Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers have broken up, reports say

Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers at the Academy Awards in February 2016. I didn’t really care what he did,” she said. A similar rumor bubbled up this past January   too   after she was photographed with big bling on her left-hand ring finger. “They were great together … “I was like, you are such a big man!”   The couple   went to the ESPY Awards   together in July — right around the time brother   Jordan Rodgers started airing some of the family’s dirty laundry on “The Bachelorette” —   but an Instagram purge by Munn   in October started whispers   that they were on the rocks. The split was — wait for it — amicable, a source told People, which first reported the news. News source wouldn’t rule out a future reconciliation   but said the two were at different places in life right now. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)After nearly three years together, Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers have broken up, according to reports out Friday. “It was Olivia that called the break,” an E! but as of now, they need time.” Latest updates Post-breakup, they’re still “close friends and wish nothing but the best for each other moving forward,” the source said. Seems safe now to say that was a bust as well.The E! Rumors that they were engaged had circulated in January 2016 and were debunked by Munn, who said the   magazine that first reported the story   just made it up. “All I saw was that he was, like, really attractive. Munn, 36,   told Conan O’Brien in 2015 that when she first connected with Rodgers,   she had no idea that he was a star player for the Green Bay Packers. News source said.

Samantha Bee toasts the free press in first NTWHCD promo

Get ready to celebrate the free   with   Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. So we’re throwing a party to toast the free press — while we still have one.”
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In addition to bringing “surprises, music, food, and laughter,” the event   also hopes that it might trick viewers into learning something, specifically “how screwed we’d be without a free press,” according to a press release. on April 29 — the same night as the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which President Donald Trump will not be attending   — and will air as a special installment of   Full Frontal with Samantha Bee that night, too. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee‘s Not the White House Correspondents Dinner special will air Saturday, April 29 at 10 p.m.  

Show Full Article The topical TBS late-night comedy series has released the first promo for Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “But this year, a lot of people’s plans changed. As previously announced,   the inaugural event will take place in Washington D.C. And in keeping with the spirit of the evening, all of the proceeds will be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Watch the entire promo above. “Traditionally, the White House Correspondents’ Association toasts the president of the United States,” says Bee in the promo, which begins with her inserting herself into dinners of years past. ET on TBS.

‘Criminal Minds’ renewed for 13th season

The show becomes the network’s 19th returning series picked for next season. Criminal Minds fans can breathe a sigh of relief:   The veteran procedural crime drama will return next fall. Still on the bubble: Titles like The Great Indoors, Elementary and 2 Broke Girls. Show Full Article Minds was absent from the network’s renewal announcement last month which picked up the bulk of its lineup, including veterans like   Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods,   Hawaii Five-0,   Mom along with freshman series Bull, MacGyver, Man with a Plan, and Superior Donuts. CBS struck a deal to renew the Wednesday night drama for a 13th season.

New Music Friday: 12 releases to hear now

It’s more understated than the power-pop stylings of her early ’00s   albums, but Branch still offers plenty for fans to sink their teeth into on highlights like “Fault Line” or “Not a Love Song.” For more, read EW’s full review. —Kevin O’Donnell
Father John Misty,   Pure Comedy

Josh Tillman’s breakthrough second album as Father John Misty, 2015’s   I Love You, Honeybear, was a paean to love and all its flaws. For more, read EW’s full review. Straight outta the George Harrison playbook. Not bad. —K.O. —E.R.B. And that gorgeous, lyrical slide-guitar melody? Start with the incisively poetic “Land of the Free,” which pulses like the most introspective moments on Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die.   —E.R.B.   —Eric Renner Brown
Jack White, “Battle Cry”

You won’t hear White’s voice on “Battle Cry,” his first new solo cut since 2014’s Lazaretto, but the brawny track — which will soundtrack a promotional video for the sporting goods company he co-owns — bursts with the 41-year-old axesmith’s signature electrified squall. But Elson has since divorced from the White Stripes frontman, and on her long-awaited follow-up, she’s going in a more modern and pop-friendly direction — and with the help of ace collaborators like producer Jonathan Wilson (Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst) and musicians Laura Marling and Father John Misty, she’s delivered immaculately produced pop numbers that come on like long-lost Fleetwood Mac B-sides. On   Pure Comedy, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter goes macro, with a 74-minute opus about the ills of the modern world. The Chainsmokers,   Memories…Do Not Open

The hitmaking duo have four songs   in the Hot 100 at present, which is partly due to their savvy strategy of releasing earworm-y singles one at a time over the last several months. Joey Bada$$,   All-Amerikkkan Bada$$

As its title suggests, the rising, 22-year-old New York MC doesn’t pull punches politically on his second studio album. Karen Elson,   Double Roses

On her 2010 debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, the British model-turned-songwriter partnered with her then-husband Jack White to create a thoroughly vintage collection of rockabilly, French chanson, and other pop styles from the early- to mid-twentieth century. The resulting ballad   ends the mostly energetic 14-song set on a somber, reflective note. —E.R.B. Judging by pleasant enough EDM-lite numbers like “Wake Up Alone,” featuring the R&B songstress Jhene Aiko, and “It Won’t Kill Ya,” featuring the French singer Louane, they’ve got a few more chart-climbers to come. And the superproducer delivered, co-producing the effort with Sam Cohen, a signee to his 30th Century Records label, and recruiting   artists including Beck, The Shins, and Norah Jones to record vintage cuts like “The House of the Rising Sun” and “Spoonful.” And listen beyond the A-listers for stellar contributions from 30th Century artists Waterstrider, Maybird, and Big Search. —N.F. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. —A.B. Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. But on top of his   considerable lyrical acumen and accomplished guests like Schoolboy Q and J. So can Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall recreate that pop magic on their first proper full-length album? Michelle Branch, Hopeless Romantic

After fighting her way out of record-label purgatory, Michelle Branch has returned   with her first solo album in 14 years. On   The Far Field, his pipes   proudly stand out over synths that emphasize   this is still a record to dance to even if the occasionally melancholy lyrics — “I don’t believe anymore / Cause all we know is gone and cold,” he   sings on “Cave” — suggest otherwise. —Kevin O’Donnell
Harry Styles,   “Sign of the Times”

The title suggests an homage to Prince’s 1987 masterpiece, Sign O’ the Times, released 30 years ago this year, but the 23-year-old One Direction member looks to other masters of classic rock for his debut solo single — namely the bombastic piano balladry of singer-songwriter Billy Joel and Wings-era Paul McCartney. Herring’s wacky, mesmerizing dance moves and deep, soulful vocals. Rapping isn’t as much a part of what she does these days, but between the alt-rock radio hit “Blood in the Cut”   and tongue-twisters like “Champagne,” she entertains enough   to defy categorization. Show Full Article Future Islands, The Far Field

With “Seasons (Waiting On You),” off 2014’s Singles, Future Islands became an online sensation: Listeners old and new queued up their performance of the track on The Late Show With David Letterman   to marvel at frontman Samuel T. —E.R.B. White Reaper,   The World’s Best American Band

Ambitious branding or prescient describing? —Nolan Feeney
Cold War Kids,   LA Divine

The California band’s sixth album kicks off with the blues rock sound they became known for with 2007’s   “Hang Me Up to Dry” — but LA Divine switches   up midway, with gospel-tinged “No Reason to Run,” eerie “Open to the Heavens,” and dance-ready “Invincible.” But album closer and highlight “Free to Breathe” strips away flourishes, relying instead on minimal, ethereal instrumentation and frontman Nathan Willett’s quiet vocals. K.Flay, Every Where Is Some Where

The Stanford grad emerged at the beginning of this decade injecting indie-rock sensibilities   into hypnotic hip-hop jams like “No Duh”   and providing endless fodder for thinkpieces about female rappers. —Ariana Bacle
Various Artists,   Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album

Amazon commissioned Brian Burton — better known as Danger Mouse — to organize a covers collection of songs from the ’50s and early ’60s to   accompany the   dystopian, alternate history drama The Man In The High Castle. The Louisville garage-rockers channel “classic rock radio” staples   like Van Halen, Springsteen, and the Cars on their exhilarating second album — and make the   case that even if they’re aren’t the world’s best American band now, that designation isn’t out of the question in the future. Cole, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$   teems with silky, impressive beats that place Bada$$ squarely in the lineage of the Big Apple’s finest rappers. Produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, Hopeless Romantic sounds like, well, what you’d imagine a Black Keys-Michelle Branch hybrid would sound like. With fresh offerings from The Chainsmokers, Harry Styles, and Father John Misty, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases.

‘Toy Story’ director pays tribute to Don Rickles, voice of Mr. Potato Head

We will miss him tremendously.”

A tribute to Don Rickles. “A God died today,” Hanks tweeted. Potato Head. Don Rickles touched many lives, including his family at Pixar. Potato Head’s facial features fell off in every Toy Story movie his heart never left him — that was because of Don. Even though Mr. Hanx.”
“Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today,” Allen wrote in a statement. “The wit, personality, and incredible timing he brought to Mr. Pixar pushed back the release of Toy Story 4 to   June 21, 2019. I feel bad,mostly for everyone in Heaven who will no… https://t.co/q747UcMS6c
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) April 6, 2017

Rickles voiced Mr. His voice acting costars Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear) were among the celebrities honoring the legend after the news broke. “Don Rickles was a comic genius, and here at Pixar we were honored to also call him a friend,” a statement written by Lasseter and posted online by Pixar reads. Potato Head lit up the character and made him an essential part of the Toy Story ensemble. Never. Show Full Article Potato Head in all three Toy Story films and the television shorts, including Toy Story of Terror and Toy Story That Time Forgot. Never. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Following Rickles’ death on Thursday,   Toy Story   director John Lasseter   has paid tribute to the voice of Mr. — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 6, 2017

Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today. Hanx. “I feel bad, mostly for everyone in Heaven who will now learn first hand from the sharpest wits ever, what it’s like to be Rickled.”

A God died today. “Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. pic.twitter.com/VjGBVu8dVb
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) April 7, 2017

Rickles, known for his insult comedy, died in Los Angeles from kidney failure at the age of 90.

Critical Mass: ‘Colossal’ a monster hit, ‘Smurfs’ gives critics the blues

Hiddleston smolders and briefly wields a samurai sword. C
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Metacritic: 50

Beauty and the Beast
Now playing. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Metacritic: 65

Ghost in the Shell
Now playing. It’s a character movie, not an action movie. The deep-dive mythologies and intriguing moral quandaries raised by the script aren’t so much explored as exploded in a flurry of high-gloss action sequences and vaguely deep koan-of-the-day dialogue. Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Metacritic: 51

Now playing. And we’re always laughing with the characters, not at them and how old they are. The rest are, more or less, just bodies lining up for the body count—although some of the kills are surprisingly clever and not   worth spoiling. Thankfully, it never came. B+
Read the full review here. Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Metacritic: 59

Salt and Fire
Now playing. 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. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Metacritic: 69

Smurfs: The Lost Village
Now playing. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Metacritic: 62

Show Full Article Ann-Margret even pops up as a horny, hot-to-trot grandma to lob lusty innuendos at Arkin. Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Metacritic: 44

Kong: Skull Island
Now playing. The Lost Village buckles under the pressure of the bar set by far superior titles that have come before it, skimping on narrative nuances in favor of a showy fireworks display that’s bound to distract the little ones on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but might leave mommy and daddy blue in the face. Meanwhile, Reilly and the mighty Kong   are left to save the picture. More than movies or theme parks, Disney has always been in the business of selling magic. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Cranston’s Zordon tells the teens that an evil fallen Power Ranger (think Darth Vader) named Rita Repulsa has been reawakened from way back in the day and is about to destroy their peaceful seaside town of Angel Grove (and the rest of planet Earth) in her search for the coveted all-powerful Zeo Crystal. C
Read the full review here. Which, come to think of it, is pretty much how anyone should approach this movie if they want to have a good time. And mostly, they succeed. Consider the cultural devolution from something like   Wicked —   a lacerating female-first deconstruction of an old children’s story — to   Oz, The Great and Powerful, the story of a money-obsessed con man with a heart of gold who gets the good girl by vanquishing all the bad girls. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
If there’s anything Sander’s ravishing set pieces fail to sufficiently color in, it’s the story’s emotional stakes. Absurdity isn’t always the mark of simplicity, however. Anne Hathaway grapples with her inner demons (and a city-destroying monster) in Colossal, Morgan Freeman leads a trio of elderly bank robbers in Going in Style, and the Smurfs return   for another big screen go-round in The Lost Village   —   each of which debut Friday in theaters. And then there’s   The Boss Baby, merely mediocre yet disturbingly familiar, for we   are all Boss Babies now. (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. Eventually the movie gives up the   Ghost, and settles for a gorgeous shell. B–
Read the full review here. It’s more about the bedrock friendship between three lonely old men. B-
Read the full review here. And Reilly delivers sorely needed punchlines between exposition about Kong and the island’s backstory. C–
Read the full review here. Meanwhile, Kong does his thing and does it well. I wish there was just a little bit more of it in this   Beauty and the Beast. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Going in Style is, of course, a remake of a 1979 comedy that starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg as a trio of old coots who decide to spice up their Geritol years by sticking up a bank in Groucho schnozzes. I kept waiting for a single tear to streak down his big hairy cheek. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Once in the castle, Belle and Beast both quickly (too quickly) change: He goes from cruel captor to fellow booklover; she goes from fiery inmate to besotted Stockholm Syndrome victim in time for their love to save the day. B–
Read the full review here. During her quest, she will summon a humongous gold beastie called Goldar. Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Metacritic: 46

The Boss Baby
Now playing. A cackling sadistic crone with a sweet tooth for gold and insult comedy, Banks’ baddie gives the leaden fight scenes some adrenalin and winking humor. But her mess feels real, unlike the manufactured naughtiness of most big-screen bad girls. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
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. Ambitious films like Inside Out and Zootopia   — about personified emotions living inside a girl’s brain and a city populated by talking animals — prove sharp wit and kid-friendly appeal don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can tell that she knows exactly what kind of film she’s signed up for and she’s decided to have a ball with it. Or, at least, well enough. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
As for subtlety, there isn’t a whole lot   of that either. Consider the whole quotemarky “It’s just a joke!” tone of online discourse, the rise of smirking insincerity as a political mode   and   an intellectual dialectic. The team starts dropping bombs and wreaking havoc on the island, letting you know that the real monster is man himself. EW’s Joey Nolfi   says:

For how topical its inclinations are, it’s still wrapped in a ridiculous package hand-delivered by cyan humanoids. C
Read the full review here. C-

Read the full review here. They attempt a practice heist on a supermarket and get away on a motorized old-folks scooter. Like so much about Condon’s film, the new songs are perfectly fine, but they’re just not transporting. EW’s Darren Franich   says:
But there are worst case scenarios, instances where empty cynicism dissolves into sour snark, where the pretense at self-awareness becomes its own retrograde stupidity. Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Metacritic: 40

Going in Style
Now playing. (Jason Sudeikis is no peach either). It’s a bittersweet, heartfelt, and very funny movie (go rent it instead of seeing this) mainly because the heist is almost beside the point. Larson takes surprisingly few pictures for a photographer, but she does get her Fay Wray moment. Kong swats the military helicopters out of the sky like a giant swatting pesky flies. Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Metacritic: 52

Power Rangers
Now playing. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s musical numbers are peppered throughout along with some new ones by Menken and Tim Rice. Jackson barks his great vengeance and furious anger. In the new version, Joe, Willie, and Albert watch The Bachelorette and get really invested the outcome. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
The actors are all better than the parts that are written for them, especially Octavia Spencer as Frank’s saintly, overprotective trailer-park neighbor. They smoke pot with a gangster and get the munchies. Major’s search for her identity; the reason the bad guys are bad and the good guys do good; the future they’re all fighting for: None of it matters much, beyond that we’re told to accept that it does. Her Gloria is basically a walking emotional hazmat zone: toxic, peevish, perpetually self-involved. B
Read the full review here. With so many new   and holdover titles gunning for audience attention this weekend, EW wants you to make good choices at the movies, so consult our Critical Mass reviews guide below before heading to the multiplex. It’s all gibberish, really — blockbuster Mad Libs where you could easily substitute “Zeo Crystal” with “Infinity Stone” and “Goldar” with “Apocalypse” or “Kraken” or “LEGO Joker.” The only thing that makes this battle-heavy second half orgy of green-screen destruction remotely interesting is Elizabeth Banks’ Repulsa. 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. Colossal
Now playing. EW’s   Darren Franich   says:
Salt and Fire   suggests the drowsiness of an airplane nap, too tired to keep its eyes open but too uncomfortable to start really dreaming. The poor misunderstood guy seems destined to keep proving to humankind that he comes in peace. I kept waiting for someone to make a joke about the size of his prostate.

Ricky Martin joins ‘Versace: American Crime Story’

Brown, the former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director, and Oscar nominee Annette Bening was cast as Kathleen Blanco, the former governor of Louisiana. Additionally, he   has starred in Broadway productions of   Les Misérables (Marius in 1996) and   Evita (Ché in 2012). In 2012, Martin played   William McKinley High School’s Spanish teacher David Martinez on Fox’s   Glee. Show Full Article Martin, who previously guest-starred on Glee,   will be joining Penélope Cruz and Darren Criss in   Versace: American Crime Story, the third installment of Murphy’s critically acclaimed anthology series on FX. RELATED: The O.J. Ryan Murphy has recruited Ricky Martin for another role on one of his shows. In February, FX announced that Matthew Broderick had signed on to play Michael D. Cruz, whose casting was announced in March, will play the designer’s sister   Donatella Versace. Simpson Trial: Where Are They Now? Based on the book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Maureen Orth, the miniseries   will focus on the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace at the hands of serial killer Cunanan, who will be played by Criss. Production on the season is expected to begin this month. The singer will co-star alongside the previously announced stars as Antonio D’Amico, the longtime partner of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramirez), the network announced Friday. Viewers can expect two seasons of American Crime Story to air in 2018; the miniseries’ second season, Katrina: American Crime Story,   is also set to air next year.

Spoiler Room: Scoop on ‘Arrow,’ ‘Blacklist,’ ‘Scandal,’ more

The allure of the Luthor-Super relationship is so fascinating in the comics. Show Full Article I love where they’re taking it now. She has no caution to being friends with Lena. That’s a wrap on this week’s Spoiler Room. “There is an intense — not just attraction — but an intense loyalty and intense romance [with] very strong feelings between these two characters.” The bad news, however, is that their love is going to be tested this season. — Eva
Oliver will have to use everything (and everyone) in his arsenal in order to take down Prometheus. When will he reenter the picture? It’s going to be all about Oliver’s family, but not the family we’re thinking of right now. “What’s going to happen next is what happens in life: You don’t just get to rest and enjoy a perfect tranquil life where everything you experience is joy and happiness,” Narducci says. Is there anything you can share on the Arrow finale? But despite Kara’s BFF having an infamous last name, Kara has no reason to suspect that the youngest Luthor is nothing but an ally. Any Supergirl scoop? If they ever get back together, that’s something that could happen in their future.”
Would love some Blindspot scoop to tide us over during this hiatus! This week in TV: Loving all the twists in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Framework! A lot of things are going to stand in the way of these people’s happiness, and I just hope they’re able to not only survive it   but endure together.”
Even though it was LMD Fitz who brought up marriage, will the couple still discuss that on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? “Not at this point, no,” Melissa Benoist tells me. The rest of the arc of the season is Reade trying to figure out what makes sense for him when it comes to being back on the team.”
You’ve told us before that Caleb will be back on Quantico, but it’s been three episodes and he’s still nowhere to be seen. — Erin
Though viewers didn’t actually get to see the content of the tape, Reade’s worst fears about what the coach may have done to him have been confirmed, according to EP Martin Gero. “Liz is really struggling with the way that Reddington is handling this rift that is within empire,” EP Jon Bokenkamp says. — Susie
There’s good and bad news on that front. “The alliances are going to be very surprising,” EP Wendy Mericle says of the finale. It’s something of a study of how the circumstances of our lives shape our identity, how we see ourselves, and how we present ourselves to the world. “You’re not going to believe who Oliver is working with to defeat Prometheus. Trust me: It’s an arc that’s sure to shake things up in the task force. — Charles
You’ll see him in Monday night’s episode — or rather, you’ll see one of our leads reach out to him, definitively bringing him into the loop. “It would be devastating,” Benoist says. Anything Once Upon a Time you can share? “He’s not the president of the United States,” Tony Goldwyn confirms. It’s subtle, the difference, it’s just really interesting who he is and what he struggles with. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. “Red has been taking hits and he’s lost key allies, and as he handles that, we see things flare up that, oddly in a way, bring Liz and Red closer through how he handles these problems that he’s being faced with. “Emma wants to believe that along with Belle, so she’s willing to give him a chance to prove that he’s not the villain that he seems to be.”
Loved the Haylijah “I love you” on The Originals! Additional reporting by Breanne Heldman, Samantha Highfill, and Shirley Li. She just sees a good heart right now.” And if Kara someday has to face-off against Lena? It was a sincere moment. — Ralph
Red will be determined to find who’s trying to dismantle his company, leading him to use some rather, ahem, unconventional methods. — Alex
Sorry to break it to you, but Fitz would not have won without their help. Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. “He was expressing real emotion,” EP Jed Whedon says. So their weird tethered-together dynamic is something that’s still in flux, but she is definitely struggling with the way that Red is choosing to fight this war.”
If Olivia never rigged the election on Scandal, does that mean Fitz really isn’t POTUS in the 100th episode? “Reade is at least on the road to recovery, I don’t think he’s back into fighting shape just yet. “There’s going to be complications and heartbreak and trouble. He ultimately is quite different.” Plus: Did you see this? It’s going to be really emotional. — Darren
In order to get Hook back, Emma will actually have to work with Gideon, and Jennifer Morrison likens their unlikely team-up to the heroes sometimes working with Gold knowing he could, at any moment, turn on them. However, “It helps him start to heal,” Gero says, teasing that Reade will now face his problems head-on, though his status on the team is still TBD. — Abbey
The return hour features a big Lena-Supergirl story — with the introduction of Lena’s ex (iZombie‘s Rahul Kohli)! “It could happen. — Simone
As you might expect, the extended finale will harken back to the show’s first few episodes, when the Kennish and Vasquez family first learned of the split (and had their first big dinner together — see the reprise of that meal here). — Matthew
That all depends on if and when they actually get out of the Framework, but basically yes. (You can probably guess which one.) After that, everyone’s favorite Haas brother — or maybe not, depending on how much you’ve warmed up to Clay — “begins his arc with us in the next few weeks,” says showrunner Josh Safran. “She treats Gideon very similarly to that and wants to believe the best in him because she sees the yearning in Belle to believe that her son isn’t irredeemable,” Morrison says. “He’s very different. Be sure to email your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams. It’ll also have a few twists, including someone getting a new job, someone being told off (and deservedly so — go, Daphne!), and at least one person leaving their current home. And while it’s certainly not devoid of romance, expect the finale to stay true to the show’s original theme: family. Any teases for the series finale of Switched at Birth? Anything on what’s next for them? It’s going to end in a giant explosion, but not where we think it’s going to end, and the emotional punch is going to be bigger than the actual physical part of the bombs going off.”
What can you tease about The Blacklist‘s return? “That’s a big step forward for them,” EP Michael Narducci says. “I think they have a really special bond. The good news?

Scarlett Johansson, baffled and disappointed by Ivanka Trump, calls her ‘cowardly’

“How old-fashioned, this idea that behind a great man is a great woman,” the actress said. Johansson was, in a word, “disappointed.””It’s such an old-fashioned concept that to be this powerful woman you can’t appear to be concerned with —   you’re going to feel that somebody’s going to think that you’re ‘bitchy,'” the “Ghost in the Shell” actress said at the Women in the World Summit on Thursday.”It’s so uninspired, and actually I think really cowardly, and I was so disappointed by that interview she gave yesterday.”That interview   was a sit-down the younger Trump had with CBS News’ Gayle King, where. It wouldn’t make her a more effective advocate for her positions, she said, to go public whenever she disagreed with her dad. “It baffles me. The 32-year-old granted that things must be complicated for the first daughter, whom she’d met in the past growing up in New York, though in   explaining herself she made one presumption   not necessarily backed up by facts.”I can’t imagine how complicated it must be to see your parent … Ivanka Trump explained this week that there are many ways to have your voice heard —   but Scarlett Johansson   clearly doesn’t think all of those ways are created equal.Rather, she called Trump “cowardly” and “old-fashioned” for saying she would influence her father, the president, via direct discussions rather than public protests and interviews. “And now he’s in this position, finds himself there, and I think as a daughter and as somebody that looks up to a parental figure like that, it must be pretty — it’s a unique and strange thing.”Trump told King that her critics shouldn’t think that because she’s keeping her mouth shut publicly   on various issues, she’s doing the same in private.”We’re in a very unique time where noise equals, in a lot of people’s perception, advocacy, and I fundamentally disagree with that,” said the businesswoman, 35.When it comes to being heard, Trump said, “In some   case, it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue in which you disagree with. Johansson would do it differently, it appears, were she an assistant to the president. among other things, the first daughter explained what she’d be doing as an assistant to the president and how she intended to do it. Johansson   — who proclaimed her own views   loud and proud at the Women’s March on Washington in January —   was not OK with that approach. “I think most of the impact I have, over time, most people will not actually know about,” Trump said. Latest updates The whole situation baffles me,” she said. “What about being in front of that person or next to them or standing on your own?”You can hear Johansson’s comments above, and Trump’s below. Other times it is quietly, and directly, and candidly.”She wasn’t the one who’d been elected president, Trump explained, but wanted to help her father do a “tremendous” job. in the position that he’s in and know, deep down, and not so deep down, that it’s a position he never actually really wanted,” Johansson   said.

Michelle Branch’s ‘Hopeless Romantic’: EW review

Key Tracks:
“Not A Love Song”
With a heart-swelling backing that sounds ripped from a John Hughes soundtrack and the opening lines, “You were my first ever / I wish we never met / You drink to feel better / I drink to forget,” Branch lands   the theme song for countless heartbreaks to come. But the singer-songwriter, best known for her ubiquitous 2001 hit “Everywhere,” spent the better part of the intervening   decade locked in music industry purgatory: She turned in two full LPs to her label, Warner Bros. Now, Branch has returned   on a new label, Verve, and with a new sound. “Shadow”
The album’s most singable hook teeters on saccharine — “The night is just a shadow falling on you!” she promises, “So don’t be scared!” — but as Branch saves the song   with her gleeful, unapologetic delivery, you’ll realize resistance is futile. Her musical   wandering doesn’t always land perfectly — “Knock Yourself Out” feels like an Alanis Morrisette reject, while “Bad Side” could use   some CHRVCHES-style bombast   —   but Branch’s commitment sells the project   as a whole. On “The City,” a duet with   Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffery, a delicate blend of electro and Music City melodies   line the singers’ notes; “Fault Line,” which she wrote with former M83 member Morgan Kibby, is   ’70s AM gold. But slotted between the moments of hurt are scenes of falling in love, like the wide-eyed   “Carry Me Home” and flirtatious “Fault Line,” which were inspired by her budding romance with Carney. In 2015, the   33-year-old divorced Teddy Landau, her husband of 10 years, and   biting kiss-offs here like “Best You Ever” and “Not A Love Song” bleed with regret and remorse; the jagged “Living a Lie” captures   the singer losing sleep and stuck in a life she doesn’t want. Records, which   shelved both indefinitely. Across Romantic’s 14 tracks, Branch plays with psych-rock (“You’re Good”), ’60s pop (“Heart Break Now”), dreamy synth jams (“Shadow”), and swirling R&B (the title track). “I think I love you,” she coos on “Home,” “but what do I know?”   You might wonder the same about the collection itself. And   for all that’s different, Branch’s longtime lyrical preoccupation, the   intense dissection of love lost and found, remains intact. Michelle Branch released her last solo album, 2003’s addictive   Hotel Paper, 14 years ago. Show Full Article In fact, Romantic grapples with each side equally. Produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney — who asked Branch “Where have you been?” when the two met at a Grammys party in 2015 —   her fourth album, Hopeless Romantic, charts new ground, going beyond the simple math of adding the blues-rock percussionist and anthemic pop-rocker together.

See Craig Robinson chat with his book character, Jake the Fake

I’m hilarious. You know, the actor? There’s a new kid on our bookshelves who comes straight from the brain of actor   Craig Robinson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Office) and his co-author, Adam Mansbach (author of children’s book parody   Go the F— to Sleep   and the screenplay for Netflix’s   Barry). Let’s get to know him, shall we?”

Portrait of the authors, Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, and illustrator Keith Knight, drawn by Keith Knight:
Crown Books for Young Readers
Jake the Fake Keeps it Real   is available now. It’s called Jake the Fake Keeps It Real, and it’s about a sixth grader who’s a lot like I was at that age — funny, confused, and kind of hungry. The comedian? Trust me. Show Full Article I’m here today because I wrote a book. He’s here with me today, to answer a few questions. No? But   for an even better introduction to Jake (whose hijinks are illustrated in the book by Keith Knight), check out EW’s exclusive reveal of Craig Robinson’s interview with the two-dimensional trickster, below:
Introduction from Craig Robinson:
“Hi, I’m Craig Robinson. Meet Jake the Fake: He just faked his way into a new school, the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented, despite not being able to play any instrument… at all.

‘Birth of Kong’ comic series connects the dots of ‘Skull Island’ — first look

It’s all against the backdrop of a father-son relationship between Houston Brooks (played by Corey Hawkins in Kong: Skull Island) and his son Aaron, both of whom work for Monarch but disagree over the dangers that   Skull Island presents to   the outer world. Consider this comic to be your official link between 2014’s   Godzilla, this year’s   Kong: Skull Island, the 2019 sequel to Godzilla, and 2020’s   Godzilla vs. Show Full Article Here’s the trailer:

Skull Island: Birth of Kong   (available in print and on Comixology on April 12) will introduce new monsters unseen in the film and connect the pieces of the movie to what’s on the horizon in Legendary’s budding MonsterVerse. The story then catches up with him, 20 years after Kong: Skull Island, and reveals how this young ape has grown. and Legendary’s MonsterVerse. Kong. You officially have our permission to go apesh–. If the last frames of Kong: Skull Island left you reeling and sweating until the next appearance of the ape who would be King, Legendary Comics has your salve — a prequel and a sequel to the story of the world’s iconic monster. That means you, Godzilla. EW has an exclusive first look at the new series, written by Arvid Nelson with art and colors by Zid. The re-imagined story of Kong will officially continue in Skull Island: Birth of Kong, a new comic series launching April 12 that will mark the first continuation in Warner Bros. Legendary Comics
The original monthly series will both precede and follow   Kong: Skull Island, filling in the story of the secret scientific organization Monarch and its return mission to the now-evolved island, two decades after the events of the film. Intriguingly, the comic will reveal the mythic origin story of Kong, going deep into his dramatic birth and the war between his ancestors and the Skullcrawlers that resulted in Kong being the last of his kind.

Teen says Emma Stone responded to his ‘La La Land’ promposal

“It was one of my favorite films and I’ve always liked Emma Stone as an actor and I guess that spawned the idea of maybe asking her to the prom,” he said. I do see Gosling around the eyes. “JACOB, thanks for making the greatest proposal I’ve ever received,” Staudenmair read during an appearance on Friday’s Good Morning America   (video above). I’m in London working, but I hope you have the best time at prom, and I’m grateful you thought of me. Speaking to ABC earlier this week, Staudenmaier said he came up with the idea because of prior promposals and his love for   La La Land. Watch the original video below. Emma Stone has responded to the Arizona teen who asked her to prom by recreating La La Land. “I can’t tell you what an honor that was and how much I smiled through that entire beautifully orchestrated video. According to Jacob Staudenmaier, Stone sent along regrets at not being able to attend. Show Full Article Love, Emma.”

On Wednesday, the Phoenix high school student released a video in which he recreated the opening scene to La La Land altering the lyrics of “Another Day of Sun” to ask Stone to prom. P.S. THANK YOU.

Steven Van Zandt announces first new album since 1999

“I’ve always been very thematic with my work, very conceptual,” Van Zandt said in a press release. In this case, the concept became   me. Head over to his site   for those dates and check out album cut “Saint Valentine’s Day,” released in February, below. Who am I? Steven Van Zandt announced his sixth solo album on Friday. The gig motivated him to record   Soulfire while the ensemble “still had the fire and energy from the London show” and resulted in “the most fun [Van Zandt has] ever had making a record.”   And the set isn’t only new material: Van Zandt wrote “Love On The Wrong Side of Town” with Springsteen for fellow Jersey Shore band Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes in 1977, while “Down and Out in New York City” was originally recorded by James Brown for his 1973 soundtrack to   Black Caesar. Show Full Article So I tried to pick material that when you added it all up, really represented me.”
Van Zandt had a busy 2016, trekking the globe with Bruce Springsteen as part of The River 2016 Tour, but in October, he and his band, The Disciples of Soul, performed at London’s BluesFest. Due out May 19,   Soulfire is the   first full-length from the E Street Band guitarist — who records as Little Steven — since 1999’s   Born Again Savage. “I need a big picture, I can’t just do a collection of songs, that doesn’t work for me. I’m kind of my own genre at this point. Van Zandt also announced a series of dates to promote   Soulfire.

Yes, there’s a third ‘Property Brother.’ And he was once an Adam Lambert impersonator.

But, apparently, not everyone knows that. Scott was also   a member of the Canadian sketch comedy ensemble YFG and the Loose Moose Improv group, and he’s worked both in front of and behind the camera on various projects. — JD Scott (@MrJDScott) April 6, 2017

According to his profile on the Scott brothers’ website, he also impersonated David Bowie during a stint in Las Vegas. I was an Adam Lambert impersonator years ago which accounts for that awesome emo hair. Now I'm all @hgtv baby! I'd probably call him an illusionist because I know they appreciate that. “I think the internet has mashed @mrsilverscott and me up, he’s the illusionist. 🦄 pic.twitter.com/EiP5h4x7VS
— JD Scott (@MrJDScott) April 4, 2017

See more reactions to his throwback picture below. — JD Scott (@MrJDScott) April 7, 2017

@robertbalkovich @broderick Hahaha I used to be many many years ago. A post shared by Jon Acuff (@jonacuff) on Apr 6, 2017 at 1:04pm PDT

Well, partially true. It’s no secret that Jonathan and Drew Scott, a.k.a. lol
— JD Scott (@MrJDScott) April 7, 2017

@braddybb Haha of course. And as it turns out, Scott was actually a Lambert impersonator at one point in his career, he revealed in a Twitter exchange. The 3rd Property Brother, who is a magician, is my favorite. this pic of the third Property Brother has me seriously messed up pic.twitter.com/UZyWYl6e69
— brad esposito (@braddybb) April 6, 2017

@tutugroovy You win! 😂
— JD Scott (@MrJDScott) April 6, 2017

I can't believe Adam lambert is the third property brotherWhat CANT he do? Scott, while others posted reactions to a throwback photo unearthed by BuzzFeed writer Brad Esposito. I was an Adam Lambert impersonator years ago which accounts for that awesome emo hair.”

A fitting #tbt photo for sure. “What an honor.”
“We’ve always gotten along,”   he told the magazine   of his brothers. I'd probably call him an illusionist because I know they appreciate that. I love that the Internet dug up this photo. Now, as he says, he’s “all @hgtv.”
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“A fitting #tbt photo for sure,” he added of the image on Instagram. 😉 The good old emo hair has been put to rest, it served its term. — Hollyweed Stars (@benhd1997) April 7, 2017

— nay (@Naomineillx) April 7, 2017

Show Full Article In 2014, he shared a video of one of his   final performances at   the Imperial Palace with a Pink impersonator. HGTV’s Property Brothers, have another sibling. “I have been getting texts, emails and social media messages all week from friends saying ‘I saw you in @people magazine!’” he tweeted. Best description of the day. Some Twitter users are trying to wrap   their heads around the existence of J.D. “We’re great friends.”

I have been getting texts, emails and social media messages all week from friends saying 'I saw you in @people magazine!' What an honor. #tbt https://t.co/ON05Ultz29
— JD Scott (@MrJDScott) April 6, 2017

why does the third property brother look like Pete Wentz circa 2007 pic.twitter.com/YRYvDuTo38
— Alex Patti (@_alxpat) April 7, 2017

@broderick There ain't no escaping that scene hair. #Repost @jonacuff ・・・ The 3rd Property Brother, who is a magician, is my favorite. A post shared by JD Scott (@mrjdscott) on Apr 6, 2017 at 2:36pm PDT

Scott was recently spotted in PEOPLE’s cover story on Dave and Jonathan. There was method to that madness. I think the internet has mashed @mrsilverscott and me up, he's the illusionist. Not a magician although my mom says I'm magic. Scott himself is also getting in on the fun as users liken his previous look to Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Joan Jett, and “an Adam Lambert impersonator.”
“There was method to that madness,” Scott tweeted to Esposito of the photo. I love that the Internet dug up this photo.

Jimmy Kimmel and other late-night hosts bid emotional farewell to Don Rickles

Which was a tough show. Warmth” ironically thanks to his cutting witticisms, was actually a   warm and loving individual, Kimmel said.”He would always ask about my parents, my kids. “I felt like a made man. We all should have his career and be who he was.””God bless you, Don Rickles,” Colbert said. “I was fortunate enough to not only have Don on this show as my guest, but also to become close to him and his wife, Barbara, which was a lot of fun for me.”The comedy legend died Thursday morning at age 90.Rickles, who garnered the nickname “Mr. A profoundly saddened Jimmy Kimmel paid   homage to frequent guest and king of insult comedy   Don Rickles   on Thursday night.”I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young, but he was. Because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous,” Kimmel explained tearily, his hands clenched in front of him in an attempt to steady his voice. “And thank you.”On “Late Night” Seth Meyers had his own Rickles story, which seemed a bit more in line with the public perception of him as king of the one-liners.At a party, Meyers explained, he approached Rickles   and introduced himself and stated that he was on “Saturday Night Live.””And he just looked at me,” Meyers recalled, “and said, ‘Oh, I was so sorry to hear “Saturday Night Live”   was canceled.’ “Meyers then assured Rickles that the show hadn’t been canceled.”And then he just went, ‘Ugh, a guy can dream,” Meyers concluded. When my uncle Frank passed away, I called [Don] and asked him to be the guest on that show. “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert shared   his own anecdote about meeting the comedian backstage at the Emmys.”He hugged me and told me I was good,” Colbert said with a smile, emotion welling in his voice. “He gave me advice. And he helped all of us through it,” Kimmel recalled. “I remember thinking there’s just nothing better than getting burned by Don Rickles.” Latest updates And good advice, not just the advice people give you to hear themselves giving the advice.”Kimmel concluded his monologue with a collection of some of his late friend’s finest moments from his 18 appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”Kimmel was not alone in his late-night remembrances of Rickles.

Read an excerpt from Kristin Cashore’s 5-genre novel, ‘Jane, Unlimited’

Kiran gazed at the jellyfish with an unchanging expression. “The day after tomorrow? It was certainly a unique and unusual challenge for me to write. “Lucy St. At this mansion, she’ll face choices, and those choices will change her life. “Well,” Kiran says, ignoring Jane, “I announced my friend ahead of time. Her aunt had had a funny blue blotch staining the otherwise brown iris in one of her eyes, like a nebula, or a muddy star, with little spikes, spokes. Aunt Magnolia had put her cup of tea into Jane’s hands, closing both of Jane’s palms around its warmth. “Protection,” Kiran announced. Aunt Magnolia never worried. Greenhut assumed his students already knew a lot about biology, and maybe the assumption was just, because no one else in the class had seemed to struggle like Jane had. “Partly, anyway. Reading Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Jane’s traveling companion, Kiran, lies on her back in the lounge’s long window seat, her eyes closed. She gives no indication of having heard. “But   … I guess you get used to it,” she says. Why?”
“Who the hell knows? “It’s delicate,” said Kiran. Jane’s roommate had spent her summer in the French countryside and, once she’d learned that Jane had taken high school French, wanted to have conversations in French about towns Jane had never heard of and cheeses she’d never eaten. Peering through the window, she can make out the shapes of other boats, big ones, little ones, vaguely, through the downpour, docked in this tiny bay. “Hey,” Kiran had said that day, stopping at the desk. It’s been five years since we had a new Kristin Cashore novel to read, but that’s about to change with the Sept. “I’m so happy to introduce my Jane,” Cashore tells EW. Vanders grunts at this peculiar question and says, “I imagine not.”
“Bank robbers?” says Jane. Will Kiran think it’s weird? Kiran, four years older than Jane, went to college in Jane’s hometown and tutored Jane in writing while she was in high school. Jane supposes she never dresses without thinking of Aunt Magnolia. But the sight of Kiran Thrash brought Jane instantly to the strange promise Aunt Magnolia had extracted from her before she’d gone away on that last photography expedition. He told me he has a confession to make. Vanders. Patrick holds a steadying hand out to Jane and she grabs his forearm by accident. “Janie. Her presence was confusing. A couple other people chip in too.”
“Do Patrick and his sister live at the house?”
“Everyone lives at the house.”
“So, is it nice to come home?” asks Jane. Won’t you?”
“All right,” Jane had said, “fine. Aunt Magnolia, she thought, choking on it. Trapped behind the information desk, Jane had seen her coming, an enormous handbag on her arm and a harassed expression on her face. You had really good grades, didn’t you? Could this be my heroic journey? “Really? These students came from all over the world and they had so much money. A maroon clownfish, a coral grouper. “And I would sleep between Patrick and Ravi on the hearth, like a melting s’more.”
Memory comes on sharply; memory has its own will. Something is definitely up with Patrick and Kiran. Jane’s never met Ravi, but he visited Kiran sometimes in college. She just went. Is Kiran my friend? not anymore?”
“Eh, it’s complicated,” Kiran says, with a short sigh. “She died.”
“Oh,” Kiran said, narrowing her eyes. It’s not a soothing drive in a Rolls-Royce in the rain; the car seems too big to take the turns without plummeting off the edge. “Patrick’s the one who asked me to come home for the gala,” Kiran shouts through the rain. “It’s beautiful, actually. Aunt Magnolia had made Jane promise never to turn down an invitation to Kiran’s family estate. I’m taking some time. Come on. “You remember your old writing tutor?” Aunt Magnolia had said. Jane tried to respond, but the truth of it caught in her throat. “What the hell are you talking about?”
Her aunt had chuckled, deep in her throat, then had given Jane a one-armed hug. You and Ravi and Patrick liked to do that when you were young and Ivy was just a baby, remember? It can be hard to tell with someone like Kiran. “And I may stay awhile. 19 publication of her ambitious new project,   Jane, Unlimited. “And when’s the spring gala?”
“I don’t remember,” Kiran says. Messy ones.”
“Okay,” said Kiran, “whatever. What if she’s just a third wheel once Kiran meets up with her boyfriend? I’m armed,” Jane said, brandishing her cocktail umbrella. You’ll meet him. She used to beg to be included.”
“We used to toast marshmallows in Ravi’s fireplace,” Kiran tells Jane, “while Mr. Vanders with a sudden softening of expression, “we still have sleeping bags if you want to have sleepovers. It’s you.” She’d glanced at Jane’s arm, where tattooed jellyfish tentacles peeked out from under her shirtsleeve. Kiran had stumbled upon Jane at her job in the campus bookshop, because, like many visiting alumni, Kiran had remembered it had a public restroom. “You could be an art major somewhere,” Kiran said then. Vanders?” Kiran asks. Then, when he returns to the deck, she watches him through the window as he lifts wooden crates onto his shoulder and carries them onto the dock. “‘You return.’”
“Exactly, darling,” Aunt Magnolia had said. She pushed her sleeve up to the shoulder for Kiran. Hell, he’ll buy your umbrella supplies. Then Kiran says, “I guess there was a time when seeing Patrick again, after a long absence, made me feel like I was coming home.”
“Oh,” says Jane. The brass fittings are made of antique parts, but strong. Jane’s never had a friend before who grew up with her own servants. It makes me think of you.”
Of course it does. Vanders significantly. He is soaked to the skin. But it wasn’t possible to say no, because of Aunt Magnolia. “I was out driving.”
“Where are you living?”
“In the city apartment.”
The Thrashes’ city apartment was the top two floors of a Manhattan mansion overlooking Central Park, quite a distance away for someone who was just “out driving.”
“Though I’ve been called home to the island for the spring gala,” Kiran added. Kiran had used to move as if she were being pushed by at least four different urgent purposes at once. It might be a photo of a shark, but what Jane saw was Aunt Magnolia and her camera, pressed in by water, silence, and cold, breathing compressed air, waiting for a visit from a creature that might as well be an alien, so strange were the inhabitants of the underwater world. He’s young, maybe early twenties, a white guy with short dark hair, a deep winter tan, and blue eyes so bright that Jane had noticed them immediately. “From bullshit,” said Kiran. Can she find one that isn’t embarrassing? “Who’s your boyfriend, anyway?”
“His name is Colin. “How’s your aunt?”
It was like muscle memory now, this steeling herself. “I liked your aunt,” Kiran said. “Didn’t you used to make cool umbrellas?”
“They’re not art,” said Jane. Who designed it?”
“It’s based on a photo my aunt took,” said Jane through a flush of pleasure, “of a Pacific sea nettle jellyfish.”
“Did your aunt ever get to see your tattoo?”
“Timing can be an asshole,” Kiran said. It’s not a ship anymore, this house, now that Jane sees it up close. “Is Patrick in charge of transportation to and from the island?” asks Jane. In the bookstore,” she added, which was obvious, and not something she wanted to talk about. Her apartment-mates were a lot older than she and too pompously focused on their abstruse intellectual pursuits to bother with cooking, or cleaning, or showering. I hope you’ve set aside space; Janie needs space.”
“We’ve set aside the Red Suite in the east wing for Jane. “Janie, sweetheart,” Aunt Magnolia had said when Jane had woken extra early one morning and found her aunt on the stool at the kitchen counter. “You’re wearing an apron.”
“A handful of guests just arrived unannounced,” says Mrs. “They’re umbrellas. Patrick sticks his head into the lounge. The other students were snobs and I was failing biology.”
“Professor Greenhut?” Kiran asked, ignoring the dig about snobs. Maybe my mentor? “Me?”
“After you get off work.”
“I’m underage.”
“So I’ll buy you a milkshake.”
That night, at the bar, Jane had explained to Kiran what it was like to budget for rent, food, and health insurance on a part-time bookstore salary; how she’d sometimes believe in absentminded moments that Aunt Magnolia was just away on another of her photography trips; about the detours she found herself taking to avoid the apartment building where they’d lived together. George—”
“My brother makes me want to die,” Kiran says, interrupting. It was like living with self-important Owl from Winnie-the-Pooh, except that their hygiene was worse and there were three of them. Kiran would arrive late, her face alight, her manner less strict, less intense. It just came out. My boyfriend is there; you can meet him. “We’re docked, Kir,” he says, “and the car is here.”
Kiran sits up, not looking at him. “Shocking,” says Kiran. It’s a palace. “It’ll help you when you learn to scuba dive,” Aunt Magnolia had used to say when Jane was tiny—five, six, seven—though somehow, those scuba lessons had never materialized. “Yes.”
“I thought so. “Not everyone has Daddy’s bottomless credit card, you know.”
Kiran absorbed the dig with disinterest. It was hard to move around without poking herself on ribs. You have a degree. She’s come home for the spring gala. Her tutoring sessions had been different when Ravi was in town. Show Full Article It’s just a stupid, lopsided umbrella, Jane thinks to herself, suddenly blinking back tears. “Ravi and I grew up with him. “What’s your job, anyway?” she snapped. “And live how?” Jane said, irritated. Don’t you speak, like, seven languages?”
“You sound like my mother,” said Kiran, her voice more weary than annoyed. “I dropped out. “Kiran,” said Jane, instinctively touching her arm. Penguin Young Readers
Excerpt from   Jane, Unlimited   by   Kristin Cashore
The house on the cliff looks like a ship disappearing into fog. You return. It’s healthy to get away from home.”
“Yeah. It has its own morning room,” Mrs. “By car,” she says, not elaborating. Sometimes, if Aunt Magnolia was tired, she and Jane would read silently, wedged together. His eyes catch hers and she looks away. The petite umbrella’s satin canopy alternates deep brown with a coppery rose. Against her better instincts, Jane smiled. “Yeah.”
“Known school-wide as a pretentious douche,” said Kiran. What’s keeping you here?”
Some people are so rich, they don’t even notice when they shame others. “Did she ever talk about her house?”
“The house with the French name? Greenhut is trying to weed out students who didn’t go to fancy high schools.”
“It’s working,” Jane had said. Sorry,” she adds, with a glance at Jane. The tattoo was new. 19 publication. “I don’t mean to remind you of travel accidents.”
“It’s okay,” Jane says automatically, filing these names and facts away with the other information she’s collected. They would read books together by lantern light, listen to the moths throw themselves against the canvas of the tiny, glowing tent, then finally fall asleep to the sound of loons. Also, she’s revoltingly wealthy. Jane was five, six, seven, eight. Why am I here? The promise. “Watch your step,” he says in her ear. Vanders says. “Quit your job and come home with me to Tu Reviens,” she said. Vanders and Octavian hovered over us, certain we were going to burn ourselves.”
“Or set the house on fire,” says Mrs. “I hope you have a nice time.”
“What is that tattoo?” asked Kiran. Where do you live now?”
“In an apartment in town.”
“The same apartment you lived in with your aunt?”
“No,” Jane said, injecting it with a touch of sarcasm that was probably wasted on Kiran. Kiran is British American on her father’s side and British Indian on her mother’s, though her parents are divorced and her father’s now remarried. “Should we maybe help Patrick?”
“Help him with what?”
“I don’t know. Jane was hardly ever alone there. Your clothes too.”
Jane’s gold zigzag shirt and wine-colored corduroys make her look like one of Aunt Magnolia’s sea creatures. Cashore’s forthcoming novel follows newly orphaned Jane, who accepts an invitation to an old acquaintance’s mansion after the beloved aunt who raised her dies. “No wonder you dropped out.”
It was less friendly, but easier to bear up against, than the usual reaction, because it brought a flare of annoyance into Jane’s throat. The driver has the facial expression of a bulldog and she’s driving like she’s got a train to catch. “I’m a spoiled rich girl who has the privilege to mope around, feeling sorry for herself for being unemployed. She can see no road. At the mansion, Tu Reviens, Jane will face a series of choices that will determine the course of her life – and   the book becomes a sort of choose-your-own-adventure for the reader, too, splintering out into five different genres. “She always seemed like she knew exactly what she was going to do next. With any other ghost from her past, Jane’s first instinct would have been to turn her shoulder, hide behind her dark curls, and make herself into a statue. She stares at Jane in the rearview mirror. “Though regrettably it has no view of the sea.”
“It’s nowhere near me,” Kiran grumbles. “What?” says Jane, flustered. How disorienting it had been to attend the classes she’d watched enviously through the windows her whole life, and wind up miserable. “From what?” Jane asked, examining the umbrella’s delicate working interior. Then, a few days later, she’d left on an expedition to Antarctica, gotten caught too far from camp during a polar blizzard, and frozen to death. “You’re awake.”
“You’re awake,” Jane had responded, because Jane was the insomniac in the family. “You’re wild, Aunt Magnolia,” Jane had said. “It’s only making both of us more wet.”
There is, it turns out, a road that starts at the bay, continues clockwise around the base of the island, then enters a series of hairpin turns that climb the sheer cliffs gradually. Kiran isn’t seasick. Ravi is Kiran’s twin brother, Jane remembers. It’s kind of impressive. Once on land, Kiran and Jane scurry toward an enormous black car on the dock. What value was there in all the deliberate, scrabbling care Jane put into her subsistence now, if a near-stranger’s indifferent invitation, born of boredom and a need to pee, made Jane more financially comfortable than she could make herself? “I guess,” Kiran says. “I haven’t spent a lot of time in boats. He works with my brother. It’s unsettling, to be so far from home—all her usual anxieties lifted, only to be replaced with new ones. “Kiran Thrash?”
“Of course,” Jane had responded, taking a noisy slurp. “Huh,” she said. “Stay awhile, as long as you like. good friends?”
“Stop trying to keep me dry,” Kiran says, reaching for the car door. Aunt Magnolia had been tall, like Jane, and Jane had always fit well against her. Kiran’s invitation brought Aunt Magnolia near in a way that nothing else had in the four months since. So does his little sister, Ivy. “Did it hurt?”
“Yes,” said Jane. The runners squeak and the curve of the ribs is warped, the fabric unevenly stretched. “I apply for things now and then, but it never comes through, and I’ll be honest, I’m always kind of relieved.”
“What’s the problem? Now, at loose ends, she’s on her way to visit a friend’s lavish island mansion. I work here. For you, I promise I won’t ever turn down an invitation to Tu Reviens. Not now, maybe, but in the past. Sometimes she slept with a work in progress at the end of her bed. So did his parents, until a couple years ago. Octavian won’t mind. Docking the boat?”
“Are you kidding?” says Kiran. “It’s near Ravi.”
“Well,” says Mrs. Steel-haired and steel-eyed, pale-skinned with high cheekbones, she’s wearing black yoga clothes and an apron with cooking stains. “Are we short-staffed again, Mrs. On the island her dad owns?”
“Tu Reviens,” Aunt Magnolia had said. Standing in the lounge of The Kiran, the rain falling in sheets outside, Jane tells herself to breathe, slow, deep, and even, the way Aunt Magnolia taught her. Jane glances at the house, floating above them in the storm. I get it.”
It was funny, because those were Jane’s thoughts exactly. “Who is Patrick, anyway?”
“Patrick Yellan,” Kiran says. “Um, why?”
“I’ve heard it’s a place of opportunity.”
“Aunt Magnolia,” Jane had said with a snort, putting her cup down to look into her aunt’s eyes. Aunt Magnolia? “My family makes me want to die,” Kiran says. “Yeah, so, I don’t have a job,” Kiran said again, holding Jane’s eyes briefly, then looking away. Like she was a puzzle piece from the wrong puzzle. “I don’t have a job.”
“Well, you don’t exactly seem happy either.”
Kiran surprised Jane by shouting a laugh. “Ever.”
“Okay,” Jane says, wondering if this is an expression of Kiran’s general, equal-opportunity sarcasm, or if she’s got some specific problem with Patrick. “Maybe you’ll go to school somewhere else,” Kiran said. “And wonderful.”
“But I don’t ask you for many promises, do I?”
“So promise me this one thing. She’ll need to choose an umbrella appropriate for a heroic journey. I hated it. “Let’s not talk about it now. Opening it carefully, she twirled it between her fingers, then presented it to Jane. Jane often wore her shirtsleeves rolled up to show a glimpse of the tentacles because, secretly, she liked people to ask to see it. “Your brother himself has made no appearance,” says Mrs. Teetering across the lounge floor, opening one of her crates, Jane lights upon the right choice instantly. “Hello, don’t put bullshit in my mouth. He’s always announcing shit like that, then he has nothing to say.”
“Are you   … He could hear us.”
Patrick would have to have superpowers to hear a word of this conversation, but Jane recognizes a dismissal when she hears one. In the end, she’d spent most nights with Aunt Magnolia instead of in her dorm room, feeling like she was living a parallel version of her own life, one that didn’t fit her skin. Kiran shrugged, listless. “I’ve missed the funny way you talk. “I liked you too,” she added, which was when Jane stopped thinking about herself and began to study Kiran, who had changed somehow since she’d last seen her. Why are you awake anyway?”
“Strange dreams,” she’d said. She made you feel like that was possible, to know the right choice.”
Yes. Aunt Magnolia, who’d been an adjunct marine biology teacher, had spluttered over the syllabus. “All this time, I could’ve been stopping bullshit with a cocktail umbrella?”
“It might only work for really small bullshit.”
“Thanks,” said Jane, starting to smile. “Come get drinks.”
“What?” said Jane, startled. “Somewhere far away. “Will we ascend through the rain, like scuba divers?”
Kiran snorts, then surprises Jane by shooting her a small, approving smile. Another wave propels her, in slow motion, against the yacht’s lounge window. “You know what I liked about your aunt?” Kiran said. Out, feeling her torso flatten. “The spring gala is the day after tomorrow. “Quit your job,” Kiran said. Or maybe Jane just has ships on the brain, seeing as she’s inside one that’s doing all it can to consume her attention. Why?”
“Just wondering.”
“Did you make that umbrella?” asks Kiran. “How will we get to the house?” she asks. I’m thrilled that it’s finally time to pass Jane’s story on to a broader audience.”
Below, EW is thrilled to exclusively reveal the cover and an excerpt, in advance of   Jane, Unlimited’s   Sept. “Wow,” Jane said. Through the lounge window, Jane can see Patrick, who captains the yacht, on deck in the rain, drenched, trying to catch a cleat with a rope. She’d balanced her hip on the edge of Aunt Magnolia’s stool so she could lean against her aunt’s side, close her eyes, and pretend she was still asleep. That’s the reason for Kiran’s trip. She could impale someone on the ferrule. “Aunt Magnolia,” Jane had repeated. “Patrick will bring it up later.”
“Okay,” Jane says. provincial. Kiran’s father, Octavian Thrash IV, owns those boats, this bay, this island off the eastern seaboard, those waving trees, that massive house far above. Someone was apparently supposed to be waiting on the dock to help him but didn’t show up. for the life of a Bear!” Aunt Magnolia would say as Christopher Robin led an expotition to the North Pole. I’m a young woman of reduced circumstances, with no family and no prospects, invited by a wealthy family to their glamorous estate. “Ivy would make herself sick and fall asleep in a sugar coma,” Kiran says wistfully. Her bedroom was a glorified closet, not conducive to umbrella-making, which required space. Cook is having hysterics.”
Kiran throws her head against the back of the seat and closes her eyes. “Any bank robbers expected?”
Mrs. Maybe he can do everything. “Leave your stuff,” she says to Jane dismissively. Maybe.” Jane had always lived in that small, upstate university town, surrounded by students whenever she’d stepped outside. Vanders. Kiran observed Jane’s grief with dispassion. Vanders says. “Sing Ho! “Kiran?” says Jane. Jane opens it. And she’d taken on an extra job as a waitress at a diner in town for three months to pay for it. “I might have dropped out anyway. “She’s lived a pretty ordinary life until recently, when the aunt who raised her died. Sitting with Aunt Magnolia in the red armchair, beside the radiator that clanked and hissed. thinks Jane. Kiran doesn’t answer right away, just stares straight ahead, her mouth tight, until Jane begins to wonder if her question was rude. But she’d learned to chat, to fill the silence with false enthusiasm, and to offer her failures as conversational bait, because sometimes it enabled her to head off the very next question Kiran asked. “Patrick can do everything by himself.”
“Patrick doesn’t need anybody,” Kiran says. It’s homemade and funny-looking. “I hope we drown.” This yacht is named The Kiran. “Is it a squid?”
“It’s a jellyfish.”
“Can I see it?”
The jellyfish sat on Jane’s upper arm, blue and gold, with thin blue tentacles and spiral arms in white and black reaching all the way down below her elbow. “You just don’t seem very happy.”
“Happy!” said Jane, incredulous, then, as Kiran continued to sip her whiskey, seriously annoyed. He works for my father. “What’s brought you to town?” Jane asked Kiran. “Hi.”
“Do you go to school here now?”
“No,” Jane said. “I live with three grad students.”
“How do you like it?”
“It’s fine,” Jane lied. Of course she hadn’t been able to afford that same apartment. Does Kiran’s father even know Jane is coming? A state school, where the other students wouldn’t have made her feel so   … “Greenhut’s a superior, self-righteous donkey,” she’d said in disgust, then added, “No offense to Eeyore. They died in a car accident, in France. How does a person act around people who own yachts and private islands? Jane didn’t mean to explain it all, but Kiran was from the time when life had made sense. It’s probably on the weekend.”
There’s a gala for every season at Octavian Thrash IV’s house on the sea. Outside, Patrick catches the cleat successfully, then, his body taut, pulls on the rope, arm over arm, bringing the yacht up against the dock. His bright eyes flash at Jane, then touch Kiran. “And my father, and my brother, and my boyfriend, and every damn person I talk to, ever.”
“I was only asking.”
“It’s okay,” she said. Tuition was free for faculty kids. Acquaintance? If Aunt Magnolia was drying socks on the radiator, the room would smell of wool. Patrick Yellan, Jane notices, has beautiful forearms. Octavian is probably in a mood.”
“Okay,” said Jane, trying to imagine having a gazillionaire father, on a private island, in a mood. “Because you get to see the friends you grew up with?”
Jane is fishing, because she’s trying to figure out how these servant relationships work, when one person is so rich. Jane suddenly feels like a character in a novel by Edith Wharton or the Brontës. The car approaches the house from behind, roars around to the front, and pulls into the drive. She’s bored. The day after that? And this time, for some inexplicable reason, she’s invited Jane along, even though, until last week, Jane hadn’t seen Kiran since Kiran’s graduation almost a year ago. But now, because Kiran had said it, she resented it less. But maybe Kiran was right, maybe Jane should have chosen a different school. “What guests?”
“Phoebe and Philip Okada,” Mrs. Anyone who has read   Jane Eyre   or   Rebecca   might notice echoes of those stories in Jane’s story… But I think readers will also find that Jane’s story is unlike any they’ve   ever read. “Okay,” she says. “I want you to make me a promise.”
“If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens,” she’d said, “promise me that you’ll go.”
“Okay,” Jane had said. The spire a mast, the trees whipping against its base, the waves of a ravening sea. “I’ll drink to that,” she said, then threw back her drink, leaned over the bar, reached into a container of paper umbrellas, and selected one, blue and black to match Jane’s shirt and her tattoo tentacles. A wave rolls the yacht, catches her off balance, and she sits down, triumphantly landing in the general vicinity of where she aimed. “I guess my aunt Magnolia must have gotten used to it,” says Jane. Jane had known enough French to translate this. My brother, Ravi, too. Kiran and Jane step into the rain. She’s trying to shield Kiran with her umbrella, which sends a rivulet of icy water down the canopy straight into the neck of her own shirt. The images she brought back amazed Jane. “You know I get wild ideas sometimes.”
Aunt Magnolia had been one for sudden trips, like camping in some remote part of the Finger Lakes where overnights weren’t exactly permitted and where cell phones didn’t work. And then a week later Aunt Magnolia might go off to Japan to photograph sharks. In, Jane thinks, focusing on her expanding belly. Tu Reviens. Jane shivers, tilting her head so her boisterous curls obscure her face.

‘First Blood’ original ending: Dead Rambo and Kirk Douglas

Did they need me to excessively pile it on? The film was basically conceived as Rambo’s tragedy, that mirrored the tragedy of so many of the veterans that I talked to. A lot of the veterans felt horrible, guilty, they felt they’d dirtied their souls for absolutely nothing. For example, he would say, “This is a great line, but Kirk Douglas should say this line.”
I said, “But Kirk, that sentiment is appropriate for that nasty Sheriff, not for you.”
“I don’t care. Finally, I said to the producers, “I can’t please this guy! Usually, you submit a script to a star, you’d be lucky if you get an answer within two or three months. He knows what audiences like to see, and what they don’t like to see. He would find himself in a better place. The left wing thought they were a bunch of babykillers. He’d help Rambo to get back to a more fulfilling life. His tragedy mirrored their tragedy, and how they came to this sad conclusion to kill themselves. Dogs are sent after him. It’s a good line. [Laughs]   We came around to do the ending. The right wing thought the Vietnam veterans were a bunch of losers, and lost the war – the first time America had lost a major war like that. He’s in the police station. I’m only gonna take two hours, I promise you. The whole scene was awfully moving. I sent him the script when he was performing in a play in San Francisco. This is the script that we want to make, and this is the script I want you to be in. But he can’t do it, of course. The quintessential American town Rambo finds himself in was emblematic of the whole United States. Money always revolves around getting a big star name. Kirk Douglas says it.”
Later on, I heard from other producers that worked with him that he was habitually stealing good lines from other actors, even though they were not quite right for his character. All those people that symbolized America had killed him. All one long camera shot. Yeah, sure!”
One thing about Sylvester: He has a populist sense. He said, “I only have one request: I hear that you’re going to do some rewriting on the film. Why didn’t he ultimately appear in the movie? He’s being treated by an enemy, so he returns the failure and wrecks the whole town. This is what happens to Rambo. A manhunt ensues, and the nihilistically vindictive   bloodshed: By the end of the novel, Rambo and the Sheriff are both dead. In   David Morrell’s 1972 novel   First Blood, a Vietnam veteran named Rambo runs afoul of a small-town Sheriff. I said, “That’s not the character I created. But the ending is horrible!”   In the face of this universal disapproval, they agreed to change the ending. He kills about 75 people! – he’s so happy he didn’t kill him. [The test audience]   were all unanimous. He’s pursued endlessly. He was a big star. I thought that maybe the Colonel could see what had gone wrong. He loved the script and said he wanted to do it. They’ll end up on a jeep and drive off. They all said, in different words: “This is the best action film I’ve ever seen. You’re not gonna do it! Kotcheff just released his memoir, Director’s Cut: My Life in Film. The Colonel comes in there to put him out of his misery. The evil Sheriff killed him. Right afterwards! He jumps off cliffs. But happy endings are popular endings. We wanted to bend over backwards. He’s shot in the arm and he has to sew it up himself. We’re done for the day!”
I said, “Listen, you a–holes, I don’t take any s—   from producers. – they had marching bands. Rocky is wonderfully written. So, I said, “Okay, guys!” I lined it all up. Had he stayed, he would have been involved in the scene where Rambo dies by   suicide. He kills himself! Unhappy endings are intellectual endings. In my film, he’s against killing, he won’t kill anybody. Show Full Article You’re a terrific writer. In previous wars, like World War II – I remember, because I’m that old! He’s surrounded by the army, and by the police. Almost a decade later, director Ted Kotcheff signed on to direct an adaptation of   First Blood, and he had his own vision for the movie:   The character of Rambo would be on a suicide mission. In the sequel, he’s turned into a killing machine. The producers and the Orion executives made an agreement: Let’s have a test screening, with the original hara-kiri ending where he shoots himself, and see what the audience would respond. That’s why I conceived of First Blood as Rambo’s suicide mission. The police abuse him. The film was originally going to end with Sylvester Stallone’s brutalized veteran dying by   suicide… with a little help from Kirk Douglas, who was originally cast to play Colonel Trautman. I thought, to then have him kill himself means the enemy would have won, that town would have killed him. It was incredibly moving, after all we’d been through. “This line’s gotta be changed.” “I don’t like this scene.” The dialogue he was suggesting was like a B-film, circa 1940. Vietnam veterans   were vilified, and rejected. Was   it mentally jarring to film that different ending, after you had conceived of the movie as Rambo’s suicide mission? Fifty-eight   thousand American troops, and a million Vietnamese – a million! And Sylvester loved it! He’s been shot, but not killed. They were treated like heroes! Then, of course, the veterans were treated so badly. I’ve never had that. He was a strange man, Kirk. The two producers, Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna, they came running over to me, and said, “What the f— are you doing, Kotcheff? The camera pans over, follows them as they go onto the street. All this, and now we’re gonna kill him?”
What he said had been simmering in my mind slightly for some time, really. They come out of the police station. He always had an unsettling manner of always talking about himself in the third person. They were treated so badly, terribly. I met guys that actually later on killed themselves. On a Friday morning he phones   me: “I love this script! A lot of veterans came home to find there was no place for them. We were supposed to be wrapping for the day!” I told them about my alternate ending, and they went bloody nuts. But Rambo reaches out, presses the trigger, and blows himself away. Sylvester got up and said, “Ted, can I talk to you for a second?”   He said, “You know, Ted, we put this character through so much. Plus, you’re over budget and over schedule! I said, “Sylvester has a point.” Something popped into my head right away. “Kotcheff! You have to go with your intuitions in making a film sometimes. Then when he got up there, he started quarreling, before he even started to shoot. Here, he explains   the story behind   the   First Blood ending that wasn’t. He came in at the very beginning, towards the beginning of the shooting of the film. By this time, the audience had gotten the message. – died for this stupid idea. Now, you have to kill me.” And he pulls out the gun. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How were you originally planning to end the movie? We go back to Sylvester – all one shot! For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit   ew.com/untoldstories. If you’re gonna do that, good luck, have a good time.”
Forgetting about the sequels for a moment, where do   you think Rambo goes after the end of   First Blood? You created me. And then, when the American distributor wants a happy ending, which I’m sure they will, you won’t have to spend a ton of money bringing the whole cast and crew back — in March, in bad weather — at that time, you’ll be kissing my ass in gratitude!”
The film was picked up by Orion Films, whose head was Mike Medavoy, who I knew very well. But if you don’t want to do this script, then you can go back to Los Angeles.” He said, “Okay, Kirk Douglas goes back to Los Angeles.” [Laughs]
What did you think of the direction that the sequels took Rambo in? I said, “I know exactly how to do it.” We cut away from this scene, just before [the Colonel]   pulls the gun out. They’ll look at him, he’ll look at them. I think it was a very stupid war to begin with, based on a very stupid idea called the Domino Theory. The Domino Theory was: If Vietnam became Communist, then the whole Southeast would fall like dominoes, and they would all become communist as well. I’ll pan over to the ambulance, and see the Sheriff being loaded into the ambulance. I thought maybe even the Colonel gives him a job on the army field, or makes him an officer, because he’s so experienced. We shot it. You liked it, and you agreed to do it. [Rambo]   says, “I know you have a gun underneath your jacket there. To which I might add, for Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar, who produced three Rambo sequels: Profitable endings, too! So you filmed the new ending on the same day you filmed the original ending? The Colonel’s gonna take him back to the army cabin, maybe give him psychiatric assistance! That thing had been niggling at me in the back of my head: The town killed him. We agreed this film was Rambo’s suicide mission, and now you’re altering it? I want to do it!” I couldn’t believe my luck! In his case, I sent it to him on a Thursday night. They were the evil people who did this. My first choice for the picture was Sylvester Stallone. Initially, Kirk Douglas was cast as Colonel Trautman. I’ve rewritten this damn scene four times trying to incorporate the things he tells me, then when he sees it in front of the page he doesn’t like it.” Finally they allowed me to go to him and say, “Kirk, you read the script three months ago. To read more Untold Stories, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here — and   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. The whole townspeople are there. He runs through freezing water. They start to walk down the steps. TED KOTCHEFF: I did a lot of research with Vietnam veterans. I’d like to participate in the rewrite with you.”
I said, “I’d love that, Sylvester.

‘Girls’ star Alex Karpovsky reflects on Ray’s best moments

“I just feel like Ray and Shoshanna have this really weird, particular type of connection, and they’re both oddballs,” he said. RELATED: Girls and 19 Other HBO Original Series Gems
“I was flattered by the responsibility that comes with that prestigious title,” he recalled of Ray’s appointment as Shoshanna’s “crack spirit guide” in season 1. “I directed before I acted, and so when I acted it was kind of a later thing,” he said. The show may be called Girls, but Lena Dunham’s HBO series also offered emotionally meaty roles for the guys. Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile, and web devices. ET on HBO. “But in a broader sense it was sort of a sign that they were giving me more stuff to do on the show, so it was very meaningful and flattering from that point of view.”
Another big moment for Ray came when he professed his love —   and homelessness —   to Shoshanna, and his speech was one of the few times Karpovsky says he offered any notes on the script. “They both vibrate on this weird outer-space frequency in their own ways, and I think this is sort of the first time that they acknowledge that to one another.”
Karpovsky’s run on Girls also   features a move behind the camera: The actor, who helmed films like Red Flag and Rubberneck, directed the season 5 episode “Love Stories,” featuring Jenny Slate. “In the script, it said Chevy Chase, not Andrew Kaufman,” he recalled. Watch the interview above and catch this full episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). As fans approach the series   finale in the coming weeks, actor Alex Karpovsky sat down with host Lola Ogunnaike on Entertainment Weekly: The Show to recap Ray’s best moments. Show Full Article “So it’s nice — I feel a little more comfortable, you know, you get self-conscious, and I’m more comfortable [directing].”
Girls airs Sundays at 10 p.m. “It’s one of the few notes I had over the six years is, ‘Could we change it to Andy Kaufman?’”
That scene was one of his favorites to shoot because it got down to the heart of the couple’s relationship.

Gemma Arterton talks ‘Their Finest’ and the movie that almost made her quit acting

In the film Arterton plays Catrin Cole, a newly married copywriter who lands a job writing “slop” — the dialogue women say to each other — for films coming out of the London’s propaganda office. It wasn’t the type of thing I enjoyed watching or doing. “I’m really happy with the work, and creatively, I’m buzzing with ideas.”
She also adds that she thinks the decision by BAFTA to promote gender equality is brilliant. She stares opposite Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, both of whom give career-enhancing performances. Plus, says Scherfig, “She’s a real woman. “It made me stop wanting to be an actor,” says Arterton, 31. She knows how to work really hard for what she wants and she’s not spoiled in any way.”

Arterton and Claflin, who plays the curmudgeonly screen writer Tom Buckley, share an endearing banter with each other throughout the film. Gemma Arterton is many things: charming, vibrant, passionate. She credits 2013’s Runner Runner,   in   which she costarred opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, as the film that did it for her. I had a moment where I thought, ‘Okay, I got into this because of Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier and now I’m making action movies.’ Not that I wouldn’t ever do [action movies] again but I realized then that it wasn’t for me and I decided to do more theater and collaborate with people.”
The change is evident in her latest film Their Finest, a delightful WWII-set ensemble piece from An Education director Lone Scherfig. While 2010’s   Prince of Persia forced its lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal to take stock of what kinds of choices he was making, Arterton, who costarred in that box office flop, needed a few more years to take charge of her career. One of our first questions centered on her work with Scherfig, the Danish director who had tried multiple times to work with Arterton in the past. But it’s Arterton who appears revived by the project. Fresh off a run playing Joan of Arc in Saint Joan at the Donmar Warehouse in London and sporting a fresh pixie cut hairstyle, the woman formerly known as Bond girl Strawberry Field in Quantum of Solace appears to have a new sense of energy and enthusiasm to her career that at one point looked like it was going to be stuck in the unenviable girlfriend role. “I feel like The beginning of my career was kind of like, ‘Let’s pretend that didn’t happen,’ and now it’s really happening,” she says with a laugh. Their Finest opens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. We set down to chat with her about the movie and her career for an interview on EW Radio. Scherfig says she was drawn to Arterton’s comedic timing and technical prowess. Arterton has taken charge of her career in a refreshing manner. After Their Finest she will star in Julie Delpy’s new film My Zoe opposite Daniel Bruhl and Richard Armitage, and Vita and Virginia, which she produced and is playing Virginia Woolf’s lover, socialite and author Vita Sackville-West. Show Full Article “The whole thing wasn’t right for me. Here she is talking about it. That was easy to master compared to Arterton’s bigger challenge, the Welsh accent.