Read an exclusive excerpt from Erin Beaty’s spy fantasy ‘The Traitor’s Kiss’

In her eagerness she knocked harder than she intended, and the sharp noise made her cringe. It’s time we settled your future.”
Sage clutched her book and contained her response to an enthusiastic nod. Grateful to be married off to a man she would barely know. It fed hers like wind on a wildfire. Like it was wrong to have parents who chose each other. She clenched her fist to keep from tapping her fingers, while her eyes darted to the window. From a stack of books, she pulled out a dry volume of history she hadn’t looked at in over a week. Someone had agreed to take her as an apprentice—the herb shop or the candle maker or weaver maybe. The book tumbled from her hands and landed open on the floor. Anywhere. “Therefore, I have arranged your evaluation with Darnessa Rodelle—”
“What?” Matchmaking was the only profession she hadn’t considered, the only one she absolutely hated. So why hadn’t he called her yet? Taking an apprenticeship meant leaving her favorite cousin behind, but Aster didn’t need Sage’s mothering anymore. The first in a trilogy, the upcoming novel sees Sage Fowler, assigned to escort soon-to-be matched brides-to-be, get tasked with a new assignment as she’s asked to venture into enemy territory and spy on a possible plot to overthrow the king. Not. Sage hurried out of the room, closing the door behind her. She was done waiting. A gleaming sword hung from the leather belt looped on the back of his chair. He set the quill down and gestured to her. “I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
The three older children glanced up and went back to their work without comment, but Aster’s dark-blue eyes followed her every movement. She balled her fists and leaned toward him over the desk. Their movements coupled with the steady creak of wagons loaded with grain echoing from the road, creating a rhythm that normally soothed her, but not today. Lord Broadmoor had set out that morning for Garland Hill on errands unknown. “I’m sure your friends know where to come for lessons.”
That brought him to his feet, bellowing, “You will remember your place, Sage Fowler!”
“I know my place!” she shouted back. Oceans that never ended. Like he hadn’t married a commoner himself. He only put in ef- fort when his siblings had similar work that could be compared to his. Will. Only his white knuckles belied his calm exterior. She nearly ran across the room. He’d never struck her, not once in the years she’d challenged him, but she’d also never pushed him so far, so fast. previous upbringing.”
Sage’s head snapped up. The patronizing expression twisted away, leaving behind something much uglier. Go.”
His voice was cold to counter her heat. So much paper, it was a waste, but it was a status symbol with which Uncle William could afford to supply his children. Sage wanted to make him pay attention, wanted to leap across the desk, swinging at him with closed fists like he was a sandbag out in the barn. Sage was none of those. You dishonor the duty you owe me. Most girls who worked had to support a convent orphanage or family, but the Broadmoors didn’t need the money, and Sage more than earned her keep as a tutor. Oh, his rage was good. That was when she knew the trip had been about her. With Beaty’s latest fantasy-infused novel set to hit bookshelves on May 9, EW presents an exclusive excerpt. Ridiculous, that. Show Full Article She didn’t care, but she wouldn’t give him a reason to sneer at her. It was certainly happier. It’s her decision, but there’s no harm in helping her along.”
She fumbled for words. And she could keep her earnings. Like he hadn’t made a public mockery of his own marriage vows. You can preorder it here. Sage tried to ignore the knot of guilt forming in her stomach. His hair was still windblown from his ride, and he’d not changed from his dusty riding jacket, meaning whatever was happening was happening fast. “Enter.”
She pushed the heavy door open and took two steps inside before sinking into a curtsy. She sneered down at him. The region’s high matchmaker took only noble candidates, or rich ones, or extraordinary ones. She straightened and tried not to look at him expectantly. Servants and laborers hustled about the courtyard, beating dust from rugs and building up the hay stores for the coming winter. Was he that glad to see her leave that he was telling his friends? And you will make a good impression.” He eased back down with that regal, condescending air she hated and picked up the quill. With any luck, some will admire you enough to inquire with Mistress Rodelle. He waved an inkstained hand at the letters before him. “I don’t want to be—”
She broke off, abruptly realizing what he meant. Only Sage’s job gets a lot more complicated when she runs into the mysterious but intriguing Ash Carter. But that behavior Father would have been ashamed of. .”
“Or is faithfulness only expected of a nobleman’s wife?” she said. What, exactly, was wrong with her life before? Jonathan always fidgeted through her lessons, whether from boredom or resentment that she—a girl only a few years older—was his teacher. She glanced to the wide oak table where Aster focused on her own map, eyes narrowed in concentration as her plump fingers awkwardly gripped the coloring stick. He flicked his other hand in casual dismissal. Sage sat forward in her chair and sifted through the papers stacked before her. “Mistress Rodelle has a far enough reach she can find someone with no objections to your… “You dare.. And why would he tell everyone else before her? Uncle William wanted her off his hands as much as Sage wanted to leave. Sage ground her teeth and stayed locked in her low position until he acknowledged her. “Yes, come in,” he said, sounding pleased. “I’m already writing to young men of my acquaintance, inviting them for visits. A glance told her they were personal letters, which struck her as odd. Sage dug her fingernails into her palms. Yellow for Crescera, the breadbasket of Demora, where Sage had lived her whole life within a fifty-mile radius. His voice shook with barely contained fury. A matchmaker’s apprentice   becomes a spy in Erin Beaty’s   The Traitor’s Kiss. “It is impossible to forget in this house!” Months of holding back drove her forward. She’d sweep floors for the blacksmith if she had to. “Yes, it will be an honor to have a husband as faithful as you.”
His posture went rigid. Sage could rarely bring herself to throw any away, even after four years of living here. He stroked his blackened mustache and cleared his throat. Mountains that touched the clouds. Right now his head was bent over a map of Demora he was labeling. Cities that buzzed like beehives. “So we’re able to make something good come of your situation after all.”
Spirit above, he expected her to be grateful. “I will not be lectured by a child—”
“No, you prefer to lecture others with your example.” She jabbed a finger at the folded letters between them. Aunt Braelaura loved the girl as if she were her own now. Then she squared her shoulders and took a deep breath. At the library she paused to wipe her hands over the hairs that had escaped her coiled braid and willed them to stay flat for the next fifteen minutes. Not when they had endured so much to make their own choice. Grateful her self-matched parents were not alive to object. Your aunt will see to the preparations.”
He always did that. Excerpt from   The Traitor’s Kiss   by Erin Beaty
Chapter 1
Uncle William had returned over an hour ago, yet he hadn’t summoned her. As soon as she reached the passage, she began running, shoving through a throng of people carrying trunks and baskets, not caring who they were or why they’d suddenly appeared in the manor house. Sage halted at his desk as he folded one of the papers. “I. Your parents would be ashamed.”
She doubted that. When his horse trotted through the manor house gate in the early afternoon, her uncle tossed the reins to the hostler while casting a smug look at the schoolroom window. “You may go. She was glad—it gave her the strength to fight back. Sage sat at her desk in the schoolroom, trying not to fidget. “I’m to be matched?”
Uncle William nodded, obviously pleased. “Yes, Uncle?”
“You were sixteen last spring. “Yes, Mistress Rodelle is focusing on the Concordium next summer, but I explained we fully expect it to take years to find someone willing to marry you.”
Even in the fog of denial, the insult hit her like a physical blow, stealing her breath. Sage had discovered that early on and leveraged it against his contempt. When Uncle William finally spoke, it was through clenched teeth. “You will. Without curtsying, Sage turned away and stomped out the door. He liked to take his time, as if she needed to be reminded who ruled her life. As the five- year-old exchanged her yellow stick for a green one, Sage tried to calculate how much she would need to save before she could consider leaving, but where would she go? She stood, tucking the book under her arm. She doubted he’d ever encountered anything more threatening than an aggressive beggar, though his expanding girth certainly threatened the belt. He wore it like he was some protector of the realm; all it really meant was he’d made the two-month round trip to the capital city of Tennegol and sworn fealty before the king’s court. He’d been gone long enough to have spent only an hour in town, which was somewhat flattering. He’d dangled the possibility of letting her leave, allowing her a life outside his guardianship, only to drop her straight into an arranged marriage. “Pardon the disturbance, Uncle, but I needed to return this”—she held up the book, and suddenly her reason seemed inadequate—“and fetch another for, um, lessons.”
Uncle William looked up from behind a half-dozen parchments scattered on his desk. “Come here, please, Sage.”
This was it. He said it like it was shameful to be born a commoner. “But why would she accept me?”
“Because you are under my care.” Uncle William folded his hands on the desk with a smile. “You dishonor me, Niece. “It’s quite an honor,” he continued, “especially considering how busy she is now, but I convinced her your scholarly qualities elevate you above your birth.”
Her birth. Always brushed her aside. The only question in her mind was how far away she could get by sunset. She smiled as her gaze drifted to the map hanging on the opposite wall.

‘Class’ creator invented ‘whole new set of monsters’ for ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off

But it happened at a time when I had just done a bunch of other projects for other folks, like adaptations and screenplays and so on. I immediately just went, “Ding!”
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What is the set-up of the show? He’s in episode 1. He looks human but he is an alien, he is different, and I find that really fruitful. PATRICK NESS:   Really unexpectedly. In the 54 years since Doctor Who was first broadcast, its titular, time-travelling, planet-hopping hero has visited a vast array of temporal and geographical locales. And Peter Capaldi appears on the show?  

Show Full Article I hope you like them! And it’s not just a handover, it’s more — I wrote a short story for a Doctor Who collection and the whole point of the story was reminding us that the Doctor is an alien. There will. Watch the show’s trailer above. I said, “I kind of want to do something on my own, I want to do something that’s mine.” They said, “We’ve got this other thought brewing, maybe a spin-off set in Coal Hill School. Will any of them be familiar to Who fans? Great opportunity. On this, we can follow our four young leads, and Miss Quill, and really let them develop, and let them be really genuinely challenged, and taken to darker, unexpected places, and grow, and find hidden strengths, and so on. The Doctor’s granddaughter went there in 1963. Class premieres on BBC America   on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. — has been on Doctor Who since episode 1. I really am of the belief that the show needs to stand on its own and if you had the opportunity to make new Doctor Who monsters, would you turn that down? I find that tension interesting. He comes in as a hero but he can’t stay everywhere. The set-up of the show is that Coal Hill School, now Academy — which is a political thing in the U.K. It’s sort of about, what happens when the Doctor leaves? So, whole new sets of monsters, because the universe is unimaginably big. “Our four get thrown into having to defend the school.” Read on for more from Ness. RELATED:   Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie on gay companion: ‘It’s about time’
Presumably, there will be monsters and creatures and strange beings. That’s basically the idea. ET. But the Time Lord has made numerous trips to one seemingly normal London school, Coal Hill, an educational establishment that seems to attract monstery mayhem. It’s kind of like a Deep Space Nine, in that it stays and things come to it. It has made appearances over the last 53 years and, as the Doctor says, there is so much Artron energy activity — time energy — that has gone on at the school that it has caused complications. I wouldn’t turn it down. He does. So, what happens in the aftermath of a Doctor Who episode? On Doctor Who, they have their adventure and then they leave. Fantastic opportunity. The producers approached me about possibly writing for Doctor Who. Now, Coal Hill is the setting for Doctor Who spin-off Class, which tracks the sci-fi adventures of teenage pupils April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed), Tanya (Vivian Oparah), and Charlie (Greg Austin), as well as a teacher named Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly). ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you get involved in Class? I don’t care for cameos, so it had to be a proper guest-starring role. “It has become a place that other creatures notice,” says show creator Patrick Ness.

Spoiler Room: Scoop on ‘OUAT,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ and more

“Those final seconds, I think we were seeing a completely different side to her, completely different programming and completely off of her leash, so I don’t think she will be the same person; she’ll be an evolved version.”
Any chance for Fitz redemption on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? After the 100th, we stop going from one person’s point of view to another’s and it comes back together to our team of people by necessity.” But whether we actually get a new POTUS by season’s end is up for debate. (Shhh, I’m sure we’ll get to see the real Fitz again.) But for now, the question is whether Simmons will be able to bring this version of Fitz around. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. — Derek
We will get more insight into that soon, but it sounds like a definitive reveal will have to wait. — Mia
We’ve heard a couple things about the premiere at this point, but how about something on the show’s penultimate episode? “This version of Fitz is clearly capable of horrendous acts, but it is unclear whether not he’s capable of remorse.”
What’s next on Scandal? bosses Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen say. “Tom just discovered his father has used him by preying upon the big questions and emotional baggage he’s been struggling with for over 20 years,” EP Jon Bokenkamp says. This week in TV: This is not a drill: Cat Grant is returning to Supergirl! season finale? Show Full Article Be sure to email your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams. Please tell me he’ll be okay! That’s the woman that he loves, and we’re very close to that [happening], so it’s more about trying to figure out how he can get back to help her to try and figure out a way of stopping it.” Here’s a BONUS SCOOP about Sunday’s episode from Ginnifer Goodwin: “The backstory that we learn in that episode is also fairly heartbreaking and focuses a lot on the sacrifices that we make for the family as we discover that the Charmings may have had an opportunity to reunite with Emma long before they did.”
Any scoop on season 2 of Westworld? The next-to-last hour is written and directed by executive producer Joseph Dougherty, who reveals that the episode “kind of plays in real time.” And perhaps more importantly, Dougherty reveals something only real fans can appreciate: Get ready for the return of the bell tower. Up until then, I think we’ve been telling a lot of very individualized episodes. — Kendall
Well, that depends on whether Hook makes it back to Storybrooke (shhh, he totally makes it back to Storybrooke). — James
Redemption‘s season may be over, but it sounds like we’ll hear more about that storyline in some way, shape or form. “She’s as bad as it gets, as bad as we’ve seen on Once Upon a Time. “We are breaking and writing the finale right now, and there’s a large debate in the room about whether or not we’re going to get a new president,” Rhimes says. “I can’t imagine how we could ignore that going forward in the life of this character. — Shai
Who’s to say we’ll get to see the real Fitz again? “What we learn in this episode is she’s from the Southside, but stepped out of it and cleaned herself up and became the perfect [mother]. That’s a wrap on this week’s Spoiler Room. Hook is slightly unaware of some of that   because he’s been gone. “We’re getting to the point where we finish out this big storyline that we’ve been unfolding. “I’m really curious to see the unleashed version of her that we caught a glimpse of at the very end of the finale,” the actress tells me. “The doctor doesn’t see his actions as being out of line,” S.H.I.E.L.D. “We just started the writers’   room for season 2 and we’ve been talking about that a lot,” EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says. — Rebecca
“It’s definitely Linstead-focused,” according to Marina Squerciati, who actually won’t be in the episode (ICYMI, she took a leave of absence at the end of last week’s episode, largely because Squerciati is pregnant IRL). This new revelation definitely feeds into the insecurities and trust issues that have shaped Tom since childhood.”
Anything about the finale of Supergirl? (But really, what did you expect?) The thing I can promise is that fans will get plenty of time with all the major players in the final episodes. “She’s going to have to figure out how to balance it all,” Melissa Benoist says. “I think we are.”
Will the fact that Tom’s dad ended up being the bad guy on Redemption be addressed on The Blacklist? Everyone you’ve come to know and love plays heavily into solving the show’s final mystery: What will happen to Norman? “She is essentially the ultimate evil,” Colin O’Donoghue says. RELATED: Watch a clip from season 7 of   Pretty Little Liars

Was Alice a former Southside Serpent on Riverdale? How will Hook react to the Black Fairy on Once Upon a Time? The actress also describes the developments in Lindsay and Halstead’s relationship as “pretty big,” but wouldn’t reveal whether those developments were positive or negative. What Hook is most worried about is the Final Battle and what’s going to happen with Emma, because as is, she foresaw her death. I know it’s still a few weeks away, but what are you hearing about the Chicago P.D. “There might be people she has to ally with and people who will be her clear enemies, so it’s a lot of juggling.”
Anything on how Pretty Little Liars is ending? Additional reporting by Breanne Heldman and Samantha Highfill. — David
I can’t promise anything, except that there will be more death before season’s end. — Carlos
I’ll let Shonda Rhimes take this one: “The end of the season really hurdles toward a really great conclusion,” the Shondaland boss tells me. Then, with the Huck storyline, you saw it start to come together with group episodes. Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. — Bai
With Rhea determined to return to Earth and make Supergirl pay, and Cadmus still looming out in the ether, the Girl of Steel will have her hands full in the run-up to the finale. — Taylor
In the wake of Dolores apparently becoming self-aware, Evan Rachel Wood thinks we’ll be seeing a very different version of the character in season 2. We’re going to explore much more about what Alice’s backstory is both in this season and in season 2.”
I’m so worried about Dylan heading into the final episodes of Bates Motel.

Rian Johnson reveals name of new planet in ‘Last Jedi’ trailer

EW has exclusively learned the name of this world is Crait. 15 release. Red is the symbol of blood in basic human nature — but blood can stand for violence or family. Rian Johnson, director of the new film, employs this part of the spectrum for a specific reason, and we saw it prominently in the trailer, as speeders lined up in formation fly along the surface of a new world, dragging lines that rip up the scorched white surface into blood-colored plumes of ash. “It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it.” The director (previously best known for Brick and Looper) noted how there are some “beautiful design elements” present on Crait some of which are seen in the trailer. “Go ahead and run with that,” Johnson says. Red. But there’s plenty more to learn about The Last Jedi before its Dec. Show Full Article For now, we will. It’s uncharted,” says Johnson. “It ends up playing a key role in the movie,” he says, adding that the Resistance fighters — flying in the skimmers seen in the trailer — “show up where they have to deal with a very pressing and immediate.”
But what is the significance of the red surface that’s kicked up by the fighters? “I hope some really unique ones that we’re able to bring into it,” he adds. Darth Vader’s eyes had a faint red tinge, and his scarlet saber igniting in darkness could strike fear in the hearts of Rebel soldiers — just before striking them dead. According to Johnson, Crait is the site of an “an old rebel base there that’s now abandoned” and the planet was one of the first things he had in mind when planning The Last Jedi. It dominates the sky in the teaser poster. In Star Wars lore, it’s traditionally the color of evil. It’s the color scheme of the Last Jedi title. So? Lucasfilm
“It’s way out there.

Watch the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

15. Latest updates Behold! The first-ever scenes from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” have arrived. Directed by Rian Johnson (“Looper,” “Brick”), the next “Star Wars” film will continue the episodic story of new characters Rey   (Daisy Ridley),   Poe Dameron   (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and a few members of the original crew, including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).So how have the years changed the young Skywalker from   Tatooine?“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is to premiere Dec.

Watch the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ panel from Orlando

They’re coming from Orlando, Fla., where Star Wars Celebration — “a   convention   that strictly caters   to the fans of a galaxy far, far away” — kicked off today.The cast and creative team behind “The Last Jedi” teased the live audience with bread crumbs about the forthcoming film during the hourlong panel, which you can watch above. Those cheers you’re hearing across the Internet this morning? Latest updates

Noah Cyrus drops laid-back party anthem ‘Stay Together’

It’s the follow-up to her debut single, “Make Me (Cry),” a collaboration with British singer Labrinth that has nearly 100 million streams on Spotify. The 17-year-old   just released her new song, “Stay Together,” a laid-back, slightly melancholy YOLO anthem from her upcoming debut album, NC-17. Noah Cyrus is done crying — now she just wants to party. Show Full Article Thanks to the track’s piano-driven beat, relaxed tempo, and middle-fingers-up lyrics, “Stay Together”   is already drawing comparisons to older sister Miley’s grown-up party jam   “We Can’t Stop.”
NC-17 is expected later this year. “Stay Together”   was co-produced by Digital Farm Animals (Dua Lipa, Galantis) and Hudson Mohawke (Kanye West, Anohni) and co-written by Emily Warren, who recently penned several tracks for the Chainsmokers’ debut album and appeared with them on Saturday Night Live.

Irena Brignull’s ‘The Hawkweed Legacy’: Read an excerpt

“Come on,” she said. None minded though. Charlock waved her hand in nervous greeting but Raven only narrowed her eyes before returning her attention to her young daughter, Sorrel. “Chop chop,” said Raven without a smile. For this eve was not for sleeping. Sister Wynne read their horoscopes and told their fortunes. “I want an adventure, Charlock. Fires were burning and hogs roasting. Besides, she had promised Betony and would not let her down. The Hawkweed Legacy   hits shelves August 15, 2017. Instead, she imagined how proud her mother would be if tonight she proved successful. “These candles, this celebration, are for us. It was natural and not to be feared. Normally, flowers were not for picking but this celebration was different. She felt a sudden shiver of nerves and the flames seemed to flicker in response. For many of these girls, it was to be their first foray into town; for all, their first encounter with a male. This was her choice. “We’re lucky there’s no breeze tonight,” murmured Charlock as she admired the tiny flames. Betony moved closer to Charlock in a show of solidarity. In this second book, Poppy Hooper, haunted by visions of her own death, moves in with a boy and his grandmother, who protect her by holding her captive. Cider was being poured. Then she changed from her nightgown to her clothes. One bent a spoon by staring at it. I want to see something new.”
“But what of making a daughter?” Charlock reminded. It was only for those who wanted and there were many sisters who chose to remain childless. “It is not just us she bosses but the weather too.” Charlock smiled, then looked around guiltily to see if Raven might be watching. By the time Charlock rose from her bed, her mother had already received gifts from the other sisters, praising her achievement of bringing a daughter into the world and raising her in the ways of the craft. Immediately, circle upon circle of candles were lit in readiness for the night’s festivities. “Charlock, stop dawdling!” came the call from outside the caravan. It is us who will be yoking for the first time tomorrow.”
“It is our night,” Charlock admitted, gazing out at the candles they had lit. Her reverie was broken by Raven’s strident tones. Sister Starling, Charlock’s mother, told them stories of times long since past, of witches strong and true who suffered for their craft. Young witches were practising spells for their displays. Picking the rest of the garland from her hair, Charlock placed the dying flowers between the pages of her book of spells. Not her. The first day of spring was for the mothers in the clan and all those trying to become so. Author Irena Brignull will follow up her witchy YA novel,   The Hawkweed Prophecy,   with   The Hawkweed Legacy   this summer. Betony took her hand. “Not the one that matters,” she said simply, without complaint. Show Full Article She didn’t have to go tomorrow. The pressure and warmth of her friend’s side against her own were comforting, as were Betony’s words. “You are a Hawkweed too.”
Charlock shrugged. Yoking was a part of life. Hachette/Weinstein Books
Excerpt from   The Hawkweed Legacy   by Irena Brignull
Chapter 5
Young Charlock
Eighteen years ago …
Every year, the coming of spring was greeted by a celebration from the coven. ‘It is your turn now, my sweet. Charlock leant out of the window and saw her sister holding a little lamb. They are keen enough for all of us.”
Each seventeen-year-old was collecting a garland for her hair —   snowdrops, irises and crocuses. It lay in Charlock’s palm, crushed and damp, and Charlock felt a second’s sorrow at its loss. Check out EW’s exclusive reveal of   The Hawkweed Legacy’s   cover and an excerpt from Chapter 5, below, as well as a first look at   The Hawkweed Prophecy’s   new paperback cover. As if mindful of its unpopularity, the sun hardly bothered to show itself through the clouds and day stitched to darkness almost seamlessly. Copyright   ©   2017 by Irena Brignull, reprinted with permission from Hachette/Weinstein Books. Charlock gave her mother a hug when she saw them and thanked her as she always did on this day. “Thank you, Mother, for all you have done and do for me.”
Her mother put her hands on Charlock’s cheeks, rough skin against smooth. She squeezed Betony’s hand. To bring a daughter into the world was the greatest achievement of any witch’s life – greater than any spell or magical gift. Sister Ada produced her usual falconry display. Raven, on the other hand, was already the most powerful witch their clan had ever known. Everyone oohed and aahed and clapped as the children took a bow. A small group recited healing spells in high and lilting voices. Elsewhere, Charlock attempts to regain Poppy’s trust by reuniting young Leo with his mother — but her actions leave Ember Hawkweed dangerously vulnerable. The coven had taken to their beds that afternoon in order to remain awake the whole night through. It was true. She knew that. “Do you ever doubt it though?” she whispered. As if able to hear these silent thoughts, her sister turned her head and peered at Charlock from across the camp. On the last day of winter, the sisters wished for night to fall quickly for then the preparations would be over and the merriment could begin. She was the younger, softer sister, a witch with only moderate magic. We have turned seventeen this winter. Another turned water into juice. “Your sister has made certain of that, most likely,” joked Betony. Now that they were seventeen, Charlock and her friend, Betony, were responsible for lighting the candles. “We have many years for that,” she said, pulling Charlock towards a small throng of sisters by the storeroom. As Charlock bent her head and felt the delicate petals caress her hair, she reminded herself of all that she’d been taught. Her belly hardly curved and it was difficult to picture a baby curled up within it. “Don’t fear her so,” whispered Betony. Charlock inhaled the sweet scent of the flowers and felt soothed. The Hawkweed table was laden with jars of nuts and dried fruits, hocks of ham and pots of pickles. That night, they danced until their feet were sore and feasted till their bellies were full. “That we are ready?”
Betony didn’t hesitate. The youngest of the group put on their own displays – one magicked mice from her sleeves. It makes me very proud to know that you will join the others for the yoking this evening.’ Then she plucked a fragment of a flower from Charlock’s hair and handed it to her. Charlock and Betony were the last to sleep and the last to awake. “Besides, look at Sisters Caraway, Mildred and Ivy. “I think I smell cake.”
“Sister Clover’s honey cake!” And they both laughed with delight as they ran to fetch some.

‘Doctor Who’ star Pearl Mackie on gay companion: ‘It’s about time’

So, after day one on Doctor Who, I’d pretty much lapped the amount of time that I’d ever spent on a film set ever. You know, it’s 2017, so it’s about time for a gay main companion, really.”
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Season 10’s two-part finale is written by executive producer Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, whose credits include Tank Girl and Sherlock and who has been responsible for overseeing some of the most acclaimed Doctor Who adventures in recent times, including 2015’s Capaldi showcase, “Heaven Sent.” “She’s absolutely fantastic,” says Mackie. And obviously that’s not even talking about the content of the days, and how mad it is working with monsters, and working with CGI, and working on such an important show. “I think everything surprised me,” said the actress, laughing while recalling her first year working on the beloved time travel show, which stars Peter Capaldi as the titular Time Lord. ET. Watch a Mackie-featuring trailer above. With both Capaldi and Moffat soon to be exiting Doctor Who, there are rumors that Mackie’s first season on the show may also be her last. “I was like, ‘Yeah, okay, cool,’” says the actress, describing her reaction to being informed she would be playing a gay character. Everything about it is surprising because the nature of the series is so epic and brilliant.”
One thing that surprised many people was the announcement last month that Bill is the show’s first gay companion, although Mackie says her character’s sexuality is really not that big a deal. “She really gets into the nitty gritty of the text, and the meaning, and the emotions of the scene, which is wonderful for the finale. “I mean, there’s so many elements to Bill, there’s so much to dive into as an actor, that her sexuality is quite far down the list of things that I’ve thought about. Show Full Article “Um, well, you’ll just have to wait and see if Bill comes back!” she says. The new season of Doctor Who premieres on BBC America Saturday at 9 p.m. She’s been absolutely incredible.”
Mackie is coy about her future on the show. For me, I think representation is really important. “This is basically my first TV job. When EW recently caught up with Pearl Mackie, she had just one more day of shooting left on the new season of Doctor Who, the first to feature her companion, Bill Potts.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer makes its long-awaited debut

But no return to this universe would be complete without taking a roll with BB-8. And although General   Leia Organa’s Resistance has knocked back the First Order, those Imperial wannabes remain a volatile   threat under the command   of General Hux, and the enigmatic Supreme Leader Snoke. For now, enjoy   watching this 10,000 times and check out the new poster below. Daisy Ridley’s desert scavenger Rey has found her idol — and her purpose. starwars/Twitter

Show Full Article It has enraged him.   After returning Luke’s father’s lightsaber to him, decades after Darth Vader sent it (and his son’s hand) tumbling into a Cloud City exhaust chamber, she is about to receive a gift in turn: guidance   from the only remaining member of the Jedi order. Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, the son of Han and Leia, who was corrupted by the shadowy Knights of Ren after training with Luke, is still seeking his own hero, striving to connect with the spirit of his grandfather Darth Vader. The movie is not out until Dec. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
The trailer for The Last Jedi just dropped at Star Wars Celebration, sending chills across the fandom and   providing our first glimpse into the galaxy after   civil war was reignited in   The Force Awakens. The escaped Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) is recovering from near-fatal wounds and now proudly serving the Resistance, while hotshot X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is still flying fearlessly into the unfriendly skies — and spaces beyond. EW will be dissecting the trailer in more depth shortly. But this is the tease fans have been waiting for ever since full-scale production began more than a year ago. This first teaser of the film from writer-director Rian Johnson (best known for Brick, Looper,   and some of the most memorable   episodes of Breaking Bad) doesn’t give away everything: We don’t score a glimpse of new characters played by Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran, nor of new galactic heavy played by Benicio del Toro. Luke Skywalker has been found. 15, so there’s still a lot to learn about the story. His defeat at the hands of a nobody, a girl, in the finale of The Force Awakens hasn’t humbled him. Han Solo is gone.

Jack Nicholson painted a portrait of his acting teacher

Jeff Corey
The Portrait Jack Painted
A Thank-You Note to My Father’s Acting Student, Jack Nicholson  
By Emily Corey
When your father is a character actor in Hollywood you grow up seeing him on screen as a thug, a thief, and a crook on a regular basis. The weeks following my father’s death, I spent a lot of time visiting my mother, helping her sift through those letters. Jack knew my father’s enormous creative resources firsthand as well as his remarkable ability to bring out the best in any actor’s performance. Banished from the work he loved to do, he turned to teaching acting. So when I saw the portraits Jack had painted I had a deep understanding of what was behind the canvas. I knew Jack was an art lover and while I had never seen his private collection, I had been told it was quite something to behold. Thank you, Jack. Show Full Article “Jack sent them,” my mother said, referring to my father’s former student, Jack Nicholson. University Press of Kentucky
Jack had been a student of my father’s way back when, before he was a star. My family had lost a father, a grandfather, and a husband–but the large extended family that comprised the actors who had studied with him poured out their love and condolences. They all met in my father’s class. Back then Jack was just one of hundreds of struggling actors who walked through our living room on their way to study with my father in his studio in the backyard. His classes were filled with legions of unknown actors who, over time, became the who’s who of the Hollywood elite as they learned how to act from him—Leonard Nimoy, Carol Burnett, Cher, and Jack Nicholson just to name a few. “He painted them,” she said. The studios that were afraid to hire him on camera sent their brightest stars to work with him—James Dean, Kirk Douglas, Jane Fonda, Anthony Perkins and so many others. He immediately said, “Yes.”
So there it sits, facing the title page, offering a rare glimpse into who my father was: his indomitable spirit, his superb artistic talent, and yes, of course, his kindness. “Really?” I said in surprise. Jeff Corey was a character actor, starring in films like   True Grit   and   Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,   a blacklisted Hollywood figure in the 1950s, and later, a beloved acting coach to such stars as Leonard Nimoy, James Dean, Kirk Douglas, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams, and Jack Nicholson. In those days he would call the house and ask for my father in his gravelly voice, which we could identify as Jack’s but had no idea of what was in store for all of us. Improvising Out Loud   will be published May 5. He also knew my father’s kindness. After   Corey died in 2002, his wife and daughter received four portraits of Corey in the mail, which turned out to be from his former student, Nicholson. A visual reflection of my father’s life for all the world to see. He walked away from a successful career in film in the 1950s when he refused to names names in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and was blacklisted. Four portraits of my father emerged from his memory. When my father died, it was as if there was a disturbance in the force. When my father’s memoir, Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How To Act, was to be published I called Jack and asked if I could use one of the portraits as the frontispiece for the book. You know the other side of him—the sweet, kind man who wouldn’t hurt a fly—but you’re never quite sure the rest of the world sees him that way. Jack had them framed and sent by messenger to my mother—a visual letter of condolence. Each portrait, individual in character, captures a unique piece of my father’s nature. One such painting appears as the frontispiece for Corey’s forthcoming memoir,   Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How To Act,   which his daughter Emily Corey helped complete. Roger had the wit and wisdom to not only see Jack’s great potential but to grab onto the talents of his fellow classmates, writers Robert Towne and Carol Eastman, who after working for Roger went on to write Chinatown and Five Easy Pieces, respectively. The house had an unusual silence we were all trying to get used to. “Jack called and told me he was sending them over,” my mother continued. When Jack heard my father had passed away he went into his studio and started painting. Yet, in spite of a career playing bad guys, my father, Jeff Corey, had ample opportunity to show his true nature in Hollywood. It was in my father’s class that Jack met Roger Corman, at the time a fledgling producer. EW can exclusively reveal a first look at   Nicholson’s painting, below — along with a letter from Emily Corey explaining its significance, and how her father influenced   Nicholson’s career. Early one morning, I stepped through the front door and while the silence had not lifted, leaning against side tables and chairs were four portraits of my father I had never seen before. I stared at these portraits of my father by a man known around the world for his powerful skills as an actor. But I didn’t know that Jack was also a painter. Everyone in Hollywood studied with him.

‘The Originals’: Riley Voelkel on Freya’s growing connection with Keelin

Yep, she’s all business and no time for fun at this point. How will this week’s episode affect Freya and Keelin’s dynamic? What are her feelings toward him? And we got a little witch now, Hope, and we don’t know her strength yet. From the moment she woke up, I feel like Freya’s been   in “fierce” mode this season. I’m always happy when Freya gets to drink. Did you talk to the writers about it at all? RILEY VOELKEL: Definitely. EW talked with star Riley Voelkel about Freya’s journey thus far in season 4 and what comes next. I don’t think at this point Freya’s necessarily expecting much. Totally. I think so too. However, years later, she has not only proven herself as a loyal sister, but she’s arguably the protector of the Mikaelson clan. She does have a side to her that we don’t really see. The thing I enjoy most about her relationship with Keelin, even though it started off a little rocky, is simply just the fact that Freya has someone outside of the family. She’s usually very much on her own and all about the family and doesn’t mess around with anything outside of it, and I think when Keelin’s first brought to her, Freya originally is just using her, but not expecting her necessarily to be so willing to help. Considering that this season’s big bad is magical, what kind of impact will that have on Freya? She didn’t grow up with them and have those bonding moments that they all had together, so when she’s given that, I think it was a bittersweet time for her. She feels like she has to make the hard decisions sometimes, just like she did with Davina. I really think she deserves a drink, for sure. And with her role as the witch of the family, she’s going to play an important part in taking on this season’s villain: The Hollow, a mysterious magical force. Do you feel like that’s changed her? I think the goal is to get the family back together, including Hope and Hayley, and avoid what the Mikaelsons are always dealing with, but unfortunately that never lasts long. Even though it was bittersweet because she didn’t have Klaus, she had this dream world that she created, and that was her dream — to be with the family and spend time with them and have those moments that she didn’t get when she was little. [Laughs]
We also know that this week, Freya gives Klaus a weapon to kill Marcel. The Originals airs Fridays at 8 p.m. You see the family often having a drink or having relationships or some other stuff and I’m like, ‘This girl does not sleep!’ She has a lot of responsibility. I think that shocks her a bit. When Freya Mikaelson first came to   The Originals, she was the secret Mikaelson sibling that viewers weren’t sure if they could trust. She definitely cares about her family to the point where, because they care about him, I think if it’s something that’s avoidable, fine, but if it comes down to Marcel or her brothers, there’s just no question. And hoping that she would save us all. Because it’s a magical being I think she has even more insight. Unlike the other Mikaelsons, Freya doesn’t have a history with Marcel. RELATED: The 25 Best TV Characters in the Past 25 Years
When you started this season, were you curious about what happened in those five years? We can see that Freya’s disappointed that Keelin could possibly leave and she’ll never see her again. We know that she’s even stronger than Freya could be, but you’re also going to start seeing another side of Freya of seeing her be somewhat vulnerable and because she’s usually on her own, needing maybe help or wanting help for once. It was kind of left unsaid that they made the best out of it, they were able to spend time together but there was always the pain of knowing Klaus is in pain throughout all of that. But I do think it bonded them even more coming out of it. They go out for a drink and that is not really normal for Freya. She has some type of connection to Keelin, which is the start of some kind of connection that she wasn’t expecting, and I think we’ll see whether Keelin also feels that or if she doesn’t want to get mixed up with this mess. I don’t think she has that connection to him. [Keelin is]   free to go. So when Klaus is going to go into this with Marcel, she wants him to be protected. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:   Freya finally got some bonding time with her siblings in those five years. There’s some disappointment there, but Freya again is trying to focus on her family and not let her own desires or wants or a friend get in the way. She’s definitely without a doubt now part of the family, will do anything for them, and they know that and trust her now fully. I think she was preparing the whole time while she was in the dreamscape so that   as soon as Hayley finds what she needs to bring me back, I’m going to be right back to work. Show Full Article She just wants to make sure everyone is back together. This is something they’ve never dealt with before and they’re definitely going to need Freya very involved in order to figure it out being that she’s the witch of the family. They made a deal and Freya is really letting Keelin decide. I feel like if anyone deserves a drink, it’s Freya. Keelin also has to decide if she even wants to deal with the Mikaelsons. ET on The CW. It’s her family or nothing. She feels too. Would she be upset if he died? And having Klaus start to be affected by The Hollow, he and Marcel are seeing these visions that are putting them up against each other, and Freya knows that The Hollow’s going to possibly want them to destroy each other. You start so see that Freya does have emotions.

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN’: 7 first-listen highlights

MC hasn’t left pop culture’s spotlight. 7. Bono revisits The Joshua Tree‘s Americana on “XXX”
Light on buzzy guests,   DAMN‘s track list drew attention upon its release earlier this week for one name in particular: U2. The rapper caps his final verse forcefully: “Whoever thought the greatest rapper would be from coincidence / Because if Anthony killed Ducky / Top Dawg could be servin’ life / While I grew up without a father and die in a gunfight.”

Show Full Article Zacari’s tender vocals resemble The Weeknd’s in the best way. And the legendary rock group isn’t merely sampled, as some had speculated. Read on for EW’s first-listen highlights from Lamar’s latest album. The song tells the tale — the degree of truth to it is vague — of an encounter between Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith and Lamar’s father, Kenneth “Ducky” Duckworth. The close of “Blood” contains a sample of Fox News talk show   The Five, where anchor Eric Bolling disdainfully reads a line from “Alright” — “And we hate po-po / Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho” — before his co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle scoffs and says, “Oh   please, ugh, I don’t like it.”
He returns to the cable news network throughout   DAMN. The proper follow-up to his acclaimed   To Pimp a Butterfly — EW’s best album of 2015 — consists of 14 tracks, spans 55 minutes, and features collaborations with Rihanna, U2, Mike Will Made-It, Greg Kurstin, James Blake, and more. Rihanna duets with Lamar — and throws down bars of her own
DAMN‘s only featured guest from the current pop world brings her A-game, belting her “loyalty, loyalty, loyalty” hook with poise and nuance that would’ve fit on her 2016 album   Anti. Lamar   remains hip-hop’s greatest narrative force
For all his instrumental experimentation, topical lyricism, and verbal dexterity, Lamar’s greatest asset has always been his skill as a raconteur; 2012’s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” and 2015’s “How Much a Dollar Cost” are visceral, poetic short stories set to music. 3. It’s also a prime example of Lamar’s decision to spurn   Butterfly‘s throwback funk-jazz stylings on   DAMN. “America, God bless it if it’s good to you,” sings Bono, later saying America is “not a place” but a country “to be a sound of drum and bass.” It’s fitting that 30 years after   releasing their ode to America,   The Joshua Tree, and on the eve of their tour commemorating that album, Bono and his bandmates have teamed with one of the country’s foremost contemporary artists to continue their clear-eyed analysis of their adopted nation. But she also thrillingly matches rhymes with Lamar: “Haul ass on a bitch all in the fast lane,” she spits, “been a bad bitch way before any cash came.”

5. 1. DAMN draws sounds from multiple corners of the mainstream
While Lamar’s previous albums were heavily praised for their nostalgic instrumental sounds, he hasn’t been shy about embracing modern ones; Pharrell produced “Alright” and sang its hook. Blake ventured   into hip-hop last year with his bombastic work   on Vince Staples’   Prima Donna EP, but “Element” is more subdued. 4. Many conservative commentators took issue with Lamar’s characterizations of police brutality, mass incarceration, and racism — and from   DAMN‘s start, the rapper takes on his critics. Lamar rebukes Fox News
Butterfly‘s artwork prominently displayed the White House and its single “Alright” became an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement. 6. 1 on Billboard‘s albums chart. Add “Duckworth,”   DAMN‘s staggering closer, to that list. Though two years have passed since Lamar released   Butterfly in March 2015, the 29-year-old Compton, Calif. And while   DAMN still goes heavy on vibe and less well-known producers like The Alchemist and BADBADNOTGOOD, it also includes some of Lamar’s most mainstream fare yet, from Mike Will Made-It’s other contributions (“DNA,” “XXX”) to “Love,” which features a credit from Greg Kurstin (Adele’s “Hello,” Sia’s “Chandelier). James Blake infuses “Element” with his aqueous electronics
Beyoncé and Frank Ocean recruited the electro-soul artist for their 2016 albums   Lemonade and   Endless, respectively, and he lent his distinctive aesthetic   to “Element” as a co-producer. Last March, he released   untitled unmastered, a half-hour collection of eight rejects from the   Butterfly sessions that debuted at   No. Still, DAMN‘s arrival marks another major step for the rapper. On “Yah,” he suggests Fox uses him to boost their ratings and profits, rapping “Fox News wanna use my name for percentage” and adding “somebody tell Geraldo [Rivera] this n—- got some ambition!” And on “XXX” he cites the hypocrisy of Fox’s “Alright” criticism: “You overnight the big rifles, then tell Fox to be scared of us.”
2. The two teamed previously on “Wat’s Wrong,” an underrated cut off   The Sun’s Tirade, the 2016 album from Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment labelmate Isaiah Rashad, and “Love” hopefully indicates a budding creative relationship. He’s also guested on songs by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more — and this Sunday, he’ll headline the final night of Coachella. After a brief lead-up that included his warning-shot one-off “The Heart Part 4” and blustery new single “Humble,” Kendrick Lamar dropped his fourth album,   DAMN, late Thursday. Zacari’s “Love” hook has star-making potential
Lamar has teamed with acclaimed vocalists from Beyoncé to Frank Ocean   since releasing   Butterfly, but he delegated   DAMN‘s standout hook to the relatively obscure singer Zacari. In vivid detail, Lamar   recounts how a down-on-his-luck Tiffith went to rob a Kentucky Fried Chicken in the ’80s — and was placated by Ducky, who offered him free chicken instead. The first single Lamar released from   DAMN was the propulsive trap banger “Humble,” produced by beatsmith Mike Will Made-It (Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles”), suggesting his willingness to tack toward the Top 40.

‘The Last Jedi’: Meet Kelly Marie Tran’s character ‘Rose’

“My character’s name is Rose. No doubt, we’ll be learning a lot more about her — and other new characters played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro —   as The Last Jedi approaches on Dec. But she gets pulled into a very big adventure with Finn.”
Tran, who is a relative newcomer, “embodies that for me,” he added. Johnson suggested those two would be paired up in this film, as Finn recovers from a debilitating lightsaber injury.  
 

Show Full Article This is just the start. while starring in her own digital shorts. She’s part of the Resistance, and she works in maintenance. “This possibility   that any of us could step up and become a hero, that’s where Rose comes from,” Johnson tells the crowd, saying Luke Skywalker and Rey are cut from similar cloth — nobodies from nowhere who became vital parts of galactic history. I can’t wait for you to meet her,” says the actress, who previously was best known for a series of digital comedy shorts. The writer director described Rose as a kind of everywoman. That’s a compelling parallel with John Boyega’s Finn, who performed similar grunt-work for the First Order on Starkiller base before fleeing to join the resistance. Maintenance? Star Wars fans are finally   getting to know actress Kelly Marie Tran — or, as she’s known in   The Last Jedi, a Resistance mechanic named Rose. 15. A native of San Diego, she   trained at the   improv groups iO West, Second City, and Upright Citizens Brigade and has made guest spots on shows like   Jimmy Kimmel Live! At the   Celebration fan gathering Friday in Orlando, Florida,   writer-director Rian Johnson finally explained exactly who she’d be — although she   joins Rey and Finn among the new characters who only have one name. “She’s not a soldier, she’s not looking to be a hero. Her biggest hit was the 2013   web series Ladies Like Us,   a surreal awkward-fest about   friends who hold the perils of the world at bay with their own signature strangeness.

‘Game of Thrones’ alum Michelle Fairley talks ‘White Princess’ and powerful women

It’s a whole package when you decide to take on a job. Yes, Margaret and Catelyn are both powerful women. She sees her son’s rule as her vocation so, therefore, believes that she’s on the side of the just and deserved. I admire the stand that she took for women at that time to have power and to have longevity. EW talked to Fairley about female ambition, power plays, and her character’s parallels with Catelyn Stark. Yes. She’s so conniving but so clever. Lizzie makes a comment to Margaret about having experienced tragedy and Margaret responds, “I have no tragedy.” Is her main tragedy just being born a woman at that time? They have no choice. Women, at that point, were not powerful on their own; they got it through marriage that was their protection, but Margaret decided once her second-to-last husband died, she would re-enter court and get close to the royal family so that she could see what they were doing and maneuver and manipulate to put her son, Henry, on the throne. Her child was in line to the throne and that was denied him, so she had to set about claiming his birthright. ET on Starz. How do you rate Lady Margaret as a mother to King Henry? They’ve only communicated through letters for the majority of his life while he was living in exile in Wales and then in France, so there is a separation between mother and son. They’re both mothers who are dedicated to their children — to say the least — and they both believe they’re on the side of good. She is selfless in that respect, but she’s also self-motivated. Starz
Does she really believe in the religious aspect of it, or does she just do what she wants and uses God as an excuse? It’s a double-edged sword: It’s about her son getting what’s his   and also Margaret achieving it. A   sequel to BBC’s 2013 series   The White Queen, which, like   The White Princess, was adapted from a Philippa Gregory historical novel, the   eight-episode follow-up concludes the story of England’s War of the Roses and chronicles the rise of the House of Tudor through the strained marriage of Princess Elizabeth of York (Jodie Comer) and King Henry Tudor (Jacob Collins-Levy). But she drives Jasper away as well. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you first read the script, what was the most compelling part, the character or the story? That’s why, when her son becomes King, she, rightly, gives herself the title My Lady the King’s Mother. It really is a story dominated by women who use men as pawns in their games. She’s a very religious person and she believes in the power of God. Margaret believes she’s on the side of good and whatever she does is sanctioned by the higher power. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a strong character, but there has to be a hook somewhere in order for you to feel you can give it strength. It’s not just the script; it’s what can you bring to a really interesting role? She was a very clever woman. Well, Henry was taken away from her when he was very young. So, now, getting her son on the throne is what makes her happy; she sees that as her duty. The relationships between parents and their children play a big part in the story. Yes, absolutely. So there’s a distance between them even now they’re together. People might say, “Why do you want to play the same character again, another strong woman?” but there’s a different angle to it every time. That character conflict is a great reason to tune in. See Fairley in action in   an exclusive clip above. Show Full Article She may not be the titular character, but Fairley’s Lady Margaret is a conniving and skillful force to be reckoned with among a cast of similarly savvy women; the men may be Kings and Lords, but the women plot and pull the strings on this show. It’s definitely   for anyone who’s interested in history and in strong women, but it’s also a story about family, love, betrayal and, of course, power. Yes, they have to be prepared constantly. RELATED: The Finest Kings and Queens of Television
It seems like she’s grown cold because she’s been kept away from those she loves so much and not been able to form emotional attachments to her child or the man she loves, Jasper (Vincent Regan). And there’s even strength in weakness too. She uses religion when she needs to, but ostensibly she is a religious person. Ah, that’s such a dangerous line to walk. Margaret is very aware of the fact that there’s a division and she’s desperately trying to make that work. She’s obviously very ambitious, but is it for her son or for herself? You make sacrifices to obtain what you have in life and the thing about her relationship with Jasper is that, unfortunately for Margaret, its time has passed. What else will draw viewers in? His uncle Jasper brought him up mostly. Absolutely. They had to marry well and they had to use that marriage as well and she knew that and used it. I’ve played other women who are dedicated and believe they’re on the right side   but are also psychos or mentally deranged. Because of her position, she was unable to be with Jasper and bring up her son; those that she loves are always at a distance from her. Margaret was a woman who was willing to use her religion; she was prepared to do anything to get what she wanted and justify it with God’s will. Do you draw any comparisons with Catelyn Stark or see any parallels? So much of her advice and influence ends up hurting him. MICHELLE FAIRLEY: Lady Margaret was an incredible woman in history — what she achieved and what she did. Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) is no stranger to period drama costumes or the clash of great houses — you might have heard of a disagreement or two in a land named Westeros — and now she’s back playing a different game of thrones, this time in 15th century England as the formidable Lady Margaret, mother to King Henry VII, in the Starz series   The White Princess. Speaking of clever women, this isn’t the first fiercely loyal mother to a son in a powerful position you’ve played. She’s a woman who is prepared to sacrifice her life and her happiness for her son. The White Princess premieres on Sunday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

‘Bill Nye Saves the World’: The Netflix model leaves Bill Nye out to dry

Not just anyone armed with a team of comedy writers can jump into a hosting gig with the expectation of striking the same info-laughs ratio as someone like Samantha Bee. As much as the format doesn’t suit Nye, Netflix doesn’t suit the format. And all of the information shared in targeted, focusing on issues that are real threats to the future of our world like greenhouse gas emissions. And that’s all well and good, but Bill Nye Saves the World is first and foremost an entertainment, and on that level, it’s less successful. So the timing of his new Netflix series couldn’t be better. Show Full Article There are funny-ish demonstrations from the host, panel discussions with experts within a single topic, and field segments that work as more in-depth vignettes on topics like polio vaccination in India. So while Nye has dropped the “Science Guy” moniker, the Netflix series is not light on interesting fact. And he was never Billy Nye the Funny Guy. This setup requires trial and error, time to establish a show’s strengths and weaknesses. In the current climate — both literal and political — defenders of science education and policy like Bill Nye, née The Science Guy, are more important than ever, dropping knowledge on children and Tucker Carlson alike. The all-at-once release model locks in a comedic style and rhythm before a single second has air. We’re seeing it play in out right now as Stephen Colbert’s Late Show makes up ground that his rocky start ceded to Jimmy Fallon. Nye is very much still the Science Guy, but this time, there’s a welcome activist bent to this lessons. The show’s major issues stem directly out of the format, which leans heavily on Nye to be both an educator and comedian. The other curious choice is tone. Bill Nye Saves the World most closely resembles a late-night talk show. Though the series is expressly made for adults, the tone is confused thanks to an overly laugh-ready audience and Nye’s listen up, kids way of explaining concepts. RELATED: 20 Beloved TV/Movie Geeks
What’s most frustrating about the show is that these are kinks that could have been worked out. It’s not that Nye was never meant to host a show like Bill Nye Saves the World; he just needs a bit more experimentation.

‘Dating Naked’ canceled by VH1

This is a victory for everyone who spoke out about the harmful content of Dating Naked.”
Likely a bigger reason for Dating Naked‘s cancelation was the show’s ratings — even in its first season the reality show was never a hit despite getting a fair amount of online attention. VH1 left open the possibility of rebooting the series at some point. Other big headlines included setting up a 69-year-old man with a 24-year-old woman. The show was sued by one participant after accidentally neglecting to fully blur her genitals during one shot. Show Full Article One of the boldest reality shows to come along in recent years, Dating Naked, has been canceled by VH1. VH1
Watchdog group the Parents Television Council celebrated the decision (indeed, I have received more emails from the PTC condemning Dating Naked than I have from VH1 promoting Dating Naked). “We aggressively called out every corporate sponsor of Dating Naked, telling them in no uncertain terms that by choosing to spend advertising dollars on that program, they were deliberately aligning their corporate values with the values of that show,”   said PTC President Tim Winter. The bawdy playful show drew controversy from the moment it was announced for putting naked singles together in a tropical resort for activities like arco-yoga and mud wrestling. “By the end of the season more than 90% of the show’s corporate advertisers were gone – proving once again that without advertising dollars, television networks cannot afford to keep harmful content on the air. The nude dating reality show has been axed by the network after three seasons, Deadline first reported. There was also that so-called wedding special.

‘Guerrilla’: EW Review

Elba’s portion of the show provides another source of conflict and another expression of mirroring. Her father, a political activist, is serving a life sentence in India; she grieves his absence and fumes over the injustice done to him. Jas dumped him because she needed a man of action   — like Marcus and her father. The production evokes the period, but doesn’t wallow in it (this isn’t one of those seventies shows with a wall-to-wall super-sounds-of-the-decade soundtrack), maybe due to budget limitations, maybe as part of an effort to get us to see the present in the past. How much is political? Marcus’ job interview with a representative of the white establishment, whose face is never seen (his back is to the camera) is mirrored with Marcus’ first “job interview” with the German Marxist, whose face is never seen   (his back is to the camera). Something of a celebrity, Kent finds himself drafted into being the public face of an effort by mainline black activists, represented by a character named Omega (Zawe Ashton), who are walking a tricky tightrope: distancing themselves from violent revolutionaries and modeling more “elevated” protests,   while not compromising any part of the cause or selling out any person of color. His anti-capitalist subversives – who become dependent on German Marxists for cash and housing – must behave like any good capitalist strivers. These relational intrigues are essential to a show that interrogates the motivational make-up of would-be culture-changers. Yet his arc is as complex as his racism. We see the characters reflected in mirrors, their images as cloudy or obscured as their own concept of self. The value of work is one of many themes on Ridley’s huge mind here, as it is in American Crime. Put another way: their cell is basically a start-up that needs to produce results for angel investors in order to realize an ambition to go public and conquer the world. While the relational drama is intrinsic to the show’s investigation of revolutionary character, there are some twists and turns that got my eyes rolling. Marcus has organized his hot takes into a red-jacketed manuscript that borrows much from Ho Chi Minh and Mao, The Dragon Will Fly. As in American Crime, Ridley is sparing and effective in his use of violence. But it does have Idris Elba sporting a Playgirl-ready mustachioed beefcake, so there is that. Guerrilla is set in London, 1971, against a global backdrop of unrest and uprising, from the jungles of Vietnam to the inner cities and college campuses of America. RELATED: See 9 Exclusive First-Look Photos From   Twin Peaks
Jas Mitra (Freida Pinto), a child of immigrants, is a nurse. The story, a historical fiction, is set in another time and   another place, but it speaks to an American present roiled by issues of race, class, immigration, and policing, as well as the proper means to protest and change those problems. Maybe you should watch Guerrilla instead. You saw you want a revolution? Ridley zeroes in on the ironies of this situation. Their plans evolve, though, when they and another pair of activists   –   Fallon (Denise Gough), white and Irish, and her boyfriend, Julian (Nicholas Pinnock) – run afoul with thug policemen assigned to Scotland Yard’s racist “Black Power Desk.” Indignity leads to tragedy leads to extreme reaction, all quite credibly, and soon, Marcus and Jas are busting Dhari out of the joint and living underground as public enemies nos. Ridley, who directs three of the six episodes and writes them all, establishes this state of affairs with the same kind of character-driven storytelling that marks his excellent work on American Crime, but can’t equal the show’s scope or briskness. The push-pull between Pence and Cullen and their respective, competitive bids to prove and exert themselves reflects the combustible dynamics within the cell they seek to bust. In a story where everyone thinks they’re the hero but no one deserves to be called one, chief inspector Pence (Rory Kinnear) embodies The Man. – into stone-cold radicals makes for heartbreaking drama that invites valuable reflection on the structure of society, and what it takes and costs to change it, by any means, radical and otherwise. Complaining about it even a little makes you a suspected radical and assures you greater marginalization. B

Show Full Article London itself is presented as a hot bed of racial unrest, with native blacks and Indian immigrants chaffing from casual and institutional prejudice. They culminate with a line —   “I’m so f—ing cool” – that’s layered with uncountable meanings and is absolutely chilling. How much is personal? Married with a drug-addicted teenage son, Pence is an immigrant himself, born and raised in Rhodesia, and he’s brought a world of post-colonial resentments and romantic notions with him to London. Whether Jas is master of her issues or mastered by them is left for us to decide. There’s nothing romantic about Ridley’s depiction of revolutionary life, and the show is more interesting for it. Each gains more depth – and changes significantly – as the story unfolds. Marcus and Jas have befriended a charismatic convict, Dhari Bishop (Nathaniel Martello-White in an electric turn), who’s developed a following preaching a strident black power gospel emphasizing self-improvement and self-sufficiency. He knows what matters most, the price paid by victim and perpetrator. Watching them evolve – or devolve? The opening scene in Guerrilla finds Marcus applying for a job and explaining that he had been fired from a previous post for objecting to bias. Jas’ intensifying frustration feeds into her blossoming feminism, but Pinto’s performance and the direction plays to all the possibilities, or can’t decide which one to choose. Kinnear does two impressive things at once: he brings his usual nuance to the role, but he doesn’t sand off any of Pence’s edges. As entertainment, Guerrilla fights a war with itself, torn between allegory and thriller, with characters struggling to be more than just symbols (which is ironic, as symbolic action is a primary concern of the drama). But it often plays like one of those everything-goes-sideways crime thrillers like Breaking Bad or Hell or High Water, about desperate people doing wrong for some well-rationalized right, losing control and trying to regain it by doubling down on the dubious thing they’re   becoming. He reluctantly accepts this responsibility as he sees Team Jas engage in actions that threaten all people of color, but his desire to save Jas from herself leads to jeopardy for everyone and risks subverting his identity. Back in the summer of love, she dated Elba’s Kent, a successful artist of questionable commitment to social justice. Still, the character still comes off as a broad, even cartoonish cut-out of white villainy at first. His passion for causes might stop at bohemian parties full of heated talk of liberation and hazy-headed free love. Like Kent, Guerrilla is a lot of talk and not much action, though the action it does have is impactful. He and Jas aspire to get Dhari an early release and make him the face of a reform movement that expresses itself through media messages and symbolic, non-violent action. Marcus Hill (Babou Ceesay) is an educated Brit of Nigerian heritage who can’t find work doing what he loves, teaching literature at university. 1-3. Guerrilla is basically a really ironic Silicon Valley. There’s something of The Americans in Ridley’s new franchise, though Guerrilla lacks any of that show’s wicked wit, to its detriment. They’re “woke.” Are they self-aware? Like her boyfriend Marcus, she’s a communist who came of age in the counter-culture sixties. There’s meaning and design to the polished filmmaking. Marcus tries to stick to the script of symbolic action, Jas becomes converted to a philosophy of random acts of destabilizing violence, and Dhari reveals himself to be more chaotic than anyone realized (but probably should have).  
Guerrilla suffers from being an episode too long and for being too conservative with its own tone. Still, the various storylines coalesce to produce a suspenseful, surprising finale, and the arcs of Marcus and Jas are compelling. Improving their lot and moving up the ladder motivates them as much as their ideology, personal damage and relational jealousies. Ridley’s TV work skews humorless, and while that works just fine for me in American Crime, there are moments of irony and absurdity in Guerrilla that call out for some small awareness of their darkly comic dimension. They’re still governed by survival-of-the-fittest marketplace forces; they still have to toil for The Man. He’s juggling a long-term relationship with a black woman, Kenya (Wunmi Mosaku), who is also an informant and a sex worker; their queasy union has recently produced a child. Showtime’s new series from American Crime creator John Ridley, TV’s ranking poli-sci auteur, is a smart and solemn period piece that indicts unreconstructed post-colonial western society while taking the piss out of anyone who wants to blow it up. The moment in the premiere when Marcus pulls a trigger and his eyes blaze with what-have-I-done horror is searing. Elba fans be warned: His role is small. Here, the drama becomes fitful, but in a way that kind   of works for the story, as we get lots of scenes of the trio debating about direction and complaining about not doing anything. The characters in Guerrilla are constantly in each other’s faces with these questions, but the women get them more than the men: Ridley shows us that even among allegedly enlightened vanguards of a new society, sexism flourishes. If Marcus gets that job, perhaps none of Guerrilla happens. “So you’re a troublemaker,” says the white guy handling the interview and denying him employment. The wannabe guerrillas quickly discover that the vanguard army subculture is fragmented and competitive, and only the most hard-core and splashiest thrive. Can those two things even be separated? Episode 2 begins a slow deepening, starting with a key scene involving another major player, his partner, Cullen (Daniel Mays), an Irishman who can empathize with the oppression and persecution of the minority he polices.

‘The Last Jedi’: Highlights from the Star Wars Celebration panel

Star Wars/YouTube“If I weren’t up here, I’d be out there with you guys,” he tells the crowd. (See the new Forces of Destiny animated shorts, for example.)
— Johnson notes   he was one of the only people on set who could take photos without being tackled, and we get a few monochromatic   behind-the-scenes shots from the film. We’ll start soon. Rian Johnson/Twitter
What’s in store? “I remember watching the original trilogy on VHS, which for those of you who are millennials in the audience is the same technology Wall-E uses to watch movies.”
— Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Johnson are the first onstage. — Josh Gad is hosting the panel. Since the film picks up immediately after the last, we can assume there’ll be some Rey training action with the man who was described as the last of his Force-wielding order. It’s the calm before the Stormtroopers, with   The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration is about to begin. At the very end, expect a trailer. We get an image of Fisher in costume with her hair swept back — and noticeably more grey at the temples. — Gad brings up Carrie Fisher and asks what it was like developing Princess Leia, now General Organa. It kicks off with some of his social media videos, peppering Daisy Ridley with   Star Wars questions. This is an important statement for the fandom,   which is specifically reaching out to include more women and girls. And I connected first and foremost with her as a writer. At the end there would be a four-word line of dialogue that came from that.”
— Daisy Ridley joins the panel. Huge cheers for everyone’s new best friend, the writer-director of Episode VIII. Kennedy starts out by saying, “We took a big risk last year when we did Rogue One,” but she thanked fans for making it a hit. “We’re in post-production. We’re still editing. “It gives us a lot of confidence to keep going in that direction.”
Star Wars/YouTubeGad tells Johnson to take a bow for spending most of last night meeting nearly everyone in this room of thousands. It’ll just take a few moments to get the coordinates from the navicomputer. We’re doing quite well, and it’s all coming together.”
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Kennedy praises Johnson by saying he’ll soon stand among the giants of the franchise. Writer-director Rian Johnson, who spent the wee hours of Thursday night greeting thousands of fans waiting in line for this, tweeted out the photo below as the first major reveal of The Force Awakens sequel drew near. He says she forced him to get his information the hard way. “Meeting you guys, and feeling the positivity, and the encouragement, I just … thank you. With luck, we’ll hear Luke Skywalker finally speak after more than three decades. This is the best fan-family in the world.”
— We get an image of Johnson signing an autograph on the hull of the Millennium Falcon, and he gave an update on the status of the Dec. Show Full Article “So I can assume the entire film is in black and white?” Gad asks. There are also new characters to meet, played by Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran. “We have so many questions, and they have answers,” Gad says. “Don’t tweet that,” Johnson says. She had a brilliant mind, and I’d sit on her bed for hours, going through the screenplay, and we’d have these stream-of-consciousness ad lib sessions. “He writes amazingly fierce and independent women,” she   says. “I love her so much, man,” Johnson says. “I just adore her. 15 film. “Thinking about what this means to all of us, I started to get really scared,” Johnson says. (And if there isn’t one, expect a riot.)
Hang tight.

Keri Russell laughs as Matthew Rhys recalls drunkenly asking for her number

Show Full Article “We did all the readings together, and after a heavy dose of fight training, all sweaty at a lunch, you said, ‘You know, we’ve met before,’” Russell said. So I sort of knew then, when I was 26.”
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To make it even more romantic, this encounter took place in a parking lot after a kickball party. “We actually met a very long, long time ago,” Rhys said. “I said, ‘No, we haven’t.’ You said, ‘Yeah, 10 years ago at a kickball party.’ As soon as you said that I went [gasps], of course I remember that!”
Watch the clip   above. ET on Bravo. When   The Americans   co-stars (and real-life romantic partners) Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell stopped by   Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen   on Thursday, it took an audience member to ask the obvious question: “When did you two realize you were more than just colleagues, and you both had the hots for each other?”
According to Rhys, their relationship dates back much farther than the beginning of   The Americans. “I very drunkenly asked her for her number when she was a young, single slip of a thing. Season 5 of The Americans airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX, and   Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen airs Sundays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. According to Russell, it all came together years later when they reconnected on   The Americans.