Even as her eye candy rebuffs her, the fantasy flourishes as she begins writing what she calls a “short story disguised as a letter.” One such letter begins, “Dear Dick, you’re like a Roman god bringing the spirit of sex into our lives.” Though she never intends to reveal her work, she realizes it’s probably the best she’s ever written and soon the whole town is reading along. Show Full Article There she meets Dick (Kevin Bacon), who becomes an obsession for Chris, especially as her big break at the Venice Film Festival falls apart and she’s left in the small town with nothing but her straining marriage and her lust for, again, Dick. Season 1 of I Love Dick premieres on Amazon May 12. Kathryn Hahn, another face from Transparent, portrays Chris in I Love Dick, which tells the story of a struggling indie filmmaker who drops off her academic husband, Sylvère (Griffin Dunne), at a fellowship program in Marfa, Texas. Described as an “exploration of the female gaze and how we tell stories about love and desire,” the series was adapted from the novel of the same name by Chris Kraus. Jill Soloway, the Emmy-winning creator behind Amazon’s Transparent, is back with a new series about…well, Dick. Watch the Dick-heavy trailer above. The cast also includes Roberta Colindrez, India Menuez, Lily Mojekwu, while Soloway executive-produces with Sarah Gubbins, Andrea Sperling, and Victor Hsu.
Show Full Article The Witness will soon be revealed! Based on the 1995 film of the same name, the Syfy series follows weary time traveler James Cole (Aaron Stanford) and virologist Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) as they attempt to save the world from the Army of the 12 Monkeys, who released a plague that kills off most of humanity. ET each night throughout the weekend until Sunday, May 21 on Syfy. The third season picks up months after Cassie was kidnapped by the Army of the 12 Monkeys and discovered that she is the mother of the Witness. When 12 Monkeys returns for its third season, Cole (Aaron Stanford) will discover the shocking truth that the Witness is his own son — who nearly unmasks himself in the exclusive trailer below! 12 Monkeys returns Friday, May 19, airing 8-11 p.m. How will they handle the truth? Check out the promo, which includes your first look at Christopher Lloyd as the Pallid Man’s father.
Vincent, who duet on one of the singles, while artists including Björk and Bon Iver give new takes on previously released songs. Record Contributors
Dr. It also includes music from Common, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters, Mitski, Sharon Van Etten, and more. “Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years, and one in five women in America have turned to us for care. There are also spoken word entries: Margaret Atwood read poetry for the collection, for example. 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat.”
Chvrches, Estelle, Feist, and Sleater-Kinney all wrote new music for the set, as well as John Legend and St. Vincent
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Show Full Article “Money’s important, obviously, but the more people are thinking about Planned Parenthood, and understanding it, and realizing it needs to survive, the better.”
See the full list of contributors below. “We’re incredibly grateful to have the support of so many artists and entertainers, many of them who have themselves relied on us for health care,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said in a statement. Willie Parker
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St. “Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood,” the creative collective behind the set said in a statement. “If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings. Musicians, comedians, and visual artists are banding together to benefit Planned Parenthood with a new series of 7-inch vinyl records that will be released both as a physical box set and as a digital download. Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we’re not backing down now.”
“All the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, but more importantly, I’m hoping 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood can exist in some way in popular culture and maybe make people who hadn’t previously thought of Planned Parenthood as an organization start to consider how essential it is for so many people,” 7-Inches creative director Brandon Stosuy tells EW. As for comedy, most of the entries were recorded at California’s Largo club. Jenny Slate, Janeane Garofalo, Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, and Zach Galifianakis are all featured, among others. 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood will be available in the coming weeks.
Define yourself. Listen for the quiet line. A bad day is when you don’t.” — Diana Gabaldon, The Outlandish Companion
“I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am.” — Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
Show Full Article Check out their pearls of wisdom below — and for deeper reading, we recommend Stephen King’s On Writing and Colum McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer. — ALL OF THAT WAS HARMFUL TO ME. Protect your voice, your vision, your characters, your story, your imagination, your dreams.” — Anne Rice on Facebook, March, 31, 2014
“The best advice I can give on this is, once it’s done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. (This is Raymond Chandler's advice, not mine. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself. 1) Write what you know. Rowling
Even if it isn't the piece of work that finds an audience, it will teach you things you could have learned no other way. Anyone can tell a big story, yes, but not everyone can whisper something beautiful in your ear.” — Colum McCann, Letters from a Young Writer
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” — Elmore Leonard, The New York Times, 7/16/2001
“I’ve often said there are no rules for writers. My advice? Let’s face it, plots are good for movies, but when over-considered they tend to make books creak. Reject rules and critics out of hand. I would not try this.)
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 18, 2013
J.K. It’s amazing how willing people are to tell you that you aren’t a real writer unless you conform to their cliches and their rules. Finish the short story, print it out, then put it in a drawer and write other things. ALL OF IT. —– So I say again, there are no rules. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
… but you'd never have got there without finishing the others (all of which will now be of more interest to your audience.)
— J.K. IT HURT ME AND SET ME BACK. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
“Maybe in this day and age we are diseased by plot. — J.K. 2) You’ll have to polish every sentence you write three or four times. — J.K. 3) Genius is one tenth talent and nine tenths hard work, and 4) You’re not a real writer if you don’t write every day. So, unbloat your plot. Do it your way. April 10 marks National Encourage A Young Writer Day, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the best advice our favorite authors have given to the aspiring writers who will (maybe) join their ranks one day. If there are things you aren’t satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that’s revision.” — Neil Gaiman, from his website
“A good day is any day when you get words on the page. Make yourself the writer of your dreams. Stephen King
“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.” — Stephen King, On Writing
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5) When in doubt how to end a chapter, bring in a man with a gun. Let me share the WORST AND MOST HARMFUL ADVICE I was ever given by others. When you’re ready, pick it up and read it, as if you’ve never read it before.
Did you even know there was a volcano on the ABC series Lost? Lost never had that luxury of development time; most broadcast shows that produce 22-episode seasons don’t. A version of this story originally appears in Entertainment Weekly’s Untold Stories issue, on stands now or available to buy right here. “The volcano had been dormant for the duration of the series,” explains Lindelof, “but based on moving into this endgame, the island had become unstable and the volcano was going to erupt. Wouldn’t it look fake? Not helping the cause: The set for the temple, a refuge for Jacob’s chosen ones and a key location in the first half of season 6, turned out to be very expensive. “The other thing that happened,” says Lindelof, “was that we remembered Revenge of the Sith, and that big epic battle between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, in the midst of a volcanic planet. But they were determined to fake it the best they could. Cuse says The Volcano That Never Really Was speaks to how practical factors, models of production, and s— happens variables affect the execution and finale form of big saga serials. It was a logical, inevitable idea, but it was going to be hard to shoot. Eko’s death-by-Smokey exit episode.) Today, Cuse is about to roll film on Amazon’s Jack Ryan after spending two years with a team of writers designing and budgeting the show’s world and story. We knew whatever we did was going to look Mickey Mouse next to it.” Maybe. Just kidding. Carlton Cuse, Lost’s longtime co-showrunner, got the idea for the volcano in the early years of the show after visiting Hawaii’s Big Island with his family, taking a volcano tour and marveling at the landscape. Still, Cuse and Lindelof do think scratching the volcano was for the best. Lindelof says the producers came to believe during the writing of season 6 that it would be better if some ideas about The Island remained metaphorical or mysterious, things to be interpreted, not explained. But we bet Star Wars fanatic Hurley would have loved it. Actually, it was one of the first hints of an endgame. And they had reason to be confident in their producing ability. So the idea that, for the finale, we could go to this new locale that’s going to look new and different and unique, primal and ancient and end-of-the-world-ish, that would be great.”
The volcano wouldn’t have come out of the blue. The result — the launching of the raft and the drama on the water that occurred after — is one of Lost’s most stirring and terrifying passages. Lindelof gives much credit to Cuse for this. At some point in all the plotting, planning, and prepping for season 6, ABC calculated that it couldn’t afford the transportation cost. Lost was marked by several such stories. In this model of production, a bit of inspiration during the writing phase, like the volcano idea, could be evaluated and integrated into the whole of a season or series. But back in the day, Lost’s producers were full of “why not?” chutzpah. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Eko was a season 2 breakout. When the actor abruptly ankled Lost the second season, the producers had to create a new story for Locke and other characters impacted by his sudden departure. He says in the writers’ room, he would often play the role of the one who said, “We’ll never be able to do that!” and Cuse would be the one who said, “Yes, we can!”
In season 1, which garnered Lost an Emmy for Outstanding Drama, the writers wanted the castaways to build a giant raft to escape the island. We were going to have lots of seismic activity, and ultimately, there was going to be this big fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil, which ended up in the series manifesting as Jack and The Man in Black, in the midst of magma. He thought it would be cool if The Island had a volcano of its own. “By the end of season 6,” says Lindelof, “we had this feeling that, any idea we had, there’s gotta be a way to do it.”
And so it went that Cuse and Lindelof decided to end Lost by reigniting an actual volcano and spraying their cast with actual skin-searing magma. “And the answer was the volcano.”
Lindelof and Cuse initially envisioned a finale in which Jack (Matthew Fox) and Smokey incarnate (Terry O’Quinn) would brawl over the fate of the island at Lost’s proverbial Mount Doom. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit ew.com/untoldstories. The premise that developed over time was that the volcano was a mysterious place that forged the ticking, shape-shifting monster, the billowing black mass known as Smokey. “It would be visually stunning and really exciting for the audience,” says Lindelof. How to produce a credible illusion of people on the open sea, piloting a seaworthy vessel of their creation? The producers loved writing for Mr. Eko (his showcase episode in season 2, “The 23rd Psalm,” written by Cuse and Lindelof, is one of Lost’s best) and envisioned a prolonged conflict with John Locke (O’Quinn) that would have made the middle seasons of the series quite different. “We also thought of the island as a character on the show, so we were always looking for things that would give it more personality.” He didn’t have an idea of how the volcano could be used, “but it was something we banked and thought we could use downstream.”
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The volcano stayed in the back pocket until the producers started developing Lost’s concluding seasons. “And Carlton would be like, ‘No, we’re going to build an actual raft, we’re going to push it out into the sea, and we’re actually going to do it!” Cuse huddled with the Lost’s Honolulu-based production team, led by executive producers Jack Bender and Jean Higgins (two of the show’s great, unsung heroes), and made it happen. The producers planned to take us there in Lost’s third-to-last episode, “Across The Sea,” a major mythological outing that revealed the origin story of The Island’s long-lived protector, Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), and his unnamed brother, The Man in Black (Titus Welliver), and dramatized the latter’s transformation into Smokey. Perhaps the most well-known involved Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, whose Mr. And this is where the people who wrote the checks for Lost put a stopper in Operation: Magma Spew. By season 6, the writers had settled on the concept that the island was like a cork that bottled up all sorts of bad stuff, some volatile stew of spiritual dark matter stuff that would rob life of meaning and goodness if unleashed. You would have seen Jacob drag his mother-killing sibling up the slopes of the volcano and toss him into its smoldering, monster-making crater. The presence of this geographical feature on the show’s mystical, time-skipping island was established in season 3. Show Full Article And it might have made a bigger impression — and led to a different series finale — if not for a small matter of money. You see drawings, images, and even a model of it in a Dharma Initiative classroom. It’s true. Wouldn’t it require a lot of green screen and special effects? Says Lindelof: “ABC was like, ‘Guys, we love you, and we’re letting you end the show; we can’t let you bankrupt the network in the process.’” And that’s how Smokey’s crucible — Lost’s version of Buffy’s Hellmouth — was re-imagined as a cave of light and the fight between Jack and the monster was filmed on the cliffs of Oahu. “We were always looking to cannibalize anything on Hawaii to aid in the visual storytelling of the show,” says Cuse. Obsessive viewers spotted it and theorized about it, but when Lost never returned to it, fans assumed the volcano was a red herring or rich bit of detail. “After six years and around 121 hours of the show, we had shot literally every part of Oahu that we could for island scenes and flashbacks. “The question was always, how do you basically visualize and dramatize the idea that the island itself is all that separates the world from hellfire and damnation?” says Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. Magma spewing everywhere!”
Lindelof — who currently oversees another, more intimate take on the apocalypse, HBO’s The Leftovers — laughs at the crazy-sounding scale of this notion now. (Akinnuoye-Agbaje stuck around for a few episodes to shoot Mr.
GILLIGAN: She does like that walk on the wild side, but then she always seems to feel conflicted about it afterward. GOULD: This is the season where you’re going to see Saul Goodman appear — but maybe not in the way that you’re expecting. VINCE GILLIGAN: Chuck’s intention for the tape certainly seems to be nefarious and hurtful, but I don’t think viewers are going to be able to guess exactly what Chuck is going to do with this tape. Oh, my(lar): Will Chuck catch you off-guard? There’s a lot we don’t understand yet about this character. GILLIGAN: And on top of that, I wouldn’t assume that Jimmy is going to take it well when he finds out… I think it’s safe to say that storm clouds are brewing. 8. She is someone who enjoys a walk on the wild side. GOULD: Fans of Breaking Bad will see some people that they’ve missed a lot [this season]. Will she stay on the right side of the law? It raises the question: Who is capable and smart enough to get the drop on Mike Ehrmantraut? GOULD: He is brilliant at what he does and the idea that someone has gotten the drop on him — I mean, frankly when I watched it at the end of season 2 — it seems almost magical. The season 2 finale of Better Call Saul ended with Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) admitting to his ailing brother, Chuck (Michael McKean) that he had done a devious document switcheroo on him — a damning confession that electronics-averse Chuck secretly captured on a tape recorder. I think we’re going to reach Gus Fring in Better Call Saul as if not fully formed, much closer in action to the character we knew from the previous series. GOULD: There are characters who meet each other and interact who you would never expect to see in the same frame. ET/PT. When we last saw Jimmy McGill, it looked like he’d better call a lawyer. 9. How dark will he go? The steps Mike is going to have to take to get to the bottom of this mystery are pretty involved, and only a guy like Mike with his abilities and his doggedness would be able to pull it off. How will Jimmy jimmy himself out of this jam once he realizes what Chuck has perpetrated? GILLIGAN: The answer to that at this point is pretty obvious. GOULD: You learn more about Kim [Rhea Seehorn]. Here, the duo tease how not nicely Jimmy and Chuck will play with each other, what you can expect from the return of Gus (Giancarlo Esposito, who is joining the show), the reappearance of other familiar faces from Breaking Bad, and a half-dozen additional developments in season 3, which begins tonight at 10 p.m. I don’t think we wanted to deflate all that mystery that we’ve come to know and love about this character. You will meet Gus earlier in his career. GILLIGAN: We’re really hoping this season that Emmy voters will see Chuck as a character they love to hate because Michael McKean, as Peter said, is absolutely outstanding. 6. GOULD: It might be obvious but it’s also satisfying. Being partnered with Jimmy is going to cause her to have to make some very profound decisions. I think it’s going to please a great many people immensely. Chuck goes to places that we in the writers room were really not expecting, and Michael McKean turns in a performance that I think is really a masterpiece. Some things we may never understand about him, and he is as competent and capable and fearsome a competitor as he ever was. He has to find out who is on to him, and he’ll go to great lengths to find that out. So one of the questions is: How far will Jimmy go to defend his gains? 5. Can’t wait for folks to see who that is. The tape is in play — but things might not unspool in the way that you think. What is Chuck planning to do with that tape? EW used its one phone call to dial series creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan and ask for assistance. A repair makes for an unexpected pairing. Will she cross over that behavioral edge and become more like Jimmy or will she not? Cancel all McGill family dinners for the foreseeable future. You will see that heading some directions that I don’t think anyone is expecting. Fairly early in the season, you will see him in that role as someone who teaches. GILLIGAN: It’s not going to be easy…. I’m thinking of one scene in particular in the first half of the season where there is a hustle repair job that gets done in a very unusual way that is one of the delights of the season. Kim’s moral code will be challenged by her lawyerly and emotional ties to Jimmy. Mike is not a man who enjoys mystery — especially when it involves a warning note being left on his car. Those eyes have got to belong to Breaking Bad villain Gustavo Fring, right? There may be the threat of all-out war between the brothers on the horizon. (And you should still be scared.)
GILLIGAN: The Gus Fring we’ll see in Better Call Saul will be very recognizable and familiar to fans of Breaking Bad…. So that’s a source of wonderful dramatic tension. 4. 2. 3. Show Full Article GILLIGAN: Some folks you have to be a real fan to recognize the shout-out or recognize the character, and then other folks will be immediately obvious. I think this should be his year in terms of awards. Breaking Bad callback alert: Make room on the bus for more than Gus. GOULD: Chuck is very surprising to us this season. He deserves it. PETER GOULD: In the course of season 2, Jimmy got his dream, really, which was to be with Kim, and have an office with her, and to be in her life. I’m not saying he’s exactly the same guy — he’s at a different point in his career, it’s an earlier stage — but I think it occurred to us we didn’t want to see him too early in the fumbling beginnings of his career because he’s just so cool. 1. GILLIGAN: You have some of the funniest moments ever this season — arguably maybe the funniest scene ever. I know a lot of folks in the audience hate Chuck and there are good reasons for that, but he is also a fascinating character and a fascinating counterpoint to Jimmy. They’re going to assume he’s going to use it in a particular sense based on all the various other TV shows and movies they’ve seen over the years where a clandestine tape is made, and it’s going to be used differently than people would expect. It took me quite a while to understand what he meant, and I will admit that it brought a smile to my face when I first heard it, but the more I get to know this character, I understand exactly what Giancarlo was saying. He’s so fascinating and so mysterious. We saw that she actually can enjoy scamming with Jimmy, but she’s also someone who has her feet on the ground and who has her eyes very much on her career. That’s Saul, folks? GOULD: Giancarlo said something in a panel years ago on Breaking Bad. But the truth is, it’s not magic and Mike cannot let this mystery go by. He said that in his opinion, Gus is really a teacher. And whatever Chuck is up to is a threat to all that. And maybe beyond. 7. And given that we are asking questions that have been cliff-hanging over our heads for a year, how quickly will crafty ex-cop Mike (Jonathan Banks) figure out who has got suspicious eyes on him? GILLIGAN: It’s a pretty poorly kept secret at this point that we’re going to see Gus Fring in episode 2, but I don’t want that to steal too much thunder from the fact that also in episode 2, we are going to reintroduce a fan favorite from Breaking Bad.
So I have two gay characters, but it’s so subtle that even my editor didn’t realize it was there until I mentioned it. Of course, this brings them together, and Ernest is happy with this, but he doesn’t realize that there’s chemistry between Imogene and Ben.”
This isn’t the only hitch in the pair’s love story. Titled Suitors & Sabotage, Anstey’s third novel will introduce readers to Imogene Chively, a young debutante — and a talented artist in her own right — who’s just completed her first season in London and will be touring the countryside with three families as they each visit each other’s estates. Suitors and Sabotage won’t hit bookshelves till next year. When creating my female characters I have to give them atypical families for the era because in that day and age, girls were not given very much control of their destiny. But I would definitely point to those two authors as my influence for sure. But I’m not sure I want to admit that. “Imogene’s best friend, Emily, decides that Ben is her one and only true love, just about the time that Imogene is going, ‘Uh-oh, I think I’ve got the wrong brother.’ So now all of a sudden Emily is in love as well,” laughs Anstey. Is there a difference between writing a YA Regency romance versus one aimed at an older audience? “Ernest is her suitor, but it’s Benjamin she becomes close to,” Anstey tells EW, teasing the complication that will befall the couple. I really enjoy that aspect of it. Some of the stuff you can slip in there and people don’t even [notice], like the kind of rugs they had. So I love bringing characters into that change. So he asks Imogene to teach him how to draw. But first, an exclusive glimpse at the cover of Suitors & Sabotage:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What are some of your Regency romance writing influences?
Will you possibly be including characters of color or same-sex romances possibly in future books? What do you tend to research when it comes to your books? Your female characters have a lot more agency, and more modern interests than they would traditionally have in the genre. So that is a possibility, but I’m not sure because I don’t want to expropriate someone else’s culture at the same time. Also part of their group is her suitor, Ernest Steeple, and his brother Benjamin. So I have to give them a family that allows them to become their own people and control their own destiny. I research everything. In fact, I was reading Barbara Cartland, when I was 12 or 13. With Love, Lies & Spies and Duels & Deceptions, Cindy Anstey will soon have two rollicking reads available on bookshelves for eager fans of her young adult Regency romances to devour. So the thing is with the YA, the male protagonist is more like 20, so he’s just about to get into mischief. Sometimes they’re rakes and they’re of ill repute. If somebody says that that’s unusual, then people are more comfortable. I love being present in the moment they’re stepping out into the world. How do you approach balancing that while still having it read like a Regency romance novel? Quite often in adult Regency romances, the girls are not that old because it’s about the same age that they would be going to seasons, and they would be in London and enjoying it. I love every part of the writing process, but I really love research, and I research anything and everything I can. It’s really fun. I’ll put in some things, [but] certainly not everything I’ve researched, because people don’t want to know really what kind of tooth powder they used in that day and age, but I wanted to know. “Ben is an architectural apprentice, but he has a problem: He can’t draw, and he’s been trying to avoid it by writing things down. Upstairs and Downstairs — because if you’re learning about the upstairs you’ve got to learn about the downstairs. The difference is the age of the male protagonist. I have so many books that I go through them like candy. Show Full Article It was just downright dangerous to be gay. I’ve always loved Regency romance and it’s just so much fun to change up a little bit by putting a little bit more mystery or more humor in it than you would certainly find in a Jane Austen [novel]. And as of next year, she’ll have three, EW can exclusively reveal. Actually, in Suitors and Sabotage there are two young men that are [in a relationship]. That’s what I play around with more than trying to make them one type of person or another. What inspired you to start writing YA Regency romances? Anyway, I’ve always really loved the genre, and I started with the YA because it’s such a complex, vibrant, dramatic time in our lives, and it just feels like it’s full of endless possibilities. But when I’m standing back and looking at it, my characters can’t recognize that, or [it would case] major problems for the gay gentlemen. Duels & Deception will be available for purchase on April 11. I also try and explain, through the story and through the way the characters act and behave, what would be typical for the era, and then allow my character to come out of that, stating that it is different. Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners. And as far as people of color I would love to, but unfortunately, writing about the upper echelons of British society, I’ve done some research and I have not come across very many people of color — unless they’re daughters of diplomats, and then that would be different. And in that day and age, it was not only illegal, it was considered immoral. Mostly it’s cultural history, because it’s a time period that there are a lot of research books for, like What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen. If I was in their head it would be different, because then we could talk about it, and then they could talk about how they have to conceal their relationship. But the thing is, I like my characters. I’ve always loved Regency romance. But usually, the male protagonist is quite a bit older. Oh, this is a really good one too, Jane Austen’s England — that’s all about daily life in the Regency period. Prince of Pleasure, that’s about the Regent. Is there anyone in particular you’re a fan of? CINDY ANSTEY: I’m absolutely a Jane Austen fan, and [a fan] of Georgette Heyer, of course. But it’s because I don’t want anything too overt, because then that would give them a very, very difficult life if people knew. “And then to make things worse, people start playing pranks on them, some of them deadly, and that’s part of the mystery: Who’s behind the pranks and why?”
To celebrate Anstey’s latest offering, as well as the April 11 release of Duels & Deceptions‘, EW caught up with the YA Regency romance writer to discuss writing the Regency, channeling Jane Austen, and the many ways couples can fall in love.
After a millennia as a righteous punisher, ANYA’s power was lost to her forever. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. For the last time. Never at any time did she ask for the opinions of others (nor permission from the producers). After a deep betrayal by both her man and her pet rabbits, she shifted effortlessly into a world class demon. A version of this story originally appears in Entertainment Weekly’s Untold Stories issue, on stands now or available to buy right here. She was a glitter-filled rainbow, who sprinkled forever-honest fairy dust on friends and foes alike. RELATED: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion Exclusive Photos
She began her life as a deceptively simple human. ANYA was ahead of her time, not only as a soul, but also as a style icon. Show Full Article Throughout her incarnations, ANYA experimented with dozens of hair statements. First joining the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in season 3, Emma Caulfield portrayed Anya. Although the demon character came upon Cordelia’s request, Anya eventually became part of the Scooby Gang — and a fan favorite. And that gives me something to sing about. No made-up maiden name, no married name, no middle names, just ANYA. She was a renegade with her own philosophy, everyday people like you and me, come on. She was human, again. Though she was not an advocate for a single name moniker in life, it is this writer’s belief that ANYA would welcome the single-name diva status in death. It was then that she finally stuck the landing as a human, and scored a 10 by a panel of invisible judges. (Go with it.)
For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit ew.com/untoldstories. Though she died without much fanfare (like, ‘Oh well, Anya’s dead, later!), her courage, her legacy, her selflessness lives on. As part of EW’s Buffy reunion, Caulfield has written a eulogy to her fallen character…
Today we honor our fallen hero, ANYA. By all accounts, she was a loving wife, a fastidious homemaker, and a passionate animal lover. But once more, with feeling, her powers were taken. Except for that one time she became a demon, again, because BETRAYAL!
While Jackson’s bank account is rumored to be $175 million to $250 million, Al Mana’s piggy bank is allegedly much fatter: He’s in the billionaires club. People confirmed the split but had no additional details, reminding readers that over the course of their marriage, Jackson and Al Mana had “proven to be notoriously private.”But the breakup comes after a recent two-month mother-in-law visit to their London home from Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson clan, TMZ noted Sunday. Janet (Francois Nel / Getty Images)Janet Jackson has ended it with Wissam Al Mana, her husband of about five years.The breakup, reported by several outlets over the weekend, comes a little more than three months after the singer, 50, and the über-wealthy Qatari businessman, 42, welcomed a son. Latest updates This was the “Rhythm Nation” singer’s third marriage. The site also ruminated on the timing of the split, pointing out that at the five-year and 10-year marks in a marriage, many prenups increase the amount of money that would be paid out in a settlement. The vibe on the split was either good or not-so-good, according to Page Six, which covered all its bases in reporting the news.The not-so-good version: Jackson thought Al Mana “had become too controlling during the pregnancy” after previously demanding that she change her manner of dress (covered up from head to toe on the street and neck to toe onstage, instead of courting wardrobe malfunctions) and performance style (bumping and grinding simply danced off into the sunset), a source told the outlet. “It drove her crazy and she felt she was losing her fan base,” the Page Six source said.
We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May.”
Korn released their 12th studio album, The Serenity of Suffering, in 2016. “We are bummed Fieldy can’t join us on this run,” Korn said on their Facebook page, “but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. The album made it to No. Tye Trujillo already knows a bit about the rockstar lifestyle — his dad is Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo — but he’s about to find out more: The 12-year-old is filling in as bassist for Korn’s Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, who won’t be available for the South American leg of the band’s tour. 4 on the Billboard 200 and features the singles “Rotting in Vain” and “Take Me.”
Show Full Article Trujillo is a member of California band The Helmets, and he’ll be playing with Korn until May 6.
She may be the youngest member of the KarJenner crew, but Kylie Jenner isn’t letting her age get in the way of her goals. RELATED: The 22 Worst Reality TV Shows of All Time
It will also chronicle her personal life, following the beauty mogul as she hangs out with friends and family. ET on E! Life of Kylie premieres this summer. audience will be thrilled now that she is ready to share an inside look at her everyday life.”
Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays at 9 p.m. “This show will allow me to give them a peek inside all of the exciting things I am working on as well as some personal time with friends.”
“Kylie’s beauty, business savvy and fashion icon status have made her one of the most famous and successful young women on the planet,” said Jeff Olde, E!’s executive vice president of programming and development. This article originally appeared in People.com
Show Full Article Life of Kylie will follow Jenner as she “navigates her unique life as an entrepreneur, fashion designer, author, television star, style icon, and CEO/Founder of Kylie Cosmetics,” reads a press release for the eight-episode, half-hour docuseries. “Kylie has achieved so much at such a young age and we know the E! “The last couple years have been such an incredible journey with the support of my fans,” said Jenner in a statement. This story originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. The 19-year-old reality star is getting her own Keeping Up with the Kardashians spinoff, set to premiere this summer on E!, the network announced Monday.
ET on CBS. In other words, he’s an inside man for a very dangerous villain. Supernatural‘s Mark Sheppard is headed to MacGyver as a guest star in the upcoming season 1 finale. Show Full Article CBS
The MacGyver season finale airs Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Sheppard plays Murdoc’s former cellmate, who poses as a lab tech in order to make his way into the Phoenix Foundation. The King of Hell has escaped. Or at least his vessel has. RELATED: EW’s 25 Best TV Shows in 25 Years
EW has an exclusive first look at Sheppard’s time on the show, including a fight with MacGyver himself.
Blurred Lines premieres April 23 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Check out the fest’s website for more details. Director Barry Avrich’s new documentary Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World goes deeply into all this weirdness and intrigue, as you can see from the exclusive clip above.
Show Full Article The film’s synopsis says that it “lifts the curtain on the provocative contemporary art scene, a glamorous and cutthroat game of genius versus commerce.” The artists, curators, gallerists interviewed on camera include Marina Abramovic, Julian Schnabel, Michael Ovitz, and experts from the Museum of Modern Art and Art Basel. In the rarefied universes of art auction houses such as Christies and Sotheby’s, there exists a practice known as “chandelier bidding.” It has nothing to do with the sale of fancy light fixtures — but the rather adjacent-to-unethical exercise of the auctioneer raising the price on an item even though no bids have been made. The effect, of course, is to create a greater demand. And in an effort to deceive people in the room, often the auctioneer might point to the ceiling, hence the chandelier nickname.
Based on Joe Harris and Chris Carter’s graphic novels, X-Files: Cold Cases takes place before the recent revival, but after The X-Files: I Want to Believe, as Mulder and Scully team up to investigate a data breach at FBI headquarters that gives a mysterious group access to old X-Files investigations. Only this time, the pair won’t be gracing any screens with their performances — just listeners’ ears. Preorder the audiobook here, and get a glimpse of the cover below. But Duchovny and Anderson aren’t the only ones reprising their iconic roles for Audible’s upcoming full-cast audio dramatization. X-Files: Cold Cases will be available for purchase July 18. As you can see in the trailer above, Mitch Pileggi will once again embody FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, while William B. FOX
Show Full Article Rounding out the cast are Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood as the Lone Gunmen, a trio of conspiracy theorists. Get ready to believe (again), X-Files fans, because David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are once again reprising their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Davis will return to give the Cigarette Smoking Man his trademark mystique.
This one’s an actual dance cut. Of course, the lead singles “Paris” and “Something Just Like This,” featuring Coldplay, have been all over radio the past few months, and so have the NYC duo’s previous monster smashes like “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Even if you don’t know the difference between trap, future bass, and other micro-genres, you’ve surely heard the pair’s phenomenally successful combination of those styles: The Chainsmokers’ smoothed-out, mid-tempo, nearly easy-listening formula has over the last three years become as inescapable as advertising. But that’s enough for another hit in the making. Nearly everything picks up where “Closer” left off, and that means a lot of moderation, as the plodding tempos, middling intensity levels, and sandblasted arrangements so rarely vary that it’s barely noticeable when their bro-country kin in Florida Georgia Line front the final track, “Last Day Alive.” Only the electronically processed harmonies and curtain-dropping drama set that track apart. Key Tracks
“Something Just Like This”
As much a Coldplay record as it is a Chainsmokers jam, this genetically engineered hybrid that’s now ruling radio balances the former’s rock romanticism with the latter’s EDM pragmatism. So even though he vocally dominates half the album, enough guest vocalists, like Emily Warren – who sings lead on “Don’t Say” and “My Type,” co-writes four songs, and contributes background as well – regularly replace his conversational flow to yield pleasant enough results that are aural wallpaper. The musically superior cut is also the most lyrically obnoxious. Andrew Taggart has made some vocal progress since last year’s “Closer,” but not even the album’s simple sing-song melodies and plush production can hide the fact that he’s still one of pop’s shakiest, least substantial singers. “It Won’t Kill Ya”
The only deviation here from the Chainsmokers’ proven sound is Louane, the album’s strongest voice and a star singer-actress back in France. It also doesn’t hurt that Taggart lets Chris Martin do the singing. The first thing you may notice about the Chainsmokers’ full-length Memories…Do Not Open is how instantly familiar it already seems. That’s a striking quality for a debut album. “Break Up Every Night,” a canny collaboration with fellow hitmakers Captain Cuts, brings the same conflict between desire and contempt that shaped “Closer.” Taggart argues, “I cannot help it If I like the way she makes me feel it,” yet asserts, “She’s got seven personalities / Every one’s a tragedy.” But there’s an exuberance here that’s missing from much of the rest. But Memories does one better by actually sounding as if you’re playing the radio instead of one solitary album. Beneath their bro-pop persona, Taggart and his DJ partner Alex Pall are too professional for anything less: The album’s only true zinger is Warren’s “My Type,” which repeats the song’s title 25 times but feels like 50. The other cuts are basically ballads with beats — modernized Moby without the soul-searching or gospel samples. Show Full Article
Mariah Carey and Epic Records really do belong together: On Monday, it was announced that Carey will be releasing a new studio album later this year as part of a renewed deal between the singer and her label since 2015, Epic Records. “Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. “I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”
The singer enjoyed a busy year in 2016, complete with a sold-out international tour, a docu-series, and a Vegas residency, Mariah Carey #1’s at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace — plus a New Year’s Eve performance that made headlines for being marred by audio issues. ”
“I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music,” Carey said in a statement. Show Full Article “To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career,” Reid said in a statement. Carey will be continuing her successful partnership with Epic chairman and CEO LA Reid to create Butterfly MC Records, and the first order of business is to head back to the studio to create new music.
Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause,” Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama & VR at Amazon Studios, said of the pickup via statement. The streaming giant announced Monday it has, for the first time since its inception, greenlit multiple seasons of a new series, ordering two editions of The Marvelous Mrs. That made it an easy decision to order two seasons from Amy and her incredible cast. “Like any great young stand-up, we’re excited to see what she has to say next and for a long time to come. Watch the premiere here. “In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel exclusively for Prime Video. House of Cards star Rachel Brosnahan plays the lead role, navigating Miriam “Midge” Maisel through a perfect marriage, parenthood, and luxury living in an elegant city apartment until she unexpectedly taps into her talent as a comic in 1958 New York. Maisel has yet to be announced. Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Zegen, Family Guy‘s Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men), and Monk star Tony Shalhoub have supporting roles. Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, creator and executive producer of the show that launched the ladies Gilmore into the pop culture stratosphere, respectively, have again teamed for Maisel, a female-focused project that charts the course of the titular character as she discovers a knack for stand-up comedy. We can’t wait to bring it to customers soon.”
A release date for further episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Per a press release, Maisel’s journey “takes her from her comfortable life on Riverside Drive, through the basket houses and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she storms the world of stand-up comedy,” and, ultimately, “to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch.”
Sherman-Palladino writes and directs the program, which debuted as a pilot March 16 on Amazon. Amazon is making history with the minds behind Gilmore Girls. Show Full Article
In an exclusive sneak peek at the season 7B premiere, Hanna and Caleb — still very much together — make plans for their future. At least until Caleb steps in. ET on Freeform. As he puts it, “It’s time that Hanna worry about Hanna.”
Watch the full clip above. However, now that Noel is dead and “A.D.” is still on the loose, Hanna finds herself slipping back into her old ways and worrying less about her dreams. Pretty Little Liars returns for its final season on Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Caleb tells Hanna that he will handle Jenna if she focuses on herself (and her dreams). Hanna and Caleb have been through more than your average couple. Show Full Article And yet, it wasn’t “A” who ultimately broke them up. Instead, it was Hanna’s passion for fashion, her desire to achieve her dreams.
“I don’t know if there is a need to do more. “I’m just interested in telling a story that is dynamic and that I can hook into.”
In more not-so-great news for Gilmore fans, Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. “The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more and we have been talking to them about the possibility of that,” Sarandos told British news agency Press Association. But as far as stars Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham are concerned, nothing is currently in the works. Show Full Article On Sunday, Deadline hosted an Emmy-themed The Contenders event, where TVLine reports that neither Bledel nor Graham has been approached about new episodes. Maisel was just picked up for two seasons at Amazon, which means she might be too busy for another trip to Stars Hollow. Only time will tell. I wouldn’t want it to feel like we overstayed our welcome.”
Bledel added that, for her, it all comes down to the story. “If it all existed in a vacuum, I would play that character until my dying day… Now it’s become what could we do with this story that is satisfying, that is worth continuing,” Graham said. In March, Netflix boss Ted Sarandos caused a frenzy in the Gilmore Girls world when he claimed the streaming service had engaged in “very preliminary” talks with Gilmore creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino about potentially creating more episodes of the show after its 2016 revival.
Show Full Article Touching on everything from the controversy of the film’s casting (Scarlett Johannson plays a humanoid cyborg created by the Japanese government for cyber warfare) to the feature’s similarities to The Matrix, the fictional preview cuts some of Ghost in the Shell‘s most brutal reactions with clips from its previously released trailers, culminating in a comical take on the rocky road the film has traversed thus far. Watch the latest, Ghost in the Shell-themed installment of Critics Are Raving above. After igniting a worldwide phenomenon across comic books and animated movies, Paramount’s live-action Hollywood adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell didn’t quite live up to fans’ (or the studio’s) expectations, and a new edition of Screen Crush’s satirical Critics Are Raving has captured the essence of critical backlash. To date, the $110 million blockbuster has made roughly $125 million in worldwide ticket sales. Despite its critical reception, Ghost in the Shell has performed consistently at the overseas box office, earning around $41.3 million from 46 markets to become the globe’s top-earning picture for the April 7-9 weekend frame.