Oh, we’re not doing that anymore!” The song was 37 seconds, but it seemed like it took an hour to play through — I was very nervous. I wanted to give a sense of the character, tell a little bit of a story, and let the audience know that Carrie was never going to take herself too seriously. Prop people are always going out of their way to make the water warm, but there’s not a lot they can typically do to control it when you’re working on the street. Parker:   Someone was throwing buckets of water at me. I wore makeup in the opening that I didn’t wear in the show, and I don’t think she ever wore that hairstyle, either, so it felt like this sort of lifted thing that existed on its own. I remember driving around L.A.

Pepsi apologizes, pulls controversial Kendall Jenner ad

Less than a day after defending its new ad campaign as “a moment of unity,” Pepsi has pulled its “Live for Now” commercial and released an official statement on Wednesday.”Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Kendall Jenner in Pepsi’s controversial ad. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”Despite the hilarity of the company referring to itself in third-person, the highlight of this mea culpa is clearly the company’s sympathy for Kendall Jenner.Won’t someone think of Kendall Jenner?! Latest updates We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize,” the statement read. “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. (Brent Lewin / Getty Images)Well, that was fast.

‘You Can’t Do That on Television’: Here’s what they really couldn’t do

So we made him a slob instead. “We went, ‘Oh my God! Very important. Itchy-fingered firing squads and cannibalistic cooks aren’t typical kids’-show fare, but then You Can’t Do That on Television wasn’t a typical kids’ show. “Usually the adults won, if you actually [kept track]. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “Otherwise, the audience says, ‘I don’t like that kid because he’s arrogant.’ So you have to bring them down a peg, which is what we did.” And that’s also where the signature green slime came in. It was important that these kids who were on a television show had their comeuppance,” he recalls. 1. “It was basically a live-action cartoon.” Despite the duo’s unconventional ethos, the 10-season series did abide by three particular rules. “That lasted one episode until a cop said to us, ‘Boy, I know guys just like that,’” recalls Darby. There were lots of date-y jokes and things like that. “It was anarchistic,” recalls writer-director Geoffrey Darby, who developed the show with creator Roger Price. 2. Don’t Get Too Real
Gallows humor had its place (hello, firing squad), but the creative team did try to steer clear of plotlines that would be truly triggering for children. Not between the adults, not anywhere.”

3. And then we made him a senator because we thought, ‘What kind of guy can be really wealthy and just sit around all day?’”

Show Full Article But no sex. You’re so right.’ It’s too real, and therefore it’s not really a cartoon. I remember one—I always loved the joke; I probably wrote it, that’s why—it was ‘Every time I see a pretty girl, I drool.’ That was [actor] Kevin Kubusheskie with Lisa Ruddy and Christine ‘Moose’ McGlade sitting on the set. “It’s a minefield,” explains Darby. “I think there were two kisses on the whole show. In fact, the opposite was often the case, according to Darby. And [the girls] go, ‘I’ve never seen you drool.’ And [he’s] like, ‘Of course not, it’s every time I see a pretty girl, I drool.’ That’s about as close as we got to that kind of stuff. Launched in 1979 as a hyper-local Canadian program, the sketch series was picked up in 1981 by a then-fledgling Nickelodeon and grew into one of the network’s flagship shows over the decade. To read more Untold Stories from entertainment,   pick up the new issue of   Entertainment Weekly on stands now or buy it right here. For instance, when You Can’t Do That on Television debuted, Dad (played by Les Lye) was originally conceived as a drunk. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit ew.com/untoldstories. Don’t Talk Sex
Given their tweenage target audience, Darby and Price decided very early on that the birds and the bees would play no part on their series. Don’t Let the Kids Always Win
Despite being a show hosted by kids for kids, youngsters didn’t always triumph over their dim-witted adult counterparts.

Julia Roberts is ‘Running Wild’ in Kenya on NBC’s Red Nose Day

Julia Roberts is Running Wild for a good cause. for its Red Nose Day in late March. In the exclusive video above, Chris Hardwick reveals that he will be hosting the special as he breaks down the jam-packed schedule planned for the night. Each celeb will be paired up with a Ninja Warrior who has already successfully completed the course. Roberts will also appear during the third hour as she visits Africa as part of a short film. The Oscar winner will be partnering up with Bear Grylls for the upcoming NBC Red Nose Day three-hour special to raise awareness of life-saving vaccines. Mia Collis/NBCUniversal
“This year, the Red Nose Day celebration is bigger and better than ever,” Hardwick says in the clip, revealing that the night will include the first-everCelebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day segment at 8 p.m., as well as Roberts’   Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day trek to Kenya at 9. The two must navigate dense underbrush and avoid the wildlife — like crocodiles and hippos — as they race to the village while having to keep the vaccines cold. Roberts and Grylls will travel to Kenya and traverse hazardous terrain to deliver the vaccines to a remote village —   all under a time limit. The 10-minute clip   that features most of the major stars from the film — like Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth,   Hugh Grant, and Andrew Lincoln — recently aired in the U.K. This story originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. And that’s just one part of the three-hour extravaganza airing May 25 on NBC. The evening will then wrap up with Hardwick hosting the Red Nose Day Special at 10 p.m. To end   the night, Hardwick will host the one-hour special featuring the buzzed-about Love Actually reunion titled Red Nose Day Actually. Paul Drinkwater/NBC
The star-studded Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day special will include appearances by Stephen Amell from Arrow, Erika Christensen from Parenthood, Dancing with the Stars‘   Derek Hough, Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales, and two-time Olympic gold medalist decathlete Ashton Eaton. This article originally appeared in People.com

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Donald Trump defends Bill O’Reilly: Didn’t do ‘anything wrong’

I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
Amid the fallout from the NYT investigation, 21 advertisers have reportedly withdrawn ads from O’Reilly’s program. The president himself has been accused of sexual assault by   a former PEOPLE reporter, a former contestant on   The Apprentice, and four other women. Bill O’Reilly has lost more than 20 commercial   sponsors after news of multiple harassment accusations against him broke over the weekend, but he has retained the loyal support of Donald Trump. Show Full Article Trump also made headlines leading up to his election after a 2005 recording of a conversation between him and Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush surfaced, in which the former made predatory and vulgar comments about women. Because you should have taken it all the way. Trump denied the claims. Speaking to reporters   Wednesday during an Oval office sit-down, the president defended the conservative news personality after a New York Times   article published April 1   claimed O’Reilly and Fox News had paid a total of   $13 million   to stop   five women from publicizing allegations that the O’Reilly Factor   host had sexually harassed or acted inappropriately with them. RELATED: 30 Stars Who Spoke Out Against Donald Trump
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said of O’Reilly as several of his   high-ranking aides —   namely   Vice President Mike Pence,   economic adviser Gary Cohn, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus   — sat around him. “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled.