‘The Simpsons’ skewers Trump’s first 100 days in office

Trump is wrapping up   his first 100 days in office, and while he will undoubtedly take a victory lap, The Simpsons would like to offer up more of   a slap. See for yourself in the video, which is brought to you by “Anybody Else 2020.”

Show Full Article President Donald J. And you can buy her robe with gavel earrings for only a 1,000 rubles. This may also be a good time to tell you that Grampa Simpson is being deported by U.S. (“Can’t Fox News read it and I’ll watch what they say?” Trump asks.) But there is good news for him, according to him: In his first 100 days, he has lowered his handicap, increased his Twitter following, and made it legal for Americans to   shoot hibernating bears. Sean Spicer has quit/hanged himself, Kellyanne Conway is refusing to replace him as press secretary, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner are choking each other, and a Trump   aide is making his boss read a bill that lowers taxes for Republicans before signing it. The animated Fox comedy has, of course, mocked   the real estate tycoon turned reality star turned commander in chief on numerous occasions — during the election,   here   and here; after the election,   here and here   —   and a new short   depicts the administration in dark, chaotic times. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Oh, and Ivanka Trump has replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Justin Timberlake remembers the ‘irreplaceable’ Jonathan Demme

May you Rest In Peace. I love you, JD. I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. You, special soul. To find out where to watch Demme’s other music docs, go here. You, generous and warm man. “Where do I begin..? Words just aren't enough with heartache like this. You are truly irreplaceable. Where do I begin..? I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. The Oscar-winning director scored critical and commercial acclaim for big screen dramas   The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, but he was also the filmmaker behind many great music documentaries, including last year’s concert film Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You, special soul. I hope we meet again someday. I love you, JD. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. –Justin
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Show Full Article You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. Justin Timberlake is the latest to remember the “irreplaceable” Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at the age of 73. You made me better at my craft. I hope we meet again someday. May you Rest In Peace.”
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids is available to stream on Netflix. Words just aren’t enough with heartache like this,” he wrote. You, generous and warm man. You are truly irreplaceable. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You made me better at my craft. The project centered on the final date of Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour.”
Sharing a black-and-white picture of the two embracing, the musician penned a heartfelt tribute to his director via Instagram on Wednesday. You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, genius of storytelling. “You, master of humanity.

David Byrne pays tribute to Jonathan Demme

Jonathan was also incredibly generous during the editing and mixing. He and producer Gary Goetzman made us in the band feel included; they wanted to hear what we had to say. Jonathan joined us on the road and became familiar with the band and the show. “That love surfaces and is manifest over and over throughout his career. Back in 1984, the late Jonathan Demme directed   Stop Making Sense,   a concert film about three Talking Heads shows at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, which has become one of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time. He often turned what would be a genre film into a very personal expression. Jonathan went on to make a lot more features—some hugely successful, others not so much. They tend to be celebrations of unsung heroes—an agronomist in Haiti,   an activist (cousin) and pastor   and   an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things in New Orleans post-Katrina. That inclusion was hugely inspirational for me. He’d find ways to slip a reggae artist’s song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected.”
Byrne also shared some of his memories from the making of   Stop Making Sense,   during which Demme was also working on the big-budget studio picture   Swing Shift. That said,   Swingshift   was filled with empathy for the women workers in U.S. David Byrne
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Show Full Article I loved his films   Melvin and Howard   and   Citizens Band   (AKA   Handle With Care). We booked four nights at the Pantages Theatre in LA at the tail end of a tour for filming. Guess which one will be remembered?”
Read Byrne’s full statement below. “He was dealing with that in the day and shooting our low budget movie at night. He’d find ways to slip a reggae artist’s song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected. They became your friends, in a sense. “One could sense his love of ordinary people,” Byrne wrote. He was directing T.V. He interspersed these with a number of documentaries and music films. episodes even this year, when he was in remission. We very much saw eye to eye when we met, and the late Gary Kurfirst, who managed Talking Heads, found us the money to shoot   Stop Making Sense. Jonathan’s skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you’d get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. Though I had directed music videos before, this mentoring of Jonathan’s emboldened me to try making a feature film. While touring, I thought the show had turned out well and might hold up as a movie, and a mutual friend introduced us. Guess which one will be remembered? Jonathan was going through a bit of a nightmare during filming—a studio and a star wanted him to reshoot parts of a big budget film he’d just finished called   Swingshift. factories during WWII—it was character driven, as much of his other work is. After Demme died Wednesday at the age of 73, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne penned a moving tribute to his former collaborator. Jonathan was also a huge music fan — that’s obvious in his films too — many of which are jam-packed with songs by the often obscure artists he loved. Jonathan, we’ll miss you. The documentaries are pure labors of love. My friend, the director Jonathan Demme, passed last night. I was too focused on the music, the staging and the lighting to see how important his focus on character was—it made the movie   something different and special. His view of the world was open, warm, animated and energetic. “Jonathan was going through a bit of a nightmare during filming — a studio and a star wanted him to reshoot parts of a big budget film he’d just finished called   Swing Shift,” Byrne wrote. The fiction films, the music films and the docs are all filled with so much passion and love. That love surfaces and is manifest over and over throughout his career. Jonathan was also a huge music fan—that’s obvious in his films too—many of which are jam-packed with songs by the often obscure artists he loved. Stop Making Sense   was character driven too. Jonathan helped me as I was developing   True Stories, I wrote a song for his film   Something Wild, a score for   Married to the Mob   and we made a test sequence for a never completed documentary featuring   Robert Farris Thompson   called   Rule of the Cool. From those movies alone, one could sense his love of ordinary people. He was dealing with that in the day and shooting our low budget movie at night. I met Jonathan in the ‘80s when Talking Heads were touring a show that he would eventually film and turn into   Stop Making Sense.

Gorillaz almost broke up in 2012 — here’s why they didn’t

When you’re collaborating with so many artists, are you a host? I hope you still hold on to those. I’m pretty clear about what I want, but after that, it’s completely up to them how they interpret it, as long as I get the stuff within my bigger narrative. No, she’s not.” But she truly does have magic in her soul. Show Full Article Because if we were going to call the record Humanz, I had to. I’m out-of-tune drunk, and I wrecked it. As the virtual-band superstars prepare to release their fifth studio album, Humanz, the group’s co-mastermind Damon Albarn, 49, discusses the challenges of holograms, guest wrangling, and drinking on the job. It’s like a marriage, these creative partnerships. What changed? And obviously, I’ll make sure I’ve got a fantastic hologram. She’s really naughty but really lovely. Give me a Grace Jones story. I wanted to work with some matriarchs. The cartoons can go on forever, and the concept of music-making is just collaboration, really. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In 2012, you said Gorillaz might be done. A ringmaster? I suppose the one thing I do know is when it’s not right. A wrangler? Locating Grace is the beginning of the challenge. In a way, you could call me the architect. I wish. You’re known for recruiting amazingly eclectic guests, but Humanz has more female artists than usual: Carly Simon, Mavis Staples, Grace Jones…
I wanted it to be more balanced. And we just sort of found all the bits of the porcelain vase we’d smashed on the floor and stuck it all back together. But luckily, our kids have grown up together, so we didn’t lose contact completely. The darkest, greatest thing in my vault is a 4 a.m. duet between myself and Erykah Badu. At some point I’d like to pass on Gorillaz to another generation. Humanz   arrives Friday, April 28. Pinning down a day she could come to the studio took about four months, with lots of false alarms: “Grace is coming! DAMON ALBARN:   Oh, we think that every time. A version of this story appeared in the latest version of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now or available here. Don’t forget to   subscribe   for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. The technology is still not there, and it’s a ways off. [Laughs] Jamie [Hewlett] fell in love with a French girl and moved to Paris, and I was terribly hurt I’d lost my friend. I love being surprised by the direction people take. On the last record, we had people like Bobby Womack and Ibrahim Ferrer and Ike Turner who, musically, are patriarchs. Will you be sending your hologram alter egos out on tour?

‘Great News’: How Tracey Wigfield made her own mark after ’30 Rock’

Not super religious, but I went to Catholic school from kindergarten to college…so, wait, I guess that’s religious, now that I think about it. And I also got very close to Mindy. I know on The Mindy Project, I wrote the episode that introduced the character of Danny Castellano’s mom, who’s played by Rhea Perlman. Did you ever meet him? And we shot the whole show before the election. My dad hasn’t seen all of the episodes, but I asked him a couple times, “You’re not offended, right? So I was thinking about, well, what do I know? It was so funny and I loved the dovetails of it and how everything connected and it was just so satisfying to watch. Like with Tina, I think it was just even subconsciously good for me to work for so long on shows where the boss was a woman who was really competent and good. Experiences inform writing — hardly a groundbreaking truth — but Wigfield is frank and fond   in her recollections of the important moments that led to Great News, and while certain touchstones ring familiar — home movie hobbies, or distant admiration of Seinfeld and SNL   — others are wholly unique to Wigfield and have helped amplify her voice as one of comedy’s most exciting new ones. What’s your message?” And the thing that’s a little interesting is, when I first pitched this idea to Robert and Tina, it was like two years ago. One of the first times, when I was first getting my bearings doing that…Tina was in the room, and I had some joke about brown M&Ms and I kept going back and forth in my head like, “Do you say it? I feel like there was a time I could have. It couldn’t have been a more different workplace to examine two years ago. We hit on it a little bit in the Chuck and Portia relationship and their points of view about where the news is headed. What was your VHS masterpiece? What are you being asked the most about this? That’s the truth. I just think there’s so much to say. When I pitched this show, that was the comedy I was planning on mining from it. I think he thinks it’s funny. My best friend from when I was little, my friend Renata and I, used to make comedy videos, and this was way before YouTube. She’s this very Catholic, Staten Island woman who’s easily offended and makes Mindy come over to have a guilt dinner where she just talks to her crucifix the whole time about how bad Mindy is. You’re in the NBC family. She has no filter, she has no sense of boundaries. As the boss now, do you have a soft spot for   people   rising up the way you did? I was obviously a huge fan of hers, and I was so scared of her when I first started. It was talking about how pre-Trump, CNN was floundering a little bit and running three weeks of reporting on the Malaysian plane crash and Don Lemon was interviewing a llama on primetime. A hardcore Tina Fey fan, on the other hand, recognizes the comic inheritance of   Fey’s protégées — namely, writers like 33-year-old Tracey Wigfield, who steps into her own as creator of her first solo   sitcom, NBC’s Great News. My dad would have to be in it, and my sister would have to be a boy in a wig. This might be an over-said answer, but Seinfeld. I knew people and I knew when they were doing auditions to be a cast member, and I feel like there were times when I was actually like, “Oh, maybe!” But I got in on 30 Rock so early, and… I don’t know, maybe I was just chicken and didn’t want to stay up all night. Obviously, she’s incredibly nice and I’m sure she forgot about it, but I remember it to this day and I’m still trying to make her proud. You don’t want a rotten apple. It’s that same comedic sensibility that Wigfield now brings to her first original series, an idiosyncratic sitcom   about an aspiring news producer (Briga Heelan) disarmed by her mother’s decision to intern at the network. As an assistant, your job is to type notes of the jokes people are saying, but if you have a good joke, you can pitch it, and that was how I eventually got hired. Our most ambitious one was a parody of Sense & Sensibility called Stupid & Stupidity. I wanted a room of people who were real collaborators and really funny obviously but also really interested in building episodes together. With girls coming up, I think you just have an affinity for helping them, because there are still less women doing this than men. Had you ever written her into a sketch before, or was this the first time you put her on paper? So I think experiences like that are very helpful to get your eye on the prize. Yeah. [Laughs] To answer your question, everyone thinks their mom is funny and their family is funny, but I guess I just started noticing other people thought she was funny, too. In fact, a couple of years ago, Tina and her family were going on vacation to Disney World, and I don’t know how it came about — I’m sure my mom was like, “Ooh, you’re going to Disney World” and Tina was like, “Yeah, you should come, Kathy” — and then, like, we actually went with them. It was almost emotional sometimes, to watch this guy who’s a legend do a tour de force in comedy every single night. She was a different kind of character but I had a lot of fun writing that, so that was another thing where I was like, “Oh, if I had my own show, this would maybe be at the center.”
Were you raised religious? Especially in a writers’ room. And the fact that it’s about her, I think she thinks is flattering and she’s excited about it. I’m sure you feel the same way, but every job you take, you take something from it, even if it’s a bad experience. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the shift for you between growing up enjoying your mother’s personality, and looking at her through the lens of writer and thinking,   ‘Oh, she could actually be a TV character?’
TRACEY WIGFIELD:   I’ve always thought she was really funny, and I’ve always felt funny when telling stories about her. You had done an internship at CNN prior to Letterman. What would she do in this situation?” I was a little worried about my dad because his real name is Dave [like the character in the show] and he is a wonderful man. Like, we loved doing that. I got more experience editing, being on set, going to production meetings, pitching episodes to the network. And my mom just seemed like kind of a perfect pre-made character. My mom’s Italian and I was raised Catholic. If you were the highest level page, you got to give a speech about telling people to turn off their cell phones. Her personality cracks me up. Or men. Did you read that New York Times   Magazine article   the other day? [Laughs] No, but I remember more times when I didn’t. In Los Angeles, she rose   to co-executive producer on The Mindy Project, furthering   the experience of writing the adventures of fearless, funny   women and the eccentric ensembles that surround them. Leaping ahead a decade, what was your first formative career touchstone after college? On Mindy, I got that experience. [Laughs] That was always really hard. She rolls with things. ET on NBC. Even now, I’m working with the same people who gave me my first shot, and now they’re supporting me in this very different way on Great News. That was the thing you aspired to. As a kid, I remember there was something about Seinfeld that just felt like such pure comedy. Tina Fey brought my mother and sister and I with her on her family vacation. In joining and helping launch   The Mindy Project, how different was your headspace   as opposed to starting at   30 Rock? He’s supported my sister and me and my mom our whole lives, and he’s just the sweetest, smartest guy. That’s me living my truth. Literally, never. Show Full Article A Tina Fey fan is a fan of Tina Fey, and that’s perfectly fine. And I picked it because it’s why a lot of people pitch television shows at news stations — it’s high stakes and it’s exciting and the work they’re doing matters and I wanted an aspirational job for Carol to aspire to. Great News airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Especially women writers’ assistants. That show appealed to me in a specific way. But I was also excited to kind of talk about cable news and I felt like there was comedy to mine there. It seems like this was very much a big “nope” to ever going back there. Will Ferrell and Tina were like right in the sweet spot when I was like 13 and really getting into comedy. He does that run through the studio… one of my jobs as a page was to, like, guard a door and make sure no one came through it when he was doing his run. I have to ask about current events, the ‘fake news’ of it all. Don’t say it, it’s not funny. I got that job and it felt huge at the time, but it really has been, even to this moment, the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me. She’s someone that you could be like, “Wait, what’s that thing mom always said? What do you recall of your Letterman page days? When you told your mom the show was happening, was there anything off limits? My sister is a writer on the show, so that was really helpful having her there. She loves Hollywood and entertainment and would come visit 30 Rock sometimes, and everyone there got a kick out of her. I was about to turn 24 and I had given my résumé in at 30 Rock, because my boss called in a recommendation for me. It was really ambitious but I think that one came out really good. So there’s no Trump jokes or anything, and somewhat by design. And when the show ended, I was a producer but I wasn’t one of the people in charge. Whatever Twitter is to budding comedians right now, what tool did   young Tracey use   that helped you explore comedy? When we were like 11 or 12 years old, we had a little Sony camcorder and we would make sketches, basically, and be super dedicated to it. And since this is my first time developing a show, it’s not like I have a giant array of life experiences from which I could draw. We would write these scripts and act in them and make our parents watch them over and over again. You know I love you and think you’re a perfect father.” But he has a good sense of humor. Ten years later, I feel like I’m not at the end of that story but in a new chapter of it. I remember saving money to buy a wig. You should say it.” And then finally I said it and no one laughed and Tina said, “Oh yeah, I said that, two minutes ago.” So it was both a) not a funny joke, and b) I was clearly not paying attention and doing my job typing up what she was saying. I had just gotten out of college a year or so before, and I worked as a page at David Letterman and as a PA on another show that got canceled. God, I remember it so vividly. Was SNL ever an option for you? Yeah. It’s not going to be like John Oliver, skewering politics. Maybe it’s just being older but she just rolls with things in a way that I don’t know if a lot of people would. It was a less loaded workplace than it is where we’re standing now. And I also loved SNL, always. The show will always be about the characters and the dynamic between them. I was poor, taking the bus in from my parents’ house, and it wasn’t glamorous. At   30 Rock, I was starting knowing nothing. Not running a show, but maybe being a person or two under the person running the show. It would have been a disappointment if I hadn’t. I hope he does! Wigfield began her tenure on 30 Rock as a green assistant with no credit to her name, and ended the show’s run years later with an Emmy in hand, having co-written the series finale with Fey. And in a way, it’s really cool how that’s basically what my job turned out to be. I was mortified. Also, men do that kind of   cronyism all the time, so I feel like I’m allowed   a little bit of cronyism like that. It inspired me to be like, “Oh my gosh, this is what I want to do and it doesn’t matter how hard it is or how long it takes to get there.” I think it’s good to have experiences like that, because so much in the first years of your career being a comedy writer or an actor or a director is just like, demoralizing. And not that any of mine were, but I think the thing that was most impactful to me when I was working at Letterman was the aspirational dreaminess of working in entertainment. What do I like talking about? All these other skills that they didn’t trust me with on 30 Rock, I got to do on Mindy. She’s a good friend of mine. So I’ve seen him run by me, but we never interacted. ET), Wigfield revisits the   benchmarks of her career, which seems to be reaching new heights   and simultaneously just getting started. A huge game-changer in my life was getting hired as an assistant at 30 Rock. It was comedy done like math, in a way. Yeah. As Great News heads to air (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. But every day at 3:30, you get to stand in the back of this auditorium and watch David Letterman do a whole show. Do you remember the first time you made Tina laugh out loud? Not at UCB, necessarily, or even in college. Your job sucked and you made $10 an hour and I think you’re only allowed to work, like, 20 hours a week. [Laughs] Like, the special thing I have to give to the world is that I’m funny, and I like to write funny things, so I think Letterman sort of crystallized that. A lot of people are asking, “So, in 2017, you chose to set a television show at a cable news station. As a kid, what TV show spoke to you on your most creative level? I wasn’t in the military or, like, used to work on an oil rig. But it never felt like a better deal than what I had, just because I loved working at 30 Rock. What about your sister and dad? I’d love to do more stuff about that. When you’re a female showrunner, I think it’s a priority for you to make things as equal as possible in your own small, little way. And how he’s portrayed on the show is more just a joke about how he’s treated by Carol and his daughter, that he sort of just does all the housework and makes all the money and drives them everywhere, which I think is something that certainly my dad has felt throughout the years, and something I also think any dad in a house full of women just becomes resigned to. My job was so bad — I was paid $10 an hour. Nothing. Running errands and getting treated like garbage. But I do hope, if we got a second season, I think it’ll give even more opportunities to talk about missed jokes about the state of the news and current events and stuff. I had never written at all, but I was a big fan of Tina and I was learning everything about how to write jokes and craft episodes, like it was my graduate school in comedy writing. Nope. What kind of writers’ room   did you want to assemble? In a weird way, she was like, weirdly not phased by it. What do I think is funny? That had a little bit of [my mom] but she’s a different character. It was very important that I not, and you can’t always guard against this, but that I not hire any assholes. I think for a lot of moms who deeply believe in their children more than they believe in themselves, it’s not surprising to her that I am making a TV show and she kind of always thought I would. That’s not how it’s built. It was a period piece, which was very hard because we didn’t have access to the costumes we felt like we needed. It’s really cool and gratifying that Tina and Robert [Carlock] took this chance on me when I never had a job before, and when do you ever get an opportunity to… not pay back, but sort of make them proud in this way? I was raised Catholic. It’s funny — a lot of the people I’ve talked to who have seen the show always say, “Oh my God, you wrote a show about my mom.” It seems to fall along, like, Jewish, Catholic, Italian lines. That feels loaded! While it’s no secret who serves as the inspiration for Andrea Martin’s overreaching maternal figure, it’s also no fluke of creative imagination that Wigfield drew heavily from her own life.

Karen Gillan says Nebula was originally going to die in first ‘Guardians’

2, which also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Kurt Russell, flies into theaters on May 5. “I thought, ‘Okay, so that’s going to be it for her,’ at one point. “There was a point where Nebula actually died in the first movie,” the actress said. Karen Gillan is poised to become a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her upcoming appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. I definitely didn’t expect that.”

Last seen escaping after a defeat at the hands of her sister Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula, the adopted daughter of Thanos (Josh Brolin), was a blue thorn in the side of the rag-tag Guardians team in director James Gunn’s 2015 superhero film. That was amazing! In an interview with ScreenCrush, Gillan revealed her character was originally going to be killed off in Guardians of the Galaxy, only to be saved before filming her death scene. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Then suddenly they rewrote her ending   —   and then they rewrote it again, and I was like, ‘Oh, okay. Show Full Article 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, but   the story of Nebula was almost cut deadly short. What’s going on?’ I was really shocked when I got to come back and as part of the team in the next movie.

Elisabeth Moss on the relevance of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’: ‘I wish it was sci-fi’

The remaining seven will be released weekly on Wednesdays. Moss’ position as a producer allowed her to advocate for acclaimed cinematographer Reed Morano (Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Frozen River) to come aboard to create the look of the series and to direct the first three episodes. “The material is more personal to me than anything else I’ve ever done because of the parallel paths that I have to walk,” Moss said during a recent interview on Entertainment Weekly Radio (Sirius XM, Channel 105). The series, starring Mad Men alum Elisabeth Moss, takes place in the near-future when the United States has been replaced by Gilead, an autocratic theocracy run by religious fundamentalists who have obliterated women’s rights (no jobs, no wages) and turned the few fertile women left into handmaids who are forced to bear children for the ruling class. Here is Moss discussing that decision:

The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are available on Hulu now. “And it is a quiet, slow burn, and when you look around and you see things like women’s reproductive rights being infringed upon, like the right to protest, journalists’ access, truth in journalism. The themes especially resonate today given the current political battles over reproductive rights and women’s equality. Show Full Article When you see these things being infringed upon and rights being creepily, slowly stripped away, that’s the time before Gilead. “For me, as a woman who is a card-carrying feminist, these are all issues and things that are really important to me… I wish this was a fantasy; I wish it was sci-fi.”
“Margaret Atwood talks about that in order for a regime to take over, in order for there to be a coup, a lot of the elements of that new regime have to already be in place,” Moss continued. Hulu’s new drama series, The Handmaid’s Tale, is about to hit really close to home… and that may seem unlikely since it’s based the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood first published 32 years ago. It’s important that we all do look up from our phones and take notice.”
Hear more of Moss’ thoughts on the show’s timeliness, which was in the middle of production when Donald Trump was elected president:

Moss also served as one of the series’ producers, a role she says gave her much greater ownership of the entire series, which is being led by showrunner Bruce Miller (The 100).

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ hits a ‘little close’ to home

New episodes are available every Wednesday. Shaw was quick to give   “a shoutout to Hulu, because a majority of these episodes were directed by women,” as   it’s no secret that men have a general monopoly on directors’ chairs. It’s just like every detail is just pored over   … it’s very unnerving to sit there and watch it.”
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Shaw admitted she worries people might avoid the series given current events in this country, saying, “It’s a   little close.”
Touré agreed, adding   that, despite the novel turning 32, “It seems more present than ever.” Though he conceded that the “historical ball has bounced toward them in their favor,” Touré   maintained “this story would still be so gripping and so powerful” even if we were watching from a different vantage point. Bingeworthy   hosts   Jessica Shaw and Touré can’t stop gushing over   Hulu’s newest original series,   The Handmaid’s Tale, an   adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s   dystopian classic of the same name. She   also highlighted that much of the show’s creepiness is in the details, saying, “I read they spent four months trying to find the right shade of red for the handmaids. Go to   PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices. To catch the entire   discussion on The Handmaid’s Tale, check out the full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Show Full Article The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale   are now available on Hulu.

Is Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ as good as the movie that inspired it?

The hosts set out to decide if   Netflix’s new show Dear White People   does justice to the original 2014   movie, written and directed by Justin Simien. The film and new series follow biracial college student   Samantha White (Logan Browning) as she   uses her radio show to address racial tensions on the campus of her   predominantly white Ivy League school. Catch this full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) at   PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. She soon finds herself becoming a spokesperson   for black   student groups. On this week’s   Bingeworthy, hosts Jessica Shaw and Touré answer that age-old question: Is the TV show as good as the source material? “In the first episode — if you’re familiar with the movie — you’re sort of seeing him [Simien] show you, here’s how I’m going to do that dance in this Netflix, 30-minutes context. RELATED:   10 Best (and 5 Worst) Movie-Inspired TV Shows
“It does a really great job of making each episode about a character,” begins Touré. The movie was so great and it was such a great moment in modern cinema and this just borrows from that so nicely.” Touré adds that he was afraid that, having been extracted from such a recent movie, the TV show might feel too close. However, he was relieved to discover that by putting the series in the hands of the same director, the Netflix series really just became an extension of the world viewers were already familiar with and invested in. Show Full Article “So it’s an individualized character study of this group dynamic. As it goes on throughout the season it expands beyond the scope of the original movie.”
Watch the full clip above and stream Dear White People when the full first season becomes available on Netflix on April 28. RELATED:   Watch the first trailer for Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’
“It’s sort of the core of the movie distilled into 30 minutes,” continues Touré.

Jonathan Demme: Where to stream his most famous movies

The film’s blockbuster success (earning more than $272 million at the box office) eventually   spawned a slew of sequels and spin-offs over the following years, albeit without Demme’s participation. Demme was active up until the very end; his latest documentary,   Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, debuted on Netflix this year, and he recently directed an episode of Fox’s   Shots Fired. Jonathan Demme died at the age of 73 this week, leaving behind a deep, eclectic body of work. He made horror (The Silence of the Lambs), drama (Rachel Getting Married), comedy (Married to the Mob), music   documentaries (Stop Making Sense), and everything in between. Hilarity and slapstick ensue as Angela tries to disentangle herself from all her crazy connections. His final entry in the genre came in 2016 in the form of a Netflix-exclusive concert film made from the last stop on Timberlake’s   The 20/20 Experience World Tour. The film director’s career spanned almost five decades, during which he dabbled in a wide range of genres. Show Full Article In an interview about the film with EW, Demme said he reached out to Timberlake after loving his performance in   The Social Network, and Timberlake said   Stop Making Sense   “changed the way I view a live experience.”
Available to stream on Netflix. Real-life rock star Rick Springfield appears as her bandmate and boyfriend. Demme’s filmography offers a wide variety of options for remembering and celebrating his work in the wake of his passing. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids   (2016)

Some of Demme’s most acclaimed work came in music documentaries. Available to stream on Starz. Rachel Getting Married (2008)

This movie actually focuses not on the titular Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), but rather on her black sheep sister Kym (Anne Hathaway). The most famous is arguably the 1984 Talking Heads concert film   Stop Making Sense, but Demme also filmed several with Neil Young over the years. Available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation Store, and Microsoft. Available to rent on Netflix’s DVD service,   iTunes,   YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Fandango Now, Microsoft, and basically wherever movies are sold. Ricki and the Flash (2015)

Demme’s final dramedy   film featured Meryl Streep as an aging rock musician who tries to reconnect with the family she abandoned to pursue stardom. Married to the Mob (1988)

This madcap comedy featured Michelle Pfeiffer as Angela de Marco, the wife of a Mafia up-and-comer (Alec Baldwin) who soon finds herself caught between a love-struck FBI agent (Matthew Modine), her husband’s angry boss (Dean Stockwell), and the boss’ wife (Mercedes Ruehl). Philadelphia (1993)

For his follow-up to   The Silence of the Lambs, Demme went in a wildly different direction, trading the horrors of cannibalism for the horrors of bigotry. The film earned Hanks his first Academy Award for Best Actor. Released from rehab for a few days to attend her sister’s wedding, Kym’s troubled past nevertheless makes the occasion tense. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Perhaps Demme’s single most famous film, this adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel introduced Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to the public consciousness and scooped up Oscars for Hopkins, Jodie Foster, and Demme (among others). Tom Hanks stars as lawyer Andrew   Beckett, who sues his firm for firing him over his AIDS diagnosis, while Denzel Washington plays Joe Miller, the homophobic lawyer who nevertheless takes Beckett’s case. Below, check out a sample list of some of Demme’s most famous films and where to find them online. Available to stream on Starz. Available for rent on iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. Available to rent on Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft, and PlayStation Store.

Al Gore on ‘An Inconvenient Sequel,’ embracing cinéma vérité, and Trump

Yes. After a while, you live with these people for two years, you kind of forget they’re there. That has changed the dynamics of this issue dramatically. They flew a balloon over your house? What was it this time? That’s a very confessional thing to say. Could you see him   changing his position? To read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is being released to theaters by Paramount Pictures on July 28. I love this one   but it’s a bit early to be thinking about   doing a third. Well, yeah. Yeah [laughs]. [Director]   Davis Guggenheim certainly proved me wrong. And where the Senate is concerned, there are about ten Republican senators who are considering changing positions on this issue. “But I was reluctant,” Gore says from his home in Nashville, “because we’d already presented the basic science.” That film was based on a PowerPoint presentation that Gore had presented (and still does) around the world about on the growing dangers of climate change. Just last week a million acres burned up in the Southern High Plains, thousands of cattle burned up. They followed me around all over the world for two years, and it’s more of a cinéma vérité movie. Well, I was wrong, of course,   in   not fully appreciating the impressive skill of [directors] Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. The   sequel   is   a very different kind of movie. Is it too early to think about another film in this series? It was part of a gimmick that they used in a number of locations, but my house was the one that they picked here in Tennessee. That would be enough for a working majority in the Senate as well. Honestly, I was astonished when I saw that in the film. You know, just being open and candid about it is the most natural way to proceed. Honestly when I saw the first cut I was astonished at a lot of the stuff that they got that I had really not even realized they were filming. The current administration seems hell-bent on pulling out of the Paris Agreement and eliminating EPA programs. They say they are considering it   but   I’ll believe it when I see it. So it’s a shame that the current administration is trying to slow down the progress because they are beholden to the large carbon polluters. Well, I’m aware of the deniers. My staff puts together a daily summary of all the climate news stories around the world. You look at what’s going on in Peru right now. People with even one ear paying attention to the media over the last decade have certainly heard a lot of fire trained on me. It hasn’t crossed that threshold everywhere yet but it’s in the process of doing so. That wasn’t really the source of my reluctance this time around. EW talked to the 69-year-old Democratic Party lion and Nobel Peace Prize laureate about his experience of making the film and the potential rough waters that lie ahead. It’s just human nature to stop being constantly aware of it. Absolutely. Absolutely, the 9/11 Memorial site. AL GORE:   Goebbels, yeah. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This film opens with shots of melting icebergs matched to the voices of commentators calling you everything from a con man to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. And that’s also a sign of the continued changes in public opinion, right? Every night on the television news now is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. But we’re still in a moment that’s pregnant with the possibility for great change. I mean, I could do a different slideshow every day just based on the last 24 or 48 hours of climate related extreme weather events. We’re not there yet in either chamber, but we will be. It’s a shame. In this film you mention that your most ridiculed claim in Truth   [see video below] was regarding a computer simulation depicting the flooding of lower Manhattan. There are now 30 Republican representatives who have changed positions on this issue, up from 17 last year. Just in the last six months we’ve seen the contract price for solar electricity come down. Oh, that was fun. With the right kinds of policies we could move even faster on these issues. Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk proposed following Gore around the world for two years — and the idea clicked. There are going to be a lot more like him. Former Vice President Al Gore has faced dilemmas much greater than whether to make a sequel to his Oscar-winning 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. That dam may break soon. We’re not that far from having a working majority in the House and the Senate — if not before the 2018 elections, then right after. But certainly the style of movie making that Jon and Bonni have perfected, it invites more of that. You have a warm meeting in the film with a man   named Dale Ross, the right-wing Republican mayor of Georgetown, Texas. In one of those incredibly candid scenes, we see you comforting a heartbroken man who survived the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines. That’s even on an unsubsidized basis, it’s cheaper than electricity from burning coal or gas or oil. You say in the film that when there are setbacks in the movement, you can’t help but experience those as personal failures. I feel silly going through that now because I really love what the directors have done, but   a   decade ago I didn’t think it made sense to try to make a slideshow into a movie. Absolutely. I don’t know. Will   Trump consider reaching out to Democrats? And I’ve developed a thick skin, for sure. And now, there were some moments in the first movie where Davis Guggenheim did extensive audio interviews, sometimes the sessions would last many hours, and there were certainly times in that where I had to dig deep and just lay it all out there. Just two weeks ago a congressman named Darrell Issa   in San Diego switched sides. It’s a very raw moment. You met with Donald Trump shortly   after the election. And some of these carbon polluters say, “Oh, there’s no problem.” Ridiculous. One of the new realities about the climate crisis that has emerged in the last ten years is that the cost reduction curves for solar and wind and batteries and all kinds of efficiency improvements has reached the point where, in a growing number of locations, renewable electricity is now significantly cheaper. I’ve met so many people with burdens on their hearts that are just impossible to imagine. And I’m completely convinced we’re going to win this. The result is a film that’s slim on slide shows but more challenging than its predecessor, especially in its complex portrait of Gore as a savvy ambassador. During the production of the first movie he won me over to the idea that it had a lot of potential for creating a change in public attitude. And he makes me optimistic. There’s no point in not opening up when you’re as deeply involved in something like this as I have been for decades now. It sounds incredible, but I wasn’t aware of the camera’s presence. What was that like? And since then we’ve seen Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when it did flood. The [archconservative billionaire] Koch brothers paid to fly a hot-air balloon over my house. His city is at the forefront of alternative energy. Do you read all your critics? Is it true that you were not only wary about doing this sequel, but you were also wary 10   years   ago about making   the original Inconvenient   Truth? Yeah, that’s true. Gosh, I’d forgotten about that. You know, I’ve gotta   keep my perfect record. The issue is so difficult because of the complexity and it challenges the moral imagination with the scale and size and how high the stakes are. Show Full Article He was put under pressure in town hall meetings and is facing an opponent next year who is making this an issue, and he switched sides. So you are optimistic? We’re not there yet. Don’t forget to   subscribe   for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. They spend a lot of money, along with some of the other deniers, in trying to fool people into thinking that there’s nothing to see here, move along. Yes. Absolutely. And you’ll probably think it’s not a great idea when the idea   comes around.

Haim and Katy Perry announced as upcoming musical guests on ‘SNL’

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Four years after the release of their last single, the Haim sisters were back teasing new music   last week with a short trailer featuring Danielle bashing on some drums in a recording booth. Perry will perform a week later on the season finale, hosted   by   Dwayne Johnson. Haim will join host, and   Sean Spicer-impersonator, Melissa McCarthy   for the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated actress’ fifth time hosting the late-night show in less than six years. MT, and 8:30 PT on NBC. The band also shared the SNL news and their excitement on Twitter, saying, “WE’RE PLAYING SNL AGAIN HOLY S—.”

— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) April 26, 2017

Perry also seems set to release new music after the success of her single “Chained to the Rhythm” in February. The singer has been frequently using a cherry pie emoji as of late, apparently alluding to an   upcoming project. ET, 10:30 p.m. It was previously announced that LCD Soundsystem will appear on the May 6   episode hosted by Chris Pine. Show Full Article CT, 9:30 p.m. SNL is finalizing plans for the end of its 42nd season, announcing Wednesday via Twitter that Haim and Katy Perry will be the final musical guests, performing, respectively, on May 13 and May 20. All three episodes will air live across the country at   11:30 p.m. Happy May!

See Ne-Yo gyrate in a red codpiece in ‘Lip Sync Battle’ clip

The singer is the next star to storm   the Lip Sync Battle stage, where he performs an ode to Larry Blackmon (frontman of funk and R&B group Cameo) complete with his signature red codpiece. Judging from the preview clip above, Ne-Yo is bringing the   slick and sweet-as-“Candy” dance moves as he glides across the stage and gyrates in a killer wig. Ne-Yo   wants to know if you can feel it too. The actor dons a blond wig, red lipstick, and, of course, a cone bra corset for a rendition of   “Vogue.”
Watch the clip above and don’t miss the epic showdown when   this new battle   airs Thursday at 10 p.m. RELATED: The 22 Worst Reality TV Shows of All   Time

While Ne-Yo gets groovy as Blackmon, Diggs takes on another iconic performer: the one and only Madonna. It certainly has co-host Chrissy Teigen bopping to the beat, suggesting Ne-Yo will give competitor Taye Diggs a run for his money in the upcoming episode of the Spike TV show. ET on Spike. Show Full Article

Charlize Theron breaks down her steamy love affair in ‘Atomic Blonde’

“It’s really hard. Apart from the much-buzzed-about action sequences, one of the highlights of this summer’s ’80s punk spy thriller,   Atomic Blonde,   is the steamy love affair Charlize Theron’s British spy, Lorraine Broughton, has with French agent Sandrine, played with mysterious allure by Kingsman   standout   (and upcoming Mummy)   Sofia Boutella. “Why is it that James Bond can sleep with every girl in every movie and nobody says, ‘Wow, he’s not in love with them?’ Am I the only person who — long, long ago before I had children — had a one-night stand with somebody from a club? Nobody else has done that before?”
But director David Leitch says the visually stunning sex scenes weren’t for shock value, but rather to illustrate the sacrifices Lorraine has made for her profession. “It was more about if you are a spy you will do whatever it takes to get information. Don’t forget to   subscribe   for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. The tryst isn’t in the graphic novel the film is based on, Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s   The Coldest City   — rather, it was created by the film’s screenwriter, Kurt Johnstad (300), who conceived of it sitting in Theron’s office during one of the many development meetings the star had with Johnstad and Theron’s producing partner, Beth Kono. Show Full Article “I remember sitting in a room one day thinking about how do you make this different from other spy movies,” Theron says. “It wasn’t about being provocative,” he says. “It’s unexpected. It’s refreshing. Everybody says you can’t do that — which is such bullsh–,” Theron says. Those moments of real [connection] are so few and far between; she even questions whether or not they are real. And when you are a character like Lorraine, she will find her intimacies and her friendships in small doses, with anyone she can. Who is going to be the love interest? You sort of find comfort where you get it.”
Atomic Blonde opens nationwide on July 28. Kurt, who’s a punk rock writer, suggested she falls in love with a woman.”

The idea thrilled Theron and Kono, who appreciated the idea, both for its unpredictability and for the statement it makes. Everything is about survival and getting the mission done. To read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here.

Charles Barkley tackles discrimination in new trailer for TNT’s ‘American Race’

Executive-produced by Barkley, Lee Kyle Gaither, Marc Perman, and Dan Partland,   American Race will air over two consecutive nights, May 11 and May 12, from 9 p.m. We’re gonna talk about religion. to 11 p.m. TNT will preview the first episode after the NBA Playoffs on Sunday, May 7 at 11:30 p.m., and subscribers will be able to watch all four episodes via VOD and the TNT app starting May 8. By meeting   with a diverse group of Americans, Barkley   will explore race from a few   different perspectives — police and race relations, Muslims in America, and immigration issues — in the hopes of sparking a meaningful conversation and finding potential solutions. “Yes…but what else is new?” responds Ice Cube matter-of-factly. “Do you think Hollywood is racist?” Barkley asks Ice Cube in the promo. ET. Show Full Article RELATED: 27 Outspoken Celebrity Feminists

The series, previously titled Race Card, will also turn its attention to   Hollywood stereotyping, which is teased with an appearance by Ice Cube in the trailer. Charles Barkley is diving   into “the most divisive issue in America” in a new TNT docu-series. We’re gonna start a dialogue,” Barkley promises in the trailer TNT released Wednesday. Watch the trailer above. However, you won’t have to wait that long to watch the series. In   American Race, a four-part series premiering in May, Barkley travels   across the U.S. “We’re gonna talk about race, stereotypes. to explore the issue of race from a variety of perspectives.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ Doritos to release chip bag that plays soundtrack

Billboard   200 chart. “The soundtrack to the first Guardians of the Galaxy film was a hit and became immensely popular with music fans, so we wanted to create a unique way for fans to experience the second installment,” said Ryan Matiyow, senior director of marketing at Frito-Lay North America. Doritos will play an important role in introducing the latest Marvel film’s soundtrack to the galaxy: it will be available as part of custom Doritos bags that feature a retro cassette tape player, inspired by Peter Quill’s Walkman in the films. Awesome Mix Volume 2,   releases in more stereotypical formats like digital downloads and physical CDs. 2   soundtrack is all that and a bag of chips. The custom bags are part of a larger collaboration between Frito-Lay and Marvel Studio that features   Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. The   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. The custom bags will be for sale on Amazon.com/Doritos and play a role in special “Rock Out Loud” events in New York and Los Angeles. Starting on Friday, April 28, fans can listen to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison, and Sam Cooke (and a new rap featuring David Hasselhoff!) out of a bag of chips. Show Full Article The limited edition bags drop the same day as the soundtrack, a.k.a. The   soundtrack   is nearly as hotly anticipated as the film itself. When released in July 2014, the original became the only soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to hit No.1 on the U.S. “This collaboration across entertainment and music will give fans a new and different way to experience both the soundtrack and Doritos snacks.”
So if you’ve been thinking, “I love my Doritos, but I really wish the packaging could play some awesome tunes,” your prayers have been answered. 2   branding on a variety of Doritos packaging in advance of the movie’s May 5th release date. Director James Gunn told EW that coming up with the songs for the sequel was intimidating given the unprecedented success of the first soundtrack.

‘Alien: Covenant’ prologue reveals Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw

In this rather intriguing clip, we learn what exactly happened after we left Dr. “To have that   and   the action, the humor, the character relationships and then these real questions about life and the origins of life and what happens in the afterlife if there is an afterlife? RELATED VIDEO: Ridley Scott reveals his original ending for   Alien

“I put [director Ridley Scott] in the class of master filmmaker because he manages to do everything that’s entertaining—which is one of the hardest things to do,” Fassbender told EW recently. We see how David got a body again (sort of seems like hooking up a more complicated VCR) and how the pair set off to meet their makers. Show Full Article It makes it pretty special.”
How this all folds into the events of   Covenant   is yet to be seen. Hurry up, May 19! Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) — or rather, the decapitated head of android David — after they escaped at the end of   2012’s   Prometheus. Is there a better way to celebrate Alien Day than with a brand new and tantalizing prologue before Alien: Covenant   hits theaters next month? We didn’t think so.

Here’s how much money you’d need to be Iron Man

A new video from Coinage, Time Inc.’s personal finance video company, breaks down the big price tag of putting on the red and gold suit. RELATED:   Here’s how much money you’d need to be Batman
Even without the finer points of Tony Stark’s lavish lifestyle, it would cost approximately $8.4 billion per year to be Iron Man. Watch the video above for the breakdown of the Avenger’s most basic expenses. It takes that kind of net worth to even think about becoming his superhero alter ego, Iron Man. Philanthropist. Tony Stark’s expenses include his $117.2 million Malibu mansion, his essential $36 million life-saving arc reactor, a range of eight suits — which cost about $7 billion ($10-15 million of that on each suit is just for the gold titanium exterior) — and the $10-30 million cost of the system Stark has named J.A.R.V.I.S. Billionaire. Tony Stark wasn’t kidding about the billionaire part. While Stark’s cocky sense of humor may be free, his heroism costs a pretty penny. Playboy. Genius. Show Full Article

Meet the ‘Lumberjanes’ parents! Writers tease what’s next

But as the exclusive pages below show, that’s not all they’ll experience during their time at the camp. I wanted her to go creepy, and she does a really good job of that. About the other parents at camp, how will the girls be handling them as well as the supernatural stuff? Was there any template you looked at when coming up with her character? By virtue of having the parents there, we instantly have more adults at camp than we normally do. Boom Studios
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Show Full Article And we had been waiting, honestly since the beginning of the series, to explore Molly’s relationship with her family. It’s been fun to explore all the different ways that preteens, especially, interact with their parents because they’re almost teenagers, some of them. How do you balance that while still keeping the girls’ wild energy and fun-loving spirit? Can you imagine having a single-issue original comic book running for almost four years? With this being the fourth year of Lumberjanes what are you proudest of having accomplished? Boom Studios
And Ripley’s Abuela’s back! So it was finally time to address that, and Parents’ Day feeds into both of those things. He’s a very normal, straightforward guy. What is the most exciting thing about getting to write the parents? That’s true for me as well. She’s so proud of her dad, and she has this very outside view of her dad, which I just love. WATERS: I love the way that April interacts with her dad. A younger me would have really glommed onto this book, hardcore. I like the way that Ripley’s parents just kind of roll with everything that’s going on because you can tell they’re very used to their daughter’s wild, off-the-wall energy. I’m excited for people to see this new character. So I get to make up a lot of their personality and their interactions. It’s really, really cool. It is so much stronger and better to have all of these people’s experience influence the book. Studios comic. LEYH: I really love the way that our artist, Amy, draws this character. WATERS: It doesn’t turn out the way that they or Rosie expected it to. WATERS: It’s a mix of reading about North American cryptids and various mythology. Regarding Molly’s parents, we know that her relationship with them is not the best. This year marks the series’ fourth year in print, a big accomplishment for the BOOM! What can you tease about that? It also leads into a bigger, eight-issue time shenanigans arc. She is not your cliché stereotypical grandmother character. It just depends on kind of the emotional needs of the arc. The summer camp-set series kicks off its new eight-issue arc with a story that sees the girls’ parents come down to   Miss   Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s   Camp for Hardcore Lady Types for a day of fun and scavenger hunting. LEYH: One of my favorite parts is just the fact that we really only got glimpses of the parents before. WATERS:   Parents invading for a few days   and disrupting the status quo and then things returning to “normal” is very much a trope of   summer camp stories. It shows up at the very end of issue #38. Fans have been getting to know the   Lumberjanes   for 37 issues, and now they’re going to get a chance to meet their   parents. It’s our first one since the original eight-issue arc that started the series. So I like being part of that. And their parents seem very used to their kids’ shenanigans. LEYH: I was just going to say, since I’m not one of the original creators, I came on the book two years ago, and I’m just happy to have been able to keep a book going that is so significant because now I get to meet a bunch of fans who are oftentimes young. And it sets up the time shenanigans arc in a big way and presents us with a new nemesis for the girls. And we don’t want the Parents’ Day arc to be too harsh for Molly because the time shenanigans arc is kind of where she deals with her emotions about her family and the eventual end of summer. LEYH: I wrote her as inspired a bit by my grandma who is really good at video games. WATERS: We’re going into the fourth year of Lumberjanes, which is bananas. “Lumberjanes was a tough sell three-and-a-half years ago,” says Shannon Waters, BOOM! It’s really profound because it is never easy to have a book continuing this long, so we’re really, really lucky that people want to keep reading. And one of the things the everyone who created the book felt was that they wanted to create a book that we would have really enjoyed when we were kids. So we wanted to do something that was an event that is a little different from the day-to-day events that the girls regularly encounter in Lumberjanes. But I find her just total love and admiration for him so sweet. So we’re treating it like it’s an escapade or another monster adventure, just different conditions. And then you look for some critters to fit that. Studios editor and one of the series’ original creators. Especially one fronted primarily by queer people and ladies, and with a cast that is primarily ladies. It’s amazing to have an all-ages comic that has touched so many people the way that this one has, especially considering our intended audience. It speaks to more people that way.”
With the best-selling series heading into its fourth year and finally introducing fans to each girl’s parents, EW caught up with Waters and co-writer Kat Leyh to discuss the Lumberjanes’ new nemesis, what’s ahead in the upcoming eight-issue arc, and what they’re most proud of so far. LEYH: Some of the girls, like April and Ripley, the fact that their parents are around does not diminish their wildness at all. … Now it’s really bigger than any of us individually. In terms of crafting a nemesis for the girls to go up against, what are some of the things you need to consider? What can you share about what readers might encounter? We also get to see a side of the girls we normally don’t get to see. LEYH: They plan on hiding all of that from the parents, but not everything goes according to plan. WATERS: Almost immediately it doesn’t go according to plan. She is also just very good at rolling with whatever situation happens to present itself in her own unique way. The kids are also going to be going on a scavenger hunt. WATERS: And it’s such a different relationship that they have with their parents than they obviously have with their peers at camp, which is just fun to see. She’s someone who you could imagine living in the same house with Ripley and a dozen other children because she’s super capable and not very flappable. “It was an eight-issue miniseries that was very unapologetically queer and lady-forward, so by no means was it a sure thing. LEYH: We’re not going to see Molly’s parents in the same way that we’re going to see and interact with the other girls’ parents because we don’t want to get too deep into her relationship with them, but we want to imply. I don’t think we could have done it or made it this far without our incredible team. They can get a little exasperated with their eccentric parents, which is pretty fun to write. WATERS: All of it. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We’ve had glimpses of the girls’ families before, but why is this the right time to do a Parents’ Day story line?

Jonathan Demme: ‘Shots Fired’ cast, EPs honor late director

You were a legend made real. I will miss him. His days were short. RELATED: Stars We Lost in 2017
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“We’re fans of Jonathan Demme and it was really, really great talking to him [initially] because each part of our conversation really had to do with the subject matter and research,” Bythewood told EW back in March. ET on Fox. Everybody felt like they were doing the best work that they had ever done. “Jonathan Demme was on set in his Pokémon pajamas and killing every shot,” said Wilds. Show Full Article He was a gift, and he made everyone around him better. — Gina PrinceBythewood (@GPBmadeit) April 26, 2017

So sad to hear of the death of #JonathanDemmeHad the enormous pleasure of working with him this time last year. The late Jonathan Demme’s final work as a director is set to air tonight. His preparation is ridiculous.”
Prince-Bythewood,   Stephen Moyer, and DeWanda Wise also paid tribute to the late director on Twitter after news of his death broke. The GREAT #JONATHANDEMME directed the EPIC #HOUR6 of #ShotsFired 💥💥💥TOMORROW 8pm on @foxtv! Read their tweets below. He’s so calm, cool, and collected. A wonderful soulful man. “We breezed through every scene in one or two takes. His passion, kindness and incredible talent was a masters class. He was so enthusiastic. “It was amazing watching him work — just kind of watching the way he speaks to his actors and the way he conducts his set. RELATED: Celebrities react to Jonathan Demme’s death
“We mourn the passing of Jonathan Demme,” said Prince-Bythewood and Bythewood in a statement to EW. It was like he put a spell on us,” said Sanaa Lathan. We will miss him.”  
Speaking with EW prior to Demme’s death and the   Shots Fired premiere, the EPs said they asked Demme   to direct the explosive episode because they were fans of his work and mainly wanted to work with feature film directors since they thought of the show as a 10-hour movie. A dream fulfilled, and I will never forget the fraction of time our lives collided. “He was a tremendous artist who shared our belief that art can change the world. By the end of day one, I was like, ‘Okay, I get why he’s considered a master.’”  

Did u see #SILENCEOFTHELAMBS or #PHILADELPHIA? 💜 pic.twitter.com/BHXOpe4Z6Z
— DeWanda Wise (@DeWandaWise) April 26, 2017

Demme died Wednesday morning at his Manhattan apartment due to complications from esophageal cancer, his reps confirmed to EW. “He even came to our first conversation already having done tons of research.”
The cast was similarly enchanted by Demme when he stepped on set to direct episode 6, which focuses on the outbreak of a violent riot in response to the shootings. He taught us to care a little bit more, believe a little bit more and listen a little bit more. He is survived by wife, Joanne Howard, and his three children, Ramona, 29, Brooklyn, 26, and Jos, 21. “The minute he got on set he was like a magician. I'm grateful to #JonathanDemme for coming into my life. pic.twitter.com/QvtsfOatny
— Sanaa Lathan (@justsanaa) April 25, 2017

Mack Wilds (The Wire), who plays the sheriff’s deputy at the center of one of the shootings and aspires to direct someday,   said he learned a lot from watching Demme work. — Stephen Moyer (@smoyer) April 26, 2017

#JonathanDemme THANK YOU. Shots Fired airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The Silence of the Lambs   director helmed Wednesday’s episode of   Shots Fired, Fox’s limited series about the investigations of and fallout from two racially charged shootings in a small North Carolina town. In the wake of his death earlier Wednesday, an In Memoriam card has been added to the episode, and executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood have also released a statement honoring the late screenwriter.