‘Despicable Me 3’: Steve Carell on finding out he’s playing twins

If you like Steve Carell, you’re going to love Steve Carell’s new costar, Steve Carell. The challenge of differentiating a Dru from a Gru didn’t just fall to the voice actor; character designer Eric Guillon, who’s responsible for the majority of the now-famous characters in the franchise, had to contend with his past creation to re-imagine a new one. “Whereas I see Gru as being pretty cynical, a little bit of a grump, darker, more cynical, and more sarcastic, Dru is ebullient and happy and earnest and joyful at all times, so I tried to target a lighter voice and an upbeat delivery. “Since Gru clearly doesn’t come from any country specifically, and it’s sort of a catch-all accent, if you will, I wanted his brother to not have the exact same accent but be from maybe a country a couple countries over.” Geography be damned, you’ll undeniably hear the fraternal link. “Should they look exactly the same? “Often the first idea is the strongest.”
Indeed, the brothers are physiologically identical — in all ways, you’ll notice, but follicles. “I knew I wanted them to live in the same world,” the actor says of the brothers’ accents. “I’m always excited to see what they have in store for the next step of Gru’s life, but finding out he has a twin brother and playing opposite the character I’d already established was really, really fun,” says Carell, 54. Separating brother from brother was a hazardous mission unto itself, especially for Carell. He’s nestling into newlywed life with his three daughters and secret agent wife, Lucy (Kristen Wiig), but Gru’s happy home is uprooted when a botched mission leads to his unceremonious firing from the Anti-Villain League and a subsequent chance encounter with his well-coiffed brother Dru, who tempts Gru with a return to erstwhile criminal ways. I couldn’t sit there and just talk to myself back and forth — I’m not that good,” he laughs. “How can we create a haircut on a head that doesn’t have a forehead?!”

Show Full Article Same face, same body? “I admire how we touch on sibling rivalries and what you find out about yourself through your own biological connections with people.”
To that end, reformed supervillain Gru is as biologically connected as ever when Despicable Me 3 picks up (on June 30). Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “With the hair, there were so many possibilities, but the most difficult part was the shape of Dru’s head,” he says. To read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here. The final version of Dru — blonde hair and white suit — was one of the first options that I created, playing with the contrast, and we went through different options but eventually went back to that first one where we felt the personality of Dru was most defined,” says Guillon. The actor pulls double duty voicing dastardly dad Gru and his long-lost twin brother, Dru, in the latest installment of Universal’s wickedly popular Despicable Me series. “I’d do one character for the first part of the session and then switch over. They needed familial similarities in their accents but be distinctive enough that clearly they were very different upbringings.”
Voicing his fourth Despicable Me movie (assuming you count Minions, which you absolutely should), Carell is more than familiar with his recording booth habits, but the actor humbled at the idea that he swapped between both characters with lightning speed.

Caitlyn Jenner clarifies gay marriage comments

But after hearing from my gay friends and learning more about the hardships they faced because of discrimination, it became clear to me that everyone should be able to marry the person they love.”
In the below clip for 20/20, Jenner stands by her statements that same-sex marriage was an evolving process at the time of her initial comments, but “get it straight, I am all for it.”

WATCH: @Caitlyn_Jenner clarifies position on same-sex marriage in @DianeSawyer interview. We want the same thing.”
Jenner later released a statement on her website, stating, “Like many people, there was a time when I didn’t realize how important it is for gay couples to have the right to get married. Let’s clear that up right now.”
In 2015, Jenner appeared on Ellen and said, “I’m a traditionalist. Caitlyn Jenner wants to clear the air. “She goes, ‘Well if the word marriage is that important.’ It is. Show Full Article https://t.co/YCR06EVBMp pic.twitter.com/QoGqAGU2Al
— 20/20 (@ABC2020) April 20, 2017

Sawyer’s interview with Jenner will air on 20/20 Friday night at 10 p.m. If that word — ‘marriage’ — is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”

DeGeneres later appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show as many members of the LGBTQ community were baffled by Jenner’s comments. EST. That’s the word. And you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage,’” DeGeneres explained. Still   feeling the heat from comments she made about same-sex marriage to Ellen DeGeneres, the reality star reiterated to Diane Sawyer in a pre-taped interview for 20/20, “I am 100 percent behind gay marriage. … I kinda like tradition and it’s always been a man and a woman.” Though, she said her position on same-sex marriage evolved since transitioning. “As time has gone on, I think a lot of people on this issue have really changed their thinking here to, ‘I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness.’ That’s not my job, okay? “I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you — this is like, really confusing to people.

Dick Wolf’s shows by the numbers

Show Full Article Now, his   Chicago-based franchise involves four different series, and he still has several in the pipeline. Having gotten his start writing and producing for procedural shows in the ’80s like   Hill Street Blues   and   Miami Vice,   Wolf grew to become a television titan at NBC, with   Law & Order   becoming the longest-running hourlong show in history and spawning several spinoffs. It’s probably difficult to remember a time when a Dick Wolf show wasn’t on the air — in fact, the   Law & Order creator’s shows have been on, in some form or another, since the late 1980s. And so, in his honor, Coinage, Time Inc.’s personal finance video company, is taking a good look at the mega-producer’s   impressive career. His new series for USA,   Inside the FBI: New York, premieres on April 27, and   Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders   is well underway at NBC. For an overview of Wolf’s historic career in television, watch the video above.

Oprah Winfrey addresses ‘Terms of Endearment’ remake rumors

Last I heard, it was gonna be a play on Broadway. “I heard that too,” Winfrey tells EW. There you go.”
It wouldn’t be a complete shock to see it come together: Winfrey is acting much more these days between A Wrinkle in Time, Greenleaf, and her new HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, premiering this Saturday at 8 p.m. Show Full Article Okay. ET. Then, I read somewhere that I’m doing Terms of Endearment.”
RELATED VIDEO:   Why Oprah Felt ‘Intimidated’ To Star In The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Adds   Winfrey, “If I’m doing it, I don’t know that I’m doing it. “Lee and I had a conversation a couple months ago about Terms of Endearment. I don’t have a contract or a proposal or a script or nothing. Earlier this winter, reports surfaced that Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and his Butler star Oprah Winfrey are reteaming for a remake of the 1983 classic Terms of Endearment. Winfrey says this is all a little premature.

‘Phoenix Forgotten’ producer talks about his sci-fi thriller — and whether he’s seen a UFO

The set up for the film is three young people of high school age — two guys and a girl — went out on their own journey of exploration a short time later to see what they could find. It’s a very unique structure for a movie, both in terms of basing it on a true story, but then going a route that’s kind of Blair Witch-like with found footage.”
How scary is the film? “It became quite a cause célèbre, from the Governor’s office to the population throughout Phoenix,” says producer Mark Canton, whose many credits include 300 and is a former chairman of Columbia Pictures. The film’s other producers are Nowlin, Maze Runner director   Wes Ball, Courtney Solomon, and Ridley Scott, who knows a thing or seventeen about movies involving aliens and spacecraft. “Ridley is a maestro,” says Canton. Nowlin, and stars Chelsea Lopez, Florence Hartigan, Justin Matthews, Luke Spencer Roberts. And as it’s based on a true event, which makes it a little creepy in a good way.”

Phoenix Forgotten is directed by Justin Barber, who cowrote the script with Maze Runner franchises scribe T.S. “He was really like a big brother to Wes Ball, and the Maze Runner group, and we all came together and came up with what we think is a super-cool story.”
Has Canton himself ever had a close encounter of any kind? Then, the film becomes the story of someone in modern times reopening the case to see if they can figure out what the heck happened them. The science fiction-thriller Phoenix Forgotten   is inspired by real events — specifically the appearance in March 1997 of lights above Phoenix, which some believe was a mass UFO-sighting. Watch the film’s trailer, above. “Have I ever seen a UFO?” he laughs. “Of course, it ignited the age-old debate about, ‘Do you believe in aliens?’ People still talk about this incident to this day. “Well, I did run a studio, so I’ve seen a lot of strange people in my life. I don’t know if they were aliens — they were alien to me.”
Phoenix Forgotten is released in cinemas   this Friday. “It’s a popcorn movie,” says Canton. And they went missing. “So, it’s scary enough, but it’s not a gore movie. Show Full Article

Kathy Bates tokes up Netflix’s ‘Disjointed’ teaser

25 flashes on the screen. Show Full Article Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) executive produced and wrote   Disjointed with former Daily Show head writer   David Javerbaum. Netflix has a special 4/20 surprise for subscribers: Kathy Bates getting stoned. Chris Redd, Tone Bell, Aaron Moten, Michael Trucco, Jessica Lu, and Dougie Baldwin help round out the cast. Bates, playing a lifelong cannabis   advocate, emerges in a cloud of smoke as Aug. “Happy 420!” Bates tweeted on Thursday. https://t.co/V1qfmHP2Af
— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) April 20, 2017

Watch the premiere announcement teaser in the video above. Season 1 of the   half-hour comedy, consisting of 20 episodes, centers on   Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Bates) who realizes her dream of running a dispensary in the Los Angeles area with “three budtenders, her 20-something son, and a deeply troubled security guard.” And, of course, they’re all pretty high most of the time. The American Horror Story actress stars in Disjointed, a new comedy about a family-run marijuana dispensary, and the first teaser   has sparked up with the premiere date. Happy 420!

Meet the terrible anchors of NBC’s ‘Great News’

Meet Chuck Pierce and Portia Scott-Griffith, the lead anchors at MMN’s flagship (or flagship-adjacent) nightly news program, The Breakdown. Portia (Nicole Richie) is the millennial whisperer, proudly en vogue with her finger always on the pulse, while pompous veteran Chuck (John Michael Higgins) frequently needs to keep his in check. The stars of NBC’s Great News   — ambitious producer Katie (Briga Heelan) and her intern mother Carol (Andrea Martin) — may admirably try to climb the corporate ladder, but it’s only to reach the gossamer peak where Chuck and Portia, the king and queen bee of MMN, reign. RELATED: How Tina Fey’s Great News   will (or won’t) tackle fake news
In the interest of getting to know the friendly-ish faces who will be breaking news to the nation, NBC has released a little preview of what makes Chuck and Portia tick. Lower-third chyron puns are no longer the silliest thing on cable news. Show Full Article As you’ll see above, it’s less ‘divine sweet mystery of life’ and more ‘time bomb.’
Great News premieres April 25 on NBC.

Clint Eastwood directing new film based on thwarted Isis train attack

citizens — Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone — who, along with two Frenchmen (Mark Moogalian and a man identified only as “Damien A.”), subdued a heavily armed Isis operative planning to carry out a deadly attack on   Thalys train 9364. Stern in the 2016 book   The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes, which Deadline reports freshman feature screenwriter   Dorothy Blyskal   has adapted for the Eastwood-helmed production. Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone later told their story with co-writer Jeffrey E. Following recent hits like American Sniper and Sully   — about   the lives of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, respectively   — Eastwood will direct for Warner Bros. Show Full Article Deadline also reports that Eastwood will produce the drama with   Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, and Jessica Meier, with filming slated to being later this year. Casting is said to begin soon. a narrative feature based on the events surrounding a planned terrorist attack aboard a European train bound from Brussels to Paris. Clint Eastwood is directing another major motion picture about American heroism, EW has confirmed. The 15:17 to Paris   is set to chart the trajectory of three U.S.

Game of Thrones first season 7 photos

HBO has just released 15 official photos shot during the season. The images show characters’ new costumes and glimpses at some fresh settings. Included are Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Cersei (Lena Headey), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Arya (Maisie Williams), Sansa (Sophie Turner) and more. Photos   being added right now to this post, refresh page for the latest…
 
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Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, July 16. Ready for your first look inside   Game of Thrones season 7? Show Full Article

‘Atlanta,’ ‘Lemonade’ and ‘Veep’ among Peabody honorees

C.K. Latest updates is   a co-creator of “Better Things” and previously scored Peabody honors for his FX series “Louie.”The other Peabody winners in the entertainment category are:”Happy Valley,” a heart-wrenching BBC One crime drama.”Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed visual album produced by HBO Entertainment, in association with Parkwood Entertainment.”National Treasure,” a disturbing examination of sexual abuse and celebrity from Hulu and the UK’s Channel Four.”Veep,” HBO’s two-time Emmy-winning comedy series featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus   as the center of an American political satire.The Peabody Awards will announce the winners of the news, radio/podcast, children’s, education, and public service categories   on April 25.Here is a link to a video of clip   of this year’s Peabody Award-winning television. Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade” earned a 2017 Peabody Award. Some adult language is featured in the video. and FX reigned supreme among this year’s Peabody Award winners   for entertainment announced Thursday.The cable network had two television series — Donald Glover’s   “Altanta” and Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things”   —   among the seven entertainment programs honored by the   University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.Louis C.K.’s independent television series   “Horace and Pete” was also among winners. (Parkwood Entertainment)Louis C.K.

Bill O’Reilly publisher stands by ousted Fox News anchor

O’Reilly called his Fox firing “tremendously disheartening.”

Why is O’Reilly’s publisher Henry Holt sticking with him? https://t.co/tlRHo2XN0B
— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw) April 19, 2017

Show Full Article “Our plans have not changed,” the publisher confirmed to EW Thursday. Henry Holt, your move? The fallen news host’s most recent release with Holt is   Old School: Life in the Sane Lane, published in March 2017, in which he defends   “traditional values.”
Two upcoming books are still advertised on Holt’s website: A June release for young readers called   The Day the World Went Nuclear: Dropping the Atom Bomb and the End of World War II in the Pacific and an untitled September release co-written with Martin Dugard. — Touré (@Toure) April 20, 2017

Fox had to go first. Bill O’Reilly may have been ousted from longtime employer Fox News   after numerous   allegations of sexual harassment hit the   O’Reilly Factor   host — but his book publisher Henry Holt isn’t following suit, despite backlash from the industry. Holt publishes   O’Reilly’s successful   Killing series, which includes   Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan.

Bill O’Reilly wrote a novel in the ’90s about a murderous TV newsman

The reception of the novel was middling — Salon reported that   “Kirkus Reviews calls the language ‘wooden’; one could stick to the simpler adjective ‘bad.’ Within the first 10 pages, for example, we’re treated to ‘the clouds were assembling in the west,’ ‘[h]is intense sexual hunger was apparent to anyone who bothered to notice,’ and ‘he did what he usually did when gratification eluded him — he got unpleasant.’”
Those interested in reading   Those Who Trespass can find it on Amazon. Called Those Who Trespass: A   Novel of Television and Murder, the book presents an   Irish-American TV news host named Shannon Michaels, who begins stalking and murdering his colleagues after he is fired. Following Bill O’Reilly being   dismissed by Fox News, a 1998 novel about a murderous television host written by O’Reilly has resurfaced. Violence is not the only vice present in the novel — there are also several detailed passages relating a sexual encounter between the murderous protagonist and colleague Ashley Van Buren.  

Show Full Article O’Reilly’s current publisher, Henry Holt, which publishes books in his   Killing   series, has stated that its plans around future O’Reilly books have not changed. A   New Yorker   piece on O’Reilly described the book as   “a revenge fantasy, and it displays extraordinarily violent impulses,” going on to say that   “O’Reilly describes each of these killings — the careful planning, the suffering of the victim, the act itself — in loving detail.”
Some of the murders within   Trespass   include the killing of a fellow veteran TV correspondent with a spoon through the roof of the mouth; throwing the woman who forced his resignation off a balcony; drowning a   television research consultant by burying him neck-deep at the beach; and slitting the throat of the station manager at a convention.

Lifetime orders Greg Berlanti’s ‘You’ straight to series

“We discussed it like we were talking about a show we had just binged. “He had that grin of just total obsession about it and I could tell right away he gets the book,” she previously told EW of their first meeting. In the amazingly talented hands of Greg and Sera, we know this project will be special.”
Kepnes, a former writer for EW, has been working with Berlanti since he optioned the book a few years ago. It was fun and creepy and witty and emotional, and we hope we can make [the show] even half as good as this perfect novel.”
Berlanti and Gamble will executive produce You with Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein, and Gina Girolamo. Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, You is a 21st-century love story about an obsessive, yet brilliant twentysomething who uses the hyper-connectivity of today’s technology to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. Lifetime has given a straight-to-series, 10-episode order to the adaptation of psychological thriller You from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, the network announced Thursday. “A romantic thriller centered around a relationship between two people that gets taken too far, the series explores the line between passion and obsession. “My friends and I passed around and devoured Caroline’s genius book in just one week,” Berlanti told EW. “You is the most twisted love story ever,” said Liz Gateway, Lifetime’s EVP and head of programming. Show Full Article

Rihanna’s ‘Love on the Brain’ gets a bare-bones cover from Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs

“For this version, I felt like we needed to put a microscope on the vulnerable, aching side,” he explains. Cold War Kids released their sixth studio album,   L.A. Divine, earlier this month, and its sweeping single “Love Is Mystical” currently sits at No. More than a year after its release, Rihanna’s eighth studio album,   ANTI, remains a pop fixture. 24. “Love on the Brain,” one of the most impressive vocal showcases on the LP — and of her career — hit No. Now, alt-rockers Cold War Kids and their powerhouse vocalist Nathan Willett have put their own spin on the track, with an assist from rising indie-pop singer Bishop Briggs. Meanwhile, Briggs released her debut, self-titled EP last Friday. 4 on   Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart. Show Full Article And for her part, Rihanna has remained active since   ANTI; the 29-year-old singer most recently appeared on “LOYALTY.,” a standout track from Kendrick Lamar’s new album   DAMN. “Singing it with Bishop — having that female-male dialogue back and forth is so powerful and classic.”   And,   Willett adds,   recording with Briggs was so great that   he hopes to collaborate with her again in   the future: “I would love to do a whole duet record of covers with Bishop someday —   Lee Hazlewood-Nancy Sinatra style.”
Still,   Cold War Kids and Briggs may have had an ulterior motive in recording “Love on the Brain”: “Mostly, this might be the only way we get to meet Riri,” Willett jokes. The song feels like a modern pop standard. Watch Cold War Kids and Briggs cover “Love on the Brain” above. “I have stayed up all night watching a hundred YouTube   live versions of Rihanna singing this song. 5 on   Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in March and currently sits at No. EW is excited to exclusively premiere their version of the song, streaming below. There is nothing better,” Willett tells EW in a statement. “She has this way of being vulnerable in her words but protecting herself with so much attitude.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’: Will Turner’s son recalls first scene with Jack Sparrow

Backstory- and exposition-heavy scenes can indeed be tough for actors to pull off, but they were hardly the present daunting challenge. “It means everything, mate, and that was the goal that [directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg] were going for,” says the Australian-born actor. “That mix of darkness, adventure, love, and swashbuckling were something that none of us had really seen on the screen before, and it was so fresh and exciting and it was the goal for number five to bring all those elements back to the screen, all those ingredients that made such a tasteful cocktail in the first one.”   All those, and   rum. To read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here. “I just remember being absolutely terrified, like I’d never acted in my life before doing this scene,” says Thwaites. It’s not going to be possible.”

Ultimately, of course, it was — and the actor even calls the exchange “one of the finer scenes” he had on the film. Beyond the Sparrow of it all, the   mere idea of being in Pirates was enough to evoke a certain giddiness out of Thwaites, but that   joy is only compounded by the early praise that’s lauded the film for its return to the original’s romantic and comic (but decidedly not rom-com) roots. Show Full Article “I just remember thinking, ‘How am I going to stand there and talk to Johnny Depp for three minutes, opposite a character that I’d grown up with in my teenage years? One does not simply act opposite Jack Sparrow. Now, Thwaites is the star of the fifth movie in the Pirates franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales (in theaters May 26), but stepping up as Henry Turner, the new face of the series, means sharing a certain amount of screen time with the reigning one. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Brenton Thwaites, 27, grew up in a world where Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow was an almost instantly iconic comic creation, a character pop culture embraced with open arms from the moment Depp debuted him in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film in 2003. “My first scene with [Johnny], if I’m remembering correctly, was the scene where Henry is trying to convince Jack Sparrow to team up with him and find this ancient treasure that could one, help Henry, and two, ultimately save Jack — so, a lot of things going on,” Thwaites says with a chuckle.

Lord of the Rings: Sean Bean on why Boromir is his favorite onscreen death

As soon as Jackson called “Action!” Bean would mime getting shot. As Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bean takes three arrows to the chest while defending the Hobbits from brutal Uruk-hai. Show Full Article Bean has a few guidelines for how to make a death scene believable. “You can’t show off,” he explains. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “It’s my favorite death scene, and I’ve done a few,” he says, laughing. Because every time you die, it’s a big f—ing moment!” Take it from the expert. For that final moment with Aragorn, he and Viggo Mortensen met with Jackson and co-screenwriter Fran Walsh the night before shooting. Over beers and a bottle of wine, they came up with Boromir’s dying words: “My brother, my captain, my king.”

As for his actual dying breath? For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit   ew.com/untoldstories. A version of this story originally appears in Entertainment Weekly’s Untold Stories issue, on stands now or available to buy right here. Sean Bean has been beheaded, pulled apart by horses, crushed by a flaming satellite dish, and skewered with an anchor, but there’s one onscreen death that stands above all. “You couldn’t ask for a more heroic death.”
Director Peter Jackson considered using CG arrows, but he ultimately opted for the old-fashioned approach: sticking arrows into a metal breastplate under Bean’s clothes. “You can’t be vain or posing….

‘Unforgettable’: EW review

To quote a certain bunny-boiling villainess: She won’t be ignored. There’s a mutual understanding that, yes, we’re trafficking in insulting, outdated stereotypes here, but since we both know they’re outdated and offensive, let’s just have some fun with them. What few twists there are, you can see driving down Fifth Avenue. Jessica Walter memorably played a similar type early in her career opposite Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me, Alicia Silverstone took her first babysteps on the path to stardom in The Crush, and Glenn Close managed to even snag an Oscar nomination for Fatal Attraction. Unlike locusts, however, they are an entirely welcome phenomenon. Fans of the genre (guilty as charged) will fondly recall the late-‘80s/early-‘90s Golden Age of Fatal Attraction, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and Single White Female —   a trash-spectacle trifecta if ever there was one — as well as more recent entries like Beyoncé Knowles’ 2009 schlock gem Obsessed. When she’s done primping Lily, she says, “Now you’re prefect…just like Mommy.” With that annoying imperfection ironed out, she can now move on to the item at the very top of her to-do list: Making Julia’s life hell and bringing her down. There’s no way she’s going to let this interloper   take what was once hers. But Tessa isn’t having it, shooting icy stares Julia’s way, sabotaging her at every turn, and eventually much, much worse as Stults’ David is caught in the middle with the backbone of a bowl of oatmeal. With Unforgettable, Heigl has found a role that fits her like a pearl choker: A cold, passive-aggressive Martha Stewart-esque perfectionist who Whitney Cummings (as Dawson’s onscreen best friend) perfectly describes as “psycho-Barbie”. Apart from 2007’s Knocked Up, she’s never seemed able to find the right showcase for her talents. And if the gender politics of these movies tend to be regrettably retrograde, I’d argue that it’s possible to simultaneously wince at and shrug off their problematic subtext. But this surprisingly tasty serving of delirious junk food might just get audiences and Hollywood casting directors seeing her in a new light. But make no mistake, this is Heigl’s party all the way (although Cheryl Ladd as Tessa’s equally frosty and undermining mother is a welcome runner-up). When they’re done well (or, as well as they can be done), the filmmaker and the audience are winking at one another like co-conspirators. From her very first moment on screen, as she’s obsessively brushing her daughter’s hair, it’s clear that Heigl’s Tessa is a crazy-eyed Mommie Dearest. It’s the rare Hollywood genre where the more outlandishly bonkers the product is, the more entertaining it becomes. When she was called on to be sympathetic and likable in movies, it often felt forced and uncomfortable. It’s the least severe thing about her. Which brings us to Unforgettable —   a movie which, it should be noted, was both written and directed by women. Like the periodic, 17-year return of locusts, they arrive like clockwork. Instead, what the film offers is guilty pleasure familiarity — it’s the kind of loopy audience-participation movie that’s made to be both laughed at and with. There’s no shame in any of that. I’ll go out on a limb and predict that Heigl won’t be feted by the Academy for the otherwise forgettable Unforgettable. There is nothing novel or particularly surprising in longtime producer Denise Di Novi’s directorial debut. David has a young daughter, Lily (Isabella Kai Rice), and a tightly wound ex named Tessa who’s played by Katherine Heigl with a buttery blonde blow-out and severe center part. As Dawson’s Julia tries to start this new chapter in her life and move on from a troubled past which includes an abusive ex whose restraining order has just expired, she attempts to become both a model wife and a friend/confidante to her soon-to-be-stepdaughter. Obviously, we’re meant to be rooting for Dawson’s Julia. B–

Show Full Article Since the waning days of her run on Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl has had an up-and-down go of it on the big screen. I’m talking about the metronomic revival of slick, disposable female stalker thrillers. Rosario Dawson stars as Julia Banks, a successful big-city editor at some sort of unexplained dot-com, who’s giving up her career to relocate to a picturesque small town with her fiancé, David (The Odd Couple’s Geoff Stults, the definition of stubbled vanilla hunkiness). Hell, Lifetime has built an entire network identity on that have-your-cake-and-eat-it paradox. The industry obviously wanted her to be a movie star, but she seemed to be a celebrity without a clearly defined portfolio. Is she a daffy comedienne, a dramatic actress, or something in between — a second-tier America’s sweetheart?

Rachel Bloom confronts the difficulty of being a lady boss in new song

As is her style — and that of her sitcom Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — Bloom tackles a prevalent societal issue with humor but without diminishing its importance. Watch the video above. #Ladyboss. “How much boob is too much boob? The writer and actress   may not have the answer to that one, but Derek (the annoying office everyman who has “useful thoughts” on every topic) certainly doesn’t either. The song composed by Bloom   (complete with choreography) focuses on the dilemma of being a leader, but also a woman. In a new video made for Vanity Fair in honor of the magazine’s first conference that celebrates female entrepreneurs, Founders Fair, the   Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star perfectly addresses the difficulties and confusion that come with being a professional woman in a high-powered position, or, as Bloom coins it, a #Ladyboss (don’t forget the hashtag). Show Full Article The empowering anthem begins with advice, like “suppress the fear of catastrophic failure” and “demand a raise and don’t say ‘I know other people could do my job,’” before moving into the some of the more confusing questions successful women face, like whether or not they should care if co-workers think they’re nice. “Do you think I’m a b—h?/ Well, I don’t give a s–t!/ But if I do give a s–t, does that make me weak?” A   Ruth Bader Ginsburg pillow may offer support during these trying times. Lady bosses of the world, Rachel Bloom is here for you. Bloom also gives attention to another pressing issue for professional women: What should they wear to work? How much boob is too much boob?!” she demands.

‘Genius’ cast, crew talk Einstein’s ‘sex appeal’ and ‘history repeating itself’

This week marks 62 years since the death of one of the most famous figures of all time, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Albert Einstein. Genius   premieres on April 25 on National Geographic at 9 p.m. Watch the panel above for more about the series, including commentary from Colley about how her character pushes back against Einstein’s sexist assumptions. Show Full Article At last month’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, along with stars Johnny Flynn and Samantha Colley — who portray the younger version of Einstein, and his first wife, Mileva Marić, respectively — discussed the forthcoming series and its timely relevance. But National Geographic’s   debut scripted series, Genius —   which centers on the man beneath that impressive head of hair — seems surprisingly relevant   in today’s tumultuous world, despite its late 19th- and early 20th-century setting. “Sadly, it’s largely history repeating itself,” said Howard when asked about how the show deals with a rise of extreme nationalism and totalitarianism, marked by the ascent of Adolf Hitler in 1920s Germany. ET.

Caitlin Macy’s ‘Mrs’. could be the next ‘Big Little Lies’: Read an excerpt

the leftover meat loaf from last night,” Gwen mumbled, reluctant to have these women overhear the humble nature of the food she fed her child. When the wind died away, a ripple of laughter went down the line as the women gave in to the giddiness anyone feels in the face of such brief, surmountable challenges that never actually interfere with comfort. “Just take both,” Emily decided. “Yes—what are you implying?” said Betsy Fleming, rubbing her upper arms to keep warm as she joined Ann. Not for now anyway. Her hair, which fell to her shoulders from underneath the hat, was the chocolate-Lab brown; Gwen privately felt, it made suckers of all these dyed blondes. “The driver, you mean? You were so smart to wear it!”
“It was my mother’s. “You paid in change?” but Emily went on the attack. Attorney’s office, because of its connection to an investigation he’s been obsessed with — and this whole well-heeled society could be affected by what he’s found. “We’ve gone to the Lost and Found twice for him.”
She didn’t hear Philippa’s reply, only glimpsed her haughty, indifferent body language, for at that moment the light changed, and Mary cried, “Walking person! Philippa was taking the news impassively. One wondered what would happen if the money suddenly disappeared—if her husband’s bank fell prey to one of those rogue traders who were jeopardizing the bigger establishments. The women surged forward as the ceremonial handing-off of their excuses for existence began. Tim’s in the same wildly high-heeled pumps she’d been wearing at drop-off. “It’s okay!”
There was an impatience in Emily’s voice, as there often was when the women spoke to Philippa. Watchful—in a woman who, for so many reasons, you’d think wouldn’t give a shit. Ah yes. A couple of the nannies, who waited on the east side of the school, closer to Park, looked over at her, keeping their expressions vague, and then looked away. Its fluffy gray-brown flaps framed Philippa’s face becomingly: those cheekbones, unconciliatory in the extreme; the arrogant jutting triangle of a nose; and then—as if to give it some wanted thematic contrast—the large, watchful brown eyes. In a coincidence that would have mattered little to most of the women here but figured largely in her own thoughts, Gwen had known Philippa Lye’s face a long, long time—since she was eight years old, in fact. Camilla had always hurried her—into the car, out of the car, up the stairs to St. sick the whole time, all five of us.”
“… Rosemary complained often, to their mother, but Gwen was tickled to be lady-in-waiting to Philippa’s queen, the long-suffering hairdresser to her movie star. “It’s not about the money! “Look, sir!” She leaned into the driver’s-side window. Stone gargoyles instead of elevator banks greeted the potential client, and the old Mr. follows three women whose paths collide when their children attend the same preschool. Gwen gave her hand a squeeze and pulled her gently as she started through the crowd—“Let’s go, honey”—clamping the artwork to her side with an elbow. Timothy’s in the aughts. Babcock delivered smugly. She watched Philippa watching the other women haggle over it, as if the scene, though of mild interest, were unconnected to herself. “It’s fine—it’s fine.” Emily put up a staying hand as she turned back to the group though Philippa hadn’t yet thanked her. Babcock, who likely expected flustered apologies from the mothers—prostrations and embarrassment. “In this weather?”
“Here, take a twenty.” Betsy reached into her purse, fumbled for her wallet. Cravenly, Gwen Hogan also veiled her expression; she couldn’t afford to get involved any more than the nannies could. Babcock, lips as wooden as a dummy’s, might have been feeding her the name: “I have Mary Hogan!”
Gwen made her way to the door, took Mary by the hand, and accepted the unwieldy pile of construction-paper collages Ms. “Um… Show Full Article I never wear it. “Just such an amazing coincidence! They snapped at her more often than you would expect adults to snap at another adult. Used with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York. Copyright © 2018 by Caitlin Macy. And that was the only way to wear shoes like that, thought Gwen, who, despite the fact that she took no time at all with her own appearance, could be exacting about others’. There was a shame over here on Sixty-Third and Park in cooking from scratch, in not simply serving chicken nuggets and other branded, microwavable products—Go-Gurts and Veggie Stix. Gwen had quickly learned to keep silent. Gwen thought her beyond beautiful—no mere specific example, idiosyncratic in its variation on a theme, but the embodiment of some Platonic form that had always existed in her mind. “The meter’s broken! Consciously or unconsciously, for most of her life, Gwen had judged all other faces on how they compared to it. “We can give you money.”
The taxi driver, who had been leaning out the window following this exchange, began to yell, accusing Philippa of things. But today I just thought, Why not?”
In the cold, the mothers gathered outside the school. .”
“… EW exclusively reveals   the cover and an excerpt from   Mrs.,   below. Her daughter had started just that morning, a rare midyear admittee. Excerpt from   Mrs. On a quieter morning you could see that it had a white cross on a red background. 13, 2018, but start counting down the days on your calendar now: EW’s books editor Tina Jordan thinks this novel   could be the next   Big Little Lies. He said I should estimate.”
“Sir! Gwen hadn’t seen the hat before, wondered briefly if it was a Christmas gift. It was Philippa who stood, tall and unslouching in the magnificent hat. I’ve been so looking forward to trading stories with you about the place! Skinker, Farr was an old institution, its establishment nearly a century ago now less remarkable, Gwen’s husband, Dan, had informed her, than the fact that it had remained in the Skinkers’ hands through the 1980s, when most of the private banks were disappearing. If I had only known—”
The school, St. Sir!” This was Emily Lewin, a former prosecutor, taking on the cabbie. “Hey,” Gwen said to Philippa as she brushed by her. “Walk?” Looking alarmed, Ann gestured to the sky. It was the other women who moved and spoke impatiently, attempting to get to the bottom of things on her behalf. Above the door hung the school flag, whipped every which way today by the wind. “Exactly how much did you give him?” Ann DeGroat persisted. “Poo this time.”
Waiting for the light to change, Gwen glanced back. He’s very angry with me. Sure enough, she unfolded the almost excessive length of herself till she stood, nearly six feet tall, in an ankle-length black-and-tan shearling coat and a fur hat: Philippa Lye. In her mind she was always having to set potential empathizers at ease. Not that she minded—not in any nonphysical, existential way. When Gwen thought of Philippa over the years, hearing snippets about her success—catalogs and a magazine cover; a stint in Japan—she felt complacent, as one does when one’s own opinion is corroborated by the universe. I like it, but I don’t need it.”
“… Why, it was the new mother! Lucia.”
It was January, the first day back after Christmas break—freezing out, with a surprisingly cutting wind. torn ACL the very first run of the very first day.. But one didn’t wonder long. Then again, it had limped along awhile, as if neither girl was willing to be the one to call a halt. Well, what does the meter say?” said Ann DeGroat, detaching herself from a conversation about limestone versus soapstone countertops. Their children had never been classmates, for Mary was older, in the Fours, while Ruth Skinker was a tiny Two and Sebastian a Three; the Skinkers’ seven-year-old, Laura, had moved on to big school already. You had to earn spring, after all. Short but not petite—trim and muscular, in fact—she was darkly attractive. Beside her, Ms. Nobody got into St. They must’ve been four inches high, the metal heel spiked to a fine and frightening point, as if the point she made by wearing them was far beyond ambulatory. by Caitlin Macy
Chapter One
Look at you in your fur! I’m Minnie Curtis.”
But Philippa was the sort of person who might not answer even a direct address if she didn’t feel like it. “Or even—walk!”
But the mothers of St. Gwen hid a smile because she, too, found the question ridiculous. Davidson hesitated for a second, and stolid Ms. Her children were the third generation of Skinkers to attend the school; their father, Jed, ran the bank; their paternal grandmother, Laura Winifred “Winnie” Skinker, a frequently photographed society matron, was on the board at Cleary, the most bluestocking of the Upper East Side girls’ schools, where her namesake, little Laura, was now in second grade. Babcock flatly informing Philippa. .”
“… Perhaps it reeked of the middle class, or seemed grungy. quit over the phone.. “Yes!” had come the disarming reply. Timothy’s didn’t, as a rule, do comedy. She reminded Gwen of a medieval bishop receiving patronage. Gwen had never, as far as she could remember, gone anywhere at a relaxing pace when she was little. “Like the mouse?” Emily Lewin had asked her provocatively. Doug will only ski in March.”
“Called me up—said she wasn’t coming back from St. Minnie Something? Nautauqua, where the Girl Scouts met, had the traffic circle and the fast-food franchises. got to be kidding me.. Coffee conversation after drop-off had concluded that strings must have been pulled or, rather, lines yanked, cut, and resealed. Davidson cried, “I have Virginia DeGroat! Me? By the turn of the next, it was no longer clear whether St. In giant sunglasses and hustling, though not in a panicked way, more as if she enjoyed the challenge of the clock, and with her arms heavily laden with shopping bags, the New Mother swept down on St. In fact, they never materialized—these   kindly souls who would feel themselves implicated in her solitude—although she was occasionally mistaken for Lally   Stein’s au pair, to whom, it was true, she bore a passing resemblance (the ponytail and the youthful, makeup-less face; the jeans and running shoes). Gwen Hogan kept her eyes on the flag, watched it flutter and snap. In shoes that high, any telltale hunch of the shoulders, slump of the back, or grimace, and you looked—well, you looked like a prostitute at the end of a long night. Minnie was her name, was it? “That’s not the point,” Betsy said, sharing an exasperated glance with Ann. Even the extremely rich hedgefund wives—even Lally Stein and Belle Ostergaard—and their husbands gave the Skinkers a certain deference. Walking person!” Across the double avenue Gwen hurried her daughter the way her own mother had when Gwen was growing up in Nautauqua, Massachusetts. This weather was unbelievable! “He says I owe him money,” Philippa announced, her voice just loud and insistent enough to carry over the wind. Timothy’s, was a brick-and-limestone town house with a mansard roof on East Sixty-Third Street. ***
At twelve sharp, the green door swung inward. I have Emma Eliot! “Philomena Stein! Twelve with tip. “… Set on New York City’s Upper East Side,   Mrs. It had been built at the turn of the nineteenth century as the rectory of the church that was just around the corner. “In fact, you know what, I’m going to give you twenty too. When Gwen Hogan, standing at the outer remove of the crush of mothers, turned her head to look up the block, the cold hit her cheeks and went right through the hood of her parka, making her temples ache. “Some artwork you’ll want to take home and display.”
Still, for a moment, the brutality of the city fell away in her joy at seeing her daughter, at the feel of the warm little hand in hers. And despite the fact that both women were outsiders at St. Even the bank played its part in the lore; rather than occupying a few stultifying, fluorescent-lit stories in a midtown office tower, Skinker, Farr was housed in a Beaux-Arts mansion on West Fifty-Fourth that the Skinkers themselves owned. From the book MRS. “Thank you.”
The women, looking pained by their own generosity, turned away with jerky, defensive movements. Caitlin Macy’s   Mrs. Both Gwen and Rose lacked imagination. On the way out she brushed by Philippa, who was pressing forward at the summons of “Ruth and Sebastian Skinker!”—the New Mother chattily in her wake. “Oh, gosh—I don’t know!” Philippa caught Gwen’s eye. Tim’s midyear. She glanced happily at the bills as a child looks at money for candy—frankly counting—and crushed them into her pocket. something to be said for the tropical Christmas… There’s Philippa Lye, a   chic queen bee   with a mysterious past who’s snagged a billionaire as her husband; Gwen Hogan, a childhood pal of Philippa’s who uncovers   a massive secret about Philippa’s pre-marriage life; and wealthy newbie Minnie Curtis, who catches the community’s attention with her   easy divulgences about her poverty-stricken upbringing. What Gwen remembered most was the feeling of luck she had when Philippa—who everyone said was going to be a model and who was already in a newspaper ad for the local Ford dealership—having no better options on the particular day, would join them. “Agh!” They cringed; gloved hands flew protectively to girlish faces. I’ve heard your name so often, I feel like I already know you!”
“What’s for lunch, Mom?” Mary tugged at Gwen’s hand. because I don’t need snow at Christmas. “Hello, hello!” Mrs. Gwen stared at her shoes, unable to believe a person could actually walk in them. “Gwen.” Some sympathy passed between them, as it always did. Tim’s the Preschool was still Episcopalian, or even Christian. Everyone, turning, having forgotten her entirely, observed her with curiosity: the New Mother. Tom’s mother’s camel-hair coat. Soon, Philippa’s secret catches the attention of Gwen’s husband, a prosecutor for the U.S. was the response she kept at the ready, should someone take pity on her for standing alone and address her. Tim’s, Gwen knew full well that the natures of their exclusion were distinct—hers innate, an extension of her personality and relative poverty, Philippa’s more like that of a celebrity; she kept herself apart except when she needed something. “Did you have a good day, honey?”
Dreamy and not given to small talk, Mary didn’t answer but gazed off toward Park Avenue as if she were trying to recall something. You may need it.”
“All right,” Philippa said gravely. “He had another accident,” Gwen could hear Ms. ”
“… This seemed to vex Ms. To be fair, the Lye sisters were from Dunning, the next town over; the nicer town, with the pristine Main Street and the twin white steeples of the Congregational and Unitarian churches. I have—” Mrs. Rosemary she thought of not at all. Oh, no—I was just thinking about what to make for supper! Philippa Skinker? .”
“… Take it.”
A brief argument ensued over who would loan Philippa the twenty. “It’s clear that, in fact, you’ve been overpaid for this trip!”
Decades before New York had made its queer claim on her life, Gwen had been in Girl Scouts with Philippa’s younger—plainer—sister, Rosemary, in Nautauqua, Massachusetts. A flicker of annoyance crossed the woman’s broad face, which came up to Philippa’s bra line. Here—here, they all felt—was something new. Agnes’s, down the aisles of Donnelly’s. I have Willie Haskell!”
On the tailwind of another gust, as the names continued, one final mother blew in. One after another, like children being summoned in a schoolyard game, they came battling off of Park Avenue into the leeward hush of the side street. I gave him everything I have.” With that, she turned her coat pockets inside out—an irrelevant gesture had she carried a handbag, but, in typical fashion, Philippa Lye seemed to have walked out of her apartment with nothing but the coat on her back and the hat on her head. It never costs more than twelve. Babcock, her assistant head—and henchwoman, so people said—might have been delighted as well, or she might have been filled with extreme loathing at the sight of the mothers, which she covered up with a kindly smile. In a stream of disgust, the taxi driver gesticulated violently and skidded off. Skinker, Farr meant something. A gift certificate to Best Buy.. Philippa went on without rancor: “I take this cab every day. (If pressed, the administration would have copped to the denomination before the religion; Christian suggested Jesus a little too pointedly for this parent body.) The building itself had been ceded bit by bit, at first, by rooms and then by floors, until this past decade when it was given over entirely to the widely desired, deep-coffered preschool. One could snap; one could not yell. “You really need to remember to bring in the change of clothes,” she instructed Philippa’s chest, the truculent note that Gwen instinctively avoided inciting sounding in her voice. by Caitlin Macy. “Fourteen, I’m sure, because I had a dollar in coins and I gave him every penny.”
Betsy groaned—. “How will you get home?” This was Betsy, who perhaps had been upstaged by Emily. “He’s trying to cheat you?”
“That’s the thing.” Philippa sounded amused. I just can’t get over the selfishness of it.”
“Well, I refuse—”
“We refuse—”
“Ron refuses on principle—”
But one was never to learn what it was that Ron’s moral code had prompted him to reject, for at that moment, a violent gust assailed the women. I really never do. Davidson cried spiritedly, as if something unexpectedly pleasant had befallen her in the fact of these women waiting to collect their children. Lila and Dickson Dilworth!”
In the middle of the calling of the names, a curious little side drama began, apparent only to Gwen, because she habitually hung back. Skinker, now deceased, was said to have named them all. won’t hit shelves until Feb. But still: thirty years ago, Gwen Hogan—Gwen Babinau then—had spent afternoons playing dress-up at the Lyes’ house—not so very many of them, for her friendship with Rosemary had limped along rather than taken off. Philippa Lye created the fantasy and then took you along on it. “I have Peter Felekonaides! Hard to imagine such a humble pursuit and place could have any connection with as exalted an event as pickup at St. Most people would have stowed them at home or in a waiting car. I’m glad I dragged it out!”
A taxi pulled up, and before the women even turned, they knew who would emerge from it—who among them would risk being late for pickup on the very first day back. The New Mother—Minnie—was apparently ignorant of these subtleties. The New Mother went straight up to Philippa, of all people—and introduced herself. Her manner, as if in imitation of her name, was congenial in a giggly, little-girl sort of way. I don’t have any more. “Well, I’m glad I wore fur today! She looked vaguely at the woman as she went on, recounting some tenuous connection. She didn’t seem to notice that the mothers, who were keeping an ear cocked for their children’s names, were all glancing at the labels on the shopping bags and turning back to one another with raised eyebrows. Ann was the quicker draw, from a shallower pocketbook: “Take mine. paid her the entire summer while we were away. All rights reserved. No one yelled at Philippa Lye. They seemed to feel it their due, though the impatience, Gwen had noticed, stopped short of harshness. Or perhaps—the idea presented itself uncomfortably—she was simply uninterested in them? .”
“Yup, yup—do the reverse.”
“… Really! “… The front door was of a heavy-paneled forest green on which a brass knocker in the form of a lion’s head snarled menacingly. “We’ll take the bus!” Philippa proposed. Mrs. Gwen still hung back so as not to be the one who loaned Philippa money if it came to that, for the others all could—indeed, would be thrilled to have her in their debt. But walk she did—triumphantly, weaving confidently through the crowd, her shoulders thrust back, her balance as light and careless as if she were in the old running shoes that Gwen herself wore. “My mother loved anything Disney, and she named me after the cartoon!”
She looked good-humored as she flipped her sunglasses up and glanced around. Always, as with all things, meant since preadolescence. “Philippa?