‘Survivor’ contestant who outed tribemate Zeke Smith as transgender fired from job

I just wanted to be known for my game.”
Varner took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to issue   a lengthy apology. I deserve it. According to   News & Record Greensboro, Varner was fired from his job as a real estate agent on Thursday — his now-former employer Allen Tate Realtors saying   Varner was “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.”
It appears, from social media postings, that Varner had just began working for the company — having only posted his first acting listing with the company on April 7. Prior to that, the openly gay North Carolina native   had worked as   news anchor for CBS and Fox affiliates. And he’s calling me a bigot and full of hate and all kinds of stuff. He continually forgives me. I know that forgiveness is difficult. “I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game. “My heart is open to him today and if he is reacting in any negative way I give him the space to do that – I deserve that.”
Survivor airs Wednesdays (at 8 p.m. His move, which caused outrage and backlash, not only cost the   50-year-old three-time player to be   unanimously voted out of the game by his tribemates   — but it also cost him his real-life job. Hitting SEND on my first active listing with @AllenTate. We say things we don’t mean. We’ve got to stop that.”
“We have to stop discriminating and minimizing trans people. I know that watching this last night was traumatic not only for me and my family — I can only imagine what this was like for him and his friends and everybody who loves him.”
“I hurt him,” Varner continued. As tough as it’s been for him, Varner recognizes that   Smith, 29, is the real victim here. “I can only profusely apologize. It can leave scars that haunt for a lifetime. “People think trans people are out there deceiving and they’re predators and they’re hiding in bathrooms and stuff that’s just not true. ET) on CBS. “I hurt Zeke,” he said. “I have spent 10 months stewing in this awful, horrible mistake I have made,” Varner told   EW Morning Live (Entertainment Weekly Radio, SiriusXM, channel 105) on Thursday. “It robs a strong, courageous person of their power and protection and opens them up to discrimination and danger. I have apologized to him — we’ve spoken several times on the phone. “One of the things that breaks my heart the most is that that’s one of the stigmas that trans people fight the most,” Varner   said. Zeke is a wonderful man and I will forever be amazed and inspired by his forgiveness and compassion. They are humans,” he continued, sobbing. With the show’s therapist, with a local therapist. I know that he has a lot of people in his ear. During that time, he said he’s done a lot of growing. I have met with and spoken to several LGBT organizations — I’ve joined the board of a couple of them… this has changed me drastically.”
RELATED VIDEO: PENs Survivor Fan Forum Reacts to Zeke Being Outed as Transgender

Watch PEN Fan Forum: Survivor, on the new PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) here, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. “I offer my deepest, most heart-felt apologies to Zeke Smith, his friends and life allies, his family and to all those who my mistake hurt and offended,”   he wrote. This article originally appeared in People.com

Show Full Article “I recklessly revealed something I mistakenly believed everyone already knew. “I think he hoped others would believe that trans people are dangerous and fraudulent,” he said. If he wants to take swings at me, I’m the one to hand him the bat. “This is about Zeke,” Varner said. He also explained to   PEOPLE that he   did not want to be the “first transgender   Survivor contestant.”
“I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story,” Smith   said. “That reasoning is infinitely worse than him outing me because it’s the same one used to discriminate against, attack and murder trans people. I am profoundly sorry. “When we were in pain and we are in fair, we are dangerous people. I deserve every bit of it. “The message should be clear that hate will always lose.”
To see Smith in the pages of PEOPLE, pick up the latest issue of the magazine, on newsstands   now. No one is going to beat me up worse than I have myself.”
Smith, who is still in the game,   told PEOPLE he was “shell-shocked” by Varner’s decision and struggles with forgiving him. It’s awful. I own responsibility in what is the worst decision of my life.”
“Let me be clear, outing someone is assault,” Varner   said. I forgive him for that. I give him every inch of every room to feel and experience what he’s feeling. I was wrong and make no excuses for it. I thank God for that and the gift of being an example as to why you should never do what I did.”

— Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) April 13, 2017

In an emotional interview with   PEOPLE   on Thursday, Varner broke down — saying   his biggest regret was playing into the “deceitful” stereotypes many have about transgender people. #realtorlife pic.twitter.com/oaN9UGP1yb
— Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) April 7, 2017

This season of Survivor, dubbed “Game Changers” for its 34 outing, had   been filmed 10 months ago in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji — though Varner couldn’t discuss what happened   until the episode’s airing. “I have been through, I don’t know how much therapy. “We have to acknowledge that humanity and their dignity and lift up their voices and never reduce them to the disgusting things all these bigots do and all these people who just don’t know and are acting out of fear. ”
Varner said he will “never get over” what he did. I am amazed and moved at his ability to do that. Survivor   player   Jeff Varner   lost a lot more than the show’s $1 million dollar prize when he made the decision to   out fellow tribemate   Zeke Smith   as transgender in an attempt to paint him as “deceitful” on Wednesday’s episode of the CBS reality competition. What’s great is that nobody bought it.”
“It’s important people see he lost that fight,” he added. #realtors, send me buyers.

Clifton James, Sheriff J.W. Pepper of Bond fame, Dies at 96

Show Full Article He also made memorable onscreen appearances in many films and television shows, including   Eight Men Out, The Untouchables, The Bonfire of the Vanities,   and   Dukes of Hazzard. James served with the U.S. “He wasn’t supposed to actually go in,” his daughter told the Associated Press. Clifton James, the character actor best known for his role as the frustrated, fast-talking Sheriff J.W. He enjoyed success on Broadway, appearing in several plays, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama All the Way Home. His family relocated to just outside of Portland, Oregon during the Great Depression. George Clifton James was born on May 20, 1920 in Spokane, Washington, the eldest of Grace and Harry James’ five children. The research would serve him well throughout his career, not only earning him a reprise as Sheriff Pepper, but many similar roles as lawmen in films like   Silver Streak and   Superman II. He moved to New York and began his professional career on the stage, making his debut in The Time of Your Life. Pepper opposite Roger Moore in   Live and Let Die   (1973) and   The Man With the Golden Gun   (1974). “They gave him sugar in his pocket to feed the elephant. But he wasn’t giving it to the elephant fast enough.”
To   prepare to play the Louisiana sheriff, James met with real southern sheriffs to get a sense of the job and its responsibilities. Pepper in two James Bond films, has died at the age of 96. Following the war, James became interested in acting after appearing in plays at the University of Oregon. Indeed, his performance was so memorable that the Bond writers added a plot line for him in   The Man With the Golden Gun   as the same sheriff on vacation in Thailand who famously gets pushed into water by a baby elephant. Though he would make   numerous stage and television appearances, his most memorable role came as bumbling   Southern Sheriff J.W. Army in the South Pacific in World War II and, according to his family, earned two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and a Silver Star. James died Saturday morning in one of his daughter’s homes in Gladstone, Oregon due to complications from diabetes, his daughter, Lynn James, confirmed to the Associated Press. Though he was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, James rose to onscreen fame playing another southerner, the cigar-chomping penitentiary floor-walker Carr in 1967’s   Cool Hand Luke. He is survived by two sisters, five children, 14 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. James is preceded in death by his wife Laurie, who died   in 2015.

‘Hamilton’ celebrates Brian d’Arcy James’ return to King George role

Reading from his phone, Killam made a mock proclamation, saying, “Today is a glorious day, today we celebrate the the coro-knee-tion, nay, the coro-RE-tion, of our new, well, old, but new to Broadway, not on Broadway, new to this Broadway… You have to do it like a groom placing a garter on a bride’s thigh. I wrote up this sketch where all of the characters named George in the show would come in and be present for the ascension of the new king and the passing of the garter. He explained the ritual to Slate, saying, “When I left the show I wanted to do something special, so I created a ritual… To welcome him back, the current cast of   Hamilton   staged a “coronation” to officially induct him as the next heir to the throne.   Killam said, “I just want to say what an honor it is to hand back this crown and this role to the man who started it all, who started this wonderful tradition… The presentation, known as the “Order of the Garter,” is done to welcome each new King George to the cast and involves tying a ceremonial garter around the leg of the new King. It’s all set to a song called ‘Electric Bird’ by Sia. And apparently, the only way to replace our current King is to go back to square one.”
Killam commenced a ceremony that included remarks from George Eacker (Gregory Haney) and a blessing from George Washington (Bryan Terrell Clark), as well as an appearance from Broadway’s first King George III, Jonathan Groff. [Christopher Jackson, who played Washington] came up with this — he said, ‘You should be King George the Third the First, and Jonathan will be King George the Third the Second, and it will go on and on.’ We did it with Jonathan, and then to my great, great happiness, they did it when Jonathan left, and Andrew [Rannells] took over. It’s another way of saying, ‘I was here.’”

d’Arcy James has been christened “King George III the First B. It’s awesome! the Sixth” with the “B” standing for Broadway, acknowledging his past history with the role and his ascension to the throne for the first time on Broadway. The “once and future King,” as described by Lin-Manuel Miranda in a tweet, took to the stage in his new crown and garter to give concluding remarks, saying,   “In the words of the immortal Alexander Hamilton, ‘let’s go.’”

Show Full Article Groff was on hand to help pass the crown, kneeling to tie the garter around d’Arcy James’ bare leg. The preceding King, SNL’s   Taran Killam, passed the scepter in an onstage ceremony featured as this week’s   digital #Ham4Ham. Oceans rise, empires fall…and Brian d’Arcy James is officially making his return to   Hamilton   as King George III, a role he originated Off Broadway. The ceremony was first created by d’Arcy James back when the role passed to Groff for the production’s move to Broadway from the Public Theater. It’s so exciting to have you back here.”
Killam and Groff also presented the new/returning monarch   with framed pairs of underwear worn by actors who previously portrayed King George III, noting that he has “big balls” to fill. As Hamilton fans will note, all kings wore garters around their calves, and it was the order of their familial lines. He’s new to here, it’s very complicated.

Warren Beatty recalls ‘chaos’ of Oscars Best Picture mix-up

Beatty was good-humored about the mistake that Norton called   “the TV moment of if not the year, the decade,” replying with a tongue-in-cheek, “Not the century?”
During the 89th Academy Awards in February, Dunaway announced   La La Land   as Best Picture instead of   Moonlight, the actual winner. Show Full Article I couldn’t have it before that. When Norton asked him if it’s “all anyone could talk about,” he responded with a true Hollywood retort: “No, that’s not true, people talk about themselves.”
While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has   confirmed   it is   sticking with PricewaterhouseCoopers in spite of the mix-up, there’s no word yet on whether Beatty and Dunaway will be invited back for next year’s Oscars ceremony. “My instructions were take the envelope when I walked out. But at least   Beatty has given us all a little more insight into what it was like for him in the midst of the chaos. The actor made an appearance this week on BBC’s   The Graham Norton Show, where he shared what it was like on stage as the now-unforgettable mix-up unfolded. And then I go out, and then I say something, and then I open the envelope and then I give it to Faye and she then says what it says.”
Still, though awards pundits and Oscar viewers are sure to be talking about this moment for years to come, Beatty told Norton that he didn’t feel like he was the center of attention that night. And then, I shouldn’t foul up the show just because someone made a little error.”

As for rumors that Beatty passed the buck to Dunaway, handing her the card so she would be the one responsible for the error, he insists he was merely following protocol. “It’s chaos” — that’s what Warren Beatty   says it was like immediately after his co-presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced   La La Land   as the winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. She and Beatty had been given the wrong envelope by   PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant Brian Cullinan (it contained the Best Actress winner card for Emma Stone), resulting in one of the most shocking and memorable moments in Oscar history. He said, “I thought well, maybe this is a misprint. After some teasing back and forth with Norton, Beatty gets down to what was running through his head when he opened the wrong envelope and read what was on the card.

Watch Billy Joel sing ‘New York State of Mind’ with Kevin Spacey

Billy Joel has put Kevin Spacey in a New York state of mind. Video captured at the concert shows Joel singing the first verse of “New York State of Mind” before introducing Spacey, who held up a microphone and took on the next verse. Show Full Article The two then took turns singing lines through the rest of the song. This isn’t the first time Joel and Spacey have performed together. The House of Cards star joined the musician on stage Friday during his latest Madison Square Garden concert to duet on Joel’s hit song. In November 2014, Joel was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and performed “Piano Man” with a number of special guests, including Spacey (who learned the song’s harmonica intro   for the occasion). Watch Spacey and Joel’s “New York State of Mind” duet (via Rolling Stone) above.

Mark Hamill gives emotional tribute to Carrie Fisher at ‘Star Wars’ Celebration

She had already finished filming   scenes for franchise’s next installation,   The Last Jedi. She’s too much. “Cut to us making out on the couch like a couple of horny teenagers,” he said, to great applause from the audience. There, “the seventh kid of a middle class family” marveled at the endless parade of celebrities and their luxury cars that would pour in and out of the driveway. “The thing that she had about her, which no one else could match: She made you feel, when you were in her presence, like you were her best friend. “I have been trying to deal with this,” Hamill said of her death. She’s what you’d call a high maintenance relationship.’ ”
As hard as he tried to “resist every impulse” to form a relationship, Hamill admitted, “A part of me did fall in love with her.” The closest they ever came to acting on those impulses, Hamill said, occurred after they got into a flirty, faux-argument over who was the better kisser. She had a boyfriend at the time and Hamill had a wife and baby on the way. Someone once wrote when someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. She was so laser focused on you, and so engaging, that it was exhilarating to be around her.”
Repeating often that he felt “under her spell,” the actor said he became jealous of her attention. And here today, we’re here to celebrate the treasure that was Carrie Frances Fisher.”
Fisher, 60, died on Dec. A production assistant accompanied Hamill to the restaurant, and they decided to switch names as a practical joke on Fisher. “There’s the five stages of grief, and just when I think I’ve gotten to acceptance, I bounce back to anger, because I’m mad. Speaking to an audience of superfans   fans at   the   Star Wars Celebration in Orlando   on Friday, Hamill began by saying, “Well, here’s a panel I was hoping wouldn’t come for another 30 years. Within 20 minutes she was telling me stories, personal stories about her mother and her father, that I wouldn’t have shared with you if I’d known you for 10 years,” he added. Mark Hamill is opening up about Carrie Fisher‘s death, and sharing new details about their intimate friendship. She made every celebration so much fun. “I was unprepared [to meet her],” Hamill joked. He added that there hasn’t been a night since her death when   he hasn’t gone to sleep thinking about her: “She’s looking down from the celestial stratosphere with those big brown eyes, that sly smile on her face, as she lovingly extends me the middle finger,” he joked. 27, four days after going into cardiac arrest while aboard a plane. “I didn’t want to share her with Harrison [Ford], I didn’t want to share her with anybody,” he explained. She said, ‘Uh-huh,’ and then continued. “I was just bowled over by her humor and her wit; how sardonic she was, how dark she was. On   Return of the Jedi, Hamill said that Fisher would carry around thick philosophy volumes by authors like   Nietzsche and   Kierkegaard, but would secretly read the tabloids in the privacy of her trailer. “At the same time, as attracted as I was to her, I thought, ‘I couldn’t handle her as a girlfriend. They were in Paris at the time and decided to get to know each other over dinner before filming. She should be here. She deserved to be here.”

Despite the frustration, Hamill noted that “Carrie would want us to be happy, she wouldn’t want us to be consumed by grief. When he teasingly asked her why, she snapped, “Because I want [the crew]   to think I’m smart.”
Hamill ended by saying that while “it would be very easy to be consumed by grief,” Carrie wouldn’t want it that way. “I’m going, ‘Yikes, do I have to know this stuff!’ We were so taken aback we almost forgot our little joke, and of course Carrie, in this mad world of creativity, didn’t even notice when we said we were kidding [about our identities]. “And that’s how I want you to think of her, that was Carrie.”
This article originally appeared in People.com

Show Full Article But the relationship had “cooled”   by the time they filmed   Empire Strikes   Back. “People say, ‘Was she your best friend?’ Well no, I don’t think so,” Hamill admitted. A bout of laughter cut the make-out session short, and Hamill said, “I thought we dodged a bullet there, because we had the fun without the responsibility.”
The infatuation continued after the movie wrapped, and Hamill became a frequent guest at her mother, Debbie Reynolds’, mansion in Beverly Hills. All that planning and she was much more entertaining than our lame joke.”
Hamill and Fisher became close while filming the first   Star Wars movie, but the relationship was complicated. “We were more like brother and sister than we realized, because we loved each other, but we fought and we criticized and we were judgmental, and we’d get fed up with one another.”
Hamill also spoke about the first time they met. She was all about having fun everyday.” But it wasn’t always easy, and like real siblings, the onscreen twins were prone to spats.

‘Star Wars: Rebels’ series reveals trailer for final season

The panel showed an image of the pair piloting one of the U-wing fighters from Rogue One. Every beginning has an end, and that final moment is coming for Star Wars: Rebels. Vanessa Taylor said Hera will continue her love/hate battlefield romance with Kanan. References to   it were embedded throughout the recent standalone movie Rogue One, with the Ghost visible throughout the battle of Scarif, and a new Forces of Destiny series of animated shorts and toys will highlight Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla in stories that have them interacting with characters from the original trilogy. “Mon Mothma has always been pretty level, but you might see her get a little fiery for once,” Filoni says. MOVIE CROSSOVER
The final season will also include more characters from   the films, with Genevieve O’Reilly, who played Mon Mothma in Rogue One, returning to the series to voice the Rebel leader once again. “He’s really creepy,” Filoni said of the character, after bringing Davis onstage (mainly to torment him.) “So I needed someone creepy. Filoni promised the crowd that although Rebels was ending, Lucasfilm had other plans for animation in the future. Produced by The Clone Wars co-creator Dave Filoni, Rebels will get 15 more episodes next season, starting in the fall. Although it will end with season 4, Rebels has become interwoven throughout the broader Star Wars   storytelling universe. Disney XD has announced that next season will be the last for the animated series, about an orphaned boy named Ezra Bridger, a fallen Jedi named Kanan Jarrus, and the misfit crew of the Ghost: pilot Hera Syndulla, surly droid Chopper, reformed bounty hunter Sabine Wren, and mercenary muscle Zeb Orellios. And also sneaky and devious.”
Each of the cast members got to reveal a little about the story arcs   their characters will   follow in the final 15 episodes. He’ll be performing Rukh, a sinister alien assassin and bodyguard for the blue-skinned Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn. Warwick Davis, a Star Wars veteran of many films, but most notably as Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi, finally gets to voice a character after publicly lobbying Filoni for a role. (Kanan), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Taylor Gray (Ezra), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), and Steve Blum (Zeb). “She’s a leader for a reason.”
Forest Whitaker will also return to the show as the insurgent Saw Gerrera, partnered with his alien co-pilot Idrio Two-Tubes. Developing …

Show Full Article Filoni made the announcement at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando at a Rebels panel alongside his voice cast   Freddie Prinze, Jr.

‘Great British Baking Show’ shares first look at new hosts

With that came contract negotiations, cast shake-ups, and the announcement of two new hosts and one new judge. So, quit being a soggy bottom and give a warm welcome to Fielding (The Mighty Boosh),   Toksvig (host of BBC comedy quiz show   QI),   and Leith (cookery writer and restaurateur). In a Facebook post, the show shared a picture   of their new hosts and wrote, “Good things come to those who bake. Hollywood is the only member of the original cast to make the move to the new network. Show Full Article Giedroyc and Perkins announced their departure in the wake of the show’s move to Channel 4, while Berry decided to stay with a new program on the BBC “out of loyalty” to the British broadcasting titan. Fans   of the cooking competition have bemoaned the exit of innuendo-loving duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, as well as the departure of fan favorite Mary Berry, the queen of sweetly phrased criticism. While it was initially reported   that new episodes of the show would not air until 2018 due to contract stipulations, it appears the show could be   off and running for an earlier return date. #GBBO.”

The image features new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandy Toksvig, as well as new judge Prue Leith and returning judge Paul Hollywood. Coming soon to Channel 4. Back in September, the   hit U.K. The Great British Bake Off. show announced it was moving from the BBC to rival Channel 4 after seven seasons. The Great British Baking Show   (known as   The Great British Bake Off   in the U.K.) has shared the first image of its new hosts and judges. Fans have found the changes a bitter cake   to swallow, but this image suggests a fresh new beginning for the punny baking show that has found fans   on both sides of the pond. Cut yourself a slice of Victoria Sponge!

Peter Capaldi says he’s already shot his ‘Doctor Who’ death scene

Capaldi went on to discuss why he’s chosen this season as his last, telling Graham Norton, “Doctor Who is a great job, but it is a bit of a television factory. Speculation as to who will be stepping into the TARDIS next continues to rage with   Bond’s Ben Whishaw the heavy favorite of British bookmakers. It will be the last season for both Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat, who took over for Russell T. Show Full Article “This is bye-bye.”
Discussing   his previously announced exit from   Doctor Who,   Peter Capaldi made that sobering pronouncement and confirmed that he’s shot his death scene as the Twelfth Doctor. I like to be able to learn the lines and do some preparation and come in and give it the vigor and the fun and not hate it. Davies in 2009. You do 12 episodes a year, and I just worried that I wouldn’t be able to continue to do my best work. BBC America previously stated that the regeneration   will occur on the Christmas special, which means that if Capaldi’s death comes earlier, the process is   likely to be far less straightforward than the passing of previous Doctors. New showrunner Chris Chibnall, best known for creating ITV’s   Broadchurch   with Tenth Doctor David Tennant, will be responsible for selecting the 13th iteration of the iconic Time Lord. I just figure, while you’re enjoying it, leave.”
The 10th   season, which premieres Saturday on BBC America, comes with many shake-ups, including the introduction of the show’s first gay companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie). It’s not all that surprising, considering that the trailer for the upcoming 10th season   ended with a shot of the Doctor’s hand exhibiting the familiar golden glow of “regeneration.”   The recent tradition has been to end the current Doctor’s arc and execute the regeneration process on the series’ Christmas special. Appearing on BBC’s   The Graham Norton Show,   Capaldi announced that he has   already filmed the inevitable exit of his character despite still having the Christmas special left to shoot.

‘The Fate of the Furious’: Screenwriter Chris Morgan talks Shaw… and Han

There’s newcomer Scott Eastwood, playing a by-the-book rookie alongside Mr. Shaw’s rescue of Dominic Toretto’s child is, arguably, a redemptive moment for the character. That felt like you might be able to turn him, in a way that you could start understanding what his motivations were. I love him and Dwayne. When   we first met Deckard, he was   killing Han. “Bad Guy From   Furious 6“) and the introduction of his mother, played by Helen Mirren. [laughs] Can you tell? There was a funny version earlier. Ultimately, we got it there and tried it. I’ve got to tell you, I love him in this movie. I think people will be surprised and interested in it. His character is a man with a code, and he believes in it, and he has a lot of similarities to Dom. They’ll come to understand. He’s also the main participant in the wildest hand-to-hand fight   scene,   battling   his way through an airplane while carrying an adorable baby. Except actually, it’s not that uneasy: Hobbs warms up to   Shaw, and by the end of the film, he’s warmly accepted at the Toretto family barbecue. But there’s also Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw – who you may remember as the bad guy from   Furious Seven. He gets the baby, has this fight, at the end of it, he opens up that duffel bag and there’s a car seat in it, a baby seat. But also, you can see, in this film, a little more in [Deckard’s]   core, as well. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You joined the franchise writing the screenplay for   Tokyo Drift, the movie that introduced Han. And the film generally builds up the notion of Shaw as a family man, with   a cameo from his brother Owen (Luke Evans, a.k.a. Was there concern about it? Maybe the audience isn’t expecting it. I know it’s a little unsettling, I know it’s a little different. Originally it was orchestrated a different way: Jason fights his way to get to the baby, and the sequence ends there. This movie gets to a little bit more about who he is, and we learn a lot of new things about him. Bringing Jason into the franchise, we always had an understanding. We had several versions we were talking about. We haven’t forgotten about it. I think it’s all, in the end, going to be a really exciting, fun, valuable experience. So there was no concern about, like, “Do they forgive him for killing Han?”
That is one of the concerns: Will the audience embrace a character, judging what’s happened in the last films? I love the way he relates to the team. It was a conversation. We have the luxury of getting to that. His character, God, I love Han. Then Shaw is forced into an uneasy alliance with the Toretto crew. I think the response will be that, because of what happened to Han, there is going to be a residual drama and tension. We’re able to position it in a way that a healing   happens. We’re going to investigate all of that. CHRIS MORGAN:   There are a couple of   things I would say. We talked to screenwriter Chris Morgan about   Shaw’s role in   Fate – and how it leads into the final   Fast trilogy. Still, given that Deckard   was introduced killing off a beloved character like Han, it’s a twist that has raised some eyebrows. When we were getting ready to do it, I’m like, “God, you know what’d be so much more interesting is if he   got the baby and had to fight his way   out   with the kid.” There was definitely some concern on a lot of people’s parts: “Does that break tone?”   I think it makes his character fun, special. Fast Five itself saw Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs evolve from antagonist into ally, and   Furious Seven added Nathalie Emmanuel’s hacker Ramsey and Kurt Russell’s mysterious Mr. For sure, for sure! So at least there are some markers in there for these two guys. There are things, as developers, that we know about the character that you guys, the audience, do not know. The sequence with him on the plane carrying the baby is one of my favorite scenes. We’re going to lean into that. Come back Sunday for a chat with Statham himself on his role in   Fate of the Furious – and where Deckard Shaw goes from here. Sung Kang is one of my favorite people on the planet. Fast & Furious   has a lot to say about family, but   the Universal franchise practices what it preaches. Nobody. The Fate of the Furious quickly reestablishes Shaw’s antagonistic relationship with Hobbs, and the stage is set for a prison-break showdown between the two characters. We don’t know his full story yet, so there are things we’re going to learn that I think will be cool when it comes to light. When you guys initially brought him on in the last couple of movies, was there always some notion of flipping him from an antagonist to   joining up with the team? It sounds like you’re speaking directly to the fans of Han. I am so intensely   excited about whatever you are talking around right now. WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS COPIOUS SPOILERS FROM   THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, THE BEST FILM EVER MADE ABOUT CARS FIGHTING A SUBMARINE. Beyond that, I would say, Deckard’s character is not that dissimilar from Dom, in certain ways. He puts the kid   in it, fights his way to where Dom’s car is in the back of the airplane, and then he ends up going out the back of the airplane with the kid — like they did in the last movie. And then beyond it, we’re gonna learn some more interesting stuff about him. The Fate of the Furious continues that expansion. I think that, over the journey over the next few films, I think anyone who may be having issues about that will get a satisfying resolution. Ever since 2011’s   Fast Five retroactively   fused the divergent casts of the series’ first few sequels into a cinematic universe of Automotive Avengers, every film has brought new characters into   Dominic Toretto’s crew. And look, there is still conversations for Deckard and the team to be having about it. The reason Dom went to jail in the original film is he did some violence against someone who hurt his family. I love Han! Nobody to the team. What was the conversation like when it came to filming that scene? Originally, Jason gets on the airplane, he’s got this big black duffel bag and we don’t know what’s in it. Deckard’s story is not too far away from that. There’s still things we get to discover. How did you guys decide to turn his character in this film? And Jason agreed. The reason he comes after our guys in the last film is because he has a similar code, and he looks after family. Show Full Article (Well, one of the bad guys.) Statham actually joined the franchise at the end of Fast & Furious 6, when it was revealed that he killed longtime Toretto crew member Han (Sung Kang) as   the first step of his   vengeance mission.

Coachella 2017: Radiohead set interrupted by sound issues

Finished 5th song…stopping to fix the issue? This sucks so bad for them. They continue to play… #pros
— Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall) April 15, 2017

@cynicole78 Aw man. The technical difficulties began three songs into the band’s set, and included both sound dropout and episodes of audio feedback. Silence for live crowd. #audioproblemsbedamned #coachella pic.twitter.com/g2V666z7zY
— Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall) April 15, 2017

Radiohead's console just went out. I'm losing count. Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) April 15, 2017

And Radiohead's sound is out for I think the seventh time now? The sound issues also reportedly affected the live stream of the performance. Feel terrible #coachella
— Gerrick D. Looks like it……
— Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall) April 15, 2017

Annnnd #Radiohead is back! They returned to the stage, but left again after the audio dropped out again during the In Rainbows opener “15 Step.” Sound problems also happened as the band was playing “Let Down.”

“Can you actually hear me now?” frontman Thom Yorke asked the crowd. Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) April 15, 2017

Sound keeps cutting out during #radiohead at coachella 😢 #someonesgettingfired
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Despite the technical issues, the band powered through the rest of the set, which included performances of “Creep,” “Paranoid Android,” and “Karma Police.”

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— Gerrick D. But this is   Radiohead, so f— it.”

Is audio working on #Radiohead #coachella livestream? According to Billboard, Radiohead first left the stage after the sound from the main speakers cut out during the end of “Ful Stop,” off their latest release A Moon Shaped Pool. How tragic. Radiohead’s performance Friday night at this year’s Coachella festival was plagued by audio issues that prompted the band to leave the stage twice during their headlining set. “I’d love to tell you   a joke, lighten the mood, something like that.

‘Groundhog Day’ star Andy Karl injured during Broadway preview

The show, which is adapted from the 1993 movie of the same name, played in London before coming to New York, and last week was named best new musical at Britain’s Olivier Awards, while Karl took the award for best actor in a musical. “Finishing the show for all the [Groundhog Day]   fans and audience members was something I had to do. Total pro. We will update you on further news as we hear it.”

@ChrisNashawaty Had to lean on cane for the last 20 mins. Thank you for your support.”

Hi everyone…So, within 5 minutes of getting into the ER waiting room, the word "philanthropist" was on the plaque in front of me and this clock fell off the wall and nearly hit me. Thank you all for hanging in there. #theshowmustgoon ❤👍🏻🎉😮😡
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Producers also announced Saturday that the day’s matinee performance is canceled and that actor Andrew Call will play Phil Connors in that evening’s show. They did not say when Karl is expected to return. — Rob Kahn (@RobertKahn) April 15, 2017

In an Instagram post Saturday morning, Karl told fans that he hurt his knee and would be seeing a specialist before determining when he can return to the stage. Andy insisted on finishing the show and after a 15-minute break went on stage with a cane. — Andrea Kannapell (@AKannapell) April 15, 2017

What a night at the theatre—Andy Karl, the terrific lead in "Groundhog Day," injured his leg in the 2nd act and came back to finish. Thank you all for hanging in there. Karl’s injury came just days before Groundhog Day is scheduled to officially open on Broadway this   Monday. Emotional for cast, audience. “At approximately 10:30 in the second act of Groundhog Day, during the song ‘Philanthropy,’ Andy Karl injured himself during the performance and left the stage,” producers said in a statement late Friday. — chris nashawaty (@ChrisNashawaty) April 15, 2017

Something went wrong at "Groundhog Day." House lights went up. I'm gonna get it looked at by specialist before I go back on stage, but know I love this show and this company and everyone that supports me more than you'll ever know. Is it irony that I was doing the "philanthropy" number when I fell? The last song ‘Seeing You’ was for you guys. Finishing the show for all the @groundhogdaybwy fans and audience members was something I had to do. The last song "Seeing You" was for you guys. I'm home now and I have no broken bones but tweaked my knee after a poorly landed leap frog. Call for a Dr. Looked like one of the stunts in the second act went awry. “The show was stopped. pic.twitter.com/qeaSujpkp2
— Nancy Franklin (@nancyfranklin) April 15, 2017

Injury at "Groundhog Day" tonight was leading man Andy Karl, who finished show limping and got a standing o. Very emotional. Show Full Article @orfeh and I are overwhelmed by the concern & love you've shown us. Thank you for your support. Andy Karl, the star of Broadway’s Groundhog Day, was injured Friday night during a preview performance of the new musical. The injury halted the show for about 15 minutes, after which Karl — a two-time Tony nominee who plays arrogant weatherman Phil Connors —   returned to the stage and finished the performance with the help of a cane. Standing O. Or is it Karma for beating up clocks in the commercials? Following the performance Andy was taken to see a doctor.

‘MacGyver’ boss breaks down finale cliffhangers

Show Full Article She’s so tough. That will definitely pay off next season. After arguably the season’s biggest battle to date, MacGyver and his team were able to thwart Murdoc’s latest plan to steal a virus from the Phoenix Foundation. I’ve been pursuing him for this role but so far I haven’t been able to convince him. As for Mac, he and Jack hit the road to go find Angus’   father. So we have targets on our backs, especially when season 2 opens up. I’m not giving up. PETER LENKOV: I was hoping it would be this mystery of: What is the Phoenix foundation, what’s in there, what do other rooms look like? But what does it all mean for season 2? What can we expect from Murdoc in season 2? I’m worried that Matty is at the top of his list. Yes. While he’s hunting us, we’re hunting him. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I’m interested in the decision to set all the action of this episode inside the Phoenix Foundation. It’s a mini-cliffhanger in a way. We wanted to do something that felt very personal to let us   explore this mythic place we created. We’ve only seen a little piece of it so the idea was to really do something that affects us, something that allows us to explore the location, something that allows us to work together as a team   and to bring everything back home and have it affect them in a very personal way. You’ve said there’s a role for Richard Dean Anderson if he wants it. Because Cairo has been talked about as being this major screw   up, so how did they get out of it? We have established that he had a kid so we’re going to use that to leverage him and in an interesting way. Spoiler alert: This post contains plot from the April 14 finale of MacGyver. Is there more to the Cairo story? The minute he says yes, he’ll be in there. He made it very clear what his intentions were: To get rid of all of us. That’s a way to get to him, unless he gets to that kid first. The idea is that next season we’ll get to see another piece of that story, how they got out of that part of Cairo. Any movement on that? The idea of arcing the season with getting rid of that catalyst for everything that happened felt more interesting than putting it in the pilot episode. I just wanted to give the audience a little bit of a taste of how complicated a scenario that was. RELATED: 11 TV Shows That Made a Comeback
And it all centered around that virus…
The scene in Siberia at the end was originally in the pilot, and then I cut it out of the pilot because I thought it would be more interesting for the arc of the season — the realization of this thing that started this whole journey for everyone almost in some ways was the cause of it all. But I will. There’s no way that they could’ve gotten out of that — there was a bomb ticking down, they had guns to their heads. But Murdoc isn’t one to give up easily, so it should come as no surprise that by episode’s end, he’d escaped prison. EW spoke with showrunner Peter Lenkov about what comes next. I wouldn’t be so scared; she’s tough. And then there’s Mac’s father storyline…
The whole run of season 2, in terms of that arc, is the discovery at the end of the season who his father is.

Scenes from the first day at Coachella

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Time)A glitter-flecked fan watches Stormzy perform at the Outdoor Stage on Friday at Coachella. A crowd dances at the Do Lab on Friday at Coachella. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)See more > Latest updates (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)Festivalgoers check out the art in Chiaozza Garden on Friday at Coachella. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)The Chiaozza Garden at Coachella Music makes a prime place for picture-taking.

Lorde announces surprise show ahead of Coachella, first in over two years

In his review of the track, EW’s Nolan Feeney opined, “It’s the most explosive and epic thing Lorde has done, a sign that she can be just as captivating when she’s aiming for the rafters as she is   pursuing   something quieter.”

i'm playing my first show in 2 and a half years tonight at midnight. After teasing Southern California residents   on Thursday to keep their Friday night open, the Grammy winner announced a surprise performance near Joshua Tree ahead of her big Sunday appearance   at Coachella. PAPPY & HARRIET'S, pioneertown. The first single “Green Light” was released in March to critical acclaim. Lorde has given the “Green Light” to her first show in more than two years. let's get raucous before coachella on sunday night AHH
— Lorde (@lorde) April 15, 2017

um holy shit you guys just sold that out
— Lorde (@lorde) April 15, 2017

Show Full Article see you there ❤ https://t.co/p8nlvj0BlJ
— Lorde (@lorde) April 15, 2017

$20 tickets because i'm 20 and because i love you. It took only five minutes for the show to be sold out, aided by the $20 admission, with Lorde saying the low price was “because I’m 20 and because I love you.”
Breaking out in 2013 with her debut album Pure Heroine, the New Zealand native   is set to release her long-awaited sophomore effort Melodrama on June 16.

’13 Reasons Why’ star Dylan Minnette’s band releases first song

There’s a definite ~nostalgic~ feel to anything set in high school for those of us who are past our school days, and so the song seems even more suited to   13 Reasons Why   because it’s got the same sort of feel that those of us who grew up when   Yellowcard and   Blink 182 were the height of cool. BBL, we’re just going to sit around and listen to this song while imagining a slightly cooler version of Clay playing it for Hannah and circumventing all of the sad stuff that happens later in the series…

Show Full Article Give Dylan’s new track a listen below — we don’t think you’ll regret it. @dylanminnette @wallowsmusic I LOVE YOU pic.twitter.com/JqWTRlGQOT
— ky (@vxessel) April 13, 2017

We’re pretty excited always when we hear that our faves from film and TV are doing new cool, creative projects. This article originally appeared on HelloGiggles.com. We’ve been hearing a lot about Netflix’s latest hit, 13 Reasons Why, but we did   not know that one of the stars, Dylan Minnette, has a band (and that they just dropped their first single). Dylan’s band is called   Wallow, and he started it with two of his friends. Their first single is called “Pleaser” and… it’s about a guy with an unrequited crush. Need we say more? But the thing is, the song is actually pretty great? Although according to the show’s other stars, Minnette is as much of a sweetheart as the character he plays in the show (aka, Clay Jensen). Dylan is clearly cooler than his fictional counterpart because let’s be real… Clay is totally lovely, but the idea of him being in a band that’s more than something silly in someone’s garage is pretty comical.