Branching out with the Village Chorale

The groups collaborated again in 2015, this time featuring talented instrumentalists from Hot Springs Village and Hot Springs.    Showcase of the Arts, a fall event in 2013-2015, gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the visual, creative and performing arts in the community. The beauty of the chapel and the enthusiasm of an audience already in the Christmas spirit created an instant connection between the Chorale and the city.In 2014, while president of the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild, Kelly brought the Chorale together with the Hot Springs Festival Chorus for a scholarship benefit concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, featuring the Symphony’s Rockefeller String Quartet.  Another now-annual event also began in 2012. Preparing for any concert is a collaborative effort, requiring singers to work in harmony within their vocal sections as a chorus and with director Ellen Nagode and accompanist Kristen La Madrid. Over the years the Chorale has also enjoyed collaborating with other area singers and musicians and branching out to perform at different venues in Hot Springs. Since then, the Chorale has been asked to participate in “Christmas in the Village” every year. The choruses blended together in song under Festival Chorus director Lynn Payette and Chorale director Nagode. The excitement generated by working with a conductor of the caliber of Philip Mann was equaled by the thrill of sharing the stage with this incredible symphony.  Spearheaded by then-Chorale president Jim Kelly, in 2012 the Chorale was privileged to be included in the Arkansas Symphony’s annual Christmas concert at Woodlands Auditorium. The Chorale presented its first Christmas concert in Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, broadening its audience to the people of the greater Hot Springs area. The $12 general admission tickets are also available from any Chorale member. The Village Chorale’s mini-concert was one of several vocal, dramatic and instrumental highlights during those events.Visit to buy tickets to “Why We Sing,” the Village Chorale’s 20th anniversary concert.
The Village Chorale’s 20th anniversary concert will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 in Woodlands Auditorium.

George R.R. Martin slams United Airlines: CEO ‘a disgrace’

“… in what world does an airline employee’s need to get to his next flight take precedence over a doctor’s need to return to his hospital? Martin took to his blog Tuesday to slam the airline for its now infamous ejection of a customer who had the misfortune of being “randomly volunteered” to be “re-accommodated.”
“The story about the passenger that United Airlines beat bloody and dragged off a flight — for no reason but to accommodate some of their own deadheading employees, and despite the fact that he had a ticket that he’d bought and paid for and was doing nothing but sitting peacefully in his assigned seat — has me seeing red,” Martin fumed. “I stand with Jimmy [Kimmel], with Alan Grayson, and with millions of other ordinary Americans from coast to coast who were outraged by these videos, and by the mealy-mouthed corporate bullsh– the United’s CEO [Oscar Munoz] chose to offer afterward,” he continued. United Airlines scandalous handling of an overbooked flight was too violent for even the author of Game of Thrones. But we deregulated the airlines, and now passengers are cattle.”
CEO Oscar Munoz finally issued a legit-sounding apology   for the incident on Tuesday after the airline’s stock dropped sharply and his airline put out several previous statements that will likely be used as teaching examples in college public relations courses for years to come. The ‘police’ who dragged the man off the plane and beat him do not deserve the name of police officers, and should be fired immediately. ‘They were just following orders’ is no excuse. He’s a disgrace …   I am old enough to remember when airlines were regulated, and passengers had rights. The United CEO should also resign.  

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‘My career is over now’: Marvel terminates ‘X-Men Gold’ artist’s contract amid controversy

Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is facing accusations of blasphemy against Islam and is currently up for reelection.Elected in 2014, Purnama is the first ethnic Chinese Indonesian to be elected governor of Jakarta and the first Christian to serve in the office in 50 years. In   a subsequent post, Syaf revealed his “career is over now.”    As backlash to these revelations spread over the weekend, Marvel released a statement on Saturday explaining that it was unaware of the meaning of these references inserted into “X-Men Gold” and that the artwork would be removed from all upcoming versions of the issue, including the digital version and trade paperbacks. Readers also noted that the latter image included a jewelry store with the first three letters of “jewelry” placed right next to the Jewish Pryde’s   head.While translations of Koran 5:51 vary, hard-line Islamists in Indonesia have reportedly used the   verse to defend their views about non-Muslims (“Ms. Syaf also reportedly shared in a Facebook post (that has since been removed) that he was inspired by the Dec. 7, No. Willow Wilson has broken down the various interpretations of the verse   in response to the controversy). 9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley,” the statement continued. 1. Marvel” writer G. 4, No. 6 will be drawn by R. The cover of “X-Men Gold” No. But Marvel found their latest comic unexpectedly thrust in the conversation around the complicated religious and political reality of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.Readers pointed out that it seemed Syaf, an   Indonesian artist, had included some anti-Christian and anti-Semitic messaging within the pages of “X-Men Gold” No. 2 and 3 because the next two issues of the bi-weekly series have already been shipped to the printer.“Issues No. 2 protest. Others more attuned to Indonesian politics said the messages seemed to be referencing the current tensions around Jakarta Gov. Last year, video surfaced of Purnama telling voters they were being deceived by politicians who said the Koran prohibits Muslims from voting for a non-Muslim, which led to multiple major protests.Readers noticed that “X-Men Gold” seemed to make reference to both the Koranic   passage   in question as well as the date that more than 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in Jakarta to protest Purnama.The first reference was spotted on a shirt worn by Colossus, which read “QS 5:51” (for Quran, Chapter 5, Verse 51) while the second was the number “212” (for Dec. 2, 2016) spotted above the character Kitty Pryde on a building. 8   and No. “A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.”Featuring superheroes fighting to save humanity despite the fear and bigotry they often have to face as mutants, “X-Men” has always been political. B. Silva and issues No. Latest updates 5   and No. (Marvel)Marvel has fired “X-Men Gold” artist Ardian Syaf after the controversy over the politically charged hidden messages   in the first issue.“Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately,” the company said in a statement that also explained that Syaf’s work will still be seen in “X-Men Gold” Nos. 1.

‘General Hospital’ actor Peter Hansen dies at 95

Before landing his General Hospital   role,   Hansen made a steady stream of appearances on television on such shows as Broken Arrow, Perry Mason, How the West Was Won, Sea Hunt, Science Fiction Theatre, The Lone Ranger, and The Loretta Young Show. His character began as Port Charles’ “go-to” attorney   but eventually served as Mayor of Port Charles and on the GH Board of Directors. He made memorable appearances in two Westerns as the kidnapped son of a rancher in Alan Ladd-starrer Branded (1950) and as a cavalry lieutenant opposite Charlton Heston in 1952’s The Savage. He is survived by son Peter, daughter Gretchen, and grandchildren Allison, Erik, and Jamal. General Hospital paid tribute to Hansen in a series of tweets, sharing photos of Hansen as Lee Baldwin and writing, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter Hansen’s family and friends. 5, 1921 in Oakland, California, Hansen served as a United States Marine Corps aviator in the South Pacific during World War II before pursuing an acting career. #RIP
— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) April 11, 2017

Hansen was preceded in death in 1993 by Betty, his wife of 50 years. He will forever be a part of the #GH legacy. Hansen died Sunday in Santa Clarita, California, the General Hospital twitter account confirmed Tuesday. Though he made over 100 film and television appearances, Hansen was best known for his role as the stalwart Lee Baldwin on General Hospital and its spin-off Port Charles. Actor Peter Hansen, known for his role as lawyer and addiction counselor Lee Baldwin on General Hospital, has died at the age of 95. In the 1950s, he found success as a contract player at Paramount Pictures, playing a scientist opposite Barbara Rush in science-fiction B-picture When Worlds Collide (1951). He then shared 24 years with companion Barbara Wenzel. In 1979, Hansen won the first-ever Outstanding Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy award for his depiction of Lee Baldwin’s battle with alcoholism. He remained a familiar face in guest star roles throughout his career, most memorably as Dorothy’s (Bea Arthur) doctor boyfriend who stirred up trouble by flirting with Blanche (Rue McClanahan) on a 1985 episode of The Golden Girls and as the chairman of the corporation that owns the Cheers bar on a 1988 episode. Show Full Article He appeared on the weekday soap opera from 1965 through 2004, making his last appearance at Lila’s (Anna Lee)   funeral in 2004 and retiring from the screen thereafter. RELATED: Stars We Lost in 2016
Born on Dec. He will forever be a part of the #GH legacy.”

Peter Hansen as Lee Baldwin … #RIP #GH
— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) April 11, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter Hansen's family and friends.

Harris Wittels’ sister announces fest honoring her brother

He’s never coming back. He made people laugh, smile, and relish in being alive. “I don’t mind feeling the feelings,” she wrote in an article published on the first anniversary of his death. Also lets stop finding a new witch of the week and burning them at the stake. But the fact remains that Harris didn’t make people sad. Parks and Recreation   writer and executive producer Harris Wittels, who died in 2014 at age 30, is being honored later this month at a festival just for him: His sister, Stephanie Wittels Wachs, is launching the first-ever Harris Phest   — the title’s a reference to the comedian’s love for the band Phish — on April 20, what would have been his 33rd birthday. The venue features multiple nods to Wittels: “We are all horrible and wonderful and figuring it out,” something he tweeted in 2014, is hanging on one of its walls. So on his birthday, we want to celebrate him.”
Wittels Wachs has previously remembered her brother in essays on Medium,   where she’s written about her experience with grief. I don’t know how to talk about them anymore. My brother is gone. “It’s easy to be sad about Harris no longer being with us,” Wittels Wachs told EW in a statement. And, that’s just the way it is.”
Harris Phest   is presented by Rec Room, a space Wittels Wachs co-founded to nurture artists in the Houston area. “I feel unrelenting sadness every day. And, it hurts. “I welcome them, in fact. We are all horrible and wonderful and figuring it out. And, it will always hurt. The event will take place at Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery and feature a Phish cover band, Humblebraggot beer (Wittels coined the term “humblebrag” and later wrote a book about it in 2012), stand-up sets, and scenes from Wittels’   Parks and Rec   scripts, along with a segment highlighting his best tweets. — Harris Wittels (@twittels) May 20, 2014

RSVP to Harris Phest here. Proceeds will go toward the Harris Wittels Fund, which gives scholarships to graduates of his alma mater. Show Full Article And, it sucks. I just don’t know what else to say about them.

‘Another Evil’ trailer: ‘Togetherness’ star Steve Zissis has a ghost-hunter problem

Show Full Article As the two spend several evenings trapping ghosts in Os’ increasingly bizarre “ghost traps,” Dan learns that Os is emotionally fragile due to his recent divorce and ongoing attempt to quit smoking. In the new comedy Another Evil, Steve Zissis from the HBO show Togetherness plays a modern artist named   Dan Pappadakis who hires an eccentric ghost-hunter, Os Bijourn (Mark Proksch). Written and directed by Carson Mell (Eastbound & Down), Another Evil costars Jennifer Irwin, Dax Flame, Steve Little, and   Dan Bakkedahl. Os quickly surmises that Dan’s home is full of “demons” and promises to get rid of the beings for a reasonable fee. Watch the trailer above. He is so in need of support that he tries to befriend Dan almost as relentlessly as he tries to destroy “demons.” Due to the increasing awkwardness of the situation, Dan attempts calling the whole thing off, but it quickly becomes apparent that a great evil has embedded itself in his home, and that the fate of his entire family is at stake. The film is out in theaters and on digital platforms on May 5.

Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ TV series: See the first trailer

But we wanted to remain faithful to the heart of the story,” he says. Gone is the grocery store, where residents of a small town take shelter from the beasts outside and unleash the sinister qualities within themselves. The series will be spread out over several lockdown locations, including a church and a mall where hundreds have holed up against the monsters. I wanted to test: Does he have the courage of his convictions, or will he break under enough pressure?”
Their daughter, Alex (Gus Birney) has always played by the rules, unlike her mother, but she’s beginning to develop a rebellious streak just as a supernatural evil begins to waft into town. “He believes in all the right values of kindness and forgiveness, but they’re easy values for him. “He’s thismodern-dayy, liberal man,” Torpe says. Each of them come up with different theories or beliefs about what’s going on. In the new TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist, the characters have as much to fear about what’s within themselves as they do the creature roaming through the fog. Spike has released the first trailer for the series, which debuts June 22, and fans of the novella will notice it takes the premise – a strange vapor rolls in, and otherworldly predators are unleashed – and adds an entirely new cast of characters. THE FEARMONGERS   AROUND US
“Unfortunately, I thought it was incredibly timely to do a show about what people do when they are blinded by fear,” Torpe   says. Lording over the   trapped people at the mall is facility manager Gus Redman (The Wire’s Isiah Whitlock Jr.), who sees a chance to exert some real authority for a change. “It’s a weird cousin to the original material,” he says. “We look around at what’s going on in the world, and everyone is constantly looking for someone to blame, or someone to lead them to the promised land. Maybe some of the original characters will make a cameo at some point.”
For him, The Mist serves as a chance to use a horror story to explore real life dynamics, much as The Twilight Zone did decades ago. “I wanted to be respectful to the source material, but my feeling was there was already a great adaptation out there by Frank Darabont,” says show creator Christian Torpe, referring to the 2007 film with the infamous gut-punch ending. “The novella is 200 pages and one location, and we needed to change that to make an ongoing series. They find people to hate, either because of their gender or race or faith. “It has a constant ebb and flow communication with the novella. While the series will try to establish a different story from the King novella and the Darabont movie, Torpe did hint at some possible crossover later in the show. “I pitched it as ‘Ingmar Bergman’s Jaws,’” he says. Their neighbor is Nathalie Raven (Six Feet Under’s Frances Conroy), who has a kind of spiritual connection to them. “But we are not just in the mall,” Torpe says. He’s a bureaucrat and never felt he got the respect he deserved,” Torpe says. For him, The Mist is a psychological thriller, with monsters thrown in to stir emotions. He’s never been tested. “He’s the guy who has gone as far as he can go in his life. But who knows? The Mist premieres Thursday, June 22 on Spike. “It’s more about people seeking answers than the answers themselves,” says Torpe. She is part prophet, part wannabe martyr, and has what Torpe describes as “a twisted, almost mother-son relationship” with the local sheriff, Connor Heisel (played by Mad Men’s Darren Pettie.)
The sheriff’s son, Jay (Luke Cosgrove), is a high school football star accused of a violent crime – so even before the mist rolls in, the townsfolk are at odds with each other. But even then, King never offered a definitive explanation for his creatures. Those are elements we tap into — how fear drives things like misogyny and homophobia.”
While the characters grasp for explanations about the monsters in their midst, fans who listen closely to the trailer will hear the name “Arrowhead” mentioned – a reference to a theory proposed by the novella’s characters. Show Full Article “With a good hundred survivors trapped in the mall, he tries to rise to the occasion and become the respected leader he always felt he was supposed to be. SINS OF THE FLESH
One of the main characters, Eve Copeland (played by Alyssa Sutherland of Vikings), is a school teacher whose sex-ed class has sparked   controversy in town – and revived old gossip about her past. He’s trying to establish his own empire.”
Among the other characters: Russell Posner   as Adrian, an insecure teen who is a confidant to Alex;   a modem-minded priest (Frasier‘s Dan Butler), whose faith is tested by the behavior of   those seeking shelter in his sanctuary; Danica Curcic   as   Mia, a drug addict who is in town seeking a   hidden trove of cash; and   Okezie Morro   (Red Tails) as Jonah Dixon, a soldier suffering from amnesia. “We establish different little pressure cookers under the influence of whoever the leader would be in those locations. Eventually, the story lines will dovetail and turn into conflicts.”
Sex is also a much bigger theme in this version of the story – since it’s something   that tends to provoke   people’s dark sides. “She was sort of a wild child, and the town still subliminally holds her sexuality against her. There’s a lot of misogyny under the surface.”
Eve’s husband, Kevin (Morgan Spector, from Person of Interest), is a prototypical nice guy.

‘Supergirl’: Tyler Hoechlin returning as Superman in season finale

Unfortunately, no details are available at the moment as to how he’ll figure into the season ender. He stuck around for the season’s second episode, too, which featured the debut of classic   Superman villain Metallo. Earlier today, EW broke that Katrina Law was returning   Arrow as Nyssa al Ghul for multiple episodes, and on Monday,   Stephen Amell revealed Manu Bennet would reprise his role as Slade Wilson   in the   Arrow season 5   finale, too. EW has confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin is reprising the role of   Superman in   Supergirl‘s season finale. Hoechlin made his debut as Metropolis’ favorite hero in The CW drama’s second season premiere. Online was the first to report the news. The Man of Steel is returning to National City. ET on The CW. In that episode, he helped his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) save Lena Luthor (played by new series regular Katie McGrath) from an assassination attempt. This has been big week in Berlantiverse news. Supergirl   returns with new episodes April 24 at 8 p.m. Show Full Article E!

Vin Diesel was originally eyed to star in ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’

“And so the movie became what the movie was,” Morgan said. Are they going to do something else?’ And that gave us the ammo to go in and do the fourth one, which led us to do the fifth and the sixth and the seventh and the eighth. We have to do high school.’”
Diesel had previously opted out of 2 Fast 2 Furious in favor of xXx   — a move that led to Walker being promoted as the main star, and the addition of future franchise stalwarts Ludacris and Tyrese. A lot of people liked it. Show Full Article “It could have been the death throes, and then thankfully, the thing that kind of saved us was that we got Vin at the very end of the movie to come in and kind of hint where we’re going to go in the future,” said Morgan. The Fate of the Furious, which stars Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Dwayne Johnson, races into theaters on Friday. … And they said, ‘Nah, can’t do that. But originally, the film was written around Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto, says Chris Morgan, who wrote   Tokyo Drift and every subsequent globe-trotting adventure. Essentially it was Tokyo Drift, but it was with Vin, and his character kind of had to go out and learn drifting. “That moment at the end, everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God, what does this mean? In fact, that was the original plan. It kind of did the worst of all the films.”
Despite being the lowest-grossing film in the franchise,   Tokyo Drift   made a respectable $158 million at the box office. “I was really proud of it. And the audience, they came to see it. So it all kind of built from there.”
Read the full interview at   UPROXX. Tokyo Drift   has often been looked at as the outsider of the series; it’s the only film in the franchise that doesn’t star Vin Diesel or Paul Walker as the lead, and when it was released, the only connection Tokyo Drift had   to the first two films was a short Diesel cameo at the end. “I think originally I came in and pitched. And there was a murder he had to solve. “There was an open writing call for the third film,” he told UPROXX. Tokyo Drift, on the other hand, starred   franchise newcomer Lucas Black as Sean Boswell, a teenager sent halfway across the world to live with his absentee father. And while it may not be the most beloved or successful, director Justin Lin’s first Fast entry   has become arguably the most important film to the series, thanks to the introduction of Sung Kang’s Han and a cameo in the final scene from Diesel. Vin Diesel could have been the star of   The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, according to the film’s writer.

Roger Corman to receive Master of Horror award at Overlook Film Festival

The festival lineup also includes live performances by writer Clay McLeod Chapman and the Tales From Beyond the Pale crew, as well as Dead Right Horror Trivia hosted by Shudder curator Sam Zimmerman and Blumhouse development executive Ryan Turek. Director and Post Mortem podcast host Mick Garris will interview Corman onstage at the event. Corman’s many credits include directing 1964’s The Masque of the Red Death and producing 1975’s Death Race 2000. The festival also announced it will host the world premieres of four films: Blood Drive, Capture, Still/Born, and Primal Screen, from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher. Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman will receive the Master of Horror Award at the inaugural Overlook Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday. He also gave early professional boosts to a slew of other filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Joe Dante, and James Cameron. The Overlook Film Festival takes place April 24-30 at Timberline Lodge in Mt. Learn more about the lineup at the festival’s official website. Show Full Article Finally, badge holders will be able to participate — if they dare! Hood, Ore., which doubled for the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. — in an immersive horror game which unfolds over the course of the festival. Other movies being screened at the event include director William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch,   Álex de la Iglesia’s The Bar, Mickey Keating’s Psychopaths, and Joe Lynch’s Steven Yeun-starring Mayhem.

Does ‘Better Call Saul’ escape the shadow of ‘Breaking Bad’ in Season 3?

It’s never going to have that propulsive energy of a Breaking Bad — it’s not going to be that.”
To catch the entire   discussion on Better Call Saul, check out the full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). For the hosts of Bingeworthy, Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul is still suffering from the latter. Better Call Saul airs Mondays on AMC at 10 p.m. ET. “When a show is tied in your mind to one of the greatest shows of the modern era of television, it’s only going to pale in comparison,” opined   Touré. “It’s something that I’ve come to appreciate about this show,” she says. Serving as a prequel to a beloved series provides both the benefit of a loyal fan base and the added weight of comparison and expectations. Show Full Article “You don’t know what the pacing is going to be. “I struggled with this show from day one. I wanted to like it because I love Breaking Bad… it’s just quirky, and slow, and weird.”
While conceding some of her cohost’s assertions, Jessica Shaw admits she appreciates Saul‘s rapidly different pacing from its predecessor. Go to, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ makes the most of its ensemble cast

Go to, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices. “This should be one of our great dramatic actors, on like a major show, you know? …   I just see a level of talent that is beyond being, at best, third banana on a half-hour sitcom, as opposed to being one of the leaders of, like, an hour-long drama which showcases his talent.”
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine   returns Tuesdays at 8 on Fox, beginning with   its midseason premiere on April 11. This is what he’s doing? On the latest episode of Bingeworthy,   Touré is in agreement with his   cohost Jessica Shaw about the quality of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a whole, which he describes as “so mad-cap and fun, and there are so many people who are crushing it each week.”
While the show was initially set up to be, as Shaw puts it, “The Andy Samberg Comedy,” the hosts   agree that Samberg “never tries to steal the spotlight.” Touré likened Samberg’s attitude to “a great point guard.”
But when it came to   Andre Braugher, who portrays Captain Ray Holt, they disagreed; Shaw enthusiastically dubbed Braugher “my favorite straight man on TV,” but Touré says the comedy doesn’t make the best use of the actor’s   abilities. … He has so much more talent than this. To catch the entire   discussion on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, check out the full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Show Full Article I’m like,   really?

MTV alum Clay Adler dies at 27

“We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler’s passing,”   MTV said in a statement. According to TMZ, Adler — who   starred on eight episodes of MTV’s Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County in 2007   —   went to the desert with friends on March 25, where the group was shooting. If you or someone you know is struggling, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, open 24 hours a day. He reportedly turned a gun and shot himself in the head while in the middle of firing. This story originally appeared on “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

Adler aspired to work in the entertainment industry, according to the OC Register. I’m interested in the whole aspect, whether it be in front of the camera or behind,” Adler said in 2007 about starring on the MTV reality series. MTV alum Clay Adler died by suicide last month at the age of 27, TMZ reports. “I’m hoping [the show] will kind of jump start it. He also appeared in TV movie The Fish Tank (2009) and an episode of Make It or Break It (2009). This article originally appeared in

Show Full Article TMZ reports that he died a day later on March 26 in the hospital from the gunshot wound, and no drugs or alcohol were found in his system.

Sterling K. Brown: ‘Predator’ reboot has ‘wicked sense of humor’

Though technically a sequel, it does not continue   story lines from 1987’s   Predator,   1990’s   Predator, or   2010’s   Predators. “I’m a huge fan of Predator,”   he says, “and, of course, everybody loves Jesse the Body [Ventura] and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and Carl Weathers and   Bill Duke. Like ‘Hey, I like Green Lantern,   give it a shot.’ No   further updates on the development of the Green Lantern pursuit, but I’m still very much interested and intrigued in playing that role.”
Whether or not Brown gets the green light on Green Lantern, he   will be back on the small screen this fall when   This Is Us returns for season 2. The   Emmy-winning actor — who will likely be in contention for another one later this year —   has been shuttling between Vancouver and Atlanta to film two movies, The   Predator   and Black Panther. (And we don’t mean   by lifting his shirt.)
Directed and co-written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), this reboot of the   thermal-tracking, human-hunting   alien franchise   is the fourth installment in the Predator series and set in present day. Show Full Article Brown has had little time for victory   laps. That’s just Brown sending out a tweet innocuously   in the middle of the night after he recognized that the role needed to be cast. That’s pretty much all   I can say.”
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Well, he can tell you one other thing   about getting to work   on a sequel to a movie that he has loved for decades. “It’s got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. “Shane has his whole take on it   and it’s very different than the original Predator,” Brown   tells EW. This Is Us   may have wrapped filming on the first season two   months ago, but Sterling K. He’s keeping his lips sealed for now about Black Panther   and his role as N’Jobu, an individual   from T’Challa’s past (“When it comes to Marvel Universe, I’ve learned to just leave well enough alone and keep my mouth shut,” he says), and he also can’t reveal   very   much about The   Predator. Brown   will be seen with   Chadwick Boseman on the big screen not only in 2018’s   Black Panther but also in this fall’s Thurgood Marshall   biopic   Marshall. But maybe he can reveal   a little. And it’s got a real camaraderie amongst the main characters that I think folks will be attracted to. My friends at   Stanford used to tease me —   being the dark-skinned African-American man that I am — they’d say, ‘Yo, man, you’re going to start getting all [those] Bill Duke roles when you get older.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t look anything like Bill Duke, you guys can kiss my ass.’ So then I booked this movie and I told them and they’re like, ‘Dude, do you even realize that you’re now Bill Duke???’ And I had to go tell them to kiss my ass all over again.”
Hitting theaters in early 2018, The Predator features a cast that includes Brown, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, and Jacob Tremblay. As for his   unofficial campaign to   play another Marvel character, John Stewart, a.k.a Green Lantern, in the now-being-written Green Lantern Corps —   “Dear powers that be, if you are looking for someone to play John Stewart, I humbly submit my name,” Brown tweeted   in January —   Brown has this to offer: “Let me say that the campaign has never been officially launched. To see what he   had to say about Randall’s surprise adoption plans in the season 1 finale and what happens next,   click here.

‘Big Little Lies’ author reveals what a season 2 would include

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“The obvious thing is, first of all, I think we could bring in more of Bonnie’s story from the book,” Moriarty says. That’s the question that’s also a really interesting thing, when you’ve been through a relationship like that, how do you feel now? “The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas,” the writer told Australian publication The Sydney Morning Herald. There are so many different ways to go with all of these women. The typically gentle Bonnie (Kravitz) ends up ultimately killing him, though the show doesn’t delve into her history with abusive men like the book does. This is such a small portion of their lives but I love that people have connected to them in such a deep way. She’s still grieving for the end of a terrible relationship and I think that would be a really interesting thing to explore. “We don’t have any plans for a season 2,” she said, “but the beauty of this is there are so many deep stories here that are ripe for mining. “And also what happens next [for Celeste]. So there’s a whole lot of different story lines.”

Kidman recently spoke to EW about the possibility of season 2, pointing out that because Bonnie’s backstory is “complicated” in the book and “not fully explored” on the show, another round of episodes could be good to flesh that out. “I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story and then we’ll see what happens.”
The show stars a powerhouse cast — including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz — and concluded with all five women banding together against Alexander Skarsgard’s Perry, Celeste’s (Kidman) abusive husband. She’s grieving. How would she feel? And everyone in different ways to different women.”
Read the   Sydney Morning Herald‘s   full Moriarty story here, and check out our Kidman interview here.  

Show Full Article Big Little Lies‘ director Jean-Marc Vallée has said he doesn’t see the HBO drama getting a second season, but Liane Moriarty — who wrote the novel the series was based on — is open to continuing the story.

Sean Spicer criticized for Holocaust comments
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 11, 2017

Sean Spicer claims Hitler never used chemical weapons # via @HuffPostPol #MAGA
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 11, 2017

STATEMENT from Anne Frank Center re: Spicer denying gas use in Holocaust. #FireSpicer. You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t sink to using chemical weapons.”
Since Adolf Hitler   did use chemical weapons to kill millions of people in the Holocaust, Spicer was offered a chance to clarify his comments. His follow-up may have just made things worse, however, as he added that Hitler “was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.” Spicer   then referred to the Nazi death camps as “Holocaust centers,” and repeatedly misstated the Syrian president’s name as “Ashad.”
Social media exploded in the wake of Spicer’s comments, and the Anne Frank Center issued a statement calling for President Trump to fire Spicer “at once.” As many pointed out, Spicer’s Holocaust comments happened to land on the second day of Passover, the annual Jewish holiday commemorating an exodus from slavery and suffering in Egypt. When one journalist asked about President Donald Trump’s recent bombing of a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical attack perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, Spicer responded that “we didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. #Antisemitism #NeverAgain
— AnneFrankCenter(US) (@AnneFrankCenter) April 11, 2017

Show Full Article OUR STATEMENT BELOW. Here's Spicer's answer about Hitler not using chemical weapons (he gassed millions), and his attempt at a clarification, which made it worse
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 11, 2017

I hope @PressSec takes time to visit @HolocaustMuseum. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 11, 2017

If Sean Spicer had to give a marathon "Chappelle-at-the-Laugh-Factory" length presser, he'd for sure reveal at least 1 impeachable offense.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 11, 2017

Hey @seanspicer u know Hitler didn't open any "Holocaust Centers" right? "egg-cellent""happy-time cocktail party""Hitler was OK hear me out""press friefrings"
— Mдтт Иegяiи (@MattNegrin) April 11, 2017

.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump MUST FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW FOR ENGAGING IN HOLOCAUST DENIAL. The press secretary began the briefing by nodding to a recent   Daily Show   sketch that mashed up one of Spicer’s briefings with a kindergarten classroom, but after that, things got serious. He didn't go "Time to do the Holocaust."
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 11, 2017

Pepsi, Kendall Jenner & United looking at Sean Spicer like
— Matthew A. – to teach Sean Spicer about the Holocaust
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 11, 2017

every day of Sean Spicer's life is that nightmare where you show up to take a test and you're naked
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) April 11, 2017

some fun gags in @seanspicer's briefing today! — Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) April 11, 2017

Sean Spicer is basically if the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme had lyrics
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) April 11, 2017

Hopeful Frederick Douglass can make time in his busy schedule – he's doing an amazing job! They weren't called that. Please use this hashtag. Sean Spicer’s White House press briefing took a real turn Tuesday. It's a few blocks away.

Cynthia Erivo slays ‘My Funny Valentine’ with Billy Porter

This Nearly was Mine (Deborah Cox)
9. The album, out April 14, unites Porter with everyone from Pentatonix to Patina Miller (an alliteration pairing I have been dying to write since 2011). If I Loved You (Renée Elise Goldsberry & Christopher Jackson)
4. Carefully Taught (India.Arie & Billy Porter)
11. I Have Dreamed (Patina Miller)
6. Listen here:

Beyond the enticement of Erivo, the rest of Porter’s album (his first as producer and curator) offers just as much reinvention for fans of new and old stages alike. With a Song in My Heart (Brandon Victor Dixon & Joshua Henry)
5. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair (Todrick Hall & Billy Porter)
8. The proof is in the tracklist:
1. My Funny Valentine (Cynthia Erivo)
7. Few headlines get across exactly what you need to know about a story, but consider this one of them: Cynthia Erivo, the new goddess of Broadway and American audiences with ears, has a new song for you. My Romance (Leslie Odom Jr.)
3. Lady is a Tramp (Billy Porter featuring Zaire Park)
12. EW has an exclusive first listen to one such track: Erivo and Porter’s take on “My Funny Valentine,” the jazz standard made famous in Rodgers and Hart’s Babes in Arms. Bewitched (Ledisi featuring Zaire Park)
10. Edelweiss (Billy Porter)
Porter began a national tour in March and will continue touring   the album around the country through August. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Pentatonix & Billy Porter)
2. Show Full Article The break-out Color Purple Tony winner is one of a dozen stage stars lending their talents to fellow Tony victor Billy Porter’s fourth studio   album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, which reimagines classic Broadway songs with a contemporary kick.

Kelly Clarkson hits the wrong note in behind-the-scenes clip

Clarkson recently expanded her resume to include author when she released   a children’s book in October 2016. “That time you think, damn, I’m about to nail this …and then you don’t #inthestudio #whatthehellwasthat,” she captioned the clip. In the video, Clarkson suggests creating a loop of her vocal mishap, which   someone, who looks to be her producer, actually does, bringing the former   Idol star to her knees   as she tries to stop laughing. Show Full Article Kelly Clarkson might have one of pop   music’s most powerful set of pipes, but even she’s been to known to hit a wrong note — at least once. Also in the latter half of 2016, Clarkson announced that she would be releasing a soul album this year (and spoke to EW about the inspiration behind it), released a solo rendition of “It’s Quiet Uptown” from   Hamilton,   and dueted with Aloe Blacc for The Shack   soundtrack entry   “Love Goes On.”

….that time you think, damn, I'm about to nail this ….and then you don't 😂😭 #inthestudio #whatthehellwasthat 😳
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) April 10, 2017

Check out the video of Clarkson in the studio above. Earlier this week, Clarkson tweeted a video of one such occurrence from a recording session in the studio.

First clip from horror-thriller ‘Psychopaths’ is (unsurprisingly) deranged

Psychopaths receives its world premiere at the forthcoming Tribeca Film Festival on April 20. As the night progresses, the body count rises and the fate of these deranged murderers is sealed in blood. The film concerns a sort of Mischief Night for a group of serial killers which is triggered by the execution by electric chair of a madman in an unidentified prison. There’s Alice (Ashley Bell), an escaped mental patient who thinks she’s living in a 1950s glamour world; Blondie (Angela Trimbur), a beautiful seductress who lures men down into her suburban basement; a strangler (James Landry Hébert) who preys on unsuspecting women; and an enigmatic masked contract killer (Sam Zimmerman) whose next job sends him to seedy nightclub. Show Full Article Watch the exclusive first clip above. But, if we’re understanding matters correctly, with his new film Psychopaths, Keating has set out to see what would happen if he filled a film with nothing but maniacs. In the course of his short but prolific career, writer-director Mickey Keating has been responsible for creating some memorably twisted characters, from Lauren Ashley Carter’s unraveling housesitter in the haunted house film   Darling to Pat Healy’s homicidal sniper in the survival-thriller Carnage Park.

Ellen DeGeneres scolds United Airlines: ‘Don’t overbook your flights’

I told the truth.”

Show Full Article Here’s a better policy: Don’t overbook your flight.”
DeGeneres also commented on United’s controversy from March, when the airliner barred two girls from flying because they were wearing leggings. United Airlines has been criticized   by everyone from   Jimmy Kimmel   to Merriam-Webster, and now   Ellen DeGeneres is sandwiching some advice for the embattled airline   in between jokes. No, your first forcible removal is free.”
DeGeneres kept the hits coming. “There was a United Airlines flight in Chicago that was overbooked, and to make room for people, they forcibly removed one of the passengers — did y’all hear about this?” said   the comedian on Tuesday’s   The   Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Everyone on the flight was very upset by this,” she said, “and top of it all, the in-flight movie was   Manchester by the Sea. “It’s crazy, they charged him a $50 removal fee. “United said that yoga pants aren’t appropriate for flying, which is crazy because I’ve seen more yoga pants at airports than I’ve seen in yoga classes,” joked the host, who tied the incident to the latest United scandal. “They had a computer pick a random person and just took them off the plane,” she remarked. So it was very depressing, the whole flight — can you imagine?”
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But DeGeneres got serious as she discussed how the company handled the issue. That’s not true, that’s not true. “I think United didn’t want people to wear yoga pants because there’s nothing to grab on to.”
She   acknowledged the darkness of the joke, saying, “I took it too far. “That seems like a bad policy.