‘Pretty Little Liars’ EP offers hope for the show’s ‘original relationships’

“Ezra has to decide what he owes these two women and how he can be a mensch in this situation.”
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However, at the end of the day, there’s always hope for the show’s original couples. Executive Producer Joseph Dougherty tells EW, “It takes a long time to resolve that. As Dougherty puts it, “[Showrunner] Marlene [King] was always interested in   seeing where the original relationships were and revisiting them at the end.” (For more on what that could mean for Alison and Emily, stay tuned to EW!)
Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. When season 7B picks up, things will still be rocky for both Spoby and Ezria. Show Full Article Toby’s relationship with Yvonne is something that has to be resolved before anything else can happen, if anything is going to happen between Spencer and Toby.”
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Then there’s the Aria-Ezra-Nicole triangle, which is just as complicated. After all, it’s not every day that you propose to your girlfriend only to discover that your ex isn’t dead after all. “Nicole does physically return to Rosewood,” Dougherty reveals. ET on Freeform. (As for Haleb, well, they looked pretty cozy in this clip.)
It seems   the Spencer-Toby-Yvonne triangle is just getting started. When it comes to romantic relationships, the first half of Pretty Little Liars’ seventh season left some on the mend — Hanna and Caleb rekindled things; Emily and Alison kissed — and others facing huge obstacles: Toby was in a car accident with Yvonne, while Ezra reunited with Nicole.

Geraldo Rivera fires back at John Oliver over MOAB comments

Oliver directed particular insults at   Fox & Friends   host Geraldo Rivera, for his comments during Fox’s coverage last Friday   of the Trump administration recently dropping the gigantic MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. Oliver responded sharply on his show on Sunday: “That’s a coincidence because one of my favorite things in four seasons on this show is getting to look directly into the camera and say, ‘F–k you, Geraldo. Before he reigned as the king of late-night takedowns on   Last Week Tonight, John Oliver was a protege of Jon Stewart’s   The Daily Show, and it showed during his choice digs at Fox News on Sunday. The bomb — an 18,700-pound Massive Ordinance Air Blast, nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs” — was directed at ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, and Rivera reminded Oliver that ISIS are “baby-killing terrorists, throat-cutting savages who rape and burn religious minorities.” Nobody’s mincing words here. I hope your mustache gets caught in a box fan.’”
Rivera didn’t take that lying down, though. baby killing terrorists, throat cutting savages who rape & burn religious minorities? Watching video of the enormous explosion, Rivera said that “one of my favorite things in the 16 years I’ve been here   at Fox News is watching bombs drop on bad guys.”Oliver responded sharply on Sunday. To #JohnOliver #moab killed 90+ #ISIS. Remember them? — Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) April 17, 2017

Show Full Article After Oliver’s show aired, Rivera shot back a response via Twitter on Monday morning.

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer explain why comedy is so important right now

“We’re very lucky. They were experiencing something. Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer will joke around about just about anything, but they’re very serious when it comes to the business of making people laugh. It’s not about me, it’s about everyone in the audience who is laughing. Life is hard, and it only gets harder. We kind of have no choice — people really need to be laughing and having a good time and we’re really grateful to get to make that happen right now.”

Show Full Article Goldie has such a good job of making me feel lie I’m worthwhile to be on screen. Take a look at the video above as the costars of the upcoming Snatched —   in theaters May 12 — discuss how it makes them feel to see other people laughing. “But when you hear people laugh in the movie theater? It’s such an important thing to have that as a gift.”
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Schumer agrees. To read more on Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer’s new film Snatched,   pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, or buy it here. “Comedy is really hard,” says Goldie Hawn. They were   happy. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

‘The Walking Dead’ promotes three actors for season 8

Show Full Article The Walking Dead returns fall 2018 on AMC. “And I think now we get to start really playing the game. Get ready to see a lot more Jadis when   The Walking Dead returns. And that’s not the only thing fans have to look forward to when the AMC zombie drama returns. Many favorites will be getting more screen time now that a range of new communities will be in play. “It’s been a lot of placing the chess pieces and positioning and introducing key players in this landscape,” star Andrew Lincoln told EW last week. Also becoming regulars are Steven Ogg, who plays Negan’s   right-hand hench-villain Simon, and Katelyn Nacon, who portrays Enid, a teen survivor who has a bit of a romance going with Carl. Pollyanna McIntosh, who plays the leader of the junkyard-based Scavengers — and sneaky pal of big bad Negan — has been promoted to a series regular for season 8, EW has confirmed. The game is afoot, as they say.”

That “game” is the all-out war that kicked off in the epic battle at the conclusion of season 7 several weeks ago.

Original ‘Alien’ returning to theaters ahead of ‘Alien: Covenant’

In fact, the original film will actually be returning to theaters for one night only ahead of Covenant‘s   release. Tickets for these Alien Day screenings go on sale Tuesday   at Regal’s website. Show Full Article Fans who make it to one of these screenings will also be treated to some   Covenant   footage, ahead of that film’s release next month. Alien: Covenant, meanwhile, will hit theaters on May 19. Twentieth Century Fox is christening April 26 “Alien Day,” and celebrating by bringing the original, Sigourney Weaver-starring   Alien   to participating RPX Regal Cinema theaters across the country, the studio announced Monday. With its claustrophobic thrills and return to a horror feel, next month’s   Alien: Covenant   looks to bring back elements of Ridley Scott’s original 1979   Alien   film.

See the poster for the gonzo, unexpectedly touching Tribeca doc about Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert is premiering Thursday   at the Tribeca Film Festival. Much is devoted to what he calls “the danger of the moment” — and one   incredible sequence depicts the comic encountering a bizarre hotel   convention of   people cosplaying in war uniforms. As surprising as Gilbert will be to people feel ambivalently about Gottfried (if any of those people exist), it’s even more shocking for   big fans of the comic, who will be plastered by shock   while watching him reveal himself onscreen. “Heil five,” he giggles   while greeting them. But in examining his defiance as a stand-up and the masochistic way in which he thrives on audience hostility, Gilbert plays as an incisive portrait of a self-abusing outcast. And on that measure, director Neil Berkeley’s remarkable, fascinating, totally unexpected new film takes audiences on one of the   strangest journeys of any documentary in recent memory: Inside the life of notorious screech comedian Gilbert Gottfried. Future You Pictures
 
Check out the movie’s exclusive poster (photographed by   Paul Mobley) above. Show Full Article Over the course of the next 96   minutes, Berkeley gains amazingly   intimate access to Gottfried’s psyche. A moment near the end of the film, when Gilbert   talks about his now-deceased parents, will move audiences to tears. You can practically see his comic adrenaline spiking   when he meets a   gaggle dressed as Nazis. The power and wizardry   of documentary films lie in their ability to open a window to a part of the world — be it Antarctica, Aleppo, a mental institution, or a chef’s kitchen   —   that you’d have no other way to see. This relates to his comedy stylings, of which Gottfried remarks, “The worst thing you could say to me is, ‘Don’t joke about that.’” The movie   chronicles his too-soon 9/11 joke, which formed the basis for the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats, and the controversy surrounding his tweets reacting to the 2011 Japanese tsunami, which nearly ended his career. (Start at the 18 minute mark of this typically insane   1999 clip from Howard Stern’s radio show to hear how Gilbert talked about his “pathetic” and “lonely” private life.)
The film   opens with the 62-year-old Gottfried shuffling around his $3 million New York City apartment, speaking in a low-monotone voice while talking to his wife and two young kids. Believe that. (Gilbert has already been compared, deservingly, to Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.)
It’s also frequently hilarious, if you’re on   Gottfried’s wavelength. And the film is also genuinely touching, especially in how in depicts Gottfried’s relationship with one of his sisters, Arlene, a NYC photographer and one-time gospel singer.

‘Bloodline’ final season gets premiere date, new photos

Specifically, at the end of season 2, Marco had figured out exactly what happened to Danny — his brother killed him and his siblings helped cover it up — and that meant one thing: Marco had to die. For now, check out a teaser for the season above, along with first look images at the drama ahead. So, just as Kevin killed his sister’s ex, big brother John was last seen driving out of town, done with everything his family had become. (Spoiler: From the looks of things, a happy ending might be out of reach.)
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Show Full Article Over the course of Bloodline‘s first two seasons, the Rayburns went from being good people who did a bad thing to decent people who   did a few   bad things to altogether questionable people. And with one season left, we’ll get to see just how much further they can fall when Bloodline‘s final 10 episodes hit Netflix on May 26.

Sean Spicer reads ‘How to Catch the Easter Bunny’ to kids at the White House Egg Roll

One little boy, the adorable and spiffily dressed Joshua, said he had, and Spicer invited him up to help with the reading. Sean Spicer   remained mostly all smiles on the White House lawn Monday, as he held a “reading nook” event with invited families and children at the White House Easter Egg Roll for the reading of How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace. The embattled press secretary, who was the subject of yet another biting sketch starring Melissa McCarthy   on   Saturday Night Live this weekend, presented the children’s storybook and asked the group of children in attendance who had read it before. Spicer is in   recoup mode after gravely misspeaking last week with regard to the Holocaust. Show Full Article As Spicer   held the book out, he   started to ask if the boy knew how to read, but then rephrased the question: “How old are you?” When Joshua replied that he was 5 years old, Spicer took the reigns and read the story, making sure to show the pictures before turning each page. Watch the video above to see him reading   to children about Easter.

‘Meet Cute’ YA anthology features Nicola Yoon, Sara Shepard, and more

So I came with him.”
You nod, not particularly caring. You remember not wanting to get stuck next to him in line or at lunchtime or in the Starlab, a traveling planetarium that came to school every year, all of you crawling into a big inflatable tent in the middle of the gym to look up at the constellations. That happens to you sometimes, now. “You’re not going to let them in?”
“Do you want to go to jail?” Nicole snaps, which seems a little dramatic. You breathe. You follow his gaze through the living room window where, sure enough, two cruisers are gliding to the curb with their lights flashing, silent as sharks. Wolf has been in your class since kindergarten, but you’ve never actually talked to him before. Fuck. His fingernails were always too long. “Everybody down,” Nicole calls from the hallway, flicking the kitchen lights off so you’re plunged into darkness, save the glow of the water dispenser on the front of the stainless-steel fridge. Below, EW exclusively reveals   Meet Cute’s   cover and an excerpt from Cotugno’s story, “Siege Etiquette.”   Meet Cute   hits shelves January 2018. “Okay.”

You look at each other for a moment. He only ever comes for half the year because of some arcane agricultural law that lets him be homeschooled for the fall semester so he can help his parents at their farm, thirty miles outside Ithaca, one of the last working family-owned operations in the entire state of New York. “You know Jared? Armentrout (Lux series), Emery Lord (When We Collided),   Jocelyn Davies (The Odds of Lightning), Huntley Fitzpatrick (My Life Next Door), Julie Murphy (Dumplin’), Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor), Meredith Russo (If I Was Your Girl),   Ibi Zoboi (American Street), and Katie Cotugno (99 Days). “Hi.”
“Sorry,” Wolf says, standing up and wiping his hands on his jeans. HMH Teen
Excerpt from   Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
“Siege Etiquette” by Katie Cotugno
You’re getting another beer in the kitchen and watching two badly dressed sophomores try not to be too obvious about the fact that they’re staring at you, when the cops show up outside Madison Campbell’s house. “Turn off the music. You’d probably be afraid of you, if you were Wolf. You were already popular back in elementary school, and she was worried it was going to turn you mean. Every autumn you forget about him and every January he shows up at school again, blinking and dazed, like he’s spent the last six months wandering dumbly through a cornfield. You’ve never seen him at a party before in your life. “I can get out of here, if you have to—I mean, everybody was just yelling to hide and stuff. “Uh-oh,” Jay says when he spies them. “Sorry,” you say once the light has moved away again. In the forthcoming anthology Meet Cute,   all-star YA authors like Everything, Everything’s   Nicola Yoon,   The 100’s   Kass Morgan, and   Pretty Little Liars’ Sara Shepard contribute short stories centered around two characters meeting. The cops are still ringing the doorbell. Boyfriend or not, you guess you can’t really blame him. “Friends are here.” Right away he heads down the stairs to the basement, motioning for you to follow without actually waiting to see if you do. Other contributors include Nina LaCour (Hold Still), Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things), Jennifer L. You’re about to make an excuse and get the hell out of here, but before you can come up with something plausible the beam of a flashlight shines directly through the bathroom window, and like an instinct you’re grabbing Wolf’s arm and jerking roughly, pulling him back into the shadows beside the tub. “I came with my cousin,” he explains, like he can see you wondering, as if he thinks you’re going to ask to see his pass. You think he might be afraid of you. “Close call.”
“It’s okay.” Wolf sits back down on the edge of the bathtub. The people and situations vary, but it all comes down to that effervescent moment of “hello” — so essentially, it’s like   those Starburst bags that only   contain the red and pink ones, but in book form. “Hi,” he says. After all, it’s not like you get in trouble anymore. I kind of panicked.”
“No, I don’t need to—” You exhale, heart pounding with a savage ferocity wholly disproportionate to the seriousness of this situation. “Somebody get the rest of the lights!”
“Are you serious?” a panicky-looking freshman asks as everyone dashes for cover—into bedrooms and under coffee tables, inside the immaculately organized pantry. You scurry up the short flight of stairs off the foyer and through the closest door, shutting it firmly behind you before turning around and realizing that a) it’s the bathroom, and b) Wolf Goshen is sitting on the edge of the tub in the dark. God, this whole night sucks. When you were little kids he was notorious for falling asleep at his desk every day during free read. He dates Madison now. They’ll be gone in a minute.”
You’re not entirely sure about that, actually, but before you can register your concerns, the bell is ringing; the police are knocking hard and insistent on the front door, glowing flashlights visible through the frosted glass. “I mean, that’s why I’m in here, too.”
“Oh.” Wolf nods, shoving his hands into his pockets. Suddenly it feels very important to hide. Copyright © 2018 by Alloy Entertainment, LLC

Show Full Article Nicole’s parents are both law professors an hour away from here at Cornell, and firm believers in the importance of exercising one’s constitutional rights: Never, never open up the door to the police unless they have a warrant, you’ve heard them say over a number of bagel breakfasts at Nicole’s kitchen table, same as other parents would remind you to make sure to be home by curfew. “Um,” you say. “Don’t be giving that boy a hard time, Hailey,” your mom scolded when you came home and complained about it. The combination of noise and sound sets something off in you, a cold animal panic.

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper make music in first ‘A Star Is Born’ photo

Show Full Article As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. A Star Is Born hits theaters Sept. Cooper’s version of A Star Is Born is the third iteration of the classic Hollywood tale about a rising performer who makes it in the entertainment industry with the help of a seasoned (yet troubled) industry vet. Wellman and Robert Carson. Gaga takes the reins of the ingenue role from the likes of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand, who played the part in 1937, 1954, and 1976, respectively. Gaga and Cooper will reportedly film scenes from A Star Is Born at the Coachella music and arts festival this week, shooting footage from a staged country music set at the Indio-based Empire Polo Club on Tuesday and Wednesday. 28, 2018. Additional crew include director of photography Matty Libatique (Oscar-nominated for his work on   Black Swan), production designer Karen Murphy (The Great Gatsby), costume designer Erin Benach (Drive), and three-time Academy Award-nominated editor Jay Cassidy (American Hustle). Check out the first still from the film above. Lady Gaga is blending the best of both worlds in the first official still from A Star Is Born, which began shooting Monday   in Southern California. A studio release indicates Gaga will be credited under her real name, Stefani Germanotta, for the production, while confirming Cooper’s role as “Jackson Maine, a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). Warner Bros. La La Land sound mixer Steve Morrow is also working on the project; he   previously confirmed the movie will follow in the footsteps of the Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling musical in that its original compositions (some penned by Gaga herself) will be recorded live as the picture films. But as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.”

Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Elliott have supporting roles in A Star Is Born, which features a screenplay by Will Fetters, Cooper, and Forrest Gump scribe Eric Roth, who adapted the story from William A. has released the debut image from the upcoming film’s set, showing the Oscar-nominated songwriter   putting her Golden Globe-winning acting chops to work   as she belts out a song next to her guitar-playing costar (and first-time director) Bradley Cooper.

‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’: EW review

I will never run out.”
That’s how porn agent Riley Reynolds describes his trade   in 2015’s   Hot Girls Wanted, a documentary   that took a close look at the amateur porn   industry. Maybe that’s an appropriate takeaway for an episode about a reality TV star, and maybe it’s unfair to criticize one of the six true stories as being less compelling, but the authenticity of this one doesn’t resonate   the way the other episodes do. Yet, it’s the sixth and final entry, “Take Me Private,” that’s the best. The expanded format allows the team to make fewer statements, good or bad, about the intersection of romance   and tech, and to simply sit back and tell six stories.  
When   Turned On   strays into well-trod territory, though, it falters because it’s unable to say or ask anything new. Meanwhile, Erika Lust, a successful erotic filmmaker in Barcelona with   TED talks under her belt, points out the lack of female voices or   attention to detail in an art form that depends on their bodies. The first episode, for example, is largely a sequel to the original doc that tries to cover too much, leaving little room for deeper storytelling. Those issues may be important, but they feel shoehorned and squeezed into the hour. Most of all, they show that sometimes,   stories about lust can be better than the ones about love. Each follows one or two individuals   who operate in a specific area of modern digital romance (i.e. While the film may have treated its few teen subjects as representative of an entire culture, the docuseries instead uses each installment to paint a portrait of those who have close relationships to digital love. “I want to show sex, which is much more emotional.”) In “Owning It,” a “camming girl” — she videochats   for tips in the form of tokens   — who recruits women   to work in L.A., speaks   candidly about how she tries to think beyond business and support her girls. It’s the most intimate, following a close relationship between a camming girl and her favorite client, an Australian man, who decide to meet in person for the first time. The second episode, about Tinder’s paradox of choice, falls into the opposite trap. That all three center on women in the erotic filmmaking industry shouldn’t come as a   surprise: Porn rarely caters to the female gaze, and the subjects featured in these episodes   sound like they’ve wanted to share their stories to the   camera for a long, long time. Despite delving   into both a blossoming relationship and a failing one, too much of it feels staged. She feels sexy in her profession and in the persona she’s built when the webcam’s on; he has never had a relationship as deep as the one he feels with her, a woman on the other side of the world. A-
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On   hits Netflix Friday, April 21. Turned On builds to a bittersweet conclusion told powerfully through the questions it poses: Is real love possible in   an industry that feeds off carnal lust? They won’t shed light on every element in the id-fueled industry, but they do illustrate the complexity of working inside it. Perhaps   too   close: When the provocative film premiered at Sundance two years ago, members of the adult video industry   criticized its focus for being too narrow and negative   in tone. But even with weaker entries,   Turned On   delivers a fascinating collection of raw, human stories. Because who else will? RELATED: 12 of the Best Onscreen Couples
These six stories are more thought-provoking than titillating — and that’s a good thing. Of the six installments, the third (directed by Rashida Jones), fifth, and sixth stand out. And naturally, this unconventional love (or is it lust?) story brings with it   strange, unsettling twists — including the fact that she’s married. It’s   like the   New York Times‘ “Modern Love” columns, but captured, deftly and often   beautifully, on camera. Show Full Article amateur porn, dating apps, video-chatting, etc.) as they demonstrate what it is they do and tell a story that leaves   the judgment to the viewer. It still doles out stats here and there, but the spotlight belongs to James Rhine, a former   Big Brother   contestant who fell into a pattern of dating and unceremoniously dumping women. Though the hour chronicles   porn agent Reynolds’ life (and his new “American dream,” as he calls it), considerable time is spent exploring broader issues and statistics about the industry, including its somewhat outdated   views on race, troublesome aggression toward female talent, and the proliferation of medication to keep male talent, well, going. “Every day a new girl turns 18, and every day a new girl turns to porn. Given all that seediness in the industry, there’s enough judgment without the women   turning their backs on themselves. In “Women on Top,” the third hour, a mother-daughter pair of erotic photographers — Suze and Holly Randall (above) — swap stories about giving their works a feminine touch. (“I’m not interested in   doing   porn,” Lust says. With   Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, a six-part anthology series, the filmmakers — namely producers Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer, and Ronna Gradus — have clearly heard that criticism. Have these two vulnerable people been fooling themselves the entire time?

Bleachers drop new song, announce album release date

Hear “Hate That You Know Me” above, and check out the full track list for   Gone Now   below. 1 – “Dream of Mickey Mantle”
2 – “Goodmorning”
3 – “Hate That You Know Me”
4 – “Don’t Take the Money”
5 – “Everybody Lost Somebody”
6 – “All My Heroes”
7 – “Let’s Get Married”
8 – “Goodbye”
9 – “I Miss Those Days”
10 – “Nothing Is U”
11 – “I’m Ready to Move On / Mickey Mantle Reprise”
12 – “Foreign Girls”

Show Full Article He’s also helmed two cover albums of both Steel Train’s self-titled record and   Bleachers’   Strange Desire   featuring all-female vocals by artists ranging from Tegan and Sara to the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. He made his debut as Bleachers in 2014 when the group released   Strange Desire   featuring singles “I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster.”
Aside from his own projects, Antonoff is known for collaborating with artists like Taylor Swift (1989′s “Out of the Woods” and “I Wish You Would”)   and Lorde (“Green Light”). Both tracks are off Bleachers’ upcoming second album, Gone Now,   out June 2. Prior to Bleachers, Antonoff fronted Steel Train and played guitar for fun. Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff released “Hate That You Know Me,” the follow-up to the recently released “Don’t Take the Money,” Monday.

‘Fargo’ showrunner gives deep-dive season 3 interview

Is that still happening? He does not look like a master criminal and presents himself as middle management in a larger organization. That’s not to say there aren’t a lot of characters. Since these stories are always about people in danger, the idea of “Minnesota nice” as I’ve defined it is a kind of strategy created by people who lived in real isolation on a frozen island for much of the year. NOAH HAWLEY: It always starts with a kind of scenario. That said, there are some small elements that might connect to the film to earlier years. This show is born from that last exchange in the movie when Marge [tells the film’s arrested killer], “Here you are, and it’s a beautiful day, and for what? I think we all accepted there would be some logistical challenges, but the show is not shot in a fantastical way, and the camerawork is very simple. Certainly, in our first year, Allison Tolman was a front-and-center lead of the show. It’s a very grounded and human story, but there are elements of fable to it as well. The one who got the car was older and smarter and realized that cars depreciated in value and got his younger brother to trade. I wanted to compliment you on your awesome character names. Season 3 takes place in 2010. It’s a hugely complicated game. Last year, there was the element of the death of the family business and the rise of corporate America. He’s a chaos agent on that level. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your original idea for this season? I did want to separate it and to tell a free-standing story. A little bit of money.” And so Fargo breaks down to the things we do for money, the crimes we’ll commit. Show Full Article Oh, I probably mean both those things. What made that year right? He exists like Malvo [Billy Bob Thornton in season 1] or Anton; there’s a part of him that seems larger than life or elemental, like a character like this has always been around, appealing to men’s greed and driving them to madness. When we’re filming a scene with Ewan in both roles, there’s really only one shot to marry them together. I’m not opposed to technology. Nikki Swango, V.M. In season 1 there were cell phones, but it still felt like a small-town story. It doesn’t have the scale of the second season. I didn’t design it to be more comedic, but there’s a lot of humor in this season. And there’s the unpredictability of human behavior, like Lester Nygaard [Martin Freeman], who kills his wife in a moment of passion thinking he’s still a good guy inside and then realizing over the course of that first year that he’s not, he’s a very bad person, and that’s very unpredictable. I don’t know; it was just part of the idea creatively. Last year, I didn’t have [a female police officer], and it allowed me to create a strong female identity through multiple characters. You once teased that one actor from a previous season would show up. Gloria is a little technophobic because she doesn’t see how it’s making things better. As a result, she’s a more taciturn and prickly female police character than we’ve had, a little more closed off — which isn’t to say there isn’t a layer of “Minnesota nice,” but she’s harder to get close to. You want them to be distinctive and stand out, but you don’t want them to be like Thomas Pynchon or David Foster Wallace character names where there’s such a heightened-ness to the name that it’s hard to see them as a real person. The more I looked into it, the more I realized it’s a hugely strategic game with [635,013,559,600] possible deals, and [players] use probability matrixes the way they do in quantum mechanics. A lot of times, it has to do with vowel sounds, how if feels in your mouth when you say that name. Ewan committed to gaining weight and shaving his head so we could create a hairpiece for him. To the degree there’s any nod to The Big Lebowski in this season, I like the idea that bridge, like bowling, is an out-of-time, forgotten game with archaic rules and leagues. He’s sort of an invisible man. And then, of course, at a certain moment it gets darker, and all those people who made you laugh you start to worry about. She’s a mom to a 12-year-old boy, and she’s trying to navigate that as well. In this one, I wanted to engage in the modern world — not to necessarily comment on it, but to make it more realistic. I wouldn’t look for that right away… but it might be in there somewhere. And the next year was a woman who drives home with a man sticking out of her car and makes dinner for her husband, and you think, “Who’s the guy in the windshield, and what happens next?”
This time I started with an idea fully formed: Two brothers played by same actor [Ewan McGregor] — and that was always part of it for some reason — their dad had died when they were young and left one of them a stamp collection and left the other a car. Fargo returns Wednesday for its highly anticipated third season, which sees Ewan McGregor playing dual starring roles (EW gave the first episode a rare “A” grade). She’s facing more complex issues than the woman of the previous seasons and the movie. And the brothers aren’t in multiple scenes together in every episode. He’s a character out of Faust on some level. It’s not sophisticated culturally, but it is very common. Obviously, year 2 was an origin story and prequel to year 1. You say it’s unpredictable. This year, it’s what comes next, the future of money crime, which is what V.M. There are different kinds of unpredictability when it comes to Fargo. It just has to feel right. He comes in appealing to Emmit’s inherent greed. The investigation is done, and now we can put it into perspective. What was it like working with Ewan playing two roles? Allison was in no way Marge, but she was a variation on the theme of “Minnesota nice” and the more simple worldview and how the world was supposed to operate, etc. What’s your process for coming up with them? It’s a bigger story in its scope, if not its scale, than season 1. I suggested to him it might be better if neither of these characters looks just like him. Varga (David Thewlis) represents — this new kind of financial crime that’s more abstract. Carrie’s boss is Moe Dammik because that’s how my 4-year-old son curses. The natural questions were: “Who were these brothers, and what happens next, and who else is in this story?” And you populate the world and look for the complications. The previous two seasons had a strong connective story thread with the Solverson family. So you start out with this war between two brothers, and then you add in this much more dangerous criminal element, and you realize these brothers are putting themselves in great danger by putting themselves into this petty skirmish. I think it’s very important on a human level when you got a lot of moving pieces on a collision course that there’s that element of randomness that’s meant to be realistic and lifelike. I was just happy that once he was on board, he was on board all the way. But we’re not asking you to follow a dozen characters from the beginning. I was trying to create a modern woman and somebody who is not a fan of technology and the oversharing on Facebook. Varga? It’s pretty self-contained. Stylistically, the first episode seems like — and I’m stealing from Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s comment to me here — that it’s like a combination of the first and second season, with some intimate, modern classic Fargo elements but with a bit of the stylishness of the second. The first year, it was two men sitting in an emergency room, and one was very civilized and the other was the opposite, and that made me go, “Well, who were the guys and what happens next? That said, because of Frances McDormand as Marge in the film, Fargo should have a strong female identity to it. He says, “Dammik!”
Speaking of Swango, you’re adding competitive bridge as an element this year, which isn’t something you often see in movies or TV; it’s not a game that’s so common that the audience can follow along while watching like they can with poker or blackjack. This time we have Carrie Coon, and we have another female officer who comes in during the season. So I wanted to have that desperation from the recent past that would explain why he might have taken a risk that now seems crazy when everything seems stable. She was the chief of police, but now she’s getting absorbed into the county so she’s not sure what she is anymore. Everyone you see is going to have a very satisfying journey. Is this more self-contained? What makes this season unique compared to the previous two? Having one actor playing two characters adds a certain amount of production complexity and is a bit of a risk, though it can also help attract a big-name actor. Were you wary about doing that again after the movie and season 1, since it’s become a bit of a Fargo trope and you’re always striving to tell a different story? I feel like all those elements are available to me, which keeps you guessing and keep you interested. There needed to be a justification for it. Below, Fargo‘s Emmy-winning showrunner Noah Hawley takes our burning questions about the new season (no spoilers, of course), offering insight into his unique process for creating an entirely new crime story that features a new set of characters every season — yet somehow feels just like Fargo. Final thoughts to tease up our readers for the new season? I think it’s very unpredictable. This year feels like it starts simply and gets more complicated. So just having a brother-vs.-brother story is not enough. It’s also a game played by people around the country. If you have a police officer who is your lead who is female, that can cover a lot of it. I was interested in placing this season after the financial collapse since Emmit Stussy [McGregor] is in the real estate business — he’s the parking lot king of Minnesota — and there was a low point where he was over-leveraged and needed to borrow money, and he borrowed from somebody who he shouldn’t have borrowed from, and that becomes a catalyst for the season. Hopefully, it’s subtle to some degree. That this season tackles technology is something a couple of the actors have mentioned. You also have a female police chief as a lead character. So this overly friendly way of interaction is a direct byproduct of trying to create a community. It’s a more intimate story that grows naturally. Varga, Gloria Burgle… they’re like something out of J.K. There are characters doing things you might not expect and running into people you don’t expect, or something that’s more far out, like a UFO showing up. What was the appeal for you? But what happens when that community is replaced by an online community where you can have 300 friends on Facebook versus 10 actual friends in person?I don’t necessarily have a point of view about it, I just wanted to think about it. It takes some of the gimmickries out of it because that way it’s not [as if one character looks like him and the other is] somebody who doesn’t look like him; he’s transformed in both roles, and it’s a testament to his skill as an actor that you never confuse these two for each other. I do think in a Coen brothers world they play with elemental qualities — like Anton Chigurh [Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men] who seems more than human, or the lone biker of the apocalypse from Raising Arizona. There’s a logic in my brain that if this is a true story, then it can’t be yesterday’s true story, it has to be long enough ago so that this is being told when the book would come out. And what do you want to tell us about our mysterious villain, Mr. Fargo structurally has got to be done with enough moving parts on a collision course so that you cannot predict which parts are going to collide and when. He worms his way in by suggesting he’s one thing and then turns out to be something greater. I wanted to bring the story into the modern era. Which kind of unpredictable to you mean? Rowling. Yeah, I’m bringing postage stamps and bridge back. And I wanted Ray and Nikki to have something positive they were working toward as a goal, and I liked that Nikki was the strategist and he’s a strong support player, but he’s not the brains of the operation. So yeah, there’s some of that in there, and the crimes have a more technical aspect, as modern crime tends to have. So it allows her to be a strategist the way a chess player is a strategist — which will come in handy for her later on. Carrie is playing somebody who is getting divorced.

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Sonic screwdriver’ added to ‘Oxford English Dictionary’

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Show Full Article Over the weekend, it was announced on the official blog of this august tome that the Doctor’s favored tool is being added to the OED. The OED already includes the Doctor   Who-derived words TARDIS, Dalek, and Cyberman. “Sonic screwdriver” may sound like something you’d order to kick off cocktail hour, but Doctor Who fans will be well aware that this famous and multifunctional — if also fictional — tool is, in fact, something the BBC America show’s titular Time Lord never leaves his famous blue box without. You can see the full OED entry for the sonic screwdriver below. Watch the trailer for the current season of Doctor Who here. The sonic screwdriver will be defined as “a (hand-held) electronic device which uses sound waves to perform various mechanical and technical functions.”
The sonic screwdriver was first featured in the long-running British science fiction show way back in 1968. Now, the cultural importance of the sonic screwdriver has been recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary.

‘Famous in Love’: EW Review

One of the show’s biggest problems is that the   characters’ issues are simply unoriginal:   Students can’t afford the rent on their shabby chic apartments, but drive classic convertibles; movie   heartthrobs   have hidden pasts that could jeopardize their success. Disney-alum Bella Thorne puckers and pouts as a guileless student named Paige who attends her first big movie audition and turns into a huge movie star overnight – because this is Freeform and your   first role is always in the “biggest book series   since Harry Potter.”
Based on Rebecca Serle’s YA book series, and adapted for television by Serle and producer   I. Those dull dilemmas   make up the majority of the show’s drawn-out storylines and none of them are quite compelling enough to make it worth your   investment.  
Too annoying to binge and not addictive enough to warrant   waiting a week between episodes, Freeform’s decision to offer up the the full season on digital platforms simultaneously with the linear premiere isn’t   particularly appetizing. But wait, it actually is. B-

Show Full Article Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars), Famous In Love follows   the cutesy can’t-walk-in-heels-nervous-babbler as she stumbles into fame in a town where people have names like Rainer and Tangey and contour like the Kardashians, only to discover it’s not all glamorous photo shoots and wardrobe fittings. RELATED: 22 Unforgettable Shipper Moments
Paige’s biggest concern (other than having multiple attractive men vying for her affections)   soon becomes the fact that she doesn’t have time for her econ homework and, despite a hefty paycheck, she’s not willing to take   a year out   from her studies. Yes, you’ve seen this story and its fairly flat and uninspired   characters a million times before, but, as Hollywood teaches, sometimes a shiny surface is all you need. They’re also unrealistic and predictable. Nonetheless, the people and places are pretty to look at, and there’s a high chance you’ll come away with eyebrow envy.

‘Land of Stories’: See the cover for the last book in Chris Colfer’s series

“The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide was by far the most difficult book I’ve ever written,” Colfer tells EW. So with trouble brewing in New York City, the twins must figure out how to right the balance of the human and   the fairy tale world. The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide hits bookshelves July 11. After five years of adventures,   The Land of Stories series is finally wrapping up, with author Chris Colfer set to publish the last book this summer. I’ve been lucky to wear many creative hats in my career, but being an author of a popular book series has been the most rewarding experience of my life. The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide, the highly anticipated conclusion to the best-selling book series, once again follows siblings Connor and Alex as they deal with the various fairy tale heroes and villains no longer being confined to their worlds. Although this is the last book in the series, I’m confident this isn’t the end for The Land of Stories.”
In celebration of Colfer concluding his popular series, EW exclusively presents the cover for the upcoming novel, below. Little , Brown Books for Young Readers

Show Full Article Preorder it here. “Not only was I pushing myself to meet readers’ expectations, I also began grieving the series’ conclusion at the prologue.

‘Bates Motel’: Freddie Highmore says finale is both the ‘funniest’ and ‘saddest’ episode they’ve done

It could be the funniest episode that we’ve ever done at the same time as being the saddest.”
Bates Motel airs Mondays at 10 p.m. Or more accurately, with Mother end the series in jail? For at least the time being, it seems we’re stuck with Mother, who finds herself doing anything she can to get out of her current situation. “She won’t go down without a good old fight.”

That fight will take viewers into episode 10, the series finale, which Highmore claims is both heartbreaking and hilarious. In episode 8, fans watched as Mother took over Norman… for good? With only two episodes left of Bates Motel, everything is coming to a head. Show Full Article “She knows how to manipulate people. The last episode ended with the police arresting Norman for two additional murders, so at this point, the question fans are asking themselves is: Will Norman end the series in jail? “She just keeps trying to box herself out of whatever corner she’s put in,” he adds. “Everything seemed to click. And it made me laugh out loud. I found it very funny the idea that she is going as far as she can in terms of telling the story and trying to push people’s buttons and feeling like she’s on top of it and then ultimately the rug’s pulled from beneath her feet.”
But don’t expect Mother to stop fighting, ever. ET on A&E. Norman’s world is about to come crashing down… but will he be around to see it happen? “The last episode could actually be my favorite episode that we’ve ever done,” he says. “I love the self-confidence that Mother has,” Highmore says. “It will be interesting to see to what extent we’ll get to see Norman again — when or if we’ll get to see Norman again in the course of the last two episodes, now that Mother’s completely taken him over,” Freddie Highmore tells EW. She can trick them into believing her story.

The Chainsmokers’ debut tops albums chart

In its first week available,   Memories earned 221,000 equivalent album units, including 166,000 traditional album sales. 10 with 35,000 equivalent album units. 4 and 5, respectively, with   PTX Vol. And Father John Misty eked out a top 10 debut for his latest album,   Pure Comedy, coming in at No. 1 prior to Drake — to the third slot. Show Full Article 1 debut is only the latest chart victory for the duo. Since 2015, they’ve launched five songs into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, including their recent Coldplay collaboration “Something Just Like this,” which currently sits at No. Those numbers were good enough to dethrone Drake, who occupied the top spot for three weeks with his   More Life playlist. The Chainsmokers’ strong showing knocked Drake to No. A cappella group Pentatonix and rapper Joey Bada$$ debuted at Nos. IV: Classics and   All-Amerikkkan Bada$$. 2 on the chart, which in turn knocked Ed Sheeran’s   ÷ — the No. 5. Earlier this month, pop-EDM duo The Chainsmokers released their first album,   Memories…Do Not Open — and the project has debuted   at the top of   Billboard‘s albums chart. The chart-topping news continues a busy month   for The Chainsmokers, who made their   Saturday Night Live debut on April 8 and kicked off a North American tour last Thursday. Memories‘ No.

’24: Legacy’: Eric Carter fights Tony Almeida in exclusive season finale clip

“I’m gonna find the girl with or without you.” (And you get the sense that he means it, too). “Where’s the girl?” asks Tony, out of breath. 24: Legacy‘s   penultimate episode promised us a clash between Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) and Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), and the season finale definitely delivers. Show Full Article ET on Fox. New   24. In this exclusive clip from Monday’s episode, Carter attacks the   disgraced CTU agent-turned-mercenary after he breaches the farmhouse where Carter is hiding Naseri’s (Oded Fehr) daughter. It’s a brutal and evenly matched brawl that carries a bit more weight because of the obvious symbolism: Original   24 vs. 24: Legacy airs Mondays at 8 p.m. RELATED: EW’s 25 Best TV Shows in 25 Years

Watch the entire clip above to find out who wins the fight.

Kate Upton dons Britney Spears schoolgirl outfit in ‘Lip Sync Battle’ preview

Even co-host Chrissy Teigen looks stunned. Watch the preview clip above. Surrounded by a phalanx of dancers also in schoolgirl costumes, Upton slithers across the stage and shows off her moves. Upton does Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time,” and has the schoolgirl outfit to match. For her part, Upton is setting the bar high, as seen in a new preview clip from Thursday’s episode. The next great showdown of   Lip Sync Battle   will take place this Thursday, when Kate Upton and Ricky Martin go head to head. Show Full Article The full episode of   Lip Sync Battle   airs this Thursday at 10 p.m. on Spike.