HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 movie casts ‘Creed’ star Michael B. Jordan

The novel has been adapted several times over the years, most notably as a 1966 film by Francois Truffaut. Montag (Jordan), a young fireman, forsakes his world, battles his mentor (Shannon), and struggles to regain his humanity.” Though the film is technically in development, it’s now moving toward a production commitment. The project “depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed, and ‘firemen’ burn books. Show Full Article HBO’s adaptation of   Fahrenheit 451 has found its stars. The film based on Ray Bradbury’s classic 1953 novel has cast Creed and Fantastic Four star Michael B. Jordan in the lead role and Boardwalk Empire   and Man of Steel veteran Michael Shannon in a key supporting role. Filmmaker   Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) will direct as well as co-write the adaptation along with Amir Naderi.

How Don Cheadle discovered that he’s Kendrick Lamar’s Kung Fu Kenny

I was like, “Oh, you wanna improv?” Between takes, I said, “Dude, this is where it’s at. The video for Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA.” begins with the rapper sitting in an empty interrogation room. The funniest thing about the whole thing was, after I shot the video, he’s like, “So we’re doing these dates at Coachella, you should come to Coachella and kick it.” I’m like, “I’ve never even thought about coming to Coachella, that’s not my thing at all, but because you’re going to be there, for sure I’ll come to Coachella.” So he says, “Okay, come, it’ll be dope. DON CHEADLE:   It’s tricky with Kendrick because the complexities of how his thoughts work. Everybody just made it comfortable. And Wynton Marsalis, a good friend of mine who’s just not into rap, is not into hip-hop, I was like, “Hold on a second,” and I played that track for him, and he was like, “Oh no, that’s dope.” [Laughs] “That was dope.” To get someone like Wynton to be into that, that’s huge. He was going to potentially be doing a story about his life, about him growing up, so he’d call me up and say, “Hey, how do you go about writing a script or getting a story or breaking it down?” So we talk about a lot of stuff. track’s verses to Lamar himself before the two start taking turns aggressively, impressively mouthing the rhymes to each other. You’re a cool, sick individual.”

When are you going to work together again? I was like, wait a minute. Read on for the amusing story of how Cheadle discovered he is, in fact, Kung Fu Kenny, plus why Lamar’s putting off acting, and what the rapper’s music means to him. Oh, is he mad? These different time signatures?” He’s like, “Yeah, that’s all in my head.” I’m like, “Okay. It’ll probably be something organic like this was. Like, have you   heard   how you rap?’” Cheadle tells EW, laughing. To his credit, he’s like, “I’m not going to do anything that I cannot do well. As an actor in a scene, you know what you’re playing, you know what the other actor is saying, you’re usually on a track that you can track very specifically. Then, Don Cheadle, looking stern and suspicious, walks in. It worked out great   because we got a great actor in there, we got LaKeith Stanfield, and that was amazing. We ride back, we actually ate at P.F. Yeah, the next day. Just do something interesting. “I listened to the track, and I was like, ‘You’re out of your mind. Changs [laughs], and hung out, and then I left, and I went on my Twitter account and somebody wrote, “Don Cheadle, the original Kung Fu Kenny” and put a picture of Rush Hour 2 up. Crazy-great kung fu movie. It’s very poetic, and it’s not linear, necessarily. And I’m not going to come in there and do it halfway, and I don’t think I’m ready.” And he was working on To Pimp a Butterfly. He thought about it. He had to go make an epic project. Nabil, the director, made it great. Lamar mentions “Kung Fu Kenny” multiple times on his latest record and even kicked off his Coachella headlining set this past weekend with a short, kung fu-style film. One of my favorite tracks on To Pimp a Butterfly is “For Free.” Him being a horn basically soloing over a straight-ahead jazz track, I’ve never heard anybody do that. What does his music mean to you? I had no idea. As Cheadle learned just this week, that’s all a reference to a minor role he had in 2001’s   Rush Hour 2: The character he played was the owner of a Chinese restaurant named Kenny who impressed Jackie Chan’s character with his martial arts knowledge. Damn.” I was like, “Oh, I didn’t get it at all.” [Laughs] He’s like, “Yeah that’s what the surprise was, so… surprise.”

And this was after the Coachella set, correct? So I texted him. Cheadle makes it look easy, but the   Avengers   star wasn’t exactly confident when Lamar gave him the assignment. ‘Like, is this dude gonna say anything? What’s he thinking? Is that a direct reference to that character? And though the “DNA.” clip marks the first time they’ve officially joined forces, Cheadle plays a very important part on   DAMN.;   he just didn’t know it. He confirmed it. Because he has to remember that he played that part, right?’” It’s like, “No, I’ve been doing this for too long, I’m too old.” [Laughs.]
So you are Kung Fu Kenny. But since that time, we’ve just stayed in touch. But when he says, “You see fireworks and Corvette tires skirt the boulevard,” you’re like, “fireworks and Corvette tires?” [Laughs] So to make the connection also while I’m looking at him, saying his rhymes to him — that was a little intimidating. I said, “Is Kung Fu Kenny me?” He’s like, “That’s what the surprise was. I was with him at Coachella, and when we left each other, I was like “We’re gonna do something else,” and he was like, “For sure,” and I was like, “Peace.”
You played Kenny in Rush Hour 2,   and Kendrick references Kung Fu Kenny a bunch on the album. And that’s all in his brain. “I crammed, like we often do as actors, and with some directing and editing, they made it work.”
This collaboration has been long in the making for the two, who have wanted to work together for a couple of years;   Cheadle says he wanted Lamar to star as Junior in his directorial debut   Miles Ahead,   a role that eventually went to   Atlanta’s LaKeith Stanfield. That’s why I love [Miles Davis] so much. Show Full Article That is confirmed. Violate the form. He has this crazy karate movie that he has before the concert which is weird and cuts all through it and is really bizarre and funny and out of his brain and great. Was he seriously considering being in Miles Ahead? He’s just really innovative and doing it differently and has a great ear for music. I’m just trying to figure out if I can be an actor.” I’m like, “I’m going to cast you in the right thing, I’ll protect you, but I need you to come do something.” He owes me one. For me, I’m just into innovators. I texted him back, and he was like, “Yeah, that was the surprise.” I said to my wife, “I wonder what he was thinking the whole time. I was asking him about the track, and I said, “Is it your idea to slow the track down in the middle and do these stops and starts? You can do this.” I said, “I’m going to cast you in something, and you’re going to have to say yes.” He was like, “All right, all right. These tempo changes? Soon, he’s miming the   DAMN. And I’m going to have a little surprise for you.” So I came, I saw him perform, it was dope. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How was memorizing this rap different than memorizing lines for, say, a movie? All that back and forth we were doing was just completely improv, which was fun for me.

Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ gets an intense new trailer

For Coppola’s adaptation, she went back to the book and used it as inspiration for her twisty, thrilling tale of seduction, lust, jealousy, and femininity. “It was fun to figure out how to approach that but still [keep the film] in my style, and to have this kind of beautiful, dreamy world that I like —   but with a plot!”
The Beguiled will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, before hitting theaters on June 23. “I haven’t really done a genre film,” Coppola told EW earlier this year. At first, he is a “most unwelcome visitor,” as Kidman’s character tells him in the new footage, but as the women ultimately   take him in   and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries emerge. Nicole Kidman plays their headmistress, with Colin Farrell as the dashingly handsome but wounded Union soldier who shows up at their door. Thomas Cullinan wrote the original 1966 novel, which was previously adapted into the 1971 Clint Eastwood film. Fanning and Dunst star in The Beguiled as a student and a teacher, respectively, living at the Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies during the Civil War. Sofia Coppola’s filmography has taken her from the lavish world of 18th-century France to the crowded streets of Tokyo, but the trailer for her next project, The Beguiled, finds the filmmaker in an entirely new location: Civil War-era Virginia. Show Full Article The upcoming thriller includes plenty of familiar Coppola collaborators, including Elle Fanning, who starred in Somewhere, and Kirsten Dunst, who headlined Marie Antoinette and The Virgin Suicides.

Will Smith circling Genie role in Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’

Show Full Article Will Smith might   end up   working   his magic for Disney after all. Smith   most recently starred in Collateral Beauty and Suicide Squad, and he’ll next be seen in the Netflix   fantasy thriller Bright. The project comes amid   a wave of beloved Disney toons being remade as live-action movies. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) is directing the new Aladdin   movie, working from a script by   John August (Big Fish). Having recently   flirted with but never   committed to starring   in the studio’s live-action Dumbo movie, Smith is now in early talks to play the   Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin re-imagining, EW has confirmed. As Genie, Smith would follow in the footsteps of the late Robin Williams, whose   freewheeling, side-splitting performance   in   the original 1992 animated film helped propel it to box office success and critical acclaim. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

‘The Magicians’: Stella Maeve wants Julia to become a goddess — and sing

That’s like life. Seeing as how Quentin and Eliot have both sung, would you want Julia to sing on the show? He’s hanging out in Hawaii right now. It’s too hard to look at yourself in the mirror. Eike Schroter/Syfy
Would you want to see Julia get in on more of the lighter, fantastical stuff going on in the other storylines? So without having her Shade, Julia wasn’t able to be empathetic and connect with other emotions and feelings. We’ve been cracking up on this email thread, and Sera’s like, “I have so many ideas now for season 3.” I would love to have to get to do a musical number. … I love how empathetic she is. ET on Syfy. Well, I love that we get to explore this side. He’s still around. Show Full Article We get to watch her earn it, and it’s nice. However, in the most recent episode of the Syfy fantasy, which was   renewed for a third season, Julia’s decision to spare Reynard’s life helped earn her Shade back — and sent her on a second, slightly   less emotionally harrowing journey to face her actions over the course of the season. And in a way, not having her Shade for that time, was that really for her? There’s an element to that which is really refreshing because she made her choice, and she did the moral thing. “Quentin still has a shot at happiness. She felt as if, “Even if I did get my Shade back, even if I did figure all this out, I’m still broken. Even a goddess, this otherworldly being that we all idolize, messed up. It’s a documentary on this cult leader. What kind of woman doesn’t want to play a goddess? Nobody wants to deal with their emotions and feelings. I watched this one called Holy Hell on Netflix. She didn’t have to deal with her emotions anymore. In the novels, Julia becomes a goddess and gets to live in the woods and speak with animals. But I think in order to get there, all of this darkness had to happen. I’ve actually been sending the showrunners, Sera [Gamble] and John [McNamara], ideas of what songs Julia would sing for next season. There’s beauty in the imperfections, and maybe if we all humanize one another, we’d get it. I feel like now, she’s looking at herself in the mirror, and she’s sitting down and really dealing with it in the right way. That’s the right way and proper way to grieve, but instead, she just didn’t want to feel it. That would be hilarious. You have to keep going. It’s unreal. The best way I was able to understand that storyline was watching a lot of documentaries on serial killers. She’s dealing with the pain and everything that’s happened. the tiny part of your soul that lets you feel things), causing her to essentially have her humanity switched off. What are you most excited for fans to see tonight? … People just do the best they can. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Julia has been on such a journey all season. It didn’t surprise me. It started out as kind of like a joke, and now it’s turned into a real thing. Her sense of empathy is crucial and critical, especially with what’s happening in the world right now, it’s nice to get to show it. There’s a huge surprise coming up. Nobody is perfect and has all the answers, even if you think someone is God-like in their power or perfect. What was it like for you to learn that not only is Our Lady Underground Reynard’s mother, but she’s not really been monitoring what her son has been up to? But as much as I feel like all of us would love to not give a s—,   you have to. It’ll be good. When she lets Reynard go after the awful things she endured from this man because she’s able to empathize with the fact that he’s not right, and the fact that he has a mother, and his mother Persephone’s pain. It’s amazing. Going into the finale, where is Julia at emotionally and mentally? That would be wonderful! Not having it was fun for a while. Or are you happy exploring this side of her? With the character at such a big juncture in her development, EW caught up with Julia actress Stella Maeve to find out what’s going down in Wednesday’s season finale. If they found the right pick, it could be actually awesome. And kind of like where America is in the world and what’s happening politically. There was validity in that in the sense of she did this because she loves Quentin and wants to see him happy. So what’s the point?” That was the mentality behind it. It was such a selfless act, but at this point, she also didn’t think that happiness as possible for her. Not only was she still dealing with being raped at the hands of Reynard the trickster, but when she finally managed to end her pregnancy, she learned that the procedure had also “nicked” her Shade (a.k.a. What are you proudest of her for? What does it mean for Julia to have her Shade back? That was lovely. Yeah, it was a form of escapism. I would love to see her in her element and get to explore that. What did that mean for her to be able to make that decision? It’s such a mirror image   because that’s what Julia should have been doing. She’s just allowing herself to go through the pain, but with that comes a sense of relief in a sense that she had a face-to-face with Reynard and saw where he was coming from. It’s going to be a great cliffhanger, and people will be itching for season 3. It’d be nice to see her finally get to the light and be nonhuman. That’d be really cool. She’s sitting with herself and dealing with trying to pick up the pieces rather than to outsource through revenge. Like, Alanis Morissette’s “I’m a B—-,” Snap’s “I’ve Got the Power,” and Joan Osborne’s “I’m a God.” It’s been pretty amazing. It was visceral. It’s totally fictionalized for TV purposes and embellished, but it can feel that intense at times in reality, and it’s nice to see someone who is heroic not be the hero immediately. STELLA MAEVE: What I love about Julia is the fact that we get to watch her mess up — and granted, she’s thrown so many curve balls, and the writers really, really dragged her through the mud this year — but we get to see this fallen hero, and that’s what life is. I felt like that was so metaphoric. One of the pleasantly surprising things was when she chose to bring Allison’s Shade back instead of her own. I love that. The Magicians season 2 finale airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. It’d be awesome to do a musical number on the show! Julia Wicker has been through a lot during this season of   The Magicians. It throws us these crazy, awful things. I can give this to him.” But I loved the morality of it in the end where she gets her Shade back anyway. It was interesting to play with the fact that all of these people, what they have in common is a lack of empathy and a moral compass, and that’s the biggest common criminality within sociopaths. The funny thing is we get to watch Quentin on his journey through the steps of grief. There’s a sense of relief as much as there is sadness. She’s not focused on a mission or putting that energy elsewhere.

‘Battlestar Galactica’ reunion set for ATX Festival

Show Full Article A   Battlestar Galactica reunion is coming to Austin, Tex. Creator and executive producer   Ronald D. Moore will be joined by cast members Edward James Olmos, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Michael Trucco, and Mary McDonnell for the special reunion, sponsored by EW, on the festival’s closing night, Saturday, June 10. Television fans can expect a screening FX’s new drama   Snowfall;   discussions with the producers of   The Americans   and   The Leftovers, which just began its final season; an Alias   Writers Room Reunion;   an MTV panel exploring the history of its reality series; and the 10-year reunion of   October Road. In addition to the reunion and moderating other panels, EW will also host “After Dark” happy hours celebrating select casts attending ATX. where the   cast and producers of the critically acclaimed Syfy series will reunite at this year’s ATX Television Festival. Returning for its sixth year, ATX Television Festival runs June 8-11. The cast will also be featured in an   EW Reunites: Battlestar Galactica   special on the streaming People/Entertainment Weekly Network. RELATED:   Ugly Betty Reunion Photos
The   Battlestar Galactica reunion is only one of several exciting events happening at this year’s festival. For more information, click here. The reunion is part of EW and ATX’s multiyear partnership, which began with the   Ugly Betty   reunion   at last year’s festival.

Bill O’Reilly reacts to Fox ouster: ‘Tremendously disheartening’

We have full confidence the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news.”

Show Full Article … Fox News should have fired him in 2004 when the first complaint was made, but at least they did it now. “Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly   contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television,” he said in a statement obtained by EW. “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. They did it because we persisted.”
Still, O’Reilly’s landing will be pretty cushy: He settled his Fox News contract for about $13 million, according to The New York Times. Bill O’Reilly isn’t hiding his displeasure at being forced out of Fox News. I will always look back on my time at Fox with   great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. slot. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”
Earlier today the company said, “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
Tucker Carlson will get O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable. The O’Reilly Factor host issued a statement about the verdict by parent company 21st Century Fox to have him leave the network due to a series of sexual harassment accusations. Meanwhile, Fox News chiefs Rupert, Lachlan, and James Murdoch sent a memo to the network’s staff praising O’Reilly’s ratings legacy: “By   ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news. starting April 24. Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench. Attorney   Lisa Bloom, who represented three of O’Reilly’s accusers, claimed victory: “This is what happens when women speak our truth: We can slay dragons.

‘Scandal’: It’s all hands on deck to take down mysterious organization

“They have such a beautifully conflicted relationship. “Olivia will be faced with a lot of difficult decisions in the upcoming episodes,” Washington tells EW, hinting Olivia may even work with Rowan (Joe Morton) to achieve their goals. “But the circumstances around which Mellie might have her dream achieved feels like nothing she can live with, so it really is a crossroads. “Mystery Woman is trouble and there’s more to it,” Darby Stanchfield cautions. Show Full Article In the wake of realizing that Cyrus (Jeff Perry) was not actually responsible for the death of Frankie Vargas (Ricardo Chavira) but framed by the mysterious organization headed up by Peus (David Warshofsky) and the Mystery Woman (Zoe Perry), Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) teamed up at the close of the 100th episode to get Cyrus rightfully elected. Therefore, “It will bring everybody back into the fold,” Scott Foley concurs. “As we draw closer to figuring out who the president is going to be, the closer you get to anything, the more you want it,” Young says. She’s going to stare it right down.”
Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. It’s all hands on deck to take down the mysterious organization, forcing allies and enemies to team up as Scandal charges toward potentially electing a new president. I love their love because it’s so fraught, so it’s hard for her to have to be on his team. What really will you do to get what you want? “It’s bigger than the audience knows. ET on ABC. “In order to make sure that the next president gets to the throne, people who have said, ‘I’m out, I don’t want to be a part of it,’ will be brought back into the fold, and everybody is involved in doing their part.”
However, getting Cyrus elected means Olivia must swallow her own pride in realizing, once again, that Mellie (Bellamy Young) may not be going to the White House, which won’t be easy for either of them. She thought she faced everything she could in the fight to get to this dream, and for one of the last hurdles to be her own morality and her own conscience, it’s the biggest demon. But she also loves him, and in many ways, she’s modeling herself after the parts of him that she thinks are redeemable.”
Of course, not everyone will be pleased about reaching across the party lines, but it will become imperative to rally the troops to make sure the organization does not obtain its goal. But doing so may put everyone in danger, thus facilitating everyone to work together to take down this organization once and for all. It’s going to take a lot of man and women power.”
“This is one of the bigger things that [we] as a team will have ever had to take down, so yeah, we’ll have to call in everybody, everything we know,” Katie Lowes adds.

‘Rent’ costume designer breaks down three of the show’s iconic looks

We’ll get right on that!’”
And get on it she did. “I really didn’t feel like he would go to Patricia Field or some fabulous drag store to get an outfit for New Year’s — it would be something that he would make that he has access to. “It took me a while and finally, just, the penny dropped, and I was like, of course, he’s gonna show up in a fabulous Santa drag outfit.”
With that level of fashion-forward thrift in mind, she crafted a scene-stealing fitted yuletide jacket from cheap fabrics, fake fur trim, and the kind of Christmas-tree tinsel you’d find at dollar stores. “[Director] Michael Greif said you are our secret weapon dramaturg because you actually know the world that we’re trying to create here,” she adds. He’s going to make a coat out of his shower curtain.”
Wendt personalized the coat it even further by collaging together photos of Angel’s friends and favorite fashions — clippings of looks by the likes of John Paul Gaultier and Claude Montana, plus snapshots of his fellow East Village dwellers/struggling artists Mimi (Daphne Rubin-Vega), Roger (Adam Pascal), and Mark. Wendt wondered how she’d be able to top the Santa costume, again considering what Angel would have access to and be able to afford. “The sweater was definitely a process … when I had to create Mark, you think of the person that goes through the whole arc of the story in one outfit, because he tells the story, so we said we’re not going to change him, it’s all from his viewpoint,” says Wendt. Because Mark’s costume stays the same throughout the play, finding the right piece for him to wear was key. Martin) and Angel (Heredia) made their “Happy New Year” entrance in Act 2, with the latter clad in a   mod coatdress-and-boots ensemble. Before Rent began its seasons of love in 1996 —   premiering Off Broadway before going on to become a long-running Broadway smash, a movie, and cultural phenomenon — the musical’s creator, Jonathan Larson, had one request of the musical’s costume designer. Originally from Germany, she settled in the East Village in the mid-80 and spent her 20s living in the same neighborhood where Larson’s musical takes place. Wendt took EW through the origin stories of three of those incredibly memorable costumes — two worn by the irrepressible Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia) and another worn by the show’s narrator, Mark (Anthony Rapp). Raise a glass to “La Vie Boheme” and let her tell you how those now-famous ensembles came to fruition. The mix of patterns in his outfit — the horizontal stripe across the chest of his sweater, against the stripes in the scarf — was fitting for the Rent costumes, which contained a mix of offbeat colors and patterns inspired by Wendt’s own real-life experience. “And so it’s hard to be something that we actually aren’t annoyed to look at for the whole two hours, fifteen minutes of the show and that travels well through everything — not too flamboyant but still interesting enough.”
After lots of searching   and shopping without finding the right type of sweater, Wendt ultimately decided they’d make the burgundy and blue piece   themselves —   and when Mark wore it with its corresponding blue and white scarf, the look was complete. Mark’s Sweater and Scarf
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If you were living in America at the end of the millennium and were a fan of Rent, you surely remember the sweater and scarf ensemble worn by the show’s resident narrator and cameraman, Mark Cohen. The zebra-print belt Angel wears with it was found at East Village store Trash and Vaudeville, and that provided the inspiration for the matching zebra tights, which they first painted before having them printed and made once the show was on its way to Broadway. “And so I really knew a lot of the characters that were living in the East Village at the time and I did a lot of reality-based research and it was such a place that I was very comfortable with that I know this world, and one thing was that things weren’t perfectly color coordinated — but they still were cool.”

Rent is making stops now on a nationwide tour. “I just kept going back to the script —   like, he would find an old blanket on the street and make a dress and next year [it would be sold at] The Gap — that sort of creativity he has to make something out of nothing,” she says. “We had this initial conversation where he just very seriously said to me, I really want the costumes to become iconic and a fashion trend, as opposed to the other way around, where fashion influences us,” Angela Wendt recalls. Angel’s Santa   Outfit
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When it came to devising what kind of kitsch couture Angel would create for himself, Wendt focused on what the struggling drag performer would be able to afford. So I’m in my head going through what he could have in his apartment as a creative person and I finally just went, I got it! “And I just said, mmhmm, because you never really set out to do that, it’s when you have the right material in your hands and the right culture at the right time, then you influence fashion — and if you’re a good designer, dare I say so [laughs]. Sadly, he never got to see it happen: the composer died suddenly on the day Rent was to begin its New York Theater Workshop previews, at just 35 years old. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit Show Full Article “When Angel came out in the Santa [outfit] he got all excited and leaned forward and said, ‘I love that, Angela.’”
The ‘Pussy Galore’ Coat
“Bond, James Bond.”
“And Pussy Galore, in person!”
That’s how Collins (Jesse L. But it was interesting to me when he said that because I was like, ‘Okay! He’s right behind me, I’ll know exactly what he likes and doesn’t like,’” she remembers. As Rent   began its ascension into the musical stratosphere —   the critical accolades and growing fan base singing the score on repeat —   the costumes became as influential as Larson had hoped. “The really heartbreaking thing was … Jonathan sat behind me and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be interesting. Aside from that directive to make the costumes “iconic,” Wendt says she and Larson didn’t discuss the costumes in detail before he saw them on stage at the show’s invited dress rehearsal, right before he died. “It’s literally a shower curtain coat … the first one we made actually did use a shower curtain and collaged it in paper, and just attached it to the inside and then put another thin lining on the inside that the paper was protected.”
Wendt and her assistant, Claudia Hill, made the whole thing in the lobby of the New York Theater Workshop, as they didn’t have a real costume shop of their own at the time — a level of ingenuity that would have likely made Angel proud.

Check out a clip (and bluesy song) from romantic drama ‘Thirst Street’

It’s expected to be released later this year. Silver is back this year at the downtown NYC fest with Thirst Street, a dreamy homage to European art house movies of the 1970s. Mason Wells. Thirst Street was cowritten by Silver and NYC film programming maestro C. Actress Lindsay Burdge (The Invitation) stars as an American flight attendant who is despondent over her boyfriend’s suicide when she meets a charming French bartender (Damien Bonnard). One of the highlights of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival was Actor Martinez, directors Mike Orr and Nathan Silver’s meta-exploration of the independent film world. Show Full Article RELATED:   All the things you’ll need to see at this year’s   Tribeca Film Festival
Watch   the two meet-kinda-cute in the exclusive clip above, and then take a listen to feathery vocals of Burdge singing the film’s title song, “Thirst Street Theme,” below. And in an especially sweet and effective touch, the romantic drama is narrated by screen legend Anjelica Huston. The film makes its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday.

Marvel’s ‘Cloak & Dagger’ first trailer revealed

Freeform also debuted the trailer for new drama Siren (previously titled The Deep), which takes viewers to Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its history. Get the scoop on that here. The show, set to premiere its 10 episodes in early 2018, tells the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph), two teenagers with newly acquired superpowers that are somehow linked to each other. And finally, the network released a full trailer for its new series The Bold Type, which premieres Tuesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. Earlier in the day, Marvel announced five new characters for another of Freeform’s upcoming series, New   Warriors. The Bold Type comes from executive producers Sarah Watson, David Bernad, Ruben Fleischer, Victor Nelli Jr., and Joanna Coles. Show Full Article During Freeform’s 2017 Upfront presentation, the network released a number of trailers for its upcoming series, starting with a first look at the hotly anticipated   Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. The drama is based on a story by Eric Walk and Dean White, who serve as executive producers with Emily Whitesell (Finding Carter) on board as showrunner. (Spoiler: It was once home to mermaids… and might still   be.) The series follows Ben (Alex Roe),   a marine biologist who meets Ryn (Eline Powell), a mysterious new girl in town with a deep — think deep sea   — secret. Next up, Freeform is giving viewers a first look at Alone Together, the half-hour comedy from The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer). Set to premiere in early 2018, Alone Together stars Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as best friends trying to be accepted into the culture of Los Angeles. ET and follows the people responsible for producing Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. Siren is set to premiere in summer 2018. Joe Pokaski (Heroes) serves as showrunner, with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) as executive producers.

PEOPLE, Freeform partner to develop empowering TV movies

With this Freeform multi-picture movie commitment, Cagle hopes to satisfy a demand for a certain kind of story. “It was a big pastime in Hollywood to go through the pages of PEOPLE   magazine and tear out the stories and then go get the life rights to these people. “They’re entertaining. They’re empowering. In the fall, the magazine teamed up with Investigation Discovery for   People Magazine Investigates, and most recently, it collaborated with ABC News on the celebrity-focused limited series   People Icons. This summer, PEOPLE   is again joining forces with ABC for a Princess Diana primetime special. PEOPLE Deputy Editor Dan Wakeford adds, “Instead of sitting in meetings saying, ‘That would make a great movie,’ and letting somebody else make it, we’re going to start being involved in that process.”
The Time Inc. So now we’re doing that ourselves,” says PEOPLE and   Entertainment Weekly   Editorial Director Jess Cagle. PEOPLE   magazine has locked down its next television venture! “We know that there’s a tremendous appetite for really compelling stories with a real emotional draw to them,” said Cagle, adding that these movies will remain true to the spirit of the magazine. Co-produced by Everywhere Studios, these movies will draw upon PEOPLE’s franchises like Heroes Among Us that tell stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. EW’s sister publication is partnering with Freeform to develop scripted, original television movies featuring   empowering human interest stories, the network announced Wednesday. They adhere to the values of the brand.”

Show Full Article They’re inspiring. publication’s   three big pillars are celebrity, crime, and human interest, and the first two have already found their place on the small screen.

Noomi Rapace faces her worst fear (spiders!) in sci-fi movie ‘Rupture’ exclusive clip

Holy eight-legged freaks, Batman! In the new science fiction-horror film Rupture, Noomi Rapace (Prometheus   and the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) plays single mother Renee, who is deathly afraid of spiders and is   violently abducted by a group of strangers. The film is now available to watch on DirecTV and is released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD, April 28. Show Full Article RELATED:   Noomi Rapace may be an alien in trailer for sci-fi thriller Rupture
Rupture is directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary) and costars   Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski, Fargo),   Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire, Argo), and Michael Chiklis (The Shield). After enduring intense questioning and examinations,   Renee discovers she is the subject of an underground experiment and her captors believe she has special powers which can only be unlocked by exploiting her arachnophobia. Watch an exclusive clip above in which Rapace’s character comes face-to-spider-face with her worst fear.

‘Life-Size’ sequel with Tyra Banks set for 2018 at Freeform

Show Full Article We haven’t seen the last of Eve. Life-Size 2 will premiere in December of 2018. And while she does that, “Eve   herself will experience the ups and downs of real life in a fun, edgy, modern Christmas movie.”
Banks is also on board as an executive producer. Banks first played the role in Disney’s Life-Size, which premiered in 2000. In the sequel, Eve is all grown up, and this time, she’s ready to help a young woman “learn to live and love again,” according to a press release. Freeform has greenlit the television-movie sequel, in which Tyra Banks will reprise her role as Eve, a doll that comes to life.

Celebrities react after Fox News fires Bill O’Reilly
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 19, 2017

New book by FOX News: Killing Bill O'Reilly. #OneBattleAmongMany #BackToWork
— jesse Williams. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) April 19, 2017

Show Full Article — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 19, 2017

Don't worry Bill, at least you can still be president.
— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) April 19, 2017

If the public had not pressured advertisers to stay away, O'Reilly would've be back on the air on Monday.
— Symone D. Activism works, even with Fox News
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 19, 2017

Wait, @oreillyfactor is NOT returning to @FoxNews after his vacation?! A WIN for Women & the Men who Respect them. — yvette nicole brown (@YNB) April 19, 2017

So #RogerAiles & @OReillyFactor were pushed out for sexual harassment & abuse but ol' dude grabs nether regions & becomes president? 👋🏼 @oreillyfactor
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) April 19, 2017

Thank you to the advertisers who pulled their ads on O'Reilly's show and FORCED Fox to this decision. 😒 #HowsMyHairBill? May I start that rumor? Read some of their reactions below. He's a disgusting pig & Fox News is still garbage
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 19, 2017

So I'm walking down the street one day, O'Reilly drives by, screeches to a halt, jumps out & starts yelling @ me. The news of O’Reilly’s dismissal has been   cheered by celebrities on social media as a “win for women” and an “effective signal” to harassers. Among the famous faces to weigh in on   the decision to oust the controversial political commentator   were Cher, Jesse Williams, Michael Moore, Ludacris, Mia Farrow, Stephen King, and more. Mmkay😒
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) April 19, 2017

ICYMI @FoxNews has been settling w/ women for YEARS they only cut @oreillyfactor loose because they were losing $$$ #ProfitsOverPeople #MAGA
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) April 19, 2017

RT if you think I was right this summer about Bill O'Reilly being a coward in every sense of the word…
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) April 19, 2017

Well Bill, I guess we wont be doing it live. — billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 19, 2017

I'm certainly a narcissistic actor who loves attention but I take no joy in Bill O'Reilly. YOURS TRULY, LUDA
— Ludacris (@Ludacris) April 19, 2017

O'Reilly for @PressSec? What a terrible day to be a horrible, old, racist white person. Following public backlash and sponsors withdrawing over the revelation of numerous sexual harassment allegations against The O’Reilly Factor host, parent company 21st Century Fox pulled the plug on the network’s most high-profile personality. (@iJesseWilliams) April 19, 2017

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People who are having a waaaaaay different 2017 than they expected. #DidItDistractYouFromThisTweet?
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 19, 2017

HATE MAY WIN SOME BATTLES, BUT LOVE WINS IN THE END. Bill O’Reilly is officially out at Fox News. Color me SHOCKED! — W. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 19, 2017

— Cher (@cher) April 19, 2017

BYE chump. Weak sauce Bill O'reilly been out here sellin' that hard white for far too long on fox news. Ha! Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) April 19, 2017

Fox firing Bill O'Reilly is huge and hopefully sends an effective signal to all guys, however powerful, who harass & maul women
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 19, 2017

Goodbye @oreillyfactor!

‘The Blacklist’: Who’s the mastermind dismantling Red’s organization?

While Tom’s family issues have played out on Redemption, Red’s (James Spader) been desperately tracking Dembe, believing him to be the mysterious mastermind dismantling his organization. Hence, the formerly loyal henchman takes center stage in the show’s return. Reddington has these incredibly specific moral codes about loyalty and betrayal, and he was forced to confront that with Kaplan. So their weird tethered-together dynamic is something that’s still in flux, but she is definitely struggling with the way that Red is choosing to fight, really, this war. This is a character that is still existing in her world, but in terms of how and if he comes back, we’re quite honestly still trying to figure that out. Kaplan’s ties to Red revealed — first look
Tom’s been gone all this time. Who actually betrayed Red on The Blacklist? Super emotional. of why we come back. As The Blacklist had its winter finale and Redemption came on, the task force went dormant. Well, it’s funny. Looking ahead, in the back part of the season, one of the big things that they’re all confronted with is what have they become. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where does The Blacklist pick up when the show returns? This story and this manhunt for Dembe is not so specific that it’s only about Dembe. When we come back, it is a two-parter, and obviously Dembe is the blacklister and that is the manhunt, but it is only part of the story. “It felt like a great opportunity to feature somebody who knows Raymond’s past and his ultimate agenda, someone who has really questioned Red murdering Mr. He’s still out there, and he still has a woman that he loves and a child, and so I think that story is not over yet, but in terms of how we handle that on The Blacklist, I think that’s something we’re still trying to figure out. We’ve done little crossovers between the episodes. Is he becoming unhinged? There have been no cases. Red has been taking hits and he’s lost key allies in his empire, and as he handles it, we see things flare up, and oddly bring Liz and Red closer in a way through how he handles these problems that he’s being faced with. How about for Liz? It’s a super exciting story. It pulls the scab off this very deep wound and ultimately has to pivot us into a deeper story that goes into the mythology of the show and who these people are, and sends us, in a way, back in time to get a full understanding of what’s really going on here. Well, yeah, there was an episode, a scene I really liked in the last couple episodes where Reddington said he felt like he could feel death in the corners slouching toward him, and he can feel this ominous shadow that’s lingering over, not only he but the people he cares about and his empire. It has been happening, sort of, in real time, and there’s this manhunt that’s been happening that is the springboard for this episode featuring Dembe. [Laughs] We thought it would be great to do an episode on Dembe simply because he’s so incredibly close to Reddington. Show Full Article Red has been out hunting for Dembe and a big lead basically ignites this episode and is the why now? RELATED:   The Blacklist first look: Mr. What’s next for some of the team members of the Post Office? Kaplan, and he has strong feelings about that, which is why there’s been a rift between these two, and I think it’s a great story about an incredibly unfortunate situation where Reddington is forced to hunt down somebody who he has trusted for a very, very long time. It is this betrayal that he’s exploring, and it will open up a much larger story that will really drive us into the back half of the season, which I think is going to be really compelling and super emotional. And Samar is still trying to figure out exactly how she feels about Aram and may not be approaching it in the most healthy way possible. Will we see how Liz is handling that? He’s having a real crisis of conscience about how to handle not only his operations but his relationship with Liz, his operation with the task force. The guy has secrets that he has been keeping, and those are going to bubble to the surface, literally in the teaser. ET on NBC. Is there anything you can tease of who may ultimately be responsible for trying to rip Red’s empire apart? JON BOKENKAMP: Well, it’s almost as if it’s happening in real time. Liz is really struggling with the way that Reddington is handling this rift that is within his empire. Well, Aram finds himself, when we come back, in a very desperate and dangerous place that I think will be incredibly unexpected, and we’re going to learn a lot about Aram from frame one. Kaplan,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp says, teasing that Thursday’s two-parter “pulls the scab off this wound and ultimately pivots us into a deeper story that goes into the mythology of the show, who these people are, and sends us back in time to get a full understanding of what’s really going on here.” Finally! Yeah, quietest. Yeah. What are we going to be learning about one of the quietest characters on the show? We’re going to learn a lot about that in this episode, and it just felt like a great opportunity to feature somebody who knows such intimate secrets, who knows Raymond’s past, who knows his ultimate agenda, who has really questioned the way Reddington has handled certain things, including, most specifically, murdering Mr. Read on for more from Bokenkamp. Liz has made some appearances on Redemption and obviously Tom is and will be spoken about. They have worked with this guy now for the better part of four years and he’s a criminal, and there are certain costs that come with that, and it has shaped who they are as people, and I think it has shaped who Reddington is, and he’s at a real crossroads in terms of how he’s going to move forward and if he can move forward. I can’t really say that he is. Liz is always in this awkward spot because Reddington is this guy who is right so many times and has the ace up his sleeve, but yet he’s this weird enigma that she’s forced to go on the journey with, and it’s easy to forget that he’s a bad guy who murders people. The Blacklist returns Thursday at 9 p.m. Well, I think one thing to point out is that the whole organization, in a way, feels like it’s imploding.

Julia Roberts as the world’s most beautiful woman: ‘What white nonsense is this?’

Who do you consider the most beautiful woman in the world right now? The title went to   Lupita Nyong’o   in 2014, Beyoncé in 2012, Jennifer Lopez in 2011 and Halle Berry in 2003.Then again, perhaps this year’s reaction isn’t a race thing after all … Or maybe folks simply would have preferred one of the classics. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)After Julia Roberts was named People’s most beautiful woman in the world   for the fifth time in 28 years, some of the most amusing gifs in the world popped up on black Twitter.They were drawn heavily from the “wait, what?” genre.While many other famous names were being floated as better choices   — that happens every year — an “anyone but her”   sentiment seemed to be popular this time around, given the whole five-times-in-28-years thing.People’s most beautiful women haven’t all been white. Tweet us @latimesent and let us know. Latest updates

‘Captain Marvel’ finds its pair of directors

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are set to helm “Captain Marvel.” (Elizabeth Torque / Marvel; Evan Agostini / Invision/AP)”Captain Marvel” has found not one but two directors to help shape the movie into the star it was always meant to be. The Times has confirmed that “Mississippi Grind” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been tapped to helm the upcoming Marvel feature. The news was first reported by Variety.Although part of a team,   Boden   would be the first woman to direct a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.Boden and Fleck’s joint film credits also include 2006’s “Half Nelson” and 2008’s “Sugar.” Most recently the two have worked on TV shows including “Billions” and “The Affair.”   Starring Brie Larson, “Captain Marvel” is the first MCU standalone film   focused on a sole female title character. Larson will be playing Carol Danvers, an Air Force officer who gains superpowers after her human DNA becomes fused with alien genes.Written by Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”),   “Captain Marvel” is scheduled for a March 18, 2019, release. Latest updates

‘Captain Marvel’ finds its directors

Only after her DNA was spliced together with that of the Kree did she emerge with superhuman strength, flight, and concussive force blasts. Feige had hoped   to make an announcement   by the end of 2016. “Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had.”
Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman also noted, “I think that making sure that Captain Marvel is not somebody who is a hero in spite of her femininity is really important. She’s a very strong character and her being a woman is part of that strength.”
The film is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019. The search is over: Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as the superhuman Carol Danvers, has scored not one, but two directors with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Many names were rumored for the job since Larson was formally announced for the title role at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016. Variety was the first to report the news of Boden and Fleck. While Marvel has yet to make an official statement on Boden and Fleck’s involvement, EW has learned   the duo will jointly helm the project. Much like filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo (the Captain America movies, Avengers: Infinity War), James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), and Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Boden and Fleck   were picked to helm a Marvel movie after directing   smaller-scale films. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had also   spoke about the importance of utilizing a female director for the film, which marks the   first time a woman will headline her own solo superhero movie in the franchise. Larson, who won an Oscar for her role in Room, will portray Carol Danvers. The pair were behind the camera on   episodes of Billions and The Affair, as well as films like Mississippi Grind and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. “With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie,” Feige said. Show Full Article Rising to the rank of Major in the Air Force, Carol worked alongside the alien Captain Mar-vell.

‘The Leftovers’ is ‘bleak’ and ‘weird’ — but also ‘deeply affecting’

The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, stars   Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, and   Margaret Qualley, among others. “I don’t know if I could live in this   Leftovers world; there’s so much anxiety and stress within this.”
Catch the full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) at, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. In fact, “You don’t want to watch this right before you go to bed,” says   BingeWorthy cohost   Touré. The series focuses on a family and their town two years after 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly and inexplicably disappeared. “All you heard after season 2, was like, ‘This is the greatest show, and it’s so moving, and it’s so profound and deeply affecting,’” she said. “[It’s] just disturbing, it’s unsettling,” he said. While   Touré admitted   to being a fan of   “the story of how a cataclysmic global event has this lasting impact on them   and disruptively changes society,” he said the show is a bit too “weird” and “heavy” for his liking. His cohost, Jessica Shaw—a recent Leftovers convert—admitted that she initially gave up following the first season because “it was so depressing, and it was so bleak.” But that changed when it came to the intense second season, which moved the series from New York to a mysterious town in Texas. HBO’s   The Leftovers, which frequently alludes to the Bible’s apocalyptic passages, isn’t exactly light viewing. The series is currently in its third season, and while Shaw agreed with Touré that she “wouldn’t want every show I watch to be like that,” she’s now “mid-binge” and “loving it.”

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